Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 22nd, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: February 22nd, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Ronald J. Ferrari Sr., 85, Girardville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21st at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown with his family by his side.

Born in Ashland, he was a son of the late Theodore and Marie Coyle Ferrari. He worked as a punch press adjuster for Zapata Industries, Frackville until his retirement in 1988.

Ron was a United States Army Veteran having served from 1961 to 1963. He was a lifetime member of the Frackville Elks BPOE 1533 and the Girard Hose Company. He was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Penn State fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Miriam Bradley; his brothers: Ted Ferrari Jr., Tom Ferrari and Joe Ferrari; his grandson Nicholas Pelak.

Ron is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary A. (Gownley) Ferrari, Girardville; his sons: Ron Jr. and his wife Kathy Ferrari, Pipersville; Joseph F. and his wife Sandy Ferrari, Ashland; his daughters: Camille and her husband Christopher Katsoris, Frackville; Margaret and her husband Paul Pelak, St. Petersburg, FL; Lavinia and her husband Mark Yanes, Womelsdorf; his brothers: Robert J. Ferrari, Girardville; Louis Sr. and his wife Geraldine Ferrari, Ashland; his grandchildren: Michael, Faith, Anthony, Evan, Taylor, Narissa, Natasha, John, Kathryn and Rachael; several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 27th at 12 noon from Saint Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito, pastor, as the celebrant. Friends are invited to his viewing at the church on Monday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of mass. Interment with military honors will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Fountain Springs.


Jack L. Kukuk
, 79, of Muir, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at his home.

Born in Hegins, August 8, 1943, a son of the late William and Iva Neumister Kukuk.

Jack was a retired coal miner.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

Jack had a great passion for classic cars and spent countless hours restoring them. He took great pride in his Model A car. Jack also was a Civil War enthusiast who enjoyed taking trips to his favorite place, Gettysburg. He also was a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and James Kukuk, and two sisters, Betty Adley and Rose Lubold.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Carol A. Kukuk; a son, Lamar Kukuk, Palmyra; a daughter, Tammy Kukuk, Muir; a sister, Melody Smith and her husband Scott, Lavelle; several nieces and nephews.

Following Jack's wishes, there will be no services.

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


Walter Deebel
, 88, of Souderton, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday February 17, 2023.

Born in Ringtown, he was a son of the late William Russell and Elizabeth (Kline) Deebel.

Walter served his country in the U.S. Army. He was employed and Merck & Co. from 1959 until his retirement in 1991 where he had worked as a forklift operator.

Walter was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Telford. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, tending to his roses, and working around his house.

Walter enjoyed dining out and he and Phyllis were known to enjoy traveling and taking numerous cruises to many different locations. Walter was also well known as a stock market aficionado.

He was the beloved husband of the late Phyllis E. (Maurer) who preceded him in death in 2021

Walter is survived by his brother Donald and his wife Marlene of Sellersville, sisters Carol Thomas of Telford, and Ruth Briggs of Douglasville.

Walter is also survived by many close family members and loving nieces and nephews.

A viewing for family and friends will be held at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown, on Monday February 27th, from 12 noon until 1 PM, followed by a graveside service with military honors which will be held at the Old White Church Cemetery, where Walter will be laid to rest alongside his wife.


Elsie Mae (Clews) Docherty
, 87, of Ashland, beloved and adored mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on February 18, 2023, surrounded with love from those she cherished during life. Elsie was born in Fountain Springs on April 17, 1935, to the late Earl and Elsie Mae (Hornung) Clews. Elsie was a 1953 graduate of Butler Township High School. She was of the Evangelical faith.

She enjoyed gardening, traveling, spending time with her family, dogs, and thrifting. When she wasn’t cooking or preparing meals for family gatherings, she enjoyed dining at Cracker Barrel or the Dutch Kitchen.

Elsie was preceded in death by her late husband, Francis X. Docherty, and a granddaughter, Brandy Lynn Chuplis.

Elsie is survived by her children, Cynthia, wife of Paul Fedak, Vincent Chuplis, Theresa Kulbitsky, Melanie, wife of Jeffrey Harner, Jody Docherty, and Amber, wife of Christopher Wilson. Elsie is survived by six grandchildren Courtney, wife of Christopher Prosick, Kelly Kulbitsky, Jasmine, wife of William Milstead, Melanie, wife of Judd Luscavage, Lexis Harner, and Colby Harner. Elsie is survived by seven great-grandchildren Gavin Allen, Ashley Docherty, Kaylei Flaim, Elise, Isabelle, and Brett Wilson, and Ezra Shay.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Funeral Service, Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 11 AM, in the Barry Salem United Methodist Church, Deep Creek Road, Ashland. Officiating will be Rev. Benjamin School, pastor. Visitation in the church will begin at 10 AM until service. Elsie’s family request memorial contributions be made to the Barry Salem United Methodist Church, 837 Deep Creek Road, Ashland, PA 17921. Visit www.Fritz funeral The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


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