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Obituaries

March 15, 1999

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Warren M. Grissinger

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Warren Marshall Grissinger, 76, a resident of Shippensburg Health Care Center, Shippensburg, and formerly of Hustontown, Pa., died Saturday, March 13, 1999, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg.

Born Aug. 21, 1922, in Clay Township, Huntingdon County, he was the son of the late John R. and Rhoda Black Grissinger.

He worked at carpentry and masonry.

He attended Evangel Assembly of God, McConnellsburg, Pa.

He was a member of Blair County Rod and Gun Club, Potter County, Carpenter's Union Local 2274, Pittsburgh, Fort Chambers Local Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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He is survived by his wife, Grace Kesselring Grissinger, whom he married in 1956; one son, Todd W. Grissinger of Mercersburg, Pa.; two sisters, Norma Gale Anderson of Waterfall, Pa., and Freda Rowles of RD, Robertsdale, Pa; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Ruth Grissinger.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at M.R. Brown Funeral Home, Hustontown. The Rev. Belvy C. White will officiate. Burial will be in Cherry Grove Cemetery, RD, Three Springs, Pa.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

The Rev. S. Fred Christman

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - The Rev. S. Fred Christman, 90, a resident of Piney Mountain, Fayetteville, and formerly of 6361 Chambersburg Road, Fayetteville, died Sunday, March 14, , at Piney Mountain.

Born June 17, 1908, in St. Thomas Township, Pa., he was the son of the late D.F. and Mary Ann Brubaker Christman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys V. Rotz Christman.

He was a 1927 graduate of Chambersburg High School, a 1931 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., and a 1938 graduate of Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, Pa. He later received a Doctor of Divinity from Lebanon Valley College in 1953.

During his first 22 years in the ministry of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, he served in Biglerville, Newburg, and New Cumberland. He then served as a U.S. Army chaplain for two years. Following his military service he was assigned to Chambersburg First Church for several years. He then went on to serve as administrator of Quincy United Methodist Home, Quincy, Pa. He retired in 1971.

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

He served numerous organization and boards in a variety of capacities at local, conference, and general levels in the United Brethren, Evangelical United Brethren, and United Methodist denominations successively, including the General Board of Home and Hospitals of the United Methodist Church following the church merger.

He is survived by one son, Fred N. Christman of Costa Rica; and one sister, Margaret C. Hoover of Chambersburg; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 225 S. Second Street, Chambersburg. The Rev. Donald C. Nolder will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 225 S. Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Retha V. Rotz

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Retha V. Rotz, 90, a resident of Menno Haven, Chambersburg, died Saturday, March 13, 1999, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg.

Born Jan. 11, 1909, in Rest, Va., she was the daughter of the late James W. and Susan G. Nary Ewan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford T. Rotz, Sr., who died in 1985.

She was a homemaker.

She attended King Street United Brethren Church, Chambersburg, and was a member of the Sunshine Sunday School Class.

She won a large monetary prize for solving the "Little Jester" crossword puzzle in the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1957.

She is survived by one daughter, Susanne Davis of Chadds Ford, Pa.; one son, Clifford Rotz, Jr. MD of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three sisters, Mildred Shade of Menno Haven, Marie McLaughlin of Chambersburg, Pa., and Mary Ellen Martin of Colonial Heights, Va.; four grandchildren and four great-grand children.

She was preceded in death by three sisters and eight brothers.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Lester R. Stine will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to King Street United Brethren Church, 172 East King Street, Chambersburg, PA. 17201.

Mabel L. Leisher

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