Helen M. Bartha
BELLEVILLE — Helen M. Bartha, 76, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, formerly of Yeagertown, died at 11:25 a.m., Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at Valley View Haven.
Born July 29, 1929, in Yeagertown, she was the daughter of the late Gabor and Elizabeth F. (Filep) Bartha.
She is survived by her sister, Edith E. Bartha, of Valley View Haven, Belleville.
She was predeceased by a brother, William A. Bartha, and a sister, Elizabeth J. Nunziato.
She was employed by the Delaware County School District, Chester, as a high school teacher and counselor.
She was a member of the Yeagertown United Methodist Church.
She was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and received a Master’s degree from Temple University.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 10, 2006, from the chapel of Valley View Haven, with the Rev. Thomas Morningstar and the Rev. Galen Sharp officiating.
Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park, Lewistown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Valley View Haven, 4702 E. Main St., Belleville, PA 17004.
Arrangements are being made through Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Kevin Charles Freed
McCLURE — Kevin Charles Freed, 37, of 91 Rager Lane, McClure, died at 12:08 a.m., Friday, July 7, 2006 at the Ohesson Manor Nursing Home.
Born May 19, 1969, in Lewistown, he was the son of Cynthia J. (Reynolds) Freed, of McClure, and the late George W. Freed Sr.
He is survived by two sisters, Kelly Jane Freed, of McClure, and Jennifer Ann Freed, of Lewistown; a half-brother and half-sisters, George W. Freed Jr., of Mount Union, Brenda Wileman and Bonnie Brown, both of Lewistown.
He also is survived by his paternal grandmother, Valda Albright, of Lewistown, and his maternal grandmother, Ann Reynolds, of Harrisburg; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Cecil H. Reynolds and James L. Freed.
He was a graduate of Chief Logan High School and the Lincoln Technical School in Allentown.
He was employed as an associate manager at Big Lots in Lewistown. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, McClure, and Arts Karate Association, Lewistown.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 11, at 11 a.m. at the Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham, with the Rev. Karen McCachren officiating.
There will be no public viewing. However, family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Private interment will be in St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery in Alfarata.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice-The Bridge, 400 Highland Ave., 2nd Floor, Lewistown, PA 17044 and the American Cancer Society, 26 N. Brown St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Charles W. “Charlie” Fry Sr.
BEAVERTOWN — Charles W. “Charlie” Fry Sr., 88, of Route 235, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2006, at his home.
He was born September 23, 1917, in rural Winfield, a son of the late W. Elmer and Sarah E. (Dinius) Fry. On June 9, 1941, he married the former June E. Haines, who preceded him in death May 25, 2005.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia D. Kline, of Beavertown, and Virginia L. and Dennis Shawver, of Blakley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W. Jr. and Grace L. Fry, and Blaine E. and Yvonne M. Fry, all of Harrisburg; eight grandchildren, Teresa, Elizabeth, Charles III, Ricky, Melissa, Kimberly, Tammy and David; 18 great-grandchildren, Josh, Taran, Zachary, Kari, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Hunter, Celina, Olivia, Blake, Rylie, Morgan, Kaila, Abigayle, Morgyn, Angelina, Connor and June; one great-great-grandson, Brayden; and three sisters, Blanche E. Maurer, Florence E. Renninger and Miriam J. Weismen.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Donald, in infancy; and a son-in-law, Clair E. Kline.
Charlie was a graduate of Selinsgrove High School.
Mr. Fry served during World War II as a corporal in the Army and was later transferred into the National Guard.
He was employed for more than 30 years by Wood-Mode and retired in 1983.
Charlie was a life member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1173, Selinsgrove; Union County West End Fire Company, Glen Iron; and the Kreamer Volunteer Fire Company.
He was also recognized as a building participant with Moosehaven Builders with the erection of the Keystone Residence Hall from 1975 to 1977.
He was known to be hard-working and loved the outdoors. He provided many food items to his family by raising pigs, chickens and steers, as well as growing corn and potatoes.
Visitors may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 10, at Grace United Church of Christ, Troxelville, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. by Pastor Nancy Moyer.
Burial, with military honors, will be in Troxelville Union Cemetery.
Contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to Grace United Church of Christ, PO Box 44, Troxelville, PA 17882.
Arrangements are by Aurand Funeral Home, Inc., 316 West Market St., Beavertown.
Earl E. Ober Jr.
MIFFLINTOWN — Earl E. Ober Jr., 68, of R.R. #3, Mifflintown, died at 7:20 a.m., Friday, July 7, 2006, at the Hershey Medical Center.
Born October 14, 1937, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Earl E. and Miriam C. (Reechel) Ober Sr.
His wife of nearly 47 years, Gertrude M. ‘Trudy’ (Silvia) Ober, whom he married on October 3, 1959, survives him.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Philip E. Ober and his wife, Becky, of Sterling, Va., Christopher E. Ober and his wife, Sandy, of Glen Arm, Md., Paula J. Brake and her husband, John, of St. Louis, Mo., Stephen J. Ober, and his wife, Mary, of RR 3, Mifflintown, and Cathleen A. Rossman and her husband, James, of Bellefonte; one brother, Kenneth Ober, of Parkton, Md., 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was an active member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Mifflintown, where he served as a church council member and usher, and he belonged to the Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer for the Juniata County Meals on Wheels and a member of the Juniata River Stamp Club.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and his career with the navy spanned 22 years of service to his country.
He enjoyed stamp collecting and gardening, but his true enjoyment came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, July 10, 2006, from his church, St. Jude’s Catholic Church, RR 4, Mifflintown, with the Rev. Jayaseelan Amalanathan officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Stephen’s Cemetery, RR 3, Mifflintown, where full military burial honors will be accorded by the Juniata County Veterans Council.
There will be no public viewing. However, family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. Monday at Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Ober’s memory may be made to the St. Jude’s Catholic Church, c/o Building Fund, PO Box 187, Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Sara A. Myers
IRWIN — Sara A. Myers, 98, of Irwin, formerly of Braddock, died Monday, July 31, 2006, at Briarcliff Pavilion.
She was born March 8, 1908, in Altoona, a daughter of the late Oscar R. and Elizabeth Conner Myers.
Prior to her retirement, Sara was employed as a school teacher by the North Braddock Elementary School, with 38 years of service.
She was a member of the Fourth Street United Methodist Church in North Braddock, Retired Teachers Association and the AARP.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Conner Myers and a sister, Evelyn Semmel Hensel.
She is survived by her niece, Maxine Lenhart and her husband, David, of N. Huntingdon; two great-nieces, Robert Myers, Lori Dowdrick, Kelly Thomas, Bryce Myers; eight great-great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-great-niece.
Visitation will be held at James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc., North Huntingdon on Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.
Allen A. ‘Lucky’ Skipper
STRODES MILLS — Allen A. ‘Lucky’ Skipper, 73, of Strodes Mills, died early Sunday morning, Oct. 29, 2006, at his daughter Connie’s home, while surrounded by his daughters and their families.
Born Sept. 27, 1933, in Lewistown, he was the son of the late William H. Skipper and Ida E. (Gill) Woodring. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen B. (Kahley) Skipper, on Dec. 18, 2005.
Surviving are four daughters, Ida Lee and her husband Jerry, of Columbus, Ohio, Tracy Williams and her husband John, of Strodes Mills, Lori Yocum and her husband Terry, of Lewistown, and Connie Mentzer and her husband Keith; seven grandchildren, J. Allen Frazier, Jeffrey Yocum, Amanda Rhoades, Terry Yocum III, Johnathan Williams, Hannah and Colden Mentzer; brothers, Richard Miller, of California, Warren Gill, of Arkansas, Don Miller, of Lewistown; sister, Leona Griffith, of Lewistown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Alan; and brother, Ralph.
He worked at Lewistown Dray, Marlette Homes and with Big Chew Excavating, from which he retired.
He was a good man and a great father. He will be sorely missed.
His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 S. Market St., McVeytown, with the Rev. Jonathan God officiating. Interment will be in Birch Hill Cemetery, Burnham.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Strodes Mills Baptist Church, 63 Middle Road, McVeytown, PA 17051.
Katie M. Kanagy
BELLEVILLE — Katie M. Kanagy, 81, of 215 W. Back Mountain Road, Belleville, died at 7:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at her home.
Born June 5, 1925, in Belleville, she was a daughter of the late Abram D. and Nancy B. (Peachey) Peachey. Her husband, David S. Kanagy, whom she married in Feb. 1947, survives.
Also surviving are children, Abie D. Kanagy and wife, Emma L., of Belleville, Henry M. Kanagy and wife, Annie E., and David S. Kanagy and wife Lavina, both of Rockville, Ind.; brother, Daniel M. Peachey, of Belleville; sister, Susie Peachey and husband Stephen N., of Belleville; 18 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lena Peight.
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Her funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Levi Kanagy Residence, Belleville, with Ministers Henry Y. Peachey and Daniel L. Peachey officiating. Interment will be in Allensville Mennonite Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baggus Funeral Home, 3813 W. Main St., Belleville.
Rick Lee Furgison
LEWISTOWN — Rick Lee Furgison, 57, of Lewistown, died Friday, April 27, 2007, at the home of his daughter, Rachel J. Ritter, of Mifflintown.
Born April 23, 1950, in Derry Township, Mifflin County, he was the son of the late James M. and Geneva M. (Stuck) Furgison.
He is survived by two daughters, Amber R. Furgison and her fiance, Kenneth Kleinfelter, of Las Vegas, Rachel J. Ritter and her husband, Jeffery, of Mifflintown, 11 brothers and sisters, Rose Johnson and her husband, Fred, Zion, Mary Gotthard and her husband, Donald, Peaceful Point, Va., James Furgison and his wife, Evelyn, Bellefonte, Wanda Wagner, York, Dottie Cox and her companion, Don, Homer Furgison and Linda Furgison and her husband, George, all of Lewistown, Connie Wearstler and her husband, Terry, Greenville, S.C., Gail Ernest and her husband, Ken, of Lewistown, Joan Smith and her husband, John, of McClure, David Furgison and his wife, Sue, of Lewistown; one granddaughter, Samantha Ritter; and many nieces and nephews.
Two sisters, Grace Furgison and Dolly Goss, preceded him in death.
He was a 1970 graduate of Chief Logan High School and a member of the Steelworkers Union No. 1940, also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, No. 143, Lewistown.
He was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army.
Rick was employed from Aug. 1, 1977, until Oct. 19, 2004, at Mann Edge Tool Co., Lewistown.
He enjoyed the outdoors, picnicking and spending time with family and friends, shooting pool and going out to eat with his brother Dave.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2007, from the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. Allen Hulslander officiating, where the Juniata County Veterans Council will accord full military burial honors. Interment will follow in the Alfarata Lutheran Cemetery, Alfarata.
The viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2007, at the funeral home.
David Leroy Elliott
LEWISTOWN — David Leroy Elliott, 54, of 659 Valley St., Lewistown, died Sunday, April 29, 2007, at his home.
Born Nov. 12, 1952, in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Sarah B. (Cuff) Elliott. He is survived by his wife, B. Ann (Jupiter) Elliott, whom he married on June 26, 1999.
He is survived by children Heather DeSanto, of Fort Myers, Fla., Zacheeus Elliott, of York, and Jonas Elliott, of Fort Myers, Fla.; and three grandchildren; brothers and sisters Charles D. Elliott, of Mellipippus, Calif.; Barbara Stevenson, of Lewistown; Carl R. Elliott, of Lancaster; James L. Elliott, of Memphis, Tenn.; Joseph I. Elliott, of Lewistown; Gary L. Elliott, of Harrisburg; Stephen A. Elliott, of Lewistown; and Sarah Lewis, of Mifflintown.
He was employed at Grant’s Department Store in Lewistown and Chambersburg; Bethlehem Steel in Steelton; and at Empire Kosher in Mifflintown.
He was a member of Bethel AME Church in Lewistown.
His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Bernard Carpenter officiating. Interment will be in the Lind Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel AME Church, 23 Juniata St., Lewistown, PA 17044.