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Albert Chubb "Abie" Lyter
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Birth: Sep. 5, 1910
Sunbury
Northumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 2002
Harrisburg
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA

Albert was born in the town of Sunbury, Northumberland county, but at age (9) months his family moved back to the town of Halifax where he continued to be raised, and where he lived out his life. As a student of the Halifax public schools, Abie regularly participated in the school orchestra where he contributed as a violin player, and also as a slide trombone player in the Halifax "Town" band, a separate entity all of it's own. Athletically his "game" was baseball, and he lent his talents as a right fielder for the Halifax High School team. Abe, or "Abie" as the name we all came to call him, graduated from Halifax Boyer Memorial School in 1928. In 2002 he was his class's soul survivor. To his many friends he had been nicknamed honest "Abe" (no doubt for the President of whom he most admired), and as "The Wunnerfitz", because he knew a lot of facts and had many memories of people and places in Halifax. It was no doubt that towards the end of his lifetime, and with highest esteem, the townfolk of Halifax would serve him up as the patriarch historian of this bedroom community. As his niece (through marriage) this compiler grew up admiring "Uncle Abie", as I lovingly referred to him, for all of which he stood for, serving as a role model while I was growing up in Halifax. As a child I remembered Abie working for the Swift Meat Packaging Plant, which was then located in Harrisburg. He worked there for 26 years, but was forced into early retirement when the plant pulled up stakes and relocated out WEST. Over his lifetime "Uncle Abie" held many jobs, far too numerous for even him to recall. I was always held in amazement when he mentioned yet another employment "opportunity" he had experienced. Worth mentioning, however, were some that I acknowledge him talking about over the years: He served on the Halifax Borough Council for 24 years, was Judge of Elections for 14 years, and Justice of the Peace for the town of Halifax for 12 years. He and life long soulmate, Arlene Sarah Hoffman, whom he married on his birthday back in 1938 still got cards from one of those few couples that Abe married "way back then". From 1936-1939 Abie served as a Private 1st Class in the 104th Calvary Troop of the National Guard, which was referred to as the Governor's Troop; both he and Arlene were in attentance at the Inaugural Ball for then newly elected Governor Earl, of Pennsylvania. For over 60 years Abie provided income tax service for the people of Halifax and surrounding community for a VERY NOMINAL fee. Often, depending on the financial circumstances of his clients, he performed this service at NO CHARGE. And this was only his weekend job! Early on in their marriage Albert and Arlene sold some investment property, at a very nominal price of $500.00's, to the community of Halifax, for the purpose of providing anticipated future growth to the existing town park. In years to come this land became the site for the Harry Rowe Community Swimming Pool. When the Halifax Park Carnivals rolled around every summer, Abie volunteered his time and donated all of the ticket proceeds by "loaning out" his pet horses and giving the kids of Halifax "rides" on Queenie, Tony, Rex, and (Prince) Charlie. But his civic contributions didn't stop there. He also rode his horses in the Halifax community parades in the early 50's, always a featured rider and expected participant. In 1969 the community honored Albert and Arlene by proclaiming them as GRAND MARSHALLS on the occasion of the 175th Halifax SusquiCentennial Celebration. In 1994, 25 years later, they were AGAIN bestowed that same distinction at the town's 200th Bi-Centennial Celebration! As a charter member, Albert was instrumnetal in paving the way for the establishment of the Halifax Historical Society. By 2000 he served in only an advisory capacity, but was always kept abreast of the society's meetings which were held across the street from the Lyters' residence on Market Street. Abie's contributions to the Society newsletters were a treat to the community. At the soul of Abie's sterling chacacter were his deep religious beliefs; He was a life long member of the Halifax Otterbein United Methodist Church, and was on the Board of Managers of the Lykens Valley Camp Ground in Elizabethville, where the Lyters owned a small cottage, entertained relatives and friends regularly w/Arlene's wonderful cooking, and where the couple "vacationed" yearly up at the camp grounds during the month of July when religious "camp" services were held. After Abie passed away Arlene gave the cottage away to a young family she felt would benefit from it. Lastly, he was a life long REPUBLICAN, at times butting heads with this "60's" radical niece of his. Throughout his lifetime he had been plagued with rheumatoid arthritis, brought on by rheumatic fever, which he contacted as a child. At ninety years, his knee joints were debilitated to the extreme, halting his mobility, which "he" defined then as a slow shuffle. Most of his days over the last 2 years of his life were confined to sedentary activities, like cross-word puzzles, LOTS of reading, and reminiscing with an impromptu army of town folk who stopped by the Lyter residence in Halifax, regulary, and then lastly the Susquehanna Lutheran Home, in Millersburg, where he sadly spent his last 13 months. 
 
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 Parents:
  Howard B. Lyter (1881 - 1967)
  Mary Bernadette Chubb Lyter (1877 - 1962)
 
 Spouse:
  Arlene Sarah Hoffman Lyter (1914 - 2008)
 
 Sibling:
  Albert Chubb Lyter (1910 - 2002)
  Harry Oscar Lyter (1913 - 1985)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery
Halifax
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Maintained by: Deborah (Hoffman) Weiner
Originally Created by: Russ Ottens
Record added: Oct 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30936671
Albert Chubb Abie Lyter
Added by: Deborah (Hoffman) Weiner
 
Albert Chubb Abie Lyter
Added by: Deborah (Hoffman) Weiner
 
Albert Chubb Abie Lyter
Added by: Deborah (Hoffman) Weiner
 
 
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R.I.P Dear Uncle
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 2, 2012

- You were the BEST
 Added: Sep. 15, 2012
 
 
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