Friday, March 12, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: March 12th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: March 12th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Lawrence 'Larry" Wood
, 65 of Ashland passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021 following a battle with cancer. Born in Ashland, Larry was the son of the late John L. and Margaret E. (Monaghan) Wood. Larry was a 1973 graduate of North Schuylkill Area High School/Schuylkill Technology Center – North Campus, where he studied masonry. He began his career as a self-employed masonry contractor, also working part-time as a projectionist and lighting technician. Larry was employed for the last 37 years by St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Ashland and the former Cardinal Brennan High School, Fountain Springs.

Larry was very proud of his son and grandsons and their many accomplishments. He was an active member of his church community.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Lisa Yanetti and brother, Danny Wood. Larry is survived by his son, Larry Wood, husband of Amanda, of Muncy, Grandsons Brycen and Ashton; Stepson David Yanetti; Brothers Jack (Mary) Wood Catasaqua; Thomas (Stephanie) Pottsville; Martin (Veronica Huegel), Middleport; Nieces and nephews. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 16,2021 at 11:00 AM from St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland, PA. Rev. Brian Miller officiating. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Ashland. Visitation Tuesday 9:00-11:00 AM in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland,PA. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1117 Walnut St., Ashland, PA 17921. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland,PA , Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor is in charge. Visit.


Bonnie K. Potter
, 55, of Cleona formerly of Ashland, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital Lebanon. She was the wife of Edward Potter, whom she married May 26, 1982. Bonnie was born in Plainfield, NJ on April 22, 1965, daughter of Jeanne Yahner Baker of Shenandoah and the late Eugene Baker;

She was a graduate of Altoona High School. Bonnie was a caregiver for Child Care Development in Ashland. She enjoyed gardening, crafts and her time spent with grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Ed, Bonnie will be missed by her daughter Angel, wife of Matthew Price of Lebanon, son Edward Jr, husband of Geannine Potter of Lebanon; 3 grandchildren; 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend Bonnie’s memorial service on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11 AM from Porterfield-Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services, Ltd., 890 Isabel Dr., Lebanon. Friends will be received Monday from 10 to 11 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your local American Cancer Society. For further information please call 717-272-4634 or to share online condolences visit


Charles A. Hammer, 91, of Tamaqua, PA died on Friday, March 12, 2021 at home. He served in the Army during WWII. A graveside service will be held at Noon on Monday, March 15, at Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown, PA. 

Attendees are reminded of the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines and are kindly asked to wear a mask and observe physical distancing. Online condolences may be made at 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


George F. Graeff, 77, of Newtown, passed away Tuesday, March 9th, at his home. 

George was born in Pottsville, Pa. on April 16, 1943, a son of the late Anna (Koroly) and William Graeff Sr. He was the husband of Linda A (Blamey) Graeff for 50 years. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a retired Machinist employed at Guilford Mills, Pine Grove. George was a member of Newtown Fire Co., Newtown Fish & Game and the Trails End Hunting Club. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, H. Thomas Graeff. George is survived by his wife, Linda, two sons, Eric J. Graeff and Brian G. Graeff, as well as a granddaughter, Izabella. George is also survived by two brothers, John Graeff and William Graeff, nieces and nephews. 

A private Interment with Military Honors will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. A special thank you to Advantage Home Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of George. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville are entrusted with the arrangements.


Thelma M. Crepack, 87, formerly of Pottsville, entered into eternal rest surrounded by family Friday morning at Serenity Gardens, Kulpmont.

Born September 7, 1933 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Harry M. and Anna M. (Lyston) Xedeas.

Thelma was a 1951 graduate of Pottsville High School and she was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. She retired in 1998 as a manager, after 45 years of employment at Wire Tele-View Corporation, Pottsville.

She was a member of the local SPCA and an avid supporter of the National SPCA. She was also a member of the Miraculous Medal Society.

Thelma was proud of her green thumb and loved her roses. She also loved music, football, and dogs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Crepack who died March 15, 2006; brother Thomas Xedeas; sister Elaine Xedeas; niece Deborah Bohr; son Sgt. David Crepack; and brother-in-law Francis Crepack.

She is survived by a daughter Janice George wife of Tommy, Collegeville; granddaughters Nicole Lepisto wife of Joseph, Lititz and Rebecca Gonzales wife of Jared, Collegeville; niece Angelique Schultz wife of Robert and their daughter, Thelma’s beloved Olivia and their son Graham, whom Thelma adored; and niece Alexis Cataldi wife of Philip, Hummelstown.

In addition, Thelma is also survived by her great grandchildren Kaileb and Alina Gonzales and Jayden, Myla, and Coby Lepisto.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 AM Thursday March 18 at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. Family and friends may call from 9AM until time of Mass. Private interment will be held on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. It was Thelma’s request that donations be made to the local SPCA or the local chapter of HDSA (Huntington’s Disease Society of America) 500 West Germantown Pike 1900 Suite1020 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 in her memory. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville PA 17901 has been entrusted with arrangements.

The family would like to thank the staff of Advantage Hospice and Serenity Gardens for the wonderful care Thelma received.

Please visit to leave a condolence for the Crepack family.


Julia H. Pitrowski
, 90, Minersville, entered into eternal rest Wednesday March 10, 2021 at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg.

Born June 18, 1930 in Newark NJ, she was the daughter of the late Julian and Mary (Zinkiewcz) Nowick.

Julia was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah. She was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. In her early years she was active with the Catholic Daughters, Catholic War Vets, AMVETS, and Pottsville Senior Center. She loved to travel and take bus trips to NYC to see plays and Broadway shows.

Julia was the proprietor of the former William Penn Hotel, Pottsville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Anthony J. Pitrowski (1967). She was the last member of her immediate family.

Surviving are her sons Anthony, San Luis Obispo CA and John, Fairfax VA; and daughter Cheryl, Minersville. She is also survived by grandchildren Christine, Anthony, Bianca, Julia, and Sophia; and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11AM Tuesday, March 16 at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville Rev. Edward O’Connor will be officiating. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 10:30 until the time of Mass. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville PA 17901 has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to leave a condolence for the Pitrowski family.

The family would appreciate contributions be made to Nativity BVM Scholarship Fund 1 Lawton’s Hill Pottsville PA 17901.


Eileen A. Nestor-Daghir
, 61, of Lykens, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021 at her home.

Eileen was born in Harrisburg, January 11, 1960, a daughter of the late John M. and Eileen Kerwin Nestor.

She was a 1978 graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School, attended Lorretto Heights College, Colorado and the Florida State University. Eileen retired as an administrative assistant after 39 years with her family business, Reiff and Nestor, Lykens.

She was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Lykens. Eileen was very involved with aerobic fitness and had been a previous instructor. She enjoyed running marathons and helped organize the Lykens 5K, in memory of her cousin William O'Donnell.

Eileen traveled the world, visiting many different countries, but her favorite place would be her time spent in Maine. She had a great fondness for her dogs and cats.

Without a doubt Eileen's greatest joy were her two daughters, the loves of her life. She enjoyed following them in all their life journeys.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Nestor.

Surviving are her husband of 27 years, Christian S. Daghir, her two daughters; Megan Miller-Daghir, Miami Beach, Florida and Fiona K. Daghir, Bakersfield, California. Her siblings, Mary Nestor, Williamstown; Pat Nestor, Lykens; Michael Nestor (Mary Ellen), Lykens; Donald Nestor (Robin), Lykens and Daniel Nestor (Lora), Halifax; her goddaughter, Michelle Kerwin Herr, Wiconisco; her lifelong best friend, Beth Krepich, Lykens. Nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of her life will be held in the future at the convenience of the immediate family. Eileen will be laid to rest privately in the Irish Catholic Cemetery, Lykens.

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


Richard H. Stutzman
, 81, of Orwin, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Born in Orwin, August 1, 1939, a son of the late Harry and Edna Evans Stutzman.

Rich was a 1957 graduate of the former Porter Tower High School. He was a retired Reproduction Supervisor, Department of Military Affairs at Ft. Indiantown Gap.

He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Orwin; an active member of the Orwin Fire Company where he served as treasurer for many years, a volunteer firefighter and was always willing to lend a hand wherever needed. Rich was also a member of the Orwin Gun Club, Muir Fire Company and a social member of the Williamstown American Legion.

Rich loved his granddaughters and looked forward to spending time with them. He could often be found playing cards with his buddies at the firehouse or tending to his beagle hunting dogs.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Barbara Grimm Stutzman; a son, Richard Stutzman, Jr., and his wife Christy, Oklahoma City, OK; two granddaughters, Mary and Victoria both of Oklahoma; a sister, Mary Ellen Reed and her husband Charles, Williamstown; nieces and nephews.

A walk through public viewing following all CDC guidelines will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 6-8pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc, Tower City. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin. Memorial donations in his memory can be made to the St. Peter's UCC, 427 Dietrich Avenue, Orwin PA 17980.

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Timothy W. "Bimmer" Maidenford
, 53, of Joliett, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021 at the Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Pottsville, March 26, 1967, a son of Janet Lucas Maidenford, Joliett and the late Henry "Butch" Maidenford.

Bimmer was a 1985 graduate of Williams Valley High School and a 1988 graduate of Williamson Free Trade School. He was the Director Project Execution - Project Management, Project Engineering, Construction and Commissioning with GE Steam Power America. His career with power plants has taken him all over the world.

He was a member of the Joliett Fire Company and the Keffer Tower Hunting Club, and enjoyed hunting with his family and friends. He was an avid fan of Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State.

Surviving in addition to his mother, Janet Lucas Maidenford are his sister, Wendy Madenford and her husband James, three brothers; Paul Maidenford, Clint Maidenford both of Joliett and Bryan Maidenford and his wife Jill, Pine Grove; two nieces and one nephew, aunts, uncles, cousins.

A walkthrough visitation following all CDC guidelines to pay your final respects will be held on Saturday, March 20th from 10-11 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City.

Memorial donations in his memory can be made to the Williamson College of Trades, 106 S. New Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063

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