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Obituaries

February 20, 1999

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Ruth H. Middlekauff

Ruth Hering Middlekauff, 78, of Hagerstown, died Friday, Feb. 19, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born June 19, 1920, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late William and Vada Jones Hering.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh E. Middlekauff, in 1989.

She was a member of Fountain Head Country Club; and Bridge Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Diane M. Doilney of Park City, Utah; two sons, Hugh E. Middlekauff and Victor H. Middlekauff, both of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; a niece; and a special friend, Robert Rosen of Hagerstown.

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She was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Holt.

Memorial services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The Rev. Fred M. Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association, 1840 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Ralph H. Huntsberry

FAIRPLAY - Ralph Henry Huntsberry, 90, of 17820 Spielman Road, died Friday, Feb. 19, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Jan. 27, 1909, in Boonsboro, he was the son of the late Earl and Minnie Wilkinson Huntsberry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Showe Huntsberry, in 1988.

He had been employed for 21 years as a machinist at Fairchild Aircraft. He retired from Washington County Board of Education.

He was a member of Manor Church of the Brethren.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda Smith of Boonsboro; a son, Robert L. Huntzberry of Fairplay, with whom he lived; two brothers, Clyde Huntzberry of Fairplay and Donald Huntzberry of York, Pa.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Catherine Gigeous, Ruth Reese and Glendora Aleshire.

Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Lloyd H. Vanderveer will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Manor Church of the Brethren, 18511 Manor Church Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713; or District 12 Volunteer Fire Co., Fairplay, MD 21733.

 

Helen L. Ferguson

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Helen L. Ferguson, of Bakerton Road, died Friday, Feb. 19, 1999.

Born in Harpers Ferry, she was the daughter of the late George Mahoney and Nellie Mitchell Cummings.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Ferguson Jr., in 1979.

She was a Catholic.

She is survived by a sister, Nancy J. Mock of Harpers Ferry; two brothers, G. Cummings and Thomas Cummings, both of Harpers Ferry; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Harpers Ferry. The Rev. Matthew T. Rowgh will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Harpers Ferry.

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cause for Paws, P.O. Box 271, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

Arrangements are by Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry.

James W. Swain

HANCOCK - James W. Swain, 65, of Millstone Circle, died Friday, Feb. 19, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 12, 1933, in Little Orleans, Md., he was the son of the late William Webster and Maxine G. Schriver Swain.

He retired from Mack Trucks as a machinist.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a member of Piney Plains United Methodist Church, Little Orleans.

He was a life member of VFW Post 655, McConnellsburg, Pa.; Webster B. Harrison Post 26 American Legion, Hancock; UAW Local 171; Mack Golden Bulldogs, Hagerstown; Loyal Order of Moose; and National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Bishop Swain, whom he married Dec. 31, 1957; four daughters, Pamela Smith of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., Starla Ward of Franklin, Tenn., Tina Thomas of Greencastle, Pa., and Sherri Kratz of Hancock; a son, Dennis Swain of Hancock; six sisters, Shirley R. Keefer of Clear Spring, Norma M. Ridenour of Big Pool, E. Joanne Gordon of McConnellsburg, Barbara E. Rockwell of Nokomis, Fla., Delores M. Spielman of Mooresville, N.C., and Gloria J. Hutzel of Hagerstown; a brother, Gerald E. Swain of Hancock; 12 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Hancock Untied Methodist Church, 168 W. Main St., Hancock. The Rev. Edward James will officiate. Burial will be in Piney Plains United Methodist Cemetery, Little Orleans, with military honors by Tri-State Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church, which will be open from 2 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday one hour prior to services.

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