Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: May 26th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 26th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Elda A Umholtz
, age 95, of Polk Personal Care Center, Millersburg, formerly of Valley View, passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Polk Personal Care Center.

She was born on Sunday, February 21, 1926, in Dornsife, a daughter of the late Herbert C Feger and the late Nora A (Kahler) Feger.

Elda was a seamstress in area garment factories and had also done housekeeping for several area residence.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley View; where she served as director of the kitchen committee.

Elda enjoyed playing cards, cooking, and baking.

Her husband, Fred R Umholtz, passed away in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by a brother, Marlin Feger, a step brother, Lawrence Leitzel; and a sister, Florence Faber.

She is survived by a son, Ronald E Umholtz and his wife Linda of Dauphin; two granddaughters, Kimberly Harper and her husband Jerry of Lemoyne and Melissa Williams and her husband Jim of Harrisburg; two brothers, Boyd Feger of Dalmatia and Robert Feger of Rebuck; a sister, Ethel Karterman of Klingerstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley View, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Lee Diefenderfer officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday at the church.

Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Valley View.

Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 153, Valley View, PA 17983.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left for the family at


Carole I. Gehrig, 85, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Tuesday, May 25th, at Lehigh Valley Medical Center-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Cressona, on July 13, 1935, a daughter of the late Florence (Heinze) and Guy L. Hoy.

She was the widow of William L. "Bill" Gehrig, Jr.

She was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven.

She was a graduate of Cressona High, where she made lifelong girlfriends. In high school she played basketball and softball and her love of sports continued throughout her life. She knew all the coaches and players in the NFL, better than those "in" the NFL. She was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, warning new tenants that on Sundays she would be yelling at the TV when the Steelers were playing, and that nothing was wrong, unless they were losing. She would often be seen twirling her 'Terrible Towel' around her head.

She retired from Hamburg Center, Hamburg.

Carole loved her girls, grand kids and great granddaughter dearly, she was a loving Nan, Nanny, Mom or to them all. Although she was not a fan of cats, Sophie chose her to be her Nanny. She was a member of the Senior Citizens of Meadowbrook Center, where she enjoyed exercise classes and weekly get togethers. She loved the casinos, vacationing at Dewey Beach, watching Hallmark Movies, all types of flowers and sitting out in the yard with a good book. She was always ready to crochet a personalized baby blanket to pass the time and was an excellent seamstress. She would make Easter outfits for her daughters and granddaughters. A lover of music and a pianist, she instilled that into her girls and grandchildren throughout their lives.

Most importantly, Carole was a strong-willed, independent, loving woman who passed those traits along to her daughters Cynthia Moore, Wernersville, Karen Dudley, Pottsville, Wendy Schuller, Schuylkill Haven and Janet Meck, Orwigsburg. LOVE YOU MORE, MOM.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Sara Dudley, Julia and Emily Schuller and Maria and Michael Russo; great granddaughter, Camryn; sister Gail Knauf, Ohio.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her brothers Donald, Guy, Jr., Kenneth and Gerald and a sister Joan Luckenbill.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Haven, on Wednesday, June 2 at 10:30 am with Rev. David Rowe officiating.

A visitation for family and friends will be held prior from 9:30 am until the time of the service at the Church.


Herman L. Yoh, III, of Pottsville, passed away unexpectedly on May 24, at his home.

Born in Reading, he was the son of Vickie (Zimmerman) O'Brien, Reading.

Herman graduated from Reading High School. He loved watching football and cheering on his favorite team, the Washington Redskins. Herman also enjoyed fishing and playing video games.

In addition to his mother and her companion, Randy Kercher, he is survived by his son, Austin Yoh, three daughter, Dakota Yoh, Sky Yoh and Lexi Yoh, three grandchildren, Liyla, Javonte and Leo, two brothers, Michael and Timothy, several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, Pottsville.


Theodore G. Sagan, 82, of St. Clair, died Tuesday May 25, 2021, at St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem.

Born in Frackville, April 16, 1939, He was a son of the late Harry and Mary (Kuchta) Sagan.

He was a graduate of Frackville High School.

He served in the US Army.

He retired as a Machine Operator from Omnova Solutions, Auburn.

Ted was a member of St. Mary Russian Orthodox Church, St. Clair.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 4 sisters Suzanne Sagan; Lynn Chrush; Carole Sagan and Marie Weremedic.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years Jeanette (Pelak) Sagan; son Gregory R. Sagan and his wife Amy of St. Clair; grandchildren Kyra Santiso of Pittsburgh; Nicholas Sagan of St. Clair; Phoebe Sagan of St. Clair brother Nicholas Sagan; Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday May 29, 2021 from St. Mary Orthodox Church, 47 S. Nichols St, St. Clair with The Very Rev. James Chuta Officiating. Parastas will be celebrated at 7:30PM Friday by Rev. Timothy Hojnicki. Friends may call from 6:00- 8:00 PM Friday and 9:00AM-10:00AM Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary Orthodox building Fund, at the above address. Burial with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to


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