Monday, April 17, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for April 17, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: April 17, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


William C. “Bumper” Laudeman, Jr., 73, of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, formerly of Minersville, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 14, 2023.

Born on August 26, 1949, in Pottsville, he was a son of the late William C. Laudeman, Sr. and the late Josephine B. (nee Rutecki) Laudeman. He was a 1968 graduate of Minersville Area High School where he excelled in football and baseball. He was an Army Veteran, having served a tour in the Vietnam Conflict with the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion. He enjoyed attending many Army reunions with Mollie all over the country. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Minersville, the New Minersville Rod and Gun Club, the American Legion, and he was a lifetime member of the New Minersville Hose Co. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and attending his grandchildren's sporting events.

Bumper is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Mollie O’Connor; three children, Patrice Schwalm (spouse, Scott), Murrells Inlet, SC, Michelle Rose (spouse, Michael), Minersville, and William Laudeman, Cressona; six grandchildren, Meg Schwalm, Scottie Schwalm, Connor Schwalm, Kyran Laudeman (spouse, Heather), Matthew Rose (spouse, Stefanie), Olivia Laudeman; five great-grandchildren, Lily, Finn and Isla Laudeman, Myles and Major Rose. He is also survived by two siblings, Lois Laudeman and Robert Laudeman (spouse, Irene); his sister-in-law, Helene O’Connor; one niece, one nephew.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Monday (April 24) from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. and on Tuesday (April 25) from 6:00 A.M. until 9:45 A.M. when procession will form. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. in St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, 139 Spruce Street, Minersville. Interment with military honors will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Bumper's name to the Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center, 750 West Broadway, Suite 2R, Long Beach, NY 11561 ( or Tunnels to Towers Foundation for Veterans, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10306 (


Carl D. Fry
, 83, of Harrisburg, formerly of Williamstown, passed away suddenly, Friday, April 14, 2023.

Born in Williamstown, October 30, 1939, a son of the late Arthur and Hattie Updegrove Fry.

Carl was a United States Navy Veteran. He was also a lifetime member of the Gratz VFW.

He was a retired welder from the former Alfa Laval, Lykens. He had also been Chief of Police for Lykens Borough and served as a police officer in Williamstown.

Carl was an avid outdoorsman. He loved spending time outside and could often be found hunting and hiking. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and playing the harmonica. Carl had a special talent for woodworking and making wine.

In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by four brothers, George, Edwin, Dean, and Glenn Fry.

Surviving are his wife Gail Wetzel Fry, whom he spent 40 years with; his four children, Sheri Gonder (Steve), Williamstown, Diane Keister (Rich), Wiconisco, Dave Fry (Linda), Shamokin, and Kurt Fry (Tammy), Wiconisco; two stepchildren, Andy Schade (Tammy), Millersburg, and Amy Derivian (Jacob), Harrisburg; his sister, Carol Frank (Richard), York; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; one great great grandson; nieces and nephews.

Following Carl's wishes, there will be no formal services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Williamstown Community Pride, PO Box 3, Williamstown, PA 17098.

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


John S. Burkevage
, 67, of Zion Grove, passed away on April 15, at his home after a brief illness.

Born in Shenandoah, on January 17, 1956, he was the son of the late Stanley and Stella (Socker) Burkevage.

John graduated from North Schuylkill High School in 1973 and then proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He then graduated from the North American Training Academy in Newark, DE. John was a truck driver most of his life, most recently employed by Rands Trucking, Ringtown.

In addition to being a former member of the Ringtown American Legion, he was a Past Commander of the Schuylkill Haven American Legion, Post 38. He was also a member of Shenandoah Fish & Game Club.

Surviving are three sisters; Jean Burkevage, Hazleton, Helena Sterner and her husband, Eugene, Orangeville, Joann Burke, Bear, DE, niece Janette Ortman and her husband, Arthur, of Millville, and their children, Arthur, Ambrelinne Birth and her husband, Nathan, and their daughter, Nathalinne; niece Tina Wilson and her husband, Bill, of Wilmington, DE and their children, Ella & Nathan; niece Kelly Markish, King of Prussia; step son, Jason Walton and his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jordan J. Burkevage, who passed away in 2008, a nephew, Richard Markish, who passed away in 2022.

A public viewing will be held Monday, April 24th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 W. Main Street, Ringtown, with services to follow at 1:00PM with Pastor Craig Zimmerman.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Old White Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at


Helen C. Beach (Thomas)
, 90, formally of Minersville & Pine Grove passed away peacefully taken by her Angels on January 28, 2023 at Rosewood Nursing & Rehabilitation, Schuylkill Haven, with her Son Russell Beach & Daughter in Law Sharon by her side as she listened to Daughter Cindy & Son Mark express their Love.

Born March 21, 1932, the daughter of Daniel & Catherine Thomas.

Helen had a strong, courageous will. She fought Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer for 4 years. Known as being very pleasant even during the most difficult times. “Enjoy Life” was her saying. “It’s way too short.”

She had a large collection of Angels in which she strongly believed. Enjoyed Camping for 30+ years with Husband and Family at Dressler’s Campsites along the Susquehanna River and attending Nascar Races and trips in the Motor Home. Jimmie Johnson was her Nascar Hero whom she witnessed win a Championship. She enjoyed Dancing, Bingo, Casino’s, Shopping trips and Polish Cooking.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband the late Russell C. Beach. January 31 would have been 70 Years. She was the last member of her immediate Family. Brothers, Harold, Daniel, James, Joseph, Sisters, Mary and Sylvia, all predecease her.

She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Seiders, Bradenton, FL. wife of George with whom she lived with and was cared for 14 joyous years prior her illness. She is also survived by her four sons, Russell J., husband to Sharon of Branchdale, Carl of Llewellyn, Mark husband to Judy of Jacksonville FL, and Thomas husband to Cathy of Minersville, 6 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren.

Services will be held Privately at the convenience of the Family, Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven, PA. is in charge of arrangements


Cheryl K. Bohr, 80, of Auburn, passed away April 15, 2023, surrounded by her family and loved ones, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill, East Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.


Annice Betty Weiss, 92, of Minersville, passed away Friday, April 14th, at LVHN Cedar Crest, Allentown. 

Annice was born in Llewellyn, Pa. on April 9, 1931, a daughter of the late Viola (Moyer) and Charles Weiss. She was a former Bookkeeper at EVANS Trucking.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Step mother, Katherine, a Brother, William Weiss, and Sister, Catherine Haney, as well as her Niece, Susan Haney. 

Annice is survived by her nephews Martin and Glen Haney. Great Niece, Kelli , wife of Tim Leese. Great great nephew Brayden Leese, a Sister-in-law, Carol Weiss. 

All Services are private. 

Interment Simeon United Lutheran Cemetery, Gratz. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


Barbara L. Harvilla
, 56, of Hazleton and formerly of McAdoo, passed away Saturday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton.

Born in Chester, she is the daughter of Frank Willis, Sr., McAdoo, and Elizabeth (Beam) Vogel, Hazleton.

Barbara was a graduate of Hazleton High School, class of 1985.

She was a loving and devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, and sister, and will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her former husband Keith Harvilla, Sr., Hazleton; son Keith A. Harvilla, Jr., McAdoo; daughter Heather Harvilla, Hazleton; grandchildren Aubrey, and twins, Addison and Cameron; sister Jean O’Lear and husband John, McAdoo; brother Frank Willis, Jr. and wife Tracey, Weatherly; sister Stephanie Deziak and husband Bruce, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

The Damiano Funeral Home Inc., McAdoo, is assisting the family with arrangements.


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