Sunday, June 19, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for June 19th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: June 19th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Dean Nordahl Anderson
, 88, of Tamaqua, PA, died on Friday, June 17, 2022, at home. He was the husband of Mary (Pasho) Anderson with whom he would have celebrated 68 years of marriage later this year. 

Born in Red Wing, Minnesota on August 9, 1933, Dean was a son of the late Sherman Anderson and Bernice (Preston) Anderson Stibitz. He attended Tamaqua schools and served in the Navy on the USS Wisconsin, BB-64 during the Korean War. Dean worked for Air Products in Hometown for 25 years and the Fazio and Mariners coal strippings. For many years, he raised pigeons and entered in pigeon racing competitions. Dean was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII; a life member of the East End Fire Company, Tamaqua; and the Andreas VFW Post #5069. Being from Minnesota he was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan; also a Notre Dame fan; and a Philadelphia Phillies fan whose family said was the team’s #1 home coach. 

In addition to his wife, Mary, Dean is survived by daughters, Mary Mosser of Coaldale, PA, Sheral Bamford and her husband Mike of Hometown, PA, Michelle Rohrbach and her husband, Eric of Fogelsville, PA, and Dawn Perla of Coaldale; grandchildren, Deana, Tommy, Timmy, Dusty, Sarah, Ben, Angela, Hannah, and Quinten; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Yvonne Krapf and her husband Charles of Mohnton, PA; and several nephews and nieces. 

He was predeceased by step father, Nelson Stibitz; brother, Dwayne Van Somern; and granddaughter, Adrenne. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow the mass. 

Memorials in his name may be made to the Men of Marian, c/o Marian High School, 166 Marian Avenue, Tamaqua, PA 18252.

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


Joy A. Wolfe
, 92, Orwigsburg, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of her daughter, Wendy J. Schuld and son, Scott R. Wolfe on the morning of June 16, 2022. She was predeceased by her husband, and dance partner, of 57 years, Robert (“Bob”)C. F. Wolfe in 2007 and by her son Dennis A. Wolfe in 2018.

Born in Schmaltzdahl Valley near McKeansburg, Schuylkill County, Joy was the only daughter of the late Clayton Rolland and Florence Pearl (Stoker) Rolland and grew up with her late cousin Lawrence Stoker on the family farm.

She was employed originally as an elementary school teacher at the former McKeansburg Elementary School for 3 years until leaving to raise her three children; returning to the workforce as a cashier for Boyer’s IGA, which she enjoyed for nearly 20 years until her retirement in the mid-1990’s. She was always grateful for the relationships forged while working for the Boyer Family who have remained friends and colleagues her entire life.

Joy was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orwigsburg, for nearly 70 years, actively participating in their Choir, Adult Forum &“The Merry Crafters” Club. Joy loved playing cards with her beloved card club who enjoyed each other’s’ friendship and card sharking acumen for over 50 years. Along with her husband, “Bob”, Joy was an active supporter of, and leader for, Orwigsburg Cub Scout Pack 124 and was a volunteer for the Orwigsburg Brownies & Girl Scouts troops.

Joy Wolfe graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1947 and from Kutztown State Teachers College in 1951. Joy and Bob shared a group of common friends from both Tamaqua High and Kutztown for nearly 60 years, exchanging “Round Robin” letters each year for nearly 5 decades to keep abreast of their friends and families during a simpler time without social media. Joy was first about family, making sure that holiday and birthday cards and, at times, personal notes of support, were delivered timely, even when needing the assistance of her “right hand”, Wendy, to do so later in life. Reams of scrapbooks covering all of her family adorn her favorite room in the house, the “Den”.

Joy & Bob felt very fortunate to be able to raise their family in the company of the “Station Road” gang; the Faust’s, Frantz’, Dulls’ and others. They went to school together, played together and watched out for each other. It was a time of no locked doors, no air conditioning, but plenty of camaraderie, support and love.

As the family disciplinarian, Joy believed in setting and following rules to assure proper balance on religion, family & friends, academics and physical and social activity. She had a unique ability to provide solace to her family regardless of the challenges she might have faced at the time, even up until her final moments. Her name, “Joy” was a true indicator of what she was to those blessed to know her. A favorite Christian song of ours, sung heartily at first, then quietly with her at the end was “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy…..(Down in my Heart)..” among many others.

Surviving are son, Scott R. Wolfe, and his wife Marci E. Schatzman, Reading; a daughter, Wendy J. Schuld, and her husband, Robert L. Schuld, New Ringgold; and a daughter in law, Kathy S. Wolfe, predeceased by her husband, Dennis A. Wolfe. There are also 9 grandchildren - Andrew S. Wolfe, Cressona and great grandchildren Harper, Destiny and Kobe; Kelly Wolfe, Lake Wynonah; Timothy S. Wolfe & Ashley Wolf, Philadelphia; Abigail Wolfe & husband Chris Massad, Portland, Maine; Matthew & Benjamin Schatzman, Reading; Candice Schuld, Orwigsburg; Samantha (Schuld) Morris & husband Dalton Morris, Orwigsburg and great grandsons Wesley & Barrett; and Robert (Bobby) Schuld, Port Carbon.

Other survivors include two sisters in law, Beverly Agnor and husband Robert, Virginia Beach, Va.; and Nancy Kabana, predeceased by husband Larry, Tamaqua; Cousins Gary Rolland and his wife Becky, Schmaltzdahl Valley; Grey Rolland, Freehold, New Jersey, Clinton & Patti Rolland and other cousins, nieces & nephews.

Visitation and a remembrance-of-Joy’s-life service will be 9:00am to 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 22nd at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orwigsburg, with Pastor Michael Petresky officiating. A private burial service will be held at Steigerwalt’s Church Cemetery, McKeansburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate if contributions were made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Restricted Endowment Fund, North Warren Street, Orwigsburg, PA 17961 or to Hillside S.P.C.A. 51 S.P.C.A. Road, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Hamilton – Breiner Funeral Home Inc., 116 S. Liberty St., Orwigsburg, is in charge of arrangements.


Paul Malacusky
, 59, of Mahanoy City and formerly of Ringtown, passed away on Friday, June 17th, 2022.

Born in Heistown, NJ on April 7th, 1963, he was the son of the late John and Theresa (Rakus) Malacusky.

Paul worked for Alcoa for many years as a Press Operator. He loved to play the lottery.

Besides his parents, Paul was preceded by his companion, Jane Lawson and 2 brothers, Mark and Bruce Malacusky.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Desiree Hall with Jason – Frackville, Jennifer Whyne with William – Gordon, and Melissa Bakerofsky – Orwigsburg, 3 sisters, Elaine Mione – Las Vegas, Diane Bann – Mahanoy City, and Patty Culver – Texas, 9 grandchildren, Zackery, Aiden, Destiny, Rylee, Scott, Case, Finnley, Autumn Rose, and Billy, along with several nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will take place on Thursday, June 23rd, from 9 to 10:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Scripture services will be held at 10:30am at the funeral home and will be officiated by Fr. Dominic Pham. Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Ringtown.


Megan “Meg” Beury
, 34, of North Fourth Street, Frackville, passed away June 16, 2022, at her residence alongside her fiancé David Zerby. Born in Pottsville, March 19, 1988, she is the daughter of Pamela and Arthur Hubler, Lavelle, and Walter Perchinski, of Frackville. She was a graduate of the North Schuylkill High School, class of 2007, and was employed as a production associate for Polly Plastics Manufacturing, Delano. During her high school years, Megan played girls softball for the North Schuylkill High School Lady Spartans at the position of shortstop. She enjoyed going to Big Diamond Raceway, Fishing, Collecting Sunflowers. 

Preceding her in death were Maternal Grandparents, James Bucher Sr. and Peggie Bucher and Paternal Grandparents, Stephen and Janet Perchinski.


Son: Logan Beury, she adored and loved infinity times infinity and beyond.

Sister: Willow Perchinski, Frackville

Brother: Blake Hubler and his fiancé Kali Carter, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Fiancé’s Children: Kaydn and Mackynzie Zerby, she loved them as her own.

Fur Baby: Binx the cat

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a combined celebration of life funeral service with the family of the late David Zerby Jr., Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 11 AM in the Lavelle Church of the Nazarene, Pa Route 901, Lavelle. Officiating will be Rev. Jeremey Smallwood, Pastor. Visitation with family will begin at 9 AM until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Ruth Steinert Memorial S.P.C.A., 18 Wertz Drive, Pine Grove, PA, 17963. 

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


David Zerby Jr.
, 33, of North Fourth Street, Frackville, passed away Thursday June 16, 2022, at his residence. Born in Pottsville. April 29, 1989, he is the son of Linda (Gallo) Yeich, Schuylkill Haven, and the late David Zerby Sr. He graduated from North Schuylkill High School, class of 2007, and was employed as a Fork Lift Operator for Tyson Foods. 

 Preceding him in death was his father, David Zerby Sr, passing in 2007, maternal grandparents, Vincent and Betty Gallo, a paternal grandmother, JoAnne Zerby and a fiancé, Megan Beury. 

David loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, riding his dirt bike and four-wheeler with his son, and playing in the park with his daughter.


Son: Kadyn Zerby, Frackville

Daughter: Mackynzie Zerby, Locustdale

Mother: Linda, wife of Todd Yeich, Schuylkill Haven

Brother: Zachery Zerby, Carlisle

Paternal Grandfather: Wayne Zerby, Ashland

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a combined celebration of life funeral service with the family of the late Megan Beury, Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 11 AM, in the Lavelle Church of the Nazarene, Pa Route 901, Lavelle, PA. Officiating will be Rev. Jeremy Smallwood, Pastor. Visitation with family members will begin at 9 AM until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation, 216 S. Center St., Pottsville, PA., 17901. The memorials will be going towards drug and alcohol prevention and education here in Schuylkill County. 

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.


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