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Harry D. Bock Sr.

FAIRFIELD, Pa. - Harry D. "Sonny" Bock Sr., 62, of 1300 Old Waynesboro Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, of heart failure, in the emergency room of Gettysburg Hospital, Gettysburg, Pa.

Born Dec. 24, 1933, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of Naomi J. Gantz Bock, a resident of Franklin County Nursing Home, Chambersburg, Pa., and the late Samuel D. Bock. He was a lifelong resident of Waynesboro and Fairfield.

He delivered newspapers for The Herald-Mail, Hagerstown, for a number of years and then The Record Herald, Waynesboro, for 15 years. He last delivered for The Morning Herald, Hagerstown. He also sold fruit in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Rouzerville, Pa., for a number of years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Hahn Bock, whom he married on Dec. 7, 1962; two daughters, Tina M. Lease of Fairfield and Nancy J. Wagaman of Blue Ridge Summit; one son, Harry D. Bock Jr. of Fairfield; one sister, Connie Emory of York, Pa.; one granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Isabel Redding and Frances Trzcinski.

Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor Eugene M. Cline will officiate. Burial will be in Fountaindale Union Cemetery, near Fairfield.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Lester D. Shilling

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Lester D. Shilling, 92, of Jacksonville, died Friday, Nov. 22, 1996.

He was born Aug. 27, 1904, near Hagerstown.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Shilling.

He retired from the federal government as an Internal Revenue Service agent after 30 years of service.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a caisson soldier.

He retired to South Daytona, Fla., where he was active in the Lutheran church, Meals on Wheels and served as treasurer for the NARFE.

He is survived by one daughter, Katherine J. Sheaffer of Jacksonville; one sister, Catherine Bowman of Boonsboro; two grandsons, Todd E. Sheaffer of Inman, S.C., and Thomas D. Sheaffer of Jacksonville; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Hardage-Giddens Mandarin Funeral Home, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. The Rev. George Johnson will officiate.

 

Naomi M.K.D. Jackman

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Naomi Matilda Kalmbacher Duerr Jackman, 96, formerly of Mill Hall, Pa., and Howard, Pa., died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at Susque-View Home, Lock Haven.

Born Aug. 16, 1900, in Marion, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late George and Emma Kalmbacher. She was adopted by her uncle and aunt, Gottlieb and Katherine Duerr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lester Jackman, in 1933.

She was a 1920 graduate of Loganton High School, Loganton, Pa.

She was a practical nurse for many years.

She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church of Howard.

She enjoyed reading, listening to music and writing letters.

She is survived by one daughter, Madelyn Oakes of Mill Hall; two sons, Robert E. Jackman of Mill Hall and Lowell B. Jackman of Smithsburg; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Richard L. Jackman and Charles I. Jackman.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at W. Robert Neff Funeral Home, Main Street, Howard. The Rev. Steven Atanasoff will officiate. Burial will be in Greenburr Cemetery, Greenburr, Pa.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, Howard, Pa. 16841.

 

Donald R. Edmonds Sr.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Donald Ray Edmonds Sr., 74, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at the home of his daughter.

Born Feb. 13, 1922, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Raymond H. and Domain P. Edmonds.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Martin Edmonds, in 1978.

He was a retired senior vice president from Old National Bank with more than 30 years of service. After his retirement, he did estate appraisals.

He was a veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

He was a member and past exalted ruler of BPO Elks 778; Moose 120; VFW Post 896; and American Legion Post 14.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Holliday Edmonds; one daughter, Cindy Benavides of Berkeley County, W.Va.; one son, Donald R. Edmonds Jr. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; one sister, Adaliene Gregory; two brothers, Kenneth Edmonds of Lewes, Del., and the Rev. Raymond Edmonds Jr. of Virginia; and two grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Rosedale Funeral Chapel, 20260 Rosedale Road, Martinsburg. The Rev. Raymond Edmonds Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

 

Chlorus M. Merchant

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Chlorus Marie Merchant, 68, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.

Born Oct. 12, 1928, in Morgan County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Guy Raymond and Sarah Beatrice Palmer Yost.

She attended Mt. Garfield School, Berkeley Springs.

During the early 1960s, she was employed by Vanguard Products, Berkeley Springs; Schoenman's Sewing Factory, Winchester, Va., and was a cook at Valley View Nursing Home. She and her husband owned and operated Merchant's Gulf Service Station in Berkeley Springs from 1968 to 1979. She last worked at National Fruit Co., Winchester, and retired in 1989 due to illness.

She attended Word of Deliverance Church, Berkeley Springs.

She is survived by her husband, Willie Sylvester "Bill" Merchant; one daughter, Helen J. Soper of Berkeley Springs; one son, Raymond "Buddy" Merchant of Berkeley Springs; four sisters, Naomi I. Newman of Needmore, Pa., Wenita V. Snyder of Lakeland, Fla., Phyllis E. Kyne of Martinsburg, W.Va., and S. Darlene Vessella of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; three brothers, Charles W. Yost and George A. Yost, both of Berkeley Springs, and L. Edward Yost of Needmore; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Roger Lee Yost; and four brothers, Raymond G. Yost, Layton R. Yost, L. Webster Yost and Joseph E. Yost.

Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Stotlers Crossroads, W.Va. Pastor Jack Hiles and Pastor Shirley Hiles will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs, Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday for the convenience of friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Olivet Cemetery Association, c/o Paul Gaumond, Route 3, Box 224AA, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 25411.

 

Donna P.P. Stottlemyer

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Donna P. Pryor Stottlemyer, 48, of 9 Briarcliff Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at her home.

Born Aug. 29, 1948, in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of Bette L. Blubaugh Pryor Mann of Waynesboro and the late Donald R. Pryor. She lived her early life in Waynesboro.

She was a 1966 graduate of Waynesboro High School. She was a 1969 graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor of science degree in education with two majors in history/social studies and English literature. She then attended Penn State Mont Alto Campus and Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa., and was certified in English as a second language.

She taught history in the Waynesboro School District and she then was a substitute teacher in the Chambersburg School District. She then taught various courses at Cumberland Valley Christian Academy in Chambersburg. Her last place of employment was Mercersburg schools, teaching English as a second language.

She was a member of MADRE of New York.

She enjoyed cooking, collecting cook books, reading and watching all types of films.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Gerald L. Stottlemyer, whom she married on June 10, 1967; one son, Trevor P. Stottlemyer of Shippensburg; and one stepbrother, John R. Mann of York, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, J. Russell Mann; and one half-brother, Robert D. Pryor.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor Brent K. Driver and Pastor Eugene M. Cline will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

There will be no public viewing; however, the family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

 

Neva N. Jones

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Neva N. Jones, 95, of 5888 Path Valley Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at Manor Care Health Services, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Aug. 21, 1901, in Willow Hill, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Lydia Stinger Neil.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence I. Jones, in 1965.

She was a graduate of the former Dry Run High School, Dry Run, Pa.

She was a life long member of Carrick United Methodist Church, Metal Township, Franklin County, Pa. She was a member of Ladies Aid Society of the church.

She is survived by five daughters, Anna J. Kremp, Elaine M. Eckels and Carolyn Reeder, all of Fort Loudon, Janet E. Shoop and Jeanne J. Shives, both of Chambersburg; one son, Donald N. Jones of Chambersburg; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sons, one brother and one great-grandson.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Carrick United Methodist Church, Metal Township. The Rev. Gail Mogel Tillotson and the Rev. Bill M. Tillotson will officiate. Burial will be in Carrick United Methodist Church Cemetery, Metal Township.

Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service Saturday.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Carrick United Methodist Church, c/o Shirley C. Jones, 17233 Old Stumpy Lane, Fort Loudon, Pa. 17221.

Arrangements are by Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home Inc., 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg.

 

Luena H.S. Staley

QUINCY, Pa. - Luena H. Stymiest Staley, 85, a resident of Quincy United Methodist Home, and formerly of Penn National Estate, Fayetteville, Pa., died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at Waynesboro Hospital, Waynesboro, Pa.

Born Jan. 6, 1911, in Mont Alto, Pa., she was the daughter of the late James Albert and Alberta Miley Stymiest. She lived her early life in Mont Alto.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Staley. They were married in February 1930.

She was a 1929 graduate of Quincy High School.

She lived in Baltimore, Orlando, Fla., and Waynesboro.

She was a member of Pine Castle United Methodist Church in Orlando and Otterbein United Methodist Church in Mont Alto.

She did volunteer work at Orlando hospitals and Quincy United Methodist Home.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna L. Geatches of Falls Church, Va.; one son, Paul A. Staley of Fayetteville; four sisters, Delma Stymiest and Beatrice Stymiest, both of Mont Alto, Eunice Shirey of Valley Forge, Pa., and Amelita Koller of Fayetteville; one brother, Staat "Tally" Stymiest of Mont Alto; six grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Queba Ott; and two brothers, James Stymiest and George Stymiest.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor James C. House will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the building fund of Otterbein United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 459, Mont Alto, Pa. 17237.

 

John R.W. Ware

RANSON, W.Va. - John Rudolph William Ware, 86, of Ranson, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson.

Born Oct. 5, 1910, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late John Franklin and Cecelia Mae Stewart Ware.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian M. Ware.

He was a farmer and farmed Cherlay calves, which topped the market at Greencastle Livestock.

He was employed as a millright by Jones and Laughlin Steel until 1972. He was a dockman for Charles Town Stock Sale. He was employed by Frye's Quarry in maintenance and was a pump man for 10 years.

He was a member of Charles Town Baptist Church and the Baptist Men's Group.

He was an honorary member of the Citizens Fire Co.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Ellen Fellers Ware; one daughter, Frances M. Fravel of Halltown, W.Va.; one son, John Ware of Hillsboro, Va.; six stepchildren, Linda K. Baker of Ridgeway, W.Va., Jessie Palmer, Laura A. Palmer and Edward W. Palmer, all of Ranson, Anna Mae Harder of Charles Town, and Nancy Snyder of Kearneysville, W.Va.; one brother, Ernest Ware of Charles Town; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Ware; and one brother, Joseph Ware.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Charles Town Baptist Church, 203 E. Congress St., Charles Town. Wyman Hall will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, 114 N. Mildred St., Ranson, today from 7 to 9 p.m.
 

Paul N. Heltzel

Paul Nevin Heltzel, 73, of 242 Pangborn Blvd., Hagerstown, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at York Hospital, York, Pa.

Born March 10, 1923, in Berryville, Va., he was the son of the late Oley Samuel and Edna Mae Rau Heltzel.

He was employed by Reisner Manufacturing for 25 years and was then self-employed until 1988.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II, in the European Theater with the 385th Battalion.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He also was a member of the American Legion, Morris Frock Post 42; a life member of VFW Post 1936; a member of BPO Elks 378; the Funkstown Moose Lodge; the Western Maryland Sportsmen's Club and the Greencastle Sportsmen's Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mary "Penny" Heltzel; one sister, Wilmeth Harley Nichols of Gridley, Calif; one brother, Joseph Heltzel of Cadoras, Pa.; and one foster brother, James Smith of Newark, Del.

He is preceded in death by one sister, Rachel Beckstead and a foster brother, Walter F. Smith Jr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. Jack Fullen will be celebrant. Burial with military honors conducted by VFW Post 1936, will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 East Wilson Blvd., Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 226 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740 or the Salvation Army, 534 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

 

Mildred L. Ruck

Mildred Louise Ruck, 72, of 18528 Sherbrooke Drive, Hagerstown, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at her home.

Born Sept. 24, 1924 in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Edward E. and Isabel Addlesberger Lehman.

Her former husband, Samuel H. Ruck Jr., died in 1983.

She retired from Central Chemical Corp., after 25 years of service.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

She also was a member of AARP.

She is survived by one daughter, Laurette S. Ruck of Hagerstown; one son, Charles J. Ruck of Dahlgren, Va.; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Samuel H. Ruck III; and one brother, Charles E. Lehman.

Graveside services will be held Monday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery. The Rev. Darryl C. Zoller will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, Sunday, Dec. 1, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

 

Elaine M.R. Peiffer

PASADENA, Md. - Elaine M. Reeder Peiffer, 44, of 1209 Oak Harbor Court, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md.

Born Nov. 12, 1952, in Baltimore, she is the daughter of Bobbie Bass Reeder of Richmond, Va., and the late Alvey Reeder.

She attended Henrico High School in Richmond, and received a master's degree from Virginia Tech.

She was an environmental planner for Anne Arundel County, Md.

She is survived by her husband, James W. Peiffer, whom she married Sept. 4, 1976; one sister, Belinda Markezas of Richmond; one aunt, Ruth Worthington of Hagerstown; and two nephews.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at McCully Funeral Home of Pasadena. The Rev. Bob Douglas will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Park.

A viewing will be held at the funeral home today from 6 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Norman W. Gerberich

Norman W. Gerberich, 74, of 356 Woodpoint Ave., Hagerstown, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 17, 1922, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late John H. and Mono E. Norman Gerberich.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emmie F. Hines Gerberich in 1977.

He was employed by the Hagerstown Police Department for 28 years. Previous to that he worked for Pangborn Corp.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II.

He was a member of Funkstown Legion Post 211, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 212, Hagerstown; Fraternal Order of Police, Pangborn 88; VFW Post 1936; NRA and DAV Commanders Club.

He is survived by one daughter, Norma Jean Benner of Hagerstown; two sons, Terry L. Gerberich of Hagerstown, and David W. Gerberich of Marlowe, W.Va.; one sister, Martha E. Bowers of Hagerstown; one brother, Paul Gerberich of Arlington, Va.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 East Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. George W. Limmer will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Zelda M. H. Gossert

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Zelda M. Helman Gossert, 86, of Piney Mountain, and formerly of 6599 Slabtown Road, Waynesboro, Pa., died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at the nursing home.

Born Aug. 14, 1910, in Guilford Township, Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Michael A. and Lily Painter Gossert.

She married Maurice L. Gossert on June 29, 1933. He preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1968.

She was employed by the Waynesboro Knitting Mill and the Mont Alto Shoe Factory. She retired in 1981.

She was a member of Quincy United Methodist Church and participated in the prayer group of the church.

She is survived by two daughters, Frances M. Hoover of Hagerstown, and Gloria C. Pentz of Waynesboro; one son, Maurice L. Gossert Jr. of Mercersburg, Pa.; one sister, Catherine Bushman of Fayetteville; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Charlene Gossert; one son, Harold E. Gossert; two sisters and two brothers.

Services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor James C. House will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, near Quincy, Pa.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 452 East King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

 

John H. Melton

INWOOD, W.Va. - John H. Melton, 39, of Inwood, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Dec. 16, 1956, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Dorothy Brown Kerns of Hancock and Curtis I. Melton. He was the stepson of Albert W. Kerns of Hancock.

In addition to his mother and stepfather, he is survived by his wife, Patty S. Anderson Melton; three sons, Michael C. Melton, John Eric Melton and James W. Melton, all at home; three sisters, Mary Louise West of Gloucester Point, Va., E. Sue Fox of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Alberta L. Diehl of Warfordsburg, Pa.; one brother, Curtis T. Melton of Warfordsburg; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at Kight Funeral Home, 309-311 Decatur St., Cumberland. The Rev. James K. Peters will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

Friends will be received at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Sierra E. Allen

Sierra Elizabeth Allen, 16 months, of 9859 Crossfield Road, Hagerstown, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at the University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore.

Born July 14, 1995, in Hagerstown, she was the infant daughter of Jamie Allen and Jenny Stotler.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one sister, Amanda Allen, at home; maternal grandparents, Gary and Paula Stotler of Hagerstown and Susan Stotler of Hagerstown; paternal grandparents, Charlie Allen of Hagerstown and Rebecca Monninger of Hagerstown; maternal great-grandparents, Fred and Catherine Long of Hagerstown; paternal great-grandmother, Frances Houser of Sharpsburg; one aunt; and one uncle.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 East Wilson Blvd. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery. The Rev. Joseph Bradshaw will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Marie G. Downin

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Marie G. Downin, 84, of Caledonia Manor Nursing Home, and formerly of 2205 Bon-Ox Road, New Oxford, Pa., died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at the nursing home.

Born Feb. 22, 1912, in Cove Gap, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Nanny Myers Pine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Downin, in 1955.

During World War II she worked at Letterkenny Army Depot. She later worked at the former Swift and Co. and H.J. Heinze Co., both of Chambersburg, Pa.

She was a member of Family Life Church of God, New Oxford. She was a former Sunday school teacher in the primary department. She also taught in the vacation Bible school.

She is survived by five daughters, Betty Gardenhour of Waynesboro, Pa., Anna Mae Wagaman Sr. of Fayetteville, Sharon Szulc of McHenry, Ill., Carol Plank of Gettysburg, Pa., and Violet Markle of Hanover, Pa.; two sons, David V. Downin of Glenville, Pa., and Larry A. Downin of New Oxford; one sister, Irene Bennett of Mercersburg, Pa.; one brother, Lloyd Pine of Clear Spring; 51 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Francis "Red" Downin in 1992 and Warren "Babe" Downin in 1977; one grandson, Lonnie L. Downin in 1986; and 15 brothers and sisters.

Services will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Hanover Brethren in Christ Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Dunlevy and the Rev. Larry P. Patrick officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 North Park Ave., Mercersburg, and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.

 

Estella B. Mills

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Estella Boyd Mills, 87, of Rocky Marsh Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born July 12, 1909, in Jefferson County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lee and Effie Redman Boyd.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Millard Mills on Oct. 29, 1983.

She was a homemaker.

She was of the Episcopal faith.

She is survived by one son, Franklin M. Mills of Chester, Va.; three sisters, Marjorie Grove of Charles Town, W.Va., Annabell Griffith of Martinsburg, and Martha Drish of Winchester, Va.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Blanche Boyd, Ada Singhas, Nellie Tomblin and Minnie Singhas and three brothers, Stanley Boyd, Kenneth Boyd and Hayward Boyd.

Graveside services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville, Va. The Rev. James Chambly will officiate.

Friends may call at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Harold E. Rife

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Harold E. Rife, 73, of 1784 White Pine Drive, died Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born April 5, 1923, in Letterkenny Township, Pa., he was the son of the late Jacob E. and Florence Dice Rife.

He was a 1941 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

He was employed for 19 years by the former Stanley Co., Chambersburg. In the early 1960s he and his wife established Rolling Acres Mobile Homes Park near St. Thomas, Pa., which they operated until they retired in 1978.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.

He was a member of Air Hill Brethren in Christ Church, Chambersburg.

He was a life member of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1509 VFW, Chambersburg; Burt J. Asper Post 46 American Legion, Chambersburg; Detrich-Brechbill Post 612 American Legion, St. Thomas, where he was a member of the Honor Guard, and the Last Man's Club of World War II Veterans. He also was a member of BPO Elks Lodge 800, Chambersburg.

He is survived by his wife, Joan M. Mickey Rife, whom he married March 12, 1949; one son, H. Eugene Rife of Chambersburg; one brother, Richard D. Rife of Camp Hill, Pa.; and three granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Janet Statler in 1986.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Air Hill Brethren Christ Church, 7041 Cumberland Highway, Chambersburg. The Rev. John L. Bundy will officiate. Burial with military graveside services by members of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW, will be in St. Thomas Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg.

Memorial donations may be made to Air Hill Brethren in Christ Church, 7041 Cumberland Highway or to the American Cancer Society 452 East King St., both of Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

 

Carl L. Souders Jr.

HANCOCK - Carl Leroy "Sharpie" Souders Jr., 51, of Limestone Road, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at his home.

Born Jan. 30, 1945, in Hancock, he is the son of Carl E. Sr. and Hazel M. Creek Souders of Hancock.

He was employed by the Maryland State Highway Administration as a surveyor for 17 years.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hancock, where he had been an altar boy for 15 years.

He also was a member of the National Rifle Association.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Daniel K. Souders of Hancock, and Raymond C. Souders of Little Orleans.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Terry Souders.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, with the Rev. George W. Glick as celebrant. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.; however, for the convenience of friends the funeral home will be open on Sunday from 3 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County Inc., 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

 

Richard Weinheimer

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Richard Weinheimer, 74, of South Mountain Restoration Center, and formerly of Danville, Pa., died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at the restoration center.

Born Jan. 3, 1922, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late Albert and Anna Peel Weinheimer.

He was a railroad worker for many years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of South Mountain Restoration Center. The Rev. Joseph Caroline will officiate. Burial will be in St. Andrews Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Snyder-Lochstampfor Funeral Home Inc.

 

Grace O. Rogers

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Grace Orth Rogers, 90, a resident of Hoover House, 227 W. Main St., and formerly of 124 N. Grant St., Waynesboro, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at her home.

Born March 30, 1906, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Gustav A. and Viola Spangler Orth. She lived her early life in St. Louis, Mo. Her family then moved to Maplewood, N.J.

Her husband, John F. "Jack" Rogers, died in 1986. They were married June 19, 1929.

She was a 1917 graduate of Columbia High School, and attended Syracuse University in New York.

She was a former member of Morrow Memorial Methodist Church in Maplewood. After moving to Waynesboro, she became a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, and the 3-M Sunday School Class.

She also was a member of Waynesboro College Club, Friends of the Library in Waynesboro, Antietam Garden Club and National AARP.

She is survived by two daughters, Grace R. Brown of Waynesboro, and Suzanna R. Cook of Pennington, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was the last of her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley R. Nester.

Services will be held Monday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 W. North St., Waynesboro. Kim L. Blocher, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Fairview Cemetery in Maplewood.

There will be no viewing; however the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Arrangements are being handled by Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.

 

Walter M. Mellott

HUSTONTOWN, Pa. - Walter M. "Johnny" Mellott, 89, of Hustontown, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa.

Born Jan. 22, 1907, in Needmore, Pa., he was the son of the late Jonas and Miriam Mellott Mellott.

His wife, Wilhelmina Wilson Mellott, died in 1982.

He was a lifelong farmer, and retired from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. He later worked for D.W. Miller Inc. in Huntingdon, Pa., in highway construction.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of Mercersburg Sportsmen Club.

He is survived by four daughters, Miriam Keebaugh of Carmichaels, Pa., Nancy Thomas of Wells Tannery, Pa., Frances Mellott and Lois Clark, both of Hustontown; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters; two brothers; and one grandson.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at M.R. Brown Funeral Home, Hustontown. His remains will be cremated.

Memorial donations may be made to Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co., Hustontown, Pa. 17229; or to Tuscarora Wildlife Education Project, c/o Ty Snyder, 4569 Fort Loudon Road, Mercersburg, Pa. 17236.

 

Cornelia J. Taylor

Cornelia J. Taylor, 85, of Hagerstown, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 3, 1911, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Lowell Howard and Edith Pearl Shreiner Taylor.

She was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one sister, Marlowe A. Taylor of Hagerstown.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Jeannette Taylor and one brother, Winton O. Taylor.

Private services will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. The Rev. Richard Kroll will officiate.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg.

 

Glenda J. Cooper

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Glenda June Cooper, 57, of Blue Ridge Acres, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Loudoun Hospital Center, Leesburg, Va.

Born June 2, 1939, in Sandy Hook, Md., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Daniel and Daisy Evelyn Bolinger Clark.

She was formerly employed by the Leesburg Telephone Co. for 13 years. She also worked for the National Geographic Society for five years.

She was a member of Rosemont Alliance Church, Rosemont, Md.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Lee Cooper; four sons, Timothy E. Clark, Joseph D. Cooper, Jeffrey A. Cooper, all of Brunswick, and Michael G. Cooper of Trego, Md.; two sisters, Geneva Clark Peyton of North Beach, Md., and Martha Clark Keyes of Leesburg, Md.; one half sister, Arvella Mumaw of Martinsburg, W.Va.; three brothers, Wayne D. Clark of Rosemont, Earle L. Clark Sr. of Brunswick, and Alan D. Clark Sr. of Hagerstown and one granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William M. Clark and Joseph A. Clark; three half brothers, Alex Clark, Douglas Clark and Ward Clark; and one half sister, Maude Frizell.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Rosemont Alliance Church, Rosemont. The Rev. Kevin Robbins will officiate. Burial will be in Brownsville Heights Cemetery, Brownsville Heights, Md.

The family will receive friends at John I. Williams Funeral Home, 100 Petersville Road, Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will be open on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Frederick County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 1011 East Patrick St., Suite B Frederick, Md. 21701 or Rosemont Alliance Church, 3525 Petersville Road, Knoxville, Md. 21758.

 

Harry T. O'Donnell

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Harry T. O'Donnell Sr., 72, of 335 East Washington St., died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at his home.

Born Nov. 7, 1924, in Shippensburg, Pa., he was the son of the late William D. and Florence E. Hock O'Donnell.

He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chambersburg, for 22 years. He was the Saxon at the church.

He was a former LOOM 842, Chambersburg.

He was an orderly at Chambersburg Hospital from 1950 to 1972, and the school crossing guard from 1980 until the present.

He was survived by his wife, Mary E. Anderson O'Donnell; four daughters, Deborah Bones of Pittsburgh, Lila May Reitz of North Carolina, Donna Ann Faust of Hagerstown, and Barbara A. Mowen of Marion, Pa.; five sons, Terry Leon O'Donnell of Chambersburg, Bradley Allan O'Donnell at home, Harry Theadore O'Donnell Jr. of Chambersburg, Robert B. O'Donnell of Shippensburg, Pa., and Anthony Wayne O'Donnell of Quincy, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Marlin Poe and Linda Morrow, both of Chambersburg; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church Chapel, 43 West Washington St., Chambersburg. Pastor Karen Minnich-Sadler will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, 297 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 452 East King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201 or to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 West Washington St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.


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