October 17, 1997


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Gladys E. Williams

Gladys Eileen Williams, 81, of 1010 Brinker Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 24, 1916, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Harry H. and Ida Mae Shrader Semler Sr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hamilton Douglas Williams, in 1976.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by three sons, Charles W. Baechtel, Thomas E. Baechtel and James R. Baechtel, all of Hagerstown; six sisters, Hilda Baker, Betty Butts and Peggy Donegan, all of Hagerstown, Winifred Vickers of Sharpsburg, Evelyne Clouser of Fairplay and Nancy Cronise of Boonsboro; three brothers, Roy Semler of Sharpsburg, Lloyd Semler of Hagerstown and Joseph Semler of Clear Spring; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Eby; two brothers, Harold Semler and Harry Semler Jr.; and one grandchild.

Services will be today at 12:30 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. The Rev. Steven S. McCullough will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday, Oct. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Josephine E. Weagly

HANOVER, Pa. - Josephine Estelle Weagly, 82, formerly of Middletown, Md., died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Homewood Retirement Center, Hanover.

Born Jan. 21, 1915, in Frederick, Md., she was the daughter of the late Dr. Clinton B. and Viola E. Kefauver Weagly.

She received her bachelor's degree in home economics from Hood College, Frederick, and accepted a position in the dietary department at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. After World War II she became director of the dietary department at Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio; a position she held until her retirement in 1976.

She was a first lieutenant in the U. S. Army Medical Corps, from 1943 to 1946.

She was a member of Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Middletown.

She is survived by several cousins.

Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown. The Rev. Suzanne Smith Morris, associate pastor will officiate. Burial will be in Reformed Cemetery, Middletown.

Visitation will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Fund of Christ Reformed Church, P.O. Box 188, Middletown, Md. 21769.

J. Omer Caron

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - J. Omer Caron, 91, of 30 N. Grant St., and a resident of Franklin County Nursing Home in Chambersburg, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Nov. 26, 1905, in New Brunswick, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of the late Auguste and Lumina Lagace Caron.

He was employed by Florence Contractors, Ely Tree Service, and then by Landis Tool Co. for a number of years. Prior to his retirement in 1970, he was a crane and engine operator and yard worker at Frick Co. in Waynesboro for 20 years.

He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waynesboro.

He also was a member of Waynesboro Knights of Columbus Council 2068; and a charter member of Waynesboro South Chapter AARP 2977.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred I. Roth Caron, whom he married Nov. 24, 1960; and nine half brothers and half sisters, Berthe Germaine of Quebec City, Canada, Bertrand Caron, Gerard Caron, Aramond Caron, Roland Caron, Gabriel Pepin, Georgette Caron, John Claude Caron and Andrew Caron, all of LaPrairie, Quebec, Canada.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Auguste Caron, Stanalas Caron, Maurice Caron and Adrian Caron; an infant sister; stepmother, Elmina Lagace Caron; one half sister, Rachel Boubblier; and one half brother, Lucien Caron.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. Thomas J. Hemler as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Waynesboro.

There will be no public viewing. A rosary service will be Sunday at 4 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew School Fund, 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268; or to Franklin County Nursing Home, 201 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Louise R. Pringle

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Louise Riddleberger Pringle, 90, of 710 West Liberty St., died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at her home.

Born Oct. 7, 1907, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin H. and Sadie Kingan Riddleberger.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Pringle, in 1977.

She and her husband owned and operated Riddleberger's Store in Charles Town for many years.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Charles Town.

She was a former member of Jefferson County Republican Club.

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