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Skook News Obituaries: June 4th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  June 4th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


William David “Stogie” Brobst, 78, of Tamaqua, PA died on Friday, June 4, 2021, on the skilled nursing floor of St. Luke’s Hospital, Miners Campus, Coaldale, PA. He was the husband of Emma Jean (nee Wolfertz) Brobst to whom he would have been married 60 years this coming September. 

Born in Coaldale on February 1, 1943, William was a son of the late Arthur William and Elizabeth Violeta (nee Heffelfinger) Brobst. 

After attending the former Coaldale High School, he entered the US Navy where he served as an Aviation Technician for 20 years until his discharge in 1980. A huge honor, William was offered a job with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. After returning to civilian life, he worked for KME in Nesquehoning from 1985 to 1996. William earned the nickname “Stogie” because he always had a cigar. He was a Boy Scout leader with Troop 101 in Middletown, PA. 

In addition to his wife, Emma, William is survived by son, James Brobst and his wife, Denice of Nesquehoning, PA; daughters, Billie Brobst of Tamaqua and Mary Cramer and her husband Scott of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Crystal Tonkin, David Steele, Samantha Linkhorst, Amanda Wildin, Hollie Brobst, Jessica Martin, Devin Brobst, Tiffany Cramer, and Austin Cramer; great grandchildren, Jacob, Lukas, Owen, Mason, Justin, and Bella; brothers, Arthur Brobst of Lansford, PA and Richard Brobst of Fort Myers, Fl; and several nephews and nieces. 

He was predeceased by son, William David Brobst, Jr. in 1966; daughter, Kathleen Steele in 2008; grandson, James Brobst, II; and sister, Elizabeth Melnick. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Sean Roche officiating. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow the services. Call 9-11 AM on Thursday at the funeral home. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations to the funeral home be made to assist with funeral costs. Please be reminded that if you are unvaccinated, masks are requested and if you are fully vaccinated, masks are at your discretion. 

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


John Robert Gradwell, 81, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Wednesday, June 2nd, at Lehigh Valley Medical Center, Allentown.

Born in Pottsville on October 7, 1939, he was a son of the late William & Louise (Bolton) Gradwell.

In addition to to his parents, he is also preceded in death by three brothers, and four sisters.

Sonnie was married to Beverly J. (Schaeffer) Gradwell for 52 years. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by two daughters: Brandi Lea, wife of Jeremy Eyster, of York, PA; and Maria Lorena, wife ofMike Collins, of Delaware, who he loved very much. He was a wonderful, loving Pop Pop to three granddaughters: Olivia, & Mia Eyster, and Elora Johnna Collins.

Sonnie was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven.

He was formerly employed as a press helper by Dana Corporation for 30 years until its closing. He was most recently employed by R & R Auto Group for 19.5 years.

Sonnie was a former driver, and loved attending races at Big Diamond Speedway. He enjoyed yardsaling, and camping at Rosemount Campground. He has a little dog named Mya who misses him dearly.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be heldat 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 9th at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc. in Schuylkill Haven, with Rev. David Rowe officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.

Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hillside SPCA, Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901.


Nicholas A. Kazemka, 74, Frackville passed away on Friday June 4th at Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Mahanoy Plane he was a son of the late Michael and Stella Trosky Kazemka. He had been a laborer for Nyleve Construction until becoming disabled.

He was a US Army veteran of the Viet Nam War.

He was preceded in death by his wife Therese “ gram “ McDevitt Puddu Kazemka and also by a son Joseph Puddu.

Nick is survived by three sons; Rick, Frank and David Puddu , his daughter Tara Puddu, his brother Michael G. and his wife Mary Beth Kazemka, Mahanoy Plane two sisters; Mary Jane wife of Joseph Recla, Maizeville and Evelyn wife of Len Bozylinski, Fallston MD. Nick was the BEST GRANDFATHER to his 11 grandchildren; Eric, Steven, Charles, Katherine, Alex, Sarah, Frank, Dylan, Lana, Sophia and Noah and also by nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 9th, at 1:30 p.m. from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, with Rev. Brian Miller officiating. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until time of service.


Helen Margret Neary , 94, of Sharon Hill, PA, formerly of Mahanoy City, PA passed away at her residence on Wednesday June 2nd surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Mahanoy City, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna Kubis Karlik. Helen was a graduate of Mahanoy City High School. In 1944 she joined the US Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII and graduated from the Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing, receiving her diploma as a Registered Nurse.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John David Neary of Frackville PA; her three brothers: John, Michael and Stephan Karlik; her sisters: Anna Karlik Trusik and Elizabeth Karlik Moyer.

Helen is survived by her three daughters: Deborah Neary, Sharon Hill; Barbara Neary (PJ Zornosa), Havertown; Trisha Christopher and her husband Ron, Springfield; her son, Michael Neary and his wife Nancy, Bryn Mawr; her sister, Ludmilla “Millie” Karlik Shannon, Willingboro, NJ; her loving grandchildren: Jonathan (Cody) Christopher, Emily Christopher, Anika Christopher, Nicholas Christopher, John Neary, Katharine Neary and Daniel Neary; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m. from Christ Lutheran Church, 10 E Mahanoy St, Mahanoy City PA with Rev. Fred Crawford officiating. Friends are invited to her viewing from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown.

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


Anthony B. “Tony” Fudge, 67, of McAdoo, adored father, fantastic brother, amazing grandfather, great mailman and wonderful friend, passed away at home on Sunday, May 30.

Born September 14, 1953, in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Anthony J. and Angeline R. (Tomaino) Fudge.

Tony attended McAdoo Catholic Schools and graduated from Marian Catholic High School, class of 1971. He also attended Williamsport College.

He was a devoted catholic and was a member of All Saints Parish, McAdoo.

Tony was employed at the McAdoo Post Office. Everyone who knew him will say he was a great employee. He loved his job and did it extremely well. He will be truly missed and forever in our hearts.

Tony loved yelling at sports on TV, especially Notre Dame football. Star Trek, NASCAR, Las Vegas sunshine, Garth Brooks and sitting on the front porch really made him happy. He never met a marshmallow peep he didn’t like.

He leaves behind two daughters, Candace Fudge-Perez and husband Paul, of Beijing, China, and Caitlin Fudge-Fico and husband Joseph, of Las Vegas; sister Patricia Smith, of McAdoo; granddaughter Gabriella and grandsons Skylar, Jonah, Dean Anthony, Dominic, JoVanni and Dimitri; nephews, a niece; and countless children who called him Uncle Tony.

His funeral will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., Blaine and Cleveland Sts., McAdoo. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Church of All Saints, McAdoo, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s R.C. Cemetery, McAdoo.

Calling hours will be held Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Service attendees are encouraged to honor Tony by donning their best Notre Dame Blue and Gold.

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