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Member Obituaries

Leonard Burke Hicks

84, of McSherrystown, entered into God's eternal care on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at his home. He was the husband of Phyllis J. (Bolin) Hicks to whom he was married 60 years.

Born January 8, 1934 in Easton, PA, he was the son of the late Leonard C. and Catherine I. (Burke) Hicks.

Burke was the owner of the Leonard B. Hicks Funeral Home in McSherrystown from 1969 to 1996. He was a 1952 graduate of Delone Catholic High School, McSherrystown, 1953 graduate of Eckel's School of Mortuary Science, Philadelphia. He served his funeral apprenticeship in Philadelphia and then served in the US Navy as a Field Medic at Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon returning from serving his country Burke was a funeral director in the Philadelphia area from 1958 to 1964 and then in Hanover from 1965 to 1969. He was a member of Annunciation BVM Catholic Church, McSherrystown where he served as an usher for many years, a life member of McSherrystown Knights of Columbus, McSherrystown Home Association and SAVES, a member of the Capital City Funeral Directors Assoc., PA Funeral Directors Assoc., and the National Funeral Directors Assoc. He enjoyed wood working and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four children, Karen A. Schaale and husband Jon of Dover, Marie E. Sanders, Stephanie J. Fissel and husband Rick and David B. Hicks all of Hanover; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his brother, Lawrence C. Hicks of Indiana. He was preceded in death by his twin sister Patricia Weikert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 at Annunciation BVM Catholic Church, McSherrystown with the Rev. Charles L. Persing as celebrant. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and relatives will be received at the church Friday from 9 a.m. to the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA of Hanover/Spring Grove, 440 N. Madison Street, Hanover, PA 17331 or Annunciation Church Memorial Fund, 26 N. Third Street, McSherrystown, PA 17344.

Condolences and memories may be shared at: www.murphyfuneralhomeinc.com

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John F. Glinsky Jr.

87, funeral director, of Throop, passed away peacefully Friday morning after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by the love of his life of 58 years, the former Adele Shopay.

Born in Forest City, Pa., he was the son of the late John F. and Lena Matushak Glinsky. He was a graduate of Throop High School class of 1948 and Eckles School of Mortuary Science, Philadelphia. He was a licensed funeral director in the commonwealth for 66 years.

He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and was also a member of the American Legion.

He began his professional career with the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, which was established by his late father in Forest City. He was a member of the Lackawanna County Funeral Directors Association, the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

He was a proud member and served as secretary of the board for 35 years at Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank, Dunmore.

He was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather who will always be remembered by his family and friends for his warm, generous heart, his love for restaurants, church picnics and dinners, his storytelling, sense of humor and his love for cleaning cars.

He loved the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox, and was a proud sponsor of his grandson's and granddaughter's Little League baseball and softball teams.

His family would like to thank all those who supported him with a card, phone call, short visit and prayers during this difficult time. He was always treated and respected for the man he was and not the illness that he had.

Also surviving are his daughters, JoAnn and Mike; and Judy; and son, John III and wife, Susan and his grandchildren, Katie and JJ; his sister-in-law, Dory Dorin; his furry companions and nursemates, Quincy and Dutch; nieces and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Glinsky; and nephew, Frank Glinsky.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Aug. 10, at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca St., Throop, Pa. Interment, St. John's Cemetery, Throop.

Friends may call Thursday, Aug. 9, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop.

The family would like to invite all those attending Mass to go directly to church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Sacrament Parish or the donor's choice. Send online condolences to jfglinskyfuneralhome@gmail.com

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Mary Helen Reich Sheetz

of Mount Joy, beloved mother, grandmother, wife, business owner, civic leader and dedicated volunteer passed away peacefully on August 26th, 2018. Affectionately known as "Nan" she was a spry 90 years young and anticipated the coming of her 91st birthday in September.

Born September 28, 1927, Mary grew up in Marietta, the only daughter of the late Jay M. and Mary Helen O'Brien Reich. Her five older brothers adored her, Joe, John, Ed, George and her surviving brother Jay Reich, married to Barbara of Marietta. A child of the Great Depression, her family lost everything they owned. Poverty forced the Reich family to leave their home in Marietta and move to a family-owned estate known as The Brook Farm (circa 1742), located in the Stackstown section of East Donegal Township. The farm had no running water, electricity or phone. Mary grew up making her clothing and padding her worn out shoes with paper bags and cardboard. Many times, she described this part of her life as the "best of times", as the family became so close, mutually reliant, and faith-filled. Her family openly shared what little they had with others. Mary learned the value of the dollar and that hard work would be her life partner. From this experience, she made it her mission to pass those virtues on to her children, including the love of family and respect for others.

Mary was a proud graduate of the East Donegal Township High School, class of 1945. Before meeting her husband, (Gerald R. Sheetz, d. 2006) she was employed by the former Wyeth Laboratories. After her marriage, Mary embarked on a life journey to serve the public and those in a time of need. In 1954, she and her husband established the Sheetz Funeral Home in Mount Joy and remained on staff as "The Boss" until her death. During her life, she was a dedicated member of Mary Mother of the Church Parish, serving on Parish Council, the National of Council Catholic Women, and the Altar and Rosary Society. Her civic life was fulfilled by her development of the Mount Joy Meals on Wheels, serving as its president for many years. She led the Business and Professional Women of Mount Joy as president for two years; and many other civic activities. Her legacy proudly lives on through her children and grandchildren.

Mary's daily presence, phone calls, and texts will be deeply missed by her children: Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen, married to Kenneth M. Nguyen of Oklahoma City; Judith A. married to Benjamin W. Piersol, Jr., of Helena, MT; Mary S. married to Mark E. Lynam, Mount Joy; and Jonathan R., married to Donna M. McNamara Sheetz, Mount Joy; and Christopher J. Sheetz companion of Tina Slabonik, Harrisburg. She was adored by her grandchildren: Rebecca married to Jack Connors, Benjamin W. Piersol, III, Andrew Lynam, Ian married to Grace Obando Lynam and Mary E. Lynam, and Peter, Stephen, and James Sheetz. She is joined in heaven with her granddaughter Rachel Piersol who preceded her in death in 1987.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Mary Mother of the Church Parish, 625 Union School Road, Mount Joy PA on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Father Pang S. Tcheou as Celebrant. Mary will be interred beside her husband in the Mount Joy Cemetery during a private family service. At the request of "The Boss" there will be no public viewing. Her family will greet friends immediately after Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to one of the following would be appreciated: Mary Mother of the Church, 625 Union School Road, Mount Joy, 17552; Mount Joy Helping Services c/o St. Mark's UM Church, 37 East Main St., Mount Joy, PA, 17552; S. June Smith Center, 1801 Roherstown Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601.

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