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Obituaries Week of February 19, 2009
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Katherine Virginia Martin
    Katherine Virginia Martin, 88, formerly of Laurelton, entered into rest at 12:16 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.
    She was born June 17, 1920, in Weikert, the daughter of the late Daniel Carey and Sarah (Hironimus) Libby. In 1936, she married Nelson B. Shaw, who preceded her in death in 1957. She married Bernard A. Martin on Aug. 14, 1967, in Lewisburg. He preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 2007.
    Virginia attended Hartley Township schools.
    Earlier in life, she was employed at the Laurelton State School as an occupational therapist.
    She was a lifelong member of Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church, Laurelton, and a 60-year member and past matron of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 394, Lewisburg.
    Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Duain Benton and Joyce Shaw of Millmont and Wilford Walter and Barbara Shaw of Port Matilda; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathie Virginia and Corey Postiglione of Chicago; one daughter-in-law, Lynette Shaw of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; five grandchildren, John W. Shaw of West Grove, Gretchen Dickey of Harrisburg, Daniel Joseph Shaw of Port Matilda, Cameron Benton Shaw of Cross Lanes and Kyle Edward Cope of Columbia, S.C.; and three great-grandchildren, Brandon Cope, Daniel Shaw and Sarah Shaw.
    She was preceded in death by one son, Nelson Byron Shaw, and one daughter, Danita Mary Cope.
    An Order of Eastern Star memorial service will be conducted by Lewisburg Chapter 394 Wednesday evening, Feb. 18. Visitors also may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church, Laurelton, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 with the Rev. Jon West officiating.
    Burial will be in Hartleton Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 156, Laurelton, PA 17835.
    The family is being assisted by the Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg.

Kenneth Dwain “Moose” Leitzel
    Kenneth Dwain “Moose” Leitzel, 75, of 219 Murray Lane, New Berlin since 1964, entered into rest at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at his home. He was a longtime resident Union County having moved as an infant from Snyder County.
    He was born March 1, 1933, in Middlecreek Township, a son of the late Ammon Jerome and Sarah Grace (Carl) Leitzel. He was married in Laurelton on Nov. 20, 1955, by the Rev. Joesph Stoudt to the former Wilma Snook, who survives.
    Ken enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard on June 29, 1949 and then in the regular Army on April 25, 1950. Ken was transferred to the 3rd Battalion Infantry Regiment at Fort McNair in Washington, DC where he served in the Old Guard, a unit that performed military ceremonial functions, such as at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He was awarded the Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant for meritorious achievement while serving in the Korean War. He continued his military career with the National Guard in Lewisburg, retiring in 1983 as a Sergeant First Class.
    In addition to his military career, he was employed at Westinghouse, Sunbury, then as a highway worker for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and at Faylor-Middlecreek as an equipment operator. He was employed at Yorktowne Kitchens for 39 years, until he retired in 1995, as manager of the Mifflinburg Plant 8.
    Ken was an active member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, New Berlin, where he was a former member of the church board. He was a Boy Scout master, a member of the Mifflinburg Moose Lodge, Mifflinburg VFW Post 1964, and a past president of the New Berlin American Legion Post 957.
    In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by six children and their spouses, Cynthia Ann and Robert Geiser of York, Timothy Dwain and Theresa Leitzel of Weikert, Scott Wayne and Jeanne Leitzel of Mifflinburg, Benjamin Carl and Melinda Leitzel of Carlisle, Wanda Jean Leitzel and friend Haven Goulding of Mifflinburg, and Thomas Elwood and Sarah Leitzel of Elizabethtown; 11 grandchildren, Amy Zeiders, Alexander Leitzel, Jessica Neidig, Erik Leitzel, Matthew Geiser, Zachary Leitzel, Sean Leitzel, Abby Leitzel, Joshua Leitzel, Cassidy Leitzel, and Sophia Leitzel; three great-grandchildren, Bryce Zeiders, Bodie Zeiders, and Connor Neidig; one sister, Martha M. Cornelius of Laurelton; one brother and sister-in-law, Donald M. and Martha Leitzel of Northumberland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by one sister, D. Mary Snook; and by four brothers, Robert H., Carl A., Marvin R., and William D. Leitzel.
    Funeral services were held Wed., Feb. 18, at the Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 326 Market St., New Berlin. The Rev. Alice D. Rauch officiated.
    Burial was in the Dry Valley Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Mifflinburg American Legion Post 410, Jackson Township, Snyder County.
    Contributions may be made to the Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Memorial Fund, 326 Market St., New Berlin, PA 17855, or to the West End Library, 45 Ball Park Rd., Laurelton, PA 17835, or to charity of donor’s choice.
    Funeral arrangements by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg.

Bernice L. Walter
    Bernice L. Walter, 76, of Penns Creek, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, Feb. 15, 2009, at her home.
    She was born May 15, 1932, in Penns Creek, a daughter of the late Melvin H. Sr. and Helen Nadean (Wolfley) Walter.
    She was a 1949 graduate of Mifflinburg High School and attended Bloomsburg State Teachers College, and graduated from the Empire Beauty School, Harrisburg.
    Earlier in her life she had been employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, and for the past 52 years she operated Bernice’s Beauty Shop in Penns Creek.
    She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Penns Creek, and the ladies aide of the church, and a member of the Penns Creek Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
    Bernice was once referred to by an area pastor as the “Angel of Penns Creek” for her caring and giving spirit of helping others in the community. She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and attending public sales. She was an avid collector and had an extensive Coca-Cola memorabilia collection.
    She is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold H. Walter of Middleburg and Melvin H. and Doris Walter of Penns Creek and Lucille Walter of Mifflinburg; three generations of nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Ethel Hill.
    She was preceded by in death by two brothers, Sterryl W. and Dale C. Walter, and two sisters-in-law, Olive and Isabelle Walter, one niece, Wanda Mowery, and one great-niece, Melissa Walter.
    Funeral services were held Wed., Feb. 18, at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg. The Rev. Thomas Adams Jr. and the Rev. Alan K. Walter officiated.
    Burial was in the Penns Creek Union Cemetery.
    Contributions may be made in Bernice’s memory to the Penns Creek Volunteer Fire Company, Penns Creek, PA 17862 or Faith Community Church Building Fund, 200 Faith Lane, Middleburg, PA 17842.

Hazel Ellen (Snook) Reynolds
    Hazel Ellen (Snook) Reynolds, 90, formerly of Pleasant Grove, entered into rest at 10:13 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at The Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove.
    She was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Beavertown, a daughter of the late James H. and Lura A. (Kauffman) Snook, who owned the former Snook’s Mills in Laurel Park, Vicksburg, Swengel, and Mifflinburg. She was married on Sept. 30, 1954 to Harold Orville “Lefty” Reynolds who preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 2002.
    Hazel was a 1936 graduate of Laurelton School.
    Before marriage, she was employed by Dr. John S. Purnell Sr., in Mifflinburg. She was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her husband and children.
    She was a member of the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Pleasant Grove.
    Hazel is survived by one son, Harry M. Reynolds of Harrisburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia A. and John Bank of Dale City, Va.; two grandchildren, Rebecca A. Bank of Virginia Beach, and Trevor R. Bank of Lakeridge, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Helen Jean Snook, and Mrs. Nancy C. Snook, both of Mifflinburg; one brother-in-law, Daniel L. Edelman of Middleburg; as well as several nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn E. Snook and Quentin S. Snook; one sister, Jean L. Edelman, and one half-brother, James H. Snook.
    Funeral services were held Tues., Feb. 17, at the Schwartz-Adamo Funeral & Cremation Services, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg. Pastor Daniel H. Hicks, of the Pleasant Grove U.M.C., officiated.
    Interment was in Ray’s Church Cemetery, Lewis Township, Union County.
    Contributions in Hazel’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

D. Edward Arndt
    D. Edward Arndt, 63, of 810 Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg entered into rest at 6: 20 a.m. on Friday, February 13, 2009, at his residence.
    He was born on August 17, 1945, in Lock Haven, a son of the late Donald K. and Frances (Hungiville) Arndt. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ginger Lee (Hoffman) Arndt on July 3, 2004.
    Ed was a 1963 graduate from Lock Haven High School.
    Mr. Arndt owned G.E.M. Property Services in Mifflinburg.
    He was a member and officer of Kreamer Sportsman Club, and was a member of the Winter Trap Shooting League, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Ed is survived by three sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth D. Arndt and his wife Laura Bush of Mifflinburg, John D. Arndt of Mifflinburg, and Michael J. Arndt of Mifflinburg; two grandsons, Colin E. Cleary of Point Pleasant, and Jacob I. Arndt of Selinsgrove; two sisters, Kathy Arndt of Lock Haven and Frances Chapman and her husband Dan of Denver, Col.; one brother, David M. Arndt of Lock Haven; and his companion, Linda Salvatori of Watsontown.
    Funeral services were held Wed., Feb. 18, at Schwartz-Adamo Funeral & Cremation Services, 247 Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg. The Rev. Ron Warfle of the Mifflinburg United Methodist Church officiated.
    Burial was conducted privately.
    Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1948 East 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.
    Arrangements were entrusted to Schwartz-Adamo Funeral & Cremation Services, 247 Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg, PA 17844.

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