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    pre-deceased family members Date, time and location of funeral services if after our publish time

  • Place of burial

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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
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.

Leon F. “Uncle Bud” Hooper

HALIFAX • Leon F. “Uncle Bud” Hooper, age 86, of 47 Spruce Lane, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at his residence.

He was born in Harrisburg, the son of the late William and Esther Hooper. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of WWII and Korean War.

He was retired from the Alvord-Polk Tool Co., a co-founder of the Central PA Corvair Club, he attended Matamoras Community Church and was a member of VFW Post #5507, American Legion #326 and the Marine Corp League.

He is survived by his wife Dena Hooper of 66 years who was his best friend; Cindy Hooper of Halifax who he depended on; a son, Steven Hooper of Harrisburg who he was so proud of and his wife Susan who he could have endless conversation with; a daughter, Debbie Johnson of Camp Hill who was his second opinion; a granddaughter, Heather of Lemoyne who Leon was her everything; a grandson-in-law, Bob Uhler he loved as his own; two great grandchildren, Tanner and RiLee who he loved endlessly; two grand dogs, Abby and MarLee who made his heart smile; a sister, Judy Klinger and her husband Bill; brother, Bill and his wife Shirley; along with many nieces and nephews.

Family was very important to him and he always loved everyone with honor. He was a Marine in and out.

Services were held Friday, Jan. 29 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. Burial and military honors followed at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, donations to JDRF, 717 Market Street Suite 108 Lemoyne, PA 17043.

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Gary L. Kembel

KLINGERSTOWN • Gary L. Kembel died Jan. 20 in Klingerstown.

He was a member of Tri-Valley Bible Church, Sacramento.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ruth Klinger Kembel; a daughter, Mary Jane Barnes of Barry Twp.; three sons: Greg Kembel and Ivan Kembel, both of Klingerstown and Donald Kembel of Millersburg; and two sisters, Judy Miller of Valley View and Janie Hatter of Hegins.

Services were held Jan. 30 at Tri-Valley Bible Church, Sacramento.

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, was in charge of arrangements.

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Charles G. Barnes Sr.

HEGINS • Charles G. Barnes Sr., 91, died Jan. 25 at Schuylkill Medical Center- E Norwegian, Pottsville.

He was born Feb. 23, 1924 in Mt. Carmel, a son of the late Lewis and Anna Stefanski Barnes.

He was a truck driver for LS Geist Trucking and a self-employed truck driver prior to his retirement.

He was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ, Hegins.

He was a former member of the Tri-Valley School Board and also was a member of the Hegins Fire Company for many years.

He was preceded in death by two grandsons; by four brothers: Lewis Barnes, Raymond Barnes, Harry Barnes and Thomas Barnes; and two sisters, Margaret Girton and Louella Kessler.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Charmaine Lubold Barnes; two sons, Charles Barnes Jr. of Barnesville and Michael Barnes of Hegins; two grandsons; three great-granddaughters; two brothers, Ralph Barnes of Catawissa and Alvin Barnes of Dover, Del.; three sisters: Jean Steward of Berwick, Nancy Long of Catawissa and Mary Makowski of Elysburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 30 at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Contributions may be made to Friedens United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 57, Hegins, PA 17938.

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Betty Jane Snyder

MILLERSBURG • Betty Jane Snyder, 69, died Jan. 25 at Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born in Millersburg, a daughter of the late Robert and Ruth Cook Martin.

She retired from Lenkerville Elementary School cafeteria.

She was a member of Trinity UCC, Millersburg.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sandy and Althea.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Snyder; a son, Kerry of Millersburg; two grandchildren; a step granddaughter; three sisters: Carol Appleby of Shade Gap, Gizelle Ditty of Halifax and Dawn Sweger of Millersburg.

Services were held Feb. 1 at Trinity UCC, Millersburg.

Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville.

Contributions may be made to SPCA, 2801 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821.

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

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Helen M. Allman

MILLERSBURG • Helen M. Allman, 85, of Millersburg died Jan. 26, 2016 at Cedar Haven Nursing Home in Lebanon. She was born Nov. 20, 1930 in Red Cross to the late Grant L. and Gertie E. (Lenker) Troutman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard J. Allman; and her brother, Robert L. Troutman. She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; Women of the Moose Lodge #59; American Legion Auxiliary Post #326; and Millersburg Senior Center. She graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1948 and was the last student to receive a diploma from Pine Park High School Leck Kill, Pa.

Over the years she was employed by Muskin Shoe Company; Reigel Shirt Company; Barnsville Dress Company; Puritan Fashion; and Calvin Klein Pants Company. She retired in 1995 from Helenny’s Pizza which she owned and operated. After retiring, she was Meals on Wheels coordinator at Millersburg Senior Center for 14 years and the president of MASC for 10 years.

Survivors include two sons, Russell G. Snoke (Canda) and Steve E. Allman (Rita), both of Millersburg; a daughter, Denise E. Hoffman (Glen) of Halifax; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Also a brother, Mark L. Troutman of San Antonio; and two sisters, Greta E. Defibaugh of Washington State and Faye I. Hornberger of Millersburg.

Services were held Feb. 2 at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. Burial followed at Riverview Memorial Gardens in Halifax.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to her church, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 324 North Street, Millersburg, PA 17061.

This is a paid obituary

Gary Knorr

HALIFAX • Gary Knorr, died Jan. 25 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.

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

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Thomas E. Gaughan Jr.

PINE GROVE • Thomas E. Gaughan Jr., 57, died Jan. 21.

He was born July 27, 1958 in Ashland, a son of the late Thomas Sr. and Josephine Bonner Gaughan.

He was a line production technician at Hershey Foods.

He was of the Catholic Faith.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Gaughan.

He is survived by his companion and fiancé for more than 30 years, Donna Bernotas; a brother, Daniel Gaughan of Giradville; a sister, Josephine “Jody” Gaughan of Pine Grove; two stepchildren, Tanya Harvey of Mount Carmel and Kenneth Sturm of Kulpmont; four step grandchildren; a  niece; and several nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 30 from Most Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Tremont.  

Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Ashland. 

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

William R. Osman

DALMATIA • William R. Osman, 59, died  Jan. 26 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born Sept. 7, 1956 in Sunbury, a son of Howard and Edith Osman.

He was a life member of the Herndon and Hickory Corners Fire Co.; American Legion Post 504, Mandata; and County Line United Methodist Church, Dalmatia.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Osman; two sons, Jamie Osman and Jesse Osman; two daughters, Tammy Osman and Pamela Osman; four brothers: David Osman, Dean Osman, Russell Osman and Charlie Osman; seven sisters: Hazel Barry, Emma Wolfgang, Mae Vivian, Carol Pasirba, Rosie Reedy, Mary Lou Bixler and Ethel Mutchler; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 29 at James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow.

Burial was in Riverview Memorial Park, Halifax.

James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow, was in charge of arrangements.

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Vernon L. Keefer

MILLERSBURG • Vernon L. Keefer, age 83, of Millersburg passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at the Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born in Upper Paxton Twp., the son of the late J. Franklin and Florence Lebo Keefer.

He retired from Alvord-Polk Tool Co. and farming. He was a member of Free Grace Brethren in Christ Church; NRA; PA Farm Bureau; and former member of the mighty 12 hunting club.

Vernon enjoyed hunting, trout fishing, photography and most of all spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife Miriam Gingrich Keefer; his children: Thomas (Patti) of Millersburg, Lucinda Deitrich (Doug) of Millersburg, Scott (Samantha) of Elizabethville, Brian (Chris) of Halifax and Daniel (Tonia) of Millersburg; eight grandchildren: Angela, Brandon, Eric, Matthew, Justin, Torin, Megan and Cory; a great-granddaughter, Lilly; and a sister, Ruth Keefer of Millersburg. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Marie Gantz, Joseph Keefer, Marlin Keefer and Erma Stroup.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 at David's Community Bible Church in Killinger. Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m. Private inurnment will be in Free Grace Brethren in Christ Cemetery in Millersburg.

Donations can be made to to Free Grace Brethren in Christ Church, 2134 Route 209, Millersburg, PA 17061 or to David’s Community Bible Church, 1072 Route 25, Millersburg, PA 17061.

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

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Charles Robert “Bob” Skelton

SALMON, Idaho • Charles Robert “Bob” Skelton, 79 years young, of Salmon, Idaho and Meridian, Calif. passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 in Salmon surrounded by his wife Elena, mother-in-law, Elena Barron, Salmon Valley Hospice and Hospice of Salmon Valley caregivers. Services will be held at a later date.

Bob was born in Wiconisco, Pa. to the late Charles D. and Anna E. Skelton on March 26, 1936. He graduated from Wiconisco High in 1953. Upon his graduation, he and his family moved to Bakersfield, Calif.

A stroke of Bob’s good luck landed him a job with Southern Pacific Railroad. His career lasted for 39 years until his retirement in 1994.

In 1958, he married Shirley Brown and they had two sons, Brian K. Skelton and Stuart W. Skelton. Bob and Shirley eventually went their separate ways.

Bob was not known for the amount of breaths he took, but by the amount of vehicles he owned in his entire life span. To knowledge there were 63 and he enjoyed every one of them.

His love of NASCAR started way back and you knew your weekend was pretty much planned to be on his couch with a Pepsi in one hand and the remote in the other. He hated commercials and at one time counted 17 prior to returning to his race.

Bob had his sayings that left you speechless when you were rewarded by “How’s your Gizzard?” or “You’ll have that.” You never knew how to respond.

Bob always looked forward to January when his son Brian would make plans for their annual father/son duck hunting weekend in Bakersfield. Bob always returned rejuvenated from time spent with his son, hunting buddies and good food.

Bob met the love of his life and soul mate Elena Barron in 1986. He’d always comment eight days, that’s how long it took for him to fall in love for the first time. After a very long engagement they married on May 25, 2002. Together they’ve had many adventures.

Bob’s enjoyment of fishing, camping and RVing with his wife Elena took them to many places. On one of those trips they found Salmon, Idaho. They fell in love with the community and decided to purchase a vacation home in Baker.

Eventually Elena retired and they were able to spend more time in Salmon with the exceptions of winter when they’d return home to California.

Bob’s love of fishing was quickly satisfied when asked to join “The Grumpy Old Men” fishing club. They’d fish the Salmon River for white fish to donate for the annual fish fry for someone in need of medical treatment and or supplies.

He is survived by his wife, Elena Skelton of Salmon and Meridian, Calif.; son, Brian K. (Julie) Skelton of Bakersfield, Calif.; grandson, Stuart (Katie) Skelton and their daughter Aubrey Skelton of Meranda, Calif.; grandson, John (Samantha) Skelton and their children Brayden and Anne Marie of Redway, Calif.; granddaughter, Allie Skelton and her children Kayden and Randy of Bakersfield, Calif.; mother-in-law, Elena Barron of Marysville, Calif.; three nieces in Bakersfield, Calif.; uncle, Henry Knauber of Wiconisco, Pa. and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Stuart Skelton; and sister Charlotte Eggert.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Salmon Valley or Salmon Valley Hospice at 506 Van Dreff Street, Salmon, ID 83467.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon, Idaho. 

This is a paid obituary

Frank E. Filosa

SACRAMENTO • Frank E Filosa, 78, died Jan. 27 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center, Tremont.

He was born Oct. 3, 1937 in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Albert and Catherine Lampen Filosa.

He was a U.S. Air National Guard veteran.

He was the owner of the former Hegins Cafe; a  singer in several country music bands; and a truck driver for Sterman Masser Inc, prior to his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Pavilonis Filosa.

He is survived by two sons, Frank Filosa II of Williamstown and Robert Filosa of Sacramento; five grandchildren; two brothers, Patrick Filosa of Staten Island, N.Y. and Albert Filosa of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Gilda Filosa of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Feb. 2 at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Contributions may be made to Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, 798 Hausman Road, Suite 300, Allentown, PA 18104-9108.

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Jean E. Klinger

VALLEY VIEW • Jean E Klinger, 90, died Jan. 28 at her residence.

She was born June 30, 1925 in Valley View, a daughter of the late Henry and Alma Seitz Gable.

She was a 1943 graduate of the former Hegins Twp. High School and also a graduate of the Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing and Kutztown University.

She was a school nurse for the Tri-Valley School District for 26 years.

She was a member of the Pine Creek United Methodist Church, Spring Glen.

She was a long time Sunday School teacher, a member of the Women’s Bible Study Group, and various organizations at her church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Klinger.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Robert “Whitey” Klinger; a daughter, Sherryn Minich of Allentown; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Myron Gable of Fairburn, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Feb. 1 at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Burial was in St. Mark’s Cemetery, Spring Glen.

Contributions may be made to Pine Creek United Methodist Church, c/o Norman Lettich, 428 Fearnot Road, Sacramento PA 17968.

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Edward Paul “Ed” Esterline Jr.

CARSONVILLE • Edward Paul “Ed”  Esterline Jr. of Carsonville, Pa., died unexpectedly on Jan. 30, 2016 at the age of 59.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa (Marotto) Esterline; parents, Edward and Barbara Esterline Sr., of Carsonville; children: Barbara Shoop and husband Ryan of Millersburg; Edward III of Marysville; Christian and wife Tiffany of Muir; Ashley and wife Melissa of Long Beach, Calif.; William Ritter and wife Donna of Lebanon; Herb Ritter and wife Kelly of Cary, N.C. and Monica Ritter of Harrisburg; siblings: Cindy Hoffman and husband Gene of Enola, Alice Steele and husband Ray of Marysville and Annette Stoner and husband Butch of Dillsburg. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Leroy and Edna Pontius of Enola and his paternal grandparents, John and Mary Esterline of Camp Hill.

Ed was born on July 3, 1956 at Seidle Memorial Hospital in Mechanicsburg. He graduated from East Pennsboro High School in 1974 and retired from Mack Trucks Reman Center, Middletown, in 2008 after 30 years of service. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and longbow archer with a deep love for the great outdoors. His love for nature and the outdoors included a love for rustic log homes. He went to log building school in Minnesota and finished building his parent’s log home, with the help of his father and close friends, in 1990. He loved his Harley “Beauty” almost as much as he loved his family.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at Hillside Christian Fellowship Church, 807 State Street, Millersburg. Visitation will be at 6 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. Pastor Steve Blayer will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ed’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes Inc.,  103 W. Main Street, Elizabethville, PA 17023. Condolences can be sent to

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Robert L. “Pep” Messner

LYKENS • Robert L. “Pep” Messner of Lykens passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa. 

Robert was born March 7, 1929 at Lykens to the late Irvin and Alverta Zimmerman Messner and was the husband of the late Kathryn F. Grimm Messner. 

He was a Navy veteran and a member of Liberty Hose Company No. 2 of Lykens; Dauphin County Vol. Firemen’s Assoc.; Lykens United Methodist Church; Lykens Minstrel Assoc.; 50-year member of Masonic Lodge No. 570 F&AM of Lykens; and Past Commander of The Gratz VFW; 1947 graduate of the former Lykens High School; and owner of Lykens Valley Chips and Pretzels.  He also enjoyed hunting and going to hunting camp with friends and family. 

Robert is survived by two daughters, Terry Bakowicz and husband George and Jill M. Collier and husband Tim, all of Elizabethville; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. from The Lykens United Methodist Church, 527 North Second St., Lykens, Pa. with Rev. Lori A. Betsworth officiating.  There will be a visitation from 10 until 10:45 a.m. at which time Liberty Hose Company services and Masonic services will be held.

In lieu of flowers. memorial donations may be made in Robert’s name to Liberty Hose Co. No. 2, 553 South Second Street, Lykens, Pa. 17048 or to The Gratz VFW, 424 Specktown Rd., Lykens, Pa. 17048.  John R. Shultz Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

This is a paid obituary

Margaret M. Markovich

TOWER • Margaret M. Markovich, 88, died Jan. 30 at Geisinger Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 7 in Tower City, a daughter of the late Charles and Dora Pierson Wood.

She was a 1945 graduate of the former Tower City High School. 

She was a retired seamstress from the garment industry, where she belonged to the ILGWU.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Markovich; and a brother, Lewis Wood.

She is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Stover, with whom she resided; and two granddaughters.

Services will be held Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City. 

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. 

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