Sunday, April 30, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for April 30, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: April 30, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Carol B. Stec
, 78, of Frackville fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, April 27, at Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville.

Born in Frackville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph A and Anna G. Lazur Galley. She was a graduate of Frackville High School class of 1963.

Carol worked as an operator for the former Bell telephone company, Frackville; she also worked at the Box Factory, Schuylkill Haven and City Shirt, Frackville before her retirement.

She was a member of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, Frackville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, John Michael Stec; a sister, Mary Ann Hooker and brother, Joseph Louis Galley.

Carol is survived by her son Michael J. Stec, Frackville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Liturgy will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Frackville, with Rev. Petro Zyvarch as celebrant. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 the church. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville.

Donations in Carol’s name can be made to St. Michael’s Memorial Fund, 243 S. Middle St., Frackville, PA 17931.


Rudy Franklin Moyer
, 92, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Saturday, April 29th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Schuylkill, E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville on August 17, 1930, he was a son of the late George A. & Marion M. (Bartlet) Moyer.

He was the husband of Jacqueline A. (Kutz) Moyer.

He was a member of Bethany Christian Fellowship Church, Cressona.

He was a graduate of Cressona High School, Class of 1948; and had served in the U.S. Army.

Rudy worked with his father who was a carpenter. He later worked for the Schuylkill Haven Casket Company where he became plant foreman for 58 years. He was chairman of the Board and the Treasurer of the Schuylkill Haven Casket Company.

Rudy was a member of Cressona Lodge #222 where he helped start the annual Sauerkraut Dinner. He also belonged to the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, and the Rajah Shrine.

In addition to his wife, Rudy is also survived by two daughters, Rudi M. Moyer, fiancee of David J. Weiss, of Schuylkill Haven, and Brenda C., wife of Robert Cooper, of Summit Station. He is also survived by 2 grandchildren Robert Rudy Cooper husband of Dawn and Kristin B Reinert wife of Terry and 4 great grandchildren Alaina Jade and Ethan Michael Cooper and Madison Kinsley and Jackson Layne Reinert.

Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday May 4 at 2 pm at Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 1pm until the time of services.

Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


Christine Joan Huegel
, 66 of Tamaqua, died peacefully on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 6 a.m. in the ICU of St. Luke’s Hospital System’s Carbon Campus, surrounded by her loved ones for the 24 hours prior to her passing.

Born on November 5, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Kathryn B. (nee Plasko) Yusella and Frank Yusella. Chris (Sissy) was beautiful inside and out, with a sweet smile, ability to know when to hold your hand, and a quick wit, she could win anyone over. A wonderful loving mother, wife, sister, sister- in-law, daughter-in-law, nurse, caregiver, companion to all who needed assistance or medical advice.

A 1974 graduate of Marian Catholic High School, Tamaqua, she entered the Reading Area Community College School of Nursing. After graduation, she started as a candy striper and floor nurse at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Schuylkill Haven before spending 27 years working in the emergency department at Gnaden Huetten Hospital/ Blue Mountain Health Care in Lehighton.

Chris medically retired in 2011 due to rheumatoid arthritis. she was a caring nurse, devoted to family, friends, co-workers and patients. She spoke daily with her brother Frank and cousin Barbara faithfully.

One of the famous “Bungalow Babes,” she was an avid sun bather and water walker at the Tamaqua pool and would take a trip to Ocean City, Maryland or Florida in a heartbeat for sun and surf. She enjoyed country music, from Keith Urban to Lady A, rock n’roll from the Moody Blues, opera from IL Divo and Andrea Bocelli, and served as a part time judge whenever watching “American Idol” and “The Voice”.

After retirement, Chris loved shopping trips to Boscov’s and Talbot’s with her mother-in law, helping her son with his coaching duties, and, at least once a year, making halupki for her brother and family. However, her biggest love in retirement was a stray cat named Missy who showed up when she could no longer fulfill her nursing duties. For 12 years “Missy Cat” took over the house, gave her a thousand laughs and companionship until her husband retired a year prior to her passing. During that year, they spent valuable time together and with many of their close friends.

Chris is survived by; her faithful husband of 32 years, Stanley I. Huegel, Jr,; loving son, Justin L. Huegel (Tamaqua), Head Coach of Marian Track and Field/Cross Country, and teacher at Commonwealth Charter Academy and his girlfriend, Olivia Mottern (Lancaster). Additionally, she is survived by her brother Frank J. Yusella, his wife Bonnie (Blandon, Pa.); Mother-in-Law Margaret Huegel, (Tamaqua) and many beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Funeral Arrangements 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 from St. John XXIII R.C.C. 307 Pine Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252 on Wednesday May 3, 2023 at 11 o'clock A.M.

Friends may call on Tuesday evening May 2, 2023 at the funeral home from 6 to 8:00 P.M., and on Wednesday morning from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Interment Sky View Memorial Park Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name to:
Marian Catholic High School Track Boosters
166 Marian Ave.
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252
Arthritis Foundation
P.O. Box 96280
Washington, DC 20077


Alvin L Stehr
, age 93, of Klingerstown, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born on Friday, August 9, 1929, in Pitman, a son of the late Joseph I Stehr and the late Sallie M (Gahres) Stehr.

He was a graduate of the former Pine Park High School, Leck Kill.

Alvin was a partner in the former Stehr Brothers Feed Mill, Inc, prior to his retirement.

He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Congregational Church, Pitman.

He was also a member of WoodmenLife Pitman Chapter 433, the Mahantongo Fire Company, and the Klingerstown Fire Company.

Alvin will be remembered for his generous heart and his love and dedication to his family.

His wife, Ruth Q (Keim) Stehr passed away in 2019. He was also preceded in death by his parents; by two brothers, Joseph Stehr and Chester Stehr, two sisters, Pauline Troutman and Grace Schmolze, and a grandson, Nathan Stehr.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia R Brandenberger of Klingerstown and Elaine P Schreffler and her husband David of Klingerstown; a son, Wayne A Stehr and his wife Gail of Klingerstown; four grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Following Alvin's wishes, private family services will be held at St. Paul's EC Church, Pitman.

Burial will be in St. Paul's EC Cemetery, Pitman.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul's EC Church, c/o Garry Harring, 91 Main Road, Pitman PA 17964.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Inc., Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.


Robert J. McCord Sr., 89, of Ashland, passed away, surrounded by family, Friday, April 28, 2023, at the Geisinger Shamokin Community Hospital, Coal Township. Born in Shenandoah, he was the son of Edward and Alice McCord. He was a graduate of the former Shenandoah High School. Robert served his country as an U.S. Army Sargent with the 619th Supply Company during the beginning of the Vietnam War. He earned the Good Conduct Metal and the Sharpshooter Rifle Badge. His employment included working for Cressona Aluminum, Moyer Construction , and lastly as a custodian for the Penn State University Campus, both of Schuylkill Haven. Preceding him in death was his wife, Jean Rhoades McCord, passing in 2017, Sisters, Mary Hysock, Bertha Ryan, also Brothers, Elwood, Charles, Thomas, and Richard McCord.


Daughter: Pamela, wife of John Swirsky, Ashland

Son: Robert McCord Jr. and his wife Teresa, Mahanoy City

Son: Edward “Chico” McCord, Brownsville

Son: Richard McCord and his wife Ann Marie, Leesville, LA

Son: Harold McCord, Ashland

Six Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside funeral with Army Honors, Friday, May 5, 2023, at 1 PM in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. A memorial service for Jean will be conducted at the same time. Officiating will be Rev. Jeffrey Mervine, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Congregation Church, Frackville.


Theodore A. Shane
, 87, of McAdoo, passed away Saturday morning at his home.

Born in Freeland, he was the son of the late Theodore J. and Bertha (Wydock) Shane.

Ted was a member of Church of All Saints, McAdoo. He was a veteran in the U.S. Army.

Prior to retiring, he was employed at Allsteel of West Hazleton, and first employed at Genetti Supermarkets for many years.

Ted was a member of Milhoppers Sportsman’s Club. He was a hunting and fishing enthusiast and enjoyed the outdoors. His most enjoyment came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are brothers Frederick and Thomas Shane, and an infant brother John.

Surviving, are his wife of 58 years, Anne (McHugh) Shane; son Theodore J. Shane, McAdoo; daughter Patty Shane DeScipio and husband Joseph, Moscow; and Megan Shane Mallets and husband Christopher, McAdoo; grandchildren, Nicholas, Olivia, and Gabriel DeScipio; sister, Marion Sunderman and husband Stephen of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held Thursday. Rev. Msgr. William Baker will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial in Church of All Saints, McAdoo, at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

A calling hour will be held Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. in the church.

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


Joseph M. Vigna
, 60, of Old Forge and formerly of Kline Twp., passed away suddenly Friday at his residence.

Born in Hazleton, he is the son of Roseann (Sabatell) Vigna, of Kline Twp. and the late Russell Vigna.

He was a member of Church of All Saints, McAdoo.

Joe was employed at International Hearing Testing.

He was a graduate of Hazleton High School, class of 1981. Joe was a three-sport athlete, exceling in football, basketball and baseball. He attended Lock Haven University, where he continued playing baseball. Joe also coached junior high basketball at the former Grebey Jr. High School.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his father, was a brother Russell ‘Rusty’ Vigna.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his brother, Anthony Vigna and wife Dawn, Haddock; sister, Francine Geusic and husband Joe, Tresckow; sister-in-law, Patty Vigna, Kelayres; nephews Russell ‘Rusty’ Vigna and wife Amanda, Joshua Geusic and wife Angela, and Evan Vigna and fiancĂ©e Abby Ciarlone; and nieces Adria Folk and husband Joe, and Sarah Herring and husband George; and great-nephew Miles Geusic.

His funeral will be held Wednesday. The Rev. Michael J. Kloten will conduct the service at 11 a.m. at the Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s R.C. Cemetery, McAdoo.

A calling hour will be held Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.


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