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William Novak

William A. Novak, 91, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 15, 2016, suddenly at his home.NOVAK 1 PJimg12232016 0002

He was born in Scranton, Pa., on December 30, 1924 and was the loving son of the late William C. and Mary E. (Konesny) Novak.

William was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown. He was a World War II Army veteran of the European Theater.

In addition to his parents, William is preceded in death by his wife Dorothea Novak, who passed away August 2016.

William is survived by his two daughters, Carolynn Pettit and her husband Christopher of South Africa, and Michele Etzkorn of South Carolina; son, William S. Novak of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Kevin, Michael and Heather Etzkorn, Claire and Anna Pettit; two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Emory Etzkorn; and two sisters, Theresa E. Novak and Alberta Lagergren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, Pa., with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant, with the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 10 a.m. There will be a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass in the Narthex of the church.

Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Middletown.

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

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 11:43

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Beverly Swartz

Beverly Jane (Reed) Swartz, 84, of Middletown, passed away at home with family by her side on Saturday, December 17, 2016. She was born Thursday, December 31, 1931 in Enid, Oklahoma to the late Wiley Levi Reed and Irene (Flood) Young. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of more than 40 years, Solomon L. Swartz, Jr.    

 
 Beverly worked in and retired from the Finance Office at Penn State Capitol Campus.  She had served as Secretary/Treasurer and then President of the Middletown Interfaith Council and had been active with the Middletown Thrift Shop and Adult Day Care Center. She was a Christian and a member of the United Methodist denomination.  Beverly loved her family, to whom she was devoted, and her beautiful flower gardens.


 She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Lee, and a granddaughter, Raylen Swartz.
 She is survived by her children, Solomon L. Swartz, III (Stephanie), Valerie J. Swartz, Michael E. Swartz (Mary), Mitchell R. Swartz (Kathy), Richard B. Swartz (Joette), and Melissa I. Barilla (Robert, Jr.); 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a sister, Carolyn Walborn; and her best friend and companion, Aaron Peiffer.


 Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 208 N. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057. Burial will follow in Middletown Cemetery. Family and friends are invited for visitation from noon until the time of the service.  


 Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110, or the Dementia research organization of your choice.  


 Condolences and memories may be shared at www.fager-finkenbinder.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:17

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Louise Travitz

Louise (Shackelford) Travitz, 78, of Middletown, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Frey Village. Born in South Carolina on Wednesday November 2, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Clara (Blackmon) Shackelford. She was the wife of the late Robert O. Travitz who passed away earlier this year in March.Louise Travitz 12 21


 She was a member of Seven Sorrows BVM Church, Middletown. She was retired from Highmark in Camp Hill. Her passion was being a mother and spending time with her family. Louise also enjoyed listening to Elvis, reading romance novels and telling family stories.


 Louise was preceded in death by a sister Shirley Horton, and a brother Jerry Shackelford.


 Louise is survived by a daughter Karen L. Shaffer and husband Merrill of Palmyra; a son Robert O. Travitz Jr. and wife Marie of Lebanon; three granddaughters, Abbey Travitz, Emma Travitz and Lilly Shaffer; three sisters, Ruby Ross, Evelyn Hester and Rachel Adams; and two brothers, Howard Shackelford Jr. and Richard Shackelford.


 A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Seven Sorrows BVM Church, 360 East Water Street, Middletown. Viewing was from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.


 Interment was in Middletown Cemetery.


 Arrangements entrusted to Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Middletown.


 Memories and condolences may be shared at www.fager-finkenbinder.com.

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Paul Wise

Paul Edward Wise, 85, of Middletown, entered into eternal life on Thursday, December 15, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at Frey Village Retirement Center.Paul Wise 12 21


 He was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Wise. Paul is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 65 years Betty; three loving daughters, Kathy Jorich (Chris), Vicki Kuba (Tom), Wendy Loranzo and her companion Tim Burns; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Loranzo and her fiancé Kyle Cox, and Amy Walker (Cody); and two great-grandsons, Carson Cox and Grayson Walker.


 Paul was a graduate of Middletown High School, class of 1949.  He retired from the former AMP Inc.


 He was dedicated to his beloved town of Middletown by serving on various organizations including past president and member of borough council, past chairman of the Middletown Red Cross, a past president of the MAHS Alumni Association, and a member of the Prince Edwin-Spring Creek Lodge No. 486 F&A.M., Middletown. Paul was an active member of New Beginnings Church of Middletown where he sang in the church choir.


 He was most passionate about the Middletown Blue Raiders and the Penn State Nittany Lions.  He enjoyed spending summers in Stone Harbor, New Jersey and boating on the Susquehanna River. He was an avid model train collector and loved sharing his elaborate train display during the holiday season.


 A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, December 23, 2016 at New Beginnings Church of Middletown, 630 S. Union St. at 12 p.m., with the Rev. Britt Strohecker officiating.    Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service.  


 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.


 The family extends their warm thanks to Paul’s home caregivers, Cindy Christian and Dan Dougherty and to the staff at Frey Village for their love and care for him.  


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


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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:14

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Wallace Hipple Sr.

 Wallace K. “Hip” Hipple Sr., 87, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 28, 2016, at Harrisburg Hospital.

 He was born on September 13, 1929, in Middletown and was the loving son of the late Stephen G. and I. Gertrude (Musgrave) Hipple.

 Wallace was retired from Fruehauf Corp. and Eshenaur Fuel. He was an avid camper, boater and fisherman, but also enjoyed gardening, building and plumbing.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

 Wallace is survived by his wife of 67 years, Faye (Herneisey) Hipple; five children, Wally Jr. (Christine) of Linglestown, Kathy Cochran of Royalton, Deb Manfred (Gene) of Middletown, Steve (Debbie) of Belleville, Sue Goss (Norman) of Middletown; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

 A tribute to Wallace’s life will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. There will be a viewing from 12 p.m. until the hour of the service on Friday.

 Interment will be at Middletown Cemetery, Middletown.

 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Wallace’s name to the charity of donor’s choice.

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

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 12:18

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