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August 16, 1997


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Helen H. Physioc

BEAVER CREEK - Helen H. Physioc, 88, of Beaver Creek, died Friday, Aug. 15, 1997.

Born July 4, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Joseph K. Hoffman and Iola Elizabeth Hughes. She was a resident of Washington County for more than 80 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis J. Physioc Jr.

She was a 1928 graduate of Hagerstown High School. She attended Duke University before graduating from the Women's College of the University of North Carolina in 1935.


She was a member of the American Red Cross and taught swimming classes for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Washington County Historical Society, Boonsboro Historical Society, Girls Club and the American Association of University Women.

She is survived by one daughter, Paula H. Worthington of Hagerstown; one son, Philip S. Physioc of Hagerstown; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Willis J. Physioc III; one sister, Ethel H. Snyder; and one brother, Dr. Paul W. Hoffman.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Beaver Creek Christian Church, Beaver Creek.

There will be no viewing. Her body was donated to the Maryland State Anatomy Board.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Elisabeth J. Grover

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Elisabeth Joy Grover, 40, of Charles Town, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 1997, at her home.

Born Aug. 26, 1956, in Loma Linda, Calif., she was the daughter of Floyd and Caralyn Johnson Foster of Loma Linda.

She was a 1980 graduate of Burge School of Nursing, Springfield, Mo.

She was a registered nurse at the American Consulate Office for Russia.

She was a member of Assembly of God Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Randall Grover; twin daughters, Heather Kelsey Grover and Megan Bethany Grover, both at home; two sisters, Becky Bryant of Fremont, Calif., and Louise Licea of Mettler, Calif.; and one brother, Jonathan Foster of Arvada, Colo.

Services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, W.Va.

Vallie I. Donivan

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - Vallie I. Donivan, 55, of Gerrardstown, died Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Oct. 15, 1941, she was the daughter of Virgie Mae Hite Faircloth of Gerrardstown and the late Guy Westley Faircloth.

She was formerly employed by Martinsburg Laundry.

She was a member of Full Gospel Pentecostal Church of Middleway, W.Va.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one son, James W. Faircloth Sr. of Martinsburg; three sisters, Mildred Mallatt of Martinsburg, Linda L. Sine and Lena Leonard, both of Gerrardstown; two brothers, Junior W. Faircloth and Charles W. Faircloth, both of Gerrardstown; two grandsons; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Wilmer Lee "Will" Morris.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. John Faircloth will officiate. Burial will be in Mountainside Tabernacle Cemetery, Poor House Road, Martinsburg.

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

Louise E. Gray

RANSON, W.Va. - Services for Louise Elizabeth Gray, 80, a resident of Shenandoah Home, who died Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Charles Town, W.Va. The Rev. Brian Shoda will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Harper's Ferry, W.Va.

Visitation will be today at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry from 7 to 9 p.m., where a rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Floyd W. Gettel

TUCSON, Ariz. - Floyd W. Gettel, 67, of Tucson, died Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, of cancer.

Born Sept. 22, 1929, he was the son of the late Nora and Harry Gettel.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty Gettel; two sisters, Ethel Goetz and Betty Cantner, both of Hagerstown; three brothers, Harry Gettel of Tucson, John Gettel and Bruce Gettel, both of Hagerstown; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Floyd Gettel Jr.; and two sisters, Virginia Fratrick and Mary Jane Smith.

Graveside services will be Tuesday at Evergreen Cemetery, Tucson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to cancer research or to the charity of one's choice.

Norman A. Morter

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Norman A. Morter, 74, of Springfield, and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, of a heart attack at Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va.

Born Feb. 6, 1923, in Chambersburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Alvey and Ada Barr Morter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Morter, in 1994.

He was a graduate of Greencastle High School.

He was employed by Potomac Electric Power in Washington, D.C., for 38 years.

He was a veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945.

He was a member of Springfield United Methodist Church, Springfield.

He is survived by two sons, Wayne Morter of Glen Allen, Pa., and Lester Morter of Washington, D.C.; three sisters, Ethel Neal and Dorothy Morter, both of Waynesboro, Pa., and Mary Fox of Vincentown, N.J.; three brothers, Herman Morter of New Kensington, Pa., Harold Morter of Porthill, Idaho, and Perry Morter of Ione, Ore.; and two grandsons.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield. Burial will follow at Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Va.

Friends may call at the funeral home today from 3 to 6 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 7203 Poplar St., Annandale, Va. 22003.

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