December 19, 1999

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Gertraud M. Kennedy

CASCADE - Gertraud M. Berghof Kennedy, 74, of 25326 Springdale Ave., died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Western Maryland Hospital, Hagerstown.

Born March 29, 1925, in Cosel, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Otto C. and Marie Rominchek Berghof.

She graduated from high school in Germany.

She was employed for Doubleday Book Publishing Company, Smithsburg, as an inspector for 21 years, in the free press and finishing department, retiring in 1984.

She attended mass at the chapel at the former Fort Ritchie.

She was a member of National AARP, and former Officers Wives Club at Fort Ritchie.

She also served as den mother for the Boy Scouts of America when her children were growing up.


As a young girl, she was imprisoned in Auschwitz, Poland, for several months and then transferred into forced labor at an ammunition factory in Austria for political reasons.

She is survived by her husband, Edward R. Kennedy Sr., whom she married Sept. 15, 1949; three daughters, Linda M. McCleaf of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., twins, Margaret C. Kennedy-Baker and Loretta A. Brown, both of Smithsburg; two sons, Edward R. Kennedy Jr., and Shawn W. Kennedy, both of Hagerstown; five sisters, Louise Muse of San Antonio, Maria Klante, Emmy Kalweit, Alicia Wolff and Krista Berghof, all of Germany; three brothers, Otto Berghof, Walter Berghof and Bernard Berghof, all of Germany; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by eleven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Main St., Waynesboro. The Rev. Paul Tobias will officiate.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 p.m. until the services in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 524 Frederick Street, Hagerstown, MD 21742 or to the American Kidney Fund, P.O. Box 96507, Washington, D.C. 20077-7095.

Daniel Grabill

NEW OXFORD, Pa. - Daniel Grabill, 94, of the Brethren Home, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Hanover Hospital.

Born Dec. 25, 1904, in Peters Township, Franklin County, he was the son of the late Daniel and Susanna Jacobs Grabill.

He was employed by the former H.J. Heinz Company, as a mechanic for over 40 years, retiring in 1969.

He was a member of 4th Street Church of the Brethren.

He is survived by seven nieces, Rhoda Gayman of Penn Hall, Pa., Ruth Haldeman and Dorcas Sharar, both of Greencastle, Pa., Bertha Kenepp of Marion, Pa., Naomi Hunsberger of St. Thomas, Pa., June Marie Ness of Dover, Pa., and Ruth Rebenolt of Milton, Pa. and five nephews, Chalmers Young, Jr., and Harold Young, both of Greencastle, David G. Negley of Mt. Aetna, Md., Clarence Negley, Jr., of Mercersburg, Pa. and Paul Negley of St. Thomas.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, 297 Philadelphia Ave. The Rev. Don Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brethren Home, Cross Keys, 6035 York Road, P.O. Box 218, New Oxford, PA 17350-0218.

Jane C. Summers

WESTPORT, Conn. - Jane C. Summers, 68, of 300 Bayberry Lane, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Conn.

Born April 16, 1931, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Walter F. and Edith L. Sheeley Cushen.

She was a graduate of Towson University with a degree in education.

She taught elementary education in Westport School System for 29 years prior to retiring.

She was a member of United Methodist Church of Westport, where she was chairman of the Flower Committee and a member of the chancel and bell choirs.

She is survived by her husband, Carroll E. Summers; one daughter, Barbara Summers Kuryluk of Charlottesville, Va.; one son, Charles C. Summers of New York City; one brother, Dr. W. Edward Cushen of Chevy Chase, Md.; and one granddaughter.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. The Rev. Bruce A. Foster will officiate.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

Arrangements are by Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, 40 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown.

Margaretta Leedy

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Margaretta Leedy, 78, of 210 Franklin Farm Lane, and formerly of 775 Fairground Ave., died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehab Center, Chambersburg.

Born March 21, 1921, in Three Springs, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Porter and Olive Mae Brown Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross E. Leedy, who died Feb. 24, 1982.

She was employed by the former Stanley Company, Chambersburg, as a seamstress.

She was a member of Harvest Time Ministries, Chambersburg.

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