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Skook News Obituaries for 06/13/2020

Skook News Obituaries for 06/13/2020

Obituaries for Schuylkill County and the surrounding areas.


Catherine Oliver Baker
, 69, of Pottsville passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at her residence.

Born on February 13, 1951 in Shenandoah, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Emily Oliver.

She was raised in the Catholic Faith.

Catherine loved animals and enjoyed crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her stepson Donald Baker, Jr., former husband, Donald Baker Sr., and her friend of 40 years, Elizabeth wife of Joseph Zinavage.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 W. Market St., Pottsville.

Please visit to leave a condolence for the Baker family.


Francis "Vic" J. Vukmanovich
, 87, of Pine Grove, formerly of Pottsville, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at Tremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born February 10, 1933 in Altoona, PA, he was the son of the late Anton and Helena (Weidman) Vukmanovich.

He was a member of the Church of St. Patrick, Pottsville.

Francis proudly served his country during the Korean War, serving in the United States Army. Prior to retiring in 2000 he was employed by United Metal Receptacle Corporation as a customer service manager.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia M. (Beiswenger) Vukmanovich; sons, Barry Booterbaugh husband of Rose, Pottsville, Mark Vukmanovich husband of Marie, Drums; daughter, Deborah Booterbaugh, Pottsville; grandchildren, Gina wife of Anthony Corotto, Stacy Booterbaugh, Aaron Booterbaugh, Ashly Vukmanovich, great grandchildren Russell Fort, Gabriella Fort, and Owen Corotto, Father Paul Robine, and Sister Patricia Weidman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11AM on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at the Church of St. Patrick. Interment with military honors will follow at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Hillside, Pottsville. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, Memorial Giving 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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Elizabeth A. Sabadish, 92, of Branchdale, Reilly Township, passed away on Friday at Tremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Born on August 13 1927 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Anna Bukosky Kralick. She was a 1945 graduate of Reilly Township High School and worked for the former Honeybee Blouse Company, Branchdale.

She was a member of the former St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Branchdale, where she was active in maintaining the church and fundraising for the church and former parochial school. She was a current member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville.

She was also a member of ILGWU and a longtime member of the Ladies’ Booster Club of Branchdale, planning community events and traveling.

She was predeceased by her husband, John “Lefty” Sabadish, in 1993; five siblings, John Kralick, in infancy, Andrew Kralick, in Korea as a POW, Frank Kralick, Anna Kushmanik and Mary Fedeles.

She is survived by four daughters, Mary Ann Harrison (spouse, Thomas), Jonestown, Lebanon County, Elizabeth Morrison (spouse, George), Linglestown, Jean Kreiser (spouse, Edward), Pine Grove, and Lynn Sabadish, Branchdale; four grandchildren, Geoffrey Morrison (spouse, Renee), Jonathan Morrison, Derek Kreiser (spouse, Laura), and Kati Kreiser; a great-grandson, Reiley Kreiser; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are incomplete. 


Marion G. Davenport, age 82, of St. Clair, PA passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown. 

Born in Pottsville, PA on September 30, 1937 , she was the daughter of the late Warren and Kathryn (Williams) Thorn. 

Marion was a graduate of Saint Clair High School, Class of 1955. She worked as an operator at Bell Telephone in Pottsville and then as a sales clerk for Boscov's Department Store in Pottsville until retiring. 

Marion was a member of the Saint Clair Wade Methodist Church. She loved going on bus trips, reading, walking, going to exercise classes, and attending her grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's activities. 

Marion was the last member of her immediate family, being preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 49 years, Raymond E. Davenport in September of 2006, a grandson Alex G. Henry in APRIL of 2018, and two brothers: David and William Thorn. 

Marion is survived by daughter Kathleen Moran and her husband Patrick, Pottsville; son Kevin Davenport and his wife Sandra, Saint Clair; daughter Kimberly Henry and her husband George, Pottsville; two grandchildren: Eric Culbert and his wife Amanda and Patrick "PJ" Moran; three great-grandchildren: Ethan, Aiden, and Emma Culbert; and nieces and nephews. 

A Religious Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon at 11AM on Monday, June 15th, with Pastor Jack Murray officiating. 

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing Monday morning from 9-11am at the Funeral Home.
Interment will be held in the Schuylkill Memorial Park Cemetery Schuylkill Haven, PA. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pottsville Free Public Library 215 West Market Street Pottsville, PA 17901 or to the church of your choice. 

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Jean E. Boerner
, beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, of Sunny Road New Ringgold, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2020, as a guest of the Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation Ctr. in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, at 81 years of age.

Born Friday, February 24, 1939 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Mary (Stahler) Ziegler. Jean was also predeceased by; husband, Ernest A. Boerner on February 10, 2006; sisters, Mrs. Marie E. Zaprazny, Nancy J. Grohman; brothers, Harry and Edward Ziegler.

Surviving are; daughters, Mary Ann Fryer wife of Harold of New Ringgold, Jeanna Gradwell wife of Fred of Shenandoah; sons, Ernest Boerner III and his wife Pam of New Ringgold, Edward Boerner and his wife Kelly of Tamaqua; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews also survive her.

Jean had worked for the former J.E. Morgan Knitting, and for many years at the Mahoning Valley Public Golf course. Visiting yards sale always was something Jean enjoyed; however, time with family and friends was her number one priority.

Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Robert S, Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania. (570) 386-5884.

Interment will be in Sky-View Memorial Park Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name to:
Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
100 Park Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
American Cancer Society
712 S. Keyser Ave.
Taylor, Pennsylvania 18517
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 678572
Dallas, Texas 75267 - 8572

Never one to miss a good time, the family will celebrate Jeans life publicly upon the lifting of covid-19 restrictions.

online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting


Theresa Elizabeth Williams
, 91, of Shenandoah, passed away June 11, 2020, after a short illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Williams.

Born November 19, 1928, in Shenandoah, she was a daughter of the late John Velinsky Weglinski and the former Rose Gorney Velinsky.

Theresa was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Church, where she was active in the many organizations that supported the church and parish school; she currently was a member of Divine Mercy Parish. She was a longtime employee of J.C. Penney Co. Theresa was also a member of the Greater Shenandoah Area Senior Citizens. She was an avid supporter of Penn State and loved her Nittany Lions. Most of all, Theresa will always be remembered for her unfailing devotion to her family. She was immensely proud of them and leaves them with many beautiful memories.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents and her husband, John F. “Jack” Williams, were three brothers, Daniel, Alfred and John Weglinski; two sisters, Helen Subach and Anna Sendlock; three infant siblings.

She is loved and survived by her three daughters, Janice, wife of Bradley Bicksler, of Palmyra, Teresa, wife of Charles Marcavage, of Baltimore, Md., and Margaret, wife of Timothy Barry, of Elizabethtown. Theresa is also survived by four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Divine Mercy Church, Shenandoah, with interment to follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Schuylkill Historical Fire Society, 105 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, PA 17976, or the Activity Fund at Kadima at Campbelltown, 2880 Horseshoe Pike, Campbelltown, PA 17010.

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


Ray Kevin Rockwell, 63 of Oakland Ave. Ashland, PA passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pottsville, PA. 

Born in Ashland January 23,1957 the son of the late Marlin and Matilda (Tillie) Erdman
Rockwell. He was a member of Zion's Reformed UCC, Ashland, Worked for
many years for the Harmony Coal Company, Mt. Carmel as a miner until retirement. 

Surviving are four sisters, two brothers: Marlin Rockwell Jr, Trevorton, PA; David Rockwell, Girardville, PA; Janet Powell, Yulee, FL.; Carol Wilson, Ashland, PA and Louise Horan, Ashland, PA. His estranged wife : Esther Rockwell, Pottsville, PA. Daughter Kristen Evans, Girardville, PA,
stepdaughter Brenda Shadle and stepson Derek Davidson. Grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, 2:00 P.M. from Zion's Reformed UCC, Ashland, PA. Rev. E. Dean Luther officiating. Interment in Brock Cemetery, Ashland, PA . 

Visitation Wednesday 1:00-2:00 PM from Zion's Reformed UCC, Ashland, PA.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. is in charge. Charles Heizenroth III,Supervisor.


Ronald M. Duffy, 86, of Minersville died Friday at his home.

Born in Minersville, he was a son of the late Charles P. and Doris Moore Duffy.

Ron was a graduate of Minersville Area High School and the Pennsylvania State University. He was retired from PENNDOT where he was a Geotechnical Engineer. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a lifelong resident of Minersville and proud of the contributions he made to the town. He was a member of the Minersville Borough Council and was a past Vice President of Council. He was a past president of the Minersville Water Authority, the Minersville Lions Club and the PENNDOT 25 Year Club. He was a life member off the Goodwill Fire Co., Minersville. He also was a member of the Cressona Legion, Hamburg, Second Mountain, Mechanicsville and Strausstown Gun Clubs.

Ron strongly believed in community. He generously supported his circle of family, friends and Minersville with his time and talents.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mary G. Collihan Duffy; a son Pat; 2 grandchildren, Kaitlin Griffith and Adam Duffy;

3 brothers, Robert, Donald and Edmund Duffy and 2 sisters, Nancy Dabrowny and Sally Schreffler.

He is survived by 3 children, Terry Mazich and her husband Rick, Fleetwood, Judy Griffith and her husband Don, Minersville and Tom Duffy and his companion Lisa Mullin, New Philadelphia; grandchildren Mark Mazich, Molly Mazich, Maria Hartz, Tyler Duffy, Lindsay Duffy, Matthew Griffith, Heidi Griffith, Andrew Duffy and Emily Wolfgang; great grandchildren, Ava Duffy, Adelyn Duffy and McKenzie Mazich; a sister Pat Moerder and a brother David Duffy and his wife Dolly; many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 AM in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury St, Minersville. Rev Jason Stokes will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St, Minersville, on Wednesday morning from 7AM to 9AM. Please observe CDC and PA DOH COVID-19 guidelines. Interment with military honors will be in Mt. Peace Cemetery, Minersville.

The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Ron to the Minersville Public Library, 220 South 4th St.,, Minersville. Contributions will also be accepted at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Ron’s memory, visit us at


Anthony J. “Tony” Cuff, 71, of Panama City, FL and formerly of Shenandoah, passed away unexpectedly on June 9th, 2020.

Born in Shenandoah, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Cuff.

He leaves behind a sister, Mickey (Cuff) Flynn with Dan, a cousin, Joey Benedict with Allen, and a nephew, Patrick Flynn.

Tony was a graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School and owner of the former Schuylkill Beverage and Cuffy's Quarts.

Graveside services will be conducted by Pastor Jack Murray on Thursday, June 18th at 11am in St. Stanislaus Parish Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.


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