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Harry W. McCusker

HANCOCK - Harry William McCusker, 64, of Mann Road, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born April 14, 1933, in Hancock, he was the son of the late William and Hazel Munson McCusker.

He retired from the U.S. Army in 1973. He was a veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War.

He retired in 1997 from Eddie's Tire Service in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

He was a member of Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church, Hancock.

He was a member of AARP and Non-Commissioned Officers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Shelvy Jean Flowers McCusker; one daughter, Tammy Leach of Hancock; two sons, David McCusker and Danny McCusker, both of Hancock; five sisters, Genevieve Plante of Williamsport, Fern Hart of Artemas, Pa., Marguereta Joy of Little Orleans, Md., Lurna McCusker of Salisbury, Md., and Harriet Yost of Berkeley Springs; three brothers, Robert McCusker, Leroy McCusker and Henry McCusker, all of Hancock; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Millard McCusker.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church, Hancock. The Rev. Ray Rogers will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery. Military graveside services will be conducted by Tri-State Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock, today from 7 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will be open today from 2 to 9 p.m. The family also will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Hancock Rescue Squad Inc., 57 E. Main St., Hancock, Md. 21750.

George H. Davis

WILLIAMSPORT - George Henry Davis, 75, a resident of Avalon Nursing Home, Hagerstown, and formerly of 12433 Cedar Ridge Road, Williamsport, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born April 3, 1922, in Downsville, he was the son of the late Cyrus M. Davis and Anna Mary Kennedy Davis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora V. Gladhill Davis, who died in 1989.

He was a retired press operator at W.D. Byron Tannery in Williamsport.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by two daughters, Carol R. Walchshauser of Hagerstown, and Judy M. Whittington of Williamsport; one son, John K. Grove of Mercersburg, Pa., two sisters, Pauline Manspeaker and Blanche Crampton both of Hagerstown; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring. The Rev. Robert E. Timmons will officiate. Burial will be in Parkhead Cemetery in Big Pool.

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

Goldie G.B. Stambaugh

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Goldie G. Barnes Stambaugh, 70, of 395 Laurel Lane, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born April 18, 1927, in Lewistown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry and Pauline Baker Barnes. She had also lived in South Mountain, Pa.

She was a 1945 graduate of Quincy High School and a 1948 graduate of the Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia, where she received her degree in nursing.

She was employed as a registered nurse by Samuel Dixon Hospital, South Mountain, later named South Mountain Restoration Center. Prior to her retirement in 1978, she served as supervisor. She worked part time as a nurse at Quincy United Methodist Home, Quincy, Pa.

She was a member of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association; Waynesboro Fish and Game Association; Nittany Lions Club; Pennsylvania State University; and National AARP. She participated with the Harvard Medical School Program for 25 years, as they studied a number of nurses and how their profession affected their health.

She is survived by her husband, whom she married Jan. 27, 1951, Richard L. Stambaugh; one daughter, Kathy A. Stambaugh of Germantown, Md.; one sister, Zelda R. Wagaman of South Mountain; and two nieces.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. The Rev. Mervil R. Stambaugh and the Rev. Curvin D. Stambaugh will officiate. Burial will be in Strang's Cemetery, South Mountain.

There will be no public viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggest memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; the Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro, Pa. 17268; or to the church of the donor's choice.

Lillie F. Divelbiss

Lillie Fern Divelbiss, 77, of 846 Spruce St., Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 25, 1919, in Paw Paw, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Clara Bowers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl B. Divelbiss.

She is survived by five daughters, Frances Patterson of Hagerstown, Ramona Yeager of Orlando, Fla., Linda Foor, and Loretta P. Smith both of Six Mile Run, Pa., and Wanda S. Wible of Chambersburg, Pa.; three sons, Ronald C. Divelbiss of Abbottstown, Pa., Lawrence T. Divelbiss of Breezewood, Pa., and Robert A. Divelbiss of Chambersburg; one sister Eleanor Franklin of Martinsburg, W.Va.; 26 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by three daughters, Beatrice Bigler, Corallee Boden and Nancy Barbara Divelbiss.

Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. The Rev. Raymond H. Davis will officiate. Entombment will be in Rest Haven Cemtery.

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

Clara R.B. Boppe

BOONSBORO - Clara Rebecca Burkett Boppe, 85, of Reeders Memorial Home, Boonsboro, and formerly of Big Spring, Md., died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at the home.

Born July 26, 1911, in Coseytown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Daniel L. and Grace R. Wolfe Burkett.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. Boppe, in 1994.

She was a homemaker.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by six daughters, Margaret A. Banzhoff of Williamsport, Bonnie A. Kelley of Big Spring, Helen L. Socks of Downsville, Mary E. Loveless, Betty R. Tattersall and Nancy G. Barnhart, all of Hagerstown; three sons, Robert Boppe of Creede, Colo., Richard D. Boppe of Williamsport and Bruce E. Boppe of Hagerstown; 46 grandchildren; 84 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Charles F. Boppe; two sisters, Lillian Stotler and Alice Rhodes; three brothers, Earl Burkett, Charles Burkett and Allen Burkett; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Church of God, 17306 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown. The Rev. A. Paul Harne and the Rev. Kenneth White will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Clear Spring.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Donald E. Thompson Funeral Home, 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring.

Chester J. Millman Jr.

SHARPSBURG - Chester John Millman Jr., 43, of 203 W. Chaplin St., died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 16, 1954, in Honolulu, he was the son of the late Chester John and Ruth Virginia Crandall Millman. He was the stepson of Margaret Abrego of Oceanside, Calif.

He was employed by Good Humor Breyer, Hagerstown.

He attended Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Sharpsburg.

He was a member of Sons of the American Legion, Dixon-Troxell Post 211; and the Williamsport Redman Club.

In addition to his stepmother, he is survived by his wife, Andrea Landolt Millman; one sister, Ruth V. "Ginny" West of Parkersburg, W.Va.; two stepbrothers, Tony Loratto of Mt. Airy, Md., and Frank Loratto of Frederick, Md.; six nephews; and three nieces.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. C. Roger Chewning will officiate. Burial will be Monday in George Washington Cemetery, Adelphi, Md.

The family will receive friends Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Washington County Chapter of Diabetes Association, 416 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Thelma F. Day

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Thelma Frances Day, 69, of Kearneysville, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Integrated Health Services of West Virginia, Charles Town, W.Va.

Born April 7, 1928, in Keyser, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry A. and Anna Myers Miller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Britton Lee Day, on March 6, 1980.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Leetown Baptist Church, Leetown, W.Va., and the church choir.

She is survived by one son, David Lee Day, of Hedgesville, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Grayson Miller.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Leetown Baptist Church. The Rev. Dennis Campbell will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Friends will be received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home.

Gerald R. Root

KEEDYSVILLE - Gerald Robert Root, 64, of North Main Street, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at his home.

Born March 7, 1933, in Bath, N.Y., he was the son of Eloise L. Gray Root of Boonsboro and the late Charles Roosevelt Root.

He was employed by Bast of Boonsboro and Bast Funeral Home. He retired from General Motors Parts Division, Martinsburg, W.Va., after 28 years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of American Legion Post 202, Williamsport; Conococheague Tribe 84 Red Men of Williamsport; and the Boonsboro Bassmasters.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Betty J. Hahn Root, whom he married Jan. 19, 1962; two sons, James E. Root of Sharpsburg and Douglas W. Root of Charles Town, W.Va.; two brothers, David P. Root of Boonsboro and Richard G. Root of Arizona; one granddaughter; one aunt; and two cousins.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. R. Thomas Fralin Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Keedysville.

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

Nina M. Miller

CARLISLE, Pa. - Nina Mae Miller, 87, of Thornwald Home, Carlisle, and formerly of 17 E. Burd St., Shippensburg, Pa., died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at the home.

Born May 20, 1909, in Capon Bridge, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Howell and Ida Snyder Deaver.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence W. Miller, on Sept. 17, 1975.

She was employed as a secretary by the Foltz Manufacturing Co., Hagerstown, until her retirement.

She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Shippensburg.

She also was a member of Fort Morris Chapter AARP, Shippensburg.

She is survived by two sisters, Tina Moorehead of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Jessie Cunningham of Romney, W.Va.; and nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg. The Rev. Ernest N. Rumbaugh Jr. will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace United Church of Christ, 121 E. Orange St., Shippensburg, Pa. 17257.

Arrangements are by Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Shippensburg.

James D. Ingerto

STUARTS DRAFT, Va. - James Donald Ingerto, 87, of 609 Forest Drive, and formerly of Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville, Va.

Born April 10, 1910, in Plainfield, N.J., he was the son of the late Anthony and Rose Mary Farrah Ingerto.

He was employed by Mack Trucks Inc., retiring in 1972.

He attended First Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Adella Ingerto; three daughters, Patricia L. Muhr of Reading, Pa., Linda Wright of Stuarts Draft and Carol M. Ingerto of Martinez, Calif.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Salvatore Ingerto.

At his request, his body was donated to science for medical research.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Waynesboro East Augusta, c/o B.B. Rosenberger, P.O. Box 628, Waynesboro, Va. 22980.

Arrangements are by Etter-Reynolds Funeral Home, Virginia.

Joseph R. Smith

CLEAR SPRING - Joseph Richard Smith, 53, of 12631 Spickler Road, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa.

Born Oct. 18, 1943, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph R. and Kathleen Burns Smith. He was the foster son of the late David Samuel and Lillian Hilda Smith Zimmerman.

He was employed by American Telephone & Telegraph, now Lucent Technology.

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

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

He also was a member of American Legion, Funkstown Post 211; and Telephone Pioneers.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley M. Smith; two daughters, Jennifer L. Giovinazzo of Frostburg, Md., and Robin R. Smith of Hagerstown; one son, Darren J. Smith of Hagerstown; two sisters, Beulah Snyder of Hagerstown and Barbara Ellen Edens of Pittsburgh; one brother, Earl J. Smith of Pennsylvania; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Kenneth J. Dorsch will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Memorial donations may be made to One Heart Foundation, 6239 Warren Ave., Harrisburg, Pa. 17112.

Charles E. Branson

INWOOD, W.Va. - Charles Edward "Mouse" Branson, 55, of Inwood, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Oct. 10, 1941, in Shepherdstown, W.Va., he was the son of Charles R. and Jane V. Branson of Shepherdstown.

He was employed by Ponderosa Restaurant, Charles Town, W.Va. He retired from Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg, W.Va., in 1992, after 22 years.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He coached South Berkeley Little League and Jefferson County Little League for 22 years. He was named Coach of the Year, West Virginia, 1989.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 29 years, Shirley S. Stevenson Branson; one daughter, Tracy Grantham of Shepherdstown; four sons, Todd Grantham of Shepherdstown, Anthony Branson, Jacques Branson and Charles Branson Jr., all at home; two sisters, Rose M. Branson of Silver Spring, Md., and Brenda D. Branson-Johnson of Shepherdstown; one brother, Alva Leon Branson of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara A. Branson and one brother, Rodney Wayne Branson.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 am. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va. The Rev. Charles Hunter will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens Cemetery, Martinsburg.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Bank of Charles Town, Little League Fund, P.O. Box 906, Charles Town, W.Va. 25414.

Frank E. Billman

CLEAR SPRING - Frank Elmer Billman, 82, of 13602 Crest Pond Road, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 20, 1915, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Frank and Ida McCeasly Billman.

He was employed as superintendent of custodians at the Washington County Court House, Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy L. Stine Billman; three daughters, Jean L. Barbour of Hagerstown, Linda Hendricks and Peggy Ann Billman, both of Council Bluff, Iowa; two sons, Frank E. Billman Jr. of Hagerstown and Thomas J. Billman of Riverside, Mo.; three stepdaughters, Nancy Baker of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Mary Castle of Clear Spring and Rose Henson of Hagerstown; one stepson, Richard Baker Jr. of Clear Spring; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 11 sisters and brothers.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Jack Fullen will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

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

Hartzel M. Watson

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Hartzel M. "Sheik" Watson Sr., 73, of 213 S. Fayette St., died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa.

Born March 23, 1924, in Mercersburg, he was the son of the late Parker B. and Nellie R. Stoner Watson.

He was employed by Letterkenny Army Depot, retiring in June, 1983, after 39 years. He was superintendent of Zion Union Cemetery, Mercersburg, for 36 years.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during World War II in the Bismark, New Guinea and Luzon campaigns.

He was a former member and commander of Lewis H. Himes American Legion Post 830, Mercersburg; and a former member of Mercersburg Giants semipro baseball team.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen McCullough Watson, whom he married Dec. 10, 1949; two daughters, Elizabeth R. "Cookie" Brown of Mercersburg and Diana E. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pa.; one son, Hartzel M. "Buster" Watson Jr. of Mercersburg; one sister, Agnes Lanier of Cleveland; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. Gary A. Keefer will officiate. Burial, with military graveside services conducted by Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg, Pa., will be in Zion Union Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cora E. Green

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Cora E. Green, 93, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born April 16, 1904, in Lawrenceville, Va., she was the daughter of the late Mose and Cora Ann Brichett Hunter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Green.

She was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church, Summit Point, W.Va., where she served as a deaconess and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Frances Green, with whom she resided; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. John T. Green will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

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

The family will meet at the family residence Sunday at 2 p.m. before going to the funeral home for the services.

Joshua W. Baugher

KEEDYSVILLE - Joshua William Baugher, 16, of Keedysville, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, in Hagerstown.

Born Sept. 8, 1980, in Leesburg, Va., he was the son of George W. and Deborah Mae Bright Baugher of Keedysville.

He was a student at Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, Va.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Nathan G. Baugher and Jack Matthew Baugher, both of Keedysville, maternal grandmother, Anne Bright of Lovettsville, Va., and aunts and uncles.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Loudoun Heights, Va. The Rev. Chris Suerdieck will officiate. Burial will be in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery, Loudoun Heights.

Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 34 E. Broadway St., Lovettsville, Va.

Peggy A. Coiner

Peggy Ann Coiner, 57, of 16944 Shady Brook Terrace, Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at her home.

She was born Nov. 4, 1939, in Rockbridge County, Va.

She is survived by her husband, James W. Coiner; one daughter, Roxanne Gordon; one son, Timothy Gordon of Staunton, Va.; two stepdaughters, Martha Ellen Camden of Dallas and Teri Jacobson of Dayton, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

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

Kenneth M. Silver

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Kenneth Melvin Silver, 71, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at his home.

Born Nov. 22, 1925, in Sleepy Creek, W.Va., he was the son of the late Howard D. and Ada Mae Payne Silver.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lee Silver on Feb. 14, 1994.

He was employed by Interwoven Hosiery Mill and Potomac Edison, both of Berkeley Springs. He was a farmer.

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

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of VFW Post 896, American Legion Post 14 and DAV Chapter 14, all in Martinsburg, W.Va.

He is survived by one daughter, Linda Lou Silver of Berkeley Springs; two sisters, Vada Lea Hovermale of Berkeley Springs and Gladys Viola Sterns of Hedgesville, W.Va.; one brother, Cecil Conrad Silver of Cherry Run, W.Va.; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lola Dortha Bowers and Tennie Viana Silver; and three brothers, Charles Leroy Silver, Norman Avery Silver and Howard Elwood Silver.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. Hennis H. Fox will officiate. Burial, with military graveside honors, will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, Va.

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

Ralph E. Myers

INWOOD, W.Va. - Ralph Edmond Myers, 85, of Inwood, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Jan. 2, 1912, in Middleway, W.Va., he was the son of the late Samuel Edmond and Lena Evans Anderson Myers.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence Ziegler Myers, on Nov. 22, 1961.

He was a self-employed farmer in Berkeley County, W.Va.

He attended Summit Point Methodist Church, Summit Point, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathleen Jenkins Myers; one daughter, Clara Myers Tabler of Inwood; one stepdaughter, Joy Whitacre of Charles Town, W.Va.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Middleway Masonic Cemetery, Middleway. John A. Tabler will officiate.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Lucille F. Poffenberger

Lucille Frances Poffenberger, 73, of 13619 Paradise Drive, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Howard W. and Janet L. Poffenberger.

Born Nov. 29, 1923, in Downsville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Carson and Minnie Virginia Ridenour Artz.

She was employed by Fairchild Aircraft and Mack Trucks Inc. in the accounting department. She retired in 1991.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna Beard of Hagerstown; son and daughter-in-law, Howard W. and Janet L. Poffenberger of Hagerstown, who took care of her; six sisters, Margaret Smith of Abington, Pa., Helen Waddington of Jenkinstown, Pa., Fae Beam of Shinglehouse, Pa., Lupa Reidi of Daytona Beach, Fla., Barbara Breichner of Hagerstown and Bonnie Grerier of New Hampshire; three brothers, Irvin Artz of Williamsport, James Artz of Boonsboro and Robert Artz of Hagerstown; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven nieces; and 12 nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph Artz Jr.; and two nephews.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The Rev. Kenneth J. Dorsch 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.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Victor M. Bowers

Victor Marvin Bowers, 68, of Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at his home.

Born March 18, 1929, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Russell J. and Alma Olsen Bowers.

He was a 1947 graduate of Hagerstown High School and a 1951 graduate of Western Maryland College.

He retired from Potomac Edison Co., as the manager of compensation and benefits, on Oct. 1, 1993, after 42 years.

He was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was a deacon and a member of the personnel committee.

He also was a member of the area Corporate Center Employees Association. He was a 33-year member and past president of the Suburban Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown; a member and former president of Northwood Swim Club; Hagerstown BPO Elks 378; Eagles Club Inc., Waynesboro, Pa.; Hagerstown Country-Western Dance Association; and the Cumberland Valley Country Western Dance Association of Waynesboro. He was a board member and past president of Girls Inc.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Peggy Verner Bowers; two daughters, Lisa A. Strickland of Hagerstown and Linda K. Eckrich of Germantown, Md.; two sisters, Dorothy B. Hammond of Hagerstown and Mildred B. Cannon of Charleston, S.C.; two grandchildren; one stepgrandson; three nieces; two nephews; one grand-niece; and one grand-nephew.

Services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church. The Rev. Fred M. Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 21742; or to John R. Marsh Cancer Center, Robinwood Medical Center, 1110 Campus Road, Suite 129, Hagerstown, Md. 21742.

Margaret E. Coakley

WILLIAMSPORT - Margaret Elizabeth Coakley, 85, of 32 W. Potomac St., died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 8, 1911, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Michael Ford and Sally Beachley Gower.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis E. Coakley, in 1956.

She was employed as a bookkeeper by William Gower & Sons, retiring in 1980.

She was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church, Williamsport, where she was a Sunday school teacher.

She was a member of AARP.

She is survived by one sister, Frances L. Corwell of Clear Spring; one brother, William L. Gower of Williamsport; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 W. Potomac St., Williamsport. The Rev. W. Gregory Martin and Ruth Rinker, vicar, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

The family will receive friends at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, today, from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open after 9 a.m. today for the convenience of family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, Md. 21795.

Lenwood J. Hamill

Lenwood Joseph Hamill, 85, of 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, and formerly of North Beach, Md., died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Western Maryland Hospital Center.

Born May 6, 1912, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late William F. and Mattie Dietz Hamill.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jessie Hamill.

He owned and operated Hamill's Barbershop. He had been employed by Fairchild Aircraft and the Maryland State Roads.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was an altar boy.

He also was a member of BPO Elks 378, Hagerstown; the Moose Lodge in Hagerstown; and the Elks and Moose in Deal, Md.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda R. Heefner Hamill; twin daughters, Susan G. Dove and Sally L. Szarenski, both of Frederick, Md.; four stepdaughters, Audrey Dowler and Nancy J. Carpegna, both of Hagerstown, and Doris V. Davis and Jean F. Kinzer, both of Williamsport; one stepson, Morris B. Heefner Jr. of North Carolina; two sisters, Isabell Waggoner of South Carolina and Virginia Hamill of Hagerstown; one brother, Lawrence J. Hamill Sr. of Hagerstown; 35 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Shirley M. Myers; and one brother, George F. Hamill.

Services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. George A. Limmer will officiate. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

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


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