Thursday, April 8, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: April 8th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 8th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Catherine J. Williams, 95, of Muir, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Muir, January 21, 1926, a daughter of the late Laura Miller Stahl. Catherine was a retired seamstress from the garment industry.

She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, Muir, where she was a member of the choir and the Helping Hands.

Catherine enjoyed spending time with her family and her church family, gardening, and doing word search puzzles. She was a volunteer with United Cerebral Palsy organization for many years.

In addition to her mother she was predeceased in death by her husband of 68 years, Thomas "Harry" Williams, 2014; two sons, infant Richard Williams and Rev. Thomas Williams; a daughter whom Catherine was extremely devoted to, Patricia Williams; a sister, Grace Hause; a brother, Elmer Long.

Surviving are her two sons, Robert "Abe" Williams and his wife Carol, Muir; Patrick Williams and his wife Daryl, Pine Grove; five grandchildren, Charles Roeder, Kristin, Ryan, and Corey Williams, and Ashley Johnson; five great grandchildren, Jaxon, Onika, Adam, Brynna and Lilia. Nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM from Grace United Methodist Church, Muir with Pastor Amanda Bressler officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Muir. Viewing will from 10-11 at the church. Memorial donations in her memory can be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 101 E. Wiconisco Street, Muir PA 17957.

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


Lee R. Miller, 67, of Tamaqua, PA. passed away at home on April 6, 2021. He was the husband of Ruth R. (Mantz) Miller, with whom he celebrated 46 years of marriage on April 13, 2020. 

Born in Allentown, PA., he was the son of the late Myles A. and Kathryn F.A. (DeLong) Miller, Sr. Lee was a 1972 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School. He was the former owner and operator of Lee Miller Used Cars and Trucks Sales in Germansville, PA. for over 35 years. Prior to that, he worked on his family farm. Lee was also the owner of L & R Collectibles in New Tripoli, PA. In Lee’s younger years, he enjoyed a lot of success racing stock cars. In his later years, he could be found watching stock car racing, whitetail hunting, operating equipment, and spending time with his grandkids. Lee was a member of the U.C.C. Congregation of Heidelberg Union Church in Slatington, PA. 

In addition to his loving wife, survivors include his son, Jason L. (Theresa L.) Miller of Germansville, PA.; daughter, Jennifer L. Zellner and her fiancĂ©, Kody Neumoyer of New Tripoli, PA.; six grandchildren, Josh and Tim Zellner, Peyton Neumoyer, McKensey, Peyton, and Dylan Miller; brothers, Myles A. Miller, Jr. of Schnecksville, PA., and Harold D. (Nancy) Miller of Whitehall, PA. 

Lee was predeceased by a brother, Glen C. Miller. There will be a public calling period on Monday, April 12, 2021 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM followed by a private funeral service at 12:30 PM in the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, 8405 Kings Highway New Tripoli, PA. 18066. 

Private interment in Heidelberg Union Cemetery, Slatington, PA. Pastor Nelson Quinones will officiate. Covid-19 restriction will be followed. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation c/o funeral home.


Steven 'Stevie' Davis, 56, of Ringtown, passed away Wednesday, April 7th, 2021, surrounded by his family at the Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown.

Stevie was born in Camp Lejeune, NC on August 13, 1964, a son of the late Marian (Shafransky) Davis.

He attended North Schuylkill High School and was currently employed by the Blaschak Coal Company, where he was a member of the United Mineworkers of America. Stevie was a talented welder and mechanic, who enjoyed working on cars. He could also be found working on home improvement jobs in the local area.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of the Shenandoah Fish and Game Club.

Stevie loved spending time with his friends, family and his companion, Ramona.

In addition to his mother Marian, Stevie was preceded in death by his grandparents, Anthony and Myrtle Shafransky, along with aunts and uncles.

He is survived by two sisters, Gayle, wife of Gene "Whitey" Miller, of Ringtown; and Darlene, wife of Joe Michalik, of Shenandoah; his companion, Ramona Panzarella, of Ringtown; and a son Jacob Donelson, of Ringtown.

Nieces, Angela Miller and Molly Michalik and nephew Gene Miller, Jr., also survive, along with an extended family of good friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing from 5 to 8 PM on Sunday, April 11th, at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown. Stevie will be laid to rest during private family services in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ringtown.


Carmella Marie (Stanell) Kayes Kovalesky was born 06-19-1929 in Shenandoah and was the beloved daughter of Mike and Mary (Fersullo) Stanell.

Through Carmella’s high school years, she worked at her grandfather, Joseph Fersullo’s, peanut shop on the corner of Main and Center street. Carmella married Bernard Kayes and had 4 children Michael, Rosemary, Dianne, and Bernie. After 10 years of a wonderful marriage, he was taken away due to cancer. While raising her children, she worked as a seamstress and then became floor lady overseeing all work at Debbie Jo Frocks. She built her home and resided in Shenandoah heights for 45 years. She then moved to Allentown to be near her daughter.

She is predeceased by her husband, Bernard Kayes; daughter, Rosemary (Kayes) Jacobs; son, Bernie Kayes; brothers James and Joseph and parents Mike and Mary.

She is survived by her son, Michael Kayes and daughter in law MaryAnn Kayes; daughter, Dianne Marie Moyer and partner Kris Snyder; grandchildren, Michael Kayes, Michelle Moyer, Robert Jacobs and partner Bonni Conrad, Nichole and husband Cody Snyder, Sean and wife Elizabeth Moyer and her great grandchildren; Ava, Elle, Sawyer, Jack and Brooks.

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

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are handling the arrangements.

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