Richard B. Weakland
OCALA, Fla. — Richard B. Weakland, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005.
He was the son of Thelma Clark of Lewistown. His wife of 61 years, Louise A. Weakland of Ocala, survives.
In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by:
children, Judy Volosch of Reading, Pa., Nancy Berkhimer of Beverly Hills, Fla., Dottie May of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Kathy Nyholm of Winter Park, Fla., Ginny Campbell of Ocala, and Billy Weakland of Summerfield, Fla.; brother, Robert Clark Jr. of Indianapolis, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
He was a native of Coalport, Pa. having moved to Ocala from Fairless Hills, Pa. 35 years ago.
He was a member of St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 8012, American Legion Post 284 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8083, Belleview.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Support Group, Ocala Shakers Inc.
Annie E. Swartzlander
MIFFLIN — Annie E. Swartzlander, 88, of Locust Grove Retirement Village, HC 67 Mifflin, and formerly of McAlisterville, died at 10:35 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2005, at the Village.
She was born Sept. 24, 1916, in McAlisterville, Juniata County, a daughter of Charles and Annie (Leister) Swartzlander.
She is survived by: two sisters, Esther Ostrum, Orlando, Fla., Evelyn Riggin, Mifflin; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Sara Swartzlander Shellenberger and one brother, Edward Swartzlander.
She graduated from Fayette High School in 1935.
In earlier life she was employed as a seamstress by Lyons Fashions, McAlisterville and later was employed at the Woolco Department Store, Lakeland, Fla., until her retirement.
She was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, McAlisterville, the Lady Lafayette Rebekah Lodge 384, McAlisterville and in her earlier years, she assisted with the McAlisterville Brownie troop.
Family and friends may gather for a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, from the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, McAlisterville, with the Rev. James Park Bricker and intern pastor Erin Bovendam offciating.
Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery, McAlisterville and will be held at the convenience of the family.
There will be no viewing or visitation.
The family will provide all funeral flowers.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to: Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, HC 67, Box 7, Mifflin, PA 17058, the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 15, McAlisterville, PA 17049 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the McAlisterville Chapel of Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
Charles W. Yorks Sr.
MCVEYTOWN – Charles W. Yorks Sr., 57, of 128 School House Road, McVeytown, died at 2:02 p.m. Friday March 4, 2005, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.
Born Oct. 13, 1947, in Lewistown, he was the son of Blanche (Rothrock) Yorks, of Lewistown, and the late John O. Yorks Sr. His wife, Jane E. (Specht) Yorks, whom he married on Oct. 10, 1971, survives.
Also surviving are: two children, Billie Williams and husband Robert Sr., of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Charles W. Yorks Jr. and companion April L. House, of McVeytown; siblings, John O. Yorks Jr. and wife Sara, of Mifflintown, the Rev. Donald E. Yorks Sr. and wife Carol, of Montoursville, David P. Yorks and wife Brenda, of Lewistown, Jake W. Yorks Sr. and wife Nila, of Norfolk, Va., Clara L. Schlegel, of Thompsontown, Cora L. Yorks and companion Steven Liddick, Cloyd E. Yorks, both of Lewistown, Stanley M. Yorks and wife Caroline, of Rolla Mo., Pearl Y. Hall and husband Greg, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Barbara J. Murphy and husband Michael, of Norfolk, Va., and Linda S. Fallon and husband Thomas, of Lewistown; and seven grandchildren, Taylor, Robert Jr., Mackenzie Williams, Kyle, Chase, Erin Noel Yorks and Braelyn Fleck.
He graduated from Rothrock High School in 1967, and was employed as a machinist at CASE New Holland, Belleville, for 27 years, retiring in 2003. He was also a part-time carrier for The Sentinel.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War as an engineer.
He was a member of The Moose Family Center, Lewistown.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Juniata Memorial Park.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hoenstine Funeral Home, 75 Logan St., Lewistown. There will be no public viewing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at www.VVMF.org, or the American Cancer Society, 26 N. Brown St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Violet C. Mills
EAST WATERFORD – Violet C. Mills, 97, formerly of East Waterford, died at 5:20 a.m. Sunday March 6, 2005, at the Brookline Manor, RR 1 Mifflintown.
Born Feb. 24, 1908, in Shade Valley, Huntingdon County, she was the daughter of the late Harry H. and Elizabeth (Mefford) Burdge. Her husband of nearly 54 years, Ralph C. Mills, whom she married on Nov. 6, 1937, preceded her in death on March 1, 1991.
She is survived by: a foster daughter, Pastor Judy D. Rowles, RR 1 East Waterford; two foster grandchildren, Richard Harvey and Tammy Hutchinson, both of Honey Grove; and five foster great-grandchildren, Dakota Hutchinson, Austin Hutchinson, Whitney Harvey, Hunter Harvey and Heidi Harvey.
She was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by: a brother, Roy Burdge; and a sister, Miriam Krick.
She was an active member of the Richvale United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed flowers, canning and working around the farm.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Village Lighthouse, HCR-61, Blairs Mills, with her foster daughter, Pastor Judy D. Rowles, officiating. Interment will follow in the East Waterford Cemetery.
Viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to: the Village Lighthouse, c/o Joyce Campbell, Treasurer, HCR-61 Box 59, Blairs Mills, PA 17213.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mifflintown Chapel of Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown.
Fred R. Romig
MIFFLINTOWN – Fred R. Romig, 62, of Mifflintown, and briefly of Brookline Manor, Mifflintown, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Friday March 4, 2005, at Lewistown Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past two weeks.
Born March 22, 1942, in Lewisburg, he was a son of the late Paul W. and Beatrice C. (Maurer) Romig.
Surviving are: two sisters, May R. Chippeaux, of York, and Jane E. Stine, of Mifflinburg; three brothers, Carlo P., Darwin L., both of Beaver Springs, and Donald L. “Knuck,” of Beavertown; and many nieces and nephews.
He graduated from the former West Snyder High School, Class of 1960.
In 1999, he retired from the Ironworkers Union after 36 years of setting steel.
He served in the National Guard for many years.
He enjoyed golfing, and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 925, Millerstown, the Amvets Post 122, and American Legion Post 942, McClure.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Aurand Funeral Home, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown, with the Rev. David Meckley officiating. Interment will be in the Adamsburg Cemetery, Beaver Springs.
Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m., with the family being present 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.
Audice L. Rodkey
LEWISTOWN — Audice L. “Ott” Rodkey, 87, of 524 Lindberg Way, Lewistown, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2005 at the Malta Home, Granville.
Born May 25, 1917 in Lewistown, he was a son of the late William E. and Cora (Bailey) Rodkey. His wife, Esther “Becky” (Logan) Rodkey of Kish Apartments, Lewistown, whom he married June 21, 1936, survives.
Also surviving are sons, Alan L. Rodkey, of Indian Trails, N.C., the Rev. Audice “Abe” Rodkey, and wife, Karen, of Chester, Charles “Tom” Rodkey, and wife, Connie, of McVeytown, and James C. Rodkey, and wife, Diane, of York; 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers.
He was a graduate of Yeagertown High School Class of 1934. Early in life he was employed at the Royal Dairy and later was a debit agent for American General Insurance Company.
He was a member of Evangel Baptist Church, where he served Christ in many capacities in music, education and administration.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Evangel Baptist Church, with his son, the Rev. Audice “Abe” Rodkey and the Rev. Darrell Wireman officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at the Hoenstine Funeral Home, Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Evangel Baptist Church, 375 W. Fifth St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Ruth E. Varner
MIFFLINTOWN—Ruth E. Varner, 82, of Brookline Manor, formerly of RR 3, Mifflintown, died at 6:18 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2005, at the Lewistown Hospital emergency room.
Born June 16, 1922, in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late William and Frances Kraemer. Her husband, Forest S. Varner Sr., died July 16, 1981.
She is survived by four children, Forest S. Varner Jr., RR 2, McAlisterville, Gloria J. Varner, RR 3, Mifflintown, Ruthann M. Gill and husband, James E. Gill Jr., Tylersburg, and Robert L. Varner and wife, Glenda, Reedsville; one sister, Esther Knappenberger, Souderton, nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.
She worked in a sewing factory and also did sewing for other people. She enjoyed making candy, especially Easter eggs, and baking.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. Brenda Gill officiating. Interment will be in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery. Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Mrs. Varner, in care of Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.
George W. Baney
POTTERS MILLS —George W. Baney, 77, of Potters Mills died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at his residence.
Born November 4, 1927, in Warriors Mark, Pa., he was a son of the late Clyde W. and Emma Snare Baney
On October 10, 1960, he married Kathryn V. Graham, who preceded him in death on February 3, 1991.
Mr. Baney served in the U.S. Navy from January 18, 1946, until his discharge as a Seaman Second Class on March 14, 1947. He served on the USS Antietam CV-36. He earned a World War II Victory Ribbon.
For 17 years, Mr. Baney worked as a forklift operator in the food service division at Penn State University, retiring in 1990. He also worked as a shop foreman and bus driver for Fullington Bus Company, and later as a van driver for Miller-Reese Bus Company in Centre Hall.
Mr. Baney enjoyed being a part of many organizations as is evidenced by his membership in the following: The Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 143 Lewistown, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge 1600, State College, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Lodge 3138 in Lewistown, the American Legion Post 287, Milroy, the V. F. W. Post 9575 in Potters Mills, the Millheim Fire Company, the Brooklyn and City Fire companies in Lewistown, and the Yeagertown Fire Company.
Mr. Baney especially enjoyed hunting and woodworking.
He is survived by a granddaughter, Cindy Gummo Puff of rural Centre Hall; four great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren, two sisters, two brothers; two step-daughters, Nancy G. Koch Walls of Kulpsville, Pa., and Laura Kaye Koch Dorman of Blanchard, Pa., and a stepson, Fred G. Koch.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Mary Baney, and a granddaughter, Cathy Gummo.
Following his wishes, there will be no public visitation. A celebration of his life will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Potters Mills VFW Post 9575
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to the Veterans Home in Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.
A guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com.
James B. Wilson
MIFFLINTOWN — James B. Wilson, 100, formerly of Oakland Mills and a resident of Brookline Manor, R.R. 1 Mifflintown, died at 7:10 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2005 at the Manor.
Born Jan. 7, 1905 in Fermanagh Township, Juniata County, a son of the late James and Jennie (Moore) Wilson. His first wife, Sarah (Van Ormer) Wilson, preceded him in death on June 5, 1966. His second wife, Lavenia “Venie” (Hackenberger) Wilson, preceded him in death on March 11, 1988.
He is survived by one daughter-in-law, Fleda G. Wilson, HC 63, Mifflintown; one granddaughter, Cheryl A. Booker, and husband, Larry, R.R. 2, Mifflintown; and one step grandson, Dr. Jeffery Nale, and wife, Debbie, Mifflintown.
He was preceded in death by one son, James V. Wilson, on Sept. 18, 1992; one sister, Elizabeth E. Wilson, on July 29, 1966; and one step daughter, Junie Nale.
He was a self-employed dairy farmer who owned and operated the Ja-Wil Farm and also worked as a bus driver.
He was the oldest living member the Lost Creek Presbyterian Church, McAlisterville, where he served as elder, clerk of session and as a delegate of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. He also served on the Juniata County School District board of directors, the board of directors of the Eastern Milk Producers and was a member of the Walker Grange.
He had a passion for travel.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 10, 2005 from the Lost Creek Presbyterian Church, McAlisterville, with the Rev. Graham C. Fowler officiating. Interment will be in the Lost Creek Presbyterian Cemetery, McAlisterville.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Lost Creek Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 91, McAlisterville, PA 17049.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McAlisterville Chapel of Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville.