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Obituaries

October 18, 1999

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Dolly V. Shank

Dolly Virginia Strickler Eyler Shank, 96, of 1052 Beechwood Drive, Hagerstown, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Williamsport Nursing Home, Williamsport.

Born June 28, 1903, in Luray, Va., she was the daughter of the late Isaac Newton Strickler and Sarah Jane McCullough Strickler.

She was formerly employed with Silk Mill in Williamsport and Fairchild Aircraft and later retired from North Hagerstown High School.

She was a lifetime member of Washington Square United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Jean L. Snook of Hagerstown, Doris L. Horst of Williamsport and Joyce E. Carey of Smithsburg; two sons, Gary L. Eyler of Louisville, Ky., and Ronald E. Eyler Sr. of Hagerstown; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

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She was preceded in death by a son, Vance William Eyler, and several sisters and brothers.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The Rev. Harold P. Adkins will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Estella M. Blasser

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Estella M. Blasser, 101, of 2075 Scotland Ave., formerly of Elizabethtown, Pa., died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at Menno Haven in Chambersburg.

Born Jan. 2, 1898, in Hickory Corners, Pa., she was the daughter the late Edwin Franklin and Etta Fietta Hepner Long.

Her husband, Dr. J.A. Blasser, died in 1956.

She was a 1915 graduate of Dalmatia (Pa.) High School and attended Pennsylvania State Normal School in Shippensburg. She later attended business school in Harrisburg, Pa.

After receiving her teaching certificate, she taught in a one-room school near Dalmatia. She also kept the books for her husband's medical practice.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Chambersburg.

She is survived by a daughter, M. Lorraine Betz of Chambersburg; two granddaughters; five grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Edward F. Blasser; two sisters; and a brother.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Stephen W. Hoffman will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg, Pa.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ, 1811 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

William E. Wills Jr.

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - William Earl Wills Jr., 70, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born in Morgan County, W.Va., he was the son of the late William Earl Wills Sr. and Naomi Whitford Wills.

He was employed by Kentron International Inc., Hagerstown, as a communications electronics engineer for more than 30 years.

He retired in 1962 from the U.S. Army. He was a Korean War veteran.

He attended Calvary Bible Church, Berkeley Springs.

He was a member of American Legion Post 60 and VFW Post 4019.

He is survived his wife, Berniece Michael Wills; two sisters, Glenna Henry of Berkeley Springs and Gail Kesecker of Englewood, Fla.; a brother, Eugene Wills of Englewood; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, 106 S. Mercer St., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. James Downey will officiate. Burial will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

Graveside military services will be conducted by the American Legion Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Bible Church, P.O. Box 278, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Norma M. Gallahan

CHESTER, Md. - Norma M. Gallahan, 80, of Chester, and formerly of University Park, Md., died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999.

She is survived by her husband, Wilbur F. Gallahan; three daughters, Margaret Myers, Dorothy Gast and Mary Jane Gallahan; four sons, Martin Gallahan, Carl Gallahan, Raymond Gallahan and David Gallahan; a sister, Joan Miles; a brother, Carl Reiman; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 3628 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainier, Md. Burial will be in Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gasch's Funeral Home, 4739 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, Md.

Paul E. White

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Paul E. White, 91, of 2632 Sarah Place, and formerly of 1575 Wilson Ave., died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Menno Haven Inc.

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