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Obituaries

December 05, 1997

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William M. Allenberg

SMITHSBURG - William M. Allenberg, 75, of Barth Spring Lane, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, at Ravenwood Lutheran Village, Hagerstown.

Born Oct. 19, 1922, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late William and Irene Russman Allenberg.

He was a 1940 graduate of Hagerstown High School; and a 1950 graduate of the University of Maryland, with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education.

He served as agricultural extension agent in Carroll County for five years; and worked as a teacher at Boonsboro High School Agricultural Department for 21 years, retiring in 1977.

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He was owner and operator of Mountain Spring Orchard in Smithsburg, retiring in 1989.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Smithsburg.

He served on the Maryland Agricultural Committee; Maryland Apple Committee; and Maryland Horticulture Society. He was past president of Washington County Farm Bureau; and past president of Smithsburg Lion Club.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Thomas Allenberg; two sons, Henry Allenberg and Fred Allenberg, both of Smithsburg; and one sister, Virginia E. Fehl of Smithsburg.

He was preceded in death by a sister, H. June Fuller.

Memorial services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 N. Main St., Smithsburg. Pastor Mark Walters will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Memorial donations may be made to Smithsburg Emergency Medical Service, P.O. Box 411, Smithsburg, Md. 21783; or Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 217, Smithsburg, Md. 21783.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home, 12525 Bradbury Ave., Smithsburg.

Lyle J. Laing Sr.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Lyle Jackson "Jack" Laing Sr., 74, of Martinsburg, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, at his home.

Born Nov. 27, 1923, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Luther and Florence "Kitchen" Laing.

He was retired, after 20 years, from General Motors in the receiving department. Earlier, he had been employed with Dunn and Seibert as a mechanic.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II.

He was a member of Central Chapel.

He was a member of Berryville Steam and Gas Association.

He is survived by his wife, of 53 years, Glenna Bohrer Laing; three daughters, Patricia Price, Edna Weigle and Carolyn Linton, all of Martinsburg; two sons, Lyle Jack Laing Jr. and Michael Laing, both of Martinsburg; five sisters, Ada Roselie Laing and Frances DeHaven, both of Martinsburg, Mary Risinger of Cherry Run, W.Va., Bessie Courtney of Bunker Hill, W.Va., and Jeanett Harrison of Ridgeway, W.Va.; three brothers, Lewis "Cobb" Laing and John "Pete" Laing, both of Cherry Run, and Donald "Wink" Laing of Berkeley Station, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Elma Getchel and Beulah Miller; and three brothers, Henry Laing, Robert Laing and James Laing.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. Pastor Frank Douty will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens with military graveside services by VFW and American Legion.

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

Thelma M. Rice

Thelma Marie Rice, 82, of West Franklin Street, Hagerstown, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997, at Williamsport Nursing Home.

Born July 11, 1915, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late William Daniel and Fannie R. Lamp Rice.

She was employed by the former Old Southern Shoe Factory and Buffalo Restaurant, both in Hagerstown.

She is survived by one daughter, Lorraine Smith of Funkstown; one son, Frank L. Stockslager of Funkstown; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.

Private services and burial will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg.

Ida R. Leatherman

WOLFSVILLE, Md. - Ida Rae Leatherman, 100, of 12630 Brandenburg Hollow Road, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, at her home.

Born June 18, 1897, near Wolfsville in Frederick County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Irving Recher and Ida Mary Ellen Smith Morgan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry J. Leatherman, in 1959.

Prior to her marriage, she was a teacher at Sensenbaugh and Continental Schools in Frederick County, Md. Following World War I, she was employed by the federal government in Washington, D.C., in the department of veterans insurance.

She was a life-long member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Wolfsville, where she taught Sunday school class; was church treasurer; and supported the church making crafts.

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