Sunday, May 1, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 1st, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: May 1st, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Faye Constance Pastucha (Henry) of Hometown passed away peacefully at home on April 29, 2022. 

Born on February 23, 1935, she had recently celebrated her 87th birthday with her dearest family. Faye was the daughter of Minnie (Koening) Henry Swanson and John Henry. Faye was born in Tamaqua and attended Tamaqua schools. She was employed for many years and retired from the former Kay-Jay Pants Factory in Nesquehoning, PA where she worked as a trimmer. She was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua. 

Faye is survived by her loving husband Robert John Pastucha of 69 years. They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in July. She is also survived by her children - sons, Robert Pastucha and his wife Sonja of Brandonville, Dennis Pastucha and his wife Sally of York, daughters, Beverly wife of Bryan Gottstein of Hometown, and Judy wife of Bryan Geiger of Orwigsburg. She is survived by her 11 grandchildren whom she adored - Bryan Pastucha, Amy Reilly (Ronald), Stacie Gottstein Mehalick (Robert), Matthew Pastucha, Heather Pastucha Bowser (Anthony), Dennis Pastucha (April), James Pastucha, Robert Pastucha, Leslie Gottstein Thompson (Matthew), Mallory Geiger, and Maxwell Geiger and 10 great grandsons - Thomas Pastucha, Aiden and Angus Reilly, Luke and Benjamin Bowser, Robert and Henry Mehalick, and Declan, Boden, and Finnegan Thompson. Faye grew up in a large family and was one of 9 children. She was preceded in death by all of her siblings including Dolores Wood, Lucille Breiner, Alberta Hertzig, Betty Conahan, Grace Scott, Joan Carter Cassell, Rosie Sharpe, and George Henry. She is survived by nieces and nephews. 

Faye was always best known as “Nanie”. Over the years, Nanie loved to host Holy Night Supper every Christmas Eve. She was happiest treating her family to her delicious homemade pierogies and cookies. She loved to give hugs, kisses, and hold and admire her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She could often be found giving instead of receiving. She could put a smile on your face with her quick wit and charm. She enjoyed playing Bingo, playing the slots, and scratching off lottery tickets. She loved Elvis and his music. Her heart was truly golden and it will carry on in all of those who were blessed to know and love her. Faye was loved by all but especially her children and grandchildren. 

During her illness, they each dedicated time around the clock taking care of her. Faye’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Craig Krause for his care, the St. Luke’s Hospice team especially her home hospice aide, Tammy, and her nurse, Cindy and her great niece Michelle Breiner. Faye was unbelievably loved and cared for over the last months of her life. 

Funeral services will be at the privacy of the family. Interment will be at Sky View Cemetery. 

Memorials in Faye’s name can be made to St. Luke’s Hospice, Development Office, 802 Ostrum Street Bethlehem, PA 18015 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital online at or by mail to 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

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


Barbara J. Schwartz, 73, of Pine Grove, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born on January 9, 1949 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Kathleen Stein Bettinger.

She was a graduate of Minersville High School and had been a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove.

Barbara was a Prison Guard at the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville.

She loved the beach and spending time with her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Gerald G. Schwartz on April 15, 2022.

Surviving are a daughter, Heather Funk of Harrisburg; a son, Gerald and wife Stacy Schwartz of Minersville; four grandchildren, Brendan Funk, Lauren Funk, Nathan Schwartz, and Bryce Schwartz.

All Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to Fresh Start Animal Rescue League, P. O. Box 96, Friedensburg, PA 17933 in her memory.

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


Gayle Tee Clews, 71, of Pottsville, formerly of Ashland, died Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Born Aug. 20, 1950, in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Dorothy (Connor) Orth.

She retired from PHEAA, Harrisburg, working in the accounts receivable department.

She was a member of the Ashland Historical Society.

Surviving are two sons, Scott Clews and his wife, Tracie, of Saint Clair, and Shawn Clews, of Schuylkill Haven; two brothers, Richard Orth and his wife, Patricia, of Etters, and Charles Orth and his wife, Lucille, of Ashland; one sister, Judy Carey and her husband, Jack, of Camp Hill; four grandchildren, Tristen Clews, Emilee Clews, Amber Clews and Jacob Clews; nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Nice-Hart Funeral Home Inc., 9 North Lehigh Avenue, Frackville, PA 17931. The Rev. Jack Murray will be officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ashland Historical Society, C/O James Klock, 515 Center Street, Ashland, PA 17921. Interment will be in Christ Church Cemetery, Fountain Springs.


Edward J. Gleason
, 95, of West West Terrace, Branch Township, passed away on Friday at Providence Place, Pottsville.

Born on February 3, 1927 in Forestville, Cass Township, he was a son of the late Edward J. Gleason, Sr. and the late Florence (nee Schwartz) Gleason. He attended St. Vincent Parochial School and was a 1945 graduate of Cass Township High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. He captained the baseball team in his junior and senior years. A member of the Greatest Generation, he enlisted in the Army during World War Two, serving in Arkansas, Virginia and New Jersey. He rejoined the Army during the Korean War, serving as a Staff Sergeant squad leader at Inchon with the 27th Regiment, 25h Division. He was wounded twice in 1951; and spent 23 months in Army hospitals in Korea, Japan, Hawaii, Michigan and Valley Forge before being discharged in December 1952.

He worked as a supervisor for ALCOA. He also represented Nationwide Insurance Company as an agent; and enjoyed working in the family business, the former Brennan Flower Shop, Minersville.

He was a member of the former St. Francis Church, and a current member of Holy Family Parish, Minersville. He was also a member of the ALCOA 25-Year Club, the DAV, AMVETS and the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, the former Dorothy Ryncavage, in 2021; his brother, Martin “Pete” Gleason, in 1992; his brother-in-law, Thomas Ryncavage, who was killed in action in Korea in 1951.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Patrice Taglieri (spouse, Joseph), West West Terrace; his grandson, Douglas Taglieri, Esq., Minersville; his great grand-daughter, Emmalina Joy Taglieri. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Rosemarie Gleason, Wilmington, Delaware.

Visitation will be at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Friday from 8:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 9:15 A.M. when procession will form. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Interment with military honors will be in St. Vincent de Paul #2 Cemetery, Branch Township.


David J. Bright
, 79, of Ringtown, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 surrounded by his loving family at St Luke’s Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Shenandoah on February 8th, 1943, he was the son of the late David and Veronica (Bann) Bright.

He attended Shenandoah schools and was a graduate of Stevens Trade School. David worked as a truck driver for Pagnotti, and also worked at MM&G and other manufacturing facilities. David loved the outdoors, whether it be hunting, fishing, or archery. He was a former member of the Buckfeather Rod & Gun Club, a former member of the Park Crest Fish & Game Club, a former member of the Shenandoah Archery Club, and a member of the International Bench Rest Shooters. Besides his love of the outdoors, he loved his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren.

David is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia (Pukavige) Bright, his two sons, David Bright with his wife Amy – Hummelstown and Thomas Bright with his wife Sheree – Auburn. Two daughters, Gloria Adamski with her husband Donald – Catawissa, and Sandra Bright – Ringtown. 5 granddaughters, Brooke Adamski, Bethany Adamski, Ashley Bright, Grace Bright, and Allie Bright, and 2 step-grandsons, Jason Woolf and Ryan Woolf.

A visitation for family and friends will take place on Wednesday, May 4th from 8 to 10am at Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30am in Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Worship Site – St. Casimir’s, 229 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah with Msgr. Ronald Bocian officiating. Burial will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.


These obituaries are being  brought to by Anthony Urban Law Offices. P.C.

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