Sunday, November 7, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 7th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  November 7th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Louise E. Dicus, 71, Pottsville, entered into eternal rest Friday evening November 5 at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born November 22, 1949 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Emma (Wiley) Gradwell.

After graduating from Pottsville Area High School, Louise worked as a bookkeeper, garment factory worker, grocery stores, Schuylkill Veterinary Hospital and most recently Broad Mountain Health and Rehab Center. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband the late Thomas E. Dicus, Sr. (June 11, 2006).

Louise is survived by her son Thomas E. Dicus Jr., daugher in law Jennifer and granddaugher Christina. Two sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, neices and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home. Rev. Chris Rotharpt, Off. Interment will be held on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Please visit to leave a condolence for the Dicus family.


Harry E. Kimmel, 77, of Pine Grove, passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at Providence Place, Pine Grove.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Deacon Larry Lonergan officiating. There will be a viewing on Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in St. Matthew's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to either St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, c/o Richard Wolfgang, 240 Tremont Rd., Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 or Compassus Hospice, 1001 James Drive, Suite B34, Leesport, Pa. 19533 in his memory.

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Leona M. Klem, 78, Gilberton, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 1, 2021, at Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Gilberton on August 24, 1943, to the late John and Margaret (Lapachinsky) Klem.

She is survived by her sister, Denise, and her brother-in-law, John (Jack) Katulis, Harrisburg, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death my her sisters, Rita Katulis, Eleanor O'Shura, Theresa Zubris and a brother, Joseph Klem.

Leona graduated from Mahanoy Area High School, Class of 1961. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary for the Continental Hose Co. # 3, Gilberton.

She was a caregiver for both of her parents until their deaths. She retired from Hollander Home Fashions, Frackville in 2010.

Leona was proud of her Lithuanian heritage, being a coal miner's daughter and enjoyed eating the ethnic foods served at the festivals in the area.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 8th at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Frackville, with Fr. Brian Miller, pastor. as the celebrant. Visitation will start at 9:30 a.m. in the church until the time of the mass. Interment will be in St. Louis Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville.


Joan M. “Joanie” Majewski
, 85 of Shenandoah passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Allentown Campus.

Born in Shenandoah on September 1, 1936 she was a daughter of the late Joseph A. and Anna (Kasperowicz) Majewski.

Joanie was a 1955 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah. She then graduated from Empire Beauty School, Pottsville. She later received her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training.

Earlier in life, she was employed as a hairdresser in White Plains, New York. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a CNA in New Jersey.

She was a devout and active member of Divine Mercy Parish Shenandoah and the former Saint Stanislaus Church. She was a dedicated choir member for many years.

Joanie enjoyed crocheting, shopping and visiting the beach. She was an avid reader especially novels by Danielle Steel. Above all, her family was of most importance to her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Regina Majewski Brown and Dorothy Karpovich; and one brother, Bernard S. “Bernie” Majewski.

Surviving are two brothers, Albert E. Majewski of Shenandoah and Joseph Majewski and his wife Marie of Westminster, Maryland; one sister, Alice Palek of Shenandoah; her niece and caregiver, Donna Kalenkoski of Shenandoah; additional nieces, nephews and their families and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 9:30 am in St. Casimir’s Church, 229 N. Jardin Street, Shenandoah, the sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Saturday morning from 8:30 am until 9:30 am at the St. Casimir’s Church, Shenandoah.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Divine Mercy Parish Memorial Fund, 108 West Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.

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


William H. Pitts
, 83 of Citrus Springs, Florida died July 23, 2021.

He was born in Girardville to Charles and Anna Taunitis Pitts on June 11, 1938.

Bill served in the US Army and later the New Jersey National Guard. As an officer he was called to active duty to serve in Vietnam. Bill was awarded the Purple Heart.

Bill earned his BS degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He was employed by the Department of Defense where he started at Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey then to Falls Church, Virginia and then Indianapolis, Indiana where he retired. Bill then had his own consulting business for many years working all over the country.

Bill was predeceased by his parents and siblings; Helen Fobia, Charles Pitts and Edward Pitts and son in law Timothy DeNease.

Survivors are his wife Regina (Jean) Rome Pitts, children; Nancy of Indiana, William of California, Kathleen DeNease of Tucson, Arizona and Vaughan (Taylor) of Azle, Texas, stepson, Steven (Sharla) Rome of Fort Worth, Texas. Grandchildren; Christiana and Ethan Pitts of Azle, Texas, Alexandria (Brent) Schmidt of Austin, Texas and Taylor (Jesse) James of Hawaii. One adorable great-grandchild Ellie Schmidt. His siblings Mary Jean Sanders of Idaho and Robert "Bob" Pitts of Ringtown; and nieces, nephews and their families.

Graveside religious services with military honors will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Wildcat Cemetery, Girardville. Rev. Mindy Heppe will officiate.


Catherine Brilla, 95, of West West Terrace, passed away Saturday morning at St. Luke’s Hospital, Orwigsburg. Arrangements will be announced by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, Minersville.


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