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Florence S. Bailey
MIFFLIN - Florence S. Bailey, 91, of Locust Grove Retirement Village, Mifflin, formerly of Beavertown, died at 11:05 a.m. Sunday, July 8, 2001, at Locust Grove, where she had been a resident for the past 22 months. Born Oct. 12, 1909, in Middleburg, she was a daughter of the late William and Minnie (Dreese) Mitchell. Her husband, Joseph E. Bailey, whom she married Feb. 21, 1925, died Jan. 16, 1946. Surviving are: daughters, Mrs. Meade (Evalene E.) Kramer and Helen M. Knepp, both of Beaver Springs; a sister and two brothers, Grace Shambach, Russell Mitchell and Irvin Mitchell, all of Middleburg; three grandsons, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Charles, in infancy; a granddaughter, Donna Berger in 1995; a grandson, Robert Kramer in 1946; a great-granddaughter, Christie Furgison, in 1996; and a brother, Raymond Mitchell in 1992. In 1981, she retired from the former Charles T. Saylor Shirt Factory. Earlier in life, she worked at the former Middleburg Silk Mill and the former Beavertown Weaving Mill. She attended the Beavertown God's Missionary Church, Middleburg. Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Beavertown chapel of Aurand Funeral Homes, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown, with the Rev. James Plank officiating. Interment will be in the Evangelical Cemetery, Penns Creek. Family will receive friends 12:30 p.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Beavertown God's Missionary Church, Creek Road, Middleburg, PA 17842.

Dorothy R. Baker
LEWISTOWN - Dorothy R. Baker, 86, of 25 Grand Parkway North, Lewistown, died at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at her residence. Born Dec. 14, 1914, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late Dr. John Palmer and Mary Grace (Pawling) Rothermel. Her husband, Wilson M. Baker, whom she married in 1946, survives. Also surviving are: children, Richard W. Baker, Alexandria, VA and Mrs. Michael A. (Nancy) Dermes, Hummelstown; and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kathryn Watkins. She received her degree in music from Ithica University in New York. She taught high school music in Windham, NY. She was a member of the Lewistown Presbyterian Church, where she played the piano. She was also a member of the Mifflin County Garden Club and the Mifflin County Music Study Club, where she served as past president and treasurer. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Lewistown Presbyterian Church, 17 E. Third St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Robert Zorn officiating. Interment will be made in St. Mark's Cemetery, Lewistown. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Lewistown Presbyterian Church, 17 E. Third St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Elizabeth M. Baker
LEWISTOWN - Elizabeth M. Baker, 84, of Ohesson Manor Nursing Home, formerly of Lawler Place, Lewistown, died at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at Ohesson Manor. Born May 15, 1916, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Katie (Kratzer) Cavanaugh. Her husband, Enoch W. Baker, whom she married Dec. 28, 1935, preceded her in death on June 12, 1957. Surviving are: children, Lloyd Cavanaugh, Lewistown RD4, Ethel M. Wileman, Lewistown, Mary J. Barnes, Hebron, OH, Mrs. William (Donna) Sunday, Milroy, Jay W. Baker, Philadelphia, Robert L. Baker, Lewistown RD4 and Shirley E. Baker, McClure; 29 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Diven, and two sons, John O. Baker and James W. Baker. She was also preceded in death by sisters and brothers, Kathryn Weaver, Edith Gutshall, William Cavanaugh, John Cavanaugh and Harry Cavanaugh. She was a homemaker who was employed as a cook at Red's Diner for many years. She also worked at Bell's Laundry and at Empire Kosher, Mifflintown. She was a member of the Women of the Moose No. 212, Lewistown, and a member of the Yeagertown Fire Company and the former Fame Fire Company. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 S. Market St., McVeytown, with the Rev. Leon Clayberger officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park, Lewistown. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2040 Linglestown Road, Suite 106, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Hobart S. 'Hob' Baker Sr.
THOMPSONTOWN - Hobart S. "Hob" Baker Sr., 88, of Meda Nipple Convalescent Home, Thompsontown RR1, formerly of McClure, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11, 2001, at the Lewistown Hospital. He had been in ill health for the past three years. Born April 10, 1912, in McClure, he was a son of the late Cluney and Viola (Steely) Baker. His wife, Mary S. Bair, whom he married in 1938, preceded him in death on March 30, 1996. He is survived by a daughter, Carole A. Cubbler, Shippensburg and a son, Hobart S. "Bud" Baker, Thompsontown; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Bertrice Swanger and three brothers Warren, Dale and Archie Baker. From the age of 14, he was involved in the publication of the former McClure Plain Dealer, which was founded by his father in 1905. Upon his father's death in 1946 he purchased the business and continued to operate the newspaper through 1974, when it was sold to the Middleburg Post. After the newspaper was sold, he continued to print custom orders until the early l990s. During the 1940s, he served McClure as a Justice of the Peace. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, McClure and the B.P.O.E., Lewistown. Earlier in life, he was active in the West End Sportsmen's Club. He loved hunting, especially ruffed grouse and fishing with his grandchildren. Graveside services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the McClure Union Cemetery. The McClure chapel of Aurand Funeral Homes Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Arrangements can also be found at www.legacy.com.

Karen Sue Baker
HUNTINGDON - Karen Sue Baker, 55, of RD 1 Box 216, Huntingdon (Porter Township), died at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at her home. Born Feb. 19, 1946, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Myra (Zeider) Wagner Sr. Her husband, Francis L. Baker, whom she married on Sept. 26, 1975, in Virginia, survives. Also surviving are: children, Deanna Pinkham, El Dorado, AR, Vanessa Gahagan, State College, James Gahagan Jr., Yeagertown, and Christopher Gahagan, Lewistown; brothers and sisters, Joseph Wagner Jr., Yeagertown, Dora Jane Stewart, Lewistown, Mary Ruble, McClure, and James Wagner and George Wagner, both of Lewistown; and a granddaughter. She was a homemaker and a Protestant by faith. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. James L. Blair officiating. Interment will be in Huntingdon Memorial Gardens. Friends may call 1-3 p. m. Thursday at the Robert E. Peters Funeral Home, 1106 Mifflin St., Huntingdon.

Nathaniel Gabriel Baker-Livingston
SOUTH OGDEN, UTAH - Nathaniel Gabriel Baker-Livingston, 1, of 730 Lavina Drive, South Ogden, Utah, died at 9:09 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at the Davis Hospital & Medical Center, Layton, Utah. Born Nov. 6, 2000, in Salt Lake City, Utah, he is the son of Gary Edward Livingston and Brooke Renee Baker. Surviving are: a brother, Joshua Livingston, U.S. Air Force, Yokota Air Force Base, Japan, and two sisters, Elizabeth Baker-Livingston and Alexandra Baker-Livingston, both at home; maternal grandparents, Ray and Carolyn Baker, Mifflintown, and paternal grandfather, Edward Livingston, Lakeview, Ohio. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, Mifflintown, with Pastor Ronald L. Shupe officiating. Interment will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday, at the church. The Mifflintown Chapel of Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge Street, Mifflintown, is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank M. Ball
MADISON, Ohio - Frank M. Ball, 76, of Madison, Ohio, formerly of Lewistown, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Lake East Hospital, Painesville, Ohio. Born Aug. 21, 1924, in Nanty Glo, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Ann (Flynn) Ball. His wife, Donna M. (Eaton) Ball, whom he married June 8, 1953 in Lewistown, survives. Also surviving are: Karen D. Winton, Madison, Ohio, Betsy L. Ball, Westlake, Ohio, and Robert E. Ball, Charlotte, NC; sisters, Lois Loudenslager and LaVonne Ball, both of Lewistown and Betty Gruver, Gaithersburg, Md.; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert M. Ball and Clifford Ball. He was a veteran, having served in the Army Combat Engineers in the European Theatre during World War II. He had worked for the American Viscose/FMC Corporation, the Diamond Shamrock Corporation, the Erie Coke & Chemical Company, and Midwest Materials. He was a member of the Chapel United Methodist Church and a volunteer at Lake County Council on Aging. He enjoyed gardening and was an avid sports fan. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St., Madison, Ohio, with the Rev. John Germaine officiating. Interment will be in Madison Memorial Park, Madison, Ohio. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Chapel United Methodist Church, 2019 Chapel Road, Madison, Ohio 44057.

Bertha P. Balmer
MYERSTOWN - Bertha P. Balmer, 79, of 414 Yeagley Road, Myerstown, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, of natural causes. Born Oct. 2, 1921 in Milroy, she was a daughter of the late J. David and Catherine B. (Fultz) Phillips. Her husband Lowell S. Balmer preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Harold A. (Kathleen B.) Houtz, Myerstown; sisters and brothers, Irene Kreydatus, Lewistown, Barbara Reed and Jean Ruble, both of Milroy; Shirley Keeney and John B. Phillips, both of Reedsville and Gary R. Phillips, Petersburg; three grandsons and one great-granddaughter. She was an employee of the former Marco Electric in Womelsdorf, for 26 years and later was employed at Layer's Flowers in Myerstown. She was a member of Beaver Lutheran Church, Beaver Springs and the Myerstown Memorial Post 6076 ladies auxiliary. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Rohland Funeral Home, 5th and Cumberland Streets, Lebanon. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1274, Lebanon, PA 17042.

Dorothy M. Baney
MIFFLINTOWN - Dorothy M. Baney, 87, formerly of Lewistown, died at 1:10 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2001, at the Brookline Manor Nursing Home, Mifflintown. Born Oct. 9, 1913, in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Milton and Julia (Downer) Schaeffer. Her husband, Daniel L. Baney of McVeytown, whom she married in 1969, survives. She is also survived by a son, Ray C. "Chip" Aumiller III, Lewistown; a sister, Patricia Arnold, Juniata County; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bohn Funeral Home, Reedsville, with Marshall Deckard officiating. Interment will be in Birch Hill Cemetery, Burnham. Friends may call 10 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Lucy C. Baney
NEW BLOOMFIELD - Lucy C. Baney, 93, of Perry Village, New Bloomfield, formerly of Thompsontown, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at the Village. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with interment in Newport Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Box 217, Thompsontown, Pa 17094.

Lucy Larner Banks
MIFFLINTOWN - Lucy Larner Banks, 94, of HC63, Mifflintown, died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at her home (Annsfield). Born Nov. 22, 1906, in Washington DC, she was a daughter of the late John B. and Anna (Parker) Larner. She is survived by a sister, Anna Southard Larner Cox, Lakeland, Fla. and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lucy Larner Banks in 1938; three sisters, Ruth Larner Olphant, Margaret L. Wotherspoon, and Isabella L. Stott; and a longtime companion, Paul Ufema, who died in 1992. She attended Holton Arms School and the National Cathedral School, Washington, DC, and she was a graduate of Hillside Girls School of Norwalk, Conn. She had served as a Gray Lady for the Red Cross at the Walter Reed Hospital and Naval Hospital, Washington, DC, before making her home in Mifflintown. She moved to Mifflintown in 1931 and in 1944 moved to her present home known as Annsfield, where she owned and operated an antique shop for many years. She was a member of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Mifflintown. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. David A. Cook officiating. Interment will be in Lind Memorial Cemetery, Lewistown. Family will receive friends 9 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Westminster United Presbyterian Church, 208 Lemon St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.

Marian E. 'Billie' Bardell
BELLEVILLE - Marian E. "Billie" Bardell, 84, of Valley View Terrace, Belleville, died at 4:55 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2001 at Valley View Haven Nursing Center, Belleville. Born Dec. 23, 1916, in Burnham, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Riden) McKinley. Her husband, Charles Bardell, preceded her in death in 1988. Surviving are: daughters, Mrs. Edward (Donna Jane Rittenhouse) Benner, Boalsburg and Mary Ann (Rittenhouse) Naylor, Lewistown; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family. She worked as a teller at First National Bank, Lewistown, and as a secretary at Juniata Foods. She was a member of Grove Memorial United Methodist Church, Lewistown. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Carl Hill officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park, Lewistown. Friends may call from 1 p.m. Monday until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Grove Memorial United Methodist Church, 611 S. Main St., Lewistown, PA 17044 or to Valley View Haven RD1, Box 827, Belleville, PA 17004.

Evelyn Mae Bargo
BELLEVILLE - Evelyn Mae Bargo, 95, a resident of Valley View Haven Retirement Community, Belleville, formerly of Lewistown, died at 4:27 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2001 at Valley View Haven Retirement Community. Born June 8, 1906 in Mount Union, she was the daughter of the late Cloyd M. and Armenta (Taylor) Buckley. Her husband, Robert W. Bargo, died on July 5, 1973. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. She is survived by: three daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Dorothy) Shields, Altoona, Mrs. William (Clara Jean) Lennartz, Chambersburg and Mrs. Jeff (Belva "Betts") Glick, Belleville; two sons, Robert W. Bargo Jr., Dover, DE, and Cloyd L. "Duke" Bargo, Reedsville; a sister, Clara Rakerd, McAlisterville; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was a homemaker and formerly attended Ellen Chapel Church. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hoenstine Funeral Home, 75 Logan St., Lewistown with the Rev. Erie Renno officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Internment will be at Lind Memorial, Lewistown. Memorial contributions can be made to Valley View Haven Retirement Community, 4702 E. Main St., Belleville, 17004.

Charlotte Margaret Barner
LIVERPOOL - Charlotte Margaret Barner, 84, of Liverpool RR1, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, in the Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg. Born Dec. 27, 1916, in Derry Township, Dauphin County, she was the daughter of the late Austin Peter and Della (Zeiders) Glotfelter. Her husband, George D. Barner, whom she married June 4, 1938, died Feb. 20, 1981. Surviving are: children, Robert D. Barner, Mount Pleasant Mills RR1, Timothy L. Barner, Liverpool RR1, Mrs. Kenneth L. (Mae F.) Marshall, Salisbury, Md., and Mrs. Robert E. (June E.) Klinefelter, Lockport, NY; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kitty Barner in 1987; and brothers and sisters, William Glotfelter, Lester Gladfelter, Ruth Stroup and Alveria Glotfelter, in infancy. She was educated at the Watts Grammar schoolhouse in Juniata County. She had been employed by the former Snyders and the Good Samaritan Convalescent Homes, both in Liverpool, where she was a nursing assistant. She was a member of St. Thomas Independent Brethren in Christ Church, Mount Pleasant Mills RR2 and the Liverpool Ambulance League, Liverpool. She was accomplished in piecing quilts, was an avid reader, loved flowers and enjoyed birds, especially hummingbirds. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Thomas Independent Brethren in Christ Church, Mount Pleasant Mills RR2, with the Rev. Roger L. Womer officiating. Interment will be in the Salem United Methodist Cemetery, Liverpool RR1. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at the George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Mills and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church.

Wayne M. Barnett
MCCLURE - Wayne M. Barnett, 86, of 140 Whiskey Road, McClure, died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001 at Beverly Healthcare William Penn. Born Aug. 5, 1915 in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, PA, he was a son of the late James C. and Anna Mae (Mitchell) Barnett. His wife Dorothy Agnes (Wray) Barnett preceded him in death on March 30, 1999. Surviving are: children, W. Michael Barnett and Matthew S. Barnett, both of McClure; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy (Wray) Barnett. He was the last of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Thomas Barnett, Oliver Barnett, George Barnett, Glen Barnett, Charles Barnett, Mae Barnett Snyder Noerr, Myrna Barnett Holben, Mary Elizabeth Barnett Noerr, Hester Barnett Black and Anna Grace Barnett Landis. Early in youth he lived in Hammond, LA and Bogachitti, MS, where his father owned sawmills. He moved to Lewistown in 1925. At one time, he worked in the processing department at the American Viscose Corp., and at Standard Steel, Burnham in the early 1940s. He then worked as a mechanic at Noerr's Garage from 1945 until his retirement in 1980. He was a charter-member of the Alfarata Lions Club, and a member of the National Rifle Association, the Fame Fire Company, and the American Legion Post 942, McClure. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jacob T. Traxler officiating. Interment will be private in Mt. Rock Cemetery. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HOSPICE: The Bridge, 1126 W. Fifth St., Lewistown, PA 17044, or to the charity of one's choice.

Clair P. Bassler
RICHFIELD - Clair P. Bassler, 81, of Richfield, died at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, in the emergency room of the Sunbury Community Hospital, of natural causes. Born Oct. 31, 1919, in McAlisterville, he was a son of the late Jerome S. and Ruth S. (Peck) Bassler Sr. His wife, Bernice J. (Trimble) Bassler, whom he married Nov. 3, 1945, survives. Also surviving are: children, David L. Bassler and Steven D. Bassler, both of Mount Pleasant Mills, and Janet E. Sparks, Dillsburg; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Gerald Bassler, Clarence W. Bassler, Jerome S. Bassler Jr. and Robert Bassler. He attended Juniata County schools. He served in the U.S. Army, from 1941 until 1945, serving two tours of duty in the European Theater of Operations of World War II. For 22 years, he was a partner in J.S. Bassler & Sons Meats, Richfield and was employed by the U.S.D.A. as a federal meat inspector, for 16 years, until his retirement in l985. He also worked part time for N.S. Troutman Meats, Freeburg, Kahley's Butcher Shop, Beaver Springs and as an assistant to the funeral directors at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, McAlisterville. He was a member of the Richfield United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Senior Men's Sunday School Class and a past member of the church council. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge 619, Middleburg, the Harrisburg Consistory, and a charter member of both the Richfield Lion's Club and Richfield Ambulance League. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Richfield United Methodist Church, with Pastor Vernon Shenberger officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery, McAlisterville, where full military honors will be accorded by the Juniata County Veteran's Association. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the church, where Masonic services will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. by Masonic Lodge 619, Middleburg. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Richfield United Methodist Church, PO Box 206, Richfield, PA 17086. The Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, is in charge of arrangements.

Alton C. Bay
THOMPSONTOWN - Alton C. Bay, 94, formerly of Thompsontown, died at 9:38 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2001, at Brookline Manor and Retirement Village, where he had been a resident since January. Born July 20, 1906, in McAlisterville, he was a son of the late Samuel J. and Minnie M. (Leister) Bay. His wife, Mary M. (Frymoyer) Bay, whom he married Jan. 1, 1932, preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 1996. He is survived by a niece. He was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur L. Bay, and by a sister, Dora L. Bay. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He served from 1943 to 1945 as an anti-tank gun crewman, participating in the Normandy invasion. He was awarded a Purple Heart. He was employed as a foreman for Gwen Fashions, McAlisterville for 30 years until his retirement in 1971. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Thompsontown since 1933. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mifflintown, the American Legion Post No. 0177, Newport and the Disabled American Veterans. A graveside service and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Thompsontown, with the Rev. Louise L. Reynolds and the Rev. Stuart H. Lengel officiating. There will be no viewing. The Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth S. 'Biddy' Beale
ALTOONA - Elizabeth S. "Biddy" Beale, 91, of the Altoona Hospital Center for Nursing, formerly of 414 Orange St., Mifflintown, died at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2001, at the center. Born Nov. 25, 1909, in Mifflintown, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth (Fogleman) Smith. Her husband, John C. "Jack" Beale, preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1983. Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Patricia) Dillen, Altoona; a sister, Mrs. Frank (Phyllis) Wolfe, Mifflin; four grandchildren and nine great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl Smith, Glenn Smith and Howard Smith, and by three sisters, Ethel Oberholtzer, Pauline Heeter and Hilda Smith. She was a graduate of Mifflintown High School. She retired with 35 years of service from the United Telephone Company, Mifflintown, where she had served as a telephone operator and supervisor and worked in the business office. She was a lifetime member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Mifflintown, where she was a member of the choir and a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. A graveside funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown, with the Rev. Frank Oessenich officiating. Friends may call 2-2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown.

Mary M. Beasom
McALISTERVILLE - Mary M. Beasom, 83, of McAlisterville RR2, died at 1:24 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2001, at Lewistown Hospital. Born July 14, 1917, in Tuscarora, Juniata County, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Lizzie (Amey) Leister. Her husband, Edward "Pete" Beasom, preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 1971. Surviving are: two sons, Robert J. Beasom, Thompsontown and Edward B. Beasom, Auburn, CA; a daughter, Jane E. Amrhein, Thompsontown; 18 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael R. Beasom, five brothers, Oscar J. Leister, Banks N. Leister, Paul Leister, Marlin Leister and Woodrow Leister, and two sisters, Frances Beasom and Gladys Dillman Brubaker. She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading and playing Chinese checkers. She was a member of the Tuscarora Church of the Brethren. Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Guss Funeral Home, 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with Rev. Charles A. Sheaffer officiating. Interment will be in New Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Robert J. Beasom
THOMPSONTOWN - Robert J. Beasom, 66, of Thompsontown, died at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001, at the Lewistown Hospital. Born Oct. 15, 1934, in Walker Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Edward and Mary (Leister) Beasom. His wife, Ethel I. (Swartz) Beasom, whom he married March l0, l954, survives. Also surviving are: children, Robert E. Beasom of McAlisterville, Tammy Brown of Millerstown, Sue Prye of Mifflintown RR4; brother and sister, Edward Beasom of California and a sister, Jane Amrhein of Thompsontown; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Terry L. "Boo" Beasom and a brother, Michael Beasom. He attended Port Royal High School. He retired from Pannebaker Cabinets, after 14 years of employment. He was also employed by Capitol Products, Carlisle and as a mason for E. W. Ritzman Construction, McAlisterville. He was a member of the Tuscarora Church of the Brethren, Mifflintown RR2, the Millerstown Moose and the Newport Order of Owls. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, growing flowers and hunting for arrowheads and mushrooms. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, with Pastor Charles A. Sheaffer officiating. Interment will follow in the Lost Creek Mennonite Cemetery, Mifflintown RR2. Friends may call 1:30 p.m. until the time of service Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Tuscarora Church of the Brethren, c/o Cathy Eaton, RR2, Box 396, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

Vera S. Beatty
LANCASTER - Vera S. Beatty, 95, of Pheasant Ridge Circle, Lancaster, and formerly of McVeytown, died at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at Lancaster Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 26, 1905 in Spring Mills, Centre County, she was a daughter of the late John W. and Sara (Lingle) Steiger. Her husband, Palmer C. Beatty, whom she married Sept. 23, 1924, died Aug. 16, 1987. Surviving are: a daughter, Corinne B. Madonna of Lancaster, with whom she resided; a son and daughter-in-law, Earl C. "Pete" Beatty and Dorothy Himes Beatty of Port Royal; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Randall Steiger; two sisters, Renna Wingard and Clare Worry; a grandson, Michael Madonna; one great-granddaughter; and one great-great-grandson. She was a homemaker. She was Methodist by faith. She was a former member of the West Granville Fire Company Auxiliary, and enjoyed baking. Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 South Market St., McVeytown, with the Rev. Joanne Darrow officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park, Lewistown. Family will receive friends from noon until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

William Bower Beatty
MOUNT UNION - William Bower Beatty, 53, of 20 Walls Road, Mount Union, died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, while hunting in the Hill Valley area of Huntingdon County with his son. Born Dec. 2, 1947, in Cromwell Township, Huntingdon County, he was the son of the late Raymond B. and Rebecca (Smith) Beatty. His wife, Dixie L. (Hollibaugh) Beatty, whom he married Aug. 25, 1967, survives. Also surviving are: children, Jill L. Sarra, Orbisonia and William D. Beatty, Greencastle; brothers and sisters, Lucille Gaff of Mount Union RR1, Imogene Blatt of Mount Union, Barthol Beatty, Loretta Lukens, and Cloyd Beatty, all of Aliquippa, and Patricia Bidinger of Columbia, Md.; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Duane Beatty. He was a 1965 graduate of Captain Jack High School and a 1967 graduate of Williamsport Community College. He spent 9 years in the United States Army Reserves at Huntingdon. He was a supervisor at Case New Holland, Belleville, where he was employed for over 31 years. He attended Rockhill Church of the Brethren. He was a member of McVeytown Lodge F&AM 376; the Altoona Consistory; the Standing Stone Royal Arch Chapter 201, Huntingdon; the Huntingdon Commandry 65 Knights Templar; the Huntingdon County Shrine; and the Jaffa Temple, Altoona. He also helped organize the first chapter of the Order of Demolay in McVeytown; served as a cubmaster and an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 78, Newton Hamilton; and a member of the Order of the Arrow, Brotherhood Rank of the National Boy Scout Association. He was very active in youth baseball having helped organize the minor league and coached in the teener league. He was an avid sportsman, especially enjoying hunting, fishing, and golf. He was a member of the American League and the United States Golf Associations. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, with the Rev. Nancy Rogers officiating. Interment will be in Haven Rest Memorial Park, Shirleysburg RR1. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the time of the services Tuesday at the funeral home. A masonic service will be held at 6:45 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: the American Heart Association, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Albert Bechler Jr.
BELLEVILLE - Albert Bechler Jr., 59, of 4270 E. Main St., Belleville, died at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at Hershey Medical Center. Born Dec. 15, 1941, in Pigeon, MI, he was a son of the late Albert Sr. and Ida (Litwiller) Bechler. His wife, Sarah L. (Byler) Bechler, whom he married Aug. 6, 1966, survives. Also surviving are a son, David Albert Bechler, his wife, Brenda and a grandson, Brett Bechler of Harrisonburg, VA; and 27 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Morris M. Bechler in February of 1991. He retired from New Holland in December 1998 as a steel analyst, after 30 years of service. He was a member of Locust Grove Mennonite Church and the Living by Faith Sunday School Class. He enjoyed wood working and crafts and winter months in Florida. His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, with ministers, Max Zook, Gregory Kanagy, Mayard Beitzel and Erie Renno officiating. Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery. Friends may call 6:30-9 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to: Locust Grove Mennonite Church, 3358 W. Main St., Belleville, PA 17004 or to Eastern Mennonite High School, 80 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. The Donald E. Baggus Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Wilmer 'Bill' Towers Beck
Wilmer Towers Beck, 88, of 1011 Brown Circle, Lewisburg, formerly of Lewistown, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at the Evangelical Community Hospital. His service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Market and 8th streets, Lewisburg. Burial and military services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Juniata Memorial Park, Lewistown. Friends may call 11 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

Charles E. Beckwith
EASTCHESTER, NY - Charles E. Beckwith, 74, of Eastchester, NY, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at the Montrose Veterans Hospital. He was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Lewistown. His wife, Alma S. Beckwith, whom he married Dec. 16, 1950, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Great Neck, NY, survives. Also surviving are: daughters, Melissa B. Poore, Alma E. Beckwith, and Kathryn B. Fishman; brothers and sisters, Ronald Beckwith, James Beckwith and Martin Beckwith, June Pauly, Barbara Parsons and Shirley Gussler; and eight grandchildren. He was a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, Long Island, NY. He served in the United States Merchant Marine Service and the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. He was a car salesman for 40 years. He was an active member of Trinity-St. Paul's Episcopal Church, New Rochelle, where he served as warden. He was also Past Master of the Huguenot Lodge 46 in New Rochelle, NY; Past High Priest, Chapter 228 Royal Arch Masons; and Past Commander of Bethlehem Crusaders 53, Anointed 33rd, and other concordant bodies. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Trinity Episcopal Church, New Rochelle. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the Westchester Funeral Home Inc., Eastchester, NY, where a masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, c/o Bethlehem Crusader 53, 69 Main St., Tuckahoe, NY 10707 or Trinity- St. Paul's Church, 311 Huguenot St., New Rochelle, NY or US Merchant Marine Association Foundation, Kings Point, NY or the American Diabetes Association, 149 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016.

Craig A. Bell
LEWISTOWN - Craig A. Bell, 34, of 20 Bells Drive, Lewistown, died at 5:46 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2001, in the emergency room of Lewistown Hospital. Born Jan. 6, 1967, in Lewistown, he was a son of Letta M. (Dearringer) Bell Henry of Lewistown and the late Austin C. Bell Sr. His fiance, Michelle Taylor of 20 Bells Drive, Lewistown, survives. He is also survived by children, Chelsea Lee Bell and Lauren Michelle Bell, both at home; stepson, Steven Michael Taylor, at home; brothers and sisters, Steve L. Bell, Kathy Walsh, and Mona Kurth, all of Naples, Fla., Austin C. Bell Jr., Debora (Bell) Orndorf, and Jeffery S. Bell, all of Lewistown, Connie E. Mendler, Burnham; half-brothers, Reno Hassinger, California and Brian Hassinger, McAlisterville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas D. Bell Sr. He was a bricklayer for 15 years and most recently worked for Haranin Construction. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Bruce Hinderliter officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Rock Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be to: In memory of Craig Bell, c/o Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

William K. Bell Sr.
LEWISTOWN - William K. Bell Sr., 93, formerly of South Main Street, Lewistown, died at 4:35 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2001 at Ohesson Manor. Born Sept. 22, 1907 in Mifflin County, he was a son of the late Albert J. and Edna R. (Harshbarger) Bell. His first wife Mary Helen (Laub) Bell preceded him in death, as did his second wife Nellie (Ettinger) Bell and his third wife Evelyn Bishop Stewart Bell. Surviving are: children, James B. Bell, Walter L. Bell, William K. Bell Jr. and Charles E. Bell, all of Lewistown; a sister, Kathryn E. Weimer, Belleville; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, one step-son, two brothers, two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. He was a farmer, a lumberman and woodworker who owned and operated William K. Bell Woodworking Mill. He was a member of the Maitland Brethren Church. A graveside service will be held at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Maitland Brethren Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Eldridge officiating. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maitland Cemetery Company, Inc., c/o Mr. Thomas Richard, 2027 Back Maitland Road, Lewistown, PA 17044. Barr Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

Mary Gale Benda
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. - Mary Gale Benda, 49, of 9231 Lockhaven Cove, Ooltewah, Tenn., formerly of Richmond, Va., died at 10:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md. Born May 8, 1951, in Philippi, W. Va., she was the daughter of Goodloe J. and Mary J. (Humphreys) Dadisman of 215 S. Kishacoquillas St., Belleville. Her husband, John Paul Benda, whom she married April 14, 1973, survives. Also surviving are: children, Brian Patrick Benda, Kelly Marie Benda, and Scott Anthony Benda, all at home; a brother, Danny Joe Dadisman of Belleville; and a sister, Deborah Lynn Stroup of Belleville. She was a June 1969 graduate of Coshocton High School, Coshocton, Ohio. She attended Ohio Northern University and Bowling Green University, where she graduated in December 1972, and she majored in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She graduated from Marshall College with a masters in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She had been employed by the Virginia and Tennessee School Districts as an elementary and high school speech pathologist, working with special needs children. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Chattanooga, Tenn. and a past member of Epiphany Catholic Church, Richmond, Va. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Epiphany Catholic Church, 11000 Smoketree Drive, Richmond, Va. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bliley's Funeral Home, 6900 Hull Street Road, Richmond, Va. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Samuel G. Strohm officiating. Interment will be in Machpelah Cemetery, Belleville. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the American Cancer Society, 26 N. Brown St., Lewistown, PA 17044. The Donald E. Baggus Funeral Home, Belleville, is in charge of arrangements.

John I. Bender
ALTOONA - John I. Bender, 69, of Altoona RR5, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at his home. Born Aug. 20, 1931, in Belleville, he was the son of the late Iddo and Jamimah (Peachy) Bender. His wife, Edith, (Wysong) Bender, whom he married Oct. 21, 1967 in Altoona, survives. Also surviving are: children, John Bender, Timothy Bender, and Kristi Bender, all of Altoona, Steven Bender and Alice Baughman, both of Hollidaysburg; brothers and sisters, Simon Bender, Wisconsin, Samuel Bender, McVeytown, Jonas Bender, Mifflinburg, Susie Bender and Amelia Bender, both of Belleville; and six grandchildren. He retired as a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of Frankstown Park Missionary Church, Hollidaysburg. He enjoyed woodworking. Services were held Saturday at Frankstown Park Missionary Church, with the Rev. Roland Cadle officiating. Interment was in Carson Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Frankstown Park Missionary Church, Church Lane, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. Plank, Stitt & Stevens Funeral Home, Hollidaysburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ella Bender
GRANVILLE - Mary Ella Bender, 76, of the Malta Home for the Aging, Granville, formerly of Thompsontown RR1, died at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at the home. Born June 6, 1925, in Thompsontown, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd B. and Sara E. (Jones) Speece. Her husband, Raymond S. Bender, whom she married Nov. 11, 1942, died Jan. 13, 1982. Surviving are: children, Harmon J. Bender, HC-67, Mifflin, William D. Bender, Thompsontown, Kaylene S. Swartz, Port Royal RR3, Carol R. Bender, Mifflintown RR4, Anna M. Haubert, Mifflintown RR2, and Maude I. Speece, Thompsontown RR1; a brother, Wayne Speece, Harrisburg; 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Speece and Harmon Speece and a sister, Ruth Rice. She attended the Goodville Grammar School. She was a homemaker and attended the Ferguson Valley Brethren in Christ Church. Her special interests were picking fruit, canning, cooking and baking. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ronald C. Sheaffer Funeral Home, 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, with the Rev. Frank Trego and the Rev. George Swartz officiating. Interment will be in the New Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal RR2. There will be no viewing.

Naomi Bender
ALTOONA - Naomi Bender, 61, of Altoona, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the Bon-Secour Hospital, Altoona. Born Feb. 8, 1940, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late Edward H. and Georgia Cathleen (Bender) Chapman. She is survived by sisters and brother, Mrs. J. Harold (Gerri) Aitkin, 3044 Old Stage Road, Lewistown, Mrs. Brian (Donna) Funk, 10 Waterford Drive, Mt. Holly, NJ, and Edward H. Chapman Jr., 2393 US Highway 522 N, Lewistown. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Robert L. Zorn officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park. There will be no viewing. Memorial contributions may be made to: Lewistown Presbyterian Church, 17 E. Third St., Lewistown, PA 17044 or to Trinity United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1213, Lewistown, PA 17044.

Guy A. "Abie" Benfer
MILROY - Guy A. "Abie" Benfer, 82, of 3475 New Lancaster Valley Rd., Milroy, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at his home. Born May 24, 1919, in McClure, he was the son of the late Lester A. and Minnie E. (Stuck) Benfer. His wife Mary C. (Putt) Benfer preceded him in death on April 8, 1988. Surviving are: son, Thomas C. Benfer Sr., Lewistown; sisters, Gladys Tressler, Vero Beach, FL and Helen Stewart, Lewistown; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Eighth Air Force. Early in life he worked at Standard Steel, Burnham and was retired from Leacy Motors, Lewistown. He was a 1937 graduate of Lewistown High School and a member of Salem United Methodist Church, New Lancaster Valley, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7011 Lewistown, United Commercial Travelers, AARP and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bohn Funeral Home, Reedsville, with the Rev. Marshall Deckard officiating. Interment will be in New Lancaster Valley Cemetery, were military honors will be provided by VFW Post 7011. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Helen F. Benfer
BELLEVILLE - Helen E. Benfer, 88, of Belleville RR2, died at 11:02 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2001, at Beverly Healthcare-William Penn, Lewistown. Born Feb. 6, 1913, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Caruthers) Shilling. Her husband, Percy M. Benfer, died in 1986. She is survived by children, Robert Briar and Deanna Marker, both of Lewistown, Mrs. Roy (Estella) Smith, Boalsburg, John "Jack" Briar, Mississippi, Ronald Briar and Mrs. Donald (Helen) Bratton, both of McVeytown, Mrs. William (Ruth) Findley, Sand Point, Idaho, and Mrs. George (Marietta) Dunmire, State College; 32 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, a grandson, one brother and one sister. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Belleville United Methodist Church, a life member of the Brooklyn Hose Company, and a member of the Belleville Fire Company auxiliary, the Milroy Senior Citizens Group and a former member of the Rebekah's. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Larry Siikanen officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Milroy Senior Citizens Center, 27 S. Main St., Milroy, PA 17063.

Grace I. Benner
HARRISBURG - Grace I. Benner, 51, of Front Street, Harrisburg, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at Harrisburg General Hospital. Born Jan. 29, 1950, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of Robert D. and Anna (Rossetti) Miller of 7 Spanogle Ave., Lewistown. Also surviving are: children, Thomas Benner of 5615 N. Front St., Harrisburg and Anna Benner of 5613 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Retired on disability, she had been an ID checker for Carlisle War College. She was a member of the Mt. Laurel Church of God, Harrisburg. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Rock Cemetery, Lewistown, with the Rev. Darrell Wireman officiating. Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, is handling arrangements.

Harold L. Benner
BELLEVILLE - Harold L. Benner, 89, a resident of Valley View Haven, Belleville, formerly of 320 Seventh Ave., Burnham, died at 8:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at Valley View Haven. Born Dec. 15, 1911, in McAlisterville, he was the son of the late John and Emma (Stroup) Benner. His wife, Margaret (Reese) Benner, died July 13, 1977. He is survived by a niece, whom he raised, Joyce Hertzler, 201 Fourth Ave., Burnham; brother and sister, Merle Benner, Thompsontown and Ruth Foxx, Lewistown. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ray, Earl and Harry Benner and two sisters, Ida Mae Grassmyer and Dorothy. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He was a supervisor for Standard Steel, Burnham. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family at Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham, with the Rev. Thomas B. Morningstar officiating. Interment will be in Lind Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

J. Robert Benner
THOMPSONTOWN - J. Robert Benner, 75, of 53 W. Main St., Thompsontown, formerly of East Salem, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at his home. Born April 21, 1926, in South Dakota, he was the son of the late Jay and Mary J. (Kauffman) Benner. His first wife, Thelma Rose (Guyer) Benner, died June 21, 1986 and his second wife, M. Geraldine (Detra) Wagner Benner, died Feb. 18, 1999. Surviving are: sons, Robert E. Benner, Mifflintown RR2 and Gary L. Benner, Thompsontown; brothers and sister, Carl Benner, Brookline Manor, Mifflintown RR1, Henry Benner, Palmyra, and Wilma Fisher, Newport; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Mildred Mae Benner. He retired June 2, 1987 from the Pennsylvania Railroad as a car repairman with 40 years of service in Enola. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, East Salem. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Rex Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Dewey L. Holesapple officiating. Interment will be in Old Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Thompsontown Ambulance League, PO Box 78, Thompsontown, PA 17094.

Ruth L. Bennett
LEWISTOWN - Ruth L. Bennett, 69, of 630 W. Sixth St., Lewistown, died at 3:34 a.m. Friday at her residence. Born March 9, 1932, in Juniata County, she was a daughter of the late Banks and Beulah (Krick) Hutchinson. She was raised by Clifford F. and Maude H. (Hutchinson) Shirey who also preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Nelson F. Bennett, whom she married on Jan. 28, 1951. Also surviving are: children, Nancy J. Fleck, McClure, Brian M. Bennett, McVeytown, and Banks N. Bennett, Lewistown; brothers and sisters, Arlene Gane, Gilbertsville, Beulah "Dolly" Purcell, Lewistown, and Banks Hutchinson and Homer Hutchinson, both of Honey Grove; Peggy Swartz and Tom Shirey, both of Lewistown, with whom she was raised; and seven grandchildren. She worked at the Russell National Bank for 40 years, serving in many capacities and retiring as a loan officer in 1993. She was a member of the Lake Park United Methodist Church, and she enjoyed braiding wool rugs and spending time with her family. Her service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Hoenstine Funeral Home, 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Mark S. Brower officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: American Diabetes Assoc., 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 202, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or Hospice: The Bridge, 1126 W. Fourth St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Chester A. Benson
BELLEVILLE - Chester A. Benson, 91, formerly of Belleville, died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Beverly Healthcare-William Penn, Lewistown. Born Oct. 10, 1909, in Jackson Township, Huntingdon County, he was a son of the late Daniel M. and Susan (Sills) Benson. His wife, Minnie E. (Koser) Benson, preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 1983. Surviving are: children, Kenneth R. Benson, Rockville, MD and Mrs. Sherwood (Barbara) Frankhouser, Belleville; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris Wilkins, on Nov. 15, 1997, a brother, Oliver M. Benson, and a sister, Esther M. Aurand. He was a crane operator at Standard Steel for 25 years, retiring in January 1972, and a member of the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church, Belleville. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Donald E. Baggus Funeral Home, 3813 W. Main St., Belleville, with the Rev. Samuel G. Strohm officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Belleville. Friends will be received 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 98, Belleville, PA 17004.

Southard C. 'Tut' Beward
CAMP HILL - Southard C. "Tut" Beward, 89, of Manor Care, Camp Hill, formerly of Mifflintown RR3, died at 10:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at the nursing home. Born June 26, 1911, in Mifflin, Juniata County, he was the son of the late Charles M. and Grace (Pyles) Beward. His wife, Iva K. (Kauffman) Beward, died Aug. 21, 2000. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Phyllis B.) Weller, McAlisterville and Barbara J. Beward, Mechanicsburg; one sister, Ruth Stauffer, Harrisburg; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles D. Beward on May 24, 1986. He retired in 1976 with 23 years of service as a custodian for the Juniata County School District, working primarily at Juniata High School. He was a member of the St. Stephen's Lutheran Church and its choir, Mifflintown RR3 and the Milford Grange 773. He had also sang with the Blue Juniata Barber Shop Chorus. He enjoyed gardening. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Mifflintown RR3, with the Rev. Louise Knotts officiating. Interment will be in the St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery, Mifflintown RR3. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown. There will be no viewing at the church Thursday.

Dolores J. Bickhart
LEWISTOWN - Dolores J. Bickhart, 70, of 4 Oakland Ave., Lewistown, died at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at her daughter's residence at 200 S. Pine Road, Lewistown. Born March 23, 1930, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late Russell R. and Pauline E. (Freed) Snook. Her husband, Lloyd L. Bickhart, whom she married in April 1952, survives. She is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. Peter (Sharon) Marsh, 200 S. Pine Road, Lewistown. She was the last of her immediate family. She was a 1948 graduate of Lewistown High School and a 1951 graduate of the Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at Lewistown Hospital and later did private nursing duty and home care for the Mifflin-Juniata County Visiting Nurses Association. She retired from Ohesson Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lewistown, and a member of the Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Association. She was awarded Nurse of the Year for the Mifflin-Juniata Visiting Nurses Association in the 1980s. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc., 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Gerald A. Krum officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Rock Cemetery, Lewistown. Memorial contributions may be made to HOSPICE: The Bridge, 1126 W. Fourth St., Lewistown, PA 17044 or to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 120 N. Main St., Lewistown, PA 17044 or to The Family House, 514 N. Neville St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Mary E. Bickhart
BELLEFONTE - Mary E. Bickhart, 78, of Bellefonte, formerly of Mt. Ranier, Md. and State College, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Centre Crest in Bellefonte. Born June 15, 1922, in Potter Township, she was the daughter of the late A. Edgar and Mary C. (Neff) Rimmey. Her husband, Charles W. Bickhart, whom she married Jan. 29, 1952, died March 17, 1968. Surviving are: a sister, Ruth Lansberry, Centre Hall; and brothers, James Rimmey, Mingoville, George N. "Mike" Rimmey, Damascus, Md., A. Edgar Rimmey, Rural Centre Hall, and Donald Rimmey, State College. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. She graduated from Centre Hall-Potter Township High School in 1939 and the Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing in 1945. During World War II, from 1943-1945, she served in the Cadet Corps, and served for six months at an Army hospital in Memphis, Tenn. From 1951-1956 and from 1965 until her retirement in 1988, she worked as a registered nurse at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Boalsburg. She especially enjoyed reading, embroidering, and sewing. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at St. John's United Church of Christ, Boalsburg, with the Rev. Joseph F. Kraybill officiating. Interment will be in the Reformed and Lutheran Cemetery, Centre Hall, at the convenience of the family. Friends will be received in the fellowship hall of the church immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. John's United Church of Christ, Boalsburg, PA 16827, or to Christ United Methodist Church, Box 188, Julian, PA 16844. The Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral Service, 226 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall, is in charge of arrangements.

Fred D. 'Donnie' Bickle
DRY RUN - Fred D. "Donnie" Bickle, 69, of Dry Run, formerly of Waterloo, died at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born Jan. 29, 1932, in Lack Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Mike and Ruth (Pyles) Wike. His wife, Linda (Kinngsboro) Bickle, survives. Also surviving are children, Franklin D. Bickle, East Waterford RR1, Allen C. Slagle, York Haven, Gail J. Palm, HC 67, Mifflin, Brenda S. Frampton, Mifflintown and Ruth Ann Reiter, Port Royal; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Labor Union No. 1180 and the Fannett-Metal Fire Company. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Henry Funeral Home, Honey Grove, with the Rev. John Sample, the Rev. Marlin Neil and Mr. Darwin Goshorn officiating. Interment will be in the East Waterford Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the family being present from 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to: The American Cancer Society, unit of donor's choice.

Charles W. 'Chid' Bigelow
BELLEVILLE - Charles W. "Chid" Bigelow, 83, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, died at 4:50 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at Valley View Haven. Born May 14, 1917, in Belleville, he was the son of the late David Clay and Beulah Maude (Henninger) Bigelow. His wife, Ruth L. (Steininger) Bigelow, died Jan. 2, 2000. Surviving are: daughters, Mrs. Charles (Linda) Corbin and Mrs. Glenn D. (Ann) Peachey, both of Belleville; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family and was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Herbert Bigelow, Paul Bigelow, David Bigelow, John Bigelow, Donald Bigelow, Glenn Bigelow, Ruth Koons, and Athalia Bubb; one grandchild and one great-grandchild He was a US Navy veteran of World War II. He retired in 1979 as a general construction superintendent and mason for JM Young & Sons, Belleville. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Belleville, the Stroup-Alexander VFW Post 5935, Belleville, the Greenlee Hunting Camp, and a former member of the McVeytown Lodge 376 F & AM. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church, Belleville, with the Rev. Lois Martin officiating. Interment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Belleville, where military rites will be performed by the Stroup Alexander VFW Post No. 5935. Friends may call 1 p.m. until the time of the service Sunday at the church. The Donald E. Baggus Funeral Home, 3813 W. Main St., Belleville, is in charge of arrangements.

E. Madalene 'Madge' Blair
LEWISTOWN - E. Madalene "Madge" Blair, 89, a resident of Beverly Healthcare-William Penn, Lewistown, formerly of 127 N. Mann Ave., Yeagertown, died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the nursing home. Born March 23, 1911, in Yeagertown, she was a daughter of the late Samuel F. and Flora (Kinzer) Frank. Her husband, Franklin A. Blair, died July 21, 1977. She is survived by a son, F. Arthur Blair, 229 W. Locust St., Mechanicburg, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family and was preceded in death by a daughter, Elsie Romig. Early in life, she had worked at Gibbony Woolen Mills as a reeler, at the Arrow Shirt Factory, at the American Viscose Corporation and for 14 years as a sales representative for Blair Products. She was a member of the Holy Communion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yeagertown, the Lutheran Church Women, and the Rose Circle Sunday School Class. She was also a charter member of the ladies auxiliary of the Yeagertown Fire Company, a den mother for Cub Scouts, and was active in Girl Scouting, having started the first senior troop of Yeagertown. She was a member and pole watcher for the Republican Women. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Holy Communion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yeagertown, with the Rev. Philip C. Tundel officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham. Memorial contributions may be made to: Holy Communion Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Main Street, Yeagertown, PA 17099.

Serenity Anne Blessing
BEAVERTOWN - Serenity Anne Blessing, a newborn, died at 2:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2001 at Lewistown Hospital. She was a daughter of Lewis E. Blessing and Tiffany L. Hetrick of 118 Market St., Beavertown. Also surviving are: brothers and sisters, Destiny J. Hetrick, Justice E. Blessing, Harmony S. Blessing, Fancy M. Blessing and Malachi J. Blessing, all at home; a step-brother, Corey L. Blessing, Terrace Boulevard, Lewistown; a paternal grandfather, Harry S. Blessing III, 59 Scenic Drive, Lewistown, maternal grandparents, Russell Blessing and Jennifer Herrington, 525 Valley St., Lewistown, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hetrick, Middletown, and a paternal great-grandmother, Esther Estella Blessing, 59 High St., Lewistown. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Lind Memorial Cemetery, Lewistown, with the Rev. Dale Hippensteel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the maternity unit at Lewistown Hospital, 400 Highland Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044. Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sara K. Blewett
Paisley,FL - Sara K. Blewett, 83, of 27716 Kathryn Circle, Paisley, FL, and formerly of 10 Limestone Drive, Lewistown, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, in DeLand, FL. Born Feb. 21, 1918, in Mifflin Co., she was the daughter of the late George E. and Emma Jane (Showers) Yetter. Her husband, Edward T. Blewett, survives. Also surviving are: children, Thomas E. Blewett, Lewistown, Ronald Yetter, Lewistown, Ann Hetrich, Lewistown, and Carol Hartman, Lewistown; a sister, Ruth Brannon, Lewistown; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Marickovic officiating. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, at Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown. Memorials may be made to: Hospice-The Bridge, 152 E. Market St., Suite 200, Lewistown, PA 17044.

Betty L. Bloom
YEAGERTOWN - Betty L. Bloom, 75, of 95 Pinewood Road, Yeagertown, died at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at her residence. Born Feb. 15, 1926, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Sara (Lenhart) Austin Sr. Her husband, Lynn H. Bloom, preceded her in death in 1989. Surviving are: children, Mrs. Gerald (Dianne) Kochenderfer and Carol DeCosi, both of Yeagertown; a brother, William E. Austin Jr. of McVeytown; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert A. Bloom. She was a seamstress at Puritan Sportswear, Altoona, and was self-employed as a seamstress. She was also a homemaker. She attended Grace United Methodist Church, Lewistown, and was an avid gardner. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dale Hippensteel officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends from noon Friday until the time of the service in the parlor of the church. The Hoenstine Funeral Home, 75 Logan St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice: The Bridge, 1126 W. 4th St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Blair Stanley Blystone
THOMPSONTOWN - Blair Stanley Blystone, 65, of Oakhurst Mobile Home Park, Lot 12L, Thompsontown, died at 5:15 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 2001, at his home. Born April 29, 1936, in Port Royal, he was the son of the late Harvey Oscar and Isabelle (Elliot) Blystone. He is survived by a daughter, Peggy Ann Lynch, Belleville; two sisters, Mary Page, Harrisburg and Mrs. Edward (Charlotte) Brown, Cleveland, Ohio; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry O. Blystone and Haven Blystone Sr. He was a peacetime veteran, having served in the United States Navy. He was a retired truck driver. There will be no funeral services or viewing, according to his wishes and interment will be at the convenience of the family. Family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at his home in Thompsontown. The Rex Funeral Home, Port Royal, is in charge of arrangements.


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