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Obituaries

Betty J. Anspach, 90, of Pine Grove, passed away September 11 at Providence Place, Pine Grove. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay D. Anspach. Surviving are daughter, Linda Imschweiler, Harrisburg; grandchildren, Derek (Tracy) Imschweiler, York, and Darin (Nicole) Imschweiler, Eldersburg, MD; great-grandchildren, Colin, Evan and Andrew; and brother, Kenneth Stupp, Pine Grove.

Richard A. Arnold, Sr., 83, of Mount Aetna, passed away September 13 at the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was the widower of Theresa M. (Gerhart) Arnold. Richard is survived by daughters, Debra L. Gettle of Bethel, Elesa M. (Sam) Blauch of Bernville, Denise M. (Randy) Brightbill of Myerstown, Jennifer Frankenstein of Lebanon; sons, Richard A. Arnold, Jr. of Mt. Aetna, Michael J. Keeney of Bethel; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara (Ray) Kreider of Annville, Joanne (Ronald) King of Myerstown, Agnes (Robert) Shearer of Annville; brothers, Elijah (Dorethea) Arnold, Jr. of Cornwall, Paul Arnold and Charles Arnold, both of Lebanon, John (Gerry) Arnold of Baltimore, MD, James (Angie) Arnold, David (Betty) Arnold, Francis Arnold, and Christopher Arnold, all of Lebanon; nieces and nephews.

Wilda Thelma Athey, 92, formerly of Donaldson and Arlington, VA, passed away September 11 at Providence Place, Pine Grove. She is survived by nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and -nephews.

Charles S. “Bud” Beard, 73, of Lebanon, passed away September 16 at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. Surviving are wife, Patricia A. (Rhodes) Beard; daughters, Kimberly J. (Robert) Everett, Sherie A. (Randy) Fulmer; sons, Gregory E. (Lisa) Beard, Steven J. (Jolene) Beard; grandchildren, Stephanie Baird, Kelsey Delaney, Michelle Baird, Christopher (Krista) Fulmer, Lauren Fulmer, Samuel Beard, Allison Beard, Dylan Beard, Austin Beard; great-grandchildren, Landon Delaney, Lucas Fulmer; brother, Thomas Gassert; and sisters, Linda Knorr, Penny Bankes, Diane Adelman.

Reta M. Benfer, 85, of Myerstown, passed away September 14 at Cedar Haven, Lebanon. She was the widow of Irvin E. Benfer. Reta is survived by sons, Jeff Benfer and Craig (Tina) Benfer, both of Lebanon; grandchildren, Eric Benfer, David Troain, Laurin Troain, and Mark Benfer; great-granddaughters, Maniyah Charles and Ava Troain; sister, Pauline Daub of Myerstown; brother, Sterling (Kathryn) Weidman of Myerstown; nieces and nephews.

Clara E. Birunas, 95, of Hegins, passed away September 11 at the Kepler Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Elizabethville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Birunas.

Mary T. Boltz, 96, of Lebanon, passed away September 10 at Cedar Haven Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Luther Boltz. Mary is survived by nephew, John (Carol) Greish; and nieces, Cecilia (David) Baker, Judy Greish and Susan Schneck.

Jeanne L. “Peep” Bowers, 95, of Pine Grove, passed away September 13 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph M. Bowers. Surviving are daughter, Marsha (Bob) Kline, Bettendorf, IA; son, Michael (Kate) Bowers, Pine Grove; grandsons, Robert Kline and Mark Kline, both of Clive, IA, Michael Kline, Princeton, IA, John Bowers, Branchdale, and Brad Bowers, Pine Grove; granddaughter, Cassandra Bowers, Pine Grove; great-grandchildren, Lorelei Bowers, Robby, Julianne, James, Benny and Grace Kline;  and niece, Carol (John) Keesey, Pine Grove.

Mary E. “Mar Mar” Ceresini, 65, of Lebanon, passed away September 10 at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. Surviving are daughters, Susan E. Gerstner, Cathy A. (Brian) Reppert; son, Kenneth Shaud, Jr.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Gerstner, Matthew Reppert, Cody Coppenhaver, Kali Coppenhaver; great-grandchild, Madelyn M. Ramirez; brothers, Edward (Robin) Gerstner, Michael (Kathryn) Gerstner; and sister, Doris (Kenneth) Conrad.

Debra L. Confair, 59, of Tremont, passed away September 16 at home. Surviving are daughters, Christel Shadle, Tremont, Tiffany (Scott) Johnson, Schuylkill Haven, and Amber (Matthew) Wolfgang, Donaldson; grandchildren, Ryan Wise, Kaitlyn Johnson, Emma and Alexis Herb, Madyson-Lee and Seth Wolfgang; great-grandchild, Blake Herb; brother, John Kocher, Joliett; nieces and nephews; and her companion, Warren Bretz.

Dee D. Culbert, 62, of Lebanon, passed away September 11 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Division in New Jersey. He was the husband of Paula (Kreider) Culbert. Dee is also survived by children, Aimee and Nicholas Culbert; sister, Darrah (Kim) Youtz; niece, Tawny Jackson; nephew, Kyle Youtz; and  great-nephew, Lucas Jackson.

Peggy L. Derr, 87, of Lititz, formerly of Newmanstown, passed away September 11 at United Zion Retirement Community. She was the wife of the late Jean E. Derr. Peggy is survived by son, David (Anna) Derr of Newmanstown; granddaughters, Kathryn (Brandon) Betz of Lititz, Rebecca (Brian) Fries of Mountville; brother, Richard (Mary Jane) Leibfried of Mechanicsburg; sister, Kathryn Wertz of Elizabethtown; nieces and nephews.

Joshua M. “Josh” Felty, 23, of Lebanon, passed away September 12 at home. He was a son of Scott and Holly (Felty) Collins, of Lebanon. Josh is also survived by brother, Jacob Collins; maternal grandparents, Annelie (Brian) Menzel and Larry (Nancy) Felty, both of Jonestown; and maternal great-grandparents, Leroy and Betty Felty of Lebanon.

Charles L. Foster, 51, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away September 8 at his residence. He was the husband of Lori A. (Neiswander) Foster. Charlie is also survived by daughter, Sarah Foster, Shippensburg; son, Aaron (Cari) Foster, Schuylkill Haven; grandson, Tristan Foster; sisters, Nancy Foster and Donna Foster, both of Orwigsburg, and Mary Daley of Duncott; and brother, John (Bonnie) Foster, Adamsdale.

Andy González, 43, of Lebanon, passed away September 17 at home.  He was the son of Sandra Roche of Lebanon and the late Antonio González. Andy is also survived by brothers, Enrique and Anthony González; sister, Soraya González; nieces and nephews.

Jean Helt Grove, of Lewes, DE, and Pine Grove, passed away September 7 at Harbor Healthcare, Lewes. She was the widow of Clarence Ray “Grovie” Grove. Jean is survived by brother, Robert (Betty) Helt, Betty, Palmyra; grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Richard L. Hauer, of Lebanon, passed away September 14 at his home. He was the son of Ruth C. (Lengle) Hauer of Annville and the late Milford H. Hauer. Also surviving are his wife, Virginia A. (Toner) Hauer; daughter, Sherri L. (Earnest) Meily; grandchildren, Rebecca A. (Michael) Lupfer, Adam E. (Melissa) Meily; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Hannah, Taylor, Addison and Mason;  brother, Robert D. Hauer; nieces and nephews.

Severia “Sally” Hinks, 92, formerly of Lebanon, passed away September 14 at StoneRidge Retirement, Myerstown. She was preceded in death by husband, Alvin J. Hinks, Sr. Surviving are sister, Florence Rebuck; nieces and nephews.

Jolene Lafaye Hoover, infant daughter of Melvin Oberholtzer and Karen Elaine Sauder Hoover of Richland, passed away September 11. Also surviving are siblings, Karla, Glendon, Timothy, Twila, Emily and Andrew; grandparents, Paul and Anna Mary Sauder of Denver; Edwin and Mary Hoover of Womelsdorf; great-grandparents, Irwin and Mary Weaver of New Holland; John Oberholtzer of Richland; Vera Hoover of Manheim.

Donna E. Huey-Shaak, 65, of Myerstown, passed away September 7 at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. Surviving are sons, Keith (Leslie) Weary, Justin (Heather) Huey; and grandchildren, Britany Weary, Blake Weary, Evan Huey, Claudia Huey.

Helen Marie Keating, 48, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away September 11 at her residence. She was a daughter of Francis and Shirley Fecteau, Vermont, and the late Marilyn Barry. Helen is also survived by her companion, Marc Miller, Schuylkill Haven; daughters, Alyssa Keating, Lehighton, Jenna Keating, New Jersey, and Samantha Woods, Schuylkill Haven; son, Raymond Barry, Michigan; grandchildren, Cyrex Kitchen and Aria Keating; siblings, Frank Barry, New Jersey, and Garcia Lopez, Florida; stepsons, Alan and Timothy Reynolds, and stepdaughter, Cathy Brace, all of Vermont.

Orwin E. Keeney, 82, of Frystown, passed away September 15 at his residence. He was the husband of Annetta J. (Wilhelm) Keeney. Orwin is also survived by daughter, Pamela K. (Mark) Miller of Somerset; sons, Keith H. (Jan) Keeney of Bernville, Rodney O. (Candace) Keeney of Bethel; grandchildren, Kara, Laura, Alex, Evan, Eliana, Cody, and Clint; nieces and nephews.

Martin John Long, 76, of Annville, passed away September 16 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. Surviving are his wife, Gayle D. (Sauley) Long; daughter, Lorelei Ann Long of Gardners; stepchildren, Jeffrey T. (Sabrina) Hummer of Palmyra, Kellie Jo Cicero of East Petersburg, Kristie L. (Aaron) Boulware of Greenville, TX; brother, Garry R. (Nancy) Long of Annville; half-brother, Mark Rotko; and grandchildren.

Tam Chon Luong, 64, of Lebanon, passed away September 10. He was the husband of Thu-Thuy Thi Lam.Also surviving are son, Khiet Cao Luong and wife, Theresa Tuyet Hoang, and their son Xavier Duc Hoang Luong; daughter, Nguyet-Que Thi Luong and her husband, Bryan Robert Thomas, and their children Riggs Tam Thomas, Cole Loc Thomas and Layne Ri Thomas; sisters-in-law, My-Dung Thi Luong, Nga Xuan Phan; sister, Thuy Thi Luong; brother, Louis Thanh Luong and wife, Sami Thanh Luong; sister, Thu Suong Thi Luong; and brother, Minh Chon Luong.

Yelitza Malave, 35, of Jonestown, passed away September 14 at home. She was the daughter of Karen (Lugo) Gonzalez and Francisco Malave. Also surviving are stepfather, Hector Gonzalez, and daughter, Nelitza Hopkins.

Ronald W. Seiler, 55, of Clarks Valley, Tower City, passed away September 11 at the PinnacleHealth Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg. He was a son of Christa Seiler-Norris, Clarks Valley, and the late C. Jay Seiler. Also surviving are daughters, Amber (Benjamin) Dorman, Halifax, Kristen (William) Kramer Williamstown, and Sequoia Seiler, Manchester; his companion, Brenda Soricelli and her children, Ashley, Megan and Dominic Soricelli; grandchildren, Isabella, Benny, Avery, Azria, Vivienne, Addison, Ava and Connor; siblings, Nicole Crockfrod, John (Jan) Seiler, Scott (Melissa) Seiler and Lana (Paul) Rodichok; nieces and nephews.

Clarence I. “Ace” Sells, 69, of Palmyra, passed away at his home September 11. He is survived by sisters, Ruth Bishop of Serverna Park, MD, Pat Sells of Harrisburg, and Kathy (Daniel) Darkes of Palmyra; niece and nephews.

John H. Sheffy, 77, of Fredericksburg, passed away in his home September 13. Survivors include daughter, Tracy McGoyne, Mary Ann, Joseph and John Jr.; brother, James Sheffy; nieces and nephews; and great-granddaughter.

Linda J. Ulrich, 49, of Newmanstown, passed away September 12 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital. She was the daughter of Rhoda (Martin) Weaver and the late Clarence L. Weaver, and the wife of Luke N. Ulrich, Jr. Linda is also survived by daughter, Emily R. Ulrich; sisters, Carol (Warren) Martin, and Doris (John) Kurtz; brother, Bruce (Jan) Weaver; nieces and nephews.

Leroy M. Wenrich, 94, of Fredericksburg, passed away September 16 at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. He was the husband of Wanda R. (Yerger) Wenrich. Leroy is also survived by daughter, Joanne (Cyril) Arnold, Jonestown; granddaughter, Tammy Borger, Jonestown; brothers and sister.

Irene E. Witherson, 92, of Lebanon, passed away in her residence September 12. She was the wife of the late Homer C. Witherson. Irene is survived by children, Catherine (William) Adams, Susan (Anibal) Gonzalez, Amy (Michael) Cupelli, Charles Witherson, Jane (Timothy) Atkins, Ruth Witherson, Nancy Pennington; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandson; and sister, Alberta Speck.

Theresa Woleschok, 100, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away September 16 at Reading Hospital, West Reading. She was the widow of Jacob Woleschok. Theresa is survived by daughters, Barbara Zatko, Virginia Fortunato, Sandra Schreffler, Joan Ryan and Theresa Muldowney; sons, Charles, James, Joseph and Thomas Woleschok; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.