Christina E. Hock Brown, Class of 1963, age 78, of Harrisburg, passed away May 11, 2022 at Hershey Medical Center. Born March 20, 1944 in Harrisburg; shew as the daughter of the late Charles F. and Claire (Nace) Hock; and preceded in death by her husband Ervin W. Brown; and daughter, Kim LaRosa. Surviving is her daughter, Dawn M. Ebling (Troy); three sons, Wilbur Brown, Jon Brown (Deb) and James Justice; she raised two grandchildren, Christina Fanning and Gaige Brown; brother, Charles O. Hock (Sheri); 9 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Christina retired from P.E.B.T.F. in 2009 and attended Salem Lutheran Church, Oberlin.
Robbie A. Hammaker Lepley, Class of 1972, age 67 of Harrisburg, died May 3, 2022 at her home. Robbie was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of Betty Hammaker and the late Robert Hammaker. She was a Fiscal Technician with the Commonwealth of Pa. She was a member of the Linglestown Fire Co., Auxiliary and Linglestown Life United Methodist Church. She enjoyed shopping, spending time with family, and was a pet lover. Robbie was also very excited for the arrival of her granddaughter, due in October. Robbie is survived by, in addition to her mother, her daughter, Barbara Lightner; her brother, Robert Hammaker.
William (“Bill”) H. Knaub, Class of 1969, age 70, of Harrisburg, died September 24, 2021, at UPMC Harrisburg after a two-week battle for his life. Bill was born in Harrisburg, the proud son of Janet Knaub and the late Arthur E. Knaub, Sr. Bill grew up in the Linglestown area with his four beloved siblings, the late Arthur Knaub, Jr., Carl Knaub, Diane (Knaub) Lehew, and the late Dennis Knaub. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1969. Soon after his graduation, he married his beautiful, brilliant, and adoring wife of 51 years, Sharen (Foreman) Knaub.
Bill was a loyal employee of Dayton Auto Parts, where he was a fabricator for 47 years before his retirement, but Bill lived for his family. In addition to being a dedicated, lifelong partner to Sharen, Bill raised two outstanding sons, Matthew (Wife Alyssa) and David (Wife Jessica) Knaub. Bill provided his boys with safety and comfort, coached them as young Linglestown athletes, and prepared them to become the loving, solid men that they are today.
Defying his large stature and sometimes-crotchety demeanor, children loved Bill, and Bill loved them back. His greatest attribute in life, and his lasting legacy, was his ability to connect with and care for young people. Bill provided stability, and even his home, to several generations of family, many of whom lovingly refer to him as Uncle Bill. Bill was a father- and grandfather-figure to so many, always available to give love, support, and advice to anyone in need. In recent years, the brightest light in Bill’s life was his grandson, Colton. To Colton, Bill is Pop, a nickname that filled Bill’s soul with pride and happiness. As he did with his sons and many nephews, nieces and their children, Bill lovingly and selflessly spent hours with Colton, giving him tractor rides, teaching him the finer points of bird watching, and crafting.
Bill was a rock to so many and expected nothing in return. He will be missed but remembered with love and admiration.