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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 E. Sipe

LYKENS • Mary E. Sipe, 77, formerly of Halifax, died April 24 at Holy Spirit Hospital.

She was born Aug. 12, 1938, in McAlisterville, a daughter of the late George and Ida Weaver Beckey.

She was a retired housekeeper and had worked for more than 20 years at the former Excellent Inn, Harrisburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Sipe.

She is survived by three daughters: Bonnie Shrauder of Halifax, Annette Donovan of Lykens and Anita Sipe of Millersburg; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dolores Beckey.

A memorial will be private and at the family’s convenience.

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

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Ralph L. Troutman

TOWER CITY • Ralph L. Troutman, 97, died April 24 at Tremont Health and Rehab.

He was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Pitman, a son of the late Ira Carlos and Clara Erdman Troutman.

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

He worked at Ft. Indiantown Gap and the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot as a  licensed plumber and in the maintenance department;  he also worked as a nurse’s aide at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.   He retired from the former Bestok Factory in the maintenance department.

 He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Alice Troutman; a son, Vernon; three brothers; and four sisters.

He is survived by two daughters, Joan Dinger of Hummelstown and Beverly Lenker of Tower City; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services were held April 28 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City.  

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. 

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Helen M. Bixler

HEGINS • Helen M. Bixler, 80, died April 24 at Schuylkill Medical Center- S. Jackson, Pottsville.

She was born Dec. 3, 1935, in Lykens Twp., a daughter of the late Donald and Myrtle Heller Wiest.

Helen lived at the IOOF Orphanage, Sunbury, from the age of 3 to 18.

She was a 1955 graduate of the former Sunbury High School.

She was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Valley View.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Palmer Bixler; and two brothers, Walter Wiest and Calvin Wiest.

She is survived by three sons: Craig Bixler of Schuylkill Haven, and Clark Bixler and Clayton Bixler, both of York; two daughters, Pamela Kline of Hegins and Polly Smith of Cressona; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held April 29 at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Valley View.

Burial was in St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Valley View.

Contributions may be made to the Friends of Conrad Weiser Homestead, 28 Weiser Drive, Womelsdorf, PA 19567.

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

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Gilbert Mitchell Jr.

DOWNINGTOWN • Gilbert Mitchell Jr., age 91, formerly of Camp Hill, Pa. and Alexandria, Va., died peacefully on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

He was born April 4, 1925, in Lykens, a son of the late Gilbert Sr. and Anna Miller Mitchell.

He was a 1943 graduate of the former Lykens High School.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and conductor emeritus of The U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C.

He will be forever remembered for his love of the Lord, impeccable musical artistry, leadership and teaching acumen.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Joyce S. Mitchell.

He is survived by a sister, Marilyn Reedinger of Lykens, Pa.; daughters, Lisa Galoci of Manassas, Va., and Megan Kabatt of Exton, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

A small family memorial service to celebrate Gil’s life was held April 30 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 46 W. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, Pa.

Public military funeral and interment with funeral honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Gil’s memory be made to the Brass of Peace, a youth musical ensemble founded by Gil to foster and encourage musical excellence. Such donations may be made through their website at

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Vier Allen Goss III

HALIFAX • Vier Allen Goss III, age 68, of 1019 Powells Valley Road, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at home in the presence of an extensive group of close family and friends.

Since having a heart transplant in May of 2014, he has been in and out of UPMC-Presbyterian in Pittsburgh to Lifecare-Bellview to Hershey Medical Center to Select Specialty in Camp Hill to Lifecare in Mechanicsburg battling complications resulting from the transplant surgery. He was everywhere but home, and with the help of Celtic Hospice, he returned home to spend his final time to say goodbye to family and friends.

He was born in Lewistown, Pa., the son of the late Vier Goss, Jr. and Alma Hostetter Goss.

He was a retired lithographic press operator from the State of Pennsylvania general services. He was a member of the Valley’s ECC in Halifax where he served on the church council, was a deacon and usher; Masonic Lodge  No. 364 F&AM, Harrisburg Consistory, Tall Cedars Forest No. 125, Millerstown LOOM, Overview Anglers, member and past president of the Twin Valleys Lions Club, member and past noble grand of the Middletown Odd Fellows, Royal Arcanium.

Allen was a Corvette enthusiast and enjoyed roller coasters. He shot a 17-point, whitetail deer in 2007 in Schuylkill County and held the state brown trout record for a day. He loved boating and camping at Raystown Lake.

Surviving are his wife E. Norine Brown Goss; a daughter, Allison Tucci and her husband William of Millersburg; a sister, Carolyn Goss of Hershey; sister-in-law Betty Eshelman; three brothers-in-law: James, Fred and Stanley Brown; his miniature schnauzers, Muffy and Mindy; and grand dog Franklin.

Masonic rites and funeral services were held April 30 at the Valleys ECC in Halifax. Burial followed at Riverview Memorial Gardens in Halifax.

Donations can be made to Valley’s ECC, 3682 Peters Mountain Road, Halifax, PA 17032 or to Celtic Hospice, 900 Century Drive, Suite 201, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

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

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William F. Ramer

HERNDON • William F. Ramer, 67, died April 26 at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

He was born May 22, 1948, in Jackson Twp., a son of Bertha “Chutty” Ramer and the late Isaac Ramer.

He was employed at Watsontown Brick Co.

He was a member of Herndon Fire Co.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Ramer.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Ramer; two sons, William Ramer Jr. and Randy Ramer; three daughters: Shiane Ramer, Tina Ramer and Christina Ramer; a brother, Isaac Ramer Jr.; two sisters, Robin Gipe and Dixie Gerber; a step-sister, Charlotte Dobson; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Donald E. Neagley

ELIZABETHVILLE • Donald E. Neagley, 87, died April 27 at Stone Bridge Health and Rehab, Duncannon.

He was born Aug. 6, 1928, in Millersburg, a son of the late Edward and Pauline Lenker Neagley.

He was a retired dairy farmer and also was an electrician.

He was a member and former council member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Berrysburg. He was a life member of Elizabethville Hose Co. No. 1; member of the Woodman of the World, Millersburg, and the PA Farm Bureau.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Swab Neagley; and a brother, Roy.

He is survived by three sons: William, Daniel and  John, all of Elizabethville; and a grandson.

Memorial services were held May 2 at his church.

Inurnment followed at St. John’s Cemetery, Berrysburg.

Contributions may be made to St. John’s Evangelical Cemetery Association, c/o Patricia Herb, Treasurer, 5071 Route 209, Elizabethville, PA 17023

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

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June L. Weaver

MILLERSBURG •  June L. Weaver, age 85, of 343 Tarry Hall Road, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at her residence.

She was born in Shamokin, Pa., the daughter of the late Luther Heim Sr. and Eva Burkey Heim. She was the widow of Earl E. Weaver.

She was retired from Weis Markets and a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Killinger.

Surviving are a son, William (Sharon) of Millersburg; a daughter, Gale Pyle (Jim) of Lenhartsville, Pa.; three grandchildren: Amy Weaver, AJ Pyle and Joey Pyle; close family friends, Cindy and Butch Smith, Betty and Mark Snyder and Larry Lenker. She was preceded in death by brothers, Danny Heim and Luther Heim Jr.

Services were held May 2 at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. Burial followed at Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Killinger.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033 or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Charles I. “Jug” Snyder Jr.

YORK • Charles I. “Jug” Snyder Jr., 78, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at his home. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Troxell) Snyder from Lykens.

Tribute services will be private with inurnment to take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion, is in charge of arrangements.

Born July 17, 1937, in Danbury, Pa., a son of the late Anne C. (Simmendinger) and Charles I. Snyder Sr., Charles grew up with the best people in the best of times. He was a graduate of Williamstown High School in 1955. Jug retired from Duplex Products after 37 years of service. He served his country in the U.S. Navy assigned to the submarine tender USS Orion AS 18, with temporary duty on the submarines USS Cutlass SS 478 and the USS Sailfish SSR 572. He had attended the York campus of Penn State and was proud to be a member of the Williamstown American Legion.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Snyder is survived by a son, Charles I. Snyder III of Hallam; a grandson, Jason R. and wife Marcy Groom; two great-grandchildren, Camden and Talon Groom; a son-in-law, Walter Groom of York; two nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Terri Jean Groom.

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Andrew Jackson Nichols

BERRYSBURG • Andrew Jackson Nichols, 83, died April 28, at his residence.

He was born June 1, 1932, in New Philadelphia, Tenn., a son of the late Wilburn and Estella Estes Nichols.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.

He was a retired truck driver with 30 years of service from Pennsy Supply, Harrisburg.

He attended St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Berrysburg, and was a lifetime member of the Elizabethville American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Fay Lahr Nichols at home; three sons: Christopher Maldonado of Denham Springs, La., Antonio Maldonado of Richmond, Va. and Thomas Maldonado of Shamokin; four daughters: Yolanda Mendez of Middletown, Teresa Lebo of Millersburg, Angela Enders of Elizabethville and Kristen Nichols of Berrysburg; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial services will be held Friday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Berrysburg. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Columbarium inurnment with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Contributions may be made to: National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE First Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 270, Berrysburg, PA 17005.

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

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Stanley J. Wiest

HEBE • Stanley J. Wiest, 85, died April 27 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

He was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Hebe, a son of the late Sophia  Wolfgang Land and William  Wiest.

He attended school in Hebe.

He worked as a coal miner at the former Bush Coal Company for more than 30 years. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Hoffman Wiest.

He is survived by three daughters:  Linda, Geistwite of Lykens, Ellen Gery of Tucson, Ariz. and  Elizabeth Deibert of Hebe; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services were held at Salem Cemetery, Klingerstown.

The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown, was charge of arrangements. 

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Eugene W. Strine

WILLIAMSTOWN • Eugene W. Strine, 73, of Williamstown, passed away Friday at the Hershey Medical Center.

He was born in Fisherville, Sept. 21, 1942, a son of the late Victor and Mary Kerstetter Strine.

Gene was a proud United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Gene was a retired truck driver with Red Star Trucking. He had also owned and operated Strines Coil and Refrigeration, Williamstown.

He was a very active life member of the Tower City American Legion No. 468, where he was a past commander. He currently served as manager and adjutant of the post; he was very involved with the annual Memorial Day Parade and Flag Retirement Ceremony.

Gene  currently served as the American Legion Eastern Vice Commander of Membership.  Gene was the former Eastern Vice Commander of the American Legion. He also served as commander, deputy commander and membership chairman of District 13, Schuylkill County.

He was a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church; AMVETS, Minersville; Valley View VFW; Liberty Hose Co. No. 1, Williamstown; and the Swatara Lodge 276 F&AM, Tremont.

Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Delphine M. Lubold Strine; two daughters, Malinda Stuart, Georgia and Linda Strine, North Carolina; two step-daughters, Victoria Lucas, Harrisburg and Lori Oxenrider, Lykens; three grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

American Legion Services will be held Wednesday, May 4 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City followed by funeral services with Pastor Monica Romberger. Burial with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Viewing will be from 9:30-11 a.m. at the chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene’s name should be made to Tower City American Legion, 2 Clarks Valley Road, Tower City, PA 17980.  To sign the guest book visit www.dimonfuneralhome. com

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