Steven G. Stritz

Steven G. Stritz, 35, of Weatherly and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, died Saturday, October 6th, 2007, as a result of a motorcycle accident on Route 309 near Mountain Top.

Born in Hazleton on January 6th, 1972, he was the son of George W. and Evelyn (nee Feuhrer) Stritz of Weatherly.

Steven was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Weatherly.

He was employed as a Sanitation Supervisor at Stroehman’s in Hazleton and at Missions in Mountain Top. He also worked for Leskowitch Plumbing in Weston.

Steven was preceded in death by a sister Barbara Stritz in 1974.

Surviving, in addition to his parents George and Evelyn Stritz, are a brother, George W. Stritz Jr. of North Carolina; sisters Jennie (Mrs. Lester) Green of Bowmanstown, Mary (Mrs. Brian) Lazar of Beaver Meadows, and Karen Stritz of Weatherly. Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be held at St. Nicholas R.C. Cemetery in Weatherly on Thursday, October 11th, 2007, at 10:00 AM. Rev. Floyd Caesar will officiate.

The family requests donations be made to: St. Nicholas R.C. Church Renovation Fund, 318 Plane Street, Weatherly, PA, 18255.

Arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, PA, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.

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Michael A. Kurtz

Michael A. Kurtz, 83, of Weatherly, died Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007, at Heritage Hill Personal Care Home in Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Born on January 7th, 1924, in New Boston, he was the son of the late Michael J. and Tecla Mary (nee Dulosky) Kurtz.

Michael was a 1942 graduate of St. Clair High School.

He was an Army veteran of World War II where he reached the rank of corporal.

Prior to retirement, he worked as a surveyor for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Michael was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Weatherly.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, the former Geraldine Boyle, to whom he was married for 50 years and who died on November 8th, 2005; sisters Rosemary Kirwan, Frances Kurtz, and Anna Roeder; and a brother Joseph.

Michael is survived by sons Michael Kurtz and his wife Mary Lou, Joseph Kurtz and his wife Kathleen, and Martin Kurtz and his wife Janice, all of Weatherly; daughters Mary Vack and her husband William of Weatherly, and Patricia Jones and her husband Joseph of Hazleton; a sister, Helen Reidel of Reading; grandchildren Maura Hodge, Courtney, Meghan, Jordan, and Cody Kurtz, and Mackenzie and Joseph Jones; and step-grandchildren David and Kevin Ritter. Nieces and nephews also survive.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 6th, 2007, at 10:00 AM from St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 318 Plane Street, Weatherly, PA, with the Rev. Floyd Caesar officiating.

Interment will be in St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cemetery, Weatherly.

Friends may call at the Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, on Friday, October 5th, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM.

Contributions may be made to: St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church Renovation Fund, 318 Plane Street, Weatherly, PA, 18255.

Arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.

Jean D. Faust

Jean D. Faust, 84, of Weatherly, passed away at Weatherwood in Weatherly, Pennsylvania, on Monday morning, October 1st, 2007.

Born in Weatherly on June 4th, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Emerald and Leulla (nee Pfeiffer) Wilcrout.

She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Weatherly.

During World War II, Jean served as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

She was a library secretary for the Weatherly Area schools.

Along with her parents, Jean was preceded in death by brothers Harry and Rollin Wilcrout, and sister Marilyn Wilcrout.

Jean is survived by her husband of 64 years, John “Jay” Faust; daughters Joan (Mrs. Lee) Hess of Hometown, Jill (Mrs. Carl) Seigendall of Weatherly; grandchildren Brian Hess, Amy Scherer, Jane Sebelin and Bette Seigendall; and great-grandchildren Tessah Grube, Billy Angst, Cody Scherer, Mia, Braydon, Logan and Ana Hess, and Adam Sebelin.

Private services will be held at the Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007, at 11:00 AM. Rev. Donald J. Stump Sr. will officiate.

Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of the services.

Donations may be made to: Salem United Church of Christ, 3rd & Fell Streets, Weatherly, PA, 18255 or to: Jean Faust Memorial Fund, c/o Heritage Hill, 800 6th Street, Weatherly, PA, 18255.

Arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.

Catherine Rose

Catherine Rose, 91, a guest at Weatherwood in Weatherly, passed away at the Hazleton General Hospital in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 30th, 2007.

Born in New York, New York on February 6th, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Vasily and Magda Woyetz.

Catherine worked as a sales clerk in New York City department stores.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother John Woyetz, and a sister Eva Schulz.

Catherine is survived by her daughter Carole Fackler of Weatherly and grandsons Edward and Charles Fackler.

Graveside services will be held at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York, on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007, at 1:00 PM. Rev. Debbie Bronkema, pastor of the Pleasantville, New York Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.

Marguerite G. Englehart

Marguerite G. Englehart, 86, of Weatherly, died at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 30th, 2007.

Born in Weatherly, Pennsylvania on June 2nd, 1921, she was the daughter of the late George and Jenny (nee Markle) Younker.

She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Weatherly.

As a young woman, Marguerite worked at the former Allen Candy Company in Weatherly.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands Clinton Englehart in 1977 and Charles Englehart in 1985; brothers William and Harry Younker; and sister Anna Perry.

Surviving are sons Eugene of White Haven, Charles of Weatherly, David of Lansdale, Thomas of Cotopaxi, Colorado, Clinton of Westcliffe, Colorado, and Keith of East Greenville; daughter Janet Harlos of Mountain Top; brother George Younker of Ellenton, Florida; and sister Betty Weiand of Wilmington, Deleware. 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Services will be from the Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, PA, on Thursday, October 4th, 2007, at 11:00 AM. Rev. Amy Boock will officiate.

Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Weatherly.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 3rd, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and from 10:00 AM until the time of the services on Thursday.

Donations in Marguerite’s memory may be made to: Centenary United Methodist Church, 30 Carbon Street, Weatherly, PA, 18255 OR to American Legion Post 360 in Weatherly, PA , OR to any VFW Post.

Arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.

Shawn Shields

Shawn Shields, 27, of Weatherly, died at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township on Wednesday, September 26th, 2007.

Born in Berwick, Pennsylvania on March 8th, 1980, he was the son of John J. Shields and Sheryll (nee Pickenheim) Weber and Dennis Kovitch all of Weatherly.

Shawn was affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith.

He worked as a roofer for Kelly Roofing in Hazleton.

Shawn was an organ donor.

Along with his parents, he is survived by his son Christopher, his fiancee Amy Gerhard, and a sister Jacqueline Veet, all of Weatherly. Also surviving are many cousins, aunts, and uncles and Shawn’s Yellow Lab Jasper.

Rev. Floyd Caesar will officiate at a private graveside service in St. Nicholas Cemetery in Weatherly that will be held at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made to: Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.

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Richard L. Gimbi

Richard L. Gimbi, 70, of Weatherly, died at the Hazleton General Hospital on Friday, August 24th, 2007.

Born in White Haven on March 20th, 1937, he was the son of the late James O. “Jiggs” and Betty (nee Earnhart) Gimbi.

Richard was a member of Zions Evangelical Lutheran Church in Weatherly.

Richard worked as a mechanic at both the Weatherly and Hazleton Tung-Sol plants. He was an agent for American General Insurance and also worked in sales at Sear Roebuck and Walker Carpet in Hazleton. A former Cub Scout leader in Weatherly, he also coached Little League and was a member of the Weatherly High Booster Club.

He is survived by sons Craig Gimbi of Weatherly and James Gimbi of Hazleton; daughter Christa and her husband Dean Podgers of Weatherly; brother Ronald and his wife Janice of White Haven; sister Ethel Sue and her husband Donald Weston of Weatherly; and grandsons Mason and Owen Podgers. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Services will be held on Monday, August 27th, 2007, at 8:00 PM at the Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, PA. Viewing will be from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the funeral home.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory to: American Diabetes Association – Northeastern PA, 71 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18701 would be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.

Ruth E. Seibel

Ruth E. Seibel, 88, of Weatherly, died on Saturday, July 7th, 2007, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Born in Summit Hill on December 13th, 1918, she was the daughter of the late William and Cora (nee Steigerwalt) Nothstein.

Ruth was an active member of Zions Evangelical Lutheran Church in Weatherly where she taught Sunday School for 50 years, was a member of the Busy Bees and of the former LCW. She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Prior to her retirement in 1980, Ruth worked at the Tung-Sol/Wagner Electric plant in Weatherly.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands Leonard Weston Sr. in 1969 and William “Bup” Seibel in 2002, and two sisters Lauretta Jones and Viola Nothstein.

Surviving are son Leonard Weston and daughters Lenore Doney and Jean Weston, all of Weatherly, daughter Carol and her husband Bill Helker of Plymouth, MI; and sister Mary Rudd of El Paso, TX. 11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

A Memorial Service will be held at Zions Evangelical Lutheran Church in Weatherly on Saturday, August 4th, 2007, at 11:00 AM. Rev. Walter Breiner will officiate.

Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Donations in Ruth’s memory to: Zions Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3rd & Fell Streets, Weatherly, PA, 18255, would be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.

George W. Lewis

George W. Lewis, 80, formerly of Okeechobee, Florida, who currently resided at 260 Maple Street, Weatherly, PA, died at Weatherwood on Wednesday, July 4th, 2007.

Born in Philadelphia on April 20th, 1927, he was the son of the late William R. and Mabel (nee McCarthy) Lewis.

George was affiliated with Trinity Baptist Church is Weatherly.

A World War II veteran, he served with the Navy at Pearl Harbor.

George was a past commander of the Indiantown, Florida VFW Post and he was also a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Weatherly Ambulance Association.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers John and William Jr.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Florence “Rusty” (nee Foley) Lewis; daughters Roseanna DeLooze of Weatherly with whom he resided, Laura Murphy of Shelbyville TX, Georgine Shreves of Okeechobee, FL, and Cheryl Smail of Plymouth Meeting, PA; sons John, Bill, Charles, Larry, and George Jr., all of North Carolina; and a sister Elizabeth Spielberger of Levittown, PA. 31 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory to: Hospice St. John, 1201 North Church Street, Suite 403, Building B, Hazleton, PA, 18202 would be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.

Joanna S. McCay

Joanna S. McCay, 83, of Weatherly, died at the Hazleton General Hospital on Thursday, June 28th, 2007.

Born in Hazleton, PA on July 6th, 1923, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (nee Jazwiec) Skonieczny.

She was an active member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Weatherly and was a former member of the choir.

Joanna had been active in the Business and Professional Women of Hazleton. Before retiring, she was a legal secretary at the Nanovic Law Offices in Jim Thorpe.

She was preceded in death by her husband Donald L. McCay, Esq. in 1966 and her brother Walter.

Joanna is survived by sisters Irene Palko and Martha Kordalski of Hazleton, Clara and her husband Stanley Viechec of Toms River, NJ, and Dorothy and her husband Albert Croce of Conyngham; stepdaughters Jane Malatesta of Jamaica Plain, MA, and Constance McCay of State College, PA; a sister-in-law Mary Miller and her husband James of Franklin Square, NY; and a granddaughter Elizabeth Pyatt of State College. Several nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews also survive.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Weatherly by Rev. Floyd Caesar on Saturday, June 30th, 2007, at 11:00 AM.

Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Weatherly.

Friends may call at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joanna’s memory are requested to: St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church Building Fund, 318 Plane Street, Weatherly, PA, 18255.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to: The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First Street, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 18255. Telephone: (570) 427-4231.