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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.

Rahn Forney

LEBANON • Rahn Forney, 50, passed away in Lebanon on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

He was the son of John C. Forney and the late Marlene Forney of Loyalton.

Rahn was the Editorial Page Editor of the Lebanon Daily News; a Rush fan; an Eagles fan; and a member of 4QF.

He is survived by his father; his four daughters: Heather Forney, Fiona Forney, Chance Forney and Kayla Forney; and by his companion, Tiffany Jewell.

The memorial services will be private.

“The most endangered species, the honest man, will still survive annihilation/ Forming a world state of integrity; sensitive, open and strong.” - Natural Science by Rush.

This is a paid obituary

Anita L. Boltz

MINERSVILLE • Anita L. Boltz, 46, died Nov. 9 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 10, 1968 in Arlington, Va., a daughter of Marion Keiser Jr. of Clarks Mills and June Scheib Keiser of Elizabethville.

She was a 1987 graduate of Upper Dauphin High School.

She was employed as a home health aid with Addus Health Care for 12 years.

She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Winefred Keiser and Nora Scheib; and several aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her parents; her first husband, Tom Kroh; her present husband of five years, Jesse Boltz; three children: Jean Korah of Minersville, Kyle of Frackville and Lauren Powers of Ringtown; a stepson, Jesse Boltz Jr. of Minersville; five grandchildren; four sisters: Karmen Trubucco of Texas, Sara Reigle of Halifax, Mildred Darrel of McConnelisburg and Elizabeth Keiser of Kentucky; seven brothers: Michael Keiser and Daniel Keiser, both of Berrysburg, Quincy Keiser of Somerset, David Keiser of Pottsville, Marion Keiser III and Richard Keiser, both of Clarks Mills and Allen Keiser of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Nov. 14 at Dutcavich Funeral Home, Minersville.

This is a paid obituary

Melba E. Wiest

MILLERSBURG • Melba E. Wiest, 93, formerly of Lykens died Nov. 17 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg. 

She was born March 9, 1922 in Williamstown, a daughter of the late James and Lizzie Wiest Cox.

She was a 1939 graduate of the former Williamstown High School.

She was a member of  Lykens United Methodist Church where she played the organ for 24 years; United Methodist Women; The Kings Daughter’s Sunday School Class; and a 50-year life member of The Glen Chapter No. 425 of Eastern Star of Lykens where she played the organ for 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Wiest; and three brothers: Benjamin, James and Harper Cox.

She is survived by two daughters; Susan Wiest and Jane Forney; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 21 from Lykens United Methodist Church, Lykens.

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown.

Contributions may be made to her church organ repair fund, 527 N. Second Street, Lykens, PA 17048.  

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

Forrest J. “Sen” McCready

TREMONT • Forrest J. “Sen” McCready, 84, formerly of Williamstown and most recently of Tower City, died Nov. 17 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 12, 1931 in Williamstown, a son of the late William and Violet Finley McCready.

He was a graduate of the former Williamstown High School.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

He was a retired telephone line installer with Henkels & McCoy; and also was also the owner of the former McCready’s Shoe Store, Williamstown.

He was a member of Williamstown United Methodist Church; Williamstown VFW; and the Williamstown American Legion.  

He is survived by three daughters: Lynne Browne of Harrisburg, Judy Krepich of Orwigsburg and Peggy McCready of Oxford, England; two stepchildren, Joanne Wolowicz and Evan Perkins, both of Harrisburg;  a companion and dear friend, Shirley Machamer; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Burial with military honors will be in Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown. 

Contributions may be made to the Williamstown United Methodist Church, East Street, Williamstown, PA 17098 or Tower Porter EMS, P.O. Box, 33, Tower City, PA 17980. 

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

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Dean R. Evans

WILLIAMSTOWN • Dean R. Evans, 88, died Nov. 18 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 7, 1927 in Tower City, a son of the late David and Kathryn Kiehl Evans.

He was a graduate of the former Porter Tower High School. 

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

He retired from Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville.

He attended the Ebenezer E.C. Church, Williamstown. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Avonelle James Evans.

He is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Evans of Williamstown; two sons, Robert Evans of Tower City and Rodney Evans of  Williamstown; a granddaughter; a brother, David Evans of Camp Hill; a sister, Margaret Gregory of Reading; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Nov. 23 from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Tower City. 

Burial with military honors was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

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Warren A. Mace

ELIZABETHVILLE • Warren A. Mace, 71, died Nov. 19 at his residence. 

He was born Jan. 17, 1944 in Sacramento, a son of the late Chester and Maude Croh Mace.

He is survived by his wife, Hope Foster Mace; a son, Scott Mace; two grandchildren; a brother, Kermit Mace; and three sisters: Marian Wolfe, Dora Lucas and Loran Schmidt.

Graveside memorial services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco.

Contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Drive, Suite 100, Camp Hill, PA 17011. 

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

Violet B. Youells

MILLERSBURG • Violet B. Youells, 99, formerly of Elizabethville, died Nov. 19 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village.

She was born June 12, 1916 in Wiconisco, a daughter of the late Frank and Ida Mae Kilhieffer Batdorf.

She was a retired sewing machine operator from the former Playtimers Shoe factory, Elizabethville.

She was a member of the Millersburg Senior Citizens. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Authur Youells; and two  daughters, Edna Hassinger and Shirley Wiest.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Youells and David Youells, both of Elizabethville; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; a niece and two nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax.

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Dee L. Miller

HALIFAX • Dee L. Miller, 56 earned her wings on Nov. 17, 2015.

Her journey began on September 20, 1959 in Harrisburg, PA. Growing up the favorite daughter in an outdoorsy family she loved nature and animals (with the exception of eight-legged animals). She was a graduate of Halifax High School, Class of 1977. She met and fell in love with the boy next door with whom she raised four biological children and many adoptees. She was the Head Honcho of AL-TY Farms/College of Dairy and Horse Knowledge and always knew just enough, about a lot of things, to get Dennis out of trouble. Over the years she transported special needs children, she worked as a Veterinary Assistant, she managed several local retail shops, she was active in the Dauphin County 4-H Program, she volunteered her time to many and she had a passion for photography. She always put her all into each of her endeavors. But most of all, she cherished her time with family and friends.

She is survived by her parents, George and Goldie Wert; her husband, Dennis Miller; her brother, Douglass Wert; her four children and their families: Alysha and Matt Danner, Ty and Greg Prasil, Cole Miller and Shayla Miller; and her grandchildren: Sarah and Mikkayla Danner, Rowan and Quinn Prasil and Arianna Schwartz, all of Halifax, PA.

In keeping with Dee’s wishes (she threatened a haunting), there will be no funeral service. However, we will be gathering to celebrate her life on Dec. 5, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Halifax Ambulance Association.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Dauphin County 4-H Program or to Homeland Hospice.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes Inc., Elizabethville, handled the arrangements.

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This is a paid obituary

Lionel C. Ressler

LYKENS • Lionel C. Ressler of Lykens, Pa. passed away Friday Nov. 20, 2015 at home. 

He was born Aug. 4, 1940 in Harrisburg, Pa. to the late George and Ruth Yeager Ressler. 

Lionel was an Army veteran and a life member of Wiconisco Fire Co. and social member of Liberty Hose Co. No. 2, Lykens.

He is survived by two daughters, Lisa Bordner and husband Jeff and Denise Engle and husband Randy; several grand and great grandchildren, brothers Don, Jeff, George, Galen, Gerald and Cliff, sisters Barbara Bell, Claudia Maffei and Kathy Carl. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Steve and brothers, Douglas K. and Neal J. Ressler. 

Memorial services were held Nov. 24, 2015 from the John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens. 

Burial was in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco, Pa. with Military Honors. 

John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens, had charge of the arrangements.

This is a paid obituary

John F. Deppen Jr.

ELIZABETHVILLE • John F. Deppen Jr., 80, of Woodridge Drive in Harrisburg, and formerly of Elizabethville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at his residence.

He was born March 6, 1935 in Millersburg, son of the late John F. and Mary E. (Lenker) Deppen .

He was a retired mason and had worked for the Brick Layer Union #5, Harrisburg. He had also been a milkman and worked for the former Lyken's Dairy.

He was a member of Trinity UM Church, Elizabethville and a former member of Davids Community Bible Church, Millersburg.

He had memberships with the Susquehanna Lodge No. 364 F&AM Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Millersburg Forest #125, Upper Dauphin Shrine Club, Valley of Harrisburg, A.A.S.R., Masonic Member since 1968, life member of the Berrysburg, Fire Co.; Berrysburg Rod and Gun Club; John Lloyd Post 404, Elizabethville; WOW Camp #72; John enjoyed hunting, playing cards, camping and spending time with his family.

He was the widower of Carolyn J. (Snyder) Deppen. They had been married for 22 years

Survivors include a son, David L. Witmer and his companion Rhonda Rusnak, Spring Glen; three daughters: Denise L. (Walid) Shalan, Camp Hill, Doreen L. Thomas and Darbie L. (Anthony) Seymour, all of Harrisburg; two brothers, George D. (Elaine) Deppen, Halifax and Marion R. (Winabelle) Deppen, State College; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Kathy Witmer, Tower City; many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Nancy Evans, a home health aid and Sue Purcell, RN who helped provide support.

He was also preceded in death by a son Donald L. Witmer Jr.

Services were held Nov. 24 at Trinity UM Church, Elizabethville. Masonic rites were held before the services. Burial at Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Millersburg.

Memorial donations may be made to Crossings Hospice of VNA, 3315 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville, handled the arrangements.

Please sign the online register book at

This is a paid obituary

George A. Mace

SPRING GLEN • George A Mace, 68, died Nov. 18 at Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born June 9, 1947 in Spring Glen, a son of the late Herbert and Gloria Mowery Mace.

He was a truck driver and dispatcher for CASA Trucking prior to his retirement.

He was a member of the Erdman Sportsman’s Association; Gratz VFW Post 2385, American Legion Post 575 Valley View,; Middle Creek Antique Association; and the Gratz Antique Tractor Club.

He was preceded in death by a grandson.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Diane Kahler Mace; a son, Frank Indelicato of Harrisburg; five daughters: Stacey Schmick of Reading, Robin Nace of Harrisburg, Rhonda Mace of Burlington,Vt., Bandie Herb of Lykens and Trisha Herb of Brownsburg, Ind.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Fred Mace of Hegins; and a sister, Janice Dietz of Klingerstown.

As per his wishes, there will be no services.

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

To sign the online guest book, visit

Ruby N. Smith

SELINSGROVE • Ruby N. Smith, formerly of Shamokin Dam and Dornsife, died Nov. 22 at The Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove.

She was born Aug. 12, 1926 in Mahantango Twp., a daughter of the late Cloyd and Verna Snyder Mattern Sr.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Red Cross; and a former member of the Idella Rebekah Lodge No. 58 Dornsife.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Holden Smith; a son, Carmen Smith; two brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by a son, Terry Smith of Herndon; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lena Schwartz of Gratz.

Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Robert G. Foust Jr. Funeral Home, Trevorton. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Northumberland Memorial Park Stonington.

Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Mrs. Mae Lesher, Treasurer, 1242 Creek Road, Dornsife, PA 17823.


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