Sunday, November 28, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 28th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  November 28th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Sherri L. Harnish, 55, of Pleasant Valley Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021 in the Hershey Medical Center.

Born on May 7, 1966 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of Gerald Nagle of Pine Grove and the late Linda Felty Nagle.

She was a 1984 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School and a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove.

Sherri had been a Secretary for H.M. Felty in Pine Grove.

Sherri loved her grandkids and previously was a Girl Scout and Girl Scout Leader.

Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Joseph Harnish; a daughter Jamie and husband Bradley Lengel; two sons, Matthew and wife Alyssa Harnish and Tyler Harnish; three grandchildren, Laila, Austin and Logan Lengel; a sister Susan Nagle; a brother Steven and wife Stacey Nagle; and her grandfather Harold Felty, all of Pine Grove.

Memorial Services will be held on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor Brian Beissel officiating. There will be a visitation on Monday, December 6, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and mail to MDA Allentown, 2132 South 12th Street, Suite 101, Allentown, Pa. 18103 in her memory.

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Edward L. Smith
, 86, of Oak Grove Rd., Pine Grove, passed away peacefully with his loved ones around him, on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at St. Luke's Hospital Anderson Campus, Easton.

Born on November 30, 1934 in Outwood, he was a son of the late Arthur and Elvira Felty Smith.

He was a 1953 graduate of Pine Grove High School and attended the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church.

Ed enlisted in the Marines and transferred to the Air Force as an electrician. He served during the Korean Conflict, was stationed in Germany and spent time in Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Syria and London during his time in the military.

When Ed returned from the military, he worked construction, helping build interstate 81. He then worked at Quaker Alloy and retired from the Pine Grove Landfill.

He was a lifetime member of the Pine Grove VFW Post 3432 and Mill Run Hunting Camp where he spent time hunting deer, bear, fishing and enjoyed weekends with his family.

Ed loved spending time with his kids and grandkids and enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports. He and Pat went to many games together. Ed loved playing cards and he and Pat would often be at the kitchen table in an intense match of 500 rummy. He also played many long, quiet games of solitaire. Ed enjoyed watching TV, especially the Eagles and Phillies games, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with the volume turned all the way up! Previously, he had a garden filled with fruits and vegetables and an orchard full of fruit trees.

Ed was the most sincere, soft-spoken, genuine, warm-hearted man. He was a companion, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be missed by so many people.

Preceding him in death was a brother, Herbert "Sonny" Smith.

Surviving are his companion of 32 years, Pat Boltz; children, Daryl Smith, Penny and husband Jamie Wolfe, Missy and husband Ron Miller, Jim Boltz and companion Kelly Rumpf, Chuck and wife Cheryl Boltz, Pam and husband Scott Moyer, all originally from Pine Grove; eight grandchildren, Madi and husband Dan Goldhahn, Blake Smith, Izzy Miller, Shawn Boltz, Amanda and husband Josh Goodman, Kody Boltz, Justin Moyer, Charity Moyer; great grandchildren; a sister Mary Frantz of Pine Grove; nieces and nephews; and his sweet, fluffy long-haired cat named Roxy.

Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2:30 P.M. at the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd., Pine Grove with Pastor Earl Hertzog officiating. There will be a visitation on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 1:30 P.M. until 2:30 P.M. at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or in his memory.

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


Carol Ann Nettles
, age 60, of Port Carbon, PA passed away Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown.

Born in Pottsville, PA on June 8, 1961, she was the daughter of Michael and Barbara (Myro) Quercia in Port Carbon.

Carol was a graduate of Saint Clair High School, Class of 1979. She worked as a caregiver for Ability in Motion in Reading. Carol was a foster parent for over 19 years and loved going to the casino.

In addition to her parents, Carol is survived by her husband of 41 years, David T. Nettles, Port Carbon; daughter Amanda Tray and her husband Shawn, Lake Wynonah; son David Nettles and his fiance' Trysha, Schuylkill Haven; daughter Alexis Nettles and her husband Michael Davenport, Minersville; grandsons: Nova and Kenny; sister Judy M. Quercia, St. Clair; brothers: Michael Quercia Jr. and his wife Terry, Port Carbon and Richard Quercia and his wife Lisa, Frackville; and nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon on Thursday December 2nd at 7PM, with Pastor Douglas Schwenk officiating.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday evening from 6-7PM at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Autism Society of Berks County P.O. Box 6683 Wyomissing, PA 19610.

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Ruth E. Devlin
, age 94, of Pottsville, PA passed away Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville.

Born in Fountain Springs, PA on September 18, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Doris (White) Hoffman.

Ruth worked as a seamstress for H.L. Miller and Son in Port Carbon and also owned and operated Devlin's Grill in Pottsville. She was a member of the former St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Port Carbon. Ruth was a bartender at the Yorkville Hose Company, the VFW Post 129, and the Mechanicsville Fish and Game Club, where she was also a member and a steward.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William J. Devlin Sr., brother Edwin J. Hoffman Jr., and sister Gertrude Hoffman.

Ruth is survived by sons: William J. Devlin Jr. and his wife Marianne, Pottsville and Thomas J. Devlin and his wife Christine, Bayside, NY; daughter Patricia S. Devine and her husband Michael, Pottsville; grandchildren: Dana, Jennifer and her husband Edward, and Ryan and his wife Mary; and great-grandchildren: Mark, Dylan, Emily, Colin, and Madelyn.

A Religious Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon at 11AM on Wednesday, December 1st, with Msgr. William Glosser officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday morning from 9-11AM at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home.

Interment will be held in the Schuylkill Memorial Park Cemetery in Schuylkill Haven.

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LaMae Katherine Krell, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, of White Marsh, Maryland passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at home while in the tender care of her loving family and husband of 66 years, Arnold M. Krell, Sr. at 87 years of age.

Born Sunday, May 27, 1934 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Carl, and Loretta (Snyder) Ruffulo. LaMae was also predeceased by; son-in-law, Michael Doll, Sr.

Surviving in addition to her husband are; daughter Kim Doll of Rising Sun MD, sons, Arnold M. Krell, Jr. and his wife Regina of Delta, PA, Scott H. Krell and his wife Jill of Essex, MD,; grandchildren, Aimee Doll, Michael Doll Jr., and his wife Lauren, Theresa Krell, Nicole Krell, Scott Krell, Rileigh Krell; great grandchildren, Phoenix Doll, Hope Triggs; sister, Barbara Henderlite and her husband Roy, niece, Alison Bassani wife of John; sister-in-laws, Joan Krell, and Carolyn Tanner.

A 1952 Tamaqua High School graduate, LaMae was Head Majorette of the high school Drum & Bugle Corp. After graduation LaMae worked at the former Atlas Powder Company on the powder cap line, and later earned her Dental Hygienist Certification. LaMae and Arnold became engaged in December of 1952. Arnold was then drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953. Upon his return in 1955 LaMae and Arnold were married on June 4th. A doting mother, LaMae enjoyed reading, painting, traveling, and was an avid sports fan. LaMae was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Most of all LaMae loved spending time with her grandchildren.

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

A Funeral Service will be on Friday December 3, 2021 at 11 o'clock A.M. from the funeral home. Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until time of services.

Interment will be in Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name to:
Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter
8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400
McLean, Va


Dr. Joan W. Nicholls, M.D. passed away November 26,2021 and was born September 1929 in Ashland, PA.

She graduated from Ashland High School, class of 1947, and served as editor in chief of the school newspaper, The Black Diamond. The daughter of a coal miner, she was the first in her family to go to college. She studied at Penn State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, class of 1951. It was uncommon at that time for a woman to become a medical doctor. She graduated with her M.D. degree in 1955 from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (later renamed the Medical College of Pennsylvania). She completed her internship and residency at hospitals in Phila., PA and became a staff psychiatrist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In 1970 she went into private practice with her husband, Dr. Richard H. Nicholls, M.D. They were happily married for 55 years and raised two children. She helped many patients over the decades in her career in Ashland, PA. She was a member of Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ in Ashland.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Jack, brother Jackie, sister Gloria Migioia, brother in law John Migioia, and her devoted husband, Richard. She is survived by her beloved children and their partners, son Rick (Michelle) and daughter Gillian (Keith) as well as her three nephews Steven, Brian and David, and their families.

Joan died at her home of the past 9 years, Country Meadows Retirement Community, after a brief illness. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, and remembered for her kindness, her perception, and her strength of character. Services will be private . Interment in Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs,PA. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland, PA is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Connie B. Sincavage
, 74, of Big Mine Run, Ashland, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 27th, 2021.

Connie was born in Shenandoah, on March 11, 1947, a daughter of the late Jean (McCole) and Frank Savitsky, Sr. She was raised in Brandonville, a graduate of the West Hazleton high school and was a lifelong homemaker.

Connie loved the outdoors, and enjoyed camping and other outdoor activities with her husband of 52 years, Russel Sincavage, prior to his passing in April of 2017.

She was a member of the former Polish National Catholic Church in Shenandoah, along with several local clubs and organizations.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Patsy and Jeannie Savitsky, and by two brothers, Robert and Frank Savitsky, Jr.

Connie is survived by three sons, Russel Sincavage, Jr.; Scott Sincavage, and his wife Carol; and Lee Sincavage.

Two sisters, Joan Savitsky and Jane Metcalf survive, as do three grandchildren, Crystal, Tyler and Paige, along with many nieces and nephews.

As per Connie's wishes, private family services will be held at a later date which will be announced.

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home is assisting her family during this time of need. You may leave an online condolence at


Bernadine Elko
, 92, formerly of McAdoo, passed away Saturday morning at St. Luke’s Nursing Center, Coaldale.

Born in McAdoo, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Suhena) Yursha.

She was a member of St. Mary’s U.C. Church, McAdoo, and also enjoyed attending services at the Franciscan Monastery, Sugarloaf.

Prior to retiring, Bernie was employed in the area garment industry, and later for the Hazleton Area School District.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband William Elko; sister Dorothy Yursha; brothers Vladimir, Eugene and Allan Yursha and sister-in-law Mary Ann (Herceg) Yursha; and nephew William Yursha and niece Kathy (Yursha) Macey.

Surviving, are her sister-in-law Betty Jane Yursha of McAdoo; nieces and nephews Mark, Kenneth, Robert, Stephen, James, Michael, and Marie Yursha, Donna Price, Mary Johnston, Ann Lehr and Julie Bukowski; and several great nieces and great nephews survive.

Her funeral will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo. The Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s U.C. Church, McAdoo, by the Rev. D. George Worshack. Burial will be held in St. Mary’s U.C. Cemetery, McAdoo, at the convenience of the family.

Friends and family may call Friday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s U.C. Church, 210 W. Blaine St., McAdoo, PA 18237.

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