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Skook News Obituaries: September 13th, 2020

 Skook News Obituaries: September 13th, 2020


Nancy Elaine Wetzel
, 74 of Pine Grove, passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the home of her daughter in Auburn.

Born on October 1, 1945 in Pine Grove, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Bertha Webber Schaeffer.

She was a member of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church.

Nancy was a Dallas Cowboys fan and loved her chocolate marshmallow ice cream, milky ways, and three musketeers.

Preceding her in death were her husband Orville Bruce Wetzel, Sr.; two granddaughters, Monica and Angela Tweitmann; a great grandson John Wetzel; a sister Betty Mervine and a brother Ronald Schaeffer, Sr.

Surviving are three sons, Orville Wetzel, Jr. Dwayne Wetzel Sr. and his companion Tina, Clarence Wetzel Sr., all of Pine Grove; four daughters, Lisa and husband Walter Tweitmann of Pillow, Bonnie Frey and companion Jeffrey Demmy of Lebanon, Tammy and husband Raymond Gilligbauer of Auburn, Katina Wetzel McGurl of Minersville; 20 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mabel Schaeffer of Pine Grove and Mary Koons of St. Clair; nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. at Friedens Cemetery, Hegins, with Pastor Jonathan Pickett officiating. There will be a viewing on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove. A procession to the cemetery will leave the Funeral Home at the conclusion of the viewing.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 139 S. Tulpehocken St. Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 in her memory to help with expenses.

You may send condolences online at


Suzann M. Hahn
, 72 years of age, of Biddle Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at St. Luke's Miners Memorial in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.

Born Friday, October 10, 1947 in Newark, New Jersey the daughter of the late Andrew and Stefania (Chormanski) Hahn. She was also predeceased by her son, Sean P. Davidson.

Surviving are; daughter, Robin Davidson of Tamaqua, with whom she resided; son, Richard A. Davidson of Dingmans Ferry; brother, Albert Hahn of Florida; 3 grand children; 7 great grandchildren.

A graduate of Harrison High School in New Jersey, Suzann had worked for Bank of New York in management. She enjoyed doing cross word puzzles and coloring books.

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

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Andrew S. Breiner
, 36 years of age, of Garibaldi Ave. New Columbus section of Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at home.

Born Thursday, December 29, 1983 in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, he is survived by; his mother, Jacqueline (Sterling ) Turner and her husband Mark of Weatherly; father, Steven Breiner and his companion Lorraine Wing of Jim Thorpe; daughter, Kayley, sons, Chase and Nevan Breiner all of Nesquehoning; brothers, Joshua Breiner his wife Danielle and their three children, Anna, Raegan and Carson of Lansford, Tristen Breiner and his son Marshall of Berwick; paternal grandmother, Sandra Breiner of Lansford. Survived by many beloved family and friends.

A 2003 graduate of Panther Valley High School, Andrew worked for KME Mobile Equipment of Nesquehoning for many years. An avid outdoorsman, Andrew enjoyed racing, and recently formed Breiner Team Racing introducing his sons to racing. Andrew's children were his reason for living and he loved them very much. His memory will live on through all that loved him. He will be greatly missed.

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

Memorials in his name to:
Jacqueline Turner 730 East Main Street Weatherly, Pennsylvania 18255. The family will establish and education fund for his children.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Paul C. Pecunas Jr.
, 50, formerly of Shenandoah passed away peacefully at his home in Philadelphia.

Born in Ashland, September 27, 1969, he was the son of Eileen Pecunas of Shenandoah and the late Paul C. Pecunas Sr.

Paul was raised in Shenandoah and later graduated from Shenandoah Valley School District in 1990 and was an honorary member of the Blue Devils football team.

Upon graduation Paul attended Edinboro University, majoring in communication, and worked for several colleges as a technology specialist. Each summer Paul would travel to Temple University, teaching others with communication disabilities the functions of a liberator. He was a pioneer in the field of communications devices for the voice impaired.

Living in Western Pennsylvania for many years, Paul was known for his stand up – sit down comedy act at the Funny Bone in Pittsburgh. His acts as the “Generic Unicorn” has brought much laughter to those around him.

Paul was awarded “The Key to Philadelphia” through Temple University. The award was presented to him by ACES, Augmentive Communication and Empowerment Support for using his voice in unique and important ways. He was also a guest on a segment of the Howard Stern show, Dateline, and 2020 news broadcasts for his ability to teach others to communicate while having a disability. Those who have known Paul, knew he exemplified the idea of never letting his disability get in the way of anything, and taught many about the gift of life, through example.

Surviving is his mother Eileen, two sisters, Heather Smalley and her husband Jason, Lake Wynonah, and Allison Bolinsky, and her husband Frank Jr, of Frackville, and was a loving uncle to Katie and Jake Smalley and Rylee and Aaron Bolinsky.

Religious services will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin Street, Shenandoah with Rev. Christopher Zelonis officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Interment will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:00 am in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. All federal and state COVID-19 regulations will be observed.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Marion E. Kiehl
, 93, of Tower City, passed away Sunday, September 13th at the Gardens of York Terrace, Pottsville.

Born in Wiconisco, November 17, 1926, a daughter of the late Irvin and Mildred Esterline Hummel.

Marion was a 1944 graduate of Porter Township High School. She was a retired seamstress from the former J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills, Tower City.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Reinerton; a former member of Orwin Fire Co and Tower City American Legion Auxiliaries; and the Williams Valley Senior Citizens.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jesse Kiehl, 1980; a son, Gregory Kiehl; two brothers William and Donald Hummel; two sisters, Joyce Wise and Cass Carl.

Surviving are her daughter Susan "Susie" E. Kiehl, Tower City; Nieces, nephews and several cousins Marion was blessed by great neighbors, that were always willing to help her and Susie.

Marion will be laid to rest privately in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin. Memorial donations in her memory can be made to the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1931 Wiconisco Street, Tower City PA 17980. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guestbook visit


Joseph J. Sabadish, 94, of West West Terrace, passed away Thursday evening at the Lehigh Valley Hospital - South, in Pottsville

Born in Branchdale, he was a son of the late Paul and Anna (Wenanski) Sabadish.

In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by a brother Paul and sister Catherine.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 70 years, the former Irene Simminitus; 3 daughters, Rita Hahner (Bill), Margaret Fabrizio (Anthony) and Rose Yelchak (Joseph); 2 sisters, Mary Mistician and Elizabeth Sabadish; 3 grandsons, Bill (Amy), Jason (Meghan) and Kurt (Kellie); 3 great grandchildren, Harrison, Gabriella and Josephina as well as nieces and nephews.

Joseph attended St Mary Star of the Sea grade school and was a graduate of Reilly Twp. High School. He was a member of the “Greatest Generation”, having served as an Army medic in France and Germany following the Normandy invasion. He attained the rank of Sergeant. He worked as a coal miner before working as a heavy equipment operator for PennDOT until retirement. Following retirement, Joseph worked an additional 25 years as an attendant at Butler Funeral Home.

He was a life member of the South Cass Fire Company, The American Legion Post 544 and a member of the former St Stanislaus Holy Name society where he also served as a parish usher.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 9:45 AM in St. Matthew’s Church, 139 Spruce St., Minersville. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday from 7AM to 9:15 AM at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. Visitors and attendees are asked to follow CDC guidelines. Family Interment with Military Honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association. Contributions will be accepted at the funeral home.


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