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The Skok News Obituaries has been a vital source of news to the community of Skok since its publication in the late nineteenth century. Today, the paper continues to serve the community by offering obituaries, sports reports and Skok News Obituaries for local schools, events and businesses. In addition to the news, the paper is a great resource for local history and genealogical information.

Lawrence Adam Petrole Skok News Obituaries

The recent passing of Lawrence Adam Petrole has left the residents of Tamaqua reeling from his loss. Known for his wit, charm, and ability to tarot cards, the 62 year old former Army pilot was an avid diver and swimmer, and was proud to be the first in his family to own a home. Sadly, he passed away in January of 2023. A cherished husband, father, and grandfather, Petrole was laid to rest in Mount Irwin, Pennsylvania, and will be remembered for the many good times shared with friends and family. He leaves behind a wife, Linda, and a son, Tim; a daughter, Nancy; and a grandson, Jarrod.

Gilbert J. Beury

The death of Gilbert J. Beury has taken place, at age 57, on Tuesday, December 27, 2018. He was born in Pottsville, PA on January 8, 1957 and was a member of the North Ward Social Club. Gilbert was a supervisor for M & Q Packaging and Gilford Chemical. His funeral was handled by Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home in Orwigsburg. Survivors include his wife Sylvia A. (Saurazas) Beury; his step son Cory Laguna; siblings David Pickard, Joanne Horning, and Lucy Brandt; and nieces and nephews.

Gilbert was also an avid shooter of pool and belonged to Tremont Clubsters. He also worked as a laborer for PennDot for 35 years. In addition, he enjoyed being involved in the community and participating in local events. As a former member of the North Ward Social Club, he also participated in activities for the club. Several members of the club helped with his funeral.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his daughter Briana C. Kromer, a P.F.C. in the United States Army. He also has 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Rose Hashuga Volz. A memorial service will be held in the near future. You can view his obituary here.

Betty L. Smith

Betty L. Smith, age 86, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Wexford. She was the wife of Elmer Setzenfand and the mother of Larry Setzenfand, Elaine Stiger, and Debbie Meussner. During her long and prosperous life, she devoted much time to helping others. Her hobbies included camping, fishing, and boating. As a member of the Skok News Obituaries Community Church, she was active in the activities of the church and in the community. She was also a member of the Marian Guild. There is a memorial service to be held on January 30, 2021, at 11:30 AM at the New Community Church. The funeral will be followed by a reception at the George A. Thoma Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Hospice of Western PA.

Betty’s siblings include Earl Munch, Jr. and LaVerne Dukovich, as well as her sisters, Theresa Pegher, and James “Sonny” Steigerwald. Her children include Eugene Pegher and Michael Steigerwald. Her granddaughters are Rachel Grupe and Brandon Grupe. Several grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends, will be attending the celebration of her life.

Judith A. Osenbach Skok News Obituaries

In the Skok News Obituaries, we often mention the name of the deceased, but the obituary does not tell what the family members are. We’ve listed a few people to give you a little more information on them.

Peter A. “Shiny” Russo passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. He was a former owner of Russo’s Service Station in McAdoo, Pennsylvania, and a Korean War veteran. He enjoyed poker and trips to area casinos.

David Powell, who is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, was the executor of his father’s estate. The Powells have a home in Berwick, Pennsylvania. They are survived by their son, William. Several of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren also live in the area.

Patrick Bemey, a native of Minersville, Pennsylvania, was a foreman in the Reading Company. He married Cecilia McDonald, a daughter of Archibald F. Miller.

Aaron Strubhar, a native of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, studied oboe with Doucet of the Paris Conservatoire. His parents were also a member of the G. A. R., and his brother, George, was a Civil War veteran. He was wounded at Llewellyn and Petersburg.

John M. MINOGUE, who was an attorney at law in Ashland, Pennsylvania, was a member of the Red Men, the Royal Arcanum, and the English Lutheran Church. Throughout his life, he was a faithful member of all his relationships.

Henry Otto Saterlee, who was a private secretary for the Baron von Rothschild, was a member of the Reformed Church, and his family also belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church in Cressona, Pennsylvania. During his lifetime, he had a farm in the Friedensburg area, and he was also an agriculturist.

Skok News Obituaries Matthew Dillman

Matthew Dillman was born in Pottsville on July 5, 1979. He was a high school dropout and was a member of the United States Army for a brief stint in the late ’80s. His wife, Brandy Lawson, survives him along with a passel of children and grandchildren. On a personal note, Matt was a proud owner of an ’88 era Ford F150. Among the many accolades, Matt received an Army commendation for his distinguished service.

Matt’s illustrious escapades include a stint as a police officer in the borough of Butler and a tour of duty with the Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Department. In his spare time, he tended to a slew of pigeons and hens.

Francis G. “Frank” Nidock Skok News Obituaries

Aside from his philanthropy and a penchant for wearing a tie while delivering a speech at the Sydney Trade and Consumer’s Association, “Frank” was a gentleman gent. Hence, no surprise that he deservedly won the award for most deserving man at the ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House last Sunday. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Order of the Day for his contributions to the cause and the community. The above mentioned octogenarian will be remembered for his enduring and selfless generosity in his lifetime. To quote, “Frank’s generous spirit is a priceless gift for which we are indebted to you.” You can rest assured that he will be missed.

His passing was a sad one. No doubt his colleagues and peers will be as stricken as his beloved was on the saddest day of his life. It is with sincere condolences that his friends and colleagues will miss his halo and haloed presence in their lives. From a personal perspective, the man will be missed a lot and may be for some time to come. Nevertheless, we wish him well and a befitting burial at the gravesite. After all, he fought a good fight to the end and is the one of a kind.


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