Sunday, September 19, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: September 19th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: September 19th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Paul A. Stansbury, 66, of Primrose, Cass Township, passed away peacefully at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, on Saturday, with his loving wife and daughter by his side.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Anna Reed and attended Minersville High School. Paul was a jack of all trades and worked in construction and building maintenance over the span of 20+ years.

If you knew Paul, or Stans as he was known, he loved to laugh. But more importantly, he enjoyed making others laugh. From his quick witted one-liners to his knack of finding an unexpected gift to make you smile, Paul lived life to the fullest and brought you along for the ride. For these qualities, and so many others too numerous to mention here, Stans will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Stansbury.

Paul is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Roseanne Dunleavy; his daughter, Alicia L. Stansbury, New York, New York. He is also survived by his in-laws Laine and Karen Gehres, Branchdale; Mike Dunleavy and family, Minersville; Vince and Beth Dunleavy, Minersville; Jaime and Scott Gehres and their two children Cody Gehres and Jordyn (JJ) Gehres, Lancaster, who meant the world to him.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family in St. Vincent de Paul #2 Cemetery, Branch Township. Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lehigh Valley Health Network.


Father George Bujnak
, a retired priest of the Eparchy of Passaic, and a resident of Amity Village, Hazleton, fell asleep in the Lord on September 16, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton following a brief illness. Prior to his retirement, he was Pastor of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in McAdoo.

Father George was born in Coaldale, on March 6, 1935, to Andrew Bujnak and Mary Trudich. Following graduation from Lehighton High School, he entered the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, to pursue studies for the priesthood. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy.

After graduation, he continued his theological studies at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary. He received the Order of Reader on February 2, 1963, at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Pittsburgh, by Bishop Nicholas T Elko; the Order of Sub-Deacon on December 29, 1963, at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, Passaic, NJ by Bishop Stephen J. Kocisko; the Order of Deacon on August 30, 1964, at St Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Trenton, NJ by Bishop Stephen J. Kocisko. He was ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ on March 21, 1965, at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Passaic, NJ by Bishop Stephen J. Kocisko.

After ordination in 1965, Father George was appointed as Assistant Pastor at St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, Hazleton. In 1969 he was appointed Pastor of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Saint Clair, and Administrator of St. Mary, Brockton. During the course of his priestly ministry, he served the parish communities of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, Pittston, and St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Nesquehoning. He was also on the National Federation of Christian Life Communities, Hazleton District. In 2001, he was appointed Pastor of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, McAdoo, where he remained until moving to his current residence of Amity Village in Hazleton in 2016.

The Office of Funeral for a Priest, Parts 1 and 2, will be celebrated at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, 17 East Blaine St., McAdoo, on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 6 PM. Visitation begins at 3 PM. A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Panachida and Pouring of Oil will be celebrated by Bishop Kurt on Friday, September 24, 2021, at 10 AM. Visitation will begin at 8:30 AM. Interment will follow at the St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Summit Hill.

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

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