The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

April 8, 2014

Funeral for three brothers who died




RIVERSIDE – A church pastor brought greetings of love and comfort to the 300-plus people gathered to pay their respects to three young brothers killed in a house fire Friday.

“We expend our heartfelt condolences to Christine, Kristyn, Ryan and Angel and to each one who has been touched by this tragedy,” Pastor Kevin Newswanger of the Danville Mennonite Church said during the funeral service Tuesday afternoon.

Killed in the fire in Rush Township were Arthur Willis Dissinger, 2; Gavin Arthur Dissinger, 7; and Daniel Gage Dissinger, 13.

Kristyn Dissinger, 14, and Ryan Dissinger, 10, were able to escape and run to neighbors for help. Angel, 4, was staying with friends. Their mother Christine Dissinger was working at the time the fire broke out at about 1:20 a.m.

Newswanger mentioned others touched by the deaths including emergency responders, teachers, classmates, Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley and the church congregation.

“We face this together by the grace of God. God will comfort us in all our tribulation. None of us has chosen to come together this way. We ask why but we can’t answer the question,” said Newswanger who said they can trust in God.

Brother Nathan Ehst said

“We are here because of God’s appointment. Daniel, Gavin and Arthur are not here with us. We miss them. They are gone. It does us good to comfort each other in times like this,” said Brother Nathan Ehst.

In times like this, we do have tears as a way of expressing emotion, he said. “It brings us together to comfort each other,” he said.

“Our sympathy goes to the family and those who relate very closely. We thank each one who came to this place,” he said of the church’s meeting place.

Sun shone through the open windows of the crowded. Four white ceiling fans were running.

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