Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 9th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: February 9th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


William John "Bill The Mailman" Wasser
, age 65, of Mahanoy City, passed away peacefully Tuesday at his home. 

William was born in Pottsville son of the late William A. & Martha (Keitsock) Wasser. He worked for 20 years at Exxon Chemical and was with the US Postal Service for 20 years until his retirement in 2019. He was a member of and a basketball official with the PIAA for 41 years, a social member of American Legion Post 74, Citizens Fire Company # 2 where he was an avid dart shooter with an average score of zero, and the VFW until it closing all of Mahanoy City. He was an avid dirt track race fan since 1972.

William is survived by his wife Delilah Bradford-Wasser, brothers Gary and his wife Gladys of Mountain Top and Kevin and his companion Brenda Stephens of Minersville, 3 daughters Sheila and Shelley Wasser of Florida, Agnes Jessman and her fiance' Gerard Schlegel , a step son Greg Humpf and his wife Sage, 1 grandson Greyson Humpf, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends and his fur baby Zephyr Belle. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing to be held Saturday from 10 AM until 1 PM at David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City. 

There will be no formal service however any and all are invited to share their fondest memory of the infamous mailman of Mahanoy City beginning at 12:30 PM. 

Do not hesitate to wear your favorite racing hat or shirt to the visitation. 

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Mahanoy City United Veterans Memorial Day Parade Committee of which Bill was proud to be a member. Contributions will be accepted at the visitation.


Richard W. "Rick" Hocking
, age 64, of Mahanoy City passed away Sunday at his home. 

Born in Pottsville he was the son of the late Richard and Jean (Dixon) Hocking. He was a 1975 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School and had been employed in sales for various beer distributors. 

He is survived by his son Thomas R. Hocking and his wife Katia of Sarasota FL and 2 grandchildren Julia and Emily Hocking. 

Services will be private. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


Alberta T. Budwash, of Mahanoy City, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2022 at home with her family by her side. 

Born in Shenandoah she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Huddock) Kronkowsky and was a graduate of J.W. Cooper High School. She was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. She worked at the local garment factories and as a waitress before marrying the love her life. She was a home maker raising her children. She enjoyed playing Bingo, puzzles, planting flowers in her yard and watching her favorite soap opera on TV. 

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband Julius A. Budwash who passed in 2005, a brother Charles Kronkowsky, sisters Rosemary Dower, Jeanie Kronkowsky, a grandson Daniel Norris and a granddaughter Jacci Lee Norris. 

She is survived by a son Michael Budwash of Mahanoy City, a daughter Ann Marie Joseph of Wilkes Barre, a brother William Kronkowsky of Virginia, sisters Antoinette Grutza, Mary Ann Aggon of Shenandoah, Christine Kalinowski of Frackville, grandson Jason Norris and his wife Dina, great grandsons James Norris, Chase Norris and a great granddaughter Isabella Norris all of Lebanon, PA a brother in law John Budwash and his wife Charlotte of Frackville along with many nieces and nephews. 

She will be buried privately with her husband at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


Francis L. “Frank” Prymak
, 83 of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Monday evening, February 7, 2022 at his residence with his devoted family by his side.

Born in Shenandoah on September 26, 1938, he was a son of the late Frank and Blanche (Gilewicz) Prymak.

He was a 1956 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Mr. Prymak was a decorated Army veteran having received the Good Conduct Medal.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for over twenty years at Ateeco Inc., Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah as a line operator.

Frank was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, St. Casimir’s Church.

He enjoyed the outdoors especially gardening. He liked fixing things around the house or anything that was in need of repair; he always made good use of his carpentry tools. He was a great fan of the polkas; Frank watched them on WVIA on Saturday nights and made his radio requests on a Sunday with Polka Joe for “Pop Prymak of Shenandoah”. Above all, he cherished the time spent together with his family.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his wife, Linda M. (Mahmod) Prymak on January 22, 2022; his daughter, Cecelia A. “Celie” Jevelle on March 8, 2010; his son, Francis M. “Harr” Prymak on April 8, 2012; two brothers, Daniel and Leonard Prymak; and one sister, Dorothy Colby.

Surviving are two grandsons, Adam Jevelle of Shenandoah and Michael Jevelle of Brandonville; four great-grandchildren, Julia Rose, Keara, Shelby and Mikey; his son-in-law, Michael Jevelle of Brandonville; two sisters, Sister LeRoy, OSF of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in Reading and Esther O’Boyle in New Jersey; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and their families and many friends.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 8:30 am until 9:45 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 10:00 in Saint Casimir’s Church, 229 North Jardin Street, Shenandoah, the sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

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


Mary E. Laurette, 69 of Mahanoy City formerly of Shenandoah passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus, Coaldale.

Born in Shenandoah on October 11, 1952, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Margaret (Monahan) Laurette.

She was a graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School.

Mary was employed at the former Locust Mountain State Hospital, Shenandoah Heights, the former Harris Bakery and the former Father Walter J. Ciszek School both of Shenandoah.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah formerly Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and the Glovers Hill Athletic Club, Shenandoah. Mary was an avid bingo player and enjoyed going to the local casinos.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her two sisters, Anella J. Laurette on November 27, 2017 and Margaret A. Laurette on August 5, 2020.

Surviving are cousins and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Donations will be accepted by the funeral home to help defray burial costs.

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


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