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Thelma P. Swadley

Thelma Pauline Swadley, 78, of 17607 Woodlawn Drive, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born July 19, 1918, in Lost River, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jacob Jackson and Cora Ann Dellinger Teets.

She was employed as a district supervisor by Harry Footer Dry Cleaning Co. and Montgomery Ward.

She was a 50-year member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clear Spring.

She was a charter member and former secretary of Wacohu Grange and served as secretary-treasurer of Washington County Pomona Grange, the Maryland State Grange, the National Grange and AARP.

She is survived by her husband of more than 60 years, John O. Swadley; one daughter, Marjorie A. Gossard of Williamsport; one sister, Gladys Welch of Stephens City, Va.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Juanita Bryan; and one grandson, John Patrick Bryan.

Services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Church, 13746 National Pike, Clear Spring. The Rev. Thomas Perry and the Rev. Mary Amundson will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul's Church Cemetery, Clear Spring.

Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. The funeral home will be open today after 9 a.m. for the convenience of family and friends. There will be a special memorial service today at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home conducted by the Maryland State Grange.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggests memorial donations be made to Maryland State Grange, Deaf Scholarship Fund, c/o Alice Eckard, 18 Milton Ave., Westminster, Md. 21157; or St. Paul's Lutheran Church, c/o Matthew Chaney, 13746 National Pike, Clear Spring, Md. 21722.

 

Clarice Bailey

Clarice Bailey, 70, of 15606 National Pike, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 29, 1926, in Big Pool, she was the daughter of the late Della McLucas Talbert of Hagerstown and the late Thomas G. Smedley.

She was a retired employee of Arnold's Interiors. She had been a supervisor at London Fog, Hancock and Boonsboro. After her retirement, she was active in the design and preparation of quilts and Afghans.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, and was active with the church Turnover Shop and Meals on Wheels.

She also was a member of the Auxiliary of American Legion Post 159, Chincoteague, Va.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one daughter, Pat Kauffman of Hagerstown; one son, Edward E. "Gump" Slick Jr. of Hagerstown; two sisters, Hilda Marks and Thomasine Kovaleski, both of Hagerstown; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Kenneth J. Dorsch will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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

 

John E. Johnson

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - John Earl Johnson, 70, of 6667 Slabtown Road, died Tuesday, March, 18, 1997, at Kissimmee Memorial Hospital, Kissimmee, Fla.

Born Dec. 20, 1926, in Allison Park, Pa., he was the son of the late Harry and Ethel Johnson Johnson.

He was employed as an engine assembler and packer by Mack Trucks, Hagerstown, until his retirement in 1987, after 25 years of service.

He was a charter member of Central Baptist Chapel, Mont Alto, Pa., where he served as past treasurer, trustee and usher.

He was a member of the National AARP.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Louise Burr Johnson, whom he married Aug. 7, 1948; three daughters, Shirley M. Johnson of Waynesboro, Susan L. Smetzer of Quincy, Pa., and Patty J. Morganthal of St. Cloud, Fla.; three sons, Larry J. Johnson of Waynesboro, Edward L. Johnson of Greencastle, Pa., and James D. Johnson of St. Cloud; one sister, Dorothy Henke of Harrisburg, Pa.; one brother, George S. Johnson of Fort Bragg, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert L. Johnson, in 1971.

Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor R. W. Skidmore will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg, Pa.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Baptist Church, P.O. Box 561, Mont Alto, Pa. 17237.

 

Nancy M. Johnson

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Nancy M. Johnson, 68, of 907 Park Circle West, and formerly of McKeesport, Pa., died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at ManorCare Health Services, Chambersburg.

Born Feb. 1, 1929, in Mc-Keesport, she was the daughter of Mary E. Sigley Morrison of Fayetteville, Pa., and the late Lloyd L. Morrison.

She was a 1946 graduate of Mc-Keesport High School.

She was employed by Equibank, McKeesport, until her retirement.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Chambersburg. She was a former member, secretary and volunteer at the Coulter Road Baptist Church, Coulter, Pa., from 1977 to 1984. She was a listener for the Bible Release Program at the King Street United Brethren Church, Chambersburg, for two years.

She was a member of the Institute for Retired Persons, Chambersburg, and Falling Spring Chapter 2840, AARP, Chambersburg.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Russell H. Johnson; one daughter, Peggy Karap of Hagerstown; one son, Timothy H. Johnson of White Oak, Pa.; one sister, June E. Fiddler of Chambersburg; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Dan McClintock will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

Viewing will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 1165 Crottlestown Road, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; Summit Hospice Volunteers, 176 S. Coldbrook Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; or the American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

 

Anna E. S. Whisler

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Anna Evelyn Swisher Whisler, 90, of Piney Mountain Home, and formerly of 33 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at the home.

Born Oct. 25, 1906, in Harrisburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John Franklin and Coral Mae Reigle Swisher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph B. Whisler, on April 19, 1954. They were married in April 1929.

She was a 1925 graduate of Central High School, Harrisburg.

She was employed by Fort Ritchie in the engineering department during World War II. She was a secretary for Louis Barlup at Waynesboro High School. Prior to retiring in September, 1969, she was an occupational therapist at South Mountain Restoration Center, South Mountain, Pa.

She was a member of Waynesboro Presbyterian Church.

She also was a member of the Waynesboro Business and Professional Women, where she held various offices; a member of BPO Elks Lodge 731 Ladies Auxiliary, Waynesboro; Friends of Renfrew; AARP Chapter 739, Waynesboro; the National AARP; and Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered for various organizations in the area, including the Girl Scouts.

She is survived by one son, Anthony W. B. Whisler of Ferguson, Mo.; one brother, Franklin M. L. Swisher of Dover, N.H.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Maxine Hoke, on Oct. 17, 1996.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro. The Rev. Charles B. Jessen will officiate.

There will be no public viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, 105 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

 

Clyde L. Wagner

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Clyde L. Wagner, 78, of 2692 Johnson Drive, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Salem Cemetery of Greene Township, Pa. The Rev. Kenneth E. Wagner will officiate. Military graveside services will be conducted by Dietrich-Brechbill Post 612 American Legion, St. Thomas, Pa. 

Visitation will be Saturday from 11:45 to 12:45 p.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, 297 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg.

 

Melchior J. Cross

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Melchior J. "Mel" Cross, 77, of 211 Joyce Drive, died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at his home.

Memorial services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 44 E. Main St., Fayetteville. The Rev. David L. Hefner will officiate. Burial will be private.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggests memorial donations be made to Lutheran Home Care Services, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; or St. Paul Lutheran Church, 44 E. Main St., Fayetteville, Pa. 17222.

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

Joseph G. Farrie

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Joseph G. Farrie, 64, of Route 1, died Friday, March 21, 1997, at his home.

Born Sept. 1, 1932, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Mike and Opal Delosier Farrie.

He was a mutuel clerk at Charles Town Races.

He is survived by his wife, Margie A. Manor Farrie; four daughters, Cinde Davis and Kelly Barker, both of Herndon, Va., Susan Michelle Farrie of Charles Town, W.Va., and Toni Stewart of Manassas, Va.; one son, Joel S. Farrie of Rockville; one sister, Sue Rudisill of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services and burial will be private.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Agnes M. Burkett

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Agnes May Burkett, 74, of Route 3, Box 50-T, and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died Friday, March 21, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born April 11, 1922, in Mercersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Cora Skiles Mosser.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover F. Burkett, on Nov. 23, 1977.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Macedonia United Brethren Church, Greencastle, and the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. She also was a member of the Women's Missionary Society of the church.

She was a member of the Greencastle-Antrim Women's Fellowship.

She is survived by one daughter, Debra "Debbie" Merchant of Martinsburg; one sister, Keturah Drake of Newark, Del.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Newton Mosser.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Macedonia United Brethren Church, 11887 Worleytown Road, Greencastle. The Rev. Gayle Ruble Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill United Brethren Church Cemetery, Coseytown, Pa.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of Macedonia United Brethren Church, 11887 Worleytown Road, Greencastle, Pa. 17225; or to Gateway Center of City Hospital, Dry Run Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Anna J. Fletcher

LITTLE ORLEANS, Md. - Anna Jane Fletcher, 68, of Price Road, N.E., died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Hospice Unit, Cumberland, Md.

Born July 25, 1928, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Albert and Anna Jane Piper Hollenbaugh.

She was employed by London Fog, Hancock, for 17 years.

She was a member of Price Weslyan Memorial Church, Little Orleans.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Allan Fletcher; four daughters, Alice Turner and Carol Riggleman, both of Little Orleans, Penny Powell and Beverly Moyer, both of Artemas, Pa.; one son, Roy Fletcher of Little Orleans; one sister, Helen Rankin of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; one brother, Harry Hollenbaugh of Hagerstown; 10 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Pheobe Norris; and six brothers, Samuel Hollenbaugh, John Hollenbaugh, Charles Hollenbaugh, Roy Hollenbaugh, George Hollenbaugh and Billy Hollenbaugh.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock. The Rev. Daryl McClain will officiate. Burial will be in Price Weslyan Memorial Cemetery, Little Orleans.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will be open today from 2 to 9 p.m.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Sacred Heart Hospital, Hospice Unit, Cumberland, Md. 21502.

John W. Warfield

LARGENT, W.Va. - John William Warfield, 76, of Largent, died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at his home.

Born May 10, 1920, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late John William and May Glefield Warfield.

He was a 1938 graduate of Ellicott City High School, Ellicott City, Md.

He was employed as a motor fleet manager by the U.S. Postal Service from 1959 until July 1975.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from December 1938 until July 1958. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a member of AARP; Fleet Reserve, Branch 024, Annapolis; and Harley-Bohrer American Legion Post 128, Paw Paw, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Elnora Cavey Warfield; two daughters, Linda K. Schenker of Largent and Edie M. Bresley of Winchester, Va.; one son, Robert E. Warfield of Jamestown, N.Y.; one half sister, Florence Sherman of New York City; half brothers, James St. John of Camden, Maine, and Joseph St. John of Concord, N.C.; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, John W. "Jack" Warfield Jr. in 1996.

Services and burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Mountaineer Community Health Center, P.O. Box 2, Paw Paw, W.Va. 25434.

Arrangements are by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Edna L. Hull

BOONSBORO - Edna Lenora Hull, 97, of Reeders Memorial Home, and formerly of 19838 Jefferson Blvd., Hagerstown, died Friday, March 21, 1997, at the nursing home.

Born Jan. 6, 1900, in Benevola, she was the daughter of the late Upton Sheridan and Sadie Florence Poffenberger Sinnisen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Charles Hull, in 1935.

She was a seamstress for Hagerstown Shoe Co. until her retirement.

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

She also was a member of Olive Branch Chapter 34, Order of the Eastern Star, Keedysville.

She is survived by one daughter, Joan Potts of Seminole, Fla.; one sister, Virginia L. Muritz of Boonsboro; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Jane Hull; one son, R. Charles Hull Jr.; two sisters; and two brothers.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Edward H. Heim will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

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

Constance M. Stottlemyer

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Constance M. Stottlemyer, 73, of Myersville, died Friday, March 21, 1997, at her home.

Born Feb. 23, 1924, in Elizabeth, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Charles C. and Anna M. Smith Hoover Sr.

She was a member of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, Myersville.

She is survived by her husband, George M. Stottlemyer; one daughter, Crystal A. Vandercook of Frederick, Md.; one son, Brent M. Stottlemyer of Myersville; one brother, Charles "Bud" Hoover Jr. of Myersville; one granddaughter; a special nephew, Jan Sundstrum of Frankford, Del., and a special friend, Barbara Morrison of Myersville.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Gladys Sundstrum.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Ronald A. Beverlin and the Rev. David C. Dawson will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ricketts Funeral Home, 504 Main St., Myersville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, 1730 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. 21702.

Heaston A. Howell

HANCOCK - Heaston A. "Red" Howell, 80, of National Pike, died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Born Dec. 10, 1916, in Huff, W.Va., he was the son of the late Harrison Benjamin and Arie Mae Cutlip Howell.

He owned and operated Red's Fruit Stand near Hancock for 18 years. He also was a contractor's carpenter.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a 50-year member of the Carpenters Union, Cumberland, Md.

He is survived by his wife whom he married March 13, 1939, Maxine Helen Edwards Howell; two daughters, Leona Mae Goedde of Leigh Acres, Fla., and Debra Ann Hott of Martinsburg, W.Va.; three sons, Elwood Arlo Howell and Roger Lee Howell, both of Hancock, and Elwood Jason Howell; two sisters, Greathel I. Crabtree of Phoenix and Eulah S. Schrader of Erie, Pa.; two brothers, Sceabert A. Howell of Harrisonville, Pa., and Hensler C. Howell of Phoenix; seven half sisters, Goldie Cool of Diana, W.Va., Dora Howell of North Carolina, Lucille Peck, Norma Chaney, Rosalie Johnson, Bernice Morfinski and Ruby Howell, all of Erie; seven half brothers, Arden Howell of Union City, Pa., Jerry Howell, Tobias Howell, Carl Howell and Randy Howell, all of Erie, Christopher Howell and Terry Howell, both of Pickens, W.Va.; nine grandchildren; two step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Hartford Howell; one half sister, Agnes Howell; and two half brothers, Andrew Howell and George Howell.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock. The Rev. Earl B. Myers will officiate. Burial will be in Damascus Cemetery, Big Cove Tannery, Pa.

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

Eunice M. Hostetter

Eunice M. Hostetter, 49, of 20530 Millers Church Road, Hagerstown, died Friday, March 21, 1997, at her home.

Born Dec. 15, 1947, in Washington County, she was the daughter of Amos I. and Ethel S. Martin Hostetter of Hagerstown.

She was a member of Miller's Mennonite Church, Leitersburg.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by four sisters, Janet Eby of Flintstone, Md., Esther Martin of Lumban, Philippines, Doris Martin of Hagerstown and Dorothy Rudolph of Manchester, Ky.; one brother, Nelson Hostetter of Hagerstown; 25 nieces and nephews; and 17 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Millers Mennonite Church. The Millers Mennonite Church Ministry will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Arrangements are by Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Greencastle, Pa.

Minnie M. Vidas

Minnie Marie Vidas, 84, of Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, at her home.

Born Oct. 30, 1912, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Myrtle Roach Miller.

She was preceded in death by her husband Urban Mario "Joe" Vidas in 1980.

She attended Robinwood Church of God, Hagerstown.

She is survived by two daughters, Gloria Presgraves and Silvia Vidas, both of Hagerstown; two sons, Vince Vidas and Anthony Vidas, both of Hagerstown; several sisters; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services and burial will be private in Rose Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to YMCA, 149 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg.

Floyd E. Arnold

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Floyd E. Arnold, 88, formerly of 14109 Buchanan Trail West, died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at ManorCare Health Care Services, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born March 8, 1909, in Mercersburg, he was the son of the late L.B. and Mary Pike Arnold.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Thelma Angle Arnold on Jan. 24, 1997.

He was a dairy farmer in the Mercersburg, Fort Loudon and Greencastle, Pa., areas. He retired from farming in 1970. He later worked in security at Chambersburg Hospital.

He was a member of Ebenezer United Brethren Church, Greencastle.

He is survived by one daughter, Betty A. Bridendolph of Mercersburg; one sister, Marie A. Statler of Chambersburg; one granddaughter, Barbara L. Bridendolph of Mercersburg; and two great-granddaughters.

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

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. Garry L. Culler will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg.

Viewing will be held one hour prior to the services on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Ebenezer United Brethren Church, 7000 Guitner Road, Greencastle, Pa. 17225.

Irene E. Osborne

Irene Elizabeth Osborne, 87, of 507 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at Clearview Nursing Home.

Born March 22, 1909, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Albert and Elizabeth Frances Grubbs Carper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Osborne, on Dec. 29, 1994.

She was employed by Hagerstown Hosiery Co. and Reisner Manufacturing Co.

She attended Christ Lutheran Church.

She was a member of AARP.

She is survived by one daughter, Frances Smith of Hagerstown; one son, Harry Edwin Osborne III of Williamsport; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery. The Rev. Raymond H. Shriver will officiate.

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

Clarence R. Cordell Jr.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Clarence R. Cordell Jr., 68, of 2293 Lindsay Lot Road, died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born April 25, 1928, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Clarence R. and Mary Robinson Cordell Sr.

He was employed as an auto body technician at Chester Neil Garage of Shippensburg for 18 years; the former WLS Motors of Carlisle, Pa.; the former Elliot Motors, Inc. of Carlisle; and B&B Garage of Shippensburg. He retired in 1991.

He is survived by his wife, whom he married May 19, 1947, Esther Clever Cordell; one daughter, Victoria Kutz of Carlisle; two sisters, Vada Kessell of Chambersburg and Esther Zeger of Mercersburg, Pa.; one brother, Dwight Cordell of Union Grove, Wis.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Larry Cordell, in 1949.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. Roy E. Brake Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Punch Bowl Road, Mercersburg.

Viewing will be held Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Central Pennsylvania, 6041 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, Pa. 17112-1208.

Alma M. Ross

SMITHSBURG - Alma M. Ross, 79, of Bikle Road, died Friday, March 21, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born April 10, 1917, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Charles Benton and Martha Elizabeth Ferguson Reese.

She was employed by the Washington County Board of Education and the Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Smithsburg, the Wednesday Circle and Mary and Martha Sunday School Class.

She was a past supreme representative of Grand Temple Pythian Sisters of Maryland; the last charter member of Loyal Temple 27, Smithsburg; past noble grand of Friendship Lodge 8 of the Rebekah; past president of E.L.C.A. Lutheran Church Women; past president of Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary; past board member of Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens; Chewsville Lioness Club; Ladies Auxiliary Cascade American Legion; member of Sunshine Leisure Club, Smithsburg; Leitersburg Senior Citizens; and National and State AARP. She was a volunteer with the Bloodmobile, Washington County Chapter of American Red Cross for 22 years.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles H. Ross; four daughters, Norma Jean Ross of Hagerstown, Patricia M. Smith and Elizabeth L. "Betsy" Martin, both of Smithsburg and Paula Kay Hershberger of Lewistown, Pa.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 N. Main St., Smithsburg. The Rev. R. Carl Myers will officiate. Burial will be in Smithsburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. A memorial service conducted by Pythian Sisters will be held at 8:30 p.m.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggest memorial donations be made to Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens, 820 Florida Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 21740 or Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 217 Smithsburg, Md. 21783.

Judith M. G. Williams

Judith Marie Grant Williams, 75, of 108 Harvard Road, Hagerstown, died Friday, March 21, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Jan. 25, 1922, in Cresaptown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Genevieve McDonald Grant.

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

She was a volunteer at Western Maryland Center Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Francis "Bud" Williams; one sister, Mary "Dottie" Hayes of Hagerstown; two nieces and one great niece.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Bodkin, and two brothers, Allen Grant and Charles Grant.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 226 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Rev. George A. Limmer will be celebrant. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Prayers will be recited today at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


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