Sunday, April 11, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 11th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 11th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Leonard E. (Shiney) Kurpell
, 81, of New Boston, PA, passed away Thursday, April 8th, at Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest, Allentown, surrounded by family.

Lenny, as he was affectionately known, was born in New Boston on July 4, 1939, to the late Florence (Kurpell) and Nicholas Barna, Sr.

He was a parishioner at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City.

Served in the U.S. Navy between 1956 and 1960, his tour of duty was on the U.S.S. Thetis Bay and the U.S.S. Midway.

Graduated from Mahanoy Twp. High School, class of 1956, RCA Institute, New York City,1965, and Penn State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marketing, 1973.

Playing football in high-school, he continued his love of the game as an avid Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles football fan.

He worked as an insurance salesman for American Travelers in Warrington PA and Benefit Vision, Harrisburg.

Leonard was the husband of the late Alberta (Feudale) Kurpell who passed in 2010.

He is survived by his four children - Karen Yablonski and Gino of Coal Township PA; Ronald Novak and Debra of Hudson, FL; Tina Purcell and Norman of Trevorton PA: Donna Klischer and Charles of Kulpmont, PA.

Sixteen Grandchildren - Brenda Fodor; Paul Yurkiewicz; Brian and Bridget Yablonski; April and Ed Coburn; Christy Nola; Erika Varano; Tracey and Mike Zimmerman; Tiffany and Jason Malakoski; Mike and Tara Okronglis; Melissa Klischer; Charlie Klischer;

Seventeen Great-Grandchildren - Britni, Braxton, Nathan, Garrett, Rainer, Leaf, Alden, Breaylah, Alyssa, Kiera, Cody, Desirae, Aubree, Jace, MacKayla, Mya, Jonathan; Two Great-Great Grandchildren, - Ariyah and Carter.
Preceded in death by three Grandchildren - Robert Brian Yurkiewicz, Courtney Novak, and Heather Varano.

His brothers, sister and their spouses – Nicholas and Sharon Barna; Frank and Debra Barna; and Joseph and Patricia Paszek.

Nephews and nieces – Katherine Feijoo and Carlos; Stephen Barna; Theodore Medina, Jr.; Samantha Ford; and Zachary Barna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City, PA, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, with Rev. Leo J. Maletz officiating.

Family and friends may call Saturday, 9 a.m., at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 614 West Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City, PA.

Interment at All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg, will be private.

The family requests that all gifts in memory of Lenny be made to Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 614 West Mahanoy Street, Mahanoy City, PA 17948.


Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit


Johnathan W. Kline
, age 32, of Pottsville, PA passed away Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 at his home.

Born in Pottsville, PA on April 28, 1988, he was the son of the late William R. Bigg and Nancy E. (Kline) Lazowicki.

Johnathan is survived by a daughter Ava Marie Kline; two sisters: Simona Kline and Michelle Dankulich; a brother Ben Kline; a niece Ariana Dankulich; two great-nieces Amya and Persephone Dankulich;and a great nephew Sebastian Sipe.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon at 1PM on Monday, April 12th, with Rev. Lorraine Heckman officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to visit with the family Monday 12 noon-1PM at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home.

Interment will be held private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help with Suicide Awareness in Johnathan's name.

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Pamela D. Setlock (Frantz)
, 72 of Pottsville, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2021 at LVHN, Allentown. Her loving children Brent and Severine, along with her dear niece Karen, were by her side until she was called to join her husband Jerry in eternal rest and peace.

Born December 11, 1948 in Pottsville raised in Port Carbon. A loving wife, mother and Nana foremost she worked tirelessly to care and provide for her family. She watched with pride as the years went by bringing nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to love and enjoy.

She spent the majority of her working years caring for the mentally challenged at Hamburg State Hospital.

Pam was a wonderful cook, much to the benefit of all who were lucky enough to enjoy the amazing food she made. She made the best halupki’s in the county and has a blue ribbon to prove it.

Through work, and her involvement in the Democratic Party, she made life-long friends who though she didn’t see often, she cherished & enjoyed.

Living on in her spirit and to honor her memory are her son Brent, his wife Mary (Pottsville) their daughters Rebekkah (Nesquehoning) and Rachael (Donaldson) as well as a great grandson Ansel (Pottsville), her daughter Severine Setlock-Yeneshosky, her husband Ed Yeneshosky their son Eddie Yeneshosky (Pottsville), grandson Brent Setlock (Pottsville) and grandson Jerome Setlock Jr. (Saint Clair).

A Religious Service will be held on Wednesday April 14th at 7pm at the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon, with Rev Lorraine Heckman officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday evening from 5-7Pm at the Funeral Home.

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James W, Finnigan
, age 82, of Pottsville, PA passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 at his home.

Born in Pottsville, PA on September 19, 1938, he was the son of the late Patrick James Finnigan and Mary (Placek) Reedy

Jim served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a case worker for Schuylkill County Area Agency on Aging. Jim loved traveling, reading, and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen Ann Finnigan, a daughter Kathleen Walters and a brother Arthur Reedy.

Jim is survived by two daughters Kelly Sterner and her husband Bill, Pottsville and Colleen Zelinsky and her husband Alan, Port Carbon; a step-daughter Michele Schappell and her husband Howard, Pottsville; a step-son Michael Carey; eight grandchildren: McKenzie and Madison Sterner, Emily and Joshua Zelinsky, Jason Walters, Lindsey Draine, and Kelsey and Matthew McGarry; and three great-grandchildren: Evrett and Brayden Walters and Colton Holland.

Funeral Services will be held private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pottsville Free Public Library 215 West Market Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements. Please send condolences to


Ruby Jean Powanda
, 100, of Blandon, PA, passed away Thursday, April 8th, at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg.

Born in South Hampton, England on April 16, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Frederick W. & Victoria (Bartlett) Eaves.

She was the widow of Lester Wilson, Sr., Charles Kelly, and John Powanda.

Ruby was a member of Holy Apostles Church, St. Clair, where she served on altar guild and Good Shepherd Guild.

Ruby was a member of the St. Clair Senior Citizens and served as secretary for 20 years.She also did volunteer work at Retired Senior Citizens, and York Terrace.

She had been previously employed as an LPN.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she is also preceded in death by two sons: Lester Wilson, Jr., & David Wilson, and brothers: Rodney J. Eaves, & Frederick "Gordie" Eaves.

Ruby is survived by three daughters: Penelope Liebhaber, of North Carolina; Victoria Ficht, of South Carolina; & Anna Chiuchiolo, of Florida; five sons: Robin Wilson, of Long Island, NY; Richard Wilson, of South Carolina; Frederick Wilson; & Christopher Wilson, both of Pennsylvania; Peter Wilson, Virginia, 29 grandchildren, 75 plus great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be conducted at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville, at the convenience of the family.


Walter F. “Wally” Polosky
, 62 of Raven Run, Lost Creek passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 10, 2021 surrounded by family after courageously living with Alzheimer’s disease for the last seven years.

Born in Ashland on May 12, 1958, he was a son of the late Walter and Mary (Chismar) Polosky.

Walter was a 1976 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School where he studied auto mechanics at the Vo-Tech school.

On October 3, 1981, in the former Saint Mary Magdalene Church, Lost Creek he married the former Victoria A. “Vickie” Marconi.

Walter worked for over twenty years at the former Gold Star Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Shenandoah in the auto parts department and ended his career at A&A Auto Parts, Frackville.

He was a member of Divine Parish, Shenandoah.

Wally was an avid sports fan and loved watching his beloved Phillies, Eagles and Penn State. He enjoyed going for walks and doing yard work. He liked playing the lottery or getting a scratch-off ticket from time to time. He loved food and would never turn down a sweet treat, coffee or cold beer.

Walter was the type of man who would do anything for anybody. He was a devoted husband, proud father, and a genuinely kindhearted man to anyone who was lucky enough to have had a relationship with him.

Surviving in addition to his loving wife of thirty-nine years, Victoria A. “Vickie” Polosky are his daughter, Nicole Miller and her husband Brandon of Rebuck; his son, Gregory Polosky of Frederick, Maryland; his grandson, Bearhett Miller; his twin sister, Marie Wojcik and her husband Martin of Philadelphia; two sisters-in-law, Marianne McAndrew and her husband Thomas of Ashland and Michele Marconi Marnell of Ashland; sister, Judy Canavan and her husband Danny of Frackville; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his brother, Richard Polosky in Colorado Springs, Colorado and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Victor and Eleanor (Vivacqua) Marconi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday morning, April 15, 2021 at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held in Divine Mercy Church, Shenandoah on Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Thursday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in Walter’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601 or at

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


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