Obituaries for 10/2

October 01, 2000

Obituaries for 10/2

A. Margaret Shearer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A. Margaret Shearer, 89, of 440 Hamilton Ave., died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born March 3, 1911, in Chambersburg, she was the daughter of the late Samuel B. and Maggie Deter Miller.

Her husband, Earl J. Shearer, died Oct. 31, 1982.

She was a 1929 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

She was employed as a seamstress at the former Stanley Co., Chambersburg. She also worked part time at the Chambersburg Art Center.

She was an active member of King Street United Brethren Church, Chambersburg. She was a member of Women's Missionary Association, Mustard Seed Sunday School class, and taught children's Sunday school classes for more than 60 and taught vacation Bible school.


She is survived by two daughters, L. Elaine Machel of Chambersburg and Margaret McKenrick of Huntsville, Ala.; five sisters, Ruth Keller of Myerstown, Pa., Lorraine Rife, Betty Stumbaugh, Patricia Butts and Irene Brown, all of Chambersburg; two brothers, Richard E. Miller and Leroy Miller, both of Chambersburg; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Lottie Miller; nine brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Revs. Lester F. Stine and Paul B. Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

William T. Neff

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - William Traynor Neff, 63, of 905 Hickory Court, and 5079 Northland Circle, Murrysville, Pa., died Sept. 29, 2000, at his home in Martinsburg.

Born Nov. 19, 1936, in Vandergrift, Pa., he was the son of the late James W. and Vinzinz Walheim Neff.

He was a 1954 graduate of Vandergrift High School and a 1958 graduate of Penn Technical Institute, Pittsburgh.

He was owner and president of The Neff Corp. and Neff Engineering and Fabrication Inc., Vandergrift. He previously worked for Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp., Apollo, Pa., and The Russell F. Clark Co., Pittsburgh.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He was a former member of Vandergrift Thunders Drum and Bugle Corps.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Klingensmith Neff; a sister, Monica N. Lutz of Export, Pa.; four nieces and two nephews.

A Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Saint Gertrude's Roman Catholic Church, Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Burial will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, Pa.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Dunmire-Kerr Funeral Home, 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, and one hour prior to the Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401 or to the American Cancer Society.

Howard M. Burkholder

MARION, Pa. - Howard M. "Jim" Burkholder, 87, of 5368 Molly Pitcher Highway, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born April 7, 1913, in Marion, he was the son of the late Humprey B. and Annie Plum Burkholder.

He was employed as a supervisor at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown.

He was a Protestant.

He was a former member of Mercersburg Sportsmen Club.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Foust Burkholder; a son, Howard J. Burkholder of Marion; a sister, Mildred Johnston of Chambersburg; a nephew; several nieces and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, 297 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. The Rev. Guy W. Camp III will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Marion.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the funeral home.

The family requests the omission of flowers and that memorial contributions be made to the Elevator Fund, Marion First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 382, Marion, PA 17235.

Gertrude W. Radbill

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Gertrude "Trudy" Weissberg Radbill, 81, of 11 S. Penn Hall Drive, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Chambersburg Hospital after a brief illness.

Born Oct. 11, 1918, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Freida Kaplan Tobey.

Her husband, Daniel A. Radbill, died July 16, 1996.

She attended Hood College in Frederick, Md., majoring in chemistry. She graduated from Shippensburg University in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in library science.

Her mother and Oscar Tobey founded Tobey's Department Stores in Chambersburg and Gettysburg, Pa. She was actively involved in the operation and became co-owner.

She was a member of Congregation Sons of Israel, Chambersburg, and Daughter of Israel since 1948, where she held every office including president from 1950 to 1952, and was active in National Women's League of the United Synagogue of America.

She was a member of Neighborhood Council, Penn Hall Auxiliary and bridge and knitting clubs.

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