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Obituaries

August 19, 1998

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Velma B. Johnson

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Velma Bergdoll Johnson, 88, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998, at Williamsport Nursing Home.

Born March 14, 1910, in Petersburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late J. Ed and Rhoda Sites Bergdoll.

She was preceded in death by her husband, K. Brent Johnson, in 1995. They were married Feb. 3, 1940.

She received her bachelor of science degree from West Virginia University in 1935. She also attended Arizona State University and Colorado State University.

She retired Jan. 1, 1971, after 35 years as West Virginia extension agent for Berkeley County.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Martinsburg and was a former teacher of Fidelis Sunday School Class of the church.

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She was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron and Epsilon Sigma Phi honorary societies; and American Home Economics Association and National Association of Home Extension Economists, from which she received the Distinguished Service Award in 1947. She served on the executive board of the national association for eight years, two years as president.

She was a member of American Association of University Women and past president of the Martinsburg branch.

She is listed in Who's Who of American Women. In 1962 she broadcast five-minute spots over radio stations WEPM in Martinsburg and WCST in Berkeley Springs. She worked with home demonstration clubs in Morgan County and taught school in Grant County.

She is survived by a sister, Wilda Loftin of Piedmont, Ala.; and two brothers, Merlin Bergdoll of Madison, W.Va. and David Bergdoll of Petersburg, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mila Yutzy.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. Curt Lowry will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

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

Lewis A. Shatzer

Lewis A. Shatzer, 74, of 55 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, died Monday, Aug. 17, 1998.

Born May 25, 1924, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Phillip S. and Mary E. Weaver Shatzer Sr.

He was a plumber for more than 40 years; and retired from Hull Plumbing and Heating Co.

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

He was a life member of VFW William D. Byron Post 1936.

He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia A. Fritz and Mary E. Barnhart, both of Hagerstown; three sons, Lewis A. Shatzer of New London, Conn., Barry W. Shatzer of Hagerstown and C. Allen Shatzer of Taneytown, Md.; a sister, Bertha C. Bryant of Hagerstown; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Clara Perrott; and five brothers, Charles Shatzer, Paul Shatzer, John Shatzer, Samuel Shatzer and Phillip Shatzer.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Anne Weatherholt will officiate. Burial will be in Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery, Flintstone, Md.

Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Seatta C. Spencer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Seatta C. Spencer, 79, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998, at her home.

Born Oct. 9, 1918, in Front Royal, Va., she was the daughter of the late Leonard L. and Margaret B. Crabill Cone.

She was an employee of Taylor's Market.

She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Christina L. Britner of Martinsburg; a son, David O. Spencer of Ocean Springs, Miss.; two sisters, Patricia A. Ware of Martinsburg and Ruth Thomas of Cape Coral, Fla.; a brother, Charles C. Cone of Henry, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Memorial graveside services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Rosedale Cemetery. The Rev. Walter F. Bowers will officiate. Immediately following the service, the family and friends will meet at Calvary United Methodist Church, 220 W. Burke St., Martinsburg.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401; or Calvary United Methodist Church, 220 W. Burke St., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Newman Norford

BOONSBORO - Newman Norford, 85, of 200 Della Lane, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 5, 1913, in Grottoes, Va., he was the son of the late Lloyd Cleveland and Essie May Murphy Norford.

He was a graduate of Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Md.

He was a supporter of Boonsboro High School sports; and had been honored for his dedication by Boonsboro Athletic Boosters Association.

He is survived by cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Francis E. Norford.

Services will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Joseph Downs will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

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