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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.

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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.

John R. Schell

LYKENS • John R. (Jack) Schell, 81, of Lykens, died at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at the Susquehanna Lutheran Village, after weeks of illness due to heart failure, and is now in the presence of His Lord.

Jack graduated from the former Lykens High School in 1953 where he was both valedictorian and president of his class and a co-captain of the football team. He attended Susquehanna University for two years on a football scholarship and then went on to work for many years as a draftsman for Benetec Associates, a civil engineering firm in Camp Hill.

Jack was a devoted father and grandfather and a kind and generous friend to many.

He is survived by his daughter Jody (Steve) Snyder of Millersburg, his sons Jonathan (Janice Leitzel) Schell of Purcellville,Va., and Andrew Schell of Atlanta, Ga.; and his three grandsons: Matthew, Nathan and Evan Schell of Purcellville, Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rick and Anna Dresel Schell of Lykens, and his brothers: Harold “Hab” Schell, Claude “Rick” Schell, James Schell and Thomas Schell.

A graveside funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Riverview Memorial Gardens, 3776 Peters Mountain Rd., Halifax.  Refreshments to immediately follow.

John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus (1 Thes. 4:13).

This is a paid obituary

Diana A. Bordner

LYKENS • Diana A. Bordner, 77, died Nov. 5 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Feb. 8, 1940, in Coaldale, a daughter of the late Henry and Alma Sims.

She attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses,  Elizabethville, and was active in the Lykens Valley Roamers Campground.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Bordner.

She is survived by her children: Frank Bordner of Mechanicsburg, Debbie Blanton of Grantville, and Guy Bordner of Williamstown; a sister, Linda Dauberman of Lykens; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Nov. 9 from St. James Cemetery, Carsonville.

Contributions may be made to Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 644 E. Grand Ave., Tower City, PA 17980 to help with expenses.   

To sign the online guest book, visit

June E. Warfel

ELIZABETHVILLE • June E. Warfel, 84, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at the Manor at Susquehanna Village.

She was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Halifax the daughter of the late Charles M. Sr. and Edna Evelyn (Marks) Radel. She was the widow of Lee N. Warfel. They were married Nov. 20, 1948.

She loved to cook and do gardening. Canning was her specialty. She was famous for her chow-chow, and people came from other states to get it. In the last years when she couldn't do it anymore, she enjoyed her grandkids learning and helping her.

She is survived by her daughter Doris and her husband Leonard Erdman of Millersburg; sons Robert Warfel and his wife Cheryle of Halifax, Ronald Warfel and his wife Julie of Duncannon; daughter-in-law Cindy Warfel of Elizabethville; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She also is survived by brother Charles Radel Jr.; and sisters Sara Miller and Ruthann Miller.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son Randy Warfel; and a brother Henry Radel.

Services were held Nov. 10 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville. Burial followed at Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax.

Donations can be made to Bowerman’s Church Cemetery, Attn: Marci Radel, 1765-A Back Road, Halifax, PA 17032.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville, handled the arrangements. To sign the guestbook, go to

This is a paid obituary

Lamar E. “Lem” Reitz

KLINGERSTOWN • Lamar E. “Lem” Reitz, 82, died Nov. 5 at his residence.     

He was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Rebuck, a son of the late Cloyd and Catherine Drumheller Reitz.

He graduated from Mahanoy Joint High School.

He was employed as a marble and granite finisher with  Interstate Tile and Mantel.

He was a member of Salem Church of Rough and Ready, and had served as a deacon on the Consistory; also was a member of the Lykens Valley Roamers Campers Club; the Klingerstown and Mahantongo fire companies; and a member of the Bricklayers Local 5, Harrisburg. 

He was preceded in death by two sons, Lynn and Larry Reitz.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruby  Erdman Reitz; a daughter, Lori Brown, of Klingerstown; a sister, Leah Underkoffler of Mandata;  three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Services were held Nov. 9 at Salem Church of Rough and Ready, Klingerstown. 

Burial followed at Salem Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to Salem Church Memorial Fund, 1128 Ridge Rd., Klingerstown, PA 17941.

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

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Bettie Jane Alleman Vanderhill

WOOSTER, Ohio • Bettie Jane Alleman Vanderhill, age 85, longtime resident of Wooster, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. 

She was born July 20, 1932, in Millersburg, Pa., to Fred and Reba Alleman. At the age of 3, her birth mother died. Her father then married Gladys (Fatzinger) Alleman, who was her dearly loved and respected stepmother. 

She served six years in the U.S. Air Force as a photographer and felt privileged to serve her country. 

Jane cherished and loved spending time with her family and had a wonderful gift of hospitality. Her kindness and generosity were extended to anyone she met. She had a genuine faith in Jesus that she passed on to her children and grandchildren, which has left behind a legacy of faithful believers. 

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Thelma Geist; and her great-grandchild Judah Williams. 

She is survived by her brother, Fred (Melody) Alleman; her son, Bryan (Karen) VanderHill and their daughters Reagan and Kelsey; her daughter, Carol (David) Williams, and their children Josiah (Shelby) Williams, Sarah (Gabe) Hancock, Jeremiah (Wendy) Williams, Hannah (Seth) Wenger, Jasmine Williams and Jessie Williams; and her daughter, Colleen (Mark) Bankert and their children, Rebecca, Joel and Joshua; and her great-grandchildren: Noah, Lincoln, Coraline, Isaiah, Isabel, Lydia, Abigail and Levi. 

There will be a private family service in Canton followed by a Celebration Service and burial in Millersburg, Pa. 

The family would like to thank the House of Loreto for their loving and gentle care of their mother and grandmother this past year.  Truly, they were the hands and feet of Jesus.

This is a paid obituary

Doris Jean Rauh

AURORA, Colo. • Doris Jean (Lucas) Rauh died Nov. 4, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 12, 1955, in the Tower City valley, a daughter of Guy and Helen Lucas.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; her children: Autumn Sears, Matt Blyler, Tanner Rauh and Katie Rauh; three grandsons: Lucas, Braden and CJ; four sisters: Faye Oxenrider, Mary Spardy, Leona Dunlop and Alice Raudenbush; and several nieces and nephews.

All services were held in Colorado.  

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George E. Buggy

WILLIAMSTOWN • George E. Buggy, 87, died Nov. 6.

He was born April 15, 1930, in Williamstown,  a son of the late Joseph and Myrl Whitman Buggy.

He was a 1948 graduate of the former Williamstown Catholic High School.   

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

He was a retired computer programmer from the New Cumberland Army Depot.

He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown; the Knights of Columbus, Lykens;  a life member of the Williamstown American Legion;  Williamstown Liberty Hose Company; and the Williamstown VFW.

He was preceded in death by brothers: Joseph, Charles, and infant brothers, James and John Buggy; and two sisters, Loretta Williams and Gloria Lenker.

He is survived by a sister, Arlene McDonald of New Jersey;  and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 10 from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown. 

Burial with military honors was in the  parish cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to Williamstown American Legion, 123 W. Market St,. Williamstown, PA 17098 or Sacred Heart Catholic Church,  c/o parish office, 732 Main St., Lykens PA 17048. 

Dimon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

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Elizabeth V. Roadcap

HALIFAX • Elizabeth V. Roadcap, 69 years old, passed away Nov. 6, 2017, at her home in Halifax. She was born Jan. 16, 1948, to the late Leonard Sr. and Beatrice Shrawder Roadcap. She enjoyed playing cards, and watching game shows and the Hallmark Channel on the television. But her greatest joy was spending time and being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 Elizabeth is survived by her children: Tina Nye (Robert Chubb) of Harrisburg, Gene Nye Jr. (Patti Strohecker) of Halifax, Cindy Miller (Don), Jennifer Nye (Ryan Miller), and Penny Nye (Al Morris), of Halifax, and Jessica Nye (Thomas Matter) of Cascade, Md.; son-in-law Richard Gabel of Newport; brothers, Leonard Roadcap Jr. and James Roadcap of Halifax; sisters, Mary Carroll of Millersburg and Bonnie King of Halifax; seven grandchildren: David Carpenter (Paulette), Meckenzie Quigley, Phylicia Klase, Tylor Miller, Colton Miller, Angela Gabel, Derrick Morris; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Darla K. Nye and Marjorie Nye; son, Little Joe Nye; and  brothers, Robert Roadcap Sr. and Larry Roadcap Sr. Liz will be missed by a large and loving group - her family, extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and her friends. “Put a smile on your face and a song in your heart!”

Services will be held  Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Newport Family Life Center, 27 West Shortcut Rd., Newport with a visitation from 2 p.m. until the memorial service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Make A Wish America, 4742 N. 24th St., Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016; or Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Arrangements by the David Myers Funeral Home, Newport.

This is a paid obituary

Ruth E. Keeney

CAMP HILL • Ruth E. Keeney, 100, formerly of Williamstown, died Nov. 7 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.

She was born March 1, 1917, in Orwin, a daughter of the late William and Susan Hearter Behney.

She attended the former Porter Township High School.  

She was a member of the Faith Tabernacle Congregation Church, Mechanicsburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, John Keeney; a son, Robert Keeney; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Fern Fenstemacher; and three brothers: John, William and Robert Behney.

She is survived by her three children: Richard Keeney of Millersburg, Jane Keeney of Camp Hill, and Dennis Keeney of Shiremanstown; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Nov. 11 at Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown.  

Contributions may be made to the Tabernacle Congregation Church, 1410 Good Hope Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. 

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Betty M. Kreiser

LYKENS • Betty M. Kreiser of Lykens, Pa., passed away Friday Nov. 10, 2017, at TremontHealth and Rehab Center, Tremont, Pa. 

She was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Lykens, Pa., to the late Adam and Eve Rebecca Null Welker.

Betty was a graduate of the former Lykens High School and was a member of the Lykens United Methodist Church, Woodmen of the World and Gratz VFW Auxillary. She enjoyed camping and playing bingo. 

Betty is survived by a son Delton T. Kreiser Jr. and his wife Sue; a daughter Cynthia F. Motter; grandchildren: Jarrod, Brooke and Heather; and a great-grandchild Maura. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Delton T. “Jug” Kreiser Sr. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday Nov. 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. from the Lykens United Methodist Church, 527 North Second St., Lykens, Pa. with Rev. Lori Betsworth officiating.  There will be visitation Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. from the John R. Shultz Funeral Home, 406 Market St., Lykens, Pa., and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s name may be made to the Gratz VFW, 424 Specktown Rd., Lykens, Pa. 17048. 

John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens, has been entrusted with the arrangements

This is a paid obituary

Robert E. Monger Sr.

TREMONT • Robert E. Monger Sr. died Nov. 11 with his wife and daughter by his side.

He was born Aug. 20, 1937, in Oak Grove, Pine Grove Township, a son of the late Leonard and Vivian Morgan Monger.

He was a 1955 graduate of Tower City High School.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving his country for more than 20 years aboard The Franklin Roosevelt, The Constellation, The Intrepid, The Kittyhawk, and The Forrestal. He was aboard The Forrestal during the explosion in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam.

He was a former Tremont Borough police officer, a former member of the Tremont Ambulance Association, a former member of the Tremont Fire Company, and a former Pennsylvania State Constable. He was employed by Dayton Superiors, Tremont, for more than 24 years, and was employed by Kelly Services, Lickdale.

He was a member of Saint Peter’s UCC, Tremont, the Tremont Area Food Pantry, and the Tremont Senior Citizens. 

He was preceded in death by siblings: Shirley Warner, Leonard Monger and James Monger.

He is survived by his wife, Florence “Tink” Robinson Monger of Tremont; a  daughter, Sarah Monger of Cleveland Ohio; his two children from his first marriage, a son Robert “Bobby” Monger of Hamburg, and a daughter, Norma Ludwig of Tower City;  and several nieces and nephews. 

 Memorial services will be held Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the chapel.  

Private burial with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  

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Merl “Toby” Tobias

ELIZABETHVILLE • Merl “Toby” Tobias, 88, died Nov. 10, at Community General Hospital, Harrisburg.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1929, in East Cameron Township, a son of the late Ira an Edna Oxenrider Tobias.

He was a member of Christ Evangelical and Reformed Church Leck Kill.

He served stateside with the U.S. Army where he was a canvas and leather maker.

He worked in various industries in the local area and retired from Guilford Mills, Pine Grove.

He was preceded in death by his wife Verna Hess Tobias.

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Sheila Vandernick; a stepson, Stephen Bressler; three sisters: Betty Paul of Sunbury, Martha Erdman of Herndon and Mary Snyder of Dornsife; two brothers, John Tobias of Gratz and Marvin Tobias of Pitman; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. at Christ Evangelical and Reformed Church, Leck Kill. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial will follow at St. John’s Reformed Cemetery, Leck Kill.

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

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