Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 3rd, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: January 3rd, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Robert P. Farr, 90, formerly of Schuylkill Haven passed away Friday at Phoenixville Hospital. He had been a resident of Southeastern Veteran’s Center Nursing Home.

Born on November 13, 1932 he was the son of the late Francis and Jennifer Farr.

Robert was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School. He then went on to serve in the United States Army. After returning from the Army Robert worked many jobs throughout his life. First starting on the railroads with his father. He also was employed by Rider Shoe Company, Lehigh Valley Dairy, and lastly Thermal Dynamics where he worked as a burner technician.

Robert’s real passion was music and he played in several bands throughout his life mostly notably Chubby and the Royals. He was also a member of Bossman and the Nightcappers.

In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his son Robert Farr and brothers Francis and Earl Farr.

He is survived by his sons; Hanjo Farr, husband to Sharon of Lake Wynonah, Thomas Farr, husband to Heidi of Stanley, NC and Michael Farr, husband to Amy, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother Wayne Farr of Schuylkill Haven.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven at 1:00 P.M. A viewing will be held from 12:00 Noon until the time of services. Burial with military honors will follow on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.grabowskifuneralhome.com


Joan Shimkus
, 85, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Monday, January 2nd, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hospice Care in Allentown.

Joan was born in Mahanoy City, PA on November 2, 1937, a daughter of the late Albina (Yackamovich) and John Sincavage.

She was a member of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish Mahanoy City.

Mahanoy City High School Class of 1955 and Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing Philadelphia Class of 1958.

After graduating from nursing school, Joan began her career in Philly working at Jeff until she married Leonard Shimkus in 1959. After a couple years of working as private duty nurse while her children were young, Joan was hired by Good Samaritan Hospital in 1970. Joan spent over 30 years at Good Sam performing various roles including starting an Oncology floor and working in management as a head nurse. She was loved and respected by her fellow nurses and physicians when she retired in 1996.

After retirement, Joan remained very active in the community. She was a member of the Mahanoy City High School Alumni Association where she enjoyed working on and planning class reunions. She also served for many years as President of the Mahanoy City Library Board and the Mahanoy City Woman’s Club. She spent countless volunteer hours dedicated to keeping the library and woman’s club a vibrant part of Mahanoy City for everyone. The Summer Reading Program for children was always the highlight of her summer.

Joan loved reading, travelling to the casinos in Atlantic City, and helping her neighbors and friends with their medical concerns.

Her most favorite pastime, however, was spending time with her kids and grandchildren. She was so proud of her family and considered it her greatest accomplishment.

Joan is survived by three daughters, Suzanne, wife of Charles Connely, of Hometown; Lenore, wife of Joseph Schell, of St. Augustine FL; Barbara, wife of Kevin Mailey, of Downingtown, two sons John Paul, husband of Patti, of Manchester PA; Bernard, husband of Bobbi, of Aldan PA. She is also survived by 10 Grandchildren Stephanie, Rachel, Derek, Gabrielle, Sarah, Steven, Katie, Grace, Sarah and David, and 3 Great Grandchildren Nora, Lincoln, and Tyson.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard in 1987 and her brother John Sincavage and a sister Rita Stack.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City, PA, at 11 AM on Monday, January 9th, with Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher officiating.

Friends and family may call Sunday 6 to 8 PM and Monday 9:30 AM. At the Funeral Home.

Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park Tamaqua.

Family prefers donations to the Mahanoy City Library and Marian High School.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.truskowskyfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book, view the tribute video and send sympathy cards.


Alex Charlock, 91, Kissimmee, FL, formerly of Frackville passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 1st.

Born in Frackville, he was a son of the late Michael and Pauline Sedon Charlock. He worked as a railroad conductor for Metro and Northern Rail Road until his retirement.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Anna May Charlock; his brothers: John and Charles Charlock; his sisters: Helen Krepshaw and Verna Charlock.

Alex is survived by his sons, Edward Charlock, Florida; Charles Charlock, New Jersey; John Charlock, Florida; a brother, George Charlock, Harrisburg; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Frackville.


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