Janet K. Shelly
May 19, 2008
Janet K. Shelly, 87, of Mechanicsburg passed away on Monday May 19, 2008 in the home of her daughter.
Mrs. Shelly was born September 25, 1920 in Shippensburg to the late Dana S. and Mary Johanna Kitzmiller. She was the widow of Benjamin S. Shelly. She was a 1938 graduate of Lemoyne High School and a 1942 graduate of Fredrick’s School of Beauty Culture, Harrisburg. In 1962 she moved with her husband from New Cumberland to their farm in Mechanicsburg and raised horses. Working side by side with her late husband, they were the former owners of six local restaurants and four motels including The Plantation Inn Motel, Route 15, Mechanicsburg. She was a former secretary for the Central PA Junior Horse Show Association and a member of Community United Methodist Church, New Cumberland.
Mrs. Shelly is survived by a daughter Sandra L. Renninger and husband John; a granddaughter Julie Ober and husband Brian; and a great granddaughter Maizie Jane Ober, all of Mechanicsburg; a brother-in-law Lloyd Kulp of Mechanicsburg; a sister-in-law Roberta Kitzmiller of New Cumberland; and several nieces and nephews.
Private services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central PA, P.O. Box 266 Enola, PA 17025-0266.
Frank Eugene Mercurio
May 17, 2008
Frank Eugene Mercurio, 52, of Mechanicsburg, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 17, 2008 at his home.
He loved horse racing, golfing, and his dog Althea. He was a 1973 graduate of Cedar Cliff High School. His work experience included working with his family at the former Costy’s Pizza in Camp Hill, PPG in Mount Holly, Appleton Papers for eighteen years, assisting his wife with Wallpapering by Marty, and most recently at Defense Distribution Center, New Cumberland. He was a member of The Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania, the following bands: Zealots, Three Trains Coming, B-Block Blues Band, Phipps and Friends, and Sky Dog and an avid fan of the Allman Brothers, attending over 70 concerts. He was also a member of New Life Group: he dedicated a significant portion of his life to helping those who suffer from addiction.
He was born November 21, 1955 in Harrisburg. He was preceded in death by his father, S. Frank Mercurio. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Martha L. Helwig Mercurio; mother, Mary E. Snyder of Lemoyne; step-mother, Judy Mercurio of Camp Hill; brother, Christopher L. Mercurio of Lemoyne; niece, Jennifer Mercurio Messick and her husband David of New Cumberland; and nephew, Christopher L. Mercurio, Jr. of Millersburg.
Visitation will be held at 10am Friday at First Christian Church, Lemoyne. Memorial services will be at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 442 Hummel Ave., Lemoyne, PA 17043.
Robert R. Clark
The Rev. Dr. Robert R. Clark, 95, of Middletown died Friday, May 16th 2008 at Frey Village.
He was born April 25, 1913 in Jersey Shore to the late William H. and Isabella Lupton Clark.
He is survived by a son, Philip M. Clark and his wife Ellen of South Amboy, NJ; two daughters, Priscilla C. Bashore and her husband Larry of Mechanicsburg and Kathleen I. Kuhns and her husband Darryll of Ephrata; and five grandchildren: Jill Bashore , Mechanicsburg, Sam Bashore, Camp Hill, Jennifer Kuhns, Glenmore, Emily Kuhns, Exton, and Jacob Kuhns, Ephrata. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Maize Clark in 1971. He was also preceded in death by his stepmother Ruth Snyder Clark and brother, The Rev. George A. Clark.
He was a retired Lutheran Minister and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg. He celebrated his 70th year of ordination this year. Dr. Clark graduated from Susquehanna University in 1935 and from Gettysburg Seminary in 1938. Upon graduation he was ordained by the Susquehanna Synodin Sunbury, PA, married his wife Kathryn Maize and accepted a call to the Hartleton Charge which included 4 congregations. He was also the Chaplain for the Laurelton State Village. He subsequently served the Port Royal Charge which included 2 congregations from 1943-1950 and Trinity Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg from 1950-1955. From 1955-1968 he served as editor for The Board of Publication, Philadelphia where he was responsible for the Light For Today devotional booklet as well as Weekly Church Bulletins and various other publications. During that time he also served the St. Paul Lutheran Congregation in Bomansville, PA. From 1968-1981 he was the pastor of Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church in Sipesville, PA. He retired in 1981 and moved to Flemington, PA. He served on the Board of Directors of Susquehanna University and was interim pastor at churches in Renova, DuBois, Harrisburg and Sunbury. In 1993 he moved to Frey Village in Middletown where he was active in preaching, leading devotionals, leading bible study and serving on the Towers Council. He was also Assisting Minister at his church in Mechanicsburg. Rev. Clark was an avid reader and collected thousands of books throughout his life. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree in 1998 from Susquehanna University for his work on the archives of their Library and his years as editor for the Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be at 9:30am followed by funeral services at 10:30am Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg. Burial will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery at 3pm.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to his church, 130 Nittany Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or to a church, library or charity of your choice.
Dolores C. Rodgers
May 20, 2008
Dolores C. Rodgers, 81, of New Cumberland passed away Tuesday May 20, 2008 in Holy Spirit Hospital, East Pennsboro Twp.
She was a former payroll clerk for AMP, Inc., Harrisburg; a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church and its Little Flower Club, New Cumberland; and the Golden Age Club of New Cumberland. Mrs. Rodgers was born in Treverton, PA to the late John and Mary (Bordell) Blahusch.
She is survived by her husband Joseph F. Rodgers; a son David J. Rodgers and wife Melissa of Mechanicsburg; two daughters, Judy I. McAlpine and husband Jim of Lewisberry; and Mary Jo A. Keener and husband Mark of Lewisberry; three grandchildren, Ashley M. Rodgers, Jason D. Rodgers, and Jake P. McAlpine; three brothers, James Blahusch of Palmyra, Robert Blahusch of Lakeland, FL and Charles Blahusch of Mechanicsburg.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday May 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm in her church (St. Theresa Parish) with the Rev. J. Michael McFadden as Celebrant. Burial will be in Rolling Green Cemetery, Lower Allen Twp. Viewings will be from 6-8 pm Thursday evening with a Scripture Service at 7:45 pm and again from 12:30 until 1 pm on Friday, both in Parthemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Cumberland.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church at 1300 Bridge St. New Cumberland, PA 17070.
Lee Roger Conrad
May 19, 2008
Lee Roger Conrad, 69, of Atascadero, CA, and formerly of Sunbury and New Cumberland, PA, died peacefully Monday, May 19, 2008, at home with his family by his side.
Mr. Conrad was born September 29, 1938 in Sunbury to the late Wilbert J. and Susan E. (Lenker) Conrad. He retired from DuPont, Emigsville, as a Development Chemist; he was a graduate of Mahanoy Joint High School, Dalmatia and Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Templeton, CA, and a former member of Mt. Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Lewisberry.
Surviving are his wife, Caroline Shryock Conrad; two daughters, Susanne E. Conrad of Atascadero, CA, and Amy L. Conrad of Columbus, OH; five brothers, Dennis and Stanley of Sunbury, George of Milton, Jerry of York, and Steven of Shamokin; six sisters, Elsie Cross of Louisville, KY, Viola Mangle, June Benner, Helen Reitz, Shirley Ward, and Doris Conrad, all of Sunbury; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the 2PM memorial service Wednesday, May 28th at Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lewisberry. Private burial will be held prior to the memorial services in Rolling Green Memorial Park, Lower Allen Twp.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 863 Lewisberry Road, Lewisberry, PA, 17339 and the Lee Conrad Memorial Fund, Rabobank, P.O. Box 6057, Atascadero, CA, 93423.
Arrangements are by Parthemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Cumberland.
Thomas R. Cardile
May 23, 2008
Thomas R. Cardile, 83, of New Cumberland, died Friday, May 23, 2008, at home.
He was a retired New York City Police Detective, a WWII U.S. Navy veteran having served in the Philippines, and a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, New Cumberland. Born on 11/27/1924, in New York City, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Margarite (Scarpone) Cardile.
Surviving are his wife, Diane Maria (Tumminia) Cardile; two sons, Thomas S. Cardile and his wife Lori of Long Island, NY, and Salvatore N. Cardile and his wife Jill of New Cumberland; five grandchildren, Nicole C. Miller, Amanda K. Henneman, Cpl. Diane M. Cardile, Thomas S. Cardile and Cara A. Cardile; four great grandchildren, Jonathan T. Cardile, Alyvia P. Henneman, Ian J. Miller and Zachary T. Miller.
Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Wed. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Hanover Twp.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central PA, PO Box 266, Enola, PA 17025.
Nicholas E. Polliard
May 22, 2008
Nicholas E. Polliard of Harrisburg, PA, passed away on May 22.
Nick is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judith, and a large family including son Peter and his wife Ruth of Ashley, PA; son Thomas and his wife Mary Freysinger of Boiling Springs, PA; daughter Nancy and her husband Jason Heisler of Harrisburg; grandchildren Nick, Lena and Evan; brother Francis and his wife Sharon of Mechanicsburg; cousin Dennis Dauer of Erie, PA, nieces, nephews and canine companions Zack and Bee.
Nick was a strong, quietly courageous man who shared his values through example. He was honest, hard working and believed in doing things correctly and well. He bestowed a legacy of love, intelligence, and wit to his children and grandchildren. Nick was born in Greensburg, Pa on February 11th, 1939 to Georgie and Aubrey Polliard. Immediately after his 1957 graduation from Coudersport High School, he joined the US Navy. He was stationed in Patuxant River, MD and Key West, FL and was proud of his involvement with the Bay of Pigs Invasion. His Navy training took him into the computer industry and after working several years in the private sector, he began working for the Commonwealth of PA. Over the next several decades he was instrumental in developing computer systems for PSECU and various state agencies. He had many years of service with the Departments of Health and Welfare. He retired from the latter in 1999. He touched many lives and was a valued employee, coworker and friend. He was a member of Market Square Presbyterian Church, Guys and Dolls Travel Club and the Cosmopolitan Club of Harrisburg. His belief in the Cosmopolitan Club’s mission made him a direct and articulate fundraiser for diabetes research. Nick was happiest outdoors on his land in Coudersport but also enjoyed traveling and visiting with his family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 4 PM on Thursday at Parthemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Cumberland. Internment will occur at the Indian Town Gap National Cemetery at a future date. Visitation will be held 3 – 4 PM Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association on their Web site, which is www.lungusa.org , by clicking “Donate” at the top of the screen and then choosing the “Make a Memorial Contribution” selection from the left side of the screen or via US mail to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006 or calling: 212/315-8700.