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SENTINEL GUIDELINES: Obituaries in the Upper Dauphin Sentinel are printed free of charge 
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 news@sentinelnow.com, 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.


Maynard L. Geist

KLINGERSTOWN • Maynard L. Geist, 82, died  Aug. 14 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

He was born Jan. 18, 1934, in Lykens Twp., a son of the late Lester and Alma Geist.

He worked as a farmer.

He was a member of Christ’s Church, Leck Kill.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Geist; three sons: Clinton Geist of Rebuck, Marshall Geist of Klingerstown and Christian Geist of Weimar, Texas; three sisters: Helen Adams of Rebuck, Darlene Masser of Leck Kill and Bonita Seaman of Mechanicsburg; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services were held Aug. 18 at Christ’s Church, Leck Kill.

Burial was in St John’s Cemetery, Leck Kill.

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

To sign the online guest book or to post a picture, visit www.reedfh.com

Phyllis A. Leskowsky

TOWER CITY • Phyllis A. Leskowsky, 72, died Aug. 13 at Tremont Health and Rehab.

She was born Sept. 3, 1943, in Williamstown, a daughter of the late Roy and Nora Adams Long.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, John Talmadge and Tom Leskowsky; six sisters: Carol, Bessie, Shirley, Mary, Lola and Becky; and three brothers: Donald Jr., Jim and Bud.

She is survived by a son, Michael Talmadge; a sister, Rose; a brother Larry; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are scheduled at this time. 

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

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

Richard E. Holtzman

MILLERSBURG • Richard E. Holtzman, 65, died Aug. 15 at Hershey Medical Center.

He was born, June 12, 1951, in Lykens, a son of the late John and Margaret Leffler Holtzman.

He had worked as a machine operator for Brubaker Tool Co., Millersburg.

He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union; and a member of the Moose Lodge No. 925, Millerstown.

He is survived by a brother, Roger Holtzman of Elizabethville.

Graveside services were held Aug. 18 at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Killinger.

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

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

Carrie Irene Schovel

MILLERSBURG • Carrie Irene Kauffman Bensinger Schovel, 96, a resident at the Polk Personal Care Center, Millersburg, and formerly of Hegins, the Pocono Region and Greenwich, Conn., died Aug. 14 at Polk Personal Care Center.

She was born in Hegins, a daughter of the late Jacob and Carrie Alverta Kauffman.

She was a 1938 graduate from the former Hegins Twp. High School.

She worked as a switch board operator for Greenwich High School.

She was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Hegins; and First Lutheran Church, Greenwich.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Russell Bensinger and Stanley Schovel.

She is survived by a son, James Bensinger of Dublin, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Aug. 19 at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Burial was in Friedens Cemetery, Hegins.

Contributions may be made to Friedens Lutheran Church, Hegins, PA  17938.

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

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

Thelma J. Geist

MILLERSBURG •  Thelma J. Geist, age 86, a resident at the Manor at Susquehanna Village passed away on Aug. 15, 2016.

A native of Millersburg, she was the daughter of the late Fred R. Alleman and Reba Blackway Alleman. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Alleman.

She was retired from the former Johnson Bailee shoe factory and a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where she served on the church choir.

Surviving are four daughters: Cathy Troutman (Lynn) of Elizabethville, Carla Hoy (Lynn) of Millersburg, Karen Sherrick (David) of Grantville and Paula Hoover of Halifax; sister, Betty Jane VanderHill of Canton, Ohio; a brother, Fred Alleman of Camp Hill; grandchildren: Michael Troutman, Brett Troutman, Jennifer King, J. Christian King, Damon Sherrick, Adam Sherrick, Jeremy Schucker and Marshall Hoover; great-grandchildren: Aaron and Brock Troutman, Taelyn and Barrett Troutman, Kaitlin Rush and Lucas Wilson, Grayson Sherrick, Evan and Elias Sherrick and Alexis Lee Hoover; and a great-great-granddaughter, Mia Rush.

Inurnment services will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg at the convenience of the family.

Donations can be made to her church at 324 North Street, Millersburg, PA 17061 or to Alzheimer’s Association, 3544 N. Progress Avenue Ste. 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. To send condolences go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Arlene E. Sitlinger

LYKENS TWP. • Arlene E. Sitlinger, 90, dued Aug. 17 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

She was born Sept. 3, 1925, in Lykens Twp., a daughter of the late Henrietta and Emery Sitlinger.

she was employed as a seamstress.

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

She was preceded in death by a son, Lindsay Sitlinger; two brothers, Russell and Carl Sitlinger; and four sisters: Evelyn Schaffner, Bonita Bowman, Hilda Bobroski and Phyllis Sitlinger.

She is survived by a grandson; a great-granddaughter; three brothers: Robert, Wayne and Alvin Sitlinger; a sister, Margaret Reitz; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Aug. 22 at Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz.

Burial was in Gratz Union Cemetery, Gratz.

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

To sign the online guest book or post a picture, visit www.reedfh.com

George Schoffstall

HELLERTOWN • George Schoffstall, 92, formerly of Orwigsburg and Wiconisco, died Aug. 16 at St. Lukes Hospice Center, Bethlehem.

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

He had worked in the past at the former Freddie Cooper Bakery, Lykens; worked on the family farm milking cows; worked at the grainery in Pottsville; and installed advertising on bill boards.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Mauser Schoffstall.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville.

Burial with military honors to follow at St. James Cemetery, Halifax.

Barbara Adams

WILLIAMSTOWN • Barbara Adams, 99, died Aug. 13.

She was born Dec. 30, 1916 in Williamstown, a daughter of the late William and Annie Watkeys Lewis.

She was a member of Williamstown United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Adams,.

She is survived by five daughters: Rochelle Bond,  Audrey Messner and Gwen Leuschner, Berdine Schwalm of Coopersburg and Carol Walker of Annville;  16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Williamstown United Methodist Church, East Street, Williamstown, PA 17098.

Dimon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Gertrude Schwartz Harrison

TOWER CITY • Gertrude Schwartz Harrison 97, died Aug. 20.

She was born June 14, 1919, a daughter of the late William and Virgie Minnich Schwartz.

She was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School and Pennsylvania State University. 

She taught at West Lawn Schools, Wilson High School, Tower City, Porter Tower  and Williams Valley school systems. 

She was an active member of  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Tower City, teaching Sunday School and serving on the church council.  She also volunteered at the Tower City Library and as president of the Tower City Women's Club, in addition to being active with the Girl Scouts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Harrison; a son, William Harrison II; and two brothers, Reynold and Stanley Schwartz.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Harrison; a son, Douglas Harrison; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services were held in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Friedensburg. 

Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Educational Fund or the Tower City Library.

Dimon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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

David J. Miller Sr.

HALIFAX • David J. Miller Sr., age 66, of Small Valley Road, passed away on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at the Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born in Halifax, the son of the late Albert and Virgie Snyder Miller.

David was retired from the Elizabethville Quarry and a member of the NRA and Foxhunters Assoc.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Starr Miller; two sons, David, Jr. (Racheal) and Dwayne (Kelly); a daughter, Jaime Underkoffler (Hershel); sisters: Beatrice Taylor, Evelyn Kolva and Sara Jane Herb; brothers, Russell Miller and Bruce Miller; grandchildren: Emily, Natalie, Anna, Abigail, Hershel III, Amber, Kira, Bradly and Bransen. He was preceded in death by brothers: Glenn, Billy; and infant twins; sisters, Violet (Snowball) Rose and Helen Trutt.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Elizabethville. Services will begin at 11 a.m. with inurnment to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Enders.

Donations can be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 119 Aster Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112.

To sign the guest book, go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

 



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