Thursday, March 21, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/21/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/21/19


Hugh Andrew Dougherty, 48, a former resident of Lavelle, passed away on Wednesday March, 6th at his home in Tucson, Arizona. Born August 23, 1970, Hugh was the son of Hugh and Lois Dougherty of Lavelle and a 1989 graduate of Cardinal Brennan High School.

An innovative and talented artist, Hugh worked throughout the country in many different industries and held positions such as creative director, art director, technology coordinator, writer, editor, publisher, reporter, photographer, page designer, graphic artist, marketer, and computer instructor.

As a young professional in Pennsylvania, Hugh started his career with local publications such as the Citizen Standard and Evening Herald. Hugh then launched An Scathan, an Irish newspaper where he served as co-owner and managing editor. During this time, Hugh published other works through his publishing company, Underbridge Enterprises.

After a few years, Hugh continued his professional career travelling throughout the country, working in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, Florida, Alaska, Colorado, Texas, and Arizona. Hugh also returned to Pennsylvania and did work for the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia. At the time of his death, he was working as Webmaster with Saddlebrooke One, in Tucson. Additionally, Hugh did freelance work and had many personal projects.

In addition to his parents, Hugh is survived by his partner, Jakub Graf, of Tucson; sister, Colleen Kelly of Tamaqua; sister, Lisa Dougherty of Lavelle; sister, Patricia Dougherty-Wade, wife of Stephen Wade of Port Carbon; nephews, Robert Kelly and Andrew Kelly of Tamaqua; and maternal grandmother, Rosalie Fetterolf, of Ashland.

Hugh was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bernard and Kathryn Dougherty, of Tuscarora; and maternal grandfather, Elwood Fetterolf, of Ashland.

Hugh enjoyed art, reading, being a Local Guide for Google, and working with his homeowners association.

Throughout his travels, Hughie, as many knew him, remained close with family in Pennsylvania and countless friends he met along the way. Hugh was principled, compassionate and tolerant. As a loving partner, he always put the needs of his significant other first. His genuine personality and clever wit will be missed by all.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bring’s Broadway Chapel, 6910 Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710. A celebration of Hugh’s life will be held on Saturday March 23rd at Groody’s Catering Hall, 350 E. Centre St, Ashland, PA 17921. Family and friends may visit starting at 10:30am with a dinner at noon.

Private interment will be held in Paradise Garden of Sky-View Memorial Park, 108 Lafayette Ave, Route 54 (Hometown), Tamaqua, PA 18252.

Online condolences may be made at


Sarah A. “Sally” McMonegal, 91, Girardville, passed away peacefully Thursday at the Schuylkill Center, Pottsville, with her family at her side.

Born in Girardville she was a daughter of the late James and Catherine Horey Wolohan. She was a lifelong member of the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Girardville.

Sally was a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy and was a Gold Star Mother. She was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary in Girardville and later Ashland. She was a member of the VFW, Ashland, Girardville Area Senior Citizens, Red Hats and a former member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Cecelia and was very involved with the Viet Nam Veterans Committee of Schuylkill County.

She was preceded in death by her husband John J. McMonegal in 1971, her son PFC John J. McMonegal Jr. in August 1967, her daughter Sally Ann Smith in 2004 and also by a brother and sister.

Sally is survived by her two sons; James “Jim” and his wife Grace McMonegal, Holland, PA and Patrick and his wife Virginia McMonegal, Girardville, her daughter Mary Catherine wife of Richard Kuliga, Bensalem, 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and by nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Girardville, with Rev. Paul Rothermel, pastor, as the celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. until time of mass.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made, in Sarah's name, to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund c/o Development Department 1235 South Clark Street, Suite 910 Arlington, VA 22202 or to the Girardville Ambulance Service at 101 W. Main Street Girardville, PA 17935


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