Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 14th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 14th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Ruth Heisler, 87, of Palmerton, PA, passed away Tuesday, April 13th, at The Palmerton Nursing Home, Carbon County.

Ruth was born in Tamaqua, PA on July 12, 1933, a daughter of the late Miriam (Bensinger) and George Houser.

She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church Lewistown Valley.

She was employed by Atlas Powder and M&S Hardware Tamaqua.

Ruth attended Tamaqua High School.

She was the wife of Clyde Heisler and preceded in death by her first husband Charles Delp.

Ruth is survived by four daughters, Cheryl Cresswell, Lynn Snyder, Lori Koehler, and Sandi Naso.

Ruth is also survived by two sisters, Gladys Bolton and Rita Bensinger.

She is also survived by 11 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Charlene Delp-Archer, a brother Harold Houser and a sister Ruby Knot.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at Calvary Evangelical Cemetery Lewistown Valley.

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


Barbara E. Brown
, 76 of Arlington, VA, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Born on June 26, 1944 in Pottsville, PA, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Hattie Lengel Brown.

She was a 1962 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School. Immediately following graduation she, along with several classmates, went to the Washington, D.C. area to find employment. She began her career with the Library of Congress and after several years took a job with IBM Corporation where she worked until she retired in 1992.

Barbara enjoyed taking walks and bike rides, watching movies (specifically Westerns), and sitting on her porch watching and talking with her many friends in the neighborhood. She was one of the longest tenured residents of her neighborhood and worked very hard to make the neighborhood a better place to live. She was sometimes referred to as the “mayor”. Her neighbors held a special place in her heart and her family thanks them for all they have done for her over the years.

Barbara’s most favorite past-time was watching Women’s basketball - both professional and college. She was a season ticket holder to the Washington Mystics and rarely missed a game.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two nephews; James Brown and Edward Brown, Jr. She is also preceded in death by her two furbabies, Misty and Jobbe, whose remains will be interred with her.

Surviving are three brothers; Carl and his wife Patricia Brown of Somerset, PA, Larry and his wife Carole Brown and Edward, Sr. and his wife Joanne Brown, all of Pine Grove; one niece, Cheryl (Brown) and her husband Herb Felty of Pine Grove; three nephews; Steven and wife Cindy Brown of Byron, IL, Patrick Brown of Wooster, OH, and Larry, Jr. and wife Katie of Pine Grove.

A memorial walk and service will be held in Troy Park (Arlington, VA) on Friday, May 7, 2021 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Graveside services & Interment will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Brown’s Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven with SALM John Ziegler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to a local SPCA of choice in her memory.


Irene M. Lebo
, 96, of Tower City went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at her home.

Born in Tower City, May 30, 1924, a daughter of the late Mose and Celia Kessler Bush.

Irene was a 1942 graduate of the former Porter High School. She trained to be a registered nurse at St. Lukes Hospital, Philadelphia. She was a retired registered nurse. Irene also owned and operated the former Lighthouse Christian Book Store.

She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City, where she was a member of the choir, Sunday school teacher and volunteered wherever needed. Irene was also a member of the West Schuylkill Gideons Society, Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship Society International.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Stanley E. Lebo, 2013.

Surviving are a son, Roger Van Lebo and his wife Susan, Ohio; a daughter, Debra A. Hartley, Tower City; two sisters, Anna Klinger, Tower City and Stella Madenford, Orwin; three grandsons, two great grandchildren; Nieces and nephews.

Irene will be laid to rest privately in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating. A public Celebration of Irene's life will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory should be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, 400 E. Grand Avenue. P.O. Box F, Tower City, PA 17980.

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


Craig S. Hendricks
, 60, of Minersville, formerly of Llewellyn, passed away at home Sunday, April 11, 1921.

He was born June 22, 1960, in Pottsville, and was a son of Mary Spolski Hendricks and the late Clair W. Hendricks.

He was a graduate of Minersville Area High School. Craig was a long time truck driver and was last employed by Bruce Laubenstine Trucking.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clair W. Hendricks, and brother-in-law, Edward Melusky.

Surviving are his two sons, Craig J., Harrisburg, and Andrew C. (Amy), Ashland; grandsons, Austin and Cole; granddaughter, Riley; four brothers and five sisters, Thomas (Sharon), Minersville, Sandra Melusky, Minersville, Kenneth (Mary), Kettle Falls, Wash., Rose Tiffin (Malcolm), Schuylkill Haven, Michael (Deb Rosenberger), Llewellyn, Robert (Alicia Walcott), Minersville, Dana Moyer (William), Cressona, Lisa Hendricks (William Schinkel), Llewellyn, and Sherri Conshue (Mark), Minersville; nieces and nephews.

He was a lifelong resident of Schuylkill County and was an avid outdoorsman that loved to fish and hunt. He was a fun loving guy with many friends and always a story to tell. He will be greatly missed.

Services and interment will be private. Thomas J. Bartashus Funeral Home, New Philadelphia, is in charge of the arrangements.


Daniel S. Mencewicz, of Gilberton (Maizeville)-Pa, passed away on Monday April 12, 2021 at LVHN- Schuylkill East – Pottsville. He was born in Shenandoah to the late Dominick and Helen Danowski Mencewicz.

Daniel was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper H.S. class of 1949. He was a miner and worked in private mining operations throughout the area. He was last employed by Pottsville Bleach and Dye of Port Carbon as a dryer operator for 27 years, retiring in 1996. He was a lifetime member of the Park Crest Fish and Game Association

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years – Dolores (Dolly) Boycheck in 2009. Also 3 Sisters – Helen Cole, Mary Robel and Betty Braddock, and 2 Brothers – Felix Bogdonawicz and Edward Mencewicz.

Surviving are 1 Sister – Theresa Gulledge – Florida. 1 Brother-in-Law – Michael Boycheck – Gilberton (Maizeville), his nieces and caregivers – Marguerite Botsko and husband Ken -Gilberton (Maizeville) and Theresa Robel Price- -Ashland, along with several other nieces and nephews.

Panachida services will be held on Friday April 16th, 2021 at 11AM from the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah, and will be officiated by Fr. Petro Zvarych

Burial will follow in St. John’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery -Englewood – Frackville.

A visitation for Family and friends will take place from 9-11 AM on Friday morning at the Oravitz Home for Funerals, Inc.

Contributions in Dan’s memory may be made to: Servants to All, 4 S. Centre St. Pottsville, Pa 17901

Due to Covid 19, all masking and social distancing guidelines will be followed

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