Thursday, May 25, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 25, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: May 25, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Lester Startzel

Lester, the loving husband of the late Sallie Cora for 58 years and a beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on May 24, 2023. He is the son of the late Phena (Miller) Startzel and Earl Startzel. 

Lester was born in Coaldale, PA and grew up in Tamaqua, PA before moving to Hazleton, PA in 1990 to be closer to family. Lester served in both the Navy and the Air Force. He was honorably discharged as a Korean War veteran. From there, he proudly enjoyed working at Bethlehem Steel from where he retired after 40 years of employment with the company. His love for all was further displayed while he worked part time greeting and enjoying people at Wal Mart in Hazleton. Lester was a man of strong faith who belonged to the United Methodist Church in Tamaqua. He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his favorite television shows including baseball, football, and many law enforcement series. 

In addition to his parents, Lester was preceded in death by triplet sons, Matthew, Mark, and Luke; son, Robert Lester; brothers, Theodore, Earl, and Howard; sister, Judith; and twin sister, Lois. 

He is survived by daughter and caregiver, Christi Startzel Sagan; granddaughter, Celena and her fiancĂ© Bill; granddaughter, Rachael and her significant other Sean; grandson Jared; great grandchildren, Marcus, Jayson, Victoria, Jameson, and Colton; and Brenda and Jaclyn. 

Lester has many loving nephews and nieces surviving him also. He will be greatly missed and forever cherished. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, May 27, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Dennis Gray officiating. 

Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow the services. Call 9-11 AM on Saturday at the funeral home. 

Lester was a member of the Tamaqua American Legion and the family requests memorial donations may be made to the Tamaqua American Legion, Post C.H. Berry Post #173, 206 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Judy A Hoover, age 72, of Williamstown, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at her residence.

She was born on Friday, June 23, 1950, in Joliett, a daughter of the late Ray "Checky" A Lucas and the late Lila J (Wolfgang) Lucas.

Judy was employed at Metal Industries, Gratz.

She was a member of Protestant Faith, .

Judy enjoyed dancing, caring for her cats, and spending time with her family..

She was preceded in death by her parents; and by three brothers, David A Lucas, Robin L Lucas, and Gary R Lucas.

She is survived by a son, Richard T Hoover of Williamstown; a daughter, Stacy L Hoover of Hegins; two granddaughters, Megan O Boyer and Faith E Artz both of Hegins; her ex husband, Richard E Hoover and his wife Mary of Williamstown; four brothers, Rick L Lucas and his wife Susan of Joliett, Kevin T Lucas and his wife Robyn of Donaldson, Darryl "Bimmer" W Lucas and his wife Chris of Tremont, and Barry Lucas of Birdsboro; four sisters, Debra J Cinqmars of Williamstown, Christine J Morgan and her husband Tom of Valley View, Donna E Morgan and her husband John of Valley View, and Faye Nanni of Birdsboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Inc,, Valley View, on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Curtis Zemencik officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Barry Salem Cemetery, Weishample.

Memorial contributions can be made to the family.


John R. “JR” Orris
, 78, of Frackville passed away at his residence Wednesday morning.

Born in Frackville, he was a son of the late John and Priscilla Benensky Orris.

He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War; having served in Vietnam and received the Vietnamese Campaign Medal and Vietnamese Service Medal.

He served as a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper from 1967 to 1991, when he retired. He ran boat rentals and concessions at Lake Nockamixon, Tuscarora and Beltsville State Parks.

He was a member of the Frackville BPO Elks # 1533; the American Legion Post #398 and the Marine Corps League.

JR cherished his time spent with family, especially his grandchildren; he also looked forward to a game of craps.

JR is survived by his wife of 55 years; Margie Kuchta Orris; his greatest pride were his three children Dr. John Orris, Dr. Michael Orris and Dr. Margie Orris; 5 grandchildren Olivia, Zachary, Sophia, Michael and Victoria; sisters; Sharon Torick, Judy Bushkie and Carla Orris; nieces and nephews.

Religious Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville with Rev. Vjekoslav Jovicic, as celebrant. Family and friends are invited to visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be in Holy Ascension Parish Cemetery, Frackville.


Michael “Razz” Rogers, 75, of Primrose, Cass Township, passed away on Wednesday at home with his daughters at his side.

Born on June 15, 1947, in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Anthony (Razaitius) Rogers and the late Catherine (nee Cutler) Rogers. He was a 1965 graduate of Cass Township High School. He entered the Army in 1966 and served two tours in Vietnam, earning his Combat Infantry Badge. He worked for NGK Metals Corp (Berylco), Temple, until temporarily retiring. He then worked for Shalmet Corporation, Deer Lake,

He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Minersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, the former Barbara Wyslutsky; a son, Michael Rogers; a brother, Charles Razaitius, in infancy.

Razz is survived by four daughters, Michelle Charowsky (spouse, Russell), Forestville, Kimberly Bergan (spouse, Keith), Blandon, Kathryn Maley (spouse, Bret), Lake Wynonah, and Cassandra “Casey” Hains (spouse, Jeremy), Orwigsburg; eight grandchildren, Noah and Alexis Charowsky, Cailey, Riley and Brady Bergan, Chase Maley, Charlotte and Violet Hains.

Relatives and friends may call at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Thursday, June 1, from 7:00 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. Services will be held at 11:30 A.M. in Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 558 Sunbury St., Minersville. Interment with military honors will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cemetery, Branch Township. The family prefers donations to the Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cemetery Fund.


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