Monday, June 13, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for June 13th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: June 13th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Purletta Emma Bankes, 100, of York, PA and formerly of Tamaqua, PA, died on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in York. She was the wife of the late Harry H. Bankes who died in 1989. 

Born on January 26, 1922, in Tamaqua, Purletta was a daughter of the late Walter and Emma (Habel) Moses. A 1939 graduate of Tamaqua High School, she had been a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua. Purletta enjoyed traveling and she and Harry had traveled to four of the continents. 

A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by daughter, Carol McWilliams and her husband Philip of Hampstead; granddaughter, Brenda Berringer of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandsons, Andrew McWilliams of Timonium, MD and Eric McWilliams of Laurel, MD; and 2 nephews. 

Purletta was predeceased by a daughter, Gail Berringer; a son, Bruce Bankes; and a sister, Gloria Templin. 

Memorials in her name may be made to the Arthritis Foundation at or mailed to Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. 

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


Mary E. Metrick, 61, of Frackville, passed away Saturday, June 4th at Geisinger Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Shenandoah, December 3, 1960, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Matilda Zakiewicz Metrick, Sr. She was a graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School, class of 1978 and McCann School of business, Mahanoy City.

Mary worked as an Unemployment Claims Examiner in Harrisburg. She previously worked for Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville and the Pennsylvania State Employees Union.

She enjoyed family gatherings and supported many of the local organizations.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers Michael, Jr. and Edward Metrick

Mary is survived by a brother Joseph Metrick, Frackville, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ann’s R.C. Church, Frackville with Rev. Brian Miller as celebrant. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with family from 9 a.m. till time of Mass at the church. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mary’s name can be made to Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901


John P. “Jack” Lebby
, 79, a former resident of Shenandoah currently residing with his son and daughter-in-law, John Paul and Amanda Lebby of Barnesville passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

Born in Shenandoah on February 8, 1943, he was a son of the late John Joseph and Regina Mary (Bokuniewicz) Lebby (Lebiedziewski).

He was a 1960 graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School.

Mr. Lebby was a decorated Army Veteran having served during the Vietnam era from 1964 until 1966. He received the Sharpshooter (Rifle) and the National Defense Service Medal.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for Ateeco Inc., Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah. Earlier in life, he was employed for the former Dixon-Wearever Inc., Deer Lake.

He was a member of the former Saint Stanislaus Church, Shenandoah. He was a charter member of the 500 Fish and Game Club, Shenandoah. He was also a member of the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company.

Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a pool shark. As a sport’s fan, his favorite teams were the Philadelphia Flyers, the Philadelphia Eagles and Penn State Football. Above all else, he cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his brother, Paul Lebby; his sister, Phyllis Smith and one nephew, Steven Smith.

Surviving are his son, John Paul Lebby and his wife Amanda of Barnesville with their children, JohnPaul Lebby, Naomi Kowalick and Chase Lebby; his daughter, Laura Reed and her husband Kris of Marysville and their children, Senior Airman Kohl J. Reed (USAF), Brye Wojcik, Kylie Reed and Kendall Reed; his sister, Maryann Walukonis of Frederick, Maryland; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends including Kevin Parker of Shenandoah Heights and his dog, “Reaper”.

The family would like to thank St. Luke’s Home Hospice and the Lebanon VA Hospice for the special care and concern shown to Jack.

Religious services will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 10:30 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin St., Shenandoah. Deacon John Setlock will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Friday morning from 9:00 am until 10:30 am at the funeral home.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in care of the arrangements.


Joseph Barnyock, 77, of Branchdale, passed away Friday evening at his home. . Arrangements will be announced by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, Minersville.


Pamela McTiernan, 62, of Frackville, PA, passed away Friday, June 10th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Pamela was born in Portland Maine, on September 5, 1959, a daughter of the late Julia (Bulmer) and David Hamm.

She had worked for the former Morgan Knitting Mills in Hometown.

Pamela is survived John McTiernan who was the love of her life, and by a daughter, Krissy, wife of Paul Wonsock, of Barnesville; two sons Joseph, of Frackville; Matthew, of Fort Myers FL; a stepdaughter, Tracy McTiernan, of Staten Island NY; two sisters, Julie, wife of Joseph Solfaro, of Holmdel NJ; Cynthia Hamm, of Toms River NJ.

She is also survived by Grandchildren Juliana, Ryleigh, Kenna, Sabian, Monee' and Calvin, and a Great Granddaughter Arya. An honorary brother and uncle to her children, Robert Filmore, Frackville. Many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Richards Church, Barnesville, at 12pm on Saturday, June 18th, with Rev. Robert Finlan officiating.

Friends and family may call Saturday from 11am to 12pm at St. Richards Church.

Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park Tamaqua, PA.

Family prefers donations to St. Richards Church or St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


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