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Leon C. Buffington

CONYNGHAM • Leon C. Buffington, 93, of Conyngham passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 13 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Lykens, Pa., Sept. 27, 1923, he was the son of the late Adam and Arlene (Cooper) Buffington, and spent the past 40 years in Conyngham after moving from Dunmore.

Leon was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and Korea and was a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Recipient. Prior to his retirement in 1983, Leon had been a chief systems engineer for PPL, where he had worked for 50 years and was a member of the PPL Retirees Club. He was a member of Conyngham United Methodist Church, where he had served as financial secretary and was a member of the Brothers Group. He was a member and past president of the Butler Township Senior Citizens and the former ROMEOs Club. He was a volunteer delivery person for Meals on Wheels for 20 years and was an avid car enthusiast and sports fan.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife Elizabeth “Betty” (Adams) Buffington, to whom he was married 73 years before her passing on Jan. 25, 2016; and three brothers: Glen, Claude and Joseph.

Surviving are three children: Nancy Simmers, Northampton; Leon K. Buffington, Whitehall; and Beverly Hilliard and her husband Bruce, Drums; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale Buffington, and his wife Sara, Friendship, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Nov. 19 at Conyngham United Methodist Church, Conyngham. Interment followed in Conyngham Union Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Meals on Wheels of Greater Hazleton, 780 N. Church Street, Hazleton, PA 18202 or Conyngham U.M. Church, P.O. Box AB, Conyngham, PA 18219. 

Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums, assisted the family with the arrangements.  Online condolences can be entered and more information is available at www.harmanfuneral.com

This is a paid obituary

Elsie G. Duncan Kohler

LYKENS • Elsie G. Duncan Kohler of Lykens passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Heritage Mill, Tower City, Pa.

She was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Lykens, to the late George W. and Amelia Hand Duncan. 

Elsie was a graduate of the former Lykens High School Class of 1938 and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

She is survived by a son, Kent Zerby; grandchildren: Zachary, Derrick, Tristin and Aleah; and a great grandchild, Freya. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles “Butch” Kohler; a son, Bob; brother, Benton “Jack” Duncan; and a sister, Kathryn L. Brocious. 

Memorial services were held Nov. 25, 2016, from the Lykens United Methodist Church, Lykens, Pa. Inurnment was in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco, Pa. 

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

This is a paid obituary

Dale N. Hoover

MILLERSBURG •  Dale N. Hoover, age 75, of Bowman Street, passed away on Saturday Nov. 19, 2016, at home. He was born on Nov. 11, 1940, in Berrysburg, the son of the late Richard and Elizabeth Epler Tiffany Hoover. He was a graduate of Upper Dauphin High School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science.

He was retired co-owner of the Hoover Funeral Homes in Millersburg and Elizabethville. Dale was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed collecting and showing antique cars and traps. He loved to read and play cards.

He was a member of First UM Church in Millersburg, Susquehanna Lodge No. 364 F&AM, Harrisburg Consistory AASR, Tall Cedars Forest No. 125, Zembo Shrine, American Legion No. 326; Moose Lodge No. 59, Millersburg Senior Center, Dauphin County Fireman’s Association, NRA, National Trappers Association, Halifax Historical Society, Millersburg Ferryboat Association, Studebaker Drivers Club, board member of Millersburg Area Authority and board member of Oak Hill Cemetery Association.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Shirley Clark Hoover; a son, Scott Hoover and his wife Sheri of Millersburg; a daughter, Shelly Hoover Page and husband Michael of Lemoyne; two grandchildren, Cole and Saloma; a sister, Carolyn Underkoffler and her husband Phil of Lykens; a sister-in-law, Rebecca Stine Hoover of Elizabethville; and several nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother, L. Richard Hoover.

Services were held Nov. 25 at First UM Church in Millersburg. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg. Memorial donations may be made to First UM Church, 356 Union Street, Millersburg, PA 17061. Arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. To sign the guest book, go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

Mark E. Leitzel

LOWER PAXTON TWP. • Mark E. Leitzel, 84, of Lower Paxton Twp. went to be with the Lord Jesus on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in the Spring Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisburg.

Born June 17, 1932, in Millersburg, he was a son of the late Frank and Marguerite (Rowe) Leitzel and was also preceded in death by a son, Rodney; brother, Earl; and sister, Gladys.

He was a graduate of Millersburg High School and Williamsport Technical School. He retired from Gannett Fleming, Camp Hill, and enjoyed hiking, fishing and spending time with his family. A U.S. Marine Corp veteran, he was a member of the American Legion Post 730 and the VFW.

Surviving are the love of his life, his wife of over 60 years, June (Schaffner) Leitzel; two daughters, Terry Davies and Karen Leitzel, wife of Brenda Brown; two sons, Kim Leitzel and Mark A. (Tony) Leitzel, husband of Tracy Leitzel; brothers, Clark Leitzel and Robert Leitzel, husband of Renee Leitzel; numerous grandchildren; multiple great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandsons.  In loving memory of Mark: loving husband, faithful father, good brother, caring grandfather, and fine friend: Semper Fi, now rest in peace, we love you.

A private memorial service was held Nov. 4, 2016, officiated by Pastor David V. Martin. Interment was at Jacobs Methodist Church Cemetery, Halifax, with U.S. Marine Corps flag presentation.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central PA, 4305 N. Sixth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or to the Disabled American Veterans charity of choice.

Share condolences at www.BuseFuneralHome.com

This is a paid obituary

Junior G. Ely

CARLISLE • Junior G. Ely, 73, died Nov. 21 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 3, 1943, in Hegins Twp., a son of the late Gilbert and Rose Sabatino Ely.

He was a 1961 graduate of Tri-Valley High School, where he played on the school’s first interscholastic football team.

During his late teens, he worked at Twin Valley Farmers’ Exchange, Hegins, and then moved to Carlisle where he worked for the former Cincinnati Milicron, manufacturing metal cutting and grinding wheels and then worked for AMES TRU TEMPER, a manufacturer of lawn and garden tools until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Ely; and an infant sister, Rose Marie Ely.

He is survived by a son, Michael Ely of Gratz; a daughter, Jeanette Ely of Carlisle; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Friedens Cemetery, Hegins.

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

Dorothy L. Potter

LYKENS • Dorothy L. Potter, 84, passed away on Nov. 21, 2016, at her home in Lykens, Pa. She was born Dec. 24, 1931, in Cranston, R.I., and raised through the thick of the Great Depression learning the true value of what it was like to make personal sacrifice for family and friends and to go without. She was also a survivor of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 by clinging onto the side of her grandfather’s rowboat as she was pulled into the bay area and crying later to the aftermath of the disaster to the loss of so many childhood friends.

She married Robert H. Potter in 1948, also a native of Rhode Island, to start her life as a wife and later to become a loving mother of seven children, one grandchild which she raised from birth as her own, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and to ensure they would never have to endure the pain and suffering she went through as a child, there would never be a day that they would go to bed hungry, scared, cold or without a place to call home as she did.

She was always more of a mother than anything else in her life that was her primary goal; never being materialistic of anything and was always making that personal sacrifice for her children to see their happiness.

She is survived by Robert H. Potter Sr. (divorced); three daughters: Stephanie A. Gosselin, Dorothy L. Gemberling and Kimberly A. Reynolds; and two sons, Robert H. Potter Jr. and William F. Potter. Both her sons are USAF retired combat veterans in which she completely supported their careers giving much-needed support and strength when they were alone and so far away in life.

She had a 10th grade education because she chose to work in order to help her mother support her siblings until it became too much and she became old enough to work a full-time job as a pediatric nurses’ aide in the Westerly Hospital.

With her free time in her later years, she would always volunteer her time to help others tend to their aging family members by doing whatever was needed to help, cooking, cleaning or being there just to hold their hand as the Lord came for them. She also became a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2385, Gratz, Pa.

Services were held on Nov. 28 at the James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow, Pa. She was then taken home to Rhode Island she loved so much.

The family extends a special thank you to her closest friends, Rose and Cheryl and to Homeland Hospice for all their support in a time of need, my mother’s Earth Angels as she called them, Gail, Ann, Rhonda, Becky, Carolyn and Jim (fuddy duddy). Any contributions can be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115 Harrisburg, Pa. 17110. 

God bless you mom, for he has another angel in his kingdom.

This is a paid obituary

William “Bill” F.  Dodson Jr.

NEW CUMBERLAND • William “Bill” F. Dodson, Jr., 69, died unexpectedly on Nov. 19, 2016, at home in New Cumberland, Pa. He was born in Millersburg, Pa., son of the late William Sr. and Mary P. Dodson.

Bill is survived by his wife, Pat (Rzepela) Dodson, New Cumberland, Pa.; son, Billy III, Millersburg, Pa.; and his sister, Polly Quinn, Brick, N.J. He is also survived by stepdaughters: Christine Rzepela, Steelton, Pa.; Michelle Barkfaski, Mifflinburg, Pa.; Lisa Jackson, Maryland; and Rebekah Edwards, San Diego, Calif. Collectively, he had nine grandchildren: Devyn and Abby Dodson, Alexsis and Alaynah Hillard, Julian Agent, Danny and Isaiah Edwards and Coen and Sarah Barkfaski. Also surviving are niece, Mora (Rusty), and daughter, Skye Edge, Brick, N.J., and nephew, Jason (Laura) Quinn, of N.Y.

Bill was a proud U.S. Navy Seabee; a member of VFW Post 5507, Millersburg, Pa.; and a member of American Legion Post 143 and Auxiliary member of VFW Post 7415, both in New Cumberland.

Bill was retired from Lemoyne Sleeper, owned a garage in Wormleysburg and helped with maintenance work at the American Legion.

Bill may have had an ill heart, but it was big and open to all. Bill had many friends. He would do anything for anyone.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at Stone & Murray Funeral Home, 408 Third Street, New Cumberland, Pa. Services will follow at noon with Pastor Win Green officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make monetary donations to the SAL or The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 143, 614 Market Street, New Cumberland, PA 17070.

This is a paid obituary

Iva C. Hoffman

MILLERSBURG • Iva C. Hoffman, 86, died  Nov. 22 at the Manor at Susquehanna Village.

She was born May 12, 1930, in Hebe, a daughter of the late Alice and Gurney Straub.

She was employed as a waitress and owner of the former Iva’s Dinner.

She was a member of the former Zion Lutheran Church, Pillow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Hoffman; four sisters; and five brothers.

She is survived by two daughters, Diane Tobias and Sharon Stotelmyer; a son, Randy Hoffman; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date.

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

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

Ann F. Peifer

MILLERSBURG • Ann F. Peifer, age 80, of Millersburg, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.

She was born May 19, 1936, the daughter of the late Joseph and Bessie Bensinger Fetterolf. She was a graduate of the former Hegins Twp. High School and Peirce School of Business in Philadelphia.

Ann was retired from the former Engle-Rissinger Auto Group. She was a member of David’s Community Bible Church where she was a former choir member and participated in various bible study groups.

She was the widow of Ned J. Peifer; and was preceded in death by three brothers: Richard J., Jack D. and William F. Fetterolf.

Surviving are two daughters, Shelley Heinbaugh (Steve) of Harrisburg and Rebecca Ulsh (Greg) of Camp Hill; four grandchildren: Benjamin Heinbaugh, Rachel Heinbaugh, Matthew Ulsh and Adam Ulsh.

The family will receive family and friends from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at David’s Community Bible Church in Killinger. Services will begin at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Donations can be made to David’s Community Bible Church, 1072 Route 25, Millersburg, PA 17061.

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

This is a paid obituary

Priscilla M. Maurer

WICONISCO • Priscilla “Pris” Mae Maurer of Wiconisco, Pa. passed away Tuesday Nov. 22, 2016, at Harrisburg, Pa. She was born May 3, 1950, at Harrisburg, Pa., to the late Joseph H. and Ida Uhler Bushnell.

Pris retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, was a graduate of Williams Valley High School and the H.A.C.C. paramedic program. As a paramedic, Pris was one of the original volunteer medics with medic 6 that served her home area and surrounding community. At the time she was a pioneer as there were very few women in the paramedic field. She later worked for medic 3. Even after taking a paid position, she continued to volunteer her time on several units as a medic. She was also a CPR instructor and a life member of Wiconisco Fire Co.

For those that knew her they can attest to her “one liners” which some would say could be feisty but it was only her way to show she liked you. Her soft side was rarely shown but was something very deep and true. The love of her grandchildren was undeniable and they easily made the soft side show when they were with her.

Pris is survived by her husband of 48 years, Alan J. Maurer; a son, Aaron and his wife Charity; grandchildren, Alexis and Madison; brother, Joseph “Butch” Bushnell and wife Linda.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, U.S. Army Sergeant Nate Maurer; and a sister, Christine Fair. 

Memorial services will be held Monday Dec. 5, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Wiconisco Fire Company, Arch Street, Wiconisco, Pa., with Pastor Carl E. Slough officiating.  There will be a visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

This is a paid obituary

Lamar “Brushy” Brosius

MILLERSBURG • Lamar (Brushy) Brosius, age 85, of 653 Union Street, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Select Specialty at Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born in Gratz the son of the late John (Brushy) and Jennie Reed Brosius. Lamar was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War serving in the Army Corps of Engineers assigned to General Eisenhower’s detail. He met his wife Mary Ferch in Paris, who was serving in the Women’s Army Corp. WAC, and later proposed to her in Scotland. After serving in the military, he was a mail carrier in Chicago. He retired from Alvord Polk Tool Co. in Millersburg. He was an avid Phillies fan, and collected beer cans and marbles.

Lamar was a member of Grace UM Church in Millersburg; Gratz VFW No. 2385; Moose Lodge No. 59; Millersburg American Legion No. 326; and the euchre club at Reed’s Inn.

He was the widower of Mary Ferch Brosius.

Surviving are his son John T. Brosius of Camp Hill; his precious granddaughters, Hanna Mary and Claire Marie; a sister, Elaine Artz of Elizabethville; nieces and nephews, Kirby Artz, Christine Shiffer, Brian Brosius, Kelly Stoneroad and Cathie Realmuto; great[nieces and nephews: Alissa Emerich, Natasha Feidt, Dianna Brosius, Nevin Brosius, Rachel Feidt, Mason Stoneroad, Joshua Feidt, Hayden Realmuto, Alexis Karl, Jenna Stoneroad, Ben Brosius, Nathen Realmuto and Brayden Karl; and a great niece, Elena Emerich. He was preceded in death by a brother, William M. Brosius.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 3, 2016, at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. Services will begin at 2:30 p.m. with burial and military honors to follow at Gratz Union Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Millersburg Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 72, Millersburg, PA 17061. To sign the guest book, go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com 

This is a paid obituary

Mabel F. Shiffer

MILLERSBURG • Mabel F. (Lenker) Shiffer, 90, of Millersburg, died Wednesday, November 23rd at the Manor at Susquehanna Village.

She was born on April 6, 1926, in Millersburg, the daughter of the late Harry and Margaret (Merril) Lenker. She was the widow of Henry E. Shiffer.

She is survived by her son Larry E. Shiffer of Lykens; daughters, Peggy P. wife of Lynn Kahler of Elizabethville and Patty L. wife of Jerome Buggy of Middletown; four grandchildren: Tad Kahler of Halifax, Joshua Buggy of Middletown, Michael Buggy of Middletown and Chad Shiffer of Steelton; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her brother, Jack Lenker.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Killinger.

The family requests donations be made to Hebron U.M. Church, 347 Market Street, Millersburg, PA 17061.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville, is handling the arrangements. To sign the guestbook go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary

 



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