Thursday, September 22, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for September 22nd, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: September 22nd, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Doris K. Gormley, 89, of Tamaqua, PA died on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, in Coaldale, PA. She was the wife of Randolph “Randy” Gormley with whom she celebrated 67 years of marriage in February. 

Born in Shenandoah PA on May 14, 1933, Doris was a daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Negri) Kantner. A 1951 graduate of Tamaqua High School, she worked both at the former Atlas Powder Company and as a bank teller for the former Meridian Bank, South Tamaqua. Doris was a previous volunteer and secretary for Meals on Wheels, Tamaqua and was a member of First United Church, Tamaqua where was very active in church activities. She and Randy loved to travel. 

In addition to her husband, Randy, Doris is survived by 3 nephews and 2 nieces. 

She was predeceased by a son, William R. Gormley in 1973 and sisters, Elizabeth Valent and Frances Smudin. Private services will be held at the convenience of family. 

Memorials in her name may be made to either First United Methodist Church, 124 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252 or the Philadelphia Shriner’s Hospital, c/o Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Processing Center, PO Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394 or online at 

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


Jevin R. McGonigle
, 50, of Pottsville, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening in his residence after his lifelong battle with depression.

Born in Philadelphia, on December 3, 1971, on his mother's birthday, he was a son of Shirley A. (Kovach) and the late James A. McGonigle.

He was a 1990 graduate of Pottsville High School and Bloomsburg University Class of 1994, where he received his Bachelor Degree in Finance.

Jevin spent many years in the financial field; from 1994-2004 he was a Senior Wealth Management Advisor and CFM Assistant Vice-President at Merrill Lynch and from 2004-2012 he was a self-employed Wealth Management Advisor with JRM Wealth Management.

He was raised Lutheran and had interest in the Church of Christ and enjoyed prayer time with the missionaries.

Jevin loved collecting baseball cards and coins and was an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He enjoyed playing basketball, talking politics, and was fascinated with the history of Abraham Lincoln.

A few words to describe Jevin would be compassionate, loving, empathic, and non-judgemental. He will be loved and forever missed by his family and friends.

Jevin had been battling with Major Depressive Disorder for most of his life. Unfortunately, after years of failed treatment attempts, his condition became worse. He fought so hard, but in the end, he just could not hold on any longer. His family is devastated by this loss, but finds comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain. A quote from one of his favorite movies, Rocky, " It ain't about how hard you hit, It's about how hard you can get hit and keep getting up". Unfortunately, this time he could not get up.

In addition to his father, Jevin was preceded in death by his beloved maternal grandmother, Mary Kovach; and aunt, Mary E. Kovach

Jevin is survived by his mother, Shirley; brother, James S. McGonigle, husband of Debra, of Reading; sister, Camille M. McGonigle, of Florida; nephews: Tyler, Drew, and Jackson; niece, Kori; aunt, Madelyn Miscannon, wife of Lenny; and uncle, Richard Kovach. Jevin had a special relationship with his aunts and uncles and enjoyed spending time with them.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, September 28th at 12:00 p.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, with Pastor Chris Rothharpt officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until time of service in the funeral home.

Interment will be private.

The family request contributions in Jevin's memory be sent to: Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901; American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693; or American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 199 Water Street, New York, NY 10038.

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


Jeanette Kessler
, 91, of Vienna Virginia, former Ashland and Gordon resident, passed away Monday, September 19, 2022, at her residence. Born in Ashland, July 29, 1931, to the late Anthony and Katherine Rissinger Grosser. She was a graduate of the former Ashland High School, class of 1949. Jeanette was employed as a bookkeeper for the former Seitzinger Dodge Automobile Dealerships in Ashland and Gordon. While living in Virginia, she continued working for multiple automobile dealerships. She is a member of Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, Ashland, and was preceded in death by a sister Mae Grosser. Brothers, Raymond Jr., John “Jack”, and Walter Sr. Grosser.


Husband: Donald Kessler, married 70 years

Daughter: Jill Kessler, Hagerstown MD

Son: Keith Kessler, San Francisco, Calf.

Sister: Shirley Bernard, Apopka, Fla.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life funeral service, Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 11 AM, at Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, 2500 Centre St., Ashland. Officiating will be Rev. Luther Dean, pastor. A visitation will begin at 10 AM in the church until service time. Interment will follow in Christ Church Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 9378, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA., 17110. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements.


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