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Kristopher Conforti

Kristopher John Conforti, 54, of Palmyra, lost his courageous 18-month battle with brain cancer on Friday, April 29, 2016 at his home. He was born Friday, March 23, 1962 in Scranton to Francis John and Grace Mary (Torrisi) Conforti. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret A. (Gallagher) Conforti.Kristopher Conforti 5 4


 He graduated from Scranton Central High School in 1980, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences in 1985 with a B.S. in Pharmacy, and Penn State University in 1992 with an MBA.  He was the first Pharmacy Resident at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. For the last nearly 20 years he was a Pharmacist/Owner of Palmyra Pharmacy, Middletown Pharmacy, Steelton Pharmacy, Hershey LTC Pharmacy, and the former Pages Card & Gift. He was a member of Kappa Psi Fraternity, former ski instructor, accomplished golfer, longtime Hershey Bears season ticket holder, Presidents Circle member National Baseball Hall of Fame, lifelong New York Yankees fan, and earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout in 1978.

Above and beyond his many personal and professional accomplishments, Kris loved his family and adored his grandchildren. His huge smile, friendly demeanor, and unparalleled knowledge behind the pharmacy counter will be greatly missed by his patients and the communities he served.   


 In 1977 he was preceded in death by a brother Kenneth Conforti.


 He is survived by a son William Gallagher and wife Stephanie of Harrisburg; a daughter Jennifer Schengrund and husband Kevin of Hershey; four grandchildren Molly Gallagher, Connor, Owen, and Morgan Schengrund; three brothers Kevin Conforti of Scranton, Keith Conforti and wife Karen of New York, and Kip Conforti and wife Andrea of Scranton; and several nieces and nephews.


 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 5 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 245 West Pine St., Palmyra, PA 17078, with Father James F. Podlesny as Celebrant.  Family and friends are invited for visitation on Wednesday, May 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rothermel-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 25 West Pine St., Palmyra, and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.


 Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.


 The family respectfully requests NO flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710; the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, BASE Program, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326; or Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.  


 Condolences and memories may be shared at www.rothermelfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 14:57

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Barbara Snyder

Barbara Ellen “Cissy” (Blankenship) Snyder, 58, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.Barbara Snyder 5 4


 She was born on October 9, 1957 and was the loving daughter of the late William L. Blankenship and Barbara (Whitehair) Blankenship.


 She was a member of Geyers United Methodist Church, Middletown, and a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, class of 1975.


 Barbara enjoyed many things such as the beach, swimming in her pool and children. She was an active member in the Sunshine Sisters and DAWGS at her church.


 In addition to her father Barbara was preceded in death by her son Duke W. Snyder, grandson Zachary R. Snyder, and a sister Kim G. Saylor.


 In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband of over 43 years, Robert P. Snyder III; son Robert P. Snyder IV and his wife Shelby of Middletown; sister Lorie J. Reichel and her husband David of Harrisburg; brother Rickey L. Blankenship of Decatur, Ala.; and grandchildren Tyler Glaser, Colton Glaser and Brody Snyder.


 A tribute to Barbara’s life was held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Geyers United Methodist Church, 1605 S. Geyers Church Rd., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Steven Atanasoff and the Rev. Donald Walters officiating. There was a viewing at 12 p.m. until the hour of the service on Sunday at the church.


 Family suggests memorial contributions be made in Barbara’s name to Geyers United Methodist Church.


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


 Online condolences may be sent to www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 14:52

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Evelyn Smith

Evelyn L. (Bright) Smith, 73, of Downingtown, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Paoli. Born Saturday, September 26, 1942 in Houlton, Me., she was the daughter of the late Earl W. Bright Jr. and Beatrice Jennie (Shurr) Bright. She was married for 50 years to Ronald H. Smith also of Downingtown. They were each other’s first dates when they were both 15 years old.EvelynSmith5 4

Evelyn was an avid bingo player who enjoyed life and being around people, and had a terrific sense of humor. She loved to read and travel and was also a great cook. Evelyn was an organ transplant recipient, and the family would like to encourage everyone to consider becoming an organ donor.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons Shaun H. Smith and his wife Julia of Ashland, N.H., and Bradley B. Smith and his wife Alexis of Downingtown; three grandchildren Kailee, Bradley B., Jr. and Alexander; a brother Earl W. Bright III and his wife Bobby of Middletown; a sister Beth A. Bright and her companion Gary Kulp of Maytown; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home, 208 North Union St., Middletown. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.fager-finkenbinder.com.


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Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2016 18:22

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Dana Elzi

Dana S. Elzi, 58, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family.


 She was born in Denver, Colo. on October 26, 1957 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Grace Grunwald Elzi.


 She was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown, and the National Directoress of the Seculor Institute of St. Francis DeSales. She enjoyed writing, playing tennis and gardening. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado.


 She is survived by her sister, Judith Elzi of Denver, Colo.; brothers Peter Elzi and his wife Heather of Castle Rock, Colo., and Terrence Elzi of Denver, Colo.; and sister Andrea Elzi of Denver, Colo.


 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. There will be a visitation from 3 to 4 p.m. in the narthex of the church.


 Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Denver, Colo.


 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dana’s name to Seculor Institute of St. Francis DeSales.


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


 Condolence may be sent online at www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:57

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Mylin Messick

Mylin M. Messick, 85, of Middletown, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Community General Osteopathic Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.Mylin Messick 4 27


 Born in Elizabethtown on December 5, 1930, he was the son of the late Jacob Stover and Sarah A. Long Messick.


 Mylin was a homebuilder and real estate broker for over 50 years; having built over 1,100 homes throughout Dauphin and Lancaster counties. However, Mylin was best known as a local lifetime dairy and beef cattle farmer. He continued and thoroughly enjoyed his daily work on the farm until his death. Mylin was a 1949 graduate of the former Hummelstown High School. He was a longtime member of Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, Hershey. He was a member of the Homebuilders Association of Metro. Harrisburg for many years, and served on the board of the PA State Homebuilders Association. Mylin was also one of the original founders of the PA Farm Bureau, Dauphin County Farmers Association, and PA Simmental Association. He was a 50-year member of Prince Edwin-Spring Creek Lodge No. 486, F&AM, Middletown, and the Zembo Shrine, Harrisburg. Mylin’s greatest joys were spending time with his family on his beef cattle farm, and feeding the turkeys and deer surrounding his home on Schoolhouse Road.


 Mylin is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Doris M. Bricker Messick, whom he married on March 15, 1959; two daughters, Patricia L. Kuharic, wife of George M., and Sarah M. Runkle, wife of Douglas A., both of Middletown; two sons, Joseph M. Messick, husband of Dorothy D. of Middletown, and Michael D. Messick of Annville; three siblings, Mahlon M. Messick, husband of Helen of Elizabethtown, Mildred M. Risser of Hummelstown, and Miriam M. Aldinger of Neffsville; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 12 p.m. in Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, 335 East Areba Avenue, Hershey, with The Rev. Dennis W. Garrison, his pastor, officiating. Family and friends are invited to visit with the family in the church from 11 a.m. until time of the service.  


 A private interment will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Middletown.


 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory of Mylin to his church, Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, 335 East Areba Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033.


 Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements.


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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:55

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Ralph O’Donnell

Ralph A. O’Donnell, 65, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the comfort of his home. 

   
 Born in Harrisburg, on February 22, 1951, he was a son of the late John C. and Eleanor T. (Lanciano) O’Donnell. On November 3, 2005, he was united in marriage with Tann C. (Templin) O’Donnell. He and Tann shared a relationship that had its roots long before their union.   

     
 Prior to his retirement, Ralph had been employed as a Mechanical Maintenance Technician by Met-Ed/First Energy for nearly 26 years. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 594, and the Rescue Club, both in Middletown. Ralph loved music – whether listening to Bluegrass and Oldies or playing his bass fiddle. An avid outdoorsman, he always looked forward to Spring Gobbler season and the summer months spent at the cabin on Hill Island, where he could enjoy the peace of nature and share special times with family and friends. No matter the time and no matter the place, Ralph never wanted to let the good times end – in his honor, remember there is always time for “one more for the road.”


 In addition to his wife, Tann, he is survived by his sons, Ralph A. O’Donnell Jr. (Tammy) and Mark A. O’Donnell (Kirsten) all of Middletown, and Gregory A. O’Donnell of Harrisburg; brothers, Jack C. O’Donnell Jr. (Terri Lee), and Paul J. O’Donnell (Annette), all of Middletown and Anthony J. O’Donnell (Lori) of Lusby, Md.; and sisters, Elaine Butcher (Joe), Lu Botterbusch (Artie), all of Middletown, and Kathy Winters (Scott) of Hummelstown. He is also survived by his five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.       
 Arrangements will be at the convenience of the family.


 In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions being made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or hospiceofcentralpa.org.


 Those wishing to offer condolences to, or share memories with the family are invited to visit HetrickBitnerFuneralHome.com.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:50

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Patricia Klahr

Patricia A. Klahr, 81, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.Patricia Klahr 4 27


 She was born on March 14, 1935 in Bloomsburg, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Anna Shultz Mottern.


 Pat was retired from the M.S. Hershey Medical Center where she worked in Medical Records as a clerk. She was a member of Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Middletown and enjoyed going to the Middletown Public Library, baking, and volunteering at the former Middletown Christian Day School, but her greatest joy was the love she showered on her family.


 In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her loving husband, James R. Klahr and a sister, Nancy L. Keiter.


 She is survived by her five children, John A. Klahr of Middletown, James M. Klahr and his wife Sherry of Middletown, Paul D. Klahr and his wife Kimberly, of Wash., Alyce M. Washington of Hummelstown, and Julie K. Achor and her husband Peter of Harrisburg; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.


 A tribute to Patricia’s life will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 10 Spruce St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. Arthur Fox officiating. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church.


 Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery.


 Memorial contributions in Patricia’s name may be made to Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


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


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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:43

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Margaret Crow

Margaret Elizabeth Norton “Peggy” Crow, age 60, died on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at her home in Middletown, Pa. Born October 21, 1955 in Cheverly, Md., she was the daughter of the late Erle Leo Norton Jr. and Virginia Legg Norton. She was the wife of David Alan Crow for 34 years.Margaret Crow 24 27


 Mrs. Crow is survived by her husband and her three children, Gregory Alan Crow of Middletown, Pa., Stephanie Elizabeth Crow Hoffacker and her husband Kirk of Bainbridge, Pa., and Jennifer Alison Crow, of Philadelphia, Pa. She is also survived by her brother, Erle L. Norton III, and his wife Carol of Powell, Ohio, her sister Barbara N. Earp and her husband Bruce, of Clarksville, Md.; and nieces and nephews Carly Benitez, Andrew Earp, Christine Crow, Shaun Crow, Kelley Crow, and Scott Crow.


 Peggy was a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design where she was the President of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority chapter. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as a descendant of General Israel Putnam, The Order of The First Families of Maryland and The Shipleys of Maryland. A tireless volunteer, she received the Silver Beaver Award, Wood Badge and Vigil Honor from the Boy Scouts of America. She was a Girl Scouts of the USA Troop Leader and Service Unit Manager.  


 Details for services in Maryland will appear on the Matinchek Funeral Home website at a later date.


 A Memorial Service celebrating Peggy’s life will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, Pa. on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Robert Graybill officiating.


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


 Memorial donations can be made to the Margaret Crow Pancreas Cancer Fund, c/o Dan Laheru, Johns Hopkins Bunting-Blaustein Cancer Research Building, Room 4M09, 1650 Orleans Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21287-1000.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:33

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June Stoudt

June W. Stoudt (Houtz), 88, of Middletown, entered into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.June Stoudt 4 27

She was born on June 10, 1927 in Reinerton, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Harry and Margaret Heartter Houtz. In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her three siblings, Iva Culton, Faye Britton, and Pearl Houtz.

June graduated from Porter Township in 1945. She was a member of EUM Church, Middletown. June was a keypunch operator at Olmsted Air Base and also a reading teacher's aide for the Middletown Area School District for many years. She enjoyed Duke basketball, Penn State football, the Phillies, but most precious to her was her family.

June is survived by her loving husband Robert, whom she married on June 11, 1949; a son, Craig (Darlene) of Middletown; two daughters, Carol Hook (Tom) of Middletown, and Cathy Siegel (Rick) of York; six grandchildren; Christine Schroll, Nicole Hook, Craig Stoudt (Shelley), Christopher Stoudt, Colin Stoudt, and Emily Siegel; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A tribute to June’s life will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at noon at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, with the Rev. Robert Graybill officiating. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in June's name may be made to her church.

The Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown will handle the funeral arrangements.

Condolences may be sent online at matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:34

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Allan Snyder

Allan D. Snyder, 58, of Bainbridge, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center.


 A tribute to Allan’s life was held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 12 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, with the Rev. John Shiery officiating. There was a viewing on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home.


 For full obituary and to send condolences online, please visit, www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:56

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Joseph Moore

Joseph Richard Moore, 66, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center.


 A tribute to his life was held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown, with the Rev. Britt Strohecker officiating. A viewing was on Sunday from 12 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.


 For full obituary and to send condolences online, please visit, www.matinchekfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:53

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