Thursday, December 30, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for December 29th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  December 29th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Florence Nolan, 91, of Barnesville, PA, passed away Wednesday, December 29th, at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg.

Florence was born in Mahanoy City, PA on January 26, 1930, a daughter of the late Mary (Stavetsky) and Griffith Kenvin

She was employed by Guinan’s Department Store in Mahanoy City and as a custodian for the Mahanoy Area School District until retirement.

She loved to travel with her husband, especially to the ocean and New York City to enjoy Broadway shows. She also enjoyed attending the events of her Great Grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Richards Church Barnesville.

She had graduated from Mahanoy City High School Class of 1947.

She was the wife of Edward Nolan for the past 27 years.

Florence is survived by a son, John, husband of Karen McElhenny, of Florida.

She is also survived by 7 Grandchildren: Siobhan Walsh, Tara Evans, Steven Mroczka, John McElhenny, Brian McElhenny, Roshaun McElhenny, and Cailin McElhenny. She was also the Great Grandmother of 8, Emily and Johnny Walsh, Henry and Isla Evans, Victoria and Evan Mroczka, and Trey and Tevin McElhenny who were her pride and joy.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, John McElhenny, a daughter, Jill Toter, and a sister, Eleanor (Lollie) Kenvin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Richards Church, Barnesville, at 11 AM on Monday, January 3rd, with Rev. Robert Finlan officiating.

Friends and family may call Monday 10 AM at St. Richards Church.

Interment will follow St. Fidelis Cemetery Mahanoy City, PA.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit


Dorothy Piccioni, 88, of Pottsville, passed away on Tuesday evening at Lehigh Valley Hospital- East, Pottsville.

Services will be announced by Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, Pottsville.


James E. Wetzel
, 74, of Pottsville passed away on Sunday morning in his residence with his family by his side.

Born in Pottsville on August 11, 1947, he was a son of the late Leroy and Mary (Benedict) Wetzel.

He was a machine operator at the Pottsville Bleach & Dye in Port Carbon for 23 years and also worked for the Schoeneman Beauty Supply Company.

James was a life member of the Goodwill Fire Company #4, Pottsville and of the Pottsville Fire Police.

James enjoyed fishing and going to the casino and watching the animals in the yard. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Haley Wetzel; brothers: Joseph, William, and Michael Wetzel; and sisters: Bernice Sabados, Theresa Moser, and Maggie Maskerines.

James is survived by his wife, Sadie E. (Price) to whom he was married 52 years; sons: James D. Wetzel, companion Norma Jean Wilson, of Pottsville and Brian S. Wetzel, companion of Tami Myers, of Pottsville; daughter, Michelle E. Maldonado, wife of Carlos, of St. Clair; grandchildren: Brenton and Caelob Williams, and Averie Maldonado; brothers: Robert Wetzel, of Hamburg and Francis Wetzel, companion of Rose Kenderes, of Port Carbon; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, with Deacon Larry Lonergan officiating. A viewing will be held from 9:00 a.m.-until time of service in the funeral home.

The family request contributions in James' memory be sent to: Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, 18 Wertz Dr., Pine Grove, PA 17963.

Interment will follow in Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Saint Clair.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Richard C. Deiter, age 61, of Girardville, PA passed away on Tuesday, December 21st at his home.

Born in Pottsville, PA on May 5, 1960, he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Shirley (Otterbein) Deiter

Richard is survived by sisters: Terry Clark (Dan), Darlene Mull (Charles), and Cheryl Dunmoyer (Ron) and brother Kelly Deiter (Laura) and his girlfriend Holly Donton.

Funeral Services will be held private.


Albert Michael “Yocko” Kroznuskie
of Minersville, PA passed away on Thursday December 23rd at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown.

Born in Minersville, PA on November 4, 1946, he was the son of the late Albert and Helen (Evans) Kroznuskie.

Albert attended Minersville schools and worked in the coal industry as a heavy equipment operator until his disabling stroke. He was an active member of the Goodwill Fire Company in Minersville serving the community until he was incapacitated by his stroke, but remained a life member.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by granddaughter Andi Wallick, sisters: Elizabeth Vuksta, Dolores Latanishen, and Alberta Firestine, and a brother George Kroznuskie.

Albert is survived by his son Michael Kroznuskie and his wife Denise, who he resided with for the past 16 years in Minersville; two daughters: Josette Wallick and her husband Nicholas, Arizona and Millie Kroznuskie, New Philadelphia; grandchildren: Jessica Mistishen (Mike), Forestville, Andrea Chambers (Justin), Arizona, Adrienne and Alex Kroznuskie, Minersville, Audrey Wallick, Arizona, and Alexa Gustis, New Philadelphia; great-grandchildren: Kylee, Carter, Bailey, and Abby; sisters: Helen Reed, New Philadelphia, Marie "Charmaine" Miller, Minersville, Irene Shirk, Fredericksburh, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held private.

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

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Rosemary (Rosie) Papanek died July 22, 2021, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, following a short illness.

Ms. Papanek was born December 5, 1957, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Robert and Pauline Papanek.

In 1969, the Papanek family moved to Lansford, Pennsylvania. Rosie became a part of the community.
She served as a library aide at Marian Catholic High School in Tamaqua. In 1976, Rosie was a
Bicentennial princess for Lansford’s United States Bicentennial celebration. Rosie graduated in 1977
from Marian Catholic High School. Rosie worked in the local garment industry for many years, until their closing in the late 80’s, after which she moved to Ocean City, New Jersey.

Rosie had a joy of life that was contagious – whether dancing in the parlor with her siblings joining the
fun, playing with the family dogs in the yard, screaming on roller coaster rides with her niece and
nephew, or playing with her grand-nephew sprawled on the floor surrounded by hot wheels. When
Rosie was home, the house would fill with laughter. One couldn’t help but smile when they were with

She was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline, and her father, Robert. Rosie is survived by her
siblings: John, Julia, Marie, Steven, and Janet, as well as her nephew, Ryan, niece, Tori, and Tori’s
children, Keanna and Troy. Rosie was loved by all and will be greatly missed.


Robert A. Hollenbach, 76 of Lime Kiln Drive, Andreas, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Monday, December 27, 2021, at home while in the tender care of his wife of 52 years, Carol Ann (Schock) Hollenbach.

Born Friday, February 9, 1945 in Andreas, Pennsylvania, son of the late Charles, and Annabel Edna (Reinhart) Hollenbach. Robert was also predeceased by; his brother, Merlin who died in action during the Vietnam War.

In addition to his wife he is survived by; sons, Charles R. Hollenbach and his wife Robin A. of New Ringgold, Jason A. Hollenbach of New Ringgold; daughter, Anne Mooney wife of John of Mahanoy City; sisters, Ethel Weaver of Andreas, Patsy Evans wife of Dave of Port Carbon; grandchildren, Chad, Alissa Hadesty wife of Jon, Jessica, and Nathan. Nieces and nephews also survive Robert.

Robert retired from Alliance Sand Quarry where he worked as a welder, and previously worked at the Andreas Quarry for many years. Robert liked to hunt and was an amateur gunsmith. He resided on his families three generation farm.

Private arrangements entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884


Gloria Betty Cohen, 93 of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at home while in the tender care of her family.

Born Wednesday, November 14, 1928 in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Murray, and Ida (Kline) Berman. She was also predeceased by; step son, Forrest Cadwallader; grandchild, Ian Thomas.

Surviving are; her husband, Gouverneur Cadwallader; daughters, Morgan H. "Robbie" Cadwallader her caregiver of Tamaqua, Linda Thomas; son, Jay Cohen; 3 grandchildren.

Jewish by faith, Gloria was an accountant. She was vibrant lady who golfed, played tennis, bowled, and played the piano. Gloria was an accomplished Bridge player.

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


George Morgan, 84, of Duncott, passed away on Saturday at the Green Valley Nursing and Rehab Center, Pottsville.

Born in Pine Grove, he was a son of the late Harry and Carrie Miller Morgan.

He was a graduate of Pine Grove High School. He was of the catholic faith and was a member of the former St. Kieran’ Church, Hechchersville. He was a bricklayer in the construction industry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife the former Rose Conville in 2020; a brother Allan and a sister Marion

He is survived by 2 sons, Bryan Morgan and his wife Leeann, Frackville and Allan Morgan, Temple; 3 grandchildren, Amanda, Ashton and Ashley; 3 great grandchildren, Aiden, Kay and Logan; a sister, Violet; nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. Interment will be in St. Kieran’s #2 cemetery, Llewellyn.


Theresa J. Matino

When Italians toast, they say “cent’ anni” which means “a hundred years”. The wish is to live a healthy, vibrant life to 100. It is rare that one actually does. Theresa Matino lived 106 of them. It is with heavy hearts we share that Mrs. Theresa Matino, our amazing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt and friend passed away
peacefully with her family by her side, on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021, at Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital after a short illness.

Born in Frackville, PA, on June 6, 1915, Theresa was the daughter of the late Francesco and Rosina Tancredi. She married Neal Peter Matino in 1932. She lived in her childhood home for 106 years, raising two sons, and taking care of her parents until their deaths.

Theresa was a wonderful student who loved her academic studies. She often shared fond
memories of her school years, especially her teachers, who saw academic vigor and promise in
Theresa, asking her to join their after school drama club and advanced foreign language classes.
When asked what she would have liked to be if she had the opportunity to go to college, Theresa
replied, “Teacher”.

Theresa was an avid reader and learner, she enjoyed her daily crossword puzzle and
delighted in beating her family members in Scrabble. Even up to her final years, Theresa talked
politics and current events. She had a brilliant mind.

She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in
Shenandoah, PA. She spent many years working for her church and loved the annual Feast Day
of Our Lady. Theresa created beautiful hand-held floats called “cintas” that were proudly carried
throughout the streets during the procession. Her work with the church was consistent and

In addition to her parents, Theresa was preceded in death by her loving husband, Neal;
siblings Jennie Carlone, Mary Cadau, Rachael Nause, Genaro and John Tancredi.
Surviving are two sons, Frank Matino, of Shenandoah, PA with whom she resided; and
Nicholas Matino and his wife, Frances, of Corinth, NY. Three granddaughters, Mary
Roehrenbeck (Rece), Teresa Garcia (Alan) and Nicole Matino; five great-grandchildren, Megan,
Katherine, and Francesca Roehrenbeck and Nicholas and Lindsey Garcia and most recently a
great-great granddaughter, Charlotte, in which she marked a “5th Generation” celebration; and
many special nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Also, dear friends, Bill and Anna
Boychak, who she considered family.

Theresa delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they adored her. She
firmly believed in family and was committed to passing on her Italian traditions by teaching them
sewing, storytelling, cooking and baking. It was amazing to see how engaged they were when
she discussed, in detail, events that she lived through that they were learning about.
Nothing brought her more joy, however, than her “open house”. Aunt Theresa, as so
many call her, would open her doors during many holidays for friends and family to stop by for a
quick pick-me-up or some delicious treats. She loved to laugh, talk, and entertain anyone who
would stop by. The more the merrier in her eyes.

People would often ask the secret to her longevity. Theresa believed in a healthy
Mediterranean diet consisting of little to no preservatives in her food, optimism, always giggling,
staying social and the occasional bottle of beer! She wrote handwritten cards and notes for every
occasion to each family member, right up until she passed. We will miss these forms of
communication the most. Her optimism, charm and brilliance are treasures to this world and ones
we can all learn to live by.

Funeral Arrangements are being provided by Oravitz Home for Funerals, Inc., 40 N.
Jardin St. Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy RC Parish
in June 2022. A celebration of Theresa’s life will be held in June 2022, on what would have been
her 107th birthday. The family requests memorial contributions be sent to your favorite charity.


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