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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.

Mary Elizabeth Hiestand Stark

HERNDON • Mary Stark passed away during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at her new home on Swepps Road in Herndon, Pa. Mary was 91 years of age.

She was born Dec. 11, 1925, in Lancaster, a daughter of Bernice and Fitzgerald Hiestand of Marietta.

She married Dr. Richard James Stark Sept. 1, 1951, who preceded her in death Feb. 20, 2003. Dr. Stark founded and operated the Dalhern Medical Center in Mandata between 1958 and 1988.

Mary was a 1944 graduate of Marietta High School and a 1948 graduate of The Delaware Hospital School of Nursing, Wilmington, Del. She was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp of World War II.

Mary was an avid equestrian in her youth; a senior service scout in World War II; editor of the Spotlight in high school; a volunteer in civic and wartime organizations; a published poet; and delved into poetry and wood carving. She also wrote the alma mater for the Line Mountain School District and created the 1973 Lower Mahanoy Twp. Bicentennial Seal.

Mary was a granddaughter of the late Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Henry Hiestand of Marietta. Mary’s pride in the contributions and achievements of her ancestors in the founding of Lancaster Couty is only exceeded by her pride in her children and grandchildren.

She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America since 1963, in honor of her late paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Fitzgerald Hiestand. She and her late husband loved the outdoors. They were close companions who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mary used to say with a smile, “I am the man behind the man with the gun.”

Mary is survived by five children: Richard Michael Stark of Platte City, Mo., Kerry Fitzgerald Stark of Shamokin Dam, Mary Bonnylin Stark Riggle of Manheim, Degg Hiestand Stark of Sunbury, and Laurie Elizabeth Stark Kerstetter of Herndon. Mary also had nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary’s son, Gavin Hiestand Stark, preceded her in death in 1960. Her brother, Dr. Fitzgerald Hiestand Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., passed away in 2002.

In keeping with Mary’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. A graveside service will be held in Marietta at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, all donations should be given to the VNA Health System (Crossings Hospice), 21 W. Independence Street, Shamokin, PA 17872.

Arrangements are by the James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow. To sign the guest book, visit

This is a paid obituary

Mary M. Keefer

HALIFAX • Mary M. Keefer, 97, died Sept. 12 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

She was born in Halifax Twp., a daughter of the late Harry and Grace Keiter Matter.

She helped her late husband, J. Edgar Keefer, on their farm. 

She was a member of Free Grace Brethren in Christ Church, Millersburg.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Dale and Kenneth.

She is survived by a daughter, Joan Pipher of Mechanicsburg; a son, Carl Keefer of Middletown; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren;

Memorial services were held Sept. 17 at Free Grace Brethren in Christ Church, Millersburg.

Burial was in the church cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

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

To sign the online guest book, visit

Glenn A. Spotts

TAMPA, Fla. • Glenn A. Spotts, 67, of Tampa, Fla., and formerly of Millersburg, passed away Aug. 31, 2017, at Fairway Oaks Rehab Hospital, Tampa.

He was born July 8, 1950, in Lykens, a son of the late Arthur Spotts and Geraldine Engle Spotts, who survives him of Millersburg.

Glenn graduated in 1968 from Millersburg Area High School and had a master’s degree in engineering from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida. He recently retired from the VA Hospital in Tampa, where he worked as an engineer. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Millersburg.

Surviving in addition to his mother, is a brother Dean of Millersburg.

Memorial services will be held Thursday Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Millersburg. Inurnment at the convenience of the family at Riverview Memorial Gardens in Halifax.

Arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home,  Millersburg. To send condolences go to

This is a paid obituary

Anna Marie Kimmel

DONALDSON • Anna Marie Kimmel, 81, odied Sept. 12 at Lehigh Valley Hospital  Schuylkill - East, Pottsville.

She was born April 10, 1936, in Donaldson,  a daughter of the late Charles and Ethel Long.

She was a graduate of the former Tremont High School.

She worked as a seamstress for the former Donaldson Manufacturing Compan and also worked for Tremont Pharmacy.

She was of the Lutheran faith; a member of the Donaldson Fire Company Auxiliary; the Shellsville VFW Auxiliary; and was an active member of the Schuylkill County Republican Committee.     

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Kimmel.

She is survived by two sons, Laine Gehres of Llewellyn and William Kimmel II of Hegins; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Long of Pine Grove. 

Memorial services were held Sept. 19 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City.

Burial was in Donaldson Community Cemetery.

To sign the online guest book, visit

Paul J. Zelnick Jr.

MILLERSBURG • Paul J. Zelnick Jr., age 81, of Coleman Drive, and formerly of Elizabethville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at his daughter’s residence.

He was born Oct. 23, 1935, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Pavel and Johanna Zelnik.

He was a retired USDA meat inspector. He enjoyed hunting and belonged to the Big Buck Hunting Camp in Leck Hill, Pa.

He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Lykens.

He was the widower of Catherine D. (Head) Zelnick.

Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia A. Coleman, Millersburg; son , Paul W. Zelnick, Halifax; two grandsons, Ian Smeltz and Brent Smeltz; and four great-grandchildren: Hunter, Brandon, Cody and Braxton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at his church Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at noon with Rev. Michael Opoki officiating. There will be a visitation from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville.

Memorials in Paul’s name may be made to: Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 732 East Main Street, Lykens, PA 17048

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes Inc., Elizabethville, assisted in the arrangements.

Please sign the online register book at

This is a paid obituary

Mary A. Moyer

PINE GROVE • Mary A. Moyer, 64, died Sept. 15 at Spring Creek Rehabilitation Center, Harrisburg.

She was born Jan. 9, 1953, in Pine Grove, a daughter of the late Earl and Martha Knapp Schaeffer.

She was a 1971 graduate of Pine Grove High School.   

She was a seamstress for many years at the former Fox Knapp Mfg., Pine Grove.

She was a member of Hetzel’s Lutheran Church, Pine Grove.

 She was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Schaeffer Sr.; and a sister, Anna Witmer.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Moyer;  a daughter, Tania Miller  of Muir; a grandson;  four stepdaughters and four step-grandchildren; a  brother, Franklin Bergner of Friedensburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. Visitation will be from  10 to 11 a.m. at the chapel.

Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.    

To sign the online guest book, visit

Lenwood L. Bixler Sr.

LYKENS • Lenwood L. Bixler Sr., 82, of Lykens, Pa., died Sept. 7, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

He was born Jan. 3, 1935, in Valley View, Pa, a  son  of the late William and Dorothy (Miller) Bixler. On August 17, 1956, he married J. Irene (Underkoffler) Bixler who survives at home.

He was a welder at the Harman Stove Company, where he retired after more than 25 years of service.

Along with his wife Irene, he is survived by three daughters: Linda Bixler, Pamela Eshleman and Janice Lawrence (Doug); one son, Len Bixler Jr. (Connie); two siblings, Janet Keffer and Dennis Bixler (Cindy); four grandchildren: Jamie, Mathew, Megan and Michael; and four great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Tyler, Nikolas and Caleb.

All services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

An online guest book can be signed and condolences sent to the family at

Reba L.  Enders

HALIFAX • Reba L. Enders, age 86, of 520 Matamoras Road, passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born in Dauphin, the daughter of the late Martin and Sara Shrawder Orwan.

She was a member of the Halifax Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years Lee. E. Enders; two sons Mason Grunden of Halifax and Kenneth Grunden of Morris, Pa.; a daughter Judy Liddick of Halifax; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Mason Grunden; and siblings Orpha Wright, Abraham Orwan and Vivian Martz.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Halifax Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Donations can be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 60 S. River Road, Halifax, PA 17032.

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

This is a paid obituary


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