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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.

R. Lee Schwalm

HEBE • R. Lee Schwalm, 79, of Hebe, passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 8, 2014 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Lee was born in Urban on January 20, 1935, a son of the late Fred and Blanche (Phillips)  Schwalm.

He graduated from Mahanoy Joint High School in 1952.

Lee was employed as a butcher and was a manager at Clarks Packing Company and prior to that at Spread Eagle Farms. He was the owner and operator of R. Lee Schwalm Meats of Hebe.

He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Urban and was a prior church council member.

He served as a Jordan Township Supervisor for 40 years.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed traveling.

He considered butchering as not only a career but a hobby as well.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Evelyn  (Rebuck) Schwalm.

Lee is  survived by  a daughter, Deborah Forsythe and her husband, Bill of Bloomsburg; a son, David Schwalm and his wife Anne, of Halifax;  nine grandchildren; one brother, Lynn Schwalm; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Eric Schwalm; two sisters, Eva Mae Hoffman and Violet Gottshall; and one brother, Charles Schwalm.

Services were held September 13, 2014 at St. Pauls UCC, 1473 Urban Road, Herndon, PA.

Interment was at St. Paul’s UCC Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s UCC.

The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown, was in charge of the arrangements. 

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This is a paid obituary

Thomas D. Porter

WILLIAMSTOWN • Thomas D. Porter, 51, died Sept. 6 at his residence.

He was born Oct. 8, 1962 in Wayne, N.C., a son of Richard and Sharon Porter of Ariz.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was formerly a self-employed computer repairman.

He is survived by his parents; his companion of 14 years, Sheri Fry Gonder; Sheri's daughters, Mandy Gonder of Wilkes-Barre and Nicole Gonder of Williamstown;  his children, Mark and Monika Porter, both of Ill.; a sister, Amber Labidy of Ariz.; a brother, Richard Porter of Ill.; and four grandchildren.

Committal services with military honors were held Sept. 12 from  Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

To sign the online guest book, visit 

Joseph F. Shomper

LYKENS • Joseph F. Shomper, 87, died Sept. 5 at Hershey Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 8, 1927 in Wiconisco, a son of the late Joseph Shomper and Mary Davis Shomper-Huggins.

He was a member of Elizabethville American Legion Post 404 and Halifax Veterans of Foreign War Post 5750.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Ethel Bingaman Shomper and Mary Lou Gelencser Shomper; a son, Larry Shomper; two grandsons; and his siblings: Leroy, James and Thomas Shomper, Verna Rummel, Betty Bostic and Ana Mae Shomper.

He is survived by a son, Greg Shomper of Binghamton, N.Y.; a daughter, Bonnie Keys of Halifax, a stepson, John Gelenscer of Halifax; two stepdaughters, Michele Mundorf of Halifax and Sheila Stehley of Williamstown; six brothers: Arthur “Jack,” Clayton, Ronald, Clair, Richard and John; two sisters, Jane Webster and Linda Gonder; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be published in this paper.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg 17110.

The Cremation Society of Pennsylvania was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Kent R. Conrad

URBANA, Ill. • Dr. Kent R. Conrad, 52, of Urbana, IL died unexpectedly at his home, Friday, September 5, 2014. He was the beloved son of Dr. Marian M. Conrad of Dauphin. He was born on April 20, 1962 in Harrisburg.

He was a Professor of Music at the University of Illinois as well as the Director of Musical Productions. He was well-known in the Harrisburg area for his musical talents and performed the organ, piano and vocals for churches and Wednesday Club. He hosted carol sings and musical events at his home.

He was a graduate of Central Dauphin East High School, Franklin and Marshall College, University of Pennsylvania, Dickinson Law School and received two Master Degrees in music from the University of Missouri. He received his PhD in Classical Piano and Accompaniment from the University of Illinois. He played Mass at the Vatican. He also performed in Scotland, England and Ireland while accompanying choral groups. He traveled to Mongolia as a consultant for drama. He was in the Air Force as a Chinese Linguist for 4 years. He also taught law for a year in China.

He was a very kind, gentle and talented man who was loved by all. He is preceded in death by his father Kent G Conrad. He is survived by his mother, Marian Conrad, an aunt, Doris Conrad and many cousins.

Services were held September 12, 2014 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Camp Hill. Burial with military honors was in Dauphin Cemetery, Dauphin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 318 Erie St, Dauphin, PA 17018.

Musselman Funeral Home Is Honored To Serve The Conrad Family, 324 Hummel Avenue, Lemoyne.

This is a paid obituary

Joanna A. Clough

DALMATIA •  Joanna A. Clough, 92, died Sept. 10 at Colonial Park Center, Harrisburg.

She was born July 2, 1922 in Dalamatia, a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Croutharmel.

She was employed at the former Dalmatia/Puritan Blouse Factory.

She was a member of Trinity UCC, Dalmatia and later attended Trinity UCC,  Millersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Clough Sr.; and her daughter, Audrey Ritchie.

She is survived by her son, James Clugh Jr.; two grandsons; and three great grandsons.

Services were held Sept. 15 at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg.

Burial was in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax.

To sign the online guest book, visit

Dr. James S. Shadle

FOUNTAIN • Dr. James S. Shadle, 84, died Sept. 11. 

He was born April 14, 1930 in Fountain, a son of the late Samuel and Naomi Bressler Shadle.

He raised turkeys and grew potatoes on his farm for many years, while teaching agriculture at Millersburg Area and Blue Mountain School Districts. He retired in 1987 as principal at Blue Mountain Middle School, after 30 years in teaching and administrative positions. He also was an agriculture professor at Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus, where he earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees.

He was one of the founding members of the Schuylkill County Conservation District in 1955, and served as Chair or Vice Chair for more than 50 years. As recognition for his outstanding service to this cause, he received the Gold Standard Award as the first inductee into the District’s Conservation Hall of Fame. In 2010, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Conservation Districts.

He also was recognized with commendations from the State Senate and Governor’s office on his retirement from the Conservation District in late 2013 after 58 years of distinguished service.

He was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Fountain; and a member of FFA, Rotary and F&AM Lodge #797 Valley View, while holding leadership positions in them as well.  

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dianne Wagner.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lorraine; two sons, James Jr. of New Cumberland and Daniel of Donaldson; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to the Christ United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 57, Hegins 17938 or to Schulylkill Conservation District, Attn.: Dr. James S. Shadle Nature Center, 1206 Ag Center Drive, Pottsville 17901.

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

To sign the online guest book, visit 

Brian Leroy Williard

MILLERSBURG • Brian Leroy Williard, age 38, a native of Halifax, died Friday, September 12, 2014. He succumbed, surrounded by family and friends, at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore.

He is survived by his sister, Janelle; nephew, Tyler; and brother-in-law, Brett Minier, of Millersburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Barbara Williard, of Halifax.

Brian was a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and earned a master’s degree in philosophy from West Chester University. Among many jobs throughout his career, he taught as an adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College and Lebanon Valley College.

He was a member of the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, where he led a bible-study group. Brian wrote two books, “The World is My Home: Life as a Free-Range Human,” a memoir about homelessness, and “Job Slut,” a humorous recounting of his employment history. He also maintained a blog, Funny Philospher, http://funny, and founded the Writing Consultation Group, an online editing service.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 20, 11 a.m., at Hebron United Methodist Church, 347 Market St., Millersburg.

This is a paid obituary

George L. Williams

CAMP HILL • George L. Williams, formerly of Lykens, died Sept. 13.

He was born Dec. 1, 1932 in Lykens, a son of the late Charles and Elva Gaugler Williams.

He was a 1950 graduate of the former Lykens High School and attended Pennsylvania State University.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He worked in the deep coal mines of the Lykens Valley and became a U.S. Federal Mine Inspector. 

He was a 32nd degree member and Past Master of the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge 464 F&AM of Harrisburg; and a member of several other organizations. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera Pickup Williams; his second wife, Helen Fisher Williams; and a brother, Ken Williams. 

He is survived by his wife, Connie Williams Stauffer; a sister, Lauretta Thompson; a brother, Robert Williams; and nine stepchildren: Thomas Pickup, Charlene Morgan, Mike Pickup, D. Randy Long, Russell Long, Robert Long, Renee Long, Thomas Long and Timothy Long. 

Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. from St. Christopher Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lykens. Masonic services will be held at 10:45 a.m.  Visitation will be held from 9:45 A.M. until the time of service. 

Burial with military honors will be in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco.   

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

Bennett C. Armour

TOWER CITY • Bennett C. Armour, infant son of Brian Armour and Ashley Hoffman of Tower City, died Sept. 12 at Schuylkill Medical Center-South, Pottsville.

He is survived by his two big sisters, Harper Hoffman and Shelby Brasher; grandparents, Brad and Wendy Hoffman of Williamstown and Tom and Brenda Klinger of Lykens; great grandparents, Larry and Carol Smith and Dora Felty, all of Tower City; and several uncles and aunts.

A private service will be held with burial in the Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown.  

Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.  

To sign the online guest book, visit

Rose M. Hoke

MILLERSBURG • Rose M. Hoke, age 77, of 8 Tandy Lane passed away on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at the Hershey Medical Center.

She was born in Harrisburg, PA the daughter of the late Sam and Mary Miller Shrawder. She was a 1954 graduate of the Scotland School.

Rose retired from the former Johnson-Bailee shoe factory in Millersburg and was a member of First UM Church in Millersburg, OES Glen Chapter #425 in Lykens, Amaranth Court, VFW #5507 Ladies Auxilliary and Tall Cedar Cedarettes.

Surviving are her husband, George W. Hoke; two daughters, Mona Harner of Millersburg and Cathy Hoke of Harrisburg; three sisters: Virginia Ferrizzi of Lebanon, Sylvia Mathieu (Maurice) of Hershey and Anna Yohn (Sam) of Dillsburg; a brother, Robert Shrawder of Harrisburg; a grandson, Jeremy Harner (Jackie) of Pottstown; two great-granddaughters, Lillian and Ella; Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Weaver and her son-in-law Jeff Harner.

Services were held Sept. 16 at First UM Church in Millersburg. OES services were held Sept. 15.

Burial was in St. Johns Cemetery in Berrysburg, PA.

Donations can be made to First UM Church, 356 Union Street, Millersburg, PA 17061.

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

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