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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 news@sentinelnow.com, 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.


Connie Lee Schnoke

GOOD SPRING • Connie Lee Schnoke, 72, died Dec. 3, 2017, at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center, Tremont.

She was born Sept. 23, 1945, in Ashland, a daughter of the late Thomas and Adella Birunas Saltzman.

She attended the former Porter Twp. High School.

She was a seamstress for area garment factories prior to her retirement.

She was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Valley View.

She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Griffiths.

She is survived by two sons, Shawn Schnoke of Ravine, and Kenneth Griffiths of Frackville; two grandsons; two sisters, Tammy Saltzman of Good Spring and Linda Morgan of Valley View; a nephew; two nieces; and a great-nephew.

Graveside services were held Dec. 7, 2017, at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

Contributions may be made to Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, 18 Wertz Dr., Pine Grove, PA 17963.

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

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

Suzann C. Williams

HALIFAX • Suzann C. Williams, age 67, of Market Street in Halifax, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born in Harrisburg, the daughter of the late Dallas and Ethel Schoffstall Williams. She also was preceded in death by a sister Judy Gutshall.

Suzann was a graduate of Halifax High School class of 1968, she retired from the State of Pennsylvania working in the offices of the LCB and PSP.

She was a member of the Valley’s ECC in Halifax, the Gratz Historical Society and other civic organizations.

Surviving are a nephew Jason Gutshall (Jennifer) of Enola; two great-nephews Brody and Asher; and a great-niece Finnley.

Memorial services were held Dec. 11, 2017, at the Valley’s ECC in Halifax. Private inurnment was in Longs Cemetery in Halifax.

Donations can be made to the Valley’s ECC, 3682 Peters Mountain Rd., Halifax, PA 17032 or to the Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. To send condolences go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Mark S. Stroup

GRATZ • Mark S. Stroup, 95, died Dec. 4, 2017, UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.

He was born Nov. 21, 1922, in Gratz, a son of the late Samuel and Anna Woll Stroup.

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

He was a truck driver throughout his life, retiring from ABF. During his retirement, he enjoyed caring for harness horses at the Gratz Fairgrounds.

He was a member of Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz; and a lifetime member of VFW Post 2385, Gratz.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alma Brosius Stroup; and two sisters, Orpha Harris and Ruth Ney.

He is survived by a son, Randolph Stroup of Lykens; a daughter, Sally Stroup of Harrisburg; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Union Cemetery, Gratz.

Contributions may be made to VFW Post 2385, 424 Specktown Rd., Lykens, PA 17048.

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

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

Patricia M. Shertzer

ELIZABETHVILLE •  Patricia M. Shertzer, age 74, formerly of Elizabethville, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at the Lutheran Home at Topton.

She was born June 15, 1943, in Wiconisco, Pa., a daughter of the late Robert and Betty (Ritzel) Enders.

She ran her home daycare center for more than 36 years in Elizabethville.

She was involved with Elizabethville Library Board. She was a former president of the Elizabethville PTO. Pat was active with band boosters, Avon sales, Reading Puzzles and loved to socialize.

She was the widow of Herbert A. Shertzer.

Survivors include daughter, Jennifer (James) Lowthert, New Tripoli; two sisters, Gloria (Mike) Usuka, Loyalton and Dorothy (Jim) Dorman, Miami, Fla.; three grandchildren: Jordan, Jenna and Jalen; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Bobbie Hochreriter.

Services were held Dec. 7 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes Inc., Elizabethville. Burial followed at Riverview Memorial Gardens, Halifax.

Memorial donations can be made to: Topton Lutheran Home, Unit D2, Development Office, 1 South Home Ave., Topton, PA 19562 or The Elizabethville Library, “Friends of the Library,” 80 North St., Elizabethville, PA 17023

Please sign the online register book at www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Evelyn A. Shoop

HALIFAX • Evelyn A. Shoop, age 78, of Rutter Road, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.

She was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Harrisburg, a daughter of the late Paul and Kathryn (Roadcap) Laudenslager.

She was a 1957 graduate of Upper Dauphin High School. She also attended classes at Great Falls College MSU in Montana.

She was a retired dairy farmer.

Survivors include four sons: Chris Shoop, West Virginia, Craig Shoop, Halifax, Bruce Shoop, Maryland, and Brian Shoop, Virginia; daughter, Suzette Cook, Halifax; three brothers: Wayne, Marvin and Keith Laudenslager; sister, Annette Dunleavy; 10 grandchildren: Ryan, Adam, Rachel, Alex, Kolbi, Kylee, Kalyn, Sam, Jacob and Mackenzie.

She was preceded in death by infant twin brothers and brother, Dennis.

Services were held Dec. 11 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes Inc., Elizabethville. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax.

Please sign the online register book at www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Leon Walter “Wally” Erdman

EASTON  • Leon Walter “Wally” Erdman, 85, died Dec. 4 at the Gardens of Easton.

He was born Aug. 22, 1932, in Trevorton, a son of the late Walter and Clara Polan Erdman.

He attended Mahanoy Joint High School where he played soccer and football.

He was retired from the former Creative Playthings, Herndon.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Clara Wynn Erdman; and a sister, Irene Mae.

He is survived by three sons: Dennis of Woodbridge, Va., Douglas of Williamsport and Gregory Erdman of Wyckoff, N.J.; two brothers, Robert of Herndon and James of Sunbury; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Celebration of Life was held Dec. 9 at St. Luke’s UCC Church, Malta.

Burial was in the Malta cemetery.

Contributions may be made to St. Luke’s UCC Church, 837 Mahantango Creek Rd., Dalmatia, PA 17017.

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

To sign the online guest book or to post a picture, visit www.reedfh.com

Denise A. Leitzel

LEESBURG, Fla. • Denise A Leitzel, 59, formerly of Rough and Ready, died Oct. 25 at her residence.

She was born July 8, 1958, a daughter of the late Harold and Emma Jane Starr Ney.

She was a graduate of Tri-Valley High School.

She is survived by her husband, Allen Leitzel; three daughters: Brandi, Brittany and Kerri; four grandchildren; 12 siblings, Yvonne, Stephen, William, Rebecca, Lucinda, Vincent, Sally, Richard, Charles, Kenneth, Crystal and Jolynn; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at Salem Church of Rough and Ready, Rough and Ready. There will not be a visitation prior to the service.

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

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

Vincent A. Love

MOLLEYSTOWN • Vincent A. Love, 90, died Dec. 6 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - E Norwegian, Pottsville.

He was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Tremont Twp., a son of the late William and Ellen Zimmerman Love.

He was a graduate of the former Tremont High School.

He was an ore miner for Bethlehem Steel, Cornwall and then was a truck driver for Mallard Quarry, Palmyra, until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Rehrer Love; a son, Richard Love; three brothers: Russell Love, William Love and Norman Love; and by two sisters, Joan Wisnosky and Ann Eroh.

He is survived by a son, Dale Love of Molleystown; a daughter, Carol Bensinger of Hegins; five grandsons; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Jackie Koppenhaver of Pine Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

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

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

Ronie M. Yeagley

GRATZ • Ronie M. Yeagley, formerly of Gratz, Pa., passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. 

She was born April 6, 1944, in Harrisburg, Pa., to the late Paul and Emma Rutter Riland. 

Ronie enjoyed collecting owls and spending time with her family. 

She is survived by sons Ron Yeagley and his wife Patti, John Yeagley and his wife Robin; a daughter Christina Jeffries and husband Lucian; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother Randy Zeiders; and a sister Judy Shomper. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Rodney Yeagley. 

Memorial services will be held Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. from the John R. Shultz Funeral Home, 406 Market St., Lykens, Pa. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service. 

John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

This is a paid obituary

Elwyn L. Boyer

MILLERSBURG • Elwyn L Boyer, 98, formerly of Pillow, died Dec. 7, at Polk Personal Care Center.

He was born Nov. 19, 1919, in Herndon, a son of the late Ramsey and Sallie Smeltz Boyer.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He was employed at Harrisburg Steel until his retirement and then was an area rural mail carrier.

He was a member of the Pillow Fire Company where he served as former president, a charter member of VFW Post 2385 Gratz, a member of F&AM Lodge 702 Herndon and Tall Cedars of Lebanon Millersburg Forest 125, a former member of Pillow Borough Council, and former vice president of the Pillow Water Company.

He was preceded in death by his wife. Kathryn Fetterolf Boyer; an infant son; two daughters, Sallie Boyer and Nancy Boyer: three brothers: John, Derl and Ronald Boyer; and four sisters: Mary Schade, Arlene Dinger, Mabel Klinger and Yvonne Dreibelbis.

He is survived by a son, Alvin Boyer of Lykens; a daughter, Sandra Poletti of Hegins; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Dec. 11 at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in David’s Cemetery, Hebe.

Contributions may be made to Celtic Hospice, 150 Scharberry Ln., Mars, PA 16046.

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

Delphine L. Brown

KLINGERSTOWN • Delphine L. Brown, 78 died Dec. 9 at Geisinger Medical Center.

She was born June 7, 1939, in Rough & Ready, a daughter of the late Willard and Verna Geist Mattern.

She was a graduate of Mahanoy Joint High School.

She was employed as a factory worker; worked on the family’s dairy farm; and  was employed at the former Friendly Nursing Home, Pitman, in the kitchen and as the activities director. 

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Brown; and a nephew.

 She is survived by three sons: Kevin, Kyle and Kurt; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Dawn Snook; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Leck Kill. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at  with the funeral home. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

Contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 4330 Schwaben Creek Rd., Leck Kill, PA 17836.

The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown, is in charge of the arrangements.

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

 



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