Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: March 2nd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: March 2nd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Mabel C. Ferrence died peacefully Sunday, February 21st, 2021 in her home under the care of St. Luke’s’ Hospice. 

She was born on Monday, November 21st, 1927 in the South Ward section of Tamaqua, PA to Henry and Hazel (Gallagher) Rudloff. Mabel was a member of the First United Methodist Church on Broad Street in Tamaqua. She attended Tamaqua schools and graduated from Tamaqua Senior High School. During her working years she was employed at the Atlas Powder Company as an inspector and retired from there in February 1989. 

Mabel was married to the late Michael A. Ferrence and lived in the White Bear section of Summit Hill, PA before moving back to Tamaqua. The youngest of five, she was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 

She was pre-deceased by brothers, Alfred and John and sisters, Evelyn (Rudloff) Morgans and Florence (Rudloff) Christian. 

Surviving are six nephews and one niece; several great nephews and nieces; and she was also a great, great aunt to several nephews and nieces. 

Mabel was an avid dog lover and never was without a pet to care for and love. She enjoyed her home; and loved and valued her neighbors and the people with whom she was close, including her wonderful dog Marco and his caregiver and loyal helper and friend, Danny. We want to thank the caregivers who over the past three years made it possible for Mabel to remain in her home. We are grateful to Linsey, MacKenzie, Cindy and Anne of Hospice and all the aides from Hospice. You were all a blessing to her, as she and her sister Evelyn were a blessing to their brother Alfred as he raised his family. Thank you. 

There will be no public viewing and interment will be at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. 

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


Magdalene P. Maskerines
, 77, of Pottsville, passed away on Monday afternoon at Schuylkill Center with her family by her side.

Born in Pottsville, on April 5, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Leroy and Mary (Benedict) Wetzel.

She attended Nativity BVM.

Magdalene was a member of the former Mary Queen of Peace and now at St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville, where she was a very active and faithful volunteer with the St. John Guild.

She worked as a housekeeper at Good Samaritan Hospital for 45 years retiring in 2006.

Magdalene most enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers: William, Joseph, and Michael; and sisters: Bernice Sabados and Theresa Moser.

Magdalene is survived by her husband, Fred Maskerines, and to whom she was married 60 years;
three daughters, Debra Hrichak, wife of Michael, of Minersville; Diane Naradko, wife of Robert, of Saint Clair; Donna, wife of Kevin Hessler, of Kenhorst; grandchildren: Charles, Peter, Vanessa, Tiffany, Holly, Christopher, and Kevin; 10 great granchildren; and brothers: James, husband of Sadie; Francis; and Robert; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, with Deacon Larry Lonergan officiating. A viewing will be held on Friday from 9:00 a.m.-until time of service in the funeral home.

The family request contributions in Magdalene's memory be sent to: Alzheimer's Foundation of America 322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor New York, NY 10001, NY 10001.

Interment will follow in Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Saint Clair.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at lordbixler.com.


Irene Cecilia Glaudel Sugrue
, 91, formerly of Ashland, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on March 1, 2021.

She was the oldest child of Enoch and Florence Radzai-Glaudel, born in Mahanoy City on July 9, 1929. She was the wife of John ”Jack” Joseph Sugrue for 42 years, before his passing in 2001.She attended Mahanoy City High School and St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia, where she became a registered nurse. Irene continued at St. Agnes for another 7 years as an emergency room nurse, before marrying and returning to Schuylkill county and settling in Ashland in 1958. 

In 1971, Irene began working at Heinz Pharmacy in Ashland, which her husband Jack owned and operated. They worked there together for another 21 years, until they retired in 1992. Following the death of her husband in 2001, Irene relocated to southern Maryland to live with her daughter Ann and her family, where she remained until her passing earlier this week.

Irene was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, as well as a booster for the Cardinal Brennan High School Marching Band. Irene had three great passions in her life: the family, playing bridge with friends and reading. 

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, and by her sister Rita Glaudel-Polli. 

Irene is survived by her children: Ann (Bruce) Johnson of Valley Lee, Maryland; Jack Sugrue and Cody Elkin of San Francisco, California, Robert and Teresa (John) Sugrue of Mahanoy City, William and Karen (Klocek) Sugrue of Mount Carmel and Susan (Russ) Sanderlin of West Deptford, New Jersey; and her grandchildren: Katie, Allison and Michael Johnson, Tierney and McKenzie Sugrue, Alexis, Shelby and Becca Moore and Emily Sugrue. 

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 5th, in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland, with the Rev. Brian Miller officiating. 

Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday from St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Irene’s name to the American Heart Association. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Charles Heizenroth III, supervisor, has charge.


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