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Thomas Stephen "Razz" Radocha

February 11, 1947 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Thomas Radocha Obituary

Thomas "Razz" Radocha



Thomas Stephen Radocha, “Razz” 76, of Summit Hill, entered into eternal rest Sunday, January 07, 2024 at Eagle Rock Resort, Hazle Twp. He was the husband of the late Sheryl Harakal-Radocha who passed away July 23, 2023. Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Josef and Stefania (Zaba) Radocha. He was employed as head of maintenance for Silberline Manufacturing Co. in Tamaqua for 40 years. After retiring he worked security for the former St. Lukes Hospital in Palmerton and lastly worked security for Eagle Rock Resort in Hazle Twp. He was a member of St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill. He was a graduate of Lansford High School Class of 1964 and was a member of the Men of Marian.

A graduate of Lansford High School in 1964, Thomas took pride in being a Panther. He was an avid fan of sports, cheering on his Indianapolis Colts during football season and the Chicago Cubs during baseball season. As a young man, Thomas was an exceptional athlete playing baseball, basketball & football for his hometown. For over three decades, Thomas gave back to the community as a volunteer coach for Panther Valley youth football, Lansford Little League, Summit Hill Girls Softball, & Our Lady of the Valley CYO. Even after he “retired” from coaching, he was still coaching his grandchildren either practicing basketball or in the backyard playing baseball. He served as the Minority Clerk for the 52nd District, 1st Ward for several years within the Summit Hill Borough. 


Loyal to his faith, devoted to his family, and dedicated to being a provider, Thomas was a man who lived his life to its fullest, embracing what it presented and finding the good with everything about it. To the world he was many things but to his family, he was the world. While he no longer stands with us in body, his love to helping your fellow person, his ingenuity to build, rebuild & repair and his work ethic have been passed along to those who he influenced the most. What he leaves behind is an infectious spirit that will live well in the children and grandchildren who he helped to raise. His favorite thing to do besides the calm of fishing was watching movies, reading anything historical and travelling with his family.

Surviving are sons Thomas S. Radocha and his wife Vanessa of Tamaqua and Matthew J. Radocha of Lansford; daughters Jodie L. Murphy and her husband Erin of Northampton, Harmony Lee Smith and her husband Roobhenn of Summit Hill, and Tiffany Ann Harakal-Drumheller and her husband John of Nesquehoning; sisters Eleanor Nihen of Summit Hill and Rosemay Nester of Lansford; a brother Stephen Radocha and his wife Dianne of Lansford, grandchildren Kassia Radocha, Alexis and Morgan Eberly, Bryan R. Smith, Gunnar, Nolan and Matthew Rehrig, October Lee and Emerald Marie Harakal-Drumheller,  great granddaughters Priscilla and Taelyn; many nieces and nephews and his and Sheryl’s beloved dog Angel Baby.  

He was also preceded in death by sisters Anna Tessitore and Theresa Sabol and brothers Joseph and Frank Radocha.

The family would like to welcome friends and loved ones to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday January 15, 2024 in the St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley, 462 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, Pa 18250 with Rev. Robert George officiating. Family will receive friends 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church. Donations will be accepted in his name to St. Joseph Parish of the P.V., 118 N. Market St., Summit Hill, Pa 18250. The Sverchek-Blazosky Funeral Home, 340 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Online condolences at

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January 15, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Joseph Parish of the P.V, Summit Hill
462 W. Ludlow St.
Summit Hill, PA 18250

Mass of Christian Burial
January 15, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Joseph Parish of the P.V, Summit Hill
462 W. Ludlow St.
Summit Hill, PA 18250


St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley
118 N. Market St., Summit Hill PA 18250


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