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

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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.


Luther L. “Lut” Wise

TOWER CITY • Luther L. “Lut” Wise, 84, of Tower City passed away Tuesday at the Tremont Health and Rehab.

Born in Reinerton, May 14, 1930, a son of the late Albert Ray and Olive Seiler Wise.

He was a graduate of Porter Tower High School where he excelled in athletics. After high school he played semi-pro football.

He was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War; he also was an Army National Guard Veteran serving with the 131st Transportation Company, Williamstown where he was deployed to Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf.

He was retired from the former AMP, Inc., Tower City.

He was a life member of the Tower City American Legion, Tower City Loyal Order of Moose and the NRA.   He had also been very active with the Porter Tower Recreation League.

He was a coach and mentor in baseball and football leagues in the community.  He was the biggest fan and supporter of his children and grandchildren in their sporting events.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Helga Eheleuther Wise; his children, Jeff (Judy) Wise, Bernville; Janet (Rock) Mrakovich, Middletown; Jerry (Carol) Wise, Pine Grove and Jesse Wise, Lewisburg. Two brothers, Stanley (Doll) Wise, Mable and Fred (Judy) Wise, Tower City; 8 grandchildren; Bryon, Brittney, Janelle, Jeremy, Cameron, Savannah, Justin and Dillon.

 Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 18th at 7 p.m. from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. Tower City.  Burial with military honors will be Friday, December 19th at 11:30 am at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to the Porter Tower Recreation Commission, c/o Bonnie Raho, 319 Wiconisco Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980.  

To sign the guest book visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com

This is a paid obituary

Carlton C. Williams

WICONISCO • Carlton C. Williams died Dec. 8 at Hershey Medical Center. 

He was born Oct. 22, 1939 in Enola, a son of the late Carlton and Helen McLaughlin Williams. 

He is survived by two sons, Carlton III and Preston Williams; a daughter, Nevada Williams; two brothers, David and Paul Williams of North Carolina; and a sister, Pauline Myers of Dillsburg. 

Services were held Dec. 12 from the John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens.

Burial was in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg. 

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

Robert A. Brown

HEGINS • Robert A. Brown, 85, died Dec. 10 at his residence.

He was a 1947 graduate of  the former Hegins Twp. High School.

He was preceded in death by three grandchildren.

 He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Snyder Brown; a son, Alfred Brown of Hegins; four daughters: Lydia Dudeck, Cindy Fennell, Mary Koons and Wendy Ward, all of Hegins;  ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, James Curtis of Horsham; and two sisters, Elsie Aringdale of Hegins and Patricia Mae Curtis of Horsham.

Services were held Dec. 13 at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Contributions may be made to the Brown Memorial Fund, c/o Gratz National Bank, P.O. Box 816, Valley View 17983 or to a favorite charity.

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

Raymond C. Lenker

HERNDON • Raymond C. Lenker, age 73, of Herndon passed away Tuesday December 9, 2014 at his residence. His death was due to chronic kidney disease.

He was born on June 8, 1941 on the farm in Herndon, the son of the late Carl and Mildred (Renn) Lenker. His death ends a marital union of fifty years to the former Florence Walborn.

Raymond was formerly employed at Mandata Poultry, Ralph Campbell Construction and for forty seven years for Meckley's Limestone Products as a lime and stone hauler and in the winter as a carpenter for them.

He was a member of the Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, Gratz where he served as an usher and was a former treasurer of the Sunday School.

Raymond was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed building things, working in his garden and after his retirement traveling in his trailer. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandson, Garry.

In addition to his wife he is survived by 2 sons and their wives: Michael and Donna Lenker and Corey and Tracy Lenker. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren; Garry, Jonathan and Aubrey.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Melanie Leigh Lenker, and by one brother Allen and his wife, Joy.

The family would like to thank the staff at Divata Dyalisis, Selinsgrove.

Services were held in the Emmanuel Wesley Church, Gratz. Interment was in the Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

Arrangements by the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury.

This is a paid obituary

Carlene F. Wright

MILLERSBURG • Carlene F. Wright, 70, died Dec. 13 at her residence.

She was born in Harrisburg, a daughter of the late Carl and Mildred Gonder Bonawitz.

She was salutatorian of Millersburg High School class of 1961.

She retired from Suburban Energy.

She was a member of Hebron UM Church and a board member of the Millersburg Swimming Pool Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wright.

She is survived by two daughters, Sally Oris of Elizabethville and Sharon Balogun of Millersburg; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at Hebron U.M. Church, Millersburg. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to Hebron U.M. Church, 347 Market Street, Millersburg 17061.

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

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

Nelma Jane Snyder

PITMAN • Nelma  Jane  Snyder, 84, died December 11 at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Twp.

She  was born May 24, 1930 in Leck Kill, a daughter of the late Alvin and Nora Beissel Mattern.

She was a 1948 graduate of Pine Park High School. 

She was employed at a shirt factory and shoe factory, both in Millersburg; worked at the restaurant in Romberger’s Store, Pitman; and also helped on the family farms.

She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church and its WELCA; and also was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mahantogo Chapter, Pottsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Snyder; three brothers: Raymond Mattern, Whalen Mattern and Darwin Mattern; and three sisters: Helen Herman, Edna Borger and Violet Rummel.

She is  survived by two sons, Timothy Snyder of Hendersonville, N.C. and Frederick Snyder, of Pitman; three grandsons; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Dolores Ulmer; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are private at the convenience of family.

Burial will be in Jacob’s Cemetery, Pitman.

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

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

Joseph C. Flynn

WILLIAMSTOWN • Joseph C. Flynn, 87, died Dec. 13 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 6, 1927 in Lykens, a son of the late Joseph and Frances Lynch Flynn.

He was a graduate of the former Williamstown Catholic High School. 

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a Army National Guard veteran of the Koran War.

He retired as a systems analyst from the Mechanicsburg Navy Depot.  

He was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown; Williamstown American Legion; and Knights of Columbus, Lykens.

He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Flynn; three brothers: Richard, William and Edward; and a sister, Patricia Sumners.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorraine Moss Flynn; his children: Joanne Esterline of Williamstown; Garry Flynn of Carsonville; Keith Flynn of Muir and Annette Neely of Lykens; a sister, Frances Frantz; and a brother, Michael Flynn, both of Williamstown; eight  grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and several    nieces and nephews.

Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the convenience of the family from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown. 

Burial with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. 

Please omit flowers and make contributions to  Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, c/o Parish office,  732 E. Main Street, Lykens 17048 or Williamstown American Legion, 123 W. Market Street, Williamstown 17098. 

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

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

John E. Lincoln

CARSONVILLE • Gunnery Sgt. USMC Ret. John E. Lincoln died Dec. 13 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg. 

He was born Sept. 22, 1925 in New York, N.Y. to the late Dr. Asa Lincoln M.D. and Dr. Edith Maas M.D.

He was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran of World War II and the Korean War, He  received the following awards: one  Presidential Bronze Star with Gold Combat “V”, one Secretary of the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, one Purple Heart, one Presidential Unit Citation with 3 Bronze Stars, one Navy Unit Citation with 1 Bronze Star, nine Infantry Battle Bronze Stars, and one Marine Corps Good Conduct medal with 4 Bronze Stars. 

During his final posting before retiring after 20 years of duty, he was stationed at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va. His duties included the management of that facility due to being an accomplished equestrian. In the years that JFK was President, GSgt. Lincoln was tasked with the duty to accompany the First Lady to Camp David, Md. when they were there.  Because the Secret Service had no one who could ride a horse, his primary responsibility was to provide security for the First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, when she rode foxhunts, and secondary, to help care for the children and their ponies.  He took great pride in the duty of providing protection, on horseback, in civilian clothes, for the First Lady of the United States, with his .45ACP 1911 in a shoulder holster under his riding attire.

He was a member of 1st. Marine Div., 2nd Marine Div., 3rd Marine Div., 6th Marine Div., and 1st Provisional Marine Brigade Chosen Few. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Davey Lincoln.

He is survived by his son, John Lincoln of Jay, Vt. 

Memorial services will be scheduled at a future date.  

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

Lester L. Leitzel

HALIFAX • Lester L. Leitzel, 87, died Dec. 12 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

He was born in Hebe, a son of the late Samuel and Margaret Leitzel.

He was a graduate of the former Mahanoy Joint High School.

He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

He retired from Quaker Oats.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Dreibelbis Leitzel; a sister, Ruby Rutter; and two brothers, Jack and Stewart.

Surviving are two daughters, Zoetta Keister of Lakeland, Fla. and Yolanda Schadel of Dalmatia; four grandchildren; a step-grandson; five great-grandchildren; and two great great-grandsons.

Services were held Dec. 16 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg.

Burial and military honors was in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of S. Central PA, 3544 N. Progress Avenue, Suite 205, Harrisburg 17110.

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

John W. Lehman

ELIZABETHVILLE • John W. Lehman, 81, of W. Broad Street in Elizabethville passed away Sunday, December 14th, at Holy Spirit Hospital.

He was born on May 17, 1933 in Elizabethville, the son of the late Charles and Beulah (Koppenhaver) Lehman.

On June 21, 1958 he married E. Irene Lehman of Elizabethville.

John served his country in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

He retired from Reiff & Nestor Company, Lykens, and worked for many years with Oscar Row Contracting. His first love was his church where he served with Parish Life, on Church Council, Property Committee, and sang in the Choir. John could be found almost everyday working on something at the church. His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, and going to camp with his brother Butch, nephew Bryan and others.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Ginger C. Lehman of Elizabethville; brother, Walter L. Lehman and his wife Sharon of Halifax; several nieces and nephews; and mother-in-law, Elsie E. Phillips of Elizabethville. He was preceded in death by sisters: Alta Esterline, Jean Hartman, Lena Lehman and Ruth Romberger. He is also survived by precious friends: Heide Bohn, Janice Gransbury, Scott Deitrich and and Natalie and Paul Lyter.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 20th from 9-11:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, Elizabethville. Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with The Rev. Nathan Corl Minnich officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, PO Box 427, Elizabethville, PA 17023.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc. in Elizabethville is handling the arrangements. To sign the guestbook go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Arlene M. Clark

MILLERSBURG • Arlene M. Clark, 95, died Dec. 13 at Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born in Klingerstown.

She retired from Big Yank shirt factory and also worked at Riegle’s shirt factory.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Clark.

She is survived by a son, Guy; and a daughter, Shirley Hoover, both of Millersburg; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Neela Phillips of Herndon.

Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax.

Contributions may be made to First UM Church, 356 Union Street, Millersburg 17061.

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

Darlee D. Gurganious

HALIFAX • Darlee D. Gurganious, 71, died Dec. 12 at Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born June 13, 1943 in Harrisburg, a daughter of the late Warren and Alma Geyer Leitzel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Colin Gurganious.

She is survived by a daughter, Jamie Watson of Halifax, a son Colin Gurganious II of Halifax; three grandsons; two great grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Kinsinger of Halifax.

Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Longs Cemetery, Halifax.

Contributions may be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg 17110-9794.

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

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



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