wwwobits for 2/9

February 08, 2001

Obituaries for 2/9

Albert S. Branca

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -Retired Platoon Sergeant Albert S. "Al" Branca, 73, of 8296 Sheffield Manor, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Nov. 20, 1927, in Clairton, Pa., he was the son of the late Dominick and Angeline Gallo Branca.

He received his GED while serving in the military.

He served in the U.S. Army for 22 1/2 years, during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was awarded many ribbons, medals and awards. He retired in 1967.

He then worked for the U.S. government at Fort Ritchie in Cascade in the roads and grounds department; and at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. with the Federal Police. He retired March 1989. He worked at Carroll Valley and Gettysburg Golf courses in the maintenance department.


He was a member of Acacia Lodge 586 Free and Accepted Masons of Waynesboro; Harrisburg Consistory; Zembo Temple and served with the Color Guard and the Legion of Honor; Franklin County Shrine Club, and served on the board; Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15 of Waynesboro; William Max McLaughlin VFW Post 695 of Waynesboro; B.P.O. Elks Lodge 731 of Waynesboro and was a past exalted ruler; Eagle's Club Inc. of Waynesboro; Order of the Owls Nest 1073 of Waynesboro; and National AARP.

He was a volunteer rider and driver, transporting children at Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia; and a volunteer for American Red Cross.

He is survived by his wife, Inge Rosemarie Sedlag Branca, whom he married May 20, 1952; three sisters, Carmilla Murrey and Madeline Maust, both of Uniontown, Pa., and Mary Pacelli of Schenectady, N.Y.; a brother, Ralph Branca of Akron, Ohio; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Annie Zangla; and a brother, Samuel Branca.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St. in Waynesboro. A U.S. Army chaplain will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery in Cascade, with military services by Charles Nitterhouse VFW Honor Guard of Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, with Masonic memorial services at 8:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Shriner's Hospital Children's Fund, c/o Secretary Gerald R. Caufman, P.O. Box 145, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214.

Jack B. Kirby

EUBANK, Ky. - Jack B. "Jackie" Kirby, 65, of 4447 W. Highway 70, who died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, was preceded in death by an infant sister, Rita Frances Kirby; and an infant brother, Robert Lee Kirby.

Floyd D. Weller

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Floyd Donald Weller, 77, of South Street, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born Oct. 8, 1923, in Hancock, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Ida May Weller.

He retired as a sheet metal foreman with Fairchild Industries in Hagerstown in 1987, after 47 years.

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

He was a Protestant.

He was a member of Webster B. Harrison Post 26 American Legion; and VFW Post 10502 of Hancock.

He was a member of Western Maryland Troopers Association; Fraternal Order of Police; and an honorary member of Maryland Sheriffs Institute.

He was a member of UAW CIO Region 8; and Community Action Committee.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary B. Norris Weller of Hancock; a daughter, Anita Jean Johnson of Big Pool, Md.; two granddaughters, Jessica Lynn Johnson of Hancock and Sonja Jean Allsion of South Carolina; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by 12 sisters and brothers.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St. in Hancock. Burial will be in Stone Bridge Cemetery, Hollow Road in Hancock, with a military service by Tri-State Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, which will open at 2 p.m.

Donald H. Grim

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Donald Henry Grim, 71, of Fox Glen, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

Born March 20, 1929, in Frederick County, Va., he was the son of the late Carroll A. and Alice Licklider Grim.

He was a 1947 graduate of Stephens City, Va. High School.

He drove a truck for O'Boyle Tank Lines in Martinsburg, W.Va. for 21 years and Novick Transfer Co. in Winchester. He also had been employed as a security guard at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

He was an honorary member of Jackson-Perks American Legion 71 of Charles Town, W.Va.; and a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948 of Charles Town.

He is survived by his companion of 18 years, Ramona Jane Shaff of Kearneysville; two daughters, Nioga Mills of Williamsport and Donna Smith of Kingsport, Tenn.; two sons, David M. Grim and Brian L. Grim, both of Winchester, Va.; a sister, Mildred Brumback of Middletown, Va.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

At his request, there will be no service.

Burial will be private.

There will be no visitation.

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