Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 8th, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: February 8th, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Daniel F. Lattanzi, 96, died peacefully on February 5, 2023, in Ypsilanti, MI. Born on April 25, 1926, he was the son of the late Daniel Lattanzi and the late Mary Wuckich. 

Raised in Brockton, PA, he attended Blythe Township High School and then graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1944 when they merged. After his 1944-48 service during and after WWII in the US Army Air Corps, where he was an aerial gunner on a B29 and attained the rank of sergeant, he then moved to Tamaqua, where he worked as a butcher at the Acme and met the love of his life, Marion Maff. They wed in 1950 and raised their four children in Tamaqua. He worked for many years as part owner, shop supervisor, and salesman at Maff Motors until his retirement. He loved playing golf, traveling, and flying small airplanes, as his love of flying that started when he was in the service led him to become a pilot in his forties. Marion would sometimes join him on flights, reluctantly but lovingly, but loved seeing the country by car with him. He had a vast array of stories from his time in the military, golfing, and his adventures flying that he loved to share with anyone who would listen. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved Marion after 66 years of marriage, his parents, his sister Margaret Lattanzi, and his brother Joseph Lattanzi. 

He is survived by his children: Madeline O'Brien (David), Dexter, MI; Daniel, Tamaqua; Joseph (Cindy), Houston, TX; and John (Beth), Hometown; grandchildren: Katie Perkins (Zach), Austin, TX; Joseph Lattanzi (Katie), Houston, TX; Amy Lattanzi (Philip Berthelsen), Houston, TX; and Olivia Lattanzi, Hometown; and great granddaughters Avery and Sadie Lattanzi, Houston, TX, and Ella Perkins, Austin TX. 

A Mass will be held at 11 AM on Monday, February 13 in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine St., Tamaqua. Interment in St. Jerome Cemetery, Lombard St., Tamaqua will follow the mass. Call 9-10:30 AM on Monday at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. 

Memorial donations in Daniel’s name may be made to either the American Cancer Society at or Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 or at 

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


James E. Snyder, Sr.
, 75, of Tower City, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at UPMC-Osteopathic, Harrisburg.

Born in Lykens, November 30, 1947, a son of the late Lester and Wanda Matio Snyder.

Jim retired from Reiff & Nestor, Lykens after 45 years of service.

Jim loved the outdoors and could often be found hunting, fishing, or going on walks around the neighborhood. He was an avid Williams Valley football fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his cat Lacy. Above all, his family was his world.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Deppen, and a brother, Lester Snyder, Jr.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Sandy Nelson Snyder; three children, LeeAnn Schwalm (Jaymie), Williamstown, James Snyder Jr. (Renee), Orwin, and Jeremy Snyder (Walter Shroy), Harrisburg; two grandchildren, Brandon Schwalm, Schuylkill Haven, and Sarah Snyder, Orwin; a sister, Susan Smith, Harrisburg; a brother, John Snyder (Sue), Dayton; nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, 51 SPCA Road, Pottsville, PA 17901.

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

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


Frank Hovanec, age 64, of Oneida passed away peacefully at home in the loving care of his family.

Frank was a very multi-talented human being, a loving and caring husband and a devoted father who loved and cherished life to the fullest.

Frank is survived by his wife Sylvia, mother Dorothy, brother John and his wife Pat, and children Amy, Tyler, and Jesse.

Also, with great appreciation for his brothers and sisters in Christ, he is survived by William Calarco, Jerry Carter, Mary Lou Buchman and Florence Mathews, and was preceded in death by Larry Bott. His presence will be greatly missed.

Franks family expresses a special thank you to the All-Care Hospice care team for the excellent care that he received.

Interment services will be private, and a requiem mass will be announced in the future.

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting Franks family during this time of need.


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