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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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Steve E. Nye

July 2, 1960 – December 24, 2016

Best wishes for 2017! Sorry that I won’t be around to share in the happenings of the New Year. It seems that I passed away rather unexpectedly on December 24, 2016 (yeah, on Christmas Eve) at my home in Huber Heights, Ohio at the young age of 56.Steve Nye 1 18


 A few notes about myself.... I attended Dauphin County Vocational School and graduated from Hershey High School in 1979. I decided to continue my skills and my education as an aircraft power plant mechanic at Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to my final sick day (my apologies for not calling in) I worked as an airline mechanic for Contract Aircraft Machines and was a contractor for Ames.


 Just a few words for my family... to my wonderful wife Carol, I love you and will miss you and your amazing cooking. My beautiful daughters, Rachel and Emilee Cox and her husband Aaron, you two girls were the joy of my life. I’m proud of both of you. I’m here watching over you, so behave yourselves. To the wonderful grandkids you both brought into this world, Baylee, Ella and Jacob, though our time together was short, I’ll always and forever be your pappy.... love you kids. To my sister Stephanie and her husband Tim Kimmel, save me a seat on the next motorcycle ride and keep two wheels on the road. My niece Detective Maggie Tran, keep the streets of Baltimore safe and be careful out there. My nephew Lee Hall, it’s been a privilege being your uncle. Lucky for you to have such a unique, one of a kind uncle.


 And most important to mom, Irma Mengel. It’s okay... I’m fine. Spending missed time with dad, Edgar Nye (he arrived here in April 2003). We have a lot to catch up on. I love you and miss you. But I’m around, really.... just look... I’ll show up every now and then.


 To all my other friends and family... sorry I didn’t let anyone know about this sooner. It was as much a surprise to me as all of you. But it’s all okay, really. I’ll see everyone again some day eventually.... no hurry. Just live your lives, and be happy.


 So, come join me and my family for some memories and laughs on January 21, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hummelstown, Pa. You won’t see me, but I’ll be there.


 Arrangements were handled through Marker and Heller Funeral Home in Dayton, Ohio.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:53

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Ann Fischer

Ann M. Fischer, 80, of Cape Coral, Florida, passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health Systems.  Ann Fischer 1 18


 She was born in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania. Ann married Philip A. Fischer on October 7, 1961 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. Philip A. Fischer passed away on January 26, 2005. 


 Ann retired as the Director of Administrative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS), where she was employed for more than 40 years. Ann was a member of St. Andrews, Cape Coral, Florida and was a longtime member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Middletown, Pa. Ann was an active member with the Cape Coral Resident’s Club and Matlacha Women’s Club. She enjoyed being with her family, traveling, reading, swimming and boating.  


 Besides her husband, Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Adams Rettinger, and a brother, James. S. Rettinger.


 Ann is survived by her son, Philip J. Fischer and his wife Corissa of Broomfield, Colorado; a daughter, Jane M. Djakovich and her husband Steven of Hermitage, Pa.; and five grandchildren, Hannah, Ava, and Tyson Djakovich and Philip E. and William Fischer.


 There will be no calling hours. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com. Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at St. Joseph, 79 Case Avenue, Sharon, PA 16146.


 Arrangements by J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon, Pa.


 Ann loved her grandchildren dearly and the family has requested in lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. www.stjude.org.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:47

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Mary Kuhn

Mary E. Kuhn, 93, of Hummelstown, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in the M.S. Hershey Medical Center.

Born September 19, 1923 in Harrisburg, she was a daughter of the late Lewis A. and Ruth (Brubaker) Nunemacher. After 72 years of marriage, she was the widow of William C. Kuhn Sr. on July 16, 2015 and was also preceded in death by her siblings Thelma Staub, Jack Nunemacher, Walter Nunemacher, and Lewis Nunemacher.

A member of Hummelstown United Church of Christ, she was a volunteer at the Lebanon VA Medical Center and 25-year volunteer with the Dauphin County Prison.  She was also active in the DAV Auxiliary and was a past president of Hummelstown Lioness.

Surviving are her children William C. Kuhn Jr. and wife Suzanne of Cornwall, and Susan M. Bjorge and husband Michael Librandi of Swatara Township;grandchildren Brain C. Kuhn, Kjell C. Bjorge, and MaryEllen Galuska; andgreat-grandchildren Sarah R. Parmer, Clara R. Kuhn, and Eliza M. Kuhn.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at her church, 104 East Main Street, Hummelstown, preceded by a viewing beginning at 1 p.m.

Interment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon, PA 17042.

Share condolences at BuseFuneralHome.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2017 12:00

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Richard Wealand

Richard L. “Rick” Wealand, 47, of Enola, passed away on Tuesday, January 3.Scan


 He is survived by his wife Susan M. Shank Wealand, daughter Paige E. and son Jacob C. Wealand; his parents Terry L. Wealand and Rebecca A. Arndt Wealand; a brother Terry “Doug” Wealand and wife Brooke R. and their daughters Faith R., Emily R. and Holly E.; five loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.


 Rick was a member of Teamsters Local 776; and was an avid fan of the Harrisburg Senators and the Alabama Crimson Tide.


 Services were held on Tuesday, January 10 at New Beginnings Church of Middletown.


 Interment was at Geyers Church Cemetery, Londonderry Township.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 17:48

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Kate Hevel

Kate E. Hevel, 35, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center.Kate Hevel 1 11


 She was born July 25, 1981 in Harrisburg and was the loving daughter of Ronald and Hope (Sauer) Hevel.


 Kate worked in the Pinnacle Health Osteopathic system and was a receptionist in the X-ray department.


 She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary 594 and a member of the former Rescue Hose Co., Middletown. She also belonged to Sharon’s School of Dance and is a former girl scout. She enjoyed crafting and crocheting.


 Kate was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Earl G. Jr. and Mary L. Hevel, and a maternal grandfather, Walden J. Sauer.


 In addition to her parents Kate is survived by her brother, Kyle G. Hevel and his girlfriend Melissa of Lancaster; maternal grandmother, Ethel Sauer of Harrisburg; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.


 A tribute to Kate’s life will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. at New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, with the Rev. Britt Strohecker officiating. There will be a visitation at the church from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.


 Interment will be at Middletown Cemetery 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, 10 January 2017 17:42

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Catherine Szekeres

Catherine M. (Hartle) Szekeres, 93, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Middletown Home. Catherine Szekeres 1 11


 She was born on June 15, 1923 in Clearfield, Pa.


 She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Steelton, the American Legion Post 594 Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed embroidery, needlepoint, traveling, dancing, and baking.


 In addition to her parents, Catherine was preceded in death by two husbands, Ellis Bankes and Gaza Szekeres.


 She is survived by her son, John F. Bankes of Orbisonia, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Kimberly A. Fake of Lebanon, Pa. and Allison R. Comfort and her husband David of Lancaster, Pa.


 Graveside services will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating officiating.


 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, 10 January 2017 17:35

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