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Miscellaneous Mifflin County, Pennsylvania Obituaries - 2002


Albert R. 'Sonny' Maben Jr.
LEWISTOWN - Albert R. 'Sonny' Maben Jr., 62, of 449 W. Fourth St., Apt. 2, Lewistown, died at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at his residence. Born Jan. 8, 1940, in Lewistown, he was a son of Delsie E. (Snyder) Maben, Kish Apts., Lewistown, and the late Albert R. Maben Sr. Surviving are: three children, Andrew Maben, Clinton, NY, Mrs. Charles (Star) Perkins, Lewistown, and Scott Maben, Manchester, NH; five siblings, Mrs. Samuel (Mary) Trutt, RD3, Lewistown, Mrs. John (Brenda) Swartz, RD3, Port Royal, Elaine Maben, Long Branch, NJ, Mrs. John (Robin) Snyder, Harrisburg, and Michael A. Maben Sr., Lewistown; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: two sons, Albert "Rusty" Maben III and Michael Maben; one brother, Richard Maben, and one sister, Margaret L. Black. He was a truck driver for Green Mountain Sanitation in Morrisville, VT, retiring due to disability in 1986. He was a member of the Evangel Baptist Church and Lewistown Moose Lodge #143. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Lind Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Darrell Wireman officiating. Friends may call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Evangel Baptist Church, 375 W. Fifth St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Mary I. Maguire
MILWAUKEE, WI - Mary I. Maguire entered eternal life Saturday, March 30, 2002, at St. Lukes Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. Born Dec. 18, 1961, in Philadelphia, she is survived by her son, Matthew Zanieruski, Lewistown; her mother, Dynisha Ferguson, Lewistown; two brothers, Gregory P. Maguire, Lewistown, and Christopher R. Maguire, Camp Lejeune, NC; three nieces and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas J. Maguire of Philadelphia, in 1989. She was a graduate of Kishacoquillas High School and attended Prospect Hall College, Hollywood, FL. She was employed by Am-Trak in 1983, retiring as conductor in 1999. Her memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Grace United Methodist Church, 101 Logan St., Lewistown. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Earl D. Mahlin Sr.
MCALISTERVILLE - Earl D. Mahlin Sr., 83, of Meda Nipple Convalescent Home, RR1, Thompsontown, formerly of McAlisterville died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at the home. Born July 10, 1919, in Fayette Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Ralph B. and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Varner) Mahlin. His wife, Mona W. Mahlin, whom he married on July 17, 1934, preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 1998. Surviving are: three children, Mary Elizabeth Myers, RD, Millerstown, Earl D. "Sonny" Mahlin Jr., Mifflintown, Janet M. Klinger, Mt. Pleasant Mills; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert E. Mahlin in infancy and he was the last of his immediate family having been preceded in death by two brothers, Marlin "Jitney" Mahlin and John Mahlin and a sister, Mary Varner. He was employed for over 40 years as a mechanic for Roush Ford, Leister Ford, and Mertz Ford, McAlisterville until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He attended Trinity Lutheran Church, McAlisterville. His interests included watching TV and attending the Port Royal Speedway. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the McAlisterville Chapel of Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville with Rev. James Park Bricker officiating. Interment will follow in St. John's United Methodist Cemetery, RR2 McAlisterville where full military honors will be accorded by the Juniata County Veterans Council. A viewing will be held 4-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where family will be present 7-9 p.m.

Cecelia V. Maisano
LEWISTOWN - Cecelia V. Maisano, 86, formerly of Lewistown, died at 12:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare. Born Feb. 22, 1916 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Dominic and Frances (Milar) Korotko. Her husband, Joseph Maisano died April 3, 1999. Surviving are: four daughters, Mrs. John (Joanne) Kopchik, Cowpens, SC, Mrs. Charles (Jeanette) Aumiller, Lewisberry, Julia Maisano, Fort Worth, TX, and Mrs. Jeffrey (Rose) Curry, Lewistown; ten grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate of family having been preceded in death by two sisters, three brothers, and two infant daughters. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Spartanburg, SC. Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Barr Funeral Home, Inc., 120 Logan St., Lewistown with Rev. Gerald Klum officiating. Interment will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery, Tyrone. A viewing will be held 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to: Spartanburg Regional Health Care System, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 30, Spartanburg, SC 29302 or to Saint John's Lutheran Church, Parish Life Center, 415 S. Pine St., Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Patricia M. Mangle
MIFFLINTOWN - Patricia M. Mangle, 62, of RR2, Mifflintown, died Friday, August 2, 2002, at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill. Born Aug. 24, 1939, in Derry Township, Mifflin County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph A. and Catherine (Bishop) Whitesel. Her husband, Ray Ronald Mangle, whom she married April 5, 1958, survives. Also surviving are: a daughter, Patti Yvonne Scott and her husband, Rocky Allen, and a grandson, Randy Ronald Kauffman. She worked as a secretary for the State Police and in the garment industry. She enjoyed reading and loved teaching children in Sunday School. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Covenant Church, RR2, Thompsontown, with Pastor Glen Peachey officiating. Interment will be in Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Grace Covenant Church, RR2, Box 198 N, Thompsontown, PA 17094. Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, is in charge of the arrangements.

Sara R. Margritz
MIFFLINTOWN - Sara R. Margritz, 90, of Mifflintown RR1, died at 8:20 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Brookline Manor, Mifflintown RR1. Born Feb. 9, 1912, Fermanagh Township, Juniata County, she was the daughter of the late Harry E. and Katie Mae (Renno) Reynolds. Her husband, L. Durrell Margritz, preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 1975. Also surviving are: a son, Harry M. Margritz, Mifflintown HC 63; a sister, Mrs. Paul (Minerva) Aughey, Mifflin; two granddaughters, Suzanne M. Kepner and Karen L. Taylor and three great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline R. Suloff, two brothers, Stephen Reynolds and Eugene Reynolds and two great-granddaughters, Emma and Cora Taylor. She attended Arch Rock School. She had worked at American Viscose Corp., Lewistown. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Mifflintown, the Ever Ready Sunday School Class, and Mifflin Chapter #260 Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed working with her flowers and doing embroidery. Her funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 3 South Third St., Mifflintown. Interment will be in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Juniata County Meals on Wheels, 9 Cross St., Mifflintown, PA 17059. Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, is in charge of arrangements.

Girolamo Marsala
LEWISTOWN - Girolamo Marsala, 88, of 109 Walnut Road, Lewistown, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at his residence. Born March 8, 1914, in Carini, Sicily, he was a son of the late Domeniico and Antonia (Mannino) Marsala. His wife, Angela Marsala preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 1997. Surviving are: children, Antonia Comparato, FL, and Mrs. Frank (Angela) Pannizzo, Lewistown; a brother, Salvatore Marsala, Carini, Sicily; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was a blacksmith. He spent 10 years in the Italian Navy. His funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. today at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, 22 Juniata St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Bernard Carpenter officiating. Interment will be in Lind Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call 1-2 p.m. today, at Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown.

Paul Marshall
MIFFLIN - Paul Marshall, 80, of HC 67, Mifflin, died at 7:29 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, following an extended illness. Born Oct. 6, 1921, in Beale Township, Juniata County, he was the son of the late Hugh and Josephine (Robinson) Marshall. His wife, Grace (Brodhecker) Marshall, whom he married on Oct. 3, 1943, preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 1992. Surviving are two sons, P. Frederick Marshall of Mifflintown and Walter C. Marshall of RR2, Port Royal; two sisters, Kathryn Marshall of Middletown and Evelyn Bashore of Harrisburg; four grandchildren, Paul F. Marshall Jr., Barbara D. Marshall, Russell W. Marshall and Justin C. Marshall; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth Marshall; two brothers, George Dennis Marshall and Fay Marshall; and a sister, Frances Marshall. In earlier life, he was employed by the PA Railroad, Enola; Bethlehem Steel, Steelton; and the PA Dept. of Highways, Harrisburg. He retired as a cabinet maker from J-Wood Inc., Milroy. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, RR2 Port Royal, and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed antiquing and turkey hunting and was an Atlanta Braves fan. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from the Mifflintown Chapel of Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with Rev. Marton Roberson officiating. Interment will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, RR2, Port Royal. A viewing will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shade Mountain Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation, c/o Bill Corbin, Treasurer, 78 Trella St., Belleville, PA 17004.

Owen Garrett Martin
Owen Garrett Martin, infant son of Stefan and Heidi Swartzentruber Martin of Flourtown, died May 3, 2002, at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Alvin and Elaine Swartzentruber of Danville and paternal grandparents, Williard and Mary Ellen Martin of State College. His graveside service will be held at Beaver Run Mennonite Church Cemetery, Limestoneville, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Park Forest Day Nursery, 1833 Park Forest Ave., State College, PA 16803. Miller-Visneski Funeral Home, Danville is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth C. Martin
THOMPSONTOWN - Ruth C. Martin, 88, of Locust Grove Retirement Village, HC-67, Mifflin and formerly of Thompsontown, died at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002 at the village. Born March 19, 1914, in Winfield, Union County, she was the daughter of the late Nester O. and Ethel (Burns) Smeltz. Her husband, Park L. Martin, preceded her in death on May 3, 1968. Surviving are a daughter, Catherine Fisher, Millerstown; a son, Robert E. Martin, Thompsontown; two sisters, Myra Sandanna, Harrisburg, and Doris Pattison, Colonial Park; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sons, Gerald Martin, Ronald Martin and Mark Martin; a daughter, Ethel Martin; three brothers, Gerald Smeltz, Donald Smeltz and Robert Smeltz; six sisters, Irene Bubb, Elaine Kilgore, Gertrude Randolph, Ethel Cassel, Betty Wertz and Elsa Mannium. She was a member of the Thompsontown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting, gardening and hunting. In earlier life she had worked as a seamstress for Thompsontown Shirt Factory, Juniata Garment, Mifflin, Smarrs Dress Factory, Newport, and Lyons Fashions, Millerstown. Later she worked as a cook at the Ranch House Restaurant, Amity Hall, and Goodling's Frozen Custard, Thompsontown. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday from the McAlisterville Chapel of Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, with Pastor Dennis Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in East Salem Cemetery, East Salem. A viewing will be held 4-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the family present 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Thompsontown Ambulance League, c/o Ethel Horning, Treasurer, P.O. Box 78, Thompsontown, PA 17094.

Celine Martz
DUNCANNON - Celine Martz, 81, of 1 Ankajam Dr., Duncannon, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Community General Hospital, Harrisburg. Born Jan 15, 1921, in Patton, she was the daughter of the late Vital and Clemence (Faley) Lallmand. Her husband, Richard L. Martz, preceded her in death on May 29, 1978. Surviving are: children, Robert V. and Patti L. Martz, both of Harrisburg, Sandra K Martz, Ridgecrest, CA and Barry R. Martz, Duncannon; two sisters, Eva Kline, Middletown and Estella Mitchell, Carrolltown; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Harrisburg. Her funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hoenstine Funeral Home, Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Jacob T. Traxler officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call 12:30 P.M. until the time of the service Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Lung Association of Central PA, 205 E. Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801.

Sadie Mae Mast
RICHFIELD - Sadie Mae Mast, 86, of RR1, Richfield, entered into eternal rest at 1:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at her home, following an illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Crossroads Mennonite Church, Richfield with Rev. Orval C. Graybill officiating. Interment will be in Crossroads Mennonite Brick Cemetery. George P. Garman Funeral Home Inc., Mt. Pleasant Mills, is in charge of arrangements.

Grace K. Mateer
BELLEVILLE - Grace K. Mateer, 101, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, and formerly of Allensville, died at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at Valley View Haven. Born Oct. 13, 1900, in Allensville, she was the daughter of the late John and Jennie (Carson) King. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter G. Mateer, on March 6, 1979. Surviving are: children, Mrs. Henry Jean Ambrose, Dauphin and B. Guy Mateer, Mercer Island, WA; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Bordell, Allensville and Mrs. Serada Bricker, South Mountain; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and seven great-great sons. She was preceded in death by three brothers, seven sisters, and a grandson. She was a homemaker and member of ST. Paul's Lutheran Church, Allensville. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley View Haven Chapel, Belleville, with the Rev. Anna Ritter and Galen Sharp officiating. Interment will be in Allensville Presbyterian Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to: Valley View Haven, 4702 E. Main St., Belleville, PA 17004, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Allensville, PA 17002. Donald E. Baggus Funeral Home, Belleville is in charge of the arrangements.

Palmer L. Mattern
MCCLURE - Palmer L. Mattern, 75, of RR2 McClure, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2002. Born Jan. 5, 1927, in Lewistown, he was a son of the late Palmer J. and Erma M. (Daubert) Mattern. His wife, Sarah May Brindel whom he married July 8, 1949, survives. Also surviving are: a daughter and son-in-law, Sheree and Barry Chesney and a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Sara Mattern, both of RR1 Beaver Springs; three sisters, Hazel Sunderland, McVeytown, Shirley B. Laub, Milroy and Beverly McCalips, Lewistown; a foster sister, Darla Stuter, Mifflintown; three brothers, William B. Mattern, Bellefonte, Harold D. Mattern, McVeytown, and Donald J. Mattern, Milroy; and three grandchildren, Natalie, Melissa and Joe. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Dawn Mattern in 1950. In 1987, he retired from Standard Steel after 40 years in the melt shop. He served during the Korean War in Army signal corps in Germany. He enjoyed hunting. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Beavertown Chapel of Aurand Funeral Homes, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown with Rev. Kevin Brophy officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Milroy. Memorials may be made to: American Lung Association of Central PA, 264 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801.

Kenneth L. Maurer
THOMPSONTOWN - Kenneth L. Maurer, 80, of Thompsontown, died Saturday in the Brookline Manor and Retirement Village, Mifflintown. Born Dec. 29, 1921 in Millerstown, he was the son of the late John and Elsie (Paden) Maurer. His wife, Fern C. (Clouser) Maurer, preceded him in death. Surviving are: a son, Richard L. Maurer, Newport, two daughters, Doris Budzik, West Reading, and Pauline March, Water Mill, NJ; two sisters, Mary Harp, New Bloomfield, and Fern Bowman, Annville; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was retired from Union #542 (construction). He was a member of the Locust Run UMC, Thompsontown, and the Good Sams Camping Club. He enjoyed traveling and camping. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the David Myers Funeral Home, Newport, with the Rev. Maureen Wagner officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Millerstown. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: Brookline Manor and Retirement Village, RR1 Box 463, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

Remmick E. Maxwell Jr.
HOWARD, SD - Remmick E. Maxwell Jr., 55, of Howard, SD died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at his residence. Born Dec. 3, 1947 in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Lena (Youtzy) and Remmick E. Maxwell Sr. Surviving are: children, Jennifer Newton, Altoona, Jody Cardoza, Frederick, MD, and Jill Maxwell, Altoona; brothers, Thomas Maxwell, Tampa, FL, and Stanley Maxwell, Reedsville; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, John. He was a 1965 graduate of Lewistown High School. He was an independent truck driver. A private funeral and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Barr Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge of local arrangements.

Earl Edward May
BELLEFONTE - Earl Edward May, 72, of 951 W. College Avenue, Bellefonte, died at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002, at his home due to cancer. Born in Peru, Benner Township, he was a son of the late Arthur E. and Mary Ellen (Steininger) May. His wife, Louise Nale May, whom he married on Oct. 28, 1948, survives. Also surviving are: two daughters, Darlene A. Marley of Leonardo, NJ, and Debra A. Price of Harrisburg; one son, Dennis A. "Dan" May of Snydertown; two sisters, June E. Tressler and Mary F. Runkle, both of Bellefonte; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: two daughters, Sharlene A. May, who died in 1952, and Cynthia Diane May, who died in 1979; and three brothers, James A., Charles L. and Robert T. May. He was a 1947 graduate of Bellefonte High School. He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Pleasant Gap. He was the second heart transplant recipient in Centre County. He received the donated heart in December 1993 at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. He was a regional board member of Mellon Bank, now Citizens Bank; past Master of the Old Fort Lodge #537 Free and Accepted Masons and a trustee there for many years; a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #1094 of Bellefonte; a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1600 of Bellefonte; a member of the Jaffa Shrine, Altoona, the Centre County Shrine Club and Tall Cedars of Lebanon #129 State College; a member of the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Scottish Rite, Altoona; past charter member of the Centre County Solid Waste Authority; past member of the Spring Benner Water Sewer Authority; a life member of the Pleasant Gap Fire Company; a member of the Pleasant Gap American Legion; past president of the Pleasant Gap Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow; founder and chairman of the annual Pleasant Gap Rotary Senior Christmas Party; coordinated his 50th high school reunion, including a train ride to Peru and a party at Camp Earl; and was chairman of the Juniata Valley Council Boy Scouts of America Golf Tournament for 10 years. He was a former coach of the Pleasant Gap "Peppers" Little League Baseball Team; catcher for the adult "Peppers" Centre County Baseball League; member of the Pleasant Gap Monday Golf Group; past president and member of the Nittany Country Club, Mingoville, and a member of the Crystal Lake Country Club, Pompano Beach, FL. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1950 and was discharged from Fleet Air Wing 5, Norfolk, VA, as a seaman first class. He began his career at the Round House in Pleasant Gap and then managed the E.H. Markle Concrete Products & Hardware from 1950 to 1966. He was the founder and owner operator of the Pleasant Gap Hardware and Appliance Store in 1966 and he retired in 1992. He was the Benner Township Justice of the Peace for 18 years. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Wetzler Funeral Home, Bellefonte, with the Rev. Richard S. Zuber officiating. Interment will be in Centre County Memorial Park, College Township. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where a Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted at 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church, 160 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap, PA 16823, or to The American Heart Association, 501 Haward Avenue, Building D., Altoona, PA 16603.

Elva S. McBride
LEWISTOWN - Elva S. McBride, 87, of 24 Laurel St., Lewistown, died at 3:52 a.m. Sunday, May 12, 2002, at Lewistown Hospital. Born March 9, 1915, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Laura (Dunmire) Stine. Her husband, Mervin I. McBride, preceded her in death March 30, 1993. Surviving are; a son, David McBride, Kennesaw, GA; and two grandsons, Ryan and Christopher. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Shawn McBride, a sister and a brother. She was a 1933 graduate of Lewistown High School. She was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Oak St. Lewistown. She was a Last charter member of the 20th Century Club. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Church of Christ with the Rev. Dean Bobb officiating. There will be no viewing. Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Lewistown, PA, 17044. Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.

Anna E. McCadden
LEWISTOWN - Anna E. McCadden, 92, of William Penn-Beverly Healthcare, Lewistown, died at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2002, at the nursing home. Born Feb. 16, 1910, in Tyrone, she was a daughter of the late Charles A. and Nellie (Richardson) Miller. Her husband, Alonzo McCadden, preceded her in death in 1982. Surviving are: children, Arthur Carter Jr., McClure, and Seymour Tomlinson, NY; a sister, Nettie Miller, Harrisburg; 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Carter Rossi, four brothers and seven sisters. She was a housewife. Her funeral service was held Wednesday, August 7, at the Connely Funeral Home, Dunbalk, MD. Interment was in Lakeview Memorial Park, MD. Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of local arrangements.

Mary L. McCaffrey
LEWISTOWN - Mary L. McCaffrey, 84, of 211 Terrace Boulevard, Lewistown, died at 6:18 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, in Beverly Healthcare William Penn. Born Jan 15, 1917, in Patton, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Catherine (O'Brien) McCaffrey. Surviving are: two sisters, Kathryn McCaffrey and A. Jean Bearley, and a brother, Francis McCaffrey, all of Terrace Boulevard, Lewistown. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. She was employed by American Viscose Corp. She was a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church with Father Thomas Marickovic officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 106 N. Dorcas St., Lewistown PA 17044. Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.

Archie Edward McCardle Jr.
MOUNT UNION - Archie Edward McCardle Jr., 58, of RD#3, Mt. Union, died on Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was the son of the late Archie Edward and Verna C. (Jenkins) McCardle Sr., who reside at RD#1, Three Springs. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mt. Union.

Flora Mae McCardle
LEXINGTON, KY - Flora Mae (Ferguson) McCardle, 86, of 4800 Agape Drive, Lexington, KY. and formerly of Yeagertown, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, in Lexington. She and her husband of 66 years, Merle W. McCardle, had retired to Lexington three years ago to live with their son and daughter-in-law, Denny and Pam McCardle. Born in Yeagertown, she was a daughter of the late George M. and Annie Wyland Ferguson. In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by a grandson, Denny B. McCardle and his wife Amanda, and two great grandchildren, David and Rebecca McCardle, all of Lexington; three sisters, Vivian Johnson of Potter Mills, Mary Ruth Hess of Lewistown, Janet Ruby Hess of Houstonville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two children, Merle William McCardle Jr., and Deborah McCardle; five sisters, Alberta Brown, Madeline Harkleroad, Bernice Barger, Sarah Frank, Virginia Ferguson, and four brothers, George (Ted), John H., William , and Blaine Ferguson. She was a member of the Freedom Avenue United Methodist Church in Burnham, and a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. She also attended the Assembly of God Church at Pleasant Acres, Lewistown. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at the Freedom Avenue United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Birch Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Freedom Avenue United Methodist Church. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home of Versailles, KY is in charge of arrangements.

Merle 'Doc' McCardle
LEXINGTON, KY - Merle "Doc" McCardle, 89, of 4800 Agape Dr., Lexington, KY and formerly of Yeagertown, died on Thursday, June 20, 2002, in Lexington. Born in Burnham, he was the son of the late Elmer and Clara (McClellen) McCardle. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Flora Mae (Ferguson) McCardle, on April 9, 2002. He was a retired machinist at Standard Steel. He was a member of the Freedom Avenue United Methodist Church in Burnham and the Alfarata Men's Chorus. Surviving are: son and daughter-in-law, Denny and Pam McCardle of Lexington, KY, whom he resided with for three years; grandson, Denny B. McCardle and wife Amanda; two great grandchildren, David and Rebecca McCardle, all of Lexington, KY; brother, Leon "John" McCardle of Alfarata; and numerous nieces and nephews. His funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at the Freedom Avenue United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Larry Lutz officiating. Interment was in Birch Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Freedom Avenue United Methodist Church, 509 E. Freedom Ave., Burnham, PA 17009.

Robert J. McClenahen
LEWISTOWN - Robert J. McClenahen, 81, of 421 Harvard St., Lewistown, died at 8:43 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2002, at the Lewistown Hospital Emergency Room. Born Oct. 31, 1920, in Lewistown, he was a son of the late Vincent and Julia (Gregg) McClenahen. His wife, Phyllis (Kuppel) McClenahen, whom he married in 1940, survives. Also surviving are: a son, Daniel McClenahen, Reedsville; brother, Ray McClenahen, Harrisburg; a sister, Romaine Bratton, Boalsburg; two grandchildren, Matthew McClenahen, Harrisburg, Megan Boyer, Burnham, and two great-grandchildren, Evan and Kyle Boyer, both of Burnham. He was preceded in death by a son, Terry R. McClenahen in 1963, and a brother, Richard McClenahen. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. during World War II in the 1st Marine Division. He received the Navy and Marine Corps. medal for Valor. He also served in the Pacific and china Theater. He was employed at F.M.C. for 33 years, spending 16 years as a supervisor and later worked at the Standard Steel for 11 years, before retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #203 and the F.M.C. Formans Club. His funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Charles W. Spenkle officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to: Grace United Methodist Church, 101 Logan St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Nancy C. McClure
DALMATIA - Nancy C. McClure, 59, of RD1, Box 237-A, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at home. Born in Mifflintown, she was the daughter of John E. Wagner, Mifflintown and the late M. Erma Hackenberger Wagner. Her husband, James L. McClure, survives. Also surviving are: a son, Darren J. and Wendy (Schaffner) McClure, Camp Hill; a daughter, Colleen B. and Michael Merry, Harrisburg; two brothers, Samuel Wagner, Elliotsburg and James Wagner, Mifflintown; two grandchildren, 7-year-old Kyle J. McClure and 4-month-old Alec J. Merry. She was a graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Class of 1962 and Central Penn Business School, Class of 1964. She was an administrative assistant at Central Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and for the last three years working in the loan department of Mid-Penn Bank. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Millersburg where she was part of the bell choir and the Bethel Bible Study Class. She was a loving and caring mother and her family was most important to her, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing and playing piano. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Millersburg. Interment will be in Dalmatia Cemetery. A visitation will be from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society Capital Region Unit, 3211 N. Front St., Suite #100, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Arrangements were by Hoover Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg.

Kathryn F. McCormick
LEWISTOWN - Kathryn F. McCormick, 90, of Beverly Healthcare/William Penn, Lewistown, formerly of 327 Shaw Ave., Lewistown, died at 12:07 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at the nursing home. Born Sept. 15, 1912, in Derry Township, Mifflin County, she was a daughter of the late Preston Reed and Ella Catherine (Robinson) Allen. Her husband, patrolman Robert W. McCormick, preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1974. Surviving are four children, Robert W. McCormick Jr., Terrace Boulevard, Lewistown, Mrs. David (Kay) Deavor, Ferguson Valley, Lewistown, Molly Swigart, Phoenixville, and Mrs. Gary (Susan) Dean, Virginia Beach, VA; a sister, Mrs. John (Mildred) Wagner, Milroy; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters. She was employed in the Reeling Room of American Viscose Corp., and later for the Mifflin County School District, in the Lewistown High School cafeteria. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 120 N. Main St., Lewistown, with Rev. Gerald A. Krum officiating. Interment will be in St. Mark's Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 501 Howard Ave., Bldg. D, Altoona, PA 16601, or to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 5006, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5006. Hoenstine Funeral Home, 75 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.

Richard James McCormick
KUTZTOWN - Richard James McCormick, 50, of 14 Dietrich Valley Road, Kutztown, died at 7:57 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, following an extended illness. Born Oct. 3, 1952, in Omaha, Sarpy County, Nebraska, he was the son of Dorothy (Switzer) McCormick, Camp Hill and the late Major Richard E. McCormick. His wife, Dessa D. (Yurkovich) McCormick, whom he married on December 5, 1981, survives. Also surviving are: a brother, Mark L. McCormick, Safety Harbor, FL; and a sister, Jill A. McCormick, Camp Hill. He graduated from Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill and attended Indiana University of PA, Parson School of Design and the New School, New York, NY. He had been employed by the John Wannamaker, Co., Philadelphia as the regional Visual Merchandise Director, until 1995. His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday from the Westminster United Presbyterian Church, corners of Third and Lemon Streets, Mifflintown with Rev. David A. Cook officiating. Interment will be held in Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown. There will be no viewing. Memorial donations may be made to Berks Visiting Nurses, Reading, PA 19603 or to Alpha-1 Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Ave., Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133 (www.alpha-1foundation.org). The Mifflintown Chapel of Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge Street, Mifflintown is in charge of the arrangements.

Arie E. McCracken
BELLEVILLE - Arie E. McCracken, 98, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2002, at the nursing home. Born Oct. 29, 1903, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late Herbert N. and Effie (Rudy) Goss. Her husband, Augusta M. McCracken, preceded her in death in May2, 1986. Surviving are: children, Kenneth M. McCracken, 203 Coleridge Ave., and Mrs. Roger (Nancy) Fanter, Semi Valley, CA; a sister, Sylvia F. Teichman, Lewistown; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Goss and a sister, Olive Cuttler. She was a graduate of Lewistown High School in 1921. She was a homemaker. She was a life member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Oak Street, Lewistown, and a member of Class 14 of the Sunday School. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Hoenstine Funeral Home, 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. John W. Livingstone officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Trinity United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1213, Lewistown, PA, 17044.

Helen L. McDonald
Helen L. McDonald, 66, of HC-63, Richfield, died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2002, at her daughter's home in Richfield following an extended illness. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McAlisterville Chapel of Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville. A viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Anna L. McKalips
BURNHAM - Anna L. McKalips, 84, formerly of Burnham, died at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at Malta Home, Granville. Born April 14, 1918, in Shanksville, she was a daughter of the late John and Nellie (Hilligass) Landis. Her husband, Marshall W. McKalips, Sr., died Jan. 29, 1995. Surviving are: three children, Marshall W. "Bill" McKalips, Jr., 8 North Brown St., McClure, Nellene Molek, 503 Freedom Ave., Burnham, and Dennis McKalips, 1060 Dormantown Rd., McClure; a sister, Mary Thomas, Harrisburg; and eight grandchildren. Early in life she taught school in Shanksville, then for Mifflin County School District, she retired in 1979. She was a graduate of Lock Haven State Teacher College. She was a member of Mifflin County Retired School Teacher Association. Her graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Birch Hill Cemetery, Burnham with Pastor Michael Bailey officiating. Barr Funeral Home, Inc., 120 Logan St., Lewistown is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer's Research and Related Disorders Association, 919 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-1676.

Paul R. McKarchey
VAN DYKE - Paul R. McKarchey, 76, of Van Dyke (RR3 Port Royal), died at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Brookline Manor, RR1, Mifflintown. Born Sept. 28, 1925, in Van Dyke, Juniata Co., he was a son of the late John and Pauline (Galeman) McKarchey. His wife, Jean M. (Frontz) McKarchey, preceded him in death on June 14, 1999. Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Pauline) Forshey, Port Royal, and Mrs. Charkes (Vickie) Rapp, RR3, Port Royal, and two step-sons, Donald Ehrenzeller, Cocolamus, and Daryl Ehrenzeller, Richfield; a brother, Charles R. "Buzz" McKarchey, RR3, Port Royal, and a sister, Mrs. Forrest (Vera) Gordon, RR1, McAlisterville; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a former employee of Van Dyke Refractories, Triangle Pacific Cabinets Corp., RR1, Thompsontown, and retired from Jay Fulkroad & Sons, RR2, McAlisterville. He was a former member of the Millerstown Moose and the AmVets Post 122, Thompsontown. Early in his life he had played in a local Country and Western String Band. He had played the guitar, mandolin, banjo and the piano. His funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rex Funeral Home, 308 Market St., Port Royal, with the Rev. Charles Sheaffer officiating. Interment will be in New Church Hill Cemetery, Port royal. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Herman Strode McKee
THOMPSONTOWN - Herman Strode McKee, 74, of R.R. #2, Thompsontown (Locust Run), died at 1:43 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Lewistown Hospital. Born April 30, 1928, in Walker Township, Juniata County, he was the son of the late Samuel Strode McKee and Martha Virginia (Slagle) McKee Sheerer. His wife, Marjorie (Stetler) McKee, whom he married on Oct. 15, 1949, preceded him in death on April 12, 1999. Surviving is a daughter, Cindy M. Miller and her husband, David F., Media; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Beagle, Berea, KY; two grandsons, Matthew D. Miller, Dover, DE and James F. Miller, Media; and a niece, Martha E. Beagle, Berea, KY. He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Mifflintown, where he served on the church council and was a member of the Juniata County Chapter of the PA Association of School Retirees. He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed auctions, bingo, woodworking, gardening and collecting Pennsylvania Railroad memorabilia. He was a graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown. In earlier life he was employed by the PA Railroad of Enola where he worked in the Car Shop and in engine maintenance in the Locomotive Shop, before working at Precision Ware, Thompsontown. He was also employed by International Peripheral System, Lewistown, American Viscose Corp., Lewistown and Mexico Forge, Milroy. Later he was employed by Juniata Lumber and Supply Company, Mifflin, before retiring from the Juniata County School District with 17 years if service in the maintenance department. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday from the Messiah Lutheran Church, 3 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. William N. Esborn officiating. Burial will be in Locust Run Cemetery, Locust Run. A viewing will be held 7-9 p.m, Friday from the Mifflintown Chapel of the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown. There will be no viewing at the church on Saturday. The family will provide all funeral flowers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Sophia Snook Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Lewistown Hospital Auxiliary, 400 Highland Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Loneta E. "Nedie" McKee
LEWISTOWN - Loneta E. "Nedie" McKee, 75, of 715 S. Grand St., Lewistown, died at 6:20 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2002, at her residence. Born Aug. 13, 1926, in Granville Township, Mifflin County, she was the daughter of the late Earl R. and Mary F. (Young) Brannon. Her husband, Gordon S. McKee, whom she married June 29, 1947, survives. Also surviving are: children, Mrs. Joseph (Linda McKee) Westrick, Boalsburg, and Jeffrey L. McKee, Pittsburgh; brother and sisters, Mrs. Phillip (Betty) Gilbert, 19 Ort Valley Rd., Lewistown, Erma J. Lewis, 47 Hillside Drive, Lewistown, and Leon C. Brannon, RD3 Box 25, Lewistown; four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lewis Brannon, and a sister, Louise Faux. She attended Yeagertown High School. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Mt. Rock Evangelical Methodist Church, Lewistown for 55 years. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Roland T. Pecht officiating. Interment will follow in Juniata Memorial Park. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Mt. Rock Evangelical Methodist Church, Spring Street, Lewistown, PA 17044.

Mary E. "Betty" McKee
MIFFLINTOWN - Mary E. "Betty" McKee, 78, of Mifflintown RR5 (Mexico), died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at Lewistown Hospital. Born Jan. 10, 1924, in Mexico, PA, she was a daughter of the late Ralph H. and Sara A. (Gill) Kauffman. Her husband, Charles Rowe McKee, preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1994. Surviving are: a son, Charles D. McKee, Mifflintown RR5; three brothers, James Kauffman, McVeytown, Dale Kauffman and H. Donald Kauffman, both of Mifflintown, two sisters, Marion Swailes, Thompsontown, and Genette Summers, Oakland Mills; and two grandsons, Dave and Ken. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph E. Kauffman, and a sister, Charlotta W. Kauffman. She retired from Empire Kosher in 1987. She was a member of the Mexico Full Gospel Church. She loved cats, reading and collected "Snoopy" items. Her funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Guss Funeral Home, 20 South Third St., Mifflintown, with Pastor Peg Rowe and Pastor Scott Reiman officiating. Interment will be in Locust Run Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: Sun Home Health Services, Inc., 2 Hudson Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Lillian Margaret McKnight
MILLMONT - Lillian Margaret McKnight, 73, a resident of Rolling Hills Manor, RR1, Millmont for the past year, formerly of McClure, died at 4:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg. Born Oct. 13, 1929, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late David E. and Emily Z. (Morrow) McKnight. Surviving are a brother, Hugh McKnight of McClure; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Carol and Samuel Maben of Reedsville, Vivian Bedlyon of Reedsville, Atha Dearment of Burnham and Patricia L. Underhill of Swengel; and three grandchildren, Gwen Minium of Middleburg, Toby Hess of McClure and Jared Hess of McClure. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Hilton, William, Wesley and John McKnight, and two sisters, Helen Wright and Mae McKnight. She was employed by Kinney Shoe Factory, Beaver Springs, for 10 years. She was a member of the McClure American Legion. She enjoyed playing bingo in New Berlin and Penns Creek, attending the McClure Bean Soup Festival, as well as baking and cooking. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Roupp Funeral Home Inc., East Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg, with Rev. Richard VonNeida of Christ's Community Church, Glen Iron, officiating. Burial will be in Old Cedar Cemetery, Swengel. Visitors may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Lynn R. McMahon
BURNHAM - Lynn R. McMahon, 80, formerly of Burnham, died Dec. 23, 2002 in Niles, Ohio. She was born Aug. 8, 1922. Interment was in Greenhaven Cemetery, Austintown, Ohio. Her funeral services were Saturday Dec. 28, 2002 at Reese-Wynn-Winyard-McDermott-Laird Funeral Home, Niles, Ohio.

Camillus F. (Werner) McMath
LEWISTOWN - Camillus F. (Werner) McMath, 94, of 1297 Vira Road, Lewistown, formerly of Germany and Shade Valleys, Huntingdon County, went to be with the Lord at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002. Since having a heart attack, she lived with at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Woody Donaldson of Vira. She married Samuel J. McMath of Shade Valley April 3, 1929, beginning a 63 year union. Samuel preceded her in death Nov. 8, 1992. Also preceding her in death was an infant son, Joseph Patrick McMath. Camillus was a most honorable and gracious mother, who will be sadly missed by her nine children and their spouses: Mrs. Mary Margaret Yohn, Samuel J. McMath Jr., Mrs. Elizabeth Anne McClure, Francis (Frank) McMath, John R. McMath, E. James McMath, Gerald E. McMath, Martha Cullen and Kathleen Donaldson. She is also survived by five sisters and one brother. As a grandmother, she was dearly loved by 38 grandchildren as well as a number of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. One of her greatest pleasures in life was visits from her family. For many years, she enjoyed crocheting, reading and sending cards to family and friends. She appreciated God's creation and so enjoyed watching the birds at the feeder. Interment was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Shade Gap. Memorial contributions may be made to Sun Home Health Services Inc., Hospice of Mifflin County, 2 Hudson Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.

William Clark McNeal Jr.
DOUGLASVILLE, GA - William Clark McNeal Jr., 69, of Douglasville, GA and formerly of Lewistown, died on July 13, 2002. His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Whitley-Garner Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA. Interment will be in the Rosehaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Georgia Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, 559 Parr Rd., Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30305.

Marian Sowers Mertz
MIFFLINTOWN - Marian Sowers Mertz, 81, of 8 South Main St., Mifflintown, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2002, in the Emergency Room of the Lewistown Hospital. Born April 7, 1920, in Mifflintown, she was a daughter of the late Melvin E. and Minnie C. (Dunn) Sowers. Earlier in life she was married to Dale Mertz who preceded her in death in 1982. Surviving are: two sons, Michael Mertz and Jonathan B. Mertz, both of Mifflintown; a grandson, Michael Z. Mertz; a niece, Mary Johnson Berrier, Mifflintown, and a nephew, Dr. Raymond A. Johnson Jr., Ft. Myers, FL; a great-niece, Chris Smith, Brooklyn, NY, and a great-nephew, Hilary A. Johnson, Philadelphia. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elsie C. Johnson. She was the valedictorian of the Juniata Joint High School class of 1938. She attended the University of PA and graduated from Gettysburg College. When she received the Pennsylvania DAR Good Citizen award as a Senior in high school, she had tea with Eleanor Roosevelt. During WW II, she was a lab technician at the American Viscose. She then served as a Justice of the Peace in Mexico, PA, and was later a District Justice in Mifflintown for She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. She was a life member of the Juniata County Historical Society. She wrote a book, Juniata Justice, when she was 80. She was musically gifted at a young age and played the piano, the cello and the baritone horn. She currently enjoyed attending concerts in the area. She was an avid antiquer and was active using the internet. She enjoyed tracing geneology and traveling, especially to Florida and traveled around the country by rail. She was an artist, painting with oils and pastels. Her funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Compton officiating. Interment will be in Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service Monday, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Academia Covered Bridge, c/o The Juniata County Historical Society, 498 Jefferson St., Suite B, Mifflintown, PA 17059. Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, is in charge of the arrangements.

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