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William "Bill" Leiberton

William John Leiberton Jr., 82, of New Oxford (formerly of Punxsutawney), passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 in UPMC Hanover. He was born January 5, 1938 in Soldier to the late William John and Martina (Sloan) Leiberton Sr. and was the widower of Eleanor Ann Leiberton.

William (Bill) proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy. After his separation, he worked for Univac in the Washington D.C. area. Later he purchased a Western Auto Store in Punxsutawney which he ran with his wife Ellie for 13 years. Bill stayed on as manager after selling the business. After that, he worked for Niagara Cutter as a tool cutter and purchasing agent until his retirement. Bill was a member of the Elks of Punxsutawney and a baseball coach for a teener league. Loving the outdoors, he was an avid hunter and fisherman and he enjoyed maintaining the Wildauer Family Camp.

Bill was an outgoing and caring man with a big smile and heart, and he was always willing to lend a hand to friends and family any time they needed help with anything.

Surviving are his daughters, Ann Etchberger and husband Scott of Hilton Head, SC and Beth Reeder and husband Dale of Dillsburg; granddaughter Caitlin Emig and husband Jason of California, MD; and two sisters, Carol Ishman and Roberta Kurten, both of Reynoldsville. William was preceded in death by sisters, Ellen Strouse and Rita Leiberton.

Due to the current pandemic, a Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, PA. Please visit www.HollingerFuneralHome.com to offer condolences to the family.

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Beth and Ann and family you have my condolences on uncle Bills passing. What can I say what a wonderful man. He taught me many things at work and also many great times together he will be missed . Love ya Uncle Bill

Curt Ishman Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM

I met Bill while he was at Niagara Cutter and I was the area representative for Norton Company/Saint Gobain Abrasives. What a wonderful person; my sincere condolences to his Family. I considered him a good Friend!Louis H. Mayer

Louis H. Mayer Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM

Bill was one of the nicest people I have ever known.. We enjoyed hunting and fishing together with my brother, Larry. Bill will be missed by many and remembered fondly by many.

Rich Chenoga Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM

Bill was my cousin. After serving proudly in the Navy, he and his fiancee Ellie moved to Silver Spring MD. Bill stayed with my parents and Ellie with my Aunt Edna. He worked at Melpar, Inc in northern Virginia and enjoyed his time there. He honored his faith by loving his wife, children, and extended family, and by leading a good life. He was always willing to lend a helping hand when he could. I remember when my father was in Jefferson Manor, my brother ordered a TV for him through Sears and it was to be picked up at the local Punxsy merchant. When it arrived, Bill was called, "we have a TV for James Leiberton, do you know him?" "Yes, that's my uncle Jim, I'll pick it up and take to him." People remembered his goodness and friendliness. 240 miles away from Punxsy, I was shopping for a lamp in Silver Spring MD, and the sales person asked me after I gave him my credit card if I knew a Bill Leiberton, "yes I do, he's my cousin." "Tell him gumball says hello." That was the nickname that Bill gave her because she came into her store often to buy a gumball." The world is a better place because of Bill Leiberton. May the lord sanctify our members of Bill.

Paul Leiberton Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM

Bill was my wonderful brother-in-law.  I will surely miss our phone conversations. May you rest in peace and be united with Ellie

Jean Wildauer Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

May this tree share its beauty with those that behold it. May it act as a shelter and a source of inspiration in the world. I imagine your father was like this tree...My condolences & much love,Michele DeVore

Michele DeVore Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM