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Skook News Obituaries: April 9th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  April 9th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Leonard E. (Shiney) Kurpell, 81, of New Boston, PA, passed away Thursday, April 8th, at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Arrangements are private.

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


Kathryn Wetzel, 100, of Pitman, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Polk Personal Care Center, Millerburg, where she had resided the past 5 years.

Kathryn was born in Pitman, on February 4, 1921, a daughter of the late Eva (Zerby) and Frank Heim.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years Nelson "Pinky" Wetzel on April 3, 2013. She was also preceded in death by 5 brothers, Harold, John, Harry, Alton and Leroy Heim, and six sisters, Miriam Harring, Violet Wetzel, Ellen Houseal, Mary Weikel, Martha Willier and Betty Kehler.

She was employed at Twin Valley Farmers Exchange for over 20 years.

She was a member of St. Paul's E.C. Church and enjoyed crocheting and knitting.

Kathryn is survived by three sons Jackson, husband of Judy Wetzel, of Herndon; Roger, husband of Barbara Wetzel, of Valley View; Bruce Wetzel, of Pitman; 7 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.

A walk through viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 10-11 AM at St. Paul's E.C. Church, Pitman. Due to current health concerns masks will be required at all times within the church. Social Distancing of 6 feet and minimal conversations are asked to be adhered to as you pay your respects to Kathryn and the family. Thank you for honoring the family's request.

The funeral and interment service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's E.C. Church General Fund, 172 Ridge Road, Pitman, PA 17964.

The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the online guest book please visit


Jason E Conner, 43, of Pitman, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his residence.

Jason was born in Ashland, PA on November 26, 1977, a son of Judy (Kukuk) Conner, of Pitman . He was preceded in death by his father Richard Conner and a brother Jeremy Conner.

He attended the Tri-Valley School district and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Jason is also survived by a daughter, Jazlyn Conner, of Ashland, grandson Colton, a special nephew Dakota Conner as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

Viewing will be held on Monday April 12, 2021 from 6-8 PM at the Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, 1133 Ridge Road, Klingerstown, with the funeral service following at 8:00 PM with Pastor Todd Wolfe officiating.

Private interment will be held at St. Paul's E.C. Cemetery, Pitman, PA.


June B. Faust, beloved mother and grandmother of Market Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at St. Luke's Miners Memorial in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.

Born Sunday, October 13, 1929 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania she was the daughter of the late Charles and Estella (Zehner) Nahf. She was also predeceased by her husband, Joseph Morgan Faust on March 20, 1996 and a daughter-in-law, Rosemary Whetstone.

Surviving are children, Dawn M. Faust, Joseph C. "Chip" Faust and Brent J. Faust all of Tamaqua.

A graduate of Tamaqua High School, June worked for the former Scheid's Department Store, in the Textile Industry, owned Dawn's Ceramics for many years and later demonstrated products in local grocery stores. She was active in Scouting, having served as a Den Mother while assisting with Girl Scout activities and was active with the high school band.

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 Celebration of June's Life will be held on Tuesday evening April 13, 2021 at 6 o'clock P.M. from the funeral home. Friends may call from 5 to 6:00 P.M.

Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name may be made to:
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
P.O. Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Horace E. "Bud" Brandenberger, Jr.
, 79, of Lykens, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021, due to injuries sustained in automobile accident in Porter Township.

Born in Warminster, March 23, 1942 a son of the late Horace Brandenberger, Sr. and Lillian Snowden Stevens.

He was a retired truck driver with Quaker State.

Bud and his family had a great passion for horses, they have rescued and rehabbed horses for many years while living in Gratz. He will be remembered as being a country western fan and always dressed the part.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Brandenberger of Berrysburg.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth A. Whyno Brandenberger; six children, Scott, Kitty and Charlie McIntosh all of Florida; Ginger Buchanon, TN; William Brandenberger, New York and Victoria Brandenberger, Lykens; three step-children, Johnny Adams, Philadelphia, Charles Whyno, Wiconisco and Isaac Shultz, Millersburg; four sisters, Loretta Able, Sherry Vandergrift and Helen Helstrom all of Quakertown; Viola Endrick, Warminster. Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am from the Lykens United Methodist Church, 527 N. Second Street, Lykens, with Rev. Lori Betsworth officiating. Viewing will be from 10-11 am at the church. Burial will be private in Bucks County.

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


Jean M. Albertini, 92, of Minersville, passed away Thursday, April 8th, at Luther Ridge at Seiders Hill Assisted Living. 

Jean was born in Mackeysburg, on May 13, 1928, a daughter of the late Anna (O'Boyle) Tobin and Aloysious Tobin. She was the widow of Henry R. Albertini. She was a member of Saint Matthew the Evangelist Minersville, and of the former St. Barbara Church, Minersville. She was once a Seamstress in the local garment industry. She was a former member of the Saint Ann's Sodality. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Henry, who she is now joined together again with after 40 years of his passing, February 24, 1981. Also preceding in death, A Brother, Aloysious Tobin. Sisters; Philomena Lipshaw, Catherine Campion and her son-in-law Steven F. Schwartz. 

Jean is survived by five daughters, Karen, and her Companion Lee Felsburg , Susan, wife of David Nevada, Lisa, wife of Mark DiRenzo, Gina, wife of James Bohorad, Jane, wife of David Plachko. Jean is also survived by three sisters, Elizabeth, wife of Charles Lavis, AnnMarie Urmanavage, Rose, wife of John Koppenhaver. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Matthew & Mark Schwartz, Jared & Melanie Nevada, Devan DiRenzo, Alyssa Hager, Bryce Hager, Dylan Bohorad, Tyler & Jacob Plachko. Great grandchildren; Ava, Cole & Kael Schwartz, Addilyn Campbell, Brixton McCabe, Paige & Paisley Borrell. 

Jean is also survived by a special niece, Patricia Forney, who held a very special place in her heart. Jean’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. 

Visitation will be held 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 13th at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. in Minersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Tuesday at Saint Matthew the Evangelist Church of the Holy Family Parish in Minersville, with Reverend Jason F. Stokes officiating. 

Interment Saint Barbara Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children’s Research Hospital. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


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