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SENTINEL GUIDELINES: Obituaries in the Upper Dauphin Sentinel are printed free of charge 
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.

Shirley I. Harring

VALLEY VIEW • Shirley I. Harring,  92, died April 13 at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

She was born June 6, 1921 in Pitman, a daughter of the late Lewis and Mary Ellen Wetzel Snyder.

She was an assembler for the former Hegins Precision Division of Penn Reel.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Congregational Church, Pitman; and a member of the Woodman of the World Pitman Lodge. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard “Bill” Harring; two brothers, Frank Snyder and Clifford Snyder; and five sisters: Gertrude Ochenrider, Pearl Mauser, Viola Deibert, Dorothy Knarr and Carrie Sollener.

She is survived by a sister, Beatrice Herb of Cressona; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held April 21 at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Pitman.

Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Church Memorial Fund, 165 Ridge Road, Pitman 17964.

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Paul A. Woods

HALIFAX • Paul A. Woods, 81, died April 16 at Hershey Medical Center.

He was born in Duncannon, a son of the late Paul and Sara Maguire Woods.

He was retired from the former Capitol Products and a member of the local Teamsters union.

He attended the Millersburg Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Deimler Woods; a son, Douglas Woods of Halifax; a daughter, Patricia Steele of Ft. Ann, N.Y., two grandsons; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Myrtle Bruce of Duncannon and Veletta Miller of New Bloomfield.

Services were held April 21 at his church in Millersburg.

Burial was in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax.

Contributions may be made to Humane Society of Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg 17111 or to the Bethesda Mission, 611 Reilly Street, Harrisburg 17102.

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

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Dr. Joseph Kreiser

MILLERSBURG • Dr. Joseph Kreiser died April 4 at his residence.

He was a 1968 graduate of Lebanon High School; a 1972 graduate of Lehigh University; and a 1976 graduate of Jefferson Medical School, Philadelphia. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital in 1979.

He had a family practice in Millersburg from 1979 until his retirement in June 2012.

He is survived by two aunts and nine cousins.

According to his wishes he will be buried at Grandview Memorial Park, Annville. A private family ceremony will follow.

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

Homer D. Lower

WICONISCO • Homer D. Lower, died April 17 at The Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg. 

He was born Dec. 25, 1928 in Dalmatia, a son of the late Harry and Mary Lor Lower. 

He was an U.S. Army veteran.

He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Wiconisco and a Life Member of the Wiconisco Fire Co. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard and a grandson.

H is survived by his wife, Catherine Alvord Lower; two sons, Joel Lower of Highspire and Daniel Lower of N.J.; three daughters: Donna Klinger of Lykens and Cindy Flynn and Sherri Donley, both of Wiconisco; a brother, John Lower; two sisters, Betty and Eva; 12 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. 

Memorial services were held April 22.

Contributions may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 519 Pottsville Street, Wiconisco 17097.

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

Charlotte E. Romberger

WILLIAMSTOWN • Charlotte E. Romberger, died April 17 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

She was born Feb. 21, 1921 Maybeury, W.Va., a daughter of the late Frank and Yvonne Robbe Claytor.

She was of the Catholic Faith and was a former member of the bowling league in Elizabethville.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, James Romberger; a son, Dennis Wygal of Ore.; and  several nieces and nephews.

Following her wishes there will be no services. 

Contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg 17043 or American Cancer Society, 101 W. Frack Street, Frackville 17931.

Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc. was in charge of  arrangements. 

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This is a paid obituary

Nancy C. Gracey

MILLERSBURG • Nancy C. Gracey, 77, died April 17 at her residence.

She was born June 26, 1936 in Steelton, a daughter of the late Lee and Mary King Shuler.

She was a retired supervisor from the State Dept. of General Services, Harrisburg.

She is survived by two sons, Randall Gracey of Halifax and Douglas Gracey of Harrisburg, two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, April 23 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Pearl S. Ruth

LYKENS • Pearl S. Ruth, formerly of Lykens, died April 17 at the Homeland Center, Harrisburg. 

She was born July 30, 1917 in Reading, a daughter of the late Paul and Katie Kline Showers.

She was a 1935 graduate of Penn Twp. High School and a graduate of The McCann School of Business, Reading. 

She was a charter member of the Lykens Garden Club, and member of Glen Chapter No. 425 Eastern Star of Lykens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Ruth Jr.; and two sons, Franklin Ruth III and infant son David Ruth.

She is survived by two daughters, Betsy Snyder of Harrisburg and Pam Fisher of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren; a step-grandson; two great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.  

Services will be held Wednesday April 23 at 10 a.m. from the John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens. Visitation will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at which time Eastern Star Services will be held. 

Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Bernville. 

Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 2019 Chestnut St., Camp Hill 17110.

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


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