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Schuylkill County Obituaries for September 18, 2023

Skook News Obituaries: September 18, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Kelly M. Davies, 41, Shenandoah, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, September 16th.

Born in Pottsville, she was the daughter of A. Joseph Reichwein and his wife Clairann (Bailey) Reichwein of Frackville.

Kelly was a 2000 graduate of North Schuylkill High School where she played basketball and went on to graduate from the LPN program at Schuylkill North Vo-Tech. She was employed as an LPN with the former Pottsville Hospital and later at Broad Mountain Manor Nursing Center.

She was an avid animal lover and just loved her two dogs, she enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and four wheeling and especially helping her dad working on cars and trucks.

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Kelly is survived by her parents A. Joseph and Clairann Bailey Reichwein, Frackville and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 22nd at 11 a.m. from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 9 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be private.

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


Philip Anthony Sorrentino
, 80, of Lansford, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones, on Friday, September 15, 2023, in Coaldale, PA. 

Philip was born on May 10, 1943, in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Frank and Rose (née Pascarella) Sorrentino. 

He was the faithful husband of 57 years to Linda (née White) who preceded him in death in 2022. 

Phil was a warm and sociable man with a youthful spirit who took pleasure in a good conversation, a good laugh, a good ball game, a good joke, and definitely in singing a good doo-wop song. He could often be seen in the neighborhood walking his beloved hairless terrier, Champ, and chatting with neighbors. Above all, his four children were the true joys of his life and he delighted in being part of their lives. 

Philip is survived by sons, Philip Sorrentino Jr. and his wife, Nina of Queens, NY and Darryl Sorrentino and his fiancée, Denae Starry of Lansford; daughters, Deneen Dunn and her husband, Kenneth of Long Island, NY and Tara Mann and her husband, Eric of Boston, MA; grandchildren, Danielle, Nicholas, Sean, Justin, Renee, Madison, and Casey; great granddaughter, Kelsey; and several nieces and nephews. 

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


Dale A. Daubert
, 79 of Deer Lake, formerly of Pottsville, passed away Sunday while at Laurel Center in Hamburg.

Born November 26, 1943, he was the son of the late Atwood and Margaret Long Daubert.

Dale was of the Protestant faith. He coached at Rotary and Railway Little League along with Pottsville Basketball and Pottsville Midget Football where he supported his children along with other youth of the area.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, the former Darlene Reiner. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Wellington and Charles Daubert and his sister Mary Jane Zeigler and her husband Don.

Dale is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Amanda Hirsch along with his children; Jeff Daubert husband to Megan of Spring City, Melanie Weisicosky, wife of Steve of Pottsville, Troy Daubert husband to Nancy of Orwigsburg, and Tim Daubert, husband to Suzy of Crofton, MD. He is survived by grandchildren, Derek, Elijah, Madeline, Allison, Justin, Jeremy, Landon, Dalton, Hudson, Jasmine and Chase. He is also survived by his sister, Lucinda Jones, of Severn, MD along with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 25th at 11:00 A.M. at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services. Interment will follow on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


Tangie Gough, 64, of Centre Street, Ashland, passed away the evening of Saturday, September 16, 2023. 

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements.


Dawn Rader Zukus Woratyla
, 89, recently of Shrewsbury, NJ passed away on September 15, 2023. She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Lulla Rader, of Frackville, PA. Born in Ashland, PA, she lived most of her life in Frackville and Pottsville, PA. She is survived by her son Kerry Zukus, and his wife Amy, from Little Silver, NJ, as well as her grandchildren Ryan Zukus, New York City, and Jason Zukus and his wife Rachael, of Needham, MA. She was also blessed to have two great-grandchildren, Elijah age 2 ½ years, and Naomi age 3 months. In her final days, her greatest pleasure was seeing new pictures of Elijah and Naomi, both of whom she adored.

She graduated from Frackville High School, class of 1951, and experienced great joy in planning class reunions with her classmates. She later went to McCann Business School in Mahanoy City, PA. She was the office manager of Metropolitan Mirror and Glass in Frackville from its inception to its closing, then worked at the Magistrate’s Office in Pottsville. But the center of her life was serving as the church organist and choir director for seventy years, starting as a teenager at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Frackville, co-founded by the Rader family, and then Evangelical United Methodist Church of Pottsville. Within those duties, what gave her the most fulfillment was working with children in her Junior Choirs, teaching many to sing for the very first time.

She spent her final years at Brandywine at Sycamore Assisted Living in Shrewsbury, NJ, where she was so happy, not only for their gentle care and numerous activities, but also allowing her to be closer to her family.

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 10:30 am at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Frackville, followed by lunch at the Dutch Kitchen also in Frackville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dawn’s name to the Save the Music Foundation ( Arrangements are under the care of James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.


Russell C. “Rusty” Nelson
, 67, of Tamaqua, PA died on Sunday, September 17, 2023, in Coaldale, PA. He was the husband of Doris (Curvey) Nelson to whom he had been married 45 years. 

Born in Coaldale on September 20, 1955, Rusty was the son of the late Russell C. and Illomay (McLaughlin) Nelson. A 1973 Tamaqua High School graduate, he was last employed at International Paper in Hazleton, PA. Rusty was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua; the Tamaqua Elks where he was a past Exalted Ruler; and the Tamaqua Pool League for which he was a past president. He was also involved with the Tamaqua Little League, the Tamaqua Babe Ruth League, and Marian’s girls’ softball program. 

In addition to his wife, Doris, Rusty is survived by his children, Ricky Nelson of Abingdon, MD, Rushelle Slane and her husband Thomas of Tamaqua, R. J. Nelson of Tamaqua, Timothy Kluchinsky and his wife, Aunika of Norfolk, VA, Donette Miller of Petersburg, VA, Colleen Miller of Mahanoy City, PA, Shawn Miller and his wife Cindy of Mountain Top, PA and Juli D’Ancona of Easton, PA; 17 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and sisters, Renae Ziegler and her partner Ernie Hill of Tamaqua, Rochelle Lazarchick and her husband Sam of Tamaqua, Karen Lazarchick and her husband Bill of Tamaqua, and Robin Krapf and her husband Bob of Coaldale. 

He was predeceased by a grandson, Timothy Jacob Kluchinsky and sisters, Marilyn Nelson and Rosalind Hosler. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Darryl Kensinger officiating. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow the services. Call Wednesday, September 20 from 6-8 PM and Thursday, September 21 from 9-11 AM at the funeral home. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Tamaqua Area Baseball Association, c/o William Angst, 986 Catawissa Road, Tamaqua, PA 18252. 

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


Eileen D. Wythe, 81, of Minersville, passed away on Friday at Serenity Gardens, Kulpmont.

Born on June 8, 1942 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Burton and Christine (nee Miller) Wythe.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Robert “Cobs” Stephen and William “Bill” Simms.

Eileen is survived by four sisters, JoAnn Stephen, Minersville, Karen “Cookie” Simms, New Philadelphia, Linda Farro and her husband, Jerry, Cressona, and Virginia “Ginny” Frankenstein and her husband, Frank, Minersville; nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral or service, per Eileen’s request. She asked that donations be made in her memory to Ruth Steinert SPCA, 18 Wertz Drive, Pine Grove, PA 17963, Hillside SPCA, P. O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

A special “Thank You” to Serenity Gardens for the care given to Eileen during her stay there.


Richard K. "Dick" Reiner
, 84, of Tower City, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning, September 17, 2023, at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Wayne Township, February 14, 1939, a son of the late Albert and Florence Hummel Reiner.

Dick was a proud United States Marine Veteran.

He was a retired sheet metal worker, with Local Union 19, Philadelphia.

He was a former member and fire chief with the Muir Fire Company. He also previously belonged to the Loyal Order of the Moose, Tower City.

Dick enjoyed camping for over 40 years with his family. In his younger years, he also enjoyed hunting. He always looked forward to his "Wednesday night meetings" with his friends, where a good time was always to be had.

He was preceded in death by his parents, numerous siblings and his beloved dog Max.

Surviving are his wife, Gloria Koch Reiner to whom he was married for 63 years; his three daughters, Beverly Troup (Troy), Muir, Carol Leitzel (Wayne), Tower City, and Susan Lucas (Joseph), Valley View; three grandchildren, Ashley English, Troy Troup, Jr. and Hillary Schwalm; three great grandchildren, Aubrie English and Isabel and Montana Jones; two sisters, Sandra Kissling,Wyomissing, and Candy Bowman, Bethel; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services with military honors will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 11:00 am from the Methodist Cemetery, Muir, with Pastor William Romberger officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at or Wreaths Across America, 4 Point Street, PO BOX 249 Columbia Falls, ME 04623.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City is honored to serve the Reiner family.


Paul D. Lyter
, 51, of Auburn passed away Sunday, September 17, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Perry County, February 24, 1972, a son of Bonita O'Keefe Lyter, Perry County.

Before becoming ill, Paul was a landscaper with Bailey Landscape & Maintenance, Harrisburg.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to spend time in nature. Paul also had a natural talent for working with his hands and could build almost anything. Above all else, his wife and children were the center his world.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 19 years, Jessica Nye Lyter; his children, Paul Lyter Jr., Perry County, and Andrew, Cameron, Brendon, Keagan, Rylan, and Abrianna Lyter, all at home; one brother, Rick Lyter, Enola.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tower City, is honored to serve Paul's private funeral arrangements.


Charles W. Eisenhart
, 74, of 311 E. Center St., joined his beloved wife, family, friends, and heavenly Father on Sunday, September 17, 2023.

He was born on November 24, 1948, in Philadelphia. Charles was a resident of Schuylkill County, Johnstown and Philadelphia. In 1987, he moved to Mount Carmel area.

On January 3, 1987, he married the love of his life, Justina “Tina” G. Cherapan, who preceded him in death in 2022.

Charles was a member of SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Charles is survived by granddaughter and caregiver, Kassondra M. Martz and partner, Jocelyn Ford; a daughter-in-law, Michelle Martz; a granddaughter, Dominique Dittman; a grandson, Paul Dittman; and Michael Price who was a caregiver for several years; and extended family, friends, and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Justina G. Eisenhart; a daughter, Ruth Martz; and a son, Chester Martz.

A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2023, with the Very Rev. Archpriest Michael Hutsko officiating in SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Mount Carmel. Interment will be private. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the Divine Liturgy in the Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to SS Peter and Paul Building Fund, 131 N. Beech St., Mount Carmel, PA 17851 or Mommy and Me Rescue, 610 E. 5th St., Mt. Carmel, PA 17851.


Thomas J. Geusic
, 65, of McAdoo, and formerly of Lansford, passed away suddenly Friday at his residence.

Born in Coaldale, he was the son of the late Joseph T. and Cecelia (Treichak) Geusic, Sr.

Thomas was a graduate of Marian Catholic High School, class of 1976, and attended Penn State University.

He was of the Roman Catholic faith.

Thomas was a loving and devoted son, father and brother, and will be sadly missed by all.

Prior to retiring, Thomas was employed with the PA Turnpike as a toll collector for over 30 years.

Surviving, are his daughter Marley C. Geusic; sisters Mary Ann Bielen and husband David, of Hometown; and Diane Alabovitz and husband Larry, of Summit Hill; brother Joseph T. Geusic, Jr. and wife Francine, of Tresckow; sister Barbara Falco and husband Michael, of Bethlehem; and nieces and nephews also survive.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be held in St. Michael’s R.C. Cemetery, Summit Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Carbon County Animal Shelter at

The Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, is assisting the family with arrangements.