Monday, February 15, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: February 15th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: February 15th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Kathleen “Debbie” Sendatch
, 63, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Friday, February 12th, at her residence.

Kathleen was born in Morea, PA on July 23, 1957, a daughter of the late Eva (Puka) and Michael Seritsky.

She graduated from Mahanoy Area High School Class of 1975.

Debbie was a member of Restoration Fellowship Church, Shenandoah.

Debbie worked for many years at City Shirt and also worked for Independent Living as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant.

Debbie was the wife of Robert Sendatch.

Debbie is survived by a daughter, Melissa Hasara, of Park Place; a son, Robert Sendatch and his wife Krystal, of Mahanoy City; and by four sisters, Dolores Miller, of Mahanoy City; Pat Perry, of Mahanoy City; Sandy Kahley, of Mahanoy City; Paula Potzner, of Hazleton, three brothers, Michael, of Mahanoy City; Thomas, of Frackville; John, of Frackville.

She is also survived by 5 Grandchildren Noah, Colin, Peyton, Carley, and Gracie.

She is preceded in death by sisters Diane Lesser and Mary O'Neil.

Friends may call Friday 6 to 8 PM at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Family prefers donations in memory of Debbie to Jon David and Helens Hair salon “Wig Fund”, 38 East Broad Street West Hazleton PA 18202.

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.


Scott A. “Scottie” Glunz
, 22, of Pottsville, passed away on Sunday at home in the presence of his family and friends.

Born on June 15, 1998 in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Scott Glunz and Karen Lenard and her husband, Kevin Ferenchick. He was a 2017 graduate of Pottsville Area High School.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville. He was a Boy Scout with Troop 604 in Port Carbon and played Little League Baseball at Railway Park. He was a dedicated Yankees fan.

Scottie will be missed by so many and will be most remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and positive outlook on life despite all of the challenges he faced.

In addition to his mother, Scottie is survived by his maternal grandmother, Diedre Lenard, Minersville; maternal great-grandmother, Irene Walkusky, Summit Station; his maternal aunt and Mom’s twin, Kelly Lenard-Chadwick (spouse, Justin), Brooklyn, New York; a paternal aunt, Melissa LeBlanc (spouse, Marcel), Pine Grove; a paternal uncle, Mark Glunz, Pottsville; friends, cousins, family, and nurses who loved him like family.

With his Mom’s marriage to Kevin Ferenchick, Scottie was blessed with an extended family that includes Kevin’s mother, Mary Ferenchick, Minersville.

In addition to his father, Scottie was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Anthony Lenard, Jr.; his paternal grandparents, Noel and Cheryl Glunz; a paternal aunt, Gail Close; Kevin’s father, Joseph Ferenchick.

Visitation will be at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Sunday from 6:00 P.M. and on Monday from 6:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 10:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. in St. John the Baptist Church, 913 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville. Attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist #2 Cemetery, Pottsville. The family prefers donations to The Huntington’s Disease Society of America at


Mary Jo Gadinsky, 70, of Shenandoah and Ashland passed away Saturday, February 13th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA. 

Born April 201950 the daughter of the late Joseph and Antonette Gadinsky. She graduated from Shenandoah High School and worked as a secretary until retirement. 

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


A Tribute to My Mother,
Mary B. Haldeman
by Mary Haldeman Williams

The love that my Mother had for her family and friends was deep and lasting. She always had the highest thought for another. Her life was one of a woman who would share her “Light” with every aspect of her being. If there was a need, she would fulfill it. She had a strong desire to care for and honor others.

She was born in Middleport, PA, where her parents Francis J Bubel and Mary Leskosky Bubel owned a tavern. Much strenuous work and long hours were required to manage the busines, serving food and spirits. My Mother would share stories of scrubbing floors as a child and caring for her younger brother John F. Bubel, holding his hand until he would fall into sleep each night. She felt like a “little Mommy” and loved her brother dearly. Her parents passed many years after retiring from the business. Her brother John recently passed in 2020, having stayed in very close contact with each other. They enjoyed their daily talks.

Her work ethic was established early in her life, and held true throughout. She excelled in all of her early studies, especially mathematics. She graduated from Blythe Township High School in 1945, as class salutatorian.

She loved to solve problems. Later in life she shared her love of numbers, becoming a well-respected banker in Tamaqua, PA. She considered balancing her own checkbook to be enjoyable, refusing to be aided by a calculator, that she did not trust. There was not a moment in her life that her mind was not sharp and clear.

As easily as she handled numbers, she could hit the bullseye with the pull of bow and arrow and the clay pigeon with the fire of a rifle. Taught by her father, a family tradition.

A woman of many talents, she loved to sew and bake. I think her love of banking was most satisfying to her, interacting with others.

She loved a good football game, so while attending one in Tamaqua, she met her future husband William F. Haldeman. They married in 1950, a couple so bonded in God’s Love, they had a truly Holy Relationship. They had a baby son William in 1953, who sadly passed at birth. Having a strong desire for children, when I arrived in 1955, I was as blessed as they were. Our home was filled with love and surrounded by the grace of God. Life was good. Happiness filled our hearts. Her husband made his transition Home in 2011, after 61 years of marriage. Because of the strong faith that they both shared, she continued living with the grace given assurance that they would be reunited. They were both devoted members of the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua, yet held an all-inclusive attitude toward religion and spirituality.

After my Father’s passing, my Mother left her home at 115 Gay Street in Tamaqua and moved with me into my home in Avondale, PA. This became “our home”. My husband Addison “Jack” Williams had transitioned in August of 2009, so my Mother and I embarked on a closer, deeper, more spiritually mature relationship than ever before. We both agreed that this was part of our “Life’s Plan” and so we embraced the lessons we were both learning.

Throughout her entire life, she had a deep reverence for all living things, always having at least one dog as a companion. Now, her puggle “Bumps” was a treasured part of our relationship. “Bumps” is still here with me, helping to ease the loss I’m feeling and to channel the extraordinary love that I have for my Mother.

My Mother lead a prayerful life. Sitting, looking outside to the wooded area, waiting to see the deer, foxes, groundhogs, and birds, while saying her daily prayers. Sometimes, I’d sit close to her, looking through the trees, and we both would just BE.

My dearest Mother, you will forever be the rock on which I can depend. My love for you is unmeasurable and more than words can describe. Our hears will be together forever.

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration
And then proclaim: My God, how great Thou art!

Born March 30, 1927
Transition to Eternal Life February 6, 2021
93 years of age

Surviving, loving family member from the Bubel Family, Leskosky Family, Boyle Family, Barni Family, Stidham Family, Southam Family, and Semko Family. Dearest friends Deborah Levin and John McCarthy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary’s name may be made to the Carbon County Animal Shelter, 63 Broad Street, Nesquehoning, PA 18240.
Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Beverly Anne Pangonis, age 73, of Pottsville, PA passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, February 13th, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill, East in Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, PA on July 31, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Reynold F. and Margaret G. (Nicastro) Reber.

Beverly was a graduate of Pottsville High School, Class of 1965 and then she attended Pottsville School of Nursing. Beverly was a devoted Christian.

Beverly is survived by two daughters: Jennifer Andruchek and her husband Eric, Pottsville and Janine Rizzardi, Shenandoah Heights; four grandchildren: Eric Andruchek Jr, Pottsville, Joseph Fischer and his wife Ashley, Pittsburgh DJ Weiderhold, Shenandoah Heights, and Alex Weiderhold, Pottsville; a sister Margaret Kirelawich and her husband William, Morgantown, WV; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held private at the convenience of her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Beverly's memory to the New Minersville Fire Company 500 Line Street, Minersville, PA 17954.

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


Nelson F. Griesing, 81, a longtime resident of Ringtown, currently living in Mahanoy City, passed away Sunday, February 14th, 2021 while a guest at The Gardens at Orangeville, just outside of Bloomsburg.

Nelson was born in Nuremberg, on February 9, 1940, a son of the late Mae (Fisher) and Merle Griesing.

He was retired, having been employed at the former A&E Products and Yankee Plastics factory in Ringtown.

The last member of his immediate family, he is survived by his wife, Shirley (Pitts) Griesing of Mahanoy City, along with nieces and nephews.

Nelson will be laid to rest at a later date alongside his parents at the Nuremberg Cemetery.


James J. Stepen, 72, husband of Christina East Stepen, of Pottsville died Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East., Pottsville. Services and Interment are private. Arrangements are under the care of James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.


Janet L. Fehr, 83 of Land O’Lakes Fl, formally of Pottsville died Saturday at Advent Health, Wesley Chapel, Fl.

She was born August 25, 1937 in Pottsville a daughter of the late Ullah Seaman Glore.

She was a 1955 graduate of Pottsville High School and worked at Van Heusen, Pottsville prior to becoming a full-time homemaker.

Janet was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Pottsville where she served as a deacon, an active volunteer in the Schuylkill County Republican Party, working at the voting polls for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Fehr, 2009; a son, Jeffery Fehr, 2006 and a brother, George Glore, 2005.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis A. Fehr and his wife Deborah, Pottsville; Randy G. Fehr, and his wife Suzanne, with whom she resided, grandchildren, Jason Fehr and his wife Jenna, Kayla Watt and her husband Jared, Jessica Zimmerman and her husband Timothy, Kyle Fehr and his fiancé Ashley Gross, Lydia and Erika Fehr. Great-grandchildren, Madison, Jacob and Hunter Zimmerman and Bryleigh Gross; a sister, Pat Kramer and her husband Gary, daughter-in-law Kelly Fehr, Friedensburg, and sister in law, Mary Glore; nieces and nephews.

Please check back during the week for service details.

The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Janet be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson Research, Church Street Station PO Box 7800 New York, NY 10008-0780. Interment will be in St. John Reformed Cemetery, Friedensburg. Please share your memories and condolences with Janet’s family by signing the guest book at


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