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Otis Reid

 

Otis R. Reid, “Mick,”entered into eternal rest, surrounded by his loving family at Harrisburg Hospital on Friday, January 16.OtisReid1-21WEB

 Born on March 9, 1919 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Rachael Bowman Reid Colston and John Reid. 

 Otis was educated in the Middletown schools. Mick, as he was called by family and friends, excelled in football while attending Middletown High School. He retired from Bethlehem Steel after 40 years of service as a foreman/supervisor. Otis was a member of Middletown American Legion Post 594 and Dauphin Lodge 359. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and U.S. Army Air Corps during the Korean Conflict.

 He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Annie Lou Reid, sisters Doris M. Campbell and Patricia Poles, brothers Clyde and Dale Reid, and granddaughter Shannon Arter.

 Surviving are his children, Marcia Blue of Roseville, Calif., Rachelle Reid of Middletown, Anita Reid of Harrisburg, and Otis Reid Nash of Mechanicsburg; six grandchildren Anthony and Tracy Blue, both of Roseville, Kahil and Monica Nash, both of Nashville, Tenn., Aneisha Reid of Harrisburg, and Asya Reid of Houston, Texas; three great-grandchildren; siblings Robert Reid and Dr. Donald Reid, both of Middletown, and Thomas Reid of Prospect, Conn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

 A Tribute to his life: Thursday, January 22 at noon at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. A. Addison Cash and the Rev. Kate Harrigan officiating.

 Viewing will be 11 a.m. until time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

 Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

 

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 21:19

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Russell E. Lippy

 

 Russell E. Lippy, 85, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest at home on Saturday, January 17.

 He was born on April 23, 1929 in Middletown to the late Jesse E. and Mary E. Alleman Lippy.

 He retired as a lineman from PP&L with over 40 years of dedicated service; a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown; and a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

 He is survived by his loving wife Jean A. Lippy of Middletown; daughters Judith E. Borland and husband John of Hershey, and Gail A. Long and husband Kenneth, and Cindy L. Lippy, all of Middletown; son Jeffrey L. Lippy of Marietta; two grandsons Troy T. Harclerode and wife Amanda, and Joshua R. Borland.

 Memorial service for Russell: Tuesday, January 27 at 11 a.m. at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. 

 Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
 

 Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Streets, Middletown, PA 17057.

 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, 20 January 2015 21:17

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Bernadine Kropp

 

Bernadine Kropp, 80, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 16, at Spring Creek Rehab and Health Center.

 Services: Wednesday, January 21, at 2 p.m. at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home, Middletown. For full obituary, please visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 21:14

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Asher Halbleib Memorial

 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held to honor Asher S. Halbleib, of Middletown, who passed away on December 26, 2014.

 Asher taught math and physics and developed and conducted the Performing Arts Program in the Middletown Area School District. He worked at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts for 24 years in the Food and Beverage Revenue Department.

 Please join us on Sunday, January 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Middletown Area High School café for a time to remember Asher.

 Donations in Asher’s memory can be sent to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 21:12

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Kristy Kramer


  Kristy L. Kramer, age 52, of Middletown, died Friday, January 16, 2015, in a traffic accident in Fallowfield Township, Washington County. Her husband Frank Kramer and daughter Taylor Kramer also died in the accident.

 She was born April 20, 1962 in Waynesburg, a daughter of Leah Ann Martin Ratulowski and the late R. Terry Murdock.

 She was a 1984 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in journalism.  She was a former newspaper editor in Hershey and had worked as a reporter for The Democrat Messenger. Kristy was a volunteer and fundraiser for Rett Syndrome, and was a Methodist by faith. She was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins, and she also enjoyed sewing.

 Surviving in addition to her mother are a brother Steven Kelly Murdock (Sabrina) of Waynesburg; two sisters Kim Throckmorton (Ron) of Waynesburg, and Andrea Ratulowski  (Scott) of Ft. Collins, Colo.; uncle Larry Murdock (Sue); and three nieces, one nephew, a step-niece, and a great-nephew.

 Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 22 in Behm Funeral Homes, Inc., 182 West High St., Waynesburg. Services: 11 a.m. on Friday, January 23, with the Rev. Gary Grau officiating, followed by burial in Oakmont Cemetery in Waynesburg.  

 Memorial contributions may be made to rettsyndrome.org, P.O. Box 706143, Cincinnati, OH 45270; www.rettsyndrome.org.  

 Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.

 

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Taylor Kramer


Taylor K. Kramer, age 22, of Middletown, died Friday, January 16, 2015, in a traffic accident in Fallowfield Township, Washington County. Her parents, Frank and Kristy Murdock Kramer also died in the accident.

 She was born May 14, 1992 in Silver Spring, Md.

 She graduated from high school in Middletown, where she resided with her parents.

 Taylor was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates.

 She is survived by her maternal grandmother Leah Ann Ratulowski of Waynesburg; her paternal grandparents Frank and Donna Kramer of Canonsburg; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 22 in Behm Funeral Homes, Inc., 182 West High St., Waynesburg. Services: 11 a.m. on Friday, January 23, with the Rev. Gary Grau officiating, followed by burial in Oakmont Cemetery in Waynesburg.

 Memorial contributions may be made to rettsyndrome.org, P.O. Box 706143, Cincinnati, OH 45270; www.rettsyndrome.org
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 Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 21:20

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Frank Kramer

  Frank D. Kramer, age 57, of Middletown, died Friday, January 16, 2015, in a traffic accident on Interstate 70, Fallowfield Township, Washington County. His wife Kristy Murdock Kramer and daughter Taylor Kramer also died in the accident.

 

 He was born September 11, 1957 in Washington, a son of Frank and Donna Sims Kramer of Canonsburg who survive.

 He was a 1975 graduate of Canon MacMillan High School. On June 21, 1985 he married Kristy Murdock Kramer. 

 Frank had worked as a pressman for the Democrat Messenger, the Observer-Reporter, and the Press And Journal in Middletown. He had worked as a supervisor for a commercial printing company in Silver Spring, Md. and as a free-lance photographer covering many scholastic sporting events. He and his family had resided in Middletown since 1989.

 He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 954 in Middletown, and the White Eagles Lodge in Canonsburg, and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.

 Surviving in addition to his parents are several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

 Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 22 in Behm Funeral Homes, Inc., 182 West High St., Waynesburg. Services: 11 a.m. on Friday, January 23 at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gary Grau officiating, followed by burial in Oakmont Cemetery in Waynesburg.

 Memorial contributions may be made to rettsyndrome.org, P.O. Box 706143, Cincinnati, OH 45270; www.rettsyndrome.org.  

 Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 21:20

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Ruth Stoner

 

Ruth E. Stoner entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, December 30, at Messiah Village, Mechanicsburg.

For further details, visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 20:37

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Ruth Murray

 

Ruth A. Murray, 67, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday January 5, at Pinnacle Health West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg.

 

 For additional information, go to our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2015 01:23

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Ruth Librandi

 

 Ruth E. Reigle Librandi, 97, of Middletown, passed away on Saturday, January 3, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.

 She was the wife of the late Albert Librandi.

 She was born in Highspire on November 1, 1917 and was the daughter of the late Clayton and Blanche Swisher Reigle. 

 Ruth worked at Middletown Roughwear for 19 years. She made bomber jackets during World War II and men’s apparel. She was a seamstress her whole life, sewing up until just recently. Her greatest love was making doll clothes and spending precious time with her family. She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Royalton and the United Methodist Women.

 In addition to her parents and her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by son Ronald Librandi, and daughter Kathy Librandi, and two brothers Richard and William Reigle.

 Ruth is survived by son Thomas C. Librandi and wife Judy of Middletown; daughter Nancy Librandi of California; six grandchildren Todd Librandi, Ronald Librandi, Geraldine Librandi, Jackie Ream, Laurie Mero, and Loni Benoist; seven great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; sister Doris Noll of Lebanon; sister-in-law June Reigle of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews.

 Services: 11 a.m. on Friday, January 9 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 500 Penn St., Middletown, with the Rev. Willie Caraballo officiating.

 Viewing: 10 a.m. until time of the service on Friday at the church. 

 Burial will immediately follow the service and take place at Hillsdale Cemetery.

 Memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s name to her church, 500 Penn St., Middletown, PA 17057.

 The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown to handle the funeral arrangements. 
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 Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 20:25

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Joseph Sniscak

 

JosephSniscakWEBJoseph Sniscak Joseph Benedict Sniscak, affectionately known as “Joey B,” passed away peacefully on January 1. 

 Born in Lansford, Pa. on March 23, 1918, he was one of six children born to Michael H.  Sniscak and Elizabeth Bednarik Sniscak. He grew up in Lansford and attended Lansford High School where he excelled at track as a sprinter and broad jumper and as a halfback in football. He participated in track meets throughout the country, such as the Penn Relays and attended college at both LaSalle and Richmond on scholarship, but the war interrupted the completion of his education.

​ Joe met the love of his life, Jennie Mlinko, at Saylors Lake in the Poconos. They married in 1941 and settled in Middletown, where they raised four children. ​His training at the National Youth Administration resulted in employment at Olmsted Air Force Base and Rome, N.Y. He served with the Army Air Corps in World War II in the Pacific Theater. Joe returned to federal employment at Olmsted Air Force Base and New Cumberland Army Depot until his retirement in 1973, after which he pursued a career at PennDOT until 1983.

​He was president of Corby’s Beverage Coffee Club, was a longstanding member of Seven Sorrows BVM parish in Middletown, where he was one of the first Eucharistic ministers, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. He loved Middletown, and his many friends and neighbors. Joe enjoyed yearly fishing trips to 1000 Islands, biannual family golf tournaments, the Phillies, the Eagles, trips to the beach, Europe, Hawaii, and Marathon, Fla., and he was an avid reader.

​ In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Jennie, his beloved wife of 59 years, brothers John and wife Mary, William, Bernard, and Francis, sister Martha and husband Michael Midas, son-in-law Michael Dillon, and daughter-in-law Tara Lingle.

​ He is survived by his children, Nancy A. Dillon of Wilmington, Del., James M. Sniscak and wife Cynthia of Boiling Springs, Thomas J. Sniscak and wife Kathy of Camp Hill, and Michael L. Sniscak of Milton; seven grandchildren Michael and Lauren Dillon, Timothy and Seana Dillon, Christopher and Christina Dillon, Stephen and Tracy Sniscak, Kristen and John George, Matthew Sniscak, and Anne Sniscak; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Joan Bernard.

​ Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated: 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 10 at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. 

 Viewing: 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 9 with recitation of the holy rosary at 7:45 p.m. at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, and from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Saturday in the narthex of the church. 

 Burial with military honors will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 12 in Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. 

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 20:21

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