Helen L. Shimer, 73, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA. Born October 28, 1943 in Schellsburg, PA, she was a daughter of the late Warren Fisher and Mary N. Fisher Mowrey. A Certified Nursing Assistant, Helen began her career in healthcare at the former Bedford County Home, later retiring from Pennknoll Village in Everett, PA. Her husband, John E. Shimer, preceded her in death in 2000. She is survived by her son, Elmer R. Shimer and wife Kathryn E. Shimer of Mechanicsburg; five grandchildren, Christie Ann Boyer, Sherry L. Bojorquez and husband Brian Bojorquez, Samuel B. Waite and wife Lynne E. Waite, Michael A. Waite, and Darrin M. Shimer; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, John J. “Butch” Shimer; a daughter, Robin L. Shimer Rupp; and a brother, Ronald Fisher. Private interment will be in Schellsburg Cemetery, Schellsburg, PA
Joseph Steward Brookens Jr., age 90, of Sebastian, Florida passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Sebastian River Medical Center. Beloved husband of Nellie, loving father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be warmly be remembered as a generous and kind man who loved life and loved his family. Joe was born in York, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph Steward and Lucy Estelle Brookens. In 1977 he and his wife, Nellie, moved to Sebastian from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Before his retirement, he had worked as a civilian mechanic at Letterkenny Army Depot, the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Air Defense and Tactical Missile Systems, was established in 1942. The Depot is under the command structure of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and attended First United Methodist Church of Sebastian while living in Sebastian. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Nellie V. Brookens of Sebastian, daughter Connie Sapienza (Anthony) of Vero Beach, grandsons Joseph, Justin and Bradley Sapienza, and a great granddaughter Leah Sapienza. Grave side service will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00am at Norland Cemetery
Robert “Skeeter” Moore Jr., 85 of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Born September 24, 1932, in Birmingham, Alabama, he was a son of the late Robert Moore, Sr. and Anne Pearl Mitchell Moore. The Army brought Skeeter to Chambersburg, PA. Surviving are his children, Anthony Barton of Chambersburg; Constance Blassingame, California; Bradley Moore (Glenda) of North Carolina; Lori Stinson (Craig) of New Jersey; Linda Moore of Chambersburg; and Nathaniel Moore (Lisa) of Chambersburg, three siblings, Jonny Moore, Robert Bahner Moore, and Robinette Moore. Skeeter is also survived by a host of loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Moore Sims. Robert had the pleasure of serving our country as a Korean War Vet with an honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1957, as a Sergeant First Class. Robert continued to serve and retire after 30 years from the United States Army Reserves. Culminating the end of his career by retiring with 30 years of service from Letterkenny Army Depot. Robert was a member of Masonic Lodge, No. 260, Laurel Lodge 133, Temple 519 and John Wesley AME Zion Church. He enjoyed golf, tv westerns, playing cards, and his Washington Redskins. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 1 PM in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA, where Rev. Renata Mosley Harper will officiate. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service in the funeral Home. Interment will follow the service in Lebanon Cemetery.
Judith Ann Sipes, age 66, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at her home with her family by her side. Born in Philadelphia, PA on March 28, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Marlin and Evelyn Patrick Murphy. Judith was a 1969 graduate of the Shamokin Area High School. Last employed at Food Lion in Chambersburg, she had previously been employed as a supervisor at Kmart and Lowe’s in Chambersburg. Judith was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Chambersburg, where she sang with the church choir and volunteered with the Hospitality Committee. Early in her life she had volunteered with her daughter’s Brownie Troop. Judith was a member of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Sipes, whom she married November 17, 1990; her son, Mannix Wheary (wife Tricia) of Appleton, WI; her daughter, Michelle Turner (husband Todd) of Chambersburg, PA; step-children Tanya Brown (husband Nick), and Stacy Dorman, all of Chambersburg, PA; Nine grandchildren: Solomon, Abby, Becca, Ava, Seth, Quintin, Lexi, Hannah, and Aiden; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Sonny, Glenn, and Kerry Murphy. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, October 20, 2017, at First United Methodist Church, 225 South Second Street, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Catherine Boileau and Rev. Dr. Dianne B. Salter will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas E. Starzl Transportation Institute Development Department, Forbes Tower Suite 8084, 3600 Forbes Avenue at Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Cesar Augusto Santamaria Ojeda, 83, of Shippensburg, PA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg. Born April 30, 1934 in Callao, Peru, he was a son of the late Manuel and Paula Ojeda Santamaria. Cesar was a skilled auto body craftsman until his retirement. He was a very active and dedicated member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Chambersburg where he served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. He was a 4th Degree Knight at the Chambersburg Knights of Columbus and named Brother of the Year, an award he will receive posthumously. Cesar was a man of faith, family, and dear friends. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Publia Bertha Ureta de Santamaria, whom he married on March 3, 1957; three children, Cesar Santamaria of Herndon, VA, Paula Tasevoli (Frank) of Long Beach, NY and Aida Santamaria of Shippensburg; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother; four sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 320 Philadelphia Ave. Chambersburg, PA. Interment will follow the service at Corpus Christi Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Monday and from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church at the above address, to be used for relief in Puerto Rico.