Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for December 14th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: December 14th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Richard “Dick” J. Bilinski, 88, formerly of Auburn, passed away Monday, Dec. 12, at Providence Place Senior Living, Pine Grove.

Born July 15, 1934, in Philadelphia, Richard was a son of the late Katherine and Joseph Bilinski. He was preceded in death by his sister, Olga Hess, and brother, Donald. Richard’s wife, Helen Gloria (New), passed away in Aug. 2013 just after they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.

A U.S. Army veteran, Richard retired from Bell Telephone after 33 years, working in marketing and management. He was a life member of VFW Pine Grove and Cressona American Legion, as well as numerous social clubs throughout the area.

Dick and his brother, Bob, were the former owners of the Crossroads Hotel/Restaurant in Adamsdale.

In addition to his brother, Robert “Bob,” and sister-in-law, Karen Bilinski, of Lafayette Hills, Richard is survived by three daughters: Elizabeth, wife of Kurt Blankenhorn, of Cressona; Margaret Kinsey, of Auburn; and Dr. Carol Bilinski, wife of John Crane, of Orwigsburg; as well as a son, Richard Bilinski, of Schuylkill Haven.

He is also survived by grandchildren: Bonnie Boyer, and husband, Trent; Molly Raelinski and husband, Chris; Kimberly Joyce and husband, Andrew; Kyle Blankenhorn and wife, Jess; Timy Mengle; Patrick and Sean Crane; as well as five great-grandchildren.

Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family, officiated by Father Kurt Kovalovich. Dick and Gloria will be interred together at Summer Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to Compassus Hospice, 500 Hawk Ridge Drive, Suite 4, Hamburg, PA 19526.


Catherine R. Whalen, 97, of Orwigsburg, formerly of Landingville passed away Sunday, December 11th, at Orwigsburg Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Catherine was born in Duncott, on May 12, 1925, a daughter of the late Catherine (Rosetta) and William Brensinger and a step mother Vesta Dinger Brensinger.

She was the widow of Francis R. Whalen who died in 1985.

Catherine was a fun loving, hard working and caring person. She was devoted to her family and friends and enjoyed making everyone smile with her stories, poems or jokes.

She worked for thirty years as a button hole machine operator for Onyx Blouse Co. in Orwigsburg retiring in 1985.

She was a long time member of Faith United Church of Christ in Landingville.

Throughout her life, Catherine had many different interests including crocheting beautiful pot holders treasured by her family family & friends, playing cards and dancing and clapping along to polka music.

Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Catherine is survived by a daughter, Nancy, wife of Dave Ulsh, of Schuylkill Haven, a son, David, husband of Cathleen Whalen, of Virginia;

She is also survived by two grandchildren Michelle Kelly wife of Brian Glen Rock and Kevin Ulsh husband of Marki-Lynn of Auburn, three great grandchildren Michael, Claire and Isaac all of Glen Rock, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins a sister Mae Stutzman of Deer Lake and a stepbrother William Brensinger of Montana

Services are private at the convenience of family from Geschwindt Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc in Schuylkill Haven, PA with Pastor Glenn Rarick officiating, burial in Zions Red Church Cemetery Orwigsburg.


Robert C Wolfe
, age 80, of Spring Glen, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born on Sunday, September 6, 1942, in Hamberg, a son of the late Charles H Wolfe and the late Pearl K (Harner) Wolfe.

Robert retired from R W Sauder, Lititz.

He was a member of Pine Creek United Methodist Church, Spring Glen.

Robert enjoyed fishing, working on his car, mowing his lawn, and spending time with his family.

His wife, Joyce O (Smeltz) Wolfe, passed away in 2017. He was also preceded in death by his parents; by two sons, Robert Wolfe, Jr and James Wolfe; a daughter, Beverly Wolfe; a brother, Wayne Wolfe, and two sisters, Jean Bowman and Marie Wolfe.

He is survived by a daughter, Carol Herb and her husband Charles of Gratz; two sons, Randy Wolfe and his wife Christine of Spring Glen and Mark Wolfe and his wife Shannon of Orwin; three grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Wolfe, Jr of Tremont and Dennis Wolfe of Spring Glen; two sisters, Joan Wertz of Maryland and Faye Leschke of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Inc., Valley View, on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Benjamin Scholl officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mark's Cemetery, Spring Glen.


Thomas L. Wallauer, 75, of Ashland, passed away Monday afternoon at Geisinger-Danville.

Born in Ashland on May 7, 1947 he was the son of the late Mary (Lowery) and Lamar Wallauer.

He was the husband of Donna R. (Klementovich) Wallauer, the couple has been married since 1977.

He was of the Catholic faith and was a member of St. Charles Borromeo, Ashland.

Tom was a graduate of Ashland High School Class of 1966.

Tom served in the US Air Force during Vietnam.

He worked most of his career for Honeywell in Minersville in the shipping and receiving department.

Tom enjoyed gardening, doing yard work and traveling in the New England states with his wife. He was also a member of American Hose No. 1-Ashland, life member Good Fellowship Club, Fountain Springs Fire Co, and a 53 year member of the American Legion Post 434-Ashland.

He is survived by; spouse Donna R. Wallauer; brother Fred (Dorothy) Wallauer, Ashland; brother Michael (Lois) Wallauer, Ashland; brother John Wallauer, Ashland; 4 nieces Jessica, Alexa, Jenna, & Jamie; 2 great nephews, 2 great nieces.

A viewing for family and friends will be held on Monday, December 19th from 9:30-11 AM at the funeral home. A service will follow at 11 AM at the funeral home co-celebrated with Rev. Giuseppe C. Esposito and Rev Dana Heckman-Beil. Burial with military honors will be at Citizens Cemetery-Lavelle following services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Tom’s memory to the memorial funds at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1115 Walnut St, Ashland PA 17921 or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 35 N 9th St, Ashland PA 17921.

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


Marian C. Dorward, daughter of the late Rev Clarence and Mabel Steigerwalt, Schuylkill Haven, PA and wife to the late Rev. Craig J. Dorward 

She is survived by a daughter, Kristin A. Schmidt and son, John S. Dorward along with 4 grandchildren and 5 great grand-children. Her career began as a church organist and continued as a pastor's wife. 

Born March 9, 1928, she passed in her sleep on November 24, 2022. 

Family funeral services will be held at Schuylkill Memorial Cemetery Chapel on December 17th at 10:30. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. John's Lutheran Church Music Program, 355 St. John's Circle, Phoenixville, PA 19460


John (Johnny) R. Litwak Jr.
, 66, of Area 51, (Also known as: KPIA and The Man with the Bibs), passed away on Monday, December 12th, 2022.

Born in Shenandoah on March 15th, 1956, he was the son of the late John R. “Jack” & Frances Perlinsky Litwak and a grandson to John and Agnes Skrupky Litwak.

John earned an Associate in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He worked many jobs, including and auto and diesel mechanic, a lock smith, and a towing and recovery operator. He will always be known as a jack of all trades, a jokester, and always there, willing to help those in need.

He enjoyed flying, like his father Jack. The most fun he had was being a thorn in the sides of his siblings, and always liked stirring the pot. Working at JRL Emergency Service being “The Boss”, spoiling his grandsons, and being an inventor with several patents. John was always thinking of ways to improve and develop new mechanisms and or devices.

John was an organist at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Shenandoah playing the music his grandmother picked out- not the Priest. He would get looks from the Priest when the music selection was changed, and John would just shrug his shoulders. Growing up in a Roman Catholic Family, John was taught to be willing to lend a helping hand to others in need. This was demonstrated during the holiday times when he took service calls during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. He viewed the motorist as if it was his own daughter, son or family member trying to get home to their loved ones for the holiday.

Dad was more than a loving father he was a mentor, teacher, a friend, a buddy, a character, and jokester to all he knew, but especially to his daughter Sarah Boltz (also known as PPIA) along with her husband Jeremy Boltz and his son Michael Litwak. Also, to his 3 grandsons Ian, Chase, and Connor Lee who he adored and loved tremendously, and he loved his puppies. John always appreciated the comradery of everyone he has worked with over the years. It didn’t matter if you were his daughter or son, it didn’t matter who you were, Johnny always treated everyone like family.

John always did it his way, as his daughter, son and siblings can attest too, always late for dinner especially the holiday ones. He loved teasing his siblings, nieces, and nephews. John loved teaching his grandsons inappropriate behavior such as raspberries and dropping off tons and I mean tons of candy. His antics’ left his daughter Sarah wondering how to correct this new behavior and to stop the sugar highs. His son, Michael, will always cherish working with him every day.

John is survived by his children, siblings, and their families: Sarah & Jeremy Boltz with sons Ian, Chase , Connor Lee of Pine Grove Pa, Michael James Litwak of Minersville , Pa , Ruth Zachary sons Jonathon & Robin Zackary, Christopher & Ann - Stewart Zachary Danville VA, Joyce Ann –Litwak-Miller and husband Matthew Miller, of Hamburg, David and his wife Denise Litwak, Allentown, Donna Maria Litwak of Dillsburg PA, and Judith Leigh Borden (also known as LPIA) and her husband, Steven Borden with their daughter Sydney and son Alexander, Pinehurst, N.C.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 17th from 9 to 10:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Scripture services will be held at 10:30 by Deacon Jack Quirk. Burial will immediately follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.


Janice C. Rehnert
, 69 of Pottsville died Tuesday afternoon at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

She was born April 10, 1953 in Pottsville a daughter of the late Robert P. Sr., and Mary A. Pfluger Rehnert.

She was a 1971 graduate of Pottsville Area High School, a 1975 graduate of Penn State University and received master degree from Bloomsburg University.

Prior to retiring Janice was a reading specialist for 35 years where she worked at the John S. Clarke Elementary Center, Pottsville, most of her career.

Janice was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. A former member of PSEA, Pottsville Area School District Education Association, and NEA.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert P. Rehnert, Jr.; a sister, Mary Joan Gilroy; a nephew Jeffery Williams.

Surviving are her 2 sisters, Judith M. Williams, Pottsville; Susanne T. Schaeffer, and her husband Bill, Weatherly; a brother, John L. Rehnert and his wife Gayle, Pottsville; nieces and nephews, a best friend Debra Moran, Pottsville, and many other friends.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30AM from St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, with Rev. Kevin J. Bobbin as celebrant. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 9AM until the time of mass Monday at the church. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Janice be made to St. John Memorial Fund, 319 Mahantongo St. Pottsville, PA 17901 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Salvation Army 400, Sanderson St., Pottsville, PA 17901. Interment will be private at St. John No. 2 Cemetery.

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


Mary Zuk, 90, of St. Clair, died Tuesday December 13, 2022, at Seton Manor Nursing Home, Orwigsburg PA

Born in Summit Station, September 26, 1932, She was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Dufenc) Paulin

Mary was a 1950 graduate from Pottsville Area High School. She was a member of St. Michael Orthodox Church , St. Clair.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Theodore Zuk, daughter Christine Zuk, brother John Paulin and sister June Paulin.

Surviving are daughter Sandra Bagdonis, Schuylkill Haven, son Ted Zuk and his wife Kathy, Eagle Point, OR, Granddaughter Jessica Bagdonis and her husband Darren Raue, Grandsons Nicholas Bagdonis and his wife Lucy, Christopher Zuk and his wife Jill, granddaughter Colleen Zuk and sister Carolyn Paulin.

Panachida will be at 10:00 AM Saturday December 17, 2022 from the Bruce T. Hart Funeral 110 North 2nd Street St. Clair, PA 17970. Further Services will be at 10:30AM from St. Michael the Archangel Church, St. Clair. The Rev. Jeff Zias will be officiating. Friends may call Saturday from 9-10AM at the Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park, North Manheim Twp.

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements.


Lewis W. Frye, Jr.
, 53 years of age of Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania died upon arrival on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at St. Luke's Miners Memorial in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.

Born Sunday, December 29, 1968 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the son of the late Lewis W., and Dorothy (Stahler) Frye

Surviving are; companion of 12 years, Kimberly (Trout) Zavitsky; daughters, Heather L. Frye and her companion Jessica Mertz of Coaldale, Ashley J. Frye and her companion Edward Melnick of Summit Hill; brothers, William Frye and his wife Shannon, John Frye and his wife Jaime, Edward Frye; Step children, Carmen Caruso, Shyan Zavitsky, Dakota Zavitsky; grandchildren, Deegan, and Vander Melnick, Declan Frye, Athena Lemay; former wife, Kathleen E. Marcy.

Lewis attended Panther Valley High School. He worked for the former Hart Metals of Tamaqua, now Luxfer - Mag Tech, and prior to his current position worked for Erbe Tire & Auto of Coaldale for many years. Lewis, liked to celebrate Halloween, and was a hunter. A talented mechanic Lewis owned a Rat-Rod 31 Ford 5 window coup which he took to many car shows.

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

A Celebration of Lewis's Life will be held on Wednesday December 21, 2022 at 7 o'clock P.M. from the funeral home. Friends may call from 5:00 P.M. until the time of services.


Marilyn D. Hartz
, 80, of Ringtown, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2022.

Marilyn was born in Nuremberg on October 31, 1942, a daughter of the late Abner and Marie (Patt) Foose.

Marilyn last worked for and was retired from the Hershey Corporation in Humbolt, having previously worked at Genova in Valmont. She was a dedicated, hardworking woman her entire life, and touched many peoples lives. He involvement in the Ladies Auxilliary of the Nuremberg Legion had her overseeing many successful fundraisers for veterans, as well as being instrumental in the Hometown Hero's banner campaign.

Marilyn loved to travel, enjoying bus trips, cruises and camping. She was of the Methodist faith, and a former Queen of the Red Hat Society. Marilyn had an unconditional love for her family and was a very generous person.

In addition to her parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by her son Todd Hartz, and by a sister, Beverly Michael.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Ronald Hartz, Jr. of Sheppton, and Renee, wife of Chris Gubala of Ringtown. 5 grandchildren, Ronald, Samantha, Shawn, Joseph and Travis survive, as do 3 great grandchildren, Ayden, Melia and Jayden. She is also survived by her siblings, Annette Olson, Dawn Colosimo, Lanny Foose, Sharon Homan, Dorothy Irvin, Jean Braskey, Kevin Foose, June Minnig, and Debra Flurie, along with 26 nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, December 21st, 2022 at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Inc., 412 West Main Street, Ringtown. Visitation with Marilyn's family will be held from 10 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home. Marilyn will be laid to rest at the Nuremberg Cemetery, immediately following the service.


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