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Doris Kovalic

 

 

 

Doris M. Kovalic, 93, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 19, at Frey Village Nursing Home, Middletown.

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 She was born on February 6, 1922 in NorthEast, Md., and was the daughter of the late Preston and Margaret Patchell Miller.

 

 Doris was retired from the Pa. Department of Education, was a parishioner at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Middletown, and a member of the Council of Catholic Women, Londonderry Seniors and Golden Agers Club.  She was also a wonderful homemaker for her loving family, a school librarian at Seven Sorrows School, a member of a local women’s card club, and worked at Aberdeen Proving Grounds during World War II.

 

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband John J. Kovalic, daughter Susan Kovalic Yingst, brothers Joseph Miller, Thomas Miller, and James Miller, two sisters Ciddie (Helen) Essig and Mary Frances Hansen, and son-in-law James L. Root.

 

 She is survived by her daughters Jean Kovalic Root and Kathy Kovalic Semic and husband Michael, all of Lower Swatara Township; granddaughters Abbey J. Root of New York, N.Y., Jessica L. Root and Amanda L. Semic, both of Middletown; Katelyn M. Louer and husband Christian of Biloxi, Miss.; and great-granddaughter Emma E. Gutshall of Middletown.  

 

 Mass of Christian Burial for Doris will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 1, at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Reverend Ted Keating, her pastor, officiating. 

 

 A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

 

 Burial will follow the Mass at Middletown Cemetery.

 

 A special thank you to the caregivers and the Abiders at Frey Village Nursing Home in Middletown.

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in the care of Doris to Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA 17057 or to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110.

 

 The family has entrusted the care to Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. to handle the arrangements.

 

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

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:54

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Frances Paul

 

Frances C. Paul, 83, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 16, at Middletown Home. For more information, visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:39

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Dorothy Schreiner

 

Dorothy J. Schreiner, 91, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 17, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

DorothySchreinerWEBShe was born on July 16, 1923, in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Raymond and Dorothy Mulholland Kauffman.

Dorothy was a former employee of Hershey Foods, retired from the Olmsted Air Force Base, Middletown, and was formerly employed as a cafeteria worker at Middletown Area High School. She was a former member of the Eastern Star, was an avid bowler, a den leader for the Boy Scouts, a former member of the Auxiliary Union Hose Fire Company, and a member of Middletown Church of God.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Warren J. Schreiner Jr., and two brothers Raymond Kauffman Jr. and Richard Kauffman.

She is survived by her son Warren J. Schreiner III and wife Sharon of Honeybrook; three grandchildren Heather and Molly Schreiner of Philadelphia, and Taylor Schreiner of Wernersville; nieces Karen Martin of Hummelstown, and Robin Pelligrini of Middletown; and nephew Raymond Kauffman III of Illinois.

Services for Dorothy: at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home, 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with Pastor Michael Martin officiating, and Pastors Randy Bistline and Kimberly Shiffler co-officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will follow the service at Middletown cemetery.

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

 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 10:34

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Sara Miller

 

Sara Lucille Wilson Miller, 93, of Harrisburg, formerly of Highspire, passed away on Tuesday, April 14.

She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Miller who passed away in 1994. Born in Newport News, Va., Sara was the daughter of the late Joseph Gray and Margaret Lucille Jones Wilson. SaraMillerWEB

She was a graduate of the Elizabeth Buxton School of Nursing in Newport News; she was director of nurses and the health care supervisor at the Middletown Home for 25 years, retiring in 1983; she was a member of the former St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church, but had been attending St. Andrew’s in-the-Valley, Harrisburg; Sara was a member of the Hershey Civil War Round Table; she served on the vestry at St. Michael’s Church, was superintendent of the Sunday school, head of Episcopal Church Women and the acolytes, and was an acolyte trainer; and she served at the thrift shop in Middletown. Sara fondly will be remembered as baking the best pies in the world.

Sara was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Bird and Flora Jacobik.

She is survived by three children, J. Daniel (Birgit) Miller Jr., and Andrew W. (Renee) Miller, all of Harrisburg, and Virginia P. (William) Hoover of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother Joseph Gray (Barbara) Wilson Jr. of Hampton, Va.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral service honoring Sara’s life: Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 4620 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Ltd., 208 N. Union St., Middletown. There will be no viewing on Saturday at the church, but her family will receive condolences from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Sara’s memory to the Humane Society of Harrisburg, Inc. 7790 Grayson Road Harrisburg, PA 17111.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:11

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Eric Schaeffer

 

 Eric E. Schaeffer Sr., 73, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 7, at Harrisburg Hospital. For more information, visit our website at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:26

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Miriam Worthy

 Miriam E. Worthy, 74, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, at Hershey Medical Center. She was the wife of the late John L. Worthy, who died January 8, 2012.

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 Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Catherine Wise Gipe.

 

 Miriam was a homemaker, and was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Middletown. 

 

 She was preceded in death by her sister Harriet “Nip” Rhoads, and her brother Norman “Butch” Gipe.

 

 She is survived by her children, Debra Motter, Daniel G. Worthy, and John L. Worthy, all of Middletown, and Jody L. Worthy of Elizabethtown; two grandchildren Ian and Miranda Dunbar; three sisters Kim Lehew, Carol Scott and Linda Zellers; and a brother Paul Gipe. 

 

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend Miriam’s Life Celebration Memorial Service: Friday, April 10 at 4 p.m. at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 190 Fulling Mill Rd., Middletown, PA 17057.  

 

 Interment will be private.  

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her church at the address above.  

 

 Arrangements by Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:57

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Nancy Keiter

 

Nancy L. Keiter, 78, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 3, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

 

 She was born on November 30, 1936 in Danville, and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Anna Shultz Mottern.

 

 She was a former employee of Hershey Medical Center as an LPN; was a member of Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Middletown; was a wonderful homemaker for her loving family; and she enjoyed reading, knitting, and making dolls and bears.

 

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by infant daughters Jennifer and Tina Keiter, and son Timothy Keiter.

 

 Nancy is survived by her loving husband Charles A. Keiter; daughters Tamera Keiter Humbert and husband Phil of Lititz, and Wendy S. Rundle and husband Steve of Pasadena, Calif.; sister Patricia Klahr of Middletown; granddaughter Olivia M. Rundle of Pasadena; and her special beagle and buddy Sadie. 

 

 Service for Nancy: Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Spruce and East Emaus Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Arthur J. Fox, her pastor, officiating. 

 

 A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

 

 Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

 

 The family has entrusted the care to The Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., to handle the arrangements.

 

 Memorial contributions can be made in Nancy’s honor to Crossing Hospice, 3315 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA 17111.

 

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

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:36

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Jeffrey Cleckner


 Jeffrey L. “Shake” Cleckner, 60, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest at home on Monday, April 6, surrounded by his loving family.

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 He was born on September 30, 1954 in Harrisburg, and was the son of the late Allen W. Cleckner Sr. and Ruth A. Funk Cleckner.

 

 Jeffrey was retired from Steelton Highspire School District as a building and grounds supervisor with 31 years of dedicated service, was a member of the 5th Ward Republican Club in Steelton, the former Steelton Moose, and loved coaching basketball, attending sports events, playing golf, playing poker, and being a practical joker for all his friends.

 

He was also a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown.

 

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Robert Funk and Allen Werner Jr., and sister Sherry Cleckner. 

 

 He is survived by his faithful loving companion, Melissa L. Morley, with whom he lived; son Jeffrey Werner Cleckner and wife Keesey, and daughter Jordane L. Cleckner, all of Middletown; grandchildren Jeffrey C. and Caleb T. Cleckner; sisters Carol Summey of Lewisberry, and Colleen Carnes and husband Teddy of Middletown; brothers Thomas Cleckner of Steelton, and Douglas Cleckner and wife Janet of Middletown; countless loving nieces, nephews and cousins; and his two dogs Chocolate and Cami.

 

 Services for Jeffrey: Friday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert, officiating. 

 

 A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, and a visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until time of the service on Friday at the church. 

 

 Burial will follow the service at Churchville Cemetery, Oberlin.  

 

 In lieu of flowers donations can be donated to Jeffrey’s church.

 

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

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:10

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Bryan Geyer

 

BryanGeyerWEBBryan P. Geyer, 37, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

He was born on September 6, 1977, in Harrisburg, and was the son of Faith L. Ditzler Resh and James P. Geyer.

He was employed by the Smucker Company in Lancaster as a drywall finisher; he was a parishioner of St. Catherine Laboure Roman Catholic Church, Harrisburg; was a member of Rescue Fireman’s Home Association; he loved trout fishing, camping and any outdoor related activities, and was also a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Dallas Cowboys and Penn State football. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his loving children and his dog Charlie. Bryan was a very caring and kind-hearted person.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children Annalicia K. Geyer of Marysville and Masen M. Geyer of Steelton; stepfather Jerry E. Resh; former stepfather Larry Ligon; brother Brandon Ligon of Harrisburg; maternal grandmother Dorothy M. Ditzler of Hershey; girlfriend Kristi Vaughn and her daughter Kimberly Parrish of New York; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Services for Bryan: Tuesday, April 7, at noon at Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating, officiating.

A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home on Tuesday.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 14:52

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Stanley Callison


  Stanley A. Callison, 91, a resident of Homeland Center, Harrisburg, passed away Thursday, March 26, at Harrisburg Hospital.

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 Born March 11, 1924, in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was a son of the late Ted and Stella Callison.

 

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Gwenda Callison, and sons-in-law Robert Grabill and Louis Miller.

 

 He is survived by his brother John Callison; daughters Margaret Miller, Nansi Grabill, Judy Beaverson (Ken), and Janice Williams (Tom); eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

 Stanley was a United States Army veteran, having served during the Battle of the Bulge and numerous campaigns during World War II; and he retired after 30 years with the United States Postal Service.

 

 Interment with full military honors will be at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. 

 

 Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:13

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Benjamin Helsel Jr.

 Benjamin George Helsel Jr., 89, of Gainesville, Fla., passed away on Sunday, March 29, in Gainesville. 

Benjamin Helsel 4-1Ben was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Upon his retirement as a Special Agent with the FBI, he and Lois returned to their hometown of Middletown, where he opened his own law practice. Always inseparable, Lois worked with Ben as his legal secretary for many years. Ben was well loved and respected by all who had the privilege of being touched by his kindness and grace throughout a life well lived. 

 

 He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois D. Helsel of Gainesville; two daughters Carol Delany and husband Michael of Gainesville, and Joanne Georg and husband Edward of Nokesville, Va.; and two granddaughters, Lauren Belgrade and husband Jacob of Gainesville, and Erin Cary and husband Timothy of Easthampton, Mass.

 

 Graveside services will be private in the Memorial Garden at Trinity United Methodist Church, Gainesville.  

 

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mr. Helsel’s honor to the local Missions Fund, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32653.

 

 Please visit his memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:15

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