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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.

Marcella R. Evans

ORWIN • Marcella R. Evans, 85, of Orwin, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8 at her home with her family by her side.

Born in Orwin, Oct. 31, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Grace Steily Kissinger.

Marcella was an active member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Orwin, where she was a member of the ladies aide and a former member of the consistory.  She was always willing to lend a hand wherever needed.

Marcella’s life revolved around her family and her church. She  enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She will be remembered as a wonderful and loving wife, mother and nana.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Harvey, 2009; and two sisters, Lucille Reed and Janice Shade.

Surviving are her three daughters, Sandy, wife of James Gibson; Karen, wife of Robert Stakem, both of Orwin; Debra, wife of Richard Speraw, Myerstown; one brother, Terry Kissinger, Herndon; five grandchildren, Natalie Leiter, Bob Jr. and Adam Stakem; Ricky and Josh Speraw;  nine great-grandchildren; and niece and nephews.

Funeral services were held Aug. 11 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Orwin.  Burial was in the church cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to St. Peter’s UCC, 427 Dietrich Ave., Orwin PA 17980 or Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Dimon Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guest book, visit

This is a paid obituary

Susan Z. Schaeffer

MILLERSBURG • Susan Z. Schaeffer, 70, of Berrysburg Road in Millersburg passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born Oct. 11, 1946, in Pyong Yang, North Korea, the daughter of the late Yea Soo and Bong Yea (Kim) Chon.

She was the owner of ABC Furniture Store, Millersburg. She was the wife of Clifford S. Miller, III.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons Don Schaeffer of Sterling, Va., Daniel Schaeffer of Palmyra, stepchildren Sam Miller of Harrisburg, Lisa Miller of Harrisburg, and Lori Miller of Shippensburg, grandchildren Isaac, Kaitlyn, and Emma Schaeffer, sister Choon Ja Oh of Portland, Ore., brothers Sang Ik Chon and Sang Chul Chon both of Orange Co., Calif.

Services were held Aug. 15 at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg.

Donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association: Greater Pennsylvania Chapter - Harrisburg Office, 2595 Interstate Dr. Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg,  handled the arrangements. To sign the guestbook go to

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Dorothy Troutman

MILLERSBURG •  Dorothy Louise Tate Troutman, 92, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at her residence.

She was born April 10, 1925, in East Orange, N.J. She was the daughter of the late William and Ivy Jones Tate.

She was a graduate of Camp Hill High School and Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

Dottie’s memberships included Grace UM Church in Millersburg for more than 60 years, a member of the Country Club of Harrisburg for more than 50 years and past chairman of the Ladies’ Golf Association and also a member of the Ladies’ Golf Association of Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Fla.

She was a former Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother, past president of the former Millersburg Civic Club, treasurer for 19 years of the former Nearly New Shop, she taught Sunday school and served on the administrative council of Grace UM Church, board member of the former Millersburg Community Nurses Association and currently a member of the advisory board of Sun Home Health. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of multiple clubs.

She was the widow of William C. Troutman and also preceded in death by sisters Marjorie Schleyer and Ruth Musser.

Surviving are two sons James L. Troutman of Enola and David A. Troutman and his wife Pamela of Millersburg; grandsons Tad Troutman and his wife Stacey and their daughter Sierra, and Colby Troutman and his children Waylon and Grace; a sister Nancy Young of York.

Private services will be held at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Grace UM Church, 982 Medical Rd., Millersburg, PA 17061 or to the Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art, 176 Water Co. Rd., Millersburg, PA 17061. To sign the guest book go to

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Tomelyne R. Deitrich

ELIZABETHVILLE • Tomelyne R. Deitrich, 48, of E. Main Street in Elizabethville passed away suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 9 while working outdoors, something she enjoyed doing.

She was born Dec. 22, 1968, in New Bloomfield, the daughter of Russell Gibney and Barbara (Keller) Kohl. She was the wife of Scott A. Deitrich of Elizabethville.

She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Elizabethville. She enjoyed gardening and crafts and had worked at Pratt and Whitney in Middletown.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is survived by her son Randy Gantt, Jr. of Lemoyne, son Michael Gantt and his fiancé Jodi Breon of New Bloomfield, stepson Eric Deitrich and his fiancé Trisha McNeal of Linglestown, granddaughter Callia, sisters Autumn Neiman of Newport, Andrea Gibney of Liverpool, Heather Gibney of Newport, brothers Kyle Gibney of New Cumberland, Troy Tharp of Millerstown, and Shawn Tharp of Middleburg.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at Salem Lutheran Church, Elizabethville. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m.

Donations can be made to Salem Lutheran Church, PO Box 427, Elizabethville, PA 17023 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Elizabethville, is handling the arrangements.

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Kenneth L. Hoover

 LITITZ • Kenneth L. Hoover, 74, of Lititz, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away Aug. 9, 2017, at his home.

Kenneth was born March 30, 1943, in Harrisburg, son of the late Clara Keim.

Ken was a 1961 graduate of Millersburg High School and a 1966 graduate of Mansfield University, where he played varsity football and baseball.

He married Ann Witmer on Aug. 20, 1966. He is also survived by his son, Reid, and daughter-in-law, Katherine of Downingtown; grandson Tyler; and granddaughters Julia, Katelyn, and Courtney. He is also survived by brother, Russell (Buzz), sister-in-law Rita, wife of Jack Gahres, and brother-in-law Steve Witmer as well as two nieces and three nephews. He was the rock of his family.

He was an active member of St. Luke’s UCC of Lititz and served as endowment chairman, elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher and Goodwill Ambassador for St. Luke’s Lunch with Luke program.

Ken taught fifth grade for 31 years at Farmdale Elementary in the Hempfield School District. He was a member of the Lancaster Host Golf Club. He belonged to the Penn State Nittany Lion Club. He attended many sporting events and bowl games. He served as the president of the Warwick Boys’ Basketball Club, coached Little League football and baseball. He was the coordinator of the Lititz Rec Center summer playground program.

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s UCC in Lititz, 222 N. Broad St., Lititz, PA 17543 followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the St. Luke’s UCC Lunch with Luke program at the above address or Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes & Crematory, Lancaster, has charge of arrangements.

This is a paid obituary

Barbara L. Deibler

ELIZABETHVILLE • Barbara L. Deibler, age 85, of Airport Road, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at the Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.

She was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Millersburg, daughter of the late H. Edward and Mary (Hoy) Collier.

She was an inspector for the former Muskin Shoe Company, Millersburg.

She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Elizabethville. She was the church organist for 38 years and a women’s guild member. Barbara enjoyed needlework and quilting.

She was the widow of Miles Kermit Deibler.

Survivors include a son, Brad Deibler, Elizabethville; four daughters, Dawn (John) Walter, Millersburg, Dedra (David) Brosius, Elizabethville, Dorrine (William) Eckel, Elizabethville, and Beth (Kevin) Malone, Millersburg; brother, Reid Collier, New Cumberland; and sister, June Shade, Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, Amy, Patrick, Andrew, Adam, Tyler, Alyssa and Derek; three great-grandchildren, Benton, Vivian and Avery.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Janice Lake and Mary Ellen Smith.

Services were held Aug. 14, 2017. Burial followed at Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville.

Memorial donations may be made to her church: Salem UCC, 143 West Main St., Elizabethville, PA 17023.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes Inc., Elizabethville, handled the arrangements.

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Cathy L. Brady

HALIFAX • Cathy L. Brady, age 64, of Dunkle School Road died Thursday, Aug. 10 at her residence.

She was born in Harrisburg, the daughter of the late John Rumfelt and Janet March Rumfelt, who survives her of Halifax.

She was a graduate of Millersburg High School and was a real estate appraiser for Caitland, Inc.

She was the widow of Steven R. Brady.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two daughters Jessica Brady-Stine and Shannon Brady-Clowes, both of Halifax; and four grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements were by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg.

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Donald E. Peay, Jr.

SPRING HILL, Fla. • Donald E. Peay, Jr., 62, of Spring Hill, Fla., formally of Hebe, died Aug. 11.

He was born in Sunbury Aug. 27, 1954, a son of the late Joan C. Peay (Troutman) and Donald Peay Sr.

He was employed as a Telecommunication analyst for AMP.

He was a member of Herndon Fire Co. and Erdman Sportsmen Association.

He is survived by his father Donald Peay, Sr.; two sons, Kyle Peay of Harrisburg and Blake Peay of Florida; and a brother, Ronald Peay of Sunbury.

Private services will be held at a later time.

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

To sign the online guest book or to post a picture, visit

Sharon M. Lavas

LYKENS • Sharon M. Lavas, formerly of Lykens, Pa., passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Tremont Health and Rehab Center, Tremont, Pa. 

She was born Oct. 14, 1961, to Leo “Mike” Schmick and Peggy A. Ressler March.

Sharon was a graduate of Williams Valley High School Class of 1979 and the Empire Beauty School and retired from the 131st. Transportation Co., Pa. National Guard.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by daughters Ashley and Tashia Lavas, six grandchildren, and brothers Darryl, David and Michael Schmick.

She enjoyed walking and spending time with her family and friends.

Memorial services will be held Friday Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. from the John R. Shultz Funeral Home, 406 Market St., Lykens, Pa., with Pastor Carl E. Slough officiating. There will be a visitation for family and friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

John R. Shultz Funeral Home, Lykens, is entrusted with the arrangement.

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