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Obituaries

December 26, 1999

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Paul E. Stump

CASCADE - Paul E. Stump, 76, of 25249 Cascade Road, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at his home.

Born Jan. 29, 1923, in Mount Union, Pa., he was the son of the late George E. and Maude V. Wagner Stump.

He married Betty McLean Stump on Dec. 19, 1946. She died March 19, 1975.

He was a 1942 graduate of Mount Union High School.

He served in the Navy during World War II as an electrician's mate 3rd class in the Pacific, including at Pearl Harbor.

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After the military he became an electrician, both self-employed and at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg. He retired in 1977 from the Army Corps of Engineers in the Baltimore District.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Waynesboro.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge 688 Free and Accepted Masons, Mount Union, and Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15, Waynesboro.

He is survived by one daughter, Barbara J. Royer of Waynesboro; two sons, Douglas G. Stump of Lebanon, Pa., and James L. Stump of Elizabethtown, Pa.; his companion with whom he lived for the past 10 years, Elaine Decker; two sisters, Mary Garman and Jean DeVechis, both of Mount Union; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Miriam R. Gearhart, and one brother, Alvin J. Stump.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. The Rev. Jay E. Zimmerman will officiate.

The family will receive friends Tuesday 30 minutes prior to the services at the funeral home.

There will be no public viewing.

There wil also be services at Robert Heath Funeral Home, 61 E. Shirley St., Mount Union, on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Haven Rest Memorial Park, Shirleysburg, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Hazel D. Sowers

MCCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Hazel Doris Sowers, 79, of 9503 Lincoln Highway, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown.

Born Sept. 6, 1920, in Fulton County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Violet DeShong Barnhart.

Her husband, Clarence "Pancake" Reed Sowers, died Dec. 23, 1979.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Knobsville Church of the Brethren, Knobsville, Pa.

She is survived by five daughters, Linda DeShong and Alma Ashley, both of McConnellsburg; Alice Colledge of Everett, Pa., Barbara Sipes of Warfordsburg, Pa., and Joyce Mannetti of Needmore, Pa.; three sons, Roger Sowers of Breezewood, Pa., Donnie Sowers of McConnellsburg and Denny Sowers of Chambersburg, Pa.; two sisters, Mary Rohm of McConnellsburg and Elenore Ritchey of Hancock; four brothers, Loyld Barnhart of Greencastle, Pa.; Roy Barnhart and Bobby Barnhart, both of McConnellsburg, and Isaac Barnhart of Wells Tannery, Pa.; 25 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and one step-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Madeline Adams; two sons, Kenny Sowers and Robert Sowers; one sister; four brothers and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Sipes Funeral Home, Inc., Harrisonville, Pa. The Rev. William Swope will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren, Needmore.

There will be visitation Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Catherine M. Baer

WILLIAMSPORT - Catherine M. Baer, 88, a resident of Homewood Retirement Home, and formerly of 13713 Village Mill Drive, Maugansville, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at the retirement home.

Born Nov. 6, 1911, in Maugansville, she was the daughter of the late Phares N. and Lydia Martin Witmer.

Her husband, Melvin S. Baer, died March 3, 1990. They were married April 7, 1928.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Cedar Grove Mennonite Church near Greencastle, Pa.

She is survived by two daughters, Lorraine Reid of Hagerstown and Isabelle Fox of Greencastle; one son, Donald Baer of Hagerstown; one half sister, Ida Jo Martin of Hagerstown; one half brother, Clayton Witmer of Daytona, Fla.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Lizzie Martin, and one brother, Raymond Witmer.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, 13343 Williamsport Pike, Greencastle. The Rev. Nelson Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Mennonite Church Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Building Fund of Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, 13343 Williamsport Pike, Greencastle, PA 17225.

Rex B. Rathbun

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Rex B. Rathbun, 97, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in Winchester Medical Center.

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