Thursday, January 12, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 12th, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: January 12th, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Lawrence Adam Petrole
, age 62 of Tamaqua, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, after a brief illness. He was born on December 1, 1960, to Joseph R. Petrole, Sr. and Margaret (nee Christian) Petrole. 

Larry attended Tamaqua Area High School, where he participated in the track and field program and was an avid swimmer and diver. Shortly after graduating in 1978, he joined the Army National Guard and earned his helicopter pilot’s license. Larry would later serve in the Gulf War campaign in Operation Desert Storm as an Aviation Logistics Coordinator in Bremerhaven, Germany. He retired with the rank of Captain in 1991 and was working toward his flight instructor’s license at the time of his death. 

Larry is survived by his mother; brothers Joseph P. Petrole and his wife Linda of Tamaqua, Gerald Petrole, Sr. and his wife Deborah of Andreas, and George R. Petrole of Lehighton; as well as nephews, Gerald Petrole and his wife Nicole and son Christopher and Mark Petrole and his fiancĂ©e Katie; niece Jackie Kerlin and her husband Michael and their children Aaron, Meryl, and Nolan Kerlin; along with many cousins and friends. 

He was predeceased by his father, Joseph and his sister-in-law, Claudia Petrole. 

A Mass will be celebrated at St. John the XXIII in Tamaqua on Tuesday January 17th at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at 

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


Robert Earl Beck
, 86, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Wednesday, January 11th, at Providence Place Retirement Community, Pottsville.

Born in Beckville, north of Cressona, on December 2, 1936, he was the son of the late Myrtle M. (Miller) and J. Edward Beck.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by his brother, William C. Beck.

After graduation from Cressona High School in 1954, he served 3 years in the U.S Army as a Morse code radio operator. He also qualified as an expert rifleman and shot in competition with the 7th Army Rifle Teams.

After discharge, he met and married the love of his life, Marilyn Ann Ney, who passed away December 6, 2016. They had 58 years of a happy marriage.

He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Auburn.

Robert was a carpenter and retired from the Reading Hospital Engineering Department.

Robert is survived by two wonderful children, Lori, wife of Bret Keiper of Danielsville, a son, Keith, husband of Margaret Beck of Mechanicsburg; four granddaughters, Kaitlin (Keiper) Swanson, Megan (Keiper) Nace, Paige and Bryn Beck; two great grandchildren, Julianna and Rhett Swanson; and a brother, John E., husband of Carrie Beck of Hamburg.

He will lie in rest aside of his beloved Marilyn.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 17 at Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, with Rev. Walter Breiner officiating. A visitation will be held at 10:00 AM until the time of services.

Internment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

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Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Ann Hargrove
, 73, of Lebanon, passed away on January 9, 2023, at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center in Tremont, Pennsylvania.

Ann was born in Richmond, Virginia, on September 24, 1949, the oldest child of the late Robert and Marjorie Cosby.

In addition to her husband David Hargrove, she is survived by: brother Robert Cosby III and his wife Patricia, sister Helen Dickens and her husband Robert; children Eric Gregory and his wife Paula, Andy Hargrove and his wife Katie Flynn; granddaughter Abrianna Gregory, grandson Luke Paulos; a niece, nephews, and many close friends and loved ones.

Ann spent many years fostering rescue terriers, several of which she added to the family Yorkie pack. She was always interested in learning and passed her knowledge on through homeschooling for many years. She was active with her son’s Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop. She had a passion for genealogy and spent many happy hours researching family history and visiting ancestral homesites.

A memorial service and private burial will be held at a future date.

To honor Ann’s love of her dogs, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society of Lebanon County ( or the animal welfare organization of your choice.


George Edward Hysock, 76, of Shenandoah, passed away on Tuesday, January 10th at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill East, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah on October 23rd, 1946, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (McCord) Hysock.

Growing up, George attended the former J.W. Cooper High School in Shenandoah. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He then worked as a truck driver in the beverage delivery business for many years. George loved going for walks with his dog – Flower. He was a fan of western movies and antique cars.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Robert, Michael, and Joseph, and 2 sisters, Debbie and Nancy.

Surviving family include 2 brothers, William and James Hysock, 3 sisters, Theresa Wierzalis, Mary Pusavage, and Alice Jarzinko, along with nieces and nephews.

Graveside services with military honors will be conducted on Tuesday, January 17th at 11:30am in the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa.

Contributions in George’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. (

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are handling the arrangements.


Joseph A. Gudinas
, 70, a resident of Pottsville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 11th, 2023, at his home.

Joseph was born in Pottsville on January 20, 1952, a son of the late Albert and Helen (Martin) Gudinas. He was a graduate of the Pottsville high school, and was retired, having been last employed by Monarch Management, working in building maintenance. Prior to that, he worked for Argo Mills in Schuylkill Haven.

Joseph was an avid pool shooter, and was a member of the Pine Grove VFW, where he was on their pool team. He was also on the pool team of Gals in Ashland. He was a member of the Pine Grove fish and game club, and also a life member of the West End Hose Company in Pottsville. Joseph could be found hanging out at this sons gym, XTREME Fitness in St. Clair. Over the years he enjoyed vacationing and boating in Canada.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Irvin and Walter, a sister, Julia Williams and a granddaughter, Isabella.

He is survived by his fiancee, Linda Ann Wiley of Pottsville, and two children, Joseph Irvin Gudinas of St. Clair and Valerie, wife of Kyle Greene of Pottsville. He leaves to cherish his memory, his grandchildren, Siobhan Gudinas, Joeph Eoin Gudinas, Anthony Michael Gudinas, Zoe Sophia Greene, Alexia Harper Green, Miley Matthews, Delilah Mae Wiley, Kayden Connor Wiley and his little buddy, Carter Matthew Menuchak.

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Albert, Ron, Andy, Charlie, Gloria Peyes, Margaret Mack and June Satterwhite, along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday evening, January 16th at the Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 West Market Street, Pottsville. A viewing will be from 6-8 PM prior to the service.


Marion L. James, 95, Frackville passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 11th at Pottsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Frackville is in charge of the arrangements.


Edward H Kiesel Jr.
, age 78, of Valley View, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at his residence.

He was born on Sunday, April 16, 1944, in Darby, a son of the late Edward H Kiesel, Sr and the late Florence M (Bauer) Kiesel.

He was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley View, and also served on the church council.

Ed loved fishing with his family and friends and playing cards.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Carolyn Delaney.

He is survived by his wife Darlene F (Coleman) Kiesel, to whom he was married for nineteen years.

He is also survived by three step sons, Michael Schwartz, Jonathan Schwartz, and Christopher Schwartz; fifteen step grandchildren; two step great granddaughters; a twin sister, Florence O'Dowd of Elkton MD; a sister, Janet Isaac of Weeki Wachee FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley View, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Lee Diefenderfer officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday at the church.

Burial will be in Friedens Cemetery, Hegins.

Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 153, Valley View, PA 17983.

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


Catherine T. “Kitty” Silvestri, 95, of Ashland, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Born at home in Ashland, April 11, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Madeline Long Doolin. She was a graduate of the former St. Joseph School, class of 1945, Ashland. Kitty had been employed for the Bell Telephone Company, the former Cardinal Brennan High School in the Cafeteria, Boscov’s and the Ashland Public Library. She was a lifetime member of the former St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, now the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, Ashland, and the Saint Anne’s Guild Catholic Daughters. Kitty enjoyed shopping, traveling, and entertaining friends for the holiday get-togethers. Her favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends. She was known as the “Top of the Town Hostess” for the Ashland Boys Association ABA Parade, meeting old friends, and offering water to the marchers as they made the turn from Walnut Street to 21st Street. Kitty loved traveling to Canada, Canary Islands, England, Hawaii, Ireland, as well as cruises through the Caribbean Islands and the Panama Canal. She loved Broadway Shows, family trips to the New York World’s Fair, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, Poconos, Washington, D.C., and Wildwood, N.J. Kitty volunteered as a driver for the American Cancer Society, and the Schuylkill County Meals on Wheels. She was a very special lady who was kind, generous, much loved, respected and admired. As Mike would always say, “Mom is the best Mom God ever created”.

Preceding her in death were husbands, Raymond J. Madden and Ralph A. Silvestri, a son Raymond Madden, and a brother, Daniel Doolin.


Daughter: Eileen Scheele

Son: Michael Madden

Sister: Ann Gaughan

Brother: William Doolin

Many Nieces and Nephews

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, January 24, 2023, at 11 AM, in Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish Church, 11th and Walnut Streets, Ashland. Interment will be private. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1115 Walnut St., Ashland, PA. 17921. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


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