Saturday, February 19, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 19th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: February 19th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Paul H. Umlauf, 85, Ashland, passed away on Friday, February 18th at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill, Pottsville.

Born in Locustdale, he was the son of the late Henry P. and Sarah Strobel Umlauf. Paul was a retired United States Air Force veteran receiving the rank of Technical Sergeant. After the Air Force, he worked as a building contractor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Umlauf; a son, Jon Paul Umlauf and his brother George Umlauf.

Paul is survived by his son Brian Umlauf and his wife Cora; his sister, Sallee Umlauf; his grandchildren, Chandra and Brena; his great-grandchildren, Cora June and Charlie; his friend, Dan Scafransky; several nephews and cousins.

Graveside services with Air Force military honors will be held on Friday, February 25th at 10:30 a.m. from Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Girardville is in charge of the arrangements.


Dale Max Bolich Sr.
, 63, of Shoemakersville, passed away Thursday, February 17th, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dale was born in Pottsville on September 30, 1958, a son of the late Inge Margaret (Trassert) and Clifford Austin Bolich.

He was a graduate of Blue Mountain High School. He worked as a truck driver for Rahns Concrete and had also been a security guard. He was an avid outdoorsman and volunteered at both the Orwigsburg and Leesport auctions.

Dale is survived by his daughter, Brooke Bolich, son Dale M. Bolich,Jr., and stepson Tyler Knowles. He is also survived by sister, Connie Bolich-Calm, widow of Richard, brother, David Bolich, husband of Roberta, nieces and nephews Richard, Jennifer, Austin, Travis and Sarah, ex-wife Jennifer Knowles Bolich as well as his dog Chanel.

A religious service will be held Wednesday, February 23rd at 7PM at Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Orwigsburg. The public is invited to call from 5 PM until the time of the service. Interment will be held at a later date.


Ronald W. Reppert
, 75, of Shoemakersville, passed away Thursday, February 17th, at his residence. Ronald was born in Reading on May 9, 1946.
He was the widower of Donna L. (Knittle) Reppert. Donna passed away July of 2011.
Ron worked as a mechanic at Argo Mills and most recently as a custodian for Blue Mountain School District.
Ronald is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Zeiber and her companion Drew Davies. Also surviving are Ron’s twin granddaughters are MacKenzie and Alexandra Zeiber, and granddaughters Mia & Lily Davies as well as a sister Patsy Dunkle and sister-In-Law Diana Reppert. He enjoyed spending time with his companion Lorraine Graeff and his fishing buddy Richard Dunkle. He is also survived by his numerous Nieces & Nephews.

A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 23rd at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with Rev. Jeffrey C. Stonesifer officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congregational Free Church of Christ 81 Mc Keans Ridge Road Orwigsburg, PA 17961.


Barbara J. Helman
, 81 years of age of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the home of her daughter Judy while surrounded by her family.

Born Saturday, March 2, 1940 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Clifford, and Dorothy (Kohler ) German. Barbara was also predeceased by her husband, John Helman.

Surviving are; daughters, Cheryl Sallada and her husband Ron, Judy Deily and her husband Bill with whom she resided; sons, William Hamersly, Robert Hamersly, Dennis Miller, John Helman, Jr. and his wife Belinda, Ronald Helman and his wife Paulette; brother, Terry German and his wife Colleen; sister, Marjorie Adams; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.

Affiliated with Bethany E.C.C. of Tamaqua, Barbara tended bar at the Red Barn in Allentown for over 25 years. She was an ardent crafter, and liked to golf.

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

A Celebration of Life honoring Barbara will be held on Thursday February 24, 2022 at 10 o'clock A.M. from Bethany E.C.C. 223 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252, Rev. Kevin Roberts to officiate. Friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. until time of remembrance.

Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name in care of the church.


Dorothy H. (Majkowski) Letcavage
, 89 formerly of Shenandoah Heights passed away on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Luther Ridge at Seiders Hill, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah on June 27, 1932, she was a daughter of the late John and Stella (Wonderlick) Majkowski.

She was a 1949 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.

Dorothy was a retired garment worker having last been employed at the former City Shirt Factory, Frackville.

She was a member of Saint John the Baptist Church, Pottsville and a member of the former Saint Stanislaus Church, Shenandoah. She was also a member of the Amalgamated Garment Workers of America and the Greater Shenandoah Area Senior Citizens.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband John P. “Johnny Letko” Letcavage on September 1, 2011; two sons, Robert M. “Robbie” Letcavage and John P. Letcavage Jr.; two brothers, Paul & Albert Majkowski; and one sister, Irene Woodburn.

Surviving are two daughters, Janice wife of Jeffrey Bradbury of Shenandoah Heights and Cheryl Kleinz and her husband Kevin of Rutland, Vermont; one son, Stephen Letcavage and his wife Theresa of Mahanoy City; her granddaughter and caregiver, Tammy Cooper and her husband Ken of Pottsville; nine additional grandchildren, Jerome, Michael, Brianne, Patrick, Caroline, Meghan, Justin, Stephen and Joseph; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Private services with interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the activities fund at Luther Ridge at Seiders Hill, 160 Red Horse Road, Pottsville, PA 17901.

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


Elva J. Lebo
, 87, of Muir passed away Thursday, February 17, 2022 at the Hershey Medical Center.

Born July 23, 1934 in Tower City, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Hilda Bailey Wirt. Elva was a 1952 graduate of the Tower City High School.

She retired after she worked as a seamstress in the local garment industries.

Elva was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Muir.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are her husband, Gary L. Lebo, to whom she was married to for 68 years, three daughters; Cynthia Shutt, Linda Snyder (David) and Lori Scheetz (Edward), grandchildren; Kristopher Stamm, Kyla Snyder, Keli Love and Kyle Scheetz (Jessica), two great grandchildren; Bryce Love and Maddox Stamm.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with Pastor Amanda Bressler officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Muir.

Memorial donations in Elva's memory can be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 101 E. Wiconisco Street, Muir, PA 17957.

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


Jean Ann Matweecha
, 63, of McAdoo, passed away Thursday evening at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton.

Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Marjorie (Wisgo) Matweecha.

Jean Ann was employed for 30 years in the office at Callahan Bearings, McAdoo.

She was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, McAdoo. Her love of music brought her to the church choir, where she was also a former choir conductor. Jean Ann also volunteered her time as a festival committee member. In her youth, she belonged to the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Dance group.

Jean Ann was a committee member for the McAdoo V.F.W. She was also a social member of the McAdoo Fire. Co.

Jean Ann most enjoyed being with her friends and family, she will be sadly missed by all.

Surviving are her beloved daughter Megan Jean Majetsky of Mahanoy City; her pride and joy, grandson Carter Freil-Majetsky, who lovingly called her Baba Jean; sister Judith M. Palmer and husband Michael of Allentown; godchild and nephew, Michael E. Palmer; life partner Richard Majetsky of Quakake; and aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo. Rev. Roman Oliynyk will celebrate the Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s U.C. Church, McAdoo.

Calling hours are Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Parastas Service will be held at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s U.C. Church, 210 W. Blaine St., McAdoo, PA or to the American Cancer Society at


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