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Ralph I. Backenstoes, 64, of North Annville Twp., passed away May 3 in his home. Surviving are his wife, Donna E. (Ginder) Backenstoes; daughter, Amy Backenstoes of Palmyra; son, Gregory Backenstoes of Annville; and brother, John (Lori) Backenstoes of Grantville.

Rev. Wallace J. Bieber, 89, resident of The Phoebe Home, Allentown, passed away April 26. He was the widower of Sylvia S. (Seese) Bieber.  Survivors include brother, Richard F. Bieber of Bethlehem; sister, Ruth J. Cressman of Lower Macungie Twp.; nieces and nephews.

James L. Bowers, 84, of Annville, passed away April 27 at the Harrisburg Hospital. He was the widower of Janet M. Binkley Bowers. Surviving are sons, James C. (Helen) Bowers, Sr. of Lebanon and Terry L. (Kathy) Bowers of York; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Patrick O. Bowman, 101, formerly of Mt. Gretna, passed away April 25 at Elmcroft of Lebanon. He was the husband of Dorothy E. Reinthaler Bowman. Also surviving are children, Gail M. (Joseph J.) Lombardo, Lancaster, Scott W. Bowman, Oregon, Ann M. (Joseph) Bering, Jr., Montoursville, John P. (Sharon) Bowman, Akron, Kathleen M. (Richard) Wyerman, Doylestown; grandchildren, Joseph, Patrick, Theresa Bering, Kathryn Murray, Christina Bowman, Max and Ian Wyerman; great-grandchild, Elizabeth Murray; sisters, Grace (Wilmer) Hirschbock, Cleona, Jean Henry, Watsontown; and brother James Bowman, Lebanon.

Warren L. Boyer, 100, of Lebanon, passed away April 28 at Spang Crest Manor. He was the husband of the late Irene Yiengst Boyer.

Peter P. Bracale, Jr., 78, of Lebanon, passed away April 27 at the Harrisburg Hospital. He was the husband of Mary Ann Longenecker Bracale. Also surviving are sons, Gregory Bracale of Lebanon, Michael (Jackie) Bracale of Freedomsburg, and brothers, Frank, Louis, and Phillip.

Albert L. Breit, 96, of Tower City, passed away April 29 at the Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street. He was predeceased by his wife, Lena Knorr Breit. Surviving are nieces, Beth (Dennis) Shive, Regina Raudenbush; nieces and nephews.

Lorraine Diamond, of Lebanon,  passed away April 27. She was the daughter of Doug and Agnes Houtz of Myerstown. Surviving are sons, Nathan Hammer, Gerald Hammer and Sidney Hammer; daughters, Bonita Sponhoune and Tammie Hammer; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and great-great-great-grandchildren.

Jesse R. Dreisbach, 19, of Fredericksburg, passed away April 30 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the son of Todd R. Dreisbach of Jonestown and Michele L. McCurdy Dreisbach of Fredericksburg. Also surviving are sisters, Jenny L. Dreisbach of Pittsburgh, Julie A. Kampmann of Mechanicsburg and Meghan K. Yousefian of Jonestown; paternal grandparents, Glenn & Cheryl Bohr of Auburn and Robert Dreisbach of Pine Grove; maternal grandparents, Robert and Mary McCurdy of Lebanon; niece, Peyton; and nephew, Caiden; his girlfriend, Sierra Neal of Jonestown; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Robert Finkelstein, 90, formerly of Lebanon, passed away April 25 at  Gardens Assisted Living Center in Bellevue, WA. Surviving are sons, Stan and Stuart Finkelstein; daughters-in-law, Stefanie Finkelstein and Jane Funk; grandchildren, Jenifer, Leah, Sam, Olivia, Gabe, Anna and Maggie Finkelstein; in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Geraldine M. Foutz, 87, of Palmyra, passed away April 28 in the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, Harrisburg. Surviving are her husband, Harry F. Foutz; children, James H., (Jean) Foutz and Judith A. (Gregory) Stellmach, all of Palmyra; son-in-law, Harry B. Cloud of Hershey; grandchildren, Christopher Foutz, Andrew Foutz, Heather Moyer, Ashley Stellmach and Michael Cloud; great- grandchildren, Abigail Foutz, Jason Foutz, Sara Foutz and Keaira Haney.

Terry L. Harner, 69, of Spring Glen, passed away April 21 at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey. He is survived by his wife, Wanda R. Moyer Harner; sons, Clint L. Harner, Valley View, and Troy A. Harner, Hegins; grandsons, Zachary Bloch, Joshua Morgan and Nicholas Morgan, all of Valley View; granddaughter, Angel Salada, Tower City; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Larona M. Heim, 75, of Klingerstown, passed away April 28 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. She was the widow of Robert E. "Bob" Heim. Surviving are children, Karen E. (Dennis) Heim, Pitman, Kenneth "Butch" Heim, Klingerstown, and Darlene M. (David "Bucky") Roadcap, Millersburg; sister, Carol Snyder, Klingerstown; grandchildren, Kimberly (Justin) Curtis, Kayla (Jarred)?Geist, Benjamin Heim and Tyler and Marian Heim; niece, Tammy Schreffler; and nephew, Tim Snyder.

Denise C. Heisler, 69, of Hegins, passed away April 26. She is survived by her companion, Larry E. Lucas, Hegins; daughters, Pamela A. (James)?Wetzel, Pitman, Paula J. (Patrick) Lucas, Middletown, DE, and Penny L. (Dennis) Maurer, Hegins; son, Richard A. (Sherry) Heisler, Valley View; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Eugene H. Hepner, Juniata Co., Ronald D. Hepner, Delaware, and Jeffery L. Hepner, Jonesboro, TN; sisters, Patricia Chamberlain, Orlando, FL, and Charlene A. Blair, Jonesboro; nieces and nephews.

Craig Lou Henry, 67, of Auburn, passed away April 27. He was a son of Ralph Henry, Springhill, FL, and the late Lucille Kissinger Henry, and the husband of Dorrine C. Diamond Henry. Also surviving are daughters, Stacey M. (Dean)?Schuster, and Stephanie A. (Jordin) Mitchell; and grandchildren, Cole Lou Schuster and Eva Grace Hein, all of Auburn.

Barbara A. Honicker, 74, of Lake Wynonah, Auburn, passed away April 25 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown, Lehigh Co. She was the widow of William T. Honicker, Sr. Barbara is survived by sister, Janice Miller, Nevada; daughters, Tammy (Val) Cobos, Plano, TX, Michelle Hasenauer, Lake Wynonah; sons, Harold Skip Heffner, Florida, Ronald (Lora) Heffner, Lake Wynonah; grandchildren, Thomas and Michael Gerloff, Harold Heffner and Brianna and Katie Hasenauer; great-grandson, Michael; nieces and nephews. She was the former wife of Thomas Heffner, Florida.

Jean Messersmith Honker, resident of Lourdes-McKeen Retirement Community, West Palm Beach, passed away in Good Samaritan Hospital April 17. She was the daughter of the Rev. Harry E Messersmith and Florence Peiffer Messersmith of Myerstown. Her husband, John T. Honker, preceded her in death. Jean is survived by children, J. Thomas Honker of Delray Beach and Penelope Jean Kuzmenko of West Palm Beach; grandchildren, Krista Keturah Stein of New York City, Justin Brownrigg Stein of Cedar City, UT, John Paul Honker of Miami Beach; nieces and nephews.

Kenneth A. Howard, 78, of Annville passed away April 29 at his residence. He was the husband of Grace L. (Ruhl) Howard. Also surviving are children, Kevin A. (Lisa Marie) Howard, Kelly E. (Lori) Howard, Leslie E. (Dawn) Howard, Less A. (Lisa) Howard;  grandchildren; great-grandchildren;  brothers, Robert, David Jr. and John Howard; sister, Martha Flanigan; nieces and nephews.

Lewis R. Hoy, Sr., 83, of Pine Grove, passed away April 25 at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg. He was the widower of Janet Tobin Hoy. Lewis is survived by sons, Lewis R. Hoy, Jr., Auburn, and Ronald L. Hoyand, Richard A. Hoy, both of Pine Grove; grandchildren, Tracy (Scott) Lang, Auburn, Michael Hoy, Deer Lake, Craig Hoy, Pine Grove, and Shawn Hoy, Camp Hill;  great-grandson, Austin Boyer, Auburn; niece; and nephews.

LeRoy W. Hummel, 88, of Bethel, passed away April 28 at Spang Crest Manor in Lebanon. He is survived by brother, Robert R. Hummel, Bethel;  sister, Shirley M. (Jerry) Yoder, Cornwall; nieces and nephews.

Avion Ja´Mari James, 14-month-old son of Jonathan Michael James and Magdalena Cruz, passed away April 26 at the Good Samaritan Hospital. Also surviving are sister, Alany Rosado; uncles, Jaier Robinson, Jesus Lopez, Carlos Lopez; aunts, Yaniece Chestnut, Nya Chestnut, Jennifer Alicea, Annaluisa Cruz, Mercedez Lopez, Stacey Scheib, Vanessa James, Leanna Lopez; grandmother, Daisy Muniz; grandmother, Marisol Serrano; cousins, Aiden Beyers, Mikayla Cruz, Jayla Cruz, Deandre-Bourjolly, Gelion Suero, Beauty Rivera, Jasmine Muniz, Johnny Muniz, Lylah Bermundez; great-grandmother, Elba Rivera; great-grandparents, Jesus Lopez and Amy Geist; great-aunt, Betsy Muniz; and great-uncle, Johnny Muniz.

Leslie R. "Pepper" Kimmel, 83, of Tower City, passed away May 1 at the Manor of the Susquehanna Village, Millersburg. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan Thompson Kimmel. Surviving are son, Scott B. (Tammy) Kimmel, Elizabethville; daughters, Tracy L. Malick, Linglestown and Tammy Weaver, Tower City; brother, David Kimmel, Valley View; sister, Donna Wetzel, Tennessee; grandchildren, Emily Priar, Andrew Kimmel, Kara Malick-Wetzler and Olivia Klinger; great grandchildren, Kaden Hubler, Avery and Reid Priar; nieces and nephews.

Earl R. Kremer, 87, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away April 25 at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg. He was the widower of M. Gloria Steranko Kremer. Earl is survived by daughter, Louise A. (Joel)?Schickram, Auburn; son, Richard E. (Jane)?Kremer, Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren, Keith (Christine)?Whalen, Shanna (Joseph)?Wertz, Joshua (Nicole) Kremer, Jennifer, Joel and Ashley Schickram; and great-grandchildren, Solomon Bonzi, Cyler Whalen, Brinley Elizabeth Wertz, Zoe Jones and Rylan Dechert.

Lee E. Laudermilch, 80, of Cleona, passed away April 28 in the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. He was the husband of Barbara A. Laudermilch. Also surviving are daughters, Tracie L. (John J.) Fisher of Lebanon, Kelly S. (Thomas C.) Risser of Lebanon; son, David J. (Kimberlee S.) Laudermilch of Annville; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sister, Lucille Hemperly.

Robert L. Lengle, 78, of Annville, passed away April 29 at the Hershey Medical Center. He is survived by children, Lisette (Mark) Castelli of Grantville, Debora (Jake) Spotts of Tennessee and Michael (Jennel) Lengle of Florida; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Philip (Nancy) Lengle and Allen (Pam) Lengle, both of Lebanon; and sister, Louise (William) Chicora of Branchdale, PA.

Richard C. "Cork" Lutz, 68, of Cleona, passed away April 26 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center. Surviving are wife, Kay L. (Houser) Lutz, nieces and nephews.

Eunice R. Marshall, of Halifax, passed away April 27 in Friendly Nursing Home, Pitman. Surviving are her husband, William Marshall; stepson, David (Diana) Marshall of Halifax; sisters, Evelyn Glass of Mobile, AL and Hazel Turner of Birmingham, AL; stepgrandchildren, Ben and Mary; nieces and nephew.

Bessie C. Foster McNeal, formerly of Williamstown, passed away May 1 at Heritage Mill Personal Care Home, Tower City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack McNeal. Bessie is survived by daughters, Jacki Stucki, Hazel Menchinsky and the Rev. Elizabeth McNeal Whitehead; grandchildren, Gwen, Brad, Joe, Johanna, Raymond, Carla, John Thomas, Missy, John and Charlie; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; great-great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Leshko and Hope Mace; nieces and nephews.

Gurney W. McNeal, 89, of Williamstown, passed away April 30. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jane McNeal. Surviving are daughters, Sarah Anne McNeal and Jane Margo (Jim) Klinger.

Natale "Chris" Mercuri, 83, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away April 30 at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Teresa; daughters, Antonette "Tina" Mercuri, Schuylkill Haven, Rosina Mercuri, Pottsville, Natalie (Robert) Gennerella, Orwigsburg, and Mary (Chuck) Rinaldo, Pottsville; son, Domenico P. Mercuri, Pottsville; grandchildren, Terri Lee (Ian) Keck, Christopher (Cassie) Mercuri, Angela (Eric) Hufnagle, Alexandra (Willy) Patrocino, Regina Rinaldo, and Maria (Harry) Luscan; great-grandchildren, Luciano and Gianni Keck, Cambria and Giuliana Mercuri, and Marcus Patrocino; aunt, Loretta; nieces; nephews; cousins; grandnieces and -nephews.

Edward E. "Ernie" Moyer, 88, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away May 1 at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street. He is survived by sisters, Dorothy S. Moyer, Schuylkill Haven, and Sylvia B. Weikel, Cressona; nieces and nephews.

Daniel P. "Pat" Nissley, 87, of Annville, formerly of Manheim, passed away April 22 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was the husband of the late Betty J. Ritter Nissley. Surviving are daughter, Sandra L. Boose of Mount Joy; sister, Dorothy Ann (Robert) Oberholtzer of Cleona; and other relatives.

Timothy T. Peters, 46, of Pine Grove, passed away April 30 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. Surviving are his wife, Alexandra "Lexi" Wolfe Peters, son, Zachary Peters, and daughters, Kayla Peters and Taryn Peters, all of Pine Grove; sister, Valerie (Gary) Johnson, Enola; nieces, Rachel, Myah and Livia; godson, John; and cousins.

Mary S. Ritchie, 92, formerly of Jonestown, passed away May 3 at the Lebanon Good Samaritan Hospital. She was the wife of the late Marshall A. Ritchie. Survived are sons, Marshall G. Ritchie of Reading, Lloyd R. (Ann) Ritchie of Jonestown; daughters, Arlene F. (Joseph) Camasta of Lebanon and Patricia M. (Bruce) Bender of Davidson, NC; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

John S. Rittle, 91, formerly of Annville, passed away April 26 in Cedar Haven Nursing Home, Lebanon. He was the husband of Charlotte J. Teahl Rittle. Also surviving are son, Timothy E. (Sandy) Rittle of Annville; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Edwin Rittle of Boyertown and James Rittle of Myerstown.

Adelaide V. Smith, 79, of Myerstown, passed away April 25 at the M. S. Hershey Medical Center. She was the wife of Richard J. Smith. Also surviving are children, Brian Smith and Nadine Smith Keene; grandchildren, Duncan Smith, Claire Smith, Nicholas Keene, and Sophia Keene; brothers, Michael, and Edward O'Leary; and sisters, Rosemary Keisch, Joan Phaltz, Patricia Siechrist, and Kathleen Gibble.

Elwood L. Smith, 70, of Grantville, passed away April 26 in Select Specialty Hospital, Harrisburg. Surviving are his wife, Pauline D. "Sue" (Longreen) Smith; sons, Rick Smith of Grantville and Glenn Smith of Wexford; siblings, Evelyn Strohm of Palmyra, Patricia Uhrich of Elizabethtown and Gary Smith of Palmyra; and grandchildren, Nicole, Ryan, Chloe, Elena, Grant, and Rachel.

Gary L. Summy, 70, of Palmyra, passed away in his home April 25. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Hope (Heckman) Summy; daughter, Janet E. (John) O'Boyle; son, Robert L. (Amy) Summy; grandchildren; and great-granddaughters.

William Stanton Umberger, 85, of Campton NH, passed away April 28 at his home. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth June Souders Umberger. Surviving are daughters, Barbara M. Hadden of Delran, NJ, and Annette M. (Dan) Holba of Campton, NH; brothers, Charles (Linda) Umberger of Myerstown and Robert Umberger of Fredericksburg; sisters, Helen (Robert) Fetzer of Lebanon and Katherine (Ralph) Adams of Lebanon; grandchildren, Justin (Janet) Hadden, Michele (Eric) Vandenberg, Christina (James) Noyes, Lauren (Matt) Paris, and Kaitlyn Hadden; stepgrandchildren, Adam (Diane) Holba, Taylor Holba, and Casey (Ken) DeJoseph; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Lily, Chase, and William; step-great-grandchildren, Sydney, Alyssa, Layla, and Kenny; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lynn Ross Weaver, 71, of Deer Lake, passed away April 28 at his residence. He was the husband of Lucienne J.J. DeRuyter Weaver. Also surviving are son, Todd Weaver, Mohrsville; daughter, Annette S. (Peter) Mueller, Stillwater, NY; grandchildren, Jordan Mulligan, Cassandra Weaver, Ross Weaver, Mallory Mulligan, Reghan and Landon Weaver; and siblings, Victor Weaver and Carolyn Lysek.

Francis L. "Fritz" Woelfling, 81, of Myerstown, passed away May 1 in the Hershey Medical Center. He was the husband of Cecelia A. (Grill) Woelfling. Also surviving  are sons, Jeffrey P. (Melodye) Woelfling, Steven M. (Ronnie) Woelfling, Mark F. (Kelly) Woelfling; daugher-in-law, Dena Woelfling; and grandchildren, Oliver, Isaac, Hannah, Ryan and Reece.

William A. "Bill" Yakstis, Jr., 70, of Palmyra, passed away April 28 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. He was the husband of Rosie A. Leese Yakstis. Also surviving are daughter, Kimberly Y. (Craig) Price of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Jaclyn Rose and Shaun Michael; nieces and nephews.