Monday, April 19, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 19th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 19th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Donna L. Moyer
, 69, of Camp Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at home.

Born on October 31, 1951 in Lancaster, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Margaret Yoder Fisher.

Donna was a 1969 graduate of Blue Mountain High School, graduate of Nursing School and multiple Massage Therapy Schools.

She was a Holistic Massage Therapist.

Donna was a devoted Christian and prayer warrior who was strong in her faith. She touched many people's lives through her work and gentle caring nature. She was a natural born nurturer that wanted to help in any way she could and put everyone and their needs in front of her own. She always wanted to make a change in someone's life.

She was very active and enjoyed going on motorcycle trips with her husband Rodney, camping, riding bicycles, baking, gardening, singing, playing piano, sewing and crafts.

Surviving are her husband of 38 years, Rodney Moyer; two sons, Ronnie Heitz and his companion Jess Dockey of Donaldson, Jason Heitz of Pine Grove; a daughter, Elena (Moyer) and husband Nick Miller of Schuylkill Haven; five grandchildren, Nathan Neff and Logan Heitz, both of Pine Grove, Bryce Miller, Noah Miller, and Corvin Miller, all of Schuylkill Haven; two sisters, Rosemary Weaver of Fredericksburg, Anna Jean Keahey of Florida; a brother, Thomas Fisher of Jonestown.

All Services will be held at the convenience of the family with Pastors Earl and Kitty Hertzog officiating. Interment will be in St. Mark's (Brown's) Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to either the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or the Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd. Pine Grove, PA 17963 in her memory.

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


Robert M. Donmoyer, Sr.
, 74, of Laurel Blvd., Pottsville, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at home.

Born on October 29, 1946 in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Theodore A. and Ruth Noll Donmoyer.

Robert was a Navy veteran.

He was a spreader/cutter for Fessler's in Orwigsburg.

Robert enjoyed racing, playing poker, model cars and hunting.

Preceding him in death was a sister Betty Shirley Ann Donmoyer.

Surviving are two sons, Scott and wife Angela Donmoyer, Arthur and wife Linda Donmoyer, both of Duncannon; 14 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a brother Theodore T. Donmoyer, Sr. of Pottsville; a sister Sandra Shelters of Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services and interment will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:30 P.M. at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove with Pastor Barry Spatz officiating.

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


Mary A. Osilka
, age 86, of Mahanoy City, died peacefully Saturday morning in the comfort of her home. Born in Mahanoy City, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Anna (Panko) Gavula and was a 1952 graduate of Mahanoy City High School. 

Mary was a home maker and enjoyed cooking, gardening and sewing. Uniquely gifted with the use of needle and thread she could create anything practical or beautiful from a raw bolt of any given fabric. A woman of deep and unwavering faith she was a life member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Mahanoy City and sang with the former St. Mary's Byzantine choir.

She also attend Mass at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City and spent countless hours in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel in quiet prayer and reflection. Be it three O'clock in the afternoon or three O'clock in the morning if Mary was no where to be found one need look no further than "chapel". Mary was truly honored and humbled when she was personally invited by the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity to meet a woman destined for Sainthood when Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited Mahanoy City in 1995. 

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband Bernard, two brothers George and Stephen Gavula and a niece Lori Ann Gavula. Survivors include two daughters Mary Ann Jarrett and her husband David of Mahanoy City, Kathleen Marcavage and her husband Daniel of Tower City, three sons Bernard and his wife Sandy of Warrenton, VA, David and his wife Barbara of Pattersonville and Jonathan and his wife Kimberly of Frackville, and her twin sister Anna Markey and her husband Bernard of Summit Hill. She was Baba to her grandchildren Timothy Fegley, Rebecca Jarrett Dillman, Matthew Jarrett, Andrew and Sara Osilka , Emily and Megan Osilka and Mary Claire and Benjamin Osilka and Baba O to her great grandchildren Kaitlain Jarrett, Jacob Dillman and Morgan Fegley. 

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial to be celebrated by the Rev. James Carroll on Friday morning at 11 AM from St. Mary's Byzantine Church, 620 W. Pine St. Mahanoy City. 

Interment will follow in the new parish cemetery in Mahanoy Township. Friends may call at the church on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM and again on Friday morning from 9:30 AM until time of Liturgy. 

Masks will be required to attend. 

Contributions in Mary's name to St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Teresa of Calcutta Church or St. Teresa of Calcutta Church Memo: Perpetual Adoration Chapel would be appreciated by the family. 

David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


Paul S. Picciano
, of Philadelphia Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at the home of his daughter in Deer Lake surrounded by his adoring family at 76 years of age.

Born Monday, October 2, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the son of the late Peter, and Theresa (Corma) Picciano. He was also predeceased by his sister, Rita Di Caprio.

Surviving are; his wife, Elizabeth M. (Platt) Picciano of Philadelphia; daughter, Christine Halford and her husband Michael of Deer Lake; grandchildren, Christopher and his fiancée Nicole, Draylin and her fiancé Eric, Peter, and Katlyn; great grandchild, Sadie Grace.

Paul had worked for Boeing Corporation, and in the restaurant industry for many years. He was an ardent fan of the Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles. Paul was devoted to his family, and will be missed by all.

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

online condolences may be expressed by visiting


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.


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