Monday, April 18, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for April 18th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: April 18th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Charles “Charlie” Walton
, 90, Cressona, passed into his eternal home and the arms of his Savior Friday April 15th. His life was marked by a deep faith in Jesus and a life of service to Christ, others and the Church.
Born in Pottsville October 5, 1931 Charles was the youngest of four children of the late Charles E. Walton Sr. and Helen Coleman Walton. He was a 1950 graduate of Pottsville Area High School.
In 1954 Charles married the love of his life, Florence Czebieniak, to whom he was married for 65 years. He was a long-time member of the Bethesda E.C. Church, Reedsville where they both loved singing in the choir.
Charles was the founder of the Charles Walton Insurance Agency in 1968, retiring in 1994. His legacy lives on in its 3rd generation now as the Walton-Ebert Agency in Cressona.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, wife Florence, sisters Evelyn Berger and Lois Weiss and an infant brother.
Charles is survived by his loving daughter Diane (Glen) Ebert, Cressona, loving son Richard Walton, Pine Grove; beloved grandchildren Deanna (Brent) Martin, Pottsville, Eric (Jessica) Ebert, Frackville, Laura Ebert, West Chester and Rachel Walton, Orwigsburg; beloved great-grandchildren Sophia, Miranda and Zachary Martin and Alice Ebert; loved nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 pm, Sunday May 1st at Bethesda E.C. (Reedsville) in Schuylkill Haven with visitation starting at 3 pm with Pastor Jeff Beyerly officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Charles’ memory to Child Evangelism Fellowship PO Box 486, Minersville, PA17954.


Effie Mae Zerbe
, 91 of Pine Grove, passed away on Monday, April 18, into the arms of her Heavenly Father.

Born on June 5, 1930, in Wrightsville, York Co., she was a daughter of the late Jasper and Ella Baker Curry.

Effie had been employed as a Seamstress and was a member of Wesleyan Church in Pine Grove. Her greatest joys were interacting with her family and her relationship with the Lord.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Ellwood M. Woody: Zerbe on March 2, 2008; Four Brothers, Shelton, Paul, Lawrence & John; Five Sisters, Alma, Anna, Della, Rebecca & Shirley.

Surviving are four Daughters, Eloise wife of Mike Shapiro of Harrisburg, Gerri wife of Paul Inama, Tina wife of Jeffrey Davis, Lori wife of Randy Blank all of Pine Grove; seven Grandchildren Cory and wife Kristy Sarge, Eric and wife Kaylene Inama, Noah Blank, Benjamin Davis, Dustin Davis, Dakota Davis, and Ethan Davis; Five Great-Grandchildren, Meghan Sarge, Ryan Sarge, Rachel Sarge, Chase Sarge, Kade Inama; and a Brother, Joseph Curry of Cressona.

Services will be held on Monday, April 25, at 2:30 pm in Hetzel's Church, 261 Hetzel's Church Road, Pine Grove, with Pastor Nathan Lott officiating. There will be a viewing on Monday, April 25, from 1:30 until time of service at the Church. Interment will be in the Hetzel's Cemetery, Pine Grove.

The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Road, Pine Grove, Pa. 17963, in her memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove, is in charge of arrangements.


Richard W. Kemmery
, age 73, died April 17, 2020 at home in Frackville surrounded by his immediate family. Richard died peacefully in his sleep after a hard fought battle with mounting health issues.

Richard is survived by his wife of nearly 44 years, Kathy, their four children Brian Kemmery, Megan Kemmery Reister, Mark Kemmery, and Patrick Kemmery, two daughters-in-law, Alisha and Liz, one son-in law, Adam, and eight adoring grandchildren Mason Noelle, Clark, Braden, Nicholas; Charlotte Ann; Thomas, Benjamin, and Daniel.

Richard is an Air Force veteran having completed 20 years of service to his beloved branch, retiring as Master Sergeant. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he served as a special operator combat controller. For his heroic service, he earned multiple medals and continued his Air Force career as an air traffic controller at Dover Air Force Base, during which time he met a special education teacher from Pittsburgh and asked her to dance - the first step which led to the dedicated family who supported him at his bedside until his final breath.

He grew up in Port Carbon, the son of his parents Robert "Pop" and Alice Appleby Kemmery. He was preceded in death by both parents and his brother Robert and sisters Ollie and Ruth.

He dedicated his life to serving his country, family, and community. After his retirement from the Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio, he continued his service to his former brothers and sisters in arms and current veterans by working as an accountant for the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Prior to working for the VA, he was employed as a purchasing agent at H.L. Miller’s in Schuylkill Haven. He coached his sons' Little League baseball teams, acted as Cub Scout den leader, served on the Advisory Committee of Holy Family School, and spent countless hours supporting every endeavor his four children pursued. He, himself, pursued and enjoyed several hobbies: motorcycle riding, flying airplanes through his private pilot’s license, playing golf, watching baseball, gathering with fellow Pottsville High School Class of ’65 alum (during which he loved to reminisce about his days of playing the drums in PAHS' band) at their monthly breakfasts, and taking road trips with Kathy.

In keeping with the theme of service to the community, Richard worked at Schuylkill County Housing Authority, was a volunteer paramedic, and Frackville Little League treasurer. After his next retirement, with Kathy by his side, their volunteer work continued as they visited local nursing homes with their loyal collie dog, they delivered Meals on Wheels, and joined the prison ministry team allowing him to share his Catholic faith after having converted 45 years ago. Even in his last years, whether traveling to be with his children and grandchildren or serving those closer to home, he always focused on those most in need. His work life and volunteer efforts mirror the values he exhibited daily as a husband, father, and grandfather. The needs of others remained his top priority throughout his entire life.

A private family service will be held at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, PA and he will be interred at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Live streaming services will be available at 10:30 a.m. Thursday April 23rd via a link that can be found on

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s name can be made to the American Heart Association at PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005 would be very much appreciated.


Grace A. Slotterback RN, 89, of Elizabethtown passed away Sunday afternoon at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.

She was born on January 14, 1933 in Lavelle and was the daughter of the late Helen (Overkott) and Guy H. Slotterback.

Grace graduated from the former Ashland High School with the class of 1951. She also obtained a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

She was of the Evangelical faith.

Grace was a registered nurse for the United States Air Force. She earned the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Grace was involved with the Women Veterans organization of Berks County and previously volunteered at the Reading Public Library.

She enjoyed tennis, skiing, hiking, biking, reading and cultural history.

In addition to her parents, Grace is preceded in death by; brothers Guy D. and Robert; sisters Anne and Marion.

She is survived by; brother Richard Slotterback (Ruth Ann), Lavelle; sister Elva Slotterback, Orwigsburg; sister-in-law Lenore Slotterback, Lavelle; nieces/nephews Richard Rieff, Jan Andelfinger, Barbara Malewski, Helen O’Neill, Jane Walter, John Slotterback, Sally Slotterback; many great & great great nieces / nephews.

A service will be held on Friday April 22, 2022 at 2 PM at Christ Evangelical Church, 362 Main St, Lavelle PA 17943 with Pastor Michael Eck officiating. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 1-2 PM in the church.

Interment with full military honors will be held on Wednesday April 27, 2022 at 2 PM at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., 901 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Jean A. Geist, 62, of Ashland entered into eternal rest Sunday morning in Pottsville.

She was born on January 5, 1960 in Wilkes-Barre and was the daughter of the late Shirley (Hine) and Clayton Knapp.

Jean graduated from Meyers High School with the class of 1978.

She was of the Protestant faith.

Jean was the wife of the late Gary Geist who passed in ‘04.

She last worked as a machine operator for IWCO, Hamburg.

She enjoyed crafting and camping at Red Ridge Lake in her Winnebago.

In addition to her previous husband, Jean is preceded in death by her granddaughter Brieze McCabe and grandson Dennis Morgan.

She is survived by her sister Marilyn Donahue (Jerry), Moscow; son Mark McDermott (S’Lena Camacho), Wilkes-Barre; stepdaughter Jennifer Morgan, Pottsville; stepdaughter Lisa Geist, Pottsville; step son Gary Geist, Pottsville; fiancĂ© Mark Tophoney, Pottsville; 10 grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Friday, April 22nd 10:00am at Barry Cemetery, 65 Bolich Rd, Ashland PA 17921 with Deacon Larry Lonergan officiating .

To extend online condolences visit . Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., 901 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Janet F. Constantine, 89, of Gordon entered into eternal rest on Sunday morning at Shenandoah Manor Nursing Center.

She was born on October 7, 1932 in Ashland and was the daughter of the late Grace (Wilson) and Paul Yost.

Janet graduated from the former Ashland High School with the class of 1950. Janet also obtained a master’s degree from Bloomsburg College.

She was of the Catholic faith and was a former member of Our Lady of Good Council Church, Gordon.

Janet was the wife of the late Charles Constantine.

She was a first and third grade teacher at North Schuylkill Elementary for over 30 years.

Janet was the former President of the Ashland Public Library, a member of the Pottsville Club and a charter member of the Fountain Springs Country Club.

She enjoyed playing cards, reading and swimming.

In addition to her parents and husband, Janet is preceded in death by her sister Patricia Wilson and son in law Dennis Snyder Sr.

She is survived by her daughter Regina Constantine, Hegins; son Charles “Chuck” Constantine husband of Madeline, East Stroudsburg; grandson Dennis Snyder Jr. husband of Laura, Hegins; granddaughter Alexandra Synder, Simpsonville, SC; granddaughter Kaitlin Hysong wife of Garrett, Beaver Falls; grandson Kevin Constantine, Millersville; 3 great-grandchildren Dennis Synder, Hailey Snyder, and Wyatt Hysong.

Services will be held privately at the convince of the family.

To extend online condolences visit . Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., 901 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Thomas J. “Whitey” Heenan, Sr.
, 87 of Pottsville, died peacefully Saturday evening at home.

He was born Jun 19, 1934 in Pottsville, a son of the late Francis M. and Bernice D. Olinsky Heenan

He attended St. Clair High School, St. Clair.

He was an Army Veteran having served during the Korean War.

He was employed by PennDot for 7 years and was a carpenter for 27 years prior to retiring.

Tom was a devote member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, a member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Phoenix Hook and Ladder, St. Clair, and Ancient Order of Hibernians JFK Division #2.

Tom was known as a man of principle with a gift for storytelling and having a good sense of humor. He was compelled to live in the “fast lane”, and anyone who ever rode in his vehicle would understand this!

Surviving are his wife with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage with on January 27, MaryAnn Markovich Heenan; his children, Catherine Ballat and her husband Paul, Lock Haven; Colleen Bowers and her husband Jerry, Pottsville; Maureen Hribick and her husband Stephen, Bethlehem; Thomas J. Heenan, Jr, and his wife Michelle, Pottsville; Patricia Seiders and her husband Jeremy, Pottsville; Eileen Welser and her husband William, Austin TX; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, Catherine Kelly, Shillington; Beatrice Heenan, St. Clair; Dolores Brady, St. Clair; Francis Strausser, St. Clair; Nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11AM from St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 9AM until the time of mass. The family would prefer remembrances in memory of Tom be made to St. Patrick Memorial Fund, 319 Mahantongo St. Pottsville, PA 17901. Interment with Military Honors will follow at St. Casimir Cemetery, Port Carbon. Arrangements are under the care of James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.


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