Friday, August 13, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: August 13th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  August 13th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Jazmyn Hauck
, 21, of New Ringgold, PA, passed away Tuesday, August 10th, in a car accident in Dauphin County.

Jazmyn was born in Mahanoy City, PA on October 15, 1999, a daughter of Karrie Kerestus, of New Ringgold and John Hauck, of Tamaqua. She attended Mahanoy Area High School and later attained her G.E.D.

Jazmyn could be found most days hanging out with her friends and her uncle, Joel. Whether they were riding quads, going to music festivals, or rock hunting; she enjoyed spending time with them. Jazmyn melded herself to fit in with any crowd and was seen most as the central person of the group.

“But without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”- Stephanie Meyers. This quote held many meanings to Jazmyn but is rooted in her passion for astronomy. Most nights she could be seen gazing up at the stars and moon. She watched for every eclipse, super moon, and meteor shower. Jazmyn was also seen quite often with her camera. She enjoyed photographing many things in nature as well as sunsets and sunrises. She found beauty in the world as it was.

Jazmyn was the perfect balance of Karrie and John. She wore her heart on her sleeve and wanted to take care of everybody and everything, much like her mother. She was unassuming and overcame obstacles with great stride like her father. Jazmyn loved them both wholeheartedly and will be deeply missed.

Jazmyn was the best friend to her younger brother, Mason. She provided him a great adventure daily. She taught him how to magnet fish, took him hiking to Bake Oven Knob, and swimming in the creek by their house. They fished together, would catch snakes together, and play video games together. Jazmyn loved Mason so dearly.

Jazmyn is survived by her parents as well as a sister, Tiffany Hauck, of Lansford, three brothers, Mason Kerestus, of New Ringgold; Tyler Hauck, of Tamaqua; Cody Church, of Frackville. She is also survived by her maternal grandfather, Michael Kerestus, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Jazmyn is preceded in death by a brother, Dustin Macieunas; grandparents, Peggy Kerestus, Joan Hauck, and Francis W. Hauck.

A celebration of her life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at her mother’s residence, 33 Hughes Street, New Ringgold. Everyone is welcome to attend to share stories and pictures of Jazmyn.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.Sarah K. Sally" Irvin, age 79, of Mahanoy City, died August 4, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. 

Born in Sioux Falls SD she was the daughter of the late Rev. William O. and Rebecca (Burge) Mayer Jr. . She had been employed for many years at M & T Bank in Mahanoy City and after her retirement she worked in the pro shop at Mountain Valley Golf Course. 

She was preceded in death by her son Albert J. "AJ" Irvin Jr. Survivors include a brother Louis W. Mayer and his wife Joy of Emery SD as well as nieces and nephews. 

Services will be private.

Contributions in Sally's name may be made to the charity of the donors choice. 

David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. 


Jennifer L. Petrus
, 44, of Frackville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 12th, 2021 at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown.

Jennifer was born in Hazleton, on March 11, 1977, a daughter of Lynn Cavello of Florida and Joseph Kovalesky of Ringtown.

Jennifer was a 1995 graduate of the North Schuylkill High School. She then obtained her cosmetologist license and worked for and was the manager at the Master Cuts Hair Salon in the former Schuylkill Mall prior to its closure, and then continued to work as a hair dresser until her passing.

She was fond of her pets, both cats and dogs and loved them dearly.

Jennifer is survived by her husband of 20 years, Phil Petrus, her parents, and a brother, Robert Kovalesky and his wife Jessica of Georgia.

She is survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, as well as her extended family of in-laws.

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home is assisiting Jennifers family by providing a private service followed with burial in St. Stephen's Cemetery in Shenandoah Heights.


John Kostura, Jr., 85, of Minersville, passed away Wednesday, August 11th, at his home. 

John was born in Duncott, Pa. on February 15, 1936, a son of the late Veronica “Verna” (Lohin) and John Kostura, Sr. He was the husband of Sylvia Marie (Setlock) Kostura to whom he married on September 17, 1960. He was a graduate Minersville High School Class of 1953 He served in the U.S. Air Force throughout the world. He was employed as an Accountant. John was a skilled saxophonist playing for local bands such as Chubby & The Royal's, The Good Life & Johnny K & Co. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death a brother, Paul Kostura. 

John is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia, a daughter, Tina M Kostura a son, John III, husband of Simone Kostura. John is also survived by four brothers, Joseph, Eugene, Emil, and Emery Kostura He is also survived by a Grandadaughter, Shardae, Great Grandchildren, Zoey & Cooper. 

All services are private. Interment with military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.