Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/23/18

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/23/18


John E. Yasembousky, 86, of Mary D, PA and formerly of Yardley, PA, died on Tuesday, May 23, 2018 at home.

He was the husband of Kazuko (nee Kawagoe) Yasembousky to whom he was married 64 years. Born in Pottsville, PA on February 8, 1932, John was a son of the late Walter F. and Anna R. (nee Skutch) Yasembousky. A high school graduate, he served in the Army during the Korean War. John had owned a used auto parts yard in Morrisville, PA and worked for U.S. Steel Fairless Works, Fairless Hills, PA. He was of the Catholic faith and a member of the American Legion in Fallsington, PA. John and his wife were foster parents.

In addition to Kazuko, John is survived by grandson, Dennis Yasembousky and his significant other Melony of Mary D; granddaughter, April and her husband Javier Lafuente of Philadelphia, PA; great grandchildren, Gavin Yasembousky, Dylan Yasembousky, Paige Yasembousky, Brittney Lafuente, Castor Lafuente, Zackary Lafuente, Denault Lafuente, and Isabella Lafuente; sister, Diana Prosymchak of Mary D; and 8 nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by his son, Dennis Yasembousky and brother, Francis Yasembousky.

Services will be held at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 29 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with Deacon Thomas Drogalis officiating. Call 6-8 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials in his name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater PA Chapter, 100 West Station Square Drive-Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.


Gloria I. Harris, age 90, of Pine Grove, passed away on Monday, May 21, in Schoolyard Square, Pine Grove.

Born on July 27, 1927, in Donaldson, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Edna Boe Houtz .
Gloria was a 1944 graduate of Tremont High School. She had been employed as a seamstress at the former Fox-Knapp Mfg., Pine Grove and had been the chairlady of the AGWU local chapter for many years. She was a former member of the Pine Grove Senior Citizens.
She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Pine Grove.
Preceding her in death were her Husband, William A. Harris on Sept. 18, 1984 and a Brother, John Houtz.
Surviving are three Daughters, Donna Zerbe, Kathy, wife of George Sorokach and Beverly, wife of Steve Morgan all of Pine Grove; seven grandchildren, Wendy, Keri Anna, Joshua, Jason, Ian, Kaitlyn, and Ryan; nine Great-Grandchildren, Madison, Brandon B., Brandon H., Isabella, Alexander, Evangeline, Francesca, Giavanna and Landon.
Services will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Friday, May 25, at 10:30 AM with Dr. Richard W. Schoenleber officiating. There will be a calling time at the Church on Friday, May 25, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in the St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.
The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 212 S. Tulpehocken Street, Pine Grove, Pa. 17963, designated to the Fuel-heating fund, in her memory.
The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove, is in charge of the arrangements and you may send condolences to the family at our website at


Melissa Beadle, 50, of Minersville, passed away unexpectedly on Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital – East.

Born in Pottsville, she was the daughter of Robert Beadle (spouse, Bonnie), Greenbury, and Mary Ann Straiges Eichenberg (spouse, Kenneth), Minersville. She was a 1986 graduate of Minersville Area High School. She also attended Reading Area Community College and McCann School of Business and Technology. She had worked for Waldenbooks at both the Schuylkill and Fairlane Village malls. She owned and operated Flowers in the Forest, a gift shop specializing in flower essence meditations, Reiki and energy healing.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Michael Stoudt, Pottsville; two children, Maeve Stoudt and Wade Stoudt; three brothers, Robert Beadle (spouse, Julia), Reston, Virginia, Christopher Beadle, Pottsville, and Joshua Beadle, Summit Station; four stepsisters, Crystal Ennis (spouse, Joseph), Ringtown, Jamie Zelonis, Frackville, Jessica Lindenmuth, Frackville, and Shana Eichenberg, (friend, Jim O’Connell), Williamsport; two stepbrothers, Christopher Eichenberg, Honolulu, and Richard Eichenberg (spouse, Hannah), Williamsport; her friend Bob Micklus, Friedensburg; her sister-in-law, Karin Kuehn(spouse, Jamie), Minersville. She is also survived by uncles, William Beadle, Joseph Norris, George Norris, Ronald Straiges and Anthony Straiges; aunts, Jeanne Androshick, and Peg Naydock; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Arrangements are incomplete.

William Wasser, 65, of Ringtown, passed away at home on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018.

Bill was born in Shenandoah, on December 8, 1952, a son of the late Margaret (Leskowsky) and James Wasser.

He was a 1971 graduate of the North Schuylkill High School and enjoyed playing volleyball.

Recently retired, Bill worked in the maintenance department at Jeld-Wen in Ringtown for for over 41 years.

He had a passion for automobiles, from building engines, to working on them, to racing them, both on dirt tracks in his early days and more recently on the drag strip. He was known for driving his 1946 Ford daily. Bill also enjoyed projects around his home, including decorating his house for both Halloween and Christmas.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Janice (Ambrose) Wasser and their daughters, Adriane, and her fiancee Timothy Vought, of Elysburg; and Erin, wife of Eric Cookson, of St. Clair. He is also survived by his cherished granddaughter, Abby, and enjoyed attending her sporting events and spending time with her at the beach.

William is also survived by two brothers, Jim, and his wife Jody, of Zion Grove; Joe, and his wife Roseann, of Hometown; brother in law, Bill Ambrose, and his wife AnaMaria; brother in law, John Ambrose and his wife Dottie and a sister in law Eileen Teter. He is also survived by an extended family of step siblings along with nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, May 26th at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ringtown, PA with Pastor Jay Serafin officiating.

A viewing will be held 5 PM to 8 PM on Friday, May 25th at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown, and again from 10 AM to 11 AM on Saturday, May 26th at St. John's Lutheran Church prior to the service. Burial will take place at St. John's Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are asked to be made to either the Ruth Steinert SPCA or or St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.


Joseph E. Kuzmitsky, Jr., 70, of Brandonville, passed away Tuesday, May 22nd, at his residence.

Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 18, 1947, a son of Adelle (Stefancavage) Kuzmitsky, of Brooklyn, NY and the late Joseph Kuzmitsky.

He served as a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War.

Joe was retired, having last worked as a machinist at Truth Hardware in the Valmont Industrial Park. Joe enjoyed bad sci-fi movies and working around his house.

He was a member of the former Brandonville Fire Company; a member of the Marine Corps League, a member of the Military Order of the Devil Dogs and a lifetime member of the Sheppton American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, June (Fetterman) Kuzmitsky, and thier children, Tamara, and her fiancee Scott Eckert Cassarella, of Gilbert, AZ; Joseph Kuzmitsky III, and his wife Charlene, of Pottsville and Michael Kuzmitsky and his wife Pamela, of Pottsville.

He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Brittany Christiansen; James Cassarella III; Jenna Zaremba and by3 Great grandchildren, Adelyn and Fletcher Christiansen; James Cassarella IV, whom he all loved dearly.

Joseph is also survived by sisters, Alice Mae Espada, Linda Mostowicz, Carol Rivas, Harriet Scimeme, Veronica White, Beverly Chierchio, Eleanor Stever and Roseann Guliano.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, May 30th at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown. Burial will full military honors will take place following the service at 2:30 PM at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

A viewing will be held from 6 PM to 8 PM on Tuesday, May 29th and again on Wednesday, May 30th from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are asked to be made to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675-8517.