William W. ‘Bill’ Fisher
MCCLURE — William W. “Bill” Fisher, 65, of RR2 McClure passed away at 5:08 p.m. March 27, 2005, at Geisinger Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born June 26, 1939, in West Beaver Township, Snyder County, he was a son of the late Robert and Miriam (Weader) Fisher. On July 6, 1959, he married the former Brenda L. Dobson, who survives.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Fisher, at home, and Melissa Marquette, Sunbury, and a son, William D. “Butch” Fisher, Lewistown, five grand-children, William, Heather, Cassie, Scott and Zane, whom he and his wife helped raise. He is also survived by a great-grandson, Gavyn, a sister, Roberta Rhodes, Beaver Springs RR1, and four brothers, Robert, Hulberton, NY, Harold, Middleburg, Herbert, McClure RR2 and Ronald, Milroy.
In 2003, he retired from Lozier Corp., McClure, after more than 40 years as an equipment operator. Earlier in life, he had worked construction for Heeter’s Sawmill. He loved antiques, auctions, gardening, yard work, flowers, cooking and decorating.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, in the Aurand Funeral Home, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown, with the Rev. James Richard and the Rev. Franklin Trego officiating. Interment will be in the Black Oak Ridge Cemetery, RR2 McClure.
Friends may call in the funeral home from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, where the family will be present from 7-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
Betty L. Romig
BEAVER SPRING — Betty L. Romig, 75, of RR1 Beaver Springs passed away at 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2005, at her home. She had been in failing health for 18 months.
Born Jan. 18, 1930, in Franklin Township, Snyder County, she was a daughter of the late C. Frank and Fannie L. (Hummel) Spigelmyer. Her husband, Wallace M. Romig, whom she married Aug. 5, 1950, survives.
Also surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Kerry F. Romig Sr. and Sonja L. of RR1 Beaver Springs, two grandsons, Kerry F. Romig Jr. of Silver Spring, Md., and Adam M. Romig of San Francisco, a sister and brother-in-law, marian and Robert Treaster of Paxtonville.
Betty graduated from Middleburg High School with the class of 1948.
Following graduation, she was employed by Weis Pure Food Store, Middleburg, for one year. She left that position to work for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, from which she retired in 1985 with 32 years of service. In 1973, she became a reflexologist practitioner, working in that position on a part-time basis until her illness. Betty also helped her husband, Wallace, in their operation of their dairy farm for many years.
Friends and family may call from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg, where the funeral will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Denton Mallonee officiating.
Burial will be in Troxelville Union Cemetery.
Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to Evangelical Community Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
John Bud Hockenberry Jr.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — John Bud Hockenberry Jr., 69, of 3700 Bush River Road, Apt. H-10, died Friday, March 25, 2005, at Providence Hospital, Columbia, S.C.
He was born in Lewistown, as a son of the late John Bud Sr. and Annie (Arentz) Hockenberry.
He is survived by daughters, Rhonda Trotter, of Fountain Inn, S.C., Beverly Dunlap, of Irmo, S.C., and Kimberly Grassie, of Spartanburg, S.C., two sons-in-law; siblings, Foster Hockenberry, of Lewistown, and Carol Jean Bulick of Mifflinburg; and five grandsons.
He was retired from the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Vietnam War. He attended New Heights Baptist Church, Columbia.
Graveside services, with military honors, were held Monday, at Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Forest Mixon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, Cemetery Fund, 36 Shiloh Church Road, Gray Court, SC 29645.
Belmont L. Harpster
BURNHAM — Belmont L. Harpster, 92, of 415 S. Walnut St., Burnham, died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2005, at his home.
He was born July 16, 1912, in Lewistown, as a son of the late George and Lulabelle (Switzer) Harpster. His wife, Dorothy (Thomas) Harpster, preceded him in death in 1988.
He is survived by children, Mrs. Jeffery (Dixie) Worner, of Virginia Beach, Va., Mrs. Terry (Sheila) Greenaway, of Lewistown, and Mrs. Wendel (Vicki) Reis of Burnham; siblings, Ethel Beck of Pittsburgh, Donald Harpster, and wife, Fay, of Burnham, and Jane Stewart, and husband, John, of Burnham; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Richard and Wilbur Harpster.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Marines Corp.
He was employed as a supervisor in the maintenance department of Standard Steel in Burnham, for 46 years, retiring in 1977.
He was a member of the Walnut Street United Methodist Church, the Lewistown Elks Lodge 603, the Lewistown Country Club and the Standard Steel Supervisors Club.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Walnut Street United Methodist Church, 203 N. Walnut St., Burnham, with the Rev. Larry K. Lutz officiating. Interment will be in Mount Rock Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Walnut Street United Methodist Church, 203 N. Walnut St., Burnham, PA 17009.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham.
Donald W. ‘Shine’ Ranck
MIFFLIN — Donald W. “Shine” Ranck, 62, of HC67, Mifflin died at 3:37 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2005, at Lewistown Hospital.
Born Aug. 2, 1942, in Walker Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late William C. and Beulah (Wynn) Ranck.
Surviving are his companion, Jeannie Brown of HC67 Mifflin, children, Randy Ranck RR1 Richfield, Tammy Ranck, Milroy, Rick Ranck, Hopkinsville, KY, Gary Ranck, Lewistown, Traci Seigler, RR2 McAlisterville, a brother, Richard Lee Ranck, Linglestown, a sister, Shirley Dressler, Millerstown, and 14 grandchildren.
He had 22 years of service to Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc., Mifflintown, before becoming disabled. He was an avid NASCAR fan.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, from Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with Pastor Warren Peachey officiating. Interment will follow in the New Church Hill Cemetery, RR2 Port Royal.
Viewing will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gary L. Ranck, 18 Center St., Lewistown, PA, 17044.
Evelyn Moist Robinson
MIFFLINTOWN — Evelyn Moist Robinson, 94, of Fermanagh Township, Juniata County, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at Locust Grove Retirement Village.
Born April 13, 1910, in Harrisburg, she was the middle daughter of David Blaine Moist and Maude Reichley Moist. As part of the Moist Girls Trio, she played cello, her sisters Dorothea and Margaret played piano and violin. They performed in Harrisburg.
She graduated from William Penn High School in 1927 and from Wilson College in 1931. She earned a library science degree from Columbia University, N.Y. while working for the New York Public Library. Moving to Ohio, she attended (Case) Western Reserve in Cleveland. She and her husband, Clark Leon Robinson, whom she met in Ohio, married in 1936. They then lived in New York City until Clark began serving in the U.S. Navy in 1943. She spent the war years living in Harrisburg and teaching at Katharine Sweeney Day School.
Post World War II, Evelyn and Clark operated a dairy farm on her father’s family homestead, family owned since 1811, in Fermanagh Township, Juniata County. She was a school teacher in the Juniata County Schools in the 1950s and then from 1959 through 1974, the librarian at the Lewistown High School, Mifflin County. Evelyn enjoyed hosting family dinners, was an avid gardener, generous to family, friends and community. She did volunteer work for charities, her church, and participated in the first attempts to start a public library in Juniata County.
Following retirement, she and her husband, who taught from 1961 to 1972 in the Juniata County Schools, enjoyed travel, music and gardening. Her husband preceded her in death in 1983.
She continued with family gatherings, tending pets, gardening, traveling with her sisters and friends, bird watching and participated in activities at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, including delivering Meals-on-Wheels, first with Clark and then with Inez Parker.
Evelyn is survived by her children: Ellen R. and spouse Alan Chack of R.R. 4, Mifflintown, Michael C. and spouse Kathanne Robinson of Queensbury, N.Y.; grandsons, Blaine and Graham Robinson; nieces Nancy and Elinor Serotkin; nephews Stephen and Gordon Robinson, David Robinson and Jonathan Serotkin;
grandnephew David Harry Serotkin and his mother, Anne Serotkin; former daughter-in-law Nancy Robinson; her many friends in Juniata County; and her lifelong high school friend Harriet Cooke, and lifelong Wilson College friends Betty Adams, Washington, Pa., Louise Benson, Sun City, Fla. and Elizabeth Schaeffer, West Lawn, Pa.
The family will hold a celebration of life to commemorate her brave and gallant spirit in overcoming health problems and blessing all she met with a joy for life.
Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s charity of choice or to the Juniata County Library, 498 Jefferson St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Irene E. Drozda
LEWISTOWN – Irene E. Drozda, 80, of 117 E. Third St., Lewistown, died at 12:56 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at the Lewistown Hospital emergency room.
Born July 18, 1924, in Newport, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Alesandra (Allen) Zampelli. Her husband, Michael A. Drozda, whom she married in 1951, survives.
Also surviving are nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, John and James Zampelli.
She worked at Arrow Shirt Factory, and was a manager of Meriville Women’s Clothing Store.
She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, City and Brooklyn fire companies and VFW Post 7011 (Ladies Auxiliary).
She was an avid bingo player and loved to crochet.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, with Father Bernard Oniwe officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions 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.
Ruth Louise Mann Cox
WEAVERVILLE, N.C. - Ruth Louise Mann Cox, 80, of 6 Scarlett Ridge Lane, died: Monday, February 28, 2005.
Mrs. Cox was born February 10, 1925 in Mifflintown, Penn. and had been a resident of Buncombe County for the past 14 years. She was the daughter of the late James H. and Mabel Evelyn Eckenbarger Mann. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Ann Mann.
Surviving is her husband, Howard T. Cox, daughter, Jennifer Sue Peters of Bellingham, Wash., sons, Jeffrey Wayne Peters of Seattle, Wash. and Franklin Taft Peters and his wife, Cassandra Sweet of Phoenix, Ariz., and brothers, James H. Mann and his wife, Mary Jane of Chardon, Ohio and William Walter Mann and his wife, Marjorie of Lancaster, Penn.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, N.C. with Chaplain Brenda Lewis officiating.
Local services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at East Kish Presbyterian in Reedsville.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.
Catherine L. Thompson
LEWISTOWN — Catherine L. Thompson, 84, of 21 N. Main St., Lewistown, died at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at Michaux Manor Living Center, Fayetteville.
Born Oct. 31, 1920, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late J. Edgar and M. Catherine Thompson.
She was a graduate of Penn State University, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
She taught at Chief Logan High School for 31 years, retiring in 1973, and was a member of the Mifflin County Retired Teacher’s Association, as well as the Lewistown Presbyterian Church.
She was a pet lover, bird watcher and avid collector. As a lifelong resident of Lewistown, she enjoyed the downtown area very much.
A viewing will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, at Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown.
There will be a private graveside service, with the Rev. Robert Zorn officiating.
Samuel F. Gahagan
STATE COLLEGE – Samuel F. Gahagan, 93, formerly of RD 2 Mount Union, and most recently a resident of University Park Nursing Center, State College, died at 6:40 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at the center.
Born Sept. 1, 1911, in Wayne Township, Mifflin County, he was a son of the late Thomas S. and Margaret (Starr) Gahagan. His wife, Lena Grace (Beatty) Gahagan, whom he married on Oct. 15, 1937, survives at the nursing center.
Also surviving are: two adopted daughters, Raylene Forlines and Janice Porter, both of Mount Union; and a sister, Viola Kimmel, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
He was preceded in death by: a brother, Roy Gahagan; and four sisters, Ethel Houck, Marguerete Gahagan, Hazel Shields and Edna Neiman.
Sam was a carpenter and had worked for E. Devecchis and Sons, of Mount Union, and Clair M. Love Contracting, of RD 1 Mount Union.
He enjoyed woodworking at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, with the Rev. Jim Hullihen officiating. Interment will be in Haven Rest Memorial Park, RD 1 Shirleysburg.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday, or from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday, at the funeral home.