Monday, June 20, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for June 20th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: June 20th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Emory G. Oakes, 70 years of age, a lifelong resident of the Dutch Hill Section of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Broad Mountain Nursing Home in Frackville.

Born Tuesday, January 1, 1952 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the son of the late Charles W., and Lucy (Sweeney) Oakes. Emory was also predeceased by; sisters, Gertrude, Bernadette, and Eleanore Oakes; brothers, Vincent Sweeney, Glyn, Donald, Charles, Jeffrey J. Sr., and Wayne Oakes.

Surviving are; sisters, Kathryn Boris wife of Lenny, Marie Quick his caregiver wife of David; brothers, Kenneth J. Oakes and his wife Kay, Arthur J. Oakes and Michael A. Oakes. Many nieces and nephews also survive Emory.

A kinder man one will be challenged to find. Many considered Emory the "Mayor of Dutch Hill". For many years he worked at the corner butcher shop Spokas's Meat Market on Union Street. Emory was always available to assist older resident mowing grass or running errands. He was a member of St. John XXIII R.C.C. of Tamaqua. Emory was a Phillies baseball, and Penn State Football fan.

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 at 7: o'clock PM on Wednesday June 22, 2022 from the funeral home. Friends may visit from 5:00 P.M. until time of services.

Private Interment will be in St. Jerome R.C.C. Cemetery Tamaqua, Pennsylvania


Clara V. Stapleton
, 97, longtime East End, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania resident, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022, while a guest at Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Born Monday, December 29, 1924, Clara was a daughter of the late Howard and Melissa (Bobst) Cook. Clara was the last surviving member of her family, predeceased by husband, John R. Stapleton; beloved son, John T. "Stape" Stapleton September 05, 2019; sister Mary Ann Thomas; brothers Leon, Howard and Raymond Cook.

Clara is survived by nieces and nephews.

Clara was a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and after completing her studies and graduating as a Registered Nurse, served the community as a longtime staff member at the former Coaldale State Hospital, and as a Private Duty Nurse retiring in October of 1980. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ and served on the Tamaqua Library Board. Clara enjoyed knitting, and was an avid reader.

Private Interment will be in Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.


Mary Alice (Bendrick) Leschik
, 95, of Frackville, passed away Friday evening, June 17, 2022.

Born in Frackville, September 13, 1926, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Shelcusky) Bendrick.

Upon graduating from West Mahanoy Township High School in 1944, she worked at Fort Indiantown Gap performing administrative duties including processing US soldiers headed oversees and German POW’s. She also worked at several garment factories and catering businesses.

Mary Alice was a very wonderful and hardworking wife, mother and grandmother. She was active in many community affairs and a longtime member of the former Annunciation BVM Church, Frackville. She was also an active member of the Frackville Elks Lodge, Catholic Daughters and Frackville Senior Citizens.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Frank Leschik on November 13, 1995; three sisters Patricia Hribar, Dorothy Marousky and Joanna Fritz, and two brothers William and Thomas Bendrick.

Mary Alice is survived by 4 children, Cynthia Golden, of Temple, Frank Leshik (Marla) Readington Twp., NJ, Mark Leschik (Dr. Nancy) Leschik, of York and Mary Alice Snopek, Lancaster; 9 grandchildren, Christian Golden, Nina Golden Kreiser; David Leshik; Alex and Olivia Leschik; Bobby, Abigail, Peyton and Halle Snopek; and one great-grandchild, Daegn Gehris. She is also survived by a sister, Regina (John) Kacergis, Jekyll Island, GA and two brothers James Bendrick, Georgetown, TX and Joseph Bendrick, AZ.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 27th from St. Joseph the Worker Parish, St. Ann’s Church located at 49 N. Line Street, Frackville with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito, pastor, as the celebrant. A viewing will be held on Monday morning from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Interment will be held on Wednesday, June 29th at 12:30 p.m. at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made, in Mary Alice's name, to St. Joseph the Worker Parish at 7 S. Broad Mountain Ave., Frackville, PA 17931


Suzanne Hurst
of Barnesville was called home on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

She was born at home in Mahanoy City on 10/29/40 to Helen (Krieg) and John Keiser. She attended Immaculate Heart Academy and St Agnes Nursing School, achieving her Registered Nurse certification in 1961. She worked in Philadelphia area hospitals until moving her family back “upstate” in 1973, when she joined the staff at Ashland State Hospital and discovered her true nursing vocation, the emergency room.

She enjoyed travel, especially to see faraway family, and day trips that included a stop at Trader Joe’s. But overall, she felt that “East, west – home’s best.”

She was a Christmas enthusiast, and loved everything about the season: the decorations, music and baking – at which she excelled. She looked forward to the first day of summer - because the days begin to shorten, so she could start the countdown to winter. Other favorite pastimes included music, especially Il Volo and the Bee Gees; dancing to 50’s jitterbug tunes; Villanova basketball; Michigan football; and movies, where her eclectic tastes ranged from Ben Hur to Rocky 2 to Lord of the Rings. Children were a joy in her life, especially her beloved grandchildren, but her big heart had room for others as well. She taught CCD at her parish, St Richard’s RCC, and for years afterwards enjoyed following “her kids”. For many years she supported a Navajo mission, and was thrilled by a trip to Arizona to meet the children in person.

Survivors include daughter Lizanne Hurst and companion Pete Lamana of Bethlehem; son and daughter in law Jack and Debbi Hurst of Barnesville; three grandchildren, Kelsey, Jack Jr and Joshua. 

Her youngest child, Timothy, preceded her in death in 1981. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated by the Rev. Robert Finlan on Thursday morning at 11 AM from St. Richard's Church in Barnesville. Interment will follow in St. Fidelis Cemetery in Mahanoy Township. Friends may call at the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 AM until time of Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, where Timmy received such excellent care. 

David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


James D. Seiler
, 71, of Tower City, passed away early Monday morning, June 20, 2022, at his home after a courageous year long battle with cancer.

Born in Tower City, April 12, 1951, a son of the late William Seiler and Violet Heckert Seiler Warren. Jim was a 1969 graduate of Williams Valley High School.

He was retired from TYCO, Lickdale.

Jim was an extremely talented woodworker. In his free time, he could often be found working in his yard which he took great pride in, watching Nascar and sports on TV. Jim and Colleen were huge Williams Valley Viking sports fans, never missing their great nephews games.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by a brother William Seiler and a sister, Mary Beth Hasbrouck.

Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Colleen Dietrich Seiler, a sister; Jane Corsnitz, Middletown, a brother, Timothy Seiler, Tower City, numerous nieces and nephews whom Jim was very close to.

Following Jim's wishes, there will be no services.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., is honored to serve the Seiler family.


Michael G. Krusinsky
, 59, of Ringtown, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Heather, Fritz-Krusinsky of Phinneyville, a step daughter, Kelsey Damgaard, Step son, Gregory Fritsch and grandson Jaxson Fritsch, all of Elysburg. Three brothers, Edward, William and Fritz Krusinsky, all of Shenandoah and a sister, Debbie Franz of Frackville survive as do many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Mike was a force to be reckoned. He grew up on the streets of Shenandoah and was known by all. He attended Shenandoah Valley high school, then enlisted in the United States Army. Returning from duty, he attended welding school which led to a successful career as an expert welder.

Those who loved him loved him loyal. If he believed in you, he would fiercely protect and defend. He will be severely missed by an uncountable many.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation on Tuesday evening June 28th 2022 from 6-8 PM at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown. In lieu of flowers, Mike's family asks that you remember him in your thoughts on this day.


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