Monday, April 26, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 26th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 26th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Geraldine Mockinick, 77, of Delano, PA, passed away Sunday, April 25th, at her residence.

Geraldine was born in Chicago, Il on March 26, 1944, a daughter of the late Anna (Krankowski) Motsko.

She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church Mahanoy City.

She had attended Immaculate Heart High School Butler Twp and graduated from Wilby High School, Waterbury Connecticut.

She had worked for Sealy Mattress in Delano and retired from the former J.E. Morgan Knitting Mill Hometown.

She was the wife of Daniel Mockinick.

Geraldine is survived by a daughter, Kimberly, wife of Vladimir Kaczmarczyk, of Tamaqua.

Geraldine is also survived by a grandson Todd Evans.

She is preceded in death by a son Daniel.

Office of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, PA, at 11 am on Wednesday, April 28th, with Rev. James Carroll officiating.

Friends and family may call Wednesday 9 am to 11 am at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.

Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park Tamaqua, PA.

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


Michael Sutzko
, 87, formerly of St. Clair, died Friday April 23, 2021 at 9:00 AM from lung cancer at Providence Place, Pottsville in the care of Compassus Hospice. 

Born May 6, 1933 He was the last surviving child of the late George and Irene (Baran) Sutzko. 

Preceding him in death were sisters; Mary Sutzko, Elizabeth Skubish, Verna Zabitzer, Irene Sutzko, Ann Borgen, brothers John, George, Steven and Andrew Sutzko.

Surviving are 9 loving nephews and nieces who will remember their “Uncle Mickey.” 

Michael graduated from St. Clair High School in 1951 where he found his love for music in the Glee Club and Choral Ensemble under the tutelage of Mrs. Emily Gibson. He would continue with his love for choral singing by his life-time membership in the Tenor Section of St. Michael Orthodox Church Choir. Michael was inducted into the US Army during the Korean War and served stateside in the infantry. He was an honorable 50 member of the St. Clair American Legion Post 719.After his military service, Michael attended the Ford School of Business in Pottsville and earned an Associate Degree in accounting and bookkeeping. This would lead to his lifetime work as a bookkeeper at Bank of New York/Mellon until his retirement in the early 1970’s. He would return to his birthplace in St. Clair for the remainder of his life, living with his eldest sister Mary until her death. 

Funeral Services will be Tuesday April 27, 2021 at 11:00AM at St. Michael Orthodox Church 109 North Nichols Street, St. Clair, PA 17970. The Rev. Jeff Zias will be officiating. 

Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 AM at the Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home 110 N. 2nd street St. Clair, PA 17970. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer remembrances to St. Michael’s Building Fund at the above address. Burial with military honors will be in the parish cemetery,


Paul A. Deibler
, 89, of Lancaster, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 21`, 2021, while surrounded by his loving family. Born in Schuylkill Haven, PA, he was the son of the late Charles D., Sr. and Minnie (Otto) Deibler. Paul was the beloved husband of D. Corriene (Wolfgang) Deibler, and they celebrated 63 years of marriage last June.

After graduating from high school, Paul joined the U.S. Navy, honorably serving aboard the USS Stoddard for four years during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service he worked as a Service Technician for Bell Telephone and later AT&T, retiring after 34 years of service. He then worked part time for the County of Lancaster. A man of strong faith, Paul was a very active member of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in East Petersburg where he served as a Trustee. Also active in the community, he and his wife served as poll workers in the 7th Ward of Lancaster for many years. Known for his outgoing personality, he loved to laugh and make others laugh. He enjoyed boating, traveling, gardening and being an all-around handyman. He loved his family and spending as much time as he could with them.

Along with his wife, Paul is survived by three children: Debra Lee, wife of Rev. Richard Chaveas of Shillington; Alice Mae, wife of Stewart Ireland of Lancaster; and Michael Allen Deibler of Lancaster. Also surviving is his daughter-in-law, Kathy Kirchgessner of Conestoga, 7 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Daniel Paul Deibler, in 2012, and also by his brothers, Charles, Jr. and Grant Deibler.

A Memorial Service with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543, where the family will receive guests beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment in Schuylkill Memorial Park will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, 6067 Carpenter Street, East Petersburg, PA 17520, or to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Dr., P O Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.


Catherine Keller
, 81 of Schuylkill Haven passed away suddenly on Friday morning at her home.

Born in Forestville on October 9, 1939 she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna Matz Pritiskutch.

Catherine was a graduate of Cass Township High School and then went on to attend Ford Business School in Pottsville.

Catherine worked at the Box Factory in Pottsville as a secretary. She then went on to work at Alpha Mills and also did specialty sewing for “A Pretty Penny”. Catherine was a crossing guard for many years in Schuylkill Haven and also helped at Jerusalem Child Care Center. She worked as a teller at Pennsylvania National Bank and was the children’s librarian at the Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library where she was fondly referred to as “Miss Cath” and ran children’s Storytime. Catherine was also a Brownie troop leader as well as a Sunday School teacher at The Lighthouse Church in Orwigsburg.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Charles who passed away last May. Catherine was the last of siblings being predeceased by; John Pritiskutch, Irene Depsky, Peter, Mary and Helen Pritiskutch. She is also preceded in death by her grandson Brenden Bowen.

Catherine is survived by her daughters, Jody Lynn Bowen wife of Wayne of Schuylkill Haven and Lisa A. Keller of Schuylkill Haven. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Michael Keller, Nevin Gradwell partner to Erica, Deziree Diehl wife of Luke, Jaiden Strunk wife of Sam, Bryce, Caitria and Calista Bowen. She is survived by great-grandchildren; Soroya, Harper, Peyton, Kolson, Tristen, Hailey, and baby boy Diehl due in October.

A viewing will be held Wednesday evening at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at Grabowski Funeral Home with an additional viewing from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services. Interment will be on the ground of Schuylkill Memorial Park. In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donation be made to The Brenden Bowen Memorial Fund and Charities c/o Tompkins VIST Bank, 237 PA-61, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972


Helen J. Supreme, 99, of Shenandoah, passed away on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Shenandoah on March 31st, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Stella Gataveckas.

Helen and her late husband Matthew (1981) owned and operated a local bar and restaurant, “Supreme’s Long Bar” for many years in Shenandoah. She also enjoyed shopping with her caregiver, Theresa Zajac, and Helen had a truly kind heart for stray animals in need.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by 1 son, Donald Supreme, and 2 sisters, Julia Gerval and Theodora Swatsky.

She leaves behind 1 niece, Janet Davis with her husband Dr. Robert and family – Austin, Tx and her caregivers, Theresa Zajac and Lynn Danowski - Shenandoah

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 29th at 10am in the Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights and will be officiated by Msgr. Ronald Bocian.

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are entrusted with the arrangements.

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