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Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 20th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: May 20th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Christine A. Johnson, 71, of Tamaqua, formerly of St. Clair died Saturday May 14, 2022, at St. Luke’s University Hosptial – Bethlehem.

Born in Pottsville, June 16, 1950, She was a daughter of Jospeh and Helen (Popnick) Wassel.

She was a 1968 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and retired as a Psychiatric Aide from Warnersville State Hospital, .

She was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

She was preceded in death by a brother John Sincavage; 2 sisters Helen Briesch and Theresa Large.

Surviving are a son Joseph Johnson of Minersville; daughter Melissa Johnson of Tamaqua; 2 sisters Anna Flail of McAdoo; Joan Thomas of Pottsville; Nieces and Nephews Minersville

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday May 23, 2022 from St. Bartholomew Cemetery, Mine St. Brockton PA 17925 with Deacon Jack Quirk Officiating.

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements.


Edward Mohutsky, 88 of Frackville passed away on Thursday evening, December 31, 2020 at St. Luke’s University Health Network Anderson Campus, Easton.

Born in Shenandoah on August 16, 1932 he was a son of the late Michael and Julia (Oravitz) Mohutsky.

He was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Ed was a retired union pipefitter and was a member of the Pipefitters & Plumbers Local 524, Scranton.

Mr. Mohutsky was a decorated Army veteran having served his country in the Korean War. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal.

He was a member of Saint Michael’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Shenandoah.

Surviving are his wife of fifty-two years, the former Rosemary Ushock; two sons, Anthony “Tony” Mohutsky of Frackville and Michael Mohutsky and his wife Maria of Indianapolis, Indiana; two daughters, Joy Foster and her husband Michael of Media and Susan Halcovich and her husband Patrick of Frackville; two grandchildren, Michael and Alex Foster; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents were four brothers, Michael, Emil, Ralph and Clarence; and four sisters, Anna Kelly, Mary Jawor, Julia Ciesluk and Christine "Teenie" Sebastian.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Divine Liturgy in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Shenandoah on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 11:00 am. Monsignor Myron Grabowsky, Pastor will officiate. A visitation will be held prior to Liturgy at the church from 10:00 am until 11:00 am.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Sarah M. "Sally" Adams
, 71, of Tower City, passed away early Thursday morning, May 19, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - East, Pottsville.

Born in Lykens, September 13, 1950, a daughter of the late Ray and Edith Sisk Adams. Sarah was a 1968 graduate of Williams Valley High School and a graduate of McCann Business School.

She was a retired data operator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Sarah was an active member of the Christ United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Community Choir and Cantata.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Leroy Adams.

Surviving are an uncle, cousins and several dear friends including Terri Welker whom Sarah considered a sister.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 11:00 am from the Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating. Burial will be in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin. Visitation will be from 10:30-11 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, 400 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980.

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


Michael Mahalchick III
, formerly of Pottsville, PA, passed away on May 16, 2022 at the age of 73, in Manassas, VA at home surrounded by family.

Michael was born to Michael and Conchita Mahalchick on August 21, 1948, in Manila, Philippines. The oldest of six children, he attended Minersville HS and was described as “athletic, always smiling, a friendly personality, liked to fish, liked to help his dad, and reliable.” After graduating in 1966, Michael played college football at Ursinus College where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and attended other educational institutes as part of his career which included: Bucknell University and the University of Oklahoma. A banker most of his life, he worked for American Bank, Wachovia, M&T Bank, and First National Bank of Minersville. He worked briefly in the fields of insurance (Higgins Associates) and real estate (Rushanan & DeStefano) and also owned and operated a nightclub (Memory Lane) and restaurant (Bonanza Steakhouse). Throughout his life he was active in his community serving as a Board Member on: Penn State School Campus Advisory Board, Schuykill Technology Incubator, Schuykill YMCA, Schuykill County Industrial Development Authority, Schuykill County Crippled Children Society, Luzerne/ Schuykill Workforce Investment Board, Family Service Agency, Schuykill Economic Development Corporation, Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, Schuykill Employment and Training Program, Schuykill Chamber of Commerce, and Schuykill United Way. He also served on several committees which included the Schuykill County Symphony Orchestra's Capital Campaign, First Union LPGA Annual Golf Event, and Penn State Grand Destiny Capital Campaign Schuykill Campus. He was a member and past president of the Frackville Lions Club.

He was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard of PA in April of 1976 and served as a sergeant in the 1068th Military Police Company.

Michael loved spending time socializing and interacting with people, friends, and family. Neighbors and neighborhood children would gather around the family home and pool listening to Michael’s stories and jokes at numerous get togethers. His door was always open.

Michael was married to Eleanor (Sosnoski) Mahalchick of Mount Carmel, PA for 50 years. She loved, cared for, and supported him every step of the way. Together, they had three children.

Michael is survived by his wife, Eleanor; sons Michael and partner James of New York, NY; Mark and wife, Hilary of Manassas, VA; Martin and wife, Kimberly of Denver, CO; Grandchildren: Lauren, Flynn, Mikaela, Elena, and Jackson; Siblings: Barbara Reichert (Joe), Elaine Glaser (John), Judy Purcell, Robert Mahalchick (Tracy), John Mahalchick (Jackie); numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nephews; and Lizzie- his beloved Beagle.

A visitation will be held Thursday June 2 with calling hours from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville as well as Friday morning. A Requiem Divine Liturgy will be celebrated Friday the 3rd at 10:00 am at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville with Reverend Mark Fesniak celebrant. Interment Parish Cemetery.

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


Clinton T. Heffner
, 56, of Tremont, PA passed away peacefully Wednesday May 18, 2022 surrounded by his family. 

Born June 30, 1965 in Pottsville, PA, he was the son of Rosalie M. Rumpf and the late Ronald F. Heffner. Clint attended Muir Christian Academy. He was employed at Maurer & Scott Sales as a truck driver. Clint loved the out of doors. He was a motor sports enthusiast. His adventures included riding his motorcycle with friends and going on poker runs, off road 4-wheel driving, ATV riding, water craft and snowmobiling. He was a gifted mechanic known for his kindness, gentle humor and using his talents to help his neighbors and friends. 

Clint is survived by his mother Rosalie M. Rumpf, his twin sister Carla Heffner, CO, sister Lisa Kreiser (Steve) Jonestown, brother Ronald Heffner (Lynn) Pine Grove, sister Karen Buchanan (David) of CO, many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A private celebration of life will be held at the family’s convenience. 

Private interment will be at Mount Peace Cemetery. Mahal Ritzel Funeral Home Inc, Minersville has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Kimberly Leedom, 38, of Shamokin Street, Ashland, passed away, with her family by her side, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born in Danville, October 14, 1983 she is the daughter of Thomas and Janet Shuck Leedom, of Ashland. She was a student at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29, Marlin, and attended the Lavelle Church of the Nazarene. Preceding her in death were sisters, Christine in 2004, Tacy, passing in 2017, a nephew Timothy Leedom and a niece Payton Leedom.

Survivors in addition to her parents

Brother: Thomas Leedom Jr., Mt. Carmel

Brother: Samuel Leedom and his wife Stephanie, Ashland

Sister: Sandra Leedom, Mahanoy City

Sister: Kelley wife of Arnie Harner, Mt. Carmel

Aunts and Uncles

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life funeral service, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 5:30 PM, in the Lavelle Church of the Nazarene. Officiating will be Rev. Jeremy Smallwood, pastor. Visitation with family will begin at 4:30 PM until service. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


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

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