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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.

Julie Ann Miller

MIDDLETOWN • Julie Ann Miller, 48, of Middletown, Pa., passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at Hershey Medical Center after a lifelong battle with Huntington’s Disease.

She was born July 14, 1969, in Harrisburg, Pa., the daughter of Judith A. Stine and the late Timothy Drayer. She was the wife of Edward D. Miller Jr.

Surviving are her husband; mother; grandmother, Joyce I. Stine; sons, Dallas and Hunter Miller; daughter, Nichole Moore; sisters, Emily Castillo and Allena O’Neil; mother- and father-in-law, Ed Sr. and Karen Miller; brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Courtney Miller; two grandsons; one nephew and three nieces.

This is a paid obituary

Lula E. Koppenhaver

CAMP HILL • Lula E. Koppenhaver, 101, formerly of Gratz, died Feb. 5, at The Gardens at West Shore.

She was born Oct. 27, 1916, in Pillow, a daughter of the late Harvey and H. Jennie Weiser Miller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Koppenhaver.

She is survived by her children: Gloria Sigafoos of Trevorton and William Koppenhaver and Lorraine Warfel, both of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Lorraine V. Adams

POTTSVILLE • Lorraine V. Adams, 89, of Pottsville, passed away Feb. 8, 2018, at the Manor at Susquehanna Village in Millersburg.

Born Nov. 23, 1928, in Port Carbon, she was a daughter of the late Martha J. Brobst and Raymond Brinich. She was the widow of William R. Adams.

Lorraine worked in retail sales and Laneco and was a member of UFCW Local 1776. She was a lifelong member of St. Matthew’s and then Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Haven. She also sang in the choir.

Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl A., wife of Allen Lebo, Jr. of English Center and Denise E. Newman, wife of Kenneth L. of Herndon; a grandson, Jeffrey A. Lebo, husband to Terri of Schuylkill Haven; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by three sisters: Esther McOwen, Leatrice Kramer and Ruth Hughes; and a brother, Hamilton A. Bair.

Services will be held Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at 3:30 p.m., at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven, with Pastor David Rowe officiating. Friends and family may call between 2:30-3:30 p.m., prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or find a local chapter at Arrangements by Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.

This is a paid obituary

June W. Leitzel

LOWER PAXTON TWP. • June W. Leitzel, 92, of Lower Paxton Twp., went to be with the Lord Jesus Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Carolyn’s House, Harrisburg.

Born May 7, 1925, in Dalmatia, she was one of 17 children to the late Carmie and Linnie (Long) Schaffner. June was the widow in October 2016, of the love of her life, Mark E. Leitzel, after more than 60 years of marriage, and also was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Leitzel.

Surviving are two daughters, Terry R. Davies and Karen M. Leitzel, wife of Brenda Brown; two sons, Kim Leitzel and Mark A. (Tony) Leitzel, husband of Tracy Leitzel; numerous grandchildren; multiple great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandsons.  She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed crafts and quilting. In loving memory of June: loving wife, faithful mother, good sister, caring grandmother, and fine friend: now rest in peace, we love you.

A memorial service officiated by Pastor David V. Martin was held Feb. 16, 2018, at Susquehanna Valley Evangelical Free Church, Harrisburg, Pa. Interment followed the service at Jacobs Methodist Church Cemetery, Halifax, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Carolyn’s House (Hospice of Central PA), 1701 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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This is a paid obituary

Diane Marie Meyer

WARRINGTON • Diane Marie Meyer, formerly of Florida, died Feb. 10  at the Neshaminy Manor Home, Warrington.

She was born Oct. 28, 1940, a daughter of the late Melvin Define and Gertrude Define Hagerman.

She worked in management at Manatee Bay Marine and as a special events coordinator when she resided in Florida.

She is survived by three children: Brian Meyer, Bradley Meyer and Dana Martin; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two sisters, Donna Paul and Jeanine Kessler; and a brother, Robert Define..

Services were held Feb. 15 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. 

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown. 

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Ruth M. Rhody

JOLIETT • Ruth M. Rhody, 87, died Feb. 13 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 9, 1930, in Joliett,  a daughter of the late George and Anna Brower Ney.

She was a member of Joliett First United Methodist Church;  and also was a member of the Joliett Fire Co. Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harold Rhody, Sr.; a son, Harold Rhody Jr.; a brother, Harold Ney; and two sisters, Doris Duncavage and Thelma Steele.

She is survived by her three children: Daniel Rhody of Hegins; Terry Rhody of Tower City and Sara Reedy of Joliett; three brothers: Robert Ney and Ray Ney, both of Pine Grove, and Gerald Ney of Gordon; a sister, Shirley Shadle of Weishample; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 17 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. 

Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Orwin. 

Contributions may be made to Joliett First United Methodist Church, c/o Shirley Yerges, Tremont Street, Joliett, PA 17981.  

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Richard L. Ernfield

HEGINS • Richard L. Ernfield, 66, died Feb. 14 at his residence.

He was born June 4, 1951, in Danville, a son of the late Harold and Sylvia Savidge Ernfield.

He was a 1969 graduate of Tri-Valley High School.

He was a truck driver for Stine Trucking, Branchdale.

He is survived by a daughter, Amy Updegrove of Sacramento; a brother, Russell Ernfield of Pittsburg; two sisters, Kitty Sitlinger of Fountain and Penny Kimmel of Hegins; and several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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Jeffrey E. Sherman

LYKENS • Jeffrey E. “Hoss” Sherman died Feb. 16. 

He was born June 10, 1973.

He was a graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School. 

He is survived by his companion, Brandi Herb; a son, Kasey Sherman; and a daughter, Rose Meyers. 

At the family’s wishes, there are no services scheduled at this time. 

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

William J. Houtz Sr.

WILLIAMSTOWN • William J. Houtz Sr., 76, died Feb. 15 at his home after a courageous battle with ALS.

He was born Feb. 3, 1942, in Elizabethville, a son of the late Charles and Esther Miller Houtz.

He was a veteran of the Army National Guard, 131 Transportation Company, Williamstown.

He was a retired truck driver with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Elizabethville.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley Michaels Houtz; his children: William Houtz Jr., John Houtz, Trudy Houtz, Barbie Merwine and April Keiter; a stepson, Charles Pinkerton, all of Williamstown;  a sister, Clara Ruddy of Lewisburg; 15 grandchildren;  11 greatgrandchildren. 

A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc, Tower City. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the chapel.

Burial with military honors will be in Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown.    

Contributions may be made to: The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Rd., Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.  

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Lois Machamer Reiser

TOWER CITY • Lois Machamer Reiser, 91, died Feb. 7.

She was born Oct. 1, 1926, a daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Thompson Machamer. 

She was a graduate of the former Tower City High School and also attended business school. 

She worked at Muth & Mumma Dental Lab, Harrisburg, and later was a co-owner of the former grocery store, Reiser’s Market, Tower City, alongside her husband Jim. 

She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Tower City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; a brother, Harold Machamer; and two sisters, Delphine Hale and Thea Mae Farrow.

She is survived by a son, Lane; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Tower City.  

Private burial services will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 415 E. Grand Ave., Tower City, PA, 17980 or the Porter Tower Library, 230 E. Grand Ave., Tower City, PA, 17980. 

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

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Lorna M. Romberger

GRATZ • Lorna M. Romberger, 85, died Feb. 16 at Tremont Nursing Home.

She was born May 1, 1932, in Elizabethville, a daughter of the late Melvin Sr. and Ethel Yerges Swab.

She had worked as a seamstress for many local shirt factories, including the former Lebro Shirt Factory, Lykens.

She was a member of Peace UCC, Berrysburg.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, M. Harry Swab Jr. and Truman Swab Sr.

She is survived by her husband of more than 56 years, Norwood “Davis” Romberger of Gratz; four sisters: Pat Starr of Dalmatia, Kitty Eckenrode of Camp Hill, Althea Snyder of Elizabethville and Elaine Swab of Millersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at Peace UCC, Berrysburg. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville, at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to Peace UCC, P.O. Box 268, Berrysburg, PA 17005.

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

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