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Skook News Obituaries: May 4th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 4th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Gayle H. Brahler
, 80, of Pottsville, passed away peacefully on Sunday at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Phillipsburg, NJ, on May 28, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Gladys (Grainer) Dick. Gayle was raised and adopted by her aunt and uncle, Bill and Jane Dick, after the passing of her mother.

She worked for the State of NJ in the Fish, Game, and Wildlife Department as a clerk, retiring in 2002.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Dick.

Gayle is survived by her husband, Richard G. Brahler; three daughters, Elizabeth Ann "Liz" Schock, widow of David, of Concord, NH; Mary C. Sperling, wife of Kenneth, of Birmingham, MI; and Amy D. Miller, companion of Michael Wollyung, of Auburn; two sons: Richard G. Brahler Jr., husband of Patricia, of Bethlehem; and Michael W. Brahler, husband of Amanda, of Jenkintown; brother, Daniel Dick, husband of Sally, of Nazareth; grandchildren: Marlena, Jay, Brandon, Zachary, Stella, Sabrina, Luke, Josiah, Blake, Max, and Isabel; great grandchildren: Arianna, Aubrey, and Ben; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. A visitation with the family will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Interment will follow in St. John #2 Cemetery, Pottsville.

The family request contributions in Gayle's memory be sent to: Lasting Legacy for Pottsville, Schuylkill Area Community Foundation, 216 S. Centre Street, Pottsville, PA 17901 or Avenues Foundation, 2 Park St, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Barbara Ann Gibbon
, 86, of Laurel St., Pine Grove, passed away with her daughter by her side on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Providence Place, Pine Grove after battling cancer and surviving COVID.

Born on March 14, 1935 in Edwardsville, PA, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Barbara Mihal Zoshack.

She was a graduate of Edwardsville High School and attended Penn State. She was a parishioner at the Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Tremont.

Barbara was the Personnel Director at Gold Mills-Penn Dye/Guilford Mills for many years. She loved her job at "The Mill"; she liked the people she worked with and having a career. Guilford Mills called her back two times after she retired because it was hard to find someone to fill her shoes.

She came to her lifelong hobby of reading early on. As a girl, instead of doing her chores, she liked to lie on the rug in front of the screen door in summer and read books she checked out from the Osterhout Library. She loved to get lost in a good book. In her later years, she loved doing things at her own pace, dozing on her flowered sofa, and talking each day to her daughter about everything and nothing.

Barbara took care of her husband for years when he was ill, and family and friends knew that she was the reason he kept going. She was just the sort of person you wanted by your side when times were tough.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 55 years, Thomas L. Gibbon.

Surviving are a daughter, Maureen Gibbon and husband Jeff Jones of Bemidji, MN; a son, Thomas Gibbon of Salem, OR; three grandchildren, Jonathan, Russell, and Jenilee Gibbon; a sister Mildred and husband John Lincosky of Pittsburgh; a niece and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Interment will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Ruth Steinert SPCA, 18 Wertz Dr., Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 in her memory.

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


It is with a heavy a heart that we announce the death of Jack Richard Kremer, 72, of Pine Grove, on May 2, 2021. Born September 20, 1948 in Pottsville, PA, Jack was the son of the late Jeanette (Yost) and Harry Kremer. He was the loving husband of Catherine Burock Kremer with whom he celebrated 42 years of marriage. Jack was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven Area High School and the Pennsylvania State University, where he met his future wife on the first day of classes.

He served in the United States Army in So’gel, Germany, as a Radio Teletype Operator for the 125th Ordnance Company. He was employed as a U.S. Army Security Command Supply Specialist (USASCSS) at the New Cumberland Army Depot.

Jack was a very talented musician who played several different instruments beautifully by ear, including saxophone, clarinet, recorder, trumpet, acoustic and electric guitar. He often serenaded Catherine with original compositions in addition to Big Band numbers, folk songs, classical music, and his favorite – jazz. He began each day reading the Bible and enjoyed translating Hebrew from the Old Testament.

Jack was a passionate nature photographer who spent countless hours capturing interesting

Creatures in their habitats or composing stunning landscapes while tirelessly and patiently waiting for the “perfect light”. Many days were spent at Hershey Gardens and Arboretum and Longwood Garden photographing the beauty of nature. Jack’s family created “Jack’s Get-Well Garden” when he became ill almost 3 years ago. Jack was touched by the gesture and said it provided peace and serenity for him. It will now be named “Jack’s Memorial Garden” to honor his deep love of flowers and plants, especially roses, lilies, daffodils, and wildflowers.

Jack had an intense love and compassion for homeless cats and dogs demonstrated by his numerous pet adoptions throughout the years. He often joked that he managed his own animal shelter. This truly unique, interesting, gentle man will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his step-father, Alexander Kusinska.

In addition to his wife Catherine, Jack is survived by his sister Cheryl Veniero, wife of Robert of Freemansburg; brothers-in law Judge Theodore Burock, husband of Diane of Carlisle; Robert Burock, husband of Lynne of Media; Frank Burock, husband of Kristin of Sinking Spring; sister-in-law, Dr. Anita Burock Stotts, wife of John of Schenectady, New York; Aunt Theresa and Uncle Russ Burock of Center Valley; nieces: Julia Anne Veniero and Companion Geoffrey of Lancaster, Amy Elizabeth Burock of Rotterdam, New York, Alexia Alvarez-Burock of Media, nephews: Michael Burock and companion, Sarah of Easton, Dr. Nicholas Burock of North Canton, Ohio, Zavier Alvarez-Burock of Media, great nephew Pace David Monahan of Rotterdam, New York, Helpful caring neighbors: Brenda and Thomas Maidenford and Patsy and Jay Martin of Pine Grove, treasured friends, cousins and cherished kitties.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 am on Monday, May 10 at Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 N. 2nd St. St. Clair PA 17970. Friends and family may visit on Sunday, May 9 from 6:00-8:00 PM and Monday 8:00 am until 9:30 am at the Funeral Home, In lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you send rose bushes, or perennials that may then be planted in “Jack’s Memorial Garden.”

Burial with military honors will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.


Lisa A. Sorokach
, 56, of Black Heath, Cass Township, passed away unexpectedly on Monday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on December 26, 1964 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of Helen Vuksta Sorokach, Black Heath, and the late George Sorokach. She was a 1982 graduate of Minersville High School, aand had attended the Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing; and had been her parents’ caretaker. She was employed in the family business, Joe Sorokach Coal Hauling.

In addition to her mother, Lisa is survived by three siblings, Joseph Sorokach, Minersville, George Sorokach (spouse, Kathy), Pine Grove, and Mildred Williams (spouse, Frank), Pine Grove. She is also survived by three aunts, Dorothy Arner, Tamaqua, Anna Vacula, Schuylkill Haven, and Elizabeth Horoschak, Saint Clair; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Friday from 8:30 A.M. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 A.M. Interment will be in St. Michael Parish Cemetery, Saint Clair. Visitors and attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. Contributions can be made to St. Michael Orthodox Church Building Fund.


Robyn M Geist
, age 60, of Valley View, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 at her residence.

She was born on Monday, November 7, 1960, in Pottsville, a daughter of the late William R Hoffman and the late Marian A (Stutzman) Hoffman.

She was a 1978 graduate of Tri-Valley High School.

Robyn was a volunteer for Upper Dauphin Human Services. She also was a supporter of sea turtle conservation and loved taking trips to Mexico. Her most important thing in her life was spending time and caring for her grandchildren.

Her husband William D Geist, passed away in 2013.

She is survived by two daughters, Angela M Jusinski and her husband Robert of Ashland, and Kristi L Duffy and her husband Thomas of Blandon; three grandsons, Bryce Bossler, Noah Duffy, and William Jusinski; a granddaughter, Bella Rodichok; bonus grandchildren, Luke Jusinski and Gemma Berger; two sisters, Cynthia Stutzman of Dauphin and Linda Stahl and her husband Glenn of Collegeville.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Friday, May 14, 2021, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Brian Beissel officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 am to 11:00 am on Friday at the funeral home.

Condolences can be left for the family at


Francis J. O’Donnell
, 78, of Pottsville, died Thursday evening April 29th at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East.

He was born November 10, 1942 in Pottsville, a son of the late Francis M. and Margaret Feinauer O’Donnell.

He was a graduate of Nativity BVM High School.

Frank was employed by Argo Mills and worked part-time at Boyer’s Food Market, prior to retiring.

He also served six years in the Army National Guard.

Frank was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary L. Talabisco O’Donnell, RN, on June 23, 2016; a sister, Anne Gorman; and 3 brothers, Michael, Joseph, and Thomas O’Donnell.

Surviving is his son, Frank O’Donnell and his wife Dana, Phoenixville; 2 grandchildren, Lila and Benjamin O’Donnell, who Frank adored; 2 sisters, Dorothy Gilliespie, and her husband Bill, Yakima WA; Peg Kaplan, Wells NV; a brother, Daniel O’Donnell, and his wife Maryellen, Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 12th 11AM at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 9:30AM until the time of Mass. Masks are required. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Frank be made to Donate Life America, 701 East Byrd Street, 16th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219 (, or the Hillside SPCA PO Box 233 Pottsville PA, 17901( Inurnment will follow in Our Lady of Calvary Chapel Columbarium, at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.

Arrangements are under the care of James B. Humphrey, Funeral Director, James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.

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