Sunday, March 20, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 20th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: March 20th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Arlene Mary Scheipe
, 97, went home to be with her savior Thursday, March 17th, at Rosewood Nursing Home.

Arlene was born in Auburn, on June 11, 1924, a daughter of the late Laura N. (Miller) and Oscar D. Leymeister.

She was the widow of Donald F. Scheipe

She was raised in the protestant faith and she graduated from Orwigsburg High School, Class of 1942. She was employed as a Machine Operator for Sylray Knitting Mill in Orwigsburg and she was last employed at the Auburn Shoe Factory. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and needlework. She was also a great baker.

Arlene is survived by two daughters, Linda, wife of John Neyer;

Donna, widow of Robert Hough;

Two sons Donald S. Scheipe, husband of Kathryn; Brian L. Scheipe, widower of Linda. Arlene is also survived by her 8 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren.

A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday March 26th, at Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with Pastor William Parrish officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM.

An Interment at Auburn Church of God Cemetery will follow services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant United Methodist Church, 215 E. Main St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972


Catherine Alice Hill, 96, of Orwigsburg, formerly of Florida & Tamaqua, passed away Sunday, March 20th, at Orwigsburg Center.

Catherine was born in Allentown, on August 10, 1925, a daughter of the late Margaret (Rute) Huffman and Charles Kresge.

She was the widow of Walter Norman Hill. She also lost her second Husband Howard M. Shutters.

She was an EMT, Nurses Aid, Professional Clown and a crossing Guard

She also worked as a Film Developer in a photography shop.

Catherine is survived by her daughter Barbara M. Zehner of New Ringgold and her Step Daughter Judy Holloway, Wife of Stan, North Carolina.

Services are private at the convenience of family.


Susan M. Gradwell
, 59, Pottsville, passed away on St. Patrick’s Day at Lehigh Velley Hospital, Schuylkill – East.

Born on January 14, 1963 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Ellen Updegrove Putalavage and the late Stanley Putalavage. She was a 1980 graduate of Minersville Area High School.

Her career occupations were in the food serving industry. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and was a dirt track racing enthusiast. Her pride and joy was watching her only grandson race quarter midgets at local tracks.

Susan is survived by her husband, Keith A. Gradwell; twin sons, Jason Gradwell and Justin Gradwell, both of Pottsville; a grandson, Cole Gradwell. She is also survived by four siblings, Theresa Putalavage, Janet Putalavage, Michael Putalavage (spouse, Terri Jo) and Vincent Putalavage (spouse, Kolleen), all of Minersville; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 10:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville Interment will follow at Saint Vincent de Paul #2 Cemetery, Branch Township.


Joan E. Unger
, 83, of Tower City, passed away early Sunday morning, March 20, 2022 at the Broad Mountain Nursing Home, Frackville with her husband by her side.

She was born in Clarks Valley, November 3, 1938, a daughter of the late Charles and Blanche Koppenhaver Brown. Joan was a 1956 graduate of Porter Tower High School and graduated from beauty school in Harrisburg.

She owned and operated a beauty salon for many years.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Muir.

Joan was a meticulous housekeeper and took great pride in her interior decorating skills and her appearance. Without a doubt, her love and pride for her husband, sons, granddaughters and great granddaughters were the highlight of her life.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Jay L. Unger, two sons; Brian Unger (Lisa) and Scott Unger (April Bush), both of Tower City, one brother; Arthur Brown (Barbara), Womelsdorf, four granddaughters; Heather Lehman (Travis), Bryanne Unger (fiance Kirk Sanderson), Brooke Unger and Laurel Unger, three great granddaughters; Regan, Reese and Riley. A sister-in-law, Linda Shoop, Tower City, four nephews; Matthew, Jarrett and Colt Brown and Joe Shoop.

Following Joan's wishes services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Viking Care Closet, c/o Williams Valley School District, 10330 Rt. 209, Tower City, PA 17980, Attn: Brian Unger.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., is honored to serve the Unger family.


James R.W. Reedinger
, 80, of Tower City, passed away Sunday morning, March 20, 2022 at the Northern Dauphin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Lykens, July 31, 1941, a son of the late James and Dorothy Travitz Reedinger. Jim was a graduate of Williamsport Technical School.

He was retired from the former AMP, Inc., working in both the Tower City and Williamstown plants.

He was of the Methodist faith. A social member of the Williamstown American Legion, a member of the Williamstown Fire Company #1 and a member of the Dauphin County Fireman's Association.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy "Dolly" Reedinger in 2017.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Nona T. Nicklo Reedinger, a daughter, Tina Reedinger, two granddaughters; Amber Rice and Brandy Wetzel, two great grandchildren; Connor Rice and Brynlee Grove. Six sisters; Florence Collins, Judy Brownewell, Karen Bach, Julia Reedinger, Ruth Harvey and Susan Royal. Nieces and nephews.

Following Jim's wishes there will be no services.

Memorial donations in his memory can be made to the Williamstown American Legion, 123 W. Market Street, Williamstown, PA 17098.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., is honored to serve the Reedinger family.


John A. Kutch
, 89, of Pottsville passed away peacefully on March 19, 2022 surrounded by his family.

He was born September 13th, 1932 in Pottsville. He is the son of the late Charles F. and Mary P. Genovese Kutch.

He was the husband of Patricia A. Boyer Kutch of 64 years.

John was a 1950 graduate of Pottsville High School. He was a state gymnastics champion and was inducted into Pottsville Area All Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

He served in the Army from February of 1953 to December of 1954 on active duty during the Korean War.

When he returned home, he was employed by Quigley Lumber Company then began his career as a salesman at Robbin’s door and Sash. After becoming a manager, he finished his career at Columbia Building Supply Company in Mount Carmel.

John was a long-time member of the former St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville, until becoming a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of the Mechanicsville Game and Fish, Catholic War Veterans Post #1051, the VFW where he served as past commander, the 1950 Pottsville Alumni Group, the Schuylkill County Veterans Committee, and the Schuylkill County Historical Society.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, fishing, hunting, and camping. He looked forward to traveling to the Caribbean and the Finger Lakes with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Christine K. Deegan of Pottsville, Maria T. Kriner and her husband Dr. Ronald M. Kriner of Bethlehem, and Michael J. Kutch and companion Stacey M. Daubert of Pottsville. He is also survived by four grandchildren Evan M. Kriner, Katie P. Deegan, Noah B. Kriner, and Ava S. Kriner, a niece, Lisa Boyer Weaver, cousins, and a goddaughter.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11AM from St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, with Rev. Kevin J. Bobbin as celebrant. Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 9-10:30AM Saturday at James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of John be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation 2361 Hylan Blvd Staten Island, NY 10306 which benefits our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life & limb for our country. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pottsville.


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