Monday, November 7, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 7th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: November 7th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Tabitha Lanning, age 81, of Hegins, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville.

She was born on Thursday, September 18, 1941, in Wilkes Barre, a daughter of the late Robert J Powell and the late Charlotte E (Bonning) Powell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, George Bidgood, and a brother, Robert Powell.

She is survived by her husband Robert E Lanning.

She is also survived by three sisters, Charlotte Harvey of Dallas, Agnes Post of Harveyville, and Hariett of Aaronsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no services.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Inc., Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.


William L. "Brownie" Brown
, 59, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Saturday, November 5th, at home.

William was born in Pottsville, PA on June 6, 1963, a son of the late Gladys (Brown) and Barry Brown.

He last worked as a machine operator at Prysmian Draka Cable USA Schuylkill Haven. He was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven Area High School.

He was a member of the Rainbow Hose Company and North Ward Social Club of Schuylkill Haven. 
He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and taking hikes, watching Nascar races and spending time with family and friends.

Brownie is survived by a brother, Douglas, husband of Amber Brown, of Schuylkill Haven. Also a nephew Zachary Brown and four nieces Cassidy Brown, Ainsley Brown, Abree Brown and Ayla Brown along with numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, November 12th at Geschwindt Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc, Schuylkill Haven, PA with Pastor Jim Fidler officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be at 10 am until the time of service.

Memorials may be made to Geschwindt Stabingas Funeral 25 East Main Street Schuylkill Haven to help defray funeral expenses.


Mary Belluch, 91, of Frackville, passed away on Friday, November 4th, at the Pottstown Hospital – Tower Health, Pottstown, Pa.

Born in Frackville on July 17th, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Karlitskie) Belluch.

Mary worked in the local garment industry for many years.

She was member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Maizeville.

Besides her parents, she was preceded by 3 brothers, Ted, John, and Joseph Belluch.

Surviving are her niece and caregiver, Cheryl Hoffman, her cousin and caregiver, Mary Stine, her sister-in-law, Jean Beluch. Several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins also survive.

A visitation for family and friends will take place on Monday evening, November 14th from 5 to 8pm at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah with Parastas service at 7pm, officiated by Fr. Petro Zvarych. Visitation will resume on Tuesday morning, November 15th from 8 to 9:30am. Liturgy will be celebrated at 10am in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Maizeville, Pa. Interment will immediately follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville.

Contributions in Mary’s memory may be offered to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church.


Pearl E. Schadel
, a resident of the Polk Personal Care Center, Millersburg died peacefully Saturday November 5, 2022.

She was born July 5, 1925, in Valley View, the youngest and last surviving of 13 children of John and Agnes Troutman Blyler.

She was a graduate of the former Hegins Township High School Class of 1943 and became a beautician, later becoming the supervisor of the clipping service at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association, Harrisburg.

Pearl was an active member of Salem Church of Rough and Ready, and enjoyed helping with the dandelion dinners and so much more.

She and Afton traveled the world and experienced so many adventures in their years together. They embarked on an 81 day, 4300 mile bicycle trip from Oregon to Virginia using historic trails and secondary roads. In 1985, they sold their property in Harrisburg and became full time Airstreamers for 8 1/2 years. They traveled all 50 states, parts of Canada, spent a winter in Guadalajara, Mexico and spent 3 weeks in China as guests of the Chinese Government as Afton lectured on water resource protection. Together, they visited seven countries in Europe, toured Australia and New Zealand and took 2 trips to Alaska, Hawaii, and Iceland.

In 2003, they sold their log cabin in the Mahantongo Valley and moved to the Polk Foundation in Millersburg. Pearl loved living at the Polk. She was very active in all the programs offered throughout each day. She was an avid Phillies fan!

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Afton V. Schadel on January 19, 2011. Pearl and Afton tragically lost their son son Vance Allen, at age 21 in a car accident in 1969. also preceding her in death were brothers, Roy, Elmer, Joseph, Ralph, Dan, Albert, and Archie; sisters Maude Masser, Grace Troup-Wolfgang, Alma Umholtz, Iva Carl, Anna Hoffman.

Pearl is survived by nieces and nephews, other family members, and many many friends whom she dearly loved.

A celebration of life and ressurrection will be held at Salem Church of Rough and Ready, Rough and Ready, on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 1:00 pm, with Rev. Mark E Mantz officiating.

A visitation will be held from 12:00 pm until the time of service.

Burial will be made in Salem Cemetery, Rough and Ready.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Salem Church, C/O Carol J. Snyder, Treasurer, 63 Kopp Road Klingerstown PA 17941 or the Polk Assisted Living Center, 301 North Street, Millersburg, PA 17061.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Inc., Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.


Bertha Petrishko, 94, passed away on Friday November 4, 2022, at the home of her daughter Theresa, surrounded by her loving family. 

Born in Duncott, PA in 1928, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Valosin) Verbosh. Bertha was a graduate of the former Cass Twp. High School in 1945. She was employed at the former Phillips Jones Shirt factory in Minersville from 1945 to 1950. Bertha enjoyed going to the Casinos, gardening, playing cards and bingo, and cooking for her family. She always made the best Halupkies, Perogies, Potato Salad, and Chicken and Dumplings. Her family meant everything to her, having them all together at her house during the Holidays was her greatest joy. Bertha was a Beloved Woman, who lived her life with graciousness, kindness, and generosity. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in St. Clair. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles, who died on September 12, 1994, six brothers: Michael, Peter, Andrew, John, George, and Joseph, five sisters: Mary Verbosh, Julia Ryan, Anna Gavaletz, Veronica Sekellick, and Helen Platko, and son-in-law Donald Lubinsky Sr. in 2020. 

Bertha is survived by four daughters: Carol Hamera and her husband Leonard, Arizona, Theresa Lubinsky, Pine Grove, Barbara Stepenosky and her husband David, Reading, and Joann Schultz and her husband Mark, Llewellyn; she was Nana to twelve grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister Irene Dallago, Reading and nieces and nephews. Bertha will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Divine Liturgy will be held on Friday November 11th at 10AM at the St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in St. Clair, with Rev. James Carroll officiating. 

Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Thursday evening from 6-8PM and Friday morning from 8:30-9:30AM at the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon. 

A Parastas Service will be held on Thursday November 10th at 7PM at the Funeral Home. 

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in St. Clair.

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