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Schuylkill County Obituaries for June 10th, 2024


Skook News Obituaries: June 10th, 2024

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Elizabeth Ann Murphy, mother, grammy, sister, 85 years of age, of Walker Township, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 8, 2024, at St. Luke Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

Born December 16, 1938, the daughter of the late John S. and Anna (Harvilla) Wargo. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Lawrence V. "Bum" Murphy Sr.

Surviving are her; sons, Larry V. Murphy Jr. and his companion Ann Hadesty of Tamaqua, John F. Murphy and his wife Erica of Tamaqua; Daughter, Sharon A. Sword of Tamaqua; Brother, Bernard Wargo of Summit Hill; Grandchildren Jonathan Murphy and his wife Karen; Kelly Murphy and her companion Chris Palmer; Jaryd Linkhorst and his wife Samantha; Ryan Murphy; Kyle Murphy; Alice Felty and her husband Dusty; Laura Sword; Great Grandchildren Ciera, Christopher and Deklan; step grandchild, Amanda Woodring and her husband Kevin, and their children, Aliva, and Kaile. Nieces and nephews also survive Elizabeth.

A Graduate of Summit Hill High School, Elizabeth worked for several area Garment Factories before retiring from working in the cafeteria at the former J.E. Morgan Knitting. A member of St. John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, Tamaqua, Elizabeth also belonged to the Lewistown Valley Gardening Club. Elizabeth enjoyed painting, doing cross word puzzles, word search, and was a W.W.E. wrestling fan.

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

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday June 13, 2024 at 11 o'clock A.M. from the funeral home. Friends may call on the morning of services from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services.

Interment Sky-View Memorial Park Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.


Warren W. Steigerwalt
, 89, of Andreas, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly. He was employed for 38 years and retired from the Carbon County Area Vocational Technical School as an electrician teacher. 

Born in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Wallace “Walter” and Beulah (Rex) Steigerwalt. Warren was a dedicated life-long member of St. Peter’s Church, West Penn, where he was a member of the cemetery board for 40 years, church choir and could be seen working at the church on many electrical projects. 

He was a life member of the Mahoning Valley Fire Co., which he served as a member of the fire police, and a member of the West Penn Fire Co. He was member of the Pa Association of School Retirees, where he was the treasure, and named volunteer of the year in 2018, member of Statewide Pa COOP Teacher’s Association, and Minority Inspector for West Penn Township Election Committee for over 20 years. He has been a volunteer, announcer, and audio engineer for the Carbon County Fair since its inception in 1999. He also had his commercial pilot’s license and enjoyed flying. Warren received two citations from the Commonwealth of Pa House of Representatives. The first was for 52 years of service to the Mahoning Valley Fire Co. and the second was for 2022 Friend of the Fair Award by the department of Agriculture for his dedication to the Carbon County Fair. 

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Joel and Arthur. Private service and interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 184 St. Peter’s Rd, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold.


Jody A. Berger
, 66 of Orwigsburg, died Friday at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem.

She was born April 26, 1958, in Pottsville, a daughter of the late Robert D. Sr., and Charlotte A. Hesse McKenzie.

She was a 1976 graduate of Pottsville Area High School and attended Penn State University.

Prior to retiring she was the sexton for the 1st United Methodist Church, Schuylkill Haven and legal secretary for Williamson, Friedberg, and Jones Law Office, Pottsville.

Jody was member of 1st United Methodist Church, Schuylkill Haven where she was active in many activities.

She was preceded in death her son Jeffery T. Harless.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Stacey Harless and Chole Fidler, both of Orwigsburg: siblings, Terry Snyder, Pottsville; Robin Schultz, Northampton; Robert D. McKenzie, II, Sinking Spring; Kelly Wenrich, Womelsdorf; her 2 dogs and 2 cats, Axel, Scarlet, Leo and Harley; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Jody be made to Tunnels to Tower Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306.


Dorothy E. Zangari
, 93, of A Street, Girardville, passed away Saturday evening, June 8, 2024, at Providence Place of Pottsville. 

Born in Tamaqua, April 14, 1931, she was the daughter of Burton and Neva Scheirer Deifenderfer. She was an honor graduate of the former Tamaqua High School, class of 1949. Dorothy was a member of Christ’s United Lutheran Church, Airport Road, Ashland. She was employed as a cook for the North Schuylkill High School, Fountain Springs, until her retirement. Preceding her in death was her husband Joseph, passing in 1985, sisters, Louise Coombs, Eleanor Rarick, and a brother Robert Deifenderfer.

Son: David Zangari and his wife Hsiuyung, Pine Grove
Son: Daniel Zangari and his wife April, Rome, N.Y.
Two grandsons, Daniel Zangari Jr., and Christopher Michael Zangari
One Great grandson, Sebastian Zangari, Nieces and Nephews

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Dorothy’s life, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 11 AM, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland. Officiating will be Rev. Jeremy Smallwood, pastor of the Lavelle Church of the Nazarene. A viewing will begin at 10 AM until service time. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillside S.P.C.A., Hillside Road, Pottsville, PA 17901


Eleanor S. Balas
, 93, of McAdoo, passed away Sunday evening at her home.

Born in McAdoo, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Bruley) Schott.

Eleanor was a dedicated parishioner of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, McAdoo. She was a longtime member of the Sodality and Rosary Society, and pirohi maker for the parish.

Eleanor enjoyed polka dancing and listening to polka music. Her true passion was caring for her family. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by all.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Joseph Balas, Sr; sisters, Veronica Schott and Mary Rajnic; and brothers, John and Emil Schott.

Surviving are her children, Joseph Balas, Jr. and wife Mary Jane, of St. Clair; Lorraine Caperton, of McAdoo; Melanie Cisco, of Florida; Mary Ellen Anderson and husband Michael, of McAdoo; Emily Balas, of McAdoo; Michael Balas and wife Maureen, of Drums; and Cynthia Greco and husband Frank, of Hazle Twp; grandchildren, Bruce, Brett, Bonnie, Kyle, Andy, Renee, Tanya, Michael, Todd and Justin; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Hladish, of Woodlyn; and nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. from the Damiano Funeral Home Inc., McAdoo. Rev. Gregory Hosler will celebrate the Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial in St. Michael’s B.C. Church, McAdoo at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Donations or liturgy requests can be made to St. Michael's B.C. Church, McAdoo.


Pamela J. Lavin
, 45, of Lykens, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, June 7, 2024, at her home.

Born in Lebanon, November 24, 1978, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Judy Blauch Shoemaker.

She was most recently employed as a receiver with NFI.

Pamela was an avid reader, having collected a small library in her home. She loved her dogs with all her heart and could often be found going on nature walks. Above all else, her family was her world.

Surviving are her two daughters, Alex Printz, Pine Grove, and Willow Wertz, Lykens; a nephew who was like a son to her, Carl Shoemaker, Lykens; her twin sister, Paula Roessler, Lykens.

Following her wishes there will be no formal services.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Service is honored to serve Pamela's family.


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