October 19, 1997


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John W. Fitz Jr.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - John William Fitz Jr., 77, of 14324 Harbaugh Church Road, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, in Washington County Hospital.

Born Oct. 14, 1920, in Washington Township, Franklin County, Pa. on the family farm, he was the son of the late John W. Sr. and Nora B. Hess Fitz.


He was a 1938 graduate of Washington Township High School.

He worked on the family farm in his early life; he then worked at Beck and Benedict Hardware, Waynesboro; L.E. Beck and Sons, Greencastle, Pa. He worked at Frick Co., Waynesboro, for 15 years as a stockroom clerk, leaving in 1983. Prior to retiring in 1993, he worked in the maintenance department at Sears in Hagerstown for five years. He also was the Harbaugh Church Cemetery caretaker for more than 30 years.

He was a member of the former Harbaugh Reformed Church near Rouzerville, Pa., where he served as Sunday School superintendent, taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and served on the consistory. He was a member of Incarnation United Church of Christ, Emmitsburg, Md., where he sang on the church choir and served on the consistory.

He is survived by his wife, Leone R. Martin Fitz, whom he married on Oct. 24, 1943; one son, Richard W. Fitz of Chambersburg, Pa.; three sisters, Fannie Harbaugh of Rouzerville, Arlene Patterson of Waynesboro and Jennie Harbaugh of Greencastle, Pa.; two brothers, Andrew Fitz and Ralph Fitz, both of Waynesboro, four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth L. Fitz; two half sisters, Ruth Heffner and Naomi Carson; and one half brother, Merle Fitz.

Services will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Harbaugh Reformed Church on Harbaugh Church Road, near Rouzerville. The Rev. Sharon Forbes and the Rev. Thomas Burns will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 South Broad St., Waynesboro.

Memorial contributions may be made to Incarnation United Church of Christ, 124 W. Main St., Emmitsburg, Md. 21727; or Dr. John R. Marsh Cancer Fund, c/o Washington County Hospital, 251 East Antietam St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Mabel B. Miller

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Mabel B. Miller, 83, a resident of Menno-Haven, and formerly of 14586 Locust Level Road, Greencastle, Pa., died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at Menno-Haven.

Born Feb. 1, 1914, near Chambersburg, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Horatio and Susan Elizabeth Johnson Stouffer.

Her husband, J.T. Miller, died in 1993.

She was a homemaker and helped her husband on the family farm.

She was a lifelong member of Upton Church of the Brethren, where she was former president of the Ladies Aid Society of the church.

She also was a former member of Franklin County Farm Womens Group.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Louise Hykes and Darlene Ball, both of Greencastle; two sons, J. Donald Miller of Greencastle, and Richard S. Miller of Mercersburg; one sister, Ruth Grove of Mercersburg; one brother, Howard H. Stouffer of Greencastle; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Angle; and three brothers, J. Luther Stouffer, Paul Stouffer and Fred Stouffer.

Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Upton Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Kenneth Frey and the Rev. Roy Hawbaker will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Greencastle.

The family will receive friends at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Camp Joy-El, 3741 Joy-El Drive, Greencastle, Pa. 17225; or to Menno-Haven Auxiliary, 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Mabel L.J. Spriggs

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Mabel Leona J. Spriggs, 72, of P.O. Box 44, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at her home.

Born June 21, 1925, in McConnellsburg, she was the daughter of the late Walter H. Jefferson and Mabel Brown.

She was a homemaker.

She was a lifetime member of Cito AME Church, and held various offices such as trustee over the years.

She is survived by two daughters, Minnie F. Jefferson and Diane L. Jefferson, both of McConnellsburg; one son, Walter L. Jefferson of McConnellsburg; two sisters, Rosealee Loner and Dora Branche, both of Mount Union, Pa.; one brother, Mac Brown of Harrisburg, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren. She raised the following children, Shirley Thomas, Verna Pettyjohn, Sandra Jefferson, Teresa Jefferson, Sabrina Chism, Gregory Jefferson, Douglas Thomas, Clifford Thomas and David Thomas.

She was preceded in death by one son, John Albert Jefferson; and three brothers, Arthur Jefferson, Charles Brown and Robert Brown.

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