Monday, August 28, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for August 28, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: August 28, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Bruce William Weider
, 88, passed away on August 26, 2023.

Born on July 18, 1935, he was the son of the late Burton and Eva Marion (Shoffner). Bruce attended Orwigsburg High School and worked at the Walk-In Shoe Company (Schuylkill Haven, PA) for over 30 years. He also worked and retired from the Schuylkill Haven Area School District.

Bruce absolutely enjoyed the game of golf where he would play 5-6 days a week and enjoyed the time with his golfing buddies. He was an avid bowler, coached and at times umpired the local Little League teams. Bruce was a caring man and would do anything for anyone.

Bruce was known to many as "Chisel" and in his younger years was also regarded as the best golf caddy in Schuylkill County. Bruce was also inducted into the Pottsville Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1992.

Bruce is reunited with his heavenly family including his wife of 50 years, Sylvia (Croneberger), his parents, his grandson Kevin (Crum), sister Jean (Bitzer), and brothers George, Donald, and Keith as well as a sister-in-law, MaryAnn (Croneberger) Felty.

His surviving loved ones, who will miss him deeply, include daughter Kathleen Crum (husband Gary) of Newville, PA; a son Jeffrey of Pottsville, PA; a grandson Gregory of Newville, PA; and a brother-in-law, Charles Croneberger (wife Susan) of Altoona, FL and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Golf Foundation, c/o Heartwell Golf Course, 6700 E. Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90808.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.


David S. Salla
, 95, passed away Friday July 14, 2023 at his home in Lansford.

Born in Coaldale March 30, 1928 he was a son of the late Antonio and Rose (Allesch) Salla.

A 1946 graduate of Lansford High School, David enlisted in the United State Marine Corps where is was a Merchant Marine serving in China. He retired as heavy equipment operator working Lisbon Construction in Danboro, PA.

David was a member of St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley, Lansford and the Lansford American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife Celestine (Sterusky) Salla in 2009, son Anthony J. Salla in 2019 , brothers Richard, Joseph, Daniel and Francis, sisters Helen Paul, Margaret Robbins, Hannah Castle and Rose Lagendorf.

Surviving are 3 daughters:
Rosemary H. (Salla) Vincent wife of Tim of Coaldale, Christine (Salla) Goidos wife of Don of Stafford, Va. Karen (Salla) Horvath wife of John of Summit Hill,
5 sons:
David A. Salla and his wife Tamara of Summit Hill, Joseph F. Salla and his wife Joanita of Dallas, Pa. Michael D. Salla and his wife Theresa of San Marcos, TX, Vincent J. Salla of Montpelier,Va., Stephen Salla of Dover, Pa.
Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550.

Interment with military honors to be bestowed will be held on Saturday September 2, 2023 at 10:00am at Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.


William C. “Bill” Steele
, 96 of Ringtown, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Lower William Penn on June 26, 1927, he was the son of the late Charles and Ann (Dougherty) Steele.

He was a 1945 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.

Bill served his country, first in the Navy during the end of World War II where he received the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal. He then enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War having earned the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star.

He was employed as a mechanic and break specialist at JCPenny and Firestone both in Newburgh, New York. He also worked as an inspector in the quality control department for both IBM and Tarkett both also in New York prior to his retirement.

In 1966, Bill married the former Jean S. Petrizzo Giuliani who preceded him in death in 1971. In 1992, he married the former Florence Knieriem who preceded him in death in 2018.

He was of the Catholic faith and was a member of the Teamsters Local 445.

Bill lived and enjoyed a simple way of life. He liked Sunday car rides and daily trips to Redners. He was a homebody who enjoyed doing jobs around the house and in his yard. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Bill also was a car fanatic; he liked everything including hotrods, classics and antiques and was especially interested in Studebakers and Chryslers.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents and his wives were his sister and brother-in-law, Anna Marie and Edward Kowalski; niece, Patricia Ann Kowalski; and a nephew, Joseph W. Skubel.

Surviving are his niece and caregiver, Nancy M. Pytak and her husband Frank of Shenandoah; niece, Mary Catherine Skubel of Ringtown; nephew, Edward Kowalski and his wife Jessica of Shenandoah Heights; and great-nieces, great-nephews and their families.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 10:00 am in St. Casimir Church, 229 North Jardin Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Thursday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Divine Mercy Parish, 108 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah, PA 17976.

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


Tonnie M. Snyder
, 64, of Girardville formerly Ashland passed away early Monday morning at St Luke’s Hospital-Geisinger in Orwigsburg.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. 901 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Marie B. Albright, 87, of Lavelle passed away Saturday August 26th at Geisinger Medical Center-Danville.

Born in Ashland on May 6, 1936 she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and Bernard Cannon.

She graduated from Butler Township High School in 1954.

Marie was of the Catholic faith and was a member of St. Charles Borromeo in Ashland.

She was the husband of Timothy F. Albright.

Marie was a homemaker raising her children and grandchildren, but also worked at the Pioneer Tunnel in Ashland before retiring.

She enjoyed crosswords, reading, and gardening.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter Tammy Albright and son Timothy Albright.

She is survived by; spouse Timothy Albright, Lavelle; daughter Deanna Albright, Ashland; daughter Tiffany Frey (Erik), Palmyra; grandchildren Timothy, Tyler, Lily and Gabriel.

Services and interment will be held privately.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. 901 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Thomas “Big Guy” L. Cook
, 60, of Schuylkill Haven passed away Friday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest.

Born, September 28, 1962, in Revere, MA, he was the son of the late Thomas and Nadine Jones Cook.

Tom was a graduate of Revere High School in 1980.

Tom was an avid pool shooter and was a member of many leagues within the area. He was also a member of the East Ward Social Club in Schuylkill Haven along with many other organizations. In his spare time, he also enjoyed playing golf. He was a sports enthusiast and supported all of his New England teams.

Tom worked at Prysmian Group in Schuylkill Haven throughout his life.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, John and Pete Lewis. He is also preceded in death by his loving canine companion: “Buddy”

Tom is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Beverly Walters and their children, Caleb Cook, companion to Miranda Gibble of Wilkes Barre, Boston Cook of Myrtle Beach, and Annadine Cook of Schuylkill Haven. He is also survived by grandchildren Caelen and Jayden Cook along with siblings, Kim Wildermuth, Greg Lewis, and Linda Hartshorn as well as nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Noon on Friday at the Church of the Nazarene, Schuylkill Haven. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services. Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven is entrusted with the services. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory can be made to: The Andy Derr Foundation, for Kidney Research, 144 Lilac Drive, Allentown, PA 18104.


Louise Majetsky, 74, of Trenton, PA, passed away Friday, August 25th, at Lehigh Valley East Norwegian, Pottsville.

Louise was born in Trenton, PA on March 23, 1949, a daughter of the late Frances (Karlavage) and Edward Mroczka.

She graduated from Mahanoy Area High School class of 1967.

She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church Mahanoy City.

She enjoyed Cooking and baking and watching the Hallmark channel. She worked and retired from Morgan Knitting Mills and worked for many years at the St. Mary's Banquet Facility.

She was the wife of Robert Majetsky, married 47 years.

Louise is also survived by a sister, Cindy, wife of Mike Berezwick, of Trenton, sister in-laws Antoinette Perry, Arlene Vascavage, wife of Charles and brother in-law Larry Klocek. Nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by sisters Patricia and Mary Jane Mroczka and also her sister in law Judy Klocek.

Office of Christian Burial and Divine Liturgy at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Mahanoy City, at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 30th, with Rev. James Carroll officiating.

Friends and family may call Wednesday 9:30 AM at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church.

Interment at St. Mary's Byzantine Cemetery Mahanoy City, PA.
Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


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