Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for August 23rd, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: August 23rd, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Anthony Michael Laskus

Anthony left us peacefully on August 16, 2022 to once again embrace his loving wife Margaret, whom he’d been married to for forty years. We all called him Tony.

Born in 1932 in New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of immigrants, the late Joseph and Dora Mitskus Laskus. Tony was the “baby” and last surviving sibling out of ten. Preceding him in leaving this world were sisters Marguerite Laskus, Ann McCauley, Helen Pelesky, Valeria Deriscavage, and brothers Edvardas, Joseph, Albert, Francis, and Edward.

Tony enlisted in the Air Force in 1952, and retired from military service in 1974. Before he retired, he did what he dreamed of doing, seeing the world – Korea, Paris, Philippines (where he took his young family), and then finally Laos during the Vietnam war. Tony retired from military service shortly after returning from Southeast Asia.

Tony continued to work as a civilian into his late 70’s, primarily as a commercial insurance adjuster, in the state LCB system, and his two favorite jobs, working for longtime friend Joe DeMarkis, at the Wilderness Trekker and Rivers Outdoor Adventures, where he learned and fell in love with fly fishing. He also spoke fondly of his very first real paying job during his high school years, washing dishes and food preparation at the Necho Allen hotel in Pottsville.

Tony married Margaret Bumbak, from St. Clair,in 1962. He used to say he “circled the world twice to marry the girl next door”. In 1965 they celebrated the birth of their son Joseph in Maine. They settled in a home in Orwigsburg in 1978 to be closer to both of their immediate families.

When Tony officially retired from civilian life, he and Margaret took trips across the US, Canada and Central America, and enjoyed cruises and the railway together. When Margaret left his side in this world in 2002, Tony stayed active in his local golfing league, went on golfing trips to Myrtle Beach, and fly-fishing trips to Alaska and Montana, as well as numerous trips on his local Lehigh and Schuylkill Rivers. Tony also had a great friend in Harold Johnson, a golfing buddy who would visit him regularly in NC from Pennsylvania.

Tony enjoyed a cup of tea with jelly toast and the newspaper, which he’d read cover to cover. He was social and loved to laugh. He was often the life of the party, or perhaps brought the party to life, when he arrived with his famous boilo (always warmed when served) in tow. He had a great relationship with his numerous nieces and nephews for two reasons, many who always came a day early for the family reunions to “party” the night before with one of their favorite uncle and aunt, and both Tony and Margaret loved all those marrying into the extended family by accepting them unconditionally.

A back injury several years ago necessitated a move by Tony from Orwigsburg to North Carolina to live with his son Joseph, his wife Michele and his grandsons. During these years he gave driving lessons to his grandson Markus, gave fly fishing lessons to his grandson Clayton, (while giving golfing lessons to both), and taught his daughter in law Michele how to make the foods of his and his wife’s heritage like kugelis, nut roll, Halupki and Pierogi. Tony became an integral part of his son’s household. He lived in their home until his death. Tony leaves behind numerous family and friends who will miss him dearly and cherish their memories of him.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held at Hamilton-Breiner funeral home in Orwigsburg, PA on Friday, September 30th at 10:00 am. A graveside internment will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 1:00 pm where Tony will be laid to rest with his wife.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Yadkin County EMT services, as well to all the nurses, specialists, and Dr. Harrisat the Emergency Room at Novant Health, in Clemmons, NC.


Arthur J. Oakes Sr.
, 80 years of age of East Union Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, August 22, 2022, at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Medical Ctr. in Coaldale.

Born Thursday, April 2, 1942 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the son of the late Charles W., and Lucy (Sweeney) Oakes. Art was also predeceased by his beloved wife, Bernadine M. (Raymond) Oakes on Sept. 1, 2012; son, Kenneth Arthur Oakes on March 18, 1995; sisters, Gertrude, Bernadette, and Eleanore Oakes; brothers, Vincent Sweeney, Glyn, Donald, Charles, Jeffrey J. Sr., Wayne Oakes, and Emory G. Oakes.

Surviving are sons, Jeffrey J. Oakes and his wife Loretta, Arthur J. Oakes, Jr. and his wife Kim; daughter, Lori Ann Oakes; grandchildren, Jessica, Damian, Rachel, Pete, Emma, and Aubrey; sisters, Kathryn Boris wife of Lenny, Marie Quick wife of David; brothers, Kenneth J. Oakes and his wife Kay, Michael A. Oakes. Many nieces and nephews also survive Art.

A Tamaqua High School graduate, Arthur was a member of St. John XXIII R.C.C. of Tamaqua. He retired from the maintenance Department of the Tamaqua Area School District, and then drove van for Lech, and Kistler Transportation. Art served honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Previously to his years with the school district Art worked for Conrail.

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

Funeral services will be held on Friday August 26, 2022 at 11 o'clock A.M. from the Funeral Home. Friends may call on the morning of from 9:30 A.M. until time of services.

Interment with Military Honors bestowed will take place in St. Jerome R.C.C. Cemetery Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in Arthur's name to:
American Lung Association
3001 Gettysburg Road
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011


Nancy J. Brennan
, 77, of Williamstown passed away Monday afternoon, August 22, 2022 at the home of her daughter after a courageous 2 1/2 year battle with colon cancer.

Born in Williamstown, November 13, 1944, a daughter of the late George Sr. and Ruth Esterline Evans. Nancy was 1962 graduate of the former Williamstown High School.

Prior to raising her family, Nancy was a Keypunch Operator at Ft. Indiantown Gap.

She was a faithful member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown where she was a Extraordinary minister, CCD teacher and a member of the Council of Catholic Women. She was also a social member of the Williamstown American Legion.

Nancy enjoyed cooking, gardening, camping, fishing, spending time at the beach (and in the casino), but most of all sharing these favorite pastimes with her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Michael Brennan, Jr., 2019; a sister Carole McCready and a brother, George "Buddy" Evans.

Surviving are her two children, Michelle Snyder and her husband Wade, Harrisburg and Michael C. Brennan and his wife Katie, Tower City. Her five grandchildren she adored, Andy, Ben and Lilly Snyder, Dawson and Connor Brennan. Several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 29, 2022 at 10:30 am from Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Lykens with Rev. Michael Opoki, AJ as celebrant. Burial will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Viewing will be from 9:30-10:30 am at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy's memory can be made to Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 732 E. Main Street, Lykens, PA 17048 or Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., is honored to serve the Brennan family.


Adeline L. Miller
, 91, Academy Lane, Ashland, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, East Norwegian St., Pottsville. Born in Frackville, September 27, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Harvey E. and Martha (Clifford) Cresswell. She was a graduate of the former Frackville High School, class of 1949. Adeline was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Frackville, and the Frackville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Preceding her in death was her husband, Royal A. Miller, passing September 30, 2020, Brothers, Harvey Cresswell and his wife Norma, and Jack Cresswell, also sisters, Martha “Marty” Cresswell Kessler and Joan Cresswell and her husband Gram Hahn.


Son: Royal K. Miller, Spartanburg, S.C.

Son: Brad Miller and his wife Dottie, Frackville

Grandchildren: Royal Austin and Terry Miller, South Carolina, Megan wife of Al, Virginia, Brandon Miller and his fiancé Val, Frackville.

Great Grandchildren: Caden, Rielly and Brody, Frackville

Godson: Ryan Hope, Ashland

Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Funeral Service, Friday, September 9, 2022, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland. Officiating will be Rev. Robert D. Berry, pastor of the Schuylkill Haven Church of the Nazarene.

A private graveside funeral will be held at the convenience of the family.

Visit www.Fritzfuneralhome.com. The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


The Life of Rev. Thomas E Anderman

The Rev. Thomas E. Anderman was born on September 16, 1927, in Canadensis, PA to the Rev. William H. Anderman and Clara Struntz Anderman. After graduating from Chester High School in Chester PA, Williamsport Dickinson Seminary and Junior College (1947), Lycoming College (1949) both in Williamsport PA, Rev. Anderman followed his father into the Methodist ministry by attending and graduating from Westminster Seminary (now Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.).

Rev. Anderman served the three-point charge of Cumbola Circuit (Cumbola, New Philadelphia, and Middleport) for a year and a half beginning in 1950. In 1951, he was appointed to Bethel in Spring City; in 1954 to Cornwells in Bensalem (Cornwells Heights); in 1962 to Rehoboth in Philadelphia; in 1968 to Centenary in Lebanon which merged to become Trinity; in 1975 to Community in Lancaster; in 1980 to Juniata Park in Philadelphia, now Iglesia Metodista Unida Espiritu Santo; to retirement in 1992, during which time served as visitation pastor at Stroudsburg until December of 2009.

In 1950, he met and married Carol Seltzer Jones, a registered nurse, who was a member of his brother Carl’s church in Port Carbon PA. After his retirement in 1992, they moved to Pocono Summit and in 2010, moved to Simpson House in Philadelphia, where he was being cared for when he passed.

Rev. Anderman is survived by four children: Clarita A. Krall of Philadelphia (the Rev. Stanley J. Krall, retired UMC pastor), Mark J. Anderman (Doris) of Williamsport PA, the Rev. James D. Anderman of Palmyra, PA (pastor of First UMC of Palmyra), and Lynea Anderman of Parkside PA; nine grandchildren (including the Rev. Lorelei Krall Toombs, pastor of Willow Grove UMC); fifteen great-grandchildren; and ten nieces and nephews (including the Rev. Timothy C. Anderman, pastor of West Grove UMC, West Grove PA).

A funeral service is planned for Saturday, August 27th at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church (547 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360) at 11 am, with visiting hours from 9:30 am. The Rev. Monica Guepet, pastor, will officiate. A luncheon at the church will follow immediately. Interment will be the following Tuesday, August 30th at noon at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. A memorial service at the Simpson House chapel will be announced.

The funeral service will be livestreamed at: https://youtu.be/x--WB0AnnmU

Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Clarita Anderman Krall, 611 East Sedgwick Street, Philadelphia PA 19119-1329.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Simpson House, 2101 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131, designated for the Benevolent Care Fund.

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