Monday, February 14, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 14th, 2022

                                                                                                                                     

Skook News Obituaries: February 14th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.

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Anthony “Tony” M. Shimukonas
, 74, of Barnesville, passed away Feb. 10, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, surrounded by the love of his three children after complications from heart surgery.

Born on June 4, 1947, in Gilberton, he was a son of the late Joseph and Anna (Gawley) Shimukonas.

He was a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens Trade. He worked many years at Dorr-Oliver and retired from Sealy as a mechanical engineer. He was the proud owner of several Harley-Davidson motorcycles and enjoyed rides with his buddies, The Lost Souls. He is now “forever in the wind.”

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice (Seddon) Berger; sister, Theresa Yashinsky; and two brothers, Edward and Joseph Shimukonas.

Surviving are two daughters, Sara Williamson (Robert), and Dr. Kate Harnish (Matthew); son, Anthony Shimukonas Jr. (Corrin Kegolis); grandchildren; nieces and a great-nephew.

Funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Nice-Hart Funeral Home Inc., 9 N. Lehigh Ave., Frackville. Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Our Lady of Siluva RC Cemetery, Frackville. In lieu of flowers, make a difference by donating to The Special Olympics. www.specialolympics.org.

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Walter MacCorkle, II
, 78, of Orwigsburg, passed away Saturday, February 12th, at his residence, with his family by his side.

Walter was born in Philadelphia, on July 27, 1943, a son of the late Martha (Hesser) and Charles MacCorkle. After losing his father, at a young age, Walter became very close to his step Father Andrew Juramias.

Walter was the widower of Marie Helene (Beinhauer) MacCorkle. She passed away October 7th, 2021.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and thru desert Storm. He stayed in the Army Reserves for many years in the 365Th. Walter was employed at Craftex Mills in Philadelphia. He then relocated to Orwigsburg and moved on to become Plant manager and President of Production in the Auburn Mill.

Walter is survived by two daughters, Renea MacCorkle, companion of Tom Fidler Pottsville, PA; Colleen Golden, of Manyunk, PA; a son, Walter MacCorkle, III, of Orwigsburg, PA; with whom he resided.

Walter is also survived by his sister, Barbara Vogt, wife of Daniel; Sister in Law Debra Juramias.
He is also survived by his four grandchildren Marrissa LaScala, wife of Christopher; Samantha Kalyan, companion of Dan Walter and their baby due in July 2022; Andrew MacCorkle, companion of Brook Knepper; Chase Golden. His great grandchildren are Landon & Lucy LaScala. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews and his caregivers over the past year who have become family.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Charles MacCorkle, Andrew & Wayne Juramias.
A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 22nd at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg with Rev. Michael Petrusky officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. Interment, with Military Honors, will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Annville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dementia Society of America - PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA.

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Kathleen Burda, 77, of Branchdale, Reilly Township, passed away on Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill – East.

Born on March 2, 1944 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Catherine Flannery Rayhbuck. She attended St. Mary Star of the Sea Parochial School and graduated from Nativity B.V.M. High School in 1962. She had worked for Van Heusen, Pottsville.

She was a member of the former St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Branchdale.

Kathleen is survived by two children, Carolyn Snisky (spouse, Gene), Schuylkill Haven, and Michael Burda (spouse, Katelyn), Oxford; five grandchildren, Ashleigh Bell (spouse, Christopher), Mackenzie Stewart (fiancé, Jason Sulouff), Garryn, Burda, Olivia Burda and Brantley Burda; six great-grandchildren.

Services are private.

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Robert J. Quinn, Jr.
, age 86, of Palo Alto, PA passed away on Thursday, February 10th, 2022 at his home.

Born in Pottsville, PA on September 9, 1935, he was the son of the late Robert Sr. and Christine Quinn
Bob was a graduate of Pottsville High School, Class of 1953. He built, owned and operated Robert J Quinn Jr Ready Mixed Concrete in Palo Alto since 1964. Bob was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville, he served on the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority Board for 32 years. He was a past member of the Pottsville Lions Club for more than 25 years, a past President of Eastern Pennsylvania Concrete Promotion Association, a lifetime member of both the Citizen's Fire Company in Palo Alto and the Good Intent Fire Company No.1 in Pottsville, and a past member of the Teamster's Union. Bob loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Patricia Hovan and her husband Joseph and a brother-in-law Ronald Carestia.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Ellen M.; a daughter Ellen A.; four sons: Robert III and his wife Kimberly, John, James, and Richard; three grandsons: Dylan, Robert IV "RJ", and Elliott; a sister Joanne Carestia; and nieces and nephews.
 
A Memorial Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon at 7:30PM on Wednesday, February 16th, with Rev. Edward Connolly officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday evening from 6:00PM - 7:30PM at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Citizen's Fire Company in Palo Alto or to the Good Intent Fire Company in Pottsville.

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Bernadine "Mickey" (Mikita) Kamel, 81 of Malvern formerly of Shenandoah passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Green Meadows Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Malvern.

Born in Shenandoah on September 14, 1940, she was a daughter of the late John and Loretta (Radzi) Mikita. She moved to New York City where for fifty years, she lived, worked and retired, and raised her family. In 2012, she moved back to Pennsylvania with her husband to be closer to her son Sherif and her daughter-in-law, Jeanine and her grandchildren.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a Senior Clinical Registered Nurse, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, NY for 35 years.

Mickey was a devout catholic and was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Church, Shenandoah.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband, Salah Kamel in 2013, two sisters Jacqueline Nealon in 1990 and Geraldine “Gerry Zuber” Zubowicz on January 26, 2022.

Surviving are her son, Sherif Kamel and his wife Jeanine of Exton; her grandsons, Landon and Aiden; two sisters, Marie Mikita of New York, NY and Lorraine Passerelli of Lakewood, NJ; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Mickey’s family extends heartfelt thanks to staff of Green Meadows of Malvern for the care, comfort and compassion they gave during the past month.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 18, 2022 at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Friday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church. All attending are requested to wear masks.

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

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Pauline B. Grutza, 93 formerly of Shenandoah Heights passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Shenandoah Heights on June 29, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Fruddam) Grutza.

She was educated in the former West Mahanoy Township schools.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed in the local garment industry having worked last for the former Christina Dress Factory, Shenandoah Heights.

Pauline was a member of the ILGWU.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight sisters, Elsie Grutza, Helen Novak, Anna Newerella, Bertha Heffner, Lottie McGuire, Frances Grutza, Estelle F. Grutza and Mary Huss; two brothers, Joseph & Edward Grutza; and a nephew, John McGuire.

Surviving are her sister, Theresa McCord of Springfield, Massachusetts; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephew, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, cousins and many friends.

Pauline was a loving sister, aunt and dear friend to all.

Religious services will be held on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 10:00 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellow’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Monday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at the funeral home.

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

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Loretta (Kessler) Swetavage
, 60 of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Friday evening, January 14, 2022 at Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born at the former Ashland State Hospital on July 1, 1961, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Kessler and Alberta (Becker) Kessler Rydzy.

She was a 1980 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School.

Loretta was employed in the local manufacturing industry and as a bartender at various local establishments.

She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed trips to the local casinos. Above all, she treasured the time spent with her family and friends.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her son, Vincent Swetavage, Jr.; her nephew, Bradley Dye and her companion of twelve years, Joseph Kurswidas.

Surviving are two sons, Anthony Swetavage of Shenandoah and David Dower of Mahanoy City; two sisters, Crystal Rydzy Dye her caregiver of Brandonville, Ringtown and Tina (Kessler) Shusko and her husband Brian of Virginia Beach, VA; aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Religious services will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11:15 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Rev. Mindy Heppe will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellow’s Cemetery, Frackville. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:00 am until 11:15 am.

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

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Dora M. Cherkoski
, 75, of Shenandoah, passed away on Sunday, February 13th, 2022, at her residence.

Born in Shenandoah on August 21st, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Abraham and Sadie (Machmod) Moses.

Dora loved line dancing, drawing, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Besides her parents, she was preceded by her ex-husband and friend, Edmund Cherkoski and one brother, Omar Moses.

She leaves behind her two daughters, Helen Kufrovich with Larry – Girardville, and Natalie Cherkoski – Shenandoah, also her brothers, Gary Moses – Catawissa and Abraham Moses – Ringtown, her sisters, Alice Gallagher – New Jersey, Thelma Van Horn – Maryland, Emily Logan – Hazleton, Anna Mae Danowski – Shenandoah, and Sarah Mayberry – Mahanoy City. Her two grandchildren, Natasha Salter – White Haven and Tia Lyn Stauffer – Ringtown, a great-grandson, Donovan Grzenda, and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, February 17th, from 10 to 11am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah.

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