Monday, September 21, 2020

Skook News Obituaries: September 21st, 2020


Skook News Obituaries: September 21st, 2020


Dorothy J. Klimko, 85, Frackville, passed away peacefully Monday morning at Broad Mountain Manor, Frackville.

Born in Frackville she was a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Zula Klimko. Dorothy had been employed as a bank teller for the former American Bank and later Meridian Bank in Frackville until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville.

She was preceded in death by a sister Elizabeth Klimko.

Dorothy is survived by her sister Shirley Klimko, Frackville and also by several cousins.

Services and Interment will be private at the convenience of the family


Paul O. Zeigler
, husband, father, grandfather, 85 years of age, of First Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at home while in the tender care of his family.

Born Friday, April 26, 1935 in New Ringgold, Pennsylvania the son of the late Charles and Gertrude (Nothstein) Zeigler. He was also predeceased by his grandson Nicholas Zeigler.

Surviving are; his beloved wife of 62 years, Florence E. (Hettler) Zeigler; sons, Paul Zeigler and his wife Elaine of Andreas, James Zeigler and his wife Roberta of New Ringgold, David Zeigler and his wife Penny of New Ringgold, Edward Zeigler and his wife Maria of Kaska, Marlin Zeigler and his wife Jess of Tamaqua; 16 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

Paul worked for Matlack Trucking of Northampton for over 50 years. He was a member of The Lutheran Church of St. John's in the Heights of Jim Thorpe, Bowmanstown Lions Club, longtime member of the former Andreas Fire Company, and Andreas Fire Police, having served as Past President of the Fireman's Relief Association. Paul was an avid outdoorsman who like to hunt and camp.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884

A Private Celebration of Paul's Life will be held on Thursday September 24, 2020 from the funeral home at 11 o'clock A.M. A Public calling will take place from the funeral home on the morning of services from 9:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M.

Memorials in Paul's name to:
The Lutheran Church of St. John's in the Heights
319 South Avenue
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229

Expressions of sympathy or a fond memory of Paul may be expressed by visiting


Daniel J. Gruver
, 66, of New Ringgold, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 20th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, with family by his side. Daniel was born in Pottsville, a son of the late Anna (Beneck) and John Gruver. He was the husband of Connie J. (Miller) Gruver.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Ash Resources and prior to that was a foreman at East Brunswick Township. He was a member of Frieden's Lutheran Church, New Ringgold and Local 803 United Mine Workers as well as being a lifelong member of the New Ringgold Fire Company. He enjoyed life, laughter and especially spending time with his family.

Daniel is survived by daughters Angela Gruver, Heather Wagner, wife of Jim and Crystal Weber; brothers John Gruver, husband of Darlene, Frank Gruver, Randy Gruver, husband of Lily, Ed Gruver, husband of Ruth and Bob Gruver, husband of Joyce as well as a sister Julie and grandchildren Sierra, Darien, Haley, Brandin, Lucas and Alieana.

Daniel was predeceased by brothers James Gruver and Thomas Beneck.

Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


Janice E. Schaeffer
, 85, formerly of Muir, was called home to the Lord on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Born in Muir on April 19, 1935, the only child of the late Charles and Martha Bixler Schaeffer.

Janice was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Reinerton.

She enjoyed many hobbies, including crafts, crocheting doilies and pot holders for family and friends. She loved dogs, especially poodles owning many over the years, including Baby Doll, who she had for over 15 years.

Janice is survived by her beloved aunt, Dora Wertz of Northampton, and resided with Dora for over 11 years in Muir. She is also survived by several cousins including Marie Herman of Tower City, who was always there for Janice.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 26th at 11:00 am from the Fairview Cemetery, Muir with Pastor Laura Csellak officiating. Please follow CDC guidelines. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to 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 send condolences to the family visit


Ronald W. Zerby
, 88, of Ashland, PA lost his fight for life on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville and entered into eternal peace surrounded by his loving family. 

Born in Ashland, September 18, 1932 the son of the late William and Helen (Evans) Zerby. He served in the US Army from 1953-1955 during the Korean Conflict. He was of the Lutheran Faith and was a member of the American Legion Post 434 and the Good Fellowship Club. Ron found enjoyment in fishing and hunting and he loved to watch the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to retirement he was employed at Mack Trucking Company, Allentown, PA. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sally S. Zaharick in 2018, and a grandson, Richard Zaharick. He is survived by his wife, Eileen M. (Boylan) Zerby; a son, William R. Zerby, Ashland; and a daughter, Lisa A. Metzinger, Ashland. 6 grandchildren: George Zaharick; John Zaharick; Jessica Fanelli; Jason Zerby; Rachael Metzinger; and Sarah Metzinger. 6 great grandchildren. One brother: Wayne Zerby, Ashland. Three sisters: Shirley Hain, Pottstown; Janet White, Frackville; and Kay Fertig, Doctors Inlet, FL.

Services will be held with military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions can be made in Ron's name to the American Kidney Foundation at Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Philip J. Krell
, 70, of West Penn Township, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2020, in his home. Born in West Penn Township, he was the son of the late Philip and Susan (Kotas) Krell. He was a member of the West Penn Rod and Gun Club and an avid outdoorsman. He was also preceded in death by a brother, George and a sister, Priscilla. Surviving are a son, Philip Jr. and his fiancé Krista Pratt of West Penn Township; daughter, Melissa, wife of Tyler Feight, of Bechtelsville; two sisters, Patricia and Ann; five grandchildren, Paige, Sabrina, Brody, Aiden and Brysen.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-5pm on Sunday, September 27, at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club with fellowship and refreshments. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the family where they will distribute to the many caregivers that tended to their father. Contributions can be sent to Philip J. Krell Jr., 996 West Penn Pike, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold. Online condolences may be made at


Ruth Margaret Smeltzer, 95, former longtime Hegins resident, passed away Monday, September 21, 2020 at Premier at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

She was born on March 5, 1925, in Valley View, PA, a daughter of the late Ralph and Pearl Laudenslager Whitman.

Ruth was a 1942 graduate of the former Hegins Twp High School.

She was a Homemaker, always in the kitchen baking and cooking for her friends and family.

Ruth was a lifelong member of Friedens United Church of Christ, Hegins, where she was always helping whenever she was needed, especially in the kitchen.

She was also a member of Tri-Valley Senior Citizens.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Roy H Smeltzer in July 2002, brothers Jack and William Whitman, and a niece Jane.

She is also survived by a niece and a nephew.

Graveside services will be held at Friedens Cemetery, Hegins, on Monday, September 28, 2020, at 10:00 am, with Rev. Michael Klahr officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to Friedens United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 57, Hegins, PA 17938.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left for the family at

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