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Obituaries 4/21

April 20, 2000

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Friday, April 21, 2000 Edition


Leroy F. Saunders

Leroy Francis Saunders, 57, of 10812 Downsville Pike, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his home.

Born June 5, 1942, in Lancaster, Pa., he was the son of Ruby Irene Mose Saunders of Hagerstown and the late Charles Elmer Saunders.

He was a retired employee of The Washington Post newspaper in Washington, D.C.

He was a member of Church for the Hearing Impaired in Hedgesville, W.Va.

He was a life member of Y.M.C.A., Deafnet Association, Winchester Deaf Association, Signlango Association and other organizations for the hearing impaired.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, J.R. Saunders of Martinsburg, W.Va.; four sisters, Judith K. Turner, Mary O. Wade and Rebecca L. Grove, all of Hagerstown, and Connie A. Shaffer of Greencastle, Pa.; six brothers, Charles E. Saunders of Alexandria, Va., Robert L. Saunders of Marlowe, W.Va., James Saunders of Wesley Chapel, Fla., John E. Saunders of Williamsport, Dwight Saunders of Hagerstown and Timothy Saunders of Sharpsburg.

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Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, 40 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown. Kaye Peacock will officiate. Burial will be in Manor Church Cemetery in Tilghmanton.

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

Christopher W. Schaffer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Christopher William Schaffer was stillborn Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Waynesboro Hospital.

He is survived by his parents, Michael E. Sr. and Jennifer Renee Peffer Schaffer of Waynesboro; three sisters, Rachel Zeger and Jessica Schaffer, both of Waynesboro, and Tasha Schaffer of Mercersburg, Pa.; one brother, Michael E. Schaffer Jr. of Mercersburg; paternal grandparents Richard W. and Jane E. Pine of Mercersburg; and paternal great-grandparents, Wayne and Thelma Pine of Mercersburg.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Melvin E. Schaffer; and his maternal grandparents, Betty Jane and Claude R. Peffer.

Graveside services will be Monday at 10 a.m. in Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg. The Rev. Milton W. Benny Jr. will officiate.

Arrangements are by Lininger-Fries Funeral Home in Mercersburg.

Kenneth E. Austin Sr.

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Kenneth E. Austin Sr., 69, of 112 S. Main St., died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at the home of his brother and daughter.

Born Aug. 28, 1930, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Ervin H. Sr. and Elizabeth E. Brenneman Austin.

A sheet metal mechanic, he worked at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. and for Steel-Draulics Co. in Rouzerville, Pa. He retired in 1993.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by two daughters, Cathy Swope of Waynesboro, Pa. and Joyce E. Buhrman of Mont Alto; a son, Kenneth E. Austin Jr. of Rouzerville; a stepson, Gerald Smith of Quincy, Pa.; a sister, Virginia E. Wilders of Las Vegas; a brother, Ervin H. Austin Jr. of Mont Alto; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four nieces and four nephews; and his companion of 5 years, Mildred Smith of Mont Alto.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Joyce E. Buhrman, P.O. Box 143, Mont Alto, PA 17237.

Arrangements are by Cumberland Valley Crematorium, Waynesboro.

Stella D. Bradt

WILLIAMSPORT - Services for Stella Dollie Harter Bradt, 89, formerly of Mondell Road, Sharpsburg, who died Monday, April 17, 2000, will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport.

Virginia L. Parker

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Virginia Lawrence Parker, 89, of Washington, D.C., and formerly of Chevy Chase, Md., died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

She was born in Savannah, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Francis Sorrell Mackall.

She and her husband owned a 200-year-old farm in Smithsburg.

She was a member of St. John's Church, Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.

She also was a member of the Washington Committee of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia, and Sulgrave Club.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, William Merrick Parker; two daughters, Virginia Parker Clagett of Anne Arundel County, Md., and Louisa Parker Young of New York City; one sister, Mrs. Charles S. Sanford of Savannah; and four grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

Following the ceremony, friends are invited to the family farm in Smithsburg.

Boyd E. Jenkins

INWOOD, W.Va. - Boyd E. Jenkins, 73, of Inwood, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Nov. 22, 1926, in Winchester, Va., he was the son of the late Samuel Robert and Valley Virginia Brown Jenkins.

He retired as a self-employed truck driver.

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