This page is dedicated to informing our parishioner’s of recent death’s within our parish. The parish community of St. Joan of Arc extends our deepest sympathies to the families & friends of these individuals.
This page is dedicated to informing our parishioner’s of recent death’s within our parish. The parish community of St. Joan of Arc extends our deepest sympathies to the families & friends of these individuals.
Diva Elizabeth (DiClemente) Passalacqua, 101, of Hershey, PA passed away surrounded by her loving family on September 3, 2023 at Country Meadows of Hershey Retirement Community.
She was born on July 23, 1922 in Hershey and was the daughter of the late Rocco Mario DiClemente and Anna Giselda Franci DiClemente of Italy. She was the loving wife of Ugo Passalacqua of Semproniano, Italy and they celebrated 64 years of marriage in Hershey before Ugo’s passing in 2015.
Diva attended Saint Joan of Arc School, K-8 in Hershey and graduated from Hershey High School in 1940. After graduation, she worked in the Wrapping Room of the Hershey Chocolate Corporation for over 3 years, then as a Stenographer for Selective Service in Harrisburg. After Reduction in Force, she was employed as a secretary at the former Olmstead Air Force Base in Middletown, then, after its closure, was employed as a Supply Technician at the New Cumberland Army Depot, New Cumberland, until her retirement on January 6, 1978. Diva was a Civil Service Employee for the Federal Government for 33 years.
Diva was a lifelong member of Saint Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, Hershey, and their Areba Club. She was a remarkable woman whose life was a testament to resilience, kindness, and unwavering devotion to her Family and her Catholic Faith. She also was an extraordinary seamstress all her adult life.
Diva is survived by her loving daughter, Rita P. (Joseph P.) Acri of Enola; granddaughters, Joanna M. (Gregory) Burrows of Dillsburg and Jeannine T. (Timothy) Czekaj of Shermans Dale; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey J. Czekaj, Joseph W. Burrows, Evan L. Czekaj, Catherine D. Czekaj, and Leo J. Burrows; nephews, Thomas J. (Susan) DiClemente of Hummelstown, Gary J. (Lorie) DiClemente of Hershey, and nieces, Diane D. (Gregory) Brockman of Boiling Springs, Donna D. (Kevin) Campisi of Mechanicsburg, Susan D. (Robert) Louer of Middletown, Carla (Carlo) Biraschi of Rome, Italy, and Anelida Zemmarchi of Semproniano, Italy; and many great-nieces, great-nephews and extended family in Pennsylvania and in Northern Italy.
She was preceded in death by her four brothers Dominic J. (Norma) DiClemente, Dino T. DiClemente, Donald J. (Ethel) DiClemente and Divo F. (Frances) DiClemente; brother-in-law Ulvano (Alida) Passalacqua; sister-in-law Ada (Pietro) Zemmarchi; nephew, Mario Zemmarchi, and great-grandson Gian Anthony Burrows.
A visitation will be held on Monday, September 11, 2023 from 5-7PM with the Rosary at 7PM; also, on Tuesday, September 12 from 9:15AM -10:15AM in the Hoover Funeral Home, 88 Lucy Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 11AM at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 359 West Areba Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033. Interment will follow in the Hershey Cemetery, 351 Laudermilch Road, Hershey, PA 17033.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joan of Arc School or Heart of the Parish Fund, c/o Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 359 W. Areba Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033.
It is with sadness alongside joyful gratitude for a life well-lived that we announce the passing of our mother, Diane M. Holubek, on July 26, 2023, at Hershey Medical Center, her daughters at her side. At 78 years young, Diane had lived with multiple myeloma since 1999 and esophageal cancer since 2015, long bypassing even the most optimistic prognoses that doctors had offered. She was - and we are - grateful for every single day.
Diane was born on July 2, 1945, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Schoengrund) Frey, joining an older brother, the late Daniel J. Frey. In 1966 she married the late Joseph M. Holubek and moved from Diane’s hometown of Lehighton, PA, to Hummelstown. There they raised three daughters - Michele of Edinburgh, Scotland; Debra (Gray) of Camp Hill; and Suzanne of Lancaster - welcomed three sons-in-law - Evan Roth, Chris Gray, and Jeff Howell - and enjoyed the love of three grandchildren - Charlie, Caitlyn, and Hunter. Along with her beloved nieces, nephews, brother- and sisters-in-law, and many dear friends, her immediate family celebrates her many years of joy-filled living while grieving this immeasurable loss.
After an early retirement from her job as a billing specialist for Arlington Group, Diane volunteered many hours for causes near to her heart, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hope House, and the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Hershey, where she was a parishioner for 45 years.
Always on the go, Diane loved knitting, sewing, reading, gardening, puzzles of all kinds, drinks with friends, doting on her grandchildren and grandpups, traveling throughout the USA and Europe, and taking in as much of the world as her energy levels would allow. A recent pilgrimage to Rome for an audience with Pope Francis was a life highlight. She was tickled pink by a visit to the Jane Austen Center in Bath, England, and spoke often of the bittersweet joy of walking through the same fields where her beloved father had served during World War I in Meuse-Argonne, France. Memories of her cross-country drive to Colorado brought her great happiness, as did those of two trips to the Caribbean with her late husband.
Diane particularly enjoyed making and selecting special treats for people she loved, and any time someone in her entourage welcomed a new baby into their lives they would soon receive a handmade hat, sweater, or blanket. Her sewing talents were legend; every grandchild had a complete wardrobe handmade by their Nana, and she was always receiving compliments for the beautiful and colorful outfits she made for herself and others. Her home was full of flowering plants she had nurtured for decades as well as photos reminding her of the many happy times she had shared with family and friends. She was generous, playful, and loved to laugh, qualities she shared with everyone she met.
Christmas was a Diane’s favorite time of year, and she spent weeks planning her decorations while listening to carols. She and her granddaughter Caitlyn got together every year to bake the family’s stash of cookies, which Diane loved sharing with neighbors and friends. It was a family tradition to receive her special flannel pajamas on Christmas morning, and she left behind an unfinished pair on her sewing machine.
No story of Diane’s life would be complete without acknowledging the outstanding and at times seemingly miraculous work of the doctors who treated her at Penn State Hershey, starting with Dr. Witold Rybka (retired) of the Cancer Institute as well as Doctors Scott Barnes, Salah Almokadem, Najamuz Zaman, and their respective medical teams, from phlebotomists to billing specialists, RNs to physicians’ assistants. Dr. John Levenick and his colleagues in the Endoscopy Center made sure that Diane could manage the lasting side effects of radiation treatment over the past eight years, and Dr. Stewart McCarver and the talented and compassionate nurses, residents, and fellows of the Hershey Medical Center MICU, including Felicity, Caitlyn, Karen, and Kristen, served Diane in her final hours. We are indebted to these skilled medical professionals and thank each one of them for every single minute we have enjoyed with Diane over her unexpectedly long run.
Diane’s Catholic faith sustained her as she went through decades of arduous cancer treatments and the loss of her husband. Her life will be celebrated in a funeral Mass on Friday, August 4th at 1 pm at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Hershey, PA. Her final resting place will be alongside her beloved husband Joe at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
Robert J. Albanese, 59, of Hershey passed away recently. Bob was the son of the late John Albanese and Annarose Gustin Albanese. Bob graduated from Hershey High School and attended Harrisburg Community College and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV). He was a Microsoft certified technician. He was a lifetime resident of Hershey and a member of St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, Hershey. Bob especially liked visiting national parks. Closer to home Bob enjoyed bike rides and basketball. He excelled in sports trivia. Bob is remembered for his amazing recall and witty one-liners. Bob is survived by his sister Therese Bretz (James) of Harrisburg and brothers John (Robin) of Lafayette Hill, PA and Salida, Colorado and David (Melissa) of Pasadena, MD. He is also survived by four nephews, three nieces and two great-nieces. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday July 21, 2023 at 11:00 am in St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, Hershey. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Harrisburg. Wiedeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Oberlin is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, 359 West Areba Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033
We are sad to announce that our beloved mother, Mary A. Lebo, wife of Harold L. Lebo, passed away in Hershey, PA. On June 20, 2023. Mary was surrounded by her loved ones at home after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Robert and Agnes (Hanley) Best on December 8, 1943. In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children Richard C. Pena and their eldest son, Richard S. Pena.
Mary grew up in New York and lived in New Jersey before moving to Hershey. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, reading and traveling. She was kind, compassionate, brave, caring, witty and fun. She had an immeasurable impact on so many lives and dedicated herself with boundless energy to her 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren who affectionately called her Grandma Bunky. Mary was an exceptional wife, mother and grandmother who always turned holidays and family get togethers into beautiful memories. Until we meet again, those special memories will always bring a smile to our faces. You will be missed by all who knew you and loved you. May god bless you and give you a new home in heaven.
Mary is survived by her children; Steven (Brooke) Pena of Atlanta, GA, Susan Williams of Hershey, PA, Christine (Steven) Middleton of Memphis, TN and Matthew Pena of Harrisburg, PA.
Tom Ring, 65, of West Hanover Township, passed away on June 5, 2023 with his family by his side. He was born October 29, 1957 in Syracuse, NY, the son of the late Robert Ring and Marilyn (Garbinsky) Ring currently of Elizabethtown.
Tom was a 1975 graduate of Hershey High School and was a retired employee of PennDOT. He was a member of Hershey VFW Post #3502, American Legion Post #265, and Middletown Hunters and Anglers. A cottage on Lake Ontario is where he spent most of his summers boating and fishing. He was an avid golfer, hunter, and angler. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the University of Syracuse Lacrosse and Basketball teams.
In addition to his Mother, surviving are his wife, Jan "Goldie" Ring; daughter, Jacy Ring; sister, Deborah (Wayne) Ebersole; sister, Kathleen (Stephen) Morris; nephew and niece, Matthew and Stephanie Ebersole; and his beloved dog, Lizzie.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 11:30 am in the St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, 359 West Areba Avenue, Hershey. Visitation will be from 10:30am - 11:30am at the church.
Sandra "Sandi" Adamkowski, 75, of Hershey, went into the glory of God's Kingdom, May 23, 2023. She was welcomed into the world on November 18, 1947, in Stamford, CT to Chester and Helen (Bishop) Adamkowski.
A lifelong devout Catholic, Sandi was a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, class of 1965, where she was a member of the Glee Club. This and dancing with her siblings to Dick Clark's American Band Stand, formed her love of music, including singing and playing the accordion.
Following graduation, she attended the Career Academy in Washington, DC where she obtained her LPN. A passion that stuck with her for the rest of her life. She is remembered for her compassion for others, tender care, and dutiful caregiving. She was the definition of a true humanitarian. Sandi knew her calling from God was to work with children when she started caring for her siblings and being a second mother to them. She began her working career at Lancaster General Hospital, where she served in the neonatal unit for 4 years, and later transitioned to the neonatal unit of Hershey Medical Center, where she dedicated over 38 years until her retirement in 2010.
When she wasn't tending to babies, she enjoyed traveling on cruises with friends to many beach side destinations; her favorite being Hawaii. Over time, she also amassed a sizeable collection of pandas.
Her love and memories will live on in her brother, Brian Adamkowski of Hershey; cousins, Craig Schanz of CT, Robin Rosanski of NJ, and Pat Painter of OR; her beloved cats Panther and Meesha, as well as a host of extended family. She was preceded in passing by her parents and sister, Janice Adamkowski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Friday, June 2, 2023, at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 359 W. Areba Ave. Hershey, PA 17033, with Fr. Al Sceski officiating. Guests will be received from 10:30 AM until the time of Mass. Interment to follow at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA.
Passionate for justice, respectful of history and dedicated to the vitality and preservation of the institutions of our society, the Honorable Judge Lawrence Francis Clark Jr., retired, passed quietly into everlasting peace and happiness, joining the love of his life, Mary Beth Clark, at "home" in heaven on Monday, May 15, 2023, after a protracted illness.
"Larry" was the beloved husband of Dr. Mary Beth Clark, R.N., Ed.D., his wife of 47 years prior to her death in February of 2022. He resided and passed away in the home they built together in Hershey. Larry established and nurtured enduring relationships with family, neighbors (especially children), friends and legal, judicial and law enforcement colleagues in Hershey and well beyond, while mentoring budding lawyers, freshly minted law enforcement officers and consulting with jurists throughout the state and beyond.
Judge Clark began his life in Wilkes-Barre on March 17, 1943 as the first child of the late Lawrence F. Sr., D.D.S. and Sara Casey Clark, of Wilkes-Barre.
He is survived by his brother, Michael R. Clark, M.D. and his wife, Joanne, East Lansing, Mich.; his brother, John Casey Clark and his wife, Stephanie, Reisterstown, Md.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Grace Fisher, Dallas; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joseph and Susan Fisher, Charlotte, N.C.; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jean Fisher Nelson and Eric Nelson, Morgan Hill, Calif.; along with a legion of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Larry graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in 1964 and became a sworn member of the Pennsylvania State Police. During his time as a Pennsylvania State Trooper, he also graduated from the Northwestern University Traffic Institute in 1970. During his service as a Pennsylvania State Trooper, he matriculated to the Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Indianapolis) where he was recognized with the Outstanding Senior Service Award and earned his Juris Doctor and admission to law practice in Pennsylvania in 1974 and the Supreme Court of the U.S. in 1979. He held the distinction of being the first Pennsylvania state trooper to graduate from an accredited law school. Over the course of his legal career, Clark was the chief counsel for the Pennsylvania State Police and the legal officer for the Pennsylvania State Police Academy along with being its primary instructor of constitutional law and criminal law. He also served as an assistant attorney general of Pennsylvania and special consultant to the Pennsylvania State Senate on matters pertaining to municipal police jurisdiction and related issues. He retired from the Pennsylvania State Police in 1985 and started his own private law practice, with an emphasis on the representation of municipal law enforcement officers in matters of collective bargaining and contract application and interpretation.
Deeply rooted in the community, Larry served as a member and later chair of the Derry Twp. Board of Supervisors from 1992 to 1995. He also participated in the Hershey Rotary Club and had special pride in having earned Eagle Scout status.
In 1995, Lawrence F. Clark Jr. was elected to a 10-year term on the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas and was retained for a second term in 2005. He assumed senior judicial status in January of 2014 and fully retired from the bench in March of 2020. As a state trooper and as a jurist, Judge Clark was recognized by his colleagues and litigants as a commanding presence, larger than life in the eyes of many, in the courtroom and in patrol activities, every attorney who appeared before him knew, with clarity, that he or she was expected to be prepared to the fullest and zealously represent his or her client's interests. His law clerks looked to him as a mentor as well as a father figure.
In his personal life, Larry, along with Mary Beth, shared a love of gardening, particularly their famous tomatoes and peppers that he lavished on all who came to know him and maybe teach his special soil treatment for the most productive crop. He loved spending time at home, reading history, being engaged in the discussion of current events, working in the garden and building ever more powerful computers for himself and often for his friends.
Larry will be missed by so many family, friends, colleagues and mentees but his legacy will be carried on through the countless lives he impacted as a State Trooper, lawyer, jurist, community leader, friend, brother, uncle, cousin and husband.
Services to celebrate and remember the life of the Honorable Lawrence F. Clark Jr. will begin Thursday from Hoover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Route 422 and Lucy Ave., Hershey, where visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitation will again be available at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Hershey, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp., Wilkes-Barre, where His Honor will be laid to rest. God rest his soul.
Ralph M. Matteo, 90, of Hershey, passed away on May 12, 2023 at Columbia Cottage.
He was born September 29, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Daniel and Mary (Sanseverino) Matteo.
Mr. Matteo was a retiree of Old Dominion Trucking. He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, former President of Parish Council, member of Knights of Columbus Hershey and Scout Master. He was also former President of Lakeland, NJ Traffic Club. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Ralph is survived by sons, Daniel J. (Anna) Matteo and Brian M. (Melissa) Matteo; daughter, Mary A. (Tony) Basti; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Caffrey) Matteo; and siblings, Robert Matteo, Marian Gambale and Josephine DeSimone.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, May 16th, from 5-7PM in the Hoover Funeral Home, 88 Lucy Ave., Hershey. A viewing will also be held on Wednesday, May 17th in St. Joan Of Arc Catholic Church, 359 W. Areba Ave., Hershey from 10:30-11AM, Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM. Interment will follow in the Hershey Cemetery.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our dear sister, aunt, and great aunt, Matilda “Tillie” Zaccagnini Stover. Tillie died peacefully at home of natural causes on April 22, 2023.
Tillie was born on March 23, 1929 in Hershey, to Lena and Philip Zaccagnini. She was the devoted wife of the late Edward E. Stover, Jr. They were residents of Hummelstown for 56 years.
Tillie graduated from Hershey High School and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Lancaster. She worked as a nurse for over 40 years and was the first nurse hired at the Hershey Medical Center. She and her husband provided a home-away-from-home for numerous doctor and nurse interns from the Medical Center.
Known for her friendly nature and beautiful smile, Tillie was an active member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and regularly visited sick members of the parish.
In addition to her husband and parents, Tillie was preceded in death by her brother, Richard and sister, Filomena Cramer.
She is survived by her sister, Vera (Leo) Rudegeair; and brothers, Philip (Sandra) Zaccagnini and Louis (Sandra) Zaccagnini; numerous nieces and nephews and over 50 great nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 28, at 11 AM in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 359 W. Areba Ave., Hershey. The family will begin receiving guests at 10 AM. She will be interred alongside her husband, Eddie, at the Stoverdale United Methodist Church Cemetery, following the mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Heart of the parish fund, c/o St. Joan of Arc Church.
Mary J. Bowker, 89, of Harrisburg, passed away on April 22, 2023 in UPMC West Shore Hospital. She was born December 7, 1933 in Harrisburg, daughter to the late Phillip and Angelina Calla.
She was a graduate of John Harris High School and was a retired secretary for the PA House of Representatives. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church and enjoyed spending time with family, especially during the holidays.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Aloysius; sisters, Helen, Lucy, Minnie, Rose and Angie and a brother, Phillip. Mary is survived by her son, Stephen (Cathy), one Aunt, Nancy Fulginiti, three grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 11:00 am in St Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, 359 West Areba Avenue, Hershey. A visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in the church. There will be no viewing. Internment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at a future date. Wiedeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Oberlin is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church 359 West Areba Ave., Hershey, PA 17033. Condolences may be shared on this web page.
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