Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 16, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: May 16, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Marie Polansky, 93, of Jupiter, FL and formerly of Little Egg Harbor, NJ and Lebanon, NJ, died on Sunday, May 14, 2023, in Jupiter. She was the wife of the late Raymond Polansky who died in 2003. 

Raised in Coaldale, PA, Marie was born in Coaldale on June 28, 1929, to the late John and Anna (nee Mahalick) Sobolowski. A 1947 graduate of the former Coaldale High School, she acquired her real estate license and was the owner and operator of Carriage House Realty in White House, NJ for 20 years. Marie was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Orthodox Mission in Jupiter where she served on the board for many years and sang in the choir. She loved church, friends, and family – especially her grandchildren. Besides socializing, she enjoyed playing bingo and slot machines, reading, and going to estate sales with her sister, Sonya. 

Marie is survived by daughter, Gail Polansky and her partner, Paul Staas of Jupiter; daughter-in-law, Gwyn Polansky of Stuart, FL; son-in-law, Russ Peluso of Louisburg, NC; grandson, Nicholas Polansky of Stuart, FL; and granddaughter, Anastasia Polansky of Stuart, FL; and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, James Raymond Polansky; a daughter, Nina Peluso; and siblings, Walter, Olga Morris, Anna Trush, John, and Sonya Gerhard. 

Services will be announced when finalized. Memorials donations may be made to St. Mary Orthodox Church, 217 First Street, Coaldale, PA 18218. 

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


Eleanor O. Jamison
, 89, of Pine Grove, passed away Sunday, May 14th, at Providence Place, Pine Grove.

Born in Port Carbon on November 25, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Robert & Olga (Shipe) Wildermuth.

Her beloved husband of 68 years, Jacob J. Jamison, preceded her in death just ten days prior on May 4, 2023. They were wed on October 16, 1954.

Eleanor was raised on her family's farm on the Summer Hill, Auburn. She graduated from Cressona High School, Class of 1951.

She spent many years as a full time homemaker, but also worked as a secretary for Alpha Mills, Canoe Mfg., Miller Bros. Construction, and Thrivent. Eleanor supported her husband's beekeeping business as his bookkeeper.

Eleanor was known as an excellent cook and pie baker. She was a loving Mother and Nana to her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She was an avid reader and embroidered many family heirlooms.

She was a lifelong member of Bethesda Evangelical Congregational Church of Reedsville, where she served as church pianist for 60 years.

Eleanor began playing piano for the Sunday School at age 13. She also sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and was the Children's Choir Director.

She is survived by three daughters: Beth, wife of Richard Lutz, Cynthia, wife of Jeffrey Freeman, all of Pine Grove area; and Heidi, wife of James Irwin, of Marietta, PA; grandchildren: Rebecca Lutz of Friedensburg, Blair Freeman of Philadelphia, Evan Freeman, husband of Beth, of Manheim, Lauren Irwin of Marietta, and Luke Irwin of Marietta; great-granddaughter, Abigail Freeman of Manheim; two sisters: Margaret, wife of Nathan Heim, of Auburn, and Jean Bolton, of Cressona, and nieces & nephews.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held Thursday, May 18th at Bethesda Evangelical Congregational Church of Reedsville, Schuylkill Haven at 11 AM. A viewing will be held at the church from 10 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Reedsville Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to Bethesda Evangelical Congregational Church, 23 Meadowbrook Dr., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Surrounded by his loving family, Earl E. Morgan, 96, of Pine Grove, entered into the loving arms of our Lord on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill East, Pottsville.

Born on September 16, 1926 in Pine Grove, he was a son of the late Raymond W. and Minnie Schwartz Morgan. Earl had a full life and touched many lives in that time.

Earl was a 1944 graduate of Pine Grove High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Central Europe during WWII. He was a member of Co A 20th ARMD Inf. Bn. He received the American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Ribbon. He had many neighborhood friends that also went to serve their country.

Earl worked on the family farm and sawmill. He was employed after the war as an Overhead Crane Operator for Alcoa in Cressona. He met his wife Beatrice and was married for 69 years and raised not only three daughters but also a dear friends son in his early years. Earl having daughters went on to be cub master of Pack 50 in Pine Grove and touched many lives and created long lasting friendships along the way.

He was a member of Salem Hetzel's UCC Church. He was also a member of the Pine Grove Masonic Lodge #409 F. & A.M., the Pine Grove VFW Post 3432 and the Roedersville Fish and Game.

Earl was a kind, compassionate and loving man and attended sporting events that his children and grandchildren participated in. You could find Beatrice and Earl at events all throughout the year. He loved working in his truck patch and you could always find a puzzle waiting for completion in the quiet hours. You could find Earl sitting on his back porch and watching all kinds of birds visit his feeders and we'd have to keep the feeders filled to the brim. He loved taking his family and others on camping trips to the Delaware and New Jersey beaches and created memories that his daughters and their families still continue to enjoy today.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 69 years, Beatrice L. Kerschner Morgan; a sister, Eva Roeder; and two brothers, William J. Morgan and Dennis Morgan.

Surviving are three daughters, Cindy and husband William Fenstermacher, Beth Ann Keller-Pinto and husband Roy, Patti and husband Dennis White, all of Pine Grove; 6 grandchildren, Casey Fenstermacher, Cody and wife Elizabeth Fenstermacher, Aaron Spell and fiancé Justine Madenford, Amber and husband Justin Myers, Kelsey and husband Benjamin Peterson, Austin White and fiancé Jessica Renninger; 8 great grandchildren, Connor, Cassidy and Callie Fenstermacher, Jayce, Julianna and Zoie Myers, Bentlee and Bristol Peterson; a brother, Raymond and wife Lorraine Morgan; two sisters-in-law Marianne and Carol Morgan; many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you for the support of care givers from Sch. Home Care, Providence Place in Pottsville, along with the nurses of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Compassus Hospice care

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with John Ries officiating. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 from 8:30 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home. Masonic Services will be held at 9:45 A.M. followed by military honors prior to the start of the funeral. Interment will follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to either Hetzel's U.C.C. Memorial Fund, 261 Hetzel's Church Road, Pine Grove, PA 17963 or Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care, 1001 James Drive Suite B-34, Leesport, PA 19533 in his memory.


Ronald L. Artz, 86, of Pottsville, passed away Monday, May 15th, at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Pottsville.

Ronald was born in Pottsville on November 26, 1936, a son of the late Hannah C. (Toomey) and Harry A. Artz.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville, where he was President of the church council and also served on many church committees. Ronald was also a member of the Yorkville Hose Company. He was a graduate of Pottsville High School, class of 1954. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War, after which he received his Bachelors degree from Penn State University. He worked at Ost & Ost, Inc. prior to retiring.

Ronald is survived by a brother, Robert Artz, husband of Carol and Sister Doris Stanton, widow of Bill as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Alveretta Artz; Dorothy Emmons; Mildred Artz and brothers, William, Edward, Harry Jr., Harold and Ralph Artz.

A Religious Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 West Arch Street, Pottsville, with Pastor Chris Rothharpt officiating on Friday, May 26 at 10:30 AM. Guests are invited to call from 9:30 AM until the time of service. Interment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville on Tuesday May 30th, 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Van Fund, 300 West Arch St. Pottsville, PA 17901.

Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home, Inc., Orwigsburg is honored to be serving the family.


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