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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.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:05

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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.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:54

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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.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:48

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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

 

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 11:12

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Charlotte Chubb

 

Charlotte Ann Chubb, 85, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 24, at Frey Village Nursing Home, Middletown, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on September 3, 1929, in Mount Joy and was the daughter of the late Charles J. and Florence Heilig Bennett.

Charlotte was retired from the Middletown School District and was very well known as the cafeteria worker to the students for many years of her dedicated service to the school district; she was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary where she served as a past president, and the Middletown Historical Society and its craft fair; she was involved with Interfaith Food Pantry; and was a graduate of Mount Joy High School.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Henry A. Chubb.

She is survived by her children Edward H. Chubb and wife Barbara of Harrisburg, Carol Chubb Jones and husband Raymond of Middletown, and Jack B. Chubb and wife Deanna of Camp Hill; grandchildren Adam Chubb and wife Emily, Allison Chubb, Casey Jones and wife Caley, Amanda Jones, Molly Jones, and Samantha Chubb; and great-grandchildren Lena, Brynn, Cole Jones, and Charlotte Chubb.

Services for Charlotte: Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert, her pastor, officiating.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, and a visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church.

Burial will follow the service at the Middletown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, PA 17057, or to Middletown Historical Society, 29 E. Main St., Middletown, PA 17057.

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

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:42

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Frances Barb

 

Frances H. “Susie” Barb, 63, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 24, at Harrisburg Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.FrancisBarbWEB

She was born on September 22, 1951, in Mahanoy City and was the daughter of the late Arthur Garfield Sr. and Helen Frances Babinsky Williams.

Frances was a homemaker for her loving family; was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Middletown; was a graduate of Middletown Area High School Class of 1969; she enjoyed sewing, being a wonderful seamstress; and was a receptionist at G & G Dance Studio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister Barbara Stone, and brothers Arthur Williams Jr. and Joseph Williams.

She is survived by her husband Ronald D. Barb Sr.; daughter Stacy A. Barb, and son Ronald D. Barb Jr. and wife Jodi, all of Middletown; grandchildren Nathan and Kasey Barb; sister Becky Biter and husband Keith; brothers Mark Williams and wife Belle, and Thomas Williams and wife Cindy, all of Middletown; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ted Keating, her pastor, as celebrant.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 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., Middletown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA 17057.

Online condolences can be sent to http://www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 13:00

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Margaret Stapleton

 

Margaret M. Stapleton, 84, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest at home on Sunday, March 22. For a full obituary, visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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John Gaughan

 

 John P. Gaughan, 85, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest at home on Friday, March 20, surrounded by his loving family.

 

 For a full obituary, please visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

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Austin Basore

 

Austin M. Basore, 90, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, March 22, at Middletown Home, Middletown.

 

 He was born on July 24, 1924 in Oberlin and was the son of the late Brenton D. Basore and A. Leora Commer Nebinger.

 

 Austin was retired from Stroehman Bakery; was of the Protestant faith; and he enjoyed coin collecting and watching the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

 He served in the United States Army holding the rank of Tech Sergeant during World War II and received three Bronze stars, American Theatre Campaign Medal, Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal for his courageous service and dedication. He was captured during the Battle of The Bulge, the largest battle fought in the Western Front in Europe by the German Army and became a prisoner of war. After several months as a POW he was freed by the 82nd Airborne Division. 

 

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Basore, daughter Catherine A. Basore, and grandson Thomas J. Specht.

 

 He is survived by his sons David J. Basore of Penbrook, Ronald L. Basore and wife Diane of Palmyra, and Robert R. Basore and wife Shelly of California; daughter Charlene G. Parr and husband Richard of Shiremanstown; brothers Lee Basore of Landsdale, Gene Nebinger of Harrisburg, and Chapman Nebinger of Pittsburgh; sister Janet Boward of New Cumberland; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandson.

 

 Graveside services will be held 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.

 

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:28

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Catherine Mrakovich

Catherine “Kay” M. Mrakovich, 95, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 18, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

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She was born on March 25, 1919, in Middletown and was the daughter of the late William and Jennie Snavely Steinruck.

Catherine retired from Olmsted Air Force Base and Joe the Motorist; and she was a member of Moose Lodge 410, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 594, and St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Steve Mrakovich, son Benny M. Bennett, and brother Donald Steinruck.

Catherine is survived by her daughter-in-law Florence W. Bennett of Harrisburg; granddaughter Vicki Root and her husband David of Millsboro, Del., grandson Timothy Bennett of Las Vegas, Nev.; great-grandchildren Heather Hague, Allison Acheson, Kelly Pensinger, Laura Root, Kathryn Bennett and Violet Bennett; and six great-great- granddaughters.

Service for Catherine: Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at Middletown Home Chapel, 999 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert, her pastor, officiating.

A viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service in the Chapel of Middletown Home.
Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery.

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

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

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 13:36

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