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Obituaries

Lydia R. Bowman, 93, of Cleona, passed away on September 3. She is survived by a sister, Gladys Bowman, Tahlequah, Okla.

Allen H. Brown, 92, formerly of Bethel, passed away September 2 at the Kutztown Manor. He was the husband of Beatrice M. (Sweitzer) Bashore-Brown. In addition to his wife, he is survived by stepsons, Richard Bashore of Bethel and Ricky Bashore of Bethel; and stepdaughters, Carol Bohn of Bethel and Bonnie Valerio of Huntsville, Ala.

Ellen S. Bryan, 81, of a resident of Tremont Health & Rehabilitation Center, Tremont, passed away Sept. 2. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Bryan. Surviving are a son, Douglas Bryan, Tower City; a daughter, Stephanie Sherman and her husband, Frank, Newmanstown; and sisters, Helen Bingaman and Shirley Erdman, both of Lykens.

Gertrude S. Charles, 77, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away August 31. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard I. Charles Sr. Gertrude is survived by daughters, Sabrina Bensinger and her husband, Barry, Schuylkill Haven, and Diana "Herbie" Kleckner and her husband, David, Orwigsburg; sons, Leon Charles, at home, Willard Charles Jr., Schuylkill Haven and Ray Charles, Pine Grove. She is also survived by a sister, Jean Mettler and her husband, David, Ithaca, New York.

Martha R. (Rapp) Daugherty, 83, formerly of Wernersville, passed away August 25. She was the wife of the late Carl W. Daugherty. She is survived by daughters, Kinneret "Heather" Ayalon, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Kimberly M. Kochis, Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Donald Rapp, Huntingdon.

Jeremy M. Drobnick, 39, of Schuyllkill Haven, passed away Saturday. Jeremy was son of Randy M. Drobnick and Judy L. Drobnick. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his companion, Marianne Sweigert and her daughter, Vicky; his sons, Jeffery D. McMichael, Derec N. Kovach and Brandon M. Drobnick; his sister, Jamie Drobnick and her fiance, Thomas G. Rehnert.

Jean E. Geary, 81, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Friday. She was the wife of Leonard E. "Red" Geary. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are daughters, Karen Yoder, Summit Station; Sallie, wife of Stephen Sandler, Schuylkill Haven, and Sandie Geary, married to Lynn Walker, Harrisburg; a son, Keith "Butch" Geary, Pine Grove; a sister, Nancy Menaugh, Auburn; and a brother, Richard Spitler, Orwigsburg.

Anthony N. "Tony" Hoffman, 83, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away August 30. Anthony is predeceased by his wife, Margaret Hoffman. He is survived by his life partner, Mary Ann Holley, Schuylkill Haven; stepdaughter, Peggy, wife of Robert Kalkiewicz, Mahanoy City; stepson, Frank Jadosh, Mahanoy City.

Ruth Elizabeth Johnson, 68, of Lebanon, passed away August 24. She is survived by husband, Robert Johnson, Sr.; daughter, Paula Johnson; sons, Robert Johnson, Jr., and Brian Johnson.

Harlen L. Kissinger Jr., 65, of Lebanon, passed away on September 1. He was the husband of Betty A. Hock Kissinger. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sisters, Mary Kissinger, Jonestown; Anna wife of Robert Gardener, Lebanon; brothers, Donald Kissinger, Manheim; David Kissinger, Pine Grove; and Allen Kissinger.

Paul E. Kreamer, 92, of Annville, passed away on August 31. He is survived by his wife, Claretta Noll Kreamer; daughters, Donna and husband, George Felder, and Laura K. and husband, Robert Lemon; and son W. Edward Kreamer.

Gloria M. Line, 89, Providence Place, Pine Grove, formerly of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Tuesday. She was the widow of George W. Line. Gloria is survived by a son, Barry G. Line, Schuylkill Haven; and sister, Elaine Brommer, Pine Grove.

Kathy M. Margetanski, 65, of Lykens, passed away Tuesday. Kathy is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Margetanski; son, Thomas A. Margetanski Jr.; and daughters, Tara L. Miller and Jessie R. Snyder, all of Lykens; brothers and sisters.

Dr. James H. Mather (Jim), 74, formerly of Mount Gretna, passed away on September 2 at Cornwall Manor. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son, James II; daughter, Jennifer Hogan, wife of Jim; son, Mark; brother, Bill; and sister Sally Renda.

Robert A. Mellinger, 60, of Harrisburg, passed away recently. Surviving are his brother, John A. Mellinger of Palmyra; and sister, Jan L. Irwin of Jonestown.

Scott M. Mentzer, 45, of Tremont, passed away September 1. He was the son of Dennis M. and Connie M. (Smith) Mentzer, of Richland. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his companion, Lisa Scheibley, of Tremont; a son, Shane M. Mentzer, of Myersown; and a brother, Steven M. Mentzer, of Mt. Zion.

Herbert C. Rhoads Jr., 69, of Myerstown, passed away recently. Surviving are his sons, Kerby Rhoads, Bernville; Andrew Aller of Lebanon; sisters and brothers, Joann L., wife of Harry Whisler, Myerstown; Charles R. Rhoads of Jonestown; Judith Eby of Myerstown; Kenneth J. Rhoads, Lebanon; and David R. Rhoads, Myerstown.

Richard Elwood Risser, 83, formerly of Hershey, passed away on Thursday, September 4 in Twin Oaks Nursing Home. He is survived by his wife, Ruth N. (Bomgardner) Risser; sons, Richard A. Risser, Sr. and David E. Risser; and a daughter, Linda Rodgers.

Carey R. Schaeffer Sr., 77, of Cressona, passed away Thursday. He was the husband of Barbara A. Augustine Schaeffer. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Caren Stringer and husband, Terry, Sacramento, Calif.; a son, Carey R. "Chuck" Schaeffer Jr., Cressona; a brother, Edward C. Schaeffer, Palmyra.

Ammon S. Schafebook, 93, of Cornwall, passed away on Saturday, September 6. Surviving are sons, Dennis E. Schafebook, Cornwall, and Richard A. Schafebook, Baldwin, Md. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha L. (Galebach) Schafebook.

Fay C. Smith, 86, formerly of Orwigsburg, passed away Tuesday at Rest Haven nursing home, Schuylkill Haven. Surviving, in addition to her husband, Charles, are a daughter, Judy A. Hartman, Pottsville; a brother, Lewis W. Fidler, Schuylkill Haven; and a sister, Betty, wife of Paul Correll, Port Clinton.

Monsignor Thomas H. Smith, 83, formerly of the Lebanon area, and resident of St. Anne's Retirement Community, Columbia, passed away on August 31. He is survived by siblings, Dolores A. Bryon, of Littlestown, Kathleen M. Smith, Donald J. Smith, of Hanover, Sister Mary Mark Smith SCC, of Mendham, N.J., Mary Ann Roberts, wife of Idris, of Mechanicsburg, Sister Thomasine Smith SCC, of Wharton, N.J., Linda T. Mummert, wife of Donald, of McSherrystown, Larry F. Smith, of New Oxford, Jeanne M. Smith, of Hanover.

Amanda May Snyder, 87, formerly of Lebanon, passed away on September 5. She was the wife of the late Victor A. Snyder, Jr. Amanda is survived by daughter, Rita Snyder Waltz of Leola; sons, Randolph Snyder of Lancaster, Richard Snyder of Red Lion, and Roy Snyder of Jonestown; and brothers, Edwin Beck of Colorado, and Augustus H. Beck, Jr. of Hershey.

Master Sgt. Dennis Paul Wiest, Air Force, retired, 78, of Hegins, passed away Thursday. He is survived by his wife, Dolores F. Buffington Wiest. He is also survived by sons, Col. Gary D. Wiest, Marine Corps, retired, State College, and Scott P. Wiest, Hickory Corners; a daughter, Donna F. Laudenslager and her husband, Tony, Etters; a brother, Larry Wiest, Mechanicsburg; and sisters, Patricia Stiely, Klingerstown, and Linda Beigh, Enola.