Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: May 11th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 11th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Margaret M. Malloy, 92, of New Ringgold, formerly of Philadelphia, passed away Monday, May 10th, at the home of her son Philip Malloy, with her family by her side.

She was born November 12, 1928 in Huntingdon Valley, PA. She was the daughter of Joseph and Adeline (Palmer) Cataldo. She was married to Thomas Edward Malloy for 66 years until his passing, on September 27, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her six siblings Fanny Buccello, Joseph Cataldo, Philip Cataldo, Lucy Feriod, Anthony Cataldo and Adeline Sorace.

Surviving are her three sons Thomas Malloy husband of Gina, Philip Malloy husband of Bonnie, and Daniel Malloy husband of Lynn. She is also survived by eight grandchildren Philip Malloy, Jennifer Jones, Jeffrey Malloy, Stephen Malloy, Grace Malloy, Madeline Malloy, Jonathan Malloy and Rachel Malloy. She has eight great grandchildren and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was passionate throughout her life with landscaping and worked as a floral designer in the Philadelphia area for many years, after graduating from Lower Moreland High School. Her focus was always care of her family and cooking amazing dinners for her loved ones.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Hamburg on Friday, May 21 at 11 am with Reverend Don Cieniewicz officiating.

No visitation will be held prior.

Donations in her honor can be sent to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg PA 17110 or at www.hospiceofcentralpa.org


Charles R. (Chuck) Letcher, 59, of Orwigsburg, passed away Saturday, May 8th, at his residence.

Chuck was born in Pottsville on October 2, 1961, a son of the late Beverly Ann (Rennell) and Melvin Stratton Letcher.

He was a 1979 Graduate of Blue Mountain High School.

He was a past member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Orwigsburg.

Chuck served in the US Army National Guard and worked as a machine operator or the former Rennier Plastic Company, Auburn

He was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and enjoyed making his own smoked cheese. He was also an avid hunter and enjoyed collecting antiques.

Chuck is survived by two daughters, Samantha Letcher and Jacquelynne Letcher as well as his son, Joshua Letcher; sister, Nancy, wife of Michael Weiss, brother, Melvin Letcher. He is also survived by grandchildren Calliope & Penelope, nieces, nephews & cousins.

Chuck was predeceased by his son Charles Robert Letcher, Jr. and his nephew Michael Andrew Constanty.

A Celebration of Life Service, for Chuck, will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 19th at Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with Rev Michael Petrusky officiating. Memorial gathering will start at 9:00 AM

Interment , with Military Honors, at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Inc. Schuylkill Haven.


Charles Edward Felty, 83 years old, of Blythe Township, PA, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones. Born on August, 16th, 1937, Charles was the son of the late Warren Felty and Anna (Stripe) Felty Nye of Schuylkill Haven, PA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Warren (Tex) Felty, and David Nye.

Charles is survived by his wife of 61 years, Arlene Mae (Guers) Felty, their four children, thirteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren: Charles Jr., wife Roberta, and children, Robert and Megan Felty; Carl, wife Jill, and their children and grandchildren, Dennis Felty, husband to Cathy and their children Dylan and Abigail; Krystan Kuba, wife to Thomas and their daughters, Aubrey, Jessa and Cambria; Brooke Kerschner, wife to Zachary and their newborn son Jase; Collin Felty; Charlene (Felty) Hoffman, husband Rickey, and their children and grandchildren,James Hoffman husband to Dr. Janelle and their sons, Matthew, Andrew and Ethan; Jaclyn (Hoffman) Hink, wife to Eric, and their twins, Eli and Everly; Jordan Hoffman, husband to Samantha, and their daughters, Haven, Hope and a baby girl due in August; Chad, his companion Lyndsey Kunkel, and children, Connor, Cooper, Cole and Callie Felty, and Owen and Olivia. Charles is also survived by a brother, William Nye, nieces, and nephews.

Charles was a graduate of Cressona High School where he served as the president of the FFA. He worked in multiple agricultural professions like milking cows, processing turkeys, raising pigs, and picking apples. He also drove for UPS before starting his school bus business. He belonged to many different organizations like the Little Schuylkill Lions Club, the Blue Mountain Young Farmers, and served as Master of the Lewistown Valley Grange. Charles was a veteran serving 26 years in the Army National Guard, and was a proud member of Zion Church of the Lewistown Valley and the New England Fire Company.

Together with his wife and family, Charles tended to his farm located at the end of Tumbling Run Road that raised various animals and crops over the years. He raised heifer replacements, pigs, apples, corn, etc., however, his most prized accomplishment was being fondly known as a bus driver to many students. From the humble beginnings, Felty Transportation has been providing school bus services to local school districts like St. Clair and Tamaqua for over 50 years.

As the patriarch of the family, Charles’s passion for farming is carried on through his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His transportation legacy will continue with the help of his family and dedicated employees. Charles lived a full life and will be remembered as a comical yet hard working husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, employer, and bus driver. He will be deeply missed by all.

A funeral service will be held at Zion Church of Lewistown Valley on Saturday May 15 at 1 PM. Visitation in the church from 11 to 1. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Donations can be made in memory of Charles to Schuylkill County 4H.

Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. is honored to be serving the family.


Kathryn Elizabeth Wakiyama, 68, of Orwigsburg, passed away Monday, May 10th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Private services are entrusted to at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 156, 215 N. Warren St. Orwigsburg, PA 17961 or an animal shelter of your choice in Kathryn’s memory.


David G. Huff
, 80, passed away peacefully Sunday at his home in Schuylkill Haven.

He was born in Pottsville to his parents Harry and Lorraine Huff.

David graduated from Blue Mountain High School and attended Penn State University. He served in the Air Force and worked refueling B-52 bomber aircraft during the Vietnam War. After his military service, David worked for Bendix Corp. as a field engineer until his retirement in 1993. His main responsibility was working with NASA installing satellite communication towers throughout the world. These satellite towers were vital to the American space program. David was an avid skeet shooter and hunter. He was a lifetime NRA member. David was also a longtime member of the Schuylkill County Corvette Club and loved racing in the hill climb races to the Pagoda in Berks County. The activity he loved most was spending time with his family and beloved dogs.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Richard.

He is survived by his sweetheart of 25 years, Darlene "Dee" Caves; brothers, Sam, husband of Simone, New Port Richie, Fla., Bob, Long Boat Key, Fla.; four nieces and two nephews. He is also survived by his "adopted" daughter, Denise Troutman, wife of Eric Jr. and her sister, Dawn; his "adopted" grandchildren, Lauren, Jarred and Alisa; and "adopted" great-grandchildren, Keith and Dominic. He will also especially miss his fur baby, Sophia.

There will be a viewing from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday, May 14, at Schuylkill Memorial Park Chapel followed by a service with Pastor Bill Wink officiating. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Schuylkill County SPCA. Grabowski Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at grabowskifuneralhome.com.