Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: June 29th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  June 29th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Gloria J. Haluska, 75, Ashland, formerly of Girardville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville with her family by her side.

Born in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Abromitis Nagg. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

Gloria was a loving wife of 48 years to her husband John M. Haluska, Ashland. She is also survived by her two daughters: Michele and her husband Robert Seebold, New Columbia and Wendy Haluska, Pottsville; her four sisters: Ann Marie Brittner, Marian Cress, Donna Quinn and Cheryl McDonald; her seven grandchildren: Amber Voeckler, David Rainis, Brianna Gregas, Courtney Gregas, Abigail Seebold, Haley and Hannah Seebold; several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday July 3rd at 11 a.m. from St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, Girardville with Rev. Edward B. Connolly as the celebrant. Friends are invited to her viewing at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass. Interment will follow in St. Vincent’s Catholic Cemetery, Frackville.

Sign the guestbook, leave personal condolences and for further information please visit www.thomasmsullivanfuneralhome.com

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


Shirley A. Halko, 90, Ashland, PA passed away on Monday, June 28, 2021 at her residence.

Born in Ashland, May 28, 1931, the daughter of the late John and Anna (Wolfgang) Kane. She was a graduate of Ashland High School. She married Joseph Halko on September 2, 1950 and they celebrated 68 years. She worked at Candyland in Ashland, where she met her husband, and worked in the Acme Markets as a cashier in Ashland and Mt. Carmel. She was a Lifelong Member of the American Hose Company Ladies Auxillary and was one of the originators of the Ladies Auxillary. She was also a Den Mother for Boy Scouts-Pack 45. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo, Ashland and past member of Friends of St. Joseph's.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe, July 8, 2018, granddaughter, Jennifer Burke, November 27, 2020, and sister Mary Davis in 2017.

She is survived by her 4 children: Kathryn Halko; Joseph, Jr., husband of Marian; Debra, wife of Tom "Pud" Palewicz; and Bill, husband of Patricia. 6 grandchildren:
Joseph Halko, III; Janice Burke; Katie Halko Chuma; Will Halko; Luke Halko; and Sadie Halko. 4 great grandchildren: Aiden Burke; Breelynn Burke; Knox Chuma; and Jack McClarran. One sister Margaret "Peggy" Hoban. Nieces and nephews. 

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held from St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland,PA athe conveinence of the family. Rev. Brian Miller officiating. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Ft. Springs, PA.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's Hospital or ShrinersChildrens Hospital. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth, III, Supervisor.


Victoria C. Rainis, 90, of South Main Street, Shenandoah, passed away Tuesday, June 29th, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements will be at the convenience of the family. 

Visit www.Fritzfuneralhome.com. The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.


Lorraine B. Minnich, 80, of Pottsville, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 28, 2021 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazelton.

Born on June 1, 1941 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late William and Evelyn Rager Harris.

She worked at the former Tyco in Lickdale.

Lorraine lived with her daughter-in-law Nicole and her grandchildren Autumn and Keith with their family animals. She loved to play bingo, her cat Myrtle and sitting on the front porch for hours.

Preceding her in death were her son Brian "Chip" Minnich, grandson Noah Minnich and brother Harry Harris.

Surviving are a son Kerry "Stumpy" and wife Wanda Harris of Pine Grove, a daughter, Jessica Minnich Donohoe of Myerstown; a daughter-in-law, Nicole Minnich of Pottsville; nine grandchildren, Shane, Jason, Jordan, Shannon, Autumn, Keith, Andy, Brielle and Aaron; many great grandchildren; and a brother Kenny Harris of Branchdale.

ACelebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen for the cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway Suite 526 Dallas, TX 75244 in her memory.

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

Harvey J. Warner Jr.
, 72 of Pine Grove, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning in Pine Grove Twp.

Born on February 4, 1949 in Washington Twp., he was a son of the late Harvey J. Warner Sr. and Hilda M. Schnoke Warner.

Harvey was a Vietnam veteran having served as a medic in the Air Force with the 902 Aeromed Evac Sq.

In his early career he worked as a car salesman, insurance agent and at a steel foundry. However, he spent most of his career working as a Textile Worker for Craftex in Auburn and retired from Guilford Mills in Pine Grove.

Harvey was a 1967 graduate of Pine Grove High School. He was a member of the Wesleyan Church, Pine Grove where he sang with the Praise Team. Harvey was a devoted Christian man and loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid sports and Nascar fan and liked attending the High School sporting events. He especially enjoyed watching his grandsons race at local dirt tracks. Harvey was a kind and loving man who touched the lives of everyone he met.

Surviving are two Sons, Matthew husband of Sheena Warner of Pine Grove, Scott husband of Brandy Warner of Pottsville, a Daughter, Krystal wife of Erik McCulloch of Pottstown; two grandsons, Matthew & Trent Warner; three Sisters, Joan wife of Mirl Cooper of Schuylkill Haven, Carol Ann Gerber of Lebanon, Darlene wife of Woody Morgan of Schuylkill Haven; a Brother, Gregory Warner of Oxford.

Funeral Services will be held at the Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Road, Pine Grove, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 11:00 am with Pastor Earl Hertzog officiating. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, July 6, from 9:30 A.M. until time of service at the Wesleyan Church. Interment will follow in the Hetzel's Cemetery.

The family would prefer in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd. Pine Grove, PA 17963 in his memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc, Pine Grove, is in charge of arrangements. You may send condolences to the family on line at www.hlsnyderfuneralhome.com.


David M. Ober
, 74, of Grantville, passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at the home of his daughter in Tower City.

Born in Lebanon, February 17, 1947, a son of the late David and Grace Weaver Ober.

Dave owned and operated his own excavating business.

He attended church at the Family Harvest Mennonite Church, Fredericksburg. He enjoyed hunting, trapping and taking care of his many dogs he had over the years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kayla Wertz.

Surviving are his two daughters, Justine Fetterhoff and her husband Mike, Tower City and Sonya Spicher, Williamstown; his grandchildren, Scott Wertz, Adrienne Fairburn, Lane Leitzel, Keith Hoy and Shelby Reed. Six great grandchildren; a sister, Glenda Fox, Grantville; several nieces and a nephew.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 10:00 am from the Family Harvest Mennonite Church. Memorial donations in his name can be made to Family Harvest Mennonite Church, 136 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, PA 17026.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City has been entrusted with arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com.


Edna P. Reed
, age 91, of New Holland, formerly of Valley View, passed away Monday, June 28, 2021 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy.

She was born on Friday, December 6, 1929, in Hubley Twp, a daughter of the late Ammon E Scheib and the late Mae S (Mattern) Scheib.

She was a 1947 graduate of the former Hubley Twp. High School.

Edna was a seamstress in area garment factories, prior to her retirement.

She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Sacramento.

Edna enjoyed crocheting, crafts, and spending time with her family.

Her husband Allen D Reed passed away in 1978. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by a son, Dennis D Reed; a brother Mark R Scheib; and by three sisters, Mabel Kantz, Elva A Smeltz, and Hilda M Deitrich.

She is survived by a son, Bruce A Reed and his wife Faye of Muir; two daughters, Tina E Reed of New Holland and Rose A Steich and her husband Kenny of Pitman; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary E Shomper and Verna M Harner both of Palmyra; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Sacramento, on Friday, July 2, 2021, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Raymond Holland officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday at the church.

Burial will be made in St. Paul's Cemetery, Sacramento.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice and Community Care, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy PA 17552.

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

Condolences can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.


Edward Zembas
, 82, of Silver Creek, passed away on June 25 at Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital.

Ed was husband of Elizabeth “Sis” Boran Zembas in a marriage of 60 years. He was the son of the late Edward and Anna Drusjack Zembas and was born in Middleport.

He was a 1956 graduate of Blythe Township High School, served in the Navy 1956-60 and was a graduate of Penn State Mechanical Trade Certification.

He worked as a master mechanic for Alcoa and Hasting’s Paving. Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood-working, gardening and RV camping for many years with Sis.

Ed was active in the Ukrainian Catholic Church Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Middleport, AMVETS Post 256 and the Lone Pine Sportsman Club.

He is survived by sons, James “Tank” Zembas and wife, Michele, Joseph Zembas and wife, Margot, and daughter Jeanette Zembas. Ed is also survived by six grandchildren, Michala, Dominic, EJ, Matthew, Joshua and Abby. Ed is also survived by a sister, Geraldine Zembas Riker and husband, Robert.

Friends are invited from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Thomas J. Bartashus Funeral Home in New Philadelphia. A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Nativity BVM Church in Middleport by the Rev. Mark Fesniak. A military burial will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park in Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901 (www.hillsidespca.com).


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