Friday, February 14, 2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 02/14/2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 02/14/2020


Natalie Gabuzda, 94, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Thursday, February 13th, at Lehigh Valley East Norwegian, Pottsville.

Natalie was born in Trenton, PA on May 4, 1925, a daughter of the late Helen (Stetz) and Joseph Kershetsky.

She was a Graduate of Mahanoy City High School Class of 1942 and a member of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish Mahanoy City.

She was employed from 1943 to 1946 with the Commonwealth of Penna, Harrisburg after which she became employed by the United Mine Workers of America’s Compensation and Legal Dept. in Hazleton where she retired in 1986.

She was wife of the late John Gabuzda who passed away December 1967.

She is also preceded in death by an infant brother Joseph, and a sister Dorothy Steibler.

Natalie is survived by a daughter, Monica, wife of Joseph Alansky, of Barnesville;

a son, Joseph, of Mahanoy City; and by two sisters, Eleanor Shelakes, of Mahanoy City; Rosellen Blue, of Florida, by a grandson Scott Alansky and his wife Heather, a granddaughter Natalie Alansky Zawada and her husband Michael. Great Grandchildren Macy and Brady Alansky, Tanner, Rance and Sam Zawada. Survived also by nephews John Steibler, Barnesville and Joseph Blue, Florida, and nieces Jacqueline DeAngelo, Coaldale and Debbie Winkles, Florida, and Marie Taylor, Texas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City, PA, at 11 AM on Tuesday, February 18th, with Rev. Leo Maletz officiating. There will be no calling hours and please no flowers.

Contributions in her name can be made to Mahanoy City Public Library or St. Teresa of Calcutta St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Interment private at convenience of the Family in the Assumption BVM Cemetery Mahanoy City.

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


Christian L. Deem, 41, of New Ringgold, PA. passed away on February 11, 2020 in his home.

Born in Coaldale, PA., he was the son of Donna L. (Stahler) Deem and the late Ernest L. Deem.

He was a 1996 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, a member and trustee of the Andreas Sporting Club, and a member of Tamaqua Pool League. Christian worked in site preparation and excavating for various companies, having last worked for Perma Column in Lenhartsville, PA, until retiring due to illness.

In addition to his loving mother with whom he resided, survivors include two brothers, Dean E. (Kim) Deem, and Todd A. (Lori) Deem, both of New Ringgold, PA.; stepdaughter, Mackenzie Smith, WV.; four nieces and three nephews.

Christian’s funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, PA 17960. Calling hours will be Monday evening from 6:00-7:30 PM and Tuesday 10:00-11:00 AM.

Interment following service in Zion Stone Church Cemetery, New Ringgold, PA. Rev. John Worman will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be sent directly to the American Diabetes Foundation at P.O. Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215 and/or Blue Mountain Christian Retreat at 1 Christian Lane New Ringgold, PA 17960.

Please visit for online condolences for the family.


Gertrude A. "Gertie" Skibiel, 86, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, at Reading Hospital, West Reading.

Born Aug. 28, 1933, in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Dominic and Laura (Cooch) Bottiglier.

She was married for 67 years to the love of her life, Francis J. Skibiel Sr.

Gertie was a 1951 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School and had been employed as a teller at the former Schuylkill Haven Trust Company.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, where she was a former member of the choir, rosary guild, and Sodality BVM. She also served as a weekly collection counter, was involved in different committees of building the new church, a daily communicant, and baker for funerals.

Gertie also belonged to Schuylkill Hose Company Auxiliary of Schuylkill Haven, and she had also served as a representative to Schuylkill Council of Churches.

Devoted to her family, Gertie was always there for those she loved. She was the best wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She always gave unconditionally and will be terribly missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by son, Gregory Skibiel; brothers, Elmer and Peter Bottiglier; sisters, Esther MacQuinn and Annie Bottiglier.

In addition to her husband, she is also survived by sons, Francis J. Skibiel Jr., of Pittsburgh, and Vincent Skibiel, of Allentown; daughter, Holly Lewis, of North Manheim Township; 19 grandchildren and 18 1/2 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., Schuylkill Haven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Monsignor Edward S. Zemanik officiating, with an additional viewing from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the church. Entombment will follow in Saint Ambrose Mausoleum, Schuylkill Haven. At the family's request, memorial donations may be sent to St. Ambrose Church Memorial Fund, 201 Randel St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


James E. Campion, Sr. 90, of Pottsville, passed away on Thursday morning at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Heckscherville, on February 24, 1929, he was a son of the late John and Helen (Close) Campion.

He was a graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School Class of 1946.

James was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville.

He was union representative and officer for the United Mine Workers of America Union, retiring in 1988, where he also served an executive board member.

James enjoyed traveling and reading about history and politics.

In addition to his parents, James was preceeded in death by a toddler son, Kevin; brothers: Leo and Ray Campion; and sisters: Peggy Farrell and Loretta Lawler.

James is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Elison) , to whom he was married for 64 years; a daughter, Judy Ann Lenick, widow of Joseph, of Pottsville; a son, James E. Campion, Jr., husband of Claire , of Wilmington, DE; grandchildren: Caitlin and Kelley Campion, and Jacqueline Lenick; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 17th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 913 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, with Father David J. Loeper officiating. A visitation with the family will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service in the church.

Interment with military honors will follow in St. John #2 Cemetery, Pottsville.

The family request contributions in James' memory be sent to Pottsville Free Public Library, 215 W. Market St., Pottsville, PA 17901.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Christopher James Frye, 27 years of age of Pine Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away after taking ill in mid December of 2019 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at St. Luke's Hospice Bethlehem.

Born Saturday, June 6, 1992 in Lehighton, Pennsylvania the son of Barbara (Lutz) Frye and the late Ronald B. "Bucky" Frye who passed in 2011.

In addition to his mother, Christopher is survived by; sisters, Kimberly Frye, Jessica Frye, Amanda Frye; brother, Nathan Frye all of Tamaqua. Aunts, uncles, cousins also survive Christopher.

2013 Graduate of The Schuylkill I.U. Christopher, was an ardent supporter of the Tamaqua Blue Raiders Football Team, attending most games. Christopher enjoyed watching cartoons and playing on his computer. Christopher attend the local fire company block parties and especially liked sampling the various foods.

Christopher was a member of The Primitive Methodist Church of Tamaqua.

A Celebration of Christopher's Life will be held on Friday February 21, 2020 at 10 o'clock A.M. from The Primitive Methodist Church 57 Hunter Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


John H. "Jack" Loew, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather,formerly of Tamaqua and longtime resident of Abington, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Plantation Estates in Matthews, North Carolina at the age of 89 years.

Born Thursday, January 22, 1931 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania the son of the late Edgar W. and Emily (Focht) Loew. He was also predeceased by; siblings, Franklin Loew, Louise Earthman, Edgar N. Loew, William Loew, Elizabeth "Betty" Pettiet.

Surviving are his; wife of 60 years, Marjorie (Roppel) Loew; daughter, Lisa L. Wilson wife of Grant of Charlotte, NC; son, David A. Loew of Abington, PA, ; grand children, Brittany Schmalfeld, Christopher Wilson, Brooke Wilson; great granddaughter, Amelia Wilson. Many nieces, nephews and extended family also survive Jack.

A graduate of Tamaqua High School Class of 1948. He earned his accounting degree at Pierce College, Philadelphia, PA in 1952. Jack served honorably in the United States Army Finance Corps in South Korea from 1953 - 1954. After returning from service he worked at Mathison Aitken and Co. (public accounting firm) from 1954-1963. In 1961 he became a Certified Public Accountant. From 1964-1984 he worked as a management consultant at KMG, (one of the largest public accounting firms which later became KPMG, one of the top four accounting firms in the country). From 1984-1987 he was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of AmQuip Crane Co. From 1988-1989 Jack established his own consulting firm, John H. Loew & Associates. From 1990-1999 he was the Controller and a member of the Board of Directors for Aldan Industries, a manufacturing company in Philadelphia.

Jack was a very active member of Abington Presbyterian Church for 53 years, which included a term as an Elder. He was a member of Matthew's United Methodist Church in North Carolina since 2017.

Jack was a Mason and member of the Shriners. He enjoyed time with family, gardening, dancing, walking, cooking, and meticulously decorating the Christmas tree every year. Jack volunteered at his local Hospice for many years.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550.

Funeral Services will be held from the funeral home on Thursday February 20, 2020 at 11 o'clock A.M.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Plantation Estates in Matthews, North Carolina in March.

Interment with Military Honors will be conducted February 20th at Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

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