Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 15, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: March 15, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Thomas S. Kessler II, 54, of Frackville, Pa, was called home Tuesday afternoon, March 14th, at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest – Allentown.

Tom is survived by his mother, Dorothy “Stepanski” Kessler – Minersville, PA, his loving wife of 27 years, Adriene “Chesonis” Kessler – Frackville, PA, his children, Arianna Sawyer with husband George- Fort Drum, NY, Corbin Kessler and Braydon Kessler – Frackville, PA, his brother Kyle Kessler with wife Daria – Montville, NJ, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Tom was born on October 4th, 1968, in Pottsville, PA. He graduated from Minersville Area High School and then Penn State – Harrisburg. Tom was a devoted soccer and baseball coach for many years and loved watching his three children play all sports throughout elementary and high school. He also had many interests which included cooking and spending time with family.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Thomas S. Kessler Sr., paternal grandparents, John and Mary Kessler, and maternal grandparents, John and Mary Stepanski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Saturday, March 18th at 11:00am in the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mount Carmel, PA.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations in Tom’s memory may be kindly offered to the family to offset funeral expenses.

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are entrusted with handling the arrangements.


Robert J. (Bob) Stout
, 75, of Orwigsburg, passed away Sunday, March 12th, at Grandview Nursing & Rehabilitation, Danville.

Bob was born in Reading on October 27, 1947, son of the late Verna and James Stout. He attended Oley Valley Schools.

He was the loving husband of Joan L. Stout. They were married August 24, 2002, and crammed a lifetime of memories and love into their years together.

In addition to being an active member of Kimmels Evangelical Free Church, Bob was also a member of the Orwigsburg V.F.W. In the last years of his life he enjoyed being a member of The Journey, a Bible study program at Kimmels Church, that he traveled with John Fisher.

He served his country in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. Subsequently, Bob owned a cleaning business, an automotive garage and drove truck.

He was very creative and spent a lot of time in his wood shop building items for friends and family. He taught himself how to play the Dulcimer. Bob was an avid fisherman and spent many hours 'drowning worms". He especially enjoyed fishing with his grandson CJ. Before Bob's health declined, he and Joan enjoyed riding their motorcycles and camping. His greatest joys came from visiting family and being Grandpa Bob.

In addition to Joan, his wife of over 20 years, Bob is survived by
Eight children. They are Lori, wife of Carl Weikel; John Stout, husband of Brittany; Julie Stout; Jennifer, wife of David Crispell; Stanton Frey , husband of Joyce; Brett Frey husband of Micah; Ashley, wife of Dave Galarza and Stephanie, wife of Adam Vietmeier.

He is also survived by 28 Grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Bob is predeceased by his two sisters.

A Religious Service will be held 11:00 AM on April 1 at Kimmels Evangelical Free Church in Orwigsburg, with Rev. Preston Broadhurst officiating. Calling hours in the church will begin at 9:00 AM.

Interment, with Military Honors, will follow at Kimmels Cemetery, Orwigsburg.
Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to be serving the family.

Please consider donating to Kimmels Church in Bob's name, in lieu of flowers.


Irene A. Wehr, 78, of Norwegian Woods, Norwegian Township, passed away on Monday at home.

Born on April 14, 1944 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late William and Tillie (nee Pellish) Uranko. She was a 1962 graduate of Pottsville High School.

She was co-owner and office manager of Wehr’s Auto Service, Inc., Pottsville.

She was a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, Schuylkill Haven.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Uranko.

Irene is survived by her husband of 58 years, W. Lee Wehr; two children, Lisa Wehr, Minersville, and Doug Wehr and his spouse, Joanne, North Manheim Township; a grandson, Jared Wehr and his wife, Megan, North Manheim Township. She is also survived by her remaining brother, Joseph Uranko and his wife, Peg, Bethlehem; nieces and nephews.

Services are private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge.


John Samuel Hughes
, 52 of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 13, 2023, at home in Owl Creek.

Born Thursday, February 18, 1971 in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania the son of the late Dorothy (Miller) Hughes. Surviving are; father, John Hughes; wife, Paige Ann (Gephart) Hughes; daughters, Alyssa D. Hughes, Alexis Fuller; brother, Roger "Barry" Huffman; sister, Brenda Shaeffer; his brother from another mother, Bob Shutter; grandchildren, Brantley, and Lucas Rightnour, Brynlee Warmkessel; nieces, Elizabeth Huffman, Erica Shaeffer; nephews, Michael Huffman, Carl Shaeffer, Jr..

A graduate Daniel Boone high School, Sam has worked as a Machine Operator Trainer for Deka Battery for over 17 years. An avid outdoorsman, Sam liked to hunt, fish, and work on his home. A talented cook, many would say he was a better baker. Sam made a "Cheese Cake" that was hard to beat.. A patient man, Sam spent hours
putting together vintage model airplanes, reading history books, watching western movies. He was also a guitar player, music buff, and bowler. Sam was an ardent Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Private arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550


Mark J. Mensinger, 66, a resident of Sheppton, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

Mark was born in Shenandoah on January 17, 1957, a son of the late Joseph and Olga (Pitsko) Mensinger.

After graduating from the North Schuylkill High School, he moved to New Jersey and became a union apprentice as a machinist. He relocated back to Sheppton and was employed by Urania Engineering of Hazleton until his retirement.

Mark was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Sheppton.

Mark is survived by his wife of 44 years, Denise (Robel) Mensinger, and by their sons,
Mark Jr., and Brian.

He is also survived by a brother Greg Mensinger of Ringtown along with nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church in Sheppton onFriday, March 24th at 11 AM. Mark will be laid to rest immediately following mass in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Sheppton.

Funeral services have been entrusted to the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Ringtown.


Brian Tarantino, 59, of Minersville, passed away Tuesday, March 14, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. 

Brian was born Oct. 20, 1963, in Pottsville, a son of Ann Arlene (Carvalho) and Alfred Tarantino. 

In addition to his parents, Brian is survived by three brothers, David Tarantino, William Tarantino and Robert Tarantino. 

All services are private. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is entrusted with arrangements.


John T. Manley, Jr., 38 of Pine Grove, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023 in the Tremont Health & Rehab Center.

Born on March 24, 1984 in Levittown, he was a son of Teresa Seehousen Manley of Pine Grove and the late John T. Manley, Sr.

He was a 2003 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School.

John last worked at WalMart Distribution Center.

Preceding him in death was a brother, Joshua Manley.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two brothers, Jason Manley and Jayme Manley, both of Pine Grove; his grandmother Margaret Manley, and his grandfather John Seehousen.

All services will be at the convenience of the family.

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


Cynthia A. Davis, 65, of, St. Clair, died Wednesday March 15, 2023, at Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Pottsville, November 9, 1957, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Margaret (Donlin) Ughes.

She was a 1975 graduate from St. Clair High School and worked at United Metal, Pottsville before retiring.

Surviving are her husband of 9 years, James A. Davis, son Dennis Verbosh of Pottsville and a brother Walter Ughes Jr. of Minersville

Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family.


Mark A. Donlon
, 56, of Washington Township, passed away on Friday at the Hospital at University of Pennsylvania.

Born on September 9, 1966 in Abington, he was a son of the late Robert and Margaret (nee Bennett) Donlon. He was educated in Texas before studying auto mechanics in Montgomery County. He was last employed by United Rentals, Inc., Allentown.

He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 542. He enjoyed fishing.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Donlon.

Mark is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Maria M. Crowley; his son, Andrew Donlon (spouse, Amanda), Whitehall; three grandchildren, Aryanna, Andre and Averly. He is also survived by two remaining siblings, Christopher Donlon, Conroe, Texas, and Kelly Donlon-Dutton, Spring, Texas; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until services at Noon. Private interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pottsville.


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


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