Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 13, 2022

Skook News Obituary: March 13, 2022

Obituaries posted in the Schuylkill County area.

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Debbie Lee Bachman, 63, of Tamaqua, PA, died Friday, March 11, 2022 in Coaldale, PA, while surrounded by family. She was the wife of Richard Bachman to whom she had been married for 43 years.

Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1959, Debbie was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Elizabeth (née Arner) Flexer. A 1977 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, she graduated from McCann’s School of Business in 1978. During her adult years, Debbie was employed by White Birch Golf Course, Ruth Ann Fashions and Jamesway, but was more content to make a home for her family. . She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Debbie was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.

In addition to her husband, Rick, she is survived by sons, Matthew Bachman and his wife Jessica of Tamaqua and Zachary Bachman and his wife Corrin of Tamaqua; daughter, Rikki Lee Trinkle and husband Kyle of Coaldale; and grandchildren, Naomi Bachman, Hunter Bachman, Meadow Bachman, Archer Bachman and Toby Trinkle.

Memoirs in Debbie’s name can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at and choose to donate from the menu or by mail to the National MS Society, PO Box # 91891, Washington, DC 20090.

Arrangements are made by Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.

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Michelle A. Walser, 57, of Tamaqua, PA died Saturday, March 12, 2022 in Coaldale, PA. She was the wife of Michael T. Walser to whom she had been married for 37 years last June.

Born in Coaldale on August 29, 1964, Michelle was the daughter of Anna Mae (Ugolick) Kantor of Berwick, Pennsylvania and the late Jeffrey Kantor. A 1982 graduate of Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, she was in charge of the basketball team during her student years. Michelle and her husband Michael met in 1980 while working at the annual picnic at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Orefield, Pennsylvania. A member of Elder Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Tamaqua, she was currently a member of St. John XXIII Parish, Tamaqua. Michelle was a “lunch lady” who served lunches at St. Jerome Regional School and was office manager at Dr. Sabol’s dental office in Tamaqua. She enjoyed spending time reading and crafting; watch the Olympics and follow Notre Dame football; support many community organizations; and do or follow any activity involving his family.

In addition to her husband, Michael, Michelle is survived by sons, Michael Walser, II and his wife Catie of Tamaqua and Thomas Walser and his wife Rebecca of Lake Wynonah, PA; daughter, Laura Walser and companion Kirk Hollwedel of State College, PA; grandchildren, Luke Walser, Elizabeth Walser, Liam Walser, Thomas Walser and Jake Walser; sister, Anita Borascius and her husband Robert of Schnecksville, PA; and several nephews and nieces.

A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2022 at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua with Reverend Robert Finlan officiating. Interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery, 503 West Broad Street, Tamaqua will follow Mass. Call 7-9 p.m. Sunday, March 20 and 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, March 21 at Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at and choose the donate tab or scroll down for a donation form and send it to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or Shriners Hospitals for Children at and choose the Donate tab or choose How do I submit my donation question for a donation form and mail it to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Treatment Center, PO Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394.

Arrangements are made by Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.

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A celebration of life service will be held for Edith E. (Emerich) Kriner at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at Hamilton – Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with the Reverend Michael Petresky officiating. Visits will begin at 11 a.m. Edith’s family would like to thank the staff at Advantage Home Hospice for the wonderful care their mother received for over 2 years.

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Joseph G. “Pudge” Klinger Sr.66, of Frackville, died Friday night at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

Born at the Old Ashland State Hospital, he was the son of Loretta (Fishburn) Sabol of Frackville and the late Byrd Klinger. He was a member of the Gilberton Methodist Church and the Frackville American Legion.

Survivors include 3 daughters Amie Klinger of Altoona, Anita Meixner and her husband Robert of Scranton, Dorettah Clark of Barnesville and a son Joseph Jr. of Shenandoah. He is also survived by 5 sisters, 1 brother, 7 grandchildren and 13 nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call and meet the family Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the David D. Jarrett Funeral Home in Mahanoy City.

The burial will be private. Contributions in his name to the American Legion of Frackville would be appreciated by the family and will be accepted during the visit.

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Ethel V. “Sue” Copeland64, of Tower City, died Friday, March 11, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Pottsville, March 6, 1958, daughter of Charles and Shirley (Michaels) Yerges, Joliett.

Sue loved to knit and crochet. She and her husband resided in California for more than 30 years and returned to Pennsylvania 12 years ago. While in California, she enjoyed walking around looking for different types of rocks.

She was predeceased by two nephews, Chuckie and Tyler Yerges.

Surviving in addition to her parents, are her husband of 47 years, David R. Copeland, Jr., one son, David R. Copeland, III, Boston, MA. A grandson, David R. Copeland IV, whom Sue and Dave raised, a brother, Charles “Chuck” Yerges and his wife, Kathleen, Joliett, a niece, Brandi Gross and her husband Shane, Pine Grove. Four great-nieces and one great-nephew.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at noon at the Dimon, Inc. Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Kenneth Edwards officiating. Interment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Visits will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sue’s name should be made to Joliett United Methodist Church, c/o Shirley Yerges, 23 Joliett Street, Tremont, PA 17981.

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Arabel C Klinger97, of Valley View, died Friday, March 11, 2022 at Green Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pottsville.

She was born on Saturday March 7, 1925 in Erdman, daughter of the late Harry Straub and the late Hilda (Wenrich) Straub.

Arabel was a seamstress in local garment factories.

She was a life and senior member of Zion “Klinger” Lutheran Church, Erdman; where she was a Sunday School teacher, choir member, church board member, and member of the Zion Women’s Group.

She was also a member of the Glen Order of Eastern Star #425, Lykens.

Her husband, Marlin L Klinger, to whom she was married for 69 years, died in 2011. She was also predeceased by her parents; by one son, Marlin L Klinger, Jr, one granddaughter, Catherine Elizabeth Hepler, and seven brothers, Myles Straub, Charles Straub, Leo Straub, Harry Straub, Jr, Ronald Straub, Delroy Straub and Larry Straub.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis Klinger and his wife Charlotte of Millersburg and Tim S Klinger of Spring Glen; two daughters, Carole A Hepler of Valley View and Cindy Wedde and her husband Gary of Elysburg; eight grandsons, Matthew Klinger and his wife Cindy of Oneonta, AL, Douglas Klinger and his wife Cherie of Dallas, PA, Chris Hepler and his wife Wanda of Graham, NC, James Hepler and his wife Jamie of Durham, NC, Brandon Wedde and his wife Melinda of Pittsburgh, Brandon Klinger and his wife Kelly of Palmyra, Gavin Klinger of Spring Glen and Colby Klinger of Hegins; two granddaughters, Tracy Gervasio of Harrisburg and Amber Mallonee and her husband David of Philadelphia; twelve great-grandchildren; one brother, Glenn Straub of Dornsife; one sister, Mary Sypa of Osceola Mills; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View. The Eastern Star service order will begin at 6:00 p.m.

A visitation will also be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022 at Zion Lutheran “Klinger’s” Church, Erdman.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church with Rev. Dawes Dunham and Rev. Pat Wirick officiating.

Interment will be at Zion Lutheran “Klinger’s” Cemetery, Erdman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 44 Main Street, Klingerstown, PA 17941.

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