Sunday, November 26, 2023

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 26th, 2023


Skook News Obituaries: November 26th, 2023

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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John H. Budwash
, 86, of Frackville, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at the St. Lukes / Geisinger Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Mahanoy City, August 7, 1937, he was a son of the late Charles and Kate Blackwell Budwash. He was a graduate of Mahanoy City High School.

Jack and his wife Charlotte owned and operated The Pizza Place restaurant in Frackville. He previously worked as cutting room foreman for the former Model Garment Factory in Frackville.

Jack was a past president and a former coach of the Frackville Little League.

Devoted to his church, he was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville. He was a member of the Rev. James A. Hogan Knights of Columbus, Council #2580, Frackville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Ann Budwash, in 1992. The last of six siblings, he was also preceded by infant sister Joan Budwash, sister Rose Jones, and brothers Charles, Julius and Harry Budwash.

Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Charlotte Gorski Budwash, and four children:

Daughter Antoinette Holohan and husband Donald; grandson Sean and wife Ashley, and great granddaughters Ayda and Isabella. Grandson Ryan and wife Emily and great granddaughter Hailey. Granddaughter Bridget and husband Joseph Groff. Granddaughter Caitlyn and husband Sean Hoban and great grandchildren Lennon and Logan. Grandson Connor Holohan.

Daughter Maria Bessasparis and husband Michael, grandsons Stephen and Matthew.

Son John Budwash and wife Barbara, granddaughter Taylor and husband Ryan Miske, with daughter Lainey and grandson Brett Budwash.

Son Joseph and wife Amanda with granddaughters Charlotte and Mia.

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 28th, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church, Frackville by Rev. Giuseppe C. Esposito, celebrant. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Albert L. Gricoski Funeral home, Frackville; and Tuesday morning from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Interment will be St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph the Worker Parish Memorial Fund, 7 S. Broad Mountain Ave., Frackville, PA 17931.


Carol Ann Moyer, of Tamaqua, died on Thursday, November 23, 2023, in Pottsville. She was a daughter of the late William J. and Dorothy (Keich) Moyer. 

A graduate of Tamaqua High School, Carol worked for the former Morgan Knitting Mills for forty-six and a half years. She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua. 

Carol is survived by a sister, Terry Moyer Rex of Andreas and numerous nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her brothers, Kenneth, Harry, William, and Donald Moyer. No services are planned. 

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


Ann C. (Lopresto) Clemson
, 78, of Tamaqua, died on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at home with family by her side. She was the wife of the late Gary Clemson to whom she was married 50 years at the time of his death in June 2016. 

Born in New Columbus, Nesquehoning, on December 27, 1944, Ann was a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Alongi) Lopresto. Graduating from high school in 1963, she was a member of the last class to graduate from the former Nesquehoning High School. Ann worked for numerous factories including Tung Sol in Weatherly. For 17 years, she was employed by the former St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua. Ann was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in McAdoo. Her life was centered around her faith and her family. 

Ann is survived by her children, Lynn Fritzinger and her husband Kevin of Carolina Beach, NC, Gary Clemson and his wife Stacey of West Penn Township, Amy Jo Mushrush and her husband Eric of Allentown, Cheryl Upanavage and her husband George of West Penn Township, and Gregg Clemson and his wife Cristy of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Shauna, Wesley, Bradley, Molly, Lucas, Ana, Alex, Jacob, Emily, Abby, Lyla, Gia, and Mitchell; siblings, Joanna Sekella of Perkasie, Marie Damian and her husband Frank of Nesquehoning, and Charles Lopresto of Nesquehoning; and numerous nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by a sister, Antoinette Bochicchio and a brother, Guido Lopresto.

Memorial donations may be made to The Shrine of St. Therese, c/o St. Joseph Catholic Church of the Panther Valley, 118 North Market Street, Summit Hill, PA 18250. 

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


Cheyenne Thornton
, 25, of Williamstown, a smart, talented, loving soul, who wanted to fight her addiction for the sake of her children, unfortunately lost her battle on Friday, November 24, 2023. The reality of Cheyenne's death is devastating to all who knew her. In her short life here on Earth, she endured many struggles and tragedies. We pray she is now at peace.

She was born in Harrisburg on August 17, 1998, a daughter of Brenda Adley Thornton, Lykens, and the late Joseph Thornton who passed away in 2016.

Cheyenne attended the Williams Valley School District.

She currently was employed at the Williamstown American Legion where she was a food and beverage server. She was grateful to her boss Jack, her customers, and her many friends she made while working there.

Cheyenne was as an artistic soul who loved painting and drawing. She also enjoying listening to music, with Kevin Gates being her favorite artist. She could often be found walking her dog Clyde on the trails behind her home.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Thornton, a brother, Dominick Thornton, grandparents, Harry and Linda Adley.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her two children, Violet and Noah Reinhard, Millersburg; her brother and sister, Dakota and Cherokee Thornton, Williamstown. Cheyenne is also survived by her husband, Zack McCollum, Arkansas.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service for Cheyenne on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 7:00 PM from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating.

Memorial donations in her memory should be made to the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. 644 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City PA 17980.