Schuylkill County Death Notice for November 30, 2021

Skook News obituary: November 30, 2021

Obituaries posted in the Schuylkill County area.

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Joseph E. Motika, 86, beloved father, grandfather (Pa), brother, friend of many, of Pitt Street Tamaqua, Pa., Passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at the St. Luke’s Miners Memorial in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.

Born Wednesday March 27, 1935 in Tuscarora, he was the son of the late John Motika and Mary (Fabian) Motika-Vacula. Joe was also predeceased by; his beloved wife of 46 years, Juliana M. (Bobal) Motika on July 20, 2008; sisters, Anna Bisaha, Helen Motika, Elizabeth ‘Bette’ Hammond, Mary Motika, Margaret Risalek, Rose Motika and little Bernadette; brothers John ‘the cat’, William ‘Rico’, Bernard ‘Butch’ and Andrew Motika.

The surviving daughters are Deborah Motika Brown wife of David of Tamaqua, Alison M. Henne wife of Mark of Coaldale, Theresa M. McGlinchey wife of the late Jimmy McGlinchey of Tamaqua; sister, Kathryn (Vacula) Patterson; grandchildren, Joseph M. Brown and his wife Brittany, Jessica L. Brown, Mark J. Henne, Jr., and his wife Liz, Brett A. Henne and his wife Juanita; great-granddaughter, Grace. Many nieces and nephews also survive Joe.

Joe served honorably and proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. Joe retired from New Penn Trucking after working there for over 31 years. He was a member of the St. John XXIII RCC of Tamaqua, Joe was a sports enthusiast after the Eagles and Penn State football, the Mets baseball team. Joe loved his daughters and grandchildren and enjoyed commuting around town.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pa. 18252. (570) 668-2550

A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the St John XXIII RCC located at 301 Pine Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.

Friends can call Saturday morning from the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Interment will be at Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in his name at:
Disabled American Veterans
1123, boul.
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania 18702

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George tiazkoun, 97, from Lykens, died on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Lykens on September 21, 1924, son of the late Theodore “Frank” and Mary Boburka Tiazkun. George was a graduate of the old Lykens High School. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army.

George was the retired manager of former Alfa Laval, Lykens. After his retirement he started his own business, DraCool of Lykens.

He was a long-time active member of the ancient Orthodox Church of the Holy Ascension, Lykens. He was also a member of the Gratz VFW, the Williamstown American Legion and had served on the board of directors of the Lykens Water and Sewer Authority.

George will be remembered for his strong work ethic, his love for his hometown of Lykens, where he loved to volunteer and give back to the community. His family was the center of his world, he was extremely proud of his grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Stakem Tiazkun, his second wife Betty Sigel Tiazkun, two sisters; Mary Golinski, Fannie Sass; four brothers, Frank, Charles, Elias and John Tiazkun.

Her two children survive; Michael Tiazkun and his wife Connie, Mechanicsburg and Patti Welsh and her husband Joe, Wiconisco, five grandchildren; Kathleen Welsh, Beth Ann Reeser, Richard Welsh, Abigail Balchune and Michael Welsh, nine great-grandchildren, one sister Hope Goffredo, Toms River, NJ, one brother, Walter Tiazkun, Lykens. Nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Dimon, Inc Funeral Home, Tower City. Interment with military honors will take place at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Williamstown. Visits will take place from 10:30 am to 11:00 am at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations must be made to the Friends of Lykens, payable to the Lykens Chamber, PO Box 202, Lykens, PA 17048 or the Williamstown American Legion, 123 W. Market Street, Williamstown, PA 17098.

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George N. Hertz, 78, of Schuylkill Haven, died on Saturday November 27 at the Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Scranton.

George was born in Glen Dower on November 2, 1943, the son of the late Anna (Polk) and Andrew Hertz. He was the husband of Janice (Eckelmann) Hertz. He was a graduate of Cass Township High School. A member of Saint Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven. George served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a machine operator at EXXON Chemical and Tredegar Film Products. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 38 and was previously an excellent dart shooter. George was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed all aspects of the great outdoors. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers Emil, James and Michael Hertz. Sisters, Maryann Muscara and Gloria Walasavage. George is survived by his wife Janice, two sons, Eric, husband of Karen Hertz, and Andrew, husband of Jill Hertz. Two daughters, Jessica, wife of Steven Glenny, and Jennifer, wife of Brian Schumacher. He is also survived by two sisters, Arlene Reiff and Betty Mae Hertz. Four brothers, Andrew Hertz, John, husband of Joanne Hertz, Paul, husband of Frances Hertz, Thomas, husband of Marie Hertz.

George is also survived by his grandchildren, Zachary, Derek, Caroline, Andrew and Julia Hertz. Nieces and nephews.

A religious funeral service will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home, Minersville, with a call time from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial with military honors Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations from the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA 18 Wertz Dr, Pine Grove, PA 17963. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville has been responsible for the arrangements.

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