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Helen Staub

Helen I. (Zimmerman) Staub, 89, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 13, 2017 at her home.

She was born on August 1, 1927 in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ruth (Felty) Zimmerman.

Helen was a member at Evangelical United Methodist Church, Middletown, and enjoyed making ceramics, knitting, sewing, the outdoors and gardening. She was a high school graduate of the Middletown High School class of 1946, and was also a cashier at McCrory’s for several years until they closed.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband John W. Staub in 2012, and four brothers Clarence, Edward, Lawrence Jr., and Arthur Zimmerman.

She is survived by her two sons, Donald R. Staub and his wife Barbara of Williamstown, Pa., and Gerald L. Staub of Middletown; a sister, Betty Espenshade of Middletown; and a brother, Robert Zimmerman of Campbelltown; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. M. Lee Ellenberger officiating. There will be a visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be in Middletown Cemetery.

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

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:56

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Steven K. Kozokas

steve WEB origSteven K. Kozokas, 48, of Harrisburg, passed away unexpectedly Tues., Feb. 7 at PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Hospital.

Steve was a valued and integral member of the Central Voice newspaper, a publication of the Press & Journal Inc., employed as an account executive since 2008.

Family, friends and co-workers will remember and miss Steve’s ever-present smile, sparkling laugh and zest for life. He was a lover of all music and deejayed throughout Central PA. Steve always enjoyed attending the annual Harford Fair in Pennsylvania with family and friends, vacationing in sunny Florida and keeping his sporty red Chevy clean and shiny. 

A 1987 graduate of Montrose Area High School, Steve received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bloomsburg University of PA.

Steve was born on July 1, 1968. He was the son of the late Leonard Kozokas. He leaves behind his partner, Kevin Gross, of Harrisburg; a daughter, Devynn Kozokas, of Barto, PA; his mother, Irene Yurchalk Kozokas, of Friendsville, PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol & Mickey Saravitz, of Friendsville, PA; nephews, Michael & Matthew Saravitz, family friend Donna Burrowes of Binghamton, NY, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Fri., Feb. 10 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Friendsville, with the Rev. Casimir Stanis officiating. Burial was to be at St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date.

A memorial service is being planned for friends and business acquaintances. Please email Frank Pizzoli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for date and location.

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George Lowe

 web George Lowe 2 15George Lowe, 90, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Community General Hospital, Harrisburg. 

 He was born October 31, 1926 in Harrisburg and was the loving son of the late George and Florence (Zeiters) Lowe.

 George was a graduate of the John Harris High School class of 1944. He worked as an electrical supervisor for Met Ed from where he retired. George was a member of American Legion Post 594, Middletown, Rescue Hose Company, Middletown Anglers and Hunters, and was a veteran of World War II Merchant Marines. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

 In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife June Lowe.

 George is survived by three children; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. 

 A tribute to George’s life will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, Pa., with Pastor Dan Francis officiating. There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. 

 Interment will be at Shoop’s Cemetery, Harrisburg.

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

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Sherman Edwards

web Sherman Edwards 2 15Sherman John Edwards, 74, of Middletown, died Friday, February 10, 2017 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. 

 He was born May 25, 1942 in Wiconisco, Pa.

 He was a retired mechanical engineer from the former Navy Ships Parts Control Center, Mechanicsburg. While attending school, he worked at South Union Supply Co. He always wanted to drive tractor-trailers and so after retirement, he drove for Chronister Trucking. He received his Associate’s Degree from Williamsport Community College and BS from Penn State Capital Campus. He was a member of Prince Edwin/Spring Creek Masonic Lodge 486, F&AM Middletown. He was a Past Potentate of Zembo Shrine, Past Commander of Legion of Honor, Past President of Zembo Sports Car Unit, Past President of Luncheon Club, Past President of the Middle Atlantic Shrine Assoc. of Horse Patrols, a member of the Mounted Patrol, and an honorary Zembo clown named Foxy. He was an Ex MFH of Beaufort Hunt and a Past President of the local chapter of ASNE. He was also a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Harrisburg Bridge Club and the National Carousel Assoc. In 1989 he was Husband of the Year for the International Side Saddle Organization. He rode his horse, Stretch, in two Tournament of Roses Parades and one Presidential Inaugural Parade.

 He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon “Sherry” Usoff Edwards; two sisters, Yvonne Dougherty, and Barbara Rudisill, both of Lancaster; sisters-in-law Diane Usoff, and Judy Edwards; also his beloved mother-in-law, Beryl Usoff; plus several nieces and nephews.

 Committal services with military honors will be held at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Hanover Township. Instead of a viewing or funeral Sharon would like friends to visit her at home, at their convenience.

 The family would like to thank ALL of the staff of Hershey Medical Center for the excellent care Sherm received. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Zembo Shrine Transportation Fund, 2801 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. In the memo, please put (Kids Care Expo).  As of this year, Zembo is changing the name of the Expo to the Sherman Edwards’ Kids’ Care Expo. He began this Expo 11 years ago when he was Potentate. All of the funds go to supporting the Shrine Hospital for Children and the cost of transporting patients there.

 For more information or to send messages of condolence, please visit www.parthemore.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:29

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Marlin Zimmerman

Marlin C. Zimmerman, 81, of Derry Township, entered into eternal life on Monday, February 6, 2017, at home with his loving family around him. He was the loving husband of Esther P. (McNiss) Zimmerman.Marlin Zimmerman 2 15

Marlin was the son of the late Charles W. and Dorothy (Lauer) Zimmerman.

He was a United States Army veteran. Marlin was an avid sports fan, loved the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and 76ers. He also enjoyed playing basketball not only with his children but also with his grandchildren. Marlin and Esther loved the beach and spent many vacations there. Most of all, Marlin loved his family and spending as much time as possible with them.

He is survived by his wife; his daughter Marianne and husband Rhey Montano of Middletown; his twin sons Timothy and wife Teresa Zimmerman of Walland, Tenn., and Patrick and wife Tracy Zimmerman of Mechanicsburg; his two sisters Anna Kline, and Margaret Shillingsford; his brother William Zimmerman; his 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, Pa. Visitation will be from 5 to

7 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home.

Condolences can be sent online at www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:52

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Janet G. Snavely

 Janet G. Snavely, age 94, wife of the late John S. Snavely, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, after a short illness.

 The Snavely’s were missionaries with The Evangelical Alliance Mission in South Africa for almost 30 years. John was a bush pilot for Mosvold Mission Hospital, and Janet taught English to the student nurses. Later she taught music at Durban Bible College. In 1991, Janet retired to Gretna Springs, Pa., where she taught a Bible class, helped set up a senior ministry at her church, and fascinated everyone with her stories and outgoing personality. At age 93, she moved in with her daughter Mary Kay and published her African journal “Wings Over Zululand.”

 Janet is survived by sons John (late wife Jackie), Robert (wife Kathy), and Mike (wife Carrie); daughters Mary Kay (husband Brad), and Ann (husband Rick); 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and her brother George (wife Ann).

 Following a private interment, a memorial service will be held 7 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Lebanon Valley Bible Church, 1482 Horseshoe Pike, Lebanon, PA 17042. 

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to TEAM, P.O. Box 1986, Grapevine, Texas 76009. “In memory of Janet G. Snavely, to be given to TEAM South Africa where most needed.”

 Comments and condolences may be made in Janet’s guest book at BuseFuneralHome.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 14:56

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Lois Shupp

Lois J. Shupp, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 29, 2017. She was a lifelong resident of Middletown who was devoted to her family.

Lois was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Donald C. Shupp Sr., her brother Truman Peters, and her three sisters, Margaret (Peters) Smith, Elsie (Peters) Lyons, and Nancy (Peters) Grundon.

Lois was an active member of her church, The First Church of God in Middletown, where she led numerous fundraising activities including candy caramel making and the church’s annual Christmas bazaar. She also gave of her time unselfishly to cook and bake for church members in their time of need. Lois was a licensed beautician, and a dedicated cafeteria staff member for the Middletown School District, having served the district for over 25 years.

Lois is survived by her two sons, Donald C. Shupp Jr. and his wife Janice of Middletown, and Robert Shupp and his wife Sandy of Middletown. She also has five grandchildren.

A memorial service for Lois will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Kimberly Shifler officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be at Middletown Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St., Middletown, PA 17057.  

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:00

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Rosemary Taylor

Rosemary Taylor, 63, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 23, 2017, at her home after her long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on February 17, 1953 and was the loving daughter of the late Samuel and Johanna (Chambers) Rusnov.

Rosemary had a huge heart and kind soul when it came to her love of animals.

In addition to her parents, Rosemary is preceded in death by her husband Larry E. Taylor, who passed away in 2011.

Rosemary is survived by her son Jeremiah Rusnov and wife Allyson of Newtown, Pa.; granddaughter Skylar Rusnov; brother Cornelious Rusnov and wife Sandra of Mechanicsburg; sisters Lorraine Bowers and husband Thomas of Harrisburg, and Kathryn Vaughn and husband Timothy of Georgia.; brother Simo Rusnov and wife Ivye of Middletown; beloved fur-baby, Misty; and many nieces and nephews.

A tribute to Rosemary’s life will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, Pa., with the Rev. Britt Strohecker officiating. There will be a visitation from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Rosemary’s name to the Humane Society of Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111; or Canine Rescue of Central PA, P.O. Box 129, Dillsburg, PA 17019.

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

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Paula Staub

web Paula Staub 2 1 Paula Lee (Quaca) Staub, 61, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was born on November 16, 1955 in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late John and Pauline (Bauchmoyer) Quaca.

Paula was a lifetime member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown and a graduate of the Middletown High School, class of 1973. She was retired from the Middletown Area School District, where she worked for many years at several clerical positions. She enjoyed knitting, loved watching sports, especially Penn State Football and Little League Baseball, and she also loved the beach, but her greatest joy came from the love of her family, especially her granddaughter Emilee.

She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Gerald Lee Staub; a son Thomas J. Staub and his wife Amanda of Harrisburg; and her granddaughter Emilee M. Staub.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. There will be a visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Dr., #100, Camp Hill, PA 17011; or her church, St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring & Union Sts., Middletown, PA 17057.

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

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Marlene Beistline

web Marlene Beistline 2 1Marlene M. Beistline, 85, of Lawnton, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. She was born on January 1, 1932 in Steelton to the late Conrad and Mary Schuldise/Schultheisz Enders.

In Heaven, she joins her husband William Beistline, her daughter Violet Taschner, two brothers Richard and John Enders, and two sons-in-law Charles Albert and Paul Taschner.  

Marlene was a 1949 graduate of Steelton High School, Steelton. She was employed by Associated Linen and Lakeside Marine, Inc. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Steelton. Marlene lived in Oberlin for many years before moving to Lawnton to live with her daughter.

Marlene is survived by four daughters Laura “Lolly” Stover (James) of Royersford, Elizabeth “Libby” Albert of Oberlin, Marlene “Dutchie” Radosevic (Robert) of Lawnton, and Chris “Cookie” Jackson (Robert) of Elizabethtown; one sister Elizabeth Tezak (Thomas) of Steelton; one brother Conrad Enders of Middletown; six grandchildren Teri Rooney (Shane) of Camp Hill, Mandi Fisher (Chris) of Westminster, Md., Tyler Albert of Philadelphia, Emily Radosevic (fiancee of Daniel Fuentes) of Lawnton, Chelsea Ice (Shawn) of Elizabethtown, and Charles Jackson of Elizabethtown; as well as three great-grandchildren Ava Rooney of Camp Hill, and Connor and Shane Ice of Elizabethtown.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 12 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 221 South Second Street, Steelton, with the Rev. Victoria Larson, her pastor, officiating. A viewing was held on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 221 South Second Street, Steelton, PA 17113.

The funeral arrangements are being handled by the Kenneth M. Knight Funeral Home, Highspire.

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John Dimeler Jr.

John Dimeler Jr. 2 1John H. Dimeler Jr., 78, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017, at Masonic Village.

He was born on December 16, 1938, in Middletown and was the loving son of the late John H. Sr. and Jeanette (Lehman) Dimeler.

John retired from Hershey Foods and was a member of Middletown Moose Lodge 410. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and reading.

In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his wife Maxine A. Dimeler, and his brother Dennis Dimeler.

John is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Dimeler-Morrow and her husband John of Elizabethtown, and Amy Lerner and her husband Hank of Harrisburg; two sons John Dimeler III, and William Dimeler, both of Middletown; and three grandchildren Emily, Shira and Eliana.

A tribute to John’s life will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA, with Chaplain Timothy A. Nickel officiating. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to: Masonic Village Hospice, 1 Masonic Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

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

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