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Susanna E. Mills

BOONSBORO - Susanna Elizabeth Mills, 78, formerly of 14004 Mercersburg Road, Clear Spring, and a resident of Reeder's Memorial Home, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 3, 1919, in Clear Spring, she was the daughter of the late Ignatius Samuel and Anna Virginia Henson Drury.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Franklin Mills Sr., in 1952.

She is survived by three daughters, Lorraine Bigler of Clear Spring, Betty Guyer of Hagerstown and Catherine Perkins of Williamsport; two sons, John Franklin Mills Jr. and Franklin Truman Mills, both of Clear Spring; two sisters, Mary Barr of Boonsboro and Louise Mumma of Clear Spring; three brothers, Thomas Drury and Daniel Drury, both of Hagerstown, and Carl Drury of Clear Spring; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Esther Helen Sword; two sons, James Russell Mills and Lewis Denton Mills; three sisters, Jo Marie Byers, Sally Ann Henson and Prudence Drury; two brothers, Martin Drury and George Drury; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. William Stoner and the Rev. Robert E. Timmons will officiate. Burial will be in Clear Spring Mennonite Church Cemetery.

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

 

Marguerite J. Pensinger

Marguerite J. Pensinger, 77, of 157 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born in Randolph County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mamie B. Elbon McNeal.

Before retiring, she was employed by Rosens Department Store and Fleishers Department Store.

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

She is survived by one son, John L. "Jack" Pensinger of Wheaton, Md.; one sister, Mary Eileen Frieze of Hagerstown; two brothers, J. Paul "Ears" McNeal and Thomas R. McNeal, both of Hagerstown; and two nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 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.

Visitation will be at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., where prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m.

 

Martha E. Brown

Martha Ellen Brown, 75, of 414 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at Reeder's Memorial Home, Boonsboro.

Born Aug. 19, 1921, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Samuel R. and Helen Mae Rohrer Nunamaker.

She was a retired secretary at Washington County Hospital Emergency Room.

She was a member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church, Williamsport.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Wolfe of Hagerstown; and one granddaughter, Kimberly Wolfe of Hagerstown.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Samuel G. Nunamaker and Kenneth Nunamaker.

Graveside services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Mt. View Cemetery, Sharpsburg. The Rev. James E. Swecker will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

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

 

Alice E. Long

Alice E. Long, 83, of 18630 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at Clearview Nursing Home.

Born Oct. 16, 1913, in Newark, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Francis A. and Helen Evelyne Long.

She retired after 45 years as a senior analyst with the Prudential Insurance Co.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Nutley, N.J.

She is survived by one niece, Kathleen A. Rawe of Hagerstown; one nephew, Harry T. Devine of Mechanicsville, Va.; two great-nieces; and four great-nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hanover, N.J.

There will be no visitation.

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

 

John D. Riley

ZULLINGER, Pa. - John Daniel Riley, 76, of Zullinger, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at Waynesboro Hospital, Waynesboro, Pa.

Born Nov. 4, 1920, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Bion Stanley Riley and Grace M. Calimer Monn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Grace Monn Riley, in 1966.

He was employed as a laborer by Bonded Applicators of Waynesboro for many years.

He was a veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Army military police in Hawaii.

He was a member of Waynesboro Fish and Game Protective Association.

He is survived by one sister, Nellie V. Geddes of Greencastle, Pa.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Charlotte Monn; two brothers, Bion E. Riley and Stanley E. Riley; and stepfather, Maurice M. Monn.

Services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor Roger K. Myers will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery near Quincy, Pa.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Waynesboro Fish and Game Protective Association, P.O. Box 368, Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

 

Margaret V. Fries

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Margaret V. "Peggy" Fries, 77, of 551 Nelson St., died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at her home.

Born Dec. 7, 1919, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Gordon S. Lugenbeel Sr. and Lillian Schneider Lugenbeel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward F. "Bud" Fries Sr., in 1976.

She was a homemaker.

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

She was a member of First Ever Grand Lady of the Columbian Ladies Auxiliary of Chambersburg Knights of Columbus.

She was a past committeewoman of the Women's Democratic Club. She was past president of Ladies Auxiliary 1314 National Association of Letter Carriers, Chambersburg.

She is survived by one daughter, Marguerite L. Fries of Chambersburg; three sons, Edward F. Fries Jr. of Library, Pa., Charles W. Fries of Chambersburg, and Kenneth M. Fries of Waynesboro, Pa.; two sisters, Ann Carroll Mull and Elizabeth Cramer, both of Chambersburg; two brothers, Gordon S. Lugenbeel Jr. of Littleton, Colo., and Thomas E. Lugenbeel of Chambersburg; and two grandchildren.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 320 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. The Rev. Raymond Orloski and the Rev. Daniel F. Lawler will be celebrants. Burial will be in Corpus Christi Cemetery, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., where a prayer service will be conducted at 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 320 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; or Chambersburg Hospital, 112 N. Seventh St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

 

Edith B. Geary

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Edith Bell Geary, 96, of Charles Town, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born June 20, 1900, in Bakerton, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Rankin William and Augusta Welsh Schell Geary.

She was employed by Fairchild Co. in Hagerstown. She also had worked for Perfection Garment Co., Martinsburg.

She was a life member of Bethesda United Methodist Church, Molers Cross Roads, W.Va., where she was a member of Bethesda Women's Society.

She was the last of her immediate family. She is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Gertrude Holmes, Christine Shade and Margaret Daugherty; and three brothers, Norman "Bud" Geary, John Patrick Geary and William Sheldon Geary.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. The Rev. Donna Herritt will officiate. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Bethesda United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 62, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. 25442.

 

Edna G. Cooper

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Edna G. Cooper, 71, of 454 Center St., and formerly of Goshen, Ind., died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Feb. 7, 1926, in Andover, Fulton County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William H. and Celia A. Mellott Deshong.

Services will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Richard B. Cartwright will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

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

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, Franklin County Chapter, c/o Doris J. Goetz, 219 W. Second St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268; or American Heart Association, 225 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

 

Alverda M. Strunk

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Alverda M. Strunk, 81, of 2269 Pine Grove Road, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at her home.

Born Feb. 1, 1916, in Boyertown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Myron and Estella Shiery Conrad.

She was formerly employed by Berkshire Knitting Mill in Wyomissing, Pa., as a seamstress. She was retired.

She had been a member of Gilbertsville Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary, Gilbertsville, Pa.

She is survived by her husband, Elton H. Strunk; two daughters, Carol Strunk, at home, and Ann Seyler of Greencastle, Pa.; two sons, Russell Weller Jr. of Oley, Pa., and Larry E. Strunk of Virginia Beach, Va.; one brother, Herbert Conrad of Gilbertsville; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Gloria Strunk; and two brothers.

Services will be private.

A visitation will be at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Elmer C. Fredman

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Elmer Clifton Fredman, 84, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.

Born in Morgan County, W.Va., he was the son of the late George W. and Sarah Harden Fredman.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Berkeley Springs. The Rev. John S. Ledford will officiate. Burial will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs.

 

Tynya S. Sowers

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Tynya S. Sowers, 30, of 380 Westview Road, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at her home.

Born March 1, 1966, in Gettysburg, Pa., she was the daughter of Clarian Sowers Sr. and Susan Kriner Lau.

Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Ann Gibble will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Mutual Learning Center, 170 Mill Road, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

 
Joseph E. Semler

Joseph Edward Semler, 74, of 201 W. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, died Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born July 15, 1922, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Lewis E. and Blanche E. Barnes Semler.

He was employed by Victor C. Ditto for 44 years.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1936; AMVETS; and Goodwill Athletic Association.

He is survived by one brother, Robert Semler of Fairplay; one sister-in-law, Mae Bowers of Fairplay, with whom he resided; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Emma B. Burger, Marie Fouke and Ruth Upright; and one brother, Paul N. Semler.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Pastor John C. Hoffman will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. Graveside military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 1936.

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

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21742.

 

Marianne B. Johnson

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Marianne B. Johnson, 63, of Shepherdstown, died Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at her home.

Born July 21, 1933, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Fern V. Belt of Annandale, Va., and the late Harold M. Belt.

She was employed by the federal government for 36 years, retiring from the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Shepherdstown.

She was a member of Pack Horse Ford Chapter D.A.R., Shepherdstown.

She was a genealogist.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Hunter D. Johnson; four sons, Danny Johnson Jr. of Martinsburg, W.Va., Michael Johnson of Roanoke, Va., Robert Johnson of Jane Lew, W.Va., and Charles Johnson of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Linda Lee of Annandale and Elizabeth Beck of Burke, Va.; six grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Tony Johnson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 216 S. Duke, Shepherdstown. The Rev. T. Matthew Rowgh will be celebrant. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.

The family will receive friends at the church today from 7 to 9 p.m., where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

 

George P. Grantland

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - George P. Grantland, 89, of Virginia Beach, and formerly of Hagerstown, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Sentara Nursing Center, Virginia Beach.

Born June 27, 1907, in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late George E. and Sarah L. Permar Grantland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Martin Grantland, in 1991.

He retired from Pennsylvania Railroad as a purchasing agent.

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

He is survived by one daughter, Janet C. Gross of Virginia Beach; one son, Charles W. Sleasman of Mechanicsville, Md.; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown. The Rev. Edward H. Heim will officiate.

There will be no visitation.

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

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

 

Richard Gibson

BOONSBORO - Richard Gibson, 79, of 8150 Mountain Laurel Road, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born July 16, 1917, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late John W. and Mary E. Cummins Gibson.

He attended Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree with the first graduating class of George Pepperdine University, Los Angeles. He earned his master's degree at Columbia University, Washington, D.C.

In the early 1940s, he taught in the school for congressional pages at the U.S. Capitol.

He was employed in various federal departments, ending his 43-year career in the Veterans Administration where he was involved in building and refurbishing Veterans Administration hospitals.

He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He was active in the affairs of the old 14th Street Church of Christ, later the 16th and Decatur Street Church, and served as deacon for many years.

He was active in Toastmasters International, and was a member of many organizations revolving around nature and historical subjects.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Franklin Gibson; one son, R. Dale Gibson of Greenbelt, Md.; one sister, Virgie White of Fort Washington, Md.; two brothers, Lucian Franklin of Rockville, Md., and B.M. Franklin of Mason, Texas; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. Evangelist Chesley E. Wooten will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Rainbow Christian Services, P.O. Box 9, Gainesville, Va. 20156-0009.

 

Viola M. Moon

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Viola May Moon, 96, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.

Born Oct. 18, 1900, in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late William and Irene Boltz Steiner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver J. Moon, in 1926.

At the age of 12, she started working at Interwoven Hosiery Mill in Berkeley Springs and Martinsburg, W.Va. She retired as a looper instructor in 1967. She had been a homemaker in recent years.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Berkeley Springs, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid Society, Missionary Society and was a Sunday school teacher for years.

She is survived by one daughter, Julia Roach Ambrose of Berkeley Springs; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Juanita Kay; one son, Jack Moon; five sisters, Julia Ash Franklin, Nettie Gregory, Mary Frances Roach, Gertrude Hovermale and Joanna Ash; and eight brothers, Raymond Steiner, Russell Steiner, Joseph "Bud" Ash, John Ash, Dewey Ash, Morgan Ash and infant twin brothers.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Harrison Avenue and Goff Street, Berkeley Springs. The Rev. William C. Swope and Pastor Wayne Frum will officiate. Burial will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

The family will receive friends at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs, today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and at the church on Wednesday one hour prior to the service. The funeral home will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for the convenience of friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Morgan County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 151, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 25411.

Leonard J. Householder

SHARPSBURG - Leonard Joseph Householder, 80, of 7202 Dam No. 4 Road, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Avalon Manor Nursing Home, Hagerstown.

Born Oct. 2, 1916, in Dry Run, he was the son of the late Clifford Joseph and Edith Susan Knable Householder.

He was employed as a farmer by Downey Farms for 55 years. He previously was employed by Federal Silk Mill, Williamsport.

He was a member of Williamsport Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sarah E. Householder, a resident of Avalon Manor Nursing Home; two daughters, Mildred L. Atha of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Carolyn A. Atha of Hagerstown; five sons, Fred L. Householder of Williamsport, Edward C. Householder of Leitersburg, Robert R. Householder of Smithsburg, Theodore L. Householder of Sharpsburg and Roy D. Householder of State Line, Pa.; four sisters, Mabel Reiff of Pinesburg, Elizabeth L. Johnson and Nellie R. Beitler, both of Williamsport, and Helen L. Kepler of Middletown, Md.; five brothers, Newton Householder, Jack Householder and Bill Householder, all of Falling Waters, W.Va., Paul M. "Tubby" Householder and Ned J. Householder, both of Williamsport; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Dolly Mae Householder and Bernice A. Butts; one son, Ralph Eugene Householder; four sisters; and three brothers.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Williamsport Assembly of God Church, 15251 Falling Waters Road, Williamsport. The Rev. Daniel Jordan will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

Friends may call at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will be open after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Williamsport Assembly of God, 15251 Falling Waters Road, Williamsport, Md. 21795.

 

Pearl I. Peterson

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Pearl I. Peterson, 81, of Fort Collins, and formerly of Denver, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997.

She was born March 26, 1915, in Chewsville.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Stottlemyer, in 1945; and by her second husband, William "Tex" Peterson, in 1980.

She was employed as a factory seamstress.

She was of the Seventh-day Adventist faith.

She is survived by three daughters, Josephine M. Stevens of Sharpsburg, Kittie L. Colby of Wellington, Colo., and Deanne L. Robien of Chester, Md.; two sons, William O. Stottlemyer of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Michael G. Stottlemyer of Westminster, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Warren-Bohlender Funeral Chapel, Fort Collins.

 

Esther R. Valore

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Esther R. "Essie" Valore, 70, of 14790 Charmian Road, and formerly of Silver Spring, Md., died Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at her home.

Born Jan. 8, 1927, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Charles Valore Sr. and Regina Sperl Valore.

She graduated from high school and took continuing education courses throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Aurelio Valore; three daughters, Barbara V. Piper and Carla V. Walsh, both of Fairfield, Pa., and Lisa A. Valore of Seattle; one son, Steven V. Valore of Rancho Park, Calif.; four sisters, Regina Fusan of Pennsylvania, Helen DeBlasio of Florida, Lucille Lahey of Virginia, and Beatrice Marion of Georgia; one brother, Harry Rimelen of California; nine grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Rimelen Jr.

A memorial mass will be celebrated Friday at 2:30 p.m. at National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes Church, Mount St. Mary's College, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, Md. Monsignor Hugh J. Phillips will be celebrant.

There will be no public viewing.

Arrangements are by Cumberland Valley Crematorium, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa.

 

Gerald O. Miller

Gerald Orvey Miller, 78, of 10804 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 7, 1918, in Fairplay, he was the son of the late Gardner Booth and Mary Beauford Miller.

He retired in 1984 from Watkins Burdette Motor Co. in Frederick, Md., and was more recently employed part time by Hoffman Chrysler-Plymouth in Hagerstown.

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

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Hagerstown.

He was a member of Hagerstown AMVETS Post 10; Dixon-Troxell Post 211 American Legion, Funkstown; and AARP.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Saum Miller; one daughter, Ava Jo Reid of Hagerstown; three sons, Gerald O. Miller II of Hagerstown, Gary L. Miller of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Jeff L. Miller of Williamsport; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Gower.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Wendell Gross will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro 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 First Baptist Church, 15 High St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

 

Elizabeth L. Brown

RANSON, W.Va. - Elizabeth Louise Brown, 86, of Orchard Hills, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson.

Born April 8, 1910, in Wilmington, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Leslie L. and Ida Mae Dixon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Frederick Brown, in 1982.

She was a homemaker.

She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Louise Spitzer of Ranson; four sons, John F. Brown of Bolivar, W.Va., Harry L. Brown and George T. Brown, both of Charles Town, W.Va., Charles Robert Brown of Front Royal, Va.; 12 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one grandson.

Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. The Rev. Joanne Alexander 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.

 

Pauline H. Crampton

Pauline H. "Polly" Crampton, 90, of 11 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, died Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at Homewood Retirement Center, Williamsport.

Born Jan. 31, 1907, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Frank C. and Harriett L. Metz Nigh.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marshall Reed; and by her second husband, Charles E. Crampton Jr., in 1968.

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

She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Seibert of Hagerstown; one brother, Holland R. "Doc" Nigh of Hagerstown; three nieces; and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Jane Gordon, Louise Cline and Mary Long; and two brothers, John Nigh and William Nigh.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

 

Mary Jane McDonald

RANSON, W.Va. - Mary Jane McDonald, 47, of Ranson, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson.

Born July 2, 1949, in Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Clifton L. and Mary Painter.

She is survived by one daughter, Wendy McDonald of Ranson; one sister, JoAnne Looney of Charles Town, W.Va.; and one brother, Steve Painter of Charles Town.

Services and burial are private.

Arrangements are by Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson.

Helen M.S. Stevens

CHESTER, Pa. - Helen M. Stoner Stevens, 87, of Chester, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at Belvedere Nursing Home, Chester.

Born in Fayetteville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late David and Gertrude Eyler Stoner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Meril L. Stevens, in 1979.

She owned and operated the Lovely Dame Beauty Shop in Hagerstown for 15 years. She retired in 1960.

She was a bingo player.

She is survived one daughter, Lois Stevens of Upland, Pa.; one sister, Mary Leisher of Baltimore; five brothers, Ray Stoner of Colonia, N.J., Bill Stoner of Fredericksburg, Va., Marlin Stoner of Manasquam, N.J., Stuart Stoner of Denzille, N.J., and Richard Stoner of Berlin, Md.; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jack Leonard Stevens and Richard Stevens.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at noon at Kings Mill, 6000 Pennell Road, Aston, Pa. The family will receive friends after the service.

Memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association, 1534 McDaniel Drive, West Chester, Pa. 19380.

Arrangements are by White-Luttrell Funeral Home, Aston.

Anna E. Fries

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Anna E. Fries, 82, of Care Haven, died Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born Oct. 3, 1914, in Bakerton, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late William A. and Maude Grimm Holler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Fries, in 1974.

She earlier had been employed by Perfection Garment Co.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Martinsburg.

She is survived by two sons, Harold "Sonny" Fries and James Douglas Fries, both of Martinsburg; two sisters, Rebecca Walker of Brunswick, Md., and Jean Holler of Bakerton; two brothers, Amos Holler of Charles Town, W.Va., and Gerald Holler of Bakerton; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Holler and Elaine Milovouich; and two brothers, William Holler and Jack Holler.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Rosedale Funeral Chapel, Martinsburg. The Rev. Ed Grove will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

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


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