Saturday, January 21, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 21st, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: January 21st, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


The Rev. David H. Knoebel, of Hometown, passed away on January 19, 2023. 

He was the beloved husband of Beverley Barton Knoebel and they were married for sixty-one years. He was the son of The Rev. and Mrs. Arthur D. Knoebel. 

He was born in Columbia, Pennsylvania, and spent his earlier years in Berwick, Pennsylvania, where his dad was pastor of First Reformed Church, and his later formative years in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania where his dad was pastor of St. John’s Reformed Church, now the United Church of Christ. He is a graduate of Tamaqua High School and received the award of the American Legion and was a “Top Ten” honor student. He then went to and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College where he was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, an academic honor society in history; Pi Gamma Mu, the oldest and preeminent interdisciplinary social science honor society founded in 1924; the Nevonian Society (50th anniversary of graduation from F & M honoring life achievements of it members who have given life to the college’s mission); and the William A. Schnader Society (individuals who have demonstrated a special commitment to F & M through gift planning). 

After graduation he entered Lancaster Theological Seminary and studied for the ministry receiving his Bachelor of Divinity degree which was later converted to a Master of Divinity degree and continued his graduate study at the seminary receiving the Master of Sacred Theology degree. His first pastorate of eight years was at Niantic Union church where the Reformed congregation left the union church and built a new church in the Barto area called Calvary United Church of Christ. The second pastorate was at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Emmaus, where he was the senior pastor for sixteen years. His third pastorate encompassed four churches named the Mahoning Charge which included Zion’s Stone Church of Snyders, Ben Salem Church of Andreas, St. Peter’s Church at Mantzville and St. John’s Church at New Mahoning. All four churches were union churches when he came there to serve this charge. Zion and St. Peter’s then became federated churches, Ben Salem became United Church of Christ, and St. John’s became Lutheran. At the regional and national levels of the United Church of Christ, he served in many areas. He was the Penn Northeast Conference secretary and at the national level he served on the Board for World Ministries and was a delegate to General Synod. He was a trustee of Cedar Crest College in Allentown for several years. He and his wife, Beverley, received two sabbaticals. The first one involved a trip with The Eden Theological Seminary to Switzerland, West Germany, and The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in 1975 to study the works and theology of Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, and Martin Luther. The second one was a trip with the Hartford Theological Seminary to study theology at Mansfield College, Oxford University. They also received a Kellogg grant for three summers to study theology at Michigan State University. He worked very hard in all his endeavors and accomplished a great deal in all his efforts. 

Well done, thou good and faithful servant! 

Survivors include his wife, Beverley; his brother, Charles; and his niece, Ruth Buck. 

Services will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, in the Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary, 555 West James Street, Lancaster, PA with The Rev. Stephen Emick officiating. 

Calling hours will be held in Zion Stone Church, West Penn, 45 Cemetery Road, New Ringgold, PA from 5-8 PM on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, 503 West Broad Street, Tamaqua will take place at 1 PM on Thursday, January 26, 2023. 

Memorials in Pastor Knoebel’s name may be made to the David and Beverly Knoebel Scholar Fund at the Lancaster Theological Seminary, 555 West James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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


Bertram Daniel “Bert” Leiby
, 90, of Walker Township, PA died on January 19, 2023, at home. He was the husband of June Leiby to whom he had been married 63 years at the time of her death in 2016. 

Born in Coaldale, PA on May 13, 1932, Bert was the son of the late Daniel and Erma (Nester) Leiby. A 1950 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he was primarily a dairy farmer who also raised vegetables and turkeys over the years. Bert was a member of Zion Church of the Lewistown Valley where he served as an Elder. He served as a Walker Township supervisor for 25 years and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity where he had the opportunity to work with former President Jimmy Carter. Bert was a member of a number of varied organizations having belonged to the Sons of the American Revolution, Masonic Lodge No. 238, Gideons - Central Camp, the Schuylkill County Fair Association, the Schuylkill County Agricultural Museum, the Farm Credit Board, Tamaqua Royal Arch Chapter No. 177, the Rajah Shriners, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the White Shrine, and the Antique Engine, Tractor, and Toy Club, Inc. 

He is survived by sons, Bruce Leiby and his wife Carol of Tamaqua, PA, Scott Leiby and his wife Linda of Tamaqua, Dean Leiby and his wife Kathy of Manheim, PA and John Leiby and his wife Helen of New Ringgold, PA; daughter, Kay Ann Creyer of Blandon, PA; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sisters, Elinor Wagner of Harrisburg, PA and Joan Smith of Lewistown Valley, PA; and several nephews and nieces. 

He was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis Fisher and son-in-law, Mark Creyer. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2023, in Zion Church of the Lewistown Valley which will be followed by an ice cream social in the church social hall. Memorial donations in Bertram’s name may be made to Zion Church of the Lewistown Valley, 491 Valley Road, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 

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


Arnold P. Bohn, 89, of Fork Mountain Rd., Auburn, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023 at home.

Born on July 27, 1933 in West Tulpehocken Twp., he was a son of the late Paul and Esther Hiester Bohn.

Arnold was a 1951 graduate of Hamburg High School.

He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army serving with the Signal Corp in Panama and Canal Zone.

Arnold was a Wood Pattern Maker at Behler's Pattern in Deer Lake, from 1959 until he retired in 1997.

Preceding him in death was a daughter Lisa Bohn.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Delphine Dierwechter Bohn; a daughter Joanne and husband Dale Wunder of Auburn; two sons, Russell and wife Alisha Bohn of Akron, OH, David and wife Tracey Bohn of Pine Grove; five grandchildren, Matthew Wunder, Megan and husband Frank Narkiewicz, Ashley and husband Zach Rupert, Jeremy and wife Grace Bohn and Tessa Bohn; two great grandchildren, Elise Narkiewicz and Duncan Rupert; and a sister, Sandra Raezer of Hamburg.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Noon, at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor Janet Lewis officiating. There will be a visitation on Friday, January 27, 2023 from 11:00 A.M. until Noon at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, 18 Wertz Dr. Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 in his memory.


Mary R. Dougherty, 85 years of age of Tuscarora, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at Saint Luke's - Miners Memorial Medical Center on Thursday, January 19, 2023

Born Thursday, September 30, 1937 in Tuscarora, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late Gerald and Bernadette (Wirtz) Dougherty.

Mary was a graduate of Marian Catholic High School with the Class of 1955 and was employed as a bookkeeper in the textile industry prior to her retirement. She was a member of Saint Bertha's Roman Catholic Church and later Saint John XXIII Roman Catholic Church. Mary enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles.

Surviving are sisters, Helen M. Dougherty of Tuscarora, Kathryn Nester; and niece, Kira Stahler of Lehighton.

Private services have been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252, 570-668-2550.

Interment will be in Saint Bertha's Roman Catholic Church Cemetery, Walker Township.


Kerry W. Richards
, 74, of Tower City, entered eternal life on Friday, January 20, 2023 at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with his son by his side.

He was born December 19, 1948 to the late William and Helen (English) Richards.

He was a 1966 graduate of Williams Valley Jr./Sr. High School.

Kerry was of the Protestant faith and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City.

In his younger years, he was also active and served as President of the former Porter-Tower Jaycees.

He was a hardworking warehouse worker and forklift operator until his retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching old western movies and taking morning walks.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Richards.

Kerry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beth (Holden) Richards; a daughter Crystal Richards, Tower City; a son, Chad Richards and his wife Jody, Valley View; a granddaughter, Kailie Gaw and her husband Colton, Herndon; and a grandson, Caden Richards, Valley View.

Being respectful of his wishes, services will be held at the discretion of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Tower City Fire Company, P.O. Box 22
Tower City, PA, 17980, in his memory and in honor of his son and grandson; both of who have been actively involved in the volunteer fire service since the age of 14, and whom we was very proud of.

Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. is honored to serve the Richards family.


Regina M. Herman, 90, of North Ninth Street, Ashland, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill, East Norwegian Street, Pottsville. 

Born in Locustdale, September 25, 1932, she was the daughter of Leo and Regina Reagan Reichwein. She was a graduate of the former Mt. Carmel Catholic High School. Regina was a wife, mother, and homemaker, always caring about her family through out her lifetime. She was a member of the former St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, now St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, Ashland. 

Preceding her in death was her husband, Donald Herman, passing January 25, 1993, a daughter, Mary Yoder, Granddaughter, Melissa Yoder, son in law, Keith Yoder, sisters; Margaret Sahonic, Mary Snyder, and Gertrude Russin, also, brothers; William, James, and Leo Reichwein.


Daughter: Anne Herman, Ashland

Daughter: Judy Crawford, Ashland

Sister: Janet Guzevich, Mt. Carmel

Brother in Law: Bruce Russin, Natalie

Grandchildren: Richard Crawford and his companion Congetta Mulligan, Michael Crawford, and Brian Yoder.

Many Nieces and nephews

At the request of the family, the funeral service will be private. She will be laid to rest with her husband in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge funeral of arrangements.


Betty F. Mervine
, 89, of Plane Street, Gordon, passed away at Geisinger Shamokin Hospital, Coal Township, on January 17, 2023. Born in Lavelle, June 20, 1933, she was the daughter of Fred and Lottie (KukuK) Lucas. Betty attended Gordon schools. She married Glen R. Mervine in 1952. In January of 2022, they celebrated 70 years of marriage. Betty retired from Reidler Knitting Mills in Ashland, where she was employed as a folder.

Betty was a devoted and faithful member of the Simpson United Methodist Church. She attended Sunday School regularly, attaining perfect attendance for many years. Betty sang in the choir and was a member of the Women’s club. She also prepared Christmas gift bags for church members and community residents.

Betty and her husband Glen were rarely apart. Many Saturdays were spent “gallivanting” to yard sales, flea markets and stores. They enjoyed jarring foods such as tomatoes and red beets.

Betty greatly enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She sought ways to entertain them such as road trips and playing “school”.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Glen, August 2022, sisters, Anna Marlow, Peggy Hubler, Barrie Neumeister and brothers, William Lucas, Robert Lucas, Fredrick Lucas and Roland Lucas. Surviving sisters are Geraldine Mervine of Ashland and Nancy Higgins of Pottsville, a sister-in- law, Lillian Lucas, Barry Township, and many nieces and nephews.

Betty will be greatly missed by her daughter, Sandra wife of Norman Stitzer, Grandchildren, Valerie wife of George Dornsife, John Stitzer, Glen Stitzer, also Great Grandchildren, Reese and Alise Dornsife, Joslin, Jadelin, and Jolin Stitzer, all of Gordon.

The family requests memorials in Betty’s name be made to Simpson United Methodist Church, 119 Biddle Street, Gordon, PA 17936. As per Betty’s wishes, there will not be a viewing or funeral service. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.


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