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Schuylkill County Obituaries for October 1, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: October 1st, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Patricia A. Naus
, 82, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Saturday, September 30th, at home surrounded by family.

Born in Landingville on March 28, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Carmen & Mildred (Whalen) Vitelli.

She was the widow of Rollin A. "Mike" Naus, her husband of 64 years.

In addition to her parents and husband, Pat is also preceded in death by her son, Richard "Wes" Naus, sister, Theresa Vitelli, & sister-in-law, Aurea Vitelli.

Pat was a 1959 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven. Pat was also a member of Schuylkill Haven BPW, American Legion Post #38 Ladies Auxiliary, Schuylkill Haven Senior Citizens, and she was on the Board of Directors for the Zwerling Foundation. She also enjoyed playing cards with her card club friends.

Pat was employed by Schuylkill Haven Trust Co., starting as a teller. She retired as Branch manager of Sovereign Bank, Wayne Township. She held many different positions in her 40 plus years in banking.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Bott, son, Michael Naus, husband of Sheila, & daughter-in-law, Robyn Naus, all of Schuylkill Haven. Pat is also survived by seven grandchildren: Stacey Yeich (Cody), Eric, Tyler, Jacob, & Brandon Naus, Michael, & Nicholas Bott (Sarah), her sister, Kathy Bainbridge, of Landingville; her brother, Carmen "Doc" Vitelli, of Chesapeake, VA, two nieces, one nephew, great-nieces, & great-nephews. She is also survived by step-grandchildren: Amy, Becky, and Nicole and 6 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, October 4th at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven. A viewing will be held in the chapel from 9:15-10:15 AM.

Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family prefers remembrances in the form of contributions to St. Ambrose RCC, 201 Randel St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 or Access Services, 500 W. Office Center Dr., Fort Washington, PA 19034. Please add "Orwigsburg Life Program" to the memo line of your check.


Geraldine M. Freeman
, 90, of Bethlehem and formerly of Pine Grove, passed away on Thursday evening at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Chew St., Allentown, PA.

Born in Pottsville, on May 14, 1933, she was a daughter of the late John and Marie (Garner) Grace.

She was a graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School.

Geraldine was of the Catholic faith.

She was a licensed insurance agent and officer and co-owner of Freeman Agency, Inc., Pine Grove, retiring in 1999.

Geraldine was a former member of the Pine Grove Women's Club.

She was an extremely passionate supporter of the Arts, especially theater.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Clair M. Freeman in 2004 and to whom she was married 48 years; brothers: Jack and Robert Grace; and sister, Marie Gerace.

Geraldine is survived by a son, Clair M. Freeman, of Bethlehem; sister, Florence Gordon, of Lititz; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will held on Tuesday, October 3rd, at 9:30 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. Following the visitation, the procession will leave for St. Patrick R.C.C., 319 Mahantongo St., for a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Father Phil Rodgers officiating.

Interment will follow in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.

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


Stephanie Tara Walsh
, 42, of Pottsville, passed away on Thursday at home in the presence of her family.

Born on December 4, 1980, in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Joanne (nee Walsh) Jones and Robert C. Jones, Pottsville. She was a 1999 graduate of Pottsville High School and completed her studies in Medical Technology at the Schuylkill Institute of Business and Technology in 2001. In addition to working as a Medical Assistant in Pottsville for a number of years, she also had a career in logistics with Electrolux in Baltimore.

Stephanie loved the beach. She was positive, spiritual, empathetic, understanding, intuitive, and magnetic. She loved life and her kitty, Lovee.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her beloved grandfather, Jim Walsh; a paternal aunt, Anna Lee Moore.

In addition to her father, Stephanie is survived by two sisters, Helene Jones and Deanna Jones, Pottsville’ her maternal grandmother, Alice Walsh, Pottsville. She is also survived by a maternal uncle, Michael F. Walsh (Tracey), Washington state, four maternal aunts, Katherine Eckert (Terry) Manheim, Alice Wolfe (Vincent), Fayetteville, North Carolina, Virginia Britton (Larry), Marietta, Ohio, and Rose Marie Lyons, Port Carbon; a paternal uncle, Joseph Jones (spouse, Anita), Tellico Plains, TN, two paternal aunts, Patricia Kerber (spouse, Joseph), Fletcher, NC and Deborah Hogan (spouse, Austin), Tellico Plains, TN; numerous cousins; special friends, Laura, Jaclyn and Ash.

Stephanie fought hard to overcome her cancer. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Fox Chase Hospital, Compassus Hospice and Stephanie’s friends for their support throughout her illness.

In accordance with Stephanie’s wishes, there will be a celebration of life memorial at a later date.

Dutcavich Funeral Home has charge.