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Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 17th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: March 17th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Joshua Thomas Mateyak
, 49, of Freeland, PA, died on Tuesday, March 16, 2022, at home. 

Born in Denver, Colorado on December 26, 1972, he was the son of Thomas and Carol (Rybarczyk) Mateyak of Zion Grove, PA. A 1991 graduate of Bishop Hafey High School, Joshua took courses at the University of Texas. As a member of the U. S. Navy, he served in Somalia and participated in Desert Storm. Joshua was a member of American Legion Post # 473 in Freeland and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in White Haven, PA. An avid Steelers and Yankees fan, he also enjoyed collecting coins and spending time in the outdoors working in his yard, fishing, and hunting. 

A devoted and loving son and father, Joshua is survived by daughter, Cassandra Rose Mateyak of Freeland; son, Matthew John Kolensky of Drums, PA; his parents, Tom and Carol Mateyak; and his dog, Chaplin. 

Services and interment at Indiantown Gap will be announced at a later date. Memorials in Joshua’s name may be made to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at or National Kidney Foundation at 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, with her family gathered together around her, Darlene J. Morgan, 68, of Moyer's Station Rd., Schuylkill Haven, met Jesus face to face.

Born on November 7, 1953, she was born on a snowy day in her family home in Rock. She was the daughter of the late Harvey J. Sr. and Hilda M. Schnoke Warner.

Darlene was a 1971 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School.

Darlene retired in 2019 after working as a Customer Service Representative for Swiss Premium in Lebanon for 17 years. She had formerly worked for 28 years at Penn Dye in Pine Grove.

She served as an active member of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church. Weekly you would find her helping out in whatever capacity needed at the church. Her heart was to serve and she did it well.

Darlene was the matriarch of the family. She spent much time planning family gatherings and reunions. Often her home was full of family members and friends. Darlene and Woody enjoyed weekly outings and family walks together. She loved cooking and baking; we never went hungry when mom was around. She enjoyed making homemade candy. Every Easter and Christmas the family was sure to have a fresh supply of it. She was always willing to help others in a time of need.

Preceding her in death was a brother, Harvey J. Warner, Jr.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Elwood "Woody" Morgan; a daughter, Marcy and husband Scott Seaman of Lebanon; a son, Troy and wife Angela Morgan of Missouri. She has eight grandchildren, Austin and Alivia Seaman and Makenna, Caidence, Jake, Ian, Jase and Will Morgan; two sisters, Joan and husband Mirl Cooper of Schuylkill Haven, Carol Ann Gerber of Lebanon; a brother, Gregory Warner of Maryland; many nieces and nephews; and her sweet pup, Bella.

Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 5:00 P.M. at the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd., Pine Grove, with Pastors Earl and Kitty Hertzog officiating. There will be a visitation on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd. Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 in her memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements


John A. “Jack” Johnson Jr.
, 64, of Ashland, passed away on March 15, 2022 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born on April 17, 1957 in Butler Township, he was a son of Frieda (nee Smith) Johnson, Lavelle, and the late John “Jack” Johnson, Sr. He was a 1975 graduate of North Schuylkill High School. He was truly a “Jack” of all trades throughout his life - he worked as a lifeguard, a plumber, a truck driver, and a coal miner before finding his true calling and working for the International Union of Operating Engineers as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement.

Jack was a lifetime member of the Lavelle Volunteer Fire Company, he was also an avid outdoorsman who could be found fishing, hunting and camping. Jack absolutely loved spending time with his family especially is two granddaughters.In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister Julia Johnson, and his complicated love companion, Janelle Johnson.

In addition to his mother, Jack is survived by his daughter, Jessica Venesky, of Coal Township; his remaining sister, Jill Still, of Lavelle; his brother, James Johnson, of Pottsville; two granddaughters, Miranda and Autumn Peifer, of Coal Township; a niece, Molly McNeal, of High Point, North Carolina; a nephew, Jeremiah Johnson, of Mt. Carmel; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Wayside Inn, 6638 PA-61, Shamokin, on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Brown’s Campground, 31 Emery Rd, Mexico, NY 13114.


James F. “Jim” Kelly
, 88 of Shenandoah passed away on Tuesday evening, March 15, 2022 at the home of his daughter and caregiver, Kathie Rooney and her husband Brian.

Born in Shenandoah on February 6, 1934, he was the son of the late James and Josephine Kelly.

He last worked and retired from Hexcel Corporation, St. Clair.

Jim was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the many trips with his family and friends to Lake Oneida, New York. Above all else, he treasured the time spent with his family. He was a life member of the Park Crest Fish & Game and the Shenandoah 500 Club. Jim was a member of the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his wife, the former Lillian Mowery in 2016, his son, James E. Kelly in 1998; and one sister, Elizabeth Horas.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen Rooney and her husband Brian of Shenandoah with who he resided and Donna Redmond of Shenandoah; one son, Robert Kelly of Shenandoah; grandchildren, Stephen Chatcavage and his wife Janelle, Brian Rooney and his companion Sarah Dalley, Christopher Rooney, Mitcheal Redmond, Jr., Joshua Redmond, James Kelly, and Morgan Kelly; great grandchildren, Lucas and Jameson Chatcavage; one brother, William Kelly of Philadelphia; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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


Marlin G. Hunter, Sr.
, 89, of Tower City, passed away March 16, 2022 peacefully surrounded by his family.

He was born in Tower City, June 22, 1932, a son of the late George E. Hunter and Emma Bendigo Hunter Steily. Marlin was a 1950 graduate of the former Porter High School.

He was a retired supervisor from the Navy Depot, Mechanicsburg. He continued to work after he retired from the Navy Depot. He worked for Meadowbrook Coal Company for many years as a weigh master and as a Walmart Greeter before finally retiring at the age of 78 in 2010.

He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City. He enjoyed putting models together and reading. He also liked to fly gas powered model airplanes in his younger days.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Judy Weidner 1975, twin granddaughters, Denise Lee and Diane Marie Weidner, 1970, granddaughter Hope Schaeffer, 1975, sisters; Janet Hunter, 1941 and Mae Thomas, 1996. A daughter-in-law, Alice Hunter, 2009 and a son-in-law, Terry Danner, 2016.

Surviving are his brothers and sisters; George (Dana) Hunter, Halifax, Edward (Patricia) Hunter, Tower City, William (Rosie) Hunter, Tower City, Ray (Donna) Hunter, Elizabethville, Janice Griffith, Florida and Donna Adams, Tower City.

Marlin is also survived by his children; Jean Danner, Enola; Marlin G. Hunter, Jr., (Meri), Tower City Denise Starnosky (Mike), Tower City and Diane Ciesnolevicz, Mt. Union. He was a proud grandfather to 11 grandchildren and a great grandfather to 23 great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Private services will he held at the convenience of the family from the Chapel of Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating the service. He will be laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Salvation Army, 400 Sanderson Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.


William E Klinger
, age 88, of Klingerstown, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at his residence.

He was born on Saturday, December 16, 1933, in Klingerstown, a son of the late Stanley R Klinger and the late Katie I (Ramberger) Klinger.

He was a 1951 graduate of the former Hegins Twp High School.

Bill was a meat cutter for Troutman Brothers and the former Boyer's Butcher Shop both of Klingerstown, he owned and operated the Klingerstown Market, and then worked part time for the former Midway Market, Valley View, and Boyer's Market, Lykens until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Klingerstown.

He was also a former Cub Scout Master.

Bill enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by two sisters, Marian Schreffler and Ruthann Sims, and by five brothers, Stanley Klinger, Roy Klinger, Glenn Klinger, Dennis Klinger, and Randall Klinger.

He is survived by his wife Norma J (Wolfe) Klinger, to whom he was married for 65 years.

He is also survived by two sons, William E (Brenda) Klinger, II of Fogelsville, Timothy C (Brenda) Klinger of Akron, OH; four granddaughters, Emilie N (Elliot) Walters of Dickinson, TX, Kaitlin E (Kameron) Kandefer of Sarasota, FL, Tiffany J Klinger of NYC, NY, Elizabeth A Klinger of NYC, NY; a grandson, Mark W Klinger of Philadelphia; a great granddaughter, Maya I Kandefer; a great grandson, Henry E Walters and a great grandson on the way; three brothers, Dean Klinger of Maryland, Don Klinger of Klingerstown, and Ronald Klinger of Campbelltown; a sister, Carol Troutman of Klingerstown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Klingerstown, on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Pat Wirick officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday at the church.

Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Klingerstown.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michaels Lutheran Church, 44 Main St, Klingerstown PA 17941 or to Advantage Home Health and Hospice, 1502 Highway Rt 61 South, Pottsville PA 17901.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.


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