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Leon Dailey

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 Leon R. Daily, 91, formerly of N. Union St., Middletown, passed away on Monday, October 20, at Middletown Home. He was the husband of the late Helen L. Daily who died March 20, 2013.  

 Born in Middletown, he was the son of the late Paul L. and Margaret L. Worley Daily.

 He was retired from the Department of Defense; was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving with General Patton’s 3rd Division; and he was a member of New Beginnings Church and former member of Wesley United Methodist Church, both of Middletown. Leon served in various service and professional groups throughout his life, however, he will be remembered as best a Founding Father and devoted member of the Middletown Historical Society. 

 He was preceded in death by his brothers Paul and Donald Daily.

 Surviving is a son Keith R. Daily (Cheryl) of Middletown; daughter Karen L. Wentz (Roger) of Highspire; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend Leon’s Life Celebration Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 24 at New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, with Pastor Britt Strohecker officiating. 

 The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.

 Interment with military honors will be in Middletown Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057.

 Arrangements by Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:29

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Sonia Lawson

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  Sonia Bryan Lawson of Middletown, born on September 14, 1938, entered into eternal rest on Saturday,
October 18. 

 Sonia will be missed on her front porch waving to all who drove by. She enjoyed her life on Ann Street and all the close-knit neighbors.

 She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Sr. in 2005, and daughter Eva and son Richard Jr., both in 1999. 

 She is survived by daughters Crystal Mrakovich and Leann Lawson, both of Middletown; sisters Pearl Persa, and Carol Heffelfinger, both of Highspire, Evelyn Lawyer of Middletown, Jane Samo of Georgia, and Helen Hardy of Virginia; brothers Paul, Ronald, and Dennis Bryan, all of Middletown; and three granddaughters, two grandsons, and four great-grandsons, all of Middletown. 

 Graveside Burial will be at Falmouth Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Hill Hospice.

 Auer Cremation Society is handling the arrangements.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:25

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Wendy Getz

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 Wendy Marie Getz, 63, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 15, at Hershey Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

 She was born on August 14, 1951 in Harrisburg, and was the daughter of the late Furie F. and Stella A. White Manfred.

 Wendy was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Middletown, was a wonderful housewife for her loving family, and enjoyed bingo and Pogo games.

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers William and Charles “Monk” Manfred.

 She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years Daniel Getz Sr.; daughter SueAnn Yingst and husband Steven of Middletown; son Daniel Getz Jr. of Middletown; sisters Helen Doup, Doris Redman and husband Lloyd, Eleanor Duncan, Brenda Hollingsworth and husband Glen, and Debbie Amspacher and husband Leon; brothers Edward Manfred and wife Linda, and Terry Manfred and wife Janet; two granddaughters Ashley Getz and Kaylan Yingst; and one grandson Connor Yingst.

 Services for Wendy were held on Tuesday at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown, with the Reverend Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. 

 Burial was at Middletown Cemetery.

 The family has entrusted the Care of the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home to handle the arrangements.

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:25

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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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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.

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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 21:23

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