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July 21, 2013
Thomas D. Linkchorst, 62, of 880 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, died Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Ce-dar Crest surrounded by his family.
Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late William and Julia Britton Linkchorst.
A 1968 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School, he was employed as director of reimbursement for Schuylkill Medical Center.
He was a member of St. Richard Roman Catholic Church, Barnesville.
Thomas was a veteran of the Vietnam era, serving in the Army with Company B 1st Battalion 28th Infantry as a sergeant. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, 2 Bronze Stars, 2 OS bars, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 DVC, Air Medal with 1 OLC, Expert Grenade and M-14 rifle, Civic Action Medal 1st Class, Sharpshooter M-16 rifle, and 2nd class gunner M-60 ma-chine gun.
He was an active coach in local youth sports organizations, including Mahanoy City Girls Softball League and Mahanoy City CYO girls and boys basketball.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Leonard Kozlosky Sr.
Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Kate Kozlosky Linkchorst; three daughters, Kate Eltringham and her husband, T.J., Kingston, Jess Linkchorst and her fiance, Brian Macker, Shenandoah, and Jennifer Linkchorst; two brothers, William Linkchorst and his wife, Dot, Frackville, and John Linkchorst and his wife, Ann, Mahanoy Plane; a sister, Lisa Sheehan and her husband, Pat, Mahanoy City; his mother-in-law, Mary Kozlosky; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc., 40 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday using the Lloyd Street entrance to the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Richard Church, Barnesville, with the Rev. Joseph Whalen as the celebrant. Interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 29, in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Contributions may be made to a Scholarship Fund for Jennifer Linkchorst, a student at Clarion University.
Oravitz Homes for Funerals Inc
40 N. Jardin Street
Shenandoah, PA 17976
Published in Republican & Herald on July 23, 2013