Obituaries and Alumni Memorial Grove



The Alumni Memorial Grove, built in September of 1995 and located at the intersection of Route 322 and Meadow Lane, has been the site of many special events and festivities during the past few years. Each year at Homecoming, the MHS Alumni Association uses the Pavilion for its annual Memorial Grove Service when they pay tribute to their deceased brothers and sisters. During the summer months, the Pavilion has been used for Sunday Chapel Services, weddings, and photo shoots.

The use of the Pavilion is extended to Milton Hershey School®’s alumni, employees, and retirees.

If you would like more information on using the Pavilion, contact the Mike Kinney at (717) 520-2203 or by e-mail:

Recent Obituaries & Service Information

Charles Calderone ’81, of New Orleans, LA, passed away on July 12. Memorial service will be held on Sep. 20 at St. Joan of Arc Church, Hershey at 1:30 P.M. followed by burial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetary at 3 P.M.

Bernard Filipiak ’63, of Reisterstown, MD, passed away on June 30.

Grace G. (Lanning) Fisher, Retiree and Honorary Alumna, of Hershey, passed away on May 9, 2018. Grace retired from the Human Resources Department at the Milton Hershey School and was an Honorary Alumni Member of the MHS Alumni Association. She was the widow of William “Bill” Fisher ’50, who passed away on February 6, 2018.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 am in All Saints Episcopal Church, in Hershey. Interment will be private in the Hershey Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: All Saints Episcopal Church, 310 Elm Avenue, Hershey PA 17033 or the Federated Women’s Club of Hershey, P.O. Box 573, Hershey PA 17033. Share condolences via the online guest book at

William “Bill” Fisher ’50, of Hershey, passed away February 6. He was an educator, school administrator and had served as the President at the Milton Hershey School. Mr. Fisher also served on the Hershey Trust and Milton Hershey School Board of Managers. Interment will be private in the Hershey Cemetery. A public service to celebrate his life will be scheduled at a later date.  Share condolences at

Dr. Joseph Brechbill, Honorary Member, of Hershey, passed away on Feb. 4. Dr. Brechbill served as an educator and principal at MHS before retiring in 1992. He continued to work part-time as the archivist in school history.

Charles Beam ’38, of Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 15, 2017.

Charles Garman ’52, of Brookhaven, on Nov. 18, 2017.

William MacMillan ’55, of Prescott, Ariz., on Dec. 21, 2017.

Charles Eyer ’57, of Palmyra, on Jan. 9, 2018.

Morris Shenk ’57, of New Providence, on Nov. 22, 2017.

William Johnson ’58, of Harleysville, on Aug. 18, 2017.

Stanley Ozoroski ‘59, of Royersford, on April 26, 2015.

James Carlson ’76, of DuBois, on Dec. 18, 2017.

Harry E. Myrick Sr. ’50, of Lebanon, died on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Richard Witmer ’52, died on December 5, 2011. MHS AR&P was notified in May 2017.

Robert C. Strickler ’53, of New Holland, passed away on May 13, 2017.


 Alumni Obituaries by Decade

1930-1939                    1970-1979

1940-1949                    1980-1989

1950-1959                    1990-1999

1960-1969                2000-Present

                                                                                       Former Employee


Note:  To submit an obituary or notify MHS Alumni Relations of a death of a classmate, please email or call (717) 520-2034.