Monday, January 8, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/07/2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/07/2018


Charles John (“Frank”, “3”) Biscoe died Saturday, January 6 at his home in Mahanoy City at the age of 52.

Charles was born on April 3, 1965 in Gilberton to Joseph and Edith (Thomas) Biscoe.

Charles served in the US Army National Guard, and was awarded a number medals and commendations during his service. He was a former employee of Rockwell International, Lift Incorporated, and Gilberton Borough. His last employment was as head grounds keeper at Blue Mountain Fishing Lakes. Charlie’s biggest passion was rooting for all of his nieces and nephews. A lifelong Nascar fan, he once went as far as painting his Monte Carlo with a #3 to show what a big fan he was of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

Charlie is survived by 6 sisters and 2 brothers: Marbeth “Betsy” Biscoe, Blue Mountain Lakes; Stephen and wife Michelle Biscoe, Mahanoy City; Mary Lou and husband Bill Hannon, Mahanoy Plane; Ida Biscoe, Mahanoy City; Joseph and wife Mary Biscoe, Barnesville; Ann Marie and husband Gary Schaeffer, New Tripoli; Helen and husband Terry Boyle, Scranton; Julie and husband Bill Fazio, Jr., Mahanoy City. Charles is also survived by an Aunt Bernice Yackera of Girardville, several great aunts and uncles, 24 nieces and nephews, 35 great nieces and nephews, and many cousins, and friends.

Charles was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian, in 1985; and by a niece, Ashley, in 2014.

A Religious Service will be held at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 10th, with Rev Jack Murray officiating.

Friends may call Wednesday 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Family prefers donations be made in memory of Charles J. Biscoe to Gilberton United Methodist Church.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.

John J. Strenchock, 72, Bloomsburg, formerly of Shenandoah, passed into eternal rest on Saturday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late John and Stella Opanel Strenchock. John had a career in banking and finance and was the owner of Quest Finance and Insurance Center in Berwick.

John was an Army veteran having served in the reserves. He was true sports fan and an avid golfer, with many tournament wins. He was a member of the Mahoning Valley, Frosty Valley and Berwick Country Clubs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Joseph Harnatkavage.

John is survived by his two daughters: Jamie Lee Strenchock, Los Angeles, CA and Johnna Strenchock, Pleasant Hill, CA; his sister, Donna and her husband Bernie Sanders of Shenandoah and also by nieces.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions can be made, in John’s name, to the Hillside SPCA at P.O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901

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Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville is in charge of the arrangements.


Sheila M. Berzowski, 68, of Minersville, passed away Monday morning at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of Mary K. O’Brian Steranko and the late Leonard J. Steranko.

She was a retired secretary having worked for the DMS Corp. She was a 1967 graduate of Minersville Area High School and was a member of the 50th Class Reunion Committee. She attended St. Vincent De Paul grade school and was a member of the former St. Vincent De Paul Church and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville.

She was a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the “Crafty Quilters” of St. Michael The Archangel Church. She was a member of the Blue Army and was a captain at the “America Needs Fatima” rally of 2007.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Lynn Michele M. Becker, Duncott; 2 sons, Erik Leonard J. Berzowski, at home and Marc Edward A. Berzowski and his wife Sara, Echo Valley; 9 grandchildren; a sister Marita Steranko Beach, Minersville; 2 brothers, Michael J. Steranko, Schoentown and Joseph J. Steranko, McKeansburg; nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at St. Michel the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury St., Minersville on Saturday January 13 from 9 to 10AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM. Rev. Christopher M. Zelonis will officiate. Interment at the convenience of the family will be in St. Vincent De Paul #2 Cemetery.

The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions to either the St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Michael the Archangel Church, 538 Sunbury St., Minersville or to the Hillside SPCA P.O. Box 233, 51 SPCA Rd., Pottsville. Contributions will be accepted during the calling hour or can be mailed to the Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Sheila’s memory, visit us at

Teresa M. Delaney, 92, of Black Heath, Cass Township, passed away on Thursday at Schuylkill Center.

Born in Mount Carmel, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Edna Zinda Melincavage. She was a 1943 graduate of Cass Township High School. She worked in Perth Amboy, New Jersey during World War Two. After returning home, she was employed in the local garment industry, then worked in school cafeterias at the former Duncott School and the Minersville High School.

She was a member of the former St. Vincent de Paul Church, Minersville and was a current member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville.

Teresa’s greatest joys throughout her life were her roles as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Preceding her in death was a daughter, Kathleen “Kay” Santai, in 2009; five brothers, Raymond, who was killed during World War Two, Anthony, Martin, Edward and John; a sister, Marcella Long.

Teresa is survived by her husband of 69 years; Francis “Frank” Delaney; two daughters, Diane Morasky (spouse, David), Primrose, and Janet Mitchell (spouse, Michael), Buck Run; a son, Francis Delaney, Jr. (spouse, Michelle), Zerbe. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Amy Santai, Brett Santai, Nicholas Mitchell, Kelsey Mitchell, Matthew Delaney and Shawn Delaney; three great-grandchildren, Collin, Aileen and Fitzpatrick; a son-in-law, James Santai, Marlin; nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 541 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. until 10:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. in. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Sister Catherine Brennan, SSJ, 542 Sunbury St., Minersville, PA 17954.


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