Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 11th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: May 11th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


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

Born in Ashland, he was son of the late Martin and Florence Gallagher Bane.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Martin Bane.

John is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sarah “Sally” Bane, Ashland; daughter Rhoda (Scott) Heiser, Center Valley; son John (Yesenia) Bane, Harrisburg; daughter Maeve (Jimmy) O’Donnell, Harrisburg; grandchildren Erin, Margot, and Quinn, as well as nieces and nephews.

John was a 1964 Ashland High School graduate, and later graduated from Bloomsburg University. John spent most of his professional life as a self-employed insurance agent. He was involved in numerous local civic and social organizations, and he also sat on several boards. John had a profound affection for the Safety Patrol, and he enthusiastically inducted hundreds of people, nationwide.

John enjoyed many summers at the Jersey Shore as a young man, and later in life enjoyed vacations with family and friends who are family. He hated hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. John found great joy in telling stories and re-living memories of time spent with lifelong friends. John was discretely generous to those who needed help. He was an overall good guy.

In all of John’s lifelong accomplishments, his greatest success was his family. He will be missed by his devoted wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a protector and a provider.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Tuesday, May 17th at Saint Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland with Rev. Brian Miller, Pastor, as the celebrant. Friends are invited to his visitation at the church on Tuesday from 9am until time of Mass. Interment in St. Mauritius Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in John’s name to the Ashland Free Public Library at 1229 Centre Street, Ashland, PA 17921.

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Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Girardville is in charge of the arrangements.


Keith F. Whitmore, Jr.
, 65, of Tower City, passed away suddenly Tuesday afternoon at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pottsville.

Born in Gardiner, Maine, September 6, 1956, a son of Beverly Whitmore, Wisconsin and the late Keith Whitmore, Sr. Keith served in the Navy, Radioman.

Keith was a graduate of the Gardiner High School and Life Bible College, East. He was a pastor with the Foursquare Gospel Church, eventually locating to Muir, where he and his late wife, Pastor Donna Jo, were the former Pastors of the Muir Foursquare Gospel Church.

He enjoyed coaching and watching sports, especially the Raiders. He loved his pet bird and his fish. Keith looked forward to every Sunday where he and his mother would watch NASCAR while on the telephone.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his wife, Pastor Donna Jo Whitmore, 2005, and two grandchildren; Danny and Isabella Carl, 2020.

Surviving are his three children, Dusty Sincyr and her husband Jacob, Tower City; Adam Whitmore and his wife Venus, Harrisburg and Lesley Heald and her husband Luke, Tower City; one sister, Paula Moran, Wisconsin; his triplet brothers; Leon, Leslie and Larry Whitmore all of Maine. Seven grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm from the Muir Foursquare Gospel Church with his son-in-law, Pastor Luke Heald officiating.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Muir Foursquare Church, 111 E. Washington Street, Tower City PA 17957.

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


Felix F. Bermejo II, 29, of Shenandoah, passed away on Monday, May 9th, 2022. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 12 to 4pm at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc., 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah.


Charles “Chuck” Sorokach, Jr.
, 38 of Pottsville, died peacefully Tuesday at home surrounded by his family.

He was born June 25, 1983 in Pottsville a son of Charles Sorokach, Sr. Pottsville, and Karen Higgins Sorokach, Pottsville.

He was a 2001 graduate of Pottsville Area High School.

Chuck was owner and operator of Sorokach Contracting, Pottsville.

Chuck was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville.

Throughout his life Chuck enjoyed sprint car racing, fishing and was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys Fan.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William M. Higgins and paternal grandfather, Charles Sorokach, and his dog, Moose;

Surviving are his wife Diana Swartz Sorokach; his daughter Whitten Sorokach; a sister, Becky Sorokach, Pitman; 2 brothers, Kevin Sorokach, Minersville, and Chad Harig, Llewelyn; maternal grandmother, Anne M. Orloskey, Reading; paternal grandmother, Dolores Sorokach, Minersville; step-father, Brian Harig, Pottsville; step-mother Dawn Sorokach, Pottsville; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, his two dogs, Adrian & Zeke; many friends.

Services celebrating the life of Chuck will be held Saturday at 11AM from James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville, with Rev. Mark Fesniak officiating. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 9-11AM Saturday at the funeral home. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Chuck be made to Diana M. Sorokach for a scholarship to be setup for their daughter Whitten C/O Humphrey Funeral Home 1112 W. Market St. Pottsville, PA 17901. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Cemetery, Llewelyn.


Rodger G. Haydt
, 74, of Andreas, passed away, May 9, 2022, in his home. He was the husband of Barbara (Snyder) Haydt. They were married on March 12, 1971 and celebrated 51 years of marriage. Prior to retiring, he was employed by Lighting Fixture and Supply Co., Allentown. Born in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Preston and Marion (Haydt) Hausman. He was an Army veteran and honorably served in the Vietnam War with the rank of SPC 5. He was a member of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314 and the Lehigh Township Fire Co. He loved fishing and hunting and he was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Rodney Hausman, sister, Louise Clancy, and son-in-law, John Hine. Surviving in addition to his wife, are four daughters, Georgeann, wife of Keith Pachulski, of Jim Thorpe, Angela, wife of Steven Paly, of Tamaqua, Monica Yablonsky, of Lansford, and Stephanie Kavusak, of Ashland; three brothers, Dwight Hausman, of Walnutport, Ronald Hausman, and his wife, Carol, and Jeffrey Hausman, and his wife, Crystal, both of Slatington; two sisters, Peggy, wife of James Ziegenfuss, and Susan, wife of Eugene Chandler Jr., both of Slatington; ten grandchildren, Ryan and Randy Chandler, Mason and Logan Pachulski, Zachary, Draven and Jilliann Yablonsky, Dominic Mayfield, Taryn Dunleavy and Felicia Paly; sister-in-law, Anita Hausman, of Lehighton; brother-in-law, Robert Clancy, of Palmerton; nieces and nephews.

Services and interment with military honors will be held at 9:30am, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Calling hours 6-8pm Monday, May 16, 2022, at the Hartman Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold.


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