Saturday, March 2, 2024

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 2nd, 2024


Skook News Obituaries: March 2nd, 2024

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Masin Matthew Ketchledge
, 16, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Thursday, February 29th, at his home.

Masin was born in Mahanoy City, PA, on December 9, 2007, a beloved son of Anisa Kane and Matthew Ketchledge, and raised by his dad Jerry Adrey Jr.

He was a student at Oak Ridge at Packer Ridge Academy, Lehighton, PA.

Masin loved playing football for Mahanoy Area, riding quads, playing his video games, camping and most of all spending time with family and friends.

He was always making funny jokes to make everyone around him laugh and enjoy life.

Masin is survived by a sister, Falicty Ketchledge of Mahanoy City, two brothers Caden Ketchledge of Mahanoy City, and Jerry Adrey III, of Scranton PA, also his maternal grandparents Margaret Hettler and her husband Brian Hettler Sr of Delano PA, and Robert Kane and his friend Robin Meeks of Ringtown, his paternal Grandmother Alice Hahn of Tamaqua PA also many aunts, uncles, cousins and niece and nephews who all loved him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Kevin Ketchledge Sr.

Family and Friends may attend or call Wednesday March 6th from 6pm to 8pm in a joining together to say out last goodbyes at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City, PA

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.


Collin Douglas Weller
, 33, formerly of Orwigsburg, passed away Tuesday, February 27th.

Born in Sellersville, PA on June 27, 1990, he was a son of Douglas M. & Beth (Handschin) Weller.

Collin was a 2009 graduate of Blue Mountain High School.

He had attended Lighthouse Church, Orwigsburg.

In addition to his parents, Collin is also survived by two brothers: Aaron Weller, of Orwigsburg; & Justin Weller, at home. He is also survived by maternal grandparents: John & Chris Handschin, Quakertown, and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Judy Bleam Yoder, & Erwin Clemmer, and paternal grandparents: Arlie & Mary Weller.

Collin was a talented artist and loved drawing, and music. He enjoyed reading and nature.

Your soul is at peace now in your heavenly home. No more struggles; no more pain; no more sorrow. Rest easy, dear son. You are home.

A private service will be held for his immediate family only.

The family prefers remembrances in the form of contributions to Servants to All, 4 S. Centre St. Pottsville, PA 17901.


Phyllis Ann McHale
, age 77, of Port Carbon, PA passed away Wednesday, February 28th, 2024 at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, PA on June 11, 1946, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Zimmerman) Stepanski.

Phyllis was a graduate of Pottsville High School, Class of 1966. She first worked for Pine Shirt in Pottsville as a seamstress and presser and then worked as a clerical worker for St. Clair and Associates for 20 years until retiring in 2014. Phyllis was a member of the former St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Port Carbon and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Gerard McHale.

Phyllis is survived by a son Brian McHale, Catawissa; a grandson Aidyn James McHale, Catawissa; sisters: Dorothy Kessler, Minersville and Kathleen Drum, Port Carbon.

Funeral Services will be held private.

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


Frank Allen Kimmel
, 79, of Valley Rd, Cass twp., passed away Thursday, February 29th, in his home. 

Frank was born in Gordon, PA on May 23, 1944, a son of the late Wreala (Troup) and Roy Kimmel. He was the husband of 56 years to Roseanne G. (Hranchock) Kimmel. He was a member of St. Clair-Wade Methodist Church Frank was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was a Carpenter by trade. He was the former Secretary of the Duncott Hose Co., a member of the St. Clair Fish & Game, and the Center Pike Fishing Club. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Ronald. Frank is survived by his wife Roseanne, three daughters, Tracey, wife of Steven Bachman, Jackie, wife of Bruce Litwack, and Kim Raczka. Frank also survived by two sisters, Geraldine Long, and Leda Rickenbach two brothers, Terry Kimmel, and Robin Kimmel. He is also survived by grandchildren, Jarrod Kairitis, Tyler Kairitis, Kayleigh Raczka, Christian Smith, Aidan Raczka, and Anna Mae Zimmerman. 

All are respectfully invited to attend a Visitation with calling hours 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6th at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. 

A Religious Funeral Service will be held at 9:00 AM on Thursday, March 7th at St. Clair-Wade Methodist Church with Pastor Jack Murray officiating. 

Interment with military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., entrusted with the arrangements.


Mary Ann (Perlinsky) McCauley RN
, 80 formerly of Shenandoah and Harrisburg passed away on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Green Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah on February 21, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Veronica (Butrymovicz) Perlinsky.

She was a graduate of the former Saint Casimir elementary school and the former Shenandoah Catholic High School. She was also a graduate of the Geisinger School of Nursing having attained her degree as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Upon graduation, she began her career in nursing at Lankenau Hospital, Philadelphia. Having returned to Shenandoah, she then worked at the former Locust Mountain State Hospital, Shenandoah Heights. After a thirty plus year career, Mary Ann retired from the Harrisburg State Hospital.

She married Walter J. McCauley and they resided in Harrisburg for over thirty-years. Walter preceded her in death on July 20, 2009.

Mary Ann was a devout member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah and the former Saint Casimir Church.

She enjoyed shopping, especially for bargains; she was always elegantly dressed.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents and husband were her sisters, Dorothy Zelenak and Florence Caulfield.

Surviving are her niece and nephews, Francine C. Blouch, William J. Caulfield Jr. and George Christopher Zelenak and their spouses and children.

Religious services will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 10:00 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor officiating. Interment will follow in Saint Casimir’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Wednesday morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at the funeral home.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in care of the arrangements.


Dolores A. Kennedy
, 89, of Williamstown, went home to be with her beloved husband early Saturday morning, March 2, 2024 at her residence.

Born in Coaldale, July 26, 1934, a daughter of the late Charles and Blanche Rowe Zigner. Dolores was a graduate of the former Lykens High School.

She was employed for many years in the cafeteria at Williams Valley School District.

Dolores was a member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, where she was a CCD instructor. She was currently a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Lykens. She was also a social member of the Williamstown American Legion and Williamstown Liberty Hose Company.

Dolores was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed sewing. Above all, Dolores's life revolved around her family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, James Kennedy, 2009, whom she dearly missed; a grandson Jeremy Crum; a sister, Barbara Phillips; two brothers, John and Charles "Chick" Zigner.

Surviving are two daughters, Dolores "Patty" Crum and her husband Sam, Halifax, and Karen Doyle and her husband Matt, Williamstown; three sons, James, John, and Timothy Kennedy, all of Williamstown; a brother, David Zigner and his wife Gina, Pine Grove; eight grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 10:00 AM from Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Lykens with Rev. Michael Opoki, AJ, as celebrant. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Williamstown. A viewing will be held from 9-10 AM at the church.

Memorial donations in Dolores's memory can be made to Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 732 E Main Street, Lykens, PA 17048, the Williamstown American Legion, 123 W Market Street, Williamstown, PA 17098, or the Liberty Hose Company, 225 W Broad Street, Williamstown, PA 17098.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. is honored to serve the Kennedy family.


John “Jack” F. Meyers
, 87, of Ashland passed away Thursday February 29, 2024 at Mount Carmel Senior Living Community.

Born in Ashland on June 7, 1936 he was the son of the late Mamie (Artman) and Joseph Meyers.

He graduated from Ashland High School in 1954.

Jack was the husband of Cynthia “Cindy” L. (Boehmer) Meyers, they were married since 1971.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Ashland.

Jack honorably served in the US Air Force.

He worked as truck driver for Tri-State Envelope in Ashland for many years prior to retirement.

Jack was a member of American Legion Post 434-Ashland, Washington Fire Co. and Elks #384. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, air shows and aviation.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by; brothers Joseph, Robert, James & Bill Meyers; sister Mary Lou Leininger; grandson Kendrick Klusman; grandson Seth Meyers.

Jack is survived by; spouse Cynthia “Cindy” Meyers, Ashland; daughter Michelle Klusman (Bernard Jr.), Lake Wynonah; son David Meyers (Tiffany), Girardville; son Christopher Meyers (Vanessa), Girardville; mother in law Shirley Boehmer, Mount Carmel; 9 grandchildren Karina, Kiara, Holden, Chase, Lane, Camdyn, Wyatt, Macie & Logan; many nieces & nephews.

Services and interment with military honors will be held privately.

Contributions can be made in Jack’s memory to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 35 N. 9th St, Ashland Pa 17921.

For more information or to extend online condolences visit Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc, 901 Centre St, Ashland PA 17921 has been entrusted with the arrangements.