Thursday, January 6, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 6th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: January 6th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Kenneth W. Wingle
, 66, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Monday, January 3rd, at home unexpectedly.

Born in Pottsville on July 17, 1955, he was a son of the late Gerald J. Wingle, Sr. & Blanche G. (Rich) Wingle.

He was a 1973 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School.

Kenn was a faithful member of Word of Life Baptist Church, Pottsville, for over 35 years. He played guitar with the music ministry for services each Sunday.

He retired from Classtex textile factory, Orwigsburg, in 2010.

Kenn was a talented musician. He played guitar and piano. He was a member of the band, Abbey Road, for over 40 years.

Kenn enjoyed photography and videography. He was a sci-fi fan and loved Star Trek and Star Wars.

Kenn is survived by his dear friends, church family, and several nieces & nephews who affectionately called him Uncle Jedi.

In addition to his parents, Kenn is also preceded in death by his sister, Rose Kochenberger, and brothers: John, & Jerry Wingle.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 11th at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, with Pastors Paul Zaspel and Rick Kantner co-officiating. A viewing will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service.

Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

At the family's request, memorial donations in Kenn's memory may be forwarded to Word of Life Baptist Church, 302 N. Centre St., Pottsville, PA 17901.


Erwin O. Beck
, 90, of Ridge Road, Orwigsburg, passed away peacefully at home on January 5, 2022.

Born on November 9, 1931 in Freiburg, Germany, he was the son of the late Ida (Handschuh) Beck and Josef Beck.

Erwin was the loving husband of Erna (Karle) Beck, with whom he just shared 65 years of marriage on December 29, 2021.

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

He was Owner and President of BGW Energy. He had an entrepreneurial spirit and owned companies in industrial and coal commerce industries. He retired from Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company as VP of Sales.

Erwin was preceded in death by his sister Giesela Dehner and brother Helmut Beck.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Sabine J. Fidler and her husband David of Orwigsburg, a son, Derek R. Beck and his wife Bonnie of Pottsville and daughter, Suzanne K. Dubbs and her husband Kenneth of Pine Grove; five beautiful grandchildren, Matthew, Jocelyn, Erik, Gabi and Alex, two great-children, Caden and Corrie, and two siblings, brother Rolf Beck of Ober Rottweil, Germany and sister, Lilo also of Germany.

Erwin was schooled in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1956 where he received a degree in Industrial Management from the University of Waterloo. Erwin then moved to the United States in 1974 where he made his permanent residence in Orwigsburg, PA.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.


John Bernathy, 81, Gilberton, passed away peacefully Wednesday January 5th at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Gilberton he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Evans Bernathy. He had been employed as a bailer for Sealy Mattress Company until his retirement.

He was a US Army Veteran and a member of Gilberton United Methodist Church.

John had a great interest in sports and was an avid Eagles, Phillies and Penn State fan.

He was preceded in death by his wife Irene Klem Bernathy and a brother Robert Bernathy.

John is survived by his son and daughter Joseph and his wife Connie Bernathy, Paxinos and Christina wife of Patrick Cooney, Ashland and also his grandson Patrick Cooney.

Funeral Services for John will be held Thursday, Jan. 13th at 11 a.m. from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, with Rev Bob Schreppel officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service.


Alfred J. Albertini
, age 91, of Port Carbon, PA passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 at his home.

Born in Minersville, PA on March 23, 1930, he was the son of the late Ceasar and Adeline (Agosti) Albertini.

Al was a graduate of Minersville High School. He served in the US Army from 1950 till 1952 and he worked for the Pipefitter's Local 524. Al was a longtime member of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Port Carbon and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in St. Clair.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Joan Marie (Senkus) Albertini on March 26, 2015 and three brothers: Charles, Henry, and Leo Albertini.

Al is survived by two sons: David J. Albertini and his wife Denise, Cressona and John P. Albertini and his wife Amanda, Pottsville; seven grandchildren: Julie Drummer, Taylar Albertini, Aaron Albertini, Zara Albertini, Alexander Albertini, Daniel Albertini, and Campbell Albertini; two great- grandchildren: Ella and Freya Drummer; a sister Mary Hashin, Minersville; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in St. Clair at 12PM on Monday, January 10th, with Msgr. William Glosser officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Monday morning from 10-11:30AM at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon.

Interment will be held in the Schuylkill Memorial Park Cemetery in Schuylkill Haven, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Al's memory to either the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

Please send condolences to


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675-8516
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

Donate by phone 855-448-3997


Edward C. “Eddie” Buhl
, 55 of Shenandoah passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born at the former Ashland State Hospital on July 2, 1966, he was a son of the late Edward W. “Pluke” Buhl and Dolores Santella Buhl.

Eddie was a 1984 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School.

He was last employed by the Borough of Shenandoah.

Eddie enjoyed taking long car rides and listening to Bruce Springsteen. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family. He was a faithful husband who loved his wife and was devoted to her and her care.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were two brothers-in-law, Joseph Kutsko and William “Billy” Abrachinsky.

Surviving are his wife of thirty-five years, the former Mary Marlana Roberts; one son, Jason Muraczewski and his wife Amanda of Ringtown; one daughter, Maricia Murtin and her husband Michael of Gordon; two grandsons, Jack & Liam and an expected grandson, Dean due to arrive in May; four sisters, Sandra Pretko and her husband Bernard of Shenandoah, Barbara Kutsko of Shenandoah, Deborah Abrachinsky of Shenandoah, and Maria Stevens and her fiancĂ© John Hilbert of Shenandoah; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Warren “Butch” and Mary Roberts of Shenandoah; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and his faithful friend, a jug dog, “Dallas”.

A viewing will be held on Monday morning, January 10, 2022 from 8:00 am until 10:15 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Graveside interment services will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights with the Rev. Jay Serafin officiating.

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


Nellie Ann Karlovich, 95, of Gilberton, passed away on Thursday, January 6th, 2022.

Born on January 8th, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Peter P. and Ann Karlovich. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Bryan Karlovich and his wife Nellie Karlovich and Stine P. Karlovich.

She worked at City Shirt Factory as a buttonholer for 30 years and was of the catholic faith until her church was closed.

Surviving is her son Peter P. Karlovich with his wife Rachel E. Karlovich (Shoup), 2 grandsons, Peter P. Karlovich Jr. and Josh Barnhart with his wife Stacey Barnhart and great granddaughter, Brynlee Barnhart. A granddaughter, Virginia M. Segars with her husband Michael Segars and great grandson, Tyler Karlovich.

Services will take place at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah and will be private at the convenience of the family, followed by graveside services.