John Matthew Ramsey, Class of 1960, age 81, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania passed away on August 2, 2023. Born February 25, 1942 in Harrisburg, PA; son of the late Walter Leroy Ramsey Jr. and Geraldine (Matthew) Ramsey. He is preceded in death by his wife Mary “Marnie” Louise (Moore) Ramsey. Surviving are his two daughters, Rebecca Walsh and Sarah Dudka; grandson Ryan Kane; great grandson, Alistair Kane; his sister, Carol Lyter; and two brothers, Dave Ramsey and Steve Ramsey. John “Jack” retired from PA Blue Shield.
Gary A. Shaffer, Class of 1972, age 69, of Williamstown, passed away on July 23, 2023. Gary was born in Harrisburg on April 23, 1954.
Gary worked from his early teens until retirement. Along the way, he worked one summer on a paving crew during the day and UPS at night. He worked at the Bethlehem Steel Mill and enjoyed shooting pool on the Steel Worker's Bar pool team. He moved on, worked at PPL, became a chimney sweep, a groundskeeper, and then switched gears to become Recreation Therapy Director at Elizabethtown Hospital where he arranged horseback riding for the kids and raised money for a playground. He became a teacher and taught history for 26 years at Linglestown Middle School; he also coached wrestling and track and created the Film and Outdoor Clubs for the students.
Gary lived a life defined by his passions: family and friends, his students, hunting, hiking, trap shooting, his Irish heritage, and spending time at the family hunting camp in Potter County. He didn’t own a computer or use email. He'd sooner read history books and Western novels, listen to country music, bluegrass, Irish and oldies, and watch John Wayne and Western movies. Gary Alan Shaffer is named after Gary Cooper and Alan Ladd.
He loved bluegrass concerts and shooting wobble trap at Wimpys. He was VP at the Blue Ridge Sportsman’s Club where he helped create the Women and Kids Program. Finding his “Ponderosa” he settled in Williamstown. There, Gary was an assistant coach for the Williams Valley Trap Team, and took pride in their win of the Open Class title, SCTP National Championships, 2022. He was an avid shooter throughout much of his life, and enjoyed many weekends with friends in the sport.
He carried dog bones in his pickup for all his 4-legged friends. There is so much more to say about a man who lived his dream. Gary touched many lives as a teacher, mentor and friend.
Gary is survived by his mother Catherine Shaffer, sister Diane, brothers Kevin (Karen) and Michael, nephews Sam and Victor, and beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by his father, Gerald A. Shaffer.
Michael A. Bruckhart, Class of 1973, born October 12, 1955; died July 16, 2023 at age 67. Survived by wife of 40-plus years Marjorie (Shanaman) Bruckhart, daughter Michelle Mullins, son Matt Bruckhart, four grandchildren, sister Virginia Lingle (Larry), and many others. He is with the Lord Jesus and our mother Dorothy, father Kenneth, and brother Kirk.
Formerly of Harrisburg, PA, Mike graduated from Dauphin County Vo-Tech/Central Dauphin High School in 1973. Later moved south to New Orleans area and then Foley, AL. He was a talented carpenter and worked many years in construction.
Robert L. Kershaw, Class of 1967, born 5/2/1949, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2023 after a 10-year battle with cancer. To call him a fighter doesn't touch the surface of how hard he battled. Bob, you were loved and will aways be in our hearts.
Dale Alvin Shoop, Class of 1974, age 66, of Ellijay, GA, passed away suddenly on June 19, 2023. He was a loving brother, father, grandfather, and friend. Dale was born on September 4, 1956, in Harrisburg, PA, to Elsie (Morris) Shoop and Jay Shoop Jr. He was preceded in death by his wife Stacey of TX, his brother Kenneth and his parents.
Dale is survived by his daughter Alexis Shoop and granddaughter Lana of Sandston, VA and his sister Sherry Shoop of Dillsburg, PA.
In his free time, Dale enjoyed wildlife, refinishing furniture, rebuilding John Deere lawnmowers, and putting puzzles together.
Robert “Butch” Eugene Buhrman, Class of 1963, age 79, of Harrisburg, died at home and surrounded by his loving family on July 20, 2023. Butch was born on November 11, 1943, in Harrisburg to the late Robert A. Buhrman and Elsie V. (Beers) Buhrman. In addition to his parents, Butch is preceded in death by his siblings: William Buhrman and Marjorie McCrone. Butch’s survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Helen (Watts) Buhrman; his 3 children: Sherri L. Marsicano of Harrisburg, PA; Amy L. Brabrand and her significant other, Kevin Barron, of West Point, VA; Adam P. Buhrman and his wife, Lisa, of Etters, PA; his 8 grandchildren: Zachary Buhrman; Cameron Beyrent; Taylor Beyrent-Hunder, and her husband, Allen; Bailey Marsicano and her significant other, Damien Bowen; Private Jerome Anthony Marsicano and his partner, Hailey Nichols; Sydney M. Marsicano; Peyton J. Brabrand; Noah C. Buhrman; his great-grandson: Matteo Alen Hunder; and his beloved Yorkshire Terrier: Billy. Robert’s family and friends called him “Butch.” His family said “Butch was also known as Bob, Robert, Dad and Pappy.
Butch and Mary were married on May 30th 1964 and treasured their 59 years together. Butch and Mary have 3 children: Sheri, Amy and Adam Butch was a loving and dedicated father, but the apple of his eye was his 8 grandchildren and great-grand child.
Butch was passionate about his faith in the lord and dedicated his time to supporting his churches. Butch was a 20+ year member, Deacon, Elder and President of the Council at Camp Hill Church of God. For the past 10 years, He was a participant at Turning Point Church in Mechanicsburg. Additionally, Butch volunteered for the Men’s Softball League, VBS, Sunday school teacher, March for Jesus, Feed My Starving Children and feeding the homeless of Harrisburg.
Butch served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and retired after 31 years as an Environmental Engineer for the Department of Environmental Resources.
Throughout his life, Butch enjoyed his time supporting his community and family. Butch volunteered as a Fire Fighter for the Borough of Paxtang, couching for the Camp Hill Girl’s Softball League, and supporting the Camp Hill Swim & Diving team with various fund raising event.
Butch and Mary enjoyed a fruitful life. Throughout the years, they traveled extensively to see the world and enjoyed countless family vacations. Family was always Butch’s primary focus, which was demonstrated by attending their extra curricular activities and supporting their interest and talents however needed.
Butch’s personal passions were attending Camp Hill Football games, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, Drum and Bugle Corp performances, watching the West Point Pointers Marching Band, embracing American History and listening to classic 80’s music.
Dale S. Peck, Class of 1960, age 80, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away at his home on July 13, 2023.
Dale was born on August 26, 1942 in Harrisburg, to the late Luther W. Peck Sr. and Ethel M. (Stansfield) Peck. He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy L. Peck; brother, Luther W. Peck Jr; and sister, Betty Wilson.
Surviving Dale are his children; Lisa L. Heintzelman and significant other William H. Bopp; son Daryl S. Peck and his wife Vicki L. Peck; grandchildren, Amy L. Butcher and husband, Michael L. Butcher, Carly M. Hetherington and husband, Francis X. Hetherington, III, Dustin S. Peck and wife, Althea G. Peck, and Cory J. Peck; great grandsons Francis X. Hetherington IV, Carson O. Buffington, Mason E. Butcher and Hudson L. Butcher; and his friend, Jan Morrow.
Dale retired from AMP, Inc. with over 30 years of service, where he worked as a master craftsman and shop leader in sales promotion. Dale enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends, woodworking and being outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and boating.
Jeffrey S. Hoke, Class of 1964, passed away on January 23, 2022.
Kelli Lee Matter Dreibelbis, Class of 1981, age 59, of Hummelstown, passed away July 6, 2023 at Carolyn's House.
Kelli was born December 13, 1963 in Harrisburg.
Surviving is her husband of 27 years, Kevin L. Dreibelbis; two sons, Cori Ream and Ty Dreibelbis; a daughter, Sarah Ream; two grandchildren; mother, Nancy Lee Staab; father and step mother, Jon W. and Ruth Matter Sr.; and brother, Jon W. Matter Jr. (Carol).
Kelli was a retired Logistics and Budget Analyst for the PA National Guard and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Jonestown.
Byron William Rosener, III, Class of 1959, age 81, of Wexford, PA, formerly of Harrisburg PA, passed away peacefully on July 3rd, 2023 with his family by his side.
Bill was the beloved husband of Rosella for 60 years; loving father of daughter Stephanie and son and daughter-in-law Douglas and Danielle; proud grandfather of Gabrielle and Elaina; loving brother of Deborah Rosener.
He worked for many years in banking and retired from Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, PA. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending time with his family.
Jeffrey “Jeff” Alan Baylor, Class of 1970, age 70, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 5, 2023 at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Jeff was born on October 14, 1952 in Lebanon and grew up in the Colonial Park area. Jeff attended Central Dauphin High School and graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. Jeff loved numbers and spent his career as an accounting supervisor for Fruehauf Trucking Company for 12 years and later as payroll manager for the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg for 27 years.
More important to Jeff than anything was his family. Jeff’s immediate family included his wife of 39 years, Joanne, children, Alisha (Beth) and Adam (Maria), his mother-in-law, Pearl Klinger, his brother, Mike (Becke), and his brother- and sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlene J. and Ralph A. Baylor, Jr. and brother, Robert.
Jeff was a kind and selfless man. Jeff was always there to lend a helping hand. He lived to support his loved ones, whether with his MacGyver skills at home or throwing the frisbee to Drizzle. Jeff loved working on projects, he finished the basement, built a patio and deck, and handled every other household need in between. Jeff thrived in retirement. He spent his time actively, golfing, pickleball, kayaking, bocce ball, biking and skiing. More than the activity, he loved the friendships he built while playing, but there’s no pickleball partner he loved more than Joanne.
When Lyndon Gene "Gene" Hartzell, Class of 1963, was asked if he was named after anyone, he said "anyone born before May 23, 1945. Probably about 8 billion, but I don't know most of 'em." Gene passed away on June 5, 2023. We are feeling a massive hole in our lives and hearts for the nicest guy in the world who always kept us laughing. (He also said his favorite color was "clear").
Gene loved his family and friends. When asked "what is the first thing you notice about people", he said "that they're there." Yeah…you will all remember his subtle humor and you will remember Gene as an all-round good guy. Gene didn't talk a lot. He was a good listener.
Gene graduated from Central Dauphin High School and Lehigh University. He retired from Armstrong Flooring in 2017 after 50 years of service at the home office, Armstrong's Thomasville (NC) Furniture Division, and the Appomattox (VA) furniture plant. Gene was Armstrong's first research assistant at the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg (MD) working on flooring flammability.
When asked in a survey: beach, city or country?, he answered "Myrtle Beach, but that's a city, and I am really fond of mycountry." He interrupted his Armstrong employment with service in the U.S. Army Coating & Chemical Lab in Aberdeen (MD), with a publication based on development of a method of evaluating the smoke generation potential of diesel fuel for the military.
Gene was an active member and volunteer of the Lititz Moravian Congregation. With his wife, Gene currently volunteered for the United Disabilities Services Gift Wrap (38 years) and the Power Packs Project (over 15 years). Past volunteer activities include the Fulton Opera House Guild, the Lancaster Symphony Boutique, and the Child Abuse Prevention Committee.
Gene was predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Mildred Hartzell and his beloved sister Susie Tatara (Terry – also deceased).
In addition to his wife Patricia Yeagley Hartzell, Gene will be missed by son Steven Miller (Las Vegas), granddaughters Christie and Alexandra Miller, and three great-grandsons; daughter Julie Snavely (Mark) and grandson Tyler Snavely; siblings James Hartzell (Louise), Shirley Miller (Ron), Lori Pearson (widow of Don Pearson), and numerous nieces, nephewsand cousins. Gene is also survived by his ex-wife Carol Hartzell, her son Michael (Tommie Jo) and her grandchildren McKenna and Michael.
Gene faced many surgeries over the past 6 years without a blip in his upbeat personality. After radiation, he started describing his hair color as "thin" or "disappearing brown." Those surgeries forced a conversation on "last wishes." Gene expressed the wish that no formal services be held after his death. He was concerned about travel expenses because he felt his friends and family were so loving and loyal that they would feel a need to come to Lititz for "an hour service followed by milk and cookies." Gene didn't want to inconvenience them with the trip. So having promised to do as he wished, there will be no formal services. When asked about his favorite flower, Gene said "Pillsbury." So no flowers either! Instead, the next time you enjoy a dessert dedicate that first bite to Gene. Each person will choose something different because he meant different things to different people.
Gene also felt that no one needed to honor his memory with a donation. When pressed for what was most important to him if someone wanted to remember him, Gene felt a need to support a renovation of the antiquated church kitchen. Gene felt good things happened when we shared meals with other members of the congregation. Please don't feel obligated: Lititz Moravian Congregation Kitchen Renovation Fund, 8 Church Square, Lititz, PA 17543.
We are grateful for the care Gene received over the years from dedicated doctors and nurses at the Hershey Medical Center, Lancaster General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Anaplastology, and many local doctors and specialists. And, we are thankful for the love and support of family, friends, neighbors (who are also friends), and our church family.
As Gene looks down on each of you and is overcome with emotion when some warm, funny, sad, exciting or serious personal experiences come to mind, he'll know Kermit waswrong. "It was the easiest thing in the world being Gene!"
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Ritchie M. Rupich, Class of 1974, (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), who passed away on June 5, 2023, at the age of 67, leaving to mourn family and friends. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family.
He was predeceased by his wife Nadine; and his parents, Elizabeth and Stanley. He is survived by his siblings, Randy (Connie) and Diane (Art); his nephew Adam (Jessica); and his niece Jennifer.
John Myers, Class of 1961, passed away on June 2, 2023.
Keith Smith, Class of 1978, of Harrisburg died at the age of 62 on November 14, 2022. Keith was born to Terry and the late Sandra Smith in 1960. He is survived by the love of his life, and best friend, Pamela Smith. They raised two beautiful girls, Nicole Custer and husband Steve, and Ashley Minea and fiance Eric Miller; 4 grandchildren, Adalynn, Lucy and Emersyn Custer and Jude Navarro; 1 brother, Michael Smith; 2 sisters, Jan McNamara and Robin Snyder. Known to so many as Poppi, he loved spending most of his days on his boat on the Susquehanna. A man of many talents, Keith excelled in construction and was able to fix anything from cars to building his own home. Close to so many and loved by all.
David P. Rex, Class of 1962, age 79 of Harrisburg, died June 1, 2023 at Carolyn's House, Hospice Residence.
David was born in Hershey and was the son of the late John and Aimee Rex. He served as a Radioman for the Coast Guard during the Vietnam Era. He was retired from D&H Distributing, where he was a Warehouse Manager. He was a life member of the Harrisburg Area Flying Society (Radio Controlled Planes).
David was predeceased by his brother John Rex, Jr. David is survived by his sons, Scott Rex and Jason Rex; two grandchildren; his sister Elinor Uhrich.
Stephanie Arch Strotbeck, Class of 1977, passed away the afternoon of May 21, 2023 succumbing to Cholangio Carcinoma after 22 months. She was home surrounded by her loved ones from near and far. Stephanie was proceeded in death by her son Wylie and father Marty. She is survived by her mother Barbara, John her husband of 37 years, Max her son, Ken her brother, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. An artist, Stephanie's favorite mediums were clay pottery and photography. Professionally, Steph managed real estate properties and founded/managed Wylie's Day Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to finding the cure for pediatric brain tumors through research and education. Stephanie also volunteered her time at the Ronald McDonald House to help the families of seriously ill children being treated at CHOP and other local hospitals.
Kenneth Paul Freeland, Class of 1968, age 72, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on May 18, 2023. He was born Sunday, July 30, 1950 to Pauline Alice (Watson) Freeland and the late Kenneth George Freeland, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife, Gale Elen (Milano) Freeland.
Ken had a passion for basketball, he was a part of the Central Dauphin District 3 Championship team in 1966-1967 and later went on to coach the 7th grade boys basketball team at Lower Dauphin Middle School. He is in the Hall of Fame at Susquehanna University for basketball. Although he never played professionally, he was drafted to play baseball with the Cincinnati Reds. Later in life in his spare time he enjoyed painting, bowling, watching ice hockey, and golfing. More than anything he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by his son: Sean Freeland and wife Lauren (Decembrino) of hummelstown and their son, Tyler Michael; daughter, Amanda Kessler of Elizabethtown and daughter Emma Rayne; siblings, Kathy Harren and husband Thomas, Linda Danner and husband Rick, and Daniel Freeland and husband Luke; former wife and friend, Deborah Freeland; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Wendy M. Hetrick, Class of 1980, age 60 of Harrisburg, died May 10, 2023 at her home.
Wendy was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late Charles and Roxie Hetrick. She was a 1980 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Wendy was a loving mother and a grandmother, “Meme”. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Wendy is survived by her daughters, Holly Hebbard (Jason) and MaKalya Zarker; three grandchildren: Kade, Kyler, and Kolton; her sisters, Penny Mullins and Judy Smeltz; her brother, Charles Hetrick, Jr (Sara) and many nieces and nephews.
David L. Clearwater, Class of 1958, passed away on May 6, 2023, in Duncannon, PA, at the age of 82. He was born in Baltimore, MD on July 11, 1940 to Lloyd C and Mariam E (nee Roy) Clearwater.
David was raised in the greater Harrisburg, PA area and graduated from Central Dauphin High School. He met the love of his life, Helen, through a mutual friend and the two were later married in Baltimore on August 22, 1959.
Throughout his life, David worked for Johns-Hopkins as an electrical engineer; working on government defense contracts. He retired in 2002 after serving over 40 years in his field
He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Helen Clearwater, his daughter, Lynn Clearwater of Liverpool, PA, sons David (Laura) Clearwater of Brunswick, MD and Thomas Clearwater of Baltimore, and grandson, Jason Clearwater. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Gary (Gwenne) Clearwater of Dauphin, PA and sister, Barbara Graff of Camp Hill, PA.
William McNeal, Class of 1962, age 79, of Harrisburg passed away April 30, 2023 at the Gardens at Blue Ridge, where he resided for 21 years. Bill was the son of the late Phillip and Ruth McNeal. He worked at Cumberland Masonry, Inc., prior to his stroke. He enjoyed playing Bingo and Dominos with the residents at the home and his family.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sisters, Esther Hall and Shirley Baker and his brother, Richard "Meatball" P. McNeal. William is survived by his sister-in-law, Joan McNeal; his brother-in-laws, Artie Hall and Don Baker; his cousin, JoAnn Houck; his nieces, Darbbie (Jay) Miller, Sharon (Larry) Berkebile and Patty Miller; his nephews, Michael (Jody) Hall, Rick (Lisa) McNeal, Troy (Lynn) Baker and many great nieces and nephews and cousins. Bill was loved and cared for by his family.
John B. Warden, III, Class of 1976, passed away on April 25, 2023 at the age of 64 in Atlanta, Georgia, surrounded by loved ones. Born on July 25, 1958, John grew up in Harrisburg in a loving blended family with his parents John and Lee, his stepmother Mim, his stepfather Jack, and his siblings Debbie, Alice Anne, Kimberly, and brother Dave. He played baseball for Susquehanna Township with his lifelong friend Phil Skender. John graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where he studied business and accounting. He was a proud brother of ZBT and made lifelong memories and friends, most notably Alex Paul. John was a successful businessman running Warden Asphalt Company for the past 35 years. He sat on many boards including the Pennsylvania Asphalt Paving Association (PAPA) and the Dauphin County Historical Society. He was also a contributor to many philanthropic causes including Whitaker Center and starting the Fund for the Future.
Most importantly John was a loving father raising two children, Kyle and Ally, with his wife Anne in Harrisburg. In recent years he was fortunate to share his life in Atlanta with his partner, Elaine Diamond and her daughters, Sara and Emily. He shared a passion for the Philadelphia Phillies with his beloved uncle, Andy Musser. He was also known to be passionate about all Pittsburgh sports, the Rolling Stones, U.S. History, a round of golf with friends, and a glass of bourbon.
John is survived by his mother, Lee Fields; step-mother, Mim Warden; siblings Deborah Warden (Neal Epstein, Max, Boer, Kaia, and Daniel), Alice Anne Schwab (Bob Garrett, Anna, Kate, Ed), Dave Warden, Kimberly Werner (Michael and Lee); his children, Kyle Warden and Alexis Warden Edmonson (Sean) as well as Anne Warden, Elaine Diamond (Sara and Emily). He is also survived by his cousins, Luanne Zimmerman and Allan Musser and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. John was preceded in death by his father, John B. Warden Jr.; his uncle and aunt, Andy and Eun-Joo Musser and his stepfather, Jack Schwab.
Catherine Stitt Portillo Cisneros, Class of 1965, was called home to dance with the angels on April 12th 2023, at the age of 75. She was born September 10th, 1947, in Harrisburg, PA to Vivian Kann and Robert Stitt.
Catherine graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. After moving to NM, she met and later married her first husband Giuseppe Portillo. Whom with, she raised two daughters and a son.
She then completed her Master’s degree of Counseling and Educational Psychology from New Mexico State University. She began her first teaching job at La Union Elementary in the late 1970s. From there she began working in the Las Cruces Public School District where she was an elementary educator for over 50 years. She taught at several schools including Sunrise, Loma Heights, and White Sands where she was an instructional specialist.
During her life, Catherine opened and directed Ashley’s Garden Pre-School inside Gym Magic Gymnastics. She also worked at the Las Cruces Catholic School, Holy Cross for several years. She was a tutor and substitute teacher in her years after retirement and spent much of her time at Monte Vista Elementary helping in classrooms.
Her passions aside from teaching included dancing, she was a member of the New Mexico Senior Olympics and when she wasn’t line dancing, or enjoying music in the park with her friends, she loved two-stepping and evenings out with her late husband Salvador. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, painting, traveling and playing piano.
Those left to mourn her include her three children. Two daughters Francesca Espinosa and Anamaria Portillo both of Las Cruces. Son Dylan Davis (Britt) of Broussard, LA. She also leaves two sisters Barbara Taylor (Sharon) of Lancaster, PA, and Marge Ebersole (Jeff) of Harrisburg, PA and sister in law Jackie Stitt of Dover Township, PA. Along with several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Ann M. Markley, Class of 1958, age 82, of Camp Hill, PA, passed away on April 19, 2023, at her home with family by her side. Born on October 3, 1940, in Harrisburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Mildred (Hunter) Morris, and she was the widow of the late Donald E. Markley. Ann was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. She was dedicated to her community, neighbors, friends and most of all, her family. She was very generous with her time and talents as she was past president of the Penn Cumberland Garden Club, Capital City Polka Dancers, Camp Hill Civic Club and Camp Hill Jr. Civic Club. She served on the Camp Hill School Board, was Camp Hill tax collector, and was a Deacon and Elder at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church. Ann was a Master Gardener, and she honed her gardening skills almost every day as she loved spending time working in her many gardens, especially at her childhood home, Morris Medley. Here she built a labyrinth and a butterfly house to create a place of peace and beauty for the public to enjoy. Her greatest joy came from her family, she never missed an opportunity to gather everyone for a meal, watch the grandkids sporting events and activities, or celebrate every achievement and holiday, no matter how big or small. She is survived by two sons, William Markley and Peter Markley (Melissa), a daughter, Karen Will(Brent), a son-in-law, Jason Rubin, and ten grandchildren, Mya Tavani(Matthew), Asher Markley, Nathan, Lily, and Claire Markley, Ryan and Tyler Rubin, and Ella, Callie, and Carson Will. In addition to her husband Don, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Michelle Rubin, and her brother, John Morris II.
Kathy Zimmerman Neely, Class of 1979, age 61, of Susquehanna Township, passed away unexpectedly on April 16, 2023 at her home.
Born September 26, 1961, in Harrisburg, she was a daughter of the late Marlin and Christine (Coller) Zimmerman. On May 1, 1982, Kathy married Bruce Neely with whom she shared a blessed union of nearly 41 years.
A 1979 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, she worked as the Office Manager at Colonial Park United Church of Christ prior to her retirement in September 2022. An avid volleyball player, she also enjoyed racing, hockey and being in the sun – particularly at her backyard pool. Kathy enjoyed the time she could spend with her family and received the greatest joy from being Nana to her new grandson.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Bruce; daughter, Samantha Neely of Hummelstown and her partner, Ryan Austin; son, Bobby Neely of Mechanicsburg and his wife, McKenna Neely; and her grandson, Hudson Neely. She is also survived by a sister, Margaret Fishel of Shavertown, Luzerne County, and her husband, Geoff Fishel and her mother-in-law, M. Faye Neely of Harrisburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Zimmerman and her father-in-law, Robert Neely.
Mark Amsden, Class of 1976, age 64, of Sun City, AZ, passed away on March 22, 2023. Born October 17, 1958 in Harrisburg, PA to the late Raymond and Jean Amsden. He was a graduate of Central Dauphin HS and Millersville College. He retired from the Allentown School District. Survivors include his wife Melinda (Sipe), daughter Jennifer Hershey (companion Scott Jeske), son Justin (wife Sindy), brother David (wife Carol), five granddaughters, and several nieces.
Eva Zarth Kunz, Class of 1959, of Paxtang, passed away on March 14, 2023 at home with her family. She was born on April 5, 1942 in Hrastovac [Eichendorf], Yugoslavia and near the end of WWII arrived in Steinperf, Germany and then traveled to America in 1952. She finished her education at Central Dauphin High School in 1959 and then went on to work with Dauphin Electric, Dr. DeLeo, Harrisburg Hospital, eventually starting her own business [EKG Medical Billing] in 1994 and retired in 2015. Eva was a very loving, kind and generous woman especially with her family and friends. She was happiest when she was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and close friends. She was a member of the Lancaster Liederkranz and enjoyed polka dancing at their German club dances, listening to her German music and enjoyed traveling in the States and abroad. Eva was married to the love of her life, Andrew (Andreas) Kunz for 58 years, who preceded her in death on July 22, 2018. Eva is survived by her daughter Margaret (Kunz) Minnich of Harrisburg and son Andrew M. Kunz of Marysville; granddaughters Darcie with husband John-Miguel Onkony, Tessa with husband Erin Hankerson both from Harrisburg; great-grandsons Emerson Minnich, John-Andreas Onkony, Erin Hankerson Jr, Elijah Hankerson and great-granddaughters Ember Hankerson and Starr Williams; several nieces and nephews and godchildren. She was predeceased by both of her parents Johann and Eva (Trapp) Zarth as well as her siblings Hans (John) Zart, Anna (Gawel) Zart and Albert Zart.
Marguerite (Marty) Y. Devoid-Neva, Class of 1967, age 73, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2023, at the South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, AL. Marty previously lived in Washington, DC, Panama, Harrisburg, PA, Rhode Island, Spartanburg, SC, Richmond, VA, Turnersville, NJ, Fredericksburg, NJ, Huntsville, AL, Foley, AL and many other places. She was born on July 14, 1949 in Washington, DC. Her father, Vernon Proctor Weaver, born in Nashville, TN was an electrical technician and her mother, Valerie Yvonne Halstead, born in Bruceton Mills, WV, worked as a baker while raising her family. Marty was preceded in death by her father, mother, stepfather, her two brothers Vernon and James (Jimmy), and her son Brian H. Williams. She is survived by her husband, Alden (Al) Carl Neva; her two sons, Douglas (Doug) H. Williams, Christopher (Chris) H. Williams and stepson Matt Williams; her four grandchildren, Derek L. Williams, Jacqueline (Jackie) M. Williams, Kyle D. Williams, and Brian J. Williams; along with her 14 great-grandchildren. Marty is also survived by other relatives and a host of friends. Marty was a devout Southern Baptist with Jesus as her savior. Marty Neva received her bachelor's degree in business while working and raising a family. Marty started her career by working after school part-time at W.T. Grant Co. in the pet section where she would feed and play with the lizards. Marty had an excellent work ethic and worked as an operations manager for Manpower, at AMP Incorporated initially in customer service, then in production control and in supply chain management. She worked at Alcoa Fujikura, Siemens, Alcoa, and Gerresheimer Glass, where Marty was a supply chain Director. She will be remembered as a selfless and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a heart of gold and a magnetic personality. Marty loved to paint and was proficient in all five mediums. Marty enjoyed the sand, surf and snorkeling at the beach, relaxing on Caribbean cruises, traveling locally and internationally and being with friends and family. She loved animals to include her white Goffin Cockatoo Indie, who has an attitude. She was a superb cook and baker and looked forward to preparing holiday dinners. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlight of her life and she took pride in watching the kids grow.
Robert A. Nease, Jr., Class of 1970, age 70, of Penbrook, passed away on March 8, 2023 at his home.
He was a retired Locomotive Engineer at Norfolk Southern Railroad and a vibrant member of the Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus. Bob was a volunteer for the Democratic National Committee and Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.
He was born April 3, 1952 in Baltimore, MD to the late Robert Arthur and Virginia Jesse (Marcum) Nease, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Jane Myers. He is survived by his children, Robert A. Nease, III of Mechanicsville, VA, Mary Elizabeth Eicholtz (Timothy) of Dover, and Emily Susan Nease of Harrisburg; his partner Charles Rankin of Alexandria, VA; six grandchildren; and sisters, Joyce A. Nease of Harrisburg, and Kathrina L. “Kit” Nease of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Sandra E. Linn McCreary, Class of 1956, age 84, of Harrisburg, passed away March 18, 2023 at Oak Hill Village, Middletown, surrounded by family. Born August 20, 1938 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Milton and Cora (Derick) Linn; and preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. McCreary along with her sisters Bernice Grell, Nancy Linn and brother, Frank Linn. Surviving is her daughter, Shelley M. Machamer (husband Joe); two grandsons, Jason and Zach Machamer; brother, Ralston "Bub" Linn; and two sisters, Eleanor (La) Kling and Pat Gajdek. Sandy retired from MetLife with over 40 years of service and volunteered at Carolyn's House for Hospice of Central PA for over 15 years. Sandy was a 50 + year member of the Swatara Church of God. She had a servant's heart and loved spending time with family and her many friends.
Emily Shifflet, Class of 2014, age 27, of West Hanover Twp, was born to Robert and Jane (Jenny) Shifflet on August 19th, 1995 and passed away on March 11th, 2023. After being diagnosed with Rett Syndrome at three, a rare neurological disorder that impairs her ability to speak and move, Emily never let that hold her back from vibrant life, leaving a lasting impact on everyone she met. A 2014 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Emily was a social butterfly and involved in various activities including Girl Scouts, attending Aaron's Acres summer camp, enjoying music therapy, weekly yoga classes, Ice Skating with the Wheels on Ice Skating Club, cheering on the Hershey Bears and was always excited to attend a rambunctious family gathering. She has been involved with the "Patient as Teachers" program at the Penn State Hershey Med Center since 2010, where she taught first-year medical students about her life with a chronic illness. Using Tobii, an eye-tracking communication device, Emily began an art career as the Eye Gaze Artist where she controlled a cursor with eye movements to convey her thoughts and paint dynamic abstract pieces. She used her artwork to raise awareness about Rett Syndrome, selling her paintings to raise funds for Rett Syndrome research. Emily's artwork was part of a rotating art exhibit sponsored by Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center's program Center Stage, ARC of Dauphin County, Lebanon Family Health Services, Cocoa Beanery, and other venues. In addition to her parents, Bob and Jenny, Emily is survived by a sister, Laura Shifflet; Aunts and Uncles, Russell Shifflet, Marion and Doug Pearl; Susan and Jeff Reuscher; Nancy Shifflet, and Linda Shifflet; and numerous cousins, nurses and therapist. Emily was preceded in death by her grandparents, Otto and Gladys Shifflet, David and Mary Murphy, and Uncle Richard Shifflet.
Tammy Jo Hopple Potteiger, Class of 1980, age 60 of Harrisburg, died March 4, 2023 at her home. Tammy was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of Gerald and Theresa Hopple. She was employed with Novitas as a Web Analyst Editor II. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church. Tammy is survived by, in addition to her parents, her husband of 21 years, Scott Potteiger; her son, Scott Potteiger, Jr.; her sister, Lynn (Richard) Doran; her brother, Gerald (Danielle) Hopple.
Henry C. Koller Jr., Class of 1961, age 79, of Swatara Township died March 3, 2023 in Penn State - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Henry was a Veteran of the United States Air Force serving during the Vietnam War. He later became a Maintenance Engineer with the Facilities Service Division of AMP where he worked for over 24 years, retiring in 1997. In his spare time he was an avid car nut, attending many of the York Hot Rod Shows and the Ford Motor shows and Hershey AACA meets. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Steelton and he graduated from Central Dauphin High School Class of 1961. He and his wife just celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on February 28. 2023.
He was the son of the late Henry C. Koller Sr. and Barbara Gartner Koller. He was the husband of Vicki E. ( McCleary ) Koller of Harrisburg. Henry is survived by his wife Vicki E.Koller of Harrisburg. a brother Adam Gartner of Camp Hill, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and a great-great nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert Koller.
Priscilla J. Gutshall Brauning, Class of 1956, age 85, passed away February 7 at her home in Lower Paxton Township. She was the widow of Harry G. Brauning; was also preceded in death by her parents: George and Luella Gutshall, her brother: George, and her daughter: Barbara Bell; and was a member of Paxton United Methodist Church. Surviving are her children: Deborah Brauning and Harry Brauning, Jr. (Lisa); 6 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.
Robert C. Laudermilch, Sr., Class of 1958, age 82, formerly of Hummelstown, passed away January 16, 2023, in the Spring Creek Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Harrisburg. Born in Harrisburg on November 2nd, 1940, he was the son of the late Charles Edward and Barbara E. Kolaric Laudermilch. Bob was a retired self-employed contractor. He was a 1958 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Bob had served proudly with the U.S. Army. He was an avid fan of dirt track racing and ice hockey at Central Dauphin. He is survived by two sons, Walter J. Laudermilch of Hummelstown, and Keith Laudermilch of Harrisburg; his daughter-in-law, Irma Laudermilch of Las Vegas, NV; six grandchildren, Panney C. Katsifis, Paige L. Klingman, Lana Laudermilch, Cara Laudermilch, Blake Laudermilch, and Jaydon K. Laudermilch; three great grandchildren, Kacie Klingman, Kane Klingman, and Kensi Klingman; two brothers, Gerald E. Laudermilch husband of Cheryl of Hummelstown, and John W. Laudermilch husband of Lisa of Hilton Head, SC; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a son, Robert C. Laudermilch, Jr., on January 5, 2023.
Heather E. Jones-Myers, Class of 1983, age 57, of Duncannon, passed away 12/20/2022 at Holy Spirit Hospital after a sudden illness. She was the daughter of the late William and Mary Kay Jones. Born and raised in Linglestown, she resided most of her adult life in Duncannon, where she was an active member of the Duncannon VFW. She was most recently employed by Karn's Food Store in Duncannon. She is survived by her daughter, her pride and joy, Shelby Jones of Duncannon, and a sister Kimberly Jones Sulzinski. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Heather was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings, Linda Woodburn, A. Greg Jones and Robin Jones-Cambria.
William "Bill" J. Costello, Class of 1964, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on November 06, 2022.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife and best friend Judith (Snyder) Costello and a wealth of family and friends who loved him very much. He is preceded by his parents Joe and Christine (Bateman) Costello.
Bill belonged to the Carpenters Union 431and received his 50-year pin from the Union several years ago. He was an avid golfer and an award-winning skeet shooter. He found joy and comfort in all shooting sports, fishing, and tying flies.