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Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 24th, 2024


Skook News Obituaries: January 24th, 2024

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Ann Theresa Sophy McKeown, 93, a lifelong resident of Pottsville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 20th, 2024.

Ann was born in Pottsville on August 29, 1930, a daughter of the late Matthew J. and Zahiah (Bedway) Sophy. She was very proud of her Lebanese heritage.

She was a 1949 graduate of the Pottsville Catholic high school and began her working career as a manager for the former Wise Dress Shop. She then became a secretary in the Property Office for the US Army Garrison in Fort Indiantown Gap until 1965, when she transferred her employment to the Social Security Administration, working out of the Pottsville office until her retirement in 1990.

Ann was a member of the Pennsylvania Business and Professional Womans Club.

A member of St. Patrick's church in Pottsville, Ann was very devout in her faith. She was also very family oriented and enjoyed spending time with her extended family.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Edward J. McKeown, Jr. in 2006. She was also the last member of her immediate family, being preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Raudenbush, Adele Moses and Charles Sophy.

Ann is survived by her two sons, Bryan McKeown of Pottsville and Edward J. McKeown, III, of New York. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, 319 Mahantango Street, Pottsville at 11 AM on Tuesday, January 30th, 2024. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing from 10-11 AM in the church prior to mass. Ann will be laid to rest alongside her husband at the Calvary cemetery in Pottsville immediately following the mass.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home.


Marvin I Tobias
, age 78, of Ridge Road, Pitman, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born on Friday, June 15, 1945, in Leck Kill, a son of the late Ira Tobias and the late Edna (Oxenrider) Tobias.

Marvin was a truck driver for H M Felty, Pine Grove, prior to his retirement..

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

His first wife, Cheryl D (Williard) Tobias passed away in 1984. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Merle Tobias and John Tobias, and two sisters, Betty Paul and Mary Snyder.

He is survived by his wife Brenda J (Frounfelter) Tobias, to whom he was married for 33 years.

He is also survived by a son, Michael M Tobias and his wife Larissa of Port Carbon; step son, Michael D Fetterolf and his wife Julie of Shamokin; step daughter, Samantha J Corvino and her husband Jason of Lancaster; nine grandchildren; a great granddaughter; a sister, Martha Erdman of Dornsife; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at Salem Church of Rough and Ready with Rev. Mark Mantz officiating.

Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery Leck Kill.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Salem Church of Rough and Ready Memorial Fund, 11 Church Road, Klingerstown PA 17941.

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


Glenn J. Heim
, 69, of Long Ave., Orwigsburg, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at home.

Born on September 21, 1954 in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Gordon C. Heim and Ruth L. Stutzman Heim.

He was an Air Force veteran serving during the Vietnam War.

Glenn had been a machine operator at Prysmian in Schuylkill Haven.

Preceding him in death was his second wife, Bonnie L. Anspach Heim in 2013.

Surviving are his wife, Dawn Heim; children, Jason Heim of Oklahoma, Tara and husband Scott Yost of Pine Grove, Brandon and wife Heather Heim of Orwigsburg; a stepdaughter, Jill Feger; many grandchildren including, Mackenzie, Madison and Gavin; great grandchildren; a brother Gordon Heim of Tremont.

Per Glenn's request, there will be no services. Interment will be in Jacob's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements.


Joseph K. Prosper, age 80, of Pottsville, PA passed away Saturday, January 20th, 2024 at Tower Health, West Reading Hospital.

Born in Pottsville, PA on January 23, 1943, he was the son of the late Sylvester and Theresa (Gual) Prosper.

Joe was a graduate of Saint Clair High School and then served in the US Army in 1961 till 1969. He worked as a supervisor at the Shenandoah Heights Nursing Home and was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in St. Clair.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, being preceded in death by a brother John Gual and two sisters: Theresa Chuma and Johanna Jess.

Joe is survived by his wife of 59 years, M. Linda (Weikel) Prosper, Pottsville; a son David J. Prosper, Pottsville; a granddaughter Melissa Schultz, Branchdale; two great-grandsons: Myles and Macklyn Schultz, Branchdale; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, St. Clair, PA. at 10:30AM on Saturday, January 27th, with Msgr. William Glosser officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Saturday from 9-10:30AM at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church.

Interment with Military Honors Queen of the Universe Cemetery Pottsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hillside SPCA P.O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901 or to the St. Clare of Assisi Church Memorial Fund 250 East Hancock St. Saint Clair, PA 17970.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements.


It is with great sorrow that the family of Deacon Jack Quirk announce his passing. 

Jack was born November 21, 1940 to John F. Quirk and Alice R. (Reddington) Quirk. He was a resident of the Greenwood Hill area all his life, where he attended the local public schools. He then went on to Nativity B.V.M. High School. He was in the first class to go four years graduating in 1959. He enjoyed his time at Nativity, where he served as the Drum Major for the High School Band and also participated in the school plays. He continued his friendship with his classmates attending the reunions and most recently monthly luncheons at the Stadium. After graduation he went to work for Miles Shoe Store in Pottsville and later managed the Triangle Shoe Store. It was then that he met the love of his life, Jean. They spent 61 years of wedded bliss together loving one another, holding hands to the very end. 

Jack continued his career working for the city of Pottsville as the City Clerk and was very involved in Democratic politics for many years, running for Mayor of the city in 1977. He ended his career working for the Commonwealth of PA with the Auditor General's office, retiring after 25 years. 

Jack had always been involved with the church of St. Patrick and in 2000 was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Allentown. He was assigned to St. Patrick's, where he served for almost 24 years assisting at funerals, serving Mass, visiting the sick and his most favorite, training new altar servers. 

Jack had a very kind heart and would help everyone that was in need or first to offer them some kindness. He and his wife Jean held a very special place in their hearts for the Tray family. All Jack had to do was ask and they would be there to help. 

Jack leaves to survive him, his wife Jean, daughter Lisa and son Shawn (Rose Ann), Kimberly; four grandchildren: Rebecca (Tom) Jacqueline, Shauna (Dan) and Dylan; great-grandchildren: Lily, Adalyn, Thalya Jean and Levi; sister Alice, brother: Bob (Mary); brother and sister in law: Rick (Kathy); and many nieces and nephews. 

Jack was predeceased by his parents, brothers: Frank (Jeannie) and Joe (Fran), sisters: Katherine and Mary Catherine, and grandson Jeremy John Costy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday January 26th at 11AM at the Church of St. Patrick in Pottsville. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing from 9-11AM at the church. 

Burial will follow at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery in Pottsville. Donations can be made to the Church of St. Patrick. 

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements.