Sunday, December 19, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for December 19th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  December 19th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Mabel M. Foulk, 58, of Hometown, PA died on Saturday, December 18, 2021 in Allentown, PA. She was the wife of Richard J. Foulk to whom she was married 39 years. 

Born in Coaldale, PA on September 15, 1963, Mabel was a daughter of the late Charles and Eleanor (Rarick) Brobst. A 1981 graduate of Tamaqua High School, she graduated from the Allentown School of Cosmetology and was a cosmetology instructor at the Schuylkill County Vocational Technical School. Mabel loved her former students and was faithful to them. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Lansford, PA and an avid member of the Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue. 

In addition to her husband Richard, Mabel is survived by sister, Eleanor Epser and her husband Frank of Wind Gap, PA; brother, Charles Brobst of Binghamton, NY; mother-in-law, Maryann Foulk of Coaldale, PA; sister-in-law, Louise Lazarchick and her husband Bernard of Lehighton, PA; and nephew, Nicholas Epser of Wind Gap. 

She was predeceased by a brother, George Brobst. Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Dr. Vasyl Chepelskyy officiating. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow the services. 

Call 6-8 PM on Wednesday, December 22 and 10-11 AM on Thursday, December 23 at the funeral home. Memorials in Mabel’s name may be made to the Siberian Husky Rescue at OR via mail to DVSHR, PO Box 773, Horsham, PA 19044. COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Elizabeth M. “Betty” Klinger, 95, of Pottsville, passed away on Sunday at Seton Manor.

Born on September 5, 1926 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late George and Ida Jacobs Burck. She attended Pottsville schools.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, John Norman Klinger, Sr.; three sons, Robert Klinger, Jimmy Joe Klinger, and Richard Klinger; a brother, PFC William E. Burck, who was killed in action in France in 1944; three sisters, Catherine Corson, Regina “Jean” Weand, and Edna Buggy.

She is survived by her remaining sons, John N. “Jack” Klinger, Jr. (spouse, Dorann), Pottsville, and Gary Klinger (spouse, Christine), Marlin, Norwegian Township; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Private interment will be in Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Norwegian Township.


Casimir F. “Caz” Puza, 79 of Turkey Run, Shenandoah passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah on March 4, 1942, son of the late Frank & Lillian (Mescavage) Puza.

He was last employed as a carpenter in the local manufacturing industry.

Caz was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah and the former St. George’s Church. Earlier in life, he volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader. He enjoyed horseback riding with his niece, Cheryl Ann.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were two aunts, Anna Mescavage and Mary Godynick.

Surviving are his brother, Joseph Puza of Turkey Run, Shenandoah with whom he resided; one sister, Maryann Toborowsky and her husband Robert of Shenandoah Heights; one niece, Cheryl Ann Readler and her husband Jamine of Mountain Top; one great-niece, Alexandria Readler; cousins and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 W. Cherry Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Wednesday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church.

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


Michael F. Jeszkonis, Jr. 64 of Dushore passed away on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 in Dushore.

Born in Roxborough on April 22, 1957 he was a son of the late Michael and Leona (Karas) Jeszkonis, Sr.

Surviving are two sisters, Linda Sue Sambrick Jeszkonis of Norristown and Sharon Lee Catagnus of Norristown; two nephews, Joseph Sambrick of Pottstown and Anthony Catagnus of Norristown; one niece, Victoria Catagnus Romero and her husband Ricardo of Norristown; cousins also survive.

Graveside services on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 9:15 am in Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian will officiate. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

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


Rick Allison
, of Ringtown, PA passed away Saturday, Dec. 18th at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA. 

Born in Ashland September 2, 1961 the son of Jeanette Allison, Ashland, PA and the late Roy Allison. He attended North Schuylkill High School class of 1979. Worked on construction and was a member of the Laborers Local 471 Union of Reading,PA. He later drove tractor trailer for Crete Carrier. He was a member of the Shenandoah Fish & Game, Wilberton Fire Co.,Clover Hose, and the Nuremberg & Sheppton American Legions. Rick enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with Angel and his friends. Riding his side by side and watching his grandson Luke play baseball and basketball and watching his favorite team the 49ers. 

He will be remembered as a beloved Pop Pop, Father and Son. 

Preceding him in death were grandparents Robert and Marcella Allison and Ludlum and Eleanor Rockwell. His father Roy Allison and sister Kimberely Allison. 

Surviving are is mother Jeanette Allison, two sons Josh Allison, David husband of Vanessa Allison. Grandsons: Luke and Blake Allison. A sister Larae wife of Jeff Kroh, his companion Angel Mays and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, Dec.22,2021 at 11:00 A.M. from the Koll-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, PA. Rev. Dana Heckman-Beil officiating. Interment in Citizens Cemetery, Lavelle, PA. Visitation Wednesday 9:00-11:00 A.M. from the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor. 

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland,PA is in charge of arrangements.


John Sternick, 94, of Primrose, passed away Friday morning at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Black Heath, he was the son of the late John and Antonina Sternick.

He was a 1945 graduate of the former Cass Twp High school and was a World war II veteran. He was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville. He was a member of the Byzantine male Choir and also played with local bands. John worked as a truck driver for many years, retired and the went back to school at the age of 57 and worked as a machinist before retiring. With great joy, he directed the choir at St. Nicholas Church for many, many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife the former Irene Polinsky and a son John David.

He is survived by a daughter, Joan Weiderhold and her husband Daniel, Primrose; a son Christopher Sternick and his wife Melissa, Primrose; a Daughter-in-law Jean, Mohnton; 6 grandchildren, Adam Weiderhold, Dana Allaband, Mykaihla Sternick, Jennifer Sternick, Julie Sternick, Jaclyn Sternick; 5 great grandchildren; a sister, Josephine Laychock; nieces and nephews.

Requiem Divine Liturgy will be at 11AM Wednesday in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 415 Front St, Minersville. Reverend Mark Fesniak will officiate. Friends may call at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville, on Wednesday morning from 7AM to 10:30 AM

Internment will be in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Branch Twp. The family would prefer remembrances of John in the form of contributions to St. Nicholas School. Contributions will be accepted at the funeral home.


John Haber
, 84, of Hazleton, passed away Saturday morning at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Wabbles) Haber.

John was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Hazleton.

He was a veteran of the Army National Guard of Pennsylvania.

Prior to retiring, he was a union carpenter employed with various companies over the years.

John was a hard-working man with many skills. An accomplished accordion player, he enjoyed polkas. He was a member of the YMPA of Hazleton. He most enjoyed spending time with his beloved family.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife Elizabeth (Stratchko) Haber; and brothers Richard and Charles Haber.

Surviving, are his son Dr. John J. Haber and his wife Cathy, of Tresckow; daughters Lisa Haber and her fiancé Mark Gugliemini, of Tresckow; Linda Naugle and her husband Dr. David Naugle, OD, of Hazleton; and Kimberly Haber-Bobish, of Hazleton; son-in-law Glen Bobish; grandchildren Alexander, Andrew, Anna, and Aaron Haber; Vanessa Chulock and her husband Jeremy, and Olivia Giordano and her husband Mariano; Joshua and Zachary Naugle; and Megan, Kayla and Jacob Bobish; Great-granddaughter Aubrey Chulock; sister Jean Watro, of California; and nieces and nephews also survive.

His funeral will be held Wednesday 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. in St. Mary’s B.C. Church, Hazleton, by Rev. Peter Donish. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.

Calling hours are Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. A Parastas Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Heart Association at