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LYDIA L. BECK 
FROSTBURG - Lydia Lennox Beck, 92, of Frostburg Heights Apartments, died Sunday, May 11, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born November 29, 1904, in Zihlman, she was the daughter of the late Archibald and Margaret (Rankin) Lennox. She also was preceded in death by her husband, David Beck, on January 11, 1970; and one brother, Wesley Lennox.

Mrs. Beck was a member of Allegany United Methodist Church and the Ladies Aid.

Surviving are two brothers, Harry Lennox, Zihlman, and Andrew Lennox and wife Janet, Ridgeley, W.Va; and one sister-in-law Belle Lennox, Frostburg.

Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home, Frostburg, on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home at 1 p.m. with the Rev. George M. Harpold officiating.

Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Allegany United Methodist Church.

VERONICA E. BECKNER
WESTERNPORT - Veronica E. Beckner, 68, of 102 Kalbaugh St., Westernport, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997, at her residence.
Born Aug. 2, 1929, in Frostburg, she was the daughter of Kathleen (Rafferty) Winner, Lonaconing, and the late Vernard F. Winner. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Winner.

Mrs. Beckner retired in 1991 from the Allegany County Board of Education as a dedicated teacher, having taught most of her career at Barton Elementary School. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Westernport, and a member of Court Sancta Maria No. 485 Catholic Daughters of America. Mrs. Beckner was a member of Victory Unit No. 155 Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Allegany County Retired Teachers Association, and the National Education Association. She also was a life member of the Maryland State PTA, and a life member of the Barton Elementary School PTA.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her beloved husband, Raymond R. Beckner; and she was a devoted mother to Michael Beckner, Westernport, Joseph Beckner and wife Margie, Lonaconing, Linda Davis-Kyle and husband Gene, Barton, Janet Morris and husband Jim, Westernport, and Thomas Beckner and wife Rhonda, Westernport. Also surviving are nine brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Hallinan, Cumberland; Bernard Winner, Cumberland; Sister Kathleen Bernard, Baltimore; Kathleen Larkin, Frostburg; Rose Marie Montgomery, Barton; John Winner, Lonaconing; William G. Winner, Cumberland; Robert "Hank" Winner, Georgia; and James Winner, Lonaconing. She was a loving grandmother to Jamie Likens, Al Beckner, Heather Ann Beckner, Megan Elizabeth Beckner, Aaron Mathew Beckner, Jennifer Zais, Cassie Morris, Eric Morris, Josh Beckner, and Luke Beckner; and a great-grandmother to Nathan and Brandon Zais.

Friends will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, on Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Father James Hannon and Father Paul Byrnes as celebrants.

Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.

The Catholic Daughters will hold a Christian wake service at the funeral home on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter's Church Organ Fund, or to the Barton Elementary School, or to a charity of your choice.

Pallbearers will be Al Beckner, Jamie Likens, Jared Zais, Tom Morris, Jim Morris, and Gene Kyle. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Richard Sloop, Willard Cleavenger, Steve Wilson, Dr. Fred Sloan, and Keith Kiddy.

ARDELLA B. BEELER 
CUMBERLAND - Ardella M. Bosley Beeler, 71, of Cumberland, died Sunday, April 20, 1997, at the Allegany County Nursing Home.
Born May 10, 1925, in Oakland, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Simmons and Rosie (Keller) Simmons. She also was preceded in death by two husbands, S.O. ``Jack'' Bosley, and William A. Beeler.

Surviving are one son, Samuel L. Bosley, Cape Canaveral, Fla.; two daughters, Betty (Bosley) Yost, Cumberland, and Laura M. (Bosley) Lantz, Akron, Ohio; four sisters, Anna Mackley, Westernport, Virginia Grimm, Tunnelton, W.Va., Rose Sharer, Oakland, and Lona McDowell, Cumberland; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. The body will be cremated.

A private memorial service will be conducted at the Leasure-Stein Funeral Home on Wednesday with Ronald G. Yost officiating.

CHARLES T. BEEMAN 
RIDGELEY, W.Va. - Charles (Tom) Beeman, 54, of Route 2, Box 2, Ridgeley, died Thursday, July 17, 1997, of injuries he sustained from an accident on December 4, 1992. Mr. Beeman had been in a coma since that day.
Born December 16, 1942, in Barton, Md., his birth parents were the late Dewey T. Beeman, of Michigan, and Marie (Zigler) Beeman, of LaVale. He was raised by his grandparents, the late George T. Beeman and Emma (Wiland) Beeman of Barton.

Mr. Beeman was employed by Westvaco Corporation for 30 years, the last 22 years as a security guard. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Patterson Creek.

Mr. Beeman was a car enthusiast from Nascar to street rodding. He was a member of Western Maryland Street Rod Association and he ran registration for four years at the Labor Day weekend rod run. He was a W.M.S.R.A. Street Rodder of the Year in 1992, and had been a member of the National Street Rod Association.

He was a member of Raymond E. Dawson F.O.P. Lodge No. 111, Keyser. He served with the Army National Guard, Company B, 121st Engineering Battalion of Maryland, from 1961 to 1969.

He was a loving husband, father and friend to many. He has been missed for the last four years and will continue to be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Rita (Leese) Beeman, who, with the help of their two children, has cared for him since coming home from the hospital in July of 1993; a daughter, Amanda (Beeman) Festerman and husband Robbie, Charlestown; one son, Patrick Thomas Beeman, at home; one grandson, David Thomas Festerman; one brother, A. Dale Beeman and wife Debbie, Dogwood Flats, Barton; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Melvin and Martha Leese, Route 2, Ridgeley; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Gerald and Regina Baldwin, Winchester, Va.; two nephews; one niece; and a great nephew.

The special nurses who helped in his care were Sharron, Kelly, Joyce, Regina, Debbie, Basil, Lori, Lana, Sherry, and a special tribute in loving memory of Roxce Bevans.

Friends will be received at the Hafer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary, 1302 National Highway, LaVale, on Saturday from 1 to 4:30 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Delbert Poling officiating.

Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be A. Dale Beeman, Gerald Baldwin, William Chambers Sr., T. "Rick" Black, Don Allen Bland, and Ron Savage.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Route 3, Patterson Creek, Ridgeley, WV 26753 

FLOSSIE O. BEEMAN 
LONACONING - Flossie Olive (Broadwater) Beeman, 88, of Knapps Meadow, Lonaconing, went home to Heaven on Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997.
She personified a virtuous woman and ``her price is far above rubies.'' ``Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.''

Born Jan. 28, 1909, in Garrett County, she was the daughter of the late Harmon Broadwater and the late Harriett C. (Bittinger) Broadwater. She also was preceded in death by a son, Clyde Beeman; three sisters, Nellie Llewellyn, Minnie Broadwater and Dorothy Sutherland; and one granddaughter, Donna James.

Mrs. Beeman was a member of the Dunkard Brethren Church, Broadwater Chapel, Savage River Road, for 74 years and served in various capacities.

Flossie and her husband also are the parents of the Country Gospel Singers, who ministered in the area for 24 years.

Surviving are her husband of 70 years, Oscar L. Beeman; three sons, the Rev. Homer Beeman and wife Freda, Westernport, Robert Beeman and wife Saundra, Frostburg, and Roger Beeman and wife Sandy, Springfield, Va.; three daughters, Edna Clark and husband Glen, Lonaconing, Louise Skidmore and husband Stanley, Frostburg, Lavona Sines and husband Ronnie, Frostburg; five brothers, Howard Broadwater, LaVale, Grover Broadwater, LaVale, Edward Broadwater, Corriganville, Herbert Broadwater, Chester, and Robert Broadwater, Lonaconing; seven sisters, Della Beeman, LaVale, Edith Long, Moran Manor Nursing Home, Theresa Broadwater, Westernport, Myrtle Broadwater, York, Pa., Rosella Rounds, Grantsville, Lillie Broadwater, Westernport, and Thelma Bittinger, Grantsville; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Friends will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Lonaconing, on Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church, Lonaconing, on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Elder Virgil Leatherman and Elder Ray Stuber officiating.

Interment will be in the Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale.

Pallbearers will be Robbie Clark, David Beeman, Danny Beeman, Bob Beeman Jr., Nathan Beeman and Trent Beeman.

JEFFREY L. BEEMAN 
BARTON - Jeffrey L. Beeman, 36, of Bartlett Run Road, SW, Barton, died Friday, March 28, 1997, at his residence.
Born Aug. 4, 1960, in Baltimore, he was a son of Joseph Junior Beeman and Wilma Jean (McGee) Beeman, of Barton. He also was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Edith L. Beeman.

Mr. Beeman was a mechanic.

Surviving are his maternal grandmother, Jessie C. McGee, Lonaconing; one sister, Wilma Jean Thorne, Winter Haven, Fla., and her son Jamie, who lives with his grandmother, Wilma Jean Beeman, of Barton; three brothers, James Beeman and wife Alice, Barton, Joseph A. Beeman and wife Veva, Short Gap, W.Va., and John E. Beeman and wife Kim, Barton; numerous aunts and uncles; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, Lonaconing, on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The body was cremated.

Memorial services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. George Loar officiating.

Interment will be in the Green Cemetery, Garrett County.

LENA C. BEEMAN 
FROSTBURG - Lena Christine (Sgaggero) Beeman, 50, of Powells Lane Apartments, Apartment A8, Frostburg, went to be with the Lord, with her family beside her, on Monday, July 14, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born Feb. 16, 1947, in Piedmont, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Phyllis (Cannon) Sgaggero.

Mrs. Beeman was employed at the Princess Restaurant, Frostburg, for 8 years before she became sick. She was a member of the God's Ark of Safety, Frostburg.

Surviving are her father Vitto Sgaggero and step mother Suanne G. Sgaggero, Finzel; her husband William Abraham Beeman, Sr., Frostburg; one daughter, Kathy Hanlin and husband Austin, Westernport; three sons, William Beeman Jr. and wife Kelly, Shaft, Steven Beeman, at home, and Joey Beeman and girlfriend Lorraine, Frostburg; seven grandchildren, Austin Jr., William, Christopher, Ryan, Scott, Nicole and James; one step grandson, Justin; three sisters, Linda Jeffry and husband Ron, Frostburg, Melinda Routhier, Frostburg, and Paula Vassalo, Cumberland; one brother, Frank Sgaggero and wife June, Lonaconing; her mother-in-law, Margaret Beeman, Detmold; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the God's Ark of Safety, Frostburg, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the church on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Pastor J. Richard Greene and the Pastor Everett Spence officiating.

Interment will be in the Frostburg Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Pete Booth, Ricky Webb, Frankie Sgaggero, Anthony Vassalo, Dale Sgaggero and George Pappas. Her grandsons will be the honorary pallbearers.

Family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of memorials to, The Lena C. Beeman Cancer Fund, First Federal Savings Bank, Frostburg.

Arrangements by Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, Lonaconing, MD 21539.

Memorial cards will be available at the church.

RAYMOND BEEMAN 
FROSTBURG - Raymond ``Red'' Beeman, 76, formerly of Eckhart and Frostburg, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at the Egle Nursing Home, Lonaconing.
Born Jan. 28, 1921, in Frostburg, he was the son of the late Samuel and Laura Jane (Norton) Beeman.

Mr. Beeman had worked at the Palace Theatre and Frostburg State University. He was a member of the Midland Sportsmen's Club and Frostburg Eagles 1273.

Surviving are his wife, Helen (Sperry) Beeman, Frostburg; stepdaughter, Kathy Sell and husband Paul, Cleveland, Ohio; and nephew, Robert Booth, Midland.

The body will be cremated.

Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home, Frostburg, on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Eagles 1273 will hold a service at the funeral home on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 8:30 p.m. with the Rev. T. William Preston officiating.

Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.

ROBERT JAMES BEESECK
CUMBERLAND - Robert James Beeseck, 70, of Henderson Avenue, Cumberland, died Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at his residence.
Born Oct. 16, 1926, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late James Matthew Beeseck and Thelma Leona (Kercheval) Beeseck. He also was preceded in death by one son, Robin Beeseck.

Mr. Beeseck worked at Memorial Hospital as a security guard for many years. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Intrepid.

Surviving are his wife, Gloria (Varner) Beeseck; three sons, Robert L. Beeseck and wife Renie, Bedford Valley, Pa., Terry Beeseck and wife Cathy, Headsville, W.Va., and Tracy Beeseck, at home; four grandchildren, Kain Beeseck and wife Deanna, Wiley Ford, W.Va., Christopher Beeseck, Springfield, W.Va., Bobbi Renee Beeseck, Bedford Valley, Pa., and Heather Beeseck, Headsville, W.Va.; one great-granddaughter, Autumn Beeseck; and one great-grandson, Kyle Beeseck.

Friends will be received at the Leasure-Stein Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 2 p.m.

Interment will be in the Fellowship Cemetery, Centreville, Pa.

Serving as pallbearers will be Glen Emerick, Larry Moyer, Clarence Clites, Gary Doman, Dave Howe, and Larry Houseworth. 

MINTA C. SCHAEFER BEITZEL
GRANTSVILLE - Minta Catherine Schaefer Beitzel, 98, of 8497 National Pike, Grantsville, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 1997, at Goodwill Mennonite Home, Grantsville.
Born Sept. 24, 1898, in Grantsville, she was a daughter of the late Levi and Annie (Wiley) Resh. She also was preceded in death by two husbands, James Schaefer and Walter Beitzel.

Mrs. Beitzel was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are two sons, Mark L. Schaefer and wife Eleanor, Savannah, Ga., and Cecil L. Schaefer, Grantsville; one daughter, Audrey S. Kinsinger and husband Dale, Grantsville; three grandchildren, Allen and Jeff Schaefer, and Tim Kinsinger; and one great-granddaughter, Ashley Schaefer.

Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David E. Fetter officiating.

Interment will be in Grantsville Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Christ Lutheran Church. 

CHARLES W. BELFOURE
CUMBERLAND - A graveside service for Charles William Belfoure will be conducted at Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap on Monday at noon with the Rev. Milton A. Hipsley officiating.
The Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, is in charge of the arrangements.

NELLIE F. BELL
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Nellie F. Bell, 67, of 11620 Bemisderfer Road, Greencastle, died unexpectedly at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997, in her home.
Born March 19, 1930, in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Alice (Burkett) St. Clair. She also was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

She was a homemaker. She was a very active volunteer in working at the Shady Grove Community Center, Shady Grove, Pa. She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Greencastle.

She and her husband were married April 8, 1949.

Surviving family are her husband of 48 years, Edward F. Bell; daughters, Myra I. Kidd, Shady Grove, Edna Jane Cushing, Virginia Beach, Va., and Charlotte B. Elliott, Greencastle; one sister, Mary Stamper, Belton, Texas; brothers Tim St. Clair, Somerset, Pa., Tom Faushnacht, Vincennes, Ind., Jack Burkett, Fort Collins, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

It was her desire to have her body donated to the Humanity Gifts Registry of Pennsylvania for medical research at Hershey Medical Center.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. from the Otterbein United Brethren Church, 146 Leitersburg Street, Greencastle, with the Rev. David G. Rawley officiating. The famly will receive friends at the church one hour before the service on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of A.L.S., P.O. Box 507, Norristown, Pa. 19404, Attn: Ellyn Phillips.

Arrangements were handled by the Harold M. Zimmerman And Son Funeral Home, Greencastle.

VERONICA BELL 
WESTERNPORT - Veronica Bell, 84, formerly of Howard Street, Westernport, died on Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at the home of her daughter in Richmond, Va.
Born July 16, 1912, in Midland, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Stakem and Elizabeth (Mullen) Stakem. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Bell, on April 12, 1978; three brothers, Thomas, Patrick and John Stakem; and a sister, Mrs. Marie Mellor.

Mrs. Bell was a graduate of St. Peter's School, Westernport, and Frostburg State University. She was an elementary school teacher until her retirement in 1973. She taught first and second grades at McCoole and Piedmont. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Westernport.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Susan Rosen and husband Larry, Richmond, Va.; and two grandchildren, Ryan and Allison Rosen.

Friends will be received at the Fredlock Funeral Home, Piedmont, W.Va., on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Westernport, on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Woy officiating.

Interment will follow in the Philos Cemetery, Westernport.

Family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

DANIEL E. BENDER SR.
CUMBERLAND - Daniel Eugene Bender Sr., 54, of Michigan Avenue, Cumberland, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born Feb. 10, 1943, in Cumberland, he was the son of Margaret (Bittinger) Bender, Cumberland, and the late Howard Bender.

Mr. Bender was a former employee of the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company and the Cumberland Electric Company. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Cumberland Outdoor Club, Goodfellowship Club, and the Cumberland American Legion.

In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife, Susie (Corley) Bender; two sons, Daniel Eugene Bender Jr. and wife Melina, Ringold, Ga., and Donald E. Bender and wife Joni, Mars, Pa.; two brothers, Kenny Bender, Dayton, Ohio, and Gene Bender, Cumberland; two sisters, Susie Lapp and Martha Jankey, both of Cumberland; three grandchildren, Joshua Bender, Joseph Bender, and Brooklyn Lowery; and two dog companions, Heidi and Lucy.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

At Mr. Bender's request, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be conducted at the funeral home on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Wayne R. Turner officiating.

The family requests contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

CARL F. BENNETT
KEYSER, W.Va. - Carl Frank Bennett, 61, of 580 W. Piedmont St., Keyser, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997, at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser.
Born May 23, 1936, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., he was the son of the late Carl H. and Sabina E. (Kelly) Bennett.

Mr. Bennett was a retired supervisor for Roadway Express, Akron, Ohio. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran having attained the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the Church of the Assumption, Keyser, and a member of the Kelly Mansfield Post No. 52 American Legion, Piedmont.

Surviving are his wife, Catherine B. (Shillingburg) Bennett; three sons, Richard Bennett, Brunswick, Ohio, Stephen Bennett, Tallmadge, Ohio, and Carl Bennett II, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; one stepson, William Corbin Jr., Mogadore, Ohio; one sister, Joan Manginell, Chili, N.Y.; two brothers, Gordon Bennett, Gaston, Tenn., and William Hawkins, Auburn, N.Y.; and 10 grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Brother Luke Stone, T.O.R., officiating.

Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Westernport.

Full military honors will be accorded at graveside by various veterans organizations.

The rosary will be recited at the funeral home on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

FLORENCE G. BENNETT 
FLINTSTONE - Florence Garnet Bennett, 79, of Green Ridge Road, Flintstone, died Monday, May 19, 1997, at the Northampton Manor Nursing Home, Frederick.
Born April 10, 1918, at Paw Paw, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Marshall Taylor and Loretta Susan (Largent) Farlow. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Leo Bennett, on July 5, 1978; one infant son; three brothers, Charles, Robert, and Glen Farlow; and two sisters, Nellie Farris and Eleanor Farlow.

Mrs. Bennett was a retired seamstress with the Lion Manufacturing Co., Everett, Pa. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to William McKinley Smith Post 155, American Legion, Artemas, Pa.

Surviving are one son, Paul Keith Bennett and wife Mary Lou, Columbia; one daughter Constance S. Naylor and husband Lance, Keyser, W.Va.; one brother, Fred Farlow, Lorain, Ohio; two sisters, Helen Cain, Lorain, Ohio, and Ruth White, Shenandoah, Ga.; four grandsons, Kevin D. Bennett, New Windsor, Timothy M. Bennett, Fairmont, W.Va., Brian L. Smith, Keyser, W.Va., and Todd A. Smith, Hanover, Pa.; and five great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, Cumberland, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Fairview Christian Church, Inglesmith, Pa., on Thursday at 1 p.m. with Dr. Lawrence F. Sherwood Jr. officiating. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to services.

Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Inglesmith.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, Baltimore/Central Maryland Chapter, 540 E. Belvedere Ave., Suite 202, Baltimore, MD 21212.

The Rotruck-Smith Funeral Home, Keyser, WV, is in charge of the arrangements.

FLORENCE V. BENNETT
MEYERSDALE, Pa. - Florence V. Bennett, 86, of Route 1, Artemas, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1997, at Meyersdale Manor Nursing Home, Meyersdale.
Born Nov. 16, 1910, in Artemas, she was the daughter of the late Kurt and Agnes (Barnes) Wigfield. She also was preceded in death by her husband George Otha Bennett on June 27, 1979.

Mrs. Bennett was a member of Lebanon Christian Church, Artemas.

Surviving are two sons, Franklin J. Bennett, Artemas, and Merle O. Bennett, Everett; one brother, Dennis Jay, Bedford; one sister, Ruth Fizer, Hagerstown, Md.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Kight Funeral Home, 309-311 Decatur St., Cumberland, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Miller officiating.

Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery near Artemas.

HENRY E. BENNETT
MARLOW, Okla. - Henry Edward Bennett, 80, of Route 3, Box 342, Marlow, formerly of Lawton, Okla., formerly of Troy, Ill., formerly of Shelbyville, Ill., and Kempton, Md., died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at Duncan Regional Hospital, Duncan. Born Feb 6, 1917, in Kempton, Md., he was a son of the late George E. Bennett and Lillian (Lancaster) Bennett. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Mae (Hardison) Bennett, on May 10, 1995. Mr. Bennett was a member of American Legion Post 708; VFW Post 1299; and Bethel Baptist Church, Troy Ill. He was a U.S. Army retired sergeant first class in the civil service. Surviving are one son, Benny and wife Patricia Bennett, Marlow, Okla.; five brothers, James Bennett and John Bennett, both of Frostburg, Md., Richard Bennett, Oakland, Md., William Bennett, Lady Lake, Fla., and Robert Bennett, Albuquerque, N.M.; and two sisters, Mary Fraley and Martha Miller, both of Frostburg, Md. Funeral services will be held at Howe & Yockey Funeral Chapel, Shelbyville, Ill., Monday, March 3, 1997, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel Eloe officiating. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, Ill., with U.S. flag and full military honors. 

JUDITH A. BENNETT
CUMBERLAND - Judith Ann Bennett, 55, of Cumberland, died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997, shortly after arrival at Memorial Hospital.
Born June 9, 1942, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of Betty Marie (Yutzy) Wheeler, Frederick, and the late Frederick Lewis Wheeler.

In addition to her mother, surviving are her husband, Charles A. Bennett, Cumberland; a son, Stephen F. Greenwell, Frederick; a brother, Scott F. Wheeler and wife Crissy, Frederick; and a grandson, Shane F. Greenwell, Frederick.

At the request of Mrs. Bennett, her body was cremated. 

A memorial service will be conducted at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Sherrill Dillon officiating.

MARY M. BENNETT 
CUMBERLAND - Mary Martha Bennett, 75, of 10 N. Liberty St., Cumberland, died Saturday, March 22, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born July 23, 1921, in Mount Savage, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. Moran and the late Mary Jane (Folk) Moran. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Russell J. (Russ) Bennett; two brothers, Edward and Francis Moran; one sister, Ann Daniels; and one grandson, Bryan Shaner.

Mrs. Bennett was a bartender for the Cumberland Country Club. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Surviving are three sons, Russell Bennett and wife Susan, Cumberland, Bobby Bennett and wife Terry, Zihlman, and John Bennett and wife Nancy, Clear Spring; four daughters, Mary Conner and husband Alvin, Cumberland, Ann Mowery, Cumberland, Patricia Shaner and husband Randy, Ridgeley, W.Va., and Linda Dick, Cumberland; a beloved friend, Jim Furstenburg Jr., Cumberland; one brother, Ronald Moran, Frostburg; two sisters, Ellen Jean Kennedy, Frostburg, and Betty Ann Graceie, Frostburg; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park.

MARY P. BENNETT 
FORT ASHBY, W.Va. - Mary Pearl Bennett, 85, of Fort Ashby, died Tuesday, April 22, 1997, at the Dawn View Manor Nursing Home. She and her sister, Ruth I. Miller, left together, hand in hand, to join Jesus in heaven. 
Born Feb. 23, 1912, in Buck Valley, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Ira and Katherine (Wertz) Smith. In addition to her parents and sister, Mrs. Bennett also was preceded in death by her husband, Conda E. Bennett, and her daughter, Shirley Ann Bennett.

Mrs. Bennett was a cook in local restaurants. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and a charter member of the Fort Ashby VFW Post 6667 Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as president. She also served as past president of the Fourth District.

Surviving are her son, Donald Bennett and wife Nancy, Carlisle, Pa.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, Route 28, Fort Ashby, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fort Ashby VFW will conduct a joint memorial service for Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Bennett at the funeral home on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

A joint funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dallas Forren officiating.

Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Ed Riley, Ron Hershberger, Eddie Willison, Doug Wolford, Ron Evans, and Steven Wotring.

DORIS J. BERG 
LAUREL - Doris J. Berg, 64, of Laurel, died Thursday, May 29, 1997, at Laurel Regional Hospital, Laurel.
Born Sept. 24, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Chester M. and Juanita Miller. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Orville, Robert, and Donald Miller; and three sisters, Wanda Nave, Virginia Bennett, and Kay Williamson.

Mrs. Berg retired from General Electric as an inspector. She graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1951.

Surviving are one daughter, Jacqueline S. Cessna, Shippensburg, Pa.; one step-daughter, Gerlinde Alejos, Kansas; two sons, Robert A. Steward, Glen Burnie, and Dennis J. Steward, Cumberland; four brothers, Dale, Roy, Ray and Chester M. Miller Jr.; four sisters, Jean Rice, Eleanor Banard, Romaine Sherman, and Joyce Nixon; and 10 grandchildren.

Fleck Funeral Home, 7601 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, is in charge of the arrangements. There will be no visitation.

A memorial service was held at the Community United Methodist Church, Laurel, on Saturday, May 31, 1997.

A memorial service will be held at the Central Assembly of God Church, 2020 Bedford St., Cumberland, on Tuesday, June 3, 1997, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Gary Butler officiating.

Interment will be private.

PAULINE M. BERG
NARROWS, Va. - Pauline Matthews Berg, 91, of 213 W. Westview St., Narrows, formerly of Corriganville, Md., died on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997.
Born March 29, 1906, in Corriganville, she was the daughter of the late James and Rebecca (Fleegle) Matthews.

Mrs. Berg was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pearisburg.

Surviving are her husband, C. Rockford Berg, Narrows; a son, Carlton L. Berg, Roanoke; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends were received at Riffe's Funeral Home, 600 East Main St., Narrows, Va., on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home chapel on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Walter Verling officiating.

Interment will be in Birchlawn Burial Park, Pearisburg.

ELMER E. BERGDOLL
CUMBERLAND - Elmer E. Bergdoll, 61, of Valley Road, Cumberland, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
Born Mar. 29, 1936, in Purgitsville, W.Va., he was the son of the late Freeman A. and Nellie P. (Conrad) Bergdoll. He was preceded in death by one infant brother.

Mr. Bergdoll was a retired construction worker. He was a member of the Army Reserves and a member of the Cumberland Eagles.

Surviving are his companion, Mary A. Twigg; one daughter, Karen Sue Bergdoll Blahut and husband David, Oldtown; one son, Richard Lee Bergdoll, Cumberland; one step-son, John Patrick Moore, Florida; two sisters, Thelma V. Ghahhari, Silver Spring; Wanda D. Bergdoll, Cumberland; three grandchildren, Maranda Lynn Bergdoll, Matthew John Davis, and Tessa Marie Davis; special friends, Donald Twigg and wife Gail, Debra Twigg, Pamela Cole and husband Willie, Russell Twigg and wife Sheila, and their children, Sondra and Donna Jean Fraze, Christy Phillips, Lester and Bill Cole, Crystal, Byran and Richard Twigg, all of Indiana.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David F. Dayhoff officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

INA M. BEST
BOISE, Idaho - Ina M. Best, 91, of Boise, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997, at a Boise care center.
No local services will be held. Her cremated remains will be buried at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Md., at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel, Boise.

Ina was born on Feb. 26, 1906, at Bayard, W.Va., the daughter of William E. and Edith M. Purgitt Junkins. She attended Potomac State College, Keyser, W.Va., and later taught school in Grant County, W.Va. She married Richard S. Best on July 12, 1926, in Keyser. Ina and Dick moved to Washington, D.C., in 1930, where Dick was a police officer until his retirement in 1960. Ina moved to Romney, W.Va., in 1982 and lived there before moving to Boise in 1985 to be near her son, Mike, and his family.

Ina is survived by her son, Michael R. Best and wife, Anne L., Eagle, Idaho; three grandchildren, Laurie S., Katie C., and Erin M., all of Eagle; a sister, Rachael and husband, Rudy Long, Bethlehem, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Carmenita Cullers, and Eloise and husband, Paul Adams, Germantown; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard S. Best, in 1977; her brother, Ralph C. Junkins; and a sister, Vivian Parker.

JOHN T. BEVANS
PAW PAW, W.Va. - John Thomas Bevans, 67, of Paw Paw, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
Born Sept. 3, 1930, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Constantine and Ruth (Wentling) Bevans.

Mr. Bevans was Catholic by faith.

Surviving are two sisters, Constance B. Laign, Virginia Beach, Va., and Jane B. Slusher and husband William, Bowie, Md.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Monday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Monday at noon with Father Milton A. Hipsley officiating.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cumberland.

ROXANNE BEVANS 
FROSTBURG - Roxanne ``Roxce'' Elliott Bevans, 34, of 118 W. Mechanic St., Frostburg, died Friday, March 28, 1997, at her home.
Born July 10, 1962, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of Francis W. and Carolee (Mackay) Elliott, of Frostburg.

Mrs. Bevans was a 1980 graduate of Beall High School and a graduate of Allegany Community College. She received her Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing degrees from the University of Maryland.

She was teaching nursing at Allegany College of Maryland, and coordinating private duty nurses for Allegany and Garrett counties for Tri-State Nurses, Frederick. She also was in charge of Utilization Review for Medicaid for the University of Maryland and Sacred Heart Hospital. She was a member of Frostburg United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, George G. Bevans; two sons, James Lee Bevans and Jordan Geary Bevans, and daughter, Autumn Nicole Bevans, at home; and a brother, W. Kenny Elliott, Frostburg.

Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home, Frostburg, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the Frostburg United Methodist Church on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. George A. Aist officiating. The body will be taken to the church at noon.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Rick Weimer, Bernie Garlitz, Jack Elliott, Joe Conway, Louis Concordia and Rick Cooper.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trust Fund for the Children of Roxanne Elliott Bevans, c/o First United National Bank and Trust, Route 36, Frostburg, MD 21532.

MARY FRANCES BEVER
SWANTON - Mary Frances Bever, 69, of 198 Bever Park Lane, Swanton, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
She was born Aug. 5, 1928, at Westernport, the daughter of the late Guy Orndorff and the late Catherine (Nau) Orndorff. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Bever, in 1988; and a son, Andrew James Bever.

She was a loving mother to her family and a faithful follower of the Lord, giving and receiving His messages in her walk through life on earth. She was a member of the Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Krista Bever Ecker, Maryland; three sons, Richard Bever, Maryland, Alvin Bever, Fla., and Mike Bever, Miss.; two sisters, Pat Haywood, Laurel, and Delores Orndorff, Westernport; grandchildren, Andrew Ecker, Ashley Bever, Kimberly Johnson, and Brian Woodyard; and great-grandchild, Danielle Nicole Johnson.

Friends will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church, Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Donald Nelson officiating.

Interment will be in Bever Cemetery, Backbone Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church; to the American Cancer Society; or to the Spina Bifida Foundation.
 

RICHARD L. BIGGS 
THURMONT, Md. - Richard Lewis Biggs, 37, of 12 Rouzer Court, Thurmont, formerly of Westernport, died Tuesday, April 22, 1997, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick.
Born May 1, 1959, at Keyser, W.Va., he was a son of Lewis E. and Doris Jane (Garvey) Biggs of Westernport. He also was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and one uncle.

Mr. Biggs was employed by First Data Merchant Services of Hagerstown for the past two years. Prior to that he was employed by the Standard Federal Savings Bank of Gaithersburg and Frederick for eight years.

Mr. Biggs was a graduate of Bruce High School, Westernport and Allegany Community College, Cumberland. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Piedmont, W.Va. He was a former Boy Scout and an Eagle Scout.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife of 11 years, Cindy D. (Jenkins) Biggs; one daughter, Nicole Renee Biggs, at home; one sister, Nancy Seltzer and fiance Doc Flanagan, Frederick; two brothers, Jon Allen Biggs and wife Kelly, Sykesville, and David Scott Biggs and wife Shawna, Keyser, W.Va.; paternal grandmother, Edna Biggs, a resident of Egle Nursing Home, Lonaconing, formerly of Luke; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ward W. and Bonnie L. (Ellifritz) Jenkins, Keyser; brother-in-law, Troy Allen Jenkins and wife Roxanne, Meyersdale, Pa.; two aunts, Wilda Fazenbaker and husband Richard, Piedmont, W.Va., and Dorothy Barnard and husband Bryan, Swanton; and two uncles, Tom Garvey and wife Doris, Freedom, Pa., and Robert Biggs and wife Joy, Keyser, W.Va.

Mr. Biggs is also remembered by special friends, Keating Clark, Walkersville; Roger Downs, Ashburn, Va.; Donald and Joyce Briggs, Monrovia; and Betty Jo and James Howard, Westernport.

Friends will be received at the Rotruck-Smith Funeral Home, Keyser, on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. only.

Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. S.D. Sawyers and the Rev. Joseph Jarrett officiating.

Interment will be in the Philos Cemetery, Westernport.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Nicole Biggs Trust Fund, c/o Farmers and Merchants National Bank, Attention: Jan McGuffin, 110 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, MD 21701.
 

EUNICE M. BILLMEYER 
RIO, W.Va. - Eunice Mae Billmeyer, 86, of Rio, died Friday, April 11, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
Born Aug. 4, 1910, in Rio, she was the daughter of the late James Wilson and Zella (Bean) Wilson. Her husband, George G. Billmeyer, died Feb. 21, 1994. She also was preceded in death by one daughter; one grandson; one great-grandchild; one brother; and one sister.

Mrs. Billmeyer was co-owner of Billmeyer Grocery for 40 years in Rio. She was a member of the Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Rio.

Surviving are one son, Eugene Billmeyer, Romney; three daughters, Rebecca Gillam, Neelyton, Pa., Patricia Kemp, Shepherdstown, and Elizabeth Davis, Rio; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends at the McKee Funeral Home, Augusta, on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church on Sunday at 2 p.m. with Pastor R. Don Prange officiating.

Interment will be in the Rio Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scott Kemp, E.T. Billmeyer, Jeremy Mongold, Mark Gillam, Philip Billmeyer and Doodle Lewis.

Memorials may be made to the Ebenezer Lutheran Church Building Fund c/o Courtney Tusing, RR 1, Box 200, Baker, WV 26801.
 

HELEN J. BISHOP 
CUMBERLAND - Helen J. Bishop, 67, of Cumberland, died Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born Feb. 17, 1930, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Augustus and Myrtle (Long) Duckworth.

Mrs. Bishop was a retired home sitter in the Cumberland area. She attended Central Assembly of God Church, Cumberland.

Surviving are one son, David E. Bishop and wife Julia, Flemington, N.J.; one daughter, Barbara J. (Bishop) Marple and husband Gary, Walkersville; four brothers, John Long, Franklin, Wis., Russell Duckworth and wife Elaine, Erie, Pa., Donald Duckworth and wife Lottie, Jacksonville, Fla., and Arthur Duckworth and wife Terry, Howell, N.J.; one sister, Ella Bearinger and husband Warren, Cumberland; and three grandchildren, Stacey L. (Marple) Hiltner and husband Ron, David M. Bishop, and Mark F. Bishop.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Donald E. Marple officiating.

Interment will be in Mount Herman Cemetery, Cumberland.
 

MARLE C. BISHOP
EVERETT, Pa. - Marle C. Bishop, 78, of HCR 6, Everett, died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at the Center for Nursing Care, Altoona, Pa.
He was born June 18, 1919, in Cumberland, the son of the late Cleveland and Gertrude (Snyder) Bishop. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Leone Barkman; and step-mother, Pearl Bishop.

On April 1, 1942, he married Lena B. (Von Stein), who preceded him in death on June 30, 1993.

Surviving are his sister, LaVerne Imler, Alliance, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bishop retired after 33 1/2 years from the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, Cumberland. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in Rome, Northern France, and the Rhineland, and he received three Bronze Stars.

He was a member of the Clearville United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Everett VFW Post #2055, Artemas American Legion Post #155, Disabled American Veterans, the Everett Honor Guard, Improved Order of Redmen Tribe #507, Everett, the Everett Masonic Lodge #524 Free & Accepted Masons, Chaneysville Volunteer Fire Company, Harrisburg Consistory, Jaffa Temple - Altoona, and Chapman Run Hunting Club.

Friends will be received at the Louis Geisel Funeral Home, Bedford, Pa., on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Robertson officiating.

Interment will be in the Clearville Union Cemetery.

The Everett Honor Guard will accord graveside military rites.

LESTER B. BISTLINE 
HYNDMAN, Pa. - Lester B. Bistline, 82, of Hyndman, Bedford County, formerly of Dillsburg, died Friday, March 7, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md.
Born Aug. 22, 1914, in Upper Mifflin, Cumberland County, he was the son of the late Bruce G. and Edna C. (Barrick) Bistline.

Mr. Bistline was a retired packer for the former Navy Supply Depot, Mechanicsburg. He was a member of the Mount Pleasant Church of God, Dillsburg.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret F. (Shoffner) Bistline, Hyndman; three sons, the Rev. Robert M., Lancaster, Leslie Shoffner, Hyndman, and the Rev. Randall L., Mount Joy; one half brother, Bruce G. Bistline Jr., Carlisle; two half sisters, Doris Bowers, Newville, and Byrnece Gibney, Marysville; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at the Cocklin Funeral Home, 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg, on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jack Parthemore officiating.

Burial will be in the Fairview Bethel Cemetery, Fairview Township, York County.

Memorials may be sent to the Mount Pleasant Church of God, 146 S. York Road, Dillsburg, PA 17019.


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