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Obituaries

Sharon I. Barnes, 60, formerly of Lebanon, passed away February 2 at Spring Creek Rehab Health Center, Harrisburg. Surviving are mother, Shirley Brouse, aunt, Carole Miller, and uncle, Jay Bahm, all of Lebanon; and uncle, Barry R. Bahm of North Carolina.

Alden George Biely, Jr., 86, passed away February 10 at the Lebanon Valley Home. Surviving are children, Beth (Mark) Wethington, Kay (David) Lerch, Jill (Paul) Dewey and Scott (Julie) Biely; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Harold “Butch” Blankenhorn, 61, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away February 14 at home. He was the husband of Linda Koch Blankenhorn. Butch is also survived by daughter, Tracy Casady, Auburn; son, Terry Blankenhorn, Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren, Cheyanna (Matt), Crystal and Trisha; sisters, Marion Barolet, Faye Potts, Carol Sullivan, Doris Brown, Karen Sylvester and Sharon Koch; brothers, Paul Blankenhorn and Carl Blankenhorn; nieces and nephews.

Darrell Lee Bowers, 78, of Jonestown, passed away February 10 at his home. He is survived by children, Brian Bowers of Daytona Beach, FL, Cheryl George of Grantville, Kyle Bowers of South Carolina, and Corrie Bowers of Shickshinny; brother, Lyle Bowers of Chambersburg; sister, Marjorie (Rich) Bubb of Harrisburg; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Donna A. Cullins, 64, passed away February 15. Survivors include sons, Marcus E. (Sarah E.) Cullins and Matthew J. Cullins; sister, Robin Brown; and grandchildren.

Martha Alice Davies, 89, passed away February 17 in Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. She was the widow of Dr. Robert B. Davies. Surviving are sons, Robert B. (Stacy) Davies of Fleetwood, Steven T. (Carol) Davies of Lebanon; daughters, Robin (Glenn) Wolfe of Shillington, Cynthia Louise Davies of Midlothian, TX; brother, Bruce Snyder of Lebanon; grandchildren, Michelle, Jacquelyn, Kristina, Sean, Kristen, Steven Jr., Kimberly; and great- grandchildren.

Alfred P. Doyle, 91, formerly of Wiconisco, passed away February 12 at Heritage Mills, Tower City. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia T. Ferrell Doyle. Alfred is survived by daughters, Kathleen (Craig) Dunlop and Mary (Steve) Kissinger; sons, Patrick (Susan), Terrence (Valerie), and Timothy (Linda); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother, Bernard; and sister, Margaret Yuslum.

Robert Charles Dunnigan, 54, of Palmyra, passed away at home February 11. He is survived by sisters, Nancy L. (John) Kreider of Lancaster, Margery Oblinger of Springfield, IL, Mary E. (Gilbert) Palmieri of Lancaster; nieces and nephews.

Erma B. Ebersole, 98, passed away February 16 at the Countryside Christian Community where she resided. She is survived by sister, Helen Heagy of Annville; nieces and nephews.

Steven M. Fessler, Sr., 56, of Lebanon, passed away February 10 at his home. He was the son of William Z. Fessler of S. Lebanon Twp. and Shirley Binkley Fessler of Lebanon. Steve is also survived by son, Steven M. (Kelly) Fessler, Jr. of Sinking Spring; daughter, Bobbi S. Stewart of Lebanon; sister, Trisha A., (Ronald) Potts of Lebanon; grandsons, Noah and Isaiah; and niece, Morgan.

Kathleen M. “Sam” Firestone, 74, of Myerstown, passed away February 14 at ManorCare Health Services, Lebanon. She was the wife of Larry P. Firestone. Kathleen is also survived by daughters, Vicki (Bradley) Menzel of Lebanon, Crystal McMinn of Salisbury, NC, Raymie (Craig) Null of Myerstown; sons, David Firestone of Palmyra, Timothy (Janelle) Firestone of Pottsville, Daniel Firestone of Lebanon; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters, Dolly (Russell Sr.) Henning of Fredericksburg, Beatrice Klepper of Jonestown, LuAnn (Charles Sr.) Mengle of Fredericksburg, Linda (Glenn) Moyer of Rehrersburg; nieces and nephews.

Sandra Lee Freed, 68, passed away February 14 in Cedar Haven. She was the wife of Robert Lee Freed. Also surviving are children, Michelle Lee (Daniel L.) Mutek of Fredericksburg, Bryan Lee (Melissa) Freed, Quentin, Travis Lee (Christy) Freed, Lebanon, Richard Lee (Jami M.) Freed, Mt. Joy; and grandchildren, Arianne, Nathan, Katelyn, Isbella, Wyatt, Savannah and Renee.

Eleanor Gilbert, Wiconisco, passed away February 17 at her daughter’s home in Wiconisco.

Edna Beatrice Gordon, 96, of E. Hanover Twp., Dauphin Co., passed away February 15 at the M. S. Hershey Medical Center. She was the widow of Herbert Lee Gordon, Sr. Surviving are son, Herbert Lee Gordon, Jr.; grandsons Anthony and Jonathan; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Lily and Eva; brother, Richard Kreiser; and sister, Shirley Bechtel.

Frederick H. Grun, 93, passed away February 16 at the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home. He is survived by his wife, Janet Hartman Ganter Grun; daughters, Ellen Hunter of Dallas, PA, Emily Grun (John Nasta) of Hershey; their mother, Donna Kaplan; stepchildren, Roberta (Ed) Hoffer of Annville, Allan (Sue) Ganter of Lebanon, Fred (Dawn) Ganter of Tampa; brother, Bill Grun of Doylestown; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Wesley H. Harding, Sr., 74, of Lebanon, passed away February 13 at his home. He was the husband of Barbara M. Melia Harding. Wesley is also survived by sons, Wesley H. (Jennifer) Harding, Jr. of Lebanon and Christopher L. (Erin) Harding of Myerstown; daughter, Laura M. (Bruce) Heilinger of Lebanon; and grandchildren, Emily, Austin, Mary and Nathan.

Hilda Heinly, widow of Robert Heinly.  Surviving are children, Mark, Ruthann, Warren, and Dawn; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Kenneth C. Hepler, 83, of Valley View, passed away February 12 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine D. Hentz Hepler; daughters, Gretchen D. Zerbe, Valley View, and Kelsey C. (Kevin) Fetterolf, Hegins; granddaughters, Melissa (Jeff), Bethany, and Kendra; grandson, Matthew; great-grandson, Tanner; brother, Jack (Irene) Hepler, Gratz; aunt, Marg Ibberson, Tower City; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Romaine “Cookie” L. Hernley, 75, passed away February 12 in Manor Care, Lebanon. Surviving are sisters, Linda J. Meyer, Karen Sue (Thomas R. Sr.) Bender, both of Lebanon; brothers, Randy J. (Jeanene) Meyer, Sr. and John H. (Pamela) Meyer, both of Lebanon; sister-in-law, Sandra Meyer of Lebanon; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews.

Lydia G. High, 96, of Myerstown, passed away February 12 in her home. She was the widow of Ivan H. High. Lydia is survived by children, Eleanor Hoover of Myerstown, Elaine Harbaugh of Lebanon, Lloyd (Lorraine) High, Irvin (Irene) High, and David (Climena) High, all of Myerstown; son-in-law, Walter Martin of Myerstown; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Edith (Melvin) Huber of Myerstown, Mildred (Paul) Martin of Pine Grove.

William J. Hissner, 84, of Lebanon, passed away February 16. Surviving are his wife, Linda; son, William of Lebanon; daughter, Elizabeth Hoover of Lebanon; stepdaughters, Paula Oakes of Boston and Elizabeth Rodriguez of Lititz; grandchildren; stepgrandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Lucius H. Lane, 85, passed away February 13 at the Hershey Medical Center. He is survived by daughters, Michelle (Joseph) Hartman of Lebanon and Laura Lane-Fowler (Quinton) of Graceville, FL; grandchildren, Michael, Emily, Caitlyn, Nicholas, Jason, and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Heather, and Lilly; and his companion, Anna Seibert.

Richard W. Leininger, 82, of Elizabethtown, passed away February 17 at home. He was the widower of Orpha W. (Brandt) Leininger. Richard is survived by daughters, Gwendolyn (Elvin) Gingrich of Lebanon, Denise (David) Kinley of Hershey; sons, Dwayne K. (Gail) Leininger of Middletown and Darryl L. Leininger of Harrisburg; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Bollinger; and brothers, Norman (Kathy) Leininger, Jr. and Glenn (Fay) Leininger.

Gaudencio “Mac” Macalegal, 91, passed away February 11 at the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. He was the husband of the late Elena Gonzales Macalegal. Surviving are daughter, Carmen (Ed) Erickson of Annville; son, Jun (Shirley) Macalegal of La Vergne, TN; grandchildren, Rocky, Carla, Shaun and Nathan; sons in the Philippines; a daughter in Japan; and grandchildren.

Wesley D. Martin, 50, of Lebanon, passed away February 12 at his home. He was the husband of Bonita Z. Martin, and the son of Ruth S. Zimmerman Martin of Lititz and the late Lloyd S. Martin. Wesley is also survived by sons, Stephen M. Martin of Lancaster, Matthew D. (Judith) Martin of Lebanon, Jeremy S. Martin and Kevin M. Martin, both at home, and Nathan W. Martin of Waterloo, NY; daughters, Sara B. and Maria Martin, both at home; brothers, Tim and Jon Martin, both of Lititz, and Mike Martin of Ephrata; and sisters, Wanda Martin, Kathy Wenger and Ann Martin, all of Lititz.

Audery J. (Winters) Matters, 85, of Newmanstown, passed away February 14 in her residence. Surviving are her husband, Charles H. Matters; son, Todd A. (Cheryl) Matters of Limerick; daughter, Kristin A. Matters, Newmanstown; grandsons, Joshua and Jacob; brother, Dale Winters of Myerstown; nieces and nephews.

Robert A. Mettley, 89, passed away February 15 at Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital. He was the husband of E. Louise (Chernich) Mettley. Robert is also survived by son, Robert M. (Linda) Mettley; nieces and nephews. He was the last of his immediate family.

Russell L. “Tuner” Miller, Jr., 81, passed away February 14 in Spang Crest Manor, Lebanon. He was the husband of Wilma A. “Betz” Simmers Miller. Also surviving is daughter, Heidi B. Gerver of Annville.

Mildred W. Moyer, 92, passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital February 11. She was the wife of the late Franklin E. Moyer. Mildred is survived by daughter, Wendy C. Moyer, Bethel; brother, Clarence E. Wagner, Myerstown; nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Wagner.

Tomas Arocho Nieves, 89, of Lebanon, passed away February 15 at Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon.

Elsie M. Neumeister, 86, of Seton Manor, Orwigsburg, formerly of Hegins, passed away February 15 at Seton Manor. She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Neumeister. Surviving are son, James E. (Mary Jean) Neumeister, Hegins; daughter, Betty M. (Joseph) Trabosh, Pottsville; granddaughters, Michelle (Keith) and Valerie (Kyle); great-grandchildren, Dustin, Kennedy and Sawyer; nieces and nephews.

Amos Newswanger, 90, of Providence Place, Pine Grove, passed away February 17 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street. Surviving are his wife, Grace Arlene Gehman Newswanger; sons, Barry (Kathie) Newswanger, Jerry Newswanger, Clair (Debra) Newswanger, all of Pine Grove, and Fred (Megan) Newswanger, Hyde Park, NY; daughter, Linda (Carl) Dreidger, Willow Street; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Anna Ginder, Denver, PA; brother, Robert Newswanger, Farmersville; nieces and nephews.

Paul L. Potts, 79, of Cressona, passed away February 12 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill S. Jackson Street. He was the husband of Jean M. Osman Potts. Paul is also survived by sons, Steven L. Potts (Claire Needham), London, England, and Kevin D. (Carol Ann) Potts, Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren, Gabriel, Chloe, Michael and Ryan; sisters, Carolyn Bolan, Florida, Patricia Connelly, Pittsburgh, and JoAnne Miller, Kulpmont; brother, Jack Potts, Lewistown; mother-in-law, Anna Osman, Mount Carmel; brother-in-law, Robert Osman, Syracuse, NY; sister-in-law, Loretta (John) Zenyuh, Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, NY; nieces and nephews.

Brandi Jo Pucci, 27, of Bloomsburg, formerly of Cressona, passed away Februry 12 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital. She was a daughter of Jodi Pucci Staller, Cressona, and and Dillon (Holly) Stein, Orwigsburg. Also surviving are stepfather, Keith Staller, Schuylkill Haven; sister, Amanda Jo Staller, Cressona; sister, Cheyenne, and brother, Dakota Stein, both of Orwigsburg; grandfather, Arthur J. Pucci, Sr.; grandmother, Judith (Jonathan) Nunnally; grandparents, Steven and Magdeline Sacker; aunt, Jeris (Bruce) Wanzie; uncles, Arthur J. (Lora) Pucci, Jr., James (Shannon) Pucci, Steve Sacker; aunt, Kelly Sacker; and cousins.

Christine M. Reeves, 65, passed away February 13 at Hospice & Community Care, Mt. Joy.

Harold L. “Johnny” Reidler, Sr., 91, of Tremont, formerly of Donaldson, passed away February 12. He was the widower of Emma Harner Reidler. Harold is survived by sons, Harold (Linda) Reidler, Jr., Holden, MO, Randall Reidler, Ashland, John (Danette) Reidler, Pottsville; daughters, Carol (Kenny) Witmer, Inverness, FL, Fontaine Fisher, Pine Grove, Minnie Lucas, Hegins, Deborah (David) Derr, Tower City, and Elizabeth (Luther) Wolff, Tremont; brother, Charles Reidler, Wernersville; sisters, Joan (Harold) Berkheiser, Schuylkill Haven, Janet (Robert) Lengel, Pine Grove, and Claire Coleman, Hegins; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jenny (Henry) Carl, Herndon; nieces and nephews.

Carl R. “Skip” Rumpf, 84, of Pine Grove, passed away February 13 at home. Surviving are his wife, Betty J. Koch Rumpf; daughters, Cindy L. Keller, Lebanon, and Christine K. Hardenstine, Pine Grove; son, Carey C. Rumpf, Downingtown; grandchildren, Kristopher, Rory, Kimberly, Royale, Carly and Madison; sisters, Shirley Lehman and Grace Rumpf, both of Pine Grove; brothers, Robert Rumpf, Minersville, and Paul Rumpf, Pine Grove; nieces and nephews.

Bruce H. Schneck, 73, of Tower City, passed away February 18 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Strohecker Schneck. Surviving are children, Dale (Paula) Schneck, Heckscherville, Angela (Brian) Shuey, Williamstown, and Charlene Bettinger, Pine Grove; brother, Marcus Schneck (Jill Caravan), Hamburg; sister-in-law, Kathy (John) Buffington, Tower City; grandchildren, Nicole, Juliara, Hallie, Cody and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Alehra, John, Joel and Carsyn; nieces and nephews.

Dorothy J. Martin Shepler, 83, passed away February 16 in the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. She is survived by sons, Dale R. (Susan E.) Shepler of Lebanon, and David C. Shepler of Palmyra; daughter, Sandra L. Shepler of Lebanon; siblings, Romaine Rowe of Hummelstown and Clair Martin of Palmyra; grandchildren, Heather (Ryan) and Cody; and great-grandson, Noah.

Frederick E. Wagner, Jr., 56, passed away February 14 in the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He is survived by children, Benjamin, Alexandria and Stephanie; sister, Lori (Robert) Wolfe; brothers, Steven Wagner, Scott (Lisa) Wagner, Chris Wagner; aunts and cousins; and companion, Diane Fields.

Paul R. Whelski, Sr., 77, of Tower City, passed away February 17 at his home. Surviving are his wife, Carol Enders Whelski; children, Cheryl (Kevin) Evans and Paul (Ginny) Whelski, Jr., both of Tower City, Tessa (George) Stauffer, Williamstown, and Missy Walker (Steven Wildman), Enola; grandchildren; sisters, Cecelia Whelski, Susie (Jerry) Killmer, and brother, John (Judy) Whelski, all of Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

Joan Isabelle Witmer, 83, of Tremont, passed away February 16 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street. She is survived her husband, Benjamin Witmer; sons, Benjamin Gary Witmer and George Kevin Witmer, Tremont; brothers, John Mayernick, Little Rock, AR, and Robert Mayernick, Newtown; and sisters, Deloris Barton, Pottsville, and Barbara Mayernick, Tremont.

June Marie Zipp, 59, of Lykens, passed away February 14 at her home. She is survived by daughter, Rachel Michaels, Lykens; son, Roger Michaels, Halifax; grandchildren, Riley and Peyton; brother, Charles Michaels, Williamstown; sisters, Alice Carl, Tower City, and Shirley Houtz, Williamstown; nieces and nephews.

Gerald K. Zook, 93, passed away at the Lebanon VA Medical Center February 2. He was the husband of Bernaldina Zook. Gerald is also survived by sister, Lucille Jurell; nephews, Jan and Kim Jurell; stepchildren, Richard (Anne), Raguel, and Rhyan (Janet); and grandchildren, Decyry Jhoy, RJ, Katrina, Reign and Kenzo.