Miscellaneous Juniata County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
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  Martha "Marty" Smith, 67, of Manchester died Friday, April 20, 2001 at home.
  She was a waitress at various restaurants. 
  Surviving are her husband, Wilmer Smith of Manchester; a son James Williams of Manchester; a stepson, Dutch Smith of Georgia; and a stepdaughter, Judy Diehl of Shermans Dale.
  Services were held April 23 in Dover.
  Diehl's Funeral Home handled arrangements.

  Roma C. Smith, 92, formerly of E. Main Street, New Bloomfield, died Saturday, July 7, 2001 in Perry Village Nursing Home, New Bloomfield.
  She was born Nov. 25, 1908 in Dayton, Iowa, to the late Charles and Ida (Murphy) Coomer.
  She retired in 1964 from the home economics department as a teacher at Carlisle High School; was a graduate of Frances Shimer School for Women and Iowa State University, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority; and a member of the Church of the Nativity, Newport.
  She was the widow of Harry Sylvester Smith.
  Surviving are a daughter, Ramey Smith de Cardenas of Madrid, Spain; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by a son, Charles.
  Services were held July 10 in her church with the Rev. Canon William T. Warne officiating. Burial was in Bloomfield Cemetery.
  Myers Funeral Home, Newport, handled arrangements.

  William M. Smith Jr., 65, of Old State Road, Shermans Dale, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001 in Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  He retired as a mechanical supervisor from Texas Eastern Transmission Corp.; was an Army veteran; a member of Shellsville VFW, Jonestown Perseverance Fire Company, Jonestown American Legion and Mifflintown Lodge 324 F&AM; and enjoyed hunting and gardening.
  Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Lentz Smith; three sons, Thomas W. of Marysville, Craig A. of Etters and Jeffrey S. of Marysville; two brothers, James T. of Smithville, Okla., and Robert A. of McRae, Ark.; two sisters, Mary McClure of Centerville, Texas, and Helen Liles of McRae; and three grandchildren.
  Services were held Oct. 18 in Strauss-Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home, Jonestown. Burial was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1263, Lebanon 17042, or American Diabetes Association, 2040   Linglestown Road, Suite 106, Harrisburg 17110.

  Kathryn Snyder, 83, of McKamy Blvd., Dallas, Texas, and formerly of Duncannon and Harrisburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001 in HCA Medical Center, Plano, Texas.
  She was born Aug. 22, 1917 in Rarden, Ohio, to the late Walter Cleveland and Esther (Wikoff) Newman.  
  She and her husband owned and operated the Barbeque Cottage drive-through restaurant on N. Front Street, Harrisburg, from 1940 to 1970, and was a member of Duncannon Presbyterian Church.
  She was the widow of Kenneth A. Snyder.
  Surviving are a daughter, Susan S. Epley, with whom she lived in Dallas,; a son, Kenneth A. Jr., of Wayland, Mass.; a brother, Charles "Buss" Newman of Ohio; a sister, Bonnie Thornhill of Texas; and four grandchildren.
  Services were held Feb. 17 in her church. Burial was in Duncannon Cemetery.  
  Boyer Funeral Home, Duncannon, handled arrangements.

  Lawson E. Steele, 72, of Rufus King Court, Enola, formerly of Duncannon, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001 at Hospice of Central Pennsylvania Slane Residence. 
  He was born May 29, 1929 in Watts Twp. to the late Jacob E. and Ruth (Ferguson) Steele.
  He was retired from Big A Auto Parts; an Army veteran of the Korean War; a member of Duncan-non Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg Consistory, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest 43, Zembo Temple, Zembo Luncheon Club, Perry Lodge 458 F&AM and American Legion Post 340.
  Surviving are his wife, Claire S. Steele; two daughters, Carol S. Amsden of Marysville and Gina L. Steele of Mechanicsburg; a sister, Marian Raub of Duncannon; and a granddaughter, Christine Amsden.
  Services were held Oct. 17 in Smith Funeral Home, Duncan-non, with the Rev. James Parker officiating. Burial was in Duncan-non Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola 17025.

  Thelma Smith Stevenson, 78, of Delanco, N.J., and formerly of Blain, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2001 in Rancocas Hospital, Willingboro, N.J.
  She was born in Philadelphia to the late Walter and Martha (Wall) Gamble.
  She was employed by Charles T. Gamble Electronics Manufacturing of Delanco, retiring in 1995 after 25 years of service in quality control; a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Willingboro, N.J., Mariam Rebekah Lodge 112, I.O.O.F., and Powhattan L.E.A. 30; an associate member of Mahoney Rebekah Lodge 428, I.O.O.F., New Bloomfield; and enjoyed needlework, gardening and reading. 
  She was the widow of Earl Smith and Robert Stevenson Sr.
  Surviving are three daughters, Cheryl Gotta and Debbe Wide, both of Delanco, and Robin Simonetta of Bloomsbury, N.J.; two stepsons, Robert Stevenson Jr. of Blain and Thomas Stevenson of Springfield Twp., N.J.; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by a sister, M. Eleanor Hill.
  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 1, in the Mausoleum of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Route 130 South, Burlington, N.J.
  Page Funeral Home, Burlington, is handling arrangements.
  Memorial contributions may be made to her church, 201 Levitt Parkway, Willingboro, N.J. 08046, or the Rebekah Scholarship Fund, 110-B, Chatham Drive, Monroe, N.J. 08831.

  Herman E. Straw, 78, of Susquehanna Lutheran Village, Millersburg, died Sunday, July 8, 2001 in Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.
  He was born May 18, 1923 in Halifax Twp., Dauphin County, to the late Aaron and Annie (Campbell) Straw.
  He formerly was employed by PP&L and was a former member of Matamoras Church of God. 
  Surviving are three sisters, Esther Baker of Halifax, Annie Kerstetter of Millersburg and Ruth Werner of Riverhead, N.Y.; and nieces and nephews. 
  He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
  Services were held July 11 in Smith Funeral Home, Duncannon, with the Rev. Philip Kneier officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, Duncannon.
 Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 1517 Cedar Cliff Drive, Camp Hill 17011.

  Bertha A. Stum, 91, formerly of Newville and Marysville, died Thursday, April 12, 2001 at Quincy United Methodist Retirement Center, Quincy. 
  She was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Perry County.
  She was the former choir director for Calvary Church, Lemoyne, and had taught piano for 60 years; a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Marysville, where she accompanied the choir on the piano for 10 years; played the piano for many activities at the retirement center and was in the choir; and did many hours of volunteer work at the nursing home and in the country store.
  She was the widow of Paul Edward Stum.
  Surviving are a daughter, Bonnie S. Grau of York; a son, Rev. David E. of Silver Spring, Md.; a brother, A. Leon Reisinger of Camp Hill; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
  Services were held April 17 in the retirement center. Burial was in Landisburg Cemetery.
  Shalonis Funeral Home, Marysville, handled arrangements.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the retirement center, P.O. Box 128, Quincy 17247.

  Russell E. Stum, 90, of Pamlico Drive, Greensboro, N.C., died Saturday, April 7, 2001.
  He was born at Landisburg to the late James Edward and Grace (Morrison) Stum.
  He was retired from the Civil Service; acted as caretaker for the Lake Daniel community; a member of College Place United Methodist Church; and a 32nd-degree   Mason and a member for more than 50 years with the Carlisle lodge.
  He was the widower of Faye Stum.
  Surviving are two daughters, Virginia S. Heffner of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Barbara S. Hyatt of Greensboro, N.C.; a son, Richard R. of Greensboro; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a friend, Dell Perry of Greensboro.
  Services were held April 9 in Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home, Greensboro. 
  Memorial contributions may be made to his church, 509 S. Tate St., Greensboro, N.C. 27405.

George W. Swengel
  George Wesley Swengel, 58, of York died Monday, June 25, 2001 at home.
  He was born July 21, 1942 in Plainfield, N.J., to the late Robert and Elizabeth (Miller) Swengel
  He was a former potter and was a member of Greater Grace of Carlisle Church.
  Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Alice F. Weaver Swengel; five sons, Dennis Leischner, Troy Swengel, Thomas Leischner and Darren Swengel of York, and Jude Sminkey of Vermont; three daughters, Carmen Cane of Baltimore, Md., Elizabeth Swengel of York and Ealora Swengel of North Carolina; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
  A celebration of life service was held at Greater Grace of Carlisle Church, Carlisle on June 30 with pastor Ray Kosciolek and other assisting pastors officiating the service. There was a private burial.
  Memorial contributions may be made to his church, 54 S. Bedford St., Carlisle 17013; or York Cancer Center, c/o Cancer Patient Help Fund, 25 Monument Rd. (Suite 194), York 17403.

  David A. Thebes, 35, of Centre Twp., New Bloomfield RR 2, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at home.
  He was an employee of Morrow Builders.
  Surviving are a son, Derek J.C. of Shermans Dale; his mother, Evelyn M. Thebes of Steelton; a brother, Robert M. of Cocoa, Fla.; two sisters, Nancy Thebes and Sharon Baughman, both of Elliottsburg; and a friend, Brian Magee.
  Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 17, in Boyer Funeral Home, New Bloomfield. Burial will be in Bloomfield Cemetery.

  Jesse Timmons died Monday, June 11, 2001, in Arlington, Va. 
  He retired after 32 years with NASA, and also worked for BDM, Bionetics, and Fairfax County in Virginia; was a member of Centreville Baptist Church, where he was active in the God's Own Golden Oldies group. 
  Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Gail Timmons, of Centreville, Va., his mother, Ida Reisinger of Eshcol; three children, Deborah Bollinger of Yorktown, Va., Christopher Timmons of Poquoson, Va., and Kelly Timmons of Hampton, Va.; a sister, Pat Bartow of Conestoga; three brothers, Henry Timmons of Landisburg, Willie Reisinger of Loysville and Steve Reisinger of Eshcol; and four grandchildren. 

  Gifford M. "Skip" Troutman, 93, formerly of Greenwood Twp., Millerstown RR 2, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001 in Perry Village Nursing Home, New Bloomfield.
  He was born May 25, 1908 in Juniata County to the late George R. Sr. and Alice (Forney) Troutman.
  He farmed his entire life and had been employed by Greenwood Twp., working on township roads until retiring in 1970; and was educated in Greenwood Twp. rural schools.
  Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Florence Viall Troutman, also of Perry Village; a daughter, Frances L. Snyder of Dallastown; and nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by three brothers, Horace, William and George Jr., and three sisters, Margaret Dagle, Toleda Cox and Minnie Ulsh.
  Burial was in Pfoutz Valley United Methodist Church, Millerstown RR 2.
  Garman Funeral Home, Liverpool, handled arrangements. 

  Gene L. Troy Sr., 72, of S. Franklin Street, Elizabethville, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001 at home.
  He was born Dec. 13, 1928 to the late Paul L. and Beatrice Mae (Reynolds) Troy.
  He retired as a plant maintenance engineer for Hershey Creamery Company, Harrisburg; was a Navy veteran of the Korean War; and enjoyed attending short-track auto racing.
  Surviving are his wife, Shirley Elaine Danner Troy of New Cumberland; five sons, Mickey of Millersburg, Terry of Newport, Jerry of Harrisburg, Timothy of Ocean City, Md., and Gene Jr. of Etters; two daughters, Vickie Troutman of Mt. Joy and Cheryl Curley of Elizabethville; two half-brothers, John Stewart of Enola and James Stewart of Harrisburg; two half-sisters, Audry Latchford of Harrisburg and Doris Lutz of Summerdale; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
  Hoover Funeral Home, Elizabethville, handled arrangements.
  Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society of Dauphin County, 1500 N. Second St., Harrisburg 17102-2527.

  Roberta B. Umberger, 76, of Locust Way, Carlisle, and formerly of Marysville, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001 in Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.
  She retired from Cumberland Valley School District; was a 1943 graduate of the former Marysville High School; past president of Christian Endeavor in Perry County and the Southeast Central District, and co-director with her husband of Perry County Youth Retreat for 18 years at Doubling Gap, Newville; a member of Carlisle First Church of God and its ladies Bible class, and Bellaire Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Carlisle.
  Surviving are her husband, G. Robert Umberger, and a daughter, Nancyann Sheaffer of Mechanicsburg.
  Services were held Oct. 11 in her church with the Rev. D. Alan Mathna officiating. Burial was in LeTort Cemetery, Carlisle.
  Shalonis Funeral Home, Marysville, handled arrangements. 

  James Vaccaro, 75, of Eisenhower Blvd., Duncannon, died Saturday, July 21, 2001 in Select Specialty Hospital, Camp Hill.
    He was born March 1, 1926 in Duncannon to the late Leonard and Sophia (Solack) Vaccaro.
He retired from the former Navy Ships Parts Control Center, Mechancisburg; was a Navy veteran of World War II; and a member of St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church, Duncannon, the Navy Armed Guard Association and Mechanicsburg VFW Post 6704.
  He was the widower of Freda Barclay Vaccaro.
  Surviving are two sons, J. Michael of Lock Haven and Leonard B. of Marysville; five daughters, Patricia A. Shaffer, Carmella M. Williams and Angela M. Vaccaro, all of Duncannon, Barbara K. Coates of Dickerson, Md., and Diane V. Bowling of Harrisburg; a sister, Katherine Arthmann of Columbia, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 25 in his church with the Rev. William Forrey officiating. Burial was in Duncannon Cemetery.
  Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, handled arrangements.
  Memorial contributions may be made to his church, 901 High St., Duncannon 17020, or ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 500 Office Center Drive, Suite 340, Fort Washington 19304-3214.

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