James T. Filer, 68, of Coaldale, entered into eternal rest Sunday, June 9, 2019 in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was the husband of Nancy (O’Donnell) Filer. They celebrated their 33rd Wedding Anniversary in March of this year. Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Donald and Arlene (Lines) Filer. He was employed as a Biology Teacher for the Panther Valley School District for 42 years until retiring in 2016. He was a 1969 graduate of Panther Valley High School, and a 1974 graduate of Groove City College where he played football. Jim loved coaching. He coached Panther Valley High School football, baseball, and girls basketball; P.V. Junior High basketball; Our Lady of the Angels CYO basketball; Little League; and T-Ball. He was of the Lutheran Faith. Jim’s gift to educate and coach young men and women throughout the Panther Valley Area will be greatly missed.
Surviving along with his wife are sons Eric of Coaldale and Craig and his companion Amanda Kunkle of Coaldale; a daughter Rachelle of Coaldale; sisters Faye Sitler and her husband Shelbert of Omaha, NE and Donna Geisinger and her husband Harold of Robysonia, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by an infant brother Donald.
A viewing will be held Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. in St. Joseph Parish of the P.V. Church, 462 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Allen Hoffa officiating. Interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bloomingdale. Donations will be accepted in his name to Rachelle’s College Fund or a Scholarship in Jim’s name for a Panther Valley High School graduate, c/o the Sverchek-Blazosky F.H., 340 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, PA 18232. Online condolences at www.blazoskyfh.com.
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