Thursday, March 26, 2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/26/2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/26/2020


Joan M. Chambers, 84, of Pottsville, passed away on Wednesday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, on May 25, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Frank J. and Ann M. (Buehler) Schenck.

She was a graduate of Pottsville High School Class of 1953 and a member of St. Patrick R.C.C., Pottsville and a member of the former Mary Queen of Peace.

Joan worked as a sales clerk at Boscovs for 24 years, retiring in 2000.

In her spare time she enjoyed gardening and doing word searches. Joan was an avid Phillies fan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A., in 1990, and to whom she was married for 30 years and a sister, Carol A. Zelinsky.

Joan is survived by two sons: Frank W. Chambers, husband of Mindy; and Michael C. Chambers, all of Pottsville; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated and announced at a later date at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

Interment at a later date will take place in St. John #2 Cemetery, Pottsville.

The family request contributions in Joan's memory be sent to: Hillside SPCA P.O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home | Pottsville, PA.


Kathleen M. Martin, 73 of Fair Haven, New York passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation Ctr. in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Born Thursday, January 2, 1947 in Glen Cove, New York, the daughter of the late Paul and Dorothy (VanOot) Driscoll. She was also predeceased by her son, Michael Martin.

A graduate of Sea Cliff High School, Kathleen was an E.M.T.

Surviving are friends; Elizabeth "Libby" Walker and Allen Zimmerman.

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

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Christine P. “Teenie” (Mohutsky) Sebastian, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, March 24, 2020 at the Lehigh Center, Macungie.

Born in Shenandoah on March 21, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Julia (Oravitz) Mohutsky.

She was a 1943 graduate of the former J. W. Cooper High School in Shenandoah.

Christine married Walter “Buddy” Sebastian Aug 26, 1950 who preceded her in death on May 13, 2015.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church in Shillington.

Christine was always there for anyone who needed her, including taking care of her younger brothers when their parents died at a very young age.

Christine affectionately called “Mom-Mom”, cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family was entertained by her various endearing remarks, affectionately referred to as “Mom-Mom-isms” i.e. “hiya,” “merrily we live,” “never a dull moment,” “off to the races,” “God bless America,” “ready for Freddie,” “grin and bear it,” “pick a winner,” “make a trick,” “ya can’t win, ya can’t win,” “the wind blew and you know what flew,” “Stinky Miller,” …the list goes on and on. She loved square dancing with her husband, Buddy. She was the beloved “ice cream lady” at Wilson Southern Junior High School as well as a Brownie troop co-leader in the Sinking Spring community. She became an expert at cake decorating, making hot milk sponge birthday cakes for her family. She was an accomplished cook, lovingly preparing her family’s frequently requested Coal Region ethnic dishes such as halupki, kishki, babka, bleenies, and others. She was an excellent seamstress and made drapes for every room of the family home in Sinking Spring. She knitted and crocheted, making afghans and other items for her family. She loved bingo, word searches, and game shows, particularly Family Feud. She especially loved playing cards and other games with her children and grandchildren—she was an expert “card shark” and managed to win quite often.

Surviving are one son, Walter M. Sebastian and wife Judy of Cape Cod, MA; two daughters, Karen A. Haddigan of Sinking Spring, PA, and Mary C. Noecker and her husband Jim of Saugerties, NY; son-in-law, Tom Haddigan of Bethlehem, PA; seven grandchildren, Erin, Megan, Daniel, Timothy, Katelyn, Adam, and Scott; three great grandsons, Matthew, Michael, and Miles; one brother, Edward Mohutsky and his wife Rosemary of Frackville, PA; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents and her husband were siblings, Michael Mahutsky, Mary Jawor, Anna Kelly, Clarence Mohutsky, Emil Mohutsky, Ralph Mohutsky, and Julia Ciesluk.

Private funeral services will be held. In Memory of Christine, Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Shenandoah with Monsignor Michael Grabowsky, Pastor officiating at a date and time to be announced.

Expressions of sympathy in Christine’s name cane be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at, the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington VA 22215 or at or St. Michael’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 114 S. Chestnut St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Frank Trubilla, 90, of Bethlehem, PA entered into eternal rest on March 23, 2020 at Moravian Village Healthcare in Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Bernadine S. “Bunny” Trubilla who passed away on March 16, 2020. Born in Tamaqua, PA, he was the son of the late Metro and Mary (Zelinka) Trubilla. He was a graduate of Tamaqua High School. Frank worked for the former Bethlehem Steel having retired in 1985. He was baptized at St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Lansford, PA and was a current member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Bethlehem, PA. Frank enjoyed going hunting and fishing and was an avid NASCAR Racing fan.

Surviving are his four Daughters, Frances Kissell and her husband Randy of Durham, NC, Susan Trubilla, M.D. and her husband Dennis Koczirka of Boston, MA, Teresa Trubilla and her husband William Cawley of Easton, PA and Mary Phillips and her husband Brian of Warrenton, VA; Son, Matthew Trubilla of Allentown, PA; three Granddaughters, Kristina Cawley, Amy Phillips and Katie Koczirka; Grandson, Brian Phillips and his wife Samantha (Dehlbom) Phillips; Sister, Helen Hayes of Tamaqua; Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by Brothers, John, Charles and Michael; Sisters, Mary Sherbinsky, Anna Trubilla and Irene Trubilla.

Parastas with Funeral Service will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment, St. John Byzantine Cemetery, Summit Hill, PA.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory, may be made to St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Lansford, PA or Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Bethlehem, PA . Funeral Arrangements have been placed in the care of the Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home of Summit Hill, PA. Online Condolences may be signed at


Lottie M. Draugelis, 88, of Girardville, passed away Tuesday, March 24th, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill, East Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Shamokin, October 28, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John and Lottie Valence Seedor. She attended Shamokin High School, and was employed as a sewing machine operator at are factories until her retirement. Lottie was a member of the former St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Girardville, now the St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Ashland. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the Precious Blood Auxiliary, Watertown, N.Y., and the St. Pauline Rosary Group, Kulpmont.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Blasé J. Draugelis, passing in August 2011, a son in law, Rick Miller, in 2017, and brothers, Joseph, Ferdinand, and John Seedor.


Daughter: Mary Miller, Girardville

Son: Joseph Draugelis and his wife Renee, East Cameron Township

Sister: Veronica Bonjo, Spring City

Sister: Rosemarie wife of Charles Wayne, Shamokin

Brother: Daniel Seedor and his wife Theodora, Sunbury

Grandchildren: Denise Turkavage, Brandon Draugelis, and Paul Turkavage.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Charles Borromeo Worship Center, Girardville, for immediate family only. Celebrating Mass will be Rev. Edward B. Connolly, pastor emeritus. with Rev. Brian M. Miller and Rev. Francis Irooot, concelebrants. Private burial will take place in St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville. Memorials may be made to the St. Pauline Foundation, Attn: Camp Pauline Diabetic Fund, P.O. Box 115, Kulpmont, PA 17834. Visit for live streaming of the Mass.

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.

These Obituaries are brought to you by
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