About Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home
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About Us

At Schlitzer Allen Pugh funeralhome, we are a compassionate and dedicated staff of funeral serviceprofessionals to help you through this difficult time. Located in Schuylkill County, PA, we serve thetowns of Pottsville, Port Carbon, St. Clair, Schuylkill Haven,Cressona, and Minersville. We offer a full range of funeral services including cremation, embalming, burials, and traditional funeral services. We have avariety of caskets and urns from which to choose to fit alltastes and budgets. All of your funeralarrangements can be made here with our attentive staff available to guideyou.

One thing you can be sure of during this time of mourning isthat your funeral planning is in thebest of hands. Our caring staff is knowledgeable and educated, and many arecertified funeral directors. Most are from and live in Schuylkill County andeven attended high school here. Our staff represents decades of experience infuneral homes and funeral services. We provide quality and caring service toyou and your family. Please reference our multitude of testimonials fromprevious customers to see how we go to any length to help you and your family withwhatever you need.

Planning and holding a funeral is a healing step in thegrieving process. A death can be emotionally devastating and financiallydifficult. We are here to help, with a welcoming and comfortable environment toreceive family and friends. We have a large reception area for viewings andvisitation, with plenty of room for plants and flowers.

We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family'swishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal,lasting tribute to your loved one, and we'll carefully guide you through themany decisions that must be made during this challenging time. To make thingseasier for you, we do offer three levels of tribute packages. They includeitems that most families find meaningful, such as a framed print, tri-foldprograms and thank you notes.

Special tributes for veterans are also available, which includea flag folding ceremony during which a flag is presented to the veteran’sfamily, and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honorsdetail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces. It is abeautiful and moving ceremony to honor your loved one’s military service to ourcountry.

Other services we offer besides funeral planning include flowerordering, funeral pre-planning, andgraveside services.

You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day ofthe week, for immediate assistance or visit our funeral home in person at yourconvenience. Please read our FrequentlyAsked Questions to get answers to some of the most common funeralrelated questions you might have.

We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site soyou can learn more about us from the privacy of your own home. On our web siteyou can see the merchandisewe offer, access special links to various resources, learn about our programsand tributes, veterans’ offerings, read obituaries, and get directions to ourfacility.


Our Staff (Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA)

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Brian Leffler

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director & Certified Celebrant

Brian was born and raised in Pottsville. In 1993, as a student at Pottsville Area High School, Leffler began working, part time, at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home. Finding this profession very fulfilling, he continued his education at Northampton Community College, where he obtained an associate's degree in Applied Science and Certificate of Mortuary Education. He then served his internship with Heffner Family Service, who was at that time, owner of Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home. In 1996 he became a licensed funeral director, working exclusively at this Pottsville Funeral Home. Then in January 2002 he took the next step in his career, proudly accepting the position of general manager at this same facility where he began part time employment only nine years earlier. On August 16, 2013 Mr. Leffler completed the purchase of Schlitzer Allen Pugh and three other funeral homes in Pennsylvania and one in New York. Read More

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Ryan Barilla

Licensed Funeral Director & Certified Celebrant

Ryan is a Licensed Funeral Director and Certified Celebrant. He assists our families in creating and personalizing unique and meaningful funeral services as a way of celebrating the life of their loved ones. 

Ryan has been managing Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral home since August 2013 and is dedicated to serve families in a time of need. A 2010 graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, receiver of the memorial award, chosen by his classmates as the graduate who through qualities of leadership, professional conduct, and good citizenship best typified their ideals. Prior to being licensed, Ryan served his internship under Brian Leffler in 2010. Read More

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Angela Mestishen Regnier

Licensed Funeral Director & Certified Celebrant

Angela M. Mestishen – Regnier was born and raised in Schuylkill County. She attended St. Clair Area Schools and graduated from Pottsville Area High School. She graduated from Northampton Community College in 1995 with an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service Education. Prior to becoming licensed she completed her internship locally and then continued to provide her professional services to families within Schuylkill County while working at a local firm. 

Angela is the proud mother of two sons and a daughter. She, along with her husband and their children are members of St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Minersville. She is a member of the St. Clair Women's Club and the Schuylkill Heath Auxilliary. Read More

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Nick Wachter

Licensed Funeral Director & Certified Celebrant

Nick Wachter has been an associate with us since February 2003. He serves families that call on Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home.

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Agnes Leffler

Non-Licensed Funeral Attendant

Agnes is a lifetime resident of Pottsville. She is a proud graduate of Nativity High School of Pottsville. After receiving her diploma, Agnes was hired by Acme Food Market. Her career at Acme spanned four decades and offered her many opportunities to meet people. It was in this role that she met her husband, Edward, who also worked for this grocery chain. Together they were blessed with two sons. Agnes' husband passed on at an early age, leaving her to raise the boys. Today Brian, the owner of Schlitzer, Allen, Pugh Funeral Home and his brother Ed are sources of endless pride for this dedicated Mom. Read More

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George "Chip" Kulp

Non-Licensed Funeral Attendant

Chip is a resident of Schuylkill Haven where he resides with his wife, of 44 years, Nancy. Together they have two children and are blessed with 5 grandchildren. 

After graduating from Stroud Union High School, Stroudsburg, PA, Chip obtained his BSIE degree from Lehigh University. Chip worked as an industrial engineer at Van Heusen, Pottsville and after working 20 years, he retired in 1999 from Carpenter Steel, Reading, PA.  Read More

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Jack Hoffman

Non-Licensed Funeral Attendant

Jack Hoffman is native of Pottsville, PA and resides there today, with his wife, of 40 years, the former Barbara Hallman. After graduating from Pottsville High School in 1955, he began employment with the ACME super market chain. He dedicated 42 years to his career and retired as an auditor with this same company.  Read More

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Scott Krater

Non-Licensed Funeral Attendant

Scott is a graduate of Pottsville Area High School class of 1978. Following graduation he attended Penn State University. For the past twenty seven years he has been employed by Schuylkill County 911. Eight years ago he was appointed to the role of director of this life saving community resource.
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Charlie Wagner

Non-Licensed Funeral Attendant

Charles is a resident of Pottsville, where he lives with his wife Barbara. He is a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Millersville University. Charlie continued his higher education at Kutztown University being awarded a Master of Science degree. After completing the required classes he earned his Principal's Certificate from Lehigh University and a Superintendent's Letter from Temple University. Mr. Wagner is known to many throughout the community since he has served Pottsville Area School District not only as a teacher but also a principal for 35 years.  Read More

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Edward Leffler

Non-Licensed Funeral Attendant

Ed is a lifelong resident of Pottsville, currently residing in the Yorkville section of the city along with his wife Joanne (Bonan) Leffler. Ed and his wife have three daughters. He is a graduate of St. John the Baptist Grade school, Pottsville Area High School and earned a Certificate in Management from Penn State University.  Read More

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John Sutter

Non-Licensed Funeral Attendant

John Sutter resides in Pottstville with his wife, Kim, of 34 years. They have been 
blessed with four children and one grandchild. As an educator, John was employed by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29 and Pottsville Area School District as a Special Education Teacher. While in this capacity he belonged to the Pennsylvania State Education Association. In January of 2014, after 35 years in the classroom, he retired.  Read More

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