Friday, July 22, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for July 22nd, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: July 22nd, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Nicholas W. LaScala
, 86, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Wednesday, July 20th, at home.
Born in Schuylkill Haven on April 23, 1936, he was a son of the late Dominick A. & Ruth May (Eiler) LaScala.

He married Suzanne E. (Berger) LaScala on November 14, 1958.

Nick was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1954.

He worked for Haven Line Industries, Schuylkill Provision, Young's Provision, Hildebrandt's Gas Station, as a rural postal carrier, & a police officer for Schuylkill Haven, and Ebling Funeral Home, Cressona. Nick was also the owner of the former Moyer's Market (Nick's), Schuylkill Haven.
Nick was the former Mayor of Schuylkill Haven. He also served on the Schuylkill Haven School Board, and Schuylkill Haven Borough Council. He was a former president and coach for midget football; as well as a coach for little league.

Nick was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rainbow Hose Co. No. 1, & Schuylkill Haven Jaycees. He also belonged to Schuylkill Lodge #138 F&AM, Orwigsburg.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by a daughter, Susan J. Dixon, three sons: Douglas W., husband of Sandra LaScala, Ronald C. "Bo", husband of Audrey LaScala, all of Schuylkill Haven; & Timothy J., husband of June LaScala, of Sicklerville, NJ. Nick is also survived by grandchildren: Nicholas, Christopher, Michael, Lisa, Timothy"TJ", Matthew, & Lindsay LaScala, Zachary Dixon, Courtney Powers, & Dr. KateLynn Bauer, great-grandchildren: Landon, & Lucy LaScala, Maren Powers, and two on the way, three sisters: Joan Sterner, Anna Klahr, & Ruth Tucci, of all of Schuylkill Haven, nieces, nephews, & cousins, and his best friend, Russell Michael Bubeck.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a brother, Tony LaScala, and his in-laws, Walter "Barney" & Sue Berger.

A viewing will be held Sunday, July 24th at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, from 4-6 p.m.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, July 25th at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven with Rev. Larry Laine officiating. An additional time for viewing will be held at the church from 9:30 AM until the time of service on Monday. Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

At the family's request, memorial donations in Nick's memory may be forwarded to Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


James M. Cook
, 61, of Pottsville, passed away on July 19, 2022, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Pottsville on November 2, 1960, he was a son of the late Robert and Elizabeth (Russel) Cook.

James was an avid sports fan, his favorite teams were the Phila. Sixers, Phila. Eagles, Phila. Phillies, and Phila. Flyers. He enjoyed spending time fishing and going to the casino. He was employed by Precision Air, Pottsville, and was a member of the Salvation Army Pottsville Corps.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a daughter, Keri Cook.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Crystal R. (Smith) Cook; son, James Joseph Culley; daughter, Brandy Cole; stepchildren, Crystal Setlock, Muchael Setlock, Emily Setlock, and John Smith; 13 grandchildren; brother, Robert Cook; sister, Susan DelMonica; several nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held at Schlitzer-Allen Pugh Funeral home 515 W. Market St. Pottsville, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 11:00 AM, with Lt. Betty Varrett officiating. A viewing will be held on that morning, prior to services, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


Harry J. Ilgenfritz, Jr.
, 67, of Carbon St., Pine Grove, went home to be with Jesus, while surrounded by loved ones, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 in Hershey Medical Center.

Born on December 12, 1954 in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Harry J. Sr. and Marion Barr Ilgenfritz.

Harry was a 1972 graduate of Pine Grove High School and a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove.

He was a Machinist and Maintenance Man at Guilford Mills, Pine Grove for 50 before retiring in December 2020.

Harry was a member of various social clubs, including the Pine Grove VFW Post 3432 and Pine Grove Fish and Game. He loved playing pool and was on various pool leagues in Pine Grove. He was also a die hard Dallas Cowboys Fan. Harry was a very kind, caring and loving man.

Preceding him in death were his sister Heidi Seidel and his beloved Pitbull Ox.

Surviving are three daughters, Rachel Ilgenfritz of Lebanon, Sarah Ilgenfritz Delp of Tremont, Leah Ilgenfritz of Tamaqua; two grandsons, Bryce and Chase Delp; two sisters, Mary and husband Randy Daubert of Pine Grove, Linda Ditzler of Schuylkill Haven; nieces and nephews; and his friend and mother of his children, Amy Evans of Tamaqua.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor Brian Beissel officiating. There will be a visitation on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 3:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to either the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, 18 Wertz Dr., Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 or the American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place Suite 170, Bethlehem, Pa. 18017 in his memory.


Adam Ray Hix, 41 of Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Born Saturday, October 4, 1980 in Reading, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Barry Hix; and Wendy (Kline) Butrie, wife of Joseph Butrie.

Surviving are son, Anthony Kessler of Mission, KS; daughters, Mackenna Hix and Fayetta Hix, in Missouri; sister, Ashley Hix and step sister Monique Butrie.

Adam loved his children, family, friends and sports. He had a big heart and would do for everyone else before himself. Adam loved to draw.

Private arrangements have been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc, 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. 570-668-2550


Edmund D. Pavao died on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

There will be no services, per Ed's wishes.

Donations are preferred to the giver's favorite animal rescue or veterans' organization.

Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge.


Carol A. Zuppert
, 73, of Pottsville, passed away early Wednesday morning at the Orwigsburg Nursing and Rehab Center from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).

Born in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late John and Magdalene Harnadek Namiotkiewicz.

Carol was a graduate of Minersville Area High School and McCann School of Business. She was retired from Schuylkill IU 29, MarLin, where she worked as a secretary. Previously she had worked for UPS and Argo Knitting Mills. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Bob Zuppert in 2009.

She is survived by her two sons, Carmen Zuppert and his wife Paulette, Schuylkill Haven and Rob Zuppert and his wife Emily, McLean, Va; and 5 grandchildren, Sabrina, Madeline, Lillian, Pearce and Walter.

During retirement, Carol enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and watching Hallmark movies. She will be deeply missed during our family holiday dinners and beach vacations.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 AM at St. John The Baptist Church, Pottsville. Rev. Kevin J. Bobbin will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St. Minersville on Monday morning from 8 AM to 10 AM. Interment will be in St. John The Baptist Cemetery, Pottsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer remembrances of Carol be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, 712 South Keyser St., Taylor, Pa. 18517. Contributions will also be accepted at the Funeral Home.


Teddy L. Eckhart
, 74, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at Lehigh Valley Hospital with family by his side. Born on the family’s Nis Hollow farm, Teddy was the 4th of 7 children born to the late Allen and Agnes (Ziegler) Eckhart. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Richard, Thomas & Leon. 

Teddy was a 1967 Lehighton High School graduate who excelled in track and wrestling. He attended Thaddeus Stevens Trade School and later worked as a carpenter/foreman for Ray B. Bracy Construction Co for 17 years, ending his career as a superintendent for Alvin H. Butz, Inc. retiring after 22 years in 2009. A life member of the Nis Hollow Hunting Club, Teddy was instrumental in the building and formation of the club. He was also a member of the East Penn Sporting Club, Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, the Orioles Nest, and the Free and Accepted Masons, Lehighton Lodge #621. Teddy was an avid gardener, with a passion for making wine from his home-grown blueberries, strawberries, and rhubarb. Horseradish, sauerkraut, and scrapple were also some of his specialties. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, hanging with his friends at the club or by the pool, hitting the slots, and enjoying an iced cold Coors Light! He wrote his own rules and paved his own way. 

Teddy is survived by sisters Mary Arnold of Perkasie, and Lena Carey of Florida, as well as a brother Timothy of Mahoning Valley. Services will be at the convenience of close friends and family with Rev. Anthony P. Pagotto officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold.


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