Dorsey D. Stuck
LEWISTOWN — Dorsey D. Stuck, 86, of Granville, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at the Malta Home.
Born Jan. 2, 1921, in Granville, he was a son of the late Charles N. and Bertha (Keller) Stuck. His wife, Velda M. (Harshbarger) Stuck, with whom he celebrated 62 years of marriage together on Tuesday, May 1, survives.
Also surviving are children: P. Darlene Specht and husband, Herbert, Newville, Linda Luann Goss and husband, Norman, Granville, Randy D. Stuck and wife, Mid, Lewistown; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Karl E. Stuck, a brother, Lawrence Stuck, and a sister, Marian Stuck.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Sicily and North Africa.
He was employed at Overhead Door Corp., Lewistown, for 44 years, retiring in 1983.
He was a member of the Granville United Methodist Church, and a life member of both the Junction and Granville Fire companies, having served as chief for 30 years at Granville. He also was an avid hunter and outdoors man.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, at Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 South Market St., McVeytown, with the Rev. Mark Brower officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Mattawana.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Granville Fire Co., P.O. Box 5, Granville PA 17029, or the Malta Home P.O. Box E. Granville, PA 17029.
Rosetta L. Guthridge
LEWISTOWN — Rosetta L. Guthridge, 68, of Golden Living Center-William Penn Nursing Home, Lewistown, formerly of Central Ave., Lewistown, died 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2007, at Lewistown Hospital.
Born Nov. 29, 1938, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of Brice and Madeline (Wilson) Hook, of Open Hearth Apartments, Lewistown.
Also surviving in addition to her parents are children: Toni Blewett and husband, Tom, Lewistown, Suzanne Guthridge, New York, N.Y., Bobbie Grove and husband, Rick, McClure, Michele Moyer and husband, Jim, Carlisle, and John Guthridge and wife, Elaine, Milroy; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Brice Hook Jr. and companion, Roberta Ross, Burnham, Phyllis VanScyoc and husband, Sheldon, Lewistown, and Lois Gonsmen, Fla.
She was employed at Cluett-Peabody Arrow Shirt Factory, Lewistown, until its closing.
She was a member of the U.S. Army’s WAC’s.
She attended Walnut Street United Methodist Church, Burnham.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the Hoenstine Funeral Home, 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Bernard Carpenter officiating. Interment will be at Birch Hill Cemetery, Burnham.
A viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Debra Jeanne Davis Kinsloe Whitter
MIFFLINTOWN — Debra Jeanne Davis Kinsloe Whitter, 51, of Pompano Beach, Fla., and formerly of Mifflintown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 5, 2007, at her home.
Born Sept. 3, 1955, in Derry Township, she was a daughter of Dorothy M. Davis, of RR2, Mifflintown, and the late William N. Davis.
Her loving husband, Bruce Whitter, of Pompano Beach, whom she married Nov. 3, 1987, survives.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a son, Curtis W. Kinsloe and wife, Lisa, of RR3, Mifflintown; a daughter, Celena S. Dixon and companion, Randy Sheeler; and a grandson, Julian W. Dixon, all of Port Royal; one sister, Linda Tucker, of Mechanicsburg; and a nephew, Daniel C. Hosler.
She was employed by Denny’s Restaurant and enjoyed saltwater fishing and boating with her husband. She also enjoyed going to the beach, hanging out with her best friend Evelyn and spending time with her family and friends.
Rachel N. Yoder
MAYSVILLE, Ark. — Rachel Nancy Yoder, 64, of Maysville, Ark., died April 26, 2007. near Cherokee City, Ark.
Born March 27, 1943, in Belleville, she was the daughter of Abraham Z. Peachey and Katie Peight Peachey. She married Menno Kore Yoder on Nov. 18, 1965.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 30, 2007, at the Gentry Mennonite Church, Gentry, Ark.
Anna S. Hostetler
McCLURE — Anna S. Hostetler, 70, of 385 Samuel’s Church Road, McClure, died at 5:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at her residence. Interment will be in Samuel’s Church Road Cemetery.
A service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham.
Lawrence ‘Larry’ A. Johnson
MIFFLINTOWN — Lawrence ‘Larry’ A. Johnson, 64, of Pleasant Gap, died May 6, 2007, at Bridges of Brookline, Mifflintown.
He was born July 25, 1942, in Pine Grove Mills, Ferguson Township. He was the son of the late Walter Johnson and Edna (Sundy) Johnson Page.
He attended State College schools and was of Protestant faith.
Over the years, he was employed by Harry Eby Paving, LaRue Thomas Logging, John Thomas Logging and Thomas Timberland before he retired in 2000 for health reasons.
He enjoyed camping at the Juniata River, his yard work and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed driving his wrecker at the Port Royal Speedway. He liked to build wreckers and helping friends out with his wrecker services.
He is survived by a daughter, Robin L. Hostler and her husband, Douglas, of Mifflintown, a son, Larry J. Johnson, of Bellefonte; grandchildren: Jennifer, Dustin and William Hostler, of Mifflintown, and Cody Johnson, of Bellefonte; and siblings: James Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, Louise Sprankle and Connie Novotka.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 9, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 10, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. B. Joy Hulslander officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Mills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Home Nursing Agency, 205 Park Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823.
J. Elrose Hartzler
BELLEVILLE — J. Elrose Hartzler, 87, of 39 Hazel Lane, Belleville, died at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at his residence.
Born March 15, 1920, in Allensville, he was the son of the late Harvey and Emma (Yoder) Hartzler. He is survived by his wife, Ruth E. (King) Hartzler, who he married on March 1, 1945.
He is survived by his children: Ralph L. Hartzler, Belleville, Rhoda (Paul) Frey, Steinbach, Manitoba, Ethel M. Hartzler, Belleville; a daughter-in-law, Mary Catherine (Peachey) Hartzler, Belleville; grandchildren: Julia (Eric) Schrock, Jeffrey (Marjorie) Hartzler, Laura (Darvin) Kauffman, Marlin Hartzler, Mark (Lety) Frey, Marcia (Irvin) Krause, and Michele Frey; great-grandchildren: Katrina, Vaughn and Madalyn Hartzler, Ava Krause and Aaron Schrock; a brother, Glen Hartzler, Belleville, and a sister, Edith (Norman) King, Belleville.
He was preceded in death by a son, Alphie J. Hartzler, and a grandson, Joel A. Hartzler, on Dec. 7, 1996.
He was ordained to the ministry on Oct. 3, 1943, and served as minister at both Allensville Mennonite Church and Beth-el Mennonite Church. He was a dairy farmer for many years until his retirement, and he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2007, at the Allensville Mennonite Church, Allensville, with ministers Foster King, Wesley King, Raymond Peachey and Roy Yoder officiating. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family at Allensville Amish-Mennonite Cemetery, Allensville.
There will be no public viewing; however, a visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, at the Beth-el Mennonite Church, Allensville.
Ruth Anne (Sieber) Crower
BELLEVILLE — Ruth Anne (Sieber) Crower, 64, died to this world and returned to her Creator on Oct. 30, 2007, from Valley View Retirement Community, where she had been a resident for the past two years.
Born in Lewistown, she was the daughter of Violet M. (Smith) Gross, of McClure, and the late Marvin D. Gross. Her husband, Paul D. Crowder, whom she married May 4, 2002, preceded her in death on May 26, 2003. Her ex-husband, Charles T. Sieber, Reedsville, survives.
She is survived by three cherished sons and their families; Michael T. Sieber and wife, Robin, grandsons, Charlie and Clint, of Halifax, N.C.; Matthew M. Sieber and wife, Stephanie, granddaughters, Tori, Alli and Bella, of Haveloc, N.C., and Nathan A. Sieber, of Lancaster, and one precious stepdaughter and her family; Kathryn J. Wright and husband, Tim, granddaughters, Megan and Maya, of Gansevoort, N.Y. Also surviving is her beloved sister, Joy Lynn Gross, Mechanicsburg, and uncle Samuel F. Smith, Mount Union. Five nieces and one nephew, of whom she was especially fond, also survive.
Ruth Anne was a graduate of the Geisinger Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Danville, and served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Student Nurse Association. her professional nursing career spanned 41 years and included Susquehanna University Health Center, Selinsgrove; Lewistown Hospital, where she worked in Pediatrics Oncology, was the first Hospice Nurse and was instrumental in developing HOSPICE: The Bridge. She also served as office nurse for Dr. Pamela McCarter, as camp nurse for Androscoggin Jr. Camp for Boys, Wayne, Maine, Orthopedics Total Join Unit at Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga, N.Y. She was last employed as RN supervisor at Valley View Haven, Belleville.
During her years in hospice care, Ruth Anne created many educational programs, workshops and written materials on end-of-life issues and was particularly interested in providing tools for adults to support children affected by loss. She was twice a presenter at the International Forum for Death Education and Counseling in Boston, Mass., and San Diego, Calif. and numerous times at Pennsylvania Hospice Network Annual Meetings, and was on the Speakers’ Bureau for Purdue Pharma with specialty in pain management at end of life.
She was an active member of Reedsville Evangelical Lutheran Church, having served as a Sunday School teacher, Church Council Secretary, Church Secretary, senior choir, and as director of the junior choir for over 25 years.
Although she loved nursing and music, sewing, making dolls, and crafts, Ruth Anne’s favorite activity was supporting her children and grandchildren in whatever activity in which they were participating. She will be remembered for her “Indian War Whoop,” enthusiastic presence and the infamous cow bell.
Although afflicted by ALS, Ruth Anne chose to emphasize the positives in her life and felt very blessed by her family, her friends, her caregivers and her God.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown. Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at Reedsville Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pearl and Logan streets, Reedsville, with the Rev. Kenneth W. Longfield officiating. Interment will follow at the Allensville Presbyterian Cemetery.
A viewing will be held Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at the Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ruth Annes’ memory to CPCI/WTLR Christian Radio, 2020 Cato Ave., State College, PA 18601, or to Lewistown Hospital, 400 Highland Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Geraldine Louise (Gilmore) Rossman
STATE COLLEGE — Geraldine Louise (Gilmore) Rossman left her earthly life on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, enveloped in the love of her family and the care of the staff at the Atrium at the Village at Penn State in State College. Although Geraldine spent the final year of her life at the Atrium, she was a lifelong resident of Millheim. Geraldine was the daughter of the late Harry and Olive Irvin Gilmore, of Millheim.
Her long life, of 87-and-a-half years, yielded many treasures. Property, pictures, a constant smile, friends, family, love, keepsakes and items of inheritance can easily be counted. It is the way that she lived her life that will keep her alive in our hearts, forever. Her bright smile could buoy many through seas of despair. Even on her most difficult days, facing tremendous pain or challenge, Gerry always had a thank you, as a first response, for those who provided care, assistance, or therapies. Her “will try, can do” attitude served as a model for us all to emulate.
Geraldine was born on her family’s farm at the edge of Millheim. Here, Geraldine learned the lessons that became the blueprint for her life. The story of her stewardship began there. The power of God, faith and love, the value of family, the bounty of nature and one’s responsibility to preserve and conserve it, as well as, the gift of being able to prosper from the Earth’s garden were just a few of the uncomplicated, yet engaging endeavors that fostered her outlook on life. Her favorite Psalm, No. 121, would become the light of her pathway through life, as she would lift her eyes unto the hills from whence would come her help.
During her youngest years, when her daily chores were finished, she would follow her older siblings, through the pastures to the one-room schoolhouse near the farm. Curiously and intently, she looked through the knothole in the door, until finally the teacher called her inside to begin her formal education. She became the first preschool student there, learning to read at a very early age. Her love of reading and learning took root, and became a value she would share. Persistence, patience, and perseverance got her in the door as her gregarious nature bloomed in the environment of school.
Geraldine spent her youth on the farm living through the Great Depression. She graduated from East Penns Valley High School, where she was part of the May Queen Courts, the basketball and track teams, and noted as an honor student. It was there that “Gilly” would become a lasting nickname. It was also at this school that she would meet her greatest love, Franklin Howard Rossman.
Following her graduation, Geraldine worked as a housekeeper for several families in Millheim. She lost her mother at a very early age, but this did not hinder Geraldine from being an outstanding mother and nurturer to her children and grandchildren. Geraldine believed that children were arrows in the hands of a warrior and that one’s tether should be filled with them (Psalm 127). In 1941, Geraldine married Franklin and began a prosperous 61-and-a-half year partnership. In the early years of the marriage, Geraldine stood strong on the home front with their three young children, as Franklin marched off to World War II. Both of them, filled with the American spirit, fought in their own way, to save the way of life that we all enjoy today in the United States. Even in times of war, Geraldine would find plenty to be shared with others, serving it up with an extra spoonful of sugar, and perfectly seasoned with love.
Geraldine supported her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren through nurturing encouragement, motivating and facilitating their endeavors in life. Whether it was spiritual, athletic, academic, or career pursuits, Geraldine was always their most enthusiastic cheerleader, who was always there to comfort and protect, and could cure most everything with a piece of homemade bread and her famous jelly. She made it clear that no enemy could penetrate the protection of a daughter’s, sister’s, wife’s, mother’s or grandmother’s love.
It was in these sustained efforts that Geraldine began to leave her mark on the people whom God had brought into her life. Her inborn sense of appreciation and wonder strengthened us all. She shared rediscovering with joy and excitement, focusing on the simple pleasures of sunrise and sunset, the light of the moon, gentle rain, the wisdom in the wind, the blooming of life in her fastidiously tended flowers and garden, the smell of fresh baked cookies, and warmth of a hug. She taught us how to still ourselves to hear the voice of the Lord, to comfort ourselves through the power of prayer, and to use these to figure out the mystery of life. When we choose to love instead of hate, to give instead of take, to hung instead of trample down, to heal instead of harm, to encourage rather than discourage, we are affirming all that Geraldine chose to be. The legacy that Geraldine leaves is one that Godliness shows value for all people and things, holding the promise for the present, the future, and for eternity.
Geraldine was a member of the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Millheim. Geraldine was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Kimberly Funk; a son-law, John C. Confer; and by her husband, Franklin Howard Rossman; along with brothers, Charles, John, Dean, Paul, Harold, and Francis. Geraldine’s beloved sister, Jean O. Stover, the last of her immediate family, survives. Geraldine is survived by her four cherished children, Brenda A. Confer and Dean Kenneth Rossman (wife Sandra) of Millheim; Carol L. McNichol (husband Samuel) of Zion, and Karen Rossman Styers (husband E. Terry Styers) of McVeytown. Also surviving are 12 treasured grandchildren, John Howard Confer, Sheila Barlock, Deanna J. Brown, Richela A. Benton, Dawn Funk, Dean Kenneth Rossman II, Scott Franklin Cornell Rossman, Mitchell Charles Rossman, Carmen L. Dorman, Samuel A. McNichol II, Zebulon McNichol, and Kylee Styers-Oden. Geraldine counted among her greatest blessings in life the fact that she was able to be a part of each of her grandchildren having children of their own. As a grandparent, Geraldine was able to see God inspired ideas throughout the generations, become reality. Geraldine is survived by 30 great-grandchildren.
According to Geraldine’s wishes, graveside services will be private. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Millheim. Arrangements are with the Neff Funeral Home of Millheim. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Geraldine’s memory may be made to an academic-athletic scholarship fund that is being established for award at Penns Valley High School. This is right and fitting when one considers that academic athletes were a focus of Geraldine’s and Franklin’s personal and family life. Donations may be made in care of Karen Rossman Styers, 29 White Pine Lane, McVeytown, PA 17051. Contributions may also be made in memory of Geraldine to the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Lewistown, and in honor of Mother Lisa Schoomaker, who provided pastoral care for Geraldine while she was at the Atrium.
Dana L. Diven
McCLURE — Dana L. Diven, 43, of 120 Memory Lane, McClure, died at 8:29 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, on Route 655 as a result of an automobile accident.
She was born Jan. 15, 1964, in Lewistown, a daughter of the late William D. and Phyllis (Gingher) Pandel.
She is survived by her husband, Randy S. Diven, whom she married May 7, 1988, and her son, Caleb M. Diven.
Also surviving is a brother, Bill Pandel, and his wife, Cindy, McClure, a sister, Ginger Pandel Brownsberger, and a companion, Steve Ward, 300 Mountain Springs Road, McClure, 17841; three nieces and a nephew.
She was a 1982 graduate of Chief Logan High School and was a licensed beautician working at Valley View Haven Nursing Home.
She was a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
She was an avid Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler fan and enjoyed all local and college sports and NASCAR.
Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Christina Trimble officiating. Interment will be in St. Mark’s Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 501 Howard Ave., Bldg. D, Altoona, PA 16601.
Fay L. Long
MECHANICSBURG — Fay L. Long, 73, of Silver Spring Township., Mechanicsburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, at Holy Spirit Hospital, East Pennsboro Township.
She was a former office manager for Walker Realty and the former tax collector for Fairview Township. She attended Christian Life Assembly, Camp Hill, and was a talented piano player accompanying worship services at local churches throughout the area. She also enjoyed crafts and oil painting.
Mrs. Long was born Oct. 16, 1934, in Coalport, Cambria County, the daughter of the late Henry A. and G. Marie (Briggs) Opdenhoff.
Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Lewis S. Long; three daughters and their husbands, Jill M. and Larry S. Peterson, of Dillsburg, Susan F. and Ray D. Deremer, of Mechanicsburg; Wendy L. and Bryan D. Fronte, of Camp Hill; a sister, Judith K. Grabill of Martinsburg; six grandchildren, Timothy, Nicholas, Cody, Brandy, Caley and Joseph and a niece and two nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 3, at 3 PM at Christian Life Assembly, 2645 Lisburn Road, Camp Hill, PA.
Viewing will be held Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Parthemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1303 Bridge St., New Cumberland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Life Assembly, 2645 Lisburn Road, Camp Hill, Pa 17011.