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March 29, 1999

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Mary V. Strausner

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Mary Viola Smetzer Strausner, 84, of 7165 Slabtown Road, Waynesboro, died Monday, March 29, 1999, at Quincy United Methodist Home.

Born Sept. 5, 1914, in Waynesboro, she was the daughter of the late Jacob C. and Elsie H. Baker Smetzer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilson L. Strausner, in 1995. They were married in 1949.

She retired from Carroll Shoe Factory in Mont Alto, Pa., in 1977 as a machine operator. She then worked part time at the shoe factory.

She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Mont Alto, and Friendly Corner Sunday School Class.

She is survived by one son, Allen L. Strausner of Waynesboro; two sisters, Catherine Verdier of Mont Alto and Helen F. Wadel of Waynesboro; two brothers, Ralph J. Smetzer and Paul W. Smetzer, both of Waynesboro; two stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

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She was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice L. Smetzer and Blanche E. Smetzer; and one brother, George I. Smetzer.

Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. The Rev. David L. Deatrich will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, Quincy.

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

Lonza D. Albright Jr.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Lonza Dow Albright Jr., 70, of Martinsburg, died Monday, March 29, 1999, at City Hospital.

Born Jan. 21, 1929, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lonza Dow Sr. and Sallie Jane Harper Albright.

He was retired from National Fruit Products after 45 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of Martinsburg Lodge 120, Loyal Order of Moose; Tomahawk Archery Rangers; and Big Lick Sportsman Club.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Butts Albright; one daughter, Susan Smith of Smithsburg; one sister, Wanda Snyder of Martinsburg; one granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Glenville Albright, Bruce Albright, Guy Albright, Alfred Albright, Victor Albright and Robert Albright.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. R. Shawn Edwards will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery with military services by Berkeley Post 14, American Legion and Newton D. Baker Post 896, VFW.

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

Redith M. Boyce

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Redith Mae Boyce, 93, of Martinsburg, died Monday, March 29, 1999, at Care Haven of Berkeley.

Born July 11, 1905, in St. Luke, Va., she was the daughter of the late Homer and Ora Bower Kipps.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Otto Boyce.

She retired from Winchester Knitting Mill.

She is survived by six sisters, Hazel Hoover of Bunker Hill, W.Va., Ruby Albright of Martinsburg, Marie Brymesser and Jeanette Husler, both of Carlisle, Pa., Helen Ashton of Shanghai, W.Va., and Audra Shifler of Chambersburg, Pa.; one brother, Dolph Kipps of Sandston, Va.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Hester Boyce; and three brothers, Charles Kipps, Harold Kipps and Cletus Kipps.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. David Risley will officiate. Burial will be in Frederick County, Va.

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

Irma D. Grove

MAUGANSVILLE - Irma Dean Grove, 70, of 14028 Village Mill Drive, Maugansville, died Sunday, March 28, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 21, 1929, in Halfway, she was the daughter of the late Albert David Sr. and Minnie May Knight Powell.

She retired from Maryland Ribbon. She previously was employed by Grand Union.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Greensburg, Md.

She is survived by her husband, Gale K. Grove; three daughters, Brenda Smith of Boonsboro, Karen Duff of Hagerstown, and Kathy Hillman of Dunbar, Neb.; one son, Dennis Smallwood of Otoe, Neb.; two stepdaughters, Diane Miller of Smithsburg and Tina Keene of Kentucky; one stepson, Curtis Grove of Hagerstown; two sisters, Anna Reese of Smithsburg and Betty Alt of Flintstone, Md.; two brothers, Albert Powell Jr. of Hagerstown and Franklin D. Powell of Martinsburg, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Powell.

Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Julie Brigham will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 13156 Edgemont Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783.

Rory B. Shatzer

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