Thursday, April 1, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 1st, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 1st, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Jerold J. Gieser, 79, Kulpmont, passed away Tuesday March 30, 2021 at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville PA.

Born in Dickinson, March 6, 1942, He was a son of the late Frank and Margaret (Schloff) Gieser.

Jerold was an Electronic Engineer Technician at Genrad Inc., Santa Clara, CA.

Surviving are 3 sisters, Marilyn Snowdengrass, Eileen Richardson and Helen Cain, friend David Bednarchik, Kulpmont.

Funeral Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Nice Hart Funeral Home Inc., Frackville, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to


Jean Rose Lauck
, 98, of Seltzer, Norwegian Township, passed away on Sunday at the residence of her daughter, Susan West.

Born on March 15, 1923 in Summit Station, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Sidleck Cimochowski. She was a 1941 graduate of Pottsville High School and was last employed as a department manager for the former King’s Department Store.

She was a member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Church of Holy Family Parish, Minersville. She had been an ardent volunteer in church activities, including membership in the Women’s Sodality and St. Cecilia’s Choir.

Jean was a quiet, gentle soul with a kind word for all. She was humble and hardworking. She was an excellent seamstress, a fabulous cook, and had a beautiful voice. She loved flowers and gardening, walking, crossword puzzles, game shows and listening to the polkas. Jean truly put others first and will be long remembered and missed by all who knew her. She left her mark in this world.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 47 years, John W. Lauck, and three brothers: Joseph, Edwin and Benjamin Cimochowski.

Jean is survived by six children, Joseph Lauck (spouse, Martha), Pittsburgh area, Carol, Seltzer, Janet Gilli (spouse, David), Port Carbon, Susan West (spouse, Harlan), Seltzer, David, Port Carbon, and Gregory, Seltzer. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jill, whom she raised, Angela Tucci, Nancy Rudd, Justin and Brian Lauck, and six great grandchildren, Noah, Ethan, Crosby, Bentley, Brantley and Delaney Jean.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:00 A.M. in St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, 139 Spruce Street, Minersville. Attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Donations are preferred to Holy Family Parish, 538 Sunbury Street, Minersville.


Mary Jo (Maley) Piekarski, 79, of Shenandoah, passed away peacefully with family present, on Sunday, March 28th, 2021.

Born in Shenandoah on December 2, 1941, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Martina) Maley. Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her beloved grandson Robert “RJ” Piekarski, cousins Mary and William Mikalonis, and uncle and aunt Anthony and Rosie Ciotola.

Mary Jo’s greatest joys in life were her children, Rob and Jodi, and her grandchildren, RJ and Taylor. She lived her life supporting them throughout their lives and ensuring they knew how much they were loved. She attended countless school functions, games, matches, dance recitals, and ceremonies throughout her life and recounted the joyous memories each event provided her over the years. Mary Jo also loved shopping and was always stylish and fashionable wherever she went, regardless if it was for a trip around town or to attend a social function. She was forever considerate of those in need and supported various charities near and dear to her heart.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah and the former St. Casimir and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Churches. She was a graduate of the J.W. Cooper High School in Shenandoah and a former member of the Glover’s Hill Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are her son, Robert “Rob” Piekarski and his wife Bobbi, her daughter, Dr. Jodi Piekarski Loughlin and her husband Daniel, her beloved granddaughter, Taylor Ryann Loughlin, and former husband, Bob Piekarski, all of Shenandoah; a brother, James Maley and his wife Gloria, Emmaus; cousins, Mella Ciotola and Joseph Ciotola, Shenandoah, Pam and Eddie Chizauskie, Frackville; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life, will be held on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Divine Mercy Church, 232 West Cherry St., Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Visitation will be held on Wednesday morning at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. All state and federal COVID-19 guidelines and regulations will be observed; masks and social distancing will be required. As per Mary Jo’s wishes, interment in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights will remain strictly private for her immediate family and held at their convenience.

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


Elizabeth T. “Betty” Richards, 82, of Shenandoah, passed away on Wednesday, March 31st at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Shenandoah on September 26th, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Jones and Alice Hopkins. Betty attended the former J.W. Cooper High School in Shenandoah and worked as a Pharmacy Technician for several years. She enjoyed reading, shopping, but most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Betty was preceded by her husband, Roy D. Richards (2015), 1 daughter, Carol Eyster, 1 brother, Davey Jones, and 2 sisters, Blondie and Jeanie Houser.

Surviving are 4 sons, Roy (Sherry) Richards – Bechtelsville, Paul (Sheila) Richards – Oneida, Daniel (Julie) Richards – Missouri, and Robert (Kathleen) Richards – Shenandoah. 1 brother, Mickey Jones – Shenandoah, 2 sisters, Mary Mathias – New Jersey and Kathy O’Malley – Levittown. 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchilden, and nieces and nephews survive.

A visitation for family and friends will take place on Wednesday, April 7th from 9 to 11am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Scripture services will be held at 11am in the funeral home and will be officiated by Fr. Dominic Pham. Interment will follow in Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pa.

Due to Covid-19, all CDC recommended social distancing and mask guidelines will be followed.


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