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Annie A. Batz, 100, of Pine Grove, passed away June 25 in Manor Care, Pottsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Batz. Surviving are sisters, Cora Miller and Emma Wolfe, and brother, Thomas Wolfe, all of Pine Grove; nieces and nephews.

John Samuel Bicksler, 93, of Mechanicsburg, passed away June 22 at Messiah Lifeways, Mechanicsburg. He was the husband of the late Elva Mae Smeltzer Bicksler. John is survived by daughter, Lois A. (Lloyd Jr.) Melhorn, Manheim; son, Dale R. (Harriet) Bicksler, Mechanicsburg; son, Dennis R. (Tina M.) Bicksler, Lititz; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Dennis E. Blauch, 61, of Palmyra, passed away June at his home. Surviving are his wife, Deborah L. (Moore) Blauch; children, Bethanie (Gene) Stevenson of Frackville, and Brandon Blauch (Amanda Powell) of New Cumberland; grandchildren, Aria, Noah, and Lily Stevenson, and Nora Blauch; sisters, Donna (Carroll) Rodgers, and Deann (Matthew) Silks, both of Palmyra; and nephews, Jeffrey Rodgers and Draven Silks.

Anna Bowers, 86, of Cressona, passed away June 27 at home. She was the widow of Ralph C. Bowers. Anna is survived by sons, Ralph C. (Jane) Bowers, and Robert J. Bowers, both of Cressona; daughter, Kathy A. Thompson, Pottsville; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and brother, Fred Maskerines, Pottsville.

Emma L. Brazke, 86, of Myerstown, passed away June 25 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. She was the widow of Robert L. Brazke. Emma is survived by daughters, Mary Martin of Severn, MD, Doris (Andy) Keeton of Chester, VA, Cathy (Arthur) Gibson of Baltimore, MD, Frances (William) Binette of Beauford, SC; sons, Donald Humphrey of Perry Point, MD, Martin Humphrey of Cantonsville, MD, and David Brazke of Myerstown; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth A. Chaback, 87, of Lebanon, passed away June 25. She was the wife of Bernard E. Chaback. Also surviving are children, Camille (William) Esbenshade, Mark Chaback, Claudia Chaback and Bernard J. Chaback; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Rita Astary; nieces and nephews.

Lisa Ann Clements, 27, of Lebanon, passed away June 22. She was the daughter of Scott and Shirley (Kozluskey) Clements. Lisa is also survived by sister, Lori (David) Lorditch of North Wales, PA; brother, Brian of Fayetteville, NC; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Lowell Thomas Ditzler, 81, of Colley, PA, passed away June 24 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. He was the widower of Marguerite "Peggy" Tironie Ditzler. Survivors include sons, David Lowell and Drew Thomas Ditzler of Colley; daughter, Darlene (James) Price of Fredericksburg; brother, Pierce (Shirley) Ditzler of Jonestown; sister, Sandra Fulmer of Cleona; sisters-in-law, Cecelia Tiro of Hughesville and Ruth Alice Hunter of Florida; grandsons, Thomas James and Travis Lowell Price, both of Fredericksburg; great-granddaughters, Sara Elizabeth and Amelia Grace Price of Lebanon County; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Allen H. Dohner, 84, of Palmyra, passed away June 24 at home.  Surviving are his wife, Shirley A. (Bachman) Dohner; children, Jeffrey, Stacy, and Lisa; and grandchildren.

Michael V. Eiceman, 72, of Millcreek Twp., passed away June 23 at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He was the husband of Arlene L. (Harnish) Eiceman. Also surviving are daughters, Kelly L. (Bernard) Harms, and Jodi K. (Pete) Eisenhauer; grandchildren, Michael, Nicholas, Colin, Peter, Ramsey and Leah; sisters, Dawn A. (Lou) North, and Bobbi Ann (Mike) Brown; and niece, Stephanie (Aaron) Barr and her sons.

George O. Fairburn, 73, of Williams-town, passed away June 26 in Millersburg. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Bamberger Fairburn; children, George Jr., Tony, Kevin and Amber; sister, Arlene Smith; and grandchildren.

Elva M. Guertler, 97, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away June 20 at her residence. She was the widow of Franklin W. Guertler. Elva is survived by daughter, Linda Guertler, Schuylkill Haven; sister, Elizabeth F. "Libby" Palmer, Arizona; cousins; nieces and nephews.

Fred Eshelman Haldeman, 79, of Englishtown, NJ, passed away June 24 in the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. He was predeceased by his wife, Lenora Jane (Shenk) Haldeman. Fred is survived by daughters, Debra (Lonnie) Smith of Hopatcong, NJ, and Beth Haldeman of Marlboro, NJ; sons, Jonathan (Maureen) Haldeman of Little Silver, NJ, Jason Haldeman of Marlboro, NJ, Joel Haldeman of Hershey and Byrne (Jacqueline) Haldeman of Brick, NJ;  grandson, Jonathan Haldeman; and siblings, Judith Andreica of Grants, NM, Gern Haldeman of Hummelstown, John Haldeman of Manheim, and William Haldeman of Hershey.

Max E. Hauck, 82, of Hummelstown, passed away June 23 at Spang Crest Manor nursing home. He was the husband of Patricia Cash Hauck. Also surviving are sons, Max D. (Wendy) Hauck and Mark T. (Barbara) Hauck, both of Hummelstown, and Michael D. (Michelle) Hauck of Tampa, FL; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

E. Scott Heckard, 65, of Annapolis, MD, formerly of Mt. Gretna, passed away June 17 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland. He was the husband of Christina Uhlig Heckard. Scott  is also survived by brothers, Barry (Judy) Heckard of Lebanon, and Dennis (Barbara) Heckard of Sequim, WA; nieces and nephews, Nicole Uhlig Porter of Mechanicsburg, Denise Heckard Stewart of Rockledge, FL, Kassey Heckard O'Neill of Philadelpia, Molly Heckard of County Monaghan, Ireland, Peter Uhlig, Jr. of Lebanon, and Nicholas Heckard of Kingston, WA.

Leon C. "Link" Hepler, 89, of Pitman, passed away June 21 at home. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Herring Hepler. Also surviving are sons, James (Rachel) Hepler, Pitman, and Thomas G. Hepler, San Diego, CA; sister, Grace Hoch; grandchildren, Jesse J. Hepler, Josh L. Hepler and Sally J. Shope; and great-grandchildren, Hannah, Ellie and Luke Hepler.

Carl F. Himmelberger, 87, of Hershey, passed away June 26 in the Tremont Health & Rehabilitation Center. Surviving are his wife, Kathryn E. "Kemmy" Himmelberger; sons, Kirk L. (Pam) Himmelberger of Clermont, FL, and Randy J. (Cindy) Himmelberger of Lebanon; daughters, Carla K. (Daniel) Hess of Hershey and Wendy L. (Ralph) Carfagno of Hummelstown; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Norma) Himmelberger of Sinking Springs; sisters, Mary Downey and Ruth Lewars, both of Reading; nieces and nephews.

Clair R. Hinkle, 76, of Lebanon, passed away June 21 at home. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Ruhl) Hinkle. Clair is also survived by sons, Clair R., Jr. (Susan), Barry L., and Keith (Darlene); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters, June Seik and Aileen Kulp; brother, Dennis Hinkle; nieces and nephews.

JoAnn M. Hoke, 79, of Tower City, passed away June 28 at Harrisburg Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hoke. Surviving are children, Debra A. (Joel) Williams, Wiconisco, and John B. (Beverly) Hoke, Tower City; grandchildren, Heather Klinger, Michael Houtz, and Serenity and Sierra Hoke; great-grandchildren; and sister, Lorraine Jones of Texas.

Marilyn A. (Reinoehl) Hummel, 92, of Lebanon, passed away June 20 at Cedar Haven Healthcare Center, Lebanon. She was the widow of Richard J. Hummel. Surviving are children, Thomas D. (Anne) Hummel of Orlando, FL; Marilyn R. (Richard) Zuza, Kansas City, MO; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Mary Hummel; and son-in-law, Thomas Ambler.

David B. Keller, 60, of Lebanon, passed away June 23 at his residence. He is survived by brother, Jeffrey E. Keller; sister, Cynthia A. (Fred) Waybright; uncle, Donald Griffith; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Yvonne C. Kessler, 77, of Lebanon, passed away June 20 at home. She is survived by daughter, Johanna Kessler; brother, Kenneth (Gillian) Arnick; sisters, Dorothea (George) Arnold, Patricia (Jack) Bixler, Joan Arnick, and Virginia (James) Shirk; sisters-in-law, Shirley and Rosemary Arnick; nieces and nephews.

Janet Kleinfelter, of Schaefferstown. She is survived by daughters, Patricia Ann (John) Putprush; Stephanie Kleinfelter; Lynn Marie (Christopher) Brown; son, Justin (Christine) Kleinfelter; grandchildren, Courtney and Madison; sister, Mary "Peg" Smith; brother, George Krall; nieces and nephews; and her former husband, Ralph Kleinfelter.

Charles R. Kroh, 57, of Donaldson, passed away June 26 at his residence. He was a son of Irene Gehres Kroh and the late Merlin R. Kroh. Also surviving are brother, Merlin A. (Jeanie) Kroh; and nephews, Casey (Nichol) Kroh, and Dustin Minnich.

George W. Lindsey, 69, of Lebanon, passed away June 24 at the Lebanon Good Samaritan Hospital. He was the husband of Frances K. (Kulikosky) Lindsey. In addition to his wife, George is survived by son, William S. Lindsey of Lebanon; daughter, Racheal E. Lindsey of Manheim; sisters, Linda Jeske of Dumont, CO, and Jeanette Schneider of Hampton, GA.

Edward C. Lineaweaver, Sr., 62, of Havertown, formerly of Lebanon, passed away June 11. He is survived by son, Edward C. (Lauren) Lineaweaver; grandchildren; brother, Thomas of Myerstown; and sister, Faye (Earl) Buffenmeyer of Lebanon.

Judith Faye Lowe, 71, wife of Gary Lowe, Sr., of Lebanon, passed away June 20. She is survived by daughters, Tina (Bob) Leininger of Lebanon, and Patty Snyder of Lebanon; son, Gary (Rose) Snyder; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

R. Kenneth Meyer, 50, of Lebanon, passed away June 27 in the Good Samaritan Hospital. He was the son of Robert S. Meyer of Lebanon and the late Mae L. Swartswelder Meyer. Also surviving are stepmother, Edith M. Lutz Meyer of Lebanon; brothers, Jeff of North Carolina, Paul of South Carolina, Steve of Shamokin; sisters, Susan Nickleson of Cambridge, IL, Melody Bricker of Elizabethtown, Barbara Mack of Ono; half-sister, Tiki of Colorado; stepbrothers, Michael G. Moyer of Lebanon, Gordon G. Moyer of Jonestown; nieces; nephews; greatnieces; great-nephews; and companion, Christine Miller of Lebanon.

Russell H. Mills, 82, of Lebanon, passed away June 27 at home. Surviving are daughters, Iris J. Stanfield, Gail L. (Gary S.) Williamson; sister, Christine Mills; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by wife, Beverly (Miller) Mills.

Pearl Anna Monahan, 89, of Elizabethtown, passed away June 26 at Masonic Village. Surviving are brother, Elmer (Darlene) Monahan of Elizabethtown; sisters, Florence McKnight of Elizabethtown and Ruth Mallanson of Grantville; nephews, Ronald (Judy) Monahan, Donald (Michelle) McKnight, and Bruce (Kathi) McKnight; nieces, Connie Hayden, Karen (Ken) Reigle, Diane (Jack) Ruggles, and Susie (Scott) Miller; great-nieces and -nephews; great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Darlene F. Moyer, 61, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away June 26 at home. She was the wife of John J. Moyer. Darlene is also survived by daughters, Sandra Moyer (Bryan) Heck, and Michelle Moyer Bailey, both of Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren, Alexandria M. Moyer (Robert) Donton, Colorado Springs, CO, Johnny David Bailey and Brandon Bailey, both of Grovetown; sisters, Linda (Pete) Shellong, Schuylkill Haven, and Kay Ann (Warren) Rohrbach, Summit Station; and brother, Charles (Alice) Kocher, Jr., Springfield, OH.

Mervin M. “Smiley” Moyer, 83, of Pottsville, formerly of Pine Grove, passed away June 24 at the Schuylkill Center, Pottsville. Surviving are his wife, Joan Kohr Moyer; sons, Gary Moyer, Friedensburg, and Eugene "Dude" (Sharon) Moyer, Pine Grove; daughters, Brenda Aungst, Kutztown, and Holly Moyer, Pine Grove; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth (Robert) Beuchler, Pottsville.

Thomas R. Mulholland, 83, of Lebanon Co., passed away June 24 in Lebanon VA Medical Center. He was the husband of Miriam L. (Kerstetter) Mulholland. Also surviving are sons, Richard T. Mulholland of Lebanon, and Steven L. (Bonnie) Mulholland of Grantville; daughter, Tina Marie Huth of Mechanicsburg; grandchildren, Steven, Christopher, Sage, and Donnie; great-grandchildren, Colette, Katlyn, Jordan, Layne, and Macy; and brother, Dennis (Diane) Mulholland of Temple.

June A. Peiffer, 88, of Myerstown, passed away June 22 at Juniper Village, Lebanon. She was the wife of the late Harold C. Peiffer. June is survived by sons Tim (Lori) Peiffer of Bangor, and John Peiffer of Lakewood, CO; daughters, Karen (Ron) Nee of Milford, DE, Phyllis Shanfelder of Mt. Gretna, and Donna (Joel) Clauser of Lebanon; sister, Brenda Heisler of Tamaqua; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dorothy A. Pinkerton, 72, of Lykens, passed away June 21 at home. She was preceded in death by three husbands, Joseph Wingert, James Pinkerton and Eugene Bohner. Surviving are son, Jay (Sharon) Wingert, and daughter, Jackie (Wayne) O'Neill, both of Lykens; daughter-in-law, Melonie Wingert, Dalmatia; stepson, David (Vanessa) Bohner, Harrisburg; stepdaughter, Heidi (Spencer) Greider, Klingerstown; sisters, Donna (Greg) Koons, Lykens, and Debra (Donald) Hughes, Tower City; brother, Gordon (Carol) Deiter. Jr., Hershey; grandchildren including Emily Wingert and Logan O'Neill; nieces and nephews.

Matthew C. Pritchard, Sr., 55, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away June 22. He is survived by sons, Matthew Jr. and Casey; brothers, Timothy and Thomas; and former wife, Mary Lou Leibensperger.

Donald V. Retter, 88, formerly of Montgomery Co., passed away June 22 in Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was the husband of the late Ruth L. (Butterworth) Rettera. Donald is survived by nieces and nephews.

Anna L. Rupp, 80, of Lebanon, passed away June 20 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. She is survived by daughter, Melissa (Luther Jr.) Furman, Lebanon; grandchildren, Rebecca Furman, Hummelstown, Anthony Furman, Lebanon; great-grandchild, Kayden Long, Hummelstown; sisters, Raeanna Rupp, Orwigsburg, Elevena Riegel, Pine Grove; and sister-in-law, Arlene Reigle, Lebanon.

Pearl R. Russelavage, 84, of Tower City, passed away June 26 at her home. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter "Cotton" Russelavage. Surviving are son, Randy (Dawn) Russelavage, Tower City; brother, Frank Minnich, Manheim; nieces and nephews.

Dene R. Snyder, 71, of Myerstown, formerly of Millbach, passed away June 25 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was the husband of Peggy A. (Brunner) Snyder. Dene is survived by daughter, Jennifer Snyder of Myerstown; sons, Stephen, husband of Elisha Chappel of Lebanon, and Daniel Uffner of Lebanon; grandchildren, Destinee, Dylanie, Raiden, and Faith; great-granddaughter, Addisyn; brother, David (Faye) Snyder of Newmanstown; nieces and nephews.

Julia Starinsky, 89, of Schuylkill Haven, formerly of Pottsville, passed away June 26 at Seton Manor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Starinsky. Julia is survived by children, Theodore “Bud” (Barbara) Starinsky, Pottsville, Christine Mullins, Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters, Catherine Bagdonis, New Philadelphia, and Betty Verbosh, Duncott; nieces and nephews.

Hermann Tartler, 82, of Chambers Hill, passed away June 22 at his home.  He is survived by his wife, Margarete Stabs Tartler; daughters, Karin M. Tartler of Pasadena, MD, and Lori A. (Michael D.) Graham of Harrisburg; siblings, Heinrich Tartler, and Hermine Zsold, both of Germany; granddaughters, Katie S. Graham of Harrisburg, and Andrea D. (Daniel R.) Sloan of Etters; and great-grandchildren, Sydney D., Samantha M., Sophia D., and Nicholas E. Sloan, all of Etters.

Dr. Everett E. Wilson, DO, 96, of Myerstown, passed away June 23 at Cedar Haven, Lebanon. He was the widower of Hazel Virginia (Moyer) Wilson. Surviving are son, Dr. Everett Jan (Eileen Wilson) of Brookville, OH; daughter, Laura (Rev. Keith) Shearer of Myerstown; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Bruce J. Zimmerman, 79, of Tremont, passed away June 26.

George C. Zimmerman, 72, of Pitman, passed away June 26 at Green Valley Nursing Home, Pitman. He is survived by brother, Russell Zimmerman, Pitman; brother-in-law, Guy Heim, Pitman; nieces and nephews.