Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 4th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: May 4th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


John H. “Poppa John” Hardinger, Jr
of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Monday, May 2nd , at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg.

John was born in Port Clinton, PA on November 5, 1936, son of the late Ida (Henry) and John H Hardinger, Sr.

He was the husband of Rose Marie A. (Gaffney ) Hardinger.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was employed by American Argo Corporation as a Supervisor and Becker Brothers Toyota.

He was a member of the Orwigsburg Lions Club, Landingville Community Fire Company, Port Clinton Fire Company and Port Clinton Fish and Game.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In recent years his greatest joy was found in spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, David Hardinger, husband of Patti, Orwigsburg, Dane Hardinger and his fiancée Gloria Bambrick, Landingville and Holli Dreher, Schuylkill Haven, Grandchildren Stephanie Lehigh (wife of Kyle) Dane Hardinger Jr (husband of Catie ), Ryan Dreher, Kristen Carroll (wife of Jason), Megan Sprenger and Jessica Reier (wife of Michael), as well as Great-Grandchildren Devin Wommert, Sadie Lehigh, Kevin Lehigh, Maci Sprenger, Chase Sprenger, Hunter Hardinger, Hayden Hardinger, Brody Reier, Wyatt Reier and Jillian Carroll.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.

Geschwindt Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven has been entrusted with the arrangements.


John J. Mays
, 71, of Ringtown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022.

John was born in Shenandoah, on January 5, 1951, a son of the late Helen (Gardinsky) and Ben "Red" Mays.

He was a graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School, and was the founder and original owner of Valley Beverage in Ringtown, along with several other business ventures, including being the founder of Darkrun Jerky in 1994, which he later passed on to his son. He also worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, retiring as a highway foreman.

John enjoying fishing and was one of the charter members of the Rodbenders Fishing club in Ringtown, where he served as president for 30 years.

John enjoyed watching sports, spending time with his many friends and his grandchildren. He was an avid storyteller, readily sharing stories of his full life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bernie Mays.

John is survived by his two children, son, Jordan Mays (Savanna), and his daughter Kassie Bowman (Corey), along with their mother, Angel Mays, and a step son, David Moses. He is also survived by his grandchildren, whom he adored, Reagan Mays, Archer Bowman and Aubrey Moses, as well as anxiously awaiting another grandson at the end of this month.

His sister, Joann Zogby also survives as do nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in John's Honor the Rodbenders Fising Club in Ringtown on Saturday May 21st at 3 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John's memory are asked to be made to the Rodbender's Fishing Club, c/o Jordan Mays, 154 Ringtown Blvd., Ringtown, PA 17967

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home has assisted John's family during this time of need.


Gerald Robert Cielinski (Jerry)
passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in Decatur, GA. He lived in Fishkill, NY prior to moving to Decatur, GA in 2012. Gerald was born on February 27, 1933 to Mary Cielinski Heffner in Pottsville, PA. Pastor Aloysius Hammeke and Mrs. Julia Ellis of Minersville provided guidance to Jerry in his early years and a sense of spirituality gave him support through his life.

After graduating from high school in Minersville, Jerry served in the U.S. Army in Europe in the early 1950’s. He graduated from Penn State University in 1958 with a degree in transportation engineering and then began employment at Philco Corporation in Philadelphia. He spent most of his career at IBM in East Fishkill, NY.

Jerry was always with a positive disposition and provided loving care for his wife, Christine, in her later years. He was a fan of crossword puzzles and his joke telling.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Christine (Minkiewicz) Cielinski in 2017. Jerry is survived by son David, and daughters, Susan Tod and Amy as well as step sister Carol Heffner and brothers and sisters in law Daniel, Michael, and Mary Teresa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 6 at 9:00 AM in Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Worship Site - St. Casimir Church, 229 North Jardin Street, Shenandoah, PA. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Emory Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta, GA.

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah is entrusted with the arrangements.



These obituaries are being  brought to by Anthony Urban Law Offices. P.C.

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