Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 10, 2022

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Helene Brutschea, 96, formerly of Pennsauken, Moorestown and Cape May, passed away peacefully Friday, May 6 with her children by her side. Helen was born in Philadelphia on October 7, 1925, the daughter of the late Caroline (Gren) and the late Joseph Noga.

She is the widow of her beloved H. Lester Brutschea whom she married on June 14, 1947. Devoted mother and stepmother of Carol Boyer (John) of Orwigsburg, Pa, Janet Brutschea Haugen (Kevin) of Gwynedd Valley , Pa, Robert Brutschea of ​​Pennsauken, Gregory Brutschea (Christine) of Bethlehem, Pa and Anne Poole (Peter) of Cherry Hill, NJ. She was predeceased by her infant son John Gerard. Loving and proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her dear two sisters and two brothers.
Helen was an active member of St. Joseph’s Polish Church, Camden, NJ, St. Cecilia’s Church, Pennsauken, NJ, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May, NJ and Our Lady of Good Counsel Moorestown , N.J. Helen graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1944. Throughout her life, Helen was involved in many charitable and community activities. Her favorite times were celebrating family milestones, keeping track of the various activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and being in Cape May.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in her honor to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 520 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the celebration of his life on Friday, May 13, 2022, Christ Our Light Church, 402 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill NJ 08034. Visitation 9-11 a.m. followed by Christian Burial Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Josephs Cemetery, Chews Landing, NJ.
Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Orwigsburg, made the arrangements.

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Matushka Helen Kuchta81, of Frackville, died suddenly Friday morning at Lehigh Valley Medical Center-East, Pottsville.

Born in Frackville, she was predeceased by her husband, the Very Reverend John Kuchta (December 20, 1999). She was a daughter of the late Stephen and Sophie Charowsky Chrin and graduated from Frackville High School.

Helen was a member of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Frackville. She was dedicated to her church service throughout her life and loved her role as Matushka for her husband’s assignments throughout Pennsylvania in Jermyn, Old Forge, Charleroi and Edwardsville and their last assignment in Bethesda, MD. After the passing of her beloved husband, she willingly and lovingly continued her love of the church by making pierogies and pascha bread, always there to teach others with the smile she was known for.

Helen enjoyed spending time with her family. One of her real joys was visiting her grandchildren and teaching them to sew, cook and play cards. With her daughter and son-in-law, she enjoyed being together as a family. She also loved spending so much time with her sisters and brother and all of her extended family. She was an amazing baker and her sweet buns are famous in the whole family.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister; Sophia B. Pellock (Jean)

Helen is survived by her daughter; Christina Nocera and her husband Jim, Manassas, VA, grandchildren Anthony Nocera and Elon Nocera; sisters; Catherine Bricker (Donald), Frackville, Sandra Pascavage (Albert), Danville, Illinois; Marie Robbins (Sherwood), Frackville and Donna Knock (Bill), Hometown; one brother Ted Chrin (Karen) Barnesville; several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, Frackville with the Most Reverend James Jadick officiating; Relatives and friends are invited for a visit from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday morning at the church. Interment will be in Holy Ascension Cemetery, Englewood/Frackville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, 209 S. Lehigh Ave., Frackville, PA 17931

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Joan Ellenor Merwine90, of Williamstown, died on Monday evening May 9, 2022 at the Northern Dauphin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Tower City, November 17, 1931, daughter of the late Raymond and Annie Jane Shuey Lubold. Joan graduated May 25, 1949 from the old Porter Township High School.

She was a retired seamstress from the garment industry.

Joan was confirmed in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tower City on September 22, 1946.

She loved playing bingo and gardening with flowers.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Clement E. Merwine, Sr., a son Ricky R. Merwine, a sister Ruth Patches, and a younger brother Raymond Lubold, Jr.

Survived by his three children, Jacqueline J. Whitcomb (Marlin), Williamstown, Linda L. Flynn, Williamstown and Clement E. “Bud” Merwine (Gina), Elizabethville. Two sisters; Jane Rubendall and Dorothy Schell, both of Williamstown. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who always look forward and appreciated visits from Michael Elgard (Carla), Marysville, Joseph Elgard, York, Tyler Merwine (Katie), Halifax and her great-grandchild. -daughter, Montana Flynn.

Joan will be buried privately next to her husband at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homeland at Home Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., is honored to serve Joan’s family.

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Peter Scott Damgardof Elysburg, died suddenly at his home on May 9, 2022, at the age of 56. “Scott” was the youngest son of the late Peter and Karin (Christensen) Damgaard of Ringtown, and was predeceased by his sister Lisa, who passed away in 2014.

After his father’s sudden death in 1995, Scott defied family expectations when, at a young age, he took over and expanded the Nordic Tool and Die Company in Brandonville. Scott had many friends in his neighborhood, as well as through work and while his children participated in sports at Sothern Columbia. He also served on the board of directors of the municipal authority of the township of Ralpho.

Scott enjoyed cooking and entertaining, hunting and fishing. He was proud of his Danish heritage, which included preparing dishes he had learned from his mother. A drink with friends was preceded by a glass raise and a toast to all the “Skol”!

Scott is survived by daughter Kelsey and grandson Jaxon of Sunbury, son Sydney of Bellefonte and daughter Vanessa, who lived with Scott in Elysburg. Scott is also survived by two brothers, Jens Damgaard (wife Donna) of Harrisburg, and Erik Damgaard, of McConnelsburg, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Scott’s life will be celebrated by his family and friends at an event to be announced at a later date.

Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Ringtown is assisting Scott’s family during this time of need.

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Diane Parrish82, Frackville, passed away peacefully Monday evening at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville.

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John P. Bane75, a permanent Ashland resident and business owner, passed away peacefully Monday at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with his family by his side.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville.

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