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Raymond J. Sampson, Upper Allen Township, PA, died April 17, 2006 at home with his wife of 67 years, Evelyn Gelatt Sampson and family members at his side.

Born December 2, 1917, in Starrucca, PA, he was the son of the late Ray and Rena Wagner Sampson.

He is also survived by two sons, Raymond A. Sampson, Boiling Springs, PA, Eric J. Sampson and his wife, Rosie of Tucker, GA. He has four grandchildren, Joseph Sampson, Occoquan, VA, Mark Sampson and his wife, Cynthia, Los Angeles, CA, Jenifer Sampson, Los Angeles, CA, R. Jonathan Sampson, Jupiter, FL; two great-grandchildren, Jacob Sampson, Occoquan, VA, Samantha Sampson, Los Angeles, CA.

Raymond retired in 1980 after working 38 years for IBM. He was an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Mechanicsburg, PA. He, along with his wife, coordinated the St. Luke's Williamsburg Dinners and St. Luke's Steeple People program for many years. He found great enjoyment in his artwork and handcrafting fine furniture for his family, friends and church.

The family received friends on Saturday, April 22, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The Reverend Canon Ed Messersmith, assisted by the The Reverend Tim Small, presided.

Interment at the Starrucca, PA Cemetery, will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8 E. Keller Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; or New Hope Ministries, Mechanicsburg Center, 15 State Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.


William E. Ball, Jr., 67, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2006 at home after a long illness.

Bill was born in Dunmore, PA, the son of the late William and Belle (Townsend) Ball.

He was predeceased by one sister, Junie Ball.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Hadden) Ball; two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Dawn Ball III, Tunkhannock, PA, John and Tracy Ball, Susquehanna; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Craig Kator, Montrose, PA, Crystal and Randy Shimer, Susquehanna; two sisters, Martha Tomlin, Great Bend, PA, Dorothy Gathany, Great Bend; six grandchildren, Natalie Ball, William Ball, IV, both of Tunkhannock, John Ball, Jr., Karl Shimer and fiancée Felicia Scrivner, Kristopher Shimer, Tracee Jo Marie Shimer, all of Susquehanna; one great-grandson, Kaleb William Shimer; several nieces and nephews; close friends who have always been there for us, John and Connie Gawron, Paul and Mary McCormick, Wilson, Donna, Emma and Kim Seamans; his faithful companion, Dot.

Bill was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1956 to 1964. He was an avid hunter who enjoyed the outdoors. He now joins his longtime hunting buddy, Steve Majeski.

The funeral service was held on Monday, April 24 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Carl Batzel officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Fire Dept., P.O. Box 175, Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Eleanor “Penny” Aldrich, Great Bend, PA, wife of Hayden Aldrich, who survives, went to be with Our Heavenly Father on the early evening of April 21, 2006 at the Meadow View Manor in Montrose, PA.

She was predeceased by her son, Stephen; her mother and father, Emma and Karl Penniger; a brother, Charles and his wife, Jean.

Surviving are her nephew and nieces, William, Margaret, and Catherine, who live in Michigan and are the offspring of her brother, Charles. There are four nephews and nieces on the Aldrich side who live in the immediate area and a brother-in-law who resides in Kirkwood, NY.

Eleanor’s nickname was Penny, and that is what most people knew her by.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford, PA, on Saturday, April 29, at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Canon Carol Horton officiating.



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