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On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Charlotte Alletta Danowsky Hartranft, 84, of New Columbia quietly passed from this world into God's waiting arms.
Born in Kelly Township on Jan. 4, 1933, Charlotte was the daughter of Daniel Sanders and Dorothy Viola (Deitrick) Danowsky. From three months old following the death of her mother to illness, she was raised by her grandparents, William H. and Alletta (Achenbach) Deitrick, of Creek Road, New Columbia, her lifetime home. Her husband of 40 years, Carl William Hartranft, whom she married on March 25, 1960, passed away in July 2000.

She is survived by a daughter, Candace A. Hartranft Fry and her husband Russell P. Fry, and a beloved grandson, Benjamin, of Mifflintown, and a stepgranddaughter, Anna Fry Linnelli, husband Gregory, and great-granddaughter, Gianna, of Lakeland, Fla. She is also survived by a special friend, James D. Masser of Milton; a brother, Wayne Danowsky of Harrisburg; half brothers, Franklin E. "Gene" Danowsky and Harold P. Danowsky, of rural Lewisburg; a half-sister, Marlene L. Baker, of West Milton; sisters-in-law, Sara Loftus, of Watsontown, Ellen Pardoe, of New Columbia, Ruth Weaver, of Milton, and Jeanne Hartranft, of Jeffersonville, Ind.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn Kratzer, Eleanor Miller, and Phyllis Snyder; half brothers, Arlon and Charles Danowsky; and stepgranddaughter, Emily C. Fry.

Mrs. Hartranft was a 1950 graduate of Watsontown High School and up until the time of her illness was a regular participant in class breakfasts and alumni banquets. She was also a student of the Ramsey School, New Columbia.
She was a faithful member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, rural Lewisburg, and a lifetime member of the Republican Party serving on the White Deer Township election board and also as committee person for many years.
A lifetime office employee and bookkeeper, Charlotte was employed throughout the years by the Reed Tobacco Company, H. H. Follmer Trucking, Follmer Gas & Oil, Gillespie Accounting, and Rogers, Huber & Associates. She was a well-known resident of White Deer Township having served as Tax Collector for several years.

To honor the wishes of the deceased, there will be no viewing. Friends and relatives will be received beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 Front St., Milton. Pastor Jeffrey Hauck of St. Peter's and the Rev. Kerry W. Smart, former pastor, will conduct the 11 a.m. funeral service. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, New Columbia.

To honor her memory, memorial contributions may be made to either the White Deer Township Volunteer Fire Company, 366 Cemetery St., New Columbia, PA 17856, or St. Peter U.C.C. c/o Jeffrey Hauck, 138 Third St., New Columbia, PA 17856.

Condolences may be shared at www.shawfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 24, 2017
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