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Alexander, Julia T. - Pottsville  
Julia Theresa Alexander, 89, of Pottsville, went home to be with the Lord on May 15 at her residence. Born in Loveville, Md., she was a daughter of the late Louis Price and the late Janie Herbert. She was a graduate of Banneker High School, Loveville. She had worked as a nurse at Northwest Mental Health Center, Philadelphia. After retirement, she lived independently in her Philadelphia home until late last year. She had been a member of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Philadelphia. Julia is survived by four children, the Rev. Harold Alexander and his wife, the Rev. Gloria Alexander, Pottsville, Andre Alexander and his wife, Vanessa, Philadelphia, Valerie Pointer, Philadelphia, and Sandra Geiger, Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by five siblings, Gertrude Ford, Julia V. Reeds, Mary C. Jackson, James C. Goldring and Helen G. Strayhorn, all of Maryland; nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Broken Pieces, 41 N. Front St., Minersville. Relatives and friends may call at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park, North Manheim Township. Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge. Visit www.dutcavich.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 27, 2015
Bazar, Andrew C. - Cressona  
Andrew C. Bazar, 95, of Cressona, died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Susan Kramer, Schuylkill Haven, surrounded by the care of his loving family and excellent staff of Compassionate Care Hospice. Born in Cressona, Nov. 24, 1919, he was a son of the late Simon and Rosalie Pellack Bazar. He was a graduate of Cressona High School and entered the military service April 25, 1942, during World War II. He trained in the 507 and 515 Paratroop Infantries and later served in the 296 Ordnance Company in the China-Burma-India Theater. He worked as an engineer for the Reading Railroad Co. and later for Conrail, retiring after 40 years of service. He ran the last passenger train to Pottsville in the early '80s. Andrew was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Cressona Historical Society, and the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees Inc. He was inducted into the Blue Mountain All Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 for his achievement in baseball. Andrew enjoyed hunting, farming and doting on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Trometter Bazar, to whom he was married for 69 years; brothers, Metro and Nicholas Bazar; sisters, Mary Mitchell Cassidy, Anna Tarris and Teresa Mallow; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Blasko Bazar, in 2012. Surviving are children, Andrew W. Bazar, Scottsville, N.Y., Susan Kramer and husband, Karl, Schuylkill Haven, Pamela McCutcheon and husband, David, Orwigsburg, and Elizabeth Spotts and husband, Jay, Schuylkill Haven; nieces and nephews. Andrew had eight grandchildren, Christopher Kramer, Clarence, N.Y., Matthew Bazar, York, Amy Anderson, Fargo, N.D., Jill Kocher, Carlsbad, Calif., Ellie Pelaez, McLean, Va., Jesse Spotts, Schuylkill Haven, Addie Sterner, Schuylkill Haven, and Kaitlin McCutcheon, Roxbury Crossing, Mass.; and six great-grandchildren, Piper and Paisley Anderson, Ethan and Eva Bazar, Andrew Pelaez and Callen Sterner. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to St. Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven, or the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Ave. S., 17 floor, New York, NY 10016-8804. Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.truskowskyfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 27, 2015
Bieski, Bernard J. - Schuylkill Haven  
Bernard J. Bieski, 69, of Schuylkill Haven, formerly of Pottsville, passed away Monday morning at Orwigsburg Center. Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Alverna Fehrman DeWald and Henry Bieski, and a stepson of the late Robert DeWald. He attended Pottsville schools. He worked for more than 30 years as a truck driver for Mark Yoder Trucking. He worshipped at the "Church of Tower South" - an informal congregation of fellow residents of the Schuylkill Haven Hi-Rise. He was also a member of the Phoenix Hook and Ladder Company, Pottsville. He was predeceased by a grandson, Delaney Naugle; a brother, Edward Bieski. Bernard is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Dorothy Boussum Strencosky; three children, Bernard F. Bieski (Barbara), Lake Ariel, Lisa Novack (Joseph), Pottsville, and Nicole Leibel (Edward), Pottsville; three stepchildren, Kimberly Ann Strencosky, Mohnton, Tracey Naugle (Jerome), Shillington, and Alison Daniels (Sean), Orwigsburg; numerous grandchildren, including Jasie Schaeffer, Jonah and Malia Naugle, Daniel Adams and Avery Daniels; a niece; a nephew. He is also survived by extended family that he considered to be loving daughters, Debbie Rabenold (Scott) and her family, Kutztown, and Debbie Kunselman and her family, Shoemakersville. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Cressona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Dutcavich Funeral Home. Visit www.dutcavich.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 28, 2015
Bieski, Bernard J. - Schuylkill Haven  
Bernard J. Bieski, 69, of Schuylkill Haven, formerly of Pottsville, passed away Monday morning at Orwigsburg Center. Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge. Visit www.dutcavich.com .
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Boyer, Charles D. - Gordon  
Charles D. Boyer, 95, of Harrisburg, passed away Tuesday at the Lebanon Veterans Administration Medical Center. Born in Gordon, Sept. 11, 1919, he was a son of the late Clayton and Margaret Mason Boyer. He was an Air Force veteran joining the Army Air Corps at the age of 19 and proudly serving his country for 20 years with tours of duty around the world. Charles was a Pearl Harbor survivor who was stationed at Wheeler Field, Hawaii, on the day of the attack. After retiring from the military, Charles worked for Martin Marietta and was part of the team involved in the development of the Pershing Missile. He then went to teach history in one of Orlando, Fla.'s toughest school districts, engendering respect from his fellow teachers and students alike. Charles was past president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association in Orlando and the master of many musical instruments: harmonica, accordion, guitar, ukulele, spoons and the saw. He loved animals, dogs in particular, and was known to pull quarters out of his grandchildren's ears while advising them to "Never take wooden nickels." He lived in Florida for more than 50 years until 2010 when he returned to Pennsylvania, which he always considered his home. For the past two years, he was a patient at the on-site-hospice unit at the VA Medical Center, Lebanon, where he received loving care from nurses, doctors and staff. Surviving are a daughter, Christina, Harrisburg; two sons, William, Ashland, and Jonathan, Colorado; two sisters, Sara Umlauf, Fountain Springs, and Deanna Shuey, Ashland; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at noon May 26 at Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, with the Rev. Dana Heckman-Beil officiating. Interment will be in Christ Church Cemetery, Fountain Springs. A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.kullfuneral.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 22, 2015
Bracey, Sara Jones "Sally" - Minersville  
Sara "Sally" Jones Bracey, 96, went to be with our Lord on Sunday. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. Born in Minersville, Feb. 12, 1919, Sally was a daughter of the late Miles and Margaret Jones. She was a graduate of Minersville High School and Dickinson College, Carlisle. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Sally was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Huntsville, Ala., for 14 years and St. Laurence Anglican Church, Southlake, Texas, for 29 years. She was an active choir member all her life and loved music. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Earl L. Bracey. She is survived by a daughter, Judith Davis and husband, Drew; son, Richard Bracey; daughter, Kathleen Shankland and husband, Keith; son, Scott Bracey and wife, Kim; grandchildren, Heather, Joshua, Douglas, Megan, Erica, Cameron, Connor and Madison; great-grandchildren, Reagan, Nathan and Noah; sister, Gwendolyn Jones Grove, Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother, Miles Jones, Glendale, Ariz. She will be interred Saturday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, Colleyville, Texas. Lucas Funeral Homes and Cremations Services, Grapevine, Texas, is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.LucasFuneralHomes.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 22, 2015
Champman, Doris A. - Ashland  
Doris Alma Chapman, 97, formerly of Ashland, lived a long time on this earth but finally arrived at her heavenly destination Saturday at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.  A private family memorial service will be held at Bible Baptist Church of Kreamer, with Pastor Thomas Krampert officiating. A private burial will be in Christ Church of Fountain Springs Cemetery, Ashland. Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg. Leave your condolences now online at www.rouppfuneralhome.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 27, 2015
Chyke, David R. - Shamokin  
David Richard Chyke, 85, of Christiana, Tenn., formerly of Tower City, died Tuesday. Born in Allentown, June 6, 1929, he was a son of the late Michael and Irene Hauck Chyke. David formerly worked as a coal miner; he retired as a property manager in the real estate business. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Rachel Keefer and Martha Horne; two brothers, Charles and Calvin Chyke. David was a loving husband, great father and someone who touched the lives of many people through his generosity of time and resources. He was an adaptive individual who accomplished many good things throughout his life. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Ruth Hunter Chyke; sons, Timothy David Chyke and Joel Michael Chyke; granddaughters, Michelle Sophia Chyke and Elizabeth Ann Chyke; grandson, Joel Michael Chyke Jr.; a sister, Eleanor Chyke Doyle. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Chapel of Dimon Funeral Home, Tower City. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to the Alive Hospice, 1639 Medical Center Parkway, Suite 202, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. To sign the guest book, visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 22, 2015
Clemko, Shirley A. - Minersville  
Shirley A. Clemko, 67, of Minersville, passed away Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Township. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 29, 2015
DiNicola, Arthur N. - Minersville  
Arthur Nicholas DiNicola, M.D., passed away peacefully Wednesday at home. He was born Aug. 28, 1929, in his home at 601 Lytle St., Minersville, a son of the late Giacomo and Cecelia Bakowski DiNicola. His father was an immigrant from Carito, Abruzzo, Italy, and his mother was first generation Polish. He had one brother, Jerome. He was the husband of Elizabeth "Betty" May DiNicola. He attended local public schools and wrote letters to the editor about his excellent teachers. He graduated cum laude from Minersville High School. Undecided about a vocation, he worked as a laborer for the Reading Railroad and then with an automatic cigarette company. He entered Bucknell University as a pre-med student, joined KDR fraternity and was active in intramural sports. He received a bachelor's degree in biology and returned to Bucknell to receive a master's degree in physiology after writing a thesis. He was accepted at Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1953 and graduated with a medical degree in 1957. He did an internship at the University of Pennsylvania. He met Betty May, a registered nurse, and they married Aug. 21, 1954. He joined the Navy and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant from the medical service. In the Navy, he was a liaison officer to the Army, Marines and Air Force regarding atomic, biological and chemical warfare. He was stationed at the Edge Wood Arsenal, Maryland. He participated in maneuvers there with the Army and with the Marines at Treasure Island and Camp Lejeune. In 1960, he returned to Minersville and began his family practice doing obstetrics, gynecology, minor surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics, psychiatry and pediatrics. He made house calls daily. He was president of the staff at the Pottsville Hospital, chairman of the Department of Family Practice for 25 years and was active in free medical care for "ward patients." As a physician, he was compulsive in arriving at a diagnosis on every patient. In 1995, he was chosen as "Man of the Year" by the Minersville Lion's Club. He was active as a lector for more than 20 years at St. Barbara Church in that community. His hobbies consisted of gardening and traveling. He enjoyed short visits to Bonita Bay, Fla. He was the plant physician for Allied Signal, Exxon, Hexcel, the Reading Railroad and the Pottsville Box. He was the team physician for Minersville High School for 40 years. In retirement, he enjoyed meeting old patients in reflection on the golden years of medicine. He praised his wife, Betty, as an amazing woman and owed his kindness, generosity and forgiveness to her. He said it was a gift of God to allow him to become a physician. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa, June 5, 1983. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Betty, are children, Maribeth, an obstetrician, David, an engineer, Arturo, an anesthesiologist, Camille, a physician's assistant, Gino, a lawyer, and Michele, an emergency doctor; grandchildren, Katherine, Conor, Keara, Giacomo, Alexandra, Lisa, Jason, Francesca, Liam, Diedre, Luke, Esther, Ellie, Joshua, Gino, Cecelia, Nico, Roman, Juliette and Fernando. He is also survived by a brother, Jerome DiNicola. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville, with the Rev. Kevin Lonergan officiating. Friends are respectfully invited to attend a visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. Interment will be in St. Barbara Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Arthur N. DiNicola, MD '57, may be made in support of Arthur N. DiNicola, MD '57 Annual Scholarship at Jefferson to support a Sidney Kimmel Medical College student pursuing a career in family practice. Please make checks payable to Jefferson and mail to: Office of Institutional Advancement, 125 S. Ninth St., Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or donate online by visiting advancement.jefferson.edu/DiNicola . Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is entrusted with arrangements. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 29, 2015
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