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Skook News Obituaries: May 15th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 15th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Alvin “Al" D. Lemmon Jr,
61, of Tremont passed away on Thursday, May 13 due to natural causes. Al is the son of late Alvin D. Lemmon and Alice Lemmon and was born in San Francisco, CA in 1959. 

Like his father, Al joined the U.S. Army at a young age and spent 23 years defending his country in places like Honduras, Germany, Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. 

 Al was married to Janet Swartzlander from 1979 until her passing in 2015 and is survived by their 3 children; Kathleen; spouse Liz, Jonathan; Spouse Jennifer, Alvin III, and grandchildren; Zackari and Johnathon Shaffer. 

Al was an avid bowler and enjoyed spending time on the lanes with his children.  Al also enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, playing bingo, going to concerts, baseball games, spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids, friends, and family. He also enjoyed spending time with buddies from the military. Al is survived by his three children, nephew James, and niece Kristi. Al was a kind hearted soul that would help anyone in need. Al will be joined in heaven by his parents, sisters, brother, wife Janet, and grandson Finnegan and will truly be missed. 

 A Viewing will be held on Tuesday, May 18th from 8:00am-9:30am at H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc. in Pine Grove and will be followed by a ceremony at Ft. Indiantown Gap for a limited group of family & friends due to CDC Covid guidelines. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 139 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, 17963 in his memory. You may send condolences online at


Thomas J. Halpin, 80, of Brookshire, Norwegian Township, passed away on Friday at his home.

Born in Clearfield on December 2, 1940, he was the son of the late Thomas and Mary Cominetto Halpin. He was a 1958 graduate of Nativity B.V.M. High School and earned his degree in Business Administration from King’s College.

He began his career in 1963 with Exxon Chemical, Pottsville and moved to New Jersey. He served as material control section head before being promoted into sales and eventually becoming District Sales Manager in 1977. In 1980, he returned to Pottsville and became a Production Manager at Exxon Chemical in Marlin, before being promoted in 1983 to Plant Manager.

In 1986, he left manufacturing and opened his own business, Shamrock Gardens in Port Carbon growing and selling seasonal flowers. He returned to manufacturing in 1992, as principal founder of COPOL, International LTD, North Sidney, Nova Scotia Canada, he remained active in the business.

He was a member of the former St. Stephen Church, Port Carbon and a current member of St. Clare of Assisi R.C. Church, Saint Clair. He enjoyed model train collecting.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Penna, in 2016.

Tom is survived by his wife, the former Catherine “Kate” Quinn; three daughters, Diane Luckenbill (spouse, Larry), North Manheim Township, Christine Pfeiffenberger (spouse, James), Pottsville, and Susan Drasdis (spouse, Joseph), Pottsville; a son, Thomas Halpin III (spouse, Sue), Breinigsville; eight grandchildren, Emily Pfeiffenberger, Lorissa and Lyle Luckenbill, Joseph and Kayla Drasdis, Kyra, Emma and Erin Halpin; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at St. Clare of Assisi R.C. Church, 250 East Hancock Street, Saint Clair from 10:30 A.M. to 11: 15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. The family prefers donations to St. Clare of Assisi Church, 250 East Hancock Street, Saint Clair, to St. Patrick Church, 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Alice J. (Wychulis) Cicioni
, 81, a longtime resident of Lower William Penn, Shenandoah, currently residing with her daughter, Shirley C. Antonini at Guldin Acres, Schuylkill Haven went home to be with God on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Shenandoah on November 26, 1939, she was a daughter of the late John & Alice (Miskinis) Wychulis and the granddaughter of late Rose Miskinis who raised her.

She was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights and as she was a talented singer, performed at many school functions.

Alice was a retired employee having worked in the local garment industry.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah and the former St. George’s Church. She was also a member of St. Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven and the ILGWU.

Alice was a devoted mother and grandmother especially to her three grandchildren who were the light of her life. She enjoyed attending their school events and activities. As a hobby, she enjoyed making trips to the local casinos.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents and grandmother were her husband and high school sweetheart, Louis G. Cicioni on September 7, 2016; and two sisters, Beann Samalko and Mary Ellen Wychulis.

Surviving are her daughter, Shirley C. Antonini and her husband Robert of Schuylkill Haven with whom she was currently resided; three grandchildren, Angelique Antonini, Antoinette Antonini and Robert Antonini, II; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:30 am in St. Ambrose Church, 201 Randel St., Schuylkill Haven with Monsignor Edward S. Zemanik, Pastor as the celebrant. Entombment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Thursday morning from 9:15 am until 10:15 am in St. Ambrose Church. All current state and federal COVID-19 guidelines and regulations will be observed.

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


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