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Nelson R. Bageant
1919-1999
Nelson Richard Bageant, 79, Unger, died Thursday, March 18, 1999 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.
Born September 28, 1919 in Morgan County, he was the son of the late Harry Preston, Sr. and Virginia Ganoe Bageant. 
He was a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church, Unger.
He was a farmer and lifelong resident of Morgan County. 
Surviving are eight nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ona Mae Stotler and Ruth Fearnow and two brothers, Harry P. Bageant, Jr. and Joseph L. Bageant.
Graveside funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 22, at Greenwood United Methodist Church Cemetery, Unger, with Pastor Michael R. Bageant officiating. 
Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, was in charge of arrangements.

Robert J. Truax
1935-1999
Robert John Truax, 64, Berkeley Springs, WV, died Sunday, March 21, 1999 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.
Born March 19, 1935 in Chambersburg, PA, he was the son of Geraldine Elizabeth Keller Truax Lawrence, Berkeley Springs, and the late Clyde William Truax.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He attended Hancock High School.
He served as a Scout observer with the H&H Company, 87th Infantry, U.S. Army, during the Korean War. He served from April 1, 1952 until his honorable discharge on January 7, 1955 at Ft. Riley, KS.
He was a real estate developer and builder who owned and operated Truax Contracting in Berkeley Springs, building homes in Spring Valley, Shirley Farms and various Pious Ridge subdivisions.
He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1483, Berkeley Springs and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #824, Winchester, VA.
In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife of 27 years, Diane Marie Householder Truax, at home; five daughters, Christy Emerick, Lisa Truax-Mason and Robin Truax, all of Berkeley Springs, Jeanne Truax, Martinsburg, WV and Kathleen Custer-Rusinko, Newfield, NJ; two grandsons, Sylas Mason, Berkeley Springs and Zachary Custer, Newfield; two brothers, Clarence Truax, Stanley, VA and Lewis Truax, Hancock and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Carl Junior Truax.
Funeral services are being conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 24, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Hennis H. Fox officiating. Interment will be in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
 
Virginia H. Mechem
1913-1999
Virginia Hazel Mechem, 85, Cumberland, MD, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at the Allegany County Nursing Home.
Born June 28, 1913 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late Irvin and Amanda (Payne) Henry.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Glenn Mechem, in 1973.
She attended Grace Baptist Church.
She was a member of Berkeley Springs Chapter #77, O.E.S. and the Mt. Herman Homemakers.
Survivors include three daughters, Arlene Foreback, Cumberland, and Shirley Platt and Kathy Wolfsteller, both of Minnesota; two sons, Glenn "Jim" Mechem, Cumberland and Clyde "Pete" Mechem, LaVale, MD; one sister, Marguerite Young, Berkeley Springs; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at the Upchurch Funeral Home, 202 Greene Street, Cumberland, with the Rev. Doug White officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Burial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 211 Greene Street, Cumberland, MD 21502 or to the Transportation Fund, c/o Ali Ghan Shrine, P.O. Box 1416, Cumberland, MD 21502.

Edna M. Truax
1922-1999
Edna May Truax, 76, Hancock, MD, died Sunday, March 21, 1999 at the Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, MD.
Born May 8, 1922 in Amaranth, PA, she was the daughter of the late Alvey and Julia Ann Mellott Wertz and the widow of Edgar Arthur Truax who died March 9, 1989.
She was a homemaker.
She had attended the Oak Grove School, Amaranth.
She was a member of the Hancock Assembly of God, Hancock. 
She is survived by two sons, Clifford Ray Truax, Greencastle, PA and Ernest A. Truax, Hancock; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Roger Eugene Truax and two sisters, Minnie Leader and Florence Mellott.
Services will be held today, Wednesday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at the Hancock Assembly of God, N. Pennsylvania Avenue with the Dr. Charles Helms and Rev. Gerald Mallott officiating. Burial will be in the Jerusalem Christian Cemetery, Warfordsburg, PA.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock Volunteer Fire Company, 3 Fulton Street, Hancock, MD 21750. 
 
Donald C. Kyne Sr.
1931-1999
Donald Clifford "Pete" Kyne, Sr., 68, Berkeley Springs, WV, died Sunday, March 21, 1999 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born January 6, 1931, in Martinsburg, WV, he was the son of the late Joseph Samuel and Mary Beulah Clem Kyne.
He was a Christian.
He attended public schools in Hedgesville.
He served in the U.S. Navy.
He worked as a mechanic, crusher operator, working foreman and "Euc" driver, retiring in 1995 after 34 years of service with U.S. Silica in Berkeley Springs.
He was a member of A.A.R.P., Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60, Berkeley Springs and Junior Order of United American Mechanics Council #117, Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Peggy Joan Sheppard Kyne, at home; two daughters, Marcia Gay Farwell, Winchester, VA and Melissa Joan Payne, Berkeley Springs; two sons, Donald Clifford Kyne, Jr. and Michael Steven Kyne, both of Berkeley Springs; three grandchildren, Dustin, Lindsey and Madison Kyne, all of Berkeley Springs; one sister, Alice Elizabeth Cain, Berkeley Springs; three step grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Marie Beard and infant twin brothers.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 25 at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with Pastor Gary Kerns officiating. Interment with military graveside honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, at the funeral home where there will be a Junior Order Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. The funeral home will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ann J. Thompson
1908-1999
Ann Julia Thompson, 90, Berkeley Springs, WV, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, died on Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at Heartland of Martinsburg.
Born November 3, 1908 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late Johnson A. and Anna Hasenbuhler Thompson.
She was a lifelong member of the Second United Presbyterian Church of Wilkensburg, PA.
She retired in 1973 from the Westinghouse Corporation where she worked as a communications specialist.
She was the last member of her immediate family.
Surviving are two nephews; one niece; a cousin; and a number of great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Estella Files, Mapel Appel and Wilma Thompson; two brothers, Edward Thompson and Harry M. Thompson.
Memorial services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with Pastor Edward Rogers officiating. Interment was in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

Shirley A. Snyder
1935-1999
Shirley Ann Snyder, 63, Hagerstown, died Sunday, March 28, 1999 at Washington County Hospital.
Born September 9, 1935 in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Emma Hager Middlekauff. 
She retired from Sheraton Inn.
She was a member of Washington Square United Methodist Church.
She was a member of the Eagles.
She is survived by her husband, Harold D. Snyder Sr.; two daughters, Teresa A. Muck, Hagerstown and Tina L. Schindler, Maugansville; tow sons, Michael E. Snyder, Harpers Ferry, WV and Harold D. Snyder, Jr., Hagerstown; three sisters, Doris Love, Miami, Helen Knoff, Grants Pass, OR and Mary Louise Miller, Hagerstown; two brothers Richard Middlekauff, Hagerstown and Clarence Middlekauff, Jr., Berkeley Springs; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Middlekauff, and a step-brother, George Hager.
Services will be held today, Wednesday, March 31, at 11 a.m. at Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown. The Rev. Harold P. Atkins will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. at the church.

Marvin R. Crouse
1915-1999
Marvin Robert Crouse, 83, Hedgesville, WV, died Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Fairfax Hospital Trauma Center in Falls Church, VA.
Born August 26, 1915 in Frederick County, VA, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Agnes Sherrard Crouse.
He was a member of Michaels Chapel United Methodist Church, Morgan County, WV.
He attended the Mt. Trimble School, Morgan County and Berkeley Springs High School.
He was a member of A.A.R.P.; and a member of Deford Lodge #88 A.F.&A.M., Berkeley Springs.
In his younger years, he had worked at local orchards and retired after many years as a machinist with Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, MD.
He was an active participant at both the Pleasant View Community Center, Morgan County, and Morgan County Senior Life Services in Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Virginia Michael Crouse, at home; two daughters, Daisy Fox, Hedgesville and Mary Jo Crolley, Frederick, MD; one son, Darrell W. Crouse, Hedgesville; one sister, Catherine Lyons, Baltimore, MD; three grandsons; one granddaughter; three great granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Robert William Crouse on December 18, 1958.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 31, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with Pastor Wayne Frum and Pastor Dan Wright officiating. Interment will be in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, Morgan County.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant View Community Center, Route 3, Box 2990, Hedgesville, WV 25427. 

Ambrose N. Apple, Sr.
1912-1999
Ambrose Norris Apple, Sr., 87, Warfordsburg, PA and formerly of Cumberland, MD, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland.
Born February 5, 1912 in Romney, WV, he was the son of the late Walter and Eunice (Norris) Apple.
He retired in 1989 from the Maryland State Highway Administration as an inspector after 33 and 1/2 years of service; he was formerly employed with Celenese in Cumberland for 10 years; he had been a meat cutter 18 years for Harry Souders; he had worked for Andy Cohill Orchards, formerly Hancock, MD and Baker Waverly Survey Co.
He was a 1932 graduate of Hancock High School.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He was a member of the American Humane Society; a member of National Federation of Wildlife; a member of the National Audubon Society and a member of the MCEA.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret E. (Powell) Apple, Warfordsburg, who he married February 25, 1935; two daughters, Eudora Cowan, Cumberland and Norma DeWitt, Lake, MI; one son, Ambrose Norris Apple, Jr., Metamora, MI; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lillian Marvin and Eudora Brown; three brothers, Dwars Apple, Jessie Apple and George Apple.
Services were held Sunday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at the Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. The Rev. Marion Nesselrodt and Rev. Ray Mallow officiated. Burial was in the Cedar Grove Christian Cemetery, Dott, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington County SPCA, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740. 

Lucille Holmes
1916-1999
Lucille Holmes, 82, Newark, OH, died Thursday, March 25, 1999 at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital, Coshocton, OH. 
Born April 12, 1916, in Hancock, MD, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Edith "Graves" Bullett.
She was a member of the Supreme Council of the House of Jacob.
She is survived by one son, Robert Biggs Hamilton, Salisbury, MD; three daughters, Kathleen Leatherbury and Helen Brown, both of Salisbury, and Carolyn M. Bungy, Wilmington, DE; one step-daughter, Luevoka Powe, Newark, OH; 12 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Forest Biggs Hamilton and her second husband, Robert Holmes.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at the Tabernacle, Supreme Council House of Jacob, Coshocton, with Bishop W. Hosea Johnson officiating. Interment was in Machpelah Burial Acres.
Given-Dawson Funeral Direc-tors, 186 Park Avenue, Coshocton, handled the arrangements.

Melda V. Duckworth
1922-1999
Melda Violet Duckworth, 77, Hedgesville, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999 at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born March 13, 1922 in Moore, she was the daughter of the late Lorenzo Dow and Sarah Elizabeth Harper Knapp.
She was a member of Cherry Run United Methodist Church, Cherry Run.
She was a 1940 graduate of Parsons High School, Parsons. 
She did clerical work in the offices of Montgomery Ward in Baltimore, MD. She has been a homemaker in recent years. 
She was a member of A.A.R.P. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Walter Chapter #43, Davis.
Surviving are two daughters, Sandra G. Ziler, Hedgesville and Mary F. Geiger, Burtonsville, MD; two sons, James F. Duckworth, III, Hedgesville and Milton D. Duckworth, Seven Valleys, PA; one sister, Mary B. Hoskins, Alexandria, VA; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Duckworth, Jr. in 1980; four sisters, Leota Whitehair, Lura M. Bell, Estee Knapp and Elsie Knapp; and two brothers, Robert A. Knapp and Ralph N. Knapp.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at Cherry Run United Methodist Church, Cherry Run, with Pastor Daniel L. Wright officiating. Interment was in Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, VA.
Arrangements were by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cherry Run United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 359, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401 or the Gateway Foundation, Tavern Road, P.O. Box 1418, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

Dolores D. Sanders
1910-1999
Dolores Dakota "Dodie" Sanders, 88, Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.
Born June 30, 1910 in St. George, she was the daughter of the late Amasa Suman and Hattie Leota Williams Nestor.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Ladies Aid Society.
She attended Schools No. 1 and No. 9 on Bull Run near Parsons.
She had worked at various local canneries and also worked seasonally at National Fruit Company in Winchester, VA. She worked as a seamstress, taking in sewing at her home and also worked in the Interwoven Hosiery Mill in Berkeley Springs. For many years, she was a cook at North Berkeley Elementary School and at the Lodge of Cacapon State Park, both in Berkeley Springs. She was an avid baker. She had been a homemaker in recent years.
As an active participant at the Morgan County Senior Center, she served as dispatcher for the Meals-On-Wheels program and was a member of the Kitchen Band. She was a member of the Morgan Gospelaires in the 1950s, a local gospel group who had their own show on WCST radio station. 
Surviving are four daughters, Willadene J. Householder, Jacksonville, FL and Linda C. Caldwell, L. Carol Chaney and Cathy G. DeLawder, all of Berkeley Springs; one son, Donald A. Sanders, Martinsburg; three sisters, Edna V. Selders, Berkeley Springs, Leota Shaffer, Sterling, VA and Darlene J. Swaim, Culpeper, VA; two brothers, Alfred Nestor, Lamar, PA and Willis Williams, Sterling, VA; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Arles Sanders on July 6, 1960; two grandchildren, Stephanie Householder and Timmy Sanders; one sister, Marjorie Lenora Nestor; and three brothers, Alva A. Nestor, Sr., Homer E. Nestor and Gerald K. Nestor.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 28, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Wayne Frum officiating. Interment was in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, handled the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Valley View Nursing Home Residents Council, in memory of Delores D. Sanders, Route 3, Box 6425, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 or to Trinity United Methodist Church, Route 4, Box 323, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411. 

Walter S. Majewski
1918-1999
Walter Stanley Majewski, 80, Great Cacapon, WV, formerly of Mt. Rainer, MD, died Monday, March 29, 1999, at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs, WV.
Born September 9, 1918 in Shenandoah, PA, he was the son of Polish immigrants Anthony and Helen Gurski Majewski.
He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Berkeley Springs.
He was educated by the nuns at St. Anislaus Catholic School, Shenandoah.
He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 27, 1939. He was honorably discharged on October 7, 1945, with the rank of Tec 4, from Ft. Bragg, NC. He served with Battery C, 134th Field Artillery Battalion and was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.
He was a cook and retired in 1971 from the U.S. Soldiers Home in Washington, DC. At that time he and Mrs. Majewski moved to Great Cacapon.
Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Velda Jane Noland Kolomik Majewski, at home; one sister, Sophia Zukowski, Shenandoah; two brothers, John Majewski, Elizabeth, NJ and Edward Majewski, Union, NJ; and many nieces and nephews. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Anthony Majewski, Joseph Majewski, Chester Majewski and Alouisious Majewski.
Funeral liturgy will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. John S. Ledford officiating. Interment with military graveside honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard will be in Great Cacapon Cemetery, Great Cacapon.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 31, at the funeral home which will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Margaret A. Taylor
1928-1999
Margaret Ann Taylor, 70, Berkeley Springs, WV, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999 at Eden Enterprises in Berkeley Springs, while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. 
Born June 12, 1928 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Ada Maude Roach Scott.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Berkeley Springs.
She was a 1946 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School, and earned her teaching degree from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown.
She retired in 1985 after many years of service as a buyer for the gourmet food department of Giant Foods in Washington , DC. At that time, she moved from Silver Spring, MD back to Berkeley Springs, and has been a homemaker in recent years.
She was a member of Berkeley Chapter #77, Order of the Eastern Star and Ye Towne of Bath Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, both in Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are one brother, Joseph Millard Scott, Kelseyville, CA and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Fred Scott, one nephew, and one niece. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 29 at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Owen B. Womack officiating. Private interment will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401. 

John A. Michael
John Allen Michael, 73, Casselberry, FL, died Saturday, March 27, 1999.
Born in Berkeley Springs, he moved to Central Florida in 1980.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He was an active member of the Masons.
He was a member of the United States Air Force and served in World War II and the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Della P. Michael, Casselberry; two daughters, Joanne Killion, Toledo, OH and Jean Costello of Louisiana; one son, Jay Michael of Florida; one sister, Virginia Householder of Florida; and four grandchildren.
Interment was in the Baldwin-Fairchild Crematory, Orlando, FL.
Arrangements were handled by the Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, 994 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL.


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