Memorials 11

David W. Parson, Class of 1970, age 72, of Harrisburg, formerly of Hummelstown, left his earthly life on Saturday, May 18th, 2024, and is now resting in the arms of God.  Dave’s memory is honored and kept alive by his wife, Catherine Parson; his daughter Emily Masciulli and husband Tony; his son, Jared Parson and wife Gina; four grandchildren who were the brightest lights in his world, Lena Parson, Langan Masciulli, Caroline Parson and Grayson Masciulli; his sisters, Judy (Gary) Jackson and Cheryl (Ron) Kreitzer; his brother, Larry (Serena) Parson; and many nieces and nephews.

Beverly Ann Heckert Bastardi, Class of 1976, age 65, of Newport, passed away May 13, 2024, in her home.  Born November 20, 1958, in Fort Worth, TX; and preceded in death by her father, Donald B. Heckert.  Surviving is her husband of 43 years, Gary L. Bastardi; two daughters, Jennifer Knox and her husband, David, and Stephanie Bastardi; a stepdaughter, Danielle Hinkle; her mother, Janet F. Heckert; eight grandchildren, Chase, Addalyne, Adalyn, Scarlett, Sophia, Kinsley, Michael and Emma; a brother, Donald Heckert; and her dog, Baloo Bear.  Beverly was a Regional Pricing Manager for XPEDX.  Beverly loved spending time with her grandchildren and in her garden.

Jodi Lynn Straining, Class of 1984, age 57, of Camp Hill, PA passed away unexpectedly on May 10, 2024. She was born in Harrisburg, PA on December 9, 1966, to Linda A. Straining and the late Chester H. Straining Jr.  Jodi worked in the printing industry for 20 years. She enjoyed crafting and driving anything with or without wheels. She was an incredibly kind person with a big heart and a quick wit. Even when facing her own health challenges, she did everything that she could for the ones she loved, especially caring for her dogs.  She is survived by her mother Linda A Straining; her partner Julie A. Fitting; her aunt and uncle, Susan and Leonard Espenshade, as well as her cousins.

Richard W.  Lynn, Class of 1980, age 63, of Harrisburg, passed away on April 28, 2024, in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh due to complications of a recent surgery.  He was born March 27, 1961, in Harrisburg, a son of Nancy (Crum) Lynn and the late Warren R. Lynn.  Rick was currently employed at Kerry's Lawn & Garden in Linglestown. He was a member of American Legion and the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club.  In addition to his mother, surviving is his wife, Judy (Wagner) Lynn; son, Matt Lynn (Sara); brothers, Donald (Karen) Lynn and Jim Lynn; nephews, Kyle (Debby) Lynn; Brian (Erica) Wagner; Joe (Ashley) Wagner; nieces Holly (Jason) Hebbard; Amber Lynn; Nicole (Tom) Paul; and Jennifer (Kevin) Roberts.  Rick was a avid hunter and outdoorsmen. He loved camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.  He will be deeply missed by family, friends, and those who knew him.

 

Robert "Bob" Foster, Class of 1964, age 79, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on April 28, 2024. Born April 5, 1945 in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Walter G. and Evelyn (Cerzullo) Foster.  Bob operated Bob's Barber Shop in Mechanicsburg for 50 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, was an avid reader, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf and racquetball in his free time. Most of all, however, he loved spending time with his family.  Surviving is his loving wife of 30 years, Mary (Yednock) Foster; his daughter, Lisa Foster; his son, David Foster and wife Jennifer; his step-children: Denise Schindler, Dennis Schindler, and Michael Schindler and wife Elizabeth; his five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren: his sisters, Delorose "Dory" Szeles and Diane Heckman and husband Ron; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Foster.

John "Rich" R. Little, Class of 1970, age 72 of Harrisburg and Raleigh NC, passed away courageously and peacefully on April 25, 2024.  Rich was born in Harrisburg and was the son of Arlene Little and the late George Little. He was retired from Highmark, where he was VP of Benefits, and formerly Personnel Director of UPS. He especially cherished family times with Diane and David, exploring places in NC and vacationing together. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, which he shared with David and his nephew Ryan, as well as his many friends at camps he attended. He enthusiastically volunteered his time and talents at LifePoint Church, Meals on Wheels, Yellow Breeches Anglers, CASA Soccer Coach (coaching multiple years with David's teams), Upper Pine Creek Sportsmen Assoc., Bible Study Group at Linglestown Life UMC and simply being a kind and caring man to others. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.  Rich is survived by, in addition to his mother, his beloved wife of 50 years, Diane Little; his son, David Little, of whom he was very proud; his sisters, Donna (Jim) Weaver and Jill (Marty) Brightbill; his brother, Todd Little.

Jennifer J. Fairlamb Trostle, Class of 1990, age 51, of Lower Paxton Township, passed away April 27, 2024 at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  Born August 23, 1972 in Destin, FL, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Capricci) Fairlamb. Jen shared a loving and devoted union of 32 years with Randy J. Trostle following their marriage on February 1, 1992.  A 1990 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Jen worked as an Administrative Assistant at Penn State for nearly ten years. An avid reader, she enjoyed puzzle books and traveling – particularly when the destination was the beach – because to Jen, any beach was a good beach. Throughout her life, Jen was an incredibly kind person with a big heart and quick wit. Even when facing her own health challenges, she did everything that she could to care for the people she loved. Jen found the greatest fulfillment in being a mom and caring for animals – especially her dogs. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church, Harrisburg.  Jen is survived by her husband, Randy; daughter, Brandie A. Trostle; sister, Maggie (Donald) Dietz; brother, Robert (Jamie) Fairlamb and her grandpup, Dickie. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including her niece, Cailin Potami, with whom she shared a special relationship; as well as several great nieces and nephews; her father-in-law, Robert L. Trostle, Sr.; sisters-in-law, Robin Trostle and Rhonda Trostle; and brother-in-law, Robert L. (Tracy) Trostle, Jr. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Kathy Potami; brother, Joseph Fairlamb; and mother-in-law, Marjorie Trostle.

Justin Janhiel Johnson, Class of 2026, age 16, of Princess Margaret Hospital, Morant Bay, St Thomas, Jamaica, passed away on April 26, 2024, in Hershey, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

Russell L. Keim, Jr., Class of 1970, age 72, passed away on April 20, 2024 at his residence. He was the husband of Wendy (Poorman-Hubert) Keim.  Born on March 20, 1952 in Harrisburg, PA. He was the son of the late Russell L. Keim, Sr. and Catherine (Lawyer) Keim. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a step-son, Jeremy B. Hubert (Loretta); grandchildren, Adrienne and Jaxon Hubert; grandchildren thru marriage Eliana and Ian Hartley; a sister, Kathy Fureman (Melvin) and nieces Renee' Palski and Marci Mead.  To my husband, my best friend, my shopping buddy. Russ was a quiet man, a gentle man, a very kind soul. He would do for others, and felt empathy for others. Everyone that met Russ, loved Russ. But no one more than I. He was not a brilliant conversationalist, he was a great listener. He loved his step-son, Jeremy and his family. Russ especially loved his 2 grandchildren, Adrienne and Jaxon. Russ was a happy and content soul. He was a PSU season ticket holder and looked forward to seeing Tom, Melissa and Jimmy and the rest of the PSU gang. He was also a Hershey Bears ticket holder and eagerly awaited the games.  Russ was very fond of John Linn and his family, a good friend since working at TransCore. Rich and Wendy Cooper were CD High School friends, whose friendship never ended until his death. Russ enjoyed his buddies at Central Penn Fitness, he missed them dearly when he could no longer attend. To his neighbors he was a great guy – you could laugh at Russ or laugh with Russ. His favorite neighbors were Sharon, Bonnie, Dolly and Katie. I know everyone that knew my husband will miss his smile, unusual gait, and the wave of his hand. He was the most special guy, the nicest guy, and my guy. I will miss you – my best friend, my buddy, my husband. The mold was broken after God made you – there are no others. My mind and heart are open to you – I'll expect to hear from you. Until we meet again, you will be in my thoughts and forever in my heart,  See ya later, Love you,  Wendie

Anita C. Wilhelm Taleff, Class of 1967, age 74, of Harrisburg, passed away April 18, 2024. Born August 17, in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Katherine Wilhelm. She was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School.  She recently retired from PSECU after 24 years of service. She also enjoyed meeting and helping others for many years while employed at Home Depot.  She was a ray of light, sharing her laughter and positive energy with many. Anita loved spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and kayaking.  She also enjoyed music, dancing, and anytime she was able to spend at the beach.  She is survived by her children Jamie (Jennifer), Tonya (Mark), and Blake. She is also survived by her siblings Brenda (Ralph), Richard (Joanne), Nancy (Tom), Diane (Jim). She cherished every moment with her grandchildren Colton, Noah, Madison, Lola, Logan, Lucas, Austin, Willow, and Phoenix. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Martin Wilhelm.

Shirley J. Ebersole Cerzullo, Class of 1959, age 82 ,of Lower Paxton Twp. died April 16, 2024 in Carolyn's House-Hospice of Central PA.  She was a retired Clerk/Typist for PA Department of Revenue, a graduate of Central Dauphin High School Class of 1959 and was in the marching band and orchestra, member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Steelton, was an avid bowler and enjoyed baking and sewing.  Shirley was the daughter of the late William G. Ebersole, Jr. and Edith M. Corpman Ebersole and is survived by, her loving husband of 60 years, Michael C. Cerzullo; two sons, Wayne A. Cerzullo (Lisa) and Keith W. Cerzullo (Linda); two grandchildren, Ashley N. Cerzullo-Kurtz (Ryan) and Brandon M. Cerzullo (Katie); four great-grandchildren, Cory, Maverick, Georgia and Charlotte; one sister, Nancy Rickard; one sister-in-law; Paula Ruppert and several nieces and nephews.

William "Gary" G. Oates, Jr., Class of 1965, age 77 of Dauphin, died April 1, 2024, at Penn State Holy Spirit Medical Center, Camp Hill.  Gary was born in Gastonia, NC and was the son of the late William and Betty Oates. He was retired from Montour Oil Company, where he was a salesman. He also worked at UPS as a supervisor. Gary was a member of the Stone Glen Church of God, where he was a former Church Council president and Council member. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Gary loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. He sang in high school musicals, at weddings and with a barbershop quartet in his younger years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the US Navy.  Gary loved camping with his wife, Annette and her brother's family. Gary's niece, Virginia, treasured her camping memories with Uncle Gary. Gary loved the beauty of the State Parks in Pennsylvania. Gary also loved the Outer Banks (Duck & Corolla) where he and Annette vacationed twice a year. Gary's sister, daughters, and their families always joined them. Gary's love for rescuing dogs and cats was evident in his compassion for the many pets he and Annette shared over the years.  Gary is survived by his wife of 16 years, Annette Oates; his daughters, Holly (Robert) Dietrich and Ashleigh (Richard) Anglemeyer; his sons, Danny Oates and John Oates; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; his sister, Kathy (Stephen) Hunter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgine.

Joel (Jody) Craig Sheaffer, Class of 1975, passed away on March 31, 2024, in Hershey at the age of 66. Jody's journey was marked by kindness, passion, and an unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.  Jody's formative years were spent in Harrisburg, a 1975 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. He went on to pursue his education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and further obtained a master's degree from the University of New Hampshire.  As a revered educator of 30 years and esteemed baseball coach of 19 years at Milton Hershey School, Jody left an indelible mark on generations of students and athletes; earning him the distinguished honor of being named an honorary alumnus of the Milton Hershey School Alumni Association.  Jody is predeceased by parents Max and Joyce Sheaffer, sister Marie Sheaffer, and nephew Jacob Hamilton.  Jody is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Cristal (Swartzbaugh) Sheaffer; sister Sally Hamilton; daughters, Jessica St. Clair and Julie Hopkins (Matt); grandsons Owen and Charlie Hopkins; niece Dawn Hamilton; nephews John, Jesse and Alan Hamilton; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews; in-laws, Claude and Louise Swartzbaugh; sister-in-law, Melodie Bedford (daughter, Ashlie); and sister-in-law Lisa Lithgow (Jim, and children Lindsay and Jackie).

Lisa M. Radle Kraus, Class of 1983, age 59, of Lower Paxton Township, passed away on March 28, 2024 at Penn State Hampden Medical Center.  Born March 11, 1965, in Harrisburg, she was a daughter of Julia (Hecker) Radle and the late Gerald Radle.  A graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Lisa earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh and later pursued graduate work toward her Master's degree. For the past 15 years, Lisa had operated her own home-based sales company. Prior to that she worked in the health care field as a Respiratory Therapist at Polyclinic Hospital.  Lisa always found the greatest fulfillment from being a wife and mother. She was involved in all aspects of her children's lives as they were growing up – whether at school as an active volunteer or serving as PTO President or at home by creating a warm and nurturing environment. An avid gardener, Lisa also enjoyed cooking and baking.  Lisa is survived by her husband, Michael A. Kraus; daughter, Cara E. Kraus and her wife, Emily; son, Logan M. Kraus and his girlfriend, Michele and her granddaughter, Isabelle Michelle. She is also survived by her mother, Julia Radle; a sister, Kim Bair and her husband, Timothy and a nephew, Alex Bair and his fiancée Rebekah.

Christopher Carlo DiNatale, Class of 1990, age 52, passed away on March 26, 2024, at UPMC West Shore Hospital leaving behind a void that can never be filled. He was born on February 29, 1972, in Camp Hill, PA to Frank and Lynne DiNatale. He spent most of his childhood in New Cumberland before his family moved to Harrisburg in 1988. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1990 and attended Penn State University.  Chris was primarily known for the tremendous pride and joy he had for his daughters, whom he loved with all his heart. His girls were his world, and it was evident to anyone that knew him. He was present at countless tea parties, birthday parties, dance recitals, and sporting events as a planner, participant, cheerleader, or coach. From first steps and playing dress up to college graduation, Chris was the quintessential "girl dad" and embraced the title with enthusiasm.  To his many, many friends, Chris (aka Dino) was known for his positive outlook, big heart, and infectious laugh. Chris loved sports. He was a lifelong Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Cowboys fan and loyal to his beloved Nittany Lions. He loved the outdoors and spent time in nature whenever possible. Fishing and camping trips with his buddies were rarely missed and always memorable. Friendships were embedded in Chris' soul, and he cherished them.  Chris was committed in his belief that God nurtures a profound sense of connection to something greater than oneself. He leaned heavily on his faith for stability and resilience when life challenged him with hardship and uncertainties. His family is comforted to know he is at peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father.  Chris' laughter, warmth, sense of humor and ability to make the best out of any situation will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy will live on through the memories he created and the lives he touched.  Chris is survived by his daughters, Amber, Juliette, and Emma DiNatale, his stepdaughter, Chloe Clelan, parents Frank and Lynne DiNatale, grandmother, Elizabeth Bruaw, sisters Marisa (DiNatale) Francis, Carla (DiNatale) Shaw, brothers-in-law, Paul Francis and Kelly Shaw, nephew Owen Francis and niece Abigail Francis as well as by his Uncle and Aunt, John and Leesa Solovey and cousins, Elizabeth Steedman and John Solovey.

Nancy J. Williams, Class of 1969, age 72 of Harrisburg, passed away March 25, 2024, at Vibra Life, Mechanicscburg.  Nancy was born on September 25, 1951, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Donald Williams and Dorothy Williams (Baumbach). Nancy was predeceased by her brother, Donald Jr. "Bud" Williams.  She is survived by her two daughters, Amanda (Michael) Williams, Ashley Taylor and her beloved grandchildren, Alexa, Emma and Kylie; and her grand dogs Piper and Pretzel. She also leaves behind her sister Cheryl Williams and her son Matthew Williams (Jessica), cousin Jill Morris and many other beloved family members.  Nancy was always a spirit to whom people were drawn. Throughout her life, Nancy was truly a giving person. She graduated high school from Central Dauphin in 1969 and immediately started working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her last position was a project manager for the Office of Administration, Integrated Enterprise System Office, from which she retired in June of 2012 after almost 35 years of service, most specifically to be with her grandchildren. Nancy gave of herself and was heavily involved with her daughters' and granddaughters' activities and supported them unconditionally in all they did in their lives. In addition to supporting her daughters' and granddaughters, she volunteered at CATRA (Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association), volunteered at Paxtonia Elementary School to individually work with students on enhancing their reading skills, and held the role of President of the Lower Paxton Stockettes Stock Club. She will be deeply missed by so many.

Richard Paul Caldwell, Class of 1975, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on December 28, 2023, in Harrisburg, PA. "Rick" as he was affectionately known to family and friends, was born in Harrisburg on March 30, 1957, to Raymond and Betty (nee Stauffer) Caldwell.
Rick was a lifelong Harrisburg area resident. He received his bachelor's degree from Penn State University and worked as a counselor at the Dauphin County Prison for 32 years before retiring. He was also an avid reader and book collector who loved to read science fiction, fantasy, and heroic literature. He also loved music, from classical to classic rock, as well as watching movies and TV (especially police dramas). In addition to his love of music, Rick was an excellent base singer and, in his younger years, sang treble at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Harrisburg. He also sang in several groups, duos, and quartets at Derry Street United Methodist Church in Allison Hill with his friends and his parents and brother.
He leaves behind his wife, Dawn Sprague. He met Dawn in 1987 & they were married in 1992.
He also leaves behind his brother, Rev. Dann (Beth) Caldwell of Harrisburg. He is enjoying a heavenly reunion with his parents. His parents loved him dearly and their care for him lasted all the days of their lives.
Rick was the best friend of Dawn and her family, including his late mother-in law, Laura Sprague. He was a good friend and counsel to Dawn's sisters, Dorothy, Diane, Lori, Darla, and his sister-in-law, Beth. He cherished his niece & nephew, Allison & Peter (children to Dann and Beth) and was the favorite uncle of countless nieces & nephews in Dawn's family in Illinois & Pennsylvania, including Sarah, Emily, Jaime, Serena, Janet, Kimberly & Amanda
Rick made a lasting impact on the lives of all he met, from his many friends at Derry Street United Methodist Church, where his spiritual life was nurtured, and its Youth Fellowship program, to his friends and co-workers at the Dauphin County Prison, to friends in the community. He displayed an indomitable will, and no obstacles were insurmountable because he had the support of all who loved him, beginning with his parents, ongoing with family and friends, and concluding with Dawn. He never defined himself by his limitations or Muscular Dystrophy, but lived with and through them and his imagination and faith enabled him to soar. From his childhood he dreamed of flying like Superman. He dreamed of being 'the boy who could fly.' Despite his physical limitations, including hand mobility and dexterity, he had beautiful penmanship and script and was illustrating and painting from an early age. Sometimes his parents carried him, sometimes friends walked by his side, sometimes friends carried him, and Rick was always pointing them in the right direction where he thought he should go. Two other loving friends, Goodness and Mercy, followed behind and the Good Shepherd led the way. He was 'the boy who could fly' and he was Dann's hero.

Judith Ann (Cassell) Barbush, Class of 1958, of Mechanicsburg, PA, was born on May 18, 1940, in Penbrook, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Harry C. and Dorothy (Scheaffer) Cassell. Judy graduated in 1958 as part of the first graduating class of Central Dauphin High School to attend all three years. She also graduated from Hagerstown Business College, completing a Medical Secretarial Science degree and its affiliate program at the University of Pittsburgh. Judy attended Harrisburg Area Community College for accounting classes and more and retired after 35 years as Office Manager at Barbush and Hoffman C.P.A.s in Camp Hill, PA.  Judy had the gift of making those around her happy with her musical talent and is a past member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church Choir in Mechanicsburg, PA, and of the vocal group Visions of Glory. She served on the advisory board at the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Judy is survived by her husband, Samuel M. Barbush, son Anthony S. Barbush (Melanie Derden) of Nevada, son Samuel M. Barbush (Dina) of Mechanicsburg, daughter Christine A. Kozsuch (Matt) of West Chester, PA, and son Robert F. Barbush of Mechanicsburg. She was adored and cherished by her ten grandchildren and is survived by Angelo, Rachael, Jacque, Samuel, Victor, Bella, Leo, Annabelle, Marco, and Cecilia, whom she called her "precious angels". She is predeceased by her brother Robert C. Cassell and her sister Shirley M. Gruver and is survived by brothers Harry A. Cassell (Gail), Charles E. Cassell, and Barry L. Cassell (Annette), and her beloved sister Nancy E. Rasnic (John).

Tyler James McClarren, Class of 2007, age 35, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on March 10, 2024.Tyler was born on January 12, 1989, in Camphill, Pennsylvania, he was the beloved son of Thomas and Janine (Cassatt) McClarren. He was one of two children and is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Judith (Row) Cassatt and paternal grandparents, Ottis and Maxine (Rinehart) McClarren.
Tyler was born and raised in the church that guided his elementary and teen years. He was in the choir at West Hanover Elementary School and began playing the acoustic string bass in 5th grade. He also played in the school orchestra. He quickly advanced and became a member of the Hershey Festival Strings orchestra, the children's orchestra mirroring the adult Hershey Symphony. His musical interests continued as he became part of the Bethany Church of the Nazarene Worship Team and Nazarene Philadelphia District Impact Team. He was self-taught in electric bass, acoustic guitar and electric guitar. During his senior year in high school, he was a worship leader for the Impact Team. He also played in the high school level orchestras including honors orchestra and district orchestra.
Tyler also began his love for the gym in high school. He found an outlet for stress and a community to help him begin his journey as a professional body builder. His goal was to qualify for National Stage Competition. He got his foot in the door marketing himself to Planet Fitness (they were not hiring at the time, but they did hire Tyler to work part time). This was the beginning of his journey. After many years of sacrifices, hard work, facing opposition and giving up desserts and his favorite foods for long periods of time, his goal was achieved on December 18, 2021 when he took 3rd place Novice at the 2021 NPC National Championships in Florida.
Tyler graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 2007 and Central Penn College 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. This education was his springboard into a career of business and recruiting first in Virginia and then returning to Pennsylvania. His leadership skills, ability to communicate with excellence and work ethic served him well in both his business career and career as a trainer.
Tyler had many skills that he learned while working side by side with his dad. Such as, completely tearing his car apart and putting it back together. Tyler was a skilled mechanic, just like his father, and was also ready to tackle any project.
We are thankful for the "village" who helped to raise Tyler and lead him to Christ. We know that he is in Heaven right now in the arms of Jesus and reunited with family. Words cannot describe our pain and how much we will miss our Tyler but we take comfort in knowing that we will see him again.
Tyler is survived by his loving Parents; a Sister Caitlin Wolfe and her husband Justin, Niece Evelyn, Nephew Odin and Niece Adaline; his Maternal Grandfather James M. Cassatt Sr. and Christa Restifo, honorary McClarren and Aunt to Tyler's nieces and nephew; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a wealth of family and friends who loved him and will miss him immensely.

John C. Baker, Class of 1963, age 79, of Indiana, PA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on November 9, 2023 at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. John was an assistant professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He retired from IUP after teaching in the Department of Food and Nutrition for over nineteen years.  While working in the cafeteria in his senior year at Central Dauphin High School, John received a two-year Mott Foundation all expenses paid scholarship. John received a two-year degree from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), excellence in professional culinary education since 1946.  After his graduation from CIA, John was hired to work in the food service/hospitality industry throughout the US before turning to education. John always loved fast cars, and while he still worked in the food business, he bought a 289 AC Cobra. When the new teacher pulled into his parking space in the morning, the boys and maybe a few girls would run to the windows to watch that beautiful little race car throttle into the parking lot. On the weekends, he loved to race his Cobra at the old Hershey Hill Climb, where he proudly won a couple of trophies, which are displayed in a photo on his desk at home. However, the Cobra had to be sold after family life became a priority, and fast cars had to move to the back of the list.  In trying out jobs for a career, John became an assistant manager of Food Service at the University of New Haven, CT, where he took courses to earn his Bachelor's degree. He then moved to Adrian MI where he earned his Master of Arts Degree. Next, he was hired as a faculty member at a four-year university, IUP, where he remained teaching for almost two decades. While at IUP, he continued his education, taking Ph.D courses through Penn State.  When John took an early retirement in 1999, he started to buy and restore old cars, seeing himself as a "Car Guy," hanging out at the car garage. His wife Pat retired in 2010, and the couple bought a home in Bradenton, FL and became "SnowBirds". Soon they both joined the Corvette Club, becoming social members in John's favorite hobby. John enjoyed weekly car shows during the winter months and looked forward to summers in Pennsylvania when he could show his car at the many regional car shows.

Surviving are John's immediate family: his wife Dr. Patricia Scott, his son David Baker (Melissa) from Brewer, ME, his daughter Andrea Baker (Kristine Shollenberger) of Boston, MA, and his children's mother Joan Heilman of Boston, MA. John also has a stepson Michael Scott, Indiana, PA.  He has five grandchildren Chrystian (Brett) McCullough of Corinthian, ME, Teagan Baker (Dan Bouchey) of LeVant, ME; Liam, Dominic, and Lafayette who are all from Brewer, ME, and John also has three great-grandchildren from ME.  Also surviving are John's brothers and sisters: Jewel "Bonnie" (Warren) Jones of Mechanicsburg, PA, Michael (Sherry) Baker, Harrisburg PA, Larry Baker of Enola, PA, and Susan Sucec of Camp Hill, PA. John also has three nieces and two nephews.  John was preceded in death: by his father George Baker of West West Fairview, PA, his mother Pauline (Rhoads) (Brett) McCulloug of Derry Township, PA, and grandson, Cody Baker, of Indiana, PA.

Jannette L. "Jan" (Ligon) Frye, Class of 1971, age 71 of Harrisburg, passed away on February 21, 2024, in Carlisle. She is survived by her loving husband Norman Frye, daughter Heather Elsis (James), siblings Lawrence Ligon and Perry Ligon (Janice), nephews Daniel Ligon (Lori), Brandon Ligon (Amanda), Nathan Ligon and Cody Ellis and numerous grand nieces and nephews. Jan will be remembered fondly by all those who crossed paths with over the years.

Sharon Orfanelli Burke, Class of 1979, age 63, of Camp Hill passed away on February 29, 2024, after a lenghty illness.  Sharon loved her family immensely and enjoyed hosting holiday dinners and summer BBQs. She had a big heart and was a giving person. Sharon enjoyed traveling and going to the beach.  Sharon was born January 15, 1961, in Harrisburg to the late Henry and Mary Jean (Nini) Orfanelli. She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, John F. Burke.  Sharon is also survived by her siblings Richard Orfanelli of Hummelstown, Robert Orfanelli (Dina) of Grantville, Susan Orfanelli of Lemoyne, James Orfanelli (Kim) of Colonial Park, John Orfanelli of Colonial Park; and many nieces and nephews. She was the owner and operator of American Library Consultants along with her husband. She was a member of Post 7415 VFW in New Cumberland.  

Susan E. (Bollinger Turner) Olson, Class of 1967, who passed away suddenly on December 26, 2023 at the age of 74. Susan lived life to the fullest, surrounding herself with family, friends, food, and fun and left those who knew her with memories of each to cherish and retell.
Born to Herbert and Phyllis Bollinger in Sunbury, Pa on November 22,1949, Susan was the second of five children, and is survived by Steven Bollinger, Debra Stover, John Bollinger (Chris), and Phillip Bollinger (Liz); daughter Angela Cowitch (Len) and grandchild, Isabella. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Sadly, Susan was preceded in death by husbands Harry E. Turner and Thomas E. Olson.  A 1967 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Susan worked at Laventhol & Horwath, Certified Public Accountants for many years and retired after a well-established career with the Office of the Budget- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And during her years working full time, her passion for cooking led to owning/operating her own catering business while her appreciation for theater/music furthered the opportunity to co-own a dinner theater.  Susan enjoyed a life of traveling with friends and family, most often via a cruise ship to a tropical destination. She took "Girls Only" weekend trips and longer family vacations to Walt Disney World often. And for the past 6 years, she found comfort taking in sunrises at Virginia Beach, a place with fond memories she held close to her heart.  Susan found joy being the hostess of parties and picnics, moving her high heels across a dance floor, playing card games for hours (especially Pinochle), and showing off her luck at the Casinos. Music was a significant part of Susan's life and she loved songs that spanned decades. If Susan was around, music was playing. She knew it brought people together and she would make sure everyone would have a good time. Many will also remember Susan's generosity and nurturing side.

Ryan S. Nikolic, Class of 2005, age 37 of Harrisburg, died February 26, 2024 at UPMC Community Osteopathic Hospital.  Ryan was born in Kansas City and was the son of Stojan "Niki" and Karen Nikolic.  He was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School.  He attended HACC and Penn State Harrisburg.  He loved his family, animals, and above all his son, Michael.  He was adept at fixing things, repairing cars, and working with his hands. Ryan also loved classic cars, sketching playful cartoons, all varieties of movies, and helping others.  He wore his heart on his sleeve and was a devoted friend and neighbor.  Ryan is survived by, in addition to his parents, his son, Michael, his three cats, his sister, Nadja (Darren) Liptak, and many family members and friends.

Mr. Gary Gene Schaffer, Class of 1961, age 81, died February 13, 2024, at Columbia Cottage, Palmyra, PA. He was born on February 5, 1943 in Berrysburg, PA, the son of the late George Schaffer and Frances (Witmer) Schaffer. In grade school, his family moved to Harrisburg, where Gary graduated from Central Dauphin High school, class of 1965. His path led him to enlist in the United States Air Force, and he was stationed mostly in Turkey, until completing his service and returning to PA in 1968. Gary then earned his degree in Business from Penn State University and bled blue and white, ever since. He worked for Kint Corporation in Harrisburg for over 30 years in Sales and Special Hazard Fire Protection.
Gary was married to Lynne (Koegel) Schaffer for 37 years, until her death in 2012.
Gary was a member of many organizations over the years, including the PA Sports Hall of Fame, the 1001 American Legion, and the former Shellsville VFW. Gary's biggest passion was sports. His true love was baseball, playing in school and the Air Force. But he loved all sports, and enjoyed playing golf, coaching and watching youth sports and football. He could be found at CD football, baseball and softball games regularly. Gary also enjoyed playing cards and had many card groups he was an active participant in.
He is survived by his daughter Jessica S. Rein, and husband Luke, and their sons, Benjamin, Andrew and Jonathan, of Harrisburg, PA. His son, Michael Schaffer, and wife Stacey, and their daughters, Samantha and Sydney of Placentia, CA. He is preceded in death, by his sister and brother-in-law Doris and Forrest Forehand of Livingston Texas, and sister Donna Freeseman of Litiz, PA.


David P. Mink, Class of 1963, age 78, of Lower Paxton Township, known to his family and friends as Dave, Big Dave, Dad, Grandpa and PopPop, passed away February 2, 2024 at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. Born July 11, 1945, in Harrisburg, Dave was a son of the late Frederick W. Mink, Sr. and Thelma (Paules) Mink. He was a 1963 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, where he was a member of the undefeated 1961 Football team, and also wrestled, ran track and played in the Concert Band. For several summers while attending Messiah College and Shippensburg University, Dave worked at Bethlehem Steel and after a brief career in teaching with the Derry Township School District, he returned to the Steel Mill where he worked for over 40 years until his retirement in 2007. He loved sports – whether he was coaching for Colonial Park Boys Baseball and Colonial Park Girls Softball, while his sons and daughter, were active players or faithfully supporting his beloved Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Penn State Football, the Alabama Crimson Tide or the Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers. Dave also enjoyed American military history, especially the Civil War, and visited nearly every Battlefield East of the Mississippi as well as trips to the casino and collecting Dept. 56 Village houses. A member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Colonial Park, he was active in the Men in Mission Group and sang in the Festival Choir. He also loved music – particularly listening to and singing along with the Oak Ridge Boys. Dave always placed the needs of his family as his highest priority. He was the hero to his wife, children and grandchildren for whom he could fix any obstacle or concern that developed in life.  Dave is survived by his wife of almost 57 years, Emma (Hallman) Mink; daughter, Diane E. Gill and her daughters, Sydney and Ashleigh; son, David J. Mink and his wife, Danielle and their son, John and son, Douglas W. Mink and his wife, Kelly and their children, Ethan, Owen and Isla. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Vera Mink; nephew Daniel Mink and his wife, Suzanne and niece, Sonya Mink Border and her husband, David and their daughter, Scarlett, as well as many close friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Frederick W. Mink, Jr. and several cousins.

Douglas T. Koons, , Class of 1962, age 79, of Hummelstown passed away suddenly February 6, 2024 at Providence Place Senior Living, Pine Grove.  Born in Hershey, September 28, 1944, a son of the late Lloyd and Lillian Beachel Koons. Doug was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era.
Doug was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and Penn State University, where he received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education.  He began his teaching career at Dauphin County Vo-Tech, teaching drafting and blueprint reading. Doug retired from Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech, where he served as the vocational education supervisor.
He was a leader with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 39, Harrisburg. He was also involved with the Soap Box Derby, Harrisburg, where he served as president.
Doug's passion in life was golfing, golfing, and golfing. Following retirement, he could be found every Thursday on the greens. He accomplished every golfer's dream on August 9, 2001, when he hit a hole-in-one. He was an avid Penn State football fan. Doug was extremely proud of his grandsons. Watching them play football and soccer brought him immense pride.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Norma L. Georganakis Koons, 2018; two brothers, Terry and Alexander Koons. Surviving are his son, Jonathan Koons and his wife Terri, Tower City; four grandsons, Hunter, Owen, Wyatt, and Jesse Koons, all of Tower City; one great-granddaughter, Adalynn Koons; two sisters, Patricia Loser and her husband Thomas, Petersburg, and Deanna Hinkley, Athens, Georgia; three sister-in-laws, Donna Koons, Arizona, Sherry Koons, Hummelstown, Loretta Ivanoff, Camp Hill; numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty M. Beaver Nye, Class of 1962, age 79, of Harrisburg, died January 31, 2024 at UPMC Community Osteopathic Hospital. Betty was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late Ralph and Jenny Beaver.  She was retired from the Commonwealth of Pa, where she was a secretary.  She was a member of the Penbrook United Church of Christ and the PA Retired State Employees Association. Betty is survived by her daughter, Tammy Brehm; her step-daughter, Bonnie Berkoski; her step-son, Gary Nye; her granddaughter, Amanda Ross; her great-grandchildren, Mason and Reiley Lentz.

Lee Walborn Huntingdon, Class of 1958, of Colonial Park, passed away January 30, 2024. She was born in Harrisburg, on April 23, 1940, to Richard Lehman Walborn and Mary Elizabeth Walborn. Lee was a 1958 graduate of Central Dauphin High School and earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Delaware, serving as Secretary of the Class. She earned her Master's degree in Education at Shippensburg University. Her career in education began as a World Cultures teacher at Central Dauphin High School and finished as the Lead Guidance Counselor for the school. She served the community in various functions over the years, including Teen-Chairman of the 1957 Youth Festival Committee representing 23 local high schools, Vice-President of the Colonial Park Civic Club, member of the Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department, Secretary at the PA State Education Association, member of the Lady Bugs Social Club, and member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Lee was an accomplished local artist and worked primarily in early American and tole painting as well as dried flowers. Lee exhibited her arts and crafts at many Central PA art shows and was very well known by her dedicated followers and customers. Lee is survived by her husband, Greg, who she married on June 17, 1961. She is also survived by her son, Brad.

Ann Blocker, Class of 1970, age 71, left this life peacefully at her home in Auburn, Massachusetts on December 2, 2023.  She was born on September 4, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Janne Steele and Clyde Blocker of Huntington, Indiana. She grew up in Missouri, Michigan, Texas, and Pennsylvania, and graduated from Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1970. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1974 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia. She loved living in the South. She enjoyed hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains and climbed Stone Mountain multiple times. During these years she was a fierce competitor in Ultimate Frisbee tournaments around the country along with her many friends.  Ann loved to travel and had adventures in China, England, Canada, and Mexico. She snorkeled in the Cayman Islands and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and twice rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. She made several trips to Europe and was in most of the lower-48 states at least once. Her son Truman Chojnowski was born in 1994 and she and her husband Paul Chojnowski moved the family to Adams, Massachusetts in 1996, where they shared their home with Ann's mother in her last years. She is survived by her beloved son Truman and her brothers Vincent and David.  She had the same sweet eyes as her maternal grandmother and will be missed by those close to her.

Thomas (Tom) Hamm, Class of 1971, passed away on January 8, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. A life-long resident of Linglestown and Paxtonia, PA, he moved to Texas to be closer to his family in May of 2023. He is survived by his brother Dennis Hamm (wife Elaine), two nieces, Joanne Scott (husband Jeff) and Susan Harvey (husband Matt) and his great niece, Alice Harvey, and great nephew, Jackson Scott, along with numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Ralph W. Hamm, his mother Dorothy L. (Snoke) Hamm and his infant brother Ralph Hamm, Jr. He was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and Shippensburg University, where he majored in Marketing. In addition to his family, he had a dedicated group in his extended family that provided years of care and friendship. His circle of friends and associates beyond that was immense, including musicians, photography associates, his work friends, his car friends, his neighbors, and long-time friends. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, anytime. Most of his life, he was a self-proclaimed “music mercenary” who loved to play and would take on a music assignment just to play drums. He traveled far and wide, traveling from Hershey Park to the Montreux Jazz Festival and many places in between. In addition to his travel breadth, he played many styles. But his musical reach went well beyond his performances through the students he taught. He has former students performing professionally and as well as recording. He had a special love for young students just starting out and would give them a foundation for music AND for life. Many of those “young” students are now adults and lifelong friends. Tom was a beloved colleague and friend to many at United Concordia Dental, where he worked for 22 years. He spent his years as a loyal employee, first in Customer Service and finished his career in Dental Electronic Services. He was known as a “Gentle Jokester” who would put a smile on everyone’s face. So many cherished memories of great times at the workplace with Tom. At a young age, Tom developed deep interests in photography and cars. He nearly always had his camera nearby and has thousands upon thousands of photos of cars, bands, models, kids, and dogs. (He knew every dog by name in his neighborhood and they all knew him.) He melded those two interests together around the time of his retirements when he attended SCCA and Track Night in America events and captured the action and sold pictures as supplemental income. Those drivers accepted him in their circle like a brother. They love his pictures, and they love him. He was a master of race car trivia and music trivia, not to mention being able to recite the entire dialog from his favorite movies. (Nyuck! Nyuck! Nyuck!) His sense of humor and his attitude were with him every day, even up to the very end. For sure, he lived life the way he wanted to live. A celebration of his life will be held in the Central Pennsylvania area at some yet-to-be-determined date. His diagnosis of ALS was devastating to him and to all who knew him. ALS is a terrible disease. 

Jeffrey Alan Lontz, Class of 1989, age 52, was born on June 12, 1971 in Harrisburg. He recently passed away on January 20, 2024. Jeffrey attended Central Dauphin High School, as well as HACC and Albright College. He worked for Upstream Rehabilitation (formerly Drayer Physical Therapy). 

Nikki Ellen Knerr, Class of 1963, age age 78, of Lewes, Delaware, passed away January 27, 2024 at Beebe Healthcare Hospital in Lewes, DE. Born June 12, 1945 in Harrisburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (Hursch) Knerr.  She owned Kreative Komposition, Inc, a graphic art and printing company in Camp Hill, PA. She loved entertaining, gardening, traveling, and was a huge Penn State football fan. Most of all she loved being with her many, many friends. She served as President of the West Shore Area of Commerce and was an innovator in raising money for Aids Care and Research with her “Unity Festivals”. Surviving are her sister, Karen Hollen and her husband Robert. Numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many, many special friends.

George "Tom" Post, Class of 1961, passed away at the age of 80 on February 1st, 2024 in his home. He was born on January 31, 1944.
He joined the Navy right out of high school and spent the next 20+ years traveling the world. He was married to Sharon A. Lennon in 1974, together they had 3 beautiful children; David, Erin, and Ruth, whom he loved to the moon and stars. He retired from the United States Navy in 1985 and moved his family to Washington State. There he was involved in the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, and a part of the Chapter B Gold Wing Riders Association. He loved riding with his friends. George was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Post in 1996.
Later, he remarried in 2000 to Linda J. Twohig and gained a bonus son, Chad, whom he loved. He later moved to Texas to follow his daughter, son-in-law and grandkids.
Throughout his life, George touched the hearts of everyone he met with his unwavering compassion, wisdom, and generosity. He loved playing Santa at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale, WA. He often times played Santa in real life, helping others in need. Whether through his dedicated service to various charitable causes, his inspiring leadership in Knights of Columbus, serving in the Kiwanis club or simply through his warm smile and encouraging words, he made a lasting impact on all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
In his memory, let us strive to carry forward his legacy of love, empathy, and generosity. George T. Post will be dearly missed but never forgotten, as his spirit lives on in the countless lives he has touched. May his soul rest in peace, knowing that he has left the world a better place through his

Robert "Bob" Kershaw, Class of 1967, age 74, passed away July 15, 2023 after a courageous multiyear battle with cancer. Bob is survived by son Craig (Gina Cole) and granddaughter Frankie, son Brian, brother Rick (Deborah), and father Robert. Bob is preceded in death by his mother Betty. Bob was known to family and friends as a sports enthusiast, both participant and spectator.

Glenn T. Knackstedt, Class of 1957, age 85,of  Hershey, passed away on December 27, 2023 in the Hershey Medical Center. He was born August 18, 1938 in Lower Paxton Township. He was one of nine children born to the late Edward and Ethel (Alleman) Knackstedt.  Glenn was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and served in the United States Air Force. Glenn retired as a machine operator from Hershey Foods. He also had worked at the former J.B. Hostetter Hardware Store in Hershey, Hanoverdale Agway and St. Joan of Arc Church and School.  Surviving is his wife, Carol A. (Merlo) Knackstedt and stepson, Terry Hand of Hershey; sister, Sylvania Merlo of Palmyra. Glenn is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by four sisters: Ruth Hackman, Elizabeth Ricker, Joan Mumma and Judy Shenk; three brothers, Edward Knackstedt, Jr., Henry Knackstedt and  Fred Knackstedt.

Kenneth L. Peiffer, retired CDHS teacher, age 84, of Palmyra passed away December 30, 2023.
Born February 19, 1939 in North Londonderry Township "Coffeetown," Lebanon County, he was a son of the late Evan R. and Esther E. (Waltz) Peiffer and was also preceded in death by brother Evan R. Peiffer, Jr. and niece Karen Peiffer Stickler.
He retired as an English and Drama teacher from Central Dauphin High School in 2000 and was formerly Facilities Manager at HersheyPark Arena and Stadium. A 1961 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, he also graduated from Hershey Junior College and Palmyra High School and was an unaffiliated Protestant. In addition to friends, colleagues and former students, Ken enjoyed following the Phillies, writing seasonal and humorous poetry, oil painting, candle making, numismatics and geology. He also was an avid collector and archiver of a wide assortment of movies, videos, and audio recordings.
Surviving are his sister Emily E., wife of Peter Drabousky of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister-in-law Doris Peiffer of Annville; nieces Janet Drabousky Carter (Anthony) and Anita M. Drabousky; nephews Bradley Peiffer and David Drabousky (Aylin).

Jeanne Osler McDole, Class of 1967, age 74 of Harrisburg died December 25, 2023 at Homeland Center.  Jeanne was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late George and Esther Osler. She retired from Archbold Hospital, Thomasville, GA, where she was a registered nurse in Labor and Delivery.  Jeanne was predeceased by her husband, Fred R. McDole, Sr. and her son, Fred R. McDole, Jr.  Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Tonya (Jonathan) Walls; her granddaughters, Karley and Laura Walls; her sisters, Joan Conley and Kathi (John) Cornelius; her brothers, George (Donna) Osler , Barry (Edie) Osler and John (Sara) Fox.

Lloyd D. Ringley, Class of 1962, age 79 of Harrisburg, died December 28, 2023 at UPMC Community Osteopathic Hospital.  Lloyd was born in Penbrook and was the son of the late Cossie and Mary Ringley.  He was retired from AMP, where he was a draft designer.  He was a member of the VFW, Perseverance Lodge# 21 F&AM, Robert H. Hoke American Legion Post 272 of Linglestown and St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Lloyd was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn Ringley and his brother, Donald Ringley.  Lloyd is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anna J. Ringley; his daughters, Robin (Mike) Snyder and Amy Ringley; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his brothers, George Ringley and Lyle Ringley.

Harold Gutshall, Class of 1963, age 78, of Lower Paxton Township, went to be with God on December 15, 2023 at home after a long courageous battle with cancer.  He was born in Harrisburg, the son of the late Arthur and Verna (Rodgers) Gutshall. He was retired from Sears with 40 years of service and was a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Church. He enjoyed camping, going to the mountains, playing cards and in his younger years, playing golf.  He was also a fan of Penn State and the Philadelphia Eagles football teams as well as Hershey Bears Hockey and Philadelphia Phillies baseball teams.  Harold was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Gutshall and a sister Esther Swartz. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Dolores (Peffley) Gutshall. He will be laid to rest on their 59th Wedding Anniversary, a son John Gutshall who lives at home, grandson Zachery Gutshall and wife Nicole of Harrisburg, a granddaughter, Jessica Palevo of Lebanon. Great-grandson's Greyson and Clayton Gutshall, a niece, Glynis Smith and several great nieces and nephews.

 

Judy A. Brown Morton, Class of 1958, age 83 of Upper Allen Twp., Mechanicsburg, PA, died peacefully Nov. 19, 2023, at home.  Judy was a great wife, mother and Nina (grandmother) and is lovingly missed by her family and friends. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School as part of the class of 1958 and Harrisburg Hospital school of Nursing in 1961. Judy met her future husband John (Jack) of 62 years at Harrisburg Hospital, where she was a nurse, and he was an intern. She was known for her devotion to her family and friends. Which she expressed through her cooking, baking, crafting and other creative past times centered around the home. Judy made rainbow cakes, long before the major brands caught onto their wonder.  They were loved by everyone within her circle. Her brownies, French toast, holiday pancakes, dinner rolls and grilled cheese sandwiches were just a small part of her home cooking hall of fame. One of her immense pleasures was quilting. These were treasured by those lucky enough to receive one and were prized because of her high level of craftmanship.  She was generous with her skills and taught her family and friends the techniques that she perfected in her creative endeavors.  She had a green thumb and could salvage any sick plant.  She loved going to her girls and grandkids’ school events and supporting them.  She was a volunteer at Messiah Village in Mechanicsburg, Meals on Wheels, for many years as well as a troop leader for the Brownies, a division of the Girl Scouts of America.  Born in Lancaster, PA on February 21, 1940, she was the daughter of the late William T. and Iva Olive (Buhrman) Brown.  She was also preceded in death by her stepbrother Gary and her stepmother Clara Bea Brown.  Surviving are her beloved husband of 62 years, Dr. John Charles Morton, her daughters Cynthia D. Morton (Robert) of Odenton, MD, Keri Jo Morton (David) of Merrit Island, FL and Suzanne M. Morton of the Azores, 2 grandchildren Jonathan W. (Woody) and Kalyn Emma Kirchhoff.

Cheyenne Robinson, Class of 2024. Our lives were gifted on August 23, 2005 when Cheyenne C. "Buddha" Robinson was born to her ever-loving Mother, Jasmine Robinson of Harrisburg and her Father, Jay Calfee Jr of Pittsburgh. Unexpectedly on Friday December 8, 2023, Cheyenne, at the tender age of 18, gained her Angel Wings as she passed at home in the affectionate arms of her dear Mother. Cheyenne "Buddha" was known for being a Light that captured your heart, from her wide smile and warm, generous soul and being spoiled with love. She was easy to love and impossible to forget, imprinting on the lives of anyone she encountered. Cheyenne loved spending time with her family, especially her Nonny/Nani (Great-Grandmother) Dorothy Robinson. She had a love for Asian, specifically Japanese culture, with dreams to travel and possibly live there one day. An avid enthusiast of Anime and Horror movies, she would spend her time writing fanfiction and creating OC characters. Cheyenne loved traveling and being surprised with random trips anywhere her family could think to go. She enjoyed cosplay, Anime Cons, museums, concerts, fishing, archery, horseback riding and goat yoga. From an early age, Cheyenne had a deep love for music that spread across genres and began taking piano lessons at age 5, falling in love with her piano teacher, Ms Sharon Wallace, more than the piano itself. She adored animals of all kinds, infants and helping anyone that needed assistance. Cheyenne was due to graduate from Central Dauphin High School in the spring of 2024, with Academic acceptance into Cooks Honor College at IUP with hopes of pursuing Voice Acting and Entertainment. Cheyenne is survived by her Adoring Maternal Grandmother Joy Robinson of Harrisburg, Poppa "Mister" Ron Kurtz of Lancaster, Great-Grandmother Dorothy Robinson of Harrisburg, her loving Aunts; Jennifer Gaiski (Samuel) of Harrisburg, Carina Dixon (James) of Harrisburg, Honorary Aunt Desiree Washington of Harrisburg and Godmother Miracle Cooper of Harrisburg. She is also survived by her Paternal Grandparents Jay Calfee Sr and Rachelle Calfee of Pittsburgh, Aunt Tamisha Baako-Boafo, Uncles; Brandon Calffe and Rasean Calfee, Paternal siblings Ayauna Welch, Amiya Haley, Jayden Calfee-Bender, Jay Calfee III, Chance Edwards-Calfee, Javion Calfee-Bender and Kynzi Calfee, along with a vast host of Uncles, Aunts and Cousins. Cheyenne was welcomed into her spiritual transition by her Great-Great Aunt Edith Gwyn, Great Grandfather John Robinson, Uncle John Rucker, Grandmother Sylvia Calfee, Aunt Dawn Wright, Grandfather Marshall Johnson, and Great-Grandparents Waymon and Ardelia Johnson. While Cheyenne's life on earth was short, she continues to be a Gift of Life through her organ donation.

Robert James “Jim” Brindle Jr., Class of 1960, age 80, of St. Augustine, FLorida passed on January 18, 2023. Jim was born on August 23, 1942 in Harrisburg, PA. He is preceded in death by his mother, Emily Jane (Goho) Brindle and father, Robert James Brindle.  Jim was their eldest child and excelled in both academics and athletics. Jim graduated as valedictorian from Central Dauphin High School in 1960 and graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and lettered in both varsity basketball and baseball. His athleticism followed him into adulthood where he excelled in tennis and maintained a 4 handicap in golf.  For 20 years, Jim was the North American Sales Manager for AMC and RGC, Australian mining companies.  Jim is survived by his wife of 33 years, Christine Ballou Brindle, who became an amazing caregiver as his Parkinson’s progressed.  Jim is also survived by a sister Catherine A. Brown of Kingston, MA, brother Stephen G. Brindle (Claudia) of Ruckersville, VA, sister-in-law Kelle Ballou Maher (Scott) of Scottsdale, AZ and brother-in-law Robert A. Ballou (Janet)of St. Augustine, FL.

Robert "Bob" Harr Sr., Class of 1962, went to his heavenly home surrounded by family on December 5th, 2023 while at home, following an extended illness. He was 79 years old and was born on March 15th, 1944, in Harrisburg PA, at the former Polyclinic Hospital, to parents John L. Harr and Evelyn (White) Harr, both deceased.
Bob attended Central Dauphin High School where he was a member of the class of 1962, and was also on the Central Dauphin wrestling team. While attending school he also met the love of his life, Patricia A. Fink, whom he married on October 23, 1960, and shared 63 years of marriage. Following school, Bob began his career in the construction trades where he could do it all, from foundations to finishing, and he had a reputation as a master craftsman, bricklayer, and carpenter. He worked many years for Colonial Pines Nursing home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he built, remodeled, and upgraded the facility until his retirement in 2012.
Following his retirement, he continued doing various construction projects for many years as his health would allow. His construction career also led him to his hobby of working with wood and being a furniture builder, and he was known to provide custom Adirondack chairs, tables, shelves, and anything else you could build from wood, for not only his home, but also for his seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Everyone who knew Bob would agree that he was a revered member of his community. He had an infectious laugh, easy going spirit, and would help anyone in need of his advice or help. Bob and his wife Pat were recognized by Central Dauphin High School Wrestling for their participation in the wrestling program for numerous years due to their booster's participation while four of their sons and two daughters were wrestlers and managers respectively in the program spanning three decades. Bob and Pat were also committed fans of their children's and grandchildren's sports and activities and could be spotted in the stands all over central Pennsylvania for many years at schools and colleges. Bob and Pat also enjoyed travelling to the New Jersey shore in Wildwood and Cape May where they enjoyed cycling and walking on the beach. Bob and Pat also loved spending time with and hosting events with their large extended family.

Although revered as a builder and craftsman, Bob's most cherished roles in life were as husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and brother-in-law. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Patricia (Fink); his son Robert F. Harr Jr. (Lori Matthews) of Harrisburg, PA; daughter Billie Y. Harr(Wagner) and her husband William Wagner of Chester Springs, PA; daughter Sherry L. Harr of Harrisburg, PA; son Jamie J. Harr and wife Denise (Flickinger) Harr of Hummelstown, PA; son Cary B. Harr of Waretown, NJ; daughter Jody S. Harr (Stine) and her husband Craig Stine of Schuylkill Haven, PA; his son Chris M. Harr and his wife Julie (Dykeman) of Harrisburg, PA; his grandchildren, Hannah Wagner, Daniel Wagner, Abigail Harr, Clint Harr, Chase Stine, Madeline Harr, Dylan Harr, Elise Stine, Mica Harr, Grace Harr, Nate Stine, Clare Harr, Conor Harr, Emilie Harr, Nora Harr, and great-grandchildren Olivia Wagner, Augustus Acevedo, and Sloane Carter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Deborah Kay Harr, and his brother James W. Harr of Dillsburg PA.
Bob was loved and admired dearly by his family and friends and will live on in our hearts forever.

Ronald A. "Ron" Wesner, Class of 1965, age 76, of Dauphin, passed away December 2nd, in Blain, PA, while hunting and enjoying the great outdoors.
Born February 25, 1947, in Ashland, PA, son of Samuel and Jean (Meredith) Wesner. He grew up in Linglestown after his family moved from Mount Carmel when he was in first grade.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy "Dee" (Shiffer) to whom he was married for 55 years.
Ron was a 1965 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Ron was in the Navy from 1966 to 1969, when he was honorably discharged. He served as an electrician on the USS Oriskany. Following his time in the Navy, Ron was a mason, working for several companies and lastly working side-by-side with his son Sam in the business they founded in 2005, Dauphin Enterprises, LLC.
Ron was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He found joy in working, spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, and any time spent with his family. His greatest joy in life was his grandchildren.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Dauphin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dave Wesner. Survived by his son, Sam (Monica), grandchildren Ivan and Eva, a special cousin Judy (Randy) Byra and sister-in-law Susan Wesner. He had "bonus" siblings, Joyce Stultz, John (Judy) Shiffer, Ricky (Cheryl) Shiffer, Amy (Jay) Heagy and many nieces and nephews.

Sandra J. Yeager Gagliardi, Class of 1986, age 55 of Harrisburg, died December 2, 2023 at Carolyn's House, Hospice Residence.  Sandra was born in Hershey and was the daughter of the late Thomas and Patricia Yeager.  She was employed with Orthopedic Institute of Pa, where she was a Forms Specialist.  She was an advocate for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research and a fundraiser for Metavivor.org.  She was a devoted wife of thirty years and a mother of two.  She enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.  Sandra is survived by her husband, Francis M. Gagliardi, Jr.; her daughter, Alison Gagliardi; her son, Mason Gagliardi; her brother, Daniel Yeager.

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
(Raymond).
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.

Richard K. Forney, Jr., Class of 1980, best known as “Rich”, age 61 of Loysville went to be with Jesus on May 20, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Rich was born in Colonial Park on May 8, 1962 to the late Richard and Mildred (Becker) Forney, Sr.  Rich is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Lisa A (Reigel) Forney; two children:  Tashina (Christopher) Horne of Lancaster, and Robert Forney of Philadelphia; four grandchildren:  Hope, Faith, Justin, and Joy; two siblings:  Shirley Miller of Middletown, MD and John Forney of Duncannon; and a brother-in-law, Lester Reigel of Carlisle.
Rich graduated with the Class of 1980 of Central Dauphin High School.  He proudly studied carpentry in vo-tech.  This mechanical gentleman had great faith in God.  He attended the Manassa Community Baptist Church in Blain and was a jack-of-all-trades.  He was able to plumb, wire, and repair just about anything!  He worked at Stroehmann Bakery in Harrisburg for 29 years until it closed.  He also drove and helped an Amish stone mason for Weaver’s Landscaping in Shippensburg until his cancer became too advanced to work. 



Marcia Vranicar Csurics, Class of 1964, age 76, of Susquehanna Twp., Harrisburg, died May 30, 2023, at the Colonial Care Center. Marcia was born on September 6, 1946, the daughter of the late Anthony Vranicar, and Mary (Pilch) Vranicar. She grew up in Harrisburg and attended Central Dauphin High School, graduating in 1964. She married George Csurics in 1970 in Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Harrisburg, PA. She is survived by her husband, George, and her two children David and Diane, and two grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Paul and Mark Vranicar, and extended family. Marcia was employed at Nationwide Insurance for 30 years. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church, Harrisburg. Marica was a beautiful wife and mother. She loved to cook for her family. Marica loved doing word search puzzles and playing games with her family. Marcia made many happy memories through the years bringing lots of love and laughter.

Marion Borek Hagens, Class of 1959, age 81, of Dillsburg, PA, passed away on June 4, 2023 at Celebration Villa – Dillsburg, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 25, 1941 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, the daughter of the late Walter and Marguerite Eve Tysco Borek. As a child, she and her sister, Kathy got to experience many different places as they moved for her father's job with the Soil Conservation Service of the Department of Agriculture, including an extended stint in Puerto Rico that Marion remembered fondly.
Marion graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1959.  As a young woman she had various jobs including a Teletype Operator at Allegheny Airlines and a Telephone Operator at Harrisburg Hospital. She was married to Walter Hagens from 1967-1988 and had four children. While raising them as a stay-at-home mom in the 1970’s, Marion was approved for babysitting services. She babysat up to five additional kids most of the time, including twins, Dawn and Kathy, Johnny, and later Aaron. In 1979, the family moved to Dillsburg, and Marion became an active member of the Society of Farm Women of Dillsburg and was extremely active in the leadership of the Dillsburg 4H Club. When her kids were older, Marion worked many years at Hills Department Store in Camp Hill and later was a longtime cashier at Weis Markets – Bowmansdale. She was a proud breast cancer survivor and often raised funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life under the team name, “Marion the Barbarian.” Perhaps her greatest role was that of a devoted mother. She was often up late at night, baking goodies for school events.  She packed lunches with love notes written on napkins and served as a chauffeur for countless hours shuttling to sports and band practices, and theatre rehearsals, all while working full-time. She loved music and musicals and passed on that love to her children. She was her children’s biggest fan, and she always signed her notes and cards, “Lots of mushy love, Mom.” She will be remembered for her great capacity to love, her fierce survivor spirit, and her playful, saucy sense of humor. She is survived by her loving and devoted children: Thomas J. Hagens, of Dillsburg; Tonya J. Mattis (Ian Mattis), of Camp Hill; Tina J. Wallace (Matt Wallace), of Louisville, KY, and Timothy J. Hagens (Mary Hagens), of Exeter, MO. Her sister, Kathleen Borek, of Spokane, WA and nieces Susan, Kathleen, and Lorraine.  Her five grandchildren Amy, Joanna, Nick, Elizabeth, and Andy and two great-grandchildren, Cora and Henry.
 


Michael E. Bass, Class of 1970, age 70, passed away June 5, 2023 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Born July 29, 1952 in Chambersburg, PA, he was the son of the late Charles E. Bass, Jr. and Thelma G. (Millhouse) Bass.  Following high school, he traveled to several states, ultimately landing in Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 1979 and Masters of Architecture in 1983 from Oklahoma State University. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law:  Joseph Doncevic.
Michael was an architect and retired in 2021, and remained a consultant. The bulk of his career was with the design/build firm Cutler Associates Inc., starting in 1991 as a Design Project Manager, and working his way up to Vice President of Design. He specialized in campus planning and preservation; on the campuses of Clark University, WPI, University of New Hampshire, Philips Exeter Academy, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Berklee College of Music, University of Maine, and many more. Many of his projects lasted multiple years and spanned across many buildings. He was especially proud of the long lasting relationships he formed.
Stubborn yet funny with a quick wit, Michael was loyal and true to those he held dear. He adored doting on his two grandsons, was an avid gardener, automotive enthusiast, lover of classic films and TV, and treasured a wide variety of music.  He loved catching a show at the Bull Run in Shirley, MA.  As a younger man he enjoyed hunting but as the years passed he took a liking to fishing.  Michael loved to cook and grill for friends and family. He was also interested in photography, and loved to visit with friends and family in Pennsylvania.
Michael was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Central Massachusetts Chapter of Boston Society of Architects (AIA/BSA), the Society of College and University Planners, and the Trust for Historic Preservation. He served on the building committee for the Maynard Public Library.
Surviving are his children:  Ian B. Bass, Fairfax, CA and Suzanna B. York (and her husband, Anthony York), Phoenix, AZ; his sisters: Cynthia Doncevic, Harrisburg and Juanita Nightwine, Dauphin; 2 grandchildren: Dominic and Rhone; nieces and nephews; and many friends.


Dr. George Edwin Jefferies III, Class of 1960, age 80, of George Edwin Jefferies III M.D. obituary, New Cumberland, PANew Cumberland, passed away on the morning of October 2, 2023 at Capitol Rehab & Healthcare Center, Harrisburg. Born on December 15, 1942 in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late George E. and Mary (Chubb) Jefferies.
George was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School (Class of 1960) and would go on to earn his bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College where he was also a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Pursuing a career in medicine, he would earn a degree from the former Thomas Jefferson Medical College (now, Sidney Kimmel Medical College), Philadelphia, before interning at Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg. His education paused as he served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army; spending two years in Chicago with his wife as a military physician. Upon discharge, he would fulfill his residency at Harrisburg Hospital, becoming an OB-GYN. Professionally, he partnered at Flurkey & Jefferies Associates, with locations in Camp Hill and Harrisburg. He would belong to both the PA Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
But George was much more than his professional career; he was a loving husband and father, and a reserved individual who enjoyed the little things in life. He met his wife, Nancy, while they were working at Hershey Creamery in Harrisburg. Their story was known as the "popsicle romance," as they were introduced while he made popsicles at the factory, and she packed them. This youthful courtship would turn into a lasting marriage and small family. Their first date was at the Community Theater in Harrisburg, and after that, George would often surprise Nancy with impromptu picnics.
After their daughter was born, summer vacations to Myrtle Beach were a staple each year, and family gatherings were always a big deal. As a couple, George and Nancy traveled all over the United States; they would spend a month traveling to and from Washington state, meeting friends on the West Coast and spending time at Yellowstone in between.
George was a longtime member of Baughman Church, New Cumberland, and he was also an avid hunter and fisherman. His passion was trout fishing on the creeks of Central PA, especially cherishing the time spent alongside his grandson. He enjoyed dominoes, board games and puzzles of all kinds. Despite his quiet nature, George also possessed a sharp sense of humor. His gentle and caring way will be missed by all those he helped as a physician and especially by those closest to him.
Surviving George is his wife and best friend of 58 years, Nancy (Ross) Jefferies; a daughter, Tracie Hockman (husband, Phil) of Lisburn; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a twin brother, John A. Jefferies; and his only grandchild, Joshua S. Perry.


Lawrence Lee Cirillo, Class of 1961, age 79, of Tamarac, FL; Lawrence Lee Cirillo obituary, 1943-2023, Tamarac, FLpassed away September 20, 2023 in Woodmont Hospital. Born October 15, 1943 in Harrisburg, PA, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Doris L. Cirillo. Upon graduation from Central Dauphin High School in 1961, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served until 1964. After his military service, he attended Penn State University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. He was a CPA for many years, holding Comptroller and Vice President of Finance positions with various companies. He retired from the South Florida Auto Auction. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pamela E. Cirillo of Tamarac, FL; brother, Stephen M. Cirillo of Harrisburg, PA; sister, Karen E. Cirillo, of Harrisburg, PA; daughter, Gina M. Deiter of Harrisburg, PA; son Lawrence (Jennifer) Cirillo of Harrisburg, PA; stepson, Trey (Estelle) Wheeler of Portland, OR; stepdaughter, Ashley Wheeler of Harrisburg, PA; 2 nieces, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 

Patricia Fawber Nolan, Class of 1984, age 57 of Grantville, died September 26, 2023 after a valiant battle with brain cancer.
Patty was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late James and Helen Fawber. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School and received a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College. She loved animals and growing exotic plants, and was a member of the Hershey Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. She was retired from Northwest Bank and FNB, where she was a Customer Service Manager. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Patricia is survived by her husband of 24 years, Michael Nolan; her brother, James Fawber, Jr.


Frank Joseph Trovato, Class of 1976, age 65, of Harrisburg, Frank Joseph Trovato obituary, Harrisburg, PAPennsylvania, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.  Frank was born on July 12, 1958, in Scranton, Pennsylvania to the late Francesco J. and Teresa C. (Manno) Trovato. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Philomena Trovato.
After meeting Maureen, his high school sweetheart, Frank graduated from Central Dauphin High School, Class of 1976. In their 42 years of marriage, he dedicated his life to his family of five daughters and was blessed to welcome five sons-in-law and seven adorable grandchildren.
He began his long and rewarding career with the Bobby Rahal Automotive Group as a salesman in 1996. His love of cars, his drive to excel, and his care for people led him to become General Manager of the Lewistown dealership.
Frank's perfect day would start with a big breakfast and coffee with Maureen. He enjoyed making people laugh, all things cars, and woodworking. Rain or shine, Frank would do anything for his family and friends. He was smart, strong, and fiercely loyal, and you could always count on him for the perfect pun.
Frank is survived by his beloved wife Maureen (Cassidy) Trovato; five daughters and five sons-in-law, Emily Trovato (Greg Strella), Elizabeth Parme (Zack), Sarah Hoffee (Josh), Vanessa Matthew (Clay), Angela Trovato (Bill Madden); seven grandchildren, Henry, Olive, Silas, Miles, Wyatt, Ryan and Abigail. He is also survived by an additional wealth of family and friends who love him profoundly and will miss him immensely.

Albert Arden Oberheim, Class of 1959, age 82, of Piketown, PA, passed away on August 23, 2023 at home.
Born May 21, 1941 in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of Belle Isle Stoner Oberheim and Ray Oberheim.
Albert worked for 30 years at Monroe, Inc. and was a member of HAM RADIO Club and Central PA Rock & Mineral Club. His hobbies included scuba diving, HAM RADIO, model planes, and chainsawing wood.
He is survived by his wife, Betsy Walmer Oberheim, three children, Andrew Oberheim, Lorayn McPoyle, Daniel Oberheim, sister, Margaret Stoner, brother, Ray Oberheim, granddaughters, Fiona, Kalista, Eila, Emelyn, and Katelyn, and great-aunt, Mary Jane Stoner, and many cousins.  He was preceded in death by parents, Belle Isle and Ray Oberheim.



Danny Barnett, Class of 1972.
Danny R Barnett obituaryIt is with heavy hearts and a trail of laughter that we say goodbye to our beloved Danny Barnett on August 29, 2023. Known for his infectious sense of humor and his ability to bring a smile to anyone's face, Danny lived a life filled with joy and laughter.
Born on September 22, 1954, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Danny was a constant source of entertainment for his family and friends. From a young age, he showed a natural talent for making people laugh and brightening their darkest days with his upbeat personality.
Danny's quick wit and mischievous spirit carried him through life. Whether it was a clever one-liner, a playful prank, or a comical story, he always had the perfect joke up his sleeve. His comedic timing was impeccable, and his infectious laughter could light up a room.
Danny found humor in the simplest things. He would find joy in the antics of his grandchildren, the antics of his dog, or even in the amusing typos in a newspaper. His laughter was contagious and brought happiness to those fortunate enough to be around him.
Aside from his sense of humor, Danny had a heart of gold. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and put a smile on people's faces. His kindness and generosity touched the lives of many, and he will be remembered as someone who made the world a better and happier place.
Danny's passing has left a void in our lives, but we take solace in knowing that his laughter will forever echo in our memories. We will miss his jokes, his unique perspectives on life, and his uncanny ability to lighten even the heaviest of hearts.
Danny leaves behind a legacy of laughter, love, and joy. His memory will continue to bring smiles to our faces and warm our hearts. As we bid farewell to our beloved joker, may we honor him by cherishing life's little moments and spreading laughter wherever we go.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions to be made to a local charity that supports humor and laughter, in honor of Danny's passion for bringing joy to others.
Rest in peace, Danny. You'll forever be the funniest angel in heaven.



Mary Elizabeth Nye Campbell, Class of 1961, age 80, of Mary E. Campbell obituary, Dauphin, PADauphin, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2023, at Stonebridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mary was born on January 24, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to the late Harry and Mary (Yowler) Nye. She was one of four children and was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Sandra Walker.

Mary was first and foremost a devoted wife and loving mother. She was blessed with a wonderful artistic talent and loved to sketch and paint. Mary was an avid bowler for many years at the Red Crown Bowling Center where she enjoyed spending time with some of her closest friends and family. Her competitive nature carried over whether she was playing some of her favorite games like Scrabble and Yahtzee, watching her favorite game shows, or her favorite football team, Penn State. Christmas was her favorite time of the year. Nicknamed Mrs. Claus, she would have a beautiful Christmas tree for every room but mostly she enjoyed being able to spend time with her family.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband Hugh Campbell Jr. of 45 years; two sons, Michael Pae Jr. (Jill), from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Daniel Pae (Kristina), from Etters, Pennsylvania; two daughters Michelle Sprucebank (Greg), from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth Greider, from Dauphin, Pennsylvania; 9 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Harry C. Nye III from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania and Daniel Y. Nye from Greensburg, Pennsylvania along with an additional wealth of family and friends who loved her profoundly and will miss her immensely.
 

Karen LaSchel Smith Jones, Class of 1982, passed away Karen L. Jones obituary, Harrisburg, PAunexpectedly 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