Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 1st, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: February 1st, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Myrtle E. Drobnick, 96, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away, Tuesday, February 1st, at her residence with family by her side.

Myrtle was born in Orwigsburg, on April 1, 1925, a daughter of the late Christie (Orf) and George Kohler.

She was the widow of Thomas John Drobnick.

She was a member of Welcome United Methodist Church, Landingville.

Before becoming a Homemaker, she worked as a Sewing Machine operator in local textile mills. Myrtle enjoyed Crocheting. She made Lap covers for local nursing homes & the VA Hospital. She also liked doing puzzles and quilting. She liked watching the birds and the Squirrel.

Myrtle is survived by her daughter, Eileen, wife of Dave Thompson, of Schuylkill Haven.

Four sons John Drobnick, husband of Sharon, of Washington State; Randy Drobnick, husband of Judy, of Schuylkill Haven; Daniel Drobnick, husband of Kathleen, of Orwigsburg; Kyle Drobnick, husband of Loretta, of New Ringgold.

Myrtle is also survived by her11 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandson.

She was preceded in death by her sons David and James Drobnick and her Grandsons Jeremy & Todd Drobnick. She is also predeceased by her sisters Florence Mengle , Sara Drumheller and her brother Edward Teichman.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 7th at Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, PA with Pastor Timothy Christman officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until time of service. Interment services will follow, in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Inc. Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Welcome United Methodist Church 107 Main Street Landingville, PA 17972.


Frank F. Gerber, Jr.
, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2022, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton Campus at 84 years of age.

Born August 10, 1937 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the son of the late Frank F. Gerber Sr., and Gladys (Koch) Gerber.

A Mahanoy Township High School graduate, Frank matriculated to Stephens Trade School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the United States Navy serving honorably for four years, Frank retired from American National Can having worked as a mechanic.

While Frank was working at Revlon in New Jersey, he met his future wife Caroline. They married on Aug 14, 1965, in Edison, NJ and later moved to Tamaqua in 1974 to raise their family. Frank and his late wife Carol, were supportive, involved parents. They were founding members of the Tamaqua Cross Country Booster, and Frank served as Cub Master for Troop # 778 Tamaqua. One of Frank’s lifelong passions was track and field. Throughout his years Frank was a head coach of the Panther Valley High School Track & Field team, and also served as a volunteer coach for both Tamaqua High School and Bartow High School in Florida.

Frank’s strength as a coach and mentor stemmed from being an accomplished Track & Field athlete himself. He competed in the Senior Olympics in Florida where he and Carol retired, participating in the long-jump, triple jump, high jump, javelin, and 4 x100 relay. Frank won many regional and state competitions. In retirement, he enjoyed walks throughout Disney World, playing golf, bowling, bocce ball, and shuffleboard.

Surviving are; daughter Renee L. Gerber - Keich and her fiancé Michael P. Formica; sons, Frank F. Gerber, III and his wife Claudia, Jamie B. Gerber and his fiancée Agnieszka Kmiec., Shawn P. Gerber; brother, Ronald Gerber and his wife Joanne; sister, Suzanne Hile; grandchildren, Derrik and his wife Jacqueline, Nicole and her husband Gabe, Tyler, Emily, Isabel; step grandchildren, Brooke, Brianna; great grandchildren, Oliver, Juliana, Colton, Reagan, Ryleigh, Emma. Many nieces and nephews also survive Frank.

Frank was also predeceased by; his beloved wife, Caroline (DiNardo) Gerber on May 26, 2009; sister, Shirley Flexer; brother, Barry J. Gerber.

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

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday February 5, 2022 at 11 o'clock from the funeral home, Military Honors to be bestowed. Friends may call from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services.

Memorials in his name to:
Tamaqua Cross Country Boosters
In care of /
Tamaqua Athletic Dept.
138 West Broad Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252


Thomas "Tommy, Tom" Bressler
, 69, a resident of the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center, sine May 2021, formerly of Donaldson, went home to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, January 30, 2022, as a result of COVID complications.

Born in Donaldson, October 16, 1952, a son of the late Eugene and Mary Ney Bressler. He was a graduate of the Pine Grove Area High School, and went on to serve in the Pennsylvania National Guards.

Tom was last employed by Harriman Coal Corporation, Lincoln, and had worked at Pine Grove Homes, Pine Grove, for many years prior.

Tom will be remembered for his baby blue eyes, infections smile, and his sense of humor.

He was a self taught bass guitar player, learning by ear only, at age 14. He joined his first Rock and Roll band at age 16. He recorded two songs, the most popular being Golden Yesterday's. He was best known for being the bass guitar player in Breakaway, before the band retired.
Tom was a huge "motor head", who had a love for hot rods, his favorite being big block Chevys. He and his son, Neil, were building, and restoring a 1980 Chevy Malibu, before he became ill. Drag racing was also in his blood, which he passed along to some of his children, OH WE COULD TELL STORIES, BUT "DON'T TELL MOM" he would remind his children.

He loved his Philadelphia Phillies, win or lose, and was also a Philadelphia Eagles Fan.
Tom was an avid turkey hunter, and also enjoyed hunting for whitetail deer.
He formerly coached little league, and was a former president of the Tremont Little League Association.
Tom was also a lifetime member of the former Tremont Legion, Post 384.
He could often be found supporting his kids, and then grandchildren at their sporting events, and hobbies.

In addition to his parents, he is proceeded in death by an uncle, Robert (Zimmy) Ney, 3 Sisters, Patty Hatter, Emily Boyer, and Mary Minnichbach, and a granddaughter, Cheyenne Alexis Nagle.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda Lengle Bressler. Three daughters, Angela Warner, Donaldson, Stacey Bressler (Robert "JR" Betz) Pine Grove, Renee Bressler (Jason Coleman) Donaldson, and his one and only son, Neil Bressler (Amber Bressler) Tremont.
His pride and joy grandchildren, Mckenzee and Navvin Warner, Brynn, Halli, Barrett, and Adlee Bressler, and Rykker Coleman. One great grandchild, Avri Dorman. Two sisters, Sharon Lemke (Robert "Flusher") and Betty Luckenbill (James). Nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends are invited to a brief graveside service Saturday, February 5, 2022, 2:00 pm, at the Donaldson Cemetery with Rev. Ira Lydic officiating. Immediately following there will be a gathering at the Donaldson Fire House.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City has been entrusted with the arrangements.