Monday, April 10, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for April 10, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: April 10, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Grace Richmond
, 93, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Sunday, April 9th, at Lehigh Valley East Norwegian, Pottsville.

Grace was born in Mahanoy City, PA on April 2, 1930, a daughter of the late Mary (Wevurski) and Jesse Phillips. She was the wife of the late John R. Richmond.

She graduated from Mahanoy City High School Class of 1947.

Grace was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mahanoy City, where she was very active. Grace was a member of the choir, a Sunday school teacher and participated in numerous church groups.

She worked for many years and retired from Mahanoy Area High School where she worked in the Cafeteria.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Mahanoy City Woman's Club.

Grace is survived by a daughter, Barbara Colaizzi, of Exton; two sons John, husband of Cindy, of Frackville; Jay, partner of Lori, of Brandonville; a sister, Dorothy St. John, of Lake George, NY.

She is also survived by four grandchildren, Joshua, Jennifer, Alexandra, and Jason and two great grandchildren Scarlett and Stella, as well as nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by a brother Jesse, and a sister Mary Phillips.

Funeral Service at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. , Mahanoy City, PA, at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 12th, with Pastor Bob Schrepple officiating.

Friends and family may call Wednesday 9 to 11 AM at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.

Interment will follow at the German Protestant Cemetery Association Mahanoy City, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Mahanoy City Library.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit


Franklin B. Kleckner
, 77 years of age, of Lehighton, Pennsylvania passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at home while in the tender care of his beloved wife, Mary M. (Densmore) Kleckner.

Born Sunday, February 17, 1946, in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Frank was adopted by his grandmother, Ella Kleckner who raised him with loving care. Frank was predeceased by his first wife Marilee L. Kleckner on May 11, 2013. He was also predeceased by his father, Edward Kleckner and his sisters, Gertrude Tatusko, Kim E. Faust, and Elizabeth DeLong.

Surviving are: sons, Rick Reding and wife Teresa, Frank (Paki) Wilson, Todd Kleckner and his wife Dierdre: daughter, Erin Gursky and husband Matt, brother Timothy E. Kleckner and his wife Sandy, stepchildren: Marji Hines and her husband Bob, Jacqueline Fisher, David King and 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Tamaqua High School, Frank was a member of the football team, and ardent supporter of the Tamaqua Blue Raiders.
Frank enlisted in the Marines during the Vietnam War and served honorably until he was wounded. In later years, Frank expressed his loyalty to the Marine Corps by being a Lifetime member of the Marine Corp League of Kauai, Hawaii. He served many years as the coordinator of the Toys for Tots Drive for the entire island. “Once a Marine Always a Marine!”
Frank owned and operated Timberline Construction in Northern California where he was a respected building contractor for many years. Frank loved watching football and was a devoted football fan of Notre Dame, Penn State, the Raiders and the Eagles. Frank's constant companion was his beloved service dog Gizmo.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday April 13, 2023, at 10 o'clock A.M. at Sacred Heart Church 243 Lafayette Ave. Palmerton, Pennsylvania 18071.

Interment Kauai Veterans Cemetery Kauai, Hawaii

Memorials in Franks honor to:
Toys for Tots Foundation
Gift Processing Administrator
18251 Quantico Gateway Drive
Triangle, VA 22172


Mary Ellen Covach, 66 of Pottsville passed away on Sunday.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 A.M.

Interment will follow the services on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


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