Friday, July 14, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for July 14, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: July 14, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 


Mary Alice Pershing, 50, of Pottsville passed away peacefully on July 12, 2023, at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville. Born July 5, 1973, she was the daughter of Robert and Agnes Kerlinger. Mary Alice graduated from Central York High School, Class of 1991, and then graduated from York Technical Institute. She was an IT Technical Support Technician for Focus Brands. Mary Alice married William Brower on October 31, 2020. She was a Disney fanatic! Her and her husband had traveled to Disney World 6 times since 2019, and she enjoyed going on cruises.

Survivors in addition to her husband, Step daughters Mackenzie Brower and Taylor Mase; two grandchildren Aria and Maeve; sister Tiffany Lakatosh and brother Roy carroll II; godparents Vicki and Mike Kelly; Mother and father in law, Tammy and William Brower; Cherished cousins Vicki, Lisa, Jackie and Bill; Sisters in law Misty Kastroba, and Christina Tippett.

A service will be held on Monday July 17 at 7 pm from the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, 208 Pike Street Port Carbon. A viewing will be held from 5pm until the time of service at the funeral home. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name be made to the organization dedicated to providing wigs for patients in need, LVH Patient Assistance Fund, C/O Rochelle. 700 E. Norwegian Street Pottsville.


Matthew R. Spears, 48, of Brick, NJ, passed away on June 11th, 2023. 

Graveside services will be conducted on Monday, July 17th in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights and will be officiated by Pastor Mindy Heppe. 

 The Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are handling these arrangements.


Michael Joseph Lesher
, 49, of Mifflinburg, entered into rest Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at home.

Born September 26, 1973, he was a son of the late Joseph Castiglione and Mary Lesher Harris of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Michael was married to Jennifer (Getz) Lesher for 22 years and have one son, Michael Anthony Lesher.

Mike graduated from Hazleton Area High School in 1993. He became an EMT in 1990, at the age of 17, and has been in emergency services ever since. In 1998, he graduated from Luzerne County Community College with a paramedic certification, and soon after, joined the Bethlehem EMS. Mike was never idle, as he also worked part-time for Hazleton EMS, Allentown EMS, Reading EMS, and Tremont EMS. He received “Paramedic of the Year” for Bethlehem in 2005.

In 2006, Mike took his street smarts and paramedic skills to a different level and took a position in health services at Allenwood Federal Penitentiary for 17 years, where he would receive numerous awards. During this time, he was most proud of his work on the crisis negotiation team. While also working for Evangelical Community Hospital, he was involved with the nationally known incident, where he saved a little boy, which was featured in Reader’s Digest.

Mike loved spring gobbler season and fall archery season. He also loved camping and spending time with family, including his beloved dog, Tootsie.

Surviving are three brothers, Thomas Lesher of Seltzer, Joseph Lesher of Pottsville, and Antonio Lesher of Minersville; and one sister, Dionne Harris of Minersville.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Apryl Lesher Wallace, formerly of Pottsville.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 22, at Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg, where the memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m.

Being dedicated to saving lives, it is only fitting that Mike would do the same in death. His body will be used in research at Science Care in hopes of finding a cure for the disease that took him away from us too soon, Glioblastoma.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 26, at St. George Catholic Church, 775 Forest Hill Rd., Mifflinburg, with the Rev. Matthew Larlick as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mifflinburg Cemetery.


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