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Bauer, William M. - Pottsville  
William M. Bauer, 91, of Pottsville, passed away Saturday at Schuylkill Center. Born in Pottsville, Feb. 3, 1923, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Bauer. He was a graduate of Saint Clair High School. He proudly served in the Army during World War II, battling in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ar-dennes and Central Europe. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Saint Clair. Prior to retirement, William was employed by Reading Railroad Co. for 43 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothea B. McCool Bauer, in 2008; a son, Paul Bauer; a grandson, Joseph Bauer Jr.; great-granddaughter, Angelina Chescavage; two brothers, Joseph and Charles Bauer; a sister, SSJ Leanore Bauer. William is survived by two sons, William Bauer and his wife, Liz, Mount Laurel, N.J., and Joseph Bauer and his wife, Brenda, Saint Clair; two daughters, Hazel Chescavage and her husband, Donald, Pottsville, and Dolores Jordan and her husband, Joseph, Saint Clair; four grandchildren, DJ Chescavage and his wife, Darla, Scott Bauer and his wife, Regina, Lisa Ashman and her husband, Roy, and Tanya Svrcek and her husband, Marty; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Bauer; two sisters, Mary Muldowney and Dorothy Conway and her husband, Joseph; nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 W. Market St., Pottsville, with Monsignor William F. Glosser officiating. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Queen of the Universe CemeteryR. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations be made in William's name to St. Clare of Assisi Church, 250 E. Hancock St., Saint Clair, PA 17970 or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693. Visit SchlitzerAllenPugh.com to leave a condolence for the Bauer family. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Burke, Edward - Mahanoy City  
Edward Burke, 75, of 10 W. Centre St., Mahanoy City, passed away Sunday night at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street. James P. Haughney Funeral Home, Mahanoy City, is in charge of arrangements.
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Juritsko, Alma L. - Tremont  
Alma L. Juritsko, 90, of Tremont, passed away peacefully Thursday at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street. Among her survivors is a great-grandson, Brian McElligott. Minnig-Berger Funeral Home, Tremont, has charge of arrangements.
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Kufrovich, Andrew L. - Lost Creek  
Andrew L. Kufrovich, 25, of Lost Creek, died Sunday at home. Born in Danville, he was a son of Lawrence E. Kufrovich, with whom he resided, and Susan Stinsky Dower, Shen-andoah. He was a 2007 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School and a Marine Corps veteran, having been last deployed to Afghanistan. Andrew had been employed with Mid Atlantic Exporters, Hamburg, and was employed by Universal Forest Products, Gordon. He was a member of the NRA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bernard and Grace Kufrovich; maternal grandmother, Susan Chupaso; an uncle, Jamie Kufrovich. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his maternal grandfather, Michael Stinsky, William Penn; stepmother, Helen; four sisters, Althea and Amanda Kufrovich and Emily and Abigail Cooney; nephews, Keegan Schreck and Andrew Micklesavage Jr.; aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at River Mountain Church, Sheppton. Friends may call and visit with the family at the church beginning at 11 a.m. Feb. 7. Interment will be privately held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home, Mahanoy City, is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.jarrettfuneralhome.com for more information. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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O'Connell, Mary - Shenandoah  
Mary O'Connell, 95, a resident of Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville, died Sunday at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street. Born in Shenandoah, Sept. 19, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Margaret Campbell O'Con-nell. Mary worked as a secretary in the insurance business and was also a clerk at the former Newberry's Store, Shenandoah. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Urbansky, in 2003. Scripture services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday from Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc., 40 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, officiated by the Rev. Jose Johnson. Interment will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc., Shenandoah, is entrusted with arrangements. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Piccioni, Frank - Pottsville  
Frank Piccioni, 91, of Pottsville, died Saturday morning at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street. Born in Auburn, Oct. 1, 1923, he was a son of the late Luigi and Rosa Mazzuca Piccioni. He attended St. Ambrose School, Schuylkill Haven, and Pottsville Junior and Senior high schools. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater as a gunner in the elite Navy Armed Guard, protecting Naval transport ships. He was awarded individual and unit commendations for his performance during several major battles, including the Battle of Okinawa. Following the war, he returned to Pennsylvania and worked for the Reading Railroad and Aetna Steel Corp. He later attended barber school and opened a barber shop on North Second Street while also working at Pottsville Provision Co., a family business owned by his brother, Tony. His last place of employment was Miners National Bank, Pottsville. On Aug. 1, 1948, he married the former Regina Thomas, Port Carbon. Throughout his life he was an avid collector of local historic items and memorabilia and enjoyed making folk art for family and friends. Frank was a member of St. Joseph and St. Patrick Roman Catholic parishes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Atilius, Peter and Anthony; sisters, Josephine Motto, Domenica Skolaski, Mary Fritz, Sandina Zimmerman and Julia Piccioni. Surviving, in addition to his wife of 67 years, are four sons, Richard and his wife, Kathleen, Geneva, N.Y., Francis, Pottsville, Michael and his partner, Edward Getty, Princeton Junction, N.J., and Robert and his wife, Melanie, Rowlett, Texas; three grandchildren, Dr. David Piccioni, San Diego, Calif., Christine Piccioni and her partner, Matthew Ferrara, Seneca Falls, N.Y., and Isabella Piccioni, Rowlett; a great-grandchild, Matthew Piccioni-Ferrara, Seneca Falls, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, and from 9:30 a.m. Friday until the procession will leave for the church. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pottsville. Tributes in Frank's memory may be made to Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Hillside Road, Pottsville, PA 17901. Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at lordbixler.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Wessner, Ralph P. "Mush" - Auburn  
Ralph P. "Mush" Wessner, 94, of Auburn, passed away Sunday at home. Born in Pinedale, Sept. 21, 1920, he was a son of the late Verd and Annie Breiner Wessner. He was married to the former Lois J. Meyers, his wife of 64 years. Mush was a member of Grace Evangelical Free Church, Cressona. He also belonged to the Auburn VFW, Stein Hollow Beagle Club, Auburn, and Lebanon County Beagle Club. He was also a founding member of Auburn Game & Fish. Mush retired as a foreman from the former Reneer Films in 1982. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Brent Schoffstall. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Lois, are three sons, Ronald G. Wessner and his wife, Gloria Jean, and Craig B. Wessner and his wife, Val, all of Auburn, and Joel F. Wessner and his wife, Elsie, Williamsport; a daughter, Leslie Schoffstall and her husband, Joe, Schuylkill Haven; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace Evangelical Free Church, Cressona, with the Rev. Randy Ott officiating. A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment will follow in St. John's New Cemetery, Auburn. At the family's request, memorial donations in Mush's memory may be sent to Grace Evangelical Free Church, 101 Graeff St., Cressona, PA 17929, or Covenant Home Care Hospice, 1223 Pottsville Pike, Shoemakersville, PA 19555. 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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Batdorf, James D. - Shamokin  
James D. Batdorf, 71, of Ashland, passed away Friday at Mount Carmel Nursing Center, Mount Carmel. Born in Ashland, March 26, 1943, he was a son of the late Frederick and Sara Love Batdorf. He graduated from Ashland High School and Rio Grand College, Ohio. He was an Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post 434, Ashland. He worked for many years at the Berwick Power Plant and last worked for the Dauphin County Housing Au-thority until retirement. Jim was an avid basketball and baseball player and loved hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Frederick, Russell, Harold and Charles. Surviving are three sons, Bradley, husband of Amy Batdorf, Ashland, James Batdorf, Utah and Bradley Batdorf, Salisbury, Md.; a sister, Lois, wife of James Smith, Fountain Springs; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held in 11 a.m. Friday at Sunnyside Cemetery, Lavelle, with the Rev. James Smith officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to American Legion Post 434, 501 Centre St. Ashland, PA 17921 or Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville,PA 17901. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements. Visit kullfuneral.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Beach, Naomi V. - Tremont  
Naomi Virginia Beach, 92, formally of Sweet Arrow Lake Road, passed away Friday at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Tremont, Aug. 18, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Quentin and Mary Wolfe Fisher. She was the widow of John F. Beach who passed away Jan. 8, 2014. She was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Stein's Mill. Naomi is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A religious service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Friedens Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Reier officiating. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend a visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in Naomi's name to Friedens Lutheran Church. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is entrusted with arrangements. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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DiNunzio, Joseph A. - Mableton  
Joseph A. DiNunzio, 73, of Mableton, Ga., and formerly of Lansdale, died Tuesday. He was the belov-ed husband of Joyce Ann Lemke DiNunzio, his wife of 47 years. Born in Lebanon, Nov. 22, 1941, he was a son of the late Giuseppe and Jane Elizabeth Tucci DiNunzio. He was a graduate of Nativity BVM High School, Pottsville, and attended St. Francis University, Loretto, before beginning his career. Mr. DiNunzio was employed with Unisys, formerly Sperry, for more than 40 years, retiring as an IT manager in 2004. Mr. DiNunzio honorably served in the Air Force Reserves. He was a former longtime parishioner of Corpus Christi Church, Lansdale. Joe was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, and his hobbies included reading and traveling. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sister Mary Jane DiNunzio, SSJ, and a brother-in-law, Richard Crishock. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Mary Catherine Doran (Brian), London, England, Joseph W. DiNunzio, Wilmington, Del., and Jennifer A. Wood (John), Springfield, Mo.; his siblings, John DiNunzio (Rosie), Sinking Spring, Bruna D. Crishock, Arlington, Va., and Louis DiNunzio, also of Arlington; nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Corpus Christi Church, 900 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Arrangements are by Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale. For those desiring, contributions may be made in Mr. DiNunzio's memory to the Atlanta Lab Rescue, PO Box 250206, Atlanta, GA 30325. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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