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John P. Bugle
1947-1999
John Paul Bugle, 52, of Hancock, MD, died Thursday, November 18, 1999 at his home.
Born June 19, 1947, in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of Herbert W. Bugle of Long Island, NY and the late Gertrude E. Callaway.
He was an aircraft circuit assembler for CTI in Long Island.
He was of the Protestant faith.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Karen J. Kreitzer Bugle of Hancock, whom he married May 3, 1969; one daughter, Allison Lynn Gumber of New York City; and one sister, Jessica Lynn Bearns of Levittown, NY.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, November 23 at 1 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.
Memorial donations may be made to Hancock Rescue Squad Inc., 14734 Warfordsburg Road, Hancock, MD 21750; or Senior Life Services of Morgan County, WV, 404 Green Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.
Arrangements were by Grove Funeral Home of Hancock.

Ada V. Waugh
1906-1999
Ada Viola Waugh, 93, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday, November 22, 1999 at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.
Born June 16, 1906, in Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late Charles O. Waugh and Rosie B. Purnell Waugh.
She was a Protestant.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by five nieces and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret L. Youngblood and Lola M. Ambrose; and two brothers, James Waugh and Raymond Waugh.
Services will be held today, Wednesday, November 24, at 2 p.m. at the Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Hennis Fox officiating. Interment will be in the Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

Lloyd J. Lutman
1916-1999
Lloyd J. Lutman, 83, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Saturday, November 20, 1999 at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.
Born October 18, 1916 in the New Hope section of Morgan County, WV, he was the son of the late James and Flora Henry Lutman.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Sleepy Creek, WV.
He attended the New Hope and Mountain Run schools in Morgan County.
He owned and operated his own sawmill for many years. He was an orchardist and had operated Mt. View Orchard, Inc. in Berkeley Springs since 1939. He was in the poultry and egg business, raising both leghorn and barred rock chickens.
He was a member of the Morgan County Farm Bureau, the West Virginia Horticultural Society, and served, for many years, on the Board of Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association. He had been a member of Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company since 1953 and was a member of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firefighter's Association. He was a member of the Junior Order of American Mechanics Council #117 in Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Catherine Virginia Kesecker Lutman, at home; two daughters, Janet Marie Lutman of Berkeley Springs and Nancy Louise Hendershot of Hedgesville, WV; one son, Gary Wayne Lutman of Hedgesville; four granddaughters, Christy Lynn Angliss of Greencastle, PA, Michelle Catherine Cain of Eldersburg, MD, Robin Suzanne Thompson of Berkeley Springs and Jennifer Dawn McKee of Hancock, MD; three great grandchildren; one sister, Ida L. Harden of Berkeley Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lester L. Lutman and Delmar Lutman.
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23 at Grace United Methodist Church, Sleepy Creek with Pastor Daniel L. Wright officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Sleepy Creek.
A Junior Order Lodge Memorial Service was held at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association, Route 7, Box 13240, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Rita G. Kupperblatt
1935-1999
Rita Germaine Kupperblatt, 64, of the Greenwood section of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Marlboro, NY, died at her home on Monday, November 22, 1999.
Born March 28, 1935 in Derbyline, VT, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Ida Carrignan Blais.
She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Berkeley Springs, where she served as Eucharistic minister for the past three years.
She retired, after 15 years of service, as an electrical technician with IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY.
She volunteered with the PASS program at Greenwood Elementary School.
She served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
She moved to this area in 1994.
Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Marvin Irvin Kupperblatt, at home; two daughters, Debbie Bogdanski of Middletown, NY and Audrey O'Neill of Ballston Spa, NY; two sons, Kevin Kupperblatt of Marlboro and Gary Kupperblatt of Belle Meade, NJ; eight grandchildren, Sharon and Lisa Bogdanski, Aaron Kyle and Jordan Kupperblatt, Lynn and Evan Kupperblatt and Bryan O'Neill; two sisters, Gisele Kerner of Newport, VT and Carmen Blais of Littleton, NH; and five brothers, Russell Blais, Armand Blais, Romeo Blais and Robert Blais, all of Newport and Guy Blais of Hartford, CT.
In addition to her parents, one brother, Marcel Blais, preceded her in death.
Funeral liturgy will be offered at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 24 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 116 S. Washington Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. John S. Ledford officiating. Private interment will be in St. Edwards Cemetery in Derbyline.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.
Arrangements are being handled by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.
 
Orville F. Elza
1926-1999
Orville Frank Elza, 73, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Dundalk, MD, died on Friday, November 26, 1999 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born March 27, 1926 in Wymer, he was the son of the late Frank Leslie and Polly Ann Carr Elza.
He was of the Protestant faith.
At the age of 18, he was inducted into the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post in Edgemere, MD. Following his discharge, he moved to Baltimore, MD and worked with Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point, MD until the early 1970s. He then started and operated Elza's Concrete and Masonry Company in Baltimore until his retirement.
He moved to Berkeley Springs in 1990.
Surviving are four daughters, Ella Mae Adams and Judie E. Pearce, both of Berkeley Springs, Nora VanDevander of Aberdeen, MD and E. Darlene Christner of Salisbury, PA; one brother, Alta Elza of Elkins; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Louise Skidmore Elza on June 13 1995.
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 29 at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, with the Rev. George Raduano officiating. Interment was in Parkwood Cemetery, Baltimore.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.
Local arrangements were handled by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.

Daniel R. Thomas
1957-1999
Daniel Ray Thomas, 42, of Great Cacapon, died on Sunday, November 28, 1999 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs.
Born March 15, 1957 in Bartow, FL, he was the son of Harvey Lee and Mary Magdalene Shults Thomas of Lawrenceburg, TN.
He was a member of Love Assembly of God in Berkeley Springs.
He was a 1975 graduate of Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceburg and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Illinois at Champaign, IL.
He served as a surgical service technician in the U.S. Air Force from December 2, 1980 until his retirement from military service on April 28, 1999. He also served as secretary of the Air Force Sergeant's Association.
In addition to his parents, surviving are his wife of 17 years, Dixie Darlene Kidwell Thomas, at home; two daughters, Dawn Jacobsen of Travis AFB, CA and Christin Thomas of Great Cacapon; one son, Christopher Thomas of Great Cacapon; three grandchildren, Brandon, Dylan and Vernon Jacobsen, III, all of Travis AFB; one sister, Janice Francis of Lawrenceburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30 at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with Pastor Gregory Perkins and Pastor Dave Kidwell officiating. Interment was in the Lindsay Grove Church of God Cemetery, Leoma, TN.

James W. Kontra
1969-1999
James W. Kontra, 30, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, November 24, 1999 in the Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, MD.
Born October 18, 1999 in Norristown, PA, he was the son of Andrew Kontra and Sandra Rahm Kontra of Pottstown, PA.
He attended the Independent Bible Church.
He was employed with GTE in McLean, VA.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Jones Kontra, at home; one son, Dylan Kontra, at home; one daughter, Tara Kontra, at home; one brother, Trent Kontra of Pottstown; and one sister, Tammi Kontra of Hagerstown.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 27, with the Rev. Brent Alderman officiating.
Military graveside services were held by the Newton D. Baker Post 896, VFW, Berkeley Post 14, American Legion and AMVETS Post 38.
Arrangements were by the Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Nancy L. Keefer
1940-1999
Nancy Louise Keefer, 59, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Thursday, November 25, 1999 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs.
Born August 7, 1940, in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of Agnes Louise Close Smith of Berkeley Springs and the late Turner Nelson Smith.
She was a member of Berkeley Springs Church of the Nazarene.
She attended North Berkeley School and Berkeley Springs High School.
She was a mother and homemaker.
In addition to her mother, surviving are her husband, Solomon Michael "Jim" Keefer of Williamsport, MD; three sons, Michael E. Keefer and Richard N. Keefer of Berkeley Springs and Jeffery A. Keefer, GYSGT, USMC of Newport, NC; one daughter, Dawn R. Keefer of Augusta, WV; two step-sons, George Alvey Keefer, Jr. of Maugansville, MD and Earl Martin Keefer of Thurmont, WV; three sisters, Juanita Kelley and Mari Stotler of Berkeley Springs and Barbara Spade of New Castle, DE; two brothers, John W. Smith of Berkeley Springs and Douglas "Gene" Smith of Great Cacapon, WV; 12 grandchildren; one great grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Brandon Michael and Renee Nicole Keefer; one sister, Rosemary Horton; and three brothers, Robert Turner "Bob" Smith, Harold E. Smith and Timothy Nelson Smith.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 28 at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with Pastor Rodney C. Truax officiating. Interment was in Union Chapel Cemetery.

George R. Sheppard
1924-1999
George Robert Sheppard, 75, of North Mountain, died Friday, November 26, 1999 at City Hospital, Martinsburg.
Born October 10, 1924 in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of the late James D. Sheppard and Clara Shriver Sheppard.
He was a member of the Allensville Church of the Brethren.
He served in the U.S. Navy on the destroyer USS Earle during World War II.
He was retired from Continental Brick, Martinsburg.
He was a member of the cement, lime and gypsum Allieds AFL-CIO-CIC.
Surviving are his wife, Doris Jean French Sheppard, at home; one son, Robert Shawn Sheppard, at home; three sisters, Pauline E. Waugh, Betty A. Glascock and Phyllis Andrews, all of Berkeley Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Sheppard and James Raymond Sheppard; and one sister, Kathryn Sensel.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 28, at the Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, with the Rev. Charles W. Green officiating. Interment was in the Allensville Cemetery, Hedgesville, with military graveside services by the Newton D. Baker Post 896, VFW; Berkeley Post 14, American Legion; and AMVETS Post 38.

Helen R. Mason
1912-1999
Helen R. Mason, 86, of Falling Springs Nursing Home, Chambersburg, PA and formerly of Hancock, MD died Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at the nursing home.
Born November 29, 1912, in Pearre, MD, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Susanna Donegan McKnight.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Breen T. Mason in 1968.
A veteran of World War II, she served in the U.S. Army Nurses Corps with the 30th General Hospital.
She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hancock; and Ladies of St. Peter's.
She was a member of Webster B. Harrison Post 26 American Legion in Hancock.
She is survived by four daughters, Mary Sue Burkholder of Chambersburg, Jeannie Fox of Hancock, Zita Ritchick of Hagerstown, MD and Patty Patterson of Falling Waters, WV; two sisters, Zita Norris of Frederick, MD and Agnus Imes of Hagerstown; one brother, Thomas McKnight of New Carrolton, MD; and 12 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, November 26 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hancock. The Rev. George W. Glick was celebrant. Burial with military honors by members of the Tri-State Honor Guard was held in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock.

James T. Johns
1933-1999
James Tommy Johns, 66, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Dundalk, MD, died on Friday, November 26, 1999 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs.
Born November 24, 1933 in Killarney, he was the son of the late Thomas Newt and Goldie Blanche Manning Johns.
He was a member of the Edgemere Church of God in Baltimore County, MD where he taught Sunday School.
He worked for 16 years during the 1950s and 1960s as a millwright with Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point, MD. He operated a 7-11 Convenience Store Franchise in Baltimore, MD in the early 1970s. He retired as a millwright with General Motors in Baltimore during the mid 1980s and was a member of the United Auto Workers Union Local #239, Baltimore.
He moved to Berkeley Springs in 1990.
He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1483, Risinger-Stotler V.F.W. Post #4019 and Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60, all in Berkeley Springs. He was a member of A.A.R.P. An avid outdoorsman and hunter, he was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Ruth Marie Stevens Johns, at home; one daughter, Linda Lester of Dundalk; two step-daughters, Denise Cutair of Baltimore and Brenda VanGosen of Berkeley Springs; three grandsons, William Lester, Jr. of Dundalk, D.J. VanGosen of Berkeley Springs and Tye Cutair of Baltimore; three granddaughters, Brandy VanGosen, Theresa VanGosen and Melissa VanGosen, all of Berkeley Springs; two great grandchildren; three sisters, Naomi Simkins of Maine, Loretta Weiss of Georgia and Delilah Evered of Baltimore; one brother, Gary Johns of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Johns.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30 at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Hennis H. Fox officiating. Interment was in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Loyal Order of Moose Lodge had a memorial service November 29, 7:30, at the funeral home. 

Wilma E. Hovermale
1936-1999
Wilma Elizabeth Hovermale, 63, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Sunday, November 28, 1999 at Winchester, VA Medical Center.
Born June 8, 1936 in Morgan County, WV, she was the daughter of the late James Albert and Mary Elizabeth Shriver Harden.
She was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs.
She attended the Great Cacapon Elementary and Berkeley Springs High Schools.
During the 1950s, she worked at the Interwoven Hosiery Mill in Berkeley Springs. She retired in 1989, after 30 years of service, as a cook with the Warm Springs Restaurant in Berkeley Springs. She had been a homemaker in recent years.
Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Kenneth Christopher Hovermale, at home; one son, Randy K. Hovermale of Berkeley Springs; three grandchildren, April Osborn, Tonya Hovermale and Matthew Hovermale, all of Berkeley Springs; three sisters, Lola Mae Unger, Freda Voneda Swink and Norma Lee Offord, all of Berkeley Springs; one brother, James A. Harden, Jr. of Berkeley Springs; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Lester William Harden.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Hennis H. Fox officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, December 1, at the funeral home, which will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today, Wednesday.


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