Thursday, March 28, 2024

Schuylkill County Obituaries for March 28th, 2024


Skook News Obituaries: March 28th, 2024

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Colin M. Tobin
, 81, of Pine Grove, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 surrounded by his family.

Born June 23, 1942, he was the son of the late James and Evelyn Tobin.

Colin worked as a mechanic. He also served in the U.S. Army National Guard, Co B (-) 228th Transportation Battalion from September 1959 to June 1963 and the U.S. Army Reserves from June 1963 to May 1967.

An incredible husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, his clear and consistent love for everyone in his family established lifelong, unbreakable bonds that forever will be cherished. He always had or made time for family, friends and causes that were important to him. His patented thoughtfulness and generosity touched many from Donaldson to Pine Grove, often volunteering at the American Legion Post 374 in Pine Grove and for countless community causes. His skills as a mechanic and repairman bailed out many thankful friends and neighbors, often at a moment’s notice.

Colin touched the lives of so many with whom he crossed paths. A gifted storyteller with an easygoing delivery, his yarns about life growing up in Frailey Township, local history and insights on everyday life endeared him to many. He was a caring, genuine “nice guy” whose love, deeds and friendliness will live on among those who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Unger Tobin, to whom he was married for 60 years; a daughter and caregiver later in life, Crystal, wife of Terry Stump; and a son, Brian Tobin, and his wife, Diane, all of Pine Grove. He was preceded in death by beloved sisters Anna Pontoriero, June DesRoches, Grace Camilo, Irma McCurdy, Mae Lorraine Young, and Florence McCkosky, and brothers Allen "Les" Tobin, and James "Pete" Tobin. He is survived by loving sisters Dorothy Herb, Carol Schwalm, Evelyn Eisenacher, as well as grandchildren Bradley Tobin, Linglestown, and Mickayla Stump, Pine Grove; great grandkids, Molly and Eva Tobin, Pine Grove; numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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


George “Tut” Colosimo III
, 77, of Zion Grove, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2024, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton.

Born in Shenandoah on September 18, 1946, he was the son of the late George Colosimo II and Dorothy (Malacusky) Colosimo.

He attended Guardian Angel Adult Day Care in Ashland, previously.

He always appreciated the time he got to spend with his family. Tut also had many interests, such as watching horror movies and the show Green Acres, rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, listening to the oldies, especially his favorite – Elvis Presley. He loved when family would take him to see concerts, specifically Elvis impersonators as well, as “hard-rock” bands.

Besides his parents, Tut was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Michael and James Colosimo, and 2 sisters, Sharon Jones and Sandy Galezniak.

He leaves behind 3 sisters, Nellie Makara – Zion Grove, Jessica Davis – Danville and Jody Geist – Zion Grove. His sister Nellie, his brother-in-law Robert (Bobo) and his nephew Dustin were his caregivers over the past 21 years. Several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews, also survive. He was very loved by all of his extensive family.

Graveside Services will be scheduled for May 11, 2024, at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery in Ringtown.

The Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are entrusted with the arrangements.


Joseph M. Murray
, 87, of Ringtown, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital – Orwigsburg.

Born in Lost Creek on October 15, 1936, he was the son of the late Henry F. and Phyllis M. (McDonald) Murray.

Joe was a 1953 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School. He furthered his education at Penn State and earned a degree from LaSalle College in Business Administration. A few years later, Joe would attend the American Academy of McAllister’s Institute of Mortuary Science. He would go on to be a licensed funeral director for over 50 years.

Joe was employed for 40 of those years with the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, in Shenandoah. He also worked for the Bruce Hart Funeral Home, the Heizenroth Funeral Home, and lastly as supervisor for the Rothermel-Heizenroth-Clark Funeral and Cremation Services in Mount Carmel.

Outside of his career, Joe loved spending time with family and friends, especially at Knoebels. He liked visiting relatives in New York and going to Coney Island, attending Broadway shows, Yankee games, and going to the movies and local parks. He loved all sports and enjoyed attending and watching them on TV. Joe was very proud of his Irish heritage, and some may remember him singing Irish songs around the local bars. He had a fantastic memory and was interested in politics.

Joe was active in his community. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ringtown and a member of the church choir. He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks, a 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus, past President of the Hibernians, a member of the former Rum Dum’s, the Phoenix Fire Company/Ambulance Corps, and was also an Emergency Ambulance Attendant.

Besides his parents, he was preceded by two brothers and their wives, Henry Murray with his wife Leota, and John “Jack” Murray with his wife Amelda “Mel” Monaghan, and a niece, Jacquelyn Murray.

Joe is survived by 3 nieces - Theresa Kuzo, Phyllis Doherty, and Nelly Thomas, 3 nephews – Henry Murray, Frederick “Rick” Murray, and Michael Murray, along with several great nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd from 9:30 to 10:30am in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Ringtown. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10:30am and will be celebrated by Fr. Dominic Pham. Burial will immediately follow in the Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Those who are attending the services are encouraged to participate in the “wearin’ of the green” to honor Joe’s passion for his Irish heritage.

Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah with the assistance of Shawn E. Clark - Funeral Director, are entrusted with the arrangements.