Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for September 5, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: September 5, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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June R. Schoffstall, 89, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Sunday, September 3rd, at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg, surrounded by her children.

Born in Pottsville on June 20, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Charles Frederick, Sr. & Margaret (Gradwell) Frederick.

She was the widow of Clarence R. Schoffstall, Sr., her husband of 40 years, who preceded her in death in 1994.

In addition to her parents, & husband, June is also preceded in death by her son, Clarence "Butch" Schoffstall, Jr., brothers: Charles, Edward, & Harold Frederick, infant grandson, Brent Schoffstall, and daughter-in-laws, Leslie, & Darlene Schoffstall.

June was a graduate of Cressona High School.

She was a member of First United Church of Christ, Schuylkill Haven, where she served as a member of the Women's Guild. June also belonged to the Friedensburg Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

She was formerly employed by local textile factories as a machine operator.

June loved playing cards and visiting the casino to play penny slots.

She is survived by a son, Joseph H. Schoffstall, & companion, Trish Foltin, Schuylkill Haven, two daughters: Judy Penberth & husband, Tim, Cressona, & Margaret "Peggy" Pritchard & husband, Tim, West Brunswick Township. June is also survived by grandchildren: Amy Schoffstall, Heather Legutko, Mike Pritchard & wife, Ali, Jordan Schoffstall & wife, Candice, Allyson VanMaaren & husband, John, Paige Lurwick & husband, Mike, Autumn Eifert, & Bryant Penberth, great-grandchildren: Brooke, Grant, Adelyn, Amanda, Vincent, Emory, Nolan, Philip, Lucia, Eloise, Hadlee & Elliot, and nieces & nephews.

An evening viewing will be held at Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven on Wednesday, September 6th from 5-7 PM.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be conducted by Rev. Shawn VanDyke on Thursday, September 7th at 10:30 AM at Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven. An additional time for viewing will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service on Thursday. Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


Rowell “Skip” Casari Jr.
, 79, of Kulpmont, passed away on September 3, 2023, at Shenandoah Manor.

He was born in Danville on December 27, 1943, the son of the late Rowell Casari Sr. and Madge (Kaseman) Casari.

Rowell was the owner and operator of R. C. Motors. He enjoyed hanging out with family and friends, telling jokes, and making people laugh. He was an amazing person and an amazing father. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Rowell is survived by a daughter, Ashley Casari; a daughter-in-law, Kelly Casari; and a great-granddaughter, Bonnie; as well as several cousins.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023, at 8 p.m. with Father Andrew Stahmer officiating in the C. J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 27 N. Vine St., Mt. Carmel, C. J. Lucas IV, Supervisor. Viewing will be held prior to the service on Friday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to help defray funeral expenses may be made to C. J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 27 N. Vine St., Mt. Carmel, PA 17851.


Rose A. Kohutka
, 81, passed away peacefully at Pennsburg Manor on September 3, 2023, where she most recently resided.

Born in Pottsville, on May 5, 1942, she was the beloved daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Bonadio Butera.

Rose’s educational journey began at Center Street Public School before she transferred to St. Patrick’s Catholic School. In 1960, she proudly graduated from Nativity BVM High School.

Her pursuit of knowledge led her to earn a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the College of Misericordia in 1964. She continued her academic journey at Drexel, where she attained a master’s degree in library and information science.

Following her marriage, Rose had the opportunity to live in various places, including France, Texas, and King of Prussia, before returning to Pottsville. There, she dedicated herself to library work, with roles in settings such as the Pottsville Free Public Library, Penn State Schuylkill, and her longest tenure at the Pottsville Area High School, where she retired in 2005.

Rose was an active member of PSERS, her professional organization, and even served a term as the local president. She was also a devoted member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the former St. Francis Church in Minersville and more recently a faithful member of St. Patricks RCC in Pottsville.

In her leisure time, Rose found joy in reading, crafting, and treasured moments with her family. Christmas held a special place in her heart, marked by storytelling and the delight of hiding presents. She also had a strong passion for the Philanthropic Club of Pottsville, where she enjoyed presenting and hosting discussions on topics of mutual interest.

Rose was preceded in death by her loving parents and her husband of 46 years, John P. Kohutka.

She is survived by her sons: J.D. (Danielle), of Gilbertsville and Michael (Valerie), of Pottsville; and daughter, Natalie Grogan (Jack), of Orwigsburg. Her memory lives on in her grandchildren: Dylan Kohutka (Brooke); Annelise Collins (Michael); Zachary Gilbert (Alicia); Madeline and Mikenzie Kohutka, Ryan, Ian, and Courtney Grogan. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Jane Reed (Marlin); brother, Ralph (Kathleen), as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 12th, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick R.C.C., 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, with Father Phil Rodgers officiating. A visitation will be held at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, on Monday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the procession will leave for the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Pottsville Free Public Library at 215 West Market Street, Pottsville, PA 17901, in Rose’s honor. Rose’s legacy of education, service, and love will be deeply cherished and remembered by all who knew her.

Interment will follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.


Ronald Eugene Gilbert, Sr.
, 61, of N. 6th St., Reading, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at home.

Born on April 22, 1962 in Reading, he was a son of the late Roy F. and Betty Bortz Gilbert.

He was an Army Veteran.

Ronald worked as an Independent Roofer.

Surviving are a daughter, JoAnn Gilbert; three sons, Brandon Gilbert, Joshua Gilbert, Ronald Gilbert, Jr. and wife Kandra; three grandchildren, Serenity, Raven, and Korra Gilbert; four brothers, David, Roy W., Richard, and Brian Gilbert.

There will be a visitation on Friday, September 8, 2023 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 139 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, PA 17963 in his memory to help with expenses.


Shirley (Zerbey) Dull passed away September 4th, 2023.

A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 9th at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with Rev. Michael Petresky officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Inc. Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 215 N. Warren St. Orwigsburg, PA 17961.


Theresa A. Kline, 64 of Orwigsburg, formerly of Shenandoah passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2023.

Born in Shenandoah on October 18, 1958, she was one of six children born to the late Stanley and Loretta (Markosky) Treskolasky.

“Tee”, as she was known, was a 1976 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah. She also graduated from Empire Beauty School.

She was employed by the Redco Group, later known as Pathways for 26 years as a training coordinator and supervisor.

Tee was an avid hunter with her brother Stan. She loved car shows and spending time with her friends and family. She was always there for her family and friends and loved by many. Our hearts are broken and we miss her dearly but our faith tells us that we will meet her again in heaven one day.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband, John “Jack” Kline to whom she shared thirty-five years of marriage; and two brothers, John Treskolasky and Frank Treskolasky.

Surviving are her brother, Stanley Treskolasky and his wife Missy of Zion Grove; two sisters, Eleanor Mahmod and her husband Joseph of Shenandoah and Mary Ann Borusky and her husband Leonard of Catawissa; one granddaughter, Jacqueline Kline daughter of Jason Kline; nine nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.

Religious services will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023 at 11:00 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah with Pastor Harry Davis of Christ Independent Church, Lavelle officiating. A visitation will be held on Friday morning from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to a local animal rescue of your choice as Tee was an animal lover.

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