Robert R. Norkus

March 22, 1956 ~ March 18, 2019 (age 62)


Robert R. “ Nork” Norkus, 62, of Pottsville passed away peacefully Monday morning at his home surrounded by his family. .

  Born on March 22, 1956 in Pottsville he was the son of the late John and Anna Melusky Norkus.

    Robert  was a 1975 graduate of St. Clair High School and attended the Breedon School of Welding in Allentown. Robert retired from PP&L after 30 years of dedication and commitment to the company. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being outdoors. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow and play. Nork’s favorite place to go was Atlantic City with his wife. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville; a member of the Schuylkill 8 Ball League; and was a former member of the “Amvets Dippers”. Nork will always be remembered as a selfless, devoted and loving husband, along with being a nurturing father who loved his children and grandchildren.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Kathleen Norkus and 2 nephews, Matthew and mark Norkus.

    Robert is survived by his wife, Rhonda Wallitsch Norkus, with whom he celebrated their 40th Wedding anniversary on Sept 16, 2018; 2 daughters Ashley Norkus and her companion Ashley Sager, Emmaus and Holly Turiunski and her husband Justin, Wilkes Barre; a son Christopher Norkus and his wife Jena, Pottsville; 3 grandchildren, Zoey Lin Norkus, Jase Matthew Turinski and Joshua Mark Turinski; a brother Al Norkus, Port Carbon; a niece Linda Crighton, Pottsville; father-in-Law and mother-in-Law William and Lillian Wallitsch, Allentown;  sister-in-law and brother-in- law Donna and John Sawyer, Center Valley; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Judith and Mark Swartley, Whitehall; Andrew, Amanda and Ava Crighton, Minersville; Stephanie and Shane Frank, Palmyra; J.P and Barbara Powers, Pottsville; Megan Powers and her fiancé, Greg Hanichak, Myerstown; his beloved golden “Peaches” and numerous other friends and family.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM Friday, March 22, in St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville by the Rev. David Loeper. Relatives and friends may call at the Church on Friday from 9 AM until the time of the service.  Interment  will be in St. John The Baptist cemetery, Pottsville. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions to Compassus Hospice, 1401 James Dr., Suite B34, Leesport, Pa. 19533 Contributions will be accepted at the Church. Arrangements are by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. To offer condolences to the family to the family or to light a candle in Robert’s memory, visit us at

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Compassus Hospice
1001 James Dr. Suite B34, Leesport PA 19533

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