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Samuel A. Crago
Samuel A. Crago, 73, of 7 Cherry Tree Lane, Mifflinburg passed away on Monday morning, June 14, 2010, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.
A native of Oakland, Calif., he was born Oct. 17, 1936, a son of the late Samuel Phillip and Helen (Whitehill) Crago. He was married to the former Carol Richardson and his death breaks a marital union of 49 years.
Samuel was a graduate of Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.
He was a sales representative for Republic Steel Corp., retiring in 1998 after 37 years of service.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lewisburg, was an ordained Presbyterian elder, and was always an active member of his local church. His love for God overflowed to others. He was also a founding member of the Buffalo Valley Neighbors Assoc.
Samuel was a dedicated family man who enjoyed hiking and the nature of the outdoors. He also enjoyed wood working and was an expert cabinet maker.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Samuel Mark Crago, of Rochelle, Ill., and Richard D. and Jeanne Crago, of Lewisburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Catherine A. and Donald E. Ziel, of St. Cloud, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, David, Andrew, Emily and Lucy Crago, and Anna, Clara and Alex Ziel.
Friends and relatives will be received from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thurs., June 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 18 Market St., Lewisburg, followed by the funeral at 11, with his pastor, the Rev. James C. King, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Mifflinburg Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Samuel’s memory may be made to the Mission Fund of the First Presbyterian Church, 18 Market St., Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Funeral arrangements are by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Market and Eighth streets, Lewisburg.
Carl R. Wagner
Carl R. Wagner, 88, of 657 Ridge Road, Beaver Springs passed away at 9:40 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2010, at his home.
He was born Sept. 5, 1921, in Beaver Township, Snyder County, a son of the late Merrel L. and Kathryn E. (Walter) Wagner. On April 5, 1941, in Swengel, he was united in marriage with Marcelline J. Bilger, who survives.
Carl farmed in Spring Township and retired from Standard Steel, in Burnham after 44 years of service.
He was a member of the Beaver Springs Volunteer Fire Co.
The joy of Carl’s life was his family. He was an avid fisherman and had a passion for Hershey’s Chocolate; he always had some on hand.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 69 years, is his son, Kenneth C. Wagner, of New Hampshire, and one daughter and son-in-law, Gerri J. and Jim Moist, of Beavertown; five grandchildren and their spouses, Steven and Danielle Wagner, of McClure, Wesley and his wife, Cookie Wagner, of Lewistown, Kathy Bair, of Norfolk, Va., Heather and her husband John Boutwell, of Dover, N.H., and Jodi and Seth Kurtz, of Mifflinburg; also eight great-grandchildren, Tanza, Tori and her husband Brad, Tyler, Zolton, Brogan, Clayton, Colton and Cash; and two great-great-grandchildren, Rockell and Kannon.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert E. Wagner in 1967, and a brother, William Wagner.
Funeral services were held Mon., June 14, at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg. Pastor Donald L. Wise officiated.
Burial was in the Beavertown God’s Missionary Church Cemetery.
Contributions in Carl’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
John C. Leidner
John C. Leidner 61, of Market Street, Mifflinburg, passed away Tuesday June 8, 2010 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was born Jan. 15, 1949 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late John C. and Anna (Wentzel) Leidner. He was married on May 16, 1998 to the former Stephanie Fisher who survives.
John was a 1969 graduate of Massapequa High School in New York and worked as an insurance salesman.
He enjoyed gardening and fishing. His children were very important to him and he liked to spend time with his family.
John is survived by two sons, John E. Leidner, of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Christopher T. Leidner, of Mifflinburg; and two sisters, Linda Grosso, of West Babylon, N.Y. and Edie Head, of Brentwood, N.Y.; his mother-in-law, Myrtle Fisher, of Lewisburg; and his nephews and niece, Derrick and Alyssa Grosso, and Doug and David Parone.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dottie Rust.
A graveside service was held Mon., June 14, at the Mifflinburg Cemetery. Rev. John H. Shaw III officiated.
Arrangements were under the care of the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton.
Robert L. Roat
Robert L. Roat, 88, of Lewisburg, passed away from cancer on Wed-nesday morning, June 9, 2010, at home in the company of his family.
He was born Oct. 14, 1921, in Lewisburg, a son of the late Edna May Rearich and Leroy Summers Roat. Robert was the oldest of seven siblings.
Following his graduation from Lewisburg High School in 1939, Robert joined the 190th Field Artillery where he proudly served his country in the European Theater of Operations. During this time he received the D-Day Arrowhead and Five Battle Stars. Robert was stationed briefly at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss., where he met his future wife, Nettie Leona Sampey.
Robert and Nettie were married in October, 1945, and set up housekeeping in Lewisburg where they lived the remainder of their lives. Robert worked for Merck and Company for 29 ½ years until his retirement in 1981.
He was an active member of the Reformed Baptist Church, formerly known as the Congregational Christian Church, attending since childhood.
He was an outdoor enthusiast who especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family. While at Merck, he enjoyed bowling as a member of the Two Ten Tommies League. Throughout his life, Robert cherished family gatherings and visits from his friends, children and great-grandchildren.
Robert is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Larry Keefer, of New Columbia; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Susan Roat, of Mifflinburg; four grandchildren and seven-great-grandchildren, Andrea Bertram and husband Brian, and their children, Jordan, Mackenzie and Seth, of Lewisburg, Eric Keefer and wife Amy, and their children, Miranda and Ian, of New Columbia, Rebecca Heimbach and husband Steven, of Lewisburg, and Jeffrey Roat and wife Melinda, and their children, Derrik and Maggie, of New Berlin; one brother, Richard Roat, of Winfield; and three sisters, Margaret Kline, of Lewisburg, Verna Eisenhuth and Jean Katherman, both of Mifflinburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie, and two sisters, Edith Muffley and Dorothy Spaid.
Funeral services were held Fri., June 11, at Reformed Baptist Church, Lewisburg.
A military burial followed the service in the Lewisburg Cemetery.
The family requests donation in Robert’s memory be made to Evangelical Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or to Reformed Baptist Church, 830 Fairground Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Market and Eighth streets, Lewisburg.
Edna Eleanora Oberdorf
Edna Eleanora Oberdorf, 74, of 9645 Colonel John Kelly Road, Mifflinburg, died at 7:34 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2010, at her residence surrounded by family.
Born June 14, 1935, in Union County, she was a daughter of the late Hugh Jefferson and Lena Katherine (Aikey) Aikey. On March 3, 1951, she married Walter Reed Oberdorf, who preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1994.
Mrs. Oberdorf was a homemaker. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family.
She was a member of Church of Christ in Christian Union, Lewisburg.
Surviving are two sons, Larry E. Oberdorf of Middleburg and Edward J. Oberdorf of Mifflinburg; four daughters, Connie J. Dressler of Mifflinburg, Vera E. Frederick of Mifflinburg, Marie E. Stahl of New Columbia and Wendy A. Poeth of Lewisburg; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Mervin Aikey of Mifflinburg, Clarence Aikey of Mifflinburg and Howard Aikey of Mifflinburg; six sisters, Sarah E. Oberdorf of Millmont, Vera Kreisher of Mifflinburg, Rachel Lohr of Mifflinburg, Anna Mook of Mifflinburg, Nancy Erb of Mifflinburg and Bonnie Schell of Tunkhannock; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Amelia Hanselman; and three brothers, Hugh J. Aikey Jr., Galen Aikey and Edward Aikey, who died in infancy.
Funeral services were held Fri., June. 11, at Church of Christ in Christian Union, 199 Newman Road, Lewisburg. Rev. John F. Saultz officiated.
Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Forest Hill, Union County.
Memorial donations can be sent to Evangelical Home Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, Pa. 17837.
The family was assisted by the Schwartz-Adamo Funeral and Cremation Services, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.
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