Former mayor’s family ‘touched’ by support, love
Wentz remembered for care of people, making difference
The mother of the former Mount Carbon mayor said she appreciates the love shown to the family since the death of her son last week.
Brandon Wentz, 24, was pronounced dead Thursday by Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Albert Barnes. Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David G. Moylan III said a virtual autopsy performed Nov. 9 “showed pulmonary congestion,” or fluid in the lungs. A traditional autopsy performed Friday confirmed the findings. Toxicology tests have yet to be performed and results could be back within two to three weeks.
Janel Wentz-Firestone, Wentz’s mother, sent a press release from the family Tuesday, which states:
“Brandon touched many lives in our community. His death has left all who knew him in shock and grief-stricken. Brandon’s community involvement began at an early age. His grandmother, Veronica Wentz, was the first female mayor for the Borough of Mount Carbon and he wanted to follow in her footsteps.
“With Brandon’s unexpected death, we were touched by the many comments we heard from members of the community; we did not even know the many ways that Brandon touched their lives. Everyone shared their personal story about how Brandon was so community-minded and wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of others. He expressed a deep care for people of our town and maintained a personal focus on the importance of giving back.
“We made the decision to honor Brandon’s desire to strengthen our community by honoring him through donations to a local community agency through a GoFundMe page (Brandon “Honcho” Wentz Charity Fund.) The family chose Clinical Outcomes Group because they provide health and social services and focus on improving the health of our communities.”
In a message to The Republican-Herald, Wentz-Firestone confirmed her son resigned Nov. 8 as mayor of Mount Carbon. However, she did not know if the borough council had accepted his resignation.
State police Trooper Vincent LaSelva said Tuesday he did not have much information because he was still waiting on toxicology and autopsy results. He said Wentz was found by his mother at his residence in Port Carbon that he shared with family.
Wentz-Firestone declined to comment on the family’s move to Port Carbon.