Monday, November 21, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 21st, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: November 21st, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


John M. “Duck” McClain, Jr.
died unexpectedly at home in Shenandoah where he resided the past 4 years. He was raised and lived most of his life in Mahanoy City.

Born in the former Locust Mountain Hospital, he was the son of the late John and Theresa Staconis Konsavage McClain. He was also the stepson of the late Edward Konsavage, Locust Valley.

John was of the Catholic faith. He graduated from St. Canicus Elementary School, Mahanoy City, and Marian Catholic High School/North Schuylkill Vocational School Class of 1977. He was also a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology earning his degree in Masonry.

During his youth John was a heck of a pitcher for the Fire Department Little League team and played ball for the Delano Colts Midget Football team. John earned his nickname “Duck” as a kid due to his impeccable impersonation of Donald Duck. He was a loyal friend to many and a gentleman to all. Several of his best friends were of the four-legged variety all of which were rescued animals adopted into a safe and loving home. He enjoyed shooting pool and played in the local pool league. As an avid Notre Dame fan, he handled that rollercoaster ride better than most. He was also a fan of the Washington Redskins. John had a fondness and special bond with Maria and his second Cousin Connor.

A Mason by trade, John spent his early career as a general contractor who was known for his exceptional brick work. He last worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as a Highway Inspector before his retirement.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by two brothers, David McClain and Daniel McClain as well as his maternal grandparents John and Madeline Staconis and paternal grandparents John and Elizabeth McClain and step-grandfather Patrick J. Maharg.

He is survived by brothers Michael McClain and his wife Colleen of Bristow, VA, and Kenneth, and wife Heather McClain of Allentown; a sister Shelly Konsavage, Locust Valley; nephews Mark, Aaron, Christopher, Daniel, Sean, and Nathaniel McClain; nieces, Katie Kik, and Angela McClain; two aunts, Patricia McClain Purcell Brown, Locust Valley, and Bernadine Staconis Kates, Barnesville.

Graveside services will be held Friday, November 25, 11am at St. Canicus Cemetery, Mahanoy City, with Deacon David Henninger presiding.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


Denise Ann Saurazas, 60, of Orwigsburg, passed away Thursday, November 17th, at Geisinger-St. Lukes's.

Denise was born in Pottsville on December 17, 1961, a daughter of the late Arlene R. (Hechler) and Richard D. Foltz.

She was the wife of Michael D. Saurazas, they were married on September 16th, 1978. She graduated from McCann’s School of Business and worked for Schaeffer's Harley Davidson as a service writer for many years.

In addition to her husband Mike of 44 years, Denise is survived by her two children, Angel Darosh and Damien Saurazas , grandchildren Cameron and Kyla Darosh as well as a sister, Sandy Zendrosky.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter Mackenzie and siblings Greg and Diane Foltz. Private services are entrusted to Hamilton Breiner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Orwigsburg.


Junior A “JR” Harner Sr.
, 89, of Tremont, passed away Saturday November 19th at his home, with his loved ones by his side.

Born at the Ashland hospital to William & Mable Morgan Harner April 18th, 1933.

In addition to his wife Betty L. Fisher Harner, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Ney, and 2 grandsons, Benjamin Harner & Michael Ney.

He was an independent coal miner for many years, owning a coal mine in Molleystown. Junior was a faithful member of Jehovah’s Witness’s, Tremont, joining in 1950.

Over the years, he enjoyed lots of things, going to the flea markets, grocery shopping and buying, collecting and sorting through baseball cards. He was an avid Phillies fan and NY Yankee fan. Junior became an eccentric collector of many things but above all, he had a love for bicycles since he was a little boy, which he turned into a bicycles business that he operated for over 50 years, Harner’s Bicycles.

Surviving are his children Gail Graver, husband Robert, Tremont, William Harner, wife Monique, Myerstown, Junior A Harner Jr., Pine Grove, and his beloved daughter Lisa Cooper, husband Clint, Tremont; 11 grandchildren, including Ashley who always held a special place in his heart, numerous great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; one remaining sister, Tilly Wolfgang, Valley View.

Funeral service will be held on Friday November 25th, 2022 at 11 am from the Chapel of Dimon Funeral Home Inc, Tower City. There will be a viewing from 10 am until the time of the service at the chapel. Final resting place will be at Donaldson cemetery, where he will once again be reunited with his wife.


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