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Marion M. Ulsh
LIN - Marion M. Ulsh, 73, of the Locust Grove Retirement Village, HC 67 Mifflin, formerly of Mifflintown RR5 (Mexico), died at 9:45 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2000, at the village. Born Sept. 24, 1926, in Huntingdon, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna (Richardson) Sheetz. Her first husband, Chester A. McCormick, died Nov. 11, 1956 and her second husband, Harry M. Ulsh Sr., died June 5, 1990. Surviving are: children, Chester A. McCormick Sr., Hanover, Harry M. Ulsh Jr., Mifflintown, Andrew S. Ulsh, Honolulu, Hawaii, Rita A. Barnes, Port Royal, and Mrs. Robert (Carrie) Stadelmaier, Philadelphia; sisters and brother, Bonnie Spender and Steve Sheetz, both of Pensacola, Fla., Anna Ruth Greenleaf, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Georgia Freed, McAlisterville, and Esther Straubb, Freeburg; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She was a 1945 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Mifflintown. She retired in 1995 from Empire Kosher Poultry Inc., Mifflintown with 17 years of service. Earlier in life, she was employed by Juniata Garments, Mifflin. Her hobbies included reading, cooking and sewing. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. Louise Knotts officiating. Interment will be in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown. There will be no viewing. Memorial contributions may be made to: the American Cancer Society, PO Box 551, Lewistown, PA 17044. Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Edward Valentine
LEWISBURG - Raymond Edward Valentine, 75, of 1 River Road, Lewisburg, formerly of Millmont RR1 and Sunbury, died at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg. Born Jan. 4, 1925, in Port Royal, he was the son of the late William Smith and Mabel Jane (Reese) Valentine. His wife, Mary Elizabeth (Hoover) Valentine, whom he married Dec. 22, 1945 in Emmaus by the Rev. Royce E. Schaeffer, survives. Also surviving are: daughters, Mrs. William A. (JoAnn V.) Burns, Lynchburg, Va. and Mrs. Joseph E. (Suzanne E.) DeCicco, Ollney, Md.; a brother, Donald Valentine, Allons, Tenn.; and four grandchildren. He was a 1942 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown; a 1943 graduate of Thompson Business College, Harrisburg; and attended Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove. He served in the United States Navy and was awarded the Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal. He was a public accountant in Sunbury from 1958 until his retirement in October 1986. He was a member of the Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church, Millmont RR1; the Milton Jarrett Norman Post 201 American Legion, Sunbury; the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1173, Selinsgrove; a life member of the Friendship Hose Company 1, Sunbury; a member of the Union County West End Fire Co., Glen Iron; and a very active member of the Union County West End Ambulance Association, Glen Iron. Private services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the James L. Schwartz Home for Funerals, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, with the Rev. Mark R. Shover officiating. Interment will be in the Garden of Tranquility of the Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington. There will be no viewing. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church, PO Box 156, Laurelton, PA 17835 or to the Union County West End Ambulance Association, RR1, Millmont, PA 17845.

Sharon N. Van Horn
LEWISTOWN - Sharon N. Van Horn, 86, of 401 S. Wayne St., Lewistown, died at 3:43 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Beverly Healthcare-William Penn. Born April 23, 1914, in Juniata County, he was the son of the late Ray Thomas and Bertha (Speece) Van Horn. His wife, Kathleen L. (Quay) Van Horn, died Aug. 3, 1995. Surviving are: a son, Thomas Ray Van Horn, Rear 401 S. Wayne St., Lewistown; brother and sisters, Harold Van Horn, Grace Ehrisman, and Wilma Haines, all of East Salem; and one grandson. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. He was a farmer for 45 years and also worked for Hawstone Brick Yard and retired from PennDOT in 1976 after 18 years of service. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Michael S. Bailey officiating. Interment will be in East Salem Cemetery, Thompsontown. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Dennis E. "Van" Van Tassel
LEBANON &emdash; Dennis E. "Van" Van Tassel, 57, of 303 Spring Hill Lane, Lebanon, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at his residence. Born Oct. 1, 1942, in York, he was a son of Ralpha E. and Marie A. (Weyant) Van Tassel of York. His wife, Irene (Patterson) Van Tassel, survives. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Mrs. Clair (Margaret M.) Patterson, Lewistown, a niece, a nephew and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Priscilla Van Tassel Ducommun. He was a 1960 graduate of Central High School, York; earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Millersville University, and received his Master's in education from Edinboro University. He was a language arts/English teacher for 34 years in the Palmyra Area High and Middle schools from 1965 until 1999, and he served as head of the language arts department for many years. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Lebanon, where he served on the vestry; the National Quittaphilla Audabon Society; Pennsylvania Education Association; and the Lebanon County Education Honor Society. He enjoyed reading, sailing, soccer, hiking and church activities. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Cornwall United Methodist Church with the Rev. Theodore C. Meffered officiating. Interment will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, Springettsbury Township, York County. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Rothermel Funeral Home Inc., 25 W. Pine St., Palmyra and 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the church. The family requests no flowers; memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Lebanon County, 150 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown, PA 17067; or the National Psoriasis Foundation, PO Box 9009, Portland, OR 97207-9009.

Amos A. Varner
MCALISTERVILLE - Amos A. Varner, 87, of McAlisterville RR1, died at 9:32 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Centre Community Hospital, State College. Born Aug. 13, 1912, in McAlisterville, he was the son of the late Philip C. and Ida M. (Wagner) Varner. His first wife, Thelma J. (Swartz) Varner, whom he married Nov. 19, 1936, died March 23, 1978. His second wife, Elsie I. (Shawver) Varner, whom he married Oct. 28, 1978, died Dec. 23, 1999. Surviving are: children, Palmer A. Varner, Thompsontown, Philip C. Varner, Oakland Mills, George E. Varner, Mifflintown RR2, and Mrs. Larry (Mae) Miller, Hooversville; stepsons, Norman Shawwer, McClure, Clair Shawver, Berry's Personal Care, Mifflintown, Guy W. Krepps, Mifflintown; brothers, Emory Varner, Richfield and John Varner, McAlisterville RR2; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Harvey Varner, in infancy, Charles Varner, Amelia Hepner, Mary Amey, Bernice Amey, and Abby Varner. He attended Red Bank School. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 2 years and was a tanner and lumberman, all of his life, until his retirement in 1977. He was a member of the Church of the Open Door, Evendale, where he taught Sunday School. He was also a member of the Fayette Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cutting firewood. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, with Pastor Joseph Heeg officiating. Interment will follow in Goodwill Cemetery, McAlisterville RR1. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where family will be present from 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Church of the Open Door, RR1, Box 902, Richfield, PA 17086 or to the charity of one's choice.

Esther A. Varner
MCALISTERVILLE - Esther A. Varner, 86, of McAlisterville RR1, died at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at her residence. Born Nov. 15, 1913 in McAlisterville, she was a daughter of the late Samuel G. and Sallie (Snyder) Hepner. Her husband Charles R. Varner, whom she married Nov. 27, 1937, preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 1967. Surviving are: children, R.L. "Tim" Varner and Delbert R. Varner, both of McAlisterville, Mrs. Victor (Carol) Whitesel, Mifflintown RR3 and Mrs. David (Nancy) Stull, Middleburg RR4; brothers and sisters, Richard Hepner, Mifflintown, Samuel, Kenneth and Donald Hepner and Ruth Meiser, all of McAlisterville, Mary Wert, Manheim and Ferne Hepner, Mifflin; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Clarence Hepner, Marlin Hepner and Gladys Hepner. She attended Red Bank School. She was employed as a seamstress and utility girl for Lyon Fashions, McAlisterville before retiring in 1987. She was a member of Lauver's Mennonite Church, Richfield HCR 63 (Little Evendale). She was also a member of the Quilt Committee for the Juniata Mennonite School for many years. She enjoyed quilting, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Lauver's Mennonite Church, Richfield HCR63, with Pastor John W. Gehman officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call 4-9 p.m. Sunday at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, where the family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Juniata Mennonite School, PO Box 278, McAlisterville, PA 17049.

Martha L. Varner
MCALISTERVILLE - Martha L. Varner, 77, of McAlisterville, died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at Brookline Manor, Mifflintown RR1. Born Feb. 19, 1923, in Evendale, she was a daughter of the late Issiac J. and Lily M. (Stuck) Gearhart. Her husband, Adam J. Varner, whom she married May 26, 1940, died March 12, 1995. Surviving are: sons, Frank R. Varner, Millerstown and Anthony R. Varner, McAlisterville; brother and sister, Roy Gearhart, Selinsgrove and May Long, McAlisterville; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, James E. Varner; a daughter, Lillie M. Ebersole; brothers, John, William, George, Pete, and Frank Gearhart; and sisters, Pearl Naylor and Pauline Brown. She attended Evendale Grammar School. She retired from Empire Kosher Inc., Mifflintown in 1985 after 22 years of employment. She was a member of Stony Run Mission, Richfield RR1. She enjoyed baking, cooking, and canning. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Stony Run Mission, Richfield RR1, with the Rev. James A. Neimond Jr. officiating. Interment will be in St. John's United Methodist Cemetery, McAlisterville RR2. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to: Stony Run Mission, RR1, Box 596, Richfield, PA 17086. The Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, is in charge of arrangements.

Simon L. 'Luckie' Varner
McVEYTOWN - Simon L. "Luckie" Varner, 79, of Beverly Healthcare- William Penn, Lewistown, formerly of McVeytown, died at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at the nursing home. Born June 15, 1921, in Juniata County, he was a son of the late Simon L. and Laura (Wise) Varner, Sr. His wife, Helen I. (Keiser) Varner, whom he married Feb. 22, 1946, survives. Also surviving are: two sons; Dan R. Varner of Douglassville and David J. Varner of Albany, NY; two brothers, Harold Varner of Lewistown RD and Blair Varner of Port Royal; two sisters, Dolores Webster of Osceola Mills and Mrs. Roy (Olivia) Bowersox of Mifflintown RR3; a niece, Carmie Taylor, who was raised in his parents' home; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Denton K. Varner in 1990, an infant daughter, Sue Laurene Varner in 1948, and two sisters, Gladys and Beulah. He was a 1939 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown. He was a United States Army veteran, having served in World War II. He was a self-employed general contractor, and along with his wife, owned and operated the Coleman Hotel of Lewistown for over 20 years. He was a member of the McVeytown Presbyterian Church and the Men's Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the McVeytown Lions Club, United Commercial Travelers of Lewistown, BPO Elks No. 663 of Lewistown and Disabled American Veterans and an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a former Mifflin County School Board member. He was a avid woodworker and enjoyed making furniture and toys. He also enjoyed gardening and raising fancy pigeons. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 S. Market St., McVeytown, with the Rev. Jeanette Rapp and the Rev. Marian Hartman officiating. Interment will be in Mattawana Cemetery, McVeytown. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the McVeytown Fire Company, P.O. Box 336, McVeytown, PA 17051 or McVeytown Lions Club, P.O. Box 365, McVeytown, PA 17051.


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