Miscellaneous Juniata County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
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  Jacob E. Wertz, 87, of Venice, Fla., died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999.
  He was born Aug. 14, 1912 in Lewistown.
  He worked for Singer Sewing Machine Co. of New York for more than 40 years, retiring as general sales manager of its industrial division; was a graduate of Pennsylvania State College; and a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity in Pennsylvania, Venice Gardens Homeowners Association and Grace United Methodist Church.
  Surviving are his wife, Ruth Wertz; a daughter, Diana Borberg of Santa Rosa, Calif.; three sons, Eric Nelson of Brandon, Vt., Donald E. of Bloomington, Ind., and Richard A. of Wickenburg, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
  Services were held Sept. 7 in his church. Burial was in the church's Garden of Remembrance, Venice.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla. 34238. 

  Ruth M. Wertz, 87, of Perlo Ridge Apartments, Loysville, formerly of Landisburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999 at home.
  She retired from the former Hamilton Bank and was a member of Susquehanna Valley Church of God, Rutherford Heights, Landisburg Church of God, Derry Street Senior Citizens and the Golden Age group of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
  Surviving are nieces and nephews.
  Services were held Jan. 16 in Landisburg Church of God. Burial was in Landisburg Cemetery.
  Boyer Funeral Home, New Bloomfield, handled arrangements.

  Bernice M. Whitesel, 66, of N. Front Street, Halifax, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, from injuries suffered in a fire at her home.
  She was born May 18, 1932 in Watts Twp. to the late Samuel and Ella (Miller) Humphrey.
  She was a former truck driver for Superior Trucking; formerly worked for D&H Distributing; a beautician; a graduate of Empire Beauty School, Harrisburg; and a member of Halifax VFW and Fisherville Fire Company auxiliaries.
  She was the widow of Rodney R. Whitesel.
  Surviving are three sons, Lynn E. and Wilbur W., both of Halifax, and Samuel B. of Millersburg; a daughter, Anna Mae Bailey of Millersburg; a brother, Linden S. Humphrey of Duncannon; four sisters, Jane Casey of Duncannon, Virginia Zinn of Erie, Ruby Urich of Fisherville and Mary Humphrey of Liverpool; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
  Services were held March 3 in Smith Funeral Home, Duncannon, with Lynn E. Whitesel officiating. Burial was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Halifax Fire Company, 22 S. River Road, Halifax 17032, any fire company, or Lehigh Valley Burn Center, P.O. Box 689, Allentown 18103.

  Dana L. Wieland, 36, of Brick Church Road, Newville, and formerly of Perry County, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999 at home.
  He was born July 22, 1963 at Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg, to Raymond R. Jr. and Janet T. Wieland of Loysville.
  He formerly was employed by Frog & Switch Manufacturing Company, Carlisle, served 12 years with the Army; attended West Perry High School; and was an avid collector of Indian artifacts.
  In addition to his parents, surviving are his wife, Jessica A. Gipe Wieland; a daughter, Katelyn L., at home; a son, Christian of Ickesburg; two stepdaughters, Ashley R. Gipe and Katrina M. Gipe, at home; two brothers, Raymond R. III of Elliottsburg and Steven S. of Landisburg; two sisters, Sherry L. Blumenschein of Landisburg and Tracy L. Difabbio of Mechanicsburg; his maternal grandmother, Eleanor J. Byrnes of Lincoln, Calif.; 10 nephews; 10 nieces; two great-nieces; and a great-nephew.
  Services were held Oct. 19 in Nickel Funeral Home, Loysville, with the Revs. Robert Woodall and Charles Carothers officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in Riverview Cemetery, Millerstown.

  Raymond R. Wieland Sr., 84, of Newport RR 4 died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999 in Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg.
  He was born June 2, 1914 in Millerstown to the late Harry H. and Nora (Zeigler) Wieland.
  He retired from Triangle Pacific - formerly Precisionwear; was a member of Millerstown United Methodist Church, Millerstown Moose Lodge 925 and Carpenters Union Local 287; and an avid hunter and fisherman.
  He was the widower of Margaret Shrawder Wieland.
  Surviving are a companion, Grace Frownfelter of New Bloomfield; two sons, Raymond Jr. of Loysville and Lloyd of West Fairview; two daughters, Nancy Vasiliadis of Camp Hill and Ruth Kegg of Newville; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
  Services were held March 2 in Myers Funeral Home, Newport, with the Rev. Arthur Montgomery officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Millerstown.
  Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Capital Region Unit, 1500 N. Second St., Harrisburg 17102-2527.

  Kenneth L. Wileman, 60, of York Springs died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999 at home.
  He was born Jan. 7, 1939 in Hunters Run to the late Charles E. Wileman and Bertha Detwiler Wileman Bousquin.
  He was an independent owner and truck driver, working for Mercer Transportation of Louisville, Ky.
  Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Dorothy Rowe Wileman; two sons, Larry E. of Mt. Pleasant Mills and Richard L. of Loganton; a daughter, Barbara Ann Walton of Millerstown; two stepsons, Jack M. Barnhart Jr. of Mechanicsburg and Rick A. Barnhart of Wellsville; two stepdaughters, Diane A. Foose of Duncannon and Cindy A. McDevitt of Shermans Dale; four brothers, Cloyd E., Barry N. and David L., all of Blain, and Merle F. of Aspers; three sisters, Aileen Bretz of Mt. Holly Springs, Phyllis Albright and Mary Neal, both of Gardners; 16 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
  Services were held Aug. 14 in Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, Carlisle, with the Rev. J. Kenneth Barner officiating. Entombment was in Rolling Green Memorial Park Mausoleum, Camp Hill.
  Memorial contributions may be made to any charity or Hospice Preferred Choice, 4813 Jonestown Road, Suite 211, Harrisburg 17109. 

  Lorene E. Williams, 79, of Perry Village Nursing Home, New Bloomfield, formerly of Harrisburg, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999 at Perry Village.
  She had been a member of the former Four Square Gospel Church of Rutherford.
  She was the widow of David J. Williams Jr.
  Surviving are three sons, Bruce of Grantville, Robert of Shermans Dale and Daniel of Etters; a stepson, Arlie of Landisburg; seven daughters, Deanna Culver of Scottsboro, Ala., Linda Lawler of Harvey, Ill., Carolyn Stoner of Newport, Sandra Walters and Theresa Tharp, both of Harrisburg, Janet Smith of Grantville and Wanda Barbaretta of Palmyra; a stepdaughter, Joyce Wood of Grand Chain, Ill.; five brothers; four sisters; 25 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
  Services were held Sept. 10 in First Assembly of God of Harrisburg.   Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.
Neill Funeral Home, Paxtang, handled arrangements.

  Elizabeth M. "Libby" Willow, 90, of Seven Stars Road, Millerstown died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999 in Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.
  She was born June 19, 1909 at Millerstown RR 2 in Juniata County to the late Franklin Isaac and Bertha Melinda (Frontz) Chubb.
  She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking and crocheting, and was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, Millerstown RR 2.
  She was the widow of John Albert Willow, who died Feb. 9, 1981.
Surviving are two sons, Walter C. of Millerstown and John R. of Richfield; three daughters, Judy A. Howell of Newport RR 4, Linda A. Keisling of Liverpool and Stella Willow of Downingtown; one brother, Donald I. Chubb of Middleburg RR 1; one sister, Ida Miller of Mechanicsburg; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by one daughter, Evelyn Minium, who died March 20, 1999; one grandson, Raymond Minium Jr., who died in 1986; one sister, Maggie Delancy; and three brothers, Lucian, Earl and Leroy Chubb.
  Services were held Sept. 11 in Garman Funeral Home, Liverpool, with the Rev. Salvatore E. Buonocore officiating. Burial was in St. James United Methodist Cemetery, Millerstown RR 2.

  William R. "Bill" Willow, 73, of Liverpool RR 1 died Tuesday, April 20, 1999 in Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.
  He was born May 28, 1925 at Greenwood Twp., Juniata County, to the late Charles William and Minnie R. (Marks) Willow.
  He was educated at Wilt's Grammar Schoolhouse in Greenwood Twp; retired in May 1990 as a mill worker from Triangle Pacific Cabinet Corp., Thompsontown, and formerly worked at Updegrove's Orchards, Millerstown, and Wood Mode Industries, Kreamer; attended Bible Baptist Church of Liverpool and was a former member of St. James United Methodist Church, Millerstown RR 2; an Army veteran of World War II; a member of the United Steelworkers of America AFL-CIO-CLC, Local 15253, District 7; and enjoyed wood crafting, hunting and fishing.
  Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Carrie E. Kline Willow; two daughters, Thelma M. Mullen of Duncannon and Sandra K. Helwig of Mt. Holly Springs; a sister, Anna Aucker of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas H. and John A., and one sister, Sarah A. Frey, who died Jan. 13, 1997.
  Services were held April 24 in Garman Funeral Home, Liverpool, with the Rev. Robert T. Gray Jr. officiating and Donald K. Crooks assisting. Burial, with military honors, was in St. Peter's United Church of Christ Cemetery, Millerstown RR 2. 

  Charles L. Wilson, 85, of Ickesburg and Perry Village Nursing Home, New Bloomfield, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999 in Carlisle Hospital.
  He was born Oct. 27, 1913 at Landsiburg RR 1 to the late John and Susan (Goodling) Wilson.
  He retired as a quality-control supervisor from Olin Inc.'s Winchester Arms Division, New Haven and Bridgeport, Conn.; was a graduate of Blain High School; a member and former consistory president and deacon of Ickesburg United Church Christ and a former member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church, Fairfield, Conn.; a member and past master of F&AM Lodge 104, a past president of the First Masonic Flying Squadron, a past president of the Young Mens Industrial Forum and the Everymans Bible Class, and a member of Lafayette Consistory, all in Connecticut; a director of the Perry Health Center, Loysville, and the Perry Advisory Council on Aging; a past president and vice president of the Ickesburg Lions Club; a past former director of The Perry Historians; a former secretary of the Perry County Fire Police and Ickesburg Fire Company; a former civil defense director for Saville Twp.; and a member of the Ickesburg Ambulance Club.
  Surviving are his wife, Marion J. Stewart Wilson; a daughter, Betty L. Mulligan of Fairfield, Conn.; a sister, Stella M. Gilbert of Loysville RR 2; and two grandchildren.
  Services were held Aug. 30 in his church with the Rev. Karen Easterly officiating. Burial was in Blain Cemetery.
  Nickel Funeral Home, Loysville, handled arrangements.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Ickesburg Lions Club. 

  Shirley I. Turns Wirt, 64, of Roberts Valley Road, Harrisburg, died Friday, Feb. 12, 1999 in Manor Care Health Services East.
  She was a retired cook with Polyclinic Hospital.
  Surviving are her husband, William J. Wirt; her mother, Pearl M. Turns of Harrisburg; a daughter, Marjorie D. Earnest of Elliottsburg; a son, Clarence Edward Hartz of Colonial Park; three sisters, Beverly A. Jamison and Sandra E. Turns, both of Harrisburg, and Marcia K. Allen of Grantville; three brothers, William C. Turns Jr. of Middletown, and Barry E. Turns and Donald L. Turns, both of Harrisburg; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
  Services were held Feb. 16 in Jesse H. Geigle Funeral Home, Harrisburg, with the Rev. David T. Willard officiating. Burial was in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.
  Memorial contributions may be made to any hospice organization.

  J. Elvin Wise, 6, of Blain died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999 of injuries received in a farming accident at home.
  He was born May 7, 1993 in Juniata County.
  He attended Milltown Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference, Landisburg RR 1.
  Surviving are his parents, Elvin R. and Nora Zimmerman Wise; three brothers, Jonathan Z., Paul Matthew and Raymond Z., all at home; his paternal grandparents, Edwin K. and Ida W. Rutt Wise of Ephrata; maternal grandfather, Abram Zimmerman of Blain; paternal great-grandparents, Harry N. and Ella B. Weaver Rutt of Ephrata; and maternal great-grandmother, Ella B. Wise of Womelsdorf.
  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Edna Zimmerman.
  Services were held Aug. 19 at his home and at his church with bishop Lester B. Martin and ministers Raymond Zimmerman, Warren Auker and John Wise officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
  Nickel Funeral Home, Loysville, handled arrangements.

  Evealine A. Wittle, 83, formerly of Enola, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999 in Perry Village Nursing Home, New Bloomfield.
  She was retired from the state Bureau of Vacation and Travel Development.
  She was the widow of George W. Wittle Sr. 
  Surviving are a son, Donald Sr. of Enola; two daughters, Linda Carmichael and Carol Heikel, both of Enola; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

  Robert J. Wolf, 98, of Idle Road, Marysville, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999 in Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.
  He retired as an oiler from the former Pennsylvania Railroad and was a former member of the Marysville Moose lodge.
  Surviving are his wife, Irene H. Black Wolf; a son, Walter E. of Marysville; five grandchildren; and great- and great-great-grandchildren.
  Services were held Feb. 12 in Shalonis Funeral Home, Marysville. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Rye Twp.

  Paul E. Woods, 90, of Gantt Street, Newport, died Thursday, April 1, 1999 at home.
  He was born July 18, 1908 in Blain to the late John and Maude (Anderson) Woods.
  He retired as a truck driver from SOLO Trucking Co. and was a member of Centre Presbyterian Church, Loysville.
  He was the widower of Viola K. Woods.
  Surviving are two sons, Wayne H. of Millerstown RR 1 and Terry L. of Newport RR 3; two daughters, Vera M. Haines of Shippensburg and Marie I. Barnes of Poolesville, Md.; two brothers, Wayne of Blain and Ralph of Carlisle; a sister, Emmaline Young of Yeagertown; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by a son, Ralph E.; a daughter, Jane E. Woods; and a sister, Pearl Palm of Ickesburg.
  Services were held April 6 in Myers Funeral Home, Newport, with the Rev. Paul Kauffman officiating. Burial was in Blain Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Newport Ambulance League, P.O. Box 66, Newport 17074.

  Franklin Delmont Wright, 74, of Camp Hill died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999 in Health-South Renovo Center, Mechanicsburg.
  He retired as a clerk from the Harrisburg Post Office; was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II; a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club, American Legion Post 1001 and the National Federal Employees; and a life member of Shellsville VFW Post 9639.
  Surviving are his wife, Laura Zimmerman Wright; two daughters, Debra Tobias of Colonial Park and Sharon Serbacic of Allentown; two sisters, Creta Gordon of Bellevue, Wash., and Marcella Dudley of Newport; a four grandchildren.
  Services were held in Hoover Funeral Home and Crematory, Linglestown. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.

  James Loren Wright, 89, formerly of Old Ferry Road, Millerstown, died Friday, July 16, 1999 at home.
  He was born Sept. 20, 1910 in Greenwood Twp. to the late Loren and Ellie (Sarver) Wright.
  He was a retired farmer; a lifelong member of the Perry Valley Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and a trustee; past president of Wrights Church Cemetery Association; a member of Millerstown Fire Company and Ambulance League, and the Perry Valley Grange; and enjoyed playing cards and gardening.
  Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Rumberger Wright, with whom he would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 19; a son, James II of Millerstown; two daughters, Joyce Fickes of Hershey and Lorraine Cameron of Millerstown; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by a brother, Shuman Wright, and two sisters, Florinda Knouse and Lela Derr.
  Services were held July 20 in his church with the Rev. Nancy McClure officiating. Burial was in Wrights Church Cemetery.
  Myers Funeral Home, Newport, handled arrangements.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Wrights Church Cemetery Association, c/o Janice Shaw, 328 Old Ferry Road, Millerstown 17062.

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