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Frank Melusky


Frank J. Melusky, 90, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 6, at Middletown Nursing Home. For further information, visit our website at



Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:28

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Carolyn Espenshade


 Carolyn J. Espenshade, 63, of Harrisburg, entered into eternal rest at home on Thursday, February 5. For more information visit our website at



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Col. Thomas Murto Jr. USMC (Ret)


Colonel Thomas V. Murto Jr. “Tom”, USMC (Ret), passed away peacefully on Friday, January 23, at Brooke Army Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by his family. 


 Tom was born June 25, 1918, in Washington, D.C., to Dr. Thomas V. Murto and Elizabeth Ferguson Murto. He grew up in Middletown. He graduated in 1939 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem with a mechanical engineering degree and was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. While attending Lehigh, Tom met his soul mate, Joan Hartzell of Bethlehem, whom he married in 1941.


 Tom honorably served his country as a Marine aviator for 26 years. He flew at least 45 missions, in Wildcat F4F-4s and Corsair F4U-1s in the Pacific during World War II. He was awarded the Air Medal with eight stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two stars, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze stars, National Defense Medal with one Bronze star. He also flew Corsairs in the Korean War, and was awarded the Bronze Star with a V (in combat), Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and Republic of Korea Unit Citation.


 During his career in the Marines, he commanded many squadrons and air groups and was in charge of the assignment unit at Corps HQ at the Pentagon in Virginia. Tom’s final assignment was as Commander of Beaufort Marine Corps Air Base in Beaufort, S.C., where he retired in 1965 as a Colonel.


 After retiring from the Marines, Tom worked for Deering Milliken, a textile company, in Spartanburg, S.C., as department coordinator of noncomputer parts. He moved to Austin, Texas and worked for Scientific Methods for several years. After several other endeavors, Tom went to work for the Texas Department of Human Resource until retirement.


 Tom and Joan enjoyed 57 years together, raising a family, traveling the world, and making many friends before her death in 1998. During the past 13 years, Tom lived in I Towers Park Lane, San Antonio, Texas, where he was actively involved and had many friends.


 Tom was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan Hartzell Murto, brother Dr. Robert E. Murto, sister Katharine E. Ruddy, and his parents Dr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Murto. 


 He is survived by three children Thomas V. Murto III and wife Sandy, William H. Murto and wife Maura, and Jane E. Johnson and husband Gayle; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister Mary Anne Culliton; sisters-in-law Marilyn E. Murto, and Doris Hartzell; and many nieces and nephews.


 A service was held on Friday, February 6 at Main Post Chapel, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 


 Interment was held in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.


 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Col. Thomas V. Murto Jr. ’39 Endowment Fund, Lehigh University, 27 Memorial Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3086.


 We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved him.


 You are invited to sign the guestbook at


 Arrangements by Porter Loring Mortuary, San Antonio, Texas.  


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:24

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Jack Spearing


 JackSpearing12-10webJack E. Spearing, 79, of Lewisberry, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 7, at Holy Spirit Hospital, surrounded by his family.

 He was born on July 1, 1935, in Lewistown to the late Ollie R. and Dollie L. Rowe Spearing.

 Jack retired after teaching music for 42 years in the Carroll County, Maryland and Middletown Area School Districts; he was a graduate of Lebanon Valley College; was a member of PMEA and the New Cumberland Towne Band; and he greatly enjoyed being an active member of Grace Baptist Church of Lewisberry. Jack liked to travel, learn new things, work outside in the yard, play the piano and trombone and most importantly, loved spending time with his family.

 Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Lynne D. Steger Spearing; two daughters Julie L. Clouser of New Cumberland, and Karen D. (Stephen) Mann of Wethersfield, Conn.; a brother Thomas R. (Nancy) Spearing of Jersey Shore; and five grandchildren Addison Clouser and Katharine, Elizabeth, Madalynne and Charlotte Mann.

 Funeral Service: Saturday, December 13 at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church of Lewisberry, 780 Woodland Dr., Lewisberry, with Pastor Don Isely officiating. 

 Burial will take place at Tri-County Memorial Gardens in Lewisberry following the service. 

 A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 12, at the church.

 The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Baptist Church of Lewisberry, 780 Woodland Dr., Lewisberry, PA 17339.

 For directions or to send messages of condolence, please visit


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:57

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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:16

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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 17:23

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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 17:50

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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:06

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