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Skook News Obituaries: September 11th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: September 11th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Joseph T. Androsko, Jr.
, 78, of Pottsville, passed away Wednesday, September 8th, at his residence.

Born in Pottsville, PA on December 22, 1942, a son of the late Anna (Plasha)and Joseph T. Androsko, Sr.

Joe was a graduate of St. Clair High School, class of 1960.

He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi, St. Clair.

He was a life member of the North American Hunting Club; Minersville Fish and Game; St. Clair Fish and Game; and Tulpehocken Rifle and Pistol Club.

He was also a member of the Hegins Gun Club; Valley View Gun Club; Seltzer Gun Club; Strausstown Gun Club; Phoenix Park Gun Club; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; Ducks Unlimited; Pheasant Forever; and the National Wild Turkey Federation and a benefactor member of the NRA.

He was employed by the DEA for 25 years as a traffic manager specialist.

Joe is preceded in death by a brother David.

He is survived by his sister Kathleen Strausbaugh, League City, TX; a brother Edward Androsko, Pottsville; nephews Justin and Daniel Androsko, Edward Strausbaugh and Joey Brammell; a niece Vicki Denaro.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Clare of Assissi, St. Clair on Wednesday, September 15 at 11 amwith Mon.William Glosser officiating.

A viewing for family and friends will be held prior from 10am until the time of the Mass at the Church.

Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, St. Clair.


Judith A. “Judy” Brennan
, 76, Pottsville, entered into eternal rest Friday evening at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born August 31, 1945 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ellen (Haney) Sirko.

She was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the love of her life, the late Michael J. Brennan, Sr. on June 4, 2014.

Judy will be deeply missed by her sons Michael J., Jr. husband of Melissa, Pottsville; and Jarrad husband of Erin, Baltimore MD; sisters Maureen Bartholomew wife of Larry, Elizabethtown; Sharon Gorba wife of Robert, Minersville; and sister-in-law Sharon Piccioni wife of Robert, Pottsville; and several nieces and nephews.

Affectionately known as Nana, she will also be missed by her three granddaughters who enjoyed her hugs and kisses. They are Maggie Grace, Rhyan Elizabeth, and Brynn Ann.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11AM Tuesday, September 14at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. Rev. Christopher Zelonis, Off. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 9 AM until the time of Mass at the Church. Interment will be on the grounds of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Hillside.

The family would prefer donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 30 South 17th Street #800 Philadelphia PA 19103.

Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market St. Pottsville has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to share of memory of Judy.


Virginia Ralph-Hoffman
, 83, of Williamstown, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, September 11, 2021.

Born in Williamstown on December 19, 1937, a daughter of the late J.B. and Mildred Crook Ralph.

Virginia was a graduate of the former Williamstown High School. She was a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church.

She assisted her family in the daily operations of the former J.B. Ralph Funeral Home, Williamstown.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, John Bryant Ralph, Jr., 1976, a nephew John Bryant Ralph, III, 2018.

Surviving are her nephew, Steven Ralph and several dear friends including Ron Machamer, Sheila Sowers and Craig Motaka, who went above and beyond for Virginia.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 16th, at 11:00 am from the Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown with Pastor Amanda Bressler officiating.

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


Joseph F. Alinsky, 65, of Bear Creek, Pa, Luzerne County and formerly of Shenandoah, passed away Thursday morning, September 9th, 2021 at Weitz Personal Care Home in Bear Creek.

Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late Edward and Helen (Halon) Alinsky. He was also preceded in death by a brother Edward Alinsky in 1984.

Joseph was a 1973 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He will be laid to rest at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa with full military honors on Monday, September 13th, 2021 at 9:30am. There will be no local services conducted.

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah are in charge of arrangements.