February 13, 1998

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Jacob G. Ridenour

LEITERSBURG - Jacob G. "Jake" Ridenour, 62, of Leiters Mill Road, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.

Born July 14, 1935, near Smithsburg, he was the son of the late Jacob Guy Ridenour Sr. and Mary L. Wolfinger Ridenour Grove.

He attended Smithsburg schools and was a 1953 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was employed by Graphics Universal Inc., Greencastle, Pa.; and formerly by service stations in Hagerstown; Fleigh Motors, Hagerstown; American Finance Co., Hagerstown and Charles Town, W.Va.; and Double-Day Co., Smithsburg.


He was a member of Mount Moriah Lutheran Church, Foxville, Pa.; where he served on the church council.

He was a member of Morris Frock Post 42, Hagerstown; past member of Moose Club 212; and Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his wife, Joan V. Fox Ridenour; one daughter, Janice L. Ridenour of Foxville, one son, Jerry L. Ridenour of Gaithersburg; one sister, Janet L. DeLauter of Ringgold, Md.; twin sister, Mary Belle Perry of Chambersburg, Pa.; one grandson; stepmother, Geneva Ridenour of Waynesboro; half sister, Linda Stains of Waynesboro; and half brother, Steven Ridenour of Fayetteville.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, 12525 Bradbury Ave., Smithsburg. The Rev. Julie Brigham will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Lutheran Cemetery, Foxville, with military services by Morris Frock Post 42.

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

Frances E. Tusing

BOLIVAR, W.Va. - Frances Ethel Tusing, 73, of 1164 Washington St., died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Md.

Born July 19, 1924, in Bolivar, she was the daughter of the late Harry Thornton and Ethel Marie Staubs Longerbeam.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Oscar Tusing, in 1966.

She worked at the Bureau of Standards and National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

She was a member of Miriam Chapter 23 of the Order of the Eastern Star at Washington, D.C.; Ladies Auxiliary of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1136 of Brunswick, Md.; Women of Moose Home Chapter 0 of Mooseheart, Ill.; and Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Lions Club.

She was active with and a director of Jefferson County Committee on Aging and later volunteered for the Council on Aging, providing meals and programs at Bolivar Community Center. She served more than 10 years as recorder and secretary, and at the time of her death was treasurer of the Bolivar Town Council.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Edward Tusing of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Charles David Tusing of Harpers Ferry; one sister, Edith Ott of Kensington, Md.; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Kathleen Jackson; and one brother, Harry Longerbeam Jr.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Harpers Ferry. The Rev. Richard E. Neal will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Lutheran Cemetery, Bolivar.

The family will receive friends Sunday and Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Bolivar Park Fund, P.O. Box 37, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. 25425.

Eunice L. Smoot

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Eunice L. Smoot, 77, of 270 Menno Village, died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at Menno Village.

Born July 19, 1920, in Donora, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Reuben A. and Nellie Jones Locke.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Creston Rosenberry, in 1953.

She was a 1939 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

She retired in 1980 after 26 years of service from DESCOM at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, as a program analyst. Formerly, she worked at the Social Security Administration Office in Chambersburg; and Western Maryland Railroad, Culbertson, Pa.

She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chambersburg.

She was a member of American Association of Retired Persons; and National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

She is survived by her husband, Robert F. Smoot, whom she married Oct. 9, 1975; one stepson, Steven E. Smoot of Lancaster, Pa.; one stepgrandson, Aaron Smoot of Lancaster; one sister, Ruby Ausherman of Chambersburg; four nieces; four nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Chaplain Samuel Troyer and Chaplain Vernon Isner will officiate. Burial will be in Norland Cemetery, Chambersburg.

The viewing will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201; or Menno Haven, 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

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