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John M. “Mac” Aichele, 93, passed away December 7. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Jacobs Aichele; son John and his wife Mary Jane; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty J. (nee) Cessna.

John E. Beadencup, 86, passed away December 6. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan. John is survived by son, John and wife, Carol; daughter, JoAnn; daughter, June and husband, Todd; daughter-in-law, Sharon; grandchildren; great-grandchildren and his companion Deslyn Bishop.

Dorothy M. Berger, 89, formerly of Pine Grove, passed away December 7 at ManorCare, Lebanon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlin F. Berger. Surviving are sons, Albert Fritz and wife, Sally, Parker, and Jack Fritz and wife, Thelma, Jonestown; grandchildren, Thomas, Tricia, Todd, Jack, Andrew and Laurie Fritz; great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Zimmerman, and brothers, Edwin and Thomas Fritz, all of Pine Grove, and Robert Fritz, Annville; stepdaughter, Susan Hein; and stepson, John M. Berger.

Harvey T. Bomgardner, 94, passed away on December 6 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was the husband of the late Mildred A. Blauch Bomgardner. Harvey is survived by sons, John and wife, Margaret, Mark and wife, Debbie, Harvey (Sonny) and wife, Cathy, Kenneth and wife Priscilla, David and wife, Sharon; daughters; Nancy, wife of J. Milton Huber, Barbara, wife of Carl Deaven and Jane, wife of Steven Upperman; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ethel N. “Cookie” Boyer, 83, passed away on December 9 at the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home. She was the wife of Kenneth J. Boyer, Sr. Surviving are children: Kenneth Boyer, Jr., Brenda Boyer, Cathy Boyer, Barbara Wagner, Cheryl Vassallo; grandchildren, Cherie, Rebecca, Kevin, Jennifer, Paige, Emily, Alexander; great-grandchildren; brothers, Philip Foster, Roland Foster, Marvin Foster; and sisters, Diane Macharola, Ruth Foster, Mary Jane Foster, Sarah Foster, and Darleen Foster.

Lee A. Boyer, 60, of Liberty, died December 3 in Pottstown. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Melissa, are children, Tyler and Bryce Boyer, Liberty, Shannon (Todd) Foister, Chehalis, WA, and Tim (Heather) Boyer, Winlock, WA; grandchildren, Gage and Blake Thayer, Ty Foister, Kyla Boyer and Carson Borts; sisters, Joyce Boyer Wetzel, Pine Grove, and Beverly Ney Boyer, Tremont; brothers, Dennis (Cindy) Boyer, Pine Grove, and Wayne (Lynn) Boyer, Tremont; brother-in-law, Derek Youmans; and nieces and nephews.

Lorraine Alberta Hikes Boyer-Loy, 86, of Pine Grove, passed away December 7 at home. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Warren G. Boyer. Surviving are her husband, William Loy; daughters, Deborah, wife of William Griffiths Sr., Donna Frantz and her companion, John Crowe, Diane, wife of David Readinger, and Dawn Hatter, all of Pine Grove; grandchildren, Bradley Frantz, Matthew Frantz, William Griffiths Jr., Michele Miller, Benjamin Readinger, Valerie Ritter and Karen Unger; great-grandchildren, Brandon Frantz, Brady Frantz, Blake Frantz, McKenzy Frantz, Collin Griffiths, Sydney Griffiths, Cody Griffiths, Cassandra Miller, Seth Miller, Victoria Ritter and Dylan Warren; and stepchildren, Marie Bilansky, Carol Boris, Thomas Loy and Bruce Schneck.

Robert A. Brown, 85, of Hegins, passed away December 10 at his residence. Surviving are his wife, Mary E. Snyder Brown; son, Alfred John Brown, Hegins; daughters, Lydia E. Dudeck, Cindy M. Fennell, Mary E. Koons and Wendy L. Ward, all of Hegins; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother, James Curtis, Horsham; and sisters, Elsie Aringdale, Hegins, and Patricia Mae Curtis, Horsham.

Enos Hoffer Brubaker, Jr.,85, passed away on Thursday, December 11 in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was the widower of Jane M. Brubaker. Enos is survived by brother, George H. Brubaker and wife, Grace; sister, Mary E. Strangarity; nieces; nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

George D. Buffington, Sr., 78, passed away December 12 at home. Surviving are his wife, Judith A. (Wenger) Buffington; sons, George D. Buffington, Jr. of Dauphin, Daniel M., husband of Katherine Buffington of Harrisburg, Michael L. Buffington of Camp Hill, and Lawrence E., husband of Denise Buffington of Hummelstown; stepchildren, Dennis, husband of Tanya Stevens of Campbelltown, and Shelly, wife of Lloyd Lineaweaver of Palmyra; brother, Meade M., Jr., husband of Lynn Buffington of Camp Hill; and grandchildren.

Carl Frank Clemens, 59, passed away December 11 in Spang Crest Manor, Lebanon. He was the husband of Lorrie L. Whorley Clemens, and a son of Albert and Shirley Hickernell Clemens of Lebanon. Carl is survived by sons, Blake Clemens and wife, Kelly of Manheim; Tyler Clemens and wife, Jeniene of West Lampeter; grandchildren, Austin, Hunter, Brady, Logan, AJ and Bria Clemens; sisters, Toni Reinhart of Richland; Heather Lewis and husband, Tim of Mich.

Dorothy W. Coble, 81, passed away on December 7 in her residence. She was the wife of the late John Q. Coble. Dorothy is survived by a son, Edward L. Harmon, Jr.; grandsons, Edward Harmon III and wife Stephanie, Erik Harmon and wife Mindy, Adam Harmon and wife Vanessa, Christopher Harmon and wife Brittany; great-grandchildren, Reilly, Hunter, Kalyn, Maya, Chase; and daughter-in-law, Kathleen wife of Barry Wenrich.

Edwin Marland Cook, 86, passed away on December 13 at home. He was the husband of Marion Playter Cook.

Esther M. Emerich, 72, passed away on December 8 in the Good Samaritan Hospital. She was the wife of the late Harvey W. Emerich Sr. Surviving are sons, Harvey Walter Emerich Jr. and Jeffrey Scott, husband of Carrie Mae Elliott Emerich, all of Lebanon; grandchildren, Zachary Scott and Emma Rose Emerich, Benjamin Alexander and Hanna Grace Elliott; godchild, Bianca Mershon; brothers and sisters, Richard, Ernie, Robin Wike, Mary Donton, Florence Felty; and nieces and nephews.

Zachary Michael Feary, 32, passed away on December 7 in the Good Samaritan Hospital. He was a son of Michael Dennis Feary, Annville and the late Carol A. Fisher Feary. Zachary was the fiance of Tara Fisher. Also surviving are brother, Joshua M. Feary of Annville; niece, Marlee Marie Feary of Drexel Hill; aunt, Linda, wife of Donald Bish of Lebanon; and cousin, Michael Bish of Myerstown.

Joseph C. Flynn, 87, of Williamstown, passed away December 13 at home. Surviving are his wife, Lorraine Moss Flynn; children, Joanne Esterline (Jack), Williamstown; Garry Flynn, Carsonville; Keith Flynn (Michelle), Muir and Annette Neely (James), Lykens; daughter-in-law, Judy Lengle (Scott), Pine Grove; sister, Frances Frantz and brother, Michael Flynn, both of Williamstown; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Barbara "Scott" Hughes Forney, 63, died December 7 at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg. She was a daughter of Barbara Fors Gleim, Hummelstown, and the late Richard "Joe" Gleim Sr. Also surviving are her husband, George D. Forney, Pottsville; sons, Brian Forney, husband of Abby, Schuylkill Haven, and Scott Forney and his fiancee, Ashley Felker, Pottsville; daughters, Jennifer Daubert, wife of Jay, Pottsville, Michelle Heenan, wife of Tom, Pottsville, and Jodie Oswald, wife of Jeremy, Middleport; grandchildren, Ty, Hayden and Jackson Daubert, Pottsville, Samantha Heenan, Pottsville, Chase, Austin and Colton Oswald, Middleport, Elly and Emery Forney, Schuylkill Haven, and Madison Thompson, Pottsville; brother, Rick Gleim, LaPorte, IN; nieces and a nephew.

Joanna Freed, 58, of North Manheim Twp., passed away December 14 at Schuylkill Medical Center–South Jackson Street. She was the wife of Curtis L. Freed. Joanna is also survived by sons, Michael Freed, Shenandoah Heights and Bryan Freed, at home; sisters, Mary Ellen Brennan and her husband, Norbert, Patty Heckman, widow of Michael, and Kathy Minnig, all of Branchdale, Tina Fink and her husband, Jamie, Hamburg and Lisa Muff, widow of Tom, Easton; brothers, Henry Minnig, Pottsville and Jack Minnig and his wife, Martina, Pottsville; sisters-in-law, Cyndi McCarthy, Schuylkill Haven and Leslie Freed, AZ; mother- and father-in-law, Lee and Joyce Freed, Orwigsburg; godson, Norbert Brennan, North Manheim Twp.; nieces and nephews.

Sutton Graham Freed,infant son of Jonathan and Markay Pfautz Freed, was born and passed away on December 10.

Enid B. Garcia, 59, of Lebanon, passed away December 8 at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey. She was the wife of the late Albert Louis Mojica Garcia, and a daughter of Adriana Vargas and the late Felix Colon. Enid is also survived by daughter, Erika Rosado of Lebanon; brother Carlos Feliciano of Pasadena, MD; and sisters, Clara Feliciano of Lebanon; Mirca, wife of Joseph Naugle of Cerritos, CA; Awilda Perez of Palmyra; Maria, wife of Brian Lacey of Lebanon, and Maria Hollenbaugh of Lebanon.

Dorothy Gera, 84, of Frackville, passed away December 8 at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Allentown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Gera. Dorothy is survived by: daughters, Dorothy Marie, Schuylkill Haven, and Barbara Darvell and her husband, Jerry, Freeland; sons, Michael and John, at home; sister, Agnes Saunderson, Lake Placid, NY; brother, Albert Torbich, Colliers, WV; grandchildren, Terri-Lee, Christopher, Steven, Lucinda and James; great-grandchildren, Tristen and Ivie; brother-in-law, the Rev. Francis T. Gera, Melbourne, FL; sister-in-law, Julia Gera, Frackville; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and -nephews.

Pauline R. "Hun" Werni Gerberich, 79, of Lebanon, passed away on December 13 at Manor Care. Surviving are daughter Debora A. spouse of Larry G. Wolfe, Sr.; grandchildren Natalie Wolfe spouse of James Giles, Larry G. Jr., spouse of Stacy Wolfe; great-grandchildren Colin Krow, Emily Krow, Malaki Giles, Cara Wolfe, Madyson Wolfe; sisters June Wenger, Annabelle Royer; and previous husband Leonard Werni. She was preceded in death by husband John Gerberich.

Teresa Groody, 86, of Ashland, passed away December 10 in Kulpmont. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Groody. Surviving are children, Rosemary, wife of Charles Nevius, Kulpmont, Joseph Groody, husband of Ann Marie, and John Groody, husband of Cathy, both of Ashland, James Groody, husband of Alette, Superior, CO, Christine Groody, Marie Groody, and Michael Groody, husband of Lori, all of Ashland, and William Groody, husband of Angela, Fountain Springs; brothers, George Forster, husband of Pat, Schuylkill Haven, and Paul Forster, husband of Jean, Lebanon; cousin, Virginia Heisler, Tamaqua; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Linford L. Halteman, 88, passed away December 8. He was the husband of the late Anna F. Detweiler Halteman. Linford is survived by daughters, Debra Halteman of Myerstown and Grace, wife of Mark Burgner of Lebanon; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Elvin of Telford, Ralph of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Floyd of Lebanon; and sister, Irene of Souderton.

Carolyn J. "Grandma Tootser" Hartranft, 75, passed away on December 8 at Spang Crest Manor. Surviving are son, Jeff Hartranft, Schaefferstown; daughters, Brenda spouse of Kevin Fisher, Lititz, Dianne spouse of Glenn Miller, Schaefferstown; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Fisher, Philadelphia, Alexander Fisher, Sunderland, Mass., Cole Miller, Schaefferstown; brothers, Owen Copenhaver, Richland, Perry Copenhaver, Ephrata, Dennis Copenhaver, Lebanon; sisters, Fern Smith, Lebanon, Donna Houser, Lebanon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Hartranft.

Harvey S. Herring Jr., 69, of Pine Grove, passed away December 10 at home. Surviving are his wife, Sandra L. Zimmerman Herring; sons, Scott Herring and companion, Missy, Tremont, and Richie Herring, Pine Grove; daughters, Lori, wife of Doug Morgan, Pine Grove, and Sheila Dimon, Enola; grandchildren, Luke, Tessah, Courtney, Devin and Katie; and sisters, Irene and Diane.

George S. Hixenheiser, 91, passed away December 8 at Rile’s Home-Aide Haven, Myerstown. He was the husband of the late Betty M. (Hollinger) Hixenheiser. George is survived by daughter, Jane, wife of David Reitz of Reading; grandchildren, Rebecca J., wife of Matthew Hummel of Leesport, Jonathan D. Reitz of West Lawn; great-grandchildren, Thomas, Jessica, and Jennie Hummel, all of Leesport; and sister, Betty, wife of Raymond Rutter, of Myerstown.

Judith A. Houser, 71, of Myerstown, passed away December 13 in Ephrata. She was the wife of the late Carl I. Houser. Judith is survived by children Warren Houser of Myerstown, Dawn wife of Robert Miller of Myerstown, Stacie Houser and companion Todd Newswanger of Myerstown, Dion Houser and fiance Dori Baldauf of Myerstown; grandchildren Eric, Tony, Brock, Heather, Natasha, Devin, great-grandchildren Noah, Coby, Hailie, Cole, Savannah, Paityn, Annie; brothers Michael, Timothy and Edward Houser; sisters Loretta Methias, Ann Brown; and nieces and nephews.

Miriam B. Hurst, 88, passed away on December 8 at the Ephrata Community Hospital. She was the wife of Louis Hurst. Miriam is also survived by children, Erla, wife of Carl B. Weaver of Ephrata, Melvin, husband of Arlene (Weaver) Hurst of Ephrata, Glenn, husband of Karen Kay (Martin) Hurst of Stevens, Louis, husband of Sharon Louise (Eberly) Hurst of Ephrata; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great grandchild; and sister, Lavina, wife of David Martin of Myerstown.

Esther (Barrick) Kingsborough,  100, passed away on December 8 in Grace Living Center, Jenks, OK. She was predeceased by her husband, Eugene Kingsborough. Esther is survived by daughters, Janet Miller, Gloria Wagner, and Mary Podjed; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Arnold Lewis Krater, 92, of Wayne Twp., passed away December 8 at his daughter’s home, where he was residing. He was the widower of Janice Leone Harron Krater. Arnold is survived by son, Randall Arthur Krater and his wife, Karen M., Robesonia; daughter, Carol Lee Shocket, Womelsdorf; granddaughters, Margaret Eleanor Krater, New York City, NY, Janet Lee Krater, Robesonia, Rebecca Leone Shocket, Philadelphia University, Katherine Elizabeth Krater, University of Pittsburgh, and Rachael Nicole Shocket, Susquehanna University; and Amy Lynn Beagan and other nieces and nephews.

Eugene R. Lewis, 76, of Wayne Twp., passed away December 11 at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg. He was the husband of Jeanette H. (Hardy) Lewis. Also surviving are son, Douglass Lewis and wife, Holly, North Manheim Twp.; daughter, Tracy Jansson, Hershey, and son-in-law, Douglas Jansson, Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren, Brooks, Bryce, Brayden, Brandt, Abigail, Ariel, Amelia and Abree Lewis and Chelsea Schnoke, wife of Ryan; brother, Robert Thomas and wife, Sandy, Quakertown; brother-in-law, George Somers and wife, Brenda, Phoenix Park; nieces and nephews.

Roberta A. Lick, 62, Lebanon, passed away on December 4 in her residence. She is survived by children: Paul and wife Shanon Hamilton, Josh and wife Rachel Reager, Lisa Garman; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Harold John Light, 86, passed away on December 6 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Jane A. (Donnelly) Light. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty H. Light. Hal is also survived by children, Robin L. Dunkle of Palmyra and Robert H. Light and wife Elizabeth of Souderton; stepdaughter, Jennifer Harris of Lewes, DE.; grandchildren, Harold Dunkle and wife Cardee, Daniel Dunkle, Heidi Cober, Amy Hoffer and husband Anthony, and Chelsea Cichocki; and great-grandchildren, Karsten and Reid Cober.

Luther J. Long, 95, of Orwigsburg, passed away December 10 at Orwigsburg Center. He was the widower of Julia M. Mickshaw Long. Surviving are sons, Ronald Long and wife, Beverly, and Randon Long and wife, Kimberly, all of Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren; Wendy Long, Lindsay Strouphauer and husband, Brandon, and Tyler Long; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Hailey Strouphauer; and sisters, Betty Neyer and Marion DeLong.

Gloria M. Miller, 86, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away December 10 at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg. She was the widow of Glenn E. Miller. Gloria is survived by son, David C. Miller, Reading, and nephew, Brian Carl, husband of Deanna, Schuylkill Haven, and other nieces and nephews; great-niece, Calista Carl; great-nephew Logan Carl; and other great-nieces and great-nephews.

Matilda A. Murray, 106, formerly of Annville, passed away December 11 in Cedar Haven Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late James F. Murray. Surviving are daughters, Joanne G. Bornemann and Barbara M. Kyne, both of Annville; ne son, James F. Murray, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth of Somerset, NJ; daughter-in-law, Irene Murray of Weehawken, NJ; grandchildren, Mary Ellen Douglass, William, James, and Thomas Bornemann, Jean Coleman, Michael, Eileen, Douglas J., Chris, and Barbara Kyne, and Diane Nikolic; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Helen G. Reed, 95, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away December 10 at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg. She was the widow of Verdan W. "Bud" Reed.  Helen is survived by son, Dennis A. Reed, husband of Sally, Auburn; daughter, Judith A. Witkowski, wife of Robert, Auburn; grandchildren, Dennis Jr., Brent and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Allison and Aiden; stepgrandchildren, Ashley, Kyle and April; a step-great-great-grandchild, Natalie; and sisters, Margaret Long, Auburn, and Irene Sabo, Temple.

Lloyd W. Rhoad, 90, passed away December 12 in the Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg. He was the widower of Alice J. (O'Dell) Rhoad. Surviving are son, Brian L., husband of Betty L. Rhoad of Grantville; daughter, Nancy J., wife of Michael A. Bronson of Kissimmee, FL; siblings, Mildred Yoder, Kenneth Rhoad, and Clinton Rhoad; and grandchildren.

James N. Ritzman, 43, passed away December 9 at his residence. He was the son of Nancy I. (Lutz) Houck and the late Mark E. Ritzman, Jr. Also surviving are sons, Jesse J. Ritzman and Justin L. Ritzman; sisters, Tammy I. Schoener, Mary Bennetch, and Brenda Houck; brother, John Houck, Jr.; step-brother, Brian Wolf; and nieces & nephews.

Eloise B. Rodgers, 79, of the Arden Courts of Susquehanna, passed away on December 10 at the home. Eloise is survived by daughter, Vickie M., wife of Ray W. Moyer of Lebanon; grandchildren, Amy wife, of Larry Brandon, Erin Rodgers and Brian Moyer; and great-grandchildren, A.J. and Shelby.

Charles H. "Pete" Seigel Sr., 77, of Schuylkill Haven, formerly of Palo Alto, passed away December 12 at Golden LivingCenter-York Terrace, Pottsville. Pete is survived by his wife, Joyce D. (Hinkle) Seigel; sons, Charles Jr., Jeffrey and William; daughter, Pamela; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and brothers, John Jr., Stanley and Thomas.

Mildred M. Snavely, 88, of Palmyra, passed away December 12 in the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home. She was the wife of Roy S. Snavely. Also surviving are stepson, Stanley Snavely of Cleona; stepdaughters, Marilyn Oellig of Grantville and Eleanor Snavely of Cleona; brothers, Lee Bashore of Mt. Aetna, Kenneth Bashore of San Antonio, TX, and Glenn Bashore of Lemmon, ND; stepgrandchildren; and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Merrill G. Stevens, 86, passed away December 11 in Frey Village, Middletown. He was the husband of the late Shirley A. Diven Stevens. Surviving are son, Galen E., husband of Susan Stevens of Palmyra; daughter, Pamela K. Brookhart of Annville; grandchildren, Jason P., husband of Kendall Stevens, Joshua D. Brookhart; great- grandson, Caleb Jasper Stevens; and brothers and sisters.

Mary E. Sutherly, 81, passed away December 12 at Stoneridge Town Centre. She was the wife of Allen C. Sutherly. Surviving are sons, Steven Sutherly and his wife, SuAnne of Palmyra, Jeffrey Sutherly of Palmyra; granddaughter, Shelle Sutherly; grandson, Shane Sutherly; great-grandchildren Joshua, Victoria, Samuel, and Veronica; brother, Richard S. Fernsler of Cleona; and sisters, Patricia A. Rentschler of Annville, Dorothy M. Light of Cleona, Dr. Jayne I. Fernsler of Oxford, and Lynda L. Bowman of Lebanon.

James Wilson Thomas, Sr., 84, formerly of Aston, passed away December 8 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was the husband of Esther (Strobel) Thomas. James is also survived by sons, James W. Thomas, Jr., of Downingtown, Stuart D. Thomas, of Wilmington, DE; grandchildren, Hannah G., Gavin O., Erich H., and Alec C. Thomas; and sister, Eleanor, wife of Col. James Brady (retired), of Georgia.

Luther L. "Lut" Wise, 84, of Tower City, passed away December 9 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center. Surviving are his wife, Helga Eheleuther Wise; children, Jeff (Judy) Wise, Bernville, Janet (Rock) Mrakovich, Middletown, Jerry (Carol) Wise, Pine Grove, and Jesse Wise, Lewisburg; brothers, Stanley (Doll) Wise, Mable, and Fred (Judy) Wise, Tower City; and grandchildren, Bryon, Brittney, Janelle, Jeremy, Cameron, Savannah, Justin and Dillon.