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William C. Anns, 86, of Minersville, passed away Thursday at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street. He was the widower of Helen Belas Anns. William is survived by a niece, Diane, wife of Les Blankenhorn, Pottsville; a sister-in-law, June Belas, Minersville; nieces and nephews.

James E. 'Jim' Batz, 78, passed away October 14 in the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. Surviving are daughters, Mary C. Mossburg of Baltimore, Md., Christine M. Batz of Lebanon, Tammy L. Batz of Annville; grandchildren, Kelly Sue, Jessie, Kiet, Sean, Ronnie, James, Christie; great-grand children Riana, Taion, Zoey, Zander, Haley, Zachary, Logan, Kalen; and brothers, Jack Batz of Lititz, Leo Batz of Cleona, Joseph Batz of Rhode Island, William Batz of Florida, Tom Batz of New Jersey, Dave Batz of Massachusetts, and Cyril Batz of Ohio.

Grover 'Uncle Bo' Cleveland Baugher, Jr., 92, passed away October 24 at St Joseph’s Hospital, Reading.  He was the husband of the late Ruth (Miller) Baugher. Surviving are children, Salome Baugher of Staunton, Va., Jonathan and Sherry (Bollinger) of McAllisterville, Philip and Norma (Troyer) of Myerstown, Miriam and Herman Mast of Free Union, Va., and Stephen and Cheryl (Weaver) of Lebanon; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Martha A. Bennetch, 84, Newmanstown, passed away October 23 in her home. She was the wife of the late J. Henry Bennetch. Surviving are children, Rebecca Floyd and her husband, Philip of Aliquippa, John Bennetch and wife, Debra of Grottoes, Va., Jean Rowe and husband, Eddie of Myerstown, Lydia Dierwechter and husband, John of Newmanstown, and James Bennetch and wife, Dot of Lebanon; grandchildren; greatgrandchildren; sister, Ruth Sonnen; brothers, Luke Mock and wife, Lois, Donald Mock and wife, Anita, and John Mock and wife, Pat.

Richard C. 'Rocky' Books II, 61, Lebanon, passed away October 21 in his residence. He is survived by sons, Jason M. Books of Watsontown, and Richard C. Books, III and wife, Kathy of Lebanon; granddaughter, Gabrielle Fay Books; sister, Susan Jones and husband, Ranny of Virginia; and nephews, Benjamin and Shawn Connatser.

Gaetan Joseph Boutet, 63, passed away October 19 at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

Evelyn B. Bowman, 84, Annville, passed away October 20 at home. She was the widow of Robert L. Bowman. Surviving are her children, Gary L. Bowman of Hummelstown, Vickie, wife of Peter Bonds of Annville, and David L. Bowman of Harrisburg; grandchildren, Joshua Bowman, Kortni Bowman, and Karina Bonds; and great-grandsons.

Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. John R. Buffington, 71, of Minersville, passed away Saturday at home. He was a son of Elizabeth Weismiller Buffington, Minersville, and the late William Buffington Sr. Surviving are his wife, the former Shelby Trent; daughters, Beth Martin and her husband, retired Coast Guard CWO4 Brandt Martin, Slidell, La., and Catherine Buffington and her husband, Don Badrak, University Park, Md.; grandchildren, Natalie and Noah Martin, and Trent, Audrey and Sam Badrak; a brother, James Buffington and his wife, Jean, Saint Clair; a sister, Mary Lou Bainbridge and her husband, Fred, Minersville; a sister-in-law, Bernadette Buffington, Llewellyn; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.

Kenneth A. Cormack, 82, passed away  October 22. He was the husband of Constance J. (Pim) Cormack; father of Catherine Ugarte and Michael Cormack; and grandfather of five.

Elgarda F. 'Ellie' Daubert, 98, passed away October 22 at StoneRidge Retirement. Surviving are son, Richard A., spouse of Carol J. Daubert of Lebanon; grandchildren, Daryl Daubert, Dustin, spouse of Sheri Daubert, Justin Daubert, Eric Daubert, and Rebecca Daubert; greatgrandchildren, Casey Daubert, Connor Daubert, Wyatt Daubert, and Vaughn Daubert; daughterin- law, Barbara; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Lester A. Daubert.

Anna "Ann" Dean, 90, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Tuesday at ManorCare Health Services, Sinking Spring. She was the widow of Harry Dean Sr. Anna is survived by children, Harry Dean Jr., husband of Linda, Bernville, and Ruthann Seemans, wife of David, Smyrna, Del.; grandchildren, Ryan Dean, David Seemans, husband of Terri, and Dale Seemans, husband of Colleen; great-grandchildren, Parker Dean and Dean, Claudia and Savannah Seemans; and two sisters, Marion Bobenko, Baltimore, and Helen Johns, Texas.

Kenneth Charles "Drum" Deitrich, 84, of Klingerstown, passed away Friday at his home. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Mae Kahler Deitrich; sisters, Ruby Zerbe, Wis., and Orpha Troutman, Hegins; a brother, Kermit Deitrich, Pitman; nieces and nephews.

Kierra Dove, infant daughter of Emily Brock and Derrick Dove, passed away  October 20 at the Good Samaritan Hospital.

Rachel Lena Eberly, 74, Myerstown, passed away October 24 from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Jackson Township. She was the wife of Mark B. Eberly. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are sons, M. Dale Eberly and wife, Ann L. of Bernville, Steven N. Eberly and wife, Marie E. of Richland, Donald A. Eberly and wife, Ella F. of Myerstown, and Thomas D. Eberly and wife, Dana M. of Lebanon; grandchildren; greatgrandchildren; sisters, Martha Deibert, Mary Leymister, and Betty Frantz; and brothers, Daniel Noecker, Sr. and Thomas Noecker.

Robert K. Flentge, 53, Cleona, passed away October 19. He was the husband of Ruthann Flentge. He is survived by his wife Ruthann; and son Phoenix who live in Cleona; and a sister, Ginny Crolla, wife of Gary Crolla of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Honorable John H. 'Jack' Hartman, 71, Cleona, passed away October 22 at his residence. He was the husband of the late Jean L. Zartman Hartman. Surviving are a son, John H. Hartman of Cleona; a daughter, Jody H. and husband, Matthew Bennett of Palmyra; a granddaughter, Abigail Jean Bennett; and sisters-in- law and their families, Shirley Hartman, Judith Nachison, and Cynthia Moser.

Debra L. Herman, 61, of Lebanon, passed away October 20 at her home. She was the wife of David D. Herman and she was the daughter of Ernest J. Wetzel of Lebanon and the late Elsie Jane.  In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by her son David D. husband of Jaime Herman of Fredericksburg; daughter Amber M. wife of Eric Gassert of Lebanon; grandsons Andrew and Ian; brothers David L. Wetzel and Eric J. Wetzel both of Lebanon.

Brittany Rose Bossinger Hester, 22, and Lyndon Anthony Hester, 25, of Commerce, passed away October 18 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Brittany was a daughter of Nicholas Alexander Taraschi and Tammy Bivens Titus. They are survived by their children, Justen Brantley Hester and Jaycee Rose Hester both of Commerce. Brittany’s survivors include her father and stepmother, Nicholas A. & Shelby Taraschi of Myerstown; mother and stepfather, Tammy Bivens Titus & Derek Titus of Palmyra; brothers, Ian Taraschi of Myerstown, Joshua Bivens and Dustin Bossinger of Palmyra; sister, Bayleigh Titus of Palmyra; grandparents, Gary & Anna Gettler of Myerstown, Shirley Bivens of Grantville, Angelika Empter-Ginnetto of Palmyra, and Beth A. Titus of Harrisburg. Lyndon’s survivors include his parents, Steven & Melissa Bell Hester of Baldwin; brothers, Ryan Duchaine (Danielle) of Bethlehem, Ga., Stephen Alexander Hester of Kennesaw and Sean Christian Hester of Baldwin; grandparents, James & Joann Bice Bell of Mt. Airy and Bob & Kathleen, North Hester of Lilburn.

Jeanette M. Kamaster, 88, passed away October 20 at Linden Village. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony E. Kamaster. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly and husband, Ronald Natale of Lebanon; granddaughters, Shannon Gilbert and Traci Flynn; greatgranddaughters, Samantha and Tabitha Gilbert; and a sister, Lorraine Price of Lebanon.

Luther H. Koehler, 95, Avon, passed away October 21 at his home. Surviving are a daughter Janice F. Koehler, Avon; son Roger J. spouse of Barbara Koehler, Holly Hill, FL; cousin, Dorothy Gill. He was preceded in death by wife L. Koehler nee Stager.

Ronald A. Krall, Jr., 50, passed away October 25 at his home in Annville. He was the son of Ronald A. and Patricia Seyfert Krall, Sr. of Annville. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Karen Y. wife of David Casciotti of Annville, and Regina K. wife of Edward Gliot of Falls Church, Va. nieces and nephew, Allison A. Gliot, Rachel P. Casciotti, Kathryn M. Gliot, Melissa G. Casciotti, Jessica L. Gliot and Dominic J. Casciotti; his maternal grandfather, Richard A. Seyfert, Sr. of Lebanon; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

John W. 'Jack' Lawrence, 92, Lebanon, passed away October 24 in his residence. He was the husband of Claudia Kleinfelter Lawrence. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Melinda, wife of Gary Tharp of Coal Twp., Janet, wife of Thomas Mogren of Oswego, N.Y., Joni, wife of Scott Lefever of Lititz, Jeff Lawrence and wife, Terri of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Rod Ilgenfritz of Lebanon, and Rene Ilgenfritz of Lebanon; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Marion Maxine Loiry Lewis, 91, formerly of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Friday at Luther Ridge, where she had been a resident. She was the wife of the late John Shone Lewis Sr. Surviving are children, Stephanie Mazzei, wife of Chuck, New Brighton, John Jr., husband of Patricia, Lancaster, James, Schuylkill Haven, Kate Kissinger, wife of Wayne, Benicia, Calif., Jeffrey, husband of Judy, Buck Run, and Patricia Bayliff, wife of Kevin; Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren, Samuel and wife, Tammy, Christina and husband, Essex, Zachary, Joshua, Emily and husband, JR, Peter and wife, Laura, Benjamin and fiancee, Jen, Nicholas, Susannah, Erin, Aimee, John Austin and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Brynn, Cade, Alexandra, Anastasia, Aidan, London, Landon, Quinn, Avery, Griffin, Torren and Eve; a great-great-grandchild, Mya; and sister, Lois Joanne, Texas.

Fern C. Lozado, 73, passed away at Cedar Haven on October 25. She was the wife of Pedro Lozada.  Surviving, in addition to her husband, are sons, Calvin 'Petey' Lozada, and Robert Lozada and his wife, Zoraida, and daughters, Leah, wife of Eusebio Arroyo, Belinda Lozada, wife of Edward Wagner, and Fern, wife of Antonio Rosario, all from Lebanon; sisters, Kaye, wife of Juaquin Tirado of Cleona, and Ruth Rakes of Newport Richie, Fla.; grandchildren; and greatgrandchildren.

Arlene I. Lucas, 80, of Pine Grove, passed away Saturday at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Eugene Guella and Lewis Lucas. Surviving are a son, Stephen Smith and his wife, Cora, South Carolina; brothers, Eugene, Albert and Thomas Maidenford, all of Pine Grove; a sister, Dorothy Wesner, Colorado; nieces and nephews.

Edward William Mathews, Sr., 97, Palmyra, passed away in his home October 18. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn E. (Hammer) Mathews. In addition to his wife and her children, and their families, he is survived by a son, Edward W. Mathews, Jr.; daughters, Virginia L. Kurzinsky, Deborah A. Wright, and Barbara S. Snyder; grandchildren; and greatgrandchildren.

Harry F. Melcher, 84, passed away October 20 in Twin Oaks Nursing Center, Campbelltown. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Detweiler) Melcher. Surviving is a stepson, David G. Pickett of Myerstown; sister-in-law, Mary L. Erdman of Hershey; granddaughters, Jen Pickett, Melissa Evans, Sara Pickett and Jennifer Pickett; and greatgrandchildren.

Daniel B. Miller, 87, of Williamstown, passed away Wednesday at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriette Horowitz Miller. Surviving are daughters, Judy Frymer, New Jersey, and Donna Beers, California; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Marc C. Nespeca Jr., 19, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Monday in West Brunswick Township. He was a son of Marc Nespeca Sr. and Tammy DeWitt, both of Schuylkill Haven. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his maternal grandfather, Herbert DeWitt, Tamaqua; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Howard M. Neuin, 91, passed away October 19 at the Lebanon Good Sam aritan Hospital. He was the husband of Sallie A. Patrick Neuin. In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughter Rebecca A. Neuin and her fiancMatthew Rankin of Jonestown; sons, Dennis Neuin of Jonestown and Howard Neuin; granddaughter Lillian; nephews Russell (Gale) Earhart of Middletown and Larry (Faye) Earhart of Annville; and several other nieces and nephews.

Kenneth J. Nornhold, 72, Hummelstown, passed away October 21 in the M.S. Hershey Medic a l Center. He is survived by his wife, Marcia A. (Miller) Nornhold; daughter, Denise K. Nornhold and fiance Michael Begler; sisters, Janet Pellegrini and Shirley Gould and husband James; a brother-in-law, Gary Miller and wife Ramona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

William F. O’Donnell, 94, passed away October 24 at the Lebanon VA Medic a l Center, Hospice Ward. William was the husband of the late E. Adelene “Addie” (Stains) O’Donnell. Surviving are children: M. Suzanne, wife of Stephen J. Andrews, Jr.; William F. Jr., husband of Janet O’Donnell; E. Adelene, wife of Thomas M. Kaley, Sr.; John S. husband of Maureen O’Donnell; Timothy, husband of Ellen O’-Donnell; Brian T., husband of Jean O’Donnell; James P. , husband of Andrea Mateo; and Hugh E. O’Donnell.

Anna H. Powell, 96, passed away October 21 at Spang Crest, Lebanon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Shelton W. Powell. Surviving are her daughters, Charlotte Matrisian of Florida, Arlene Buffington of Harrisburg, and Rose Givler of Palmyra; siblings Frank Stellar, Margaret Martel, Josephine Pajski, and Eleanor Shiner, all of Lebanon; grandchildren, Lisa Santoro and Scott Buffington; and greatgranddaughter, Kylie Buffington.

Bernard M. Readinger, Sr., 96 of Lebanon,  passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon on October 20. Surviving are his wife, Delores (Smith) Readinger; sister, Mary Trumpeter of Williamstown; daughters: Elizabeth VanDyke (Dr. Gene) of Hershey; Cecilia Miller of Lebanon; Kathleen Neumar (Dr. Robert) of Michigan and sons, Thomas Readinger (Karen) of Hershey; John Patrick (Bonnie) of Harrisburg; Bernard Jr. (Michelle) of Hershey; Eugene (Ruth) of Myerstown; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

DeLene L. “Wese” Rothenberger, 79, passed away October 21 at home. She was preceded in death by her husband John A. Rothenberger. Surviving are her daughter, Bobbie Jean Bracale of Delaware; siblings, Jerry, Ruth, Pauline, Effie, Sharon, Marty, and Joanne; granddaughter, Tanny Lee Reigle-Wallish of Jonestown; and great-grandson, Cole Reigle.

Edith A. (Zimmerman) Schenck, 104, passed away October 18 at Conestoga View. Surviving are siblings; Elizabeth Rutter, of Lebanon, Sue Rockwell, Melissa Baker and Miles Zimmerman, all of California and several nieces & nephews.

Esther Mae Shiner, 91, Cleona, passed away October 20 at Wellspan York Hospital in York. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell James Shiner. She is survived by her children, Patricia A. and husband, Herman Dundore of Lebanon, Sandra K. and husband, C. Timothy Stormfeltz of Cleona, S. Gerald Shiner and wife, Anita of Lebanon, Gary Shiner and wife, Nancy of Cleona, Gregory J. Shiner and wife, Denise of Manheim, and David S. Shiner of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren; greatgrandchildren; a brother, Marlin Heisey of Hummelstown; and a sister, Betty Roeting of Elizabethtown.

Doris Jean Shirk, 69, of Fredericksburg passed away October 19 at her residence. She was the wife of the late Harry A. Shirk, Jr. Surviving are children: Douglas, husband of Tracy Shirk of Lebanon; Kelly Lee, wife of Jeffery Lafaver of Fredericksburg; Gina, wife of Doug Mason of Jonestown; Todd, husband of Lynn Shirk of Jonestown; grandchildren: Nichole, Heidi, Kerri, Kaitlyn, Toren, Toriel, Preston, Jae, Jorie, Olivia, and Arthur; great grandchildren: Hunter, Addison, Ellie, Avabella, Avonleigh, and Sarah; sisters, Joyce and Eva.

Raymond H. Spangler, 91, Myerstown, passed away October 23 at the VA Medical Center, Lebanon. He was the husband of the late Frances (Watts) Spangler. Raymond is survived by a daughter, Linda, wife of Harry A. Thompson of Wyomissing; a son, Alvin W., husband of Karen Spangler of Myerstown; grandchildren, Francy Reigert, and Hilary, Andrew, Samantha, and Lindsay Thompson; greatgrandchildren, Ozlynde and Mia Reigert, and Norah and Colin Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Arthur R. Tilberry Jr., 70, Schuylkill Haven, passed away October 19 in the M. S. Hershey Medical Center. He was the husband of Bonita Kennedy Tilberry. In addition to his wife he is survived by his children: Scott Miller and wife Stephanie, Grantville; Lisa wife of Tony Schiaffo, Colo.; Kelly wife of Jeff Grant, Ohio; Jamie wife of Jake Haas, Lebanon; Cody Tilberry, Ohio; and several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

Joseph T. Zengerle, 86, passed away October 20 at Cedar Haven Nursing Home. He is survived by his wife, Lillian N. Ditzler Zengerle; a stepson, Terry Kneasel and wife, Karen of Palmyra; grandchildren, Brian Kneasel and Scott Kneasel; and greatgrandchildren, Jackson, Landon, and Adelaide; several nieces and nephews.