Saturday, January 30, 2021

Skook News Obituaries for January 30th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: January 30th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Felice Marie Meiswinkle
, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday January 27, 2021, in Millville, New Jersey. She was born to Sidonie (Linnert) and Hubert Nowak on March 2, 1929 in Beuthan, Germany. During World War II, she met and fell in love with Robert C. Meiswinkle, an American service man. In 1948, Robert arranged, through the American Red Cross, for her to travel to the United States. They were married and settled in his hometown of Pottsville, PA. They were blessed with 7 children and later 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The Meiswinkle family relocated to Millville, NJ in 1964. Felice had a quest for knowledge and upon starting her youngest in first grade, she decided to go back to school to become a teacher. She earned degrees from Glassboro State College (Rowen University), Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at St Joseph High School in Hammonton, Bridgeton High School in Bridgeton, and was a Department Head and teacher at Schalick High School in Pittsgrove Township, NJ. After her retirement, she and Robert relocated to the Orlando, FL area where she lived for 24 years. In 2018, two years after Robert’s death, she moved back to Millville NJ and lived with her son Mark and daughter in law, Christine, and their family.

Felice had a passion for the Arts and loved traveling, theater, classical music, and fine art. She directed and acted in several plays and shows. Felice was a gifted pianist, had a lovely voice, and was a member of her church choir. She enjoyed painting, reading, crossword puzzles and socializing with family and friends. She was a beautiful, intelligent, inspiring, and loving wife and mother who will be deeply missed. She is survived by her children David, Susanne Dalton (John), Christa Adams, Robert, Mark (Christine), Karen Young, and Kevin, and their families.

Felice’s funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in Pottsville. Visitation will be at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 6th and West Market Street from 9:00 to 10:30. A Mass at Saint Patrick’s RC Church, 319 Mahantongo Street will be held at 11:00 AM, followed by her burial next to her husband, Robert, at St John’s Cemetery at 20th and Mahantongo Streets.

Masks are to be worn to the Viewing, Funeral Mass and Cemetery and Social Distancing should be observed.


Sheila Colihan, R.N.
, 57, of Lavelle, Butler Township, passed away on Monday at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born on June 14, 1963, she was a daughter of Julia Fitzgerald Colihan, Ashland, and the late John Richard Colihan. She was a 1981 graduate of Cardinal Brennan High School and a 1988 graduate of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing. She later earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Alvernia University.

A registered nurse, she was employed by the former St. Catherine’s Medical Center, Ashland, and both campuses of the former Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville. She last worked as a shift supervisor at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill – East.

She served proudly as a Hospital Corpsman with the Navy Reserve for six years during a time of global change which included the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The highlight of her Naval career was her deployment in 1991 to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm to build and staff Fleet Hospital Fifteen, a mobile 500-bed hospital.

She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church and the former St. Joseph Church, Ashland. She was also a member of the Schuylkill County Quilters Guild and the Ashland American Legion.

Surviving in addition to her mother is her husband, Lawrence Sherman; her daughter, Megan Colihan (spouse, Carmine Caccavale); her grandchildren, George, Allison and Michael. She is also survived by four siblings, James O. Colihan (spouse, Sheila), Barnesville, Maryland, Eileen B. Colihan, Arlington, Virginia, Thomas P. Colihan (spouse, Holly), Lavelle, and Patrick J. Colihan, Ashland; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1115 Walnut St, Ashland, on Friday, February 5, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and on Saturday, February 6, from 9:00 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Visitors and attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. Inurnment with military honors will be at the convenience of the family at Arlington National Cemetery.


Alan G Yerger
, age 83, of Valley View, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021 at his residence.

He was born on Friday, March 12, 1937, in Pottsville, a son of the late George Yerger and the late Mildred I (Miller) Yerger.

He was a 1955 graduate of Liberty High School, Bethlehem.

He served in the US Air Force.

Al was a life member of the Tac Tankers Association and a member of American Legion Post 326 Millersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael P Yerger; a grandson Nathan A Yerger; by four brothers, Gary Yerger, George Yerger, Frank Yerger, and Joseph Yerger; and a daughter in law Jacoba J Yerger.

He is survived by his wife Dolores J (Pinkowski) Yerger, to whom he was married for 59 years.

He is also survived by two sons, Alan G Yerger, Jr and his wife Lisa of Bethlehem and Jason P Yerger of Drexel Hill; a daughter, Alyssa J Leitzel of Millersburg; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Earl Yerger and Paul Yerger both of Bethlehem; two sisters, Mildred Mickley of Bethlehem and Mary Alaimo of Camp Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Curtis Zemencik officiating.

Condolences can be left for the family at


Michael (Mike, aka Duffy) Molocznik (Hutsko)
, 96, of Scottsdale, Arizona, went home to heaven on January 24th, 2021. 

Mike was born in Cass twp. November 24, 1924, a son of Anastasia (Hocko) Molocznik and John Molocznik. He adored all his brothers and sisters. His mom passed early, and he was raised by his Aunt Mary and the rest of the loving, caring Hutsko Family of Minersville, PA. While in Minersville, Mike worked as a coal miner and then moved to NJ and worked at John’s Manville Asbestos Company in Manville for 1 year. He then entered the Navy in 1943 and was a decorated United States Navy Veteran during WWII and served honorably on the heavy cruiser, USS Baltimore during the war. Upon returning home, he joined Air Como, Inc where he spent the rest of his career (approx. 30+years) as an industrial equipment technician. Mike met the love of his life, Joan E. (Gilmore) Molocznik where they resided in Fords, NJ for approx. 51 years before moving to Scottsdale, AZ. Mike had a lot of loves. He loved his life, his wife, his children, all his brothers and sisters, all his nieces and nephews, his Naval Service, and sports (AZ Cardinals and NY Giants). He also loved hanging out at his beloved brother John’s, Town Baber Shop, in Westfield, NJ. 

Mike is survived by his wife, Joan. His son Michael (fiancĂ© Nancy). His grandchildren Edward A (Erin), Kevin (Megan), and Nicholas J, as well as his precious great granddaughter, Emma N. Molocznik. His daughter, Maryann Acuff (Jerry) and his grandson, Ryan. His “like a granddaughter”, Laura Acuff. His beloved nieces, Lorraine, Jane and Sue. His beloved brothers and sisters, Julie (Holige), Babe (Sullivan), Joe (Hutsko), Butch (Hutsko). 

Mike was preceded in death by his dearly cherished brothers and sister, John (Molocznik), Annie (Cutler), Dizzy (Hutsko), Yuddy (Hutsko), Nicky (Hutsko), Mim (Hutsko), and his nephew John Peter (Molocznik). A well lived life, full of love and good times. 

A Catholic Burial service with Naval Military Honors will be held graveside at 11:00 am, Thursday, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation in Mike’s honor to The St. Nicholas School c/o 415 N. Front St, Minersville, PA 17954 or The Admiral Nimitz Foundation, 340 Main St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


Harry L. Ohl
, beloved husband, father, brother, pop-pop of Owl Creek Road, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021, at home in the care of his wife of 45 yrs., Marlene (Miller) Ohl.

Born in Coaldale the son of the late Wilbur, and Barbara (Robertshaw) Ohl. Harry was also predeceased by his; daughter, Michelle L. Ohl on June 27, 2017; brother, Norwood C. Ohl on June 11, 2020.

In addition to Marlene he is survived by; son, Jeff Ohl and his wife Amy, and his grandson whom he adored Colton of New Ringgold; brother, Wilbur Ohl and his wife Patricia; sisters, Arlene Quinn and her husband Jack, Alberta Bonetsky, Priscilla Dennis and Cumeatta Conrad wife of Robert.

A member of St. John U.C.C. of Tamaqua. Harry retired from Northwestern Polymers of Tamaqua. An avid outdoorsman, Harry enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, working in the yard, and tinkering with cars.

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

Memorials in Harry's name to:
Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758516
Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516
or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Online condolences may be made to the family at


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