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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.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:39

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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. 


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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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Stephen Matincheck


 Stephen P. Matincheck, 87, of Elizabethtown, entered into rest on Sunday, March 16, at the VA Medical Center, Lebanon.


 Steve was born on April 30, 1926 in Middletown and was the son of the late Gabriel and Anna Matinchek.


 He was a retired employee of Groff’s Meats, Elizabethtown; was a Navy veteran of World War II; he was also a member of American Legion Post 594, Middletown; and was a former member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown.


 He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Joan L. Stipe Matincheck; three sons Stephen P. and wife Jane Matincheck of Parish, Fla., Christopher and wife Linda Matincheck of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Andrew T. Matincheck of Wewahitchka Fla.; two daughters Judy E., wife of Steve Mervine of Bainbridge, and Joann Cain of Middletown; two brothers Alec and wife Mary Matincheck of Ohio, and Joseph and wife Sandra Matincheck of Elizabethtown; sister Barbara Pristello of Middletown; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. 


 In keeping with Steve’s wishes, there will be no services.


 Interment will be at the convenience of the family.  


 If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon VA Medical Center, Hospice Unit, 1700 South Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon, PA 17042. 


 Arrangements are being handled by the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown.


 Condolences may be sent online at


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 20:13

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Richard Pickel


Richard Lee Pickel, a retired Captain with the Concord, Mass. Fire Department, died on Saturday, March 15 of cancer. He was 85 years of age.tinyRichard Pickel 3-19


He was born in a farmhouse in Round Top, Pa. on November 26, 1928. He was the fifth of nine children born to the late Levi Grant and Margie Miller Pickel.  


He made a courageous stand against cancer of unknown primary origin and died at home in Concord, where he lived for 60 years. He was the devoted husband of Barbara Ann Culkins Pickel for nearly 62 years. 


He graduated from Middletown High School in 1947, where he played baseball and football. As a boy he worked the family farm and remembers that he was out plowing the fields with a horse the day that Pearl Harbor was attacked.


Richard, known as “Pick,” worked as a firefighter for the Town of Concord for 32 years. He retired in 1987. He was responsible for keeping the ambulance licensed and equipped, and was instrumental in establishing and teaching a certified Emergency Medical Technician training course for the town’s firefighters.  


He was a United States Navy veteran, serving five years as a machinist’s mate on the destroyer escort, the USS Maloy, DE791, starting in 1947. He concluded his service during the Korean Conflict. As a newlywed in 1952, he and his wife moved back to Middletown for a year where he worked at Olmsted Air Force Base, repairing jet engines. The couple then returned to Concord and raised four children there.


Richard planted a huge vegetable and flower garden every year and did battle with a persistent groundhog. He looked forward to deer and turkey hunting each fall. He also was a crackerjack cribbage and pinochle player. He loved children and dogs and could often be found in his shed, among his tools and the treasures he collected at flea markets.


He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Kardesco, and his brothers Ray, Marlin, Carl, Lee and Martin Pickel.


In addition to his beloved wife, Barbara, he is survived by one son R. Daniel Pickel of Reno, Nev.; three daughters Elizabeth (Michael) Hearn of Atlanta, Ga., Virginia Lee Pickel of Hudson, Mass., and Mary Lou Pickel of Alexandria, Va.; two grandchildren Katherine Elizabeth Hearn, and John Thomas Hearn, both of Atlanta; two brothers David Pickel of Middletown, and Clyde H. Pickel of Falmouth; and numerous nieces and nephews. 


The Funeral will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 21, at the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord, Mass., followed by a funeral Mass in Holy Family Parish, Monument Square, Concord Center at 10 a.m.


Concord’s town flag will fly at half-staff on Friday, March 21 in recognition of Richard’s service to his country during the Korean Conflict and for his many years of service to the town. 


Contributions in his memory may be made to Sumner Redstone Burn Center, MGH, 55 Fruit Street, GRB 1303, Boston, MA 02114. 


To share a remembrance in Richard’s guest book, visit


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Scott Sadler


Scott A. Sadler, 43, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, March 14, at his home, as a result of a long struggle with bipolar disorder.tinyScott Sadler 3-19


He was born on October 17, 1970 in Camp Hill, and was the son of Daniel D. Sadler Sr. and the late Sandra Bowman Sadler.


Scott was of the Protestant faith and attended Highspire United Methodist Church; he was a member of American Legion Post 594, VFW Post 1620, and Moose Lodge Post 410, all of Middletown; was a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, class of 1989; and he was an avid guitar player and local musician and he also enjoyed drawing. 


In addition to his mother, Scott was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Robert and Beatrice “Granny” Sadler and his maternal grandparents Jasper “Tennessee” and Virginia Bowman.  


In addition to his father, he is survived by his two sons Derek D. Sadler of Hummelstown, and Zachary T. Cleaver of Williamsport; brother Daniel D. Jr., husband of Tonya Sadler of Hummelstown; stepmother Wanda M. Sadler; two stepbrothers David A., husband of Tammy Stine of Massachusetts, and Daniel E., husband of Sophie Stine of St. Thomas, Pa.; stepsister Megan M., wife of Jason Booz of Enola; two uncles John, husband of Donna Henderson, and Don, husband of Janet Sadler; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 


A Tribute to his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at Highspire United Methodist Church, 170 2nd St., Highspire, with the Rev. Willie Caraballo officiating. 


Burial will be in Bainbridge Cemetery immediately following the service.


Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the church.


Memorial contributions may be made to Highspire United Methodist Church, 170 2nd St., Highspire, PA 17034. 


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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Margaret Ettinger

Margaret E. “Peggy” Ettinger, 81, of Middletown, entered into rest on Thursday, May 9, at her home after a courageous battle with leukemia.

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Robert Kaylor, Sr.

Robert A. Kaylor Sr., 83, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 5, at The Middletown Home.

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June Clements

June L. Rudy Clements, 79, of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, and formerly of Essex House, Middletown, died Wednesday, December 5, at the Home.

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Walter Clarke, Jr.

Walter H. Clarke Jr. “Buster,” 80, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, December 2, in Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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