Wayne T. Pope, Class of 1963, age 75, of West Hanover Township passed away peacefully at home, after a brief bout with cancer, on Monday, November 9, 2020. Born July 13, 1945 in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late John and Susanna E. (Aldinger) Pope and also was preceded in death by a grandson Kyle Kauffman and maternal grandmother Mary Haigh. He was a 1963 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. In his earlier years, he was an avid bowler and bowled on local leagues and many touring leagues. He retired from the former Colonial Pines Golden Age Home, Harrisburg. He was a Life Elder at the United Church of God, Harrisburg and was chairman of the Church Health Commission of the Eastern Regional Conference Churches of God. Wayne loved to sing and was part of the praise team at his church. He was strong in his faith and in spreading the word of God. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, but, most of all, he loved being with his family and friends. He was also famous for his New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Kathryn J. (Slaughter) Pope; daughters Kelly Pope, Kathleen Ritter (Andy), and Meghan Butler (William); brother John C. Pope; sister Susanna E. Pope; and grandchildren Ericka Kauffman, Addison Ritter, and Ryan Butler.
John Rieser Pierce, Jr., Class of 1970, age 68, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away on Saturday October 17, 2020, at his home.
Born on April 17, 1952 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late John and Jean (Thompson) Pierce.
John was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg. Following high school, John received his Associates Degree from the Harrisburg Area Community College. He was a retired research engineer. John had lived in Pittsburgh for a few years and while living there he started and operated his own Limousine company.
He is survived by two sisters, Kim P. Breach and her husband Rick, of Camp Hill, PA; Lourie J. Zlogar and her husband Bob, of Harrisburg, PA; three nieces, Victoria Zlogar DeHart and her husband Shawn, of Boiling Springs, PA; Robyn Zlogar-Webb and her husband Michael, of Boynton Beach, FL; and Kristen Zlogar, of Middletown, PA; one nephews, Nathan Breach and his wife Julie, of Mechanicsburg, PA; two great-nieces, Kayla Breach and Alexa Breach, and seven great-nephews, Asher DeHart, Carter Breach, Lucas Webb, Atlas Webb, Owen Breach, Kadyn DeHart, and Brayden Webb.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a nephew, Nicholas Breach.
Leroy Alfonso Moppin Jr., Class of 1958, resident of Berrysburg, Pa passed on to his heavenly Father on Friday, October 16, 2020 in Camp Hill, Pa. Born in Harrisburg, Pa at the onset of WWII, October 6, 1939. A graduate of Albright College, he worked in the fields of chemistry, engineering and computer technologies at the Pentagon, Nasa and various other state departments. During his retirement years Leroy was involved in Ham Radio, enjoyed various types of international cuisine and worked at the Berrysburg post office. Predeceased by his loving mother Geraldine Farrar Gearhart (nee Jacobs), father, stepfather, son and three stepsons. Beloved by his wife Verna Rose, four daughters with spouses, stepson, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. Roy encouraged us all by example to, "live our lives inspired." Now we all hope too!
John Edward "Hogie" Holgan Sr., Class of 1962, age 77, a loving husband, father and "Pepaw" to his grandchildren and great-grandchild, passed away on October 9, 2020 at his home in Tallahassee with his wife by his side. He was born in Long Island, New York, to parents Edward and Doris Holgan who both pre-deceased him. John served proudly as a medic in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. After his military service, John eventually became a store manager for Neisner's Department Store which ultimately brought him and his family to call Tallahassee home in 1974. After the store's closure, John found joy in self-employment, running his very own sandwich shop, aptly named Hogie's Hoagies, as well as All-Brite Cleaning Service. John loved riding his Harley Davidson and watching NASCAR, even dabbling in a bit of racing himself in his younger years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening, golfing, hunting and fishing - both freshwater and saltwater. He also enjoyed many indoor activities including billiards, bowling and darts - John was instrumental in starting the Tallahassee Darting Association to be enjoyed by many players over the years. More recently, John was ecstatic to have been able to make the trip to our nation's capital with other veterans as part of an Honor Flight. And of course, he loved his long neck Budweisers!
John is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sharon Holgan; children John Holgan Jr. (Allison), Eddie Holgan (Frances) and Wendy Holgan; grandchildren John Ervin, Hannah Holgan, Kelly Ervin, AJ Holgan, Kaleb Beane, Kyleighann Beane, Jack Holgan and Charlie Holgan; and great-grandchild Ryder Jennings with another one on the way.
Kevin E. Coyne, Class of 2000, age 39, of Harrisburg, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020 at his home. Kevin was born in Harrisburg, the beloved son of Wayne and Bessie Coyne. He was employed by NAVSUP WSS Mechanicsburg as a Crane Operator. He was also a member of Linglestown Fire Company. In addition to his parents, Kevin is survived by his long-time companion, Amanda Heisey and her children, Carter and Hailey Quiterio, his twin sister, Megan Coyne, his brother, Matthew Coyne, and his paternal grandmother, Irene Coyne. Kevin also had remarkably close ties to his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and had many dear friends. Kevin was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Class of 2000, where he ran cross-country and track. He loved sports, especially baseball, and was an avid fan of the Harrisburg Senators, World Series Champion Washington Nationals, and the Philadelphia Phillies, as well as Penn State Football. He loved the Senators so much his first job was working at Riverside Stadium on City Island for several years in high school. He also made numerous trips to South Williamsport, PA, to attend Little League World Series games. In addition to sports, Kevin enjoyed visiting other countries. He was an active member of a travelling group, making trips to Ireland, Iceland and Japan. Even when he couldn't make a trip, he would always be at the group's embarkation point to wish the travelers well and let them know he was with them in spirit. Kevin and Amanda also enjoyed cruising to various destinations. Kevin was a most kind, loving and generous person and was always happy to be there for his family and friends. He consistently put others before himself. He had a gift for making people feel special and was constantly cracking jokes to get everyone laughing. The world was a better place because Kevin was here. He will be sorely missed.
Jeff Vovakes, Class of 1971, left this world on October 1, 2020.
Retirement was so exciting for him. He was finally able to devote full attention to gardening, cooking and home renovation projects, things he loved.
Jeff was born in Philadelphia but grew up in Harrisburg, PA.
Jeff was the owner of Vermont Musical Instrument Repair in Middlesex. Established in 1985, VMIR was a full service facility repairing brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments.
Jeff and Kevin Crossett founded Central Vermont Share the Music Inc. in 2005. It is a non-profit that holds an annual used instrument sale in Montpelier. It benefits the community and provides scholarships.
Jeff attended Western Iowa Tech Community College in the Band Instrument Repair Program, graduating in 1975.
Before moving to Vermont he spent eleven years in Dallas, Texas, managing the central repair facility, as well as repair services purchasing for Brook Mays Music Company, Inc.
A very important component of his life, Jeff was a Charter member and twice Past President of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians, Inc. As a NAPBIRT Master Clinician, he presented repair clinics to other repair technicians throughout the United States. He also presented clinics for the Vermont Music Educators Association conferences, the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) and other musician’s organizations.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 46 years. Brenda Vovakes. He is also survived by his two sisters, Jill Vovakes of Harrisburg, PA and Janice Magaro (husband David) of Middletown, PA. He has one niece, Jessica Martinez and three nephews, Ricardo Martinez, Dan Magaro and David Magaro.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Arelene Vovakes.
Robert V. "Bob" Jostenski Jr., retired CDHS faculty member, age 75, of Harrisburg passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the UPMC Hospital, Harrisburg. He was born in Liberal, Kansas on July 21, 1945 to the late Robert V. and Natalie "Swiontkowski" Jostenski Sr. Robert was a graduate of Millersville University where he received his Baccalaureate Degree and Penn State University where he received his Master's. Bob retired from Central Dauphin School District as a teacher and Coordinator of Libraries. He coached cross country and track for the school district. Robert also retired from Sears Department Store where he worked for many years and considered his employment there a second career. Bob was an avid Penn State Sports Fan especially when it came to football and basketball. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, cruising, and was known as a cowboy at heart. Robert is survived by his wife, Dorene Ann "Stipe" Jostenski; one son, Derek Saxton (Jessica); one daughter, Stacey Schwartz (Edwin); Travis Walker (Diane); Susan Fultz (Nathan); five grandchildren, Austin, Loryn, Rylee, Finnian, Brynn: one brother, David B. Jostenski (Jean); one niece, Elizabeth (Zachary); two great nieces, Genevieve and Louise; many extended family and friends. Robert had a great love for his entire family and especially his loving grandchildren who affectionately called him "Pops".
Lori Ann Leitzell, Class of 1988, age 52 of Harrisburg, died Sunday, September 27, 2020 at her home. Lori was a special soul that touched the lives of so many. Born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of Leonard and Mary Ellen Leitzell of Harrisburg. She was a member of Rockville United Methodist Church, Red Striker's Bowling Club and participated in Hershey Region AACA activities. She was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Class of '88. Lori is survived by in addition to her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, Lenny and Tasey Leitzell; numerous aunts, uncles, nephew, cousins many, many friends, and her cat Pippy.
Linda Kay Masterson, Class of 1964, passed away on September 21, 2020. She was born June 2, 1946 to William and Alva Masterson in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She and her family lived in an apartment in downtown Harrisburg until she was 8 years old, when they moved to Colonial Park. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1964 and went on to work for Wilborn Hosiery. It was there that she was trained in keypunching and met some lifelong friends. She went on to work for the business office of the Central Dauphin School District for a
short time, and then began her career at the Department of Revenue as a keypuncher. She worked there for 25 years before retiring in 1998, making many long-lasting friendships along the way. From 1989 until the early 2000’s, she worked for BSC Litho in the evenings and weekends while supporting her
family. In her retirement, Linda enjoyed traveling and taking care of her kittens. In 2018, she moved to Colonial Park Care Center, where she was well-liked among the staff and made many more friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Miko Masterson of Silver Spring, Maryland, one brother, Calvin Masterson of Highspire, Pennsylvania, three nieces, Barbara (Paul) of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, Melissa and Rosalie, two sisters-in-law, Shirley Masterson of Highspire, Pennsylvania and Eto Masterson
of Colorado, and family friends who are like family, Demian Akhan of New York, New York and Melissa
Watson of Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Jacquelyn L. Sanders Sweger, Class of 1959, age 79, of Rutherford Heights passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 at her home. Jackie was born April 11, 1941 at Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late Clarence F. Sanders Jr., and Mary Machan Sanders. She was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church of Rutherford. She attended school at Harris Park Elementary, Rutherford Elementary, Swatara Jr. High School, and graduated from Central Dauphin High with Honors in 1959. Her high school activities included chorus, Choral Trio, CD Dauphinettes, and Basketball. She is a member of the Central Dauphin Basketball Hall of Fame. After graduation she worked for the law firm of Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall in Harrisburg as a Legal Secretary. She was a homemaker for over 55 years. She then became a notary and worked part time at the Keystone Auto Auction and Harrisburg Auto Auction. She also worked at the primary and general election polls for over 40 years. She loved spending time with her children, Daryl and Jadee as well as their friends, and she cherished the time that she spent with her grandchildren. Her leisure activities over the years included spending time at her cottage on Silver Lake in Lewisberry, Bowling, Card Club, Crossword Puzzles, watching Penn State and Oakland Raiders Football, and watching the New York Yankees on TV. She attended Sporting activities of her grandchildren, and enjoyed watched cooking and game shows. She loved to cook for her family, and her favorite meal to prepare was New Year's Day sauerkraut dinner. Jackie also enjoyed her annual family summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland. She travelled with her husband to regional casinos, taking trips to Las Vegas, and went on a yearly winter get away to the Camelback Inn at Scottsdale, Arizona. She was the beloved wife of husband Daryl Sweger for 57 years. Jackie was a loving mother of her son, Daryl Sweger Jr., and her daughter Jadee Gochenaur. Also surviving are Daryl Jr's. wife Mary Rose, and Jadee's husband, Glenn, and her grandchildren Erik Hosler, Erin Hosler, Olivia Sweger, Laura Sweger and Carlee Gochenaur.
James "Jimmy" L. Geyer, Jr., Class of 1968, passed away on September 15, 2020 at Lebanon VA Medical Center. He was born Mar 28, 1949 to the late James L. Sr. and Mary (Durborow) Geyer. He was a 1968 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Jimmy was a U. S. Army disabled veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his sister, Paula Geyer; nephews and nieces, H. Matthew (Tammy), Philip (Donna), Angela Evans and Michelle Savaglio. He was predeceased by a brother, Daniel and sister, Deborah. A private Memorial Service is planned for a later date. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of 14A of the VA Medical Center for the loving care Jimmy received. Jimmy was a sweet and gentle soul. Rest easy brother.
William "Bill" Hess, Class of 1969, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in Alexandria, LA. A celebration of his life will take place at St. James Episcopal Church on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11:00 AM. Born in Harrisburg, PA on June 24, 1951 to Marguerite Chickini Hess and George Meldon Hess, Bill graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1969. He began his career in local government as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Harrisburg, and later retired in government after serving 12 years as a mayoral assistant for the City of Alexandria. He is survived by his wife, Anne "Bobbi" Hess, of 18 years, his two daughters Amy Hess of Collingswood, NJ (Kemper), and Lisa Heister of Fallston, MD (Brian), and his five grandchildren, Aidan, Sydney, Owen, Jack, and Margot, and two stepchildren Spencer and Meghann. Bill is also survived by his brother Gregory G. Hess of Palmyra, PA, and his spouse Donita, his nephew Derek Hess, and nieces Nicole Hess Diestler and Molly Hess Knox.
Jacob J. Stoss Jr., Class of 1965, age 73, of Marysville, died Saturday, September 12, 2020 in his home. Jacob was a retired Chief of Police for the Marysville Police Department and had been a karate instructor for many years. He is survived by one sister, Carolyn Hollern, Wyndmoor; one brother, Michael Stoss, Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Nancy Jean Plusquellic Allen, Class of 1959, daughter of Frank Plusquellic and Ethel Viola Glenn, born March 23, 1941 in Indiana, PA, died peacefully at home in Lenexa, Kansas, Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from causes incident to Parkinson's syndrome. Nancy was a long-time resident of Gambrills MD. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Dean Allen, a daughter, Jennifer Miller, and two sons, Aaron Dean Allen and Ian Woodruff Allen. Nancy graduated from Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg PA; from Alderson Broaddus College in Phillipi WV with a BA in nursing and from Syracuse University with an MS in Nursing Education. After raising a family, she returned to nursing as a clinical instructor for Howard County Community College and served as a shift supervisor over the Howard County General Hospital in Columbia Maryland. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the Nursing Honor Society and was active in the leadership of the Maryland Nurses Association, serving on the Ethics Panel. She was a long-time leader of youth in the LDS Church's Young Women Association and the Boy Scouts of America, serving many years as a leader and camp nurse in the camping program for the young women. She earned her Wood Badge beads and was given the District Award of Merit by the Four Rivers District of the BSA for her service to youth. Nancy was skilled in and loved handcrafts of all types; Knitting, Crocheting, sewing, needlepoint, cake decorating, art and piano until Parkinson's disease robbed her of those faculties.
Valerie Graybill Harte, Class of 1977, of Harrisburg, PA passed away Friday September 4, 2020 at Carolyn's House (Hospice) in Harrisburg, PA. Valerie was born July 8, 1959 in Harrisburg, PA to Richard M. and Eleanor (Hoffman) Graybill. Valerie was predeceased by her husband Stephen F. Snow of Harrisburg, PA. She is survived by her Husband, Paul Harte of Harrisburg, PA. Her daughter, Shannon Snow (Sites) and husband Scott of Middletown, PA. Daughter, Amy (Snow) Swank and her husband Justin of Harrisburg, PA. Valerie has one grandson, Ian Swank and a granddaughter, Addyson Swank of Harrisburg, PA. Stepson Justin Harte and his wife Carly of Raleigh, North Carolina and their daughter Skylar Harte. Valerie has two siblings. Her brother, Douglas Graybill and his wife Cheryl of Mechanicsburg, PA. Sister, Victoria (Graybill) Harte and her husband Eric of Dillsburg, PA. Valerie is also survived by 4 nephews and 2 nieces. Valerie also has 2 great nephews. Valerie was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School Class of 1977. She was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 22 years as an analyst in the department of Public Welfare.
Charles E. "Sut" Wevodau III, Class of 1962, age 76, of Paxtang, passed suddenly on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Logan Gap Hunting Camp, Centre Hall, PA. He was born on May 6, 1944 in Harrisburg, son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Wevodau. He was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School Class of 1962. He was a Mason by trade. Sut's greatest joys in life were spending time with his grandchildren, his family, time at hunting camp, Raystown Lake, golfing, and hunting. In his earlier years he played baseball, softball, football, basketball, and was a bronze medalist in the Senior Olympics in volleyball. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joanne (Branoff) Wevodau; two daughters, Andrea Cauffman and husband David of Blain and Beth Touloumes of New Oxford; four grandchildren, Jade and wife Katie, Taylor, Nikolas, and Alexis; three brothers, Larry and wife Carol, Bruce and wife Sue, and Jeff Wevodau. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, whom he loved very much.
Ronald Leroy Smith, Class of 1964, age 74, of Harrisburg, entered into eternal rest on May 8th, 2020, at home. He was born on February 12th, 1946, in Harrisburg to the late Thomas W. Smith and Mary (Gingrich) Smith. He was a U. S. Army veteran and was retired from the Defense Logistics Agency, New Cumberland Depot, with 30 years of service. He was very active with Alcoholics Anonymous for many years. He enjoyed computers and his family. Surviving are a brother Thomas W. Jr., (Brenda), a niece Kris Barge (Larry), and their children, Alexis and Brendan all of Hummelstown; a nephew Thomas G. Smith (Kim) and son Chase all of Hummelstown.
Donald James Butler, Jr., Class of 1962, age 76 of Davenport, FL passed away on August 17 at his home. Born in Harrisburg, PA he was the son of the late Donald J. Butler, Sr. and G. Eleanor Poole Butler. He is survived by his companion Sondra Nelson, a daughter Tami J. Butler-Cassel, a son David A. Butler (Melinda), a sister Vivian Lee Butler-Anderson, a brother Michael A. Butler, stepchildren James L. Sundy and Sherry R. Ju, as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen H. Butler. Donald graduated from Central Dauphin High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University. He was employed as a Harrisburg City Police Officer, a Corporal with the Swatara Township Police Department, and a Law Enforcement educator at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School in PA. He was a Dedicated Case Management Counselor and retired as a Juvenile Probation Officer of Polk County, FL. Donald was a Red Cross Aquatics Director and earned the highest merit of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop #42 Harrisburg-Lawnton, PA. He had a strong passion for travel and had taken more than 30 cruises, and was a Diamond member of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Donald was a Freemason and was awarded the 50 Year Masonic Service Emblem from the R.W. Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of PA. He was a member and Past Master of Masonic Blue Lodge #629 in PA. He was Past Grand Tall Cedar, Harrisburg Forest #43. He was also a member of The Shriners and the Oriental Band in PA. He was a 35-year FL York Rite member, Past High Priest, Past Illustrious Master, and Past Commander of the local bodies. He served as Governor of Pentagon York Rite College. He received the Order of the Purple Cross for his dedication to Masonry. He also served as Sovereign Secretary and Secretary of the Allied Masonic Degree in Winter Haven, FL #115. Donald was active in the Eastern Star and was currently serving as Worthy Patron, and was Past Patron for Winter Haven Chapter #74. He was a member of Knight York Cross of Honor in Orlando. He played a large part of the Super Excellent Master Degree held annually in FL. He served as Grand Marshall of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters in 2016; one of the many highlights of his Masonic journey. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Harrisburg and the West Shore Baptist Church of Camp Hill, PA. Donald was also a member of NorthRidge Church in Haines City, and attended the First Baptist Church of Orlando, FL.