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Skook News Obituaries for 06/11/2020

Skook News Obituaries for 06/11/2020

Obituaries for Schuylkill County and the surrounding areas.


Joseph L. Deitrich
, 79, of Tamaqua, PA died on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at home. He was the husband of Joan (nee Epler) Deitrich to whom he was married 57 years. 

Born in Coaldale, PA on December 7, 1940, Joe was a son of the late Leo and Dorothy (nee Keip) Dietrich. A 1958 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he worked for Mack Trucks in Allentown, PA, retiring in 2000 from their plant in Macungie, PA. Joe was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua; the East End Fire Company, Tamaqua; the Lansford St. Ann’s Pinochle Club; the Burger King Breakfast Club, Tamaqua; and a former member and president of the Tamaqua Italian Club. He was a member of the Lehigh River Stocking Association and an avid fisherman on the Lackawaxen River. Joe was a diehard Phillies and Eagles fan and enjoyed visiting the casinos. 

In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by son, Jeffrey Deitrich of Tamaqua; daughters, Judi Deitrich and her spouse, Kristin Crossett of Pardeesville, PA and Jennifer Fleming and her husband, William of Philadelpia, PA; grandchildren, Andrew Deitrich, Ethan Deitrich, and Jamison Brennan; great granddaughter, Avery Deitrich; brother, John Dietrich and his wife, Carol of Tamaqua; and several nephews and nieces. Joe was predeceased by son, Joseph, Jr. in 1991 and sister, Lillian Yelsh. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 AM, Monday, June 15 in St. John XXIII Church, Tamaqua. You are kindly asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing. The family has requested no flowers. 

Memorials in his name may be made to The Parish of St. John XXIII, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Florence C. Bubel, 89 of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 11, 2020 while in the loving care of her family.

Born Saturday, May 2, 1931 in Brockton, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late William Williams and the late Mary Pawk Williams. She was the wife of the late John Bubel who passed away February 9, 2011.

Surviving are son, Charles Yuskauskas and his wife, Deborah of Nesquehoning, PA, daughters, Diane Macchiano and her husband, Dr. Anthony of Nesquehoning, PA and Dr. Anita Yuskauskas and her husband, Christopher Fink of Lincoln University, PA; 5 grandchildren Jarrod, Rebecca, Ben, Anthony, Jr. and Andrius; 4 great grand children Tony, Gabriella, Mia and Gianna.

Florence retired from Meridian Bank and was a former co-owner of the White Swan in Tamaqua for 22 years. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends and family at her home. Florence was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church and also the Ladies Auxiliary. She will be remembered for her appearance and sense of style.

She was predeceased by brothers, Eugene and Bill Williams; sisters, Mary Zukovich, Laverne Huth and Beverly Trubilla; and former husband, Anthony C. Yuskauskas.

She has been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252, 570-668-2550. Dates and times for her service and a celebration of her life will be announced at a future time, when those who knew and cared about her can participate. At that time her interment will be at Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua.

Memorial donations in Florence's name can be made to:

St. Luke's Hospice
Development Office
801 Ostrum Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015


Parkinson's Disease Foundation
1359 Broadway Suite 1509
New York, NY 10018

To share a fond memory of Florence or offer condolences to the family, please visit


Norwood C. Ohl
, 85 years of age, formerly of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospice in Bethlehem.

Born Thursday, October 4,1934 in Rahn Township, Schuylkill County, PA, the son of the late Wilbur Ohl and Barbara (Robertshaw) Ohl. Norwood was also predeceased by his beloved wife Dolores J. (Ruch) Ohl on February 12, 2017.

Surviving are son, Frank Ohl; daughter, Norma J. Dodson wife of Kenneth; brothers, Harry Ohl and his wife Marlene, Wilbur Ohl and his wife Patricia; sisters, Arlene Quinn wife of Jack, Alberta Bonetsky , Priscilla Dennis, Cumeatta Conrad wife of Robert; grand child, Joshua Ohl; great grand child, Jonathan Ohl. Many nieces and nephews also survive Norwood.

Norwood served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from Parish Steel having worked as a machine operator. A member of St. John U.C.C. of Tamaqua, Norwood enjoyed antique cars, collecting coins and guns, and hunting. Norwood owned and spoiled many dogs during his lifetime.

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.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday June 16, 2020 from 9:30 am until 11:00 am.

Private funeral services and interment with military honors at Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials to:
St. John U.C.C.
150 Pine Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Scott A. Behney, 63, of Pottsville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown with his children by his side. 

Born January 11, 1957 in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Ernest Behney and Betty (Miller) Behney. Scott was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, Class of 1975. He spent his career in the local textile industry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Kimberly Behney and Cynthia Behney Crane.

He is survived by a daughter, Holly M. Melusky and husband, Matthew, son, Christopher S. Behney, partner, Kristina Porcari and beloved dogs, Penny, Lily, Harley and Jigs. . Also surviving is a sister,, Karen Kellett, and his former spouse, Nina Subrine Behney, nieces, nephews, family and friends. 

Services will be private. 

Scott’s family wishes to encourage you to consider the Gift of Life and to become an organ donor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Scott's memory to Hillside S.P.C.A. ( or Ruth Steinert Memorial S.P.C.A ( 

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home, Minersville, is in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy B. Alex, 101, of Tower City, formerly of Catawissa, passed away Thursday, June 11th at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Mahanoy City, March 4, 1919, a daughter of the late Peter and Magdalene Swadish

Dorothy was a retired nurses aide from the former Danville State Hospital.

She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Mercy Church, Catawissa.

Her family meant the world to her. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Albert Alex, 1983; a daughter, Dorothy Witmer, 1994 and granddaughter, Susan Witmer, 2006.

Surviving are her grandson, Harry Witmer and his wife Mary, Tower City; 6 great grandchildren, Oliva Moore, Farrah Howton, Shannon Mease, Brandi, Erin and Adam Witmer; 10 great great grandchildren, Andreas, Camille, Alex, Brian, Elektra, Adonis, Izzy, Caeylon, Kairi and Sabastian.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel, Tower City with Rev. Paul Rothermel as celebrant. Burial will be in the All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. Donations in Dorothy's name can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel, c/o Parish office, 113 Cherry Street, Tremont, PA 17981. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit


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