Monday, December 12, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for December 12th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: December 12th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Joan Franchak
, 86 years of age, beloved mother, nanny, of Christian Lane New Ringgold, Pennsylvania passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022, upon arrival at St. Luke's Miners Memorial in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.

Born Monday, December 23, 1935 in Troope, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Michael, and Margaret (Mauro) Worobey. Joan was also predeceased by; her husband Michael S. Franchak.

Surviving are; daughter, Margaret Miller wife of Andrew of New Ringgold with whom she resided; grandchildren, Alexandra. Courtney, Isaac, and Britney; great granddaughter, Roselynn.

Christian by faith, Joan had worked for many years, at Mt. Airy Lodge, and Pocono Manor. Joan enjoyed taking walks, and traveling with her family whom she adored.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884.


Joan M. Pizzico, 86, of Minersville, passed away peacefully and comfortably, surrounded by and holding hands with her cherished family Thursday evening at her son Nick’s residence in Hegins. Born in Minersville, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Tessie Pol Costick.

Joan was a cheerleader and 1953 graduate of the former Cass Twp. High School. She was a retired garment worker and a proud member of the ILGWU. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Church of Holy Family Parish, and also of the former St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, of Minersville.

Joan was a very social person with an infectious laugh, and loved to sing and dance. In her younger years, she dreamed of being a Rockette in New York City, but at the same time always wanted to be a housewife and Mother of “not more than four, but not less than three” children. She fulfilled this dream by marrying the love of her life in 1957 and raising her “four little chickadees”, as she fondly referred to her children, who became her entire world for the remaining 65 years of her life. The addition of her six precious grandchildren added to her enjoyment and youthful enthusiasm for life, as she doted on them and gave them countless “smootzes”.

In her later years, she enjoyed going “up the mountain” to enjoy endless conversation, laughter, and an occasional highball at the firepit with her family and friends, and of course, her beloved “granddog” Muttsie. In this and any setting, no matter the crowd, she would be heard laughing the hardest.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Nick in 2014 and a brother, Steve “Stiney” Costick in 2017.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Sinko and her husband Adrian, Easton; 3 sons, Nick, Hegins, Michael, Timonium, MD and Ken and his wife Linda, Flemington, NJ; 6 grandchildren, Matthew, Sara, Luke, Kaela, Kirsten and Karli; a sister, Sandra Kilpatrick, Pell City, AL; countless nieces and nephews - and her beloved granddog Muttsie.

Relatives and friends can call at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville on Tuesday morning from 7AM to 10AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Matthew’s Church of Holy Family Parish, 139 Spruce St., Minersville, on Tuesday at 10:30AM. Rev. Jason Stokes will officiate. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in St. Barbara’s Cemetery, Llewellyn.


Judith E. “Judy” Reese
, 70, of Milton, Pa, passed away on Sunday, December 11th, 2022, at her home.

Born in Shenandoah, Pa, on April 29th, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Carmella (Vatalare) Toborowski.

Judy was a 1969 graduate of the former Cardinal Brennan High School, a 1973 graduate of Bloomsburg University, then earned her master’s degree from Bucknell University and another advanced degree from Bloomsburg University. She was an associate professor at Bloomsburg University and an adjunct professor at Susquehanna University. She was a retired school administrator. Judy served in many capacities over 35 years, and then retired as the Supervisor of Special Education for the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.

Judy is survived by her husband of 49 years, Joseph P. Reese, along with her son, Sean P. Reese with his wife Ashley – New Columbia, Pa, her daughter, Erica Reese with her fiancĂ© Jake – Munhall, Pa, 3 brothers, Drew Toborowski with Jean – Hazleton, David Toborowski with Ann – Media, and Thomas Toborowski with Debbie – Schnecksville. 5 sisters, Mary Toborowski – Pennsauken, NJ, Elaine Faia with Tony – Wildwood Crest, NJ, Karen Cicioni with Dino – Ringtown, Frances Toborowski – Lititz, Pa, and Paula Toborowski with Roseann Esposito – Bethlehem. 2 grandchildren, Cullen Patrick Reese and Sutton Carmella Reese, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will take place from 10 to 11am on Wednesday, December 14th, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 109 Broadway St, Milton, Pa. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am by Fr. John Hoke. Interment will immediately follow in St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery in Milton.

The Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Judy’s memory may be made to: St. Joseph’s Grotto bench


Diane Tarantelli, 70, former Mowry and Ashland resident, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2022, with family by her side, at the Reading Hospital. 

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements.


Shirley Jean Burrell Rohde
, 101, formerly from Barnesville Pennsylvania passed away peacefully December 8th, 2022, at The Retreat in Jasper Georgia.

Born October 9th, 1921, in Detroit Michigan she was the widow of James Rohde who preceded her in death in April 1993. Prior to her marriage in 1944, Shirley worked at JL Hudson motor company in Detroit.

They have three children, James Rohde of Hinesburg VT married to Kathy Marrier Rohde, Susan Downs Devine, of Jasper Ga, and Ron Rohde of Tuscarora PA married to Lynne Theobold Rohde.
Together they had five grandchildren, Sarah, Jessica and Rachel in VT, Christopher James in PA and Max Downs in GA, and four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Levi and Isaac Russell and Anna Psaros .
Shirley was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed travel and shopping, cooking great meals, and spending time with her family.

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 Funeral Services will be held on Friday December 16, 2022, at 11 o'clock A.M. from the funeral home. Friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Services.

Internment at Sky-View Memorial Park Cemetery in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252


Doris N. Brown
, 87, of Pine Grove, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2022, in Providence Place, Pine Grove.

Born on June 13, 1935 in Pine Grove, she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Ada Yeich Nagle.

She was a member of St. John's Reformed Church, Friedensburg.

Doris was an Enumerator for the Dept. of Agriculture.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 60 years, Carl W. Brown; a son, Jeffrey C. Brown; a sister, Ellen M. Laubenstein; and two brothers, Edwin Nagle and Marlin Nagle.

Surviving are a daughter, Yvonne and husband Glenn Hummel of Pine Grove; a son, Kevin and wife Tara Brown of Galeton; two grandchildren and five step grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Fern Zimmerman and Donna Machamer; a brother, Richard Nagle, all of Pine Grove; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John's Reformed Church, 17 Chestnut St., Friedensburg with Pastor Matt Kenitzer officiating. There will be a viewing on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, from 9:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the Church. Interment will be held at a later time in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to either the Alzheimer's Disease Assoc. Inc., 2595 Interstate Dr. Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110 (online at or to St. John's Reformed Church Memorial Fund, 17 Chestnut Street, P. O. Box 58, Friedensburg, PA 17933 in her memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements


Susan L. Kuehn
, 77, of Llewellyn, Branch Township, passed away Saturday in the early morning hours at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Pottsville on September 8, 1945, and raised in Llewellyn, she was the loyal daughter of the late Charles E. and Irene (nee Penxa) Kuehn. She was a 1963 graduate of Minersville High School. Although Susie once had dreams of becoming a history teacher after high school, she spent much of her adult life as a caretaker to her parents.

She was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church.

Affectionately known as “Sis” by family and close friends, she was an avid and informed sports fan. An immense source of pride to whom she extended a quiet devotion were her nephew and niece, Jamie and Jodi. As their #1 supporter, her adoration knew few limits…traveling several hours one way, if necessary, in state or out, so she could witness a game or event in which they were involved in-person. Rare was the occasion during their high school and collegiate careers when she wasn’t in attendance with her lawn chair or bleacher seat. Later, she would extend that same support to her great-nephews and great-nieces who resided locally. The limits and signs of her devotion were few, whether it be taking her great-nephew to daily lunches at the Wynn-Ann, rocking twin babies to sleep, or providing her great-nieces with boxes of munchkins as pre-game encouragement. She also stayed in regular contact with family members on the West Coast that included her sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and their families.

In addition to her parents, Susie was pre-deceased by a brother Charles, Jr “Isaac”, in 1996; a niece, Jill Kuehn, in 2013.

She is survived by two remaining brothers, Frank “Butch”, Llewellyn and Rick (spouse, Sue), Hegins, remaining nieces, nephews, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Sunday from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00PM and on Monday from 6:00 A.M. until services at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park. Friends or family wishing to make a donation are encouraged to do so “In Memory of Susan Kuehn” to: Frieden's Lutheran Church, 54 Church Road, Pottsville, PA 17901 or to Minersville Softball Boosters, 96 Sunday Drive, Pottsville, PA 17901.


Leo Gary Martin
, 69, of Minersville, passed away on Friday, December 9 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Born on September 13, 1953 in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Leo "Ducky" Martin and the late Mary (nee Holohan) Martin. He was a 1971 graduate of Minersville High School. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam Conflict from 1971 to 1975, having attained the rank of Petty Officer Second Class while serving with Naval Aviation units.

He was Business Manager of Ironworkers, Local 420 and Business Manager Emeritus of Ironworkers, Local 404. Before retiring, he had served as President, Schuylkill County Building and Construction Trades Council, Vice President of Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council, and Trustee, Ironworkers District Council Health & Welfare and Pension Funds, Philadelphia.

He was also a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, JFK Div. 2, Pottsville, and was a Master Mason. He was the author of two books, “Coal & Iron – A Labor Story” and “Irish Day”.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy Lynn Martin-Heffner, in 2017; two sisters, Jean Yanosky and Leona Teter.

Leo is survived by his son, Shawn Martin, Schuylkill Haven; six grandchildren, Nolan, Quinten and Andrew Heffner, Liam and Caden Martin, and Gino Yourey; his former spouse, Terry Stickell Martin, Norwegian Township; his daughter-in-law, Greta Martin, Minersville; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Monday (December 19) from 6:00 P.M. and on Tuesday (December 20) from 6:00 A.M. until services at 10:30 A.M. Interment with military honors will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Donations to the charity of the giver’s choice are encouraged.


Donna M. (Brazinsky) Risko
, 80 of Shenandoah passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at her residence.

Born in Shenandoah on July 4, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Margaret (Subach) Brazinsky.

She was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Prior to her retirement, Donna was employed for many years at Ateeco Inc., Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah and the former St. George’s Church.

Donna was a kind and caring person. She cherished the time spent with her family.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband, Edward J. Risko on March 4, 2022; her grandson, Jason Garvey; and her sister, JoAnn Palmer.

Surviving are her daughter Sharon Wright and her husband Timothy of Shenandoah; three grandchildren, Timothy Wright of Shenandoah, Erik Beninsky of Harrisburg and Michael Garvey of Shenandoah; one great-grandson, Bodhi Garvey; two sisters-in-law, Anne Marie McNulty of Lansdale and Virginia “Ginny” Stanziola and her husband Robert of Frackville; step-son, Edward Straub of Mount Carmel; step-daughter, Christine Meyer of Pittsburgh; three step-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her beloved cat, “Mitzi”.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Thursday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at Divine Mercy Church.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in Donna’s name to the Hillside SPCA, Inc., PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901 or Divine Mercy Parish, 108 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah, PA 17976.

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


Bruce D. Schwalm
, 89, of Leola, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2022, at Hospice and
Community Care in Mount Joy, PA.

He graduated from Hegins Township High School, Hegins, PA, and served as Treasurer of his
class. He graduated as Salutatorian with a BS in Agricultural Engineering from Penn State
University in 1955. Upon graduation, Bruce worked at Sperry New Holland for 36 years.

He received an MS degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University in 1970. He holds 23 U.S. Patents for agricultural design. After retirement in 1991, he managed Schwalm Farms, Inc., Hegins, PA, until his passing.

Bruce enjoyed spending time on the farm, keeping up with world events, attending his grandchildren's activities and spending time with family. He attended Bethany United Church of Christ in Ephrata, PA.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia Oberholzter Schwalm, and his children, Vincent
Schwalm (Carol), Hegins, Michael Snyder (Eileen), Lancaster, Steven Schwalm, (Gail), Orlando,
FL, Douglas Snyder (Dawn), Lititz and Sandra Milchanowski, (Jeff), Lititz, as well as seven

Preceding him in death was his first wife of 9 years, Betty Heller Schwalm, his parents, William and Meda Schwalm as well as his two brothers, Leon and William, and three
sisters, Helen, Annice and Eleanor.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend the service on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, 200 West Main Street, Valley View, PA 17983. A viewing will be held at 10:00 AM followed by a service at 11:00 AM with internment at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Erdman, PA.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the American Cancer Society or Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Dr. Lancaster, PA 17603.


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