Monday, January 24, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 24th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: January 24th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Daniel D. Stevens, 67, of the Vulcan passed away Friday at his residence. Born June 17, 1954, in the Vulcan he was the son of the late Patrick and Anna Warner Stevens.

He graduated from Mahanoy Area High school in 1972.

He started his working career with Pagnotti Enterprise as a drag line operator. Dan spent 20 years at Schuylkill Energy Resources as a maintenance mechanic. He spent the last 15 years working as the road foreman for Mahanoy Township. Although retired he could still be found helping the Mahanoy Township with plowing snow and maintenance work.

Dan was an avid outdoors man. He spent much of his time enjoying hunting and fishing. He also loved training and spending time with his many bird dogs over the years. Dan was also the captain of the Vulcan Sportsman club. Members of which include brothers, sons, cousins, and nephews. He will be deeply missed.

In addition, Dan was an active member at Bear’s Head Sportsman Association where he held the treasurer position for many years. Dan was also treasurer and vice president of the MTA Hideaway fishing club.

Preceding him in death were his wife Julie (Mabus) Stevens, brothers Richard, Jerome and Patrick Stevens. He is survived by three sons Daniel and wife Jennifer Stevens, Florida; Jason and wife Jennifer Stevens, Barnesville; Skyler Milheim and fiancé Dietra DeRose, Effort; a sister Maire Heiser, Bellefonte a brother David Stevens, Vulcan. He is also survived by three grandchildren Joshua, Emily, Sarah and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and family may call Friday January 28 from 6 to 8pm at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to American Diabetes Association and to local SPCA’s.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book, view Tribute Video and send sympathy cards.


Julia Kidda Rubel, 97, of Valparaiso, passed away peacefully January 20, 2022 at her home. 

Born in Coaldale, PA on May 15, 1924, she was the daughter of Andro and Anna Kidda (nee Danco). 

Julia graduated from Coaldale High School and received an RN degree from King’s County School of Nursing in Brooklyn, NY. She served briefly as an ensign in the U.S. Navy, Nurse Corps at St. Albans, NY as well as a nurse at the Washington University Clinics of Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Julia was a nurse at Porter Memorial Hospital. She was an active member of the Protection of the Virgin Mary Church in Merrillville, IN and was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Lansford, PA. 

On November 1, 1950, in Brooklyn NY, she married Warren G. Rubel who preceded in her death. 

Her survivors are her four children: Karen Kruger (Paul) of Bedford, MA; Micah Rubel (Zina) of Wabash, IN; Kristine Eichelberger (Paul) of Whitehall, PA; and Victoria Rubel of Atlanta, GA; her siblings: Bernard Kidda of Coaldale, PA and Margaret Stafford (William) of Kennett Square, PA; her five grandchildren: Mark Kruger (Elena) of Bedford, MA; Matthew Kruger (Kate) of Newton, MA; Tamara Stulen (Landon) of Williamsburg, VA; Kara Eichelberger of Nashville, TN; and Calista Schenck, of Tampa, FL; and great grandchildren: Andrew, Dean, William and James. 

Interment with graveside services will be held at Noon on Friday January 28, 2022, in St. Nicholas Orthodox Cemetery, Hometown, PA. COVID-19 protocols will be followed. 

Memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 125 West Bertsch Street, Lansford, PA 18232. 

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


Catherine G. Kramer, 90, of Orwigsburg, passed away Sunday, January 23rd, at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg.
She was the widow of Lewis L. Kramer, to whom she was married 51 years.

Born in Pottsville on February 22, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Howard Geiger, Sr. & Mary (Tomack) Geiger.

Catherine attended Pottsville Area School District.

She had worked as a machine operator for Craftex Mills, Auburn, and other various jobs.
Catherine loved and immersed herself with family and friends' concerns throughout her life; often putting other people's needs first. She was always eager to chat, often during coffee and tea. She enjoyed cooking, baking, bird watching, gardening, watching TV gameshows, and sports, and caring for pets.

In addition to her parents and husband, Catherine is also preceded in death by her sons, Randy J. Kramer, Sr., and Kevin Kramer, and her sisters: Priscilla, & Rose.

She is survived by two sons: Lon Kramer, & Lamar Kramer, husband of Sonya, a daughter, Sharon Kramer, and a daughter-in-law, Susan Kramer.

Catherine is also survived by seven grandchildren: Randy Kramer, Jr., Shane, Brandon, Bradley, & Nathaniel Kramer, Heather Kramer Snowwell, and Stephanie Boyer, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother, Howard Geiger, Jr., four nephews, and three nieces.

A graveside service at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven, on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. with Pastor Jim Fidler officiating.


Dean K. Boyer
, 64, of Pottsville, passed away Saturday, January 22nd, at Geisinger St. Luke's Orwigsburg.

Dean was born in Pottsville, on March 2, 1957, a son of Ira Clyde Boyer, of Pottsville, and the late Rosemary (Frey) Boyer. He was the companion of Laurie Gosch

He was a member of Bethesda Reedsville Evangelical Congregational Church Schuylkill Haven.

He was a Blue Mountain High School Graduate, class of 1975.

Dean served in the U.S. Air Force as a Sgt. and worked as a Salesman. He volunteered frequently with his church.

In addition to Ira, his father, Dean is survived by

Two daughters, Kendall Boyer-Cusack, wife of Kyle; Kaitlyn Boyer

His son, Dane Boyer, Companion of Rachel Coller. Sister Lori Teter, wife of David; Dean is also survived by nephew David “DJ” Teter, husband of Lori and Great Niece Dakota Teter.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 29th, 11:00 AM, at Bethesda Reedsville Evangelical Congregational Church, 155 Reedsville Road, Schuylkill Haven, 17972, with Rev. Mark Brooks officiating. Memorial Gathering will begin at 9:00 AM

Guests are asked to follow CDC guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church or the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone IA 50037-0839.

Private interment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, at a later date.


Carol M. Troxell
, 60 years of age of West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at home in the care of her sister Barbara.

Born Wednesday, September 27, 1961 in Coaldale, the daughter of the late Michael Sedar, Jr., and Lillian P. (Miller) Sedar. She was also predeceased by her beloved husband, Marlin Troxell; brother-in-law, John Houser.

Surviving are sister, and caregiver, Barbara Houser of New Ringgold; brother, Michael A. Sedar and his wife Lori of Leesport. Nieces, and nephews also survive Carol

A 1981 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, Carol assisted Marlin on the family farm. Carol enjoyed long walks and was a diehard Eagles, and Penn State Football fan. Carol was a member of Ben Salem U.C.C. of Lehighton.

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

A Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday January 27. 2022 from the funeral home. Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until time of services.

Interment will be in Ben Salem Church Cemetery, Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name to:
Ben Salem Church
Youth Activities
P.O. Box 128
Andreas, Pennsylvania 18211


Joan L. (Neumeister) Fisher, 68, of Schuylkill Haven PA passed away on Jan. 13,2022 at home. 

She was born Jan.29,1953 in Ashland PA. She was the daughter of Harvey and Evelyn (Schwartz) Neumeister. She graduated from Tri-Valley High School in Valley View PA in 1970. Joan took care of her grandson Cole from the age of 3 months until the age of 16. She loved spending time with Cole and doted on him daily. She enjoyed clipping coupons and sending them to military families and was an avid recycler and made sure nothing recyclable ever made it to the trash. She had many friends who she enjoyed spending time with. She was known by many for her kindness. She was a breast cancer survivor who had a challenging treatment course.

Joan is survived by one brother: Palmer Neumeister and two sisters: Denise Woodruff of Endicott, NY and Nancy Koppenhaver of Elizabethville, PA. She is also survived by her two children: Crystal Neumeister Maksimik and her husband Daniel of Orwigsburg, PA and Clifford Fisher and his fiancé Barbara Barnett of Bloomsburg, PA as well as her grandson Cole Maksimik of Orwigsburg, PA. Joan was preceded in death by her four sisters: Yvonne, Shirley, Debra Neumeister and Theresa Neumeister Rittger, as well as her two brothers: Harvey Neumeister Jr. and Donald Neumeister.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillside SPCA PO Box 233 51 SPCA Road, Pottsville PA 17901. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Linda M. (Mahmod) Prymak
, 79 of Shenandoah passed away on Saturday evening, January 22, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah on December 17, 1942 she was a daughter of the late Alex and Violet (Fohner) Mahmod.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Ateeco Inc., Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, St. Casimir’s Church.

Linda enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and especially liked cooking for the family on the outdoor grill in Brandonville. Above all, she cherished the time spent with her family.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her daughter, Cecelia A. “Celie” Jevelle on March 8, 2010; her son Francis M. “Harr” Prymak on April 8, 2012; three brothers, Raymond, Alex and Howard “Butch” Mahmod; and one sister, Violet Diehl.

Surviving are her husband of sixty-one years, Francis L. “Frank” Prymak; two grandsons, Adam Jevelle of Shenandoah and Michael Jevelle of Brandonville; four great-grandchildren, Julia Rose Layton, Keara Klingerman, and Shelby and Mikey Jevelle; her son-in-law, Michael Jevelle of Brandonville; two brothers, Joseph and John Mahmod both of Shenandoah; four sisters, Ruth Ann Woods and Theresa Fontenot both of Beaumont, Texas, Alberta Michalik and her husband Richard of Shenandoah and Debra Kessler and her husband Thomas of Mahanoy City; two sisters-in-law, Sister LeRoy, OSF of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in Reading and Ester O’Boyle in New Jersey; nieces, nephews, cousins and their families and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Friday 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.


Vincent P. Ryan, Jr.
, 80, of Shenandoah, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife and children, at the home of his son in Jonestown, in the early morning of January 23, 2022.

He was born in Shenandoah on October 30th, 1941 and was the son of the late Vincent and Jeanette Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Ryan.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia (Dietrick) Ryan, and his four devoted children John (Debbie) Ryan, Sewell, NJ, Karen (Alberto) Ruiz, Shenandoah, Michael (Jennifer) Ryan, Frackville, and Kevin (Sandra) Ryan, Jonestown, 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He has four loving sisters Helene (Thomas) Barrett, Aldan, PA, Pat (Jack) Pekala, Mountain Top, Sharon (Roscoe) Wasilewski, Shenandoah, and Mary (James) Bayliff, Drums, along with numerous adoring nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Vincent graduated from Shenandoah Catholic High School in 1960. After high school, he worked at A&E products, Ringtown, as a general laborer and forklift operator for 40 years until his retirement in 2003. He was a devoted husband, dad, Pop, brother, uncle and friend. Family and faith were everything to him. He enjoyed the simple things in life and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind especially on a Saturday afternoon watching his favorite football team, The Fighting Irish. Notre Dame Stadium was one of his favorite places to visit. His spaghetti dinners and meatballs were world famous and his bright smile was so infectious it could fill a room. He was a role model to so many and will be tremendously missed by all he knew. He was a member of the Glovers Hill Athletic Club and United Industrials Workers of America Union.

Visitations for family and friends will be held on Friday, January 28th from 5 to 8pm and Saturday, January 29th from 8 to 9:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah with Mass of Christian Burial following on Saturday morning at 10am in Divine Mercy Parish, 218 W. Cherry St, Shenandoah. Burial will immediately follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Community Services for Sight.

Website: Address: 4 Brookhill Road, Sugarloaf, PA 18249


Dennis L. Farnsworth, 70, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, January 22, 2022, at the Geisinger Shamokin Community Hospital, Coal Township.

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.