1969 JHHS Pioneer Memorial Page

A Tribute

Ronald Acri

Ronald L. Acri, 66, most recently of Frey Village, Middletown, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Fox Subacute, Mechanicsburg from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Kimberly Acri. He is survived by family, including his parents, James and Eleanor R. Acri of Frey Village; his brother, Robert and sister-in-law, Estella (Sue) Acri of Ocean City, MD; a daughter; two grandchildren; and his many caregivers and friends. Ron was an inspiration to others throughout his life. Diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 39, Ron exhibited a "can do" attitude about every challenge he encountered. He was one of the first Parkinson's patients in Central Pennsylvania to have Deep Brain Stimulators bilaterally implanted, and was convinced he would live to see a cure for his disease. He had a deep faith in God and was a founding member of Unity Church of Palmyra. An avid golfer, Ron enjoyed watching sports of all kinds. He was a four-year varsity letter winner in both Cross Country and Track, and graduated from John Harris High School in 1969. He completed the Harrisburg Marathon twice.

Patriot News, posted July 5, 2017

Thomas Adrian Allen March 7, 1951 - July 10, 2021

Thomas Adrian Allen was born at Harrisburg Hospital on March 7, 1951, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was the sixth of seven children born of the union of the late Lynwood John Allen and Bessie Lenora Gaines Allen.

Thomas "Tommy" Allen received his early education in the City of Harrisburg Pennsylvania public school system. He graduated from John Harris High School in 1969. Tommy continued his education at Lock Haven University, where he graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. He later received his Master of Arts and Science Degree in Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa in 1975.

Growing up in Harrisburg, Tommy quickly gravitated towards sports. He was an outstanding basketball player at the Harrisburg Boy's Club and played Teen League Baseball. Tommy started his football career at Edison Junior High in Harrisburg. He lettered varsity all three years in football at John Harris High School. He was selected to play for Pennsylvania's prestigious Big 33 football Team in 1969. Tommy continued to star in football at Lock Haven University where he was recognized as one of the best running backs and wide receivers in the Pennsylvania State Collegiate Athletic Conference. Thhomas also excelled at Track in high school and college. He ran a record-breaking time of 48.7 in the 440-yard dash in high school and bested that mark in college.

After graduating, Tommy moved back to his hometown teaching for the Harrisburg School District. While teaching, he met a fellow teacher and fell in love. He married the love of his life, the late Frances Katrina Pinckney on July 5, 1980, in Georgetown, South Carolina. He was a loving and committed husband and friend. Tommy and Fran enjoyed life, traveling and seeing new places, the arts including music and theatre. They loved entertaining friends and family. They enjoyed running and training together for different runs in the city. God happily blessed them in their union of 39 years with two children, Kyle and Katrina. Thom was a doting father who loved his children and family above everything. He stayed devoted and remained the backbone of his family when sickness arose, and Frances fought a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tommy faithfully fought with Frances, step by step and dedicated 18 years in nurturing and loving her unconditionally until the Lord called her home.

In his professional career Tommy worked for I BM as a Marketing Representative. He worked for Ortho Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson as a sales representative. Tommy was an outstanding sales representative. As a result of his success, he was promoted to District Manager and Regional Sales Manager for Ortho. He later moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was a Financial Consultant for Merrill Lynch Investment Company. He was then inspired to open his own financial branch as a Branch Manager for Raymond James Financial Services, INC. Later in his professional career after settling in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005, he returned to teaching. Tommy taught middle school Mathematics and Science where he was respected as a great teacher and leader. He was recognized for the growth that his students demonstrated year after year. He was awarded "Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award" in 2012 for his achievements. In 2016, he retired from the Nashville Metro Public Schools System.

Above all, Tommy loved the Lord with all his heart and was a strong man of faith. Thom transitioned into eternal life on July 10, 2021, peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Linwood Allen Jr. and William "Billy" Allen; and grandchild, Tyrel Pall~l. Cherished memories are left behind by his children, Kerry Allen Auter of Harrisburg, PA, Kyle Thomas Allen and Katrina Morgan Allen of Nashville, TN; two sisters, Anita Thompson of Columbus, OH and Patricia Allen Williams of Harrisburg, PA; two brothers, Linwood Carter of Harrisburg, PA and Darryl Allen (Stephonia) of Nashville, TN; seven grandchildren, Alyssa Lucas, Atlanta, GA, Jada Sloan, Steelton, PA, Khalil Rankin, Harrisburg, PA, Laquan Holton, District Heights, MO, Shanice Williams, District Heights, MD, Tyler Palm, Portsmouth, VA, and Kayden Allen, Nashville, TN; 3 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, relatives and friends.

New Generation Funeral Home Website, posted July 2021

Sincere thanks to the contingent of JHHS classmates who journeyed to Nashville to pay respects to a belowved classmate.

Richard Donaldson Arter Jr. Oct. 24, 1950 - Dec 7, 2021

Richard Donaldson Arter Jr. born on October 24,1951 in Harrisburg Hospital has passed on to be with his mother Rose, father Richard D. Arter Sr., sister Sharon Arter, and brother Anthony Green at 2:50 am on December 07, 2021, in Harrisburg Hospital at the age of seventy. Richard Arter Jr. remembered by many as Big Rick or Uncle Ricky enjoyed sharing annual summer vacations on numerous east coast beaches with family and friends. Rick quite an athletic talent played several sports before graduating from John Harris H.S. in 1969, to attend Iowa State University later retired from a 38-year lengthy career with PP&L.

Patriot News, posted Dec. 27, 2021

William Eugene Benson

William, aged 67 passed way suddenly on December4, 2018 in Lewes, DE. Born in Carlisle on March 19, 1951, graduated from John Harris H.S.in 1969, served in the Army from 1969 to 1974. Bill is survived by his wife Mabel Barry Benson, daughter Kelsea Dell, sister Jane, brothers Richard, James and Donald, special in-laws Bill and Melody Barry, “favorite niece” Jillian Dietz, and a host of extended family, in-laws, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at Fort Indiantown Gap on Friday

Patriot News, posted January 11, 2019

Robert Bollinger

Janice (Bowers) Waldick d. Sept. 10, 2016

"Our classmate, Janice (Bowers) Waldick, passed away unexpectedly, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fl. - JHHS Class of 1969 Facebook Page

Oliver Boyd d. January 15, 2017

Barry Brown

Rev. Dr. Bradley A. Brown

Spring Garden Twp. - Dr. Bradley A. Brown spent the first 69 years of his life passionately and faithfully serving Christ, adoring his Janie, loving his girls, and his grandkids, and championing the local church. He died peacefully on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, and now continues all of those things as a member of the Church triumphant.

Bradley was born on October 30, 1951 to George and Hazel Brown in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He played baseball and the tuba, and discovered early in life that he could have a conversation with anyone he passed on the street. He was a proud graduate of John Harris High School (1969), Otterbein College (1973), Princeton Theological Seminary (1976), and Drew University (1986). He met the love of his life, Jane Brown, also from Harrisburg, PA, in middle school, took her on their first date in high school, and married her on August 17, 1974.

Bradley was ordained as a Deacon (1974) and an Elder (1977) in the United Methodist Church and spent the next 45 years serving local churches all over central Pennsylvania where he took seriously the call of Christ to go and make disciples of all people. He taught the scriptures with passion and excellence, designed worship experiences that made much of the glory and grandeur of God (with little regard to the time), and sent people out equipped to serve. He mentored countless people, from those he was assigned to those who were simply fortunate enough to cross his path. He believed in people, but even more so in what God could do in and through them.

Bradley and Jane's loving marriage lasted for 46 years and brought them two daughters, of which he was endlessly proud. Their daughter, Laura Brown, is married to her husband John. They have 3 children and live in York, Pennsylvania. Their second daughter, Jennifer Williams, is married to her husband Clark. They have two sons and live in Summerville, South Carolina. Their 5 beloved grandchildren are Liza 16, George 13, Ruth 12, Jacob 11, and Bryant 8. He is also survived by his older sister, Gloria McElwee, and innumerable cousins, relatives, friends, and family.

Bradley's passions extended far and wide to his love of PIAA football officiating, playing golf with the guys, waving his Terrible Towel for the Steelers, blaring Motown hits in his convertible, and playing tuba with any brass ensemble he could find. He was a loving and faithful husband, a present and devoted father, a fun-loving Pap who taught his grandkids to play ball, keep a beat and eat ice cream, and a servant of Christ who lived everyday to the glory of God, believing the best was yet to be. - Legacy.com

Posted September 23, 2020

Gloria Brooks-Gilmore b. February 1, 1951 — d. December 30, 2022

"Gloria Brooks-Gilmore, 71, was born in Citronelle, Alabama the daughter of the late Lawrence L. Brooks, Sr and the late Rose Mary Emerson-Brooks. She was the oldest of 10 children. She graduated from John Harris High School. Gloria retired from Giant Foods after 48 years, 7 months and 20 days, as an Assistant Store Manager. For the past 11 years, she was a licensed representative and was building a successful career as a financial coach with Primerica, a financial services company. On July 11, 1970 Gloria was united in holy matrimony with Wayne Gilmore and their union was blessed with a son and a daughter. They were happily married for 33 years.

Gloria was a woman of many talents and she used them generously as a member of the Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Rev. D.R. Gilmore. She started an Arts & Crafts Class for the kids, sang in the Williams Memorial Choir and served as president for many years. Gloria worked tirelessly in the Health and Wellness Auxiliary which she also co-founded. She was one of the directors of the Missions Team and a very great asset which included working with the Mid-West Food Bank. Gloria also loved making floral arrangements and decorating the church for Christmas. Gloria enjoyed organizing and attending family reunions and going on cruises with her family. Her other hobbies included gardening, writing, and reading.

In addition to working in her church, Gloria enjoyed using her business skills and talents in other organizations. As a Blue Mountain Chapter Member of the American Business Women Association, she served as secretary for three years and was elected Vice -President. She was named “Woman of the Year” for their chapter in 2022. For the Keystone Oral Histories founded by Bryan Wade she served as President on the Board of Directors.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wayne Gilmore, her sister Lawrencetta Brooks-McDaniel and her brother Herman (Shag) Brooks. Her life and legacy will forever be cherished by her loving children: Michael Gilmore and Trina Gilmore, both of Harrisburg, PA and her grandchildren: Isaiah Davis of Harrisburg, PA, Devon Rudy of White Deer, PA and Tori Harrigan of Washington, DC, her siblings: Gail Martin, Yvonne Milan (Edguardo) and Hope Summerlin (Edwin) all of Harrisburg, PA, her brothers: Lawrence Brooks, Jr. of Nashville, NC, Harold Brooks( Natalie) of Rocky Mount, NC, John Brooks (Collette) and Vincent Brooks, both of Harrisburg, PA, her uncle: Fred Emerson of Marshallville, GA , a great uncle John Windom of Gary, IN. Also mourning her passing is her brother-in-law, Rev. D.R. Gilmore, Sisters-in-law: Dessie Lee, Ann Murphy (Larry), Katie Crutchfield (sister/friend), all of Harrisburg, PA and Deborah Gilmore of Capitol Heights, MD and a host of nieces, nephews, Church family, Primerica family and friends.

Hooper Memorial Home Inc. on Jan. 3, 2023

Guy Brown

To Guy's father George (senior), his brother George, and beloved Aunt Margeret, Thank you for welcoming us into your home as you have always done, over the years. Thank you Guy for your friendship and for opening my eyes to the world beyond. Your creative genius was no greater than the generosity with which you shared it. - Glenn White

Posted December 2004

JoAnne Brown

Lawrence Cox

Ralph Crabbe

Donna, Guy, Howdy...; it's autumn, a time after summer and before winter. It's also the autumn of our lives, as we bid farewell to so many of our friends from childhood and teen years. Ralph, ubiquitous briefcase notwithstanding, was as enthusiastic about his vainglorious dreams as any of us were about our own, as members of that starry-eyed, artzy-fartzy 13th Street clique. I have fond, fond memories of you my friend, and of those years. Rest in pursuit of knowledge, as you always have.

Glenn White, posted November 13, 2018

Harold Cutshall Jr.

Sgt. Harold Lloyd Cutshall Jr. 10/06/1950 - 08/13/2016

We were only able to confirm that Harold was a US Air Force veteran who served in the Viet Nam War, and was honorable dischaged. He is buried at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetary, Annville, Lebonan Co. PA..

Updated 01/29/2022 - P. Bruno, G. White

René Diggs-Hudson, July 2, 1951 - March 4, 2009

René's Obituary

Thank you Dolly Windfield-Tate, for getting us a copy of the Homegoing program, posted March 16 2009

Lydelle Dively,. August 18, 1988

Kenneth Eugene Duffin Jr., October 28, 1951 — October 11, 2023

Kenneth E. Duffin, JR. affectionately known as “Duff” or “Kenny” was born in Harrisburg, PA on October 28, 1951 to Constance B. Plater and the late Kenneth E. “Sonny” Duffin. He received his formal education in the Harrisburg School District and was a 1969 graduate of the former John Harris High School. He attended Antioch College, Penn State University, and Temple University. Kenny later decided to move to Rhode Island in the early 1990’s where he married Gayle Bordlemay.

Kenny worked in the mental health field as a counselor for many years – always striving to help someone break the cycle of addiction and depression. He received many accolades from the community and even his clients.

To his family, Kenny was our “Cool Dr. Phil” , always laid back yet telling us what we needed to hear. He was funny, knowledgeable, kind and a person who absolutely loved learning new things. He loved to travel; he was the ultimate connoisseur of wine. He loved to read all types of books, especially history and politics. He was a jazz enthusiast and he could certainly sing. (He was an original member of the “Simplifics” along with Scotty Watson, Michael Hester, Jimmy Dale, and Ed Hinton).

Kenny never said no to a challenge, whether it be learning a new musical instrument, a different language, or learning an exotic culinary “treat.” Kenny loved his family and looked forward to family gatherings always bringing his famous carrot cake. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, especially Norman Wilson. He loved seeing his old high school and college friends too. He was the ultimate friendly guy.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, Kenny unexpectedly transitioned into eternal life in the Harrisburg Hospital. Kenny had been ill for many years, but NEVER complained. He had a smile and a kind word for everyone. He pushed through until God said, “No more my son, come with me.”

Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth “Sonny” Duffin, his sisters, Babara Plater, Nadine Duffin, Monica Ross and his brother, Kenneth Scott. Kenny leaves to celebrate his life, his mother, Constance B. Plater, his daughter, Nariah Broadus (Chris); his sisters, Joyce McKay (Richard), Nicole Robinson (North Carolina), Wanda Holmes (New Jersey), Verna Archie (James) and Toni Green (Harrisburg). His brothers, Gilbert Duffin (Faye), Leonard Robinson, Napoleon Holmes and Darryl Moore and his devoted ex-wife and friend, Gayle Bordlemay, best friends, Ken Hoch, Darrell Brown and Norman Wilson, along with his nieces and nephews, cousins and friends from near and afar. A special acknowledgement to his niece, Toyia E. Plater-Baltimore who was ALWAYS there for him even before he asked.

Hooper Memorial Home

Craig Ebling, October 14 1950 - January 18, 2008

Craig F. Ebling, 57, of 313 M West Shady Lane Enola PA died Sunday evening January 27 2008 at his residence. He was born October 14 1950 in Bloomsburg PA the son of Emily M. Riley Ebling Riverside PA and the late William J. Ebling who died January 18 2008. He graduated from John Harris High School Harrisburg PA in 1969. He was employed as a carpenter with Carlton B. Geeseman Construction in Hershey PA. He enjoyed dogs. An avid sports fan, he especially enjoyed the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Phillies. He also enjoyed playing softball and was a former member of Quigley’s softball team in Harrisburg PA.

A devoted father, he is survived by one son Steven C. Ebling of Enola PA and one daughter Lindsey M. Ebling of Knightdale, North Carolina; both of whom he loved dearly. Also surviving is one brother William J. “Skip” Ebling II of Riverside PA and two sisters; Ann L. Neubaum Hummelstown PA and Susan L. Lippert and her husband Mervin of Halifax PA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Terry L. Eisner, November 7, 1951 - December 22,2011

Terry L. Eisner, Sr., age 60, of Dauphin, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Born November 7, 1951 in Harrisburg, PA. He was a retired Unit Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg and from the U.S. Postal Service.Terry was President of Allison Hill Men's Republican Club; member of the Tri-County Softball League; coached with Harrisburg South Midget Baseball League and the Dauphin Recreation League; and served in the PA National Guard.He was preceded in death by his son, Terry L. Eisner, Jr. and his daughter, Tara L. Eisner.Surviving are his wife, Patti A. (Platt) Eisner; his daughter, Nikki Marie Eisner of Dauphin, his parents, Gerald L. and Sylvia (Esterline) Eisner; two brothers, Jerry L. Eisner, Jr. (and wife, Louella) of New Bloomfield and Randolph Allen Eisner (and wife, Theresa) of Harrisburg; two sisters, Linda L. Reichwein of Dauphin and Carol C. Eisner (and companion, Jeff) of Enola; and several nieces and nephews.(Patriot News).

Marva Elby, d. December 1, 1972

Lary D. Estricher, Decemebr 30, 1950 - February 15, 2022

Lary Dean Estricher, age 71, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at UPMC West Shore Hospital. Born December 30, 1950 in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late Henry Adam and Evelyn (Dulebohn) Estricher. Lary, a man who could be considered to be “everyone’s friend,” had a special way about him that endeared him to anyone he met. He was always able to find common ground in order to strike up a conversation with someone new…he was the perfect “front of the house” guy. Lary was a proud John Harris Pioneer, Class of 1969. He went on to attend the University of Arkansas before transferring to Shippensburg University where he earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Lary’s professional career was long and varied. He began as a high school History teacher before beginning his career in state government as a planning consultant within the office of the Governor. Over the years, he had also become a wine connoisseur, a revered bartender at numerous local establishments, and part-time staffer at the Harrisburg YMCA. While not working, Lary enjoyed a multitude of activities and interests in his free time. He had a love of sports, enjoyed fly fishing, Civil War history, Victorian houses, and taking trips to Cape May, NJ with his wife, Lynn. He was also fond of cycling on local back roads as well as the bike paths of Sanibel, FL.

Posted February 21, 2022

Stephen R. Fackler, d. August 27, 2016

Cindy Fahnestock March 29, 1951 - January 8, 2014

Cindy L. (Fahnestock) Koser, 62, of Harrisburg, entered into eternal life on Wednesday January 8, 2014, in her home with family at her side. She was born March 29, 1951 in Harrisburg, daughter of the late Edward S. Fahnestock and Cecelia P. (Weakland) Fahnestock.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Jeffrey E. Koser; two sons, Michael D Wevodau (Cailen) of Yelm, WA, and Alan E Wevodau of Copperas Cove, TX; and two daughters, Melanie S Koser, and Corinne E Koser, both of Harrisburg. She was an incredible sister to Rhonda Uhler (Larry) of Harrisburg, Brenda Messa (Frank) of Easton, and one brother, Chuck Fahnestock (Wendy) of Belleville, MI. She was "Gram" to four grandchildren, Colter Michael, Graycen Elizabeth, Anzley Grace, and Marlee Michael.
Cindy graduated John Harris High School in 1969, Harrisburg Area Community College in 1991, Lebanon Valley College in 1992, and Dickinson School of Law in 1995. She established her solo practice assisting countless local families. Her tenacious spirit affected the lives of many. She will be greatly missed by family and friends, who will never forget her care and concern.

ThevPatriot News

Gary Fallings, d. August 8, 1984

Charles "Blue" Fields Sr., September 2, 2014

Charles R. "Blue" Fields, Sr., 64, of Beacon Dr., Harrisburg, transitioned into eternal life on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Harrisburg Hospital.
He was born in Harrisburg, son of the late Calvin and Roselina (Spencer) Fields, a 1969 graduate of the former John Harris High School, a former member of the PA National Guard, a retired Harrisburg City Firefighter, a member of the Int'l Firefighters Assoc. of Retirees & the Optimist Club and attended John Paul Scott Community Church. Blue was an avid sports fan, played Semi-Pro Football with the former Harrisburg Cowboys, was a Midget Football Coach and a Harrisburg Cougar Coach under Earl Mosley and George Chaump.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Tarina Fields Price and he leaves to celebrate his life, his wife of 42 years, Karin (Pierce) Fields; his daughters, Tara Fields of Clairton, Sundra Holly of Harrisburg and Sarah Fields of Chambersburg; his sons, Charles R. Fields, Jr. of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Salaman "Sy" and Larry McCraw, both of Harrisburg, Naji and Jeremiah Selvey, both of Chambersburg; his bother, Marvin A. Palmer; his sisters, Charlotte Mitchell, Helen and Tonja Jackson, all of Harrisburg and Crystal Fields of North Carolina; his 30 grandchildren; his ten great- grands and a host of other relatives and friends.

Sammuel Leon Floyd d. December 9, 2013

"Floyd, Sammie Leon age 62, passed away December 9, 2013 in Minneapolis. Funeral services for Sammie will be held Friday, December 20, at 11:30 AM with visitation 1 hour prior at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel, St. Paul (east of the intersection of MN 55 and Bloomington Rd). Interment to follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Davies Chapel 612-377-2203 Published on December 17, 2013"

Published on December 17, 2013

Alan "Rusty" Ford, May 12,1950 - October 12, 2006

Alan R. "Rusty" Ford, age 56, of South 18th St., passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at Shepherd's Choice Nursing Home in Gettysburg. He was born in Harrisburg, son of the late Floyd and Rebecca Porter Ford, was a graduate of the former John Harris Senior High School and a former employee of the City of Harrisburg. "Rusty" leaves to celebrate his life, his daughter, Stacey Harris of Woodbridge, VA; his sons, Henry Bradley, Alan Proctor, Ushaumed, Khalil and Nieem Franklin; his sisters, Roxanne Walden and Kathy Ford-Waters; his brothers, Floyd Q. and Douglas Ford, all of Harrisburg; his nine grandchildren and one great grand and a host of other relatives and friends.

His life will be celebrated Wednesday, October 18th, at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary of Harris A.M.E. Zion Church, 915 N. 17th St., with visitation from 10:30 until 11 a.m. and burial in William Howard Day Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Ministry of Comfort of Major H. Winfield Funeral Home, Steelton.

Published in the Patriot-News on 10/16/2006.

George A. Framklin Jr., February 26, 2015

George A. Franklin, Jr., 63 of Harrisburg passed suddenly on February 26, 2015. He was born in Cope, South Carolina to the late George A. Franklin, Sr. and Bessie Franklin. George was a member of Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell United Methodist Church and retired from Harrisburg Area Community College as Vice President of Finance and College Resources. Along with his mother George leaves to celebrate his life his devoted wife Caroline, children; Karlee and Kelley Franklin, Keenan Roberts, siblings; Alice McArthur, Anthony and Timothy Franklin, 3 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Kathryn A. Feehrer, January 1, 2023

Kathryn "kitty" A. Feehrer passed away January 1, 2023. Per her request no services will be held. The class of JHHS 1969 extents condolenses to the Feehrer family.

Sheila Goode (Chase), Oct 2, 2022

Sheila E. (Goode) Chase, 71, Harrisburg, entered eternal life October 2, 2022. A graduate of John Harris High School, she attended HACC (Criminal Justice); retired from PA Dept. of Welfare; and was a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are her son, Kristen Simpson; daughter-in-law, Suzy Rowe-Simpson; stepson, James Williams; grandchildren, Nokoma Simpson, Kristen Coney, James White (Aimee Story), Dreamm (Lauren Chase); great-grandchildren, Azelynn Grace Story and Amir Gray

Gary L. Grady d. Feb, 18, 2010

"Gary L. Grady, 58, of Harrisburg died on Thursday at home. Born in Harrisburg, he was the son of Joseph and Betty J. (Prowell) Grady. He is survived by his former wife, Antoinette Heisse; 2 sons, Brendan and Colin; a brother, Richard, and a sister, Donna Annis, and her husband, Christopher; a niece, Ashley, and nephew, Cody, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends."

The Patriot News

Billie J. Gray, 1950 - October 7, 2010

"When I come to the end of my journey and traveled my last weary mile..." Billie J. Gray, 60, of Harrisburg, passed peacefully at home on Friday, October 3, 2010. She enjoyed art, reading, writing and entertaining. Billie recently retired from the Commonwealth of PA, Dept. of Revenue as a Research Analyst Supervisor. She leaves to celebrate her life and memory her children, Diamond C. and Trent D. Gray of Harrisburg, two siblings, Sandy Mundy of Philadelphia and Barry Gray of Harrisburg and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Services will be held at The Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell United Methodist Church, 2221 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg, on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., visitation at 10:00 a.m. Her final resting place will be in William Howard Day Cemetery. Hooper Memorial Home, Inc. is caring for and handling Ms. Gray's arrangements."

The Patriot News

Michael Green

Bruce Hardy, Deceber 16, 2010

Ruby Hartman, April 13, 1951-August 21, 2012

Ruby Hartman-Porr, 61, of Middletown passed away at her home on August 21, 2012. She was born on April 13, 1951, daughter to the late Henry K. and Alma K. (Large) Hartman. She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Deere. She graduated from Temple University, at Harrisburg, in 1999 with a Masters of Science in Social Work. She taught at Harrisburg Area Community College as recently as the 2012 Spring Semester. She was a member of the PA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She was a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross, and was a member of the critical incident stress management teams for Dauphin and Lancaster Counties. She was alsoa member of Chambers Hill United Methodist Church.
Patriat News and additional sources

Betty M. Haith, September 2, 2004

Betty M. Haith, 54, of Mulberry Street, Harrisburg, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2004 at Holy Spirit Hospital. She was a graduate of the former John Harris Senior High School and retired from the Common-wealth of PA, Dept. of Revenue.
Patriat News

Joe Hearn, 1950 - Died May 4, 2021

Joe Henry Hearn was born in Meridian, MS to Ola Mae amd Joe A. Hearn. At a young age, he moved to Harrisburg, PA. where he resided until his death on May 4th 2021. He was surrounded by family and transitioned peacefully. Joe was a good-looking man with a magnetic personality and an infectious smile which set the tone for laughs and a good time everywhere he went. Joe was also a hardworking man. His tenacious work ethic, tough exterior, and take no mess mentality, combined with his kind and giving heart, made him a reliable and loyal provider and a fierce protector. His acts of kindness ran deep; from baking pies and making Blues and Gospel CD's for family and friends to shoveling the snow for his neighbors. Joe retired from Amtrak and throughout his 71 years he enjoyed martial arts, riding his award-winning motorcycle, listening to Blues/Gospel music, shooting pool, taking his dogs on long walks, telling jokes, eating ice cream as his evening treat, weekly breakfast with his railroad buddies, and ensuring that everyone who encountered him had a good time. Although he enjoyed many activities, there is nothing he loved more than pruning his flowers and manicuring his lawn, which was a blessing to all who had the pleasure to view it as they passed by. Joe was preceded in death by his father Joe A. Hearn. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann of 51 years; children Monica and Marcia Urrutia, Roxane and Joe W. Hearn; 3 granddaughters; his mother Ola Mae Hearn; and 4 siblings.
Pennlive Obits

John G. Hocker, January 6, 2014

Lawrence Hoey, February 28, 1951 - July 27, 2000

Remembrances of Larry Hoey

Don Elfenbein, posted December 2004

Mary Honafous, December 7, 1951 - December 28, 2004

A Tribute

Don Elfenbein, posted January 6, 2005

Linda Kay Housealn January 25, 1952 - April 5, 2022

Linda Kay Houseal, 70, of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at UPMC Community Osteopathic Hospital after a brave, six-week, battle with lymphoma. Linda was born in Harrisburg, PA, and was the daughter of the late Richard and Jean (Stewart) Houseal. She graduated from John Harris High School and remained an active member of the class of 1969. Linda is a graduate of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing, and the Reading Hospital Anesthesia Program. Later in life, Linda returned to academic studies and received a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Arts and a Master in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Her medical career began in Altoona, PA but after one year, she returned to Harrisburg and spent thirty years with Harrisburg Hospital, retiring as Manager of the Anesthesia Department for the Harrisburg Hospital and the Harrisburg Osteopathic Hospital. Linda loved her work and treated her patients and employees with care and support. After retirement from Harrisburg Hospital, she worked part-time at Hershey Endoscopy Center for several years, remaining active in the anesthesia field. During her career, she was a trustee of the Pennsylvania Nurse Anesthetist Association. A lifelong member of Penbrook United Church of Christ, she fulfilled every volunteer role possible within the congregation. The food bank sponsored by the church, Manna Food Pantry, where she volunteered, was especially close to her heart. She served on the board of her Meadowview Village Condominium Association, holding the position of Vice President at her death. She loved traveling and traversing the world. Photography, embroidery, and knitting were arts that filled her creative needs. Her life was enriched by her love of nature and animals. She will be dearly missed by Gracie, her gently spoiled Shih Tzu mix. Linda is survived by her partner of over fifty years, Diane Geise, brother Richard Houseal, stepbrother Ernie Speck and his wife Martha, and nephew Josh Houseal. Also leaving to mourn her is the extended Geise family with whom she shared Thanksgiving and many memories for decades. In addition, she leaves a wealth of loving friends, former co-workers, and neighbors who will miss her dearly. Her gentle way, humble personality, and sincere caring for others will not be forgotten. Linda always put others above herself. She never complained or ask to have things done her way. A woman of faith who served selflessly, she remains a model to all. She fought bravely until the end. Rest well, faithful friend and servant. Rest well.
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Barbara Howard

Donna Jackson

As one grows older, the false dichotomy of so-called "race," and the painfully real divide of class are milled into singular, imposing truth, that we are human and mortality. Whether part of your clique or not, one begins to appreciate every classmate, for the shared anguish of adolescent angst and insecurity. All the more gut-wrenching is the loss of those siblings in your neighborhood or grade school cliques; friends with whom you circled the wagons, against the then piercing taunts, gossip and bullying. I love you Donna. We showed 'em gurlfrien': kick-ass human beacons DO come outta no-name hometowns! We dared dream, eyes opened and while wide-friggin' awake, 'cause they can only hurt you if they steal your joy and will to love. And SUCKA_A-A-H-Z, dem cyan nevah do dat! As kind and caring a person as has walk this earth. Love you DJ - Glenn White June 3, 2016

Spencer Jackson, July 8, 1995

Anthony Jones, July 3, 2011

Dale W. Jones, June 18, 1995

KKenneth Jerome Jones, August 15th, 1950 - January 11, 2023

Kenneth Jerome Jones born in Washington, DC to the late Ezell Jones, Sr. and the late Thelma Marie (Thompson) Jones. He received his formal education in the Harrisburg City School System graduating in 1969 from the former John Harris High School. He furthered his education at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Before embarking on his working career, Kenneth enlisted in the United States Army. Upon leaving the military with a Honorable discharge in 1978, he then started his career as a Material Handler at the Mechanicsburg Navy Depot, from where he retired in 2008 with 23 years of dedicated service. Kenneth or Kenny as he was affectionately called was a proud father of two daughters, Keyonia and Yanesha Jones and one grandson Jaleel Keyon Nix-Jones. He was an all-around sports enthusiast from an early age. He played midget baseball at MW Smith Holmes field for “Leftwich Funeral Home”. During his junior high years he played football at Edison Junior High School and during the high school years he played football and baseball for John Harris High School “Pioneers.” He always looked forward to the Thanksgiving Day football game against the William Penn “Tigers.” You could always find him Sunday afternoon rooting for his team, the Cleveland Browns. Kenny enjoyed the music of the sixties. His favorite artists were Curtis Mayfield and Grover Washington, Jr. and his favorite song to dance to was “Mr. Magic.” When Kenny’s health began to decline he went into the Spring Creek Rehabilitation and Health Care Center where the residents grew to love and respect him. Throughout the years he developed so many nick names; “Juice” and “Hog”, being a few. Because Kenny had such a beautiful spirit, who enjoyed life and always had a smile, he was referred to by the residents and staff as Happy go lucky “Ken-Dog”. Whenever Kenny would see you, he loved to share his thoughts and knowledge and he never forgot names nor a place that he had visited. He will definitely be missed by his knowledge of knowing what family and friends forgot. One thing about Kenny, he would never lie, he would always tell the truth, regardless of the circumstances and or the consequences. “Jones” was an incredibly supportive “Older Brother”, a role he took very seriously, especially to his sisters who eventually became his dedicated care givers. He looked forward to their visits because he knew they would bring his favorite snacks, meals, i.e. (Milkshakes...he always asks why they didn’t bring a large one or two). On Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 6:00am Kenny left his earthly tabernacle at the Spring Creek Rehabilitation and Health Care Center joining his parents, Ezell and Thelma (Thompson) Jones; his brother, Avada “Skeet” Jones; his nephews, Shakka Kimber and Miles Johnson; his cousin Frederick Pitts, Jr. and his best friend (his dog) his road DOG and driving partner, “Sheba” and many other family members. He leaves to celebrate memories of him, his daughters, Keyonia Jones and Yanesha Jones; his grandson, Jaleel Keyon Nix-Jones; his sisters and brother-in-law, Bernita and Kirk Tyson and Tammy Marie Jones; his brothers and sister-in-law, Ezell, Jr. and Pelbea Jones and Rondell Waters; his nieces, Lisa (Leroy) Johnson and Angel Glover; his great-nieces, Amber, Autumn and Ashlee Glover and Ava Kimber; his nephews, Senica (Sarah) Kimber; his great nephews, Malik Johnson and Miles Kimber; his aunts, Marion Austin, Sheraldine (Tiny) Cook and Barbara Thompson; a resolute companion who supported him to the end, Patricia Heron; a special cousin, Cise Thompson who was always supportive; his best friend from elementary school, Howard Carey; his bonus sister & brother-in-law, Carolyn and Donald Pollard and their extended families; his 1969 classmates and football team and many family members and Project family & friends.

Gitta Jovic-Bortner, d. May 23, 2009

Robert Kanarr, b. November 4, 1951 - February 16, 1995

Robert J. Kanarr, 43, of Evergreen, Colorado, died Thursday in the Life Care Center. He was married to Patti Wech. Rober was head-end technician for Jones Intercable's Colorado Systems; attended Pennsylvania State University; played softball with the Evergreen Micro World team; and was a member of the Society of Cable Television Engineers

Ralph Keiffer, January 6, 1952 - June 10, 2016

Ralph F. Keiffer, 64, of Franklin Twp., Dillsburg, and formerly of Harrisburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, June 10, 2016, at LifeCare Hospital, Lower Allen Twp. He retired from Vertis Communications, Philadelphia. Born on January 6, 1952, in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Ralph L. and Ruth R. (Sherrick) Keiffer. Ralph was a loving father and grandfather. Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Tracey M. and Barry L. Myers of Mechanicsburg; a son and his wife, Craig P. and Maria A. Keiffer of Miami; two brothers, John Keiffer and William "Bill" White of Camp Hill; two sisters, Mary Bostdorf of Harrisburg and Betty Bruestle of Reading.

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Glenda J. Keller, November 13, 1951 - June 4, 2023

Glenda J. Keller, 71, of Harrisburg, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at UPMC Community General Hospital. Born November 13, 1951 in Harrisburg, PA to the late Glenn and Anna (Latin) Lentz. She retired with 27 years of service, to the City of Harrisburg, as Senior Assistant to Mayor Stephen R. Reed. Glenda was a former member of Holy Family Catholic Church; she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 998. She enjoyed bird watching, reading, camping, bingo, Words with Friends, and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her son, Jayme J. Keller and his wife, Alisha of Harrisburg, her daughter, Tracey R. Keller and her companion, Scott Cray of Harrisburg, 3 grandchildren, Ali Thompson, Caden Cray, Cameron Cray and her cat, Lexi. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Dorothy Boyanowski, Sherry Sullivan and Carolyn Bowman.


Robert Kline

Wilma J. Kline., January 12, 2021

Wilma J. Kline, 69, of Snyder Memorial Health Care Center, Marienville, PA died on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 at Butler Health System, due to complications related to Covid-19. Born in Harrisburg, PA, September 29th, 1951, the daughter of Earl and Dorothy Kline. A graduate of Harrisburg School District and Greater Johnstown Career and Technical Center with a major in cosmetology. Wilma was an active member of the 29th Street Methodist Church. She was employed by Capital Bakers in Harrisburg. Wilma had an infectious sense of humor and made friends easily. She was passionate about her country star Blake Shelton's entertainment and singing. Special thanks to all the staff at Snyder Memorial for many years of compassionate and loving care for Wilma, treating her as family. Ms. Kline is predeceased by her mother and father. She leaves to celebrate her life close friends Dr. George and Ann Moffitt, Elizabeth (Kenneth Gatten II), Joshua and Kenneth III, and James Cameron Esq, and Shana Geyer.
Pennlive January 23-2021

James J. Lackey, May 9, 1951-April 7, 2013

James J. Lackey, 61, of Susquehanna Twp., passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, at his home. Born May 9, 1951, he was son of the late James J. Lackey, Sr. and Martha E. (Schaffer) Lackey. Surviving are two sisters, Linda (Eddie) Stambaugh and Joan Shuey; a niece, Tammi (Kenny) Crowl; a nephew, David Stambaugh; 3 great-nephews, James and Justin Crowl and Cody Stambaugh; and his beloved cat, Verna.
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Orin Franklin Long, d. May 3, 1950 ~ December 27, 2020

Orin “Big O” Franklin Long, age 70, of Mechanicsburg, was freed from his long battle with cancer, with his wife by his side, on Sunday, December 27, 2020. Orin was born on Wednesday, May 3, 1950, in Sunbury, PA to the late Millard Wilson Long and June Dorothy (Snyder) Long. Orin’s survivors include his wife of 47 years, Jean Louise (Christine) Long; his two children: Josh Long of Mechanicsburg, Brianne Gregory and husband James of Mechanicsburg; his granddaughter, Teagan Gregory of Mechanicsburg; and his sister, Doris Durf and husband Terry of Mechanicsburg.

Orin began working at the Dairy Queen in Steelton at age 16. Thirty-one years later, he became the owner and operator of the same establishment for the next 19 years. Orin was proud of his 50 years of service at the restaurant, and the people there loved him. He was a people person who liked to talk to everyone he met. Orin enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was a Johnny Cash fan and his favorite Johnny Cash song was “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. Orin delighted in all things Disney and trips to Disney World. He was a movie enthusiast and liked genres from horror to comedy to action. Orin and his sister shared movie time together. Orin cherished time spent with his granddaughter Teagan. His family will treasure memories of Orin in their hearts.

Buhrig Funeral Home, posted January 17, 2020

Alfred Mackey, August 25, 2007

Angelia M. Mancuso-Beal

Angelia M. (Mancuso) Beal, 69, of Harrisburg passed away Monday, August 17th surrounded by her family in the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She was born on May 5, 1951 in Harrisburg, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents; Mim Zimmerman and Salvador Mancuso; husband Jerry Beal; step-father, James "Zimmie" Zimmerman; infant sister Patsy-Anne; sister, Dorie Mancuso; brother, Joseph "Dick" Mancuso; and niece, Mim Mancuso. She is survived by her son; Doug Mancuso and wife Allison; siblings, John Mancuso and Patricia Wright; her three grandchildren, Anthony, Dani and Lexi Mancuso; her 2 nieces and 3 nephews; and her cherished pets, Dancer and Gizzie Beal. Angelia was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA, and raised her son in the area as well. She moved to New Johnsonville, TN with her husband, Jerry Beal, and spent 20 years there. She worked for many years as a Pharmacy Tech at Walmart, and made many lifelong friends and a second family. She returned to Harrisburg in 2018 to be close to family. Angelia lived a beautiful life and pushed herself to experience the world during her battle, and touched the lives of all those around her in the process. She will be remembered by many for the hundreds of blankets she crocheted to give as gifts and donate to hospitals.

Patriot News PennLine posted August 20, 2020

I believe that I knew Angela since first grade at Webster Elementary. My real memory of her, however began in 7th grade at Edison Jr. Hi. We had Mr. Dickey for home room. On the first day of school he asked her if she was related to the old ball player, Gus Mancuso. The name stuck and he called her Gus all year. We had lots of classes together at Edison and Harris...she was always Gus...a sweet girl. My condolences to her family. - Jim Donmoyer

Leah Martin-Roche, d. November 21, 2016

Leah Roche was born Leah Martin in 1951 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania to the lovely Jane A. Wilson and beloved Clifford L. Martin. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, reading, and most of all sharing Love. Her 3 children Dara DeRóiste, Sinéad DeRóiste, Akilah Alcendor will always cherish memories of Mom sharing laughter, wisdom, and compassion. Her 3 grandchildren Cameron DeRóiste, Makayla & Marley Franklin who affectionately called her LALA (Love Always Love Always) will always remember her loving hugs, warm smile, and understanding.

Pariot News, posted November 29, 2016

Brian McEnany

Howard "Howdy" McKamey

You don't get many friendships that start in grade school and last into your autumn years. As rare are those friendships with seeming siblings, people you love as a brother or sister, except that they have different parents, for some unexplanable reason. Then again, Hickey or Mae would go up-side my head like my parents if need be... Growing up in the "Burg" was joyous, but frought with the confused expectations of a desegregating, post-war America, where many of us had our parochial egos badly bruised by media-induced ambitions to be rich, international and somehow better than where we came from - as if we hadn't had a wonderous upbringing. Howdy, Guy and many of you in that artzy-fartzy 13th St. clique recall working thourgh that adolescent angst, together with Howdy, brashly bellowing, "we're gonna be the badest shit since..." Love you Howdy. Embrace this new peace.

Glenn White, posted December 31, 2015

I loved how Howdy made me feel happy. He told it like it was, loved you like a sister ( or brother) and always had my back. I would run into him around town and always got that big, beautiful smile and a big hug!! I will miss him but am happy his suffering is over. RIP my friend. We will meet again.

Jann Shanaman, posted January 1, 2016


Michael D. Morton (Jabbar N. Khabir) October 29, 1950 - March 18, 2005

Jabbar's Obituary

The Patriot News, March 23, 2005, posted March 2005

A Daughter's Eulogy

Jamila Khabil, posted April 3 2005

Caroline Mosley d. January 5, 2010

Caroline Mosley, 58, of N. 15th St., trans-itioned into eternal life on Tuesday, January 5, 2009 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital. She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of Gloria D. Mosley and the late John B. Devenshire, a 1969 graduate of John Harris High School, an employee of Pinnacle Health System, a member of Christ Assembly Fellowship and enjoyed singing.
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Charles Orsinger, October 17, 1950-June 28,2010

Charles R. Orsinger, Jr., 59, of Harrisburg, entered into rest on Monday, June 28, 2010 at Hershey Medical Center. Born October l7, 1950 in Harrisburg to the late Charles R. and Mamie K. (Hill) Orsinger. He was a Graduate of John Harris High School Class of l969, President of the Bistline Resident Council, he received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in Paris Island in l969. A member of West Shoreman Drum and Bugle Corp, Charles was an avid Harrisburg Courgars Football fan and loved the Green Bay Packers and Boston Celtics.
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Patricia "Patty" Packer-Zerbe, March 14, 1951, August 13, 2017

Patricia Packer-Zerbe peacefully left us from her home in Seven Stars on Sunday, August 13th. Her husband Darrell & children Falon Farrar & Zachary Quinn Zerbe loved her dearly. Patricia was a thoughtful & creative individual who would move the stars to see her family & friends smile.

I just learn of Patty,s passing. My wife and I are very sad for your families lost. She was a very dear friend of mine since junior high and will be missed. With Loving Memories - Michael Osborn, posted Sun May 20, 2018.

Patty and I started together in Miss Michlovitz’s first grade class at Webster Elementary. We attended Shimmel Elementary, Edison Junior High School, and John Harris together. I moved to Florida two years after graduation and she was not big on attending reunions. So, we kinda lost touch. I am so glad she decided to join us at The Wharf a couple of summers ago for an informal gathering of classmates...a beautiful girl with a sweet soul. - Jim Dunmoyer, posted May 23, 2018.

George Pagnato, December 27,2012

Raymond E. Pendelton Sr. December 17, 2002

Raymond E. Pendelton, Sr., 52 of Foster Street, passed away Wednesday at home. He was a graduate of John Harris High School; was a member of New Hope Living Baptist Church, Steelton and was employed by Francis For Fords.

James Penn, November 25, 2012

Bernadette_Peterson, d. January 21, 2016

Bernadette L. Peterson, 64, of Geary St., Harrisburg, peacefully transitioned into eternal life on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital. She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of Lorraine Wells Peterson and the late Kenneth A. Peterson, Sr., a graduate of the former John Harris Senior High School, attended Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing, retired from the former Harrisburg State Hospital, a member of John Paul Scott A. M. E. Zion Church and in her leisure, was an avid reader and loved singing.

Trudy Rados

Trudy Rados. August,1950 - Decemebr 29, 2021

Trudy Rados-Dayhoff passed away December 29, 2021 from COVID-19. She graduated 1969. She was a very beautiful, kind and giving person. She always did for everybody else.. She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a sister, and a best friend. Trudv and I knew each other since the 6th grade at Shimmel elementary school She became my friend and my sister. I will miss her very much as I'm sure those who knew her will miss her as well. - J. Mitchell Davis, Admin JHHS "Pioneers" Obituaries Facebook page.

Updated 01/29/2022 - P. Bruno, G. White

Thomas Reinhard July 29, 1951 - January 26 2023

Thomas H. Reinhard, IV, 71, of Halifax, peacefully passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at home. Tom was born on July 29, 1951 in Harrisburg, PA to the late, Richard R. and Elizabeth (Wagner) Reinhard.

He was the owner/operator of Tom Reinhard’s Auto Center, a business that gave him great joy and made it possible to meet some amazing people. It was honoring to have customers bring their grandchildren in to purchase a car because Tom had always treated them well over the years from their first car purchase straight through to present. He was an honest and kind man. When not in the office, Tom could be seen zipping around the lot on his golf cart or loading countless scoops of mulch on his tractor with a grin on his face and those comforting smiling eyes. He truly loved serving his customers. Thank you for loving him right back.

Tom enjoyed some of the simple things in life. He loved breaking out his Dewalt tools and settling into some woodworking. On the weekends, he found peace and true relaxation while camping and boating with his family at Lake Raystown. Tom developed his love of muscle cars as a teen and they gave Tom his start in business as he would restore one car at a time to sell. To this day, the growl of a revving V8 (especially in a Mustang) would bring excitement, evidenced by a belly laugh and a childlike gleam of mischief in his eyes. Two things that brought Tom great joy were jazz or R&B music and good food. Put those two things together and he was a very happy man. Tom was in his element at Jazz Fest in Harrisburg and New Orleans. That may have contributed to his position as a New Orleans Saints fan. Tom’s spiritual life was lived out daily with his love of God and he attended Christian Life Assembly. Like his father, Tom was a former member of the Masons, Tall Cedars, and Loyal Order of the Moose.

Tom was a family man. He loved his family fiercely and was always there to help them whenever and how ever possible. Whether he was baking in the sun on a hot summer day or freezing under layers on a cold winter night, Tom was there to support his family at sport events and other competitions. He could be found working back stage and building sets for musicals, organizing and towing a trailer to band competitions, or simply sitting in an auditorium for a performance. Tom would happily spend hours on end driving with his wife to these events. He cherished those hours with her. Tom and Mona were high school sweethearts, parents, business partners, best friends, and unquestionably loved each other every day through it all for 44 years. Tom’s family is truly blessed to have had him as a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Surviving is his wife, Mona C. (Oberman) Reinhard, 2 sons, Thomas H. Reinhard, V, of Millersburg, Taylor H. Reinhard and his wife, Beth of New Orleans, LA, 2 daughters, Heather M. Reinhard of Halifax, Jill A. Yeager of Dalmatia, 8 grandchildren, Allison, Dawson, Paige, Peyton, Laney, Logan, Jayna, Noah, 5 great grandchildren, Valentin, Ella, Asher, Noah, and Violet. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ricky Reinhard.

Tribute Archive

Kerry Jo Runkle-Good, - March 18, 2009

Kerry's Obituary

Jack L. Sanford, d. December 22, 2009

Jackie L. Sanford, Sr. Jackie (Jack) L. Sanford, Sr., 58, of Dauphin, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2009 in Spring Creek Rehab & Nursing Center after an extended illness. He was born in Hope Mills, NC, and was raised in Harrisburg. He graduated from John Harris High School in 1969. He worked various jobs in Harrisburg over the years. Before he became ill, he was last employed by Sunrise Landscaping in Dauphin. He loved sports, especially the Tar Heels of North Carolina.
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Charles Scott, June 1, 1969

David Smith, d. August 14, 1969

John Smith

I remember John from grade school. We went to Lincoln Elementery together. He live around the corner on 16th St. I remember him most for flipping my off his back in fifth grade, in response to my horsing around in class when the teacher was called out of the classroom. I remember that he died only a few years after graduation of a heart attack, in the 1970s

Glenn White, posted March 2005

Judy Smith-Wilkerson, December 18, 2013

Judy H. Wilkerson 62, of Hummelstown, passed away peacefully, Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1951 to the late Jay Kenneth Smith and Sara Jane "Jenkins" Smith. Judy was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Harrisburg, she enjoyed traveling, going to the beach, and loved to spend time with her family, grandchildren, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas D. "Deedle" Wilkerson Jr. Judy is survived by her son Thomas D. Wilkerson III of Chambers Hill, her daughter Shannon R. Brown and son in law Andre of Harrisburg, three sisters Bonita Smertneck of Middletown, Sandy Patry of Middletown, and Liz Reynolds of Harrisburg, 4 grandchildren Andre Brown, Christian Brown, Justin Brown all of Harrisburg, and Lexis Wilkerson of Harrisburg, and several nieces and nephews.

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Sheri Snyder

Warren Stillions

The last time most of us would have seen Warren was at the 2009 reunion, Born October 24, 1951, he passed away only a week later, on September 3, 2009

William Stoner

Betty Storm-Santiago, April 9, 2014
I remember being picked on and teased during much of my school life. I remember how, as bullies teased me, I in turn looked for others I could turn on. Betty Storm as I remember was kind and minded her business, even as I and others teased and bullied her for no good reason. Speaking for me and my life, when I pray, I am most concerned to ask forgiveness for those years and those unkind things I wish I'd known better than to do." - Glenn White

William "Ed" Swartz, February 28, 2006

Scott Lee Switzer, September 26, 1951 - November 29, 2019

Scott Lee Sweitzer passed away in peace at the young age of 68. Formerly of Harrisburg, Scott recently resided at Valley View Haven, Belleville, until his passing on November 29, 2019. Scott was the son of the late Joanne M. (Sweitzer) Estright and Dean Lee Sweitzer. Scott will forever be remembered by his sister, Cherine Anderson and husband, Richard, by his niece and nephew, Lindsay and Richard J. Anderson, by his great-niece and nephew, Julia and Blake. Julia loved to visit her "Uncle Scott" because they always made each other laugh. One other very special person in Scott's life for over 32 years was Jeanie Gui. They enjoyed doing many things together such as going to symphonies, flower shows and traveling on day trips. Scott was a journeyman/wireman for the IBEW Local 143 in Harrisburg. Scott received his 45 year pin at a special pinning ceremony on August 5, 2019. He was known to his co-workers as "Scottie". He enjoyed going to his monthly union meetings especially for the food, the beer and the fellowship. Scott was a 1969 graduate of Central Dauphin East High School. He previously attended John Harris High School but was forced to change schools due to a family move. In his heart, Scott was and would always be a John Harris Pioneer. He attended his class reunions with his classmates at John Harris High School, where he recently attended his 50th reunion this year! He was always welcomed with open arms by everyone. Scott was a member of the wrestling team at both schools and went on to become a State Champion!! Scott was passionate about aviation. He loved flying as well as cooking, gardening, tennis, skiing, fishing, hiking, camping, kayaking and anything outdoors. Scott's beautiful smile and his hearty laugh will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Interment will be made in York, PA, at the convenience of the family.


Stephen M. Thompson, 1950 - October 6, 2010

"Stephen Michael Thompson, 60, of Harrisburg, peacefully transitioned into eternal life on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 in the peace and love of his home with his loving family surrounding him.He was born in Harrisburg, the fifth child of Mrs. Virginia D. Mappes, a 1969 graduate of the former John Harris High School, where he ran track, attended Harrisburg Area Community College and Penn State University, a former employee of Washington National Insurance Co., the City of Harrisburg and Dauphin County, a long time member of the Harrisburg Branch of the NAACP, where he served as the Chairman of the Political Action Committee and was past Chairman of the Harrisburg Republican Committee.
Steve was a devoted family man who truly loved the Lord. He was a kind, patient and encouraging parent and treasured his children, including King Harry.
He was a Philadelphia Eagles and a Phillies Fan, even though his wife is a Cowboy Fan. In his leisure, he was a great handy man and cook, enjoyed fishing, loved music, hanging out with his father-in-law, "Pop" and spending time with family and friends. Steve leaves to celebrate his life, his devoted wife, Vivian M. Thompson; his mother, Virginia D. Mappes; his sons, Justin M. Thompson, serving with the U. S. Army in Grafenwoher, Germany and Stephen M. Thompson, Jr. of Northumberland, PA; His daughters, Audra Crenshaw of York, Tina Holloman of Phoenix, AZ, Stephanie Thomas and Stevi Thompson; his sisters, Gloria House, Minerva Washington, Juanita Thompson, Elvira McBride, Christie Marshall and Cathy Tatum; his brothers, Bishop John Thompson, Sr., Leslie Thompson, Ronald Thompson, Elder Jamie Thompson, all of Harrisburg and Terrance Thompson of Aberdeen, MD; his 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grands; his aunt, Trudy Johnson of Harrisburg; his uncle, Robert Thompson, Sr. of Columbus, OH and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The Patriot News

Van Tingley, November 26, 1951 - January 21, 2015

Edwin Van Loan "Van" Tingley, Jr., 63, of Dauphin, Pennsylvania passed away after a long and tiring battle with diabetes and a stroke that left him unable to enjoy and live life as he loved it best. A graduate of John Harris High School class of 1969, he played football and basketball. He was a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College and had attended Bloomsburg University. Van served in the U. S. National Guard for 12 years in its armored tank division. He also coached basketball for his children's youth teams. He was a great supporter of Central Dauphin East High School athletics and in particular, its football teams.
Van loved his family above all else, and is survived by his wife of almost 34 years, Debra Staples Tingley, and four children, Edwin Van Loan Tingley III of Linglestown; Jordan Marie Tingley of Harrisburg; Drew Aaron Tingley of Harrisburg; and his youngest daughter, Alexandra Elizabeth Tingley of Highspire. He is also survived by many loving relatives. He was predeceased by his brother Neal Tingley and his very much loved parents, Edwin Van Loan Tingley and Kathryn Vassil Tingley

Excepts from The Patriot News

My most vivid memories of Van are from childhood, the elementary school days. Indeed, I remember Van's parents and their profoundly loving and caring nature as much as I remember playing and clowing around in his childhood home, I believe on 15th Street. I didn't interact with Van much in high school, but can say, it would have been very difficult for him to be less that a loving husband and father, coming from the parents he was blessed to have. ...a stand-up guy. - Glenn White

Wilbert Tucker, September 7, 1970

Christine Wadley, April 28, 1998

Charles Wainright, February 1, 2002

Alonzo Walker

Alonzo was killed in an automobile accident while serving in the US Army. He was stationed in Germany at the time. - Glenn White,

Posted December 2004

James “Scotty” Watson, October 4, 1996

Terry Weikel

Leslie Weller, November 14, 1951-January 6, 2018
Leslie C. Weller "Les", 66, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill. He was born November 14, 1951 in Harrisburg. Les is survived by his wife Diane M. (Krehling) Weller, his mother, Peggy A. Weller, a sister, Connie L. Backstrom, three daughters, Tracey L. Kent and husband Adrian, Sherry A. Raymond and husband Mark, Cindy L. Mueller and husband Derek, five grandchildren, Katelyn Good, Abby Good, Amber Kent, Bailey Kent and Levi Raymond. He was preceded in death by his father Charles B. Weller. Les was an Army Veteran, a member of Local 143 IBEW for over 45 years. He was a retired from G.R. Sponaugles after working there for 38 years. He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, eating out and drinking a nice cold beer. Les was a loving husband, father, son, brother and "PA PA". He loved his dogs, sitting on his porch swing listening to the "oldies", watching old cowboy shows in his recliner and spending time with his family.
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Greg Wells April 13, 1951 - Feb, 13, 2022
regory Marsh Wells, 70, of Julian, died Sunday, February 13, 2022, at home. Born April 13, 1951, in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Jesse D. and Lillian Marsh Wells. On November 12, 1979 he married Patricia Wells, who survives. He is survived by two children, Jesse Gregory Wells and his wife Lindsay of Port Matilda and Hanna Lynn Wells of Julian; two granddaughters, Sydney and Lily, and a sister, Patricia Lundell. Greg graduated from John Harris High School and went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Penn State University. He briefly worked for the Forest Service before embarking on a 30 plus year career with the Department of Environmental Protection in the area of rural drinking water. Greg was also a member of the Huston Township Planning Commission. Greg loved his family and friends. He enjoyed life to the fullest. Always curious about everything, he was well known to be able to make or repair anything. His adoring granddaughters called him Gee and when something wasn't working the first thing they would say is "Gee can fix it!" Greg loved to travel, cross country ski, kayak, and bike ride. Beautiful mountains, waterfalls, beaches, and home with those who loved him were his favorite places to be.

Published by Centre Daily Times from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, 2022.


Thomas Whitney, February 3, 1951 - June 26, 2013

Having graduated high school in the same class with Tom, grey hair and illness notwithstanding, I have a hard time seeing anything in his recent photos other than his youthful sincerity, his love of life and people, and an exemplary character that was as evident in 1969 as it is in his biography of today. Love you, and my heart felt condolences to the Whitney family. - Glenn White,

Posted June 27 2013

Donald Winters

Marsha Rene Williamson-Johnson, February 17, 2023

Marsha Renee Johnson was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to the late James Clyde Williamson, Sr. and the late Daisy Lee Williamson of Reidsville, North Carolina. In 1948 Marsha’s parents relocated their family to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She received her formal education in the Harrisburg School District and was a 1969 graduate of the former John Harris High School. She also completed quite a few course credit hours at the Harrisburg Area Community College. During her working career, Marsha was a devoted employee for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1969 until 2005 when she retired from the Department of Transportation after 36 years of service. A little unknown fact was that she loved her job so much that she would sabotage her file room when she was forced to take vacation so no one , not even her boss , could do her job. Marsha accepted the Lord as her personal Savior and she was baptized on December 7, 1969. She was a devoted member of Capital Presbyterian Church where she was ordained as a Deacon on January 20, 1985. During her years of service at Capital, she worked tirelessly as a member of the Deacon Board, the Women’s Association, the Sunday School Staff (Youth), the Kitchen Staff, the Progressive Way Committee, the Christian Education Committee and in any other capacity needed. When Marsha was physically unable to attend meetings due to illness, Marsha continued to participate via telephone until her transition. Before her automobile accident in 1977, Marsha loved dancing and finger popping, going to concerts, shopping and riding all over town in her yellow Volkswagen Beetle Bug honking her horn that went “beep beep”. She became infamously known as “Beep Beep”. She loved fashions and even did some modeling locally. Marsha also loved watching game shows and ABC soap operas with her mother, doing crossword puzzles, scratch offs and going to the casinos. She loved and enjoyed her family; especially her sisters and brother. Marsha’s most enjoyable time was spent with her son, Mario. They had a very blessed and loving mother-son relationship. On Friday, February 17, 2023, Marsha Renee Johnson, at the age of 72 years peacefully transitioned into eternal life at UPMC Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania after a lengthy illness. Marsha leaves to cherish precious memories of her; her beloved son, Mario Johnson of Harrisburg, PA; her siblings, James C. Williamson, Jr., Patricia D. Williamson, Cheryl M. Weathers and husband, Joe, Tina L. Williamson and stepsister, Carrie McArthur, all of Harrisburg, PA; her nieces, Twyla Perkins [Terry], Venus Becker [John], Whitni Monn [Dustin], Arielle Williamson [Janel] and her step-niece, Dionne Fulton (Darryl); her nephews, Brian Williamson, Barry Williamson (Katrina), William Robertson, Jr. (Karen) and her step-nephew, Shawn McArthur; her grandchildren, Jordan Johnson, Justin Johnson, Ciara Collins-Johnson, Ryan Collins-Johnson, Larissa Johnson and Zada Johnson; her 8 great-grandchildren; her numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Marsha, we love you and we will miss you so very much, but we know God loves you best. Rest in peace until we meet again.

EFamily Obituary, Posted Major H. Winfield Funeral Home

Emillie Wolfe

John Woods

I just learned that one of my childhood friends has passed away in Marathon, FL. I first met John in the surf at Wildwood, NJ where we learned that we were both going to be attending Shimmel Elementary that Fall. We became great friends throughout Junior and Senior High School, getting into just a little mischief with our circle of guy friends. He even took my little sister Paula to our Junior Prom. As is often the case, John and I drifted apart in later years but I will always cherish the memories of our youth...sports, girls, dances... RIP Woodsie. - Jim Donmoyer

Posted October 6 2019

David Yanc

David Yanc, 71, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Harrisburg, PA, passed away on October 1st, after he lost his battle with COVID. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Parthemore Funeral Home, New Cumberland on Saturday, November 6th at 10 am. .

Patriot News, posted November 6, 2021

Kerry Yost, May 19, 1951 - September 19, 2016

Posted October 25, 2018