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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.

Lester G. “Les” Hoffman

LYKENS • Lester G. “Les” Hoffman of Lykens passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born July 11, 1927, in Hegins, Pa., to the late George and Florence Boyer Hoffman.

Les was a graduate of the former Lykens High School Class of 1945; a Navy Veteran of World War II; a member of Liberty Hose Company No. 2 of Lykens; Dauphin County Volunteer Firemen’s Association; the Lykens United Methodist Church; the Gratz VFW; the Lykens American Legion; and was one of the co-founders of The Lykens Little League Association. He was an avid sports fan, and his favorite teams were the Phillies and Eagles. He enjoyed woodworking, spending winters in Florida, playing euchre and pinochle.

Les is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Reinhard Hoffman; sons: Craig H., Larry S. and wife Ann, Dale L. and wife Julia, Richard P. and wife Tracy; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul R. Hoffman; sisters: Loretta “Judy” Stickley, Ethel Evans, Elaine Antes and Mary Derrick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Sean Hoffman; a brother, Roy Hoffman; half brother, Marlin “Pete” Hoffman; and sisters: Dolores Stroup, Betty Hand and Mae Bixler. 

Memorial services were held May 9, 2016, from the Lykens United Methodist Church, Lykens, Pa. Inurnment was in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco, Pa. with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lester’s honor may be made to the L&W Little League Association, P.O. Box 16, Lykens, PA 17048. 

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

This is a paid obituary

Virginia R. “Ginny” Wiest

GRATZ • Virginia R. “Ginny” Wiest, 65, died May 2 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 20, 1950, in Danville, a daughter of the late John Penman and Lois Elsea Penman Ney.

She was a 1968 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School.

She and her husband owned and operated Wiest RV of Gratz.

She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Fountain, where she was very active in the church choir; a member of the Ashland Chapter 154 Order of Eastern Star; and a board member of the Gratz Fair Association.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Carl D. Ney; and a stepsister, Linda Ney.

She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Bryant Wiest; a son, Cristopher Holdeman of Broomall; two grandsons; and a stepbrother, Carl S. Ney of Montoursville.

Services were held May 5 at Christ United Church of Christ, Fountain.

Burial was in Fountain Community Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Christ United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 57, Hegins, PA 17938.

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

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Mary Lou Chubb

HALIFAX •  Mary Lou Chubb, 79, died May 7 at Heritage Mills Personal Care, Tower City.

She was born in Lykens, a daughter of the late George and Grace Miller Kohler.

She retired from the New Cumberland Depot.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Halifax; OES Glen Chapter No. 425; Halifax VFW No. 5750 Ladies Auxiliary; WOTM Chapter No. 1083; Millersburg American Legion No. 326 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Chubb; two sisters, Gladys Breslin and Gertrude Myers; and four brothers: Charles, George Jr., Raymond and Terry Kohler.

She is survived by a son, Jeffrey of Halifax; two grandsons; three sisters: Barbara Wolfgang of Middletown, Janet Knarr of Klingerstown and Nancy Snyder of Millersburg. 

Services will be held Thursday, May 12 at 11 a.m. at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Halifax.

Contributions may be made to her church at 1491 Armstrong Valley Road, Halifax, PA 17032.

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John J. Wiest

WILLIAMSTOWN • John J. Wiest, 93, of Williamstown passed away at Tremont Health & Rehabilitation Center on May 4, 2016.

Born April 9, 1923 in Gratz, Pa., John was the son of the late Allen and Annie Wiest of Spring Glenn. He is also predeceased by two brothers, Ellwood and Herman; a sister, Arlene Jackson; and his wife, Carolyn (Kembel) of Hegins, who passed away on Jan. 26, 1999.

John is survived by his son, Kelly E. Wiest of Pleasanton, Calif.; his daughter, Bonnie Laudenslager of Williamstown, Pa.; two sisters, Shirley Schrope and Connie Bagley; and a brother, Eugene Wiest; as well as nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

John served as cook in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was awarded four battle stars and the Purple Heart after his ship, the Vincennes, sunk in the Battle of Savo Island in 1942.

For over 30 years, John and his wife, Carolyn, owned and operated Wiest’s Restaurant and Motels (aka the Milk Bar) and are widely known for serving the best cheeseburgers and all-you-could-eat fish fry in the 1960s.

John loved hunting, fishing, playing cards and going dancing.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Sacramento, Pa. and a member of the Williamstown American Legion.

Services will be Friday, May 13 at 11 a.m.  from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc.. Tower City with Rev. Raymond Holland. Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the chapel. Immediately following the service, burial will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, with full military honors.     

In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in  John’s name to Lebanon VA Medical Center Volunteer Services program, 1700 S. Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon, PA 17042 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS  66675-8516.  To sign the guest book, visit

This is a paid obituary

Memorial Service
Caryl S. Burrell

LAKEWOOD, N.J. • A memorial service for Caryl S. Burrell (1952-2015), formerly of Millersburg and Halifax, will be held Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church of Lakewood, 678 Fifth Street, Lakewood, N.J.

Attendees will pray, read, and sing hymns and songs that reflect memorable moments in Caryl’s life.

In lieu of flowers, consider contributing to a charity of choice in her memory.

For further information, directions and updates, please visit: https://www. bythelake. Before travelling to the service, visit the Facebook page above in case any unforeseen changes have occurred.

Stanley Stevens Snyder

YORK • Stanley Stevens Snyder, 81, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 at York Hospital. He was the husband of the late Julia K. (Klinger) Snyder. The couple was married Jan. 1, 1955 and spent 53 years together before Julia’s passing in 2008.

Born March 1, 1935 in Harrisburg, Stanley was a son of the late Claire W. and Florence E. (Stevens) Snyder. Stan was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. He was a devoted NASCAR fan and loved drum and bugle corps music. He was extremely proud of his grandchildrens’ talents and followed their careers with great admiration. He was a kind, selfless and generous man who always thought of others before himself.

Mr. Snyder is survived by three daughters: Pamela Luse and her husband Bradley of Berlin, Md., Susan Snyder and Rodger Troupe of York and Leisha Kunkel and her late husband Scott of York; four grandchildren: Gregory Lauer, Steven Lauer, Emily Kunkel and Alex Kunkel.   Stan was also very fond of his caretaker, Christine Perry, who brought humor and kindness to him every week for years. He considered her as a member of the family. In addition to his wife and parents, Stanley was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Snyder.

In lieu of a memorial contribution, Stan’s family feels random acts of kindness to others best depicts the life he led. To share happiness is to honor Stan.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Road, York, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to

This is a paid obituary

Todd R. Kline

WILLIAMSTOWN • Todd R. Kline, 52, died May 8 at Hershey Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 26, 1963, in Pottsville, a son of the late Glen and Patricia Wagner Kline.

He was last employed by Pine Grove Homes, Pine Grove.

He is survived by his children, Todd Kline of Palmyra and Kassi Kline of Williamstown; a brother, Scott Kline of Williamstown; maternal grandmother, Arlene Hoffman Wagner of Tower City; a nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 12 at 10 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown.  

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

Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.  

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