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Ella “Betty” Bretz

Ella Elizabeth “Betty” Russ Bretz

August 6, 1924-August, 26 2016EllaBettyBretz9 7WEB

Originally from Middletown, Pa., she and her family moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1966 when Olmsted Air Force Base closed. She was the daughter of the late Philip F. Sr. and Mary (McCleary) Russ and wife of the late Robert H. Bretz Sr. 

A 1942 graduate of Middletown Area High School, she then attended Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York. She retired from civil service at Kelly Air Force Base. Many of her joys included cooking large meals for family and friends, crocheting and crossword puzzles. She loved having her constant furry companion Chi-Chi by her side.

She is survived by her son Robert H. Bretz, Jr. (Elizabeth-deceased) of San Antonio, and daughter Robin Bretz Sloan (Gary) of Charlottesville, Va.; two grandchildren Christopher Sloan (Kristen) of Decatur, Ga., and Kelly Sloan of Denver, Colo.; and two great-granddaughters Haidyn and Addisyn Sloan of Decatur. 

Her family offers their utmost gratitude to the wonderful staff at Christus Sister Mary Hospice Center (San Antonio) for their compassionate care during her final days.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 North Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant.

Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery after the mass. 

In lieu of flowers a donation to your local ASPCA or Hospice facility is suggested.

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

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 13:59

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Betty Mountz

Betty Jane Beckey Mountz, 92, formerly of Hummelstown, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016, in the Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home in Carlisle.  BettyMountzWEB

She was born February 15, 1924, in Middletown, and was the daughter of the late Jacob and Jennie Ruth Campbell Beckey. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Marshall B. Mountz, and her sister Louise Weber. 

Betty retired from the former Olmsted Air Base in Middletown, and Lower Dauphin High School. She enjoyed reading and playing bridge with her friends well into her 80s. She was the last remaining member of her bridge club.

Surviving are her children: Marsha Soutner of Middletown, Gregory Mountz and wife Vicki of Anderson, S.C., Beckey Miller and husband Harold of Anderson, S.C., M. Scott Mountz of Newport Beach, Calif., and Matthew Mountz of Haymarket, Va.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Please do not arrive to the cemetery prior to 10:15 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association, South Central PA Chapter, 3544 North Progress Avenue, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

The family of Betty would like to give special thanks to the staff of Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home and Bridges at Bent Creek for their wonderful care and support. 

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

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Earl Wanner Sr.

On the afternoon of August 31, 2016, Earl Stan Wanner Sr., also known as “Dynamite,” passed away at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, after experiencing complications from vascular dementia and heart failure. He was 69 years old.EarlWannerSr9 7 WEB

Born in Lancaster, Pa. on November 10, 1946, Stan was the son of Earl Wanner and Ellen Brenner. He is survived by his brother Lonny Wanner, and his sister Jenny Corrigan, and he was preceded in death by his four other siblings, Harry Wanner, Larry Wanner, Harvey Wanner, and Mary Johnson.

Stan has lived in the Hummelstown area for 53 years with his wife, Alice Wanner. He is survived by his wife and his four children, Randy Wanner, Stan Wanner Jr., George Wanner, and Jenny Cassell, wife of Dave, as well as seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

In 1996, Stan retired after more than 30 years of dedicated service in his position as an Equipment Operator at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Dauphin County. He was a former union president of the American Federation of State County Municipal Employees, Local 3033. 

As a beloved member of the Hummelstown community, Stan was involved in a variety of local associations, including the Hershey Region Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and the Fuzzy Few Organization (FFO). He was also a dedicated volunteer at the Hummelstown Firehouse for more than 25 years.

As an avid antique toy collector, Stan was the original founder of the Hummelstown Firehouse Toy Show, and he was a member of the York County Toy & Train Collectors. Additionally, Stan spent the 1960s and 1970s racing at the Fredericksburg and Silver Spring Speedways, and he was well known in the racing community as number 64.

A special thanks to the kind, attentive staff at Frey Village in Middletown, Pa., as well as the extraordinarily supportive MIMCU staff at the Hershey Medical Center. The Wanner family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for all that these two teams did to help Stan in his final months.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown. Family and friends are invited to a viewing in the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.  

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Greater Pennsylvania chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in Stan’s honor. Donations are accepted by phone at 1-413-261-5040 or online at

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Dorothea Novak

Dorothea A. Novak, 80, of Middletown entered into eternal rest on Monday, August 29, 2016, at Community General Hospital, Harrisburg.

She was born September 12, 1935 in Harrisburg and was the loving daughter of the late Augustus Sr. and Anne (Bekelja) Furjanic.

Dorothea was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, where she was actively involved with their Prayer Shawl and Golden Groups. 

In her working years Dorothea was a nurse at Harrisburg Hospital. When she retired she decided to start organizing travel for senior citizens. She was the founder and Queen Mum of the Shady Lady’s Red Hat Chapter of Middletown. 

Dorothea is survived by her husband of 58 years, William A. Novak; 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; three siblings, Edward Furjanic, Roseanne Fredenburgh and Augustus Furjanic Jr.; and two sisters-in-law, Theresa Novak and Alberta Lagergren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 5, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, Pa.with Rev. Ted Keating as the celebrant. There will be a viewing on Monday prior to the service at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, Pa. from 9 to 10 a.m.

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

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