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Skook News Obituaries: September 12th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: September 12th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Robert Paul Pfeil
, 60, of Lebanon, PA and formerly of Tamaqua, PA, died on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at home. He was the husband of the late Marie (McGeehan) Pfeil who died in November of 2004. 

Born in Coaldale, PA on December 9, 1960, Robert was a son of the late Karl W. and Evelyn Maude (Eva) Pfeil. A 1979 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, he served in the Navy. Robert was a welder and had been employed by Lehigh Asphalt Paving and Construction Company, Tamaqua. He had also been employed by Sunny Lane Foods. 

Robert is survived by son, Jonathan Pfeil of Pottsville, PA; daughter, Jessica Pfeil of Pottsville; grandchildren, Maverick and Kayla; brother, Raymond Pfeil of Tamaqua; sister, Linda Nicholls of Hometown, PA; and numerous nephews and nieces. 

He was predeceased by brother, Karl Pfeil and sister, Carolyn Pappas. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, September 15 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Cindy White officiating. Call 10-11AM Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Patterson Street, Tamaqua will follow the services. Memorials in Robert’s name may be made to Soldiers’ Angels, 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107, San Antonio, TX 78218. ( COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Paula R. Schaeffer, 76, of Maple St., Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021 at St. Luke's Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born on May 28, 1945 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Paul H. and Viola Hain Krammes.

She was a 1963 graduate of Tremont High School.

Paula was an Editor for the South Schuylkill Printing and Publishing (Press Herald) for 22 years before retiring.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 46 years, Randell K. Schaeffer and a sister, Betty Krammes.

Surviving are two sons, Drew Schaeffer of Pine Grove, and Derek and wife Wendy Schaeffer of Lebanon; a daughter, Deanna Schaeffer of Pine Grove; three grandchildren, Beaux Schaeffer, Emily Schaeffer, and Rachel Schaeffer; a sister Anna Knapp of Pine Grove and a brother, Dennis and wife Faye Krammes of Tremont.

All Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to either the Hillside SPCA, P. O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901, or the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA 18 Wertz Dr.Pine Grove, PA 17963 in her memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at


Shirley Roundtree, age 75, of Port Carbon, PA passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 11th, 2021 at her home.

Born in Pottsville, PA on December 31, 1945, she was the daughter of the late James and Kathryn (Wagner) Cappel.

She was preceded in death by her longtime companion Chas Rushanon.

Shirley is survived by her seven children, eight grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, two sisters, two brothers, and nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Tuesday September 14th from 10am-12noon at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon.

Interment will be held private.

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Andrew “Kelly” Honnage, 98, of Jonestown, Cass Twp. passed away Friday September 10th , with his family at his side, at Luther Ridge Assisted Living where he resided the past 2 years.

Born in Forestville Dec 11, 1922, he was a son of the late John and Eva (Kuper) Honnage.

He was a proud graduate of Cass Twp High School Class of 1940. He attended many class reunions. Kelly was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific. He retired from Exxon Chemical in MarLin in 1985.

A devout member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville, he attended daily Mass for many years. He was a life member of the Forestville Fire Co. since 1946 and enjoyed his weekly visits and telling stories from the past to the younger generation. He was a social member of the South Cass Fire Co. where he looked forward to shooting pool with his buddies until he was 95. An avid Phillies, Eagles and Penn State fan, he also attended many sporting events at Minersville High School.

He enjoyed morning coffee and camaraderie at “Poncho’s” coffee shop with his many friends, many of whom have passed away. He enjoyed visits to Gettysburg National Cemetery where his brother is buried. He also made 2 trips to California, the latest when he was 89 years old. He touched the lives of many and never had anything bad to say, never complained and lived life to the fullest.

Family was very important to Kelly and he enjoyed time spent with many of them especially his cousin Nick hanych and his family in Allentown and his nephew Ron Samilo and his family who included him in all family gatherings and treated him like a father.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth “Betty” (Gontarchick) Honnage; a brother George, who was killed in France in World War II; and 2 sisters, Mary Solano and Kathryn Honnage.

Surviving is a son Robert and his wife Kathy, Pottsville; 2 grandchildren, Bradley and his wife Kelliee, Humble, Texas and Katrina and her companion Brad Reed, Tremont; 1 great grandson Nicholas Andrew who he just adored and looked forward to seeing him and talking on FACETIME; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kelly will be missed greatly.

Requiem Divine Liturgy will be at 11AM Thursday in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 415 Front St, Minersville Relative and friends can call at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church on Thursday morning from 8AM until the time of the service. Interment, with military honors, will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Llewellyn. Arrangements are by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer remembrances of Kelly be in the form of contributions to either the St. Nicholas Church Cemetery Fund or to a Charity of your choice. Contributions will be accepted at the Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Kelly’s memory, visit us at


Richard M. Magula
, 88, of Hazle Twp., passed away Friday evening at The Manor at St. Luke Village, Hazleton.

Born in Hazleton on March 1, 1933, he was the son of the late Stephen and Mary (Nydock) Magula.

He was a graduate of St. Gabriel’s High School and then entered the United States Army and served during the Korean War.

Richard began his working career in the electrical trades and later worked in sales for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Married to Helen (Pavlick) Magula in 1955, they celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary this past May. They spent their life together traveling, working with parishioners to better their church, and enjoyed every moment spent with their family.

Richard was well-known by his close friends as being inventive and able to fix just about anything. He was dearly loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son Michael and a sister Mary Joan Tutko.

Surviving, along with his wife Helen, are his son John and his wife Karen of Weatherly; a brother Jerry and his wife Joanne of Hazleton; a sister Lorraine Smith of Hazleton; grandson Justin and his wife Nadia of Mechanicsburg; granddaughter Heather Tuberion and her husband Brian of Mountain Top; great grandchildren Aria and Henry Magula and Brian Tuberion Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Annunciation Parish at St. Gabriel Church, Hazleton. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, McAdoo.

A calling hour will be held Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of service in the church.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Richard at

Richard would want to you to perform an act of kindness or generosity for someone in need, anytime the opportunity would present itself. We will remember him that way.

The Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be entered, and information is available at