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Perry County Obituaries - June 27, 2020

PennLive.com logo PennLive.com 6/27/2020 By Perry County Times, pennlive.com

GEORGE M. ALEXANDER

George M. Alexander, 66, of Dillsburg died Thursday, June 11, 2020, peacefully at home after suffering a brief illness from brain cancer.

He was born in Johnstown to George P. Alexander and the late Peg (Smith) Alexander.

He graduated from Portage High School, where he played baseball, football and basketball. He was a Golden Gloves boxer and played semi-pro baseball. He earned a B.S. degree in secondary education from Mansfield University and a master’s degree from Duquesne University. He taught at Cowanesque Valley for three years and then at Susquenita as a reading specialist for 30 years. After retiring from teaching and coaching, he worked as a personal fitness trainer at Planet Fitness for seven years. He enjoyed designing programs to help people reach their fitness goals, especially older people and those with disabilities.

“Coach” Alexander was proud of his coaching career, which included football, baseball, girls’ softball and wrestling. He coached football as an assistant at Cowanesque Valley, Susquenita, Trinity, Northern York and Camp Hill high schools.

He served as head baseball coach at Susquenita from 1988-1998 and 2001-2004. He was a great fundraiser and helped the program purchase batting cages, build dugouts, and send players to summer camp. He raised more than $30,000 for scholarships and had more than 50 baseball players compete in college on scholarships. He also coached at baseball summer camps at Mansfield University.

He was the assistant wrestling coach at Susquenita High School during their heyday. He coached 1978-1998, when they had more than 300 victories. 1984 was an undefeated, 19-0, season. He was proud to have coached three state wrestling champions — Dave Parrish, Jared Daum and Corey Fleisher. He was instrumental in building a wrestling room at Susquenita and refurbishing the weight room. He helped more than 100 athletes get wrestling scholarships and wrestle in college and more than 50 football players do the same. He was a positive influence in the lives of many students and athletes.

After retirement, he still could be found at the gym five days a week. They called him “the mayor” because he knew and talked to everyone. He stayed in touch with many of his players, friends from high school, college and his fraternity, Phi Sigma Epsilon. He was very sociable and met people he knew wherever he went. He was a great dad and loved his family. He was a member of the Elks Club, American Legion, Dillsburg VFW and the Gettysburg Notre Dame Club. He enjoyed all sports, especially Notre Dame football.

A scholarship fund is being established in his name.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Paulette Broody Alexander; two daughters, Stephanie (fiancé Adam Klaassen) and Genevieve (fiancé Tyler Jones); a sister, Barbara Etienne (husband Robert); and father, George P. Alexander (wife Patricia Alexander).

Cocklin Funeral Home, Dillsburg, handled arrangements.

BETTY J. MILLER

Betty Jane Miller of Blain died Thursday, June 11, 2020, at home.

She was born Jan. 13, 1934, in Duncannon to George W. and Mary Rachel (Baughman) Anthony.

She lived a full life as a wonderful mother and homemaker. She enjoyed canning and making homemade jellies. Her ministry was in the church nursery caring for the babies at the Church of the Living Christ, Loysville. She was a farmer’s wife and loved to cook, bake and entertain for all of those she loved. Famous for her homemade bread and sticky buns, nobody left her home hungry.

She was the widow of Martin Luther Miller Sr., whom she married March 25, 1951.

Surviving are six of her seven children, Linda A. Shutt (Dennis), Peggy M. Miller, Mary M. Morrison (Kenneth), Martha M Wardecker (Millard), Donna Jean Kint (Roger), and Andrew G. Miller; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Anna Pecht, Carl Anthony and Winifred Anthony.

She was preceded in death by a son, Martin Luther Jr.; a granddaughter, Mandi E. Wardecker; and four siblings, Raymond Anthony, Leon Anthony, Robert Anthony and Donald Anthony.

A service was held June 15 in her church with pastor Doran Wray officiating. Interment was in Blain Cemetery.

Nickel-Lochstampfor Family Funeral Home, Loysville, handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Living Christ, 2401 Fort Robinson Road, Loysville 17047.

ROBERT S. ZIMMERMAN JR.

Robert S. Zimmerman Jr., 85, of Marysville died Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.

He was born Aug. 7, 1934, in Shamokin to Esther (Brouse) and Robert S. Zimmerman Sr.

He was a retired tool and dye maker at AMP, Inc., Harrisburg; a 1953 graduate of John Harris High School, Harrisburg, and a graduate of Williamsport Technical Institute; a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Marysville, Perry County Old Iron Collectors, Logan Gap Hunting Club and Marysville Sportsman’s Association, where he taught hunter safety courses and very active in the fishing derbies and pig roast; and an avid hunter, who enjoyed the outdoors.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce E. Zimmerman; and a son, Robert S. III, and a daughter, Melissa A. Zimmerman, both of Marysville.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathryn Enders and Elizabeth Sell.

Michael J. Shalonis Funeral Home, Marysville, handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marysville Sportsman’s Association, P.O. Box 1, Marysville 17053, or American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd 19004.

BARRY A. TIENTER

Barry A. Tienter, 71, of Roth Road, New Bloomfield, died Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at his Centre Twp. home.

He was born Dec. 7, 1948, in Annville, Lebanon County, to the late Alvin A. and Almeda G. (Unger) Doutrich.

He graduated from the Masonic Homes Patton School for Boys in 1967. He was a patriot and served in the Army as a military policeman during the Vietnam War. After his discharge, he became a Pennsylvania State Trooper and retired in 1995 after 25 years of service. After retirement, he continued to serve the community by serving on the board of directors for Perry Human Services. He enjoyed retirement, hunting, fishing, hiking, woodcarving and spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife, Linda J. (Weibley) Tienter; three children, Brian W. and Justin A. and wife Jennifer (Mundis), and Shannon L. Tienter; six siblings, Eric Tienter, Colette Click, Dawn Sheaffer, Lori Medene, Dennis Berkheiser and Lisa Longenecker; and eight grandchildren, Patrick, Derek, Cameron and Cailyn Tienter, Hannah and Will Sterner, Dylan and Destiny Rich.

A service was held June 24 in Boyer Family Funeral Home, New Bloomfield, with the Rev. Anthony C. Hill officiating. Burial, with military and state police honors, will be in New Bloomfield Cemetery.

BERNICE CARBAUGH

Bernice Carbaugh, 96, of Duncannon died Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at UPMC Pinnacle West Shore, Mechanicsburg.

She was born Jan. 21, 1924, to Charles and Carrie (Sheaffer) Sheaffer.

Bernice was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She had worked at the Liverpool Shirt Factory and assisted her husband with the operation of his business, Smith’s Garage; attended Hill United Methodist Church, Duncannon; and enjoyed crocheting and puzzle books.

She was the widow of Lysle W. Carbaugh.

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy M. and Larry Goshorn of Duncannon, Kathy D. and Mike Sheaffer of Mifflintown, and Deborah S. and David Tarbell of Dover; six grandchildren, Terry (Janet) Goshorn, Jason(Michelle) Goshorn, Matthew(Jodi) Goshorn, Jaime(Damian) Groff and Timothy Feltman; numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy Anderson and Hazel Sheaffer; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Wayne Carbaugh, in infancy.

A service was held June 20 in George P. Garman Funeral Home, Liverpool, with pastor Kenneth Kitzmiller officiating. Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Mills.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children — Philadelphia, Attn. Development Office, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia 19140.

JOHN A. WALDRON

John Allen Waldron, 64, of Newport, formerly of Lansdowne, died Friday, June 12, 2020.

He was born Sept. 24, 1955, in York County to Mary Elizabeth (Reed) Waldron and the late John Richard “Dick” Waldron.

He was a 1973 graduate of Kennard-Dale High School, Fawn Grove, and attended Temple University, Philadelphia; worked for R.C. Diocese of Philadelphia as an IT analyst/programmer, 1992-1996, and for the Gift of Life donor program from 1997 until his retirement in 2015 as a senior software developer; a member of Sons of American Legion Post 177; and was a talented musician and artist.

Forever amazed by life (and quantum physics), he had a zest for living that was inspiring. His brilliant mind often led to projects, current topics of interest, politics, and the expounding on them (ad infinitum). He was a lifelong “Deadhead.”

He will be remembered as “Brother John,” “Big John” and “Sasquatch” to his many friends and acquaintances.

He was the widower of Kathy E. Greenwood, to whom he was married 37 years.

In addition to his mother, surviving are a sister, Eydie Lynne Wight, her husband (and John’s good friend) Sammy Wight; nephew, Roger Cowden, and girlfriend Katelyn Overland; niece, Melody Wight, and significant other Aaron Weale; nephew, Zachary Wight, wife Molly; grand-niece, Teagan Wight; the Adey/Cowden extended family in Michigan City, Ind., especially his treasured grand-nephew, David J. Adey; and his furry felines, Stella Blue and Annie Beauneu.

David M. Myers Funeral Home, Newport, handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Little Buffalo Festival, c/o 730 Cocolamus Creek Road, Millerstown 17062.

EARL “BRANT” KRETZING

Earl “Brant” Kretzing of Elliottsburg, 88, died Friday, June 12, 2020.

He was born March 12, 1932, in Elliottsburg to J. Ard and Charlotte (Long) Kretzing. He moved only once from his earthly home, and that was to join his Heavenly Father.

He was a farmer who never met a stranger and loved to talk to people; and a lifetime member of Mannsville Lutheran Church, Elliottsburg, where he served on the church council. He was never one to be up front, but rather preferred to be always present and active behind the scenes. He was a social member of the New Bloomfield Fire Department. He was the personification of “extrovert.” He loved to talk and spend time with people. His life priorities were God as number one, and his family as number two. In addition to raising a family, farming, and actively participating at church, he also drove a bus transporting West Perry School District students.

Surviving are his wife, Lena Kretzing; a daughter, Jean Reisinger (Robert) of Ickesburg; two grandchildren, Dennis Reisinger (Rebekah) of Loysville and Joelle (Ian) Bond of Elliottsburg; three great-grandchildren, Clayton and Andrea Reisinger of Loysville, and Bradley Bond of Elliottsburg; two brothers, Max (Arlene) Kretzing of Landisburg and Dale (Ruth Ann) Kretzing of Elliottsburg; and two sisters-in-law, Adelaide Kretzing and Patricia Kretzing, and a brother-in-law, Charles Guyer.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Kretzing; both an infant and adult sister, respectively, Eleanor Mae Kretzing and Ada Guyer; and three brothers, Ernest, Perry and Donald Kretzing.

A service was held June 18 outdoors at his church.Interment was in Bloomfield Cemetery.

Nickel-Lochstampfor Family Funeral Home, Loysville, handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to his church, 2944 Mannsville Road, Elliottsburg 17024.

PHILIP W. O’DONNELL JR.

Philip W. O’Donnell Jr., 78, died Friday, June 5, 2020, at his home in Newport.

He was born March 8, 1942, in Lancaster to Philip Sr. and Betty (Miller) O'Donnell.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired from Hempt Brothers.

He was the widower of Marie O’Donnell, who died in 2014.

Surviving are three brothers, Howard of Galeton, Pa., Larry of Spring Hill, Fla., and Kenny of Schnecksville, Pa.; and three sisters, Patsy Mosella of Bath, Pa., Delores Beaston of Temple, Pa., and Vickie Christianson of New Smithville, Pa.

Inurnment was at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

David Myers Funeral Home, Newport, handled arrangements.

JOYCE M. ADAMS

Joyce M. Adams, 92, of Enola died Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Claremont Nursing and Rehab Center, Carlisle.

She was born Dec. 16, 1927, in Lemoyne to Irene (Smith) and Elwood Skipper Sr.

She was a retired master chef at Covenco, Harrisburg; a champion roller skater and an avid traveler; a firm supporter of the military; and loved spending time with her family.

She was the widow of Richard W. Berkheimer.

Surviving are four daughters, Wendie L. Kegg (Terry) of Bedford, Cindy J. Bailey (Mark) of Enola, Kathy L. Bilger (Greg) of Summerdale and Tammy L. Erickson (Stan) of Gardners; nine grandchildren, Stacey Berkheimer, Randy Berkheimer, Stephanie Lange (Dustin Reisling), Tara Salcedo (Jayson), Jennifer Diehl (Scott), Heather Kegg, Blaine Bailey, Amanda Walk and Brett Fahnestock; 12 great-grandchildren, Alaura, Davon, Kyler, Kayla, Colin, McKenzie, Jayden, Kiya, Gavin, Hannah, Connor and Elliot; and four great-great-grandchildren, Eric, Illiana, Sophia and Emery.

She was preceded in death by a son, Terry L. Berkheimer; two daughters, Sherry L. Berkheimer and Vicki S. Berkheimer; and two brothers.

Michael J. Shalonis Funeral Home, Marysville, handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg 17110.

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