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Ann V. Zais
LEWISTOWN - Ann V. Zais, 72, of 307 South Wayne St., Lewistown, died at 4:53 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Beverly Healthcare/William Penn. Born May 24, 1929, in Burnham, she was the daughter of the late Ciro and Rose A. (Ferrazzuol) Simonetti. Surviving are: children, Dennis A. Zais, Baltimore, MD, and Keith W. Zais, Baltimore, MD; brothers and sisters, Samuel Simonetti, Steelton, Michael Simonetti, Pendix, Mrs. Richard (Ida) Treaster, Milroy, Rose Marie Keefer, State College, and Victor L. Simonetti, Yeagertown; two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony, Joseph and Carmen Simonetti, and two sisters, Mary Snook and Angie Hoover. She was a crane operator at Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore, MD, for 15 years, before retiring in 1993. Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham, with the Rev. Jeffrey Schuman officiating. A private interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park. Friends may call from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Gilbert R. Zechman
MIDDLEBURG - Gilbert R. Zechman, 86, of Middleburg, died Wednesday at his home. He was the husband of the former Mabel M. Lash. His funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Middleburg. Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Middleburg. Friends may call from 7 - 9 p.m. Friday, at Hummel Funeral Home, Middleburg.

David E. Zeiders
MIFFLINTOWN - David E. Zeiders, 80, of Stonewall Road, Shippensburg, formerly of Salunga, died of natural causes Monday, July 16, 2001, at Chambersburg Hospital. Born July 14, 1921, in Mifflin, he was a son of the late Orris E. and Mary E. (Kauffman) Zeiders. He was formerly married to Norma May Zeiders of New Cumberland. Surviving are: three daughters, Karen Wakoff, Trumansburg, NY, Lisa Lions, New Cumberland and Marsha Reese, Lititz; a brother, Robert G. Zeiders, Pompona Beach, FL; and three sisters, Mildred Z. Robinson and Vivian Z. Bardell, both of Mifflintown, and Janet Z. Baker, Burnham; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He retired in 1989 from the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, where he worked six years as an inventory clerk. He also worked as an inventory clerk for the Intelligencer Printing Company from 1973 to 1983. From 1969 to 1973, he worked as a funeral director for Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home. He owned and operated Zeiders Funeral Home, Mifflintown until 1969. He served a term as Juniata County coroner from 1960 to 1964. He was a 1946 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and a 1940 graduate of Juniata Joint High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Zeiders was a member of the Ironville United Methodist Church. His funeral service was private, with interment in Habecker's Mennonite Cemetery, Manor Township, Lancaster County. Nissley Funeral Home, 228 E. Main St., Mount Joy is handling arrangements.

James W. Zeiders
LEWISTOWN - James W. Zeiders, 79, of Ohesson Manor, Lewistown, formerly of Arch Rock, Juniata County, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at the manor. Born March 7, 1922, in Denholm, he was the son of the late Earl Sr. and Nellie Zeiders. His first wife, Bessie (Burd) Zeiders, died in 1959 and his second wife, Olive (Kreider) Zeiders, died in 1987. Surviving are: children, Lloyd Zeiders, John Zeiders and William Zeiders, all of Mifflintown RR3 and Mrs. Marlin P. (Nancy) Garland, Mifflintown; one stepdaughter, Dixie Stoner, Mifflintown RR3; brothers and sister, Earl Zeiders Jr., Mifflintown RR3, Lee Zeiders, Mifflintown RR4, and Rhoda Courter, Mill Hall; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and five step-great- grandchildren. He was an employee of Hawstone Brick Plant and he retired from the Lewistown Foundry. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at the Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. Douglas Compton officiating. Interment will be in St. Stephens Cemetery, Licking Creek. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Earl E. Zeigler
THOMPSONTOWN - Earl E. Zeigler, 78, of West Main Street, Thompsontown, died at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at Lewistown Hospital. Born Feb. 2, 1922, in Walker Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Isaac W. and Sarah C. (Lauver) Zeigler. His wife, Virginia M. (Keister) Zeigler, whom he married July 4, 1946, survives. Also surviving are: children, Earl W. Zeigler, Port Royal RR1, Wilson "Woody" Zeigler, Millerstown RR2, Mrs. Dennis (Eva L.) Irvin, Thompsontown, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughters, Connie M. Wileman, Virginia P. Zeigler, an infant son, nine brothers and three sisters. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army. He was a retired laborer, having worked for contractors, Eugene Losch and Dave Barnes, and was also a trackman on the railroad. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. Charles Sheaffer officiating. Interment will be in Locust Run Cemetery, where military honors will be provided by the Juniata County Veterans Council. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Guss Funeral Home, Mifflintown.

Helen B. Zeigler
MILLERSTOWN - Helen B. Zeigler, 94, of Millerstown, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Brookline Manor. Born Sept. 6, 1907, in Millerstown, she was the daughter of the late George and Minerva (Dimm) Beaver. She was the widow of Ivan L. Zeigler. Surviving are: a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne I. and Rita Zeigler of Millerstown; two grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was a member of the Pfoutz Valley United Methodist Church. Her funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in the Pfoutz Valley United Methodist Cemetery. There will be no viewing. The family will provide all funeral flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to: Pfoutz Valley UM Cemetery Association, c/o Jack Cameron, 851 Pfoutz Valley Rd., Millerstown, PA 17062. Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, is in charge of arrangements.

Nevin Henry Zerby
BEAVERTOWN - Nevin Henry Zerby, 59, of Beavertown RR1, died at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, following an extended illness. Born April 27, 1941, in Potter Township, Centre County, he was a son of the late Henry W. and Margaret (Delaney) Zerby. His wife, Isabel L. (Jodon) Zerby, whom he married Sept. 22, 1962, survives. Also surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. James K. (Deborah) Etzler, Beavertown RR1 and Jenny Zerby, Marengo, Ohio; six sons, Vernon Zerby, Beavertown, Charles Zerby, Beaver Springs RR1, Henry Zerby, Marengo, Ohio, Joseph Zerby, Jacksonville, Fla., Matthew Zerby and Luke Zerby, both at home; three brothers, Clair Zerby, Knoxville, David Zerby, Zion and Kermit Zerby, Hollywood, Md.; and eight grandchildren. He was a 1959 graduate of Penns Valley High School and attended Penn State University, majoring in agriculture. He served as the assistant swine herdsman at Penn State and went on to serve as the head swine herdsman at the University of Maryland. He farmed in Centre and Blair counties before moving to Snyder County in 1977. He worked for the former Thomas Acres as a swine herdsman. In 1984, purchased his own farm, where he raised livestock. He was a member of Beaver Lutheran Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent, lay minister, youth group advisor, Sunday School teacher and council member. He also served on the Snyder County branch of Lutheran Brotherhood He was a member of the Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association, the Pennsylvania Livestock Association, was an honorary member of Penn State Stockman's Club, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the FFA Alumni, the Beaver Community Fair Association, and a strong supporter of agricultural youth programs. He served as president of the Midd-West school board from 1990-1994, and served on the Midd-West Ag advisory committee. Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Beaver Lutheran Church, Beaver Springs, with the Rev. Stanley D. Reep officiating. Interment will be in the Troxelville Union Cemetery. Friends may call 4-9 p.m. Friday at the Beavertown Chapel of Aurand Funeral Homes, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown, where the family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation, 7 Markley Lane, PO Box 54, Beaver Springs, PA 17812. Checks payable to: Nevin Zerby Memorial.

Bryan M. Zimmerman
VICKSBURG &endash; Bryan Michael Zimmerman, 18, of Vicksburg, entered into rest at 8:40 a.m. Sat., Sept. 15, 2001 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was taken following an automobile accident on Friday on Route 522, Franklin Township, Snyder County. He was born March 22, 1983, in Kelly Township, Union County, a son of Theodore Bryan and Nancy Cecile (Snook) Zimmerman of Vicksburg. He was a 2001 graduate of Mifflinburg High School and Sun Area Vocational Technical School, New Berlin. He was employed as a welder at Playworld Systems, Lewisburg. He was a coach of the Mifflinburg High School soccer team. Bryan enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. He enjoyed all sports, especially soccer. He attended the Mifflinburg Assembly of God Church. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two brother, Troy A., who serves with the air force at Offut Air Force Base, Nebraska, and Travis D. who lives at home; two sisters, Jennifer L. and Emily M. who both live at home; two foster brothers; his maternal grandfather, Roswell Snook of RR1, Beavertown; his paternal grandfather, Dane Zimmerman of Harrisburg; his paternal grandmother, Karen Wagner of Mifflinburg; his paternal stepgrandmother, Rita Zimmerman of Harrisburg; his paternal stepgrandfather, William Wagner of Mifflinburg; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Nadean Snook in 2000, and his paternal stepgrandfather, Charles F. Smith in 1995. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg, where the family will be present from 7 to 9 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday at the Mifflinburg Assembly of God Church, 1001 Market St., Mifflinburg. The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday at the church by the Revs. Keith A. Bingaman, and Carl Geissinger. Burial will be in the Troxeville Union Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Bryan's name in memory of his grandmother, Nedean Snook, to the ALS Society, 500 Office Center Drive, Suite 340, Fort Washington, PA 19034-3214.

Robert L. "Gabby" Zimmerman
ALEXANDRIA - Robert L. "Gabby" Zimmerman, 74, of Deihl Rd., Alexandria, died at 10:09 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital. Born March 14, 1972, in Granville, he was a son of the late Harry E. and Clara E. (Freed) Zimmerman. Surviving are: three sons, Robert L. Zimmerman, Keller, TX, Ronald R. Zimmerman, Petersburg, and Jeffrey L. Zimmerman, Alexandria RD1, a sister, Mrs. Donald "Jim" (Ruth) Renninger, Lewistown RD1; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters. He was formerly employed at Standard Steel, Burnham, and last worked at Krentzman Inc., Lewistown. He was a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Army. His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, at the Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 South Market St., McVeytown. Interment will be in Pine Glen Cemetery, Lewistown RD. Friends may call from 12 p.m. until the time of the service Friday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: Jeffrey L. Zimmerman, RD1 Box 380A, Alexandria, PA 16611.

Delmar E. Zook
BELLEVILLE - Delmar E. Zook, 41, of 6357 Route 655, Belleville, died at 3:05 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at his home. Born April 24, 1960, in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Mark L. Zook and Emma S. (Peachey) Zook. His wife, Lena L. (Peight) Zook, whom he married Dec. 31,1981, survives. Also surviving are: children, Mary Beth Zook, Diane M. Zook, Sharon E. Zook, Loretta M. Zook and Daryl A. Zook, all of Belleville; brothers and sisters, Mrs. Harry (Susan) Yoder, Aroda, VA, Mrs. John (Loretta) Hostetler, Reedsville, Norman R. Zook, Mifflin, Mrs. Enos (Lucy) Kurtz, Adams, NY, Mrs. Marvin (Rosa) Knisly, Hutchinson, KS, Mrs. Daniel (Wilma) Stoltzfus, Lewisburg, Marcus I. Zook, Mifflin, Mary G. Zook, Free Union, VA, Jesse M. Zook and Amy C. Zook, both of Mifflin. He was preceded in death by two sons, Andrew James Zook on Sept. 26, 1982, and Mark L. Zook on March 5, 2001. He had been employed with Pace Construction as a carpenter. He was a member of Valley View Amish-Mennonite Church, Belleville. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Valley View Amish-Mennonite Church, 110 Applehouse Rd., Belleville, with Norman Swartzentruber, Eli King and Earl Peachey officiating. Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, Belleville. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Bohn Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Doran F. Zook Sr.
MIFFLINTOWN - Doran F. Zook Sr., 76, of Mifflintown RR3, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at Lewistown Hospital. Born Dec. 6, 1925, in Milford Township, Juniata County, he was the son of the late John Chester and Sarah Maude (Houtz) Zook. He is survived by his wife, Naomi "Sparkie" (Heister) Zook, whom he married Dec. 11, 1946. Also surviving are: three sons, Fred Zook and Norm E. Zook, both of Mifflintown RR3, and John E. Zook, Smyrna, DE; a daughter, Wendy M. Swartz, Mifflintown RR2; a sister, Florence Gelnett, Tunkhannock; two brothers, Wallace N. Zook, Mifflintown RR1, ad Gerald G. Zook, Mifflintown RR5; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Z. McClure, who died on July 27, 1990, and two brothers, Leona Zook and Carl Zook. He retired from Agway Petroleum in 1987. He was a member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church and a past director and past president of the Juniata County School Board. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Air Force. He enjoyed bowling. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Miffintown, with the the Rev. Louise Knotts officiating. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery, where military honors will be provided by the Juniata County Veterans Council. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will provide all funeral flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, RR3, Miffintown, PA 17059, Hospice: The Bridge, 1126 W. Fourth St., Lewistown, PA 17044 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Lena E. Zook
BELLEVILLE - Lena E. Zook, 78, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, formerly of Belleville, died at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001 at Valley View Haven. Born Dec. 1, 1922, in Belleville, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Emma M. (Zook) Zook. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Alvin (A. Margaret) Yoder, 50 Trella St., Belleville. She was preceded in death by brothers, S. Melvin Zook and Earl E. Zook. She was a former cook for the Belleville Restaurant and the Honey Creek Inn and was a school crossing guard. She was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church, the Beacon Light Sunday School Class, and the Women's Day Sewing Group. Her service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, with the Rev. Laban Peachey and the Rev. Ivan E. Yoder officiating. Interment will be in Allensville Mennonite Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Donald E. Baggus Funeral Home, 3813 W. Main St., Belleville. Memorial contributions may be made to: Valley View Haven Retirement Community, 4702 E. Main St., Belleville, PA 17004.

Mark L. Zook
MIFFLIN - Mark L. Zook, 71, of HCR 67, Mifflin, died at 11 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2001, in Sarasota, Fla. Born March 11, 1929, in Belleville, he was the son of the late Stephen W. Sr. and Mary E. (Peachey) Zook. His wife, Emma S. (Peachey) Zook, whom he married Nov. 13, 1952, survives. Also surviving are: children, Mrs. Harry (Susan) Yoder, Aroda, Va., Mrs. John (Loretta) Hostetler, Reedsville, Norman R. Zook, Marcus Zook, and Jesse M. Zook, all of Mifflin, Mrs. Enos (Lucy) Kurtz, Adams, NY, Delmar E. Zook, Belleville, Mrs. Marvin (Rosa) Nisly, Hutchinson, Kan., Mrs. Daniel (Wilma) Stoltzfus, Lewisburg, Mary Zook, Free Union, Va., and Amy Zook, Martinsburg, Ohio; brothers and sisters, Ezra Zook, Lizzie Zook, and Daniel Zook, all of Allensville, Moses J. Zook, Stephen W. Zook Jr., Mrs. Irvin (Mary) Peachey, and Mrs. Sylvanus (Ada) Peachey, all of Belleville, and Mrs. Kore (Sadie) Peachey, McVeytown; 53 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by three brothers, David, Jacob and Jesse Zook, and one sister, Katie Yoder. He was a farmer and a member of the Valley View Amish Mennonite Church, Belleville. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Valley View Amish Mennonite Church, Belleville, with ministers, Eli King, Earl Peachey, and Jonas J. E. Miller officiating. Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. today at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to: Valley View Amish Mennonite Church, c/o Sylvanus Peachey, 421 Wills Road, Belleville, PA 17004. The Donald E. Baggus Funeral Home, 3813 W. Main St., Belleville, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary S. Kurtz Zook
MCVEYTOWN - Mary S. (Kurtz) Zook, 80, of McVeytown, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, in the home of her son and daughter-in-law, John and Ella Zook, in East Waterford. Born in Reedsville on Aug. 26, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Enos J. and Mary E. (Sharp) Kurtz. Her husband, Jesse M. Zook, preceded her in death in 1983. Surviving are: children, Lena M. Lakjer and her husband, Philip R., of Lansdale, Floyd E. Zook and his wife, Lois, of Telford, Marlin L. Zook and his wife, Paulene, and John M. Zook and his wife, Ella, all of East Waterford, Mary E. Banker and her husband, Frank, of Springfield, TN, Kathryn L. Breon and her husband, Darwin, and Alan D. Zook and his wife, Ruth, all of McVeytown; sisters, Lena M. Kauffman, Mill Creek, Amanda N. Yoder and her husband, Noah, of Lewisburg, and Bertha E. Peachey and her husband, Mahlon, of Belleville; brothers, Christian J. Kurtz and his wife, Grace, of Lewisburg, and Joseph E. Kurtz and his wife, Julia, of Belleville, 21 grandchildren, two foster-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jesse M. Zook, in 1946; sisters, Elsie M. Yoder and Sadie E. Peachey; and a brother, John T. Kurtz. She was a long-time member of the Mattawana Mennonite Church and a member of the Willing Workers Sewing Circle. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in Locust Grove Cemetery, Belleville, followed by a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Valley View Amish Mennonite Church, 110 Apple House Road, Belleville. To honor her request, there will be no viewing, but the family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. today at Mattawana Mennonite Church. The Huff and Lakjer Funeral Home in Lansdale is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christian Aid Ministries, P.O. Box 360, Berlin, OH, 44610-0360.

Ona Jean Zook
MIFFLINTOWN - Ona Jean Zook, 73, of Locust Grove Retirement Village, Mifflin HC-67, formerly of 110 North Main St., Mifflintown, died at 8:35 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2001 at Locust Grove. Born Oct. 13, 1927, in Fermanagh Township, Juniata County, she was a daughter of the late Harry O. and Verna May (Pannebaker) Ryner. Her husband Darwin L. Zook Jr., preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1974. Surviving are: children, Mrs. James (Marcia A.) Wortman, Port Royal RR2 and Darwin L. Zook III, Sunbury; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by a brother, John Ryner. She was a 1945 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown. She was a member of the Arch Rock United Methodist Church, Mifflintown RR1, where she served in many different capacities. She enjoyed reading, writing poetry and needle craft. She retired from the Juniata County Children and Youth Services and during her retirement she worked as a cashier at Zimmie's Restaurant, Mifflin-town. Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. Douglas Compton officiating. Interment will be in Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arch Rock United Methodist Church, c/o Dorothy Specht, treasurer, RR1 Box 760, Mifflintown, PA 17059.


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