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Ida L. Whittington
1928-1999
Ida Lorraine Whittington, 71, Berkeley Springs, WV, died Monday, March 8, 1999 at City Hospital, Martinsburg, WV. 
Born February 29, 1928 in Brunswick, MD, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Compton Sherrard.
She was of the Protestant faith.
She attended public schools in Brunswick.
She worked at the Interwoven Hosiery Mill in Martinsburg for 17 years during the 1950s and 1960s. During the 1970s, she worked as a nurse's aide at Kings Daughters Hospital and Norbourne Nursing Home, both in Martinsburg. She has been a homemaker in recent years.
Surviving are her husband of 45 1/2 years, Cecil Leroy Whittington, at home; two daughters, Kay Widmeyer, Martinsburg and Ann Eells, Berkeley Springs; one son, Charles Leroy Whittington, Great Cacapon, WV; two sisters, Velda Dove and Grace Noll, both of Martinsburg; six grandchildren, Shawn Whittington and Jennifer Eels, both of Berkeley Springs, Dawn Widmeyer and Eric Widmeyer, both of Martinsburg, and Charles Whittington, Jr. and Chasity Whittington, both of Great Cacapon; two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Lyn Sager, three sisters and one infant brother.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 11, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Henry L. Fisher officiating. Interment will be in Mahnes Chapel Cemetery, Morgan County, WV.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 10, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, which will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Melvin T. Fleegle
1937-1999
Melvin T. Fleegle, 61, Hancock, MD, died March 2, 1999 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs, WV. 
Born September 4, 1937, in Hancock, he was the son of George T. McMullen, Hancock and the late Lillie Ray Fleegle; and the stepson of the late Harry George Fleegle.
He was employed for 20 years by the Washington County Roads Department as a truck driver; and was employed by the town of Hancock as a police officer for 15 years.
He was a member of Faith in God Chapel in Berkeley Springs.
He was a safety steward for the Washington County Road Department; and a former member of Fraternal Order of Police.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Margaret F. Barnes Fleegle, Hancock, whom he married December 23, 1955; one daughter, Debbie Fleegle, Berkeley Springs; one son, Michael T. Fleegle, Berkeley Springs; one brother, Emory Fleegle, Hancock; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Gloria F. Fleegle; and one brother, Arnold Fleegle.
Services were held Friday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. The Rev. George Lashley officiated. Burial was in Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Road, Martinsburg, WV 25401. 

Wolf U. von Hassell
1913-1999
Wolf Ulrich von Hassell, 85, a former Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations and Deputy Head of Mission, died on March 3, 1999 at his home in Southampton, NY.
He also maintained a residence in New York City.
He is survived by his wife, the former Christa von Studnitz; two sons; one daughter and two grandchildren.
His daughter-in-law is Elizabeth Harmison von Hassell, Boyce, VA. She is the daughter of William and Betty Lou Harmison, Berkeley Springs.
 
Ted E. Wiley, Jr.
1951-1999
Ted Eugene Wiley, Jr., 47, Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, March 6, 1999 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.
Born June 25, 1951 in Nottoway County, VA, he was the son of the late Ted Eugene and Colon Adele Cook Wiley.
He was of the Protestant Faith.
He was a 1969 graduate of Chesapeake High School, Chesapeake, VA.
He worked as a florist in Richmond, VA during the 1970's. During the late 1980's and early 1990's, he and his companion were partners in Riverside Florist, Tappahannock, VA. He moved to Berkeley Springs in 1992 and most recently was a partner in the Heritage Trail Antique Mall. He was a partner in Dandy-Lion Bulldogs, a thoroughbred breeder and trainer of pedigreed and show bulldogs. He was past president of the Battlefield Bulldog Club, Richmond, VA and a member of Division II of the Bulldog Club of America.
Surviving are his companion of 18 years, Larry John Allen, at home; two sisters, Janette B. Totty, Chesapeake, VA and Rebecca Lee Carter, Crewe, VA; one brother, Ernest H. Lail, Midlothian, VA; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are being conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 10, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Burkeville, VA on Thursday, March 11, at 12:30 p.m.

Lena V. Michael
1926-1999
Lena V. Michael, 72, Winchester, VA, died Monday, March 8, 1999.
Born December 9, 1926, in Morgan County, WV, she was a daughter of the late Thomas William Householder and Betty Florence Cain Householder.
She was a production worker for Shenandoah Apple Products, American Fruit Growers and Zero Pack Corp.
She was a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church. 
She was a member of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Co.
Surviving are her husband, Herbert S. Michael, Winchester, whom she married October 13, 1945; one daughter, Virginia Carol Lambert, Frederick County, VA; three sisters, Marie Reed, Big Pool, MD, Eleanor Minghini, Jones Spring, WV and Melvie Armstrong, Front Royal, VA; one half-brother, William "Bucky" Householder, Hedgesville, WV; one step-brother, Paul Yost, Hedgesville, WV; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 11, at 1 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home Chapel, Winchester, with the Rev. David M. Smith officiating. Interment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today, March 10, from 7-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood Vol. Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 3023, Winchester, VA 22604 or to Greenwood United Methodist Church, c/o Jody Bursey, 966 Old Quarry Road, Bunker Hill, WV 25413. 

Roy W. Gilhart
1933-1999
Roy Washington Cleveland Gilhart, 65, Berkeley Springs, WV, died Thursday, March 11, 1999 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.
Born October 17, 1933 in Great Cacapon, WV, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Margaret Offert Gilhart.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He attended the Waterview School, Morgan County, WV.
He served with the rank of E5 in the U.S. Air Force from September 5, 1951 until July 10, 1956, when he was honorably discharged.
He had worked at local saw mills and has been a lifelong resident of Morgan County.
Surviving are his companion of many years, Louise Souders, Berkeley Springs; one sister, Pauline Louise Arnold, Berkeley Springs; three brothers, Willard James Gilhart, Berkeley Springs, Raymond Earl Gilhart, Williamsport, PA and Alonzie James Gilhart, Liverpool, PA and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Gilhart and one brother, William H. Gilhart.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 17, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with Pastor Malcolm Cadd officiating. Interment will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, VA.
The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. today, Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Nancy L. Decker
1943-1999
Nancy L. Decker, 55, Warfordsburg, PA, died Saturday, March 13, 1999, at her home.
Born October 21, 1943, in Amaranth, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Jessie Mellott Clevenger. 
She attended Southern Fulton High School.
She was employed with Four Seasons Restaurant, Town Hill, as a cook for 22 years.
She was a member of Whips Cove United Church of Christ, Whips Cove, PA.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Decker, whom she married in 1959; two daughters, Debra Hixon and Tracey Deck, both of Warfordsburg; one son, Jeffrey Decker, Gaylord, MI; a special family member, Glenda Wolfe; four sisters, Adriene Palmer, Warfordsburg, Mildred Powers, Big Pool, MD, June Smith, Wolcott, NY and Bonnie Smith, North Rose, NY; four brothers, Jack Clevenger, Newark, NY, Ivan Clevenger, Warfordsburg, Billy Clevenger, Lyons, NY and Ray Clevenger, North Rose; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Pauline Carnell and one brother, Dale Clevenger.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 16, at 1 p.m. at Jerusalem Christian Church, Warfordsburg. The Rev. Delmas Bard and the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock.

Douglas Davis
1945-1999
Douglas Davis, 53, Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999 in Falling Waters.
Born March 27, 1945 he was the son of the late Alex Davis and Ada Ruth Davis and Mae Hull.
He attended James Rumsey Technical Institute, Hedgesville.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He was employed as a truck driver for General Motors, Martinsburg.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4019, Moose Lodge 1483, American Legion Post 60, United Auto Workers Local 1590 and the National Rifle Association.
Surviving are two daughters, Michele Davis and Cecile Lucchiani, both of Berkeley Springs; two sons, Alex Davis and Antonio Lucchiani, both of Berkeley Springs; one sister, Virginia Yarrish, Philadelphia; one brother, James Davis, Baltimore; one grandson; and several nieces and nephews. 
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, 106 South Mercer Street, Berkeley Springs, with Steve Dawson officiating. Interment was in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs. Graveside military services were conducted by the Tri State Honor Guard.

George E. Apple
1930-1999
George E. Apple, 69, Berkeley Springs, WV, died Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at his home.
Born February 18, 1930, in Hancock, WV, he was the son of the late George R. and Bessie Plotner Apple.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sumiko Furukawa. 
He was employed by Kirk Ford Sales Inc., Hancock, MD. 
He retired from the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by a brother, Carl Apple, Middleburg, FL. 
He was preceded in death by one brother, Curtis Apple. 
Services were at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements were by Grove Funeral Home, Hancock.
 
Ernest L. Hogan
Ernest L. Hogan, 85, a native of Davy, and more recently a resident of Boca Raton, FL, died March 8, 1999, at home. 
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. James (Dorothy) Nazzaro, Boynton Beach, FL; two grandchildren, David B. Jennings, Shrewsbury, MA and Dr. Paul C. Jennings, Atlanta, GA; three great grandchildren; one brother, Bernard H. Hogan, Baltimore, MD.
His wife, the former Mildred Dickinson Shepard preceded him in death on January 13, 1992; also one sister, Ealine Hubbard; and one brother, Robert L. Hogan.
He was a former president, CEO and chairman of the board of Peoples Life Insurance Company, Washington, DC (which later became Peoples Security Life, Durham, NC). At the height of the Cold War, he was one of a group of US business executives which toured the Soviet Union and Soviet-Block nations on a goodwill mission. He retired from Peoples Life Insurance Company in 1978, completing a career of 43 years with them.
"The Ernest L. Hogan Scholars Walk," recently completed on the campus of West Virginia University, honors Hogan as one of the university's most generous benefactors.
He received honorary doctoral degrees from West Virginia University, Campbell University and Marshall University. 
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boca Raton.
Kraeer Funeral Homes in Boca Raton made preliminary arrangements. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Chapel, Alexandria, VA. The Rev. Jack Coffey officiated. Interment was at the National Memorial Gardens, Falls Church, VA.

Grace Michael Fearnow
1913-1999
Grace Michael Fearnow, 85, Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, March 11, at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.
Born April 16, 1913 in the New Hope section of Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Sylvester and Sarah Ellen Swaim Michael.
She was a life-long member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs, where she had served as children's Sunday School teacher.
She attended the Mt. School in Berkeley Springs.
As a young woman, she worked at several local tomato canning factories, including P.C. Yost, Weber's and Pentoney & Yost. He worked for 40 years as a seamstress, working at Jacobs Brothers Garment Factory, Hancock, and retired in 1978 from Londontown Manufacturing, Hancock.
She liked flower gardening, crocheting and sewing. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters and has been a homemaker in recent years.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Fred Elsworth Fearnow, Berkeley Springs; one son, Donald Elsworth Fearnow, Berkeley Springs; two grandchildren, Shawn E. Fearnow, Berkeley Springs, Meredith A. Ours, Bossier City, LA and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Carrie Michael, Pearl Michael, Icy Cain, Ruth Michael, Maude Unger, Nellie Frock and one brother, Henry William Michael.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 15, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Mary Gebe Stevens officiating. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association, Rt. 2, Box 2325, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 or to Morgan County Rescue Service, P.O. Box 151, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Aleisha D. Bagent
1981-1999
Aleisha Diane Bagent, 18, who resided with James W. and Marilyn Randall, Hagerstown, died Friday, March 12, 1999 at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born March 8, 1981, in Gastoni, NC, she was the daughter of William Joseph Bagent, Sr., Hagerstown, and Linda Sue Burke Bagent, Gastoni.
She attended North Hagerstown High School.
She was employed with J.C. Penney Company, Inc., of Hagerstown as a sales associate.
She attended the Salvation Army.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by one daughter, Mariah Elizebeth Randall at home; one brother, William Joseph Bagent II, Gastoni; maternal grandparents, James W. and Mildred P. Burke, Gastoni; paternal grandmother, Mildred L. Day, Great Cacapon, and the late Carl L. Bagent; paternal great-grandmother, Gladys G. Kemp, Hagerstown; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her fiance, Russell E. Randall, Hagerstown.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, 40 East Antietam Street, Hagerstown. Major Robert S. Henderson will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. 

Nellie M. Durst
1911-1999
Nellie Marguerite Durst, 87, Augusta, WV, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at Hampshire Memorial Hospital.
Born November 17, 1911 she was the daughter of the late Joseph Wilson and Florence Miller Wilson.
She was a member of the Tearcoat Church of the Brethren, Augusta, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and a deaconess.
She is the retired owner and operator of Durst Grocery. 
Surviving are one son, B. Lewis Durst, Augusta; three grandsons, Roddy C. Durst, Martinsburg, Randy L. Durst, Augusta, and Ryan D. Durst, Berkeley Springs; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Durst and two brothers, Woodrow Wilson and Glenn Wilson.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 12, at the McKee Funeral Home Chapel, Augusta, with Pastor Kenneth Dolan and the Rev. Woodrow Brown officiating. Interment was in Levels Cemetery, Levels.
Contributions may be made to the Tearcoat Church Building Fund, HC-71, P.O. Box 182, Augusta, WV 26704. 
 
Barbara Matthes
1924-1999
Barbara Matthes, 74, Berkeley Springs, died Friday, March 12, 1999 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA.
Born June 30, 1924 in Yugoslavia, she was the daughter of the late Johann and Magdalena Mesarosch.
She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Berkeley Springs.
She worked as a restaurant hostess in Chicago, IL prior to moving to Berkeley Springs in the spring of 1998. She has most recently been a homemaker.
Surviving are two daughters, Monika Witek, Berkeley Springs and Mary A. Sowa, Chicago; one son, Heinz R. Matthes, Nevada; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her parents, Rudi Bruno Matthes on September 14, 1998; one sister, Resi Pelt; and two brothers, Hans Kent and Michael Mesarosch.
Funeral liturgy was conducted at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. John S. Ledford officiating. Interment was in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

Jack Steiner
1920-1999
Jack Steiner, 78, Berkeley Springs, WV, died Thursday, March 11, 1999 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.
Born February 25, 1920 in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Russell G. "Dutch" and Dora Burton Steiner. 
He was a member of Hancock United Methodist Church.
He was a 1940 graduate of Hancock High School and served as class president.
He was a member of the Hancock Lions Club.
He served in the U.S. Army with the 45th Infantry Division during World War II, was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star. His division served in Africa, Anzio Beach, Sicily, Germany and they were part of the liberation of Dachau, one of Hitler's Nazi concentration camps.
He was one of the original founders of the Hancock Little League, was active in local sports programs, and personally played both soccer and baseball. He was awarded a Life Membership in the Maryland P.T.A. In 1972, Maryland's Governor Mandell appointed him to the Washington County Board of Education.
He retired in 1986, after 45 years of service, as plant manager of Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corporation in Berkeley Springs.
He was a charter member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1483, Berkeley Springs. He had served as Post Commander of Webster B. Harrison American Legion Post #26 in Hancock, and was a current member of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60 in Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are his wife of 56 1/2 years, Marjorie Enid Musser Steiner, at home; two sons, Gregory D. Steiner and Ronald L. Steiner, both of Berkeley Springs; one daughter, Elizabeth A. Johnson, Glendale, AZ; one brother, Lester A. "Bub" Steiner, Myrtle Beach, SC; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia A. Steiner; one sister, Anna Lucille "Ludie" Ruppenthal; and one brother, Aaron G. Steiner.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 16, at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Jackson officiating. Interment with military graveside honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, MD.

Flora M. Fox
1901-1999
Flora Mae Fox, 97, Berkeley Springs, died on Thursday, March 11, 1999 at her home.
Born October 22, 1901 at Ungers Store, she was the daughter of the late James and Katherine Hobday Bishop.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs where she had been a member of the Ladies Aid Society.
She attended the Posey Hollow School near Stotlers Crossroads.
She worked as a cook at the Hotel Washington during the 1940s. She ran her own restaurant during the late 1950s, Mom's Restaurant, on Route 522 South, near the Morgan County Board of Education in Berkeley Springs. During the 1960s, she ran Flora's Restaurant, located in the former Stone House Restaurant, also on Route 522 South, Berkeley Springs. She worked at local canneries, hung wallpaper and was an avid quilter. She had been a homemaker in recent years.
She was a former member of the Morgan County Rescue Service Auxiliary.
Surviving are two daughters, Lottie V. Compton and Katheryn L. Willard, both of Berkeley Springs; two sons, James L. Unger, Lincoln, NE and Woodrow M. Unger, Manassas, VA; three step-sons, Paul Fox, Moorefield and Lee Fox and Oscar Fox, both of Berkeley Springs; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thurman Unger; her second husband, Ellis Randall; her third husband, Hiram Fox; one sister, Virgie Waugh; two brothers, Harry Bishop and Vernon Bishop; two great-grandsons and one great-great-grandson.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Henry L. Fisher and Pastor Wayne Frum officiating. Interment was in Oakland Church Cemetery, Morgan County.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Route 4, Box 323, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411; Morgan County Rescue Service, P.O. Box 151, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411; or to the Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.


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