Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 28th, 2024


Skook News Obituaries: February 28th, 2024

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Bernadine “Bernie” Chupasko
, 93, Girardville passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 27th at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late Salvatore and Rose Ranieri. She was employed at Tony’s Lunch, Girardville as a waitress for 59 years before retiring in 2020.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret O’Donnell; three sisters: Louise, Marian and Angeline.

Bernie is survived by her three children: Michael Chupasko, Joseph Chupasko and Roseanne Brown; her sister, Elizabeth Ranieri; her grandchildren: Joy Anne, Salvatore and Matthew; she is also survived by nieces, nephews and her Tony’s family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 4th at 11 a.m. from St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Girardville with Rev. Giuseppe Esposito, pastor, as the celebrant.

Friends are invited to her viewing at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Interment will be held in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Fountain Springs.


Dorothy Cheslak, 94, of Nesquehoning and formerly of Philadelphia, died on Thursday, February 22, 2024, in Nesquehoning. 

The daughter of Alex and Justina (Bischak) Sachon, she was the wife of Joseph Cheslak who died in 1984. A 1947 graduate of Coaldale High School, Dorothy was a secretary for Bell Telephone in Philadelphia for 38 years. 

Known for her feisty and strong-willed personality, her nickname by the staff at Maple Shade Meadows was “Trouble” as she frequently advocated for the benefit of her fellow residents. 

Dorothy is survived by several loving nieces and nephews, and a step-son, David Cheslak of Virginia. She was predeceased by a brother, Michael Sachon; and two sisters, Margaret Koch and Olga Tomasovich. Interment services will be scheduled at a later date. 

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


Carole A. Clay
, 77, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Tuesday, February 27th, at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg.

Born in Pottsville on May 29, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Elmer & Evelyn (Schaeffer) Moyer.

She was married to Charles A. Clay, her husband of 60 years.

Carole was a member of First United Methodist Church, Schuylkill Haven.

She had been employed by Ethel Maid as a machine operator.

In addition to her husband, Carole is also survived by three daughters: Hope A. Clay, companion of Mike Pontician, of Cressona, Lori A., wife of Jeff Faust, of Schuylkill Haven; & Danielle L. Clay, companion of Greg Miller, of Friedensburg; one son: Charles A. Clay II & wife, Kimberly, Pine Grove, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, her sister, Diane, wife of Jim Ferrier, of Schuylkill Haven; and brother, Kevin, husband of Kathy Moyer, of Schuylkill Haven.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Brenda Clay, brother, Richard Moyer, and sister, Donna Stock.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, March 4th at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, with brother-in-law, James Ferrier officiating. 

Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


Richard D. "Wimp" Wagner
, 72, of Landingville passed away Monday, February 26th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Schuylkill, E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville on July 28, 1951, he was a son of the late Jay & Joan (Walters) Wagner.

He was married to Judy Ann (Hoffman) Wagner for nearly 51 years.

Wimp was a 1969 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School.

He was a member of Welcome United Methodist Church, Landingville. Wimp was a devoted member of Landingville Community Fire Company, where he served as past fire chief. He also belonged to the Shirttail Inn Hunting Club.

Wimp worked for Omnova Solutions for over 30 years.

He is survived by a daughter, Wendy Wagner, of Landingville; and two sons: Paul Wagner, of Pottsville; & Michael Wagner, of Landingville; two grandsons: Zachary, & Andrew Wagner, a brother, Hugh Wagner, of Schuylkill Haven; & a sister, Elaine Mamrak, of Easton.

A viewing will be held from 9:30-11:30 AM on Friday, March 1st at Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven.

Interment services will be held at 1 PM Tuesday, March 5th at Park Hill Cemetery, Landingville.

The family prefers remembrances in the form of contributions to Landingville Community Fire Company, 1 Firehouse Rd., Landingville, PA 17972.


It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to Jeffrey Alan Najunas Jr. of Mahanoy City formerly of Shenandoah who tragically passed away from a fentanyl overdose on Saturday, February 24, 2024. At the age of 29, he departed this world leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories.

Jeffrey was born on April 2, 1994 to Jeffrey Najunas Sr. of Mahanoy City who survives and the late Debra Kay (Weikel) Najunas who preceded him in death on December 9, 2015. He was welcomed into the embrace of his beloved mother, along with his maternal and paternal grandparents. In addition to his father, leaves behind four sisters, Linda and Crystal Kaplafka both of Florida, Ashley Capia of Pottsville and Mia Najunas of Shenandoah; his fiancée, Savanah Dolbin of Mahanoy City as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Jeffrey was also expecting a baby boy to be born on July 12, 2024.

Throughout his time on this planet, Jeffrey touched the lives of many with his infectious smile, kind heart and unwavering spirit. He faced struggles with addiction, but those who knew him remember him for his resilience and the love he shared.

Prayer and scripture services to honor Jeffrey’s life will be held on Sunday evening, March 3, 2024 at 7:00 pm at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian will officiate. A viewing will be held on Sunday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses. To offer condolences to Jeffrey’s family, please sign the guest book below.

While we mourn the loss of Jeffrey, let us also remember the joy he brought into our lives and the memories we shared together. May he find peace and comfort in the arms of eternity.

Rest in peace, dear Jeffrey. Your light will continue to shine in our hearts forever.


Helene M. Youskites, 96, of Ashland passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2024. She was born in Ashland on May 16, 1927 to John E. and Helena (Tappe) Gabel. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

Helene graduated from Ashland High School in 1944 and worked as a bookkeeper for Ashland Shirt Company before her retirement. She and her husband, John, were founding members of the Northumberland Boat Club and enjoyed camping and boating on the Susquehanna River for many years. Helene also enjoyed crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Bunco, trips to the Poconos, and spending time with her family.

Helene was preceded in death by her husband, John, of 57 years; a daughter Judith; a sister Anna Beck; and two brothers Joseph Gabel and John Gabel; She was the last member of her immediate family and currently holds the family record for longest lifespan. Helene is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in St. Mauritius Cemetery in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 - 1942.

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


Dorian P. Freed, 76, of Locustdale, passed away Monday, February 26, 2024, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. 

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


Irene M. Morgan R.N.
, 94, former Frackville and Fountain Springs resident, went to be with the Lord, Monday, February 26, 2024. She was born August 20, 1929, at Suffolk, PA., to the late Oscar and Ethel Gregory Davis. On September 30, 1950, she married Andrew D. Morgan of Frackville. Irene was a graduate of the former Mahanoy Township High School, class of 1947, and the Geisinger Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Danville, class of 1950. Her professional career included working at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, the Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville, and the Broad Mountain Nursing Center, Frackville. Irene was a member of Christ’s United Lutheran Church, Airport Road, Ashland, and the Order of the Eastern Star, Orwigsburg Chapter # 424. She enjoyed camping and traveling. Irene loved animals of all kinds, allowing her children to have all kinds of pets. She loved playing the harmonica and in later years wrote songs and poems. Preceding her in death was a sister, Jeane E. Lewis, and a brother, Ralph O. Davis.


Daughters: Diane M. Calhoun, Dr. Deborah E. Morgan, Dr. Darlene E. Heath
Eight Grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews

Relatives and friends are invited to A Celebration of Irene’s Life funeral service, Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 10:30 AM, in Christ’s United Lutheran Church, 437 Airport Road, Ashland. Officiating will be Rev. Joan Brown. A viewing will begin at 9:30 AM, with an Eastern Star Memorial Service at 10 AM and followed by a Nurses Honor Roll Memorial service. Memorials may be made to the Hillside S.P.C.A. Hillside Road, Pottsville, PA., 17901, or Christ’s United Lutheran Church, 437 Airport Road, Ashland, PA 17921.


Lenore Seitzinger
, 77, Frackville, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Ashland she was the daughter of the late Edward and Elenore Krouch Treshock. She had been employed by Anthony’s Supermarket and later was employed as a Customer Service Representative at the Altamont branch bank until her retirement.

The most important relationships in her life was with her God and her family. Lenore will always be remembered for her loving, caring and optimistic nature that always motivated her to help other people, “ She had a smile that would light up a room”. Do not mourn her passing for she is in a much better place.

Lenore is survived by her husband of 58 years Herb H. Seitzinger, her son Chad ( Rachel ) Seitzinger, Frackville, her daughter Angela wife of Dr. Michael Pistoria, Macungie, her grandchildren; Sydney and Steele Seitzinger and Giana and Andrew Pistoria. Several nieces and nephews.

Per Lenore’s wishes services and interment will be held privately for the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations, in Lenore’s name, be made to either RBC Ministries, PO Box 266, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0266, Salvation Army, 400 Sanderson Street, Pottsville, PA 17901 or St. Jude Childrens Hospital, PO Box 1999, Memphis TN 38101

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


Tomasso James Dino
, age 25, of Pottsville, PA passed away Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, at Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Pottsville, PA on July 9, 1998, he was the son of Aimee Marie (DeLellis) and Jason Teel and Thomas Dino Jr.

Tomasso was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, Class of 2016. He loved boxing, going fishing, playing basketball, and he was a self proclaimed comedian.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandmother Bonnie James, paternal grandfather Thomas Deno Sr., maternal great-grandmother Joyce Bair, and maternal great-grandfather Joseph Souchak.

In addition to his parents, Tomasso is survived by sister Lexie Hunt; brothers: Anthony Souchak and Giovanni Dino; step-siblings: Kydiere Teel, Daryen "Bubba" Nelson, and Malazia Teel; maternal grandmother Rita Souchak; maternal grandfather David Bair; maternal great-grandmother Ann Marie Souchak; step-grandmother Denise Olechnowicz; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A time for family and friends to share and remember the Life of Tomasso will start at 11AM at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon on Saturday, March 9th, 2024.

Relatives and Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday morning from 9:30-11AM at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help with funeral costs to the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home 208 Pike Street Port Carbon, PA 17965.