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Mackin, Victoria Kotz - McAdoo  
Victoria Kotz Mackin, McAdoo, passed away at her residence Sunday evening. Born July 28, 1924, she was a daughter of the late George and Blanche Tocylowski Kotz. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, was her husband, James P. Mackin, June 8, 2003; and brothers, Stephen, Alexander and Alfred Kotz. She was the last surviving member of her family. She was a graduate of McAdoo High School and also attended Penn State University. Vicki was a member of the Church of All Saints and the former St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, McAdoo, where she taught first-grade religion for seven years and was a former choir member, as well as a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Vicki was affiliated with her husband's business as executive secretary of Sportcraft Inc. She later joined the staff of WLSH Radio and the Midweeker, Lansford, until her retirement. Vicki was president of Concerned Citizens of Schuylkill County Inc. since 1986, a county taxpayers' organization that she helped organize in 1980. She was the recipient of the Grass Roots Leadership Award on Oct. 6, 1998, from Citizens Against Higher Taxes and an Eagle Award on June 8, 1996, from the Pennsylvania Leadership Council for her work on behalf of the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. She received the Woman of Distinction Award in 1992 from Penn's Woods Girl Scout Council Inc. for her work on the environment. Vicki was a former Girl Scouts leader, board member, Neighborhood Director and a nominating committee member. She was chosen outstanding volunteer during National Volunteer Week in 1980 for her many years of dedication to Girl Scouting. She was a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. She was the breakfast speaker for the Strong Girls Strong Futures Partnership in April 2003 and was honored for her services as Neighborhood Director from 1970 to 1987. In 1964, Vicki received a certificate of honor from VFW Post 6708, McAdoo, for her work with the children of the community. A past United Way representative in McAdoo, she received a citation for Outstanding Community Service in 1961 and 1973. She helped the Red Cross Bloodmobile program in the McAdoo area in the '60s and '70s and also served on the Advisory Council on Education of the Hazleton Area School District, for which she received a document of appreciation. In 2006, she served on the tax study commission of the Hazleton Area School Board. Through the efforts of Vicki and her late husband, James, the first Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) was purchased by the McAdoo Ambulance Association. Vicki served on the Kline Township Zoning Board from 1976 to 1983. She was appointed area representative for the REACH program for the Allentown Diocese which resulted in her attending ceremonies at the White House for the Reach Program at the invitation of President George H.W. Bush in 1992. Surviving are nephews, Stephen, James, George, David, Joseph, Ron and Alexander Kotz Jr.; and nieces, Joan Kotz Mizenko, Debra Elko, Barbara Kotz, Carol Sist, Ruth Kotz, Roseann Gittins and Nancy Schlarp. A Mass of Christian Burial for Vicki will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of All Saints, McAdoo. Interment will be in Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown. Relatives and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Vicki's family would appreciate donations in her memory to any of the following: All Saints Church, Marian Catholic High School, Keystone Fire Company, Penn's Woods Girl Scouts, Serento Gardens, Hazleton Public Library or the American Cancer Society. Condolences to the family can be sent to cyote2013gti@gmail.com, Arrangements are under the direction of the Boyle Funeral Home Inc., Hazleton. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on Dec. 24, 2014
Maurer Sr., Ronald E. - Ashland  
Ronald E. Maurer Sr., 14th and Market streets, Ashland, passed away Wednesday surrounded by loving family at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, following a prolonged battle with all of the many complications of diabetes. Born in Mount Carmel, Sept. 12, 1930, he was a son of the late Jasper E. and Ada Wolf Maurer. A 1948 graduate of Mount Carmel High School, he was a veteran of the Army Reserves and a member of Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ and Washington Fire Company, Ashland. Always an avid hunter and outdoorsman, he was the founding member of Tall Oaks Lodge, Columbia County, and a proud member of the National Rifle Association and North American Hunting Club. Ron was an employee of the Borough of Ashland for 20 years, serving as borough manager for the last 10 years prior to retirement. He loved children and always cherished time spent with family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed large-scale cooking and woodworking. In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a brother, Jack. He is survived by his adored and loving wife of 62 years, Miriam Procter Maurer; and will be greatly missed by his three children, Debra, wife of John Ondeyka, Fanwood, N.J., Pamela, wife of Douglas Gressens, Ashland, and Ronald Maurer Jr., Ashland; and six grandchildren, Greg and Brent (wife, Bethany) Gressens, Amy and Jeff Ondeyka and Ryan and Ben Maurer; a great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Gressens; brothers, Harry, Mount Carmel, William, Dalmatia, Clifford, Allentown, and Larry, Bloomsburg; sisters, Leona Hull, Ohio, Shirley Zimmerman, Florida, Elaine Young, Towanda, and Beverly Lerch, Orwigsburg; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Zion's Reformed UCC, Ashland, with the Rev. David Grant officiating. Interment will be held in Brock Cemetery, Ashland. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to Zion's Reformed UCC, 2400 Center St., Ashland, PA 17921. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014
McPike, Betty Alice Dmytrow - Napa  
Betty Alice Dmytrow McPike, who was born Jan. 23, 1935, passed away Thursday in Napa, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger McPike, and her parents, Stephen and Ceila Gedrich Dmytrow. Survived by her brother, Ronald Dmytrow, Tuscarora; a niece, Karen Bailey; and nephews, Ronald Dmytrow Jr. and Scott Dmytrow.
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Published in Republican & Herald on Dec. 20, 2014
Mervine, Mae - Frackville  
Mae "Cook" Mervine, 67, of Frackville, passed away peacefully Tuesday at home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville, with the Rev. Kerry Smart officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Englewood/Frackville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association c/o Schaeffer's Harley Davidson, 1123 Brick Hill Road, Orwigsburg, PA 17961. Visit www.gricoskifuneralhome.com .
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Published in Republican & Herald on Dec. 18, 2014
Moore, Lawrence E. "Larry" - Pottsville  
Lawrence Edward "Larry" Moore, 77, of Pottsville, passed away Tuesday at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va. Born in Pottsville, Aug. 1, 1937, he was a son of the late Edward L. and Jane D. Kehoe Moore. He was the loving husband of Anne Williams Moore. A 1956 graduate of Nativity BVM High School, he was the owner and operator of the Moore Co., Pigeon Feed Sales and Supplies. Larry was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. He served in the Army Reserves. Larry was a life member and past president of Mount Carbon Fire Company. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Gerry Moore. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Larry Moore II and wife, Marianne, Leesburg, Va.; three grandchildren, Laura, Mark and Brian Moore; two sisters, Mary Jane Dicello and husband, Tony, Auburn, and Margaret Etherington and husband, Calvin, Pottsville; nine nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow Mass at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Pottsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Nativity Preservation Support Fund, P.O. Box 82, Pottsville, PA 17901. To extend online condolences, visit www.gsesfuneralhomes.com . Ebling Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona, has been entrusted with arrangements. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on Dec. 24, 2014
Moser, Robert E. "Bobby" - Gordon  
Robert Ernest "Bobby" Moser, 30, of 514 McKnight St., Gordon, passed away Sunday of natural causes. Born in Phoenixville, April 2, 1984, he was a son of Robert E. Jr. and Karyl L. Kieffer Moser, Gordon. He was a graduate of the former Cardinal Brennan High School, Fountain Springs, Class of 2003, and following high school, he attended the Restaurant School of Philadelphia. Bobby was employed as an over-the-road truck driver for Teal's Transport, Freeland, until March 2013, and most recently as a mechanic assisting his father at Moser Automotive, 39 Walnut St., Ashland. He loved his family and was a very caring man with a good heart. Bobby enjoyed nature, particularly fishing, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. His family time was spent on vacations to Ocean City, Maryland, and just being a good brother, son and uncle. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Carl G. "Red" Kieffer; and paternal grandfather, Robert E. Moser Sr. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are sisters, Candice Moser, Gordon, and Bethany, wife of Brent Gressens, Locustdale; a brother, Shane Moser and his wife, Melissa, Gordon; maternal grandmother, Betty Lou Kieffer, Pottstown; paternal grandmother, Phyllis Moser, Ashland; nieces, Avery, Hope and Riley; aunts, uncles and cousins from Pottstown, Lancaster and California. Relative and friends are invited to celebrate Bobby's life with a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland, officiated by the Rev. David Grant, pastor of Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ, Ashland. Visitation with family will be from noon until the time of the service. Memorials are requested to be made to Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901. Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on Dec. 24, 2014
Moser, Robert E. "Bobby" - Gordon  
Robert Ernest "Bobby" Moser, 30, of 514 McKnight St., Gordon, passed away Sunday in Harrisburg of natural causes. Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements at a later date.
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Published in Republican & Herald on Dec. 23, 2014
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