From Mifflinburg Telegraph Weekly Newspaper
Obituaries Week of October 23, 2008
Oct 24, 2008 - 11:13:35 AM
John Harvey Wilson
Lt. Col. John Harvey Wilson, 72, of 135 Front St., New Berlin died on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at his home.
He was born in Auburn, N.Y., a son of the late Ervin Otto and Laura Harvey Wilson.
He attended Catholic elementary and high schools before graduating from Cornell University in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations. Later studies at Ohio University earned a master’s degree in foreign affairs. In addition to various courses in military leadership, tactics and management, John completed the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1974 and the War College in 1982.
John enjoyed two careers until retirement in February 2006. He served as a parole hearing officer with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, which capped a 20-year employment in the criminal justice system, and he also was retired from the Army. During a career spanning 32 years, he rose from the rank of private at enlistment in 1952 to lieutenant colonel at retirement in 1984.
John’s military career included peacetime assignments in Germany, Morocco and throughout the United States. His tours of duty in Southeast Asia included command of a rifle company of the 173rd Brigade (Airborne) on combat operations in 1966-67. His last overseas assignment, in 1980-81, was with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Lebanon, where he simultaneously commanded all American military observers in the Middle East as senior U.S. military observer and an international group of 84 officers from 16 nations as chief, Observer Group, Lebanon. Locally, he was assigned as professor of military science, for ROTC at Bucknell University, from 1977-80.
John’s military awards included the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with “V” device for Valor and two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the United Nations Observer Medal. He was most proud of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Master Parachutist’s Badge.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed a number of recreational activities. He hunted small game and deer in his native upstate New York and Pennsylvania. In college, he took up sport parachuting, completing several hundred jumps, and he followed the hounds in foxhunting from horseback in Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. He completed several marathons and was an avid downhill skier.
He is survived by his wife, the former Christine Bordner; two daughters, Col. Lorelei Coplen and husband Rick of Carlisle and Lilith Boucher and husband Richard of Camden, S.C.; one son, John Christopher Wilson and wife Carla of Hattiesburg, Miss.; seven grandchildren, Remy, Jacqueline, Michaela, Jourdan, Jonah, Mary and Mell; one sister, Virginia Sobus and husband Richard of Florida; mother-in-law, Marge Bordner; brothers-in-law, Kim Bordner and wife Lois of Millersburg, Ty Bordner and wife Marlene of Adamstown, Md., and Todd Bordner of Herndon; a sister-in-law, Tammi Burns and husband Dave of Winfield; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be missed by two cats he rescued, Scotchy and Bear.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 25, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 112 Fairview Drive, Selinsgrove, where a memorial Mass will be said by Father Ted Keating at 11.
Burial with full military rites will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, send memorial contributions to SUN Home Health & Hospice, 61 Duke St., P.O Box 232, Northumberland, PA 17857.
“Go to sleep soldier brave, God is nigh.”
Arrangements are entrusted to the Schwartz-Adamo Funeral and Cremation Services, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.
Irvin E. “Pete” Hornberger
Irvin E. “Pete” Hornberger, 71, of Spruce Creek Preserve, Dunnellon, Fla., formerly of Spring City, Pa., and Lewisburg, Pa., died at Legacy House of Hospice after a brief illness on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008.
Pete was born Aug. 30, 1937, in Sunbury, Pa., a son of the late Irvin E. “Whitey” and R. Elsie (Grow) Hornberger of Millmont, Pa.
He was a 1955 graduate of Lewisburg High School. After graduating, he joined the Navy, Air Division, where he served until 1959. He moved to Spring City and attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.
He was employed by the Internal Revenue Service in Philadelphia and Reading until his retirement in 1992.
Pete was an avid golfer and played almost every day. He became president of the Men’s Association at Spruce Creek Preserve where he resided in Dunnellon. He had also enjoyed playing softball as pitcher, coaching Little League baseball, and was a follower and fan of the Phillies. Pete also enjoyed making golf clubs and fishing. He loved getting together with friends and family and was always the life of the party.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Diane E. and Christopher Snyder of Royersford, Pa., and Vicki L. and James Cooney of Schwenksville, Pa.; two sisters, Cynthia Greksouk of San Diego, and Kerry Emery and husband Donald of New Columbia, Pa.; five grandchildren, Carly, Kimberly and “C.J.” Snyder, and Taylar and “J.D.” Cooney; two nieces and one nephew, Katie and Krista Greksouk of San Diego, and Michael Bailor of Danville, Pa.; one uncle, “Jake” Hornberger and wife Masako of Millmont; his companion of 10 years, Rose Abramson of Dunnellon, Fla.; and his beloved dog, Cleo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Legacy House of Hospice, 9505 S.W. 110th St., Ocala, FL 34481.
Robert Harry Templin
Robert Harry Templin, 83, formerly of Milton and currently of 46 Walnut St., Apt 4, Mifflinburg, died Saturday morning, Oct. 16, 2008, at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg.
He was born Aug. 23, 1925, in Milton, a son of the late William S. and Dorothy Mae (Haines) Templin. He is survived by his wife of 61 years the former Betty Jane “Peanut” Feaster.
Robert had served in the Army during World War II.
He had retired from the maintenance department at ACF in Milton. He had served on the Milton Borough Council for a number of years.
Robert was a lifetime member of the Independent Fire Company, the Shimer’s Fire Company, and the American Legion Post 71, all in Milton. He worked with the Milton Fire Police organization and was the Fire Police Captain for several years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Richard Templin of Mechanicsburg; one daughter and son in law, Patricia and Steve Libby of Lewisburg; four grandchildren, Jamie Smith and husband Sam, Nicole Blannard and husband Paul, all of Mifflinburg, Kristy Templin and her fiancé Mike Lamb, and Brett Templin and wife Rebekah, all of Mechanicsburg; four great-grandchildren, Kelsey Smith, Morgan Smith, Madison Machmer and Cailynn Blannard; one brother, William Templin of Milton, and one sister, Lois Seabold on Milton.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Leroy Templin, three sisters, Alice Pentz, Kate Savidge, and a sister in infancy, and one daughter-in-law, Kathy Templin.
Funeral services were held Tues., Oct. 21, at the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton. The Rev. Ned E. Weller officiating.
Burial with military honors was in the Harmony Cemetery, Milton.
Memorials in Robert’s memory may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
George Elmer Sauers, Jr.
George Elmer Sauers Jr., 84, of 160 E. Market St., Mifflinburg for 40 years, entered into rest at 2:40 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg, where he had been a resident for the past 18 months.
He was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Mifflinburg, a son of the late George E. Sr. and Carrie M. (Gotshall) Sauers. On Aug. 9, 1947, in Mifflinburg, he married the former Betty Jane Hommel. She preceded him in death Jan. 2, 1992.
George was a 1942 graduate of Mifflinburg High School.
He was drafted into the Army in March 1943, and completed basic training at Fort Leonard, Missouri. George was then shipped to Camp Stoneman, California, Guadal Canal, Fiji Island, and then Southern Soloman Islands where he was in combat with the 7th Army, 164th Infantry. He was also in combat in Boganville and Luzon in the Phillipines. At Luzon, he transferred to the transportation corp for the Quarter Master Division. He was honored with the Presidential Citation, Asia Pacific Theater Service medal with two bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. George was honorably discharged January 26, 1946, as Private First Class.
George was employed at American Home Foods, Milton, for 42 years, until he retired as foreman in 1982.
He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mifflinburg, for more than 40 years.
George was a member of the Mifflinburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1964, Past Commander of the Mifflinburg American Legion Post 410, Mifflinburg Free & Accepted Masons Lodge 370, Mifflinburg, 32nd Degree, life member of the Mifflinburg Moose, Mifflinburg Fire Police, over 50-year member of the Mifflinburg Fire Company, charter member of the Mifflinburg Ambulance Company, and instrumental in forming the Mifflinburg Ambulance Association.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Lynda E. and Kenneth “Tucker” Smith of Lewisburg, Sandra L. and David H. Hartman of Mifflinburg, and Cathy S. and Keith W. Moyer of Middleburg; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Franklin L. Sauers of Mifflinburg, and Ralph H. and Peggy Sauers of South Carolina; one sister, Madeline Hinish of Milton; six grandchildren, Amanda Smith of Lewisburg, Lynlee and her husband Steve Graffunder of Selinsgrove, Kandi and her husband Mark Atkinson of Pottsville, B. Janie and her husband Steve Miller of Mifflinburg, Nathan and his wife Brianne Moyer of Lebanon, and Cory and his wife Nicol Moyer of Allentown; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles E. Sauers.
A Masonic Service was held Mon., Oct. 20, at the Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg. Funeral services were held Tues., Oct. 21, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 404 Market St., Mifflinburg. The Rev. Dennis E. Beaver, officiatied.
Burial was in the Mifflinburg Cemetery with military honors by the Mifflinburg American Legion Post 410 and Mifflinburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1964.
Contributions may be made to either the Mifflinburg Community Ambulance Association, 104 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844, or the Mifflinburg Fire Police, 325 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844.
Ricky B. Shawver
Ricky B. Shawver, 52, of Millmont, passed away unexpectedly at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at his home.
He was born Dec. 14, 1955, in Lewisburg, a son of Edna C. (Gearhart) Shawver of Beavertown and the late Clifford J. Shawver.
Ricky was a 1974 graduate of West Snyder High School.
He had been employed by Carnahan Roofing as a roofer for more than 10 years. He also had worked for Beavertown Cast Stone.
Ricky enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his bike.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his companion of 16 years, Ellen Pursley, with whom he lived; two daughters, Janelle Shawver of McClure and Megan Shawver, at home; one son, Justin Shawver of Kreamer; two grandsons, Preston and Landon; one sister, Barbara Schenck of Linglestown; and three brothers, Kenneth of Freeburg, Dane of Port Ann and Gary of Beavertown.
Funeral services were held Sun., Oct. 19, at the Aurand Funeral Home, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown. Pastor John Moyle officiated.
Interment was in Troxelville Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Ricky’s memory to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Marie Smith, 80, formerly of New Berlin, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2008, at Rolling Hills Manor, Millmont, where she had lived for the past six months.
She was born July 15, 1928, in Hartleton, a daughter of the late Frank E. and Edna B. (Boop) Printzenhoff. On Aug. 22, 1947, she married Jerome A.L. Smith who resides at Elmcroft, Lewisburg.
Marie was a 1946 graduate of Mifflinburg High School.
She was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, New Berlin, where she was the Sunday school treasurer for many years, had served as a Sunday school teacher and assisted on the food preparation committee for church events. She received recognition from the Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association for 50 years of participation.
Marie enjoyed riding her bicycle and walked five miles every day. She took great pleasure in caring for her flowers and mowing her grass. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.
In addition to her husband of 61 years, she is survived by two daughters, Kathy E. and husband Roy Getic of Chambersburg and Tina M. Reardon and companion Larry McKinley of Huntingdon; two grandsons, Derek A. and wife Kristen Getic and Cortney J. and Emma Getic; two great-grandsons, Landon A. and Reid C. Getic; two brothers, Frank Pritzenhoff Jr. of Milton and Ronald Pritzenhoff of Mifflinburg; and three sisters, Geraldine Bower of Williamsport, Olive Snyder of Northumberland and Carole Misheck of Sunbury.
She was preceded by two sisters, Dorothy Printzenhoff and June Pfleegor.
Funeral services were held Sun., Oct. 19 in Emmanuel United Church of Christ, New Berlin. Her pastor, the Rev. Alice Rauch, officiated.
Burial was in New Berlin Cemetery.
Contributions in Marie’s memory may be made to Emmanuel United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 329, New Berlin, PA 17855, or the New Berlin Fire Company, P.O. Box 386, New Berlin, PA 17855.
The family was assisted by the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg.
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