Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for July 20th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: July 20th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Gladys Anna Sakusky
, 91, of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Blue Springs, MO on July 17, 2022. 

Gladys, the daughter of the late Paul and Pauline (Ziegler) Hoffman, was born in Tamaqua. Married to the late William Sakusky in November 1948.

Gladys initially worked as an operator for the local telephone company. As direct dialing became more accessible, Gladys began work with ICI Explosives in Reynolds, PA. Upon her retirement, Gladys enjoyed traveling. She was always up for a bus trip with friends or a cruise with her son and his family. She traveled to many Hamburg football games to watch her son coach and to the Midwest to see her daughter. In her later years she enjoyed the Jersey shore with her granddaughter, putting her toes in the sand and sipping wine on the deck by the water. Before her eyesight worsened, Gladys loved helping out at St. Jerome’s Bingo and playing bingo at the Tuscarora Fire Company. Morning breakfasts at White Birch Golf Course were the best way to start her day. With her daughter and family in the Midwest, Gladys eagerly awaited holidays when her whole family could be together. It’s likely that she knew every Hallmark Christmas movie by heart and her house was always completely decorated for each holiday. She delighted in the chorus of animated Hallmark plush holiday figures that her great-grandchildren would play over and over again. In addition to her parents and husband, 

Gladys was preceded in death by her brothers Donald and Paul Hoffman as well as her son, William (Bill) Sakusky. 

She is survived by her brother Edward Hoffman; daughter Barbara, wife of Charles Kleinhagen and daughter-in-law Pamela (Bixler) Sakusky; grandchildren Kelly (Kleinhagen) wife of Joseph McBride, Steven Beidler husband of Janine, Charles Kleinhagen III husband of Aundrea, and Amy (Sakusky) wife of Michael Jaromnak. Gladys was great-grandmother to Dalton, Anna, Griffin, Alison, Amelia, Charlie, and Sullivan. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Monday, August 1, 2022, in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua. Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, 503 West Broad Street, Tamaqua will follow the mass. Call 9-10:30 AM on Monday, August 1 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. 

Memorials in Gladys’ name may be made to St. John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 

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


James M. Cook, 61, of Pottsville, passed away peacefully on July 19, at his home.

A full obituary will appear on Thursday.

Funeral Services will be held announced by Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home.


Grace Marie Austerberry
passed away peacefully at the age of 4 on Saturday, July 16th, surrounded at home by her loving family after fighting a long battle with a form of Mitochondrial Disease called Alpers-Huttenlocher syndrome.

Grace came into this world just as gracefully as she left it. She was born on November 1, 2017 in West Reading, PA. Her proud parents, Christy (Yousaitis) and James Austerberry loved her more than anything.

Grace was the greatest teacher. She changed the world without even speaking a single word. She made a positive impact on everyone who met her and anyone that was graced by her presence. She reminded us to slow down and appreciate every single moment. Grace loved her daily walks with her family through the neighborhood. She loved going on trips to the beach with all of her family where she was held and loved on by her amazing nurse, Heather. She loved listening to her cousins run and play around her and she loved her brother who cuddled with her on the couch. Grace enjoyed the opportunity to go to the BCIU for preschool with teachers and therapists who cared for her and gave her experiences many never thought that she would have. In her four short years on Earth, she lived a life full of love. She taught us how to love deeply and live life to the fullest.

Grace was loved and surrounded by her mom Christy, her dad Jimmy, her little brother Jack, her dog Charlie, her grandparents Peter and Kathy Yousaitis Jr. and James and Michelle Austerberry, her aunts and uncles, Marci Miller, Peter and Brie Yousaitis III, Jason and Becky Richardson, and Tylor Austerberry. She was loved so much by all of her cousins. Grace was also loved and cared for recently by her nurses Heather, Cathy, Lori, Tracy, Rashondra, Lisa, and Cindy and all of the other amazing nurses who have helped her throughout the years.

Grace’s life was full of beauty and she will be forever missed and forever loved.

Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 PM Friday July 22, 2022 at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 2600 St Albans Dr, Reading, PA 19609. Friends may call from 5 PM – 7 PM at the church. Grace’s life was full of color; our guests are encouraged to dress in bright, colorful clothing that bring happiness.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, 8085 Saltsburg Road, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15239


Anthony “Tony” Hearst, 67, Frackville passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, July 19th.

Born in Philadelphia he was a son of the late William and Mary Reynolds Hearst. He had been employed as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service.

He was an avid Raiders fan and a motorcycle enthusiast and also served in the US Air Force reserves.

Tony is survived by his wife of 11 years Theresa Jerdon Hearst, his daughter Alexis Hearst; children: Renee, Melissa, Joyce Mazeall and Shawn Malloy, 23 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30th, at 2 p.m. from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, July 30th from 1 p.m. until time of service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, is in charge of arrangements.


Jayden A. Yerges
, 14, of Elizabethville, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Lykens.

Jayden was born in Pottsville, January 1, 2008, the first New Year baby in Schuylkill County, a beloved son of Seth Yerges, Sr., Lykens and Victoria Moyer Yerges, Elizabethville.

He would have been starting his freshman year this fall at Upper Dauphin Area High School. He previously played on the Lykens Tigers football team.

Jayd man, as he was affectionately called by his family, was your typical teenage boy, who could often be found playing games and watching videos on his phone. He had a great passion for the outdoors, enjoyed all kinds of hunting, especially archery, fishing, riding scooter with his brothers or just hanging out with family and friends. His love for his dog, Chevy, was second to none. He was his constant companion.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Moyer Jr.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his two brothers, Cameron Keys and Seth Yerges, Jr., a sister, Aja Yerges, his grandparents, Dawn Wolfe, Desiree and Dal Herner, great grandparents; Ken and Alice Carl, David Sr. and Georgina Moyer, great great grandmother, Helen Heintzleman. Aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Over the last several months he battled with depression. In Jayden's memory always show kindness and compassion to those struggling with this terrible disease.

A Celebration of Jayden's life will be held on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City, with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Donations in Jayden's name can be made to Dimon Funeral Home, 644 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980 to help with expenses.


William “Bill” C. VanGieson
, 66, of Ringtown passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Geisinger Danville after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born and raised in Montclair, NJ. In 1988, he moved his family to Ringtown, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Florence (Andrews) VanGieson.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathleen (Conroy) VanGieson, a son Daniel, a daughter, Paige and her husband, Samuel Priddy all of Ringtown. Also, sisters and brothers Theresa (Ronald) Corra-Sheppton, PA; Thomas (Deborah) VanGieson - Hamburg, PA; David (Jacqueline) VanGieson – Sheppton, PA; Marilyn (Dale) Stefanisko – Prior Lake, MN and Barbara (Domenick) Cassise – Sugarloaf, PA; several nieces and nephews and in-laws in NJ.

Prior to Bill’s retirement he was a copier/computer technician for 10 years with North Central Digital Systems in Danville, PA. He was quite the handyman in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and car repair just to name a few. He loved to cook, was a gun enthusiast, and an avid Star Trek and Star Wars fan. He loved his whole family dearly. He left us way too soon and will be sorely missed.

The family would like to thank the team of doctors and nurses in the ICU at Geisinger Danville for the excellent care Bill received. No services are planned.

Bill’s family asks that you remember him in your thoughts. Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


Roseanna R. Brennan, 64, former Ashland resident, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2022, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements.


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


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