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Obituaries for 3/12

March 11, 2001

Obituaries for 3/12



Agnes C. Ward

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Agnes C. Ward, 89, of 210 Brindle Drive, and formerly of Welsh Run, Pa., died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at the home of her daughter, Connie W. Stuff of 8525 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg.

Born Aug. 24, 1911, in Mercersburg, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Effie Rager Shives.

Her husband, Earl L. "Piff" Ward, died May 28, 2000. They were married on April 12, 1933.

She was employed by Mercersburg Dress Factory as a seamstress for 43 years and did custom sewing from her home in Welsh Run.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Little Cove, Pa.

She was a member of Clarence Armstrong VFW Post 6241 Ladies Auxiliary, Harry Lackhove American Legion Post 517 and Women of the Moose Chapter 831, all of Mercersburg.

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In addition to the daughter with whom she lived, she is survived by another daughter, Shirley L. Stout of Greencastle, Pa.; a son, Harold E. Ward of Dayton, Ohio; five sisters, Iva Seiders of McConnellsburg, Pa., Ruth Barnhart of Chambersburg, Jane Carty of Greencastle, Betty Earnst of Concord, Pa., and Rachel Gray of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; two brothers, Benjamin Shives of Upper Strasburg, Pa., and Robert Shives of Mercersburg; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Louie Stahl, Ethel Williams, and Alice Smith.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. Henry K. Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Stone Church Cemetery, Little Cove.

Viewing will be held Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church of Little Cove, c/o Helen Rank, 2511 Fort Loudon Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236 or to Lutheran Home Care Services designated for Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg. PA 17201.




Ronald W. Bowers

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ronald W. Bowers, 67, of 1461 Lake Shore Drive, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at his home.

Born March 15, 1933, in Holmes, Pa., he was the son of Mary Elizabeth Cox Bowers of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and the late Garnet L. Bowers.

He was a 1954 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

He was employed with Harmon's Furniture Store, Chambersburg, as a salesperson and carpet installer for 30 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Chambersburg.

He was a member and past Exalted Ruler of BPO Elks 600, member of Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46 and Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW, all of Chambersburg, and AARP American Bloodhound Club.

He played semi-professional football with the Chambersburg Cardinals in the 1950s. He also coached Little League baseball and was a certified Little League umpire.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Carolyn K. Kauffman Bowers, whom he married June 8, 1956; two daughters, Cindy Tolbert and Dianne Fissel, both of Chambersburg; two sons, Brian K. Bowers of Chambersburg and Gary R. Bowers of Littlestown, Pa.; two sisters, Patricia A. Heffner and H. Louise Kadel, both of Mechanicsburg; a brother, James G. Bowers of Carlisle, Pa.; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Dean R. Bowers; and a sister, Catherine Henry.

Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Dan McClintock will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 1165 Crottlestown Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Eugene W. Staley

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Eugene W. Staley, 66, a resident of Shepherd's Choice of Gettysburg, and formerly of 2299 Newman Road, Fayetteville, Pa., died Friday, March 9, 2001, at the nursing home.

Born June 23, 1934, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of Zella Wagaman Staley, a resident of Michaux Manor Living Center, South Mountain, Pa., and the late Milford W. Staley.

He attended South Mountain schools.

He worked in the South Mountain Restoration Center's dietary and maintenance departments, retiring in 1986.

He served in the U.S. National Guard.

He was a member of South Mountain Fish and Game; Adams County Fish and Game; Waynesboro Fish and Game; Adams County Jaycees; American Legion Post 211, Funkstown; and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1191, Waynesboro. He was also in charge of the Fairfield Music Hall for many years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Roseann Baker of South Mountain and Linda Cramer of Mont Alto, Pa.; his former companion, Ethel Etzler of Alabama; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ordean Staley.

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