Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Skook News Obituaries: October 20th, 2020

Skook News Obituaries: October 20th, 2020


Jeffrey P. Schuck, 51, Minersville, passed away on Tuesday morning at Manor Care Health Services, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, he was the son of Bernard Schuck Sr. and the late Cheryl Schuck.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Schuck.

Jeff is survived by his father Bernard Sr, his brother Bernard Schuck Jr. and his fiance Melissa Kellett, his sister Sherri Schaeffer and her husband Rick; also survived by numerous nieces/nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

For more information visit www.thomasmsullivanfuneralhome.com

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Frackville is in charge of the arrangements.


Dayla Austerberry, 18, of Pottsville, passed away from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Saturday morning in Reilly Township. Her boyfriend, Michael Truscott, also succumbed to his injuries.

Born on August 31, 2002 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of Melissa L. Bitler Shipton and her husband, Aaron Shipton, Pottsville, and a daughter of the late Dale D. Austerberry, Jr. She was a 2020 graduate of Pottsville Area High School, and was currently a student at Lehigh-Carbon Community College, studying early childhood education. She had also been employed at Giant Food Stores.

Throughout her life, Dayla participated in various sports and activities, with soccer being her passion. She was a four year member of Pottsville Lady Tide Soccer and played youth soccer for 13 years. Her interests included: music, four-wheeling and hanging out with her many friends. Those who knew Dayla would describe her as sweet, outgoing, considerate, goofy, and one of a kind. She had a vibrant personality and the most beautiful smile. She was a hopeless romantic and Michael was her best friend, soul mate, and one true love.

In addition to her father, Dalya was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Debra and Daniel Shoener; a maternal uncle, Joshua B. Yevak; maternal great-grandfather, Harold J. Spoerl; and paternal great-grandparents, William and Louise Mason.

In addition to her parents and step-parents, she is survived by two sisters, Kalea R. Austerberry and Alexis A. Shipton; her maternal grandmother, Amy Yevak (spouse, Bruce), Quakertown; her maternal grandfather, Thomas R. Bitler, Nazareth; her maternal great-grandparents, Thomas and Ruby Bitler; her paternal grandfather, Dale D. Austerberry, Sr. (spouse, Krissy), Schuylkill Haven; her step-father’s mother, Kathleen Shipton (spouse, the late Dr. William E. Shipton), Pottsville; a maternal aunt, Jennifer Yevak-Zola; two paternal aunts, Danbrielle and Samantha Shoener, two paternal uncles, Brad Ross and Allen Buehner; many great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and extended family members.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Friday from 6:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 6:00 A.M. until funeral services at 10:00 A.M. 


Eric W. Nelson, Sr.
, beloved, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, of 410 East Elm Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at home while in the care of his family at 60 years of age.

Born Tuesday, May 31, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. the son of the late Earl Leo and Thelma (Kilbride) Nelson. He is also predeceased by; sisters, Jacqueline Binder, Anita DelVicchio; brother, Earl "Bud" Nelson.

Surviving are; his wife of 38 years, Karen (Kane) Nelson; sons, Eric W. Nelson, Jr. and his wife Carissa of Tamaqua, Thomas A. Nelson and his wife Hannah of Tamaqua; daughter, Jennifer L. Brozyno and her husband Steven of Tamaqua; brother, Thomas A. Nelson of Philadelphia; sister, Linda Donahue and her life partner Roland Sayers of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews also survive Eric.

A graduate of Carroll High School in Philadelphia, Eric had worked for Koch Turkey Farm for many years. Eric was an avid outdoorsman who liked to fish and hunt. An ardent NASCAR fan, Jeff Gordon was his favorite driver.

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

Funeral Services Friday October 23, 2020 at 4 o'clock P.M. from the funeral home. Friends may call from 2:30 P.M. until time of services.

Donations in his name in care of the family

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com


John Joseph Karpovich, Jr.
, 70 of Vienna, Virginia formerly of Shenandoah Heights passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at INOVA Hospital in Fairfax, VA due to complications resulting from a fall. His wife of 40 years, Dianne Bona, was by his side.

Born in Fountain Springs on December 15, 1949, he was the son of John J. Karpovich, Sr. who survives in Shenandoah Heights and the late Mary (Trusky) Karpovich who preceded him in death on February 4, 2019. He was a 1967 graduate of the former Immaculate Heart High School and a 1971 graduate of Allentown College, now DeSales University.

He spent his career in the public sector in Washington, D.C. and Bangor, WA working for the U.S. Navy Publications and Printing Service. He ultimately retired from the Defense Logistics Agency after 25 years of service and numerous Meritorious Service awards.

John enjoyed golf, completing the daily crossword puzzle and was a frequent visitor to Shenandoah accompanying his mother to many East Coast casinos and her morning trips to the Park Restaurant. He was an inveterate reader, a generous friend to all and a die-hard Washington sports fan with a great sense of humor­ - a necessary quality most seasons. He most especially cherished his role as grandfather to Alexandra “Lexie” Linderman and Grant Olson.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Dianne is his 95 year old father, John J. Karpovich, Sr. of Shenandoah Heights; brother Thomas J. “Tom” Karpovich and sister-in-law Ann of Morea; children, Lisa Linderman and her husband, Will of Ashburn, VA; and Jacquelyn Karpovich Olson and her husband, Chris of Alexandria, VA; two beloved grandchildren, Lexie and Grant; his niece Magdalene Riggins and her husband, Brett, and a nephew Leon Karpovich; aunts and uncles and many other beloved family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Vienna, VA. Religious services will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 10:00 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian officiating. Interment will follow in at Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Monday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity, and be sure to exercise your constitutional right to vote this November. As John would say, edited for a family-friendly newspaper, “Vote the bums out!”

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


Ernesto Tapia-Negron
, 62, of Shenandoah, passed away on Saturday, October 17th , 2020 at his home.

He was born in Puerto Rico on December 8th, 1957.

Ernesto worked in construction for many years and loved to raise animals. Many people knew him as a happy, joyful person as you would often see him dancing to great music. His memory will live on as a kind and generous man who would often make home cooked food to give to those in need.

He is survived by 4 daughters, Yaritza, Diana, Leslie, and Kiara. 1 brother, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild also survive.

Visitation for family and close friends will be held on Friday, October 23rd from 12pm to 4pm at the Divine Power of Christ Church, 38 E. Oak St, Shenandoah. Services will be held at 4pm and will be officiated by Pastor Marcus Alvarez.

Oravitz Home for Funeral Inc, Shenandoah are handling the arrangements.

Due to COVID-19, all recommended social distancing, mask requirements, and public safety guidelines will be followed.

To offer condolences, please visit: www.oravitzhomeforfunerals.com


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