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Obituaries 3/29

March 28, 2000

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Wednesday, March 29, 2000 Edition




Maria T. Schepis

HARRISONVILLE, Pa. - Maria T. Schepis, 75, of Waterfall Road, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at her home.

Born Sept. 20, 1924, in Vienna, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Johann and Theresia Petz Furnkranz.

Her husband, Anthony Schepis, died in 1997. They were married Dec. 24, 1952.

She was a homemaker and had worked as a nurse.

She was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church in McConnellsburg, Pa.

She is survived by six children, John Schepis of San Antonio, Linda M. Miller of Shirleysburg, Pa., Susan C. Hopkins of Latonia, Ky., Anthony Schepis of Burlington, Ky., Christina T. Schepis Parrish of Gaithersburg, Md., and Michael A. Schepis of Hustontown, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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She was preceded in death by one son, Peter Anthony; and one sister, Gertrude Winter.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at M.R. Brown Funeral Home, Hustontown. The Rev. David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Tabor Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.; and at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Leo Startzman Jr.

Leo "Pete" Startzman Jr., 77, of 13413 Highlane St., Hagerstown, who died Sunday, March 26, 2000, attended Mountain View Baptist Church.

Carol A. Rohrer

SMITHSBURG - Carol Ann "Polly" Rohrer, 55, of Poplar Grove Road, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 15, 1944, in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William L. Sr. and Dorothy Elizabeth Stottlemyer Kendall.

Her husband, Ernest E. Rohrer, died in 1998.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg.

She is survived by one son, Robert E. Rohrer, at home; two sisters, Ida Mae Pepple of Cavetown, and Betty L. South of Waynesboro; two brothers, William L. Kendall Jr. and Gerald E. Kendall, both of Hagerstown.

She was preceded in death by one son, Franklin D. Rohrer.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg. Pastor Mark Walters will officiate. Burial will be in Beaver Creek Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Robert E. Rohrer, 13609 Poplar Grove Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

James M. Smith

VERO BEACH, Fla. - James Micheal Smith, also known as James Micheal Stevensson, 41, of Vero Beach, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Indian River Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 25, 1958, in McConnellsburg, Pa., he was the son of Lucy Towns, of Fort Pierce, and Robert Stevens of Needmore, Pa.

He was a music therapist in Vero Beach. He was an ordained minister with Westside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce and a member of and pianist for Metropolitan Community Church of West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce.

He served on the board of directors of the AIDS Support Group of Indian River County, and Treasure Coast Community AIDS Network in Fort Pierce, Fla.; and was a member of AIDS Consortium of the Treasure Coast. He represented District 15 on a state level as a member of the Florida Community Planning Group and a member of AIDS Drug Assistance Program Workgroup.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his companion, Florence Nandini Clark of Vero Beach; one sister, Tina Farineau of White City, Fla.; two brothers, John Doug Smith and Bill W. Smith, both of Fort Pierce; one stepbrother, David Towns of Hagerstown; five nieces, five nephews, one great-niece, and one great-nephew.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lakewood Park Baptist Church, 8103 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce, FL. Donations will be divided between AIDS support group and Safe Space.

Alice M. Vucina

Alice May Vucina, 71, of 11518 Green Valley Drive, Hagerstown, died Sunday, March 26, 2000. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. The Rev. W. Gregory Martin will officiate.

Orville C. Hays Sr.

WILLIAMSPORT - Orville Charles Hays Sr., 83, of 11115 Kemps Mill Road, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Jan. 23, 1917, in Greencastle, Pa., he was the son of the late George Paul Sr. and Gail Marie Yeats Hays Sr.

His wife, Alta "Peggy" Solomon Hays, died in 1998.

He was employed by Fairchild Aircraft Corp., Hagerstown, for 40 years, retiring in 1979.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Downsville Christian Church.

He was a member of Downsville Senior Citizens Association; and Manor Church Senior Citizens Association.

He is survived by a son, Ronald L. Hays of Hagerstown; a sister, Anna Burger of Hagerstown, two brothers, George P. Hays Jr. of Williamsport and Floyd Shrader of Hagerstown; and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by a son, Orville C. Hays Jr.

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