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William J. Lafty
MCCLURE - William J. Lafty, 65, of 23 W. Railroad St., McClure, died at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Born Sept. 10, 1934, in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Albert and Gertrude (Jackson) Lafty. His wife, Judy L. (Newman) Lafty, died Dec. 25, 1993.

Surviving are: children, John M. Lafty and Dawn Fitzgerald, both of Philadelphia, Brian Lafty, Doylestown, and Shannon Lafty, McClure; two brothers, Howard Lafty, Bensalem, and Matthew Lafty, Philadelphia; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.

He was a supervisor for Metal Supply in Philadelphia.

Services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. There will be no public viewing.

Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., Lewistown, is in charge of the arrangements.


Mildred I. Laird
MCVEYTOWN - Mildred I. Laird, 77, of Ohesson Manor Nursing Home and fomerly of North Queen Street, McVeytown, died at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at the nursing home.

Born Oct. 25, 1921, in Claysburg, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Bessie Mae (Aurand) Bubb. Her husband, Paul E. Laird of 29 N. Queen St., McVeytown, survives.

Also surviving are: three children, Mrs. Carl (Gloria Jean) Ronk, McVeytown, Joyce Laird, Burnham and Paul E. Laird Jr., McVeytown; a brother and three sisters, Floyd S. Bubb, Fairless Hills, Beverly McWilliams, Havertown, Louise Rusmak, Yardley and Erma Romig, McClure; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Laird, on July 6, 1999.

She was a retired cafeteria employee in the Mifflin County School District and a member of the McVeytown Presbyterian Church.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Mattawana Cemetery, McVeytown, with the Rev. Jeanette Rapp officiating.

The family will provide all funeral flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Ohesson Manor, 276 Green Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown is in charge of arrangements.


Nancy E. Laird
MCVEYTOWN - Nancy E. Laird, 45, of 29 N. Queen St., McVeytown, died at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at Ohesson Manor, Lewistown.

Born Nov. 10, 1953, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of Mildred (Bubb) and Paul E. Laird Sr. of McVeytown.

She is survived by sisters and brother, Mrs. Carl (Gloria Jean) Ronk and Paul E. Laird Jr., both of McVeytown, and Joyce Laird, Burnham.

She was a secretary for the Mifflin County School District for 28 years.

She was a 1971 graduate of Rothrock High School.

She was a member of the McVeytown Presbyterian Church and held various positions with MCESP of the Mifflin County School District.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Jeanette E. Rapp officiating. Interment will be in Mattawana Cemetery, McVeytown.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the services Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice: The Bridge, 1126 W. 4th St., Lewistown, PA 17044.


Gordon Randolph Laite
ROANOKE, Va. - Gordon Randolph Laite, 68, of Roanoke, Va., died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at the Veterans' Hospital in Roanoke, Va.

Born Feb. 24, 1932, in Newfoundland, Canada, he was a son of Rev. Chesley and Flora (Simms) Laite of Edgemont Personal Care Lodge, Lansford, formerly of Milroy. His wife of 40 years, Ruth E. Laite, survives.

Also surviving are: daughters, Mrs. David (Karen) Desseyn, Lexington, S.C., Mrs. Jim (Ingrid) Vesperman, Orlando, Fla., and Jennifer Laite, Roanoke, Va.; brothers, Reginald Laite, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Murray Laite, Lewistown, and Berkley Laite, Chambersburg; two grandsons; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He started his own real estate company, Alpha Omega, and was a broker for many years.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., where he led Bible studies and taught Sunday school.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Cancer Society, Roanoke, Va.


Eleanor M. Lancaster
MOUNT UNION - Eleanor M. Lancaster, 73, of 6 Substation Road, Mount Union, died unexpectedly in her home Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.

Born Sept. 26, 1926, in Wayne Township, Mifflin County, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur K. and Ethel P. (Grove) Myers. Her husband, Merl W. Lancaster, whom she married in August 1950, survives.

Also surviving are: children, Donald K. Lancaster and George L. Lancaster, Mount Union RD1, and Mrs. Robert (Deborah) Ronk, McVeytown RD2; brother and sisters, George Myers, Newport, Thelma Folk, Lancaster, Joyce Shumaker, McVeytown, and Pearl Lane, Greenbriar Road, McVeytown; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Samuel Myers.

She was a homemaker and of the Protestant faith.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, with the Rev. Richard Morris officiating. Interment will be in Haven Rest Memorial Park, Shirleysburg RR1.

Family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home.


Robert L. Landis
MOUNT UNION - Robert L. Landis, 62, of 43 Taylor Apartments, Mount Union, formerly of Pennsylvania Avenue, Mount Union, died at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 1999, at the Lewistown Hospital.

Born March 26, 1936, in Shade Gap, he was the son of the late Robert G. and Martha (Hampton) Landis Grove. His wife, Deanna (Hampton) Landis, whom he married June 18, 1955, survives.

Also surviving are: daughters, Patricia Brenneman, Tyrone and Mrs. Burke (Brenda) Bishop, Huntingdon; brother and sister, Ralph E. Grove Jr., New Bloomfield, and Vickie McMullen, Loysville RR; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Rockwell and Shirley Sollers.

He was employed as a truck driver at the Burnham plant of E. DeVecchis and Sons for 39 years, having last worked in 1992.

He was Protestant by faith.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, with the Rev. Tiffany M. Freeman officiating. Interment will be in the Mount Union Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the services Friday at the funeral home.


Weldon C. Lane
ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, Ga. - Weldon C. Lane, 69, of St. Simons Island, Ga. and Fayetteville, N. Y., died Tuesday Feb. 23, 1999, at Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Born April 10, 1929, in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Carl and Florine (Cromwell) Lane. His wife, Marylou (Kramer) Lane of St. Simons Island, Ga. and Fayetteville, N. Y., survives.

Also surviving are: children, Douglas T. Lane, Reedsville and Stacey Lane Tice, Jamesville, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Shippensburg University and Dickenson Law School in Carlisle.

He was a retired regional claims manager with Nationwide Insurance Co. in Syracuse, N.Y.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, N.Y., the American Legion Post 369 in Fayetteville, and the Lewistown Masonic Lodge 203 F&AM.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Eaton Tubbs-Schepp Funeral Home, East Genesse Street, Fayetteville, N.Y.


Paul A. Lantz
SELINSGROVE - Paul A. Lantz, 81, of 304 Charles St., Selinsgrove, formerly of Milroy, died at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, in the emergency room of Sunbury Community Hospital.

Born Dec. 26, 1918, in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late Rev. Charles A. Lantz and M. Berdelle Broscious. His wife, Ruth V. Boyer, survives.

Also surviving are: a son, Rev. Craig A. Lantz, Glen Rock, and one grandson.

He was preceded in death by a brother, David B. Lantz, during World War II.

He was a graduate of Milroy High School and earned a bachelor's degree at Susquehanna University. He did graduate work at the University of Maryland.

He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a retired electrical engineer, having been employed by the U.S. Navy in Washington for 19 years, and by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for 20 years, retiring June 2, 1974.

He was a senior life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a member of the Antenna and Propagation Society; the International Union of Radio Science; the Northumberland County Historical Society; the Pennsylvania Archaelogical Society; the Pennsylvania Folklore Society; and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

He was an emertius member of the Society of the Sigma Xi; a life member of Mifflin County Historical Society; and a life member and trustee of the Snyder County Historical Society. He was also a past member of the Snyder County Board of Elections.

He was vice-commander and trustee of the American Legion Post 25, Selinsgrove.

He served three terms on the congregation council - one as vice president - at Sharon Lutheran Church, where he was active in many ways. He was a member of the Upper Susquehanna Synod Council (Lutheran), where he also served on the executive board as well as on a number of Synod committees. He was a member of the Cabinet of the Middle Creek Conference (Lutheran) and was a delegate of the first Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American held in Chicago. He was a delegate to the constituting convention of Lutheran Men in Mission. Finally, he was a member of the Governing Board of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sharon Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove, with the Rev. William S. Henderson officiating. Interment will be in St. Elias (Brick) Church Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at David T. Zweier Funeral Home Inc., 157 Chestnut St., Sunbury, and from 1 p.m. until the time of services Sunday at Sharon Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Snyder County Historical Society, Middleburg, PA; Lutheran Theological Seminary, Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325; or Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 S. Market St., Selinsgrove, PA 17870.


Lee A. Lash
BEAVERTOWN - Lee A. Lash, 79, of Sassafras Street, Beavertown, died at 9:06 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born Oct. 21, 1920, in McClure, he was a son of the late Clarence and Bertha (Snook) Lash. His wife, Dorothy (Thomas) Lash, died April 3, 1997. His companion, Marie Walters, survives.

Also surviving are: sons, David Lash, Houston, Texas and William Lash, Shamokin Dam; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was the last of his immediate family.

He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was a retired carpenter from Sunbury Local 838 United Brotherhood of Carpenter and Joiners of America.

He attended the First United Methodist Church, McClure.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Selinsgrove.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham, with the Rev. Kevin E. Brophy officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Beavertown.

There will be no public viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Beavertown Rescue and Hose Company Ambulance Fund, Beavertown, PA 17813.


A. Pearl Laughlin
MCVEYTOWN - A. Pearl Laughlin, 72, of 24 N. Water St., McVeytown, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at her residence.

Born Sept. 13, 1927, in Mattawana, she was a daughter of Ellsworth and Florence (Miller) Moist. Her husband, G. Russell Laughlin, whom she married in 1946, survives.

Also surviving are: children, Mrs. Ronald (Sharon K.) Grassmyer, 34 Short Loop Road, Lewistown, Gary R. Laughlin, Hummelstown, Randy Laughlin, Lewistown, and Roger L. Laughlin, McVeytown; a sister, Mrs. Esther Donahey, McVeytown; nine grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

She was an instructional assistant for Mifflin County School District for 19 years.

She was a member of Spring Run Church of the Brethren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Donald E. Peters officiating. Interment will be held in Mattawana Cemetery, McVeytown.

Family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.


Beverly C. Lauver
MIFFLINTOWN - Beverly C. Lauver, 60, of 104 North Fourth St., Mifflintown, died at 12:25 p.m. Friday, June 11, 1999, at Hershey Medical Center.

Born Sept. 21, 1938, in Titusville, Crawford County, she was the daughter of the late Harry W. and Josephine (Lindquist) Courson. Her husband, Ralph W. Lauver, whom she married on March 24, 1967, in Baltimore, Md., survives.

Also surviving are: sons, Andrew S. Lauver and John C. "Chuck" Lauver, both of Mifflintown; and brother and sister, Robert L. Courson, Pittsburgh, and Shirley C. Shultz, Baltimore, Md.

She graduated in 1956 from Colestock High School, Titusville, and received a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Lock Haven State Teachers College in 1960.

She began teaching in 1960 in the Juniata County School District and retired in 1997 with 37 years of service. During her tenure, she also served as girls' basketball coach, girls' field hockey coach and girls' softball coach.

She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Mifflintown.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Washington Avenue and Third Street, Mifflintown, with the Rev. William N. Esborn officiating. Interment will be in Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mifflintown Playground, 100 Cross St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.


Clair K. Lauver
MIFFLINTOWN - Clair K. Lauver, 73, of Mifflintown, died at 10:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at his home.

Born Jan. 10, 1926, in Van Wert, he was a son of the late Rev. Harvey S. and Ruth C. (Kanode) Lauver. His wife, Thelma J. (Ward) Lauver, whom he married on Nov. 18, 1950, survives.

Also surviving are: children, Mrs. Ronald (Diane) Swartz, Richfield RR1, Craig A. Lauver, Richfield and Nelson C. Lauver, Mifflintown; brothers, Laban K. Lauver, Chesterfield, Va., George A. Lauver Sr., Morrisville, Ray S. Lauver, Millersburg, Boyd F. Lauver, Mechanicsburg and Rufus E. Lauver, McAlisterville; sisters, Lois I. Meyers, Midwest City, Okla., Dorcas Brandt, Abilene, Kan., Esther M. Davis, Coopersburg and Alma Shelly, New Newton, Kan.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Samuel Lauver and Charles Lauver, both in infancy, and James Lauver.

He attended Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown and graduated from Messiah Bible School in 1944.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Western Pacific theater from 1944-1946 as a medical technician.

He founded J.V. Oil Co., McAlisterville in 1955 and Roller Junction, Mifflintown in 1981. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1946-1955, Chase Industries, McAlisterville, Clair C. Stuck Funeral Home, McAlisterville and Bilger Fuels (formerly J.V. Oil Co.) until his retirement in 1991. After his retirement, he was a driver for Tuscarora Hardwoods, Elliottsburg.

He was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, McAlisterville.

He was also a member and past master of Tennis Lodge F&AM 271, Thompsontown, a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Harrisburg Consistory, Past Masters Club, Zembo Shrine, Harrisburg, and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

He was also a member of the Lost Creek Rod and Gun Club and Pennsylvania Petroleum Association. He was a past member of the Fayette Lions Club, Juniata County School Board, Mifflintown VFW and the Steering Committee of Lost Creek Health Services.

He was also a co-founder of the Juniata-Mifflin Counties Area Vocational-Technical School and the Perry-Juniata Oil Association and was appointed by Gov. Dick Thornburgh as a trustee for the Selinsgrove State School.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, McAlisterville, with the Rev. James Park Bricker officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mifflintown RR4, with full military honors by the Juniata County Veterans Association.

Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Camp Hope For Children, c/o Susquehanna Sertoma Club, P.O. Box 11489, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1489.


Marilyn E. Lauver
MIFFLINTOWN - Marilyn E. Lauver, 67, of Mifflintown, died at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Health South Renovo Center, Mechanicsburg.

Born Feb. 6, 1933, in Walnut, Beale Township, Juniata County, she was a daughter of the late Elwood Boone and Mary G. (Pannabaker) Maunder.

Surviving are: her former husband, Robison K. Lauver, Mifflintown; four sons, R. Joseph Lauver and Steven E. Lauver, both of Mifflintown, Barry F. Lauver, McAlisterville, and Randall E. Lauver, Manheim; five half-brothers, James Boone, Lewistown, Robert Boone and William Boone, both of Ickesburg, David Boone, East Waterford, and Thomas Boone, Honey Grove; two half-sisters, Patricia Fleisher, Mexico, Pa., and Pauline Baumgardner, Honey Grove; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

She was a 1949 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown.

She retired in 1998 from the Juniata County School District, with 24 and a half years service as a secretary.

She was an active member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Mifflintown, having served as deacon, assistant Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school and Bible school teacher. She was also a member of the Juniata County Retired Teachers Association.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. Douglas Compton officiating. Interment will be in Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster United Presbyterian Church, 208 Lemon St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.


Myrtle M. Lauver
MIFFLIN - Myrtle M. Lauver, 95, a resident of the Locust Grove Retirement Village, HC 67, Mifflin, formerly of Mifflintown, died at 4:25 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at the village.

Born June 11, 1904, in Saville, Perry County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Lila (Kell) McLaughlin. Her husband, Elmer R. Lauver, died Feb. 28, 1969.

Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Miles J. (Sara L.) Heckendorn, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a son, Robison K. Lauver, Mifflintown; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by one sister, Florence Sterrett, and four brothers, Frank McLaughlin, Kell McLaughlin, Delbert McLaughlin, and Clarence McLaughlin.

She was a member of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Mifflintown.

She was a self-employed private duty practical nurse.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with Pastor Louise Reynolds officiating. Interment will be in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown.

There will be no visitation or viewing.

Memorial contributions may be made to: the Locust Grove Retirement Village, HC 67, Box 7, Mifflin, PA 17509 or to SUN Home Health, 2 Hudson Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.


Wayne R. Lauver
RICHFIELD - Wayne R. Lauver, 61, of Richfield, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, 1999, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born Dec. 16, 1937, in Richfield, he was the son of Emma A. (Hepner) Lauver of Richfield and the late Oden W. Lauver.

Also surviving are: a son, David W. Lauver, Pabrump, Nev.; brother and sister, Ernest W. Lauver, McAlisterville RR1 and Thelma M. Vaughn, Colonial Park; and two grandchildren.

He attended Richfield Grammar School and East Juniata High School, Cocolamus.

He retired on disability in 1972 after being employed for five years with Pennsylvania Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Harrisburg. Previously he was employed as an attendant for the Pennsylvania State Hospital, Harrisburg and was a ride operator at Rolling Green Park, Shamokin Dam.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Richfield, a life member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Richfield Fire Department, and of the Richfield Ambulance League, for which he was a dispatcher from his home for the last 22 years.

He enjoyed making leather goods, watching professional baseball, and listening to country music.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Richfield, with the Rev. Almon D. Baird officiating. Interment will be in the Richfield Union Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, where family will be present from 7-9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to: the Richfield Ambulance League, PO Box 236, Richfield, PA 17086.


Hazel C. Lawler
DANVILLE - Hazel C. Lawler, 89, a resident of Maria Joseph Manor, 875 Montour Blvd., Danville, formerly of Shaw Avenue/ Logan Street, Lewistown, died at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 1999, at the manor.

Born March 19, 1910, in Croyle Township, Cambria County, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Catherine (Miller) Kelly. Her husband, John J. Lawler, former mayor of Lewistown, died in 1987.

She is survived by four nieces and one nephew.

She was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

She was a graduate of South Fork High School, Cambria County.

She was a homemaker and in early life, she worked as a supervisor in the processing department of the American Viscose Corporation, Division of FMC for 12 years.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and past president of the Parish Council of Catholic Women. She was also past president of the Alter and Rosary Society, a member of the R.I.C.A. Team, the Evangelization Committee, the Mifflin County Historical Society, the Lewistown Music Study, and the Lewistown Hospital Auxiliary.

There will be a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 106 N. Dorcas St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Father Thomas Marickovic officiating. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Lewistown.

There will be no public viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 106 N. Dorcas St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.


James O. Lawrence
NEW CUMBERLAND - James O. Lawrence, 72, of New Cumberland, died at 9:46 a.m. Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.

Born Jan. 6,1927, in Covel, W.Va., he was a son of the late James E. and Mary "Rita" (Austin) Lawrence. His wife, Beatrice L. (Swartz) Lawrence, whom he married Oct. 13, 1956, survives.

Also surviving are: children, Michael Lawrence, Durango, Colo., and Mrs. Gene (Linda F.) Ranaldi, Avon, Conn.; brothers and sister, Frederick L. Lawrence, East Berlin, Pa., William A. Lawrence and Mrs. Warren (Pauline) Hale, both of Floyd, Vir.; and four grandchildren.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U. S. Navy as a medical corpsman.

He retired in 1992 as a self-employed land developer and was associated with Detweiler Real Estate Firm, Camp Hill.

He was a member of American Legion Post 27, Linglestown; the Robert Burns Lodge 464, F&AM, Harrisburg; the Harrisburg Consistory of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Forest 43, Harrisburg; and was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, Shiremanstown, where he was a volunteer for the soup kitchen.

He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church, Richfield, with the Rev. Michael L. Seifried officiating. Interment with military honors will be conducted by Liverpool American Legion, Post 364, at St. Peter's Cemetery, Millerstown RR2.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Mills, where Middleburg Lodge 619, F&AM will conduct a masonic service at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. John Lutheran Church, 5-7 S. Eberly Ave., Shiremanstown, PA 17011-6500.


Kenneth E. Leach
MIFFLINTOWN - Kenneth E. Leach, 67, Mifflintown, died at 8:02 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at his home.

Born Aug. 1, 1932, in Thompsontown, he was a son of Alberta (Nelson) Leach of Brookline Manor, Mifflintown RR1 and the late Marvin R. Leach. His wife, Nancy (Hummel) Leach, whom he married March 2, 1956, survives.

Also surviving are: children, Tina L. Jackson and Dianne M. Leach, both of New Cumberland and Jerry L. Leach, Thompsontown; brothers and sisters, Albert "Son" Leach, Arlene L. Weiand and Nancy A. Shadel, all of Thompsontown, Harold L. Leach, Thompsontown RR1 and Betty Jean Swartz, Port Royal RR1 and four grandchildren.

He was a direct descendant of John Thompson, the founder of Thompsontown.

He was a 1951 graduate of Juniata Joint High School.

He was a staff sergeant in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was a building contractor and developer for 40 years, retiring in 1995. He was also a Juniata County Commissioner since 1996. In this capacity, he served as Chairman of the Board, served on the Board of Directors of SEDA-COG and served on the Tri-County Board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

He was a lifetime member of the Republican National Party.

He was a member and past council member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Thompsontown and also attended the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Mifflintown.

He was also member and past president of the Mifflintown Rotary and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a founding member of the Juniata Business and Industry and was instrumental in the development of Lost Creek Golf Club.

He was a member of the Thompsontown Amvets and enjoyed fishing, golfing and woodworking.

Services will be held at 2 p.m.Thursday at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Thompsontown. Interment will be in the Thompsontown Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call from noon until the time of the services Thursday at the church.

The Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, is in charge of arrangements.


Janet L. Leacy
PORT ROYAL - Janet L. Leacy, 62, of 216 Fifth St., Tuscarora Acres, Port Royal, formerly of Mexico, Pa., died Friday afternoon, June 18, 1999, at her home.

Born Aug. 11, 1936, in Walnut, Juniata County, she was the daughter of the late Milton G. and Anna E. (Robinson) Schaeffer. Her husband, Wilton A. Leacy, died Jan. 17, 1991.

Surviving are: children, Milton A. Leacy, HC67, Mifflin, Mrs. Mark (Doris) Seeger, McAlisterville RR1, and Mrs. Barry (Nancy) Dressler, McAlisterville RR2; a sister, Anna C. Arnold, Mifflintown RR1; half-sister, Mrs. Daniel (Dorothy) Baney, McVeytown; and 10 grandchildren. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Nook.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Rex Funeral Home, Port Royal, with Pastor Richard H. Burchfield officiating. Interment will be in Locust Run Cemetery, Walker Township, Juniata County.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Nancy Dressler, RR2, Box 235, McAlisterville, PA 17049.


James M. Leader
LEWISTOWN - James M. Leader, 82, of 204 Bratton Ave., Lewistown, formerly of Newton Hamilton and Silverford Heights, Mount Union, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Beverly Healthcare-William Penn.

Born March 5, 1918, in Altoona, he was a son of the late Roy A. and Effie (Ferguson) Leader. His wife, Sylvia L. (Chilcote) Leader, whom he married July 15, 1943, in Altoona, by the Rev. Walter S. Long, survives.

Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. John (Doris) Miller of Marion, and five nephews.

He was a 1936 graduate of Altoona High School and received his bachelor's degree in 1940 from Juniata College and his master's degree from Bucknell University. He worked on his doctorate at Penn State.

He was a teacher and from 1942-1943, he taught social studies at Bellwood Antis High School, Bellwood; from 1943-1947, he taught social studies at Oliver High School, McVeytown; from 1947-1950, he taught social studies at Derry Township High School, Yeagertown; from 1950-1953, he taught driver education in the Burnham-Derry Joint School District; from 1953-1954, he was principal of Burnham High School; from 1954-1968, he was assistant high school principal of Chief Logan High School; and from 1968-1979, he taught driver education in the Mifflin County School District, retiring in 1979.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Mount Union, where he was a member of the Herman Smith Sunday School Class; served on the Administrative Board and on the Board of Trustees of the Junior High Sunday School Class and the Adult Sunday School Class.

He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and the Mount Union Masonic Lodge 688, F&AM; served on the Newton Hamilton Borough Council as president and mayor of the borough. He also served as treasurer of the Newton-Wayne Fire Co. and served as president of the former Mount Union Rotary Club.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Daniel R. Myers Funeral Home, 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Grundon and the Rev. Frank Oessenich officiating. Interment will be in Alto Reste Park, Altoona.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Mount Union, PA.


Margaret A. Leahy
PORT ROYAL - Margaret A. Leahy, 84, of Port Royal RR2, died at 6:35 p.m. Monday, March 29, 1999, at Lewistown Hospital.

Born February 9, 1915, in East Waterford, she was a daughter of the late Ardie V. and Annie Jane (Swailes) Williamson. Her husband, George H. Leahy Sr., died Jan. 13, 1979.

Surviving are: children, George Leahy, East Salem, Fred Leahy, Honey Grove, Jack Leahy, York, Dave Leahy, East Waterford, Harold Leahy, Brunswick, Ga., Ken Leahy, Wrightsville, Mrs. James (Shirley) Diven and Mrs. Terry (Mary) Wheeler, both of Mifflintown, Mrs. Bill (Faith) Bowersox Stringer, Mattawana, and Mrs. Rick (Donna) Milliken, Port Royal RR2; 52 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Harry Leahy, and a daughter, Linda Ritchey Speicher, and was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

She was a member of the Senior Activities Center, Orange Street, Mifflintown.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Rex Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Dennis Thompson officiating. Interment will be in East Waterford Cemetery.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home but family will not be present. However family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the funeral home.


J. Ivan Leeper
LEWISTOWN - J. Ivan Leeper, 90, of Lewistown, died at 7:25 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Beverly Healthcare-William Penn, Lewistown.

Born June 22, 1909, in Johnstown, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Conway) Leeper. His wife, Lilly (Arentz) Leeper, whom he married in 1930, survives.

Also surviving are: children, Shirley Ann Tate, Lewistown, Mrs. William (Melissa) Ritter, Indiana, and John Leeper, Burnham; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

He was owner and founder of Leeper's Signs since 1923 until retirement in 1997.

He painted his first sign professionally at the age of 14. Throughout his career, he had been employed by the late Harold Cohen and painted show cards and posters for the local movie theater and by O.O. Orner Outdoor Advertising Co., where he helped with the construction of the Green Gables Inn and painted numerous oil paintings displayed throughout the building.

He was also a partner in the L & F Advertising Co. and in the Outdoor Display Co., where he erected and painted many billboards and signs in the Central Pennsylvania area. He also operated several commercial sign shops, specializing in show cards, truck lettering, gold leaf, electrical and neon signs and was assisted by his son, John who, joined him in business in 1972.

He was responsible for the large Christmas scenes displayed on Monument Square annually.

He was believed to be the oldest surviving member of the Brooklyn Hose Co. and was a past member of the Elks Club and the Lewistown Country Club.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed camping.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown. Interment will be in the Locust Run Cemetery, Thompsontown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the local Area Agency on Aging organizations.


Janet M. Leister
MCCLURE - Janet M. Leister, 63, of 488 Ertley Road, McClure, died at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, 1999, at Lewistown Hospital.

Born Nov. 7, 1935, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary (Reeder) McKnight.

Surviving are: children, Mrs. Dale (Linda) Remensnyder, Petersburg, Curtis S. Leister, US 522 North, McClure, Mrs. William (Lori) Hostetler, Summit Road, McClure, and Mrs. Marlin (Norma) Wilson Jr., Frank's Lane, Lewistown; brothers and sisters, Ronald P. McKnight, Walden, N.Y., Robert McKnight, New York, Barry McKnight, Maybrook, N.Y., Mrs. Ray (Mary P.) Pry, Lewistown, and Samuel McKnight, New Paltz, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Douglas J. Leister.

She was a 1953 graduate of Lewistown High School.

She was a homemaker.

She attended the Paintersville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham, with Pastor George H. Mark officiating. Interment will be in the Alfarata Lutheran Cemetery, Lewistown.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Paintersville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 3195 Back Maitland Road, Lewistown, PA 17044.


Jean P. Leister
GRANVILLE - Jean P. Leister, 97, a resident of Malta Home, Granville, formerly of 11 Ort Valley Road, Lewistown, died at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 5, 2000, at the home.

Born Feb. 6, 1902, in Milesburg, she was a daughter of the late Charles L. and Ella (Smith) Peters. Her husband, Jeremiah A. Leister, died Feb. 24, 1987.

Surviving are stepchildren, Grace Clark, Shippensburg and Mrs. Robert (Mildred) Wertz, Florida.

She was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by one sister.

She was a graduate of West Chester University and did post-graduate work at Bucknell, Susquehanna and Grove City colleges.

She retired after 37 years of service with the Mifflin County School District, having taught at the Burnham Elementary School. She along with her husband owned and operated Leister's Greenhouse, Ort Valley, Lewistown for many years.

She was a member of the Lewistown Presbyterian Church, a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 283, and a charter member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Bruce Hinderliter officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Malta Home, Granville, PA 17029.


John J. Leister
LEWISTOWN - John J. Leister, 57, of 628 W. Fifth St., Lewistown, died at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at his residence.

Born Sept. 10, 1942, in Lewistown, he was a son of the late John J. and Genevieve (Gay) Leister.

He is survived by brothers and sisters, Genevieve Stull and Floyd Leister, both of Ertley Road, McClure, Jay Leister, Lewistown, Edna Yetter, McClure, Harold Leister, Mabel Wagner and Darlis Fultz, all of McClure RR, and Gertie Wagner, San Antonio, Texas.

He was Tax Claims Bureau Director of Mifflin County for 20 years. He also worked part-time for Uni-Mart.

He was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, McClure; the McVeytown Lodge F&AM; the Harrisburg Consistory; the Lewistown Moose Lodge 143; and was former chairman of the Mifflin County Democratic Party.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 823 Dormantown Road, McClure, with the Rev. Clyde Singh officiating. Interment will be in Dormantown Lutheran Cemetery.

There will be no public viewing, but friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 823 Dormantown Road, McClure, PA 17841 or to Hope Lodge, 125 Lucy Drive, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

Hoenstine Funeral Home, 75 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.


Mildred Emma Leister
RICHFIELD - Mildred Emma Leister, 79, of 224 Main St., Richfield, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Sunbury Community Hospital where she had been a patient since Jan. 28.

Born Oct. 18, 1920, in Snyder County, she was the daughter of the late Peter W. and Emma (Deitz) Kratzer. Her husband, Jerome Harry Leister, whom she married Dec. 31, 1937, preceded her in death on May 27, 1985.

Surviving are: sons, David E. Leister Sr., Richfield and Barry L. Leister, Mount Pleasant Mills RR1; a daughter, Lorraine E. Kantz, Winfield RR2; sisters, Erma Hackenburg, Middleburg and Irene Royer, Winfield RR 2; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-greatgranddaughter.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandson, a grandson, one brother and one sister.

She was educated in the Snyder County rural schools.

She was an Avon Representative for many years, and prior to working with Avon she was employed at the McAlisterville Shirt Factory.

She was a member of Brown's United Methodist Church, Route 35, Cocolamus, and a member of Richfield Ambulance League. She was also a member of the Mount Pleasant Mills Civic Club, and was a treasurer and an active member of the Richfield Senior Citizens organization.

She was an avid Bingo player and accomplished domino player who enjoyed spending time with family.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Brown's United Methodist church, Route 35, Cocolamus with the Rev. Ronald E. Landis, pastor of the Cocolamus charge, officiating. Interment will be in Richfield Union Cemetery, Richfield.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Mills.


Doris M. Leitzel
SELINSGROVE - Doris M. Leitzel, 74, of 301 W. Vine St., Selinsgrove, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at her home.

Born May 13, 1925, in West Perry Township, Snyder County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Florence (Ferster) Snyder. Her husband, the Rev. Celo V. Leitzel, whom she married May 30, 1953, survives.

Also surviving are: children, Lowell L. Leitzel, Oakland, Md., Lindsey L. Leitzel, Lockport, N.Y., Mrs. Donald A. (Lois L.) Moser and Mrs. Raymond J. (Laureen L.) Baldwin, both of Boothwyn; brothers and sister, H. Richard Snyder, Paul S. Snyder, Wade E. Snyder and Mrs. Adam (Luella S.) Fogle, both of Richfield; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Snyder in infancy and M. Charlotte Hilbish.

She attended the Crossroads Grade School in West Perry Township.

She was employed at the Shellenberger and Son Shirt Factory in Richfield from 1943 to 1953.

She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richfield. She was a former secretary and president of the Pa. State Youth Council, a branch of the Pa. State Sabbath School Association of the Pa. Council of Churches.

She was a member of the Institute for Life Long Learning at Susquehanna University, a life member of the Friends Auxiliary of Penn Luth Village in Selinsgrove, the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Susquehanna University Women's Association and the Upper Susquehanna Synod SHEM, an association of pastors' spouses.

She served as a volunteer for 25 years at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg. She was a former secretary for the Mustard Seed, Selinsgrove and of the Church Women United. She was also active in the various Lutheran congregations served by her husband.

She was widely known for writing and reciting poetry for special occasions.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richfield, with the Bishop A. Donald Main and the Rev. Andrew C. Weaver officiating. Interment will be in Richfield Union Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. until the time of services Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Arbogast - Leininger Lutheran Charge, both in care of Rev. Andrew C. Weaver, RR3 Box 25, Mount Pleasant Mills, PA 17853.

George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Mills, is in charge of arrangements.


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