Saturday, July 29, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for July 29, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: July 29, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Thomas Franklin Zimmerman
, 76, of Ravine passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 27, 2023.

Born in Ravine December 10, 1946. He was the son of the late Franklin and Irene Wenrich Zimmerman. Tom was a 1964 graduate of Pine Grove High School. He was a Vietnam war veteran who defended his country honorably in the Navy Construction Battalion during the Vietnam Tet offensive January 1967 for 10 months. He was stationed in Danang and retired from military service, October 1968. He then attended Central Technical Institute in Kansas City, Missouri where he received data processing training after which he worked for PA Department of Transportation in IT until 1969. Between 1969 and 1976, Tom operated his own coal mine and began working as a heavy equipment operator. In 1977, Tom started his own business, TFZ Excavating, Inc. He worked as a contractor to many of the largest residential builders in the Harrisburg area for the next 35 years.

Tom and his wife Eileen loved spending countless hours together on their property, watching the beautiful nature all around them - the birds, flowers and wildlife, and especially the butterflies covering their blooming butterfly bushes. Their dogs would join them there, playing, resting, and chasing bubbles.

Tom was a member of St Paul’s Church of Christ, Ravine, a life member of the Pine Grove Veterans of a foreign war club, Pine Grove American Legion, and a supporter of various veterans help organizations. Tom had a huge heart when it came to dogs in need and was a long-time supporter of Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue where he adopted seven needy pups including his most-loved Amos.

Surviving are his wife, the former Eileen Gibson, Ravine, a son Jeffrey Zimmerman, Cumbola, a sister Carole wife of Floyd Schwartz, Virginia, one nephew and four nieces, a brother-in-law, Donald Gill. 
 Preceding him in death was his sister, Judith Gill.

All services will be held later, at the convenience of the family.

The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either the Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue,, 2415 Wynnefield Drive, Havertown, Pa., 19083 or to the Ruth Steinert SPCA, 18 Wertz Drive, Pine Grove, Pa. 17963, in his memory.
The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove, is in charge of arrangements.


Todd W. McCabe
, 70, Ashland, passed away peacefully Friday Morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Shenandoah Heights he was a son of the late Edward J. and Wilma I. Wary McCabe. He had been employed as a coal miner having worked for several area coal companies.

He was a member of Gilberton United Methodist Church where he also served on the board of trustees. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Frackville American Legion Post #398, Frackville.

Todd loved spending time with his family vacationing at the New Jersey and Delaware beaches, he had a great sense of humor and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Todd is survived by his wife of 49 years Lydia Agravante McCabe, his 3 daughters; Teresa wife of Dwayne Turner, Cressona, Juanita and Lydia T. McCabe both of Ashland, his grandchildren; Derek Drum, Lexus and Carly Teaschenko, Joshua McCabe, Isiah Kechula, Isaac and Isabella Dillard great-grandchildren; Maycee McCabe and Mazzi Fountain, two brothers; Rev. Theodore (Donna) McCabe, Manheim and Sheldon (Regina) McCabe, Millsboro, DE, his sister Ione wife of Scott Seddon, Gilberton also by nieces and nephews and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Gilberton United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Schrepple, pastor, officiating. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers contributions, in Todd’s name, be made to Gilberton United Methodist Church, 29 Main Street, Gilberton, PA 17934

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


Paul T. “ACE” Anthony
passed away peacefully, at the age of 94 at his residence in Nesquehoning, PA

Born in Frackville, he was a son to Joseph and Mary (Gastin) Anthony. He was a graduate of Frackville High School. He served in the US Army and was stationed for a time in Germany during the Korean War.

Paul went on to partner with his two brothers to start and own a catering service (Ace Banquet Hall) and supermarket (Anthony’s Supermarket)

He was an honorary life member of the Frackville Elks lodge #1533, American Legion Post 398 and the Knights of Columbus. Paul was instrumental in raising funds to build a new Frackville pool as well as other community projects.

Paul enjoyed sports and his time at his lake house, boating and fishing where everyone was welcome and great memories will live on for all who visited or attended one of his famous lakefront bashes. He loved all Philadelphia sports teams and spent his last several years watching and rooting on his beloved Eagles and Phillies.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Loving wife, Helen and two brothers Arthur and Joseph Anthony. Paul is survived by his brothers Mike, Lou and his sister Helen Ferris.

Paul is also survived by his four daughters: Paula Jibrine and her husband Jack of Marlton NJ; Ann Marie Howard and son in law Dave Howard, Frackville; Georgene Anthony, Frackville; and Mary Ann Tonrey and her husband James, Mechanicsburg PA along with eight grandchildren: Kimberly Maiorano and husband Lou; David Howard and wife Jess; Paul Comishock and wife Lindsey, Gregory Comishock, Amira Jibrine, Nicole Jibrine, Angela Tonrey and Jess Tonrey as well as four great grandchildren: Emma Gaul, Hanna Maiorano; Ellie Comishock and Charlotte Comishock; numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Paul’s name to the St Lukes Hospice. Please make checks payable to St Lukes Hopsice c/o Development Office 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015 or via credit card by calling the Development Office toll free at 866-468-6251 or on-line at

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday August 6, 2023, from 4 PM - 7:30 PM at St Joseph the Worker (St Anne’s) Church, 49 N. Line Street, Frackville PA.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St Joseph the Worker (St Anne’s) church, 49 N. Line Street, Frackville PA. on Monday, August 7, 2023, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito, pastor, as the celebrant. Burial to immediately follow the mass.

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


Joanne M. Palamar, 81, of Sinking Spring, formerly of Pottsville and Gilberton, left this world to be with our Savior on Thursday, July 6, 2023 at home.

Born on June 15, 1942 in Shenandoah, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Tillie (nee Romanek) Kashalonis. She was a 1959 graduate of Gilberton High School. She worked for the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit, Marlin, retiring after more than 30 years of service.

She was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 30 years, Joseph Palamar, in 2021; a stepson, Joseph K. Palamar; a grandson, Morgan Palamar.

Joanne is survived by her sister, Marie Guiliano, (spouse, William), Caldwell, NJ; two nephews, William Guiliano (spouse, Barbara), Lake George, NY and Joseph Guiliano (spouse, Anna), Wayne, NJ; a niece, Patricia “Patty” Egnozzi (spouse, Frank), Roseland, NJ; nine great nieces and nephews; three great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her four remaining stepchildren, Teresa “Terri” Reeser (spouse, Mark), Sinking Spring, with whom she resided, Kevin Palamar (spouse, Judy), Allentown, Michael Palamar (spouse, Jennifer), Reading, and Christopher Palamar (spouse, Debbie), Leesport; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Requiem Divine Liturgy on Saturday, August 5, at 11:00 A.M. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 415 N. Front Street, Minersville. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Branch Township. Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge.


Gene R. Klinger (Ace), 85, of East Biddle Street, Gordon, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2023, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, East Norwegian Street, Pottsville. Born in the village of Taylorsville, January 7, 1938, he was the son of Homer and Edith Reed Klinger. He was a graduate of the former Ashland High School, class of 1956. Following high school, he served in Germany with the First Battalion of the Seventh Infantry as a sharpshooter with the U.S. Army. His specialty was heavy weapons and Anti - Tank defenses. Gene was employed as a quality control supervisor with the former Goyne Pump Company, later ITT Industries, Ashland, until his retirement. In his retirement he drove school bus for Earl Richards Bussing of Gordon. He was a member of Simpson United Methodist Church, Gordon. Preceding him in death was his wife, Ida (Liz) McAndrew Klinger, passing November 25, 2001, brothers, Robert (Rocky), June 27, 2008 and James (Peace) 1992, sisters, Connie Hasker 1999, and Joyce Garipoli, 2002.


Daughter: Jennifer Weikel, MountainTop

Son: Gene Klinger II, Valley View

Sister: Mary Anne wife of Russell Rickard, Caryville, TN

Sister: Yvonne wife Tim Manley, Ashland

Grandson: Dylan Weikel

Nieces and Nephews

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside Celebration of Life

Funeral Service, with Military Honors, Saturday, August 5, 2023, at 1 P.M. in St., John’s Cemetery, Deep Creek Road, Barry Township. Officiating will be Pastor Susan Hocking of the Simpson United Methodist Church. Visitation with family will begin at 12 Noon in the cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Simpson United Methodist Church, 119 Biddle St., Gordon, PA., 17936.


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