April 22, 1999

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Friday, April 23, 1999 Edition

Virginia E. Bittinger

SMITHSBURG - Virginia E. "Ginny" Bittinger, 59, of Cristy Avenue, died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 20, 1939, in Clear Spring, she was the daughter of the late Clyde L. and Gladys Dickerhoff Bartles.

She was a 1957 graduate of Clear Spring High School.

She was a member of North American Rod and Gun Club Ladies Auxiliary, Hagerstown.

She is survived by her husband, Harry C. Bittinger; a daughter, Patti L. Haines of Cavetown; a son, Eric A. Bittinger of Smithsburg; two stepdaughters, Melanie R. Saxton of Houston and Christina L. Koehn of Katy, Texas; three brothers, Richard L. Bartles of Hancock, Donald G. Bartles of Mount Vernon, Ill., and William S. Bartles of Frederick, Md.; and six grandchildren.


Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. Pastor Julie Brigham will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Clear Spring.

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

George M. Gossert

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - George M. Gossert, 85, of 344 W. Second St., died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at Quincy (Pa.) United Methodist Home.

Born Feb. 7, 1914, in Mont Alto, Pa., he was the son of the late William E. and Ida E. Shockey Gossert.

He attended Mont Alto schools.

He worked on farms and orchards in the Mont Alto area. He and his brother, John Gossert, managed Gossert Orchard on Stamey Hill Road. Prior to retiring in 1986, he was employed by George Lowry Farm, Mont Alto.

He was a member of Quincy United Methodist Church, Quincy.

He was a member of South Mountain Fish and Game Association, South Mountain, Pa.

He is survived by a sister, Mae E. Oberholzer of Waynesboro; nieces and nephews, including his niece Ruby Vanderau with whom he had lived.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Edith Reed, Carrie Vanderau, Maxine Gossert and Thelma Gossert; and five brothers, Norman Gossert, William Gossert Jr., Maurice Gossert, Paul Gossert and John Gossert.

Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor Ruth Hollister will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, Quincy.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Benevolent Care Fund, Quincy United Methodist Home, P.O. Box 217, Quincy, PA 17247.

James E. Battle III

FREDERICK, Md. - James Edward "Jimmy" Battle III, 23, of 221 Center St., died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at 5113 New Design Road, Frederick.

Born May 15, 1975, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of James Edward Battle Jr. of Bridgeport, Conn., and Mary Elizabeth Williams Battle of Frederick.

He was a 1993 graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School, where he was active in junior varsity and varsity football. He was a 1998 graduate of Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, W.Va., with a degree in political science and history.

He was a member of Victory Baptist Church, Himes Avenue, Frederick.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Monteary Battle of Bridgeport; a sister, Jocelyn Battle; two brothers, Joshua Battle and Jonathan Battle, all of Bridgeport; maternal grandmother, Bernice Williams Greene of Brooklyn; and three aunts.

Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Green Valley Baptist Church, 11402 Ridge Lane, Monrovia, Md. Pastor Louis Purks, pastor of Victory Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church St., Frederick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Victory Baptist Church, Building Fund, 6513 Himes Ave., Frederick, MD 21703; or to Governor Thomas Johnson High School Football Program, 1501 N. Market St., Frederick, MD 21701.

James E.M. Shearer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - James E.M. Shearer, 67, of 136 S. Fourth St., died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Feb. 12, 1932, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Clyde and Margaret Engle Shearer.

He was a retired meat cutter for W.D. Weaver Inc. in Chambersburg. He operated James Shearer and Son Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Chambersburg.

He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Chambersburg.

He also was a member of Loyal Order of Moose in Chambersburg, and volunteered with the Franklin County Art Alliance.

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