Terry R. Lenker, Class of 1960, age 80, of South Hanover Township passed away unexpectedly, October 30, 2023, at the Hershey Medical Center. Born in Hershey on November 13, 1942, he was the son of the late Roland and Ruth (Straub) Lenker. Terry is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Lenker. Terry was a 1960 graduate of Central Dauphin High School and a 1964 graduate of Lebanon Valley College. He retired in 2006 from Rankin Sales Company, Inc.
He is also survived by his sister, Judi Rankin (late husband Jack); his loving children, Deborah Boyer (late husband of Andy), Steven Lenker (wife Jodie), Lesle Harwood (husband Paul); and grandchildren, Faith (husband of Don), Zachary (wife Casey), Maddy, Dean, and Ava; and his great grandson, Oliver. Terry enjoyed the love of his family, prolific reading, and smoking a good cigar! In his younger years he coached football, baseball, and basketball at the Rutherford Youth Club. He was an avid Phillies, Eagles, and Penn State sports fan. He also enjoyed his years working out at the Platinum Fitness Training facility and made many friends there. Attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events brought him great pleasure.
Brooke Marie (Brookie) Wenrich, passed away unexpectedly on October 20, 2023, in Manassas, Virginia. She was 28 years old. Brooke was born on September 18, 1995, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and attended Central Dauphin High School, Harrisburg. Brooke was a shy and submissive soul who loved the beach, swimming and having good times hanging with friends. Animals were her passion; she adored them and was excellent at caring for them, especially her dog Star. Brooke had a heart of gold and we'll love and miss her forever.
She was the beloved daughter to Monica Wenrich. Harrisburg and was the cherished sister to Lindsey Moyer, Harrisburg. Also survived by her niece, Jasmine Otto, Harrisburg, grandfather, John Hefflefinger, New Cumberland, and aunt, Maria Wissler, Harrisburg. She also leaves behind her cousins, Brandon Wissler (Leah), Linglestown, Megan Wissler (Fred), Palestine, Ohio, with Karsen and Logan Struble. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Frances Jovanelly, San Jacinto, CA and Uncle, Barry Wissler, Harrisburg.
Ronald C. Ulerick, Class of 1963, age 80 of Harrisburg, died October 25, 2023 at UPMC Harrisburg Hospital. Ronald was born in Philadelphia and was the son of the late Bernard and Grace Ulerick. He was retired from Local #5, where he was a stone mason. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Alacoque Roman Catholic Church, Penbrook American Legion Post 730 and a lifetime member of Progress Fireman's Club Assoc. Ronald was predeceased by his wife Carol A. Ulerick.
Ronald is survived by his sons, Edward (Lisa) Ulerick, Jeffrey Ulerick and Kenneth (Tracy) Ulerick; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren.
Rev. Walter B. Zimmerman (Ben), Class of 1956, age 85 of Elizabethtown, entered peacefully into heavenly rest at Masonic Village on October 19, 2023. Born in Harrisburg, PA he was the son of the late Chester W. and Catherine (Wimer) Zimmerman.
Ben was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Findlay University, ordained by
Winebrenner Theological Seminary and Lutheran Theological Seminary and carried a Master''s
of Divinity. He also received his degree in Library Science from Shippensburg University. Ben
served as a Pastor for the Church of God in North America and as an interim minister for many
churches through his life; York First, Salem United Church of Christ (OH), Altoona Fourth
Street, Bowmansdale/Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant, Shope''s Bethel, Lisburn, Green Street,
Elizabethtown, Maytown and Harrisburg First Church. He held several positions for the Dauphin
County Library System, including Manager of the downtown branch. Ben served as Treasurer
for Pennsylvanians Concerned about Alcohol Problems (PCAP), a nonprofit organization.
Ben is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Sandra (Wynn) Zimmerman; his children Tammy
Miller (Kevin) of Clear Spring, MD, Jennifer Vergot (Steve) of Bressler and Melissa Scheib
(Mike) of Chambers Hill; his grandchildren Brittany Downing, Alexis Ketterman (Nicholas), David
Yanich, Daniel Yanich (Sedona, Fiancé) and Zachary Scheib as well as an extended family
including Lucinda Sterling, who Ben and Sandra consider a daughter of their own. In addition to
his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother in Law, Virgina Jordan
Although Ben was known to be level-headed and referred to as Gentle Ben, his passion for the
Word of God could be felt through his sermons that touched numerous lives. He was a devoted
husband, father and Poppy. Ben also enjoyed painting, singing and fishing (especially at Stone
Harbor, NJ with his family). He was a loving patriarch of his family and a wonderful friend who
will be greatly missed.
Diane L. Cicak, Class of 1983, passed away October 7, 2023 at age 58 due to complications of Diabetes. She was the youngest daughter of the late John and Leola Cicak and is survived by her loving son Seth M. Cicak (Stacy), stepson Antonio, devoted sisters Suellen Patton (Randy), Barbara Reid, Joyce Cicak and Alicia Engstad (Rick) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving is her steadfast friend Sheila Johnson who provided endless care and support. Diane's family were very proud of her accomplishments in multiple equestrian fields. She enjoyed thrifting, collecting antiques, pugs and baking.
Jack H. Boyer, Jr., Class of 1963, age 78, of Myrtle Beach, SC and formerly of Harrisburg, passed away at his home on Sunday, October 15, 2023. Born in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Jack H. Boyer, Sr. and the late Doris Kerstetter Boyer.
Jack graduated from Central Dauphin High School class of 1963. He served in the United States Air Force as a fireman stationed in Sevilla, Spain. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, Lawton American Legion, and the Reliance Hose Company in Harrisburg, PA.
Jack worked for Conrail Railroad Company, where he made his career and retired early in 1998 from the Albany, NY office as a train dispatcher for Norfolk and Southern to be able to be closer to his first-born grandson. His grandsons were his world and post-retirement, he spent a lot of time traveling all over with his daughter and grandsons. He was a people person, and no one was ever a stranger. If you ever talk to or ran into Jack, he would treat you as if he''s known you his entire life. In 2017, he relocated with his daughter and grandsons to Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Heather Boyer of Myrtle Beach, SC; his grandsons Christopher Negley of Harrisburg, PA, and Connor Rivera of Myrtle Beach; brother, Charles (Laura) Boyer of Cape Coral, FL; niece, Sherry Affatica; and nephew, Alan Boyer. He is also survived by his best friend and ex-wife Linda Gruhlke of Myrtle Beach, SC and cousins mostly of the Harrisburg area.
Leslie B. “Moochie” Hardy III, Class of 1988, age 53, of Springfield, passed away on October 4, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital. He was born April 13, 1970, in Columbus, GA, the son of Leslie Bernard Hardy, Jr. and Esther Carnes. Survivors include his five daughters, Merissa T. (Diego Huerta) Hardy of Peoria, Alexandra P. (Jonathan Adams) of Pittsfield, Cierra N., Maya E., and Allyssia Hardy, all of Springfield; grandson, Daemon; mother, Esther C. (Michael) Viles of Jacksonville; brother, Mark Hardy of Springfield; step-sister, Jessica (Shannon) White of Springfield; aunt, Connie Hardy-Atkins of Shaker Heights, OH; uncles, Dr. Carl Hardy of St. Augustine, FL and Charles Alexander of Clearwater, FL; longtime companion, Stacy D. Edmonds of Springfield; four stepchildren, Lisa, Samantha (Justin), Kimberly, and Daniel (Brooke) Edmonds; eight step-grandchildren, Ona, Lavaya, Kimari, Gia, Ava, Everly, Justo, and James; mothers of his children, Rachel, Angela, and Nicole; and many uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father.
Leslie grew up in Harrisburg, PA and graduated from Central Dauphin High School. His love for music was immense. He enjoyed playing the electric bass, singing, and composing his own music. He enjoyed watching soccer, especially the English teams. For 13 years, he was a front counter manager at Hilton and Wyndham Hotels. Most recently, he worked as a sales clerk at Circle K.
Steve Spence, Class of 1961, passed away on October 14, 2023.
Karen LaSchel Smith Jones, Class of 1982, passed away unexpectedly on July 25, 2023. She was only 59 years old. Her family is deeply saddened by her sudden death. Karen was born on May 16, 1964. Karen is survived by her son Kyle Daniel Jones of Harrisburg, PA; her mother Berneta W. Smith of Harrisburg, PA; sister Kiffinee Smith of Winston-Salem, NC; Aunt Flora M. Reeves of Harrisburg, PA; nephew Grady R. Smith of Charlotte, NC; niece Gabrielle R. Smith of Winston Salem. NC, the newest addition her grand puppy Nico, and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Karen was predeceased by her son Kameron D. Jones; her father Grady Leroy Smith; and grandparents James & Arneta Walker. Karen was baptized at First Zion Baptist Church at an early age under the leadership of her uncle the late Rev. Julius V. Reeves Sr. She sang in the youth choir and was on the junior usher board. She also assisted her grandmother, the late Arneta Walker, with various events that were conducted by the Ladies Auxiliary.
Karen was born at Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington DC. She grew up in Harrisburg, PA and graduated from Central Dauphin High School where she participated in band, choir, track, and field, & cheerleading. She later attended Prince George’s Community College where she received an Associate’s Degree in Arts General Studies. She later attended Howard University and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her last collegiate accomplishment was receiving her Master of Science in Nursing at Bowie State University.
Karen became a member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in November 1999 where she sang on the choir and helped on the hospitality ministry. Karen has been employed with Kaiser Permanente since 2004. She provided 19 years of service as a Nurse Practitioner. Everyday she would remind her family “I have 5 years, 10 months and 28 days until I can retire!” Karen loved caring for her patients, going on cruises, traveling with her family, and most of all planning a great party. She was most proud of and ready to plan an engagement party for her son Kyle and fiancé Nikki. Another favorite pastime of Karen was she loved shopping and giving gifts. She was dubbed the “Queen of QVC and Amazon.” One of her favorite lines was “I ordered something last night before I went to bed but don’t remember what it was!”
Karen was a kind, caring, and giving person who always put the needs of others before her own. She was a strong woman who faced every challenge in her life with courage and dignity. She was a source of inspiration to us all and will be remembered for all the love she shared with friends and family. She truly loved each of them - and if you knew her, you knew it. She will be missed dearly.
Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers – The Family