Alma Susan Niswander Goetz, age 99, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 10:48 p.m. at The Shook Home, where she had resided for the past five years. She was born near Greencastle on August 26, 1918, the youngest of seven children of the late Rev. Albert Martin Niswander and Alta Sheely. She was the last of her immediate family. On September 15, 1946 she married Richard Sprecher Goetz in Hagerstown, MD. After marriage she took up residence in Lemasters with her father for a short time before moving to her first home on Elder Street. To meet the needs of a growing family she moved a few years later to a larger home at 514 North Franklin Street where she resided for almost 50 years. Following the death of her husband on June 12, 2002, she moved to Sanibel Lane where she lived for eight years before moving into The Quarters at the Shook Home. In 1936 Alma graduated from the Lemasters High School. In her early years she was employed at the former Heinz Company where she met her future husband. She later worked at the J. Schoeneman Company. She sold Stanley products and Avon products for a number of years and volunteered with AARP. She was last employed at the J.C. Penney Company. She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church. Alma enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, RV camping, and spending winters in Florida. During her later years she was rarely seen without a puzzle book on her lap and a pen in her hand. She remained active for her age, even delivering Meals on Wheels at the age of eighty-five. She was a good friend, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Alma will be sadly missed by her six children: Richard L. (Hsui-Li) Goetz of Burke, VA; Sheryl (Mike) Fisher of Chambersburg; James C. (Sharon) Goetz of Chambersburg; Perry L. (Debra) Goetz of Chambersburg; Sheila L. Goetz and life partner Thomas Krueger of Boulder, CO; and Mark A. Goetz of Aurora, CO. Her ten grandchildren include: Dennis Goetz, Adam Fisher, Kiely Fisher, Brea Dennis, Sarah Benshoff, Susan Goetz, Cory Goetz, Emily Brookens, Hayden Goetz, and Jake Goetz. She was also great-grandmother to Kora and Gabrian Fisher; Paris and Psy’renee Dennis; Braxton and Brooke Benshoff; Hannah and Ethan Goetz; Sawyer, Boden, and Mannix Brookens. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Micah Hayes Fisher, and five brothers and one sister: Marvin E. Niswander, Roy E. Niswander, Ethel M. Faust, Galen C. Niswander, Rev. Glenn M. Niswander, and Frederick E. Niswander. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Shook Home, 55 S. Second St., Chambersburg 17201 or to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg 17201.
Daryl Bowen, age 69, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away at home on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Born December 14, 1949, in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Charles and Janet Biesecker Bowen. A 1968 graduate of Landsdown High School, Mr. Bowen went on to serve honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. He later worked as a machine Mechanic at the former Mack Truck and Volvo in Hagerstown, where he retired in 2014. He enjoyed tinkering in his shop, and wood and metal working. Surviving is his wife of 47 years, Margaret Brady Bowen, whom he married on November 22, 1970; four children, Keith Bowen (wife Wendy) of Greencastle, PA, Scott Bowen (wife Sue) of Shady Grove, PA, Eric Bowen ( wife Rossana) of Harrisburg, PA, and Rebecca Rhone (husband Tony) of Chambersburg, PA; nine grandchildren, Morgan, Sydney, Colby, and Kody Bowen and Daphni Rhone and Christian, Caitlyn, Chloe, and Casey Hoover; two siblings, Cheryl Bowen of Greencastle, PA and Marsha Stein (husband Nick ) of Chambersburg, PA; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 10 AM in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA, where Pastor John Scahill will officiate. Interment will follow in Brown’s Mill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 18 from 6 – 8 PM and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Friday.
Lucinda Garland, 64, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away Saturday morning, January 13, 2018 at her home. Born November 13, 1953 in Chambersburg, she was a daughter of the late Charles William Ulrich and Arlene Brookens Gelwicks. Lucinda was employed at the Staples Fulfillment Center in Chambersburg. She enjoyed reading. Her husband, David M. Garland, whom she married January 4, 1982, preceded her in death on June 5, 2016. She is survived by her son, Corey Gladfelter and wife Sonay; her sister, Bonita Heinbaugh and husband Leonard; her brother, Harold Bateman; and her niece, April Carbaugh and husband Tony, and their son Devin, all of Chambersburg. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Lynn Ulrich. Services and interment will be private.
Doris Jean “Dodie” Etter, 81, of Chambersburg, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born August 6, 1936, in Shippensburg, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Sarah Coy. Doris was a graduate of Shippensburg High School. She was employed as a telephone operator for United Telephone and retired from that company. She also was the owner/operator of Continental Beauty Salon in Fayetteville. After her retirement, she and her husband lived in Florida for eleven years before returning to Chambersburg. She enjoyed traveling and visited many islands in the carribean. She also took trips to England, Germany and Italy. Her greatest joy was spending time with her granddaughter. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ray L. Etter, whom she married on August 6, 1960; her son, Troy Etter and wife Marty of Chambersburg; granddaughter, Alicia Etter; and three siblings, Jack Coy of Chambersburg, Rosetta Tucker of CA, and Nancy Angst of GA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Coy. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, January 19, 2018, in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Joel Nogle will officiate. Interment will follow in Lincoln Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Lillian S. Shively, age 107, died at Menno Haven, Scotland Avenue on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Born on December 16, 1910, in Waynesboro, she was the daughter of the late Issac Benjamin Shockey and Nannie Oglesbee Shockey. She was preceded in death by her husband, John S. Shively, and her brother, Dr. Donavan Isaac Benjamin Shockey, of Waynesboro, PA. Lillian graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1929 and from Westchester State College (now Westchester State University) in 1933. After graduating from college she served as the music supervisor in the Washington Township schools. She married John S. Shively in 1937 and moved to Chambersburg. Lillian was an active volunteer in the Chambersburg community. Among her numerous activities was her service as executive vice president of the Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council and as a hostess at the 37th National Girl Scout Convention held in Detroit, Michigan. She was a long time member of the Franklin County Branch of the American Association of University Women. Lillian was instrumental in the creation and development of the Cumberland Valley School of Music and was an active member of the Chambersburg Community Concert organization. In 2004 she was honored for her many years of service as a music educator and promoter of concerts and the arts. The First United Methodist Church benefited from Lillian’s many years of membership and involvement. She presided over the Board of Trustees at one time and volunteered to help in many activities of the church. Lillian served as president of the Chambersburg Hospital Senior Auxiliary and in 1968 was president of the central region of the Pennsylvania Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. She served as a director of the Chambersburg Community Chest, the Franklin County Child Care Advisory Board, the Salvation Army Board and the Practical Nurses Association. In addition, she served as program chairperson of the Chambersburg Chapter of the American Field Service. Lillian was also a member of the Garden Club, the Chambersburg Afternoon Club and the Martha Custis Chapter of the Eastern Star. Lillian is survived by her daughters, Karen S. Leete, of Silver Spring, MD and Susan Shively, M.D. of Philadelphia, PA, three grandchildren, Jennifer S. Leete of Washington, D.C., Amy Leete Leone of Great Falls, VA, and Bruce A. Leete of Atlanta, GA, and six great- grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Menno Haven, Inc. 2011 Scotland Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201, designated for the Benevolent Fund. A memorial service is planned for February 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Menno Haven. Burial in Norland Cemetery will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Chambersburg.