Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 2nd, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: March 2nd, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


John Hozella
, 93, of Jonestown, Cass Township, passed away on Sunday, his birthday, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill – East.

Born on February 27,1929, in Jonestown, Cass Township, he was the son of the late John and Rose (nee Piech) Hozella. He was a 1948 graduate of Cass Township High School, and graduated from St. Basil Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut, before attending Catholic University in Washington, DC. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a Sergeant with the Army Graves Registration Unit in Japan. He was later employed by Conrail as a stenographer, having worked in Saint Clair, Harrisburg and Reading, from where he retired in 1990.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville, where he was a lector, and member of both the Holy Name Society and the Church Choir. He was also a Third Degree Knight with Council 431 of the Knights of Columbus.

John delighted in his Ukrainian heritage and as a hobby made Pysanki eggs at Easter and ceramic Ukrainian vases.

The last of his siblings, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Anna Palamar, Julia Carpenter, Mary Bosack, Olga Rettew and Stella Player, as well as several nephews. Also preceding him was his lifelong friend, Charles Fedornak. For many years, he and Charlie had traveled together extensively around the world, including to Japan and Europe.

John is survived by nieces and nephews, including Yvonne Paegel (spouse, Daniel), Rose Orzechowski (spouse, Paul), Sharon Horst, Greg Rettew (spouse, Marguerite), Len Bosack and Raymond Palamar (spouse, Nancy). Also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Thursday from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and on Friday from 8:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 9:15 A.M. when procession will form. Requiem Divine Liturgy will be at 10:00 A.M. in St. Nicholas Church, 415 Front Street, Minersville. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Branch Township. The family prefers donations to St. Nicholas Church.


Betty J. (Reese) Waldick, 91, of Gordon passed away Monday morning at home.

She was born on June 22, 1930 in Mahanoy City and was the daughter of the late Margaret (Richardson) and Howard Reese.

Betty was of the Lutheran faith and a member of Christ United Lutheran Church.

She was the loving wife of the late Elmer “Pete” Waldick who passed away in 2019.

Betty was a graduate of Frackville High School class of 1948.

She did clerical work for U.S. Immigration in Washington DC.

Betty was a member of Eastern Star, volunteered at her church, and was a member of the Elks. She also enjoyed roller skating when she was younger, loved to watch Murder She Wrote, and traveling.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her sister Fern.

Betty is survived by her sister Beryl Stitzer, Gordon; son William Waldick, Gordon; Granddaughter Azure Waldick, Gordon; Grandson William Waldick Jr, Saint Clair; Grandson Shale Waldick, Gordon; several nieces and nephews.

A service will be held on Monday March 7th at 11am at the Christ United Lutheran Church with Rev. Dana Beil officiating. Family and friends are invited to call from 9:30-11am at the church. Burial will take place on Tuesday March 8th at 11am at Fort Indiantown Gap.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Betty’s memory to the Christ United Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 437 Airport Road, Ashland PA 17921.

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


Joseph M. Lawrence
, 97, of Williamstown passed away Saturday afternoon, February 26, 2022 at his home with his son and close family friend Monica Updegrave by his side.

Joe was born in Williamstown, March 30, 1924, a son of the late John and Mary Plichter Lawrence.

He started working at an early age in the local coal mines, and he also worked at the Jet Plant in Middletown and later was employed with the facilities department for the old Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Building on Allentown Blvd in Harrisburg and later retired from the Facilities Dept. in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry Building in Harrisburg where he specialized in HVACR.

In his much younger years, he resided in North Carolina for a brief time and helped his brother George run a plating business. He also lived in the Bronx, NY for a short time with relatives only blocks away from Yankee Stadium. He would often reminisce about going to Yankees games and watching the old time Yankees legends play. He passed his love for the Yankees and the New York Giants on to his son Jim. They spent many summer and autumn days watching them play.

Joe was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and a social member of the Williamstown American Legion. He was actively involved and enjoyed being a member of the former Good Time Senior Citizens, Williamstown. He also was a member of his “Williamstown Walking Buddies” and together their group would walk the streets of Williamstown and its surrounding mountains for miles every morning. He loved being outdoors in the mountains.

He was the last surviving member.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Host Lawrence, a daughter JoAnn, brothers; George, Paul and John and sisters Mary & Ann.

Surviving are his son, Jim Lawrence, Williamstown, a sister; Betty Thurston, North Carolina, a nephew John and wife Candy, a niece Karen & her husband Fred, Vermont, and Helen and her daughter Heidi & husband, Greg, Florida.

Services will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 11:00 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City.

Visitation will be from 10:30-11 at the chapel.

Burial will be in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Cemetery, Williamstown.

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


Thomas “Tommy” J. Weiss
, 81, of Coaldale passed away Monday morning at home surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 20, 1940 in Lehighton and was the son of the late Helen (Kelowitz) and Curtis Weiss.

He was a graduate of Lehighton High School Class of 1958.

Tommy was a veteran of the Marine Corps. He was a “frogman” with the UDT (Underwater Demolition Team).

Tommy was of the Protestant faith. He was a former member of All Saints Episcopal-Lehighton and former member of Trinity & St Philip-Lansford.

He was the husband of Ruth (Wittig) Weiss. On February 3rd they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Tommy last worked for Blue Ridge Pressure Castings as an inspector. He was a past president with the UAW as well.

He along with his wife Ruth are the proprietors of Tommy’s-Coaldale. He along with Ruth have owned the business since 1984.

Tommy enjoyed yard work, gardening and fixing things.

He is preceded in death by; sister Donna Tibbles; brother Charles Weiss; granddaughter Justine Schmick.

In addition to his wife he is survived by; son Todd Weiss, Coaldale; daughter Dawn Weiss-Glanz wife of Henry, Lehighton; daughter Tanya Kessler wife of James, Coaldale; 5 grandchildren Danielle, Joshua, Caleb, Brendan and Alexander; 3 great grandchildren Ayden, Vincent and Emberly; several nieces and nephews.

Services and internment will be private at the family’s request.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tommy’s memory to a local animal shelter of your choice.

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


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