Died: Feb 28, 2015
Tony “Rollo” Hancher, passed away Saturday at home at the age of 89. Born in Frackville, PA he was a son of the late Mary and Anthony Hancher Sr. He attended Frackville schools and graduated in 1942. A US Navy veteran, Tony served on the USS Benevolence and USS Pasadena as pharmacist mate first class in the WWII Pacific Theatre. In 1947 he married Helen Harvest and they raised two children, Dennis and Debra. They were happily married for 62 years. Mr. Hancher retired from Alcoa after 27 years. He was a lifelong member of the Rev. James Hogan Knights of Columbus, Council #2580; B.P.O Elks Lodge #1533, American Legion Post #398 and an active parishioner at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, all of Frackville Tony was an avid golfer, twice achieving a hole in one. He was a member of the Mahanoy City Golf Club. All his life he enjoyed watching and playing sports. He was involved in the county Teener baseball league for 10 years. He was head coach of Frackville Teener team that won two county championships. His most treasured memories are of the boys he coached. He kept up with them long after their days on the field ended. Tony was one of Schuylkill County’s most avid Philly fans. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings Mary, Eli and Evelyn. His wife, Helen, passed away in October 2009. Tony is survived by his son Dennis and his wife Kimberly, Bethesda Maryland. Tony’s daughter Debra Halupa and her husband Dr. Michael Halupa, Frackville, a sister Pauline Fecho, Reading, and a brother Ronald Hancher, Harrisburg. Tony loved his grandchildren and they truly loved him. They are his legacy: Kelly Huerta and her husband, Jon; Amanda Hancher, Joseph Hancher, Anthony Halupa, Tanya Halupa and the youngest Sarah. His namesake, Anthony Halupa, was very close with his grandfather. Panaheda Services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning from the Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville; Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, with Rev. Roman Pitula, as celebrant. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation Wednesday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. Parastas Service will be at 7:30; visitation again from 8:00-9:15 a.m. Thursday morning at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery, Englewood Frackville Donations can be made in Tony’s name to St. Michael’s Church Memorial Fund, 243 S. Middle St., Frackville, PA 17931.
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