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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.

John W. “Razz” Rusbatch

MECHANICSBURG • John W. “Razz” Rusbatch, 96, of Lykens died June 19 at Messiah Village, Mechanicsburg. 

He was born March 8, 1920, at Lykens to the late William and Elizabeth Zerby Rusbatch. 

John was a 1937 graduate of the former Lykens High School, a member of the Lykens United Methodist Church, Liberty Hose Co. No. 2 of Lykens, Dauphin County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Lykens Minstrel Association, Ashlar Lodge No. 570 F&AM of Lykens, charter member of the Upper Dauphin Shrine Club, life member of the Gratz VFW Post 2385 and a Navy Veteran of WWII. 

He is survived by nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Vida P. “Boots” Noble Rusbatch and a brother Robert. 

Memorial services were held June 27 at his church.  Inurnment was in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco, with full military honors. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to his church. 

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

Elsie V. Krout

BERRYSBURG • Elsie V. Krout, age 83, of Berrysburg passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born in Palmyra, Pa., the daughter of the late Harvey and Minnie Keller Sweigert.

She retired from the Harrisburg Hospital as a registered nurse.

Elsie was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Berrysburg where she served on the luncheon, flower, blanket and quilt committees and also helped with the strawberry festival.

She most enjoyed spending time with her family and her church family.

She was the widow of Warren Krout and also preceded in death by her siblings, Harvey Sweigert, Jr., Melvin Sweigert, Florence Killinger, William Schaeffer and Ammon Sweigert; and her grandsons, Elias and Joshua Krout.

Surviving are a son Jay Krout (Cindy Maurer) of Pitman, a daughter Wendy Warner (Marlin) of Berrysburg, a brother James Sweigert of Annville, two sisters Thelma Allwein of Annville and Mary Hummel of Lebanon; grandchildren Makanzie Warford (John), Molly Oxenrider (Andrew), Alicia Bettis (Michael) and Kyle Warner (Anna), great grandchildren Ashtyn and Brynlee Warford, Parker and Jayce Hatter, Gracie and Jackson Bettis.

Services were held June 23 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Berrysburg. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisburg.

Donations can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 270, Berrysburg, PA 17005.

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

This is a paid obituary

David L. Koppenhaver

David L. Koppenhaver, 57, of Orwin, died unexpectedly June 20 at his home.

 Born in Pottsville, July 23, 1958, he was a son of the late Glenn D. Sr. and Jacqueline Masarik Koppenhaver.

He graduated from Williams Valley High School and South Schuylkill Area Vo-Tech in 1976.

He was operations supervisor at Kohl’s in Pottsville.

He was a member of Muir Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, where he served as fire chief for more than 20 years. He was also a member of the Orwin, Lykens and Wiconisco fire companies. He also served as emergency management coordinator for Porter Township for the last 10 years.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Lorie Jane Romberger Koppenhaver, June 20, 2014.

Surviving are his son, Adam  Koppenhaver, Williamstown; daughter, Rebecca Koppenhaver, Tower City; a brother, Glenn Koppenhaver Jr., Orwin;  two grandchildren and a nephew.

Services were held June 23 from the Grace United Methodist Church, Muir.  Burial was in the Methodist Cemetery, Muir. 

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Dimon Funeral Home, 644 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City to help with expenses. 

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Elizabeth “Betsy” Cummings Reynolds

Lake City, Fla. • Elizabeth Ann Cummings Reynolds, 73, went home to be with the Lord on June 9, 2016, at the Hospice Haven facility in Lake City, Fla.

She was born Feb. 28, 1943, the younger daughter of the late Owen C. and Mildred Herrold Cummings.

She grew up in the Millersburg Upper Paxton Union Jr./Sr. High School. She attended Bob Jones University for three years, majoring in home economics. Years later she returned to college and graduated from LaSalle College, now University, in Philadelphia, Pa., with a BS in psychology.

Betsy is survived by her husband, Robert V. Reynolds who she married in 1984, and her sister Lynne M. Davis of Irwin, Pa. She is also survived by Bob’s four children, Linda, Herb, Steve and Scott and their children and grandchildren; also her niece Amy and nephews John and Patrick and their children and grandchildren.

Betsy spent her life helping others and for a majority of her working career worked in counseling with alcoholics and addicts beginning in Philadelphia. Working with Skid Row alcoholics; detox at Saul Clinic in St. Luke’s Hospital in Philadelphia; Lakeview Lodge, a residential Tx program in Vt.; outpatient programs in Rutland, Vt., and Lebanon, N.H.; and lastly at New Britain General Hospital’s detox program in Conn.

When she retired in 1990, she and Bob moved to Waxhaw, N.C., and volunteered at JAARS, Inc., the technical arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators for 17 years. She also delivered meals in the Meals on Wheels program for those 17 years as well as a brief stint as a hospice volunteer. During these years she cared for her mother and aunt through their many medical issues until her mother passed in 2004. While working with senior adults at her church in Waxhaw, she became aware of the Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, Fla. She and Bob took several friends down to ACV and eventually decided this would be a great place to retire for the second time and moved to Dowling Park in 2010. Again, we became active volunteers and continued to do so until her illness caused her to come to a halt.

At age 8, Betsy accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior, and at age 12 dedicated her life to God’s service. Summer Bible camp strengthened her faith in the Lord as did her time at BJU and under the tutelage of many godly pastors. Once at a missions conference she tearfully told the pastor she was so sorry she had never gone to the mission field, and he quickly assured her that her years of working with alcoholics was every bit of a mission field.

Services will be held in Dowling Park, Fla. Memorial services on June 30, 2016, will be held in the Village Church, and internment at the Bixler Memorial East.

This is a paid obituary

Anita M. Lauver

MILLERSBURG • Anita M. Lauver, age 69, of E. Union St. passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the Manor At Susquehanna Village.

She was born in Harrisburg, Pa., the daughter of the late Jean Snyder. She was a graduate of Millersburg High School class of 1965. She retired from Riverview Bank and before that worked at the Susquehanna Lutheran Village for 36 years.

Surviving are her husband, Gerald Lauver; a daughter, Amy Lauver of Halifax; a son, Gerald, Jr. (Jean) of Millersburg; three grandchildren, Samantha Lauver, Remington Paul and Montana Paul; and a great grandson, Bryson Lauver.

Services were held June 27 at the Halifax U.M. Church. Private inurnment was in David's Church Cemetery in Killinger.

Donations can be made to Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA, 88 Hemlock Road, Halifax, PA 17032 or to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

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

This is a paid obituary

Elsie E. Burrell

MILLERSBURG • Elsie E. Burrell, age 86, of S. Market Street passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at her residence.

She was born in Klingerstown, Pa., the daughter of the late Walter and Elura Erdman Davis. She was the widow of Richard Q. Burrell.

Elsie was a retired hairdresser, a member of Hebron UM Church, WOTM Chapter No. 1083 and ladies auxiliary of VFW and American Legion and Red Hat Society. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are a daughter Barbara Witmer and husband Randy of Millersburg; grandson Ched Witmer and his wife Daphne of Millersburg; a nephew, Roy Kissinger (Alice); a great niece, Kathryn Snowe (David); a great-nephew, Andrew Kissinger (Crystal); and first cousin, Marie Artz. She was preceded in death by a sister Eva Kissinger.

Services were held June 28 at Hebron U.M. Church in Millersburg. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg.

Donations can be made to Hebron UM Church, 347 Market Street, Millersburg, PA 17061.

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

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Eleanor M. Snyder White

Gaithersburg, Md. • Eleanor M. Snyder White, 92, died June 22 at her grandson’s home.

She was born March 29, 1924, in Wiconisco to the late Oliver A. Snyder and Jennie E. Lubold.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Millersburg.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirley White of Rockville, Md., a son, Robert White, of Halifax, one sister, Marion Hess, of Millersburg,  eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert White, five brothers, four sisters and a son, Ronald White, of Halifax.

The funeral will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 465 Klinger Road, Millersburg, Wednesday,  June 29 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Zion Stone Valley Church, Dalmatia.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home, Millersburg, handled arrangements.

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Thelma Arlene “Nan” Hoy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. • Thelma was born to Lillian Marie Bender and Warren Albert Hoy in a red brick house in Elizabethville, Pa., on April 28, 1921. She crossed over peacefully in Sacramento, Calif., on May 9 2016. She was preceded by her eldest son and her husbands and survived by two daughters, her youngest son, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Rest in peace our sweet mother.

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Charity Mumba-Stroman

MBALA DISTRICT, NORTHERN PROVIDENCE, Zambia • Charity Mumba-Stroman, 35, died  June 25 at her American family’s home in  Millersburg.

She was born September 27, 1980, in Mbala, Zambia, a daughter of Ivey Mubanga and John Mumba.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Nkole.

She is survived by her family in Zambia, a husband, Charles Nkole; sons: Noble, Charles Jr. and Emmanuel Nkole; daughters: Jenipher, Aginess, Lucia Nkole and Helen Nakapite; four sisters: Judith, Jane, Miriam Mumba and Josephine Mumba; two brothers, Temwa and Lolaji Mumba; her American parents, Robert and Kimberly Stroman; American sister, Amy Stroman; and her American grandfathers, Earl Wenrich and Elwood Stroup.

Services will be held Wednesday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at Free Grace Brethren In Christ Church, Millersburg. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Free Grace Cemetery, Millersburg.

Contributions may be made to Free Grace Brethren In Christ Church for the Medical Ministry at Janna, 100 Fairlane Drive, Millersburg, PA 17061.

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

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