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JUNIOR C. BRININGER
Junior C. Brininger, 90, of Red Ridge Road, Mifflinburg passed away at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law who were caring for him.
He was born Aug. 3, 1923, in Kantz, Snyder County, a son of the late John P. and Mary E. (Thomas) Brininger. He was married to the former Geraldine M. Snook for 69 years until her passing on April 20, 2012.
Junior attended school in Port Ann.
He farmed most of his life in Beaver Springs, Mifflinburg and New Columbia. After leaving the farm he worked at American Home Foods, Milton and also painted buildings.
Junior attended Millmont God’s Missionary Church and earlier had attended Beavertown God’s Missionary Church.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed gardening, tinkering with his tractor and mowing his lawn.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Kirby A. and Rose Marie Brininger, of Mifflinburg; four grandchildren, Dena Clark, of Tennessee, Jeremy Brininger and fiance, Kelly, of Middleburg, Andrea Brininger, of Selinsgrove, and Megan Rhinehart and Johnny, of Beaver Springs; three stepgrandchildren and their spouses, Scott and LeAnn Wagner, of Millmont, Bradley and Melissa Wagner, of Laurelton, and Kristy Aurand, of Mifflinburg; seven great-grandchildren, Abby Oyster, Tristian Leito, Aiden and Olivia Brininger, Vance and Keaten Howard, and Daisy Mae Rhinehart; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren, Hannah Zechman, Kiley, Kurtis, Kaelynn, Kinnley, Bradley Jr. and Zachariah Wagner, Emily and Katie Aurand, Kiresten Stahl, and Brant Brininger; two sisters, Thelma Rine and Royetta Swingle, both of Middleburg; and one brother, Randall Brininger, of Mifflinburg.
He was preceded in death by one son, Leon L. Brininger in 1968; one sister, Esther Young; and three brothers, Edgar, John and infant Paul Brininger.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 9, in Wayside Bible Church, Middleburg. Pastor Timothy Reich officiated.
Burial was in Hartleton Cemetery.
The family was assisted by the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg.
ROBERT D. SMEREK
Robert D. “Bob” Smerek, 72, of Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg passed away at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in RiverWoods, Lewisburg.
He was born Dec. 11, 1940, in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of the late Andrew and Helen (Kukal) Smerek. On Oct. 14, 1995, he married the former Lois Deetz, who survives.
Bob attended Allentown city schools.
He retired in 1998 after 28 years of service with the J. Thomas Lipton Co., Flemington, N.J.
He attended New Columbia God’s Missionary Church.
Bob often could be seen in Mifflinburg walking and looking for coins and drinking coffee with his friends at McDonald’s. He was a history buff, particularly the Civil War, and enjoyed collecting Civil War memorabilia. He also collected scale-model lighthouses, cars, historic buildings and churches. While at RiverWoods, he enjoyed playing trivia and balloons.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert II and Heidi Smerek, of Bangor, and Jonathan and Diane Smerek, of Hummelstown; one daughter and son-in-law, Lorena and Ken Dawes, of Dix Hills, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Kenny Dawes, Jonathan Smerek Jr., Zachary Smerek, Carolyn Dawes, Amanda Woods and husband Chris and Sarah Beth Dawes; two great-grandchildren, Kahli and Ashton Woods; one brother and sister-in-law, Andrew Jr. and Nancy Smerek, of Allentown; and one sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Tony Grazosi, of Wilmington, Del.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Dennis Smerek.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 7, at God’s Missionary Church, 852 Ridge Road, New Columbia. Pastor Stephen P. Miller officiated.
Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery, Penns Creek.
Arrangements were by the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg.
MARY D. COLVER
Mary D. Colver, the “First Lady of First Church,” 96, passed away on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, after a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Stroudsburg, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick and Florence Dreher. Mrs. Colver and her husband of 69 years, the Rev. Harry J. Colver, were married on Oct. 28, 1939.
She attended Stroudsburg High School and Bucknell University, from where she graduated with a degree in music and psychology.
For nearly 35 years, Mrs. Colver served the community of Bethlehem as the “First Lady” of First Evangelical and Reformed Church, where she and the Rev. Colver led a congregation of nearly 700 members. During those years, she was a member of the leadership committee of the United Church Women of Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Women’s League, a volunteer at Phoebe Home for the Elderly and was active in all church events and committees. She and her husband moved to Lewisburg after his “retirement,” and they went on to perform interim service at churches in Pillow, Herndon, Rebuck, Spring Mills, Shamokin, Sunbury, Mifflinburg and Milton. At the time of her death, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg.
Mrs. Colver is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lou and Thomas Rich, of Lewisburg; her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Wendy and Peter Stetson, of New York, N.Y.; her grandson and granddaughter-in-law, T. Wesley and Jocelyn Hochman Rich, of Bel Air, Md.; and three great-grandchildren, Catherine Stetson, Isaac Rich and Naomi Rich.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Harry J. Colver, in 2009.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 5, at the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, South Second and St. Louis streets, Lewisburg. The Rev. James King and Robert Kribbs, of First Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg, officiated.
Burial was in Himmel’s Cemetery, Rebuck.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heifer Project International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202 (www.heifer.org).
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com.
SHIRLEY H. EISENHOWER
Shirley H. Eisenhower, 88, of Selinsgrove, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in the Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove. She was a former resident of Northumberland and Middleburg.
She was born April 2, 1925, in Northumberland, a daughter of the late Theron and Hazel (Gilbert) Dodge. She was married to Charles O. Eisenhower, who preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 1993.
Shirley was a graduate of Northumberland High School.
She formerly was employed by PPL, Middleburg Hardware, Blough & Wagner, Middleburg, and the Birdies Nest at the Shade Mountain Golf Course.
Shirley was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Middleburg.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Kim Jordan, of Northumberland, Barbara and William Petro, of Allentown, and Beth and Donald Anthony, of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; one granddaughter; three grandsons; one brother, Jack Dodge, of Mifflinburg; and two sisters, Sally Bero, of Allentown, and Nancy Sechler, of Lewisburg.
She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Ashley; three brothers, Don, K. Gilbert and Bob; and two sisters, Grace and an infant sister.
A memorial service was held Monday, October 7, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Middleburg.
Interment followed in Glendale Cemetery, Middleburg.
Arrangements were by the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 309 Water St., Northumberland.
HENRY C. WALTER
Henry C. Walter, 76, of Second Street, Northumberland passed away at 1:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Nottingham Village, where he had lived since May.
He was born April 30, 1937, in Middleburg, a son of the late Nelson and Mellie (Bowersox) Walter.
Henry was employed at Philips Industries, Selinsgrove, for more than 30 years until his retirement.
He enjoyed camping at the river, and spending time with his grandsons,. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State football fan.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Henry Walter Jr., of Middleburg, and Kenneth and Donna Walter, of Millmont; one daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and James Gesselman, of Middleburg; two grandsons, Joseph and Logan Walter; one sister, Ruth Predix, of Middleburg; and his companion of many years, Nancy Deppen, of Northumberland.
He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters, Raymond, Harold, Marlin “Bully,” Allen “Snowball,” Walter, Mertie Straub, Dorothy Wright, Helen Hackbenberg, Sara Loss, and Betty Rice.
At Henry’s request, there will be no viewing or funeral services.
Arrangements are by the Hummel Funeral Hill, 574 Hill St., Middleburg.
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