John M. Williams
John M. "Jack," "Moe," Williams, 86 of Laurel Terrace, Lake Hauto, Nesquehoning, a recent guest of Heritage Hills, Weatherly, passed away Friday, July 17, at Weatherwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Weatherly. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Patricia J. (Yurick) Williams. He is also survived by daughters, Susan M. (Williams) Schremp, wife of Ted, Chesterfield, Missouri, Patricia Williams, wife of Michael Harahus, Fogelsville, Robyn (Williams) Rex, wife of Charles, Tamaqua; a sister, Mrs. Megan Reichelderfer, Lake Hauto; his five grandchildren who he cherished, Megan Schremp, Arjun Williams, Margaret Harahus, and Brandon and Adam Rex.A 1948 Coaldale High School graduate, Jack served honorably as a Seabee in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Returning home, he worked for Lehigh Coal & Navigation for more than forty years as a surveyor, and as a salesman at #11 and in their Pottsville office.
A devoted member of the First Congregational Church, Coaldale, Jack sang in the choir, served as a Deacon and on the Board of Trustees. He also volunteered at Hometown Nursing Home for many years, and enjoyed cooking and celebrating his Welsh heritage.
Born Thursday, Oct. 11, 1928, in Coaldale, he was the son of the late Edward and Mari (Harris) Williams.
He was preceded in death by sisters Mrs. Dorothy Paquette and Mrs. Mary Fredericks; and a brother, Edward Williams.
Service: A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, from the First Congregational Church, 150 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale, with the Rev. Dr. Wayne Benack officiating. Friends may call at the church from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 20, and on the morning of services from 10-11 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua. E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com. Memorials in Jack's name may be made to The First Congregational Church, 150 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale, 18218. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Heritage Hill, Weatherwood and Ascend Hospice for their loving care.
Published in Times News on July 18, 2015
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