Thursday, April 29, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 29th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 29th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Marion M. Moyer, 78, of Auburn, passed away Wednesday, April 28th, at St. Luke's Geisinger Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Auburn, on October 7, 1942, a daughter of the late Sarah Conrad Spatz and Wilbur Moyer.

She was an active member of Auburn Church of God, Auburn, where she also served at treasurer. Marion was known for her delicious baked goods and homemade candy.

She was an inspector at Fessler's Knitting Mill, Auburn.

Marion is survived by her daughter Lisa Moyer, Auburn and siblings Edith Weidner,Kutztown, William Moyer, Auburn and Lester Moyer, Auburn.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 6 at the Auburn Church of God Cemetery, Auburn at 11am with Pastor Kerry Duke officiating.


Patricia A. Killian
, 82, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Wednesday, April 28th, at home.

Born in Port Carbon, PA on May 13, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Walter & Anna (Buchinsky) Derr.

She was the widow of Russell E. Killian who passed away in 2003.

In addition to her parents and and husband, she is also preceded in death by her brother, Robert Derr.

Patricia was a graduate of St. Stephen's High School, Port Carbon.

She is survived by three daughters: Patricia Killian, of Schuylkill Haven; Kathleen, wife of Michael Schafer, of Pennsville, NJ; & Suzanne Berrier, of Pine Grove, and three sons: Michael, husband of Karen Killian, of Pine Grove; Russell E. Killian, Jr., of Schuylkill Haven; & David Killian, partner of Joseph DiStanislao, of Philadelphia. She is also survived by grandchildren: Jennifer, Angela, Billy, Bradley, Jake, Aaron, Brianna, Dustin, Chuck, Caitlin, & Kyle, 17 great-grandchildren, and her beloved cat, Puss Puss.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 3rd at Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Schuylkill Haven. A viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to until the time of service at the church on Monday. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

At the family's request, memorial donations in Patricia's name may be forwarded to American Cancer Society, P O Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


Mr. Edward R. Isgate Jr.
, age 82, of Mahanoy City, died Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown. 

Born in Shenandoah he was the son of the late Edward and Catherine (Bender) Isgate Sr.. He was a 1956 graduate of Mahanoy Township High School and was an Army veteran serving during the Vietnam war. He had been employed by Hershey in Hazleton for 28 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mahanoy City. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Philly's fan as well as Penn State. He was a lover of animals and all pets past and present. 

He was preceded in death by a sister Lorraine Paulukonis. 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years the former Carol Kaplafka, 2 sons Edward R. Isgate III and his wife Heather of Frackville and Ronald C. Isgate ESQ and his wife Donna of Pipersville, 2 grandsons Ronald C. Isgate Jr. and Nico Isgate as well as nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral on Wednesday afternoon at 1 PM from David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City. The Rev. Bridget Wagner will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery in Shenandoah Heights. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday beginning at 11:30 AM. Masks will be required to attend. 

Contributions in his name to Hillside SPCA or Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA would be appreciated by the family.


Anastasia “Nellie” Hress
, 98 of Mahanoy City passed away on Monday morning, April 26, 2021 at the Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Delano on May 9, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Metro and Mary (Regada) Kruika.

She was a graduate of the former Delano High School.

Nellie was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Mahanoy City, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Kateri, Mahanoy City, the Mahanoy City Women’s Club and the Rush-Ryan-Delano Senior Citizens.

Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Nellie will remember her infectious smile and giving spirit.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her first husband, Louis DiBaggio in 1981; her second husband, John Hress in 1989; five brothers, Michael, John, Metro, Wassil and Peter Kruika; four sisters, Mary Hentosh and Anne, Eva and Helen Kruika.

Surviving are nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and one great-great-nephew, all who were the joy of her life.

Office of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:30 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah with Rev. James Carroll officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Mahanoy Township. A viewing will be held on Tuesday morning from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at the funeral home. All state and federal COVID-19 guidelines and regulations will be observed; masks and social distancing will be required.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Daniel L. Kijak, 76, of Orefield, Pa, passed away on Tuesday, April 27th at his home.

Born on November 27th, 1944, he was the son of the late Leon and Loretta (Diefenbach) Kijak.

Daniel leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Gail (Spears) Kijak, 1 daughter, Heather Kern with her husband Jon, 1 brother, Kenneth Kijak, and 2 grandsons, Christopher and Alex.

Daniel was an artist and worked as a sculptor for many years.

A visitation for family and friends will take place on Saturday, May 1st from 9am to 11am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Scripture Services will be conducted at 11am and will be officiated by Pastor Mindy Heppe. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights at 11:30am.

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


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