Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Skook News Obituaries for February 17th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: February 17th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Mary Jane Hindman, 89, of Hallton Hill Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

Born on September 17, 1931 in Cressona, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline Mease Breininger.

She was a 1949 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, 1954 graduate of Albert Einstein School of Nursing, Philadelphia with an RN degree, and a 1971 graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a BS in Nursing.

Mary Jane was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove.

She was an RN for the Good Samaritan Hospital in Pottsville and, in the early 1970's, was a school nurse for the Pine Grove Area School District until she retired in 1994.

Mary Jane was a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star, having belonged to the Mary E. Moore Chapter, Cressona Chapter and Orwigsburg Chapter. She was Worthy Matron in 1974-1975, 1994-1995, 2000-2001 and 2012-2013 and was the Grand Rep to Massachusetts in 2005 and 2006.

She loved watching college basketball, traveling with her husband, reading and was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Penn State Fan.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 50 years, Gene C. Hindman, Sr. in 2004; a great grandson, Joshua Hiester; two brothers, Quentin Breininger and Robert Breininger; two sisters, Mildred Breininger-Hawkins and Judy Kanish.

Surviving are her two sons, Gene "Skip" Jr. and wife Penny Hindman, Mark and wife Pam Hindman, both of Pine Grove; a daughter, Paula and husband Kevin Lord of Lake Wynonah; 7 grandchildren,Hope Hiester, Jason Hindman, Gina Hindman, Christopher Smith, Jade Andikoetxea, Emily Hindman, and Ethan Hindman; 12 great-grandchildren, Katrina, Kelsey, Kaleb, Kolt, Kinley, Kellan, Aiden, Finley, Dylan, Lily, Matthew, and Ronan; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 312 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove with Rev. Brian Beissel officiating, following an Eastern Star Service at the Church at 2:30 P.M.. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 1:00 P.M. until 2:30 P.M. at the Church. Interment will follow in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions may be made to either the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or the Hillside SPCA P. O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901 in her memory.

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


Elizabeth “Betty” Cress
, 85, Girardville passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening at her home surrounded by her loving family after a short battle with lung cancer.

Born in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late Leo and Eva Heffner Banning.

Betty was a former secretary for the Girard Hose Co., the Girardville Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and was also a member of the Girardville Senior Citizens. She was an avid reader. Betty also enjoyed shooting darts, playing cards and bowling.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Cress Sr.; her three sons: John, James and Joseph Cress; a sister, Arlene Franco; a brother, Leo Banning; her beloved dog and companion Ginger.

Betty is survived by her loving children: Elizabeth and her husband Keith Johnston, David and his wife Ann Cress, Leo Cress, Daniel and his wife Mickey Cress, Kathy and her husband Steve Toth, Thomas and his wife Tish Cress, Brian and his wife Stephanie Cress, Robert and his wife Anne Cress, Ann and her husband Mike Soucheck; daughter-in-law Mary Catherine Cress; her sisters; Eva McHale and Gale Waite; sisters-in-law, Marie and her husband Jerry McCabe, Rosanne and her husband Ray Wayne; brothers-in-law, Chucky and his wife Marie Cress, Michael and his wife Bev Franco; 26 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville with Deacon Larry Lonergan. Friends are invited to her viewing at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made, In Elizabeth’s name, to the Ashland Public Library at 1229 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 or to the Hillside SPCA at PO Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Girardville is in charge of the arrangements.


Anna Mae Smith
, 87, of Tower City, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at the Hershey Medical Center with family by her side.

Born in Muir, September 16, 1933, a daughter of the late Clair G. Shomper and Anna Gabel Smith.

She was a 1951 graduate of Porter High School. Following graduation Anna Mae worked as a seamstress in the local garment industry. She retired from the Garnet Valley School District cafeteria after 22 years of service.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Reinerton. Anna Mae enjoyed knitting, needlepoint and was very proud of her swan collection.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Smith, 2015; a son, James L. Smith, 1999; two brothers, Clair "Buddy" Shomper and Ronald Shomper; two sisters, Norma Reedy and Violet Chatcho.

Surviving are her daughter, Cathy Machamer and her husband Ben, Williamstown; two granddaughters, Justine Machamer, Chambersburg and Courtney Machamer, Williamstown. Several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Anna Mae's memory can be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1931 Wiconisco Street, Tower City, PA 17980. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit


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