Monday, December 6, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for December 6th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  December 6th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Jean E. Jones, 74, of Frackville, PA and formerly of Tamaqua, PA died on Sunday, December 5, 2021, in Frackville. She was the wife of the late William Jones who died on June 29, 2016. 

Born in Coaldale, PA on November 3, 1947, she was a daughter of the late William R. and Jean E. (nee Rice) Schmauch. A 1965 graduate of Tamaqua High School, Jean had been an aide at the Hamburg State School & Hospital. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua where she had been a member of the church choir. A member of the Tamaqua American Legion Auxiliary, Jean was also a former member of the Tamaqua Lionettes. 

She is survived by her son, William D. Jones of Frackville and her sister, Gail Davis and her husband Ellsworth of Owl Creek, PA. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, December 10, 2021 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown, PA will follow the services. Call 10-11 AM Friday at the funeral home. 

Memorials in Jean’s name may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252 OR Hillside SPCA, 51 SPCA Road, PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901. COVID-19 protocols will be followed. 

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

Robert Joseph Yanek, Jr.
, 64, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Saturday, December 4th, at Conestoga View, Lancaster.

Born in Pottsville, on May 18, 1957, a son of the late Robert J. Yanek, Sr., & Regina (Walsh) Yanek.
He was the husband of Lisa M. (Trapani) Yanek.

Bob was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School and then attended Harrisburg Area Community College. He worked as a mechanic at his family business, Bob Yanek and Son.

Bob had a fun loving spirit. He was a loving and compassionate person. He was honest, even to a fault, and his loyalty was unmatched.

In addition to his wife, Bob is also survived by his son, Luke Yanek & his significant other, Nicole Cwiertniewicz; a brother Randy Yanek & wife, Lisa, & two sisters-in law, Shelly Boyer & husband, Rob, and Missy Roeder & husband, Brian, and a brother-in-law, Mike Trapani & wife, Jody. He is also survived by nieces: Amanda Smolock & husband, Ryan, Brianan Roeder, & Kerri Trapani, and nephew, Derrek Boyer & wife, Lauren.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven on Friday at 1 p.m. with Pastor David Rowe officiating.

A viewing will be held prior from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Interment will be privately held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer memorial contributions made payable to Pottsville Area School District with “Bob Yanek Scholarship” on the memo line of your check. By mailing your contribution to the Academic Center, 1501 W. Laurel Blvd., Pottsville PA 17901, a scholarship will be awarded to an auto mechanic student in his memory each year.


Mary (Malinchock) Obal, 94, of Boynton Beach, FL formerly of Gilberton died Monday November 29, 2021 at her home.

Born in Gilberton, May 26, 1927, She was a daughter of the late John and Nancy (Welaconich) Malinchock.

She was a graduate of Gilberton High School.

Mary retired as an administrative assistant from U.S Federal Reserve.

She was a member of St. Herman’s of Alaska Orthodox Church, Lakeworth, FL.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Obal in 2005,

Surviving are a sister Evelyn Malinchock of Boynton Beach; Nieces and Nephews.

Burial will be in Holy Ascension Orthodox Cemetery, Frackville.


Joseph A. Yutz Jr., 75, of Pottsville, died Friday December 3, 2021, at LVHN – Schuylkill – East, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, January 28, 1946, He was a son of the late Joseph and Arline (Boyer) Yutz.

Joseph served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and retired from Reidler Decal, St. Clair.

Surviving are his wife Diane Bracey – Yutz; 2 daughters Amber Simms and her husband Jason of Schuylkill Haven; Afton Rowan and her husband Chris of Palo Alto; 1 Son Joseph A. Yutz III; 1 brother David Yutz; 3 Grandchildren, Reilly, Kaiden, and Harper.

Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:30 AM Monday Dec. 13, 2021 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hillside SPCA PO Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to


Michael A. Laurie
, 67, formerly of Port Carbon died Friday December 3, 2021, at Rosewood Nursing Home, Schuylkill Haven.

Born in Pottsville, January 25, 1954, He was a son of the late Michael and Helen (Metrick) Laurie.

Michael was a member of St. Michael Orthodox Church, St. Clair.

Surviving are sister Patricia Hepner and her husband Ned of Schuylkill Haven; 2 nieces, Laurie Ann Stevens and Pamela Horan.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021 from St. Michael Orthodox Church, 109 North Nichols Street St. Clair, PA 17970. The Rev. Jeff Zias will be officiating. . Friends may call from 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Tuesday at the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s’ Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 18105. Burial will be in St. Michael Orthodox Cemetery, East Norwegian Township..


Sara E. Thorne, 85, of Minersville, died Friday December 3, 2021, at LVHN East, Pottsville .

Born in Orwigsburg, May 9, 1936, She was a daughter of the late Harrison and Catherine (Trout) Thorne.

Sara worked as a cook at the former River Inn, Cressona.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Mary Ann Bazar.

Surviving are son Martin “Mark” Thorne and his wife Dorothy of New Philadelphia; a grandson Damian Thorne of New Philadelphia.

Private services will be at convenience of family

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to


William R. Blohm, 74 years of age, of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at St. Lukes Hospice in Bethlehem, PA 18015

Born Monday, December 23, 1946 in Wisconsin, he was the son of the late Edward C. and Dawn ( Bergman) Blohm.

After graduating high school, William served his country honorably, retiring from the US Army. In his spare time, William enjoyed Hot Wheels cars, stamps, and fishing.

Surviving are his brother, Robert; caregiver, Rose Marie Pakosky and her family.

Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc, 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252

Interment will be in Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.


Judith K. Derrick
, 78 years of age, of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, in her home.

Born Sunday, February 7, 1943 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Lambert W., and Grace Louise (Garrett) Gerber. Judy was also predeceased by; her brother, Lambert Ronald Gerber.

Surviving are son, Matthew Barnisky and his wife, Stephanie of Lehighton; daughter, Dianna Shumgart. and her husband James of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Matthew, Zach, Jake, Christian, Maya, Abby, and Adam.

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

Interment Odd Fellows Cemetery Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.


Charles J. Secara
, beloved husband, father, brother, doting grandfather, of Red Oak Terrace New Ringgold, Pennsylvania passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at home while in the tender care of his wife of 47 years, Donna M. (Zaprazny) Secara at 64 years of age.

Born Wednesday, July 17, 1957 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the son of the late Michael, and Catherine (Tracy) Secara.

In addition to his wife, Charles is survived by; daughter, Marianne Lupkin wife of James of Tamaqua; son, Charlie J. Secara and his wife Crystal of Coatsville; brothers, Michael Secara and his wife Diane of Catasaqua, James Secara and his wife Jeannie of Lehighton, Peter Secara of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Elsa, Charley, Mason, Jessalyn who referred to him as Pappy, Memem & Mo.

A 1975 Panther Valley High School graduate, Charles enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and time spent with family.

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

Memorials in Charles's name to
Lehigh Valley Hospital
John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center
1240 South Cedar Crest Blvd
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18103


Selina M. Williams
, 59, of Tower City, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Wellspan York Hospital.

Born in Harrisburg, August 28, 1962, a daughter of Charlotte Scheib Wojciechowski, Millersburg and the late Leonard Goss. She was a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School.

Selina was formerly a manager with the Hallmark Store. She enjoyed knitting, crafts and making rugs.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Zon Goss, September 18, 2021.

Surviving are her mother, Charlotte Scheib Wojciechowski and her companion James McCauley, Millersburg; her husband of 34 years, Wayne H. Williams, one brother; Dennis Scheib and his wife Sandy, Williamstown. Six nieces and nephews.

Selina will be laid to rest in the Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit