Monday, March 13, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 13, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: March 13, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Douglas M. Blain, 80, of Pine Grove, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2023 in Rosewood Rehab and Health Center, Schuylkill Haven.

Born on April 10, 1942 in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late William S. Sr. and Mary Beil Blain.

He was a 1960 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School.

Douglas worked as a Presser for the former Fox Knapp Mfg. in Pine Grove.

He loved sewing, taking pictures and videoing family gathering.

Preceding him in death were three brothers, Leroy Lindsey, William S. Blain, Jr., and Richard J. Blain, Sr.; three sisters, Ellen McMahon, Beverly Robertson, and Rosella Reinbold.

Surviving are a sister, Elizabeth Blanton of Pine Grove, a brother, Donald Lindsey of Gardners, Pa; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

Per his request, there will be no services for Douglas.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, 18 Wertz Dr., Pine Grove, PA 17963 in his memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements.


On Thursday, March 9, 2023, Charles W. "Chal" Rodichok, 87, passed away surrounded by his close family. His wife, Joan A. Rautzahn Rodichok, 86, joined him in Heaven three short days later, Sunday, March 12, 2023. They both passed in the same Williamstown home where they raised their family and built their life together. They celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Chal was born in Tower City on June 15, 1935, a son of the late Charles and Catherine Love Rodichok. He was a graduate of Williamson Trade School, where he learned to become a talented mason.

Joan was born in Williamstown on March 5, 1937, a daughter of the late John and Mae Zimmerman Rautzahn. She was a graduate of the former Williamstown High School.

Chal and Joan were both members of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown, and current members of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Lykens.

Chal was retired from the New Cumberland Army Depot. He was an avid Notre Dame and Phillies fan and enjoyed scrapbooking and soap box derby racing.

Joan was retired from the Williamstown Unemployment Office. She was a member of the former Lykens Garden Club. She enjoyed painting, sewing, reading, canning, baking, and gardening.

Without a doubt, Joan and Chal's family was the center of their world, and they could be often found attending all of their children's and grandchildren's sporting events. They enjoyed spending every minute together. They were inseparable in life and will now spend eternity together in Heaven.

Chal was predeceased by his brother, Richard Rodichok. Joan was predeceased by her sister, Louise Machamer.

Surviving are their four children, Theresa Darhower, Kim Latchford (George Manuel), Charles Rodichok (Joann), all of Williamstown, and Amy Zilinski (Matt), Lykens; eight grandsons, Matthew, Josh, Patrick, Chucky, Nicholas, Ian, Bryce, and Koen; eleven great grandchildren, Gabbi, Connor, Ayden, Aydellyn, Charles, Rowan, Easton, Noah, Reece, Liam, and Mila. Chal is also survived by his sister-in-law, Eleanor Rodichok, Mifflinburg, and Joan is survived by her brothers, Ronald Rautzahn (Peg) and John Rautzahn (Anna), both of Williamstown, and her brother-in-law, Ron Machamer, Williamstown. Nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial for both Chal and Joan will be Celebrated, Friday, March 17, 2023 at 11:00 am from Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Lykens with Rev. Michael Opoki, AJ as celebrant. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Williamstown. Visitation will be from 10-11 at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations should be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at https://www. Chal and Joan supported this cause in honor of their grandson beating childhood cancer.

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


Mary Alice Davis, 89, of Ashland passed away Sunday at Holland Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

A full obituary and service information will be forthcoming.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc, 901 Centre St, Ashland PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Clare M. Holleran
, 89, Ashland passed away peacefully Monday, March 13th at Grandview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Danville.

Born in Danville, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Clara Sentkoski Medalis.

Clare was a devout member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville. She was also a member of the Frackville Area Senior Citizens, the Frackville Elks BPOE 1533 and the Frackville American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling with the seniors, baking, watching the Phillies and was always telling a witty joke. She had a love for animals especially her cats and enjoyed watching the birds at the feeder.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John E. Holleran; her two sons: Edward M. Holleran and Kevin P. Holleran.

Clare is survived by her son Dennis J. and his wife Kathy Holleran, Kulpmont; her three loving grandsons: Tyler and his wife Jacqueline Holleran, Luke Holleran and his fiancé Paige and Alex Holleran; her daughter-in-law, Joan Holleran, Fleetwood.

The family would like to thank caregivers Barbara, Leona and Violet for their consistent, loving and tender care they provided to Clare.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 17th from St. Joseph the Worker Parish (St. Ann’s Church), 49 N. Line Street, Frackville with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito, pastor, as the celebrant. Friends are invited to her viewing at St. Ann’s Church on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be held at Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Frackville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Clare’s name, to Hillside SPCA at PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901 or to St. Joseph the Worker Parish at 7 S. Broad Mt. Avenue Frackville, PA 17931.

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


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