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Skook News Obituaries: April 22nd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 22nd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


James T. Trautman, 78, of Fountain Springs, passed away Wednesday, April 21st at his residence. Born in Locust Gap, April 1, 1943, he was the son of the late Mark and Annette (Sis) George Trautman I. He was a graduate of the former Butler Township High School, class of 1961, and was employed for 37 years as a heavy equipment operator and tool room attendant for the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. Jim was a life time member of the Christ Congregational Church, and the American Fire Company #1, both in Fountain Springs. As an active member of the fire company, Jim helped with the weekly Bingo. He loved woodworking in his home shop, and was an avid Phillies Baseball and Eagles Football fan. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Frank, and a brother, Richard S. Trautman Sr., passing in 2013. Survivors;

Wife: Verna Yoder Trautman, married 37 years

Son: James Trautman II and his wife Jan, Hummelstown

Daughter: Diane wife of Todd Smith, Gordon

Daughter: Denise Trautman - Walton, Ashland

Step Son: Greg Sommers, and his wife Sue, Goshen, Indiana

Step Daughter: Cindy wife of George Huss III, Shenandoah

Sister: Marilyn Spieles, Fountain Springs

Sister: Judith Wright, California

Sister: Suzanne wife of Christian Wurst Jr., Fountain Springs

Sister: Linda wife of Charles (Butch) Harris, Fountain Springs

Sister: Lauren Trautman, Milton

Sister: Sheryl Trautman, Ashland

Sister: Annette wife of Joseph Wassell, Alabama

Brother: Mark Trautman and his wife Kathy, Fountain Springs

Brother: David Trautman and his wife Annette, Harrisburg

11 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews

Diane Davis, mother of James, Diane, and Denise.

Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service, Saturday, May 1st, at 11:30 AM, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland. Officiating will be Mr. John Kessler. Visitation with family will begin at 9 AM until service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Christ Congregational Church, 134 Broad St., Ashland, PA., 17921, or the American Fire Company, 2 Fountain St., Ashland, PA 17921. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.


Ethel M. (Mooney) Black, 85, Pottsville, entered into eternal rest Thursday morning at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg.

Born July 26, 1935 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Jean (McGrath) Mooney.

She was a 1954 graduate of the former Tower City High School and was of the Protestant faith.

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband William J. Black, Jr. in 2019.

She is survived by sons, William J. Black III, Pottsville and David L. Black husband of Joann, Minersville; daughters Debra Bassler wife of Robert, Jr., Allentown and Janet Black, Pottsville; granddaughters Leah and Claire, Allentown; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be held on the grounds of Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to leave a condolence for the Black family.


Ralph M. Mills, II, 74, of Williamstown, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at UPMC-Pinnacle, Harrisburg.

Born in Lebanon, April 16, 1947, a son of the late Ralph M. and Mary F. Amick Mills.

He proudly served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Ralph was a retired Supervisor in the Trucking Department at Metal Industries, Elizabethville.

He was of the Protestant faith; a member of the Williamstown American Legion and the Lucky Dozen Hunting Club in Tioga County.

His family meant the world to him. He was proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ralph was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He could also be found doing woodworking in his garage. He and Doris enjoyed traveling and taking vacations.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Troy Mills, 2015 and a brother, Robert Repp.

Surviving are his wife, Doris R. Kline Mills; three children, Jodi L. Gibson and her husband Sam of Virginia; Ralph M. Mills, III and his wife Virginia, Williamstown and Jennifer L. Snyder and her husband Rodney, Lykens; three sisters, Roberta Myers, Millersburg; LaDonna Balding, Lancaster, and Mary Elizabeth Naugel, Jonestown; 13 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral services following all CDC guidelines will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Covenant Ebenezer Cemetery, Lebanon. Viewing will be from 10-11 AM at the chapel. Memorial donations in Ralph's memory can be made to the Williamstown EMS. P.O. Box 74, Williamstown, PA 17098.

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Kathleen M. Campomizzi, RN
, 74, of Ashland, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, April 20, 2021, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Philadelphia, on Oct. 12, 1946, she was a daughter of the late James F. and Elizabeth B. (Scullion) Courtnye.

She was a 1964 graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia, and went on to earn her RN at the former Ashland State General Hospital School of Nursing in 1967. Over the years, Kathleen honed her nursing skills at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Ashland State General Hospital, Ashland Regional Medical Center and Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville, the latter of where she worked as a nursing supervisor for 38 years. Her dedication and excellence to her craft was admired by her coworkers and residents' families. Her nursing prowess spilled over into her family. "Nurse Nana" usually called the symptoms correctly even before her grandchildren would visit the doctor. It was during her senior year of nursing school when she met the love of her life, Gerald C. Campomizzi, who survives her. Introduced by a friend of Gerald's family, who also was a nursing instructor at the school, Kathleen said she knew she had found her future husband when they finally met at a dinner. “I looked at him. I just knew he was the one,” she said. “It’s like in the stories ... the man you dream of marrying ... there he was.” Kathleen and Gerald were married June 7, 1969, in the former St. Mauritius Roman Catholic Church in Ashland. They celebrated 52 beautiful years of marriage.

She was a devout Catholic and had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. She prayed daily and said the rosary often and much. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville, and a member of the former St. Mauritius Church, Ashland. She sang in the choirs at both churches. Kathleen was a member of the Catholic Nurses Guild, Ashland Area Community Choir and Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court of St. Joan of Arc, Ashland. She liked singing, playing the piano, going to shows in New York City and Hershey and crocheting. Her daughters,grandchildren and countless others were gifted with blankets, afghans, potholders and dolls that she created over the years. She was known to send cards, whether for birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy or even just a “thinking of you” occasion. After she got a cellphone, she became well-versed in texting and would send a daily prayer to family and friends, signing her entries, “xoxo, Love, Mom/Kath.” She enjoyed watching TV and was known to watch “Blue Bloods,” “JAG” and “NCIS.” She even got into the “Twilight” saga with her one granddaughter, and she was “Team Jacob.” Kathleen and Gerald were also members of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter. She was a devoted wife, mother, Nana and friend who will be always loved, cherished and dearly missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James F. Courtnye, on April 29, 2020, and her stepmother, Doris J. Blazejewski Courtnye, in 2013.

In addition to her husband, Gerald, Kathleen is survived by four daughters, Stephanie Campomizzi Malarkey, Frackville, Kathryn Campomizzi-Clews, Orwigsburg, Sarah Campomizzi McClure, Westville, Ind., and Andrea Campomizzi, Ashland; six grandchildren, better known to her as “my angels,” Courtnye “Charlie”, Genevieve and Kiley McClure, Amber and Jacob Clews and Melissa Malarkey; two sisters, Marybeth O'Donnell and her husband, Edward, Ashland, and Doris Jean Calderwood, widow of Brian Calderwood, Philadelphia; two brothers, Joseph Blazejewski and his wife, Susan, Philadelphia and George Courtnye and spouse, Antoine, Philadelphia; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins and friends. 

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Frackville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM. Monday, April 26, at the church with the Rev Brian Miller as the celebrant. Interment will be in the new St. Mauritius Cemetery,Ashland. 

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Anthony F. Testen, 53, of (William Penn) Shenandoah, passed away on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 at his home.

Born in Pottsville, Pa he was the son of the late George and Eleanor “Pellegrino” Testen.

Anthony worked for the Shenandoah Municipal Water Authority. Outside of work, he loved off-roading, trucks, and enjoyed going to Cabela’s.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 sister, Natalie Tracy.

Anthony leaves behind 1 brother, George Testen – Barnesville, 1 sister, Elaine Dress – Schuylkill Haven, 3 nieces, 4 nephews, 1 great niece and 1 great nephew.

Visitation will take place on Monday, April 26th from 9 to 10:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Scripture Services will be conducted at 10:30am by Pastor Jack Murray.

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

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