Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: July 13th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  July 13th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Michael T. “Mook” Butler, 38, Girardville, passed away unexpectedly Saturday at his residence.

Born in Pottsville he was a son of Debra Subick Butler, Girardville and the late Michael S. Butler. He was employed by Gould Pumps, Ashland, in the cleaning department.

Mike was an avid Red Socks and Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoyed spending free time playing pool.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a brother Harry Butler and a grandmother Katherine Subick.

He is survived by his mother Debra, his four sons; Cody, Brandonville, Blake , Lavelle, Harrison and Tanner Butler, Girardville, 2 daughters; Madisyn Butler, Harrisburg and Grace Butler, Girardville, a brother Shawn and his wife Shannon Butler, 3 sisters; Katie Butler, Pottsville, Angela Butler and her companion Bill Joyce, Girardville and Kelly Butler, Milton, his fiancé Melissa Pedemonti, grandfather; Joseph and Betty Subick, FL and grandmother Margaret Subick, Girardville, aunts; Ann Subick, Lisa Ressler and Tracey Picht, an uncle Joe Subick also by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, with Rev. Brian Miller officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers the family prefers contributions, in Michael’s name, be made to the Girardville Little League.


Reverend Monsignor Edward J. O’Connor, 65, passed away on Saturday morning in the vestibule of St. Patrick Church as a service was about to begin. He was pastor emeritus of St. Patrick Church where he served as pastor for 19 years until retiring on June 15.

Born on December 21, 1955 in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Edward and Theresa Brennan O’Connor. He was also a humble son of St. Patrick Church, receiving the Sacraments and first serving his parish as an altar server. He attended St. Patrick Parochial School and was a graduate of Nativity B.V.M. High School. He entered St. Pius X Seminary, Dalton, continuing his priestly studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland. Monsignor thrived on education, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Scranton, Master of Divinity and Theology degrees from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md., and a Master of Social Work degree from Marywood University.

He was ordained to the Priesthood on 23 May 1981 by the Most Reverend Joseph M. McShea, Bishop of Allentown, at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena, Allentown.

Monsignor O’Connor’s first assignment was Parochial Vicar, Saint Bernard Parish, Easton; followed by Parochial Vicar, Saint Canicus Parish, Mahanoy City; Parochial Vicar, Saint Fidelis Parish, Mahanoy City; Parochial Vicar, Saint Patrick Parish, Pottsville; Administrator pro tempore Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Tremont and Administrator pro tempore Holy Cross Parish, New Philadelphia. Monsignor O’Connor’s first pastoral assignment was Pastor, Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Branchdale and Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Newtown; followed by, Pastor, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Shenandoah; Pastor, Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Lost Creek; Pastor, Saint Mary Parish, Ringtown; and Pastor, Saint Patrick Parish, Pottsville.

During the course of his priestly ministry, Monsignor O’Connor served as Regional Director, Vocations Apostolate, Northampton County; Regional Director, Family Life Bureau, Northampton County; Member, Catholic Social Agency Board of Directors, Northampton County; Director, Saint Francis Center, Orwigsburg; Assistant Director, Holy Family Villa, Bethlehem; Chaplain, Family Life Bureau, Northampton County; Regional Youth Director, South Schuylkill County; Chaplain, Scouting, South Schuylkill County; Member, Council of Priests, Parochial Vicar Representative; Member, Diocesan Liturgical Commission; Advocate, Diocesan Tribunal; Member, Cardinal Brennan High School, Advisory Board and Budget/Audit Review Board; Regional Youth Director, North Schuylkill County; Chaplain, Catholic Daughters of the Americas #175; Member, Council of Priests, North Schuylkill County; Member, Priests Compensation and Benefits Committee; Member, Commission for Order and Ministries; Member, Council of Priests, South Schuylkill County; Vicar Forane, Schuylkill Deanery; Board of Directors of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown; and Member, Diocesan Pastoral Council.

In Pottsville, he was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus with Pottsville Council 431. He had served on the Board of Directors of the former Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He also served as Chaplain for the Pottsville Fire Department.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eleven aunts, eight uncles and several cousins.

He is survived by his remaining paternal aunt and godmother, Sarah “Sally” Horan (spouse, Jack), Heckscherville; numerous maternal cousins, including Annette Peron, Guy Razzi, Patricia Walsh, Eileen Greenaway and Brian Brennan; numerous paternal cousins, including Virginia Burns, Mary Beth Heffner, Nancy Jones, Helene O’Connor, Mollie Laudeman, Vince O’Connor, Mary Ann O’Connor, Bridget Zedonek, Margaret “Peggy” Bernetskie, John T. Horan; close friends, including Deborah Walker, Mahanoy City.

Visitation will be at St. Patrick Church, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, on Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Vigil will be at 7:00 P.M. with Reverend Monsignor Edward S. Zemanik as Homilist.

Visitation on Saturday will begin at 8:30 A.M. and end promptly at 10:45 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial for Monsignor O’Connor will be celebrated at Saint Patrick Church, Fourth and Mahantongo Streets, Pottsville, on Saturday, 17 July 2021, at 11:00 AM by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Allentown. The Homilist will be Reverend Monsignor Charles J. Parry, V.F., Pastor, Saint Patrick Parish, Rockville, Maryland.

In addition to Monsignor Parry, Main Concelebrants will be Reverend Monsignor David L. James, Vicar General and Pastor, Saint Peter Parish, Coplay; Very Reverend Adam C. Sedar, Vicar for Clergy and Pastor, Saint Nicholas Parish, Walnutport; Reverend Monsignor William F. Glosser, V.F., Dean of Schuylkill County and Pastor, Saint Clare of Assisi Parish, Saint Clair and Pastor, Holy Cross Parish, New Philadelphia; Reverend Philip F. Rodgers, Pastor, Saint Patrick Parish, Pottsville; Reverend Monsignor Thomas D. Baddick, Pastor, Notre Dame of Bethlehem Parish, Bethlehem; Reverend Monsignor William F. Baver, Pastor, Saint Simon and Jude Parish, Bethlehem, and Pastor, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Allentown; Reverend Monsignor Edward S. Zemanik, Pastor, Saint Ambrose Parish, Schuylkill Haven; and Reverend Barnabas Shayo, A.J., Parochial Vicar, Saint Patrick Parish, Pottsville.

Visitors and attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. Virtual participants can visit the St. Patrick Facebook page during Mass. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Hillside, Pottsville. Monsignor’s family prefers donations to the St. Patrick Church Memorial Fund.


Sandra E. Zettlemoyer Stewart ,72, went home to her mansion in the sky in the early hours of July 11th 2021.

During her last year of sickness, her love for her family and her Savior gave her peace, where most would have worry, because she knew what was waiting for her in eternity.

Born to the late Glenn and Annie (Boltz) Zettlemoyer, Sandra worked as an LPN at the Lebanon VA where she also retired from.

Sandra was a member of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church.

Sandy’s sons were her pride and her grandchildren were her joy. Nothing brought her more happiness than her family and her love for them. They enjoyed many camping and beach trips together where, over the years, she would often use the family time to pass on the stories of her youth, sharing silly songs, even though she was tone deaf, a gift that she inherently passed on to her sons.

She could talk politics with the best of them and give you a lesson of Christ’s love to ponder.

Sandy was a genuine person who always had a warm inviting smile. Even in her last days she passed on her wish that her family always be nice in life, which is how we will remember her as being in her life.

Although her family is sad their earthly relationship is over they know they were and are incredibly blessed to have had a strong, loving, and God fearing mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin to miss.

The family takes comfort in knowing one day they will all meet on that beautiful shore.

Surviving are three loving sons, Edward G Stewart, wife Heather and their two children Marissa and Andrew, Andrew M Stewart, and Michael R Stewart Sr, wife Nicole and their four children Michael Jr, James, Seth and Casandra; her sister, best friend and sidekick in life Anita Wolfe, wife of Dennis Wolfe and their son Glenn, wife Megan and daughter Quinn.

Memorial Services will be held at the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd., Pine Grove on Tuesday July 20th at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Sandra be made to the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd. Pine Grove, Pa. 17963.

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


Anthony T. Weisacosky, 78, of Tamaqua, formerly of Pottsville, died Friday July 9, 2021, at St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem.

Born in Pottsville, August 17, 1942, He was a son of the late Anthony J. and Evelyn (Stessalavage) Weisacosky.

Tony received his Masters Degree from West Chester University in Health and Physical Education and taught at the St. Clair Area School District before retiring.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years Sally (Sage) Weisacosky, 3 daughters Heidi Weisacosky Zook, Heather Weisacosky, Kimberly Cohen, a son Chris Boyer, 4 grandsons, Jacob Zook , Jeffery Zook, Ben Mellon, Ethan Cohen, 2 granddaughters, Ani Boyer and Katie Weisacosky .

Memorial Service will be 1:00 PM Monday July 19, 2021 from the Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home 110 North 2nd Street St. Clair, PA 17979. Calling Hour will be from Noon till 1:00 PM at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family would like remembrances be made to The St. Clair Area School District Memorial Account for Anthony Weisacosky, 227 South Mill Street St. Clair, PA 17970.


Jean A. (Serakas) Bloschock
, 87 of Pattersonville, Ringtown passed away on Sunday evening, July 11, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Shenandoah on July 18, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Koslosky) Serakas.

Jean was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah. She then graduated from the former Ashland State Hospital School of Nursing in 1954. After passing the state nursing boards, she became licensed as a registered nurse (RN).

Earlier in life, she was employed at the former Locust Mountain State Hospital, Shenandoah Heights until she married and began raising her family.

Truly and throughout her life, Jean always lovingly placed her family first. She especially held her husband, children and grandchildren close to her heart and always in her thoughts. She cherished the time that she spent with them; they delighted all her days.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents was her husband, Peter Bloschock on July 3, 2010.

Surviving are her two sons, Mark Bloschock and his fiancé Dawn of Berwick and David Bloschock of Morgantown; her daughter, Lisa Bloschock White of Ringtown; two grandchildren, Sara Williams and her husband Glenn of Gambrills, Maryland and Eric Bloschock and his companion Hannah of Troy, Ohio; one brother, John Serakas and his wife Margie of Schuylkill Haven; three sisters, Antoinette Wozicki of Tennessee, Susan Swantek of Ringtown and Mary Ann Murphy and her husband Edward of Ringtown; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of her family.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


William M. Mosolino, 61 of Pottsville passed away unexpectedly on Monday at his home.

Born February 17, 1960, he was the son of the late William and Zoe Letcher Mosolino.

William attended the Pottsville Area School District before joining the United States Army. He last worked for O.Z. Gedney as an office manager. Bill loved hunting and fishing, but his real love was being a grandfather to his six grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

In addition to his parents Bill is predeceased by his wife Linda who passed away in 2019. He is also predeceased by their daughter Ashley Elizabeth.

He is survived by his children; step-daughter Amy Barnes of Orwigsburg, daughter Amanda Mosolino of Pottsville, son Jordan Mosolino of Pottsville and step son Edward Barnes of Orwigsburg. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren; Kali, Dylan, Mariah, Connor, Rileyann, Athena and great granddaughter Lily. He is also survived by his step-mother, JoHanne Martz of Pottsville and his brother Geoffrey Mosolino and half-sister Marissa.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven at 10:30 A.M. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 until the time of services. Interment with military honors will follow on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.grabowskifuneralhome.com