Margaretta L. “Marg” Karschner
McALISTERVILLE — Margaretta Lorraine “Marg” Karschner, 75, of RR #2, McAlisterville, Fayette Township, Juniata County, entered into eternal rest at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, at the home of her grandson, Marlin R. Spickler, who along with close friend, Rocky Reinhart, Jr., provided not only a loving home environment but also gave sincere care during her illness.
Born on May 23, 1929 in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late Cloyd Andrew and Mary Savilla (Schilling) Snook. Her loving husband, Marlin Leonard Karschner, Sr., whom she married Jan. 1, 1947 in Charlestown, Md., survives. Her passing breaks a strong marital union of more than 57 years.
Also surviving are: children, Marlin L. Karschner, Jr. and wife Judy of Lewistown, Cloyd A. Karschner, Carol L. Spickler, both of RR#2, McClure, Betty V. Heim of Pennsdale, Pa., and Wanda E. Fultz of Lewistown; sister, Luella Dobson of Milroy, 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and three generations of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: daughter Gladys Savilla Karschner; an infant in 1951; and sisters, Florence Wagner and Stella Mengle.
She was educated in Mifflin County schools and was employed 1968-1979 when she retired from the Beaver Shoe Factory, Beaver Springs, due to disability.
She was protestant by faith.
Family was the center of her life and she spent much quality time with them. She enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening and loved animals.
Her memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Salem United Methodist Church, New Lancaster Valley, with grandson Marlin officiating and Jeff Buch assisting. As per her wishes, there will be no viewing.
Burial will be at a later date at the discretion of the family, in Samuel’s Cemetery, RR#2, McClure.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made, in loving memory of Margaretta, to the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging, P.O. Box 750, 1 Buena Vista Circle, Lewistown, PA 17044.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the George P. Garman Funeral Home, Inc., Mount Pleasant Mills, PA.
Nina B. Shafer
BURNHAM — Nina B. Shafer, 67, of 241 S. Walnut St., Burnham, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Born June 5, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Melvin Wharton. Her mother Mary (Sheets) Wharton, of Shirleysburg and her companion, Tom Bellanto of State College, survive her.
Also surviving are: children, Mark W. Shafer of Litchfield, N.H., Mary A. Shafer of 9143 Easton Rd., Ferndale, Pa., and Rebecca A. Valentine of Windsor, Co.; siblings Donald H. Wharton and wife Genevieve of Mapleton Depot, Kenneth (Tom) Wharton and wife Barbara of Shirleysburg, and Helen W. Benner of Burnham; grandchildren, Brittany, Caitlyn and Taylor Shafer, Max and E. Tucker Valentine, Tavia and Isabella Godfrey.
She was preceded in death by brother Robert M. Wharton in 1996.
She was an office manager at Mid Penn Legal Services, Lewistown and was also a seamstress.
She really loved animals. She was a big supporter and very proud of EMS and fire companies. She and Tom loved to dance.
Her memorial service will he held on Sunday, Nov. 14 with the time and location to be announced later.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: United Fire Co., West Third Street, Lewistown 17044 or to the SPCA, RD1, Centre Hall, PA 16828.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Barr Funeral Home.
Ruth C. Houser
LEWISTOWN — Ruth C. Houser, 100, a resident of Ohesson Manor Nursing Home and formerly of Burgard Apartments and Shaw Avenue, Lewistown, died at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004 at the nursing home.
Born Dec. 3, 1903 in Derry Township, Mifflin County, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Elsie (Lowrie) Lepley. She was preceded in death by her husbands, William H. Worley, Jan. 5, 1961 and Frank Houser, April 1964.
Surviving are: children, Mrs. Thomas (Connie) Junkins of Lewistown, Debra Civitts of Belleville; stepchildren, Mrs. Evelyn Wilde of Belleville, John Houser of Millheim, Mrs. David (Mary) Heimbaugh of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. Harry (Jane) Taylor of Reedsville; four grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by daughter Barbara Worley, stepson Frank O. Houser; and two brothers.
She was employed at American Viscose Corporation for 21 years.
She was a member of Calvary Bible Church, Loyal Woman’s Sunday School class, Calvary Seniors, and Golden Oldies of Grace United Methodist Church.
Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown with the Rev. Howard D. Houtz officiating. Interment will be in Church Hill Cemetery, Reedsville.
The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: Calvary Bible Church Building Fund, 301 S. Pine St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Richard N. Stringer
SPRING MILLS — Richard N. Stringer, 68, of 160 Red Mill Road, Spring Mills, went home to be with the Lord at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College.
Born July 31, 1936 in Lewistown, he was a son of the late John E. and Silver May (Fike) Stringer. His wife, Carol L. Henry, whom he married June 14, 1957, survives.
Also surviving are: daughters, Debra Diane and husband Drew R. McGhee of Altoona, and Brenda Colleen Stringer of Spring Mills; sister Janet L. Price of Lewistown; and grandson Andrew McGhee.
He was preceded in death by: siblings, Eugene E. Stringer, J. William Stringer, Ronald L. Stringer, Silver Juanita Durst, Dorothy N. Ruble, and Kathleen Roseann Stricker.
He was a 1955 graduate of Penns Valley High School. He served as a ham radio operator for eight years in the Air National Guard. He had been a truck driver for 22 years and retired as a bus driver, after 13 years of service with Fullington.
He attended Fellowship Baptist Church in Burnham. He had been an avid hunter and fisherman. He liked to play chess, read his Bible, listen to Christian music, and attend his grandson’s bicycle races. He dearly loved his pets — Sierra and Hobo.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, at Bohn Funeral Home, 55 N. Main St., Reedsville with Pastor James Eberly officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Milroy. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, 501 Howard Ave., Altoona, PA 16603 or the American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Mary (Bazuk) Major
LEWISTOWN — Mary (Bazuk) Major, 85, a resident of Ohesson Manor, formerly of Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. and Ellicott City, Md., died at 10:50 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at the nursing home.
Born Aug. 26, 1919, in New York, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Dominick and Pauline (Huckousky) Bazuk. Her husband, Cass Major, preceded her in death.
She is survived by children: C. Harvey Major and wife Stephanie Spalding Major of Ellicott City, Md. and Dr. Karen Major Graham Doberneck and husband Daniel of Lewistown; grandchildren, Pamela Major Galeone and husband Douglas, Jennifer Major Jedrlinic and husband David, Jacqueline D. “Jacky” Graham, Dominique D. “Nicky” Doberneck, Lisa Graham Rankin and husband Prestie, Diane M. Doberneck and companion Tom Coleman, and Renee Doberneck Croushore and husband Carl, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by sister Nina (Bazuk) Leshock and Nina’s entire family, and son-in-law Jack Graham.
She attended Hunter College, N.Y. and then worked at Hofstra University while earning a degree as a certified speech therapist and special education teacher. She retired from Hofstra as an administrative secretary.
She also was a notary public in Maryland and the state of New York and volunteered at Trinity Elementary and Maryvale High schools, the Florence Bains Senior Center in Columbia, Md. and the Ellicott City Library.
She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, Md. and was affiliated with First United Methodist Church in Lewistown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Bernard Oniwe officiating. Interment will be in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, N.Y. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, at the Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown.
Memorials may be made to: the Matthew 25 Fund of First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Third St., Lewistown, PA 17044; the Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City, MD; or the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 106 N. Dorcas St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Christopher David Wilson
LEWISTOWN— Christopher David Wilson, 24, of 4060 U.S. Highway 522 North, Lewistown, died at 9:26 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at Geisinger Medical Center.
He was born July 23, 1980, in Lewistown to Richard and Holly (Zerbe) Wilson of Darlington.
He is survived by his wife Jessica McCool, whom he married on July 2, 2001. He is also survived by children: Jason Wilson and step-daughter Jennica Deavor, both at home; maternal grandparents John and Jean Young of McCLure; paternal grandparents Earl and Virginia Wilson of Fla. and great-grandmother Edith Wike, also of Fla.; brothers and sisters Kerry Sizer and Gregory Wilson, both of Lewistown.
He was employed at Roadway Trucking and was member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was a 1999 graduate of Lewistown Area High School, a member of the Brooklyn and United Fire companies, and was a junior 4-H leader.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 3, at Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. D. Gregory Lake officiating.
Interment will be in the Mt. Rock Cemetery, Lewistown, with a graveside military service by the Pennsylvania National Guard.
A visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewistown Borough Firemen’s Fund, P.O. 444, Lewistown or the memorial fund for the children of C.D. Wilson, c/o Omega Bank, P.O. Box 70, Lewistown, PA 17044.
Genevieve ‘Gen’ Elizabeth (Peachey) Snyder
LEWISTOWN — Genevieve “Gen” Elizabeth (Peachey) Snyder, 93, of Beverly Healthcare-William Penn, formerly of 96 Seventh St., Lewistown, died at 1:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at William Penn.
Born Sept. 11, 1911 in Belleville, she was a daughter of the late Rufus S. and Jennie R. (Stuter) Peachey. Her husband, Luther A. Snyder, preceded her in death March 1964.
She is survived by: children, Gary W. Snyder and wife Janet, and Hope E. Treaster and husband Gerald, both of Lewistown; grandchildren, Brian W. Snyder and wife Lisa of Allensville, Dionne L. Hight and husband Ronald of Canton, Ohio, Wendy E. Leister and husband Mark of Lititz, Bret Treaster and wife Jennifer of Lewistown, and Beth Updegrove and husband Chris of Pleasant Gap; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: siblings, Ruth Zook, Margaret Wilson, Lorraine Overholt and Rush Peachey; a grandson and a great-grandaughter. She worked for the G.C. Murphy Company and was last employed by Town and Country department store for 10 years. She was a member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church for 60 years and a member of the Willing Workers Sunday school class.
Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at the Barr Funeral Home, Inc., 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Christina L. Trimble officiating. Interment will be in St. Marks Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 604 Electric Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Baby Girl Yoder
MILROY — Baby Girl Yoder, daughter of Samuel C. and Dena L. (Yoder) Yoder, was stillborn Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004. Services were held Thursday afternoon. Burial was in Back Mountain Road Amish Cemetery, Milroy. Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, Inc. directed arrangements.
John E. Vasger
LEWISTOWN — John E. Vasger, 60, of 129 Valley St., Lewistown, died at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Lewistown Hospital.
Born Jan. 30, 1944, in Philadelphia, he was a son of Gloria Evanetz Maslanik and the late Joseph E. Vasger of Huntingdon. His wife, Dorothy K. (Fagan) Vasger, whom he married in 1965, survives.
Also surviving are: children, John P. Vasger of Lewistown and Ann Vasger of Richfield; siblings, Joseph Vasger, Jim Rodgers, Paul Rodgers and Nancy Rodgers, all of Huntingdon, Mary Ann Lake of Mount Union, and Vickie Sue Grove of Virginia; and grandchildren, Tyler, Jessica, Rachael and Ashton.
He served 20 years in the U.S. Army, including service in Vietnam, and retired in 1982. He worked at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility in Camp Hill and at Smithfield.
He was a member of the FAME and Brooklyn fire companies, American Legion Post 90, the Mount Union American Legion, and VFW Post 7011, Lewistown.
His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Barr Funeral Home Inc., 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with Rev. Michael Mullins officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park. His viewing will be 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the funeral home.
Anna Mary Wagner
GRANVILLE — Anna Mary Wagner, 87, of the Malta Home, died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 2005, at the home.
Born June 14, 1917 in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Anna E. (Carter) Sheetz.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, at Lind Memorial under the direction of Hoenstine Funeral Home, Inc.
Byrdie L. Hawn
BELLEVILLE — Byrdie L. Hawn, 97, of Valley View Haven, 4702 East Main St., Belleville, formerly of Huntingdon and Logan Township, Petersburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Valley View Haven, Belleville.
She was born to the late L. Frank and Sarah May (Henry) Hawn, in Petersburg, on March 27, 1907.
She is survived by one sister, Frances M. Hawn of Valley View Retirement Community, Belleville.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters: George M. Hawn, Fred H. Hawn, Lamer F. Hawn, Margaret (Hawn) Anderson and Esther M. (Hawn) Vandergrift.
As an adult, Ms. Hawn was a member of the Saint James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Huntingdon.
She retired in 1969 after 38 years of teaching.
Her funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon, PA 16652, with the Revs. Galen L. Sharp and Paul E. Spring officiating.
Friends may call at the Valley View Retirement Community Chapel, 4702 East Main St., Belleville, PA 17004, from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at the funeral home, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2004, from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Petersburg.
Memorial contributions in remembrance of Ms. Hawn are requested for the Saint James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 517 Mifflin St., Huntingdon, PA 16652 or Valley View Retirement Community, 4702 East Main St., Belleville, PA 17004.