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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:55

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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:57

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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:03

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William Mattes Jr.

William C. Mattes Jr., 91, of York, Pa., entered into rest at 12:03 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at ManorCare Kingston Court, York. He was the loving husband of Virginia M. (Rudisill) Mattes. The couple celebrated 17 years of marriage on August 14, 2016.Mattes

Born August 14, 1925 in Reading, William was a son of the late William C. and Emma E. (Keiter) Mattes. 


He worked for Bethlehem Steel Rail Mill in Steelton for 42 years. William was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Dover.



He was preceded in death by his first wife Clara A. (Werner) Mattes, a stepson Barry Brickner, brother Charles Mattes, and a stepgrandson.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter Holly Hughes of Middletown; a son William Mattes of Middletown; a stepdaughter Paulette Nickel of Thompsontown; two stepsons Harvey Knaub III of Shiloh, and Donald Brickner of Hershey; four grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. 


Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend William’s funeral at 11 a.m. and the viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Salem U.C.C., 2705 W. Canal Rd., Dover. Officiating will be his pastor, the Rev. Ruthann Seibert.

Burial will follow in Salem Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Patient Help Fund, c/o York Health Foundation, 50 N. Duke St., Second Floor, York, PA 17401

Emig Funeral Home, Dover, is serving his family.

www.emigfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:50

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Ronald Barnes

Ronald E. Barnes, 68, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 13, 2017, suddenly at his home.


 He was born on November 22, 1948 in Royalton and was the son of the late Louis and Ruth (Fornwalt) Barnes.


 In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by a daughter, Shannon Turkowsky, and six siblings, Betty Sharp, Lois Powley, Doris Barnes, Patsy Barnes, William Barnes, and Sandra Barnes.


 He is survived by his daughter, Shawna Barnes of Red Lion; two grandchildren, Madison and Malachi Messersmith; a great-grandson, Chancellor Burkett; two brothers, James and Louis Barnes Jr., both of Middletown; and a sister, Wanda Fornwalt of Harrisburg.


 Memorial services and internment 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.


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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 16:15

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Dorothy Rider

Dorothy J. Rider, 92, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Middletown Home. Dorothy Rider 1 25

She was born on October 15, 1924 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and was the loving daughter of the late Raymond and Margaret (Davis) Schuler.

She was a 1942 graduate of Hanover Township High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Dorothy was a member of Evangelical United Methodist Church, Middletown. She was previously a member of the former Liberty Fire Co. Auxiliary, Middletown Area Band Boosters, United Methodist Women and Middletown Interfaith Council. Dorothy enjoyed being involved in delivering Meals on Wheels as well as doing ceramics.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Dale E. Rider, who passed away in 2011, son-in-law, Timothy Allwein, and brother, Raymond Schuler Jr.

Dorothy is survived by a son, Dale E. Rider Jr. and wife Ann of Lower Swatara Township; daughter, Karen R. Allwein of Lower Paxton Township; grandchildren, Kenneth Britcher (Stella) of Middletown, Daniel Britcher (Angela) of New Cumberland, Amanda Brown (Jason) of Lower Swatara Township, Sarah Allwein of Lower Paxton Township; great-grandchildren, Nick Choplick (Paula), Georgie Marie Britcher, Kenneth Britcher III, Tyler Brown, and Sophia Britcher; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A tribute to Dorothy’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, Pa, with the Rev. M. Lee Ellenberger officiating. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown. There will also be a viewing on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Interment will be at Middletown Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry, P.O. Box 207, Middletown, PA 17057; The Middletown Home, 999 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057; or to her church.

Special thanks to the staff of the Middletown Home for their compassionate care.

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

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2017 17:15

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Kathleen Fox

Kathleen Ellen (McCoy) Fox passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at her home in Hershey, Pa.  


 She is survived by her brother, Kevin McCoy, who resides in Charleston, S.C.


 Kathy attended several different churches and was a member of many groups supporting a multi-denominational approach to her spirituality. She belonged to a number of charitable and fraternal organizations including the Order of The Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile.  


Animal care and rights were of particular concern to her. She spent significant time volunteering and advocating for the expansion of both of them. She always had at least one dog as her companion and often cared for them better than herself.


 As per Kathy’s desires, she will be interred with her mother, Florence Shader McCoy, in Blue Ridge Cemetery. Friends and acquaintances are encouraged to celebrate her life by assisting the local Humane Society or the ASPCA in her memory and to continue the work that she found so fulfilling.


 The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home, 260 East Main St., Middletown, with the arrangements.


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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:14

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Joyce Sangrey

Joyce A. Sangrey, 81, of Lititz, entered into eternal life on Monday, January 16, 2017, in the Lancashire Hall. She was the loving wife of John O. “Jack” Sangrey.


 Joyce was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helean Frayre.


 She was a retired Data Processor for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation with 30 years of service. Joyce was the former Vice President of American Legion Post 56, Ladies Auxiliary and a volunteer for the Lebanon VA Hospital. One of her greatest joys was helping her husband buy and sell antiques.


 She is survived by her husband; her stepdaughter, Christina Marie Fleckenstine of Columbia, Pa.; her stepson, Scott Matthew Sangrey, of Mt. Joy, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


 A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, January 23 at 11 a.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Middletown, Pa. A viewing will be from 10 to 11a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.


 Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Middletown, Pa.


 Condolences can be sent on line at www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:10

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Joan Blackwell

Joan M. Blackwell, 69, of Elizabethtown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Select Specialty Hospital, Harrisburg.


 A tribute to Joan’s life was held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Britt Strohecker officiating. There was a viewing from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.


 Interment took place at Shenk’s Cemetery, Elizabethtown.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:08

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Albert Whitsel

Mr. Albert L. Whitsel, of Middletown, took his last breath on Tuesday, January 10, with his daughter Christine by his side. Born in Mapleton Depot he was the son of the late Elmer Whitsel and Hazel McCardle.Albert Whitsel photo 1 1 18

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 Albert proudly served in the United States Navy with the demolition team as a Navy Frog Man during World War II in the Philippine Islands and during the Korean Conflict.


 He worked for RCA and at his retirement worked for DuPont Corporation. He was a member of the VFW, DAV, American Legion Post #594, Elks Lodge #1092, Moose Lodge #410, where he helped to organize outings for the veterans living at the Lebanon VA. He was also a member of the Middletown Hunters and Anglers and Rescue Freeman Home Association.

Albert volunteered at the Lebanon VA regularly during his retirement. Albert loved life and was a good friend to people; he once said that you have to treat people good. He enjoyed playing poker and going to the racetrack and casino’s. Fishing was his passion, and he also liked hunting, growing his roses and gardening. Albert was also a generous blood donor. Albert loved telling stories of his experience at sea. He was told by older enlisted men, “Your all guts and no brains kid.”


 He had a laugh that made you laugh, and said what was on his mind, which at times wasn’t the best choice.


 Albert was preceded in death by his daughter Kathy, and is survived by five children: Cheryl, Jack, Tom, Christine and Mike; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
 Funeral services will be held at Indiantown Gap on Albert’s 90th birthday, Friday April 21 at 3 p.m.


 He had a saying: Life’s A Trip.


 Memorial contributions, if so desired, may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PA. Chapter, 4219 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA17011; or the Lebanon VA Hospital, 1700 South Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042.


 When I come to the end of my journey and travel my last weary mile, just forget if you can that I ever frowned and remember only my smile.


 The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home, 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057 with the arrangements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:06

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Dorothy Ginder

Dorothy L. (Hemperly) Ginder, 77, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, Harrisburg Pa.Dorothy Ginder 1 18


 She was born on January 17, 1939 and was the daughter of the late Ralph A. and Mary (Watson) Hemperly.


 She was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1620 Ladies Auxiliary, a member of American Legion Post 594, Ladies Auxiliary and the Ladies of the Moose Lodge 410, all of Middletown. She enjoyed partying, dancing, and going to the river.


 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a stepson, Eric Glass, a brother, Dale Hemperly and a sister Doris Valerio.


 She is survived by her son, Frederick A. Glass and his wife Julie of Harrisburg; two daughters, Debra L. Lewis of Middletown, and Lisa A. Vega of Middletown; sister, Shirley Reitz of Grantville; three granddaughters; two grandsons; and three great-grandsons.


 A tribute to her life will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown. Viewing will be from 5 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.


 Burial will be at the convenience of the family.


 Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Hospice of Central PA, c/o Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
 Condolence may be sent online at www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:58

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