Sunday, March 13, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 13th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: March 13th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Debbie Lee Bachman, 63, of Tamaqua, PA passed on Friday, March 11, 2022 in Coaldale, PA while surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Richard Bachman to whom she was married 43 years. 

Born in Pottsville, PA on February 22, 1959, Debbie was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Elizabeth (nee Arner) Flexer. A 1977 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, she graduated from McCann’s School of Business in 1978. During her adult years, Debbie was employed by the White Birch Golf Course, Ruth Ann Fashions, and Jamesway, but was most content making a home for family. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Debbie was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua. 

In addition to her husband, Rick, she is survived by sons, Matthew Bachman and his wife Jessica of Tamaqua and Zachary Bachman and his wife Corrin of Tamaqua; daughter, Rikki Lee Trinkle and her husband Kyle of Coaldale; and grandchildren, Naomi Bachman, Hunter Bachman, Meadow Bachman, Archer Bachman, and Toby Trinkle. 

Memorials in Debbie’s name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at and choose donate from the menu or mail to National MS Society, PO Box # 91891, Washington, D.C. 20090. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Michelle A. Walser
, 57, of Tamaqua, PA died on Saturday, March 12, 2022 in Coaldale, PA. She was the wife of Michael T. Walser to whom she was married for 37 years this past June. 

Born in Coaldale on August 29, 1964, Michelle was a daughter of Anna Mae (Ugolick) Kantor of Berwick, PA and the late Jeffrey Kantor. A 1982 graduate of Emmaus High School in Emmaus, PA, she served as basketball team manager during her student years. Michelle and her husband Michael met in 1980 while working at the annual picnic of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Orefield, PA. A member of the former Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Tamaqua, she currently was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua. Michelle was a “lunch lady” who served lunches at St. Jerome Regional School and was an office manager at the dental office of Dr. Sabol in Tamaqua. She loved to spend time reading and crafting; watching the Olympics and following Notre Dame football; supporting numerous community organizations; and doing or following any activity that involved her family. 

In addition to her husband, Michael, Michelle is survived by sons, Michael Walser, II and his wife Catie of Tamaqua and Thomas Walser and his wife Rebecca of Lake Wynonah, PA; daughter, Laura Walser and her companion Kirk Hollwedel of State College, PA; grandchildren, Luke Walser, Elizabeth Walser, Liam Walser, Thomas Walser, and Jake Walser; sister, Anita Borascius and her husband Robert of Schnecksville, PA; and several nephews and nieces. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrate at 10 AM on Monday, March 21, 2022 in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Robert Finlan officiating. Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, 503 West Broad Street, Tamaqua will follow the mass. Call 7-9 PM on Sunday, March 20 and 8:30-9:30 AM on Monday, March 21 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at and choose the donate tab or scroll to the bottom for a donation form and mail to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or Shriners Hospitals for Children at and choose the donate tab or choose the how can I mail my donation question for a donation form and mail to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Processing Center, PO Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Edith E. (Emerich) Kriner at 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 19th at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with Rev. Michael Petresky officiating. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM Edith’s family would like to thank the staff of Advantage Home Hospice for the wonderful care their mother received for over 2 years


Joseph G. "Pudge" Klinger Sr., age 66, of Frackville, died Friday night at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. 

Born at the former Ashland State Hospital he was the son of Loretta (Fishburn) Sabol of Frackville and the late Byrd Klinger. He was a member of the Gilberton Methodist Church and the Frackville American Legion. 

Survivors include 3 daughters Amie Klinger of Altoona, Anita Meixner and her husband Robert of Scranton, Dorettah Clark of Barnesville and a son Joseph Jr. of Shenandoah. He is also survived by 5 sisters, 1 brother, 7 grandchildren and 13 nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call and meet with the family on Wednesday from 1 to 3 PM at David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City. 

Interment will be private. Contributions in his name to the Frackville American Legion would be appreciated by the family and will be accepted at the visitation.


Ethel V. "Sue" Copeland
, 64, of Tower City, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Pottsville, March 6, 1958, a daughter of Charles and Shirley (Michaels) Yerges, Joliett.

Sue enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She and her husband resided in California for over 30 years moving back to Pennsylvania 12 years ago. While in California, she enjoyed taking walks looking for different kinds of rocks.

She was preceded in death by two nephews, Chuckie and Tyler Yerges.

Surviving in addition to her parents, are her husband of 47 years, David R. Copeland, Jr., a son, David R. Copeland, III, Boston, MA. One grandson, David R. Copeland IV, whom Sue and Dave raised, a brother, Charles "Chuck" Yerges and his wife, Kathleen, Joliett, a niece, Brandi Gross and her husband Shane, Pine Grove. Four great nieces and one great nephew.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 12 noon from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., with Pastor Kenneth Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Viewing will be from 11 am - 12 noon at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sue's name should be made to the Joliett United Methodist Church, c/o Shirley Yerges, 23 Joliett Street, Tremont, PA 17981.


Arabel C Klinger
, age 97, of Valley View, passed away Friday, March 11, 2022 at Green Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pottsville.

She was born on Saturday, March 7, 1925, in Erdman, a daughter of the late Harry Straub and the late Hilda (Wenrich) Straub.

Arabel was a seamstress in local garment factories.

She was a lifetime and oldest member of Zion Lutheran "Klinger's" Church, Erdman; where she was a Sunday School teacher, choir member, church council member, and a member of the Zion Women's Group.

She was also a member of the Glen Order of Eastern Star #425, Lykens.

Her husband, Marlin L Klinger, to whom she was married for 69 years, passed away in 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by a son, Marlin L Klinger, Jr, a granddaughter, Catherine Elizabeth Hepler, and seven brothers, Myles Straub, Charles Straub, Leo Straub, Harry Straub, Jr, Ronald Straub, Delroy Straub, and Larry Straub.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis Klinger and his wife Charlotte of Millersburg and Tim S Klinger of Spring Glen; two daughters, Carole A Hepler of Valley View and Cindy Wedde and her husband Gary of Elysburg; eight grandsons, Matthew Klinger and his wife Cindy of Oneonta, AL, Douglas Klinger and his wife Cherie of Dallas, PA, Chris Hepler and his wife Wanda of Graham, NC, James Hepler and his wife Jamie of Durham, NC, Brandon Wedde and his wife Melinda of Pittsburg, Brandon Klinger and his wife Kelly of Palmyra, Gavin Klinger of Spring Glen, and Colby Klinger of Hegins; two granddaughters, Tracy Gervasio of Harrisburg and Amber Mallonee and her husband David of Philadelphia; twelve great grandchildren; a brother, Glenn Straub of Dornsife; a sister, Mary Sypa of Osceola Mills; and several nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View. Order of Eastern Star Service will begin at 6:00 pm.

A viewing will also be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Zion Lutheran "Klinger's" Church, Erdman.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am, on Friday at the church with Rev. Dawes Dunham and Rev. Pat Wirick officiating.

Burial will in Zion Lutheran "Klinger's" Cemetery, Erdman.

Memorial contributions can be made to Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 44 Main Street, Klingerstown, PA 17941.


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