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with the following information:

  • Date and location of death

  • Birth date and location and birth parents of the deceased

  • Churches and organizations in which the deceased was a member

  • Surviving family members (except names of grandchildren and children’s spouses) and 
    pre-deceased family members Date, time and location of funeral services if after our publish time

  • Place of burial

  • Memorial contribution information.

All “free” obituaries are published according to our guidelines and space limitations. We reserve the right to edit any obituary submitted for free publication.

Obituaries that include extra information must be requested and will be published at a cost of $6.65 for the first 20 words plus 8 cents for each additional word for the entire obituary. Payment is due by
9 a.m. the Monday before publication date. Credit card payment can be made by calling 717-692-4737 ext. 100.

A photograph will be included in an obituary at a charge of $20. Photo can be emailed as a .jpg file to, or mailed to PO Box 250, Millersburg PA 17061, or hand-delivered to 510 Union St., Millersburg. Payment is due by 9 a.m. Monday.

We prefer to receive obituaries from a funeral home. However, we will accept an obituary from an immediate family member if day-time contact information (i.e., phone number and/or e-mail) is provided.

Mary L. “Molly” Helwig

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. • Mary L. “Molly”?Helwig, age 72, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Holy Cross Hospital.

She was born in Harrisburg, Pa. on Sept. 16, 1942. She had lived for many years in Somerset, N.J. as well as Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

She was the daughter of the late Frederick R. Helwig and Georgia (Bowman) Helwig, Millersburg, Pa.

She is survived by her long time companion, George Eckelman, Pompano Beach, Fla. and Watchung, N.J.; by her brothers, William B. Helwig, Millersburg, Pa. and Dr. John F. “Jeff” Helwig, San Jose, Costa Rica.

She was the loving aunt to: Randall D. Helwig and family, Schuykill Haven, Pa., Anne E. (Helwig) Walk and family, Millersburg, Pa., Katherine (Helwig) Soderman and family, Fort Lauderdale Fla., Frederick Helwig and family, San Jose, Costa Rica and Caroline Helwig and family, Nederland, Colo.

Molly attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Molly was employed for many years at Verizon in N.J. (formerly Bell Atlantic in Harrisburg) and American Hoechst in N.J. She loved to read, golf and to paint with oils.

Memorial Services will be held at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, 118 S. Market Street, Millersburg, PA 17061 on June 13 at 11:30 a.m. after which her ashes will be interred in Oak Hill Cemetery in the Helwig family plot.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 324 North Street, Millersburg, PA 17061.

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Virginia Lou Ferrizzi

LEBANON • Virginia Lou Ferrizzi, 77, died May 10 at Manor Care, Lebanon.

She was born March 26, 1938 in Hanover, a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Miller Shrawder.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Ferrizzi; a sister, Rose Hoke; a brother, Samuel Weaver; and two great-grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters: Debra Ficiak, Mary Lou Harry and Victoria Barron; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Bob Shrawder; and two sisters, Sylvia Mathieu and Anna Yohn.

Services were held May 15 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg.

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Sara A. “Sally” Robbins

MILLERSBURG • Sara A. “Sally” Robbins, 100, a resident at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, died May 9.

She was born in Gratz, a daughter of the late Edward and Agnes Matter Geist.

She retired from Brubaker Tool Co.

She was a member of Grace UM Church, Millersburg; and a former member of the ladies golf association at Lykens Valley Golf Course.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Miller and Charles Robbins; three brothers, Ray, Russell, and Earl Geist; and a sister, Mary Walborn.

She is survived by two sons, David Miller of Grantham, N.H. and Jack Miller of Coatesville; four granddaughters; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m. at Grace UM Church, Millersburg. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg.

Contributions may be made to her church, 982 Medical Road, Millersburg, 17061.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg, is in charge of arrangements.

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Robert C. “Bobby” Kohler

LYKENS • Robert C. “Bobby” Kohler, 51, of Lykens, passed away Wednesday, May 6 at his home.

He was born in Harrisburg, May 16, 1963, a son of Eleanor Snyder Schascheck, Florida and the late Charles “Butch” Kohler.

Bobby enjoyed being in the outdoors, especially camping.

He is a member of Sons of the Lykens American Legion.

Surviving in addition to his mother, are one sister, Brenda Bordner and her husband John, Williamstown; a brother, David Kohler and his wife Cindy, Camp Hill; half sister, Elaine Rodichok and her husband Jim, Tower City; a half brother, Larry Komernicky and his wife Sue, Arizona; his beloved dog Arlo, who never left his side; and nieces and nephews.

Following his wishes, there will be no services. 

Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. Tower City, has been entrusted with the arrangements. 

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Paul M. Reitz

MILLERSBURG • Paul M. Reitz, age 83,  of  Reitz Road passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village.

He was born in Mifflin Twp., the son of the late Francis and Louisa Lahr Reitz.

He was a graduate of Millersburg High School class of 1950.

Paul was a Mifflin Twp. supervisor and roadmaster for 42 years and inducted into the Dauphin County supervisor’s Hall of Fame.

He was a member of Salem Zion Church in Pillow; Woodmen of World Lodge #721; Lancaster and Lebanon County Red Rose Horse and Pony Club; Millersburg Moose Lodge #59; and Berrysburg Fire Co.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Nancy Weaver Reitz; a son, Dennis and his wife Carol of Herndon; a daughter, Darlene Barry (Tom) of Dalmatia; three granddaughters: Holly Hoke of Mechanicsburg, Nicole Miller of Enola and Danielle Doherty of Dalmatia; two great-granddaughters, Danae Hoke and Scarlett Miller.

He was preceded in death by brothers: Woodrow, Grant, Ray and  Bruce; and a sister, Marie Harmon Reitz.

Services were held May 17 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. Burial was in David’s Church Cemetery in Killinger.

Donations can be made to American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043 or to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033.

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Wayne E. Yeagley

PITTSFIELD, Mass. • Wayne E. Yeagley, 52, of Pittsfield, Mass., formerly of Tower City, died May 11.

He was born May 21, 1962 in Pottsville, a son of the late William and Barbara Jones Yeagley.

He was last employed in the construction field.

He is survived by five children: Ryan, Kyle and Joshua Yeagley, Aubrey Drum and Clifton Webb;  a brother, Rick Yeagley; two sisters, Lee Ann Krupka and Janet Wiscount;  12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held May 18 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Tower City. 

Burial was held in Greenwood Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to Dimon Funeral Home, 644 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City  to help with expenses.   

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Lee A. Nunemacher

TOWER CITY • Lee A. Nunemacher, 72, died May 13 at his residence.

He was born Oct. 29, 1942 in Tower City, a son of the late Russell and Ruby Alvord Nunemacher.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

He retired from H.B. Reese Candy Company, Hershey.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City; and a member of the Tower City Fire Co. where he served with the fire police.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Bender Nunemacher; four children: Theresa Buffington, Lee Jr. and Michael and Melissa Nunemacher, all of Tower City; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;  a brother, Robert of Jonestown; a sister, Karen Shutt of Tower City; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held May 16 from Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City. 

Burial with military honors was held in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to his church, P.O. Box F, Tower City 17980. 

Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services was in  charge of arrangements. 

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Carl Shomper

WILLIAMSTOWN • Carl Shomper, 88, of Williamstown, died Saturday, May 16.

He was born in Reinerton, April 14, 1927, a son of the late Mitchell and Eva Carl Shomper.

Carl was a 1945 graduate of the former Porter High School. 

Carl proudly served his country with the United States Marines during World War II.

He was the retired owner of Shomper’s Service Station, Williamstown; also had owned and operated Shomper’s Car Wash and More Precious than Gold Spring Water.              .

He was a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church; Williamstown American Legion; and the Liberty Hose Company, Williamstown.

Carl believed family first; work second. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing.  He lived his life to the fullest.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Rex Carlton Shomper.

Surviving are his wife, Constance Challenger Shomper, to whom he would have celebrated 63 years of marriage on May 17; a son, Todd Shomper and his wife Julie, Williamstown; two sisters, Joan Minnich and her husband Harry, Tower City and Charlene Wenzler, Williamstown; and several  nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial with military honors will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory should be made to the following organizations,  Williamstown EMS; Williamstown Methodist Church, Williamstown American Legion or Williamstown Liberty Hose Company.

Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services has charge of the arrangements.

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Joan E. Harner

DALMATIA • Joan E. Harner, 82, died May 15 at Hershey Medical Center.

She was born in Millersburg, a daughter of the late Albert and Esther Stoneroad Zerbe.

She was a teacher’s aide in the Line Mountain School District.

She was a member of St. Luke’s UCC, Malta; and a social member of the Mandata Legion.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Zerbe and Albert Zerbe Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Clair Harner; two daughters, Cathy Artz of Millersburg and Sonya Kozlovsky of State College; two grandchildren; a great grandson; and a brother, Richard Zerbe of Dalmatia RD. 

Services will be held Friday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s UCC, Malta. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m.

Private inurnment will be at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to St. Luke’s UCC, Mahangtango Creek Road, Dalmatia 17017.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg, is in charge of arrangements.

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