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  • Churches and organizations in which the deceased was a member

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    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
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Harold L. “Johnny” Reidler Sr.

TREMONT • Harold L. “Johnny” Reidler Sr., 91, formerly of Donaldson, died Feb. 12.

He was born Aug. 14, 1925, in Muir, a son of Samuel and Ethel Tobin Reidler. 

He was well known in the racing of winning homing pigeons and also was a honeybee keeper.   

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Harner Reidler; a daughter, Gloria Ellinger; a grandson; a great-great-granddaughter; and three brothers: Robert Reightler, Samuel Reidler Jr. and Leslie Reightler.

He is survived by three sons: Lt. Colonel Harold Reidler Jr., USAF ret. of Holden, Mo., Randall Reidler of Ashland and John “Craig” Reidler of Pottsville; five daughters: Carol Witmer of Inverness, Fla., Fontaine Fisher of Pine Grove, Minnie Lucas of Hegins, Deborah Derr of Tower City and Elizabeth Wolff of Tremont; a brother, Charles Reidler of Wernersville; three sisters: Joan Berkheiser of Schuylkill Haven, Janet Lengel of Pine Grove and Claire Coleman of Hegins; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; nine great great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

No services will be held per his request.

Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tower City, is in charge of arrangements. 

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Fearnot. 

To sign the online guest book, visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com

Kenneth C. Hepler

VALLEY VIEW • Kenneth C. Hepler, 83, died Feb. 12 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 29, 1933, in Gratz, a son of the late Harry Sr. and Laura Minnich Hepler.

He was a 1951 graduate of the former Hegins Twp. High School.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was a self-employed truck driver hauling steel for more than 20 years, after which he and his wife owned and operated the Mini Mart Sub Shoppe in Valley View for more than 20 years. He also was a former school bus driver for Bowman Brothers, Valley View.

He was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Valley View; a member and past master of F&AM Valley Lodge 797 of Valley View; the Harrisburg Consistory; a life member of VFW Post 2385 of Gratz; and a member of the Tower City American Legion Post 468. Prior to his illness, he was a member of the Valley View, Hegins and Sacramento fire companies; the Valley View Gun Club; and the Dutchmen’s Hunting Camp of Bradford County.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kendall Hepler; two brothers, Harry Hepler Jr. and Glenn Hepler; and two sisters B. Lorraine Harner and Beverly Snyder.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Geraldine Hentz Hepler; two daughters, Gretchen Zerbe of Valley View and Kelsey Fetterolf of Hegins; four grandchildren; a great grandson; a brother, Jack Hepler of Gratz; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no services.

Contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

To sign the online guest book, visit www.buffingtonreed.com 

Jacqueline E. Stence

ELIZABETHVILLE • Jacqueline E. Stence, 82, of South Market Street, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Kepler Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Elizabeth-ville.

She was born Sept. 28, 1934, a daughter of the late Joseph and Clara (Stence) Samuelson.

She had worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in its License Department, Harrisburg.

She enjoyed reading and nature walks.

Survivors include a son, Benjamin (Marie) Stence, Millersburg; three grandchildren: Aimee, Christina and Melody; and two great grandchildren, Allison and Kevin II.

Services were held Feb. 14, 2017, at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville. Burial was at the family’s convenience at Free Grace B.I.C. Cemetery, Millersburg.

Please sign the online register book at www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Grace D. Mattis

ELIZABETHVILLE • Grace D. Mattis, 89, of South Market Street, and formerly of Ridge Road, Halifax, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11th, 2017, at the Kepler Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Elizabethville.

She was born June 13, 1927, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Elsie (Kinsinger) Phillips.

She was the widow of Paul S. Mattis.

She had worked in the past for the former Willits Shoe Co., Halifax.

She was a member, former Sunday school director and former choir director at Messiah Lutheran Church, Fisherville. Grace was very active in all church activities.

She also had memberships with the PA Farm Bureau, Fisherville Grange, Daughters of the American Revolution and Lady’s Auxiliary of the Fisherville Fire Co. She enjoyed tatting, embroidery, polka, singing and card games.

She is survived by five children: David Mattis, Halifax, Darlis Allen, Greentown, Connie Mather (Scott) East Genoa, N.Y., Bruce Mattis (Carol) Halifax, and Benjamin Mattis, Gallatin, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 18 at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Burial was in Halifax UM Cemetery, Halifax.

Memorial donations may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, Music and Sunday School Depts., 3 Church Street, Halifax, PA 17032.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville, handled the arrangements.

Please sign the online register book at www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Alfred P. Doyle

TOWER CITY • Alfred P. Doyle, formerly of Wiconisco, Pa., passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Heritage Mills, Tower City, Pa. 

He was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Lykens, Pa., to the late Patrick and Margaret Yentsch Doyle. 

Alfred was a graduate of the former Lykens High School, a Navy Veteran of World War II, and a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Lykens.  He enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren, gardening and was an avid Phillies and Notre Dame fan. 

He is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Dunlop and husband Craig, and Mary Kissinger and husband Steve; three sons: Patrick and his wife Susan, Terrence and his wife Valerie, and Timothy and his wife Linda; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Bernard; and a sister, Margaret Yuslum. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia T. Ferrell Doyle; and a sister, Catherine Bowman.

Memorial services were held Feb. 18, 2017, from Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Lykens. Inurnment was in the Irish Catholic Cemetery, Lykens, with military honors. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Alfred’s name may be made to his church at 732 Main Street, Lykens, PA 17048. 

John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens was entrusted with the arrangements.

This is a paid obituary

Gerald C. Daniels

LYKENS • Gerald C. Daniels, of Lykens, passed away Monday Feb. 13, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Wiconisco, Pa., to the late Charles and Lillian Coleman Daniels.

Gerald was a graduate of the former Wiconisco High School was a Navy Veteran of World War II; was a member of Liberty Hose Company No. 2 of Lykens; social member of Wiconisco Fire Co.; Dauphin County Volunteer Firemen’s Association; Lykens American Legion; Gratz VFW; VFW Service Officer; PIAA Official Basketball Association; and an original member of the Lykens Borough Authority. He enjoyed spending time at his camp and with his family and gardening. 

Gerald is survived by a son, Brent C. Daniels and his wife Tina; two daughters, Treasure Keiter and husband Elmer, and Joyce Reed and husband George; grandchildren: Jennifer, Jeremy, Kylie, Allison and Jacob; two great-grandchildren, Cassidy and Jack; two step-great-grandchildren, Damon and Madison; a sister, Esther Teter and his companion Sandra Snyder. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florence M. Witmer Daniels. 

Services were held Feb. 17, 2017, from Calvary United Methodist Church, Wiconisco, Pa. Burial was in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco, Pa. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gerald’s name may be made to: Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens, was entrusted with the arrangements.

This is a paid obituary

Kenneth James Heiserman

MILLERSBURG • Kenneth James Heiserman, 67, of Center Street, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Millersburg.

He was born in Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 24, 1949, son of the late Robert and Kitty (Wolfe) Heiserman.

He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was a retired phlebotomist and had worked for more than 30 years with Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg.

He was a member, past consistory member and helped with church meals and Christmas plays at Trinity UCC, Millersburg.

Ken could make anybody smile, and was the most carefree, easy-going guy you could know. He loved his family unconditionally, and his life revolved around taking care of “his girls” Carolyn, Janelle and Andrea. He enjoyed playing poker, shooting pool and the occasional blackberry brandy.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Carolyn A. (Yeager) Heiserman; two daughters, Janelle Heiserman (Nick Jones) and Andrea Heiserman, all of Harrisburg; two brothers, Robert (Joyce) Heiserman Jr., Wrightsville, and John (Marcie) Heiserman, Coatesville; a sister, Kitty Wolf (Donald), Palmyra; and grandson, Cooper Matthew Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Justin Laudenberger.

Services were held Feb. 16 at his church. Burial was at the convenience of the family.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg, handled the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to: Millersburg Ferry Association, P.O. Box 93, Millersburg, PA 17061 or to pet rescue at 2ndchance4life rescue.org

Please sign the register book at www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

June Marie Zipp

LYKENS • June Marie Zipp, 59, died Feb. 14 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 23, 1957, in Pottsville,  a daughter of the late John and Fay Solence Michaels.

She was of the Protestant faith. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, John “Boy” Michaels; and two sisters, Mary Michaels and Virginia Behne.

She is survived by a daughter, Rachel Michaels of Lykens; a son, Roger Michaels of Halifax; two grandchildren; a brother, Charles Michaels of Williamstown; two sisters, Alice Carl of Tower City and Shirley Houtz of Williamstown; and several   nieces and nephews.

Services were held Feb. 18 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. 

Contributions may be made to the Williamstown EMS, P.O. Box 33, Williamstown, PA 17098.  

To sign the online guest book, visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com

Elsie M. Neumeister

ORWIGSBURG • Elsie M. Neumeister, 86, formerly of Hegins, died Feb. 15 at Seton Manor.

She was born Oct. 14, 1930, in Hegins, a daughter of the late Nathan and Berdelle Kauffman Geist.

She attended Hegins Area Schools.

She was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ, Hegins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Neumeister; three brothers: Russell Geist, Wayne Minnich and Charles Geist; two sisters, Florence Wetzel and Helen Reightler.

She is survived by a son, James Neumeister of Hegins; a daughter, Betty Trabosh of Pottsville; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Feb. 20 at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Burial was in Salem Cemetery, Ashland.

Contributions may be made to Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901.

To sign the online guest book, visit www.buffingtonreed.com

Lydia E. Peiffer

HALIFAX • Lydia E. Peiffer, 84, of McClellan Road, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at the Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born April 3, 1932, a daughter of the late George and Florence (Shepley) Silks.

She was a member of Valleys EEC, Halifax.

She was a floor lady for the former Big Yank and Puritan Fashions garment factories.

In the past she was a Cub Scout den mother and member of the ladies auxiliary of the VFW Post No. 5750, Halifax.

She was the widow of Mark N. Peiffer.

Survivors include two sons, Paul and his wife Debra, and Timothy, all of Halifax: daughter, Lunda Starr of Elizabethville; sister, Mary Kruger, Oregon; five grandchildren: Steve Starr Jr., and his wife Shelly, Sherri Lucas, Stephanie Peiffer, Mary Lindsay Peiffer, and Rachel Elizabeth Peiffer; and six great-grandchildren. Heath, Shaelyn, Kyah, Noah, Joshua and Trey.

She was preceded in death by a son, Steven Eugene; son-in-law, Steven Star Sr.; brothers: Charles, Raymond, Leroy, Edward, Walter, George Jr.; and sister, Viola Willow.

Memorial services were held Feb. 20, 1927, at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes Inc., Millersburg. Burial at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043

Sign the online register book at www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Jacob H. “Jake” Novinger

MILLERSBURG • Jacob H. “Jake” Novinger, age 89, of Center Street, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at the Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born in Millersburg, the son of the late Walter and Edna Cooper Novinger. Jake was the owner of the former Jake's Sinclair in Millersburg and he and his late wife Betty were antique collectors and dealers.

Jake was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Rife where he was a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader and member of Men’s group at the church and sexton of the church cemetery. He had memberships with Early American Industries; Mid West Tool Collectors; Winchester and Kean Cutter Hardware Collectors Club; Crafts of New Jersey; and Patina Tool Collectors Club of MD.

Surviving are two sons, Franklin (Karin) of Hagerstown, Md., and Roy of Shermansdale; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his late wife Betty Stoneroad Novinger, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Monroe, Albert, Donald and Edwin; and two sisters, Sarah Crist and Florence Patton.

He loved his wife for more than 70 years and the expression of that on his face when he looked at her was just as bright in the days before her death as when they got married. He loved family and when you were with him you could feel it, his joy, his pride and his love.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg and again on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Rife. Services will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Donations can be made to Zion Lutheran Youth Group, P.O. Box 415, Millersburg, PA 17061. To sign the guest book go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Gloria Stine

SACRAMENTO • Gloria Stine, 86, died Feb. 18 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born April 24, 1930, in Barry Twp., a daughter of the late Henry and Katie Facer Carl.

She had worked at the former Friendly Nursing Home, Pitman.

She was a member of the Church of Christ in Christian Union, Weishample.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Stine Sr.; four brothers: Edward Carl, Lewis Carl, Percy Carl and Thomas Carl; and five sisters: Tillie Sankus, Verna Lucas, Betty Morgan, Beatrice Kukuk and Mary Klinger.

She is survived by three sons: Roger Stine of Hegins, Terry Stine of Gordon and James Stine Jr. of Sacramento; a daughter, Gloria Maurer of Hegins; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery of, Lavelle.

To sign the online guest book, visit www.buffingtonreed.com

Beth Ann Scheidler

MILLERSBURG • Beth Ann Scheidler, age 59, of 2698 Route 209, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at the Manor at Susquehanna Village.

She was born in Ashland, Pa., the daughter of the late Elmer “Pete” Ruller and Patricia Schadler Ruller who survives her of Millersburg. She was a nurses assistant at the Manor at Susquehanna Village in Millersburg. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Killinger.

Beth enjoyed going on cruises and most of all spending time with her family.

Surviving are her husband, Wally Scheidler; her three sons: Brad (Nicole) of Harrisburg, Kevin of Harrisburg, and Matt (Angela) of York; a grandson, Wyatt; a step-grandson, Dalton; a brother, Gary Ruller of Islip, N.Y.; two sisters, Vicky Chichi of Palmyra and Patti Patton of Millersburg; a nephew, Spencer Koppenhaver; and two nieces, Chelsie Koppenhaver and Sydney Patton.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m.  Friday, Feb. 24 at Zion Lutheran Church in Rife. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery Columbarium at the convenience of the family.

Donations can be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033.

Arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. To sign the guest book go to
www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Bruce H. Schneck

TOWER CITY • Bruce H. Schneck, 73, died Feb. 18 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – East, Pottsville.

He was born Sept. 16, 1943, in Muir, a son of the late Bruce and Ruth Herb Schneck.

He was a graduate of the former Porter Tower High School. He attended Bloomsburg University.

He was a retired Prudential Insurance agent with more than 35 years of service.

On May 20, 2002, Bruce was elected to the Tower City Borough Council. In January 2008, he became president of the council, a position he currently held. He was an ctive member of Trout Unlimited; Schuylkill County Conservation Club; Broad Mountain Hunting Club; Pumpkin Hill Conservation Club; a board member of SEDCO; a member of the Ashlar Lodge No. 570 F&AM, Lykens; a former member and past president of the Williams Valley School Board; and a former member and past president of the Tower Porter Rotary Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Carol Strohecker Schneck.

He is survived by his children: Dale Schneck of Heckscherville, Angela Shuey of Williamstown and Charlene Bettinger of Pine Grove; a brother, Marcus Schneck of Hamburg; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren: and  several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:45 p.m..; and, also from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday morning.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City.  

Contributions may be made to Tower-Porter EMS, P.O. Box 33, Tower City, PA 17980 or Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

To sign the online guest book, visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com

 



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