Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 28th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 28th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Edward J. Cunningham
, 81, former Ashland resident, passed away Monday, April 26th, at the Shenandoah Manor Nursing Center. Born at the former Green Point Hospital, New York City, January 29, 1940, he was the son of the late Edward and Micalina Casoria Cunningham. He attended Grover Cleveland High School, Bronx New York, and was employed 21 years as a police officer for the Butler Township Police Department until his retirement. Ed and his wife, Barbara, were owner operators of the former Breakfast Nook Restaurant, Ashland, until its closing. A very strong believer in the Bible, Ed became a Layman Minister in 1987, teaching the inmates of the Pennsylvania State Correctional Facil1ty in Frackville. Preceding him in death was his wife Barbara “Bonnie” Cunningham, passing February 28, 1998, and sons, Troy, passing September 22, 1994 and Gary Cunningham passing July 5, 2011.


Son: Edward R. Cunningham, Falls Church, VA.

Daughter: Lisa wife of Paul Cheddar, Conway S.C

Daughter: Sandy wife of David Wiley, Girardville

Son: William Allsop, and husband Michael Shades, Frackville

Daughter: Jeannine wife of Frank Gaffney, Ashland

Brother: Robert Cunningham and his wife Elaine, Farmingville, Long Island

Brother: Michael Nunziata, and his wife Roseanne, Hicksville, N.Y.

Sister: Miriam Jung, Blue Point, Long Island

Grandchildren: Justin Cunningham, Christopher Cunningham, Melissa Pedimonti, Shane Dalley, David Wiley, Connor Cunningham, Adam Cunningham, Jayden Gaffney, Zackary Gaffney, and Chase Miller, five Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews

First wife: Elizabeth Klemo, Conway, S.C.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service, May 3rd, at 1 PM, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland, PA. Officiating will be Rev. Jack Murray, pastor of the St. Clair-Wade Methodist Church, St. Clair. Interment will be in the New St. Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland. A visitation will begin at 11 AM until service. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.


Edgar A. Meade, Jr.
, 88, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Tu
esday, April 27th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Schuylkill, E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, on September 17, 1932, he was a son of the late Edgar A. Meade, Sr. and Florence A. (Morrison) Meade.

He was the husband of Shirley A. (Bohler) Meade. The couple would have celebrated 66 years of marriage May 7th.

He was a 1950 graduate of Pottsville Area High School, and served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was a distributor for Coca-Cola and Tastykake.

He is preceded in death by a stillborn sister Florence A. Meade.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by a daughter Deborah Meade, Schuylkill Haven; a son Edgar "Ted" Meade, III husband of Debra, New Ringgold; grandsons: David, Joshua and Matthew Meade; great grandchildren: Tiffany, Crystal, Bryan, Summer, Caleb, Lydia, Esther, Ruby, Hazel, Anna, Lilly and Danny.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 2nd at Blue Mountain Christian Retreat in New Ringgold, with Rev. Edgar A. Meade, III officiating.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to Blue Mountain Christian Retreat 1 Christian Lane New Ringgold, PA 17960.


Edward W. Dixon
, 44, of Baltimore, MD and formerly of Pottsville, passed away unexpectedly on April 22nd in Los Angeles, CA, while on a business trip.

This wild child was born on October 3, 1976, to the late Edward and Cheryl Dixon who survives him in Pine Grove.

Eddie was a 1994 graduate of Pottsville Area High School. He started working for Hexcel Corporation in St. Clair then moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked at machine shops, which would lead him to his ultimate career of working for NASA out of the Goddard Space Center in Maryland.

In addition to his mother, Eddie is survived by his brother, Jamie and his wife, Korin; nieces, Addison and Anna; and Goddaughter, Emily Fetterman.

He was a loving uncle and Godfather to these beautiful girls, always making time to play Minecraft, teach them about space, or just being "Crazy Uncle Eddie".

Eddie truly loved life and was able to travel the world and he was so proud of his career. He was very big into music. He loved Mopars, especially his Dodge Challenger (Charlene). He truly was the life of the party and was loved by many. If there was a saying that Eddie would leave with us it is "Enjoy the music and don't sweat the small stuff."

Funeral services will be on Sunday, May 2nd at 3:00 p.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. A viewing will be held from 2:00 p.m. until time of service in the funeral home.

Interment in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven will be private.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Helen Lorraine Craig
, 92, of Frackville, died Monday, April 26, 2021 peacefully at home.

Born in Gilberton, August 8, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Helen (Duboskie) Malloy.

She worked as a receptionist at Thomas Animal Hospital in Frackville, the Cigar Factory in Mahanoy City, and as a clerk for DE Jones in Frackville.

Helen was a member of the former St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Frackville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John Craig in 2004, a brother Thomas Malloy, 2 sisters Rosemary Wright, Anna Malloy, and son-in-law Graham Mulholland.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Deborah Gomosky and her husband Robert of Muskogee, OK; Patricia (Patti Sue) Miller and her husband Kevin of Frackville; Joan Mulholland of Carlisle. Her greatest blessings are her 6 grandchildren Jennifer Gomosky; Lee Grimes; Emily Williams; Lyndsey Quintana; Lauren Mulholland; Nicole Jantzen; and 6 great grandchildren Billy, Caleb, Lee, Jack, Cadryn, Owen. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews; and her furry friends Cosmo & Becky.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM on Friday April 30, 2021 at Nice-Hart Funeral Home, Inc. located at 9 N. Lehigh Ave. Frackville, PA 17931 with Rev. Jack Murray officiating. Friends may call from 10:00-11:00 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hillside SPCA PO Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901. Burial will take place at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Frackville.

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


Patricia A. Beadle, 71, of Greenbury, New Castle Township, passed away on Tuesday at home.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Edna James Noll. She attended Pottsville schools. She worked at the former Dusselfink Restaurant and Motel. She was later employed by the former Mootz Candies.

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.

Pat is survived by her spouse of more than 51 years, William G. Beadle; two children, William Beadle, Pine Grove, and Denise Daniels, (spouse, Mark), MarLin; six grandchildren, Meghan, Caitlin and Rachelle Radziewicz, Katherine Herrera, Trisha Beadle and Brooklyn Cutler; two great-grandchildren, Aliyana Herrera and Joshua Michael Maley. She is also survived by a brother, Dennis Noll, Marion, Illinois; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are incomplete.


Edith Grace Gottschall
, 80, of Minersville, died Sunday at The Gardens at York Terrace.

Born on November 28, 1940 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Ruth Purdy Travitz. She was a 1958 graduate of Branch Township High School, and worked as a waitress at several area restaurants.

Her love for family was undeniable. She also enjoyed her garden and flowers, as well as the seasonal visits by hummingbirds to her yard.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Mennig, in 1999; two daughters, Michelle Mennig, in 1997, and Germaine “Geri” Mennig, in 2012.

Edith is survived by her husband of twenty years, Quentin “Ed” Gottschall; her remaining daughter, Judy Mennig, Minersville; five grandchildren, Brandon Yates, Brianne Panak, Richard Oswald, Kaylee Bender and Cole Rumpf; three great-grandchildren, with another expected. She is also survived by a brother, Kenneth Travitz (spouse, Linda), Houston, Texas; a niece; a nephew.

Arrangements are incomplete.


Debra Ann Mace
, 67, of Tower City, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 28th at the Hershey Medical Center with her family by her side.

Born in Harrisburg, August 23, 1953, a daughter of the late Ralph Sr. and Merlene Bowerman Reitenbach.

Deb was a 1971 graduate of Williams Valley High School and a graduate of the former Polyclinic Hospital School of Nursing. She was a retired Nurse Manager with Pinnacle Health.

She was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City where she served on the church council and call committee. Deb enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her children and grandchildren were the center of her world. She enjoyed doing crafts and sewing.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Wayne D. Mace; two children, Angie M. Cibelli and her husband Matt, Exton and Lucas W. Mace and his fiance Catherine Ryan, Camp Hill; her three grandchildren she adored, Ava and Mia Cibelli and Brady Mace; one sister, Kathy Ferraro and her husband Dave, Tower City; a brother, Ralph Reitenbach, Jr., Florida. Nieces and nephews.

Funeral services following all CDC guidelines will be held Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm from St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City with Rev. Laura Csellak officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 Noon to 1:00 pm. at the church. Memorial donations in memory of Deb can be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 415 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit


Dorothy A Schucker
, age 87, of Hegins, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Tuesday, August 29, 1933, in Reinerton, a daughter of the late Howard and Mary Buffington.

Dorothy was a seamstress in area garment factories prior to her retirement.

She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Hegins.

Her husband Robert L Schucker passed away in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by two brothers, Joe and Charles Buffington; and by two sisters, Sara Klouser and Ann.

She is survived by two sons, Larry M Schucker and his companion Alice Bushong of Williamstown, and Lee R Schucker and his wife Alice of Hegins; a daughter, Linda S Hughes and her husband Harold of Chambersburg; three grandsons, Jeremy Schucker of Pine Grove, Nate Hand and his wife Rebecca of California, and Mike Erdman of Somerset; two granddaughters, Alicia Emerich and her husband Ryan of Leesport, and Ashley Schucker of Myerstown; seven great grandchildren; a sister, June Hall of Naples, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial will be made in St. John's Cemetery, Hegins.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left for the family at


Mary Jane "Jane" E. Jones
, 90, passed away April 26, 2021, peacefully at her home in Pinebrook, Orwigsburg.

Jane was born April 12, 1931, in Pottsville, to the late Anthony Leo and Gertrude (Towey) Zacko. Her sister, Geraldine Weiss, predeceased her in 2016.

Jane was a 1949 graduate of Pottsville High School. Shortly after graduation, she married Jack Morrison and moved to Auburn to raise her family. She remained friends with her former husband until his death in 2019. Jane was well-known in the Auburn community as someone to call when help was needed. She headed the American Red Cross blood drives for many years as well as volunteered with the American Cancer Society. In 1995, she moved to Pinebrook, Orwigsburg, where she was president of Pinebrook Homeowners Association. Jane was employed at J. Bertolet Volkswagen in the service department, the George Crump Realty Office in Reading and was the office manager at John T. Morrison Jr. Realty. Jane was also a member of St. Ambrose parish for many years.

Jane's primary focus throughout her life was her family and friends. She was always willing to lend a hand or help out in any way. If someone needed anything, she would find a way to get it. She had a vast network of friends in many places and always stayed connected. And she thoroughly enjoyed organizing her high school reunions. Adventure was her middle name whether it was one of many road trips with grandchildren and nieces and nephews or travel abroad, especially with her cousin, Louise, or the many trips to New York City over the years.

Jane is survived by her son, John T. Morrison Jr., Orwigsburg; her daughter, Christine Morrison (Ron Marino), Brooklyn, N.Y.; her granddaughter, Ashley Morrison, Philadelphia; her grandson, Matthew Marino, Brooklyn, N.Y.; her sister, Barbara Thomas, Orwigsburg; niece, Susan Rohn (Nic Kuruc), Ephrata; nephew, Joseph Weiss (Brenda); nephew, Jeffrey David Zacko-Smith, Durham, N.C.; cousins and grandnieces and grandnephews from the Zacko, Joulwan, Morrison and Amey families.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, at St. Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven. The Rev. Father Mark Lane, C.O., pastor of Oratory Church of St. Boniface, Brooklyn, N.Y., will be the celebrant. Family and friends may visit from 9:15 a.m. until the beginning of the Mass. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park immediately after Mass. All CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced. Please wear masks and maintain social distance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Auburn Fire Department, 131 S. Front St., Auburn, PA 17922, or Orwigsburg Public Library, 216 Independence St., Orwigsburg, PA 17961, or Auburn Memorial Park, P.O. Box 154, Auburn, PA 17922. Grabowski Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.


James Vincent "Howie” Long Sr., 50 of Port Carbon, died suddenly Saturday. 

Jim was born May 11, 1970 in Pottsville. He was the son of Leroy Long and Donna Kellagher Botek. He was a 1988 graduate of Minersville Area High School where he played football and was an honor student. He joined the United States Navy after graduation, a childhood dream fulfilled. He served as a missile technician on nuclear submarines for 4 years. Jim or "Howie Long" as he was known was the co-owner of the Schuylkill County Coal Crackers for many years and brought semi pro football back to the county. He was a diehard Steelers fan and painted his house on Laurel Blvd in Pottsville in full Steelers colors. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pottsville. He was most recently employed at Materion Corporation in Schoemakersville as a Quality Control Inspector since 2015. A very hardworking man, he took great pride in his job and will be sorely missed by his Materion family. Jim was a true family man, exceptional father and friend to everyone he met. He lit up the room with his smile and laugh. He was such a light in this world and a kind soul. His family and children were everything to him and he loved them all dearly. To Jim there were no step children or step brothers or sisters. It was his children, brothers and sisters only. Being a veteran, he had tremendous pride, love and respect for his country. He loved the Steelers, going bowling and his time playing in leagues, watching Nascar and attending races. But his greatest passion was attending all of his children's sporting events. He never missed an opportunity to be there for them. He was a big man with a big heart and is driving his 57' Chevy with his brother Peewee in heaven. 

He was preceded in death by his brother "Peewee" Leroy Andrew Long in July 2020. 

Jim is survived by his father Leroy Long and stepmother Debbie. His mother Donna Botek and stepfather Bob Botek. His children Samantha Schweikert (Jared), James Long Jr., Darrin "Dutch" Long, Matthew Ulsh, William Ulsh, Austen Albertson, Gaige Albertson and Jaxson Long. A granddaughter Luna Schweikert. His brother Daniel "DJ" Long (Nichole) and Joseph Long (Annemarie). Sisters Amy Smith and Jennifer Botek. His former wife Joyce Skias (James). Many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Jim is also survived by the love of his life, his fiancĂ©, Laura Albertson. Laura and Jim were soul mates, she was made for Jim and she was his person. They had a beautiful life together and she completed him. An avid animal lover he also leaves behind his three dogs, Princess, Cheyenne, and Johnna. A cat Elsa and Tucker the turtle. 

A funeral service will be held Monday 9:45 am at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville.

 All are invited to attend a visitation with calling hours from 8:00 am until the time of service. Interment Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Donations can be made in his name to the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA or the Wounded Warriors Project. In accordance with COVID-19 Guidelines , all recommended social distancing, mask requirements, and public safety guidelines will be followed. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


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