Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 7th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 7th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Ann M. Marcin, 84 years of age. a longtime resident of Tamaqua Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Hospice & Community Care Inpatient in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.

Born Saturday, April 11, 1936 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Joseph, and Rose (McHugh) Engelmann. She was also predeceased by her husband Joseph M. Marcin in 2009.

Surviving are son, Joseph M. Marcin, Jr. and his wife Julie of Tamaqua; daughters, JoAnn Miller - Marcin and her spouse Chris of Milford, DE, Bernetta VanGorden of Lancaster; grandchildren, Brienia, Joseph, Rylan, Caitlin, Allison, Zachary; great grandchildren, Avery, and Aubrey. Nieces and nephews also survive Ann.

A 1954 graduate of Mauch Chunk Catholic High School, Ann was a devoted member of St. John XXIII R.C.C. of Tamaqua. She was a member of the C.W.E.A. of the former St. Jerome R.C.C., and belonged to the Tamaqua American Legion Auxiliary. Ann retired as a bookkeeper form Lehigh Valley Asphalt.

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

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday April 17, 2021 at 10 o'clock A.M. from St. John XXIII R.C.C. 307 Pine Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.

Interment will be in St. Jerome R.C.C. Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in Ann's name to:
Hospice & Community Care Inpatient
4075 Old Harrisburg Pike
Mount Joy Pennsylvania 17552

Online condolences or a fond memory of Ann can be expressed by visiting


Neil N. “Chiefy” Stefanisko
, 46, of Gordon, passed away suddenly Tuesday morning at his home.

Born in Coaldale, he was the son of Angeline (Melfy) Stefanisko, of Kline Twp. and the late Norman Stefanisko.

Neil was a 1992 graduate of Marian Catholic High School, where he was a football standout and played on the State Championship team. He attended Wilkes University, where he played football and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, class of 1996.

Neil was the Chief Adult Probation Officer for Schuylkill County.

He was a member of St. Charles of Borromeo Church, Ashland. Neil was a former treasurer for Ashland Little League and current treasurer for North Schuylkill Spartan Halftime Club. He was an NRA Firearms instructor and held several positions with the former Keystone Vol. Fire Co., McAdoo.

Neil enjoyed taking trips to the area casinos. He was one the nicest guys you could ever meet, he would do anything for anyone. He was a devoted and loving son, husband, father, brother and friend to many, and he will be sadly missed by all.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his father, are his sister Karen Stefanisko; and father-in-law George Savakinas.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his loving wife of 17 years, Shannon (Savakinas) Stefanisko; his pride and joy, sons Luke Stefanisko, at home and SA Jacob Shearn, USN; sister Sharon Skotek of Kline Twp.; nephews Matthew and John Skotek; mother-in-law Helen Savakinas of Gordon; and also surviving are several brothers-in law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, godchildren and many beloved friends.

His funeral will be held Monday from the Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., Blaine and Cleveland Streets, McAdoo, at 10:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in Church of All Saints, McAdoo. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, McAdoo.

Calling hours will be held Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

All current Covid-19 restrictions will apply.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Schuylkill Spartan Halftime Club.

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Elizabeth “Betty” Fulmer, 102, of Kelayres, passed away Monday evening at her residence.

Born in Kelayres, she was the daughter of the late Domenic and Elizabeth (Cherico) Polimeno.

Betty was a member of Church of All Saints, McAdoo.

Prior to retiring, she was employed at McAdoo Manufacturing for 45 years.

Preceding her in death, was her husband Charles Fulmer; sisters Jennie Polimeno, Mary Giampa and Lucille Fegley; and brothers Joseph and Carmen Polimeno.

Surviving, are her sisters Phyllis Polimeno of Kelayres and Rose Marie Brezinski of Hazleton; sister-in-law Dianne Catizone and husband John of Lost Creek; and many nieces and nephews also survive

Her funeral will be held Friday from the Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Msgr. William Baker will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial in Church of All Saints at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, McAdoo.

A calling hour will be held Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

All current Covid restrictions will apply.

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Bernadine M. Schmeer, 75, of Kelayres, passed away suddenly Monday.

Born in Kelayres, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Elizabeth (Stranko) Befano.

She was of the Roman Catholic faith.

Bernadine was an avid reader. In her younger days, she was active with the McAdoo Little League.

Bernadine was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed.

Preceding her in death, was her son Mark S. Schmeer, Sr., great-granddaughter Sophia Schmeer, brother Louis Befano, and sister Elizabeth A. Ciccozzi.

Surviving, are her son Richard Schmeer of McAdoo; grandchildren Mark S. Schmeer, Jr.; Amber Sones and husband Brian; Shauna Mesaric and husband Daniel; Aaron Schmeer and partner Lauren Peifer; and Shannon Schmeer; twelve great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews also survive.

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

The Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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