- October 18, 2021
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WILLIARD C. SPRENKLE
Willard C. Sprenkle, 87, of Marysville passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Harrisburg Hospital.
He was born Jan. 11, 1934, in Harrisburg to William and Genavee Sprenkle.
He was a retired steelworker for Bethlehem Steel Corp.; an Army veteran of the Korean War; a member of Cornerstone Independent Baptist Church, Enola, and a lifetime member of VFW Post 882, Marysville.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret A. (Smith) Sprenkle; a son, William L., his wife, Karen Sue, of Glenville, Pa.; a daughter, Karen M. Sprenkle, her companion, Marty Stauffer, of Duncannon; and three grandsons and a granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas E.; and a sister, Alverta Olweine.
A service was held Oct. 8 in Michael J. Shalonis Funeral Home, Marysville, with pastor Tom Graham officiating. Burial was in Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Marysville.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church, 116 S. Enola Drive, Enola 17025.
JULIA A. WRIGHT
Julia Anna Wright, 89, passed away at Legend Senior Living, Macungie, on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.
She was born Oct. 9, 1931, in Newport to Russell Laverne and Anna Lucinda (Loy) Wright.
She graduated from Newport High School in 1949 and attended business school in Harrisburg; was a secretary for Aetna Insurance; and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Newport where, in her younger years, she played the organ when requested and sang in the choir.
She was the widow of Orville Junior Wright.
Surviving are three children, Deborah A. Kline of Titusville, Fla., Brian J. Wright of Olympia, Wash., and William H. Wright (Cheryl) of Wescosville; four grandchildren, Julie M. Kline, Amanda D. Kline, Merril D. Kline II (Lauran) and Andrew J. Wright; four great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Jeffrey L. Wright (Barbara) of Stroudsburg.
Intombment was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
WILLIAM C. NEAGLEY
William Clair Neagley, 89, of Elliottsburg joined his Heavenly Father on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.
He was born May 1, 1932, at home to David and Mary (Mitchell) Neagley of Killinger.
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Mannsville Lutheran Church, Elliottsburg, where he sang in the choir and served on church council. In addition to raising a family, farming and actively participating at church, he belonged to Adams Lodge 319, New Bloomfield, and Madison Grange. He loved farming and animals, but was particularly passionate about horses and his late canine companion, Teddy.
He was the widower of Thelma (Kretzing) Neagley.
Surviving are a son, William Steven Neagley of Elliottsburg; a grandson, Ty Sims, and two great-grandchildren, Jett and Kensington Sims, all of Paragould, Ark.; and two siblings, Elma Gair of Danville and Helen Young of Bloomsburg.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Fletcher.
A service was held Oct. 8 in Nickel-Lochstampfor Family Funeral Home, Loysville, with the Rev. Kevin O’Bryan officiating. Interment was David’s Church Cemetery, Millersburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church, 2944 Mannsville Road, Elliottsburg 17024.
Robert L. Gross
ROBERT L. GROSS
Robert L. Gross, 72, passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at his home in Newport.
He was born Sept. 10, 1949, to the late Levi and Wilda (Stahl) Gross.
He was a Vietnam-era veteran of the Navy; a member of Highland Presbyterian Church, lifetime member and former president of Newport Ambulance League, lifetime member of Newport Fire Company; and a retired 911 dispatcher.
Surviving are his wife, Patsy Holley Gross; four sons, Christopher H. Gross (Brenda) of Newport, Timothy A. Gross (Crystal) of McClure, Cameron Kunkle (Emily) of New Cumberland and Nathaniel Gross of Lewistown; a daughter, Brianne L. Bryant (Steven) of Harrisburg; a brother, Michael Gross (Debra) of Hummelstown; two sisters, Nancy Kauffman (Harold) of Newport and Sue Huss of Newport; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Gross (Mary).
A service was held Oct. 7 in David Myers Funeral Home, Newport, with pastor Cheryl Dorman officiating. Burial, with military honors by the Perry County Honor Guard, was in Newport Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Newport Ambulance League or Newport Fire Company.
Elliott Fred Shope
ELLIOTT FRED SHOPE
Elliott Fred Shope, 75, of Shermans Dale passed away Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia.
He was born Oct. 3, 1945, to the late Neil and Helen (Towsey) Shope.
He graduated from Perry Joint High School and was a Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. He loved living life to the fullest. He was a lifelong sports fan, especially loving PSU football, the L.A. Dodgers and dirt track racing. He enjoyed his time in North Carolina at a beach house. He was retired from PennDOT and the Naval Supply Depot in Mechanicsburg. He later worked at America’s Auto Auction, Mechanicsburg.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Mary (Wilson) Shope; son, Kory (Danielle) of New Bloomfield; son, Kevin (Dawn) of Boiling Springs; three grandchildren, Camryn, Jared and Connor; and five siblings.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Shope.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, in Vibrant Church, 1775 Lambs Gap Road, Mechanicsburg, with pastor Drew Peterson officiating. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with military honors.
Boyer Family Funeral Home, New Bloomfield, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life Family House, 401 Callowhill St., Philadelphia 19123, or Vibrant Church, 1775 Lambs Gap Road, Mechanicsburg 17050.
Jean Tuzinski, 75, of Thompson Lane, Millerstown, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July, 12, 2021.
She was the daughter of Christine Rippman and George E. Hohenshilt.
She grew up in Juniata County and graduated from East Juniata High School, attended Millersville State College and graduated with a bachelor of science in education, major in library science, minor in mathematics. She later received a master’s of library science from Kutztown State College.
She accepted a library job in Tamaqua, in the Pennsylvania hard coal regions, to create a senior high library. She established the Rosalind Sheep Library at Tamaqua Area Senior High School and directed it from 1967 to 1988. When the computer age arrived, she was a co-founder of the Access Pennsylvania library automation project and a leader in automating school libraries. The Rosalind Sheep Library was the model library for AccessPA in the 1980s. In addition, she was the presenter on school library automation at Apple Computer, Cupertino and the AHA conference in Dallas.
She returned to Juniata County and worked for the state Department of Education, Division of School Libraries. After five years, she went back to being a school librarian, her first love, at the West Shore School District where she became, after one year, library department head of 16 libraries, including her own, from 1993 until June 2002. She received the West Shore School District ACCLAIM award for her meritorious activities.
After retirement, she created, wrote, taught and was course manager for “Information Literacy and Academic Standards” for Mansfield University’s online master’s degree program, teaching from home. She retired from West Shore in 2002 and Mansfield about 10 years later.
As a professional alpine ski instructor for 17 years at Camelback Ski Area in the Poconos, she taught her siblings and their children to ski. She skied all over the world, especially in New England, the American and Canadian Rockies, and Europe.
She enjoyed reading, skiing, cycling, cooking, knitting, gardening. She was an acknowledged Native American archaeologist and knowledgeable artifact finder and collector. She enjoyed working and writing genealogy and local history books and helping restore their historical home at Thompson Farms. She loved to travel and spent many vacations in the Galapagos, Russia and many parts of Europe bicycling.
She was involved with the Tamaqua Public Library, serving on the board of directors and as secretary. She was a member of the American Library Association, and American Association of School Librarians. She also was a member of the Newport Women’s Club.
In addition, she served as a volunteer for many years on the Community Partnerships RC&D Council for five counties as president and secretary. She was active with The Perry Historians for many years, serving on the board as president and, most recently, as board secretary. She was an active supporter of Perry County Council of the Arts and was board officer of the Juniata County Chapter of School Retirees. She was co-owner of Thompson Farms, a sheep farm, and shepherd to 80-plus lambs, most of which had names.
The family thanks the caregivers at Johns Hopkins Health Systems, Baltimore, most notably, her world-renown oncologist, Antonio Carlos Wolff, M.D., and Nellie Zafran, NRNP, her nurse practitioner, for his and her 11 years of wonderful and effective care, and her primary care doctor, Albert Knouse Jr., at Newport Family Practice. They gave her 10 more years of great quality of life she wasn’t supposed to have. She was pain-free beginning three days from her discharge from the Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center until her comfortable death.
Surviving are her loving husband, Andrew Sean Tuzinski; border collie, Nellie; 24 sheep; three stepchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and wonderful nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, in the private family cemetery on Thompson Lane, one mile east of Thompsontown along William Penn Highway (old Route 22).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Perry Historians, P.O. Box 73, Newport 17074, Perry County Council of the Arts, 1 S. Second St., Newport, Juniata County Library, 498 Jefferson St., Mifflintown 17059, or Newport Public Library, 316 N. Fourth St. Newport.
Marion L. Hummel
MARION L. HUMMEL
Marion L. Hummel, 101, formerly of Duncannon,, passed away Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at Premier at Perry Village, New Bloomfield.
She was born March 22, 1920, in Newport to John E. and Carrie (Zeiders) Burns.
She had enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, shopping and watching “Wheel of Fortune.”
She was the widow of Lester E. Hummel.
Surviving are two daughters, June E. Walck of Gettysburg and Doris J. Messimer of Duncannon; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert A. Burns; and three sisters, Ruth A. Doherty, Alberta M. Knaub and Genevieve Harshberger.
A service was held Oct. 11 in David Myers Funeral Home, Newport, with pastor Mary Kay Miller officiating. Burial was in Red Hill Cemetery, Newport.
Dorothy A.M. Boullianne
DOROTHY A.M. BOULLIANNE
Dorothy Amina Mary Boullianne, 91, of New Bloomfield passed away at Stonebridge, Duncannon, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.
She was born in England where her name was inspired by the wild roses growing around their cottage. She was a daughter of James and Gladys Mary Perkins.
She went to secretarial school, then met her future husband while working as a secretary at Farleigh Dickinson University. After marriage, they began family life, having three happy children. She stayed at home to take care of them as they grew.
She was a devout Christian and an active member at St. Bernadette Catholic Church. She enjoyed helping to make peanut butter eggs for the church fundraiser and was a member of the Golden Age Club. She was a member of the Linglestown TOPS club for more than 40 years and taught aerobics until into her 80s. She greatly enjoyed spending time with friends at the former Duncannon Senior Center.
During her free time, she enjoyed dining and shopping with friends. She was an expert knitter and seamstress. She often helped her daughter at the yarn shop and taught classes on how to knit socks.
She was the widow of Alfred Thomas Boullianne, to whom she was married 52 years.
Surviving are a son, Andrew Boullianne and wife, Shelly; a daughter, Martine Sowers and husband, Scott; five grandchildren, Nicole, Jimmy, Caleb, Jessalyn and Tiffany; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Gerard Boullianne; a grandson, Christian Boullianne; and a sister, Barbara.
Visitation will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Ronald C.L. Smith Funeral Home, 325 N. High St., Duncannon. Burial will be at a Hol, Harrisburg.
The family welcome flowers, however, memorial contributions may be made to Babs Curran Senior Center, 27 N. High St., Duncannon 17020, or Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc., 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg 17111.
Donna M. Steckley
DONNA M. STECKLEY
Donna M. Steckley, 78, of Newport passed away Wednesday Oct. 6, 2021.
She was born Feb. 22, 1943, in Winchester, Va., to the late Edward and Veronica (Hope) Willard.
She had enjoyed knitting and crafting.
Surviving are her husband, Glenn E. Steckley Jr.; a son, David Steckley and wife Kari of New Jersey; a daughter, Donna Lynn Steckley and partner Lisa Keehner of Levittown; two brothers, Edward and Ricky Willard; a sister, Mary Ellen Willard; four grandchildren, Zachary, Wyatt and Lana Steckley and Dani Keehner-Steckley; and a niece, Lori Tunney, and many other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Willard, and a sister, Ann Schmidt.
David Myers Funeral Home, Newport, handled arrangements.
Truman L. Earnest
TRUMAN L. EARNEST
Truman L. Earnest, 88, of New Bloomfield died at home on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.
He was born Jan. 24, 1933, to Paul and Mildred Earnest of Liverpool, the middle of 11 children.
He served in the Army in Korea as a military policeman, and then trained as a barber, later becoming a machinist. He was an avid walker and talker on the streets of New Bloomfield and in earlier days fancied himself a hunter, despite his limited success rate. His hunting camp partners enjoyed his hearty cooking and his strong work ethic to build and keep up repairs on their facility.
He was a member of New Bloomfield United Methodist Church and New Bloomfield VFW.
Surviving are his wife, Annetje J. (Weston) Earnest; two children, Jeffrey L. Earnest and Melanie (Earnest) Rowlands; and two sisters, Barb Smith and Leah Higgins.
He was proceeded in death by a sister, Irene Williams; and all his Earnest brothers, Harold, Homer, Wayne, Lewis, Max, Art and Ray.
Boyer Family Funeral Home, New Bloomfield, handled arrangements.
MILDRED A. WOMER
Mildred A. Womer, 93, of New Bloomfield went to be with the Lord Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at home.
She was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Shermans Dale to George W. and Mary (Blumenschein) Brownewell.
She was a member of Kennedy’s Valley Church of God; had been an employee of C.H. Maslands and Piezo Crystal, both of Carlisle; and an avid reader of the Bible and enjoyed gardening and home canning.
She was the widow of Lee S. Womer, who died in 2015.
Surviving are two sons. Douglas Womer and wife Laura of Harrisburg and Dwayne Womer and wife Kim of Shermans Dale; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Oct. 5 in Landisburg Cemetery.
Boyer Family Funeral Home, New Bloomfield, handled arrangements.
Gary B. Frey
GARY B. FREY
Gary Brandon Frey, 69, of Halifax died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.
He wa born June 13, 1952, in Harrisburg to the late Roman R.M. and Patricia Jane (LaRosse) Frey.
Immediately following high school graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force, and proudly served his country. After discharge, he drove trucks and became a heavy equipment operator. He retired from Hampton Excavating in 2011.
Family was very important to him and he loved to vacation with them in the West. He collected guns and was passionate about body building.
Surviving are his loving wife of 34 years, Gina Shuman; four siblings, Devlyn Mundorf of Newport, Kenneth (Debra) Frey of Willard, Utah, Bruce (Sharon) Frey of Golden Valley, Ariz., and Marcie Nish of Taylorsville, Utah; many nieces and nephews; parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Shuman of Ickesburg; a brother-in-law, Galen Wayne Shuman; and canine companion, Yogi.
Nickel-Lochstampfor Family Funeral Home, Loysville, handled arrangements.
Betty J. Reed
BETTY J. REED
Betty Joan Reed, 85, of New Bloomfield passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at Premier at Perry Village.
She was born Nov. 17, 1935, in Carlisle to John M. and Mary (Ellerman) Rice.
“Joann” was an outstanding first grade and kindergarten teacher in West Perry, Linglestown, Blue Mountain, and Carlisle school districts. She was always impeccably dressed and elegant in her person. She was considerate, compassionate and caring. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed playing the piano, serving her community and, most of all, her family. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Pennsylvania State Teachers Association, ABWA and Order of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Reed; a son, David Reed and wife Sarah of Virginia; and three granddaughters, Raegan, Peyton and Hayden.
A service was held Oct. 11 in Boyer Family Funeral Home, New Bloomfield, with pastor Linda Shank officiating. Burial was in Landisburg Cemetery.
Michael L. Howell
MICHAEL L. HOWELL
Michael Lee Howell, 59, of New Bloomfield went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, from complications of the coronavirus, in UPMC West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg.
He was born Nov. 18, 1961, to Judy (Willow) Howell and the late Charles Howell.
He was a project manager for C & Z Construction and also was self-employed before working for C & Z. He enjoyed hunting and trapping in his younger years.
In addition to his mother, surviving are a companion, Donna Comp; a brother, David (Kathy) Howell; a nephew, Steven (Brittany) Howell; a niece, Sarah (Zac) Campbell; and two great-nephews, Benjamin Howell and Bradley Campbell, and a great-niece Emily Howell.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Nov. 7, in Millerstown United Methodist Church with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service at 2, followed by a time of fellowship.
David Myers Funeral Home, Newport, is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Bloomfield Fire Company and Ambulance League.
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