Saturday, November 27, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 26th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  November 26th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Mary Beth Houtz, 55, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Thursday, November 25th, at home.

Born in East St. Louis, Illinois on September 13, 1966, she was a daughter of Eldon Stinnett, of Adamsdale, and the late Mary (Swanson) Stinnett. Mary Beth often reminisced of time spent traveling to visit family in Illinois.

She was the wife of Gregory A. Houtz, whom she married March 19, 1993.

Mary Beth was a graduate of Blue Mountain High School, Class of 1984. She was employed by Avenues as a direct care worker.

In addition to her husband and father, she is also survived by her sons: Zachary A. Houtz and Jacob E. Houtz; siblings: Judy Drobnick (Randy), Schuylkill Haven, Myrna Lynn Reinert (Edward), Adamsdale, Jessica Rugh (Kevin), Schuylkill Haven, Michael Stinnett (Lynda), Schuylkill Haven and David Stinnett (Lynn), Palo Alto; as well as her mother-in-law, Edith Houtz, Schuylkill Haven, and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Beth was a loving wife and mother, a beloved sister, and a friend to all. She was the biggest cheerleader for both of her boys. She proudly carried on the tradition of Christmas Eve celebrations at her home with cherished family.

In addition to her mother, Mary Beth was also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Hannah.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 2nd at Welcome United Methodist Church in Landingville, with Pastor Timothy Christman and Pastor Doris McCoy co-officiating. A viewing will be held prior from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at the church.
Interment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery, Landingville.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to Welcome United Methodist Church Landingville. Please note NEW ROOF FUND on the memo line of your check.


Grace A. Shaup, 80, of North Manheim Township, passed away on Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Born on March 21, 1941 in Hector, New York, she was a daughter of the late Lynn and Ceccile Swick Simmons. She attended Watkins Glen High School. She worked as a waitress in several local restaurants.

She was preceded in death by two children, Judy Neidlinger, in 2006, and Thomas Pruden, in 2010; two siblings, Gladys Douglas and Robert Simmons.

Grace is survived by her husband, Wilbur Shaup; two children, Cindy Romonosky, Minersville, and Ronald Pruden, Harrisburg; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two siblings, David Simmons, Minersville, and Donald Simmons, Endicott, New York; nieces and nephews.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.


Albert H. Lord, 84, of Saint Clair, formerly of Stein’s Mill, Branch Township, passed away on Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Born on April 14, 1937, he was the son of the late Albert and Edith Starr Lord. He was a 1955 graduate of Branch Township High School. As a young man, he worked with his father in the family’s coal delivery business. He later became a commercial driver, working as a school bus driver in the Minersville School District, and later as a trucking owner/operator. He continued working until he was 80 years old, last driving for Stine Trucking, Branchdale.

He was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Steins Mill. He was also a member of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons. He was proud of his grandchildren; and was an avid fan of their various activities, including racing and wrestling. He also enjoyed “making his morning rounds” of local restaurants and convenience stores.

Albert is survived by three children, Charles Lord (spouse, Mary), Lykens, David Lord, Pine Grove, and Lucille Ditzler (spouse, Thomas), Steins Mill; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren.

Services are private.


Margaret Ann "Dill" Martin
, age 73, of New Philadelphia, PA , passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 at her home.

Born in Pottsville, PA on September 20, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Dorothy (Bebelheimer) Yokubonis.

Dill was a graduate of Pottsville High School and worked as a seamstress for State Manufacturing in New Philadelphia for 21 years and then as a custodian for the Saint Clair School District for 12 years until retiring.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Port Carbon

Dill is survived by her husband of 51 years, William L. Martin; daughters: Kimberly Martin and Kris Russell and her husband Mike; granddaughters: Morgan and Macy; grandsons: Michael and Brett; and sisters: Susan Yokubonis and Darlene Gregitis.

Funeral Services will be held private.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church at 211 Washington St., Port Carbon, PA 17965.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements.


Michael J. Bubel, Jr.
, beloved husband, father, uncle, cousin, and grandfather, 71 years of age, of Hometown Ave., Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021, at St. Luke's Warren Campus in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Born Friday, September 1, 1950 in Harrisburg, the son of the late Michael J. Bubel, Sr., and Helen J. (Valinsky) Bubel. Raised in the town of Brockton, prior to building a life and a family in Hometown.

Surviving are: his wife of 47 years, Julianne M. (Pellock) Bubel; sons, Kristopher M. Bubel and his wife Samantha of Tamaqua, Matthew M. Bubel of Tresckow; brother, Francis Bubel and his wife Linda of Huntington Valley; sister, Michele Destra and her husband Anthony of Vineland, NJ; grandsons, Mason Yachera and Elliott Bubel, who affectionately called him Pappy; several nieces, nephews, and cousins: especially, Helene Calabrese, who was like a sister to him, as well as his treasured goddaughter Janet Zemantauski.

A graduate of Marian Catholic High School, Class of 1968, Michael earned his Associates Degree from Penn State Schuylkill and was a certified Electrician. For 25 years, Michael worked as a Deep Mine Safety Electrical Inspector for D.E.P. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. A self-proclaimed "Motorhead”, Michael’s favorite pastime was working on cars from the late 1960's and early 1970's. He was currently restoring a 1965 Chevelle.

Michael was an amazing, all-around dad. There was never an event in his sons’ lives that was missed. Whether it was coaching Kris in his athletic activities or supporting Matt in his artistic pursuits. He cherished the time he spent with his grandsons. He was Elliott’s number one bud, and an inspiring role model for Mason. He was the definition of a family man, always there for everyone. Whatever the problem, big or small, electrical or mechanical, he was ready with his tool bucket in hand. A truly selfless human being.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time. Services entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad St., Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.


Ronald "Pa" Bendigo Daub
, 86, of Muir, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Orwin, October 3, 1935, he was one of the triplet sons of the late Harold A. and Grace Bendigo Daub. The Daub triplets were headline news in 1935 as they were all born at home not knowing there would be a multiple birth.

Ron was a 1953 graduate of Porter Township High School. He was a retired machinist at the former Richmond Screw and Anchor. Ron was also a bus driver, mechanic, and a hunter's education instructor.

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Reinerton and the Muir Fire Company.

He enjoyed the outdoors, camping along the Susquehanna River and trips to the cottage in Canada. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating, gardening, feeding the birds and making jewlery. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events, playing the harmonica and loved a great practical joke. Ron loved his dogs Lacy and Lucy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Marie Machamer Daub, 2015; a son, Dr. Barry Daub, 2015, three brothers, William, Roger and Richard Daub, a great granddaughter, Paisley Daub.

Surviving are his four sons; Brad Daub (Kathy), Tower City, Harold Daub (Marie) Halifax, Dan Daub (Dawn), Tower City and Rusty Daub (Rhonda) Ocean Pines, MD; a daugther-in-law, Bunny Daub, Syracuse, NY. 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren. Nieces, nephews and many friends.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm from St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin with Pastor William Romberger officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron's name should be made to the Marie Daub Scholarship Fund, c/o Williams Valley High School, 10330 Rt. 209 Rd., Tower City, PA 17980.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements.


LaDawn M Schaeffer
, age 69, of Tremont, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021 at Reading Hospital.

She was born on Thursday, May 1, 1952, in Pottsville, a daughter of the late Oliver M Shadle and the late Beatrice L (Yocum) Shadle.

She was a 1970 graduate of Pine Grove High School.

LaDawn retired from Hershey Foods.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Tremont.

LaDawn enjoyed camping and spending time with her family and friends.

Her husband George C Schaeffer, Sr. passed away in 2010.

She is survived by a daughter, Angela J Bender and her husband Michael of Tremont; a son, George C Schaeffer, Jr. and his wife Michel of Tremont; two grandsons, Jaryd N Bender and Jayme N Bender both of Tremont; and a loving nephew, William K Shadle of Tremont.

Private services will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.


Warren H. Thornburg, 91 formerly of Pottsville, died Friday morning at ProMedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Sinking Spring.

He was born March 4, 1930 in Pottsville a son of the late Alfred R. and Catherine Schwerkiet Thornburg.

He was a 1948 graduate of Pottsville High School where participated in Football and Track and Field earning the nickname “The Flash”

He was a Navy veteran having served during the Korean War and later worked at Homestead Airforce Base.

Warren was a member of Black Diamond Navy Club, Minersville. Throughout his life Warren enjoyed hiking especially on Sharp Mountain.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Richard and Melvin Thornburg.

Surviving are his children, Lynn McGowan, Jacksonville, FL; Michael Thornburg and his wife Debra, Exeter; David Thornburg and his wife Sandy, Flying Hills; Daniel Thornburg, Carson, CA; 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren nieces and nephew.

Services and interment are at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the care of James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.


Elizabeth Benko
, 91, formerly of Hazleton, passed away Thursday morning at Fritzingertown Senior Living Community, Drums.

Born in McAdoo, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna (Holic) Benko.

She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ, Hazle Twp.

Prior to retiring, Elizabeth was a dietary aide at Hazleton General Hospital.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were brothers Bernard, Clarence, John and George Benko; and sister Margaret Benko.

Surviving, are her sister Anna Cardamone of Drums, and many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service will be held Monday at 12 p.m. at the Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo. The Rev. Jane Hess will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Mt. Laurel Memorial Park, Hazle Twp.

Calling hours are Monday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at


Dennis H. Frye
, 56, of New Ringgold, passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, in Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital, Orwigsburg. He was the husband of Nancy L. (Posh) Frye. They were married on September 2, 2004 and celebrated 17 years of marriage. 

He was employed as a Project Manager/Estimator for JVI Group, Inc., of York Springs. Born in Pottsville, he was the son of Diane (Haupt) Frye and the late Harold E. “Scookie” Frye. He was a member of Christ Church, McKeansburg. He served honorably with the Air Force National Guard and reached the rank of Sergeant. Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors and hunting with his dogs Hermy and Lily. He loved to travel on his motorcycles, snowmobiles and going on hunting and fishing trips. He was a member of Pine Creek Fishing Club, McKeansburg, Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli, Mush Dahl Pheasant Hunting Club, West Penn Township, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the New Ringgold Fire Co. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, Nancy and mother, Diane, are three sons, Jacob, of Andreas, Zachary and his wife, Kelly and Bradley and his wife, Emily, both of Schuylkill Haven; two sisters, Michele, wife of Michael Mohn, of Mohnton and Joy, wife of David Sherer, of Pottsville; three grandchildren, Holley, Astrid, and Kali; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

Services will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, December 1, at Christ Church, 1751 Chestnut St., New Ringgold, PA 17960, with Rev. Sunny Stock officiating. Calling hours 11am to 2pm. 

Interment in the church cemetery. At the family’s request, masks should be worn and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold.