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John Umbrell


John S. Umbrell, 87, formerly of Middletown and Elizabethtown, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. He was the husband of the late Edith E. Harbold Umbrell, who died June 6, 2002.

Born in Oberlin, he the son of the late Guy and Mary Emery Umbrell. JohnUmbrellWEB

John was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II and the Korean War. He worked as a farmer, and then as a truck driver along the East Coast for Davis Landscaping and for the Press And Journal, Middletown. John enjoyed spending time with his family and working in his yard.

He was preceded in death by a grandson Shane A. McCurdy.

He is survived by his children, Linda K. Fahnestock (the late Donald), and Dennis L. Umbrell (Linda K.), all of Elizabethtown, Brenda L. Feaser of Harrisburg, and Kimberly M. Spotts (Timothy J.) of Lititz; his sister Betty Fisher (Leroy) of Hummelstown; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend John’s Life Celebration: Monday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Coble-Reber Funeral Home, 208 N. Union St., Middletown, with the Rev. Kenton Kreider officiating.

Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the funeral home, and Monday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

Interment with military honors will be in Hillsdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Harrisburg Office, 2595 Interstate Dr., Ste. 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation,  1359 Broadway, Suite 1509,  New York, NY 10018.


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Betty Bitner


Betty L. Bitner, 86, of Palmyra, formerly of Middletown, entered into eternal rest at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, March 15. Services will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 8 p.m. at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown.


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Patricia Rhine

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Patricia A. Rhine, 72, of Middletown, returned home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 11, at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


 Born January 25, 1943 in Sylvania, she was a daughter of Ruth H. Brian Morgan of Roaring Branch and the late Robert E. Morgan Sr. 


 She was a member of Valley Baptist Church, Middletown.


 She was preceded in death by a daughter Deborah Rhine Stick, and niece Shelly Harkness Holdren.


 Surviving in addition to her mother, is her husband of 43 years, John H. Rhine; children Kim Rhine Condran (Mark), and Jeff Rhine (Dana), all of Middletown; siblings Bonnie Nash (Garth), Sandy Harkness (Roger), and Bob Morgan, all of Troy, Gail Bryington (John) of Roaring Branch, and Dick Morgan (Rosi) of Troy; grandchildren Bradley and Aubree Stick, and Larae, Faith and Elizabeth Rhine; and nieces and nephews and other extended family.

 Private interment will be in Middletown Cemetery.


 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 3001 Old Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011, or to the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043.


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Carmella Kello


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 Carmella Joan Kello, 79, formerly of Middletown, passed away on Sunday, March 15.

 Carmella was born in Kingston, Pa. on August 17, 1935, a daughter of the late Francis and Elizabeth Confortini Vigo. 


 She worked in the accounting department for the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg for over 10 years before her retirement. She was a fun-loving, kindhearted person who everyone loved as soon as they met her. Carmella enjoyed reading, ceramics, bowling, and helping out wherever she could. She was very involved with her children’s activities, from being a Den Mother, to coaching softball, to sitting on the PTA. After her retirement, she enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises and a trip to the Black Hills. She was selfless and inclusive, often sacrificing to ensure others had what they needed. She will be dearly missed.


 She is survived by her children, Paul F. Kello and his wife Sharon of Harrisburg, Marcello A. Kello of New Cumberland, and Laura A. Krodel and her husband Karl of Middletown; grandchildren Cara Krodel (Michael Smotherman), Brett Krodel, Kerri Kello (Michael Hadley), Kelsi Kello, Nicholas Krodel, and Julia Kello; sisters Gemma Answini (Dominick) of West Wyoming, Pa., and Frances Moses of California; and nieces and nephews Roseann Barnes, Michael Kello, Dominick Answini, Carla Answini, Jack Moses, and Michelle Moses; and her former husband, Paul D. Kello.


 A time of visitation: Saturday, March 21 from 10 to 11 a.m., with a Memorial Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Seven Sorrows Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown.


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Jeffrey Games


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Jeffrey P. Games, 53, of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15, surrounded by his loving family, at Hershey Medical Center, after a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer.


 Jeff was born in Berea, Ohio and was the son of Arlene Rintala Games and the late John N. Games Sr.


 He graduated from Middletown Area High School, class of 1979, and enlisted in the United States Army in 1980, proudly serving his country for seven years. After being Honorably Discharged, he attended Clarion University, studying computer science. In 1990 he began his information technology career for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. After 24 successful years as a commonwealth employee, he retired in August 2014.


 Jeff enjoyed many outdoor activities including fishing, clamming and vacationing on Hatteras Island, N.C. He also enjoyed woodworking and being the “cook” at his brother-in-law’s family parties. He also cherished the time coaching sports teams for his children, which included football, track and soccer. His greatest love, however, was being a proud father to his two children.


 He was preceded in death by his father John N. Games Sr., and his nephew Michael Games.


 Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Deanna Galli Games; his children Travis and Emily; mother Arlene Games of Harrisburg; brother John N. Jr. (Kathryn) Games of New Orleans, La.; many brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.


 Funeral Services: Noon on Friday, March 20, at Hoover Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 6011 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg.  


 A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, and from 11 a.m. until time of the servce on Friday at the funeral home.


 Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, with full military honors.



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Elizabeth Heddy



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 Elizabeth T. Heddy, 73, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, March 12, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, surrounded by her loving family. 


 She was born on September 27, 1941 in National Park, N.J., and was the daughter of the late Edward and Edna Manzi Hess. 


 Elizabeth was the owner of the Lamp Post Inn, Middletown and the Alpine Inn, Lewisberry, and was a co-owner of Gibbs Lounge in National Park, N.J. She was a dedicated and hard worker for many years and made her businesses very successful, but most importantly she loved spending time with her loving family and grandchildren.


 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving companion Clark D. Meader.


 She is survived by her daughter Pamela S. Heddy of Middletown; and son Steven W. Heddy of Ledgewood, N.J.; grandchildren Tucker W. Etnoyer of Middletown, Samuel M. Etnoyer of Hummelstown, and Bridget Heddy and Morgan Heddy of Ledgewood; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


 At Betty’s request the services will be at a later date at the convenience of the family and she will return home to New Jersey to be laid to rest with her family.


 Memorial donations may be sent in Elizabeth’s name to the American Cancer Society, 2 Lemoyne Drive,  Suite 101,  Lemoyne, PA 17043, or to the Humane Society of Greater Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111.


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


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Ronald Hauer


 Ronald J. Hauer, 72, of Harrisburg, entered into eternal rest at home on Thursday, March 5, surrounded by his loving family. For further information, go to our website at



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Fay Warfel


Fay Irene Warfel, 88, of Middletown, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 7, after a short hospital stay.


 She was the devoted wife of John Elias Warfel who preceded her in death on April 28, 2009, and to whom she was married to for almost 60 years.


 Born November 12, 1926 in Steelton, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Mae Eshenhour Koller.


 She was a 1944 graduate of Steelton High School. She was employed at Harrisburg Hospital as a medical secretary for 9 years, but her joy was being a loving wife and mother for all of her married life. Fay traveled extensively worldwide with her husband John and enjoyed camping with her family through the years. She taught Sunday school for kindergarteners and adored children. Activities involving her children and her grandchildren were her favorite pastimes. She also attended church regularly and was a part of a Bible study group. She attended Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church for the past several years.


 She was preceded in death by her brothers Kenneth, Charles and James Koller.


 Fay is survived by five sons John A. Warfel, married to Susan Mummah Warfel of Milton, David B. Warfel of Middletown, Robert E. Warfel of Steelton, Thomas P. Warfel of Columbus, Ohio, and Mark A. Warfel, married to Kathleen Morton Warfel of Cherry Hill, N..J.; two daughters LeeAnn Roling-Bauder, married to Marcel Roling of Rockville, Md., and MaryEllen Bauder Andrews, married to Bryan Andrews of Studio City, Calif.; four granddaughters Heather (Billy) Hague, Allison Warfel, Rebekah Warfel, and Lauren Roling; two grandsons Toby Warfel and Lucas Warfel; three great-grandchildren Arielle Warfel Atchison, Abigail Hague, and Olivia Hague; and sisters Doris Steffen, Joyce Miller, and Lucinda (James) Long.  


 A Memorial service honoring Fay’s life: Friday, March 13 at 1 p.m. at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church,, 996 East High St., Elizabethtown. 


 Visitation will be held from noon until time of service on Friday at the church.


  If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, 996 East High St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022, or to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.


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Elsie Weaver


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 Elsie K. Rider Weaver, 93, formerly of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 3, at Longwood Manor, Maytown.


 She was born on September 27, 1921 in Londonderry Township and was the daughter of the late William M. and Margaret B. King Rider.


 Elsie was a member of Word of Life Chapel, Bainbridge and its Senior Adult Fellowship Group. She served as a former Judge of Elections for Londonderry Township with over 30 years of dedicated service. She enjoyed many trips with her husband Dale to their cabin in Sullivan County. Elsie also loved gardening, canning, cooking, sewing, reading, music, playing Scrabble and crossword puzzles, as well as spending time with her loving family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


 Elsie is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Dale E. Weaver of Maytown; a son Ronald E. and wife Clarissa Weaver of Tucson, Ariz.; daughters Connie M. Long and husband Charles of York, and Bonnie K. Valentine and husband Forrest of Middletown; brother Paul K. Rider and wife Mildred of Hummelstown; sister Evelyn K. Hershey of Middletown; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.


 A Tribute to her life: Thursday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at Word of Life Chapel, 139 Wickersham Road, Bainbridge, with Pastors Mark Habecker and Donald C. Wagner officiating.  


 There will be a private viewing for family from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.


 Burial will be at Hillsdale Cemetery, Middletown.


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


 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Drive, Suite 100, Camp Hill, PA 17011.


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William Baumbach



William H. Baumbach, 72, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 3, at Hershey Medical Center.

He was born on November 13, 1942 in Harrisburg to the late Harry M. and Mary R. Shortlidge Baumbach.WilliamBaumbach WEB

William was retired from the Liquor Control Board and was of the Methodist faith. He was dedicated to his service at the Main St. Gym Rescue Project, and loved fishing and cooking, and spending time with his loving family and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Lynda Baumbach who died on February 22, 2008.

William is survived by his son William J. Baumbach and daughter Abby Gabner of Middletown; sisters, Rebecca Smith of Middletown, and Donna Moyer of Carlisle; grandsons Synjin Baumbach, Christopher Gabner Jr., and Carson Gabner; great- grandchild Ameya Baumbach; and several nieces and nephews.

Services for William: Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert, officiating.

A viewing will be held on Monday, March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and on Tuesday, March 10 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will be at Middletown Cemetery.

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Mollie Fisher


 Mollie R. Fisher, 70, of Hummels-town, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 24, at Harrisburg Hospital. For More information, go to our website at  



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