Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Skook News Obituaries for 05/26/2020

Skook News Obituaries for 05/26/2020

Obituaries for Schuylkill County and the surrounding areas.


Kurt R. Kemmerling, Jr., 52, of Camp Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at home.

Born on June 10, 1967 in Pottsville, he was a son of Kurt R. Kemmerling, Sr. of Pine Grove and the late Elizabeth Matz Kemmerling.

He was a 1985 graduate of Pine Grove High School.

Kurt worked as a Maintenance Tech for Lebanon School District.

He loved fishing, working at home and woodworking.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are his wife, Sandra Weckle Kemmerling; two sons, Jared and Alexander Kemmerling; a brother, Christopher and wife Tanya Kemmerling of Pine Grove.

All Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Friedensburg Fire Co., P.O. Box 130 Friedensburg, Pa. 17933 in his memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at


Marie E. Repella, age 96, of Mahanoy City, died Monday evening at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street in Pottsville. 

Born in Boston Run she was the daughter of he late John and Elsie (Hulsman) Hanlon. She was a 1941 graduate of Mahanoy Township High School and hand been employed by Woolworth's for 41 years. She was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City, the former St. Magdalene Society and the Mahanoy City Senior Citizens. She enjoyed playing BINGO and visiting the casinos. 

Preceding her in death were her husband Andrew in 1989, 5 sisters Anne Youch, Gertrude Soult, Elizabeth Kufro, Rose Jones and Kathryn Salmon and 3 brothers John and James Hanlon and William Herrity. The last member of her immediate family she is survived by 2 daughters Debra Ann Fegley of Shenandoah and Ann Marie Mummey and her husband David of Mahanoy City as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Due to the current health situation a private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher from St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. Interment will follow if St. Joseph Cemetery in Mahanoy Township. 

Contributions in her name to the St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o 614 W. Mahanoy Ave., Mahanoy City would be appreciated by the family. Please sign the guest book at David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


Theresa M. (Delloso) O’Neill
, 80 of Schuylkill Haven a former resident of Shenandoah passed away on Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020 in the arms of her husband, Thomas F. O’Neill, Jr. and surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Shenandoah on October 1, 1939 she was the daughter of the late Constantino and Mary (Lapenta) Delloso.

She was a 1958 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Ateeco, Inc., Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah. Earlier in life, she worked at the former Martin Shirt Factory, Shenandoah.

Theresa was a member Saint Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven and a member of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Shenandoah. She was also a member of the Amalgamated Garment Workers Union. Theresa enjoyed traveling and dancing with her husband and playing poker with her family and friends. Her family was of most importance to her and she cherished the time spent with them.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, Thomas F. O’Neill, Jr., she is survived by her daughter, Lisa Arant and her fiancĂ© Tom Nause of Schuylkill Haven; her son, Thomas F. O’Neill, III currently residing in China; two grandchildren, Jenna Houser and husband Ryan of Ashland and Nina Arant and her fiancĂ© Evan Bellizia of Weatherly; two great-grandchildren, Raegan and Wesley Houser; and nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were two brothers, Joseph Delluso and John Delloso. Theresa was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Her faithful canine, her Maltese, “Bella” also preceded her in death.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Divine Mercy Church, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Theresa’s family sincerely thanks Compassus Hospice for the care they gave to Theresa and the heartfelt compassion that they extended to them during this difficult time.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Rev Dr. David W. Grant died on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill East Pottsville, Pennsylvania with his children by his side. 

Pastor Grant, a native of Schuylkill County, was born in Ashland on December 21, 1943, the son of Woodrow W. and Violet I. (Boyer) Grant. He was baptized and confirmed in Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ by the Reverend Melvin F. Walper. In 1957 he was received as a Student-In-Care of the Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical & Reformed Church. A 1961 graduate of the Ashland Area Joint High School, he attended Bloomsburg University for one year. He then continued his education for ministry at the Evangelical School of Theology, Myerstown, PA, from which he graduated in 1965. He was Ordained to the Ministry on December 1, 1968 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Sacramento, PA. Ordination was granted by the Harrisburg Association of the Penn Central Conference. Two units of Clinical Pastoral Education were taken at the Wernersville State Hospital. Additional undergraduate work was taken at Bucknell University, Lebanon Valley College, The Pennsylvania State University, and Edison College. In 1972 he was awarded the B.A. Degree from the Consortium on Higher Education and Edison College. In 1974, he earned the M.A. Degree in Religion, also through the Consortium and Edison College. 

On December 19, 1976, he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity (honorary) Degree by Addison University, Ottawa, Ontario. At this time, he was cited for his work with terminally ill patients and their families. In October 1977, he participated in the Residency in Clinical Oncology for Clergy at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and in 1984 he participated in Grand Rounds for Chaplains at the St. Christopher’s Hospice in London, England. In 1980, he earned the Doctor of Religion Degree from Geneva Theological College. In 1990, he completed a refresher course in Clinical Pastoral Care at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, PA. 

He served on the Board of Directors of Bethany Children’s Home and the United Church Board for World Missions. He served two terms on the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division Board of Directors where he chaired the Committees on Service and Rehabilitation and Clergy Education. David was on the committee for the creations of the Hershey Hope Lodge. He was a member of the Tamaqua Area Ministerial Association. He was a member of the Foundation of Thanatology and the Academy of Grief and Bereavement Counselors. He served as Director of Pastoral Care at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, PA, and The Robert Packer Hospital (now Guthrie Medical Center) in Sayre, PA. He served as Pastor of the following: The New Berlin Charge in New Berlin, PA, St. Paul’s in Sacramento, PA, St. John’s in Lebanon, PA, Zion in Lehighton, St. John’s in Bedford, PA and did a two-year Interim at The Lightstreet United Methodist Church in Lightstreet, PA. He chaired the Schuylkill Association Committee on Ministry and served on the Penn-Southeast Conference Ministry Council.Pastor Grant returned to Schuylkill County in 1987 when he became Pastor of the Hegins Valley Chargein Hegins, PA. On January 9, 1994 he was elected Pastor of Trinity Church in Tamaqua, PA where he served for 17 years. His final church was Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ in Ashland, PA the church where he was baptized and confirmed. He retired from Zion after serving 50 years in the ministry. 

David was married to Susan Yost Grant, of Frackville, PA for 30 years, who preceded him in death on March 3, 2020. They had a blended family of seven young adults. Surviving are David’s children, David L. Grant (Ronda) of Bedford, PA and Susan E. Grant Martin (Jeffrey) of Lititz, PA; and five grandchildren David C. Grant (Celeste) of Everett, PA, Brandon L. Grant of Manns Choice, PA, Daniel T. Grant of Bedford, PA, Katelyn E. Martin and Tyler J. Martin of Lititz, PA; and three great grandchildren Lorelei A. Grant, Maebrie E. Grant, and Emmett A. Grant. David’s stepchildren are Maria Carado of Harrisburg, PA, Janice Carado of Palmyra, PA, George F. Carado (Cynthia) of Ringtown, PA, Anthony J. Carado of West Richland, WA, and Vincent G. Carado (Jennifer) of Millersburg, PA. He had seven stepgrandchildren Cory M. Stiely of Olive Branch, MS, Andrew S. Carado of Northumberland, PA, Dylan A. Williard of Palymra, PA, Dominick V. Carado of Sacramento, PA, Kyla E. Carado of Ringtown, PA, Hanna L. Mowery of Chambersburg, PA, and Zane S. Mowery of Millersburg, PA; and one great stepgrandchild Sophia M. Williard. David’s hobby was collecting FDR memorabilia. He was also an avid Cigar Aficionado and a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a voracious reader and loved to be surrounded by books. He loved to vacation Maine and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, internment will be held privately with David’s immediate family. A memorial service will be held in the future. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hershey Hope Lodge, 125 Lucy Avenue, Hummelstown, PA 17036. 

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland,PA. Charles Heizenroth III,Supervisor is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Malick
, formerly Mrs. Blank, born Elizabeth G. Korn, passed away peacefully on the evening of May 24th, 2020. 

Betty was born to Charles H. and Mada G. (Burmeister) Korn in Ashland, Pennsylvania on June 25th, 1921. She was the youngest of 10 children. She was a devoted daughter, living in the house next to her parents until their passing. 

Betty was a proud member of Zion’s Reformed Church in Ashland, where she married August C. Blank, Jr. in 1940. Together they had one son, Ronald L. Blank (1943-2011). As a young mother and widow, Betty took classes as a beautician and kept tenants in her home. 

In 1965, Franklin “Bingo” Malick became her husband and she, his “sweetie”. They were happily married for 30 years, until his passing in 1995. Franklin brought her so much joy with his loving heart and their love for dancing. 

Betty was a kind and loving woman, who doted on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Naomi “Marie” Blank, her five grandchildren, Rhonda Bridy, Carl Blank, Donna Rusk, Kevin Blank and Wayne Blank, in addition to 13 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Betty’s heart also had a special place for her nieces and nephews.
Betty’s kindness, love and generosity will live on in all who knew her. 

Graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs with Rev. Dean Luther officiating. Viewing 9:30-10:45 AM Saturday, May 30 at Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children at or mail to 1800 JFK Blvd., Suite 1550 Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland is in charge of the arrangements.


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