Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for August 9, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: August 9, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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George Edward Derfler, 86, of Stoney Top Rd. Pine Grove, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at home.

Born on October 26, 1936 in Pine Grove Twp, he was the son of the late George W. Sr. and Ruth Hardenstine Derfler.

He was a 1955 graduate of Pine Grove High School and was a member of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church.

George was a Technician at Gold Mills in Pine Grove.

He was a member of the Pine Grove Pigeon Club, enjoyed gardening, the outdoors and loved all sports. He was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.

Preceding him in death were a granddaughter Amber Nicole Brown; a great grandson Paul Eugene Derfler; two brothers, Paul and Eugene Derfler; and a sister Gloria Ash.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Virginia Zimmerman Derfler; two sons, Michael and wife Doreen Derfler, Terry and wife Lela Derfler, both of Pine Grove; three daughters, Tammy Kessler and Krystal Derfler, both of Pine Grove, Kelly and husband Scott Jennings of California; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; a sister June Hoffman and a brother Terry Derfler, both of Pine Grove; nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held on Monday, August 14, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd., Pine Grove, with Pastors Rick Shockley and David Brady officiating. There will be a visitation on Monday, August 14, 2023 from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd., Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 in his memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements.


Jean K. Quandel
 - On August 8, 2023, our beloved Mother/Nana Q, Jean Ketura (Jack) Quandel, 99, of Minersville, PA, passed away peacefully in her home. Her loving, devoted family surrounded her. 

Jean was a lifetime resident of Minersville, PA, born the fifth of eight children to the late Harry and Katie (Rowlands) Jack on September 19, 1923. She was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings: Alice (Jack) Williams, Harry Jack, Mary (Jack) Eichenberg, Kathryn (Jack) Frank, William Jack, Vivian (Jack) Gilliford, and Helen (Jack) Berg. 

Also preceding her in death were her infant great-grandchildren; triplets Gunner, Grace, and Evelyn Quandel. In 1990 she lost her adoring husband of 47 years, the late James W. Quandel Sr. 

In 1968, they started their family business Quandel Concrete, formally James W. Quandel & Sons, developing it into the thriving business it is today. 

She was the driving force behind the scenes, managing the business office while being a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She seamlessly operated the business office at Quandel Concrete for four decades before retiring at age 79. 

Surviving are their three children: James W. Quandel Jr., of Minersville; Charles H. Quandel and his wife Susan (Nagle) Quandel of Chicago, IL; and Bonnie (Quandel) Rowlands and her husband David Ronald Rowlands of Minersville. 

Surviving, in addition, are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Elizabeth (Quandel) Davis, husband Scott Davis and their children Maddie and Drew Davis (Alpine, NJ); Charles H. Quandel, Jr., wife April and daughter Gema Jean Quandel (Schuylkill Haven) and son, Caleb Monk (Tamaqua); Gregory Quandel, wife Jessica (Harrisburg) and children Gabrielle (Quandel) Umholtz, husband Dan (Annville), Kieffer Quandel (Lusby, MD), Bailey Wertz, wife Alyssa (Minersville), and Brady Wertz (Saint Charles, IL), Laura Quandel (Chicago, IL); Jennifer Quandel (Minersville); Jeffrey Quandel, wife Sherri (Minersville) and daughter Alexis Padelsky (Christiansburg, VA); Jill (Rowlands) Atkinson, husband William (Minersville) and children Dylan Ellinger and fiancĂ©' Adrienne Kroznuskie (Harrisburg), Bryce Ellinger (Minersville), Ty Atkinson (Minersville), Kylie Atkinson (Schuylkill Haven), and Kelsey Atkinson (Winterhaven, FL); Katie (Rowlands) Carr, husband Matthew and children Dante and Karlie Jean Carr (Minersville); Christopher Rowlands, wife Jacqlyn and children Rylan Rowlands, Keera Brennan, and Rilynn Brennan (Minersville). 

Jean was a 1941 graduate of the Minersville Area High School. She was a strong, determined, and fiercely independent woman who led our family by example. She was a sports enthusiast, who enjoyed watching Phillies baseball and Penn State football, and especially loved following her children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren's accomplishments on the playing fields, courts, and tracks. She also passed down her love of cooking and baking, along with her famous recipe collection to her daughter, granddaughters, and great granddaughters who will undoubtedly continue the family traditions for generations to come. Nana Q's greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her world. We will be forever grateful for her dedication to us and feel so blessed that we were able to have her with us until now. We will miss her every day. 

Services will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 4 Lewis Street, Minersville, PA 17954. Visitation will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church 9:30 – 11 a.m., services to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the James and Jean Quandel Memorial Softball Fund (“JJQMSF”) to benefit Minersville Area High School Softball program c/o Link Bank 260 Sunbury St., Minersville, PA 17954. 

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is in charge of the arrangements.


Rosalind “Roz” Steward, 62, of Mt. Carmel, former Hegins resident, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at her residence. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements.


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