Neill Funeral Home

3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA


Barbara J. Messimer

May 11, 1946September 28, 2019

Barbara J. Messimer, 73, of Harrisburg, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019, in Community General Osteopathic Hospital. Born May 11, 1946, in Hummelstown, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Elizabeth (Blouch) Gordon, and was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Messimer, Sr.

Barbara is survived by two sons; James E. Messimer, Jr., and his wife, Anna, of Etters, and Anthony D. Messimer, and his wife, Angela, of Harrisburg; a daughter, Denise M. Hodnett, and her husband Benjamin, of West Monroe, LA; Seven Grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two sisters, Betty Shifflet, of Melsboro, DE, and Nancy Dubble of Lebanon. Barbara was a loving, devoted, and faithful wife, mother, and grandmother.

A viewing will be held at 5:00 pm, Thursday, October 3, 2019, followed by a funeral service at 7:00 pm, at Grace Chapel, 2535 Colebrook Rd, Elizabethtown. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on Friday, October 4, 2019, at 9:30 am. To go in procession, please meet at 8:30 am Friday at Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg.


  • James E. Messimer, Jr. & Anna, Son
  • Anthony D. Messimer & Angela, Son
  • Denise M. Hodnett & Benjamin, Daughter
  • Betty Shifflet, Sister
  • Nancy Dubble, Sister
  • Barbara is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Messimer, Sr., and her parents, Horace & Elizabeth (Blouch) Gordon.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Interment Friday, October 4, 2019


Barbara J. Messimer

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