MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Richard John Karlaza, 60, of Mount Carmel Township, and Buck Run, passed away at home Sunday, July 4, 2021.

He was born in Ashland, Sept. 30, 1960, a son of the late John Karlaza Jr. and the late Arlene Julia (Horan) Tobias.

Rich attended Minersville Area High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He worked in maintenance at the Fort Indiantown Gap and then as an operator at Tredegar, in Marlin.

Rich was a mild-mannered man with a quick smile and joke to lighten your spirits. He was family-oriented and worked tirelessly to provide. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He was kind, smart and good with tools and home repairs. He was a friend to neighbors and stayed busy.

Rich enjoyed cooking and baking and could be counted on to make a giant batch of homemade pumpkins pies for the family every season. He was kind to pets who gravitated to him, even if they were not his.

He is survived by a son, Nicholas John Karlaza and his wife, Stephanie, of Mohnton; a daughter, Jessica Craig and her life partner, Donald Frantz, of Pottsville; a sister, Sylvia Nelson-Brewer, of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and Buck Run; a sister, Marcia Long and her husband, Robert, of Buck Run; nieces and nephews, Eric Nelson, Olyvia and Alexys Long; grandchildren, Zachary and Tabitha Frantz; and a great-grandson, Wyatt Frantz.

KARLAZA — Richard John Karlaza, 60, of Mount Carmel Township, and Buck Run. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Fesniak officiating. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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