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Schuylkill County Obituaries for June 26th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: June 26th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Mildred R. Gaddes
, 89, of Lake Hauto, PA and formerly of Coaldale, PA and Apalachin, NY, died on Friday, June 24, 2022 at home. She was the wife of the late William M. Gaddes to whom she had been married 63 years at the time of his death in 2018. 

Born in Coaldale on May 23, 1933, Mildred was the daughter of the late Edward and Margaret (Morgan) Pascoe. A 1951 graduate of the former Coaldale High School, she graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1954. Mildred was employed by the former Coaldale State Hospital and several Allentown Hospitals but spent her longest professional years as a private duty nurse. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Coaldale where she was a member of the Women’s Class and a former member of Park Terrace United Methodist Church, Apalachin, NY where she was a youth group advisor. Mildred was also a former leader for a New York girl scout troop for several years. Nurse, counselor, officer, Mildred took on various roles in the organizations of which she was a member. With a contagious laugh and a beautiful smile, Mildred lit up a room every time she entered and she dressed with perfection and style. 

She is survived by daughter, Sharlotte Ann West and her husband Albert of Durham, NC, their children William Adam West and Morgan Ann West, and their grandchild, Leon William West; daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Hicks and her husband Willam of Meband, NC, their 4 children and 1 grandchild; nephews; nieces; and cousins. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 2 in the First Congregational Church, 123 East Ruddle Street, Coaldale with The Rev. Luke Strauch officiating. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, 108 Lafayette Avenue, Hometown will follow the services. Call 9-11 AM on Saturday in the church. 

Memorials in Mildred’s name may be made to First Congregational Church, Coaldale. 

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


Rosemary (Smith) Price
, 68, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 24,2022 in the home she shared with her husband, James. She and James were married 47 years.

Rosemary, who preferred to be called Rose, was born on November 17,1953 to the late Harold W. and Julia Smith. She is survived by her older brothers: Harold and Michael Smith. Rose always loved her big brothers. She often told stories of them growing up together. How she gave her brother, Harold, his nickname of Sonny. He was her protector. And, how she made Michael (Mickey) her daughter’s godfather. Her brothers were both in the Service and she was proud of them. She always flew a flag each for them, as well as for her father and husband in honor of their service.

Rose was raised in Frackville, where she attended the Holy Ascension Orthodox Church with her family. She went to the Franklin School in Frackville, until High School where she went to Shenandoah Valley. Later, going on to become a loving wife, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In March of 1975 (they could never remember the exact day), Rose married James Price and had their first daughter Christine. A year later they had Melody. Rose mostly dressed Melody and Christine in matching outfits when they were small, so people assumed they were twins. Eight years, and a little unexpectedly, Rose had her daughter Amanda. Still, there are pictures of all three daughters dressed up in the same dresses, just different colors. As parents, Rose and James made the decision to raise their children in the Catholic faith. Later, renewing their vows in a small Catholic ceremony in which Rose was dubbed a Catholic.

As a mom she always made sure her children came first. She raised them to be strong-spirited and caring, just like her. She was the type of mom who gave her girls, as she liked to refer to them, many cherished memories of her dancing or singing, decorating for Christmas, going for walks in the middle of the night to get doughnuts in the morning, or just talking for hours. When her girls were young, they didn’t always know when, but they could always count on her surprising them with special days to Knoebel’s, shopping or just to spend time with them by skipping school. The family had traditions that Rose made sure they did every year. They tried never to miss the ABA parade in Ashland, trips to Knoebel’s during the summer, decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving and spending days driving to nowhere or anywhere. As her girls got older, she gained sons-in-law. She especially had a fondness for Santo, who she loved like a son. She didn’t always get along with her girls, but even when she didn’t, she loved them fiercely and wanted the best for them. She would want them to always remember that.

As a grandmother, she enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow up. Always attending their school events, taking them to breakfast with Santa or to buy a toy and go out to eat. She would be found doing things to make them smile or laugh, like trying on silly hats at the store or saying something so bizarrely funny. She made sure she spent time with each of them individually, but always made sure they spend time with them all together. She was their Nanny. She loved them dearly and was excited to get to do the same with her great-grandchild, Liam. When Liam was born, it gave her another reason to be excited by life. Since the day he was born, she was there for everyone of his events. If it involved Liam, she was happy. They had their own special relationship. They would take walks, go to the park, go to church to say their prayers or just act silly together.

Rose made her life around her family. But, she also loved making friends along the way, listening to music, watching Christmas movies, decorating for holidays, taking walks, helping stray animals and talking to the missionaries from Saint Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church. She leaves behind her beloved dog Hunter, who she doted on and spoiled.

Rose is survived by her husband James Price of Mahanoy City; Daughters Amanda Price of Mahanoy City, Melody Watkins and her partner Shawn Whalen, of Frackville, and Christine Rago and her husband Santo Rago Jr., of Schuylkill Haven; Grandchildren JoLeen Price, Chad Price, Jessica Rago, Jamie Rago, and Jayson Rago; great-grandson, Liam Barrineau, 8; brothers Harold W. Smith, Jr. of Minersville, and Michael Smith of Pottsville; Sisters and Brothers-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until time of service. Interment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.


William O. Diegert
, 81, of Frankford, Delaware, formerly of Tower City, passed away Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Hospice Center of Delaware.

Born in Rockaway, Maryland, December 28, 1940, a son of the late Otto P. and Irene Krause Diegert.

Bill was a retired welder with the former Bethlehem Steel.

He was an avid deep sea fisherman. Bill was a member of the Orwin Gun Club and Muir Fire Company.

Surviving are his wife Gloria S. Masterson Diegert, to whom they would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in September; three children, Gary R. Diegert and his wife Susan, Tower City, Sharon Romberger and her husband Ronnie, Muir, and Craig Diegert, Delaware; a sister, Jane LaRussa and her husband John, Elyria, Ohio. Eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1-2 at the chapel.


Richard (Norm) Britt, 68, of Centre Street, Ashland, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022, with family by his side, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. 

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


Kenneth L. Seiger, 90, of Pine Grove, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Born on October 16, 1931 in Tremont, he was a son of the late Fred and Thelma Rumpf Seiger.

Kenneth was a 1949 graduate of Tremont High School and a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Tremont.

He was an Army Veteran having served during the Korean War.

After serving in the Army, Kenneth worked as a field representative for Sikorsky helicopters, where he traveled to Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and Panama. After returning to Pine Grove, he worked for local building contractors until beginning his career as a Building Construction Inspector for the PA Department of General Services, where he retired in 1996.

He was an avid sportsman, loved being outdoors, hunting, and being a mentor to youth hunters. He also raised pigeons and beagles. He was a life member of the Oak Grove Sportsmans Club and the Pine Grove Ten Pin Club, and a member of the Pine Grove Fish and Game.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 56 years, Carol Williams Seiger,

Surviving are a daughter, Melissa and husband Dennis Aungst, Jr; of Pine Grove; a brother Charles Seiger of Mifflinburg; a sister Nancy Miller of Hegins; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove, with Pastor Claude Schach officiating. There will be a viewing on Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Schuylkill Memorial, Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Assoc. Inc., 2595 Interstate Dr. Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110, in his memory.


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

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