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Peter Philip Them, 64, of Mt. Holly Springs, PA passed away at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center on August 19, 2016. Pete was born on February 8, 1952 in New York, New York to Philip and Hendrika Them.
After moving his family to central Pennsylvania in the early 1990’s, Pete established and became the sole owner of Peter Them Builders. He later purchased and renovated The Midway Inn. Peter enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. His greatest delight was spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and devoted dog, Rusty. Prior to his illness, Peter blessed his family, friends, neighbors – both known and unknown, with his limitless acts of generosity. Peter lovingly shared his wealth, knowledge and talents to improve the lives of those in his community.
During the four years of his illness, Pete faced each set back with courage and determination. He accepted the limitations of his new lifestyle by focusing on areas where he continued to excel. Pete constantly updated everyone on world and community events, never failing to state his opinion. While bedridden and sightless, Pete utilized his knowledge to direct the process of making saki wine for the groomsmen in his son Andrew’s wedding which he was determined to attend. On June 4, 2016, Pete attended the wedding in full camouflage – charming all those present.
Peter and his family extend their sincere gratitude for the village of people who have made the last years of Peter’s life as meaningful as the first. Thanks to his family, friends, caretakers, neighbors, and doctors.
Peter is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Debra Sommer Them; three children, Alyssa and husband Brian Adams of Mechanicsburg, Andrew and wife Brittany Them of Carlisle and Jaclyn Them of Carlisle; and two grandsons, Aaron and Ashton Adams of Mechanicsburg. He is also survived by his parents, Philip and Hendrika Them of Carlisle; a sister, Anne and husband Joseph Planchak of Virginia; nieces; nephews; cousins; and his dog, Rusty.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday August 27, 2016 in St. Patrick Catholic Church , 85 Marsh Dr., Carlisle, PA with the Very Reverend William C. Forrey as Celebrant. A Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the Mass on Saturday. Burial will be held privately in the Mt. Holly Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mt. Holly Springs PTO in memory of Peter Them, Mt. Holly Springs Elementary School, 540 W. North St. Carlisle, PA 17013. Arrangements are being handled by Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Mt. Holly Springs, PA. Visit www.hollingerfuneralhome.com for condolences to the family.
Deb and family, So sorry to hear of Peters passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Darlene Heberlig
Darlene Heberlig Aug 31 2016 12:00 AM
Jackie and Family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for your comfort during this difficult time. This obituary was very nicely written-- sounds like you have a lifetime of wonderful memories to hold on to! Take Care and God Bless, Nate Curlen
Nate Curlen Aug 27 2016 12:00 AM
Mrs. Them and family I am sorry to hear the news. Please know that we at The Whimsical Poppy are sending you our condolences.
Dave Deutsch Aug 23 2016 12:00 AM
Deb, Alyssa, Andrew, and Jackie, We were so sorry to read of Pete's passing in the paper this weekend. Please know that you all will always have a special place in our hearts. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Ron and Marsha
Ron and Marsha Mentzer Aug 21 2016 12:00 AM
Debbie so sorry to here about Peter. I pray for you and your family to get through these hard times. Peter will be in a better place and will be at Gods side. Again so sorry
Vinny Fucci Aug 21 2016 12:00 AM
Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about Peter's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Blessings and peace to all the family who loved him and will surely miss his presence. God bless.
Edna Wrightstone Aug 20 2016 12:00 AM
Dear Debbie, I am sending love and sympathies to you on the death of your husband, Peter. This tragedy makes me think lovingly too of your father, whose death you also had to endure far too soon. Malcolm too. Your pain is the twin-side of a whole lot of love. I pray that you are surrounded by love now -- you certainly have mine. Always your cousin, Stacy
Stacy Offner Aug 20 2016 12:00 AM
Debbie, My thoughts and prayers to you and the rest of the family. May your many memories and the love you shared be a source of comfort to you. Debbie Hazucha
Debbie Hazucha Aug 20 2016 12:00 AM
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Pete. Know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. He always knew how to make us laugh and was such an amazing man xo
Borrero family Aug 20 2016 12:00 AM
Our condolences, love and sympathy go out to the entire family in their loss of a wonderful man. May he rest in peace. Helice, Jodie and Mark
Helice Koplin Aug 19 2016 12:00 AM