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Dana Elzi

Dana S. Elzi, 58, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family.


 She was born in Denver, Colo. on October 26, 1957 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Grace Grunwald Elzi.


 She was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown, and the National Directoress of the Seculor Institute of St. Francis DeSales. She enjoyed writing, playing tennis and gardening. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado.


 She is survived by her sister, Judith Elzi of Denver, Colo.; brothers Peter Elzi and his wife Heather of Castle Rock, Colo., and Terrence Elzi of Denver, Colo.; and sister Andrea Elzi of Denver, Colo.


 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. There will be a visitation from 3 to 4 p.m. in the narthex of the church.


 Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Denver, Colo.


 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dana’s name to Seculor Institute of St. Francis DeSales.


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


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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:57

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Mylin Messick

Mylin M. Messick, 85, of Middletown, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Community General Osteopathic Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.Mylin Messick 4 27


 Born in Elizabethtown on December 5, 1930, he was the son of the late Jacob Stover and Sarah A. Long Messick.


 Mylin was a homebuilder and real estate broker for over 50 years; having built over 1,100 homes throughout Dauphin and Lancaster counties. However, Mylin was best known as a local lifetime dairy and beef cattle farmer. He continued and thoroughly enjoyed his daily work on the farm until his death. Mylin was a 1949 graduate of the former Hummelstown High School. He was a longtime member of Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, Hershey. He was a member of the Homebuilders Association of Metro. Harrisburg for many years, and served on the board of the PA State Homebuilders Association. Mylin was also one of the original founders of the PA Farm Bureau, Dauphin County Farmers Association, and PA Simmental Association. He was a 50-year member of Prince Edwin-Spring Creek Lodge No. 486, F&AM, Middletown, and the Zembo Shrine, Harrisburg. Mylin’s greatest joys were spending time with his family on his beef cattle farm, and feeding the turkeys and deer surrounding his home on Schoolhouse Road.


 Mylin is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Doris M. Bricker Messick, whom he married on March 15, 1959; two daughters, Patricia L. Kuharic, wife of George M., and Sarah M. Runkle, wife of Douglas A., both of Middletown; two sons, Joseph M. Messick, husband of Dorothy D. of Middletown, and Michael D. Messick of Annville; three siblings, Mahlon M. Messick, husband of Helen of Elizabethtown, Mildred M. Risser of Hummelstown, and Miriam M. Aldinger of Neffsville; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 12 p.m. in Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, 335 East Areba Avenue, Hershey, with The Rev. Dennis W. Garrison, his pastor, officiating. Family and friends are invited to visit with the family in the church from 11 a.m. until time of the service.  


 A private interment will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Middletown.


 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory of Mylin to his church, Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, 335 East Areba Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033.


 Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements.


 Online condolences may be shared on www.trefzandbowser.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:55

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Ralph O’Donnell

Ralph A. O’Donnell, 65, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the comfort of his home. 

   
 Born in Harrisburg, on February 22, 1951, he was a son of the late John C. and Eleanor T. (Lanciano) O’Donnell. On November 3, 2005, he was united in marriage with Tann C. (Templin) O’Donnell. He and Tann shared a relationship that had its roots long before their union.   

     
 Prior to his retirement, Ralph had been employed as a Mechanical Maintenance Technician by Met-Ed/First Energy for nearly 26 years. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 594, and the Rescue Club, both in Middletown. Ralph loved music – whether listening to Bluegrass and Oldies or playing his bass fiddle. An avid outdoorsman, he always looked forward to Spring Gobbler season and the summer months spent at the cabin on Hill Island, where he could enjoy the peace of nature and share special times with family and friends. No matter the time and no matter the place, Ralph never wanted to let the good times end – in his honor, remember there is always time for “one more for the road.”


 In addition to his wife, Tann, he is survived by his sons, Ralph A. O’Donnell Jr. (Tammy) and Mark A. O’Donnell (Kirsten) all of Middletown, and Gregory A. O’Donnell of Harrisburg; brothers, Jack C. O’Donnell Jr. (Terri Lee), and Paul J. O’Donnell (Annette), all of Middletown and Anthony J. O’Donnell (Lori) of Lusby, Md.; and sisters, Elaine Butcher (Joe), Lu Botterbusch (Artie), all of Middletown, and Kathy Winters (Scott) of Hummelstown. He is also survived by his five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.       
 Arrangements will be at the convenience of the family.


 In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions being made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or hospiceofcentralpa.org.


 Those wishing to offer condolences to, or share memories with the family are invited to visit HetrickBitnerFuneralHome.com.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:50

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Patricia Klahr

Patricia A. Klahr, 81, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.Patricia Klahr 4 27


 She was born on March 14, 1935 in Bloomsburg, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Anna Shultz Mottern.


 Pat was retired from the M.S. Hershey Medical Center where she worked in Medical Records as a clerk. She was a member of Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Middletown and enjoyed going to the Middletown Public Library, baking, and volunteering at the former Middletown Christian Day School, but her greatest joy was the love she showered on her family.


 In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her loving husband, James R. Klahr and a sister, Nancy L. Keiter.


 She is survived by her five children, John A. Klahr of Middletown, James M. Klahr and his wife Sherry of Middletown, Paul D. Klahr and his wife Kimberly, of Wash., Alyce M. Washington of Hummelstown, and Julie K. Achor and her husband Peter of Harrisburg; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.


 A tribute to Patricia’s life will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 10 Spruce St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Arthur Fox officiating. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church.


 Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery.


 Memorial contributions in Patricia’s name may be made to Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


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


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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:43

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Margaret Crow

Margaret Elizabeth Norton “Peggy” Crow, age 60, died on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at her home in Middletown, Pa. Born October 21, 1955 in Cheverly, Md., she was the daughter of the late Erle Leo Norton Jr. and Virginia Legg Norton. She was the wife of David Alan Crow for 34 years.Margaret Crow 24 27


 Mrs. Crow is survived by her husband and her three children, Gregory Alan Crow of Middletown, Pa., Stephanie Elizabeth Crow Hoffacker and her husband Kirk of Bainbridge, Pa., and Jennifer Alison Crow, of Philadelphia, Pa. She is also survived by her brother, Erle L. Norton III, and his wife Carol of Powell, Ohio, her sister Barbara N. Earp and her husband Bruce, of Clarksville, Md.; and nieces and nephews Carly Benitez, Andrew Earp, Christine Crow, Shaun Crow, Kelley Crow, and Scott Crow.


 Peggy was a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design where she was the President of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority chapter. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as a descendant of General Israel Putnam, The Order of The First Families of Maryland and The Shipleys of Maryland. A tireless volunteer, she received the Silver Beaver Award, Wood Badge and Vigil Honor from the Boy Scouts of America. She was a Girl Scouts of the USA Troop Leader and Service Unit Manager.  


 Details for services in Maryland will appear on the Matinchek Funeral Home website at a later date.


 A Memorial Service celebrating Peggy’s life will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, Pa. on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Robert Graybill officiating.


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


 Memorial donations can be made to the Margaret Crow Pancreas Cancer Fund, c/o Dan Laheru, Johns Hopkins Bunting-Blaustein Cancer Research Building, Room 4M09, 1650 Orleans Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21287-1000.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:33

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June Stoudt

June W. Stoudt (Houtz), 88, of Middletown, entered into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.June Stoudt 4 27

She was born on June 10, 1927 in Reinerton, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Harry and Margaret Heartter Houtz. In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her three siblings, Iva Culton, Faye Britton, and Pearl Houtz.

June graduated from Porter Township in 1945. She was a member of EUM Church, Middletown. June was a keypunch operator at Olmsted Air Base and also a reading teacher's aide for the Middletown Area School District for many years. She enjoyed Duke basketball, Penn State football, the Phillies, but most precious to her was her family.

June is survived by her loving husband Robert, whom she married on June 11, 1949; a son, Craig (Darlene) of Middletown; two daughters, Carol Hook (Tom) of Middletown, and Cathy Siegel (Rick) of York; six grandchildren; Christine Schroll, Nicole Hook, Craig Stoudt (Shelley), Christopher Stoudt, Colin Stoudt, and Emily Siegel; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A tribute to June’s life will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at noon at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, with the Rev. Robert Graybill officiating. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in June's name may be made to her church.

The Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown will handle the funeral arrangements.

Condolences may be sent online at matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:34

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Allan Snyder

Allan D. Snyder, 58, of Bainbridge, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center.


 A tribute to Allan’s life was held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 12 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. John Shiery officiating. There was a viewing on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home.


 For full obituary and to send condolences online, please visit, www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:56

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Joseph Moore

Joseph Richard Moore, 66, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center.


 A tribute to his life was held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown, with the Rev. Britt Strohecker officiating. A viewing was on Sunday from 12 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.


 For full obituary and to send condolences online, please visit, www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:53

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Larry Leach

Larry E. Leach, 67, of Middletown entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.


 A tribute to Larry’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Britt Strohecker officiating. There will be a visitation on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at  11 a.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home.


 For full obituary and to send condolences online, please visit, www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:54

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William Harman Sr.

William Joseph Harman Sr., “Bill”, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 8, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. William Harman Sr. 4 13


 Bill was born on February 16, 1940 in Port Carbon, Pa. and was the son of the late William C. and Anna C. Tolan Harman.


 He was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown, where he was also a member of the choir for almost 10 years. He was also a member of the Barbershop Chorus. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family in Pottsville and loved celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.


 In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his three sisters, Rosemarie Shappell, Dolores Huber, and Mary Luppino, and also a brother, Edward Harman.


 Bill is survived by his loving wife of almost 35 years, Barbara A. Harman (Albitz); two sons William J. Harman Jr. of Middletown, and Patick J. Harman of New York, N.Y.; sister Agnes Hirsch of Pottsville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. A viewing will be held at the Matinchek Funeral Home, 260 E. Main St., Middletown, PA 17057 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday.


 Burial with full military honors will take place in Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa.


 Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, or to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Dr., Camp Hill, PA 17011.


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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:18

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Captain Arthur Halfpapp

Captain Arthur E. Halfpapp, 23, of Steelton, was killed in combat in April of 1945 during World War II and is finally being brought home.halfpapp4 13 16 BW


 He was born on July 1, 1921 and was the son of the late Grace Halfpapp.


 He is survived by a nephew, Rev. Jack W. Sipe and his wife Lura of Middletown; and four nieces, Mary Lou Kear and her husband Thomas of East Stroudsburg, Pa., Sandy Catalano of Texas, Louise Blount and her husband Bernie of Elizabethtown, and Joan Moore and her husband Benny of Florida.


 Captain Halfpapp was a member of the Army Air Corps and was missing in action until his remains were identified in late 2014. Captain Halfpapp led a group of aircraft on a dive-bombing run along the road parallel with the Po River near Guarda, Italy. His plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire causing the crash.


 A tribute to his life will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Jack W. Sipe officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. A medal presentation will take place at the funeral home during the funeral service.


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


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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:13

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