Jul 07, 1942 - Nov 30, 2023
William Albert Gannon
Mar 02, 1946 - Feb 19, 2024
William Albert Gannon, 77The seventy-seven years of William A. Gannon's inspiring and productive life will be celebrated in his hometown of Wyalusing, PA, on Saturday, March 2 in his boyhood church. Bill, who died at his Harrisburg home, on February 19, 2024, grew up in Wyalusing, the son of loving parents, Max P. and Eleanor Whiteley Gannon, and was educated in the schools that his father administered as supervising principal and ultimately district superintendent.He often recalled those years as an idyllic childhood and always made it a point to attend the reunions of the Wyalusing Valley High School Class of 1965. He is still remembered for his loyalty to friends and family and a sense of humor that was uniquely his.After graduating from high school and heading off to college with aspirations of becoming an art teacher, his life would change dramatically on Dec. 30, 1965, during the Christmas break of his freshman year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He was a passenger in a car returning from a high school basketball game on a slippery road and barely two miles from home, when the car left the road, almost claiming his life in the crash. He survived but awakened to learn that he was paralyzed from the chest down, a paraplegic, and that he faced months of rehabilitation before he could return to the pursuit of whatever life awaited him.He returned to IUP in a wheelchair the following fall but discovered it was not handicapped accessible and transferred to King's College in Wilkes-Barre. He changed his major to psychology and graduated in the spring of 1971, determined to do something for physically disabled people like himself.First, after earning his bachelor's degree, he needed a job, and was hired as a planner with the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission (NTRPDC). Two years later, in 1973, he was hired as Executive Director of SERVE, Inc. SERVE provided- and still does community integration services to people with disabilities.It was there that he came to realize that government at all levels was deficient in providing access to disabled people who had skills to offer. It wasn't just the disabled for whom he was concerned. It was average people in places like Wyalusing who felt that government was more of a hindrance than a help. He decided that public service was the way to go, and that meant entering a world few people confined to wheelchairs dared to enter.From County Commissioner to Serving Pennsylvania's DisabledIn 1975, with his brother, Max, and friend, Torn Abell, he went on the demanding campaign trail. The result was an election victory for Bradford County Commissioner and his first four year term in office in 1976. Voters returned him to office two more times until completing his third term in 1988. His years as county commissioner made him one of the most recognizable figures in the region. As is often the case in politics, there were heated debates and challenging elections, but Bill was known to strongly state his opinions and stick to his guns when he believed he was right and what was best for his constituents.As a county commissioner, he served on state and regional councils and committees, including as chairman of the State Health Coordinating Council; member of both the Pennsylvania and National Associations of County Commissioners; chairman of the Northern Tier Area Agency on Aging; vice chair of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; president of the NY-Penn Health Planning Council; chairman of the Pennsylvania Accessibility Advisory Board, and numerous other affiliations over the years during and after his years as commissioner.After 12 years of local politics and county government, Bill spent about six years in the private sector as a Manager for Gannon Associates Insurance, before public service called again- this time from Gov. Tom Ridge in 1995 where he was asked to serve in the Department of Public Welfare as Deputy Secretary of the Office of Social Programs. He continued with Gov. Ridge's Republican successor, Mark Schweiker, as Policy Director of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.When Democrat Ed Rendell was elected governor, Bill became Executive Director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation from which "he directed the provision of vocational rehabilitation services to Pennsylvanians with disabilities." He served in that capacity until his retirement from public service in 2011.During his sixteen years in Harrisburg, he and his wife, Kathy, moved from Bradford County to the Harrisburg area where they resided until his death. During his years of retirement, Bill dealt with various serious health issues and survived them all, humor intact. Not long into his retirement, he was able to conquer the intrusion of cancer due to a successful bone marrowtransplant in the fall of 2013, thanks to a young woman from Oregon named Courtney Johnsen, who turned out to be a perfect match. He subsequently invited Courtney and her family to Harrisburg for a joyful celebration. That miracle added another decade to his life.Bill is survived by his wife Kathleen to whom he was married for more that thirty years, and the following children from his two blended families: Krista Gannon Caverly, Alan Brockway, Jennifer Neill and Kate Ruddick Young. He is also survived by his sister, Catherine Gannon, Endicott, NY; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Skillings (Wes), Wyalusing, and brother and sister in-law, Max P. Jr. (Maureen), Athens. His surviving nieces and nephews are Mark Gannon, Cyndie Gannon Cooper, Pamela Skillings (Andre), Jeremy Skillings and Genel Depuysselier.The funeral will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11 a.m. at the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, where Bill remained a member. Condolences may be offered to family members in the sanctuary from 9:30 to 11 a.m. A luncheon will be held immediately after the funeral with the location to be announced at the ceremony. All attendees are invited to attend and share memories of Bill there, as well as at the funeral itself.Memorials in his name may go through the Wyalusing Area Education Foundation (PO Box 204, Wyalusing, PA 18853) for scholarships to Wyalusing Valley High School graduates seeking college degrees pertaining to vocational rehabilitation and/or physical therapy. Donations may also be made to SERVE Inc., Monroeton Road U.S. 220, Monroe, PA 18832 in Bill's name.
Harold R. Price
Nov 24, 1932 - Feb 25, 2024
Harold R. Price Obituary Harold R. Price, 91, of Harrisburg passed away Sunday, February 25, 2024. Born November 24, 1932 in Lewistown, he was a son of the late John and Margaret (Lash) Price and also preceded in death by his brother Donald Price. A retired Minister of Music, Harold was a true servant, serving God, his country, fellow people, and especially his family. He was a member of GracePoint Church, Palmyra and the Hershey Region AACA. Harold was a U.S. Army veteran and enjoyed antique cars. Along with his wife, he served many through the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, including Katrina, the Twin Towers, and flooding in Florida. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Surviving are his wife of 70 years Joanne R. (Richard) Price; daughter Patrice, wife of M. Jon Whitson; and grandson Bradford Price Whitson. A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, March 1, 2024 at Buse Funeral Home, 145 North Grant Street, Palmyra with interment in Maitland Cemetery, Lewistown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Harold R. Price, please visit our floral store. Read More
Nov 19, 1933 - Feb 20, 2024
Jeane, 90, passed away peacefully at home with family. She is predeceased by her husband, Edwin, and daughter, Mary. She is survived by two daughters, Sallie and Anne (Todd). Her parents (William and Jeane) were both teachers, probably explaining her lifelong thirst for knowledge and broad interest in life and the world. After a short career working as an operator for Bell Telephone, she met and married Edwin "Ned" Aycock, a WWII veteran, ironworker, businessman and outdoorsman. Jeane was a loving wife and mother and doted on her grandchildren, Derek, Liam, Ella, and Nolan. Jeane spent much of her spare time volunteering and fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she served as the Central Pennsylvania chapter president. Additionally, she devoted decades of service to her home parish of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Harrisburg, where she helped with cleaning the church, organizing fundraisers, ironing the priests vestments, and delivering communion to home-bound parishioners. She also volunteered with the local Meals on Wheels. Jeane was a world traveler, an avid reader, and lover of the arts. She devotedly provided opportunities for her children and grandchildren to experience the arts. She created and nurtured a large flower garden at her family home that kept her busy spring and summer. Of Jeane's many virtues, most obvious were her incredible kindness, commitment to service, generosity, and a humility that endeared her to everyone she met. Jeane will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. The Mass of the Resurrection will be said at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 10:00 AM. Private burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org
Robert Blake Morris
Oct 09, 1957 - Feb 21, 2024
Robert Blake Morris, age 66, of Harrisburg, PA passed away on February 21, 2024. He was born on October 9, 1957 to Charles and Jane Morris. In his spare time, Rob enjoyed music, especially singing and playing his guitar. HM Patterson Canton hill is honored to serve the mom's family.
William M. Mack
Jul 06, 1942 - Feb 21, 2024
William M. Mack Obituary William M. Mack, 81, of Harrisburg, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Born July 6, 1942 in Newton, New Jersey, he was a son of the late Lamont and Gertrude (Griffis) Mack and preceded in death by brother Richard Mack and nephew Matt Steinbacher. He retired from the U. S. Army and later served with the Secret Service for several presidents. During the Vietnam War, Bill received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation. Surviving are his wife of 10 years Heather D. (Fraser) Mack; children Thierry Mack (Kathy), Karen Osborne (David) and Michelle Sisk (widow of Ray); granddaughter Kristine Sisk; siblings Jack Mack (Debbie), Wanita Ebell (Jerry), Patricia Pardue (widow of Wesley); nephew Ricky Steinbacher; sister-in law Joyce Mack; step children Jeff Farnell, Shelley O’Connell (Michael), Susan Dittmar (Matthew); step grandchildren Bryce Farnell, Tyler Farnell (Marcella), Brianna O’Connell, Grayson O’Connell (Rifka), Kelsey Dittmar and Eric Dittmar; beloved dog Maggie and cat Annie. A funeral service will be held 11:30 AM Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at Buse Funeral Home, 9066 Jonestown Road, Grantville, preceded by a viewing beginning at 10:30 AM. Interment, with military honors, will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon, PA 17042. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William M. Mack, please visit our floral store. Read More
Josephine Fabian Kusnir
Jun 10, 1922 - Feb 19, 2024
Josephine Fabian Kusnir, 101, of Harrisburg, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 at Carolyn’s House. Born June 10, 1922 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Niccolena (Camella) Sansone; and preceded in death by her husbands, Frank S. Kusnir Jr and John Fabian. Surviving is her son, John Fabian and his wife Christine; 4 grandchildren, Larissa Curcio (Paul), John A. Fabian (Jenna), Alexandra McMahon (Mike) and Justine Fabian; 7 great-grandchildren, Isabella, Paul and Lilly Curcio, Quinn and Wren Fabian and Patrick and Everett McMahon. Josephine was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Harrisburg Bridge Club, Paxtang Civic Club, Capital City Ex POW Ladies Auxillary, American Legion Post 1001 Ladies Auxillary and the New Cumberland VFW Post 7415 Ladies Auxillary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12:00 PM Friday, February 23, 2024 at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 4000 Derry St., Harrisburg. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. A viewing will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, February 22, 2024 in the Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg and 11:00 AM Friday until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 4000 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA 17111 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Ralph Eugene Gillette
Aug 13, 1934 - Feb 17, 2024
Ralph Eugene Gillette, 89, died peacefully in Carolyn’s House (Hospice of Central PA) in Harrisburg, PA on February 17, 2024. Ralph was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara; his parents, Glenn and Lillian; his brother Roger and his sister Carolyn. He is survived by his four children, Merri Jo (Jude), Jane (Charlie), Joseph (Lisa) & Jonathan, as well as 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.Born and raised on a farm in Cedar Springs, Michigan, Ralph excelled in school and athletics, especially football. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan U. and got married to Barbara on June 30, 1956. After serving the US Army in Germany during the post-Korean War years, he returned to Michigan to begin his career as a teacher in Charlotte, MI. Recruited by Stony Brook School on Long Island to teach English and coach football, he began working at independent schools in 1962. Over the course of his career, Ralph worked at 8 different schools in five different states around the country and earned 2 masters degrees, one from Wheaton College and one from the U of Minnesota.He served as Head of School at four stops along the way (one being the Harrisburg Academy from 1978 to 1986). His earlier positions included teaching poetry and public speaking, debate team coach, director of admissions, dean of students, and middle school principal. His passion for being an educator and school leader impacted the lives of thousands through the years, including his students as well as the many faculty and staff members with whom he served. His overarching philosophy could be summed up as seeing the unique qualities in everyone, he believed in them, encouraged them, and expected much of them. A devout Christian, he always joined and served the local church in the community in which he lived and worked. He and Barbara were longtime members of St. Stephens Episcopal on Front Street in Harrisburg.More than anything else in his life, Ralph was devoted to his wife and children. In his later years, he could often be found attending a sporting event or the graduation of one of his grandchildren. His fighting spirit is evidenced by his 31-year long bout with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by many.The family is planning to remember Ralph and Barbara and their 56-year marriage at a small private service on the Green River in southeastern Vermont where they owned a home for many years.Donations can be made in Ralph’s memory either to the Harrisburg Academy https://donate.onecause.com/donatenow23-24 or to Carolyn’s House at https://form-renderer-app.donorperfect.io/give/hospice-of-central-pennsylvania/memorials
William M. Dauberman
Apr 14, 1963 - Feb 17, 2024
William M. "Bill" Dauberman, 60, of Muir, passed away Saturday morning, February 17, 2024 at Select Specialty Hospital, Harrisburg. Bill was currently employed as a maintenance technician at Ingram Micro. He was very involved with the local fire companies, where he was first assistant chief and past president of the former Reinerton Fire Company. He was currently a member of the Orwin Fire Company. Bill was an avid outdoorsman and could often be found hunting and fishing. He was a life member of the NRA and enjoyed target shooting. He loved riding around on his four wheeler and had a impressive collection of tools. Above all else, Bill's daughters and grandchildren were his world. He was very involved in all of their lives and enjoyed coaching softball and baseball for their teams. He spent many hours with his grandson Aaron, whether it was out in nature, shooting, or just spending time with one another. Surviving are his three daughters, Carissa Witmer (Brad), Zion Grove, Alana Dauberman, Muir, and Celina Dauberman (Dave), Minersville; four grandchildren, Aaron, Isaiah, Jaylan, and Emma; two sisters, Crystal Pribilla, and Brenda Kahler; a brother, Glenn Dauberman. The family would like to give special thanks to Bill's friends who were always there for him, Scott and Donna Schwalm, Mark and Pauline Ellis, and Gary and Christa Snyder. A Celebration of Bill's life will be held Friday, February 23, 2024 at 6:00 PM from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home. A visitation will be held from 5-6. Bill will be laid to rest privately in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin. Memorial donations in Bill's memory can be made to any local fire company. To send condolences to the family, visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com.
Paul L. Forney Jr.
Jan 07, 1933 - Feb 11, 2024
Paul L. “Sonny” Forney Jr. passed Sunday, February 11, 2024 surrounded by family and loved ones at Harrisburg Hospital. Born January 7, 1933, he was the oldest son of 6 children born to Paul Forney Sr. and Winifred Ann (Smee) Forney.Paul attended Swatara High School in Oberlin and served in the US Army during the Korean War. After his service in Korea, he worked as a mechanic for the federal government, first working at the Olmstead Air Force Base and eventually moving to the New Cumberland Army Depot where he retired in 1988.Paul was a gentle, patient, reliable, helpful and kind family man and was the rock in the lives of many generations. He was known to drop by for a chat or you could also pop in to see him. He enjoyed attending family events and was always there when you needed him. He was also sharp as a tack. Always up for verbal sparring. Sometimes you wouldn’t even realize all the jokes he made at your expense until later but he was never mean, just wittier than you!Paul was a dedicated church member, serving as Deacon of the Neidig Memorial United Methodist Church for many years. His acts of service to the church spanned everything from Trustee to lawn maintenance. He was always available to the congregation and the minister and gladly provided whatever he could.Paul is survived by his wife of 52 years Bonnie Miller and his 8 daughters; Susan Runkle, Paula Forney Wiers, Kelly Freed, Amy Forney, Tammy Orsinger, Debra Noles, Sheila Miller, and Daniel J. Miller. He is survived by his three sisters; Jean Saltzer, Dolores Speelman, and Nancy Forney along with 17 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Neidig Memorial United Methodist Church, 1251 Highland Street, Oberlin, PA 17113.
Stella Marie Benson
May 06, 1991 - Feb 12, 2024
Stella Marie Benson, 32, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 12, 2024. She was born on May 6, 1991, in Harrisburg, PA, to Tonya Benson and George Williamson.She obtained her GED and licenses for Cosmetology and Certified Nurse Assistant. She worked in numerous positions as a home health assistant. Stella attended Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church. Stella enjoyed swimming, singing, and making people laugh. Stella found ways to spread happiness with her giving nature, her playfulness, her smart-aleck comments, and her tender heart. She was personally responsible for rescuing numerous animals living on the streets of Harrisburg.In addition to her parents, Stella leaves behind her grandmothers, Shirley Williamson and Nancy Benson; 3 brothers; 6 sisters; and many friends.A Celebration of her Life will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024, 11am, at the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church, 2217 Derry St, Harrisburg, PA 17104.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Harrisburg, Inc., 7790 Grayson Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17111 or online at www.humanesocietyhbg.org/honor-a-life/ or to Christian Churches United, 413 S 19th Street, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17104 at www.ccuhbg.org.