Thursday, March 2, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 2nd, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: March 2nd, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Olive J. Semerod, R.N.
, 92 of Pottsville, died Tuesday at home.

She was born October 30, 1930, in Bloomsburg a daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy Rowe Trump.

She was a 1948 graduate of Mount Carmel High School and a graduate of Temple University School of Nursing.

Prior to retiring, she worked as a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, Philadelphia, the former Allentown General Hospital and the former Shamokin General State Hospital. She was also co-owner for many years of the Yarn Barn in Pottsville, a place where women to gather meet, talk and receive lessons in needle craft.

Olive was an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Pottsville.

Olive was a devoted friend. If you were her friend, you had someone who was always there for you. She was a dedicated bridge and Mah Jonng player, loving all card games. She was a vociferous reader with her kindle always at her side. She was a skilled expert needle crafter, making baby blankets for all new family arrivals. Most importantly she was the matriarch to a large family taking delight in everyone's accomplishments and providing a shoulder to cry on for all sad events. She remembered everyone's birthday and anniversary and was always the first to send a card and greetings. She was a shining example of how to lead one's life, providing love, guidance and relished that position. To summarize, her life "To know her was to love her."

She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Semerod, 2002; an infant son, Kent D. Semerod;1956; a son, Scott W. Semerod, 2002; a grandson, Tyler A. Clark, 2010; a sister, Nancy Shields, 2020; a daughter-in-law, Cynthia M. Semerod, 2020;

Surviving are two sons, Keith D. Semerod and his wife Mary Beth, Mechanicsville; David E. Semerod, Minersville; a daughter Suzanne J. Clark and her husband Carl E., II, West Chester; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, all who loved their grandma and gigi.

Service of Remembrance will be held 11AM Monday at the James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville, with Pastor James R. Fidler officiating. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 9AM until the time of services. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Olive be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, 316 W. Market St., Pottsville, PA 17901. Interment will follow in Salem Rough and Ready Cemetery, Klingerstown.


Martin J. Carroll, Jr.
, age 69, of Lake Wynonah, Pennsylvania was welcomed into eternity by his Lord and Savior on Monday, February 27th following unexpected complications from a stroke.

Marty was an accomplished man, but he would want to be remembered most for his love and commitment to Jesus Christ. Marty resolved to follow Jesus in November 1973, and by God’s grace was faithful to his “First Love” until his last breath. In life, he radiated with this love. Ministry was never his profession, but it was his primary passion. He was a gifted and compassionate evangelist who delighted in hearing people’s stories and telling them about the God of the universe who loved and died for them.

Marty was born on March 14, 1953 to the late Martin J. Carroll, Sr. and the late Joan Marie (nee Brennan) Carroll. He will be profoundly missed by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 44 years, Geraldine "Jeri” (nee McAlonis) Carroll, with whom he was graced with three sons, Timothy (wife, Yoshah), Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania; Albert (wife, Tamara), Newark, Delaware; and Jeffrey, who died in infancy and greeted him in Heaven. Proverbs 17:6 says, “Children’s children are the crown of the aged” and Marty boasted eleven grandchildren! Kingsley, Seth, Eliana, Uriah, Liora, Timothy, Jr., Noah, Rosalie, Louisa, Malcolm, and Felicity were the glory of their grandfather. Marty also will be missed by his siblings, Marlain Carroll, West Chester, Pennsylvania and Patrick Carroll (wife, April), Ocean View, Delaware, and the many nieces and nephews whom he loved. He was a member of Christ Evangelical Free Church (CEFC) and enjoyed worshiping alongside and fellowshipping with his brothers and sisters in Christ. He loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

Marty was a hardworking man who did everything with excellence. He graduated from Nativity B.V.M. in 1971 and earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from York College. In 1977, he graduated from the Municipal Police Training Course at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, where he was awarded the High Scholastic Award, the American Legion Award, and the Top Gun Award. Marty served as a police officer for AMTRAK, Montgomery County, Maryland and Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Along with his brother, he co-owned Carroll’s Truck Accessories in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania for two decades. Upon selling the family business, he worked at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, retiring as a Unit Manager at SCI Mahanoy, where he took the opportunity to share the Gospel with many inmates. He also volunteered at Adult and Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania.

By the world’s standards, Marty Carroll lived a simple life. By heavenly standards, his life was exceptional. One of his favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, once said, “The death of a beloved is an amputation.” Those who loved Marty know this is true. In his passing, he leaves behind a gaping hole in our hearts and lives. With sorrow and anticipation, we look forward to the day when we will see him again — with God, like God, and together. Praise Jesus for this hope, an anchor for our soul.

The Carroll Family will accept visitors at Christ Evangelical Free Church (CEFC), 8477 Route 183, Bethel, on Saturday from Noon until a Celebration of Life service at 1:00 P.M. A Christian burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville. Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge.


Mrs. Betty Ann Strawhorn
, 88, of Nutley, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, March 8th at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, 201 Randel Street, in Schuylkill Haven, with Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik officiating. A chapel viewing just prior will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Interment will follow Mass in St. Ambrose Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.

Betty Ann was born in Newark, NJ and was a longtime resident and currently resided in New Ringgold, PA, where she went home peacefully to the Lord.

Betty Ann is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Robert J. Strawhorn, her son and daughter-in-law, David J. Strawhorn and Laura N. Trivelli, her daughters, Elizabeth A. Cochrane, Maria R. Strawhorn and Jennifer R. DeMiro. She was also the proud grandparent of Jack T. Strawhorn, Margo S. Cochrane, Anastasia E. DeMiro and Daniel N. DeMiro. She is also predeceased by her sister Maureen Cullari and brother-in-law, Carmen Cullari. Her brother, William MacFarlane, and sister-in-law, Patricia MacFarlane, currently reside in Forked River, NJ.

Betty Ann had many talents enjoying a diverse career at ITT’s World Headquarters in Nutley, NJ, and as an Executive Administration Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs at Bloomfield College, a school which is now part of Montclair State University. For most of Betty Ann’s life, she was a homemaker caring for her loving husband and 4 children. She and Robert also shared a passion for animals, more specifically, the German Shepherd, providing a loving home for roughly 8 dogs over the years. What started as a child, rescuing Blue Jays in her little red wagon, became a life-long passion. She also devoted much of her time to the Nutley Volunteer Emergency Squad, creating a special presence in the community.

As an avid supporter of the Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville PA 17901 ( "In memory of Betty Ann Strawhorn"), Betty Ann would prefer donations in lieu of flowers. Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home, Inc., Orwigsburg is honored to be serving the family.


Gloria S. Diegert
, 78, of Frankford Delaware, formerly of Tower City, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at the Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, September 14, 1944, a daughter of the late John and Ruth Eleanor Ritzman Masterson.

Gloria was a retired crane operator at the former Bethlehem Steel.

She enjoyed crocheting, baking, and playing Candy Crush. She loved to spend time with her family and her beloved dog Sammy.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Diegert, June 24, 2022, and a brother, Robert Masterson.

Surviving are her three children, Gary Diegert and his wife Susan, Tower City, Sharon Romberger and her husband Ronnie, Muir, and Craig Diegert, Delaware; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Tower City, with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Viewing will be held from 10-11 at the chapel.


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