Thursday, September 29, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for September 29th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: September 29th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Karl L. George
, father, brother, pop-pop, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 84 years of age.

Born Wednesday, August 17, 1938 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania the son of the late Wilmer, and Jane (Davis) George. Karl was also predeceased by his beloved wife, Barbara Ann (Wexler) George and brother, James W. George.

Surviving are; son, Kevin K. George of Lehighton; daughters, Kathy A. Daniels wife of Lee of Mount Airy, MD, Karen L Leibenguth of Tamaqua; brother, Wilmer George and his wife Sue of Pinegrove; sister, Jane Isganitis and her husband John of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Caleb Leibenguth, Jordan Brode, Ethan, and Eric Daniels; great grandchildren, Liam and Waylon Brode.; sister-in-law, Jean George. Many nieces and nephews also survive Karl.

A Tamaqua Area High School graduate, Karl retired from RexRoth, now Bosch as an inside sales manager . Karl enjoyed spending time with his family and taking care of his home. He also was a talented woodworker.

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

A Funeral service will be held on Wednesday October 5, 2022 at 11 o'clock A.M. from the funeral home. Friends may call on the morning of services from 9:30 A.M. until time of service.

Interment will be in Sky- View Memorial Park.


Lorraine Grace Minnich Jones-Abrams
was born in Clarks Valley on February 15, 1934 daughter of Walter and Laura Minnich.

She was a lover of dogs (especially Yorkies), flowers, her Lord Jesus Christ, and her red Ford Mustangs.

Lorraine graduated from Porter Township High School and worked as a legal secretary in the energy department for Presidents Reagan and Carter administrations. She worked as a legal secretary for many years. She was also a partner in a flower business with her daughter for 10 years and was a very active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by parents Walter & Laura Minnich, son Robert Leroy Jones 1956-2022, grandson William Charles Bowen Jr. 1990–2006, sister Lauretta Ray Reedy 1926-1946 and Laura Mae Cortez 1926-2015, two brothers, Russell Minnich 1930-2015 and Charles Walter Minnich 1927-2014.

She leaves behind a daughter Carol Louise Jones-Bowen and her husband William Charles Bowen, granddaughter Cara Ann Bowen-Terrell & her husband Jeremy Terrell, all in Urbana, Maryland and grandson Walter Jason Jones, Florida. Lorraine has seven siblings and of them she leaves behind: brother Harry Leroy Minnich, & his wife Joan, sisters Janet Marie Minnich Shutt and Joan Minnich Miller as well many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Darlene Wollyung, Ann Witmer and Kathy Reed for all their love & support over the years.

Following Lorraine's wishes she was laid to rest privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Tremont Health & Rehabilitation Center Activity Fund, 44 Donaldson Rd., Tremont, PA 17981.

The Dimon Funeral Home has been honored to serve Lorraine's family.


Betty L. Burke, 82, of Primrose, passed away Tuesday night at Lehigh Valley Hospital East in Pottsville.

Born at home in Coal Castle, June 9, 1940, she was he daughter of the late Louis J. and Anna M. Ford Stephen. Betty was the wife of Thomas E. Burke who was killed in an accident at work in 1985. She was also preceded in death by a son Kevin M. Burke in 1968 who was 3 days old.

She attended St. Kieran’s Grade School, Heckscherville, and was a 1958 graduate of Nativity B.V.M. High School. After graduation, Betty worked in Harrisburg in a clerical position. Later she worked at M&Q, and Jackson Blouse. She was a retired garment worker and was last employed as a trimmer at Creatine Apparel, Primrose. She was a member of the former St. Kieran’s Church, Heckscherville and a member of St. Michael’s Church of Holy Family Parish, Minersville.

In addition to her parents, husband and son, she was also preceded in death by 4 brothers, Robert (Cobbs) Stephen in 1980, Joseph Stephen in 1989, Jim Stephen in 2007 and Vincent Stephen (Spouse Carol) in 2016; also, a sister Mary (Stephen) Canfield (Spouse Joe) in 2017; Brother-in-Law Joseph Purcell.

She is survived by a daughter Karen Chatcho and her husband Craig with whom she resided; a granddaughter Chelsea M. Chatcho; a brother, Francis

(Cisco) Stephen and a sister Rita Purcell; Sisters-in-Law; Joann Stephen, Peg Stephen and Maryann Stephen; nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church of Holy Family Parish, 539 Sunbury St, Minersville at 10:30 AM Monday. Rev. Jason Stokes will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Monday from 8AM until the time of the service. Interment will be in St. Kieran’s #2 Cemetery, Llewellyn.

Arrangements are by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, Minersville.


Charles R. Zambiasi Jr.
, 85, of Minersville, passed away Tuesday, September 27th, at Lehigh Valley Health Schuylkill East, Pottsville. 

Charles was born in Minersville, Pa. on June 19, 1937, a son of the late Adela (Bolosky) and Charles R. Zambiasi, Sr. He was the husband of Mary Lois (Ammons) Zambiasi. He is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church of the Holy Family Parish and formerly of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Minersville. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was formerly employed by the Dana Corporation. He was an avid fan of all Philadelphia sport teams. 

Charles is survived by his wife, Mary, a son, Phillip D., husband of Karen Zambiasi, a daughter, Dione “DeeDee” Zambiasi and her companion, Neil Schenck. Charles is also survived by a sister, Phyllis Shulkusky. He is also survived by Granddaughters, Kayla O'Donnel, Kristen Hoke, and Elissa Zambiasi. Great grandchildren, Arabella & Asher O'Donnel.

A Religious Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 5th at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. in Minersville with Reverend Jason F. Stokes officiating. All are respectfully invited to attend a visitation from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the funeral home. 

Interment with military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers the family request donations made to Alzheimer's Disease Research at 

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


Troy Dando
, 52, of Cumbola, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 28th.

Troy was born in Pottsville, PA on April 10, 1970, son of Donna (Wike) and Richard Dando, of Pottsville.

He was the husband of Melissa (Wetzel) Dando.

In addition to his wife and parents, Troy is survived by a son, Parker Dando, North Carolina; a brother, Todd, husband of Kim Dando, and two nieces, Haley and Lindsay of Newburg, NY; Stepson Craig Krause and a Step grandson Jedd Krause, both of Ashland.

Troy proudly served his country as a Corporal in the US Marine Corp. from 1989 to 1993. He was owner and operator of Custom Gun Finishes, Minersville.

He was a former member of Just for Vets, USMC Coal Cracker Detachment League and Seltzer Gun Club.

Troy was known for his larger than life personality. He was quick witted and a friend to all.

A visitation will be held on Thursday October 6 at 9:30 - 11:30 am at Ebling Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will follow at 11:30 am with Pastor Kenton Martin officiating.

A columbarium placement with full military honors will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville on Thursday October 6 at 1:30 pm.


Mary "Molly" Frehafer
, 73, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away on Tuesday, September 27th, at the Orwigsburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Pottsville on April 25, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Marguerite “Sis” (Trout) and Ernest “Jake” Hamerly.

After graduating from Nativity BVM High School in 1967, Molly worked in the shipping office at Phillips Van Heusen, retiring after 42 years to spend time with her family and friends.

Molly was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church. She was an avid Penn State fan, season ticket holder, and a member of the Nittany Lion Club, attending nearly every home football game since 1970. She loved taking trips to Disney with her family and spending time with her beloved granddaughter. She also enjoyed a good breakfast and shopping trips with many close friends.

Molly is survived by her daughter, Kristyn Frehafer, of Orlando FL; son Kyle Frehafer, of Schuylkill Haven; granddaughter, Khalle Frehafer; sister Diane Rattigan, wife of David, of Schuylkill Haven; nieces Dana Rattigan, of Schuylkill Haven and Drew Burrows, wife of Alex, and a great nephew, Wyatt Burrows all of Maryland.

In addition to her parents, Molly is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. held Wednesday, October 5th, at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, with Rev. James Fidler officiating. A viewing will be held Tuesday evening from 6 - 8 pm and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday. Interment will follow the service at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Memorial donations in Molly's memory may be sent to the Schuylkill Haven Island Fund, 333 Center Ave., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Suzanne E. Finneran
, 72, of Mechanicsville, passed away at Penn State Hershey Medical Center on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 after a long battle with breast cancer.

Born February 19, 1950 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Helen (nee McLaughlin) Somers of Pottsville. She was a 1968 graduate of Nativity BVM High School.

Suzanne was blessed with a wicked sense of humor and a contagious laugh, which was appreciated by all who knew her. She held various jobs in the community. During her career, she graciously and lovingly served the special needs community through her work with Avenues and Access Services. Prior to that, she used her sense of style to support the business interests of Schoeneman Beauty Supply.

She was active in the community and local politics for many years. As a result of her involvement, she was well-known and liked throughout Schuylkill County.

A surprise to many, she was an avid fan of NASCAR, and traveled to races, first with her father, and later with her husband John and dog, Katy.

As no surprise, she loved Notre Dame, and loved to travel to South Bend with her husband, John, and friends in their RV. Suzanne was also a social member of the Mechanicsville Game and Fish Association.

She will be missed by her husband of 11 years, John Finneran; her daughter Suzy, Lake Wynonah; sister and brother-in-law, Martyanne and Ed Kubilus, Lake Wynonah; step children, John (Amanda) Finneran, Schuylkill Haven, Renee Medina, Frackville, and Brian (Krystal) Finneran, Barnesville; grandchildren, Marcus & Evan Medina, Daxton & Hadley Finneran; nieces, Jennifer Bettinger, Brooke Blankenhorn, and Lauren (Jeremy) Scheibelhut; six great nieces and nephews, many friends, and the young woman for whom she cared, Kristi Hall.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 11:00 am in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville with Rev. Philip F. Rodgers, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Wednesday morning from 9:30 am until 11:00 am at St. Patrick’s Church, Pottsville.

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


John L. Reibsane
, 76, of Temple passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at the St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading.

Born in Orwin, February 26, 1946, a son of the late Lester and June Brown Reibsane.

John was a 1964 graduate of the former Porter Tower High School. After high school, he attended Albright University.

John was an insurance agent for his own business, Reibsane Insurance Agency, Temple. He attained many insurance certifications over the years. He also was a volunteer with the Muhlenberg Ambulance Association.

He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed competitive shooting. Some of John's favorite memories were of spending time with his friends and family at his cabin in Clarks Valley, which be built.

Surviving are John's beloved wife of 26 years, Donna Schatz Reibsane; four children, Lori Reibsane Zimmerman (John), Stevens, PA, Eric Reibsane (Rhonda), Troutman, North Carolina, Dawn Reibsane Daub (Dan), Tower City, and Debra Reibsane Shutter (Mike), Lebanon; two brothers, David Reibsane (Kim), Clarks Valley and James Reibsane (Kim) Robesonia; three sisters Brenda Killinger (John), Tower City, Diane Klinger (Henry), Wiconisco and Janice O'Neil, Nebraska; eleven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for John will be held Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin with Rev. Harold Kauffold officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Muhlenberg Area Ambulance Association, 835 E Bellevue Ave, Laureldale, PA 19605.

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


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