Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Schuylkill County Obituaries for May 14th, 2024


Skook News Obituaries: May 14th, 2024

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Diana J. (Carson) Evans
, 59, of Harrisburg, went home to the Lord on May 11, 2024 after a courageous battle with glioblastoma. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Joan (Sahutsky) Carson and the late Eugene Carson. She was raised in Pattersonville, PA and spent the majority of her life in Frackville, PA.

Diane graduated from the Blue Mountain Academy in 1983 before attending the Pennsylvania State University. She worked in the medical field for several years before raising a family. This was her pride and joy. Diane taught her children to be hardworking, productive, humble, and God-fearing. Her children always received nightly texts adorned with "Hugs and Kisses, Love Mom."

A proud military wife, Diane was the foundation for her family of five and spent her retirement traveling, gardening, baking, interior decorating, and enjoying her grandchildren. Leaving behind a journal of Mom's Wisdom, she reminds us to "always hug and kiss hello and goodbye" and "trust in the Lord with all your heart."

Diane is survived by her spouse of 35 years, George Evans, a son Joshua Evans (Brittany) of New Cumberland, a daughter Megan Gierka (Jared) of Harrisburg, a daughter Shannon Evans (Jonathan Nebroskie) of Harrisburg, a sister Donna Rakus of Ringtown, a sister Gail Krolick of Lake Tahoe, and two grandchildren Savannah and Benjamin Evans of New Cumberland.

Private services will be held with immediate family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of Diane to Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital - Cancer Institute. A heartfelt thank you to the entire Penn State Neurology team, especially Dr. Brad Zacharia, and Homeland Hospice RN Brianna for their patience, perseverance, and the gift of precious time.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.truskowskyfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


Robert Stephen Padelsky
, 68, of Black Heath, Cass Township, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 12, 2024, after a brief, but courageous, battle with cancer.

Born in Pottsville on June 3, 1955, he was a son of the late Joesph and Helen (Santak) Padelsky.

Bobby was a 1974 graduate of Minersville Area High School and was employed by the School District as a custodian for 27 years before retiringin November 2017. In 2001 and 2008, he was chosen by the Senior classes as the District employee who contributed the most service.

An avid sorts fan, Bobby enjoyed cheering for his favorite teams: the Philllies, Eagles, and Flyers, travelling to Chicago, Montreal, Notre Dame, Texas, Toronto, Penn State and, of course, too many Eagles home games to count.

He had many great memories of his weekly trips to socialize with his many friends at Lazarchick’s CafĂ© and those Saturday morning breakfasts with his cousins, Joe and Janet Pielacha.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville, and a lifetime member of the South Cass Fire Company, Primrose.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Ann Hohman.

Bobby is survived by his brother, Joseph P. “Joey” Padelsky, Black Heath; his brother-in-law, Joseph Hohman, Orwigsburg; two nieces, Jennifer Tracyk (spouse, Chris) and Therese Hohman; his nephew, Joseph Hohman; his great-nephew, Preston, and great-niece, Sydney. He is also survived by his cousins and caretakers in his final days, Mary Poko, Peggy Grant and Jake Pielacha.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Friday from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 6:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 9:15 A.M. when procession will form. Requiem Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 415 N. Front Street, Minersville. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Branch Township. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Nicholas Church.


William L. Houser , Jr.
, 74, of Primrose, passed away peacefully, May 11, 2024, surrounded by friends and family.

He was born in Pottsville, Pa. on May 24, 1949, a son of the late Louise (Kordish) and William L. Houser, Sr. Although William went by the name Bill or Howie he enjoyed being called Pappy the most. He was a 1967 graduate of Minersville High School and got drafted into the Vietnam war in 1970-1972 "Blackhorse Regiment". He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, softball, playing cards and loved the game of darts. The majority of his working career was spent at the United Postal Service until he retired at the age of 52. Later in life he spent most of his time making phone calls to talk to his Pappy boys, family and friends and going on joy rides to the best places to eat.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his former wife, Diane (Lisowski) Houser.

He is survived by two daughters, Kristie Eichenberg, and Kimberly, wife of Mickey Moore as well as a son, Edwin Houser. He is also survived by a sister, Linda Rizzardi, and a brother, Robert “Lefty” Houser. Grandchildren Mason & Caden Houser, Pierce Eichenberg, and Tucker & Finn Moore. Cousins, nieces, and nephews as well as his daily companion, his dog Benji. A Visitation shall be held 9:00 to 11:00 am Saturday, May 18th at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 am with Kenton Martin officiant. Interment at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Annville, PA.

Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.


Bernard S. “Squeak” Hosier, 72, of New Ringgold, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. Prior to retiring, he was a lifelong self-employed truck driver. 

Born in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Aaron A. and Ruth A. (Hoffman) Hosier. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, camp and going for rides on his four-wheeler. 

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur “Butch” and Edward “Eddie”. 

Surviving are two sons, Bernard Jr. and his wife, Tammy, and Anthony; daughter, Lisa; sister, Cammie; grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

At Bernard’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold.


Margaret Grace Kramer (Kehler)
of Boyertown, PA entered her eternal home on Monday, May 13, 2024 surrounded by her family.

Born in Mount Carmel, PA on February 6, 1932, she was the daughter of Bertha and Raymond Kehler.

In addition to her parents, Margaret is preceded in death by Melvin Kramer (husband) and Ronald Kramer (infant son).

She is survived by one son, James Kramer (wife Dawn); one daughter, Patricia Stroop (husband Howard); four grandchildren, Brittany Stroop, Adam Kramer (wife Andrea), Ryan Stroop (wife Elizabeth), and Grace Blickstein (husband Akvia); and four great grandchildren, Ella, Norah, & Josie Stroop, and Micah Vaeth.

Margaret was best known for being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She highly valued each and every relationship and was always available to give of her time to those she loved. She was the glue that held her family together, through her active involvement in their lives, through her prayers for each one of them and through her example as a strong Christian woman.

She was actively involved in her church. She played the piano and organ. She led the Children's Bible Quiz program for many years and served as President of the Nazarene Missions International organization in both Lavelle Church of the Nazarene and Pottstown Church of the Nazarene for a total of 50 years. In addition, she served on a Work and Witness trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Margaret, with her husband and later her family, was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Gospel Band where she played her accordion, and later the bells, and sang with various vocal groups. She loved playing with the band and traveling to various churches and camps in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, and Michigan, presenting the Gospel through music. She traveled with the band for more than 50 years.

Margaret loved to travel with her husband, Melvin, and her children, Pat & Jim. As grandchildren were born, they also became travel companions. This is just another example of how she invested in the lives of her family. She also enjoyed taking them with her to North East Nazarene Camp in Maryland. She was excited when great-grandchildren came along and loved when they would come to visit.

Words cannot express how much she was loved and how much she loved others. She was a blessed gift from God to everyone she came in contact with. She will be greatly missed, but we celebrate her well-deserved entrance into heaven. We know she will be joyfully singing in the angelic choir.

A viewing will be held at Pottstown Church of the Nazarene, 1045 Beech St., Pottstown PA from 5-7 PM Tuesday, May 21st.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be conducted at Geschwindt Stabingas Ebling Funeral Home, Inc., 25 E. Main St. Schuylkill Haven, on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10:30 AM with Rev. Thomas Lichtley & Rev. Dr. Manuel Howard co-officiating. An additional time for viewing will be held at the funeral home from 9:30 AM until the time of service.

Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Pottstown Church of the Nazarene, 1045 Beech St., Pottstown, PA 19464 or Patient Care Hospice, 995 Old Eagle School Rd., Suite 315, Wayne, PA 19087.