Friday, November 17, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 17th, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: November 17th, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Wayne “Web” Weinreich Jr.
, 76, of Lavelle passed away at his home after a long battle with cancer Wednesday evening November 15th.

Born in Ashland on March 27, 1947 he was the son of the late Wanieta (Fetterolf) and Wayne W. Weinreich Sr.

Web attended Ashland High School. He was a member of Christ EC Church in Lavelle.

He was the husband of Shirley A. (Zimmerman) Weinreich.

Web enjoyed hunting, building and painting. He also loved to cut grass.

Web was well known for working on the Butler Township Road Crew for 29 years. He was a kind loving person that touched the hearts of so many people and made them smile with his contagious and funny personality. He was loved by many and will be missed by many more. He had a strong faith. He will now spend the rest of his eternal life by Jesus’ side free of cancer, pain, and finally will be at peace.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Sherry Martin and brother Paul Weinreich.

Web is survived by; his loving wife of 53 years Shirley A. Weinreich; son Kenneth Weinreich, Altoona; daughter Tracy Edmondson, Lavelle; brother Gary Weinreich (Connie), Lavelle; sister Sandy Marlow (Grant Jr.), Lavelle; sister Holly Bolich (Dale), Lavelle; sister in law Judy Weinreich, Valley View; brother in law Barry Martin, Aristes; grandson Cole Weinreich, Marine Camp Lajune NC; grandson Cory Weinreich, Ashland; grandson Caden Weinreich, Ashland; granddaughter Kayla Edmondson, Lavelle; many nieces & nephews.

Services and interment will be private at the family’s request. Contributions can be made in Web’s memory to Lavelle Fire Company, 409 Main St, Lavelle PA 17943.

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


Jean Price
, 83, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Thursday, November 16th, at her residence.

Jean was born in Ashland, PA on November 17, 1939, a daughter of William Zimmerman.

She graduated from Ashland High School.

Jean loved doing her puzzle books and watching soap operas.

She was wife of the late Calvin Price.

Jean is survived by three sons Calvin Jr., of Mahanoy City; William, husband of Theresa, of Mahanoy City; James, husband of Angela, of Mahanoy City; a daughter Joan Price of Mahanoy City and a sister, Dorothy, of California. She is also survived by 7 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren. Nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death in addition to her husband by a brother Robert.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home &

Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


Janet A. Leidy, 88 Years of age, of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Born Thursday, June 6, 1935 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Stank) Stevens. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph John Leidy.

Following her high school graduation, Janet spent over 2 years in a convent following her strong Catholic beliefs until she was called home to help provide care for her younger sister. She later worked at Jomac in Philadelphia where she met her husband, Joseph. Janet was a homemaker and devoted mother.

Surviving are sons, Joseph Michael Leidy of Tamaqua, PA and David John Leidy and his wife Jean Ann of Hazleton, PA, daughter, Denise McClinton and her husband William of Philadelphia, PA, sister, Audrey Stevens of Lancaster, PA; 5 grand children.

Private arrangements have been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc, 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. 570-668-2550.


Judith Ann Bretzius Neidlinger
, 81, of Lebanon, formerly of Pine Grove, went home to the Lord on Tuesday morning, November 14, 2023 at Cedar Haven Healthcare Center in Lebanon.

Born on August 24, 1942 in Pine Grove, she was the daughter of the late Beatrice Kembel Gahres and Paul Bretzius.

Judy was a 1960 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School.

She was a former member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove and then worshipped in various churches in Lebanon upon moving there in 2008.

Judy was kind, friendly and generous with a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She was always willing to help someone in need and donated monthly to numerous charities. She loved country music and Merle Haggard was her all-time favorite. She also loved Elvis Presley and saw him in concert in Philadelphia when she was in high school.

Judy loved working in her flower garden at her home in Pine Grove where she grew the most beautiful flowers.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 48 years, Kenneth "Pickle" Neidlinger; one of her twin daughters Sandy Neidlinger; a great granddaughter, Harper Lehman; a sister Linda Barr; a brother, Richard Gahres Jr.; and her beloved schnauzer Cassidy Montana.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan Dubbs of Ephrata, Sandy's twin sister Cindy and husband Dave Zimmerman of Pine Grove; 5 grandchildren, Mandy and husband Kevin Derfler of Robesonia, Derek and wife Diana Dubbs of Allentown, N.J., Cody and wife Jackie Lehman of Gratz, Brian Reichert of Pine Grove and Justin Zimmerman of Pine Grove; 6 great grandchildren, Madison and Avery Derfler, Dominic and Dylan Dubbs, Connor Lehman, and Braden Foraker; a sister Frances and husband John "Chute" Heinbach of Pine Grove; her dearest and best friends, Dorothy Walters Ceppa of Breinigsville and Reverend Allen Helwig of Lebanon; many nieces and nephews.

Per Judith's request, there will be no services. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville with her husband.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1117 Country Club Rd. Camp Hill, Pa. 17011 in her memory.

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


Mary D. Dunleavy, 93, of Ashland passed away Thursday evening November 16th at Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

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


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Diana M. Smith, 73, of Pottsvillle, a truly remarkable individual whose life was characterized by strength, independence, and boundless love. Diana departed this world on November 16th, surrounded by her family, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be etched in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known and loved them.

She was born November 8th, 1950, in Pottsville, daughter of the late Frank Fetterolf and Josephine (Joy) Fetterolf.

Diane graduated from Pottsville High School in 1968, and Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing in 1971. She also attended Penn State and Kutztown. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Pottsville Hospital & Warne Clinic and then Schuylkill Medical Center until she retired in 2010. She had been a member of the OB-GYN staff, taught Childbirth Classes and then primarily was a member of Nursing Management until retiring as Infection Control Director. In retirement, she was Office Manager for her son’s Income Tax Office, Kirk Smith Tax Service in Pine Grove.

Diana was a paragon of strength, facing life's challenges with unwavering determination and resilience. Her ability to navigate difficulties with grace and courage inspired all who were privileged to witness it. In times of adversity, Diana stood tall, a testament to the power of inner strength and a source of inspiration for those who sought guidance.

Independence was a hallmark of Diana’s character. She lived on her terms, embracing the freedom to forge her own path and make choices that reflected her authentic self. Diane was a beacon of self-reliance, teaching us all the importance of staying true to one's convictions and charting a course guided by individual values.

In addition, Diana was a beacon of love. Her love knew no bounds, encompassing family, friends, and even strangers in need. Diana embraced the role of grandparent with open arms and a heart full of love. Her eyes sparkled with joy at the sound of her grandchildren's laughter and found joy in witnessing the growth and accomplishments of each grandchild.

Diane was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville; Retired Nurses of Schuylkill County, serving as President, Vice-President and Treasurer, and Board Member.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kirk D. Smith, in 2009. She is survived by her son, Kirk E. Smith, wife Jacintha, of Las Vegas, NV; a daughter, Kami Smith McGovern, husband Sean, of Merion Station, PA; brother Frank Fetterolf, wife Maryann, Pottsville; grandchildren, Mahoney, Murphy and Lela McGovern; her nieces and nephew. Also survived by her long time best friend, Gina Chiplonia Swircek, Hazleton, PA. She also has a daughter Kara Leuffen, and grandson, Cole in California.

An evening viewing will be held Tuesday from 5-7 PM at Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home, 26 Chestnut St., Cressona.

An additional viewing will be held at the funeral home Wednesday from 9:30 AM until the start of a memorial service to honor and remember Diana. The service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday at Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home

Interment will follow at Cressona Cemetery, Cressona.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the SPCA, as Diana’s heart was with all of her beloved animals.


Sheldon Lee Keefer
, 86, of Auburn, formerly of Minersville, passed away on Thursday at Lebanon VA Medical Center.

Born on August 18, 1937, in Catawissa, he was a son of the late Marvin and Louise (nee Ash) Keefer. He was a graduate of Pottsville and was a Navy veteran. He served as a mail carrier with the Minersville Post Office, retiring after 23 years of service.

He resided in several Florida locations for over 20 years, most recently in Lake Como, until returning to Schuylkill County. He was a cast member at Walt Disney World, proudly serving as an escort for Disney princesses.

He was an accomplished billiard player and avid bowler, playing in local and regional leagues. He also enjoyed traveling in his recreational vehicle throughout his retirement years.

While in Florida, he worshipped at Lake Como Community of Hope.

He was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Dorothy Cappel, in 2004; a brother, David Keefer; a sister, Carol Sterner.

Sheldon is survived by two children, Susan Keefer, Minersville, and Scott Keefer (companion, Tracy), Temple; Dorothy’s three children, Mary Herb (spouse, Mark), Auburn, with whom he resided, Jodi Lang, Minersville, and Dale Cappel (spouse, Cindy), Orwigsburg; five grandchildren, Timothy Newton, Angela Keller, Crystal Bixler, Ryan Cappel and Benjamin Cappel; four great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his remaining brother, Robert Keefer, Hellertown; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville on Tuesday, November 21 from 11:00 A.M. until services at Noon. Interment with military honors will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park. The family appreciates donations in Sheldon’s memory to Lake Como Community of Hope, 126 Highland Avenue, Lake Como, FL 32157.


Darryl J. Hollenbush, 79 of Minersville passed away on Wednesday at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven is entrusted with the services.