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Schuylkill County Obituaries for August 22nd, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: August 22, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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John Kopina
, 92, of Frackville, passed away Saturday August 19, 2023 at Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Frackville, September 11, 1930, he was a son of the late Michael and Meri (Hafinak) Kopina.

He was a 1948 graduate of West Mahanoy Township High School. His classmates remembered John as one of the smartest boys in the class and just as unobtrusive as his small stature. He never had much to say and was always ready to serve when asked. John remained a gentleman and a gentle man throughout his life.

John Kopina proudly served in the US Marines during the Korean War as a Sharp Shooter and was a 3-star Korean War Medal Recipient.

Prior to opening his successful business, Kopina’s Auto Electric, he worked at Seitzinger Motors, Frackville.

He was a member of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, Frackville.

John was preceded in death by three sisters Catherine Kalbach, Margaret Regan and Irene Kunigonis and step-siblings, Mamie Jurick, Helen Carey, Anna McDonald, Olga Stednitz and Michael Kopina.

Surviving are his many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

His family thanks his many neighbors, friends, and the professionals who helped him.

Graveside Services with military honors will be Thursday August 24, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Services for Sight, 4 Brookhill Road, Sugarloaf, PA 19249.


Lewis “Bob” R. Achenbach, Jr.
77, of Pottsville passed away peacefully at his home on Monday.

Born May 4, 1946, he was the son of the late Lewis R. Sr. and Lottie Baney Achenbach.

Lewis was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School as a scholar athlete and Captain of the Football Team in 1964, he then went on to attend Dartmouth College where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in science while playing football. He then married his high school sweetheart, the former Joyce Moshinsky.

Lewis then served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He then started his family and also obtained his master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lewis started his career at Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia until taking a position as Human Services Director in Pottsville, PA. Next he was named The Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health by Governor Ridge. After that position, he created his own consulting business called Paraclete and Associates. Lastly, he owned and operated 2 Behavioral Centers for Adults.

He served on many Boards including Bear Creek Camp, and the Arts and Ethnic Center in Pottsville. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the Board there as well as taught Men's Sunday School. He was a man of strong faith.

"Bob" made friends wherever he travelled. He would engage in conversation with people from all walks of life. He was known as a compassionate listener and for his witty, intelligent banter. He will be missed by all that knew him.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Charley Achenbach.

Lewis is survived by his wife Joyce with whom he just celebrated 55 years of marriage. He is survived by their children, Lewis R. Achenbach III, husband to Cynthia of Wheaton, IL and his daughter Leah Joy Kovack, wife of Michael III, of Ashburn VA. He is survived by grandchildren; Grace Achenbach and Michael IV and Caleb Lewis Kovack along with great grandson Michael Kovack V. He is also survived by his brother Jesse Achenbach along with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven at 11:00 A.M. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services. Interment with military honors will follow on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


Charles D. Frisch, 69 of Ashland passed away Saturday evening August 19th at Broad Mountain Nursing Center.

Born in Ashland on May 5, 1954 he was the son of the late Theresa (Frisch) and William Noon.

Charles was of the Catholic faith and was a member of St. Charles Borromeo in Ashland.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his grandparents Louis and Emma Frisch who raised him.

Surviving are sister Eileen M. Lyden, Ashland; sister Kathleen A. Earls (Robert), Ashland; sister Joan E. Malafarina, Lewisberry; sister Mary N. Remaley (James “Slim”), Ashland; brother Robert L. Noon, Ashland; many nieces & nephews.

Graveside services will be private at the family’s request.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. 901 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Martha T. Kenney, 88, of Ashland passed away early Tuesday morning August 22nd at Providence Place-Pottsville.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. 901 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


These obituaries are being brought to by Anthony Urban Law Offices. P.C.