Saturday, August 29, 2020

Skook News Obituaries: August 28th, 2020

Skook News Obituaries:  August 28th, 2020


Joseph E. Goodrich, Sr.
, 76 years of age, of Arlington Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, formerly of Shenandoah passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Salisbury Twp..

Born Friday, October 8, 1943 in Shenandoah the son of the late Wassel and Anna (Wandilzak) Goodrich

Surviving are; his significant other of 25 years with whom he reside, Suzanne (Krepak) Krell; sons, Joseph E. Goodrich, Jr. of Shenandoah, Jason T. Goodrich and his wife Anna of Bridgewater, NJ,; daughter, Amanda Goodrich of Shenandoah; brother, William Goodrich of Lancaster; sister, Dolores Gouba and her husband bill of Lancaster; 10 grand children; Suzanne's boys whom he treated as his own, George W. Krell, Kevin M. Krell and his wife Claudia. Frank J. Krell. Many nieces and nephews also survive Joe.

A 1961 graduate of J.W. Cooper High School in Shenandoah, Joe served honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a Brazer for Triumph Controls of North Wales for 33 years. Joe's job required meticulous precision for he worked on parts for the aerospace division. He cared his sense for detail into all facets of his life. Joe was a talented carpenter, and enjoyed tinkering on cars. Eager to help any of his children on a home projects; however, his children knew there was only one way, "The right way". He was a member of the Phoenix Hose Co., and East End Field & Stream Club of Shenandoah, and Beta Sigma Phi envoy. Joe, also liked to fish. cook and bake.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday September 1, 2020 from St John XXIII R.C.C. located at 301 Pine Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 655 E Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Interment with Military Honors will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in his name to a charity of one's choice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Patricia “Pat” A. Matzen
, 79, of Nesquehoning, formerly of Summit Hill, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Tamaqua. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late John and Florence (Kay) Yahoves. Before moving to Pennsylvania, she worked for Prudential Insurance Company. She then worked as Secretary for St. Joseph’s School and then as Parish Secretary for both St. Joseph’s and St. Stanislaus Churches for 25 years before retiring in 2005. She was a member of St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill. Pat was known to many as “Pat-Mat.” She was a loyal Philadelphia Eagles fan, never missing a Sunday game. Pat enjoyed spending time at the casino as well as experimenting with cooking.

Surviving are a Brother, Michael and his wife Virginia of Barnegat, NJ; a Daughter, Dawn Marie and her husband Eugene of Nesquehoning; Sons, William of Solomons, MD and Kevin and his wife Jessie of Summit Hill; Grandchildren, Justin, Jessica, William and Ryan; a Nephew, John and Niece, Christine.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. from St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, White Bear, Summit Hill. All attending the services are required to wear masks and follow all CDC regulations.

Contributions, in Pat’s memory, may be made to the Church. Online Condolences may be shared at


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