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Skook News Obituaries: April 2nd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 2nd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


David Klepsch
, 63, of Barnesville, PA, passed away Wednesday, March 24th, at his residence.

David was born in Redford, MI on November 19, 1957, a son of Joan (Stoll) Klepsch and the late William Klepsch.

David is survived by two daughters, Melissa Klepsch of Pennsylvania and Elizabeth Santana of Florida;

David is also survived by a sister, Brenda Gregor, three brothers, Dale Klepsch and William Klepsch of Michigan and Dan Klepsch of Texas. He is also survived by 6 Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

David is preceded in death by a sister Barbara Klepsch.

A Religious Service will be held at Faith Church Drums located at 4 Rittenhouse Place Drums, Pa 18222 at 10 am on Friday, April 9th, with Pastor Keith Evans officiating.

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


Shelly Ann Klinger
, 57, of Williamstown passed away Thursday evening, April 1, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family, after a courageous five year battle with ovarian cancer.

Born in Pottsville, May 3, 1963, a daughter of the late Ronald and Diane Carl Underkoffler. Shelly was a 1981 graduate of Williams Valley High School. She began working for the former AMP, Inc., in 1997 and continued to for the next 22 years, retiring in 2019 from the now TE Connectivity, due to her cancer. She really enjoyed her job.

She was a member of Our Lady of Help of Christian Catholic Church, Lykens and a social member of the Williamstown American Legion. Shelly faithfully recited the Rosary with the St. John the Baptist Rosary Group.

Shelly lived her life for others, always putting their needs above hers. Her life became complete when she became a "Nene" to her four grandchildren. They were the light of her life.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Jim Klinger.

Surviving are her husband of 36 years, Gary W. Klinger; a daughter, Ashley Guyeski and her fiance Justin Wiest, Williamstown; a son, Tyler Klinger and his wife Nikki, Tower City; her beloved grandchildren, Blake Bender, Tucker, Kaydence and Brinley Klinger; a sister, Yvette Pfeffer, Pine Grove; two brothers, Kelly and Jamie Underkoffler both of Tower City; her aunt and uncle, Jack and Gail Carl, Williamstown; an aunt, Patsy Klouser, Florida; sister-in-law, Cindy Klinger, Williamstown; two brothers-in-law, Ronald "Deek" Klinger, Tower City and Tom Klinger, Lykens. Nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from Our Lady of Help Christian Church, with Rev. Michael Opoki, AJ as Celebrant. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Williamstown. Visitation will be from 10-11 am at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shelly's memory can be made to Our Lady Help of Christian Church, 732 Main Street, Lykens PA 17048.

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


Linda Lucas, 64, of Zion Grove, passed away Friday, April 2nd, 2021.

Linda was born in Ashland, on May 26, 1956, a daughter of the late Norma (Hinderliter) and Nevin Moyer. She attended the former Rock Glen school and was a graduate of the West Hazleton High School.

Linda devoted her life to social work, having worked with the elderly as an activites director at the former Heights Nursing Home, and lastly working with Luzerne County as a social worker. She was a lifetime member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Zion Grove.

A honorable woman who embodied childlike innocence, she loved the outdoors, horseback riding, biking and swimming, and was a certififed Red Cross lifeguard instructor.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Lucas.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, A. Michael Lucas of Zion Grove, and by their children, a son, Stephen, and his wife Melissa, of Drums and a daughter Denise, wife of Mike Blanchek, of Mainville. A sister Joan Mensinger and a brother Randy Moyer, both of Zion Grove also survive.

Linda is survived by her six grandchildren, Lorelei, Nolan, Nevin, Mikey, Grace and Faith, all of whom she cherished and loved dearly.

Relatives and friends are invited to a walk-through visitation on Thursday evening, April 8th from 6-8 PM at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown. A Funeral Service will then be held at 11 AM on Friday, April 9th at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Zion Grove. Linda will be laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery following the service

All Covid-19 mandates, including facial coverings, social distancing and crowd limitations will be adhered to.


Ralph S. Gerhard
, 72, of MarLin, passed away Monday, March 29th, at LVHN Schuylkill. 

Ralph was born in Pottsville, on October 11, 1948, a son of the late Beryl (Lee) and Ralph Gerhard. He was the husband of Carol M. (Close) Gerhard. He attended Juniata College. He was a former Residential Service Aide at the Hamburg State Center, Hamburg. He was a member of the MarLin Hose Co. and of AFSCME. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a Step-son Scott Palokas, and a brother, Roger Gerhard. 

Ralph is survived by his wife, Carol, a son, Michael Gerhard, two step daughters, Missy, wife of Eddie Hahner, Pam, wife of Mark Imler. Ralph is also survived by a sister, Eileen Rump and a brother, Henry Gerhard. Also surviving are grandchildren Shelby and J.R. Hahner, McKayla & Allie Jones. 

Visitation will be held 9:00 to 11:00 AM on Monday, April 5th at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. in Minersville. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Ralph’s name to the Hillside S.P.C.A. 51 S.P.C.A. Rd., Pottsville, Pa. 17901.

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. Minersville, entrusted with the arrangements.


Veronica “Vicki” Korrubin, 93, of Primrose, passed away Wednesday, March 31st, at LVHN Schuylkill, Pottsville. 

Veronica was born in BranchDale on November 16, 1927, a daughter of the late Mary (Danatsko) and George Holige. She was the widow of Joseph “Chippy” Korrubin, who died June 3, 2009, of whom she married October 21, 1950. She was once a Seamstress in the local garment industry at Honey Bee Blouse in BranchDale. Veronica was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville and formerly a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Minersville. 

In addition to her parents and her husband Joseph, she was preceded in death by her Brother, John Holige and her Sister, Mary Cherluka. 

Veronica is survived by two daughters, Georgine Korrubin, and Darlene, wife of John Verbosh, a son, Michael, husband of Robin Korrubin. She is also survived by grandchildren; Andrew Korrubin, Matthew Korrubin, Kristina Kolberg, Jennifer Pierron, Jason Verbosh, Great grandchildren; Kayla Kolberg, Milo Kolberg Jr., Madison Kolberg, Tristan Pierron, and Kai Pierron. 

A Parastas will be held 6:00 PM Tuesday, April 6th at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. Minersville with visitation following until 8:00 pm. Additional Visitation Wednesday morning 6:30 to 9:30 am. 

A Requiem Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday, 10:00 am in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville, with Reverend Mark Fesniak officiating. Interment Parish Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.

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