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Skook News Obituaries: July 31st, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  July 31st, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Rachel Kline, 93, Pottsville, entered into eternal rest Friday morning, July 30 at Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest.

Born February 26, 1928 in Bethel, she was the daughter of the late Raphael and Simona Hernandez.

She worked at the former Goldie’s Towne Shoppe which was located in downtown Pottsville. She was a member of the Salvation Army, Pottsville where she was passionate about volunteering her time and talent to help others.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sons Daniel and Michael and brothers and sisters.

Rachel leaves behind a legacy in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They include her sons Charles Hernandez, William Kline, Henry Kline, Raphael Kline, Robert Kline, and Frank Kline; daughters Phyllis Szeliga, Dolores Ribkee, and Nancy Lazowicki; brothers Frank and Mike Hernandez; and Theresa, Lena, Mary, and Pauline. She is also survived several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Rachel’s life will be held 3PM Sunday, August 15th at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville. Family and friends are respectfully invited to call from 1PM until the time of service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. The family would prefer donations to the Salvation Army 400 Sanderson Street Pottsville PA 17901 in memory of Rachel. Please visit to leave a condolence for Rachel’s family.


Gus Jacob, age 79, of St. Clair, PA passed away on Friday, July 30th, 2021 at his home. 

Born in Phoenixville, PA on July 17, 1942, he was the son of the late Augustus and Margaret (Lawlor) Jacob. Gus served in the U.S. Marines. He owned and operated a bowling pro shop. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter Mimi Hornberger.

Gus is survived by his wife Paula (Doucette) Jacob; sons: Robert Jacob and Bryon Jacob and his wife Vanessa; daughter Jennifer Sherman and her husband Scott; sisters: Margaret Malenchek, Anna Farkas, and Patricia Wagner; grandchildren: Olivia, Michael, Powell, and Bryn Jacob, Noel and Cameron Sherman, and Mimi, Katie, and Maggie Hornberger; and nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services and Interment will be held private. Please send condolences to


Joseph Francis Alutius, Jr.
May 7, 1931~July 28, 2021

Joseph was born and raised on the 11th block of E. Grand Ave., Tower City, Pennsylvania. In the summer before starting first grade, at 6 years old, he attended vacation Bible school at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church. There he met Marie Ruth Behney. They dated throughout school and got engaged after graduating in 1949.

After high school, Marie attended nursing school in Philadelphia and Joe built houses in Ohio with his uncle. After Marie graduated from nursing school, Marie and Joe were married at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in 1952.

Joe started at Asbury College in Kentucky while Marie worked as a nurse. After graduating with a degree in sociology, Joe and Marie moved to Dayton, Ohio where Joe attended Dayton Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Theology. Joe was ordained into the United Methodist Church and accepted his first church in Dayton. During this time, Joe and Marie had their only child, David.

In 1963, Joe joined the United States Army as a chaplain, receiving a direct commission as a first lieutenant. Joe completed additional education while in the Army, earning a Master of History from Long Island University and a Master of Sociology from Princeton University. He served 20 years in the Army, including one tour in Vietnam. He chose to retire near his last duty station, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Joe went to work for the State of Alaska as a parole and probation officer. He served the state for 13 years before retiring to start River of Life Church in Chugiak, Alaska. After 10 years as the pastor, Joe retired to take care of Marie who had become ill. After Marie died in 2008, Joe helped the church for years to come in any way he could. Joe was attempting to move back to Tower City when his health declined and he passed away at Hershey Medical Center.

Joe is preceded in death by his wife Marie Alutius. He is survived by his brother Albert Alutius and sister-in-law Bernice of Pottstown, Pennsylvania; his sister Lois Hunter and brother-in-law Clyde of The Villages, Florida; his son David Alutius and daughter-in-law Deborah of Tower City, Pennsylvania; granddaughter Jamie Kuznik and husband David and great-grandsons Logan and Shane of North Charleston, South Carolina; grandson Andrew Alutius, attending McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas; and granddaughter Katie Kish and husband Nathan and great-grandson Samuel of Zelienople, Pennsylvania.

Memorial services will be announced in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, please forward any donations to:
Athletes in Action
Chugiak/Eagle River Chinooks
P O Box 670001
Chugiak, Alaska 99567

The Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit


David A Bradley, Sr
., 71, of Muir, passed away suddenly Friday, July 30, 2021 at the Hershey Medical Center.

Dave was the son of the late Henry and Mary Blackburn Bradley, born October 12, 1949. He was a United States Marine Veteran during the Vietnam era.

He retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation after 20 years of service.

He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City, a member of the Orwin Gun Club, Orwin Fire Company, Tower City American Legion and the Tower City Loyal Order of Moose.

Dave enjoyed playing cards with his many friends, a huge fan of sports, especially Alabama Football and the Atlanta Braves.

In addition to his parents he was recently preceded in death by his brother, Wesley.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Mae L. Bush Bradley; three children, David Bradley Jr. (Sandy), Williamstown; Daniel Bradley (Teresa), Tower City and Janet Bradley, Muir; two granddaughters, Carrie and Maison Bradley; a brother, Frank Bradley (Shirley), Georgia.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 11:00 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc, with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Viewing will be from 10-11 am at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Box F, Tower City, PA 17980 or PA Veterans Memorial Trust Fund, office of Veteran's Affairs Building 0-47, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003.

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