Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: July 21st, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  July 21st, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Leocadio Arruza, Jr.
, 86, formerly of Mary D, PA died on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Orwigsburg, PA. He was the husband of Loretta (nee Kazlosky) Arruza. 

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York on August 27, 1934, Leocadio was a son of the late Leocadio, Sr. and Margaret (nee DeMaroney) Arruza. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and worked as an installer of tile and carpet flooring in Auburn, NY.  Leocadio was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua, PA. 

In addition to his wife, Loretta, he is survived by daughters, Deborah Nordby and her husband Frank of Cato, NY, Cynthia Arruza of Auburn, NY, and Christina Simonelli and her husband Frank of Beverly Hills, FL; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brothers, Andrew Arruza of North Carolina and James Arruza of South Carolina; and a sister, Elizabeth Arruza of Hyde Park, NY. 

Leocadio was predeceased by a brother, Danny Arruza. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Robert T. Finlan officiating. 

Interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville will take place on Tuesday at 2 PM. Call Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 AM, in the parish social hall. 

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


Larry J. Malick, 67, Tremont, died unexpectedly Monday at his residence.

Born November 12, 1953 in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Franklin L. and Marian A. (Yanosh) Malick.

Larry is survived by a sister Mildred "Teddy" Knoll, North Myrtle Beach, SC.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately on the grounds of Mount Laurel Cemetery, Pottsville. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville, has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to share a memory of Larry.


Holly Anne Brenneman
, 44, of Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, July 20th, at her residence.

Holly was born in Pottsville on March 31, 1977, a daughter of John D. Brenneman and the late Phyllis A. (Tripp) Brenneman.

She was a member of Grace Free Church, Cressona.

She graduated from Blue Mountain High School, Class of 1995. She worked as a Recruiting Manager at Versalus Health.

Holly is survived by her son Mason Smith of Lebanon and a sister, Heidi, wife of John Edwards and their son Logan of Lebanon, as well as brother-in-law Eric Boyer and his children Madison and Braydon.

She is predeceased by her sister Heather Boyer, maternal grandparents Albert and Phyllis Tripp, paternal grandparents Harold and Velma Brenneman, cousins Tricia Socko and Hannah Tripp; uncle Charles Tripp and aunt Ruth Nichols.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, July 24th at Grace Free Church in Cressona with Joshua Ott officiating. A memorial gathering will be from 10:30 until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. is honored to be serving the family.

The family requests donations to Sisters’ Hope Foundation, PO Box 12, Myerstown, PA 17067 or


Ann Marie Urmanavage, 89, of Minersville, passed away on Wednesday morning at Luther Ridge at Seider’s Hill.

Arrangements are incomplete.


Donald Lee "Dump" Gonder
, 76, of Tower City, passed away suddenly, Monday, July 19th, at the Hershey Medical Center with his son by his side.

Born in Williamstown, November 11, 1944, a son of the late Isaac and Marion Shutt Gonder.

Donald was a retired truck driver with Donco Construction. He was a lifelong member of the West End Fire Company, Sheridan.

In Donald's earlier days, he enjoyed going to his camp in Millersburg, his second home, where he enjoyed great times with his family and friends for many years. Donald and Carol could often be found sitting together on the porch at camp. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Donald also loved watching the races on Sundays. Everyone knew you were to not interrupt him while a race was on, you waited until it was over. Even on Labor Day at camp, he would listen to the race on the radio.

He will be remembered for being one of the most honest, loving men one would ever have the pleasure of meeting. His whole time on Earth was spent loving his family and grandchildren, and as of late, his dog and best buddy, Fluffy. Donald would come over to visit Chip and his family on his rascal scooter with Fluffy in the front basket. The first thing he always asked when he came through the garage was "Can you get me an A&W and open it?"

Having Donald living so close to their family was a privilege words cannot describe. His family will miss him very much, and they know that he is very happy to be with Carol again. Without a doubt, Donald knew how much he was loved by every member of his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife and best friend of 42 years, Carol M. Gonder, 2018; a daughter, Kimberly Fickinger, 2017; brothers, Kenneth and Joe Gonder, a sister-in-law, Judy Hentz.

Surviving is his son, Charles "Chip" Gonder and his wife Corie, Tower City; son-in-law, Ralph Fickinger, Williamstown; five grandchildren, Kelley Ney and her husband Steve; Riley Fickinger and his companion Kelly Deitrich; Shiann Wolfe, Colin and Chloe Gonder; great grandsons, Carter Fickinger and Ryder Ney; a sister-in-law, Janice Picola (Joseph); a brother in law, James Hentz; Nieces and nephews, Jimmy Hentz, his godson, Jayne Rabbe, Jeff Picola, Ann Fetterhoff, Kery, Mark, Shari, Brad, Chad, and Vince Gonder. Numerous great nieces and nephews.

Following Donald's wishes, services will be private.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guestbook, visit


Eugene F. Monahan
, 92, of Ashland, PA passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pottsville.

Born in Lost Creek, PA, November 8, 1928, the son of the late John and Margaret (Larkin) Monahan.
He was a graduate of West Mahanoy Township High School and McCann's School of Business. He was a decorated Army Veteran receiving the Military Merit Badge during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville and the former St. Mauritius Parish, Ashland. He excelled as an Insurance Underwriter, last working for Peoples Security, Pottsville until retirement. He was a Life Member of the Knights of Columbus, Sarto Council 1322, Ashland, PA where he was the Grand Knight for 5 years. He also was a 4th Degree member of Pennsylvania West District, and member of the Knights of Columbus of Mt. Carmel, PA He was a coach of Ashland Little League and Teener League. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for 47 years, where he was a part of the bowling league. He was an avid Notre Dame fan. He is survived by his wife, Annette (Scheuren) Monahan. 3 sons: Gene, Ashland; Christopher and his wife, Sharon, Harrisburg; Mark and his wife, Christie, Ashland. Six grandchilren: Lydia, Magdalene, Riley, Maria, Mark Jr., and Matthew Monahan.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 24,2021 at 10:00 AM from St. Joseph's the Worker Parish, Frackville,PA. Rev. Brian Miller officiating.

Interment in St. Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland. Visitation Friday 6:00-8:00 P.M. from the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland and Saturday 9:00-10:00 AM from St. Joseph's the Worker Parish, Frackville,PA.

Donations may be made to St Joseph the Worker Parish, 7 S. Broad Mountain Ave, Frackville, PA 17931. Hillside SPCA, Hillside Rd. Pottsville, PA 17901 or St. Joseph's Indian School, PO Box 326 Chamberlain, SD 57326, Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland is in charge of arrangements.


Paul J. Greis Sr., 
89, of Minersville. Minersville lost a beloved member of our community on July 17, 2021, when lifelong resident Paul Joseph Greis passed away in Well Span Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, alongside his son Paul. 

Paul was born October 30, 1931 to Daniel and Katherine Shields Greis of Kaska. He was the third of five children; Daniel, George, John and Joseph. Paul graduated from Blythe Township in 1950. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy. Paul was employed for 50 years with the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers. He married his first love of his life Joan Mickey in 1955, and together they raised four strong and successful boys; Paul Jr wife Jacqueline, Gregory wife Angelika, Gary partner Cathy and Scott wife Kimberly. Paul was also a devout member of Holy Family Parish of Minersville. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his beautiful wife and all four of his brothers. 

In addition to the ”4 Greis Boys” Paul is survived by his partner of over 25 years, second love Loraine Malatesta. He will be deeply missed by his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, with whom he kept an active pulse on. He spent his days phoning them frequently, attending the many activities they were engaged in from sports to ballet- preschool to college graduations, or motivating them to strive for the Honor Roll with a little cash because he instilled in each that a good education can never be taken away. 

Paul’s legacy will live on not only through his sons but through his other loves Lauren husband Jeffrey Tobin, Jason Greis, Kingsley husband Stephen Schwartz, Elizabeth husband Mark Lapszynski, Brandon Greis, Lilley Greis and his great grandchildren Kash, Kenzie, Kruz, Mason and Scotty. Paul always had a warm smile and a friendly word for everyone. Our spry and charming Patriarch could easily be found on the golf course (which we would be remiss not to note: he did have a hole in one that even made the paper!), on a walk to church, watching the Yankees or the Giants, conversing at Palermo’s, cruising around town with a license plate that read “SWEET-ZE”, or dressed to the nines with Loraine by his side. The greatest impact he made was on his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Paul, will be eternally remembered for the “Sweetsie” that he was and the smiles he brought to the faces of those he treasured most, his beautiful family. 

A visitation will be held Tuesday, July 27, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc, Minersville. A religious funeral service will follow Wednesday morning 11:00 am at the funeral home with the Reverend Jason F. Stokes officiating. Interment with Naval Honors Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc, Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


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