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Skook News Obituaries: May 20th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 20th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Doris B. Habel, 91, of Hometown, PA, died on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in Nesquehoning, PA. She was the wife of the late Roy D. Habel who preceded her in death 26 days ago. They were married for 75 years in March of this year. 

Born in Tamaqua, PA on February 18, 1930, Doris was the daughter of Edgar and Mary (nee King) Malick. She and Roy were the co-owners of the Mountain Side Coal Breaker for which she was the secretary. Doris was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua and the Tamaqua American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. In her pastime, she loved to crochet. Doris loved her family and was a mother to everyone who came to her. 

She is survived by son, Joseph and his wife Danielle of Tamaqua; daughter, Doris V. Hosier of Tamaqua; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Habel of Mary D, PA; grandchildren, Roy Habel, Marc Habel, Kimberly Mendinsky, Brenda Wallace, Chris Moser, and Brock Roberts; 5 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; stepbrothers and stepsisters; and numerous nephews and nieces. 

In addition to her husband Roy, Doris was predeceased by son, Roy “Poncho” Habel; daughter, Kathryn M. Moser and her husband, Robert; and brother, Harold Malick. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, May 24 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Cindy White officiating. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow the service. Call 9-11 AM on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials in Doris’s name may be made to the Tamaqua American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary, 206 West Broad 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 Louise Larish, 64, of St. Clair, died Tuesday May 18, 2021, at LVHN-Schuylkill – East Norwegian, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, July 3, 1956 She was a daughter of the late Robert “Red” McCaffrey and Louise (Hughes) McCaffrey.

She was a 1975 graduate of Pottsville Area High School and worked as a Hospitality Hostess at LVHN-Schuylkill South.

She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, St. Clair.

Surviving are her husband of 40 years James D. Larish; 2 sons James Larish Jr. of St. Clair; Eric Larish and his wife Maria of Pottsville; daughter Alexandra Larish of St. Clair; 2 brothers James McCaffrey and his wife Patricia of Cressona; Robert McCaffrey and his wife Kerry of Schuylkill Haven, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday May 24, 2021 from the Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 North 2nd Street, St. Clair, PA 17970.The Rev. Msgr. William Glosser will be officiating. Friends may call Sunday 6:00- 8:00 PM and Monday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 712 S Keyser Ave, Taylor, PA 18517. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, St. Clair.


Ruth Matilda (Tyson) Wagner Brodhead, 92, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away peacefully Monday, May 17th, at her residence, surrounded by family.

Ruth was born in Reading, on April 7, 1929, a daughter of the late Ruth (Lenhart) Tyson and Samuel Elliott Tyson II.

She was the widow of Bickley Burns Brodhead. She was also predeceased by her first husband Albert M. Wagner in 1983.
Ruth was a member of Welcome United Methodist Church Landingville and
She graduated from Reading high School in 1947 and Albright College in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics.

Ruth is survived by her Children, Anna Wagner-Sauber, wife of Todd and Peter Wagner. Ruth’s grandchildren are Allison Wagner, Emily Wagner-Goveo and Emma Kleckner. She is also survived by her late husband’s children & Families; Janet & Shaune Morely; Lois & David Freese and their children Zoe Cline; Samantha Higgins; Josh Freese & Bob Freese; niece Kathy (Tyson) Davey, wife of Larry.

Ruth was preceded in death by her son J. Andrew Wagner & her brother Samuel Elliott Tyson, III.

A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 11th at Welcome United Methodist Church in Landingville, with Pastor Timothy Christman officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until time of service, in the church. Interment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery, Landingville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA PO Box 332 Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

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


Harold I. Thompson, 93, of Tower City, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021 at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Sheridan, February 9, 1928, a son of the late Roy and Margaret Houtz Thompson. Harold served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Harold was a retired mechanic from the former Sheridan Service Station.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Marlene, Thelma and Mary Lou; brothers, Lamar, Robert, Roy and Clyde.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Harold will be laid to rest privately in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Anthony E. Kelmalis
, 90, of Ringtown, passed away Wednesday, May 19th, 2021.

Anthony was born in Shenandoah, on January 18, 1931. After high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Tony then worked as a press operator and then retired from the Leads and Northrop Company in Lansdale. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Ringtown.

The last member of his immediate family, Tony was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, a step son, William Grimes and by his wife, Sarah(Horrox) Kelmalis.

Tony is survived by two step sons, Gerald Grimes and his wife, Deborah of Ringtown; and Lee Grimes and his wife Sharon, of Ft. Myers, FL, along with their families.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Tuesday morning from 9 - 10:30 AM at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 11 AM on Tuesday, at St. Mary's Church, North Center Street in Ringtown. Tony will be laid to rest following the mass in the parish cemetery.


Joseph Rockwell, 78, of West Centre Street, Ashland, passed away Thursday, May 20th at his residence. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements.


Carl J. Snyder, 88, of Pitman, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at his home.

Carl was born in Pitman, on March 27, 1933, a son of the late Hannah A. (Herb) and John W. Snyder.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alice (Kehler) Snyder, who passed away June 4, 2012.

He was a lifelong dairy farmer and owned and operated Carl-A Farms in Pitman.

He is survived by a daughter, Beverly Lesher and her husband Paul, of MD; four sons Pastor Donald Snyder and his wife Tammy, of Carlisle; Steve Snyder and his wife Melissa, of Coatesville; Mark Snyder and his wife Tammy, of Hegins and Tracy Snyder and his wife Michele of Pitman; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Debra A. Kroh in 1994 and Carol J. Rebuck in 2006, three grandchildren, Baby Rebuck and Baby Kroh and Karli Snyder in 2021; three brothers Tim, Ralph, and P. Dean Snyder, and two sisters June Kehres and Margie Schwartz.

Viewing will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 10-11 AM at Zion E.C. Church, Pitman with the funeral service following at 11 AM with Don Snyder officiating. Interment will follow in Zion E.C. Cemetery, Pitman.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to Karli M. Snyders Scholarship Fund, C/O Zion E.C. Church, PO Box 53, Pitman, PA 17964. Please make checks payable to Zion E.C. Church and add Karli's Memorial on the memo line.

The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the online guest book please visit


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