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Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 16th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: May 16th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Polly J. Evon
, 86 of Slatington, PA and formally of Tamaqua, PA, was called home to the Lord Friday morning. She spent her final days surrounded by her loving family. 

A 1954 graduate of the Tamaqua Area High School, Polly then worked for the former JE Morgan Knitting Mills Outlet Store. After her retirement, she enjoyed going out for her morning breakfast with her sister and spending time with her great great nieces. Polly was a former member of the Salem United Methodist Church, Tamaqua and a current member of the First United Methodist Church, Tamaqua. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Olive (Bannan) Evans. 

Polly was predeceased by her husband, John (Jackie) Evon and sister, Dorothy Rarick. She is survived by brother, Thomas Evans of Kempton, PA; sister, Lorraine Kleppinger of Slatington with whom she resided for over 40 years; and many, many nieces and nephews. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with Pastor Debra Forney officiating. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bloomingdale, PA will follow the services. Call 10-11 AM on Thursday at the funeral home. 

Memorials in Polly’s name may be made to First United Methodist Church, 124 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 

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


Joan G. Lenhart
, 86, of Auburn, passed away Saturday at home surrounded by her children, grandchildren and friends.

Born in Pottsville on June 14, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Ralph & Helen (Carter) Gerber.
She was the widow of Clifford Lenhart, who passed away December 22, 2015.

Joan was a 1953 Pottsville High School graduate.

She worked most of her life as an administrative professional for Richard B. Ryon Real Estate, and Pepsi Cola, Schuylkill Haven.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Pottsville; where she had also been employed as the church's secretary for more than 5 years. At church she was also active in Joy Circle, & United Methodist Women. Joan also belonged to Business and Professional Women group. In her free time, Joan enjoyed baking, knitting, bowling and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by three children: Diane Lenhart Krause, wife of Richard, of Warminister, PA; Julie Mikos, wife of Gerry, of Auburn; & Craig Lenhart, husband of Jill, of Auburn; grandchildren, Ryan Krause, Amanda Krause Doughty, Allison and Hayley Lenhart, & Joseph and Ethan Mikos; great-grandchildren, Carter and Charlotte Krause, Cameron and Averie Doughty, & Faye Mikos, as well as nieces, Linda and Lori.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by her brother: Lawrence Gerber; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 20th at First United Methodist Church, Pottsville, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Wallace officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at St. John's Cemetery, 55 Church St., Hamburg, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joan's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America: 322 8th Avenue, 16th Floor New York, NY 10001.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Helena K. Naydock, 90, of Orwigsburg. She passed on Sunday, May 15th in Seton Manor where she was a resident for 5 years. Born in New Castle, DE May 22, 1931, Helena was the daughter of the late Jennie (McHugh) and Edward Dubois Sparks. She was the youngest of 8 children.

Helena was a graduate of St. Peter’s High School and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Francis and Wilmington General Hospital in Delaware, and later worked private duty as her children were growing up. She moved to Orwigsburg, PA in 1972 and worked as a clerk at Rosehill Department Store for several years.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven. Her Catholic faith was very strong, and she carried rosary beads and small prayer books in her purse. When she was no longer able to attend church, she watched Mass and prayed the rosary daily. Helena exemplified the great faith that we need every day in our lives.

Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family and friends. Helena was the loudest cheerleader at all her grandchildren’s sporting events. She treasured trips to the beach, shopping, playing cards, solving crossword puzzles and going to the casino. Music was a lifelong passion which she instilled in every one of us; she was especially fond of Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, and Herb Albert.

Helena was a lover of Italian cuisine but preferred desserts over food. Chocolate ice cream was her favorite followed by chocolate milkshakes. She loved the color blue, dancing with her children and grandchildren, laughing, and telling very long and detailed jokes. Helena loved to entertain and those around her were drawn to her outgoing personality. Selflessness and generosity were a part of her spirit and she touched the lives of many. Her children and her family were her priority, and her fabulous sense of humor and positive attitude was obvious to all who loved her. “I’m giving while I’m living!” was her favorite motto.

Helena was preceded in death by her husband, Harry T. Naydock, Sr. They were married 53 years when he passed in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her son, Harry Jr. in 1985. Her siblings, Jane Ann, Marie, Edward, Dolores, Jim, and twins Theresa and Paul, also preceded her in death.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Jean Jones, wife of Richard, Milford, DE and Christine Klepchick, wife of Anthony, Carolina Shores, NC, and 2 sons, Karl Naydock, husband of Lori, Easton, PA, and James, husband of Brenda, Schuylkill Haven, PA. Helena is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Jason Klepchick, Brandon Klepchick, Nicholas Klepchick, Lindsey Zuluaga, Travis Jones, Alexandra Naydock, Jake Naydock, Jamie Jones, Matt Naydock, and Kacey Rose. Helena is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren: Alyssa Klepchick, Ashley Klepchick, Donavynn Trumps, Andrae Klepchick, Adley Klepchick, Hannah Zuluaga, Olivia Zuluaga, Cayden Klepchick, Haley Klepchick, and Xander Klepchick. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Dawn Sparks and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven on Thursday, May 19th at 10:30. Family and friends are invited to call from 9:15-10:15 am at St. Ambrose before Mass.

There will be no viewing per Helena’s request. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park.


Robin J. “Robb” Grigalonis
, 55, of Pottsville, passed away on Thursday at his home after a long battle with diabetes.

Born on December 16, 1966, in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Joseph Grigalonis, Jr. and the late Bette (nee Razzi) Grigalonis. He graduated from the former St. Francis of Assisi Parochial School and attended Minersville High School. He worked as a carpenter for several local contractors, including his brother, Lee Grigalonis.

He was a member of the former St. Francis Church, Minersville.

He was a very kindhearted man who loved his parents, family and friends. And when he was able, he loved driving his four-wheeler.

Robb is survived by his partner of 23 years, Pamela Maley; his daughter, Taylor Grigalonis, Branchdale; his grandson, David Bush, Jr.; three siblings, Lee Grigalonis (companion, Pauline Zaharis), Greg Grigalonis (spouse, Mary Lou), Allentown, and Dr. Joette Vicario (spouse, Joel), Emmaus. He is also survived by nieces, Gina Enders, Greta Martin, Angela Murphy, Leigh Grigalonis, Gianna Grigalonis, Gina Vicario and Julia Vicario; Pamela’s daughter, Bryanna Maley.

Arrangements are incomplete.


Clarence W. Donton Sr.
, age 81 of Schuylkill Haven, PA passed away on May 15, 2022 at his home.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Ann Thomas
, age 83, of Palo Alto, PA passed away peacefully with her children that could be in attendance and those who loved her by her side at Luther Ridge on Friday, May 13th, 2022.

Born in Schuylkill Haven, PA on April 26, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Ruth (Hinkle) Grover.

Pat was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1957. She worked at Cressona Knitting Mill for over 25 years, was a member of the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Haven and she served on the election bureau in Palo Alto. Pat lived her life with quiet dignity, always putting others before herself. Her love always emanated from her light within her. She loved to dance, bake, roller skate when younger, and spend time with her children and grandchildren. Pat also loved cruising the Caribbean with her husband, grand kids, and other friends.

She was the last member of her immediate family being preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 62 years, Ralph "Moe" Thomas on February 24, 2022, a brother Bruce Grover, and a sister Doris Wenhold.

Patricia is survived by her children: Susan Donton- Kuhns and husband Pete, Ralph Thomas Jr. and wife Marcella, Linda Mingos and husband Ron, Sharon Souchak and husband Tim, Patti Ann DaSilva and husband Jeff, and Joann Conrad; 15 grandchildren, Robert Donton Jr, Megan Frasnelli, Paige Thomas, Isaac Thomas, Jacob Mingos, Mallory Mingos, Heather Shappell, Shannon Shappell, Jeffrey DaSilva, Neal DaSilva, Derek DaSilva, Shane DaSilva, Ian Conrad, Kaile Conrad, and Tanner Conrad; great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A Religious Service will be held at the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Haven at 11AM on Wednesday, May 18th, with Pastor Larry Laine officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday morning from 9:30-11AM at the Church.

Interment will be held in the St. John the Baptist No.2 Cemetery in Pottsville.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Ivy Irene Wagner Hall
, 98, of 19 Abbey Court, Haines City, Florida, died Saturday, May 14 at her home. She was the widow of Richard L. Hall.

Born on her family's dairy farm in the Lewistown Valley, Pennsylvania, Mary was the oldest daughter of the late Webster ,and Irene (Wolfe) Wagner. Mary was also a sister of Paul Wagner, Beryl Donohue and the late Kenneth Wagner.

Mary was a member of the class of 1940 at Blythe Township High School in New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the May Queen during her senior year. After graduating, Mary attended Moore Institute of Art in Philadelphia until 1944 when she was hired as a fashion illustrator and artist. Mary met her husband in Philadelphia where he was stationed at the Philadelphia Naval Base. They were married on November 24,1947. After Mary's husband retired from the Navy, they became active members of the Aronimnk Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, where Mary won numerous golf tournaments in the 1970's. She continued playing golf and bridge when she and her husband retired to their home at the Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort in Haines City, Florida.

Surviving in addition to Mary's sister and brother are her son, David, husband of Gail Hall of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter Caryn, wife of Larry Anstine of San Jose, California; granddaughter Laurie Anstine and great-grandsons Nicholas and Stephen Anderson also from San Jose, California; granddaughter Christie Markley, wife of Ryan Markley and great-grandchildren Mia and Jameson from Stevenson Ranch, California.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday May 21, 2022 at 11 o'clock A.M. from the funeral home. Friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until time of services.
Interment Odd Fellows Cemetery Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.


Opal R Brosius
, age 90, of Creek Road, Pitman, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at her residence.

She was born on Friday, August 28, 1931, in Mowry, a daughter of the late Daniel Wolfgang and the late Alma (Stehr) Wolfgang.

Opal had worked on her family farm throughout her life.

She was a member of Hepler's Church of God, Pitman: where she was active in the Ladies Class.

She was also a member of Woodman of the World, Pitman.

Opal loved flowers, gardening, playing dominos, and enjoyed walking to her sister's house for visits.

Her husband, Robert R Brosius passed away in 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by a son, Kenneth D Brosius; a brother, Daniel Wolfgang; and three sisters, Christine Yoder, Charlotte Zimmerman, and Doris Knerr.

She is survived by three sons, Robert R Brosius, Jr, James F Brosius, and Donald L Brosius all of Pitman; a daughter in law, Carol Brosius of Pitman; three granddaughters, Amy S Bartholomew, Lindsey Hynoski, and Erica Maurer; a grandson, Chris Carter; a great grandson, Mason Heller; several nieces and nephews; and her good friend and caretaker, Esther Panford.

Funeral services were held at Hepler's Church of God, Pitman, on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Robert Cassel officiating.

A viewing was held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday at the church.

Burial was in Hepler's Cemetery, Pitman.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hepler's Church of God, c/o Mark Swinehart, 95 South Road, Pitman, PA 17964.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, was in charge of arrangements.


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