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Evelyn V. Keller

Evelyn Virginia Keller, 88, of 428 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 3, 1908, in Strasburg, Va., she was the daughter of the late Hubert L. and Grace Belle Saum Keller.

She was a graduate of Frostburg State College.

She did clerical work for an insurance company and a business college. She also was a teacher in the public schools in Virginia.

She was a member of First Christian Church, and was active in church work.

She is survived by two brothers, Robert Keller of Hagerstown and Ellsworth Keller of Winchester, Va.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Rogers and Lois Keller; and two brothers, Earl Keller and Chester Keller.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Fred M. Harris and the Rev. Robert L. Regenold 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.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

 

Rosalie B. S. B. Hess

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Rosalie B. Shatzer Burner Hess, 89, of Menno Haven Nursing Home, Chambersburg, and formerly of 601 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa., died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at the nursing home.

Born Jan. 12, 1908, in Winchester, Va., she was the daughter of the late Edward N. and Etta Strock Shatzer.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William S. Burner, in 1944; and by her second husband, Franklin M. Hess, on May 20, 1973.

She was a 1924 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

She was employed as a secretary by the superintendent of Chambersburg High School; Hagerstown Gas Co.; Swift Co., Chambersburg; and the H.J. Hines Co., Chambersburg.

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

She also was a member of National AARP and was a former member of the Sweet Adeline and then Sounds' Harmony. She volunteered and operated the preschool at Easter Seal Society, Roadside Avenue, Waynesboro, for 13 years. She was an assistant leader for the Girl Scouts.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara A. Harbaugh of Waynesboro; two sons, Lee E. Burner of Waynesboro and William S. Burner of Fayetteville, Pa.; one stepson, John F. S. Hess of Waynesboro; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; one great-grandson; and two stepgreat-granddaughters.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor David L. Keener will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Easter Seal Society, 34 Roadside Ave., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

 

Richard K. Green

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Richard Keith Green, 62, of Bunker Hill, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, at his home.

Born April 12, 1934, in Roane County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Artie and Mamie Abbott Green.

He retired from the S.W. Keasey Delivery Service in Hagerstown.

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

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of the D.A.V., Martinsburg, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Corder Green; two daughters, Iris Thomas of Gerrardstown, W.Va., and Dee Wilt of Martinsburg; two sons, Randol Green at home and Kevin Green of Martinsburg; three sisters, Maxine Grove of Manchester, Ohio, Phyllis Paige of Reno, Nev., and Ruby Paxton of Elkview, W.Va.; one brother, Eugene Green of Clendenin, W.Va.; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Noble Green.

Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Rosedale Funeral Chapel. Pastor Earl Hairston will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

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

 

Mary E. H. Rice

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Mary Edna Hartley Rice, 84, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born July 10, 1912, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Hazel Cleveland Hartley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Wesley Rice, on Sept. 10, 1970.

She was a 1931 graduate of Martinsburg High School.

She retired as manager of the former Perfection Garment Retail Store.

She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and the Mizpah Class of the church.

She also was a member of Golden Rule Chapter 69, Order of Eastern Star.

She is survived by two sons, Ron Rice of Bunker Hill, W.Va., and Terry Rice of Inwood, W.Va.; one sister, Margaret Wilson of Martinsburg; one brother, Arthur Hartley of Martinsburg; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Hartley.

Services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. Al Clipp will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

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

 

Lester C. Washington Sr.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Lester Curtis "Pete" Washington Sr., 69, of Mecklenburg Heights, Shepherdstown, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at his home.

Born Feb. 24, 1927, in Shepherdstown, he was the son of the late John R. and Mary Catherine Clark Washington.

He was employed as a construction worker until his retirement.

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

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Shepherdstown. He also was a member of the Methodist Men of the church.

He played baseball for the Shepherdstown Red Cross.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary "Lou" Elizabeth Stevenson Washington; one daughter, Judy Ann Grantham of Shepherdstown; two sons, Keith A. Boyd and Lester C. Washington Jr., both of Shepherdstown; three sisters, Cassie Walker of Martinsburg, W.Va., Hughbell Washington and Myrtle Stubbs, both of Shepherdstown; and two brothers, Kingsley Washington and Newton Washington, both of Shepherdstown.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Pauline Bolden; one brother, Charles "Pap" Clark; and one half-brother, Clarence Ross.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, W.Va. 480, Shepherdstown. The Rev. Ernest Lyles and the Rev. Charles Hunter will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.

Friends will be received at Asbury United Methodist Church Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home.

 

Jane S. Feist

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jane S. Feist, 76, of Martinsburg, and formerly of Vincentown, N.J., died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born April 22, 1920, in Virginia Beach, Va., she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth O'Connor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Feist Sr.

She was a retired chiropractic assistant.

She was an active member of the Vincentown Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Janet Kawalek of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; two sons, Oliver Feist Jr. of Denver and Kenneth Feist of Norristown, Pa.; two sisters, Ethel Alday of Pennsauken, N.J., and Peggy Smith of Erin, Tenn.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Vincentown Baptist Church, Vincentown.

Local arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

 

Viola V. S. Cassell

STOW, OHIO - Viola V. Shackelford Cassell, 78, of Stow, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997.

She was born in Shepherdstown, W.Va., where she was a 50-year resident.

She is survived by three daughters, Patricia Kendall of Dover, Ohio, Betty Cassell of Mogadore, Ohio, and Karen Speas of Stow; one son, Richard Cassell of Hartville, Ohio; two sisters, Lilly Grayson and Laura Stockslager, both of Sharpsburg; two brothers, Albert Shackelford of Munroe Falls, Ohio, and Edward Shackelford of Florida; and five grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Redmon Funeral Home, Stow. The Rev. Larry Engle will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.

 

Joseph E. Ferrell

FREDERICK, Md. - Joseph Elsworth Ferrell, 74, of Pine Cliff Drive, Frederick, died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at Frederick Health Care Center, Frederick.

Born June 7, 1922, in Burnt House, W.Va., he was the son of the late Willard and Dolle Hinzman.

He was employed by Fairchild of Germantown, retiring as an aerospace design engineer.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as a fighter pilot in the South Pacific during World War II. 

He enjoyed his family, reading, traveling and singing old songs.

He is survived by his wife, June C. Lupro Ferrell; two sons, Bradley E. Ferrell of Libertytown, Md., and Scott E. Ferrell of Frederick; three sisters, Connie Selsor and Jacqueline Sutton, both of York, Pa., and June Siegmund of Beauford, S.C.; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, Md. 144 at Sycamore Flats, Frederick. The Rev. Gary Sheffield James will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Daybreak Adult Daycare Center, 7819 Rocky Springs Road, Frederick, Md. 21702.

Arrangements are by Stauffer Funeral Home, Frederick.

 

Lee R. Lewis

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Lee Roy Lewis, 79, of Winchester Pike, Martinsburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at Heartland Nursing Home, under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born March 24, 1917, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Della Virginia Kerns Lewis.

He retired from Potomac Edison Co. after 40 years.

He was a member of Pikeside United Methodist Church, where he served in all positions of the church.

He was a member of Junior Order of United American Mechanics 35 for the past 50 years, where he held all major offices. He also held the office of West Virginia State Counselor in 1985.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Hazel B. Frye Lewis; one daughter, Valinda Sue Shawyer of Martinsburg; three sons, Richard L. Lewis of Ocean City, N.J., Thomas W. Lewis of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Melvin S. Lewis of Martinsburg; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter L. Lewis and Gilbert N. Lewis; and a granddaughter, Shannon R. Lewis.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pikeside United Methodist Church. The Rev. Michael G. Marsh will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to Pikeside United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 100 Paynes Ford Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Mildred K. Nowell

Mildred K. Nowell, 85, of 1009 Lindsay Lane, Hagerstown, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Avalon Nursing Home, Hagerstown.

Born Sept. 30, 1911, in Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Rolla and Annie B. Grove Overcash.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Nowell, in 1976.

She was a member of Zion Reformed Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy L. Kauffman of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Jack D. Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 30 minutes before the service at the funeral home.

 

Evelyn V. Keller

Evelyn Virginia Keller, 88, of 428 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, who died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Lookabaugh; and two brothers, Richard Keller and Cecil Keller.

 

Howard H. Knode

Howard Haller Knode, 84, of 1114 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, and formerly of Baltimore, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Clearview Nursing Home.

Born July 9, 1912, in Keedysville, and raised in Sharpsburg, he was the son of the late Howard Clarence and Alta Jane Haller Knode.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Lorraine Rohrer Knode, in 1981.

He was employed on various farms and agricultural facilities in Washington County for the Dorsey and Holmes families. He entered the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in the mid-1930s during the Great Depression, serving in Snow Hill, Md. He was employed by several construction companies and was later employed at Koppers Metal Works, Baltimore, as a foundry worker. He retired as a foreman in 1975. He also was employed by the Washington County Board of Education as a part-time custodian, retiring in 1981.

A veteran of the 1st U.S. Army, he served with Company "C" of the 207th Combat Engineering Battalion during World War II. He participated in the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944, and the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Hagerstown.

He is survived by one son, Galen Ward Knode of Annapolis; four sisters, Esther E. Cheney and Minerva L. Zimmerman, both of Hagerstown, V. Juanita Ralls of Melbourne, Fla., and Doris J. Reynold of Laurel, Md.; and one brother, Charles Frank Knode of Boonsboro.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. David B. Kaplan will officiate. Burial, with military honors by VFW 1936, will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans.

Mary E. English

Mary E. English, 77, of Fahrney-Keedy Home and formerly of Blue Mt. Estates, Smithsburg, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 22, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth Day Moats.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward F. English, in 1977.

She was a member of Welty Church of the Brethren, Greensburg, Md.

She is survived by four daughters, Betty L. Verdier of Smithsburg, Pearl E. Masser of Frederick, Mary J. Humelsine of Hagerstown and Harriet V. Downin of Keedysville; one son, Melvin G. Strite of Hagerstown; one stepsister, Laura Griffith of Hagerstown; one half-brother, William J. Gearhart of Hagerstown; 19 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, E. Ruth Martin; one brother, Charles Moats; and one stepsister, Margaret Myers.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. The Rev. Dean Mouk will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

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

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggests memorial donations be made to Welty Church of the Brethren, 13465 Greensburg Road, Smithsburg, Md. 21783.

 

Lon E. Ridenour

Lon Elwood Ridenour, 69, of Mount Lena Road, who died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, is survived by a sister, Janice Ridenour Kendle of Mount Lena.

 

Edgar S. Wolfkill Jr.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Edgar S. "Ed" Wolfkill Jr., 65, of 404 W. Eighth St., died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born June 5, 1931, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Edgar S. Wolfkill Sr. and Mary Hawbaker Wolfkill Brubaker.

He was a 1949 graduate of Greencastle High School, Greencastle, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dottye B. Bennett Wolfkill, on Feb. 1, 1987. They were married in March 1962.

He was employed as a milk truck driver and later worked for the former Wolfkill's Vault Co., Hagerstown. He was an insurance agent and sold cars. He worked in the shops at Grove Manufacturing, Shady Grove. He was an announcer for WCBG Radio, Chambersburg, and WARK Radio, Hagerstown. He then worked for Channel 45 TV News in Altoona, Pa., and a TV station in York, Pa. as a newsperson.

In 1978, he returned to Grove Manufacturing in sales and training. Following his retirement he started Photronix Ed Wolfkill Associates, Waynesboro.

He was a member of the Chambersburg Church of the Brethren.

He also was a member and past master of Acacia Lodge 596 Free and Accepted Masons, Waynesboro, serving as master in 1983; was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of Police.

He is survived by a foster son, Randy T. Peiffer, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.; two sisters, Esther M. Smith of Waynesboro and Linda Alter-Dunn of Pasadena, Md.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Lee Wolfkill, and his stepfather, John Brubaker, in May 1993.

Services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. The Rev. Kenneth L. Gibble will officiate. Burial will be in Brown's Mill Cemetery, Kauffman Station.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Masonic memorial services will be conducted Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Ray S. Negley

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Ray S. Negley, 37, of 12215 Randy Drive, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Village of Marks, Pa.

Born Jan. 6, 1960, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of Clarence H. Jr. and Gail Nicarry Negley, of Mercersburg, Pa.

He was a 1978 graduate of James Buchanan High School, Mercersburg.

He had been employed by Robert Martin, Marion, Pa., as a farm hand. He also was employed by Zent Inc., Lemasters, Pa., as a milk truck driver. For the past nine years, he was employed as a truck mechanic by Antrim Diesel of Greencastle.

He was a former member of the Upton Church of the Brethren, Upton, Pa.

He was a member of Greencastle Sportsman's Association and the Greencastle Archery Club. He was a hunter.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Linda M. Shank of Hagerstown; five brothers, Roger A. Negley, Garnet E. Negley, Harry R. Negley, Jerry L. Negley, all of Mercersburg, and Dean E. Negley of Greencastle; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Upton Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Leon Meyers and the Rev. Duane Hawbaker will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

There will be no viewing. The family will receive friends Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

 

Robert M. Strait

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Robert M. Strait, 63, of Route 2, McConnellsburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, Pa.

Born Sept. 9, 1933, in Taylor Township, Fulton County, Pa., he was the son of Vera Mae Black Strait of Hustontown, Pa., and the late Robert Glenn Strait.

He was a graduate of Chambersburg Business College. He trained for two years as an X-ray technician in Iowa.

He retired from Mack Trucks, Hagerstown, after 25 years.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served as a paratrooper and a medic.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association; Fulton County Pistol and Rifle Club; and the North American Hunting Club.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Ida Robinson Strait, whom he married in 1956; one daughter, Shari Mae Strait of Sebastian, Fla.; one son, Robert A. Strait of Big Cove Tannery, Pa.; three sisters, Mae Chilcote and Jane Carmack, both of Hustontown, and Louise Hoffman of Chambersburg, Pa.; one brother, Wendell Perry Strait of Hustontown; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by twin sons and three brothers.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at M.R. Brown Funeral Home, Hustontown. Pastor David Arnold will officiate.

Friends may call Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Catherine K. Wise

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Catherine K. Wise, 76, of Penn Hall, Chambersburg, and formerly of 121 Pennsylvania Ave., Chambersburg, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Penn Hall.

Born Dec. 11, 1920, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Bridget McCann Kelly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn E. Wise, on April 27, 1996.

She was a 1938 graduate of Carrick High School, Pittsburgh.

She was employed by Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, for 35 years, retiring in 1974.

She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Chambersburg.

She had been a member of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Chambersburg.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Witmer of Chambersburg and Martha Wise of Camp Hill, Pa.; one son, John "Jack" Kelly of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Ann Sill of Pittsburgh and Eileen Garrity of Newberry Park, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

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

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Jude T. Dawson-Amoah will officiate. Burial will be in Corpus Christi Cemetery, Chambersburg.

Friends may call Monday from 9 to 10 am. at the funeral home.

 

James E. Needham

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - James E. Needham, 71, of Shippensburg Health Care Center, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Joyce L. Needham will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, Pa. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW.

Friends may call Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Cecila J. Flint

OAKLAND, Md. - Cecila J. "Ce Ce" Flint, 47, of Appalachian Crossroads, 360 W. Liberty St., and formerly of the Victor Cullen Center, Cascade, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1996, at Garret County Memorial Hospital, Oakland.

Born Nov. 17, 1949, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Josephine Houchens Flint.

She attended the Lochlynn Church of God, Lochlynn, Md.

She is survived by one brother, Thomas Flint.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa. Pastor Roger K. Myers will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery, Cascade.


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