Donald Troutman Sr.

May 24, 2017

Donald R. Troutman, 79, of Bridgewater, N.J., died peacefully surrounded by his devoted wife and loving son Thursday May 24, 2017 at home.

Born April 4, 1938, in Girardville, he was a son of the late Daniel and Catherine Troutman, Girardville.

He served in the Army from 1961-63.

Donald started working for Johns-Manville in 1956 until he retired in 1986. He also retired from Sanofi-Adventis in 2004 and from Wegman's in 2014.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Ann Troutman, Bridgewater, N.J.; a sister, Mary Joan Gormas, Girardville; four brothers, Daniel Troutman Jr., Lavelle, Harold Troutman, Girardville, Francis Troutman, Old Bridge, N.J., and Kenneth Troutman, Ashland.

Surviving are his second wife, Balbina Troutman, Bridgewater, N.J.; a son, Donald R. Troutman Jr. and his wife, Diane Troutman, Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Zackary and Marlee Troutman, Las Vegas; two sisters, Annette Helock, Chapin, S.C., and Dorothy Lopez, Clearwater, Fla.

A memorial service will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday May 30, 2017 at Nice-Hart Funeral Home, 9 N. Lehigh Ave., Frackville. The Rev. Robert Finlan will be officiating. Friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Frackville.

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John “Hopper” Holobetz

May 15, 2017

John "Hopper”  Holobetz , 65, of  Pottsville, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, after a courageous four year battle with cancer.

Born in Pottsville, May 30, 1951, he was the son of the late Michael and Susan (Mulikova) Holobetz.

He was a 1969 graduate of St. Clair High School, and received his degree in education from Kutztown University in 1973.

John was an educator in the St. Clair Area School District for 35 years where he also coached basketball for both boys and girls, and football. Following retirement he was employed by Schuylkill Women in Crisis. He was a dedicated member of St. Michael Orthodox Church, and played an active role in St. Michael Citizen’s Club, St. Clair.

John was a devoted husband, loving father, and wonderful Didi (grandfather).  He enjoyed working in his garden, helping anyone in need, and talking to his friends. Most of all, John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Holobetz.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Mahoney) Holobetz to whom he was married 35 years; two daughters, Katie Porrino, wife of Cory, Orwigsburg, and Meghan Holobetz, Philadelphia; three grandchildren, Ava, Max, and Cory Jonathan Porrino; sister, Julianne Kupchinsky, wife of Joseph, Kaska; nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Saturday at Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 N. 2nd Street St. Clair, PA. Panachida will be at 9:45 AM, Saturday at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, at St. Michael Orthodox Church, 109 North Nichols Street, St. Clair, PA 17970. The Very Rev. Jeff Zias will be officiating. Interment will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, St. Clair. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care for Oncology, 3500 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104, in his memory.

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to



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Grant D. “Barney” Klock

May 08, 2017

Grant  D. "Barney" Klock, 91, of 516 West Wall St., Frackville, died Monday May 8, 2017 at LVHN – Schuylkill – E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.


Born in Leck Kill, November 24, 1925, he was a son of the late Thomas  and Katie (Brown) Klock.


Grant served in the US Army during WWII where he was a Survivor of the Troopship Leopoldville incident, which was sunk on Christmas Eve in 1944 in the English Channel. He went on to fight in Northern France where he was injured and received a Purple Heart.


He was a Car Salesman at the former Pope Ford Motor Company, Pottsville and owner of the former Klock Texaco Station, Frackville.


Grant was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Frackville; Frackville American Legion Post 398; Friendship Fire Co., Englewood; Frackville Senior Citizens where he served as President for over 30 years and Trip Director.


He was preceded in death by his first  wife Theresa (Synder) Klock in 1972; his second wife Lucille (Weitz) Klock in 2005.


Surviving are daughter Kathryn Kraft and her husband Robert of Frackville; granddaughter Jennifer Kraft of Frackville; companion Marie Pacenta; Nieces and Nephews.


Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday May 13, 2017 from Schuylkill Memorial Park 75 Memorial Dr. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. The Rev. Carl Shankweiler will be officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society 101 W. Frack St. Frackville, PA 17931.

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Ralph “Luke” Clocker

May 07, 2017

Ralph T. "Luke" Clocker, 83,of 135 North Nice St. Frackville, died Sunday May 7,2017 at Ridgeview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Shenandoah. 

Born in Palo Alto, July 8, 1933, he was the son of the late Albert and Alice ( Wellinger ) Clocker.

He worked as a Security Guard at a local Gilberton Power Plant.

Luke was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Frackville. He was an avid hunter and loved walking in the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by sister, Nancy Clocker.

Surviving are his wife of 18 yrs, Shirley ( Mitchell) Clocker; daughter, Judith Christopher and her husband Gregory of N.J.; a son Ralph Clocker of Frackville. 2 stepsons, Robert Frye and his wife Marybeth of Lewistown Valley; Kevin Frye and his wife Teresa of Mt. Carmel; step-daughter Gloria Wiltbank and her husband Frank of  Poconos; brother, Albert Clocker and sister Geraldine Hartranft. Several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A,M. Wednesday from Nice-Hart Funeral Home, Inc. 9 North Lehigh Avenue, Frackville with Rev. Kerry Smart officiating. Friend my call from 9:00A.M.-11A.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, Pa 17110. Interment will be at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

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James J. Woollam

April 19, 2017


James  J. Woollam , 92, formerly of St. Clair, died Wednesday at Genesis Health Care Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.


Born in Wadesville, October 18, 1924, He was a son of the late James and Catherine (Diener) Woollam.


Staff Sergeant Woollam served in the Army Air Force in WWII.  He was a member of the 409th Squadron, 93 Bombardment Group flying in 35 bombing missions over enemy territory.


He retired as a Steel worker from the former Aetna Steel, Pottsville.


Jim was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, St. Clair.


He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine (Trout) Woollam on October 19, 2011; 2


Surviving are daughter Annette Honicker and her husband Solon of West Point, PA; 2 grandsons Solon and James Honicker; granddaughter Tamara Holland and 12 Great-Grandchildren.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday April 25, 2017 from St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 250 E. Hancock St. St. Clair with  Msgr. William F. Glosser officiating. . Friends may call from 9:00 – 10:00 AM Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Clair Veterans Honor Guard , 536 South Mill Street , St. Clair, PA 17970. Burial with military honors by St. Clair Honor Guard will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to

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Linda A. Shistle

April 15, 2017

Linda A. Shistle , 70, of 1001 Wade Road, St. Clair, formerly Frackvillle, died Saturday April 15, 2017 at Manor Care Health Services, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah, September 23, 1946, She was a daughter of the late Francis  James and Eleanor (Lindenmuth) James.

She retired as a  Driver from L&S Trucking, Brandonville escorting wide loads on the east coast.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul F. Shistle Sr. and a sister Eleanor Davis.

Surviving are 1 daughter Tracey Shistle  and her Fiance George Rondeau of Pottsville; 2 sons Paul Shistle Jr. of Shavertown; Bryan Shistle of Pottsville; 9 grandchildren Paul Shistle, Toni Shistle, William Shistle, Skyler Shistle, Camryn Shistle, Vanessa Shistle, Dillon Shistle and Brodey Daubert both serving in the US Marine Corp, and Wyatt Rondeu; 1 Great Grandson Jacksen; 2 Brothers Francis and Robert James; 4 Sisters Marian Knittle; Helen Krantz, Ruth James and Janet Prosper. Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Service will be held at 8:00 PM Friday from Nice- Hart Funeral Home, Inc, 9 North Lehigh Avenue Frackville. Friends may call from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday at  the Funeral Home, Inc. In honor of Linda please wear purple to her service. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the funeral home to defray costs.  Burial will be private at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Nice Hart Funeral Home Inc., Frackville, is in charge of arrangements. 

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