Monday, September 26, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for September 26th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: September 26th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Kelly Jo Messina
, age 50, of Pottsville, PA passed away Saturday, September 24th, 2022 at her home.

Born in Pottsville, PA on April 9, she was the daughter of Barbara (Pomian) Rose of St. Clair and Kenneth W. Rose and his wife Jeanne of Schuylkill Haven.

Kelly was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, Class of 1990, She attended Bloomsburg University and then graduated from the Schuylkill Institute of Business. Kelly was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Pottsville and a former member and President of the Pottsville Mother's Football Boosters. Kelly last worked for the Pottsville Area School District.

In addition to her parents, Kelly is survived by her husband of 25 years, Anthony F. Messina and her son Stephen A. Messina, both of Pottsville; and a sister Kimberly R. Scholfield, Hummelstown.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday evening from 6-8PM at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon.

Funeral Services and interment will be held private for Kelly's family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gift of Life Donor Program 401 North 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19123,


Geraldine L. (Gervell) Becker, 84 of Shenandoah passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Shenandoah Heights where she currently resided.

Born in Shenandoah on December 14, 1937, she was a daughter of the late John J. and Nellie (Zemalis) Gervell.

She was of the Catholic faith.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husbands, Raymond Becker and Thomas Leskowsky; her daughter, Ruth Ann Leskowsky and her son, Paul Leskowsky.

Surviving are her son, Thomas John Leskowsky of Shenandoah; two daughters, Carol Ann Leskowsky of Pottsville and Christine Marie Leskowsky of Newfoundland; her sister, Elizabeth Killian of Delaware; nephew and godson, Thomas J. Killian, Jr. of Delaware; additional nephews, nieces and cousins.

Services and interment will be announced at a later date.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah is in care of the arrangements.


Paul Kasinecz, 44, of Branchdale, PA passed away Friday, September 23rd, at home.

Paul was born in Pottsville, PA on June 3, 1978, a son of the late Daniella (Krause) Kasinecz and Paul Kasineicz Sr.

Paul is survived by a maternal grandmother Erika Dailey Treasure Island Fl, a companion Brandy Venszl Pine Grove, loving Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

He was graduate of Minersville High School and Luzerne County Community College where he received a RN Nursing Degree. He particularly enjoyed working in the home health and hospice fields.

Paul was a avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping especially with his dad. He was a member of Sunny Rod and Gun Club and the NRA. He was true lover of nature and enjoyed many tent camping adventures.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held 7 PM on Sunday, October 2nd at Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home in Cressona, PA. With a visitation for family and friends from 6 pm to time of service.

The family prefers remembrances in the form of contributions to Hillside SPCA PO Box 233 Pottsville PA 17901, .

Interment private at convenience of the Family.


Terry Lee Leymeister, 67, of Pottsville, passed away Friday, September 23rd, at Geisinger St. Lukes, Orwigsburg.

Terry was born in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1954, a son of Helen (Geiger) Wingle, of Schuylkill Haven and the late Claude Leymeister.

He last worked as a auto parts delivery person.

Terry enjoyed hiking and nature. Also enjoyed reading about American and Ancient Greek History.

Terry is survived by a daughter, Lynnette, wife of Michael Suzadail, of Chester Springs PA. Also survived by 2 grandchildren Aubrey and Michael Suzadail and a nephew Ronald Leymeister and a sister, Barbara, wife of Rene Jucker, of Kempton.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held to 12:00:00 on Saturday, October 1st at Geschwindt Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc in Schuylkill Haven, PA with Rev. Jim Fidler officiating.

Interment at Saint John's New Cemetery Auburn, PA.


Santa L. Gall
, 75, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at home surrounded by the love of her family.

Born June 20, 1947, in Pottsville, she was a graduate of Pottsville High School in 1965 and was a lifelong resident of Schuylkill County.

She worked for a numbers of years at the Wearever Pencil Factory and then at the highlight of her working days, the infant room of the Schuylkill County Child Development, where she retired in 2004.

“Sandy” was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Michael Ciccanti; grandparents, James and Sara Hess; parents, Pasquale and Laura Gerace; and in-laws, Dorothy and George Gall.

She was fiercely loyal to her family.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, John Gall; daughters, Laura McHugh and her husband, Daniel, of Pine Grove, Lisa Grove and her husband, Lawrence, of Pottsville, and Leslie Ciccanti and her late husband, Michael, of Saint Clair. She absolutely adored her seven grandchildren, Amanda Cannon, Stephen Grove, Brennan McHugh, Kaitlyn (McHugh) Drescher (Sam), Ashley Grove and Rayven and Michael Ciccanti III. There was nothing that would give her more joy than spending time with her two great-granddaughters, Isabella Seasock and Adelynn James. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sandy was a lover of all animals. She especially adored her bichon frise, Saige, and her lop-eared rabbit, Mario.

Sandy had many great qualities but she will be remembered most for her sense of humor, compassion for others and her strength in the face of adversity.

She enjoyed shopping (she had an affinity for nice jewelry), car rides, going out to eat and watching Judge Judy. Nothing made her happier than family tradition; painting Easter eggs, carving pumpkins, giving Christmas gifts to others, buying the grandkids their valentines to pass out in school, buying them school clothes and supplies. When it was your birthday, you could always count on your first call of the day being Mom – singing “Happy Birthday” to you. For a number of years, she and her husband, John, would dress up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Country Squire diner. She was truly happiest in giving to others.

She loved her God, her country and her Italian heritage. She was a true patriot that will be missed beyond words. We find great comfort knowing that she is in the loving hands of her Lord and is surrounded by those who have gone before her.

The family would like to specially thank Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital in Orwigsburg and Advanta Hospice Care for their compassion and respectful treatment.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, from Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 N. Second St., Saint Clair, PA 17970, with Pastor Chris Rothharpt officiating. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate, in her name, to either the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 862, Carnegie, PA 15106, or Fresh Start Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 96, Friedensburg, PA 17933.


Robert J. “R.J.” Richardson
, 88, of Seltzer, Norwegian Township, passed away on Sunday at Geisinger-St. Luke’s Hospital.

Born in Minersville on January 9, 1934, he was a son of the late John and Helen (nee McGrann) Richardson. He was a graduate of Minersville High School. Drafted in 1956, he served in the Army for two years. After discharge as a SP5, he continued to serve in the Army Reserve for another ten years.

He then worked for Van Heusen Corp., Dutch Mills and Burkey Mills. He then formed B & J Knitters, Pottsville, which he owned and operated for 33 years. He also served for 7 years as an instructor at the Reading-Muhlenberg Vo-Tech, teaching sewing machine mechanics.

He was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Church and a current member of Holy Family Parish of Minersville.

A Seltzer resident for over 63 years, he was a life member of the Seltzer Hose Company, where he also served as Secretary for 29 years. He was also a member of Seltzer Gun Club, having served as President, Vice-President and Trustee.

He was also a life member of the Strausstown Fish and Game Club, the Cressona Lodge No. 222 F & AM, and a 47-year member of the Minersville American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, the former Margaret Karlonis, in 2014; two brothers, John Richardson and George Richardson.

Robert is survived by three daughters, Rose Ann Cleveland (Edward), Sprague River, Oregon, Janice Huth (Joseph), Frackville, Susan Mellon (Michael), Sinking Spring; six grandchildren, Jennifer Reiner (Jaryd), Palo Alto, Kimi Fernandez and Jonathan Cleveland, California, Jeffrey Cleveland, Oregon, Matthew and Bryan Mellon, Sinking Spring; two great-grandchildren, Adrianna Reiner and Edward Joel Cleveland; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 541 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Saturday from 8:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. The family prefers contributions to Holy Family Parish, 542 Sunbury Street, Minersville, PA 17954 Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge.


Thomas G. McGovern
, 72, of Branchdale, Reilly Township, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill – East.

Born in Pottsville on January 18, 1950, he was a son of the late Patrick J. and Mary A. Farrell McGovern. He was a 1967 graduate of Nativity B.V.M. High School. He was a self-employed contractor, having been previously employed at Newport Homes and Kaplan Building Systems.

He was a member of the former St. Mary Star of the Sea Church and a current member of Holy Family Parish of Minersville. He was also a member of the Citizens Fire Company of Branchdale and the Muddy Creek Sportsman Club.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. With a helpful heart, he was also fond of giving anyone and everyone a hand when needed – indeed, everybody’s “handyman”.

Preceding him in death were five siblings, Bernard McGovern, Patricia O’Brien, Joseph McGovern, Elizabeth Schwalm and Robert McGovern; a son-in-law, Daniel Polansky.

Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Carol Ann Murphy; three children, Lisa Polansky (fiancé, Mark Aungst), Branch Township, Thomas M. McGovern (spouse, Marissa), Branch Township, and April Bowman (spouse, Lester), Branchdale; eight grandchildren, Danielle, Alyssa and Aaron Polansky, Grady, Irelynn, Grayson and Garison McGovern, and Seth Bowman. He is also survived by four remaining siblings, Mary Colleen Wade (spouse, William), Pottsville, Dolores Faust (spouse, Gary), Orwigsburg, Geralyn McGovern, Baltimore, and William Gregory McGovern, Pottsville; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Thursday from 8:00 A.M. to 10:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. in St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, 135 Spruce Street, Minersville. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus #2 Cemetery, Branch Township. Contributions are preferred to the Citizens Fire Company, Box 387, Branchdale, PA 17923.



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