January 07, 1999

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Friday, January 08, 1999 Edition

John P. Gilroy

John Patrick Gilroy, 83, of 905 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 16, 1915, in Bristol, R.I., he was the son of the late Peter and Elizabeth Darcy Gilroy.

He retired from Fairchild Aircraft in 1982 after many years in quality assurance.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and then the Air Force.

He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.

He was a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Virginia A. Gilroy; two daughters, Ann E. Wells and Sharon C. Brown, both of Hagerstown; a son, Patrick J. Gilroy of York, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown. The Rev. Andrew S. Mohl will be celebrant. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, with military services by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. Prayers will be said at 7:30 p.m.

Mary H. Miller

WILLIAMSPORT - Mary Hartsough Miller, 89, of Williamsport, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1999, at Homewood Nursing Facility in Williamsport.

Born Feb. 15, 1909, in Napanee, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Rev. Harvey LeRoy Hartsough and Ida Grace Matthews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. DeWitt L. Miller, in 1997.

She was educated at Manchester College in Indiana.

She taught cooking and home decorating in the public school systems of Somerset County, Pa., McPherson County, Kansas and Washington County.

She served Hagerstown Church of the Brethren with her husband, beginning in 1954.

She was a member of P.E.O. in McPherson, Kan., and in Hagerstown.

She is survived by a son, David L. Miller of Syracuse, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Dianna M. Miller of Palo Alto, Calif., and John D. Miller of Boston.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, at 4 p.m., at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, followed by a fellowship supper.

Memorial donations may be made to Church of the Brethren, 15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Helen M. Bates

Helen Monticello Bates, 86, of Julia Manor Nursing Home, Hagerstown, and formerly of Avalon Manor Nursing Home, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, at Julia Manor Home.

Born Dec. 18, 1912, in Roanoke, Va., she was the daughter of the late John B. and Evey Creasey Bates.

She is survived by two brothers, William F. Bates of Williamsport and Early W. Bates of Hagerstown; two nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Grover and John W. Bates.

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

There will be no viewing.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, Hagerstown.

Frederick R. Leighton

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Frederick R. Leighton, 48, of 457 S. Second St., died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, at his home.

Born March 4, 1950, in Three Springs, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Helena A. Watkin Leighton.

He was a graduate of Southern Huntingdon High School, Pogue, Pa.

He retired in 1997 from D.L.A. at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg. He worked as a civilian government employee in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a Protestant.

He was a member of BPO Elks Lodge 600, Chambersburg, where he was the esteemed loyal knight and secretary of the board of directors at the time of his death. He also had served as chaplain.

He was a member of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW, Chambersburg.

He is survived by six sisters, Lois F. Younkins of Poplar Branch, N.C., H. Maxine Nearhood of Three Springs, Beulah D. Harries of New Cumberland, Pa., Phyllis L. Campbell of Saltillo, Pa., Eleanor E. Cutshall of Rockhill Furnace, Pa., and Vivian A. Carbaugh of Chambersburg; and a brother, Denver D. Leighton of St. Thomas, Pa.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Zella M. Madden; and a brother, Joseph M. Leighton.

Services will be Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Elmer T. Kipe will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg, with military services by members of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard.

Visitation will be Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Monday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Members of BPO Elks 600 will conduct a service Sunday at 8 p.m.

Ruth A. Eby

Ruth A. Eby, 63, of 16413 Fairview Road, Hagerstown, and formerly of Chambersburg, Pa., died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, at her home.

Born March 16, 1935, in Letterkenny Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Victor B. and Bessie Elizabeth Wenger Rife.

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