Friday, March 31, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 31, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: March 31, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


June H. Bensinger
, 88, of Orwigsburg, formerly of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Thursday, March 30th, at Orwigsburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Pottsville on October 12th, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Hannah A. (Troutman) and Harry E. Boyer.

June was the widow of Arlo J. Bensinger, Sr. to whom she was married for 21 years.

After graduating from Schuylkill Haven High School in 1952, June was employed at the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company as a Trust Officer from 1952 to 1966, After a brief hiatus to raise her children she re-entered the workforce in 1974 as the accountant for The Call, which was later renamed South Schuylkill Printing and Publishing. In addition to handling finances, she wrote a weekly column called Harriet B. Housewife, as well as illustrating cartoons for the paper. She retired from South Schuylkill Printing and Publishing in 2009. June continued her passion for writing using social media and had a large following on Facebook. She supplied numerous articles and memories to Richard Nagle's Schuylkill Haven Historical Society Facebook Page and The Schuylkill County page. Most recently she started a daily Facebook post called "From Room 127B" highlighting her experiences at Orwigsburg Center.

June was a former officer of the BPW, Schuylkill Haven, a member of the American Institute of Bankers, the Channel 12 Lollipoppers and was an officer of SHHS Band Aides and a Cub Scout den mother. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church where she was a nursery Sunday school teacher and later a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church.

An avid lover of all animals, especially cats, June enjoyed her many pets over the years, collecting cat and mice sculptures, commenting on current events and drawing cartoons.

June lived in Port Clinton until 1944 when she moved to Schuylkill Haven where she remained until moving to Orwigsburg Center in June 2022. She loved her home on Paxson Avenue and enjoyed meeting and greeting her neighbors while sitting outside on her front porch. She also enjoyed attending her class of 1952 class reunions and was a regular attendee until recent health challenges prevented her attendance. Once she moved to Orwigsburg Center she became active in all the resident activities including morning exercise, coffee klatches, bingo and resident council meetings.

June is survived by a daughter, Melanie Bensinger Mobley, of Fairfax, VA and a son, Arlo Bensinger, Jr. of Boalsburg, PA. She is also survived by grandchildren, Erin Mobley Barket, wife of Craig of Schuylkill Haven,PA, Amanda Mobley of San Francisco,CA, Rebecca Mobley wife of Seán Wrenn of Broomfield,CO, Hannah A. Bensinger Beck, wife of Matthew of Boalsburg; great grandchildren, Nathan and Clara Barket, Aubrey and Callum Beck; a stepson Terry L. Bensinger Sr. of Schuylkill Haven; step-grandchildren, Heidi Shay, Kristi Maurer and Terry L. Bensinger Jr.; step-great grandchildren, Craig, Jordan, and Benjamin Barket, Kristopher and Emma Jane Maurer, Madison Bensinger, and a first cousin Joan Troutman Sherman of Orwigsburg. She also leaves behind other extended family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Friday, April 14th at Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home, Inc in Schuylkill Haven. Visitation is at 10:00 a.m. and the Memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.

The family prefers remembrances in the form of contributions to Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901


Joel Cooper
, 37, of St. Clair, died Wednesday March 29, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family.

Born in Pottsville, January 15, 1986, He was a son of Richard Cooper of St. Clair and Alice (Cartwright) Reed and her husband Charles of St. Clair.

He was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School and worked in food preparation and McDonald’s Pottsville.

Joel enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid bowler, a member of US Bowling Congress and especially loved participating in Bowl for Kid’s Sake. He also participated in Magic Card Tournaments.

In addition to his parents he is survivied by a brother Clinton Cooper of St. Clair; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 PM Tuesday April 4, 2023from Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 North Second Street St. Clair, PA 17970 with The Rev. Jack Murray officiating. Friends may call from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 862, Carnegie, PA 15106.


Anna T. Meinhold
, 94, of St. Clair, died Tuesday March 28, 2023, at her residence with her loving and devoted daughter, Helen at her side and several of her cats cuddled next to her.

Born in St. Clair, May 2, 1928, she was a daughter of the late John and Julia Kardasin Timko.

She was a graduate of St. Clair High School, Class of 1946.

Anna was a member of St. Michael Orthodox Church, St. Clair, PA, and was a devoted Orthodox Christian all of her life. She followed in the footsteps of her father, John Timko, who was one of the founders of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church. She and her husband Robert helped with starting an Orthodox mission church in Waldorf, MD. The fledgling church held services in a garage, then after several years the small parish was able to raise funding to construct the beautiful St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church. The Church was custom built in traditional Carpatho-Rusyn timber framed construction, as found in Ukraine.This church is now a vibrant and growing parish.

Anna was very dedicated to her family; she especially delighted in sharing the joy of art, music and reading with her children. They were led by example to understand the importance of extending kindness and compassion to other people and animals.

A longtime breast cancer survivor, Anna was a very strong supporter of other women battling this disease.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, CMSgt/ Robert Meinhold in 2010 and a daughter Sandra Meinhold- Edwards in 1998.

Surviving are daughter Helen Meinhold of St. Clair, son Dr. John Meinhold of New Hampshire and a grandson Lt. Col, Nicholas Edwards of Germany.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday April 3, 2023 from St. Michael Orthodox Church, 109 North Nichols Street St. Clair. The Rev. Jeff Zias will be officiating. . In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901or St Michael Orthodox Memorial Fund at the above address. Burial will be in St. Michael Orthodox Cemetery, East Norwegian Twp.

May God rest her soul.


Janet Agnes Seiders
, age 79, of Palo Alto, PA passed away Thursday, March 29th, 2023 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill, East, Pottsville

Born in Pottsville, PA on October 7, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Willis and Agnes (McNeely) Meck.

Janet was a graduate of Pottsville High School and then attended Penn State University and Eastern Mennonite College. She worked as a clerk at The Good Will Book Store in Pottsville. Janet was a member of the Mountainside Bible Church in Palo Alto and was a bible school teacher. She loved being grandmother and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Derek Seiders.

Janet is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harry M. Seiders, Palo Alto; two sons: Jeffrey Seiders and his wife Darla, Palo Alto and Nathan Seiders and his wife Jess, Cressona; grandchildren: Kurt, Kyle, Kelsie (Ken Martin), Alexis, and Autumn; and great-grandchildren: Ryan and Ellie.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Mountainside Bible Church in Palo Alto at 4PM on Friday, April 7th, with Pastor Kenton Martin officiating.

Interment will be held private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountainside Bible Church, 20 Union Street Pottsville, PA 17901.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements.


Tyrone B. Stewart, 71, of Tremont passed away early Thursday morning, March 30, 2023.

Following Tyrone's wishes, there will be no services or formal obituary.

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


Wayne K. Parfitt
, 87, of Pottsville passed away Tuesday while a resident of The Gardens at York Terrace.

Born September 26, 1935, he was the son of the late Howard and Mary Parfitt.

He was a 1953 graduate of Pottsville Area High School.

Wayne was married to the late Eileen C. Seltzer who passed away in 1992.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Wayne worked most of his life for Rockwell Industries and retired from there after 32 years of employment.

In his spare time Wayne enjoyed mechanical work and working on cars.

In addition to his wife and parents he is preceded in death by his sister, Doris Powers and a daughter-in-law Sunday Parfitt.

Wayne is survived by his children; Martiann Parfitt of Sacramento CA, William Parfitt of Pottsville and Wayne Parfitt of Newport News, VA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Catherine wife of Ali, Abigail, and Benjamin of Newport News, VA and Donald of Norfolk, VA and Josiah of Kileen TX and great grandchildren; Kayla, Brooke, James, Olivia, and Parker.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 A.M. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


Elaine M. Grapsy
, 60 of Schuylkill Haven, died Thursday at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia surrounded by her family.

She was born February 22, 1963, in Scranton a daughter of the late Max E. and Marilyn Garvey Golod.

She was a 1981 graduate of Nativity BVM High School and a 1985 graduate of Marywood University.

She was bank manager at the former Miners Bank prior to having and raising her two children, whom she adored. She later worked alongside her husband at his family’s business. A great deal of her last years were selflessly spent serving as caretaker for her late mother.

Elaine was a member of the St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

Elaine always put her family first above all else - including herself. She was known for passionately (and vocally) supporting her children in everything they did: every game and every phase of life. She enjoyed weekend beach trips with her husband, trying new recipes, tending to her gardens, and never missed a Eagles or Sixers game. Elaine was the epitome of unconditional love in all she was - a daughter, wife, and mother — and her love will endure for the rest of her family’s lives.

Surviving are her husband Mark Grapsy, with whom she would have celebrated 35 years of marriage with on May 7th; a daughter, Jillian Grapsy, Dallas, TX: a son Shane Grapsy, Philadelphia; her Havanese dog, Jax; nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11AM from St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, with Rev. Kevin J. Bobbin as celebrant. Viewings will be held Tuesday evening from 6-8PM at James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville, and Wednesday morning from 10AM until the time of mass at St. John. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Elaine be made to St. John Memorial Fund, 913 Mahantongo St. Pottsville, PA 17901.


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