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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.

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.

Robert “Bobbie” Lesher

CAMP HILL • A much- loved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, Robert “Bobbie” Lesher , 63, passed away peacefully at his home Dec. 27, 2014 with his family present.

 He had bravely confronted and fought cancer. 

Bobbie was born Jan.12, 1951 in Lykens, Pa. and resided in Camp Hill, Pa.

He graduated from Lock Haven State College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and then went on to West Virginia University where he obtained a PhD in Microbiology.

Bob worked many years for Kodak as Laboratory Director, and was Laboratory Director at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic. He was an adjunct teacher of microbiology at Rochester Institute of Technology and after moving back to Pa., he graduated from HACC as a registered nurse and worked at Holy Spirit Hospital in the Emergency Department. 

He loved all things WVU, loved the game of golf and was an avid Phillies and Buffalo Bills fan. He was an avid deer hunter, and was the ultimate handy man.

He is survived by his wife Diane of Camp Hill; sons Cory Lesher and wife Shari, Matt Lesher and wife Lily all from Rochester, N.Y.; mother Melva J. Reinhard of Harrisburg, and her long time friend and partner John Held; sister Candace Reinbold and her husband Glen of Harrisburg; step children Jessie Painter and wife Kathleen of Philadelphia, and Rosie Houtz. 

He was very proud of his many grandchildren; Evan, Aliya, Alexa, Jennifer, Randy, Brandon, Mariah, Alexis, Sabrina, Grace, and Olivia; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert H. Lesher of Palmyra; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Services were held privately.

Donations can be made to the American Belgian Malinois Rescue in honor of his much loved “Awnya.”

Musselman Funeral Home, 314 Hummel Ave., Lemoyne, is honored to serve the Lesher family.

This is a paid obituary

William L. Matchett

HALIFAX • William L. Matchett, 84, died Jan. 19 at his residence.

He was born March 31, 1930 a son of the late Kenneth, Sr. and Dorothea Wentzler Matchett.

He was 1949 graduate of Lykens High School.

He was retired from PennDOT with 34 years of service.

He attended Halifax United Methodist Church and volunteered at the youth center. He served on borough council and the water company in Halifax.

He was the husband of Nancy Rummel Matchett for 59 years.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Matchett, Jr.

He is survived by three daughters, Vicki Shade of Millersburg, Kandi Haines of Halifax, and Patti Matchett of Harrisburg; four grandchildren; three step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marianna Sheesley of Millersburg.

Services were held Jan. 24 at Halifax United Methodist Church.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Donations may be made to Halifax United Methodist Church, 105 Wind Hill Drv., Halifax 17032.

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

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Marcia E. Krise

WILLIAMSTOWN • Marcia E. Krise, 73, of Williamstown, passed away peacefully Monday morning at York Terrace Nursing Center, Pottsville, with her family by her side.

 Born in Harrisburg, Dec. 10, 1941, a daughter of the late Joseph and Alberta Smith Dietrich.

 Marcia was a graduate of the former Williamstown High School. 

She was retired from the former AMP, Inc., Williamstown.  

She was of the Protestant faith.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Leonard, 2008 and a granddaughter, Samantha Krise.

Surviving are a son, Kerry M. Krise and his wife Stacy, Tremont; a daughter, Kelly J. Krise and her companion, Robert Davis, Pottsville; a brother, Charles Dietrich, Williamstown.   12 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.   Nieces and nephews.

Following Marcia's wishes, there will be no services.   

Memorial donations in her name should be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 W. Frack Street, Frackville, Pa. 17931. 

Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Betty M. Snyder

DORNSIFE • Betty M. Snyder, age 94, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at her residence.

She was born in Pillow on Sept. 20, 1920, the daughter of the late Ira and Bertha Strohecker Rebuck.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Almond Snyder and Steve Keleman.

She was formerly employed as a proof reader for a newspaper in Princeton, N.J.

She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She and her late husband, Almond Snyder, traveled extensively throughout the United States. She also enjoyed camping and attending antique tractor pulls.

She is survived by one son, Ronald H. Snyder and his wife, Janie, of Dornsife;  four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Ira, Guy and William.

Services were held Jan. 24 in the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury.

Interment was in the Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make donations to the Visiting Nurses Assc. 21 West Independence St. Shamokin, Pa. 17872.

This is a paid obituary

Dwayne Alan Rode

HALIFAX • Dwayne Alan Rode, age 54, was born into this earth as the first-born son of Tom and Donna Rode on Jan. 22, 1960. Dwayne passed over to his Heavenly home quickly and unexpectedly on Monday afternoon, Jan. 19, 2015 at his home in Halifax.

He attended special education classes in the Upper Dauphin Area, and he graduated from Cedar Run in 1980. He also attended Goodwill Industries in Elizabethville after his graduation.

Dwayne loved living with his parents on their farm in Halifax, and rode delightedly over the fields on his Kawasaki Mule. His favorite things were John Deere tractors, camo clothes, red pick-up trucks and all animals. But his greatest love was for his family, friends and caregivers. He loved his Lord Jesus Christ, and often listened to Gospel music lifting both arms high to “praise the lord.” His second musical passion was country music, and one of his friends who is now a New York City fireman nicknamed Dwayne “Big Country” many years ago.

He was so excited to have two of his caregivers, Barbara Moore and Anna Lahr take him to the Pa. Farm Show last week where he enjoyed seeing the cows, pigs and horses. Dwayne always delighted in his weekly outings when his caregivers would take him to feed carrots to a nearby farmer’s horse (Mr. Ed) on a weekly basis.

Everyone who knew Dwayne appreciated his keen sense of humor and his big, loving smiles. Even when he became wheelchair-bound in 2004, he still maintained wonderful smiles for his friends and family.

He is survived by his loving parents and loving family, Tom and Donna Rode of Halifax; his brother, Darryl, his wife Jodi and two nephews Ethan and Benjamin of Villanova, Pa.

He was pre-deceased by his paternal grandparents, James W. and Jane Rode and his maternal grandparents, Donald and Mildred Miller, all of Halifax.

Dwayne was also blessed by six wonderful caregivers who were his special angels here on earth: Donald Kessler, Barbara Moore, Kristen Gunderman, Bernard Madden, Monique Hossler and Anna Lahr.

He is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and wonderful friends.

A celebration of his very special, unique life was held on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, 118 South Market Street, Millersburg, Pa.

Visitation followed by the memorial service.

At that time, everyone in attendance was invited to a social gathering with light refreshments at the Halifax Ambulance Building, 31 Bunker Hill Road, Halifax.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations to be made to UCP of Central Pa., 925 Linda Lane, Camp Hill, Pa., 17011 in memory of Dwayne Rode.

This is a paid obituary

Ruby A. Tobias

MILLERSBURG • Ruby A. Tobias, age 96, died peacefully on Jan. 19th, 2015, surrounded by her children at, the Manor At Susquehanna Village.

Surviving Ruby is her sister Gladys Sertic; her three children, Bill, Bob, and Jan; and her four grandchildren, Jason, Scott, Mandee and Lori.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Earl I. Tobias. They are united once again.

Ruby grew up on a farm in Valley View, Pa. one of nine children. After raising her children, she worked at Alvord Polk until her retirement. Her greatest joys were traveling and gardening. Her garden was an infusion of color. She traveled the world with Earl, her sisters, her close friends or anyone who was game for the adventure. She was a member of Grace UM Church for over 67 years.

The family received friends on Friday, Jan. 23rd at Grace UM Church in Millersburg.

Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg.

Donations can be made to Grace UM Church 982 Medical Road Millersburg, Pa 17061.

Arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg.

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Troy M. Mills

WILLIAMSTOWN • Troy M. Mills, 45, died Jan. 21, at his residence.

He was born March 1, 1969 in Lebanon, a son of Ralph and Doris Kline Mills.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Salada Mills; a son, Michael Matter; two daughters, Felicia Fake and Gabrielle Matter; four grandchildren; a brother, Ralph Mills III; and a sister, Jennifer Snyder.

Services were held Jan. 27 at the John R. Shultz Funeral Home,  Lykens.

John R. Shultz Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie E. Klinger

LEWISBURG • Marjorie E. Klinger, 93, formerly of Dalmatia, died Jan. 21.

She was born Aug. 6, 1921, a daughter of the late Jay and Abbie Zartman Klock.

She was retired from the former Puritan Fashions, Millersburg; and the Line Mountain Elementary School, Dalmatia.

She was a member of Trinity UCC, Dalmatia; and the Hickory Corners Firehouse Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kay Klinger; one sister, Hilda Harris; five brothers, Felix Klock, Carl Klock, Boyd Klock, Mark Klock, and Russell Klock.

She is survived by three daughters, Bonnie Derk of Lewisburg, Nancy Heim of Dalmatia, and Deborah Klinger of Millersburg; one son, Keith Klinger; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Bobb of Northumberland; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 27 at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg.

Burial followed at Stone Valley Cemetery in Hickory Corners.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity UCC, 1082 Route 147, Dalmatia 17017 or Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road PO Box 921, Wilton, N.H. 03086-0921.

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Annabelle E. Coleman

VALLEY VIEW • Annabelle E. Coleman, 73, of Valley View, died Jan. 21 at the Hershey Medical Center after.

She was born in Valley View, Oct. 6, 1941,  a daughter of the late Leon and Florence Morgan Spicher.

She was a graduate of Tri Valley High School and Ford Business School; she also earned a degree in Paralegal from Penn State.

 She worked as a computer programmer.

She was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Valley View, where she served on the Staff Parish Council; she was coordinator of the Prayer Chain and a Sunday School and Bible School teacher.             

She was a member of Women of the  Millersburg Moose; Tower City American Legion; Pine Grove VFW; and  volunteered at the Rape Crisis Center. 

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Bob, Leon "Punch" and Carl Spicher; two sisters, Lorraine Dimon and Carolyn Schnoke; and a great-grandson.

She is survived by three sons, Craig Coleman of Valley View, Timmy Coleman of Halifax, and Robert “Bobby” Carl of Hegins; one daughter, Peggy Wolfgang of Hegins; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Forney of Elizabethville; a brother, Wayne Spicher of Valley View; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held  Jan. 27 at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Valley View with

Burial was in the St. Andrew's Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made: St. Andrew's Church “Peoples Fund,”   1382 W. Main Street, Valley View 17983.  

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

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Harold R. Deitrich

MILLERSBURG • Harold R. Deitrich, 85, formally of Elizabethville, died Jan. 22 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

He was born in Williamstown on Jan. 7, 1930, a son of the late Blanch and Ivor Deitrich.

Harold was retired from TRW.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by three sons, Ivor Bob, Thomas, and Theodor Deitrich.

Harold is survived by his wife, Esther Deitrich; a son, Tim Deitrich of Elizabethville; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 Services were held Jan. 27 at Free Grace Brethren In Christ Church, Millersburg.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Va. 22311

James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow, handled arrangements.

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Harry L. “Pete” Smith

HEGINS • Harry L "Pete"  Smith, 80, died Jan. 21 at the Golden Living York Terrace Nursing Center, Pottsville.

He was born on April 26, 1934, in Lavelle, a son of the late Harry  Smith, Sr. and the late Alice  Felker Smith.

He was a 1952 graduate of the former Butler Twp. High School.

He ran a farm truck market route in Minersville; and retired as a partner in Carl and Smith Coal Delivery.

He was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Hegins, where he was a former member of the church council; and a member of the Hegins Park Association and the Hegins Fire Company.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Smith; and three sisters, Janet Young, Susanna Schwartz, and Kay Marlow.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan Kieffer Smith; two daughters, Donna Ludwig of Weishample, and Cindy  Herring of Hegins; four grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Miller of Linglestown, and Frieda Johnson of Lavelle; a  brother Frank Smith of Lavelle; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 24 at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Burial  was in Friedens Cemetery, Hegins.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association,  3544 N Progress Ave.,  Suite 205, Harrisburg 17110 or to  Friedens Lutheran Church,  P.O. Box 375.  Hegins  17938.

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Wilson Hoffman

ROANOKE, Va. • Wilson Hoffman, 83, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

Wilson was born in Dauphin County, Pa.

He was a 1949 graduate of Millersburg High School.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Meredith Hoffman; four daughters and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the day shelter where he volunteered for years: Roanoke Area Ministries, 824 Campbell Ave, Roanoke, Va. 24016.

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Ruth A. McCormick

LYKENS • Ruth A. McCormick of Lykens passed away Saturday January 24, 2015 at home.  She was born March 6, 1917 at Williamstown, Pa. to the late Charles and Sadie Lenker Klinger. 

She was retired from the former Lebro Shirt Factory and is of Methodist Faith. 

Ruth is survived by a daughter Barbara A. Davis, grandchildren that were the apple of her eyes; Deborah Bush and husband Kenneth, Ronald Davis and wife Wendy, Steven Davis and wife Lori, Kathleen Yerges and husband Charles Jr., Ann Marie Buffington and husband Randy; seven great-grandchildren and nine great great-grandchildren; a sister Donna Updegrave; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Joseph E. McCormick; son-in-law Gary F. Davis; and grandchildren Charles “Chuckie” Yerges III and Isabella Davis.

Funeral services will be private and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ruth’s honor to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Drive, Suite 100, Camp Hill, Pa. 17011. 

John R. Shultz Funeral Home Lykens has charge of the arrangements.

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