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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.

Darlene Dee Ruth Bakermans

MILLERSBURG • Darlene Dee Ruth (Travitz) Bakermans, 61, went home to be with Jesus on Friday, August 21. Better known as “Bramma” or Mrs. B, she spent her days enjoying her grandchildren, cheering on the Phillies, making cakes, and serving her community. To know Darlene was to love her. With a passion to help those in need, she started the JFY (Just For You) Pack program for Millersburg students to receive backpacks full of food for the weekend and was a founding member of the Hearts of Grace ministry. She faithfully organized Camp Smiles for special needs children. She ran the Little Indian Teepee School Store at Lenkerville School for 22 years. Her generous spirit will be sorely missed.

A lifelong resident of Millersburg, she was a graduate of Millersburg Area High School (‘72) and Susquehanna University (‘76). She spent her daughters’ childhood as a stay at home mom, providing in home daycare to many children who still consider her a second mother. She was a substitute teacher at Lenkerville Elementary School where she was always treated as part of their family. Her greatest passion was being a mom and grandma. She never missed a beat and followed her daughters’?? every adventure, no matter the distance.

Her dad, William, welcomed her to heaven where they will now enjoy many front row seats to their beloved Phillies games. Missing her are her mother, Nancy (Snyder) Travitz; her husband, Twan; her daughters and their husbands, Sarah and Brian and Rebekah and Eddy; her pride and joy, Chase, Cole, Madison and Eden; her brother, Tim; and many aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and cherished friends.

A Celebration of Life was held Aug. 29 at Grace UMC, 982 Medical Road, Millersburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hearts of Grace Ministry, 982 Medical Road, Millersburg PA 17061. Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg, was in charge of arrangements.

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Celebration of Life
Robert L. Kissinger

ELIZABETHVILLE •  A Celebration of Life service for Robert L. Kissinger of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Wiconisco, will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 205 W. Main Street. A reception will follow.

William L. Bordner Jr.

HALIFAX •  William L. Bordner Jr., age 66, of Camp Hill and formerly of Halifax, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 at the West Shore Hospital.

He was born in Harrisburg, the son of the late William and Edna Ulrich Bordner.

He was retired from ArcelorMittal, formerly Bethlehem Steel.

William moved his family from Harrisburg to Halifax in 1977. He took great pride in his house on Matamoras Road and absolutely loved the Halifax area.

Surviving are two sons, Scott and his wife Heather and Shane and his wife Amanda, all of Enola; four grandchildren: Peyton, Justin, Hayley and Zachary; three sisters: Edna Mrakovich, Joan Pritchard and Carole Ann Bretz.

Memorial services were held Aug. 28, 2015 at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. Inurnment at Riverview Memorial Gardens in Halifax at the convenience of the family.

Donations can be made to Dauphin County Anglers and Conservationists,

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Virginia W. Kelley

MILLERSBURG • Virginia W. Kelley, 93, formerly of Halifax, PA, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 at the Susquehanna Manor, Millersburg, PA.

She was born Sept. 6, 1921 in Rough and Ready, PA. She was the daughter of the late Jordan and Mary Jane (Campbell) Snyder. She was the wife of the late William L. Kelley Sr.

Virginia worked in the Muskin’s Shoe Factory, Millersburg for more than 20 years. She enjoyed going out to eat and loved spending time with her family.

She was a member of Millersburg Assembly of God, Millersburg, where she was a past Sunday School teacher and participated in the Women’s Ministry.

Virginia is survived by two daughters, Doris Wise and her husband Chester and Linda M. Kochenour and her husband George, all of Halifax; a stepdaughter, Jackie Reigle of Davenport, Fla.; a stepson, William L. Kelley Jr. of Marysville, PA; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by one son, Larry J. Helt; and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Sept. 1, 2015 at the Millersburg Assembly of God, Millersburg.

Burial was in Ender’s Cemetery, Enders, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Millersburg Assembly of God, 22261 Shippen Dam Road, Millersburg, PA 17061 or to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

The Ronald C.L. Smith Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. To share condolences, please visit  or on Facebook.

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Eugene “Butch” Matter

LOYALTON • Eugene “Butch” Matter, 68, died Aug. 29 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 24, 1946 in Washington Twp.

He was a retired truck driver.

He was a member and president for 10 years of the Short Mountain Gun Club, Loyalton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Matter.

He is survived by a daughter, Tina Matter; a son, Eugene Matter Jr.; two brothers, Gary and Stewart; two sisters, Carol and Donna; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Lykens.

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

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