Alexandra “Sandy” Mary Laird, of Hummelstown, passed away in the Hershey Medical Center this past Sunday morning, April 3, 2016, lovingly attended by her husband of 40 years, William K. (Ken) Laird, brother- in-law Roy A. Laird, and niece and nephew Sandi Pearse-Davi and Jeff Pearse. Other loving family members surviving are Bill Laird, Don and Jacquie Laird-Schaffner and Orin Schaffner, Kevin and Jennifer Laird-Kieffer, Frank and Sherri Laird-Reff and Olivia, Angelia, and Nicolas Reff.
Alexandra was born in Newark, N.J. on February 13, 1936 to the late Anthony and Charlotte Braz. During her early life she attended Drew University, followed by a long career with Fidelity Union Trust Company in Newark. She was also a Branch Manager and Vice President at Raritan Valley National Bank and later Vice President at The Broad National Bank.
In 1976, she and her husband moved to Harrisburg to purchase and develop the Roto Rooter franchise of 10 central Pa. counties. She served on many board positions with the National Franchise Association of Roto Rooter and was a valuable mentor to many. As Vice President and Treasurer of Laird Enterprises, Ltd. in 1982 Alexandra assisted in the development of Storage Depot Self Storage, some of the first Self Storage facilities to be built in the Harrisburg market. By the early 1990s, with her guidance and assistance, LEL also developed Keystone Records Management Company, the first paper record management company in the Harrisburg market. LEL then added several large warehouses to the portfolio. Alexandra never really retired from active participation in these businesses.
During all this time, Alexandra was active in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving first as an instructor, then as an instructor trainer. For over 20 years she shared guiding strength and was instrumental in many offices and especially the area of Public Education. She also held several District and Flotilla administrative and management positions.
Alexandra was a positive, smiling and quiet spirit who led by faith and was an example to the many who knew her personally, as well as in business and as a community volunteer. She was a long time volunteer at the Children’s Ward of Hershey Medical Center and also served at HMC as an Ecumenical Minister from her Seven Sorrows BMV Parish. Sandy was often found at the hospital delivering the Sacred Host to the sick.
Alexandra has donated her body to the Medical School at Hershey Medical Center, as had her mother. There will be a Christian burial sometime in the future.
The family will receive guests at the Hoover Funeral Home, Route 422 and Lucy Ave., Hershey on Monday, April 11 between 5 and 8 p.m. There will also be a gathering of friends on Tuesday, April 12 at 9 a.m. in the narthex of Seven Sorrows BVM Church in Middletown followed by a memorial Mass at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers Alexandra has requested that donations in her memory be sent to the school of Seven Sorrows Catholic Church, 280 North Race Street, Middletown, PA 17057. Please memo: “Tuition Angels.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 April 2016 16:55
John E. Rowan II, 83, of Enhaut, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at his home.
He was a retired Cross Country Track and Basketball Coach for the Middletown Area School District for over 40 years and a retired Teacher for the Middletown Area School District for over 32 years, most of the time teaching at the elementary level. He was a graduate of John Harris High School Class of 1950, and Shippensburg University Class of 1954. He was a former member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Harrisburg for over 60 years until it closed, and current member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Swatara Township, Robert Burns Lodge #464 F&AM, Harrisburg Consistory, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Harrisburg Forest No. 43, and the Zembo Shrine.
John was the son of the late James E. and Catherine Beinhauer Rowan, and is survived by his loving wife of 46-1/2 years, Jacqueline Hoffeditz Rowan. He was preceded in death by a brother, James E. Rowan and a sister, Charlotte Josslyn.
Private Graveside Services and Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Churchville Cemetery, Oberlin. A Public Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, Swatara Township, with the Rev. Dr. B. Michael Brossman officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. A luncheon in the church hall will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 1010 Orchard Dr., Oberlin, PA 17113, or Humane Society of Greater Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111.
Arrangements are being handled by Wiedeman Funeral Home, Steelton.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 15:19
Agnes Risser, 91, of Elizabethtown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born March 3, 1925 in Buck Mountain, Pa. and was the loving daughter of the late John and Julia (Vrabel) Kitlan.
Agnes was of the Orthodox faith and was a member of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Harrisburg. She enjoyed watching any sport with her son-in-law who was her “sport watching buddy,” and she also liked to read.
In addition to her parents, Agnes is preceded in death by her husband William Risser and numerous brothers and sisters.
Agnes is survived by her daughter JoAnn Martini and her husband Robert of Elizabethtown; a brother John Kitlan of Hazelton; and a sister Emma Stasko of Hazel Township.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 5501 Old Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109, with Father Stephen Vernak officiating. There will be a viewing from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of the service on Thursday at the church.
Interment will be at Middletown Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Agnes’s name to Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Harrisburg.
The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown to handle the funeral arrangements.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 15:16
Darryl R. Motter, 55, of Middletown, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at home.
Born on Thursday, December 15, 1960, he was the son of the late Larry and Portia (Boughter) Motter. He was married for 30 years to Debra A. (Worthy) Motter.
Darryl worked as an independent contractor for Hudson News.
He served in the United States Army and loved the outdoors. He was an avid football, NASCAR and Johnny Cash fan.
He was preceded in death by a sister Jane Lynn Motter.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepdaughter Mandy Dunbar of Hershey; a stepson Ian Dunbar of Middletown; and three sisters Laureen Shickley (Russ) of Middletown, Brenda Mochnick of Spring Hill, Fla., and Sharon Sites (Charlie) of Harrisburg.
A funeral service was held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 190 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown at 11 a.m. Viewing was from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Interment took place in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or to Glad Tidings Assembly of God at www.gtagpa.org.
Arrangements entrusted to Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Middletown.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 15:12
L. Jane Swengle was born May 29, 1923, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, to Homer Joseph and Jessie Mildred (Lafferty) Bearr. She died Sunday, February 7, 2016, in Owasso, Oklahoma, at the age of 92 years.
Jane was reared and educated in Altoona and graduated with the Altoona High School Class of 1941. She was married June 25, 1949, in Altoona, to Sheldon Hill Swengle. In her early working life, Jane was a reservationist with the Pennsylvania Railroad. For most of her life she lived in Middletown, Pa., she was a homemaker, and attended Wesley United Methodist Church and New Beginnings Church of Middletown. She enjoyed a variety of pastimes, especially spending time gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Shel, and brother Richard Bearr.
Loving family members include: Her son and daughter-in-law Craig and Tammy Swengle of Owasso, Okla.; two grandchildren Jared Swengle and wife Tristen of Fayetteville, Ark., and Nicole Swengle, of Owasso; two sisters Doris Bearr of Altoona, Pa., and Helen Laulor and husband Richard of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and sister-in-law Barbara Bearr of San Antonio, Texas.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with the funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016, at the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel in Owasso. She will be transported to Altoona, Pennsylvania, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Asbury United Methodist Cemetery.
The family asks that memorials for Jane be sent to New Beginnings Church of Middletown, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057.
Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2016 16:24