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Harold J. Breithoff

Harold J. Breithoff

Harold “Howie” J. Breithoff, 89, of Bridgeton Township, PA, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at his home.

Born October 12, 1934 in Kintnersville, PA, Howie worked as a serviceman for Stem Brothers since 1970, until his recent retirement. Prior to that, he was a truck driver for Durnan and Goode in Upper Black Eddy, PA. Howie was an avid racing and NASCAR racing fan. He loved Ford cars and enjoyed classic cars but the love of his life was his 1968 Mustang Shelby GT 500. Howie had a loving, jolly smile and he loved good old fashioned home cooking and spending time with his great-grandchildren. To his many friends and family he was known as “Howie from the Valley” and they will miss him dearly.

Son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Breiner) Breithoff, Howie is survived by his two daughters Irene R. Gaffney and her husband Michael of Waynesboro, PA and Sherri L Breithoff of Upper Black Eddy, PA, his brother Thomas G. Breithoff and his wife Verna, his four grandchildren James Gaffney, Jennifer Gaffney, Timothy Leichliter, and Shawn Leichliter, and his two great-grandchildren Skyler and Jameson Leichliter. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Howie was predeceased by his first wife Rose (Gallo) Breithoff in 1997, his second wife Rose T. (Dinmore) Breithoff in 2023, his three brothers Joseph, Charles, and Robert, and his sister Elizabeth Druckenmiller.

The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 6-8 PM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ. A Catholic Prayer Service will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 11 AM at the funeral home with Father Bede Kim officiating. Interment will follow at the St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Haycock, PA. Howie has asked that you bring your classic cars, even Chevy’s.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Black Eddy Fire Department, PO Box 171, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972.

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From: Frances K Petiet
To the family of Harold Breithoff, we are so sorry to see this. Condolences to the entire family and all his close friends, we have been friends many years expecially Richard growing up in Upper Black Eddy. Prayers and hugs to all of you.

From: David+Melody Gano
Your deepest regrets to the entire Breithoff family. I’ve known the entire Breithoff family for many,many years. Went with Howie and Tommy to NASCAR races for many years in the 60s and 70s. Both were big David Pearson fans. I know if there’s cars in Heaven,He’s got a Ford

From: Diane Gonzalez
The Scott family send our deepest sympathy to Howies family..we were blesses to have him part of our family as long as we did..there were so many great times with this beautiful person..we will miss him dearly..Rest in peace Smaker..we will never forget you..Diane and Robert

From: Jack M. LaFevre
I'm so sorry to here about Uncle Howie , so many good times with him ! He will surely be missed, R.I.P. Howie from Valley

From: Doug Skelton
My condolences to all the family and friends, Howie was a good ole boy who will be truly missed. RIP my friend!

From: Martha Stutz
Bryant and I are sending our deepest condolences to Howie's family. And especially to my best friend for the last 46 years, Sherri Breithoff. Howie was like a second dad to me. He drove me in his mustang for my 1st wedding. We always joked about how small my hands are and he love scaring me to get rid of my hiccups. I will miss you dad. See you on the other side.

From: Randy Heckman
So sorry, he was a GREAT GUY .And will be missed. RIP

From: Nadeen and Lowell Nice
Our sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

From: Tom Nemeth
Howie and I were long time friends while working together at Stems since 1984 and even long after we both had retired . We use to do horse talk with the horses across from Stems. And whenever we had called each other, we would either call or answer on the phone with horse talk. That way we both would know who answered or who called. We sure had a lot of laughs with doing horse talk. Howie was a great person and one of the friendliest that I ever known. If anyone deserves to be in Heaven, it is Howie. God Bless You my old friend. Everytime I hear a horse I'll definitely think of Howie. God be with you. You'll always be in Shirley's and my heart.

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