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Skook News Obituaries: August 15th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  August 15th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Agnes M. Richards, , of Allentown, PA and formerly of Coaldale, PA, died on Saturday, August 14, 2021 in Allentown. She was the wife of the late Thomas R. Richards who died in 2005.

Born in Coaldale on April 7, 1928, Agnes was a daughter of the late Louis and Frances (Jenner) Urban. 

She was a sewing machine operator for the former Van Huesen garment factory in Coaldale. A member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua, Agnes had been a member of the former St. John Lithuanian Church, Coaldale. 

She is survived by niece, Patricia Fallano of Scot Run, PA and nephews, Donald Hedish and his wife Pamela of Coopersburg, PA, William Hedish and his wife Alice of Chesapeake, VA and William Urban of Chestnut Hill, PA. 

Agnes was predeceased by a sister, Kathryn Hedish and brothers, Alphonsus Urban and William Urban. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Robert T. Finlan officiating. Call 10-11 AM on Saturday in the Parish Hall. 

Interment in Sky View Memorial Park will follow the mass. 

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Sophia Theresa Price, 93, longtime resident of Tamaqua, PA died on Saturday, August 14, 2021 in Coaldale, PA. She was the wife of the late David H. Price with whom she celebrated 70 years of marriage prior to his death in 2019. 

Born in Port Carbon, PA on February 6, 1928, Sophia was a daughter of the late Rudolph and Lucy (Urban) Hulock. A graduate of the former St. Stephen High School, Port Carbon, she worked as a machine operator in several garment factories in the area. Sophia’s love of baking often resulted in her being asked to create wedding cakes for family and friends. She was a long time member of the Tamaqua School District’s PTA and served as a chaperone for the Tamaqua Eagle Cheerleaders. At Halloween, Sophia was the securer of the Halloween costumes that her family wore. 

She is survived by daughters, Marilyn Navitsky and her husband Philip of Tamaqua and Patricia Forester and her husband Joseph of Tamaqua; daughter-in-law, Annie Price of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Philip Navitsky, Stephen Navitsky and his wife Tanya, Ryan Navitsky, Timothy Navitsky and his wife Jessica, Micah Navitsky, Joseph Forester, II, Amber Hobbs and her husband Michael; Grant Forester, David Price, Coleen Price, and Kaitlyn Rossochacy and her husband, TJ; great grandchildren, Garrett Navitsky, Audrey Navitsky, Jocelyn Navitsky, Addison Navitsky, Lennon Forester, Kendra Forester, Emily Rossochacy, Nessa Rossochacy, Austin Messerschmidt, and Rylah Price; sister, Mary Chismar of Port Carbon; and several nephews and nieces. 

Sophia was predeceased by her son, David Price in 2020; a sister, Josephine Snitzer; and 2 great grandchildren. 

Memorials in Sophia’s name may be made to the East End Fire Company, 553 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Services will be announced when finalized. 

Please be reminded of the recommendation that fully vaccinated or not, people who live where coronavirus transmission is classified as substantial or high should wear masks when they are indoors in public places. Online condolences may be made at 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Thomas G Kramer
of Valley View passed away suddenly on Friday August 13th 2021.

He was born December 21, 1982, in Pottsville , PA, a son of Carl Kramer and Connie Shick.

He was a Graduate of Tri-Valley Class of 2001. Following High School, Tom completed the carpentry program at Thaddeus Stephens College, Lancaster.

Tom participated in trap shooting most of his life and was a member of the Valley View Gun Club trap team. He enjoyed shooting and was very competitive, winning numerous trophies over the years. Most recently he enjoyed shooting at the Hog Heaven Gun Club in White Pine, TN. In true Tom fashion, he began his search for creek property by first locating a gun club. He fulfilled his dream of owning creek property in Tennesee and enjoyed the creek and waterfalls this summer with his wife.

He was employed by Timberline Buildings and took great pride in being their longest employee, with nearly 15 years with the company. His coworkers said he would be there for life, and indeed he was. He spent his last day on the job site working on a building he excitedly sent pictures of to his wife. Tom’s work crew members meant more to him than he ever expressed and he got joy out of taking the younger guys out of town, sometimes on their first time away from

Tom was a true gift from the Lord, full of unconditional love for his family. They will hold on to their faith, knowing that the Lord has a place for Tom in His kingdom and that they will be reunited again one day.

He attended St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Sacramento.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Chester and Betty Morgan, Carl and Donna Kramer; Step Grandfather, Walter Lenig.

Tom was a hard working family man who lived for his beloved wife and soulmate, Shanelle and his children Cole and Sophie. He took every opportunity he could to share Cole’s accomplishments with anyone who would listen and he always listened intently to whatever story Sophie had to tell him and enjoyed doing things with her whenever he could. He loved their two family cats as well. Tom got great joy out of spending family time together with his “girls”,Shanelle and Sophie, and the “big kids” Cole and Caitlin. His favorite was finally having a family he could celebrate Father’s Day with. On the weekends he enjoyed having his best friend, Braedyn, over to rip up the yard with the side by side and four wheelers.

Tom is survived by his wife and soulmate Shanelle Kramer, his son Cole Focht and girlfriend Caitlin Weaver, his daughter Sophie Willier; best friend Braedyn Kovaschetz- age 9; his parents Carl and Wanda Kramer of Helfenstein; and Connie Shick and companion William Swartz of Pitman; stepfather Milo Shick; four brothers, Brian Kramer of Helfenstein; Joseph, and wife Nicole Kramer of Hegins; Michael Neidig and girlfriend Nikki Klock of Pitman; Eric Kramer and girlfriend Holly Carroll of Sunbury; four nieces, Aubree Kramer, Sunny Kramer, Paislee Neidig, Hailee Kovaschetz; two nephews, Braedyn Kovaschetz, Michael Neidig, Jr.

Services will be held at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Raymond Holland officiating.

A visitation will be held from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made on Tom's behalf, sent to the Valley View Gun Club, ATTN: Youth Field Day

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

Condolences can be left for the family at


Andrew P. Feher Jr.,79 of Ashland,PA passed away Friday, August 13,2021 at his home.

Born in Ashland Nov.26,1941 the son of the late Andrew and Ann (Latsko) Feher. He attended Girardville Schools and graduated from Immaculate Heart High School and later enlisted in the United States Army serving in the military for over 20 years.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Joan Haugen.

Surviving are two sons: Andrew III, Ashland; Shane of Essex, MD. and Lisa Fehr of Little River, Md. Two step children survive: Angie and Todd Rabuck, Maryland.

Six grandchildren, four step grandchildren, five great grandchildren, four step grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews survive. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Kill-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland,PA. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor is in charge of arrangements.


Susanne M. (Mazur) “Maize” Nieddu, passed away peacefully after a 2 week critical illness on August 13th, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, with Michael, her loving husband and “soulmate” of 46 years of marriage, holding her in his arms.

Confronted with Muscular Dystrophy and other health issues in her life, Susanne was resolutely strong with Michael’s love and support, as well as her unwavering faith, to face all her life challenges; and remain as independent as possible and “share her strength” with anyone in need.

She was especially dedicated with her family to the annual services of St. Anne’s novena and will forever be remembered as a kind, compassionate and loving person to “all” who were fortunate to be a part of her life and legacy.

Besides her husband, Susanne is survived by her aunts, Frannie and Helen along with cousins.

Services and interment are private at the request of her husband.

May Susanne find the peace and comfort in heaven she deserves for the suffering she endured in her earthly existence. May the Lord bless her and keep her and shine his light upon her! Amen!

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are entrusted with the arrangements