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Kenneth Fahnestock Sr.

 

Kenneth Franklin Fahnestock Sr., 69, of Middletown, passed away on Monday, April 7, at his home.  

 

Born in Lawn on January 3, 1945, he was the son of the late Edward F. and Catherine Kendig Fahnestock.

 

Ken was employed by the former Verdelli Farms, Hummelstown; was of the Protestant faith; he was a member of the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, Inc.; and was an avid fan of the Steelers, NASCAR, and World Wrestling Entertainment. 

 

He is survived by three sons Kenneth Franklin Fahnestock Jr. of Mechanicsburg, Scott Allen Fahnestock, fiancé of Tracey Moore of Middletown, and Richard David Fahnestock of Elizabethtown; one brother Edward Fahnestock of Rheems; and several nieces and nephews.     

 

A Viewing was held on Monday, April 14 at Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., Hummelstown.  

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory of Ken to Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main St., Hummelstown, PA 17036, to help his family with funeral expenses. 

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:55

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David Leiss

 

tinyDavid Leiss 4-9David Alan Leiss, of Harrisburg, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 31, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

 

He was born on September 26, 1961 in Lebanon, and was the son of Shelby Norton Leiss and the late Donald Robert Leiss. 

 

David was a graduate of Milton Hershey School class of 1979 and was previously employed as a registered nurse in the Health Care Industry. He received his associate’s degree from Millersville University and his nursing degree from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Lancaster. His hobbies included camping, cooking, and he enjoyed playing the video game World of Warcraft. He had a quick wit and enjoyed laughing with friends. 

 

In addition to his father Donald, he was preceded in death by his brothers Scott M. Leiss and Dale R. Leiss. 

 

In addition to his mother, Shelby, he is survived by his husband William T. Kennedy IV of Harrisburg; a daughter Erin Leiss of Lebanon; two sons Adam D. Leiss of Woodstock, N.Y., and Nicholas P. Leiss of Beacon, N.Y.; his sister Jody L. Leed of Lebanon; brother Todd A. Leiss  (Donna Beard) of Middletown; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial services for David were held on Friday, April 4, at Garden Chapel, Middletown, with Pastor Jon Shiery officiating. 

 

Burial was at the convenience of the family. 

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home, 260 E. Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, to help defray expenses associated with the funeral services.  

 

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

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:48

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Margaret Jirik

 

tinyMargaret Jirik 4-9Margaret J. Enney Jirik, 82, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 31, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.

 

She was born on February 7, 1932 in Middletown and was the daughter of the late William M. and Clara Hickernell Enney. 

 

Margaret was a graduate of Middletown High School class of 1950; was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown, and was also a member of the Parish Council of Catholic Women and Golden Group at Seven Sorrows; she was a Navy veteran of the Korean War; and was a member of the Blue Mountain Waves Chapter 16, American Legion Post 594 life member, and Air Force Sergeants Association.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Henry F. Jirik in 1999.

 

She is survived by her loving daughters Kathleen A. Etnoyer, wife of Ross Etnoyer of Harrisburg, and Rosemary M. Vice, wife of James Vice of Wilmington, N.C.; brother Robert G. Enney of Royalton; sister Ruth Burkett of Royalton; and three grandchildren Kristin Vice, Rachel Vice and Nicholas Vice. 

 

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 5 at her church, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. 

 

Burial with military honors was at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry, 201 Wyoming St., Middletown, PA 17057.

 

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:45

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Brenda Stos

 

Brenda D. Stos, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday, April 6, at Spring Creek Nursing Home, surrounded by her family and friends, after a battle with cancer.tinyBrenda Stos 4-9

 

She was born on June 21, 1954 in Lancaster and was the daughter of the late Samuel E. Sr., and Margaret V. Reitzel McBride.

 

Brenda was a homemaker and a faithful and loyal member of the Middletown Bible Church, Middletown, and a former member of the Aurora Club. She loved her Lord and her church family at the Middletown Area Bible Church. She also loved to do word searches and needlepoint. Her favorite chorus was “He’s Able,” and her favorite verse was Philippians 4:13. Because she believed in that verse, she was able to accomplish her lifelong desire to graduate from high school in March 2014. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Jacob Stos. 

 

She is survived by her daughter Melanie Snyder of Shermansdale; two grandchildren Cooper Snyder and Grace Snyder of Carlisle; a sister Deborah, wife of James Frable of Lancaster; brothers Brian W., husband of Sherry McBride of Lancaster, and Samuel E. McBride Jr. of West Virginia; sister-in-law Marie M. Ashberry of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

 

A Tribute to her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday April 10, at  Middletown Area Bible Church, 2400 River Road, with the Reverend Dr. Joseph P. Pagano Jr., her pastor officiating.

 

Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.

 

Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to her church, 2400 River Road, Middletown, PA 17057.

 

Arrangements by the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown. 

 

Condolences can be sent online to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:42

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Robert Steck

 

Robert F. Steck, 91, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Saturday, March 22, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown.

 

He was born on September 1, 1922 in Palmyra, to the late Robert D. and Dorothy Felty Steck.

 

He was a graduate of Carson Long Military Institute and the former Pennsylvania Military College; was a World War II veteran having served in the Army Air Corps; and was retired as a salesman and technical support associate with Westvaco.

 

He was the widower of Betty L. Steck.

 

He is survived by two daughters Catharine L. Rossman and husband Robert of Eureka, Ill., and Jo Steck and her partner Susan Mathews of Frisco, Texas; four sons Robert C. Steck and wife Barbara of St. Augustine, Fla., Stephen J. Steck and wife Nives of Daytona, Fla., Andrew S. Steck and wife Eileen of Bryant Pond, Maine, and Matthew J. Steck and wife Elizabeth of Harrisburg; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

 

Funeral service and interment will be at the convenience of the family.

 

Contributions may be made in the name of Robert F. Steck to the Masonic Villages General Fund, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2199. 

 

Arrangements are under the care of the Miller-Sekely Funeral Home & Crematory of Elizabethtown. 

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.millerfuneralhome.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:37

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Robert Enney

 

Robert G. Enney, 88, formerly of Middletown, entered into rest on Thursday, April 3, at Harrisburg Hospital.

 

He was born on May 27, 1925 in Harrisburg and was the son of the late William M. and Clara M. Hickernell Enney.

 

Robert was a retired architecture technician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyards; was a Navy veteran of World War II; was a member of New Beginnings Church, a former Worshipful Master at Prince Edwin-Spring Creek F&AM Lodge No. 486, and lifetime member of Moose Lodge 410, all of Middletown. 

 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife Veronica M. Enney on November 19, 1979, sister Margaret Jirik on March 31, 2014,  and stepdaughter Suzan K. Sides on September 5, 2013. 

 

He is survived by his wife Peggy J. Wealand Crow Enney of Masonic Village, Elizabethtown; stepsons Ronald J. Crow, Richard D. and wife Tami Crow of Hummelstown, Robert B. and wife Bonnie Crow of Bainbridge, and Mark A. and wife Rhonda Crow of Middletown; sister Ruth, wife of Gerald Burkett of Royalton; many grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

A Tribute to his life was celebrated on Tuesday, April 8, at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown, with Pastor Britt Strohecker officiating.

 

Burial with full military honors was held in Middletown Cemetery. 

 

Memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be sent to Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

 

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:35

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William Reigle

 

William R. “Barney” Reigle, 88, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother.

 

Born November 2, 1925, in Highspire, he was son of the late Clayton and Blanche Swisher Reigle.

 

He was a United States Navy veteran having served from 1943-1946. He graduated from Derry Township High School, Hershey Vocational School, and Elizabethtown College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He worked for AMP, Inc. until his retirement.  Afterward, he taught at Daytona Beach Community College. 

 

Barney was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown. He was also a member of Prince Edwin-Spring Creek Lodge #486 F&AM and enjoyed gardening, especially planting tomatoes, playing the Hammond organ, and was a computer enthusiast. 

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard D. Reigle.

 

 He is survived by his wife June A. Updegraff Reigle; a daughter Joan I. Strait (Larry) of Hummelstown; five grandsons David Hoover (Debbie) of California, Jeffrey Hoover (Cyndi) of Colorado, Larry Strait Jr. (Stacy) of Illinois, S. Jared Strait (Veronica) of Virginia, and Shane Strait (Alona) of New Jersey; 10 great-grandchildren Stephen, Alexandria, Lance, Sarah, Connor, Hannah, Cole, Jessica, Natalie, and Lilly; two sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

A Memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 8 at his church.

 

Private interment was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, PA 17057.

 

Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania, Inc.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:31

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Elizabeth Poplawski

 

Elizabeth A. Poplawski, 85, of Lititz, formerly of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 24, at Moravian Manor, Lititz. 

 

She was born on September 14, 1928 in Mocanaqua, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Guido and Theresa Miller Lenzini.

 

She was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown; was employed by the former Edgar Scott Furniture store in Shickshinny, Pa.; and she retired from Community General Osteopathic Hospital in 1993.

 

She had a strong faith and enjoyed cooking and sharing meals with friends and family, and playing the card game Cad. One of her favorite pastimes was watching the “Lawrence Welk Show.” Her greatest joy of all, however, was the love she received from her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Leon J. Poplawski.

 

Elizabeth is survived by her loving children Leon E., husband of Mandy Poplawski of Mundelein, Ill., Teresa M., wife of Edward Hartmann of Lititz, and Mark J. Poplawski, companion of April Clements of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister Mildred Makar; nine grandchildren Kyle and Chelsea Kirchhoefer, Joshua, Jesse, Ariel, and Cody Poplawski, and Zachary, Kristen and Emily Hartmann; two great-grandchildren Reagan Kirchhoefer, and Madison Hartmann; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 28 at her church, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant.

 

Burial was in Middletown Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in Elizabeth’s name to the Benevolent Care Fund at Moravian Manor, 300 W. Lemon St., Lititz, PA 17543.

 

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:04

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Ethel Tonkin

 

Ethel Shearer Tonkin, 91, of Middletown, passed away Sunday, March 30, at Frey Village.

 

Born in Reading on May 2, 1922, she was the daughter of the late William and Lizzie Steeley Shearer.  

 

Ethel retired as a teacher from South Hanover Elementary School, where she taught 3rd, 4th , and 5th grades; was a 1940 graduate of Muhlenberg High School and a 1943 graduate of the former West Chester State Teachers College; was a member of the former VFW Auxiliary Unit 1687, Hummelstown; she was a former member of the Quentin Riding Club, Lebanon; and loved to travel with the former Reading Railroad Retirees.  

 

In addition to her parents, Ethel was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert Tonkin on November 1, 1996.

 

She is survived by her four sons Robert J. Tonkin Jr., husband of Rose of Highspire, William J. Tonkin, husband of Donna of Easton, Richard J. “Butch” Tonkin, husband of Diane of Newville, and Barry J. Tonkin, husband of Rae Lynne of Hummelstown; her sister Marion Withers of Riverview Park; nine grandchildren Dustin Tonkin, husband of Anne, Dylan Tonkin, Dalton Tonkin, Devin Tonkin, Matthew Tonkin, Timothy Tonkin, Carrie Mullarkey, wife of Shawn, Angela Tonkin, and Elizabeth Tonkin; five great-grandchildren Ian, Patrick, Colin, Allison, and Addison; and several nephews.  

 

A Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, in Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main St., Hummelstown, with the Rev. Kirk C. Kerns, pastor of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hoernerstown, officiating.

 

Interment will be in Stoverdale Cemetery.  

 

Friends are invited to a viewing from 10 a.m. until time of the service on Saturday, at the funeral home. 

 

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

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:02

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Kathryn Smith

 

Kathryn Anna Sellers Smith, 103, of Elizabethtown, entered into her eternal rest on Saturday, March 22. She was the loving wife of the late Alfred Allen Smith.tinyKathryn Smith 4-2

 

Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Laura Metzler Sellers.  

 

She had been employed at the former Olmsted Air Force Base in Middletown from 1942 to 1968 as a secretary and was awarded a certificate for Superior Performance by the United States Air Force. A faithful member of Middletown First Church of God since 1968, Kathryn enjoyed visiting and entertaining friends, playing cards, reading newspapers, and listening to music, particularly hymns. She was a fan of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Kathryn will be remembered as a wonderful woman who had a keen sense of humor and could always make people smile.

 

At Kathryn’s request, there will be a private Graveside Service. 

 

Please omit flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Kathryn’s memory to Middletown First Church of God, 44 W. High St., Middletown, PA 17057.

 

Arrangements by Boyer Funeral Home, Ltd., Elizabethtown.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:00

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Bonnie Fuller

 

Bonnie L. Fuller, 71, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 25, at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, Linglestown.tinyBonnie Fuller 4-2

 

She was born on October 24, 1942 in Bedford.

 

She enjoyed spending time with family, friends and traveling to warm tropical locations to enjoy the beach.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Dick Fuller.

 

She is survived by her two loving sons Michael S. Fuller of Highspire, and Fritz (Frederick Paul) Fuller III of Seattle, Wash.; and four grandchildren Alec, Julia, Brock, and Brody Fuller.

 

Friends gathered at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown on Monday, March 31, for visitation and a time of remembrance. 

 

Burial was at the convenience of the family.

 

Memorial contributions in Bonnie’s name may be made to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:54

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