Thursday, February 4, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: February 4th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: February 4th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Madelyn James
, 66, of Ringtown, PA, passed away Tuesday, February 2nd, peacefully, at Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

Madelyn was born in Ringtown, PA on May 16, 1954, a daughter of the late Anna (Michaelowski) and Leonard Pryzbylick.

She was a member of St. Marys Roman Catholic Church Ringtown.

She graduated from North Schuylkill High School Class of 1972, continuing her education at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Class of 1976.

She worked as a Registered Nurse at Shenandoah Manor Shenandoah.

Madelyn enjoyed cooking, gardening, camping, puzzles, and spending time with her family.

She was the wife of Jeff James.

Madelyn is also survived by a daughter, Anna James, of Frackville; and by a sister, Joann Bastian, of Harrisburg. a brother, Leonard Pryzbylick, of Mahanoy Plane;

She is also survived by 1 Grandchild Dinah and Nephew David Stoudt.

Preceded in death by a brother Andy Pryzbylick.

Services are private at the convenience of family.

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


David H Schwalm
, age 75, of Hegins, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at his residence.

He was born on Saturday, July 28, 1945, in Valley View, a son of the late Leon H Schwalm and the late Lillian H (Mace) Schwalm.

He was a graduate of Tri-Valley High School and Penn State University.

David was a planning analyst for the PA Department of Transportation, prior to his retirement.

He was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Valley View.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by two brothers, Lynn Schwalm and Ronald Schwalm.

He is survived by his wife Audrey A (Conpropst) Schwalm, to whom he was married for 51 years.

He is also survived by a son, Scott A Schwalm of Hegins; two daughters, Debra M Sallada of West Lawn and Heather A Althouse of Elizabethtown; six grandchildren; and a brother, Donald Schwalm of Middleburg.

Following David's request, there will be no services.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left for the family at


Michael J. Scribbick, 82, of Heckchersville, passed away Tuesday evening at his home. Arrangements will be announced by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, Minersville.


Shirley A. Ravina
, 90, formerly of Pine Grove and Deer Lake, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Orwigsburg Center.

Born on November 8, 1930 in Rock, she was a daughter of the late George Ditzler Sr. and Lura Merrell Umbenhauer.

She was a graduate of Pine Grove High School and a member of Jacob's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove.

Shirley was a Waitress and had also worked at Hills, Ames and American Greeting.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Donald Ravina in 1964; daughter, Donna Kelly; two brothers, Russell Ditzler and Roy Ditzler.

Surviving are two daughters, Cynthia and husband Gary Wolfe of Pine Grove, Susan Kramer of Mar Lin; 3 grandchildren, Heath Wolfe, Nicole Kramer and Heather Snowell; 7 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; a brother, George Ditzler, Jr. of Avoca; and a sister, Sara Garron of Avoca; nieces and nephews.

All Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., 3544 N. Progress Ave. Suite 202 Harrisburg, PA 17110 in her memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc. Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at


Edwin Rudolph (Hap) White
departed this life at 11:16 a.m. on Wednesday 3 February 2021 in Schuylkill Haven, PA following a brief illness. Hap was born in Fountain Springs, Butler Township in Schuylkill County Pennsylvania on July 13th, 1935. He was the son of Helen (Moran) and Rudolph White. He graduated from Port Carbon High School with the class of 1953. Hap was of the Lutheran faith and attended Saint Paul’s Church in Port Carbon, PA. Hap was a US Navy veteran, who served in the Korean War and he was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Hap was a husband and father who worked extremely hard all his life. Although he was not a rich man, he was an extremely proud man. He could do almost anything mechanically. Hap worked for J. Robert Bazley when he returned from his Navy service. Bazely’s construction company was one of the region’s most notable construction companies in eastern Pennsylvania. He moved to Harvey Moyer’s construction company and he finished his working career at the H. L. Miller and Son’s Textile Plant in Schuylkill Haven where he was a Senior Maintenance Mechanic.

Hap enjoyed his Navy service onboard the USS Cassin Young DD 793. He visited the ship years later in Massachusetts, where it is an historic Navy ship maintained by the National Park Service. At the request of the Park Ranger, he provided a thorough, very educational tour for a group of tourists.

During his construction career he worked with many characters. They had many crazy times on the job. Hap told a story about a time when the road crew was moving a shovel from one position to another and during transportation the shovel caught some wires and pulled them down. All of a sudden there was a man driving up next to them complaining that he was waiting for a phone call from his employer directing him back to work. However, one of the wires they ripped down was the phone line. He told many stories. His stories will be missed.

In addition to telling stories, Hap enjoyed playing cards and singing. He used to take the bus to Atlantic City and he played the PA Lottery almost every day.

Hap made his way through life with very little help. He was an extremely independent person, who was proud of his work ethic and his ability to always rely on himself.

Preceding Hap in death were his parents, Helen and Rudolph White, and his loving wife of 43 years Margaret Pearl (Ploxa) White. Surviving is his son John T. White (Denise Jackson) of Philadelphia and Northern Virginia, his devoted companion Betty Gerber of Schuylkill Haven, PA, two granddaughters Nichole White Brown (Jonathan) and Jenna White (J.D.) both of Portland, Maine one great-grandson, niece Geraldine (Hullihan) Kintzel (Jerold) of Pine Grove, PA and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Edwin Rudolph (Hap) White will be missed!

A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday February 10th at the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon.

Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Tuesday evening from 5-7Pm and Wednesday morning from 10-11AM at the Funeral Home.

Interment with Military Honors will immediately following at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.

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