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Ruth Bartholomew

 Ruth E. Bartholomew, 93, of Middletown, went home to Jesus on Thursday, September 22, 2016, in the Harrisburg Hospital. She was the widow of Bruce Irvin Bartholomew.


 Ruth was born on July 16, 1923 in Sunbury, Pa., the daughter of the late Oscar C. and Dorothy E. (Folk) Hummel. 

 She was a member of Bright Hope Fellowship, Middletown and a past member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Middletown. Ruth was a Teacher’s Assistant in Londonderry Elementary for over 36 years. During World War II, she was very proud of being a “Rosie the Riveter.” Ruth’s greatest joys were working with children and spending time with her family.       

 In addition to her husband and parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her infant twin sons, her brother, two sisters, and her grandson Ryan Hess.

 She is survived by her loving children, Sharon L. Stevens and husband Donald of Mechanicsburg, Lynda L. Fitzpatrick and husband Thomas of Middletown, Timothy A. Bartholomew and wife, Linda, and Mary Ellen Hess and husband Jeffrey, all of Elizabethtown, and Melissa Ann Bartholomew Huntzinger and husband Keith of Middletown; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 A tribute to her life will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at her church at 345 North Deodate Road, Middletown, Pa. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday at her church. 

 Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Pa.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bright Hope Fellowship, or St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown, PA 17057.

 The Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2016 13:17

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Lois Kiegel

Lois P. Kiegel, 92, of Elizabethtown, entered into eternal rest on September 15, 2016, at Masonic Village.

She was born April 17, 1924 in Lewistown, Pa. and was the loving daughter of the late Armstrong and Catherine (Fish) Powell.

She was a 1942 graduate of Middletown High School and also graduated from Central Penn Business School. Lois was a member of Middletown First Church of God. She was a member of the Londonderry Senior Citizens Group as well as the Masonic Widowed Guild.

In addition to her parents Lois is preceded in death by her husband Leonard T. Kiegel.

Lois is survived by her daughter, Kathy Hofsass and her husband Raymond of Lebanon; sister, Judith Kurtz and her husband David of Elizabethtown; brother, Ronald Powell and his wife Doris of Enhaut; a niece, Dianne Powell of Wytheville, Va.; nephew Ronald Powell II and his wife Kathy of Harrisburg; and two great-nephews Ronald Powell III, and Andrew Powell.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Interment will be at Middletown Cemetery, Middletown.

The family has requested that donations may be made in Lois's name to the Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St., Middletown, PA 17057 or Bethesda Mission, 2101 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 09:52

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Barry Baumgardner Sr.

Barry Baumgardner Sr., 75, of Steelton, died Monday, September 12, 2016, at his home. He was the son of the late Almeda Rae (Swartley Baumgardner) Peoples and Brenton T. Baumgardner. He was preceded in death by a brother, Warren E. “Sonny” Baumgardner.BarryBaumgardner9 21 WEB

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Bernie Baumgardner; children: daughter, Lorre Cooper; son, Barry Baumgardner Jr.; son-in-law, Shawn Cooper; two grandsons, Zachary and Nicholas Myers; three granddaughters, Madison and Skylar Baumgardner and Alexis Cooper; two brothers, Brenton D. Baumgardner and Steven Baumgardner; and many nieces and nephews.

His class (1958), was the last class to complete a 12 year education in the Steelton High School building and graduate from the Steelton High School auditorium. His class was also the last to receive a Steelton High School class ring (1958)

His vocational career began as a policeman with the Steelton Police Dept. He then was self-employed for almost 25 years, having owned and operated Barry’s Grocery in Steelton, Keystone Super Service in Camp Hill, and Ben’s Exxon Service Station in Harrisburg. He concluded his vocational career as an employee of the PA House of Representatives in 2002.

Barry was a lifetime member of the First Church of God Denomination, being baptized in 1954 by submersion in the Susquehanna River as a member of the Steelton Main Street Church of God. He later served as Sunday School Superintendent, as his grandfather had before him, until its closure after Hurricane Agnes.

He often remarked that having lived in the same block his entire life – he may not have gotten far, and that was okay because his only wish was to be remembered simply as a loyal father, husband and a Steeltonian. He found great joy in giving back to the community.

In the 9th grade, he began collecting Steamroller memorabilia and became a collector of Steamroller records. Later in life, he operated the scoreboard on Cottage Hill and was the official timekeeper for 20 years. Additionally, he wrote many stories about the Steamrollers that were printed in the area newspapers and Steel-High Football Programs. His proudest accomplishment was his compilation and creation of an up-to-date list of Steamroller sports individual scoring records, which had never been done before.

His service to the community continued with his election onto the Steel-High School Board in 1987; a position he held for 28 years. While serving, he was proud to be considered the Board Maverick, choosing to always stand up for the district underdogs and never backing down when he was passionate about an issue for the kids of the community.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 19, 2016, 12 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main St., Hummelstown, PA 17036. Visitation will be from 11 a. m. until time of the service. 

Per his request, as a lifelong champion for the students and community, there is a Barry Baumgardner Steel High Memorial Fund being established. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made out to the 

Barry Baumgardner Steel High Memorial Fund, c/o Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 West Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036

Being a lifelong Steeltonian and fervent follower of the Rollers, to honor him, feel free to wear any Steel High attire.

 Arrangements by Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 13:37

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Francis DuBeau

 Francis O. DuBeau, 86, of Elizabethtown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, September 12, 2016, at his home.

 Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 15:59

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Paul Gutshall III

 Paul E. Gutshall III, 47, of Lebanon, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. 


 Memorial services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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Martha Sohn

Martha Elizabeth Sohn, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family. MarthaSohnWEB

 Martha, age 90, was a longtime resident of Middletown. She was born on April 18, 1926 in Northumberland and was the daughter of the late Frances A. (Snyder) Hancock. 

 In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Sohn, her daughter, Donna Disney, and two sons-in-law, John Rishar and  Fred Disney.

 Martha was a 50-year member of Evangelical United Methodist Church of Middletown, the American Legion Post 594 Ladies Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, and the Middletown Elks Club. She worked as a waitress for over 50 years and was known as Marty by her customers. Martha loved spending time with her family and always treated them with her homemade cakes and pies. 

 Martha is survived by her daughters, Deena Rishar of Middletown, and Susan Way and her husband Adrian of Mechanicsburg; nine grandchildren, Donald Disney and his wife Susan, Kraig Disney and his wife Lora, Jody Berry and her husband James, John Rishar Jr., Jill Rishar, Jamie Rishar (Mike Swartz Jr.), Lauren Oeler and her husband Clark, Brenton Way and his wife Beth, and Mitchell Way (Lauren Brekosky); 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gail Hancock. 

 A tribute to her life will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Lee Ellenberger officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. 

 Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery. 

 Memorial contributions in Martha’s name may be made to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110. 

 Condolences may be sent online at


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 15:50

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Mildred Van Fossen

Mildred Fick Van Fossen, 93, of Oak Hill Dr., Middletown entered into eternal rest on Friday September 2, 2016, at her seasonal home in Fenwick Island, Delaware, surrounded by her loving family. 

Mildred was born in Nanticoke, Pa. on February 15, 1923, and was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna Nemitz Fick  

Mildred was a lifelong member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church of Middletown and also attended mass at St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md.

Mildred will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed sharing her life with family and friends. “Milly,” as know to all, enjoyed her home in Middletown spending time with family and tending to her flowers and plants.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, John, and daughter Janice also of Middletown.  

She is survived by her daughter, Jill Myers of Fenwick Island, Del., and her son, Jack Van Fossen of Ocean City, Md. along with seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday September 8, 2016, at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, Pa., with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant.

Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass in the narthex of the church.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Sorrows Catholic Church in Middletown, Pa. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 13:51

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Francis McGrath

Francis W. McGrath, 95, of The Villages, Florida, passed away at Cornerstone Hospice on August 30. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to William and Mary McGrath. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Hilda, his second wife Betty, his son Jay, his son-in-law Dennis Shank, and his sister Helen Strang.

He is survived by his loving family: daughter Dara Shank of The Villages, Fla., son George Williams (Mary Ann) of Elizabethtown, Pa., and daughter Lynda Tymchak (William) of Peach Bottom, Pa.; grandchildren: Lynn Williams, Jennifer Mitchell, Brett Shank, Matthew Tymchak and Abby Kowalski; 12 great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Joan Kelly.

Frank or Mac, as he was affectionately known, was a decorated veteran of World War II. He served as corporal in the 233rd Army Air Force Base Unit and served in England with the 856th Bomb Squadron, 492nd Bomb Group as Crew Chief.

After the war he completed college and became a registered professional engineer. He worked at Olmsted Air Force Base, Middletown, Pa., Erdman, Anthony & Associates, Camp Hill, Pa., Palmyra Borough, Andrews Air Fore Base, Md., and at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, Md., where he was engineer supervisor. He also co-owned the surveying firm, McGrath, Sherrick, Inc., Middletown, Pa.

Mac was an avid swimmer who enjoyed many years of retirement living by the ocean in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was a certified lifeguard who taught lifeguarding skills to others. He enjoyed dancing and was a member of the Orange Blossom Squares. He dabbled in art and music and took many courses in both.

He was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in The Villages, Fla., and he also attended New Covenant United Methodist Church.

 Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 12:01

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Ella “Betty” Bretz

Ella Elizabeth “Betty” Russ Bretz

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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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Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 14:16

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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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Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 14:08

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