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Skook News Obituaries: October 14th, 2020


Skook News Obituaries: October 14th, 2020


Mae L. Mengel Deatrich
, 92, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Wednesday, October 14th at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Schuylkill Haven on January 22, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Floyd Albert & Alice Louise (Gower) Mengel.

She was the widow of Earl T. "Tex" Deatrich, Sr.; her loving husband of 61 years, who passed away September 28, 2012.

Mae was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1945.

She was formerly employed by the Schuylkill Haven High School in the cafeteria, and Alpha Mills, as a seamstress.

Mae was a devoted member of First United Church of Christ, Schuylkill Haven. She served on the altar guild, and was instrumental in preparations for the annual Peach and Strawberry Festivals. She made pepper cabbage, and peeled potatoes with her church family for "Howard's famous filling".

She belonged to the Schuylkill Haven Senior Citizens, and enjoyed crafting with friends during "Craft Class".

In addition to her parents, and husband, Mae is also preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Almina Mengel, brother, William David "Sonny" Mengel, sister, Jane Louise Kerschner, daughter-in-law, Denise Deatrich, and daughter, Karen Smith.

Mae was a loving mother to three sons: Earl T. Deatrich, Jr. & wife, Karen, Pequea, PA, David L. Deatrich & wife, Leslie, Collegeville, PA, and Albert F. Deatrich & wife, Linda, Schuylkill Haven. She was affectionately known as "Gram" by her six grandchildren: Jessica H. Deatrich, Amy L. Barrickman & husband, Bo, E. Thomas Deatrich, III & wife, Laura, Benjamin R. Deatrich & wife, Kate, Dr. Sarah K. Watson & husband, Alex, and Rebecca Deatrich Devlin & husband, Brandon; and "Great-Gram" to eight great-grandchildren: Bryn, & Trip Barrickman, Emma, & Adela Deatrich, Max, & Casey Deatrich, Romy Watson, and Daniel Devlin. Mae is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Lois Mengel, Pottsville, and Janet Mimm, New Ringgold, brother-in-law, Glenn Kerschner, cousin, Jeanne Layton, Florida, nieces, nephews, extended family, beloved caretakers and friends.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday, November 7th at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, at 11 a.m. with Pastor James Fidler officiating. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Interment will be privately held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA, at the family's convenience.

At the family's request, donations in Mae's memory may be sent to Union Cemetery, 211 Fidler Avenue, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Casandra Petroviciu
, age 91, of Port Carbon, PA passed away Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville. 

Born in Hreatca, Romania, on July 28, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Ioan and Marandra Danila. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded by a sister Rafira Danila and brother Gavril Danila Casandra is survived by sons Petricia Jivcovici, Port Carbon and John Jivcovici, New York, and granddaughters: Sandra and Karen Jivcovici. 

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in St. Clair at 10AM on Friday, October 16th, with Msgr. William Glosser officiating. 

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Friday morning from 8-9:30AM at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon. 

Interment will be held in the Zion's Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery in West Brunswick Township. 

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Margaret "Peggy" Beaver
, 76, of Shenandoah, passed away Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 while a guest at the Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehab Center.

Peggy was born in Shenandoah, on March 15, 1944, a daughter of the late Margaret (Gannon) and George Beaver.

She was a member of the Divine Mercy Parish in Shenandoah. Peggy enjoyed listening to all kinds of music.

Peggy was very loved as a person and touched the hearts of everyone who she met.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, George Beaver.

Peggy is survived by her two brothers, Raymond, and his wife Pat Beaver, of Lehighton;
and William Beaver, along with Ray Keller of Florida.

Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

A memorial service followed by burial at Skyview Memorial Park will take place at a later date.


Let us celebrate the life of Robert E. Seltzer, who passed peacefully at home with his loved ones on October 10th, 2020 at the age of 85.

Robert was one of four children born to parents Ira and Catherine Seltzer of Pottsville. He was employed by Rockwell International for 32 years, where he built printing presses until his retirement. Robert also practiced his love of cooking as a cook at The Garfield Diner.

On March 31, 1956, Robert married the love of his life Barbara A. Reed. During their 64 years of marriage, they were blessed with eight children.

Robert shared his passion for music with his children and grandchildren. He loved country music, was an avid guitar player, and was a huge fan of Elvis. One of his most memorable vacations was a trip to Nashville, Memphis, and Graceland.

He and his family shared their love of the outdoors with yearly camping vacations, nature walks, and campfires.

Robert was preceded in death by sisters Catherine and Eileen, and daughter Jean C. Hullihan. He is survived by his wife Barbara A. Seltzer; sons Robert E. Seltzer II, Terry P. Seltzer, Gary W. Seltzer, and William J. Seltzer; daughters Robin E. Krammes, Barbara A. Seltzer, and Jodi L. Troop; brother Errol Seltzer; and godson/grandson Aron L. Seltzer. Robert is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 11:00 A.M. at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donation be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Memories and condolences can be shared at


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