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Donald E. Karper

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Donald Eugene Karper, 66, of Menno Haven Nursing Home, Chambersburg, and formerly of Michaux Manor Living Center, Fayetteville, Pa., died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born June 17, 1930, in Franklin County, Pa., he was the son of the late Ambrose B. and Carrie Ickes Karper.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

He is survived by two sisters, Helen G. Gross and Velva Jones, both of Chambersburg.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

Services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, 297 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. The Rev. Neal O. Hively will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 26 Commerce St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; or to the Michaux Manor Living Center, 11302 S. Mount Road, Fayetteville, Pa. 17222.

Thelma E. McBee

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Thelma Elizabeth McBee, 86, of Hedgesville, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Born Aug. 13, 1910, in Cherry Run, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry E. and Molly G. McCullough Householder.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Renzie Dowl McBee, on Aug. 13, 1983.

She attended Chestnut Grove School, Cherry Run, W.Va.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Snyder's Bible Chapel, Hedgesville.

She is survived by three daughters, Joan E. Potter and Patricia A. Fox, both of Berkeley Springs, and L. Kay Gassert of Lebanon, Pa.; two sons, Jackie L. McBee of Berkeley Springs and Douglas M. "Mac" McBee of Hedgesville; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, V. Rosalie Clingerman and F. Lorraine Butts; and three brothers, Daniel R. Householder, Samuel M. Householder and Paul W. Householder.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Snyder's Bible Chapel, W.Va. 9, Hedgesville. Pastor Joseph L. Mercer will officiate. Burial will be in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Michael P. Myers

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Michael Preston Myers, 31, of 156 Broadview Court, died Monday, April 7, 1997, in a traffic accident on Interstate 81 in Washington County.

Born June 28, 1965, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Preston L. and Helen Karn Myers of Hagerstown.

He was a 1983 graduate of Smithsburg High School. He was a 1988 graduate of Musician Institute in Hollywood, Calif.

He was a member of Harmony United Methodist Church, Marlowe, W.Va.

He was a professional musician. He was employed by Food Lion.

He was a runner.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Cindy E. Myers; two daughters, Michele McKinney and Mellisa McKinney, both of Hagerstown; one son, Kristifer McKinney of Falling Waters; one sister, Teresa Myers of Oceanside, Calif.; paternal grandmother, Doris Mateer of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; and one niece.

Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Harmony United Methodist Church, Marlowe, W.Va. The Rev. Donald J. Gribble will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Harmony United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1510 Falling Waters, W.Va. 25419; or Hagerstown Junior College, Attn: Finance Department, for music achievement, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

William W. Lesh

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - William W. Lesh, 68, of St. Petersburg, and formerly of Hagerstown, died Monday, April 7, 1997, at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg.

Born Dec. 26, 1928, in Wind Gap, Pa., he was the son of the late Layton O. and Laura M. Kemmerer Lesh.

He was a medical doctor, having practiced in Hagerstown before moving to St. Petersburg in 1991. He served as team doctor at Smithsburg High School and Westernport High School, Westernport, Md. He practiced medicine in Westernport for 13 years, and at St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He attended Faith Covenant Church, St. Petersburg.

He was a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen J. Wynn Lesh; three daughters, Linda Miller, Susan Lesh, both of Hagerstown and Karen Arvidson of St. Petersburg; three sons, William Lesh Jr. of Seoul, South Korea, Rev. Thomas Lesh of Leesburg, Va., and Richard Lesh of Hagerstown; three sisters, Milicent Savercool of Bangor, Pa., Marie Williams of York, Pa., and Betty Riker of Sacramento, Calif.; two brothers, Roy Lesh of Spring Hill, Fla., and John Lesh of Pennsylvania; and 18 grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Petersburg Free Clinic Elder Care, 863 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33703.

Abram J. Strite

Abram J. Strite, 89, of Mennonite Fellowship Home, 12349 Huyett Lane, Hagerstown, and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at Waynesboro Hospital, Waynesboro, Pa.

Born Aug. 28, 1907, near Leitersburg, he was the son of the late Andrew and Lizzie Landis Strite.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Eberly Strite, in December, 1988.

He was a farmer, butcher and meat cutter, having done custom butchering. He worked for 10 years as a meat cutter at the former Rocky Ridge Farm Market, State Line, Md. He retired from Strite's Warehouse, Greencastle.

He was a member of Mt. Olive Mennonite Church near Maugansville.

He was given national recognition as a breeder of registered Ayrshire cattle.

He is survived by two daughters, Velma E. Horst of Christiansburg, Va., and Alta Mae Bussard of New Market, Md.; five sons, Allen E. Strite of Clear Spring, Wayne G. Strite of Chambersburg, Pa., Garnet E. Strite of Greencastle, Lawrence A. Strite of Tylertown, Miss., and Clair A. Strite of Richland Center, Wis.; 35 grandchildren; 102 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by one son, Nelson L. Strite; one sister; four brothers; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive Mennonite Church. Bishop Glenn Martin, the Rev. Ira Martin and the Rev. Arlin Eby will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 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 before the service on Saturday.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Sylvia C. Arwood

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Sylvia C. Arwood, 56, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.

Born Feb. 6, 1941, in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of the late Harry Sylvester and Lois Moser Noland Crouse.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Burke "J.B." Arwood on July 30, 1986.

She was a 1960 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School. She was a graduate of Strayer Business College, Washington, D.C.

From 1970 to 1986, she owned and operated Arwood's Antiques, one of the largest wholesale antique dealers on the East Coast. From 1987 until her death, she owned and operated Villager Antiques, Harrisonburg, Va., K&A Antiques, the Old Factory Antique Mall, the Berkeley Springs Furniture Outlet and the Almost Heaven Fudge Shoppe, all based in Berkeley Springs.

She was a member of the Berkeley Springs Church of Christ.

She also was a member of the Morgan County Democratic Women's Club.

She is survived by three daughters, Lisa J. Hansroth of Charleston, W.Va., Kim A. Arwood-Slate and Nicole N. Arwood, both of Berkeley Springs; one sister, Lois Ann Metzger of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three grandchildren; two nieces; one nephew; and one great-nephew.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. Paul E. Cantrell and the Rev. Edwin E. Floyd will officiate. Burial will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o CNB, P.O. Box 130, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 25411.

Peggy A. Clark

Peggy Ann Clark, 67, of 13636 Paradise Drive, Hagerstown, who died Monday, April 7, 1997, at Washington County Hospital, attended Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., and the University of Maryland.

Marian K.E. Drumheiser

QUINCY, Pa. - Marian K. Eichelberger Drumheiser, 94, of Quincy United Methodist Home, and formerly of Reading, Pa., died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at the home.

Born Nov. 26, 1902, in Springville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Pearl Worst Eichelberger. She also had lived in New Holland, Pa., and Ronks, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson W. Drumheiser Sr., in 1944. They were married in the early 1930s.

She was employed by Leiby's Restaurant and the cafeteria at C.K. Whitner Department Store, both in Reading.

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

She is survived by one daughter, Janice M. Green Fisher of Shillington, Pa.; one son, Walter Glenn Drumheiser of Robesonia, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Emerson W. Drumheiser Jr., in 1986; and one grandson.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Forrest Hills Memorial Park, Reading.

There will be no public viewing.

Memorial donations may be made to the Benevolent Fund of Quincy United Methodist Home, P.O. Box 128, Quincy, Pa. 17247.

Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Pa.

Pearl B. Taylor

Pearl B. Taylor, 93, of Colton Villa Nursing Center, and formerly of 11 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, who died Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at the center, was a member of Grace Brethren Church.

Patrick H. Coleman

Patrick H. Coleman, of Hagerstown, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born in Hoboken, N.J., he was the son of the late Harry and Caroline Worth Coleman.

He was employed by the Wright Aero Division of Curtiss Wright Corp., Wood-Ridge, N.J., as an administrative assistant to the manager of spare parts and production control, for 21 years. He later worked for Aerospace Associates in Crawford, N.J., as sales manager for Domestic and Foreign Airlines and U.S. Military Officers. In 1967, he moved to Hagerstown and worked for Fairchild Hiller Corp. He was a sales manager of mobile homes for De Rose Industries. He was a personnel manager and agent for Horner Manufacturing. He was a professional recruiter at Jobs Unlimited. He was a sales manager for the local chapter of Junior Achievement of Hagerstown, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Hagerstown.

He also was a member of BPO Elks Lodge 378 Hagerstown and Fountain Head Country Club, Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Stefanelli Coleman; two daughters, Kathleen Ricciardi of Cedar Knolls, N.J., and Barbara Kauffman Rhodes of Hagerstown; one son, Patrick W. Coleman of St. Louis; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Visitation will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggests memorial donations be made to The Columbus Hospital, 495 N. 13th St., Newark, N.J., 07107.

Frederick L. Keller

Frederick L. "Jack" Keller, 62, of Western Maryland Center, Hagerstown, and formerly of Westernport, Md., died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at the center.

Born Oct. 30, 1934, in Westernport, he was the son of the late Wilson T. and Ruth E. Raines Keller.

He had been employed by Kennys Market and Malc's Service Station, Westernport.

He is survived by two sisters, Betty Bowley of Laurel, Md., and Geraldine Wilkinson of Westernport; and one brother, Wilson E. Keller of Westernport.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Pattison; and four brothers, James Keller, Patrick Keller, Eugene Keller and Raymond Keller.

Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Boal Funeral Home, Westernport. The Rev. Sumner Sawyer will officiate. Burial will be in Philos Cemetery.

Visitation will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Sylvia C. Arwood

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Sylvia C. Arwood, 56, of Berkeley Springs, who died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, was the daughter of the late Harry Sylvester Crouse and Lois Moser Noland Crouse Seely.

Joyce L. White

MAUGANSVILLE - Joyce L. White, 54, of 13817 Village Mill Drive, died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at Williamsport Nursing Home, Williamsport.

Born Nov. 25, 1942, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Ralph L. and Goldie B. Stains Lorshbaugh.

She was employed by Freddies Corner and Alibi's.

She was a member of Faith Temple, Cearfoss.

She is survived by her husband, Joe White; two daughters, Kelli S. Shrader and Trudy L. Scott, both of Hagerstown; two sons, Raymond T. McCarney and Mark A. Hoffman, both of Hagerstown; one stepdaughter, Norma Jean White of Hagerstown; one stepson, Joe White of Hagerstown; one sister, Kimberly E. Eyler of Hagerstown; two brothers, Ronald L. Lorshbaugh and Michael W. Lorshbaugh, both of Maugansville; and six grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Ronald L. Lynch will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Anthony C. Montanio Sr.

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Anthony Carl Montanio Sr., 70, of Kearneysville, and formerly of Williamsport, died Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born June 13, 1926, in Newark, N.J., he was the son of Josephine Ruotolo Montanio of Clifton, N.J., and the late Anthony Carl Montanio.

His wife, Edith Elaine Knowlton Montanio, died Jan. 18, 1997.

He owned and operated Maiday Housecleaning Service for 25 years.

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

He was a member of Williamsport Assemblies of God.

He also was a member and past president of Full Gospel Business Men's Association in Kensington, Md.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by one daughter, Josephine L. Montanio, at home; one son, Anthony C. Montanio Jr., at home; and one brother, Michael Montanio of Clifton.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Clear Spring. The Rev. Daniel A. Jordan will officiate.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 16, at Williamsport Assemblies of God, Falling Waters Road, Williamsport. The Rev. Daniel A. Jordan will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the family of Anthony C. Montanio Sr., c/o Allen Cameron, Route 2, Box 537, Kearneysville, W.Va. 25430.

Arrangements are by Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport.

Paul F. Litten

FAIRPLAY - Paul Franklin Litten, 83, of 17319 Spielman Road, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 16, 1914, in Downsville, he was the son of the late Thomas Edgar and Bessie W. Liskey Litten.

He was employed at Victor Hosiery Mill in Hagerstown for 21 years, and then at Montgomery Ward in Hagerstown for 11 years, retiring in 1979.

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

He was a member of Downsville Church of the Brethren.

He also was a member of Potomac Post 202 American Legion, and Conococheague Tribe 84 Improved Order of Redmen, both in Williamsport; and North American Rod and Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia Frances Litten Litten; one daughter, Eileen Plotner of Fayetteville, Pa.; three sons, Charles Litten of Williamsport, Robert Litten and Carl Litten, both of Fairplay; one brother, Clyde Litten of Martinsburg, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Beulah Nally and Lena Smith; and one granddaughter.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. The Rev. Jan Dorsey will officiate. Burial will be in Manor Cemetery in Tilghmanton, with miltiary graveside serivces conducted by Morris Frock Post 42, American Legion, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open Friday after 9 a.m. for the convenience of family and friends.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Downsville Church of the Brethren, 8228 Dam No. 4 Road, Williamsport, Md. 21795.

Charles E. Diebert Jr.

Charles Edward Diebert Jr., 79, of 12 S. Walnut St., Hagerstown, died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at his home.

Born June 4, 1917, in St. James, Md., he was the son of the late Charles E. and Bessie M. Beitler Diebert Sr.

He was employed by C.E. Routzahn Feed Mill and Donald Dayhoff Contractor. He was retired from Dixie Millwork.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II.

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

He is survived by his wife, Ruth C. Rowland Diebert, whom he married in February 1936; one sister, Pauline Miller of Hagerstown and one brother, Wilbur E. Diebert of Williamsport.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Edward Heim will officiate. Burial will be in Manor Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Charles C. Dennis Jr.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Charles E. "C.E." Dennis Jr., 64, of Route 2, died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born Jan. 25, 1933, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Charles E. and Urma Jane Swink Dennis Sr.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Minneqerode Dennis.

He was the former owner of Dennis Watercress.

He was a member of BPO Elks Lodge 778.

He is survived by one daughter, Jane Morgan Mills of Martinsburg; two sons, Charles E. Dennis III of Martinsburg and Richard T. Dennis of Hedgesville, W.Va.; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Nancy Byrne; and one brother, E. Frost Dennis.

Services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Edward A. Tosten

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Edward Allen Tosten, 42, of 9 Bowie Drive, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Oct. 15, 1954, in Clear Spring, he was the son of the late Glenn O. and Margaret K. Tosten.

He attended Mountain View Baptist Church.

He is survived by a friend, Pat Heishman, with whom he resided and Sonya and Leroy Hillard of Falling Waters.

There will be no service.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21742; or Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

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

Lillian K. Mellott

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Lillian K. Mellott, 91, of Meeting House Road, died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at her home.

Born Nov. 21, 1905, in Frederick County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Elizabeth Longman Hayes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert T. Mellott, in 1970.

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

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Susan Abin of Lander, Md.; four sons, George Marvin Stottlemyer, Vernon Stottlemyer, Roy Stottlemyer and Ercy "Tex" Stottlemyer, all of Myersville; one brother, Eldin "Pete" Hayes of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Ellen Jackson; and one son, Gordon Stottlemyer.

Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Ronald A. Beverlin will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Memorial Garden of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, 11318 Meeting House Road, Myersville, Md. 21773.


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