Monday, January 30, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 30th, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: January 30th, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Clyde W. Robertshaw, 56, of Owl Creek, Tamaqua, PA, died on Friday, January 27, 2023, in Bethlehem, PA. 

Born in Lehighton, PA on June 19, 1966, he was a son of the late Clyde M. and Gloria M. (nee Snyder) Robertshaw. A 1984 graduate of Tamaqua High School, Clyde worked in quality control for his brother’s company, Summit Aerospace, Inc. in Mount Pocono, PA. He was a former member of the Tamaqua Ambulance Association. 

Clyde is survived by his brother, David J. Robertshaw and his wife Doreen of Madison Township, PA; niece Heather Nester; and nephew, Paul Nester. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a nephew, Erik Nester. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, February 10, 2023 in Sky View Memorial Park with The Rev. Fred T. Crawford officiating. Memorial donations in Clyde’s name may be made to the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, P.O. Box 332, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. 

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


Fern C. Staller
, 95, formerly of Summit Station area passed away Sunday, January 29th, at Providence Place Retirement Community Pottsville.

Fern was born in South Manheim Twp., PA on April 27, 1927, a daughter of the late Lillie Mae (Berger) and Thomas F. Moyer.

She was the widow of Sterling M. Staller. who died in 2011.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Summer Hill Auburn, PA 17922.

Fern previously worked for Losch Boiler and retired from Craftex Mills Auburn where she worked in the office at both places.

She was a member of Eastern Star and numerous committees at church Quilters Guild, Altar Guild and a former Sunday School Teacher

Fern is survived by three sons Craig Staller and partner Douglas Bonsall, of Harrisburg PA; Brian, husband of Pegi Staller, of Summit Station; Scott, husband of Robbin Staller, of Harrisburg. Also survived by 5 grandchildren Clark and wife Kelly, Charity, Evelyn, Shane and Nicole 4 greatgrand children Ulysses, Ryker, Quinn and Cassidy, and a brother Clair Moyer Auburn

She was preceded in death by sister Orna Moyer and a brother Milton Moyer

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 2nd at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Summer Hill in Auburn, PA with Pastor Eileen Smith LeVan officiating with a visitation for family and friends from 9:30 - 10:30 am

The family prefers remembrances in the form of contributions to St. Paul's Lutheran Church 1185 Summerhill Road Auburn PA 17922.


Shirley M. Reichert
, 89, of Pine Grove, passed away Wednesday, January 25th, at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born on March 6, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Clara (Schnoke) Cooper and Theodore Cooper.

Shirley enjoyed raising and racing pigeons. She was a member of the Pine Grove Pigeon Club and served as the secretary for many years. She was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing as well. Shirley was last employed as the custodian for Fulton Bank in Pine Grove.

She attended St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pine Grove.

She is survived by her son, Donald, husband of Jean McMillin, of Pine Grove, granddaughters, Lisa, wife of James Boyer of Myerstown; Heather, wife of Ian Morgan of Pine Grove, great grandchildren, Cohen Boyer, Landon and Jack Morgan, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her companion of many years, Kenneth Reichert. Shirley is survived by five brothers, Jerry Cooper; Gary Cooper; Dale Cooper; Leroy Cooper; and Alfred Cooper all of Pine Grove.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Richard Cooper.

Services and interment are private at the convenience of family.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 312 South Tulpehocken St. Pine Grove, PA 17963.


Tina Kutch Masoud
, 72, departed peacefully with her angels on Sunday evening, January 29th, 2023.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Melva (Bertolini) Kutch. She lived in both New York and Pennsylvania, and was a talented beautician, owning her own business, Tina's Hair Fashions in Schuylkill Haven.

Tina enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping and fun excursions with her husband, Khamis, on his days off, and cooking with her best buddy and grandson, Gabriel. She was a member of St. Patrick's catholic church in Pottsville.

In addition to her parents, Tina was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Kutch, Jr.

Left to cherish her memories are her beloved husband, Khamis, her dear son, James Ahlfeld, her precious daughter, Angela Masoud and her cherished grandson, Gabriel. Three sisters also survive, Terry, Cheryl and Donna, along with many nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Friday, February 3, 2023 at St. Patrick's church in Pottsville. A time for visitation will be held at the church from 10-11 AM prior to the time of mass.

Private burial services will be held for her family in the future. The Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve Tina's family during this time of need.


Harold Monroe Felty
, 97 of Suedberg Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023 at home.

Born on July 27, 1925 at home in Wayne Township, he was a son of the late Monroe and Dora Reber Felty.

Harold was the owner of Harold M. Felty Sales and Service and Harold M. Felty Trucking Co. in Pine Grove.

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove. He was also a member of the American Trucking Assoc., Moose Lodge in Lebanon and was on the Board of Directors at the former Sovereign Bank, Pine Grove.

Harold was a self-made man. At a young age, he worked around the coal mines with his dad and Marie's dad. He also worked the family farm raising animals, growing vegetables and fruit from trees the family had planted. His pride and joy were the mules he used to work the farm fields. He worked as a mechanic at Roy Schneck's garage in Pine Grove and got his start in the trucking industry with Harvey Herring of Ravine hauling coal. He increased his fleet of one to a fleet of over 60 trucks in his lifetime with his son Alan. He prided himself in being an International Harvester Dealer or Navastar as it is known today and being the inhouse carrier for Glen Gery Brick Company for over 50 years. He was one of the few successful people that produced and transported coal silt material to the port of Camden, New Jersey, destined for the country of Korea for many years. He supervised the blending, drying, transporting, and storage of the material at Camden's yard and the loading of the ship in 24 hours. This consisted of 35, 000 metric tons.

Harold would give credit for his success to all his employees and drivers that worked for his company for many years and he would say they were the "life-line" of the company. He made great friends over the years. A special thanks to Anna Wiscount who was the office manager for over 50 years, and Marlin Knoll who was his first shop manager.

He enjoyed his motor home and traveling with Marie all over the United States and spending his winters at his place in Florida with her. She was the love of his life.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 56 years, Marie M. Schwartz Felty; a daughter, Linda Nagle; a granddaughter, Sherri Harnish; and a brother Earl Felty.

Surviving are a son, Alan Felty and wife Ann of Schuylkill Haven; a daughter, Kathy Clark and companion Dale of Lewisberry; son-in-law Gerald Nagle of Pine Grove; 6 grandchildren, Steve Nagle and wife Stacey, Susan Nagle, Dr. Trista Felty Tsang and husband Daniel, Kayla Felty and fiancé Derrell, Zachary Cochran, Erin Cochran and husband Seth; a grandson-in-law, Joseph Harnish; 11 great grandchildren, Tyler, Matthew (Alyssa), Jamie (Brad), Valerie (Charles), Shayn (Carissa), Jaxon, Jett, Raya, Della, Lenna, and Larkin; 8 great great grandchildren, Laila, Austin, Logan, Ella, Clara, Palmer, Blaise and Ron; a sister Jean Miller of Friedensburg; and his caregivers, Mary Mattaldi and Mary Ann Thomas.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove, with Pastor Brian Beissel officiating. There will be a viewing on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 the Funeral Home. Interment will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Assoc. Inc., 2595 Interstate Dr. Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or in his memory


James E. (Jimmy) Siemanis
, 76, of Minersville, passed away Friday, January 27th, at his home. 

Jimmy was born in Pottsville, on August 15, 1946, a son of the late Mildred (Zavistanavage) and Frances Siemanis. He was the husband of Cheryl (Smolskis) Siemanis. Whether you knew him as Jimmy, Dad, Pop-Pop, Uncle Jim or Ragman, one thing for sure was when you were with Jimmy Siemanis you were loved. If he was telling you one of his many stories or listening to you tell him one, you always knew you were the center of his attention. Jimmy fit a lot of life into his seventy-six years, and his opening act was full of fast cars and rock-and-roll gigs with The Other Side, and later GC (Genghis Chicken), Skip Turgleson and the Fabulous Boleros, and Another Side. After The Other Side, Jimmy worked as an ironworker until his retirement. He coached Minersville Little League and CYO basketball, and in 1985 he was a coach of the Minersville Girls Senior Division team who a 2nd place finish in Kalamazoo with his daughter Jenny on the team. 

Jimmy is survived by his wife Cheryl, and children Jenny wife of Kevin Wigoda, sons, Jesse Siemanis and Patrick Meusel, husband of Susan, as well as grandchildren Maggie May, Maxwell James, and Lucy. He is also survived by his sister, Cynthia, wife of Bob McDonald, and his nephews Bobby & Jonathan McDonald. 

If you knew Ragman Jim, getting dressed up was one of his least favorite things to do, so in his honor, the family asks that casual attire be worn to the visitation Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm and the funeral service Friday at 11am at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc, Minersville. It would highly be appreciated. 

In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations made to the Vince Kalochie Memorial Fund at the Minersville Area School District. 

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


Marie Mikita, 88 of New York, NY passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at her residence.

Born in Shenandoah on April 21, 1934, she was a daughter of the late John and Loretta (Radzai) Mikita.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were three sisters, Geraldine “Gerry Zuber” Zubowicz, Bernadine “Mickey” Kamel and Jacqueline Nealon.

Surviving are her sister, Lorraine Passerelli of Lakewood, NJ; two nephews, John A. Mikita of San Francisco, CA and Sherif Kamel and his wife Jeanie of Exton; niece, Sherry Squierdo and her husband Thomas of Pine Grove; and additional relatives of the Nealon family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 6, 2023 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 Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Visitation will be held prior to the Mass from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at Divine Mercy Church.

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


Gary F. Livelsberger
, 83, of Tower City passed away Sunday, January 29, 2023 at his home.

Born in McSherristown, June 3, 1939, a son of the late Gerald and Eileen McMaster Livelsberger.

Gary was a graduate of Delone Catholic High School. He received his Bachelor's degree from Kutztown University and his Master's degree from Temple University. He also received his art therapy certification at Marywood College.

Gary began his career in education teaching art at Ephrata and Plymouth Whitemarsh School Districts. He then became a self-employed landscape and wildlife artist. He was also employed by the Hickory Run State Park as a naturalist. He was an art therapist at the MHMR for Schuylkill and Lebanon counties. Gary retired from Williams Valley Elementary School as a crisis management teacher.

He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Orwin and was active with Ned Smith Center, Millersburg.

Gary was an accomplished artist who enjoyed painting nature and wildlife. He could often be found reading, watching westerns, learning history, and enjoying the wildlife from his home. He was a talented guitarist and enjoyed attending bluegrass festivals. Above all his interests, his love of his family always came first.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Jo Ann Updegrove Livelsberger; two sons, Craig Livelsberger and his wife Kay, Mount Joy, and Alan Livelsberger and his wife Rami, Unadilla, New York; five grandchildren, Cheyenne, Logan, Ava, Brynne, and Natalie; a sister, Gloria Pitts, Hanover; a brother, Gale Livelsberger and his wife Vickie, Spring Grove; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Gary will be held at 12 noon on Friday, February 3, 2023 from the chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home with Rev. Maureen Duffy-Guy officiating. Burial will be in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin. Viewing will be from 11-12 at the chapel.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Peter's UCC, 427 Dietrich Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980.


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