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Elias Zerbe

 

 Elias “Eli” W. Zerbe, 81, of Middletown, died Friday, October 24.

 He was born in Pine Grove and was the son of the late Wilmer W. and Alma Kemmerling Zerbe. 

 He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict; he was a mail handler for the United States Postal Service in the Harrisburg branch for over 30 years; and he was a member of Middletown VFW Post #1620, American Legion Post #594, and the Middletown Fire Company. 

 He is survived by his sister Wilma (Albert) Pillsbury, Bradenton, Fla.; a nephew; and a niece.

 Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 31 at Frey Village, Middletown.

 Interment will be in Hetzel’s Cemetery, Pine Grove. 

 Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Ltd., Middletown has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:45

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Patricia Childers

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Patricia Ann Still Childers, “Nan”, 81, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital. She was the wife of the late Frankie J. Childers, who died in January 1979.

 Born on February 25, 1933 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Herman F. Still Sr. and the late Pauline Wall Still.  

 Patricia was a graduate of Middletown High School, class of 1951; she retired from the Commonwealth of PA, Department of Labor and Industry; was a member of the Girl Scouts of America, the former Liberty Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, PARSE, and the Royalton Senior Center; she was also a member of New Beginnings Church, Middletown and the Dorcas Sunday School class, and was a former member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Middletown.

 Patricia enjoyed knitting, swimming, daily puzzles and weekly visits to friends at Frey Village and the Middletown Home; she was an avid Middletown Blue Raider, Hershey Bears, NASCAR, Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers fan; and she especially enjoyed watching her great-grandchildren play sports.  

 She is survived by her daughter Bonnie L. Childers Burrows of Middletown; grandsons Barry M. Burrows (Suntara), and Christopher A. Burrows (Heather), all of Middletown; great-grandchildren Kenny Martinez, Mark Berkihiser, and Nikol and Joshuah Burrows, all of Middletown; and her brothers Herman F. Still Jr. (Rochelle), Jack Still, and Jim Still (Cindy), all of Middletown.  

 Patricia’s Life Celebration Service was held on Monday at New Beginnings Church, Middletown, with Pastor Britt Strohecker officiating.  

 Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057.

 Arrangements by Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:43

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Leon Daily, community leader, dies

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He was a board member at the local American Red Cross, a charter member of the local historical society, a trustee for the local cemetery association, a man who was involved in many worthy causes and service organizations in Middletown.

Leon Daily was eager to serve Middletown when asked, whether it was by his church, fellow alumni of his high school or the local United Way. “He wanted to make a difference,’’ said his son, Keith Daily.

Leon Daily died on Monday, Oct. 20 at the Middletown Home. He was 91.



 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:37

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Leon Dailey

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 Leon R. Daily, 91, formerly of N. Union St., Middletown, passed away on Monday, October 20, at Middletown Home. He was the husband of the late Helen L. Daily who died March 20, 2013.  

 Born in Middletown, he was the son of the late Paul L. and Margaret L. Worley Daily.

 He was retired from the Department of Defense; was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving with General Patton’s 3rd Division; and he was a member of New Beginnings Church and former member of Wesley United Methodist Church, both of Middletown. Leon served in various service and professional groups throughout his life, however, he will be remembered as best a Founding Father and devoted member of the Middletown Historical Society. 

 He was preceded in death by his brothers Paul and Donald Daily.

 Surviving is a son Keith R. Daily (Cheryl) of Middletown; daughter Karen L. Wentz (Roger) of Highspire; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend Leon’s Life Celebration Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 24 at New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, with Pastor Britt Strohecker officiating. 

 The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.

 Interment with military honors will be in Middletown Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057.

 Arrangements by Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:38

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Sonia Lawson

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  Sonia Bryan Lawson of Middletown, born on September 14, 1938, entered into eternal rest on Saturday,
October 18. 

 Sonia will be missed on her front porch waving to all who drove by. She enjoyed her life on Ann Street and all the close-knit neighbors.

 She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Sr. in 2005, and daughter Eva and son Richard Jr., both in 1999. 

 She is survived by daughters Crystal Mrakovich and Leann Lawson, both of Middletown; sisters Pearl Persa, and Carol Heffelfinger, both of Highspire, Evelyn Lawyer of Middletown, Jane Samo of Georgia, and Helen Hardy of Virginia; brothers Paul, Ronald, and Dennis Bryan, all of Middletown; and three granddaughters, two grandsons, and four great-grandsons, all of Middletown. 

 Graveside Burial will be at Falmouth Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Hill Hospice.

 Auer Cremation Society is handling the arrangements.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:25

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Wendy Getz

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 Wendy Marie Getz, 63, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 15, at Hershey Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

 She was born on August 14, 1951 in Harrisburg, and was the daughter of the late Furie F. and Stella A. White Manfred.

 Wendy was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Middletown, was a wonderful housewife for her loving family, and enjoyed bingo and Pogo games.

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers William and Charles “Monk” Manfred.

 She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years Daniel Getz Sr.; daughter SueAnn Yingst and husband Steven of Middletown; son Daniel Getz Jr. of Middletown; sisters Helen Doup, Doris Redman and husband Lloyd, Eleanor Duncan, Brenda Hollingsworth and husband Glen, and Debbie Amspacher and husband Leon; brothers Edward Manfred and wife Linda, and Terry Manfred and wife Janet; two granddaughters Ashley Getz and Kaylan Yingst; and one grandson Connor Yingst.

 Services for Wendy were held on Tuesday at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown, with the Reverend Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. 

 Burial was at Middletown Cemetery.

 The family has entrusted the Care of the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home to handle the arrangements.

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:25

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Ruth E. Siders

 

Ruth E. Siders, 67, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, October 10, at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

 

 Ruth was born in Harrisburg on December 9, 1946 and was the daughter of the late William and Florence Ashwell Bufflap.

 

 She was a homemaker and enjoyed mini golf, bowling, dining out and watching TV, but her greatest joy of all was spending time with family.  

 

 Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Gary S. Siders; two daughters Karen E. Harner and son-in-law Kevin Harner of Enola, and daughter Carla M. Williams and son-in-law George Harris of Middletown; one son Carl J. Williams of Harrisburg; grandchildren Krystal D. Harris of Middletown and Nichole Williams of Florida; and one great-grandchild Liam E. Harris.

 Service and inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

 

 Please contact Carla Williams ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Karen Harner ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for details regarding the time and place of the services. 

 

 Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com. 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:14

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Karen Senseman

 

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Karen “Grandma on the Go” Fay Senseman, 72, of Highspire, passed away surrounded by her children on October 8, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

 She was born in Lancaster on November 19, 1941 to Karl and Pearl Osborne Senseman. 

 

 Karen graduated from Middletown Area High School in 1959; she served in the Army from 1959 to 1961; she was retired from Dauphin County Housing Authority; she was a member of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, and Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association. She was also a lifetime member of the Harley Owners Group; and she enjoyed riding in her Mustang convertible, listening to bluegrass, and doing genealogy research. 

 

 She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

 Karen, a loving mother, is survived by her three children Shari Lord of Milford, Del., Barrie Raver of York, and Kermit Bonner of Bressler; three brothers Wesley Senseman of Cleveland, Ohio, Karl Senseman Jr. of Harrisburg, and Barry Senseman of Elizabethtown; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

 

 Karen’s Life Celebration Service was held on Monday at Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown. 

 

 Karen was interred at Mount Ober Cemetery in Elizabethtown.

 

 In lieu of flowers, Karen requests a donation be made to your favorite charity.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:11

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David Strohm

 

David Edwin Strohm, 77, of Middletown, passed away on Thursday, October 9, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.

 

 Born in Tyrone, he was the husband of the late Dorothy Doehne Strohm who passed away in 2006. He was the son of the late Thomas William and Margaret Caldwell Strohm.

 

 David graduated from Tyrone High School, Class of 1955, attended Penn State University, and graduated from Hartford Aeronautical School in Hartford, Conn.; retired after 35 years of employment with Trans World Airlines Incorporated; he was a member of St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Middletown; and he enjoyed his membership with the Sons of the American Revolution Harris Ferry Chapter. He will be remembered for his humor, kindness, and thoughtfulness. 

 

 He was preceded in death by his daughter Susan “Susie” Lee Armold who passed away in 2001.

 

 He is survived by his son Thomas F. Strohm, with whom he resided; a sister Nancy Strohm Lenker of Camp Hill; two grandchildren Olivia Lee and Jeremy Thomas Lee, both of Hershey; two nieces and two nephews and their extended family; four favorite cousins; and a beloved friend, Janice M. Reid, Camp Hill. 

 

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend David’s Life Celebration Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4620 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, with the Rev. William Alford officiating. 

 

 The family will receive friends at the church following the service. 

 

 Private interment will be held on Thursday at East Lawn Cemetery, Tyrone.

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Middletown Public Library, 20 N. Catherine St., Middletown, PA 17057 or to the charity of your choice.

 

 Arrangements by Coble-Reber Life Celebration Home, Middletown.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:04

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Margaret Ettinger

Margaret E. “Peggy” Ettinger, 81, of Middletown, entered into rest on Thursday, May 9, at her home after a courageous battle with leukemia.

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Robert Kaylor, Sr.

Robert A. Kaylor Sr., 83, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 5, at The Middletown Home.

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