Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 10th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: May 10th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Linda M. Surovcik, 78, Orwigsburg, died Sunday, May 8 at University of Penn Medical Center, Philadelphia.

Arrangements will be announced by Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville PA 17901.


Helen Brutschea
, 96, formerly of Pennsauken, Moorestown and Cape May, passed away peacefully Friday May 6th with her children by her side. Helen was born in Philadelphia on October 7, 1925, a daughter of the late Caroline (Gren) and Joseph Noga.

She is the widow of her beloved H. Lester Brutschea who she married on June 14,1947. Devoted Mother and Mother-in-Law of Carol Boyer (John) of Orwigsburg, Pa, Janet Brutschea Haugen (Kevin) of Gwynedd Valley, Pa, Robert Brutschea of Pennsauken, Gregory Brutschea (Christine) of Bethlehem, Pa and Anne Poole (Peter) of Cherry Hill, NJ. She was preceded in death by her infant son John Gerard. Loving and proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 10 great -grandchildren.

Survived by many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her dear two sisters and two brothers.
Helen was an active member of St. Joseph’s Polish Church, Camden, NJ, St. Cecilia’s Church, Pennsauken,NJ, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May, NJ and Our Lady of Good Counsel Moorestown, NJ. Helen graduated Camden Catholic High School in 1944. Over her entire lifetime, Helen was involved in numerous charitable and community activities. Her favorite times were celebrating family milestones, routing on the various pursuits of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and being in Cape May.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in her honor to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 520 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her life celebration on Friday May 13, 2022, Christ Our Light Church, 402 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill NJ 08034. Viewing from 9am – 11am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Interment to follow at St. Josephs Cemetery, Chews Landing, NJ.
Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Orwigsburg, has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Matushka Helen Kuchta
, 81, of Frackville, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning at Lehigh Valley Medical Center-East, Pottsville.

Born in Frackville, she was predeceased by her husband, Very Rev. John Kuchta (Dec 20, 1999). She was a daughter of the late Stephen and Sophie Charowsky Chrin and was a graduate of Frackville High School.

Helen was a member of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, Frackville. She was devoted to her service of the church throughout her life, and loved her role as Matushka for her husband’s postings throughout Pennsylvania in Jermyn, Old Forge, Charleroi and Edwardsville and their last posting in Bethesda, MD. After her beloved husband’s passing, she willingly and loving continued her love of the church by making pierogies and pascha bread, always there to teach others with the smile for which she was known.

Helen loved spending time with her family. One of her true joys was visiting with her grandchildren, and teaching them how to sew, bake, and play cards. Together with her daughter and son-in-law, she loved being together as a family. She also enjoyed spending so much time with her sisters and brother and all of her extended family. She was an amazing baker, and her sweet rolls are famous throughout the family.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a sister; Sophia B. Pellock (John)

Helen is survived by her daughter; Christina Nocera and her husband Jim, Manassas, VA, grandchildren Anthony Nocera and Elon Nocera; sisters; Catherine Bricker (Donald), Frackville, Sandra Pascavage (Albert), Danville, Ill; Marie Robbins (Sherwood), Frackville and Donna Knock (Bill), Hometown; a brother Ted Chrin (Karen) Barnesville; many nieces and nephews.

Religious Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning at the Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, Frackville with the Very Rev. James Jadick, as celebrant; Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday morning at the church. Interment will be in Holy Ascension Cemetery, Englewood/Frackville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, 209 S. Lehigh Ave., Frackville, PA 17931


Joan Ellenor Merwine
, 90, of Williamstown, passed away Monday night, May 9, 2022 at the Northern Dauphin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Tower City, November 17, 1931, a daughter of the late Raymond and Annie Jane Shuey Lubold. Joan graduated on May 25, 1949 from the former Porter Township High School.

She was a retired seamstress from the garment industry.

Joan was confirmed in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City on September 22, 1946.

She enjoyed playing Bingo and gardening with flowers.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Clement E. Merwine, Sr., a son Ricky R. Merwine, a sister Ruth Patches and an infant brother Raymond Lubold, Jr.

Surviving are her three children, Jacqueline J. Whitcomb (Marlin), Williamstown, Linda L. Flynn, Williamstown and Clement E. "Bud" Merwine (Gina), Elizabethville. Two sisters; Jane Rubendall and Dorothy Schell both of Williamstown. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, always looking forward and enjoyed visits from Michael Elgard (Carla), Marysville, Joseph Elgard, York, Tyler Merwine (Katie), Halifax and great granddaughter, Montana Flynn.

Joan will be laid to rest privately next to her husband at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Homeland at Home Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or the Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., is honored to serve Joan's family.


Peter Scott Damgaard
, of Elysburg, passed away unexpectedly at his home on May 9, 2022, at the age of 56. “Scott” was youngest son of the late Peter and Karin (Christensen) Damgaard of Ringtown, and was predeceased by his sister Lisa, who passed in 2014.

After his father’s sudden death in 1995 Scott defied family expectations when, at a young age, he assumed and expanded, Nordic Tool and Die Company in Brandonville. Scott had many friends in his neighborhood, as well as through work and while his children participated in sports at Sothern Columbia. He also served on the Board of Ralpho Township Municipal Authority.

Scott enjoyed cooking and entertaining, hunting and fishing. He was proud of his Danish heritage, which included preparing dishes he learned from his mother. A drink with friends was preceded with a lift of the glass and a toast to all “Skol”!

Scott is survived by his daughter Kelsey, and grandson Jaxon of Sunbury, his son Sydney of Bellefonte, and daughter Vanessa, who lived with Scott in Elysburg. Scott is also survived by two brothers, Jens Damgaard (wife Donna) of Harrisburg, and Erik Damgaard, of McConnelsburg, and several nieces and nephews.

Scott’s life will be celebrated by family and friends at an event to be announced at a future date.

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Ringtown is assisting Scott's family during this time of need.


Dianna Parrish, 82, Frackville, passed away peacefully Monday evening at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville.


John P. Bane, 75, lifelong Ashland resident and business owner, passed away peacefully Monday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville with his family by his side.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville.


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