Thursday, September 8, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for September 8th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: September 8th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Betty Ann (Esposito) Torresani, 85, formerly of Drums, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at The Corrigan House, Hazleton.

Born August 1, 1937, in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Alfonso and Mary (Cusat) Esposito.

Betty Ann worked at Brills Dress Shop and until her retirement she was a clerk at Greco Pharmacy in Freeland and Hazleton for several years. Betty Ann was known for her sense of humor.

She was a member of Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Patrick Torresani and sisters Mary Hauser, Jean Kennedy, and Josephine Mussoline.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 AM Sept. 17, at Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton. Family and Friend may call from 9 AM until the time of mass. Interment will follow in RC Calvary Cemetery, Drums.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contribution be made to The Corrigan House, 350 Hazle Twp. Blvd, Hazleton, PA 18202.


Kathleen A. Arcuri, 76 of Frackville, passed away Saturday September 3, 2022 at her home.

Born in Pottsville, October 8, 1945 She was a daughter of the late James and Pauline (Filar) Feeney

Kathy was a graduate of Nativity BVM High School; She worked as a Buyer at Signal Honeywell, Pottsville and was co-owner of Bronco Billy Foods Inc., with her late husband.

She was a member of St. Joseph Parish, Frackville.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph M. Arcuri on August 6, 2016.

Surviving are a brother-in-law James Arcuri and his wife Annette of Malvern; Several Cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Monday September 12, 2022 from St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Spring & Line Street Frackville, PA 17931 with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Monday at the church . In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Parish Memorial Fund , 7 Broad Mt. Ave, Frackville, PA 17931. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Frackville.


Joseph W. Baddick, 63 years of age, of Tuscarora, Pennsylvania passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at St. Luke's Carbon Campus in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

Born Saturday, February 21, 1959 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania the son of Victor D. Baddick, and the late Mary Patricia (Coleman) Baddick. Joe was also predeceased by; brothers, John J., and Mark V. Baddick..

Surviving are brother, Victor W. Baddick of Tamaqua; numerous nieces; nephews. great nieces and nephews; sister-in-laws, Mary Ann Baddick, Elizabeth Bassler.

A 1977 graduate of Marian Catholic High School, Joe joined his father in operating BL Drilling of Tamaqua. Joe was a member of the Boilermakers Union Local #17, and had worked on the construction of the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant. Joe had served as the former Chief of the Tuscarora Fire Co., and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed deer season at the family cabin on the North Ward Mountain in Tamaqua.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial be celebrated on Tuesday September 13, 2022 at 11 o'clock A.M. from St. John XXIII R.C.C. located at 307 Pine Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.

The family will receive friends from the funeral home on Monday evening September 12, 2022 from 6 to 8:00 P.M.

Interment will be in St. Bertha's R.C.C. Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in his name to:
Tuscarora Fire Company
301 Mulberry Street
Tuscarora, Pennsylvania 17982


George R. Lesko Jr.
, 91 of Shenandoah passed away on September 6, 2022, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Born January 31, 1931 at the former Ashland Hospital, Butler Township. He was a son of the late George Lesko and Jennie M. (Kulesa) Lesko.

George graduated in 1948 from Shenandoah Catholic High School.

He enlisted in the Air Force and was very proud of his twenty years of service. He was a veteran of the Cold War. George was a member of Strategic Air Command (SAC) which maintained America's defensive force of jet bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles. He was an aircraft supply inventory manager for Air Force One. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant E-7. After retiring from the Air Force. George worked in home repair and remodeling.

George was a faithful member of the former St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church now Divine Mercy Parish. He was active in the Anthony P. Damato Medal of Honor American Legion Post #792 serving in multiple leadership positions including Post Commander. He belonged to the American Military Society, the Air Force Sergeants Association and the Greater Shenandoah Area Senior Citizens.

He enjoyed baking, playing BINGO and trips to the casinos. Most of all, George loved spending time with family and friends. His home was the family gathering place where all were greeted with George's warm smile, witty sense of humor and delicious snacks.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Stella Joan (Schreppel) Lesko in 1991; and brothers, Edward, Daniel and Bernard.

Surviving are his daughters, Kathryn Gaughan and husband, Philip, of Shenandoah Heights, Kathleen Pengrin and husband, Charles, of Ringtown, Georgette Avenoso and husband, John, of Hershey, Diane Chowanes and husband, Edward, of Shenandoah, Maureen Rinker and husband, Don, of Laurel, MD; his grandchildren, Rory Gaughan, Bridget Gaughan, Lauren Pengrin-Hamlin D.O. and husband, Nick Hamlin, Carly Pengrin D.V.M., Ashley Avenoso and husband, Calvin Santiago, James Avenoso, Kristen Zurick and husband, Andrew, Edward Chowanes, Donald Rinker III, Sarah Rinker; his great-grandchildren, Owen George Zurick, Sarah Ann Zurick, Abigail Joan Zurick, Stella Marie Santiago; his sisters-in-law, Joanne Lesko of Shenandoah and Lucinda Lesko of Palmerton; nieces, nephews and cousins.

In most recent years, George enjoyed the company of his dear friend, Joanne Schlauch, of Ringtown.

A viewing will be held on Monday, September 12, 2022 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 9:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Private interment with military honors will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in care of the arrangements.


Stephen M. Mundy, 57, of Turkey Run, passed away on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital – Allentown.

Born on October 28th, 1964, he was the son of the late Thomas J. Mundy Sr. and surviving Anna (Sanayka) Mundy.

He was a life member of the Defender Hose Company, Turkey Run.

Along with his mother, Anna, surviving family include 1 brother- Thomas J. Mundy Jr. with his wife Mary Ellen of Palmyra, 1 sister- Patti McGovern with her husband Francis of Philadelphia, 2 nieces- Kathleen and Molly, and 3 nephews- Christopher, Brian, and Francis.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, September 12th from 11am to 12:30pm at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. A scripture service will be conducted at 12:30pm by Msgr. Ronald Bocian. Burial will immediately follow in the Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

At the family's request, no floral arrangements.


Barbara A. Petrousky, 81, of Ashland, Pa, passed away on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, at her home.

Born on April 20th, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Powlick and Mary Crage.

Barbara worked many years as a Secretary Librarian for the North Schuylkill Jr./Sr. High School. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Girardville where she also taught CCD classes.

Besides her parents, she was preceded by a son, Thomas Petrousky, a grandson, Edward Wascavage, 2 brothers, Ralph and Bernard Powlick, and 3 sisters, Agnes Hercek, Mary Lushinsky, and Betty Gentry.

She leaves behind her husband of 62 years, John Petrousky, a son, Andrew Petrousky of Minersville, 2 daughters- Barbara Wascavage with her husband Edward of Ashland, and Karen Dade with her husband Brian of Waynesboro. 7 grandchildren- Samantha, Brittani, Brianna, Andrew, John, Lindsay, and Dana, along with several nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 8:30am to 10am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Girardville by Fr. Giuseppe Esposito. Burial will be held the following day, Wednesday, September 14th at 12:30pm in the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa.


Harryette L. Cipoletti, 62, of Andreas, Pa, formerly of Mount Airy, MD, and Cinnaminson, NJ, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in her home. She was the wife of Philp Cipoletti. They were married on June 30, 2001 and celebrated 21 years of marriage. 

Prior to retiring she worked as a beautician. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William C. and Harryette L. (Long) Atkinson. Harryette loved to raise Alpacas on their farm. 

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by two sons, Barry and Daniel Cardwell and a brother, William C. Atkinson, Jr. 

Surviving in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Lydia Cardwell Lund, and her husband Drew, of Catonsville, MD; brother, Peter Atkinson Jr, and his wife, Donna, of Cinnaminson, NJ; sister, Gladys Weiss and her husband Curt, of Sherman Oaks, CA; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:30 on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at Weber Funeral Home, 112 Broad St, Riverton, NJ 08077. Call 10-11:30. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ.

Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold.


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