Monday, December 19, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for December 19th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: December 19th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Daniel J. Dutcavich
, 66, of Minersville and Harrisburg, passed away on Friday, December 16 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Born on September 4, 1956 in Pottsville, he was a son of Gloria (nee Montello) Dutcavich, Minersville, and the late John J. Dutcavich. He was a 1974 graduate of Minersville High School where he took an interest in art under the tutelage of his Art teacher, the late Edward Wingaris. While contemplating attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Art, he first worked as a short order cook at the former W.T. Grant Department Store, Pottsville. He gravitated to out-of-state construction employment in Texas and Florida, applying his artistic talents to carpentry and “finish work”. He was a self-taught guitarist, well-accomplished, despite losing his left index finger while employed with the former Pohl Corporation, Reading.

While residing in the Harrisburg Area, he was self-employed as a residential contractor, also working for the former Kitzmiller Roofing and Construction. He later took employment as an estimator for CentiMark Corporation. He returned to Minersville as a residential contractor, where he worked hard to renovate and restore a family-owned property in downtown Minersville. Upon retirement, he spent time in both Minersville and the Harrisburg area.

Those who knew him well would describe Dan as a sometimes-mercurial free spirit. He was a dedicated, artistic craftsman, paying keen attention to the details of the things that he built. He was a product of the 1970s culture in which he came of age.

In addition to his Dad, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Richard A. Pizzo, in 2016.

In addition to his Mom, Dan is survived by two children, Dana Cooper (spouse, Andre), Harrisburg, and Daniel L. Dutcavich (spouse, Megan), Lewisberry; eleven grandchildren, Alexa Boettinger (spouse, Charles IV), AJ, Alijah, Aiden, Dominic, Micah and Creed Cooper, King and Savy Smith, Drake, Sloane and Willow Dutcavich. He is also survived by five siblings, David Dutcavich (spouse, Arlene), Minersville, Diane Pizzo (spouse, Richard), Barnesville, Denise Crum (spouse, Thomas), Morrisville, Karen Myers (companion, Randy Mennig), Mechanicsburg, and Gary Dutcavich (spouse, Beth), Lake Wynonah; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are private at the convenience of the family. Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge.


Bailey C. Mattis
, 25, of Wiconisco, passed away at his home while in the arms of his loving family on Sunday, December 18, 2022 after a lifelong battle with kidney disease.

Born in Harrisburg, February 12, 1997, a beloved son of Larry and Cortney Maletich Alvord. Bailey was a 2018 graduate of Schuylkill IU 29.

Bailey enjoyed taking long trips with family, riding UTV, fishing, and going to basketball games. He loved listening to music, but most of all he loved his mom along with rest of his family, except the cat - he hated the cat.

He was greeted in heaven by his beloved Nana, Susan Maletich, his identical twin brother Alex Mattis, his uncle Bobby Mattis, and his cousin Colby Mattis.

Surviving are his devoted parents, Larry and Cortney Maletich Alvord; his grandparents, Joseph Maletich, Wiconisco, Robert and Susan Mattis, Sacremento, Larry and Carol Alvord, Gratz; aunts and uncles, Heather Maletich, Lykens, Jarrod (Tasha) Maletich, North Carolina, Tammy Girard (John Scheib), Spring Glen, and Dale Alvord, Gratz; cousins, Jordan and Jayden Maletich, Jade Nye, Maddie Scheib, Kaytlin and Gabe Girard, Abbly Weigley, MaKenna and Emma Alvord.

A Celebration of Bailey's life will be held on Friday, December 23, 2022 at 11:00 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 am at the chapel.

The Dimon Funeral Home is honored to serve Bailey's family.


Jean Huffman (Haspe)
, 65, of Coaldale, passed away Friday, December 16, 2022, at her home.

Born in Philadelphia, Jean was the daughter of the late Eugene and Sophie (Kleckner) Haspe.

Jean was a graduate of Panther Valley High School (Class of 1974). In 1979, she joined the United States Navy where she served as a Yeoman Second Class Petty Officer. While stationed at Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar in San Diego, CA, she served as the Flight Operations Supervisor. Jean was proud to be a veteran and looked back on this time of her life fondly. She loved telling the many stories about her time serving and cherished the close friendships she made during these years.

Jean was known by her friends and family as someone who would do anything for them, but she is likely most known for her incredible sense of humor. Her quick wit made her the life of the party and she enjoyed laughing as much as she enjoyed making others laugh. Jean had a knack for writing and her original birthday card poems will be missed by all who knew her. She was a games enthusiast and loved all things trivia particularly playing Trivial Pursuit, Quiz Planet, and watching ‘Jeopardy!’. Unbeknownst to some, Jean was also an excellent pool player. Her greatest joy, however, was being a grandmother.

Surviving are the loves of her life: a daughter, Kirby, wife of Matthew Fye of Nashville, TN, and two granddaughters, Dylan Amelia and Briar May. Jean is also survived by sisters Claire Remington, wife of Odess, of Coaldale and Elaine Stefanoski, wife of Edward, of Hazleton as well as several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Shawn E. Clark FD, 901 Centre St, Ashland PA has been entrusted with arrangements.


Tracy A. Krammes
, 64, of Tremont passed away very suddenly Monday, December 19, 2022.

Born in Pottsville, April 5, 1958, a son of Dennis and Faye Fulmer Krammes. Tracy was a 1976 graduate of Pine Grove High School. He also attended Penn State University, Schuylkill Campus.

Tracy resided in Frederick, Maryland for many years, working for the accounts payable department in the banking industry and at Ft. Detrick.

He was a member and current president of the Tremont Area Public Library. He also was a member of the Tremont Fire Company, where he volunteered when needed.

Surviving are his parents Dennis and Faye Krammes, Tremont; a sister, Denise Krammes, Tremont; a brother, Kyle Krammes and his wife Christine, Hamburg; three nieces, Alyson and Alysha Zerbe and Alexandria Krammes; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services for Tracy will be announced at a later date. He will laid to rest in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Tremont.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tremont Fire Company, PO Box 56, Tremont PA, 17981 or the Tremont Area Public Library, PO Box 54, Tremont PA, 17981.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. is honored to serve the Krammes family.


Col. (Ret) Jack A. Leiter
, 83, of New Britain passed away Sunday, December 18, 2022, at the Jefferson Abington Hospital.

Jack was born in Harrisburg on November 9, 1939, a son of the late Marlin and Miriam Bare Leiter. He was a 1956 graduate of West Shore High School and received his Master's degree in logistics at Liberty University.

He was a United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Jack proudly served his country as a retired lieutenant colonel with the Army National Guard, serving 38 years.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel, Tower City, and while living in New Britton, he attended Christian Life Center at Lincoln University.

Jack's love for his country was second only to his love for his family. His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren meant the world to him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Karen Buggy Leiter, 1980 and a grandson Michael Leiter, 2006.

Surviving are his three children, Jacqui Harner (Randy), Michael Leiter (Christy), and Timothy Leiter (Natalie) all of Tower City; his companion of 15 years, Lorrie Donahue of Warminster and her children, Cherie Weller and Bill Donahue (Mary); six grandchildren whom he was very proud of, Alexis Whitcomb, Timmy Harner, Brian Leiter, Dr. Timothy "TJ" Leiter, Brianna Leiter, and Alayna Leiter; six great grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Richard Leiter (Carolyn), Atlanta Georgia; a half-sister, Meghon Leiter (Amanda), Carlisle; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel, Tower City. Burial with military honors will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miles for Michael, 17 Snyder Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980. Miles for Michael is a nonprofit organization in memory of Jack's late grandson that helps families in need.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. is honored to serve the Leiter family.


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