Joseph C. Naples, 90, of The Middletown Home, passed away Thursday, January 23, surrounded by family at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Born on November 10, 1923 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Joseph and Maria Morelli Naples.
He was a proud World War II Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Virgo and the USS Coral Sea. As part of the Amphibious he took part in the invasion of several enemy islands including Tarawa, Marshal Island, Guam, Palau, Bougainville, Hollandia, New Guinea, Aitape, and again in New Guinea. Joseph was awarded medals for the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, Victory World War II, Occupation Service and China Service. He retired from New Cumberland Army Depot as an equipment mechanical foreman; was a member of Seven Sorrows BVM Catholic Church, Middletown, National Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), American Legion Post 594 and Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Association; he was a longtime volunteer firefighter and member of the Middletown Fire Department, as well as D.A.V. and the Conewago Rod and Gun Club; and he was an avid angler, hunter and gardener.
In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his loving wife, Winifred “Winnie” J. Bowers Naples, on September 24, 2012, sisters Minnie Penna (Sam) and Mary Olsen (Arthur), and brother Frank Naples (Joan).
He is survived by two daughters Wanda M. Jonsen of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Lynne M. Sjoberg (Roger) of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; two sons Joseph M. Naples (Arlene), and David A. Naples (Deb), all of Middletown; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law Joan Naples of Dillsburg.
A Prayer service was held on Monday, January 27 at Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., Hummelstown, with the Rev. Fr. Edward J. Keating officiating.
Interment with military honors was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Lower Paxton Township.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Middletown Home, 999 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057; to Middletown Fire Department, 10 Adelia St., Middletown, PA 17057; or to Seven Sorrows BVM Catholic Church, 280 North Race St., Middletown, PA 17057.
Online condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com.
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Russell “Rutt” E. Garber, 92, formerly of Middletown, entered into rest on Sunday, February 9, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.
He was born on November 9, 1922 in Middletown and was the son of the late Newpher and Emma Givens Garber.
He retired as an employee at the former Olmsted Air Force Base, Middletown; and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Steelton, Elks Lodge 1092, Moose Lodge 410, and American Legion Post 594, all of Middletown. Russell served in the United States Army during World War II; and he enjoyed golfing and playing bingo, and he played semipro baseball and football, and was a boxer in the Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Margaret R. Garber.
He is survived by his son Walter R. Garber of Landisburg; granddaughter Jamie, wife of Jason D’Agostino; grandson Justin Garber; great-granddaughter Gianna D’Agostino; sisters Jackie Keene of Middletown, and Phyllis Fetter of Palmyra; and brother Stanton Garber of Middletown.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 17 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, with the Rev. Donald C. Walters officiating.
Funeral arrangements are being entrusted to Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown.
Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.
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Diane M. Blackburn, 63, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Middletown, entered into rest suddenly on Sunday, February 9, at her home.
She was born on March 30, 1950 in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late Daniel and Arlene Bretz Dupler.
She was a member of Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Hershey; she enjoyed collecting antiques; and she was a self-employed jewelry salesperson.
She is survived by her two daughters Jamie L., wife of Kirk Shaffer of Middletown, and Lisa A., wife of Craig Turner of West Fairview; two sisters Linda Janouski Bailey of Vidalia, Va., and Tammy Dupler Stough, wife of Bryan of Dover; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Tribute to her life will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 14, at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with Pastor Morgan Kochenower officiating.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.
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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 A. Kaylor Sr., 83, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 5, at The Middletown Home.
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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 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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