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Robert Glen Hale Jr.

SEATTLE, Wash. • Robert Glen Hale Jr was born Feb. 11, 1941, to Robert Glen Hale Sr. and Helen Ella Hale in Halifax, Pa., and passed away peacefully in his Seattle home after a long battle with cancer. The lord took his life April 3, 2018, at age 77.

Bob, (aka “Buffalo Bob”) lived a very active life from a young age. During his youth he helped deliver groceries from his parent’s store, Hale’s Market in Halifax, Pa.  His formative years included collecting arrow heads in the fields of local farms in Halifax while he was a young boy.  Later in life as a teenager, he enjoyed dancing at the American Legion Hall in Halifax. When he was 19, he moved to Chicago, Ill., and attended DeVry University and graduated in 1961.

He moved to Seattle in the early 1960s and married Tonya J. Bilyeu in Las Vegas in 1963; together they had two vibrant daughters, Stacey and Shannon. Eventually their marriage ended, and a few years later he married the love of his life, Judith M. Siner in 1978, to whom he remained married for 40 years until his death.

Bob was an excellent storyteller and by all accounts was quite a “character” in the most positive sense of the word. His love for fascinating stories carried on throughout his life, even while he was fighting his battle with cancer. After retiring from Honeywell in the late 1990s, he and Judy spent their retirement years traveling in their motorhome and traveling on more than 40 cruises. His enrapturing stories captured the fascination of people from all walks of life from all over the world. Whether he was basking in a hot tub on the cruise ship or in a natural hot springs near Yellowstone, everyone in the vicinity knew who Buffalo Bob was, and everyone he met soon had a smile on their face. He could easily converse with the most established scientists, local fishermen or college students two generations younger than himself.

When he wasn’t traveling, he was an avid rock-hound, involved with the North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club as their treasurer. He also would visit rock shops everywhere he traveled. He would cut, grind and polish beautiful stones that caught his eye before mounting them simply as pendants or other beautiful jewelry pieces.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents Robert Glen Hale Sr. (September 2003) and Helen “Ella” Hale (August 2008) and his sister Cindy Houser (October 2009). He leaves behind his wife Judy, and daughters Barbara and (Don) Early, of Sequim, Wash. (granddaughter Kathryn and (Jeff) Wareham and grandson Jacob Early), Lori Siner of Sequim, Wa, Marianne Porter of Bonney Lake, Wash. (granddaughters Jamie and (Will) Taylor, Sarah Nelson, Kyla Paquette, grandsons Nick Paquette, Travis Porter and Cody Porter). Bob also had seven great-grandchildren. His daughters Stacey and (Paul) Rugheimer of Bozeman, Mont. (grandsons Jackson and Nathan Rugheimer) and Shannon Hale of Edmonds, Wash.  He also leaves behind his siblings, brothers William Hale, Jack and (Sandy) Hale, Thomas and (Ann) Hale, all whom are from Halifax, Pa., and his sister Mari Joy Miller of Liverpool, Pa. Bob also had many nephews he adored: Michael Smith, Glen Hale, Brian Bobninski, James Hale, Craig Hale and Joshua Houser.

The family would like to thank their supportive neighbors, who have provided wonderful generosity to Bob and Judy. A special thank you to Dr. Edmond Marzibani at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Center, who provided endless care to Bob and his family and to Dr. Jessamyn Blau, the hospitalist at Northwest Hospital.  We cannot thank you enough.

Friends and family may leave remembrances by visiting washelli.com. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home Friday, April 27 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers or donations, support the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or the North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club.

This is a paid obituary

Kathryn L. Fessler

MILLERSBURG • Kathryn L. Fessler, 95, formerly of Muir and Elizabethville, died April 8 at Premier at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

She was born Nov. 15, 1922, in Muir, a  daughter of the late Joseph and Mamie Unger Daub.

She was a retired postmaster from the Muir Post Office.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Muir, and the Williams Valley Senior Citizens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Fessler; a daughter, Kay Shadle; a sister, Alma Bendigo; and two brothers, Lloyd and Charles Daub.

She is survived by three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Graveside services were held April 13  from the Fairview Cemetery, Muir. 

Contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Wiconisco St., Muir, PA 17957.    

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

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

Michael J. Welch

HALIFAX • On Saturday, April 7, 2018, Michael J. Welch’s battle with ALS came to an end. He was home surrounded by family and friends.

Michael, 68, was born in Harrisburg, Pa., to the late Alfred S. and Opal (Carlin) Welch.

Michael was a 1969 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. He was a proud Marine, who served in Vietnam. He was a bricklayer by trade, and worked for Dininni Construction and later retired from the New Cumberland Army Depot after 25 years of service.

Michael is survived by his high school sweetheart, best friend and wife of 46 years, Peggy; his loving daughter, Stephanie; and his beautiful granddaughter, Emma Layne. He also is survived by brothers, Gerald (Sandy) and Alfred Jr.; sisters, Penelope (Norman) and Sharon; sister-in-law, Barbara; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends whom he considered family. Michael is predeceased by brother, James; and sisters, Kathleen and Vickie.

Michael loved life and enjoyed sharing outdoor adventures with family and friends. Some of our best times were spent at camp or RVing. Kayaking became our favorite pastime spring, summer and fall. Michael was a member of the Hemlock Lodge, where he made many lifelong hunting comrades and became a “master scrapple maker.”

Michael was a life member of the Halifax Ginter-Koppenheffer VFW Post 5750 and was very proud when he accomplished “All State Commander.” He also was a member of the American Legion and the National Rifle Association.

The family would like to thank the Lebanon VA, Homeland Hospice, Jay Diaz and his respiratory team at Anchor Enterprises, ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia and the entire ALS team at Hershey Medical Center. The support we received from all these organizations was beyond amazing. Words alone cannot express our gratitude for their dedication and care for Michael during the past six months.

Memorial contributions can be made to: ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia, 321 Norristown Rd., Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002 or Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at the Halifax Ambulance Association, 31 Bunker Hill Rd., Halifax, Pa. Lunch will follow.

This is a paid obituary

Alice W. Frew

TREMONT • Alice W. Frew, 91, died April 9 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Swatara, a daughter of the late Frank and Edna Griffiths White.

She was a graduate of the former Reilly Twp. High School.

She was retired from the former Fox Knapp, Mfg. Company, Pine Grove.

She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Newtown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; a son, Wayne; and a brother, Alfred White.

She is survived by a sister, Lois Kramer of Tremont; three grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a niece.

Services were held April 13 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City.

Burial was in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. 

Contributions may be made to St. John’s UCC, 133 S. Tremont St., Zerbe-Tremont, PA 17981.

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

Dale LeRoy Zerfing

EAST BERLIN • Dale LeRoy Zerfing, 75, formerly of Gratz, died April 5 at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1942, in Gratz, a son of the late Austin and Bessie Radel Zerfing.

He was a 1963 graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School.

He was a former employee of Reiff and Nestor, Lykens.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by a sister, June Payne.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Evelyn Baumert Zerfing; a son, James Zerfing of Lake Meade; a sister, Sandra Kissinger of Gratz; two nieces and a nephew.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family

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

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

Linda K. Lehman

MILLERSBURG • Linda K. Lehman, age 65, of River St., passed away peacefully in her home Monday, April 9 after a short battle with cancer.

Linda was born in Millersburg, April 22, 1952, the daughter of the late Doris Snyder and Robert Henry Neubold. She was the widow of Robert (Jake) Lehman Jr.

Survivors include her son, Troy Lehman and her daughter Christi Moyer (James); grandchildren Austin Lehman, Gage Sutton and Alyssa Moyer. Linda also is survived by her fiancé Kenneth Radle; her sister Elizabeth Weaver (Yohann); her stepfather Wesley Snyder; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Linda also was preceded in death by brothers Steven Neubold and Robert (Bobby) Neubold and David Miller.

Linda was a longtime employee of Lehman’s Hardware and most recently a part-time employee of the TVP Colonnade. She also was a lifetime member of the Millersburg Fire Co. and an EMT with the Millersburg Ambulance Association for many years. She was a member of Reigles Bible Fellowship.

Anyone who knew Linda knew that her grandsons were the light of her life. Linda would travel far and wide to watch her grandson Austin play football and baseball or Gage play the drums in the high school band. Austin is now playing for the Penn State York baseball team, and she traveled to Florida to watch their spring training last year. Linda also volunteered with the Millersburg Area Music Association for the last four years. She could be found chaperoning football games, contributing to meals before games and sitting in the stands close to the band.

Linda also loved to sit on the front porch of her home and people watch during the summer. She was well known for taking amazing pictures of the sunset over the Susquehanna River and posting them to Facebook for everyone to admire. Many also looked forward to her countdown to spring every year.

Linda was loved by everyone she came into contact with. Her smile always lit up every room she walked into. She would help anyone who needed it and always put her family and others before herself. Her family meant the world to her, and she enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible.

Linda also enjoyed traveling, especially going on cruises. Most recently, a cruise at the end of 2017 with 23 of her close family and friends.

A Celebration of Life service was held April 15 at Reigles Bible Fellowship, 158 Reigles Church Rd., Millersburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, No. 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or to Millersburg Fire Co. No. 1, 325 Center St., Millersburg, PA 17061.

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

This is a paid obituary

Anthony G. “Tony” Host

LYKENS • Anthony G. “Tony” Host, of Lykens, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at home. 

He was born Aug. 26, 1953, to the late Jack and Dolores Schmink Host. 

Tony was a life member of the NRA and the East Coast Decoy Collectors. He enjoyed hunting and antiquing. 

Tony is survived by his wife Brenda J. Weaver Host; and a son Tony E. Host. 

Honoring Tony’s wishes, there will be no services. 

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

This is a paid obituary

Allen G. Smeltz

SILVER SPRING, Md. • Allen G. Smeltz, 82, formerly of Sacramento, died April 9 at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring.

He was born Nov. 17, 1935, in Sacramento, a son of the late Samuel and Dorothy Gilbert Smeltz.

He was a 1953 graduate of the former Hubley Twp. High School, Spring Glen, and a 1960 graduate of Dickinson College, Carlisle.

He was an economist for the State of Maryland, prior to his retirement.

He was a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ida McDermond Smeltz; a daughter, Carol Reddan of Olney, Md.; and two grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Sacramento.

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

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

Josephine M. Kobel

PILLOW • Josephine M. Kobel, 89, died  April 10 at Sunbury Community Hospital, Sunbury.

She was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Pillow, a daughter of the late Blanche and John Zerbe.

She was a member of Salem Zion Church, Pillow, and the owner of the former Joe’s Place Restaurant, Pillow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Kobel; and a sister, Marie Leitzel.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Brown; two sons, George Kobel and Barry Kobel; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held April 14 at James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow.

Burial was in Riverview Memorial Park, Halifax.

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

Marcia Sue Schumber

TOWER CITY • Marcia Sue Schumber, 65, of Tower City, passed away Wednesday, April 11 at Tremont Health & Rehabilitation Center after an 18-month courageous battle with Glioblastoma.

She was born in Pottsville, March 24, 1953, a daughter of the late Ellis and Rachel Underkoffler Miller.

Marcia was a 1971 graduate of Williams Valley High School. 

She was employed by Ingram Micro, Jonestown, for many years before becoming ill.

She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City, and the Tower City Loyal Order of Moose.

Marcia’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She loved hosting holiday gatherings and slumber parties for her grandchildren. She also had a love for horror movies, Halloween and was a huge fan of the TV series “The Walking Dead.”

Marcia is survived by daughters, Jane Evans, Pottsville; Barbara Imboden (Kraig), Tower City; Tiffany Grimm (Denny), Hegins; Lynette Hechler (Harold), Williamstown;  sons, Bill Schumber, Chubbuck, Idaho; and Eric Schumber (Christine), Halifax;  17 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren;  a sister, Cynthia Donton, Tower City;  brothers, Robert Miller and Bryon Miller (Mary), both of Williamstown and Kevin Miller (Michele), Frederick, Md.; companion, Sam Mione, Lebanon; nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A Celebration of Marcia’s Life was held April 17 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc, Tower City. Burial was in the Methodist Cemetery, Williamstown. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Box F, Tower City, PA 17980 or Hospice of Central PA, 1300 Lingelstown Road, Harrisburg PA 17110. To sign the guest book visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com

This is a paid obituary

Glenn Arlen Fetterolf

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. • Glenn Arlen Fetterolf, 80, of Martinsburg, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018, at home.

Born Jan, 5, 1938, in Llewellyn, Pa., he was the son of the late Raymond and Sarah Sherman Fetterolf.

Glenn is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Marie Engle Fetterolf; son Terry Fetterolf of Williamsport, Pa.; son, Douglas Fetterfolf Sr and wife Deanna of Martinsburg; daughter, Jean Edwards and husband Frank of Augusta, W.Va.; four grandchildren: Shannon Criswell, Amy Warfel, Douglas Fetterfolf Jr. and Kayla Brown; 10 great-grandchildren: Paeton and Jillian Warfel, Mikey Edwards, Tyler and Alayla Criswell, Caleb Crisman, Presley Fetterolf, Camden, Charlee and Colton Brown.  He also is survived by a sister, Lois Bingaman; brothers, Raymond Fetterolf, Marlin Fetterolf and Harold Sherman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorthea Klinger; and a grandson, William Franklin Edwards Jr.

Funeral services were held April 17, 2018 at the Brown Funeral Home South Berkeley Chapel.  Interment was in  Gerrardstown Presbyterian Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Hospice of the Panhandle and caretakers Michelle Hemingway and Brandy Stroop for the excellent and loving care they provided over the last several months.

Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com

John L. Herb

 POTTSVILLE • John L. Herb, 92, formerly of Hegins, died April 13, at Schuylkill Center.

He was born March 10, 1926, in Spring Glen, a son of the late Ash and Crusie Carl Herb.

He  served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944-1946.

He ran a small carpet business, but most of his working career was spent in the trucking industry. He also worked at the former Penn Reel, Hegins.

He attended St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Valley View.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Shade Herb; and a daughter, Patricia Erdman.

He is survived by a son, Jack Herb of Hegins; six grandchildren; and 13 greatgrandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Valley View.

Burial will be in St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Valley View.

Contributions may be made to the John L. Herb Memorial Fund, c/o St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, P.O Box 221, Valley View, PA 17983

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

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

Robert L. “Whitey” Koppenhaver

HEGINS • Robert L. “Whitey” Koppenhaver, 90, of Hegins, died April 13, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born July 5, 1927, in Hegins, a son of the late Homer and Fronie Shadle Koppenhaver.

He was a 1945 graduate of the former Hegins Twp. High School.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War.

He played professional baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. After entering the U.S. Army he played for the 26th Infantry baseball team, winning the European Championship in 1951. After returning home from the Army he played for the Williamsport Athletics and ended his baseball career in 1954 with the Baltimore Orioles.

He was a self-employed farmer.

He was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Hegins; a member of the St. Clair Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame; and the Pottsville Chapter of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a life member of VFW Post 8237 of Valley View; a former member of the Hegins Fire Company; and a former member of his church council. He was very active as a coach in little league, teener league, Legion, and Tri-Valley High School baseball.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Bausinger Koppenhaver; two brothers, Guy Koppenhaver and Clair Koppenhaver; and a sister, Iva Ney.

He is survived by two sons, James Koppenhaver of Halifax and Timothy Koppenhaver of Hegins; two daughters, Janet Radel of Spring Glen and Susan Klouser of Cocoa, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at Friedens Lutheran Church, Hegins. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Fountain Community Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to Friedens Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 375, Hegins, PA 17938.

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

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

 



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