Monday, August 9, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: August 9th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  August 9th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Melvin “Slick” Mastishin
, 91, lifelong Frackville resident, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, August 9th surrounded by his loving family.

Melvin was a United States Army Veteran and served in the 82nd Airborne as a Master Jumper where he also attained the rank as Sergeant 1st Class.

Melvin was the last of his immediate family and was preceded in death by his parents and 11 siblings.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor A. Bushkie Mastishin; his three children: Melanie and her husband Eddie Boxter; Merri Lynn and her husband Benny Craig; Melvin W. and his wife Denise Mastishin; three grandchildren: Benjamin, Melvin John and Audrey; also by numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

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


Ruby L.R. Hoffman
, 79, of Klingerstown, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Ruby was born in Hegins, on July 9, 1942, a daughter of the late Herman and Alma (Hatter) Bloch.

She was a member of Salem Church of Rough and Ready, Klingerstown.

She will be remembered for her cooking, loved her grandchildren, going camping and to yard sales, and enjoyed collecting angels, owls and chickens.

Ruby is survived by her husband of 62 years William E. Hoffman, Jr.; six daughters, Betty Ramer, Susan, wife of Steve Reed, Catherine Lucas, Patty, wife of Kerry Madenford, Pamela, wife of Richard Ney and Billi Jo, wife of Glen Crissinger; 15 Grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and two brothers Ronald and James Bloch.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Sharon Hoffman, a son in law, Dennis Lucas, and two grandchildren, Troy Hoffman and Dawn Neidlinger.

Viewing will be held from 9-11 AM Friday, August 13, 2021 at the Salem Church of Rough and Ready, 11 Church Road, Klingerstown with the funeral service following at 11:00 AM with Pastor Mark Mantz officiating. Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown has charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest book please visit


Glorianna M. Boyer, 57 years of age of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at St. Luke's Hospice Center in Bethlehem, PA surrounded by her family while holding her husband Glenn's hand.

Born Wednesday, May 6, 1964 in Norwich, New York. She was the daughter of the late Richard and Maryann (Frink) Button. She was also preceded in death by her sister Elizabeth (Blood) Turner.

Surviving are her husband of 20 years Glenn R. Boyer; sisters, Virginia Smith and her husband, Jeremy of Oxford, NY, Ellen Button and Terry Button of Norwich, NY; brother Russell Button of Norwich, NY; nieces Monica Webb and her husband, Caleb; Casey and Brittany Towndraw, Savannah Smith, Paige Bartlett; nephew Richard Button; Also many great nieces and nephews.

Gloria loved wolves and collecting wolf memorabilia. She and Glenn were inseparable, they loved relaxing together, watching hummingbirds and spending time with friends at the American Legion. Gloria was an APA pool player. She was a member of the Tamaqua American Legion and the Italian Club. Gloria also loved collecting Indian items and playing scratch offs daily. She worked at Stoves and Stuff in customer service for 16 years. Gloria will be greatly missed by her husband, family and friends.

Services have been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252; 570-668-2550.

A Celebration of Glorianna's life will be held on August 17, 2021 from 6 to 9:00 P.M. at the Tamaqua American Legion 206 West Broad Street tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.
Casual dress preferred.

Donations in care of the family can be sent to the funeral home at the address above.

To share a fond memory of Glorianna or offer condolences, please visit


Diane Kotch McCully, 76, of Pottsville passed away on Thursday while a resident of Schuylkill Center Nursing Home.

Born September 24, 1944, in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Slevinski Kotch.

Diane was of the Catholic faith and a 1962 graduate of Nativity B.V.M. High School. She worked for several firms while living in Philadelphia, PA. Diane moved back to Pottsville in 1984 where she was employed by various companies working in their accounting and bookkeeping departments, until retiring in 2009.

Diane is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Karger, Bedford, NY, and her twin sister, Dotti Escuti, Cherry Hill, NJ. She is also survived by nieces and nephews; Jeffrey Karger husband to Gal, Jennifer Lange wife of Kevin, James Karger husband to Carolyn, Michael Escuti husband to Caroline, and Christopher Escuti along with several great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a special cousin, Gloria George and dear friends Deb Karpovich, Bill and Joy Evans, and Ginnie Barket.

A graveside services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven is entrusted with the services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 98018, Washington, DC 20090-8018. Memories and condolences can be shared at


Paul “Uncle Buck” Sedar, 87, Frackville passed away on Saturday, August 7th at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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


Bernard E. Mihalick, Sr.
, 73, of Tamaqua, passed away Friday morning at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem.

He was born in Hazleton, and of the Roman Catholic faith.

Prior to retiring, he was employed at Morgan Knitting Mills, Hometown, and proprietor of Bernie Mihalick Coil Cleaning & Repairing.

Bernie was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed going to car shows to display his 1974 Camaro. Bernie belonged to many clubs and organizations

Preceding him in death was his sister Marlene Mihalick.

Surviving, are his son Bernard E. Mihalick, Jr. and wife Jeannie of Kelayres; grandson Bernard Mihalick, III; sister Marilyn Shenosky of McAdoo; stepdaughter Jamie Turner and husband Chris of Tamaqua; step-grandchildren Ryan and Leah.

A memorial service will be held Monday, August 16, at 7 p.m. at the Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo. A calling hour will also be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

Condolences may be entered, and information is available at


Dorothy M. Brobst, 93, of Lewistown Valley, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2021, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Norman A. Brobst for 41 years until his passing on March 13, 1995. 

She worked in various shoe factories in Orwigsburg, then Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, until becoming a full-time homemaker. Born May 30, 1928, in Andreas, she was the daughter of the late Henry P. and Olivia J. (Zeigler) Kemmerer. She was a member of Zion Church Lewistown Valley, Tamaqua. Dorothy was the best mother anyone could have asked for. She was a sweet, gentle, kind, and caring woman to everyone. She was a wonderful cook and baker, and she made the best PA Dutch potato filling and carrot cake. For many years after her husband passed, she spent almost every weekend with her two sisters going out to dinner or shopping. Her favorite pastime was doing jigsaw puzzles and was always working on one sitting by her window. 

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Floyd, Cleo, Ralph, James, and Arden; and a sister, Louella Gerber. 

Surviving are three sons, David N. and his wife, Donna, of New Ringgold, Thomas L. and his wife, Kathy, of Tamaqua, and Mark S. and his wife Amy, of Pottsville; daughter, Brenda M., wife of John Stenulis, of Schnecksville; two sisters, Myrtle Frank, of Andreas, and Mabel Leiby, of New Ringgold; seven grandchildren, Meghan, wife of Andrew Kalista, Justin Brobst and his wife, Kayla, Laura Stenulis, John Stenulis and his fiancĂ©e Hannah, Tabitha Brobst, Kyla Brobst and Jaidin Brobst; nieces and nephews. 

Memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, August 14, at the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold, with Rev. Jim Williams officiating. Calling hours 9:30am-11am. Interment will be private in Zion Church Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Central PA, 900 S. Arlington Ave, Suite 134A, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold. 

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