Sunday, January 9, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituares for January 9th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: January 9th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Michael W. Matter Sr.
, age 75, of Girardville, PA passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Hickory House, Mount Carmel, PA after a brief illness, with his children by his side.

He was born on February 15, 1946 in Harrisburg, PA the son of the late Charles B. and Dorothy M. (Hummer) Matter.
He was the husband of the late Muriel A. (Neidlinger) Matter.

He was a 1965 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Michael had a passion of volunteering with the fire company. Over the years he volunteered with Lykens, Reinerton, Tower City, Orwin, and ended his volunteer service with Rangers Hose Company in Girardville. Most days he could be found at the fire house doing something. In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards and bingo. He was an auto mechanic by trade at the former Matter's Texaco.

He is survived by a son Michael Matter, Jr. and his companion Keri Klinger of Millersburg, and a daughter Stephanie Long and her husband James of Williamstown, 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a brother Charles (Butch) Matter, sisters Joan Goho and Judith Kaster, and a grandson Tyler Matter.

The family would like to thank all the Hospice nurses and aides of Hickory House that cared for Mike. Also, a special thank you, to Caroline Bann, Chief Frank Zangari, and the members of the Rangers for all your care and support of Mike throughout the years.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 19th, 2022 at Minnich Family Funeral Homes, Inc., Williamstown from 10:00 -11:00 AM. A funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM, with Pastor John Briggs officiating, burial to follow at Lykens Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial donations may be made to Family Home Medical, 50 S Oak St. Mount Carmel PA 17851, or Rangers Hose Company, 6 E Ogden St. Girardville PA 17935.

Minnich Family Funeral Homes, Inc., Williamstown (the former John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens) is handling the arrangements.


Carol A. Hill
, 62, of Pine Grove, entered into eternal rest after a brief illness with Covid, on Saturday, January 7, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born on May 4, 1959, in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Bluis and Catherine Lengle Rager

Carol had been employed as a Waitress.

She loved to do crafting and was known as the "Dip Lady" at the craft shows for the gourmet dips she made and sold

Her husband of 7 years, Charles D Hill, preceded her in death on September 11, 2013. Also preceding her in death were two Brothers, Dennis Reichert and Mark Bluis, and a Sister, Sheryl Bluis.

Surviving are her Daughter, Audrey wife of Michael Geisinger of Shoemakersville; two Grandchildren, Jensen Kauffman and Garrett Kauffman; two Great-Grandchildren, Kamryn and Eva; and four Sisters, Judy McGovern of Pine Grove, Joann wife of Wayne Haller of Schuylkill Haven, Patsy wife of Lamar Shadle of Pine Grove, and Christine wife of Richard Helman of Phoenix Park.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Reichert of Minersville; nieces and nephews

A celebration of Life Graveside Services at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 12:30 P.M.

The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the Ruth Steiner SPCA, 18 Wertz Road, Pine Grove, Pa. 17963, in Carol's memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove in charge of the arrangements.


Regina M. Daskus, 59, of Etters, formerly of Minersville, passed away on Thursday at Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center, Camp Hill.

Born on May 6, 1962 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Louise Klem Daskus. She was a 1980 graduate of Minersville High School and a 1984 graduate of Albright College. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1986. After practicing law for several years, she was affiliated with several service and industry businesses in Dauphin and York counties.

Regina is survived by her husband, Kevin Hullihen; her brother, Daniel D. Daskus (spouse, Debra), Minersville.

Private interment will be in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Minersville. Services will be scheduled at a later date.


Bonnie Jackson
, 66, of Minersville, passed away on Saturday at home.

Born on June 8, 1955 in Flint, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late James and Catherine Geecey Cook.

She worked in retail sport fishing – bait and tackle – before becoming disabled. She enjoyed motorcycle riding. She had a great personality; and devoted her time and love to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Jessie Monroe Jackson III, in 2012

Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Sabrina Talbert (spouse, Joseph), with whom she resided; six remaining children, Jessie M. Jackson V, Indiana, Steven Lee Jackson, Indiana, Jess James Jackson, Mississippi, Frank James Jackson, Michigan, Billiejoe Jean Jackson, Michigan, and Chance Edward Jackson, Michigan; severa; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services are private.


Michael J. Pawk
, age 78, of Port Carbon, PA , passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 7th, 2022 at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville.

Born in Brockton, PA on November 18, 1943, he was the son of the late Michael J. and Amelia (Tomosovich) Pawk Sr.

Michael worked as a professional baker and retired from the Giant Food Market in Cressona, PA. Michael was an avid fisherman, hunter, and winemaker. He loved boating and going to the beach. He also enjoyed swimming, crabbing, and clamming.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Leonard Pawk.

Michael is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia (Richardson) Pawk, Port Carbon, PA. Daughter, Michelle Pawk and her companion Ronnie Cahall, DE. Daughter, Kristine (Pawk) Khalil and her husband Bassam, Glenmoore, PA. Four grandchildren: Michael Stock and his fiance' Gabby Green, Hershey, PA and Jarred, Arianna, and Brent Khalil, Glenmoore, PA. Two sisters: Dolores Raess, New Philadelphia, PA and Anna Mae Bashago and her husband Robert, Tuscarora, PA. Nephews: Robert, Raess, Shawn Raess, and Robert Bashago.

Funeral Services will be held private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hillside SPCA P.O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901.

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


William H. “Bill” Laudeman
, 78, formally of South Jardin Street, Shenandoah died unexpectedly Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading.

Born in Linden, NJ, on July 6, 1943, he was a son of the late William H. Laudeman, Sr. and Theresa (Motylewski) Laudeman.

He was a 1961 graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School.

Bill served his country in the Navy for eight years as a jet engine mechanic and was a Vietnam Veteran.

He was a cross country truck driver for the majority of his working career. The last position he held and from which he retired was as a Corrections Officer at the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville.

Bill was a member of the Divine Mercy Church, Shenandoah, where he volunteered with various parish events and activities. He was also a member of the Mahanoy City Elks. He enjoyed fishing, going to the casinos, traveling, the shore and a good steak dinner.

He was preceded in death by his wife of twenty-eight years, Elizabeth C. “Betty” (Higgins) Laudeman; and two brothers, Michael and Joseph.

Surviving are a son, William John Laudeman of Raleigh, NC; sister, Barbara Bartusik wife of Charles of Zion Grove; sister-in-law, Anne Laudeman of Mountain Top; companion, Irene Schlack of Reading; his dear friends, Joseph and Evelyn Dannunizo of Harrisburg and Bob and Betsy Adams of Florida; uncles, an aunt, nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.

Religious services will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at 12:30 pm at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. A visitation will be held prior to the religious services on Friday morning from 9:30 am until 11:00 am at the funeral home.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Betty R. Fetterolf
, 85, Ashland, PA passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022 at St. Luke's - Geisinger Hospital, Orwigsburg, PA.

Born in Barry Township, PA March 29, 1938, the daughter of the late Gurney and Mildred (Moser) Klinger.

She graduated from Barry Township School and worked in the garment industry until retirement in 1989.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Rowland who died March 3, 2004.

Also preceding her in death were siblings: Ernest Klinger; Delbert (Butch) Klinger; Chester (Chet) Klinger; and Ethel (Klinger) Flannery. She is survived by a son, Paul (Suzy) Fetterolf and a daughter, Barbara (Dennis-deceased) Wenrich. Grandchildren: Jennifer (James) Ansbach; Timothy (Denise) Wenrich; Angela (John) Cuthie; Sarah Fetterolf (Gerald Stehr); Paul (Cecelia) Fetterolf. Great grandchildren: Dennis Ansbach Ruiz (George); Christopher Ansbach; Bryce and Addy Cuthie; Remington, Garrison, Ada Stehr; Connor and McKenna O'Neill; and Zachary (Amanda) Blackburn. Also surviving are sibling: David (Gert) Klinger; Dennis Klinger; and Marlin Klinger. Nieces and nephews.

At Betty's request there will be no services. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.


Lorraine G Engle
, 80 of Ringtown passed away at home peacefully Saturday January 8th 2022.

Born June 30th 1941 in Shenandoah. She was a daughter of the late Guy and Catherine Whitner.

Lorraine was an Honor Group graduate of the former Ringtown High School.

Lorraine worked for the former Jimmy Long grocery store up until it's closing. She also volunteered countless hours of her time at Saint John's Lutheran Church, Ringtown Library and Ringtown Senior Center.

The simplest pleasures brought Lorraine great joy she loved gardening, short road trips and walking the beaches of Ocean City, Maryland. She also had an unconditional love and adored her grand-dog Aubree.

In addition to her parents Lorraine was preceded in death by her sister, Janet Hinderliter.

Lorraine is survived by her high school sweetheart and devoted husband of 61 years John Engle of Ringtown. She leaves behind 2 sons David of Lehigh Valley and Eric of Ringtown. She is survived by brothers Donald Whitner and wife Joanne of Ringtown, Dale Whitner and wife Rose of Fern Glen, Brother-in-law's Ronald Engle and wife Lillian, Robert Engle and wife Theresa, all of Ringtown, along with with nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, January 12th, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ringtown. Relatives and friends are invited to a attend a viewing from 9 AM until the time of the service at the church. All recommended guidelines and protocols for masks and social distancing are asked to be followed.

Lorraine will be laid to rest at St. John’s Memorial Park, immediately following the service.

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home has been entrusted with Lorraine's arrangements.


Alexander R. Martin
, 30, of Kelayres, and formerly of Drums, passed away Friday at home surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Hazleton, he is the son of Robert and Kimberly (Lombardi) Martin, of Drums.

Alex was a Hazleton Area Career Center graduate, class of 2009, where he excelled in the welding program.

He was a member of Good Shepherd R.C. Church, Drums.

Since the age of 5, Alex had been employed with his family’s business. He was last employed at Balas Distribution of Freeland.

Alex was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and boating. He was a classic car enthusiast, with a passion for the Monte Carlo. He especially loved to put on firework displays for everyone to enjoy.

Alex was always there to help his neighbors; he took pride in caring for their lawns. He loved gardening and sharing it with family and friends. He was a true family man and loved spending his time with his fiancé and stepchildren. He will be sadly missed by many.

Preceding him death were his paternal grandparents Robert and Lucille Martin; and Aunt Lisa Lombardi.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his fiancé Tifanee Balliet, of Kelayres; stepchildren Evan Balliet and Brooke Vanvalkenburg; brother Robert J. Martin, of Drums; sister Desiree Martin of Wapwallopen; maternal grandparents Joseph and Mary Jane Lombardi, of Drums; aunts, uncles and cousins; and beloved pets Ziggy, Mr. Floppers, and the doves.

His funeral will be held Wednesday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Good Shepherd R.C. Church, Drums, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.

Calling hours are Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

The Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, is assisting the family with arrangements.