Thursday, March 3, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 3rd, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: March 3rd, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Teresa R. Etherington, 70, of Pottsville, died March 2nd, at home.

Funeral Service will be held March 9th at 10:30 AM at Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona; with a viewing from 9:30-10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville


Vincent Terraciano
, 57, Pine Grove died unexpectedly Friday, February 25 at his residence.

Born July 13, 1964 in Jim Thorpe, he was the son of the late Vincent Terraciano, Sr. and the late Flora Dee (Griffen) Doyne.

He was currently employed by Guilford Mills and Turkey Hill, Pine Grove. He had previously worked at Hydro for over 30 years and at the former Hills Department Store, Cressona.

Vince loved helping others. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels, worked with Empowerment, Choice, and Options- being a companion to people with disabilities and helping them go places. He also helped with many things in the churches he belonged to in the past, including teaching Sunday school, helping with youth groups, helpings with dinners and being on various Boards. He went on several mission trips with the youth of the church including one to Boston MA with two of his sons.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers George Bruno, Charles Clark, Van Clark, and Michael Bruno; and a sister Linda Brooks Clark.

Vince is survived by his sons, Robert husband of Bryannah, Ashland; Chris, Minersville; Austin and his companion Destinee, Minersville; and Jared, Pottsville.; grandchildren Elijah, Braiden, Ryker, Lulee, Jaxson, and Matthew. He is also survived by sisters Mary Ann Terraciano, Port Carbon and Debra Bruno Avate, Williamstown NY; fiancée Kathleen Stewart, Barnesville; godsons James Pucci and Brandon Terraciano; god daughter McKenna Wychunas; and several nieces and nephews.

Private Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street has been entrusted with arrangements.


Rita G. Coppens
, 88 years of age, formerly of Delaware County Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at the home of her daughter Denise in Tuscarora, Pennsylvania.

Born Sunday, January 7, 1934 in Weymouth Massachusetts the daughter of the late James W., and Margaret C. (Woolner) Glavin. Rita was also predeceased by; husband, Charles A. Coppens; companion, Walter J. Langendorfer.

Surviving are; daughters, Crystal A. Sherman, Kathryn R. Lorio, Denise L. Coppens - Kranch of Tuscarora with whom she resided; sons, Charles J. Coppens and his wife Kathy and Richard Coppens and his wife JoAnn; grandchildren, Sean, Heather, Scoll, Kaitlyn, Chris, Kevin, April, Victoria; great grandchildren, Cassandra, Aowy, Liam, great -great grandchildren Hadley and Ellie.

Rita was a kind mother, and loving wife. She worked as a runway model, and was a union waitress for the Jimmy's Milan Restaurant of Philadelphia. Rita operated her own Yorkie dog breeding business, and her love of animals even attracted squirrels into her care. She loved high end fashion, fine dining, and was a meticulous dresser. A talented home decorator, and gardener, Rita enjoyed doll collecting, and painting ceramics. Many of her ceramics she auctioned for charity.

Rita was a great Psychic and also a Mental & Physical Spirit Medium.

Private arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550


Shirley M Schwalm
, age 69, of Valley View, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - E Norwegian, Pottsville, with her family by her side.

She was born on Wednesday, June 4, 1952, in Pitman, a daughter of the late Leonard Deitrich and the late Eleanor (Miller) Deitrich.

She was a 1970 graduate of Tri-Valley High School.

Shirley worked for the former Hegins Precision Division of Penn Reel, Hegins and last worked as a cook at the former Friendly Nursing Home, Pitman.

She was a member of Hepler's Church of God, Pitman.

Nana loved taking trips to the beach with her grandchildren, enjoyed canning and gardening. She loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events; she was their greatest cheerleader. She loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by a son, Brian T Huntzinger and his wife Stacy of Pitman; a daughter, Tracy L Vance and her husband Bo Gibson of Valley View; two grandsons, Hunter Vance and his fiancée Tammra Huben and Reece Huntzinger; two granddaughters, Ellie Huntzinger and Piper Gibson; a great granddaughter, Madelyn Vance; three brothers, Leonard Deitrich and his wife Denise of Fountain, Mike Deitrich and his wife Leisha of Valley View, and Dennis Deitrich of Pitman; a sister, Pamela Morgan and her husband Blake of Klingerstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Pitman.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.


Robert M. Medlinsky
, 87, of Raven Run, passed away peacefully supported by his family and many friends on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Born in William Penn on August 9th, 1934, Robert was the son of the late Helen (Stepulaitis) and Stanley Medlinsky.

He was a 1952 graduate of West Mahanoy Township High School and a day after graduation he left to serve his country with the United States Air Force. Robert was a proud and decorated veteran of the Korean War with the rank of Staff Sargeant, while earning the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Robert was a talented machinist by trade, graduating from Williamsport Technical Institute. He last worked for and retired from Axiom Inc.

An avid fan of watching sporting events, Robert especially liked Duke basketball. He supported his twin grandchildren by attending their sporting and school activities. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran church in Ringtown and was an active member of the Ringtown Senior Citizens.

In his earlier days, Robert enjoyed the outdoors. He was a successful hunter, evident by his numerous deer racks that line his basement rafters. He loved fishing and boating at Lake Wynonah during his time as a property owner at the lake, landing many lunkers to his delight. He was also an active runner until foot problems turned him to weightlifting, which he was still partaking in until this past Christmas. Robert frequented many local gyms and was the envy of many younger weightlifters. He could always be seen riding his tractor while mowing his lawn and tending to his garden and unrivaled garlic patch. Robert had a big heart and a generous soul. He was the protector of his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Albert and his twin sister, Dorothy Prantow.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joan (Bitting) Medlinsky, along with their daughter, Pam, wife of Bill Conroy. Twin grandchildren Abby and Will, a sister, Jean Medlinsky of California and a sister-in-law, Carol Leise of Colorado. Also surviving are nieces Christine Prantow, Sheri Leise and Brynn Mays and nephews Tony Prantow, Terry Zimmerman, and Erin Zimmerman.

Robert will be laid to rest with military honors following a committal service at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 11am on Monday, March 14, 2022. Family and friends wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 261, Ringtown PA 17967.

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Ringtown, is assisting Robert’s family during this time of need.


Anthony G. Beenick, 56 of Pottsville, died Tuesday night at home.

He was born March 22, 1965 in Pottsville, a son of the late Helen Beenick.

He was a graduate of the Schuylkill VoTech and later served in the Army

Surviving are his son, Anthony Beenick, Landsford; a brother, Larry Beenick, TX; 2 sisters, Joan Weizenegger, TN; Barb Doyle, Pottsville; and adopted brother, Robert Cicero, Pottsville; nieces and nephews caregivers, Randy Micklo and June Ayello; both of Pottsville.

As per Anthony's wishes there will be no services.

Arrangements are under the care of James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.


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