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Ruth E. Siders

 

Ruth E. Siders, 67, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, October 10, at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

 

 Ruth was born in Harrisburg on December 9, 1946 and was the daughter of the late William and Florence Ashwell Bufflap.

 

 She was a homemaker and enjoyed mini golf, bowling, dining out and watching TV, but her greatest joy of all was spending time with family.  

 

 Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Gary S. Siders; two daughters Karen E. Harner and son-in-law Kevin Harner of Enola, and daughter Carla M. Williams and son-in-law George Harris of Middletown; one son Carl J. Williams of Harrisburg; grandchildren Krystal D. Harris of Middletown and Nichole Williams of Florida; and one great-grandchild Liam E. Harris.

 Service and inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

 

 Please contact Carla Williams ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Karen Harner ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for details regarding the time and place of the services. 

 

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

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:14

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Karen Senseman

 

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Karen “Grandma on the Go” Fay Senseman, 72, of Highspire, passed away surrounded by her children on October 8, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

 She was born in Lancaster on November 19, 1941 to Karl and Pearl Osborne Senseman. 

 

 Karen graduated from Middletown Area High School in 1959; she served in the Army from 1959 to 1961; she was retired from Dauphin County Housing Authority; she was a member of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, and Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association. She was also a lifetime member of the Harley Owners Group; and she enjoyed riding in her Mustang convertible, listening to bluegrass, and doing genealogy research. 

 

 She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

 Karen, a loving mother, is survived by her three children Shari Lord of Milford, Del., Barrie Raver of York, and Kermit Bonner of Bressler; three brothers Wesley Senseman of Cleveland, Ohio, Karl Senseman Jr. of Harrisburg, and Barry Senseman of Elizabethtown; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

 

 Karen’s Life Celebration Service was held on Monday at Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown. 

 

 Karen was interred at Mount Ober Cemetery in Elizabethtown.

 

 In lieu of flowers, Karen requests a donation be made to your favorite charity.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:11

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David Strohm

 

David Edwin Strohm, 77, of Middletown, passed away on Thursday, October 9, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.

 

 Born in Tyrone, he was the husband of the late Dorothy Doehne Strohm who passed away in 2006. He was the son of the late Thomas William and Margaret Caldwell Strohm.

 

 David graduated from Tyrone High School, Class of 1955, attended Penn State University, and graduated from Hartford Aeronautical School in Hartford, Conn.; retired after 35 years of employment with Trans World Airlines Incorporated; he was a member of St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Middletown; and he enjoyed his membership with the Sons of the American Revolution Harris Ferry Chapter. He will be remembered for his humor, kindness, and thoughtfulness. 

 

 He was preceded in death by his daughter Susan “Susie” Lee Armold who passed away in 2001.

 

 He is survived by his son Thomas F. Strohm, with whom he resided; a sister Nancy Strohm Lenker of Camp Hill; two grandchildren Olivia Lee and Jeremy Thomas Lee, both of Hershey; two nieces and two nephews and their extended family; four favorite cousins; and a beloved friend, Janice M. Reid, Camp Hill. 

 

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend David’s Life Celebration Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4620 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, with the Rev. William Alford officiating. 

 

 The family will receive friends at the church following the service. 

 

 Private interment will be held on Thursday at East Lawn Cemetery, Tyrone.

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Middletown Public Library, 20 N. Catherine St., Middletown, PA 17057 or to the charity of your choice.

 

 Arrangements by Coble-Reber Life Celebration Home, Middletown.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:04

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Jeanne McKinney

 

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Jeanne Elizabeth McKinney (nee Rice), realtor, businesswoman and a longtime resident of Middletown, died on Friday, September 26, at the age of 87. 

 

 Jeanne was born in Selinsgrove to the late William O. and Mary Freed Rice, and was a graduate of Selinsgrove High School and Beauty School in Philadelphia. She was always proud of her Snyder County roots, tracing her lineage to the Middleswarth family who arrived in America in 1690. She married Jackson Wallis McKinney after his return from serving in World War II under General Patton’s Infantry. He suffered a combat injury and was awarded The Purple Heart. Upon their move to Middletown, she followed her love of hair design and fashion, opening up a beauty parlor and Jeanne’s House of Fashions in her home. Always stylish and cutting edge, she had a loyal following. Upon Jack’s untimely death at the age of 46, she found herself entering a new chapter as a realtor. 

 

 In the early ’70s there were few women in the real estate business, and after completing her licensure to become a realtor, she affiliated with Mary K. Vandenberg Realtors in Harrisburg. Jeanne really found her niche, she loved finding a couple their first house, which led to moving up to the next house. She was passionate about real estate, working tirelessly day and night for her clients. Jeanne teamed up over the years with many companies to include Detweiler, Coldwell Banker and others. She accumulated her own portfolio of properties to include multi-unit buildings, historically significant properties in Middletown, and a cottage in Mount. Gretna.

 

 Along with real estate, Jeanne had entrepreneurial endeavors to include Concepts Unlimited, an upscale hair design business in Harrisburg. Her main interest was always her children and family. Her home was always a central place for family and friends to get together. Her cooking and attention to detail always made for a memorable occasion. After retiring from real estate, Jeanne, as Jeanne would be, purchased a property in Florida and did it alone for a while, experiencing life for herself. After her return, she devoted her energies to her children and grandchildren, for which they are richer for it. Jeanne was also a member of DAR, Eastern Star, Middletown Historical Society, and Queen Esther Class at St. Peter’s, among other many other interests.

 

 She was the love of the late Jackson Wallis McKinney who died on October 3, 1971. Jeanne was the wonderful, caring and devoted mother of Dennis A. McKinney (Linda), Maureen McKinney Higgins (Joe), Rodger F. McKinney (Lauren), and the late Jack Craig McKinney; cherished grandmother of Jason, Joshua, Patrick, Courtney, Andrew, Jason and Jessica; seven great-grandchildren; loving sisters-in-law, Judy Wile (Dave), and Judy Billow; and many nieces and nephews.

 

 Her Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, in St. Peter’s Lutheran Kierch, corner of Union and High Sts., Middletown, where the family will receive guests after 10 a.m. Her burial will follow in the family plot in Liverpool.

 

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Benevolent Care Fund at Frey Village, 1020 N. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057.

 

 Arrangements by Chadwick & McKinney Funeral Home Inc., Ardmore, Pa. www.chadwickmckinney.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:43

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James Moreland

 

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James Raymond “Ray” Moreland, 76, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Peoria, Ill., died Wednesday, September 17, in Ocala Regional Medical Center, Ocala.

 

 James was born on October 13, 1937 in Mount Sterling, Ill. He was the son of Robert E. and Goldie Bowen Moreland. He was married to the love of his life Kathryn Behm on March 14, 1959 in Peoria. 

 

 He was a retired machinist from Caterpillar Inc., and a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office. At the time of his death he worked at the Ocala Star Banner, who were his second family.  James was also an Army veteran, serving from 1962 until 1966.

 

 He was preceded in death by two daughters Deborah Dawn and Charlotte Rose Moreland, and three brothers Robert, Bruce, and Billy Moreland. 

 

 In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Kathryn Marie (Michael) Michels of Middletown, Julie Ray (fiancé Gene) Moreland of Charlotte, N.C., and Penny Ray (Adam) Zimmermann of Brimfield, Ill.; eight grandchildren James Raymond Michels, Matthew Jacob (Brandi) Michels, Andrew Joseph (Nan) Michels, Tim Gunzenheiser, Brad Gunzenheiser, Kyle Gunzenheiser, A.J. Zimmermann, and Zach Zimmermann; three great-grandchildren Hailey Diane and Matthew Gerard Michels, and Kayleianne Gunzeheiser; two sisters Mary Ellen (David) Suver, Eva Mae (Dave) Hewitt; brother, Greg (Vicky) Moreland; and his precious gifts from his wife, two Yorkies, Jasmine and Pixie. 

 

 Funeral services were held Friday at the Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Jones officiating. 

 

 Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria, with military rites.  

 

 Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, or PAWS. 

 

 You may create an online condolence at www.davison-fultonbartonvillechapel.com.  

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:38

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Russel Myers

 

Russel S. Myers, 83, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 23, at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. 

 

 He was born on February 7, 1931 in Middletown and was the son of the late Russel A. and Arletta Moretz Myers.

 

 Russel was retired from Norfolk Southern where he worked as a freight conductor, and 

he enjoyed traveling, fishing, and going to the beach. 

 

 In addition to his parents, Russel was preceded in death by his loving wife Audrey P. Good Myers, and a brother William “Bill” Myers.

 

 He is survived by his children, Russel T., husband of Susan Myers of Middletown, Ronald A. Myers of Middletown, and Kathy L., wife of Steven Bosworth of Brockton, Mass.; four grandchildren Samantha and Seth Myers, and Ryan and Eric Bosworth; sister Jean Murray; brother Henry Myers; and several nieces and nephews.

 

 Keeping with Russel’s wishes, graveside services will be at the convenience of the family. 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:34

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Serenity Waltermeyer

 

 Serenity Rose Waltermeyer was cradled in the arms of the Lord and taken by the Little Angels on Friday, September 19, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

 

 She is survived by her loving mother Vanessa Lynn Waltermeyer, and her brother and sister Dante and Naomi Tierney of Middletown.

 

 She is also survived by her maternal and paternal grandparents, Gwen Foote of Elizabethtown, Stan Waltermeyer Jr. of Myerstown, Shirl Bender of Elizabethtown, Suzie Waltermeyer of Mount Joy, and Stan Waltermeyer of Elizabethtown. 

 

 Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 29, at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown.  

 A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. 

 

 Online condolences can be sent to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:18

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Charles Slingland

 

Charles E. Slingland, 95, of Elizabethtown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday September 16, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown.

 

 He was born on September 3, 1919 in Easton, and was the son of the late Western and Mary Albus Slingland.

 

 He was retired from the Army Air Corps/United States Air Force where he served his country faithfully with dedication and honor, and was also retired from the Federal Government as a civilian employee; he belonged to Prince Edwin Creek Masonic Lodge 486, was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown; and was a devoted Hershey Bears Hockey fan, enjoyed hunting in his earlier years, and has always been a lover of cats and dogs.

 

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Marianne Machrlein Slingland.

 

 He is survived by his son Paul W. Slingland Sr. and wife Karen of McAllisterville, Pa.; daughter Barb A. Lane and husband Nicholas of Steelton; two grandsons Nicholas Lane II of Steelton, and Paul W. Slingland Jr. and wife Barb of McAllisterville; and great-grandson Hayden Slingland of McAllisterville.

 

 Memorial Services for Charles were held on Tuesday at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert, his pastor officiating. 

 

 Burial was at Middletown Cemetery with full military honors.

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent in his honor to the Steelton Community Cats, P.O. Box 7618, Steelton, PA 17113 or The Masonic Village in Elizabethtown.

 

 Online condolences can be sent to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com. 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:16

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Monica Adelman

 

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Monica Andring Adelman, 66, of Middletown, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, September 10.  

 

 She was born on July 16, 1948 to the late John (Shang) and Bertha Andring of Portage, Pa. 

 

 She was a longtime employee of Allegheny Valley Schools where she passionately cared for those in need. In her free time she enjoyed yard sales and finding a good deal on just about anything. Her life is highlighted by her lifelong selflessness as she devoted her time to ensure everyone in her reach had a gift to open at just the right time to know that they were cared for. She will be one remembered for her loving, nurturing spirit and grace.

 

 Monica was preceded in death by her eldest sister, Jean Pontious of Ohio. 

 

 She is survived by three siblings Michael Andring of Detroit, Ruthann Smith of Middletown, and Diana Burger of Portage. In addition to her siblings, she is survived by Fred Adelman of Elizabethtown and children MeChel Camp and her husband Mike, and Aaron Adelman and his wife Jen, all of Middletown; seven grandchildren Chase, Paige and Davin Adelman, and Michael, Chelsey, Jacob, and Skyler Camp, all of Middletown; and seven great-grandchildren. 

 

 A post-service celebration of Monica’s life will take place on Saturday, September 27.

 

 The family has entrusted the care of the Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown, to handle the final arrangements.  

 

 Condolences can be sent to the family at 1074 Laurel Drive, Middletown, PA 17057 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Interest in the Celebration can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:14

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John Allsup Jr.

 

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John Charles Allsup Jr. “Johnny,” “Zeak DQ,” 58, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest suddenly on Sunday, September 21. 

 

 He was born on August 29, 1956 in Harrisburg and was the son of John Charles Sr. and Mae Y. Carrillo Allsup. 

 

 John was a mechanic and worked for several employers including the Mechanicsburg Navy Depot and HIA Skycap; he was a 1974 graduate of Middletown Area High School; and was a member of Moose Lodge 410, VFW Post 1620, and the former Elks 359, all of Middletown, and Club Essies and 320 Club of Steelton.

 

 Johnny enjoyed winemaking, playing darts, listening to Jazz music, DJ-ing, and grilling, but his greatest joy of all was the love he received and gave to his family and friends. 

 

 In addition to his parents, Johnny is survived by his soul mate Charlene Forney of Elizabethtown; daughters Heather (Victor), and Christine (Derek); sisters Kimberlee Scott (Cecil) of Philadelphia, Robin and Stephanie of Middletown, and Leslie Kelly (Larry) of Harrisburg; brothers Guy, Vincent (Tsani), and Matthew (Nicole), all of Harrisburg; grandchildren Dallas, Dakota, and Drayton of Middletown; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

 A Memorial tribute to Johnny’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown, with Mr. Charles Rowell officiating.  

 

 Visitation will be from noon until time of services at the funeral home. 

 

 Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family.

 

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:09

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Clayton Keefer

 

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Clayton P. Keefer, 96, of Country Meadows, Hershey, passed away on Tuesday, September 16.

 

 Born July 14, 1918 in Middletown, he was a son of the late Clayton and Sadie M. Schaeffer Keefer. He was the widower of Helen M. Grosh Keefer in 1970 and Mary E. Stuck Olson Keefer in 2013.

 

 He was retired from the New Cumberland Army Depot; he was an avid fisherman; was a 1936 graduate of Middletown High School; he was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Hummelstown, Seniors Over Sixty, and NARFE; and he was a United States Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

 

 He was preceded in death by one brother and five sisters.

 

 He is survived by his sons Clayton D., husband of Theresa Keefer of Harrisburg, and Claude D., husband of Karen Keefer of Elizabethtown; stepdaughters Barbara L., wife of John Bowser of Hershey, Patricia A. Metzger of Harrisburg, and Diane E. Olson of Harrisburg; grandchildren Clayton J. Keefer, Gregory Keefer, John Bowser, Christine Bowser Reed, Michele Metzger Grossman, and Richard Metzger; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

 A Funeral service was held on Friday at his church with his longtime friend and pastor the Rev. Robert P. Stokes, and current pastor the Rev. Thomas A. Maurer.  

 

 Interment was in Middletown Cemetery.

 

 Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

 

 Condolences may be shared at BuseFuneralHome.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:05

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