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Altman, Phoebe Meirowitz - Easton  
Phoebe Meirowitz Altman, 78, of Easton, passed away peacefully Wednesday at Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth surrounded by those who loved her so deeply. She is survived by her devoted husband, Dr. Arthur Altman, with whom she would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 19. Born June 12, 1935, in Bridgeport, Conn., she grew up in Pottsville and was the daughter of the late Elihu and Ida Antokolitz Meirowitz. She was a member of B'nai Abraham Synagogue in Easton. Phoebe was a tireless volunteer for social causes and a passionately active member of the Jewish community. She was an early proponent of and held leadership positions with Planned Parenthood, PFlag, Meals on Wheels, ProJeCt, Hospice, State Theatre in Easton and the American Cancer Society. She was a proud Lion of Judah with the Jewish Federation and a Lifetime Member of Hadassah. While her gifts were many, the greatest was the unfettered love she shared and the compassion she had for others. In addition to her husband, she is survived by children, Holly Altman, Peter and his husband, Ken, Howard and his wife, Gina, Suzanne Offit and her husband, Andy, and Julie Altman and her husband, Alex Sagan; a brother, Rim Meirowitz and his wife, Anne; and 12 grandchildren. Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at B'nai Abraham Synagogue. Interment will take place at Oheb Zedeck Cemetery in Pottsville. Arrangements are by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley or Hadassah. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 7, 2015
Balulis, Anthony - Pottsville  
Anthony Balulis, 71, died April 19 at his home in Lititz, with his loving wife, Nemira, by his side. Born in Pottsville, he was a son of Antoinette and Alphonse Balulis. Anthony was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Minersville, and St. James Roman Catholic Church, Lititz. He graduated from Nativity BVM High School in 1961. He retired from Alcoa after working there for many years. Anthony was preceded in death by his father, Alphonse, in 1999; and brother, Raymond, in 2010. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Nemira, and mother, Antoinette, Minersville, are a daughter, Rasa Rupslaukyte and fiance, Amadou Garba; twin grandchildren, Laila and Malik, Lititz; and sisters, Frances, wife of Nick Mitchell, Rosanne McAuley and Mary, wife of Jerry Hardvall. Memorial contributions may be made to Penn State Milton S. Hershey ALS Center, Hershey. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 30, 2015
Bednar, Dr. Stephen J. - Shenandoah  
Dr. Stephen J. Bednar, 77, of Lorton, Va., died Wednesday evening at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va. Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late Stephen and Anna Hudak Bednar. He was a physician and served as an Army medic during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Peddie School High School, Hightstown, N.J., and received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in internal and emergency medicine and family practice. Surviving are a sister, Theresa Bednar, Louisville, Ky.; a cousin, Veronica Shafransky; and Rita Pecika and their families, Shenandoah. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Divine Mercy Roman Catholic Church, 224 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, by Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian. Interment will be in St. Stephen Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements. Sign the guest book at
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 2, 2015
Begrovich, Jean Marie - Shenandoah  
Jean Marie Begrovich, 86, of Spokane, Wash., passed away peacefully Nov. 19, 2014, with her loving family by her side. Her family relocated her to Spokane from Shenandoah in March 2013 due to her declining health. She will be remembered for her fierce independence, sense of humor, quick wit and extreme generosity to others. She leaves behind a son, James Begrovich (Joan); granddaughters, Brianna Aiello (Rick) and Shayna Begrovich; niece, Regina M. "Gigi" Luto, Harrisburg; nephew, Thomas Bejgrowicz (Cheryl), Linglestown; and her good friends, Stella Saluta and Nancy Herring. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. A visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 9 at St. Casimir Church, Shenandoah, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the New St. Casimir Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901. Arrangements are by Hennessey Funeral Home and Crematory, Spokane. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 3, 2015
Blickley, Robert E. - Port Carbon  
Robert E. Blickley, 59, of Honolulu, formerly of Port Carbon, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 30. Born in Pottsville, he was a son of Anna Blickley, Minersville. He was a Pottsville High School graduate. He joined the Navy and served as an electroencephalography technician while serving as a hospital corpsman. He later worked in the same field in civilian life. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Schappel (Edward), Pottsville; two grandchildren. He is also survived by two aunts, Agnes Blickley, Minersville, and Regina Eiler, Mill Creek; 15 cousins of the Ballatt family. Religious services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury St., Minersville. Visitation will follow until 9 p.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Visit www.dutcavich.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 3, 2015
Bohnenblust, Dr. Walter R. - Orwigsburg  
Dr. Walter R. Bohnenblust, 94, of Orwigsburg, passed away peacefully Saturday at Seton Manor Inc. Born in Oak Hill, Kan., Feb. 20, 1921, he was a son of the late Walter and Sophia Kathryn Blauer Bohnenblust. He was the husband of Ruth Monco Bohnenblust. They were married April 7, 1947. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Pottsville. He served in the Navy. He was a 1939 graduate of Bellville High School, Bellville, Kan. He attended Nebraska University from 1939 to 1941 and received his bachelor of arts degree from Kansas University in 1943 and his M.D. in 1945. He had an internship at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, from 1945-46 and residency in radiology at Reading Hospital, Reading from 1955-58. He had a general medical practice in New Ringgold from 1948-55, served as radiologist at Altoona Hospital, Altoona, from 1958-59 and chief of department at Pottsville Hospital from 1960-88. Professional organizations include American Medical Association, Pennsylvania Medical Association, past president and secretary of the Schuylkill County Medical Society, American College of Radiology, Pennsylvania Radiological Society, Radiological Society of North America, Society of Nuclear Medicine, Greater New York Chapter Society of Nuclear Medicine. Charitable organizations include American Cancer Society, Schuylkill County, and past president of the Schuylkill County United Tuberculosis Health Society. He was a scout master and chairman of troop committee with the Boy Scouts of America. Social memberships include the former Pottsville Club, Schuylkill Country Club, Masonic Lodge 138 F&AM and Lehigh Consistory 32nd degree. He and Ruth had a summer home in Canada on Lake Charleston. He enjoyed fishing and scouting. He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by seven sisters. In addition to his wife of 68 years, Ruth, he is survived by a daughter, Dr. Barbara J., wife of Randolph Augustine, Bristol, R.I.; two sons, Dr. Stephen E., widower of Sandy Bohnenblust, Mankato, Minn., and Dr. Walter R. Jr., husband of Bonnie Bohnenblust, Reading; eight grandchildren, Stephen Bohnenblust Jr., Amanda Bohnenblust, MS, companion of Charles Bauer, Eric W. Bohnenblust, Ph.D., husband of Jacqueline Kramer, Esq., and their daughter, Charlotte, Samantha Bohnenblust, Zachary W. Augustine, Esq., husband of Elise (Dufour), MSE, Evan Bohnenblust, MD, Carly Augustine, MArch, and Alec Bohnenblust; nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, Pottsville. Religious service will be at 11 a.m. Entombment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park Inc., Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers, his wishes are donations to Trinity Episcopal Church, 201 Howard Ave., Pottsville, PA 17901; The Public Library of Pottsville, 215 W. Market St., Pottsville, PA 17901, or Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 410 Summer Valley Road, Orwigsburg, PA 17961. Hamilton Funeral Home Inc., Orwigsburg, is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 5, 2015
Bohnenblust, Dr. Walter R. - Orwigsburg  
Dr. Walter R. Bohnenblust, 94, of Orwigsburg, passed away peacefully Saturday at Seton Manor Inc. Hamilton Funeral Home Inc., Orwigsburg, is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 4, 2015
Boyer, Joyce - Ashland  
Joyce Boyer, 83, of Gordon, a former Ashland resident, passed away early Tuesday morning at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township. Born in Ashland, May 7, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Ethel Heffner. Joyce attended Ashland High School. She married Arthur "Cab" Boyer Sr. and was a housewife, raising seven children. Joyce and her husband were the owners of the Ashland Community Center in the 1960s, located in the same building where the Mineshaft Cafe is today. The current hardwood floors were installed by Joyce and her husband for the roller skating rink when they owned the property. She was preceded in death was her husband, Arthur, on Dec. 23, 1998; a son, Gary Boyer, in 2008; daughters, Donna Sharp, in 1992, and Kay Kroh, in 2012; and a sister, Nancy Schaal. Survivors include sons, Arthur "Sam" Boyer Jr., husband of Brenda, Williamstown, Cab Boyer, Gordon, and Randy Boyer, husband of Lisa, Locust Gap; a daughter, Bonnie, wife of Dennis Gawrylik, Shenandoah; a sister, Joan Brennan, Girardville; a brother, Robert Heffner, Virginia; 23 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Brock Cemetery, Ashland, officiated by the Rev. John Wallace, pastor of Simpson United Methodist Church, Gordon. Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, has charge of arrangements. Visit www.fritzfuneralhome.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 30, 2015
Breit, Albert L. - Tower City  
Albert L. Breit, 96, of Tower City, passed away Wednesday at the Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street. Born in Lykens, Nov. 14, 1918, he was a son of the late Andrew and Sophia Krobath Breit. Albert was a Navy veteran of World War II, where he served as photographer. He was employed by the former Air Force Base at Middletown and retired from the Philadelphia Procurement Office of Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J. He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Chapel, Tower City, and a life member of Tower City American Legion 468 and Tower City Loyal Order of Moose. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 2486, Lykens, and the Senior Citizens Center, Tremont. He was predeceased by his wife, Lena Knorr Breit; brothers, George and Arthur Breit; and sisters, Mary Lakatos, Margaret O'Brein, Barbara Gentile, Clara Gaffney, Anna Chester and Rosalia Stambaugh. Surviving are his dear friend, Mary Toward, Tower City; his loving niece and caregiver, Beth Shive and her husband, Dennis; his niece, Regina Raudenbush; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Chapel of Dimon Funeral Home Inc., Tower City, with the Rev. Paul Rothermel. Interment with military honors will be held in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Lykens. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to ALF Foundation, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002. 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 1, 2015
Brennan, James D. - Tamaqua  
James D. Brennan, 81, of Mulberry Street, Tuscarora, passed away Tuesday at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street. Born in Tuscarora, he was a son of the late James F. and Loretta Kenny Brennan. Jim was a faithful member of St. John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, Tamaqua. A 1952 graduate of St. Jerome High School, he worked for Prudential (Insurance) Financial for many years. He served his country honorably in the Army. Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and golf. He was a member of Tuscarora Fire Company, Ancient Order of Hibernians Pottsville Chapter and Tamaqua Elks. Always a football fan, Jim often commented that high school football was his favorite, however, anyone who knew him also knew he was an ardent Notre Dame fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Brennan. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Jane Murphy Brennan; a son, Patrick T. Brennan and his wife, Deeann, Jamestown, N.C.; a daughter, Karen Brennan Rohbach, wife of George, Schuylkill Haven; six grandchildren, Sean, Nancy Jo, James, Jane, Felicia and Robert; four great-grandchildren, Mason, Dylan, Amelia and Amira; nieces and nephews; and two sisters, Mary Brennan Schock, wife of Jack, Tuscarora, and Kathleen Brennan Nicholson, wife of Dr. James J., Blue Bell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday at St. John XXIII Church, 266 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. The celebrant will be his nephew, Monsignor Thomas Baddick. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment with military honors will follow immediately in St. Bertha's Cemetery, Tuscarora. Memorials in the name of Jim Brennan may be made to Marian Catholic High School Football, 166 Marian Ave., Tamaqua, PA 18252. Arrangements have been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Online condolences may be signed at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 30, 2015
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