Friday, July 5, 2024

Schuylkill County Obituaries for July 5th, 2024


Skook News Obituaries: July 5th, 2024

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area. 

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Sandra Jane Fessler, 71, longtime resident of Pottsville, died Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Greenwood Center Nursing Home, Tamaqua, PA. Born June 8, 1953, in Maryland, she was the daughter of Joseph and Shirley (Hoffman) Harkins. Sandra graduated from Pottsville High School, Class of 1971.

After attending nursing school, she was a caregiver and nurse's aide, caring for others in private duty home health care most of her life, always helping others before herself. Sandra was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and later St. Patrick's Church, both of Pottsville. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Anthony Kalenkoski on July 5, 2012, nephew Jeremi Harkins on April 28, 2018, and her loyal cat, Little Patches.

Sandra will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. Her kindness touched countless lives, making everyone feel valued and cared for. Her generosity knew no limits, always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Sandra's honesty was a guiding light, bringing integrity and sincerity to every interaction. Her humor brought warmth and laughter to every gathering, creating cherished memories for all. Throughout her entire life, Sandra exemplified the best of humanity, leaving behind a legacy of love, compassion, and joy. 

Sandra is survived by sons Mark Fessler, Gordon, PA and Bradford Fessler, Minersville, PA.

Two grandchildren, Bailee Fessler and Jaelin Meade.

  • Brother: Joseph Harkins and his wife Debbie, Schuylkill Haven, PA
  • Sister: Lynn Harkins, El Paso, TX
  • Sister: Pamela Panchari and husband Robert, of Pottsville, PA
  • Nieces & Nephews: Sandra had many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly
Funeral services will be held on Friday July 12, 2024 at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home,
208 Pike Street, Port Carbon, PA 17965 at 12:00 PM with Rev. Philip Rodgers. Visitation will be
held from 11:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in
Pottsville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Pottsville Soup Kitchen, Trinity Lutheran Church or
St. Patrick’s Church, Pottsville, PA.

Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home has charge.


Nancy L. (Reedy) McNulty
, 60, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024 peacefully at her home surrounded by her family.

Born in York Farm, August 13th, 1963 she was the daughter of the late Melvin D Reedy & Grace (Snyder) Dixon.

Nancy was a graduate of Pottsville School District. She enjoyed trips to the casino with her husband Jim, going to dinner at Carmelo’s Roman Delight and enjoying her Purple Rains there. She loved taking family vacations to the beach, and going Black Friday shopping with her lifelong best friend, Lisa Montone. Her family will tell you that she was the best baker & cook. She was quick witted, intelligent, always kind and adored by many. Above all she loved her husband, children, and grandchildren. Being a grandmother was her greatest joy.

She worked various jobs throughout her life, from a lamp maker at ZRM, dietary aide at York Terrace nursing home, to a supervisor in physician billing at the former Good Samaritan Hospital in Pottsville. Eventually she joined her husband at their family business, McNulty’s Floor Covering, which then went on to expand into McNulty’s Building Supply, Inc. She was an incredible business woman and partner to her husband; helping him in his many other business ventures like home remodeling and new construction building.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin D. Reedy, Grace (Snyder) Dixon, and her brothers; Richard Hopkins, William Hopkins, and Jamie Reedy.

She is survived by her loving husband Jim of 45 years, her two daughters; Nancy Daubert and her husband Troy of Orwigsburg, PA and Amanda Vachris and her husband James of Hockessin, DE. 5 grandchildren; Landon, Dalton, Hudson, Delaney, and Mallory. Her brother Melvin D. Reedy & his wife Peggy (Cupeecakes), and her 2 nieces; Jennifer Collins & Jessica Brennan.

Services will be held Wednesday July 10, 2024 at the First United Methodist Church, in Pottsville, PA. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM in the chapel until the time of service at 11:00 AM in the church. Interment will follow at Queen of the Universe Cemetery.

Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home has charge.


Florence Louise (Hagadish) Kashlak, RN
, 97, of Hometown, died Tuesday, July 2, 2024. 

Born in Lansford, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Christine (Kitsko) Hagadish. A 1944 graduate of Lansford High School, she was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in 1945 while attending Women’s Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia. She subsequently graduated first in her class from the Osteopathic Hospital of Philadelphia School of Nursing in 1950. Initially, she practiced as a registered nurse in Philadelphia and Pottstown in medical-surgical and maternal-child nursing. After her marriage to Joseph Kashlak in 1951, she primarily practiced as a private duty nurse on the registry of Coaldale State General Hospital and assumed the informal role of neighborhood nurse. She was a member of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Nursing Alumni Association and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.

Florence was an avid reader and skilled seamstress. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, ceramics, and interior design. She traveled to 24 states and 19 foreign countries. In her younger years, she volunteered for numerous charitable organizations.

In addition to her parents and her brother, J. Woodrow Hagadish, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 2018 after 66 years of marriage. She was the last member of her immediate family. She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Nancy Kashlak, DNP, Hometown and Dr. Gail Roberts, EdD, and husband, Joseph, Port Charlotte, FL, two grandsons, David Roberts, Port Charlotte, and Scott Roberts, Savannah, GA, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 Mauch Chunk Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelman-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Donald Dale Deibler
, 88, of Tower City has gone home to be with Our Heavenly Father with his family by his side at the Lebanon Veteran's Medical Center on Wednesday, July 3, 2024.

Donald was a kind and gentle man who loved Jesus with all his heart. He instilled that in his children at an early age and throughout our lives. He was our mother's caregiver for 20 + years through her journey with Parkinson's disease and taught us what unconditional love is about. His love for her was immense and we are still in awe of his devotion to her. They are now reunited in heaven, and we are certain it was a glorious reunion.

Donald loved his country and served in the United States Army. Upon his discharge, he took on a career as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. At an early age, he grew up on a farm and pursued his love for farming as a hobby during retirement. He was known for his prize tomatoes and always had plenty to share with everyone. He loved animals and had two potbelly pigs he adored named Effie and Millie.

In addition to his parents, J. Daniel Deibler and Estella Irene Bender Deibler, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Patricia Cretarole Deiber; a sister and five brothers; a son-in-law, Michael R. McAloose.

He leaves behind his three daughters, Jody McAloose (David Grbich), Tammy Long (Michael), and Tracy Brennan (Matthew); a son, Danny Deibler (Stephanie Medellin); a granddaughter, Alexis Deibler; a brother Galen Deibler and sister-in-law Faye Deibler; many nephews and nieces.

His love and affection will be missed by his granddogs, Otis, Pearl, Raven, Violet, Timber, and Birdie, and a grandkitty, Bobbie.

Following Donald's wishes, there will be no formal services. He will be laid to rest privately with military honors in the St. John's Cemetery, Berrysburg.

In honor of Donald's memory, please send donations to the VA Hospital in Lebanon.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Tower City, is honored to serve the Deibler family.


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