Thursday, November 17, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 17th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: November 17th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Dolores Boyle
passed into the hands of the Lord on Tuesday, November 15. 

Dolores was born and raised on Dutch Hill in Tamaqua and lived there most of her life. She and her husband George shared 56 years of marriage before his passing in 2007. She was known on Dutch Hill for having holiday-themed window displays including shamrocks and green lights for the luck of the Irish! Her beautiful garden was full of impatiens that grew like bushes around her home. 

Dolores and George raised three children, Georgeann, who is deceased, Janet, and George and his wife Debbie. 

From there her family has grown with 7 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was proud of her family and to say she and George started it all!. 

She worked at the J.P. Morgan Outlet Store in Tamaqua until her retirement. This April, she celebrated her 91st birthday. Dolores and George were always out and about shopping, checking out craft fairs, following their favorite country band, dining out, and vacationing at Dolly Wood, Tennessee. Once her husband passed, Dolores moved to the High Rise in Tamaqua where she continued to decorate for holidays, and her apartment was the model apartment shown to perspective newcomers to the High Rise. She then called Heritage Hill Senior Living Community her home where she was welcomed and treated like family. It was here where she met her good friend and roommate Lorraine-----with whom she spent many hours talking and saying bedtime prayers. Always dressed to the nines, Dolores wore stylish outfits and coordinating jewelry and loved to have her hair and nails done. She enjoyed shopping, particularly at Boscov’s and The Christmas Tree Shop. Not only did she always select great gifts, she also had a flair for wrapping them beautifully. A shopaholic at heart, she could still easily fill her cart, even at the dollar store! She reminisced about her early years including her love of dancing and was often seen swaying to music at Heritage Hill. She smiled readily, told jokes, and wove an interesting tale. Creative outlets include coloring, making crafts, and playing bingo. 

As Dolores would have said about her life well-lived, “That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!” 

Join us to celebrate a life well-lived during a visitation at Zizlemann Gulla Funeral Home, Tamaqua on Monday, November 21. Visitation begins at 9:00am followed by a memorial service at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park in Hometown. 

In lieu of flowers and donations, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society (PO Box 30386, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or at in memory of her daughter, Georgeann Knowles.


Gloria Jean Smulligan, 71, of Tamaqua, PA died on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, in Bethlehem, PA. She was the wife of the late Kenneth A. Smulligan to whom she was married 45 years at the time of his death in 2013. 

Born in Coaldale, PA on September 21, 1951, Gloria was a daughter of the late William and Evelyn I. (Dennis) Reis. She attended school in the Panther Valley School District and was part owner of the Smulligan Glass Shop. A member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, Gloria was very active over the years as a Sunday School teacher, a Vacation Bible School teacher, a church council member, and a treasurer for the church cemetery. Involved in numerous activities, she was always one to put others before herself. Gloria fostered well over 500 children from 1986 through just last week and was currently the president of the Schuylkill County Foster Parent Association. Prior to fostering, she participated in the Fresh Air Kid program during the summer months. Gloria rescued numerous dogs over the years and was always cooking and baking for neighbors, sick friends, or for the benefit of community organizations. 

She is survived by sons, Peter Smulligan and his wife Stacy of Schuylkill Haven, PA and Jeffrey Smulligan of Tamaqua; daughters, Lindsay Prosymchak and her husband Dan of Summerville, SC and Sheryl Neumayer and her husband Jason of Brockton, PA; grandchildren, Samantha, Marlena, Kelci, Irvin Jr., Noah, and Kennedy Johnson, Austin and Vaughn Smulligan, Brittany Noecker, Ashlee Laubenstine, and Owen Neumayer; 6 great grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Smulligan and her husband Karl of Tamaqua and Nancy Gieniec and her husband Edward of Summit Hill, PA; brothers, Bill Reis Jr. and his wife Mary Rose of Walnutport, PA, Dennis Reis of Lansford, PA, and John Reis and his wife Michelle of Lansford; and many nephews and nieces. 

In addition to her husband, Kenneth, Gloria was predeceased by a daughter, Denise Johnson. 

Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with Vicar Dillon Epler officiating. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow the services. Call 8:30-10:30 AM on Saturday, December 3 at the funeral home. Memorials in Gloria’s name may be made to the Tamaqua Animal Rescue, 345 East Elm Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252 or the Schuylkill County Foster Parent Association, c/o Schuylkill County Children and Youth, 324 North Centre Street, Pottsville, PA 17901. 

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


Thomas F. "Tom" Smith, 62, Frackville passed away peacefully Wednesday at Rosewood Nursing Center, Schuylkill Haven.

Born in Philadelphia he was a son of the late Robert W. and Elizabeth R. Leinenbach Smith, He was a self employed contractor and the owner of Smith Contracting.

Tom was an avid Notre Dame fan and also the Philadelphia teams, Eagles, Flyers, 76ers and Phillies. He also enjoyed spending his free time boating on the river and also playing pool.

He was preceded in death by a brother Robert W. Smith Jr.

Tom is survived by his wife Mary Teresa “Terri” Tenaglia Smith, his son Tommy Smith, Frackville, his twin Brother Timothy J. Smith and William Smith both of Ashland, his sister Barbara Jenkins, Ashland and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service.


Bernard C. Schuck Jr.
, 56, Pine Grove, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, November 15th.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Bernard Sr. and Cheryl Pollack Schuck. He was also preceded in death by his wife Lisa A. Miller, a sister, Judy L. Schuck and his brother Jeff P. Schuck.

He is survived by his two sons: Bj Schuck and Ethan Schuck; a daughter Tami and her husband Brian Heffelfinger; his sister, Sherrie Schuck Shaffer; his love and fiancé, Melissa Kellett; his very special niece Savannah Raine along with his 10 grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenienvce of the family.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Frackville and Girardville.


Colleen Maurer
, 66, former Ashland resident, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at the Ridgeview Nursing Center, Shenandoah Heights. Born at the former Ashland State General Hospital, Fountain Springs, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Kathleen McDonald Brennan Sr. She attended North Schuylkill High School, and had been employed as a cook and waitress for the former Breakfast Nook restaurant, and lastly as a Bartender for the Drunken Monkey Bar and Grille, both of Ashland. Colleen was a member of the former Saint Mauritius Roman Catholic Church now the Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, Ashland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Maurer, passing January 30, 2008, a daughter Amy Maurer, in 1981, a son Kurt, in 2005, a sister Barbara, in 1998, a brother Gilbert Brennan Jr., in 2003, a brother Joseph Brennan, in 2013, a brother Thomas, in 1991, and a brother in law Leigh Grant, in 2007.


Sister: Kathleen Grant, Frackville

Step Son: Robert Maurer, Ashland

Step Son: Rodney Maurer and his wife Tara, Elysburg

3 Grandchildren

Nieces, Nephews, many friends, including staff and residents at Ridgeview Healthcare Center, Shenandoah Heights.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life funeral service, November 23, 2022, at 11 AM, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland. Officiating will be Mr. John Kessler. Visitation will begin at 10 AM. Interment will be in the New St. Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland, at a later date. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Richard A Clark, age 81, of Valley View, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - E Norwegian, Pottsville.

He was born on Monday, December 16, 1940, in Hegins, a son of the late Allen R Clark and the late Verona V (Dietrich) Clark.

He served in the US Army.

Richard was a retired mechanic.

He was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ, Hegins.

Richard enjoyed working on lawn mowers and was known in the area as the lawn mower man. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and horse races and was an avid New York Yankees fan..

His wife Irene L (Augustine) Clark, passed away November 15, 2021. He was also preceded in death by his parents; by an infant son, Allen F Clark and a brother, Lyle Clark.

He is survived by two sons, John R Clark and his wife Denise of Hegins and Jeff S Clark and his companion Kerri Stanton of Valley View; a daughter, Anita T Bordner of Tower City; six grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; a brother, Robert Clark of Hegins; a sister, Barbara Miller of Hegins; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Inc, Valley View, on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Michael C Klahr officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.


Sally A. Rubright, age 70, of Port Carbon, PA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 11th, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill, East, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, PA on July 1, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Darlington and M. Louise (Runkle) Bebelheimer.

Sally loved gardening, animals, and most of all her grandchildren. She was always thoughtful, trying to help everyone.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Darl "Sam" Bebelheimer

Sally is survived by her husband of 52 years, Thomas F. Rubright, two sons: Thomas F. Rubright III and his wife Jessica, and Christopher M. Rubright, and a grandson Jaden Rubright, all of Port Carbon; a granddaughter Brianna Rubright; a sister Judy Baka and her husband Paul, Maryland; and nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon on Friday November 18th at 6pm, with Deacon Jack Quirk officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday from 4-6pm at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held private at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.


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