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John R. Hagenbuch

BOONSBORO - John R. Hagenbuch, 87, of Fahrney-Keedy Home, died Monday, May 26, 1997, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born Feb. 4, 1910, near Milton, Pa., he was the son of the late Percy and Gertrude Hill Hagenbuch.

His wife, Ola King Hagenbuch, died in 1988.

After completing high school, he moved to Washington, D.C., and graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and a master of arts degree in accounting.

He was employed by the U.S. government for 35 years in the General Accounting Office, Department of the Air Force and Defense Contract Audit Agency.

He was a member of Fahrney-Keedy Chapel Fellowship.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Lizondo of Annandale, Va., and Marjorie Cockrell Mills, Agoura Hills, Calif.; two brothers, Norman Hagenbuch of Milton, Pa., and Tillman Hagenbuch of Danville, Pa.; one sister, Mary Beaver of Milton; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a friend, Ruth Ecker.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Newman Funeral Home, 179 Miller St., Grantsville, Md. The Rev. William Shimer will officiate. Burial will be in Bear Creek Cemetery.

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

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Fahrney-Keedy Chapel, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro. The Rev. Louis Emerick will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to Fahrney-Keedy Chapel Fellowship, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, Md. 21713-1844.

Paul R. Niswander

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Paul R. Niswander, 89, of Carroll Lutheran Village, died Monday, May 26, 1997, while visiting his granddaughter in Gaithersburg, Md.

Graveside services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Meadow Branch Cemetery.

Following the graveside service a memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Westminster Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Paul L. Groff and the Rev. Jimmie L. Schwartz will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Myers Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Westminster Church of the Brethren, Westminster, Md. 21157; or to Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Va. 22812.

Mildred V. Donaldson

Mildred Viola Donaldson, 92, formerly of 1229 Salem Ave., Hagerstown, died Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at Clearview Nursing Home, where she lived.

Born April 27, 1905, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Monroe and Lilly Everhart Light.

Her husband, Harold J. Donaldson, died in 1966.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by two daughters, D. Winifred Zimmerman of Clear Spring, and M. Jean Kovacs of Huntington Beach, Calif.; two sisters, Winifred Martin and Edna Henry, both of Hagerstown; two brothers, Aaron Light and William T. Light, both of Hagerstown; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

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

Aura I. Deneen

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Aura Iola Deneen, 89, of Warfordsburg, died Monday, May 26, 1997, at Avalon Manor in Hagerstown.

Born July 16, 1907, in Warfordsburg, she was the daughter of the late Scott O. and Lillian M. Fisher Deneen.

She was a graduate of Elizabethtown, Pa., State Teachers' College.

She was a teacher at Southern Fulton, retiring after more than 60 years.

She was a member of Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church.

She also was a member of the local and state grange, 4-H Club, and War-Nee-Do Club.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, and one brother.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church. The Rev. John Barlow will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

A viewing will be held at the church Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Warfordsburg Presbyterian Cemetery, c/o Lois Lee Mellott, Route 1, Box 1045, Warfordsburg, Pa. 17267.

Arrangements are by Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home Inc., Harrisonville, Pa.

Elva G. Bostwick

KEYSER, W.Va. - Elva Grace Bostwick, 97, formerly of Baltimore, a resident of Heartland Nursing Home, died Sunday, May 25, 1997, at the home.

Born Jan. 13, 1900, in Bedford County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Mary Messersmith Diehl.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Davis, and her second husband, James Bostwick.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Baltimore, and St. John's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Carrie Diehl, Clara Mason and Ida Diehl; and five brothers, Russell Diehl, George Diehl, Marshall Diehl, Lester Diehl and Raymond Diehl.

Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock. The Rev. Ray Rogers will officiate. Burial will be in Schreves Chapel Cemetery near Everett, Pa.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of friends the funeral home will be open today from 3 to 9 p.m.

Raymond M. Crowe

FREDERICK, Md. - Raymond Michael Crowe, 62, of Butterfly Lane, died Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Community Church, 7231 Burkittsville Road, Middletown, Md., with the Rev. John Moore as celebrant. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Md., Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Clark Bowling Jr.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Clark Bowling Jr., 67, of Charles Town, died Monday, May 26, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Assembly of God Church in Ranson, W.Va. The Rev. William Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens Cemetery in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Friends will be received at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Assembly of God Church, 114 S. Fairfax Blvd., Ranson, W.Va. 25438.

Stephen Pelesky

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Stephen Pelesky, 70, of 311 Catherine St., died Monday, May 26, 1997, at his home.

Born Feb. 21, 1927, in Jenners, Pa., he was the son of the late Nicholas and Mary Lewchak Pelesky.

He attended Boswell High School in Boswell, Pa.

He retired in 1989 after 27 years of employment with Mack Trucks in Hagerstown. After retiring, he worked at Greencastle Greens Golf Course in Greencastle.

He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, serving with the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of Great Cove Golf Club in McConnellsburg, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Sara J. Dipre Pelesky, whom he married Aug. 22, 1953; one son, Stephen D. Pelesky of Gilbertsville, Pa.; five sisters, Nettie Deriscabage in Warminster, Pa., Anna Snitzer of Jennerstown, Pa., Helen Covach and Evelyn Pelesky, both of Jenners, and Mary Simpson of Summerfield, N.C.; two brothers, Joseph Pelesky and Nicholas Pelesky, both of Jenners; two grandsons; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Irene Pelesky; and two brothers, John Pelesky and Michael Pelesky.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 385 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle. The Rev. Joseph L. Stahura will be celebrant. Burial will be in Somerset County Memorial Park, Somerset, Pa., at 3 p.m. on Thursday, with the Rev. Tomaselli officiating.

The family will receive friends at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, today from 7 to 9 p.m., where Greencastle V.F.W. will hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m., and the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to American Cancer Society, Franklin County Chapter, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Isabel L. Hampshire

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Isabel Lucille Hampshire, 74, of 604 Washington St., died Monday, May 26, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home in Harpers Ferry. The Rev. Royce L. Simpson will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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

Louise B. Metz

Louise Baker Metz, 90, of 11 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, died Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at Coffman Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 15, 1906, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Albertus and Julia D. Warner Baker.

Her husband, Joseph F. Metz Sr., died in 1988.

She was a life member of Christ Lutheran Church, and the Queen Esther Sunday School Class. In her early years, she was a Sunday school teacher for 15 years at Trinity Chapel, and was a choir member. She also was a member of the Christian Endeavor Society, and the Women of the Church.

She volunteered at Coffman Nursing Home.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph F. Metz Jr. of Gainesville, Fla., and Jerry P. Metz of Cavetown; one sister, Betty C. Baker Conley Weller of Florida; two brothers, Walter E. Baker of Hagerstown, and Ralph M. Baker of St. James; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Hazel E. Ecton; and five brothers, Robert L. Baker, Jack L. Baker, George O. Baker, Leroy Baker and Charles Melvin Baker.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 216 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. The Rev. Raymond H. Shriver and the Rev. William Kercheval will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

Robert E. Bittner Sr.

SABILLASVILLE, Md. - Robert Edgar "Bob" Bittner Sr., 86, of 16647 A Sabillasville Road, died Monday, May 26, 1997, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born Nov. 2, 1910 in Shady Grove, Pa., he was the son of the late Samuel Phillipy and Clara Alice Garman Bittner.

He was employed with the State of Maryland at Victor Cullen in Sabillasville as a farm manager for 32 years, retiring in 1974.

He was a lifelong member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Sabillasville, and served as a deacon and elder of the church.

He was an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Louise May Brown Bittner, whom he married Nov. 4, 1933; one daughter, Lois M. Long of Pickerington, Ohio; two sons, Robert E. Bittner Jr. of Sabillasville, and Paul D. Bittner of Thurmont, Md.; two sisters, Dorothy Martin of Fairfield, Pa., and Mary Witmer of Gettysburg, Pa.; two brothers, Howard Bittner of Peru, Ill., and Samuel Bittner of Perry Point, Md.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Carroll F. Bittner and Edwin H. Bittner; and four brothers, John Bittner, Lester Bittner, Harold Bittner and Harry Bittner.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ in Sabillasville. The Rev. David Denham and the Rev. Douglas Griffin will officiate. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery in Thurmont.

The family will receive friends at Robert E. Dailey and Son Funeral Home, 615 E. Main St., Thurmont, today from 6 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of friends the funeral home will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. today. Friends also may call at the church Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Robert Bittner Sr.'s name to St. John's United Church of Christ, Sabillasville Road, Sabillasville, Md. 21780.

Charles B. Peters

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Charles Bernard Peters, 80, of 2644 St. Paul Road, Lutheran Village, and formerly of 504 A Marsh View Drive, Quincy Village in Quincy Township, Pa., and Winter Haven, Fla., died Monday, May 26, 1997, at Piney Mountain Retirement Home in Fayetteville, Pa.

Born May 27, 1916, in Emmitsburg, Md., he was the son of the late Bernard F. and Gertrude Bowling Peters.

He worked as a railroad conductor for Conrail Reading Railroad until his retirement after 30 years of service.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II from 1940 to 1945, where he earned the rank of master sergeant. He served as an aerial engineer serving at Schofield Barracks in the Hawaiian Islands. He reenlisted and served as a fighter pilot during World War II in Africa and the European Theater.

He was a member of St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church.

He also was a life member of V.F.W. Post 1599 in Chambersburg, and American Legion Post 0121 in Emmitsburg.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Renfrew Peters of Chambersburg; one daughter, Anna Marie Beulian of Havertown, Pa.; one stepdaughter, Carol R. Norman of Jacksonville, Fla.; four sisters, Sister Baptista of the Sisters of Charity of Washington, D.C., Margueritte Wolfe, Teresse Hollinger and Barbara Vaughn, all of Emmitsburg; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Lillian Kuhn; and one brother, Sterling Peters.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church, corner of North Broad and East Main Street, Waynesboro, Pa., with the Rev. Thomas Hemler as celebrant. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery in Chambersburg.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church, 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268; or to Corpus Christi Church, 320 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Arrangements are by Snyder-Lochstampfor Funeral Home Inc. in Waynesboro.

Kay L. Jennings

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Kay L. Jennings, 47, of 660 Cumberland Ave., died Monday, May 26, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Jan. 30, 1950, in Chambersburg, she was the daughter of Elda Holden Rockwell of Chambersburg, and the late Miner S. Rockwell.

She was a 1967 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

She was employed with the Chambersburg Wal-Mart since the store opened.

She is survived by one son, Matthew S. Hacker of Atlanta; and two brothers, Rodney A. Rockwell of Archer, Fla., and Miner S. Rockwell of Chambersburg.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Milton W. Benny Jr. will officiate. Burial will be private.

There will be no viewing.

Edward W. Cochran

Edward Wareham Cochran, 76, of 18912 Preston Road, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, May 28, 1997, at his home.

Born March 2, 1921, he was the son of the late James E. and Mildred Wareham Cochran.

He was a 1940 graduate of North Hagerstown High School. He also graduated from M.I.T. in Boston with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

He was employed by Glen L. Martin from 1946 to 1948. He later joined his father at James Edward Cochran & Co. Inc., Hagerstown, and served as president of the company for 36 years, retiring in 1989.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as an aeronautical engineer.

He was a lifetime member of St. John's Lutheran Church, serving as a councilman and in other positions for many years.

He was active in PTA. He served on the Board of Directors of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts for 17 years. He was Director of the YMCA board for 40 years. He was secretary of the Hagerstown Rotary Club for 17 years and received the Paul Harris Fellows in Rotary. He also served on the board of directors and executive committee of the National Association of Casualty and Surety Agents and was president from 1976-1977. He was a member and past board member of Fountain Head Country Club. He also was a member of the Pegasus Aircraft Club.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Stickell Cochran of Hagerstown; one daughter, Susan Cochran Leh of Reading, Pa.; two sons, Edward W. Cochran Jr. and Robert Stickell Cochran, both of Hagerstown; one brother, Dr. James E. Cochran of Philadelphia; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Edward H. Heim will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or Leukemia Society of America Inc., Maryland Chapter, 8600 LaSalle Road, Baltimore, Md. 21404.

Mary E.E. Whittington

Mary Edna Eberly Whittington, 68, of 17952 Garden Lane, Hagerstown, who died Tuesday, May 27, 1997, was preceded in death by husbands Frank G. Smigelski, who died in 1978, and Walter N. Whittington, who died in 1992.

She is survived by a brother, Frank B. Eberly, of Clearview, Pa.

Jean E.C. Parker

VALDOSTA, Ga. - Jean Elizabeth Cruickshank Parker, 77, of Valdosta, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, in Sarasota, Fla.

She was a native of Hagerstown.

She is survived by two daughters, Kay Faulman of Sarasota, and Annie McGhin of Valdosta; two sons, Reid Parker of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Charlie Parker of St. Leonard, Md.; three sisters, Frances Thumma of Hagerstown, Barbara Athey of York, Pa., and Roberta Kappel of Falston, Md.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Nancy Heimbree.

Private memorial services were held May 9 in Valdosta.

Lowell D. Stuckey

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Services for Lowell D. Stuckey, 73, of Martinsburg, who died Wednesday, May 28, 1997, will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.

Betty J. Suarez

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Betty Jane Suarez, 53, of Hedgesville, died Thursday, May 29, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Nov. 13, 1943, in Sylvan, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Michael B. and Frances Johnson Weller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Marion Suarez, who died in 1993.

She was a member of Stonebridge Church of the Brethren in Hancock, Md.

She is survived by one daughter, Angela M. Beddow of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; three brothers, John Weller of Hancock, Dale Weller of Baltimore and Gary Weller of Mercersburg, Pa.; and one grandson.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Stonebridge Church of the Brethren, Hancock. The Rev. Harry E. Strite will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock, and 30 minutes prior to the services at the church on Saturday. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will be open this evening from 1 to 9 p.m.

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

Donald D. Starliper

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Donald D. Starliper, 75, of Syracuse, died Wednesday, May 28, 1997, at Veterans Affairs Hospital, Syracuse.

Born July 31, 1921, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late C.C. Starliper and Nancy Pearl Myers Starliper Boward.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Mason Starliper.

He retired as an electrician from the U.S. Department of the Navy.

He served in U.S. Navy during World War II.

He is survived by two daughters, Pamela Banetter of Syracuse, and Debbie Dunn of Alabama; three sons, Dewon Starliper of Downington, Pa., William Starliper and Donald Starliper, both of Syracuse; one sister, Virginia Fortney of Martinsburg, W.Va.; one brother, Robert G. Starliper of Martinsburg; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dolly Fox and Mary Jane Grozinger.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sears-Middleton Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., North Syracuse, N.Y.


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