Thursday, May 21, 2020

Skook News Obituaries for 05/20/2020

Obituaries for Schuylkill County and the surrounding areas.


Kevin J. Mentusky, 41, Frackville passed away suddenly on Sunday May 17th at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville with his family by his side.

Born in Pottsville, he was the son of Elaine Davis Mentusky and the late Kenneth Mentusky. Kevin worked as a self-employed contractor in their family business, Mentusky Brothers Construction.

He was a graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School. He was a member of the Shenandoah 500 Fish and Game Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing and four-wheeling.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother Kenneth Mentusky Jr.

Kevin is survived by his mother Elaine Mentusky, Weston Place; his daughters: Arianna Mentusky, Shenandoah Heights, Macie Mentusky, Frackville; his two sons: Gaige and Jayce Mentusky, Frackville; his brother Mark and his wife Kim Mentusky, Shenandoah Heights; his two nephews: Ben and Sam Mentusky and by his significant other Nicole Chester, Frackville.

Funeral Services will be private. For live streaming services, to sign the guestbook and for further information please visit 

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

JoAnn Brinich, 87, of West West Terrace, Branch Township, passed away on Wednesday at Seton Manor.

Born in Buck Run, Foster Township on February 14, 1933, she was a daughter of the late George Studlack Sr. and Anna Hanes Studlack. She attended both Cass Township and Minersville schools, and was a 1951 graduate of Minersville High School. She worked briefly in the local garment industry before raising her family. She was a well-known Avon representative for 35 years and a caregiver to three generations of loved ones.

She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Minersville, where she served as a baker and Council member for many years. She was also a member of the St. Ann Society and a member of the Lehigh Valley Health Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Ralph E. Brinich, Sr. on November 28, 1988. She was also preceded by four brothers, twins Ralph Studlack and George Studlack, Jr., in 1963, Stephen "Sarge" Studlack, in 1996, Andrew Studlack, in 2011; a sister, Anna Scharadin, in 2019.

JoAnn is survived by three children, Lynda J. Hutton (spouse, Richard Hutton, Sr), Coatesville, Lisa A. Pascuzzo (spouse, Michael Pascuzzo), Cressona, and Ralph E. Brinich, Jr. (spouse, Kathleen Brinich), Minersville; six grandchildren, Lauren Hutton and Richard Hutton, Jr., Christian Pascuzzo (spouse, Sarah) and Sofia Pascuzzo, Jennifer Doyle (spouse, Jeff), and Adam Frantz (spouse, Megan). She is also survived by three siblings, David Studlack, Llewellyn, Geraldine Viola, West West Terrace, and Sonia Meade, Saylorsburg; brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Visitors are expected to follow CDC and PADOH guidelines regarding wellness and social distancing. Father Joseph Ramishvili will officiate at graveside services at Noon in Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cemetery, Branch Township. The family prefers contributions to the Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church Cemetery Fund.

Dutcavich Funeral Home, Minersville, is in charge of arrangements.

William H. Seiler, Jr., 76, a resident of the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, formerly of Tower City, passed away Tuesday, May 19th at the Village.

Born in Pottsville, January 5, 1944, he was the son of the late William H. Seiler, Sr. and Violet Heckert Seiler Warren.

Bill was a 1961 graduate of the former Porter Tower High School.

After 30 years of service, Bill retired as an electrical engineer from TYCO.

Bill was a member of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Reinerton. He was also a member of Swatara Lodge #267 F & AM, Tremont, where he formerly served as the secretary.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Beth Hasbrouck.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Christine Moyer Seiler; two brothers, Timothy and James Seiler both of Tower City; a sister, Jane Corsnitz, Middletown.

No services are scheduled at this time. Memorial donations in his memory should be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1931 Wiconisco Street, Tower City PA 17980. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City is honored to serve the Seiler family. To sign the guest book visit

Oscar W. Troutman, 88, of Lavelle, PA, passed away Tuesday, May 19th, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Born in Pitman, PA November 18,1931 the son of the late Franklin and Blanche (Bergey) Troutman. He was a member of Christ's United Lutheran Church, Airport Road, Ashland. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korea War. Graduated from Tri Valley High School class of 1948.

He worked for Hershey Foods for many years until retirement. He was a member of the
Lavelle Fish & Game Club and spent much of his time raising trout. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved his yearly trips to Canada to fish.He was preceded in death by his wife Rhea (Krah) Troutman in 2009 and a son Randy Troutman in 2016.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter: Susan wife of Shaun McNally, Mt. Carmel; Keith husband of Sharon Troutman, Lavelle and Craig husband of Penny Troutman, Pitman.
Surviving are a brother Glenn F. Troutman of Hummelstown, PA. A brother Forrest preceded him in death. Seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren survive. Nieces and Nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 22nd in Citizens Cemetery, Lavelle, PA with Rev. Laura Csellak officiating.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland is in charge of arrangements.


Kathleen Anne Brzoska, nee Bird, died at home on the evening of May 16, 2020 at the age of 69.
Kathleen was born September 1, 1950 in Fountain Springs, Pennsylvania to Irvin and Marian Bird.

Kathleen was affectionately known as ‘Nanny’ to her friends and family. She was the bedrock of her family. Not only did she raise her own four children, but when called upon later, she took in and raised her grandchildren—Brynn and Tayah,—as her own. On top of that, she was a loving grandmother to her other grandchildren: Alex, Logan, Mckenzie, Devyn, Noah, and Abigail.
Kathleen was a longtime employee at Sears at the Schuylkill Mall and later worked in production at Jeld-Wen before retiring. She also worked incredibly hard to get the family business, Subs-N-Stuff, off the ground. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Laurie Shoup, nee bird; and two sons, Scott Andrew Brzoska and Steven Brzoska.
She is survived by her loving husband, Frank Brzoska; her daughter, Jamie Brzoska; a son, Randy Brzoska; and two sisters, Susan Slotcavage and Sandra Beaulieu.
Memorial services are to be held at a later date. Flowers, gifts, condolences, and donations can be sent to the Brzoska home.
We love you and miss you, Nanny, and hope you have found some peace.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland is in charge of the arrangements.


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