Friday, July 23, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: July 23rd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  July 23rd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Richard G. Hartzell, 83, of Orwigsburg, passed away Wednesday, July 21, at Geisinger St. Luke's Medical Center, Orwigsburg.

Born in Bloomsburg, on May 2, 1938, he was a son of the late Christina (Gallen) and William Hartzell.

He was the husband of Margaret "Peggy" (Sutton) Hartzell.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Church on Christ Summer Hill, Auburn.

After Dick graduated from Scott Township High School, he joined the Air Force. Upon returning home, he attended Drexel University, where he received his bachelor's degree in engineering. He then worked at Sun Oil Co. as a special project engineer until retiring.

Dick's happiest times were spent with friends and family. He enjoyed tending his garden, fishing, watching the Phillies play and watching hummingbirds come to his many feeders.

Richard was preceded in death by a son, Richard Jr.; a brother, William Hartzell; and a sister-in-law, Martha Palme.

In addition to his wife, Peggy, Dick is survived by a son, Andrew Hartzell, husband of Marlene, Ambler; a daughter, Christina Gogel, Orwigsburg; granddaughters, Gabriella, Giavana and Serina Hartzell; sisters, Patricia Cerritelli, Newtown Square, and Sue Fox, Bloomsburg; brothers-in-law, John Sutton, husband of Kay, and Robert Palme; many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Summer Hill, Auburn, with Pastor Kenneth McDowell officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held at 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1235 Summer Hill Road, Auburn, PA 17922 or Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529. Internment will be private at the convenience of the family.


Jeffrey James Troxell
was born on Friday the 13th in June of 1952 at Ashland Hospital to the late Franklin H. and Julia (Takach) Troxell. He passed away on May 20, 2021 in Clearlake, CA after a valiant battle with esophageal cancer.

After an adventure and mischief-filled childhood in Frackville, Jeff graduated from North Schuylkill High School in 1970; he briefly attended Salem College in Salem, WV, then enlisted in the US Navy. Upon completion of basic training in Orlando, FL, he was stationed on the island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean during the Viet Nam Conflict. Later, he was stationed on Adak, an Aleutian Island in the Bering Sea west of Alaska. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Jeff lived in southern CA and pursued employment in the entertainment industry and as a transcontinental truck driver. Later he became a heavy equipment operator for the CA Department of Transportation; he rose to the position of crew supervisor upon transferring to the northern CA area. Residing in the town of Clearlake Oaks for the past 15 years, he enjoyed the mountains, lakes, wildlife and lack of human population! An avid outdoorsman, Jeff engaged in fishing, hunting and competitive shooting; he belonged to several Rod and Gun clubs and won numerous awards at local tournaments.

Jeff is survived by his son, Jeffrey J. Troxell Jr., of Salt Lake City, Utah; his sister, Neretta Troxell Brobst of Homosassa, FL; his sole remaining aunt, Hazel Troxell Jasiewicz of Boylston, MA; numerous cousins and friends in PA, NJ, FL and CA; and his neighbor, best friend and fellow sportsman, Vinnie Garofalo of Clearlake, CA.

On Monday, July 26, 2021 from 11 am to 12 noon, friends are welcome to visit with Jeff’s family at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home at 501 W. Washington Street, Frackville. Interment will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, where his parents rest, at 1:30 pm. Flowers are welcome; donations in Jeff’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society or your local animal rescue facility.

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


Angelo "Tony" Scordato
passed away on July 22, 2021 surrounded by family. He was the son of Rose (Cappello) and Angelo Scordato, the brother of Al "Freddy", and the beloved uncle of Christine (Sean Gallagher) and her son, Ben Palmere; Patricia Walters (David) and her children William and Annaliese; and Elizabeth and her children, Sarah and Leah DiGiorgio.

While Tony was born in Brooklyn, he spent his childhood summers in McAdoo, Pennsylvania surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins with whom he remained very close. Whenever they were together, there was good food, lots of stories and many, many laughs. Tony also had a deep network of friends - some dating back almost 70 years to their days at Albany State Teachers College (now SUNY Albany). They saw each other through life's ups and downs and were role models for what true friendship looks like.
Over the course of his life he lived in many places and collected friends in all of them. He grew up in Valley Stream, New York, attended college in Albany and had his first teaching role in Wells, New York Later, he moved to Laramie, Wyoming where he earned a Ph.D in Mathematics. When he retired, he split his time between West Palm Beach, Florida, and Westerly, Rhode Island. Seven years ago he moved to Brookline, Massachusetts to be closer to Christine and Ben. While he was fond of all the many places he lived, Tony would be the first to say that Wyoming was where his heart felt fullest.
Tony loved many things in addition to his family and friends - cooking, eating, gardening, travel, painting and spirited debate. He also truly loved teaching and spent his career teaching math and computer science at both the high school and college levels for more than 40 years. He had that special something that caused students to stay in touch with him. He hosted former student visits each year no matter where he lived. Two years ago he was honored by his former students in the St Pius X Alumni Association with an award and luncheon. More than 20 of his former students came from around the country to celebrate him and the difference he made in their lives. They shared many a story - our favorite was that his then students privately called him “Tony No Baloney” because he was tough but always fair and compassionate.

He leaves a giant hole in our lives and in the fabric of friendship he so carefully wove during his life. He will be dearly missed by all of us who loved him.
For those interested in remembering Tony, he was comforted enormously by his books for the blind from the library at the Perkins Institute for the Blind. Over the past seven years he "read" over 1,000 books and was always ready to have a conversation about one of them. Donations in his honor can be made at: At Tony's request, no flowers please.

His funeral will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Church of All Saints, McAdoo. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s R.C. Cemetery, McAdoo.

No public calling hours will be held.

The Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, PA, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be entered and information is available at