Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Skook News Obituaries for Tuesday, January 19th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: January 19th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Catherine Mary Bosna
, 93, of Pottsville, PA and formerly of Marlin, PA and Hellertown, PA, died on Monday, January 18, 2021 in Pottsville. She was a daughter of the late Anthony and Martha (nee Ambrulavage) Grenus. Having attended the former Blythe Township schools, Catherine was a top stitcher for local garment factories. A devout Christian, she had been raised in the Catholic faith. Catherine was firm but good hearted; loved family. She enjoyed playing cards and doing word puzzles and was a great cook. 

Catherine was the mother of three children, Susan, John, and David. The last of 8 siblings she was predeceased by Anthony Grenus, Jr., George Grenus, Anna Grenus, Mary Wasilko, Ella Rumbavage, Daniel Grenus, and Theresa Lavango. Catherine is survived by 2 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces. 

Memorials in her name may be made to St. Nicholas Ukranian Catholic Church, 415 North Front Street, Minersville, PA 17954. 

Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Paul L. Blankenhorn, Sr.
, 82, of South Manheim Twp., passed away Saturday, January 16th, at Lehigh Valley Medical Center, Allentown.

Born in South Manheim Twp., on February 21, 1938, a son of the late Edith (Laubenstine) and Herman Blankenhorn.

He was the husband of Edna C. (Donton) Blankenhorn, they celebrated 62 years of marriage.

He was a member of Bethesda Evangelical Congregational Church of Reedsville and the Schuylkill Masonic Lodge, Orwigsburg Chapter.

He was employed by the shoe factory as a stitcher.

Paul loved preparing holiday dinners and having the family gather together. He enjoyed hunting, especially raccoon hunting. His favorite times were to gather with Leon and Jerry on a Friday night to play cards and to take Joey, his dog, on van rides. Paul's door was always opened to anyone who needed it and was always ready to offer dinner or a coffee. He was a true lover of life.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Roxanne Seltzer (Terry), Friedensburg, Paul L, Jr. (Tracy), Schuylkill Haven, Rodney Blankenhorn (Almeda "Moe") and Randall Blankenhorn (Angie), both of South Manheim Township; grandchildren Brandon (Desi), Alyssa (Rich), Kelsie (Ryan), Cassidy (Aaron), Savannah (Brandon), Brittany (Alex), Heather (Brad), Matt, Luke and Tanner; great grandchildren Brandon, Quinn, Ian, Parker, Havi, Aubrey, Daniel, Nicholas, Korbin, Lily, Paige, Ayden and two on the way; siblings Marion Bartolett, Carl "Skip" Blankenhorn, Carol Sullivan, Doris Brown, Karen Sylvester and Sharon Koch.

Paul is preceded in death by his grandson Christopher Blankenhorn and siblings Marvin, Vernon "Louie" and Harold "Butch" Blankenhorn, Emily Ney and Faye Potts.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held 10:30 AM on Friday, January 22nd at Bethesda Evangelical Congregational Church of Reedsvillewith Rev. Mark Brooks officiating.

A viewing for family and friends will be held 9:30 AM on Friday, January 22nd at Bethesda Evangelical Congregational Church of Reedsville.

Please respect all CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and social distancing.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to Bethesda Youth Ministry, 23 Meadowbrook Drive,Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

Interment will be at Reedsville Cemetery.


Barbara Ketterer, 86, of Drums, formerly of Lost Creek, passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born July 4, 1934, in Marion Heights, she was a daughter of the late Metro and Anna (Hardish) Dunick.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ketterer, in 2006; three brothers, Andrew, Paul and Michael Dunick; three sisters, Rose Zubal, Mary Guthrie and Anna Dunick.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald Ketterer and his wife, Carol, of Frackville, and Brian Ketterer, of Hazleton; three daughters, MaryAnn Kotansky, of Hazleton, Jan Ankenbrant and her husband, Richard, of Pine Grove, and Cheryl Marshall and her husband, Paul, of Frackville; two brothers, Joseph Dunick, of Kulpmont, and Walter Dunick, of Coal Township; two sisters, Helen Ondish, of Baltimore, and Joanne Whalen, of Black Heath; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Nice-Hart Funeral Home Inc., 9 N. Lehigh Ave., Frackville. The Rev. Brian Miller will officiate. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Frackville.


Thomas G. Lecher, 87, of Pottsville, passed away on Monday at Seton Manor.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Theodore and Genevieve Holley Lecher. He was a 1951 graduate of Pottsville High School; and was an Army veteran of the Korean War, having served in Germany. He resided in Lowell, Massachusetts before returning to Pottsville. With his late sister, Dorothy, Tom operated Lecher’s Market, serving the Jalappa neighborhood for 35 years, and selling penny candy to generations of children that he called “Appleheads”.

He was a member of the former Mary Queen of Peace Church, Pottsville. He was also a member of the American Hose Company, Pottsville, and a member the Buck Fever Rod and Gun Club.

A talented dancer, Tom regularly attended dances at Buck Fever and other area venues. There’s little doubt that he’s now dancing with the nuns of Mary Queen of Peace Elementary School, who taught him his moves.

He was preceded in death by six siblings, Catherine Whalen, Robert Lecher, Joseph Lecher, William Lecher, Dorothy Lecher and James Lecher.

Tom is survived by nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Tuesday from 6:00 A.M. until 10:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. in St. Patrick Church, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville. Interment with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township. Contributions are preferred to Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, 18 Wertz Dr., Pine Grove, PA 17963.


Geraldine Alice Daglis
, age 93, of Reading, PA passed away at her son's home in Sinking Spring on Saturday, January 16th, 2021.

Born in Healing Springs, VA on November 27, 1927, she was the daughter of the late William B. and Fannie B. (Smith) Wheeler.

Geraldine was a graduate of Dunbar High School in Washington D.C., Class of 1944. She was a former member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven, before she moved to Reading.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Nicholas C. Daglis in 2004 and three sons: Michael W., Anthony B., and David A. Daglis

Geraldine is survived by a daughter Harriette T. Davis and her husband Robert, Middleton, DE; two sons: Constantine N. Daglis and his wife Wanda, Flying Hills, PA and Nicholas C. Daglis Jr. and his fiance' LaVenre Johnson, Sinking Spring, PA; seven grandchildren: Constance and Carnesia Daglis, both of New York, NY, Nicole Daglis, Staton Island, NY; Kiana Daglis, Exeter, PA, Rachael Davis, Middleton, DE, Marie Wilson, Pottsville, PA, and Carrissa Daglis, Flying Hills, PA; a great-grandson Damani Daglis, Exeter, PA; a great-granddaughter Alivia Watson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held private for the family

Interment will be held in the Schuylkill Memorial Park Cemetery in Schuylkill Haven.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements. Please send condolences to www.robertaevansjrfh.com


Theresa (Dombrowski) Temborski, 75 of Frackville formerly of Shenandoah passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Funeral services and interment in St. Casimir's Cemetery, Shenandoah will be private at the convenience of the family.

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


Margaret G. (Leskowsky) Frantz
, 75 of Frackville formerly of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at her residence with her family at her side.

Born in Philadelphia on January 19, 1945 she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Ruth (Miller) Leskowsky.

She was last employed as certified nursing assistant (CNA) at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Margaret was a former member of the former St. George’s Church, Shenandoah. She was a member of the Frackville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #398 and the former Moose Lodge, Shenandoah.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her first husband, John J. Walukiewicz in 1994; two brothers, Thomas and Francis and one sister, Stephanie.

Surviving are her husband, John J. Frantz of sixteen years; one daughter, Jacqueline Walukiewicz of Frackville; one step-son, John D. Frantz of Frackville; one grandson, Cody Reed; one brother, Daniel Leskowsky of Alabama, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

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


William 'Chopper' Rumbel
, 73, of Frackville, passed away Saturday, January 16th, 2021 at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

Born in Shenandoah, on March 18, 1947, he was a son of the late Bessie (Berresford) and Claude Rumbel.

After high school, Chopper served in the Unites States Army. He was retired, having last worked as a delivery driver for Wargo Coal and Oil, Inc. of McAdoo.

Chopper enjoyed going up the river fishing as well as going out on the lake in his boat. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Rumbel. Chopper lost her in the 1990's, and his devotion to her led him to a 25 plus year journey of helping not only himself, but others experience sobriety.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Keith; and by a brother, Claude 'Red' Rumbel, Jr.

Chopper is survived by a son, William Rumbel; two grandchildren, Ashley and Brittany and two great grandchildren; Ethan and Cameron. He is also survived by two sisters, Wendy Rumbel and Barbara Marnell Miersky, and three brothers, David Rumbel, Robert Rumbel and Paul Rumbel, along with nieces nephews and many friends.

Chopper will be laid to rest alongside his wife following graveside services at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Frackville on Monday, January 25th at 11 AM.

Relatives and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the 11 AM graveside service. All Covid-19 protocols for social distancing and wearing of masks will be adhered to.


Michelle R. Garner
, 41, of Pottsville formerly of Tower City, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2020 at the St. Luke's Hospice House, Bethlehem.

Michelle was born in Pottsville, February 10, 1979.

She graduated from the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit.

She was baptized in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Lori Luckenbill Hoy and Joe Hoy, Tower City; her father, John Garner, Tower City; a brother Jason Garner and his wife Tabatha, Tower City; two sisters, Nicole and Megan Hoy, Harrisburg; her grandparents, Ken and Janice Luckenbill, Tower City. Aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., with Pastor Laura Csellak. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in Michelle's name can be made to Avenues, 2 Park Street, Pottsville, PA 17901. To send condolences to the family visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com


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