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Skook News Obituaries: June 22nd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  June 22nd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Betty Jean Deichert, 85 of Spruce St., Pine Grove, passed away on Tuesday morning, June 22, 2021 at home.

Born on November 26, 1935 in Greenberry, Tremont Twp., she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Mabel Strausser Smith.

Betty was a 1952 graduate of Tremont Twp. High School and a member of St. Peter's U.C.C., Pine Grove.

She was unconditionally devoted to her family and loved to entertain them during the holidays. She was a skilled baker and gardener.

Preceding her in death was a brother Larry Smith.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Charles W. Deichert; three sons, Jeffrey and wife Maria Deichert of Pine Grove, Joel and wife Darlene Deichert of Pottsville, Jason and wife Charise Deichert of Pine Grove; a daughter, Justine and husband Jason Schach of Pine Grove; 9 grandchildren, Nicole Deichert, Erin Morgan, Lynne Delinko, Andrew Deichert, Payton Schach, Gavin Schach, Hunter Deichert, Addyson Deichert, and Irelyn Henry; 5 great grandchildren, Alana Smith, Jordan Morgan, Quincy Allen, Tatum Delinko, and Evelyn Deichert; a sister, Arlene Knoll of Pine Grove; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor David Fehr officiating. There will be a viewing on Monday, June 28, from 12:30 P.M.- 2:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 277 S. Tulpehocken St. Pine Grove, PA 17963, or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway Suite 526 Dallas, TX 75244, in her memory.

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B. Christine Diekman, beloved wife, loving mother, doting mom-mom of Lake Hauto Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, June 21, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Salisbury Twp. after a courageous three year battle against cancer. Chris was 58 years of age.

Born Sunday, August 26, 1962 in Abington, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Raymond, and Mildred (Yerkes) Lempa. Chris was also predeceased by her daughters, Kelly M. Diekman, and Jessica B. Diekman.

Surviving are; husband of 40 years Karl F. Diekman; daughters, Brandy C Hackash of Nesquehoning, Karla N. Conrad wife of Brendon of Allentown; sister, Judy Barwis wife of Greg of Churchville; grandchildren, Chloe, Jessica, Cliff, Philip, and Silas.

A graduate of Council Rock High School Bucks County, Chris earned her B.S. in Education from University of Delaware. She obtained her Master's of Education from Kutztown University. Chris retired from the Panther Valley School District having taught in the elementary system for 34 years. Chris grew up on Lake Hauto where her parents summered. She life guarded in her youth, and loved being at the lake, hiking, gardening, and introducing her children, and grandchildren to all of nature's glory.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884

A Public Visitation will be held on Friday evening June 25, 2021 from the funeral home from 5 to 7:00 P.M.

The family will hold a private interment at Sky-View Memorial Park in Tamaqua Pennsylvania where Chris will be laid to rest next to her precious girls.

Memorials in her name to:
Jessica B. Diekman Aquatic Scholarship Fund
in care of: Mary Gurcsik
387 Archery Club road
New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960

Online condolences or a fond memory of Chris can be expressed by visiting


Nathan J. Michaels
, 59, of Williamstown, passed away very unexpectedly, Monday, June 21, 2021 at his home.

Born in Pottsville, September 23, 1961, a son of the late Ralph Michaels and Nancy Deiter.

Nathan was employed by Metal Industries, Gratz, and was looking very forward to retirement in two years.

Nathan could often be found at his favorite place, his camp along the Juniata River in Newport. He enjoyed being in the company of his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Laurie A. Rubendall Michaels; a daughter, Brandi L. McIntyre and her husband Joel, Shamokin; two grandsons, Blake and Logan McIntyre; two sisters, including Marie Trayer, Williamstown. Nieces and nephews.

A public visitation will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 10:30 - 11:30 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. In lieu of flowers donations in Nathan's memory can be made to the Muir Foursquare Gospel Church, Washington Street, Muir PA 17957.


Robert F. “Bob” Hubler Sr.
, 88, of Phoenix Park, Branch Township, passed away peacefully on Monday at the Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Schuylkill Haven. 

Born in Mount Carmel, he was a son of the late Luther A. Hubler and the late Inez Else Hubler. He was the husband of 61 years to Elaine D. (Huntzinger) Hubler, originally of Branchdale. He was a lifelong resident of Phoenix Park, where he was raised and where he raised his family with his wife. He attended the former Branch Township High School, Llewellyn. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War conflict, and was stationed in Bamburg, Germany. He was employed by multiple companies throughout his life including Extrudo, Manbeck Dredging & Hauling, Setlock Trucking & Hauling, and most recently CLS Coal Company as a shovel oiler and security personnel. He was a longtime member of the Phoenix Park Union Church, Branch Township, as well as a charter member of the Phoenix Park Gun Club. Bob was an avid fisherman, gardener, dart shooter, and a diehard fan of Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles football. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, both near and far, as well as with his beloved grand-puppy, Newt. 

Bob was preceded in death by a sibling, Luther Hubler Jr, and a great grandchild, Camilla Grace Gonzalez. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, a sister, Sandra Barrett (wife of Martin), Phoenix Park, and a brother Noel (husband of Lisa), Forestville, four sons, Robert (husband of Barbara), Sanford, FL, Jeffrey (husband of JoAnn), Branch Township, Gregory S. (longtime companion of Deanna Delinko-Miller), Pottsville, and Rick, Phoenix Park, grandchildren Jordan Hubler, Longwood, FL, Chelsea Gonzalez (husband of Jose), Sanford, FL, Seth and Devin Hubler, both of Branch Township, four great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Yarissa, and Jackson Gonzalez, and Emilia Mendez, all of Sanford, FL, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

A Funeral service will be held 10:30 am Wednesday, June 30th at the Phoenix Park Union Church with Pastor George Somers officiating. All are respectfully invited to attend a visitation with calling hours from 9:00 am to the time of service. Interment with military honors at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to the Phoenix Park Union Church, 2159 Main St, Pottsville, PA 17901. 

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. is entrusted with arrangements


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