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Virginia Fisher

 

Virginia L. Fisher, 64, of Elizabethtown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 18, at Hershey Medical Center.

 She was born on September 11, 1950 in Lancaster and was the daughter of the late Lester and Romaine Beachler Givler.

 Virginia was a graduate of Middletown Area High School; was retired from Fruehauf Corporation; she was of the Protestant faith; was an auxiliary member of American Legion Post 329 and a member of the Anglers and Hunters of Middletown; and she enjoyed doing her crossword puzzles and adored her loving cats.

 She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Phillip E. Fisher of Elizabethtown; stepdaughters Andrea M. Ford and husband Terry, and Billy Jo Fisher, all of Middletown; sisters Janet Chipriano and husband Henry of Elizabethtown, Helen J. Schmidt of Middletown, and Isabel Cain of Palmyra; and several loving nieces and nephews.

 Services for Virginia will be held at the convenience of the family.

 The family has entrusted the care of 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 Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:00

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Sharon Festo

 

Sharon Birchfield Ridley Festo, 56, of Larksville, Pa., died on Sunday, November 23.

She was the daughter of Nancie and Robert Buckley of Middletown.

Sharon was a graduate of Middletown Area High School class of 1976; she retired from the Commonwealth of Pa. Dept. of Health as Northeast Regional Manager; and she also worked for many years at the PA Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Licensing, in Harrisburg.

 For the past 3 years Sharon has courageously battled a rare and very debilitating disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and was lovingly cared for by her husband George Festo. 

 Sharon is survived by her husband George Festo of Larksville; daughter Katrina Ridley of Plains, Pa.; son Andrew Ridley of Wilkes‑Barre; granddaughter Cheyanne Turner of Plymouth, Pa. and grandsons Jaden, Liam and Blake Ridley of Wilkes‑Barre; and brothers Robert, David and James Buckley.

 Funeral arrangements will be at the convenience of the family.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:58

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Catherine Drayer

 Catherine J. Drayer, 90, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 23, at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. 

 She was born in Plymouth, Pa. on July 8, 1924 and was the daughter of the late John and Florence Boyle Farrell.

 Catherine was a homemaker; was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown, where she was also a member of the Council of Catholic Women at Seven Sorrows; and she enjoyed watching football, especially Penn State and Notre Dame. 

 In addition to her parents, Catherine was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald Drayer, sister Miriam Jones, and brother Thomas Farrell.

 She is survived by her daughter Patricia, wife of Glenn Kesselring of Middletown; son John E., husband of Deborah Drayer of Middletown; four grandchildren Matthew Drayer, Bryce Kesselring, Katelyn Drayer, and Hilary Kesselring; one great-grandson Liam Hunter Grove; and nephew Morgan T., husband of Ruth Jones of Florida.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 28, at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Race & Conewago Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted. Keating as celebrant. 

 A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, at Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St. Middletown, and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday in the Narthex of the church. 

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

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

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

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:01

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Jack Ulsh

 

Jack T. Ulsh, 84, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest at home on Tuesday, November 11, surrounded by his loving family.

 

 He was born on May 5, 1930 in Millerstown, to the late Miles O. and Minnie A. Troutman Ulsh.

 

 Jack was a former bank manager for Commonwealth National in Middletown, and a former sales consultant for Brenner and Titus Cadillac; he was a former member of the Middletown Rotary Club, the Harrisburg Masonic Lodge, and the Middletown School Board; and he was an avid golfer and a diehard Philadelphia sports fan.

 

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Thelma Ulsh, and his second wife Nancy Ulsh, daughter Bonnie Crump, brother Richard O. Ulsh, and daughter-in-law Denise Ulsh.    

 

 He is survived by his loving sons Barry R. Ulsh Sr. of Middletown, and Brian K. Ulsh of Harrisburg; stepdaughter Tamara Reed of Middletown; grandchildren Stefanie Ulsh, Barry R. Ulsh Jr., Melissa, Jeremy, and Bradley Crump; 10 great-grandchildren; and two nieces.

 

 Services for Jack were held on Saturday at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown. 

 

 Burial was in Middletown Cemetery.

 

 Memorial contributions can be sent to the Humane Society of Greater Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

 

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

 

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:21

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Helen Shelley

 

Helen K. Shelley, 74, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 10, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

 

 She was born on June 4, 1939 in Middletown to the late John and Ann Ortity Kundra.

 

 Helen was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown; was retired from Sprint; and she enjoyed shopping, especially at The Church Store in Columbia.

 

 She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years Earl S. Shelley; a brother William Kundra and wife Marilyn of Middletown; and several loving nieces and nephews.

 

 Services for Helen will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 14, at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, Pa., with the Reverend Ted Keating, her pastor officiating. 

 

 A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. 

 

 Burial will follow the service at Resurrection Cemetery, West Hanover Township. 

 

 The family has entrusted the care of 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, 11 November 2014 22:07

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Edgar Layson

 

 Edgar “Ed” J. Layson, 101, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Friday, November 7, at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.

 

 Born on September 26, 1913, in Camp Hill, he was the son of the late John and Emma Sutton Layson and was the widower of Betty J. Brickman Layson.

 

 Ed attended Camp Hill High School and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II. He held the position of manager when he retired from the former Bell Telephone Company. He was a member of Camp Hill Church of God, Bell Telephone Pioneers, and Masonic Lodge No. 781, Lowther Manor, Camp Hill. Ed loved to travel with his beloved wife, Betty, and also enjoyed playing golf well into his 80s.   His gregarious personality endeared him to many, especially the Friday lunch “gang” at Fire Mountain. 

 

 In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by two brothers Dale and Kenneth Layson, a sister Wilma Dittenhafer, and one nephew Kenneth Layson.

 

 He is survived by four nieces Arlene Allison, Madeline Kase, Mary Jo Keffer, and Nancy Potteiger; and two nephews Keith Dittenhafer and Lester Layson.

 

 Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 13, at Myers-Harner Funeral Home, 1903 Market St., Camp Hill, with Pastor Bob Malick officiating.  

 

 A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home. 

 

 Burial will be held following the service in Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill. 

 

 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Camp Hill Church of God, 123 N. 21st  St., Camp Hill, PA 17011.   

www.myers-harner.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 22:05

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Ruth Arehart

 

Ruth K. Arehart, 90, formerly of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 2, at Middletown Home. 

 

 She was born on April 13, 1924 in Middletown and was the daughter of the late John and Brenda Dimeler Boughter. 

 

 Ruth was a graduate of Middletown High School; was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown; she was a secretary at the former Olmsted Air Force Base; and was retired from Penn State Capital Campus, where she was a secretary in the athletic department. 

 

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Weldon B. Arehart, sister Norma Soulliard, and brother Donald Boughter.

 

 Ruth is survived by her four sons John D. Arehart (Colleen) of Royalton, Benjamin C. Arehart (Kim) of Highspire, Thomas G. Arehart and David L. Arehart of Florida; granddaughter Kimberly Auman of Robesonia; and two great-grandchildren Colby and Casey Auman, both of Robesonia.

 

 A Tribute to her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Union and Spring Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. 

 

 Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at her church.

 

 Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:10

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Carmela Sweigart

 

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 Carmela C. Sweigart, 89, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, November 1, at Colonial Park Care Center, Harrisburg.

 

 She was born on November 12, 1924 in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Agazio and Rosina Imbrognio Nesci.

 

 Carmela was a graduate of Middletown High School class of 1943. She was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church and the Parish Council of Catholic Women, American Legion Post 594 Women’s Auxiliary, and a board member of Interfaith Housing, all of Middletown. She was also a member of the Guys & Dolls Club of Steelton. She was a homemaker and a part-time real estate agent for various realtors and enjoyed sewing and reading, but her greatest joy of all was the love she received from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

 

 In addition to her parents, Carmela was preceded in death by her loving husband Lee H. Sweigart, daughter Catherine Barra, two brothers George and Vincent Parrelli, and three sisters Gilda Gaudio, Ellen Hydrick, and Mary Murray. 

 

 She is survived by four sons Lee M. Sweigart of Middletown, Charles E. Sweigart of Newville, Paul D. Sweigart (Cheryl), and Philip J. Sweigart (Tina), all of Middletown; two daughters Betty Jane Schaefer of Washington Boro, and Renie L. Sweigart of Etters; two sisters Rose Marie Ritchey of Middletown, and Philomena Menear of Maryland; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

 

 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 7, at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. 

 

 Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral home and Cremation Services, 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass on Friday at Seven Sorrows.

 

 Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Harrisburg. 

 

 Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown 17057, or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania, 2595 Interstate Dr., Ste. 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:07

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Beverly Williams

 

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Beverly E. Everts Williams, 82, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, October 30, at Manor Care, Camp Hill. 

 

 She was born on November 30, 1931 in Chambersburg, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ruth Stoner Everts.

 

 Beverly retired from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission where she worked several positions including tollbooth operator and a Clerk Typist II; she was a graduate of Chambersburg High School; Beverly was a proud Navy wife of 16 years; was of the Protestant faith; was a member of the VFW Post 5667 Women’s Auxiliary, Elizabethtown; and she enjoyed crafts and attending craft shows, traveling, volunteering for the Cub Scouts of America at their annual craft fair and attending movies with her loving husband.

 

 In addition to her parents, Beverly was preceded in death by a daughter Marisa L. Williams Bell, two brothers Millard and Marvin Everts, and sister Bernice Grove. 

 

 Beverly is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Harry E. Williams; son Harry E. Jr., husband of Sheryl Williams of Dauphin; daughter Ruth D., wife of David Zimmerman of Lititz; and son Marvin E., husband of Jennifer Williams of Elizabethtown; three sisters Doris Timmons of Mont Alto, Shirley Cump of Chambersburg, and Mary Grace Hockersmith of Shippensburg; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 

 

 A Tribute to her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown, with the Rev. Robert Graybill officiating. 

 

 Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. 

 Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

 

 Memorial contributions in Beverly’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1180 W. Chocolate Ave., Hummelstown, PA 17036, or to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 594, Middletown, PA.

 

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:00

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Herman F. Still Jr.

 

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Herman F. “Sonny” Still Jr., 80, passed away Friday, October 31, at his home. He was married for 60 years to Rochelle Goodling Still.

 

 Born on August 20, 1934, he was the son of the late Herman and Pauline Wall Still of Middletown. 

 

 He retired as an automobile mechanic and an entrepreneur; he served in the Air Force Reserves; and was a member of the Hershey Region and National AACA, the Susquehanna Valley Model A Ford Club, and the Middletown Area Historical Society.

 

 He was preceded in death by his sister Patricia Still Childers.

 

 He is survived by his daughter Sherry Youtz, wife of William Youtz of Middletown; son Steven Still, husband of Sally Broadwater Still of Manheim; daughter Sandra Celli, wife of John Celli of Landisville; and his brothers Jack and Jim Still, both of Middletown.  

 

Herman loved spending time with his six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

 

 Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, at New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Middletown.

 

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

 

 Interment will be held at the privacy of the family.

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Miracle Network, Office of University Development, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, A190, P.O. Box 855, Hershey, PA 17033-0855, or to New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union Street, Middletown, PA 17057.

 

 Arrangements by Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 20:54

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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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