Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 21st, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: February 21st, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Janet Kay Wolfgang, 67, of Orwigsburg, passed away Friday, February 17th, at her residence.

Janet was born in Pottsville, PA on July 23, 1955, a daughter of the late Catherine Krull and Charles K. Hill.

She was the wife of James R. Wolfgang.

She was a member of Christ Church McKeansburg, she was active in her church with Sunday school and all types of fund raisers

A Graduate of Blue Mountain High School Class of 1973.

Janet is survived by a daughter, Julie Kay Wood, of Hershey; a son, Gregory Charles Wood, of Montana; also survived by grandaughter Lorali Taylor Wood Emmaus, a brother Jeffrey Hill husband of Marcia, of Orwigsburg, niece Jesse Charles Hill Brooklyn New York.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, February 24th with Rev Jonathan Heim officiating. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 10 am till time of services at Christ Church McKeansburg

The family prefers remembrances in the form of contributions to Christ Church McKeansburg, 6 South Race Street New Ringgold, PA 17960.

Interment at Christ Church Cemetery.


Bruce D. Long
, 80, of formerly of Schuylkill Haven passed away Saturday, February 18th, at Orwigsburg Center after a long illness.

Bruce was born in Schuylkill Haven, PA on October 24, 1942, a son of the late Ethel (Bittler) and Calvin J. Long.

He was the widower of Constance Marie (Bixler) Long who died February 28, 2021, preceded in death by a brother Richard Long and a sister Jean Huntzinger

Bruce graduated from Blue Mountain High School Class of 1961. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served aboard the USS Georgetown.

Completing his tour of duty he attended Industrial Management of Reading. Studying Mechanical Drafting. He worked as a contractor draftsman through FW Armitage Inc and United Technical Associates Inc.

Bruce enjoyed the outdoors. He was involved with the Boy Scouts in Auburn. He was an avid hiker having hiked the entire Appalachian trail in Pennsylvania. He also enjoyed playing golf a various courses. Upon retiring he voluntered his time to the Senior Aid program in Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville preparing and packaging food for Meals on Wheels.

He is also survived by Sisiter in law Sandra Long Schuylkill Haven, three nephews Dave Long, Mitchel Huntzinger, James Tidwell and a niece Tayna Ehrenfried

He was preceded in death by his wife Constance Marie (Bixler) Long, a brother Richard Long and a sister Jean Huntzinger

Graveside memorial services will be held at 10:30 Wednesday March 1, with Rev. James Fidler Officiating at Schuylkill Memorial Park Schuylkill Haven, PA.

The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions to Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services Meals on Wheels 110 E Laurel Blvd, Pottsville, PA 17901 or American Cancer Society 16 N 4th St, Minersville, PA 17954


Richard S. Fretz
, 96, formerly of Orwigsburg passed away Sunday, February 19th, at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Richard was born in Yellow House, PA on December 13, 1926, a son of the late Edith (Sailer) and Paul Fretz.

He was the husband of Ruth G. (Houck) Fretz to whom he was married to for 72 years.

Dick was the former owner of the Deutsche House Orwigsburg. He was the trucking and transportation Manager for Maiers Bakery Reading, former manager at Bond Bakery.

He loved his family and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was a member of Orwigsburg Lodge #138, Orwigsburg Eastern Star #424 where he was past Patron, Past President of the High Twelve Club. A former starter at Hidden Valley Golf Course.

Dick is survived by a daughter, Theresa A., wife of Bob Haslam, of Port Carbon; a son, Paul Jonathan, husband of Andrea L. Fretz, of Birdsboro.

He is also survived by 4 grand children Karin McCabe husband Jason, Kellie Garrett husband Geoff, Alexander Fretz, Sonia Riegner, 3 great grand children Kayla Ege, Kevin Garrett and Emily McCabe

Preceded in death by a sister Helen Yoder, and a brother Floyd Fretz

Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday February 23, 10:30 am at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church Schuylkill Haven with Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik officiating.

A viewing for family and friends will be held from 9 - 10 am Thursday at Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home Schuylkill Haven. Masonic services will be held at 10 am.

The family prefers remembrances in the form of contributions to Make A Wish Foundation 518 Harrison Street Pottsville. On memo line Richard Fretz.


Rosemary C. “Rosie” Hostetter
, 68 of Pottsville, died Saturday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

She was born June 4, 1954 in Pottsville a daughter of the late Herbert and Frances McCord Gross.

She was a 1972 graduate of Pottsville Area High School.

Rosie was a teachers aid for the Pottsville Area District prior to retiring.

She was a member of the former Mary Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

Rosie was a devoted wife, mother and enjoyed her job as a teachers aid.

She was preceded is death by her brother, SP4 V. Lee Gross, MP.

Surviving is her devoted husband, Robert L. Hostetter; her loving children, T.J. Hostetter, Pottsville; Stacey Hostetter, State of Washington; Kaitlin Hostetter, Pottsville; a brother, James Gross, Pottsville; 2 sisters, Karen Measel, Port Carbon; Diane Nevadomsky, Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

Service of Remembrance will be held Monday at 11AM from the James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville, with Deacon John E. Quirk officiating. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 9AM until the time of services. The family would prefer remembrance in the form of contributions in memory of Rosie be made to St. Joseph Center For Special Learning, 2075 W. Norwegian St., Pottsville, PA 17901.


Wilma I Klinger
, age 100, formerly of Weishample, passed away Monday, February 20, 2023 at The Gardens at York Terrace, Pottsville.

She was born on Friday, December 1, 1922, in Barry Township, a daughter of the late Earl Kimmel and the late Verna (Kessler) Kimmel.

Wilma was a 1941 graduate of the former Hegins Township High School.

She was a member of Barry Salem United Methodist Church, Weishample; where she taught youth Sunday School for fifty years.

In her younger days was a 4H leader, a minority inspector and helped at the election board of Barry Twp for over 50 years. She was the first female master of the former Weishample Grange and lecturer for many years. Wilma was a member of the Ashland and the Tri-Valley Senior Citizens. She liked to paint and had a space at the Hegins Craft Fair for many years. Her winter hobby was putting jig saw puzzles together. Wilma was an avid Phillies fan.

Her husband, Clair D Klinger, passed away in 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by two brothers, Bobby Kimmel and Harold Kimmel, and two sisters, Carolyn Geist and Arlene Herb.

She is survived by two sons, Terry C Klinger and his wife Jeannette of Valley View and Ricky D Klinger and his wife Barbara of Pottstown; a daughter, Tamie D Holland and her husband Scott of Millsboro, DE; six grandchildren, Vicki Wilson, Michelle Miller, Beth Southwood, Lisa Wombaugh, Kimberly Holland, and Kayla Spickler; sixteen great-grandchildren, Steve Wilson, Travis Wilson, Dara Desrosier, Farren Miller, Emma Southwood, Lauren Southwood, Jacob Southwood, Felicia Wasson, Korbin Poman, Alexia Cotellese, Abagail Cotellese, Levi Spickler, Malakai Spickler, Noa Spickler, Ollie Spickler, and Samuel Creason; four great great grandchildren, Logan Roadcap, Gatlin Roadcap, Olivia Engle, and Anja Wilson; a brother, Leonard Kimmel of Frederick, MD; two sisters, Sandra Fees of Valley View and Ellen Woodring of Tremont; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Barry Salem United Methodist Church, Weishample, on Friday, February 24, 2023, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Benjamin Scholl officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday at the church.

Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Weishample.

Memorial contributions can be made to Barry Salem United Methodist Church, 837 Deep Creek Rd, Ashland PA 17921.

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


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