Obituaries for 2/6

February 06, 2001

Obituaries for 2/6

Robert P. Nye

Robert Patterson Nye, 86, of Hagerstown, and formerly of Carlisle, Pa., died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at Alterra Cottage, Hagerstown.

Born in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Margaret Fuhrman and Robert Patterson Nye.

His first wife, Anna Davenport Nye, died in 1977.

He was a graduate of John Harris High School and West Chester University. He received his master's degree from Western Maryland College and was certified as principal and guidance counselor. He was inducted into the West Chester Football of Fame in 1990.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he was a member of the 104th Cavalry, the last mounted military cavalry unit. He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for 28 years, retiring with the rank of major.


He taught at Penbrook Junior High School and was a guidance counselor and teacher of health sciences from 1955 to 1977 in the Carlisle School district.

He was a member of First Lutheran and St. Paul's Lutheran congregations in Carlisle. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Hagerstown, and was an usher, chalicist, served on the stewardship committee and Service and Outreach and Parish Life Commissions.

He was a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Hoke Nye, whom he married July 10, 1982; six children, Robert P. Nye Jr. of Downingtown, Pa., Albert D. Nye of Robesonia, Pa., Cara A. York of Heeney, Colo., Barry L. Bland of Greencastle, Pa., Dana J. Schaffner of Hagerstown, and Jessica D. Nye at home; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Patrick A. Pierce will officiate. Burial will be in Cumberland Cemetery, Carlisle, at 2 p.m.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Leukemia Society of America, Inc., 8600 LaSalle Road, Towson, MD 21204.

Arrangements are by Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

Mason P. Keller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Mason Palmer Keller, 61, of 9465 Browns Mill Road, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born Jan. 4, 1940, in Antrim Township, Pa., he was the son of the late Elmer Jacob Sr. and Margaret E. Palmer Keller.

He was a 1957 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School.

He retired from Mack Trucks Inc. in Hagerstown in 2000, after 35 years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a Protestant.

He was a member of Greencastle Sportsman's Association; N.R.A.; and Harry D. Zeigler V.F.W.

He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Dean Keller and Andrew Clarke Keller, both of Greencastle; two sisters, Eleanor Martin of State Line, Pa., and Helen Cunningham of Chambersburg, Pa.; a brother, Elmer J. Keller Jr. of Greencastle; three grandchildren; and his former wife, Gladys V. Lindsay Keller of Greencastle.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle. The Rev. Ron Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

There will be no viewing.

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

Janet M. Price

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Janet M. McDowell Price, 90, of 123 W. Main St., died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Dec. 6, 1910, in Waynesboro, she was the daughter of the late Herman Ellsworth and Bertha Maude Kahl McDowell.

Her husband, Frances E. "Frankie" Price, died July 6, 1991. They were married July 14, 1957.

She was a 1928 graduate of Waynesboro High School.

She was employed at Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro, in the cost and payroll departments from 1928 through 1957. Later she worked part-time at Waynesboro Building and Loans Association.

She was a member of Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Karen M. Myers of Lutherville, Md.; three step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Orvin L. Nelson of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Elizabeth Fritz in 1984, M. Louise Snider in 1997, and T. Floss Adams in 1998; and a brother, Herman R. McDowell in 1991.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro. The Rev. Carl Myers will officiate.

There will be no public viewing.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

Annie E. Essex

Annie E. Essex, 64, of Colton Villa Nursing Center in Hagerstown, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2001, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 22, 1936, in Charles Town, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George and Lillian Washington.

Her husband, James Essex, died Dec. 4, 1967.

She attended Paige Jackson High School in Charles Town.

She was a homemaker; and worked briefly as a child caregiver in Charles Town.

She attended Calvary Temple Apostolic Church, Hagerstown.

She was member of the Neighborhood Watch Program.

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