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Obituaries

William T. “Bill” Aurentz, 77, passed away at the Lebanon VA Medical Center November 25. He was the husband of Bonita L. “Bonnie” (Aurentz) Aurentz. Also surviving are siblings, Jeffrey (Colette) Aurentz of Myerstown, Heather (Earl) Whorley of Annville; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.

Jodi Kathryn (Carpenter) Barrick, 51, passed away November 18 in the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence. She is survived by her husband, Douglas Wayne Barrick; sisters, Laurie Matters, Lisa (Dave) Fisher; brother, Donald (Tricia) Carpenter, Jr.; nieces and nephews, Reegan, Ashley,  Josh, Heather, Holly, and Nick.

Ernest H. “Ernie” Batdorf, 88, of Newmanstown, passed away November 24 at his residence. He was the husband of Elaine K. (Riehl) Batdorf. Ernie is also survived by son, Kerry (Barbara) Batdorf of Essex Junction, VT; daughter, Patrice (Drew) Oberly of Womelsdorf; stepson, Loren (Jennifer) Gerhart of Richland; stepdaughter, Lisa Field of Fredericksburg; grandchildren, Scott, Ethan, and Teah; great-grandchildren; stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Lyndsey Ann Blatt, 30, passed away November 25 at the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. She was the daughter of Paul C. and Cynthia (Riedel) Blatt, with whom she resided. Lyndsey is also survived by brother, Christopher Riedel of Columbia, Lancaster Co.; grandparents, Rev. Warren C. and Marian Riedel of Lancaster, Charles P. and Eleanor Blatt of Mt. Aetna; uncles, Mark (Sandy) Riedel of Deer Lake, Gerald Blatt of Richland, Charles Blatt, Jr. of Lebanon; aunts, Kimberly Blatt and Malena Blatt, both of Lebanon; nephews, Christian and Reilly; cousins; and her fiancé, Scott Allen Brown.

Eugene Ray Brown, 82, passed away in Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital November 23. He was the husband of Lois J. Merkey Brown. Also surviving are children, Rick E. Brown, Bonnie L. (Gary J.) Peffley, all of Lebanon, and Susan K. (Michael D.) Long, Cleona; grandchildren, Ricky Jr., Rose, Joshua, Katie and Erin; great-grandchildren, Cody, Sasha, Iziah; sister, Jeanette Stoudt of Myerstown; nieces and nephews.

Verna M. Brown, 99, passed away November 21 in her home in Klingerstown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl J. Brown. Verna is survived by children, Doris Lucas, Ferne (Gary) Church, and Allen (Elizabeth) Brown; grandchildren, Matthew (Jaci) Lucas, Pamela (Michael) Benfer, Andrew (Abby) Brown, Emily (Ben) Wolfert, Lindsey Brown and Melanie (Andrew) Maggi; and great-grandsons.

Joyce Patricia (Roberts) Christ, 85, of Annville, passed away November 17 in her home. She is survived by her husband, Donald George Christ; and sons, Timothy (Cherye) Christ and David (Carol) Christ.

Pearl Helen Ebling, 71, of Lebanon Co., formerly of Strausstown, passed away November 25 in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. She was the wife of Ernest L. P. Ebling, Sr. Pearl is also survived by children, Michael J. (Denise) Ebling, Reading, Ernest L. P. (Rose) Ebling, Jr., Myerstown, Debra A. (Glenn) Rumbel, Bernville; stepdaughter, Debra (Ephraim) Rodriguez, Reading; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Fred C. Ehrlich, Jr., of Lebanon, passed away on November 19.

Floyd F. “Bud” Fox, 90, of Pine Grove, passed away November 19 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center, Tremont.

Susan M. Fox, 58, of Mount Aetna, passed away November 19 at her residence. She was the wife of James L. Fox.

John A. Gamby, 72, of Cornwall, passed away November 22 in his residence. He was the husband of Victoria A. Shultz Gamby. John is also survived by children, Joy (Mark) Burkhard, Erin Douglas; stepchildren, Thomas Houck, Tammy (Denny) Berg, Todd Houck; grandchildren; and sisters, Diane Arps and Noel (Dan) Gosnell.

Shirley J. Golembiewski, 82, of Lebanon, passed away in her residence November 22. She was the wife of Joseph J. Golembiewski. Shirley is also survived by daughters, Lisa (Paul Jr.) Schultz, Annville, Lori Miller, Annville; grandchildren; sister, Carole K. Kline, Annville; brother, Guy A. Umberger, Lebanon; nieces and nephews.

Paulette E. “Polly” Henne, 74, passed away November 24 at Garrett Regional Medical Center, MD. Surviving are husband, Henry K. Henne; sons, Samuel (Lisa) Henne, Terry (Andrea) Henne, Randy (Elaine) Henne; grandchildren, Megan, Gregory, Truman, Kasie, Mason; great-grandchildren, Whitney, Wyatt; and sister, Kay Lutz.

Isabelle Augusta Naffin Hill passed away November 26. Her husband, Gerald W. Hill, preceded her in death. Isabelle is survived by daughters, Barbara H. Hill (Tina Yocum), Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Nancy I. Hill, Lake Wynonah; grandchildren, Timothy M. (Jessica) Zimmerman, Friedensburg, and Jessica N. (Timothy) Williams, Long Island, NY; great-grandchildren, Madison and Jacob Zimmerman, Friedensburg, and Emilia Williams; nieces and nephews.

Doris E. “Dots” Keller, 87, of Lebanon, passed away November 21 in her residence. She was the wife of the late William A. “Red” Keller. Doris is survived by daughter, Rita M. (William) Hollinger; grandson, Shane (Nichole) Hollinger; great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Milo; brother-in-law, Warren Keller; nieces and nephews.

Mary V. Kulikowski, 95, of Palmyra, passed away November 19 in Cedar Haven. She was the wife of the late Anthony Kulikowski. Surviving are children, Anthony S. Kulikowski, Austin, TX, Stanley J. Kolikowski, Lebanon, Mary Nangle, Palmyra; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, James Gappa, Esther Gappa, Anna Hain, Rose Groh, all of Lebanon.

Walter S. Meily, Jr., 92, passed away November 23 in Annville. He is survived by children, Donald (Louise) Meily of Hershey, Carol (John) Meily of Hershey, Dennis (Mashell) Meily of Elizabethtown; his life partner, Christina Mihelich; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great- grandchildren; sister, Darlene Mortenson of New Jersey; and brother, Lavern Meily of California.

Marion Lee Miller passed away November 22 at her home. She was the widow of George Miller. Marion is survived by children, Jeffrey D. (Donna) Miller, Barbara A. (Robert) Donough, Beverly J. (Gary) Whitman; grandchildren, Brenda, Jeff Jr., Dave, Jared, Sarah, and Jenna; great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur L Biever, Jr.; and sisters, Mildred Detweiler and Shirley Terry.

Patricia Ann Mindy, 62, of Tremont, passed away November 22 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street. Surviving are her husband, John Mindy; daughter, Kim Spolski, Tremont; son, Sean Mindy, Tremont; grandchild, Harper Lee; sister, Janice Mars, Pine Grove; and brother, Paul Swartzlander, Meckville.

Suzanne M. Planken, 57, of Annville, passed away November 21 at her home. She was the wife of David L. Planken. Suzanne is also survived by son, Michael D. (Nicole) Planken of Grantville; grandchildren, Benjamin, Gracie and Tyler; brother, Robert G. (Sharon) Griffiths of Lebanon; sisters, Paulette (Dean L.) Cross of Cornwall and Felisha Solesky-Donmoyer (Robert) of Annville; sister-in-law, Eleanor Griffiths of Lebanon; nieces and nephews.

Sheree D. Ritter, 59, of Bethel, passed away November 24 at her residence. She was the wife of James C. Ritter, and the daughter of Dorothy A. (Gibson) Miller of Myerstown, and the late Luther J. Miller, Sr. Sheree is also survived by sisters, Shawne Stone of Lebanon, Candace (Curtis) Cashaw of Myerstown, Charlene (Dale) Wolfe of Hanover; brothers, Luther (Wendy) Miller, Jr. of Myerstown, Charles (Jody) Miller of Cornwall, Gregory (Stacy) Miller of Lebanon; nieces and nephews.

Hilda I. Schaeffer, 85, formerly of Lebanon, passed away November 22 in Stoneridge Towne Centre, Myerstown. She is survived by children, Richard Schaeffer, Jr., Terry Schaeffer, Glenn Schaeffer, Kristie Kleinfelter and Scott Schaeffer.

Thomas L. Shuey, 67, passed away November 26 at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Surviving are children, Ashley P. Shuey of Shartlesville, Vicki (John) Helsley of Pittsburgh, Teri Lyn (Mike) Marks of Lebanon; grandchildren; great-grandchild; and brothers, Earnest E. (Elaine) Shuey and John (Susan) Shuey of Jonestown.

Kate Sitler, 67, of East Hanover Township, Dauphin Co., passed away November 5 in the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. She was the daughter of Harold L. Sitler of Hershey and the late Dorothy H. (Gilmore) Sitler.Kate is also survived by brothers, David (Donna) Sitler of Palmyra, Robert Sitler of Ocean City, MD, and Richard (Carol) Sitler of Williamstown; nephews, Michael and Evan; nieces, Hannah and Rachel; and great-nephew, Caleb.

Barry R. Smith, 74, of Palmyra, passed away November 24 in his home. He is survived by his wife, Marchere Bargo Smith; daughters, Robin L. (Stephen M. Sr.) Stine of Palmyra, Michelle L. (Patrick) Mullen of Lebanon, and Megan M. Armold of Annville; sons, David A. Smith of Richland and Christopher M. Smith of Georgia; sisters, Judith A. Ranieri and Janet L. (Joseph) Templin, both of Palmyra; brothers, Jerry W. Smith of Hummelstown, Keith R. Smith of Palmyra, and William R. (Donna) Smith of Florida; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Ian Joseph Smith, 17, passed away November 19. He was the son of Bobby Joe and Lynelle Weaver Smith. Also surviving are brother, Trevor R. Smith, at home; grandparents, Clarence and Harriet Weaver of Lebanon, Thomas and Nancy Dillard of Cleona; foster great-grandparents, Warren and Grace Bomberger of Annville; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Marion A. Spangler, 83, passed away November 25 in Cedar Haven. She is survived by children, Earl J. Schneck, Jr., Lebanon, Sharon A. Heck, Lebanon, Audrey C. (David Sr.) Williams, Rehrersburg, Cheryl L. (Russell C. Jr.) Rhoades, Lebanon; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sister, Ethel (Ernest) Gaboury, Narragansett, RI.

Ellen S. Tobias, 82, formerly of Richland, passed away November 26 at StoneRidge Poplar Run, Myerstown. She was the wife of Ray G. Tobias. Ellen is also survived by daughters, Susan (Anthony) Weihrauch of Lebanon, Sharon (Chris) Riegel of Womelsdorf; son, James (Crystal) Tobias of Lebanon; grandchildren, Melissa and Susan; great-grandchildren, Dakota, Destini, and Daniel; sister, Ruth (George) Heller of Myerstown; nieces and nephews.

John Anthony Von Essen, 72, of Palmyra, passed away November 20 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lori (Sheeley) Von Essen. John is survived by sons, Harris E. (Melissa D.) Von Essen of Plymouth Meeting, and John A. (Miriam P.) Von Essen, Jr. of Lafayette Hill; grandchildren, Jordan, Eliza, and Jacob; and his girlfriend, Rochelle H. Engle.

Dorothy M. Williamson, 97, passed away November 19 at Arden Courts of Susquehanna. She was the widow of Charles J. Williamson. Dorothy is survived by daughters, Judith (Vincent) Krovic of Harrisburg, Patricia Heilman of Palmyra and Lisa Williamson of Middleburg, VA; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Richard A. Zerbe, Jr., 43, of Pine Grove, passed away November 23 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown. He was a son of Richard A. Zerbe, Sr., Pine Grove, and Rhonda S. Lucas Lucas, Joliett. Also surviving are son, Daniel Zerbe, and daughters, Emily and Katie Zerbe, all of Trevorton; brother, Daniel Zerbe, Maryville, TN; and sister, Tanya Zerbe, Pine Grove.

Clara M. Zimmerman, 91, passed away November 20 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon. Her husband, Elmer W. W. Zimmerman, preceded her in death. She is survived by son, Elmer H. Zimmerman, Lebanon; daughters, Shirley (Vaughn) Saunders of Bernville, Nancy Pannag of Bethel, and Linda (Kenneth) Beiler of Lebanon; grandchildren, Jennifer (Charles) Winters, Annville, Kristen (Robert) Nagy, Boyertown, Mark (Leslie) Boyer, Leesport, and Melissa (Ryan) Allen, Bethel; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Mason, Jaxon, Jillian, Kameron, Britny, Dillan, and Brody; great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

Eva M. Zimmerman, formerly of Richland, passed away November 18 in Stoneridge Towne Centre, Myerstown. She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Zimmerman. Surviving are children, Kathryn (Melvin) Zimmerman of Richland, Mabel (John D.) Witmer of Richland, Irene (Arnold) Willey of Abbevville, SC, John (Linda) Zimmerman, Jr. of Richland, Clair (Naomi) Zimmerman of Fairplay, SC, Marlin (Bonnie) Zimmerman of Richland; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Willis Martin of Wellsboro.

Irene “Beanie” Zimmerman, 70, of Auburn, passed away November 18. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Robert W. Zimmerman. Irene is survived by daughter, Amanda (Peter) Copeland, New York, NY; brothers, Alfred (Debra) Reiner, Johnstown, and John (Karen) Reiner, Clayton, WA.; sister, Mary (Harvey) Lengle, Pine Grove; first husband, Roger Huntzinger, Schuylkill Haven; nieces and nephews.