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Schreck, Jennifer L. - Northfield Center  
Jennifer Leigh (Byers) Schreck Jennifer Leigh (Byers) Schreck, of Aurora, Ohio, died on Wednesday, August 26th. Her remarkable journey on earth ended after a long, courageous battle against cancer. Her life will forever serve as inspiration to those fortunate enough to have known her. A 1990 graduate of State College Area High School, she enjoyed playing field hockey, swimming and babysitting while she was in high school. She attended Keystone College from 1991-1992, and graduated from the Centre County Vo-Tech and became an LPN in 1994. She was born in Bellefonte during the Agnes Flood and was the younger of James and Noreen Byers' two children. She is survived by her parents; along with her husband of nearly 19 years, Mark; her brother, Jeff; and the brightest lights of her life, sons Samuel, 13 and C.J., 11. She was preceded in death by her Uncle Hal and Aunt Diane; as well as her grandparents, John Paul Nossek, Lucille Nossek, Hal Byers and Helen Byers. She married Mark Schreck on November 9, 1996. Her best friend remained patient and compassionate throughout her battle and their love helped them through the toughest of times. He was the rock the both she and her family needed and his love for her was always readily apparent but showed through in ways nobody could reasonably have expected during her battle with cancer. Marrying Mark was the best decision she ever made because it led the family that was even better than she could have ever dreamed. Jennifer was active in the Catholic Church and it strengthened the bond between Mark and her. She made many meaningful relationships through the church but none more so than the friendship she forged with Father Jino Mwaka. His inspiration helped her greatly through her journey and undoubtedly with her transition. Although she was many things to many people, the role she always wanted and the role she cherished most was that of mom. It was a lifelong dream of hers to be a mom and she thrived at the motherhood. She loved cheering on her boys at soccer games and other sporting events, creating meals and baking treats for them, helping organize the last day of school activities in her neighborhood and always looked for new ways to help her boys fulfill their potential. She was fortunate to have lived in two great neighborhoods - the one where she was raised in Lemont and the one where was raising her sons in Aurora, Ohio. The people in those neighborhoods helped her more than they will ever know in her life's journey. She enjoyed the outdoors and would go for long walks and hikes with her family and dogs. She loved the water, whether swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking or just sitting by it, the water made her feel both at home and at peace. Jen enjoyed spending time with her family and loved family vacations. She especially enjoyed spending time with the kids of all her relatives. She also enjoyed her Facebook and loved catching up with friends there and also loved her long conversations on the phone with her mom as well as her many friends. She loved to get the very latest news on the many people she cared about and share that news with friends and family. With a knack for helping people when they needed it most, it was rewarding to see her receive the overwhelming support she did when she needed it most. She also liked reading, shopping, movies and volunteering her time to help others. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on behalf of Jen, to Father Jino Mwaka's school at: Gulu Help Foundation, 7602 Debonaire Dr., Mentor, OH 44060, guluhelp.wordpress.com . Visitation will be on Sunday, August 30th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Johnson Romito Funeral Home, 99 W. Aurora Rd., Northfield Center, OH 44067, 1-330-468-1443, and at Church on Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 342 S. Chillicothe Rd., Aurora, Ohio on Monday, August 31st at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a celebration of life for Jennifer from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th at her parents' home at 3282 Shingletown Rd., State College, PA 16801. www.johnsonromito.com
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Aug. 28, 2015
Shemas, Hazel A. - State College  
Hazel Agatha Shemas December 28, 1919 August 24, 2015 Hazel Agatha Shemas, 95, of State College, formerly of DuBois, died Monday, August 24, 2015, at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College. Born December 28, 1919, in Morrisdale, she was the daughter of the late Cecil B. and Luella E. Sones Coble. She married Michael Shemas, on July 13, 1946, who preceded her in death on March 17, 1976. She is survived by two children, Jacquelyn K. Allen and her husband, Charles, of DuBois and Sharon A. Rivell and her husband, Richard, of State College; two sisters, Odessa Lamb, of Philipsburg and Leora Quick, of Wallaceton; three grandchildren, Gerald (Annie) Allen, Darien, Conn., C. Howard (Miranda) Allen, DuBois and Anne Marie Rivell, State College; and four great grand-children, Hannah, Mariah, Charlotte and Teddy. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Agnes Hubler, Elvada Mucha, Beverly Schucker and Leona Gallaher; and four brothers, Maynard, Sanford, Leo and Gerald Coble. Hazel was employed at Montgomery Ward in DuBois from 1978-1984, however, she was a homemaker for most of her life. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in State College, Trinity Lutheran Church in DuBois, Ladies Auxiliary for the American Legion Post #17 in DuBois for 40 years and served as President of the New Hope Circle at Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner Street, State College. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church with the Reverend Alison S. Bowlan officiating. Burial will be in Morningside Cemetery, DuBois at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grace Lutheran Church, Attn: Women of Grace, 205 S. Garner Street, State College, PA 16801. 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 Aug. 26, 2015
Snitger, Mary - State College  
Mary Lou Snitger March 27, 1922 June 23, 2015 Mary Lou Snitger, 93, photographer and long time resident of State College, PA, died June 23, 2015, at Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Jamaica Plain, MA. She married Charles R. Snitger in 1979 who preceded her in death on May 15, 2004. She was born on March 27, 1922 in Indiana, PA and was the daughter of the late Carl and Vera Randall Douglas. She graduated from Indiana High School 1940, and began her career in photography as a partner with her father in Douglas Photographic Studios. She also graduated from Eastman Kodak School of Photography in 1942. Mary Lou married Jack Risheberger in 1947 and relocated to State College, PA when he returned to study at Penn State University following World War II. Her daughter, Anne, was born in 1949 and her son, Jack in 1953. While raising a family, she continued her work as a photographer, both privately and while employed by Bob Breon at Penn State Photo Shop. She also worked for the Centre County Film Lab, and was employed at Penn State University Photographic Services from 1969 until her retirement in 1986. In addition to her employment, Mary Lou was a prolific photographer of portraits, group public relations photos, and weddings. She volunteered her photographic services for numerous organizations including St. Paul's Methodist Church and the American Cancer Society, and she was named Volunteer of the Year by this society in 1977. She also exhibited her work in the State College area including exhibitions at the Centre Pennsylvania Arts Festival. She is survived by two children, Anne Trecker and her husband, Stan, of Brookline, MA, and Jack W. Risheberger and his wife, Tracie, of Ashville, NC, as well as four step-children, Charles R. Snitger and his wife, Joyce, of Beaver, PA, J. Edward Snitger and his wife, Jeanne of Beaver, PA, David R. Snitger and his wife, Caroleanne of New Cumberland, PA, and Catherine S. Harrington of St. Augustine, Florida. Mary Lou also leaves four grandchildren, Heather Halem, Amanda Trecker, Ali Risheberger and Morgan Risheberger, seven step-grandchildren Dana Scott, Jennifer Deelo, Korey Harrington, Stacey Harrington-Butts, Kara Yost, Katie Mace and Ali Snitger. In addition she also leaves, two great-grandchildren, and four step-great grandchildren. Mary Lou was an active member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church of State College and the Friendship Sunday School class. Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, State College at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 28, 2015, with Rev. Eric Shafer officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 250 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801. 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 Aug. 23, 2015
Stoltzfus, Elam - Mill Hall  
Elam B. Stoltzfus December 6, 1939 August 21, 2015 Elam B. Stoltzfus, 75, 147 Earl Lane, Mill Hall, PA died August 21, 2015, in Miles Township, Centre County, PA following a buggy-truck accident. Born December 6, 1939 in Caernarvo Township, Lancaster County, PA he was the son of the late Daniel B. and Naomi Stoltzfus Stoltzfus. On December 12, 1963 he married Katie E. Stoltzfus who survives at home. He is also survived by five daughters: Emma (John R.) Lapp, Rebersburg, PA, Sally, Naomi and Martha Stoltzfus and Catherine (Stephan S.) Zook, all of Mill Hall, PA; three sons: Mark J. (Sarah) Stoltzfus, John F. (Naomi) Stoltzfus and Daniel J. (Lydia) Stoltzfus, all of Mill Hall, PA; two sisters: Rachel (Chris) Stoltzfus, Somerset, PA and Anna (Paul) Stoltzfus, Morgantown, PA; two brothers: John D. Stoltzfus, Honey Brook, PA and Daniel B. (Sarah) Stoltzfus, Mill Hall, PA; 33 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by one grandson and two brothers. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 24, 2015, at 12:00 Noon (11 AM EST) in the family residence, 147 Earl Lane, Mill Hall, PA. Friends will be received after 9:00 AM Sunday at the residence. Interment in East End Amish Cemetery, Mill Hall, PA. Arrangements entrusted to the Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, PA 17751. Online condolences may be made at at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.org .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Aug. 23, 2015
Tressler, Donald J.  
Donald James Tressler December 1, 1932 August 23, 2015 Donald James Tressler, 82, of State College, died Sunday, August 23, 2015, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born December 1, 1932, in State College, he was the son of the late Wilbur Carl "Spike" and Margaret Theresa Mitchell Tressler. He married Marcile Althea Fisher on June 17, 1956, who survives at home. He is survived by his brother, Robert L. Tressler and his wife, Jean, of New Holland; and brother-in-law, Barry Fisher (Patti), of State College; and the following nieces and nephews: Peggy Zentner (Charles) of Venice, Fla.; David Zentner (Pamela), of State College; Michael Zentner (Courtney), of Boston Mass.; Joshua Zentner (Jessica) and their children, Joshua Thomas and Julia Marie, of Cornwall; Donna Loesch, of State College; Amy Burkholder (Bradley), of Reinholds; Robert Tressler II (Lori) their children, Stephanie, Robert III, and Alissa, of Bristol; James Tressler (Kelly) and son, Benjamin, of Reamstown. Don is also survived by a long time special family Muchen Lee, husband Joe Verica, and their daughters Maria and LeAnn Verica. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley L. Loesch. Don was a 1951 graduate of State College High School. He received his Bachelor's in Accounting from Penn State University in 1960. Don served in both the United States Army and Air Force graduating from Officer Candidate School 3rd Battalion 11th Infantry Regiment in 1954. He was also a graduate of The Air War College and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in June of 1984. In 1993, he was inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of numerous accommodations and medals for his military service. After being hired in 1962, Don served as Bursar of Penn State University until retiring in 1989, after 27 years of service. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church for over 60 years and the Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge No. 700 for 58 years. Don was also a member of The PA Society Sons of the American Revolution where he recently served as a Centre County Chapter President as well as the State President in 1995. Don was also a member of Rotary International Club of State College for 60 years where he served as a past President of the State College Evening Club as well as a past District Governor. Don enjoyed spending time with his wife and family at their farm in Spring Mills. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton Street, State College. Visitation will also be held at Grace Lutheran Church, Thursday, August 27, 2015, from 10-11 a.m. Funeral service will follow with the Reverend Scott Schul officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hall Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Harkens Hall following the grave site service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St., State College, PA 16801. 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 Aug. 25, 2015
Weaver, Donald - State College  
Donald Russell Weaver July 26, 1936 August 28, 2015 Donald Russell Weaver, 79, of State College, died August 28, 2015, at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College. Born July 26, 1936 in Philipsburg, he was the son of the late Russell Sylvester and Eunice Virginia Williams Weaver. He married Helen Laird, on August 27, 1959, who survives at home. He is survived by a son, Keith E. Weaver, of State College, a sister, Barbara E. Weaver, of State College, numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Nikki. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul D. Weaver. He served in the United States Air Force. Don was a 1954 graduate of Port Martilda High School. He attended Penn State University. He was employed as an Electrical Engineer with Kraullsramer Branson of Lewistown and Secor of State College. He was a member of the Bald Eagle Baptist Church in Martha's Furnace. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and camper. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton Street, State College. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on September 1, 2015, at Koch Funeral Home with Reverend Sam Reese officiating. Burial will be in Williams Cemetery, Martha's Furnace. 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 Aug. 30, 2015
Zampelli, Frank A.  
Frank A. (Joe) Zampelli May 19, 1938 August 26, 2015 Frank A. "Joe" Zampelli, 77, of Lewistown died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Geis- inger-Lewistown Hospital. Born May 19, 1938, in Lewistown he was a son of the late Frank P. and H. LaRue (Barnes) Zampelli. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward E. Zampelli. He is survived by: his wife, Joan C. (Krout) Zampelli, whom he married May 17, 1961; children, Angela Volz and husband, Ken, of State College, Lisa Jordan and husband, Kyle, of State College and Andrea Zampelli and husband, Matt Lipinski, of West Chester; seven grandchildren, Kira Jerzerick, Dominic Baronio, Kyle Volz, Marisa Daniel, Eleanor Jordan, Jameson Lipinski and Rowen Lipinski; one great-grandson, Jackson Daniel; sister, Shirley Sturtz-Davis, of State College; and brother, James J. Zampelli, of Harrisburg. He served in the National Guard for nine years. Joe was a 1958 graduate of Lewistown Vo-Tech. He also attended Blender Tongue Labs, Peavey School, Scientific Atlanta School and Motorola School. Joe was owner/oper- ator of Zampelli Electronics and Cabletronic, Inc. He installed ground systems in churches, football fields and schools, including Juniata College graduation, Huntingdon and Juniata County Fairs and also did the paging and sound for the shows at the Grange Fair. Joe was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. In his younger years he played in the accordion band for weddings and parties. He liked playing the organ and piano. He also enjoyed displaying lights around his home at Christmas time. Joe served on the JVB Advisory Board for 14 years, was a life member of the Elks Club, Fame Ambulance Service and Fame Fire Co., and life member of Belleville Fire Co. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 31 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 106 N. Dorcas St., Lewistown with Father William Weary officiating. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, August 30 at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Inc., Woodlawn, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown. A private interment will take place in Juniata Memorial Park. Memorials in Joe's name may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.hellerhoenstinefuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Aug. 29, 2015
Zimmerman, Rima - State College  
Rima G. Zimmerman July 13, 1925 August 20, 2015 Rima Grossman Zimmerman died on August 20, 2015, at her home in Foxdale Village, State College, PA, after complications following a hip fracture. She confronted the afflictions of age, which included widowhood, profound deafness, arthritis, and finally dementia, with great courage, determined to maintain her independence and engagement with a close-knit network of family and friends. Rima was born in New York City, the daughter of Dr. Isaac Grossman and Anna Toner, and younger sister of Morris and Jack Grossman. The Little Red School House and Elizabeth Irwin High School, public schools that emphasized creativity over rote learning, shaped her early learning. Rima's informal education was equally influential: Her mother had worked in a garment sweatshop, and Rima grew up sensitive to what she called "problems of the poor." She met her future husband at a political demonstration. A mutual friend introduced her to a Cornell freshman, Leonard Zimmerman, and they hit it off during the walk home. They continued to see each other whenever possible after Rima began college at New York University. They married soon after Lenny's return from army service overseas, selecting a memorable date for a wedding -Thanksgiving Day 1946. "We couldn't wait," Rima recalled. She joined him at Cornell, where she completed her bachelor's degree in labor economics in 1948, and began work toward her master's degree. With their first child, Erik, they moved to State College, where Len became an assistant professor in microbiology at the Pennsylvania State University. "Although those early years were not easy economically, meeting people working in many different fields made it an exciting and extremely interesting time," Rima told her family. Two more children, Raul and Leda, followed in the next decade. While Rima took on what she called "a few insignificant jobs," including starting a catering group, she was primarily occupied with creating a loving home, a place notably graced by her artistic sensibility. Rima's warmth enveloped not just her family, but a large group of friends, for whom she was a faithful confidante and advisor. She also served as an essential partner for Lenny as he became a department head, and then dean of the College of Science at Penn State. "We were expected to entertain, which didn't always come naturally to either of us," she said. Accomplished cook and host, Rima managed all her roles with finesse. After Lenny died in 2002, Rima learned to "live more independently," she said. "I've been surprised and pleased by how well I've coped." Among her life's many pleasures: discussing politics, whether academic or international; antiquing; playing poker, Scrabble, and Jeopardy; attending concerts and plays; and supporting organizations that advanced civil rights, gender equality, and economic justice. Above all, Rima drew people close, and became deeply invested in their lives. Her children and seven grandchildren benefited profoundly from her empathy and fierce affection and will miss her just as profoundly. The family plans a private memorial service. Memorial contributions in Rima's memory may be made to: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. ATTN: Online Services Program, 434 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001 or to Foxdale Village Training & Tuition Fund, 500 E. Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801, Memo Line: Rima G. Zimmerman. 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 Aug. 23, 2015
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