Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for June 22nd, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: June 22nd, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Charlann M. Noel, 92, of Pottsville passed away peacefully on Sunday morning at Luther Ridge at Seiders Hill, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, on July 25, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Kotch) Bercher.

Charlann was 1946 Graduate of Pottsville High School and a former member of Mary Queen of Peace.

She worked as a bookkeeper at Gateway Bowling Lanes for 12 years, retiring in 1970.

Charlann was a member of the Saint Clair Women's Club.

She enjoyed bowling, going on vacations, and spending time at the beach. But most of all, she enjoyed the time spent with family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph V. Noel, on September 22, 2016 and to whom she was married almost 70 years; and son, Joseph C. Noel, on January 15, 2021.

Charlann is survived by a son, Ronald C. Noel, husband of Kathryn, of Pottsville; daughter-in-law, Michelle Noel, of Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren: Heather Hable, Rebecca Evans, Jeremy and Kevin Noel; and great grandchildren: Logan and Livia Hable; Adalyn, Corbin, and Brayden Evans; Braxton, Ashton, Kora and Taylor Noel; sister, Carlene Motley, of Douglassville; brothers: Charles Bercher, of Glen Bernie, MD and Paul Bercher, of Garland, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

The family request contributions in Charlann's memory be sent to: Macular Degeneration Association, 5969 Cattleridge Boulevard, Suite #100, Sarasota, FL 34232.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.


Thomas J. “Tim” O’Rourke
, 82 formerly of Shenandoah Heights passed on Monday evening, June 20, 2022 at Arden Courts of Susquehanna, Harrisburg.

Born in Shenandoah on April 21, 1940 he was a son of the late Cpl. Laurence and Margaret (Thomas) O’Rourke.

Tim was a 1957 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.

He retired from the State of Pennsylvania as a state vehicle inspector in general services. Earlier in life, he was employed in sales for Ateeco Inc., Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah.

Tim was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah and the former Annunciation BVM Church. He was a former member of the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company and the Glovers Hill Athletic Club, Shenandoah. He was a supporter of the Schuylkill County Notre Dame Club.

Tim was an avid sports fan and was devoted to Notre Dame football. He made a yearly trip to South Bend, Indiana to see his beloved team play. He was an avid runner having participated in many local runs including the annual Coal Cracker 10k. Tim loved animals, especially his beloved dogs, “Asti” and “Mara”. Above all, he treasured the time spent with his family and friends.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents was his nephew, Larry D. O’Rourke.

Surviving are his daughter, Heather M. O’Rourke and her fiancĂ© Chad Baker of Camp Hill; his son, Sean O’Rourke of Florida; his brother, Larry O’Rourke and his wife Joyce of Orwigsburg; his niece, Jennifer Brueninghaus and her husband Carsten of Superior, Wisconsin with their twin sons, Ryan and Sean Brueninghaus; cousins and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Monday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at Divine Mercy Church.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah is in care of the arrangements.


John F. (Jack) Heffron, 80, of Minersville, passed away Monday, June 20th, at his home. 

Jack was born in Heckscherville on November 23, 1941, a son of the late Mary (Samilo) and Joseph Heffron. He was the husband of Jo Anne (Leitzel) Heffron. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a former Heavy Equipment operator. A member of the former American Legion Post #544. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by Grandson Tyler Dronick, Brothers, Harry & James Heffron. 

Jack is survived by his wife, Jo, three daughters, Melissa Harner, Jenna Harner Becker, and Erin Heffron. A son, Ryan Heffron, and by a sister, Cele Brown. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Will & Grace Thompson, Mason & Lily Heffron, Jackson Becker, Parker Longo, Sisters-in-law Georgine Heffron & Cele Heffron. 

All Services are Private. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


Colette A. Conway, 69, Girardville passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning at her home.

Born in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa Rafter Conway. She was employed as a seamstress for the former City Shirt, Frackville. She was of the catholic faith and a member of the former St. Joseph’s Church, Girardville.

Colette enjoyed vacationing and spending time with her sisters, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Kevin Conway and her brother-in-law William Krieger.

Colette is survived by her companion of 46 years, Tom Bradshaw, Girardville; her two sisters: Terry Krieger, Frackville; Kathleen and her husband Vince Daubert, Ralpho Twp.; her two sisters-in-law: Fran Angelotti, Girardville and Denise Boris, Shenandoah Heights; nieces and nephews, who she adored and spoiled; her beloved pets: Oliver, Milo and Venus.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 28th at 11 a.m. from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville with Fr. Giuseppe Esposito officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made, in Colette’s name, to Hillside SPCA at PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901.


Catherine ‘Kay’ Temprovich
, 90, of McAdoo, affectionately known as ‘Baba’, was taken by the angels to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday morning.

Born in McAdoo, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Susan (Rondish) Artim.

Kay was a member of Church of All Saints, McAdoo. She was a devout catholic, practicing her faith and the love of God every day. She can be found saying the rosary daily and praying her devotion to the Divine Mercy.

Prior to retiring, she was employed in the area garment industry for over 40 years. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Kay was a very talented seamstress and enjoyed making all her grandchildren’s Halloween costumes. She also enjoyed crocheting and won many Blue Ribbons at the Bloomsburg Fair.

Most of all, Kay cherished being ‘Baba’ to her grandchildren. The love of her life and joy to her heart are her great-grandchildren, and her memory will live on through their hearts.

Preceding her in death, were her husband Louis F. Temprovich; sisters Mary Pellak and Suzanne Johnson; and brothers Joseph and Michael Artim.

Surviving are her daughter Mary Temprovich, of McAdoo; son Louis Temprovich and wife Debbie, of McAdoo; grandchildren L.J. Temprovich and Mallory Temprovich; great-grandchildren Taylynn, Bryson, Brady, and Gracelynn; sisters Betty Ann Porpiglia, of Hazleton, and Carol Wargo of Tresckow; and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Her funeral will be held Friday. Rev. Msgr. William Baker will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial in Church of All Saints, McAdoo, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s R.C. Cemetery, McAdoo.

A calling hour will be held Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church.

The Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, is assisting the family with arrangements.


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

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