Saturday, March 6, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: March 6th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: March 6th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Darlene Florence Masser, 78, of Klingerstown, passed away Friday, March 5, 2020 at her home.

Darlene was born in Ashland, PA on June 3, 1942, a daughter of the late Miriam (Artman) Herring and Paul Herring.

She is survived by her husband James Henry Masser.

She was employed first as a dietician at the Friendly Nursing Home, then worked in home health care for 25 years and had last worked at Walmart until her retirement.

She was a member of the Gratz VFW Diamond Jubilee Post 2385 and served with the Mahantongo Ambulance Association as an EMT for many years.

She enjoyed gardening, arranging flowers, sewing, and ran a French Fry stand at the Paxinos Flea Market with her husband. She especially enjoyed spending time and laughing with her family.

Darlene is survived by two daughters, Tami, wife of Stephen Wagner, of Ashland; Tonia Wolfgang and William Billus, of Ashland; a son,Troy, husband of Susan Klinger, of Pitman; grandchildren, Kenneth and Sarah Beury, Janessa Klinger, Cody and Kimber Wolfgang and Lauren and Sierra Wagner.four sisters, Karen Schreffler, of Pitman; Brenda, wife of Daniel Reed, of Ashland; Donna Wolfgang, of Ashland; Diane Grose, of Pitman; a brother, Rick, husband of Cindy Herring, of Hegins.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Kathy D.(Klinger) Beury who passed in 1986.

Visitation will be held on Thursday March 11, 2021 from 10-11 at the Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Ridge Road, Klingerstown with the funeral service following at 11:00 AM with Pastor Bob Cassell officiating Private interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.


George Semko, Jr.
, 66, of Tamaqua, PA died on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Coaldale, PA. 

He was the husband of Kathy (nee Boyle) Semko to whom he was married 48 years in February. 

Born in Hazleton, PA on October 12, 1954, George was a son of the late George and Ellen (nee Roshay) Semko. A 1972 graduate of Marian High School, he worked for Mack Truck, Ametek, Air Products, and Nestle Purina. George was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua and the West Penn Rod and Gun Club where he fished in the Club's fishing derbies. He enjoyed fishing with his family as well as hunting with them on the Broad Mountain. He could also be found watching football. 

In addition to his wife, Kathy, he is survived by son, Scott D. Semko and his wife Dawn of Tamaqua; daughter, Lisa Brayford of Breinigsville, PA; grandchildren, Gavin, Grace, Emma, Lincoln, and Molly; brother, Robert Semko of Nesquehoning, PA; several nephews and nieces; and his Jack Russell, Rosie. 

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Call 12:30 - 1:30 PM on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials in George’s name may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 or at 

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.


Eleanor W. Isgate, 95 of Weston Place, Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East Norwegian, Pottsville after a short illness.

Funeral services are pending.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Alice M. Loughlin Grimes
, 99 of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Thursday night, March 4, 2021 with her family by her side at Broad Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Frackville where she currently resided.

Born in Shenandoah on February 26, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Anthony & Louise (Macaravage) Niemkiewicz.

She was a retired garment worker having worked in the local garment industry. She retired from the former Jo-Vin Dress Factory, Shenandoah and was a member of the ILGWU.

Alice was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah formerly St. Casimir’s Church. She volunteered much time with numerous parish functions including bazaars and bake sales. She was also a member of the Polish Ladies Social Club and the Polka Belles. Alice was an avid Avon customer and loved their products. But above all, she cherished the time spent with her family. In her earlier years, she never missed attending her son’s midget football games.

Surviving are her son Robert “Bob” Loughlin of Ashland; her granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Yourey and her husband Gino of Ashland; greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend, Bernadine Seritsky of Frackville.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husbands, William Loughlin and James C. Grimes; two sisters, Clara Piorkowski and Estelle DeLuca; three brothers, Joseph, Frank and Edward Niemkiewicz; and her daughter-in-law, Estelle Loughlin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 9:30 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow at 11:30 am in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. A visitation will be held on Tuesday morning in Divine Mercy Church from 8:30 am until 9:30 am.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


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