Skook News obituary: November 23, 2021

Obituaries posted in the Schuylkill County area.

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Mary Ella “Sam” Sweigert, 78, died Monday November 22 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill, E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Schuylkill Haven on October 11, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Ella Sadie Messer, with whom she resided most of her life until she moved to Applewood Circle, Orwigsburg.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Summer Hill, Auburn.

Mary Ella loved to collect lighthouse and beach memorabilia, as well as crochet afghans. She bravely survived two brain tumor surgeries.

Mary Ella is survived by two daughters: Lisa Sweigert, partner of Bobby Hess, of New Ringgold; & Connie, wife of Paul Harig, of Summit Station; and a son, Larry Sweigert, of Enola. She is also survived by two grandchildren: Jennifer Lileck and Sydnie Harig, a great-grandson, Tobias Lileck, and a sister, Fran Bedway, of Schuylkill Haven.

A Celebratory Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 29 at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc. in Schuylkill Haven with Reverend Curtis Zemencik as celebrant. A visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral home service.

Interment will follow service at Union Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.

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Arthur Cyrus Chaffee, 63, of W. Columbia St., Schuylkill Haven, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Born December 22, 1957 in Steelton, he was the son of Jane Webber Chaffee of Bethlehem and the late Norman Louis Chaffee.

He was a graduate of Liberty High School.

Arthur was a guard at Kutztown University before his retirement.

He attended Grace Free Church in Cressona.

Art loved his wife, his children and his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his love of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, his love of traveling with his wife and his love of the Dallas Cowboys. After his retirement he enjoyed reading, watching Price is Right, playing games and shredding paper. In his youth, he liked to play basketball with his son.

The predestined son was Nathaniel “Nate” Michael Chaffee.

Survivor, in addition to his mother, are his 36-year-old wife, Donna Kutz Chaffee; one daughter, Sarah and her husband Jarred Wilhelm of Auburn; two grandchildren, Charlise and Toby Wilhelm; two sisters, Pamela and her husband Tommy Waters of Wylie, TX and Deborah and her husband Alan Gryshuk of East Greenville; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Free Church, 101 Graeff St., Cressona with Pastor Joshua Ott as officiant. There will be a visit on Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow in Schuylkill Church in the Brothers’ Cemetery, Pine Grove.

Instead of flowers, the family would prefer that contributions be made to Gifts of Grace Outreach, c / o Grace Free Church, 101 Graeff St., Cressona, Pa. 17929 in her memory.

HL Snyder, Inc., Pine Grove Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Catherine hoffmann, 93, in Frackville, passed away peacefully Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital with her family by her side.

Born in Frackville, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Mary Stoppi Kuzio. She had been employed as a seamstress in the local garment industry.

She was a member of St. Michael the Archange Ukrainian Catholic Church in Frackville.

She was predeceased by her husband William T. Hoffman, 1990, her son Thomas J. Hoffman, 1994, and siblings; Mary Sich, Anna Maliniak, Stephen Kuzio and Julia Dougert.

Catherine is survived by two sons; David and his wife Tina Hoffman, Pine Grove and William Hoffman, Frackville, his daughter Susan wife of Paul Reznikov, Manlious, NY, his grandchildren; Chloe, Mark and William Reznikov and Matthew and Carly Hoffman, his niece Elaine Maliniak and his nephew Stephen Kuzio.

The funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church, Frackville, with Reverend Petro Zvarych, Pastor, as officiant. Friends can call Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, Mondays 9:30 am-10:30am with Panikhida service at 10:15 am. Interment will be in the Parish Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville.

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Patricia S. “Pat” (Anisczyk) Cieslukowski, 87 of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Monday, November 22, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Shenandoah on September 5, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Rose (Dombrowski) Anisczyk.

She graduated from the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.

Earlier in her life, she was employed at the former Locust Mountain State Hospital, first in food preparation and later as a nurse’s aide. When she closed, she was then employed as a geriatric nurse aide at the former Ashland State Hospital until her retirement.

Pat was a member of St. Casimir’s Church, Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah. She watched EWTN daily, after listening to Mother Angelica and praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Rosary, a special devotion she had and lived. She enjoyed the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great children who brought her great joy.

Her husband, Walter J. “Wally” Cieslukowski, April 10, 2017; two brothers and seven sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Walter Cieslukowski and his wife Deborah of Harrisburg and Peter Cieslukowski of Shenandoah; three grandchildren, Kevin and Brian Cieslukowski and Candace Walsh; twelve great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Tomchick of Shenandoah; nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and many friends.

A Christian funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 10:00 am at St. Casimir’s Church, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, the sacred place of worship of the Divine Mercy Parish. Rev. Mgr. Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor will be the celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Casimir Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Expressions of sympathy on Pat’s behalf may be directed to Father Walter J. Ciszek Chapel Fund, c / o 108 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.

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William J. Angelo, 77, of Minersville, died Saturday morning at Providence Place, Pottsville.

Born in the canton of Cass, he was the son of the late Santino and the late Sophie Keyso Angelo.

He graduated in 1961 from Nativity BVM High School. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Holy Family Parish, Minersville. He was a retired equipment operator and mechanic for the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Bill’s kind heart and witty nature touched the lives of so many in the community of Minersville. For nearly three decades, Bill was an elected member of the Minersville Borough Council. He also served with the Minersville Civic Club, the Good Will Fire Company, and was very active in youth sports for over 25 years, coaching Little League baseball and midget football. He was a member of the Sunny Rod Gun Club and also attended the Malvern Retreat Home for 52 years.

Her heartwarming spirit and generosity were best captured in her role of “spreading the magic of Christmas”. For decades, Bill has volunteered with various local organizations as he brings smiles to generations of children throughout the Minersville community.

When Bill wasn’t spending his time with his family or giving back to the community, he was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed trips to his Sullivan County cabin with the guys, many of whom he coached over the years.

Whether you hang out with Bill regularly or bump into him once in a while, many will remember his wise and humorous words that would make anyone laugh.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister Emma Paulosky and 2 brothers Santino and Vincent Angelo.

He is survived by his wife, the ex Jean Bednar; one son Mark, Plains, Pennsylvania; one brother Frank Angelo, Cass Twp; one sister, Maria Mason, Minersville; one sister-in-law Sylvia Angelo, Minersville; a brother-in-law Robert Bednar and his wife June, Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury St., Minersville. Reverend Adam Sedar will officiate. Parents and friends can call to church on Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. until service time. Interment will be in the Schuylkill Memorial Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.

The family would prefer memorabilia in the form of contributions in memory of William at the Minersville Library, 220 S. 4th St., Minersville or at the Malvern Retreat House, 315 S. Warren Ave., Malvern, PA 19355. Contributions will be accepted at the funeral home. Arrangements are made by Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, Minersville. To offer your condolences to the family or to light a candle in memory of Bill, visit us at

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Gregory M. Mirocke “Rock”, 72, of Shenandoah, died Monday, November 22, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospice in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Born in Shenandoah on December 29, 1948, Greg was the son of the late August and Mary (Grodecki) Mirocke.

He was a United States Air Force veteran and then worked in the Sealy Posturepedic maintenance department for many years. Greg was an avid fisherman, he loved listening to classic rock music, loved to cook and eat pizza, play the lotto, and he was a true fan of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Sharon (Machinsky) Mirocke in 2015 and 2 brothers, Joseph and Louis Mirocke.

Greg is survived by a son, Gregory Mirocke with Jill – Shenandoah, 2 daughters, Stacey Wilinsky with Tim – Ashland and Gina Miscannon with Joe – Shenandoah, a sister, Madeline Buchinsky – Shenandoah and 2 grandchildren, Jude Wilinsky and Ellie Miscannon , as well as nieces and nephews.

A visit for family and friends will take place on Thursday, December 2 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Bible services will be celebrated at 10:30 am at the funeral home by Mgr. Ronald Bocian. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Memorial contributions to Greg’s memory can be made to the SPCA or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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