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Sara Miller

 

Sara Lucille Wilson Miller, 93, of Harrisburg, formerly of Highspire, passed away on Tuesday, April 14.

She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Miller who passed away in 1994. Born in Newport News, Va., Sara was the daughter of the late Joseph Gray and Margaret Lucille Jones Wilson. SaraMillerWEB

She was a graduate of the Elizabeth Buxton School of Nursing in Newport News; she was director of nurses and the health care supervisor at the Middletown Home for 25 years, retiring in 1983; she was a member of the former St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church, but had been attending St. Andrew’s in-the-Valley, Harrisburg; Sara was a member of the Hershey Civil War Round Table; she served on the vestry at St. Michael’s Church, was superintendent of the Sunday school, head of Episcopal Church Women and the acolytes, and was an acolyte trainer; and she served at the thrift shop in Middletown. Sara fondly will be remembered as baking the best pies in the world.

Sara was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Bird and Flora Jacobik.

She is survived by three children, J. Daniel (Birgit) Miller Jr., and Andrew W. (Renee) Miller, all of Harrisburg, and Virginia P. (William) Hoover of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother Joseph Gray (Barbara) Wilson Jr. of Hampton, Va.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral service honoring Sara’s life: Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 4620 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Ltd., 208 N. Union St., Middletown. There will be no viewing on Saturday at the church, but her family will receive condolences from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Sara’s memory to the Humane Society of Harrisburg, Inc. 7790 Grayson Road Harrisburg, PA 17111.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:11

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Eric Schaeffer

 

 Eric E. Schaeffer Sr., 73, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 7, at Harrisburg Hospital. For more information, visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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Miriam Worthy

 

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Miriam E. Worthy, 74, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, at Hershey Medical Center. She was the wife of the late John L. Worthy, who died January 8, 2012.

 

 Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Catherine Wise Gipe.

 

 Miriam was a homemaker, and was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Middletown. 

 

 She was preceded in death by her sister Harriet “Nip” Rhoads, and her brother Norman “Butch” Gipe.

 

 She is survived by her children, Debra Motter, Daniel G. Worthy, and John L. Worthy, all of Middletown, and Jody L. Worthy of Elizabethtown; two grandchildren Ian and Miranda Dunbar; three sisters Kim Lehew, Carol Scott and Linda Zellers; and a brother Paul Gipe. 

 

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend Miriam’s Life Celebration Memorial Service: Friday, April 10 at 4 p.m. at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 190 Fulling Mill Rd., Middletown, PA 17057.  

 

 Interment will be private.  

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her church at the address above.  

 

 Arrangements by Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

 

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Nancy Keiter

 

Nancy L. Keiter, 78, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 3, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

 

 She was born on November 30, 1936 in Danville, and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Anna Shultz Mottern.

 

 She was a former employee of Hershey Medical Center as an LPN; was a member of Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Middletown; was a wonderful homemaker for her loving family; and she enjoyed reading, knitting, and making dolls and bears.

 

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by infant daughters Jennifer and Tina Keiter, and son Timothy Keiter.

 

 Nancy is survived by her loving husband Charles A. Keiter; daughters Tamera Keiter Humbert and husband Phil of Lititz, and Wendy S. Rundle and husband Steve of Pasadena, Calif.; sister Patricia Klahr of Middletown; granddaughter Olivia M. Rundle of Pasadena; and her special beagle and buddy Sadie. 

 

 Service for Nancy: Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Spruce and East Emaus Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Arthur J. Fox, her pastor, officiating. 

 

 A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

 

 Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

 

 The family has entrusted the care to The Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., to handle the arrangements.

 

 Memorial contributions can be made in Nancy’s honor to Crossing Hospice, 3315 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA 17111.

 

 Online condolences can be sent to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:36

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Jeffrey Cleckner

 

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 Jeffrey L. “Shake” Cleckner, 60, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest at home on Monday, April 6, surrounded by his loving family.

 

 He was born on September 30, 1954 in Harrisburg, and was the son of the late Allen W. Cleckner Sr. and Ruth A. Funk Cleckner.

 

 Jeffrey was retired from Steelton Highspire School District as a building and grounds supervisor with 31 years of dedicated service, was a member of the 5th Ward Republican Club in Steelton, the former Steelton Moose, and loved coaching basketball, attending sports events, playing golf, playing poker, and being a practical joker for all his friends.

 

He was also a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown.

 

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Robert Funk and Allen Werner Jr., and sister Sherry Cleckner. 

 

 He is survived by his faithful loving companion, Melissa L. Morley, with whom he lived; son Jeffrey Werner Cleckner and wife Keesey, and daughter Jordane L. Cleckner, all of Middletown; grandchildren Jeffrey C. and Caleb T. Cleckner; sisters Carol Summey of Lewisberry, and Colleen Carnes and husband Teddy of Middletown; brothers Thomas Cleckner of Steelton, and Douglas Cleckner and wife Janet of Middletown; countless loving nieces, nephews and cousins; and his two dogs Chocolate and Cami.

 

 Services for Jeffrey: Friday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert, officiating. 

 

 A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, and a visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until time of the service on Friday at the church. 

 

 Burial will follow the service at Churchville Cemetery, Oberlin.  

 

 In lieu of flowers donations can be donated to Jeffrey’s church.

 

 Online condolences can be sent to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bryan Geyer

 

BryanGeyerWEBBryan P. Geyer, 37, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

He was born on September 6, 1977, in Harrisburg, and was the son of Faith L. Ditzler Resh and James P. Geyer.

He was employed by the Smucker Company in Lancaster as a drywall finisher; he was a parishioner of St. Catherine Laboure Roman Catholic Church, Harrisburg; was a member of Rescue Fireman’s Home Association; he loved trout fishing, camping and any outdoor related activities, and was also a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Dallas Cowboys and Penn State football. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his loving children and his dog Charlie. Bryan was a very caring and kind-hearted person.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children Annalicia K. Geyer of Marysville and Masen M. Geyer of Steelton; stepfather Jerry E. Resh; former stepfather Larry Ligon; brother Brandon Ligon of Harrisburg; maternal grandmother Dorothy M. Ditzler of Hershey; girlfriend Kristi Vaughn and her daughter Kimberly Parrish of New York; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Services for Bryan: Tuesday, April 7, at noon at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating, officiating.

A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home on Tuesday.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

 

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Stanley Callison

 

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Stanley A. Callison, 91, a resident of Homeland Center, Harrisburg, passed away Thursday, March 26, at Harrisburg Hospital.

 

 Born March 11, 1924, in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was a son of the late Ted and Stella Callison.

 

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Gwenda Callison, and sons-in-law Robert Grabill and Louis Miller.

 

 He is survived by his brother John Callison; daughters Margaret Miller, Nansi Grabill, Judy Beaverson (Ken), and Janice Williams (Tom); eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

 Stanley was a United States Army veteran, having served during the Battle of the Bulge and numerous campaigns during World War II; and he retired after 30 years with the United States Postal Service.

 

 Interment with full military honors will be at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. 

 

 Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.

 

 

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Benjamin Helsel Jr.

 

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Benjamin George Helsel Jr., 89, of Gainesville, Fla., passed away on Sunday, March 29, in Gainesville. 

 

 Ben was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Upon his retirement as a Special Agent with the FBI, he and Lois returned to their hometown of Middletown, where he opened his own law practice. Always inseparable, Lois worked with Ben as his legal secretary for many years. Ben was well loved and respected by all who had the privilege of being touched by his kindness and grace throughout a life well lived. 

 

 He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois D. Helsel of Gainesville; two daughters Carol Delany and husband Michael of Gainesville, and Joanne Georg and husband Edward of Nokesville, Va.; and two granddaughters, Lauren Belgrade and husband Jacob of Gainesville, and Erin Cary and husband Timothy of Easthampton, Mass.

 

 Graveside services will be private in the Memorial Garden at Trinity United Methodist Church, Gainesville.  

 

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mr. Helsel’s honor to the local Missions Fund, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32653.

 

 Please visit his memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:00

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Albert Griffith III

 

Albert M. Griffith III, 76, died on Friday, March 20, at his home in Lady Lake, Fla.

 

 He was born on March 10, 1939 in Philadelphia and was the son of the late Albert M. Jr., and Dorothy G. Griffith.

 

 He grew up in Middletown and graduated from Middletown High School Class of 1957; he attended Fork Union Military Academy, Va., and Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster; and he worked in the glass industry for several companies; and retired as a water treatment chemical sales engineer for a central Pennsylvania company.

 

 He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Bonnie Gibson Griffith; three sons Timothy and fiancée Dru of Hamburg, James and wife Carolina of Yulee, Fla., and Matthew and wife Sue of Elizabethtown; four granddaughters Riley, Kaitlyn, Emilia, and Amelia Griffith; two sisters Dorothy M. Laverty of Middletown, and Virginia I. Kelly of Stoneham, Mass.; many loving nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog Ellie.

 

 A private family gathering with prayers and scripture readings was held in his home in Lady Lake, Fla. for his immediate family.

 

 The Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lady Lake and The Villages, Florida, handled the arrangements.

 

 

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Charles Brewer

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Charles H. “Pappy,” “Charlie” Brewer, stepped into eternity with his Savior and Lord on Sunday, March 22. 

 

 He was born in Middletown on
July 29, 1926 and was the son of Charles H. Sr. and Marion Brewer. 

 

 During World War II, Charlie served in the U.S. Army Air Corps stateside from 1943 to 1945 and in the U.S. Army on Tobago Island from 1945 to 1946. After he was discharged from active service, Charlie served as a civil servant of the U.S. Air Force for 35 years. He especially enjoyed his second career as a Deputy Sheriff in Davis County, where he served the community faithfully for 14 years. 

 

 Charlie most loved spending time with his family. He also loved encouraging friends at the Ogden Veterans Home and Ogden Rescue Mission.

 

 Charlie knew that death would bring him into the presence of his Savior, not based on his own merit, but because he trusted in the sacrifice of Christ on his behalf: “By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works,” Ephesians 2:8-9.

 

 He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Velva Brewer; his daughters Bonnie (Court) Longbrook, and Brenda (Dave) Lake; his grandchildren Edward (Elizabeth) Mathias, Melissa (Robert) Alles, Charles (Connie) Mathias, John (Keri) Mathias, and Rebecca (David) Barlow; and his great-grandchildren Kaleb, Skyler, Katelyn, Sydney, Hannah, Anjali, Asha, Elijah, Diya, Lillian, and Marcus.

 

 A Celebration of Charlie’s life was held Saturday, March 28 at Kaysville Bible Church,  Kaysville, Utah. 

 

 Interment, with military honors, was held at Kaysville City Cemetery.

 

 In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to Kaysville Bible Church Missions Fund, P.O. Box 262, Kaysville, Utah, 84037. 

 

 Services were entrusted to Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, Layton, Utah.

 

 Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com.

 

 

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Evelyn Hershey

 

Evelyn R. Hershey, 95, of Middletown, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 26, at Middletown Home, Middletown.

She was born on November 21, 1919, in Londonderry Township and was the daughter of the late William M. and Margaret B. King Rider.EvelynHersheyWEB

She was a member of Word of Life Chapel in Bainbridge and its Senior Adult Fellowship. She worked on the Londonderry Township Election Board for many years, attended the Christian Women’s Club, and sang with the Londonderry Aires. Evelyn loved gardening, canning, cooking, bowling, mending, crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble, making over 300 scrapbooks for shut-ins, as well as spending time with her loving family. Evelyn faithfully served her Lord and was active in teaching the Bible in various ministries and also supported missionaries around the world. She was also a graduate of Middletown High School, Class of 1937.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Ray C. Hershey, sister Elsie Weaver, and brothers John and Ralph Rider.

She is survived by her children, Edith Horting and husband Robert, Lois Chocklette and husband Larry, and son Mel Hershey and wife Cindy, all of Middletown, and daughter Phyllis Aungst and husband Robert of Marietta; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service: Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at Word of Life Chapel, 139 Wickersham Road, Bainbridge, with the Rev. Mark Habecker, her pastor, officiating.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown. There will also be a visitation with family before and after the service on Tuesday at Word of Life Chapel.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions can be made in Evelyn’s name to Word of Life Chapel New Building Fund, 139 Wickersham Rd., Bainbridge, PA 17502.

Online condolences can be sent to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com

 

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