Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: July 28th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  July 28th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Paul G. Breiner, Sr.
, lifelong resident, and public servant of West Penn Township, Andreas, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Seton Manor in Orwigsburg at 75 years of age.

Born Thursday, January 24, 1946 in Palmerton, the son of the late Paul E.C., and Arline (Behler) Breiner. Paul was also predeceased by his son, Joseph C. Breiner of August 16, 2009.

Surviving are; his wife of 54 years, Barbara (Dunn) Breiner; sons, Paul G. Breiner and his wife Lisa of Andreas, Carl R. Breiner and his wife Julie of Andreas, daughter, Marsha L. Breiner of Iowa; grandchildren, Kurt, Emma, Ava, Lily, Charles, and Joseph; step grandchildren, Josh, Derek Ethan and Amanda.

A 1963 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, Paul matriculated to McCann's School of Business. Paul worked as an Armored Guard for Loomis for 20 years, served as a part time police officer for New Ringgold Borough as a young man, worked security throughout the area, and owned and operated Breiner's Family Restaurant of Andreas with his wife Barbara for 18 years.

Paul served as Fire Chief of Andreas Fire Company for 32 years, and previously he was a certified E.M.T., member of Penn Mahoning Ambulance Association, and member of the Southern Schuylkill Fireman's Mutual Aide Association. Paul worshiped at Trinity U.C.C. of Tamaqua.

Private Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386 - 5884

Entombment will be in Zion Stone Church Cemetery of New Ringgold, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in his name to:
Trinity U.C.C.
22 Lafayette Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting


John "Jack" Pribish, Jr.
, 89 of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, July 26, 2021 at his residence with his family by his side.

Born in Shenandoah on September 9, 1931, he was a son of the late John and Bertha Muscavage Pribish, Sr.

Jack was a retired truck driver and mechanic.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, and the former St. George Church. He was also a member of Teamsters Local #773, the East End Field & Stream Club and the former Moose Lodge both of Shenandoah.

Mr. Pribish was a decorated veteran serving his country with distinction in the US Army during the Korean War.

John cherished the time that he spent with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Aldona M. Besky on June 4, 2017 and his brother, Joseph "Josie" Pribish.

Surviving are his son, John T. Pribish of Shenandoah; two daughters, Linda Kerlavage and Marie Pribish both of Shenandoah; three grandchildren, Keith Kerlavage and Kyle Kerlavage both of Shenandoah and Abigale Pribish of Dubois; three great-grandchildren, Owen, Oliver and Lyla Kerlavage; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 10:00 am in St Casimir Church, 229 North Jardin Street, Shenandoah, the sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation on Monday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am in St. Casimir Church.

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


William G. Price
, 90 of Malones Road, Ashland, PA passed away Tuesday, July 27,2021 at his home.

Born in Ashland, PA May 22,1931 the son of the late Thomas B. and Blanche (Snyder) Price. He attended Butler Twp. Schools and enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17 serving for 20 years. During his 20 years of Army Service he was assigned duty with various units overseas, including the 1st Cavalry Division; 1st Medical Battalion; 5th Regimental Combat Team; 24th Infantry Division; 560th Ambulance Company; and various other units. He served tours of duty in Korea (2 tours, Japan, Germany and Hawaii. He was also stationed at various stateside installations. His awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge; Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal ( 6th Award); Occupation Medal (Japan); National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Korean Service Medal with 5 Battle Stars; U.N. Service Medal; Korean War Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Korean Presidential Unit Citation ; Expert { Rifle Badge}; Sharpshooter {Carbine} Badge; R.O.K. War Service Medal (Comm).

He was a member of American Fire company Ft. Springs; American Legion, Post 0434 Ashland; AMVETS; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7654 Ashland ; Association of the U.S. Army; The Retired Enlisted Association; Korean War Veterans Association; 5th Regimental Combat Team Association; and National Rifle Association. After retirement from the Army he was employed by Tri-State Envelope Corporation, Ashland, for 18 years until retirement. 

Surviving are his wife Eva Mae Price, two sons and a daughter: Terry R. Husband of Anna Belle Price, Gordon, PA; William G. Jr. husband of Debra Price, Ashland and Sandra wife of Rob Leibig, Ashland. Two brothers and a sister survive: Thomas Sr. and Barry Price and Dianne Rhoades. Two sisters preceded him in death: Jane Moehle and Sarah Lockett. Five grandchildren, Nine great grandchildren, nieces and nephews survive. 

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, August 3,2021 at 11:30 AM from Christ’s United Lutheran Church, Airport Road, Ashland, PA. Rev. Laura Csellak officiating. 

Interment with Military Honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA. Viewing Tuesday 10:30 AM until time of service from Christ’s United Lutheran Church, Ashland, PA. 

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor has charge of arrangements.


Russell A. Frantz
, 80, of West West Terrace, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away Friday morning, July 23rd, at his home.

Russell was born on Christmas day 1940 at the Ashland State General Hospital to the late Russell and Edith Groom Dolbin Frantz.

He was a 1958 graduate of the former Cass Township High School, where he was co-captain of the 1957 Undefeated, Untied, and Unscored-upon football team. Russell played as both an offensive and defensive end and was only 16 years old at the time of the perfect season. He was a talented athlete who played in the first Big 33 game as an All-State end; he also played baseball, basketball, and was recruited by the Philadelphia Phillies as a pitcher. Several universities, including Notre Dame, actively recruited him to play football due to his talent and size. He chose to accept a scholarship from Villanova University to remain close to home where he played as an end. He was inducted into the Allen Rogowicz chapter of The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He retired after 38 years as an accountant from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. He was a devoted member of Trinity Episcopal Church where he was an active volunteer in various church activities including soup kitchen, candy-making fundraisers, and vestry. He was also a life member of the Forestville Fire Company.

His athletic talent pales in comparison to his humanitarianism. He was a consummate life coach and role model for many people: an ever-loving husband, father, grandfather, soup kitchen cook, sports hall of famer, our favorite life advice giver, a friend, a steward of the Earth and community, a tomato grower, a novice winemaker, a humble hard worker, the best French toast maker, our gentle giant with a patient loving ear. Words will never fully express how deeply he is missed or how vastly he is loved by so many. He was a humble and kind man who truly wanted to help others and show his love and concern for everyone he knew. He was always known as a genuinely nice guy who enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his 3 sisters Gladys Flaherty, Dorothy Dominguez, and Vivian Smulley; and 2 brothers Robert and Horace Frantz.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Anne M. Hughes; a daughter, Lisa M. Ferguson and her husband, Stephen, Schuylkill Haven; a son, Russell D. Frantz and his wife Tracy, Pottsville; 3 grandchildren, Richard Ferguson, Michael Ferguson, and Alexandra Evans and her husband Charles; and a brother, Herbert Frantz.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at Trinity Episcopal Church, South Centre St. and Howard Avenue, Pottsville, on Saturday July 31st from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Services will begin at 10:00 AM with interment to follow at the Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville.

At the family’s request, memorial donations in Russell’s memory may be forwarded to Trinity Episcopal Church, Pottsville. Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville has been entrusted with arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, light a candle, or send flowers in Russell’s memory, visit us at


Mary “Molly” F. Dietz,
78 of Pottsville passed away Christmas morning (December 25th, 2020) while a resident of Rest Haven Nursing Home in York, PA

Born in Pottsville, March 5, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Darian and Blanche Hummel Rodgers, Deer Lake.

Molly attended Schuylkill Haven and Blue Mountain schools. She was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven.

Molly served in the United States Navy where she was a Hospitalman.

Her most recent employment was at Schuylkill Memorial Park, where she brought joy, happiness, and wonderful memories to everyone. She was loyal to her family and friends and will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by all.

Molly was a great dancer and loved nothing better than a great party with loud jitterbug music. “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Devil With A Blue Dress On” were two of her favorites.

In addition to her parents Molly is preceded in death by her long-time partner Robert Chivinski, former husband William Dietz, her son-in-law Don Lyons, and granddaughter Karen Noll.

She is survived by her children; Michelle Lyons of Tremont, Deborah Noll wife of Daniel, York, and William Dietz, husband of Elaine, Cleona, grandchildren Jason Lyons, Madison Dietz, Emily Dietz, Caitlyn Noll, and Christian Noll, great grandchildren Jerikah Lyons and Veronica Lyons.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a future date. A private graveside service with military honors will be held at the convenience of the family on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to local Alzheimers and Mental Health organizations. Memories and condolences can be shared at

7/28/21 Update:  A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday 7/31/2021 at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. Interment was privately held in Schuylkill Memorial Park due to COVID restrictions.


AnnaMarie Orlowsky (Perlinski), 85, of Pottstown, Pa, passed away on Tuesday, July 27th at the Pottstown Hospital.

Born in Shenandoah on July 17th, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Antoz) Perlinski. She was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School in Shenandoah. AnnaMarie was a devoted housewife and a wonderful cook. She especially loved beautiful flowers. She was also a fan of the game show network and Wheel of Fortune.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Theresa Orlosky.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 60 years, Thomas P. Orlowsky, also, 1 son, Thomas K. Orlowsky “Tommy” - Pottstown, 1 sister, Irene Rooney – Falls Church, Va, and nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will take place on Friday, July 30th from 9 to 10:15am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Scripture Services will be held at 10:15am and will be officiated by Msgr. Ronald Bocian. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.