Saturday, April 8, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for April 8, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: April 8, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Samantha L. Muth, 17, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Thursday, April 6th.

She was born in Pottsville on November 14, 2005.

Samantha is survived by her mother, Lisa (Soltys) Moyer, father, Scott Moyer, two sisters, Kathryn Muth, & Shelby Moyer, two brothers, James Muth, & Tyler Moyer, half sisters, Miranda & Makayla Muth, and her biological father, David Muth.

Samantha currently attended Schuylkill Haven High School, and worked as a cashier for Redner's.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 PM to 5 PM on Thursday, April 13th at Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home, Inc. in Schuylkill Haven, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to an animal shelter or bird sanctuary in Samantha's name or plant a memorial tree.


Martena A. Schnerring
, 98, of Orwigsburg passed away April 7, 2023. She was the daughter of the late Lee & Alvesta (Krammes) Greenawalt; and the widow of Benjamin F. Schnerring III who died in 1987.

Born in Schuylkill Haven, she attained her elementary education at Pike, a one room school, then graduated from Schuylkill Haven High School and Kutztown State Teachers College, earning a degree in elementary education followed by a Master's degree in psychology from Columbia University. She taught in Mt. Penn & Schuylkill Haven and served as a school psychologist for Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29 over a period of 35 years.

Following retirement from I.U. 29 Martena contracted with agencies including Family Life Service, Berks I.U., and Berks Heim to provide counseling and evaluations and maintained a private practice until retiring in 2003.

Married in 1949 Ben & Martena began collecting antiques as a basis for a far off retirement business. Fate intervened when Ben suffered a heart attack which cut short his teaching career. He opened a Christmas tree farm and an antique shop which both operated until his death in 1987. They were both active collectors with Martena acquiring an impressive collection of dolls which was exhibited by the Reading Museum for a three month period. The couple enjoyed travel and after his death she continued visiting China, Kenya, Africa, Australia, Europe, Hawaii, & Great Britain. Her daughter's wedding took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

A lifelong member of the present Jerusalem Lutheran Church she served in many capacities including teaching, choir, church council, synod, & ELCA boards but she was most proud of Jerusalem Child Care Center which was begun by St. Matthews Lutheran Church and continues to be a thriving outreach. In 2014, she was honored for her 45 years of service to the organization.

Within the community she was a 75 year member and past president of the Schuylkill Haven Business & Professional Women's Club, a longtime member of Children & Youth advisory board, and mental health agencies. In 1989 she was awarded a Schuylkill County Human Service Award.

Martena felt blessed by her large family and Pennsylvania German heritage and began collecting history and memorabilia from past generations and preserving mementos of the present.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by her brothers: Lee, Ralph, & Owen Greenawalt, two sisters: Dorothy Greenawalt Hildenbrandt, & Jean Alice Greenawalt Fehr, and a son, Frederick Schnerring.

Martena is survived by her daughter, Deborah Schwarz, daughter-in-law, Debra Gamber, brother, Allen Greenawalt & wife, Elizabeth, grandchildren: Jeremy Schnerring, Holly Wolanin & husband, Andrew, Kaitlin, triplets Benjamin, Madeleine, & Alexandra Schwarz, and great-grandchildren: Violet, & Olivia Wolanin, and nieces & nephews.

A viewing will be held at Jerusalem Lutheran Church on Friday, April 14th from 5-7 p.m.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at the church on Saturday, April 15h at 10 a.m. An additional viewing will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday.

Interment will be privately held for family only.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forward to Jerusalem Child Care Center Scholarship Fund, 252 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Carolyn Beatrice Penberth, 81, of Pottsville, passed away Saturday, April 1st, a LVHN Cedar Crest. 

Carolyn was born in Pottsville, Pa. on August 10, 1941, a daughter of the late Carrie Beatrice (Freeze) and William Harvey Reedy. She was the widow of Thomas J. Penberth Sr. . In addition to her parents, and her husband, Thomas, she was preceded in death a sister, Doris homovich, and a Great granddaughter, Ashly Penberth. Carolyn is survived by four daughters, Terry Penberth, Brenda Hinkle, Cheryl, wife of George Ferry, Carrie, wife of Chris Wenner. A son, Thomas J. Jr. , husband of Kerri Penberth. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces & nephews. 

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 12th at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Port Carbon. There shall be no calling hours. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer Foundation of America 

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


David L. Loch
, 70 years, of Cumbola, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, April 6, 2023.

He was the husband of Bonnie Loch (Kauffman - Runkle) for 18 years.

Born in Doylestown, PA, he was the son of Janette A. (Breininger) Loch and the late Lester C. Loch.

He grew up on his parent's farm and became a Proud Teamster LTL Freight Driver for Yellow Freight Corp until he retired in 2015.

Survivors: his loving wife, Bonnie Loch; son David L. Loch II and grandson Cody David Loch of Orefield PA; son and daughter-in-law Daniel L. Loch and Caitlin Schultheis of Bethlehem, PA; stepdaughter Stacy, wife of Thomas D. Reed of Middleport, PA; stepson Anthony Vincent Runkle of Cumbola, PA; step grandchildren JR, Veronica and Marcus; sisters Linda, wife of Glenn Reeder of New Tripoli, Susan Held of Hamburg, Donna, wife of Thomas Rabenold of Millersburg; and five nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Peter. In lieu of services, the family has requested to plant a garden in his honor or spend a day with loved ones.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. is in charge of arrangements.


Dwight L. Moyer Jr.
, 84, of Ashland passed away Friday morning April 7th at Broad Mountain Health & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on September 21, 1938 in Abington Township and was the son of the late Esther (Kunz) and Dwight L. Moyer Sr.

He graduated from Kings Point Academy in 1958 where he studied navigation and sailing. Dwight was a Merchant Marine where he earned an Unlimited Tonnage Sea License.

In his early years he enjoyed flying his plane and sailing his yacht. He served on the board of directors for the Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society. Dwight was also a member of Ashland American Legion Post 434.

In addition to his parents, Dwight is preceded in death by his son Dwight Moyer III and former spouse Phoebe Moyer.

He is survived by his son Arthur Moyer and grandson Alexander E. Moyer both of South Bound Brook, NJ.

A viewing for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, April 12th from 1-2 PM at the funeral home. A short service will be held at 2 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be on Friday, April 14th at 2PM at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, 1169 Limekiln Pike, Ambler PA 19002. A gathering for family and friends will also be held on Friday from 1:00-2:00 PM at the cemetery chapel.

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


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