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Skook News Obituaries: April 24th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 24th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Roy D. Habel
, 96, lifelong resident of Tamaqua, PA died on Friday, April 23, 2021 in Nesquehoning, PA. He was the husband of Doris B. (nee Malick) Habel with whom he celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on March 13th. 

Born in Tamaqua on September 23, 1924, Roy was a son of the late Roy Habel and Maude (nee Reinert) Hartranft. Having attended Tamaqua schools, he served in the Army during WWII during which he participated in both the Battle of the Bulge and D-Day. Roy owned and operated the Mountain Side breaker where he displayed his rigorous work ethic. He was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua and the American Legion C.H. Berry Post # 173, Tamaqua. Roy was a history buff with a special interest in WWII. 

In addition to his wife, Doris, he is survived by son, Joseph and his wife Danielle of Tamaqua; daughter, Doris V. Hosier of Tamaqua; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Habel of Mary D, PA; grandchildren, Roy Habel, Marc Habel, Kimberly Mendinsky, Brenda Wallace, Chris Moser, and Brock Roberts; 5 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Frye, Hazel Kachelries, and Patricia Rarick; and numerous nephews and nieces. 

He was predeceased by son, Roy “Poncho” Habel; daughter, Kathryn M. Moser and her husband, Robert; brother, John Hartranft; sister, Marie McGeehan; and 7 infant siblings. 

Services will be held at 12 PM on Thursday, April 29 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Cindy White officiating. Interment with military honors in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow the service. Call 10 AM - 12 PM on Thursday at the funeral home. 

Memorials in Roy’s name may be made to the Tamaqua American Legion, 206 West Broad 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.


Edith C. Moyer, 90, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Friday, April 23, at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg.

Born Feb. 16, 1931, in Schuylkill Haven, she was a daughter of the late Roland & Minnie (Schafer) Galehoff.

She was the widow of George Moyer, who passed away in 1986.

In addition to her parents and husband, Edie was also preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Lengle; brother, Roland Galehoff; sister, Mildred Miller.

She was a graduate of Cressona High School.

Edie was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friedensburg.

She had been formerly employed by Argo textile factory as a seamstress.

Edie is survived by her granddaughter, Rebecca Kalinich and husband, Alex, and son-in-law, Richard N. Lengle, all of Schuylkill Haven.

Celebration of Life funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friedensburg, with Pastor Peggy Sue Pfeffer officiating. A public viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment will follow at Summer Hill Cemetery, Auburn. At the family's request, memorial donations in Edie's memory may be forwarded to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 86, 24 Church Road, Friedensburg, PA 17933.


Marsha A. Wagner, 76, of Orwigsburg, passed away April 22 at Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born July 17, 1944, in Coral Ridge, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Burnie H. and Gladys (King) Summers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Hubert, Eugene and Robert Summers.

She was the loving wife of Frederick R. Wagner.

Marsha was formerly employed by Woodbridge, N.J., Board of Education, as a school bus driver.

She was of the Protestant faith. Marsha also belonged to National Education Association and New Jersey Education Association.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Barbara D. Hosein, Kingwood, Texas, and Susan C. Pysarchyk and husband, John, Fairless Hills; grandchildren, Ephraim F. Hosein, Brittany A. Hosein, Stephen J. Pysarchyk and Blain Michael Pysarchyk.

Services and interment will be private.


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.


Elizabeth A. “Libby” Callaghan
, 77, of Heckscherville, Cass Township, passed away on Thursday at Providence Place, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Dorothy Gehret Zelusky. She was a 1961 graduate of Pottsville High School.

She was a member of the former St. Kieran Church, Heckscherville and was a current member of St. Michael the Archangel Church of Holy Family Parish, Minersville.

Lovingly known as Mam, she dedicated her life to making a home where family and friends were always welcome. Her goal in life was to take care of children. She achieved this by nurturing her sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. “Mam School” helped them grow in love for God and taught them many things before she ever put them on the school bus. She enjoyed crafts, taking trips with her sisters, and making memories that her family will treasure forever.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James J. Callaghan, in 2017; a son, Robert Callaghan, in 2009; a grandson, Aaron Grube, in 2006; four brothers, Stanley, Francis, Michael and Robert Zelusky; three sisters, Kathryn Woll, Peggy Zelusky and Margaret Olexo.

Libby is survived by two children, Michael Callaghan (spouse, Susan), Heckscherville; William Callaghan (spouse, Marla), Heckscherville; seven grandchildren: Tyler, Katherine, Scott, Rebecca, Ashlee, Sarah, Abigail, and Brian; and eight great-grandchildren: Emily, Annie, Kristen, Zoey, Lainey, Colton, Hailey and Jacob, with two others expected. She is also survived by two sisters, Marie Welgo and Patricia Hume; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Monday from 6:00 P.M. and on Tuesday from 6:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 9:15 A.M. when procession will form. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Interment will be in Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Norwegian Township. Visitors and attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. The family prefers contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, by clicking on the "Memorial Donation" link above or by visiting


Dorothy J. Tiley
, 91, of Ashland, passed away Thursday evening, April 22 nd, at her residence. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements.