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Evelyn F. Neiter

WICONISCO • Evelyn F. Neiter, 77, died March 15 at her residence.

She was born Oct. 7, 1937 in Wiconisco, a daughter of  the late Albert and Evelyn Klinger Parsons.

She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Wiconisco.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Parsons. 

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Neiter of New York and Timothy Neiter of Halifax; two daughters, Debra Helman of Harrisburg and Kathy Cawthern of Williamstown; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Gephart of Summerdale. 

Memorial services were held March 19 from Calvary United Methodist Church.

Inurnment was in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco.  

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

Terry Lee Ebert

VALLEY VIEW • Terry Lee Ebert, 67, died March 17 at Manor Care, Pottsville.

He was born Feb. 16, 1948 in Harrisburg, a son of the late  Arthur and Marie Deibert Ebert.

He was a 1966 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and competed in wrestling.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He went to Boot Camp and graduated from Hospital Corpsman School in Great Lakes, IL. He worked on an orthopedic ward at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia.  He also trained at the combat medic school at the 2nd Marine Division, N.C. He served two and half years with the U.S. Marine Corp., Fleet Marine Corp Force in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Philippines and Vietnam. He served aboard the USS Tripoli Aircraft Carrier and was discharged Dec. 1, 1970 achieving the rank Hospital Corpsman, 3rd Class Petty Officer. He received the National Defense Medal; U.S. Navy Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; and the Bronze Campaign Star.

He was employed at the former Skamper Corporation, Hegins, prior to becoming disabled. He competed in trap shooting matches in Schuylkill County.  He was runner up to the State Champ in 1978 and also that year was the Schuylkill County Champion in the Fred Coleman Double Barrel Race.

He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 103; the American Legion Post 575; and the VFW Post 8237, all of Valley View. He also was a member of the NRA; the Valley View Gun Club; Hegins Trap Club; The Erdman Sportsmen Association; Pike Township Sportsmen Association; and the Pennsylvania Flyers Association.

Services were held March 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley View.

Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Valley View.

Contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 153, Valley View 17983.

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

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

Clair W. “Billy” Stahl

LEBANON • Clair W. “Billy” Stahl, 77, formerly of Muir, died March 13 at Cedar Haven, Lebanon.

He was born Dec. 19, 1937 in Muir, a son of the late Clair and Eva Reiner Stahl.

He was a man of strong Christian faith. 

He suffered his entire life from cerebral palsy and enjoyed being a  resident at Cedar Heaven for more than 40 years.

He is survived by his sister, Helen Stahl of Greenwood; two brothers, Richad Stahl and Dean Stahl; and   several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held March 20 at Methodist Cemetery, Muir.  A memorial service followed from the Chapel at Cedar Haven Nursing Home,  Lebanon.   

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

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

Arthur Lee Bingaman

EDGEWOOD, N.M. • Arthur Lee Bingaman, age 75, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, was embraced by the Lord and taken to eternal life Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Services were held in Albuquerque at the Riverside Funeral Home March 2.

Lee was in the Navy from 1959 to 1962 on the USS Lake Champlain. On May 5, 1961, the USS Lake Champlain picked up astronaut Alan Shepard, the second person and the first American to travel into space.

Lee was a meat market manager for Furr’s Supermarket until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Maria Bingaman; son, Earl Ingersol; daughters, Patty Ingersoll Desing and Terri Bingaman; grandchildren: David Ferrell, Taylor Desing, Berto Chavez, Connor Desing and Megan Desing; brother, Gary Bingaman and wife Hollie Bingaman; sister, Winnie Keiser; and several nieces and nephews.

Lee is most remembered as a caring, loving man with a very witty personality. His favorite activities were riding horses, riding motorcycles, boating, camping and traveling with family. His sense of humor will be missed by all.

In honor of Lee’s memory, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., P.O. Box 626, Edgewood, NM 87015.

Please visit the online guestbook at www.riversidefunerals.com

This is a paid obituary

John C. Miller

MOON TWP. • John C. Miller, age 89, of Moon Twp., passed away at Sewickley Valley Hospital on Monday, March 16, 2015.

He was born in Millersburg, PA on May 9, 1925. He was the son of Harry Miller and Virgie Miller Musser.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Betty L. (Drawbaugh) whom he married on June 30, 1951; loving sons, Mark (Stacey) and Neil (Amy);  two grandchildren (to Mark and Stacey), Trevor and Erica; sister, Nancy (Bill) Boyer and sons, Steve, Brad and Mike; sister, the late Evelyn Walborn and children, Nolan, David, Carolyn and Christine. 

John C. Miller of Moon Township, Pennsylvania was an art teacher from 1949-1988 in Moon Area School District. Mr. Miller served in the Navy during World War II following his graduation from Millersburg High School in 1942. After his discharge from military service in 1945, he entered the University of Indiana where he received his B.S. Degree in art education in 1948. He attended graduate school at Pennsylvania State University and received a Master’s Degree in education. His work has appeared on notepaper, letterheads, church bulletins, posters and various areas. He designed the emblem formerly used by the Moon Township Police Dept. for Crime Resistance Committee. Mr. Miller’s favorite field was watercolor painting and he studied under Frank Webb of the American Watercolor Society, a noted watercolorist of Pittsburgh. Mr. Miller exhibited his work at the Three Rivers Art Festival, Pittsburgh, PA, exhibited at Ligonier and Greater Pittsburgh Airport.

He was a charter member and president of West Hills Art League and Robin Hill Associates, past president of Lutheran Brotherhood Chapter 8825 and AARP Chapter 3451. Mr. Miller was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Coraopolis since 1949 where he served as a member and past president of Church Council. He was also a member of West Hills Art League, Moon Area Senior Citizens Association, PASR (PA School of Retirees), past president of Moon Education Retirees (MERA) Association, AARP Chapter 3451 and Lutheran Brotherhood #8825 Chapters.

Services were held on Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 1305 State Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108.

If desired, donations may be made in Mr. Miller’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or a local Parkinson’s Foundation.

This is a paid obituary

Barbara L. Kitner

MILLERSBURG •  Barbara L. Kitner, age 89, passed away on Thursday March 12, 2015 in the Masonic Health Care Center, Elizabethtown, PA.

She was born in Millersburg on March 2, 1926, daughter of the late William E. and Emma Shadle Reed.

She is survived by her caring husband Robert, whom she married Jan. 8, 1946, one week after his discharge from the U.S. Army.

She was a graduate of Millersburg High School. After graduation Barb was employed in the office of Johnson and Bailee shoe company and later the Pennsylvania State Government, Dept. of Labor and Industry as a secretary, until she retired.

In her earlier years, she enjoyed bowling in the ladies league, vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and taking cruises. She worked the polls for many years in Swatara Twp., where she and her husband lived for 46 years after leaving Millersburg.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her brother, William T. Reed and his wife Carol and brother-in-law, Rahn Schwalm, all of Millersburg.

She loved and cared deeply about and for, her surviving nieces and nephews: Tom, Tim, Brenda, Marsha, Robin, Terry, Randy, Bobby and her special friends, Carl and Donna St. Sing Keefer.

She was preceded in death by three sisters: Catherine Maiden, Joyce Schwalm, infant sister Dorothy Reed; and a niece Bonnie Ackerman.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. Memorial services will begin at 11:45 a.m. with private inurnment at Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Village, with memo on the check Compassionate Care fund in memory of Barbara L. Kitner, Office of Gift Planning, Masonic Village, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

To sign the guest book, go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Violet M. Masterson

WICONISCO • Violet M. Masterson died March 19 at her residence. 

She was born Nov. 4, 1926 in England, a daughter of  the late Cyril and Violet Murphy Spinks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Masterson.

She is survived by a daughter, Christine Ressler of Lykens; two grandsons;  and three great-grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter.  

Services will be held Wednesday March 25 at 11 a.m. from the John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City.

Dale I. Hoffman

PINE GROVE • Dale I. Hoffman, 64, of Long Stretch Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 at home.

He was born on Aug. 6, 1950 in Harrisburg. He was a son of the late Irvin and Dorothy Reisch Hoffman.

He was a member of the Church at Friedensburg.

Dale worked as a machinist for Amp and then Tyco for 39 years before retiring in July from Hetran Inc., Orwigsburg. He then worked as a bus aide for Jecks Service Center in Pine Grove.

He was a kind man who loved to help people and enjoyed woodworking and hunting.

Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Linda Swingle Hoffman; two sons, Bradley Hoffman and Bruce Hoffman, both of Lykens; a stepdaughter, Jen Fenstermacher of Tremont; five grandchildren, Devon, Zoey and Justin Hoffman, Sean and Matthew Fenstermacher; a sister Wanda and her husband Robert Pottiger of Halifax and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. from the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor Jim Hoffman officiating. There will be a calling time from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to Operation Hugs & Kisses, 7 Mill Race Ave., Pine Grove, PA 17963 in his memory.

Shirlee Jean Morgan Hebert

POWELL, Tenn. • Shirlee Jean Morgan Hebert, 76, died March 12 at her residence. 

She was born Aug. 13, 1938 in Pitman, a  daughter of the late Paul and Avice Morgan. 

She was a 1956 graduate of Tri-Valley High School; and was the FFA Sweetheart and Schuylkill County Poultry Queen. 

She operated Shirlee Morgan School of Dance, teaching t at studios in Schuylkill, Dauphin and Northumberland counties.  She was retired from the federal government with the National Institute of Health Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.

She was a member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Knoxville, Tenn.; the National Active Retired Federal Employees (NARFE); a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Andrew Bogle Chapter); and the National Baton Twirling Association as a teacher, judge and camp director.

She is survived by her partner of 31 years, Raymond Parsons; her children: Kelly DeVenney Wood of Tenn., Kai DeVenney of Tenn. and Krist DeVenney of Fla.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ford Morgan of Millersburg and Scott Morgan of Valley View; a sister, Roxie Zak of Dingmans Ferry; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service was held Monday, March 16 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Knoxville.

Contributions may be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.

Shirley R. Fralick

MILLERSBURG • Shirley R. Fralick, age 88, of Millersburg passed away on Friday, March 20th, 2015.

She was born in Herndon, PA the daughter of the late Irvin and Josephine Hilbush Bordner.

She was the widow of Richard M. Fralick; and also was preceded in death by brothers, Richard and Bobbie; and a sister, Lorraine.

She was a graduate of Herndon High School and Central Penn Business School.

Shirley was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; Millersburg Civic Club; Red Hat Society; and ladies auxiliary of American Legion #326.

Surviving are son, David Fralick and his wife Deborah of Millersburg, daughter Nancy Hand and her husband Kurt of Millersburg, daughter Laura Wilkinson and her husband Tom of Harrisburg and son, Ted Fralick of Millersburg; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Lou Deppen of Coal Twp.

The family will receive friends on Friday March 27 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in the library of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Millersburg. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mark Hoffman officiating. Private inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family in Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg.

Donations can be made to Millersburg Ferryboat Association, P.O. Box 93, Millersburg, PA 17061 or to her church at 324 North Street, Millersburg, PA 17061.

To sign the guest book go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com 

Arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes in Millersburg.

This is a paid obituary

Donald Laicha

LEBANON • Donald Laicha, 73, formerly of Williamstown, died Mrch 19 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.

He was born July 12, 1941 in Williamstown, a son of the late Robert Whitcomb and Hazel McNeal Whitcomb Laicha.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by a brother, John Whitcomb of Williamstown; a sister, Beverly Rubinic of Harrisburg; and two daughters, Beverly and Lisa.

Services will be private with burial in the Williamstown Methodist Cemetery. 

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

To sign the guest book visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com

Lois Hepler

GRATZ • Lois  Hepler, 82, died March 17 at the Inpatient Hospice Unit of Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy.

She was born Jan. 27, 1933, a daughter of the late Harry and Edna Carl  Laudenslager.

She graduated from the Thompson Business School.

She was an office manager  for Prudential Insurance in Harrisburg for 37 years.

She was a member of Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Hepler, a sister, Evelyn Reed; and a brother, Charles Laudenslager.

She is survived by a son, Timothy Hepler of Lititz;  and a  granddaughter.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to the Gratz Historical Society.

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

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

Elizabeth A. “Beth” Hirsch

LYKENS • Elizabeth A. “Beth” Hirsch, 36, died March 20 at Lancaster Regional Hospital, Lancaster. 

She was born Feb. 8, 1979 in Harrisburg, a daughter of Brian and Annie Lucas Hirsch.

She was a 1997 graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School.

She was a member of the Relay for Life Team. 

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Joseph Hirsch.

She is survived by her parents; her husband, Nathan Pendal; two daughters, Brianna and Kaylee Pendal, a sister, Mandy Hirsch, and her grandmother, Shirley Hirsch.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. at the John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to John R. Shultz Funeral Home, 406 Market Street, Lykens 17048 to help defray the funeral expenses. 

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

Jill M. Knorr

HALIFAX • Jill M. Knorr, 40, died March 21 at her residence. 

She was born July 15, 1974 in Harrisburg, a daughter of Dale and Denise Deiter Lucas.

She was a 1992 graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School and Harrisburg Area Community College School of Nursing.

She was a member of Bible Baptist Church, New Bloomfield.

She is survived by her husband, Brain Knorr; a son, Adam Knorr, two daughters, Miranda and Madelyn Knorr, a sister, Lori Lucas; her grandmother, Margaret Deiter; and several aunts and uncles. 

Services will be held Friday March 27 at 11 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church, New Bloomfield. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Contributions may be made to Bible Baptist Church, 1757 New Bloomfield Road, New Bloomfield.  

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

 



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