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Austin C. "Audie" Wackerman

May 1, 2017. Beloved husband of Linda (nee Sayre), devoted father of Elizabeth "Betsy" Bailey (Rob), Austin (Christina), Christopher, Emily Whitlatch (John). Proud grandfather of Ashley, Robbie, Andrea, Chris, Hayley, Cara, Hope, Cassidy and Camryn. Brother of Nancy and Dorothy Wackerman and Maria Durkin (Don). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Thursday May 4th 6-8PM and Friday morning 9:30 AM at Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19111 Followed by Funeral Mass 11 AM St. Hilary of Poitiers Church 920 Susquehanna Rd. Rydal, PA 19046. Interment Lawnview Cemetery. Flowers or donations to St. Hilary of Poitiers Church 920 Susquehanna Rd. Rydal, PA 19046, St. Cecilia Church 535 Rhawn St. Philadelphia, PA 19111, or St. Albert the Great Church 214 Welsh Rd. Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 would be appreciated.

Gaille Painter Hoffer

89, of Norvelt, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at her home. Born Jan. 5, 1928, in Youngwood, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Olive Myers Painter. In 1950, Gaille along with her late husband, Jay, established the Jay A. Hoffer Funeral Home. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Gaille was also a member of the church choir, its handbell choir, a member of the Hilltop Quilters and, over the years, volunteered many hours. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jay A. Hoffer, brother, Wayne Hoffer, and sister, Sara Pavell. She is survived by her children, Jay (Candy) Hoffer, Hilary (Sue) Hoffer and Sandra Hoffer; grandchildren, Hilary Jr. (Melanie) Hoffer, Kimberly (Bob) Fanell, Molly (Sam) Scanlon, Thor (Crystal) Hoffer and Katie (Ryan) Taukus-Berry; and great-grandchildren, Rob, Nate, Sarah, Emma, Ella, Bryar and Maddie. Gaille is also survived by her brother, Bill (Marietta) Painter, sister-in-law, Sally Painter, and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark A. Werner officiating. Please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Trauger. The Mt. Pleasant Township Lions will hold a prayer service for Gaille at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017, in the funeral home with the Rev. Lion David Greer officiating.

J. Scott Calkins, Esquire

90, of Lower Allen Township, Camp Hill and Naples, FL, died Thursday, May 04, 2017 at his home in Camp Hill. "Scott" graduated from the University of Miami in 1949 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1952. He was a World War II Navy veteran.
In his early career, he was Counsel for the PA House Republicans. Scott created his own boutique law firm (J. Scott Calkins, Esq.) which specialized in national and state corporate clients, both profit and non-profit. His firm was the first Governmental Affairs law firm in the state.
His firm provided special legal and governmental services to the PA Railroad Association, the PA Funeral Directors Association, Sears and Roebuck, insurance industry, the PA Home Builders Assoc., and numerous other clients and in 1980 he made Loudon "Hap" Campbell a partner which created the Calkins & Campbell Law Firm in Harrisburg. Scott retired in 1998.
Scott loved the game of tennis and the people associated with it. He was an avid player in the U.S., Canada and Europe. "Young Scott", as he was known to his close friends, returned to playing tennis and participated in many senior tennis tournaments in the Middle States section of USTA. He was No. 1 in the Middle States section for 12 straight years. That Section includes all of the players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Upper West Virginia. Scott and his doubles partner, Howie Attwater (of Lancaster), participated in many doubles tournaments throughout the Eastern United States; they were ranked No. 1 for eleven straight years and also won the Canadian National Tennis Open in their age group two out of the three years they competed.
Scott spent three decades promoting public education; including being both a member and president of the following school boards; Susquehanna Township, the Old County Board which he dissolved, the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, and the Pennsylvania School Boards Assoc. When he was involved with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, he was able to convince the Unit to adopt a vocational school for Dauphin County.
Born on April 12, 1927 in Bradford, he was the son of the late Frank W. and Harriett (Meyer) Calkins. Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Rosemarie I. (Ludwig) Calkins, who stayed by his side and gave him loving care and comfort during the eight months of his illness; two daughters, Robin W. Ocker and husband, Daniel of Newville, and Mercedes M. Calkins and her companion, Brian Tucker of Boston; son, J. Scott Calkins, II of Lebanon; two grandchildren, Carrie Calkins Tucker of Boston and Jared Calkins of Orlando, FL.
Grave side services will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, June 15, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township.
Please omit flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Homeland Hospice (www.homelandhospice.org), 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9794.
For more information or to send messages of condolence, please visit www.parthemore.com

M. Ray Leckemby

87, Meyersdale, went to be with the Lord on May 6, 2017. Born in Meyersdale, November 1, 1929 to the late Merle Ray and Martha (Weimer) Leckemby. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Rosetta (Stangarone) Leckemby. Sisters; Mickey Silver and Barbara Shroyer of Florida. Nieces; Teresa Bisset, Rosetta Elaine Forback, and Barbara (Kenny) Steinrich. Nephew, John Stangarone. Great Nephews; Michael (Melinda) Steinrich and Steven (Kim) Steinrich. Great Niece, Margaret Forback. Great-Great Nieces; Johnna Hope and Madison Jo Steinrich. Great-Great Nephew, Wyatt Steinrich. Numerous other nieces and nephews. Special family friends; Doug and Nanette Johnson, Leslie and Joyce Schardt, Louie and Kristen Martin and his best friend, his dog Casper. Ray served in the United States Army, during the Korean War, served on the Peace Train with the war correspondence stationed in Panmunjom, South Korea. Ray was a graduate of the Meyersdale High School Class of 1947. He attended Counter Intelligence School, Fort Holabird in Baltimore, Maryland, Frostburg State Teachers College, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Ray was a licensed Minister for the United Church of Christ for 40 years. (Penn West Conference United Church of Christ). He was a member of the Amity United Church of Christ. He served many churches throughout Somerset County, served at Mt. Zion Hay's United Church of Christ for 10 years. Ray was active in Meyersdale Masonic Lodge #554, Royal Chapter, Shriners, and Imperial Chapter. Ray served on many boards over the years; Meyersdale Municipal Authority, American Legion Post 112, Maple Festival, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for 10 years, Chairman for 7 years on the Meyersdale Hospital Board and Seibert Youth Dam. Ray belonged to the PA Funeral Directors Association, Somerset County Funeral Directors Association, lifetime member of the Meyersdale Moose. Ray was the Citizen of the Year in 1977. Ray started working as a very young boy to help his mother, worked at a Sawmill, H.G. Bender, Acme Market, delivered newspapers, FBI, and Price Funeral Home. Ray started the Cub Scouts in Meyersdale and coached "Rotary" baseball. Ray owned a Pool Hall and Ice Cream Parlor in Meyersdale and made wood parts for beds for Veteran's Hospital's. In 1975 he bought the Konhaus Funeral Home and renamed it, M. Ray Leckemby Funeral, the Funeral Home was Ray's life for many years. Ray was a local historian, loved being active and social in his community, was a very giving and generous man. His hobbies were needlepoint, reading, and collecting antiques. Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words, and missed beyond measure. Not for himself but for others he lived.......Family and friends will be received Wednesday from 6-8 PM and Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8PM at the M. Ray Leckemby Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM at the Amity United Church of Christ with Pastor Connie Garlick and Pastor Keith Grimm officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Meyersdale Area Union Cemetery. Arrangements by the M. Ray Leckemby Funeral Home. (www.mrayleckembyfh.com)

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