Obituaries for 12/22

December 21, 2000

Obituaries for 12/22

John Fignar Jr.

John Fignar Jr., 72, of 13407 Cherry Tree Circle, Hagerstown, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born July 1, 1928, in Coaldale, Pa., he was the son of the late John Fignar Sr. and Helen Wahal Fignar.

He was a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music; and later received his master's degree. He was working on his Ph.D. at Penn State University.

He was employed by Washington County Board of Education, where he retired as supervisor of music in 1992.

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

He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.

He was a member of Longmeadow Lions Club, a past president of Western Maryland College Parents Board, a member of Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion and a past president of Western Maryland Region of the Maryland Music Educators Association.


He was the father of the Music Education Program in Washington County. He was inducted into the Maryland Music Educators' Association Hall of Fame in 1991.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rosemarie Fignar; a daughter, Jacqueline Marie Fignar D.O. Lt. U.S. Navy Medical Corp. in Green Cove Springs, Fla.; three sons, John Jay Fignar of Portland, Maine, James C. Fignar Major MD Army National Guard in Hagerstown and Jeffrey Joseph Fignar of Hagerstown; a brother, Joseph Fignar of Greencastle, Pa.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave. in Hagerstown. The Rev. Michael J. Jendrek will be celebrant. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North in Hagerstown.

James W. Dansberger

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - James W. Dansberger, 81, of 4660 Sycamore Grove Road, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2000, at his home.

Born Jan. 14, 1919, in Five Forks, Pa., he was the son of the late Benjamin and Julia Hahn Dansberger.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred Dansberger, in 1998.

He was a truck driver at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, retiring in 1974.

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

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Chambersburg.

He was a member of Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW; Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46; Landis McCleaf Detachment Marine Corps League; and AMVETS Post 224, all of Chambersburg.

He is survived by four children, Marilynn Mackey-Fulton of Olympia, Wash., Benjamin Dansberger of Lusby, Md., Julie Sellers of Fort Myers, Fla. and Lori Brunner of Chambersburg; two sisters, Dorothy Leininger of Tampa, Fla. and Agnes Valentine of Chambersburg; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Wingert.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, 297 Philadelphia Ave. in Chambersburg. The Rev. Donald C. Nolder will officiate. Burial will follow in Grindstone Hill Cemetery near Chambersburg, with graveside military services by Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 225 S. Second St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Howard C. Knox Sr.

Howard Charles Knox Sr., 73, of 18644 Amanda Lane, Hagerstown, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 16, 1927, in Vindex, Md., he was the son of the late Howard Freeman and Lula Pearl Sims Knox.

He was employed at the orchards in Hancock.

He served in the National Guard.

He attended Breakaway through Easter Seals.

He is survived by two daughters, Edna Pearl Taylor of Hustontown, Pa. and Stacey Knox of Chewsville; four sons, Howard C. Knox Jr. of Warfordsburg, Md., Dennis Wayne Knox of Waynesboro, Pa. and Norman L. Knox and Timothy Earl Knox, both of Hagerstown; three sisters, Nellie Bray of Kitzmiller, Md., Beatrice Kiser of McKeesport, Pa. and Dorothy Mullins of Greencastle, Pa.; two brothers, Alvin Knox of Boston and the Rev. Albert Knox of Hagerstown; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Freda Kinzer; a twin brother, Harold Knox; and a brother, Pod Knox.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Helen G. Mann

Helen Geneve Mann, 87, of 1304 Pennsylvania Ave., died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at Coffman Nursing Home in Hagerstown.

Born March 14, 1913, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Virgie E. Spessard Weigand.

Her husband of 60 years, Carl Marshall Mann, died in 1996.

She was a short course graduate of University of Maryland.

She was a kindergarten teacher and secretary under the F.E.R.A. Program.

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