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Skook News Obituaries: May 18th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 18th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Kathryn M. Jakubco
, 96, loving wife and mother, formerly of Tuscarora, PA, died on Monday, May 17, 2021 in Pottsville, PA. She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Jakubco who died in 2002. 

Born in Tuscarora on April 6, 1925, Kathryn was a daughter of the late John and Theresa (nee Holich) Kotch. A 1944 graduate of the former Blythe Township High School, she worked in the business office of the former Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville, PA for 30 years. Formerly a member of St. Bertha Catholic Church, Tuscarora, Kathryn was currently a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua, PA. She was active in St. Bertha’s Ladies Guild and the Tuscarora Fire Company Auxiliary. 

Kathryn is survived by son, Joseph G. Jakubco and his wife, Lynda of Tuscarora; daughters, KathrynMary Opresko and her husband Stephen of Lancaster, PA, Regina Nichols and her husband, Alan of Allentown, PA, and Sheila Gasser and her husband, Russell of Hazleton, PA; 10 grandchildren; a great granddaughter; sisters, Dorothy Kotch of Tuscarora and Theresa Yacobowsky and her husband Paul of Tuscarora; and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by daughter, Rosella Bulavage and brothers, Joseph Kotch and John Kotch. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua. Interment in St. Bertha Cemetery, Tuscarora will follow the mass. Call 8:30-10 AM in the Parish Hall. Memorials in Kathryn’s name may be made to The Parish of St. John XXIII, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 

Please be reminded that if you are unvaccinated, masks are requested and if you are fully vaccinated, masks are at your discretion. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Mary E. Roth
, 70, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Sunday, May 16th, at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. Born in Pottsville on October 3, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Alfred & Elizabeth (Steffanic) Shollenberger.

Mary was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven.

She was a graduate of Nativity BVM High School; and had attended Goldie-Beacom College in Delaware. She had been employed as a pharmaceutical technician.

In addition to her parents, Mary is also preceded in death by her son, Steven Joseph Roth, and brother, Paul Shollenberger.

She is survived by a daughter, Stacy Roth-Balulis, wife of Adam Balulis, of Schuylkill Haven; three grandchildren: Steven, Emma, & Adam, two brothers: Alfred Shollenberger, of Delaware; & Joseph Shollenberger, of Orwigsburg, nieces, nephews, her "sister", Joanie Katz, of Florida, and many other dear friends.

Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be conducted by Deacon Jack Quirk at 12 Noon on Friday, May 21st in the chapel at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.


Clyde W. Fetterolf Jr., 85, Ashland, passed away on Tuesday May 18th at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill, Pottsville.

Born in Locustdale, he was a son of the late Clyde and Ruth Lieser Fetterolf. He had been employed as the maintenance supervisor at the South Vo-Tech school until his retirement.

Clyde was a United States Marine Corp. veteran. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Ashland, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2580, Frackville and a member of the Ashland Fish and Game.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Beverly Kohlenburg.

Clyde is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret M. Fetterolf; his two sons: Kenneth and Robert Fetterolf, Newport, NC; his three step-sons: Mark and his wife Renee Metzinger, Hummelstown, Thomas and his wife Jacqueline Metzinger, Ashland and William Metzinger, Gordon; two brothers: Wally Fetterolf, Mowry and Ed Fetterolf, Lavelle; a sister, Judy Rothermel, Hegins; 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22nd from St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland with Rev. Brian Miller, pastor, as the celebrant. Friends are invited to his viewing from 9 a.m. until the time of mass at the church on Saturday morning. Interment with military honors will be private.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Girardville is in charge of the arrangements.


Tyler J. Dougherty, 23, of Barnesville, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 at his home.

Tyler was born in Pottsville, on March 29, 1998, a son of James Dougherty, of Mahanoy City and the late Helene Grutza.

He attended the Mahanoy Area High School, where he played football and then worked as a laborer in the local construction and remodeling industry. He was a computer enthusiast, and enjoyed online gaming.

In addition to his mother, Helene Grutza, he was preceded in death by a grandfather, Frank Pleban; a grandfather, Gary Grutza; a grandfather, James George Dougherty; great grandmother Gloria McMullen; a great grandfather, John Jack Grutza; and great grandparents John and Rose Leso.

He is survived by his father, James Alexander Dougherty and his wife, Krista of Mahanoy City and by his siblings: a brother, Miles Grutza, of Barnesville; a sister, Kaylie Dougherty, of Mahanoy CIty; a sister, Jennifer Dougherty, of Bethlehem; a sister, Amanda Dougherty, of Bethlehem; and a sister, Harlee Dougherty, of Mahanoy City and a step brother, Dylan Clark of Pottsville.

An aunt, Shannon Lee Grutza, of Barnesville; a niece, Zeliah Grutza, of Mahanoy City; a cousin Shayla Barkus, of Barnesville; his grandmother, Wanda Grutza, of Barnesville; and grandparents John and Cathleen Leso of Mahanoy City also survive, as do many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 4 PM to 6 PM on Thursday, May 20th , 2021 at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown.

Everyone attending is asked to be respectful of Tyler's family and wear a mask while inside the funeral home.