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Skook News Obituaries: September 5th, 2020

Skook News Obituaries: September 5th, 2020


Joseph S. Pascavage, 76, Harrisburg, passed away unexpectedly Friday at his residence.

Born in Frackville he was the son of the late Stanley J. and Stella R. Slovick Pascavage. He was a self employed handyman in the Harrisburg area.

He served in the US Navy as a radioman aboard the USS Willis A. Lee.

Joe is survived by his sister Maryanne Warczyglowa, Dillsburg, his nieces; Natalie, Beth, Terri, Kim and Angie, two nephews; Stan and John.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.


Joan M. Bettinger, 73, of Minersville, passed away on Saturday at Seton Manor in Orwigsburg.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Marzinsky Bettinger. She attended the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parochial School and was a 1965 graduate of Nativity B.V.M. High School. She was employed for many years as a cook at the former Quality Shoppe in town and also worked in other local restaurants.

She was a former member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and the Church’s Women’s Sodality. She was a current member of Holy Family Parish of Minersville. She was a dedicated poll worker at the Second Precinct, Minersville.

Joan enjoyed baking, especially for fellow riders on bus trips to Atlantic City casinos. She was also active in the Food Pantry at Zion Lutheran Church where she enjoyed many friendships.

Preceding her in death were her three siblings, Leo Bettinger, Arlene Pinshock and Patricia Demcher.

Joan is survived by her daughter, Lori Schneider (spouse, Craig), Sparta, New Jersey; two cherished grandsons, Riley Joseph Schneider and Remick Howard Schneider; nieces and nephew.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Thursday from 7:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 9:15 A.M. when procession will form. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Interment will be private in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Minersville. Visitors and attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. The family prefers donations to Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901.


Anna C. Snoich, RN
, 93 passed away peacefully on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah on July 12, 1927 she was a daughter of the late Steven and Anna (Lesousky) Snoich.

She was a 1944 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah and Saint Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia.

Earlier in life she was employed at the Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia and retired early to take care of her mother.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah formerly Saint George’s Church. She was proud of her Lithuanian heritage and was a member of the Lithuanian Women’s Alliance and the Knights of Lithuania. She was also a member of the Catholic Nurse’s Guild.

Anna enjoyed gardening and loved flowers. She was often seen in the community planting and taking care of them.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her brother, Fr. Stephen Snoich, OSB and her sister, Teresa Winkler.

Surviving are three nieces, two nephews; five great-nephews and two great-nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 12:00 Noon in Divine Mercy Church, 232 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Friday morning from 11:00 am until noon at the church.

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


Mark James Hoffman
, 56 of Mahanoy City, formerly of Aristes, passed away Thursday evening September 3, 2020 at Cedar Crest Hospital, Allentown.

Born June 23, 1964 in Ashland Pa., he was the son of the late Vincent A. Hoffman and Margaret Hoffman Lewullis and William Charles Lewullis, Sr.

Mark was a 1982 graduate of North Schuylkill Jr. Sr. High School, Fountain Springs. He was an outstanding athlete in wrestling, football and track. He was captain of the wrestling and football teams in his senior year, and was a District and Regional wrestling champion.

In 2014 he was the recipient of the Carnegie Hero Medal, given to those who risk their life to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.

He was formerly employed at Goulds Pump, Ashland and Pleasant Valley Homes in Pine Grove.
He was known as a great practical joker and truly enjoyed spending time with his partner Mim Benjamin, at home and camping, along with their dogs Bo, Daisy and Gracie. Mark was an avid Bears and Flyers fan and loved playing the drums.

He was preceded in death by his father Vincent A. Hoffman, paternal grandparents John and Melissa Hoffman and William J. Lewullis and Alberta Lewullis-MacAskill, maternal grandparents John and Mary Sebastian.He is survived by his parents Margaret and William Lewullis, Sr. ,Aristes Companion Mim Benjamin, Mahanoy City Siblings, Vera Hoffman-Bucher, Mt. Carmel John Hoffman, Mt. Carmel ,Vincent Hoffman, Alabama, Kathy Lewullis-Petrus, Mountain Top ,William Lewullis, Jr. York, Karen Lewullis-Slotterback, Mt. Carmel

Christopher Lewullis, Tennesse. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and too many friends to mention.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Janet O’Lair of Ringtown, passed away on Thursday evening, September 3, 2020, at her residence.

Janet was born in Union Township on December 30, 1933, the daughter of Emily (Klingerman) and Roy Swank.

She was a 1951 graduate of the Ringtown High School, then moved to the Claymont Delaware area where she worked in the clerical departments of the Dupont Company, Claymont Steel, Colorado Fuel and Iron and later Phoenix Steel.She last worked for and was retired from the Pennsylvania State educational system.

Janet was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, as was a former member of various clubs and organizations in the Ringtown area.
She was preceded in death by husbands, William Lynch and Joseph O'Lair, and by her brother Luther Swank.

She is survived by her son, William "Billy' Lynch, and her companion, Walter "Wimp" Shoup, both of Ringtown.

As per Janet's wishes, all services will be private.


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