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SENTINEL GUIDELINES: Obituaries in the Upper Dauphin Sentinel are printed free of charge 
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.

John A. Hartman

MYERSTOWN • John A. Hartman, 90, of Stone Ridge Poplar Run, Myerstown, PA, formerly of Elizabethville, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 in the Lancaster General Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Minnie M. Yeager Lebo Hartman. 

He was born in Gratz, PA on September 12, 1923, a son of the late Ralph and Elah Marie Hartman.

John was employed for 30 years with Muskin Shoe Company and later retired from Electrolux.

He was a graduate of the Thompson Business School and a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Myerstown, PA.

He is survived by stepchildren, Scott Lebo and wife Beth of Landisville; Pamela Foster and husband James of Ash Fork, AZ; five step-grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren; sister, Marie Howard of Millersburg and nephew, Robert Howard of Shippensburg.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 23rd at 10:30 AM in the Zion United Methodist Church, 22 East Main St., Myerstown, PA.

Entombment will be held privately.

Rohland Funeral Home, Inc. of Lebanon was in charge of his arrangements.

This is a paid obituary

Charles Walter Minnich

TOWER CITY • Charles Walter Minnich, 87, of Tower City, passed away suddenly Monday morning.

Born in Wiconisco, July 31, 1927, a son of the late Walter L. and Laura Kohler Minnich.

Charlie was a Navy Veteran of World War II.

He worked for many years on the family farm, Maple Lawn Dairy; a job he truly loved and enjoyed. He retired from the Union of Operating United Engineers with the Railroad.

Charlie was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City where he had served on the council, as a Sunday school teacher, an usher and helped wherever he could.  He was a member of the Ashlar Lodge #570 F&AM, Lykens;  Harrisburg Consistory; Tower City American Legion; and volunteered delivering for Meals on Wheels and with Volunteer Home Care.

Charlie's life revolved around his family. He enjoyed being on his tractor, his horses and spending time at the ocean.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Raye Reedy; and a brother, Russell Minnich.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Sara R. Leisey Minnich; two daughters, Karen L. Bruner (Gary), Chambersburg and Holly M. Hoffman (Bill), Pine Grove; five grandchildren, Jessica Rodichok (Paul); Caleb Bruner (Fredline) Sean Artz, Katie Bruner (Jason Vogel) and Monica Denver; 12 Great Grandchildren, Isabella Marie Clark, Valerie Artz, Sean Artz, Gabriella Bruner Zane Artz, Tristan Pereschuk, Maddox Artz; Sophia Bruner, Cecilia Bruner, Nick and Gage Vogel and Rayven Denver.  One brother, Harry Minnich (Joan) Tower City; four sisters, Mae Cortez, Tremont; Lorraine Abrams, Tower City; Joan Miller (Warren), Tower City and Janet Shutt, Tower City; and many nieces and nephews he adored.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 21st, from St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City with Rev. Linda Bonfiglio. Burial with military honors was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  A Masonic service was held.  In lieu of flowers donations should be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 415 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City PA 17980. Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guestbook visit

This is a paid obituary

Carl Allen Bredbenner

DALMATIA • Carl Allen Bredbenner, 89, died Aug 18.

He was born March 19, 1925 in Berwick, a son of the late Paul and Marion Bredbenner. 

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving as a Lieutenant JG in the Pacific theater including stations in Hawaii, Guam, Kwajalein, and Enewetak. 

He earned a degree from the University of North Carolina.

He was a certified public accountant and partner with KPMG, Harrisburg. 

He was a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants and a board member of the Susquehanna Valley AAA.  As mentor to the Line Mountain Olympics of the Mind, the team earned a first place win at both the regional and state competitions and a fifth place medal at the world competition.  He served as president of the local school board during the merger into the Line Mountain School District, at which time he was instrumental in the naming of the district and the choice of “the Eagles” as the school sports mascot. He was a past director of the Dalmatia Kiwanis and worshipped at Zion Lutheran church in Pillow. He was a licensed pilot and realized a childhood dream when he built a runway on his farm near Pillow. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Adams Bredbenner; a brother, Roy Bredbenner; and a sister, Grace Stout.

He is survived by his brother, Lee Bredbenner of Towson, Md.; a son, Carl Bredbenner Jr. of Long Valley, N.J.; two daughters, Jane Adams of Lakeside, Calif. and Julia Unger of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. 

Services were held Aug. 23 at Salem Zion Lutheran Church, Pillow. 

Burial was in Union Cemetery, Pillow.

Contributions may be made to the Union Cemetery Association, 233 Cemetery Hill Road, Herndon 17830.

James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow, was in charge of arrangements.

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Namie “June” Nakahara Miller

MILLERSBURG • Namie “June” Nakahara Miller, age 75, of Race Street in Millersburg passed away on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital in Harrisburg.

She was born in Hokkaido, Japan. Namie retired from the former Playtimers in Millersburg.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Miller; a daughter, Barbara Sherrill of Dalmatia; two sons, Roger McIntire of Shippensburg and Michael Miller of Steelton; four grandchildren: Lee Sherrill, Terrell McIntire, Bobby Jo McIntire and Jessica Payne; five great-grandchildren: Linsey, Heather, Nicholas, Lee and Ethan. She was preceded in death by her son, Bobby McIntire.

There will be a Memorial service held on Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg.

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This is a paid obituary

Marlin L. Schreffler

ELIZABETHVILLE • Marlin L. Schreffler, 92, died Aug. 19 at Kepler Home Inc., Elizabethville.

He was born Aug. 21, 1921 in Dornsife, a son of the late Samuel and Katie Donmoyer Schreffer.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

He was a retired welder and had worked for Bethlehem Steel in Steelton.

He was a member of Trinity UM Church, Elizabethville; a member of the American Legion Post 326; a former Lions Club member; and life member of the Elizabethville Fire Co.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Klinger Schreffler.

He is survived by two sons, Richard Schreffler of Palmyra and Michael Schreffler of College Park, Md.; a daughter, Susan Troutman of Pillow; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were private and at the family’s convenience.

Contributions may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville, was in charge of arrangements.

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Bonita M. “Bonnie” Barder

WILLIAMSTOWN • Bonita M. “Bonnie” Barder, 74, died Aug. 20 at Heritage Mill’s Personal Care Home, Tower City.

She was born Oct. 22, 1939 in Harrisburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline Troutman Muggio.

She was a member of Williamstown United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Cocky” Barder; and a brother, Joseph Muggio.

She is survived by two sons, Bari Muggio of Mich. and David Mace of Hegins; a daughter, Cindy Mace of Williamstown; three stepsons: Robert Barder, Jr. of Lykens, David Barder of Millersburg and John Barder of Colo.; two brothers, Michael Muggio of Spring Grove and Anthony Muggio of Millersburg; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is being planed in November.  A date and time will be published when arrangements are complete.  

Contributions may be made to Williamstown EMS, P.O. Box 74 Williamstown 17098 or Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc., Williamstown, is in charge of arrangements.

To sign the online guest book, visit

M. Drene Jones

SUNBURY • Drene Jones, 69, died Aug. 20 in Philadelphia.

She was born Aug. 4, 1945 in Sunbury. 

She is survived by her husband, Mark Jones; their three daughters: Lori Mirarchi, Jaci Harner and Heidi Bower; and five grandchildren.

A private memorial will be held for immediate family only.

Contributions may be made to Gift of Life Family House, 401 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia 19123 (www.GiftofLifeFamily or to Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 10866 W. Washington Blvd. #343, Culver City, CA 90232 (

Mahlon B. “Sonny” Schaeffer

TOWER CITY •  Mahlon B. “Sonny” Schaeffer, 84, died Aug. 22 at Schuylkill Medical Center – South, Pottsville.

He was born Aug. 24, 1929  in Reinerton, a son of the late Andrew and Ella Young Schaeffer.

He retired as a heavy equipment operator with the New Cumberland Army Depot.

He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Orwin; Porter Tower Lions Club; life member of the Armature Trap Shooters Association; and life member of the NRA, Orwin Fire Club, Hegins Trap Club and the Valley View Gun Club. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna “Sis” Labore Schaeffer.

He is survived by two brothers, Edward Schaeffer of Hershey and  Carey Schaeffer of Cressona;  his companion, Carol Lebo of Tower City; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Williamstown.  

Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc., Tower City, is in charge of arrangements.

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