Monday, February 7, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 7th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: February 7th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Rosemary Styka
, 74, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Saturday, February 5th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton.

Rosemary was born in Mahanoy City, PA on November 29, 1947, a daughter of the late Eleanor (Gallagher) and John Levertavish.

She was a member of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish Mahanoy City, PA 17948.

She worked as a waitress at the Beacon Diner Hometown, Manheim Diner Schuylkill Haven, and Wedgewood Orwigsburg.

Rosemary is survived by two sons James, husband of Inez, of St. Clair; Randolph, of Schuylkill Haven;

Rosemary is also survived by two brothers, Joseph Levertavish, of California; John Levertavish, of Hamburg.

She is also survived by 11 Grandchildren Jonathon, Aaron, Joshua, Cody, Hunter, Ashley, Jason, Preston, Derek, Jeremy, Kyle, 7 Great Grandchildren Makenna, Jace, Evan, Bria, Cameron, Brooke, Carter, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her son John, and Brother Daniel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City, PA, at 11 am on Thursday, February 10th, with Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher officiating.

Friends and family may call Thursday 9 am at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish.

Interment will follow at St. Casimir Cemetery Mahanoy City, PA.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


Lillie A. Schwartz, 98, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away peacefully Friday, February 4th, at Luther Ridge, Pottsville; joining the family and The Lord she loved so much.

Born in Schuylkill Haven on September 6, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Menton & Carrie (Weaver) Ney.

She was the widow of Bernard D. Schwartz, who passed away in 1999, after more than 50 years of marriage.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her first husband, John Brinich, & son, Lee Brinich.

Lillie had worked as a self-employed beautician, a cafeteria worker for Blue Mountain School District, a homemaker, and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She was a faithful member of Bethany Christian Fellowship EC Church, Cressona. She was involved with the church's Ladies Aide, and Missionary Aide groups.

Lillie was an avid quilter, and an excellent cook. She loved square dancing, and playing cards with friends and family.

Lillie is survived by a daughter, Sandra, wife of Carl Boscia, of Harmony, NJ, and a son, Daniel, husband of Sandra Schwartz, of Schuylkill Haven, five grandchildren: Devin, husband of Brisy Schwartz, Lee Pollack, John Brinich, Lisa Ayers, & Wendy Strauss, and five great-grandchildren: Lincoln, Levi, Leah, Malia, & Daniel.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 9th at Geschwindt Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven. A visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the time time of service. Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

At the family's request, memorial donations in Lillie's memory may be forwarded to Bethany Christian Fellowship EC Church, 102 Front St., Cressona, PA 17929.


Rosalee "Peppy" Sobol, 74, of New Ringgold, PA passed away Saturday, February 5th, at her son's residence in Reading, PA.

Born in Reading on December 8, 1947, she was a daughter of the late James I. Schell, Sr. & Stella (Kerns) Schell.

She was the widow of Joseph Sobol, Jr. who preceded her in death August 20, 2021.

Rosalee had been formerly employed by Garden State Tannery for 20 years.

She loved her cats and trips to the casino.

Rosalee is survived by three sons: Johnny Wyatt, Jr., Mike, husband of Sheila Wyatt, & Jody, husband of Jen Wyatt, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and one on the way, a brother, Larry, husband of Sandy Schell, and her best buddy, Marge Wanner.

Services will be privately held at the family's convenience.


Freda M Shadle
, age 91, of Sacramento, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022 at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center..

She was born on Monday, July 21, 1930, in Barry Twp, a daughter of the late Irvin S Morgan and the late Erma M (Shuey) Morgan.

She was a 1948 graduate of the former Hegins Twp High School.

Freda was a seamstress at the former Philmark Mfg, prior to her retirement.

She was a member of Barry Salem United Methodist Church, Weishample.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and by three brothers, Kenneth Morgan, Stanley Morgan, and Sylvester Morgan.

She is survived by her husband Earl W Shadle, to whom she was married for 72 years.

She is also survived by two sons, Dennis E Shadle and his wife Gloria of Hegins and Randy W Shadle and his wife Rhonda of Valley View; three daughters, Cynthia L Clark and her husband Robert of Hegins, Carla R Umberger of Minersville, and Dorie L Rodriguez of Mt. Joy; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; a sister, Theresa Pietrzyk of Coaldale; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, with Rev. Michael Klahr officiating..

Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Barry Salem United Methodist Church, 859 Deep Creek Road, Ashland PA 17921.


Michael G. Pitsko
, 50, of Benton, passed away Sunday, February 6th, 2022 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Michael was born in Sangley Point, Cavite City, Phillipines on January 22, 1972, a son of Queli (Seng) Pitsko, of Ringtown, and the late William Vincent Pitsko.

He attended and graduated from the Rosario Institute in the Phillipines and then earned a bachelors degree in business communication and computer science from the San Diego State University.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for ten years, and worked in the computer industry in California, then upon relocating to Pennsylvania, he worked as a distribution manager and later on as a truck driver.

Michael was a true family man who loved spending time with his son enjoying the outdoors riding his bike and taking family trips.

In addition to his mother Queli Pitsko of RIngtown, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Denize (Guner) Pitsko, and their son, who was his pride and joy, Jacob Lee Pitsko, at home, along with 5 furbabies.

Michael is survived by two sisters, Dona Weikel of Frackville and Michelle Garr of Florida, and by two brothers, Robert Pitsko of Ringtown and Kenneth Pitsko of California.

Surviving nieces and nephews include, Ashley, Britteny, Courtney, Melina, Brennen, Mikayla, Kelia and Christopher and a great nephew Grayson.

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Ringtown is providing Michael's family with private services during their time of need.


Joseph M. DeLuca, 88, of Shenandoah, passed away on Saturday, February 5th, 2022.

Joe was born on November 29th, 1933, to Neil and Cele (Reznik) DeLuca. He attended public schools and graduated from West Mahanoy Township High School in 1950.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He started working for Shenandoah Lumber Company in 11th grade and then worked the next 57 years until they closed. He then opened his own little repair shop called Mr. Fix It in Shenandoah. Joe was known for his humor and pleasing personality. He was an avid golfer and a fan of the Yankees and Eagles.

A devout catholic, he belonged to Divine Mercy Parish, formerly St. Stanislaus Church. Joe was a member of the Holy Name Society and was an usher at St. Stanislaus.

He was preceded by his parents, a daughter, Joestelle Dunsavage in 2018, and a brother Louis and his wife Janet.

He is survived by his loving wife, Estelle, they were married on November 23rd, 1958, and spent 64 years together. Joe is also preceded by his granddaughter, whom he adored, Dr. Angelica Dunsavage-Chouinard with her husband Joe. Nieces, Kathy Molnar and Chuck Shaulis, Suzie Taylor and Bill, Barbara Carduff and Frank, Louise Bekisz and Dave, Donna Donchak and Rick, and Debbie Smith. Nephews, John Molnar and Mary, Bill Molnar and Sandra, and Neil and Frank DeLuca, along with a son-in-law, Ray Dunsavage, also Frankie, Matthew, Aaron, Dereck, Molly and Aubrey.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, February 10th from 8 to 9:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am in Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Worship Site – St. Casimir’s, 229 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Interment will immediately follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.


Lydia D. Bartholomew
, 62, of Shenandoah, passed away Saturday, February 5th, 2022, at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community, with her family by her side.

Born on February 18th, 1959, in Ashland, Pa, Lydia was the daughter of the late John L. J. Bartholomew and the late Lillian (Cikot) Bartholomew. She was a graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School.

Until her retirement, Lydia was employed as a cook for many years in the family business of Armando’s Pizzeria and was also the owner/operator of Polo’s Corner Bar in Shenandoah.

Surviving are 3 sons, Matthew R. Nestor with his wife Julie – Ringtown, Thomas J. Nestor with his fiancĂ© Jennifer Skobel – Shenandoah, and Raymond C. Nestor with his wife Carissa – Ringtown. 3 grandchildren, Matthew Allen Nestor, Raymond Robert Nestor, and Aubrey Rae Nestor. A sister, Janice Usiewicz – Florida, a brother, John Bartholomew – North Carolina, along with cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Lydia was of the catholic faith and was a member of the former St. Casimir’s Church, Shenandoah.

Lydia’s sons and other family members would like to express their appreciation and gratitude for the excellent care she received from the staff at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community during her short stay at the facility.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday morning, February 9th, 2022 from 9 to 10:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Scripture services will begin at 10:30am and will be officiated by Deacon Jack Quirk. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Contributions in Lydia’s memory may be made to: Hillside SPCA, 51 SPCA Rd, Pottsville, Pa, 17901


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