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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.

Ruth E. Romberger

BUTLER • Ruth E. Romberger, 90, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away on October 4, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia.

She was born October 22, 1923 in Elizabethville, Pennsylvania to the late Charles W. Lehman and Beulah (Kopenhaver) Lehman. For 60 years, she was the loving wife of John Stern Romberger.

Mrs. Romberger was a homemaker and Lutheran by faith. She helped raise all of her grandchildren. She was a supporter of the Ned Smith Center For Nature & Art and causes she believed in. Mrs. Romberger was an avid reader, loved flowers, always had a garden, and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Romberger is survived by two daughters, Theresa Bartlett and her husband James E. of Saxonburg, PA and Carolyn Romberger of Butler, PA; a daughter-in-law, Beatrice Romberger of Sayre, PA; two sons-in-law, Richard Forsythe and Rick Stewart, both of Butler, PA; six grandchildren, Dr. James E. Bartlett, II and his wife Michelle of Cary, NC, Bonnie E. Forsythe of Butler, PA, Jason R. A. Forsythe of Baton Rouge, LA, Matthew D. Romberger and his wife Marsha of Sayre, PA, John Rufus Romberger and his wife Britney of Sayre, PA and Timothy D. Romberger and his wife Amy of Sayre, PA; twenty-one great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Lehman of Elizabethville, PA and Walter "Butch" Lehman of Halifax, PA; two brothers-in-law, Rudolph R. Romberger and Harold Dietrich of Millersburg, PA; one sister-in-law, Esther Deitrich of Millersburg, PA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John S. Romberger, whom she married August 17, 1940, and who passed away August 6, 2000; three daughters, Sara Stewart, Jessica M. Forsythe and an infant daughter; one son, Theodore Romberger; and three sisters, Alta Esterline, Lena "Blondie" Lehman and Jean Hartman.

There will be no public visitation.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Greenlawn Burial Estates, 731 Old Route 422 West, Butler, PA, with Pastor Jeff MacKay officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson - Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to With Humble Hearts, C/O 4-Most Group, Inc., 267 Pittsburgh Road, Suite 4, Butler, PA 16002 or at their website www.withhumble

Online condolences can be given at

This is a paid obituary

Ernest C. Kreiser

MECHANICSBURG • Ernest C. Kreiser, 80, died Oct. 3 at Golden Living Center, Camp Hill.

He was born Dec. 31, 1933 in Green Point, a son of the late Elmer and Bertha Kreiser.

He was the retired owner of Sechrist-Kreiser Construction Company, now being operated as Sechrist Construction Company.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Darlene Adams Kreiser; a daughter, Holley Kreiser Schwieterman of Boca Raton, Fla.; three sisters: Lorraine Fake of Annville, and Lenore Ollar and Amy Binkley, both of Jonestown; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held.

Contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 117 W. Keller Drive, Mechanicsburg 17055.

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

To sign the online guest book, visit

Doreen F. Snyder

LYKENS • Doreen F. Snyder died Oct. 4 at Select Specialty Hospital, Harrisburg. 

She was born Dec. 5, 1942 in Harrisburg, a daughter of the late Kermit and Minnie Hand Leitzel. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Snyder; a son, Vincent Snyder; a daughter, Noreen Bousman; a sister, Carol; and two brothers, Larry and Elwood.  

She is survived by a son, Daniel Snyder; a daughter Gail Ruch; seven grandchildren; and five brothers: Donald Leitzel, James Leitzel, Gary Leitzel, David Leitzel and Craig Leitzel. 

Memorial services were held Oct. 11 from the John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens. 

Inurnment was in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco. 

John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens, was in charge of arrangements.

William C. Keiter Sr.

HALIFAX • William C. Keiter Sr., 82, died Oct. 6 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 12, 1931 in Harrisburg, a son of the late Harry and Dorothy Shoop Keiter.

He was retired from the Dauphin County Court House, Harrisburg, where he worked with transferring and placement of voting machines for the Commonwealth.

He was a longtime member of the former Jacob’s EUB Church, Halifax. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna Morgan Keiter.

He is survived by a son, William Keiter Jr. of Halifax; two sisters, Lillian Smith of Dauphin and Hilda Baker of Halifax; and two two grandsons.

Graveside services were held Oct. 9 in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax.

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

To sign the online guest book, visit

Melba K. Croutharmel

HALIFAX • Melba K. Croutharmel, 91, formerly of Hickory Corners, died  Oct. 6 at her residence.

She was born Aug. 15, 1923 in Sacramento, a daughter of the late Kathrine and Lester Klinger.

She was employed as a cook for the Line Mountain High School for more than 20 years.

She was a member of Zion Stone Valley Church, Dalmatia; and attended Valley’s Evangelical Covenant Church, Halifax.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Croutharmel; a son, Carl Croutharmel; two brothers, Galen and Chester Klinger; and a sister, Ida Koppenhaver.

She is survived by four sons: Dennis Croutharmel, Larry Croutharmel, Terry Croutharmel and Darryl Croutharmel; a daughter, Karen Mackenbree; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Violet Rebuck and Eileen Leitzel; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Oct. 11 at James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow.

Burial was in Stone Valley Cemetery, Dalmatia.

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

To sign the online guest book, or to post a picture, visit

Vada M. Lower

MECHANICSBURG • Vada M. Lower, 98, a resident at Messiah Village, died Oct. 7.

She was born in Broadway, Va., a daughter of the late Jesse and Eva Mongold Fitzwater.

She had worked at the former Muskin shoe factory in Millersburg and as a nanny to many children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Lower; a grandson; a brother, Raymond Fitzwater; and a sister, Mary Seltzer.

She is survived by two sons, Larry Lower of Greensboro, N.C. and Dennis Lower of St. Louis, Mo.; two daughters, Darlene Matty and Barbara Showers, both of Mechanicsburg; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Services were held Oct. 11 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg.

Burial was in St. Peters “Hoffmans” Cemetery, Lykens.

Contributions may be made to Messiah Village, 100 Mt. Allen Drive, Mechanicsburg 17055.

To sign the online guest book, visit

Brandon J. Messner

HIGHSPIRE •  Brandon J. Messner, 29, died Oct. 6 at his residence.

He was born at OnSlow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, N.C., a son of Rodney Messner and Sherri Klinger Messner Hebda, and stepson of Claudia Messner and John Hebda.

He graduated from Hempfield High School, Lancaster County; and Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology.

He worked at Erie Insurance, Camp Hill.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Haven and Ruth Yoder Laudenslager and Leon Klinger, paternal grandparents, Robert Messner and Sandra Willow Messner; and step-grandparents, John and Betty Hebda.

He is survived by his parents and stepparents; a brother, Brent Messner; a nephew; maternal grandparents, James and Penny Klinger; great-grandmother, Elva Harner Klinger; and paternal step-grandmother, Harriet Messner.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at  Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg.

Contributions may be made to New Insights, in Brandon’s name, 716 State Street, Lemoyne 17043, 717-303-3035.

To sign the online guest book, visit

Kevin B. Keisling

TOWER CITY • Kevin B. Keisling, 54, died Oct. 9 at Schuylkill Medical Center - South, Pottsville.

He was born March 12, 1960 in Pottsville, a son of the late Bruce and Jean Reedy Keisling.

He was a 1978 graduate of Williams Valley High School, Tower City.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was employed at Metal Industries, Gratz.

He was of the Lutheran faith; and a member of the Navice Valley Hunting Club, Mifflin County and the North America Club.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Dennis Keisling; and a sister, Linda Keisling.

He is survived by two daughters, Megan Keisling of Donaldson and Jenna Keisling of Shamokin; a brother, David Keisling of Tower City; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Oct. 14 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City.

Burial with military honors was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Jenna Keisling Scholarship Fund, c/o Dimon Funeral Home 644 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City 17980.

To sign the online guest book, visit   

Ruth E. Morgan

WILLIAMSTOWN • Ruth E. Morgan, 101, died Oct. 10 at Providence Place, Pine Grove.

She was born March 24, 1913 in Tower City, a daughter of the late Lee and Millie Shomper.

She was a retired seamstress from the garment industry. She also worked for the former City Cleaners, Williamstown.

She was a member of Williamstown United Methodist Church, belonging to the Women's Club, adult Sunday school and numerous other committees. She had been a member of the former Williamstown Senior Citizens and the Good Time Senior Citizens.

She was preceded in death by her husband,  William ‘‘Peanut’’ Morgan.

She is survived by a daughter, Anna Mae Wren of Havertown; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and  several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday, Oct.15 at 11 a.m. from Williamstown United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown. 

Contributions may be made to her church, East and Spruce Streets, Williamstown 17098.  

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

To sign the online guest book, visit

Lynn M. Sheesley

MILLESBURG • Lynn Marie Sheesley of the Manor at Susquehanna Village died Oct. 8.

She was born Feb. 16, 1948, a daughter of  Katherine Sovich Craig and the late Charles Zimmerman. 

She was a graduate of the former Wiconisco High School and earned an Associate’s Degree from Harrisburg Area Community College.

She is survived by her mother; a son, Darryn Reed of Tower City; three daughters, Dana Reed and Jennifer Reed, both of Halifax and  Erin Cordero of Elizabethtown; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time. 

John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens, has charge of the arrangements.


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