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SENTINEL GUIDELINES: Obituaries in the Upper Dauphin Sentinel are printed free of charge 
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.

Donald H. Raker

HALIFAX • On Saturday Sept. 17, Donald H. Raker went peacefully home to be with his Lord and Savior after a long battle with cancer. Don, age 59, was a loving and devoted husband to his wife Patricia for 27 years. He graduated from Millersburg High School and obtained a bachelor of science in religious education from Citadel Bible College in Ozark, Ark. Don served as a volunteer chaplain for Harrisburg Hospital, was employed by Yellow Freight and also was a part-time mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Don also served in the U.S. Army for four years and the Army National guard for six years.

Don loved the Lord with all his heart and never missed an opportunity to share the gospel to all who crossed his path. He was very active in church, serving in many different capacities throughout his life. He and his wife spent 18 months as missionaries through Cadence International serving in Korea and Japan providing a hospitality house for the U.S. service men and women who were stationed there. Together with his wife they had the opportunity to provide a home to more than 20 foster children. Don and Patricia cherished their time with friends and family and led many Bible studies from their home. His favorite time of the year was fall as he enjoyed walking outdoors amongst God’s creation and hunting.

Don is survived by his wife, Patricia; a stepdaughter, Dawn (Donald) Moyer; a stepson, Eric Alexander; and three grandchildren: Rebekah Moyer, Caleb and Autumn Alexander. Also surviving are his mother, Ruth Raker; and six siblings: Ronald (Theresa) Raker, Richard Raker, Steven Raker, Shirley (David) Troutman, Carol (Duane) Miller and Dianna (Jason) Simpkins. He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Raker.

Memorial services were held Thursday, Sept. 22, at Matamoras Community Church, 3267 Peters Mountain Road, Halifax, Pa. Burial with military honors was held Friday, Sept. 23, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1099 Highspire Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. “Absent From the Body and Present With the Lord.”

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

This is a paid obituary

Marian Pricilla McCready

WILLIAMSTOWN • Marian Pricilla McCready, 83, died Sept. 20 at Heritage Mill Personal Care Home, Tower City.

She was born Dec. 27, 1932, in Millersburg, a daughter of the late George and Celetus Carvell.

She was a 1950 graduate of Millersburg High School. 

She worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Harrisburg, Raudenbush Fabrics and J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills, Williamstown; and the Susquehanna Lutheran Village, Millersburg.

She was a member of Williamstown United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school for more than 50 years, was the director of the children’s choir and was in charge of the children’s ministry.  She was instrumental in forming the Williams Valley Band Boosters, where she held the position of treasurer, secretary, vice president and president in consecutive years. She also acquired the concession stand for the band boosters to operate during football games.  Along with her husband, Donald “Gus” McCready, she operated the concession stand at the Williamstown Community Swimming Pool for many years. She also was a member of the former Liberty Hose Company No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as chaplain. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald “Gus” McCready; and three sisters: Carolyn Forney, Nancy Gaspari and Pat Lebo.

She is survived by two sons, John and Tom; and a  daughter, Carol Sitler, all of Williamstown; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom Carvell of Elizabethville and George Carvell of Millersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Sept. 24 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Tower City. 

Private burial was in Methodist Cemetery, Williamstown.

Contributions may be made to the George T. Carvell Foundation, c/o John McCready, 468 W. 5th Street, Williamstown, PA 17098 or the Williams Valley Band Boosters, P.O. Box 169, Tower City PA 17980.  

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Charles H. Hoover Jr.

ELIZABETHVILLE • Charles H. Hoover, Jr., 75, a resident of Riviera Beach, Md. for 48 years, and formerly of Elizabethville, Pa., died on Sept. 19, 2016, at Hospice of the Chesapeake after battling cancer for two years.

He was born March 19, 1941, in Elizabethville, Pa., to the late Martha (nee Radel) and Charles H. Hoover Sr. After graduating from Upper Dauphin Joint High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving four years active duty and two years in the reserves. He went on to attend the Manpower Development Program in Harrisburg, receiving an associates degree in electronics engineering, and retired from Hewlett Packard as a computer technician. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America; the Buccaneers Athletic Association of Pasadena; White Rocks Marina; and the United Church of Christ in Elizabethville. His favorite pastime was woodworking, and he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and sitting on his front porch watching wildlife.

Along with his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his brother, Clifford A. Hoover.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Patricia A. Hoover (nee Collier); three sons: Charles H. Hoover III and his wife Joan of Columbia, Mo., Darin L. Hoover and his wife Cindy of Pasadena and William P. Hoover and his wife Julie of Bel Air; five grandchildren; his brother, Warren D. Hoover and his wife Sibly; his sister, Ann E. Kopko and her husband George; his sister-in-law Gail; many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Sept. 24 in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax, Pa. Those who wish may contribute to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or at – and feel free to express your condolences online at  Local arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg.

This is a paid obituary

Winifred Leuschner

W. YARMOUTH, CAPE COD, Mass. • Winifred Kreiser Leuschner, 80, died Aug. 31.

She was born May 25, 1936, in Pottsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Leuschner; and two sons, Winedward and Gareth.

She is survived by a daughter, LeAnne Carreiro; and two sons, Scott and Michael Leuschner.

Services will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Reinerton.

Burial will be private.

Flowers may be ordered through Elizabeth’s Florist, Tower City.

Contributions may be made to a hospice of choice.

Joan M. Adams

JACKSON TWP., LEBANON COUNTY • Joan M.  Adams, 74, died Sept. 18 in the Reading Hospital.

She was born April 17, 1942, in Millersburg, a daughter of the late Nevin and Ruth Klinger Schreffler.

She had worked as a manager for the former Hershey National Bank and along with her husband, Arden Adams, was owner and operator of the Motel Skandia, Myerstown.

She was preceded in death by her son, Troy Adams.

She is survived by her husband, Arden Adams; and two sisters, Carol Graff and Pat Hoch.

Services were held Sept. 24 at Maranatha Baptist Church, Sinking Spring.

Burial was in Hershey Cemetery.

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Ralphie Klinger

LYKENS • Ralphie J. Klinger of Lykens passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at home after a courageous 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. 

He was born July 19, 1947, in Lewisburg, Pa., to the late Ralph E. Jr. and Arlene M. Enders Klinger. 

Ralphie was a federal technician with the combined support maintenance shop at Fort Indiantown Gap and retired after 36 years of service as a sergeant first class with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard; was a 1966 graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School; and was a member of The Lykens United Methodist Church; Liberty Hose Co. No. 2 of Lykens; and the Dauphin County Firemen’s Association. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. 

Ralphie is survived by his wife, Diane M. Fromme Klinger; a son, Troy and his wife Angie Klinger; a daughter, Natalie and her husband Michael Bonislawski; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Dan and Jim Bopp; and a sister, Judy Kleinfelter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Todd Klinger. 

Services were held Sept. 27, 2016, from The Lykens United Methodist Church, Lykens.

Burial was at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with military honors.

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

This is a paid obituary

Ronald E. Heller

MILLERSBURG • Ronald E. Heller, 73, died Sept. 22 at Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born in Lebanon, a son of Margaret Preminger of Harrisburg and the late Edward Heller.

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

He was a security guard for Globe Security and a member of American Legion No. 326.

He is survived by his mother; a son, Keath Heller of Millersburg; a sister, Elaine; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg. A reception will follow at the Millersburg American Legion.

Inurnment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to Millersburg American Legion, 527 N. Market Street, Millersburg, PA 17061.

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