Friday, May 22, 2020

Skook News Obituaries for 05/22/2020

Skook News Obituaries for 05/22/2020

Obituaries for Schuylkill County and the surrounding areas.


Edward J. Schoener, 64, Pottsville, formerly of Tamaqua, died Thursday evening May 21 at St. Luke's University Hospital- Bethlehem Campus.

Born December 16, 1955 in Tamaqua, he was the son of the late Carl and Margaret Schoener.

Ed retired from Koch's Turkey Farm, Lewistown Valley, where he worked as a truck driver.

He is survived by a daughter Elizabeth Kuzma, wife of Christopher, Dillsburg; granddaughters MaKenna and Nadalee Hein, Dillsburg; sisters Chris Reed and Ann Bilger; and several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Schlitzer Allen Pugh 515 West Market St. Pottsville has been entrusted with arrangements.


Dorothy Legutko, age 100, of Port Carbon, PA, passed away on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020.

Born in Mahanoy City, PA on April 1, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Anna (Sockell) Corson.

Dorothy was a graduate of St. Stephen's High School, Class of 1937. She worked as a housekeeper for over 60 years.

Dorothy was a lifelong member of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Port Carbon and she was a devote catholic who attended daily mass.

Most important in Dorothy's life were her faith and her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Francis Legutko in 1990, a son Edward Legutko in 1987, a son-in-law Raymond Barth in 2018, two brothers: Nicholas and Daniel Corson, and a sister Alberta Dodd.

Dorothy is survived by daughter Joan DiMarcello and her husband Richard, State College; son Robert Legutko and his wife Georgine, New Boston; daughter Sandra Barth, Bethlehem; daughter Susan Legutko, Minersville; seven grandchildren: Jill, Karen, Russell, Robert, Brian, David, and Anne; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Robert Corson, Pottsville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be announced and celebrated at a later date due to the pandemic situation.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements. Please send condolences to

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Stephen's Cemetery Fund @ 250 East Hancock St., Saint Clair, PA 17970.

Nancy J. Kline, 83 years of age, formerly of Sicklerville, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 20, 2020 at the Monroe Care Ctr., Woodsfield, Ohio.

Born Saturday, November 14, 1936 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Kenneth C., and Edna (Mauger) Brown. She was also predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert Hoffman Kline on June 25, 1981.

Surviving are sons, Robert George Kline and his wife Marbeth of Chesepeak, VA, Barry Kenneth Kline and his wife Cheryl of Woodsfield, OH; daughter, Nancylee Kline Dugger and her husband Michael of Sicklerville, NJ,; brother, Dr., Kenneth H. Brown and his wife Patty of Newark, DE; 8 grand children, Robby, Kenneth, Barry, Brett, Jessica, Jennifer, Michael, Nicholas; 4 great grand children.

A graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, Nancy worked as the accountant for Merchants Wine & Liquor's of Mt. Laurel, NJ for many years. Nancy enjoyed listening to music, dancing, and shopping. Nancy took great pride in her home, making sure it was decorated perfectly and her gardens where kept meticulously. Nancy could often be found tuned in to the TV watching police shows.

Private 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

Interment will be in Odd Fellows, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her honor to:
American Heart Assoc.
7272 Greenville, Ave.
Dallas, Texa 75231

online condolences may be made to the family at

Craig E. Underkoffler, 79, Millersburg, passed away Friday, May 22nd at Carolyn's Hospice House, Harrisburg.

Born in Tower City, May 1, 1941, a son of the late Harvey and Mattie Hand Underkoffler.

Craig was a graduate of the former Porter Tower High School. He was a United States Army Reserve Veteran.

Craig was a scheduler for TYCO for over 30 years. After retirement he worked as a machine operator for several years.

He was a member of the Millersburg Assembly of God. He was a former member of the Porter Tower Recreation Committee, a former member and secretary of the Tower City Moose, and also a former coach for the Porter Tower Little League.

Craig enjoyed fishing, hunting and took great pride in gardening.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Lloyd, Paul, Fred and Earl, six sisters; Ruth, Thelma, Rachel, Kay, Marie and Merle.

Surviving are his three children, Matt Underkoffler and his fiancé, Wendy Matter, Tower City; Kori Bell and her husband Todd, Millersburg and Amy Welsh and her husband Rick, Greenville, NC. 6 Grandchildren. Nieces and nephews.

Craig will be laid to rest privately at Greenwood Cemetery. Donations in his memory can be made to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc, Tower City has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit

Lois L. Tiley, 94, Ashland, PA, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville,PA. Born in Ashland June 16,1925 the daughter of the late Charles and Viola (Burmeister) Pulfrich. She graduated from Ashland High School, Class of 1943, and the Ashland State General Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Ashland State Hospital in the nursery until retirement. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lurtheran Church, Ashland, PA.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Irvin Henry Tiley, Jr. in 2009. Lois is survived by two daughters: Cheryl Denchak and her husband John, Gordon, PA; Caryl Montgomery and her husband Ken, Ashland, PA. A granddaughter Jennifer Wetzel and her husband Brian; and a grandson Mark Montgomery. 2 Great-grandchildren: Ashley and Nina Wetzel. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. 

She was a loving Mom, Nana, and Great Nana and will be missed by her family. 

Per Lois's wishes graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs, PA. with Rev. Dana Heckman-Beil officiating
Memorial contributions can be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 35 N 9th St, Ashland.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III,

Lee I. Reigel, 81 of Willow Lake passed away Thursday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital East Norwegian.

Born March 12, 1939 in Pottsville he the son of the late Francis and Frances Riegel.

Lee is survived by his sister Carol Killian and brother Genie Reigel along with several nieces and nephews.

Private graveside funeral services will be held at Schuylkill Memorial Park on Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. Grabowski Funeral Home is entrusted with the services.

Ann M. Renninger, 79, a resident of Berks Heim Nursing and Rehabilitation in Reading, passed away on May 16, 2020, at Reading Hospital Tower Health.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Franklin Edward and Agnes (Weaver) Renninger.

She was a graduate of Pottsville High School, Class of 1958, and Reading Hospital School of Nursing in 1961. Ann was an RN at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC where she practiced medical nursing and was stationed in the ICU, later she was employed by Geisinger Hospital, Danville on the artificial kidney team, she served a stint at Blough Nursing Home, Myerstown, in geriatric care, and finally she was an RN in the Medical Personnel Pool, Reading as a private duty nurse. Ann also worked at the Berkshire Mall for John Wanamakers and its successors retiring in 2010 and sold Mary Kay cosmetics for almost 18 years retiring in 2012.

She was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church, Reading, where she assisted preschoolers during Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She also volunteered at Reading’s Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center. Ann loved flowers, a passion she shared with her mother. Purple violets were a favorite. Ann enjoyed playing Scrabble and had recently won a spelling bee. She loved to knit and to teach others to knit. Ann was always ready to shared her faith with others and was a devoted prayer warrior.

Ann is survived by two cousins, Sally Morgan, Pottsville, and Mally Weaver, Key West, FL and longtime friends, Karen and Jon Kile, Exeter Township. Preceding her in death was a very special aunt, Marilyn Weaver Bartram, Pottsville.

A graveside service will be held for Ann on Tuesday, May 26th at 2:00 PM at Schuylkill Haven Memorial Park. A recorded memorial service will also be available to view at under Recent Messages. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 510 Park Ave., Reading, PA 19611 or Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center, 105 S. 5th St. Reading PA 19602. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at


Geraldine “Gerri” B. Yoder, 84, of Minersville, passed away on Thursday at home.

Born on December 10, 1935 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Mary Tretter Stoudt Slane. She was a 1954 graduate of Minersville High School. She worked in the local garment industry before taking employment at Boscov’s.

She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville, and a member of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Minersville. She was a long-time election poll worker in Minersville’s Second Precinct.

She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin Yoder, on February 19, 1979; two brothers, Robert Tretter, in 2010 and Wayne Stoudt, in 2016.

Gerri is survived by five sons, Wayne Yoder (companion, Pat Miller), Lavelle, Kevin Yoder, Minersville, Todd Yoder (spouse, Camille), Forestville, Brian Yoder (spouse, Jen), Branchdale, and Dale Yoder (spouse, Holly), Jonestown, Cass Township; five grandchildren, Shane and Nicole Yoder, Jared, Rachel and Emily Yoder; three great-grandchildren, Dylan and Catherine Yoder, and Damien Yoder. She is also survived by a brother, George Slane, Ashland; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Tuesday from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. Visitors are expected to follow CDC and PADOH guidelines regarding wellness and social distancing. Visitation will end promptly at 10:00 A.M. with private services for the immediate family to follow. Private interment will be in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Minersville. 


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