Obituaries for 12/13

December 12, 2000

Obituaries for 12/13

William L. Messersmith

CLEAR SPRING - William Leonard Messersmith, 76, of 12019 National Pike, died last week at his home.

Born Jan. 23, 1924, in Little Orleans, Md., he was the son of the late Ellis and Louella J. Bishop Messersmith.

His wife, Savilla L.C. Messersmith, preceded him in death.

He retired from Charlton Brothers Trucking.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.

He was a former member of VFW 1936 and AMVETS Post 10, both in Hagerstown.

He is survived by three daughters, Catherine Messersmith, Tammy Jo Messersmith and Rachel Nichole Messersmith, all of Hagerstown; one stepson, Joseph Hockman of Hagerstown; two stepchildren, Angela Sirbaugh and Tina Sirbaugh; his girlfriend, Mary Royce of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


He was preceded in death by one sister, Geraldine Bonner; and three brothers, Edgar Messersmith, Owen Neil Messersmith and James Messersmith.

Services will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Don R. Stevenson will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion, Morris Frock Post 42.

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

Lee R. Shanholtz

PERRY POINT, Md. - Lee Russell Shanholtz, 82, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at the Veterans Hospital in Perry Point.

Born March 27, 1918, in Northcraft, Pa., he was the son of the late Kelly Frank and Elizabeth L. Klauvhn Shanholtz.

He was employed by Bethlehem Steel prior to his retirement.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of Walkersville United Methodist Church.

He was a member of VFW Post 467 in Westminster, Md., and Hesson-Snider American Legion Post 120 in Taneytown, Md.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia F. Shanholtz; two daughters, Karen D. Runkles and Janice L. Camenisch; one brother, Julian Shanholtz of Amaranth, Pa.; and three granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by one sister and six brothers.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Hartzler Funeral Home, 404 S. Main St., Woodsboro, Md. The Rev. Cecil P.E. Pottieger will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Keysville, Md.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Anthony Giamo

READING, Pa. - Anthony Giamo, 90, of Reading, and formerly of Orchard Hills in Ranson, W.Va., died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

Born March 16, 1910, in Reading, he was the son of the late Guiseppe and Michaelina Lamonica Giamo.

His wife, Frances Campbell Giamo, died May 16, 1987.

He retired in 1975 after 25 years as a horse trainer at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W.Va.

He served in the 464 U.S. Army Air Force Unit during World War II in Northern France and Rhineland. He received several medals including the EAME Theater Service Ribbon with three stars and Distinguished Unit Badge.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He was a member of Charles Town Division of HBPA; Charles Town Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948; Charles Town VFW Post 3522 and Jackson-Perks American Legion Post 71, all of Charles Town.

He is survived by a stepson, Gary C. Rutherford of Halltown, W.Va.; a stepdaughter, Donna Lee Donovan of Randallstown, Md.; three sisters, Mary Hoyler, Sandra Jockel, and Connie DeAngelis, all of Reading; and eight stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Angelina Torok and Jennie Spadafora; and a brother, James Giamo.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. The Rev. Wyman Hall will officiate. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

The family will receive friends Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Jo-Ellen Markle

FAIRPLAY - Jo-Ellen Markle, 49, of 8031 Fairplay Farms Road, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born Feb. 24, 1951, in Chambersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of Faye B. Scott Reisher of Chambersburg, and the late Ronald E. Reisher.

Her husband of 30 years, Frederick G. Markle, died prior to his wife Dec. 10, 2000.

She was a 1969 graduate of Chambersburg High School and attended Wilson College.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by a son, Jesse J. Markle of Fairplay; and a brother, Jackie Leroy Thayer of Chambersburg.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. Captain John Brooks will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg.

Memorial donations may be made to Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter Inc., 2325 Country Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Marie I. Hull

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Marie I. Hull, 85, of Titusville, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000, at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville.

She was born in Hagerstown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Hull.

She was a homemaker.

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