Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for July 6th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: July 6th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Dorothy Golin Ross, 92, of Pottsville, passed away peacefully in Schuylkill Center, Pottsville, on July 4th.

Born in Pottsville, on June 19, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Isaac and Sophie (Wachter) Weiner.

She was a graduate of Pottsville High School and a member of Oheb Zedeck Synagogue.

Dottie was a hostess at the former Pottsville Club for 15+ years, retiring in 2003.

She enjoyed playing bridge and Mahjong.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis "Frank" Ross, to whom she was married 10 years; first husband, Jerome "Babe" Golin, in 1973 and to whom she was married 25 years; and sisters: Alice Schneider and Lorraine Forman.

Dottie is survived by sons: Martin Golin, husband of Susan, of Quakertown; Steven Golin, husband of Debra, of East Brunswick, NJ; and Frederick Golin, of Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren: Abby, Jeffrey, Jonathan, and Stacie; a great-granddaughter, Ellie; sister, Phyllis Field, of Pottsville; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be on Thursday, July 7th, at 11:00 a.m. at Oheb Zedeck Cemetery, Pottsville, with Rabbi Seth Phillips officiating.

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


Sandra P. Manbeck
, 78, of W. Mill St., Pine Grove, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill East.

Born on November 21, 1943 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Arthur J. and Emma Nye Potts.

Sandra was a 1961 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School and held a secondary education degree from Susquehanna University.

Early in her career she taught math and algebra at Line Mountain and Williams Valley High Schools.

She retired from Pine Grove Area School District after 20 years of teaching 8th grade algebra. She was an exceptional teacher and both her students and colleagues held her in highest regard. While at Pine Grove she was very involved with the High School Cheerleading Program and held the advisor position for 10 years.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She was a member of the Lutheran Church Women's Club, Schuylkill County Democratic Committee and was an avid Philadelphia sports fan. She loved cats.

Preceding her in death were a daughter, Kelly Lynne Manbeck and a brother, David Potts.

Surviving is her husband of 58 years, Richard Manbeck; a daughter, Kristen Kaufman of Pine Grove; a son Kent Manbeck and his companion Kelly Rudy of Pine Grove; two grandchildren, Jordan and wife Kenna Kaufman, Zonai Zerbe and fiancé Christian Wilson; four great grandchildren, Aden Donton, Bralen Sheffy, Gannon Kaufman, and Camden Wilson; three sisters, Kay Potts of Lewisburg, Carol Hanna of Kennett Square, Donna and husband William Thomas of Lebanon; nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation on Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove. Graveside Services and interment will be held at St. Peter''s Lutheran Cemetery at the convenience of the family with Pastor Brian Beissel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to either the PGA Cheerleading Boosters, c/o Heather Schaeffer, 3 Frantz Rd., Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 or the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, 18 Wertz Dr. Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 in her memory.


Joseph L. Gronski
, 69, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Health Network – Cedar Crest, Allentown PA.

Born in Shamokin, January 22, 1953, he was a son of the late Ignatius and Olga (Moses) Gronski.

Joe graduated from Pottsville Area High School in 1970. A certified Chef, he was a 1975 Graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in the culinary arts.

He was currently a Sales Representative for Keyco Distributors, Inc., Nanticoke. He was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven; a Lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Brady Fire Company and Roedersville Game and Fish; and a member of the Schuylkill Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and the USBC, most recently bowling on the Yuengling’s team in the 76ers League.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother William Gronski and a nephew, Kyle R Gronski.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years Diane (Todd) Gronski, three brothers Robert Gronski and his wife Janet (Menchey) of Mill Creek, John Gronski and his wife Colleen (Harley) of Hughesville, and David Gronski and his wife Raquel of Philadelphia, one sister, Maria Sherakas and her husband Robert of Pottsville, nieces Elyse Beyer and her husband Jacob of Bernville, Fallon Gronski and her companion Ross Drick of Muncy, Heather and Fionah Gronski, Madison Sherakas, nephews Trevor Sherakas and Justin Gronski, who was Joe’s godson, and his wife Adrienne of New Cumberland, goddaughter Crysta Heffner, Great Nieces and Nephews and many many others that called him “Uncle Joey” as a term of endearment.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday July 9, 2022 from the Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 North Second Street, St. Clair. The Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik will be officiating. Friends may call from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday July 8, 2022 and 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Saturday at the funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Penn State Dance Marathon, Attn: Finance THON Office, 227D Hetzel Union Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please be sure to include Joe’s name on the memo line of your check. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements.


Margaret Kovach
, 83, of St. Clair, passed Saturday July 2, 2022, at her home.

Born in St. Clair, April 14, 1939, She was a daughter of the late John and Susan (Brutosky) Sabados.

Margaret was retired as a seamstress working for many local garment factories. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, St. Clair, PA

She was preceded in death by her 1st husband Francis Carroll in 1973, her second husband Peter Kovach in 2001, and her sister Mary Ann Harrison.

Surviving are her sister Kathleen Martinaitis and her husband George of Camp Hill, 2 nieces Cheryl Sweigert and her husband Keith of Schuylkill Haven, Tammy Shappell and her husband Bryan of St. Clair, brother-in-law Wayne Harrison of St. Clair, several cousins, neighbors and her caregivers Colleen and Paula Warmkessell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Thursday July 7, 2022 from St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 250 E. Hancock St., St. Clair. The Rev. Msgr. William Glosser will be officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Clare of Assisi Memorial Fund. Burial will be in Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Norwegian Twp.

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements.


Kenneth Eugene Layser
, 84 years of age, of Tuscarora, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at home while in the tender care of his wife of 17 years, Cleopatra "Nory" (Ciasico) Layser.

Born Wednesday, April 20, 1938 in Jackson Twp. Lebanon County, Pennsylvania the son of the late Russell Leon, and Hilda (Heisey) Layser.

Surviving in addition to Nory are; sisters, Joan Ruth Kreider, Phyllis Ellaine Fegley, Nancy Louise Baughman; brother, Donald Carl Layser.

Kenneth served honorably in the United States Navy for 30 years, from 1955 through 1985. After his honorable discharge, Kenneth taught, worked in his families flower business in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and at the Lebanon V.A.. Kenneth was a talented painter, liked to golf, and enjoyed long walks around Locust Lake State Park with Nory.

Private arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550


Terry R Stiely
, age 80, of Ridge Road, Klingerstown, passed away Monday, July 4, 2022, while visiting a hunting camp in Cross Forks.

He was born on Sunday, September 7, 1941, in Klingerstown, a son of the late Lawrence E Stiely and the late Lillian E (Williard) Stiely.

He was a 1959 graduate of Tri-Valley High School.

Terry served in the US Army.

He retired from ABF Freight, Carlisle.

He was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Klingerstown.

Terry was also a member of Teamsters Local 776, Harrisburg, F&AM Lodge 797, Valley View, Valley View Gun Club, and the Klingerstown Fire Company.

He is survived by his wife Marcelle E (Coleman) Stiely, to whom he was married for 59 years.

He is also survived by two sons, Todd R Stiely of Valley View, Michael S Stiely and his wife Holly of Halifax; five grandchildren, Cory Stiely, Logan Stiely, Kelsey Stiely, Shavon Stiely, and Janelle Stiely; three sisters, Peggy Brosius of Leck Kill, Nancy Schaeffer of Klingerstown, and Doris Witmer of Dalmatia; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Friday, July 8, 2022, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Pat Wirick officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday at the funeral home.


Jewel Wetzel
, 84, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Broad Mountain Manor Nursing Center, Frackville. Born in Gordon, May 29, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Irvin Edmondson and Marie (Zimmerman) Edmondson Raudenbush. Jewel attended Ashland Area High School and was employed for many years as an activities director and aide at the former Ashland State General Hospital, later St. Catherine’s Medical Center, Fountain Springs, until her retirement. Jewel was a member of the Simpson United Methodist Church, Gordon. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Wetzel Sr., Ashland and her son, Ronald Wetzel Jr., Florida.

Surviving are two sisters, Elsie Walacavage and Joan, wife of Anson Snyder all of Gordon and many Nieces and Nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life, Saturday, July 9, 2022, in the Simpson United Methodist Church, 119 East Biddle Street, Gordon. Visitation 10:00 AM, Service 11:00 AM. Pastor Susan Hocking, of Simpson United Methodist Church, and Rev. John Wallace, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Pottsville will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Simpson United Methodist Church, 119 E. Biddle St., Gordon, PA 17936. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Betty Mae Miller
, 97, of Yardley, PA and formerly of Coaldale, PA, Hamburg, PA and Shoemakersville, PA, died on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Yardley. She was the wife of the late Daniel H. Miller to whom she was married 66 years when he died in 2008. 

Born in Shoemakersville on April 18, 1925, Betty Mae was a daughter of the late Edward and Mae M. (Wheeler) Saul. She worked as a waitress for numerous restaurants in the Bristol, PA area. Betty Mae was a member of the First Congregational Church, Coaldale where she was a former member of the church board, choir, and the church women’s club for which she had been a President. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lanford Chapter # 123 and the Panther Valley Women’s Club where she had served as a President. 

Betty Mae is survived by daughters, Dolores of Catawissa, PA, Linda R. Seagraves and her husband James of Bristol, PA, and Carolyn C. Miller of Souderton, PA; son, Vincent “Skip” Miller of Levittown, PA; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by a son, Daniel H. Miller, Jr. and a sister, Mary B. Sullivan. S

ervices will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 12 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Wayne Benack officiating. Interment in St. Luke’s Cemetery, Shoemakersville will follow services. Call 9-11 AM on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials in Betty Mae’s name may be made to the First Congregational Church, c/o Lois Richards, 218 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252.

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


Daniel J. Vale, Jr.
, 72 of William Penn, Shenandoah passed away early Tuesday morning, July 5, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th Street, Allentown.

Born in Shenandoah on July 17, 1949 he was a son of Dorothy (Cudo) Wisniewski who survives and resides in Shenandoah and the late Daniel J. Vale, Sr.

He was a 1967 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Daniel was employed in the construction industry as a concrete technician prior to his retirement.

Mr. Vale was a Navy veteran having received the National Defense Service Medal.

Dan was of the Catholic faith. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. He enjoyed listening to classic rock and attended many concerts. Dan enjoyed football with his favorite team being the Oakland Raiders. His trips to North Carolina brought great joy to him. He treasured the time spent with family and friends at holidays and special occasions.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his step-father, Ray Wisniewski of Shenandoah; three daughters, Lee Ann Jones of Girardville, Lori A. Vale and her fiancé Paul Shuey, Jr. of Hegins and Danielle Vale Mozdy and her husband Joseph of Manteo, North Carolina; four granddaughters, one grandson, one great-granddaughter; one sister, Diane Monlish and her husband Dan of Shenandoah; one brother, David Vale and his wife Mary of New Mexico; aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins and many friends.

A celebration of Dan’s life will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah. Scripture services will be held on Sunday at 4:00 pm at the funeral home with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian officiating.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in care of the arrangements.


Dale D. Austerberry,
63, of Schuylkill Haven passed away suddenly at his home on Monday.
Born on May 27, 1959 he was the son of William and Lorraine McCready Austerberry.

Dale was a devoted husband, father, friend, and brother who enjoyed spending his free time with family. He enjoyed “front-porch sitting” and tending to his back yard fishpond. Dale also enjoyed watching and cheering on the Penn State Nittany Lions.

In addition to his parents Dale is preceded in death by a son Dale D. Austerberry, Jr. and granddaughter Dayla Austerberry along with his brother William.
Dale is survived by his wife, Krissy Austerberry and their children, Brittany Howley, Tyler Valentine and Matthew Austerberry. He is also survived by his brother Tom Austerberry, husband to Kathy, sisters Virginia Donatti wife to Bob and Donna Austerberry companion to Jason J. Hole Palmer. Dale is also survived by a granddaughter Kalea O’Boyle along with nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 11 at 5:30 P.M. at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. Family and friends are welcome from 3:30 P.M. until the time of services.


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

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