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Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 24th, 2024


Skook News Obituaries: February 24th, 2024

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Martha I. Peifer
, age 96, of Ridge Road, Pitman, passed away Friday, February 23, 2024 at Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township.

She was born on Monday, July 18, 1927, in Pitman, a daughter of the late George W. Keim and the late Sylva (Schaeffer) Keim.

She was a 1944 graduate of the former Hegins Twp High School.

Martha and her late husband ran the family farm and had a produce stand at Shamokin Curb Market. She also was a part time custodian at the Mahantongo Elementary School with her late husband.

She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Pitman, where she was the financial secretary for thirty years, served on several WELCA committees, the funeral committee, and planning committee. She was also very involved with quilting committee.

Martha enjoyed traveling; she and her late husband visited all of the US states, except Alaska. After her husband's death, she traveled with her cousin to several foreign countries. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.

Her husband, Arthur James "Jim" Peifer, passed away February 25, 1994. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Harry L. Keim, and a brother, Clarence W. Keim.

She is survived by a daughter, Gloria I. James of Pitman; a grandson, Jason W. James of Pitman; a niece, Carole G. Keim Ney of Pitman; and several other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be held at St. James Lutheran Church, Pitman, on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Mark Rothermel officiating.

A viewing will be held from 9:30 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday at the church.

Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Rough and Ready.

Memorial contributions can be made to St.. James Lutheran Church, 153 Main Road, Pitman PA 17964.

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


Helene M. Youskites, 96, of Ashland passed away Saturday morning February 24, 2024 at Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. 901 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


William “Bill” F. Fetterolf, 80, of Ashland passed away Friday February 23, 2024 at Geisinger Medical Center-Danville.

Born in Ashland on November 16, 1943 he was the son of the late Florence (Lovell) and Frederick Fetterolf.

Bill graduated from Ashland High School in 1961.

He was the husband of Sandra E. (Horbach) Fetterolf, they were married June 6, 1964.

Bill was of the Lutheran faith and was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Ashland.

He last worked for PPL in the chemistry lab prior to retirement.

Bill was a member of Elks Lodge # 384-Ashland and the Brock Cemetery Association where he previously served as treasurer. Bill was also an avid Penn-State fan.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister F. Elaine Mather.

He is survived by; spouse Sandra “Sandy” Fetterolf, Ashland; daughter Kristen Minnich (Scott), Allentown; son Kyle Fetterolf (Jason Allen), Wilkes-Barre; 4 nephews James, Richard, Doug and Gregg Mather.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday February 29, 2024 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Dennis Snyder officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be from 9:30-11:00 AM Thursday morning prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will follow services at Brock Cemetery in Ashland.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Bill’s memory to Ashland Public Library, 1229 Centre St, Ashland PA 17921.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. 901 Centre Street Ashland, PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Leo A. Everett, III, 69, of Summit Hill, Pennsylvania died on Thursday, February 15, 2024, in Coaldale, Pennsylvania. He was the long-time companion of Judy Lew of Summit Hill with whom he enjoyed many years of friendship. 

Born in York on May 29, 1954, Leo was a son of the late Leo A. Everett, II and Frances M. (Funk) Everett. He was employed as an industrial mechanic for several different companies over his career, most recently having been employed by CDF Industries in Quakertown. Leo was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Vietnam War. An avid hunter and fisherman, he loved watching professional football and was especially a fan of the Buffalo Bills. 

In addition to his companion, Judy, Leo is survived by: a brother, William Everett of Hackettstown, New Jersey; five sisters, Denise Henderson of Charlottesville, Virginia, Anita Kafka of Denver Colorado, Kathy Everett of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, Joyce Morgan of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Everett of Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by a brother, Daniel Everett. Memorials in his name may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087 along with a donation form or at 

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


Margaret “Sis” Rennick
, 91, of St. Clair, passed from this life to the next on 20 February 2024, at the Pottsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Born in Glen Dower, Schuylkill County, 12 September 1932, daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Kalyan) Bilansky. She was a graduate of Cass Township High School in 1949.

While waitressing at her grandfather’s bar, Kalyan’s on Diener’s Hill, she met her future husband Joe Rennick. They married 17 October 1953, and enjoyed 54+ years of marriage until his passing in April 2008. She was predeceased

by 3 brothers, Steve, Anthony, and George. Surviving are 2 sons: Joseph Rennick of Lancaster; and David Rennick and his wife Diane of St. Clair; also granddaughter Margo Rennick of Philadelphia, brother John Bilansky and wife Diane of Sinking Springs, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Sis worked for years as a sewing machine operator at the St. Clair Garment and was a member of the ILGWU. She also waitressed weekends at the St. Clair Legion, where she developed a love of the waltz, polka, czardas, and accordion music.

An excellent cook, especially of Slovak dishes, she would be asked on countless family occasions to make a pot of halupkies. Her other specialties include pierogies, city chicken, nut roll, ice box cookies, and apple pies made with apples from the tree in the back yard.

She was a member of St Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, the former Immaculate Conception Church RCC, both of St. Clair, and Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Minersville.

Mass of Christian burial will be held 12:00 noon Tuesday 27 February 2024 at St. Clare of Assisi RCC, 250 E. Hancock Str. St. Clair, PA 17970. Msgr. William F. Glosser will be officiating. Friends may call from 10:00-11:30 AM at the Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 N. Second St., St. Clair, PA 17970.

Interment will be in the Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Pottsville. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: St. Clare of Assisi Memorial Fund at the above address.


Sandra M. Olshefski
, 64 of Pitman passed away Wednesday February 21, 2024, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Pottsville on January 14, 1960 she was the daughter of the late Stiney and Mary (DeFalco) Skavinsky.

Sandra was a 1977 graduate of Minersville High School and a graduate of McCann School of Business. She was a member of St. Mathew’s Church of Holy Family Parish, Minersville.

She is survived by a daughter, Christine Olshefski, who cared for her and with whom she resided in Pitman. Sisters, Rita Skavinsky, Minersville, Marina Stremick and her husband Robert, Minersville.

She was preceded in death by her husband Thaddeus Olshefski in 2020.

Internment will be private at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville PA.

Donald J Butler Funeral Home, Minersville is in charge of arrangements.