Bruce A. Secrest
MOUNT UNION — Bruce A. Secrest, 80, of RD 1, Box 912, Mount Union, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union.
Samuel L. Keister
MCCLURE — Samuel L. “Sam” Keister, 23, of McClure, formerly of Millerstown, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at his home.
He was a son of Ronald A. Keister, of West Fairview, and Theresa M. Miller Keister, of Millerstown.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by companion, Amy Wagner; daughter, Lacy May Keister, of Millerstown; siblings, Michael A. Keister, of Millerstown and Heather R. Keister, of Carlisle; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Curvin and Christabell Keister; and maternal grandparents, Frederick and Rosella Miller.
He was employed by Snooks Poultry Loading Company, of Beaver Springs.
He was a NASCAR fan, liking Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr.
His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, at the Shalonis Funeral Home, 206 Maple Ave., Marysville. Interment will be in Perry Heights Cemetery, Marysville. His viewing will be 7-9 p.m. Sunday, and noon-1 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Samuel Keister Memorial Fund, 3588 Sugar Run Road, Millerstown, PA 17062.
John Howard Carolus
DULUTH, Ga. — John Howard Carolus, 72, of Duluth, Ga., and formerly of Lewistown, died Thursday, March 31, 2005.
He was the son of the late Andrew J. and Mary Alice Carolus.
He is survived by children, Susan Carolus Williams, of Duluth, John Jay Carolus, of Dacula, Ga., Andrew J. Carolus, of Buford, Ga., and Joseph Howard Carolus, of Braselton, Ga.; and sister, Joan Hannon, of Painsville, Ohio.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, is handling arrangements.
Carl W. “Mannie” Hopple
LEWISTOWN — Carl W. “Mannie” Hopple, 85, of Lockport Road, Lewistown, died at 8:45 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, at his home.
He was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Oliver Township, a son of the late Carl R. and Charlotte (Sellers) Hopple. His wife, Mary E. (Aurand) Hopple, preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 1985.
Surviving are: a companion, Arlene Keister, Troxeville; five children, Howard E. Hopple and wife Rosella, Mount Airy, Md., Donna M. Moore, Old Park Road, Lewistown, Carl D. Hopple and wife Donna, Big Ridge Road, Lewistown, Kathryn “Sue” Woomer and husband David, Old Park Road, Lewistown, and Richard B. Hopple and wife Nancy, Squaw Hollow Road, Lewistown; a sister, Grace Vogelsong, Baltimore, Md.; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Larry W. Hopple, on Oct. 14, 1979; and siblings, George Hopple, Helen Clark, Alice Pennebaker and Charlotte Jamison.
A farmer early in life, he was later employed as superintendent of the Mifflin County Department of Highways and as a bridge engineer for PennDOT, covering an eight-county district. He retired from the former Arch Rock Paving, Lewistown.
He held the longest current membership of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Lockport.
An avid outdoorsman, he also enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with his family, especially at their monthly family dinners.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 S. Market St., McVeytown, with the Revs. Dale Dobbs and Alvin Smith officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park, Lewistown.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Chapel U.M. Church, c/o Frank Davidheiser, 325 Middle Road, Lewistown, PA 17044; or to Sun Home Hospice, 2 Hudson Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Dorothy P. Kline
LEWISTOWN — Dorothy P. Kline, 80, of 3613 U.S. Highway 522 North, Lewistown, died at 8:42 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, at her daughter’s residence.
She was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Manor Hill, Pa., a daughter of the late John W. and Alvilda G. (Wagner) Guyer. Her husband, Henry W. Kline, died Aug. 27, 1996.
Surviving are: children, Mrs. Theodore (Carol Ann) Babcock, Reedsville, Garry Lee Kline and wife Gloria, and Mrs. Duane (Marie) Rhodes, both of Lewistown; a daughter-in-law, Judy Kline, Lewistown; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: a son, Henry J. “Pete” Kline, on Dec. 27, 1993; a great-grandson, Skylar P. Snook, in 1991; two brothers, Merle and Orville Guyer; and a sister, Arlene H. Spigelmyer.
She was a member of Samuel’s Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed country music, the Pittsburgh Steelers and professional wrestling. Dorothy devoted her life to raising her family, caring for her husband, and treating one and all with love and respect.
Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Jerry Miller officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park.
A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
The family will provide all flowers, and asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice: The Bridge, c/o Lewistown Hospital, 400 Highland Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Cleda Merl Wright
HEADLAND, Ala. — Cleda Merl (Wilson) Wright, a resident of Headland, Ala., died early Monday morning, March 7, 2005, at the home of her daughter, Wilma Rhodes Marshall. She was 92.
She was a native of Dilltown, Pa. and a daughter of the late Jesse Clair and Oly Elvy (Poling) Wilson. She lived all of her adult life in Lewistown, before moving to Headland in 1996.
She is survived by daughter, Wilma Rhodes Marshall, and husband, Larry, Headland, Ala.; a son, Bert Wright Jr., and wife, Diane, Reisterstown, Md; a son-in-law, Leroy Hudson and wife, Gail, Harrisburg; six grandchildren, Wendy Press, and husband, Steve, Ann Bottoms, and husband, Dwayne, Patrick Rhodes, and wife, Jayme, Rachel Beth Listwan, and husband, Marty, Vonnie Baney and husband, Paul, Denise Thomas, and husband, Mike; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Bettie Graham, Orlando, Fla.; and brother, Bill Wilson, Reedsville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Wright; a daughter, Elizabeth Elvy Wright Hudson; son, Don Barry Wright; a great-granddaughter, Jessica Diane Press; four sisters, Laura Elder, Elvy Wilson, Dorothy Kane, June Wilson; and a brother, Dow Wilson.
She taught private piano lessons for a number of years. She was a member of the First Church of the Brethren in Lewistown, where she served as church organist and choir director. She also formerly served as choir director for the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lewistown. Mrs. Wright’s greatest joy in life, after suffering from a stroke, was writing, and she especially enjoyed being a member of the Wiregrass Writers Club.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the First Church of the Brethren, Shaw Avenue in Lewistown, with Pastor Douglas Sherlock officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Headland United Methodist Church Building Fund, 103 W. King Street, Headland, Alabama 36345.
Norma J. Forshey
MIFFLINTOWN — Norma Forshey, 70, of RR 3, Mifflintown, died at 5:37 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Lewistown Hospital.
She was born July 17, 1934, in Tiffin, Ohio, a daughter of Luella (Goeller) Grassmyer, of Thompsontown, and the late Clair Carruthers. Her husband, William E. Forshey Sr., of Mifflintown, survives.
Also surviving are: children, Mark Varnes, Blairs Mills, Daniel Varnes, Mifflintown, Larry Varnes, Port Royal, Tammy Rhea, Mifflintown, and Ryan Varnes Beaver, Port Royal; stepchildren, William E. Forshey Jr., Paul Forshey, Denver Forshey, Tina Forshey, all of Pittsburgh, and Glen Forshey, Lewistown; siblings, Patricia Lauver, Deborah Tabb, both of Thompsontown, Madelyn Carruthers Landis, Ebensburg, and Sandra Leitner, Harrisburg; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three children, David, Arnold and Mary Jane.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Barr Funeral Home Inc., 120 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.
Florence C. Guntz
MCALISTERVILLE — Florence C. Guntz, 73, of Brookline Manor, RR 1, Mifflintown, and formerly of RR 1, McAlisterville, died at 10:45 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, at the manor.
She was born Oct. 29, 1931, a daughter of the late Walter Sidney and Catherine C (King) Fuller. Her husband, Joseph A. Guntz, preceded her in death on March 9, 2004.
Surviving is: a sister, Gracie C. Sheaffer, RR 2, Box 435, Richfield.
She was a retired nurse’s aid, having worked for several nursing homes in Media, Pa.
She attended Brown’s United Methodist Church, RR 2, McAlisterville. She was a member of the McAlisterville senior citizens’ center and was a past member of the former Port Royal senior citizens’ center.
Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Rex Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Ronald E. Landis officiating. Interment will be in New Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal.
The viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. There will be no evening viewing.
Sarann A. Wagner
LEWISTOWN — Sarann A. Wagner, 12, of 14 Sara Lane, Lewistown, finished her journey on earth and went to be with her Lord and Savior at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2005, at her residence.
She was born May 9, 1992, in Lewistown, a daughter of Steven D. Wagner and the late Amy J. (Price) Wagner, who died Nov. 28, 2004.
Also surviving are: sibling, Stephany Wagner, at home; maternal grandparents, James E. and Amy Price Sr., Lewistown; and paternal grandparents, Roy Dean and Carol Wagner, Lewistown.
She was a student at Lewistown Special Needs Center, where she graduated in June of 1995.
She was a member of Maitland Church of the Brethren.
Make a Wish Foundation made her wish come true, which was a community video for Sun Home Health Hospice on pediatric hospice care, in August of 1994, and she also received a hospital bed.
Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Maitland Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Charles Eldredge officiating. Interment will be in Maitland Church of the Brethren Cemetery.
A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Maitland Church of the Brethren, 315 Crossover Drive, Lewistown, PA 17044; or to Mifflin & Juniata Special Needs Center Inc., 401 Yale St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.
William P. Ritter
YEAGERTOWN — William P. Ritter, 55, of 232 N. Boiling Springs Ave., Yeagertown, died at 6:48 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, at Lewistown Hospital.
He was born May 10, 1949, in Lewistown, a son of the late Sylvester J. and Esther B. (Baumgardner) Ritter.
Surviving are: siblings, Anna Ritter, Yeagertown, Charles Ritter, Barrville, Dennis Ritter, Peggy Ritter, James Ritter, Daniel Ritter, Shirley Lefevre, Jackie Zimmerman, Anna Lee Zimmerman, all of Lewistown, and Pat Rhodes, Willow Hill.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph F. Ritter, Harold L. Ritter and Russell Ritter; and a sister, Virginia J. Gingerich.
He previously worked on a dairy farm in New Jersey and for Empire Kosher, in Mifflintown.
His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bohn Funeral Home, 55 N. Main St., Reedsville, with Pastor George E. Smith officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Milroy.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Patricia L. Miller
LEWISTOWN — Patricia L. Miller, 27, of Shaw Avenue, Lewistown, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at her home.
Born Feb. 3, 1978, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of Steven L. Hoar and Susan I. Hernandez, both of Lewistown. Her husband, Glenn T. Miller, whom she married Nov. 8, 1996, survives.
Also surviving are: children, Brittany N. Miller, Chase T. Miller, and Benjamin C. Miller, all at home; a brother, Larry Z. George Jr., Halifax; a sister, Mrs. Richard (Robin L.) Kelley, Lewistown; maternal grandmother, Jenny Price, Granville; and paternal grandparents, Donald and Helen Davis, Juniata Terrace.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Fred C. Price Sr.
She was a homemaker and attended Bible-study classes.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 S. Market St., McVeytown. Interment will be in Pine Glen Cemetery.
Friends may call from noon until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.