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Ruth P. Baer
MOUNT UNION - Ruth P. Baer, 90, formerly of Mount Union, and most recently having resided with her son R. Max Baer at HCR 61, Shade Gap, died at 5:08 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at the J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon. Born Dec. 23, 1909, in Latrobe, she was the daughter of the late Oren and Effie (Kelly) Snyder. Her husband, Harvey Nelson "Hen" Barr, whom she married April 30, 1930, in Hagerstown, Md., died July 3, 1954. Surviving are: children, Nelson F. Baer, McVeytown RR1, R. Max Baer, HC 61, Shade Gap., and Diane L. Anders, Lewistown; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Wilbert Snyder, Ralph Snyder, Howard Snyder, Lawrence Snyder, Lillian Reck, Mary Goodhart, and Grace Carr; and one granddaughter. For several years she was employed by the L. Grief Mfg. Co., Mount Union and was appointed tax collector for Shirley Township, Huntington County, following her husband's death in 1954, and subsequently won election to that position for 25 years. She was a member of the Allenport United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School in the primary department, played piano for the Sunday School and Women's Society, and was a charter member since 1968 of the Women's Society. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, the Rev. Rich Morris and the Rev. Jeff Winstead officiating. Interment will be in the Mount Union Cemetery. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Marlin W. Bailey
GRANVILLE - Marlin W. Bailey, 82, of 147 Millers Lane, Granville, died at 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at his residence. Born Sept. 7, 1917, in Burnham, he was the son of the late Russell F. and Carrie E. (Peters) Bailey. His wife, Lucille M. (Smithers) Bailey, survives. Also surviving are: daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Beverley) Clelan, 123 Sunset Road, Lewistown and Mrs. Paul (Melanie) Wagner, 139 Millers Lane, Granville; a brother, Russell C. Bailey, 2709 US Highway 522N, Lewistown; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. He was United States Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater. He was a salesman and manager for the Coca Cola Company, Lewistown for 43 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lewistown, United Commercial Travelers, and VFW Post 7011, Lewistown. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Lind Memorial Cemetery, Lewistown, where full military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 7011, Lewistown. There will be no public viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Third St., Lewistown, PA 17044. Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc, 75 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.

Donald L. Bailor
TECUMSEH, Okla. - Donald L. Bailor, 53, of Tecumseh, Okla., formerly of Lewistown, died at noon Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma. Born March 8, 1947, in Lewistown, he was a son of the late Thomas P. and Grace E. (Hastings) Bailor. Surviving are: brothers and sisters, Edward E. Bailor, Milroy, George E. Bailor, Harrisburg, Elizabeth J. Earnest, Naples, Fla., and Rose A. Hoar, Lewistown. There will be a private memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday at the Grace Brethren Church, Taylor Park, Reedsville. The Cooper Funeral Home, Tecumseh, Okla., was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia P. Bailor
WILMINGTON, Del. - Patricia P. Bailor, 82, of Wilmington, Del., died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, after a brief illness. Born March 30, 1918, in Tyrone, she was the daughter of late Paul J. and Loretta Bailor. She is survived by a brother, Paul J. Bailor Jr., Wilmington, Del. She was a telegraph operator for Western Union, retiring in 1973. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Lewistown, with the Rev. Thomas Marickovic officiating. Interment was held in Juniata Memorial Park Cemetery. The Doherty Funeral Home, Wilmington, Del. and Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Home, Lewistown, were in charge of arrangements.

Harold T. Bair
MOUNT UNION - Harold T. Bair, 83, a resident of Huntingdon Manor, Huntingdon, formerly of Morgan Street, Mount Union, died at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at the manor. Born July 31, 1917, in Mifflin County, he was the son of the late Daniel McKenley and Martha Evelyn (Rosensteel) Bair. His wife, Clarabelle (Brouse) Bair, whom he married in 1940 in Juniata, died Nov. 27, 1983. Surviving are: children, Harold E. Bair and James D. Bair, both of McVeytown RR1 and Sally A. Clark, Mount Union; 15 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Max Bair. He retired in 1979 after 40 years of service as a trackman with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He attended the St. Peter and St. Paul Orthodox Church, Mount Union. He was a lifetime member of the Mill Creek firehall and a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 220, Huntingdon. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, with the Rev. Father Stephen Kundla officiating. Interment will be in Mount Union Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

James R. Baker Sr.
MILROY - James R. Baker Sr., 69, of 1111 Locke Mills Road, Milroy, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at his residence. Born July 8, 1930, in Lewistown, he was the son of the late John J. and Elizabeth Mae (Toner) Baker. His wife, Donna J. (Kenawell) Baker, whom he married Feb. 11, 1952, survives. Also surviving are: children, Kathy Hannon, Treaster Valley, Karen Baker and DeAnn E. Kuhns, both of Milroy, James R. Baker Jr., Reedsville and Robert E. Baker, Lewistown; sisters, Mrs. Robert (Margaret) Young and Mrs. Marion (Hazel) Semler, both of Reedsville, Mrs. Meredith (Mildred) Pennebaker and Mrs. Donald (Florence) Kline, both of Lewistown; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John D. Baker and Robert G. Baker Sr. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He worked in Machine Shop I of Standard Steel, Burnham for 42 years, retiring in 1995. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bohn Funeral Home, Reedsville, with the Rev. Kenneth Longfield officiating. Interment will be in Salem Cemetery, Siglerville. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Philip E. Bargo
MIFFLINTOWN - Philip E. Bargo, 69, Mifflintown RR5, died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at the Brookline Manor Home, Mifflintown RR1. Born Jan. 14, 1931, in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Merril and Esther (Warner) Bargo Sr. His wife, Freda (Rowles) Bargo, survives. Also surviving are: a son, Blain S. Bargo, Harrisburg; stepchildren, James E. Wileman, Honey Grove, Glenn D. Wileman and Maryln Forsythe Solt, both of Mifflintown, and Sandra Haines, Lewistown; two brothers and a sister, William Bargo, Harrisburg, Clifford Bargo and Mabel Beale, both of Port Royal; three grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Merril, Raymond, Richard and Howard Bargo. He was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the New Life Assembly of God Church, Mifflintown, the American Legion Post 298, Mifflintown, the VFW Post 7011, Lewistown, and the Central Juniata EMS. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Life Assembly of God Church, Mifflintown, with Pastor Jack Twombly officiating. Interment will be in the East Waterford Cemetery. Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Henry Funeral Home, Honey Grove, where the family will be present from 7-9 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Saturday at the church. The family will provide all flowers, but memorial contributions may be made to: New Life Assembly of God Church, Industrial Park Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

Larry L. Barker
LEWISTOWN - Larry L. Barker, 52, of 68 Central Ave., Lewistown, died at 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey. Born April 6, 1948, in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Robert D. and A. Madeline (Fisher) Barker. He is survived by brothers and sisters, Robert D. Barker and Mrs. Barry (Beth) Peters, both of Lewistown, Carl J. Barker, Newark, Del., and Mrs. Stanley (Linda) Kess, Mooreshill, Ind. He was a store manager for Macy's, New York, N.Y.; Abraham and Straus Dept. Store, New York, N.Y.; and managed several Bon Ton Stores in Pennsylvania, including the Lewistown Store. He was a member of Rhodes Memorial United Methodist Church, Lewistown and was a volunteer for the Mifflin-Juniata County United Way, Lewistown. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the Lewistown Dialysis Center, 611 Electric Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Thelma I. Barner
PORT ROYAL - Thelma I. Barner, 65, of Port Royal RR2, formerly of Harrisburg, died at 9 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2000, at her residence following a lengthy illness. Born June 25, 1934, in Susquehanna Township, Juniata County, she was the daughter of the late William R. and Helen (Houseworth) Barner. Surviving are: children, David Barner and Hilda Sakowsky, both of Harrisburg, John Barner, Cecilia Carbaugh and Ginny Swartz, all of Port Royal, and Peg Brubaker, Mifflintown; five brothers and three sisters; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was a homemaker. She had attended Calvary Temple, Harrisburg. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, with the Rev. Barry Brubaker officiating. Interment will be in the Maze Cemetery, Thompsontown RR1. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: HER HEART'S WISH, PO Box 850, H-103, Hershey, PA 17033.

Sharon L. Barraclough
LEWISTOWN - Sharon L. Barraclough, 57, of 880 Parcheytown Road, Lewistown, died at 5:57 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2000 at Lewistown Hospital. Born April 5, 1943 in Lewistown, she was a daughter of Gerald R. and Violet R. (Neff) Bloom of 3152 Route 522 North, Lewistown. Her husband Frederick W. Barraclough, whom she married Sept. 29, 1962, survives. Also surviving are: a daughter, Holly Baker, Harrisburg; brothers and sisters, her twin Karon Zimmerman, Yeagertown, Geraldine Harpster and Carol Bloom, both of Lewistown, Judy Aultz, Burnham and Darrell Bloom, Mount Union; and one granddaughter. She was a 1962 graduate of Chief Logan High School. She was a supervisor at Lewistown Specialty Yarn for 26 years. She was a member of The Old Fashioned Baptist Church. Her services will be private and held at the convenience of the family with Pastor Lenny Coates officiating. Interment will in Juniata Memorial Park, Lewistown. Hoenstine Funeral Burnham Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 26 N. Brown St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Sara Elizabeth Bartges
LEWISBURG - Sara Elizabeth Bartges, 88, of Lewisburg, died at 12:54 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg, where she has been a resident since 1990. Born Oct. 10, 1912, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late Edwin Porter and Anna Sara (Breininger) Schilling. Her husband of 58 years, the Rev. Woodrow A. Bartges, died March 13, 1997. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Scott (Linda Ann) Basom, Mifflinburg, and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by a son, Rodger A. Bartges in 1942; two sisters, Della Cramer and Vera Snook; and a grandson, Adam Charles Basom, in 1980. She was a 1930 graduate of Lewistown High School and graduated from Bloomsburg State Teachers College in 1932 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary education for six years in Lewistown public schools. Later, in Washington, D.C., she was director of Albright Day Care Center for 16 years. She wrote Sunday school and junior church curriculum material for many years for the Evangelical United Brethren Church. She assisted her husband in serving the following United Methodist Churches: Nesscopeck; Grace in York; Albright Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Yorkshire in York. She started and directed bell choirs in Washington, D.C., and York. In 1941, as a missionary with her husband to the General Board of Missions of the Evangelical Church, she and her husband were assigned to China. During World War II, they were prisoners of war for 37 months in the Philippines. In 1968, Mrs. Bartges was honored as Mother of the Year in Washington, D.C. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Lewisburg, where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the United Methodist Men & Women at RiverWoods. She was an avid knitter, enjoyed needlepoint, crocheting, making candles and writing poetry. She loved all animals especially St. Bernards and parakeets. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, South Fourth Street, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Thomas Cartwright officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in St John's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Lewistown. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Gary H. Cronrath Funeral Home Inc., South Second and St. Louis streets, Lewisburg, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Children and Youth Ministries of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 42 South Fourth Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

James R. Barton
PORT ROYAL - James R. Barton, 60, of Port Royal RR2, died at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born April 18, 1940, in Lewistown, he was the son of M. Maxine (Wharton) Barton of Port Royal RR2 and the late J. Theron Barton. His wife, Donna J. (Yoder) Barton, survives. Also surviving are: children, Mrs. Boyd (Debra) Foltz and Robert R. Barton, both of Port Royal RR1 and Raymond J. Barton, Port Royal RR2; a sister, Mrs. Richard (Betty Jo) Flood Jr., Port Royal RR2; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, M. Sandra Frederick on April 16, 1996. He was a 1958 graduate of Tuscarora Valley High School, Port Royal. He was owner and operator of Barton's Meats, Port Royal RR2. He was a member of Turbett Grange 781. Services will be held at 2 p.m Sunday at the Rex Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Frank J. Swartz officiating. Interment will be in McCoysville Cemetery, Juniata County. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Friendship Fire Company, PO Box 274, Port Royal, PA 17082.

M. Maxine Barton
PORT ROYAL - M. Maxine Barton, 76, of Port Royal RR2, died at 5:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2000 at Harrisburg Hospital. Born Nov. 16, 1924 in Turbett Township, Juniata County, she was a daughter of the late Ross and Adda (Souder) Wharton. Her husband J. Theron Barton preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 1992. Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Betty Jo) Flood Jr., Port Royal RR3; a sister, Jean Campbell, Port Royal RR2; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, M. Sandra Frederick, and a son, James R. Barton. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Wharton and a sister, Mary Kepler. She was retired from the family business and had helped in the operation of Barton's Meat, Port Royal RR2. She was a member of the Port Royal Lutheran Church, the Four Seasons Senior Citizens Center, Mifflintown, and a member of the Turbett Grange No. 781. Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rex Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Marton J. Roberson officiating. Interment will be in Old Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Royal Lutheran Church, PO Box 267, Port Royal, PA 17082-0267, or to the Friendship Fire Company, PO Box 274, Port Royal, PA 17082-0274.

Russell L. Bassler
THOMPSONTOWN - Russell L. Bassler, 76, of Thompsontown RR1, died at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at his residence. Born Feb. 25, 1924, in Millerstown, he was a son of the late William E. and Amy (May) Bassler. His wife, L. Jane (Dunn) Bassler, whom he married Feb. 6, 1943, survives. Also surviving are: children, Robert E. Dunn, Richfield, Earl L. Bassler, Dennis L. Bassler, Sandra J. Gilson, and Patricia L. Lorenz, all of Thompsontown, and Cheryl A. Lauver, McAlisterville; brothers and sister, Robert K. Bassler, Thompsontown, Ronald C. Bassler, Central City, and Julia May Hepner, McAlisterville; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother and sisters, Walter H. Bassler, Evelyn Jacobs, Maxine Pannebaker and Anna Mary Lauver. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1943-1945 as an airplane armorer/gunner, flying in a plane called Flak Bait, which flew 60 missions over Europe and is on display in the Smithsonian. He retired in 1991, from the the maintenance department of the Pennsylvania State Hospital, Harrisburg. He held numerous jobs from 1950 to 1988 including operating a milk route; owning and operating a garage in East Salem and a poultry business in East Salem; the Defense Plant, Maryland; VanDyke Brickworks; and International Harvester dealership, McAlisterville. He was a member of the Turkey Valley United Methodist Church, Millerstown RR2 and attended the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Thompsontown. He was also a member and past treasurer of the Delaware Township Fire Company; the Thompsontown Area Lion's Club, the East Salem Rod & Gun Club, Troxelville, the Potter County Angler's Club; and a past member of Carter's Camp, Potter County. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the East Salem United Methodist Church, Thompsontown RR1, with the Rev. Dr. John C. Libert and the Rev. Salvatore E. Buonocore officiating. Interment will be in East Salem Cemetery, Thompsontown RR1. Friends may call 4-9 p.m. Saturday at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, where the family will be present 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 501 Howard Ave., Building D., Suite 101, Altoona, PA 16601.

Donald V. Baumgardner
NORTH WALES - Donald V. Baumgardner, 66, of 214 School St., North Wales, died at 8:05 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at North Penn Hospital, Lansdale. Born Nov. 7, 1934, in Burnham, he was the son of the late Earl and Mary E. (Ayers) Baumgardner. He is survived by brothers and sisters, Mrs. R.T. (Evelyn) Corley, Walcott, Vt., Arthur Baumgardner, McClure, Harry Baumgardner, Ontario, Canada, Mrs. John (June) Patterson, Williamstown, NJ, Mrs. Jack (Gladys) Ferguson, Milroy, and Gary Cramer, Panama City, Fla. He was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers, Mae Koslap, Kermit, Nelson, Melvin and Eugene Baumgardner. He was a U.S. Navy and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a stock clerk at Kmart Inc., Lansdale. He was a life member of the Reading VFW Post 28, a life member of KOOTIE PT 29, Williamstown, NJ, and a member of the American Legion Post 184, Perkiomen, East Greenville. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Bernard Carpenter officiating. Interment will be in Birch Hill Cemetery, Burnham, where military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 7011, Lewistown. Friends may call from noon until the time of the services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pearl E. Baykash
LEWISTOWN - Pearl E. Baykash, 91, of 129 N. Grand St., Lewistown, died at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at Centre Community Hospital, State College. Born Nov. 13, 1909, in Lockport, she was a daughter of the late Calvin D. and Etta (Cargill) Pearson. She is survived by a sister, Verdie Hostetler, 129 N. Grand St., Lewistown and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by six brothers, John, Calvin, Russell, Leroy, Melvin, and Dick Pearson. Early in life, she was employed by the American Viscose Corporation and later as a secretary for Greenwood Mills, New York, NY, a textile manufacturing company. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Private interment will be held at Lind Memorial Cemetery, Lewistown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the Salvation Army, 9 S. Dorcas St., Lewistown, PA 17044. Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.

Clareen O. Beamer
NEW CUMBERLAND - Clareen O. Beamer, 55, of New Cumberland, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Carolyn Croxton Slane Residence of Hospice of Central PA, Susquehanna Township. Born Jan. 3, 1945, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late Clarence J. and A. Isabel (Herbster) Oberlin. Her husband, Chester G. Beamer, preceded her in death. Surviving are: children, Karen A. Beamer, New Cumberland and Scott D. Beamer, Cranberry Township; and a sister, Audell Edgin, Marcy, NY. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University and her Masters in Education from Temple University. She was a supervisor for Cerebral Palsy, Camp Hill. She was a member of Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Church, Etters. She loved pets and making crafts of all kinds. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Parthemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Cumberland. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Lower Paxton Township. Friends may call 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Central PA, PO Box 266, Enola, PA 17025 or United Cerebral Palsy, 925 Linda Lane, Camp Hill, PA 17011 or to Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Church, 402 Valley Road, Etters, PA 17319.

Gladys M. Beatty
MAPLETON DEPOT - Gladys M. Beatty, 82, of Mapleton Depot RR1, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at her home. Born Nov. 10, 1918, in Bellwood, she was a daughter of the late Jesse and Mary Blanche (Whitesel) Witters. Her husband, James Scott Beatty, whom she married March 13, 1937, died April 26, 1965. Surviving are: children, William S. "Bill" Beatty, Jonestown RR2, Beverly A. Boozel, James Creek RR1, Mary A. Boozel, Big Green Briar Road, McVeytown, and Donna Neely, Maryland; a sister, Nora Railing, Chambersburg; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three children, Dorothy Mae Branthafer, Jane E. Gibson, and Frederick L. Beatty, who was killed in action in Vietnam; and three sisters, Mary Jane Beatty, Ruth Jury, and Grace Wakefield. She was a homemaker. She attended the Beech Run Church of the Brethren, Mapleton RR1. She enjoyed embroidery and volunteered as a helper at the senior citizens center in the Three Springs area. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, with the Rev. Raymond Hill officiating. Interment will be in Bowman's Chapel Cemetery, Mapleton RR1. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home.

C. Ellis Beaver
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - C. Ellis Beaver, 100, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of 201 N. Beech St., Burnham, died at 1:03 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at Bon Secours-Saint Joseph Hospital, Florida. Born Aug. 23, 1900 in McAlisterville, he was a son of the late John O. and Anna Lila (Shellenberger) Beaver. His wife, Pauline B. (Dippery) Beaver, preceded him in death April 2, 1989. Surviving are: children, John E. "Jack" Beaver, Orangeburg, SC, Mrs. Ray (Paula) Helander, Port Charlotte, FL, and Mrs. James (Marjorie) Pully, Hatboro; nine grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by two brothers, Guy S. Beaver and Carl H. Beaver, and a sister, Jennie Pheasant. He was a partner of Beaver Brothers Baking Company, Burnham, where he started in 1922, and retired from the business in 1962. He was a member of Calvary Bible Church, Lewistown. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard D. Houtz officiating. Interment will be in Lind Memorial Cemetery, Lewistown. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Bible Church, 301 S. Pine St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

R. Richard Bechtel
BELLEVILLE - R. Richard Bechtel, 81, of 321 King Lane, Valley View Village, Belleville, formerly of Mill Hall RD1, died at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Lewistown Hospital. Born Dec. 17, 1918, in Allentown, he was a son of the late G. Morris and Annie (DeTurk) Bechtel. His wife of 57 years, Betty (Williams) Bechtel, survives, residing at 321 King Lane, Belleville. Also surviving are: daughters, Mrs. Frank (Barbara) Leeper, Jonestown RD2 and Mrs. Joseph (Sandra) Mattei, Kresgeville; brothers and sisters, Louis Bechtel, Pinellas Park, Fla., Frederick Bechtel, Allentown and Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Price, Mount Wolf; and two grandsons. He worked as a machinist for International Paper in Lock Haven until retiring in 1981. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Salona since 1948. He was past member of the National Camper and Hikers Association and the Centre Squares of State College. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Valley View Haven Chapel, Belleville, with the Rev. Galen Sharp and the Rev. Jack Archer officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery Kutztown. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the chapel.

George D. Behel
LEWISTOWN - George D. Behel, 78, a resident of Beverly Healthcare-William Penn, Lewistown, formerly of 91 Goss Terrace, Lewistown, died at 12:47 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2000, in the emergency room of Lewistown Hospital. Born May 8, 1922, in Blairs Mills, he was the son of the late Samuel H. and Lucinda M. (Shearer) Behel. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Daniel (Helen) Heimbach, 516 Knepp Ave., Lewistown; three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters. He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a trainer at various Juniata County horse stables. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church and the Lewistown VFW Post 7011. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.

Austin C. Bell Sr.
LEWISTOWN - Austin C. Bell Sr., 72, of 10 Bells Drive, Lewistown, died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000 at Lewistown Hospital. Born May 26, 1928 in Lewistown, he was a son of the late Cloyd Austin Bell and Elsie (Chamberlain) Bell. His first wife Donna L. (Barnes) Bell preceded him in death. Surviving are: children, Steve L. Bell, Kathy Walsh and Mona Kurth, all of Naples, Fla., Autsin C. Bell Jr., 53 Bossinger Road, Lewistown, Connie E. Mendler, Burnham, Deborah (Bell) Orndorf, Lewistown, Jeffery S. Bell, 12 E. Third St., Lewistown and Craig A. Bell, 20 Bells Drive, Lewistown; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter and by a son, Douglas D. Bell. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Delores Hill. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was retired from the ring mill of Standard Steel in Burnham. He was a member of VFW Post 7011, Lewistown. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hoenstine Funeral Home, Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Bruce Hinderliter officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Rock Cemetery, Lewistown, where military graveside services will be conducted by the VFW Post 7011 of Lewistown. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 26 N. Brown St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Margaret A. 'Margy' Bell
LEWISTOWN - Margaret A. "Margy" Bell, 47, of R-618 S. Main St., Lewistown, died of natural causes at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at her home. Born Nov. 11, 1952, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of Audrey (Morrison) and William K. Bell Jr. of 3621 US Highway 522 N., Lewistown. Also surviving are: a son, Troy D. Bell, 445 Freedom Ave., Burnham; brothers and sister, Daniel A. Bell, 19 E. Chestnut St., Extended, Lewistown, Debra M. Tunall, 147 N. Walnut St., Lewistown, Scott K. Bell, 5073 Pajabon Drive, Harrisburg and W. Todd Bell, Lewistown RR3. She was employed at Sheetz, State College and was formerly the assistant manger for the Unimart, Yeagertown. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with Pastor John Moyle officiating. Interment will be in the Maitland Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Harold M. Benner
LAKE ANDES, SD - Funeral services were held in memory of Harold M. Benner, 74, of Lake Andes, SD on Monday, June 19, 2000, at the First Presbyterian Church, Lake Andes, SD. He died June 15, 2000, at Wagner Community Memorial Hospital. Born Oct. 7, 1925, he was the son of the late Mahlon and Mary (Comp) Benner of Port Royal. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helen (Kisely) Benner, whom he married on Aug. 4, 1947. Also surviving are: a son, Dan Benner, Owings Mills, MD; four sisters, Dolores Singer, Port Royal, Linda Zimmerman, Mechanicsburg, Carleen Weiand, Lewistown and Nancy Shirk, Burnham; three brothers, Alton Benner, Bloomsburg, Robert Benner, Port Royal and David Benner, Camp Hill; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Benner, and a sister, Connie Baylor. He attended Port Royal public schools and then worked at various jobs in Pennsylvania, including Miller's Texaco in Harrisburg before moving to South Dakota. He worked at Melmer's Standard Service from 1946-1952 and also served as volunteer firefighter in Lake Andes, SD. He worked on the construction of the Fort Randall Dam in Pickstown until 1955, when he began working for Western Construction Co. on the Oahe Dam in Pierre. He then owned and operated Harold's Texaco Service Station in Pierre. In 1966, he went to work at the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Belvidere, IL, where he excelled for 25 years in skilled trades until his retirement in 1990. In 1991, he moved back to Lake Andes, SD, where he enjoyed hunting, working in his shop and visiting with friends and relatives. Interment was in the Lakeview Cemetery, Lake Andes, SD. Clements-Wiese Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mabel M. Benner
SELINSGROVE - Mabel Margaret Benner, 85, of Penn Lutheran Village Nursing Home, Selinsgrove, formerly of Mount Pleasant Mills RR2, died at 3:27 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at the Sunbury Community Hospital. Born Feb. 28, 1915, in Juniata County, she was the daughter of the late Robert "Bobby" and Mary (Meiser) Minium. Her husband, Howard Leon "Pass" Benner Sr., whom she married Sept. 17, 1932, survives. Also surviving are: children, Oscar H. Benner, Richard O. Benner, Mrs. Louis C. (Esther M.) Shaffer, Mrs. James L. (Bernice A.) Heintzelman, and Mrs. Donald E. (Betty J.) Howell, all of Mount Pleasant Mills RR1, and Howard L. Benner Jr., Beavertown; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by 14 brothers and sisters and two granddaughters, Cindy M. Benner on April 15, 1960 and Susan A. Benner, in infancy. She was schooled in the Greenwood Township rural schools of Juniata County. She was accomplished at braiding rugs and was a talented seamstress. She was Protestant by faith and was a member of the Richfield Ambulance League, Richfield, the Reliance Hose Company Ambulance League of Middleburg, and Medic 55-Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg. She loved flowers and gardening. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Mills, with the Rev. Roger L. Womer officiating. Interment will be in St. Peters United Church of Christ Cemetery, Millerstown RR2. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to the American Cancer Society, Central Susquehanna Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Mary S. 'Ma' Benner
THOMPSONTOWN - Mary S. "Ma" Benner, 95, of Thompsontown, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at Brookline Manor and Retirement Village, Mifflintown RR1. Born Oct. 31, 1905, in East Salem, she was the daughter of the late Daniel F. and Rhoda (Yeatter) Sausman. Her husband, Ray T. Benner, whom she married June 25, 1927, died March 31, 1984. Surviving are: children, Tryon L. Benner, Millerstown RR2, Don L. Benner, Thompsontown RR1 and Mrs. Arthur (Shirley) Aumiller, Port Royal; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Mabel Ward Sausman. She attended Red Bank School. She was a homemaker and worked at Benner's Restaurant, Millerstown RR2 as assistant manager, head cook and pie baker from 1975-1997. She was a member of the Bunkertown Church of the Brethren, McAlisterville RR1, where she participated in the quilting group, church suppers and senior citizens activities. She was also a member of the Wednesday Club, Thompsontown, WCTU and the Juniata County Republican Committee. She enjoyed quilting, braiding rugs, and baking cookies. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, with the Rev. John P. Layman officiating. Interment will be in Goodwill Cemetery, McAlisterville RR1. Friends may call 4-9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where family will be present 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Bunkertown Church of the Brethren Building Fund, RR1, Box 765, McAlisterville, PA 17049.

Warren O. Benner
RICHFIELD - Warren O. Benner, 79, of Richfield, died at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, at the Riverwood Nursing Care Center, Lewisburg. Born Feb. 17, 1921, in Mount Pleasant Mills, he was a son of the late Harvey and Ida (Gelnett) Benner. His wife, Jean (Kelley) Benner of the Riverwood Nursing Care Center, whom he married June 29, 1946, survives. Also surviving are: daughters, Mrs. Leon (Diane) Shaffer, Halifax, Mrs. Jerry (Nancy) Valentine, Kreamer, and Patricia A. Keister, Middleburg RR4; brothers and sisters, Herbert Benner, Lemoyne, Maynard "Jake" Benner, Dauphin, Harold Benner, Richfield, Reno Benner, Lewisburg, Arlene Sierer, Mount Pleasant Mills, Orpha Lyter, Richfield, and Naomi Goodling, Mechanicsburg; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by brothers and sister, Nevin Benner, Leonard Benner and Charlotte Ritter. He was a 1940 graduate of Freeburg High School. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He had been employed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Traffic Safety, Harrisburg; had taught driver's education at Middleburg and West Snyder high schools; and was a self-employed house painter. He retired in 1983 from the Selinsgrove Center, where he worked as an aide. He was a member of Richfield United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir, the Men's Quartet, and was a Sunday school teacher of the Men's and Young Married Couple's classes. He also attended the Middleburg Methodist Church. He was also a former member of the Richfield Lions Club and an active driver and attendant for the Richfield Ambulance League. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and enjoyed playing whiffle ball with his grandchildren. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Richfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Vernon Shenberger officiating. Interment will be in Richfield Union Cemetery. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, PO Box 206, Richfield, PA 17086 or to the American Cancer Society, Mifflin-Juniata Unit, 26 N. Brown St., Lewistown, PA 17044. The Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, is in charge of arrangements.

Harold R. Bennett
MIFFLINTOWN - Harold R. Bennett, 74, a resident of Beverly Healthcare-William Penn, Lewistown, and formerly of Mifflintown RR3, died at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at the nursing home. Born March 24, 1926, in Laceyville, he was the son of the late Clyde W. and Marie C. (Culver) Bennett. His wife, Margaret D. (Morgan) Bennett, whom he married Dec. 25, 1977, survives. Also surviving are: three stepsons, Thomas Masters and David Criswell, both of Houston, Texas, and Steven Criswell, Hummelstown; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Sgt. Lawrence "Bob" (Elaine) Templeton, Hummelstown; one brother, Rolland C. Bennett, Athens; eight step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one stepson, Richard Criswell. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He retired in 1980 from the Fruehauf Corporation, Middletown as a truck driver. He was a member of the American Legion Post 298, the Crawford-Brubaker VFW Post 5863, both of Mifflintown, the James E. Bowen Jr. AmVet Post 122, Thompsontown. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville. There will be no viewing. Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge Street, Mifflintown, is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Haldeman Bergey
STRASBURG - Robert Haldeman Bergey, 89, of 201 Red Bud Road, Strasburg, Va., died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at his home. Born Feb. 24, 1911, in Mifflintown, he was a son of the late John Roy and Mary (Heller) Bergey. His wife of 61 years, Marvel Maria (Ulsh) Bergey, preceded him in death. Surviving are: children, Beverly Bergey Boyer, Strasburg, Va., Marcia Bergey Baylis, Winchester, Va., John Peter Bergey, Sarasota, Fla., Robert Ulsh Bergey, Waynesboro, and Roger Haldeman Bergey, Harrisonburg, Va.; a sister, Sarah B. Toxvard, Berryville, Va.; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Mervin A. Bergey, and by a sister, Dorothy B. Lankford. He was a graduate of Mifflintown High School. He retired from FMC Corporation, with 40 years of service as the Viscose Department head and as one of the country's leading experts, at the time, in Rayon manufacturing. He played professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Braves organizations in the 1930s. He was the playing manager of the Industrial Team of the American Viscose Corporation in Front Royal during the 1940s and early 1950s. He helped organize and start different baseball teams at all levels, including Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion and adult leagues. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Strasburg, Va., and a former member of the Strasburg Lions Club. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stover Funeral Home, Strasburg, Va., with the Rev. James Baseler and the Rev. Banks Swanson officiating. Family will receive friends after services at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown. Memorial contributions may be made to Strasburg Rescue Squad, PO Box 105, Strasburg, VA 22657; the Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601 or Strasburg Fire Department, 163 E. King St., Strasburg, VA 22657.

Donald Q. Berrier
MCVEYTOWN - Donald Q. Berrier, 71, of SR 103 South, McVeytown, died at 12:32 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Carole Berrier, with whom he was residing. Born Dec. 7, 1928, in Tell Township, Huntingdon County, he was the son of the late Edgar and Alda (College) Berrier. His wife, Mary Louise (James) Berrier, died Dec. 27, 1981. Surviving are: children, James D. Berrier, Rockhill Furnace and Kenneth Q. Berrier, McVeytown; sisters and brothers, Stella Smith and Helen Kling, both of Kennett Square, LaRue Locke, Carlisle, Wanda Martin, Bowling Green, Ohio, Dean Berrier and Glenn Berrier, both of Shade Gap; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one grandson, two brothers and one sister. He retired in 1991 as a heavy equipment operator from International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542, Harrisburg. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, Huntingdon and the B.P.O.E., Huntingdon. He was Protestant by faith. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia, with the Rev. Marian Hartman officiating. Interment will be in Salem Cemetery, Blairs Mills RR. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: the American Cancer Society, PO Box 150, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Matthew R. Berry
EAST WATERFORD - Matthew R. Berry, 18, of East Waterford, died at 1:14 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at the Hershey Medical Center, Hershey as the result of a one-vehicle accident in Tuscarora Township, Juniata County. Born March 31, 1982, in Lewistown, he was the son of Carl L. and Deborah H. (Zeiders) Berry, who survive. Also surviving are: a brother, Christopher A. Berry, East Waterford; maternal grandmother, Thelma Geedy, Mifflintown; and maternal grandfather and maternal step-grandmother, Karl D. and Dorothy Zeiders, Mifflintown RR3. He was employed as an equipment operator at Tuscarora Hardwoods, Elliottsburg. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Waterford United Methodist Church, with Pastor Don Walters officiating. Interment will be in the East Waterford Cemetery. There will be a closed-casket visitation from 7-9 p.m. today at the Henry Funeral Home, Honey Grove. The family will provide all flowers, but memorial contributions may be made to: the Matthew R. Berry Burial Fund, c/o First National Bank, East Waterford, PA 17021.

Iva K. Beward
MIFFLINTOWN - Iva K. Beward, 84, of Mechanicsburg, formerly of Mifflintown RR3, died at 10:05 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at her residence. Born March 30, 1916, in Milford Township, Juniata County, she was the daughter of the late David and Florence (Bossinger) Kauffman. Her husband, Southard C. "Tut" Beward, whom she married July 7, 1936, survives and resides at Manor Care, Camp Hill. Also surviving are: daughters, Mrs. Donald (Phyllis B.) Weller, McAlisterville and Barbara J. Beward, Mechanicsburg; brothers and sisters, William A. "Bud" Kauffman, Okeechobee, Fla., Donald B. Kauffman and Marion Stetler, both of Mifflintown RR3, Richard E. "Dick" Kauffman, Mifflintown RR1, Helen Kauffman, Locust Retirement Village, HC-67, Mifflin, and Esther Cramer, Mifflin; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, David Kauffman and two sisters, Gladys K. Sterrett and Irene K. Earnest. She was a member of the St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Mifflintown RR3 and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 260, Mifflintown. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Mifflintown RR3, with Rev. Louise Knotts officiating. Interment was in the St. Stephens Lutheran Cemetery, Mifflintown RR3. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Comfort Care Hospice, 205 Grandview Ave., Third Floor, Camp Hill, PA 17011. The Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, is in charge of arrangements.

Miriam E. Bickhart
BEAVERTOWN - Miriam E. Bickhart, 88, of Beavertown, formerly of Troxelville, died at 2:45 a.m. Sept. 14, 2000, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village. Born on Dec. 13, 1911, in Adams Township, Snyder County, she was a daughter of the late Reuben W. and Ida (Moyer) Aurand. Her husband, Albert J. Bickhart Sr., whom she married in 1934, preceded her in death on July 14, 1980. Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Barbara) Haines, Berwick; two sons, Leon E. Bickhart, Beavertown and Albert J. Bickhart Jr., Beavertown; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Moyer. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran church, Troxelville, where she was a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She was a 4-H leader and served on the Adams Township Election Board. She enjoyed quilting. Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Troxelville, with the Rev. Donald G. Nice officiating. Interment will be in Troxelville Union Cemetery. Friends may call 4-9 p.m. Sunday in the Beavertown chapel of Aurand Funeral Homes 316 W. Market St., Beavertown. The family will be present 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Memorial Fund of Messiah Lutheran Church, Troxelville, PA 17882.

Jackson B. 'Jack' Biddle
MIFFLINTOWN - Jackson B. "Jack" Biddle, 78, a resident of the Centre Crest Nursing Home, Bellefonte, formerly of Mifflintown RR3 (Rockville), died at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2000, at the home. Born June 24, 1921, in Huston Township, Huntingdon County, he was the son of the late John Wesley and Mamie (Messimer) Biddle. His wife, Cathryn I. (Dunn) Biddle, whom he married Aug. 14, 1940, survives. Also surviving are: children, George Biddle, Harrisburg, Jeffrey Biddle, Culver, Ind., Sonja Stickler, Centre Hall, and Sheila Sprenkle, Mifflintown RR3; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by five brothers, James Biddle, John Biddle, Jake Biddle, Joe Biddle, Jesse Biddle; four sisters, Sarah Hammer, Maglin Wheeler, Mary Long, and Ruby Miller; and a grandson, Jesse Sprenkle. He was a 1939 graduate of Spring Mills High School. He was a U. S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He retired in 1982 from Conrail, Lewistown as a car inspector with 37 years of service. He was a member of the Union Lodge 324 F&AM, Mifflintown, the Harrisburg Consistory, the Juniata Valley Tall Cedars of Lebanon, the Mifflin Hose Co. No. 2, and the Juniata County Fire Police. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. Douglas Compton officiating. Interment will be in Union Memorial Gardens, Mifflintown RR4, where the flag will be folded and presented by the Juniata County Veterans Council. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Wednesday at the funeral home, during which a Masonic service will be held at 10:45 a.m.

Arla A. Bilger
BEAVERTOWN - Arla A. Bilger, 80, a resident of Loving Care Nursing Home, Selinsgrove, formerly of Beavertown RR1, died at 12:03 a.m. Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Sunbury Community Hospital. Born Sept. 12, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Reid and Mary (Ettinger) Keister. Her husband, Frank F. Bilger, whom she married July 12, 1941, survives. Also surviving are: children, Beatrice B. Hackenberg, Middleburg, Mary L. Keister, Kissimee, Christine L. Thomas, Middleburg RR3, and Neil O. Bilger, Loving Care Nursing Home; a brother, Eugene Keister, Millmont; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Wilmer Reich, Arthur Keister, and Alfred, in infancy. Prior to marriage, she worked at the former Sterling Silk Mill and devoted the majority of her life to raising her disabled son. She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Troxelville, and she loved animals, gardening, and flowers, especially African violets. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Grace United Church of Christ, with Pastor Nancy Moyer officiating. Interment will be in the Troxelville Union Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Beavertown chapel of Aurand Funeral Homes, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown, where family will be present from 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to: Grace United Church of Christ, Troxelville, PA 17882.


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