Sunday, April 23, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for April 23, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: April 23, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Robert J. “Bob” Gownley, 74, Frackville, passed away peacefully Sunday morning with his loving family by his side.

Born in Ashland, he was a son of the late Francis and Joan Collins Gownley. He had worked as an automobile salesman until becoming the owner of Ashland Downtown Motors for over 40 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville. He was a 1967 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School, a US Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War serving from 1968 to 1970. After the service, he had been employed by John Wanamakers in Harrisburg until 1972.

Bob was a member of Girardville AOH, Jack Kehoe Division 1, life member of the Ashland Elks lodge #0384, Frackville American Legion post 398, Lady Lake Legion post 347, Florida, life member of Frackville Knights of Columbus, Council 2580 and a member of Mountain Valley Golf Course.

Bob and Margaret Mary enjoyed snow birding in the winter to their residence in The Villages in Florida, playing golf, enjoying cruises and other adventures with his wife but most of all Bob enjoyed spending his time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers; Terrance and Charles Gownley, his sister JoAnn Gownley and his step-father Jerry O’Conner.

Bob is survived by his wife of 46 years Margaret Mary Mellon Gownley, his daughters; Colleen wife of Viet Hoang, West Deptford, NJ and Ann Margaret wife of Jason Hutira, Frackville, his three grandchildren; Lily and Cameron Hoang and Jack Hutira, his sisters; Mary Fran Zack and Cathy Hannon both of Mahanoy Plane also by several nieces and nephews.

The family would like extend a grateful thank you to Dr. Megan Wheelden of the Penn State Cancer Institute for her special care of Bob.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph The Worker Parish ( St. Ann’s Church, Frackville with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito, pastor, as the celebrant. Interment will be in Saint Fidelis Cemetery, Mahanoy City.

Viewing for family and friends will be held in St. Ann’s Church, Frackville, on Thursday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. and again on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until time of mass.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer contributions, in Bob’s name, to either Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or Penn State Cancer Institute in c/o Office of University Development 1249 Cocoa Ave., Suite 115, PO Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033.


Margaret M. (Margie) Painter
, age 84, of Pottsville, PA passed away Thursday, April 20th, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family.

Born in Kaska, PA on September 13, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Morell B. and Carolyn E. (Shields) Murray.

Margie was a graduate of Blythe Township High School, Class of 1956. She worked in the cafeteria at Pottsville Area School District for 30 years and 10 of them as the manager of the cafeteria. Margie also worked sporting events at the west end ticket entrance of Veteran's Memorial Stadium and the ticket booth at Martz Hall. She was a 3 time President of the Pottsville Mother's Booster's Club. Margie loved going to Stone Harbor every year with family and friends.

She was a past member of Holy Family Catholic Church, New Philadelphia.

Margie was an avid sports fan and enjoyed supporting her grandchildren, in their academic and athletic pursuits. Collecting newspaper articles that documented her family’s accomplishments was one of her favorite pastimes. She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Janice Murray Fernando.

Margie is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard M. Painter; son Richard Painter, his wife Kelly and their children: Ty, Cole, and Katie; son Christopher Painter, his wife Stephanie and their children Mary Kate, Amelia, and Eily; daughter Jennifer Painter, her late husband Donn Hufnagle; daughter Melissa Brennan, her husband Michael, and their children Maggie and Rhyan; son Timothy Painter and his children: Tegan and Keira all of Pottsville; three brothers: John Murray, Northampton, Daniel Murray, Shenandoah Heights, and William Murray and his wife Teresa, Saint Clair; and nieces and nephews.

A Religious Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon at 11AM on Wednesday, April 26th, with Rev. Dave Hereshko officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Tuesday evening from 6-8PM and Wednesday morning from 10-11AM at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held in the Charles Baber Cemetery in Pottsville.


Donald W. Gauntlett
, 83, of Tremont, passed away Friday afternoon, April 21, 2023, at his sister Jane's home in Tremont.

Born in Tremont, March 10, 1940, a son of the late William and Anna Carl Gauntlett.

Donald was a 1958 graduate of the former Tremont High School. Donald received his bachelor's degree from Kutztown State College, his master's degree in chemistry from Brown University and completed post graduate work at LSU.

Donald taught chemistry at the former Tremont High School. He spent his teaching career as a chemistry professor at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Franklin & Marshall University, Wilkes University and retired from the Lehigh Carbon Community College in 2000.

He was of the Methodist faith. Donald enjoyed traveling, family genealogy and cooking.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother William, 2022.

Surviving are his two sisters, Judy Wagner and her husband Ernest and Jane Boyer and her husband Steve both of Tremont, two nieces and two nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 2:30 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City with Pastor Amanda Bressler officiating. Burial will be in the St. John's Cemetery, Tremont. Visitation will be from 2-2:30 pm.


Elijah James Whalen & Josiah John Whalen:
Delivered on Tuesday, April 18th, 2023 at 1:41 and 1:45 respectively; to Danielle M. Lebo and her fiance, Robert John Whalen.

When graced with the news that these two souls were going to be blessed to have the opportunity to raise two boys, their gratitude and excitement could not be contained.

Dad was speechless, yet, so excited to have not only a son but two sons! The future he had envisioned was one filled with sports and time fishing and playing with his boys. His mind would always be thinking about all of the opportunities he could provide them with, and being the example for them as to what a good father is.

Their mother was so excited for them to come. She would always picture these two boys and them playing with their sisters and brother. With them being closest in age to their biological sister, Ambelina, mom could only imagine the strength of the bond that they would have as they grew up and looked forward to hearing their voices as they'd talk and laugh and play together.

To great dismay, those ideas will have remain just as they are - ideas, for on Monday, April 17th, 2023 God's intention for the souls that are divinely innocent, was to refuse them from tainting their light. He had taken them home before they could be exposed to this world - to a place where they would keep their wings, and remain there where they always have, in light... in peace. And so, these parents were given what was to be the boys they would have in body, in which they had dedicated their souls to the Lord.

Deceased Friday, April 21st, 2023, flying high above us, they will look down upon all those that they have proceeded. Both boys are survived by their Mother and Father; their siblings, Mikalah, Kayden, Paisley, and Ambelina; their grandmothers, Michelle Leitzel,step-grandfather, Susan Johnston; grandfather/step-grandfather, Timothy J Lebo, Malcolm Johnston and James Leitzel; uncles, Matthew Lebo & Eric Whalen; aunt, Tameka Lebo; cousins, Travis and Ethan along with many more.

Some Stars Just Shine Too Bright For This World.

Dimon Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Russell Scott Heberling, 61, of Williamstown passed away suddenly, Friday night, April 21, 2023 at UPMC Harrisburg.

Born in Pottsville, October 17, 1961, a son of Joan Shomper Heberling, Williamstown, and the late Harold Heberling.

Scott was last employed in the maintenance department for Washington Township. He previously was employed by Kimmel Coal Company and his family's coal company.

He was member of the Tower City American Legion and the Williamstown and Gratz VFW.

Scott enjoyed camping and being in the outdoors.

Surviving are his mother, Joan Shomper Heberling, Williamstown, and several cousins.

Following Scott's wishes, there will be no services.

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


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