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Charles A. Beck

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Charles A. Beck, 74, of The Woods Resort, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at City Hospital.

Born Oct. 7, 1922, in Metcalf, Ill., he was the son of the late John and Jesse Opal Dailey Beck.

He was a retired electrician.

He was a member of Berkeley Baptist Church, Berkeley Springs and was active in the Tri-County Baptist Association.

He served with the Seabees during World War II.

He was a member of American Legion, Brookeville, Md.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Clive Beck; two daughters, Joyce Anna Hermann of Churchton, Md., and Katherine Marie Beck of Pasadena, Md.; two sons, Paul Lee Beck of Norfolk, Va., and David Beck of New York; three stepsons, James Edward Ellis of Toms River, N.J., Brian Scott of Chevy Chase, Md., and Stephen Scott of Charles Town, W.Va.; one stepdaughter, Joy Olive of Long Beach, Miss.; two sisters, Norma Winters of Rockville, Md. and Wilma Morgan of Frederick, Md.; three brothers, John Beck of Stevensonville, Md., Jesse Beck of Bethesda, Md. and Donald Beck of Rockville; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. Johnny Kelly will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Tri-County Baptist Association, P.O. Box 1702, Hedgesville, W.Va. 25427.

Randy A. Wright Jr.

Randy Allen Wright Jr., infant son of Michele L. Gearhart and Randy A. Wright of Hancock, died Dec. 19, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Boyd and Betty Gearhart of Hancock; paternal grandparents, Shannon and Joyce Wright of Breezewood, Pa.; a grandmother, Margie Hull of Hancock; and three aunts and four uncles.

Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 23, at Wells Valley Cemetery, Wells Tannery, Pa.

Arrangemetns were by Douglas A. Fiery funeral Home, Hagerstown.

Blanche M. Kemp

Blanche Mae Kemp, 63, of 72 Manor Dr., Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

She was born Dec. 26, 1933 in Keedysville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Edward Kemp Sr.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda M. Carter of Hagerstown, Rhoda E. Ernst of Hedgesville, W.Va. and Margaret L. Kemp of Needville, Tenn.; one son, Samuel E. Kemp Jr. of Hagerstown; one sister, Pauline Kane of Boonsboro; nine grandchildren and her companion, Lester G. Carter at home.

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

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

Anna M. Dyer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Anna M. Dyer, 80, of 349 Stouffer Ave., died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at her home.

Born Dec. 29, 1916, near Mercersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Norman J. Eshelman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl C. Dryer on Oct. 20, 1980.

She was employed by the former Stanley Co., Chambersburg.

She attended St. Paul United Methodist Church, Chambersburg.

She is survived by five sisters, Maxine Hodges of Evans, Ga.; Betty Porter, Mary Smith, Esther Gloeckler, all of Chambersburg and Doris Myers of Greencastle, Pa.

Services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg. The Rev. Daniel H. Kelchner will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

Viewing will be held Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggest memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2700 Luther Dr., Chambersburg, Pa., 17201.

Earl E. Eichelberger

Earl Eugene Eichelberger, 40, of 19 Avalon Ave., Hagerstown, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 30, 1956, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Raymond P. and Julia V. Barnhart Eichelberger.

He was employed by Oak Tree Case Works, Inc., Greencastle, Pa.

He played in various softball and pool leagues.

He is survived by one daughter, Tammy Lynn Eichelberger of Hagerstown; three sisters, Saundra L. Hull, Donna J. Rickard and Bonnie L. Hall, all of Hagerstown; two brothers, Karl L. Eichelberger and Raymond P. Eichelberger Jr., both of Hagerstown; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Pastor Lucille Marquiss will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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

William F. Butcher

BOONSBORO - William Francis Butcher, 72, of 8315 Mapleville Rd., died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Jan. 16, 1924, in Rockville, Md., he was the son of the late Marion L. and Bessie Harmon Butcher.

He was a former steamfitter in Montgomery County, Md., and retired as owner and operator of Butcher's Corner Store, Mt. Airy, Md.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps having served during World War II. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received during fighting on Guadalcanal.

He was a member of Clopper-Michael Post 10, American Legion, Boonsboro; VFW Post 3285, Frederick, Md.; R.S. Tagg Jr. Chapter for Disabled American Veterans, Hagerstown; National Arbor Day Foundation and National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife, whom he married March 27, 1975, Betty Jane Bowman Butcher; three daughters, Margaret Ann Roche of Ijamsville, Md., Patricia Schoof of Atlanta and Cheryl Butcher of Wheaton, Md.; one son, Robert D. Butcher of Ijamsville; one stepdaughter, Sandra Schubert Brock of Annapolis, Md.; two stepsons, Earl P. Schubert Jr. of Annapolis and William G. Schubert of Houston; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Carl Butcher of William Butcher; one sister, Irene Brahn; and four brothers, Lesley Butcher, Vernon Butcher, Lee Butcher and Kenneth Butcher.

Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. U.S. Senator William E. Brock will officiate.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggest memorial donations be made to American Red Cross, Hagerstown Chapter, 113 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Lloyd A. Eby

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lloyd A. Eby, 76, who died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, is survived by a daughter, Lois White of Chambersburg.

Elizabeth Miller

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Elizabeth Miller, 90, of Harrisonburg, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community.

Born July 20, 1906, in Enon Valley, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Rev. William H. and Myrtle Roberts Miller.

She was a graduate of the nursing program at Johns Hopkins University.

She had been employed as head nurse at the Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, Decatur, Ga. She entered the missionary Church, U.S., in 1953 and served as a medical missionary in Zaire until her retirement in 1973. After her retirement, she lived in Richmond, Va. and continued to nurse at Sheltering Arms Hospital.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps having served as a captain during World War II in the Fiji Islands and in northeast India.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Adelyn Miller Porterfield and four brothers, Charles Miller, Lawrence Miller, Carroll Miller and Hensel Miller.

Graveside services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Gerrardstown Presbyterian Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Jackson will officiate.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Norma J. Falen

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Norma Jean Falen, 74, of ManorCare Health Services, and formerly of 5500 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at ManorCare Health Services.

Born June 13, 1922, in New Castle, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Grace Wells Sanders.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert John Falen in 1977.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church, Chambersburg.

She is survived by two daughters, Jean L. Jackson of Catesauqua, Pa. and Betty Ann Baldwin of Fayetteville; one sister, Margaret Davenport of Rialto, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Harriett Sanders and one brother, Robert Sanders.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church, 2509 Black Gap Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Daryl M. Elliott will officiate. Burial will be held Monday in Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, Pa.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to ManorCare Health Services, Inc. 1070 Stouffer Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Arrangements are by Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg.

Anne M.V. Mitchell

QUINCY, Pa. - Anne M. VanSant Mitchell, 98, of Quincy United Methodist Home, and formerly of 212 Garfield St., Waynesboro, Pa., died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at the nursing home.

Born Dec. 11, 1898, in Galena, Md., she was the daughter of the late L.R. and Emma H. Hyland VanSant.

She married her husband, William Terry Mitchell in November 1922. He died on Dec. 5, 1977.

She graduated from a private academy and then the Universty of Delaware in 1921 with a degree in education.

She was employed as a substitute teacher by the Waynesboro School District.

She was a member of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, Waynesboro.

She also was a member of Waynesboro College Club; Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary; Friends of the Library; Blue Ridge Summit Garden Club and served as a guide at Renfrew, Waynesboro for a number of years.

She is survived by one son, Terry C. Mitchell of Panama City, Fla.; one sister, Catherine D. LeCates; two grandchildren and two great-grandchidlren.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family at Winchester National Cemetery.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggest memorial donations be made to Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 112 E. Second St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

Dorothy M. Heriford

FONTANA, Calif. - Dorothy May "Dottie" Heriford, 41, who died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, is survived by two brothers, Kevin Morrell of Moreno Valley, Calif. and Leonard Morrell of Maryland.

Mildred K. Keech

Mildred K. Keech, 87, of 117 Greenwood Dr., Hagerstown, and formerly of 63 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 13, 1909, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Lillie Virginia Thompson Newman.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Albert A. Beck in 1943 and her second husband, William H. Keech in 1988.

She owned and operated Beck's Restaurant until 1965.

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

She is survived by three daughters, Mildred A. Heinbaugh of Silver Spring, Md., Mary Ann Mundey and Patricia M. Beard, both of Hagerstown; one sister, Agnes Mills of Hagerstown; one brother, Paul Newman of Hagerstown; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, 40 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Raymond H.Shriver will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 534 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740 or the American Heart Association, 92 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Harry W. Hardsock

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Harry W. Hardsock, 77, of Franklin County Nursing Home, and formerly of 2814 Anthony Highway, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born May 16, 1919, in Pond Back, Pa., he was the son of the late Irvin T. and Iva Mae Rock Hardsock.

He had worked at the sawmills and orchards in the area. He was employed as a security guard and custodian by South Mountain Restoration Center, South Mountain, Pa., retiring in 1986 after 22 years of service.

He was a member of the Pond Bank Independent Church.

He is survived by three sisters, Naomi Ruth Beaver of Hagerstown, Mary L. Pensinger of Mercersburg, Pa., and Delvia J. Kalichun of New Castle, Pa.; two brothers, Henry M. Hardsock and David C. Hardsock, both of Chambersburg and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. The Rev. Mervil R. Stambaugh will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Mont Alto, Pa.

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

Elizabeth Bomgardner

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Elizabeth "Betsy" Bomgardner, 61, of West Chester, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Chester County Hospital, West Chester.

Born in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late R. Paul and Elizabeth Stewart Shatto.

She was a 1957 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., with a degree in elementary education.

From 1959 to 1961 she taught fourth grade at Exton Elementary School. Most recently she had been employed as a salesperson by Strawbridge and Clothier, Exton, Pa.

She was a member of Grove United Methodist Church, West Whiteland township, where she also was a member of the choir.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Harold R. Bomgardner, three sons, Christopher Bomgardner of Huntingdon, Pa., Timothy Bomgardner and Richard Bomgardner both of Exton, Pa.; one sister, Laura Barlow of Great Falls, Va.; and one grandson.

Servics will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Grove United Methodist Church, Grove and Boot Roads, West Whiteland township. Burial will be in Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer.

Friends may call at the church Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Lupus Foundation of the Delaware Valley, 1356 Monk Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035.

Arrangements are by Founds Funeral Home, West Chester.

Suzanne K.C.P. Misiewicz

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Suzanne Kay Cromis Prince Misiewicz, 50, of Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at Lake Mead Medical Hospital, North Las Vegas.

Born July 12, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur C. and Catherine D. Sucila Cromis.

She was formerly employed as a beautician.

She was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Misiewicz; one daughter, Robbie A. Taylor of North Carolina; one son, Edward D. Shank of Connecticut; three sisters, JoAnne Kirby of Williamsport, Janice Cromis of Funkstown and Janet Cromis of Hagerstown; one brother, Robert Cromis of Hagerstown and one granddaughter.

Graveside services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Green Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Alfred E. Smith will officiate.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Green Lawn Memorial Park.

Dwight T. Hallowell

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Dwight T. Hallowell, 65, who died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having retired in 1976 as a petty officer 1st class after 25 years of service. After his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he worked at Teledyne-Landis, Waynesboro, Pa., retiring in March 1995.

Rev. Harry D. Binda

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Harry D. Binda, 65, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at City Hospital.

Born Sept. 30, 1931, in Guyana, he was the son of the late Pooran and Dooknie Rampersaud Binda.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Tharp Binda; two daughters, Rhoda Binda and Rhonda Binda, both of Queens, N.Y.; one son, Harry D. Binda Jr. of Queens; two sisters, Rose Naraidu of Charlotte, N.C. and Minawattie Binda of Georgetown, Guyana; and five brothers, John Binda of Queens, Robert Binda, Harold Binda, Youdi Binda, all of Toronto, Canada and Seeram Binda of New Hampshire; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at Bernard F. Dowd Funeral Home, 165-20 Hillside Ave., Jamaica, N.Y.

Local arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Wilda P. Hogbin

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Wilda Pauline Hogbin, 89, of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.

Born Feb. 1, 1907, in Paw Paw, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry Franklin and Martha Seaton Childers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Hogbin on Nov. 11, 1992.

She was a 1925 graduate of Paw Paw High School.

She was employed as a nurses aide by Memorial Hospital, Cumberland and at the Hancock Nursing Home, Hancock. She also was employed by the National Fruit Co., Winchester, Va., until her retirement in 1971. She also had been a homemaker.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by five daughters, Margaret L. Bailey of Hancock, Betty Jane Nelson, Donna Jean Youngblood,Wilma K. Gregory, all of Berkeley Springs, and Monna Lee Forbes of Apopka, Fla.; two sons, Jennings D. Hogbin of Sierra Vista, Ariz. and Raymond "Bud" Hogbin of Berkeley Springs; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Phyllis Eileen Hogbin and Wanda Evelyn Hogbin; three sons, William Harold Hogbin, Alvin Eugene Hogbin and Gerald Wayne Hogbin; six sisters, Gladys Childers, Louise Robertson, Beatrice Everett, Mary Johnson, Eva Hogbin, Verda Childers; and six brothers, Kenneth Childers, Marvin Childers, Archibald Childers, Charles Childers, Willard Childers and Earl Childers.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Wesleyan Chapel, 612 Harrison Ave., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. William C. Swope will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Rt. 522 S. Berkeley Springs.

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

Janet P. Lung

Janet P. Lung, 74, of 13609 Overhill Dr., Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Grover C. and Edna G. Nufer Wishard.

She was a 1943 graduate of Frostburg State Teachers College.

She was employed as an elementary school teacher at Cascade, Winter Street and Broadway Elementary Schools.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she served as a member of the Alter Guild, Trinity Lutheran Church Women and was principal of the primary Sunday school.

She also was a member of the Washington County Historical Society and the Washington County Retired Teachers Association.

She served as a volunteer of the Community Reading Room and with the Heritage room of the Fine Arts and Memorial Committee. She served as a guide at the Miller House and the Beaver Creek Elementary School.

She is survived by her husband, Harold P. Lung; two sons, H. Douglas Lung of Miami Lakes, Fla., and Timothy A. Lung of Hagerstown; one sister, Lucille W. Smith of Hagerstown, and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of N. Potomac St. and Randolph Ave. The Rev. David M. Buchenroth will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, Pa.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 21740 or to the charity of the donors choice.
 

Dorothy M.H. Coulter

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Dorothy Marie Hess Coulter, 70, of Martinsburg, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at City Hospital.

Born Sept. 12, 1926, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry Tate and Minnie Reah Lippencot Lewis.

She retired as a nursing assistant from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg, after 27 years of service. She also had been employed by Perfection Garment Co.

She is survived by her husband, Leroy M. Coulter; one daughter, Christine Michael of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; one son, Kelly David Hess of Bunker Hill; two brothers, Scott Lewis and Lodge Lewis, both of Martinsburg; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth Eugene Hess Jr. and Mitchell Eugene Hess, and one brother, Elmer Lewis.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. Louise Barrett and the Rev. Paul C. Stanley will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Back Creek Valley Full Gospel Church, c/o Charles Conley, P.O. Box 88, Gerrardstown, W.Va. 25420.

Roland C. Long

FREDERICK, Md. - Roland Clyde Long, 81, of Bethel Road, Frederick, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Citizen's Nursing Home.

Born April 27, 1915, in Loys Station, Md., he was the son of the late Samuel A. and Sadah Lewis Long.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Virginia Compher on Jan. 22, 1982.

He farmed in the Bethel area for 50 years.

He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed bus trips.

He is survived by one daughter, Barbara A. Bell of Clear Spring; three sons, Kenneth L. Long, Robert R. Long, both of Charleston, S.C., and Ronald W. Long of Mt. Airy, Md.; four sisters, Helen F. Farnwald, Margaret M. Hines, Nancy L. Eyler, all of Thurmont, Md., and Joyce M. Keiholtz of DeLand, Fla.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, M. Virginia Motter and Betty R. Motter, and two brothers, Roy A. Long and David W. Long.

Services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. The Rev. Muriel Heichler will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Jefferson, Md.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 9664 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Md. 21701.

Aleda M. Ecker

Aleda M. Ecker, 81, of 11901 Sun Valley Drive, Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Ravenwood Retirement Center.

Born in Myersville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Elmer F. and Marian P. Lizer Shepley.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was the organist at St. Ann Catholic Church for 10 years.

She was a member of AARP. 

She is survived by her husband, Joseph J. Ecker Jr.; three sons, Jerold A. Ecker and Jeffrey L. Ecker, both of Hagerstown, and John A. Ecker of Baltimore; one sister, Ruth Ardinger of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Jerome A. Ecker; one sister, Mary Shepley; and one brother, Clarence F. Shepley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Rev. George Limmer will be celebrant. Private burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Myersville.

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

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggest memorial donations be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

Nellie E. Poffenberger

Nellie Estelle Poffenberger, 99, of 10142 White Hall Road, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at her home.

Born June 23, 1897, in Ellerton, Md., she was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Routzahn Poffenberger.

She was a homemaker and well-known quilter. She was featured in the book, "Maryland Album of Quilt Making & Traditions, 1634-1934."

She was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Beaver Creek, where she had been a pianist for the Sunday school.

She is survived by one sister, Florence Higman of Smithsburg; two brothers, Charles C. Poffenberger of Hagerstown and Kenneth Poffenberger of Smithsburg; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary C. Scott, and two brothers, Roger F. Poffenberger and Paul R. Poffenberger.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Gary T. Bilbie will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Myersville.

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

Tom McNeil

DAMASCUS, Va. - Tom McNeil, 84, of Damascus, and formerly of West Jefferson, N.C., who died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Smith McNeil in July 1976.

Memorial services will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at Virginia Avenue Church of God, Hagerstown. The Rev. A. Paul Harne will officiate.

John T. Brown Jr.

BOONSBORO - John Telison Brown Jr., 82, of Reeders Memorial Home and formerly of 503 S. Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum, Md., died Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 12, 1914, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late John Telison and Lena E. Baker Brown.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred V. Lumm Brown, on Oct. 18, 1995.

He retired from the Maryland Economic and Community Development Agency, where he had held the position of a marketing development specialist.

He was a member of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the United Methodist Men.

He also was a 50-year member of the Glen Burnie Lodge 213, A.F. & A.M.

He is survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, Jan. 3, 1997, at 10:30 a.m. at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. The Rev. Sharon Ford will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Haven Cemetery, Glen Burnie, Md.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., S.W., Glen Burnie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund, Linthicum Heights Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, Linthicum Heights Md. 21090.

Alice A. Osbaugh

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Alice A. Osbaugh, 74, of 1153 Leisure Drive, and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Franklin County Nursing Home, Chambersburg, where she had lived for the last month.

Born Jan. 13, 1922, in Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Elsie M. Stoner Atherton.

She retired from the former Stanley Co., Chambersburg. She had last been employed by the Antrim House Restaurant, Greencastle.

She was a member of Calvary Bible Church near Greencastle.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, William R. "Bill" Osbaugh; one son, Roger A. Osbaugh of Chambersburg; two sisters, Jean Deavor and Vesta Fox, both of Chambersburg; two brothers, Robert Atherton of Chambersburg and Donald Atherton of Orrstown, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church. The Rev. Glen A. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, St. Thomas, Pa.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Bible Church, 3845 Buchanan Trail West, Greencastle, Pa. 17225.

Norma R.S. Hill

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Norma Rebecca Schriever Hill, 65, of Route 2, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born July 20, 1931, in Amaranth, Pa., she was the daughter of Beatrice C.F. Engle Schriever of Warfordsburg and the late Andy H. Schriever.

She had been employed as a seamstress by London Fog for 32 years.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Hancock Ward.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Elmer L. Hill, whom she married Aug. 23, 1950; one daughter, Adonna Reba Norma Hill Iverson of Orem, Utah; one son, Henry Oren Paul Hill of Provo, Utah; four sisters, V. June Bohlman of Hancock, Ruth Anna Oakman, Dorothy Mae Turner, both of Warfordsburg, and Nancy B. Hiatt of Brighton, Colo.; two brothers, LaVearl Schriever and Ralph Schriever, both of Warfordsburg; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Hancock Ward. Bishop Larry Hartman will officiate. Burial will be in Jerusalem Christian Cemetery, Warfordsburg.

The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 9 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock, and at one hour prior to the service at the church.

Robert E. Smith

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Robert Edward "Smitty" Smith, 63, of Harpers Ferry, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Oct. 18, 1933, in Pocahontas County, W.Va., he was the son of Charles L. and Ella G. Jeffrey Smith.

He retired as a mechanic from Jim's Auto Service, Ranson, W.Va.

He is survived by three daughters, Donna Marie Smith of Rockville, Deborah Ann Bird of Tacoma, Wash., and Diane Carrie De-Mar of Frederick, Md.; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. Pastor Jack Meikrantz will officiate. Burial will be in Pocahontas County Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

Janet P. Lung

Janet P. Lung, 74, of 13609 Overhill Drive, who died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, was a member of the Christian Women's Club of Washington County.

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

Dorothy L. Fiery

Dorothy Louise Fiery, 83, of Ravenwood Lutheran Village, Hagerstown, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at Ravenwood Nursing Home.

Born June 7, 1913, in Walkersville, Md., she was the daughter of the late James Allen and Maude Creager Hahn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Fiery, in 1995.

She was past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Queen Esther Chapter 3. She was a former officer of the Hagerstown Art Club.

She is survived by two sons, Frank Carlton Fiery of Williston, S.C., and Dr. Hubert Leroy Fiery of Cambridge, Md.; one sister, Lynn Dressel of California; one granddaughter; two adopted grandsons; one niece and one nephew.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. The Rev. David M. Buchenroth will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., where Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to SPCA, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Anna E.B. Knepper

MARION, Pa. - Anna E. Besecker Knepper, 75, of 115 Kennedy St., and formerly of Hagerstown and Chambersburg, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at her home.

Born Dec. 23, 1921, in Greencastle, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George F. and Mary C. Diehl Besecker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Knepper, in 1971.

She was employed by J. Schoeneman Co. in Chambersburg as a seamstress for 32 years. She retired in 1986.

She attended Marion First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara A. Rotz of Chambersburg and Sharon M. Walck of Greencastle, Pa.; one son, James H. Knepper of Chambersburg; two sisters, Evelyn Hess of Greencastle and Mary Waltrick of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a grandson.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Minnich-Miller-May Funeral Home, 521 S. Washington St., Greencastle. The Rev. Guy W. Camp III will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Cemetery, Chambersburg.

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

Gerald W. Kintzel

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Gerald W. "Tippy" Kintzel Sr., 59, of 629 Foulger St., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at Mercy Haverford Hospital, Haverford, Pa.

Born Jan. 27, 1937, in Tremont, Pa., he was the son of the late Horace and Esther Carl Kintzel. He was raised at Quincy Orphanage.

He was a 1954 graduate of Quincy High School.

He was employed as a baker by Quincy Orphanage for a number of years and then was a machinist for Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro, for 21 years. He retired on disability in 1985.

He was a member of Quincy United Methodist Church and Men's Bible Class. He served as a greeter and sang with the church choir.

He volunteered at Mont Alto Fire Co.

He is survived by his wife, Blanche A. Russell Kintzel, whom he married on July 4, 1956; two sons, Gerald W. Kintzel Jr. of Mont Alto, Pa., and Franklin C. Kintzel of Waynesboro; two sisters, Eleanor Bettinger and Barbara Ruddy, both of Tremont; two granddaughters; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Quincy United Methodist Church, Quincy. The Rev. James C. House and the Rev. John L. Rauch will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Blanche A. Kintzel, 629 Foulger St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

John S. Beatty

NEEDMORE, Pa. - John Scott Beatty, 64, of RD 1, died Monday, Dec. 30, 1996, at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, Pa.

Born April 3, 1932, in Needmore, he was the son of the late Orville R. and Virgie Gress Beatty.

He was a farmer.

He was a member of Needmore Bible Church.

He was a charter and lifetime member of Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. and a member of Needmore Grange.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Hendershot Beatty, whom he married on July 23, 1955; three daughters, Jackie Porterfield of Harrisonville, Pa., Kelly Miller of Needmore, and Deidre Ritz of Warfordsburg, Pa.; two sons, John R. Beatty and Todd B. Beatty, both of Needmore; two sisters, Mabelle Evans of Harrisburg, Pa., and Mary Jane Conte of New Cumberland, Pa.; one brother, C. Edward Beatty of Harrisburg; 11 grandchildren; and one stepgranddaughter.

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

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Needmore Bible Church. The Rev. Douglas Poffenberger will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Viewing will be at Needmore Bible Church Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior the service. The family will receive friends at the church Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Florene C. Helman

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Florene C. Helman, 93, of ManorCare Health Services, and formerly of 26 Clover Circle, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at ManorCare.

Born Aug. 9, 1903 in Marion, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Viola Kuhn Gift.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Helman, in 1971.

She was a member of Heidelberg United Church of Christ for more than 75 years. She was a member of the Golden Link Sunday School Class.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Stafford of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sons, J. Edwin Helman of Chambersburg and Thomas R. Helman of Carlisle, Pa.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, 297 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. The Rev. Donald R. Moul will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Heidelberg United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 247, Marion, Pa. 17235.

George Zeleznik

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - George Zeleznik, 76, of 5408 Charlestown Road, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, Pa.

Born April 15, 1920, in Carteret, N.J., he was the son of the late John and Julia Dolgas Zeleznik.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia L. Weed Zeleznik, in 1988.

He retired from the federal government in 1972 after 30 years of service. His last position was director of maintenance at Fort Meade, Md.

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

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

He is survived by two sons, Peter Joseph Zeleznik of Mercersburg and George Michael Zeleznik of Columbia, Md.; one sister, Elizabeth Kleban of Sewarren, N.J.; and three grandchildren.

A wake and prayer service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. Joseph L. Stahura will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg.

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

Aleda M. Ecker

Aleda M. Ecker, of 11901 Sun Valley Drive, Hagerstown, who died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, was 64 years old.

S. Louise A. Breig

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - S. Louise Atkinson Breig, 102, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at the Extended Care Facility of Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.

Born Jan. 13, 1894, at Meadow Farm, Morgan County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late P.W. and Margaret L. Thompson Atkinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Vincent Breig, in 1980.

She attended Mount Saint Agnes School in Baltimore, where she studied music.

She was a homemaker, seamstress and avid quilter.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Berkeley Springs, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society.

She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of Moose Lodge 1311, Berkeley Springs.

She is survived by one daughter, E. Marie Clark of Huntingdon, Pa.; two sons, Paul V. Breig of Millville, N.J., and John W. Breig of Indian Head, Md.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Ethel Atkinson, Isabel DuPuis and Teresa Michael; and one brother, Robert Atkinson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 116 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. John S. Ledford will be celebrant. Burial will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

The family will receive friends at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., where a Christian wake service will be at 7 p.m. The funeral home will be open Wednesday from 1 to 9 p.m. for the convenience of friends.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 116 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 25411.

F. Sidney Cushwa

F. Sidney Cushwa, 94, of 1158 Luther Drive, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at his home.

Born Jan. 30, 1902, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Victor M. and Susan Fechtig Cushwa.

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

He is survived by one sister, Sarah J. Lyon of Hagerstown; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Rev. George Limmer will be celebrant. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Prayers will be offered at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Donald C. Haugh

WILLIAMSPORT - Donald Cover Haugh, 89, a resident of Williamsport Nursing Home, and formerly of 1411 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, and also formerly of Clear Spring, died Monday, Dec. 30, 1996 at the home.

Born Dec. 4, 1907, in Clear Spring, he was the son of the late George Baxter and Nannie Cover Haugh.

His wife, Helen Louise Haugh, died in 1995.

He was a graduate of Towson State University and Western Maryland College.

He began his teaching career at Four Locks Elementary School and later taught biology and driver's education at Clear Spring High School.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

He was a 32nd degree mason with Medary Lodge.

He is survived by one niece, Jennifer Haugh Boward of Hagerstown; one nephew, Lawrence Carroll Haugh of Columbus, Ohio; three great-nephews; and one great-niece.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Haugh.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The Rev. Victor Zuck will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery near Clear Spring.

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

Dale A. Carson

BALTIMORE - Dale Andrew Carson, 92, of Baltimore, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at Heritage Park Care Center, Dade City, Fla.

Born July 23, 1904, in Dayton, Pa., he was the son of the late Samuel W. and Mae Porter Carson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Carson, in 1984.

He was employed as a furnace operator for 25 years by Rever Copper and Brass, Baltimore.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by two sons, Donald Carson of Hagerstown and Ray Carson of Dade City; one sister, Freda Jewart of Dayton; and one brother, Roy W. Carson of Rural Valley, Pa.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Lukehart, Edna Bailey and Maxine Carson; and one brother, Ross Carson.

Services were held Friday, Dec. 27, at Carson/Boyer Funeral Home, Rural Valley. The Rev. William N. Headley officiated. Burial was in Glade Run Cemetery, Wayne Township, Pa.

Richard E. Wade

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Richard E. Wade, 58, of 543 Broad St., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at his home.

Born Feb. 5, 1938, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late John W. and Edith C. Myers Wade.

He was employed at one time by Nitterhouse Concrete in Chambersburg.

He attended Grace Evangelical Free Church, Chambersburg.

He is survived by one sister, Tressie Seville of Chambersburg; and three brothers, Paul C. Wade of St. Thomas, Pa., Alvin L. Wade of Chambersburg and Ralph W. Wade of Caledonia Manor, Fayetteville, Pa.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 6492 Lincoln Way West, St. Thomas. The Rev. J. William Kesecker will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mont Alto, Pa.

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

John C. Smith

BRUNSWICK, Md. - John Clifford Smith, 58, of 220 Third Ave., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at his son's home in Walkersville, Md.

Born Dec. 28, 1938, in Frederick, Md., he was the son of the late John Robert and Laura Elizabeth Albright Smith.

He was a retired farmer.

He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1136, Brunswick.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie E. Smith; one daughter, Bonnie Gravley of Hagerstown; two sons, Clifford Smith of Walkersville and Howard Smith of Boonsboro; two sisters, Catherine Croson of Kearneysville, W.Va., and Nellie Hawes of Winchester, Va.; one brother, Robert Smith of Brunswick; 10 grandchildren; six aunts; and four uncles.

A memorial service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center, Jefferson, Md. The Rev. Dan Fraley will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Marjorie E. Smith, 220 Third Ave., Brunswick, Md. 21716.

Arrangements are by John T. Williams Funeral Home, 100 Petersville Road, Brunswick.

John P. Holton

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - John Philip Holton, 64, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at his home.

Born Aug. 14, 1932, in Morgan County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Francis and Roxie Neville Holton.

He was a retired carpenter for Paul Gregory.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Ann Kretzer, Linda Holton and Jeanette Merryman, all of Martinsburg; two sons, Wayne Harvey of Berryville, Va., and Joseph Smith of Martinsburg; two sisters, Frances Stotler of Emmitsburg, Md., and Becky Plotner of Hedgesville, W.Va.; one brother, Charles Smith of Martinsburg; seven grandchildren; and a close companion for 22 years, Barbara Smith.

He was preceded in death by one son, Martin Smith; and three brothers, George I. Holton, Ringold W. Holton and Bobby Holton.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. Hennis Fox will officiate. Burial will be in Snyder's Cemetery, Morgan County, W.Va.

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


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