Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for June 6, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: June 6, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Lydia I. "Peggy" Smith
, 95, of Cressona, passed away May 28th, at home with her children by her side.

Born in Cressona on July 15, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin & Lydia (Dewald) Hoster.

She is also preceded in death by an infant sister, and two brothers: Franklin & Leroy Hoster.

She was a member of St. Marks in Cressona and Beckville Gun Club and enjoyed hunting and archery while growing up.

Following graduation from Cressona High School, Peggy attended Temple University on a scholarship. Soon after, she moved to California and worked nights as a registered nurse. After several years she moved back with her family and was the night nursing supervisor at the Pottsville Hospital until retirement.

Peggy also enjoyed camping and took her children on several cross-country trips by car and train. She also took flying lessons in California.

She is survived by daughter, Lindsey, wife of Bill George, and son, Brad Smith; as well as grandchildren: Chris, Tammy, & Amber; a great-granddaughter Autumn, and great-great-grandson Brendin.

Private services were held at the family's convenience.


Catherine “Kitty” Welikonich
of Bowie, MD, formerly of Frackville, passed away on June 1, 2023. Kitty was born on November 11, 1920, to Katie Teeley Herman and Fred Herman.

She is predeceased by her husband, John, two brothers Fred and Jim Herman, a sister Florence Phillips, a son-in-law Mickey Lee, and two grandsons Kevin Lee and Barry Hobart.

Kitty worked in the office of Ernie’s Photography Studio in Frackville, PA. She retired from the AREA on AGING as a Homemaker and Health Aide where she served the elderly and infirmed citizens of Schuykill County, PA.

Kitty moved to Bowie in 1997 and became a parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church. She was the custodian of the books in the community library at her home in Somerset Park Condominiums.
Kitty is survived by her daughters: Anna Lee of Huntsville, AL; Catherine Hobart (Walter) of Bowie; Mary Franks (John) of Newark, DE; and, Susan Welikonich of Greensboro, NC. Kitty had five grandchildren: Michael Lee (Leitha); Jennifer Brinker (Tom); Steven Franks (Ellen), Kristin Ausbon (Chris); and Alicia Gaul (Travis). Ten great grandchildren: Jessica, Andrew, Naomi, Rebecca, Jonathan Brinker; Gavin, Kyle Hobart; Nina Franks; Claudia, Marion Gaul and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 8 at 11am (viewing at 10:30) at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Bowie, MD. 

Interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 12th at Annunciation BVM Catholic Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Frackville is in charge of the arrangements.


Robert F. Corcoran, Sr.
, age 59, of Aristes, passed away at home on Sunday afternoon, June 4 after a quick battle with Stage 4 Cancer.

Born May 30, 1964 at Prince George's Hospital, Hyattsville, MD.

He was raised in Ashland, the son of the late Joseph and Dolores Corcoran.

Rob graduated from North Schuylkill High School, Class of 1982. He also attended Vo-Tech for adult electrical courses.

On October 17, 1987, he married Dianna Harris, recently celebrating their 35th anniversary.

He worked at Cardinal Container in Mount Carmel followed by 30 years in the Maintenance Department at Mrs. T's Pierogies in Shenandoah, PA.

Rob found pride in his work; whether it be remodeling a house, fixing a car, or lending a hand to anyone in need. He loved taking rides on his raffle prize winning 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide Special. Rob always enjoyed making people laugh with his quick wit and smart*** comebacks. He loved having a beer at night while being in the garage, tinkering with his "toys".

Rob was preceded in death by his father in 2007, his mother, October 20,2022, and his father-in-law, George Harris, in 2019.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Robert F. Corcoran, Jr and daughter Kelsey Corcoran and her husband Garrett VanDeMark. Brother Joseph and wife Deborah, brother Randy and wife Diane. Brother in laws, Carey and wife Carol Harris, Craig Harris, R. Chris Harris and companion Kelsey; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 9, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 11th and Walnut Street, Ashland with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito as celebrant.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation Thursday evening, June 8, from 6 to 8 pm at the church, and Friday morning, June 9, from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

Interment will be in Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs

Donations in Rob's honor can be mailed to P.O. Box 137, Aristes, PA 17920 and will be forward to Rob's niece Kyndall. She is one of only 24 cases of a rare spinal muscular atrophy.


Edward G. Kerlavage
, 69, formerly of Frackville, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2023, at his home in Allentown.

Born Sept. 16, 1953, in Frackville, he was a son of the late Edward Sr. and Ruth (Withers) Kerlavage.

Edward graduated from Shenandoah Valley High School, where he was a standout wrestler and football player for the Blue Devils.

After graduation he went on to work for Reading Railroad, later known as Conrail and then Norfolk Southern Railroad, retiring as a conductor after 40 years and seven months.

Ed loved the railroad and when taking vacations always went to places that had old railroads and even took a train over the Rockies. He was a longtime member (45 years) of the Frackville Elks and an avid Phillies fan.

In addition to being a sports fan, Ed was a music fan. He enjoyed many, many concerts and traveled to many cities to see The Who, The Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen. Together, Ed and Joanne traveled numerous times to one of their favorite places, Key West, and also took a few big trips, most notably Alaska in 2006 and Italy in 2011.

Surviving are his wife, Joanne Sora, of Allentown – they were together 30 years; two sons, Kyle Kerlavage and his wife, Aimee, of Shenandoah, and Keith Kerlavage, of Shenandoah; sister, Jean Kane and her husband, Vince, of Palo Alto; grandchildren, Owen, Oliver and Lyla Kerlavage; and his canine buddy, Kolby.

Funeral service will be held at noon Friday, June 9, at Nice-Hart Funeral Home, 9 N. Lehigh Ave., Frackville. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Edward’s name can be made to Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901, or a charity of your choice. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery, Butler Twp.


Joyce Petrozino
, 85, passed away peacefully Sunday ,June 4, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family in St. Clair.

Born in Port Carbon, June 18, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Bazar) Everdale.

She was a 1955 graduate of Port Carbon High School. She went on to work as a secretary at Pottsville Bleach and Dye before retiring as a personal care aid.

Joyce was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Penn State Fan but nothing was more important to her than her family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Petrozino in 2019, sister Claire Anice Everdale and step granddaughter Brittany Guris.

A devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother she is survived by her 3 sons Robert J. Petrozino and his wife Melissa of Pottsville, Michael C. Petrozino and his wife Denise of St. Clair, Thomas J. Petrozino of St. Clair, daughter Susan (Petrozino) Miklesavage and her husband Keith of St. Clair, brother Charles Everdale and his wife Joanne of Port Carbon, 8 grandchildren Bobbi Lynn, Kristen, Nicole, Rachael, Michael, Sarah, Tyler, Vinnie, step grandson Marty Guris, 18 Great Grandchildren, Adra, Jameson, Maiya, Tj, Brooklyn, Kingsly, Brinly, Benson, Colby, Carson, Noah, Judah, Maeve, Beckett, Sophia, Merida, Billy and Bella.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901.


Lorraine G. “Sissy” Dombrosky
, 83 of Shenandoah passed away on Monday, June 5, 2023 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Shenandoah on August 9, 1939, she was the daughter of the late John and Sophie (Swatski) Melnick.

She was a 1958 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

On July 9, 1961, she married the love of her life, Robert T. Dombrosky in St. Casimir’s Church Shenandoah. They were married 57 years until Robert’s passing on August 29, 2018.

Lorraine worked at the former Martin Shirt Factory, Shenandoah and was a member of ALU.

Lorraine lived a full life with her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed the outdoors with her husband, often found fishing on the lake or in the woods searching for mushrooms.

She had many friends and enjoyed playing cards and bus trips to the casinos.

Later in life she loved attending events involving her grandchildren, “Nanny”, as they called her, was accompanied by “Pop-Pop”, they never missed a game, recital, graduation etc.

In addition to her parents and spouse, Lorraine was preceded in death by an infant child, Mary.

Surviving are her children, Lisa Stankiewitch and her husband, Michael of Orwigsburg, Robert Dombrosky and his wife Sherri of Shenandoah, Jennifer Dombrosky and her life companion Pedro (George) Villegas of Shenandoah, John Paul Dombrosky and his wife Sandra of Shenandoah; eleven grandchildren, Michael Stankiewitch and his wife Terri of Orwigsburg, Matthew Stankiewitch of Phoenixville, Aaron Dombrosky and his wife Brittany of Shenandoah, Daniel Merva and his wife Natasha of Catawissa, and Joshua Dombrosky, Nicholas Merva, Julia Najera, Kevin Najera, Avery Dombrosky, Taylor Dombrosky and Brenna Dombrosky, all of Shenandoah; eight great-grandchildren, Ayva, Daniel Jr., Teagan and Celine Merva, Nathan, Grace and Logan Stankiewitch, and Julianna Sotilie; brothers, John Melnick and his wife Rita of Pine Grove, and Eugene Melnick and his wife Sharon in Florida; a sister and best friend, Roseanne Abrachinsky of Albrightsville; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 9, 2023 at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 West Cherry St., Shenandoah with the Very Reverend James Koury as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation for relatives and friends will be held on Friday morning from 8:00 am until 9:45 am at Walukiewicz-Oravtiz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.

Walukiewicz-Oravtiz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in care of the arrangements.


On June 4, 2023, Michelina Piccolo, loving mother of three, grandmother of six, and great-grandmother of five, passed away peacefully at the age of 94.

Michelina was born on March 19, 1929, in Magisano, Italy to the late Mary Catizone and Ralph Folino. She came to America in 1948 with her mother and lived in Girardville, PA where she reunited with her father who had been working as a coal miner.

She married Armando Piccolo, a local tailor, on September 4th, 1950 and settled in Shenandoah, PA where they raised one son and two daughters.

Michelina was an expert seamstress and worked for many years in Shenandoah factories designing dresses. She always loved working with her hands. She was an expert at knitting, crocheting, and gardening.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah and the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where she was a dedicated volunteer for all parish functions and especially enjoyed the annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Upon her retirement, she traveled to her homeland, Italy, several times, which she enjoyed tremendously. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would often come for weeks at a time to visit them. In 2017, she moved to Avon CT with her daughter Susan and her husband Dr. Justin Radolf.

Michelina is pre-deceased by her husband, mother, father, and sister, Carmella. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Anthony and Ann Piccolo of York, PA, Susan and Justin Radolf of Avon CT, and Maria and Wayne Cvach of Forest Hill, MD; six grandchildren, Kaitlin Rosenthal, Chrissy Piccolo, Elise McDonnell, Becky Radolf, Michelle Cvach and Nicholas Cvach; and five great-grandchildren, Eric Rosenthal, Riley Rosenthal, John Poole, Owen Poole, and Charlotte McDonnell. She is also survived by her sister’s two sons and spouse, Ralph Catizone and Vincent and Giovanna Catizone.

A viewing will be held on Monday, June 12, 2023 from 9:00 am until 10:30 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 11:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 West Cherry St., Shenandoah with Reverend Giuseppe C. Esposito as the celebrant. She will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights next to her beloved husband.

Expressions of sympathy in Michelina’s memory can be made to The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, The Children’s Center Office of Development, 750 E. Pratt St., Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202 or online at https://secure.jhu.edu/form/children or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at stjude.org.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in care of the arrangements.


Mary A. Witmer
, 65, of Tower City, passed away Monday, June 5, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family, following a six month courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Lebanon, July 9, 1957, a daughter of the late John and Mary Reynolds Walstrum. Mary was a graduate of the Tulpehocken High School.

She was employed as a public services assistant by the Northern Dauphin Library, Lykens.

In her spare time, Mary enjoyed reading, traveling, and gardening. She took great pride in her flower garden. Her family was the center of her world. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and her beloved cat "Puss".

in addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother John Walstrum, and a sister, Elizabeth Keppley.

Surviving are her husband, Harry G. Witmer, to whom they would have celebrated 33 years of marriage on June 9th; her children, Olivia Moore, Harrisburg, Farrah Howton (Steve), Lansford, Shannon Pridemore, Pine Grove, Brandi Witmer (Justin), Ohio, Erin Witmer, Tower City, and Adam Witmer, Tower City; eleven grandchildren; one great grandson; seven sisters, Donna Ruf, Lebanon, Julie Blair, Lebanon, Barbara Wideman, Bethel, Betsy Beck, Jonestown, Ruth Brugger, Bethel, Christine Kreider, Annville, numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Mary's Life will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 11:00am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., with her dear friend Rev. Ray Holland officiating.

Memorial donations in Mary's name can be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Dauphin County Library, 683 Main Street, Lykens PA 17048.


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