Friday, April 14, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/13/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/14/2017


Edward L. Gulko, age 92, of Pottsville, PA passed away Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at his home.

Born in Kaska, PA on May 30, 1924, he was the son of the late Leon and Stefanie (Zelinski) Golkowski.

Ed served in the U.S. Army in the 3860th Service Command Unit in World War II. He retired from State Manufacturing in New Philadelphia as a machinist after 32 years. Ed owned a sewing machine repair business in Port Carbon and continued to repair machines until the age of 87.

He was a member of the St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven, where he resided for 30 years.

Dad loved all his caring wonderful friends at the Patterson High Rise and referred to them as family. He was truly loved by all.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary (Ferugio) Gulko in 2003, 2 brothers: Steven and Frank Gulko and 2 sisters: Genevieve Betack and Alice Strazinsky.

Ed is survived by 2 daughters: Marianne Bones Matejko and her husband John, Maryland and Bonnie Walcott and her husband Andrew, Pottsville; 2 granddaughters: Gina and Angela; 2 great-grandchildren: Eric and Lorren; 2 sisters: Cecelia Hoysock, Schuylkill Haven and Rosalie Moore, Oklahoma; and nieces and nephews.

A Vigil Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, 208 Pike St., Port Carbon at 8PM on Wednesday, April 19th, with Deacon Edward Freed officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday evening from 6-8PM at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home.

His interment will be held private at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.

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On Thursday, April 13, 2017, Madeline E. Sowers, formally of Orwigsburg, Pa, softly passed away in Royal Park, Hospice Care in Matthews, NC, surrounded by her loving family. Born on July 4, 1928, Madeline was the only daughter of the late Winfield S. and Alice E. Kriner. She was the proud wife of the late Willard, "Bill" Sowers for 58 years.

Madeline received her BS in Elementary Ed and her M.Ed. in Reading from Kutztown State College, respectively in 1950 and 1967. She began her teaching career in Landingville, PA in a one room school house. She taught first through 8th graders until she became a Social Studies teacher in the Blue Mountain Area School District in Orwigsburg. After a fulfilling and rewarding 38 year career, Madeline retired to begin the next chapter of her life.

She and Bill enjoyed traveling, particularly to Williamsburg, VA and Charleston, SC. She also enjoyed reading, theater trips to New York City, shopping at Hess's Department Store, and dancing with Bill, but her greatest love and pride was in her role of grandmother. Everyone who knew her also knew about her only grandson, Christopher. Some of her favorite memories were dinners with her family and she and Christopher's numerous trips to The Deer Lake Inn and The Village Inn.

Madeline was a member of St John's UCC Church in Orwigsburg. She was a former Sunday school teacher and for several years, she directed the annual Christmas pageant for the Women's Guild. She would also help her "Bill" with the annual Memorial Day parade and taught many, many former students to recite "In Flanders Field" for the program. Her deep regard and appreciation for American Revolutionary history was unsurpassed. Most family vacations were centered on historical sites throughout the United States and Canada.

She was a lifelong member of the Orwigsburg Chapter of the Eastern Star, a champion for animal rights and a curious woman who insisted that all children deserved a "proper" education.

Her family, her friends and those who knew Mrs. Sowers as their teacher, will certainly have many stories to tell. We will miss her, but will always cherish her spunk, her wit and her indomitable spirit. She is now with her Bill and once again, is young at heart.

Mrs. Sowers will be deeply missed by her daughter, Priscilla Johnson and her husband, Michael of Allentown, Pa, her grandson, Christopher Johnson and his wife, Joy of Charlotte, NC and her two great grandchildren, Gwendolyn and Cooper Johnson.

A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 19th at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, PA with Rev. Dr. Jan Remer-Osborn officiating. Friends are invited to call from 9:30:00 until 10:45 at which time there will be an Eastern Star Service. Interment will follow at Salem Evangelical Cemetery Orwigsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington VA 22202 or St. John's United Church of Christ, 236 East Market Street, Orwigsburg, PA 17961.

John L. “Jack” Gallo Sr., 74, of Shenandoah, passed away Wednesday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Born in Shenandoah, Feb. 4, 1943, he was a son of the late Frank Gallo Sr. and Margaret “Marge” Zurko Gallo.

He was a 1961 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School.

On April 11, 1964, in the former St. Stanislaus Church, Shenandoah, he married the former Dolores Swantek, who survives.

Jack retired from the former Boly’s Ironworks, Shenandoah, and was a member of the Ironworkers Union Local 489.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly St. Stanislaus Church, and its former Holy Name Society and the Jerry Wolman Northern Anthracite Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He was also a former member of the Elks Lodge, Frackville. Jack was a former coach of the Shenandoah Midget Football team and the boys and girls CYO basketball teams.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were two brothers, Frank Gallo Jr. and Gary Gallo, and a sister, Gloria Gallo.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 53 years, Dolores Gallo, are two sons, John L. Gallo Jr. and his wife, Denise, Shenandoah, and Anthony Gallo and his wife, Roxanne, Mahanoy City; three grandsons, Jacob, Justin and James Gallo, Shenandoah; a granddaughter, Lakelyn Gallo, Mahanoy City; a sister, Myrl Clifton and her husband, Buford, Tennessee; two stepgrandsons, Jared Jurkowski, Texas, and Jordan Jurkowski, Reading; five step-great-grandchildren; a nephew, John “Jack” Savakinas and his wife, Kelly, Frackville; additional nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.


Margaret B. Lyons, age 91, of the Village of Trenton, died Wednesday at the Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton. She was the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Levertavish and attended Delano Schools. She had been employed in the area garment industry and last worked for City Shirt Factory. She was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. She was preceded in death by her husband John in 1996, a brother John Levertavish and a sister Helen Hummel. The last member of her family she is survived by a daughter Mary Kriner and her husband Joseph of Mahanoy City, a son William of Trenton 2 grandchildren Chrissy Hutko and Jennifer Rex and 2 great grandchildren Kevin and Audrey. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated by the Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher on Monday at 11 AM from St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. Interment will follow in Sky View Memorial Park in Hometown. Friends may call at the church on Monday morning beginning at 10 AM. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Please visit for more information.


Edward L Montag, 66, of Pottsville, died Wednesday at home.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Frederick “Flash” Montag and the late Rita Ash Montag. He attended St. John the Baptist Parochial School and was a 1968 graduate of Nativity B.V.M. High School. He was employed by the Pottsville Area School District, working at the D.H.H. Lengel Middle School until retiring in 2015.

He served as a Specialist 4 in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist R. C. Church, Pottsville. He was also a life member of the American Hose Company #2, Pottsville, and the Pottsville Area Educational Support Personnel Association.

Ed was an ardent fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers; and also followed the Pirates and Penguins, as well as the Boston Celtics.

Surviving are four siblings, Theresa Dunmoyer, Palm Coast, Florida, William Montag (spouse, Melody), Pottsville, Fred J. Montag, Pottsville, and Mary Burns (spouse, Paul), Pottsville; two nephews; a niece; a great nephew;, two great nieces; a great-great-nephew; a great-great-niece.

Relatives and friends may call at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Tuesday from 6:00 P.M. and on Wednesday from 6:00 A.M. until 10:15 A.M. on Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. in St. John the Baptist Church, 913 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville. Interment with military honors will be in St. John the Baptist Number Two Cemetery, Pottsville. The family prefers contributions to the American Hose Company #2, 323 West Norwegian Street, Pottsville, or to the St. John the Baptist Church Memorial Fund.


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