Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 30th, 2023
Fern C. Staller, 95, formerly of Summit Station area died Sunday, Jan. 29, at Providence Place Retirement Community Pottsville.
Fern was born in South Manheim Twp., PA on April 27, 1927, a daughter of the late Lillie Mae (Berger) and Thomas F. Moyer.
She was the widow of Sterling M. Staller. who died in 2011.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Summer Hill Auburn, PA 17922.
Fern previously worked for Losch Boiler and retired from Craftex Mills Auburn where she worked in the office at both locations.
She was a member of Eastern Star and numerous committees at church Quilters Guild, Altar Guild and a former Sunday School Teacher
Fern is survived by three sons Craig Staller and partner Douglas Bonsall, of Harrisburg PA; Brian, husband of Pegi Staller, of Summit Station; Scott, husband of Robbin Staller, of Harrisburg. Also survived by 5 grandchildren Clark and wife Kelly, Charity, Evelyn, Shane and Nicole 4 great grandchildren Ulysses, Ryker, Quinn and Cassidy, and a brother Clair Moyer Auburn
She was preceded in death by sister Orna Moyer and a brother Milton Moyer
A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 2 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Summer Hill in Auburn, PA with Pastor Eileen Smith LeVan officiating the service with visitation for family and friends from 9:30 – 10:30 am
The family prefers memorials in the form of contributions to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 1185 Summerhill Road Auburn PA 17922.
Shirley M. Reichert, 89, of Pine Grove, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born March 6, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Clara (Schnoke) Cooper and Theodore Cooper.
Shirley enjoyed raising and racing pigeons. She was a member of the Pine Grove Pigeon Club and served as the secretary for many years. She was an avid hunter and also enjoyed fishing. Shirley was last employed as the teller for Fulton Bank in Pine Grove.
She has St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pine Grove.
She is survived by her son, Donald, husband of Jean McMillin, of Pine Grove, granddaughters, Lisa, wife of James Boyer of Myerstown; Heather, wife of Ian Morgan of Pine Grove, great-grandchildren, Cohen Boyer, Landon and Jack Morgan, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her companion of many years, Kenneth Reichert. Shirley is survived by five brothers, Jerry Cooper; Gary Cooper; Dale Cooper; Leroy Cooper; and Alfred Cooper all of Pine Grove.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Richard Cooper.
Services and interment are private at the convenience of the family.
At the family’s request, memorial donations can be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 312 South Tulpehocken St. Pine Grove, PA 17963, be sent.
Tina Kutch Masoud (72) left peacefully with her angels on Sunday evening, January 29, 2023.
Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Melva (Bertolini) Kutch. She lived in both New York and Pennsylvania, and was a talented beautician, who owned her own business, Tina’s Hair Fashions in Schuylkill Haven.
Tina enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping and going on fun trips with her husband, Khamis, on his days off, and cooking with her best friend and grandson, Gabriel. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pottsville.
In addition to her parents, Tina was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Kutch, Jr.
Left to cherish her memories are her beloved husband, Khamis, her dear son, James Ahlfeld, her dear daughter, Angela Masoud and her dear grandson, Gabriel. Three sisters also survive, Terry, Cheryl and Donna, along with many nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023 at St. Patrick’s Church in Pottsville. A time of visitation will be held at the church from 10-11 AM prior to the time of mass.
Private funeral services will be held for her family in the future. The Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve Tina’s family during this time of need.
Harold Monroe Felty, 97 of Suedberg Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023 at home.
Born July 27, 1925 at home in Wayne Township, he was a son of the late Monroe and Dora Reber Felty.
Harold was the owner of Harold M. Felty Sales and Service and Harold M. Felty Trucking Co. in Pine Grove.
He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Pine Grove. He was also a member of the American Trucking Assoc., Moose Lodge in Lebanon and was on the Board of Directors at the former Sovereign Bank, Pine Grove.
Harold was a self-made man. At a young age he worked with his father and Marie’s father around the coal mines. He also worked on the family farm raising animals, growing vegetables and fruit from trees the family planted. His pride and joy were the mules he used to work the farm fields. He worked as a mechanic at Roy Schneck’s garage in Pine Grove and started in the trucking business with Harvey Herring of Ravine hauling coal. He grew his fleet from one to a fleet of over 60 trucks in his lifetime with his son Alan. He was proud to be an International Harvester Dealer or Navastar as it is known today and for over 50 years was the in-house carrier for Glen Gery Brick Company. He was one of the few successful people who produced and transported coal slurries to the port of Camden, New Jersey, destined for the country of Korea for many years. He oversaw the mixing, drying, transport and storage of the material at Camden’s wharf and the loading of the ship in 24 hours. It consisted of 35,000 metric tons.
Harold would give credit for his success to all his employees and drivers who worked for his company for many years and he would say they were the “lifeline” of the company. He made good friends over the years. A special thanks to Anna Wiscount who was the office manager for over 50 years, and Marlin Knoll who was his first store manager.
He enjoyed his garage and traveling with Marie throughout the United States, spending his winters with her at his place in Florida. She was the love of his life.
Preceding him in death were his wife of 56 years, Marie M. Schwartz Felty; a daughter, Linda Nagle; a granddaughter, Sherri Harnish; and a brother Earl Felty.
Surviving are a son, Alan Felty and wife Ann of Schuylkill Haven; a daughter, Kathy Clark and companion Dale of Lewisberry; son-in-law Gerald Nagle of Pine Grove; 6 grandchildren, Steve Nagle and wife Stacey, Susan Nagle, Dr. Trista Felty Tsang and husband Daniel, Kayla Felty and fiancé Derrell, Zachary Cochran, Erin Cochran and husband Seth; a son-in-law, Joseph Harnish; 11 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Matthew (Alyssa), Jamie (Brad), Valerie (Charles), Shayn (Carissa), Jaxon, Jett, Raya, Della, Lenna and Larkin; 8 great grandchildren, Laila, Austin, Logan, Ella, Clara, Palmer, Blaise and Ron; a sister Jean Miller of Friedensburg; and his caregivers, Mary Mattaldi and Mary Ann Thomas.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 1:00 PM at the HL Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove, with Pastor Brian Beissel officiating. There will be a viewing on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Assoc. Inc., 2595 Interstate Dr. Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or www.alz.org in his memory
James E. (Jimmy) Siemanis, 76, of Minersville, died Friday, Jan. 27, at his home.
Jimmy was born on August 15, 1946 in Pottsville, a son of the late Mildred (Zavistanavage) and Frances Siemanis. He was the husband of Cheryl (Smolskis) Siemanis. Whether you knew him as Jimmy, Dad, Pop-Pop, Uncle Jim or Ragman, one thing was for sure when you were with Jimmy Siemanis, you were loved. When he told you one of his many stories or listened to you tell him one, you always knew you were the center of his attention. Jimmy packed a lot of life into his seventy-six years, and his opening act was full of fast cars and rock and roll acts with The Other Side, and later GC (Genghis Chicken), Skip Turgleson and the Fabulous Boleros, and Other side. After Die Ander Kant, Jimmy worked as an ironworker until his retirement. He coached Minersville Little League and CYO basketball, and in 1985 he coached the Minersville Girls Senior Division team that finished 2nd in Kalamazoo with his daughter Jenny on the team.
Jimmy is survived by his wife Cheryl, and children Jenny wife of Kevin Wigoda, sons, Jesse Siemanis and Patrick Meusel, husband of Susan, as well as grandchildren Maggie May, Maxwell James and Lucy. He is also survived by his sister, Cynthia, wife of Bob McDonald, and his nephews Bobby & Jonathan McDonald.
If you knew Ragman Jim, dressing up was one of his least favorite things to do, so in his honor the family asks that casual attire be worn to the visitation Thursday from 6-8pm and the funeral service Friday at 11 a.m. at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc, Minersville. It will be highly appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the Vince Kalochie Memorial Fund at the Minersville Area School District.
Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with arrangements.
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