Monday, November 13, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 13th, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: November 13th, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Glenn Robert Schmauch
, 70, of Tamaqua, died on Friday, November 10, 2023, in Coaldale. He was the husband of Judith Faye (Arnold) Schmauch to whom he was married 43 years this past July. 

Born in Palmerton on January 23, 1953, Glenn was the son of the late Robert Edward and Beverly (Blewitt) Schmauch. A 1970 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, he furthered his education by earning an associate degree in broadcasting. Glenn retired from Carpenter Technology in 2016 but had also been employed by Hexcel in St. Clair and Atlas and ICI Explosives, Reynolds. 

He was an avid radio control car enthusiast for 41 years and had become one of the top racers. Glenn’s interests also included vintage cars, motorcycles, golf, bowling, and the boxer breed of dogs. Time spent with grandchildren and great grandchildren was always looked forward to and enjoyed by Glenn. 

In addition to his wife, Judy, he is survived by daughters, Krystal Fitzgerald and her husband Anthony of Walker Township and Jessica Serfass Wensel and her husband Dave of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Briana Wensel, David Wensel, Liam Fitzgerald, Nora Fitzgerald, and Coen Fitzgerald; great grandchildren, Brennan Knepper, Evan Wensel, Emery Wensel, and Frankie Hutta IV; sister, Connie Grube of Northumberland; and twin nieces and 2 nephews. 

A brother-in-law, Marty Grube predeceased him. 

A celebration of life will be held in Glenn’s honor at a later date. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 OR at Online condolences may be made at 

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


Joseph Cremia, age 68, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 11, 2023.

Joseph was born in Pottsville, a son of the late Francis and Alice (Bobinis) Cremia. He was a graduate of the Pottsville high school, and was retired, having been a life long paver operator, last working for Doli Construction of Chalfont.

Joe is survived by his loving partner of 23 years, Peggy Jane Higgins along with his beloved SassyKat.

Joe is also survived by a brother, Francis 'Bear' Cremia, Pottsville, and two sisters, Patty Cremia and her partner Helen of Connecticuit, and Lisa Cremia of California, along with nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Private services are being provided by the Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, Pottsville.


Kathleen A. “Kathy” Kosack, 66, of Pine Grove, passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born March 27, 1957, in Reading, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Karl Schenck and Elmira Heinly Schenck Sonon.

A graduate of Conrad Weiser High School, Wernersville, Class of 1975, she was Pine Grove Township resident for decades and had retired several years ago from a career in retail sales. She also served from 1977-1979 in U.S. Army Reserve’s 441st Personnel Company, at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Kathy loved to travel with her husband, Bruce, and they went on many adventures together. She dearly loved her family, as well as her close friends and her constant companion, Jack, her beloved canine. Family and Jack were with her in her final hours.

Kathy spent most of her working years at the Cressona Agway, where she capably helped manage the store and enjoyed serving customers.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Bruce; daughter, Stacey Drumheller, and her husband, Joe of Schuylkill Haven; step-daughter Kelly Friend, and her husband, James, of Athens; step-son Scott Kosack and his wife, Heather of Carlisle; grandchildren: Ty and Molly Drumheller, Schuylkill Haven; Cassandra and James Friend, Athens; and Tristan Kosack, Carlisle; and a brother, Edmond Schenck and his wife, Bonnie, of Birdsboro, and a sister, Linda Fick Schenck of Womelsdorf.

Preceding her in death were a sister, Ann Bauder, of Ohio; and a brother, David Schenck, of Womelsdorf.

For most of her life, Kathy was a blonde, beautiful free spirit. She believed in angels, loved to listen to Rod Stewart, the excitement of a casino and shopping with her close friends Marion and Sharon. Her ideal day was one shared with Bruce, or happily spent with family or friends. She and Bruce were married for 45 years.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 20, 2023 at Noon at the H L Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 139 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove with Pastor David Fehr officiating. There will be a visitation on Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place at the National Cemetery at Fort Indiantown Gap.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Kathy’s memory be sent to Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute at .


William E. Powell
, 87, of Mill Creek, passed away Saturday November 11, 2023 at The Gardens at York Terrace, Pottsville.

Born in Mill Creek Manor, January 26, 1936, He was a son of the late John and Jane (Noone) Powell.

He was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, going on to serve in the US Army for three years.

He retired as a Mechanic from Androshick’s Service Station, Mill Creek.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, twin, Joseph Powell; Jim Powell and Jake Powell; three sisters Eleanor Strickland; Anne Grickis; Catherine Schaeffer.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Thelma (Schroding) Powell; a son, W. Curt Powell and his wife, Carol Kurtz Powell of Phoenixville; a daughter, Jan Killian and her husband, Bryon of Pottsville; four grandchildren, Bryon Killian II; Chase Powell; Eric Kurtz; Steven Kurtz; Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 North Second Street St. Clair, PA 17970. Friends may call from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hillside SPCA , PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901. Burial with military honors will be held privately at the convenience of the family.


Dolores I. D'Angelo, age 92, of Mahanoy City, passed away Saturday at Shenandoah Senior Living Community. 

Born in Mahanoy City she was the daughter of the late Santos & Anna (Leskosky) Rodriguez. She was a 1949 graduate of Mahanoy City High School and was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. 

 She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph in 2011, a brother Joseph and an infant sister Ramona. 

She is survived by 2 sons Joseph and his wife Robin of Virginia and Robert at home, 3 daughters JoAnn Thomas and her husband James of Mahanoy City, Diane D'Angelo of Mahanoy City and Denise Baddick and her husband Dr. Peter Baddick of W. Penn Township, grandchildren Megan Bainbridge, Jolee Bovender, Jimmy Thomas, John and Kayla Brinich, Jordan Ficca, Peter IV, Alexis and Lauren Baddick, great grandchildren Ava, Eliza, Isabel, Ulysses, Levi, Niko and Chandler as well as nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated by the Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher on Wednesday morning at 11 AM from St. Teresa of Calcutta in Mahanoy City. 

 Interment will follow at Sky View Memorial Park in Hometown. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday morning beginning at 9:30 AM.

David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


Nancy F Rothermel
, age 87, of Klingerstown, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2023 at her residence.

She was born on Thursday, January 2, 1936, in Klingerstown, a daughter of the late William E Hoffman, Sr and the late Reba (Morgan) Hoffman.

She was a member of Salem Church of Rough and Ready.

She was also a member of the Gordon Senior Citizens.

Nancy enjoyed gardening, baking, and spending time with her family,

Her husband, Norman R Rothermel, passed away in 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Richard Rothermel and Randy Rothermel, two grandsons, Gary Laudenslager and Danny Rothermel; four brothers, David Hoffman, Roy Hoffman, William Hoffman, Jr, and Mark Hoffman, and two sisters, Martha Wiest and Ellen Hoffman, .

She is survived by three sons, Kenneth Rothermel, Mike Rothermel, and Tim Rothermel all of Klingerstown; two daughters, Gail Laudenslager of Klingerstown, Cathy Herb of Hegins; twenty one grandchildren; twenty six great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Straub and Anna Wiest both of Klingerstown; .

Funeral services will be held at Salem Church of Rough and Ready, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Mark E Mantz officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday at the church.

Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Rough and Ready.

Memorial contributions can be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Harrisburg PA 17110.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Inc., Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia O. Litwak
, 94, of Ringtown, Pa, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at St. Luke’s Geisinger in Orwigsburg.

Born in Shenandoah on February 17, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Pierce and Anna (Chernesky) Banonis. Patricia was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School. She worked in the local garment industry as a seamstress, modeled for department stores in metropolitan DC area, a department store elevator operator in Philadelphia area, and then last worked as an aide for Shenandoah Valley High School. Patricia loved cooking, traveling, and keeping up with fashion, but mostly, she loved gathering with her family.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Samuel P. Litwak in 2018, sisters Marie Skurkis, Dorothy Banonis, Lorraine Jenslo, and brother Pierce Banonis.

Surviving family includes her husband of 71 years, Samuel Litwak; a son, Robert Litwak with his wife Christina – Perkasie, Pa; 2 daughters, Audrey Reese with her husband John – Ringtown, and Patricia Monaghan - Exton, Pa; a sister, Anna Kerlavage – Frackville; a sister-in-law, Dee Banonis – Pine Grove; a son-in-law, Bob Monaghan - Exton; grandchildren, Tyler, Bobby, Gwen, and Elise; 2 great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Jackson; and nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, November 16th from 9 to 10:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Services will be conducted in the funeral home at 10:30am and will be officiated by Msgr. Myron Grabowsky. Interment will be held at 12:30 pm in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa.

Donations in Patricia’s memory may be made in memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Robert “Bob” Stanley Runk
, 85, of Hometown, Pennsylvania, made his transition to be with the Lord and his love, Karen, on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, in his home.

Bob was the son of Lester Runk and Elizabeth Murphy Runk. He was born on August 22, 1938 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He graduated from McCaskey High School in 1956. Bob enlisted in the US Navy and was active duty aboard the USS Pawcatuck from 1957-1961.

Bob married the love of his life, Karen, in 1978. They lived together in Hometown, PA for many years, where he was an employee of J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills. Bob and Karen relocated to Palm Bay, FL in 2005. They returned to Hometown in 2019. Bob is survived by his daughter, Kelly Arner and her husband Shaun, and his son Michael Runk and his wife Amanda. Bob was best known as “Pop Pop” by his grandchildren, Chad, Ethan, Nolan, and Lucas.

Bob was a dedicated firefighter throughout his life. He was past Chief of the Hometown Fire Company and was actively involved in the Malabar Fire Department in Florida. When he moved back to Hometown he enjoyed spending time at the Hometown Fire Company, especially on Tuesday nights reminiscing with members, new and old. Bob was also a 60 year member of Lamberton Masonic Lodge #476 and a 50 year Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Lancaster.

Bob was the proudest Father and Pop Pop there was, and loved telling anyone and everyone about his kids and grandkids accomplishments, from small to great. He made it to every concert and sporting event there was, as their #1 supporter. Bob enjoyed every moment spent with family and friends. With Bob, you were always guaranteed a smiling face, good conversation, and a joke or two. He was a friend to all and like a dad to many. Some of Bob’s favorite past times included gardening, listening to music, visiting OCMD, and playing his favorite Nintendo game, Dr. Mario.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made payable to the Hometown Fire Company and sent to 45 Mahanoy Avenue, Tamaqua, PA 18252 in memory of Bob.

A service will be held on Monday, November 20, 2023 at 10:00 am at Sky View Memorial Park for close friends and family.

Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold.