May 04, 1999

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Tuesday, May 4, 1999 Edition

Hannah B. Rumsby

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Hannah Baer Rumsby, 94, of 2075 Scotland Ave. and formerly of Hutchinson, Kan., died Tuesday, May 4, 1999, at Menno Haven Menno Village, Chambersburg.

Born Feb. 24, 1905, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Adam Herr and Bertie Metz Baer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Rumsby, in 1984.

She attended Goshen College and was a graduate of LaJunta Nursing School.

She was a registered nurse and owned and operated two nursing homes, Hillcrest Convalescent Home at the site of the current American Legion on Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, and Garlock Nursing Home on South Prospect Street, Hagerstown.


She is survived by a sister, Bertie Baer Shenk of Lancaster, Pa.; a brother, John M. Baer of Hagerstown; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Grace Baer; and four brothers, Martin Baer, Jacob Baer, Adam Baer and Amos Baer.

Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Paradise Mennonite Church, Hagerstown. The Bishop Darrell Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. before the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 322 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements are by Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

Edwin G. Laing

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. - Edwin G. "Sea Weed" Laing, 89, of 745 Loma Drive, formerly of 739 Stouffer Ave., Chambersburg, Pa., died Monday, May 3, 1999, at the home of his daughter with whom he lived.

Born March 26, 1910, in New York City, he was the son of the late Edwin G. Sr. and Jessie Fitzgerald Laing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean E. Pilmer Laing, in 1995.

He was a graduate of Miami High School in Miami, Fla.

He retired in 1978 from Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, where he worked as a clerk supervisor.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Merak during World War II.

He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Chambersburg.

He was a former commander of Chambersburg Area Joint Veterans Council; a life member and past commander of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chambersburg; a member of Detrich-Brechbill American Legion Post 612, St. Thomas, Pa.; a member of Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46, Chambersburg; a member of Anchor Lodge F&AM, Plainfield, N.J.; a past royal deputy of Order of Scottish Clans, State of New Jersey; a member of Clan MacKenzie of Plainfield; and organized Cumberland Valley Thistle Club, Chambersburg.

He is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Schroeder of Hermosa Beach; one son, Garry T. Laing of Hagerstown; one sister, Helen Kellogg of Guntersville, Ala.; one brother, William D. Laing of Brisbane, Australia; one grandson; three stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Laing.

Services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. John W. Ailstock will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Franklin County American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201 or to Washington County Habitat for Humanity, 20 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.


Benjamin R. Bakner

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Benjamin Richard Bakner, 66, of 3722 Corls Ridge Road, died Monday, May 3, 1999, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Nov. 6, 1932, in Fairview, Pa., he was the son of the late Benjamin Bakner and Lela Patterson Monn. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, the late Samuel "B.J." Monn.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Fleda F. Baker Bakner, in 1998. They were married Dec. 22, 1973.

He was employed by Paul G. Kahl, delivering coal and fuel oil for many years until his retirement in 1976.

He served in the U.S. Army and in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1950 to 1960.

He was a member of Joe Stickell American Legion Post No. 15; William Max McLaughlin VFW Post No. 695; Order of the Owls Nest No. 1073, all of Waynesboro; and a life member of Blue Ridge Sportsmens Club.

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