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Skook News Obituaries: July 8th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  July 8th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Ethel “Eppie” Stencovage
, 87, of Saint Clair, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Seton Manor Nursing Home, Orwigsburg.

Born in Pottsville, Jan. 24, 1934, she was a daughter of the late John Krebs and the late Ethel (Williams) Berkheiser.

Ethel retired as a clerk at Schuylkill County Courthouse. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Pottsville. She loved going hunting and fishing at her cabin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Stencovage; two brothers, James and Roger Berkheiser; and a sister, Lorraine Zukosky.

Surviving are her brother, Herman Berkheiser, of Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, from the Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 North Second Street, Saint Clair. The Rev. John Wallace will be officiating. Friends may call from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.


Susan Smith
, 39, Shenandoah, passed away at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown on Wednesday July 7th

Born in Ashland, she was a daughter of John and Mary Ann McCole Smith, Shenandoah. She was a 2000 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School.

Susan worked at JDM as a machine operator for many years. Most recently she was employed by West Street Pub, where she enjoyed the "no pitty atmosphere". She loved her weekly card games and trips to the casino. She was loved by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Kira Smith-Pauley, Maternal Grandparents Al (Shanty) and Mary McCole, Paternal grandparents Theodore and Marie Neary, Aunts and Uncles.

In addition to her parents John and MaryAnn Smith, she is survived by her Fiance David Chesonis; two sisters: Tonya Smith, Elaine Trinkl and husband Anthony Trinkl; nieces: Hayley Bolton (Smith) and Amie Trinkl; her nephew Lucas Trinkl and great nephew Samson Bolton.; many aunts, uncles and cousins; her beloved dog Coal.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 23rd at 11 a.m. at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville. Friends are invited to her visitation at the funeral home from 9 to the time of service. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah.

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


Mary Ann Mekosh
, 90, Roberto, GA, formerly of Girardville passed away on July 5th at Houston Healthcare Medical Center, Warner Robins, GA.

Graveside services will be held in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

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


Sharon R. Longenberger
, age 70, of Shenandoah Heights, passed away Tuesday afternoon in the comfort of her home with her family by her side. 

Born at the former Locust Mountain Hospital she was the daughter of the late George and Louise Price. She attended Mahanoy Area High School and was retired. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Frackville. Preceding her in death were a sister Jackie Seibert and a brother Richard Price. 

She is survived by her husband of 51 years Michael V. Longenberger, 3 sons Michael J. Longenberger and his wife Missy of Shenandoah Heights, Brian V. Longenberger and his girlfriend Amy Krieger of Shamokin and Jason E.Longenberger and his wife Cindi of Lehighton, 2 sisters Robin Jones and Denise Owen both of Tennessee and nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral on Monday morning at 11 AM from David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City. The Pastor Joshua Hughes will officiate. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery in Mahanoy Township. 

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday morning beginning at 9:30 AM until time of service. Contributions in Sharon's name to Calvary Baptist Church, 139 South Center St., Frackville, PA 17931 would be appreciated by the family. 

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Kelly Hoover Schley
, age 60, of Valley View, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Lancaster General Hospital.

She was born on Thursday, September 1, 1960, in Hagerstown, MD, a daughter of the late Orville Hoover and the late Edna (Ausherman) Hoover.

Kelly was a teacher's aid at Hegins Hubley Elementary and Tri-Valley High School.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley View.

Kelly enjoyed the beach, visits to Ocean City MD, gardening, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband Ralph D Schley, to whom she was married for 36 years.

She is also survived by a son, Dakota D Schley of Ashland; two daughters, Summer L Schley and Holly N Schley both of Lancaster; a brother, Terry Hoover of Smithsburg MD; a sister, Barbara Williams of Brunswick, MD; a niece Christy Mahaney; nephews Scott Williams, Eric Williams, and Brian Hoover; and several nieces, nephews, and numerous beloved cousins.

A celebration of Kelly's life will be held at the Valley View Park, 524 Gap St, Valley View PA, on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 2 pm, with Rev. Lee Diefenderfer officiating.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

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