John R. Kreiger, Class of 1976, age 63 of Harrisburg, died December 9, 2021. John was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late John and Helen Kreiger. He was retired from the US Postal Service, where he was a clerk. He was a member of the Robert H. Hoke American Legion Post 272 of Linglestown, Knights of Columbus Holy Rosary Council #869 and the Sons of Italy Lodge #2857. He was a veteran of the US Army. John is survived by his wife of 39 years, Toni Kreiger; his son, John; his brothers, Michael, Daniel, Eugene, Dennis and Larry; a sister, Rebecca along with many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his brothers, Monty and Mark. John enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at his Clinton County hunting cabin.
Jonathan E. Parsons, Class of 1999, age 40 of Harrisburg died December 5, 2021 at UPMC Community Osteopathic Hospital. Jonathan was born in Allentown and was the son of Mary Lou Parsons and the late Edward W. Parsons. He was a hard worker, very family oriented, loved the time he spent with loved ones and the many lifelong friends that were his family too. He loved playing golf anywhere but especially at the beach where he frequently visited in the summer. An avid sports enthusiast and a fan of Penn State football, the New York Yankees and especially the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a plethora of knowledge about all things sports related. An animal lover, especially all of the families cats over the years and his brothers 3 huskies. He inherited his love of gardening and green thumb from his late father. Along with his love for the outdoors and fishing with his father, brother and lifelong friends. Over the years Jonathan enjoyed working in the food service industry. where he could be around and Interact with people. which led to exploring and creating many new recipes with his mother especially soup. His many positions within the food service industry lead him to his most recent and favorite place, Jo Jo's on 22. There he gained not only a whole other family and met many wonderful people over the years. Jonathan is survived by, in addition to his mother, his sister, Jessica (David) Tremonti; his brother, Corey (Kaitlin) Parsons; his nieces, Nova Noelle and Coco Capri.
Caroline Radel, Class of 1958, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home in Pike Creek, DE on November 12, 2021. She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of the late Lena (Miller) and Harry Radel. She was devoted to and adored by family, who all looked up to her for strength and guidance; and beloved by friends. Caroline enjoyed travel and adventure. Some of her favorites were the Delaware Beaches, Paris, the Swiss Alps, Clearwater Spring Training, Beaver Stadium, idyllic wineries, and her favorite restaurants. In addition to her parents, Caroline was predeceased by her sister Marie Farner. Caroline is survived by her loving partner Richard Moon; children Peter Heinbaugh (Denise), Judith Harman (Bryan), and Joseph Heinbaugh (Vickie); grandchildren Matthew, Leigh, Angie (Curtis), Melissa (Christopher), Carlena (Ryan), Rebecca (Eric), Richard (Michelle), Brandon (Jennifer), and Jeremy; great-grandchildren Jackson, Addison, Brandelynn, Ella, Jillian, Abigail, Alexis, Cora, and Ava; and by her siblings Harry Radel, Doris Weber (Nick), Richard Radel (Sandy), and Grace Wilson.
Terry Lee Hocker, Class of 1963, age 76, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away November 11, 2021. Mr. Hocker retired from TRW, Inc. after many years of dedicated service and had volunteered in earlier years with the the local fire depts., and also with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 39 years, Katherine Hocker, his parents, George and Dorothy Hocker and his brother, George Hocker, Jr. He is survived by his two sisters, Kathy Chester (husband, Vic) and Jill Herring (husband, Donald); also several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and his four step-children and grandchildren.
Alice Faye Page Failor, Class of 1963, age 74, of Mechanicsburg, passed away March 3, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at home. Born June 20, 1944 in McAlisterville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (Eichman) Page. Alice was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School Class of 1963. She retired as a Technical Advisor from Highmark Blue Shield after 26 years of dedicated service. She loved gardening and working in the yard, bird watching, and going on road trips especially to New England. However, her greatest enjoyment was being surrounded by her family. Alice is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, William D. Failor, a son Chris Failor of Dillsburg, a daughter Michele Hebert and her husband Stephen Hebert, II of Mechanicsburg as well as two grandchildren Daniele and Zackery Hebert. Alice was preceded in death by her daughter Kimberly Ann Tinerella and by her daughter-in-law Joanne S. Emel Failor.
Robin L. Shotzberger Ellerman, Class of 1983, passed away on November 19, 2021 with her family by her side after a long, arduous, and courageous battle with cancer. Born August 22, 1964 in Harrisburg to the late Richard and Shirley Shotzberger (Snyder). Robin was a 1983 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Robin is survived by her husband of almost 35 years, James Ellerman Sr., her son James Ellerman, Jr; wife, Erin of Duncannon; son Jason Ellerman of Duncannon; and five grandchildren, Joseph, Ryleigh, Addison, Olivia, and Ava. She is also survived by her brother Richard Shotzberger (Michele) of Harrisburg and Wendy Snyder (Thomas) of Grantville, two nieces, one nephew, two great-nieces, and three great-nephews. Robin loved her family with all of her heart. Her boys were her world until they blessed her with grandchildren, then her favorite people called her Nana. Robin lived her life with positivity, always trying to see the good through the bad even when she was diagnosed with cancer. Her family will fondly remember all of the belly laughs they would have with her, the card games where she would win, the laughter, and how much she deeply loved everyone.
Ronald A. Kramer, Class of 1976, age 63, of Hanover, passed away November 17, 2021 at his home in Hanover, PA. He was the son of the late George and Betty Kramer of Harrisburg. Ron was best known for his love of horses. He was active in the American Quarter Horse Association. He loved showing his horses and spending time with his daughter at the farm. He was also into horse racing and he enjoyed being a part of the ownership of a few of the famous horses. He also shared a passion for his Ford Mustang that he was very avid in updating as well as riding in it. He enjoyed attending car shows as well. He was very big into sports as his favorite teams were the Philadelphia Eagles, Penn State and the Philadelphia Phillies. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandson Ashton and his daughter Kristy. Surviving is his daughter, Kristen (Kristy) M. Kramer of New Oxford; and his siblings; George (BettyJo) Kramer of Enhaut, Alice (Joe) Mirasola of Hummelstown, Karl Kramer of Grantville, Linda (Mike) Murray of Enola, Leisa (Kevin) Pagliaro of Middletown and 1 grandchild Ashton.
John C. Martin, Jr., retired teacher, age 76, of Harrisburg, died November 16, 2021. He was the son of the late John C. Martin, Sr., and Evelyn (Rall) Martin. He was a graduate of Shippensburg University and the University of Notre Dame. He spent two summers doing research at Bucknell University and studied at Hope College. He retired from Central Dauphin School District, where he was a chemistry teacher.
John was a member of Charlton United Methodist Church, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Harrisburg-Snyder Lodge 629 F.& A.M. and the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg. He was a former member of the Paxton Sportsman Association. He enjoyed participating in authentic Civil War re-enacting with various units primarily the Bucktails, 1st PA Rifles, Co. B, watching Notre Dame football, reading and walking. He found great joy in spending time with his friends, family and being “Pappy John" to Zhakya, Amiya and Khamil.
John is survived by his wife, Marjorie Martin; daughter, Molly Broniak of Paxtang; sister, Charlyn Roth of New Providence; two nephews, Adrian and Michael and their families of Lancaster County.
Ellsworth "George" Ditzel, JR., Class of 1963, age 77, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away peacefully at his home. Born August 24, 1944, in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late Ellsworth, Sr., and Pearl Matilda (Stoak) Ditzel. George was a member of Charlton United Methodist Church, the Carlisle Eagles Club, and the Colonial Park Legion. He was the former owner of the Holly Carwash in Carlisle. George enjoyed hunting and bowling. Surviving are his two sisters, Evelyn Reside, and Jackie Fratangeli; his nephews, Robert Reside and Marc Reside; his loving dog, Sadie; and several other nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Ditzel; and two sisters, Catherine Cox and Daisy Martin.
Gwendolyn G. Nason Lingle, Class of 1970, age 69, of West Hanover Twp., passed away October 27, 2021 at UPMC Harrisburg. Born March 29, 1952, in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of Rosaline (Shoop) Nason and the late Charles Edwin Nason, also of Harrisburg. Gwen graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1970 and attended Harrisburg Area Community College. She worked as a waitress at Elby's and Geo's Restaurants and in the cafeteria at Dauphin County Technical School, where she loved to be around the students and was known for her laughter and contagious smile. She retired from DCTS in 2016. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Gelene M. Nason (Peter A. Shirk), of Carlisle; a brother, Bradley L. Nason (Cheryl L. Newburg), of Montoursville; nieces, Amelia T. Nason, of Williamsport, Leah N. Nason, of St. Louis, MO, and Sherry L. Kompare, of Harrisburg; nephews, Logan P. Shirk, of Carlisle and Bryan K. Lingle, of Bradenton, FL; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Keith R. Lingle, of Harrisburg.
Shirley Y. Uhazie, former CDHS teacher, age 88, of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2021 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Born February 26, 1933 in Lewistown, a native of McClure, PA; she was the daughter of the late Archie S. and Julia (Wagner) Young. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and proud grandmother. She traveled around the world to visit her family. Surviving is her husband of 65 years, Donald D. Uhazie; son, David Uhazie (Lori); two grandsons, Patrick Uhazie (Gabriella) and Douglas Uhazie (Rachel Reiss); and two sisters, Linda Will (Jacob Wagner) and Karen Segall. Shirley graduated from Elizabethtown College and McClure High School. She was an educator for 37 years in the Central Dauphin School District. Shirley was a long time, active member of Zion Lutheran Church of Penbrook where she enjoyed singing in the choir and a later in life a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Shirley was a member and past president of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators. She loved reading, crosswords and all things Penn State.
Charles J Smith Jr., Class of 1971, age 68 of Lower Paxton Township passed away on October 14, 2021 at home while fighting Pancreatic Cancer. He was born October 9, 1953 to Evelyn (Brown) Smith and the late Charles Smith Sr. He was predeceased by a sister Charlene Smith. Chuck was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Harrisburg Area Community College & attended the University of Pittsburgh. He worked in Transportation and Warehouse Management retiring as Director of Logistics at Specialty Bakers. He is survived by his wife, Linda D. Smith and their children, Christopher Smith of Madison WI, Stuart Smith and wife Alyssa of Grantville, Cory Sarno and wife Jennifer of Glenmoore, Dana Crum and husband Daniel of Linglestown and five Grandchildren that he cherished. Also surviving is a brother, Craig and wife Lynne of Columbus OH, his nieces and nephew, and in laws Richard and Debra Kopko and Dr. J Stanley Smith.
Keith A. Heisey, Class of 1976, age 63, of Middletown, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Hershey Medical Center. Born March 22, 1958 in Harrisburg; he was the son of the late David C. and Margaret M. (Vail) Heisey. Surviving is his wife of 40 years, Margaret "Meg" M. (Boyle) Heisey; two sons, Stephen A. Heisey and wife Michelle, and Christopher M. Heisey and wife Sarah; granddaughter, Avery Karen Heisey; and sister, Karen Mamrak. Keith was a retired engineer at Three Mile Island, with 35 years of service. Keith was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Class of 1976, HACC and Penn State University, Class of 1980. Keith, a former Eagle Scout himself, was actively involved in Boy Scouts of America Troop 66 in Hummelstown, PA.
Joanne W. Wood, former CDHS teacher, age 90, of Harrisburg, passed away October 10, 2021 at Arden Courts of Susquehanna. She was born in Washington, D.C. on May 15, 1931 to the late Orville and Edith (Hopkins) Walker. Joanne was a retired school teacher for the Central Dauphin High School and was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid Penn State fan. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William "Nick" Wood and brother Donald Walker. Joanne is survived by her two sons, William K. Wood, Jr. of San Francisco, CA, Robert H. Wood of Harrisburg; daughter, Karen Bodle of Harrisburg; four grandchildren, Brian Wood, Allison Bodle, Jason Wood and Adrianna Nicole Wood.
Richard E. Hoffman, Class of 1964. Date of Birth: August 24, 1945 Date of Death: October 07, 2021 Dick originally from Lewisberry, Pa. passed in Arizona at the age of 76 from a courageous battle of lung cancer. He was a man of many talents always helping others to make their lives more pleasant. It is impossible to summon up ones life in a few words, but he will be missed terribly by all who knew him.
Samuel Thomas "Tom" Huffman, Sr., Class of 1959, age 81, of Dauphin, passed away October 4, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Harrisburg on August 28, 1940, he was a son of the late G. Robert and Bessie Huffman. Tom graduated from Central Dauphin High School and attended Williamsport Tech, where he studied Heavy Equipment. He went to work at Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company. He started as an on the road mechanic, traveling many miles to work on Caterpillar Tractors. He also held various other positions while working for Caterpillar for 40 years. His last position was a Technical Advisor for Used Equipment. After retiring, Tom worked full time as a farmer, which is what he always enjoyed. Surviving are his wife, Barbara; son, Tom (Susan); daughter, Melanie; his granddaughters, Olivia (Arik) and Caroline Bess; his brother, James; sisters, Martha and Susie; and many friends and other relatives. Tom loved the Lord and will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.
Jean A. Witmer Hostetter, Class of 1959, age 80, of Harrisburg, passed away on Sunday October 3, 2021, at Fry Village, Middletown. Born on February 14, 1941, in Wellsville, PA, she was a daughter of the late Roy D. Jr. and Esther M. (Wueschanski) Witmer. Jean worked for PennDot until her retirement. Surviving are her 2 sons, Daniel and Michael Conner; 2 step-sons, Carl and Michael Hostetter; her sister, Joan Parson; and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl E. Hostetter; and her 2 brothers, Bob and Roy Witmer.
Ron Swain, Class of 1960, age 81 of New Bloomfield, passed away on October 2, 2021 with Joyce, his loving wife of 61 years by his side. He was the son of Rodney Jr. and Bernice Swain. He served in the US Navy Air Group VA-35 attached to the USS Saratoga CVA-60. He was a proud truck driver for Rite Aid and Giant Foods. He is survived by his son Todd (Michele) Swain of New Bloomfield, and daughter Kelli (Dermot) Swain-Cowper of England, and grandchildren: Kirstie (Justin) Bowden of Jacksonville, FL; Tyler (Morgan) Swain of Mechanicsburg; and Jasper and Maddie Cowper of England. Also survived by his brother Donald of Carlisle; sisters-in-laws & brother-in-laws Gail & Jan Fleagle, Dianne & Steve Dahlin, Jim & Sue Shatto; and his beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers: Harold, Glenn, Leroy, Ray, Dick, and sisters Jeanette, Beverly and Edna.
Stephen M. Witmer, Class of 1967, finished his earthly journey at his home on August 22, 2021, in Oklahoma. He was born in Harrisburg on October 22, 1949 to his late parents, Jeanne M. and Walter C. Witmer. He graduated from Central Dauphin and did a tour in the Navy. Some of you may remember him as an optician at Gwillim Opticians and others may remember him from his work at the Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg. He loved deep sea fishing with his buddies and finally got his wahoo. In Oklahoma, Stephen is survived by his chosen partner of many years, Roxie Sanders Aragon, to whom he was very grateful for making sure he could remain at home to the end, along with his favorite fur baby, Zeus. In Pennsylvania, Stephen is survived by his son, Ty, his brother, Eugene, his sister, Susan Britting, his grandson, Michael, and many friends, including ex-wives Marie and Sharon.
Daniel Lee Edelstein, Class of 1972, died October 4, 2020, off the coast of Montauk, NY after catching his limit with some of his best friends. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Irwin and Elsie Edelstein in the middle of a blizzard on January 19, 1954, he enjoyed many adventures since, most with Mary (Brown) Edelstein whom he married September 30, 1973, and cherished daily, even after her passing. He was a man of quiet but dependable faith who lived it out in service to others. Dan was a deacon and elder of Jersey Shore Presbyterian Church. He worked in Housing & Food Maintenance at Penn State University for 30 years, and a brilliant store of mechanical function and repair left with him. Prior to working at PSU, he also worked at Hunter & Lomison, Lube-Co/ Willard Battery, and Cohick’s Meats.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, target practice, making and setting off fireworks, Bible study with his men’s group, building and repairing mechanical things, grilling delicious food, or driving to eat anywhere within a 100-mile radius. He never wanted to miss an event with or for loved ones and would never say no if someone asked him for help. He lived every day with purpose, love, and joy.
He leaves behind three daughters, Korrie (Robert) Carnes of Jersey Shore, Katharine (Mark) Schall of Jersey Shore, and Brandie (Dan) Conway of Trout Run, as well as six granddaughters, of whom he couldn’t have been prouder. He is also survived by brothers Bob (Ruth) Edelstein, Tom (Kathleen) Edelstein, and sisters Lois Nagel, and Linda (Bill) Tuman, in addition to many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, friends, church, and work families, whom he held dear as he never met a stranger, only friends he hadn’t made yet. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary, his parents, and brother Irwin Edelstein, Jr.
Randy R. Tiday, Class of 1972, age 64, of York Springs passed away on September 12, 2019 at his residence with his family by his side. Born on October 4, 1954 in Bedford, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Russell and June (Murray) Tiday. Randy was a 1972 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. He was retired from IBEW Local Union as an Electrician and a member of the York Springs Foursquare Church. He enjoyed motorcycles, hunting and spending time in the outdoors. Randy is survived by his parents, Russell and June Tiday; his loving wife of 45 years, Sandy; sons Jason (wife Alisha) and Adam, both of Carlisle; brothers Fred (wife Darlene) and Paul (wife Lisa); sister Karen (husband Ron); and grandchildren Logan, Alden, Haven, and Paxton.
Edward Dean Swartz, Class of 1972, age 66, was upgraded to an eternity in first class September 14, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with COVID. No longer having to wait in endless TSA lines, this world traveler can watch over his surviving wife, Olga Swartz, and four children, Edward Jr., Charles, Jamie, and Sasha Swartz in the comforts of heaven, where the temperature is always perfect, and he can watch the Astros whenever he likes. Edward is also leaving his siblings Lori Corliss, Catherine Dalles, Bob Swartz, Doreen Chacon, Sharon Day and Hoyt Stephens, his stepmother, Mary Swartz, grandchildren Rylan, Ehlis, Penelope, Sawyer, Vanessa, and Emma Swartz, as well as a gaggle of in-law children, Haley and Diana Swartz and Ryan Boehme. Edward will be joining his father, Robert "Bobcat" Swartz, and his mother, Bernadette Swartz.
Edward was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 18, 1954. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1972, and later earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He worked for Marathon Oil for his entire professional career of 40 years, starting in accounting and finishing his career in procurement. Edward's job provided him the opportunity to see the world, but most importantly, it provided him the opportunity to meet the love of his life, Olga Swartz.
Edward's days were spent doing fun activities with his family. He enjoyed camping, skiing, reading, researching, spending time with his beloved parrot Harmon and cat Daisy, going to the movies, a good afternoon nap, and of course, watching his favorite sports teams. In retirement, Edward kept busy by working as a clubhouse attendant, where he was able to participate in his local community. Edward was a rock for our family, giving advice and helping family members in so many ways. His gentle spirit, laughing eyes, and kind smile will be missed.
Thomas E. Wise, former CDHS coach, age 62, of Bradenton, Florida passed away unexpectedly on July 22, 2021 in Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Mr. Wise formerly resided in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was born in Washington, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Edgar Bernard Wise and Sallie Elizabeth (Pace) Wise. Tom is survived by his wife, Denise (Moore) Wise also formerly from Harrisburg, PA. One daughter, Lindsay Wikle (Gordon) of Charlotte, NC and three sons; Brent (Kimberly) of Overland Park, KS, Alexander of Orlando, FL and Zachary (Metea) of Harrisburg, PA. Tom was pap-pap to five grandchildren: Camden, Riley, Griffin, Henley and Kellan. Also surviving are his three sisters; Paula Wise, Karen Wilson, and Tanya Wise, and brother; Mark Wise.
Tom was a graduate of Washington High School and Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management where he also played football under the legendary Joe Paterno. Following college Tom was drafted into the NFL by the Philadelphia Eagles. Tom also worked in sales with IBM and Lazy Boy. Tom coached football for the Central Penn Piranhas a semi-pro football team in the early-mid 90’s. He was an assistant football coach for two seasons at Central Dauphin High School in I997 and 1998 under Harrisburg’s notorious coach, George Chaump. Tom was also the defensive coordinator for 13 seasons at Northern High School from 1999-2011. Tom also coached track at Central Dauphin High School from 2002-2008.
Tom was a member of Hope International Ministries and he had a love for the Lord. Tom also enjoyed watching all sports, playing pickleball, riding bike, playing cards, and cooking on his Traeger grill for family and friends.
For those of you who knew Tom, you know that he never met a stranger. His infectious smile, love for life and his sense of humor will be greatly missed.
Miles "Butch" Zimmerman, Class of 1959, passed away on Monday, July 26, 2021 in Roanoke, Alabama. Survivors include his daughter, Cheryl A. Woods of York, PA; two grandsons, Steven Ruck and Cory (Gina) Ruck; and one sister, Carole Ermel (Fred) of Orlando, FL.
Scott A. Miller, Class of 1983, age 55 of Harrisburg, died September 15, 2021 at his home after a long battle with prostate cancer. Scott was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Ronald E. and Carol Miller. He was retired from New England Motor Freight. Scott was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Ronald E. Miller, Jr. Scott is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jill; his son, Cory and wife Kelsie and grandsons Wyatt and Beau. Also his daughter, Valery and her fiance Joseph and granddaughter Harper. The family would like to thank the staff and doctors at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Camp Hill and Hospice of Central PA.
James W. Harr, Class of 1961, age 80, of Dillsburg passed away September 16, 2021, at the Penn State Health Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill. He was born July 17, 1941, in Harrisburg the son of the late John L. Harr, Jr. and Evelyn (White) Harr. Jim was retired from Quaker Oats in Shiremanstown and was the former owner and operator for many years of Harrwood Kennels and Dog Grooming in Dillsburg. He was a member of the Mechanicsburg Club and the Dillsburg American Legion. Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia E. (McCreary) Harr; two brothers, Robert F. Harr, Sr. of Linglestown, Kim J. Harr of Elizabethtown; one sister, Jacqueline L. Harr of Penbrook; seven nieces and five nephews.
Lois Barbara Copeland, Class of 1958, age 80, passed away on September 13, 2021 at Carolyn's House in Harrisburg, PA. Born on April 16, 1941 in Allentown, PA to the late Guy F. and Lillian (Book) Ditto. She was preceded in death by her niece Lori Hiney Johnston. She is survived by her loving sister Gail (Alan) Hiney, niece Lisa Naylor and great nephews Luke and Christoff Naylor; her brother Gary (Dawn) Ditto and nieces Michelle (William) Stockum and Heather (Jason) Reardon, great nieces Lillian Stockum and Isabella Reardon and great nephew Jacob Reardon. Also surviving are Lori's husband David, as well as a step-grandson Benjamin Copeland and his son Dominic of Omaha, NE, as well as many close friends including the Mellett family. Lois's career in trust banking spanned over 50 years. After retiring from Mellon Bank, then Wachovia Bank in Harrisburg, she worked part time at LeTort Trust in Camp Hill. Aside from participating in many United Way campaigns and several charity boards, she was a longtime member of the Estate Planning Council of Central PA. She enjoyed reading, acrylic painting and traveling to visit family and friends.
Niles Maynard Miller, Class of 1963, age 77, of Liverpool, PA went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, August 23, 2021 at Penn State Holy Spirit Medical Center due from complications from Covid-19. He was born May 4, 1944 in Hershey, PA to the late Clinton T. and Florence L. (Watts) Miller.
Niles graduated from Central Dauphin High School. Dating on and off since May of 2004, he married Sharon Rutherford Miller on Sept. 24, 2016. They had just settled in to their “forever home” in April of 2021.
Surviving are his sons, Jeff Miller (Connie) of Summerdale, PA and Scott Miller of Marysville, PA; his step-daughter, Stephanie Russell May (Scott) of Duncannon, PA; a sister, Bonnie Ditty (Gary) of Harrisburg, PA; sister-in-law, Ellen Miller, of Harrisburg, PA; a granddaughter, Kayla Miller, of Marysville, PA; step-granddaughters, Julie Cole and Shelby Curl (Levi) of Florida; grandsons, Steve Himes of Millersburg, PA and Ryan Hill (Emmanvelle) of Virginia; and step-great-grandchildren, Nick, Sadie, Emma, Wyatt, and Hayward, all of Florida, who referred to Niles as their “Happy Pappy.” He also had a great-niece, Sue Haverstock, of Dillsburg, PA, whom he loved like a daughter. Niles also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, wonderful friends and extended family. Niles was preceeded in death by his brother, Wayne Miller; and sisters, Louise Eshleman, Hermione Breckenridge, Ruby Cocklin, Audrey Miller, and Pat Hall.
Niles was a man of great faith who was very active in his church; he also always put others first. He selflessly gave his own time to help others (sometimes at the expense of completing his own tasks and projects). He loved to have picnics and gatherings for family and friends, and he enjoyed any time spent at his son’s cabin. Whether it was just helping out, showing friends around the property, telling stories or hunting, there was always a reason to be in the woods with those he loved. He was an outdoorsman, and he enjoyed playing cards or just sitting and talking with friends and family. He was quite a story teller and he loved to talk (sometimes too much!).
He worked at AM Concrete Associates Corp. with his business partner, Jerry Aldridge. He also worked at Reno Lewis Insurance and then owned/operated Niles Miller Financial Services.
He was a member and Elder of Glenvale Church of God, Marysville, PA. He shared a very special bond and friendship with Larry Hale, pastor of his church. For four years, Niles ran the Knights of the 21st Century, a men’s group within the church, and he also headed the men’s sport group, Fin, Fur and Feather. He was a Crossfire Single Ministries board member for more than ten years before going on to become chairman of the board. Pastor Dave Dormer said, “his leadership was perfect – he got the ministry through some really tough years.” Outside of church, he was a proud NRA member and involved with many other organizations and causes throughout the years.
Evelyn (Lynne) E. Stonesifer, Class of 1960, age 79, of Mechanicsburg, passed away peacefully, on August 24, 2021. Born in Harrisburg, she was the only child of the late Isabelle Stonesifer and Jay Stonesifer. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School and received her bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University. Lynne was a social worker for many years before retiring from the Pennsylvania Department of Securities. She was a very active member of Messiah Lutheran Church, where she participated in the choir and organized programs for children. She is survived by many cousins and friends.
Sandra K. Smith Sheets, Class of 1966, age 73 of Harrisburg, died August 25, 2021 at Hershey Medical Center. Sandy was born in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late David Smith and Daisy Martin. She was a self-employed cosmetologist for many years. She assisted with monitoring Election Day Polls for many years. She was a member of Mt. Laurel Church of God. Sandy is survived by her husband of 55 years, Mel Sheets; her daughters, Jami (Tom) Powell and Tammy Jo Sheets; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; her brother, David (Sherry) Smith.
Robert H. Koller, Sr., Class of 1958, age 84, passed away August 26, 2021 at Masonic Village. He was retired from AMP; was a 32nd degree Master Mason and a member of the Brownstone Lodge, F&AM, Hershey, was a PGTC in the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, member of Harrisburg Consistory and the Capital Area Scottish Rite Club; and was a member of the Lawnton American Legion and the Antique Automobile Club of America-Hershey Region. He was the widower of Barbara (Hopple) Koller. Surviving is his son: Robert H. Koller, Jr. (and wife, Evelyn); one brother: Henry Koller, Jr. (and wife, Vicki); and one step brother: Adam Schenfelt
Richard "Rick" S. Weiser, Class of 1971, age 68, of Enola, PA, passed away Sunday, August 22. He was born on March 25, 1953, to the late Edgar and Shirley Weiser. Rick was happily retired, spending his days roaming his property, enjoying family, cornhole, music, and his beloved Cowboys. Rick is survived by his brother Michael Weiser (Cheryl), and sisters Susan Yanoviak and Donna Miller (Matt). His children Matthew Weiser (Danielle), Kristen Rager (Aaron), Logan Weiser, two grandchildren, Noah and Emma Weiser, several nieces and a nephew.
Karen M. Minchhoff Centini, Class of 1974, age 65, of Lebanon died Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville with her loving family at her side following an accident that occurred on their mountain land in Lycoming County. She was the wife of Michael D. Centini with whom she shared 19 years of marriage.
Born in Harrisburg on August 1, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Geneva Rider Minchhoff. She was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Department of Human Services.
Karen was a 1974 graduate of Central Dauphin High School who had an unwavering faith and was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Annville, where she sang in the choir. She volunteered at Align Life Ministries, formerly Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Center. She had a passion for Country Line Dancing and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and mountain biking, but enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving in addition to her husband are four sons, Gabriel husband of Amy Burrell of Elizabethtown, Nathaniel husband of Nicole Burrell of Jonestown, Wade husband of Danielle Burrell of Annville, David Burrell husband of Margaret Arnesen of Willow Hill, PA, her grandchildren whom she adored, Ethan and Alyssa Gill, Hunter, Tate, Tucker, Nora, and Zoey Burrell, two brothers, Fred husband of Barbara Minchhoff of Millersburg, and Joseph husband of Kathi Minchhoff of Berthoud., CO. She was preceded in death by a brother, Christopher Minchhoff, and two sisters, Paula Minchhoff and Kathy Watts.
Donna M. Bassett, Class of 1966, age 72, of West Hanover Township, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. Born on September 3, 1948 in Harrisburg, PA to the late William and Virginia (Warfield) Pipp. Donna retired as a surgical technician, having worked at the local hospitals here in the Harrisburg area. She had been very involved with the Girl Scouts as a troop leader and camp director.
She enjoyed doing word puzzles, didn’t go a day without watching the Hallmark movie channel and had rescued several greyhounds over the years. She and her husband would travel with their greyhounds to many of the events held for greyhound rescue. Donna was the best Nana and a great listener, even if she didn’t understand the topic, she was willing to listen and learn.
Surviving is her husband, Donald L. Bassett, her 2 daughters, Andrea M. Barton of Harrisburg, Alison M. Nye and her husband, Jason of Dauphin, her brother, Terry L. Pipp of Bushnell, FL, her 3 grandchildren, Branden Barton, Hunter Barton and Emily Nye.
Michael S. Wydra ("Spider"), Class of 1975, age 64, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Harrisburg on August 6, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Wydra and Nancy (Wasson) Wydra and his brother-in-law, Michael Hill. Michael was a 1975 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, was employed by Tracker Boats at Bass Pro and had formerly worked for PP&L. An avid outdoorsman, he was a member of the West Shore Gun Club hunting camp and was a true "River Rat", enjoying summers on the Susquehanna River. Surviving are his sons: William Wydra and Steven Wydra; 2 sisters: Patrice Hill and Elizabeth Whitacre; 5 grandchildren: Chase, Silas, Soren, Skyler and Sylvie; his former wife: Karen Christy; nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Joel Leon Dinger, Class of 1986, age 53, of Bear, DE, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Born in Harrisburg, PA on April 26, 1968, he was a son of the late Leon Joel and Betty June Dinger. Joel graduated from Central Dauphin High School and achieved an Associates of Business Management from Harrisburg Area Community College. He was previously employed by Pathmark, UPS, and Home Depot. Joel spent his later years lovingly caring for his mother. Joel was an avid gardener and reader.
A Harrisburg, PA native, Butch was born on March 15, 1941, the son of Miles B. Zimmerman and Anna Scott Zimmerman. He was a commercial fisherman who lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia for many years before recently relocating to Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Doris Cres Zimmerman.
Sondra Elaine (Davidson) Fertig, Class of 1962, age 77, of Harrisburg, died on July 26, 2021 at home. Born on March 5, 1944, in Harrisburg, Sondra was the only child of the late Theron Vincent Davidson and Dorthea (Rogers) Davidson. She is survived by her husband of almost 54 years, Wayne Barry Fertig and their only son, David Wayne Fertig and his wife Faith Renee (Ginter) Fertig of Newville. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren; Emma Jean Fertig (Fiancé Alex Scheib), Levi Maxwell Fertig, Joshua David Fertig, Seth Michael Fertig, Rebekah Joy Fertig, Samuel Vincent Fertig and Jacob Link Fertig all of Newville, PA. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter Hana Renee Fertig and grandson, Emanuel Stephen Fertig. Sondra graduated from Central Dauphin High School, class of 1962, earned her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Kutztown University and a Master's of Science in Education from Temple University. She retired from the West Shore School District after teaching elementary art for thirty and a half years. A member of Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, she was ordained as a Deacon in 2009 and was an active with their Shawl Ministry, Bread Ministry, Flower Ministry, Women's Retreat Committee, Kitchen Maintenance Cleaning Crew, and was chairman of the Congregational Care Meal Ministry. She was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Education Association, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, Cumberland County Chapter Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Hummingbird Society, Clan Davidson Society (USA) and the Scottish Society of Central Pennsylvania. Sondra was a lifelong democrat, member of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee and served as a volunteer in several past presidential elections. She felt truly blessed to have such a wonderful and loving family and cherished the time they spent together. Sondra enjoyed taking her grandchildren many places including "mystery" trips. She looked forward to attending their sports events and concerts. Sondra was a lover of animals, flowers, and photography.