Friday, September 15, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/14/2017



Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/14/2017

Thomas P. Hoffman, 89, of Pottsville, passed away Wednesday morning at his residence.

Born November 16, 1927 in Hazleton, PA, he was the son of the late Harvey and Beulah (Moyer) Hoffman. 

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

Tom attended Hazleton High School, where he excelled in machine shop. While still in high school, Tom worked as a machinist and was most proud of fabricating parts for the B-29 Super-fortress bomber (aka the Enola Gay). After high school, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army and earned the rank of Sergeant. He served in WWII in the South Pacific, with duties including assisting Japanese soldiers surrendering from the caves of Okinawa, and then served in the Japan Occupation force. Tom was also stationed in Korea between WWII and the Korean War.

Tom was an avid Nascar enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and joining his friends at sporting events and live music venues.

After his honorable discharge, Tom married the late Ann June (Bobinis) Hoffman and resided in Pottsville. He was employed by Alcoa Aluminum (later Cressona Aluminum). Tom and "Peggy were the proud parents of Andrea Theresa, Thomas Charles and Ann Marie.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Thomas C. Hoffman, and daughter, Andrea Hoffman.

Husband, Father, Grandfather, Godfather, Father-in-law, Brother, Uncle and Friend. Tom had a kind heart, a sense of humor, a young spirit, and was a joy to be around. He is survived by his sister, Elaine Farley, of Hazleton, his daughter and son-in-law, Ann Hoffman and Scott Suko of Dayton, Maryland, and grandchildren, Luke, Ava and Cade who will love and miss their "PapPap" forever.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick RC Church, Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to call Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville and Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment with military honors will be held in Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Norwegian Township.

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Irene A. Yaroma, 78, a former life-long resident of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at the Regina Nursing Center in Norristown, where she had been a guest for the past several years.


Born in Shenandoah, PA on July 14, 1939, she was the beloved daughter of the late Steve and Mary (Demmi) Yaroma.

She was a 1957 graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School. Irene was a devout member of St. Michael's Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Shenandoah, where she helped with church fundraisers, including making pierogies, and was a loving caregiver to everyone who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Norbert and a brother, John Yaroma.

Irene is survived by a brother, Joseph Yaroma, and his wife Joanne, of King of Prussia. She will also be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Divine Liturgy with office of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael's Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 114 South Chestnut Street, Shenandoah, at 10 AM on Monday, September 18th, with Msgr. Myron Grabowsky officiating. A viewing will be held from 9 AM until 10 AM at the church, prior to the service. Irene will be laid to rest along side her parents in the parish cemetery, immediately following the Liturgy.

In lieu of flowers, Irene's family asks that memorial donations in her memory be made to St. Michael's Memorial Fund, c/o St. Michael's Church, 114 South Chestnut Street, Shenandoah, PA 17976

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