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Charles W. Bert Jr.

Charles Wesley Bert Jr., 95, a resident of Wilson Health Care Center of Asbury Methodist Home in Gaithersburg, Md., died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at the center.

Born Sept. 20, 1901, in Martinsburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles W. Sr. and Ella Davison Bert. 

His first wife, Gladys A. Raff Bert, died in 1971. They were married Sept. 14, 1926.

His second wife, Alma Miner Walker Bert, died in 1994. They were married in 1973.

Following high school, he worked as a clerk in the National Bank of Chambersburg (Pa.). After that he studied technical subjects by correspondence and obtained a position with Stacey Brothers Construction Co. of Cincinnati, and, as a construction foreman, traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico to build oil and gas storage tanks.

In early 1930, he bought General Insurance Agency in Greencastle, Pa., and operated it for nearly 35 years. During that time he served as treasurer of the Borough of Greencastle from 1931 through 1964. He also served as borough water manager and street superintendent. In 1954 he was elected a director of First National Bank and served as its seventh president from 1963 to 1969, as chairman of the board from 1969 to 1976 and then as a member of its board of associates.

During World War II, he served on the local board No. 72 of the Selective Service System.

He was a member of Greencastle Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years, serving as a trustee, elder and clerk of the session.

He was active in the Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week Association, serving as president of the 12th Triennial held in August 1941 and was later elected as a life vice president.

He was a member of Rescue Hose Company No. 1.

He is survived by one daughter, Dr. Grace Bert Cannon of Rockville, Md.; one son, Dr. Charles W. Bert III of Norman, Okla.; two stepdaughters, Jane Walker McCutcheon of Harrisburg, Pa., and Margaret Walker Pfeiffer of Newtown, Conn.; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Bert Ivins; and two brothers, John Bert and William White.

Services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Greencastle Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Rawley D. Boone will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Greencastle.

The family will receive friends at Minnich-Miller-May Funeral Home, 521 S. Washington St., Greencastle, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Greencastle Presbyterian Church, 57 W. Baltimore St., Greencastle, Pa. 17225.

Virginia G. Suranno

Virginia Grace Suranno, 77, of 18026 Putter Drive, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Oct. 6, 1919, in Elkhorn, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Rosa Cincioni Genovese.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Michael Anthony Suranno Sr.; one daughter, Teresa Marie Carter of Clayton, Del.; three sons, Michael A. Suranno Jr. of Dunkirk, Md., Tony Suranno of Hagerstown, and James G. Suranno of Livonia, Mich.; two sisters, Helen DeGuiseppe and Mary Maas, both of Detroit; six grandchildren; one step-grandson; one great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Rev. George A. Limmer will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 92 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or to the Arthritis Foundation, 22 S. Market St., Frederick, Md. 21701.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.

Richard A. Rodeffer

Richard Arlen Rodeffer, 64, of 4 Sycamore St., Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 20, 1996, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born Feb. 27, 1932, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Charles and Ruth Mowen Rodeffer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Jean Rodeffer, in 1995.

He retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict.

He was a member of V.F.W. Post 1936.

He is survived by two daughters, Sandra J. McPherson and Cheryl A. Kesecker, both of Hagerstown; two sons, Steven A. Rodeffer and Douglas K. Rodeffer, both of Hagerstown; two brothers, Paul Rodeffer and Robert Rodeffer, both of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Jane Rodeffer; and one son, Michael Rodeffer.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. B.J. McPherson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at sea.

There will be no viewing.

Lloyd W. Gearhart Sr.

BOONSBORO - Lloyd William Gearhart Sr., 69, of Bakersville Road, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 10, 1927, in Smithsburg, he was the son of the late Floyd A. and Florence Lowman Gearhart.

His wife, Daisy Marie Duvall Gearhart, died in 1990.

He retired from Sam Tooma Oriental Rugs.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of V.F.W. Post 1936, AMVETS Post 10, Moose Lodge, and Wrightmans of Hagerstown.

He is survived by three daughters, Louella Ann Lewis of Boonsboro, Beverly Ann Baumgarten of Ocean City, Md., and Mary K. Cline of Myersville, Md.; five sons, Lloyd W. Gearhart Jr. and Kenneth Kline, both of Hagerstown, Michael R. Zaborowski of Virginia, John Kline of Funkstown, and George W. Kline of Smithsburg; four sisters, Lorraine Wolford, Phyllis Rice and Louella Ann Kline, all of Hagerstown, and Betty Marquiss of Melbourne, Fla.; one brother, Floyd Andrew Gearhart Jr. of Lancaster, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Rachel Respo.

Services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. John W. Schildt will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, with military graveside services conducted by V.F.W. Post 1936.

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

Arnold C. Stride Sr.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Arnold C. Stride Sr., 73, of Route 1, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Jan. 21, 1923, in Bakerton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Clyde Samuel and Lillian Stephens Stride.

His wife, Arbutus Springer Stride, preceded him in death.

He was a self-employed brick mason.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by three daughters, Barbara Jean Stride of Martinsburg, Sandy Wright of Scrabble, W.Va., and Patti Wright of Shepherdstown; one sister, Genevieve Goodrich of Annapolis; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Arnold C. Stride Jr.; three brothers, Clyde Stride, Charles Stride and Roy Stride; and one grandson.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Don Gribble will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown, with military graveside services conducted by Newton D. Baker Post 896 V.F.W. and Berkeley Post 14 American Legion.

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

Mary L. Hinton

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Mary Lyon Hinton, 71, of Rileys Oakhill Manor, and formerly of Silver Spring, Md., died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Rileys Oakhill Manor.

Born in Winchester, Va., March 12, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Margaret Lyon.

Her husband, Allen Hinton, preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Suzanne Hinton of Clinton, Md.; one son, Dr. Scott Hinton of Sherwood, Ark.; two brothers, Billy Lyon of Waynesboro, Pa., and Robert Lyon of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday in North Little Rock.

Memorial donations may be made to Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

Lloyd W. Stouffer

HANOVER, Pa. - Lloyd W. Stouffer, 83, a resident of Hanover Hall Nursing Home, and formerly of RD 2, Box 68A Thomasville, Pa., and Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at the nursing home.

Born Aug. 1, 1913, in Enoch Mills, Pa., he was the son of the late Harry D. and Nora B. Bitt-ner Stouffer.

He was a graduate of the former Lemasters High School in Lemasters, Pa.

He was a retired farmer, and also retired after 18 years employment with Corning Glass, Greencastle, Pa., plant, where he worked in the personnel department.

He was a member of Paradise Lutheran Church in Thomasville, a former member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church near Upton, Pa., and was a former Sunday school superintendent.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Mae Thompson Stouffer, a resident of Hanover Hall Nursing Home, whom he married Dec. 18, 1936; one son, Richard L. Stouffer of Thomasville; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle. The Rev. Douglas Hodges will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Greencastle.

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

Mabel J. Cook

Mabel Josephine Cook, 84, formerly of 621 Chestnut St., Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro.

Born Feb. 15, 1912, in Funkstown, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Mary Anna Hartle Iseminger.

Her husband, Paul R. Cook, died in 1978.

She retired in 1978 from Fairchild Aircraft.

She was a member of Ringgold Church of Christ and taught Sunday school for many years.

She is survived by one sister, Viola Leedy of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Janet H. Trumpower; one sister; and three brothers.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Don Conley will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 8 p.m.
 

Mack Magaha

FREDERICK, Md. - Mack Magaha, 68, of 416 N. Market St., died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Homewood Retirement Center, Williamsport.

Born Sept. 9, 1928, in Frederick, he was the son of the late E. Paul Magaha Sr. and Alice Wilson Magaha.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a bachelors of arts degree.

He was a former employee of the federal government. He retired after 22 years of service, including seven years as public relations officer at Fort Detrick.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served from 1946 to 1950.

He was a member of American Legion Post 0011, Frederick; National Wildlife Federation; and Musicians Union Local 770, Hagerstown.

He is survived by one son, Paul Wilson Magaha of Frederick; one brother, Douglas Magaha of Frederick; two grandchildren; two nieces; and one nephew.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Washington County Unit, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21742.

Arrangements are being handled by Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

Thomas E. Bowman Sr.

Thomas E. Bowman Sr., 79, of 17318 Amber Drive, Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 20, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 14, 1917, in Portland, Maine, he was the son of the late George W. and Celia E. Wolfe Bowman.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen A. Richards Bowman, in 1960.

He retired in 1978 from New England Telephone and Telegraph Co.

He was a veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Navy in Pearl Harbor, Africa and India.

He was a member St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Donna M. Stout Bowman; two daughters, Mary T. Browne and Martha A. Curncil, both of Portland; three sons, Thomas E. Bowman Jr. of Hampton, Va., Mark J. Bowman of Portland and James M. Bowman of Hagerstown; four sisters, Mildred Guidiboni of Burlington, Mass., Virginia Remick of Phelan, Calif., Helen Templeton of Lexington, N.C., and Anna Foley of Englewood, Calif.; two brothers, Raymond Bowman and John Bowman, both of Portland; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Thibault; and two brothers, Robert Bowman and George W. Bowman Jr.

Services will be Friday at 9 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Ocean Avenue, Portland. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, Maine.

Arrangements are by Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

Wallace R. Swope

HARRISONVILLE, Pa. - Wallace Ray Swope, 50, of RD 1, died Friday, Dec. 20, 1996, at Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa.

Born Oct. 6, 1946, in Knobsville, Pa., he was the son of the late Floyd A. and Janet Bard Swope.

He was a farmer, a trucker for a number of years and a carpenter. He was last employed by Pennfield Feed in Boonsboro.

He was veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by four sisters, Evelyn Clonch of Kent, Wash., Dorothy Royal of Manheim, Pa., Iola Zeger of Harrisonville and Wilma Sowers of Chambersburg, Pa.; five brothers, Cloyd Swope and Warren Swope, both of McConnellsburg, Pa., Donald Swope and Leo Swope, both of Harrisonville, and the Rev. Willis Swope of Hancock; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Ridge Nazarene Church, Harrisonville. The Rev. Dan Porterfield and the Rev. William Swope will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home Inc., Harrisonville, today from 2 to 9 p.m. and at the church Tuesday one hour prior to the service.

Walter L. Lohman

KEEDYSVILLE - Walter LeRoy Lohman, 85, of 15 N. Main St., died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born June 13, 1911, in Antietam, he was the son of the late Louis and Susan Griffith Lohman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Margaret Keesecker Lohman, in 1993.

In his early life, he was a farmer. He was later employed by the U.S. Park Service at Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg and retired with 23 years of service.

He was a member of Antietam Church of God.

He is survived by two daughters, Alice Feigley of Hagerstown and Lauretta Stotler of Keedysville; one brother, Gardner Lohman of Sharpsburg; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Florence Lohman; two sisters, Edna Jackson and Reba Burgan; and one brother, Harry Lohman.

Graveside services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, Sharpsburg. The Rev. Richard A. Fox will officiate. 

The family will receive friends at Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorial donations be made to Antietam Church of God, P.O. Box 514, Sharpsburg, Md. 21782; or Washington County Heart Association, 92 W. Washington St., Suite 205, Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Joseph B. Yingling

Joseph Bertram "Bert" Yingling, 79, of 18915 Dover Drive, Hagerstown, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 8, 1917, in Cockeysville, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Edward and Mary Ellison Yingling.

He was co-builder and owner of Yingling Golf Center. He was previously co-builder and owner of Beaver Creek Country Club.

He was instrumental in building and was an original board member of Black Rock Golf Course. He also began golf instruction in Washington County schools.

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

He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

He was a life member and past president of Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents and life member of Golf Course Superintendents of America. He was a member and past president of Chewsville Lions Club; a member of Elks Lodge 378 and Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Jane Kretzer Yingling; two daughters, Susan Hutzell of Hagerstown and Diana Rau of Fraser, Colo.; one son, Jeffrey Yingling of Hagerstown; two brothers, Harvey P. Yingling of Cockeysville and J. Lee Yingling of Bethesda, Md.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Stephen D. Robison will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 92 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.
 

Irene E. Porter 

Irene Elizabeth Porter, 89, of 14014 Marsh Pike, Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 20, 1996, at Avalon Manor Nursing Home, Hagerstown.

Born Oct. 18, 1907, in Elkton, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles T. and Edna Hemphill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. Porter.

She was a member of VFW in Delaware and AARP.

She is survived by one daughter, Gloria S. Shank of Hagerstown; one brother, Charles Hemphill; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Howard T. Walck

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Howard T. "Ted" Walck, 60, of 28 Field Circle, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born June 5, 1936, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Howard T. and Esther Saunders Walck.

He was a 1955 graduate of Chambersburg High School. He also was a 1957 graduate of the former Chambersburg School of Business with a diploma in accounting.

He was employed by the Defense Logistics Agency at Letterkenny Army Depot for 34 years and retired in 1991. For the past two years, he was employed part time by Greencastle Metal Works in Greencastle, Pa.

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

He was a member of King Street United Brethren Church, Chambersburg.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Black Walck, whom he married on June 21, 1963; one daughter, Juliane Callahan of Camp Hill, Pa.; one sister, Betty Gift of Chambersburg; one brother, Joseph W. Walck of Chambersburg; one grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

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

It was his request that flowers be omitted. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

David H. Fox

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - David Harold Fox, 49, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at his late mother's home in Sleepy Creek, W.Va.

Born May 1, 1947, in Sleepy Creek, he was the son of the late Harold Smith and Ethel McCurtie Carbaugh Fox.

He was a 1965 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

He was employed as a glass former by Corning Glass Works in Martinsburg.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the military from 1967 to 1981.

He attended Independent Church of God, Hedgesville, W.Va.

He was a member of AFL-CIO American Flint Glass Workers Union Local 1023, Martinsburg.

He is survived by his wife, Chiyoko Nakasone Fox; one son, Donald Harold Fox of the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Va.; two sisters, Dolly M. Howell and Carolyn S. Meier, both of Martinsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Juanita C. Watson.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. Rodney Truax will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Sleepy Creek.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the convenience of friends.

John R. Fulton

John Ross Fulton, 2, of 12914 Fountain Head Road, Hagerstown, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Born Dec. 16, 1994, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Mark A. and Ann Smeltzer Fulton.

He was baptized at the chapel at St. James School.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Smeltzer of Roanoke, Va.; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Adna B. Fulton of Boonsboro; maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Brownee of Gainesville, Fla.; and paternal great-grandfather, Malcolm E. Shaw of Big Pool.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the chapel at St. James School, St. James. The Rev. Stuart S. Dunnan will officiate. Private burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pediatrics Hematology Division, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, Md. 21287.

Arrangements are by Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

E. Louise Brown

E. Louise Brown, 88, of 416 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Ravenwood Lutheran Village.

Born July 14, 1908, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Harry R. and Nettie L. Helferstay Foltz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn E. Brown, on Oct. 17, 1996.

She was employed by Hagerstown Shoe Co.

She was a member of Zion Reformed Church, Hagerstown.

She is survived by two daughters, Laurel "Dolly" Brown of Hagerstown and Mary Louise Brown of Houston; and two granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia F. Thomas and Jane F. Cash.

A memorial service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Jack Dale Cook will officiate. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, 201 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Mark S. Townley

WARREN, N.J. - Mark S. Townley, 54, of Warren, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at his sister's home in Warren.

He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and lived in Hagerstown and North Plainfield, N.J., before moving to San Diego 25 years ago. He recently moved to Warren.

He was a lab technician. He was employed by Fluid Systems Inc. in San Diego for eight years.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served with the U.S. Marine Corps.

He is survived by his former spouse, Carol Watson of Los Angeles; two sisters, Ann Francese of Warren and Donna Carder of Hagerstown; several nieces and nephews; and two great-nephews.

Services will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Boulevard, Watchung, N.J., followed by a 10 a.m. mass at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in North Plainfield. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains, N.J.

Visitation will be Tuesday at the funeral home from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Muhlenberg Hospice Fund, c/o Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Park Avenue and Randolph Road, Plainfield, N.J. 07061.

G. Francis Shaffer

KEEDYSVILLE - George Francis Shaffer, 75, of 4103 Trego Road, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at his home.

Born Jan. 26, 1921, he was the son of the late John Rohrer and Mae Shaffer Rohrer.

He was a lifelong dairy farmer. He was employed by the Washington County Board of Education as a school bus driver for 23 years.

He was a member of Boonsboro Bible Church.

He was a charter member and president of Rohrersville Ruritan Club.

He is survived by his wife, Edith H. Long Shaffer, whom he married on Feb. 4, 1942; two sons, George F. Shaffer Jr. of Wheaton, Md., and David L. Shaffer of Keedysville; one sister, Marion Smith of Boonsboro; one brother, John D. Rohrer of Braddock Heights, Md.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Joseph Downs will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

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

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorial donations be made to Boonsboro Bible Church, 6741 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, Md. 21713.

Alben L. Deneen

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Alben L. Deneen, 40, of Warfordsburg, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, as a result of an automobile accident near Hagerstown.

Born March 7, 1956, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., he was the son of Donald W. Berkstresser Sr. and Lena Belle Stahle Berkstresser of Needmore, Pa.

He was a 1974 graduate of Southern Fulton High School, Warfordsburg.

He was of the Protestant faith.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Satricia Woodal and Trecila Ward, both of Warfordsburg, and Danya Berkstresser of Frederick, Md.; two brothers, Lubrent Deneen of Berkeley Springs and Donald Wayne Berkstresser Jr. of Gaithersburg, Md.; three nieces; and four nephews.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Buck Valley Methodist Church, Warfordsburg. The Rev. Frank Teeter will officiate. Burial will be in Buck Valley Methodist Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and at the church Friday one hour prior to the service. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will be open Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m.

Jane P.P. Snyder

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jane Porter Post Snyder, 77, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born March 19, 1919, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Porter and Sally Morgan Hodges Post and stepdaughter of the late Dr. H.G. Tonkin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Snyder.

She was a 1936 graduate of Martinsburg High School.

She was a volunteer for Kings Daughter Hospital Cripple Childrens Clinic.

She was of the Presbyterian faith.

She is survived by an aunt, Mary Hodges Bowers of Florida; and a close friend, Dr. D. Ewell Hendrick.

Services will be today at 3 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. Robert S. Hill Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

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

H. Glenn Rife

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - H. Glenn Rife, 87, of 279 E. King St., died Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at his home.

Born June 19, 1909, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Wilbur Nusbaum and Ruth S. Rife.

He was employed in sales by Chambersburg Motor Parts for 20 years and retired in 1975. He was formerly owner and operator of Atlantic, Shell and a Tydol gas stations. He also was a taxi cab driver.

He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Chambersburg.

He was a member of Odd Fellows, formerly in Chambersburg, and the former Good Will Fire Co., Chambersburg.

He is survived by his wife, M. Blanche Gipe Rife, whom he married on Dec. 24, 1930; two daughters, Barbarba Summers and Darlene Stiver, both of Chambersburg; one son, Robert G. Rife of Chambersburg; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by two half-sisters.

Services will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Jeffrey L. Roth will officiate. Burial will be in Norland Cemetery, Chambersburg.

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

Memorial Donations may be made to Lutheran Home Care, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.


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