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L. Virginia K. Brubaker

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - L. Virginia Kriner Brubaker, 78, of 14325 Buchanan Trail East, formerly of Greencastle, Pa., and Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., died Friday, April 25, 1997, in the emergency room of Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Sept. 29, 1918, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Homer C. and E. Ruth Decker Kriner.

She was a 1936 graduate of Waynesboro High School.

She and her husband owned and operated Brubaker's Gas Mart in Blue Ridge Summit, for 25 years and retired in 1985.

She was a member of National AARP.

She is survived by her husband, J. Harold Brubaker Sr.; and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one son, Joseph H. Brubaker Jr., who died in Vietnam; and one sister, C. Elizabeth Stone.

Private graveside services will be today in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

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

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

Mary A.B. Barton

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Mary Alice Birely Barton, 92, of 13639 Crawford Ave., died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at St. Catherine Nursing Center, Emmitsburg, Md.

Born June 16, 1904, in Highfield, Md., she was the daughter of the late Marvin F. and Alice V. Moser Birely. She lived her early life in Sabillasville, Md.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ardon K. Barton, in 1967.

She was a 1923 graduate of Thurmont High School, Thurmont, Md. She then graduated from Waynesboro Business College, Waynesboro, Pa., and studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

She was first employed by Waynesboro Knitting Mill, Waynesboro. She then was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a postal clerk at the Blue Ridge Summit Post Office for 15 1/2 years and retired in 1972.

She was a member of Hawley's Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blue Ridge Summit, where she was the church organist for more than 50 years. She was a member of the Women's Association.

She played the piano at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Sabillasville, at minstrel shows in Sabillasville, and at Thurmont High School during lunch time, dances and shows.

She was a member of National AARP.

She is survived by four sisters, Ethel J. Zimmerman of Catonsville Md., Helen B. DeLawter of Timonium, Md., Eleanor R. Birely of Washington, D.C., and Doris M. Kepner of Oxen Hill, Md.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold F. Birely, M. Raymond Birely Sr., Donald L. Birely and infant William Birely.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blue Ridge Summit. Pastor Robert S. Edmundson will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery, Cascade.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 582, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. 17214; or St. Mark's Lutheran Church, P.O. Drawer D, Sabillasville, Md. 21780.

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

Victor L. Evans

Victor Lionel Evans, 90, formerly of 51 Elgin Blvd., and a resident of Colton Villa Nursing Home, Hagerstown, died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 24, 1906, in Sistersville, W.Va., he was the son of the late Joseph and Sallie Howard Evans.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Thea Evans.

He was employed by Ray Kline Roofing and owner of Long's Barbecue.

He is survived by two daughters, Deleen Harris of Sistersville and JoAnn Smith of Mapleville, Md.; one sister, Hazel Grove of Frederick, Md.; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one great-grandchild.

Services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Donald N. Kretzer will officiate. Burial will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Archers Chapel Cemetery, Tyler County, W.Va.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Pet Hotline, 11826 Peacock Trail, Hagerstown, Md. 21742; or Washington County SPCA, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Gladys M.R.F. Gilreath

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Gladys Mae Ray Fleagle Gilreath, 73, of 321 Ringgold St., died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa.

Born June 9, 1923, in Greencastle, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry L. and Ida Mae Summers Ray.

She attended Clay Hill schools.

She was employed as a machine operator for 36 years by Waynesboro Knitting Mill, Waynesboro, until its closing. She then attended Franklin County Vo-Tech to became a certified nurse's assistant. She worked in private homes until she retired in 1996.

She was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waynesboro, and she visited shut-ins for the church.

She was a member of National AARP.

She is survived by one daughter, Jeanette M. Naylor of Waynesboro; one son, Delbert Lee Fleagle of Waynesboro; one sister, Blanche Dunkin of Keedysville; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Beulah Thompson; and three brothers, Kenneth Ray Sr., Norman Ray Sr. and Lloyd Ray.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 S. Church St., Waynesboro. Pastor Richard A. Seaks will officiate. Burial will be in Grindstone Hill Cemetery, Chambersburg, Pa.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 S. Church St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

Edith F. Harrison

WINCHESTER, Va. - Edith F. Harrison, 75, of Opequon Avenue, died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center.

Born April 29, 1921, in Frederick County, Va., she was the daughter of the late V.T. and Gertrude Cloud Hardy.

She was employed in the laundry department at Handley High School, Winchester.

She was a member of Peoples Country Church, Winchester.

She is survived by her husband, Evan W. "Bob" Harrison.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Jones Funeral Home Chapel, 228 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester. Pastor Phillip Roby will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

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

Jacqueline D. Williamson

KEEDYSVILLE - Jacqueline Delores "Jackie" Williamson, 65, of 6431 Coffman Farms Road, died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at her home.

She was born May 7, 1931, in Hagerstown.

She was employed by Washington County Hospital and the state of Maryland for 11 years.

She was a member of AARP and Redmen Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Williamson Sr.; one daughter, Victoria L. Sprecher of Hagerstown; three sons, Robert C. Williamson Jr. and Gary A. Brown, both of Hagerstown, and Curtis R. Williamson of Marlowe, W.Va.; one adopted sister, Esther Thomas of Keedysville; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Andrew J. Cooney will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

Anabel M. Barnes

LEITERSBURG - Anabel Mamie Barnes, 77, of 21449 Leiter St., died Sunday, April 27, 1997, at her daughters' home in Frederick, Md.

Born Oct. 3, 1919, in Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Iva Gardenhour.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Clyde Barnes, in 1986.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Leitersburg.

She was a member of Homemakers Club.

She was interested in sports.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Weller of Frederick; two sons, Robert F. Barnes and Michael C. Barnes, both of Hagerstown; one sister, Helen Stephan of Miami; a friend, Richard Knight of Mt. Airy, Md.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one niece.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Lans Alexis will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Frederick Memorial Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice, 400 Seventh St., Frederick, Md. 21702.

Linda L.T. Wahler

WILLIAMSPORT - Linda Lee Toms Wahler, 53, of Milestone Garden Apartments, died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 2, 1944, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Bernard L. and Marilyn L. Kennedy Toms.

She was a member of Paramount Brethren In Christ Church, Hagerstown.

She was a member of Ladies of Elks Lodge 378.

She is survived by her husband, John R. Wahler; one daughter, Michele Wahler Selby of Suffolk, Va.; two sons, John M. Wahler of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Jeffery S. Wahler of Hagerstown; two brothers, Gary L. Toms and Jerry A. Toms, both of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Paula Jean Toms; and one brother, Donald E. "Sharkey" Toms.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. James R. Stauffer will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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 Paramount Brethren In Christ Church, 19106 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21742.

Elmer L. Nave

Elmer Leroy Nave, 79, of 10823 Lincoln Ave., Hagerstown, died Friday, April 25, 1997, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Hagerstown.

Born July 2, 1917, in Pinesburg, he was the son of the late Alex Bradley and Ella May Teach Nave.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Elizabeth Wolfe Nave, in 1978.

He was employed as an electrician by Fairchild Aircraft Co. and retired in 1979.

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

He was of the Lutheran faith.

He was a member of Potomac Post 202 and the second Last Man's Club of the American Legion, Williamsport; and Local 842 UAW.

He is survived by one daughter, Jo Ann Burger of Hagerstown; one sister, Hazel Bear of Harrisonburg, Va.; one brother, Eugene Nave of Pinesburg; and one grandson.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. Ruth Rinker, vicar, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport. Military graveside services will be conducted by Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion, Hagerstown.

Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will open after 9 a.m. today for the convenience of family and friends.

Chester D. Roberts

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chester D. Roberts, 93, of 234 S. Third St., died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at Franklin County Nursing Home, Guilford, Pa.

Born July 21, 1903, in Mercersburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Stephen and Annie Brennaman Roberts.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes G. Miller Roberts, in 1974.

He was a self-employed mason contractor.

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

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a life member of Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46, Chambersburg; past Chef de Gar of Forty et. Eight American Legion; member of Loyal Order of Moose 761, Carlisle, Pa., and Hume McNeal Byers AMVETS Post 224, Chambersburg.

He is survived by one daughter, Kathryn F. Short of Hagerstown; two sons, Carl M. Roberts and James H. Roberts, both of Hagerstown; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; one nephew; and a devoted care giver, Daniel Poe of Chambersburg.

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. Herbert S. Busick Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg. Military graveside services will be conducted by Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599, Chambersburg.

There will be no viewing; however, visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service Wednesday.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Betty L. Rosenberry

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Betty L. Rosenberry, 68, of 218 Butternut Lane, died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa.

Born Nov. 22, 1928, in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry G. and Mildred P. Little Reitzel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert H. Rosenberry, in 1988.

She was a member of Hope Street Mission, Chambersburg.

She was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Auxiliary 842, Chambersburg.

She is survived by two daughters, Saundra Atherton of Chambersburg and Arline Johnson of Hagerstown; three sons, Marvin E. Atherton and Randy L. Atherton, both of Chambersburg, and Edward T. Atherton of Fayetteville, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Janice Rosenberry of Canton, Ohio, and Patricia Horst of St. Thomas, Pa.; one stepson, Albert H. Rosenberry Jr. of Canton; one sister, Lois A. Heckman of Fayetteville; eight grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Ed Lawson and the Rev. Carl Bert will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Wednesday.

Betty L. Dodd

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Betty Lee Dodd, 67, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at her home.

Born March 8, 1930, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of the late Carl F. and Elsie M. Sencindiver Cook Sr.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold C. Ashton; and her second husband, Russell C. Dodd.

She was employed by Nations Bank in Alexandria, Va.

She was a member of Pikeside United Methodist Church.

She was a member of Martinsburg Chapter 738 Women of the Moose and BPO Elks in Hagerstown.

She was one of the first female licensed pilots in West Virginia. She was a member of Civil Air Patrol.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol S. Easterday of Martinsburg and Donna Kaye Williams of Milford, Va.; two sons, H. Scott Ashton of Martinsburg and Glenn Lee Ashton of Alexandria; two sisters, Evelyn Hettenhouser of Hagerstown and Dorothy Miller of Smithsburg; one brother, Carl F. "Buddy" Cook Jr. of Pikeside, W.Va.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. Walter F. Bowers will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

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

She requested memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

J. Guy Tosten Sr.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - J. Guy Tosten Sr., 83, of 1694 Wilson Ave., died Saturday, April 26, 1997, in the emergency room of Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Oct. 3, 1913, in Kaslesville, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Rachel Long Tosten.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna L. Carryer Tosten, in 1992.

He was a 1933 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

He was a self-employed building contractor for 30 years in the Chambersburg area.

He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Chambersburg.

He served on the board of directors of Mechanics Building and Loan. He was elected in 1958 to The Salvation Army Advisory Board and served for 39 years, where he was honored as a life member in 1996.

He was a member of Junior Order United American Mechanics.

He is survived by one daughter, Joanne L. Hale of Fayetteville, Pa.; two sons, Joseph G. Tosten Jr. and Larry E. Tosten, both of Chambersburg; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, June Fadden of Chambersburg.

He was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

Services will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Linda O. Eshelman will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army Hometown Endowment Fund, 159 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; or St. Paul United Methodist Church Building Fund, 237 E. Queen St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Barbara Hoffmaster

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Barbara Hoffmaster, 64, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, at her home.

Born Dec. 10, 1932, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Bertha Kilham Reynolds.

She was a textile inspector.

She was a member of First Church of God, Martinsburg.

She is survived by three daughters, Debbie Hammond of Ranson, W.Va., Sherry Peck of Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Cathy Nimphius of Frederick, Md.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Beulah and Russell Miller.

Services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at First Church of God, Van Metre Avenue, Martinsburg. The Rev. Harold O. Snyder will officiate. Burial will be in Samples Manor Cemetery, Dargan.

The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg, today from 7 to 9 p.m. The casket will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service Tuesday.

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

Kathleen M. Magaha

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Kathleen Marie Magaha, 82, of 318 S. Church St., died Friday, April 25, 1997, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, N.C.

Born Oct. 18, 1914, in Dartmore, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Bridget Barnhill Jones.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Magaha.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Community, Middletown.

She was a member of The Salvation Army, Frederick, Md., and Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter, Kathleen M. Hane of Waxhaw, N.C.; one sister, Veronica Morgan of Takoma Park, Md.; three grandchildren, Teresa Vogel of Ellicott City, Md., Michael Hane and John Hane, both of Charlotte; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Diana J. Bricker; many brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7321 Burkittsville Road, Middletown. The Rev. John C. Moore will be celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick.

The family will receive friends at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown, today from 7 to 9 p.m., where a Christian wake will be at 7 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Md. 21702-0799; or to the building fund of Holy Family Catholic Community, 3240 Old National Pike, Middletown, Md. 21769.

George R. Pague

MONT ALTO, Pa. - George R. Pague, 77, of 318 Verdier Ave., formerly of Shippensburg, Pa., Waynesboro, Pa., and St. Cloud, Fla., died Friday, April 25, 1997, at his home.

Born Jan. 8, 1920, in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the son of the late George F. and Dove Priest Pague.

He was a graduate of Shippensburg High School. He attended the College of Medicine in Philadelphia for three years.

He was employed by South Mountain Restoration Center, South Mountain, Pa., as a supervisor in the electrical department. He retired in 1982 after 27 years of service.

He also owned and operated George's Electrical Service, Mont Alto.

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

He attended Central Baptist Church, Mont Alto.

He was a life member of Mont Alto Fire Co., Mont Alto; A.T.H.&L. Fire Co., Waynesboro, Pa.; and Narcoossee Volunteer Fire Co., Narcoossee, Fla. He also was a volunteer emergency medical technician for Narcoossee Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Haugh Pague, whom he married on June 11, 1948; one daughter, Linda L. Bittle of Charles Town, W.Va.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one stepsister, Louise McKean.

Services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor R.W. Skidmore will officiate. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

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 Summit Home Health, 176 S. Coldbrook Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; or American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Gwendolyn G. Hopkins

Gwendolyn Grace Hopkins, 73, of 1341 Cedarwood Drive, Hagerstown, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, at her home.

Born Aug. 12, 1923, in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Robinson Skelly.

She was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a supervisor, retiring in 1984.

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

She was a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Jesse M. Hopkins; four stepdaughters, Ann Marie Hopkins of Gaithersburg, Md., Sarah C. Rachel of McLean, Va., Kathleen Selivonik of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Mary Claire Lantz of Huntingtown, Md.; one stepson, George Michael Hopkins of Colorado Springs, Colo.; several sisters and brothers; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Linda L.T. Wahler

WILLIAMSPORT - Linda Lee Toms Wahler, 53, of Milestone Garden Apartments, died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 2, 1944, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Bernard L. and Marilyn L. Kennedy Toms.

She was a member of Paramount Brethren In Christ Church, Hagerstown.

She was a member of Ladies of Elks Lodge 378.

She is survived by her husband, John R. Wahler; one daughter, Michele Wahler Selby of Suffolk, Va.; two sons, John M. Wahler of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Jeffery S. Wahler of Hagerstown; two brothers, Gary L. Toms and Terry A. Toms, both of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Paula Jean Toms; and one brother, Donald E. "Sharkey" Toms.

Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. James R. Stauffer will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Paramount Brethren In Christ Church, 19106 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21742.

Emma L.D. Brown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Emma Lolita Downin Brown, 93, of 803 N. Wahneta St., died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at St. Lukes Hospital, Fountain Hill, Pa.

Born Nov. 20, 1903, in Wilson, Md., she was the daughter of the late David Victor and Emma Katherine Corbett Downin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merritt W. Brown Sr.

She was a graduate of Towson State Normal School and Kutztown (Pa.) University.

She was a teacher at Palmer School, retiring in 1975. She also was a teacher at Hecktown and Surrey elementary schools in Hagerstown. She was a principal at Downsville Elementary School.

She was a member of Christ Church United Church of Christ, Bethlehem, Pa. She was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent.

She was a member of Eastern Star Calypso Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma and American Association of University Women.

She is survived by one son, Merritt Brown Jr. of Easton, Pa.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Dr. Robert I. Brown; one sister, Nellie Wolfinger; and two brothers, Thomas Downin and Bruce Downin.

Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church United Church of Christ, 75 E. Market St., Bethlehem. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Bethlehem.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Church United Church of Christ, 75 E. Market St., Bethlehem, Pa. 18018; or the American Heart Association, 212 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, Pa. 18018.

Clarence A. Coats Sr.

ADAMSTOWN, Md. - Clarence Allen Coats Sr., 70, of 7501 Mountain Approach Road, died Saturday, April 26, 1997, at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Md.

Born Aug. 23, 1926, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Maxwell Eamean and Iva Blanch Wilson Coats.

He owned and operated E-Z Powr Distributors in Adamstown.

He was a member of Flint Hill United Methodist Church, Adamstown, where he sang in the church choir.

He was a former member of Frederick Seratoma Club.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lois Joyce Jackson Coats; five children, Clarence A. Coats Jr. of Frederick, Debra A. Beard of Shepherdstown, W.Va., Neil B. Coats of Walkersville, Md., Diane E. Ketterman of Sharpsburg and Harold K. Coats of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; four brothers, Maxwell Coats of Las Vegas, Robert Coats of St. Augustine, Fla., Lowell Coats of Adamstown and Charles Coats of Damascus, Md.; nine grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jacob Winters and Harold Coats.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. The Rev. Elmer R. Breeden will officiate. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., where a Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Reservoir Circle, Baltimore, Md. 21208.

Betty J. Swisher

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Betty Jane Swisher, 72, of Warfordsburg, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, at Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, Pa.

Born Jan. 19, 1925, in Mt. Union, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Homer D. and Elsie Snyder Estep.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur E. Swisher, in 1980.

She was employed by the former Sagner Manufacturing Co., McConnellsburg. She was a homemaker.

She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by four daughters, Sharon Winters of Warfordsburg, Cindy Mohar of Hagerstown, Colleen Swisher of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Debra Leatherman of Clear Spring; two sons, John D. Swisher of Berkeley Springs and Raymond Swisher of Clarksville, Tenn.; one half-sister in Alliance, Ohio; seven granddaughters; 10 grandsons; and seven great-granddaughters.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Christian Church, Warfordsburg. The Rev. Denver Plessinger will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Pa., today from 2 to 9 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service Wednesday.

Mildred B. Gaver

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Mildred B. Gaver, 89, of Myersville, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, at Northampton Manor, Frederick, Md.

Born Feb. 20, 1908, in Myersville, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Rosa C. Kinna Baker.

Her husband, Ralph R. Gaver, died in 1973.

She retired from Rosenauer's Department Store in Frederick in 1970.

She was a member of Harmony Community Lutheran Church, and attended Myersville Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by one daughter, Evelyn G. Venezky of Alexandria, Va.; three sons, Bernard L. Gaver and Merle R. Gaver, both of Myersville, and Donald G. Gaver of Ellicott City, Md.; two sisters, Alice Linton and Evelyn Rhoderick, both of Frederick; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was prececed in death by two sisters, Helen Shafrick and Thelma Baker; and one brother, Ray Baker.

Graveside services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Zion United Methodist Cemetery in Myersville. The Rev. Tracy Wiser will officiate.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Myersville Volunteer Fire Co. Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 95, Myersville, Md. 21773.

Tharon R. Henretta

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Tharon R. "Rose" Henretta, 73, of Route 2, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, at I.H.S. Nursing Home, Charles Town, W.Va.

Born July 16, 1923, in Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late David H. and Lillian E. Walker Henretta.

She was a member of Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church, Martinsburg.

She is survived by seven daughters, Sharon A. Young of Macon, Ga., Norma Jean Lawrence of Inwood, W.Va., Norma June Bageant of Martinsburg, Lillian B. Hahn of Kearneysville, Helen B. Heflin of California, Carolyn M. Enns of York, Pa., and Victoria L. Myers of Summit Point, W.Va.; four sons, Melvin D. Heflin of Eastlake, Ohio, Ernest L. Heflin of Inwood, Howard W. Alger of Bedington, W.Va., and William A. Heflin of Martinsburg; one sister, Katherine L. Crowell of Martinsburg; one brother, David H. Henretta of Sarasota, Fla.; 24 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. Michael R. Bageant 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.

Grace B. Grimm

Grace Beeler Grimm, 92, formerly of 1218 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, died Monday, April 28, 1997, at Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home, Boonsboro.

Born Dec. 9, 1904, in Braddock Heights, Md., she was the daughter of the late Stanley V. and Annabelle Beeler Dean.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Grimm, in 1968.

She was a member of Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.

She was a former volunteer at Washington County Hospitals, the R.S.V.P. and Fahrney-Keedy Church Home.

She is survived by a foster son, Ernest R. Hoffer of Hagerstown; great nieces; and cousins.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. The Rev. Dean M. Miller will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, Md. 21713; or Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, 15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Adelia E. Mosco

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Adelia Elaina Mosco, 81, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday, April 28, 1997, at her home.

Born Jan. 12, 1916, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Clara L. Colaizzi Mosco.

She was a graduate of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and did post-graduate work at Carlow College, Pittsburgh, St. Francis College, Loretto, Pa., and Washburn University, Topeka, Kan.

She was a Franciscan nun with the St. Francis Order of Pittsburgh, serving as an elementary school teacher from 1939 to 1974. She retired in 1981 as a clerical supervisor with the state of Maryland.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Berkeley Springs.

She is survived by three brothers, Anthony P. Mosco of Brooklyn Park, Md., Eugene V. Mosco of Berkeley Springs and Vincent E. Mosco of Belen, N.M.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Gina C. Ramer; and two brothers, Dante E. Mosco and Francis R. Mosco.

A funeral liturgy will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 116 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. John S. Ledford will officiate. Burial will be in Union Chapel 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., where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. The funeral home will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for the convenience of friends.

Helen K. Hoke

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Helen K. Hoke, 89, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, at Shawnee Springs Nursing Home, Winchester, Va.

Born Dec. 27, 1907, in Parkersburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Edwin R. and Sarah Wallace Kingsley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Hoke.

She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Mary's Guild. She was formerly a member of the Altar Guild and the church choir.

She was a charter member of Olde Berkeley Garden Club; member of Junior League of Parkersburg and Chi Omega Society.

She is survived by two sons, Wallace K. Bishop and John B. Hoke Jr., both of Martinsburg; four grandchildren, Ann Alter, Jane Sandlin, Kathy Hoke and John Hoke; one great-granddaughter; and one niece.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Fletcher.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. Jack T. Sutor Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Dolores M. O'Neill

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - Dolores McPhilomy O'Neill, 75, of Gerrardstown, died Monday, April 28, 1997, at Avalon Manor Nursing Home, Hagerstown.

Born April 14, 1922, in Brisbin, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Hughes McPhilomy.

She was a retired dance instructor at Baltimore City Bureau of Recreation.

She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, Inwood, W.Va.

She was a member of Gerrardstown Homemaker's Club.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Fintan B. O'Neill; one daughter, Carol Stachling of Baltimore; one son, William S. O'Neill of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Rosedale Funeral Chapel, Rosedale Road, Martinsburg. The Rev. Brian Shoda will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Leo's Expansion Fund or to the charity of one's choice.

John P. Gray Jr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - John P. Gray Jr., 72, of Columbus, died Thursday, April 17, 1997, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus.

He was the son of the late John Peter and Sylvia A. Gray.

He retired from United Telephone Co. and Columbus Fire Department.

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

He was a member of Linden Lodge 637 F&A.M.

He is survived by one daughter, Virginia; three sons, Gary Gray, Terry Gray and John P. Gray III; two stepdaughters, Sharon and Vickie; two foster daughters, Kathy Lester and Choo Clementz; one sister, Betty Henry of Williamsport; one brother, Robert Gray of Halfway; former wives, Catherine Gray and Barbara Ryan of Columbus; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Masonic memorial service was held Wednesday, April 23, at Jerry Spears Funeral Home, Columbus.


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