Monday, January 10, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 10th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: January 10th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


James E. Dunnigan, Sr.
, 84, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Sunday, January 9th, at Pottsville Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville on June 16, 1937, he was a son of the late Joseph Dunnigan, Sr. & Anna (Buehler) Dunnigan.

He was the husband of Barbara M. (Fritz) Dunnigan. The couple shared 53 years of marriage.

Jim was a 1957 graduate of Pottsville High School.

He served in the U.S. Marines.

Jim was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven.

He was last employed by Craftex Mills, Auburn, in the maintenance department.

In addition to his wife, Jim is also survived by a son, James E. Dunnigan Jr., widower ofHeather,Schuylkill Haven, two granddaughters: Alicia & Caitlin, and nieces & nephews: Patricia Langley, widow of Patrick, Wilmington, DE, Edward Kelly (Diane), East Granby, Conn., Kathy Black, widow of Troy, Hershey, Michael Kelly (Kathy), Lebanon, Tara Daue, Baltimore, MD, Melissa Joyce, & Jody Dunnigan, both of Pottsville.

In addition to his parents, Jim is also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Dunnigan, Jr., & sister, Mary Kelly.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

At the family's request, memorial donations in Jim's memory may be forwarded to Salvation Army 400 Sanderson Street Pottsville, PA 17901.


William A. Kramer, 51 of Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, January 7, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born on August 16, 1970, in Lebanon, he was a son of Allen D. and Shirley Ann Gassert Kramer of Pine Grove.

William was a self-employed Truck Driver.

William was a 1988 graduate of Blue Mountain High School. He had been a Past President and Assistant Fire Chief of the Suedburg Fire Co. and a member of the Cressona Fire Co. #1. He was an avid Steelers Fan.

A Daughter, Abby Lynn Kramer, preceded him in death.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two Daughters, Stefanie wife of Chris Keefer of Tremont, Brittany Kramer of Auburn; a Son, Billy & wife Lauren Kramer of Good Spring; three grandchildren, Wyatt, Brailyn, and Levi; a brother, Robert & wife Iesha Kramer of Port Carbon; four nieces and nephews, Andrew Schwartz of Angleton, Texas, Ellen Vega of Combola, Bobby Kramer of Shoemakersville and Becky Kramer of Schuylkill Haven.

Services will be scheduled later at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Schuylkill Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Pine Grove.

The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either the Suedburg Fire Co., P. O. Box 151, Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 or the North End Fire Co., P. O. Box 118, Pine Grove, Pa. 17963, in his memory.

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


John R Anthony
, 83, of Frackville passed away peacefully at home on Sunday January 9th with his family by his side.

John was born September 9th 1938 in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Charles V Anthony and Anna (Semick) Anthony. He was a graduate of West Mahonoy High School, class of 1956.

John started his career helping his father in the family furniture business. Later, he worked for Brokhoff Dairy, then he became a carpenter trained by Armstrong in home and industrial flooring installations. He then spent the majority of his working career with PP&L in the construction division retiring after 25 years of service as a foreman.

Most of all John loved his church. He was a trustee at St Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church and could be counted on to help the maintenance and repairs of building systems. He enjoyed participating in various church activities including: building floats, making perogies, and annually playing St Nicholas at church celebrations.

John was known for his outstanding community service. He was an active member and trustee of the Frackville Senior Center, John served in the Army reserves for 11 years, life member of the Frackville Elks and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He often donated his time at local fundraisers making the homemade bean soup. John enjoyed Penn State football and was an antique car enthusiast and he enjoyed taking his wife Janice to classic automobiles shows.

John is survived by his wife Janice, celebrating 60 years of marriage in November. Sister In-Laws; Linda and Mary. Two sons; Mark and wife Barbro, John Tyler and his wife Karolina. Grandchildren; Nicolas, Dianna, Mia, Gianna, Blake and Kaia. Great grandchild Emmaline.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Anna. Brothers; Charles and Geary.

Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 am Friday January 14th at St Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Frackville, with the Rev. Petro Zvarych as the celebrant. Visitation will be prior to the Liturgy, starting at 9 am, in the church. At the request of the family, due to Covid 19 infections, please wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers contributions, in John’s name, be made to the Memorial Fund of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.


In loving memory of Marion S. (Faust) Leiby, 83, of Minersville, who passed away Saturday, January 8th, at Seton Manor.

Marion was born in Pottsville on December 29, 1938, the daughter of Leon and Mildred (Leymeister) Faust. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Guy and Dorothy Faust.

She was a member of Zion's Red Church in Orwigsburg, and she worked as a dietitian at Rest Haven nursing home. She was a very caring and loving person. She always gave to others, more than she had for herself. Marion’s grandchildren and family meant everything to her.

Marion is survived by two daughters, Donna, wife of David DiRenzo, and Faith Strause, and a son David Leiby.

Marion was the loving grandmother of eight grandchildren, Heather Boyer, Nicholas Leiby, Nichole Phillips, Erica Boyer, Tyrone Leiby, Amanda Sterling, Tasha Taylor,and Joshua DiRenzo, sixteen great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Marion was preceded in death by her brothers, Vernon and Harry Faust.
A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 14th, at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with Rev. Walter Breiner officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM.

Interment will be at Zion's Red Church Cemetery in Orwigsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home, Inc. 116 South Liberty Street Orwigsburg, PA 17961.


Merl W. Maggs
, 79 of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at home surrounded by his family.

Born Sunday, January 16, 1942 in Williamsport, the son of the late Ernst, and Margaret (Buss) Maggs. He was also predeceased by; brothers, Ernest, and Max Maggs; granddaughter, Angela; great grandchildren, Rylie, and Dallas.

Surviving are; his beloved wife of 45 years, Cynthia M.. (Snyder) Maggs; son, Merl W. Maggs, II and his wife Jessica of Reading; daughters, Jenny S. Mazur and her fiance Christopher Mease of Tamaqua, with whom he resided, Bobbi J. Snyder and her husband Alton of Kempton; brother, Clayton Maggs and his wife Sharon of Fleetwood; sister, Sharon Hufnagle of Antesfort, PA; grandchildren, Madalyn, Shaun, Cheyenne #1, Salena, Kelly, David, McKayla; great grandchildren, Colton, and Shelby. Many nieces and nephews also survive Merl.

A Vietnam Army Veteran, Merl was awarded the Purple Heart for his meritorious service while being wounded in action. He retired from Deka Battery, and was a tireless volunteer with the Berks County Fire Police for 18 years. Merl belonged to the Reading V.F.W., and American Legion Post. Merl was an avid fisherman, enjoyed watching NASCAR while following his favorite driver Jeff Gordon. Merl's most enjoyable times were those spent with his family.

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


Stanley F. “Bucky” Bokunewicz Jr
, 90, of Shenandoah, passed away on Thursday, January 6th, 2022.

Born February 20th, 1931, Stanley was the son of the late Madeline Bokunewicz (nee Rafter) and Stanley F. Bokunewicz Sr. Shenandoah Heights.

Stanley worked on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in his early teens, he along with his Family moved back to Shenandoah and later on as a teenager he attended High School at West Mahanoy Township (WMT) where he played Basketball and was a member of the Maroons Band playing the French Horn until his graduation in 1948.

Soon after Graduation he was drafted into the US Army, during his time in the Army he moved along with his wife Virginia Bokunewicz (nee Ross) of Lost Creek to Fort Knox in Kentucky where among other things he trained new recruits to drive Sherman tanks. He served his time in the Army stateside and was honorably discharged.

Following his honorable discharge, he and his wife moved back to Shenandoah PA where they started their family and lived there the rest of his life. Besides being an avid hunter and fisherman as well as a ravenous Philadelphia Eagles fan, he was a lifelong member of the Heights Fire Company at one time serving as the sitting president of that organization. As long as he was physically capable, he always helped out the Fire Company, even directing traffic for the fire trucks on the intersection of Schuylkill Ave and Swatara Road well into his 70's.

"Pop" or "Bucky", as he was called by Family or Friends, was also a master of the art of making Polish Kielbasi, he was a veritable legend in the Kielbasi world around Shenandoah, he sold Kielbasi out of two stores at one point, Lexi's in Shenandoah Heights as well as a store of the same name in Levittown, PA. His recipe also more recently won trophies at the Shenandoah Kielbasi Fest 5 times consecutively.

He was preceded in death by brothers Robert, and Ronald as well as a sister Dorothy Gilroy, and Granddaughter Alexis Bokunewicz.

Bucky is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Virgina as well as his Sister Barbara Bolich of Pleasantville, NJ and one Sister-in-Law, Christine Bokunewicz of Shenandoah. He is also survived by his Daughter Colleen Bokunewicz-Moyer at home, and Steven Bokunewicz, Pittman PA. Grandchildren Keith Aftuk (Husband of Cindy) Frackville, PA, Kyla (Wife of Ted Kaczerski) Gilbertsville, PA as well as Leslie (Wife of Charles Croft) Wesley Chapel, Florida. Great Grandchildren, Amaya & Emma Aftuk, Griffin, Gavin & Grady Kaczerski, Tessa & Tanner Croft and his Goddaughter Deboarah Kline of Dublin, PA. Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Scripture Services will be held at 10:30AM Friday, January 14th at Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 North Jardin Street in Shenandoah, PA. Friends may call from 8:30AM until the time of service.

Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights directly following the service.