Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 23rd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  November 23rd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Mary Ella "Sam" Sweigert
, 78, passed away Monday, November 22nd, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Schuylkill, E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Schuylkill Haven on October 11, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Ella Sadie Messer, with whom she resided most of her life until she moved to Applewood Circle, Orwigsburg.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Summer Hill, Auburn.

Mary Ella loved to collect lighthouse and beach memorabilia, as well as crochet afghans. She bravely survived two brain tumor surgeries.

Mary Ella is survived by two daughters: Lisa Sweigert, companion of Bobby Hess, of New Ringgold; & Connie, wife of Paul Harig, of Summit Station; and a son, Larry Sweigert, of Enola. She is also survived by two grandchildren: Jennifer Lileck, & Sydnie Harig, a great-grandson, Tobias Lileck, and a sister, Fran Bedway, of Schuylkill Haven.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, November 29th at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc. in Schuylkill Haven with Rev. Curtis Zemencik officiating. A viewing will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.

Interment will follow the service at Union Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.


Arthur Cyrus Chaffee
, 63, of W. Columbia St., Schuylkill Haven, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Born on December 22, 1957 in Steelton, he was the son of Jane Webber Chaffee of Bethlehem and the late Norman Louis Chaffee.

He was a graduate of Liberty High School.

Arthur was a custodian at Kutztown University before his retirement.

He attended Grace Free Church in Cressona.

Art loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his love of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, his love of traveling with his wife, and his love of the Dallas Cowboys. After retiring, he enjoyed reading, watching the Price is Right, playing games and shredding paper. In his younger years, he loved playing basketball with his son.

Preceding him in death was a son Nathaniel "Nate" Michael Chaffee.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 36 years, Donna Kutz Chaffee; a daughter, Sarah and husband Jarred Wilhelm of Auburn; two grandchildren, Charlise and Toby Wilhelm; two sisters, Pamela and husband Tommy Waters of Wylie, TX and Deborah and husband Alan Gryshuk of East Greenville; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 11:00 A.M., at Grace Free Church, 101 Graeff St., Cressona with Pastor Joshua Ott officiating. There will be a viewing on Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the Church. Interment will follow in the Schuylkill Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Gifts of Grace Outreach, c/o Grace Free Church, 101 Graeff St., Cressona, Pa. 17929 in his memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements.


Catherine Hoffman, 93, Frackville, passed away peacefully Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest with her family by her side.

Born in Frackville, she was a daughter of the late Alex and Mary Stoppi Kuzio. She had been employed as a seamstress in the local garment industry.

She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church, Frackville.

She was preceded in death by her husband William T. Hoffman,1990, her son Thomas J. Hoffman, 1994 and her siblings; Mary Sich, Anna Maliniak, Stephen Kuzio and Julia Dougert.

Catherine is survived by two sons; David and his wife Tina Hoffman, Pine Grove and William Hoffman, Frackville, her daughter Susan wife of Paul Reznikov, Manlious, NY, her grandchildren; Chloe, Mark and William Reznikov and Matthew and Carly Hoffman, her niece Elaine Maliniak and nephew Stephen Kuzio.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church, Frackville, with Rev. Petro Zvarych, pastor, as the celebrant. Friends may call at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, on Monday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. with Panikhida service at 10:15. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Englewood, Frackville.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia S. “Pat” (Anisczyk) Cieslukowski, 87 of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Monday, November 22, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Shenandoah on September 5, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Rose (Dombrowski) Anisczyk.

She was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.

Earlier in life, she was employed at the former Locust Mountain State Hospital, first in food preparation and later as a nurse’s aide. Upon its closure, she was then employed as a geriatric nurse’s aide at the former Ashland State Hospital until her retirement.

Pat was a member of St. Casimir’s Church, Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah. She watched EWTN daily, having listened to Mother Angelica and prayed the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a special devotion which she had and lived. She enjoyed the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-children which brought her great joy.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband, Walter J. “Wally” Cieslukowski on April 10, 2017; two brothers and seven sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Walter Cieslukowski and his wife Deborah of Harrisburg and Peter Cieslukowski of Shenandoah; three grandchildren, Kevin and Brian Cieslukowski and Candace Walsh; twelve great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Tomchick of Shenandoah; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 10:00 am in St. Casimir’s Church, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, the sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish. Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor will be celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Expressions of sympathy in Pat’s name can be made to the Father Walter J. Ciszek Chapel Fund, c/o 108 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


William J. Angelo
, 77, of Minersville, passed away Saturday Morning at Providence Place, Pottsville.

Born in Cass Twp., he was a son of the late Santino and Sophie Keyso Angelo.

He was a 1961 graduate of Nativity BVM High School. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church of Holy Family Parish, Minersville. He was a retired equipment operator and mechanic from the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Bill’s kind heart and witty nature touched the lives of so many throughout the Minersville community. For nearly three decades, Bill was an elected member of the Minersville Borough Council. He also served with the Minersville Civic Club, Good Will Fire Company, and was heavily active in youth sports for more than 25 years, coaching Little League baseball and midget football. He was a member of the Sunny Rod Gun Club and also participated for 52 years at the Malvern Retreat Home.

His heart-warming spirit and generosity was best captured in his role of “spreading Christmas magic.” For decades, Bill volunteered with various local organizations as he puts smiles on generations of children throughout the Minersville community.

When Bill wasn’t spending his time with family or giving back to the community, he was an avid sportsman and enjoyed trips to his cabin in Sullivan County with the guys, many of whom he coached through the years.

Whether you hung out with Bill regularly or ran into him every now and then, many will remember his one-liner words of wisdom and humor that would make anyone laugh.

In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by a sister Emma Paulosky and 2 brothers Santino and Vincent Angelo.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Bednar; a son Mark, Plains, Pa.; a brother Frank Angelo, Cass Twp; a sister, Maria Mason, Minersville; a sister-in-law Sylvia Angelo, Minersville; a brother-in-law Robert Bednar and his wife June, Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Friday in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury St., Minersville. Rev. Adam Sedar will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at the Church on Friday morning from 8:30AM until the time of the service. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.

The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of William to the Minersville Library, 220 S. 4th St., Minersville or to the Malvern Retreat House, 315 S. Warren Ave., Malvern, Pa. 19355.Contributions will be accepted at the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, Minersville. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Bill’s memory, visit us at www.donaldjbutlerfh.com


Gregory M. Mirocke “Rock”
, 72, of Shenandoah, passed away on Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospice in Bethlehem, Pa.

Born in Shenandoah on December 29th, 1948, Greg was the son of the late August and Mary (Grodecki) Mirocke.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and then worked in the maintenance department at Sealy Posturepedic for many years. Greg was an avid fisherman, he enjoyed listening to classic rock music, loved to cook and eat pizza, play the lotto, and he was a true Philadelphia Flyers fan.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Machinsky) Mirocke in 2015 and 2 brothers, Joseph and Louis Mirocke.

Greg leaves behind a son, Gregory Mirocke with Jill – Shenandoah, 2 daughters, Stacey Wilinsky with Tim – Ashland and Gina Miscannon with Joe – Shenandoah, a sister, Madeline Buchinsky – Shenandoah and 2 grandchildren, Jude Wilinsky and Ellie Miscannon, along with nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will take place on Thursday, December 2nd from 8:30 to 10:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Scripture services will be conducted at 10:30am in the funeral home by Msgr. Ronald Bocian. Burial will follow in the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Memorial contributions in Greg’s memory may be made to the SPCA or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

To offer condolences, please visit: www.oravitzhomeforfunerals.com