Monday, March 8, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: March 8th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: March 8th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Eleanor Joan Barrack
, 91, of Danville, passed away Saturday, March 6th, at Geisinger Medical Center.

Eleanor was born in Mahanoy City, PA on March 23, 1929, a daughter of the late Anna (Halushka) and Paul B. Williams and step daughter of Mary Williams.

Graduated from Mahanoy Township High School, Bellevue School of Nursing, later achieved a bachelors and master’s degrees from Long Island University.

She worked as a Registered Nurse at Bellevue Hospital, Pottsville Hospital, and Rockland County Hospital.

She enjoyed her puzzles and crossword puzzles and her gourmet dinners with her husband. She also loved her Boxers.

She was wife of the late Ralph Barrack who passed away in 1990.

Eleanor is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Anceravage, of Mahanoy City a brother, Dr. Andrew, husband of Judy Williams, of Catawissa, many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by brothers Elmer, Paul Jr. John, and Sisters Irene Najda and Ethel Williams.

Services will be private at the convenience of family at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Mahanoy City.

Interment will follow at the National Cemetery in Fort Indiantown Gap Annville, PA.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


David Scott Reichert
, 67, of Pottsville passed away Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Lehigh High Valley Hospital Cedar Crest.

Born in Pottsville on March 23, 1953, he was the son of the late Lamar C. and Dorothy Malinda (Coleman) Reichert.

He was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School (1971) and Penn State University (1975) with high distinction. Before retiring he was employed by Berks County IU #14, Schuylkill County IU #29, and Creature Feature as a presenter.

Coach Reichert enjoyed coaching baseball, basketball and softball for local area teams. He was the basketball coach of Pottsville Boys League Elementary and Middle School Division, St. Pats, St. Johns, Mary Queen of Peace, Nativity Freshmen, Pottsville Area JV Freshman and Junior High, Girls 8th Grade Pottsville Area, Anthracite Action. He was also the coordinator for Hoopfest and Pottsville Recreation. He was also very involved in baseball, coaching Pottsville Rotary L.L. for 30 years, Yuengling's manager and coach, league President and umpire-in-chief, Minor League Commissioner, found of Pottsville Pythons, Cooperstown Dreams Park Traveling Team, and Pottsville Area JV Softball Coach.

He received the award for Excellence in Education, Annie Sullivan by Warner Cable which was presented by IU #29.

Scott was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed eBay and live auctions. He was a member of Yorkville Hose Co. 1 and PSEA-NEA Educational Associations. He was also an avid animal lover, he especially loved his dogs.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Patricia Lynn (Frank) Reichert; sons, Brandon, Zachary husband of Courtney Paige, Travis husband of Kory; daughter, Shannon wife of Jason Mollick; grandchildren, Trevor, Alisha, Jayden, Elliot Jack Reichert; sister, Janie Hughes.

A Celebration of Life will be held 5 PM-9 PM on Friday, March 12 at Pottsville Zone, 337 Peacock St., Pottsville. Family and friends may call Thursday, March 11 from 5 PM until 9 PM at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 W. Market St., Pottsville. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Coach Reichert Memorial Scholarship Fund, CACL Federal Credit Union, 1800 W Market St, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Please visit to leave a condolence for the Reichert family.


Theresa Mary Czaplicki, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away on March 6, 2021 at the age of 70. 

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Matthew W. Czaplicki, her son Matthew, her daughter Theresa, and her six grandchildren. 

 A private service will be held for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Inc., 2595 Interstate Dr. Suite 100, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110 in her memory. 

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


Joseph J. Kovalewski, Jr,
71, of Frackville died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 3

Born in Shenandoah, August 31, 1949, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Irene T. Lukasik Kovalewski, Sr. He was a graduate of Shenandoah High School, class of 1967.

Joseph worked as the manager of shipping and receiving for the Eureka Saw Company, Mt. Carmel; he later was a salesman for the Rinaldi Chevrolet dealership, Shenandoah; and retired as a delivery driver for the former S&Y Paints, Pottsville.

Joseph played the accordion and was a member of the Cruisers Polka Band for 30 years, traveling to many locations throughout the area entertaining the crowds at many festivals, church picnics and local pubs.

He was a former member of the Lions Club and was a member of the Sacred Heart of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ringtown.

He is survived by his wife Joann Felegi Kovalewski, Frackville; a daughter; Janette Ortman and her husband Arthur, Millville; 2 grandchildren; Arthur E. Ortman, II and his wife Laura, Jacksonville, NC and Ambreelinne Birth and her husband Nathan, Milton; two brothers; Stephen and his wife Pam, Dillsburg and Michael Kovalewski, Ringtown; nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be private and at the convenience of the family


Barbara A. Deem
, 83 years of age, of Zion Stone Church Road New Ringgold, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at home while in the tender care of her daughter Laurie Dolinsky and her husband Dave.

Born Friday, September 17, 1937 in Fredericksburg, Virginia the daughter of the late John Saunders, and Nolie (Mills) Saunders. She was also predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Francis D. Deem on Sept. 11, 2004

A graduate of Tamaqua High School, Barbara had worked at the former New Ringgold Mills for many years, and had waitressed for many local restaurants. Barbara also assisted her husband in the operation of their business, B.A. Deems Excavation.

A member of Zion Stone Church of New Ringgold, Barbara enjoyed her weekly pinochle games, and trips to the casino. She and Francie spent many days on his Moto Guzzi Motorcycle touring.

Private Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. located at 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884

Interment will be in Zion's Stone Church Cemetery, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in Barbara's name to:
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
1700 Hawk Mountain Road
Kempton, Pennsylvania 19529

Online condolences or a fond memory of Barbara can be expressed by visiting


Charles S. "Charlie" Promensky
, 73, of Williamstown, passed away very suddenly Monday, March 8, 2021 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Born in Harrisburg, December 1, 1947, a son of the late Sylvester and Zora Kriner Promensky.

Charlie was a graduate of the former Williamstown High School. He was a retired ED Technician from TYCO, Lickdale. Charlie was also the caretaker of the Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown for many years.

He belonged to many organizations in Williamstown. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending the winter months in South Carolina, where he would walk the beach daily. He was an avid fan of Penn State Football.

Surviving are his son whom he was very proud of, Charles "Chuck" Promensky, Tower City; his companion for over 25 years, Bonnie Wiest Laudenslanger; Myrtle Beach, SC. He is also survived by Bonnie's children, Tracey, Scott, Chrissy, Jon and Heather and their children, whom Charlie considered his grandchildren.

Charlie will be laid to rest privately in the Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, please make it to the Williamstown EMS, P.O. Box 74, Williamstown PA 17098.

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