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Obituaries Week of June 5, 2008
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James Edward Sheesley
    James Edward Sheesley, 80, formerly of 337 Aikey Hill Road, Lewisburg, for 40 years, entered into rest at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2008, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg, where he had been a resident since Jan. 15, 2004.
    He was born Feb. 23, 1928, in Cowan, a son of the late Paul E. and Rebecca Mae (Snyder) Sheesley.
    James served in the Army from Sept. 28, 1950, until his honorable discharge Sept. 19, 1956.
    He was employed at Pennsylvania House, Lewisburg, from Oct. 20, 1958, until his retirement on March 19, 1993.
    James enjoyed fishing with his nephews, hunting and planting flowers at his home. He was very dedicated to donating to Disabled Veterans. He also enjoyed helping his brother with work on the family farm.
    Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Paul L. and Lois J. Sheesley of Lewisburg; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary J. and Joseph Geiser of Lewisburg, Grace C. and Chester Walker of Lewisburg, and Helen R. and Donald Wirth of Hartleton; six nephews and eight nieces.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth Sheesley, in infancy, and Marshall “Tom” L. Sheesley; and four sisters, Martha M. Benfer, Rebecca I. Yerger, Laura B. Sheesley, and Thelma J. Long.
    Funeral services were held Tues., June 3, at the Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg. The Rev. Richard L. DeVett officiated.
    Burial was in the Mazeppa Union Cemetery.

Herbert Keyser Zearfoss
    Herbert Keyser Zearfoss, 78, died of heart failure on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in Philadelphia.
    He was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Montandon, a son of the late Dean W. and Susan (Keyser) Zearfoss. In 1953, he married Thelma McCarthy, who preceded him in death in 1984. In 1992, he married Suzanne Vander Veer, who survives.
    Herb was a 1947 graduate of Middleburg High School, where he participated in sports and plays and was a member of the band. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Bucknell University in 1951.
    Herb attended Yale University and joined the Navy. He served as an administrator in Washington until being discharged as a lieutenant commander. He earned his law degree from American University in 1958.
    In 1945, Herb became the first Eagle Scout in Middleburg. He attended Camp Karoondinha and was a camp counselor. He was an inspirational leader of organizations such as the Boy Scouts, which honored him with the Silver Beaver Award. He was president of the Genealogy Society of Pennsylvania for 13 years, and was elected honorary president for life, just two weeks before his death.
    Herb spent most of his career as a corporate attorney in the Philadelphia area, retiring in 2001. In 1968, Herb was elected state representative for five terms.
    His greatest passions were for genealogy and patriotic heritage societies. He held positions in many societies, too numerous to list. He will be missed by all that knew him.
    In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Timothy, Jonathan, and Sarah; three stepchildren, James, Scott, and Cheryl; and five grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Suzanne and Leroy Musser of West Suffield, Conn., and Mary Siemsen of Northumberland; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Rose Marie of Lewisburg and Douglas and Margarita of Florida; two nieces, Susan Wilson and Mary Siemsen; and one nephew, Dean Siemsen.
    He was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert , W. Richard, David, and Karl Zearfoss; one brother-in-law, F. Peter Siemsen; and one sister-in-law, Doris Zearfoss.
    A memorial service was held April 19 at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

Mary Louise Hassenplug
    Mary Louise Hassenplug, 81, formerly of Devitt House, Lewisburg, died Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg, where she lived the past 2-1⁄2 years.
    She was born Nov. 14, 1926, in Williamsport, a daughter of the late Fred J. and Adda (Lebkicker) Carlson. On Jan. 6, 1946, she married Charles B. Hassenplug. After 26 years of marriage, he passed away on Sept. 4, 1973.
    Mary was first employed by Ross Studio, a former Lewisburg photograph shop. She then went to work at Bechtel’s Restaurant in Lewisburg and later was employed as a nurse's aide at Evangelical Community Hospital. More recently, she worked as a caregiver for several residents in the Lewisburg area.
    Mary was a member St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Lewisburg.
    She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lewisburg, and actively participated in the group’s projects.
    She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and James Smith of Selinsgrove; three sons and daughters-in-law, Gary W. and Patricia Hassenplug of Watsontown, Donald F. and Sue Ellen Hassenplug and David Scott and Vickie Hassenplug, all of Lewisburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Leah Carlson of Oceanview, Del.; one sister, Jean Pittenturf of Lewisburg; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held Thurs., May 29, at the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, South Second and St. Louis streets, Lewisburg. Her pastor, the Rev. Andrew R. Morgan officiated.
    Burial followed in Lincoln Chapel Cemetery, Hartley Township, Union County.
    The family suggests memorial contributions be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 202, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Mary L. Pasquale
    Mary L. Pasquale, 91, of 263 Punako Lane, Mifflinburg died at her home Monday afternoon, May 26, 2008.
    A native of Davidsville, she was born Aug. 27, 1916, a daughter of the late Samuel and Anna (Czuplak) Punako. She was married to Frank Pasquale for 52 years until his death on March 9, 2007.
    She attended the Conemagh Township School.
    Mary is survived by three sisters, Rose Punako, Anna Mehelko and Catherine Fulton; two brothers, Steven Punako and Charles Punako; six stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were conducted Thurs., May 29, at St. George’s Church, Mifflinburg. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated with the Rev. Monsignor William Richardson as celebrant.
    Burial was on Fri., May 30, in Richland Cemetery, Richland.
    The family asks that donations in Mary's memory be made to Evangelical Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
    Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Market and Eighth streets, Lewisburg.

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