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Skook News Obituaries: June 2nd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  June 2nd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Herbert W. Curvey
, 92, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, of Tamaqua, PA, died on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at home. He was the husband of the late Evelyn M. (nee Betz) Curvey who was his loving wife of 70 years at the time of her passing on July 30, 2020. 

Born in Tamaqua on June 16, 1928, Herb was a son of the late Jacob and Mabel (nee Snyder) Curvey. A 1946 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he was a member of the football team, the glee club, and the band during his school years. After graduation, Herb continued to play football 4 more years as a member of the Tamaqua Indians semi-pro football team. Employed at Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, PA, for 43 years, he retired in 1990. Herb was a member of the Atlas 25 Year Club having served as President for two years and as a member of the committee. He served on the Tamaqua Borough Council from 1966 to 1974 for which he was chairman of the Fire Committee for 6 years. One of the many accomplishments of his committee was the creation of the fire training area along 309 north of town. In 1974, Herb was appointed to the Civil Service Police Commission on which he served 9 years, 6 of them as chairman. A member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, he was an Elder Emeritus of the Church Consistory. At Trinity, Herb had served as chairman of the church worship committee, was a member of the church choir, was the last living Past President and Charter Member of the Men’s Brotherhood of Trinity, and was the last surviving member of the 1960 new church planning committee. A member of the Relay for Life Committee, he was a Team Captain for 2 of the years. Herb was a Life Member of American Hose Company #1, Tamaqua; a member of the Tamaqua Fire Police for which he had been a treasurer; a member of the PA State Fire Police Association; a member of the Schuylkill County Fire Police Association; and a member of the Pennsylvania 50-year Voter Hall of Fame. He was a Cub Master for Scout Cub Pack 73 and was an assistant Knee-Hi Football Coach with the Giants. 

Herb is survived by sons, Larry H. Curvey and his wife Stephenie of Tamaqua, James L. Curvey and his wife Beverly of Brockton, PA, and Jon A. Curvey and his wife Maria of Andreas, PA; daughter, Diane E. Chicanavage and her husband Mark of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Danielle, Matthew, Brianne, Jennifer, Samantha, Jon Jr., Heather, and Lacey; great grandchildren, Sierra, Ethan, Lance, Scarlett, Emma, Ava, and Max; and sister, Doris Nelson and her husband Rusty. 

In addition to his wife, Evelyn, he was predeceased by brother, The Rev. Paul Curvey who died in 2013. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, June 7, 2021, in Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette Street, Tamaqua, with The Rev. Darryl Kensinger and The Rev. Monsignor Ed Zemanik officiating. Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, 503 West Broad Street, Tamaqua will follow the services. Call 9-11 AM at the church. 

Memorials in Herb’s name may be made to the Endowment Fund, Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Louise M. Hutchinson
, 90, of Hershey, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Masonic Village Elizabethtown with her family at her side.

Born in Stroudsburg on January 17, 1931, the daughter of the late Kathryn (Saupp) of Houtzdale and Aaron Franklin Meloney of Avondale, she had a unique young life living in exclusive hotels up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Her diverse upbringing ranged from school in a one room schoolhouse in the Poconos to swimming in the ocean and bike riding in Safety Harbor, Florida and activities in numerous places in between. As a child she read voraciously and participated in all manner of sports – skiing, ice skating, bowling, biking, and sledding. She kept up her interest in sports as an adult with tennis, horseback riding, and biking. Remarkably she biked many miles across Italy in her 70s as part of an elder hostel bike tour. Her lifelong love affair with animals also began in her childhood. During her lifetime she cared for all manner of creatures from dogs to canaries, cats to gerbils and of course horses but she had a particular fondness for Boston Terriers and Kerry Blue Terriers.

A graduate of Stroudsburg High School, Cedar Crest College (B.S. Home Economics) and Marywood University (M.S. Nutrition) Mrs. Hutchinson was a Registered Dietitian, active in her profession as a hospital dietitian, extended care and nursing home consultant, and nursing teacher. She was one of the moving forces behind achieving dietitian licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She herself was licensed and was a member of the American Dietetic Association.

In 1957, Louise married the late Honorable William D. Hutchinson, federal judge, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals at the time of his death, former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, state legislator, holder of numerous local offices and attorney. Mrs. Hutchinson spent her married life in Schuylkill County raising their children, working as a dietitian, and supporting her husband’s legal and political career. She was the consummate public official’s wife and partner. An accomplished campaigner she traveled across Pennsylvania on her husband’s behalf while raising four children and providing a loving household. Throughout the time her husband maintained judicial chambers in Pottsville, the couple entertained many young law clerks who came from across the U.S. to work with and learn from her husband. She helped them acclimate to small town life, if only for a few years before they moved on to further their legal careers throughout the country. Even after her husband’s untimely passing in 1995, Mrs. Hutchinson continued his tradition of hosting an annual clerks’ picnic for his former law clerks.

A volunteer and member of too many nonprofit and church groups to mention (e.g., Eastern Star, United Methodist Women, Law Wives, the Welsh Society, and All Saints’ Episcopal Church of Hershey) she was extremely active in her communities. Widowed after 38 years, she moved to Hershey to be near her family and continue her community involvement with organizations such as the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society, the Hershey Symphony Orchestra where she served on the board of directors, and Penn State Health’s Association of Family and Friends. Mrs. Hutchinson also wrote historical articles for the Hummelstown Sun and was active in New Neighbors. She volunteered for tough assignments like the CONTACT Helpline and tutoring disadvantaged youth in preparation for taking the GED. One of her proudest accomplishments was completing caring Clown School/Camp in La Crosse, WI and becoming a clown named Lollipop with membership in the Clowns of America International. Lollipop particularly enjoyed entertaining children in local hospitals. Mrs. Hutchinson also became involved with Penn State Health’s Palliative Care program including meeting with patients and their families.

Mrs. Hutchinson is survived by her children Kathryn M. Barone, wife of Robert, Hummelstown, PA, William D. Hutchinson, Jr., Herndon, VA, Louise S. Hutchinson, widow of Bill Paul, Hummelstown, PA and Andrew F. Hutchinson (Brigadier General, PA Retired), Hershey, PA; grandchildren Sarah Smith wife of Stephen, Bell, FL, Justin Hutchinson and his fiancée Alek Tomazin, Lancaster PA, Teresa A. Barone, Little Egg Harbor, NJ, Michael A. Barone, Hummelstown, PA, and William D. Paul, Hummelstown, PA; great grandchildren Liam and Wyatt Smith. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her great joy! She adored spending time with them and helping them discover new activities, sports, and passions. She was their biggest cheerleader ferrying her children to drill team performances, cross country meets, band concerts and art contests just to name a few. And of course, she reveled in annual family trips to Stone Harbor.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 12 noon on Monday, June 7th at Ebling--Stabingas Funeral Home in Cressona, with Pastor John Wallace officiating. A viewing for family and friends will be held 11 am until the time of the service at the funeral home. Interment at Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville.

At Mrs. Hutchinson’s request, memorial donations may be forwarded to Hillside SPCA, 51 SPCA Road, Pottsville PA 17901 or to Pancreatic Research at Johns Hopkins University, Ralph H. Hruban, M.D., Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Carnegie 417, Baltimore MD 21287: or visit


On Monday May 31, John Alfred Rich Jr. went home to be with the Lord. John passed after succumbing to injuries sustained while riding his bicycle. Everyone who knew John loved him. John was a most loving son and the primary care giver for his mother.

He leaves behind his dear mother Lena Rich, a brother Ed Rich, and his sister Gloria J. Amenu whom he affectionately called "the boss". He was survived by his three children, John Rich, Kyle Rich, and Dorothea Williams. John was very proud of his family and leaves behind 8 grandchildren they are, Samantha Morris, Brett Gets, Colin Keiter, Gavin Rich, Shelby Thompson, Ricky J Williams, Destiny Duckett, and Lena Williams. John is also survived by one great grandchild, Emerson Morris.

John was predeceased by a grandson Isaiah and a great grandson Mateo. In addition, John leaves behind his nieces and nephews and many cousins whom he loved and loved him.

John was a lover of life. He loved riding his bike, fishing, camping and spending time with his friends and family.

A celebration of John's life will be held at noon Saturday June 5 at the Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 11 AM until the time of service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.


Shirley M. Herring
, 85, of Tower City, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at her home.

Born in Donaldson, June 6, 1935, a daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth Schlegel Seiger.

Shirley was retired from AMP, Incorporated. Shirley attended the Joliett United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two husbands, Marvin Miller and Ray Herring; a son Randal Miller and a daughter, Lisa Brosius; a brother, Gary Seiger; two sisters, Gloria Wetzel and Jean Houtz.

Surviving are her two grandchildren, Kristy Artman and Randal Brosius; seven great grandchildren and one great great grandson; a son-in-law, David Brosius; sister-in-law, Yvonne Seiger. Nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10:30 am from Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. .

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit