Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: March 23rd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: March 23rd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Frances A. Blackner, 63, Mount Carmel, formerly of Girardville, passed away peacefully Saturday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born and raised in Girardville she was a daughter of Vincent and Marian Ranieri Monterosso. She was a graduate of the former Cardinal Brennan High School.

She is survived by her husband Geoffrey Blackner, three sons; Geoffrey Blackner II, Anthony Blackner and Ian Hartz, three daughters; Gina Tophoney, Ashley Diehl and April Mitchell, her brother John Monterosso and sister Rose Bobbit also by nine grandchildren.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.


Catherine A. “Cathy” Guers
, 80 of Shenandoah Heights passed away peacefully on Monday, March 22, 2021 at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Shenandoah on November 21, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Adam and Helen (Wardigo) Adlis.

She was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Catherine retired from the Shenandoah Valley School District where she was employed as a cafeteria aide. She especially enjoyed working there as she saw her grandsons daily while they attended school. Earlier, she was employed by Ateeco Inc., Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah formerly Saint George’s Church.

Cathy was always there for her family and friends. If they needed anything, such as a ride or an errand, they knew she was only a phone call away. She was an avid bingo player; she would pick up her friends and together they would enjoy the game and the time spent with each other.

Surviving are her husband, Raymond D. Guers of 58 years; her three children, Deborah Hetherington and her husband Randy of Haslet, Texas, Raymond J. Guers and his wife Ellen of Shenandoah and Nancy Downs and her husband Brent of Reinholds; six grandchildren, Allison and Hanna Hetherington, Kyle and Riley Guers and Dawson and Dakota Downs; one sister, Mary Dobies of Baldwinsville, NY; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Religious services will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:15 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor officiating. Interment will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Friday morning from 8:30 am until 10:15 am at the funeral home. All state and federal COVID-19 guidelines and regulations will be observed; masks and social distancing will be required.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


J. William Jones, 84, of Minersville, passed away Saturday evening at the Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Minersville, he was a son of the late Joseph and Ella Kimmel Jones.

He attended the Minersville Schools and was of the Protestant Faith. He was retired from PennDOT and a past member of the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association and the Minersville Goodwill Fire Co. of Minersville.

Bill was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan and loved to play Bingo. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

In 2019 he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, the former Carol Reed. He was also preceded by a brother Robert and sisters Arlene Murphy, Blanche Jackson, Grace Tobin and Betty Jasczalt. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He is survived by a son William J. Jones and his wife Lisa, Milton, Ga.; 4 daughters, Barbara Arner and her husband Gary, St. Clair, Karen Pellish and her husband Nicholas, Norwegian Woods, Patricia Goodman, and her husband Richard, Brier City and Carol Ann Heydt and her husband William, Adamsdale; 11 grandchildren, Carl Miller III and wife Heather, Brandon Jones, Kaitlyn Herndon and husband Cody, William Jones, Gary Arner III, Nicholas Fleischut, Alex Pellish, Jillian Pellish, Austin Heydt, Alyssa Goodman and Emily Heydt; 4 great grandchildren, Gianna, Miracle, Carly, and Fiona Miller; nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday at 11AM from the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. Rev. Reginald Leibensberger will officiate. Relative and friends can call at the Funeral Home on Friday morning from 9 AM until the time of the service. Visitors are asked to observe CDC COVID guidance. Interment will be in Mt. Peace Cemetery, Minersville.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer remembrances of J. William be in the form of contributions to either the Goodwill Fire Co. 25 North St., Minersville, Pa. 17954 or to the Hillside SPCA, 51 SPCA Rd., Pottsville, Pa. 17901. Contributions will also be accepted by the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in J. William’s memory, visit us at www.donaldjbutlerfh.com.


William H. Roberts of Cressona passed away peacefully at his residence on Sunday, March 21st. He was born on April 3, 1946 in Pottsville and was a 1964 graduate of Pottsville High School. Bill was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and was awarded a Purple Heart from wounds received while serving in Vietnam.

Bill was a lathe operator for the Philadelphia Gear Company for over 25 years until the company closed. He then worked for Fed Ex for 9 years as a tractor trailer driver. Bill was an active member of St. Mark’s United Church of Christ and was a current member of the church council. He was an avid casino fan and loved to play poker. Fishing and bowling were two of his other passions

Bill is predeceased by his mother Dorothy Roberts, brother Lindy, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty, daughters Tracey Rupp and her husband Frank, Pottsville, Karen Moyer and her husband Matt, Helena Montana, son William, Cressona, grandchildren Frankie Rupp Jr. and his wife Miranda, Daniel Rupp, Amber Rupp, Benjamin Moyer, Aaron Moyer, Nathan Moyer, and Johnathan Moyer, great-grandchildren, Rylen Rupp and Noah Rupp; sister Linda Donton.

There will be a service at Grabowski Funeral Home at Schuylkill Memorial Park on Friday at 11:00 AM with Reverend Kevin Fruchtl, St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, officiating. Grabowski Funeral Home has been entrusted with the services. Family and friends are invited from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Covid restrictions will be in effect. Interment will be at Schuylkill Memorial Park following the chapel service. Condolences and memories may be shared at grabowskifuneralhome.com.


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