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Obituaries

March 31, 1999

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Homer E. Murray

Homer Ellwood Murray, 82, of 115 Catawba Place, Hagerstown, died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Jan. 6, 1917, in Mooresville, Md., he was the son of the late Rev. William F. and Bessie Miller Murray.

He was an income tax preparer, and was employed by Western Maryland Railway and Continental Can.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille E. Murray; one daughter, Charlotte Wagner of Baltimore; one son, Dennis E. Murray of Hagerstown; two sisters, Genevieve Jenkins of Pasadena, Md., and Connie Jenkins of Glen Burnie, Md.; four brothers, William Murray, James Murray, Edgar Murray and the Rev. Ben Murray, all of Hagerstown; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by one brother, Lowell S. Murray.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Bennett G. Murray and Associate Darlene Murray will officiate.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lucille E. Murray, 115 Catawba Place No. 6, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Mary C. Simmers

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Mary C. Simmers, 54, of 4161 Wayne Road, died Sunday, March 28, 1999, in Chambersburg.

Born Oct. 19, 1944, in Guilford Township, Pa., she was the daughter of Catherine Helman Bushman of Fayetteville, Pa., and the late Charles Bushman.

She was a graduate of Chambersburg High School.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Grindstone Hill Cemetery, 4856 Wayne Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Paul B. Baker will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

Arrangements are by Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home in Chambersburg.

Vivian M. Roberts

LITTLE ORLEANS, Md. - Vivian M. Roberts, 71, of Boden Road, N.E., died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md.

Born May 20, 1927, in Piney Grove, Md., she was the daughter of the late John D. and Minnie B. Jerome Norris.

She attended Fletcher and Piney Grove schools.

She was formerly a waitress for Weaver's Restaurant in Hancock, and for H&D Restaurant in Cumberland. She was a seasonal fire spotter at Town Hill Fire Tower.

She was a member of Piney Plains United Methodist Church, and the Ladies Aid.

She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of Webster B. Harrison Post 26 American Legion in Hancock.

She is survived by her husband, Howard L. Roberts, whom she married Oct. 26, 1944; one daughter, Shirley Jean Grieves of Oldtown, Md.; one son, Garry L. Roberts of Little Orleans; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Goldie Trail, Bessie Joy, Helen Smith and Edna Watson; and five brothers, Albert Norris, Allen Norris, Donald Norris, Albin Norris and Thomas Norris.

Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

There will be no visitation or viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Piney Plains United Methodist Church, c/o Rose Boggs, 13504 Mann Road, Little Orleans, MD 21766; or to Orleans Volunteer Fire Co., Orleans Road, N.E., Little Orleans, MD 21766.

Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, Hancock.

Robert E. Bruchey

Robert Eugene Bruchey, 68, of 11815 Peacock Trail, Hagerstown, who died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, retired as a sergeant from the Hagerstown Police Department and as a deputy/guard from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Colette W. James

SEVERNA PARK, Md. - Colette Wible James, 49, of Severna Park, died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, at her home.

Born July 18, 1949, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Ethelyn June Wenker and the late Charles Frederick Wenker.

She formerly was employed for 21 years by Staff Builders of Baltimore; worked as a consultant to Courteous Services Inc. of Hagerstown; Mary Kraft and Associates of Towson, Md.; and was self-employed as a consultant to Creative Management Consultants.

She was a member of Saint Bernadette Roman Catholic Parish, and was a eucharistic minister.

She was a board member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators; a former board member of American Heart Association; a former member of American Business Womens Association; a member of National Association of Temporary Staffing Services for whom she conducted workshops. She volunteered annually at the "Maryland You Are Beautiful" ceremony in Annapolis.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred S. James of Severna Park; four stepdaughters, Jennifer Carpenter, Jacqueline Slusher and JoAnne Ashworth, all of Hagerstown, and Jessica James of Hanover, Md.; two stepsons, Jon James of Sharpsburg and Jeffry James of Hanover; a brother, John Wenker of Baltimore; a sister, Geneva Hopper of Joppa, Md.; and 12 stepgrandchildren.

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