Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 26, 2022


Skook News Obituary: February 26, 2022

Obituaries posted in the Schuylkill County area.

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Alberta M. Lutz93, of Pine Grove, died Thursday, Feb. 24, at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Summit Station on August 19, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Harvey & Cora S. (Bressler) Freeman.

Besides her parents, she is also predeceased by two brothers: Ernest E. Freeman, & Harvey Freeman, & a sister, Pauline Trumbo.

She was a life member of St. Mark’s Brown Church in Wayne Township.

Alberta had worked as a machine operator in the textile industry.

She is survived by five daughters: Beverly, wife of Joseph Gallagher, of Ringtown; Jean Haldeman, Irene, wife of Harry Peiffer, Jr., all of Pine Grove; Kathleen Mervak, of Columbia, South Carolina; & Carol, wife of John Goba, of Cressona; and three sons: Leon Lutz, partner of Susan Fehr, of Schuylkill Haven; Ernest Lutz; & Robert Lutz, companion of Denise Covas, both of Pine Grove. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, one brother, Paul, husband of Shirley Freeman, of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, one sister-in-law, Shirley Freeman, Schuylkill Haven and nieces & nephews.

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 2 at St. Mark’s Browns Church at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Eugene Eckroth officiating. A visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Alberta should be sent to St. Mark’s Browns Church, PO Box 37, 151 Summer Hill Rd., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

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William G. Gross, Sr.73, of Pottsville, died Thursday, Feb. 24 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill, E. Norwegian St.

Born in Pottsville, July 17, 1948, son of the late Bertha (Ent) and Chester Gross.

He was the husband of Gloria (Whalen) Gross.

He was previously employed by EA Quirin, St. Clair.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children William Jr. husband of Tracy, Louisiana, Jennifer Tothw ife of Steve, Mary D, Keith husband of Becky, Tremont, Terry, Port Carbon; grandchildren Greg, Lauren, Kevin, Katelyn, Daniel and Hunter; great grandson Jace; brother Robert Gross; and sisters Helen Guest, Nancy Andrews and Virginia Gross.

Services and burial will be held privately for the convenience of the family.

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Tatyana Yurievna Johnson47, of Pottsville, formerly of Russia, died at Hawk Mountain.

Tatyana was born in Russia on December 10, 1974, the daughter of Galena and the late Yuri Nikitin.

She was the wife of Scott Michael Johnson. They were married on June 14, 2010. She was a homemaker and also enjoyed working at St. Josephs Specialized Learning Center in Pottsville.

In addition to her husband Scott, Tatyana is survived by her two daughters, Anastasia Kristina Keno and Christina Nicole Johnson.

Tatyana is also survived by her brother, Sergei Nikitin. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Hamilton – Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg on Sunday, March 6 at 1:00 p.m. Tours will begin at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mental Health America, 500 Montgomery St. Suite 820, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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Ralph “Moe” Thomas, 84, of Palo Alto, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at Luther Ridge on February 24, 2022. He will be forever missed. Ralph was one of eight children born to the late Harry and Bertha (Pfeiffer) Thomas. He lived his life in Palo Alto. Ralph married his high school girlfriend, Patricia Ann Grover, and celebrated 62 years of marriage. Ralph is survived by his wife Patricia and their children. Susan Donton-Kuhns and her husband Pete, Ralph Jr. and his wife Marcella, Linda Mingos and her husband Ron, Sharon Souchak and her husband Tim, Patti Ann DaSilva and her husband Jeff and Joann Conrad. He is survived by 15 grandchildren, Robert Donton Jr, Megan Frasnelli, Paige Thomas, Isaac Thomas, Jacob Mingos, Mallory Mingos, Heather Shappell, Shannon Shappell, Jeffrey DaSilva, Neal DaSilva, Derek DaSilva, Shane DaSilva, Ian Conrad, Kaile Conrad, and Tanner Conrad; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ralph enjoyed sports and the outdoors and was an avid trout hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed camping, deep-sea fishing, spending time on the beach, and going on cruises. It had a permanent campground at Rosemount Camping Resort for many years. In his youth, he enjoyed playing football, softball, basketball, boxing, as well as roller skating and dancing. Ralph was also an avid train collector.

Ralph was a life member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. After graduating from Pottsville Area High School in 1955, he entered the Pennsylvania National Guard, serving enthusiastically for 11 years.

A Christian funeral mass will be held Tuesday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Pottsville, with Rev. Kevin Bobin officiating.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial with military honors will be in St. John’s Cemetery No. 2, Pottsville.

Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is making arrangements.

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Bertha H. “Blondie” Botek96, of Minersville, died early Thursday morning at Green Valley Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, Pottsville.

Born in Drawno, Poland, she was the daughter of the late Clement and Helena Buda.

She was educated in schools in Poland. She was a member of Holy Family Parish in Minersville. She was a retired garment worker.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased in 2011 by her husband Andrew Botek. She was the last living sister of her siblings.

She is survived by her niece Mary Ann Kline and her husband Thomas, Minersville; a sister-in-law Rose Downey and her husband Tony, Pottsville; also nieces and nephews here and in Poland and Australia.

The Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated at St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Holy Family Parish, 139 Spruce St., Minersville at 10 a.m. Thursday. Relatives and friends may call Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville on Thursday from 8-9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, St. Clair. .

The family would prefer memorabilia in the form of contributions to Bertha’s memory at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn. 38105. Contributions will be accepted at the funeral home.

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