Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: June 30th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  June 30th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Mary Christ, 94, of Pittston, PA and formerly of Tamaqua, PA and Hazleton, PA, died on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Pittston. She was the wife of the late George A. Christ who died in 2004. 

Born in Tamaqua on April 21, 1927, Mary was a daughter of the late Angelo and Maria (De Stephanis) Baldwin. A 1945 graduate of Tamaqua High School, she received a bachelor’s degree from the then Kutztown State Teachers College. Mary was a teacher in the Tamaqua elementary schools, first at the elementary school at Ditchburn & Market Streets and later at the newly built Tamaqua Elementary School from where she retired 1982. A deeply religious person, Mary belonged to the First Presbyterian Church, Hazleton and had belonged to the former First Presbyterian Church, Tamaqua where she had been a Deaconess, Elder, Sunday School teacher and choir member. She loved the simple life, enjoying crocheting, knitting, and the outdoors. Mary enjoyed teaching and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was always thinking of others and made sure you never went home hungry. 

Mary is survived by son, Jonathan Christ and his wife, Michele of Pittston; grandson, Joshua and granddaughter, Marisa; and 2 nephews and 3 nieces. She was predeceased by brother, Mario Baldwin and sister, Emma Rapone. 

Services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Gregory Palmer officiating. Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, 501 West Broad Street, Tamaqua will follow the services. Call 9-10 AM Saturday at the funeral home. 

Memorials in Mary’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. Online condolences may be made at 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Mary Louise Cook, 78, of Pottsville, PA, passed away Monday, June 28th, at her daughter's home in Pottstown, PA.

Born in Ohio on May 1, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Charles Bertram Walker & Madeline A. (Fessler) Walker.

She married Raymond Edgar Cook on June 23, 1962. He passed away in 1997.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary is also preceded in death by her brother, Walter Walker.

She was a graduate of Blue Mountain High School.

Mary was formerly employed as the sewing floor supervisor for Pine Shirt Company. She was most recently employed by the Evans Family.

Mary was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, Schuylkill Haven. She was very active in the Women's Society, and small groups at church.

Mary was her family's biggest cheerleader. She faithfully attended her grandchildren, and nieces and nephew's events.

Mary also loved to travel.

She is survived by a son, Raymond Scott Cook, husband of Alison, of Wayne, PA; and a daughter, Jodie Lynn Nadolny, wife of Benjamin, of Pottstown, PA; grandchildren: Trent, Bram, Maddux, Ezra, Abigail, & Leliana, a sister, Shirley Emerich, widow of Ronald, of Cressona, PA, and beloved nieces & nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 9th at First United Methodist Church in Schuylkill Haven, PA with Rev. Dr. Christopher Fisher officiating. A visitation will be held at the church from 10 AM until the time of service.

Interment will follow at Cressona Cemetery, Cressona.

At the family's request, memorial donations in Mary's memory may be forwarded to First United Methodist Church, 420 Saylor Street Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 or American Cancer Society, visit


Kathryn F. Cabulis, 85, of Frackville, Passed away Monday June 28, 2021 at LVHN-Schuylkill East, Pottsvillle, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Frackville, February 25, 1936, She was a daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (Stabinsky) Preneta.

She was a 1953 graduate of Frackville High School.

Kathryn worked as a laborer for The Model Garment and Victor Prep Factories and was a member of ILGWU.

She was a member of St. John The Baptist Polish National Catholic Church, Frackville.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Cabulis in 2016. 2 brothers Edward Tuskusky and Clarence Tuskusky; 3 sisters Frances Timmons; Eleanor Burda; Vera Pilo.

Surviving are 2 sons William Cabulis of Frackville; David Cabulis of Frackville; brother William Preneta of Leesport; Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday July 6, 2021 from St. John The Baptist Polish National Catholic Church, 2nd & Oak Street Frackville with Rev. Robert Plichta officiating. Friends may call from 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 862 Carnegie, PA 15106.

Nice Hart Funeral Home Inc., Frackville, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to


Charles J. “Chuckie” Scherer Jr.
, 71, of Frackville, died Monday, June 28, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born May 6, 1950, in Ashland, he was a son of the late Charles and Eleanor (Hansbury) Scherer.

Charles was employed as a door-to-door salesman for over 30 years by Compact Sweeper Co., Frackville.

Chuckie was an avid Philadelphia sports fan and followed all local sports. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Chuckie was known for quick jokes and constant teasing. In his younger years, he enjoyed spending time shooting pool and hanging out with his buddies at Roman’s Lounge and more recently enjoyed playing poker at local bars. Loved by all, Chuckie was one of a kind.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Margaret (Pilconis) Scherer; two daughters, Jessica Sterner, of Frackville, and Jennifer Grant, of New Hampshire; three sons, Charles Scherer III, of Frackville, Michael Scherer and his wife, Megan, of Bloomsburg, and David Scherer, of Frackville; three brothers, Michael (Christine) Scherer, of Lancaster, Richard (Janet) Scherer, of Mahanoy City, and Kevin, of New Jersey; two sisters, Kathleen (Jim) Lawrence, of Lancaster, and Margaret (Carlos) Aldahonda, of Lancaster; 10 grandchildren Katie, Corey, Joey, Kelly, Ryan, Jack, Georgie, Bailey, Bradley, Aiden; one great-granddaughter, Olivia.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, at Nice-Hart Funeral Home Inc., 9 N. Lehigh Ave., Frackville. The Rev. Brian M. Miller will officiate. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Annunciation Cemetery, Frackville. Please stop by and share your Chuckie stories with the family. We all need a good laugh during this sad and unexpected loss. Nice-Hart Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to


Inge Feathers
, beloved mother, grandmother, 82 years of age, of Allentown, Pennsylvania passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital East in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Born Friday, November 5, 1938 in Pirmasens Germany, the daughter of the late Frederick, and Amelia Bohrer. She was also predeceased by; husband Jerome Feathers on August 5, 1982; grandson, Jerry Joseph "JJ" Feathers; son-in-law, John Tully Farber.

Surviving are her children; daughter, Julie I. Farber of Hometown, Jeffrey J. Feathers of Allentown, Jerry F. Feathers and his wife Corrine "Corky" of Tamaqua, grandchildren John Farber, Andrea M. Snyder; 4 great grandchildren.

Inge was a seamstress for Emmaus Manufacturing. She enjoyed walking, swimming, and the companionship of her dog Tiger Bell.

Private arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

Private Interment Odd Fellows Cemetery of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Nancy A Hentz
, age 83, of the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, formerly of Valley View, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021 at her residence.

She was born on Wednesday, September 1, 1937, in Millersburg, a daughter of the late Claude Straw, Sr and the late Ruth (Hoy) Straw.

She and her husband owned and operated Hentz Gulf Service Station, Valley View, prior to retirement.

She was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Valley View.

She was a fifty year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Ashland and past president of the Tri-Valley/Valley View Lions Club.

Nancy enjoyed motorcycle rides, four wheeling, and spending time with her family and friends..

Her husband Chester M Hentz passed away in 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by two daughters, Debra L Smeltz and Pamela E Hentz, two brothers, Robert E Straw and Claude Straw, Jr; and two sisters Miriam Mowery and Shirley Klouser.

She is survived by a son, Jeffery S Hentz and his wife Karen of Valley View; a daughter, Lori A Headdings and her husband Scott of New Market, MD; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; a sister, Darla R Smeltz of Hegins; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Valley View, on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Suzanne Elliott officiating.

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

Burial will be made in St. Andrew's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Masonic Charities Office of Gift Planning, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

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

Condolences can be left for the family at


Mary Louise Boyer, 88, of Blandon passed away Tuesday at the Reading Hospital.

Born April 19, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Howard and Katie May Shadel Schappell.

Mary Lou was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School. She will be fondly remembered for her love of baking and gardening.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded by her husband John A. Boyer who passed away in 2002. She is also predeceased by her son John A. Boyer along with twelve siblings.

Mary Lou is survived by her children; Judy Petrick, wife of Paul of Doyle TN, Linda Hoffman of Phillipsburg NJ, Mark Boyer husband to Allison of Macungie, and Holly Harry wife of Stephen of Whitehall. She is also survived by grandchildren; Melissa, Samantha, Julie, Christopher, and Rachel along with four great grandchildren with one on the way and siblings Paul Schappell and Barbara Staller and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on July 12th on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Grabowski Funeral Home is entrusted with the services. Memories and condolences can be shared at