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SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2022 POTTSVILLE (PA.) REPUBLICAN HERALD A5OBITUARIES Ashland DeCarlo, Andrew R. Heckscherville Fritz, Charles F. Jr. Orwigsburg Socko, Stanley J. Pine Grove Kling John E.

Pottsville Kachmar, Alex obituaries FUNERAL NOTICES (CELE), passed away Providence Place, Pottsville. Interment will be on Tuesday, Aug. 10 a.m. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Those attending should plan their arrival for 9:45 a.m.

at the National Cemetery. If desired, the family appreciates dona- tions to St. Nicholas Church. Visit www.

LAWRENCE, 88, of Orwigsburg, and formerly of awayWednesday, Aug. 3,2022, in Orwigsburg. AMass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m.Wednesday,Aug. 10, in St. John XXIII Catholic Pine Street, Tamaqua.

Interment in St. Jerome Cemetery, Lombard Street, follow theMass. Call from 6 to 8 p.m. 9 and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.Wednesday,Aug. the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral East Broad Street, Tamaqua.

Memorials in name may bemade to St. John XXIII Catholic Pine 18252. Online condolencesmay be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. LEE, awayWednesday, Aug.

3,2022. A Celebration of Life ser- vice will be held at 7 p.m. Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, Port Carbon.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit from6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of con- tributionsmay bemade to the funeral home to help with funeral costs. Visit

(Mo, Eddie), formerly of Heckscherville, passed away July 22.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. St. Patrick Roman Catholic by calling hours in the church from9 to 10:15 a.m. Interment withmilitary honors will be at St. No.

2 Cemetery, Llewellyn, PA. In lieu of contribu- tionsmay bemade to the Capt. Jason JonesMemorial Box 17961 or at www. Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge.

Visit www. JEAN, 85, for- merly of Bethlehem, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Fellowship A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Stephens Funeral Home 274 N.

Krocks Road, a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 12 at the funeral home; Contributions: St. Hospice.

NOVINGER, JANEMARIE, Dronick, went home to God on July 6, 2022, at the age of 75, 18 months after her diagnosis of Lou dis- ease (ALS). A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville.

A memorial service will be held in Colorado at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Erie, Colorado Community Library or the Pottsville Free Public Library. 77, lifelong resi- dent of away peace- fully Wednesday, July his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. St.

Charles Borromeo with the Rev. Giuseppe Esposito, pas- tor, as the celebrant. Friends are invited to his visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass on Saturday at the church. Interment withmilitary honors will follow in St.

Cemetery, Fountain Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can bemade in name to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN to thememo- rial fund of St. Charles Borromeo Church at 1115Walnut Ashland, PA 17921.

Sign the guest book, leave personal condolences and for further visit www.thom- Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Girardville, has charge. 67, of Girardville, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday at her residence. Funeral ser- vices will be held at 11 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 8, from the ThomasM. Sullivan Funeral the Rev. Giuseppe Esposito officiating. Interment will be in St.

Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of service Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contri- butions, to defray expenses, bemade in care of Shannon Butler, 125 S. Third Frackville, PA 17931.

Sign the guestbook, leave personal condo- lences and for further information, please visit www.thomasmsullivanfu- ThomasM. Sullivan Funeral is in charge of arrangements. ROBBINS Gordon, formerly of away peacefully 3, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m.Monday, Aug.

ThomasM. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville. Private funeral and graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Frackville. Sign the guestbook, leave personal condo- lences and for further information, please visit www.thomasmsullivanfu- ThomasM.

Sullivan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Stanley J. Socko, 79, of Orwigsburg, passed away Friday, Aug. 5, at Seton Manor. Stash was born June 16, 1943, in Pottsville, a son of the late Helen (Konopka) and StanleyPeter Socko.

Hewas thehusbandof Ear- lene (Fenstermach- er) Socko and was amember of St. AmbroseRomanCatho- He served in theArmyand was employedwith Bright A. Berger Sons, Orwigsburg, as a sheetmetal fabricator. Stash was an avid out- doorsman. He enjoyed hunt- ing and going for walks, but his true love was his family.

Pap will be missed by many for his generosity and com- munity involvement. He belonged to the Minersville In addition to Kickie, his wife, Stash is survived by his Socko, husband of Lisa, of West Chester, and his daughter, Karen Coffey, wife of Brian, of Cressona. Stanley is also survived by three granddaughters, Jessi- ca Coffey-Christiana, wife of Brian, Katelyn Mackey, wife of Matthew, and Samantha of Chandler. He was preceded in death byhis daughter, Patricia (Tri- cia) Socko, in 1983, and also his Therewillbeaneveningvis- itation, with familymembers present, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.

10, at Hamil- ton-Breiner Funeral Home Cremation Services in Orwigsburg.AMass of Chris- tian Burial will be celebrated at 11, at St. Ambrose RomanCatho- lic Church in Schuylkill Hav- en, with the Rev. Monsignor Edward S. Zemanik officiat- ing.Therewill benovisitation onThursday.Intermentwillbe in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribu- tions may bemade in name to Minersville Fish Game Club or to a charityof yourchoice.

Stanley J. Socko August 5, 2022 STANLEY J. SOCKO John E. Kling, 74, of York, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at UPMCMemorial inYork.

Born May 2, 1948, in Syra- cuse, N.Y., he was a son and stepson of the late John J. Kling and Clarence and Ida FilsingerDonaldson. John was a graduate of Saranac Lake Central High School.Hewas intheMarines for four years, serving inViet- namduring thewar. Afterhisdischargefromthe service, John attended North Country Community College and thePAStatePoliceAcade- my formunicipal police train- ing. He was a patrolman in numerous boroughs and served as chief of police in Pine Grove in the 1980s.

He retired as a corrections officer He was a life member of the Pine Grove VFW Post 3432, NRA, Veterans of Viet- namWar and the American Legion. He was an avid New EnglandPatriots fan. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Jennifer Kiene; a granddaughter, DarianKiene; a great-grand- son, Abel Kiene; three sis- ters, Ida Donaldson, Barba- ra Callaghan and Gail Don- aldson; and a brother, Ronald Donaldson. Surviving are two daugh- ters, Karen Kling, of Pine Grove, and Stephanie (Chris- topher) Harner, of Schuylkill Haven; and Matthew Kiene, both of Pine Grove, and Finnegan Harner, of Schuylkill Haven; his companion, Pam Painter, of York; a brother, Dale Don- aldson, of two sisters, Mary Prevatt, of N.C., and Dorothea Carpenter, of N.Y.; nieces andnephews. Memorial services will be held at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 11, at H.L. Snyder Funeral Home Pine Grove, with SALM John Ziegler officiating.Therewill be a visitation Thursday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Indiantown Gap National In lieuof flowers, the family would prefer contributions bemade in memory to the PA WoundedWarriors 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011. Condolences may be sent online at www. John E.

Kling August 4, 2022 JOHN E. KLING Charles F. Fritz, Jr. 59, of Heckscherville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, at his home.

Born Dec. 1, 1962, in Potts- ville, he was a son of the late PearlMae (Cole) and Charles F. Fritz Sr. He was the husband of Veronica Harley-Fritz, mar- ried onApril 24, 1993. He had a passion for base- ball and used the ball field to teachmany lessons of life to all he encountered.

His love of the game started at the Cressona Little League field, and it followed him to his baseball career at Mansfield University, and then to play- ing semi-professionally with theBethel Pirates. His love of the game led him to a career in coaching. Starting at his roots, he began coaching at Cressona Little League, then Blue Mountain High School and finishing at Minersville High School, where he was a coach for the 2007 State Championship team.Charliewas the founder of the original AAU baseball team in Schuylkill the Blue Sox, and he went on to found the West End Out- laws. His proudest moments were seeing his lessons being livedby thosehecoached. He was a graduate of Blue MountainHigh School, Class of 1980, andMansfieldUniver- sity, where he received his his teaching certificate from Kutztown University.

He was employed by Gaudenzia as a supervisorof thecall center. In addition to his wife, Charlie is survived by his sons, Zachary Fritz, husband of Kerry, N.J., and Aaron Fritz, Heckscherville; and his cherished grandchildren, Darcy andGriffin. He was the beloved baby brother of Barbara Dunnin- gan, Schuylkill Haven, Char- leneWagner, Cressona, Leah, wife of Ronnie Emerich, Pine Grove, and Malinda, wife of Thomas Renninger, Orwigs- burg. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, John Harley, husband of Linda, Pottsville, and Harry Harley, Waynes- A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.

11, at Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona, with certi- fied celebrant RebeccaDevlin officiating.Avisitationwill be held from4p.m.until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, dona- tions canbemade toCressona Little League, BlueMountain High School Baseball Pro- gram orMinersville Baseball Program. To extend condo- lences to the family, visitwww. Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Homehasbeenentrustedwith thearrangements.

Charles F. Fritz Jr. August 4, 2022 CHARLES F. FRITZ JR. AlexwasbornJuly29, 1933, in Greenfield, to Paraska (Holowatyj) and Steve Kachmar.

Steve passed when Alex was an infant due to injuries from a coal mine accident. As a result, Paraska took her six young children back to Lem- kivshchyna, where she was bornandraised. They settled on a farm in Wysoczany in 1936, where Alex grew up. Shortly after World War II, during which they endured several diffi- cult years, family was forcibly deported to north- west Poland. In Fall 1947, Paraska was able to bring Alex andmost of his siblings back to theUnited States.

The family settled in Potts- ville, where Alex attempted to finish his schooling. After earning a GED instead, Alex enlisted in the Army and served from 1953-55, primari- ly inEurope. After the Army, Alex enrolled in night school to learn electrical and comput- er a Ford assembly line. Alex spent his careermaintaining computer systems for compa- nies Ray- theon and Memorex-Telex. He retired in 2006.

Alex met the love of his life, Joanne Baranoski, at a polka dance, and they were married on Oct. 18, 1969, in Plainfield, N.J. They moved to California for sup- posedly job assignment. Alex and Joanne had three sonsandsettled inSacramen- to, California, in October 1975. Alex was active in his community.

He coached his soccer and baseball teams. He was a longtime memberof Council 953 of the Knights of Columbus, includ- ing serving asGrandKnight. Alexwasveryproudof his Ukrainian heritage. He helped establish the Ukraini- an Heritage Club of North- ern California and St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church.

He also made great efforts assisting families fromPolandandUkraine set- tle in the Sacramento area. Alex was predeceased by his parents, Paraska and Steve; his stepfather, Yurko Lewczak; and his siblings, Mary (Parella), Anna, Anna (Homick), SamandSteve. Alex is survivedbyhiswife, Joanne; his sons, James (Jen- nifer), Taras (Tomomi) and Michael (Jennifer); his sisters, Catherine Jenkins and Irka Melnyk; his 11 grandchildren, Joseph, Dmytro, Mikayla, Maksym, Lucia, Orazio and Justin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in the U.S.andUkraine. family would espe- ciallyliketothanktheVAHos- pitalatMatheranditsdoctors, nurses and palliative care teamfortheirexcellentcareof Alexduringhis finaldays. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Miller Funeral Home of Folsom, Calif.

Parastas and visitation willbeat5p.m.Sunday,Aug.7, atSt.AndrewUkrainianCath- olicChurch, 7001FlorinRoad, Sacramento. Divine liturgy and Panahyda will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at St. Andrew, followedbytheburial at 12:30 p.m.

at Sylvan Ceme- tery, Heights, California. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory toHromada, to help sup- portUkrainians as a result of invasion. Vichnaya Alex Kachmar August 1, 2022 ALEX KACHMAR Andrew R. DeCarlo, 90, of Rydal, formerly of Ashland, passed away peacefully at homeAug. 4, 2022.

Andy was born May 22, 1932, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of Frank andMary (Shafari) DeCarlo. He married Cathe- rine Modafferi on March 1, 1952. The family has lost a wonderfulman. Andy grewup inBrooklyn, N.Y., where hemet the love of his Army and followed his footsteps in the enve- lopebusiness.Anopportunity tomanage andhelp build Tri- State Envelope brought him andhis family toAshland. Andy embraced country life by becoming an avid golf- er, bridge player, bowler, gar- dener (mostly tomatoes, not zucchinis) and a high school sports enthusiast.

When the Spartans playing, he and Cathy could be found at Fountain Springs burning up the dance floor. Andy retired toMyrtle Beach, S.C. After the loss of his soulmate Cathy, Andy moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he delighted in golfing at Bear Lakes and dining out with friends, while enjoying and gloating about the sunny weather and perfect breezes. Andy will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather and a loyal friend. He was loved by the employees of Tri-State and by all who knew him.

No event or family gathering stand-up comedy routine with his expert timing and delivery, followed by his own raucous laugh. Those that will miss him most (many who would not be herewithout him) include his son, Frank DeCarlo and his wife, Rosita; daughter, MarieMcDowell andherhus- band, Gary; daughter, Lisa Mlinac and her husband, Mike; daughter, Andrea Welsh and her husband, Rob; his 12 grandchildren, Lind- sey (Sean), Tristan (Logan), Andrew, Joseph, Charlie (Jenn), (Dan- ielle), Christopher (Haley), Katie, Anne Marie (Shawn), Gregory and Zach; and his 11 great-grandchildren, Macey, Paitra, Josephine, Nicholas, Anthony, Vincent, Emmy, Eli- jah, Fae, Ives andJessa. A private family service will be held. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Chil- ResearchHospital.

Andrew R. DeCarlo August 4, 2022 ANDREW R. DECARLO THE NEW YORK TIMES AlbertWoodfox, who spent 42 years in solitary confine- ment possibly more time than any other prisoner in all of American history yet emergedtowinacclaimwitha memoir that declaredhis spir- it inNewOrleans.Hewas75. dall, said the cause was COV- ID-19. Kendall added that Woodfoxalsohadanumberof preexistingorganconditions.

Woodfoxwas placed in soli- tary confinement in 1972 after being accused of murdering BrentMiller, a 23-year-old cor- rections officer. A tangled legal ordeal ensued, including two convictions, both over- three indictments stretchingover fourdecades. Albert Woodfox, 475, former prisoner who survived 42 years in solitary confine- REMEMBERING DEBBIE (KITTY) KOSMISKY UntilWeAre Once Again United, Your Forever Loving Husband, RICK It is hard to believe that 2 years have already passed since you were called away to that place you so rightfully deserve. You are always on my mind and forever in my heart. Click on the obituaries tab at and look for this graphic posted with each obituary.

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