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Schuylkill County Obituaries

Emerita Theresa Depos, 87 – Noted Tamaqua Business Owner

Emerita Theresa Depos, 87, lifelong resident of Tamaqua, died on Sunday, January 22, 2023, in Coaldale.

She was the wife of the late John J. Depos, to whom she was married 56 years, when he died on October 15, 2014.

Born in Coaldale, on March 6, 1935, Emerita was a daughter of the late Thomas and Marguerite (Kelly) Hanlon.

A 1953 graduate of the former St. Jerome High School, she operated a beauty shop in the basement of her home until 1980.

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In 1980, she and John along with her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, opened the famous Chili Dog in Tamaqua which they ran until it closed in 2014.

Emerita was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wilkes Barre.

She is survived by daughter, Monica Russup and her companion, Edward Kashmer of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Taryn Depos, Marisol Depos, and Jesenia Depos; great grandchildren, Cohen Johnny Miller; sister, Catherine Jeronis; and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her husband, Emerita was predeceased by grandson, John S. Russup in 2009 and siblings, Robert Hanlon, Bernadette Swetz, Leonard Hanlon, Alice Jeronis, Andrew Hanlon, Thomas Hanlon, Marguerite Radcavage, and Marian Krapf.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street with The Rev. Kevin Roberts officiating.

Calling hours from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Entombment in Sky View Memorial Park Mausoleum will follow the service.

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