Richard Lee “Hutch” Hutchison, age 67, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away at his home on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Born June 29, 1950, in Chambersburg, he was a son of Lula Eutzy Hutchison and the late Raymond Hutchison. Hutch worked as a bartender and club manager for the Landis-McCleaf Marine Corps League for 35 years, retiring in 2015, He also had worked part-time at Penn National Golf Club. Hutch enjoyed collecting and restoring Farmall Tractors of all kinds. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and golfing. Surviving is his wife of 44 years, Wilma Lehman Hutchison, whom he married July 21, 1973; two daughters, Joyelle D. Varner (husband Shane) of Fayetteville, PA and Amber J. Kauffman (husband Eric) of Greencastle, PA; three grandchildren, Makenna and Brady Varner and Maddox Kauffman; five siblings, Calvin Hutchison (wife Carol) of Daytona, FL, Kathy White (husband William) of Ferndale, MI, Jeffrey Hutchison of Chambersburg PA, Pam Tasker (husband Trent) of Chambersburg, PA, and Cindy Rhinehart (husband Donald) of Shippensburg, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 10 AM in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA, where Rev. John Pogue will officiate. Interment will follow the service in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 22, 2018, from 6 – 8 PM and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, Franklin/Fulton Unit, 924 N. Colonial Ave., York, PA 17403.
The Rev. Dr. Elwood H. Leister, age 89, of Chambersburg, PA passed peacefully on Monday, January 15, 2018, at Menno Haven. Born December 7, 1928, in McSherrystown, PA, he was a son of the late Edgar and Helen Rebert Leister. Dr. Leister earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1950 from Gettysburg College. He then earned his Bachelor of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA in 1953. Ordained in 1953, Dr. Leister was granted a Master of Sacred Theology by the Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1963 and his Doctor of Ministry in 1985. Dr. Leister served several Parishes: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Hanover, PA; St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Baltimore, MD; Edgwood Lutheran Church, Wheeling, WV; and St. John’ s Lutheran Church of Highland, Pittsburgh, PA. After retiring in 1990, he served as interim Pastor for three congregations and did Sunday supply work in the Chambersburg, PA area. Active in the Lutheran Church, he held various positions: Board of Directors for the Lutheran Children’s Home, Zelienople, PA; Dean and Secretary of the Ohio-Kanawha Valley District of the Western Pennsylvania-West Virginia Synod; Executive Board of Western Pennsylvania-West Virginia Synod; Board of Directors of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA; and Board of Directors Thiel College, Greenville, PA. Elwood is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Gobrecht Leister; four children, Cynthia Kelly (husband Frank) of Cranberry Twp., PA, Blaine Leister (wife Marianne) of Glenshaw, PA, Myra Gromen (husband Richard, Jr.) of Lancaster, PA, and Drew Leister (wife Joyce) of Coraopolis, PA; and five grandchildren, Kyle Leister, Emily Marfilius (husband Ken), Lauren Leister, Dylan Gromen, and Kayla Gromen. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, Roger, and Glenn Leister. A service to celebrate Elwood’s life will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 11 AM at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 30 West Chestnut St., Hanover, PA 17331, where Pastor Daniel Yeiser, Bishop Donald J. McCoid, and Pastor Jane Nicholson will officiate. Interment will follow the service in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hanover, PA. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 26, 2018, from 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 PM at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA 17202 and on Saturday at the above church from 9 – 11 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Lutheran Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
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.