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Barbara A. DuBois, 76, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born on March 14, 1943 in Walden, NY, she was a daughter of the late Lester D. and Ella M. (Turner) DuBois Sr. She graduated from Walden High School in 1961. For nearly 30 years, Barbara was employed at the Walden Bag Company in New York. After moving to Berwick 13 years ago, she worked part-time at the Berwick YMCA until she retired 3 years ago.

Barbara was a member of the Berwick Senior Center and the Berwick Area YMCA. She liked traveling, playing canasta, crocheting and fishing. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends.

She will be greatly missed by her son, William Brewer and wife Michelle, Walden NY; grandchildren, Christopher Dunn, Tiffany Brewer, and Jacob Brewer; sisters: Shirley DeBois, Arlene Kennedy and Patty Decker; brothers: Charles, Lester and Leroy DeBois; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind several cousins including, Lillian Petraglia, with whom she resided.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

At Barbara’s request, there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick Senior Center, 1401 Orange St, Berwick, PA 18603, or Berwick Area YMCA, 231 W 3rd St, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Sandra H. Erdman, age 81, of Mifflin Township passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Residential Hospice inpatient unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Hospital.

Born in Bloomsburg, she was a daughter of the late M. Lee and Clara (Herrington) Hippensteel. She graduated from Mifflin Township High School in 1955.

In November of 1955, she married Robert A. Erdman. They shared 61 years of marriage until his death on January 3, 2017.

Sandra was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She worked along side her husband in their nursery and landscaping business. She was known for her good home cooking and enjoyed preparing food for her family, friends and church.

Sandra was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters: Roberta Erdman and companion Donald Lamon Jr; Brenda Casey and husband James; son, David Erdman and wife Deborah; granddaughters: Carolyn “Carly” Casey and Mariah Casey; sisters: Ann Slocum and husband Russell; Betsy Hippensteel and husband Maurice Guimond; sister-in-law, Vinniedee Hippensteel; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Weston and Jimmy Hippensteel.

At Sandra’s request, services will be private at the convenience of the family. She will be buried next to her husband in Mifflinville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Sandra’s memory are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Ave, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Sarah L. (McAfee) Vought, 84, of Berwick passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.

Born on November 11, 1934 in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late George A. and Ruth I. (Knorr) McAfee, Sr. She attended Berwick Area Schools. Sarah retired from Consolidated Cigar.

She is survived by her children: Donna Kile, Berwick; James Vought, Jr. and wife Debbie, Virginia; David Vought, Sr. and wife Bonnie, Beach Haven; Dennis Vought, Sr. and wife Cindy, Berwick; Sandy Yachimowski and companion Tracy, Berwick; Terry McMurtrie and husband Kelly, Florida; Richard Vought, Berwick; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild. She also leaves behind sisters, Betty Creasy, Florida; Beverly Harmon, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, James E. Vought, Sr on March 31, 2012; a daughter-in-law, Norma Vought; sisters, Verna Williams, Lula Carvell, and Laura Fredericks; brothers, Henry, Robert, Carl, and George McAfee, Jr.

At Sarah’s request there will be no services.

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Donald L. Miller, Sr. 97, of Nescopeck, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at his home on the farm surrounded by his family.

Born in Zenith on October 7, 1922, he was a son of the late Victor P. and E. Leona (Yost) Miller. He attended the one-room Harter school in Zenith. In January of 1943, Don enlisted in the US Army where he proudly served his country during World War II with the 1177 MP Company. During his service he sailed on the Queen Mary to France with 18,000 soldiers on board. It was a difficult voyage constantly changing course to avoid torpedoes.

In 1946, he returned home to marry his sweetheart, Beatrice, and they were married that same year. Shortly after they bought a farm and began a family, raising 6 children, Linda, Joan, Barb, Donnie, Ginny and Crystal.

Farming was his passion. He raised many crops, including tomatoes for the cannery, raised cows, pigs and chickens, established an egg route, and spent 40 years over summers at the farmers market. He was well known for his sweet corn and peaches until 1993. Apart from farming, Don worked at Wise Potato Chip for 18 years.

Don was a member of the Berwick Assembly of God. He was a member of the JOY club, PA Farmers Association, and the Nescopeck School Board. Aside from watching his crops grow, he loved to go hunting. He liked to play card games and watching game shows. He enjoyed reading, especially the readers digest where he was always learning something new.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 73 years, Beatrice C. (Chapin) Miller, Nescopeck; children, Linda Paisley and husband James, Nescopeck; Joan Chapin, Milton; Barbara Robinholt, Nescopeck; Donald Miller, Jr. and wife Cheryl, Nescopeck; Virginia Conner and husband Bradley, Nescopeck; Crystal Shields and husband Gary, Nescopeck; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Dawn Lupini, Mifflinville; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, David Robinholt; brothers, Glen, Robert, and Gerald Miller; sisters, Fern Hoffman and Zereta Miller.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Berwick Assembly of God, 801 East Fifth Street, Berwick with Pastor Scott Winter officiating. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Zenith. Family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until the time of service.

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Myron D. (Shipman) Fogle, 77, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Brownfield, Texas on February 16, 1942, she was a daughter of the late King D. and Lois D. (Jolley) Shipman. She graduated from Kermit High School. After graduation, she attended Texas Tech and Texas State Technical College where she studied bookkeeping. She worked for Collectors Weekly newspaper which specialized in antiques. After moving to Saudi Arabia, she worked as a secretary for ARAMCO until she retired.

She married John R. Fogle on November 2, 1960 and together they raised 3 daughters. They lived in many places over the 58 years that they were together, most notably, Saudi Arabia. They moved to Nescopeck in 2015 to enjoy the beautiful mountains and trees.

Myron was a former member of Sweetwater United Methodist Church in Sweetwater, Texas. She enjoyed league bowling and was the score keeper for the entire league. She was also a member of a softball association. She loved to play cards and was a Junior Master level Bridge player. In her younger years she enjoyed playing tennis and until recently, quilting.

In addition to her loving husband, she will be greatly missed by her daughters, Karen A. Fogle, Houston, Texas; C. Sue Wolfe and husband Wayne, Shickshinny; Carrie L. Bernal and husband Tom, Sweetwater, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of her 17th great grandchild in February. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Ronda M. (Shipman) Tucker; brothers, James A. Shipman and David C. Shipman.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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David E. Young, Sr, 71, of Danville passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 20, 1948, he was a son of the late Ernest Young, Jr. and Pauline D. (Ball) Young. He attended Central High School. In 1967, Dave enlisted in the US Army and served 2 tours during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1970. Prior to entry in the service, Dave worked at Magee Carpet. Later, he was employed by PP&L and worked in the Washingtonville Coal Yard, until his retirement.

Dave was a member of Liberty Township Fire Company in Mooresburg, Washington Fire and Hose in Danville, and East End Fire Company in Danville. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg, and VFW Post 238, Danville.

In his free time, Dave liked tinkering on 4-wheelers, tractors and other machines. He enjoyed attending tractor pulls. He spent hours in his garden where he grew an assortment of vegetables.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 40 years, Joanne (Loreman) Young on Aug. 16, 2016; stepsons, Richie Loreman and Thomas Loreman; and a brother, Dale Young who died in 2008; and a brother, Robert who died in infancy.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Shelly Brown, Bloomsburg; sons, David Young, Jr and wife April, Shickshinny, Jeremy Sweeney, Danville; grandchildren: Amber, Amanda, Alexis, Cassius, Tony, Dakota and Nicole; and great grandchildren: Logen, Mason and Colton. He also leaves behind a sister, Barbara A. Johnson and her companion David H. Krum of Lightstreet; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 11, 2019 in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to any of the organizations in which Dave was a member.

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Carol A. (Blaine) Skrip, 83, of Nescopeck passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville after a brief illness.

Born in Berwick on May 8, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Howard “Kenneth” and Dorothy M. (Learn) Blaine. She was a graduate of Berwick High School and afterwards, earned a certificate in cosmetology. Along with her sister, Betty, she was a co-owner Blaine’s Beauty Salon which they operated together for several years in the 1960’s.

In 1970, she married David S. Skrip. She became a full-time wife and mother who dedicated her time to providing a loving home for husband and daughter. After her daughter became more independent, Carol worked at the Food Bag on 5th Street, Berwick where she became the manager. Since 1992, she was a co-owner of Tax Time Partners, along with her daughter.

Carol was an avid reader who loved to escape with a good book. She also liked working on crossword puzzles. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandson.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Carol H. Skrip-Redline and husband Christopher; adored grandson, Michael; sister, Kathy Gearhart, Nescopeck; Barbara Snyder and husband Harold, New York; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews including Kimberly Boston and good friend, Daniel Deneen who also helped care for her over the past few years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David who died in 1990; a brother, Fred Blain in June 2019; and sister, Betty Kessler in May 2019.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Buddy Thomas officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to McBride Memorial Library, 500 N. Market St, Berwick, PA 18603 in support of the “Books On Wheels” program.

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Lenna S. Hess, a life-long resident of Nescopeck passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II, just 15 days before her 102nd birthday.

Born in the old Berwick Hospital on October 16, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Cameron B. and Esther R. (Deppe) Thiel. She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1935. During WWII, Lenna worked as a clerk at the AC&F. She retired from Berwick Shirt Factory where she was employed for 26 years.

August 8, 1942, Lenna married Fred E. Hess, and they were married nearly 51 years before his death on May 17, 1993.

Lenna was a dedicated member of First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck where she was active with the Ladies Aide and served on the Consistory for 1 term. She enjoyed growing flowers in her yard, and making arrangements for inside her house and to take to the church. She also liked canning and would share the food she preserved with friends and neighbors.

She will be greatly missed by her grandsons: Cameron S. Hess of Mechanicsburg; Michael A. Hess and wife Beth of Harrisburg; great grandchildren, Grant and Sadie Hess; nieces and a nephew.

In addition to her parents and husband, Fred E. Hess, she was preceded in death by her son, Fred R. Hess who passed away on August 9, 1980.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at First UCC, 901 Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Terran Jayce Hutcheson, age 2 months, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

He was born a little earlier than expected in Danville on July 8, 2019. He was the son Alanna G. Supon and Jeffery B. Hutcheson of Nescopeck. Terran was a vibrant, happy little guy who loved to cuddle. His grandma’s favorite nickname for him was “Munchkin” and his grandpa called him “Little Buddy”. He was always alert and responsive to the sounds around him and loved to be sung to by his Mommy.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his grandparents: Jennifer M. and Frank Supon, Jr; Donna M. Duvall; and Jeffery Hutcheson; great grandparents, David and Stephanie Shostak and Pearl Supon; uncles, Tyler D. Supon and Ezekiel Hutcheson; and great aunts and uncles, Christopher Shostak and fiancé Crystal; and Annette and James Smulligan.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Paula J. Lupashinski, 66, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at her home after a 2-year battle with cancer. Her loving family was by her side.

Born on September 23, 1953 in Hazleton, she was a daughter of Doris I. (Balliet) Jones of Berwick and the late Paul S. Jones. She was a graduate of Berwick High School and attended Bloomsburg State College. When she was younger, Paula worked for Montgomery Ward, Berwick and later Gardners Candies. She retired from Berwick School District where she was a teacher’s aide for 23 years.

Paula was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck, where she was a member of the Board. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 40 years, John Lupashinski Jr.; daughter, Carrie Lupashiski, Berwick and companion James Farrell; sister, Laurie Dalo and husband Tony, Ft. Wayne, IN; brother, Shawn Jones and wife Angelic, Pottstown; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 4th at Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Susan Knorr officiating. Interment will follow in St. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery, Berwick.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 3rd, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, and at the Wesley U.M. Church on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Suite 102, Berwick, PA 18603 or Wesley U. M Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Raymond J. Kachurka, 80, of Nescopeck passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the Gardens at Orangeville, where he was residing since March.

Born in Nescopeck on October 23, 1938, he was a son of the late Andrew Kachurka and Martha V. (Varner) Shade. He was raised and educated in Nescopeck and Watsontown. He enlisted in the US Navy and served honorably for 23 years. After retiring from the military, he lived in Florida where he worked as a caddy for Jim Ferree while on the Senior Pro Golf tour.

Ray was a former member of the Nescopeck VFW. He enjoyed watching sports on television, especially golf. He was also a Penn State fan and Pittsburg Steelers fan.

He will be missed by his children: daughter, Lenna Stalega and husband Charles, Berwick; son, Kenneth Kachurka, Bloomsburg; daughter, Allison Seely and husband Kent, Berwick; grandchildren: Ashley Manning; Tiffany Templar; Reagan Kelley; Elizabeth Kelley; Brooke Seely; CJ Stalega; and Brock Kachurka; great grandchildren: Anya and Keegan Manning; and former wife and friend, Patricia Hartranft. “Butch” also leaves behind a sister, Jenean Beaver, Oklahoma; aunt, Laverne Dunning; several cousins including David and Christina Dunning and Sondra and Jim Hutton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janice (Yohey) Kachurka; stepfather, Charles Shade; and uncle, Raymond Dunning.

A memorial service is being planned for November. Heller Funeral Home, LLC is assisting his family.

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Emma G. Sharbaugh, 93, a resident of Nescopeck for 74 years, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was a guest for the past 3 weeks.

Born in Drums on February 16, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Darwin and Laura (Houseknecht) Siegfried. Emma was a 1944 graduate of West Hazleton High School. After high school, she worked at the Pentagon during World War II. While in Washington, she met her late husband, Wesner “Mike” Sharbaugh of Hollidaysburg, and they were married in 1945. After moving back to the area, she worked at Lady Ester in Berwick and later, PA Gas and Water Company in Berwick, Danville and Wilkes-Barre.

Emma was a member of Living Hope Community Church of Nescopeck for 64 years, where she served as Board secretary, Sunday School superintendent and teacher, and member of the Women’s Missionary Society. She was also a member of and held offices in BPW, Berwick Civic Club and Nescopeck American Legion Auxiliary.

Emma took up the hobby of painting and created many oil and water-color pieces. She was an expert at crocheting, and made tablecloths, a dress, a coat and many other items such as mittens, scarves, vests and afghans. Emma loved tending her houseplants and had the ability to bring plants in the saddest condition back to flourishing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband “Mike” of 69 years, who passed in 2014; brothers, Darwin, Charles and George Siegfried; and sister, Marjorie Kemper.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Barry and wife Marcia, Berwick; Jack and wife Elizabeth of Summit Hill; daughter, Dawn Baer and husband Dale, Berwick; grandchildren, Nathan Sharbaugh of Summit Hill; Natalie Richards and Dave, Ft Myers, FL; Angela Eberle and Tom, Winchester, VA; Kody Messerschmidt and Zach Bremmer, Lakewood, WA; and great grandchildren, Easton Messerschmidt and Grace Eberle. She also leaves behind a brother, Richard Siegfried; sisters: Alma Casner; Gloria Gardy; Jean Lowery and Alice Hunter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with pastor James Ernest officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Living Hope Community Church, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Betty C. Beishline, 89, a resident of Beaver Township for over 65 years, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at her home.

Born in Bloomsburg on July 6, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Leon S. and Miriam (Troy) Strausser. She attended Bloomsburg area schools and worked as a seamstress for many years. She was most recently employed at Keck’s Draperies, Bloomsburg.

She was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Bloomsburg. In her younger years Betty enjoyed gardening and canning. She loved to take care of her family and in her spare time, worked on word search puzzles.

On November 20, 1948, she married the love of her life, H. Larue Beishline. They were together for 62 years, until his passing on November 30, 2010.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a brother, Fred Strausser in 2016.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Vicki Beishline, Bloomsburg. She is survived by her brother, Thomas Strausser and wife Gay Ann, New York.

At Betty’s request there will be no services.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to St. Peter’s UCC, 114 Beaver Valley Rd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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June J. “Junie” Fetterman, 97, a long-time resident of Catawissa, passed away on Monday morning, September 23, 2019 at Bloomsburg Care & Rehab Center, where she was a patient for 6 months.

Born on March 26, 1922, in Orangeville, she was a daughter of the late Hurley W. and Bertha J. (Sult) Kishbaugh. She attended the Scott School, Espy. June worked at 2 former Catawissa businesses, Regal shirt factory for 30 years, and at Central Penn for many years. She retired from Mar Jay where worked for 6 years.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Numida. She was also a member of the Catawissa Senior center, where she played the piano for 19 years, and a charter member of Catawissa VFW Post 8306. “Junie” enjoyed playing the piano and working on word puzzles. She was a people person who loved to spend time with her family and friends. She adored her great granddaughter.

She is survived by her grandson, David Maurer and wife Karen, Catawissa; great granddaughter, Jennifer, who was her pride and joy. She also leaves behind a stepdaughter, Virginia Runge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband of 17 years, Olmstead Hawk in 1957; second husband of 30 years, Floyd F. Fetterman in 1995; daughter, Carol A. Maurer in February of 2019; son-in-law, Herbert A. Maurer in 2009; brother, Bill Kishbaugh; identical twin sister, Joy Schleider; and sisters: Ethel Smith, Dawn Girton, and Doris Daniels.

At the family’s request there will no viewing. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 in Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa.

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Dianne M. (Griffith) Davis, 76, of Berwick, passed away on September 15, 2019, in the arms of her loving husband at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on December 9, 1942 she was the daughter of the late John “Jack” and Betty (Thomas) Griffith. She attended Central Columbia High School. For many years, she worked as a waitress at Howard Johnson Hotel.

She liked Facebook and keeping up with friends and family on social media. She enjoyed reading murder mystery novels, her favorite authors were Ann Rule and James Patterson. She also liked going to Bingo. Dianne adored her dogs, Dusty and Sassy, they were the loves of her life.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 42 years, Walter C. Davis, Berwick, who lovingly referred to her as “Dee”; children: Yvonne Rickmers, Nescopeck; Marsha Davis and husband Bob, Lafayette, Indiana; Scott Bardo and wife Deborah, Tarpon, Florida; Dianne Keck and husband Niles, Stillwater; Scarlett Miller and husband Daniel, Nescopeck; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

At Dianne’s request there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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Thomas J. Seltzer, 38, of Bloomsburg passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 14, 2019 in Dorrance Township after sustaining injuries in an ATV accident.

Born in Kingston on August 26, 1981, he was the son of Jody A. (Fulkersin) Seltzer of Berwick and Glenn E. Seltzer of Hobbie. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 2000. For 15 years, “Towin’ Tom” was a tow truck driver for Mausteller’s Service Center in Bloomsburg. Currently, he was employed as a heavy machine operator for Cedar Rock Materials, Berwick.

He was an active member with the Montour Township Volunteer Company. In his younger years, he attended St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hobbie. Tom enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. His favorite activity was taking camping trips with his family.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his wife of 16 years, Rochelle L. Cox; children, Tomee-Rian Seltzer, Wisconsin; Tanner Cox; Miley Seltzer; and Braycen Seltzer, all at home; sister, Rachelle Seltzer, Florida; brothers, Chad Seltzer and wife Holly, Dorrance; twin brother, John Seltzer, Berwick; several nieces and nephews; grandmother, Esther Seltzer, Dorrance; and many aunts; uncles; cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Marc Seltzer in 2010; and grandfather, Dale “Alki” Seltzer in 1993.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A time for sharing of memories will follow. If you are coming, please bring your favorite story or memory to be shared.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to his family to help defray his final expenses.

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Nancy (Griffith) Young went to be with her Lord early Saturday morning, September 14, 2019, while surrounded by her loving children.

Nancy was born in Oxford, PA on May 14, 1935. She was a daughter of the late Norval I. and Mabel M. (McHenry) Griffith. She was a graduate of Unionville High School, class of 1953.

On June 26, 1954, Nancy married her high school sweetheart, Paul O. Young, and in 1961, they purchased their farm in Berwick, where they raised 5 children. Nancy loved her family and was a devoted wife and mother. She especially enjoyed hosting friends and family in her home, gardening, and working outdoors.

In her younger years, Nancy was employed at Dupont in Delaware. Later, she worked at Wise Potato Chips in Berwick for 20 years.

Nancy was a longtime active member of The Bloomsburg Church of the Nazarene. In recent years, she attended LCBC Church. Nancy’s Christian faith was very important to her. She also loved and honored our country. She expressed these loves through singing and listening to gospel and patriotic music. She was also a violinist, playing in high school, church and the Kennett Square Symphony.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband Paul Otis Young, Sr, who passed away on May 19, 2016 after nearly 62 years of marriage, as well as her parents, Norval and Mabel; and a brother, Norval “Sonny” Griffith.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: Donna Weaver and husband Rick of Ashland, OH; Sharon Wilson and husband Kennis of Mt. Vernon, OH; Cindy Young of Nashville, TN; Paul Young Jr. and wife Susan of Berwick, PA; and Lori Traugh and husband Timothy of Berwick, PA.

Nancy treasured spending time with her family, which included 9 grandchildren: Melissa (Greg) Drew; Bethany (Vann) Burden; Casey Young; Jessica Weaver; Leah Law; Austin Traugh; Ivan Wilson; Jason Young; and Lydia Traugh.

She leaves behind her sisters, Anne Caswell and Doris Ahn, and numerous relatives and many friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA with Pastor David Ney officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends 12:00 Noon until time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Geisinger Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Betty M. Holdsworth, 99, of Hazle Township, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton.

Born in Lovilia, IA on November 9, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Stoffa) Hlad. She was raised and educated in Albia, IA. In her younger years, Betty worked as a nurse’s aide, and most recently, was employed at Dillon’s Floral in Bloomsburg.

She married her first husband Earl Railsback and they resided in Iowa and Oregon. After Earl’s death, Betty moved to Pennsylvania and was married to her second husband, Ed Holdsworth in 1960. They lived in Nescopeck for many years.

Betty was a member of the Berwick Seventh-Day Adventist Church since before 1960. She was active in the church as an organist and the church clerk for many years. She enjoyed needlepoint and flower gardening. She loved birds, especially cardinals, and had several pet parakeets over the years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Earl, 2nd husband, Ed, who passed in 2007; a brother, Harold Hlad; and sister, Martha Robinson.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews; as well as her church family.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM on Monday, September 16, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Elders Jerry Sandel and Carl Rittenhouse co-officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Friends may call from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1106 Orange Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Howard P. Reinbold, 71, of Bloomsburg passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 at home, after a 2-month battle with cancer.

Born in Nanticoke on May 7, 1948, he was the son of the late Peter J. and Maude B. (Travelpiece) Reinbold. He graduated from Maryville High School in Cheektowaga, NY and enlisted the US Air Force in 1967. During his military career, Howard served in the Vietnam War and earned several medals including a long tour ribbon with 1 oak leaf cluster, an AF achievement medal and AF organizational excellence award. He retired from the Air Force in 1990. After moving back to the Bloomsburg area, he worked for Folks Floral, Bloomsburg and later drove for K-Cab.

Howard was formerly a member of St. Peter’s UCC, Hobbie, where he was very active and helped with many projects. He was a current member of American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg, the Espy Fire Company and active with the fire police. In addition to his involvement with the fire department, he volunteered his time, and donated to, AGAPE, the Salvation Army, Animal Resource Center and the SPCA. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked watching sports on TV especially the Eagles and Phillies. He loved animals, especially his dogs, “Skipper” and “Heidi”. Howie was a very giving person who would help anyone in need.

He will be greatly missed by his sister, Iris Reinbold, Bloomsburg; and several cousins including, Denise and Kenneth Moyer, Wapwallopen.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E Third St, Nescopeck with Pastor James Stanley officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Silver Maple Cemetery, Hobbie.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center or the SPCA.

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Kimberly Ann Reimard, 48, of Cogan Station PA passed away suddenly on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at home.

Born in Berwick on July 12, 1971, she was a daughter of the Laura E. (Reichart) Hartman of Bloomsburg and the late John C. Reimard. Kimmie was raised and educated in Maryland. Most recently she worked at Thompson Mailing in Bloomsburg.

Kim loved spending time with her friends and keeping in touch with them on facebook. She enjoyed taking pictures of many things, including selfies. While she could capture the beauty in any moment, she also had a knack for snapping photos of others at the most inopportune moments.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her daughter, Shauna Reimard and fiancé Michael Burger, Berwick; son, Charles “CJ” Shuff, Jr, Berwick; grandson, Michael Jr; granddaughters, Katlynn, Nadia and Marissa Burger; brothers, Edward Reimard, Chris Reimard, John Reimard Jr, Dale Seybert; sister, Jenni Wren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind several friends that she treated like her own children including, Danean Bowman and her son Bryson; Nellie Covatta and her son Chase; and Zachery Klemick and best friend for over 24 years, Sheila Jarensky of Florida.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Duane Reimard; and uncles, Jeff Reimard, and Jim Reimard.

Family will receive friends during a viewing from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a time for sharing of memories. If you are coming, please feel free to bring a selfie to leave with Kimmie and your favorite story or memory to be shared.

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Rebecca M. Andrews, 76, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Berwick on January 27, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Clifford R. and Laura A. (Nevel) Raber. She graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1961. For 25 years, Becky worked at Consolidated Cigar in Berwick, until its closing.

In her younger years, Rebecca enjoyed league bowling. She also liked fishing.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 48 years, John E. Andrews, Sr; sons, John E. Andrews, Jr; Paul Andrews and wife Tobey, East Stroudsburg; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; brother, Curtis Raber; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Rolland Raber; and uncle, Harold Nevel.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Rose Lawn Cemetery, West Front & South Eaton Streets, Berwick. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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Nancy J. Baylor, 74, of Berwick passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on January 20, 1945, she was a daughter of the late Esther M. (Shultz) and George F. Bogart Sr. She attended the Rupert School in Bloomsburg. Through the years Nancy worked at several local companies including the Old Columbia Silk Mill, Bloom Mills, the Hanover Cannery, Columbia Packaging and Bear Silk Mill. She also worked at the Winton Shoe Factory and was a mushroom picker in the Reading area.

Nancy was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Berwick. She liked to cook and watch the Food Network. She enjoyed listening to country music. Her greatest love was her family and spending time with them, especially during the family picnics and get-togethers she hosted.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters: Nina Baylor-Winship and husband David, with whom she resided; Wanda and husband Rick Milheim, Mainville; son, Robert Baylor, Jr and wife Carolyn, Mainville; grandchildren: Thomas and Bella Winship; Corey Reibsome; Jen Paden; Robert Baylor III and Jason Welliver; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul Bogart, Nescopeck; Terry Bogart and wife Barb, Espy; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her close friend, Benito Tirado Ramirez and his children, Joshua, Elba and Jose Ramirez.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son in infancy; 1st husband, Robert Baylor, Sr; brothers: Robert Bogart, Sr; George F Bogart, Sr; Jack Bogart; Joseph Bogart; sister, Peggy Ann Bogart; sister in infancy, Peggy Bogart; and sister-in-law, Cindy Bogart-Mott.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Bethany U. M. Church, 116 Summerhill Ave, Berwick with her pastor, Reverend Stephen Portner officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 1:00 pm until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. 3rd St, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray her final costs.

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Clifton E. Sitler, 84, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II where he was a guest for the past year.

Born in Berwick on January 26, 1936, he was a son of the late Elmer Sitler, and Lulu Dawson Evans. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1954 and served in the United States Army. Clifton worked at Consolidated Cigar and Clewell’s Creamery.

He was a member of Berwick Christian Church. He enjoyed traveling, taking road trips and camping at Deihls Camping Resort.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Betty J. (Lucas) Sitler with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage this past July; a niece Joanne Graves; and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, William, Paul, and Glenn Sitler.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Chaplain Mike Delp officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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William E. Drumheller, Sr, 81, of Bloomsburg passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at his home.

Born in Ringtown on July 9, 1938, he was a son of the late George and Alice (Fedder) Drumheller. He attended Millville High School. He worked at Orangeville Manufacturing, and later, for Joe Larock at Valley Seeding. He retired from Bloomsburg Carpet.

Bill was an active member of Rohrsburg United Methodist Church, Orangeville and he greatly enjoyed attending services. He liked hunting and fishing, as well as working on jig saw puzzles. He will always be remembered for the amazing peanut butter fudge he made for his family members at each of their birthdays.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Donna L. (Baker) Drumheller, with whom he just celebrated 61 years of marriage on August 30th; daughter, Ruth and companion Vernon of Monticello, NY; son, William Jr and wife Elizabeth of Lake City, FL; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind brothers: Robert, George, Burton, and Raymond “Toby”; sisters: Glovine and Mary Kay; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Brown; brother John Kitchen; and 2 nephews.

A memorial service for Bill is being planned for a later time.

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Tonia Jean Drumheller, 59, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville where she was a patient since Saturday.

Born in Berwick on January 12, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Judy (Stout) and Richard “Dick” Drumheller. She was raised and attended school in Benton and was a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was employed at Creekside Nursing Home until she developed medical issues that forced her to retire.

Tonia loved her dogs and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She also enjoyed being outdoors, swimming and camping.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Angel Bardo; and son, Cody Bardo, both of Berwick; grandchildren, Tex Fegley and Kittielynnell Crane; brothers, Terry Drumheller, Orangeville and Troy Drumheller, Green County; nieces and nephews: Terry “Bud” Drumheller, Jr; Teresa Drumheller; Jennifer Adams and Kim Drumheller; great nieces and nephews: Ethan, Emilee, Kaitlyn, Brealynn, Ava, Breya and Gunner. She also leaves behind many friends including Lynnell Cromer, and Cade Fisher to whom she was very close.

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Brian T. Hess, 56, of Wapwallopen, passed away on Tuesday morning, August 27, 2019 at his home, after losing his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on August 5, 1963, he was a son of Walter “Butch” A. Hess of Wapwallopen and Carlene (Stout) King of Wapwallopen. He was raised in the Berwick area and attended Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School. Brian worked at Asplundh Tree Expert Company for 30 years and later at Chase Enterprises.

Brian was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. He also liked doing farm work.

Brian was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Hess in 2004; and his stepmother, Deborah Hess.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 27 years, Ramona “Mona” M. (Talanca) Hess; son, Andrew T. Hess and wife Shannon, Berwick; daughters, Antoinetta Aten and husband John, Bloomsburg; Alicia Chupcavich and husband Brandon, Wapwallopen; cherished grandchildren, Colton, Madison, Tyler, Cody, Owen, Bailee and Austin. He also leaves behind his stepfather, Ron King, a sister, Gail Stout and husband Brian, Berwick; brothers, Scott Hess, Berwick; and Joel Hess, Wapwallopen; sister-in-law, Tracy Hess, Berwick; many nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Dale Beach officiating. Interment will take place at Wapwallopen Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening, August 29, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to his family to help defray his final expenses.

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Janet L. (Updegrove) Fetterman, 82, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was a guest for the past 2 years.

Born in Shamokin on August 10, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Adam E. and Edith G. (Zimmerman) Updegrove. She was raised in Elysburg and graduated from Ralpho Township High School. She later earned a certificate as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at Mount Carmel Nursing Center later, SCI, Camp Hill, and retired from SCI, Coal Township.

Janet was a member of Conyngham United Methodist Church. In her younger years she was very involved with the Penns Woods Chapter of the Girl Scouts where she acted as the Neighborhood Director. She played the organ at Wilburton #1 and Wilburton #2 United Methodist Church, as well as Aristes United Methodist Church. She enjoyed camping and boating. Traveling was an important part of her life and she loved taking cross country road trips and cruises.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, C. Allen Fetterman, in 2011; great granddaughter, Ryanne Cara; and brothers, Robert Updegrove and David L. Updegrove.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughters: Deborah L Wyatt and husband Frank, Mooresville, NC; Marie L Johnson and husband Larry; Marion, SC; Rebecca Rossi and fiancé, Eric, Drums; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 starting at 11:00 AM at Knoebels Memorial Park, Elysburg (Pavilion S), where she met her husband Allen. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM with Chaplain Mike Delp of Commonwealth Hospice officiating. Interment will follow in Northumberland Memorial Park.

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Erma R. (Reese) Ginter, 82, formerly of Bloomsburg, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2019 following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born on September 5, 1936 in the small town of Shultz, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late Sarah (Miller) and Harmon Reese. Following her graduation from St. Mary’s High School, she enlisted in the Air Force because she “wanted to follow in her big brother’s footsteps.”

While serving as a secretary for the squadron commander at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, she met her husband, Tom Ginter, who was an instructor. Following several roller-skating dates and sharing burgers in the park, they were married December 18, 1959. They shared their life together for 54 years, from one military assignment to another until settling down in Bloomsburg in 1974, raising 3 daughters along the way.

After Tom’s passing on June 14, 2014, she moved to The Village at Greenbriar in Dallas, Pa. Often seen dancing and singing down the hallways, her infectious positive spirit filled the halls. She was always helping other residents, always trying to make sure that others were happy even while the cancer made her feel ill. This positive attitude was at the center of her soul. Besides spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandsons, she enjoyed gardening, reading and sewing, often designing her own clothes.

She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Witko and husband Norm; Sarah Readler and husband Dave; and Rose Pefferle and husband Bill. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Andrew and wife Danielle; Robert; Nichole and husband Brandon; Linda and fiancée Eric, Ryan, and Dylan and great-grandsons: Kameron and Christian.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sisters, Evelyn Williams and Martha Reese; brothers, Junior, Carlton, Harold, Alvin and George Reese.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Rev. Bob Sabol officiating. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Geisinger Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital, 100 Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822 or to Stand Up to Cancer at www.standuptocancer.org.

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Charlotte M. (Lewis) Kershner, 87, of Berwick passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born on September 7, 1931 in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late Margaret (Kemp) and Charles Lewis, Sr. She attended the Briar Creek borough school from first to eighth grade. She graduated from Berwick High School class of 1949. Charlotte worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

She enjoyed scratch off tickets and made many people laugh with her many Facebook comments. Her family was her greatest joy, she loved cooking and baking for them.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Harold Kershner, Jr. and wife Sandra, Berwick; Larry Kershner, Berwick; James Kershner and wife Marlene, Margate, FL; Marge Hoze and husband George, Berwick; Mary Kershner, Berwick; 12 beloved grandchildren; 12 adored great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Harold Kershner, Sr who passed away on March 20, 1995; brothers, Charles Lewis, Jr. and David Lewis.

A funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until the time of service. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-99098.

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Helen R. (Gleason) Phillips, 71, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Berwick Retirement Village II, after losing her battle with cancer.

Born in Philadelphia on August 7, 1947, she was a daughter of the late John “Jack” and Helen M. (Leswick) Gleason. She was a graduate of Bishop Conwell High School, Fairless Hills, PA, and Pierce Junior College, Philadelphia, PA, where she earned her degree in secretarial studies. In her younger years, she was employed at Wells Fargo Securities in Philadelphia, PA, and waitressed at the family-owned restaurant and hotel called the “Forget- Me-Not” in Wildwood, NJ.

After marrying the love of her life, William J. Phillips on May 24, 1969, Helen devoted her time to providing a loving home to her husband and sons. In her spare time, she ran a candy making and cake designing business from her home. She cherished her years spent with family in Wildwood, NJ.

Helen was affiliated with St. Joseph Catholic Church, Berwick. She was an avid Eagles football fan. She loved working on crossword puzzles and watching TV, especially the show “Cake Boss.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband “Bill” who passed away on May 30, 2007.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, William E. “Bill” Phillips and wife Erica, Nescopeck; John J. Phillips and wife Jessica, Katy, TX; Scott J. Phillips and wife Bassma, Nashville, TN; 4 grandchildren: Cole, Micah, Jack, and Joey; a sister, Patricia A. Garrett and daughter, Veronica, Inverness, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on SUNDAY, August 4, 2019, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E Third St, Nescopeck, PA.

A Memorial Mass will be held on TUESDAY, August 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 721 Monroe Street, Berwick, PA with Reverend Matthew Larlick officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Anyone attending the mass should go directly to the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to PA Breast Cancer Coalition, 2397 Quentin Road, Suite B, Lebanon, PA 17042, or www.pabreastcancer.org.

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Richard “Rick” E. Wagner, 64, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village, where he had been a guest for the last year.

Born in Berwick on June 25, 1955, he was a son of the late Ralph E. and Elaine M. (Davis) Wagner. He graduated from Central Columbia High School class of 1974. Rick worked at many local manufacturing companies over the years, including Decorator Industries.

He is survived by his sister, Sharon Casaldi and husband Armondo “Ace”, Berwick; brother, Robert Wagner, Bloomsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

At Rick’s request there will be no public services.

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George E. Fetterman, age 81, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born in Berwick, and previously resided in Kane, PA; Jamesburg, NJ; Memphis, TN and Sea Brook, NH before returning to the Berwick area.

He is survived by his daughter, Vickie Reinbold and husband Chris, Berwick; son, Wade Fetterman, Conyngham; stepsons, Steve Slusser, Nescopeck; Jamie Slusser and wife Michelle, Berwick; Robby Slusser and wife Bridget, Berwick; Jason Slusser and wife Kristy, West Chester; 8 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; and sister, Cathy Bobersky, Berwick.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Hazel (Cooley) Fetterman; and a son, Vance Fetterman.

George selected a cremation and no services. His family is honoring his requests.

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Patricia A. (Derr) Grosz, 57, of Dorrance passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019 at her home with her loving family by her side.

Born in Berwick on July 25, 1961, she was a daughter of the late Margery L. (Seltzer) Youlls and Fred L. Derr. She attended Berwick Schools and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech. She worked at Ernie’s Nesco Freeze and Berwick Industries. Once her children were born, she devoted most her time to the tasks related to being a wife and mother.

Patty was a member of Emanuel United Church of Christ Church, Dorrance. She was a loving and caring person. She liked going to yard sales, visiting Hometown, and going shopping. She enjoyed crocheting as well as playing Bingo and Scrabble. She loved to sing and would always make sure to call each of her family members to sing them “Happy Birthday”.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 40 years, Randy D. Grosz; 3 grandchildren, Adam, Isaiah and Amia; sisters, Cindy Becker and husband Ed, Berwick; Susan Heller and husband Michael, Dorrance; Karen Burkey; and Stephanie Derr-Risben; brothers, Ralph Crouse and companion Holly, Berwick; Dennis Derr; step-sisters, Brenda Chesire; Christine Youlls; step-brothers, Drew Youlls; Robert Youlls; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she will be welcomed into heaven by her children: Heather Grosz, Joshua Grosz and Adam Grosz; and a brother, David Derr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Louis Aita officiating. Interment will follow in Emanuel Cemetery, Dorrance Township. Family will receive friends on Monday July 22, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

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Sharon L. (Gunther) Whitmire, 71, of Briar Creek Township passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 19, 2019 at her home.

Born in Berwick on March 2, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Hubert A. and Janice M. (Fulkersin) Gunther. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1966. At age 18, she was a runner-up contestant in the Miss Northeastern PA Pageant, but her family would tell you she had a beauty far greater than that.

Sharon worked at the American Auto Store, Family Counseling Services and Busy Bee Cleaners. Her longest position was at Cool Air Refrigeration where she worked as a secretary.

She was a former member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and a current member at Summer Hill United Methodist Church. Sharon enjoyed cooking, baking and canning, and she liked going on Resort Vacations. Her greatest love was her family.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 52 years, Nelson “Elmer” Whitmire; son, Brent Whitmire and wife Mary Ann, Shickshinny; daughter, Holly Whitmire and partner Mike Reily, Picture Rock; 4 grandchildren: Blake, Sydney, Brooke and Brett; brother, Allen Gunther, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Summer Hill United Methodist Church, C/O Linda Sult, 160 Twin Church Road, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Mary P. (Sabanos) Ezzyk, 83, of North Centre Township passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at her home.

Born in Conyngham Township on February 10, 1936, she was a daughter of the late George and Veronica (Jarick) Sabanos. She was a graduate of Newport Township High School class of 1954. Mary was employed at Campbell’s Soup in Lime Ridge, and later at Consolidated Cigar until it closed. She also worked at Ezzyk’s family owned roadside farm stand.

She was a devoted member of Ss Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Berwick, where she spent much of her free time helping with different fundraisers and projects. She was a member of the American League of Ukrainian Catholics and for many years hosted their summer picnics at her farm. She was involved with the North Centre Township Historical Society. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph O. Ezzyk, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2011; a son, Martin Ezzyk in 2014; sister, Magdaline in infancy; and brothers, Joe and Mike Sabanos.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, David Ezzyk; Richard Ezzyk and wife Jeannie; Randy Ezzyk, all from Berwick; 8 grandchildren, Becky, James, Jared, Joe, Justin, Kelly, Kristin and Patrick; and 6 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind sisters, Anne Gryziec and husband Tony, Rahway, NJ; Margie Kashatus and husband Tom, Glen Lyon; Gizelle Mierzwa and husband Mike, Riverside; brothers, George and Steve Sabanos, both of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, July 21, 2019 with Parastas at 6:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A Devine Liturgy will begin at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick with her pastor, the Reverend Roman Petryshak officiating. Anyone attending is invited to go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, P.O. Box 3125 Williamsport, PA 17701-0125

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Lucele E. (Crouse) Slusser, 87, of Main Township passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at her home.

Born in Black Creek Township on November 7, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Helen E. (Olshafer) Crouse. She graduated from Beaver Main High School and was employed at Baranol and Bloomsburg Silk Mill. Her priority was always her family.

Lucele was a member of Emanuel Reformed Church of Mainville. She enjoyed sewing and completing tasks around the house. She was a wonderful cook and until recently was still able to enjoy some time in the kitchen.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ambrose D. Slusser, who died in 2006; daughter, Faye A. Barilla; brothers, Norman, Frazier and Lian; and sister, Hannah Crouse.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Walter Slusser and wife Laura, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Thomas Rowe and Krystle Rumsey; 4 great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Diel, Mountain Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

At Lucele’s request there will be no services. Private burial will take place in Emanuel Reformed Cemetery.

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Valerie A. (Baslick) Tanner, 50, of Mifflin Township, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Born in Danville on February 24, 1969, she was a daughter of the late Roger Baslick and Laura (Weaver) Baslick. She attended Berwick High School. Val was employed at several businesses in the Berwick area. She worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

She attended Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. Val was a caring and loving person. She would give her last penny to someone else who needed it more before spending it on herself. She adored spending time with her family. She was an animal lover, having cared for many cats and dogs over the years. She loved all things Disney.

She is survived by her husband of 10 years, Carl Tanner, Nescopeck; children: Alicia Altieri, Killeen, Texas; Steven Altieri, Orangeville; 1 granddaughter, Sophia. She will also be greatly missed by her step-mother, Valerie M. (Johns) Baslick, Shamokin; step-brother, William Matthews and wife Amy, Rupert; step-sister, Heather Laubach and husband Brad, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Roberta Baslick and step grandparents, Morgan and Irene Snyder.

A celebration of life will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1615 Fairview Avenue, Berwick with her pastor, Reverend Chad Hebrink, officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, P.O. Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray her final expenses.

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Louise M. (Whitebread) Eroh, 93, of Hollenback Township passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was a guest for the past 3 months.

Born in Slocum Township on June 5, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Stanley R. and Veda (Fairchild) Whitebread. She attended the Good School in Hobbie. She was employed part time at Arner’s Boarding Home, Hobbie, but her primary focus was always her family. Louise worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

Louise was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hobbie. She enjoyed crocheting and needle point. She liked working on cryptoquip puzzles from the daily paper. She was an avid professional wrestling fan, even when she was ill, she always had the TV channel set so she could watch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill L. Eroh in 2005; sister, Beatrice Wagner; and brothers, Raymond Whitebread; and Freddie who died in infancy.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children, Merrill E. Eroh and wife Sheryl, Nescopeck; Connie Petock, Bloomsburg; grandchildren: Lynette Rich and husband Bill; Ann Martin and husband Joe; Rachel Bennett; great grandchildren: Amber, Chris, Brittany, Brock, Alexis, Abby, Kaylen and Bethany; and a great-great grandson, Oliver. She also leaves behind a sister, Wilma Kleintop of Allentown; and many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hobbie, where she will be buried next to her husband, Merrill. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Daxton R. Street of Beach Haven passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019. He was born in Berwick on September 22, 2016. Dax was the youngest son of Bridget D. Billings and Logan D. Street.

He was a fearless little boy with an infectious smile that could light up a room, prompting his mom to call him “Sonshine”. He also had the nickname “Ham” or “Hammy” for a couple of reasons: he loved to get his picture taken and would always “ham it up” for the camera, and he had a fat belly and was fast like a slippery little pig. Like most little boys his age, he was a fan of “Paw Patrol”. He also liked the theme song from it, as well as the song “Johny Johny”. Dax loved to dance, especially to the song “Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”. He loved all animals, even bees.

He will be greatly missed by his loving parents, Bridget and Logan; brothers: Deakin Billings, Dayne Street, Drake Street, and Drexel Street; maternal grandmother, DiAnne Force; paternal grandmother, Shelly Castelonia; uncles: Cody Byrd and wife Lisa; Brian Billings and wife Brittany; Jarrett Castelonia; aunts: Heather Becker and husband Chris; Corrie Hearn; Chasity Force-Lopez; and numerous cousins. He is also survived by great-great grandparents, Ethel Burek; Roy and Lorelei Castelonia; and several great aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Friday, July 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, P.O. Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Constance (Henry) Edstrom Bartlett, 87, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Allied Services Hospice, Scranton.

Born on March 17, 1932 in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late Alvin J. and Lillian (Brewer) Henry. She was a graduate of Hazleton High School. Connie worked at various jobs throughout the Berwick area, but always spoke fondly of her employment at Berwick Lighting.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Berwick for many years until her health started to decline. She was a member of Eagle Hose Company, Berwick Fire Police, Columbia County and Pennsylvania Fire Police Associations.

She is survived by her sons: Gary Edstrom and wife Susan, Taylor; Michael Bartlett and wife Sandy, Key West, Florida; grandchildren; Kelsey Edstrom; Aubrey Edstrom; Joanna Kinder and husband David; 1 great granddaughter; and 1 great-great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Judy Ellen Edstrom and her son Edward Edstrom, Jr.

A viewing will be held from 9:30 am – 11:00 am on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Berwick Fire Police, 325 S. Mercer, Berwick, PA 18603 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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Gerald F. Smith, 72, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on July 13, 1946 he was a son of the late Howard and Vera (Lloyd) Smith. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School and served in the US Army from 1966-1967, during the Vietnam war. He retired from Wise Potato Chips, where he was employed for over 45 years.

Jerry loved spending time with his family. He liked to watch the wildlife in his backyard. In the morning, he enjoyed watching people as they went to work and waving to them as they drove by.

He will be greatly missed by his sister, Linda Cole, Berwick; brothers, Ronald Smith and wife Peggy, Berwick; Robert Smith and wife Patricia, Nescopeck; 6 nieces and nephews; 11 great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Smith.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Nescopeck Area Community Cupboard P.O. Box 372, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Dorothy B. Cooper, 88, of North Chesterfield, Virginia, died peacefully on July 11, 2019 at Wellsprings at Amelia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Amelia Courthouse, VA.

Dorothy was born on December 1, 1930 in Mifflin Township, PA to Alfred H. Waltman and Geneva M. (McMurtrie) Waltman. She moved to Nescopeck in early 1933. Dorothy graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1948. She was elected May Queen by the student body in 1948. Dorothy married Herbert W. Cooper on November 30, 1957 at Albright Church in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Woodrow A. Bartges. Dorothy and Herb lived in Arlington, VA from 1957 until moving to Woodbridge, VA in 1963. She retired in December 1998 after being employed for 22 and 1/2 years at S&W Engravers in Alexandria, Virginia. Dorothy lived in Woodbridge, VA for 51 years before coming to live with her son, David, and daughter in law, Terri, in North Chesterfield, VA in 2014.

Dorothy attended Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Woodbridge. She served many years in the Woodbridge Little League as a team mother and Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary. She is a past president of the Woodbridge Senior High School Athletic Boosters Club.

Dorothy is survived by her two children, David Cooper and wife Terri, North Chesterfield, VA ; Jeff Cooper and wife Connie of Woodbridge, VA; grandchildren, Kyle Cooper, Kelly Cooper, Emma Cooper, and Colby Cooper; sisters, Carol Chambers and husband Robert, Berwick; Betty Laubach of Berwick; brothers: William Waltman and wife Aileen, Nescopeck; Jerry Waltman and wife Bernadine, Berwick; brother in law, Marvin Brown and wife Joanne, Berwick; sister in law, Barbara Sitler, Endwell NY; several nieces and nephews; Jordan Daniel and Jon Daniel.

In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by her brother Harold J. Waltman; and sisters Mary Jane Waltman and Beverly Brown.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:00 am at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street.

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Kenneth C. Hart, 91, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village, where he was a resident.

Born in Salem Township on April 20, 1928, he was a son of the late Jacob and Ruth (Varner) Hart. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1946. Ken worked at Berwick Weaving and Strausser Construction Co until 1950, when he was drafted into the US Army. He served in the 981st Engineer Construction Battalion attaining the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. On November 18, 1952, he was transferred to the standby reserves until Oct. 31, 1956. After an honorable discharge he worked as a construction superintendent with the Sutter Corp until retirement.

Kenneth was a member of the Stone United Methodist Church, Berwick where he served in several capacities and was involved with different projects. He liked working with flowers around the church and at his home. He enjoyed tinkering on things and completing tasks for his house. He loved hunting especially with his hound dogs.

He belonged to the carpenter’s union for 50 years. He was a member of the Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg for 50 years, also a member of the Irem Shriners, Dallas, and Knapp Lodge 462 F&AM, Berwick.

His wife, the late Evelyn (Detato) Hart passed away in 2012. He was also preceded by in death by brothers, Lester, Ralph and Delroy Hart; and sisters, Marie Lutz and Ruth Sitler.

Surviving are his brothers, Donald and wife Janice; Randall and wife Pat; sisters, Dorothy Belles and husband Howard; Linda Eyer and husband Robert; brother-in-law, Heister Lutz; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Stone United Methodist Church, Berwick, with his pastor, Reverend Robert Rice officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery Berwick. Friends may call on Tuesday at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory are suggested to Stone Church United Methodist Church, 300 Stone Church Road, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Mable M. Force, 80, of Mifflinville passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born at home in Mifflinville on July 20, 1938, she was the last living child of the late Benjamin “Tracy” and Pauline H. (Stoker) Harris. She was a graduate of Central Columbia High School, class of 1957. For nearly 40 years Mable worked at several local factories including Berwick Knitting and Briar Knitting. Later, she waitressed at “Dukes” the family owned restaurant, which was located on Orange St, Berwick.

Mable enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and playing cards with her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, whether it was babysitting or vacationing with them.

She leaves behind her loving children: daughter, Annette Titus and husband Michael Sr, Mifflinville; son, William F. Force, Mifflinville; cherished grandchildren: Gabriel Remaley and husband Chester, Berwick; Michael Titus Jr. and wife Leeanne, Berwick; adored great grandchildren: Niya, Damian and Kaylee Remaley; Landon and Kadien Hunley; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. She was “Nan” to many children for generations, all of whom will miss her dearly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, May June Harris and Hazle (Stoker) Kitchen; and brothers, Paul E. Hunsinger and “Boots” Stoker.

A funeral service will be held at 8:00 PM on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Chaplain Mike Delp officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Sylvia M. (Whitmire) Kyttle, 70, of Salem Township passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 1, 2019 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY.

Born in Berwick on January 16, 1949, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Bertha (Royer) Whitmire. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1967. Over the years, she was employed at several local manufacturing companies including Berwick Knitting, DataCom, and Fulton Lamp Factory. She retired from Berwick Offray.

Sylvia liked to read and go camping. She enjoyed flower gardening. She loved spending time with her cat “Midnight” who she trained to do tricks and come when called by name.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Orval E. Kyttle with who she would have celebrated 48 years of marriage this September; daughter, Robin Kyttle and son, Jeffrey Kyttle, both of Salem Twp; sister, Anna Kyttle of Shickshinny; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles and Fredrick Whitmire.

Family will receive friends at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck on Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to one of Sylvia’s favorite charities, Go Joe 22, 16 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, PA 18507. Checks should be made payable to: St. Joseph’s Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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