Thursday, April 28, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for April 28th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: April 28th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Marilyn A. Smith
, 88, of Pine Grove, passed away Wednesday, April 27th, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

Born in Pen Argyl, on November 9, 1933, a daughter of the late Catherine (Wagner) and Joseph Waters.

She last worked at Red Lion Cafe as a bartender and prior to that she was a waitress at Summit View Restaurant. She was a member of the VFW, Pine Grove.

She is preceded in death by her son Bruce Smith; sister Mary Nichols; brothers William Omlor and James, Joseph and Thomas Waters.

Marilyn issurvived by a daughter, Eileen Krause, of Schuylkill Haven; three sons Brian Smith, of Schuylkill Haven, Barry Smith, of Heckschersville and Theodore Smith, of Schuylkill Haven.

She is also survived by grandchildren Sara, Jeffrey, Theodore Jr., Jared and Mark; Great Grand Children Ava and Elizabeth.

Services are private at the convenience of family.


Robert T. Finlan, 83, Girardville, passed away on Wednesday morning at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville with his family by his side.

Born in Girardville, he was a son of the late Thomas and Cecelia Joyce Finlan. Bob worked as a Bottle Cap Inspector for Zapata Industries and later in the security department for Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville until his retirement.

Bob was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville. He served in the United States Army Reserves and was an avid Notre Dame and Boston Red Sox fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Finlan and his beloved dog, Peppy.

Bob is survived by his wife of 30 years, Marie (Pesavage) Finlan, Girardville; his two sons: Rev. Robert Finlan, Barnesville; Martin Finlan and his wife Valerie of Jonestown; his daughter, Margaretann Hoagland, Girardville; his two brothers: Thomas and his wife Dolores Finlan, New Jersey; Leo and his wife Rose Finlan, Marion Heights; his sister Mary Harlor, Barnesville; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2nd from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Girardville with his son, Rev. Robert Finlan as the main celebrant. Concelebrating the mass will include Msgr. William Glosser and Rev. Brian Miller.

Friends are invited to his viewing at the church on Monday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of mass. Private interment will be held in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville and Girardville, is in charge of arrangements.


Audray R. Oliva
, age 84, of Mahanoy City, passed away Tuesday night at Luther Ridge in Pottsville. 

Born in Shenandoah, she was the daughter of the late Raymond F. & Catherine (Zavetsky) Kline. She was a graduate of Mahanoy Township High School and the McCann School of Business. She had been employed at Rite Aid in Mahanoy City and was of the catholic faith. 

Preceding her in death was her husband Joseph J. Oliva Sr. in 2014 and a great grandson Thaddeus Oliva in 2015.. Survivors include a daughter Lisa Sabol and her husband Stanley J. Sabol Sr. of Mahanoy City, a son Joseph J. Oliva Jr. and his wife Lynn of Barnesville, grandchildren Stanley J. Sabol Jr. and his wife Ashley of Pottsville, Cory M. Sabol and his fiancee' Kirsten Wentzel of Frackville, Timothy J. Oliva and his wife Karen of Barnesville and Jacqueline L. Strus and her husband Casey of Williamsport, 3 great grandchildren Eve and Maverick Oliva and Carter Strus as well as cousins. 

Services will be privately held at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


Georgene Margaret McKeown
, 81, of East Brunswick Township, passed away on Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill – East.

Born in New Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late George and Margaret (Barry) Kopena. She was a 1958 graduate of Blythe Township High School. She had been employed by the former State Manufacturing Company, New Philadelphia, before working as a long-time hostess and waitress at the former Swiss Chalet, West Brunswick Township.

Her family will always fondly remember her love of slots machines and visits to various casinos with family and friends. She found pleasure in listening to polka and taking care of her dog Moe.

She was a member of St. Ambrose R.C. Church, Schuylkill Haven.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Frank McKeown, in 2021; her sister, Carol Trapani, and her brother, George Kopena, Jr.

She is survived by four children, Leo McKeown (spouse, Jayne), Port Carbon, James McKeown (spouse, Michelle), Tamaqua, Cynthia Epler (spouse, John), Tamaqua, and Maria Wagner (spouse, Art), Adamsdale; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Doran (spouse, Joseph), Middletown, David McKeown (spouse, Sarah), Pottsville, Sean McKeown (spouse, Tori), Port Carbon, Jim McKeown (spouse, Makenna), Luzerne, Taylor McKeown, Lancaster, Amanda Brault (spouse, William) Tamaqua, Adam Sinton (spouse, Caitlin) Hometown, and Brandon Wagner (girlfriend, Summer Freeze) Adamsdale; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Ambrose Church, 201 Randel Street, Schuylkill Haven, on Monday at 10:30 A.M. Relatives and friends may call at the church from 9:30 A.M. until 10:15 A.M. Interment will be done privately.


Anthony S. "Tony" Ficarino
, 93 years of age of Arlington Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at home while in the loving care of his family. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Myers) Ficarino for 34 years.

Born Friday, April 5, 1929 in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Coville) Ficarino.

A graduate of Nesquehoning High School, after which he enlisted in the US Army. Stationed in Sasabo, Japan with the occupational troops of the 24th Infantry Division for 17 months, Tony received an honorable discharge.

Tony retired from the Coca Cola Bottling Company plant in Hamburg. Previously he worked for Trojan Powder, Allentown for 20 years. He was a member of East End Fire Company, and former member of the Tamaqua Italian Club. Tony is a member of St. John XXIII Roman Catholic Church and was an active member of the former St. Jerome's Catholic Church. Tony enjoyed playing Black Jack at the casinos and enjoyed his trips to Las Vegas. He loved his Marian High School sports, the Philadelphia Phillies and Notre Dame football. Tony enjoyed reminiscing about his early years in New Columbus.

In addition to his wife Joan, Tony is survived by his daughter, Joanne, wife of Atty. William McDonald of Ambler, and their children, granddaughter Atty. Alyson Fritzges and her husband Michael of Maple Glen, Ashley McDonald of Portland, OR; great grandchildren Cameron and and Andrea Frtizges; stepson, Donald Barron and his wife Michele, their children Kaleigh Long and her husband Harrison, Connor Barron of Douglasville, stepson, Landis Barron and his wife Deborah of Santa Maria, CA and their children Nicholas Barron and his wife Corrina their children Kianna and Penelope. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Anthony was predeceased by his first wife Gloria (DiGirolomo) Ficarino who died in 1983 ; two sisters Josephine Sauka and her husband John, Elizabeth Stefonik and her husband John; brother Dominick Ficarino; a half sister Pauline Serado and a half brother Paul Collura.

Anthony will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 570-668-2550

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Tuesday May 3, 2022 at 11 o'clock A.M. from St John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Friends may call from 9:30-10:45 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to St. Jerome's Regional School or the St Vincent de Paul Society in care of St. John XXIII R.C.C. 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252


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