Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 18th, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: January 18th, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Helen Marie Keilman, 77, of Hazle Township, PA, died on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, in Hazleton, PA. She was the wife of the late Gary David Keilman to whom she was married 50 years at the time of his death in 2020. 

Born on December 25, 1945, Helen was a daughter of the late James Michael and Helen (Romanko) Dillon. A 1963 graduate of Marian High School, she last was employed at Aquila Fashions, Lansford, PA. 

Helen is survived by her daughter, Barbara Keilman and her companion, Charles Knight of Tresckow, PA and grandson, Tyler Sherman of Tamaqua, PA. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by sisters, Mary Ann Wanuga and Kathleen Osenbach. 

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials in Helen’s name may be made to the Men of Marian, c/o Marian High School, 166 Marian High Avenue, Tamaqua, PA 18252. O

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


Roxanne K. Hoffman
, 63, of Orwigsburg, passed away Monday, January 16th, at her residence with her family by her side.

Roxanne was born in Pottsville, PA on April 16, 1959, a daughter of the late Myrtle Krepps and AndrewYurenko.

She last worked at the Drivers License Photo Center Schuylkill Haven. A graduate of Blue Mountain High School.

Roxanne issurvived by a daughter, Stefanie, wife of Blake Collins, of King NC; also survived by 3 grand children Karleigh, Logan and Katelyn

two sisters, Dianne, wife of Robert Koval, of Orwigsburg; Carol McCardle, of Broomall and numerous nieces and nephews

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, January 23rd at St. John's UCC 232 East Market Street Orwigsburg PA 17961,with Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 9:30 till time of service at the church.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family prefers remembrances in the form of contributions toLVHN Hospice Lilac Unit, Office of Philanthropy PO Box 1883 Allentown PA 18105, Please make checks payable to LVHN Hospice Attn Jennifer Webber.


Robert J. Zechman, 91, of New Ringgold, passed away Sunday, January 15th, at St. Luke's Hospital Miner's Campus, Coaldale, PA.

Born in Seltzer City, PA on May 16, 1931, he was the son of the late Vera (Drye) and LeRoy Zechman.

Robert was the husband of Darlene M. (Reedy) Zechman. They celebrated there 50th wedding anniversary last May.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters Caroline Weidenheimer, Betty Fey, Melvia Haas, Gloria Kistler, Georgine Bolich, Susan Margavage, and baby brother Charles.

After graduating from Cressona High School, Robert was employed with Klepchick Bros. Lumber Co. of Cressona, and later, Cressona Agway.

Robert attended St. John's Reformed Church, was a church delegate, a choir member, volunteered at the Red Cross, the food pantry, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by several nieces and nephews and his Russian Godchild, Anatoly Dermo.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 20th at Ebling Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona with Rev. Matt Kenitzer officiating. A viewing for family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 19th from 6 - 8 PM also Friday from 9:30 until the time of services, all from Ebling Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to the American Red Cross, 2801 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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


Florence M. Moyer, 102, formerly of Cressona, passed away Saturday, January 14th, at Orangeville Nursing and Rehab, Orangeville, PA.

She was born in Pottsville on June 8, 1920.

She was the wife of the late Lester L. Moyer.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, daughter Carole Drey, granddaughter Samantha Solomon, and grandson Bradley Drey.

Florence was a homemaker most of her life.

She attended St. Mark's UCC in Cressona.

Florence is survived by a great granddaughter, Carole McMahon of Cressona; granddaughter, Jennifer Dennis of Danville; and great granddaughter Morgan Drey of Cressona.

Private graveside services will be held at Schuylkill Memorial Park in Schuylkill Haven with Kevin Fructl officiating.


It is with heavy heart that we share that James A. Schropp, 85, of Mahanoy Township passed away January 12, 2023, from complications following a massive stroke in October. Jim was born at Locust Mountain Hospital of September 24, 1937, he was raised in Mahanoy Township and attended Mahanoy Township schools. He lived in Shenandoah for 35+ years and worked at General battery in Hamburg then at Agmet in Delano. He then moved to Glendon patch where he grew up. Jim loved spending time taking walks in the surrounding mountains, going to car shows and farmers markets, rescuing cats, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his mother Adelle (Mreese) Schropp, father James R. Schropp, his wife Carol Ann Dombrosky, brothers Joseph and Casimir, sisters Madeline Reese and Elizabeth Henning. He is survived by his daughter Terri (Jim) Rinker, and grandson Joshua Rinker, brothers John (Karen), Clement and Bob and a sister Mary (Bob) Snyder and cat Greta. He is also survived by a daughter Peg (Sean) O'Neill and a grandson Jakob Taylor.Viewing will be private. His burial will be at the White Church Cemetery in Rush Township. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, 18 Wertz Drive, Pine Grove, PA 17963.. David D.Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


Annamae Troutman
, 80, of Williamstown, passed away early Wednesday morning, January 18, 2023, at the Tremont Health and Rehab Center, where she was a resident for a short time.

Born in Williamstown, November 27, 1942, a daughter of the late Jacob Sr. and Mary Schaeffer Frederick. Annamae was a 1960 graduate of the former Williamstown High School.

She worked at USFG, Insurance for many years. Annamae retired as a machinist from ZEMCO, Williamstown.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown, the Williamstown American Legion, and the Tower City Moose.

She an avid reader. She enjoyed taking walks around Williamstown and going to the race track.

In addition to her parents, Annamae was preceded in death by her half sister, Mary Reed, and her half brother, George Schaeffer.

Surviving are her two sons, Larry Lohr and his fiancee, Jen Collier, Millersburg, and Kerry Lohr and his wife Lisa, Tower City; two grandchildren Alicia and Samantha Lohr; two brothers, Jacob and Richard Frederick both of Williamstown; a sister, Doris Fox, Tower City; Annamae is also survived by Kamdin Doyle, and Kendall and Kaleb Klahre, whom she adored.

Following Annamae's wishes there will be no services.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., is honored to serve Annamae's family.


Theresa Notarnicola
, 89, a longtime resident of the Harrisburg area, currently residing in Cumbola, was escorted to her heavenly home by the angels on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Theresa was born in Shenandoah on December 17, 1933, a daughter of the late Frank and Mille (Fesco) Avolio. She moved to the Harrisburg area working as a supervisor for the former Bell telephone Company, and then later working for and retiring as a receptionist for the Community General Osteopathic Hospital for over 30 years.

She was a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Harrisburg.

In addition to her parents, Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, John Notarnicola on April 21, 2012, and by her brother, James.

Surviving are her sister, Rosemary Tambasco, her brother, Frank Avolio, along with a nephew Tony Tambasco, and niece Angela Avolio-Miller and her daughter Myla.

Theresa will be laid to rest alongside her husband John at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on Thursday, January 26th, at 11:30 AM. Relatives and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery prior to the service.

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve Theresa's family during their time of need.


Joann Cress, 75, Ashland passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 17th at her home surrounded by her family.

Born in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Evelyn Korn Menne. She worked as a pinner for Gitman Bros., Ashland for over 20 years before retiring.

She enjoyed playing bingo and reading.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harrison Hartz; her two sons: Brian and Kevin Hartz.

Joann is survived by her three sons: Michael Hartz and his wife Rita, Girardville; Eric Hartz, Ashland; Kurt Hartz and his companion Anita, Ashland; her daughter, Angela Hartz and her companion Keith, Ashland; also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st at the Brock Cemetery, Ashland.


Lillie J Lucas
, age 68, of Hegins, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at her residence.

She was born on Sunday, September 12, 1954, in Hegins, a daughter of the late Harvey R Harner and the late Elizabeth (Miller) Harner.

Lillie was a seamstress in area garment factories, prior to her retirement.

She is survived by her husband Harold H Lucas, Sr, to whom she was married for 52 years.

She is also survived by two sons, Harry H Lucas, Jr of Oregon and Steve A Lucas of Hegins; two sisters, Judy Lucas of Valley View and Carol Miller of Montana; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no services.

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


Lisa A. Heffron
, 62, of Schuylkill Haven passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday surrounded by her loved ones.

Born in Pottsville June 21, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Jack and June Trenosky.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven.

In addition to her parents Lisa is preceded in death by her sister Marsha Lucas.

Lisa is survived by her loving husband James R. Heffron with whom she shared 41 enduring years of marriage and their children: Lara Heffron of Schuylkill Haven, James Heffron husband to Kelly of Crofton MD, and Megan Foose wife of Timothy of Pottsville. Lisa is also survived by her grandchildren who meant the world to her; Ayden Flannery, Owen, Landon, and Hadley Heffron and Dylan and Brody Foose.

Lisa’s life revolved around her children and grandchildren. She was deeply devoted to her family and provided for them in every sense of the word. Lisa enjoyed cheering her kids and grandkids on at sporting events, family vacations, her dogs, and lounging in the pool. She loved to shop and was very giving to her family and friends. She was adored by her customers and coworkers during her many years as a waitress. Lisa will be remembered for her humor, generosity, and the legacy of family she leaves behind.

A memorial service will be held on Monday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven at 10:30 A.M. Family and friends are welcome from 9:15 A.M. until the time of services. Interment will follow the services at Saint Mary’s, Star of The Sea Roman Catholic Cemetery. 

Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven is entrusted with the services.


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