Sunday, February 20, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 20th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: February 20th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


William "Coach" Robert Dando, Jr.
89, of Watkinsville, GA went home to be with the LORD on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Bill Dando was born in Ashland, PA on April 30, 1932. He was the late son of William R. Dando, Sr., and Catherine Madden Dando.

Coach earned All-State Honors in Football, Basketball and Baseball for Ashland High School. He received several college scholarship opportunities, before deciding on the University of San Francisco. After his sophomore year he enlisted in the Marine Corp during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the Marines in 1955. Having three years of college eligibility he received a scholarship from the University of Detroit, where he played both football and baseball for the Titans.

Bill met his wife of 63 years, Willie at U of D and were married before his graduation in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He accepted his first college coaching position in 1960 at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. In 1963 He was promoted to Head Coach after John Ray moved on to serve on Ara Parseghian’s staff at Notre Dame. The lure of major college football led him to join Hayden Fry’s coaching staff at Southern Methodist University (SMU) as Line backers and defensive line coach. In 1966, Coach and his family moved to Buffalo NY, where he joined Doc Urich’s staff coaching the line backers for the University of Buffalo Bulls. In 1970 the University of Buffalo dropped their football program, but he remained on staff joining the faculty teaching physical education and serving as the Head Men’s Golf Coach and Assistant Baseball Coach. The UB students would later petition the university to bring football back in 1977, and Bill was offered the Head Coaching position where he remained until his retirement in 1989. His love of coaching and the university allowed him to coach 12 All-Americans, 16 ECAC All-Stars as well as 2 Upstate New York Conference Players of the Year.

During several summer months, he also operated the Audubon Golf Course where he coached many western New Yorkers in one of his other passions, golf. He was a member of Brookfield C.C. in Clarence, NY and Pasadena Yacht and C.C. in St. Petersburgh, FL, where he won multiple Senior Club Championships at both clubs. Coach and Willie moved to Watkinsville, GA in 2002, where he joined the golf operation staff under Mike O’Malley at The Georgia Club, serving as starter for 18 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two of his children, Anne Louise Wilczek and Molly C. Mizerak. Survivors include his wife Frances C. “Willie” Dando; children Frances Marie Hoehn (Tim), William J. Dando (Sherri), Martha E. Dando (Terry Doyle), siblings: Lawrence Dando, Ann Ewasko (John), Cathy Troutman, Helen Wolfgang (Emerson); grandchildren: Stephanie, Chris, Jared, Sammy, Jamie, Joey, Nicky, Joseph, Bobby, Stephen and Billy; 11 great-grandchildren; sons-in-la John Mizerak and Alan Wilczek; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Friday, February 18, 2022, at Lord and Stephens, West chapel at 6:00 pm with Kevin Hynes officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jeffery Vaden Chavis House- Augusta Burn Center, 1109 Medical Center Dr. #6, Augusta, GA 30909 or at

Lord & Stephens Funeral Home West, Watkinsville, GA is in charge of arrangements.


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.

Paul was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing baseball, fishing and target shooting.

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

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.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Joe and Caroline Spay/Neuter and Emergency Fund (Click here to donate online) -OR- the Hillside S.P.C.A. (Click here to donate online) Please make checks payable to the Hillside S.P.C.A. P.O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901

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


Thomas A. Smullen, Sr., age 78, of Palo Alto, PA passed away on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pottsville.

Born in Kaska, PA on October 12, 1943, he was the son of the late Anthony and Sarah (O'Neill) Smullen.

Tom was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1961. He then served in the U.S. Navy as a EM3 from August 1961 till October 1964. Tom worked as a lineman for P.P. and L. until retiring in 2004.

Tom was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in St. Clair, the Citizen's Fire Company in Palo Alto and the Navy Club in Minersville. Tom was an avid hunter and a fisherman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Anna Marie Elo.

Tom is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan M. (Tonitis) Smullen, Palo Alto; a son Thomas A. Smullen Jr., Palo Alto; a daughter Christa M. Hudec and her husband Martin, Orwigsburg; a grandson Cameron; a sister Agnes Gately, Palo Alto; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services willl be announced at a later date by the Robet A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon. Please send condolences to


Micah D. Hepler
, 34, of Mount Carmel passed away Wednesday morning, February 16th at his mother’s home in Kulpmont.

He was born on February 20, 1987 in Ashland and was the son of David and Denise N. (Cillo) Hepler.

Micah was of the Lutheran faith.

He attended Shamokin High School.

Micah enjoyed music, animals, traveling, taking vacations, dancing and woodworking.

He is preceded in death by; grandparents Michael & Caroline Cillo; aunt Donna McFadden.

Micah is survived by his father David Hepler, Ashland; mother Denise N. Hepler, Kulpmont; brother Wyatt Hepler, Milton; grandparents Jim & Pat Hepler, Ashland; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held privately at the family’s request.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Micah’s memory to The Arc Susquehanna Valley, PO Box 892, Sunbury PA 17801.

For more information or to extend online condolences visit . Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. 901 Centre St. Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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Anthony Urban Law Offices. P.C.

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