Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: July 6th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  July 6th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


George Nevin Strock
, 76, of Wayne Township, passed away Monday, July 5th, at home.

Born in Mechanicsburg, PA on September 19, 1944, he was a son of the late George W. & Ruth (Nace) Strock.

He was the husband of Judy G. (Myers) Strock. The couple would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on July 17th.

Nevin was a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School, Class of 1962. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Forestry from Penn State University. He was a member of the university's fraternity, Delta Theta Sigma; as well as the Penn State Alumni Association.

Nevin was employed by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for 35 years. He belonged to the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, and the Allegheny Society of American Foresters.
He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Friedensburg.

Nevin served in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant in the Vietnam War. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers; 544th Engineering Company, and 588th Engineer's Battalion. Nevin was an active member of the Robert E. Baker Post #38 American Legion, Schuylkill Haven, where he served on the Honor Guard.

He was an avid LA Dodgers fan. He loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events/activities and driving around in his 1961 Corvette.

In addition to his wife, Nevin is also survived by a daughter, Angeline D. Dewald, wife of Jeffrey, of Wayne Township; and a son, George Gregory Strock, of Philadelphia; and three grandchildren: Sydney, Joshua, & Morgan Dewald. He is also survived by three sisters: Rosalie Green, wife of Bob, of Carlisle; Judy Hoch, of Shippensburg; and Nancy Ryder, wife of Kirk, of Dillsburg, PA, a brother, Barry Strock, husband of Linda, of Mechanicsburg; and several nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, Nevin is also preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary Dewald.
A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, July 8th at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Friedensburg. A viewing will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the church.

Interment with military honors will follow at St. John's Union Cemetery, Friedensburg.
At the family's request, memorial donations in Nevin's name may be forwarded to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Friedensburg P.O. Box 86, Friedensburg, PA 17933 or Robert E. Baker Post #38 American Legion, P. O. Box 314, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Robert W. (Bob) Thomas, 75 a life-long resident of Frackville passed away with his family by his side Friday, July 2, at Geisinger/St. Luke Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Ashland Hospital he was a son of the late Wilfred and Melva Fellows Thomas. He was a graduate of Frackville High School, class of 1964.

Bob was a U.S Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and attained the rank of Sergeant; he served with the 6200 Supply Squadron.

He worked as a dispatcher for the Pennsylvania State Police and was a former Frackville Police Officer; he also worked at the former Zapata Industries, Frackville.

Bob served the Frackville community as a volunteer firefighter with the Good Will Hose Company, No.1, Frackville for 58 years; He served as Fire Chief for over 12 years and was Assistant Fire Chief for more than 20 years; he was a past President of the Schuylkill County Fireman’s Association and a former instructor at the Pennsylvania Fire Academy.

He was also a member of the Friendship Fire Company, Englewood; Schuylkill Fire Historical Society; the Frackville Community Ambulance Association; a former Warden for the DCNR; a member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1533, Frackville and the F&AM Masonic Lodge, Pottsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Amy McClintock, in 2018.

Bob is survived by his wife of 25 years; Stephanie Hawranick Thomas; his pride and joy grandsons; Jordan Klimas, Mt. Carmel and Devin McClintock, Girardville; a sister; Diane Robbins; several nephews, several great nephews and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 3:00 to 7:00 pm Sunday evening at the Good Will Hose Company No.1, Frackville; Religious Services will be held at 5:00 pm. Interment with Military Honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Donations in Bob’s name can be made to the Good Will Fire Company #1, 225 S. Balliet St., Frackville and/or the Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901


Russell L. Berkheiser
, 82, of Tremont, passed away Monday, July 5, 2021 at his home with his wife and daughter by his side.

Born and raised on a farm in Summit Station, April 7, 1939, a son of the late William and Lilly Berkheiser.

Russ was a graduate of the former Cressona High School, where he was a member and president of the Future Farmers of America. He was last employed as a crane operator at the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Lebanon.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Tremont and a former member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Summit Station, where he was a communion assistant and member of the choir.

Russ will be remembered for his beautiful singing voice, having sung at many weddings. He was a singer in the former Blue Ridge Mountain Boys Band. He also enjoyed playing the guitar.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 60 years, Sandra L. Schell Berkheiser; a daughter, Russann Newton, Tremont; a grandson, Scott McHenry and his wife Sarah, Lehighton; two great grandsons, Scotty and Ben McHenry; two sisters, Jean Griffiths, Hummelstown and Carol Boyer and her husband Donny, Auburn; a brother, Harold Berkheiser and his wife Joan, Summit Station; a sister-in-law, Sonia Souder, Friedensburg. Nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City, with Pastor Claude Schach officiating. Burial will be in the St. John's Cemetery, Tremont. In lieu of flowers, donations in Russ's name can be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 6 W. Main Street, Tremont, PA 17981 or St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 59 Spring Street, Tremont, PA 17981.

To send condolences to the family please visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com


Chris Edward Teter
, 40, of Zion Grove, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Chris was born in Pottsville on July 8, 1980, the son of Carl E. Teter, Zion Grove and Lisa (Zelli) Rhoads, Shenandoah.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Ricky L. Teter of Zion Grove. Additionally he leaves behind three nieces, Alexis M. Teter, Lavelle; Pandora N. Teter, Zion Grove; and Allena C. Teter, Zion Grove. He thought the world of his nieces and treated them as if they were his own daughters. Several aunts, uncles and many cousins survive. Family was important to Chris, and he put forth effort to honor his ancestral roots. This was evident when he took his nieces to church, maintained the family garden, and by prominently displaying treasured family heirlooms.

He was always employed and his work came in several forms from various sectors. This ranged from production work at Bemis and Pine Grove Homes, laying tile, welding and most recently as a construction worker for Miller Brothers Construction.

Chris had a very unique ability to connect with people of varying backgrounds. He was free-spirited, upbeat and always ready for a good laugh. His willingness to help family, friends and neighbors with any and all tasks will be irreplaceably missed.

Additionally Chris liked live music and was an avid concert attendee. He also enjoyed hotrod cars, motorcycles and fresh air. His recreational activities included shooting, fishing and hunting, especially for trophy bucks. As the type of person who was always on the go, Chris could often be found maintaining his family property or helping loved ones with their endeavors. He always had time to chat with others, appreciate a good joke and interact with people from all walks of life. What he enjoyed the most was sharing some good conversation, laughs and living life to the fullest.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Tuesday, July 13th, 2021 at 11 AM at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Zion Grove. A time for visitation with Chris's family will be from 9-11 AM prior to the service. Chris will be laid to rest at the Mt. Zion Cemetery, immediately following the service.

His family requests that you dress casually, preferably in Grateful Dead or Pink Floyd attire.

Chris's family will be providing flowers and asks that in lieu of flowers, any donations to help defray the cost of the service to please be made to his family at 709 Ringtown Road, Zion Grove, PA. 17985.


Glenn E. Widel
, 59 of Orwigsburg passed away Sunday at the Lehigh Valley – Cedar Crest Hospital.

Born January 24, 1962, he was the son of the late James J. Widel and Joy A. Ubil Sidella wife of George R. Sidella

Glenn attended the Schuylkill Haven School District. He drove truck for a living but also was the owner and operator of Widel Auto Sales and Mobile.

Glenn was a die-hard Philadelphia Eagle fan. He loved to deep sea fish as well as restoring model cars. Glenn also loved to ski and play guitar.

Glenn is preceded in death by his daughter Cheri Lynn Widel.

In addition to his mother and George he is also survived by

daughter Michelle Joy Widel. He is also survived by his sisters; Michelle Widel long-time partner of Jeff Weitzel and Angela E. Nertavich wife of Alan W. along with nieces and nephews; Robert L. Krammes, Jr., Joseph J. Krammes, Anthony A. Bierman, Alexandria J. Nertavich and Angelique C. Nertavich.

A viewing will be held on Friday at 9:00 A.M. at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 A.M. with interment to follow on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.grabowskifuneralhome.com


Stanley R. Siminitus Jr., 64, of Primrose, died Thursday, July 1, at his residence.

Stanley was born Feb. 24, 1957, in Pottsville, a son of the late Anna P. (Polny) and Stanley R. Siminitus Sr.

He was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Minersville, and St. Matthew the Evangelist of the Holy Family Parish, Minersville. He was a graduate of Minersville Area High School, Class of 1975. He was a lifetime member of South Cass Fire Company.

Stanley is survived by a sister, Patricia Siminitus; two brothers, Joseph, husband of Leighann Siminitus, and Richard, husband of Janet Siminitus.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the the Rev. Jason F. Stokes officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to South Cass Fire Company. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Kostka No. 2 Cemetery. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is entrusted with the arrangements.