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John F. Barnhart
John Frederick Barnhart, 74, Hagerstown, MD, died Monday, June 8, 1998 at Washington County Hospital, MD.
Born July 17, 1923 in Washington County, he was the son of the late James Ross and Madeline Sensel Barnhart.
He was a member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Hancock, MD.
He was a retired carpenter from Eastern Products Co., Hagerstown.
Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Barnhart, Hagerstown; two sons, Frederick Barnhart, Hagerstown, and Douglas Barnhart, Williamsport, MD; two sisters, Julia B. Lynn and Mary G. Barnhart; two brothers, Robert James Barnhart, Sr. and Henry H. Barnhart, all of Hancock, and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Margaret Young Barnhart in 1983.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, WV. The Rev. Charles R. Holder will officiate. Interment will be at Tonoloway Baptist Church Cemetery, Hancock.
The family will receive friends from 2-9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 at the funeral home.

Edith G. Neubert
Edith G. Neubert, 88, a resident of Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs, WV, formerly of Hancock, MD, died Thursday, June 4, 1998 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.
Born September 1, 1909, in Bedford County, PA, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Emma Browning Smith. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Boden, and her second husband, John Neubert.
She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hancock.
She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Lashley and Hilda Pryor, both of Hancock; three sons, Elmer Boden, Hancock, John Neubert Jr., Frostburg, MD and Richard Neubert of Indiana; one brother, Stanley Smith, Lyons, NY; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Blanche Thompson; one son, James Edward Neubert; one sister, Marie Smith; two brothers, Cyrus Smith and Hildebert Smith; one half brother, William Karns; and one grandson.
Graveside services will be held today, Wednesday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. George W. Glick will officiate.
Memorial donations may be made to the organization of one's choice.
Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home in Hancock.

Dixie L. Werner
Dixie Lea Werner, 63, Harrisonburg, VA, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998 in the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Hospice Unit.
Born March 11, 1935 in Whitacre, VA, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Benjamin F. and Emma Armentrout Spitzer. 
She graduated from the Shenandoah Conservatory College of Music and was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church.
She was active in a number of clubs including the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #632 Ladies Auxiliary, the American Legion Post #53 Ladies Auxiliary of Front Royal, and was a Rockingham Memorial Hospital Hospice volunteer. 
For over 25 years she was the co-owner and operator of Werner Market Inc. in Harrisonburg and the Western Union Agency. She also had worked in retail.
She is survived by her husband, James F. Werner whom she married November 27, 1958; three sons, Jeff Werner and Larry Werner, both of McGaheysville, VA and John Werner, Redondo Beach, CA; five brothers, William Spitzer and Robert Spitzer, both of Berkeley Springs, Sanford Spitzer, Pennsville, NJ, Max Spitzer, Mathias, and Danny Spitzer, Martinsburg; two sisters, Mary Cushwa and Patty Kief, both of Martinsburg; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Harrisonburg Chapel of Kyger & Trobaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry D. Butler officiating. Burial was at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Veterans Care Center, 4550 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke, VA 24017.

Dolan F. Thumma Jr.
Dolan Forrest Thumma Jr., 58, New Market, MD, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998 at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, MD.
Born April 5, 1940, in Redland, MD, he was the son of Densie Marie Souders Thumma, New Market and the late Dolan Forrest Thumma Sr.
He was employed as a security guard with Eagles Security, Gaithersburg, MD.
He was of the Methodist faith.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his companion, Sandy Alper, Washington, DC; four sisters, Patricia Fields, St. Louis, MO, Doris Tinsley and Lucrecia Embrey, both of Berkeley Springs, WV, and Barbara L. Anderson, Gaithersburg; one brother, Glenn E. Thumma, Germantown, MD; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Lou Crouse; and two brothers, James Truman Thumma and Robert Thumma. 
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Parkhead United Methodist Church, Big Pool, MD. The Rev. Dennis Whitmore officiated. Burial was in the adjoining Parkhead Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. 

Robert E. Bedish
Robert Eugene Bedish, 75, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs.
Born December 12, 1922 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he was the son of the late John and Anna Robins Bedish.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Winchester, VA.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from November 1943 to March 1946.
He was a retired ironworker.
He was a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics Council #117 and the Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60, Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are his son, Michael R. Bedish, Baltimore, MD; two grandchildren; and his friend, Sharon P. Yost, Berkeley Springs.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Stidham Bedish in 1992.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs. The Rev. Hennis Fox will officiate. Interment will be at Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 10, at the funeral home which will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Irene T. Reynolds
Irene T. Reynolds, 69, Wardensville, died Saturday, June 6, 1998 at Winchester, VA Medical Center.
She was the daughter of Bertha Jennings Tharp, Berkeley Springs and the late Jonas Tharp.
Surviving are one daughter, Sara "Susie" Bauserman, Wardensville; eight sisters, Everne Payne and Ellen Wilson, both of Bunker Hill, Katherine Fowley, Mt. Jackson, VA, Louise LaFollettte, Capon Springs, Carla Harmon and Vivian Wymer, both of Wardensville, Thelma Whitlock, High View and Mary Lineburg, Winchester; two brothers, Kenneth Tharp, Seat Pleasant, MD and Jonas Tharp Jr., Wardensville; one stepdaughter, Debbie Cale, Wardensville; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, Dale Rinard. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at Loy-Giffin Funeral Home, with the Rev. Larry Rinard officiating. Interment was private at Wardensville Cemetery. 

Delores J. Steiner
Delores Jean Steiner, 68, Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA.
Born March 15, 1930 in Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond McKinley and Mamie Estella Peck Steiner.
She was of the Protestant faith.
She attended the North Berkeley School and Berkeley Springs High School.
She retired in 1980 from the Solo Cup Company in Arbutus, MD where she had worked as a machinist. Following her retirement, she moved back to Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are one son, Douglas Leon Funt, Berkeley Springs; two sisters, Alice Lee Close and Viola V. Payne, both of Berkeley Springs; three brothers, William Steiner, Oliver Steiner and Raymond Steiner, all of Berkeley Springs; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva Steiner and Juanita Kay and one brother, Morgan Steiner.
Graveside funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 5, at Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. William C. Swope officiating.
Arrangements were handled by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.

Albert R. Wood
Albert Romaine Wood, 96, Hedgesville, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998 at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs. 
Born August 18, 1901, he was the son of the late Clarence Edward Wood and Laura Hudson Wood.
He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Williamsport, MD.
He was a retired plumber.
Surviving are one son, Gene R. Wood, Hedgesville; and one sister, Loretta Brokett, Los Angeles, CA.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Ruth Olson Wood; one daughter, Mary Alice Kimberland; two sisters, Mabel Kellogg and Reta Bedford; and one brother, Hudson Wood.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family. 
Arrangements were by the Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, 106 South Mercer Street, Berkeley Springs.

Mary C. Kesler
Mary Cathern Kesler, 84, Paw Paw, died Thursday, June 4, 1998, at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, MO.
She was the daughter of the late John H. Bowers and Mary Susan Shaver.
She was former manager of Village Square Apartments and former owner and operator of Kesler's Grill and Kesler's Nursing Home.
Surviving are one daughter, Doris Jean Carr, Baltimore, MD; one son, Donald Lee Parker, Nixa, MO; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husbands Floyd "Snooke" Kesler and Homer Parker; two daughters, Patricia Ann Clark and Eunice (Brownie) Verdega; one son, Frank D. Parker and four brothers and four sisters.
Services were held Monday, June 8, 11 a.m. graveside in Woodrow Cemetery, Paw Paw, with the Rev. Wayne Stotler officiating.
McKee Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of arrangements. 

Hunter Crouse
Word has been received of the death of Hunter Crouse, Whitacre, VA.
Giffin Funeral Home, Capon Bridge is in charge of arrangements.
A full obituary will appear in next week's Morgan Messenger.

Carol V. Dawson
Graveside services will be held Sunday, June 14 for Carol Virginia Dawson at Union Chapel United Methodist Cemetery, Berkeley Springs, immediately following the regular church services.
She was born September 14, 1950 in Berkeley Springs and died August 7, 1997 at Fort Myers, FL.

Aaron G. Steiner
Aaron G. Steiner, 79, Hagerstown, MD, died Thursday, June 4, 1998 at his home.
Born January 5, 1919, in Hancock, MD, he was the son of the late Russell and Dora Burton Steiner.
He was employed as an engineer for Pangborn Corp., retiring in 1986. He also had worked for Hagerstown Block Co., Supreme Block Co. and Pennsylvania Sand Glass.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and received an honorable discharge as a staff sergeant. 
He was involved in the Funkstown Lions Club and the Washington County Republican Central Committee. He was past president of the Hancock Lions Club and Hancock PTA and past governor of Lions International. In 1990, the Lions Club International awarded him a Melvin Jones Fellowship for dedicated service.
He was the designer and chief architect of the Valley Little League complex, which was dedicated to him in 1997. He was inducted into the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He also was instrumental in creating the Smithsburg Little Sluggers League and was president of Hagerstown Pony League in 1965-66.
He is survived by his wife, Julia Hendershot Steiner, whom he married December 24, 1946; six sons, Terry Steiner, Tim Steiner, Rod Steiner and Mike Steiner, all of Hagerstown, Dennis Steiner, Frederick, MD and Pat Steiner, Floyds Knob, IN; two brothers, Jack Steiner, Berkeley Springs, WV and Lester Steiner, Surfside Beach, SC; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucille Ruppenthal; and an infant son, Gregory Lynn Steiner.
Services were held Monday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown. Burial with military honors was at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Hagerstown.
Arrangements were by Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 and Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Clifford L. Heironimus
Clifford "Cliff" Louie Heironimus, 55, of the Greenwood section of Morgan County, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. 
Born May 25, 1943 in the Greenwood section of Morgan County, he was the son of Anna Marie Stotler Heironimus, Berkeley Springs, and the late Charles Edwin Heironimus. 
He was a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church, Unger, and had served on the Board of Directors of the Greenwood Grove Cemetery Association.
He was a 1961 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School. 
He served with the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1970 at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He was formerly employed by Weber Tire Company, Falls Church, VA, H.W. Eberts Garage, Winchester, VA and Valley Service Center in Bunker Hill. He owned and operated Cliff's Esso Service Station, Berkeley Springs and Cliff's Auto Repair, Unger.
He was one of the founders and charter member of South Morgan County Volunteer Fire Department where he was also an honorary member. He served on the board of directors of Greenwood Grove Cemetery Association.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ellen Mason Heironimus, whom he married December 16, 1966, at home; one daughter, Misty H. Dillon, Winchester; one son, Bryan K. Heironimus, Berkeley Springs; four sisters, Retha Crosen, Winchester, Ella Mae Houston, Martinsburg, Lynda K. Bradley, Berkeley Springs and Bonita F. Kline, Clarksville, TN; four brothers, Charles "Chuck" H. Heironimus and Donald "Jimmy" Heironimus, both of Inwood, Kenneth Gene Heironimus and Richard Lynn Heironimus, both of Berkeley Springs; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Judy Ann Heironimus.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Greenwood United Methodist Church, Unger, with the Rev. Hennis H. Fox, Rev. Sue Hallager, Rev. Byrl Shaver II and Rev. George Hopkins officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.
Contributions may be made to: Greenwood Grove Cemetery Association, Route 3, Box 3, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 or to South Morgan County Volunteer Fire Department, Route 3, Box 159, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411. 

Lola M. McCumbee
Lola Mae McCumbee, 64, Berkeley Springs, WV died Sunday, June 14, 1998 at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born March 10, 1934 in Sir Johns Run, WV, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Betty Bohrer McBee.
She was of the Protestant Faith.
She attended the Sir Johns Run School and Berkeley Springs High School.
She retired as a supervisor with London Fog Manufacturing in Hancock, MD in 1994.
She was a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter #1311, Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are three sons, Danny McCumbee, Rusty McCumbee and Terry McCumbee, all of Berkeley Springs; one daughter, Sherry Pritchard, Berkeley Springs; one step-son, Cecil "Dick" McCumbee, Berkeley Springs; one step-daughter, Patricia Hixon, Buck Valley, PA; two sisters, Evelyn Barker, Berkeley Springs, Eileen Ward, Jessup, MD; three brothers, Charles McBee, Mt. Rainier, MD, Ernest McBee, Paris, TN, Leon McBee, Seattle, WA, her companion, Richard Spielman, Berkeley Springs; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Sylvester "Rammer" McCumbee on March 15, 1990, one step-son, William McCumbee and one sister, Genevieve McBee.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Rodney C. Truax officiating. Interment was in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs. 

Lennis M. Davis
Lennis M. Davis, 88, Martinsburg, died Monday, June 8, 1998 at City Hospital, Martinsburg.
She was the daughter of the late Alger Johnson and Ida Mae Fizer Johnson.
She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church.
She was retired from Interwoven Mills.
She is survived by two sons, Marvin Johnson, Slidell, LA and Roger Johnson, Terra Alta; one stepson, Daniel Davis, Martinsburg; one stepdaughter, Hilda Seibert, Berkeley Springs; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Johnson, Martinsburg; one sister, Amogene Betts, Waynesboro, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband,Howard Davis and her first husband, Charles Johnson; two sisters, Ranna Johnson and Myrtle Weirch.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, with the Rev. William E. Merki officiating. Interment was in Rosedale Cemetery.
 
Linda J. Stickley
Linda Jane Stickley, 46, Romney, formerly of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, June 12, 1998, at Hampshire Health Care Center, Romney.
She was the daughter of Charles Lynn Stickley, Jr. and Ellen D. Moreland, Berkeley Springs.
She was a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Purgittsville.
Surviving are two brothers, Charles L. Stickley III, Berkeley Springs and Larry L. Stickley, Rockville, MD; one sister, Vera Mitchell, Barberton, OH; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at High Cemetery, Purgittsville, with the Rev. Preston N. Miller officiating. Interment was in High Cemetery, Purgittsville. 
Arrangements were by Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney.

Paul E. Divelbliss
Paul Edward Divelbliss, 73, Terra Alta, died Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at his residence.
He was the son of the late George Divelbliss and Grace Whisner Divelbliss.
He was a retired farmer.
He is survived by three sisters, Irma Stephens, Martinsburg, Roxanna Gloyd, Great Cacapon, and Betty Likens, Grove City, OH; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, George Divelbliss, Melvin Divelbliss, Jake Divelbliss and Leonard Divelbliss; five sisters, Ellen Adams, Goldie Farris, Lottie Aleshire, Bertha Thomas and Nellie Divelbliss.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, with Rev. Eddie H. Edmonds officiating. Interment was in Rosedale Cemetery.

Raymond A. Crouse
Raymond A. Crouse, 89, Whitacre, VA, died Friday, June 12, 1998, at his residence.
Born May 18, 1909, he was the son of the late Arthur Crouse and Carrie Crouse Crouse.
He was a farmer and orchardist.
He was a member of Salem Church, Whitacre.
He was a member of Reynolds Store Volunteer Fire Co.
Surviving are one daughter, Margaret Landis, Whitacre; one grandson; and two sisters, Ollie Mason, Berkeley Springs and Beulah Miller, Whitacre.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lula Mae Miller Crouse; seven sisters and five brothers.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 15, at Beacon Baptist Church, Whitacre, with the Rev. Cletus Palmer officiating. Interment was in Salem Cemetery, Whitacre.
Arrangements were by Giffin Funeral Home, Capon Bridge, WV.
Contributions can be made to Reynolds Store Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 769 Round Hill Road, Cross Junction, VA 22625. 

Hunter Crouse
Hunter Crouse, 84, Whitacre, VA, died Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at Winchester, VA Medical Center.
Born February 4, 1914, he was the son of the late Arthur Crouse and Carrie Crouse Crouse.
He was employed as an orchard worker at Whitacre Orchard. 
Surviving are his wife, Jessie Omps Crouse, Whitacre; three sons, Junior Crouse, Cross Junction, VA, and Freddie and Sam Crouse, both of Whitacre; two daughters, Mary Omps, Nain, VA, and Dorothy Ruble, Stephenson, VA; one brother, Raymond Crouse, Whitacre; two sisters, Beulah Miller, Whitacre, and Ollie Mason, Berkeley Springs; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Phyllis Stewart; one son, Isaac Crouse; seven sisters and four brothers.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 12, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Cross Junction, VA with the Rev. Cletus Palmer officiating. Interment was at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Cross Junction.
Contributions can be made to Reynolds Store Fire and Rescue Company, 769 Round Hill Road, Cross Junction, VA 22625.
Arrangements by Giffin Funeral Home, Capon Bridge.

Lillian E. Pittman
Lillian E. Pittman, 96, Big Cove Tannery, died Thursday, June 11, 1998, at Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, PA.
Born July 17, 1901, in Kansas City, KS, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Fanny Phillips Surber.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Pittman Sr., in 1967.
In her early years, she was employed by Armour in Kansas City as a meat cutter.
She was of the Protestant faith.
She is survived by three daughters, Virginia Kinsley, Pensacola, FL; JoAnne Thomas, Dunedin, FL; and Juanita Harmison, Berkeley Springs, WV; six sons, William M. Pittman, Needmore, PA; Harry Earl Pittman, Jr., Claude H. Pittman and Basil E. Pittman, all of Big Cove Tannery; Donald M. Pittman, Baltimore; and Raymond R. Pittman, Berkeley Springs; one sister, Marie Duthoo, Kansas City; 21 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; two sons, Howard K. Pittman and Richard L. Pittman; one grandson; three sisters; one brother.
Services were held Sunday, June 14, at Damascus Christian Church, Big Cove Tannery in the adjoining Damascus Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Grove Funeral Home, Hancock.


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