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Catherine G. "Kit" Allison, 87, formerly of Cressona, passed away July 11 at Luther Ridge, Pottsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Allison. Kit is survived by sons, Timothy J. Allison, Pottsville, George W. Allison, Auburn, and William T. Allison, Pottsville; a daughter, Jean L. Eckroth, West Lawn; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Schaeffer, Maryland; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Singley, widow of John Singley.

Earl Eugene Bell, 88, passed away July 10 in Harrisburg Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann (Longenecker) Bell. Earl is survived by a son, Linn Eugene Bell, husband of Diane Louise (Brossman) Bell of Harrisburg, grandchildren, Rachel Emmaline Bell and Adam Nathaniel Bell both of Harrisburg; a sister, Betty Jane (Bell) Ament of Mt Joy, wife of the late Paul M. Ament; and a brother, M. John Bell of Harrisburg, husband of Josephine E. (Longenecker) Bell, and by several nieces and nephews.

Robert L. Bollinger, 64, passed away in an airplane accident on June 22, 2014, in Fairfield, Iowa.  He is survived by his wife, Ruthann (Meckley) of Fairfield, Iowa; brothers, Donald Bollinger of Lebanon, and Dr. James Bollinger of Glenmore; a niece, Angela (Bollinger) Foltz of Lebanon; and nephews, Steven Bollinger of Pittsburgh and John Bollinger of Glenmore.

Sam Carter, 78, formerly of Lebanon, passed away June 15 in Fresno, CA. He the husband of Carrie Carter.

Janet M. Clair, 80, passed away July 5 in Spang Crest Manor. She was the wife of the late Oscar W. Clair Jr. Janet is survived by her children: Oscar W. Clair III and wife Barbara, DL; Henry W. Clair and wife Diane, Myerstown; Ronald L. Clair and wife Lori, Lebanon; Dale E. Clair and wife Sylvia, Palmyra; Anita Kiscadden, Lebanon; Roger W. Clair, Lebanon; Heidi L. Clair, Jonestown; Shawn Clair, Palmyra; Corey S. Clair, Lebanon; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; sister: Sara Rothermel, Canada; brothers: Roger Sutton, Lebanon; David Sutton, Myerstown; Kenneth Sutton, Lebanon; Harvey Sutton, Tremont.

Barbara Rose Clos, 83, passed away June 29 in Cornwall Manor. Surviving are nieces and a nephew.

Catherine Elizabeth Conway, 97, of Tremont, passed away July 6 at Tremont Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank V. Conway. Surviving are daughters, Joan, wife of Palmer Koch, Pine Grove, Mary, wife of Ronald Aungst, Tremont, and Ann, wife of Bruce Witmer, Pine Grove; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and brother, James Fleming, Tremont.

Jack William Deitzler, 54, Lebanon, passed away July 9. He was the husband of Kim M. (Allwein) Deitzler. In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Michael and Danielle; siblings, Theresa, Ruby, John, Levi, Paul, and Debra; stepchildren, Brian, Lisa, and Penny; grandchildren; and  nieces and nephews.

Judith D. "Judy" Demyan, 73, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away July 8 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. She was a daughter of Elizabeth L. Johns Haverty, Schuylkill Haven, and the late Robert W. Haverty. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are daughters, Sharon M. Demyan, Allentown, and Susan E. Stratton and her husband, Eric, South Hadley, Mass.; grandchildren, Stephen T. and Alexis J. Stratton, also of South Hadley; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ruby A. Dundore, 80, Quentin, passed away July 12 at her residence. She was the wife of the late Earl L. Dundore, Sr. Ruby is survived by a daughter, Linda L. Hylton, fiancee of David Kelley, of Ransomville, N.Y.; sons, Earl L. Jr., husband of Pat Dundore, of Quentin, Robert E. Dundore, fiance of Linda Smith, of Quentin, George A. Dundore, of Quentin, Michael P. Dundore, fiance of Lisa Kapp, of Quentin, Lester F. Dundore, of York; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Demler, of Annville; and many nieces and nephews.

John C. Dunkleberger, Jr., 59, Lebanon, passed away July 9 at his home. Surviving are wife, Karen L. Dunkleberger nee Weatherholtz; son, John C. Dunkleberger, III, spouse of Heather; daughter, Amy Jo, spouse of Robert Goodmond; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Dunkleberger, Natalia Dunkleberger, Elias Lopez, Peyton Goodmond, Allie Dunkleberger, Kenzie Dunkleberger, and Zander Dunkleberger; brother, Steve, spouse of Sue Dunkleberger of Elizabethtown; sisters, Tammy, spouse of Kevin Williams of Elizabethtown, Jaci, spouse of Matt Verghese of Elizabethtown, and Stacy Dunkleberger of Lancaster; and father-in-law, David Weatherholtz.

Marlin H. Eby, Sr., 87, passed away July 11 at Countryside Christian Community, Annville. Surviving are his children, Marlin H. Eby, Jr. of Lebanon, Gerald J. Eby of Lebanon, and Tracy D. Eby of Tennessee; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Harold G. Engle, Jr., 84, passed away July 7  in his family vacation home in Mt. Gretna. Harold is survived by a daughter, Susan Engle of Washington Crossing; a son, Glenn and wife, Yoko Engle of Honolulu, Hawaii; granddaughter, Kristin Carney of Lincoln, Neb.; grandson, David Carney of Worcester, Mass.; granddaughter, Sandy Engle of Honolulu, Hawaii; and granddaughter, Shawn Engle of San Diego, Ca. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Hovis Engle.

Lionel "Jerry" Joseph Guindon, 81, passed away at home July 8 in Lebanon. His first wife, Patricia L. (Wentling) Guindon, of Lebanon, preceded him in death. Jerry is survived by his widow, Elizabeth M.; sisters, Bertha Blevins,  of Orange Park, Fla., and twins, Helen Menard, of Willow Brook, Ill., and Evelyn Cass, of Cornell, Mich.; children, Keith A. (Deb) Guindon of Houston, Texas, Thea M. (Raymond) Blouch of Annville, David M. (Linda) Guindon of Chemung, N.Y., and Kathryn Y. Guindon of Ellenton, Fla.; stepchildren, Susanne E. Wile of Houston, Texas, James A. (Susanne) Wile of Strasburg, Deborah A. (Dale) Granger of Lebanon, and John D. (Kim) Wile of Jonestown; grandchildren, Megan (Guindon) Couden, Amy (Guindon) Beazzo, Jason Blouch, Erin Guindon, Ashley Guindon, Stephanie (Blouch) Hartz, Stephen Blouch, Andrew Blouch, and Amanda Blouch; stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Frances M. Hetrick, 88, passed away July 7 at the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. Surviving are her husband, Orville W. Hetrick; daughters, Shirley Suchy (Gary), Donna Hetrick (Frank), Joyce Hetrick (Tom), Deborah Blouch (Scot) and Barbara Heinaman (Jerry), all of Lebanon County; brothers, Arthur Sanborn of New York and Fred Behrendt of Florida; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Margaret A. Holland, 86, of Cressona, passed away July 11 at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg. She was the wife of the late Charles W. Krauch. Margaret is survived by sons, Charles W. Krauch and his wife, Carol, Greeley, Colo., and George E. Krauch and his companion, Jean Cook, Pottsville; grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Ruth Mattocks Kauffman, 84, passed away July 9 at StoneRidge Poplar Run, Myerstown. She was the wife of the late John M. Kauffman. She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Kauffman of Marysville, Ohio; sons, John M., husband of Elizabeth C. Kauffman of Arlington, Va., G. Brian Kauffman of Ferndale, Mich., and Robert S. Kauffman; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a sister, Marion Ferguson of Maple Shade, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.

Ruth E Killian, 89, passed away July 7 at Luther Acres in Lititz. She is survived by cousins.

Helen M. Knorr, 97, Hegins, passed away July 7 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy A. Knorr. Surviving are a grandson, Kenneth Knorr, Lavelle; granddaughter, Karen Lesher, Grantville; great-grandson, Robert Lesher, Ashland; and great-great-granddaughter, Addison Lesher, Ashland.

Cynthia A. Kopp, 64, Lebanon, passed away July 2 at her residence. She was the wife of Randall W. Kopp. In addition to her husband, Cindy is survived by daughters, Tonya M., wife of Paul Gadel of Jonestown, Sandra R. Kopp of Lebanon, and Randi N. Kopp of Jonestown; grandchildren, Caitlin Gadel, David Gadel, Zachary McCarthy, and Riley McCarthy; brothers, Robert Heilman of Jonestown, Lonnie Heilman of Annville, and Todd Heilman of Lebanon; and a sister, Cheryl, wife of William Ruhle of Cleona.

Violet Louise Brightbill Lechner, passed away July 11 in Spang Crest Manor, Lebanon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lechner. Violet is survived by her children, Jane Killian (Harry J.) of Camp Hill, Nancy Rank (Sam) of Lebanon, Ronald of Annville, Thomas (Tracy Beard) of Jonestown, and Judy Leggat (Dave) of Lebanon; granddaughters, Meredith Killian Askey (Paul, Penelope), Hannah Killian, Katy Rank Lev (Corey, Miles, Felix), Betsy Rank (Steve Kralovich, Connor), Sami Rank (Richard Bravo, Ananda, Narayan), Adalia DiFabio, Frances DiFabio, and Greer Leggat; her brother, Sam and Rowena Brightbill, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kathleen E. Luciotti, 57, Manassas, Va passed away July 6 at her residence. She was a daughter to Francis Luciotti Sr. and the late Violet Mauldin Luciotti. Kathy is survived by her father Frank Luciotti, Sr. and his wife Carol of Heath, Ohio; her sister Donna Bursk and nephews Mike and Ken Bursk of Manassas, VA; sister Bobbi and her husband Stan Dixion of Lancaster, Ohio and nephews Aaron Varble of West VA and Phillip Varble of Ohio; sister Cheri Adams and niece PJ Wadas of Mountain Home, Idaho; and brother Teig Levingston and his wife Yvette and nephews Robert and Corey Levingston of Harker Heights, TX.

Elva Jean (Lehman) Miller, 79, Lititz, passed away July 4 at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Center. She  was the wife of James M. Miller.  Surviving in addition to her husband are sons, Gregory of Basking Ridge, N.J., married to Lori (Bull), and Robert of Upper Saddle River, N.J., married to Lisa Ann Brady; grandchildren, Susan, married to Michael Perna, Rebecca, married to Johnathan Jenkins, Esther, at home in Basking Ridge, and Luke and Matthew, at home in Upper Saddle River; great-grandson, Caleb Jenkins; and sisters, Dorothy L. Hershberger of Huntington,  married to Rex Hershberger, and Janice L. Ruhl of Lititz, wife of the late Donald E. Ruhl.

Esmond Gains Moyer Jr., 64, formerly of Cressona, passed away July 6 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is survived by his twin sisters, Yvonne Ferguson and Diane Dowdell; sister, Dru Brooks; brothers-in-law, John Ferguson and Danny Brooks; nephew, Christopher (Brandy) Dowdell; nieces, Lindsey and Lauren Brooks; and great-nieces, Aurora, Bella and Lilly.

Edward G. O'Neill, Jr., 87, passed away July 4 at Hill Farm Estate. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence A. (Dohner) O'Neill. Surviving are a daughter, Joanne, wife of Willie Carlisle of Jonestown, sons Rodney of Norristown, and Timothy, husband of Thomasine O'Neill of Myerstown; grandchildren, Corey Carlisle, Astra Truax, Adam O'Neill, Jonathan O'Neill, Tiffany Yorgensen and Timothy O'Neill Jr.; great-grandchildren, Skylar, Ciara and Gage Carlisle, Katie, Olivia, Jacob and Violet Yorgensen, Jackson O'Neill, Tora and Sydney Truax and nieces and nephew.

Gary L. Phillips, 59, Bernville, passed away July 6. He is survived by his wife, Denise (Freed) Phillips; daughter, Michelle Phillips; parents, Annie (Moyer) and Robert Phillips, Sr.; brothers, Robert Phillips, Jr. and Richard Phillips; sisters, Sharon Allen wife of William, and Sandy Daub wife of Kevin.

Debra L. "Deb" Ruhnke, 55, passed away July 9 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Surviving are husband, Jerry R. Ruhnke; son, Jason Ruhnke; brother, Freeman Miller III, spouse of Kathleen; sister, Beth spouse of Gary Ludwig; several nieces and nephews.

Michael S. Schwenk, 47, of Montrose, passed away at home July 8. Surviving is his wife, Sandy (Zapolski) Schwenk; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael II and Megan Schwenk, Kyle Schwenk; stepchildren, Teresa and Cody McCollum; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Madison, and Noah Schwenk; siblings, Kathy Arndt, Glenn and Mary Ellen Dalton, Lee Dalton, Michelle Durocher, Joyce Grey, Denise Hannah, Lori Schwenk, Robert Schwenk, Arlon Schools, Deb Windsor; aunts and uncles, numerous nieces and nephews.

Emma M. Shelly, 91, passed away July 9 at Cedar Haven. Surviving are son, Dale spouse of Elizabeth Shelly, Palmyra; daughters, Joyce spouse of Scott Plasterer, Lebanon, Faye spouse of James Aurand, Middleburg; grandchildren, Melissa spouse of Craig Groff, Kevin spouse of Helen Kreiser, Kelly spouse of Michael Plasterer, Jeffrey Aurand, Bradley spouse of Bethann Aurand, Andrew spouse of Alyssa Aurand; great-grandchildren, Ben Groff, Ethan Groff, Dylan Groff, Zack Kreiser, Jake Kreiser, Emma Plasterer, Addison Aurand; brothers, David Reppert, Ern Reppert, Glen Reppert; sister, Christine Yiengst; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Henry W. Shelly.

Samuel D. Shertzer, 93, of Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim, passed away July 6 at LGH. He was predeceased by first wife, Elizabeth (Laushey), and second wife, Janet (Kirchner). Surviving are sons, Kenneth S., married to Judy of Lebanon, Thomas L. of South Carolina, and Michael A., married to Brigida of Dallastown; stepson, Thomas Wilkinson, married to Linda of Tennessee; grandchildren, Amy, Greg, Alexandra, Nicole, Jaclynn, Joseph, and Patrick; stepgrandchildren, Mark and Jeff; and step great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Michael; siblings, Elmer Shertzer of the Mennonite Home, and Mabel, married to John Lockard of Mount Joy.

Josephine Sitkus, 82, of Minersville, passed away July 8 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Preceding her in death was her husband, Vito. Surviving are a daughter, Rosann (David) Wilson, Pottsville; sons, Jerry, Minersville, and Michael, Pottsville; grandchildren, David and Tyler Wilson, Pottsville; a daughter-in-law, Dolly Sitkus, New Hope; a godson, James Yacobacci; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Marlin R. "Snub" Snavely, 91, passed away July 7 at Manor Care. Surviving are son, Robert Snavely; daughters, Marlene Snavely and Sandra K. Hinkel; grandchildren, Matthew Snavely, Adam Snavely, and Tony Hinkel; and great-grandchildren, Sarah Snavely, Bethany Snavely, Emily Snavely, and Jacob Snavely. He was preceded in death by wife, Esther S. Snavely nee Clauser.

Ruth E. Stalnecker, 78, passed away July 9 at the Hyman Caplan Pavilion of the GSH. She was the wife of the late Charles H. Stalnecker, Jr. She is survived by daughters, Marilyn J., wife of Rev. Dr. Ira F. Lydic of Lebanon, and Arlene R., wife of Scott Kerr of York; grandsons, Matthew, husband of Cara Kerr of Mt. Wolf, and Adam, husband of Stacy Kerr of York; great-grandchildren; brother, James, husband of Raquel Wile of Lebanon; and sister, Judith, wife of C. Richard Schott of Wallingford.

Walter S. Wolfe Jr., 81, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away July 4 in Seton Manor Nursing Center, Orwigsburg. Preceding him in death was his wife, Shirley A. Wolfe. Surviving are daughters, Ginger Keller and her significant other, Bruce Mochrie, North Carolina, and Holly K., wife of Charles Buehler, Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren, Caitlin Keller, Rachael Wolfe, Kayla Buechler and Alison Wolfe; a brother, Kenneth L. Wolfe Sr.; sisters, Mae Aungst and Dorothy Hoffman, all of Pine Grove; and a daughter-in-law, Francine Wolfe, Schuylkill Haven.