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Jack Whye

 

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 Jack K. Whye Sr., 70, of Middletown, passed away on Tuesday, February 17, at Hershey Medical Center. He was the husband of Sandra K. Fink Whye.

 

 Born in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Elwood and Louise Kipp Whye. 

 

 Jack was a graduate of Middletown High School, class of 1962; he retired from Bethlehem Steel where he worked as a scale master; he was a member of Middletown Moose Lodge #410; and he enjoyed gardening, fishing, boating, going to the movies with his son, and target shooting. 

 

 He was preceded in death by his sisters Patricia Gutshall and Faye Gantz.

 

 Surviving in addition to his wife are his son Jack K. Whye Jr. (Lu Ann Renee) of Colonial Park; and his sister Edna Hurlock of Royalton.  

 

 Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA, 925 Linda Lane, Camp Hill, PA 17011.  

 

 Arrangements by Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:42

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Marion Munz

 

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Marion L. Munz, 91, formerly of Union St., Middletown, died Friday, February 20, at Hill Farm Estates, Annville. She was the wife of the late Henry R. Munz, who died in 1966.

 

 Born in Pottsville on December 10, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Henrietta Gunder Weber.  

 

 She was a homemaker; was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown, where she helped to prepare the church newsletters; and she was also an avid Penn State fan. 

 

 She was preceded in death by three brothers William, George, and Arthur Weber Jr., and two sisters Dorothy Oliver and Eleanore Weber.

 

 Surviving are three sons Ralph F., husband of Beverly A. Munz of Annville, John Munz of Palmyra, and Thomas B., husband of Brenda Munz of Emporium; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. 

 

 Funeral services: Friday, February 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Streets, Middletown. 

 

 Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the church.

 

 Interment will be in Middletown Cemetery. 

 

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, PA 17057.

 

 Arrangements by Kreamer Funeral Home, Annville.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:38

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Dolores Stichter

 

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 Dolores Antoinette Masciotti Stichter, 81, of Hummelstown, passed away at Country Meadows of Hershey on Monday, February 23.

 

 

 Dolores, spelled with an “o”, was born on November 8, 1933 in Reading, to the late Janet Tablone and Antonio Masciotti of Tony’s Garage in Reading. 

 

 Dolores was active in the Council of Catholic Women (CCW), holding all position rings since 1972: president of the Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, 2004 - 2006; associate member of the National Council of Catholic Women; and associate member of the World Union Catholic Women Organization. She was a certified CCD teacher. In the past, she was a Eucharistic minister and member of the Parish Council of Seven Sorrows BVM, and was also a sacristan for the diocesan chapel.

 

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sweet younger sis-ta-da Arlene, wife of Robert Vespico of Warrenton, Va., and a stepsister Anna Jane, wife of R. Dan Gill of Selinsgrove.

 

 She is survived by her husband Richard J. Stichter, having shared 747 happy months of marriage; her children Joyce (Robert) Kopko of Hummelstown, Richard A. (Cindy) Stichter of Blythewood, S.C., Nancy Stichter of Harrisburg, and Anne (Russell) Davidson of Baltimore, Md.

 

 The stars in her life were by beautiful grandchildren Janel Griffith of Blythewood, S.C, Nicole Stichter of Laurel, Md., Kimberly (Jason) Miller of Edinburgh, Scotland, Kristen Kopko of Washington, D.C., Erin (Josh) Moore of Beale AFB, California, and Sean Davidson of Augusta, S.C. Four little angel great-grandchildren Samantha, daughter of Janel, Emily and Elizabeth, daughters of Erin and Josh, and Myles, son of Sean.

 

 Dolores also leaves behind her pen pal of 70+ years, Joan Joy, of Bourne-mouth, England. They started their correspondence at the age of 11 during World War II, writing in pencil and, today, using e-mail on an iPad.

 

 Dolores loved her many nieces, nephews, cousins, her Italian heritage, and the many women she met from around the world that she called friends.

 

 The family would like to thank the loving staff of Country Meadows of Hershey, Osteopathic Hospital Unit 1 Main, Fresenius Dialysis Centre, Andrews & Patel, Rhoads Pharmacy, and Dr. Joseph Lahr for all their caring and support.

 

 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated: Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Race & Conewago Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant, and the Rev. Edward Lavelle as concelebrant. 

 

 Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 27, at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with recitation of the rosary at 7:45 p.m., and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 28 in the narthex of the church.

 

 Burial is at the convenience of the family at Gethsemane Cemetery in Laureldale, Pa.

 

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seven Sorrows BVM Council of Catholic Women to be used for the many services they provide in the name of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

 

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

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:33

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Terry Musgrave

 

 Terry DeWayne Musgrave, 73, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Sunday, February 15, at Colonial Park Care Center in Harrisburg, surrounded by his devoted family.

 He was born on September 24, 1941, at Harrisburg Hospital, and was the son of the late Anna M. Musgrave.

 Terry was retired as a photographer from the Pennsylvania State Museum, after which he managed the 7-Eleven convenience store on the square in Middletown for many years. He attended Valley Baptist Church and was a member of Middletown Liberty Hose Fire Company. His hobbies included photography, reading, spending time at the Jersey and Delaware beaches, and playing the slot machines at casinos. But most importantly he enjoyed spending time with his loving family and grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his grandfather William E. Musgrave and stepson Scott Lee Royer.

 He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Bertha E. Fox Musgrave; son Scott T. Musgrave of Harrisburg; daughter Bethany A. Musgrave of Harrisburg; stepchildren Lisa I. Krepps and husband Steven, Steven Royer and companion Cindy Morris, and Timothy Royer and wife Ronnie, all of Middletown; grandchildren Jason, Mandy, Patrick, Kevin, Timothy, Ashley, Tiara, Tasia, and Tony; and great-grandchildren Ella and Cullen.

 Memorial services for Terry: Saturday, February 21 at 11 a.m. at Valley Baptist Church, 1190 N. Union St., Middletown, with the Rev. Jerry Cowan officiating.  

 Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

 Memorial contributions can be sent in Terry’s honor to his church, Valley Baptist Church, 1190 N. Union St., 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, 17 February 2015 15:19

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Willis Shrauder

Willis R. Shrauder, 100, of Middletown, passed away Tuesday, February 10, at home.

He was the widower of Helen Shrauder.

Born September 21, 1914 in Steelton, he was the son of the late Arthur R. and Mary Battorf Shrauder.

Willis was a member of Odd Fellows, Middletown Anglers and Hunters, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church; and he was an avid fisherman.

Willis also was preceded in death by a brother Elwood Shrauder.

He is survived by son Ray E. Shrauder of Warranton, Va.; daughter Joyce Foerster of Middletown; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:17

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Patricia Gutshall

 

 Patricia A. Gutshall, 81, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, February 14, at the Middletown Home. For more information, please visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:15

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Dorothy Krupilis

Dorothy A. Krupilis, 93, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 16, at ManorCare, Elizabethtown.

DorothyKrupilis2-18WEBShe was born on May 13, 1921, in the Village of Park Place, Mahanoy City, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Emily Swartz Casper.

Dot was a former employee of Hershey Foods, Doubleday and Olivetti Corporation. She was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown and a graduate of Mahanoy Township High School Class of 1939. She was fondly called “Mimi” by her family. Dot was a loving, giving, sharing person and will be sorely missed by family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 60 years, Charles S. Krupilis, a sister Helen, and brothers Joseph and William Casper.

She is survived by her son Charles “Gravy” J. Krupilis Sr. and wife JoAnn of Middletown; grandsons Michael C. Krupilis and wife Jill, and Charles “Chuck” J. Krupilis Jr. and wife Karen, all of Middletown; great-grandchildren Dylan, Kody, Zack, Gabrielle and Natalie; and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Dorothy: Friday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert, her pastor, officiating. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

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

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:13

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Gertrude Myers

 

Gertrude K. Myers, 81, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 9, 2015, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown.GertrudeMyers Obit WEB

 

She was born on September 11, 1933, in Lykens, and was the daughter of the late George Sr. and Grace Miller Kohler.

Gertrude retired from the Dauphin County Treasurer’s Office; she was a former president of the Union Hose Co. Ladies Auxiliary, former member of The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 332, Middletown, and a former member of the Dauphin County Republican Women’s Committee of Middletown. She loved bingo, attending Hershey Bears hockey games, reading, spending time at her summer home in Canada, fishing, and spoiling her loving grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Charles L. Myers Jr., brothers Raymond Kohler, Terry Kohler, Charles Kohler, and George Kohler Jr., and sister Gladys Breslin.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years Charles L. Myers; daughters Kathy J. Kiessling and husband Stephen of Londonderry Township, and Diane L. Hepner and husband Tony of Middletown; sisters Barbara Wolfgang of Middletown, Janet Knarr of Klingerstown, Mary L. Chubb of Halifax, and Nancy Snyder of Millersburg; and four loving grandchildren Holly Hepner Criniti, Kelly Hepner, Daniel Hepner, and Christopher Kiessling.

Service for Gertrude: Friday, February 13 at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown, with Pastor Gary George officiating.

Burial was at Middletown Cemetery.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Gertrude’s name to the Masonic Village, Gift Plan/Health Care Center, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2199.

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, 17 February 2015 15:06

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Frank Melusky

 

Frank J. Melusky, 90, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 6, at Middletown Nursing Home. For further information, visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:28

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Carolyn Espenshade

 

 Carolyn J. Espenshade, 63, of Harrisburg, entered into eternal rest at home on Thursday, February 5. For more information visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:26

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Col. Thomas Murto Jr. USMC (Ret)

 

Colonel Thomas V. Murto Jr. “Tom”, USMC (Ret), passed away peacefully on Friday, January 23, at Brooke Army Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by his family. 

 

 Tom was born June 25, 1918, in Washington, D.C., to Dr. Thomas V. Murto and Elizabeth Ferguson Murto. He grew up in Middletown. He graduated in 1939 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem with a mechanical engineering degree and was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. While attending Lehigh, Tom met his soul mate, Joan Hartzell of Bethlehem, whom he married in 1941.

 

 Tom honorably served his country as a Marine aviator for 26 years. He flew at least 45 missions, in Wildcat F4F-4s and Corsair F4U-1s in the Pacific during World War II. He was awarded the Air Medal with eight stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two stars, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze stars, National Defense Medal with one Bronze star. He also flew Corsairs in the Korean War, and was awarded the Bronze Star with a V (in combat), Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and Republic of Korea Unit Citation.

 

 During his career in the Marines, he commanded many squadrons and air groups and was in charge of the assignment unit at Corps HQ at the Pentagon in Virginia. Tom’s final assignment was as Commander of Beaufort Marine Corps Air Base in Beaufort, S.C., where he retired in 1965 as a Colonel.

 

 After retiring from the Marines, Tom worked for Deering Milliken, a textile company, in Spartanburg, S.C., as department coordinator of noncomputer parts. He moved to Austin, Texas and worked for Scientific Methods for several years. After several other endeavors, Tom went to work for the Texas Department of Human Resource until retirement.

 

 Tom and Joan enjoyed 57 years together, raising a family, traveling the world, and making many friends before her death in 1998. During the past 13 years, Tom lived in I Towers Park Lane, San Antonio, Texas, where he was actively involved and had many friends.

 

 Tom was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan Hartzell Murto, brother Dr. Robert E. Murto, sister Katharine E. Ruddy, and his parents Dr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Murto. 

 

 He is survived by three children Thomas V. Murto III and wife Sandy, William H. Murto and wife Maura, and Jane E. Johnson and husband Gayle; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister Mary Anne Culliton; sisters-in-law Marilyn E. Murto, and Doris Hartzell; and many nieces and nephews.

 

 A service was held on Friday, February 6 at Main Post Chapel, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 

 

 Interment was held in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Col. Thomas V. Murto Jr. ’39 Endowment Fund, Lehigh University, 27 Memorial Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3086.

 

 We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved him.

 

 You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com.

 

 Arrangements by Porter Loring Mortuary, San Antonio, Texas.  

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:24

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