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Obituaries 3/24

March 23, 2000

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Ruth L. Hamaker

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ruth L. Hamaker, 92, of Penn Hall Nursing Center, and formerly of Scotland, Pa., died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Oct. 6, 1907, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Frederich and Emma Merkh Lange.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. Hamaker, in 1985.

She was an accomplished pianist in the Baltimore area.

She was a member of Greenwood Hills Bible Conference in Fayetteville, Pa., where she played the organ and piano.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Gudenius of Baltimore; two sons, Jonathan R. Hamaker of Baltimore and Timothy L. Hamaker of Flushing, Mich.; a sister, Elsa Loizeaux of Baltimore; two brothers, Fred Lange of Whitehall, Md. and Robert Lange of Ellicott City, Md.; and three grandchildren.

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Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, 297 Philadelphia Ave. in Chambersburg. Alfred Gray and Edward Seuss will officiate. Burial will be in Norland Cemetery in Chambersburg.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Greenwood Hills Bible Conference, 7062 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, PA 17222.

Robert W. Grab

ST. JAMES - Robert William Grab, 43, of St. James School, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Born Oct. 26, 1956, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Charles Louis Sr. and Elizabeth Pearl Beckley Grab.

He was a 1974 graduate of Williamsport High School; and a 1978 graduate of Frostburg State College.

He was employed by St. James School as a music teacher, assistant librarian and chapel sexton.

He was a member of Salem Reformed Church, and Episcopal Chapel at St. James School.

He played the trumpet with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, St. James Brass Quintet, Hagerstown Municipal Band, and Mercersburg Community Chorus, of which he was president, among many community organizations. He was a former choir director at Salem Reformed Church.

He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

He is survived by a brother, Charles W. Grab Jr.; aunts; uncles; two nieces and a nephew.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James School. The Rev. D. Stuart Dunnan will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown, and Saturday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the school.

Memorial donations may be made to Robert Grab Memorial Fund, St. James School, St. James, MD 21781.

Essie F. Goens

BOLIVAR, W.Va. - Essie Florentine Goens, 85, of Bolivar, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Hillcrest Manor Home in Kearneysville, W.Va.

Born May 25, 1914, in Halltown, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lawson and Bessie Myers Goens.

She was a graduate of Harpers Ferry High School and Storer College, both in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

She retired as a licensed practical nurse from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

She was a member of the Storer College Alumni Association.

She was a member of Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry, and a former member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry.

She is survived by one niece, Madeline C. Fox of Harpers Ferry; and one grandniece.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Fox and Isabelle Goens; and two brothers, Lewis Goens and Shannon Goens.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church, 601 Washington St., Harpers Ferry. The Rev. Douglas Fraim will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg.

Friends will be received at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town, W.Va., today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Bruce C. Brenner

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Bruce Calvin Brenner, 94, of Martinsburg, who died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, was manager of Peoples Drug Stores, at South Queen and Burke streets, retiring in 1970.

Lovealene L. Thompson

Lovealene Lorraine "Sis" Thompson, 67, of Hagerstown, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her home.

Born Jan. 15, 1933, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Nannie Montgomery Keller.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, William B. Thompson; two daughters, Sharon Arvin and Robin Suder, both of Clear Spring; four sons, William B. Thompson Jr. and Robert Thompson, both of Hagerstown, Herbert Thompson of Mercersburg, Pa., and David Thompson of Smithsburg; three sisters, Rosalie Spitzer of Fairplay, Joanne Mundey and Becky Butts, both of Hagerstown; five brothers, Harry Keller, and Jake Keller, both of Smithsburg, Bill Keller and Donnie Keller, both of Hagerstown, and Bob Keller of Greencastle, Pa.; one stepbrother, Ronald Metz of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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