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Beverly A. Spielman

Beverly Ann Spielman, 57, of 821 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 7, 1939, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Max D. and A. Myrtle Biser Spielman. She is the stepdaughter of Loretta Spielman McFarlin of Hagerstown.

She was a 1957 graduate of South Hagerstown High School.

She retired from Wright Gardner Insurance Inc., after 30 years of service.

She was a member of Hagerstown Grace Brethren Church.

In addition to her stepmother, she is survived by one sister, Juanita Shank of Williamsport; one aunt; two nephews; and four great-nieces.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Hagerstown Grace Brethren Church, corner of First and Spruce streets in Hagerstown. The Rev. Robert L. Dell, the Rev. Raymond H. Davis and the Rev. Hayden L. Sparks will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Guy E. Habercom Jr.

ARLINGTON, Va. - Guy E. Habercom Jr., 77, of Arlington, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997.

He is survived by his children, Bobbie Liegus of Alexandria, Va., Alana Miller of Arlington, Susan Brockmeyer of Washington, D.C., Caroline Kirik of Orlando, Fla., Guy E. Habercom III of Palm Bay, Fla., and Bruce Habercom of San Diego; one sister, LaRue Duffy of Hagerstown; two half-brothers, David Habercom of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mark Habercom of Pulaski, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; his companion, Kathleen "Kay" Whorrell; and his stepmother, Nellie Mae Habercom.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements are by DeVol Funeral Home in Washington, D.C.

Charles E. Michael

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Charles Eugene Michael, 48, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va.

Born Nov. 4, 1948, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Jerry R. and Helen F. Gallion Michael.

He attended Berkeley Springs High School.

He worked with the West Virginia Department of Highways from 1974 to 1987. He then worked as a truck driver and roller operator with Valley Asphalt Products in Clearbrook, Va., from 1987 to 1996, when he stopped working due to illness.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of Sons of the American Legion, Squadron No. 60, Berkeley Springs. He was a social member of Risinger-Stotler V.F.W. Post 4019, Berkeley Springs; and a member of National Rifle Association and North American Hunting Club.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Christine M. Steiner Michael; one daughter, Jodi A. Michael Fleece of Berkeley Springs; three sisters, Bernice Burk of Dallastown, Pa., Helen Mollica of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Linda Cundiff of Bardstown, Ky.; three brothers, Guy "Butch" Centini of Dillsburg, Pa., Leroy Divelbliss of Berkeley Springs, and Lloyd Divelbliss of Umatilla, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Charles Michael; and one brother, Ronald J. Divelbliss.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. William C. Swope will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Ridge Cemetery in Berkeley Springs.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6 to 9 p.m., and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Monday for the convenience of friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Charles Eugene Michael Memorial Fund, c/o Wesleyan Chapel, 612 Harrison Ave., Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 25411.

Dr. Joseph C. Eshelman

INVERNESS, Fla. - Dr. Joseph Chalice Eshelman, 68, of Inverness, and formerly of Uniontown, Pa., died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997.

He was born in Waynesboro, Pa.

He was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisburg, Va., and University of Maryland School of Medicine.

He was medical director for Family Care Center in Allen Ridge, Lecanto, Fla.; director of the emergency room at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown; emergency room physician in Uniontown; and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Florida State Academy of Family Practice, and Citrus County Medical Society.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Zeglen Eshelman; one daughter, Adriane Rene Sedlak of Hernando, Fla.; one son, Dr. Joseph Chalice Eshelman Jr. of Hinckley, Ohio; one brother, Jonas W. Eshelman of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Hooper Funeral Homes Inc., Inverness.

Kathryn M. Brewer

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Kathryn M. Brewer, 83, of Westminster, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Carroll County General Hospital.

Born Jan. 28, 1913, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Harry E. and Fannie Martin Thomas.

Her husband, Guy L. Brewer Sr., died in 1983.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of United Church of Christ.

She is survived by three daughters, Mildred L. Brewer, Donna Rickell Green and Dolly A. Long, all of Westminster, nine sons, Kenneth T. Brewer of Palestine, Texas, Guy L. Brewer Jr. of Silver Run, Md., Earle H. Brewer of New Windsor, Md., Ronald W. Brewer, Marvin J. Brewer, Richard L. Brewer, Dean A. Brewer, Eugene D. Brewer and Mark L. Brewer, all of Westminster; one sister, Charlotte Brown of Hagerstown; one brother, Harold Thomas of Hagerstown; 23 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Murray Thomas and Elvert Thomas.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Fletcher Funeral Home, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. The Rev. Carl J. Crawford will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Maryland Eye Bank, c/o Westminster Lions Club, P.O. Box 246, Westminster, Md. 21158; or to Westminster Volunteer Fire Department, 66 E. Main St., Westminster, Md. 21157.

Clarence E. Shank

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - Clarence Edward "Pappy Sam" Shank, 71, of Gerrardstown, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Jan. 20, 1925, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Amos Miller and Pauline P. Orr Shank.

He retired from Shenandoah Apple Co. in Winchester, Va.

He served with the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Rickard Shank of Inwood, W.Va.; two daughters, Linda Shank of Martinsburg, and Diane Hutzler of Gerrardstown; three sons, Dale Shank of Gerrardstown, Joseph Shank of Martinsburg, and Paul Shank of Swoope, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Amos Shank and Harry Shank.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Harold L. Hess and the Rev. John Faircloth will officiate. Burial will be in Mountainside Tabernacle Cemetery 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 Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

John A. Ronayne

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - John Aloysius Ronayne, 78, of Hedgesville, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born July 21, 1918, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late John J. and Agnes Gleason Ronayne.

He attended Georgetown University.

He retired from the Metropolitan Police Force after 27 years of service.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.

He was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Hedgesville.

He also was a member of Knights of Columbus, Council 1169.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Grant Ronayne; three daughters, Catherine Kelly of Glen Burnie, Md., Patricia Ronayne and Therese Sohr, both of Highland, Md.; four sons, John Ronayne of Richmond, Va., Robert Ronayne of Finksburg, Md., Michael Ronayne of Silver Spring, Md., and Patrick Ronayne of Gaithersburg, Md.; two sisters, Agnes Studer of Silver Spring, and Marie Dixon of Adelphi, Md.; and one brother, Tom Ronayne of Alexandria, Va.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with the Rev. John V. DiBacco Jr. as celebrant. Burial prayers will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., where a vigil service will be conducted at 8 p.m.

The family will meet at the funeral home Tuesday at 10 a.m. before going to the church.

Gregory L. Troxell

FLORENCE, Kan. - Gregory Lynn Troxell, 46, of Florence, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, in El Dorado, Kan.

Born Dec. 25, 1950, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Phyllis Marie Kauffman Troxell of Hagerstown, and the late Donald Eugene Troxell.

He was employed at Texaco Oil Refinery.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in El Dorado, and OCAW union.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Dayla Dodson, whom he married June 12, 1996; one daughter, Alissa Troxell of El Dorado; two sons, Jason Troxell and Ryan Troxell, both of Florence; one sister, Kim Harmon of Knoxville; one brother, Darryl Troxell of Hagerstown; and one grandchild.

Services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home, 104 W. 5th, Florence. The Rev. Stan Seymour will officiate. His remains will be cremated following the service.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home, today from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Kyle L. Bryant

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Kyle Lawrence Bryant, 85, of Route 1, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He had been a resident of Shenandoah Nursing Home, 

Born June 6, 1911, in Galax, Va., he was the son of the late Richard and Elizabeth Bryant.

He retired from Dixie Narco, where he was a security guard.

He was a member of Halltown Church of God.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Virginia Simons Bryant; five daughters, Cornelia Gentry of Martinsburg, W.Va., Jean Cross and Kay Pifer, both of Kearneysville, Judy Slusher of Wyerscave, Va., and Ruth Manning of Baker, Fla.; two sons, Norman Woodward of Kearneysville, and John Woodward of Martinsburg; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home in Ranson, W.Va. The Rev. Robert Wilbourn will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg.

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

Carla D. Hollinger

SHARPSBURG - Carla DeAna Hollinger, 34, of 6112 River Road, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at her home.

Born Feb. 19, 1962, in Benton, Ark., she was the daughter of Larry L. Crocker of Sharpsburg, and the late Diane Sue Shelnutt Crocker. She is the stepdaughter of Joyce Marie Crocker of Sharpsburg.

She was a graduate of Benton Senior High School in Benton.

She was a member of Sharpsburg Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her father and stepmother, she is survived by her husband, Bruce Cole Hollinger; two sons, Cole Crocker Hollinger and Jeremy Blake Hollinger, both at home; three sisters, Donna Marie Beckwith of Benton, Stacey Dionne Jones of Brunswick, and Dana Michelle Logsdon of Hancock; one brother, Larry Lane Crocker II of North Little Rock, Ark.; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Shelnutt of Benton; one aunt; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Crocker.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Sharpsburg Missionary Baptist Church, Lakin Avenue, Boonsboro. Tim Hadley, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Hicks Cemetery in Benton on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sharpsburg Fire Company, 110 W. Chapline St., Sharpsburg, Md. 21782.

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

Edna I. Fisher

INWOOD, W.Va. - Edna Irene "Reanie" Fisher, 64, of Inwood, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born April 23, 1932, in Hancock, she was the daughter of Pansy Walls Coonrod of Hancock, and the late Herman E. Younker. She was the stepdaughter of the late George E. Coonrod.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Valley View Chapel Church in Berkeley County, W.Va.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Donald R. Fisher; one daughter, Donna I. Powers of Hedgesville, W.Va.; three sons, Terry R. Fisher of Front Royal, Va., David W. Fisher of Hedgesville, and Larry D. Fisher of Bloomery, W.Va.; four sisters, Ruth Willis of Hancock, Betty Stotler of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Jean Morrow of Carmi, Ill., and Bonnie Weller of Warfordsburg, Pa.; six brothers, Herman Younker, Robert L. Younker, Ray Younker and Leonard Younker, all of Hancock, Melvin Younker of Berkeley Springs, and Herbert L. Younker of Clear Spring; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Sonny Younker.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Valley View Chapel Church. The Rev. J. Clyde Brooks will officiate, assisted by Larry Kees, pastor, and Elmer Wheatley, pastor. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg, W.Va.

The family will receive friends at Rosedale Funeral Home Chapel in Martinsburg, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the church.
 

Charlotte A. Bellomy

Charlotte A. Bellomy, 90, formerly of 610 Frederick St., Hagerstown, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Williamsport Retirement Village of Twin Oaks.

Born June 29, 1906, in York County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Edward H. and Elizabeth Doarnberger Dick.

Her husband, George W. Bellomy, died in 1973.

She retired from the city of Hagerstown as a payroll clerk after 25 years of service.

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

She also was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 211 in Funkstown, Friendship Rebecca Lodge 8, AARP Chapter 623, where she served as tour director, and a member of Manor Church Senior Citizens.

She is survived by one niece, Catherine E. Daveler of Hagerstown.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry J. Dick and Richard E. Dick.

Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Edward H. Heim, the Rev. Helen Miller and the Rev. Josephine Benton will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church building fund, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or to Williamsport Retirement Village, Twin Oaks Activity Fund, 154 N. Artizan St., Williamsport, Md. 21795.

Robert J. Kerlin

Robert J. Kerlin, 87, of 25 1/2 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born in Fort Littleton, Pa., he was the son of the late Irvin H. and Laura C. Lynn Kerlin.

He retired in 1972 from W.D. Byron Tannery in Williamsport.

He is survived by his wife, Mary J. Wilson Kerlin; two daughters, Betty Seilhamer of Mercersburg, Pa., and Ann Wilson of Hagerstown; four stepchildren, Margaret Lynch of Hancock, Francis Clark of Baltimore, and Lee Clark and Herbert Clark, both of Hagerstown; 18 grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Atherton; and one brother, Charles Kerlin.

Services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. J. Norman Mayer will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Harold C. Harris

Harold C. Harris, 88, of Luther Drive, Hagerstown, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born April 1, 1908, in Lexington, Neb., he was the son of the late James A. and Eunice York Harris.

He was employed with Mack Trucks in Hagerstown for 30 years, retiring in 1970.

He received degrees from Kearney Teachers College in Kearney, Neb., and Colorado School of Mines, where he was the Metallurgy Outstanding Engineering Student for the class of 1932. He was a metallurgical engineer.

He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Theta Tau Scabbard and Blade, Beta Theta Pi, Colorado School of Mines, Beta Alumni, Kearney Nebraska Alumni, and was a registered engineer of Maryland.

He was also a member of Wolfsville Ruritan Club, where he founded the Wolfsville Ruritan Scholarship Fund, and a member of Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378.

He is survived by his wife, R. Virginia Harris; one daughter, Cynthia K. Miller of McLean, Va.; one son, Glenn C. Harris of Chevy Chase, Md.; one sister, Orba Brink of Blair, Neb.; one brother, Norman E. Harris of Kearney; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren in Myersville, Md. The Rev. Ronald A. Beverlin will officiate.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Wolfsville Ruritan Scholarship Fund, c/o Paul Lewis, 8694 S. Pacific Court, Middletown, Md. 21769.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg.

John R. Johnson

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - John R. Johnson, 44, of 160 Riddle Road, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Sept. 19, 1952, in Hopkinsville, Ky., he is the son of John W. Johnson of Fort Collins, Colo., and Shirley J. Houser Deshong of Chambersburg.

He was employed in maintenance at Sprint United Telephone Co. in Chambersburg, retiring due to health.

He attended South Mountain Bible Church in South Mountain, Pa.

He enjoyed automobile mechanics.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Linda M. Chronister Johnson, whom he married July 5, 1974; one daughter, Tanya L. Johnson, at home; one son, Shawn D. Johnson, at home; one brother, David W. Johnson Sr. of Chambersburg; stepfather, Robert L. Deshong; one grandson; and one nephew.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. David L. Keener will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens in Chambersburg.

A viewing will be held at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Franklin County Chapter, c/o Doris J. Goetz, 219 W. Second St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

Dorothy V.B. Stevens

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Dorothy Virginia Bowers Stevens, 69, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born Sept. 29, 1927, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Robert C. and Esther McDonald Bowers.

Her husband, William Pershing Stevens Sr., preceded her in death.

She retired from Grenada Industries.

She was a member of Mountain View Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by five daughters, Connie Barrick and Lynda Burtt, both of Hedgesville, W.Va., Debbie Smallwood and Jean Frame, both of Martinsburg, and Penny Martin of Inwood, W.Va.; three sons, William P. Stevens Jr. of Philadelphia, and Kenny Stevens and James Stevens, both of Martinsburg; one sister, Betty Manor of Hedgesville; one brother, Victor C. Bowers of Delaware; 24 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Evelyn Brannon, Olyn Collis and Pauline Batt; and one brother, Edgel Bowers.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Paul C. Stanley will officiate, assisted by Jim Payton. Burial will be in Mountain View Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

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

Kaolin R. Bear

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Kaolin Richard "KR" Bear, 85, of Harrisonburg, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.

Born June 9, 1911, in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Theodore and Leona Gruber Bear.

He lived in Harrisonburg for 20 years before moving to Siler City, N.C., where he owned and operated a poultry farm for 25 years. He then moved back to Harrisonburg.

He was a member of Harrisonburg Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Geneva Nave Bear, whom he married June 7, 1930; one daughter, Betty Moyers of Harrisonburg; one son, Nelson Larry Bear of Greensboro, N.C.; one sister, Vada Banzhoff of Williamsport; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Harrisonburg Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Kerry Willis will officiate. Burial will be in Weavers Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Johnson Funeral Service, 208 S. Main St., Bridgewater, Va., today from 7 to 8 p.m. Friends also may call at the home of his daughter anytime at Route 5, Harrisonburg.

Memorial donations may be made to Harrisonburg Church of the Nazarene, 622 Roosevelt St., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

Lois D.H. Burke

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Lois Diane Heminger Burke, 50, of Kearneysville, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

Born Oct. 24, 1946, in Midland, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Harold Z. and Esther I. Foster Heminger.

She was a graduate of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Martin J. Burke; two daughters, Caitlin Burke and Nora Burke, both at home; one son, Eli Burke, at home; three sisters, Carolyn Zeljak of Freemont, Calif., Sharon Heminger of Ann Arbor, and Cathy Roberts of Wisconsin; and one brother, Alan Heminger of Dayton, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Randall Tremba will officiate. Burial will be private.

Friends will be received at the church from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 1815 N. Lynn St., Arlington, Va. 22209.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town, W.Va.

Charles C. Cole

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Charles C. Cole, 83, of 5859 Forest Lane, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Feb. 3, 1913, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Margaret M. Martin Cole.

He was employed as a pressman at J.E. Smith Co. in Baltimore, retiring in 1975.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Frances T. Bornman Cole, whom he married Oct. 24, 1942; two daughters, M. Jean Booze of Fort Loudon, and Frances C. Brown of Newport News, Va.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Carrick United Methodist Church in Metal Township, Pa. The Rev. Karl Herman will officiate. Burial will be in Carrick United Methodist Cemetery.

There will be no viewing.

Memorial donations may be made to Metal Township Fire and Ambulance Co., Fannettsburg, Pa. 17221; or to Carrick United Methodist Church, c/o Shirley Jones, 17233 Old Stumpy Lane, Fort Loudon, Pa. 17224.

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

Robert E. Hill

FREDERICK, Md. - Robert Eugene "Dick" Hill, 74, of 338 1/2 Park Ave., died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at his home.

Born March 1, 1922, in Rileyville, Va., he was the son of the late Ernest Eugene and Fay Cameron Hill.

He was employed with Genstar as a truck mechanic for 33 years, and engaged in farming part time with the late G. Wilson Mercer.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army in France and Germany.

He was a member of St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Frederick.

He also was a member of Edwin C. Creager Post 168 American Legion in Thurmont, Md., AMVETS Post 2 and Loyal Order of Moose 371, both in Frederick.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Roderick Hill, whom he married Jan. 18, 1949; two sisters, Elizabeth Barber of Damascus, Md., and Judy Naundorf of Delaware; one brother, James P. Hill of Creagerstown, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 116 E. Second St., Frederick, with the Rev. Wayne G. Funk as celebrant. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Park Cemetery in Linden Hills, Frederick.

The family will receive friends at Robert E. Dailey and Son Funeral Home, 1201 N. Market St., Frederick, Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Robert E. Hill's memory to Hospice of Frederick Memorial Hospital, W. 7th St., Frederick, Md. 21701; or to American Cancer Society, 1011 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 21701.

George R. Mitchell Jr.

VIENNA, Va. - George Randolph Mitchell Jr., 55, of Vienna, and formerly of Charles Town, W.Va., died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Vencore Hospital in Arlington County, Va.

Born July 2, 1941, in Charles Town, he is the son of Elizabeth V. Luckett Mitchell of Charles Town, and the late George Randolph Mitchell.

He was a 1959 graduate of Page-Jackson High School in Charles Town, and attended West Virginia State College in Institute, W.Va.

He was the owner and operator of Mitchell Systems Corp., a computer company, in Annandale, Va.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church.

He also was a member of Star Masonic Lodge 1 in Charles Town.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 32 years, Vivian M. Braxton Mitchell; one daughter, Jennifer C. Mitchell of Vienna; one son, Brian E. Mitchell of Dumfries, Va.; one brother, Marshall E. Mitchell of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Charles Street in Charles Town. The Rev. J. Sherman Lambert will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Friends will be received at the church after the funeral service on Wednesday.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town.

Linda Y.H. Zeigler

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Linda Yvonne House Zeigler, 49, of 11132 Bumgardner Lane, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Harrisburg General Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa.

Born July 2, 1947, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of Delores Lindsay House of McConnellsburg, Pa., and the late Richard E. House Sr.

She was a 1965 graduate of Smithsburg High School. She also was a graduate of Hagerstown Junior College and the University of Maryland.

She was employed at Letterkenny Army Depot for 18 years, and was previously employed with Smith and Elliott Co.

She served in the U.S. Army at Fort McClellan, Ala., during the Vietnam era.

She was listed in "Who's Who."

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Ronald Zeigler; and two sons, David Zeigler at home and Henry Jacobs of Greencastle, Pa.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Ricky House; and grandparents Clarence and Iva Lindsay.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. David B. Kaplan will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown, with military graveside services conducted by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 honor guard.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bailey House, Harrisburg General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, 121 Washington St., Harrisburg, Pa. 17104.

Lottie L. Aleshire

Lottie Loretta "Polly" Aleshire, 87, of 11311 Hunter Hill Drive, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at her home.

Born May 3, 1909, in Great Cacapon, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George and Ada Stienbaugh Divelbliss.

She was employed with E.J. Fennel, retiring in 1968 after 18 years of service. She was previously employed with Southern Shoe Co. for 15 years.

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

She is survived by her husband, Herbert C. Aleshire; one daughter, Mary Zeger of Hagerstown; one stepson, David Aleshire of Hagerstown; one brother, Melvin Divelbliss of Hagerstown; three stepsisters, Irma Stephens of Martinsburg, W.Va., Roxanna Gloryd of Great Cacapon, W.Va., and Betty Liken of Grove City, Ohio; one stepbrother, Paul Divelbliss of Terra Alta, W.Va.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. George A. Limmer 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.

Dean R. Blair Sr.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Dean Ray Blair Sr., 61, of 13698 Mercersburg Road, was pronounced dead Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born Oct. 24, 1935, in Montgomery Township, Franklin County, near Mercersburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Clarence Omar and Elsie F. Shives Blair.

He was a 1953 graduate of Clear Spring High School. He then took courses while serving in the military.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 through 1958, serving in Okinawa.

He worked as a machinist at Frick Co. in Waynesboro, and then at Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing in Hagerstown for several years. Prior to retiring on disability in 1996, he was a machinist for D.L. Martin Co. in Mercersburg for 27 years.

He was a member of Pleasant Hill United Brethren Church in Greencastle, where he served as financial secretary of the church for many years. He also taught in the primary department of the Sunday school for a number of years, and sang in the church choir.

He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy E. Baer Blair, whom he married Jan. 2, 1958; one daughter, Sherry E. O'Brien of Chambersburg, Pa.; two sons, Dean R. Blair Jr. of Waynesboro, and Jeffrey G. Blair of Fremont, Calif.; three sisters, Verna Mowen of Waynesboro, Katie Black, a resident of Quincy United Methodist Home, and Janet Taylor of Worleytown, Pa.; four brothers, John Blair, Tom Blair and Dick Blair, all of Coseytown, Pa., and Irvin Blair of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wilma Walker and Betty Burkholder; and two brothers, Harry Blair and Clarence "Bud" Blair.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. The Rev. James C. Mack will officiate. Burial will be in Price's Church Cemetery near Waynesboro.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Hill United Brethren Church, 3664 Coseytown Road, Greencastle, Pa. 17225; or to A.L.S. Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, P.O. Box 507, Norristown, Pa. 19404.

Donald U. Heinz

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Donald Underwood Heinz, 71, of Kearneysville, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Feb. 23, 1925, in Kearneysville, he was the son of the late Samuel Calvin and Margaret Cathryn Wittman Heinz.

He attended Shepherdstown High School.

He was employed by for Standard Lime Cement Co./Martin Marietta. He retired from Eastalco Aluminum in Frederick, Md.He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on the USS Winslow.

He was an active member of Independent Bible Church.

He played minor league football with the Martinsburg Spitfire Team and played baseball with the Kearneysville Owls. He also coached Little League.

He loved gardening, especially roses.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Rosella Lee Basore Heinz; two daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Heaton of Millersville, Md., and Carol Lynne Payne of Kearneysville; two sons, Steven Ellis Heinz of Georgetown, Del., and Robert Ray Heinz of Kearneysville; three sisters, Elsie Hampstead of Kearneysville, Anna Stuckey of Martinsburg and Louise Dick of Tampa, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John Heinz.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Independent Bible Church. The Rev. Curt Lowry and the Rev. Mark D. Johnson will officiate. Graveside services will be private.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Independent Bible Church Building Fund, Hedgesville Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401; or to the American Lung Association of West Virginia, 415 Dickinson St., Charleston, W.Va. 25301.

Gladys M. Scott

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Gladys M. Scott, 71, of 5224 White Church Road, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at her home.

Born Dec. 13, 1925, in Chambersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of Herbert Henry of Chambersburg, Pa., and the late Alice Wilkinson Henry.

She was a graduate of Chambersburg High School.

She was employed at J. Schoeneman Co. in Chambersburg, for 25 years, retiring in 1987.

She was a member of Women of the Moose 1128 in Chambersburg, and Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post 224 in Chambersburg.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Ralph Scott Jr., whom she married Feb. 14, 1974; four daughters, Donna Durner, Cathy Jones, Kim Scott and Blanche Scott, all of Chambersburg; three stepsons, Ralph Scott III and Bill Scott, both of Chambersburg, and Frank Scott of Shippensburg; two brothers, Marvin Henry and Kenneth Henry, both of Chambersburg; 14 stepgrandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Arthur Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Flohr's Church Cemetery in Cashtown, Pa.

A viewing will be held at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Nora E. Cunningham

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Nora E. Cunningham, 86, a resident of Menno-Haven Inc., and formerly of 402 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Menno-Haven.

Born Oct. 27, 1910, in St. Thomas Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Thomas L. and Ida Belle Bender Hoachlander.

She was formerly employed at Letterkenny Army Depot, Public Opinion and Valleybank, all in Chambersburg.

She was a member of King Street United Brethren Church in Chambersburg, and the Buds of Promise Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James Arthur Cunningham, a resident of Menno Village in Chambersburg; one son, Arthur Van Cunningham of Newport News, Va.; and one brother, Nelson Hoachlander of Harrisburg, Pa.

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

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Lester F. Stine will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to King Street United Brethren Church, 172 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; or to Salvation Army, 159 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Charles E. Comer Jr.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Charles Edward Comer Jr., 40, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 1997, at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Born Sept. 7, 1956, in Martinsburg, he is the son of Charles Edward Comer and Elizabeth Mae Collis Comer, both of Martinsburg.

He worked as a mason.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one daughter, Bridget Eddy Comer of Martinsburg; one son, Charles B. Comer of Martinsburg; one brother, Rodney W. Comer of Martinsburg; two grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Lee Comer; one brother, Douglas Miller; and one grandson.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Earl R. Hairston III will officiate. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

Nellie L. Ahalt

Nellie L. Ahalt, 84, of West Baltimore Street, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 16, 1912, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Jerome and Lulu Poffenberger Rudy.

She was employed with Montgomery Ward in Hagerstown.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene A. Ahalt; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg.
 

Hilah O.A. Griffin

SMITHSBURG - Hilah Olena Atwood Griffin, 100, of Crystal Falls Drive, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 12, 1896, in Keene, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Willis and Josie Bruce Atwood, who traveled there by covered wagon to start a school.

She was a high school graduate. She attended Southwestern Junior College, which her father helped to build, for one year.

She was a school teacher, and as a minister's wife, lived in Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. After retirement, she and her husband lived in California and then Maryland.

She was a member of Williamsport Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Albert Griffin; one daughter, Josephine Benton of Smithsburg; two grandsons, Roy Albert Benton and David Elvin Benton; and five grandsons.

She was one of a family of nine children.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Williamsport Seventh-day Adventist Church, Md. 68, Williamsport.

The family will greet friends at the church before and after the service.

Burial will be in George Washington Cemetery, Riggs Road in Adelphi, Md., on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial to encourage children in the study of music will be arranged through Williamsport Seventh-day Adventist Church, Box 233, Williamsport, Md. 21795.

Sarah B. Saunders

Sarah Beard Saunders, 74, of Garlock Manor Nursing Home in Hagerstown, and formerly of Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Sept. 17, 1922, near Chewsville, she was the daughter of the late Arthur C. and Elva Metz Beard Sr.

Her husband, Charles Saunders, died in 1976.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Ridenour of Hagerstown, Sarah Wetzel Frock of Littlestown, Pa., and Mabel Orndorff of Emmitsburg, Md.; two sons, Frank Saunders of Reisterstown, Md., and Milton Saunders of Finksburg, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Arthur C. Beard Jr.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Smithsburg Cemetery. The Rev. William C. Kercheval will officiate.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg.

Alvin B. Keller

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Alvin B. Keller, 66, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born Nov. 22, 1930, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles and Woody Elizabeth Biller Keller.

He retired from the U.S. government as a computer analyst.

A veteran of the Korean War, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was a member of Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte D. Pifer Keller; two daughters, Joann M. Keller and Deena L. Keller, both of Martinsburg; three sons, Douglas A. Keller, Dennis L. Keller and David E. Keller, all of Martinsburg; two sisters, Valley Bailey of Sarasota, Fla., and Juanita Keller of Sharon, Pa.; one brother, Haven E. Keller of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. Don Smith, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

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

Nellie V. Morrison

Nellie Virginia Morrison, 89, formerly of Potomac Towers, Hagerstown, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at Western Maryland Hospital Center.

Born July 27, 1907, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late W. Frank and Vernie V. Ryan Morrison.

She is survived by one niece and several cousins.

Services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

John P. Myers

THURMONT, Md. - John Paul "Jay" Myers, 65, of 12829 Catoctin Furnace Road, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md.

Born Aug. 4, 1931, in Bath County, Va., he was the son of the late John E. and Sadie Hoffman Myers.

He was employed by R.F. Kline Co. as a foreman, retiring in 1993 after 40 years of service.

A veteran of the Korean War, he served with the U.S. Army, 25th Division. He received the Purple Heart.

He attended the Christian Church in Millboro, Va.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Catherine Breeden Myers, whom he married Sept. 29, 1956; one son, Thomas L. Myers of Catoctin Furnace, Md.; two sisters, Alice Hodge of Williamsville, Va., and Marilyn McCallester of Millboro; two brothers, William L. Myers of Hagerstown, and Hugh C. Myers of Buena Vista, Va.; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Robert E. Dailey and Son Funeral Home, 615 E. Main St., Thurmont. The Rev. Douglas L. Griffin will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from noon to 9 p.m.

On Thursday, his remains will repose from noon to 2 p.m. at Millboro Christian Church in Millboro. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Millboro Christian Church, Millboro, Va. 24460; or to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Md. 21701.

William S. Moser

WASHINGTON, Pa. - William Steele "Bill" Moser, 69, of Washington, and formerly of Hagerstown and Masontown, Pa., died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington.

Born Aug. 19, 1927, in Nemacolin, Pa., he was the son of the late Warren Steele Moser and Elizabeth Conway Moser.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Krismanic Moser, on Dec. 24, 1996.

He graduated with honors from Taylor-Alderdice High School in Pittsburgh.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific.

For 25 years, he was a member of the editorial staff of Herald-Standard newspaper in Uniontown, Pa., where his duties included news writer, columnist, feature story writer and backup news editor. For the next 13 years, he managed a DuPont automotive warehouse and outlet in Hagerstown. He then served as quality control manager at McDonald Ford Inc. in McDonald, Pa.

He served as mayor of Masontown from 1970 through 1978.

He was honored several times by Pennsylvania State University School of Journalism and Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association.

He was a member of All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Masontown.

He was a member VFW Post 4584 in Masontown, where he served three times as commander. He was commander of VFW's Fayette County Council. He had been commander of VFW's 23rd District, which is comprised of Fayette and Somerset counties, Pa. He served as chairman of Fayette County Child Welfare Services. He did volunteer work for the county's Heart Association and Cancer Society. He organized the first eight 20-mile walks for the county's March of Dimes. He was a Boy Scout cubmaster in Masontown.

He was a vocalist for 17 years with the Johnny Vast Orchestra.

He is survived by one daughter, Lesa Lynn Moser Thieroff of Washington; two sons, William S. Moser II of New Breman, Ohio, and Lt. Col. Buz Moser of Advance, N.C.; one brother, Warren E. Moser of Downingtown, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 1 p.m. at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Masontown. The Rev. Edward C. Tajc will be celebrant. Burial will be in Jacobs Lutheran Cemetery, Masontown. Military graveside services will be conducted by Faith-Gray-McArdle VFW Post 4584 and Masontown American Legion Post 423.

Friends will be received at Haky Funeral Home, 515 N. Main St., Masontown, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday until 12:30 p.m., when a prayer service will be held.

Raymond T. Wolfe Sr.

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Raymond Thomas Wolfe Sr., 74, of 3976B Wistman Lane, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at his home.

Born April 16, 1922, in Harmony, Md., he was the son of the late Albert C. and Ida Winfield Wolfe.

He was a bricklayer and carpenter for many years in Frederick County, Md.

He was a member of Harmony Church of the Brethren.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Virginia Fink Wolfe; five daughters, Darlene Wolfe of Myersville, Oneida "Nita" McFarland of New Market, Md., Cheryl Knapp of Hagerstown, Gloria Funk of Dickerson, Md., and Donna Grossnickle of Frederick, Md.; six sons, Raymond "Sonny" Wolfe Jr. and Donald Wolfe, both of Myersville, Thomas Wolfe of Thurmont, Md., Terry Wolfe of Big Pool, Michael "Tony" Wolfe of Myersville, and Joseph Wolfe of Frederick; two sisters, Orpha Eccard and Olive Blickenstaff, both of Myersville; one brother, Laffie Wolfe of Myersville; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Marlin Ray Wolfe; eight brothers and sisters, Alvey Wolfe, Nellie Hildebrand, Charles Wolfe, Willie Wolfe, Elvin Wolfe, Arthur Wolfe, Earl Wolfe and Ethel Gross.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Harmony Church of the Brethren in Myersville. The Rev. Tracy Wiser will officiate. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Myersville.

Friends may call today from noon to 9 p.m. at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to the Brethren Air Conditioning Fund or to Frederick Memorial Hospital Hospice and Home Care, 400 W. Seventh St., Frederick, Md. 21701.

Guy E. Habercom Jr.

ARLINGTON, Va. - Guy E. Habercom Jr., 77, of Arlington, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, in Arlington.

Born Jan. 10, 1920, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Guy E. Sr. and Jessie Donaldson Habercom.

He was a 1937 graduate of Hagerstown High School, and played on the football team.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy on a mine sweeper in the South Pacific.

He attended the University of Nevada.

He is survived by his children, Bobbie Liegus of Alexandria, Va., Alana Miller of Arlington, Susan Brockmeyer of Washington, D.C., Caroline Kirik of Orlando, Fla., Guy E. Habercom III of Palm Bay, Fla., and Bruce Habercom of San Diego; one sister, LaRue Duffy of Hagerstown; two half-brothers, David Habercom of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mark Habercom of Pulaski, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; his companion, Kathleen "Kay" Whorrell; and his stepmother, Nellie Mae Habercom of Decatur, Ala.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Lt. Col. Alan L. Habercom.

Graveside services and inurnment will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements are by DeVol Funeral Home in Washington, D.C.

Mary E. Hildebrand

Mary Elizabeth Hildebrand, 87, of 55 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, and formerly of Funkstown, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 25, 1909, in Frederick, Md., she was the daughter of the late John William and Hazel Pauline Mercer Klipp.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob C. Hildebrand, in 1964.

She was employed by Westinghouse in Baltimore. She was previously employed by Fairchild Aircraft and Byron's Shoe Factory, both in Hagerstown.

She is survived by one son, Joseph Hildebrand of Falling Waters, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Jacob C. Hildebrand Jr., eight brothers and sisters.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Arnold F. Brown will officiate. Burial will be Rocky Springs Cemetery, Rocky Springs, Md.

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

Gloria M.M. Garver

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Gloria M. Miller Garver, 72, of 243 Landis Ave., was pronounced dead at her home Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, as the result of a house fire.

Born Jan. 20, 1924, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Robert Raymond and Helena Olivet Weaver Miller.

She was a 1941 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

Early in life, she was employed as a secretary at Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing in Hagerstown.

She was a member of St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church in Waynesboro.

She also was a member of National AARP.

While raising her children, she was involved in Boy Scouts and the band auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert Lane Garver, whom she married Aug. 6, 1945; one daughter, Diane L. Wolfensberger of Clear Spring; one son, Larry S. Garver of Waynesboro; and three grandsons.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Helena Reel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, 112 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. Thomas J. Hemler, as celebrant. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro.

There will be no public viewing but the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Veterans Affairs Center, W.Va. 9, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

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

Ronald E. Barnhart Sr.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Ronald Eugene Barnhart Sr., 56, of 11473 Timmons Drive, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at his home.

Born Sept. 14, 1940, in State Line, Pa., he was the son of Ravenel A. Hartle Barnhart of Greencastle, and the late Nevin Barnhart.

He was a 1958 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in Hawaii and Philadelphia as a military policeman.

He worked for Lanehart Construction Co. in Greencastle. He then worked at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg for three years in the 1970s, and then for Crum Electric in Frederick, Md., for about 10 years. At the time of his death, he had been employed at Fresh Express for five years.

He was a member of Frank Harbaugh American Legion Post 373 and Harry D. Zeigler V.F.W. Post 6319, both in Greencastle.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Shirley Y. Ford Barnhart, whom he married Aug. 24, 1963; four daughters, Teresa J. Clever of St. Thomas, Pa., Melissa Michele Barnhart of Greencastle, Ronda L. Barnhart of Hagerstown, and Raenell Timmons of Greencastle; one son, Ronald E. Barnhart Jr. of Shermans Dale, Pa.; one brother, Nevin "Nick" Barnhart of Greencastle; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Minnich-Miller-May Funeral Home, 521 S. Washington St., Greencastle. The Rev. Howard L. Beaver and James Clever will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.

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

Ali Korpi

Ali Korpi, 91, of 11037 Lincoln Ave., Hagerstown, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at his home.

Born April 10, 1905, in Gloucester, Mass., he was the son of the late John and Mary Makki Korpi.

His wife, Ruth Korpi, died in 1995.

He was employed as an automobile mechanic.

He was a member of First Congregational Church in Wareham, Mass.

He is survived by one daughter, Marion Unruh of Hagerstown; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Unruh of Indianapolis and Paul Unruh of Chambersburg, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Paul Jeffries will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

There will be no viewing.

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

Louise V. Bentz

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Louise Virginia Bentz, 76, of Charles Town, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at Integrated Health Services of West Virginia in Charles Town.

Born May 2, 1920, in Berryville, Va., she was the daughter of the late William and Ella Pierce Shull.

Her husband, Garnett Randolph Bentz, died in 1962.

She retired after 30 years with Harry M. Stevens Co. Food Service at Charles Town Races in Charles Town. She previously was employed at Victor Products in Charles Town.

She was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Charles Town.

She also was a member of Women of the Moose 1028 in Charles Town, Ladies Auxiliary of Jackson Perks American Legion Post 71 in Charles Town, and Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3522 in Charles Town.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Stickles of St. Augustine, Fla., and Joan Slusher of Charles Town; two sons, William "Bill" Bentz of Alexandria, Va., and Garnett "Bucky" Bentz of Ranson, W.Va.; one sister, Naomi Leagan of Hanover, Pa.; one brother, Edward Shull of Frankford, Del.; four grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town. The Rev. Richard E. Neal will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Berryville, Va.

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

Delia M. Davies

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Delia M. Davies, 63, of 259 Mount Union Road, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa.

Born Nov. 30, 1933, in Schenectady, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Julia Lenta Potente.

She was of the Roman Catholic faith.

She is survived by her husband, Leslie D. Davies, whom she married May 30, 1977; five daughters, Chris T. Christensen of Eugene, Ore., Lynn J. Christensen of Monrovia, Calif., Lisa M. Ross of Camarillo, Calif., Lynnae K. Millar of Kailua, Hawaii, and Lori A. DeThomas of Washington, Pa.; one sister, Louise Rayner of Schenectady; and 11 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 320 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, with the Rev. Jude T. Dawson-Amoah as celebrant. Burial will be in Crestlawn Memorial Park in Marriottsville, Md.

A viewing will be held at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Cleo I. Strock

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Cleo I. Strock, 67, of 989 Strock Drive, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born April 25, 1929, in McConnellsburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Thomas C. and Catharine V. Truax Cutchall.

She was a 1947 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

She retired from Norland Cemetery in Chambersburg, where she was a bookkeeper, after 26 years of service. She also was employed at the former Ellenberger Egg Co. in Chambersburg and Walterick Furniture in St. Thomas, Pa.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She was a member of AARP, and a former den mother for Cub Scout Troop 124 in Chambersburg.

She is survived by her husband, Harold L. Strock, whom she married Dec. 5, 1951; one son, Adam Jay Strock of Chambersburg; one sister, Anna A. "Boo" Preisler of Chambersburg; a cousin, Paul L. Truax of Cheyene, Wyo., who was raised in the family home; three granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Robert Dean Morrison will officiate. Private burial will be in Norland Cemetery in Chambersburg.

There will be no viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; or to Franklin Fire Co., 70 N. Franklin St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

John H. Seylar

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - John H. Seylar, 64, of 444 E. Madison St., died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, from injuries received in a traffic accident in Montgomery Township, Pa.

Born Feb. 8, 1932, near Greencastle, he was the son of the late H. Stanley and Ruth L. Ommert Seylar.

He was a 1950 graduate of Greencastle High School.

He retired in 1992 after 42 years with Landis Machine Co. in Waynesboro, where he was a machinist and later a supervisor.

Early in life he farmed. He also owned Seylar's Sales and Service.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Greencastle, where he was assistant superintendent of the Sunday school for many years, and received awards for many years of perfect attendance in Sunday school.

He was a member of National AARP.

He enjoyed antique tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Mary K. Cunningham Seylar, whom he married March 5, 1955; three daughters, Susan S. Stevens, Kathy D. Statler and Karen E. Seylar, all of Greencastle; one son, Steven J. Seylar of Greencastle; two sisters, Mildred Sweigert of St. Thomas, Pa., and Grace Gearhart of Shady Grove, Pa.; three brothers, Robert Seylar and Ralph Seylar, both of Chambersburg, and Jay Seylar of Greencastle; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Rosaline Byers.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle. The Rev. David Armstrong and the Rev. Michael Newman will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Greencastle.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the memorial fund of First United Methodist Church, 45 N. Washington St., Greencastle, Pa. 17225.

Edith E. Montanio

WILLIAMSPORT - Edith Elaine Montanio, 50, of 16308 Lappans Road, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at her home.

Born Aug. 21, 1946, in Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Fred Melvin and Evelyn Mae Forbes Knowlton.

She was a housewife.

She was a member of Williamsport Assembly of God, and was active with the church.

She also was active with Heritage Academy.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony C. Montanio Sr. of Williamsport; one daughter, Josephine L. Montanio, at home; one son, Anthony C. Montanio Jr., at home; two sisters, Fedora Baird of Kearneysville, W.Va., and Karen Knowlton of Atlanta, Ga.; and one brother, Fred Knowlton of Syracuse, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Williamsport Assembly of God, Falling Waters Road, Williamsport. The Rev. Daniel Jordan will officiate. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Clear Spring.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of Anthony Carl Montanio Sr., 16308 Lappans Road, Williamsport, Md. 21795.

Ellis L. Miller

WILLIAMSPORT - Ellis Lee Miller, 76, of 15151 Clear Spring Road, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born March 27, 1920, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late George Ellis and Minnie Myrtle Snook Miller.

His former wife, Arlene Lorraine Miller Mason, preceded him in death.

He was a former member of the Eagles of Hagerstown; the American Legion, Morris Frock Post 42; AMVETS of Williamsport; and Redmen of Williamsport.

He is survived by two sons, Ricky E. Miller Sr. of Williamsport, with whom he resided, and Robert L. Miller of Hagerstown; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., with a memorial service at 8:40 p.m. Bryan R. Bailey, minister, will officiate.

His remains will be cremated following the viewing, and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Robert J. Kerlin

Robert J. Kerlin, 87, of 25 1/2 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, who died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Atherton; and one son, Charles Kerlin.


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