Friday, January 29, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: January 29th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: January 29th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Gerald H.”Gerry” Callaway Sr., 87, of Pottsville, died Thursday January 28, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Health Network – Cedar Crest, Allentown PA.

Born in Pottsville, May 14, 1933, He was a son of the late Harold and Caroline Beecher Callaway.

He graduated in 1952 from Pottsville Area High School then served in the US Army during the Korea War.

Gerry was the Plant Manager at the former Kaiser Aluminum Co., Port Carbon before retiring.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years Laurel Ann Kerby Callaway, son Gerald Callaway Jr. and his wife Catherine of Lake Wynonah; 2 daughters, Kimberly Callaway of Freidensburg; Kelly Runkle and her husband Mark of Lake Wynonah; 3 sisters,Grace Schuettler of Pottsville; Jeanette Rodland of Pottsville; Joyce Fidance of DE; 4 Grandchildren, Nicole, Gerald (Buddy), Tanesha, and Ryan, 2 Great-Grandchildren, Chase and Morgan, Nieces and Nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Doris Callaway

Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 AM Thursday February 4, 2021 from Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 North Second Street St. Clair, PA 17970. Pastor Ted Williams will be officiating. Friends may call from 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Thursday at the Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Hanover Twp .

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements.


Robert J. Parrish Jr., 58, Frackville, passed away unexpectedly Friday at his residence.

Born in Ashland he was the son of the late Robert and Wilda Leiby Parrish. He was a well known mechanic and the owner/operator of Bob’s Towing and Recovery.

Bob was the recipient of the American Towman Medal of Honor for the “ Act Of Bravery “. He was a life member of Friendship Fire Company, Englewood, Frackville.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years Harriet Cullen Parrish, his sister Brenda Schuetrum and his niece Brandy Schuetrum, Frackville

Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.


Ruth Lois Colna
, age 86, of St. Clair, PA passed away Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at Geisinger St. Lukes Hospital in Orwigsburg.

Born in Diener's Hill, PA on July 17, 1934, she was the daughter of the late William Chester and Mary Jane (Evans) Allison.

Ruth worked as a seamstress at Saint Clair Garment. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Saint Clair, where she was a Deacon and a Trustee and a member of the Saint Clair Senior Citizens. The most important things in Ruth's life was all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was the last member of her immediate family being preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edward J. Colna on July 11, 2011, and three sisters: Betty Webber, Beatrice Davis, and Keziah Kovich.

Ruth is survived by daughter Ruth Kerns and her husband Edward, St. Clair; son Edward Colna and his wife Elsie, Diener's Hill; daughter Colleen Kuzio and her husband Robert, Diener's Hill; daughter Betty Jean McNulty and her husband Tom, Schuylkill Haven; daughter Lisa Colna, St. Clair; 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A Religious Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon on Thursday February 4th, 2021 at 10:30AM, with Pastor Joseph McDemus officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday evening from 6-8PM and Thursday morning from 9:30-10:30AM at the Funeral Home

Interment will be held in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Saint Clair.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Bethlehem Baptist Church Deacon's Fund 1 Front & Carol Streets, Saint Clair, PA 17970 or to the Salvation Army.

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Leo M. McGrath, 78 of Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania died on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at home.

Born Tuesday, June 30, 1942 in Warren, Ohio the son of the late Thomas M., and Helen (Truskey) McGrath. He was also predeceased by his wife Barbara (Yeager) McGrath; sister, Barbara Bradley; brother, Thomas McGrath.

Surviving are sister, Linda Wertman and her husband, Merle of Tamaqua; sister-in-law, Kay McGrath; nieces and nephews, Marie, Donna, Joan, Butch, Barb, Debbie, Shelly, Tracy. A graduate of Tamaqua High School, Leo served honorably in the United States Army. He retired from Myers Welding of Hazleton. Catholic by faith, Leo was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards.

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

Interment Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Annville, Pennsylvania

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Lorraine L. Kroh McEntee
, 69, of Tower City, passed away suddenly Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Born in Reinerton, March 10, 1951, a daughter of the late Heold and Louise Diehl Kroh. Lorraine was a 1969 graduate of Williams Valley High School. She was a retired seamstress from the former Bestok Garment Factory, Tower City.

Lorraine was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Reinerton; Orwin Fire Company Auxiliary and Porter-Tower Lions Club.

Lorraine enjoyed doing crossword and sudoku puzzles. She could often be found socializing and playing BINGO with her many friends. She was extremely proud of her granddaughter, who was the center of her life.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John McEntee, December 10, 2020; two brothers, James and Robert Kroh.

Surviving are her son, Bob McEntee and his companion Ann Shutt, Tower City; a granddaughter, Emily McEntee; a sister Sandy Shade and her husband Marlin, Sacramento; a brother, Dale Kroh and his wife Tony, New Freedom; Nieces, nephews and her grand puppies, Snuggles and Sydney.

A public walk through viewing following all CDC guidelines will be held Tuesday, February 2nd from 6-8 pm in the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. A private funeral service will be held with burial in St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. To send condolences to the family visit


Gerald C. Williams
, 69, of Minersville, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, surrounded by his loving children.

Born in Shenandoah on August 7, 1951, he was the son of the late Theodore “Ted” Williams and Rita Banewicz Williams. Gerald was of strong Roman Catholic faith and a member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville.

Growing up he developed a love for sports, especially watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams. Gerald was a 1969 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School where he was a 3-sport star athlete for all 4 years. In football, sportswriters gave him the nickname “The Ghost” because of his speed and elusiveness. In basketball, he at one time held the single game scoring record of 43 points and received All State Honorable Mention status his senior year. In track and field, he competed in the 200-yard dash, long jump and 180 low hurdles, where his record time still remains. His accolades earned him induction in 2012 into the Shenandoah Valley School District Athletic Hall of Fame.

Gerry continued his education at East Stroudsburg State College where he played football and majored in Health and Physical Education. Prior to retiring, he was last employed by Tredegar Film Products, Pottsville, as a supervisor. He previously worked at Alcon Research LTD, Sinking Springs.

Gerry was a third-degree knight within the Knights of Columbus organization. He was a CYO basketball coach for many years. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Rita Williams Holman, Barnesville, and Mary Lou Williams Buchinsky, Shenandoah. He leaves behind, son Gerald Williams Jr. of Minersville, daughter Amy Williams Murphy, wife of Kyle Murphy of Harrisburg, grandchildren Lincoln and Farrah Murphy. He is also survived by two brothers, Theodore Williams, husband of Patricia, New Jersey, and John Williams, husband of Beth, Pottsville. Gerry will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be conducted on Wednesday, February 3rd at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah from 7:30 to 9:30am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am in Divine Mercy Parish, 218 W. Cherry St, Shenandoah and will be officiated by Msgr. Ronald Bocian. Burial will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the: Rita R. Holman Breast Cancer Foundation.

Due to Covid-19, all social distancing and mask guidelines will be followed.


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