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Helen Johnson

 webHelen Johnson 2 22Helen A. Johnson, 89, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 10, 2017, at Harrisburg Hospital.

 She was born on January 18, 1928 in Lewisburg and was the loving daughter of the late Kathryn Hartman.

 Helen was a Lewisburg Area High School Graduate, class of 1945. She was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church and was retired from Wert Bookbinding. Helen really loved animals and you would often find her feeding the squirrels and birds in her yard. She also enjoyed reading.

 In addition to her mother, Helen was preceded in death by her daughter Sharon Swinehart, son William Swinehart, and granddaughter Tracey Via.

 Helen is survived by her husband Edwin Johnson, to whom she was married for 60 years; three daughters Carol Duke of West Virginia, Donna Etter and husband Craig of Middletown, Candace White and husband Troy of Middletown; daughter-in-law Jan Swinehart of Middletown; grandchildren Lorie Lopez, Christopher Etter (Mindy), Brian Etter (Pam), Rachel Perry (Nate), and Victoria White; 17 great-grandchildren; and four siblings Dorothy Zeckman, Joann Kerstetter, Gloria Johnson and Sandy Balliet.

 Services will be at the convenience of the family.

 The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, Pa., with the funeral arrangements. 

 Memorial contributions can be made in Helen’s name to the Wolf Sanctuary of PA, 465 Speedwell Forge Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

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

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:49

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Keith Williams

 Keith Williams 2 22Keith R. Williams, 85, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown.

 He was born January 7, 1932 in Tower City and was the son of the late Harold and Blanche (Bressler) Williams.

 Keith was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hummelstown. He worked at Bethlehem Steel as an accountant for 35 years. Keith was a member of the Prince Edwin-Spring Creek Masonic Lodge F&AM, Middletown and 32nd Degree Harrisburg Consistory. 

 In addition to his parents, Keith is preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Karl and Darlene Williams.

 Keith is survived by his loving wife Barbara A. (Torau) Williams, to whom he was married for 62 years; three daughters Melody A. Eisenhauer and husband Tim of Lancaster, Marsha M. Beamenderfer and husband Arthur of Lancaster, and Melinda J. Cassatt and friend Robert Hall of Mississippi; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 A tribute to Keith’s life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 850 Hill Church Rd., Hummelstown, Pa., with the Rev. George Minnick officiating. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service on Saturday at the church.

 Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

 In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions in Keith’s name to Masonic Village Hospice, 1 Masonic Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

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

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:38

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Elwood Ierley Sr.

webElwood Ierley Sr. 2 22 Elwood L. Ierley Sr., 96, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, February 16, 2017, in his hometown of Middletown, Pa.

 He was born on June 6, 1920 in Middletown and was the son of the late George and Annie (Leggore) Ierley.

 He was of the Methodist faith; and was a member of American Legion Post 594 and VFW Post 1620, both of Middletown. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. 

Elwood graduated from Middletown High School, class of 1938. 

 In addition to his parents, Elwood was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Elsie (Green) Ierley, a son Elwood L. Ierley Jr., and six siblings. 

 He is survived by his daughter Joyce E. Zayakosky and her husband Mike of Delaware; five grandchildren Jason Zayakosky, Kelly Mills, Chris Ierley, Daniel Ierley, and Valerie Ierley; six great-grandchildren; and his companion of 17 years, Shirley Hanshue. 

webElwood Ierley Sr. Military 2 22  A tribute to his life will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Richard Creamer officiating. Viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. 

 Burial will be held in Middletown Cemetery. 

 Memorial contributions in Elwood’s name may be made to an animal society or military charity of your choice. 

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:35

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Helen Staub

Helen I. (Zimmerman) Staub, 89, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 13, 2017 at her home.

She was born on August 1, 1927 in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ruth (Felty) Zimmerman.

Helen was a member at Evangelical United Methodist Church, Middletown, and enjoyed making ceramics, knitting, sewing, the outdoors and gardening. She was a high school graduate of the Middletown High School class of 1946, and was also a cashier at McCrory’s for several years until they closed.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband John W. Staub in 2012, and four brothers Clarence, Edward, Lawrence Jr., and Arthur Zimmerman.

She is survived by her two sons, Donald R. Staub and his wife Barbara of Williamstown, Pa., and Gerald L. Staub of Middletown; a sister, Betty Espenshade of Middletown; and a brother, Robert Zimmerman of Campbelltown; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. M. Lee Ellenberger officiating. There will be a visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be in Middletown Cemetery.

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

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:35

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Steven K. Kozokas

steve WEB origSteven K. Kozokas, 48, of Harrisburg, passed away unexpectedly Tues., Feb. 7 at PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Hospital.

Steve was a valued and integral member of the Central Voice newspaper, a publication of the Press & Journal Inc., employed as an account executive since 2008.

Family, friends and co-workers will remember and miss Steve’s ever-present smile, sparkling laugh and zest for life. He was a lover of all music and deejayed throughout Central PA. Steve always enjoyed attending the annual Harford Fair in Pennsylvania with family and friends, vacationing in sunny Florida and keeping his sporty red Chevy clean and shiny. 

A 1987 graduate of Montrose Area High School, Steve received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bloomsburg University of PA.

Steve was born on July 1, 1968. He was the son of the late Leonard Kozokas. He leaves behind his partner, Kevin Gross, of Harrisburg; a daughter, Devynn Kozokas, of Barto, PA; his mother, Irene Yurchalk Kozokas, of Friendsville, PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol & Mickey Saravitz, of Friendsville, PA; nephews, Michael & Matthew Saravitz, family friend Donna Burrowes of Binghamton, NY, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Fri., Feb. 10 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Friendsville, with the Rev. Casimir Stanis officiating. Burial was to be at St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date.

A memorial service is being planned for friends and business acquaintances. Please email Frank Pizzoli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for date and location.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:21

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George Lowe

 web George Lowe 2 15George Lowe, 90, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Community General Hospital, Harrisburg. 

 He was born October 31, 1926 in Harrisburg and was the loving son of the late George and Florence (Zeiters) Lowe.

 George was a graduate of the John Harris High School class of 1944. He worked as an electrical supervisor for Met Ed from where he retired. George was a member of American Legion Post 594, Middletown, Rescue Hose Company, Middletown Anglers and Hunters, and was a veteran of World War II Merchant Marines. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

 In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife June Lowe.

 George is survived by three children; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. 

 A tribute to George’s life will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, Pa., with Pastor Dan Francis officiating. There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. 

 Interment will be at Shoop’s Cemetery, Harrisburg.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:33

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Sherman Edwards

web Sherman Edwards 2 15Sherman John Edwards, 74, of Middletown, died Friday, February 10, 2017 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. 

 He was born May 25, 1942 in Wiconisco, Pa.

 He was a retired mechanical engineer from the former Navy Ships Parts Control Center, Mechanicsburg. While attending school, he worked at South Union Supply Co. He always wanted to drive tractor-trailers and so after retirement, he drove for Chronister Trucking. He received his Associate’s Degree from Williamsport Community College and BS from Penn State Capital Campus. He was a member of Prince Edwin/Spring Creek Masonic Lodge 486, F&AM Middletown. He was a Past Potentate of Zembo Shrine, Past Commander of Legion of Honor, Past President of Zembo Sports Car Unit, Past President of Luncheon Club, Past President of the Middle Atlantic Shrine Assoc. of Horse Patrols, a member of the Mounted Patrol, and an honorary Zembo clown named Foxy. He was an Ex MFH of Beaufort Hunt and a Past President of the local chapter of ASNE. He was also a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Harrisburg Bridge Club and the National Carousel Assoc. In 1989 he was Husband of the Year for the International Side Saddle Organization. He rode his horse, Stretch, in two Tournament of Roses Parades and one Presidential Inaugural Parade.

 He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon “Sherry” Usoff Edwards; two sisters, Yvonne Dougherty, and Barbara Rudisill, both of Lancaster; sisters-in-law Diane Usoff, and Judy Edwards; also his beloved mother-in-law, Beryl Usoff; plus several nieces and nephews.

 Committal services with military honors will be held at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Hanover Township. Instead of a viewing or funeral Sharon would like friends to visit her at home, at their convenience.

 The family would like to thank ALL of the staff of Hershey Medical Center for the excellent care Sherm received. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Zembo Shrine Transportation Fund, 2801 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. In the memo, please put (Kids Care Expo).  As of this year, Zembo is changing the name of the Expo to the Sherman Edwards’ Kids’ Care Expo. He began this Expo 11 years ago when he was Potentate. All of the funds go to supporting the Shrine Hospital for Children and the cost of transporting patients there.

 For more information or to send messages of condolence, please visit www.parthemore.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:29

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Marlin Zimmerman

Marlin C. Zimmerman, 81, of Derry Township, entered into eternal life on Monday, February 6, 2017, at home with his loving family around him. He was the loving husband of Esther P. (McNiss) Zimmerman.Marlin Zimmerman 2 15

Marlin was the son of the late Charles W. and Dorothy (Lauer) Zimmerman.

He was a United States Army veteran. Marlin was an avid sports fan, loved the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and 76ers. He also enjoyed playing basketball not only with his children but also with his grandchildren. Marlin and Esther loved the beach and spent many vacations there. Most of all, Marlin loved his family and spending as much time as possible with them.

He is survived by his wife; his daughter Marianne and husband Rhey Montano of Middletown; his twin sons Timothy and wife Teresa Zimmerman of Walland, Tenn., and Patrick and wife Tracy Zimmerman of Mechanicsburg; his two sisters Anna Kline, and Margaret Shillingsford; his brother William Zimmerman; his 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, Pa. Visitation will be from 5 to

7 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home.

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:52

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Janet G. Snavely

 Janet G. Snavely, age 94, wife of the late John S. Snavely, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, after a short illness.

 The Snavely’s were missionaries with The Evangelical Alliance Mission in South Africa for almost 30 years. John was a bush pilot for Mosvold Mission Hospital, and Janet taught English to the student nurses. Later she taught music at Durban Bible College. In 1991, Janet retired to Gretna Springs, Pa., where she taught a Bible class, helped set up a senior ministry at her church, and fascinated everyone with her stories and outgoing personality. At age 93, she moved in with her daughter Mary Kay and published her African journal “Wings Over Zululand.”

 Janet is survived by sons John (late wife Jackie), Robert (wife Kathy), and Mike (wife Carrie); daughters Mary Kay (husband Brad), and Ann (husband Rick); 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and her brother George (wife Ann).

 Following a private interment, a memorial service will be held 7 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Lebanon Valley Bible Church, 1482 Horseshoe Pike, Lebanon, PA 17042. 

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to TEAM, P.O. Box 1986, Grapevine, Texas 76009. “In memory of Janet G. Snavely, to be given to TEAM South Africa where most needed.”

 Comments and condolences may be made in Janet’s guest book at BuseFuneralHome.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 14:56

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Lois Shupp

Lois J. Shupp, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 29, 2017. She was a lifelong resident of Middletown who was devoted to her family.

Lois was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Donald C. Shupp Sr., her brother Truman Peters, and her three sisters, Margaret (Peters) Smith, Elsie (Peters) Lyons, and Nancy (Peters) Grundon.

Lois was an active member of her church, The First Church of God in Middletown, where she led numerous fundraising activities including candy caramel making and the church’s annual Christmas bazaar. She also gave of her time unselfishly to cook and bake for church members in their time of need. Lois was a licensed beautician, and a dedicated cafeteria staff member for the Middletown School District, having served the district for over 25 years.

Lois is survived by her two sons, Donald C. Shupp Jr. and his wife Janice of Middletown, and Robert Shupp and his wife Sandy of Middletown. She also has five grandchildren.

A memorial service for Lois will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Kimberly Shifler officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be at Middletown Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St., Middletown, PA 17057.  

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:00

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Rosemary Taylor

Rosemary Taylor, 63, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 23, 2017, at her home after her long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on February 17, 1953 and was the loving daughter of the late Samuel and Johanna (Chambers) Rusnov.

Rosemary had a huge heart and kind soul when it came to her love of animals.

In addition to her parents, Rosemary is preceded in death by her husband Larry E. Taylor, who passed away in 2011.

Rosemary is survived by her son Jeremiah Rusnov and wife Allyson of Newtown, Pa.; granddaughter Skylar Rusnov; brother Cornelious Rusnov and wife Sandra of Mechanicsburg; sisters Lorraine Bowers and husband Thomas of Harrisburg, and Kathryn Vaughn and husband Timothy of Georgia.; brother Simo Rusnov and wife Ivye of Middletown; beloved fur-baby, Misty; and many nieces and nephews.

A tribute to Rosemary’s life will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, Pa., with the Rev. Britt Strohecker officiating. There will be a visitation from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Rosemary’s name to the Humane Society of Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111; or Canine Rescue of Central PA, P.O. Box 129, Dillsburg, PA 17019.

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:00

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