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William Reigle


William R. “Barney” Reigle, 88, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother.


Born November 2, 1925, in Highspire, he was son of the late Clayton and Blanche Swisher Reigle.


He was a United States Navy veteran having served from 1943-1946. He graduated from Derry Township High School, Hershey Vocational School, and Elizabethtown College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He worked for AMP, Inc. until his retirement.  Afterward, he taught at Daytona Beach Community College. 


Barney was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown. He was also a member of Prince Edwin-Spring Creek Lodge #486 F&AM and enjoyed gardening, especially planting tomatoes, playing the Hammond organ, and was a computer enthusiast. 


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard D. Reigle.


 He is survived by his wife June A. Updegraff Reigle; a daughter Joan I. Strait (Larry) of Hummelstown; five grandsons David Hoover (Debbie) of California, Jeffrey Hoover (Cyndi) of Colorado, Larry Strait Jr. (Stacy) of Illinois, S. Jared Strait (Veronica) of Virginia, and Shane Strait (Alona) of New Jersey; 10 great-grandchildren Stephen, Alexandria, Lance, Sarah, Connor, Hannah, Cole, Jessica, Natalie, and Lilly; two sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.


A Memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 8 at his church.


Private interment was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.


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


Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania, Inc.


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Elizabeth Poplawski


Elizabeth A. Poplawski, 85, of Lititz, formerly of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 24, at Moravian Manor, Lititz. 


She was born on September 14, 1928 in Mocanaqua, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Guido and Theresa Miller Lenzini.


She was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown; was employed by the former Edgar Scott Furniture store in Shickshinny, Pa.; and she retired from Community General Osteopathic Hospital in 1993.


She had a strong faith and enjoyed cooking and sharing meals with friends and family, and playing the card game Cad. One of her favorite pastimes was watching the “Lawrence Welk Show.” Her greatest joy of all, however, was the love she received from her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Leon J. Poplawski.


Elizabeth is survived by her loving children Leon E., husband of Mandy Poplawski of Mundelein, Ill., Teresa M., wife of Edward Hartmann of Lititz, and Mark J. Poplawski, companion of April Clements of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister Mildred Makar; nine grandchildren Kyle and Chelsea Kirchhoefer, Joshua, Jesse, Ariel, and Cody Poplawski, and Zachary, Kristen and Emily Hartmann; two great-grandchildren Reagan Kirchhoefer, and Madison Hartmann; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 28 at her church, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant.


Burial was in Middletown Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made in Elizabeth’s name to the Benevolent Care Fund at Moravian Manor, 300 W. Lemon St., Lititz, PA 17543.


Condolences may be sent online at


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Ethel Tonkin


Ethel Shearer Tonkin, 91, of Middletown, passed away Sunday, March 30, at Frey Village.


Born in Reading on May 2, 1922, she was the daughter of the late William and Lizzie Steeley Shearer.  


Ethel retired as a teacher from South Hanover Elementary School, where she taught 3rd, 4th , and 5th grades; was a 1940 graduate of Muhlenberg High School and a 1943 graduate of the former West Chester State Teachers College; was a member of the former VFW Auxiliary Unit 1687, Hummelstown; she was a former member of the Quentin Riding Club, Lebanon; and loved to travel with the former Reading Railroad Retirees.  


In addition to her parents, Ethel was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert Tonkin on November 1, 1996.


She is survived by her four sons Robert J. Tonkin Jr., husband of Rose of Highspire, William J. Tonkin, husband of Donna of Easton, Richard J. “Butch” Tonkin, husband of Diane of Newville, and Barry J. Tonkin, husband of Rae Lynne of Hummelstown; her sister Marion Withers of Riverview Park; nine grandchildren Dustin Tonkin, husband of Anne, Dylan Tonkin, Dalton Tonkin, Devin Tonkin, Matthew Tonkin, Timothy Tonkin, Carrie Mullarkey, wife of Shawn, Angela Tonkin, and Elizabeth Tonkin; five great-grandchildren Ian, Patrick, Colin, Allison, and Addison; and several nephews.  


A Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, in Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main St., Hummelstown, with the Rev. Kirk C. Kerns, pastor of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hoernerstown, officiating.


Interment will be in Stoverdale Cemetery.  


Friends are invited to a viewing from 10 a.m. until time of the service on Saturday, at the funeral home. 


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association, South Central PA Chapter, 3544 North Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110.


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Kathryn Smith


Kathryn Anna Sellers Smith, 103, of Elizabethtown, entered into her eternal rest on Saturday, March 22. She was the loving wife of the late Alfred Allen Smith.tinyKathryn Smith 4-2


Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Laura Metzler Sellers.  


She had been employed at the former Olmsted Air Force Base in Middletown from 1942 to 1968 as a secretary and was awarded a certificate for Superior Performance by the United States Air Force. A faithful member of Middletown First Church of God since 1968, Kathryn enjoyed visiting and entertaining friends, playing cards, reading newspapers, and listening to music, particularly hymns. She was a fan of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Kathryn will be remembered as a wonderful woman who had a keen sense of humor and could always make people smile.


At Kathryn’s request, there will be a private Graveside Service. 


Please omit flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Kathryn’s memory to Middletown First Church of God, 44 W. High St., Middletown, PA 17057.


Arrangements by Boyer Funeral Home, Ltd., Elizabethtown.


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Bonnie Fuller


Bonnie L. Fuller, 71, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 25, at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, Linglestown.tinyBonnie Fuller 4-2


She was born on October 24, 1942 in Bedford.


She enjoyed spending time with family, friends and traveling to warm tropical locations to enjoy the beach.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Dick Fuller.


She is survived by her two loving sons Michael S. Fuller of Highspire, and Fritz (Frederick Paul) Fuller III of Seattle, Wash.; and four grandchildren Alec, Julia, Brock, and Brody Fuller.


Friends gathered at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown on Monday, March 31, for visitation and a time of remembrance. 


Burial was at the convenience of the family.


Memorial contributions in Bonnie’s name may be made to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Condolences may be sent online at


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Dorothy Schade


 Dorothy L. Schade, 92, of Harrisburg, passed away on Friday, March 21, at Holy Spirit Hospital.tinyDorothy Schade 3-26


 She was born April 1, 1921 in Bear Valley, Schuylkill County to the late George A. and Katie Wesner Bowman. 


 Dot retired as a registered nurse and was a 1939 graduate of the former Tower City High School and a 1976 graduate of HACC. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Rutherford, where she taught Sunday school for many years.


 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Schade, who died in 1982, four brothers, and four sisters. 


 She is survived by three daughters Mary Ellen, wife of William Martz Sr., Nancy, wife of Gary Deimler, and Leah, wife of William Bibb; a brother Luke Bowman; sister Diana Garner; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


 A Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at the Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg. 

 Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. 


 A viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.


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Ruth Goepfert


Ruth M. Goepfert, affectionately known as “Mrs. G.,” 88, of Hummelstown, passed away on Saturday, March 15, surrounded by her loving family. tinyRuth Goepfert 3-26


 Born in Palmerton, Pa. on December 23, 1925, she was the daughter of the late William R. and Myrtle J. Mooney.  


 Ruth was a health and physical education teacher at Middletown Area High School from 1962 until her retirement in 1988. While there she was very active and enjoyed helping to shape many of her students’ lives serving as advisor for the cheerleaders, student council, and class council, and coaching basketball. She graduated from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College where she was class valedictorian and participated in swimming, diving, gymnastics, basketball, field hockey, and softball. She was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at East Stroudsburg University in 1995. As a member of Hummelstown United Church of Christ, she taught the Sunday school kindergarten class for 40 years, encouraging lively music participation with the children. 


 Ruth’s love of teaching, sports, and community continued when she became instrumental in establishing the Hummelstown Swim Club in 1959, and remained its only president for 55 years.  Being proactive and understanding the importance of “drown proofing” children, she started the Learn To Swim Program over 50 years ago. She established the Hummelstown Swim Team “Flamingos” at the Hummelstown Swim Club and was influential in helping to launch a swim team at Lower Dauphin High School. The Lower Dauphin Swim Team now gives the Ruth Goepfert Scholar Athlete Award to an individual exemplifying “SPIRIT” qualities of Scholar, Passion, Integrity, Reflection, Involvement, and Teamwork. Ruth recently received the Lower Dauphin Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 2013 for service to her community.


 Ruth collected clowns, was a Hershey Bears fan, enjoyed the Cupid Shuffle daily at the pool, and loved everything related to Disney, including many trips to Disney World where she was an avid pin trader. Much of her time was dedicated to her duties, projects, and lifeguards at the Swim Club. She loved working with youth because she said, “It keeps me young!” Encouraging, positive, and always leading by example, Mrs. G. will be remembered by many for taking time to listen and her, “How does this look?” lessons. Devoted and wise, family meant everything to her.


 She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John L. “Jack” Goepfert, and her brothers Richard Mooney and Donald Mooney.


 She is survived by her daughter Linda L. Goepfert, wife of Richard L. Walters of Hershey; her son Douglas J. Goepfert, husband of Gayle Z. Goepfert of Hershey; her four grandchildren Jenna L. Walters, Lauren M. Goepfert, fiancée of Brian deBrauwere, Kristen H. Walters, and Adam C. Goepfert; and her brother Bruce Mooney of Marlton, N.J.     


 Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 22, at her church.  


 Interment was in Hummelstown Cemetery.  


 Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Hummelstown Swim Club, 270 Linden Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036.


 Arrangements were handled by Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., Hummelstown. 


 Online condolences may be shared at


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William Phillips


 William E. Phillips, 88, of Elizabethtown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 22, at his home surrounded by his loving family.


 He was born on June 8, 1925 in Middletown and was the son of the late Harvey and Grace Favinger Phillips.


 He was of the Protestant faith; was a member of American Legion Post 594, Moose Lodge Post 410 and the Rescue Hose Co., all of Middletown; and he was retired from Mechanicsburg Naval Depot, where he worked as a lithograph operator. 


 In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his son William E. Phillips, and six sisters Gertrude Garver, Harriet Gabner, Genevieve Patton, Jean Stesenitti, Sarah Sharp, and Nancy Nye.


 He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Betty G. Conrad Phillips; two daughters Lynne M. Hess of Linglestown, and Laurie A., wife of George Boyer Jr. of Elizabethtown; one son Harvey E., husband of Karin Phillips of Middletown; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 


 Keeping with Bill’s wishes, the service and interment will be at the convenience of the family.


 Memorial contributions in William’s name may be sent to Hospice of Central Pa., 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110.


 Funeral arrangements are being entrusted to the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown.

 Condolences may be sent online at


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