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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
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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.


Carol Jane Michael Crum

HALIFAX • Carol Jane Michael Crum, 61, of Halifax, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Hershey Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was the devoted wife of Brad Crum.

Carol was born in Lykens on May 20, 1953, a daughter to Alvin Michael and the late Betty (Minnich) Michael.

She worked as a purchasing agent and a management analyst supervisor for PennDOT for over 30 years before her retirement. Carol owned and operated Castle Gifts and Collectibles in Elizabethville from 1997 to 2005. She also was a backup singer for BCT Legend Band.

Carol was a Master Gardener who loved the outdoors. She also enjoyed hiking, and frequently did sections of the Appalachian Trail. She also gave seminars on butterflies and plants.

She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Fisherville where she played in the Bell Choir.

Carol was a selfless woman; she always cared for others before herself, generous with her time, money and advice. She enjoyed being involved with her family and was always there when anyone needed her.

In addition to her father, Alvin, and her husband, Brad, she is survived by her children, Jodi Crum of Halifax, Austin Crum and his wife, Angel,  of Halifax, and Derrick Michael and his wife, Heather, of Harrisburg; her grandchildren, Tyler, Madison, Katie, Kamron, and one on the way; and her brother, Dana Michael and his wife, Judy, of Halifax; and a large extended family.

A Celebration of Life Service was held November 22, 2014 at Messiah Lutheran Church,  3 Church St., Halifax,  PA 17032.

A Memorial Service also will be held Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. at her garden in Carsonville at the Crum residence.

Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Harrisburg, handled arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be offered to Messiah Lutheran Church, 3 Church Street, Halifax, PA 17032.

To offer the family condolences, please visit, www.HetrickBitner.com

This is a paid obituary

Anna Mae Portzline

HALIFAX • Anna Mae Portzline, 83, a resident at the Manor at Susquehanna Village and formerly of Halifax, died Nov. 15.

She was born in Lykens, a daughter of the late Thomas and Emma Kinsinger Mauser.

She was retired from the former Muskin shoe factory, Millersburg.

She was a member of the Valleys ECC, Halifax.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Portzline; and a son, Harry Jr.

She is survived by four daughters: Barbara Harner and Sharon Portzline, both of Halifax, Laura Weaver of Joppa, Md. and Wanda Portzline of Valley View;  11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and eight siblings.

A private memorial service will be held at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg.

Inurnment will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax.

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

William H. Bowman

VALLEY VIEW • William H. Bowman, 92, died Nov. 18 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born July 7, 1922 in Valley View, a son of the late Arthur and Bessie Ney Bowman.

He was a 1940 graduate of the former Hegins Twp. High School.

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

He was a partner in Bowman Brothers Trucking, Inc., Valley View,  prior to his retirement.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Sacramento; a member of VFW Post 2385, Valley View; Trout Unlimited; and  a former member of the Hegins Twp. Planning Commission.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Lee Bowman; two sisters, Beatrice Bowman and Iris Thomas; and two brothers, Glenn Bowman and Dale Bowman.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Smeltz Bowman; two sons, Gerald Bowman and Ned Bowman, both of Valley View; three granddaughters;  four great-grandchildren; a brother, Fred Bowman of Valley View; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Sacramento.

Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 2300 Main Street,  Sacramento 17968.

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

Robert L. Harman

CARLISLE • Robert L. Harman, 72, died Nov. 17 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 20, 1942 in Harrisburg, a son of Frances Holtzman Harman  of Carlisle and the late Lynn Harman.

He was a retired rock quarry supervisor for Vulcan Materials Company.

He was a member of Waggoner’s United Methodist Church, Carlisle; the Carlisle Area Eagles; and the White Circle Lodge.

He is survived by his mother; his wife of eight years, Rose Shadle Harman, at home; a sister, Linda Shifflette of Limerick; a niece;  a step-son, Deron Wagner of Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 22 at Faith U.M. Church, Fisherville.

Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Berrysburg.

Contributions may be made to: Horizon Hospice LLC, 1200 Camp Hill Bypass, Suite 201, Camp Hill 17011.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Elizabethville, was in charge of arrangements.

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

Gerald E. Girard

HALIFAX • Gerald E. Girard, 63, died Nov. 19 at his residence.

He was born in Hazleton, a son of the late William and Florence Painton Girard.

He was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.

He retired from the construction industry.

He was a member and deacon of Feed My Sheep Ministry, Halifax; member of Halifax VFW #5750; American Legion #326; PW Milano; member and steward in the Marine Corp League, New Cumberland; instructor for young Marines, Harrisburg; president of Marine Riders, Inc.; and LCO of Toys for Tots in the Upper Dauphin area.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Bell Girard; two sons, Gerald Jr. of Halifax and Eric of Reading; two stepsons Glen Weldon of Halifax and Michael Weldon of Lykens; two sisters, Patricia Clarvoe and Lorraine McCracken, both of Virginia; two brothers, William of Wiconisco and Ronald of Virginia.; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made to Toys for Tots, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172 or to Feed My Sheep Ministry, P.O. Box 642, Halifax 17032.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg, is in charge of arrangements.

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

Glenn E. Tschopp

LYKENS • Glenn E. Tschopp, formerly of Millersburg, died Nov. 20 at The Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg. 

He was born July 8, 1929 in Millersburg, a son of the late James and Catherine Zerbe Tschopp.

He was a graduate of Millersburg High School.

He retired from the former Amp, Inc. 

He is survived by his wife, Violet Header Tschoop; and two daughters, Lu Ann Hoffman and Lesa Ann Tschopp. 

No services are scheduled at this time. 

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

Beverly K. Hock

BERRYSBURG • Beverly K. Hock, 72, died  Nov. 20 at SUN Home Hospice Care Center, Sunbury.

She was born Nov. 2, 1942 in Martinsburg, a daughter of the late Roy and Ruth Smith Miller.

She was a member of  Evangelical Brethren Church, Berrysburg.

She is survived by her husband, Delmas Hock; four sons: Doren Hock and Nathan Hock, both of Plainfield, Ind., Bevan Hock of Nashville, Tenn. and Brendan Hock of Hanover; a brother, Roy Miller of Roaring Springs; five sisters: Cynthia Repogle of Alaska, Deborah Byer of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dorinda Seese of Plainfield, Ind., Devonna Nell of East Berlin and Lynnea Roher of Altoona; and four grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 25 at Free Grace Brethren In Christ Church, Millersburg.

Burial was in Evangelical Brethren Cemetery, Berrysburg.

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

Robert C. Bain

DONALDSON • Robert C. Bain, 80, died Nov. 21 at Geisinger Medical Center. 

He was born Oct. 12, 1934 in Donaldson, a son of the late Frank and Bertha Schlottman Bain.

He was a graduate of Frailey Twp. High School. 

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

He retired from Quality Control at Post Precision Casting, Inc., Strausstown.

He was a member of  Donaldson United Methodist Church.

He was predeceased in death by a brother, Henry Bain.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy Morgan Bain; three children: Sally Hatter of Donaldson, Cindy Miller of Clarks Valley and Robert Bain of Tremont; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Marion Morgan of Tremont; a brother, Edward Bain of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. from the Donaldson United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. 

Burial with military honors will be in Donaldson Community Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to his church, Center Street, Donaldson 17981.  

Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tower City, is in charge of arrangements.

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

James R. Miller

LITITZ • James R. Miller, 76, formerly of Valley View, died Nov. 21 at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster.

He was born in Lykens, a son of the late Lester Sr. and Minerva Straub Miller.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

In his early years he played professional baseball in the Washington Senators Farm System, only to have a promising career interrupted by the army draft. He is considered one of the best left-handed pitchers ever to come out of the Schuylkill/Dauphin County area.  In later years, he helped develop and promote a successful Seniors Golf League at the Lykens Valley Golf Course, Millersburg.

He spent his entire working career with the New Holland Farm Machine Company and served as a service parts manager in the large parts distribution center.

He attended the Worship Center in Leola for 27 years and was active in their traffic control and greeter programs for several years.

He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Sandra Romberger Miller; a daughter, Jennifer Thompson; two grandchildren; two brothers, Lester Miller Jr. of York and Lawrence Miller of Manheim; a sister, Anne Meckley of Herndon; an aunt and uncle; and several nieces and nephews.

A Life Celebration Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. at the Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Worship Center.

Burial will be in Brunnerville United Methodist Church Cemetery, Brunnerville.

Spacht Funeral Home, Ltd., Lititz, is in charge of arrangements.

Jeffery E. Shepley

MILLERSBURG • Jeffery E. Shepley, 49, of Millersburg, passed away Nov. 4, 2014.

Born May 2, 1965, he was the son of Jeanne Roadcap and the late Kermit Shepley.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elwood Kupp and George and Anna Shepley.

Surviving are his wife, Debra; mother, Jeanne (David) Roadcap; grandmother, Betty Kupp; sister, Tammy (Gary) Casner; brother David (Ricky) Shepley; four children: Jessica (Derek) Over; Jerrica, Jeffery Shepley; and Destiny Cohenour; two stepchildren, Aaron (Elisha) Weir and James Weir; and four grandchildren.

He attended Halifax Area High School and graduated from Dauphin County Vo-Tech as a sheet metal welder.

He worked for Emeroy Snyder Welding after schooling and then removed asbestos insulation for a company from Carlisle. He also owned and operated Shepley Construction. For the past 15 years he worked for Houck Construction as a sheet metal foreman.

He loved Harleys, Fords and all types of water sports. He was an expert water skier and a great friend to all who knew him.

Memorial services were held Nov. 11 at Hebron United Methodist Church, Millersburg.

This is a paid obituary

 



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