Monday, September 19, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for September 19th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: September 19th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Dr. William M Gallagher, 80 of Valley View, loving husband, father and Pap-Pap,
passed away peacefully at home on the evening of September 17th, due to complications from Alzheimers.

William was born on February 22, 1942 in Hazleton, PA, to the late Joseph and Jean Schaller Gallagher.
After graduating from West Hazleton High School in 1959, he served 4 years in the US Air Force as a medic in London, England .

Upon returning to the US, he attended Penn State University, graduating in 1968.

He went on to earn Master Degrees from both Bloomsburg University and Lehigh University and a Doctorate in Education from NOVA Southeastern University in 1996.

In the fall of 1966, he married Nancy E. Bachman in West Hazleton.

After beginning his career in education as the Director of Special Education for the Schuylkill IU#29, he became the Principal at Tri Valley High School.

His final position was as the Superintendent of schools for Saint Clair School District until retiring in 2007.

Bill was an avid Penn State football fan. He enjoyed golf, traveling, boating and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, James, Paul and Joe.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, son Bill and wife Beth, Solomons Island MD, son Sean and wife Becky, Cumberland, MD. Five grandchildren, Kiera, Brooklyn, NY, Allison, Solomons Island, MD, Riley, Finnigan & Sullivan, Cumberland, MD, sisters Louise, Mary Ellen and Katie, and brother Mike.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that you consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or your favorite charity.


G. Naomi Watson, 103, formerly of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at Providence Place, Pine Grove.

Born on May 31, 1919 in Brown Co., Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Horace and Josephine Poling White.

Naomi was a draftsman for Leeds Northrop in Philadelphia and then Vitro in Wheaton, MD.

She was a member of the Eastern Star.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 72 years, David H. Watson, Sr.; four brothers, Allen White, Austin White, David White, and Emmit White; and a sister, Agnes Morgan.

Surviving are two sons, David Jr. and wife Michaelene Watson of Pine Grove, Bruce Watson of Frederick, MD; two grandchildren, Michael Watson, Jessica and husband Jay Seagreaves; a sister, Mary Pauline Reese of Indiana.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 9:45 A.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with SALM John Ziegler officiating. There will be a viewing on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 9:00 A.M. until 9:45 A.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839 or in her memory.


Kenneth C. Sinn, Jr.
, of Hometown, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at home after a courageous fight against leukemia. He was 71 years of age.

Born Thursday, March 1, 1951 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania. the son of the late Kenneth C. Sr., and Regina R. "Jeannie" (Riley) Sinn.

Surviving are; his wife of 50 years, Mary (Bashago) Sinn; sons, Kenneth C. Sinn, III and his wife Kelly of Tamaqua, Christopher J. Sinn and his wife Amber of Pine Grove, Gregory Sinn and his wife Melissa of Barnesville; sister, Donna Woodring wife of Donald of Tamaqua; and grandchildren Claire, Miles, Benjamin, Sophie, Fiona, and Violet. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive Kenneth.

A 1969 graduate of Marian Catholic High School, Kenneth served honorably in the United States Navy. Kenneth had a 43-year career with PP&L in the equipment department. Kenneth loved to play the guitar and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting as a young man; however, his passion in his later years was fly fishing. He, and Mary loved to travel the country and enjoyed discovering new places to dine. A beloved “Poppa,” he adored his grandchildren and will be forever missed.

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

Interment with Military Honors bestowed St. Jerome R.C.C. Cemetery Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name can be made to:
Tamaqua Meals on Wheels
801 East Broad Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252
Tamaqua Bungalow Pool
320 East Broad Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252


Dolores Ann Sorokach
, 83, of Owl Rd., Cass Twp., passed away Monday, September 19th, at her residence surrounded by her family in the loving care of her daughter, JoeAnn. 

Dolores was born in BranchDale, Pa. on October 1, 1938, a daughter of the late Marie (Wiscount) and Andrew Guidas. She was the widow of Charles Sorokach who died 1993. She was a member of Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church Minersville. Dolores was a member of the St. Nicholas Womens Sodality. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, Charles, she was preceded in death by a Grandson, Charles Sorokach Jr., a brother, George Guidas. Sisters; Marie Nye & Susanne Tobias, Dolores is survived by a daughter, JoeAnn, wife of Michael Lisowski, a son, Charles, husband of Dawn Sorokach. 

Dolores is also survived by four sisters, Elizabeth “Babe” Melocheck, twin sister, Dorothy Reider, Arlene Romanowski, Andrea “Roni” Godwin, Antoinette “Toni” Wenner, and a brother, Andrew "Butch" Guidas. She is also survived by Grandchildren Mike Lisowski & Tiffany, Charlene, wife of Tyler Witmer, Becky Sorokach, Kevin Sorokach & fiancee’ Elena, Great Grandchildren; Caleb & Cole Witmer, Nathan & Evan Pelachick, Emily & Owen Sorokach, Whitten Sorokach as well as a former daughter-in-law Kari, and granddaughter-in-law, Diana Sorokach. 

All services are private at the convenience of family.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Cemetery Fund. Interment at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. 

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


Daryl Anne Holley
, 80, of Schuylkill Haven, died Monday surrounded by her family at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill, East Norwegian St. Pottsville.

She was born February 9, 1942 in Coaldale a daughter of the late Howard W. and Mildred Klingaman Donald.

She was a 1959 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and attended the former Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing.

She worked at the former Jackson St. School and the Schuylkill IU prior to retiring.

Daryl was a member of the Torry Club, Ladies Committee of the Pennsylvania Water Works, Ladies Committee of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authority Association, Pottsville Football Mothers Booster and the former Pottsville Area PTA. She was also avid bowler and was her children and grandchildren biggest supporter both academically and athletically.

She was preceded in death by her son, Capt. David J. Holley, Jr. USMC; a daughter, Dana Tucker; a brother, CPL Howard A. Donald, USMC.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years David J. Holley, Sr.; 2 daughters, Donna Mates, Pottsville; Dee Curry and her husband Ken, Schuylkill Haven; a son, Doug Holley and his wife Nadine; 9 grandchildren David J. Holley, III, Corene Parrish, Devon Mates, Holley Pothering, Amanda Parrish, Danyelle Mates, Daulton Mates, Owen & Brett Holley, 5 great-grandchildren, Emilia, Elias & Everett Pothering, Dylan and Derek Myers; a sister, Debra Baddick, Tamaqua; a son-in-law, William Tucker, Potomac Falls, VA; nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11AM at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to a viewing Friday evening from 5-7PM and Saturday morning from 9:30AM until 10:45AM at the church. There will be no viewings from funeral home. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Daryl be made to Capt. David J. Holley Scholarship Fund, C/O Howard S. Fernsler Academic Center 1501 Laurel Blvd, Pottsville, PA 17901. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.

Arrangements are under the care of James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.


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