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Wallace Hipple Sr.

 Wallace K. “Hip” Hipple Sr., 87, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 28, 2016, at Harrisburg Hospital.

 He was born on September 13, 1929, in Middletown and was the loving son of the late Stephen G. and I. Gertrude (Musgrave) Hipple.

 Wallace was retired from Fruehauf Corp. and Eshenaur Fuel. He was an avid camper, boater and fisherman, but also enjoyed gardening, building and plumbing.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

 Wallace is survived by his wife of 67 years, Faye (Herneisey) Hipple; five children, Wally Jr. (Christine) of Linglestown, Kathy Cochran of Royalton, Deb Manfred (Gene) of Middletown, Steve (Debbie) of Belleville, Sue Goss (Norman) of Middletown; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

 A tribute to Wallace’s life will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. There will be a viewing from 12 p.m. until the hour of the service on Friday.

 Interment will be at Middletown Cemetery, Middletown.

 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Wallace’s name to the charity of donor’s choice.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 12:18

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Helen George

Helen F. George, 90, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Harrisburg Hospital. 

 She was born on June 12, 1926 in Royalton, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Ralph and Lillian (Neiman) Keiffer. 

 Helen was a dental hygienist for Dr. Higgins for several years. She was also a volunteer at the Middletown Thrift Shop and Middletown Meals on Wheels. 

 Helen was a member at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown where she was a member of the “sewing circle” that participated in making baptismal blankets. 

 In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Herman L. George and a son, Frank E. Moody Jr. 

 She is survived by her loving children, Pamela Snyder of Middletown, Connie Gilroy of Lemoyne, and Linda L. Kramer and her husband James of Harrisburg; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

 Services and 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. 

 Condolences may be sent online at

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 15:55

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David Hoffman

David S. “Huffy” Hoffman, 64, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center. 
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He was born on Saturday, May 17, 1952 in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Earl R. Sr. and Catherine M. (Behrens) Hoffman.

David “Huffy” worked for Elwood’s Sunoco and also for Dailey’s Gulf Gas Station where he would always smile, pump your gas and check your fluids and inspection sticker.

He was a 1970 graduate of Middletown Area High School and attended the Evangelical United Methodist Church. He loved doing word search puzzles and talking with everyone in town. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John W. Hoffman, and two sisters, Dorothy Hoffman and Kathryn M. Atticks.

He is survived by his friend, Joe Dailey, of Middletown, with whom he lived for over 30 years; his sisters, Gloria Clouser and her husband Robert J. Clouser Jr. of Middletown, Delores Mortimore and her husband William of Highspire, Thelma Williams of Harrisburg, and Edna Bohner of Harrisburg; and one brother, Earl Hoffman Jr. and his wife Ruth of Harrisburg.

A tribute to his life will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, Spruce & Water Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Lee Ellenberger officiating.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the church.  

 Burial will be in Chambers Hill Cemetery. 

The family has requested that everyone wear casual clothing, as Huffy always was casual.

Memorial contributions in Huffy’s name may be made to The Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry, 201 Wyoming St., Middletown, PA 17057, or the local charity of your choice.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 15:42

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Robert Altier

Robert E. Altier, age 79, of Freedom, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by his loving family.RobertAltierWEB

Born December 2, 1936 in Montclair, N.J., he was the son of the late Anthony J. and Margery M. Schmidt Altier.

Bob was a graduate of Honesdale High School and went on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Management at the University of Scranton. Col. (Ret) Altier proudly served our country in the U.S. Army, including time in Germany and the Republic of Vietnam, from 1959 to 1969, receiving the Bronze Star for Combat Valor in 1967. He continued his service in the PA National Guard from 1975 to 1979 and in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1979 until his retirement in 1995. Bob retired as VP of Residential Lending at Dollar Bank. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Cranberry Township. He enjoyed keeping up on current affairs, reading and traveling. Bob will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory; his wife, Joanne M. Hummel Altier; his sons, Mark R. (Benita) Altier of Prosser, Wash., and Matthew D. (Lori) Altier of Mandeville, La.; his daughter, Teresa A. (Wayne) Davis of Waxhaw, N.C.; his stepdaughter, Kimberly M. (Neil) Sheek Popkin of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Anthony L. Altier of Honesdale, Pa.

 In accordance with Bob’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral services. He will be inurned at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at a later date to be determined by the family.  

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Boylan-Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:36

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Goldie Wright

Goldie M. Wright, 93, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
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She was born on August 3, 1923 and was the loving daughter of the late Howard and Ella (Miller) Charles.

First and foremost, she loved caring for her family and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. 

 She was a devoted faithful member of Geyers United Methodist Church where she enjoyed attending services and working with the Easter Egg project. Goldie stayed busy with the activities she enjoyed such as, cooking, gardening, crocheting, senior bus trips, bingo, playing cards with family and friends and helping others. She served more than 50 years on the Londonderry Township Election Board as well as serving many years as the Judge of Elections.

She was a member of the Union Hose Co., Middletown and the Londonderry Fire Co. Auxiliaries. 

In addition to her parents, Goldie was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Wright who passed in 1996, three brothers, Christian, David and Richard Charles, and a sister, Pauline Waters.

Goldie is survived by two daughters, Patricia S., wife of David Hoover of York, and Shirley W., wife of Wayne Merril Sr. of Lancaster; two sons, F. Robert Wright and his wife Cheryl of Middletown, and Thomas J. Wright and his wife Pixie of Lebanon; 10 grandsons, Wayne Merril Jr., who lived with her and was her caregiver, Stephen Wright, Michael Wright, Kyle Wright, Tyler Wright, Jamison Wright, Mark Hoover, Stephen Hoover, Keith Hoover, Daryl Hoover; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ester Enck of Elizabethtown, and Betty Runkel of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A tribute to Goldie’s life will be held on Friday November 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Geyers United Methodist Church, 1605 S. Geyers Church Rd., Middletown, with Rev. Stevan Atanasoff and Rev. Donald Walters co-officiating. There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. 

Interment will be at Hillsdale Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Goldie’s name to Geyers United Methodist Church for the caring and sharing committee, or Londonderry Fire Co., 2655 Foxianna Rd., Middletown, PA 17057.

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

Condolences may be sent online at

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:29

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Melba Cooper

Melba “June” (Tryon/Campbell) Cooper, 87, of Lower Paxton Twp., passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Claremont Nursing and Rehab in Carlisle. 

She was born in Houston, Texas on June 24, 1929 to the late Henry A. and Cecelia (Breland) Tryon. She was the widow of Granville Cooper Jr.

June and “Coop” were members of the Devonshire United Methodist Church. She was an avid league bowler, achieved the “600 Club” status, and bowled on a Pennsylvania State team.

June loved people. She had an amazing gift of encouragement and hospitality. She adored her family and friends and always put other’s needs before her own. She instilled a love for music in her children. As a single mother, she raised five children on a waitress’ income. Though money was tight, love was always abundant. She retired after 10 years from PA Department of Transportation. Despite the last nine years of physical pain, June continued to bless and encourage everyone that she met. Perhaps most important was her love for Jesus. We are comforted to know that she is now singing praises to Him. 

Including her parents and husband, preceding her in death are her two brothers, Henry and Charles Tryon.

Surviving are daughters, Judy Brevik, Sharon Reed and husband Craig, Cecelia Foreman and husband Ken, and Patti Carlson and husband Rick; son, Bruce Campbell; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

A Celebration of Life for June will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. at River of God Church, 747 Wertzville Rd., Enola, PA 17025. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: (enter code 2793875 for Doug/Brittany Favuzza) or (Ronald McDonald House-Hershey).

 Condolences/memories may be offered at:

 Arrangements by Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:26

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Richard White

Richard E. White, 86, of Middletown, followed his wife Mary (Zarate) White in death on November 13, 2016. He was the son of Frank and Anna Mae (Kurtz) White of Johnstown, born on February 6, 1930. 

 Following his graduation at Johnstown High School, he entered the military. He served 22 years in the Air Force before retiring, and continued working at the Naval Depot until 1992. 

 Surviving are his three children, Deborah (White) Hoffman and spouse Ed of Dauphin, Richard C. White and spouse Kim of Middletown, and Steven White and spouse Carol, of Florida; three granddaughters, Chery Vieli of Dauphin, Kristy Shinn of Camp Hill, and Brandy Wiest of Lykens; seven great-grandchildren, Mason, Austin, Haley, Aiden, Mesa, Samantha and Curtis. 

 He will be laid to rest at Indiantown Gap.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:21

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Earl Bitner

Earl G. Bitner, 92, of Kinkora Pythian Home, entered into eternal rest on November 4, 2016. Graveside services will be held at Indiantown Gap Cemetery on November 10, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. SHALONIS–MARYSVILLE.

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Robert Young

Robert “Bob” G. Young, 85, of Middletown, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Selinsgrove.

 He was born in Marion, Ohio on August 8, 1931 and was the son of the late Orvil C. and Josephine Hinamon Young. He married the former Evelyn Jean Miller on July 3, 1954.

 He graduated from Richwood (Ohio) High School in 1949 and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He was formerly employed at AMP, Inc.

 Bob is survived by his wife Evelyn; a son Stephen Young and his wife Vicky Young; and two grandchildren Elizabeth Young, and Jessica May of Trevorton.

 Interment will be in the Indiantown Gap National Military Cemetery, Annville.

 Arrangements by the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 14:59

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Justin Horvat

Justin P. Horvat, 32, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest suddenly on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.JustinHorvat WEB

A tribute to his life was held on Monday, October 31, 2016 at Fountain of Life Church, 290 Newberry Rd., Middletown, with the Rev. Peter Logan officiating. 

Visitation was on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the church.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 15:32

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Carol Abbot

It is with great sorrow we announce the death of Carol on Monday, October 17, 2016.  

She is survived by her son Tim of Hershey; daughter Leslie and husband Stacey Kato, and grandchildren Aidan and Abbey Kato of Santa Ana, Calif.; and sister Judy and husband Robert Schreiber of Newport.  

Carol was retired from the M.S. Hershey Medical Center and the former Olmsted Air Force Base, where she performed clerical duties.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Y. Abbot; parents James and Mabel Bowerman; sisters Jean Martin and Jane Bowerman; and brothers James and Robert Bowerman.

A Celebration of Life will be held on December 20, 2016, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Granada and Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, at 11 a.m. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.   

In lieu of flowers, consider memorial contributions be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 212 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033.

Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, 114 West Main St., Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements.     

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 15:30

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