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Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 19th, 2024


Skook News Obituaries: February 19th, 2024

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Anne Marie Bernadyn
, 82, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Saturday, February 17th, at her residence.

Anne Marie was born in Park Place, PA on January 14, 1942, a daughter of the late Adele (Zavetsky) and John Malasavage.

She was a member of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish Mahanoy City, PA 17948.

She had worked for the former City Shirt Mahanoy City, Mahanoy City Child Development, and Joann Fabrics.

Fondly referred to as the “Queen Bee” of the B-Hive, Anne Marie always welcomed friends and family with a hug and a smile. She loved to sew and crochet and shared her talents with many others. In addition to being an avid reader, her interests included music, arts and crafts, making costumes for local school performances, and being active in the community, including organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Anne Marie loved her Dodgers and spent countless hours watching baseball with her husband.

She graduated from Mahanoy Twp High School class of 1959.

She was the wife of Michael Bernadyn.

Anne Marie is survived by two daughters, Michele, wife of George Maziekas, of Barnesville; Nicole, wife of James Hallowell, of Quakertown; five sons Michael, husband of Patricia, of Demorest GA; Stephen, of Gettysburg; Francis, of Ambler; Edward, husband of Shannan, of Zion Grove; James, husband of Lisa, of Conway SC;

Anne Marie is also survived by a sister, Monica, wife of Thomas Didgen, of Mahanoy City, two brothers, John, husband of Lillian Malasavage, of Barnesville; Joseph Malasavage, of Park Place;

She is also survived by 12 Grandchildren, Michael, Meredith, Amanda, Alexis, Tyler, Kyle, Jenna, Jacob, Alex, Noel, Payton, and Kendall and 4 Great Grandchildren, Malakai, Tydus, Anorah, and Dominick. Nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by a sister Diane Moore wife of Thomas Moore.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City, PA, at 10 AM on Saturday, February 24th, with Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher officiating.

Friends and family may call Saturday 9 - 10 AM at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish.

Interment private at convenience of the Family.

In lieu of flowers, family would appreciate contributions in Anne Marie’s name to the Mahanoy City Public Library.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book, view the tribute video and send sympathy cards.


Donald Charles Moyer, D.O.
passed away on 2/15/24 in the presence of family.

Donald was the beloved husband of Stacey Moyer, and father of Donald Moyer III and Matthew Moyer. The greatest times of his life were spent with his family, traveling to national parks, visiting museums, seeing foreign countries, attending professional sporting events, and watching theater shows and concerts. These activities all meant more to him when he was with his family. He enjoyed life and also enjoyed working and serving others.

Donald graduated from Tamaqua Area High School in December 1982 after leaving unexpectedly in his Senior year to attend college early due to financial concerns. In December 1985 he graduated Kutztown University with a BA in visual communication and graphic design. After working for a while as a graphic designer/illustrator he decided to change fields. He returned to Kutztown and earned his elementary education teaching certificate. He completed his student teaching at John S Clarke elementary school in Pottsville. He then taught elementary school in Philadelphia and while there also attended classes at Lehigh University to become a reading specialist. He enjoyed teaching and never minded reviewing things a million times over until children who were considered unable to read became able to read.

While working as a reading specialist he began to recognize the medical aspects of some students learning disabilities and decided to look into Pre-med classes. He began to take 1-2 Pre-med classes a semester at the University of Pennsylvania. His last class at the University of Pennsylvania overlapped with his first year of medical school but it was important to him to have closure and finish his biology degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in biology in August 2000.

He attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and supported himself with part time work until he was awarded the National Health Service Corp Scholarship. He graduated LECOM in 2003 and completed his residency program with Good Samaritan University Hospital in West Islip, NY and Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY.

As he was a National Health Service Corp Scholar he then began to practice at Goshen Medical Center in Faison, North Carolina, a medically underserved area. He found caring for the children of the hard working migrant farm workers to be very rewarding. He also enjoyed improving his Spanish speaking skills.

In October 2009 he returned to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and began working for Geisinger in Orwigsburg. He remained there until his health made it too difficult to work. He was grateful for the connections he made with his patients and their families and enjoyed watching his patients grow up. He loved seeing them in the community participating in activities with his own children as well. Donald could not fully express how much those connections meant to him. He fought hard to stay healthy enough to continue working for as long as possible.

Dr. Moyer was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in August of 2022 despite having no real risk factors for the disease. He underwent surgeries, two types of chemotherapy and participated in a clinical trial in order to fight this disease. He sought specialty care and opinions from all over and was hospitalized for the past several months.

He encourages people to watch for signs of this illness as it is often hard to detect.

He is survived by his mother Arlene Moyer, of Tamaqua, his brother Darron Moyer, of Tamaqua, his wife Stacey of Pottsville, and his sons Donald C. Moyer III, and Matthew S. Moyer of Pottsville. He is also survived by his mother in law Carolyn Gigous and Father in law Donald Gigous of Fayetteville, PA, his brother in law Bryan Gigous and sister in law Rena Gigous of Shippensburg PA as well as nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father Donald Moyer, an aunt, and two uncles.

In lieu of flowers he asks that you make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a children’s charity or simply buy a gift for a child in your life.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse Monday, February 26th at 6 PM. A visitation will be held from 3:30 PM until the time of service.


John A “Tuda” Bozena
, 92, of Englewood, passed away peacefully at his residence with his wife Martha by his side.

Born in Quality Hill, Gilberton, he was a son of the late Andrew and Stella Wojachowsky Bozena. He was a graduate of Gilberton High School.

Tuda excelled in athletics, he lettered in baseball, basketball and football, he received many offers from colleges and universities. He moved to Levittown after graduation and played baseball for the Phillies Farm Team.

He was a US Army veteran having served during the Korean War.

Tuda worked as a receiving clerk for Cummings Diesel, Ashland and previously worked as a welder in Levittown.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville and a life member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1533, Frackville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother; Ted Bozena and a sister Genevieve Zaknich.

Tuda is survived by his wife of 58 years Martha Sweador Bozena, Frackville; a son John “Bo” Bozena and wife Charlene, East Stroudsburg; a daughter; Betty Jo Atkins, Carlton, GA; three grandchildren; Michael and Emily Bozena and Abigail Atkins; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning, February 24, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Ann R.C. Church, Frackville with Rev. Giuseppe C. Esposito, pastor, as celebrant. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. till time of Mass. Interment with military honors will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Frackville.


Joyce E. Mione
, 91, of Tower City, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, February 17, 2024 at her son's home in Hershey.

Born in Muir, October 18, 1932, a daughter of the late Arthur and Grace Lebo Barry. Joyce was a graduate of the former Tower City High School class of 1950.

Joyce and her late husband were the retired owners of the former Mione's Department Store and Mione's Formal Wear for over 43 years. Joyce also was the owner of Joyce's City News. She was employed as a clerk at the Williams Valley Pharmacy for many years.

She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel, Tower City where was active with the Women's Club and sung in the choir.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Louis A. Mione, 2017; a great grandson, Scott Null III; three sisters, Naomi Grimm, Ruth Wiley and Ida Mae Kissinger.

Surviving are her four children, Louis Mione and his wife Kim, Hershey, Andrew Mione and his wife Lori, Tower City, Elaine, wife of the late Scott Null, Tower City, and Victoria and her husband Tim Koppenhaver, Orwin; 10 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Sunday afternoon, February 25, 2024 from 4-6 pm from the chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, February 26, 2024 at 10:30 am from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel, 840 E Grand Avenue, Tower City with Father Johnson as celebrant. Burial will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. A luncheon and Celebration of Joyce's Life will begin at 1:30 pm at the Italian Lodge, Hershey.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce's name can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel, c/o Most Blessed Trinity Parish, 113 Cherry Street, Tremont, PA 17981.


Joseph R. Welsh, Sr.
, 84 of Pottsville, died peacefully Saturday morning at home with his family by his side.

He was born December 2, 1939, in Centralia a son of the late Edward C. and Cecelia Radzai Welsh.

He was a 1958 graduate of Nativity BVM High School.

He served 6 years in the Army Reserves.

Prior to retiring he was employed by Argo Mills and Alcoa Aluminum.

He was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

Throughout his life Joe was and avid sports fan. He was also an exceptional athlete in baseball and basketball along with his good friend the late Frank O’Donnell.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas “Todd” Welsh and his wife Carol Welsh Wile.

Surviving are his wife Virginia Schweikert Welsh; his children, Cathy Schappell and her husband Bob, Pottsville; Joseph R. Welsh, Jr. and his wife Lisa, Pottsville; Maureen Webb and her husband Jeffery, Allentown; Michael Welsh and his wife Robin, Pottsville; Colleen York and her husband, David, Coopersburg; 9 grandchildren, Robert “Bobby Schappell, Matthew Schappell, Peyton Webb, Selena Webb, Taylor Welsh; Thomas Welsh, Charlotte Welsh, Elijah York and Ethan York; 2 brothers, Edward Welsh and his wife Madeline “Tootie”, Louise Welsh and his wife Darlene; nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Joe’s wishes there will be a private service only for his immediate family. Interment will be private in St. Bertha Cemetery, Tuscarora. The family would prefer remembrances in the form on contributions in memory of Joe be made to St. Patrick Memorial Fund, 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, PA 17901. Arrangements are under the care of James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.


Ethelmae Michelcavage
, 88, of Buck Run, passed away February 17, 2024, with family be her side, at her residence. 

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be announced in the future.

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements.