March 06, 1998

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Saturday, March 07, 1998 Edition

Margaret Hedges

QUINCY, Pa. - Margaret Ayres Hedges, 82, a resident of Quincy United Methodist Home and formerly of 11830 Village Heights Drive, Zullinger, Pa., died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at the nursing home.

Born March 16, 1915, in Cornwall, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Thomas A. and Margaret Bliss Ayers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Hedges, in 1996. They were married Dec. 24, 1934.

She was a 1932 graduate of Iowa City High School. She received her master's degree in English from the University of Iowa.

She was a homemaker; and worked with her husband on the family farm. Earlier, she taught junior high school English in Iowa City, Iowa. After moving to Hagerstown, she was the production editor for Harper and Row Publications.


She was a member of First Christian Church, Hagerstown.

She was a life member of American Association of University Women; and a member of National AARP.

She is survived by four sons, James A . Hedges of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., Alan Hedges of Zullinger, Pa., Benjamin A. Hedges of New York, N.Y., and George A. Hedges of Staten Island, N.Y.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally A. Posch in 1984; a grandson, Toby Posch in 1986; and a brother, Thomas A. Ayres in 1989.

Memorial services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa. The Rev. Fred Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, by the George Gay Funeral Home of Iowa City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

Lester L. Cromer

Lester Leroy Cromer, 81, of 120 W. Magnolia Ave., Hagerstown, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 16, 1916, in Washington County, he was the son of the late Harry R. and Christianna E. Bailey Cromer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lottie Mae Cromer, in 1996.

He was employed with Mack Truck Inc., retiring in 1981.

He was a life member of John Wesley United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Alsatia Club since 1944; Mack Golden Bulldogs; National Council of Senior Citizens; Antietam Fire Co.; and AARP.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Crider and Suzanne Smith, both of Hagerstown; one sister, Helen Chapman of Hagerstown; one brother, Robert Cromer of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Richard W. Simpson and the Rev. Marcus Earp will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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

Hartzell M. Harnish

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Hartzell M. Harnish, 60, of 105 N. Main St., died Friday, March 6, 1998, at Franklin County Nursing Home, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born May 17, 1937, near Mercersburg, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Elsie May Burhanan Frisby.

She was a former employee of Grove Worldwide of Shady Grove, Pa. She was a housekeeper and babysitter in the Mercersburg area.

She was a member of Clayton Memorial Church of God, Mercersburg.

She is survived by three sisters, Naomi F. Knapper and Wanda J. Quivers, both of Chambersburg and Gloria D. Frisby of Mercersburg; and five brothers, Melvin E. Frisby, Donald R. Frisby, Richard L. Frisby and Dennis P. Frisby, all of Mercersburg, and Douglas E. Frisby of Harrisburg, Pa.

She was preceded in death by two sisters; and one brother.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Clayton Memorial Church of God, 6701 Charlestown Road, Mercersburg. The Rev. Kelly Shope will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Union Cemetery, Mercersburg.

The viewing will be Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg; and Monday one hour prior to the services at the church.

Guy H. Brechbill Sr.

PORTAGE, Ind. - Guy H. Brechbill Sr., 80, of Portage, died Thursday, March 5, 1998.

Born June 8, 1917, in Peters, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles and Susan Brechbill.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.

He retired as a truck driver from Clairmont Trucking.

He was a member of Grace Church of the Nazarene.

He was a member of United Teamsters Local 710; Bonner Senior Center; and AARP.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elsie Brechbill; seven children, Janet Clemons of Middletown, Ohio, Shirley Kuhn of Smithsburg, Guy Brechbill Jr. of Portage, Susan Wolford of Waynesboro, Pa., Rose Husk of Portage, James Brechbill of Salisbury, Md., and Carol McJilton of Denton, Md.; 26 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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