Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: March 9th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: March 9th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Michael A. Cavadini
, 60, of Auburn, PA, passed away Saturday, March 6th, at St. Luke's Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Cliffwood Beach, NJ on August 17, 1960, he was a son of the late Angelo & Mary (D'Alessio) Cavadini.

He was the husband of Sherry L. (Budis) Cavadini.

In addition to his parents, Mike is also preceded in death by his cousin, Marc Dibella; his birth parents Louis and Elizabeth Erbetta; as well as siblings, aunts and uncles.

Mike was a graduate of Watchung Hills High School, Class of 1978.

He had worked on the Long Hill Township Road Department for 18 years. He retired from North Plainfield School District; where he had been employed doing what he loved, maintaining the athletic fields for the entire school district.

In addition to his wife, Mike is also survived by his pride & joy and best friend, daughter, Courtney Cavadini, at home; a sister, Patricia Erbetta, of Maryland, and a brother, John, husband of Anne Erbetta, of South Amboy, NJ; as well as many other loving family members and friends.

After retirement, Mike focused his talents on coaching Courtney's sports teams.He coached Cressona Softball, and Blue Mountain Recreational Basketball. He was an avid sports enthusiast.Mike enjoyed sharing his love of sports with kids.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 13th at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, 201 Randle St., Schuylkill Haven, PA with Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik officiating.

Public Viewing will be held from 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM on Saturday, March 13th at the church.

Interment will be March 27th at 1 pm at St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery, 459 Chestnut St., Stirling NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mike's memory may be made to Lake Wynonah Fish & Boat, 406 Navajo Dr. Auburn, PA 17922.


Phyllis M. Noll, 89, of North Manheim Township, passed away Tuesday, March 9th, at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville on June 30, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Francis & Grace (Gaumer) Schaeffer.

She was the widow of Kenneth L. Noll.

Phyllis was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven. She also belonged to the Second Mountain Gun Club as a life member.

She worked as a sewing machine operator at Meck's Knitting Mill, and was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by her daughter, Stacie Urban O'Neill, and great-granddaughter, Cayla Turner.

Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Kyle Schwenk & her companion, Kenny Leymeister, Auburn, five grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as two sisters and one brother.

A true animal lover, Phyllis' family would prefer memorial contributions forwarded to Hillside SPCA, P O Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901.


Mary Madalyn Oliva, 103, of Las Vegas, NV, and formerly of Orwigsburg, passed away peacefully in her residence with her daughter and granddaughter by her side.

Born in Pottsville, on May 13, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Dinich) Koval.

She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Las Vegas and a former member of St. Ambrose R.C. Church, Schuylkill Haven.

Mary worked as a sewing machine operator at Catalina Sportswear, CA., for 35 years. After she retired she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. Mary and her husband were the former owners of the Hilltop Hotel in Orwigsburg.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis A. Oliva, in 1963; son, Tom Oliva in 2019; and brother, John Koval in 1995.

Mary is survived by a daughter, Elaine A. Oliva Campbell, of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren: Paul Ezra, Patrick, Paula, Zachary, and Megan and 5 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 13th at 10:30 am at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. Graveside services will follow at 12 noon in Queen of the Universe Cemetery, St. Clair.

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


George F. Leiby Jr.
, 69, Mayor of Ringtown, was reunited with the love of his life, Mary Lou, on Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Allentown with his family by his side.

Born in Ashland, he was a son of the late George and Ethel Davis Leiby Sr. He had been employed as a motor carrier enforcement officer for the PA State Police.

He had been the mayor of Ringtown for the past three years. He was an Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War.

George was the commander of the Nuremberg American Legion Post, Life member of Goodwill Hose Co, Frackville and was an avid hunter and fisherman belonging to numerous Fish and Game Clubs in the area. He was also a PA State Constable and a deputy game warden.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lou Caton Leiby in 2014.

George is survived by his son Heath and his wife Nicole Leiby, Ashland, his daughter Heather wife of Eric Snyder, Ringtown, his grandchildren; Jaden Leiby, Jake Green, Rachel Green Austin Snyder and Vanessa Snyder, great-grandchildren; Mason and Morgan and by his #1 Beagle Heidi.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday at Noon from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, with Rev. Jeff Merwine officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Frackville. A viewing will be held on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers contributions , in George’s name, be made to Adam Taliaferro Foundation, 1710 Kingswood Place, Clementon, NJ 08021.

All CDC guidelines will be followed, masks are required.


Agnes V. Wood, beloved mother, gram, sister, aunt of Brew Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at home while in the care of her family at 91 years of age.

Born in Tamaqua the daughter of the late Edward, and Anna (Sell) Neifert. Agnes was also predeceased by; her husband of 56 years, George J. Wood on February 7, 2010; sister, Alice Griffiths; brother, John "Tank" Neifert.

Surviving are daughter, Susan A. DeAngelo and her husband Bruno of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Brianna Kunkel, Brenna Kunkel, Brandi DeAngelo, Bryce DeAngelo; sister, Ann Kline of Tamaqua; niece, Betsy Melnick and her husband George; great nephews, Tyler, Adam, and Memphis.

A graduate of Tamaqua High School class of 1947, Agnes had worked as a telephone operator for the former Bell Telephone from 1947-1961, and as a preschool teacher for the former Tamaqua Y.M.C.A from 1976-2008. She was a member Trinity U.C.C. of Tamaqua where she was an active member of the Prayer & Shawl Knitters. A former member of the Primitive Methodist Church, Agnes had taught Sunday School in the Primary Dept. for 40 years, belonged to the church Missionary Society, The Ladies Aid Society, having served as Secretary and President for many years. Agnes also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary Post #173 of Tamaqua, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter of Lehighton, Women of the Moose # 1379 Slatington Lodge life member for 50 plus years.

Funeral Services entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

Funeral Services will be held on Friday March 12, 2021 at 11 o'clock A.M. Rev. Daryl Kennsinger to officiate. Friends may call from 9:30 A.M. until time of services.

Interment Odd Fellows Cemetery Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name to:
Trinity U.C.C. Endowment Fund
22 Lafayette Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252
St. Luke's Hospice
2455 Black River Road
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com


William (Bill) J. Mehlbaum Jr.
, 69, formerly of Ashland, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on March 8, 2021.

Born June 24, 1951, he was the son of the late William J (Sr) and Doris (Shuttlesworth) Mehlbaum. Surviving are his wife of 40 years Christine Weidensaul; along with his daughter and son-in-law Aryn and Jeremy Voeckler and the true light of his life grandson Garrett Voeckler. He is also survived by his sisters (who affectionately called him“Billy”) Sally Ringo, Judy Mehlbaum, Jeanie (Edward) Nolter, Janie (Sean) Farrell, and in laws Thomas (Christine) Weidensaul and Gail (John) Ahrensfield and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many close family and friends who will have cherished memories of this quiet and mild mannered man. More than anything, he adored his wife, daughter, son in law and most of all his grandson. Bill graduated from Cardinal Brennan High School in 1969. He then attended Pennsylvania State University – Berks. He retired in 2013 after 42 years from Tristate Envelope and upon retirement, he moved to Lewisberry, Pa to be closer to his only daughter and her family.

Bill was an active volunteer member of the Washington and Gordon Fire Companies for many years. In his 20’s Bill enjoyed hiking in the Adirondack Mountains with his friends Bill Locker and Joe Stinolis completing 25 of the 46 peaks. He was also a league bowler at (Moyer’s) Lee’s Lanes in Ashland where he met the love of his life Chris. Bill was also an avid golfer over the years. Not letting his diagnosis of Parkinson’s and dementia slow him down, he continued golfing with the help of friends Carl Beury and George Slane, along with his sister Janie and brother in law Sean.
Bill loved traveling and took several golf trips to Myrtle Beach with Ronnie, Jerry and John. As a history and genealogy buff, Williamsburg and Gettysburg were frequent trips for his family. He also traveled to Canada, the Carribean, Italy and Ireland with family and friends. His favorite trips were his many visits to Walt Disney World where he would always be searching for the “Hidden Mickeys”. Since retiring, he looked forward most of all to visiting Carl and Colette Beury in Florida during the winter. There were also many trips to the Sedar’s in Delaware to eat hard-shell’s and talk about family history and Ashland.

Bill was an avid Green Bay Packer, Hershey Bears Hockey and Washington Capitals Hockey fan. He enjoyed being a season ticket holder with the Hershey Bears where he loved attending games with his son-in law. However, his true enjoyment was taking and watching his grandson Garrett at his golf, hockey and baseball. He never missed a practice or game no matter how far he had to travel.
Per Bill’s wishes, there will be no viewing or service. Burial will be private at a later date at the convenience of his family. Bill requests donations to be made on his behalf to the Washington Fire Co, Ashland or Homeland Hospice 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270 Harrisburg PA 17110

Chris, Aryn, Jeremy and Garrett would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. They would like to especially thank Homeland Hospice for the compassionate care they gave Bill in his last month, especially Stacey, Laurie and Lindsay. We would also like to thank Joanie Malafarina, Gail Ahrensfield, Janie Farrell, Lynda Jones and Pastor Dana Beil for helping with his physical and spiritual care. Full-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland is in charge.


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