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    pre-deceased family members Date, time and location of funeral services if after our publish time

  • Place of burial

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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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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.

Gary S. Bates

DALMATIA •  Gary S. Bates, age 48, of 261 Ridge Road, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

He was born in Harrisburg, the son of the late Barry Bates Sr. and Nona Crawford Bates who survives him of Millersburg.

Gary was a truck driver for FedEx and was a member of the Shamokin Beagle Club; Lower Mahanoy Twp. Fire Co.; an avid hunter, fisherman, he enjoyed the outdoors, camping, cooking for his family and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Jane Michael Bates; son Andrew Bates, daughter, Elizabeth Bates, and son Logan Bates, all of Dalmatia; his grandchildren: Ian Bates, Kinslee Bates and Adrian Troutman, all of Dalmatia; his paternal grandmother, Ruth Bates of Middletown; sister Angela Manning, and brother Larry Bates, both of Millersburg. He was preceded in death by a brother Barry Bates Jr.

Memorial services were held March 17 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. 

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Ronald E. Shepler

HALIFAX • Ronald E. Shepler, 84, of Ridge Road, Halifax died Sunday, March 12 at home.

He was born June 17, 1932, in Harrisburg, the son of the late Clare L. and Naomi A. (Straub) Shepler. He was the husband of Miriam (Kaufman) Shepler for 42 years.

He was a 1950 graduate of Susquehanna Twp. High School. He was a member of Halifax UM Church where he sang in the choir, taught the Junior High Sunday School class for 35 years, and volunteered with the Youth Center. He retired from Bethlehem Steel, and enjoyed sports, fishing and camping with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son R. Scott Shepler and his wife Debra of Harrisburg; son Rick E. Shepler of Harrisburg; daughter Laurie E. Shepler and her husband Joseph Sierko of Camp Hill; son Duane E. Frantz and his wife Heather of Halifax; son Jerry M. Frantz and his wife Denise of Halifax; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother Richard Shepler and his wife Roberta of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by son Dale E. Frantz.

Memorial services were held March 20 at Halifax UM Church.

Donations can be made to his church Halifax UM Church, 105 Wind Hill Drive, Halifax, PA 17032, or Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg, handled the arrangements. To sign the guest book, go to

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Raymond M. “Butch” Bressler

LYKENS • Raymond M. “Butch” Bressler, 71, died March 13 at the Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born Sept. 20, 1945, in Raunds, England,  a son of the late Dr. Raymond and Alma Nunley Bressler.

He was a graduate of the former Porter Tower High School and the RCA Technical School, New Jersey.

He worked in the computer department for Honeywell Corporation for 26 years; and retired as a computer specialist from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, House of Representatives. Following retirement, while living in Florida, he worked for Walt Disney World.  

He was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City, where he served on almost every board during his membership. He formerly played the flute and piccolo in Lykens Liberty Hose Company Band. He also was a former member of the Williams Valley School Board.

Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Patricia Bush Bressler; s son, Raymond “Tug” Bressler of Williamstown; a daughter, Amanda Bressler of Lykens; three grandchildren; a sister, Dr. Stephanie Bressler of Scranton; a nephew;  and a great-niece and two great-nephews.

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

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, Children and Youth Fund, P.O. Box F, Tower City, PA 17980. 

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Helen Arlene Fegley

LITITZ • Helen Arlene Rowe Fegley, 81, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Moravian Manor, Lititz, Pa.

She was the wife of the late Grover “Brick” Fegley, who died in June of 2014.  They observed their 57th wedding anniversary in March of 2014. 

Born in Lykens, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harvey J. Rowe and Margaret E. Dressel. 

She was a graduate of Lykens High School and was a homemaker.

Helen was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church, Lancaster, and also attended the Lykens Valley Camp Meeting. Helen bowled with the Good Gals for more than 30 years, enjoyed family vacations at the beach in Ocean City, N.J., and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by two sons and a daughter:  Stephen P. of Lititz; Patricia A. Pfeiffer wife of James F. Pfeiffer of Lititz; and David G., husband of Susan D. Fegley; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service was held March 18, 2017 at Covenant United Methodist Church, Lancaster, PA 17603. Interment was in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco, Pa. 

If desired, memorials may be sent in Helen’s memory to the Dolly Kepner Music Fund, c/o Covenant United Methodist Church, 110 North Mulberry Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 or Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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Victoria “Vicki” Lenker

MILLERSBURG • Victoria “Vicki” Lenker, age 70, was called home by her Lord and Savior March 16, 2017, at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert E. “Tuffy” Lenker. They shared 33 years of marriage before his death in 2013.

She was born Sept. 28, 1946, in York, Pa., the oldest daughter of the late Martin Lehr and Arlene Gross Lehr, who survives her of York.

She graduated in 1964 from Central York High School. She was a secretary for several years at Alto Corp. in York. She then moved to Millersburg and was employed at the former Upper Dauphin National Bank, now BB&T, and later was a church secretary at David’s Church in Killinger.

Vicki was a member of First UM Church in Millersburg where she served on various committees over the years. She enjoyed gardening, walking, baking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are her loving son, Jarrett Lenker of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one dearly loved grandson Jaxon. She also is survived by two sisters, Jane Eveler (Bob) and Judy Becker (Ron), both of York; stepsister Brenda Bucher (Bill) of Dover; four brothers: Donald Lehr (Karen), Marty Lehr (Kathy), George Lehr (Carletta) and Vincent Lehr all of York, plus many nieces and nephews. She dearly loved all of them.

Memorial services were held March 20 at First UM church in Millersburg. Inurnment was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First UM Church, 356 Union Street. Millersburg, PA 17061. Arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. To sign the guest book, go to

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Richard A. Leitzel

MILLERSBURG • Richard A. Leitzel, 62, died March 12 at his residence.

He was born April 26, 1954, in Harrisburg,  a son of the late Allen and Pauline Snyder Leitzel.

He was a graduate of Millersburg High School.

He was the retired vice president of Dauphin Graphics, Millersburg.

He was a member of Millersburg Loyal Order of Moose No. 59, where he belonged to the Moose Riders Motorcycle Club. He also was a member of the NRA.

He is survived by a son, Preston Leitzel of Riverside, Texas; two grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Hawk of Tower City and Linda Snyder of West Virginia; a brother, Larry Leitzel of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held March 20 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. 

Burial was in Riverview Memorial Garden, Halifax. 

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Betty Jane Miller

ELIZABETHVILLE •  Betty Jane Miller, 80, mother, Nanny, and friend to all, formerly of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully at Hershey Medical Center Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Born in Harrisburg, Betty was a 1955 graduate of Catholic High School, now Bishop McDevitt, and a longtime parishioner of St. Catherine’s-Laboure Parish, Harrisburg.

Betty loved to love on people. Nothing gave her more pleasure than serving the patrons of the Sportsman’s Bar, The Eagle Hotel, Candlelight, Our Daily Bread or the Waffle House. She enjoyed playing bingo, singing along to Englebert and her favorite Christmas carols, reading, her collection of angels and beach vacations with her family.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Paul E. Miller Sr. and Mary R. (Verbos) Miller, and brother Paul E. Miller Jr. Betty is survived by her daughter Mary Rose (Miller) Sweger and son-in-law Daryl Sweger Jr., and her grandchildren Erik, Erin, Olivia and Laura, with whom she took great pride.

Services were held March 21 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc. in Elizabethville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Betty’s name to the Four Diamonds fund, a charity near and dear to Betty, at 1249 Cocoa Avenue, Suite 115, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033-0852,

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville, is handling the arrangements. To sign the guest book, go to

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Nada R. Hassinger

BERRYSBUG • Nada R. Hassinger, 81, formerly of Herndon and Elizabethville, died March 16 at the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown.

She was born April 2, 1935, in Shamokin, a daughter of the late Anthony and Lena Riland ivaldo.

She was a housewife.

She was a graduate of the former Mahanoy Twp. High School.

She was a member of Peace Church, Berrysburg.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Vivaldo.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Richard Hassinger; two sons, Kerry Hassnger of Hummelstown and Brad Hassinger of Elizabethtown; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. at Peace Church, Berrysburg. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Sweitzer’s Memorial Cemetry, Berrysburg.

The Olley-Gotlob Funeral Home, Sunbury, is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas L. Bixer Jr.

WALNUT BOTTOM • Thomas L. Bixler Jr., 53, died March 17 at Select Specialty Hospital, Camp Hill.

He was born May 15, 1963, in Harrisburg,  a son of the late Thomas Sr. and Carol Bush Bixler.

He was a graduate of Cedar Cliff High School and Vale Technical Institute.

He was an automotive mechanic.

He was of the Protestant faith and a member of the Freemasons. 

He is survived by three sons: Allen Bixler of North Carolina, Anthony Bixler of Camp Hill and Nicholas Bixler of Hummelstown; a sister, Jane Bixler of Camp Hill; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the chapel.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  

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Janice E. Shade

GRATZ • Janice E. Shade, 82, died  March 18 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

She was born Sept. 14, 1934, in Pottsville, a daughter of the late Grace and Harry Kissinger.

She was employed for many years as a waitress at Reed's Inn, Gratz.

She was a member of  Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Shade Sr.; a son, Rodney Shade; and a sister, Lucille Reed.

She is survived by two sons, Jack Shade Jr. and Craig Shade, both of Gratz; a brother, Terry Kissinger of Urban; a sister, Marcella Evans of Orwin; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz.

Burial will be in Gratz Union Cemetery, Gratz.

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

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Louis R. Readinger

WILLIAMSTOWN • Louis R. Readinger, 58, of Williamstown, passed away Friday morning, March 17, at Holy Spirit Hospital after a courageous fight against leukemia.

He was born in Lykens, July 1, 1958, a son of the late Cornelius and Diana Readinger.

Lou was a 1976 graduate of Williams Valley High School. He also graduated from Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers and Southern Cal Universities.

He was a computer programmer for Harrisburg Area Community College.

He was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown; the Williamstown American Legion and the NRA. Lou was one of the original founders of the Williamstown Community Pride Association.

He was avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and spending time at his camp in Tioga County.

He is survived by his fiancé and love of his life, Glenda K. Parish, Lykens; and her children, Joe Wyatt, Illinois and Ainsley Dorsey and her husband Chris and their son, Aiden, Georgia; his brother and best friend, Neil Readinger, Williamstown; a sister, Mary Theresa Mertzanis and her husband Peter of Langhorne, an aunt; Mary Trumpeter, Williamstown;  and numerous cousins that Lou thought of as brothers and sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 23, at 10 a.m. from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown with Rev. C. Anthony Miller as Celebrant. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. 

A Celebration of Lou's life also will be held, Saturday April 22, from Halifax United Methodist Church, 105 Windhill Road, Halifax.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the GoFundMe account: Lou Readinger, CMML Support Group, a fund to help those dealing with leukemia.

Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements.  To sign the guest book, visit

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Daniel R. Shuey

TOWER CITY • Daniel R. Shuey, 69, of Tower City, passed away Friday, March 17, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.

He was born in Pottsville, May 24, 1947, a son of the late John and Beatrice Keisling Shuey.

Danny was 1965 graduate of Porter Tower High School. He was a proud Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was retired from the Federal Security Department with the New Cumberland Army Depot.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Reinerton; Williamstown American Legion; Williamstown VFW; and the Disabled American Veterans.

He enjoyed his trips to Rehobeth Beach, his dogs, and listening to music.  Before becoming ill, Danny was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Becky Bast Shuey; a brother, Bruce Shuey and his wife Mary, Jonestown; three sisters: Coralee Zarker and her husband John, Rehobeth Beach, Del.; Nina Rubendall and her husband Wes, Tower City, and Jackie Shuey and her companion Dave Kissinger, Millersburg; a son, Troy; grandchildren, Ben and Chloe; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 22 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City with Rev. Warren Egebo. Burial with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the chapel. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to Lebanon VA Medical Center, Patient Volunteer Services, 1700 S. Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon, PA 17042.  To sign the guest book, visit

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