Skook News Obituaries: October 17th, 2020
Walter S. Donella of Palo Alto and formerly of Mahanoy City entered into eternal life on October 16, 2020. He was born at the former locust Mountain Hospital. A son of the late William A. and Sophia M. (Wilner) Donella
He graduated from Mahanoy Area High School and the Schuylkill County Vo-Tech program in culinary arts.
Walter went on to further his education and graduated from the Culinary School of Washington DC. This provided him the opportunity for employment at many upscale restaurants including Embassy Row Wash. DC, the English Style Inn, in Virginia, the Blue Ridge Restaurant Corp. In Martinsburg, WV and seasonally at the Chez le Mere Restaurant in Rehoboth De. Locally he was employed at Ridgeview nursing home Shenandoah as a chef.
He graduated from Lord Fairfax Community College VA with a degree in business management and Hagerstown Junior College of Hagerstown, MD with a degree in Management & Marketing. He used these to own and operate his business Hap-E-Toys at the Tangiers Mall Martinsburg, WV. He was employed by Lincoln Mortgage and 1st American Mortgage as a loan officer helping many families obtain their first home.
He also obtained his real estate appraisal license. He wore many hats throughout his life. As he always said “It’s all good”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother William J. Donella and nephew Adam Donella.
He is survived by his daughters Megan Elizabeth Park and her husband Jeremy, Winchester VA, Casey Donella, Hagerstown MD, and Jacque Donella, Middleburg VA, sister Kathleen M. Bridgen wife of Charles H. Bridgen, nephews Charles W. Bridgen, William Donella Jr. Daniel Donella, a niece Free Ann Donella and numerous cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City, PA, at 10 am on Saturday, October 24th, with Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher officiating.
Friends may call Saturday from 8:30 am at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish.
Interment will follow in St Joseph Cemetery Mahanoy City, PA.
Family prefers donations to Hillside SPCA.
Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.truskowskyfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book, send sympathy cards, or view Video Tribute.
Olga Peshock, 93, of Mar Lin, Norwegian Township, passed away on Thursday at Providence Place.
Born on February 23, 1927 in Mount Laffee, New Castle Township, she was a son of the late Andrew and Mary Cuttic Wartella. She attended the Mount Laffee School and was a 1945 graduate of Minersville High School. She was employed in the local garment industry.
She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Minersville.
Preceding her in death was her husband of 49 years, John Peshock, in 1997; two sons, William Peshock and John Peshock; a sister, Anna Wyslutsky.
Olga is survived by two siblings, Andrew Wartella (spouse, Frances), San Clemente, California, and Mary Yost, New Bloomfield; nieces and nephews, including her caretaker, Sandra Wyslutsky, Lancaster.
The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury St., Minersville on Monday from 10:00 A.M. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. with Olga’s nephew, Father Nicholas Wyslutsky, officiating. Interment will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Branch Township. The family prefers donations to the Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cemetery Fund or to Compassus, 1001 James Drive, Suite B34, Leesport, PA 19533.
Gene “Gino” Brentari, 64, of Primrose, Cass Township, passed away on Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.
Born on August 23, 1956 in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Emma Sborz Brentari and the late August Brentari, Sr. He attended St. Francis Parochial School and was a 1974 graduate of Minersville High School. He worked at Hydro, Cressona. He had previously been employed by the former Schuylkill Haven Bleach and Dye Works.
Gino was a member of Holy Family Parish, Minersville.
He was an avid Notre Dame fan. He also played softball until age 42, playing for various adult teams. However, his greater joy was interacting with his grandsons, whether it’s watching their sports endeavors in wrestling, football and, most recently, baseball; or helping with their hobbies.
In addition to his parents, Gino was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Samantha, in 1988.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Ann Justine Laychock; a daughter, Nicole Ann Lugaila (spouse, Rick); two grandsons, Reese and Owen Lugaila. He is also survived by two brothers, August Brentari, Jr. (spouse, Suzie), Columbus, Georgia, and Richard Brentari (spouse, Judi), Pottsville; nieces and nephews; his feline buddy, “Tiger”.
The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Monday from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and on Tuesday from 6:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 9:45 A.M. when procession will form. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. in S. Michael the Archangel R.C. Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Visitors and attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. Interment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Branch Township. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Hillside SPCA, Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901.