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Schuylkill County Obituaries

Val “Butch” Mentzer, 67 – Active in Community

Val “Butch” Mentzer, 67, of Mar Lin, Norwegian Township, passed away on Friday at St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem Campus.

Born in Lebanon, he was the son of the late Albert and Arlene Mohn Mentzer. He was a 1971 graduate of Conrad Weiser High School, and attended Albright College. His career in the telecommunications industry began with GTE and continued after their merger with Verizon, from which he retired in 2017.

He was a member and former union representative for the Communication Workers of America. He was also a member of the Mar Lin Citizen’s Hose Company and a former Emergency Medical Technician with Pottsville EMS. He was also active in youth sports as a coach for Pottsville Midget Football, and as an umpire for Little League.

He enjoyed woodworking.

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He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Magdalena Goetz; two sons, Gergory Mentzer (spouse, Tara), Lavelle, Butler Township, and Corey Mentzer (spouse, Tricia), Mar Lin; two grandsons, Gavin and Owen Mentzer; a sister, Carolyn “Dolly” Correll (spouse, Charles), Wernersville.

The family prefers donations to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation, 9 Cape Ann Circle, Ipswich, MA 01938 ( or to the Joe & Caroline’s Fund, Hillside SPCA, P. O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901 (

Arrangements are incomplete. Please check this page frequently for updates.

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