Saturday, November 25, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 25th, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: November 25th, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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June E Miller, age 98, formerly of Hegins, passed away Friday, November 24, 2023 at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

She was born on Thursday, April 16, 1925, in Pitman, a daughter of the late Arthur M Morgan and the late Carrie (Stehr) Morgan.

She was a 1943 graduate of the former Hegins Twp High School .

She was a member of Pine Creek United Methodist Church, Spring Glen.

June enjoyed gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Her husband, James H Miller, passed away in 2020. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a great grandson, Colby Mattis, and seven siblings, Albert Morgan, Dorothy Kehler, Ethel Hummel, Evelyn Rothermel, Marion Shadle, Dolly Morgan, and Shirley Morgan.

She is survived by five children, Barry J Miller of Valley View, Glenn H Miller and his wife Leslie of Berwick, Virginia J Schwalm and her husband Ralph of Hegins, Kenneth A Miller and his wife Gail of Gratz, and Darryl N Miller and his companion Rebecca Kline of Valley View; twelve grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; a brother, Roger Morgan and his wife Barbara of Selinsgrove; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at Zion EC Cemetery, Pitman, on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 11:00 am, with Rev. William Danis officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to Pine Creek United Methodist Church, c/o Norman Lettich, 428 Fearnot Road, Sacramento PA 17968.

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


Raymond “Ray” M. Freil,
52, of Mahanoy City, PA passed away unexpectedly November 21, 2023. He was born May 8, 1971, in Mahanoy City, the son of the late Maudlynn (Freil) Boxter.

Ray graduated from Mahanoy Area High school class of 1989 and Stevens Trade School, Williamsport with a degree in printing.

He was employed by Hexcel Corporation, St. Clair, PA.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Jane Freil, maternal grandfather Charles Freil and nephew Zachary Freil.

Surviving is his beloved son Jacob R. Freil, Mahanoy City with whom he resided, a half sister Samantha Boxter, half brother George Boxter, Barnesville, PA, Uncles Charles Freil, Mahanoy City, Thomas Freil and his wife Darlene, Gilberton, and several cousins.

Ray was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Mahanoy City, The Mahanoy City Social and Athletic Club, Bears Head, Delano, The East End Sportsman Club, Shenandoah and The American Legion Post 74, Mahanoy City.

He was most proud of his son Jacob. He always had a smile on his face and laughter in his heart.

Ray enjoyed spending time with his many friends especially his dear friends Keith and Lisa Barkus, Mahanoy City and riding his Harleys.

Funeral Service at Christ Lutheran Church, Mahanoy City at 11am Friday December 1, 2023, with Rev. Fred Crawford officiating.

Friends and family may call from 9am to 11am at Christ Lutheran Church.

Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery Association, Mahanoy City

Louis Truskowsky Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


Janet D. Coyle, 77, Shenandoah passed away peacefully at Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown on Saturday, November 25th.

Born in Shenandoah, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Sally (Hilbert) Lawson.

Janet enjoyed cooking and hosting holiday parties. She loved her family and never missed an event of her grandchildren.

She was the last of her immediate family being preceded in death by her parents, her husband James V. Coyle; her son, Anthony Alsvan; her four siblings: Ruth Ann Jarzinko, Joann Kline Hassel, Thomas Lawson, and Joseph Lawson.

Janet is survived by her children, Sean and his wife Jessica Coyle, Schuylkill Haven; John and his wife Anne Alsvan, Arizona; Lori Alsvan, Shenandoah; Alan and his wife Julie Lawson of Carbondale; her step-son: James Coyle Jr.; her step-daughter, Theresa Conapitski; her loving grandchildren: Desiree McHugh, Nicholas Alsvan, Mariah McHugh, Mikayla Lawson, Cora Lawson, Chris Longenberger, Sean T. Coyle and Molly Coyle; her two great-grandchildren: Liam and Castro; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service and Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 30th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, 501 Washington Street, Frackville. Interment will be held privately at Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah.

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


Lee Robert Schucker
, 59, of Hegins, passed away Friday, November 24, 2023, at his home with his wife and daughters by his side following a courageous one-year battle with cancer.

Born in Pottsville on July 18, 1964, a son of the late Robert Lee and Dorothy Buffington Schucker. He was a 1983 graduate of Tri-Valley High School.

Lee was a dedicated and loyal employee for over 35 years with Pleasant Valley Homes in Pine Grove, where he was currently an engineer.

He was an active and faithful member of the Armstrong Valley Bible Baptist Church, Halifax.

Family and friends were everything to Lee. Nothing made him happier then spending time with his wife, daughters and grandson. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Lee had an extensive collection of Hot Wheels Matchboxes. He also was an accomplished woodworker who could make almost anything he set his mind to do.

Lee is survived by his wife of 35 years, Alice A. Klinger Schucker; two daughters Alicia Emerich and her husband Ryan, Macungie, and Ashley Schucker, Harleysville; a grandson, Cameron Lee Emerich; a brother, Larry Schucker, Williamstown and a sister, Linda Hughes, Chambersburg; nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Lee's life will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 11:00 from the Armstrong Valley Bible Baptist Church, Halifax, with Pastor Stanley Helm officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 am. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow the service in the church social hall. In Lee's honor, please no black clothing. Be sure to wear Lee's favorite color blue. Private burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery, Hegins.

Memorial donations in Lee's name can be be made to Armstrong Valley Bible Church, 2041 Armstrong Valley Road, Halifax, PA 17032 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


John E. Rumbel
, a well-known resident of Ringtown, passed away peacefully at home on November 23,2023, at the age of 69.

Born in the former Locust Mountain Hospital, Shenandoah, John was the son of the late Charles and Elsie (Trexler) Rumbel. His roots in the local community were deep, and he leaves behind a legacy that will be fondly remembered by those who knew him. John was a life long self-employed farmer who worked the land with passion and dedication. He operated Rumbel's Roadside Stand for many years with his family, where he became well-known for his exceptional apple cider. Best known to his friends as Henry, John often said he never worked a day in his life because he loved what he did. John, being community minded, was always available to plow snow for Union Township and collect Christmas trees for the Ringtown boy scouts. John enjoyed driving tractor trailer and hauling christmas trees for sale; another passion he passed along to his son. After his retirement, he could be found enjoying the farm with his grandchildren on the golf cart. He enjoyed having coffee and adventuring with his pal Michael Kravetz.

A dedicated member of the Aurand Memorial United Church of Christ in Ringtown, his unwavering commitment to his faith was evident through over 50 years of perfect Sunday School attendance. During his younger days, John was a member of the church bowling league, a member of the Ringtown Fire Company, and active in the forestry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Charles A Rumbel, and by his sister and brother in-law Catherine and Roger Shoup.

John is survived by his loving wife, Michelle (Fetterolf)Rumbel, along with his children, Myles John Rumbel, John David Rumbel, Rebecca Letta (Rumbel) Hoffman and Emily Rose Rumbel.

He leaves behind his beloved grandchildren to cherish his memory, Noah Rumbel, Noel Rumbel, Raegan Rumbel, Ridge Rumbel, Johanna Hoffman and Tucker Hoffman, along with his sister, Esther Mastauskas and nieces and nephews.

A Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 30th at 11 AM in the Aurand Memorial United Methodist Church on Main Street in Ringtown. Relatives are friends are invited to attend a viewing on Wednesday, November 29th, from 5-9 PM at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown, and again on Thursday morning from 10 AM until the time of the service at the church.

John's family will provide flowers and any donations received will be used to establish educational funds for John's grandchildren.


Eugene L. Stankavage
, 89, of Ringtown, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2023, at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest in Allentown.

Born in Ringtown on June 21, 1934, he was the son of the late Anthony and Felicia (Petrowsky) Stankavage.

Gene was a graduate of the former Union Township High School. He was a veteran, having served our country in the United States Navy. Gene then worked for PP&L as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. He then joined his son at the sawmill and enjoyed splitting firewood. In his downtime, he also enjoyed mowing grass, playing the lottery, and going to the casino, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Besides his parents, Gene was preceded by his brother, Leo Stankavage and his sister, Florence Stankavage.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Tina (Wesner) Stankavage, his son- Eugene C. Stankavage with his wife Marie of Pattersonville, his daughter- Sherry Porpiglia with her husband Glenn of Clark Summit; 5 grandchildren- Jolean, Justin, Shana, Kyle, and Jessy, 1 great grandchild – Hadley, and nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, November 29th from 9:30 to 10:30am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 82 N. Center St, Ringtown, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am and will be officiated by Fr. Dominic Pham. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are entrusted with the arrangements.