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Mildred M. Rohrer

SMITHSBURG - Mildred Marie Rohrer, 75, of 23525 Leathers Road, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Oct. 29, 1921, in Pinesburg, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Ginny Hose Guessford.

She was previously employed with L'Aiglon and Dorbee Manufacturing.

She was a member of Blue Mountain Church of God.

She also was a member of AARP.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Joseph Leo Rohrer; two sons, Joseph L. Rohrer of Hedgesville, W.Va., and David Guessford of Hagerstown; two sisters, Hazel Swope of Smithsburg, and Jean McClanahan of Hagerstown; one brother, Joseph Guessford of Williamsport; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Francis McElroy; two brothers, David Guessford and Richard Guessford; two half sisters, Helen Hyde and Sis Bragunier; and one half brother, Paul Guessford.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Gladys M. Link

WILLIAMSPORT - Gladys Mae Link, 81, of Homewood Retirement Center, and formerly of 1607 Mount Aetna Road, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 28, 1915, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Cecil B. and Flossie Ambrose Ridenour.

Her husband, Louis Albert Link, died in 1994.

She was employed with Maryland Ribbon Co. for a number of years. She was previously employed with Eyerly's Department Store in the children's department, The Bon-Ton, and Leiter Brothers.

She was a former member of Lady Elks Lodge 378 and V.F.W. Auxiliary.

She is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Shirley Bowlus Hauver and Betty Jean Bowlus Lynch, both of Hagerstown; one sister, Blanche Eissner of Hagerstown; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four nieces; and four nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice V. Fox and Helen M. Grandstaff; and one brother, George E. Ridenour.

Services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

Edith E. Haight

COUDERSPORT, Pa. - Edith E. Haight, 62, of RD 1, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Born March 5, 1934, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Blain and Elizabeth Phillips Jordan.

She was a homemaker, and a former employee of Cooper Slide Sales Inc. in Genesee, Pa.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur D. "Jim" Haight, whom she married Oct. 15, 1953; five daughters, Betty Ann Bunnell and Starlette VanHorn, both of Coudersport, Bonnie Butts and Lynn Manhart, both of Allegany, N.Y., and Marcia Studer of Wellsville, N.Y.; one son, David Haight of Salamanca, N.Y.; one sister, Rose Ann Kennedy of Greencastle, Pa.; three brothers, Branson R. Jordan of Auburn, N.Y., Blain J. Jordan and Clyde E. Jordan, both of Hagerstown; 14 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Crystal Haight; one brother, Glenn Jordan; and one grandson.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport. The Rev. Eugene Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Brookland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Long Term Care Unit of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, Pa. 16915.

Earl L. Shoemaker

CLEAR SPRING - Earl Luther "Yittle" Shoemaker, 71, of 12215 Big Spring Road, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 4, 1925, in Millstone, Md., he was the son of the late William P. and Alice Snyder Shoemaker.

He retired from W.D. Byron Co. after 21 years of service.

He attended Mount Calvary Church of God in Clear Spring.

He was a lifetime member of Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Louise Bridendolph Shoemaker; one daughter, Darlene E. Hovermale of Big Spring; six sons, Richard L. Shoemaker of Williamsport, Gilbert D. Shoemaker of Waynesboro, Pa., Earl Lynn Shoemaker of Hagerstown, Daryl W. Shoemaker, Ronald A. Shoemaker and Donald E. Shoemaker, all at home; one sister, Dorothy French of Hagerstown; two brothers, Jesse Shoemaker and Patsy Shoemaker, both of Clear Spring; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Doris L. Repp; one sister and three brothers.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Donald E. Thompson Funeral Home Inc. in Clear Spring. The Rev. Robert E. Timmons will officiate. Burial will be in Shanktown Cemetery in Big Pool.

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

Melvin C. Harman

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Melvin Charles Harman, 64, of Harpers Ferry, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

Born Oct. 3, 1932, in Hanover, Pa., he was the son of the late Edgar Vincent and Alice Virginia Hann Harman.

He was an electrician and employed with FMC in Baltimore for 26 years.

He was a member of Mayberry Archery Club and Polly High Alumni.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Falk Harman; one daughter, Michele Gallihugh of Ranson; one son, Melvin C. Harman Jr., at home; one sister, Dorothy Johnson of Mooresburg, Tenn.; and two brothers, Marion C. Harman of Harpers Ferry and Samuel Harman of Baltimore.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home in Harpers Ferry. The Rev. Dwane Casteel will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sara Harman, Route 1, Box 721, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. 25425.

Harry J. Crum

BOONSBORO - Harry Joshua "Sam" Crum, 85, a resident of Reeders Memorial Home, formerly of 20917 Netz Road, Boonsboro, died Friday, Dec. 13, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Oct. 20, 1911 in Hagerstown, he was a son of the late Harry Daniel and Jennie Sisk Crum.

He was a former employee of Fairchild Aircraft, and retired after 38 years with Beachley Furniture Company in Hagerstown.

He was a former member of Co. B, 1st Infantry of Maryland National Guard.

He was a member of Boonsboro Volunteer Fire Co.

He is survived by his wife, Elvia May Leggett Crum, whom he married Aug. 19, 1933; a daughter, Joan E. Glenn of Stephenson, Va.; a son, Harry D. Crum of Waynesboro, Pa.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Crum, and four brothers, George Crum, Richard Crum, Raymond Crum and Wilbur Crum.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. James. J. Caldwell and the Rev. Marlin Mauk will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Tri-State Church of God, 7605 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, Md. 21713.

Douglas L. Duty

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Douglas L. Duty, 56, of Harpers Ferry, died Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born May 24, 1940, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late William H. and Mary Kersey Duty.

He worked for the U.S. government.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Carpenters District Council Local 1665 in Alexandria, Va.

He is survived by three brothers, Joel Duty of Rockville, Md., John Duty of New Mexico and Bill Duty; two half brothers, Darrell and Dwayne Duty; one half sister, Denise Duty of Seattle, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

Services and burial will be held privately in Hardwood, Va.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by the Rosedale Funeral Chapel.

Rev. Mark G. Wagner

WILLIAMSPORT - The Rev. Mark G. Wagner, 89, of 16505 Virginia Ave., died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at the Homewood Retirement Center.

Born Oct. 12, 1907, in Bath, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles Boyer and Mamie Bartholomew Wagner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva Mary Smith Wagner in 1981.

He was Superintendent Emeritus of the Homewood Retirement Centers of the United Church of Christ.

He was a graduate of Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa., and the Lancaster Theological Seminary.

He was a charter member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Halfway, and past president of the Hagerstown Lions Club.

He is survived by two sons, the Rev. Roderick J. Wagner of Williamsport, and Conrad D. Wagner of Collegeville, Pa.; eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Willard Rahn officiating. Burial will be in the Green Mount Cemetery in Bath, Pa., at the convenience of the family.

There will be no viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Homewood Benevolent Care Foundation, P.O. Box 250, Williamsport, Md. 21795.

Frank W. Thompson Sr.

Frank William Thompson Sr., 59, of 100 Willard St., died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 24, 1936, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Daniel E. and Nora L. Hiser Thompson Sr.

He was owner and operator of Thompson's Used Tires in Hagerstown.

He was a member of Maranatha Brethren Church.

He also was a member of National Rifle Association.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ernde and Pamela Reed, both of Hagerstown; one son, David Thompson of Hagerstown; three sisters, Mary Swope, Helen Thompson and Evelyn Marks, all of Hagerstown; two brothers, Robert Thompson and Daniel Thompson, both of Hagerstown; a companion, Linda Kemp of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Frank Thompson Jr.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Richard D. Godfrey will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the National Rifle Association.

Dorothy C. Knicley

Dorothy Catherine Knicley, 77, of Hagerstown, who died Thursday, Dec. 12, is survived by a son, Robert C. Knicley of Hagerstown.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd., North, Hagerstown. The Rev. Stephen D. Robison will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Ruth G.F. Puffenburger

GANOTOWN, W.Va. - Ruth Georgianna Frye Puffenburger, 82, of Ganotown, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at her home.

Born March 18, 1914, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George Newton and Minnie D. Dunham Frye.

Her husband, Chester Puffenburger, died in 1966. They were married Dec. 7, 1947.

She was retired and previously employed by Perfection Garment Shop, C.H. Musselman Co. and Albright's Tailoring Shop.

She was a member of Central Chapel in Ganotown, where she was active in the Ladies Mission Group, the church choir, and served as a deaconness.

She was a member of the original Frye Family Quartet, along with her father and brothers.

She is survived by three daughters, Anna R. Puffenburger, Lucy D. Pappas and L. Sue Bowers, all of Ganotown; one son, D. Thomas Puffenburger of Ganotown, with whom she resided; two sisters, Mary F. Clark of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Madeline F. Collis of Shanghai, W.Va.; one granddaughter; seven grandsons; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline F. Bayer and Ruby V. Gageby; and four brothers, Bernard S. Frye, W.W. Wayne Frye, G. David Frye and Elwood S. Frye.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Central Chapel Church in Ganotown. The Rev. Frank S. Douty and the Rev. Rodney Spade will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Central Chapel Church, c/o treasurer, Route 2, Box 244, Hedgesville, W.Va. 25427.

Edna J. Gray

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Edna J. Gray, 64, of Route 1, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born March 9, 1932, in Neptune, N.J., she is the daughter of George Tomes Sr. of Flint Hill, Mich., and the late Cora Disbrow Tomes.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Norwood E. Gray; one daughter, Aileen Washington of Monticello, N.Y.; four sons, Norwood J. Gray Jr. of Jacksonville, Ark., Joseph Gray of Monticello, Roy Gray of Rock Hill, N.Y., and Ernie Gray of Easton, Pa.; two sisters, Esther Hoover of Levittown, Pa., and Ella Hall of Neptune; five brothers, Albert Tomes of Pottstown, Pa., Lester Tomes of Bricktown, N.J., James Tomes of Neptune, Richard Tomes of Bayville, N.J., and George Tomes Jr. of West Deal, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, John E. Gray.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Eugene Stephenson Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

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

Jessie C. Taylor

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. - Jessie Cushwa Taylor, 32, of 131 Sparta Road, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996.

Born April 24, 1964, in Arlington, Va., she is the daughter of John Dominic Cushwa of Hagerstown and Carol Westerlund Cushwa of North Wilkesboro.

She was a graduate of Wilkes Central High School.

She was formerly employed by Wilkes Vocational Workshop and ADAP.

She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Rodney Monroe Taylor; one sister, Jennifer Lawson of North Wilkesboro; one brother, John Dominic Cushwa II of Silverthorne, Colo.; and grandmother, Phyllis R. Kendrick of Wilkesboro, N.C.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at St. John's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Frank Cincula as celebrant.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Catholic Church, 275 C.C. Wright School Road, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659; or to Make a Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 10743, Greensboro, N.C. 27404.

B. Scott Hedrick

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - B. Scott Hedrick, 36, of Martinsburg, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born June 5, 1960, in Martinsburg, he is the son of Joseph R. and Patricia Swain Hedrick of Martinsburg;

He was a self-employed siding mechanic.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Donna Lynne James of Martinsburg; three brothers, Robert Joseph Hedrick of Bloomery, W.Va., Oland James Hedrick of Bunker Hill, W.Va., and Michael Wayne Hedrick of Martinsburg.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Dan Dugan will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg.

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

Maude M. Akers

WILLIAMSPORT - Maude M. Akers, 94, of Williamsport, and formerly of Crystal Springs, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at Homewood Retirement Center, Williamsport.

Born Dec. 7, 1902, in Brush Creek Township, Fulton County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Christian W. and Margaret Welsh Spade.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde Hendershot; and by her second husband, Earl M. Akers, in 1989.

She was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Pauline Reece of Lutherville, Md., and Mable Clark of Clear Spring; one son, Wayne Milton Akers of San Rafael, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Virginia Shanholtz of Keymar, Md.; two sisters, Ruth Murray of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Gladys Smith of Crystal Spring; one brother, Warren Spade of Crystal Spring; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Dalla Valle Funeral Service, Main Street, Everett, Pa. The Rev. Donald Henderson will officiate. Burial will be in McKendree Church Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to the services.

Memorial donations may be made to Homewood Retirement Center, 16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport, Md. 21795, for third floor projects.

John J. Miller Sr.

YORK, Pa. - John Jacob Miller Sr., 85, of York, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Chicora Medical Center, Chicora, Pa.

Born Jan. 27, 1911, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Francis and Mary Connors Miller.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice V. Thompson Miller, in 1995.

He was a displayer and retired from Sears Roebuck in York in 1973.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of Moose, Gettysburg, Pa.

He is survived by two daughters, Joan Kemper of Waynesboro, Pa., and Sharon Ehrmen of Butler, Pa.; two sons, John J. Miller Jr. of Glen Burnie, Md., and Robert E. Miller of McConnellsburg; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one grandson.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home Inc., Harrisonville. The Rev. Donald Bard will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, McConnellsburg.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday one hour prior to the service.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimers Disease, P.O. Box 11534, Harrisburg, Pa. 17108.

Joseph D. Peddicord

Joseph D. Peddicord, 89, of 1312 Hamilton Blvd., Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born in Baltimore County, Md., he was the son of the late Walter D. and Goldie D. Summerville Peddicord.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Miller Peddicord, in 1979.

He retired after 45 years of service in the accounting office of Western Maryland Railway.

He was a veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Navy Air Force. He was stationed in California.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Young Wingler Peddicord; one stepson, Richard R. Wingler of Morrisonville, N.Y.; one brother, Cloyd O. Peddicord of Hagerstown; and two step-grandsons.

Services will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. David M. Buchenroth will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday 30 minutes prior to the service.

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

M.E. Ruth Decker

Mary Ellen Ruth Decker, 94, of 11 W. Baltimore St., Potomac Towers, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born July 26, 1902, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Charles William and Orpha Dubel Snook.

She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church and the Friendly Philathea Sunday School Class.

She is survived by two daughters, P. Lucille Ingram and Annabell Wyant, both of Hagerstown; one son, Samuel Decker of Annapolis; one sister, Viola Fox of Hagerstown; one brother, Charles Snook of Hagerstown; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Elwood R. Decker; and one great-grandson.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Dennis L. Upton will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

Lydia B. Biesecker

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lydia B. Biesecker, 97, a resident of Menno-Haven, Inc., and formerly of 264 Miller St., died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Menno-Haven.

Born Oct. 22, 1899, in St. Thomas Township, Pa.; she was the daughter of the late Frisby C. and Martha Armstrong Statler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George I. Biesecker, in 1980.

She was employed as a supervisor by H.J. Heinz Co. and retired in 1964 with 40 years of service. She was the frst lady to work at H.J. Heinz Co. in Chambersburg.

She was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, St. Thomas.

She was a former member of Chambersburg Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Golden Age Club and AARP.

She is survived by one brother, Harvey A. Statler of Chambersburg; one niece and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Herbert P. Spomer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, St. Thomas.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday one hour prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 7061 Lincoln Way West, P.O. Box 295, St. Thomas, 17252; or Menno-Haven Inc. 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

O. Ray Smith

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - O. Ray Smith, 70, of 14070 Dutchtown Road, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Jan. 27, 1926, in Welsh Run, Pa., he was the son of the late J. Rush and Barbara C. Grosh Smith.

He was employed as a painter by J.J. Smith & Sons of Greencastle, Pa., for 30 years.

He was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Mercersburg.

He was a member of Clarence Armstrong VFW Post 6241; Harry Lackhove American Legion Post 517; Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1790; all of Mercersburg; and Wesley Yeager American Legion Post 606 of Fort Loudon, Pa.

He is survived by his companion of 19 years, Mildred Faith of Mercersburg; two sisters, Helen Kroll of Chambersburg and Kathryn Billow of Severna Park, Md.; and one brother, Donald L. Smith of Chambersburg.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

A wake and prayer service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. Daniel F. Lawler will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg.

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

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

Earl L. Shoemaker

CLEAR SPRING - Earl Luther "Yittle" Shoemaker, 71, of 12215 Big Spring Road, who died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, is survived by four great-grandchildren.

Doris C.J. Thompson

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Doris C. Johns Thompson, 78, of 420 Cleveland Ave., and a guest of Manor-Care, Chambersburg, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at the nursing home.

Born Feb. 24, 1918, in Chambersburg, she was the daughter of the late Rush Melvin and Elsie Glen Brown Johns. She lived her early life in the Chambersburg area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene A. Thompson, in 1978.

She was employed by Waynesboro Knitting Mill and Waynesboro Shoe Factory. She also operated an antique shop in her home for 20 years.

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Waynesboro.

She was a member of Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15 Ladies Auxiliary; William Max McLaughlin VFW Post 695 Ladies Auxiliary; and Fraternal Order of Eagles 1758 Ladies Auxiliary, all of Waynesboro, and National AARP.

She is survived by one son, Richard E. Thompson of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; six sisters, Gwendolyn McBride, a resident of Franklin County Nursing Home, Chambersburg, Gladys Gilbert of Waynesboro, Betty Spong of New Orleans, Janet Helfrick and Jean Smith, both of Stuart, Fla., and Dorothy Loy of Spartanburg, S.C.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia R. Blubaugh; and one brother, Richard Johns.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Grove funeral home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor Jay A. Saxe and Pastor Roger E. Keech will officate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

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

Mildred M. Rohrer

SMITHSBURG - Mildren Marie Rohrer, 75, of 23525 Leathers Road, who died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, is survived by a sister, Mary Jane McClanathan of Hagerstown.

Freeda D. Gregory

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Freeda Duvall Gregory, of 202 N. Second St., died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa.

She was a retired beautician and had her beauty shop in her home.

Burial was in Everett Cemetery, Everett, Pa.

Arrangements were by Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Pa.

Anthony J. Bonacci 

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Anthony J. Bonacci, 72, of 20 Harbo Road, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at his home.

Born Aug. 5, 1924, in Carbondale, Pa., he was the son of the late Nicola and Catherine Molinaro Bonacci.

He was a 1942 graduate of the former Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale.

He was employed as a small arms engineer by Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, and retired in 1985. He and his wife owned and operated the former Ann's Fabric Center, located at the former Nichol's Shopping Plaza, from 1977 to 1985. Between his military service and government employment, he had a total of 35 years of service with the government.

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

He is survived by his wife, Ann Evans Bonacci, whom he married on Dec. 4, 1951; one daughter, Brenda A. Woodring of Chambersburg; three sisters, Clara Rosipko and Lucille Bonacci, both of Baltimore, and Elsie Zitterman of Carbondale; three brothers, Samuel Bonacci of Jessup, Md., Phillip Bonacci of Archibald, Pa., and Nicholas Bonacci of Baltimore; a nephew, Daniel DelGuercio of Denver, whom they raised; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Donald L. Bender will officiate. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home 30 minutes prior to the service Tuesday.

Ronald C. McMurtrie

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Ronald Calvin McMurtrie, 55, of 8206 James St., died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Md.

Born June 27, 1941, in Allentown, Pa., he was the son of Calvin Luther McMurtrie of Bethlehem, Pa., and the late Ruth Naomi Dialey McMurtrie. He was the stepson of Mary Rose McMurtrie.

He was employed as a supervisor by A.T.&T.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Myersville Baptist Church.

He was a member of Valley Memorial Post 9 AMVETS, Middletown.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Mary Case McMurtrie; one daughter, Donna Jane Reed of Middletown; two sons, Brian R. McMurtrie and Alan Dean McMurtrie, both of Boonsboro; two sisters, Joanne Kehley of Bethlehem and Joyce Koch of Emmaus, Pa.; one brother, Jack McMurtrie of Allentown; and five grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown. The Rev. Wayne Spear will officiate. Burial will be in Reformed Cemetery, Middletown.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Frederick County chapters of the American Heart Association, 125 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 21701; or American Cancer Society, 1011 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 21701.

Richard S. Shockey Sr.

Richard S. Shockey Sr., 82, a resident of Colton Villa, Hagerstown, and formerly of 12951 Mentzer Gap Road, Waynesboro, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Sept. 11, 1914, in Beartown, Washington Township, Pa., he was the son of the late Elmer H. and Ivy C. Emory Shockey. He was a life-long resident of Beartown, near Waynesboro.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva E. Rowland Shockey, in 1986.

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

In his early life, he was employed by Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro. He then worked as a carpenter for Ormar Klecker of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Following his discharge from the military, he returned to Landis Tool Co. as a laborer and then worked at Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing, Hagerstown. Prior to retiring in 1989, he owned and operated Shockey's Salvage Yard in Beartown for 27 years.

He was a member of Calvary Chapel Episcopal Church, Beartown.

He is survived by two daughters, Janet L. Ocker of Marion, Pa., and Rosalie S. Harbaugh of Waynesboro; one son, Richard S. Shockey of Waynesboro; three sisters, Mary L. Malles of Florida, Ruth C. Price and Dorothy J. Pryor, both of Waynesboro; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Frances C. Hampton; three brothers, Christian Shockey, Reuben Shockey and Samuel Shockey; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Episcopal Church, Beartown. Stephen D. Harris will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services Tuesday.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Chapel Episcopal Church, c/o Evelyn Burgan, 68 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

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

Harry J. Crum 

BOONSBORO - Harry Joshua "Sam" Crum, 85, of Boonsboro, who died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, was a member of Tri-State Church of God, Boonsboro. He also was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Crum.


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