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June E. Achey, 72, Newmanstown, passed away July 30 at her residence.  She was the wife of Curtis J. Achey. In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Robin A. Dietrich Douglass, San Francisco, CA., siblings, Edward, Robert, Gladys, Elaine, Anna Mae, Mary Jane, Evelyn, Vivian, Russell and Fay.

Richard M. Berger, 82, formerly of Lebanon, passed away on August 16 at his Bradenton,?FL home. He was the husband of Janet Epler Berger. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Kenny husband of Kathy Berger of Palmyra; daughters, Mardel Kline and Michelle wife of Lorin Koons, both of Lebanon; stepsons, Paul husband of Leslie Dierolf and Edwin Dierolf, both of Lebanon; stepdaughter, Debra wife of Michael McGowan of Lebanon; brother, Harold Berger of Oconomowoc, Wis.; sister, Karen of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Charles Edward Boyer, 82, Annville, passed away August 19 in Stoneridge Towne Centre, Myerstown. He was the husband of Eleanor T. Mann Boyer. Surviving are a daughter, Donna J., wife of Richard P. Cox, Jr. of Muncy; a son, Dr. Brett A. Boyer and wife, Sonia Voynow of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Jeffrey Cox, Jane Cox, Julia Boyer, and Noah Boyer; and a brother, Eugene Boyer of Westfield, N.J.

Paul A. Clawser, 72, formerly of Campbelltown, passed away August 6 at his home in Nashville, Tenn. Surviving are siblings, Ernest R. Wagner and wife, Gloria of Palmyra, Lee E. Clawser and wife, Linda of Lebanon, and Ruth A. Barley and husband, Richard of Palmyra.

Robert K. Cooley, Sr., 72, of Annville passed away August 19 at the M. S. Hershey Medical Center. He is survived by children: Robert Jr., Tammy and Barbara Cooley; grandchildren: Robert Phillips Jr., Aliea Phillips, Tiffany Showers, Jason Showers, Bobbie Cooley and Samantha Cooley; great grandchildren; brother, Joseph Cooley; several nieces and nephews and his companion and best friend, Bette Taraschi.

Grace E. Dubbs, 82, Annville, passed away August 16 in her residence. She was the wife of the late Richard D. Dubbs. Surviving are sons, Gregory Dubbs of Grantville, Tracy Dubbs of Palmyra, Christopher Dubbs of Lebanon; a daughter, Deborah wife of Preston Tone-Pah-Hote of Orrick, Mo.; a brother, Earl Smith; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ruth V. Eckert, 88, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street. She was the wife of Paul Eckert. Surviving, in addition to her husband, Paul, are a son, David Eckert, husband of Joanne, New Ringgold; daughters, Helen Moyer, wife of Richard, Schuylkill Haven, and Leslie Eckert, Orwigsburg; grandchildren, Richard Eckert, Ryan Eckert, Jennie Heiser, Sarah Wychunas and Christian Dzurek; great-grandchildren; and a brother, Evan Bowen, Orwigsburg.

Bernice K. Fink, 83, Duncansville, passed away August 12 at her residence. She was the wife of Joseph R. Fink. Surviving are her husband;  sons: Barry J. and wife, Bernice, of Pittsburgh and Robert S. and wife, Barbara, in Utah; grandchildren: Reina, Christian, Liana and Natalie; three brothers: Lee, Jay and Roy, all of Lebanon; and nieces and nephews.

Joseph F. Foran, 87, of Minersville, passed away at Schuylkill Center Genesis Eldercare. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy Rizzi. Surviving are sisters, Dolores, Marie, Rita and Ellen Foran; brother-in law, Emil Rizzi; sisters-in-law, Catherine Bulino and Elizabeth Andrusisian; nieces and nephews.

Francisco J. "Frank" "Rizzzo" Fuschini, 81, Myerstown, passed away August 20 at his residence. He was the husband of Janet L. (Kelsey) Fuschini. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Frank J. Fuschini, Jr. of Florida; sisters, Erma, wife of Robert Yocum of Lebanon, and Clara, wife of Jim Pickel of Nevada; godchildren, Brayden, Dawson, and Gracyn Smith; his special buddy, Colt Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Eugene D. Gauntlett, 67, of Branchdale, passed away at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street. He is survived by his wife, the former Rae Ellen Heiser; daughters, Stacey Gauntlett and her husband, Matthew Miller, Harrisburg, and Michelle Kann and her husband, Joshua, Carlisle; stepsons, Jason Robinson, Selinsgrove, and Terry Brubaker, Elmhurst Township; grandchildren, Elias and Declan Miller and Lilly and Kira Kann; a sister, Cathleen Palokas and her husband, Edward, Branchdale; a niece, Melanie Haugh and her husband, Keith, Cornwall; and great-nieces, Kennedy and Ella Haugh.

Naomi H. Greiner, 97, passed away August 22 at Oak Leaf Manor, Landisville. She was the wife of the late Lester G. Greiner. Surviving are sons, the Rev. Dr. J. Gerald husband of Dr. Vernne Wetzel Greiner of Mechanicsburg, Calvin Eugene husband of Stephanie Guion Greiner, and L. Nevin husband of Bonita Levy Greiner both of Manheim; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a brother, Peter husband of Mary Kathryn Sensenig Hernley of Manheim; and sisters, Reba Hershey of Manheim, Orpha Graybill, and Lois wife of Gordon Derstler both of Lititz.

Robert A. "Bob" Heilman, 93, of Cornwall, passed away August 21 at Cornwall Manor. Surviving are sons Robert A. Jr., spouse of Kathleen Heilman, Hummelstown, John P. spouse of Sue Heilman, Ashland City, TN, James J. Heilman, Lebanon; grandchildren Jennifer spouse of Chris Bushman, Renee spouse of Steve Buck; great grandchildren Zoe Bushman, Hunter Buck; sister Nancy spouse of Richard White, Cleona. He was preceded in death by wife Josephine J. Heilman  nee Zehring.

Ezra B. Hower, 89, Grantville, passed away August 21. Surviving are his children, Joan Hower of Mount Joy, Lonnie, husband of Pat Hower of Myerstown, Jean, wife of Luke Heisey of Palmyra, Barbara, wife of Sam Russo of Las Vegas, Nev., and Delores Ann, wife of Carl Podjed of Cleona; siblings, Donald Hower of Mifflinburg and Marie Seibert of North Carolina; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Barbara R. Kildee, 77, Lebanon, passed away August 21 at home. She was the wife of Jerome Michael Kildee, DMD. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Maura, wife of Terrance Carolan, and Brigid, wife of Jason Gatchell; granddaughters, Izabella R. Gatchell and Elyn Carolan; a grandson, Andrew Carolan; and her sister, Frances Montini.

Joseph A. Kirby, 77, Palmyra, passed away August 24 Surviving are his wife, Diane L. (Gingrich) Kirby; children, Michael A. Kirby, Stephen T. Kirby, and Cynthia A. Wagner; siblings; nieces; and nephews.

Dorothy J. Light, 93, passed away August 16 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Surviving are daughters, Barbara Hafey, Cleona, Janice spouse of Bruce Schafebook, Bethlehem, Joanne Bernard, Morgantown, Lorraine L. Harlan, Mount Gretna; grandchildren, Robert Hafey, Jr. and fiancee Susan Hicks, Jonathan spouse of Dara Hafey, David Schafebook, Jill Schafebook, Beth spouse of James McGlynn, Michael spouse of Wendy Bernard, Marsha spouse of Steven Harris, Andrea spouse of Orlando O'Neill, Scott spouse of Jenn Harlan, Adam spouse of Anchisa Harlan; great-grandchildren; sister, Josephine Ratliff, Middletown. She was preceded in death by husband, Oscar H. Light.

Doris J. Mack, 83, of Cressona, passed away at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. She was the widow of Alfred Mack. She is survived by daughters, Pamela Mack, Sarasota, Fla., Lynn, wife of Tony Brignola, Schuylkill Haven, and Denine, wife of Tom Stutzman, Hegins; son, Kirk Mack, Auburn; and brother, Arthur Floyd Hunsberger; daughter-in-law, Laura Mack; grandchildren, Kyle Mack, Courtney Church, Ryan Brignola, Veronica Forry, Katrina Noecker, Audra Mack, Kaitlyn and Ian Stutzman and Andrea Mack; and great-grandchildren, Emilee, Elise, Hailey and Rory.

Frances G. Martin, 92, formerly of Myerstown, passed away August 17 in the Richland Christian Home, Richland. She was the wife of the late Norman W. Martin. Surviving are children, Raymond M. Martin and wife Thelma of Myerstown; Lloyd M. Martin and wife Mabel of Myerstown; Leon M. Martin and wife Grace of N.Y.; Harold M. Martin and wife Joyce of Lititz; Miriam M. wife of Paul Gehman of N.Y.; Norman M. Martin, Jr. of Richland; Grace Ann wife of Harold Zimmerman of Myerstown; Irvin M. Martin and wife Kathryn of AL; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren.

Brian A. "Gooch" Mehler, 73, passed away August 21 at home. Surviving are his wife, Patricia A. (Herr) Mehler; children, Jodi Ann, wife of Walter VanWinkle of Palmyra, and Bret Allen Mehler of Mount Wilson; sister, Donna Schaeffer of Lebanon; and grandchildren, Tyler and Laura VanWinkle.

Charles Walter Minnich, 87, of Tower City, passed away. Surviving are his wife, Sara R. Leisey Minnich; daughters, Karen L. Bruner (Gary), Chambersburg, and Holly M. Hoffman (Bill), Pine Grove; grandchildren, Jessica Rodichok (Paul), Caleb Bruner (Fredline), Sean Artz, Katie Bruner (Jason Vogel) and Monica Denver; great-grandchildren, Isabella Marie Clark, Valerie Artz, Sean Artz, Gabriella Bruner, Zane Artz, Tristan Pereschuk, Maddox Artz, Sophia Bruner, Cecilia Bruner, Nick and Gage Vogel and Rayven Denver; a brother, Harry Minnich (Joan), Tower City; four sisters, Mae Cortez, Tremont, Lorraine Abrams, Tower City, Joan Miller (Warren), Tower City, and Janet Shutt, Tower City; and nieces and nephews.

Emily I. Ney, 78, of Pine Grove, passed away at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester E. Ney. Surviving are a son, Rick A. Ney Sr. and his wife, Lynn; grandchildren, Ricky A. Ney Jr. and his wife, Christie, Tremont, and Wendy, wife of Mark Kuhns, Tower City; great-grandchildren, Brittany Buchannan, Cory Buchannan, Derick Ney and Drew Ney; sisters, Marion Bartolett, Lake Wynonah, Fay, wife of Gary Potts, Friedensburg, Carol, wife of George Sullivan, Schuylkill Haven, Doris, wife of Larry Brown, Pine Grove, Karen, wife of Anthony Sylvester, Saint Clair, and Sharon, wife of Keith Koch, Lake Wynonah; brothers, Paul Blankenhorn and his wife, Edna, and Carl "Skip" Blankenhorn and his wife, Carol, both of Schuylkill Haven, Vernon "Louie" Blankenhorn and his wife, Mary Ann, Friedensburg, and Harold "Butch" Blankenhorn and his wife, Linda, Schuylkill Haven; nieces and nephews.

Charles Rushanan, 87, of Duncott, Cass Township, passed away at Rest Haven nursing home, Schuylkill Haven. Surviving are children, Kathy Fidler (David), Pine Grove, Michelle DeMarco, Branch Township, Charles Rushanan (Barbara), Lebanon, Sharon Beese (John), Pottsville, and Charlotte Verbilla, Allentown; grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Joseph Rushanan, Bedford, Ohio, Michael Rushanan, Odessa, Md., and Cyril Rushanan (Mary), Llewellyn; and a sister, Anna Donmoyer (Reese), Schuylkill Haven.

Mahlon B. "Sonny" Schaeffer, 84, of Tower City, passed away at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna "Sis" Labore Schaeffer. Surviving are brothers, Edward Schaeffer and his wife, Marilyn, Hershey, and Carey Schaeffer and his wife, Barbara, Cressona; his companion, Carol Lebo, Tower City; and several nieces and nephews.

George Henry Schauer, Jr., 79, passed away on August 16 in the Lebanon Good Samaritan Hospital. He was the husband of Marilyn L. Smith Schauer. In addition to his wife, George is survived by his sons: Brian K. Schauer, Lebanon, Brett T. Daub and wife Gail, Lebanon; daughters: Dawn R. wife of John Farlow, Myerstown, Donna M. Stewart, Linglestown; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchild; brother: Terry L. Schauer and wife Linda, Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews.

Richard V. Schultz Sr., 79, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away at Orwigsburg Center.

Donald Charles Strauss, 78, Hummelstown, passed away recently. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; his daughters, Donna Jean and husband Cory Blessing of Fredericksburg and daughter Denise Rene' and husband Eugene F. Montgomery II of Cleona; his step-daughter, Terry Lynn Leggore of Hummelstown; his stepsons, Richard Degler of Florida, Anthony Degler of Texas and Alfred Carrera of Hummelstown; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Audrey Siegfried and husband, Lewis of Campbelltown and Roberta Schmidt and husband Peter of Highspire; brothers, William Strauss and his wife, Mim of Harrisburg and Stephen Strauss and his wife Clydene of Highspire; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and the mother of his daughters, Shirley Strauss.

Paul D. "Paulie" Wagner, Jr., 81, passed away August 19 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Surviving are wife, Patricia A. Wagner nee Klepper of Lebanon; son, Mark, spouse of Nicki Wagner of Maryland; stepdaughters, Brenda, spouse of John Fulk of Lebanon, Sharon Brown of Palmyra, and Vickie, spouse of Thomas Dangle of Lebanon; stepson, Francis Jr., spouse of Tina Haulman of Lebanon; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Dennis, spouse of Margaret Wagner of Lebanon, and Gary, spouse of Tammy Wagner of Lebanon; sisters, Judith, spouse of William Bechtold of Lebanon, Karen, spouse of James Kline of Lebanon, Gloria Gardner of Texas, and Gayle, spouse of Stephen Boltz of Lebanon; sister-in-law, Nancy Wagner of Gretna Springs; and longtime friends, Rhonda and Glenn Krall.