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Houser Jr., Edward - Centre Hall  
Edward R. Houser, Jr. Edward R. Houser Jr., 74, of Centre Hall. Formerly of Miles-burg passed peacefully at Mount Nittany Medical Center with his loving daughter by his side. Born September 21, 1940 in Bellefonte, a son of the late Edward R. Houser, Sr. and Virginia Houser (Grafmyre). He was self employed most of his life, having owned Houser Tire and Houser Auto Sales. He enjoyed tinkering, woodworking, car rides and toying with anything with wheels. Most of all he loved to spend time with his great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his former wife Patricia Houser (Puncheon), his parents and his sister Joyce Shuey (Houser). He is survived by his daughter Beth Newman (Tom), granddaughter Jennifer Bird (Will), grandson Ryan Newman (Nicole) and his four great-grandsons Liam, Rhys, Jackson and Cael. Also by his former wife Gertrude Houser of Milesburg and her children Paula, Kim, Billijo Russ, and eight grandchildren and also his brother William Houser of Bellefonte. Friends will be received from 5 - 7 p. m. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Services, 1034 Benner Pike, State College, PA 16801. The funeral service will follow at 7 p. m. with Chaplain Peggy Lindsey officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Pets Come First, 2451 General Potter Hwy Centre Hall, PA 16828.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 21, 2014
Hrubos, Margita C.  
Margita Hrubos December 24, 1941 December 12, 2014 Margita (Capajka) Hrubos, 72, wife of Vladimir Hrubos, of Loganton, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville. Born on Dec. 24, 1941, in Prosne, Czechoslovakia, now part of Slovakia, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Josephine (Migila) Capajka. Vladimir and Margita were wed on May 12, 1962, and shared over 52 years of marriage together. In December of 1968, they along with their five year old daughter, left their home country to pursue freedom and a better life away from the communists who were in power at the time. In her early life back in Czechoslovakia she worked on a passenger train as a ticket collector. In the United States she held a few various minor jobs here and there, but in the 1980s she along with her husband began working together buying, fixing and renting income properties in the Scranton area. A homemaker the majority of her life, she enjoyed cooking, baking, flower and vegetable gardening, crocheting, decorative basket making along with other various crafts and assembling photography collages and framing photos as gifts to family and friends. Along with her husband, she is survived by a son, Joseph (his wife Christina) Hrubos, of Loganton; a daughter, Viera Barletta, of Duryea; two brothers, Augustine (Gusto) and Joseph Capajka, both of Prosne, Slovakia; three grandchildren in the order of the eldest, Dawn, Randy, and Katarina; and one great-grandson, Kacen. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson. Her passion was being a loving caregiver for both family overseas and here in the States. She was a humble and religious woman who sacrificed and gave so much to her entire family. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven, with Father Joseph Orr as celebrant. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Wayne P. Urbine Funeral Home, Inc., 95 E. Main St., Loganton. "Our Family... Serving your Family"
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 19, 2014
Jordan, Edward - State College  
Edward P. Jordan May 2, 1934 December 15, 2014 Edward P. Jordan, 80, of State College passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Elmcroft of State College. Born on May 2, 1934, in State College, he was the son of the late George Boal and Sarah Rose Allbert Jordan. On March 13, 1965, he married his high school sweetheart and "Right-Hand Girl", Marilyn James, his lovely wife of nearly 50 years, who survives. Also surviving are six children, Edward P. Jordan, Jr. of North Carolina, Ronald A. Jordan and his wife, Kim, of Virginia Beach, VA, Timothy A. Jordan and his wife, Jill, of Tallahassee, FL, Steven J. Uber and his wife, Brenda, of Buffalo Mills, Cynthia J. Uber and her partner Cris Poole, of Tucson, AZ and Wendy S. Brate and husband, Thomas, of Clarksville, NY; two brothers, George Jordan and his wife, Polly, of Unionville and David Jordan and his wife, Julia, of Milroy; four sisters, Rita Schager of Aurora, OH, Evelyn Baylson of State College, Teresa Siwulich and her husband, John, of Atlanta, GA and Frances Knisley of Spring Mills; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Leo, Fred, Earl and Charles and two sisters, Marie and Elsie. Ed was a graduate of State College High School, Class of 1954. He was a U.S. Air Force Crew chief for the F-89 Scorpion from 1954 thru 1958. He earned an associate degree from Williamsport Technical School (Penn College) after his service. He retired from Cornell University in 1999, where he was a research support specialist in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department. He also worked at Penn State in their Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department from 1961 thru 1977. Ed enjoyed boating, water skiing, gardening, photography and tinkering. He was a life member of both the American Legion Post 245 and Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association. Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m., on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 South Atherton Street, State College. An additional visitation will be 10 until 11 a.m., on Friday, December 19, 2014, at the funeral home. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Ann Graves officiating. Burial will be in Centre County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the: Centre Foundation for State College High School Class 1954 Memorial Leadership Award, PO Box 648, State College, PA 16804 or to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 18, 2014
Leupold, Margaret E.  
Margaret E. Leupold August 13, 1926 December 23, 2014 Margaret E. Leupold, age 88, went home to be with the Lord Dec. 23, 2014, at the Susque View Home, Lock Haven where she was a resident. She was born in Williamsport, Aug. 13, 1926, and was the daughter of Harry Higgins and Joanna Linedecker. She was preceded in death by her husband Lorn L. Leupold Sr., June 25, 1996, they were united in marriage May 21, 1949. Margaret was a 1946 graduate of the Sugar Valley High School and had worked at the former Sylvania plant in Mill Hall, she had also served as an aid in the Mill Hall Schools and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lock Haven. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and spending time at the Mill Hall Senior Center. Surviving are four sons, Lorn (Terri) Leupold Jr., of Lock Haven, Michael (Ginger G.) Leupold, of Mill Hall, Randy (Dorothy Muthler) Leupold, of Mill Hall and Timothy (Ginger D.) Leupold, of Julian; and a daughter, Penny (David) Garverick, of Mill Hall. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two sisters, Kathryn (William) Seasholtz, of Castanea and Mary Ellen (Larry) Sherman, of Texas. Margaret was preceded in death by two brothers, James Mincer and George (Fred) Mincer; and two sisters, Betty McKinney and Delores Overdorf. Memorial Services for Margaret E. Leupold will be held Saturday Dec. 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven, PA. Family and friends will be received in the funeral home one hour prior to the services at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Park at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions in Margaret's name can be made to Susque View Home, 24 Cree Dr., Lock Haven, PA 17745. Online thoughts and memories can be made at www.yost-gedonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 25, 2014
Martorana, Carrie M. - Coeymans Hollow  
Carrie M. Martorana January 30, 1918 December 14, 2014 Carrie M. Martorana, 96, of Coey-mans Hollow, N.Y., died Sunday, December 14, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Delmar, N.Y. Born January 30, 1918, in Kilbourne, La., she was the daughter of John C. and Blanche Smith Stephenson. She married Sebastian "Marty" V. Martorana, on September 20, 1947, who preceded her in death on January 23, 2000. She is survived by three children, Vincenne M. Kirmss and her husband, Alfred, of Coeymans Hollow, N.Y., Francis S. Martorana and his wife, Ann Marie, of Cazenovia, N.Y. and J. Charles Martorana,and his wife, Elizabeth, of Manassas, Va.; a sister, Ann Barrier, of Panama City, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Johnson, Mary Tretter, Maxine Davis; and four brothers, S.A. Stephenson, J.C. Stephenson, Reeves Stephenson and Francis Stephenson. Carrie graduated high school at 16, she knew math was what she would pursue at Louisiana Tech University. By the time she was 20, she had a master's in math from Louisiana State University. She taught for math 10 years at LSU Northeast until she married Marty and became a homemaker. Carrie and Marty moved many times with their family until finally settling in Centre Hall. She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, State College. She also was President of Penn State's Faculty Women's Club from 1990-1991. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College with the Father Michael A. Wolfe officiating. Burial will be in Boalsburg Cemetery. Instead of flowers the family is asking that Memorial contributions may be made to the Martorana Family Awards for Education, at 247 Chambers Building, University Park, PA 16802. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 22, 2014
Mikesell, Wilma - Coshocton  
Wilma (Axline) Mikesell April 18, 1921 December 12, 2014 Wilma M. (Axline) Mike-sell, 93, of Coshocton, OH passed away Friday, December 12, 2014, at Grant Medical Trauma Center in Columbus, OH. She resided at Windsorwood Place in Coshocton most of the past six years. She was born in Coshocton County on April 18, 1921, to D. D. and Esther (Bell) Axline. After she graduated from Perry-Pike High School in 1939, she married her husband of 55 years, L. Forrest Mikesell on January 1, 1941. Forrest and both her parents preceded her in death. Wilma is survived by her three sons: Sharell L. (Peggy Kraft), Lynn D. (Carol), and Jerry F. (Jacky) Mikesell; two grandchildren: Jason L. (Sherry) Mikesell, and Laura Mikesell (Duane) Miller; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Adam Miller; two step-great-grandchildren, Tad, Jr. and Bethany Landis complete the family. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Before she was married, Wilma worked a short time as a secretary at Union School. She was a devoted mother and wife, a committed Christian servant, a homemaker, and she counted her sons as her greatest accomplishments. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at the Cooperdale Nazarene Church for many years and many children adopted her as their grandmother over the years, (Laurel Raber Lauvray, Cheryl Schelski Smith, Betsy and Lauren LeBeau and the boys, Kristen Wood and their families, too!) She loved them all! She was a member of the Coshocton 1st Church of the Nazarene and loved to be there when her health permitted it. She participated in the Prime Timers Group, and loved to sing! She appreciated the services that are provided at Windsorwood Place on Sunday afternoons, particularly when Pastor Richard King was speaking, and when the Mathias children sang. She has had several surgeries over the last 18 years and God saw that she was ready and He called her home, where there is no more pain and no more suffering. The family would like to thank the staff at Windsorwood Place, Coshocton County Memorial ER Staff, Grant Medical Center Trauma Unit team, the doctors, nurses, and all those who helped make the final hours easier. Also, a "special thank-you" goes to Mary Roller, her best friend and next-door neighbor for the last several years for all her help during that time. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw. Pastors Steve Ward and Dave Boots officiated. Burial was in the Valley View Cemetery at Warsaw. Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 14th from 2-5 p.m. www.fischerfuneralhome.com . Memorial contributions may be made to the Coshocton 1st Church of the Nazarene, 1058 Orange St. Coshocton, OH 43812; or to any charity of the donor's choice.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 20, 2014
Musser, Lois  
Lois Korman Musser January 19, 1928 December 21, 2014 Lois Korman Musser, 86, a resident of Eagle Valley Personal Care Home, formerly of Bellefonte, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. She was born on Jan. 19, 1928, a daughter of the late Rufus D. and Ruth Meckley Korman. On July 4, 1948, she married Joseph C. Musser who died On Nov. 21, 2008. She was a graduate of Bellefonte High School. She was a homemaker. Lois was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Hublersburg. She was an avid bingo player during her time at Eagle Valley. She is survived by one daughter, Donna and Tom Taylor, of Bellefonte; two sons, James and Diane Musser, of Bellefonte and Leon and Donna Musser, of Mechanicsville, Va.; six grandchildren, Christy Taylor, Joseph, Chad, Christopher, Emily and Matthew Musser; and three great grandchildren, Kaiden, Zoey and Brycen Musser. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kermit Korman. Her son Barry Musser preceded her in death in 2008. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Kader-Neff Funeral Home, 135 W. Main St., Howard, with Rev. Andrew Morgan officiating. Private committal will be at Meyer Cemetery, Bellefonte. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Eagle valley Personal Care Home Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 8969, Milesburg, PA 16853. Online condolences can be made at www.Kader-Neff.com
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Published in Centre Daily Times from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2014
Nixon, Richard - State College  
Richard (Dick)Paul Nixon February 22, 1960 December 18, 2014 Richard (Dick) Paul Nixon, 54, of State College, died Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Mt. Nittany Medical Center at State College. He was born February 22, 1960 in Wilkes Barre, a son of the late James and Constance Callahan Nixon. On February 23, 1980 he married Dawn Marie Davenport who survives at home. He was a graduate of Dallas High School and attended Penn State University. Most of his working life he was employed in the building construction industry. Mr. Nixon was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in State College. He was an avid golfer, an avid Red Sox Fan and Penn State Sports fan. Dick enjoyed hunting and fishing, and most importantly enjoyed spending time with his grandson Kaleb. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Douglas R. Nixon and his wife (Ciara) of Millheim; one grandson Kaleb Nixon; two sisters, Pat Repotski and her husband Mike, of North Carolina, and Ruth Ann Beck and her husband Dennis of Lititz, PA; and one brother The Reverend James Nixon and his wife Joan of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 - 4 p. m. Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service, PC 1034 Benner Pike, State College, PA. A memorial service will follow immediately at 4:00 p. m at the funeral home. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Ave. State College, PA 16801 or to Pets Come First, 2451 General Potter Highway, Centre Hall, PA 16828; or to PAWS 1401 Trout Road, State College, 16801. An online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 20, 2014
Orndorf, Martha - Debois  
Martha S. Orndorf August 1, 1922 December 17, 2014 Martha S. Orndorf, 92, of DuBois, formerly of Centre County, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home. Born on August 1, 1922 in Madisonburg, Martha was a daughter of the late John S. and Cora Shaffer Rishel. She was a 1940 graduate of the former Miles Township High School. On October 9, 1943, Martha married Earl H. Orndorf, who preceded her in death in 1955. Martha is survived by two daughters, Lois M. Albright of Centre Hall and Charlotte I. Lamey (Steven) of Advance, NC and two sisters, Mary Gilmore of Millheim and Arlene Decker of Bellefonte. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Grove and Charlotte Rishel; three brothers, Dervin, Harry and George Rishel, one infant brother and one son-in-law, Harold Albright. Family and friends will be received from 10-11 am on Monday, December 22nd at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Woodward. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Chris Lutz officiating. Martha will be laid to rest in Woodward Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Martha may be given to Trinity United Methodist Church, Po Box 157, Woodward, PA 16882. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Steven R. Neff Funeral Home in Millheim. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stevenrnefffuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 21, 2014
Peters, Larry - Pleasant Gap  
Larry T. Peters November 21, 1949 December 22, 2014 Larry T. Peters , 65, of Pleasant Gap, passed away at his residence on December 22, 2014. Born November 21, 1949, in Bellefonte. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Larry was a Lab Technician at Restek. He was an avid Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan. He was a member of the Bellefonte VFW Post 1600 and was Commander for two years of the Milesburg American Legion Post 893 and also served four years as president. Larry is survived by his long time companion, Mary Kerstetter; two sons, Walter (Hope) Peters of Bellefonte and Christopher (Lana) Peters of Pleasant Gap; two brothers, Walter Peters of Runville and Steven Peters of Wingate and two grandchildren, Andrew Peters and Katherine Peters. Larry is also survived by his two dogs, Lassie and Lucy. Larry was the son of the late Walter and Bertie Lou Rhoades Peters. Service will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:00am at Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, 201 Spring St., Milesburg, where military honors will be accorded. Pastor Douglas W. Mellott officiating. Family and Friends will be received at the funeral home on Sunday, December 28, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Burial will be in New Union Cemetery, Union Twp., Centre Co. Arrangements are under the direction of Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, Milesburg, Pa. Online condolences may be made at www.deankwetzlerfuneralhome. com.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 24, 2014
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