Monday, May 10, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: May 10th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 10th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


W. Vaughn Wessner
, 28, of Orwigsburg, passed away Monday, May 10th, at his residence.

Born in Reading, on July 27, 1992, a son of Valerie (Hoover) Wessner, Cressona and Wade Wessner, of Auburn.

He was the husband of Rebecca M. (Weller) Wessner.

Vaughn was a graduate of Blue Mountain High School, class of 2010 and Bloomsburg University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in computer science. He was a member of St. Mark's United Church of Christ, Cressona. He was an excellent soccer player and enjoyed disc golf. He would play basketball at the Orwigsburg Memorial on Thursday evenings.

He was employed by Ehrlich Pest Control as a Residential Specialist.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by his sons McKinley Allen and Waylan Vaughn; sisters Jessica Biddle and her fiancé Matthew Knox and Nicole Cook wife of Tom, all of Downingtown; a niece Mia; a nephew Cameron; maternal grandparents Bruce and Jean Hoover, Cressona; paternal grandparents Ron and Gloria Wessner, Auburn; as well as many friends and extended family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, May 17th at Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Schuylkill Haven, with Rev. Kevin Fruchtl officiating.

A visitation for family and friends will be held prior from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at the Church.

Interment will follow at Cressona Cemetery, Cressona.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be made payable to Schuylkill County’s Vision, please notate the Suicide Prevention Task Force in the Memo, their mailing address is 11 East Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Eileen C. Kuchinsky, 74, of Pottsville, passed away Saturday, May 8th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Schuylkill, E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Shamokin on November 18, 1946, she was a daughter of the late James F. & Irene M. (Rhoades) McCormick.

She married her loving husband, Anthony Kuchinsky on October 16, 1971.

Eileen was a graduate of Penn State Schuylkill, and Pottsville Hospital School of Medical Technology.

She worked as a phlebotomist for Omega Labs, Good Samaritan Hospital, & Pottsville Hospital.

Eileen was a member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, especially amigori animals and popular figures. Eileen loved to read, and space station watching with her husband and grandson, Brett.She enjoyed learning to drive all over again with grandson, Jacob; and baking with granddaughter, Cheyenne.

In addition to her husband, Eileen is also survived by two daughters, Mary Ellen, wife of Dale Cochran, of Macungie; and Tina Kuchinsky, & her fiance Mike Wiley, of Hazleton.

She is also survived by grandchildren: Jacob Freil, Mahanoy City, Cheyenne Cochran, Macungie, & Brett Cochran, Macungie; as well as a sister, Marie, wife of Stan Poremba, of Kulpmont; & a brother, James F., husband of Diane McCormick, of Shamokin. Eileen is also survived by a niece, Denise Hackman and husband, Cory, Highspire, PA, a nephew, James Kuchinsky, Jr. and wife, Susan, Auburn and her brother-in-law, James A. Kuchinsky, Sr. and wife, Nancy, Summerfield, FL.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded by her sister, Catherine in 2018, brother, Andrew in 1963, nephew, Edward "EJ" in 1991, and niece, Kristen in 2018.

A Catholic Memorial Service will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, May 13th at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville.
Interment will be privately held.

At the family's request, memorial donations in Eileen's memory may be forwarded to Hillside SPCA P. O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901, Ruth Steinet SPCA, P.O. Box 332 Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 or Pottsville Library, 215 W. Market Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.


Sharon J. Rittenbaugh
, 70, of Laurel Court, Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on September 13, 1950 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Earl "Corky" and Sevilla Reichert Stine.

She was a 1968 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School and was a member of Jacob's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove.

Sharon was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt and always enjoyed spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death was a brother Rick Stine.

Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Dale "Pete" Rittenbaugh; three daughters, Jodi and husband Bill Wolfe, Paige and husband John Miller, Jr., Joy and husband Paul Neidlinger, all of Pine Grove; two sons, Marc Rittenbaugh and wife Jennifer, Craig Rittenbaugh and fiancé Lauren, both of Donaldson; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, her twin, Karen and husband Dale Zimmerman of Pine Grove, Trudy and husband Kevin Irving of Sellersville; a sister-in-law Emma Stine of Greensboro, NC; nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. at The Social Hall at Swatara Village on Swatara Drive, Pine Grove with her sister Rev. Trudy Irving and Rev. Ronald Stump officiating. Doors to the Social Hall will open at 6:00 P.M. for the service at 7:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1117 Country Club Rd., Camp Hilll, PA 17011 in her memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at


Carol Jean Haines, 74 of Louisiana died on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at St. Luke's Miners Memorial in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.

Born Saturday, December 7, 1946 in Allentown, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Beauri George Harrison Landis, and the late Pauline (Anthony) Landis. She was also predeceased by; husband, Robert Haines

Surviving are sisters, Marian Crable of Tamaqua, Arlene Selwitz of Altoona, nieces and nephews.

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

Interment Odd Fellows Cemetery Tamaqua, Pennsylvania

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Marion D. (Dudis) Andrews
, 86, of Pattersonville, Ringtown, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at Mountain City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Hazle Township.

Born Aug. 24, 1934, in Shenandoah, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria (Kordecki) Magnis Dudis.

She was a 1952 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Upon her graduation, she was employed by Bell Telephone Co., Philadelphia. Upon returning to the area, she worked for the former Horowitz Leather Goods, Shenandoah, Ringtown Manufacturing, General Cigar Co., Mahanoy City, and Alma Dress Co., Shenandoah.

Marion was a member of St. Mary's Church, Ringtown. She was past president and past vice president of the former Ringtown Women's Club. She served on the election board for Union Township as minority inspector for 35 years. She was also a member of the ILGWU, Women of the Moose and Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Andrews Sr., in 1980; two sisters, Marcella (Magnis) Gutswa, and an infant at birth, Florence Magnis; two brothers, Leonard Magnis, and an infant at birth, Eugene; one niece, Deborah Magnis; one sister-in-law, Doris (Romanuski) Magnis; one brother-in-law, Theodore Gutswa.

Surviving are one son, Anthony J. Andrews Jr. and his wife, Lynn, of Hazle Township; two grandsons, Tony Joe Andrews and Kyle Andrews; one brother, Joseph Dudis and his wife, Mary, of Bound Brook, N.J.; nieces; nephews; her caregivers and good friends, Lillian, Theresa, Crystal and all others who help Marion; her cat, Whiskers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am in St. Mary's Church, 82 N. Center St., Ringtown, with the Rev. Dominic Thao Pham, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Casimir's Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. All state and federal COVID-19 guidelines and regulations will be observed, including masking and social distancing. Expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Mary's Church, 82 N. Center St., Ringtown, PA 17967.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.


John J. Boxer
, 66, of Shenandoah, passed away at home on Sunday, May 9th, 2021.

John was born in Shenandoah, on April 3, 1955, a son of the late Anna Marie (Sposito) and Joseph Boxer.

He was a graduate of the former JW Cooper High School in Shenandoah, where he excelled in wrestling. He attended the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Shenandoah.

John was retired having last worked as a code enforcement officer for the Borough of Shenandoah and Gilberton Borough. Early in his career he was an equipment operator in the construction industry.

John enjoyed spending time in his garage, detailing and painting both automobiles and motorcycles. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a former PIAA swimming official. On dry land he was a well known pool shark.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sandra (Adams) Boxer, and by his children: a daughter Jennifer, of Florida; a son Eric Boxer, and his wife Holly, of New Ringgold; and a son Jordan Boxer, and his wife Krystal, of Schuylkill Haven. Two sisters survive, Joann Jacavage, fiancee of Jo Jo Mariano, of Shenandoah; and Maria Boxer, and her partner Tom, of St. Clair.

He is also survived by 7 grandchildren whom he adored and loved spending time with, Dominik, Sara, Grayson, Robyn, Lucas, Max and Natalie, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, and also by his beloved Maltese, Sherry.

In accordance with John's wishes, private services will be held for his family.


The redhead community has lost one of their own. Margaret T. "Marge" Minchoff went home to be with the Lord on April 29, 2021.

The Earth received her Nov. 11, 1953, in Pottsville, when she became the feisty daughter of the late George "Mick" Micklo Sr. and Margaret "Madge" (Hedges) Micklo. She grew up in the Minersville/Llewellyn area and attended Minersville schools.

Marge worked as an LPN at Laurel Nursing Home, Hamburg, for 24 years. Taking care of others was one of her undeniable passions in life. An animal lover, she loved her dogs, having adopted many over the years, and derived pleasure from watching songbirds that would flit to her feeders.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark R. Minchoff, in 2020, and a brother, George "Giggi" Micklo Jr., in 2018.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher Tice and wife, Mary (Angelo), Virginia, and Mark Minchoff and companion, Tamara Gajic, Philadelphia. She is also survived by two brothers, Wayne Micklo and wife, Bonnie, Mar Lin, and Leonard Micklo and companion, Norma, Minersville. She leaves behind two nieces, Joy Wilson and companion, Mike Rizzardi Sr., Minersville, and Bobbi Brandstatter, wife to Marvin, Hamburg; three great-nieces; five great-nephews; her two loving Jack Russell terriers, Wes and Maggie (already adopted). We would be remiss not to mention her best friend, Edith "Edie" Scharsch-Cromis, who was her other half for over 36 years.

The family will accept visitors from 1 p.m. until the service at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at River Church, 106 N. Sixth St., Pottsville. Private viewing for immediate family begins at 12:30 p.m.. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, all recommended social distancing, mask requirements, and public safety guidelines will be followed. Daughter, sister, mother, mother-in-law, niece, friend … we will miss you, Marge. Our lives now hold a blank space until we meet again. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is entrusted with arrangements.