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Obituaries

April 06, 1999
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He is survived by his wife, Helen L. Starliper Gontz, whom he married July 13, 1943; a daughter, Linda L. Kuhn of Scotland; four sons, Delbert L. Gontz and Terry L. Gontz, both of Chambersburg, Garry E. Gontz of Scotland and Gregory D. Gontz of South Pasadena, Calif.; three sisters, Rachel O'Conner of Totowa, N.J., Edna Kieffer of Chambersburg and Goldie McIntire of Fayetteville, Pa.; a brother, Cardinal Gontz of Shippensburg, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Chambersburg. The Rev. Beth R. Lupolt will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home in Chambersburg on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., and at the church Thursday at 9 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to World Hunger Fund, c/o St. Luke Lutheran Church, 2695 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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Junia A. Stevens

BOONSBORO - Junia Albert Eafrom "Junior" Stevens, 88, of 18540 Lappans Road, died Monday, April 5, 1999, at his home.

Born Sept. 10, 1910, in McCoy's Ferry, he was the son of the late Clarence William Cook and Mary Elizabeth Hornbaker Stevens.

His wife, Hester Viola Blair Stevens, died in 1995.

He was employed by Lonestar Cement for 40 years, retiring in 1975.

He was a member of Ringgold Church of Christ.

He was a member of AARP.

He is survived by four daughters, Beulah Koontz of Pasadena, Md., Darlene Deneen of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Goldie Exline and Doris Rodeheaver, both of Boonsboro; four sons, Merle Stevens of Galex, Va., Albert Stevens of Westminster, Md., E. Gene Stevens of Gaithersburg, Md., and Cloyd Stevens of Hagerstown; a stepson, Robert Sabine of Norfolk, Va.; a brother, Roy Stevens of Hagerstown; 30 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five sisters, Olive Catherine Brehm, Nellie Dorsey, Mary Belle Forney, Bessie Alberta Blair and Pearl Elizabeth Rowland; a brother, Clarence William Earl Stevens; a half brother, Harry Hornbaker; and five grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Ringgold Church of Christ, 14426 Barkdoll Road, Hagerstown. The Rev. Don Conley will officiate. Burial will be in Ringgold Church of Christ Cemetery, Ringgold.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

William J. Leatherman Jr.

WINCHESTER, Va. - William Jacob Leatherman Jr., 79, of 956 Allen Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, at a local nursing home.

Born July 18, 1919, in Paramount, he was the son of the late William J. and Mary A. Coff Leatherman.

He was a graduate of Western Maryland College and did postgraduate work at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Agriculture, and James Madison University.

He was an industrial service representative for Potomac Edison Co., retiring in 1982. He taught Electricity II at Dowell J. Howard Vocational School.

He was a physicist with the U.S. Signal Corps from 1942 to 1945.

He was a member of Braddock Street United Methodist Church and secretary of the church board.

He founded and was Cub Master of Pack 3, and worked with Boy Scout Troop 3.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Jones, whom he married June 28, 1942; a daughter, Susan M. Leatherman of Winchester; two sons, William J. Leatherman III of Claremont, Va., and Marlin G. Leatherman of Winchester; and three grandsons.

Services were private. Burial was in Beaver Creek Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 202 N. Washington St., Winchester, VA 22601; or to Boy Scout Troop 3, Braddock Street United Methodist Church, 115 Wolfe St., Winchester, VA 22601.

Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home, Winchester.

Nelle C. Smith

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Nelle Catherine Brewer Smith, 92, of Charles Town, died Monday, April 5, 1999, at Williamsport Retirement Village.

Born June 4, 1906, in Mercersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John S. and Nelle Chritzman Brewer.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, J. Walter McKee.

Her second husband, S. Preston "Red" Smith Jr., died in 1993.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town.

She also was a member of AARP.

She is survived by a daughter, Helen L. Orr of Hagerstown; a stepdaughter, Mildred Smith McKay of San Antonio; a granddaughter, Kimberly Diffenderfer; five stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Amelia Smith Yowell; two sisters, Helen Fochtman and Emma Elliott; and four brothers, Topper, John, Fred and Harold Brewer.

Graveside services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. The Rev. Manning Lee Smith will officiate.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to Williamsport Retirement Village Activity Fund, 150 Artizan St., Williamsport, MD 21795.

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