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Janet Gomboc

Janet E. (Gluntz) Gomboc, 87, of Middletown and formerly of Steelton passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.Janet Gomboc

She was born on December 21, 1928 a loving daughter of the late Christian and Lula (Horning) Gluntz.

Janet was preceded in death by her loving husband, Martin (Tinny) Gomboc, one son Richard Gomboc, sisters Evelyn Gustin, Dorothy Skinner, and Lois Ziats, brother William Gluntz, and son-in-law Donald Velter.

She is survived by seven children, Shirley Velter, Robert Gomboc (Lynn), Donna Gomboc (Ginny), Debra Morning (Charles), William Gomboc (Karen), Jeffrey Gomboc (Rochelle), and Linda Gomboc; 14 grandchildren Travis, Robert II, Julie, Christopher, Nicholas, David, William Jr., Suzie, Alysha, Danielle, Jonathan, Eric, Jessica, and Ryan; five great-grandchildren Quinlan, Lennon, R.J., Ainsley, Alex, and two on the way, Benjamin and Melody; and several nieces and nephews.

Janet had a great sense of humor. Her greatest joy was watching her favorite TV shows, bingo, cooking, and having her family together. She was a beautiful, loving, caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who shared and gave so much love. As she would state, “I love you all the same the whole darn bunch of you.”

Janet was an individual who never had hate in her heart and never said a negative thing about anyone or anything because of her strong faith. She truly was one of a kind who loved angels and will now get to fly with them.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 11 a.m. in K.M. Knight Funeral Home, 31 Second Street, Highspire, Pa. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

A Celebration of Janet’s Life will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday immediately following the funeral service at the Penn Harris Gun Club, 201 Richardson Road, Middletown, Pa.

Arrangements for Janet’s burial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, where she will be reunited with her husband, are incomplete at this time.

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James Watts Sr.

James McClellan Watts Sr., 77, of Wrightsville, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday May 17, 2016, at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center.

A tribute to James’s life will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., with the Rev. Ryan Welker officiating.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

For full obituary and to send condolences online, please visit www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.



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Donald Stauffer

Donald Bruce Stauffer, 90, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Frey Village, Middletown.DonaldStauffer5 18WEB

He was born on April 10, 1926 to Oscar and Catherine (Epler) Stauffer in Middletown.

He was a World War II veteran serving as a Seabee in the Navy. He retired from New Cumberland Army Depot in 1981, and he enjoyed hunting and tinkering with small engines.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his oldest son Allen in 1993, and three brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris (Mann) Stauffer, as well as two sons and their wives: James and Shelby of Hummelstown, and David Sr. and Deborah of Royalton; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and seven sisters and brothers.

A viewing will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home, 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, followed by a service at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Nelson Bechtel of Goods Mennonite Church, officiating.

Interment will follow at Hillsdale Cemetery, Londonderry Township, Dauphin County. A light lunch will be served after the interment at American Legion in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations can be made in Donald’s name to The Children's Miracle Network, MC 190, P.O. Box 855, Hershey, PA 17033-0855.

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

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:00

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Robert Campbell

Robert G. Campbell, 78, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center.

He was born on July 27, 1937, in Middletown and was the son of the late James A. and Ruth G. Wagner Campbell.

He was retired from the Middletown Area School District as a custodian, and was a lifetime member of Rescue Hose Fire Co., Middletown. Robert was an Army veteran having served during peacetime.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Earl J. Campbell.

He is survived by three sisters, Shirley A. Vorodi of Elizabethtown, Sue K. Dupes of Middletown, and Linda L. McKinne and her husband Michael of Mt. Joy; one brother, Greg Campbell and his wife Lynne of N.H.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Burial and services 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.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:01

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Memorial Service

A Memorial Service celebrating Margaret Elizabeth Norton “Peggy” Crow’s life will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, Pa. on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 1 p.m., with the
Rev. Robert Graybill officiating.

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Kristopher Conforti

Kristopher John Conforti, 54, of Palmyra, lost his courageous 18-month battle with brain cancer on Friday, April 29, 2016 at his home. He was born Friday, March 23, 1962 in Scranton to Francis John and Grace Mary (Torrisi) Conforti. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret A. (Gallagher) Conforti.Kristopher Conforti 5 4


 He graduated from Scranton Central High School in 1980, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences in 1985 with a B.S. in Pharmacy, and Penn State University in 1992 with an MBA.  He was the first Pharmacy Resident at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. For the last nearly 20 years he was a Pharmacist/Owner of Palmyra Pharmacy, Middletown Pharmacy, Steelton Pharmacy, Hershey LTC Pharmacy, and the former Pages Card & Gift. He was a member of Kappa Psi Fraternity, former ski instructor, accomplished golfer, longtime Hershey Bears season ticket holder, Presidents Circle member National Baseball Hall of Fame, lifelong New York Yankees fan, and earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout in 1978.

Above and beyond his many personal and professional accomplishments, Kris loved his family and adored his grandchildren. His huge smile, friendly demeanor, and unparalleled knowledge behind the pharmacy counter will be greatly missed by his patients and the communities he served.   


 In 1977 he was preceded in death by a brother Kenneth Conforti.


 He is survived by a son William Gallagher and wife Stephanie of Harrisburg; a daughter Jennifer Schengrund and husband Kevin of Hershey; four grandchildren Molly Gallagher, Connor, Owen, and Morgan Schengrund; three brothers Kevin Conforti of Scranton, Keith Conforti and wife Karen of New York, and Kip Conforti and wife Andrea of Scranton; and several nieces and nephews.


 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 5 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 245 West Pine St., Palmyra, PA 17078, with Father James F. Podlesny as Celebrant.  Family and friends are invited for visitation on Wednesday, May 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rothermel-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 25 West Pine St., Palmyra, and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.


 Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.


 The family respectfully requests NO flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710; the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, BASE Program, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326; or Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.  


 Condolences and memories may be shared at www.rothermelfuneralhome.com.

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Barbara Snyder

Barbara Ellen “Cissy” (Blankenship) Snyder, 58, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.Barbara Snyder 5 4


 She was born on October 9, 1957 and was the loving daughter of the late William L. Blankenship and Barbara (Whitehair) Blankenship.


 She was a member of Geyers United Methodist Church, Middletown, and a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, class of 1975.


 Barbara enjoyed many things such as the beach, swimming in her pool and children. She was an active member in the Sunshine Sisters and DAWGS at her church.


 In addition to her father Barbara was preceded in death by her son Duke W. Snyder, grandson Zachary R. Snyder, and a sister Kim G. Saylor.


 In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband of over 43 years, Robert P. Snyder III; son Robert P. Snyder IV and his wife Shelby of Middletown; sister Lorie J. Reichel and her husband David of Harrisburg; brother Rickey L. Blankenship of Decatur, Ala.; and grandchildren Tyler Glaser, Colton Glaser and Brody Snyder.


 A tribute to Barbara’s life was held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Geyers United Methodist Church, 1605 S. Geyers Church Rd., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Steven Atanasoff and the Rev. Donald Walters officiating. There was a viewing at 12 p.m. until the hour of the service on Sunday at the church.


 Family suggests memorial contributions be made in Barbara’s name to Geyers United Methodist Church.


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


 Online condolences may be sent to www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

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Evelyn Smith

Evelyn L. (Bright) Smith, 73, of Downingtown, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Paoli. Born Saturday, September 26, 1942 in Houlton, Me., she was the daughter of the late Earl W. Bright Jr. and Beatrice Jennie (Shurr) Bright. She was married for 50 years to Ronald H. Smith also of Downingtown. They were each other’s first dates when they were both 15 years old.EvelynSmith5 4

Evelyn was an avid bingo player who enjoyed life and being around people, and had a terrific sense of humor. She loved to read and travel and was also a great cook. Evelyn was an organ transplant recipient, and the family would like to encourage everyone to consider becoming an organ donor.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons Shaun H. Smith and his wife Julia of Ashland, N.H., and Bradley B. Smith and his wife Alexis of Downingtown; three grandchildren Kailee, Bradley B., Jr. and Alexander; a brother Earl W. Bright III and his wife Bobby of Middletown; a sister Beth A. Bright and her companion Gary Kulp of Maytown; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home, 208 North Union St., Middletown. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.fager-finkenbinder.com.


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Dana Elzi

Dana S. Elzi, 58, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family.


 She was born in Denver, Colo. on October 26, 1957 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Grace Grunwald Elzi.


 She was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown, and the National Directoress of the Seculor Institute of St. Francis DeSales. She enjoyed writing, playing tennis and gardening. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado.


 She is survived by her sister, Judith Elzi of Denver, Colo.; brothers Peter Elzi and his wife Heather of Castle Rock, Colo., and Terrence Elzi of Denver, Colo.; and sister Andrea Elzi of Denver, Colo.


 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. There will be a visitation from 3 to 4 p.m. in the narthex of the church.


 Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Denver, Colo.


 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dana’s name to Seculor Institute of St. Francis DeSales.


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


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

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Mylin Messick

Mylin M. Messick, 85, of Middletown, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Community General Osteopathic Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.Mylin Messick 4 27


 Born in Elizabethtown on December 5, 1930, he was the son of the late Jacob Stover and Sarah A. Long Messick.


 Mylin was a homebuilder and real estate broker for over 50 years; having built over 1,100 homes throughout Dauphin and Lancaster counties. However, Mylin was best known as a local lifetime dairy and beef cattle farmer. He continued and thoroughly enjoyed his daily work on the farm until his death. Mylin was a 1949 graduate of the former Hummelstown High School. He was a longtime member of Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, Hershey. He was a member of the Homebuilders Association of Metro. Harrisburg for many years, and served on the board of the PA State Homebuilders Association. Mylin was also one of the original founders of the PA Farm Bureau, Dauphin County Farmers Association, and PA Simmental Association. He was a 50-year member of Prince Edwin-Spring Creek Lodge No. 486, F&AM, Middletown, and the Zembo Shrine, Harrisburg. Mylin’s greatest joys were spending time with his family on his beef cattle farm, and feeding the turkeys and deer surrounding his home on Schoolhouse Road.


 Mylin is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Doris M. Bricker Messick, whom he married on March 15, 1959; two daughters, Patricia L. Kuharic, wife of George M., and Sarah M. Runkle, wife of Douglas A., both of Middletown; two sons, Joseph M. Messick, husband of Dorothy D. of Middletown, and Michael D. Messick of Annville; three siblings, Mahlon M. Messick, husband of Helen of Elizabethtown, Mildred M. Risser of Hummelstown, and Miriam M. Aldinger of Neffsville; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 12 p.m. in Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, 335 East Areba Avenue, Hershey, with The Rev. Dennis W. Garrison, his pastor, officiating. Family and friends are invited to visit with the family in the church from 11 a.m. until time of the service.  


 A private interment will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Middletown.


 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory of Mylin to his church, Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, 335 East Areba Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033.


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


 Online condolences may be shared on www.trefzandbowser.com.

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Ralph O’Donnell

Ralph A. O’Donnell, 65, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the comfort of his home. 

   
 Born in Harrisburg, on February 22, 1951, he was a son of the late John C. and Eleanor T. (Lanciano) O’Donnell. On November 3, 2005, he was united in marriage with Tann C. (Templin) O’Donnell. He and Tann shared a relationship that had its roots long before their union.   

     
 Prior to his retirement, Ralph had been employed as a Mechanical Maintenance Technician by Met-Ed/First Energy for nearly 26 years. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 594, and the Rescue Club, both in Middletown. Ralph loved music – whether listening to Bluegrass and Oldies or playing his bass fiddle. An avid outdoorsman, he always looked forward to Spring Gobbler season and the summer months spent at the cabin on Hill Island, where he could enjoy the peace of nature and share special times with family and friends. No matter the time and no matter the place, Ralph never wanted to let the good times end – in his honor, remember there is always time for “one more for the road.”


 In addition to his wife, Tann, he is survived by his sons, Ralph A. O’Donnell Jr. (Tammy) and Mark A. O’Donnell (Kirsten) all of Middletown, and Gregory A. O’Donnell of Harrisburg; brothers, Jack C. O’Donnell Jr. (Terri Lee), and Paul J. O’Donnell (Annette), all of Middletown and Anthony J. O’Donnell (Lori) of Lusby, Md.; and sisters, Elaine Butcher (Joe), Lu Botterbusch (Artie), all of Middletown, and Kathy Winters (Scott) of Hummelstown. He is also survived by his five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.       
 Arrangements will be at the convenience of the family.


 In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions being made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or hospiceofcentralpa.org.


 Those wishing to offer condolences to, or share memories with the family are invited to visit HetrickBitnerFuneralHome.com.  

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