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CARL M. BROWN
FINZEL - Carl M. Brown, 72, of Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, Oakland, formerly of Finzel, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997.
Born July 4, 1925, in Finzel, he was the son of the late James and Mary (Finzel) Brown.

Mr. Brown was a former machinist for Goodyear Aerospace, Akron, Ohio, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Surviving are two sons, Carl "Rick" Brown and wife Nancy, and Donald E. Brown and wife Becky, all of Finzel; one daughter, Linda Race and husband, Chuck, Frostburg; one brother, Harold "Sam" Brown, Frostburg; two sisters, Lucinda Drees and Shirley Drees, both of Finzel; six grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, Frostburg, 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 E. Fetter officiating.

Interment will be in Finzel Cemetery.

DIANNA K. BROWN
CUMBERLAND - Dianna Kay Abe Brown, 37, of JFK Apartments, Cumberland, went to be with Jesus along with her nephew Todd Ray Abe on Wednesday, March 26, 1997. 
Born June 17, 1958, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of Aileen (Wolfe) Abe and Ivan Abe. 

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her stepmother, Edna Abe, Cumberland; one daughter, Kristina Abe, Indianapolis, Ind.; one granddaughter, Kristianna Imel, Indianapolis, Ind.; her grandmother, Ellen Lepley, Cumberland; one brother, Rick Abe and wife Wendy, Cumberland; two sisters, Vickie Smith and husband Charles, Flintstone, and Donna See and husband Thomas, Fort Ashby, W.Va.; and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Friends will be received at the Leasure-Stein Funeral Home on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

A joint funeral service with her nephew, Todd R. Abe, will be conducted on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Timothy Monn officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Tabler, Jeff Price, Brooks Warner II, Ricky Bosley Sr., and Dale Wright Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Wolfe and Frank Izzett.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Dianna Brown Trust Fund at the Chessie Federal Credit Union, 141 Baltimore St., Cumberland, MD 21502. 

ELVA M. BROWN
CUMBERLAND - Elva Mae (Hinkle) Brown, 82, of Allegany County Nursing Home, formerly of Oldtown, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 18, 1914, in Oldtown, she was the daughter of the late Perry Hinkle and Bessie Mae (Hartley) Hinkle. She also was preceded in death by her husband Millard C. Brown in 1980; also a son Donald L. Brown; and two brothers.

Mrs. Brown was a homemaker. She also was a charter member of the Oldtown Bethel Assembly of God Church, a member of the Women's Ministry of the church, and was a Sunday School teacher.

She is survived by three sons, Joe M. Brown and wife, Patricia, Oldtown, the Rev. James R. Brown and wife, Bonna, Hagerstown, Roger L. Brown and wife Carol, Hagerstown; one sister, Frances Silber, Oldtown; six grandchildren, Steven Brown, Shari Kerns, Mark Brown, Michael Brown, Matthew Brown, and Kenneth Brown; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Oldtown Bethel Assembly of God Church on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held at the church on Sunday at 3 p.m. with Pastor Richard E. Wilson officiating. There will be one hour visitation prior to the services.

Interment will be in Oldtown Cemetery.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
 

HAROLD R. BROWN 
CUMBERLAND - Harold Richard Brown, 87, of 516 Ridegwood Ave., Cumberland, died Saturday, May 31, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 24, 1910, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late George Leroy Brown and the late Lillie "Scarlett" Brown. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Mr. Brown was a retired employee of the Celanese Corp. with 43 years of service as an industrial engineer. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. He was a 1927 graduate of Allegany High School. He was an avid tennis player, holds the state record of the hop, skip and jump competition, and was a high school champion track star.

Surviving are his wife, Vada (Mills) Brown, Cumberland; a son, William R. Brown and wife Regina, Adamstown; a daughter, Beverly Ann Strelau and husband Edwin, Cincinnati, Ohio; and four grandchildren, William R. Brown II, Raleigh, N.C., Karen L. Finley, Adamstown, James Strelau, Cincinatti, and Kristen Strelau, Kutztown, Pa.

Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Jewell officiating.

Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

HELEN M. BROWN 
KEYSER, W.Va. - Helen Marie Brown, 86, of Route 2, Keyser, died Sunday, March 23, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born Sept. 18, 1910, in Short Gap, she was the daughter of the late John and Blanche (Biser) Spencer. She also was preceded in death by her son, Robert W. Riley; one brother, Arnold Spencer; and one sister, Edna Wagoner.

Mrs. Brown was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, where she belonged to the Women's Society.

Surviving are her husband, Arno S. Brown, of Dawn View Manor Nursing Home; one daughter, Mary Jane Phillips, Bowling Green, Md.; four sons, Dale Riley, Cumberland, Edward Riley, Fort Ashby, Thomas Riley, Fort Ashby, and Roger Brown, Bedford, Pa.; one brother, Ervin Spencer, Short Gap; one sister, Lola Arnold, Short Gap; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, Route 28, Fort Ashby, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The Women's Society will conduct a memorial service at the funeral home on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John Glessner and the Rev. Sumner Sawyers officiating.

Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Riley, Mike Goin, Troy Brown, Nathan Brown, D.R. Riley, and Rusty Riley.

LAWRENCE M. BROWN
LAVALE - Lawrence Milton Brown, 81, of National Highway, LaVale, died Friday, Nov. 14, 1997, in Sacred Heart Hospital.
He was born May 20, 1916, in Salisbury, Pa., the son of the late William Milton and Lela (Harding) Brown.

He also was preceded in death by his loving wife, Hazel J. (Gray) Brown on Aug. 6, 1990.

Mr. Brown was Protestant by Faith. He had retired as a Brakeman from the B&O Railroad, and he was a member of the United Transportation Union.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Mae Klahre and husband, James, Cumberland; two sons, David L. Brown, Cumberland, and William L. Brown and wife, Barbara, Lavale; a sister, Mrs. Blanche Maust of Fort Hill, Pa.; a brother, Ray H. Brown, Avilton; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received in the Hafer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary, 1302 National Highway, LaVale, on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Bishop Ervin Kneiriem officiating.

Interment will be next to his loving wife in Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury, Pa.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Lowery, Rick Klahre, Terry Brown, Tommy Emmerick, Donnie Boyer and Alvin Hosselrode. Honorary pallbearer is Billy Brown.

MILTON BROWN
SHAFT - Milton "Pete" Brown, 68, of Shaft, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital following an extended illness.
Born Feb. 20, 1929, in Lonaconing, he was the son of the late James and Florence (Kiddy) Brown. He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Brown and Gladys Brown.

Mr. Brown attended Central High School, Lonaconing. He was formerly employed at the Celanese Corp., the Kappers Chemical Plant in Pennsylvania, and the Allegany County Roads Department. He was of the Methodist faith.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Marian (McKenzie) Brown, Shaft; one son, James W. Brown and wife Denise, Omaha, Neb.; two daughters, Karen Crowe and husband James, Havre de Grace, and Lori Brown, Midlothian, and her special friend David Willetts, Frostburg; five brothers, William S. Brown and wife Evelyn, Winchester Road, Lloyd E. Brown and wife Mabel, Snow Hill, James K. Brown and wife Bernadette, Lonaconing, Roy K. Brown, Eckhart, and Robert L. Brown and wife Ann, Lonaconing; four sisters, Audrey "Hope" Sharon, Lonaconing, Margaret Williamson and husband William, Lonaconing, Josephine Allen, Lonaconing, and Mabel Leake and husband John, Knapps Meadow; seven grandchildren, Joseph Brown, Jennifer Brown, Mathew and Mark Taylor Brown, Emma Brown, Christopher and Ashley Crowe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 18, 1997, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Everrett Spence and the Rev. Lawrence Frye officiating.

There will be no graveside services. Interment will be at Frostburg Memorial Park.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the Shaft Methodist Church or the Frostburg Ambulance Service. 

WANDA D. BROWN 
ECKHART - Wanda D. Brown, 66, of Eckhart, died Friday, March 7, 1997, at the Georgetown University Medical Center.
Born Nov. 12, 1930, in Eckhart, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Bessie (Masat) Dieck. She also was preceded in death by one sister, Gertrude Dieck; and one brother, Carl Dieck.

Mrs. Brown was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband, Roy Brown; one daughter, Brenda Athey, Eckhart; one granddaughter, Erica Payton, Cumberland; two great-grandsons, Brandon Minnick and Evan Payton; and three sisters, Emma Sayre, Eckhart, Estella Rizer, Eckhart, and Margaret Bone, Frostburg.

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

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lawrence A. Neumark officiating.

Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be John Bone, James Bone, Brett Payton, Robert Brown, John Rizer and Bernard Bittinger.

Memorial contributions may be given to Zion United Church of Christ.

WILLIAM JAMES BROWN 
SHORT GAP, W.Va. - William James Brown, 89, of Short Gap, died Monday, June 23, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 8, 1907, in Morgantown, he was the son of the late Emory C. and Sarah Catherine (Trader) Brown. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Opal (Gibson) Brown.

Mr. Brown was a retired mechanic for Boeing Aircraft.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Hoffer, Philadelphia, Pa., and Rebecca Compton, Athens, Pa.; a son, James Brown; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

At the request of Mr. Brown, his remains will be cremated. There will be no visitation and no services.

Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, is in charge of the arrangements.

ALBERT L. "AL" BROWNING, SR.
WILEY FORD, W.Va. - Albert L. "Al" Browning, Sr., 76, of Wiley Ford, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland.
Born Oct. 5, 1921, in Flintstone, he was the son of the late Walker and Mary O. (Garland) Browning.

Mr. Browning was a former employee of the South Cumberland Planing Mill, and retired from the Cumberland Concrete Corporation, Cumberland. He was a member of the Wiley Ford Church of the Brethren and a former member of the Wiley Ford Volunteer Fire Company.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mary V. (Carlile) Browning; five sons, Albert L. "Butch" Browning, Jr. and wife, Rae, Fort Ashby, W.Va., Richard W. Browning and wife, Brenda, Carpendale, W.Va., Randy L. Browning, Wiley Ford, Frank W. Campbell and wife, Linda, Splendora, Texas, and Ralph L. Campbell and wife Stacy, Wiley Ford; numerous foster children; two sisters, Hazel Bobo, Cumberland, and Nora Hiett and husband, Charles, Short Gap; ten grandchildren, Tanya Browning Smith and husband, Robbie, Albert L. "Butch" Browning III, Michael Shane Browning and wife, Wendi, Troy A. Browning and wife, Stacey, Reed B. Browning, Shawn Browning, Nathan Browning, Seth Campbell, Travis Campbell, and Brent Campbell; and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the Wiley Ford Church of the Brethren, Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Paul Dietz and the Rev. Benny Brakeall officiating. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren.

GEORGIA E. BROWNING
CUMBERLAND - Georgia Elizabeth Browning, 85, of 408 Broadway Street, Cumberland, died Thursday, July 24, 1997, at her home.
Born June 23, 1912, in Connellsville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry McLaughlin and the late Pauline (Lemke) McLaughlin. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Harry McLaughlin; and two sisters, Wanda Davis and Harriet Cerat.

Mrs. Browning was a retired nursing assistant at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Beverly Ann Browning, Cumberland, and Mary Joyce Stitcher and husband James K., Severna Park; one brother, Charles McLaughlin, Phoenix, Ariz.; four sisters, Jane DeWolfe, Sebring, Fla., Evelyn Vaters, Pinellas, Fla., Dorothy Myers, Connellsville, Pa., and Dolores Fricano, Scottsdale, Pa.; three grandsons, James Brian Stitcher, David Frederick Stitcher and Craig Steven Stitcher and wife Jennifer, all of Crofton; and one great-granddaughter, Alexis Stitcher, Crofton.

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

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas R. Bevan officiating.

Interment will be in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the St. Patrick's Catholic Church. 

MARY LOU BROWNING 
KEYSER, W.Va. - Mary Lou (Haggerty) Browning, 68, of 500 Carskadon Lane, Keyser, died Friday, May 2, 1997, at the Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser.
Born Sept. 18, 1928, at Keyser, she was the daughter of the late Bessie M. Browning and the adopted daughter of the late Frederick and Hallie Haggerty.

Mrs. Browning was Presbyterian by faith.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas L. Browning, Lacey, Wash. Daniel F. Browning and wife Theresa, Nitro, and Michael D. Browning and wife, Penny, Poinciana, Fla.; one daughter, Diana L. Barbera and husband Ernie, Fountain; five grandchildren, Craig Browning, Lacey, Wash., Angelina Browning, Nitro, Shaina Browning, Poinciana, Fla., Nunzio E. Barbera III, Fountain, and Joseph ``Peppy'' Barbera, Fountain.

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

There will be no funeral services.

Interment will be in Queens Point Cemetery, Keyser.

JEAN BRAY BROZ 
LAKEWORTH, Fla. - Jean Bray Broz, 63, of Lakeworth, formerly of Blaine, W.Va., died Thursday, July 17, 1997, at Lakeworth. Born in Shaw, W.Va. she was a daughter of Ina (Simon) Bray, Blaine, and the late George Bray. She also was preceded in death by five brothers, Paul, Larry, Jimmy, Ellsworth "Bing," and Martin.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, John Broz; seven children; and nine grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda Grimes, Philadelphia, Pa., and Christina Hilbert, Buffalo, N.Y.; two brothers, Ronald Bray, Haines, Fla., and Kenneth Bray, Gulfport, Fla. Funeral services and interment was held in Lakeworth, Fla.

GLADYS V. BRUCE
HERMITAGE, Tenn. - Gladys Virginia Bruce, 85, of McKendree Manor, Hermitage, formerly of Cumberland, Md., died Monday, Feb. 24, 1997, at McKendree Manor.
Born in Westernport, Md., she was the daughter of William Fatkin and Ida Pearl (Ross) Fatkin. 

Mrs. Bruce lived in Cumberland, Md., until 1966, when she moved to Tennessee.

Services will be at the Bass Funeral Home, Gordonsville, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at 2 p.m.

FRANCES M. BRUMAGE 
KEYSER, W.Va. - Frances M. Brumage, 73, of HC 84, Box 35, Keyser, died Saturday, April 5, 1997, at the Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser.
Born May 2, 1923, at Green Mountain, she was a daughter of the late William and Myrtle (Barrick) Green. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. Brumage, on Feb. 23, 1992; and two sons, Kenneth Brumage and Lawrence ``Buck'' Brumage Sr.

Mrs. Brumage was a member of the Harvest Time Pentecostal Church, Keyser.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty Jean Braithwaite and husband Donnie, Sandy Whetzel and husband Larry, and Beverly Jordan and husband Keith, all of Keyser; one son, Donald Mongold and wife Judy, Charleston; one sister, Virginia Shumaker, Keyser; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Shoemaker officiating.

Interment will be in the Tasker Cemetery, Cross.

JOHN L. BRUNK 
CANTON, Ohio - John L. Brunk, 77, of 4003 30th St., NE, Canton, formerly of Cumberland, Md., died Thursday, April 17, 1997, in Canton.
Born Feb. 20, 1920, in Keyser, W.Va., he was the son of the late Welby Brunk and the late Mae (Fianagan) Brunk. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthelda (Sears) Brunk; and a brother, Roy Brunk.

Mr. Brunk was a retired employee of LTV. He was a member of Moose Lodge 233 and the LTV Retirees Club.

Surviving are a son, Craig Brunk and wife Phyllis, Canton; four grandchildren, Christinia Brunk, Amanda Brunk, Tiffany Brunk and Michael Brunk, all of Canton; a sister, Susan Gloyd, Barberton; two brothers-in-law, Arthur L. Sears, Everett, Pa., and Harold Sears, Cumberland; a sister-in-law, Rita Frisk, Woodbridge, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

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.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Wayne Turner officiating.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

ELI JAMES BRUNO
KEYSER, W.Va. - Eli James Bruno, infant son of John E. Bruno, Jr., and Denise L. (Williamson) Bruno of Route 2, Box 20-A, Keyser, died at birth on Monday, Oct. 20, 1997 at the Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are: two brothers, John David Bruno and Scott E. Bruno, both at home; maternal grandparents, the Rev. James and Edna Williamson; and paternal grandparents, John and Wanda Bruno, all of Keyser.

Private graveside services will be conducted at the Potomac Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Daniel Garlitz officiating. Interment will follow.

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

NAOMI W. BRUNSON
LAVALE - Naomi W. Brunson, 89, of Robin Hood Drive, LaVale, formerly of Deep Creek Lake, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997, at the Goodwill Mennonite Home, Grantsville.
Born May 7, 1908, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret E. (Neidert) Wade. She also was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Brunson in 1988.

Mrs. Brunson was a Methodist by faith.

She is survived by three daughters, Vilma Mae Grimes, Lone Oak, Texas, E. Jeannine Gosnell, Oakland, and Charlotte Penn Lutz, LaVale; one sister, Erma Crane, Romney, W.Va.; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Nov. 21, 1997, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Gail Hixon officiating.

Interment will be in Garrett County Memorial Gardens.

ANNA E. BRUST
FROSTBURG - Anna E. McLuckie Brust, 78, of Egle Nursing Home, Lonaconing, formerly of 120 Pine St., Frostburg, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997 at Egle Nursing Home.
Born March 20, 1919 in Cumberland she was the daughter of the late Earnest McLuckie and the late Dora (Malcolm) McLuckie. She also was preceded in death by her husband, A. Trago Brust, in 1986; and a step-son, Richard Brust, in 1975.

Mrs. Brust was a retired teacher having taught at Beall High School and Fort Hill High School.

She was a member of the Centre Street United Methodist Church, Cumberland. She was a graduate of Barton High School and Western Maryland College, and she was a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

Surviving are a stepson, Robert Brust and wife, Terri, of Frederick; six step-grandchildren, Michael Brust, Steven Brust, Stephanie Throup, Chris Brust, Robert Pusey, and Nathan Pusey; and a special friend, Helen Filer, Frostburg.

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

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lloyd McCanna and the Rev. Steven Shussett officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park, near Cumberland.

HELEN M. BUCHHOLTZ 
CUMBERLAND - Helen M. Buchholtz, 80, of the Allegany County Nursing Home, formerly of 713 Fayette St., Cumberland, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born in McKeesport, Pa., to Herman and Fannie Miller on June 30, 1916, Helen was raised in Cumberland by her mother and stepfather, George Kemp, former Allegany County Sheriff.

Mrs. Buchholtz graduated from Allegany High School in 1934 and the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1937. Helen was an active nurse at Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1973. A life-long Christian and a lover of music, Helen was a member of the Centre Street United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. She also sang several leading roles in musicals at the Maryland Theater. Helen was a resident of the Allegany County Nursing Home for the past three years. She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Buchholtz, a local businessman and several-term member of the Cumberland City Council during the 1950s.

Surviving are one daughter, Nancy Buchholtz; one son, Bill Buchholtz and his wife Peach; two granddaughters, Kim Kustelski and Susan McMillan; one great-granddaughter, Gina McMillan, all of San Antonio, Texas; and a distant cousin and very close personal friend, Emma Jean Smith, Cumberland.

Burial service is scheduled at the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Fayette Street, Cumberland, on Friday at 11 a.m.

RETHA J. BUCKLEY 
ROMNEY, W.Va. - Retha Jean Buckley, 56, of Romney, died Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md.
Born June 2, 1940, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of Martha S. Martin, Romney. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Olen M. Buckley, on July 8, 1984.

Mrs. Buckley was president of Buckley's Distributing Co., Romney. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary Post 1101, Romney; American Legion Auxiliary Post 91, Romney; and the Women of the Moose, Romney.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two sons, Gregg S. Buckley, Hobson, Mont., and Gary W. Buckley and wife Kim, Romney; one daughter, Brenda J. McBride and husband Mike, Romney; and one grandson, Matthew W. McBride.

At the request of the deceased, her body was cremated. There will be no visitation or funeral service.

Memorials may take the form of donations to the Hampshire County Helping Hands. The Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney, is in charge of the arrangements. 

WILLIAM R. BURK 
CUMBERLAND - William Richard Burk, 78, of 801 Braddock Road, Cumberland, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, July 15, 1997, at Memorial Hospital as a result of prostate cancer.
Born July 23, 1918, in Luke, he was the son of the late Conrad Richard Burk and the late Mary M. (Sweitzer) Burk Staley.

Mr. Burk formally worked in the Research and Development of Staple Yarn. In the construction industry, he worked for Defense Plants, Inc., War Emergency Pipeline (big and little inch pipelines from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Linden, N.J., from 1940 to 1945, which was tied into Texas oil fields as far west as Midland and Odessa). In the aircraft industry, he worked from 1945 to 1960, for Fairchild Aircraft, Hagerstown, as a planning and scheduling engineer, staff manager and assistant to the chief engineer. In the construction industry, Mr. Burk worked for S.J. Groves, Roanoke River, in the construction of Lower Pump and Storage Dam at Holtwood, Va., C.J. Langenfelder and Son, Baltimore, as a field office manager for the Baltimore Beltway and North Point Boulevard, US Steel in Morrisville and Pittsburgh, Pa., as a project coordinator for the Kennedy Highway-Newport Interchange, Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant and the Big Walker Tunnel in Wythville, Va. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife Dottie (Raley) Bruck Runion Burk, Cumberland; two sons, Michael Burk and wife Tamera, Woodbine, Ga., and Richard Burk and wife Margie, Selma, Ala.; one daughter, Molly "Burk" Hartung and husband Fred, LaVale; one stepson, Billy Burton Bruck and wife Shella, Ellerslie; five grandchildren; three step grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and five step great-greatchildren.

Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m.

A service will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Adam Grim officiating.

By request of Mr. Burk, his body will be cremated the following day.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Memorial Hospital Hospice Unit, 600 Memorial Ave., Cumberland, MD 21502, c/o Linda Valentine or to the Western Maryland Health System Home Care, Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, c/o Janice Lindner.

HELEN E. BURKETT 
CUMBERLAND - Helen Elizabeth Burkett, 84, of the Cumberland Arms Apartments, 229 Baltimore Avenue, Cumberland, died Monday, July 21, 1997, at her apartment.
Born December 10, 1912, in Pittsburgh, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Addison and Sarah Bertha Eyler. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Frederick Burkett.

Mrs. Burkett was a former employee of Lazarus, Inc. She was a member of Kingsley United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a niece, Sarah B. Heavner, Cumberland; a sister, Mary Beall, Cumberland; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Jewell officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Scott Heavner, Robert Heavner, Roger Heavner, Floyd Stafford, Norman Gillum, and Merle Chaney.

IRVIN W. BURKETT 
CORRIGANVILLE - Irvin W. Burkett, 87, of Corriganville, died Friday, April 18, 1997, at his residence.
Born January 5, 1910, at Ellerslie, he was a son of the late Howard W. and Esther E. (Pogue) Burkett. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Mr. Burkett retired as a truck driver and construction worker for Baughman's Construction Co. He was a member of the Teamster's Union and had previously worked at the Celanese Corp. in Cumberland.

He was a lifetime member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Corriganville, where he had served as an elder for the past 27 years. He was a 44 year life member of Corriganville Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Leola (McKenzie) Burkett; four daughters, Lou Ann Shircliffe and husband Bill, Universal City, Texas, Jean Boor, Corriganville, Connie Martin and husband Dennis, LaVale, and Susan Aldridge and husband Charles, Corriganville; three sons, Robert Burkett and wife Mary Louise, Corriganville, William Burkett and wife Carole, Mount Savage, and Terry Burkett and wife Judy, Mount Savage; 20 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Irvin will be remembered as a loving husband, and a devoted father and grandfather. He was the strength and the love of all his children. Our children, his grandchildren, will remember him as the most remarkable, loving and giving man they have ever known. His grandsons enjoyed his many hunting and fishing stories, and he inspired them to become the kind of good men they all have become. His granddaughters loved his smile and they knew he would have done anything to make their life the best. He was our father, and all of our families adored him.

Friends will be received at the Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home, Hyndman, on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Services will be conducted at St. John's United Church of Christ on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ruth S. Kershner officiating.

Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers; David, Jim and Tom Shircliffe, John and Jeff Boor, Randy Aldridge, Dennis Martin, and Timothy, Jason, Mickey and Bill Burkett. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce and Terry Lee Burkett.

MARY E. BURKETT
STOYSTOWN, Pa. - Mary E. Burkett, 82, of Berlin, formerly of Stoystown R.D. 2, (Wilbur), died Dec. 21, 1997, in Brothersvalley Township at the residence of her former daughter-in-law, JoAnn Burkett.
She was born Feb. 16, 1915, in Fairhope, Pa., she was the daughter of John and Lottie F. (Purdue) Redhead. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John C.; sisters, Florence Long, Elma Smith, and Dorothy Huff; and brothers George and Melvin Redhead.

She is survived by sons Richard and Don, both of Wilbur; granddaughter, Barbara, married to Phil Hautz; great-granddaughters, Brittany and Victoria Hautz, all of Stoystown. She was the sister of Hazel Reckley, and Arthur and John Redhead, all of Cumberland.

She was retired from the Somerset Pajama Factory. She attended the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Wilbur.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Deaner Funeral Home, Stoystown, Pa., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Robert G. Doyle officiating. Interment will be in Otterbein Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Somerset "In-Touch" Hospice, 651 South Center, Somerset, PA 15501.

WILLIAM V. BURKETT 
CANTON, Ohio - William V. Burkett, 65, of Canton, formerly of Frostburg, died Sunday, May 11, 1997, at his home following an extended illness.
Born Sept. 4, 1931, in Frostburg, Md., he was the son of the late William Carl and Ethel (Long) Burkett. He also was preceded in death by three brothers.

Mr. Burkett had been a resident of Canton since 1941. He was a retired employee of Aultman Hospital, retiring in 1993 after 20 years of service. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mr. Burkett was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean Conflict.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret A. (Hotchkiss) Burkett, to whom he was married for 41 years; two daughters, Carla A. Gram and husband Jeffrey, Canton, and Rose M. Rennie and husband Kenneth, Carrollton; two sisters, Ruth Alexander, Canton, and Shirley Piccari, Canton; and three grandchildren, Donald, Alan, and Alex.

Friends will be received at the Reed Funeral Home, 705 Raff Road SW, Canton, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with Father Frank A. Carfagna officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Hills.

REV. ALBERT R. BURKHARDT
BALTIMORE - Rev. Albert Ray Burkhardt, 69, of Baltimore, founding pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, LaVale, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997, of brain cancer at his home.
From 1963 to 1973, Rev. Burkhardt was the mission developer and first pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Vocke Road, LaVale. He also served as chaplain of the LaVale Volunteer Fire Company.

During his 41 years in the ministry, Rev. Burkhardt served five other Lutheran churches, Luther Place Memorial Church, Washington, D.C., Trinity Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown, First Lutheran Church, Ellicott City and Reformation Lutheran Church, Baltimore. He retired in 1993 from the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

From 1984 to 1987, Rev. Burkhardt was the Secretary of the Maryland Synod, an appointed position with responsibilities for Lutheran churches throughout the state, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Rev. Burkhardt was born in 1928 in Baltimore. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1946; received his bachelor's degree from Gettsburg College in 1949 and graduated three years later from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Eleanor Weibley; two sons, Mark Burkhardt, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Brent Burkhardt, Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Baltimore, on Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held for Rev. Burkhardt at Reformation Lutheran Church, 6200 Lock Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mark Huffman and Bishop George Mocko officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to any of the churches or institutions with whom Rev. Burkhardt was associated or to the Hospice of Baltimore, 6701 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21204.

VIOLET D. BURKHART
RIDGELEY, W.Va. - Violet D. Burkhart, 81, formerly of Ridgeley, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at the Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center, Westminster.
Born Oct. 6, 1915, in Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Sarah (Bishop) Deneen.

She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wesley Burkhart, Sr., and his son, Charles Wesley Burkhart, Jr.

Mrs. Burkhart was retired from the Celanese Corporation with 35 years' service.

She had been a member of the Women of the Moose, Chapter 914.

Survivors include Mr. Burkhart's children, Jean Marie Hawse, Westminster, and Wesley Howard Burkhart, Fullerton, Calif.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the George-Upchurch Funeral Home on Thursday from noon until 2 p.m.

The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Benny Brakeall officiating.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park.

JACK L. BURNER 
FROSTBURG - Jack L. Burner Sr., 63, of 221 W. First St., Frostburg, died Monday, June 16, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born March 26, 1934, in Klondike, he was the son of the late Alvin and Emma Burner, and the adopted son of William and Rose Cunningham. He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Bruce and Evelyn Grecco; father-in-law, Hubert McKenzie; and sister-in-law, Catherine Twigg.

Jack was employed by Kelly Springfield Tire Co. for 35 years, and at Frostburg State University Dining Services for five years.

Well-known for his civic contributions in the community, Burner was honored while working for Kelly Springfield in 1979 with the National Spirit Award, and in 1988 Governor Schaefer awarded him with the Maryland's "Most Beautiful People Award." He also received the Community Service Award for the City of Frostburg in 1984.

Jack concerned himself with several community organizations including the Lions, the Elks, the Eagles, and the Jaycees where he chaired and worked on committees such as the eye donor program, Defensive Driver Program, Heart Fund Drive, Bicycle Safety, Flag Pole and Flag projects, Smoke Detectors for Aged Program, Drug Abuse Programs, and Community Sign Committee.

He initiated many projects and chaired projects like Band Uniforms Telethon, Clean Up Percy Cemetery, Lions Park, and B String Baseball. He served as president of the Twilight Baseball League; was a former basketball official, baseball umpire and soccer official; played baseball with Midland American Legion, Keysers Ridge, Klondike and Zihlman; and coached Klondike Church League Team for five years.

Burner will always be remembered for the many parades held in Frostburg, and for his years of work with the Frostburg Jaycees.

In another area of civic life, he was appointed to the Republican State Central Committee and then elected to a four-year term.

A kind man, loving husband and gentle father, Jack married Mary Agnes Burner, and together they raised three children: two sons, Jack L. Burner Jr., and Ronald W. Burner and wife Brenda; and one daughter, Cathy Marie and special friend Pat Logsdon and son Jonathan.

He also was a wonderful, fun-loving grandfather to Jackie III, Amy Lynn, and twins Matthew and Megan Burner, who will live on in their hearts forever.

He also is survived by one sister, Shirley Burner, Hagerstown.

Mr. Burner donated his body to medical science. A memorial service will be conducted Friday, June 20, at 4 p.m. at St. Michael's Church by Father Ed Hendricks.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

FRANCIS C. BURNS
MIDLAND - Francis Cyril Burns, 72, of Midland, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland.
Born April 6, 1924, in Midland, he was a son of the late Francis P. Burns and Loretta (Monahan) Burns. He also was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Colleen Buckley.

Mr. Burns was a former employee of the State of Maryland Department of Highways, working on a survey crew for eight years. He retired from Kelly-Springfield Tire Co., where he worked from 1963 to 1987. He also served as bailiff at the Allegany County Court House for six years.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Midland, and the Holy Name Society, and received the Archdiocesan Medal of Honor in 1993. He was a graduate of LaSalle High School; a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; and member of John Devlin Post 169 American Legion, Midland.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Rita (Bradley) Burns; daughter, Mary Rita McKinley and husband Bill, Midland; granddaughter, Molly, University of Maryland, Baltimore; grandson, Michael, at home; two nephews, Edmond Buckley and wife Melinda, Forest Park, Ill., and Francis Buckley and wife Holly, Ellicott City; and three great-nieces, Katie, Ailey and Maggie Buckley.

Friends will be received at the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, Lonaconing, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Midland, on Friday at 10 a.m. with Father Ed Hedricks as celebrant.

A Christian Wake Service will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. by Sr. Joan Maenner, O.S.F., Pastoral Life Director at St. Joseph's Church.

Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Midland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Box 1, Midland, MD 21542. 

FRANCIS O. BURNS 
MONTICELLO, Ind. - Francis O. ``Red'' Burns, 76, of 611 Washington St., Monticello, died Friday, April 4, 1997, at his residence.
He was the father of Mrs. Ronald (Beverly A.) McMurray, of Cumberland, Md. Also surviving are five other children; two brothers; four sisters; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at the Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home, 202 S. Illinois St., Monticello, on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Rosary service will be at 8 p.m.

The funeral will be held at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church on Monday, April 7, 1997, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. James Goodrum, the Rev. Robert Fosselman and the Rev. Richard Puetz officiating.

Burial will be in the Riverview IOOF Cemetery, Monticello.

ROBERT C. BURTON SR. 
FROSTBURG - Robert Clinton Burton Sr., 72, of 323 E. Main St., Frostburg, died Thursday, March 6, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland.
Born Jan. 8, 1925, in Portsmouth, Va., he was the son of the late George W. and Ruth (Vannah) Burton.

Mr. Burton was an economics professor at Frostburg State University, where he taught since 1976. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Virginia Polytechnical Institute and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His teaching career started at Old Dominion University of Virginia. He then taught at the University of Richmond and the Norfolk Division of William and Mary. He then taught at the Tidewater Community College, where he became Dean of Instruction and Student Services. At Frostburg State University he served as Chairman of the Economics Department for 11 years, and formerly served as Service Director of the Center for Economic Education of Western Maryland.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Sarah (Gordner) Burton; two sons, Robert C. Burton Jr. and wife Jean, Phoenix, Ariz., and Richard V. Burton and wife Susan, Portsmouth; one daughter, Marcia Anne Burton, Washington, D.C.; one brother, George T. Burton, Snyder, Texas; three sisters, Barbara Florie, Jacksonville, N.C., Stella B. Williamson, Chesapeake, Va., and Elizabeth A. Dail, Portsmouth; two grandchildren, Rebecca Elaine Burton and Emily Brook Burton, both of Phoenix; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, Frostburg, on Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Riverdale United Methodist Church, New Bern, N.C., on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Neil Slater officiating. Arrangements will be under the direction of the Cotton Funeral Home, New Bern.

Interment will be in the Conner Family Cemetery, New Bern.

A memorial service will be held at Frostburg State University, Cook Chapel, on Tuesday, March 11, at 10 a.m.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Riverdale United Methodist Church, New Bern, N.C., or the Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Cumberland.

DOROTHY M. BUXENSTEIN
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy M. Buxenstein, 80, of Cumberland, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born April 14, 1917, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Klima) Hartman. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Buxenstein, 1971; one sister, Albina Amanda Bradley; one daughter, Dorothy M. Dury; one niece, Lillian Anders; and a son-in-law, Loring A. Smith Jr.

Mrs. Buxenstein was a homemaker. She was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving are three sons, August R. Robinson and wife Wilma, Augusta, W.Va., Charles E. Robinson, Easton, and Ralph N. Buxenstein and wife Linda, Rawlings; two daughters, Irene H. Frazier and husband Leroy, Falling Waters, W.Va., and Constance J.C. Smith, Hopewell, Va.; numerous grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Friends wil be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Benny Brakeall officiating.

Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale.


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