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Skook News Obituaries: October 22nd, 2020


Skook News Obituaries: October 22nd, 2020


Coleen Joyce (McHale) Dubitsky
, loving mother of 3 children, passed away on Wednesday morning October 21, 2020 from cancer peacefully and comfortably at the age of 54 while at home with her loved ones.

Coleen was born May 18, 1966 in Fort Belvoir, VA to Leroy (Paddy) McHale and Eva Marie (Banning) McHale. She graduated from North Schuylkill High School in 1984. She received her license to practice Cosmetology from Empire Beauty School in 1989. She was employed at the Chop Shop in Hazleton owned by longtime friend Jen Kotch. On June 1, 1991 she married Stephen Joseph Dubitsky. They raised two daughters Rita Ann (Dubitsky) Zahodnick, wife of Michael Zahodnick, Megan Deborah (Dubitsky)Remenar and son Bryan Scott Roche.

Coleen was a wonderful mother to her children and an amazing Grammy to her grandchildren Nathanael Owen Roche, Collin Patrick Remenar, Taylor Marie Zahodnick, and Michael Steven Zahodnick. Her greatest joys were spending time with them and making sure they were happy and safe. Coleen was known for making customized cakes for birthdays and special occasions. She made them for not only her children and grandchildren, but for every family member she had. She was creative and artistic. She loved music, especially the Beatles and an avid fan of Betty Boop. Making people and the world around her more beautiful was her passion. She loved to dance, roller skate and shoot guns. She enjoyed bowling Wednesday nights with the GCU league. She volunteered yearly in the local chapters American Cancer Society telethon. Coleen always said red hair dye was the one possession she could never do without. Her beautiful red hair is something her loved ones and friends will never forget about her. Coleen’s favorite outing was to go to Bottlenecks in Hazleton every other Friday night to hear Dom and Mr Saks sing. It was her time to sing and dance to the song Me and Julio which made her known as The “QUEEN” of corona to many.

Coleen was preceded in death by her husband Stephen, her father Paddy, and her grandparents Leo Banning, Eva Banning, John McHale and Mary Fishburn. Her Aunt Arlene Franco, Uncle Leo Banning and Uncle Joseph Cress. Her Mother in law Mildred Macy and niece Tami Warner.

She is survived by her mother Eva Marie (Banning) McHale, siblings Arlene McHale, Paul McHale, Eva Wilson, the wife of Rick Wilson, Nancy Blackwell, the wife of Anthony Blackwell Sr, Mary McHale, the wife of Dennis Warner and brother in law Frank Macy. Also by her Aunt Elizabeth Cress, Aunt Gail Waite, Aunt Trudy Banning and Uncle Mike Franco. Nephews Matthew Bevan, James Barrett, Anthony Blackwell Jr, Adam Steiff, John Steiff, Austin Blackwell, niece Jill Steiff, and great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Coleen also loved her Brazilian son Tiago Silva. He was an exchange student that lived with her family for a year and came to visit them in America as often as he could

She was also in a relationship with Jeffrey Bohanick and loved him very much.

Services will be private for the family. Donations in Coleen’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


Miguel Ulises Ortiz
, 63, of Schuylkill Haven died Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center- East.

Born August 29, 1957 in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Dagoberto and Bessie (Murphy) Ortiz.

Miguel was retired from the Pottsville Area School District where had been employed as a custodial supervisor. He was also employed by the Pottsville Area Lions ambulance as an EMT and the City of Pottsville as a dispatcher. He volunteered his time and talent with many organizations some of which included the Girl Scouts, the Explore Scout group, the Pottsville Fire Police, American Hose Co., and the Rainbow Hose Co. He was also a member of the Carpenter’s Union.

He was an avid sports fan but he loved his Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Miguel is survived by his wife Michelle Casey Ortiz, Schuylkill Haven; son Jeremy husband of Lauren; daughter Ashley and Brittany; three grandchildren; four brothers; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville PA 17901. A celebration of Miguel’s life will be held at a later date. Please visit to share a memory with the Ortiz family.


Frances R. Mumper, 92, of Tremont, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in the Tremont Health & Rehab Center.

Born on February 9, 1928 in Valley View, she was a daughter of the late Gurney Ray and Tillie Jane Koons Seitz.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Tremont.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Robert G. Mumper; six sisters, Naomi Wolff, Madelyn Quinty, Nancy Phillips, Clara Wise, Ruth Seitz and Mae Miller; one brother Arthur Seitz.

Surviving are her daughter, Glenda and husband Randy Reichert of Pine Grove; two grandsons, David and wife Wendy Reichert of Alabama, Glenn and wife Chris Reichert of Pine Grove; five great grandchildren, Skyler Vega, Alexandra Reichert, Brittney Lehman, Addison Reichert, Brady Reichert; a great great grandson, Waylon Stevenson; two brothers, Donald and wife Betty Seitz of Annville, Arlin Seitz of Cleona, and a brother-in-law, Jay Mumper of Carlisle.

Graveside Services and interment will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at the convenience of the family with Pastor Barry Spatz officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 6 W.Main St. Tremont, Pa. 17981.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at


These Obituaries are brought to you by
Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory INC.

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