Thursday, August 4, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for August 4th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: August 4th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Robert Lawrence Hanlon, 88, of Orwigsburg, PA and formerly of Tamaqua, PA, died on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, in Orwigsburg. 

Born on October 26, 1933, in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late Thomas and Marguerite (Kelly) Hanlon. A 1952 graduate of the former St. Jerome High School, Tamaqua, Robert was an Airman First Class serving in the Air Force from 1952-1956 during the Korean War. He was a member of the Tamaqua American Legion C.H. Berry Post # 173 and the Lansford AMVETS. Retiring in 1987, Robert had been employed by the former Bethlehem Steel for 35 years. Currently a member of St. John XXIII Parish, Tamaqua, he had been a member of the former St. Jerome Catholic Church. Robert spent free hours golfing, fishing in Canada, and following both the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. Affectionately known as “UB” by his nephews and nieces, he was everyone’s favorite uncle. 

Robert is survived by sisters, Catherine Jeronis of Easton, PA and Emerita Depos of Owl Creek, PA and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Thomas Hanlon, Leonard Hanlon, and Andrew Hanlon and sisters, Marian Krapf, Bernadette Swetz, Alice Jeronis, and Marguerite Rascavage. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, August 10 in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua. Interment in St. Jerome Cemetery, Lombard Street, Tamaqua will follow the mass. Call 6-8 PM on Tuesday, August 9 and 9:30-10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 10 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. 

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

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


Alfred C. Robbins Jr.
, 73, Gordon, formerly of Englewood, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 3rd at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Ashland, he was the son of the late Alfred Sr. and Joan Eisenhower Robbins. He worked as a millwright for Hetron in Orwigsburg until his retirement.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Keith Robins and his great-granddaughter Lillian Ryann.

Al helped form the Schuylkill County Girls Softball League, he was a former president of the Frackville Girls Softball, the Cardinal Brennan Athletic Club and he helped coach Frackville softball, little league and football. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed traveling, going to the casinos and shopping but most of all spending time with his beloved family and friends.

Al is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Shoup Robbins, Gordon; his son Alfred Robbins III and his wife Sandy, Frackville; his two daughters: Kathleen Robbins and her spouse Michael Fry, Pottstown; Heather Haupt and her husband Walter, Shamokin; his grandchildren: Gary Hysock, Amanda Hossler, Sarah Harkin, Timothy and Olivia Robbins; 9 great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, August 8th at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville. Private funeral and graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Frackville.


Harold Ray Updegrave
, 87, of Valley View, passed away August 3, 2022 at Mount Carmel Senior Living Community, Mount Carmel, PA.

He was born on February 26, 1935 in Gratz, PA, a son of Russell A. and Mary E Williard Updegrave.

Harold was a graduate of graduate of the former Hegins Township High School, Class of 1953.

He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, serving 9 1/2 years overseas, with 3 deployments in Germany.

Harold was a Equipment Operator for 25 years for Wayne W. Knorr Inc. Contracting, Bloomsburg.

He was a lifetime member of the Hegins Valley Fire & Rescue, and also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Millersburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn M. Updegrave, on December 8, 2020, after 62 years of marriage.

Harold is survived by two sisters, Jeannette Smith of Valley View, and Ruthann Flannery of Hegins, as well as nieces and nephews.

Burial will be made in St. Andrew's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Harold's name can be made to the Hegins Valley Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 146, Hegins PA 17938.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Inc., Valley View, Pennsylvania is in charge of arrangements.


Melissa "Missy" Olanich
, 67, Girardville, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday at her residence.

Born at the former Ashland Hospital, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Isabelle Yenetskie Olanich. She had been employed as an LPN having last worked at the former Friendly Nursing Home, Pitman.

She was a member of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Girardville.

She loved playing bingo, gambling, gardening and most of all cooking and spending time with her grandchildren and her dogs; Mollie, Toby, Baylee and Maisey.

She was preceded in death by her sister Stephanie Novotny and her grandson Kohl Marlow.

Melissa is survived by her spouse of 21 years Charles Marquardt, Girardville; her son Craig Brennan and his significant other Sarah Purcell, Girardville, her daughter Shannon wife of Shawn Butler, Frackville, her brother Peter ( Tina ) Olanich, Pottsville, two sisters; Evelyn Madden and her companion Brad Hurrell, Girardville and Susie Holiday and her companion Bill Bender, St. Clair; her step-sons: Chuck Marquardt, Chad and Hailey Marquardt, Kurt and Amanda Marquardt; her twelve Grandchildren who she loved immensely: Blayke, Brynn, Ivy, Abby, Bradlee, Irelynn, Shane, Shawn, Owen, Gavin, Addy and Avery; also by nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 8th at 11 a.m. from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service

In lieu of flowers the family prefers contributions, to defray expenses, be made in care of Shannon Butler, 125 S. Third Street, Frackville, PA 17931


Betty M. Umholtz
, 97, life long resident of Williamstown (Dayton), passed away Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Northern Dauphin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Millersburg.

Betty was born in Williamstown (Dayton), August 12, 1924, a daughter of the late William and Jennie Kessiger Umholtz. She was a 1942 graduate of the former Williamstown High School.

Betty retired from the former Lebro Shirt Factory, Lykens.

She was a faithful member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Williamstown, a member of the Williamstown Historical Society and the Alumni Committee.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her four brothers, Charles, Harry, Russell and William Umholtz; one sister, Ethel Umholtz-Saltzer.

Surviving are her three nieces, Wendy Umholtz-Sebacovich, Sunbury; Beverly Umholtz-Hummel, Enola and Charlotte Umholtz-Long, Williamstown; several cousins including, Linda Houtz, Williamstown and Karen Houtz, Tower City.

Betty will be laid to rest privately in the Williamstown Methodist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory should be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 141 East Street, Williamstown, PA 17098.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., is honored to serve Betty's family.


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