Memorial Dedication Ceremony, May 2012.
A project that was completed in May 2012 is a Veterans Memorial for the high school. This honors all veterans, in addition to the 13 CD alumni veterans listed below.
If you know of any other CD students who lost their lives while serving our country, please let us know. The names listed below are alumni whom we know have lost their lives while serving our country:
Donald R. Taylor, '60
Harold A. Ford, '61
J Randall Gipe, '62
Lawrence E. Houck, '62
Jay Franklin Geyer '64
Stanley L. Horwitz, '65
Richard E. Fink, '65
Michael L. Jones, '65
Larry T. Waltz, '65
Ronald R. Gamble, '66
Edward L. Eby, '67
Richard K. Criswell, III, '67
Brian K. Mowery '80
If you have information on the death of a Central Dauphin grad, we can post it here. Send your submission to email@example.com Any help in identifying lost classmates is appreciated as we only have access to the Harrisburg newspaper and many obituaries do not contain high school information.
What you see here are the most recent obituaries, not a complete list, as there would be thousands of names for the 67 years of graduates. We have just added new pages, "Memorials 2", "Memorials 3", etc., which contain the most recent obituaries.
Listed below are some local memorial events being held in honor of CD Alumni, and we ask you to please support them.
Running for Rachel
Register at: www.runningforrachel.myevent.com
Some background for those who may not be aware of Rachel's story: Our organization began in an effort to support my daughter, Rachel Lynn Guss, CD Class of 2005, as she battled duodenal cancer. Since her passing in November 2011, our mission has been to raise awareness and funds for gastrointestinal and duodenal cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We feel very fortunate to continue the tradition of celebrating Rachel while working to raise funds in our fight against duodenal cancer. Thanks to YOU, in the nine years since our inception, we have raised over $450,000 for the National Institutes of Health Cancer Research Center! Your support is vital to our mission of raising awareness and funds for gastrointestinal cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Thank you for your time, it is such a valuable gift. The fact that you share it with us, is such a blessing. In the words of Helen Keller, "Alone we can do little, together we can do much."
With heartfelt gratitude,
Cheryl and Tim; Erin, Ethan, Jack, and Elle; Lisa, Troy, Henry, Owen, and Casey
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Sincerely yours, Cheryl and Tim Guss graduates '72 and '72 Rachel a graduate in 2005
Colin's 5K Run/Walk
In Memory of Colin Nosworthy, Class of 1999.
Help fund the annual scholarship.
Additional information can be found at:
The Kids Trust, created by and in memory of Gary L. Houck, Jr., Class of 1995. Gary L. Houck, Jr., 29, of West Hanover Twp., passed away on June 17, 2005 in Lower Paxton Twp.
Gary lived life to its fullest. He had a sparkling personality that drew people to him and wanted to make a positive difference in other's lives. His family and friends were very important to him. He enjoyed playing soccer, ice hockey, football and race car driving; along with deep interests in technology, marketing and business. Along with a friend, he started a modeling and calendar business while at the University of Delaware. He received numerous awards for his athletic skills and was featured numerous times in industry publications.
He attended Mount Calvary United Methodist Church, West Hanover Twp., and enjoying supporting Bowl For Kids and various charities supporting children and those less fortunate.
He was a 1996 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, where he was an active student and played soccer, football and ice hockey. He attended The Marvelwood School in Kent, CT, where he was named All-Star Soccer Player of the Year in the New England prep school division. He later attended Towson University and the University of Delaware. While playing soccer at Towson, he was a starting forward on their nationally ranked Div. I team.
He worked for Houck Services, Inc. of Harrisburg, Beldon Roofing Company in San Antonio, TX, Hamilin Roofing Company in Raleigh, NC, and was a speaker at the National Roofing Contractors Association Convention. He was a member of various other industry associations.
He is survived by his most loving sister, Kara Ayn McCaffrey ("His Binker"); step-mother and father, Patti and Gary Houck, Sr., of Harrisburg; mother, Diane Houck of Palmyra; and step-maternal grandparents, Doris and Jacob Downey of Harrisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to "TheKidsTrust", c/o Metro Bank, 6071 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17112, that Gary set up for the benefit of young children.
Details at www.thekidstrust.com
The Al B. Open is an annual fundraiser which benefits the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in memory of Mark Alexander Baranowski, Class of 2000. For details, visit their website at www.albopen.com
John K. Seymour, Class of 1958, was born on May 9, 1940 and passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. John was a resident of Montpelier, Vermont. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA. After college, John enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War, served his active duty at the Pentagon, and was honorably discharged after two years of service.
G. Ronald Winger, Class of 1958, age 80, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 in the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. He was born on March 12, 1939 in Harrisburg, to the late Anthony and Margaret (Kerlin) Winger. Ron was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School Class of 1958. His working life was very diverse; he was a salesman, the owner of the former Lemoyne Cold Storage and later in life a security guard. He was a member of Perseverance Lodge #21, F&AM, Harrisburg Consistory, and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Harrisburg Forest #43. He enjoyed woodworking, furniture refinishing and was a sports car enthusiast. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Lynn C. Winger, 2 daughters Jill K. Jacobs and her husband James of Harrisburg, Erin N. Norris of Harrisburg, a sister Tracey Stanovich and her husband Michael of Steelton, and 2 grandchildren Emma Jacobs and Benjamin Jacobs.
Larry W. Gault, Class of 1972. On Friday, January 10th, 2020, Larry, loving husband and father of three, passed on, at the age of 65, due to complications of pancreatitis. Larry was born on September 26, 1954 in Greensburg, PA to Francis and Joanne Gault. On September 12, 1981, Larry married his sweetheart, Suzanne Bealer. They joyfully raised two daughters, Allison (Mikey) and Megan (Ben) and one son, Eric.
After serving in the Air Force, Larry finished college and became an Electrical Engineer with Raytheon for over 30 years and retired in 2012. He also taught college algebra for 10 years. He enjoyed teaching and many students told him that he was the only teacher that actually helped them really understand algebra. Larry was incredibly handy and was the go-to guy for most of his family. He was so knowledgeable about everything and if he didn’t know how to do something, he would learn. He loved being with his family, especially his four grandkids, listening to music, spending time with his dogs, watching baseball and making intricate pixel hobby mosaic pictures. Because of this hobby, his family will always treasure the pictures he created for each of them.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Francis and his mother, Joanne. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, his children, Allison, Megan and Eric, his grandchildren, Emerson, Makenna, Owen and Michael, his sisters, Debbie, Sandy, Amy and nieces and nephews.
William Eckert Doll, Class of 1960, of Plainfield, IL passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Born July 5, 1942 in Harrisburg, PA he was the son of the late William N. and Kathryn (Eckert) Doll. William was preceded in death by his sister Willetta Doll Shope and adopted sister Virginia Lesher. William was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Pennsylvania State University and New Hampshire College (SNHU). He began his career in accounting at Procter & Gamble. He transitioned to the world of technology and held increasing roles of responsibility at IBM, UNIVAC, Xerox and Digital Equipment Corporation. He obtained his MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP) later on, reinforcing his passion for education. He capped his career as an Assistant Professor at New Hampshire College (SNHU). William was a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Alpha-Zeta chapter. Hobbies included building model planes and train sets. One of his proudest moments was being able to give a F4U-4 Corsair plane model to a friend who had served in WWII. William served with great pride on the volunteer police patrol in multiple states, in honor of his late father who was a Pennsylvania State Trooper, and member of the mounted police. William is survived by his wife of 36 years Carolyn Doll; daughter Meliss (Doll) Haeckel wife of David Haeckel of Whidbey Island, WA, daughter Kristen (Doll) McLane wife of Michael McLane of Gilroy, CA, stepson Derek Kissel husband of Christine Kissel of Chicago, IL and stepdaughter Kerri Christopher of Bedford, NH. Also surviving are grandchildren Spivey, Vayda and Ryan McLane, Ashlyn and Ryley Kissel, and Courtney, Lauren and Owen Christopher. Keeping with William's giving spirit and passion for science, his remains will be donated to Anatomical Gift Society of Illinois in lieu of a funeral or memorial service. Celebrate William's life by donating to the Anatomical Society in his name. William will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving husband, father and grandfather, consummate learner and animal lover with a kind and humble heart.
Craig B. Handiboe, Class of 1966, passed away on July 28, 2019.
Jeffry S. Ross, Class of 1978, age 59, of Harrisburg, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Born in Harrisburg, PA, Jeffry was a son of the late Milton D. and Dorothy A. (Ryan) Ross. A 1978 Graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Jeff continued his education at The Pennsylvania State University earning his Bachelor of Science in Public Service/Public Policy and his Masters in Public Administration. He was employed as a Research Assistant for Penn State Survey Research Center.
Jeff was a loving caregiver for his mother Dorothy giving selflessly of his time to ensure the quality of her life and care in her final years, advocating for her and assuring that her wishes were met. Jeff enjoyed many things; biking, hiking and camping, and listening and sharing music with his friends and family. Jeff had a knack for organizing things, getting people behind his ideas and having fun.
Jeff had a passion for all things frisbee, he was among the founding members of the Gifford Pinchot Disc Golf Club (GPDG) aka Boulder Woods Country Club, he was also a member of the Creekside Crawdads, and the Carlisle Coyotes.
Jeff spearheaded the GPDGs efforts to become a nonprofit organization. He was a member of the club's board of directors and primary 2019 tag master. He spent countless hours maintaining the course at Gifford Pinchot State Park.
Jeff has also been a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association since 2008. He competed in 109 events including two Amateur World Championships. Jeff had a total of 20 wins in the Amateur divisions and one in the Professional Grandmasters division. Jeff was a very active board member of a local disc golf club and involved in several others in central PA.
Jeffry is survived by four siblings: Andrew D. Ross of Poughkeepsie, NY, M. Dean Ross (Collette Ford) of Pittsburgh, PA, Amy R. Pennock (Maurice) of Bridgeton, NJ, and Emily S. Key (Christopher) of Harrisburg, PA and his nieces and nephews; Anthony and Emma Ross, Andrew, Matt and Sam Pennock, and Zach, Maddie and Jonah Key.
James Edwin Callahan, Class of 1956, age 80, of Winter Garden, FL, passed from this life August 9, 2019. Born November 21, 1938 in Cincinnati, OH, he was the son of the late John Charles and Anna Margaret (Hagen) Callahan. Husband of 56 years to Bonnie Lee (Berlin) Callahan. Jim graduated from Central Dauphin High School (Class of 1956), in Harrisburg, PA, received a Bachelor's Degree in Business, in 1971, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and an MBA from the University of Utah in 1976. Jim enlisted in the US Air Force in 1956 and served as a Nuclear Weapons Fusing Systems Specialist. In 1960, he earned his commission and pilot wings through the Aviation Cadet Program. He retired in 1986 as a Colonel, after spending more than 30 years in service to his country. During his service in the USAF, he held command positions at the squadron, group and wing levels, as well as a variety of command headquarter positions. He retired as 616th Military Airlift Group Commander while simultaneously serving as DCS Airlift, Alaskan Air Command and Commander Airlift Forces, Alaska. A command pilot, Colonel Callahan accumulated over 8,000 flying hours, primarily in the KB-50 and C-130 aircraft. After his retirement from the AF, Jim became an International Marketing Manager for the former Sierra Research Company of Buffalo, NY, marketing Station Keeping Equipment (SKE). He retired from that position in 2007 after employment of 20 years. He was a life member of the Air Force Association (AFA), Military Officer Association of America, Daedalians, Airlift Tanker Association, TAC Tanker Association and Central Dauphin Alumni Association. Of those, he was most active in the AFA where he served in appointed and elected positions at chapter, state, region and national levels. He is predeceased by his biological parents as well as his step father, Robert Buente, and six of his siblings, John Callahan, Margaret Callahan Burke, George Callahan, Mary Carole Buente Kennedy, and step brothers, Allen Buente, and Walter Buente. Also deceased is his youngest daughter, Capt. Jodi Callahan. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Dr. Jamie Callahan, a sister, Maureen Callahan Hilton (Marcus), sisters-in-law, Lynn Koenig Buente, and Shirley Callahan Seaman, as well as multiple nieces and nephews. In addition to his flying expertise, Jim was a "Jack-of-All-Trades." He could fix anything, build houses as well as furniture, repair cars, fix broken toys for his daughters, and untangle jewelry for his wife. May he rest in peace on the wings of God and forever be remembered as a great son, brother, husband, father, and airman.
Lewis W. Cunkle, Class of 1957, age 80 of Harrisburg, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019 at his home. Mr. Cunkle was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late William and Mary Cunkle. He was a retired Investigator with the Office of the Inspector General. He was a member of the Penbrook American Legion Post 730. He was a member of the Army National Guard. He was a member of the Class of 1957 of Central Dauphin High School and it's Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Cunkle is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mona Hainsey Cunkle; his daughter, Kim Camplese; his sons, Bill (Terri) Cunkle, Tom (Melissa) Cunkle, Richard Cunkle and Matt Cunkle; his grandchildren, Ashley (Jordan) Pritts, Gabrielle and Kylie Camplese, Kristin Morrissey, Alex and Jake Cunkle.
Rosemary A. Toth Myers, Class of 1959, age 78, of Enhaut, died peacefully, on Friday December 6, 2019 in Colonial Park Care Center, Lower Paxton Twp. Rosemary was born in Harrisburg on July 26, 1941 to the late Alexander "Hack" and Margaret Toth. She was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, and retired from the Commonwealth of PA - Department of Revenue. Rose was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the St. Lawrence Lodge # 13, both of Steelton. Rosemary enjoyed baking, attending Croatian events at the St. Lawrence Club, and most of all spending time with her family and close friends. Rosemary is survived by her children; Yolanda Spangler and her husband, Eric of Hummelstown, Darryl Myers and wife, Jill of Lewisberry; two grandsons, Dylan and Kyle Myers, one brother Richard Toth and wife Patty, New York; one niece Jennifer Kupko and husband Gannon, one nephew Peter Toth, two great nephews Cody Stutting and Gannon Kupko Jr.
Elizabeth Greve Lose, Class of 1957, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2019 in Harrisburg, PA. Elizabeth was born in Dover, Delaware on November 21, 1939 to Elmer and Eleanor Greve. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1957 and from Penn State University in 1961. Elizabeth was a flight attendant for TWA and a teacher. Elizabeth met her husband, Roger C. Lose, in Somers Point, New Jersey during the summer of 1961. Elizabeth and Roger married on December 9, 1961. Elizabeth and Roger were married for 58 years. Elizabeth is survived by her brother, Carlton Greve, Andreas, PA. Her children Lisa Davis, Lemoyne, PA, Gretchen Metzbower, Baldwin, MD, and Reed Lose, Charlotte, NC. Her son in law Jim Metbower and her daughter in law Lisa Lose. Elizabeth had five grandchildren Cole Davis, Alexia and Morgan Metzbower, and Addie and Trent Lose. Elizabeth's great grandchildren are Natalie and Norah Davis. Elizabeth is lovingly remembered by her family and friends for her fun loving spirit and sense of humor.
John Donald "Don" Pearson, Class of 1971, died on November 12, 2019 at his home in Harrisburg, PA.
Jeffrey A. Magaro, Class of 1973, of Oceanview, DE and formally from Lower Paxton Twp., passed away on October 30, 2019 at the age of 64, in Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, DE. He was born in Harrisburg, PA son of the late Eugene F. and Joyce I. (Stark) Magaro. Jeff was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Class of 1973. Jeff is survived by brothers David, Greg and Ken; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter Megan Starr Magaro, and brother Stephen M. Magaro.
David W. Ober, III, Class of 1963, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Hospice of Mt. Joy, PA. He was the loving husband of Madge (Peggy) Ober for 47 years. Born in Harrisburg, PA, on January 23, 1945 to David W. Ober, Jr., and Catherine Ryan Holahan, he graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1963 and went on to receive his teaching degree from Central Methodist University in Missouri. He received his Master's degree in Education from Millersville University. While at Central Methodist, Dave helped establish and train the school's first volunteer fire department.
Dave taught social studies in his early tenure as a teacher at Penn Manor High School. He later introduced psychology to the curriculum and taught that until his retirement. Dave loved teaching and loved his students. He took great joy in following their lives after graduation.
Dave loved to travel. He took many of his students to Europe during the summer. Dave and Peggy spent many years traveling together to the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, and Greece, along with Alaska and the Caribbean. His children remember fun times with him in Chincoteague, VA.
Dave was an avid train collector, with an impressive layout, and a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan.
Dave was a proud and loving father to his four children, and their families: Lori Yeager, wife of Michael, and their children Kyle and Brianna Yeager, all of Lancaster; Leighanne Selden, wife of Nathan, of Bethlehem; Jennifer Ober, and husband John Ginkel, currently living in Tajikistan; and Erik Ober, married to Evelynn, and their children, Kaden, Kasen, Kielynn, Karsen and Kinsley, of South Dakota. Dave is also survived by a brother-in-law, Daniel Ditzler and his wife, Doris, both of Washington Boro, and a brother-in-law John Schultz, Willow Street. Also surviving are many of his nieces and nephews, whom he loved.
Dave is predeceased by his parents, his sister, Marilyn Little of Concord, NC, his sisters-in-law Elissa Schultz, and Dianne Heberlein, brother-in-law, Richard Heberlein, and his mother-in-law Marianne Ditzler.
James L. Reichert, Class of 1967, age 70, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy. Born Saturday, May 28, 1949 in Harrisburg, he was the son of late Paul R. and Nancy E. (Ream) Reichert. He was married to Joyce I. (Siltzer) Reichert of Elizabethtown. Jim was retired from Ace Hardware and was a fire restoration contractor. He was a self taught musician with natural talent who played drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and organ. He played with multiple area bands most recently with the Bentley Band in Harrisburg. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters: Tina, Julie and Jesse; two step daughters: Amy and Wendy; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister Jan Blough and a brother Paul Reichert.
Nicholas Richard Roganish, "Nick", Class of 1996, age 41, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019, at his residence. Born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, he was the son of Barbara Jane (Barner) Roganish, of Mechanicsburg and the late John A. "Jack" Roganish. He was a Distribution Sales Manager for Casio, USA, a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and was an Eagle Scout. Nick was a member of the Harrisburg YMCA, the Tobacco Company and the Hershey Italian Lodge. He enjoyed golf, cigars and martinis. In addition to his mother, Nick is survived by his paternal grandmother, Doris Fox Roganish of St. Louis, Mo.; his sister, Vicky Jo Roganish of Enola; his girlfriend, Angela G. Rhoads of Lemoyne; his nephew, Jonathan E. Weiser and his niece, Jillian E. Weiser both of Enola.
Dr. Carl M Peffley, Class of 1960, passed away October 27, 2019, his children at his side. Born August 20, 1942 in Harrisburg, he was the son of Dorothy R. and Carl M. Peffley, Sr. He was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Juniata College, and University of Pittsburgh Dental School where he was a member of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. He served in the US Army, then practiced dentistry for 40 years in Camp Hill before retiring to Palm Springs, CA. Surviving are his children, Heather A and C. Michael Peffley, both of Boulder, CO; a brother, Dennis M. Peffley, JD, PhD, Greenville, SC; nephew Adrian, Ohio; and cousins throughout central PA and beyond.
Louise M. "Toni" Cooper, Class of 1970, age 66, of Carlisle, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at her residence. She was born January 27, 1953 in Harrisburg, the daughter of the late John William and Lorraine Hazel Lose. She married Michael E. Cooper. Louise was a 1970 Graduate of Central Dauphin High School. She enjoyed time spent riding her motorcycle, playing the drums and listening to music. She loved her trip to Woodstock, riding her pony and being around her pets. She is survived by her loving husband, Michael E. Cooper of Carlisle, her son: Jason S. Bower of Newville and her daughter: Morgan A. Logan and her husband Steve of Elizabethtown, PA. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Smith.
Carol A. (Boyer) Taylor, Class of 1957, age 79, of Lower Paxton Township went to be with her Savior and Lord on Friday, September 27, 2019. Carol was the daughter of the late C. Ross and S. Isabella Boyer. She is also preceded in death by her nephew, Keith B. Barker. Carol is survived by her best friend, Sharon Bumbarger and her 3 children, her canine companion, "Ginger", her sister Kendal Bittle of Cocoa, FL, her brother (C. Ross) "Chip" Boyer and his wife Kathe of Manheim, PA. She also leaves behind 12 nieces and nephews, 19 great nieces and nephews and several great-great nieces and nephews. Carol was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School. She worked in different capacities at Manpower Temporary Services (resigning as Vice President), was the owner of Impressive Image Printing, built a career in residential real estate and finally ending her career at Capital Blue Cross. The single greatest thing that happened in her life was accepting Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord when she was 44 years old. Carol served on may boards of directors, including the Presidencies of the Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Administrative Management Society and Executive Woman International. She also served on their corporate boards and in various regional capacities of the A.M.S. She was also the Treasurer of her prior church. Most recently, she was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Helping Hands Ministry. Carol and her therapy dog, "Archie", loved visiting the elderly and shut-ins, as a volunteer for Hospice Pet Therapy. In her retirement years, it was a joy for her working part time as a caregiver in many special clients' homes. In her spare time, Carol was an avid Penn State and Big 10 Football fan and also loved golfing and playing in the arcades. Her greatest wish was for those that knew her (and who are not Saved) would accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord; so that their lives would be spent in eternity with her.
Richard E. Fraley, Jr., Class of 1976, age 60, of Bethlehem, PA died Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hospital at the Cedar Crest Campus. Born October 6, 1958 in Winchester, VA he was the son of Kathleen (Yetter) Fraley of Harrisburg and the late Richard E. Fraley. He was married to Kimberly (McCartney) Fraley with whom he celebrated 36 years of marriage this past July 23rd. Richard worked for Lehigh Valley Heavy Forge and previously worked for the Bethlehem Steel in the Homer Research Laboratory. He was a member of Grace Church Bethlehem. Richard graduated with a BA in Physics from Millersville University and with a Master's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Lehigh University. He was actively involved with the Lehigh Southside Booster Club. When his son played baseball and daughter played softball for Northeast Little League, Richard would volunteer his time as a coach and treasurer for the league. He also volunteered his time with Cub Scouts troop 343 and Boy Scouts troop 362. Richard was a member of the Bath Rod and Gun Club, where he enjoyed shooting at the rifle range. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Kim, mother, Kathy, son, Christopher Ryan Fraley and his wife, Rosemary of Bethlehem, daughter, Amy Elizabeth Fraley of Zurich, Switzerland, and sister, Susan Kay Fry and husband, Ken of Camp Hill, PA.
Dennis E. Swartz, Class of 1958, age 78, of Dauphin, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2019, in the comfort of his home. Denny was a selfless and giving man who believed in sharing his talents with others to improve the quality of life for people and the community. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard and Reserves, and is survived by his wife, Sally M. (McElhany) Swartz; daughters, Julie A. Swartz and Emily E. (Patrick) Hackman; grandchildren, Austin and Jessica; and sister, Patsy Dunzik.
Melvin H. Moore, Jr., Class of 1957, age 81, of Duncannon, PA, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Holy Spirit Hospital. Melvin was born in Harrisburg, PA on January 7, 1938, the son of the late Mary B. (Righter) Moore and Melvin H. Moore, Sr. He was a retired carpenter for Pfautz Rentals, Duncannon and also a former carpenter for Earl Latsha Lumber Company, Harrisburg. He a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. Melvin was a graduate of CD High School, Class of 1957. He was Past President of the Dauphin County Anglers and Conservationist and a former Deputy with the PA Fish Commission. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed Myrtle Beach and shark tooth hunting, but most of all Melvin loved being with his family. He was the widower of Barbara Anne (Churan) Moore. Surviving are his daughters: Roberta A. Clendenin, her husband, Tom, of Duncannon, Pamela A. Moore and Coann E. (Moore) Wolf, both of Dauphin and Denise of WA. Also grandchildren, Heather A. Henninger, her husband, John, Joshua A. Clendenin and Brandi L. Clendenin, great-grandchildren, Brylee A. Henninger and Maci E. Clendenin. He was preceded in death by a sister, Stephanie R. Moore.
Harry E. Straw, Jr., Class of 1960, age 76, of Hummelstown, passed away Monday, September 9, 2019, at his home with his family by his side. Born in Harrisburg on December 19, 1942, he was the son of the late Harry E. Sr., and Helen Bateman Straw. Harry retired from the ITT Corporation where he was an Inventory Control Manager. After retirement he worked in the warehouse of Sherwin Williams. Harry was a 1960 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. He was a member of the Fuzzy Few, Hummelstown, and former coach of their FFO, Inc. Bulldog Football Team; and a former baseball coach for the Hummelstown Baseball Association. He was an avid fisherman and hunter; and enjoyed traveling. More than anything, Harry truly loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alva M. Yankey Straw, whom he married on August 11, 1963; four sons, Jeffrey R. Straw husband of Donna, Harry R. Strawser husband of Paula, and Timothy W. Straw husband of Beth, all of Hummelstown, and Randy A. Straw husband of Dr. Helen Gold of Harrisburg; ten grandchildren, Brittany, Adrienne, Kassandra, Nathaniel, Kolbe, Rachel, Mackenzie, Bryanna, Caleb and Katelyn; three great-grandchildren, Kason, Tori and Elijah; one sister, Janet Hockenberry wife of Lester of Florida; and one nephew, Lester Hockenberry, Jr. of Harrisburg.
Joseph E. Klinger, Class of 1973, age 64, of Dauphin, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. He was born in Harrisburg, PA on July 18, 1955 to the late Woodrow A. Klinger, Sr. and Virginia (Hummel) Klinger. Joe was an auto mechanic with Manheim Keystone Auto Auction in Grantville, PA. He enjoyed working on and collecting cars as well as tools. Surviving are his wife Marion L. Klinger, 3 brothers Woodrow A. Klinger, Jr. of Harrisburg, George F. Klinger of New Brighton, PA, David W. Klinger of Harrisburg, 2 sisters Sandra K. Klinger of Mechanicsburg and Clara E. Evans of Dauphin.
Donald Caum, Class of 1960, age 76, of Rio Verde, AZ passed away on May 18, 2019. Don was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1942 to Edwin and Marian Caum. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg where he was an All-American quarterback. He went on to play football at Penn State where he earned both a Bachelor's degree and an MBA. Don spent most of his career as the head of marketing for numerous insurance and financial services firms. Don was an amazing athlete and he continued to enjoy being active for most of his life. He loved the outdoors; pets and animals were his passion and his"second career" was as a volunteer for the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Don is survived by his wife, Susan; his children, Douglas and Karen; his son-in-law, Ed; five grandchildren; his sister, Nancy Finkelston and his brother-in-law, Skip Finkelston. Don will be remembered most for his sense of humor and his often gregarious personality. Services will be scheduled later in the fall of 2019.
Barbara A. (Brauning) Bell, Class of 1976, age 61, Harrisburg, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 17 at Osteopathic Hospital. She was a lifelong member of Paxton United Methodist Church, Harrisburg and was the Executive Director at Crosspoint United Methodist Church. She was fully devoted to her beloved family and friends and will be dearly missed. Surviving is her husband of 39 years, Robert W. Bell, Jr.; her mother, Priscilla J. Brauning; children, Robert W. Bell III (and Trisha) and Elyse Hammaker (and Garrett); her sister, Deborah Brauning; her brother, Harry G. Brauning (Lisa); her granddaughter, Morgan Dearmond; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
John H. Mellott, Sr., Class of 1956, age 81, of Oberlin, passed on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg Hospital. He was born in Amaranth, PA, on July 22, 1938 to the late Hollis and Betty Mellott. John graduated from Central Dauphin High School, Class of 1956, he then earned a Bachelors Degree in education from Shippensburg University, and then his Masters Degree from Temple University. He was a member of the Neidig Memorial United Methodist Church and sang in the church choir for many years. John worked and retired as a teacher for the West Shore School District. He was a member of the West Shore Education Assn., Pennsylvania State Education Assn., National Education Assn., and Middletown Hunters & Anglers Club. On August 24th, 1957, he married his wife Sandra, also from the Central Dauphin class of 1956, who passed on August 24th, 2016 after 59 years of marriage. John is survived by his two children, son, John H. Mellott, Jr. and his wife Carol, his daughter, Amy Leon Guerrero and her husband, Timothy: five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emily, Benjamin, Nathan and Elijah. He is also survived by one brother, Ronald W. Mellott, and his wife Stephanie.
Sheryl A. Meyer, Class of 1975, age 63, of Harrisburg, passed away Saturday August 3, 2019 at Carolyn's House – the Hospice Residence, in Susquehanna Township. Born July 12, 1956, in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Joyce (Fettrow) Meyer. Sheryl was a 1975 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Sheryl embarked on a 37-year career in retail sales, in 1982, at the Rea & Derick Drug Store in Colonial Park. Following the company's acquisition by CVS, she later transferred to the Linglestown Road store where she developed many long-term, enduring friendships with her co-workers and customers. Sheryl enjoyed the simple pleasure of life – cooking and baking, cross word puzzles, tending her flower garden, the lights at Christmas and road trips to New York City and the Inner Harbor. Sheryl is survived by her companion of nearly 30 years, Larry Maglin, and his sister, Marcy (Herb) Parnes. She will be fondly remembered by her extended family and many friends, customers and co-workers.
Devoted husband and beloved father, John Philip Mentzer, Class of 1970, age 67, of Derry Township, passed away Friday, August 2, 2019 at home surrounded by his family following a long illness. John was born on March 9, 1952 in Hershey, son of the late Rev. Dr. Warren F. and S. Marie (Shadle) Mentzer. He retired as Vice President of Clermont Wealth Strategies and was a friend of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg. John was an avid cyclist, hiker, and cross-country skier. He enjoyed gardening, trips to Keuka Lake, and Penn State Football. He was also the proud #1 fan of his children's musical pursuits, including The Click Five, and the JMU Marching Royal Dukes and when time permitted, he traveled to wherever they were performing. John is survived by his wife of 46 years, Anita S. (Miller) Mentzer; daughter Erica N., wife of Clay Lambert; son Ethan D. Mentzer, husband of Jacinta Yelland; sisters Jeannine, wife of Edward Rogowicz, and Rachel, wife of Michael Mark; and grandchildren Aiden and Maddox Lambert. He was preceded in death by a sister, Louise, wife of the late Richard Middleton.
William "Bill" Roger Herigan, Sr., retired CDHS coach, age 82, of Harrisburg, passed away Friday at the UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital. Bill was born in Steelton on December 3rd, 1936 to the late John and Susan (Csaji) Herigan. Bill retired from the Central Dauphin School Distract after 35 years of teaching where he also coached football and girls & boys track. His coaching career spanned several years from midget football all the way up to high school football. Bill graduated from Shippensburg University and was a member of the Shippensburg Raiders Club. He was inducted into the Shippensburg Athletic Hall of Fame and the Central PA chapter of PA Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments in track and field and football. Bill was a member of Mt. Laurel Church of God, Piketown. He is preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Powell. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Patricia R. (Stevick) Herigan; four sons, William R. Herigan, Jr. and his wife, Edee of Dauphin, J. Scott Herigan and his wife, Richele of Fishing Creek, Robert K. Herigan and his wife, Gloria of Newport, Matthew D. Fink and his wife, Stacy of Fredericksburg; his daughter, Jennifer L. Drescher and her husband, Matt of Palmyra; his brother, John S. Herigan, Sr and wife Margaret of Harrisburg; twelve grandchildren, Nicholas, Andrew, Garrett, Adam, Megan, Molly, Brianna, Zachary, Braeden, Bryce, Dakota, Alxandria; one great- grandson, Jake and faithful and beloved caregiver, Samuel Akomeah.
Jay A. Gardner, Class of 1982, age 54, of Harrisburg, PA passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Hershey Medical Center. He was born in September 26, 1964 in Reading, PA the son of Arthur and JoAnn Gardner. Jay is survived by: his wife, Kenda Gardner; his children Jared and Megan; his mother, JoAnn (Jensen) Gardner; his brother J. Christopher Gardner and his wife Lue Ann Gardner; his brother Gary Gardner and his wife, Leanne Gardner; his nieces and nephews, Amanda Gardner, Jennell Miller, James Gardner, Jake Gardner, and their families; and his friends. Jay was preceded in death by his father, Arthur "Skip" Gardner. Jay worked as a computer consultant in the field of information technology in the Central Pennsylvania area prior to his retirement. Jay was a member of Boy Scout Troop 256. Jay enjoyed camping with the boy scouts and playing cards with friends and family whether it be poker or rummy. In the last couple years, he discovered his talent in creating watercolor paintings and went to many classes with his mother. He was known for his sense of humor which he maintained throughout his life.
Nanette M. Bowerman Kimmel, Class of 1966, age 71, of East Hanover Township, Dauphin County passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019. Born February 17, 1948 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of Julia Barbara (Hazuda) Bowerman of Linglestown and the late Roy James Bowerman. She was the widow of Paul L. Kimmel since October 1993. Retired from the Governor's Office, she was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church and graduate of the Philadelphia Dance Academy and Combs College of Music. Nanette was choreographer of Lower Dauphin High School musicals for 24 years and director at Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center (HCPAC). She had a passion for dance and theater and thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent working with her students. In addition to her mother, she is survived by sons Kristofer P. Kimmel (Maggie Cierpilowski) of Linglestown, Kortney A. Kimmel (Cindy) of Blauvelt, New York, and Kerry P. Kimmel of Palmyra; brothers Roy J. Bowerman (Ronda) of Severna Park, Maryland and Joseph R. Bowerman (Michael Lichtefeld) of New York City; grandson Paul J. Kimmel; step children Kevin J. Kimmel, Karen A. Sweigard, and Kelly A. Sebastian; and step grandchildren Kelsee, Maxwell, and Ava. She was also adored by numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Nothing was more important to her than spending time with her family and friends.
Larry R."Wolfie" Wolfe, Class of 1964, age 72, of Middletown entered into eternal rest on Monday, July 15, 2019 unexpectedly. He was born September 2, 1946 in Harrisburg and was the loving son of the late Henry and Esther (Kohler) Wolfe. Larry was a former member of the Penbrook Auxiliary Police and Loyal Order of the Moose, Steelton. He coached several teams for Penbrook including, peewee football, girls softball and baseball teams. He was also a Girl Scout leader for several years. He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and riding his motorcycle. Larry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra (Spangler); daughters, Tina Vought, Tamie Bowers (Christopher); brother, Jack Wolfe, Sr.; sister, Shirley Smith; grandchildren, Danelle Vought, Tiffani Tezak; step-grandsons, Austin and Noah Bowers; two nieces; two nephews.
Craig Byron Layton, Class of 1983, age 55, of Harrisburg died Thursday, June 27, 2019 at UPMC Pinnacle Community General Osteopathic Hospital. Craig was born in Harrisburg and was the son of Mary F. Layton of Harrisburg and the late Russel M. Layton. He was a self employed contractor as a carpet layer, tile layer and carpenter. Craig enjoyed fishing and hunting and spending lots of time with family, friends and cooking and grilling.
Craig was predeceased by his brother, Gary Layton. Craig is survived by his brother, Jim Layton of Harrisburg; his sisters, Bonnie Benedict of Harrisburg, Karen (Kirk) Ryan of Lewisberry, Sharon (Mike) Somers of Palmyra and Janice (Chris) Raptapolus of Harrisburg; his daughter, Lacey Layton.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Natalie Cribari Drug Awareness Fund, c/o Joe Corio Treasurer, 4308 Wimbledon Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112.
Kathryn McCartney Malon, Class of 1960, age 76, of Mountaindale PA, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019. She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of the late Robert and Jane McCartney.
Surviving are two sons: Robert and wife, Toni, and Steven and wife, Phyllis; four grandsons: Stephen, Alex, Eric and Nicholas; her brother, Mike McCartney and wife, Sarah; and a large circle of friends she considered family. She was known to her family as “Grandma Maxi,” and was an extremely loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Grandma Maxi was passionate about protecting animals. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Center for Wildlife Care in her memory at centerwildlifecare.org.
Darlene M. Smith, Class of 1957, age 79, of Brunswick, ME, passed away on June 16, 2019 at Mid Coast Hospital. She was born August 6, 1939 in Harrisburg, PA, the daughter of the late William A. and Mildred B. (Hoerner) Smith. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1957. She worked for Bell Telephone Co. for 34 years, taking early retirement in 1991. Darlene was a lifelong member of Linglestown Life Church. She taught the Ladies Bible Study there until moving to Maine in 2016 to be closer to her sister. In Maine she was a member of The Loyalty Club at Brunswick U.M. Church and The Bath Senior Center. Darlene was a giver, always thinking of others, finding written articles or some small memento that reminded her of someone, then sending or giving it to them. She was a strong Christian, living her faith daily, always with a smile on her face and a kind word to say. She was a good person and the best "Big Sister" ever. She is survived by her sister Bonita Hayden of Brunswick, nephew, Sean Morgan and his wife Gail and children Kendall and Connor of Florida, nephew, Michael Morgan and his wife Christina and children Calin and Evangeline of Germany.
Linda Dailey Cassell Strait, Class of 1967, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday June 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. Born in Harrisburg in 1948, she was the daughter of the late Pearl Irene (Kennedy) Dailey and William David Daily. Linda was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, class of 1967. Linda spent her life primarily as a homemaker, raising 3 daughters. Her passion was crafting, and when it came to crafts, she spared no expense. Linda is survived by her husband Gene Strait, sister Yvonne Dailey, daughters Lisa Shutt (wife of Bill) of Etters, Stephanie Posey (wife of Russell) of Harrisburg, Melinda Reed (wife of Chuck,) of Lewisberry, and 4 grandsons: Zachary and Austin Reed, and Ian and Connor Humphrey. She was preceded in death by parents William and Pearl Dailey, and husband Michael Cassell.
Kathleen Kershaw Roberts, Class of 1959, daughter of the late Izear Kershaw and Mary Emma McLaughlin, as well as loving daughter of the parents who raised her, William and Martha Louise Kershaw, was born Wednesday, March 26, 1941, in Harrisburg, PA.
Kathleen graduated from Central Dauphin High School where she was a Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, and was an integral part of the Girl’s ‘59 Undefeated basketball team that was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.
She retired from the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
As a faithful member of United Baptist Church, Kathleen served as Treasurer, Church Secretary, Choir Director and with the Kitchen Committee and Supper Club.
Among Kathleen’s most enjoyable activities were following the National Football League and the National Basketball Association teams, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia 76ers. Foremost, Kathleen loved helping others. She was not only a loving, devoted mother to her children, but she was also a “from-the-heart” loving mother and grandmother to many.
On Monday, June 10, 2019, at seventy-eight years of age, Kathleen exchanged mortality for immortality with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She leaves to emulate her legacy of love, faith and dedication: one son, Robert Roberts Jr. of Oberlin, PA; one daughter, Stacei L. Roberts of Baltimore, MD; three sisters, Mary Ellen Wallace (George) of Hampton, VA, Patricia Kershaw of Harrisburg, PA, Brenda Glenn of Oberlin, PA; one brother, Reginald Cameron of Durham, NC; one grandson, Amani Glenn, three great-granddaughters, Amiyah, Ayanna and Ayva Glenn, all of Las Vegas, NV; aunt, Marzetta Roberts; children from her heart, Kaj, Nicole, Keith, Darryl, Paul, Tony, Tom and twelve grandchildren; godchildren, Dawn Reeves, Deborah Reeves-Waters, Lori Brown, Shelby Wilkerson; best friends, Marie Mack, Wilma Jackson, LaDelle Ingram, Alverta Harty; United Baptist Supper Club Friends, Barb Faulkner, Veronica Purdy; Parole Board Supper Club, LaDelle Ingram, Ebony Anderson, Karen Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Submitted with our Everlasting Love,
The Family of Kathleen Kershaw Roberts
Harold (Hal) Sheads, Class of 1959, age 77, of Lakeway, TX, passed away, suddenly at his home, on June 3, 2019. He was born on August 28, 1941, in Harrisburg, PA, and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1963, where he served in the ROTC. From there, he joined the Air Force, and flew as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, Germany, and the New Jersey National Guard. He always viewed his role in the Guard as a sacred duty, and a promise to his fellow Americans. He was a true patriot. Hal was a lifelong aviator, and ultimately retired from the National Guard as a Colonel. He was also a distinguished commercial airline pilot for 33 years. After retirement, he attended the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Hal loved music and was a tenor in the St. Luke's on the Lake choir for many years. Hal was a kind and gentle man who touched many lives in his quiet and faithful way. He was always a shining example of integrity and commitment to the many pilots he mentored in both the military and at the airline. He was a man of service, to both his community and his church. Hal served as a volunteer firemanfor many years in both Westlake and in Dripping Springs and, most recently, was a Watchdog at Lakeway Elementary School. One of Hal's greatest joys in life was to watch his beloved Crosby and Justin grow up. We know that Hal will live on in them, through the values he instilled and the example he set. Hal was married to his wife Sarah, whom he called "his great love," for 45 years, and with whom he traveled the world.
Sandra L. Knisley Jones, Class of 1960, age 77, of Mount Joy, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019. Born in Harrisburg to the late Alice G. and Paul Knisley and was the wife of the late Brooks Jones. She was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother. Sandra graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1960 and lived and worked in Annandale and Centerville, VA before retiring and moving to Mount Joy. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Mount Joy. Sandra loved spending time with her family and friends and drinking red wine was her favorite pastime. Sandra is survived by her sister, June Gallagher wife of Bob; her brother-in-law, Paul Fickes; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Fran E. Levin Fran E. Levin, Class of 1969, age 65, of State College, died Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Fran was loved by her friends, family, and colleagues and will be greatly missed. She spent over 30 years in the hospitality industry. The first half of her career was in Washington D.C., where she was a member of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International's Executive Board and was a past president of HSMAI's Washington D.C. Chapter. Fran was Director of Sales at the Vista International Hotel, the Omni Georgetown Hotel and part of the pre-opening team of the Renaissance Hotel at Techworld before moving to State College to become the general manager of the Atherton Hilton in 1988. In 1994, Fran joined Penn State University as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Penn State Hospitality Services, which manages The Nittany Lion Inn and The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. She served in this capacity until her retirement in 2012. Fran also served on the board of the Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives and is a Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME). The Nittany Lion Inn has been a member of Historic Hotels of America since 1999, and Fran served as co-chair of their Sales & Marketing Committee. During her career in State College, she was past president of the Centre County Convention and Visitors Bureau; former Secretary/Treasurer of Pennsylvania Travel Council, which became the Pennsylvania Tourism & Lodging Association; past board member of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and Pa Centre Stage; a past board member of the Centre County Meals on Wheels and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra; and a past board member of the HSMAI Foundation Board. She was preceded in death by her father, Edgar; mother, Natalie; and brother, James "Jimmy" Robert Levin.
Thompson E. Randolph, Jr., Class of 1959, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in Pemberton Twp., New Jersey.
Louis “Chip” Fitzpatrick, III, Class of 1972, age 64 of Souderton, passed away on Wed. May 15, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Susan Fitzpatrick and loving father of Brighid Fitzpatrick.
John T. "Tim" Shingara, Class of 1966, age 70, of Lower Paxton Township passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Tim was born on January 25, 1949 in Danville, PA., and was a son to the late Clarence L. Shingara and Beatrice E. Mussina. Tim was retired from the Pennsylvania State Police as a communications engineer. He served in the United State Navy on the USS Canopus and NAS Keflavik Iceland. He was a HAM Radio Operator call sign WB3EYB, a member of Hershey Local 98 IATSE 98, AMSAT and Civil Air Patrol PA Wing. Surviving are his loving wife of 33 yrs. Danna J. (Sherman) Shingara, sons, Rev. Father John T. and Sharon N. Shingara, Thomas D. and Jennifer L. Shingara, daughters, Tiffany J. and Michael J. Moglia, Meredith K. and Peter M. Thompson, 3 brothers, Terence M., David A. (Tony) Thomas B. Shingara, grandchildren, Jessica M., Madison G., Hannah J. Shingara, Erik M.G., and Emily K. Moglia.
Patricia L. Dunkle Levan, Class of 1958, age 79, of Harrisburg, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019 in her home. She was born September 17, 1939 in Harrisburg to the late Walter and Grace Howe Dunkle. Patricia was a homemaker and member of Devonshire Church, Harrisburg; member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Life Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rutherford VFW Post 1213 and member of the Lawton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 998.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald M. Levan, Sr., brother Kenneth Dunkle and sister, Betty Romberger, and is survived by her three children, Debra L Eagle, Shermans Dale, Diana M. Reeser and husband John, Harrisburg and Ronald M. Levan, Jr. and wife Tina, New Cumberland; five grandchildren, Christopher Reeser, Harrisburg, Joseph Reeser, Harrisburg, Jessica Reeser, Palmyra, Mallory and Danny Levan, New Cumberland, one great-grandchild; two brothers, James Dunkle and wife Sharon, Florida and Ray Dunkle, Rutherford; one sister, Joan Chrisemer, Harrisburg; numerous nieces and nephews.
Susan C. Appleby, Class of 1974, age 62, of Lower Paxton Township, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital. She was born on August 17, 1956 in Harrisburg to the late E. Roscoe and Barbara (Sheaffer) Appleby. Susan was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and Shippensburg University. She had also completed a paralegal education & training program. She was employed by Smigel, Anderson & Sacks as a paralegal. Surviving are a sister Karen E. Appleby and her spouse Michele Zerr of Flagstaff, AZ, a brother Stephen A. Appleby and his spouse Carrie of Harrisburg, 3 nephews Aaron S. Appleby, Adam J. Appleby and Ethan M. Appleby.
S. Wayne Landis Jr., Class of 1968, age 69, originally from Dauphin and most recently of Duncannon, PA entered eternal life with our Lord on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Hershey Medical Center after a brief illness. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Suzanne E. McNeely Landis; daughter, Christie Young (Joseph Caswell, fiance);son, Matthew Landis (Sarah Basile Landis, wife) and grandchildren Tyler (Kelsie, fiance), Kylie, Wyatt and Anthony. Additional family include:sister, Donna Murphy;brother, David Landis (Mary);sister-in-laws, Deb Landis, Linda Gipe (Jack), Kay Eshenour and Rosemarie McNeely; brother-in-law,Kim McNeely; aunts, Aretta Landis Perdigao (Antonio) and Helen Bowman, several cousins, nieces and nephews. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents S. Wayne, Sr. and Ona Bowman Landis, two sisters, Carol Radle and Patricia Landis, a brother, Timothy Landis, and brother-in-laws, James Murphy and Keith McNeely. Wayne and Susie have an amazing tendency to "adopt" sons and daughters in many facets of their lives – so he is survived by many bar children, sons and daughters that knew he was a safe shoulder to lean on. We wish to extend appreciation to Annette Mullen for the support she provided in his final days. Not all family is related through blood. Wayne graduated from Central Dauphin High School and was in the U.S. Navy for six years. He was a Vietnam era veteran. Wayne was a member of the American Legion 910, Lickdale; Steelton-Swatara Lodge #775, Oberlin; and Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Millersburg Forest #125.
Christopher Mark Anderson, Class of 2009, age 28, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday March 27 2019 at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Chris was born February 20, 1991 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A 2009 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, he went on to earn a BA in Psychology from Millersville University in 2017. He held many positions within the Hershey Entertainment Company, most recently with the Finance department. Chris was an avid gamer, animal lover, foodie, and enjoyed personal fitness. His unique sense of humor and boundless compassion for others will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his mother, Erin Anderson, of Harrisburg and his father Mark Anderson, also of Harrisburg; a sister, Megan (Nicole) DiCriscio, of Greensburg; two brothers, Jeremy and Trevor Anderson, of Harrisburg; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James and Mary "Peggy" Mackrell, of Harrisburg, and paternal grandparents, Phillip and Barbara Anderson, of Harrisburg.
Chaplain Don Lyons, Class of 1973, age 63 passed away Saturday at his home with his wife and son by his side. Born August 3, 1955 he was the son of late Thomas and Dorothy Lyons. Don graduated in 2018 Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University with a B.S. in Religion, an M.A. in Marketplace Chaplaincy, Masters in Divinity, and a Masters in Theology Capstone. Don was a volunteer chaplain for many organizations throughout his life. Don finished well and will be lovingly remembered by all those who's lives he touched and ministered to. He will be especially missed by his loving wife Michelle and their son Jason Lyons his daughter in law Mandy Lyons and granddaughters; Jerikah and Veronica Lyons.
Larry L. Collins, Class of 1960, age 76, of Harrisburg, PA passed away on March 4th, 2019 in his home at Clearwater, Florida. Larry was born on October 22, 1942 in Uniontown, PA. He was the son of the late Eugene Collins and Madeline (Collins) Wallace. Larry was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School class of 1960 and served in the Army National Guard of Pennsylvania. He is predeceased by his wife Virginia (Fairall) Collins who he was married to for over 50 years and raised three sons who he loved dearly. Larry retired from the Local 520 Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVACR in Harrisburg, PA in which he had a 56 year membership. During his tenure, he served various positions such as President (1976-1982), Organizer, Business Manager and on the Examining and Executive Boards. Larry was appointed by the North American Building Trades Union as the Site Representative for the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. He was a member of several organizations such as the West Hanover Lions Club (35 years), West Hanover Baseball Association and a member of the Zembo Shrine. Larry's generous and hospitable ways placed him and his wife at the heart of every holiday and family event. With a warm smile and quick sense of humor, Larry was a friend to many. He is survived by his sister Janet (Collins) Redfern, his sons Kevin (Sheri), Kirk (Barb), Kendall (Lysandra) and his beloved grandchildren (Drake, Evan, Harlee, Kendra, Layton, Logan, Severin and Taylor) of Harrisburg, PA.
George W. Heinbaugh, Class of 1957, age 81, of Harrisburg died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital. A Navy Veteran, he was a retired Master Plumber and owner of George Heinbaugh Plumbing. A graduate of Central Dauphin High School, George loved riding his motorcycle, and getting together with family and friends. He was born August 18, 1937 in Jonestown to the late George W. and Ethel Mae (Davis) Heinbaugh, Sr. He was also preceded in death by his sister Jackie Doan. He is survived by his wife, Cheri A. (Martuscelli) Heinbaugh; five children, Peter (Denise) of New Jersey, Judith Harman (Bryan) of Halifax, Joe (Vicki) of Hummelstown, David Walck (Lisa) of Carlisle, and Dana Walck (Mark Waddington) of Harrisburg; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law Michael Martuscelli.
Dr. Edward Nickoloff, Class of 1961 and CDHSAA's 2015 Alumnus of the Year, from Orangeburg, passed away on March 11, 2019 after a long illness. He was born in Harrisburg, PA and attended Central Dauphin High School, Carnegie Tech, Lebanon Valley College, the University of New Hampshire, where he received a Master's of Science degree and the John Hopkins School of Public Health where he received a Doctor of Science degree with Distinction in 1977. Dr. Nickoloff was an Emeritus Professor of Radiology at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Chief Hospital Physicist at the Columbia University Medical Center for 33 years. He had lectured extensively at scientific conferences across the country, wrote two books on the subject of Radiation Physics; a book used extensively in Radiology Residency programs across the USA, published 150 journal articles, 57 peer reviewed journal articles, 87 abstracts and held 24 offices in professional organizations. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Diane (Zambetti);daughter, Andrea; son Edward Jr.,and daughter-in-law, Katarina. He was an avid reader, Jack of all trades, and outdoorsman.
Sharon Ann Grady Baum, Class of 1961, age 76, of Mechanicsburg passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Donald and Dorthy Warfield Grady. Sharon was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School Class of 1961, and a graduate of the of the University of Pittsburgh Class of 1965 with a BA in Psychology. She worked for 28 years at NCAD as a Computer Specialist. Sharon was a member of the Enola Sportsmans Association, and the the Lower Allen V.F.W. Post 7530. She is survived by her husband of 43 years R. Michael Baum, her sister, Sheila Weems of Enola, a Niece, Katy Weems of Florida, 3-Step-Sons; Michael (Denise) of Ohio, Steven of Enola, and David (Denise) of New York, 6-Grandchildren; Cody, Kyle, and Travis of Ohio, Nicholas, Laura, Hannah of Enola, a Sister-In-Law, Barbara "Babs" Morris of Enola, and several Cousins and Nieces. Sharon was an avid Reader and loved the New York Yankees.
Kristina Lynn (Clemens) Saul, Class of 1986, of Palmyra, PA, passed away on Friday, March 8th, 2019. Born Decemeber 8th, 1967 in West Chester, PA. She was a co-owner and employee at URL Insurance Group for eighteen years, retiring in 2017. She was a member of Pine St Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA, and an active volunteer at Downtown Daily Bread, serving on their 30th anniversary committee, as well as serving countless hours in the kitchen. She greatly enjoyed thrift shopping, walking her dog in the woods, entertaining loved ones.
Ronald L. Herman, Class of 1965, age 71, died Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at his residence in Lower Paxton Township following an illness. He leaves his wife of 45 years, Hilda (Johnson) Herman; his brother Michael Deiter and wife Syda Lopez; his son Christopher Herman and wife Christina Wallace; his daughter Misty Herman and husband John Hine; his daughter Cindi Herman; seven grandchildren; five soon to be six great grandchildren; remaining family members; and many close friends. Born and raised in Harrisburg, the son of Roy and Dorothy (Cassel) Herman. Ronald will be forever remembered by family and friends as a loving husband and father, a humorist, an advocate hunter, and a craftsman. He will forever be in the hearts of everyone.
Dennis Lee Weiser , Class of 1963, age 73 of Harrisburg, died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at his home. Dennis was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Wilbur and Vera Weiser. He was a retired Mathematics Teacher at Central Dauphin East High School. He was a member of the Class of 1963 of Central Dauphin, a graduate of Shippensburg with a Bachelors Degree and a Master's from Millersville. He was a member of Capital City Philatelic Society. Dennis was predeceased by his brother, Rev. William W. Weiser. Dennis is survived by his sisters, Wanda W. Hebel of Lancaster and Patricia A. Johnson of Kernersville, NC; several nieces and nephews.
Ralph E. Balchunas, Class of 1963, age 73, was born on August 25, 1945 and passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Ralph was a resident of McSherrystown, Pennsylvania at the time of passing. Ralph graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1963, served in the US Navy, was a past president of the Elizabethtown Optimist Club and enjoyed shooting events at the Hummelstown Gun Club.
Joshua Stephen Carbaugh Jr., Class of 2017, age 20 of Linglestown, Pa, left to be with his loving Father in Heaven unexpectedly at home Sunday, February 17th. Born February 17, 1999 in Harrisburg, Pa. He is the son of Anne Kelly of Linglestown and Joshua Carbaugh Sr, of Marysville. JJ was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, 2017 and employed through Fed Ex. Preceded in death by his maternal grandfather John Kelly. JJ is survived by a daughter, Myla Normani Carbaugh, due March 24, 2019 whom he loved with his whole heart already, his mother Anne Kelly and her fince Nick Fazzolari of Linglestown, his father Joshua Carbaugh Sr. and fiancee April Bekelja of Marysville, step-mother Lori Miller of Marysville, paternal grandmother Juanita Carbaugh and maternal grandmother Dawn Tortoriello and husband Robert Scott, Grandparents Larry and Sue Miller, 3 brothers Jeffery Kelly, Joseph McNaughton and Avery Drake, 2 sisters Jessica Gonzalez and Alyssa Carbaugh, a step sister Madison Fazzolari. He is also survived by Uncles Michael Kelly, Nam Tran, and Gerald Orris II. Aunts, Becky Kelly, Nellie Tran- McLaughlin,Tamie Steltzer, and Laura Orris. He has 1 niece Dylilah Mae Gonzalez. He had so many cousins and friends that all love him and will miss him very much.
Charles L. Albright II, Class of 1970, age 66, of Lower Paxton Township, passed away Sunday February 24, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, in the comfort of his home.
Born August 13, 1952, in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Charles L. and Helen Eleze (Etter) Albright. Charlie was a 1970 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. On April 26, 1975, he was united in marriage with Cheryl E. (Burrell) Albright, with whom he has shared a loving union of 43 years.
Charlie spent 42 years in the transportation industry - starting with Coca Cola and later retiring from ABF Freight Systems. An avid sports enthusiast, Charlie was a diehard Philadelphia Phillies fan who enjoyed golfing and listening to Classic Rock. A gifted story teller, he kept his family entertained with his unique spin on life. Charlie received comfort and inspiration at the beach - just standing and watching the ocean. A selfless and warm-hearted person, he viewed providing for the needs of his family as the most important part of his life; and, wanted nothing more than for everyone to have fun and feel welcome.
In addition to his wife, Cheryl, he is survived by his sons, Ryan (Melissa) Albright, of Harrisburg and Brandon (Julie) Albright, of Dauphin; daughter, Ashley (Thomas) Helman, of Harrisburg; grandchildren, Cassidy, Evan, Eliza and Grayson, and, a sister, Abby (Lynn) Hamor, of Harrisburg. He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Richard and Pauline Burrell; sisters-in-law, Barbara (John) Fasick and Debra (Keith) Arnold, and, other loving family members. Prior to their passing, Charlie also knew the unconditional love of his canine companions, Crystal, Jessie and Ina.
Jessie Elizabeth “Betsy” Reno Donges Crist, Class of 1961.
Betsy had a stroke at her home in Keene. She passed at a hospice at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon from stroke complications.
Betsy was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Jessie Whitehead Donges and William Donges. Betsy lived 75 active and loving years.
Betsy was a grandmother extraordinaire. She would drop whatever she was doing to spend time with her 2 granddaughters, Fiona and Melody, and her grandson, Rowan. Whether “Nana” or “Grandma”, she relished caring for then whenever asked, entertaining them, watching their sporting events, shopping with them, or reading to them. She loved those kids with a deep and abiding passion and they adored her.
Betsy was also a devoted and loving wife to her husband of 52 years, Bob. Betsy and Bob were high school sweethearts at age 16.
Betsy was also a business developer. She single-handedly owned and operated three small businesses: a T-shirt shop in San Diego; a children’s book store near Detroit, and a children’s clothing and toy store outside Boston. She was also a stay at home mother, a social worker, and a merchandise representative.
Reading was very important to Betsy, she was always surrounded by piles of books and this passion for literature inspired her daughter to become a school librarian.
In her spare time she liked to sew. She was a skilled dressmaker and loved to reupholster furniture and make drapes. Wherever home was, she made it beautiful with her original creations. She also played tennis in her younger days.
Betsy graduated from Central Dauphin High School in Pennsylvania, junior college in Virginia, and the University of Tennessee, with a degree in retail management.
Betsy was a relocation expert. Her married life began in Rochester, New York, then Bardstown, Kentucky; Detroit, Michigan; San Diego, California; back to Detroit; Saratoga, California; back to Detroit; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Carlisle, Massachusetts, and to Keene, New Hampshire for her last 10 years. Each new move was an adventure in house hunting, making new friends, and creating a lovely home.
Mrs. Crist is survived by her husband Robert Crist of Keene, New Hampshire; her children, Rachel Kidder of Jacksonville, Vermont, Robert Crist Jr. of Keene, New Hampshire and her three beloved grandchildren; Rowan, Fiona and Melody. She is predeceased by her sister Lucartha Donges Kohler.
Lonnie Ebersole, Class of 1973, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on February 11, 2019 at his home in Hampden Township, with his family by his side. Lonnie was born April 19th 1955, the son of Clyde and the late Jeanette Ebersole. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Jefferson University, where he earned a Masters in Clinical Microbiology. He then became Supervisor of Microbiology at Holy Spirit Hospital, a position he held for 24 years. For the last 14 years, he has been the Administrative Director of CPAL in York PA. Because of his compassionate nature, he was regarded as a fair and approachable boss and was respected by everyone who knew him. Lonnie received many awards during his professional career and was a black belt in Isshinryu Karate. He was an avid Phillies fan and loyal to the New York Jets as well. However, he was most proud of his children and their academic and athletic achievements, spending many hours at soccer and softball tournaments supporting them. Over the years, he developed many close friendships with the parents that last to this day. Lonnie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kendra (Kennedy) Ebersole; his father Clyde Ebersole of Linglestown; his brother Jeffrey (Susan) of Las Vegas; his children Nicholas Ebersole (Lauren) of Stewartstown, and Brittany Anderson (Tim) of Camp Hill; and a granddaughter, Abigail Ebersole.
Alan B. Hammaker, Class of 1973, age 63, of Pottstown, Lower Pottsgrove Twp., husband of Jacci Lee (Walizer) Hammaker, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at his home.
Born and raised in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Harold and Sue (Werner) Hammaker. Alan worked at State Farm Insurance for 30 years. Prior to that, he worked at Harrisburg HS where he taught and coached football for a year and went on to Steelton-Highspire where he taught special ed and coached football and wrestling for 9 years. He was a member of Ridgeway Community Church of the Brethren in Harrisburg, loved watching football, enjoyed fishing, the mountains in Potter County, going to the beach and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving with his wife are daughters Stefanie Boyer, wife of Bradley, Christy Herr, wife of Jordan, and Ashley Hammaker; brothers Harold Hammaker, Jr.., husband of Amy, David Hammaker, husband of Cam, and Timothy Hammaker, husband of Petra; and grandchildren Matthew Boyer, Brody Herr and Sydney Herr.
Charles A. "Moose" "Red" Fry, Class of 1961, age 77, of Stony Creek, Dauphin, passed away on Monday, December 31, at his home. Born on January 29, 1941, to the late Charles E. Fry and Mary E. (Seig) Fry of Stony Creek, Dauphin. He attended Central Dauphin High School where he played varsity football. He also played baseball for Dauphin in the old Harrisburg City twilight leagues. He retired from the former Local 94 Plasterers and Cement Masons in Harrisburg with 35 years of service, where he also served as President for 10 years and on the executive Board. He was a member of Stone Glen Church, the Perseverance Lodge No. 21 in Harrisburg, and the Tall Cedars of Millersburg. A lifetime member of the Dauphin Home Association where he also once served with the Volunteer Fire Company. A member and past President of the Central Penn Rifle Club. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and making wine. He loved to sit on his porch watching his beloved Yankees and telling old stories with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Fry; brothers, Donald and Robert Fry. He is survived by wife, Marilyn (Shuler) of 54 years; daughter, Sondra Benoudiz (Simon) of Fairfax, VA, daughter, Diane Fry of Dauphin; son, Charles Fry, Jr. (Ashley) of Duncannon; sister, Madge Adams of Perryopolis, PA; and granddaughters, Rachel and Samara. He will be missed by many others.
Virginia "Ginger" L. Jordan, Class of 1962, age 74, went to be with her Lord on December 14, 2018 in Harrisburg. Born in Harrisburg to Chester & Catherine Zimmerman on April 7, 1944, she was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School Class of 1962. Ginger was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years F. Raymond Jordan Jr. She is survived by her brother Walter B. Zimmerman (Sandra) of Elizabethtown, her 4 children Leith A. Miller (David) of Enhaut, Lynn Barlup (Tim) of Harrisburg, Kristen L. Jordan of Nashville, TN and MAJ Floyd R.(Chip) Jordan III (Louise) of Etters; 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild and 1 on the way.
Jan Harclerode Sloat, Class of 1962, age 74, of Mechanicsburg, died Monday, December 3, 2018. Jan's survivors include her husband, Steven Sloat; and her three children: Scott Sloat, Stacey Donagher, and Stephanie Harkins. You may remember Jan from St. John's Lutheran Church in Shiremanstown.
After a long-fought battle with prostate cancer, Jesse George Stoner, Sr., Class of 1975, age 61, of Dauphin, died at home on Sunday, October 21, 2018 with family and friends by his side. Jesse was a loving husband, father, step-father, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He was born in Lemoyne to Evelyn (Wagner) Eby of Bartow, Florida and the late George R. "Bob" Stoner (Harrisburg). Jesse is survived by his wife Erin; son, Jesse, Jr. and Alicia Stoner; daughter, Jaclyn Stoner; two step-children, JP and Emily Shannon, and Michael and Alexa Shannon; and granddaughters Willow Dawn and Lillian Eutzy. Also surviving are brothers Richard Swope, David and Sharon Swope, and Larry Swope; sisters Kay (Stoner) Dewey of Henderson, Nevada and Kelly Harmon of Buckeye, Arizona. Jesse was preceded in death by his first wife, Cindy, and sister, Wendy Swope. Prior to owning and operating All Floors, a successful flooring and tile business for nearly 40 years, Jesse was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Class of 1975, and attended trade school in Cherry Hill, NJ. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Harrisburg lodge. Jesse was still a child when the love of fishing became his passion. He enjoyed fishing wherever he could cast his rod, but called home the Susquehanna River. Jesse and long-time friend, Joseph Hardy, created Fishin' Fools Guide Service where he shared his love of Smallmouth Bass and the Susquehanna River for over 30 years. In addition to fishing, Jesse loved traveling, vacationing with friends and family, music, attending concerts, and watching the Washington Redskins and Penn State Football. His relentless commitment, infectious personality, and sense of humor will be missed by many.
Mark Anthony Gaspich, Class of 1992, age 44, of Harrisburg, died in the line of duty at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, on October 10, 2018. Born February 22, 1974, he was the youngest son of John P. Gaspich, Sr. and the late Anna T. (Meszaros) Gaspich. Mark was a graduate of the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute PA Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Training Program, PA Department of Corrections Academy, the Harrisburg Area Community College Fire Academy, and numerous training courses. He attended Bloomsburg University and Harrisburg Area Community College. Mark was a true lifetime public servant. Mark's death occurred while working as a Correctional Officer at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill. He previously served his community as a Corporal with the Dauphin County Sheriff's Office for 15 years, an Emergency Medical Technician, and a Community Service Officer with the Lower Paxton Police Department. Mark was a proud Volunteer firefighter with the Linglestown Fire Company #1, Station 35, beginning his volunteer fire service at the young age of 16. Mark responded to New York City in the aftermath of the terroristic attacks of September 11, 2001 as a trained Critical Incident Stress Debriefer. He was proud of both his service in New York City and helping many other first responders over his lifetime work through the difficulties of their public service. Mark lived life to its fullest, always shared his infectious laughter, was a true friend to many, and truly dedicated his life to helping others. Mark is survived by his father, John P. Gaspich, Sr.; brothers, John P. Gaspich, Jr. and wife Anne (Gamaldi) and Paul J. Gaspich and wife Jan (Burciaga); nephews, John P. Ill, Eric, Nicolas, and Brent Gaspich; nieces Analyse and Alexandra Gaspich.
Patti L. Cole, Class of 1976, age 60 of Dauphin, died Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. Patti was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of Shirley Kocher Cole of Harrisburg and the late Lee Cole. She was a member of the Road to Emmaus Presbyterian Church. Patti was predeceased by her sister, Susan Cole. Patti is survived by in addition to her mother, her fiance, Tracy Dimeler; her step son, Matthew Dimeler of Hummelstown; her sister, Karen Knaub of Dillsburg; her brother, Timothy Cole of Petersburg; her aunts, Caroline and Laura; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Loretta P. Miller Williams, Class of 1964, born June 29, 1946, passed away December 5, 2017. A memorial service will be held 2 pm Saturday, December 16 in the chapel of Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna. Mrs. Williams was a 1964 graduate of Central Dauphin high school. She gave of her heart until she had none left to give. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother. Surviving are her husband Rev. Ken Williams of Smyrna, daughter Lori (Richard) Sanders of Austell, grandchildren Gavin and Ashlyn Sanders of Austell, several cousins in the Harrisburg, PA area.
Margaret A. Gottshall, Class of 1956, age 79, of Carlisle, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 surrounded by her family at home. Born October 25, 1938 in Harrisburg, PA, she was a daughter of the late William and Margaret (Good) Stailey.
Margaret was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School Class of 1956. She retired as the lead sales manager of Kirby Vacuum Cleaners in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg and Camp Hill. Margaret was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in New Kingstown and the Carlisle Church of God. She served as a volunteer with the Carlisle Salvation Army and the Carlisle Senior Center.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband William E. Gottshall, two daughters Teresa E. Clipp and Susan J. Sheaffer and by a grandson Matthew D. Rynard. Surviving are her four children William (Tawna) Clipp of Carlisle, Clara (Joe) McConnell of Van Buren, Ark, Peggy Ann (Dennis) Weigel of Carlisle and Tamela Ammerman of York, PA, a sister Clara P. Hess of Hershey, a half-brother Harry M. Stailey of Florida, 28 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and a great great grandson.
Reverend Douglas S. Clark, Class of 1974, age 62, of Harrisburg, passed away on Monday January 1, 2018.
Doug was born in Harrisburg, PA on February 13, 1955 to Marlene C. (Straw) Shaffer. Doug is a graduate of the Central Dauphin High School and Bible Baptist College, where he became ordained. He was known for his love of his church, his selfless spirit, his hopeful heart and the Wizard of Oz. Doug tolerated and endured Cerebral Palsy throughout his life.
Surviving are his mother; his loving sister, Brenda S. Clark of Harrisburg and her son, Kyle McCarthy and his brother, Michael J. Clark of Harrisburg and his two daughters, Amanda and Melissa.
He spent the last ten years of his life at the Lancashire Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The Clark family would like to specially thank the whole staff for taking such great and extensive care of Doug.
Kevin Patrick Burke, Class of 1989, age 46, of Harrisburg, passed away suddenly Friday, November 3, 2017.
He was born January 25, 1971 in Camp Hill; he was the son of the late Patrick J. Burke.
Surviving is his mother, Nancy A. (Girvin) Burke, of Harrisburg; 2 brothers, Todd J. Burke (Kristen) and Colin M. Burke, of Harrisburg; and his nephew, Benjamin J. Burke.
Kevin was an employee for Weiss Markets, Linglestown Rd.; graduated from Central Dauphin High School and Penn State University; and was an avid fan for the Carolina Panthers.
He was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church.
Larry B. Meinsler, Class of 1956, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at his residence in Marysville, PA. He was born on September 10, 1938, to Dorothy Auch Meinsler Brubaker, and the late Charles L. Meinsler, in Middletown, PA.
Larry was a student of the first graduating class of Central Dauphin High School and graduated from HACC. He was a Navy veteran who was proud of his service. He owned Larry and Gary's ESSO in Highspire, and also retired from PHEAA as an IT Computer Project Manager. Larry designed and built his own home on Idle Rd. in Marysville which was one of his most satisfying accomplishments. He was also a member of the former Perry County Automotive Association.
In addition to his Mother, Larry is survived by his loving wife, Elaine (Morenko) Meinsler; his children, Michael (Mick) Meinsler, of Harrisburg, Charles (Chuck) Meinsler, of Palmyra, and Ronald (Ron) Meinsler and his wife Debbie, of Thompsontown; grandson, Charles C. Meinsler; great-granddaughter, Isabel Lee Meinsler; and his brother-in-law, Paul Morenko and his wife Pam.
David Roy Jenkins, Class of 1962, age 74 of Rutherford, formerly of West Hanover Twp., passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 at his home, with his family by his side.
Dave was born in Harrisburg, and was preceded in death by his mother, Agnesrose M. Jenkins "Angie". He graduated in 1962 from Central Dauphin High School. He was retired from the Elevator Industry, where he was an elevator constructor and mechanic, and was a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors.
In his free time Dave enjoyed many outdoor activities gardening, bee keeping, growing grapes for making wine, fish and chickens. He was also quite the handyman, Dave will always be remembered as a selfless, giving man who was always ready to help those in need.
Dave is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Marlene Attick Jenkins; two sons, Brian and Mark Jenkins (Harrisburg); two grandsons, Christophe "Leann" (Wisconsin) and Matthew Jenkins, (Nevada); and 4 great grandchildren, Nicolai, Zekrom, Remington and Melody Jenkins of Wisconsin. Dave loved it when the Jenkin's boys were all together. And he loved his 4 special cat friends, especially Rusty and Punkin.
Shirley A. McNeal Baker, Class of 1964, age 72, of Harrisburg, passed away June 17, 2018, at Hershey Medical Center.
Born February 5, 1946, in Linglestown, she was daughter of the late Phillip and Ruth McNeal.
She was a graduate of the Central Dauphin High School Class of 1964. Shirley worked for the Dept. of Revenue and had 31 years of employment with the PACE Program. Shirley was a devoted wife, mother, Nanny, sister, and aunt. She will be missed by her family and friends.
Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Don Baker; son, Troy Baker (Lynne); granddaughter, Miranda Baker; stepson, Bill Baker (Linda) and grandson, Chasen Baker and granddaughter, Carly Fee; stepson, Keith Baker and grandson, Zachary Baker; brothers, Richard and Bill McNeal; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Esther Hall.
David W. Shuey, Class osf 1972, age 63, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Altoona, PA on September 19, 1954 to the late Ralph G. and late Shirley A. (Wert) Shuey. David was a 1972 graduate of Central Dauphin High School and studied Communications for two years at Syracuse University. He played football for the Harrisburg Cowboys semi-pro team. David had a very strong work ethic. He successfully worked in advertising, real estate, automotive sales management, hospitality, with his favorite being a public speaker and "history-teller." David is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan D. (Jacobs) Shuey, his son, Nathan D. Shuey, and brothers William S. Shuey and Robert D. Shuey. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 11:00am, at the First Presbyterian Church on the Square in Carlisle, PA.
Rick Miller, Class of 1971, age 64, of Milford, DE passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA. He was born September 3, 1953 to Pearl Miller Kirkland and the late Jack Miller in Connellsville, PA.
Rick was a wonderful husband, father and son. His family and friends were his greatest joy. Rick was a friend to everyone he met. Always the first to make you smile or laugh and feel welcomed. A devout man of faith who enjoyed the church family and especially the choir. He loved cars, motorcycles and Sophie his beloved cat.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ellen Miller, his mother Pearl Miller Kirkland, mother of his children Sandy Miller, his daughters, Lisa Wilson (Matt), Lauren Lenker (Casey), his son Brian Miller, stepchildren Andrea Randolph (Kevin), Jessica Seachrist, brothers Robert Miller, and John Miller (Earla), sister Louann Hess (John), and six adored grandchildren Lexie, Cole, Evan, Lucas, Quin and Colin.
Karen S. Fleisher, Class of 1968, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Enola, PA on July 22, 2018. Born in Harrisburg PA, she was the daughter of Harold (deceased) and Arlene Eckels.
For many years she worked for the PA Legislature, Governor's Office and Labor & Industry as well as being the past president for The Program for Female Offenders. During retirement, she was a Berkshire Hathaway realtor; entrepreneur and she showed her love in many ways, especially with her gift of cooking and entertaining.
She is survived by her daughter, Gillian Hench and husband Ray of Newville; her sisters, Jacqueline Connelly and husband James of Mays Landing, NJ, Kim Miller and husband Dennis of York Haven, PA; a brother, Steven Eckels and wife, Deborah of Woodgate, NY; her grandson, Alex James Hayden of Newville; and several nieces and nephews.
Ronald K.A. Berrier, 79, of Harrisburg, passed away on Saturday July 14, 2018 at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Born October 1,1938, in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Dale and Theresa (Berke) Berrier. A 1956 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, he served in the U.S. Navy prior to his Honorable discharge. On June 29, 1959, he was united in marriage with Deanna L. (Traino) Berrier, with whom he has shared a union of 59 years.
Ron was employed as an Insurance Agent by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, for 38 years, prior to his retirement. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed snowmobiling, tennis and traveling – particularly to Myrtle Beach. He was good with his hands, and, was skilled at everything from fixing cars to remodeling his home. Ron received the greatest fulfillment in his life from the time he was able to spend with his family – particularly his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Deanna, he is survived by his daughter, Robin Karl, and her husband, Jeff; and, sons, Randy Berrier, and his wife, Lisa, and, Ryan Berrier, and his wife, Jackie, all of Harrisburg. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jessica Karl, Joshua Berrier, Justin Berrier and Tony Karl; and, his sisters, Patricia Barker, and her husband, Rich, and, Brenda Cremeans, all of Sarasota, FL.
Dr. S. Sava Macut, former CDSD Board Member, was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 13th, 2018. Sava and his twin sister, Sylvia, were born in Steelton, PA on December 29, 1930 to Mile and Maria Macut. This date was also mom Macut's birthday! The family consisted of six boys and seven girls. Johanna died at birth and Sava's twin, Sylvia, passed at age two from whooping cough. Dr. Sava excelled at Steelton High School, at Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in organic chemistry and was tenth in his class at Temple Medical School. After an internship at Polyclinic Hospital from 1956-57, Dr. Sava served as the medical officer at the naval station at Chaguaramas, Trinidad, B.W.I., for two years, caring for sailors, marines and their dependents, as well as five hundred island workers.
On returning to the states, he opened his office in Rutherford Heights at the request of his best friend, Hon. Rudy Dininni. Office personnel consisted of his sisters Annie and Sophie, and after Annie's death, wife Dorothy joined the staff. Dr. Sava immensely enjoyed his large practice which covered most of central Pennsylvania. He and his staff were beloved by the patients and friends, and his loss will be greatly felt by many area families. Dr. Sava served as physician for twenty five years at the Dauphin County Home, and then became the chief medical officer there. He served for fourteen years as Vice President on the Central Dauphin School Board. He also served nineteen years as delegate then member of the Board of Trustees at Harrisburg Area Community College. Dr. Sava was a fifty year member of the Dauphin County Medical Society, Pennsylvania State Medical Society and the American Medical Society
He greatly loved his wife, Dorothy, his four children, twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, and spent most of his time tending to the family and thirty five years tending to his family practice. He was known for his morning and evening office hours, and every afternoon house calls to elderly patients. A talented artist, his paintings are displayed all over the U.S. Much of his art has been donated to churches, YWCA, social groups and fundraising organizations.
A lifelong member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Oberlin, he was founder and funder of the Mile Macut Altar Boy Fund. Surviving Dr. Sava are Dorothy, his dear wife and partner of 65 years, four outstanding children and their spouses, son J. Douglas and wife Janis of Harrisburg, PA, Debra Macut and husband Fred Irving of Hummelstown, PA, Sylvia (Jode) Rose of Lexington, KY, Jan Marie Petredis and husband Charles of Pittsburgh, PA, and twelve magnificent grandchildren, Dallas, Charles, Sagan, Keaton, Alexandra, Christian, Connor, Killian, Taylor, Athena, Emma, Zoe, and great-grandchildren, Bronson Sava and Dahlia Estelle, all of whom he said "will bubble to the top of our cesspool society in which we live."
Wilma J. Kennedy, age 86, of New Cumberland, died on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill. Daughter of the late Vaughn and Gertrude (Allyn) Jones, she was born in LeRaysville, PA on January 11, 1932.
Wilma retired as a teacher from Central Dauphin High School, Harrisburg, and also worked for many years as a legal secretary for McNees Wallace & Nurick Attorneys, Harrisburg. She was a member of Baughman Memorial United Methodist Church (New Cumberland), PA Assoc. of School Retirees, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Harrisburg Study Club. For many years, Wilma was a strong presence in the American Assoc. of University Women (AAUW) – Harrisburg Branch, having served as both branch president and state secretary; she was also named a Grant Honoree twice and was voted Outstanding Branch Member. She also served on the Bethany Village Auxiliary board.
Wilma was a very avid reader, crossword and Sudoku enthusiast, as well as a lover of life. She had many friends and neighbors and was always ready for her next adventure. She was well known for her love of sports and attending her children's/grandchildren's games, shows or matches. Wilma was a very well dressed, classy woman who enjoyed all aspects of her existence.
Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Kennedy; and their son, Stephen J. Kennedy. Surviving are a son and his wife, Scott A. and Pamela A. Kennedy of Dayton, NV; a daughter and her husband, Pamela K. and John M. Schaffner, of New Cumberland; eight grandchildren, Nico, Cole, Payton, and Kennedy Schaffner, all of New Cumberland; Leah Kennedy, of Paris, France; Erin Kennedy, of FL; and Charles and Demetria Kennedy, both of Camp Hill; two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a brother and his wife, Allyn and Kay Jones, of Culver Lake, NJ.
Daniel W. Lehman Jr., age 77, of Mechanicsburg, went to be with Our Lord on June 30, 2018.
He was born the son of the late Daniel W. Lehman Sr. and Margaret Kimmel Lehman on May 16, 1941. He was also the brother of the late Leonard Lehman. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 36 years Dolores Cook Lehman. His children Glenn Lehman, Keith Lehman Sr., Danelle Lehman Davis, Leann Lehman Magaro, Matthew Lehman & Mark Bradsha. Also, 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.
He was Central Dauphin Transportation Coordinator for many years, and had a passion for school bus safety. He also was co founder of Lehman's Automotive, Shady Back Acres Campground & Country Dan's Camper Sales. Most recently he served our Lord preaching at the Bridges of Bent Creek, Running a food pantry and playing Santa for Allenberry Playhouse.
He was a member of the Family Worship Center, The Bus Museum in Hershey, and The Christian Motorcycle Association.
Lucinda "Cindy" M. Behrens Beers, Class of 1984, age 52, of Hershey, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018, with her loving family by her side. Born in Harrisburg on August 25, 1965, she was the daughter of Delores A. Dupler Behrens of Hummelstown and the late Benjamin A. Behrens.
Cindy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She was a 1984 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Cindy was a member of Chambers Hill United Methodist Church. She loved nothing more than spoiling her grandbabies; and enjoyed woodworking, baking, crafting and crocheting.
Along with her mother, Cindy is survived by her husband of 33 years, William H. "Harry" Beers, Sr., whom she married on September 22, 1984; her loving children, Alissa M. Guzman of New Bloomfield, Jessica S. Turley wife of Chad of Palmyra, and Willian H. Beers, Jr. fiancé of Kaitlyn Smith of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, Kierra, Enola, Lillie-Ann, Alondra, Lucas, Wyatt and David; four sisters, Deborah Weaver wife Rod, Joy Gawel wife of Rick, Belinda Miller wife of Frank, and Dawn Dostalik wife of Doug; one brother, Randy Behrens; her mother in law, Elinor Osborne; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her father, Cindy was preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, David Beers and John Osborne.
Jill A. Keiser, Class of 1970, age 66, passed away peacefully at her home in Harrisburg on Sunday June 10, 2018. She was born March 29, 1952 in Harrisburg to the late James and Phyllis Keiser. She was retired from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.
She was an avid tennis fan and served as a league coordinator with the Central Penn Tennis Association. She was a past member of the Hershey Racquet Club and Harrisburg Country Club.
Jill is survived by her husband, Bryan Perry; daughter Mercedes Vaslow of Colorado; niece Jackie Keiser and her children Aden and Ella of Mechanicsburg. She was preceded in death by her brother Jack Keiser.
Shirley A. Naugle, retired CDHS teacher, age 88, a resident of Shell Point Retirement Village in Fort Myers, Fl. passed away on May 12, 2018.
Shirley grew up in Chambersburg, Pa. where she met and later married her high school sweetheart, Wilbur (Dick) D. Naugle, who predeceased her in 2011. A born teacher, Shirley graduated from Gettysburg College with an Education degree to teach Spanish and History. She taught Spanish at Central Dauphin High School where she thoroughly enjoyed her students, their enthusiasm, and their positive energy.
In Chambersburg, Shirley was active at Trinity Lutheran Church, teaching adult Sunday School, leading Bible studies, and singing on the choir with her parents. In Florida, Shirley was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and later the Village Church at Shell Point. Her love of music led her to singing on her church choir and with the Shell Point Singers. Spending time with her beloved husband, children and grandchildren was her greatest joy. Shirley is survived by her daughters Shelley Naugle Of Naples, Fl. and Lisa Naugle of Chicago, Il., her son Martin Naugle (Cindee) of Harrisburg, Pa. her grandchildren Matthew Naugle and Megan Seymore (Josh), and two great-granddaughters.
Robert Earl Megonnell, Class of 1963, age 74, of Dauphin, passed away on May 9, 2018. He was born September 23, 1943 in Harrisburg, PA. The son of the late Beryl and Earl Megonnell. Bob was raised in Dauphin, PA and graduated from Central Dauphin High School, where he starred in football and basketball. Bob was a member of the 1961 undefeated football team and was nominated to the BIG 33 team.
Bob honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and served overseas duty in Korea. Upon returning home in 1966 Bob met and married his wife of fifty years B. Kay (Houser) Megonnell. Bob is father of, Robert M. Megonnell and Douglas E. Megonnell, grandfather of, William D. Megonnell and brother of, Carol A. Herb.
A lifelong sales person for several companies, Bob also served as a deputy conservation officer for the PA fish commission. In 1966 Bob was one of the founders of the Dauphin Athletic Association and also helped to re-establish Sandlot baseball in Dauphin. In addition to re-introducing Sandlot baseball to Dauphin, Bob was also a well-recognized player and manager for the Dauphin Sandlot team for many years. In the late 1970's Bob was a founder of the Dauphin County Junior Conservation School, a week-long program designed to educate area youth in soil and water conservation, woods and water habitat improvement as well as general outdoor knowledge. The program took place annually in June at the former YMCA camp Shikellamy in Clarks Valley, PA. Bob served as director of the school for 11 years and was recognized in 1983 as outstanding conservationist for his many efforts in educating youth in the program. Bob was also recognized for his achievements while serving as a field agent for the Dauphin County Soil Conservation Service.
Bob was a past president of the Dauphin fire company, the federation of Sports Men's Club and the Dauphin County anglers and conservationists. Bob was a member of many organizations including Duncannon VFW and Legion, the Dauphin Home Association and a founding member of the Longbeard Rod and Gun Club.
Harold Berger, Class of 1963, age 72, of Marysville, PA (Leewood Village), passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in his home with family nearby.
Eileen J. (Evanoff) Kimble, Class of 1966, age 69, of Tuscarora, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Dorothy J. (Taylor) Evanoff, Sr. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, painting and hunting and traveled to many countries throughout her lifetime. She was a member of Friends of the Cross Church, Corning, NY.
She is survived by her husband John Kimble, brother Nicholas (Nancy) Evanoff, Jr., nephew Nicholas, nieces Shannon and Erin, two great-nieces, Lila and Mackenzie, two great-nephews Nicholas and Gage and numerous cousins.
Reverend Dr. Allie J. Harper, Jr., Class of 1963, age 73, of Oberlin, Pastor of John Wesley A. M. E. Zion Church in Chambersburg, transitioned into eternal life on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Fox Sub-Acute in Mechanicsburg.
He was born in Ocala, FL, son of the late Allie J., Sr. and Theora (Felder) Harper. Pastor Harper was an avid reader and loved music. In his leisure, he also enjoyed fishing & cooking.
Pastor Harper was adjunct faculty at Lincoln University, Master of Human Services Program and enjoyed every moment as Conference Studies faculty for the Philadelphia – Baltimore Annual Conference, A. M. E. Zion Church; served as Executive Director of the PA Telecommunications Education Fund, Counselor at the United Methodist Home for Children; was employed by the Commonwealth of PA, Community Affairs Weatherization Program; a member of the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area, Chambersburg Area Ministerial Alliance, SpiriTrust Lutheran Board and Kiwanis Club of Chambersburg; Chaplain for Chambersburg Hospital and Chambersburg Borough Police Department.
He leaves to celebrate his life, his wife, Renata Moseley Harper; his sons, Lance Harper and Todd Harper (Rosa), both of Harrisburg and Allie J. Harper III of Augusta, GA; his daughter, Imani Harper at home; his 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; his sister, Zenobia Harper Oyenuga (Frank) of Silver Spring, MD; his church family; numerous cousins; three goddaughters; five godsons and a host of other relatives and friends.
Nancy M. Compher Stine, Class of 1962, age 73 of Harrisburg, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Mrs. Stine was born in Waynesboro and was the daughter of the late Bernard and Anna (Carson) Compher. She was a realtor with Howard Hanna Real Estate services and was manager of the former John Glise Realtor. She was a member of the Greater Harrisburg Board of Realtors, where she served on many committees and chaired the Ethics Committee. She was active in the Central Dauphin Alumni Association, CD Reunion Committee Class of 1962 and the Women's Council of Realtors.
Mrs. Stine was predeceased by her brothers, Frank Compher and John Compher.
Mrs. Stine is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ronald E. Stine, who she met, married and lived with in Linglestown all of her life. She will also be missed by her loving family, including her sons, Christopher Lee Stine of Harrisburg and Craig Bernard (Jody) Stine of Schuylkill Haven; her grandchildren, Chase A. Stine, Elise Y. Stine and Nate D. Stine; her sister, Susan Dingas of Warner Robins, GA; her brother, Ronald Compher of Albuquerque, NM; her niece, Karin Compher of Harrisburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Michael J. Welch, Class of 1969. On Saturday April 7, 2018, Michael J. Welch's battle with ALS came to an end. He was home surrounded by family and friends.
Michael, 68, was born in Harrisburg, Pa. to the late Alfred S. and Opal (Carlin) Welch.
Michael was a 1969 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. He was a proud Marine who served in Vietnam. He was a bricklayer by trade, and worked for Dininni Construction and later retired from the New Cumberland Army Depot after 25 years of service.
Michael is survived by his high school sweetheart, best friend and wife of 46 years, Peggy; his loving daughter, Stephanie and his beautiful granddaughter, Emma Layne. He is also survived by brothers, Gerald (Sandy) and Alfred Jr.; sisters, Penelope (Norman) and Sharon; sister-in-law, Barbara; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends whom he considered family. Michael is predeceased by brother, James, and sisters, Kathleen and Vickie.
Michael loved life and enjoyed sharing outdoor adventures with family and friends. Some of our best times were spent at camp or RVing. Kayaking became our favorite pastime Spring, Summer and Fall. Michael was a member of the Hemlock Lodge where he made many life-long hunting comrades and became a "master scrapple maker".
Michael was a life member of the Halifax Ginter-Koppenheffer VFW Post 5750 and was very proud when he accomplished "All State Commander". He was also a member of the American Legion and the National Rifle Association.
The family would like to thank the Lebanon VA, Homeland Hospice, Jay Diaz and his respiratory team at Anchor Enterprises, ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia and the entire ALS team at Hershey Medical Center. The support we received from all these organizations was beyond amazing. Words alone cannot express our gratitude for their dedication and care for Michael over the past 6 months.
Lyleann Wenrick Walker, Class of 1966, age 69, of Jackson Township, New Jersey, formerly of Harrisburg, PA, passed away on Monday March 19, 2018 at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey.
Born May 13, 1948, in Harrisburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Alverta (Frymyer) Wenrick. Lyleann was a 1966 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, and later attended Mansfield State University.
A self-employed Antique Dealer, Lyleann was very active in several Open Salt Collectors Clubs. She enjoyed traveling – especially to Casinos, spending time with her grandchildren; and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority for over 25 years.
In addition to her husband of 49 years, James W. Walker, she is survived by her daughters, Lisa (Christopher) Heidrick, of Sanibel, Florida, and, Laurie (Craig) Starner, of Mechanicsburg. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sarah and Jack Heidrick, and Andrew and Noah Helwig; as well as, numerous cousins.
Kenneth Eugene Hinkle, Class of 1973, age 63 of Harrisburg, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Hershey Medical Center.
Ken was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Charles and Mary Hinkle. He was employed as a truck driver with Central Penn Asphalt. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 272, Linglestown and the Honor Guard. He was a member of the Class of 1973 of Central Dauphin High School. He was a avid hunter and fisherman.
Ken is survived by his sons, Jonathan Hinkle of Hershey and Jeffery Hinkle of Harrisburg; four grandchildren; his sisters, Karen Simmons and Joanne (Dennis) Shertzer, both of Harrisburg; his brother, Leroy Jeffrey (Lori) Hinkle of Harrisburg; his longtime companion, Karen Shugars of Harrisburg.
Jo Ellen (Grimes) Hoffman, Class of 1975, choreographer, instructor, and Artistic Director of Harrisburg Academy of Dance, went to be with our Lord peacefully in her home on April 1, 2018.
Jo Ellen is survived by her sister Maria van der Meij, nephew Ruben van der Meij of Lancaster, an Uncle-- Col. (Ret.) George Jatras of Camp Hill-- and numerous cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents Besse L. & Donald E. Grimes, and husband, Gary Hoffman.
Jo Ellen was born in Harrisburg, PA. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School, and continued her education at HACC majoring in Photography. Jo Ellen owned and taught dance at her award winning studio for over 35-years. In 2008, Jo Ellen completed a short film The Shoes while attending the Miami Film School.
Jo Ellen provided all ages a chance to dance, and created a family like community at the Studio. She believed in her students and staff, inspiring them to reach beyond their own expectations…some advancing to professional careers.
In addition to deeply loving the people in her life, Jo Ellen cared about the welfare of all animals; but especially her beloved dog Diggy and cat Sydney.
Ivan L. Miller Jr., Class of 1968, age 67, passed away Thursday, Dec.14, 2017 at his home in Gettysburg. He was born Dec. 2, 1950 in Hegins, Pa., theson of Ivan L. and Mary (Lubold) Miller Sr.
Ivan was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Gettysburg College, and Hahnemann Medical School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1977 to 1989, including a deployment to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. Ivan completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Hospital; and after his Army service, Ivan worked as an orthopedic surgeon in Gettysburg for 25 years.
Ivan enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, and the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, and a physical fitness enthusiast. During his years in the military, Ivan completed numerous marathons and his dedication to running continued throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife Faye Miller; two sons, Christopher B. Miller, and Brett B. Miller and wife Alessandra; daughter Ashley K. Crowder and husband Robert; and a granddaughter Haley M. Crowder. He is also survived by his father Ivan L. Miller Sr; brother Glen Miller; and a sister Gloria Oakley.
Joseph M. Hummer Sr., Class of 1956, age 80, Mechanicsburg, entered eternal life Thursday, March 15, 2018, while at the West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg, surrounded by his loving family. Joe had only suffered 3 weeks with the knowledge of pancreatic cancer. He was born March 10, 1938 in Harrisburg, son of the late Charles Hummer and Jennie Shutt Hummer.
He was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Class of 1956; attended Penn State University, York; and was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, its Men's Club and Usher Ministry.
In 1975, Mr. Hummer started and served as President of Hummer Equipment Company and was also a partner in Hummer Enterprises and East Shore Associates. He was Founder, Director and First Vice Chairman of Pennsylvania State Bank. His fraternal, civic and professional affiliations included President, Keystone Area Council of Boy Scouts and Vice President of the Property Committee. The National Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award was bestowed upon him for his exemplary service. Additionally, he served as President, Zion Lutheran Church of Penbrook Church Council; President, St. Mark Lutheran Church Council, Mechanicsburg; President of the JDRF Board; Member of the Catholic Diocesan Building Commission; active member of the YMCA, Harrisburg; President, Penbrook Lions Club; and President, Swatara Crest Civic Association. He coached baseball for many years in the Chambers Hill Baseball League and also served as President of the Chambers Hill Athletic Association.
He leaves behind his wife, Frances Hummer, with whom he would have celebrated 54 years of marriage this June; his daughter, Shelley Webster and her husband Daniel; son, Joseph Hummer II and his wife Karyn; his grandchildren, Joseph Hummer III, Lucy Hummer, Ashley Webster, Megan Webster, Alexis Reber, all of Mechanicsburg; sister, Joyce Stewart and her husband Eugene of Palmyra; many nieces, nephews, friends and associates.
Frank M. Essis Jr., MD, Class of 1991, age 44, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, while on a ski trip in Lake Placid, New York. He was born November 14, 1973, in Harrisburg, PA to Frank Essis, Sr., and Ann Marie (Santelli) Essis (deceased). He was a 1991 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. He graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor's of Science in 1995 and was a member of the Sigma Phi Fraternity. It was there that he met his amazing wife Lauren M. Cunningham. Frank graduated from Penn State University with a Master's of Science in Anatomy in 1998. Frank and Lauren were married on December 16, 2000, in Villanova Chapel. Frank graduated from Penn State Medical School in 2002. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 2007. He then joined Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster in 2007. Frank loved spending time with his wife and three beautiful children. He also enjoyed being with his brother, friends and family. Frank was constantly learning new things and teaching those around him. He was always there to help his loved ones, not in the way they wanted, but the way they needed. He was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Lancaster, PA. Frank enjoyed sailing and completed several open ocean passages with great delight. He also enjoyed skiing, swimming and travelling with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Lauren; three children: Juliana, 14; Frank, III, 12; and Michael, 10; a brother, Anthony, husband of Kristie; a nephew, Anthony, Jr. and two nieces, Allegra and Lyla; his father, Frank M. Essis, Sr. and his wife, Terry; two stepbrothers, Leigh Valudes (Clare) and Jason Valudes (Gretchen) and a stepsister, Alisa Valudes Whyte (John); 4 Stepnephews and 1 stepniece: Sydney, Nicholas, Grayson, Luke, and Jack.
Robert V. Martz, Class of 1967. In the comfort of his home, Robert received his angel wings on March 5, 2018 after a short struggle with cancer.
He is now in heaven with his beloved wife - his everything, Deloris. They are with their grandson, Brendan. They are all smiling down upon us. His daughters truly believe that their father is celebrating his birthday with their loving mother.
Born March 6, 1949 in Lewistown, PA, Robert was a graduate of West Virginia University. He retired as a cost accountant manager for Capital Blue Cross in 2009 with the plan to spend time with the love of his life, Deloris.
For anyone who knew Robert (Bob), he was extremely proud of his three daughters and loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren immensely. They were his universe. His calendar was full of his grandchildrens' sporting events, dance recitals, annual family vacations, and lunches/dinners with friends from Central Dauphin and Capital Blue Cross.
Robert is survived by his daughter Dawn Rice of Linglestown and her three children Tyler Hevel, his girlfriend Hannah Kistler and their daughter Isabella, Aaron and Erika; daughter Deanna Drnevich and her husband Eric of Collegeville PA and their two children Gabriella and James; and daughter Robyn Carr and her husband Chris of Linglestown and their four children Chris II, his wife Hailey and their son Christopher III, Shawn, Olivia, and Savannah along with her stepson Nathan Fox of North Carolina and his daughters Grace and Izzy. Also surviving is his brother Barry and his wife Paula of Harrisburg, his sister Patty Martz of Harrisburg, and his sister Sandra Martz of California.
Dennis E. Witmer, Class of 1966, age 69, of Harrisburg, died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Hershey Medical Center.
Dennis was born in Harrisburg, PA, the son of the late Martin and Marceil (Beckwith) Witmer. He was retired from Verizon where he was a cable splicer for over 30 years and worked at PennDot, for an additional 11 years. "Denny" enjoyed working on the farm with his boys and teaching first aid and CPR at Verizon and the Red Cross. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the Harrisburg Snyder Lodge No. 629 F&AM and Mt. Laurel Church of God.
Dennis is survived by his wife and love of 36 years, Margaret Minchoff Witmer; his sons, Tom Witmer of Highspire, Todd Witmer and Troy Witmer, both of Hershey; his step sons, John Beshore and Winston Beshore, both of Harrisburg; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one great great grandson; his brother, Edward Witmer of S. Carolina; one niece and one nephew; as well as many dear friends.
Lester David Babil, Jr., Class of 1959, passed away on March 2, 2018. Known as “Doll Baby” by family and friends, was born March 18, 1941, in Longwood, North Carolina, to the late Thelma “Sug” Manning Babil and the late Lester D. Babil.
Lester attended Swatara Junior High School where he participated in football, track and field. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School, Class of 1959. After over thirty years of service, Lester retired from Tyco formerly AMP Inc. He was united in Christian fellowship with Harambee United Church of Christ, presently known as Kingdom Embassy, where he was its oldest member. There, he was known as Elder Babil and was an avid cook. Lester attended church until his declining health and, thereafter, studied at home with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Among Lester’s most enjoyable pastimes were watching old westerns, March Madness, basketball, football, going to Atlantic City as well as traveling with and serving as President of a group called, “The Fun Bunch.”
In his seventy-sixth year, while at UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital, on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., the angels came to escort Lester safely into the Arms of his Heavenly Father joining in eternal life his parents and his three siblings, Samuel “Doc” Manning, Walter McCoy Babil and Vergie Elaine Smith.
Lester leaves to honor his legacy and cherish many special memories his daughters, Rhonda “Sue” (James), Leslie “Tubby,” Joy “Mama,” all of Harrisburg, PA; sons, Octavius “Pookie” (Lisa) of Harrisburg, Lester “Hoy” (Joyce) of Enola, PA, David L. (Lenita), Newport News, VA, Naval Base; brothers, Leon, Michael and Adrian “Aggie” Babil, all of Harrisburg; sister, Mary Babil of Harrisburg; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Deborah L. Gross Bayura, Class of 1971, age 64, of Lower Swatara Township, died Monday, February 26, 2018 in her home.
She was a former Project Manager for AMP, Inc., now Tyco-TE Connectivity, for 27 years. Her second career extended 13 years at Central Dauphin School District. Debbie was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and received her Bachelor's Degree from The Pennsylvania State University. She was an active member of Central Dauphin High School Alumni Association and Penn State Harrisburg Alumni Association. Debbie attended St. Catherine Laboure Roman Catholic Church with her family.
Debbie was the daughter of the late Mildred "Millie" Gross and the widow of Joseph J.K. Bayura. She is survived by her best friend and loving daughter, Christina Bayura and husband, Steve Kriczky of Palmyra, PA.
She was an Esophageal Cancer Survivor and had an enthusiasm for living life to the fullest. Debbie was known to be social and a friend to all; however, her greater titles were that of a daughter, a wife, and most of all, an amazing mother.
Patricia Sprecher Hable Whitaker, Class of 1959, age 76, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2018. She was predeceased by her beloved Husband, Thomas F. Whitaker in April 2004.
Born in Harrisburg, PA on November 2, 1941, Patricia was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from West Chester University and her Master's in Education from the University of Delaware. Patricia taught both 2nd grade general studies and special education during a 25 year tenure at the Jennie E. Smith Elementary School in Newark, DE. A gifted educator, she had a positive impact on the lives of many children through her passion and commitment to her profession. She carried her love of learning into her retirement years by attending classes on everything from art appreciation to world history at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware. Patricia cherished annual vacations to Sea Isle City with her family, whom she adored, and spending time with her countless friends who were always charmed by her authenticity and love of life. She also enjoyed travel, attending Broadway shows and was an avid sports fan who recently delighted in her Philadelphia Eagles finally winning a Super Bowl. Her legacy and spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those she touched and she will be remembered by all who knew her with fondness and love.
She is survived by her son, Robert K. Hable and wife, Melissa of Wilmington, DE; daughter Sherry Limbers and husband, Jeff of Wilmington, DE; son Craig S. Hable and companion, Tina M. Martin of Newark, DE; and granddaughters Katherine Lynne and Julia Paige Hable.
Dennis Hoke, Class of 1960, age 75, of Mechanicsburg passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. Born January 1, 1943 in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late Harry and Betty (Chenoweth) Hoke.
Dennis worked at the former AMP for many years, was a flight instructor at Capital City Airport and later went on to be a partner with Cumberland Tool and Die. He was a US Army veteran, having served with the 82nd Airborne.
A loving grandfather, he cherished the time he spent with each of his four grandchildren. Dennis had a passion for life, he worked hard and played hard. His interests were many and varied. He was an avid snowmobiler, passionate gardener, enjoyed working on the horse farm, loved to travel and play golf. And he always enjoyed a good meal.
Surviving are his loving wife Linda L. (Pipher) Hoke; a son Gary J. Hoke and wife Stephanie of Mechanicsburg; two daughters, Debra J. Hoke and husband Charles Crosby of Indianapolis, IN, Amy L. Montgomery and husband George of Mechanicsburg; four grandchildren Ryan and Emily Hoke and Reese and Owen Montgomery; two brothers, David and Harry "Art" Hoke both of Harrisburg and his sister Debra S. Hoke of Hershey.
Ed “Pops” Bricker, Class of 1960, of New Cumberland PA was welcomed into eternal life with God on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in his 75th year, lovingly surrounded by his family. Ed was born in Harrisburg, PA on November 22nd, 1942. He was preceded in death by his father Marlin Bricker Sr. and his mother Virginia Bricker (nee Straw).
Ed is survived by his wife of 56 wonderful years, Kay M. Bricker (nee O’Shura), his two brothers Marlin Bricker Jr. (Eleanor) and John Bricker (Karen). His children, Jody Nazzaro (Michael) and Karen Zvorsky.
Ed was blessed with 7 grandchildren, Ashlee Krall (David), Gina Nazzaro Yetter (Michael), Carissa Nazzaro, Elliott Keys, Trae Keys, Caleb Keys and Anya Zvorsky. He also had 5 great grandchildren, Ella Keys, Addison Krall, Valerie Elliot, Traycen Hawthorne and Melanie Elliot.
Ed was a proud retiree of Gannett Fleming, Inc. where he worked for 42 years as a Surveyor, Draftsman and Engineering Technician. He was a gun enthusiast and also liked antique cars, old westerns and war movies. But his real passion was his family and spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. One of his favorite events was the annual Gannett Fleming picnic at Hershey Park. The pure joy he would get from seeing the happiness in first his children, then grandchildren and in most recent years his great grandchildren.
Pops’ kind spirit, gentle soul and selflessness was immeasurable. He was the patriarch of the family and outstanding role model who left us a template to which we all should strive to live by.
Mary Mumma Shiffer, Class of 1959, of Devon, passed away January 10, 2018. Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Leroy G. and Margarette Mumma. After graduating from Elizabethtown College and Pennsylvania State University she had a 35 year career as an Early Childhood Education Specialist. She worked at Lock Haven University, Penn State University and for various Pennsylvania State and County agencies. For 12 years until her retirement she was a project officer in the Administration for Children and Families; Office of Head Start in Washington DC and in Philadelphia. After retirement she continued to conduct on-site reviews of Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Mary is survived by her children, Tom G. Shiffer, of Shrewsbury, Mass., Curtis A. Shiffer (Becky), of State College, and Joan S. Olds (Tom), of Coatesville; five grandchildren, Christopher, Timothy, Jonathan, Andrew and Daniel Olds; brother, John R. Mumma of Camp Hill; and is predeceased by her brothers, Luke R. Mumma and Mark R. Mumma; her sister, Lois Mumma Wenger; and former husband, Clark Shiffer.
Sandra Wallace Stoner, Class of 1958, age 77, of Londonderry Village, Palmyra went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Born November 20, 1940 in Dauphin County, she was a daughter of the late James and Susan (Stoner) Wallace and was also preceded in death by brothers John and James Wallace.
A retired teacher from Derry Township School District, Sandy was a member and Sunday School teacher of the Hershey Free Church and former chairwoman of the Mount Joy Christian Women's Club. At Londonderry Village, she wrote Conversations with Sandy and volunteered for the annual yard sale and enjoyed word searches.
Surviving are her husband of over 55 years Kenneth L. Stoner; sons David M., husband of Julia L. Stoner of Concord, North Carolina and Daniel P., husband of Jennifer E. Stoner of Palmyra; and grandchildren Meghan, Shelby, Peyton, Preston, Nathan, Peter, and Lydia.
Virginia Weaver Pipkin, Class of 1963, passed away on Oct. 30, 2017, at age 71 in Newark, Delaware.
She graduated in 1963 and taught English in 1968.
She is survived by her 2 Children, Pamela and Tyrone with 5 grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson.
She lived in Rutherford. She has a surviving sister, Lois Weaver Romberger.
Her brother, Jim and her parents pre-deceased her.
Nancy Wickert Funk, Class of 1969, age 66, of Ocean City, NJ (formerly of Baltimore, MD), passed away on Tuesday, February 6 after a two year battle with cancer.
She was born in Allentown, PA on April 27, 1951 to the late John D. Wickert of Camp Hill, PA and Madelyn G. Smith of Harrisburg, PA. She lived in Allentown, PA until 3rd grade when she moved with her family to Philadelphia where she became a Philadelphia Phillies fan. She later moved to Harrisburg and could often be found playing stick ball or other sports with the boys. Nancy graduated from Central Dauphin High School before enrolling in Messiah College. She graduated from Messiah with a degree in nursing and a minor in biology where she also played on the women's basketball team. She later went on to receive a masters degree from Western Maryland College (McDaniel) in postsecondary education.
After practicing nursing for several years, Nancy found her passion in coaching basketball and began a career that would span 40 years. She spent her first 9 years coaching at her alma mater, Messiah College in Grantham, PA before being recruited to Johns Hopkins University to spend the next 31 years building a legacy of wins, more than any other women's coach in any sport in school history, both on the court and off. She mentored hundreds of student athletes and impacted lives in far reaching ways.
She was an avid Major League baseball fan adopting the Baltimore Orioles as her American League team but maintaining her love for the Philadelphia Phillies all her life. Later in life, she became a football fan as well, never missing College Game Day or a Philadelphia Eagles game.
Her greatest achievements and joys in life came from her family. She is survived by her husband Dave Funk, of Ocean City, NJ (formerly Baltimore, MD), her children Jared Clelan and wife Allison Clelan, daughter Courtney Geduldig (Clelan) and fiancé Christopher Heusler, daughter Kelsey Amrhein (Funk) and son in law Mike Amrhein. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren Max, Madelyn, Adam, Graham and Avery. Kelsey and Mike will be adding two boys, Julian and Jackson in a few weeks and they will know her through their family and many stories. She enjoyed nothing more than watching Max and Adam play baseball, shopping, doing art projects and collecting decorating ideas with Maddy, doing arts and crafts and walking the beach with Avery, or listening to Graham sing. In August 2017, she was able to travel to Cooperstown, NY on a bucket list trip to spend a week watching her grandson Max play baseball.
She also leaves behind her mother, Madelyn G. Smith, 94, of Harrisburg, PA, a brother, David Wickert of Lewisberry, PA and a sister, Dianne Sullivan of Harrisburg PA and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, John D. Wickert of Camp Hill, PA.
Bonnie Gaiski Foust, Class of 1968, age 67, passed away on July 9, 2017.
Robert D. Lobel, Class of 1959, age 76, of Lewisburg, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 at his home.
He was born July 10, 1941 in Harrisburg, a son of the late Conrad and Leah (Keim) Lobel. On May 26, 2012, he married the former Marcia Dombroski, who survives. They enjoyed 14 years together.
Robert was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School.
He served honorably in the United States Navy. After his time in the service, he worked as a computer systems analyst for the United States Navy Depot, Mechanicsburg.
Robert was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Lewisburg.
He was an avid bicyclist and enjoyed being outdoors, especially going for walks in the woods.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Stephanie Lobel, of Camp Hill and Keith and Melanie Lobel, of Columbia, SC; one daughter and son-in-law, Cinda and Mark Kauffman, of Mount Joy; one sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Robert Sakson, of Camp Hill; three grandchildren, Cameron Lobel, Hayden Miller and Wyatt Kinney; and four step sons, Eric and Jeff Miller and Bradley and Matthew Parks.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Gwen (Smith) Lobel; and one brother, Douglas Lobel.
Suzanne L. Doremus Pitt, Class of 1959, age 76, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018, at her home. She was the beloved wife of George Pitt, loving mother, caring grandmother, and devoted friend.
Born in Harrisburg on June 24, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Anna Jane Stockdale Doremus. Suzanne had worked as a bookkeeper and tax preparer for several businesses in the Central PA area. George and Suzanne spent their time with friends, flying to the beach, and enjoying their family. She enjoyed knitting and was an avid reader. Suzanne's sense of humor and strength brought brightness to the darkest of times. Her kindness, selflessness, and generosity has left a deep impression on those around her.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her best friend since 2nd grade, Helen Murray of Harrisburg; son, Scott and his wife, Jennifer M. Stratton of New Cumberland; daughter, Linda S. Stratton, wife of Michael Worm of Grantville; and grandchildren, Jennifer Schreckengost and Carter and Bennett Stratton.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald; and sister, Dianne McLaughlin.
Lloyd G. Bailey, age 85, of Northumberland, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 14, 2018, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
He was born May 5, 1932, in Selinsgrove, a son of the late George P. and Anna L. (George) Bailey. He was married to the former Shirley J. Still who survives.
He began his teaching career at Central Dauphin schools in 1956 and was eventually appointed science department chairman for the District, and athletic director for the junior high. He retired from teaching in 1989 after 35 years in education.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cathy Ann Coyne, of Lingelstown, and Janine L. Hagan, of Grantville; four grandchildren, Mark and Nicole Hagan, and Brianna and Brandt Coyne; two great-grandchildren, Gabby and Chase; and two brothers, Neil G. Bailey, of Cody, Wyo., and Dr. Nelson E. Bailey, of Selinsgrove.
Mark R.Mumma, Class of 1957, husband for 59 yrs.to Carolyn (Griffith )'57, died 12/29 /17. He attended Dickinson College, operated and purchased Mumma Elect.East-Walnut St.,Hbg. He later was employed by the Fed.Govt. until retirement. He then formed a land development company and created "The Hunt "and "Tegllyn" in his home township.
Mark was the father of Christine (Joe Kasian), Michele (Ron Senyak), and Suzanne (R. Maher). Grandfather to Christina, CD grads Mark Joe '08, Sophia '11, and Max Karian '18, Michael Senyak '14, Liam and Ben Maher, Dublin, Ireland, and 2 infant great-grandsons.
Joan E. Nye Bailey, Class of 1958, age 77 of Harrisburg, died Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Hershey Medical Center.
Mrs. Bailey was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late Luther William and Ada Marie (Hench) Nye. She was the owner of the former Nye's Florist and Gifts. She was a member of the East Shore Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star Estrellita Chapter 512.
Mrs. Bailey is survived by her husband of 52 years, William M. Bailey; her daughters, Jody (Mitch) Schue of Delaware and Wendy Bailey of Harrisburg; her son, Bill Bailey of Harrisburg; her step sons, Michael (Audrey) Bailey of Florida and Terry L. (Lisa) Bailey of Harrisburg; four grandchildren; her sister, Patsy Nye Murray of Harrisburg.
Francis Vincent "Sal" Salerno, Class of 1956, age 79 of Mechanicsburg, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Carolyn's House of Hospice of Central PA in Harrisburg. Born October 30, 1938 in Rutherford Heights, PA, he was the son of the late Frank V. Salerno and Irene (LaPenna) Salerno Briggs.
Sal was a member of the first graduating class of Central Dauphin High School in 1956. He was a US Navy veteran serving on the USS Rockbridge from 1957 – 1960. Sal was a mechanical engineer who held various positions as an outside contractor including Hershey Foods and was also a drafting instructor in drafting theory and technical math for York Technical Institute and the Thompson Institute in Harrisburg. Later in life, he was the owner of L&S Restorations. He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg and the Hershey Antique Automobile Club of America.
In addition to his parents, Sal was preceded in death by his wife Lana J. (Neville) Salerno, a daughter Lynne King and by a great granddaughter Allysa Walker. He is survived by his two daughters Angela Lahr and husband Pat of Manchester, PA; Christina Smith of Richardson, TX; a sister Gloria Blazina of Mechanicsburg; nephews Gary Blazina and wife Dee of Mesa, AZ, Scott Blazina and wife Blanca of Lancaster, PA; a niece Robin Zerbe and husband Rich of Mechanicsburg; 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and his loving companion Carol McMullen.
Marilyn Jean (Smith) Demmy, Class of 1968, age 67, of Harrisburg, joined her Lord on December 16th, 2017 at her home.
Born May 31, 1950 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry Smith and Evelyn (Springer) Smith of Carlisle.
Following high school, Marilyn became an honor student at Maryland Medical Secretarial School, graduating in 1970. She worked for the former Tristan's Associates at Polyclinic Radiology Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, was secretary to the Assistant Attorney General, and, after returning to the medical field, retired from Harrisburg Gastroenterology. Marilyn was also a Princess House supervisor, for which she won a number of sales awards.
She was very crafty and was a school room helper to her children's teachers. A seamstress, she made suits for husband David, baby blankets for many of the children in the family, and baby bibs for many friends' babies.
Marilyn served in her church, Crosspoint United Methodist Church, with her musical talents and co-directed the children's choir with her sister Patti for over 20 years.
Surviving is her loving husband of 45 years, David W. Demmy, Sr (Class of '65).; her children, David W. Demmy, Jr, Harrisburg, Jonathan S. Demmy (and his wife, Melissa), Enola, and Jennifer L. Demmy, Harrisburg; 2 grandchildren, Aubree Demmy and Jameson Demmy; her mother, Evelyn Smith, Carlisle; her sister, Patricia A. Lusk-Robison (and her husband, Jeff Robison), Enola; her brother, Ronald E. Smith (and his wife, Robin); sisters-in-law, Debbie Livingston (and her husband, Larry) and Heidi Stanalonis (and her husband, Paul); as well as several nieces and nephews.
John Michael "Mike" Wagner, Class of 1969, age 67, of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2017.
Born September 27, 1950, in Harrisburg, he was son of the late John Henry "Jake" Wagner and Edith Lewis Wagner of Harrisburg.
Mike was a 1969 graduate of Central Dauphin High School and attended Millersville University and the Community College of Baltimore where he played football on the varsity team. He lived for Penn State football and was a Cowboys fan. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Mike was a kind and generous man with a loving heart. He will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife, Deborah Wagner of Harrisburg; daughter, Nicole Paul (Thomas) of Hershey; son, Brian Wagner (Erica) of Harrisburg; brother, Joseph D. Wagner (Joanne) of Boiling Springs; sister, Judy Lynn (Richard) of Harrisburg; along with 5 grandchildren.
David V. Klinger, Class of 1968, age 67, of Harrisburg, passed away in October, at his home. He was son of Clarence W. and Helen I. (Snyder) Klinger.
Mr. Klinger was a U. S. Navy veteran having served on the Intrepid during the Vietnam Era. He was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. David loved ballroom dancing.
Surviving are a son, Christopher Lappla; his former wife, Diane; and his brother, Thomas Klinger and wife, Darla of Dauphin. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Christine Marie; 2 brothers, Robert W. and Ronald L. Klinger; and a son, Anthony, who died recently in North Carolina.
Paul E. Benninghove, Sr., Class of 1962, otherwise know as "Chuck" or "Charlie" by his family and friends, was called home to the arms of the Lord on Sunday, October 15, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. Paul was retired from the former AMP, Inc. He enjoyed any form of auto racing, particularly Sprint Car and NASCAR. He loved the New York Yankees and texting his son. Paul was pre-deceased by his Father (Edward Earl Benninghove), his Mother (Claire Helen Dry Benninghove), his two brothers (Edward Earl Benninghove Jr. and Emerson Claire Benninghove) and a sister (Patricia L. McCleary). He is survived by his son (Paul Eugene Benninghove, Jr.) and his only grandson (Aaron James Benninghove). He has several nieces and nephews, plus extended family and friends. He will be missed by his beloved dog, Sasha.
Alan D. Ulerick, Class of 1963, age 72, of Harrisburg, died Friday, October 6, 2017 at Spring Creek Rehabilitation and Health Center.
Alan was born in Philadelphia and was the son of the late Bernard and Grace (Pattinson) Ulerick. He was a self employed carpenter and was retired from the Camden Steel Company in Philadelphia. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 1718 of Penbrook, American Legion Post 730 and the Progress Fire Co.
Alan was predeceased by his brother, Bernie Ulerick.
Alan is survived by his sisters, Laurel Diebler of Grantville and Jean (Jess) Potteiger of Harrisburg; his brother, Ronald (Carol) Ulerick of Harrisburg; his former wife, Betty Ulerick of Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews.
Paula J. Thompson Ulsh, Class of 1983, - an extraordinary spirit - passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was 51 years old, the beloved mother of Allyson K. and Timothy J. Ulsh, Jr.
Paula was born in Washington, D.C., in 1965, and grew up in Harrisburg, PA. She was the daughter of Ford S. and Nancy D. Thompson. Paula graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1983, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Penn State University. She had a decades-long clinical and research career at the Hershey Medical Center and Thomas Jefferson University hospital, before joining the pharmaceutical industry in research. In 2013, Paula joined Kedrion Biopharma as its first Medical Science Liaison. She loved her job and her coworkers.
Nothing meant more to Paula than her children. She encouraged their dreams, celebrated their successes, and supported them in every way. She was an enthusiastic cheerleader in the CD Volleyball stands for both Ally and Tim. She also loved traveling, fishing, yardsales, and the Phillies.
In addition to her children and parents, Paula leaves her sister and brother-in-law, Teri and Jeff Henning, her nephews and niece, Michael, Will and Kate, numerous aunts, cousins, close friends, and her treasured Yorkie-Pom, Teddy.
Tony L. Ashe, Class of 1973, age 62, entered into rest at Harrisburg Hospital on September 14, 2017. Tony was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on December 12, 1954 to Charles E. Ashe Sr. and Reverend Susan J. Ashe.
Tony was educated in the Central Dauphin School District, attended Idaho State University and attended St. Paul’s Baptist Church.
Tony was affiliated with the Reel St. Neighborhood Association, YMCA – volunteered with the youth and helped with bus trips to the Star Skating Rink. He loved music and played many instruments including the saxophone, congos, keyboard and also wrote music. He was a member of The Push Band, an avid sports fan, enjoyed fishing and working on projects for organizations using the computer. Tony was employed by American Steel Company for 38 years.
Tony was predeceased by Constance Ashe. He is survived by step-sons; Keelan and Michael of Tennessee, his loving parents Charles E. Ashe Sr. and Reverend Susan J. Ashe, brother Charles E. Ashe Jr. (Anita), sister Alicia A. Allen (Pastor Franklin Allen), close family friend Dr. Roderick Lee and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.
Terri Lynn (Christner) Sabina, Class of 1963, passed away unexpectedly on Sept 8, 2017 at the age of 71. She was a resident of McCandless for 47 years. Loving wife of Mark E. Sabina. Beloved mother of Kimberly (Rob) Wagner, Donald Dunkle, II., Jennifer Dunkle, David Sabina, Michael (Marcie) Sabina, Caryn (Craig) Stefanchik. Sister of Robin Iago, Renee Tillis and Richard Christner. Happily proud to be grandmother to Robert, Jeremy (Kate), Justin, Brianna, Ethan, Michael, Michelle, Jason, Andrew, Ryan, Emma, Hailey, Zoey, Peyton and Michael. Great-Grandmother of Alan and Ryleigh. Terri was the dedicated administrator of McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority for over 32 years. She helped guide the program into a model for EMS around the state. She was proud of all the Authority employees and considered them friends as well.
Richard P. Albright, 83, of Harrisburg, passed away on Friday afternoon, August 25,2017 at his home. Born April 3, 1934 in Yeagertown, a son of the late Richard R. And Ellie (Shepherd) Albright. He was united in marriage to Betty P. Albright on June 22, 1963. Betty resides at their home.
He is survived by his children, James R. Albright & wife Gina of Harrisburg; Ellen & husband Herbert V. Drawbaugh III, of Middletown, grandchildren, Nicholas Drawbaugh, Rebecca J. Albright, step-grandchildren, Herbert V. Drawbaugh IV & wife Tiffany, and Anthony Drawbaugh a brother, Carl Albright & wife Mary of Camp Hill; and two sisters, Joanne Naylor of Baltimore, and Carol Swineford & husband John of Lewistown as well as a number of special nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan D. Albright on September 22, 2013.
Richard served in the United States Army and taught in the Bald Eagle and Central Dauphin School Districts. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, a member of Harrisburg Lodge #629 F&AM and Jaffa Shrine Temple of Altoona. He enjoyed going to the beach and the pool as well as gardening.
Gerald Patrick, Class of 1963, age 71, of Grantville, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017, in Mount Holly, NJ. Born in Chambersburg on November 8, 1945, he was the son of the late Gerald S., Sr., and Betty Hoffman.
Jerry retired after 45 years from Tyco Industries. He was a 1963 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Jerry was a member for 33 years of Shope's United Methodist Church, Londonderry Township. He enjoyed camping and family.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Peggy E. Cave Patrick; three daughters, Danielle, Sheila, and Jessica; two sons, Brian and Vincent; three brothers, James, Gary and Brian; two sisters, Barbara and Gayle; and 9 grandchildren.
Robert O. Swope, Class of 1968, age 67, of Dauphin Pa passed away peacefully July 19, 2017. He was born the son of the late Robert L. and Louise (Shaw) Swope on December 11, 1949 in Harrisburg, PA.
Robert was a 1968 Central Dauphin graduate, a retired Iron Worker with Local 404 of Harrisburg, PA, and a member of the Harrisonville Fraternal Eagles 4274. He was an avid hunter and lived for deer season.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Kathie Kennedy Swope; daughter, Bobbie Lee Swope Horton (husband Craig); grandchildren Elizabeth and Braden Horton of Duncannon; son, Guy Swope (wife Lauralee); grandchildren, Natalie and Ryan Swope of Philadelphia and a very close friend, Val.
Elmer Dale Bennett, Class of 1959, age 77, passed away on December 1, 2016.
Ram sculpture carved by Mr. Brightbill in 1972.
Joseph M. Brightbill II, former teacher and longtime Principal of CDHS, of Hummelstown passed away peacefully at his home on July 12, 2017.
Joe was born at home in Hummelstown on April 28, 1928. He was the only child of Roy and Mary Brightbill.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lower Brightbill, daughters Kim Eifert and husband Walt, Jan Heckenluber and husband Steven, Lynn Patton and husband Greg, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Michael W. Lenker, Class of 1960, age 75, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Hershey, passed away on July 3, 2017 in his home. He was born January 5, 1942 in Westminster, MD, son of Pauline C. Lenker and the late Paul G. Lenker.
Mr. Lenker was a member of Brownstone Lodge #666 F. & A. M. Hershey; Tall Cedars Harrisburg Forest #43 and was known as "Kuddles" of the Tall Cedars Clown Unit; was a member of Campbelltown U.M.C. and had attended Conoy Brethren in Christ Church.
Michael is survived by; sons, Michael Paul Lenker and Christopher John (Elizabeth) Lenker; , mother, Pauline C. Lenker; granddaughter, Shain N. Lenker; grandson John-Michael S. “Scott” Shanika; 3 great granddaughters and 1 great grandson; and sister, Connie Armbruster.
He was preceded in death by wife, Dorothy Christine “Dotty” (Nicholson) Lenker and his father, Paul G. Lenker.
Jacob Stark III, Class of 1960, age 74 of Enhaut/Steelton, PA passed away July 2, 2017 in Honey Brook, PA.
Jacob was preceded in death by his parents Jacob Jr. and Violet Stark and his brother Kenneth.
Bradford G. Henshaw, Class 0f 1975, age 59, of Harrisburg, died on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Harrisburg Hospital. Brad was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late George and Norma (Kephart) Henshaw. He was a former finance manager for Apple Dealerships. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. Brad is survived by his sons, Austin Henshaw, Tyler Henshaw and Kenton Henshaw all of Harrisburg; his brother, Jeffrey Henshaw of Harrisburg; his aunts, Shirley Henshaw and Phyllis Downs both of State College and Karen Sawyer of Williamsport.
Guy "Skip" Marino, Jr.,former CDHS teacher, age 84, of Harrisburg, PA passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at his home.
Born February 8, 1933, in Harrisburg, PA, he was the son of the late Dorothy (McKelvey) and Guy Marino, Sr., and was preceded in death by his brother, Richard "Dickey" Marino.
Guy was a Navy Veteran who served as a USS Antietam Seaman. He was a member of the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge 464, The Fraternal Order of the Turkey Buzzards, the Italian American Club and American Legion Post 1001.
During High School at William Penn, Guy lettered in three sports and was a drummer in his own band.
A graduate of Gettysburg College, he was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He held a Master's Degree in Education from Shippensburg University.
Following military service, he was a teacher, athletic director, band director and coach at the Harrisburg Academy. The majority of his career was spent at Central Dauphin High School where he held many roles including teacher, counselor, football coach, athletic director, and administrator. Throughout his career, he also worked at his father's business, Guy Marino's Garage.
Guy's passions were many, but he especially loved his family, the camaraderie of friends, and golf.
He had a soft heart for children and richly contributed to the lives of many over his lifetime.
All who knew him will remember his infectious laugh, his kind heart, and his loving, happy spirit.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn (McDonald) Marino of Harrisburg; two children, Denise Marino Clelan and her husband, Douglas; and Guy Marino III and partner, Mari Burns; six grandchildren, Jordan Clelan, Guy Marino IV, Giovanni Marino, Victoria Marino, Courtney Geduldig, and Jared Clelan and five great-grandchildren.
Susan E. Houghton, Class of 1964, age 70, formerly of Harrisburg, passed away June 28, 2017 at Georgetown (KY) Community Hospital. Born June 30, 1946 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Dorothy E. (Hall) Houghton and was a 1964 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Following graduation, Sue became the second generation in her family to attend Shippensburg University and received her Master's Degree in Education. She returned to her alma mater high school district as an elementary school teacher and retired after 35 years teaching 5th and 6th grade at Southside and Linglestown Elementary School. Surviving are her sister, Helen Patrick (and her husband, Barry), Stamping Ground, KY, her beloved niece, Katie Patrick; and many other dear friends and co-workers.
Edward Charles Schillo, Jr., Class of 1960, age 75, A Hero, A Leader and Courageous man of Merritt Island passed away from Cancer on June 27, 2017.
This man, consisting of many components, was devoted to his family and friends, his military career, and his love of many avocations.
Ed was a native of Harrisburg PA, graduated from Central Dauphin High School where he established many records for others to attain. In his early years, his challenges came from sports in which he excelled. He was inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, and The Pennsylvania Century Sports Team in 1999. He was a 1964 Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A & M in 1973.
This charismatic man was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Edward Schillo Sr of Harrisburg. Ed left behind, his wife and fellow "Traveling Gypsy" of almost 39 years Kathi (Lipton), son Edward C. Schillo III and wife Gabrielle (Costigan) of Palm Coast Florida, grand-children Edward Charles Schillo IV, Thomas Sharkey Schillo and wife Morgan (Gart) of Savannah, Georgia and Helene Schillo of Virginia Beach. Daughters, Heather Marshall and husband Rick, grand-children Victoria and Ian all of Ashland City Tennessee; Holly Hutchinson, grand-children Savanna and Lucas, of Mary Esther Florida; Elizabeth Schillo of Newark Delaware; Nattsu Ullom and husband Ryan, grandchild Satsuki of Villa Rica Georgia; Tracy Morgan of Mechanicsburg PA, and his precious four-legged fur baby Maggie. His Cousins Reverend Eric Schillo and wife Catherine; Glen Schillo and wife Angie; Nancy Matalonis and husband Paul; sister in law Peggy Belnap Hummel and her husband Kim, Nieces Amy Clarke and husband Rich and Jenna Belnap Miller and husband Ben, and nephew, Christopher Belnap and wife Sara.
Upon graduating from West Point he faced the challenge of additional specialized schooling including Jump School at Fort Benning before he departed for Vietnam. Ed served two tours of duty, earning two Purple Hearts, The Air Medal, Two Bronze Stars with V for Valor, Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor, Three Vietnamese Gallantry Cross Medals, and the Combat Infantry Badge, He served 14 years as a Regular Army Officer and 16 years as a Reserve Army Officer. After Army service, he chose to continue serving in the capacity of a DOD Civilian Employee; Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, PA, Naval Supply Depot, Yokosuka Japan and the Marine Corps Logistic Base in Albany, Georgia. After retirement, he served on the Governor's Council for Education … a most diverse and eclectic career, full of successful endeavors, adventures and blessed by many good friends along the way.
Ed's avocations were sometimes as challenging as his military career but not as dangerous. He and Kathi loved to travel and climbed the great wall of China in an ice storm, chased kangaroos across the outback of Australia, soared over the badlands in a hot air balloon, rode elephants in the slippery jungles of Thailand and dove for Black Pears in Bora Bora. When not traveling, he enjoyed working on projects with Kathi at home, donating time for Habitat for Humanity, and held board positions for AUSA which allowed him to continue working and helping our soldiers on the Space Coast.
Jack "Noodle" E. McCabe, Class of 1959, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. He was born the son of Paul C. and Nelly L. (Connelly) McCabe on January 29, 1941 in Harrisburg, PA.
Jack retired from The Dauphin County Court House and is survived by his sons, Ronald and Charles (Victoria) of Harrisburg; daughter, Robin Wagner (Charles) of Liverpool; grandchildren, Nikki, Jonathan, Tara, Amanda, and Joey and ten great-grandchildren.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene (O'Keefe) McCabe and sons, Jack E. McCabe Jr. and Michael Thomas McCabe.
George E. McLaren, Class of 1961, age 74 of Harrisburg went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Carolyn's House.
John "Jack" R. Dietel, Class of 1970, age 65, of Ninety Six, South Carolina died Saturday, June 17, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 8, 1952 and was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Virginia Dietel as well as his older brother Jim.
Surviving are his brother Bob and sister-in-law Jayne from Ninety Six, S.C. Two nieces Sandra Guistwhite and Catherine Kuykendall, both reside in Pennsylvania.
Jack was the owner of The Tire Mart located in Harrisburg, PA until he retired in 2010. He was a member of Snyder Lodge in Harrisburg. Jack's kindness and philanthropy touched the hearts of many, many people.
His request is for no flowers or donations. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family.
Vickey Marie Kilby Dougherty, Class of 1970, age 65, of Harrisburg PA, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday June 15th.
Vickey was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She was the Daughter of Ronald and Lois (McKillips) Kilby and the second born of five children.
Vickey was preceded in death by the love of her life William "Doc" Dougherty. She will be most remembered by all as a kind and loving person. She was a retired LPN after more than three decades of caring for others. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends and family. Vickey loved to read. She read every day, all kinds of books. She loved playing games and watching movies, and she loved marshmallow peeps. She graduated from Central Dauphin HS in 1970 and was a proud member of the CD Alumni Association.
Vickey is survived by her beloved son, Travis Dougherty; her sisters, Lori (Bill) Shook and Jackie (Don) Stoak; her brothers, Kurt (Barb) Kilby and Ronald (JudyKilby; she will be dearly missed by her many nieces and nephews.
Robert "Jake" Jacobs, Class of 1962, passed away on June 15, 2017.
Patricia “Pat” (Miller) Watkins, Class of 1956, age 79,
of Mechanicsburg, passed away at home peacefully while being comforted by her loving family and her faithful dog by her side on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Pat was born on Sunday, February 27, 1938 in Steelton to the late Fred Marlin Miller and Irma Arlene (Fawber) Miller. Pat was the widow of David Thorne Watkins, whom she married on May 10, 1958, and who died on February 24, 2006. In addition to her parents and husband, Pat is preceded in death by her grandson, Scott Richard Craig.
Pat’s survivors include her daughter, Tricia Craig and her husband, Richard, of Mechanicsburg; her two granddaughters: Angela Craig and her son, Michael Scot, and Patricia “Patty” Craig; her faithful canine companion of 14 years, Cuddles; and several nieces and nephews.
Pat graduated from Central Dauphin High School as part of the class of 1956. After graduation, Pat began working at Bell Telephone in Harrisburg. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist faith. Pat took great pride in her home which she loved to decorate by painting items to match her interior design. She was a hard worker with a high sense of principles and values that she was raised with. Pat’s parents were extremely proud of her and she carried what they taught her throughout her whole life. She was an excellent mother and a great wife who loved her family deeply. Family was very important to Pat and they will miss her greatly.
Thomas C. Mont, Class of 1959, age 76, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Hershey Medical Center. Mr. Mont was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Ralph and Hilda (Belmont) Mont. He was retired from Tristate Culvert in Atlanta, GA and Bostitch. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Navy. Mr. Mont was predeceased by his first wife, Anne Mont. Mr. Mont is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary (Beckie) Mont; his daughter, Denise Mont; his sons, Thomas (Louise) Monti, Kenneth Mont and Christopher (Bridgette) Mont; his grandchildren, Brianna Mont, Tony Monti and Cecilia Monti; his great granddaughter, Elizabeth Infanti; his brother, Ron Mont; one niece, Christa Mont and one nephew, Ron Mont.
Tyler R. Lemire, Class of 2011, age 24, of Harrisburg, passed away on May 31, 2017 in the M.S.Hershey Medical Center. He was born November 24, 1992 in Harrisburg, PA, son of Alan Lemire and Leslie Stambaugh. Tyler graduated from Central Dauphin HS and was a cook at Gilligans & Sons of Italy in Colonial Park.
Tyler is survived by: father, Alan Lemire; mother and step-father, Leslie and Troy Stambaugh; brother and sister-in-law, Matthew and Michelle Lemire; paternal grandparents, Jack and Carol VanWuyckhuyse; maternal grandparents Gerald and Sheila Gingrich; two step- brothers, Josh and Chip Stambaugh; aunts and uncles, Christine and Armando Mendez, Jessica and Wesley Warren, Natalie Fici and Russell Lemire; cousins, Michael and Zoe and niece and nephew, Raelyn and Aiden; and many more extended family and friends.
Carol E. Gutshall McMillian, Class of 1959, age 76, of North Port, Florida, passed away Thursday at her daughter's home in Carlisle. She was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and retired in 1987 from Lebarnold Trucking as an over the road truck driver. She also briefly served in the US Air Force. After retirement, Carol split her time between here and Florida, and was a beloved member of a group from the US and Canada who spent time in Holiday Park. There she was an avid tennis player, often playing every day of the week; enjoyed biking, kayaking and bowling; and happily joined in all the parties and festivities with her friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Platt and Ronald Gutshall. Surviving are her daughters: Traci Conner, Las Cruces, NM and Kelli Wileman, Carlisle; 2 sisters: Karen Patton, Harrisburg and Phyllis Taylor, Red Lion; one brother: Marion Gutshall, Camp Hill; 3 grandchildren: Sara Gutshall, Samuel Gutshall and Elliott Birkman; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends here and in Holiday Park.
Eileen Fisher Allen, Class of 1960, age 73, of Dauphin, died early Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at her Middle Paxton Twp. Home. Born December 26, 1942 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Raymond S. and Mildred I, (Schaeffer) Fisher.
Mrs. Allen was a retired employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare.
She was the widow of Clyde S. Allen and is survived by three sons, Michael Allen of Myerstown, Robert Allen and wife Leigh of WA and Christopher Allen and wife Marisa of Enola. A daughter, Jennifer Allen of Dauphin. 3 grandsons, Dylan Stewart, Lucca Allen and Jayson Stewart. A brother, Robert Fisher and wife Kathy of Dauphin. A sister, Virginia Jones and husband James of Lancaster.
William Fredrick Woodward, (Woody), Class of 1957, age 78, went home to be with his father, Harry Paul Woodward, his mother, Ann Elizabeth Dolo and sisters, Linda Woodward and Joanne Dolo. Surviving him is his wife, Dorothy J. Woodward, daughters, Anna and Cindy Woodward, sons, Wiliam F. Woodward (Ursula), and Jeffrey Paul Woodward (Melissa). Also, surviving grandchildren are Hannah and Mikayla Woodward, and Joshua Carter (Kelsi) and his sister, Debbie Woodward and brothers Ricky Woodward and Joseph Dolo. Many numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Woody graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1957. He graduated from Shippensburg University, Business Department in 1961. At this time he began his teaching career at Central Dauphin East High School teaching Typing, Accounting and Business Law and being active in many school activities. He retired in 1992.
During the time he was a teacher, his summers were filled with numerous part time employments, of which he was proud to recall. Among the many part-time jobs Woody held was as an usher for the Lowes Theatre on Market Street in Harrisburg, as a dishwasher at Inn 22, and The Continental Restaurant and as a Bethlehem & US Steel Worker and Reading Railroad. He also sold World Book, worked at Hain Wolf, and Capital Bakers. One summer he worked as a brick layer. Woody delivered beer for Fishers and was a driver for Capen Cleaners, then as a bus boy for Blue Ridge Country Club. Summers were spent working as a teacher for Summer School, then football and track at other times.
He enjoyed hunting, spending time at the family cabin, riding his motorcycle, memories of traveling out west with his good friend Charley Sheetz, going out to breakfast and to the movies. He felt his highest achievement was becoming an Eagle Scout. He was loved by all.
Anna L. (Imboden) Sgrignoli, Class of 1959, age 75, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 surrounded by her family at home. Born October 14, 1941 in Harrisburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Augustus N. and Maude Ann (Koehler) Imboden.
Anna, a graduate of Central Dauphin High School class of 1959, retired as an Administrative Assistant for Mowery Associates and as a Secretary for Rep. Herman and Marsico of the PA House of Representatives. Anna was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church for over 50 years, the Enola Sportsmen's Auxiliary, and Hampden Township Republican Assoc., while volunteering at West Shore Hospital.
Anna loved her family. She cherished the holidays with her house bustling with people and activity. She enjoyed cooking and celebrating loved ones' birthdays. She treasured our annual beach and snowmobiling family vacations. Anna loved to sing, dance, and horse-back ride.
Anna is survived by her husband Kenneth Gene Sgrignoli; a son Kenneth Bryan (Michelle) Sgrignoli of Enola, PA, granddaughters Lindsey and Chelsea Sgrignoli, step granddaughters Samantha (Ralph) Haaf and Jaclyn Onuschak; three daughters Annette Kim (Thomas) Paulone Sr. of Jeannette, PA, grandchildren Anna (Dave) Riccardino, Thomas Paulone Jr., Mary Paulone; Gia Marie (Gary) Witmer of Mechanicsburg, PA, grandchildren Falicia Witmer and Galen Witmer; Lana Nadine (Geoff) Blum of Leesburg, VA, grandchildren Evan Blum, Stella Blum, and Vivian Blum.
Stephen T. Spade, Class of 1972, age 62, of Fort Wayne, IN, died Sunday, April 16, 2017, at his home. Born September 18, 1954 in Danville, PA, he was the son of Elizabeth Yvonne (Markey) Spade, of Mechanicsburg, and the late James F. Spade.
A talented glazier, he practiced his trade for many years in Harrisburg, State College, and Fort Wayne. Locally, he worked for Hershocks, Inc., and, later, for Weaver's Glass and Building Specialties, Inc. He was a longtime member of the glaziers' union. Evidence of his craftsmanship remains today in many public and private buildings and other structures of all types and sizes in central Pennsylvania.
Steve was an avid outdoorsman. Among his happiest days were those spent with his father, brother, Jim, and friends hunting deer, bear, pheasant, and other small game. He enjoyed spending time at "camps" in Juniata and Potter Counties and often capably assumed the role of camp cook. He also loved to fish, joining his father and brother on fishing trips to Canada and other destinations. Steve was particularly happy fishing the Susquehanna River in the area of Dauphin Borough and fishing for trout in small streams in the mountainous sections of Pennsylvania.
He was a 1972 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, where he was a member of the wrestling team during his sophomore year. He was a very good all-around athlete and played for many local youth and adult recreational baseball, softball, football, and flag football teams.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, James F., Jr., and Ann M. Spade, of Camp Hill; his sister, Ann E. Lamoureux, of Mechanicsburg; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and brother-in-law, Raymond P. Lamoureux.
Stephen Conrad Batula, Class of 1959, age 75, of Middletown, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at PHS Harrisburg Hospital. Born December 25, 1941, in Harrisburg, PA, he was a son of the late Stojan and Mildred (Mudrich) Batula. He was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Surviving Stephen are Sharon Batula; daughters, Denise Swartz and Deanna Potts; son, Stephen Batula (Debra); sisters, Ann Vereb and Mary Ann Otto; brother, Peter Batula (Janice); and 4 grandchildren, Stevie, Savanna, Hunter and Delaine, as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Duke Batula and Nicholas Batula.
Marlon Ricky "Rick" Sykes, Class of 1972, age 62, Waverly Hall, GA, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, of a heart attack in the hospital there. Rick is survived by wife, Vickie, Waverly Hall, GA, and son, Zachary Ryan. Rick is also survived by his mother, Bernice Sykes, Harrisburg, PA; brother, Ian Scott, Carlisle, PA, and wife, Holly, and children Benjamin, Rebecca, Abigail; and sister, Lori Davis, Harrisburg, PA, and husband, Keith, and canine companion, Tucker. Rick is preceded in death by his father, Harold "Babe" Sykes, who died in 1997. Rick, born April 13, 1954, graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1972. He also graduated from Delaware and Rhode Island universities. Rick's career in accounting required he live in New York, Mexico, North Carolina and Georgia. Rick was an avid reader and collected music and comic books.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Graveside Memorial Service at 12:00 NOON on SUNDAY APRIL 9, 2017 at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Strouse Road & Fritchey Street, Colonial Park, with Rabbi Peter Kessler, officiating. The family will receive guests at the home of Keith and Lori Davis following the service.
John H. Mintzer, Class of 1971, age 65, of Chambers Hill, Swatara Township, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at his home. John was in the company of his wife, children and loved ones.
Born July 28, 1951, John was the son of the late George M. Mintzer, of California; his late stepfather, Earl N. Stepp Jr and his late mother, Dorothy M. (Sweigert) Stepp.
John is survived by his wife, Kathy (Signor) Mintzer, of nearly 45 years; son, John Michael Mintzer; daughter, Suzanne M. Mintzer, her companion, Daniel C. Shawyer, and his two sons, Daniel and Chayse.
John is also survived by a sister, Judith A. Cosgrove and her husband, Robert; brothers, Earl K. Stepp and his wife, Cindy; Raymond N. Stepp and his companion Sandra Lenker. John is preceded in death by his brother, Richard M. Mintzer of California.
John had the biggest heart of any one person. His greatest pleasures in life were his great nieces, Sarah, Rylie and Gabby; his little buddies, Daniel, Chayse and Easton. The little loves of his life. He enjoyed taking his family on cruises, trips to the beach, to numerous attractions in Florida, and to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Spending time with his family always made his heart smile. John would often reflect on his years of helping coach the girls soft ball team of Chambers Hill. He also had a love for cars, hunting with his son and family members, camping with his family, and working on wood projects. He just enjoyed watching others having a good time.
John was employed by Bethlehem Steel and retired in June of 2012, as an overhead crane operator, with 38 years of service. John was a life member of The Harrisburg Hunters and Anglers Association.
John's wife and children wish to express their thanks to family and friends for their support and show of love during his illness. Thank you to Hospice of Central PA. Thank you to everyone for going on this journey of life with John. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Arthur E. Knaub, Jr., Class of 1968, age 66, of Harrisburg died Friday, March 17, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Art was born in Harrisburg and was the son of Janet (Green) Knaub of Harrisburg and the late Arthur E. Knaub, Sr. He was retired from Dayton Parts, LLC, where he was a maintenance supervisor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees, from which he retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a lifetime member of the Shellsville VFW and the Robert H. Hoke American Legion Post# 272 of Linglestown.
Art was predeceased by his brother, Dennis Knaub.
Art is survived by, in addition to his mother, his wife of 46 years, Susan J. (Killinger) Knaub; his son, Michael (Gina) Knaub of Middletown; his twin daughters, Melissa (Derrick) Zimmerman and Staci (Rich) Adams, both of Harrisburg; his grandsons, Austin, Jared, Kody, Josh, Jordan and Codie; his mother in law, Joanna Killinger of Harrisburg; his sister, Diane (Darwin) Lehew of Middletown; his brothers, Bill (Sharen) Knaub of Harrisburg and Carl (Linda) Knaub of Mechanicsburg; his sisters in law, Karen Knaub of Dillsburg and Kathy Killinger of Harleysville; several nieces and nephews.
Pamela Jane Drybread Rietheimer, Class of 1970, age 64 of Harrisburg, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at her home.
Pam was born in Hershey and was the daughter of the late William Drybread and Joyce Werner Decker. She was a former Marketing Asst. for Global Product Marketing with AMP. She was a member of the American Legion Post 741, Enola Auxiliary.
Pam took her time to really live in the moment and in doing so her love and compassion was extended to all. First and foremost she loved her family unconditionally, especially her two little "bugs". She enjoyed being outside gardening, playing with her pets or just enjoying the time with nature. Antiquing was another joy of Pam's and she spent many hours looking for that special piece.
Pam is survived by her daughter, Barrie (Anthony) Jones of Scenery Hill; her son, Ryan (Donna) Rietheimer of Hummelstown; two grandchildren; her sisters, Billie Ann Drybread of Enola, Dixie Lee Erdman of Hummelstown, Traci Maude Beck and Toni Lynn Fiscus, both of Harrisburg; her brothers, Jeffrey Richard Ferguson of Newport and Troy William Decker of Harrisburg; two aunts; one uncle; several nieces and newphews.
Donna H. Gray, age 77, of Camp Hill, passed away on Friday March 10, 2017 at Manor Care Health Services, Carlisle. Mrs. Gray was a former staff member at CDHS.
Born on August 20, 1939 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Kathryn (Baker) Hepsmith.
She was a graduate of Steelton High School, and went on to receive both her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in English from Shippensburg University.
Donna was retired from Catlin Insurance in Mechanicsburg. She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Steelton and was very active in the Church Women's Club.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Thomas D. Gray, of Camp Hill; two sons, Kent Gray, of Dillsburg; and Sean Gray and his wife Paige, of Centre Hall; one daughter, Dana Rine, of Annville; four granddaughters, Dana Gray, Merissa Gray, Amanda Rine, Kendall Gray; one grandson, Phinean Gray; and one great-grandchild, Alexis King.
Stephen M. "Mugs" Magaro, Class of 1977, of Harrisburg, born on March 6, 1959, passed away on March 16, 2017. He worked many years as a plumber for Magaro & Son's. Some of the happiest times of his life were spending time with his children, attending any Pittsburgh sporting event and time spent in Bethany Beach, DE.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Eugene F. Magaro and is survived by his mother, Joyce Magaro; children, Cody, Emily & Mia; four older brothers, David, Greg, Jeff & Ken; several nieces & nephews; and the mother of his children, Kathy.
Per his request, there will be no viewing or visitation. He requested all his "Bud's & Budet's" just remember him for living life to the fullest.
Cody Charles Mullen, Class of 2013, age 22, of Harrisburg, died Friday, March 3, 2017 at his home.
Cody was born in Harrisburg and was the son of Michael Mullen of Scranton and Lisa Peet Mullen of Harrisburg. He was employed at Karns Foods while attending Penn State Harrisburg, where he was on the Dean's List and Vice President of the Civil Engineering Club. He played saxophone in the Concert Band at Penn State. He was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Class of 2013, and played in the Jazz Band.
In addition to his parents Cody is survived by his brother, Jacob Mullen of Harrisburg; his maternal grandparents, Geoffrey and Alice Peet of Carlisle; his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Vicki Mullen of Breinigsville and Donna Mullen of Lehighton; his aunts and uncles, Kenneth and Joy Peet of Carlisle, Shawn and Cristin Edwards of Chalfont, Mitch and Diana Mullen and Marci Mullen, all of Flagstaff, AZ; several cousins.
Linda S. Conley Zoellner, Class of 1970, age 64, of Etters, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday February 21, 2017, at the winter home she shared with Bruce Dickey in Englewood, Florida. Born March 24, 1952, in Harrisburg, she was a daughter of the late Edward R. and Dorothy G. (Speese) Conley.
For the majority of her life she was a homemaker, and, was always a dedicated mother to her son and daughter. After her children were grown, she served as the Activities Director of an assisted living facility in Harrisburg. Throughout her life, she was an active volunteer in the community. Linda was full of life and brought sunshine to every person with whom she came in contact. She was a "mom" and friend to countless people. Linda found the most joy in life while spending time with her friends and family, especially her five grandchildren.
Linda is survived by her daughter, Jessica Megonnell, and her husband Andrew, and, her son, Tyler Zoellner, and his wife Amy, all of Dauphin. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Madison Megonnell, Aubrey Zoellner, Alexis Megonnell, Trenton Zoellner and Ashlyn Zoellner; her significant other Bruce Dickey of Etters and Englewood Florida, her sister-in-law, Joan Conley, as well as a niece, Jennifer Conley and nephew, Chad Conley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Conley.
Mackenzie Marie Plasic, Class of 2015, age 20, of Harrisburg, passed away on February 11, 2017. Born in Harrisburg on January 21, 1997, she was the daughter of Thomas W., Jr., and Melissa Ann (Turns) Plasic. She was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School Class of 2015. She was currently attending Harrisburg Area Community College. Mackenzie enjoyed hunting, fishing, kayaking, softball, being outdoors, and the beach. She had a contagious smile and was a loyal friend to all who knew her. In addition to her parents she is survived by her grandparents Thomas W. and Mary Plasic, Sr., Annette Turns and Chuck Lentz, brothers TJ Englebright, Jamie Englebright, sister Ana Englebright, fiancée Tyler Lehman, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
John Warren "Jack" Eichelberger, Jr., Class of 1962, age 72, of Dauphin passed on to Glory, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at his home.
Mr. Eichelberger was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late John W. And Doris E. (Whitner) Eichelberger, Sr. He was a 1962 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. He attended Thompson Institute. He was retired from New Cumberland Depot, where he worked as a Computer Programmer. He was a member of the East Shore Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Army.
Mr. Eichelberger is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane (Hollenbaugh) Eichelberger; his daughter, Kati (Class of 90) (Scott) Eichelberger Auchinleck of Duclos, Quebec; his sons, John W. (Class of 84) (Marsha) Eichelberger of Woodbridge, VA and Matthew (Class of 87) (LaRae) Eichelberger of Harrisburg; his grandchildren, John W. Eichelberger IV, Hannah Eichelberger, George Eichelberger, Justin Eichelberger and Brandon Eichelberger; his sister, Linda (Phil) Dullen of Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews.
Paul Seasholtz, Class of 1963, died suddenly on Feb 6, 2017. He was living in Florida.
Marjorie "Midge" (Richards) Scott, Class of 1961, age 73, of South Middleton Twp, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. She was the widow of Ronald H. Scott. She was born May 26, 1943 in Relay, MD to the late Garfield and Alberta (Hepperle) Richards. Midge loved to read, go the beach, hitting all the flea markets, camping with her family, and spending time with her Pomeranian fur babies BeBe and Molly. Surviving are daughter Tracey K. Schmauch, step-son Donald Scott, and brother Carroll R. Richards. Including her husband and parents, also preceding her in death is daughter Michelle Schmauch.
Edward G. Faraday, age 85, former CDHS teacher, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill with his devoted and loving wife, Mary Ellen and stepdaughter Terry, by his side. Born May 6, 1931 in Harrisburg, PA, he was the only child of the late Edward Cornelius Faraday and Beatrice (O'Donnell) Faraday.
Ed was a graduate of John Harris High School, Class of 1949 and was known as a talented dancer and athlete who swam and ran track. He was a graduate of Penn State University as well as a 1951 graduate of Officer Candidate School in Ft. Benning, GA where he was 2nd Lieutenant and an aid to General Henry Fluck. After his service, Ed worked for Mobil Oil before moving on to work at the Diocese of Harrisburg, retiring after 35 years of dedicated service as the Chief Financial Officer. Ed had also traveled to Africa in the late 1960s with his children to do missionary work for the Diocese. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the 28th Infantry Division Association; American Legion Post 998, Lawnton; St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg; the International Magicians Society; the Humane Society of the United States where he led obedience training for over 30 years and the AARP. Ed also served as a Board member of Holy Spirit Hospital.
Ed is survived by his wife whom he met at the Metropolitan Dance Group, Mary Ellen Miller Barrick Faraday; six children, Michael Faraday (Maddie) of Carrabassett Valley, ME; Kathleen Heisey (Jim) of Orange County, CA; Sean Faraday, Patrick Faraday (Erika) all of Anaheim, CA; Stephen Faraday of Jersey City, NJ; Beth Cizek (Mart) of Knoxville, TN; the mother of his children, Kay Bender Faraday of Orange County, CA; his step mother, Dorothy (Meinsler) Brubaker of Harrisburg; 5 stepchildren, Terry Shindel of Mechanicsburg; Trudy Salitis (John) of Camp Hill; Darwin Miller of Chambersburg; Darryl Miller (Denise) of Shermans Dale; Dale Miller of Mechanicsburg; 8 grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren, and several step great-grandchildren. Ed was preceded in death by his step father, Thomas Brubaker and a step daughter, Twila Rife.
Vincent Carl Portzline, Class of 2005, age 29, of Harrisburg, died Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Levittown, Pa. Vincent was born in Harrisburg and was the son of Carl and Vincenza Portzline of Harrisburg. He attended Central Dauphin High School. He loved music and played in the band. He was a former Support Tech with the Center for Independent Living. Vincent is survived by in addition to his parents, his adoring and beloved grandparents, several aunts, uncles and cousins and friends. He was the light of our life. His sense of humor will be missed. In his memory please reach out to people who are struggling and if you are struggling please seek help. 'You must move to Love. Finish your Story, for Mine was told.'
Sophia Thomas, Class of 1957, passed away on December 18, 2016. She lived in Fenwick Island, Delaware.
Amy (Armanda) Walt Papalia, Class of 1989, age 45, of Lewisburg, PA died Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Amy was born in Key West, Florida in 1971 and was the daughter of Gerald E. Walt of Gettysburg and Margaret D. Anfang of Hershey. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1989 and Penn State University in 1995 receiving a Bachelors Degree in Accounting. She earned her CPA several years later and began her career as an accountant with Brown, Shultz, Sheridan and Fritz of Camp Hill. Her career advanced and she attained the position of CFO of EyeLock Incorporated of New York, NY. She attended Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton, Pa.
Amy enjoyed almost all outdoor activities, particularly skiing and golfing. She shared a love of wine and traveling with her husband Mark. She preferred organic and natural cooking. She was a formidable advocate for furthering your knowledge whether by formal education, life experiences, debate or the 'school of hard knocks." She devoted many hours towards a passion of hers volunteering at Susquehanna Service Dogs.
Amy is survived by her husband Mark Papalia and by her doggies, Rex and Izzy; In addition, her sisters, JoAn (Richard) Berrell of Linglestown and Gwyneth (Christopher) Nafe of Ft. Worth, TX.; by her aunts, Pauline Botelho of Dartmouth, MA and Kathryn Walt of Colonial Park, along with many other close family members.
Thomas Mark Shafer, Class of 1986, age 48, of Harrisburg died Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Hershey Medical Center.
Mr. Shafer was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late John Richard and Harriette (Howells) Shafer. He was employed at Hershey Park. He was a member of the Class of 1986 of Central Dauphin High School and Linglestown Life Untied Methodist Church. Mr. Shafer is survived by his brother, David Shafer; his aunts, Margaret Bernhard and Lois Hauser; his uncle, Thomas Howells; his cousin, Anna Mae Siroka.
Samuel E. Potteiger, Jr., Class of 1958, age 76, of West Hanover Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 12, 2016, at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence in Susquehanna Township.
Born August 10, 1940, in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late Samuel E. Potteiger, Sr. and M. Elizabeth Potteiger.
Samuel attended Central Dauphin High School, where he played football and baseball, prior to his graduation in 1958. After graduation, he played semi-professional football with the Harrisburg Caps. For over 40 years, he was employed as a Conductor with Conrail/Amtrak until his retirement in 2000. He held 40 years of continuous membership in the United Transportation Union and, at one time, served as President of Local #816.
A dedicated supporter of athletics, he coached baseball and basketball during the 1970's and 80's in Rutherford, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame Committee. Active in Masonic life for many years, Samuel was a member of the Robert Burns Lodge #464 F. & A.M. and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Harrisburg Forest #43. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Rutherford, and was a life member of the Central Dauphin High School Alumni Association.
Sam was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He loved his golf and enjoyed photography. He touched many lives and will always be remembered for his smile, love and devotion to family and friends.
Samuel is survived by his wife of ten years, Sandra Eisenhooth Potteiger; his children, Terry Lynn (Michael) Shoemaker, of Harrisburg, James S. (Sue) Potteiger, of New Holland, Cindy A. (Dave) Mundis of Mechanicsburg, Samuel E. (Betsy) Potteiger III, of Lake Havasu City, AZ and Michael C. (Andrea) Potteiger, of York Haven; a brother, Marlin (Kate) Potteiger, of Elizabethtown, and sisters, Geraldine (Ralph) Hodapp of Kansas City, MO, Lynn Wagner of Camp Hill, Betsy Ibaugh (Bob) of Mt. Joy; 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his step children, John (Heather) Eisenhooth, Stan (Kari) Eisenhooth, David (Jodi) Eisenhooth and Dan (Lisa) Eisenhooth, and, 18 step grandchildren.
Samuel I.B. Attick, Class of 1957, age 78, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully when his Heavenly Father called him Home on December 8, 2016 at the Easton Hospital. He was born June 6, 1938 in Hershey, a son of the late James and Sara Bruner Attick. Sam was a 1957 graduate of Central Dauphin High School and served in the National Guard. He retired from Fox's Food Market. Sam was a member of the Mountain View Bible Church where he had served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Kathleen; 2 sons, Stanley (Debbie) Attick of York, Robert (Patricia) Attick of Jonestown; 3 daughters, Patricia (Brian) Gerber of Lancaster, Joanne (Robert) Haldeman of Bainbridge, Jeanette (Tony) Cooper of Roanoke, TX; 13 Grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; 4 sisters, Jean Blackner of Penbrook, Sara Sheaffer of Palmyra, Carolyn Kresge of Harrisburg, Nancy Kimberlin of Elizabethtown; 2 brothers, Fred Attick of Lititz, Lee Atticks of Harrisburg. Sam was also preceded in death by 2 brothers & 4 sisters.
Edward E. Ritter, Sr. (Ed), Class of 1967, age 68, of Lower Paxton Twp, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital.
He was born April 19, 1948 in Harrisburg, to the late Edward C. and Florence (Stees) Ritter. He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Robert McNeal, Sr. and Joyce McNeal.
Ed was an active member of his church and community. He was owner and operator of Ritter Floor and Wall for 35 years and worked at Home Depot until retirement. He attended Central Dauphin High School, class of '67 and Calvary United Methodist Church; he was a member of Knights of Columbus, Suburban Umpire Association, VFW Post 148 and Boy Scout Troop 256. Ed enjoyed camping, traveling to the beach, especially, Assateague Island, bowling and horseshoes. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and taking them to Hershey Park.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Sondra (McNeal) Ritter; father-in-law: James Fettrow, brother: Gregory Ritter (Dilian), brother-in-law: Robert McNeal Jr. (Jennifer) children: Lorraine Weidman (David), Edward Ritter Jr. (Jennifer), Christina Paul (Brendon); grandchildren: Jordan (fiance-Maggie), Bo, Jillian, Kyle Ritter; Emily (fiance-Ronnie) and Nathan (Briana) Weidman; Hunter, Brayden and Gabriella Paul; great-grandchildren: Caleb and Carter Weidman and Owen Ritter, and many nieces and his beloved pets.
Janet L. Prichard Jones, Class of 1963, age 71, of Harrisburg, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at her home.
She was born May 31, 1945 in Harrisburg; she was the daughter of the late Howard and Eva (Brandt) Prichard; and preceded in death by her son, Chad Jones; and her brother, Roger Prichard.
Surviving is her son, Ian S. Jones, of Harrisburg; her daughter, Erica M. Jones, of Carlisle; 3 grandchildren, Jocelyn R. Jones, Noah R. Shingara and Alaina S. Jones; a great-grandson, Jeremiah J. O'Halloran; a sister, Beverly Flynn, of Land O'Lakes, FL; a brother, Michael Prichard, of York Haven; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Janet was an amazing woman, and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was an employee for NHS, 22 years of service and a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Thomas B. George, Jr., long-time member of the CDSD School Board, age 92, of Lower Paxton Township died Monday, December 5, 2016. Mr. George was born in Lower Paxton Township and was the son of the late Thomas B. and Helen (Jefferies) George, Sr.
As Mr. George would tell friends, he spent his entire life in Lower Paxton Township with the exception of 3 years when Uncle Sam sent him on a tour of Europe. He served for 3 years in World War II as an airborne medic. He would share that going into battle his only weapon was a pair of bandage sheers. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the airborne crossing of the Rhine River. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the enemy near Wesel, Germany on March 24, 1945. From his service as a medic, he saw firsthand the life saving effect that a unit of blood would have for a wounded solider and as a result he became a livelong blood donor.
Following his service to his country he returned to his job with Railway Express Agency in Harrisburg where he remained for 32 years. Mr. George then went on to serve as Executive Director of Keystone Building Contractors Association. In this capacity, he served on numerous Pension, Health & Welfare, Annuity, and Apprentice Boards across the state representing both management and labor. He was a Board Member on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Advisory Council of Vocational Education and a Board Member of the State Apprentice and Training Council.
Throughout his life, Mr. George was dedicated to his community and in particular the children and families that were his neighbors. He organized and coached American Legion Baseball in Lower Paxton Township. He served on the Central Dauphin School Board of Directors for 34 years, 12 years as President. His work with the school district also included serving on the Operating Board overseeing the Dauphin County Technical School, Board Member of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, District III Committee of the PIAA, and Delegate Board of the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC).
Mr. George served on the Lower Paxton Parks & Recreation Board for 57 years and was on the Operating Board of the Lower Paxton Township Friendship Center. He was devoted to finding means by which all residents could have a place to gather and for kids to have a place to play and participate in activities. He enthusiastically scouted out land for additional park space and constantly walked and toured the parks looking for ways to expand and utilize the space. In his later years, nothing provided him more pleasure than driving by one of the parks and seeing the activity.
Mr. George was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. In his service to his church, he chaired two building projects and over the years he served on the stewardship, mission, and endowment committees.
Mr. George was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Edna Mae (Adams). The family is comforted in knowing that these two, so gracious and loving in life, are together again. He is survived by his daughters, Karen George and Jeannette Carley, both of Lower Paxton Township; his grandson, Thomas Carley, a student of Lebanon Valley College; his sisters, Doris George and Dorothy George of Harrisburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. George was devoted to his family and provided unconditional love and support. His grandson Thomas was a source of great pride. Mr. George attended every concert, performance and event where Thomas was involved and his greatest joy was spending time with him. After a visit, he would shake Thomas’ hand and tell him, “Thanks Buddy, you know I always love to see you!”
The family is very grateful for the respectful care and support he received from Hospice of Central PA.
Robert T DePew Jr., Class of 1971, age 62, of Harrisburg passed away peacefully, Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence with family by his side. He was born December 22, 1953 in Harrisburg and is the son of Robert T DePew Sr and Wilma "Timi" Zeiders. Bobby was a HVAC Journeyman for several Harrisburg businesses. He was a 1971 graduate of Dauphin Co Vo-Tech/CD High School in 1971. Bobby enjoyed his cockatiels, fishing, bike riding and spending time with his good friends. Surviving in addition to his parents are 5 siblings, Jason DePew, Robin Sheaffer, Colleen Rachelle DePew, Amanda Zeiders Scoughton and Jeremy Zeiders; and several nieces and nephews.
Sheldon L. "Shed" VanScyoc, age 75, of Palmyra and formerly of Lenker Manor, Swatara Twp., died Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Columbia Cottage, Palmyra.
Shed was a retired High School Teacher and Baseball Coach for Central Dauphin School District with 35 years of service. He was a graduate of Shippensburg High School and earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Shippensburg University.
In his coaching career, he always emphasized good sportsmanship. He coached baseball for 35 years, culminating his career with a State Championship in 1997. He loved Penn State football, NY Yankees and the University of Richmond basketball team. He was a member of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Swatara Twp.
Shed was the son of the late J. Sheldon and Eleanor Stoey VanScyoc and is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Gloria M. Smith VanScyoc; two sons, Dr. Chad M. VanScyoc and his wife, Kimberly of Ashland, VA and Christopher C. VanScyoc and his wife, Cathy of Rocky Mount, NC; one brother, Darrell L. Van Scyoc and his wife, Rose of Shippensburg.
William J. Finneran, Class of 1966, age 69, of Perry County passed into eternal light on the eve of Oct. 14, 2016 surrounded by loved ones. Born September 18, 1947, to the late Joseph E. and Helen L. (Best) Finneran; Bill was a 1966 graduate of C.D. & Dauphin Co. Technical School. He served in the U.S. Army as a power train engineer & auto mechanic repair technician. After the Army he worked at several mechanic repair shops, Supercade Amusements Co., Hess service stations, and in his later years Giant and Weis grocery chains. Surviving are his Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter and Great Grandchildren.
Sandra Christine Wolf "Sandy" Keener, Class of 1961, age 72, died Friday, October 28, 2016, with her loving family by her side. Born on November 17, 1943, she was the wife of the late Sylvester Franklin "Frank" Keener and the daughter of the late Adam and Christine (Elleck) Wolf.
Sandy was retired after 38 years as an Administrative Assistant in the Legal Department of the former Mellon Bank in Harrisburg, PA; a part-time elevator operator at the former Bowman's Department Store; a part-time retailer for the former Wanamakers Department Store and former Peck's Dress Shop; and a CARE Giver for Home Instead Sr. Care. She was a 1961 graduate of Central Dauphin High School; a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Harrisburg Chapter, where she served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary; and a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Steelton, PA where she volunteered as Secretary, Sunday School teacher, President of LCW, Choir member for 60+ years, and various other committees within the church. Sandy will always be remembered as a loving family member and friend and will live in our hearts forever.
Sandy is survived by her sister, Frances Dubesky of Swatara Township; her brother, Robert (Marilyn) Wolf of Cranberry Township, PA; two nieces, Debra (Stephen) Avery of Lower Paxton Township and Cindy (Gordon) Edgerton and Jaz of Charlotte, MI; two nephews, Michael (Kelly) Dubesky of Oberlin and Lexi, and Robert (Shelley) Wolf of Chaska, MN; five great-nephews, Stephen Avery III, Patrick Avery, Michael Dubesky, Cody Edgerton, Mitchell Wolf; two great-nieces, McKenzie Edgerton and Haley Wolf. She is also survived by stepson, Sylvester Franklin (Debra) Keener III of Mechanicsburg; stepdaughter Christy Keener of Mechanicsburg; six granddaughters, Heather Pavlekovich, Christal McCaffrey, Alicia Sharp, Laura Weedn, Ashlyn Geedy, Leah Geedy; grandson, Scot Keener; seven great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons. Preceding her in death are stepdaughter Kathy Keener, brother-in-law George Dubesky, and nephew Craig Wolf.
Dale T. Snyder, Jr., Class of 2007, age 27, of Harrisburg, died Sunday, Otober 16, 2016 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital.
Dale was born in Harrisburg and was the son of Dale T. and Yvonne (Reynolds) Snyder, Sr. of Harrisburg. He was a member of St. Thomas United Church of Christ.
Dale is survived by, in addition to his parents, his wife, Janelle (Beshore) Snyder; his daughter, Kaylie Snyder; his son, Dale T. Snyder III; his step daughter, Rylie Beshore; his sisters, Deanna Snyder and Tricia Snyder, both of Harrisburg; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Corrine "Rene" E. Sheffer Felty, Class of 1957, age 76, of Chambers Hill, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016, in The Middletown Home, with her family by her side.
Born in Paxtang on January 15, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur A. and Beatrice Spahr Sheffer.
Rene was an executive secretary for the former Harrisburg State Hospital. She was a 1957 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Rene devoted her life to caring for her home and family.
Rene is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth E. Felty, whom she married on June 4, 1960; a daughter, Karen L. Alleman wife of Jack E. of Halifax; a son, Robert K. Felty husband of Lori A. of Chambers Hill; a brother, Elden Sheffer of Hershey; a sister, Debby Wilson wife of Larry of Bressler; four grandchildren, Hannah M. and Lindsey N. Alleman, and Benton R. and Kyle R. Felty; and one great grandson, Malachi Alleman.
Randolph "Randy" J. Perdue, Class of 1972, age 62, of Camp Hill, passed away early Tuesday morning on September 27th, 2016. Randy was a retired worker of PennDOT and graduate of Central Dauphin High School. He was born in Hazleton, PA on November 5th, 1953. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Danielle, his twin sister
, Rhonda Merwine and brother, John Perdue.
Randy was a dedicated and passionate person. Everything he ever did was for his friends and family. Except when it came to food. Randy loved to cook and eat. Nothing stood between him and a good plate of sushi, bowl of curry, or trying something new at the Greek Festival. He also enjoyed traveling to NYC with his daughter; most times just for the food, but loved walking the busy streets. Randy's generosity was unmatched. He was always willing to help out a friend in any way he could. Whether it be a listening ear, shoulder to cry on, or a good drinking buddy.
Randy will be greatly missed. There will be a small private service in the near future for family.
William "Bill" Johnson Pettis, Class of 1965, age 69, of Los Angeles, CA, transitioned into eternal life on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in Swatara Township. He was born in Harrisburg, son of the late Collier and Ora (Sullivan Penn) Pettis, a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, where he played football; a life member of Gold's Gym, had a passion for weight lifting and was featured in magazines, newpapers and a movie. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Jerome Pettis and leaves to celebrate his life, his identical twin brother, Warren Robert "Bobby" Pettis of Beverly Hills, CA; his brothers and sister-in-law, Ronald "Oõh" and Emma Pettis of Middletown and Donald "Pluto" Pettis of Largo, MD; his sister and brother-in-law, Priscilla and Robert Reid of Middletown and host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Karen L. Hunter (Cheeks), Class of 1969
, age 65, of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully on the morning of September 26, 2016, at Lancaster General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Karen was born May 25, 1951, in Somerset, PA. A daughter of Virginia (Kreiter) Hunter.and the late Millard Hunter.The family moved to Harrisburg in 1967, where she attended Central Dauphin High School, graduate of 1969. For many years, Karen work for Karns food in the meat department. After moving to Lewisberry, she worked at Munchkin Meadow Preschool. She loved working with the children, where she got the nick name Kar Kar. Along with her mother Virginia, she is survived by two sisters, Linda Browand (Blaine) of Lewisberry, Carol Transue (Scott) of Lebanon; two brothers, Jay Hunter (Carol) of Harrisburg, Scott Hunter of Harrsburg and nieces and nephews.
Larry W. Myers, Class of 1969, died unexpectedly in Wilmington, NC on Monday September 19, 2016 at the age of 67. Larry is survived by his wife, Ruth A. Myers of Wilmington, NC; sons, Tom (Becky), Mike, Matt (Missy); daughter, Pamela (Mike); grandchildren, Katie, Austin, Vivian, Daphne, and Isabella; sister, Terry Yinger; brother-in-law, Ben Clemente (Lindy); and nieces and nephews. Larry was born on July 10, 1949 in York, PA. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1969. Larry and Ruth recently moved to North Carolina after living in Pennsylvania all of their lives. His dream of living at the beach was fulfilled.
Sandra Milo Mellott, Class of 1956. Heaven gained a new angel on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 when Sandra Kay Mellott was called home to the Lord after a long battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully in her residence surrounded by loved ones. She was a retired Bookkeeper for the former Milo Accounting firm, a 1956 graduate of Central Dauphin High School and a member of Neidig Memorial United Methodist Church, Oberlin. She was an incredible cook and fantastic seamstress. She could often be found using those talents for the benefit of her family. Sandra was never happier than when she was surrounded by her grandchildren. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and singing in the Church Choir. She loved her family fiercely and will be greatly missed. Her strength and determination during her fight with cancer will inspire her family and friends in her absence. Sandra was born in Harrisburg, PA, the daughter of the late Elias and Eva Milo. She was the beloved wife of John H. Mellott, Sr., who survives her, for 59 years. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Milo. She is also survived by her brothers, Ronald Milo and Roger Milo; a son, John Mellott, Jr. and his wife, Carol; daughter, Amy Leon Guerrero and her husband, Timothy; and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emily, Benjamin, Nathan and Elijah.
James C. (Jim, Pop pop) Coughenour Jr., Class of 1975, age 60, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on August 20, 2016. He entered into rest surrounded by his loving family. His family thought he was Superman, but he was only human. He was able to give the gift of research on pancreatic cancer through his participation in a clinical trial at John's Hopkins Hospital. He was the son of the Mary Grace (Leberfinger) Taylor and the late James C. Coughenour, Sr. Jim was a manager of several restaurants and Technical Gas. He is survived by his wife Diane L. (Walters) Coughenour, daughters, Tammi L., and husband Jodie R. Anderson of Dover, Tiffany A. Love of Linglestown, brothers, William and Michael both of Florida, Sisters, Irene Watts and Patricia Zimmerman both of Steelton, Theresa Stoner of Colonial Park, Ruthanne Baxley of Florida and his greatest joy and namesake, his grandson, Joseph James Anderson. In addition to his father he was predeceased by a brother Anthony Coughenour.
Harold D. Vogt, Class of 1956, age 78, of Hummelstown, PA passed on to his heavenly home on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the M.S. Hershey Penn State Medical Center. Born on November 28, 1937 to the late Ernest and Mary Witman Vogt, Harold was raised in Oberlin, Dauphin County, PA. He and his wife Susan were the parents of four children who live in PA: Dianna Vogt of Lawn, Tim Campbell of Dillsburg, Teresa Umberger of Hershey, and Lynda Via of Mt. Gretna. A graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Harold was a former Marine who, together with Susan, his wife of 37 years, owned and operated Dirt Masters Excavating and Oasis Pools, Inc. before retiring. He was a Gideon of the Dauphin South Camp and fellowshipped faithfully at Caring Community Church, Hummelstown, PA. Harold also enjoyed mission trips to Central America. In addition to his wife, the former Susan Wert, Harold is survived by two sisters, Charlotte Foster, Dillsburg, and Dolores Vogt, Harrisburg. Also surviving are: sons-in-law Jason Umberger and Robert Via, and the following grandchildren: Jessica Lowery, Scott Campbell, Alyssa and Leah Umberger, and Derrick Via, plus one great-grandchild, Parisia Lowery-Croman. A born do-it-yourselfer and a child at heart himself, Harold's grandchildren automatically thought "Pap can fix it," whenever something broke. He loved life, his family, Christian fellowship, Gospel music, and his Lord Jesus Christ.
Brenda F. Freeland Magaro, Class of 1959, age 74, of New Cumberland, was called home to the Lord, on Friday August 12, 2016, at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, Harrisburg. Born November 22, 1941, in Dauphin, PA, she was a daughter of the late Charles H. and Ethel M. (Bell) Freeland. On September 3, 1983, she was united in marriage with David W. Magaro, with whom she shared a blessed union of nearly 33 years. After her graduation from Central Dauphin High School, in 1959, she began working for Bell Telephone Co., from which she eventually retired, as a Manager, after 30 years of service, in 1992. Brenda was a faithful member of Camp Hill Church of God and the Senior Life Fellowship. She possessed a deep love for all animals, and volunteered her time at the Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation. In addition to her husband, David, she is survived by a step son, Kurt (Kathy) Wagener of Wellsville, PA, her sister, Phyllis A. Hinkle of Enola, and, brother, Niles E. (Cynthia) Freeland of Middletown. She is also survived by two grandchildren, three nieces, five nephews, three great nieces and four great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and, brothers, Gary L. Freeland and Jan N. Freeland.
Cathy M. Moran Barrett, Class of 1988, age 46, of East Hanover Twp., passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence.
She was born March 3, 1970 in Chester, PA; she was the daughter of the late Francis Moran.
Surviving is her husband, Francis Barrett; two daughters, Riley and Camille Barrett; her mother, Linda Moran-Kelley and her step-father, Ray Kelley, of Harrisburg; her sister, Maria Moran, of Hershey; and her two step-brothers, Ray Kelley, of Harrisburg and Scott Kelley, of Lewisberry.
Cathy was a registered nurse for the M. S. Hershey Medical Center; she was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Class of '88, St. Joseph University, Philadelphia and received her nursing degree from HACC.
Janis A. Arthur Molinaro, Class of 1975, age 59, of Bentleyville formerly of McMurray died Wednesday- July 20, 2016 at the Washington Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born July 14, 1957 in Harrisburg the daughter of the late Robert J. Arthur & Elma A. Hoke Arthur Harder of Harrisburg. Mrs. Molinaro was a chef and had been employed at many restaurants and catering businesses. She was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg.
Mrs. Molinaro was formerly married to David Molinaro of McMurray who survives. Also surviving are two sons; Stefan (Vanessa) Molinaro of McMurray & Justin A. Molinaro of McMurray, two grandchildren; Lainey & Derrick Molinaro, a sister; Anita (Lenny) Wasileski, step-sister; Diane Harder, step-brothers; David Harder & Dan Harder, nieces; Lura (Keith) Good & Kristen (Ben) Diehl.
Mrs. Molinaro was preceded in death by her father, Robert J. Arthur & step-father; Thomas Harder.
John David Balmer, Class of 1961, age 72, of New Cumberland died Monday, July 11, 2016 at his home. He was a retired Marketing Manager from DuPont, USA. He attended The Pennsylvania State University and was a member of Penn State Singers. He was a member of American Legion Post 143, New Cumberland; a competitive golfer, and enjoyed helping his daughters and cooking, baking, and serving with flair.
He is survived by his wife, Elda J. Balmer; three daughters, Kristin L. Balmer of Media, Amy J. Logan (Drew) of Three Oaks, MI, and Ann E. Balmer of Harrisburg; a brother, Benjamin F., III of Elizabethtown; and sister, Helen Titzel of Mechanicsburg.
Thomas B. Davis, Class of 1967, of Harrisburg, passed away July 5, 2016. Born March 5, 1949, in Portsmouth, VA, he was the third son of the late Clarence and Eleanor (Yiengst) Davis.
A graduate of Central Dauphin, Lebanon Valley College and Temple University, he taught Social Studies for 25 years. Tom loved history and nature. A friend to the poor, he loathed poverty and violence. He wrote an extensive autobiography.
Surviving are his sister, Jennifer Davis Elrod and soulmate, Lisa Polito.
Paul E. Sohmer II "Pappy/Pap", Class of 1963, age 71, of Harrisburg, passed away Wednesday, June 29th, after a brief illness. He was born June 5, 1945 to the late Geraldine (Robinson) and Paul E. Sohmer Sr. Paul was a retiree of Pratt & Whitney. Prior to retirement, Paul was employed with Chromalloy/TRW. He was a 1963 graduate of Central Dauphin High School.
Those who knew Paul, and there were many, knew he had a special way with words. Many of those words expanded into lyrics that his son put to music, hence evolved "The Forester Street Trio". In addition to his love for music, Paul loved to fish, cook, watch his favorite sports teams, but most of all, hang out with his family and friends.
Paul is survived, deeply loved and will be sadly missed by his son, Ryan (wife Donna) and grand-daughter Madison ("Maddy"), whom he was extremely proud of. Additionally, Paul was embraced with years of love and support from Wyatt Whitaker, his fiancé Amber and their "howling beagle" Kona.
Throughout his lifetime, Paul touched many lives, and will be greatly missed!
Rusty Lee Kratzer, Class of 1988, age 45, of Harrisburg, died Monday, June 27, 2016 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center after an accidental fall from a roof. Born Sept. 7, 1970 in West Berlin, Germany, he was a son of Karen (Mertelsmann Kratzer) Szollosy, and the late William Mingle Kratzer. In addition to his mother, Rusty is survived by his girlfriend Dawn McDade-Heddaeus, stepfather Greg Szollosy, brother Bill Kratzer, sister-in-law Jennifer Kratzer, niece Neya Kratzer and nephew Collin Kratzer. Rusty was a 1988 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, and attended Shippensburg University. He was employed by UPS for 18 years and the William Penn Social Association for eight years. Rusty loved watching sports, listening to all types of music, spending time with his niece and nephew, and being outdoors enjoying hiking, camping, fishing and boating. He was a free spirit with a kind and gentle soul, and was one of the friendliest people you could meet. He always had a quick wit, and a smile and hug for everyone.
Janet Hanshaw Meloy, Class of 1963, age 70, of Harrisburg, died Friday, July 1, 2016 at her home.Mrs. Meloy was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late Bernard and Mable (Pifer) Hanshaw. She was retired from the Navy Ships Parts Control Center, where she was a Inventory Management Specialist. She rode and trained horses and taught riders. She enjoyed fox hunting. She was a Past Vice President of Twin Brooks Horse Assoc, Past Secretary of Beaufort Hunt, Inc., Past President of Harrisburg Horse Show Association. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Astro Chapter #380 and Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she served on the church council.
Mrs. Meloy was predeceased by her son, Robert L. Bowen in 1984.
Mrs. Meloy is survived by her husband of 12 years, Kenneth C. Meloy, Jr.; her son, Keith C. (Anna) Bowen of Fishing Creek Valley; her granddaughter, Amanda Lynn Reichert; her great grandson, Colt Reichert.
Michael William Shaffer, Class of 1981, age 51, of Lewisberry died Sunday, November 16, 2014 at his home.
He was the owner of White Hill Café, Camp Hill. He loved the Red Sox, Miami Dolphins, golf, fishing, candy, and especially his dog Landin.
He was born January 25, 1963 in Harrisburg. He was preceded in death by his father, William Melford Shaffer, Jr.
He is survived by his parents, William M. and Janet L. Bratina of Hershey; wife, Tammy J. Shaffer; children, Robert G. Shaffer of Williamsburg, PA, Caitlin R. Shaffer-Dyer and her fiancé David M. Dyer of Lewisberry, and Lexie D. Shaffer of New Cumberland; sisters, Kim M. Keefer (Edward) of Harrisburg and Kelley L. Spotz (Douglas) of Grantville; grandchildren, Caliegh Shaffer and Ava Alexia Dyer; and several nieces and nephews.
Michael William Shaffer, 51, of Lewisberry died Sunday, November 16, 2014 at his home.
He was the owner of White Hill Café, Camp Hill. He loved the Red Sox, Miami Dolphins, golf, fishing, candy, and especially his dog Landin.
He was born January 25, 1963 in Harrisburg. He was preceded in death by his father, William Melford Shaffer, Jr.
He is survived by his parents, William M. and Janet L. Bratina of Hershey; wife, Tammy J. Shaffer; children, Robert G. Shaffer of Williamsburg, PA, Caitlin R. Shaffer-Dyer and her fiancé David M. Dyer of Lewisberry, and Lexie D. Shaffer of New Cumberland; sisters, Kim M. Keefer (Edward) of Harrisburg and Kelley L. Spotz (Douglas) of Grantville; grandchildren, Caliegh Shaffer and Ava Alexia Dyer; and several nieces and nephews. - See more at: http://obits.pennlive.com/obituaries/pennlive/obituary.aspx?n=michael-william-shaffer&pid=173202334&fhid=22858#sthash.sQERiRqX.dpuf
Steven A. Esworthy, Class of 2003, age 32, of Harrisburg, passed away unexpectedly and tragically on Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Harrisburg.
Steve was a sales associate for The Home Depot on Derry St. and a graduate of Central Dauphin High School and Shippensburg University where he earned his BS in Criminal Justice. He was mechanically inclined and could fix or repair just about anything. Steve enjoyed riding motorcycles, salmon fishing, pheasant hunting with his dog Maverick, hiking, skiing and anything related to the outdoors. His greatest love in life was spending time with his family and friends.
Steve was born in Harrisburg to Kim M. (Campbell) Esworthy of Harrisburg and the late Garry L. Esworthy.
In addition to his mother, Steve is survived by his brother Brian A. Esworthy and sister-in-law Becky of Harrisburg and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Michael Darwin Rudisill, Class of 1970, age 64 formerly of both Carlisle and West Hanover Twp, and Hershey Pennsylvania was called home to his loving Lord after a long courageous fight on Friday June 17, 2016 at the Einstein Montgomery Medical Center in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Born July 19, 1951 in Harrisburg he was the son of the late David L. and Mary E. (Ruth) Rudisill.
He graduated in 1970 from Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg.
Michael was a faithful believer who knew his Lord and Savior in Jesus Christ. He loved reading and studying the Bible, listening to pastors and Christian radio. He cherished spending time with his children and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed being a school bus driver and was loved by his students who called him "Mr. Mike". He loved music and playing guitar, nature, the ocean, thunderstorms; watching golf, Nascar, nature shows, PBS, History and Weather channel and a few others.
He serviced in the US Army Pennsylvania National Guard.
After his service he was a carpenter and commercial driver, finally as school bus driver until he retired for the 1st Student Transportation, Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by a daughter Jennifer Kline and her husband John of Shippensburg, son Matthew D. Rudisill and his companion Jessica O'Keefe of Mohrsville, Pennsylvania, granddaughter Amanda Kime of Carlisle, grandson Jordon O'Keefe of Mohrsville, 5 brothers: Joseph Smith and wife Ruth, Thomas Smith and wife Carol, all of Stoney Creek, PA; Clyde Smith and wife Sara of Landisburg, PA; David Rudisill and wife Betty of Cut Bank, MT; Wesley Rudisill and wife Linda of Enola, PA; a sister; Sharon Etnoyer and husband David of Clarksburg, WV.; and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.
Steven P. Harman, Class of 1967, age 66, of Lower Paxton Township passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016. He was the son of A. Paul and Arvilla (Grau) Harman, both deceased.
Mr. Harman was a U.S. Air Force Viet Nam Era veteran (1967-1972) having attained the rank of SSgt. Steve retired from the Harrisburg Bureau of Police with over 37 years of service. He was a volunteer with Tri-Community EMS, South Central EMS and Steelton EMS and served as a Chaplain at Steelton Fire Department. He spent many years as a volunteer staff member at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation and Tuckahoe Scout Camp. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and served numerous positions with Troop 302 at St. Marks.
Steve is survived by an uncle, Richard Grau (Bonnie) of York, PA, cousins Brenda Leininger and Barbara Kruth, Sister-in-Law, Janet Harman and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Harman.
Danielle Jalene Isenberg, Class of 2010, age 23, of Dauphin, died Friday, June 10, 2016 at Hershey Medical Center.
Danielle was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of Richard A. Isenberg of Dauphin and Lisa Patrick of Grantville. She was formerly employed as a Clerk at Kohl's. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Harrisburg. She was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Class of 2010.
Danielle was predeceased by her grandmother, Janice K. Isenberg. Danielle is survived by in addition to her parents, her brother, Ricky Isenberg of Grantville; her paternal grandfather, Richard J. Isenberg of Dauphin; her maternal grandparents, Arlene and Barry Lancaster of Annville; her aunt and uncle, Tami and Kurt Laessig of Camp Hill; many cousins and friends.
Vicky Mae Salada Cooney, Class of 1965, age 69, of Harrisburg went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 2, 2016. Vicky was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of Florence Madeline 'Peggy' Salada and the late James Charles Salada of Lykens where she grew up with her sister Lynda and later graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1965. She worked in various industries over the course of her time from the airline industry, collections, construction and retail and also served as President of the Linglestown Women's Club. She was a standing member at East Shore Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a loving and caring friend, mother and grandmother ('Gramme').
Vicky is survived by her mother, Florence 'Peggy' Salada, her two children, Jeffery B. Griggs and his daughter Riley Griggs of Harrisburg and Paul J. Cooney (Julia) and his daughters Madelyn and Rachel and sons Isaiah and Titus of Charlotte. She is also survived by her sister, Lynda Salada Junkin Kerr and her son James J. Junkin and his sons Jake and Colin.
Richard L. Bistline, Class of 1962, age 71, passed quickly from this life on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at his home in West Hanover Twp. Born in Harrisburg, the son of Merle E. and Dorothy (Sunday) Bistline, he lived in Colonial Park for many years before moving to West Hanover in 1977. Richard had been employed as an Architectural Draftsman by Heritage Builders Co., Harrisburg for 15 years before retiring 9 years ago. Previously, he was employed by the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. as an Electrician. After the plant closed, he worked as a Draftsman for Terry Miller Associates, Harrisburg for 10 years.
Richard was a former Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop #256 and a Vigil Member of their Order of the Arrow. He was a member of St Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, American Institute of Building Design (Professional Member), West Hanover Twsp. Volunteer Fire Co. and a Life Member of Colonial Park Volunteer Fire Co. He loved to fish and was an avid woodworker.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Merle E. Bistline Jr. and Michael Bistline; and a sister, Judy A. Swank. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Janet K. (Karstetter) Bistline; sons, Richard L. Bistline Jr. of Harrisburg, Michael A. Bistline of Halifax and Robert S. Bistline of Palmyra. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Walter Clark "Walt" Speas, Class of 1961, age 73, died on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Born in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late Walter Clark Speas and Linda Mundorf Speas. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Bonnie Miller Speas; daughters, Lesley Speas Blackwelder (Stephen) of Fort Mill, SC, Pamela Lyn Speas, Suzane Marie Speas and Patricia Hellen Boggs, all of Columbia SC; grandson Zachary Andrew Blackwelder; and sister, Arlene Speas Klawitter of Harrisburg. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Lee Speas; and a brother-in-law, Bob Klawitter.
Beth Ann Parkhurst, Class of 1973, age 60, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 6, 2016. Beth was born in Homestead, PA on August 6, 1955 to Donald Parkhurst and Patricia Lebo. After graduating Central Dauphin High School, she followed her love of music to concerts throughout the country before settling down to raise her children.
She is survived by her husband Mark Mell of Halifax, PA; children Jennifer (Kutler) Shocker of Highlands Ranch, CO and David Reed, Jr. of Halifax, PA; grandson Andy Shocker and mother Patricia Lebo, as well as siblings Donald Parkhurst, Linda Nelson, Donanne Seese, Kathleen Blake and Keith Lebo.
Peter W. Wasco, Class of 1969, age 66, of New Cumberland, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in Harrisburg Hospital.
He was a retired Pursing Agent with Flight Systems Electronics Group, New Cumberland and a Vietnam War Navy veteran. Peter was a longtime baseball coach with the New Cumberland Youth Baseball Association; Past Commander and Life Member of American Legion Post 143, New Cumberland; Past State Commander, PA American Legion in 2011; Past Commander, Cumberland County American Legion; Past Commander, 19th District American Legion; Past Commander, American Legion Central Section; and a member of ANAVICUS and the 40 et 8, Voiture 55.
Peter was born in Manhattan, NY to the late Walter Peter and Ann Rose (Dribnak) Wasco and was preceded in death by a daughter Deanne Wasco.
He is survived by his wife Susan (Weigle) Wasco; a daughter Danielle W. Liebig and husband Rob of Harrisburg; a stepson Daniel E. W. Crater and wife Michelle of North Hollywood, CA; a twin brother Thomas P. Wasco of Harrisburg; a sister Michelle Wasco of Harrisburg; and three grandchildren.