Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for Wednesday, January 5th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: January 5th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Paul G. “Paulie” Sosna
, 46 of 82 Main Boulevard, Brandonville, Ringtown passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Pottsville on January 16, 1975, he was the son of Paul D. and Deborah (Chatkiewicz) Sosna who survive and reside in Brandonville, Ringtown.

Paulie was a 1993 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School.

He was employed as a maintenance manager at SCI-Mahanoy.

Paulie was a member of the Rescue Hook & Ladder Fire Company, Shenandoah and the Shenandoah Fish & Game Protective Association, Zion Grove. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan fan. Paulie had a passion for the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. Nothing was more important to him than his family, he treasured the time that he spent with them. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, son and uncle and was a faithful friend to all.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, the former Nicole Sawecki; two daughters, Haely & Mallory Sosna both at home; one sister, Brandy Lee Sosna of Brandonville, Ringtown; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Services were held privately at the convenience of the family.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements.


Crystal Marie Tonkin, 33, of Tamaqua, PA died at home on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. She was the wife of John Tonkin to whom she would have been married six years this July. 

Born on July 18, 1988, in Coaldale, PA, Crystal was a daughter of the late William J. and Kathleen J. “Kathy” (Brobst) Steele. A 2007 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, she graduated in 2012 from McCann’s with an associate degree in early childhood development and was a daycare teacher. 

Crystal’s radiant smile brightened any room. Her sons, 11-year-old Jacob, 7-year-old Lukas, and 3-month-old Liam were her entire world. 

In addition to her husband and sons, Crystal is survived by a sister, Samantha Linkhorst and her husband Jaryd of Tamaqua; brothers, David Steele and his wife Alyssa of Tamaqua and Michael Steele of Tyrone, PA; maternal grandmother, Jean Brobst of Tamaqua; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 8, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with Pastor Sean Roche officiating. Interment in Sky-View Memorial Park will follow services. Call 9-11 AM on Saturday at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made towards the cost of the funeral in care of the funeral home. The family has requested that COVID-19 protocols be followed and attendees wear masks.

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


Harry "Butch" Harrison, Jr., 54 of Natale Court, Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021 at home.

Born on May 31, 1967 in West Grove, PA, he was the son of Virginia Williams Harrison of York and the late Harry Harrison, Jr.

Butch was a black top paver.

Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Jane Hoon Harrison; a daughter Jane Marie Harrison Slaseman of Camp Hill; a son, Charles James Harrison of Pine Grove; one grandchild, Lita Marie Elliot Slaseman; a son-in-law Seth Slaseman of Camp Hill; two sisters, Virginia Harrison of Ruckersville, VA, Loretta Lynn Diffenderfer of Duncannon; two brothers, Dickie and wife Margaret Harrison of Palm Bay, FL, William "Judge" and wife Stella "Polly" Harrison of York; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 2:00 P.M., at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor Lester Dundore officiating. There will be a viewing on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Schuylkill Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc.., 139 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 in his memory.


Ann Duvak
, 85, of Orwigsburg, passed away Monday, January 3rd, at Geisinger-St. Lukes's Orwigsburg

Ann was born in Mar Lin, PA on December 29, 1936, a daughter of the late Mary (Sninsky) and Theodore Nederoski.

She was the widow of George A. Duvak.

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

She Graduated from Pottsville High School in 1954 and Temple University in 1957

She was employed as a Psychiatric Nurse for the state of Pennsylvania

Ann is survived by Three sons

Christopher P. Duvak

Douglas T. Duvak

Kenneth E. Duvak

She was preceded in death by her son George Duvak

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 12th at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven, PA with Msgr Rev. Edward Zemanik officiating. Interment at Indiantown Gap VA National Cemetery will be at 1:00 PM


James J. "Whitey" Davidson
, age 81, of Mahanoy City, died Tuesday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill-East in Pottsville.

He was born in Barnesville and was the son of the late Elmer "Jack" and Marie (Ward) Davidson. He attended Mahanoy Township Schools. He worked most of his life as a factory machine operator but also had been employed by General Motors in New Jersey, owned and operated the former Sippie's Cafe in Mahanoy City and last worked maintenance at Mahanoy Elderly Housing. He was a life member of the Mahanoy City Social and Athletic Club, the Shenandoah Pumping Station and a former member of the Washington Hook and Ladder Fire Company in Mahanoy City, He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a fan of the Buffalo Bills. 

He was preceded in death by 2 sisters Marie Boyle and Patsy Saladigo and a brother Elmer. 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Frances "Tina" (Holzenthaler) Davidson, 2 sons James and his wife Tara and Michael and his wife Angela all of Shenandoah, a daughter Nanette Macleary and her husband Sean of Mahanoy City, 5 grandchildren Samantha, Jimmy and Mikayla Davidson and Nathan and Meghan Macleary as well as nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM at David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City. Funeral services will be privately held Saturday with the Rev. Fred T. Crawford officiating. 

Contributions in his name to the charity of the donors choice would be appreciated by the family.


Pedro Juan Villot Morales, 69 of Shenandoah passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at his residence.

Religious services and viewing for relatives and friends will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah.


Richard F Brantlecht
, age 89, of Hegins, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

He was born on Sunday, January 24, 1932, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Francis W Brantlecht and the late Cecilia (Flounders) Brantlecht.

He was an Officer for the Bensalem Twp Police Department, prior to his retirement.

Richard enjoyed listening to country music and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Viola L (Kohlhaas) Brantlecht.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharon L Hoffman and her husband James of Hegins; a brother, Joseph Brantlecht of Hegins; and a sister, Jacqueline Graul of Levittown.

There will be no services as per Richard's request.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.


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.

Rosemary Shustack
, 72, of Shenandoah, died peacefully on Monday, January 3rd, 2022.

Born in Circleville, OH, she was the 2nd oldest child of the late Thurman and Rose Ford.

She is survived by her husband Robert Shustack, her children, who made up the entirety of her world, Randy Shustack and his wife Lisa of Barnesville and Deana (Shustack) Wasser and her husband Robert of Shenandoah; her grandchildren, Garrett Wasser, Noah Shustack, Chase Shustack, and Madison Wasser. Also surviving are her brothers, Bruce Ford, Thomas Ford and his wife Diane, and Leo Slecton and his wife Tracey, her sisters, Annette Pronio and her husband Mark, Sandy Kowalick and her husband Paul, and many nieces and nephews.

She is a graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School, class of 1966. Rosemary loved talking with friends, siblings, and relatives. She enjoyed shopping and had a knack for interior decorating. But most of all, her true passion was caring for and spending time with her family. Rosemary devoted her entire life to her family, especially her children and grandchildren. There was never a day that went by where she didn’t proudly boast about each one of them. Rosemary leaves her family, her children, and grandchildren an abundance of loving memories filled with laughter and joy that they will cherish forever. Rosemary was beloved by many and will be greatly missed.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah have been entrusted with handling the arrangements


Barry T. Quick
, 69, of White’s Lane, Fountain Springs, passed away January 3, 2022, with family by his side, at his residence. Born at home in Fountain Springs, October 14, 1952, he was the son of the late John and Leona White Quick. He was a graduate of the North Schuylkill High School, class of 1971. Following high school, Barry served with the U.S. Army in Germany as a Sharpshooter, specializing in M1 Rifles and Hand Grenades, earning the rank of Specialist 4. He was employed for over forty years at the Tri Sate Envelope Company of Ashland, as a machine adjuster, until his retirement. Barry was an avid lover of classic automobiles and motorcycles. He belonged to the Fat Bastards Motorcycle Club, Fountain Springs, Ashland V.F.W. Post 6754, and the Good Fellowship Club, Ashland. Preceding him in death was his wife, Deborah Decastro Quick, passing January 14, 2007.


Son: Barry J. Quick and his companion Beth Lally. Fountain Springs

Brother: Ivan Quick and his wife Sandy, Ashland

Brother: John Quick and his wife Ada, Fountain Springs

Grandson: Eric Boyer, Fountain Springs

Granddaughter: Amanda Boyer, Bloomsburg

Many Cousins

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service, Saturday, 11 AM, January 8, 2022, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland. Officiating will be Rev. Dana Heckman Beil, pastor of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Ashland. Internment with military honors will follow in the Christ Church Cemetery, Fountain Springs. A viewing will be held in the funeral home beginning at 9 AM. Memorials may be made to the Hillside S.P.C.A., Hillside Road, Pottsville, PA., 17901 or to the Help Net Ministries, 1005 Centre St., Ashland, PA., 17921.


Margaret "Peggy" Sausser
, 91 of Ashland, PA passed away Tuesday January 4, 2022 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born August 26, 1930 the daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Korzura) Campion of Heckscherville.

Peggy, along with her late husband, Myron L. Sausser, owned and operated Sausser Monuments, Ashland from 1962 until his death, October 31, 1989. Besides running the business with her husband, Peggy stayed involved helping her daughter and son in law with the business until she retired in 2016. Peggy did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels and later volunteered at the Ashland Hospital. Peggy was also involved in Eastern Star. She cherished her family, and loved being surrounded by her children and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She leaves behind her devoted children: Myron L. Sausser III, Florida; Christine (Tina), wife of Jack Marlow, Ashland; and Diane, wife of the late Harry Frank, Cogan Station. Grandchildren: Jackie Marlow, husband of Jennifer; Dennis Marlow; Brenda, wife of Daniel Harper; Harry Frank, husband of April; and Asa Frank.

Great grandchildren: Jordan and Kira Marlow: Raven and Hayden Marlow: Marla, Sophie, and Danny Harper; and Emily and Alexander Frank. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by bothers: Tommy, Jack, Joe, Stephen, and Bobby, And great granddaughter Carlee Marlow. She is survived by sisters: Kit Kozlusky, Allentown; Mary Walinsky, Primrose; Helen Socko, Forestville. Nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM from the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland with Rev. Brian Miller officiating. Interment in Christ Church Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Viewing from 9:00-11:00 AM from the Funeral Home. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Josephine “Josie” Shoener
, 71, of Mt. Carbon, passed away at home on Thursday, December 30, with her 2 daughters at her side.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Aloysius and Anna Matleska Close.

Josie was brought up in Heckchersville and Duncott and was a 1968 graduate of Minersville Area High School. Later, Josie became a rural route mail carrier for the Pottsville Post Office. She was well liked and considered an excellent mail lady by many people along her mail route, many remaining her friends after her retirement in 2005, and for the rest of her life.

One of the most important things to Josie was her Christian faith. She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed attending meetings at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Pottsville with her many dear friends. She loved her God Jehovah, and she enjoyed sharing the beautiful hope from the Bible with everyone she met. During the pandemic, she enjoyed attending zoom meetings with her congregation at her daughter Jackie’s home along with her son-in-law John and her cherished grandson Jonathon.

Josie also loved animals. Her horses and cats were her favorites. She enjoyed taking care of her horses with her grandson Jonathon. Often they would enjoy a lunchbreak at the Freeze and Sheetz near Orwigsburg. Fries, mac and cheese and chocolate milkshakes were Josie’s favorites. Josie also enjoyed going to her favorite Italion restaurant, Two Kings, in Hometown, with her family especially her 2 daughters Danielle and Jackie.

She is survived by her 2 daughters, Danielle Kleman and her companion Scott of Kaska and Jacqueline Kanger and her husband John, and Josie’s beloved grandson Jonathan of Barnesville; 3 sisters, Marie McDonald of Schuylkill Haven, Annette Dawson of New York and Margo Close of South Carolina, along with many 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.