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Schuylkill County Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier Dies, Community Mourns Loss

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Schuylkill County Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier has died.

According to a Times News report, Staudenmeier passed away while on vacation in Florida. He was 69 years old.

Fellow Commissioner George Halcovage told the Times News, “He set an example with his class and desire to help others.”

Schuylkill County Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier Dies

Staudenmeier died Saturday while on vacation in Florida. He’d been Schuylkill County Commissioner since 2002 and was recently re-elected for another 4 years in 2019.

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Staudenmeier lived in Ashland his entire life. He and his wife, Kathleen (Ritro), had two children and four grandchildren.

Among his many accomplishments outside of his time in office as County Commissioner, Staudenmeier won Schuylkill County Businessman of the Year in 1992. He worked for 24 years with Pennsylvania Power & Light (PP&L) as an Area Manager and Community Development Director.

Staudenmeier served on numerous local business, non-profit, and charity boards of directors. He was also very active in Ashland youth sports.

Community Mourns Loss

Condolences from across Schuylkill County are pouring in.

“Frank Staudenmeier was truly a great guy and dedicated public servant,” Schuylkill County GOP Chairman Dan Daub tells The Canary. “He loved his family and our area immensely. We will miss his wisdom, leadership and loving personality forever, and he will be revered as a legendary Commissioner in the history of our county. We will miss him, and extend deepest sympathy to his family and legions of friends.”

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Here are some other messages shared on social media:

Schuylkill County Fair Association posted this on Sunday morning:

Schuylkill County Controller Christy Joy says, “Loving, caring, firm but flexible. It was always a pleasure. See you soon Frank Staudenmeier.”

The County’s Register of Wills, Theresa Santai-Gaffney writes, in part, “He was a big man with a big heart and was a pillar of the courthouse and the Republican party. He will be greatly missed.”


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