Thursday, May 26, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 26th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: May 26th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Katherine Yulick, 89, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Wednesday, May 25th, at Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Brommerstown Valley, on September 22, 1932, a daughter of the late Helen and Alexander Yulich.

In addition to her parents, Katherine was preceded in death by her 13 brothers and sisters.

She was employed as a waitress at Country Squire Restaurant and was a member of the Northward Social Club, as well as attended many bingo games.

Katherine is survived by her son, Edward Yulick, husband of Donna, of Wayne Township. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Edward and Matthew; great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Damien, and Elijah.

Services and interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Allen L. "Butch" Wertman, Jr. of Brockton but it is with full hearts that we celebrate his incredible life.

Butch passed away on May 24, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospice after a courageous 2 & 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. Butch's strength, positivity, and deep love for his wife of 43 years, Deborah A. (Inama) Wertman gave him the courage to live each day to its fullest even in the toughest of moments. He was an inspiration to those who knew him and a rock to those close to him.

Born February 17, 1958 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. the son of the late Allen L. Wertman, Sr., and Elizabeth (Mehalshick) Wertman.

Butch and Deb met when they were 15 years of old and were inseparable ever since. Their relationship flourished over 50 years and together they raised two phenomenal and devoted sons: Ryan A. Wertman (and his partner Lauren Hutton of Philadelphia) and Erik F. Wertman (and his wife Lindsay of Mechanicsburg) who gave Allen his adored grandson, Kendrick Allen. Butch is also survived by his brother Rick Wertman of Raleigh, N.C. and his sisters Lynn Zelonis (wife of Joseph) of Brockton and Susie Matlock (wife of Robert) of New Philadelphia, along with many nieces, nephews, co-workers and friends.

Known for his tireless work ethic and selfless nature, Butch retired from Carpenter Technology where he served as an Electrical Technician for 32 years. An avid athlete and traveler, Butch enjoyed hiking with his family, running, biking and never turned down a good adventure. His indomitable spirit was never more fully on display than in his final months as he faced an unbeatable illness and never lost the smile on his face or his kindness to those around him. Butch was a special human being and will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

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

A Celebration of Butch's Life will be held on Wednesday June 1, 2022 at 6 o'clock P.M. from the funeral home. Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. until the time of reflection.

Memorials in his name to:

Tamaqua Carbon American Cancer Society
33 West Ridge Street
Lansford, Pennsylvania 18232

Or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at


Ruth A (Stump) Reber
, 87, of Auburn, PA gained her angel wings on May 24th, 2022 in the Reading Tower Health Hospital. Ruth's life would seem too short to many, but those of us who were humbled to be touched by Ruth understand that her existence and the imprint she left on our hearts exceed the quantity of time that Ruth stayed here.

Ruth was born in Albany Township, PA in 1935 to her mother and father, Mary and Homer Stump. She spent her childhood running through the beautiful flower gardens, picking up one of her many treasured skills in gardening, and looking out for her younger sister, Joan Calvert. Ruth completed her high school education in 1952 when she graduated from Slatington High School. She continued her passion in caring for others after her graduation, by continuing her studies at the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated in 1955. She, being the driven woman she was known to many as being, continued her career in nursing by working at the Hamburg Center for 35 years. She tirelessly served her patients, where she was known for her hard work, professionalism, admiration from her patients, and her magnetic personality.

Ruth was talented, understanding, and kind-hearted to every person, plant, and animal she ever met. She opened her heart to anyone she came in contact with. When Ruth wasn't spending her time at the Leesport Farmer's Market selling her canned goods, jellies, and soups, she was saving every cat that managed to find their way to her home. Those closest to her, would question whether or not her magnetic personality carried over into the feline world. Many of those who recall beloved memories of Ruth remember her enjoying her days singing along to her favorite artists, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, and also enjoying watching Betty White. Not a day would pass where Ruth wasn't thinking, cooking, and gardening for others, or giving her time to support those closest to her. Arguably her most spoken about personality trait was being a selfless woman.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Colinda (Alan) Hileman of Hamburg, Lucinda Palubinski of Schuylkill Haven; and son Daniel (Jean) Martel of Shoemakersville. As well as her eight grandchildren: Ashley Hileman, Allison Hileman, Danielle Martel, Dana Martel, Amber Simpson, Steven Palubinski, Christopher Palubinski, and Tayler Palubinski; eight great grand-children as well as her beloved dog, Renee.

Ruth's funeral service will held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:00 AM in the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, 8405 Kings Highway New Tripoli, PA 18066, with a calling hour to begin at 10:00AM. Rev. Tad Schlegel will officiate. Interment in Jacob's Union Cemetery.

Please consider making a contribution or adopting your next furr-ever friend at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Berks County at 58 Kennel Road Birdsboro, PA 19508, an organization where Ruth's beloved cats are now housed and cared for.

If ordering flowers, to ensure flower delivery in time for service, please place all orders AT LEAST 24 hours prior to the start of her service.


Randall John Dillman, Sr.
, 64, of Minersville, passed away Friday, May 20th, at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 

Randall was born in Harrisburg, Pa. on October 1, 1957, a son of the late Dorothy (Roberts) and William M. Dillman, Sr. He was the husband of Lori Anne C. (Cortopassi) Dillman. He was a member of Saint Michael the Archangel Church of the Holy Family Parish, Minersville. . Randall served in the U.S. Air Force during the Persian Gulf War and was employed as a Corrections Officer at the Federal Correctional Institution, F.C.I. Schuylkill. Randall enjoyed camping, was a member of the Disable American Veterans, and the N.R.A. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by cousins, Darlene Spotts, George and Vernon Dillman.

Randall is survived by his wife Lori, a daughter, Rachel Dillman, and her Fiancee,' Bradley Bush, two sons Randall and Bryan Dillman. Randall is also survived by a sister, Sharon Morcha and a brother, William M. Dillman Jr. He is also survived by a cousin, Betty Jean Lazarchick and her family as well as other cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 10th at Saint Michael the Archangel Church of the Holy Family Parish in Minersville, with Reverend Jason F. Stokes officiating. 

All are respectfully invited to attend a visitation from 9:00 to 10:30 in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel Church. Interment with Military Honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Wounded Warriors 

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


Edna J. Chatary, 83, of Walnut Street, Ashland, passed away May 24, 2022, at her residence. 

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.