Friday, February 12, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: February 12th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: February 12th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Irene Kufrovich beloved mother and wife, 61, of New Boston, passed away Thursday, February 11th, at her residence.

Irene was born in New Boston, PA on August 18, 1959, a daughter of the late Julia (Fecko) and Joseph Kristopaitis.

She graduated from Mahanoy Area High School Class of 1978.

She had worked at Elbeco Shirt Factory Frackville and before that at the former Eagle Brothers Shirt Factory Mahanoy City.

She was the wife of Eugene Kufrovich.

Irene is also survived by a daughter, Jennifer, wife of Larry Scheib, of New Boston; a son, Eugene Jr., of New Boston and by a sister, Helen Bova, of New Boston. Also survived by her beloved cat, Puppy.

She is also survived by 4 Grandchildren Tamara, Bree, Kayla, Deann Kristopaitis.

Preceded in death by a son Joseph Kristopaitis, Brothers Edward, and Paul, and Sisters Joann Williamson, Mary Cammisa, and Margaret Lafey.

Services are planned for a later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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


Dorothy R. Gleason
, 90, of West West Terrace, Branch Township, passed away on Wednesday at home.

Born on September 6, 1930 in Minersville, she was the daughter of the late John and Nell Samanis Ryncavage. She was a 1948 graduate of Minersville High School. She was employed in the local garment industry and later worked in the family business at the former Brennan Flower Shop, Minersville.

She was a member of the former St. Francis Church, and a current member of St. Michael the Archangel Church of Holy Family Parish, Minersville. She was also a member of the ILGWU.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Ryncavage, who was killed in action in Korea in August, 1951.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Edward J. Gleason, with whom she would have celebrated 70 years of marriage this May; her daughter, Patrice Taglieri (spouse, Joseph), West West Terrace; her grandson, Douglas Taglieri, Esq., Minersville; her great grand-daughter, Emmalina Joy Taglieri. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Rosemarie Gleason, Wilmington, Delaware.

Visitation will be at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Tuesday from 8:00 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Visitors and attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. Weather permitting, interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul #2 Cemetery, Branch Township.


Charles L. Michaels, Sr.
, 92, a resident of the Polk Personal Care Center, Millersburg, formerly of Williamstown and Wiconisco, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the center surrounded by his family.

Born in Porter Township, December 6, 1928, a son of the late William and Lydia Crabb Michaels. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Elizabethville American Legion.

Charlie was a retired mechanic with the former Engle Ford, Millersburg. He enjoyed his books on tape; playing bingo with his friends at Polk, and going to sales.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Faye D. Ramer Michaels, April 20, 2016.

Surviving are his four children, Charles "Mike" Michaels, Jr., (Lucille), Wiconisco; Dennis L. Michaels (Sheila), Linglestown; Jody V. Bowman (James), Millersburg and Joey D. Michaels (Margaret), Florida; four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Salada, Reinerton. Nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie's name can be made to the Polk Personal Care Center, 301 North Street, Millersburg, PA 17061. To send condolences to the family visit

Charlie's family would like to thank Lebanon VA Medical Center (Visor Group) who have been so good to their father over the years. A very special thank you to the Polk Personal Care Center, who were like family and provided loving care when needed the most.


Michael A. Barkos
, 73, of Williamstown, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 11, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Pottsville on November 10, 1947, the son of the late George and Jeraldine (Hand) Barkos.

Mike was a 1965 graduate of Williamstown High School where he was the president of his class. He was a long-time employee of the City of Harrisburg Wastewater Treatment Facility, where he retired in 2004. He was a proud member of the Williamstown Legion Post 239.

He deeply loved his family and friends and was known for his exuberant personality, his witty sense of humor, and his imaginative story-telling and songs. An avid sportsman, he loved hunting, fishing, and was skilled at the art of tying flies. He happily shared his knowledge and respect for nature with the young people in his life. He spent many years hunting and fishing with dear friends at Camp Quarter Horse in Potter County, and he spent precious family time there every July.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, George Barkos, Jr.; his sister, Debra (Barkos) Reynolds; and his infant daughter, Erin Barkos.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Ellen (Warfield) Barkos; their children, Michelle and Keith Flynn of Tower City, Carla and Sam Wynn of Williamstown, and Nicole and Joe Corallo of East Berlin; his grandchildren, Elise and Torre Mangine, Sarah and Steve Kowalchick, Jacob Wynn and Alison Schuetz, Luke and Veronica Wynn, and Violet, Blu, and Jade Corallo; his great-grandchildren, Leo and Milo Mangine, and Emma and Ava Kowalchick. Mike is also survived by his nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, whom he deeply loved.

Services for Mike will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers donations should be made in his memory to the Williamstown American Legion, 123 W. Market Street, Williamstown, PA 17098.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit


Mitch R. Ritchie
, 46, of Minersville, passed away Wednesday, February 10th. 

Mitch was born in Pottsville, Pa. on November 5, 1974, a son of the late Sandra A. Michalski and the late Bret B.Ritchie. He was a graduate of Minersville Area High School.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

His daughter Danica was the light in his life.

Mitch is survived by his daughter, Danica Ritchie, Mitch is also survived by a sister, brothers, step-father, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. All services are private at the convenience of family.

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Homre Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


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