Monday, April 5, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 5th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 5th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Donald J. Scheitrum
, 72, lifelong resident of Tamaqua, PA died on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at the home of his daughter in Coaldale, PA. 

Born in Reading, PA on December 12, 1948, he was a son of the late George F. and Frances N. (nee Rinkenberg) Scheitrum. A 1966 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, Donald earned an Associate Degree from the Schuylkill Institute of Business and Technology in 2000. He was an accountant for the former Atlas and then ICI Explosives as well as a teacher for Schuylkill Institute of Business and Technology. Donald was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua. He enjoyed woodworking, often making gifts of ornaments, clocks, etc. for others. A collector of baseball cards, he was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and of Penn State. He took pride in his son-in-law’s and daughter’s business, Maury’s Music. 

Don is survived by daughter, Lori Rutch and her husband Maury of Coaldale; brother, David D. Scheitrum of Lansford, PA; 3 nephews; and a niece. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son Brian in 1998. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials in his name may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 Mauch Chunk Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252 OR the Tamaqua Area Baseball Association, C/O William Angst, 986 Catawissa Road, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


James H. Sonnon, Sr.
, 78, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Sunday, April 4th, at home.

Born in Meyerstown, PA on January 4, 1943, he was a son of the late William Henry & Parma Josephine (Cicero) Sonnon.

He was the widower of Barbara Lee (Dillard) Sonnon.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jim is also preceded in death by five brothers: Fred, William, George, Sam, & Robert Sonnon.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, camping, and hunting. He also enjoyed building model cars.

Jim had been employed as a truck driver for local textiles factories.

He is survived by two daughters: Montene M., wife of Jerry Moyer, of Cressona; & Nicole Minnich, widow of Brian, of Pottsville; two sons: James H. Sonnon, Jr., of Minersville; & Michael Sonnon, companion of Elaine Wall, of Pottsville; grandchildren: James Sonnon, III, Shain Wagner, Gwendolyn Wagner, Autumn Minnich, & Keith Minnich, great-grandson, Blaze Wagner, a sister, Rosemary Daubert, of St. Clair,his companion of 12 years, Dianne Legutko, Schuylkill Haven, numerous nieces & nephews, and daughter-in-law, Karen Sonnon, Minersville.

A viewing will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10th at Schuylkill Memorial Park's Chapel, 75 Memorial Dr., Schuylkill Haven. A graveside service will follow the viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Montene Moyer, 112 Schuylkill St. Cressona, PA 17929. Donations will be forwarded to Lehigh Valley Cancer Center in Jim's memory.


Nancy Lee Kintzel, 75, of Pottsville, passed away Saturday, April 3 at her residence.

Born June 12, 1945 in Pottsville to the late Arnold H. and Mildred Barthel Ziegler.

She was the wife of Ronald Lee Kintzel. They celebrated 54 years of marriage on October 8.

She was a graduate of Saint Clair High School, class of 1963 and Empire Beauty School, Pottsville. She worked for the former Roxy Beauty Salon, for many years. She retired after 22 years as a cleaning matron for the Pine Grove Area School District.

Nancy was of the Protestant Faith.

Nancy was preceded in death by an infant daughter Kelly Marie and sons Christopher Lee and Daniel Lee Kintzel.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her granddaughter Samantha Kintzel; brother Don A. Ziegler; and several nieces and nephews.

Services and interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.


Frances A. Gockley, 74, of Lake Wynonah, Auburn, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon in her residence with her loving daughter and family by her side.

Born in Reading, on January 9, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Lombardo) Torcivia.

She was a graduate of Reading Central Catholic High School.

Frances was a member of St. Ambrose R.C. Church, Schuylkill Haven.

She worked as a secretary at Boscovs, retiring in 2000.

Frances was an avid gardener and enjoyed being outdoors.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Gockley, on April 5, 2008, and to whom she was married 39 years; and brother, Nicholas.

Frances is survived by a daughter, Stephanie, wife of Thomas Russo, of Lake Wynonah; grandchildren: Thomas Jr. and Kaitlyn Russo and step-grandson, Christopher Russo.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 9th, at 11:00 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. A visitation with the family will be held from10:30 a.m. until time of service.

The family request contributions in Frances' memory be sent to: Alzheimer's Foundation of America 322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor New York, NY 10001, NY 10001.

Inurnment will follow in St. Ambrose Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at


Lindsey Angeline Vigoda
, age 25, of Port Carbon, PA passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at her home.

Born in Pottsville, PA on September 21, 1995, she was the daughter of Bernard T. and Janine M. (Ruby) Vigoda of Port Carbon.

Lindsey was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, Class of 2013, where she was involved in the welding department at the South Vo-Tech for 3 years. Lindsey then served in the US Army as a Specialist E-4 and worked as an Aviation Mechanic.

Lindsey was a member of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in New Philadelphia, a former member of the Port Carbon Fire Company and the Vietnam Vets in Port Carbon, and she helped with the T.A.R.A. Rescue while serving in the Army in North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Michael P. Vigoda Sr. and her maternal grandparents Martin and Anna Marie Ruby

In addition to her parents, Lindsey is survived by her son Mason Brian Blickley; a brother Philip M. Vigoda; and her paternal grandmother Theresa Vigoda, all of Port Carbon; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in New Philadelphia at 11AM on Friday, April 9th, with Rev. Ronald Minner officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Friday morning from 8:30-10:30AM at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon.

Interment with Military Honors will be held in the St. Anthony of Padua Cemetery in Port Carbon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to T.A.R.A. Rescue PO Box 711 Raeford, NC 28376 or

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Georgene Morgan Bowe, widow of James R. Bowe, Esquire, of Holland Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton Campus at 85 years of age.

Born Thursday, April 25, 1935 in Mauch Chunk, Jim Thorpe, the daughter of the late Winfield S., and Laura G. (Brooks) Morgan. Georgene was also predeceased by; sister, Yvonne Wagner; brother, Bruce Morgan.

Surviving are; son, Bryan M. Bowe of North Chelmsford, MA; daughter, Allison M. Bowe of Tamaqua. Many nieces and nephews also survive Georgene.

A graduate of Frackville High School, Georgene was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Tamaqua. A homemaker, Georgene was a terrific baker, and enjoyed trips to Disney World, playing cards with friends, and watching Downton Abbey.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

Graveside Memorial Service Friday April 9, 2021 at noon from Sky View Memorial Park Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.

Memorials in her name to:
First United Methodist Church
124 West Broad Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Arlayne Marie Kobel
, 90, of Gratz, passed away Sunday morning, April 4, 2021 at her home.

She was born on August 17, 1930 in Lykens Twp, PA, a daughter of the late Harry E. and Elvirdia Miller Welker.

Arlayne was a seamstress for the former Dormar Mfg, Gratz.

She was a member of St. Peter's "Hoffman's" United Church of Christ, Lykens, as well as a lifetime member of the Gratz Area Fire Company No. 1, Life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #2385, Gratz, and the American Legion Auxiliary, Herndon.

Arlayne enjoyed sewing, going to camp, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis E Kobel, three brothers, Elwood, Lester, and Clarence Welker; and a sister Helen Yergo.

She is survived by her son, Keith E. and wife Cynthia Kobel of Halifax; granddaughter, Lora Kobel of Halifax; grandson, Joshua Kobel of Halifax; sister, Hannah Klinger of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Peter's "Hoffman's" United Church of Christ, Lykens, on Saturday, April 10th at 11am, with Rev. Mark Rothermel officiating.

A visitation will be held from 10A.M. until the time of service at the church.

Burial will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery, Lykens.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter's UCC, 1289 S. Crossroads Rd, Lykens PA 17048.

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

Condolences can be left for the family at