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Skook News Obituaries: April 17th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 17th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Denise Wycheck, 58, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Thursday, April 15th, at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest, Allentown, Lehigh County.

Denise was born in Kentucky on March 10, 1963, a daughter of the late Loretta (Lefevers) and Warren Klinger.

She was previously employed at Dunkin Donuts St. Clair-manager, Sands Restaurant-owner, Broad Mt. Manor, Keystone Medical, Eastern Home Care, and Jeld-Wen.

In retirement, Denise turned a passion for creating clay dollhouse miniature foods into a thriving business on Etsy.

She attended Penn State University and earned an associate’s degree in business administration.

She was the partner of Hector Alvarez and preceded in death by her first husband Eugene Wycheck.

Denise is survived by three daughters, Skye Wycheck, of Mahanoy City, PA; Stacie Foresman, of Mahanoy City, PA; Summer Alvarez, of Frackville, PA; and two sons Christian Alvarez, of Mahanoy City, PA; Chase Alvarez, of Mahanoy City, PA.

Denise is also survived by three sisters, Lisa Klinger, of Lost Creek, PA; Tanya Vinanski, of Cressona, PA; Kristy Klinger, of Shenandoah, PA.

She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Klinger.

Friends and family may call Friday at 9:30 am at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park Tamaqua, PA at 11 am.

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


Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Dolan
, 101, lifelong resident of Tamaqua, PA, died on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at home. She was the wife of the late John F. Dolan who died in 1995. 

Born in Tamaqua on June 21, 1919, Betty was a daughter of the late Alex W. and Evelyn M. (nee Herman) Oliver. Valedictorian of the 1936 graduating class of the former St. Jerome High School in Tamaqua, she would be quick to tell you that she continued her education at the College of Hard Knocks. For 10 years, Betty owned and operated “The Corner Shop” which specialized in hats and accessories. Prior to that she was a secretary at Goepart Insurance Agency and later she was the assistant to the Tamaqua Borough Secretary from where she retired. Betty was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua and a former member of the C.W.E.A. for which she served as a former president, the Hometown Garden Club for which she served as a former vice president, and both the Tamaqua Garden Club and the Tamaqua Women’s Club for which she served as a former secretary and vice president for both clubs. 

Betty is survived by son, Terrence Dolan of Bethlehem, PA; daughter, Susan Dolan of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Erin Pipech of Bethlehem, Alex Dolan of Washington, D.C., and Moira Dolan of Ardmore, PA; great grandchildren, Zakk Meyers-Dolan, Leyna Jernegan, and Blake Jernegan; and many nephews and nieces. 

She was predeceased by granddaughter, Erica Dolan in 2012; brother, John Oliver; and sisters, Carolyn Welsh and Ann Williams. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 24, 2021 in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua. Interment in St. Jerome Cemetery, Lombard Street, Tamaqua will follow the mass. Call 6-8 PM on Friday, April 23 and 9:30-10:30 AM on Saturday, April 24 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua. 

Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, PO Box 2157, Framingham, MA 01703 or to the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 

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.


Robert “Bobby” Besparis, 57 of Shenandoah Heights passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at his residence with his family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Shenandoah on July 16, 1963, he was a son of the late Albert and Lois (Wychulis) Besparis.

He was a self-employed painter.

Bobby loved the outdoors and animals. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were two brothers, Albert “Buddy” Besparis and Michael Besparis; two nephews, Ryan Besparis and Charles “Chucky” Welna.

Surviving are three sisters, Venus Bindie of Shenandoah, Mary Jo Chatcavage of Shenandoah Heights with whom he resided and Valerie Reinmiller and her husband David of Shenandoah; an aunt, an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Bobby’s life will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the home of his sister, Valerie Reinmiller, 30 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah. Rev. Mindy Heppe will officiate.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements. To leave a condolence for the family, please sign Bobby’s guestbook below.