Milton Lynwood Morris, 86, of Middletown entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 1, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 360 E. Water St., Middletown, PA 17057.
Interment will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Columbia.
The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the funeral arrangements.
For full obituary or to send condolences online please visit www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 15:11
Cynthia “Cyndi” Neil, as she was known to her many friends and family, 73, of Hummelstown, entered into rest on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at home.
A short memorial service was held for Cyndi on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown, Pa., with the Rev. John Shiery officiating. There was a visitation from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service on Monday.
In lieu of flowers and per Cyndi’s wishes, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society or ASPCA of your choice.
For full obituary and to send condolences please visit www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 15:08
On July 25, 2016, Edward E. Craig joined his loving wife, Judith Craig of over 50 years, in eternal bliss.
He was born on July 13, 1941 in Carlisle to the late Edward Craig and the late Virginia Long.
Edward and Judith were high school sweethearts who went on to have two children, the light of his eye, a daughter, Terri L. Ellison, and a son who shared a special birthday with him, Edward E. Craig Jr., both of his children who are still in Middletown.
Over the years his family continued to grow to a daughter-in-law, Jill Craig, four grandchildren, Jennifer L. Heisey (spouse: Douglas Heisey), Rodney L. Craig, Heather M. Ellison, Amanda J. Ellison, and three great-grandchildren.
He not only leaves his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, he is also survived by a brother Robert Craig and his wife Gail of Lewisberry, a sister Vicki Eshleman of Halifax, and lots of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Craig.
He retired from the maintenance department of the Patriot News after 37 ½ years. Edward was a member of the Lower Swatara Twp. Fire Co., a member of the Dauphin County Fire Police Association, PA Fire Police Association, and was a Captain and Lieutenant of the Middletown Fire Police. He enjoyed his retirement by going back to work making coffee and socializing at Turkey Hill for 10 years. He was an active congressional member of the Royalton United Methodist Church. He graduated from William Penn High School.
He was a man who lived and loved, especially breakfast. He was always on the go and would’ve given anyone the shirt off his back if they needed it. He will be greatly missed by more than just his family, but his community.
A tribute to Edward’s life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Richard Creamer and Rev. Willie Carabalo, co-officiating. There will be a viewing from 8:30 a.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, 1701 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 15:05
Ruth K. Brinser Wagner, 101, formerly from Lancaster, has spent the last 20+ years as a resident of Frey Village Retirement Community in Middletown. She has been welcomed home by the Lord on Friday, July 22, 2016.
Ruth was born on 06-05-1915 to the late Josiah and Mary (King) Brinser in rural Middletown and married her adoring husband John “Fred” Wagner, also born in Middletown, who has been patiently waiting for her to join him since 1996.
She spent much of her life as a shoe clerk at Garvin’s Department Store in Lancaster, and her whole life loving and spoiling her nieces and nephews and all their children.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by five siblings.
Ruth is survived by three nieces, Dolly Messick Baum, wife of Clair of Elizabethtown, Patricia Rudy Miller, wife of Paul of Harrisburg, and Donna Kaylor Moore, wife of William of Elizabethtown; and one nephew Jay E. Epler and his wife Wilma of Middletown.
In addition, Ruth has 12 grandnieces and nephews, 19 great-grandnieces and nephews, and nine great-great-grandnieces and nephews.
She and “Fred” were devoted members of the Trinity E. C. Church of Lancaster until moving to Frey Village in the 1990s. She will be missed by a former longtime neighbor who loved her as “Wag,” and many, many other people whose lives she has touched on her journey through life.
A tribute to Ruth’s life will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Donald Walters officiating. There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service on Thursday.
Interment will be at Hillsdale Cemetery, Middletown.
Condolences may be sent online to www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 14:55
John Novak, 92, of Lititz, Pa., passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
He was the son of the late John Novak Sr. and Hilda Mae Lesser Novak.
Mr. Novak is survived by his three daughters, Marie, wife of Terry Ebersole of Lancaster, Pa., Clare Novak of Chester Springs, Pa., and Jackie Stouffer of Tampa, Fla., as well as two grandchildren, Dr. Kristie Berkstresser, wife of Kyle Berkstresser, and Adam Ebersole, all of Lancaster, Pa.
He was preceded in death by Rita Shrader Novak, his wife, who passed away in 2005, as well as his sisters, Janice, and LeAnn Novak Yaworski (Steve Yaworski Baker, Fla).
John was born April 15, 1924 in Freeland, Pa., served in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a hydraulics specialist and aircraft mechanic, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He continued his career working at the Olmsted Air Force Base in Middletown, Pa. and then at the Defense General Supply in Richmond, Va. John extended his love of aircraft as an avid hobbyist: building, collecting and flying model airplanes competitively. His extensive interests included railroads, photography, fishing, history and reading.
Mr. Novak will be laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. Those wishing to attend please meet at the funeral home on Lititz Pike by 10:15 a.m. to process to the cemetery. The best memorial is to choose a fine day with a light breeze and remember, “It’s a good day for flying.”
In lieu of flowers please support Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd., Kempton, PA 19529, or Disabled Veterans at donate.dvnf.org.
Arrangements by Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz.
To send an online condolence, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 14:50
Glenn “Butch” H. Deighton Jr. was born on August 23, 1947 to Glenn H. Deighton Sr. and Geraldine G. Krotser in Pennsylvania. Glenn was formerly from Royalton. He passed away peacefully on July 6, 2016, at the age of 68 in Ogden, Utah, surrounded by his loving children, grandchildren, and many friends.
He graduated from M.S. Hershey Jr.-Sr. High School in 1965 with certification in Machine Shop. He was enlisted in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970.
He was preceded in death by both his parents of Layton, Utah.
He is survived by his sister Judith (Tom) Oxenford of Royalton; niece Lucy (Tony) Kepp, and nephew Gib Morrissey, all of Pennsylvania; daughters Lorrie (Randy) Palmer, Krista (Chris) Hill, and Rashell Deighton, all of Utah; sons Jeremy Deighton, and Chris (Cameo) Deighton, both of Utah, and Anthony Deighton of Colorado. Butch is also survived by nine grandchildren and four and a half great-grandchildren, not to mention all these kids you’ve adopted along your life journey, who will have the best guardian angel ever.
A private celebration of life for close family and friends was held on July 16, 2016.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2016 15:24
Sandra Chortanoff, 71, of Harrisburg, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Arden Courts Memory Care Community, Harrisburg.
She was born on April 13, 1945 on the West Side of Steelton and was the loving daughter of the late Kiril Chortanoff and Victoria (Myers) Miller.
Sandra was a 1963 graduate of Central Dauphin High School. She retired from Nationwide Insurance Co. as a claims adjuster from 1965-2005. Some of her activities she enjoyed included, Cat of Nine Tales Book Club, Nationwide Old Timers Club, and C.H.U.M.S 55+ of Harrisburg.
In addition to her parents Sandra was preceded in death by a sister, Donna (Vogt) Simpson and a brother, Robert Vogt.
Sandra was survived by three brothers, Karl Chortanoff Jr. and his wife Theresa of Rutherford, Anthony Chortanoff and his wife Betsy of Steelton, and John Chortanoff of Rutherford; sister, Debra Hoerner and her husband Brian of Rutherford; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
A tribute to Sandra’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremations Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Richard Creamer officiating. There will be a visitation from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service on Tuesday.
Online condolences can be sent to www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2016 14:47
Beatrice Mary Myers, 94, of Middletown, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Frey Village.
Born in Okehampton, Devon, England, she was the daughter of the late J. T. Perry Oliver and Murial (Treleaven) Oliver. She was married over 40 years to George N. Myers, who died in 2002.
While in England, Mary worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years. She cherished her family and friends, and lived a good life. She loved the Lord and was a member of the First Church of God in Middletown, the Middletown Women’s Club, and the British Wives Association.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Thomas Peter Oliver and Muriel Jean Eyer.
Mary is survived by her nephews, Peter and John Eyer, and a niece Susan Gardner.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the First Church of God, 245 West High St., Middletown, PA 17057. Viewing will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Interment will take place in Middletown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Middletown.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.fager-finkenbinder.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 13:03
Jay E. Stauffer, 79, of Middletown entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 10, 2016, suddenly at his home.
Jay was born on December 16, 1936 in Middletown and was the son of the late Oscar and Catherine Epler Stauffer.
He was a carpenter for Union Brotherhood of Carpenters, and a member of Middletown Moose Lodge 410, and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, trapping and the outdoors.
In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by a son J. E. Stauffer Jr., and four siblings.
Jay is survived by his three children Neil E. Stauffer and his wife Tammy Lee of Elizabethtown, Karen L. Trader and her husband Jason of West Virginia, and Bret M. Stauffer of Middletown; three grandchildren Jason M. Stauffer of South Carolina, Charlotte Layman of West Virginia, and Deacon Stauffer of Middletown; and six siblings Gladys Kern of Elizabethtown, Louise Ebersole of Virginia, Nancy Polk of Maryland, Mary Ann Barto of Elizabethtown, Patsy Yocum of Middletown, and Kenneth Stauffer of Hummelstown.
A memorial service will be held on July 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 75 E. High St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022, with the Rev. Albert Domines officiating.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 15:31
Wayne R. Walters Jr., 58, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest suddenly on Friday, July 15, 2016, at his home.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday July 20, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, PA 17057. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Wayne’s name may be made to pawsofpa.org.
For full obituary and to send condolences online, please visit www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 17:19
Sara E. Hitchens “Dolly”, 83, of Elizabethtown entered into eternal rest on Monday, July 4, 2016 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center.
She was born on October 14, 1932, in Middletown and was the loving daughter of the late Lyburn and Sara (Plantz) Cobaugh.
Sara was a member of the Elizabethtown Flower Club, Mt. Joy Leisure Club, and Elizabethtown Senior Citizens.
In addition to her parents, Sara was preceded in death by her husband Francis S. Hitchens, who passed away in 1976.
Sara is survived by her daughter Susan Nagle and her husband Michael of Marietta.
Services will be at the convenience of the family.
The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057 with the funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 11:21