Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/27/2021


Skook News Obituaries: October 27th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Joseph M. Fedornak, 27, of Branch Township, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 21, in Cass Township.

Born on May 6, 1994 in Pottsville, he was a son of Rose Beury Fedornak, Minersville, and Joseph Fedornak, Branch Township, with whom he resided.

He was a 2013 graduate of Minersville Area High School, where he excelled in football and basketball. He attended Penn State – Schuylkill. He had been a warehouse worker in local distribution centers; and was most recently employed with Northeast Prestressed Products, LLC, Cressona.

He was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Church, Minersville. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.

Joey leaves behind the memory of his “smirk”, as well as a legacy as a good man who would give you the shirt off his back. He was a loving brother and son, and a caring uncle who enjoyed his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Jamie Lee Beury, in 1992. He was also preceded by his maternal grandparents, William and Ruth Schoffstall Beury, and his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Ursula Siminitus Fedornak.

In addition to his parents, Joseph is survived by four siblings, Kimberly Fedornak, Saint Clair, Alicia Beury, Marlin, Tressa Beury, Minersville, and Justin Fedornak, Branch Township; nieces and nephews. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville on Monday from 6:00 P.M. and on Tuesday from 6:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 9:15 A.M. when procession will form. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. in St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, 135 Spruce Street, Minersville. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Branch Township. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at the funeral home to assist Joey’s family.


Jonathan Joseph Murray
, 28, of Tower City, passed away Monday, October 25, 2021 as a result of a tragic fire at his home.

He was born in Pottsville, August 23, 1993 a son of John A. Murray, Tower City and Jann D. Sapienza (Rob), Manheim.

Jonathan was a 2012 graduate of Williams Valley High School. He also attended Bloomsburg University. While in high school, Jonathan worked part-time at Boyers Food Market. He worked his way up to Assistant Manager of the Lykens store. Jonathan was also the Manager at the Garage Bar, Tower City, a job he enjoyed and took great pride in.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City; the Tower City Loyal Order of the Moose, the Garage Pool Team, the Williamstown VFW and the Orwin Gun Club.

Jonathan enjoyed playing a good game of basketball, going to concerts with his mom and sister, and listening to music. He also loved his two rescue cats, Ziggy and Charlie.

Jonathan had a natural gift to talk to anyone. Whether greeting you with a smile and a conversation at Boyers, having a listening ear or giving advice at The Garage, he was the guy you could always depend on.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Anna Shadle and Joseph and Helen Murray; three uncles, Donald Shadle, Michael and Patrick Murray; an aunt, Monica Murray.

Surviving in addition to his parents, are his sister, whom he was very close to, Allison M. Murray, Philadelphia; his niece, Norah, his aunts; Marie Rodichok, Peg Frankenstine, Maryanne Murray, Therese Garrett, uncles; Joe, Jim, Tim, Matt, Chris and Francis Murray. Numerous cousins, including Timmy and Joey Murray who were like brothers to Jonathan. Many friends whom he thought of as family.

A Celebration of Jonathan's Life will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM from St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt. Visitation will be from 9-11 AM at the church. Private burial will be held in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Cemetery, Williamstown.

Please omit flowers. Donations in Jonathan's name should be made to the Porter- Tower Recreation Commission, c/o Bonnie Raho, 319 East Wiconisco Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980. When he was younger, Jonathan spent countless days at the park playing basketball and swimming at the pool. A memorial at the park will be established for him.

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


Neil L. Disabella
, 88, a former resident of Ringtown, passed away Monday, October 25th,2021. He had spent the past two years residing in Orwigsburg.

Neil was born in Raven Run, on April 4, 1933, a son of the late Frances (Greco) and Luigi Disabella.

He was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township high school, and then served in the U.S. Army as a Medic. He worked several jobs locally before retiring from the maintenance department of the former A&E Hanger Company in Ringtown.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Ringtown, the Sons of Italy and the Ringtown Valley Fire Company. Neil, along with his wife Flossie and several other dedicated community citizens, were the founding members of the former Ringtown Ambulance Association.

Neil was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Florence "Flossie" Disabella in 2014, and by a son, Lester Cook.

Neil is survived by two daughters, Silvia Edling of Schuylkill Haven; Roxanne Disabella-Costa, of Blandon; and by a son, Vincent Disabella of Newark, DE. 12 grandchildren, along with many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, all of whom he treated like his own children survive, as do nieces and nephews. Neil is also survied by his siblings, a sister Pauline Fulmer, of Robesonia and brothers, Robert, of Hummelstown; Joseph, of Danville; Louis of Lebanon and John of Quakertown.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Sunday, October 31st, 2021 from 6-8 PM at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown. A scripture service will be held at 7:30 PM, by the Rev. Dominic Pham.

Neil will be laid to rest with Military Honors at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, on Monday, November 1st, at 9:30 AM.

For more information, direction or to leave an online condolence, visit


Mary P. Tokarick, 93, of Primrose passed away late Tuesday afternoon at the Green Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Stoppi Polinsky. ,

She attended Cass Twp High School. She was a devout member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville. She was a retired seamstress in the local garment industry and was a member of ILGWU.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Frank Tokarick; a son Frank A. Tokarick; 6 sisters, Lucy Polinsky, Helen Kowal, Anna Pellish, Stella Musick, Sophie Stock and Irene Sternick; also 6 brothers, John Polinsky, Theodore Polinsky, Nicholas Polinsky, George Polinsky, Michael Polinsky and Peter Polinsky.

Mary is survived by 2 daughters, Mary Ann Davis and her husband Marvin, Pottsville, and Debra Kramer, Cressona; a son Michael Tokarick, Gordon; 4 grandchildren, Patrice Tokarick, Nicole Tokarick Harmon, Kristina Tibbetts and Maria Kramer; 6 great grandchildren, Austin Hendricks, Brandon Adams, Emily Harmon, Abbee Smith, Reid Tibbetts and Weston Tibbetts; nieces and nephews.

Requiem Divine Liturgy will be at 11AM Saturday in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 415 Front St, Minersville Relative and friends can call at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville on Saturday morning from 7AM to 10:30 AM. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Llewellyn. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer remembrances of Mary be in the form of contributions to the St. Nicholas Church Memorial Fund. Contributions will be accepted at the Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Mary’s memory, visit us at


Cecelia “Celie” Muench
, 94, of Pottsville, passed away peacefully Monday, October 25, 2021, at Providence Place in Pottsville.

Celie was born September 18, 1927 in Pottsville and was the daughter of the late Gust and Ethel (Capetanakis) Catsampas. Celie was one hundred percent Greek and very proud of her heritage. She was the loving wife of Russell E. Muench Jr. who passed away on September 2, 1998. They married on September 27, 1952.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Celie was preceded in death by an infant sister, Ethel in 1932, and too many to be named four-legged furry companions who she loved and who loved her.

Celie graduated from Pottsville High School in 1944 at the age of 16. She also attended Ford School of Business and attended Penn State University. Celie and Russ owned and operated Muench and Co. Public Accountants and enjoyed working and serving their clients together for over 40 years.

Celie had a voracious appetite for knowledge and loved to read, sometimes going through a book a day, in all types of genre. She loved to learn and share her knowledge and could hold a conversation with any one on many subjects.

She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Pottsville, the former Pottsville Club, and served on the Board of Directors for the Pottsville Free Public Library and Hillside SPCA.

Celie was a devoted mother and found great joy in helping her children study for tests and sharing in their educational and vocational pursuits. She found great joy in partaking in the events that brought joy to her family. But that is not to say that Celie did not have passions and pursuits of her own.

She was the greatest animal lover imaginable. She would do just about anything to aid an animal found in a desperate situation and she found many such animals in need and would not rest until they were cared for, usually at her own expense, or she had helped them find a home. Often that home was Celie’s home, and Russ supported her and shared her joy in saving, protecting and re-homing animals.

One of Celie’s proudest accomplishments was being part of a group of animal lovers who revived a struggling Hillside SPCA in the early 1980’s. She was proud to be able to look at the shelter in the present day and see the good that they do and be able to feel she had a large part in Hillside growing and being of service to the homeless and unwanted dogs and cats of Schuylkill County.

Celie is survived by her daughter, Kristina Pope(wife of the late William Pope) of Pottsville, a son Stephen D Muench(husband of Desiree) of Pottsville, and a son Peter J Muench(Sandra) of Basel, Switzerland; and grandchildren Robin Pope of Charleston, SC, Ben Pope(Meghan) of Bel Air, MD, Nicholas Muench, Christopher Muench and Grace Muench all of Pottsville. And her most recent star, her great-grandson, Dylan Pope, Bel Air MD. Also surviving is her cat, Poohbear.

Services will be private. James Humphrey Funeral Home in Pottsville is in charge of the arrangements. In honor of Celie, the family would prefer donations be made in her memory to one of the following organizations: Red Creek Wildlife Center, Schuylkill Haven, Hillside SPCA, Pottsville, Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA Pine Grove, or Trinity Episcopal Church in Pottsville.

Please share your memories and condolences with Celie's family by signing the guest book at


Amandus C. "Junior" Steigerwalt
, husband, father, grandfather, of Ben Salem Road, Andreas, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, October 27, 2021, in the tender care of his family and beloved wife of 70 years, Pauline Lizzie (Oswald) Steigerwalt, having celebrated their anniversary on July 7, 2021, at 92 years of age.

Born Saturday, April 20, 1929, in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Amandus and Bertha (Knepper) Steigerwalt. Junior was also predeceased by his sister, Bernice Wehr.

Surviving in addition to Pauline are: daughters, Judy L. Mantz, wife of David, and Janet L. Raub; son, Brian L. Steigerwalt and his wife Ann Marie, all of Andreas, son Barry C. Steigerwalt and his wife Cora of Pittsburgh; sister, Janice Steigerwalt, of Andreas; grandchildren, Earlene, Gregory, Matthew, Elisabeth, Nicholas, Alex, and Emily; and great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Madeline, Autumn, and Oliver all who affectionately called him "Pappy."

A 1947 Lehighton High School graduate, Junior served honorably in the United States Navy from 1955 -1957 where he worked as a damage controlman. Junior was co-owner of M&S Hardware of Tamaqua for over 30 years, retiring in 1993.

Junior was a member of Zion Stone Church of West Penn Township, and Tamaqua Masonic Lodge #238 F&AM. Junior and Pauline enjoyed many activities, traveling, camping, motorcycle riding and reading WWII novels. A bit of a daredevil, Junior enjoyed flying his ultralight hang glider in the surrounding countryside in East Penn Twp. He enjoyed the friendship of many people, and would reminisce about all of their adventures. Junior and Pauline were proud that their shared love for travel has transcended to their children and grandchildren. Junior's most meaningful trip was his pilgrimage to the Holy Lands which affirmed his personal religious convictions.

Junior and Pauline have both reflected on how blessed they've been; however, among their greatest blessings are their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and grand-dogs whom they've been able to visit and spend much time.

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., of 2066 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 1 P.M. from Zion Stone Church, 22 Cemetery Road, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. Rev. Russell Campbell to officiate.

Family and friends may call from noon to time of services on Saturday in church.

Interment with Military Honors to be bestowed will be conducted at Zion Stone Church Cemetery, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in Junior's name to:
Zion Stone Church
22 Cemetery Road
New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960

Online condolences or a fond memory of Junior can be expressed by visiting


Shirley I. Miller
, 85 years of age, beloved mother, adored grandmother, sister, of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the home of her daughter Lesa in Tamaqua.

Born Tuesday, November 26, 1935 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Clarence, and Anna (Reinert) Moyer. Shirley was also predeceased by; her husband of 58 years, George J. Miller on June 28, 2011; daughter, Georgine A Miller passed in 1956; son, Clarence "Chick" Miller passed in 2005; sister, Kathryn Miller; brother, Lawrence Moyer; deceased nephew LeRoy Miller; grand daughter, Kayla Ann Marie Miller.

Surviving are; daughters, Georgette Nelson wife of Alan of Roseta, Lesa L. Miller and her wife Traci Miller of Tamaqua with whom Shirley resided, Tabitha A. Jones wife of Ryan of Portland, Or.; sons, Calvin C. Miller and Melissa of Tamaqua, Lawrence E. Miller and his wife Tionie of Sunbury, Andrew J. Miller and his wife Margaret of Tamaqua, Kevin L. Miller and his companion Mark Cassel of Tamaqua; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; daughter-in-law Mary Ann Miller; nieces, and nephews, Lila Christ, Danny, Lenny, and Diamond Moyer

A member of Bethany E.C.C. of Tamaqua, Shirley had worked at Heisler's Dairy in the Lewistown Valley for many years. She was an excellent baker, and cook.

Private Funeral arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation services, Inc. of 655 East Broad street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

Interment Sky-View memorial Park Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name to:
Gift of Life Donor Program
401 North Third St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Online condolences may be made to the family at


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