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Schuylkill County Obituaries for August 25, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: August 25, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Daniel D. Hartung
, Pottsville, PA passed away unexpectedly from his earthly life on Monday, August 20, 2023, at the age of 59 years. He was born in Coaldale, PA.

He is survived by his beloved son Daniel and his wife, Merisa and grandson, Xavier James, Tannersville, PA. In addition, he is survived by siblings, Renee, wife of Ronald Frederick, Blue Ball, PA; April, wife of Kerry Hartranft, New Ringgold, PA; Linda, wife of Michael Kane, Tamaqua, PA; Charles and his wife Cindy, Tamaqua, PA; Ernest, Tamaqua, PA; Lizbeth Domday, Tamaqua, PA; Keith and his wife Vidhya, of Mechanicsburg, PA, and his little sister, Paula, wife of Thomas Weinert, Tamaqua, PA. He also leaves behind his uncle Gordon Kistler, Mohrsville, PA and many nieces and nephews.

Danny has joined his parents, Paul and Mearl (Kistler) Hartung and three brothers, Robert P., Rick L. And Raymond D in heaven.

Danny’s childhood was one marked by ambition, craziness, dirt, and exploration. His mother referred to him as a handful, but she loved him just the same. He had a way with animals and loved them unconditionally just as they loved him. Danny spent most of his time over the last several years volunteering for a handful of organizations, but his biggest contribution went to Bridge 127, Pottsville, PA. It was there he felt he found his purpose in life, helping his sister, Paula and many unfortunate families in Schuylkill County through the work he did there. Danny was a jack of all trades, master of none, and could take other people’s waste and turn it into something useful.

Besides his volunteer work at Bridge 127, Danny’s other passion and talent was his dance with a pool stick. He fell in love with pool at a young age and loved the challenge each rack of the balls provided. Pool is a game that requires skill, patience, and precision, all of which Danny demonstrated with ease. He loved spending time with friends or family around the pool table.

Now that Danny passed into the arms of the Lord, we should remind ourselves that while this is the end of his physical life on earth, it is the beginning of an eternal beautiful journey for him - free of the demons that he faced on earth.

From his favorite poem:
When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you king for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself
See what that man has to say.

Favorite quote by Mark Twain “the two most important reasons in life are the day you are born and the day you find out why !”

Psalm 138 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: Thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies and, thy right hand shall save me.

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

A Celebration of Danny's Life will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday August 30, 2023 at 11 o'clock A.M. Friends may call from 9:30 A.M. until time of services.

Interment Odd Fellows Cemetery Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in Danny's name to:
Bridge 127
19 North Centre Street
Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901


Patricia Ann Moerder
, 70, of Tamaqua and previously Brockton and Andreas, died on August 23, 2023, in Coaldale. She was the wife of David Samuel Moerder to whom she was married 53 years this April. 

Born on October 9, 1952, in Pottsville, Patricia was a daughter of the late Aloysius, Sr. and Patricia (Kneeshaw) Heitz. She had been an employee of Tommy’s, Tamaqua and had also been employed by Dowd Marketing and the former J. E. Morgan Knitting Mills. Patricia loved spending time with her family – children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. An avid bingo player, she also enjoyed going to yard sales and shopping. 

In addition to her husband, David, Patricia is survived by sons, David John Moerder and his wife Erica of New Tripoli and Harry Allen Moerder of Tamqua; daughter, Emily Ann Rossi and her husband Robert of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Samantha Rossi, Bobbijo Rossi, Domanick Rossi and his wife Khalan, Shai Gray and her husband Justin all of Tamaqua, and Ryan Moerder of Lehighton; great grandchildren, Robert, Wyatt, Athena, Madyson, Daniel, and Natalia Gray and Leilani, Alexander, and Aubrey Rossi; sister, Geraldine Gregas of Shenandoah; brother, Aloysius Heitz, Jr. of Lansford; and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by great grandchild, Mason Gray and brothers, John Heitz and Michael Heitz. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, September 1, 2023, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua. Call 10-11 AM on Friday at the funeral home. 

The family would appreciate memorial donations towards the funeral in care of the funeral home. 

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


Joseph Aloise Harvilla, Jr.
, 74, of Tamaqua, died on Thursday, August 24, 2023, in Bethlehem. He was the husband of Roxanne (Bright) Harvilla with whom he would have celebrated 39 years of marriage this October. 

Born on April 17, 1949, in Coaldale, Joe was a son of Joseph A., Sr. and Sara A. (Watkins) Harvilla. He grew up in Coaldale and graduated from Panther Valley High School in 1967. Joe was a presser at Tami’s sportswear and had been employed in a number of other factory jobs. A friendly, outgoing guy, his last 9-year job as a Walmart customer host was the one he most enjoyed. Joe was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua and a former member of the Knights of Columbus and Coaldale Fire Company. He had been a football coach for Panther Valley and was involved with the Tamaqua Raider Band as a parent and band booster. Joe liked to golf, bowl, and watch the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Denver Broncos. 

A very loving family man, he will be missed by wife, Roxanne; daughter, Tiffany Ann Warden and her husband Matthew of St. Clair; granddaughter, Kinsley Warden; brother, John Harvilla of Coaldale; and many other family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. 

Services will be held at 11 AM, on Thursday, August 31 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Call 6-8 PM on Wednesday, August 30 and 10-11 AM on Thursday, August 31 at the funeral home. 

Memorial donations may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 North Greenwood Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at 

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


Anna Motko
, a lifelong resident of Mar Lin, Norwegian Township, who celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this month, died on Wednesday at The Gardens at York Terrace after a short stay.

Born on August 14, 1923, in Mar Lin, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Mary (nee Gutsko) Motko. She attended Mar Lin and Pottsville schools. She was a hard worker, and dedicated employee, working all of her career at the former Pottsville Shirt Company and was a proud member of the Amalgamated Garment Workers Union.

Faith and family were everything to Anna, or Aunt Honya, the Ukrainian name that her many nieces and nephews fondly knew her by. She was a deeply devoted member and generous benefactor of Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville, volunteering for many years at the annual church picnic and donating funds to purchase one of the beautiful glass doors at the church entrance. An accomplished swimmer in her youth, her skill in the waters of Mar Lin Dam were legendary and she enjoyed teaching the younger generations in her family how to swim and often took them for walks down the dam to enjoy nature, sip refreshing spring water, and pick mushrooms. She was a beautiful soul who found joy in the simple things in life: enjoying good food and cooking her homemade Ukrainian specialties, listening to polka music, watching her favorite Philadelphia sports teams, the Eagles and Phillies, on TV, and tending to her bountiful vegetable garden, her grapevines and her home on Chestnut Street, the place where she was born and lived all her life. Most of all, she cherished spending time with her family and friends. She shared many breakfasts and cups of Red Rose tea with her friend and sister-in-law, Connie. She was always there to share our joy and celebrate the many special moments and important events in our lives. She loved us with her whole heart, and we loved and adored her.

The youngest and last of five children, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Metro Motko, Michael Motko, John Motko and William Motko.

Anna is survived by her nieces Ruth Kirwan, of Mar Lin, Geraldine Schreiber, of Bethlehem, and Gloria George, of Mar Lin, who was also her caretaker, as well as many great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville on Tuesday, August 29, from 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. when procession will form. Requiem Divine Liturgy will be in Saint Nicholas Church, 415 N. Front Street, Minersville, at 10:30 A.M. Interment will follow at Saint Nicholas Cemetery, Branch Township. The family appreciates donations to Saint Nicholas Church Memorial Fund.


Louise Majetsky, 74, of Trenton, PA, passed away Friday, August 25th, at Lehigh Valley East Norwegian, Pottsville.

Arrangements will be announced.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


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