Friday, May 14, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: May 14th, 2021

                                                                                                                  

Skook News Obituaries:  May 14th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.

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Barbara J. Donmoyer
, 60, of Sweet Arrow Lake Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021 at home.

Born on July 20, 1960 in Baltimore, MD, she was a daughter of the late Frank Natale and Alice Zackus Natale.

She was a 1978 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School and studied horticulture at VoTech.

Barbara worked in various greenhouses including Royers in Lebanon and Trail Gardens in Pottsville. She then worked for Excel Home Care, Allentown and was a care giver for her brother and mother.

She was active in the community with the Lions Club and Pine Grove Childrens Aid. Most days you could find her in her garden or flower beds and enjoying her family and friends. She also enjoyed going to see bands and dancing with her husband..

Preceding her in death were a daughter, Melody Williams; a brother, Carmine Natale, and a sister, Theresa Sorokach.

Surviving are her husband of 41 1/2 years, Tim (Grim) Donmoyer; a daughter, Harmony and husband Terry Etzweiler; two grandchildren, Mikaili Donmoyer and Brennden Etzweiler, all of Pine Grove; three brothers, George and wife Kathy Sorokach, Frank Natale, Albert Natale; three sisters, Millie and husband Frank Williams, Maria Doll, Lisa and husband Keith McHenry; nieces and nephews.

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

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

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Francis J. Cromyak, 87 years of age, of Main Street Mary D, Pennsylvania passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Pottsville Campus.

Born Friday, August 18, 1933 in Brockton, Pennsylvania the son of the late John, and Mary (Stefonick) Cromyak. He was also predeceased by; sister, Marie Kemmerle; brother, John Cromyak; step daughter, Christine Tandy.

Surviving are; his wife of 42 years Dorothy E. Kupetz; step- sons, Terry Boyer, Ricky Boyer, Randy Boyer, Dean Kupetz; brother, George J. Cromyak and his wife, Theresa of Pottsville; granddaughter whom he raised Ashley Herman and her daughters whom Francis adored, Awtum, and Olivia. Numerous other grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive Francis.

A graduate of Tamaqua High School, Francis served honorably in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Francis owned and operated Buggo's Bar in Mary-D for over 30 years, and worked as a presser at the former Brockton Sportswear. Byzantine by faith, Francis enjoyed trips to the casino.

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 Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Friday at E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services located at 655 E Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

A Celebration of Francis's Life will be held on Friday May 21, 2021 at 11 o'clock A.M. from the funeral home. friends may call from 9:30 A.M. until time of services.

Interment with Military Honors bestowed will take place on Monday May 24, 2021 at 10 O'clock A.M. at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in his name to:
Disabled American Veterans
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301

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Bernie Marchalonis, 80, of Barnesville, PA, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL.

Born in Mahanoy City, PA on February 26, 1940, Bernie was the son of the late Catherine (Rudis) and Bernard Anthony Marchalonis. He grew up in Mahanoy City with his three sisters and worked as a child in his parent's corner grocery store and summers at Locust Lake. Bernie was a regular attendee of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. He graduated from Mahanoy City HS in 1958 and from East Stroudsburg State College in 1962 with a BS in Education. Bernie was a top-scoring MVP athlete who played basketball in high school and in college.

Immediately after college, Bernie began his 35-year career as an educator at Mahanoy Area, teaching high school biology and geography to thousands of students. Known affectionately by students as "Mr. Marsh", he regularly entertained students with jokes and puns while teaching world capitals and "photosynthesis". For many years Bernie was the "voice of MAHS football", announcing home games in the stadium. He also assisted as a band chaperone for away games and field trips. In retirement, Bernie volunteered at Meals on Wheels and provided care and support for many friends and relatives.

Bernie met the love of his life while lifeguarding on the shores of Beach Haven, NJ. Mary Ellen (Plumb) was a waitress in Beach Haven who was introduced to Bernie on a double date. So began a partnership that would continue for 57 years of marriage. After a few years living in Pottsville and Mahanoy City, Bernie and Mary Ellen built a home in Barnesville where they would raise their two children and enjoy numerous picnics, celebrations, and traditions with family and friends.

Bernie was blessed with close relatives and many friendships, a number of which began in grade school and continued throughout his lifetime. Many of these friends met weekly at each other's homes, back yards, or local restaurants for food and refreshments. They also traveled to destinations around the country and the world. Bernie and Mary Ellen adventured to every continent including his favorite, Antarctica, and usually by cruise ship. Family vacations to Beach Haven or Bethany Beach were a summer highlight. Always the photojournalist, Bernie diligently captured images which he would regularly compile and narrate to document a trip, event, or occasion. Many enjoyed his annual calendars, personalized for each recipient.

Bernie was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ellen and sister Florence. He is survived by sisters, Catherine (Kitty) Davis, Lancaster, and Lucille Loder, Pittsford, NY; a son, Robert Marchalonis and wife Melissa, Lancaster, and daughter, Mary Catherine Seibert and husband James, Orwigsburg. Bernie is also survived by grandchildren, Ryan Shakely and wife Jessica, Hummelstown, Janelle Meck and husband Ben, Phoenixville, Matthew Marchalonis and wife Leslie, Corpus Christi, TX, Michael Marchalonis and wife Madison, Rodgers, AR, Adam Seibert, Jacksonville, FL, James Seibert Jr., Raleigh, NC; great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Katherine, Sophia, Logan, and Abigail; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish Saturday May 22, at 10 am with Father Kevin Gallagher officiating.

Friends and Family may call from 9 am at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Teresa of Calcutta Church, 600 W. Mahanoy Street, Mahanoy City, PA 17948.

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