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Obituaries

January 11, 1999

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Ruth V. Coldsmith Spessard

Ruth V. Coldsmith Spessard, 99, formerly of 400 Key Circle, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at Homewood Retirement Center, Williamsport.

Born May 6, 1899, near Scotland, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Frank Theodore and Mary Emily Cleverstone Coldsmith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, V. Roy Spessard, in 1970.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Hagerstown, and a member of Temple Builders Sunday School Class.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia A. Witmer of LaVale, Md.; one son, Kevin L. Spessard Sr., of Hagerstown; one sister, Vernoll Jones of Lancaster, Pa.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

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She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Leah Marie Spessard; one stepson, Leon L. Spessard; two sisters, A. Marie Coldsmith and Hazel Beam; three brothers, Paul C. Coldsmith, D. Beattie Coldsmith, and Edgar F. Coldsmith; one grandson; and two step-grandsons.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Darryl Zoller and the Rev. Robert S. Barton will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 and Thursday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

John L. Metzger

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - John L. Metzger, 52, of 3406 Edenville Road, died Monday, Jan. 11, 1999, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Nov. 6, 1946, in Cleveland, he was the son of Lois Sliker Metzger Reohr of Winterhaven, Fla., and the late Ralph R. Metzger.

He was employed as a computer systems analyst with Industrial Logistics Service Center, Chambersburg, at Letterkenny Army Depot.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He attended Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church, Chambersburg.

He was a coach with Hamilton Heights Little League.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife of 27 years, Cheryl L. Ross Metzger; two sons, Scott R. Metzger and Mark L. Metzger, both of Chambersburg; three sisters, Kathleen Tracey of Westminster, Md., Lois Foreman of Brunswick, Ohio, and Deborah Morrison of North Jackson, Ohio; and two brothers, Robert Metzger of Cleveland, Ohio and Keith Metzger of Savannah, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church, 2509 Black Gap Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Daryl M. Elliott and the Rev. Carl McKee will officiate. Burial will be in Norland Cemetery, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church, 2509 Black Gap Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or to American Lung Association of Central Pa., 6041 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112-1208.

Gladys P. Knipe

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gladys Pauline Knipe, 97, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at her daughter's home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born Oct. 19, 1901, in Hampshire County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late DeBourney and Alberta Virginia Harris Baker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George William Knipe, Sr.

She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Janet McBee and Phyllis Johnson, both of Martinsburg, and Barbara Brittingham of Trappe, Md.; one son, G. William Knipe, Jr. of Martinsburg; one sister, Hazel Chase of Martinsburg; eight grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Bessie Shanholtz, Myrtle Thomas, Pearl Lamon and Cleo Cope; and two brothers, Gracen H. Baker and Roy H. Baker.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. The Rev. Jack T. Sutor, Jr., will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Eva M. Stretchberry

WINCHESTER, Va. - Eva M. Stretchberry, 103, formerly of Winchester House, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, Winchester.

Born July 14, 1895, in Fairmont, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Sylvanus and Zilpha Sigler May.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Joseph A. Stretchberry, in 1971.

She was a graduate of Fairmont State Normal School.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Godfrey Miller Center; and Daughters of American Revolution.

She is survived by two daughters, Caroline Ebersole of Hagerstown and Betty Jo Hammer of Shenandoah, Va.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandsons.

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