January 30, 1998

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Erma G. Fermes

CLEAR SPRING, Md. - Erma Grace "Sissy" Fermes, 70, of 13330 Big Pool Road, formerly of Hagerstown, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at Reeder's Memorial Home in Boonsboro.

Born Dec. 27, 1927, in Zullinger, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John and Clara Rowe Stover.

She was employed by Lena Darner Boutique and the Venice Inn.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by her husband, James V. Fermes; four daughters, Elizabeth A. Butts, Shena M. Zellers, Paula Cline and Wilma E. Stull, all of Hagerstown; one son, Ronald E. Stover of Big Pool, Md.; three sisters, Leona M. Smith of Funkstown, Francis L. Henry of Hagerstown and Edith J. Cross of Waynesboro, Pa.; one stepbrother, Franklin E. Stull of Huntington, W.Va.; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by two daughters, Lorretta Stover and Yvonne Stover; one brother, James R. Stover; one granddaughter, Melissa Butts; and one grandson, Dustin Billman.

Services will be Monday, at 11 a.m., at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, 40 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

George W. Gageby

ENGLE, W.Va. - George Washington Gageby, 87, of Fisher Hill Farm, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, at the home of his daughter.

Born Nov. 8, 1910, in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., he was the son of the late William Edward and Nellie Brown Gageby.

He worked for 18 years at Kidwiler's Butcher Shop, Bakerton, W.Va. He previously owned and operated Fisher Hill Farm, Engle. In the 1940s and 1950s he had a dairy cream route in Jefferson County, W.Va.

He was an active member of Uvilla United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees and administrative board and taught Sunday school.

He served on the advisory board for Southern States.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Mae Ambrose Gageby, whom he married Nov. 25, 1939; one daughter, Dorrene G. Hale of Engle; one son, Edward Glenn Gageby of Dunkirk, Md.; two brothers, David A. Gageby and Harry B. Gageby, both of Engle; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary E. Engle, Nellie Virginia Bush and Maggie Gageby; and four brothers, Charles W. Gageby, Howard M. Gageby, Samuel H. Gageby and James E. Gageby.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Uvilla United Methodist Church. The Rev. Donna Merritt will officiate. Burial will be in Uvilla United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, 310 Fairfax Blvd., Charles Town, W.Va.

Memorial donations may be made to Uvilla United Methodist Church, Attn: Fannie McKee, Route 1, Box 109T, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. 25442.

Larry D. Haarer

Larry Demoyne Haarer, 62, of 80 Nottingham Road, Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at his home.

Born April 18, 1935, in LaGrange County, Ind., he was the son of the late Joseph Frank and Grace Mabel Beam Haarer.

He was a 1955 graduate of Shipshewana High School and attended Tri-State University in Angola Ind.

He is survived by two sisters, Miriam Wellington of Goshen, Ind., and Erma Eash of Burr Oak, Mich.; and four brothers, Harmon Haarer and Garlan Haarer both of LaGrange, Ind., Norman Haarer of Albion, Ind., and John W. Haarer of Hagerstown.

He was preceded in death by one brother Noble Haarer.

Services will be on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at Miller Funeral Home, 201 S. Main St., Middlebury, Ind. The Rev. Jerold Sims, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Burr Oak, will officiate. Burial will be at Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Albert V. Kesecker

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Rev. Albert Vernon "A.V." Kesecker, 86, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, at his home.

Born Jan. 10, 1912, in Sleepy Creek, W.Va., he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Susan "Molly" McJilton Kesecker.

He attended Morgan County schools, Bob Jones University and Moody Institute.

He was a retired Nazarene minister; and retired from B&O Railroad.

He was ordained into the Nazarene Church in 1948. He founded and built the Nazarene Church in Hancock and built the Nazarene Church in Martinsburg. He also was instrumental in starting the Nazarene Church in Wiley Ford, W.Va.

He was a member of Grace Church of the Nazarene, Hancock.

He attended Grace Wesleyan Church and St. Luke's United Methodist Church, both in Martinsburg, and taught Sunday school classes at St. Luke's. He served as supply pastor for many churches in the area and at times was active as an evangelist. After his retirement, he was interim pastor at the Church of the Nazarene, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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