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Obituaries for 4/1

March 31, 2001

Obituaries for 4/1



Gary W. Newcomb Sr.


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gary W. Newcomb Sr., 53, of Martinsburg, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at City Hospital.

Born Feb. 24, 1948, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late James B. and Nellie Hutzler Newcomb.

He was employed by Knouse Food.

He is survived by two daughters, Lori Ann Gipe of Hagerstown and Chasady Lynn Newcomb of Martinsburg; a son, Gary W. Newcomb Jr. of Martinsburg; two sisters, Shirley Ann Ramsburg of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Betty L. Welch of Martinsburg; a brother, Homer D. Newcomb of North Carolina; and two granddaughters.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St. in Martinsburg. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

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




Juanita B. Michael


HALFWAY - Juanita Belle Michael, 77, of Halfway, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Washington County Hospital.

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Born June 28, 1923, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Martin Luther and Bessie Virgie Wolford Ausherman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Eugene Michael Sr., in 1985.

She was a member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Williamsport, where she was a member of United Methodist Women and the Fifty-Plus Bible Study Class.

She is survived by three daughters, Joan K. Lopez of Smithsburg, Gail D. Bennett of Hagerstown and Terri L. Blair of Keedysville; a son, Roger E. Michael Jr. of Boonsboro; two sisters, Pauline G. Hoover of Williamsport and Freda M. Barnhart of Hagerstown; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Hessong and Bessie Marlowe.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St. in Williamsport. The Rev. James E. Swecker will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Williamsport.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St. in Williamsport, which will open at 9 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Rehoboth United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 30 E. Salisbury St., Williamsport, MD 21795.




Francis R. Sanders


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Francis R. Sanders, 59, of 206-B Elder Ave., died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at Quincy United Methodist Home in Quincy, Pa.

Born Nov. 7, 1941, in Gettysburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Milford G. and Geneva Grace Harbaugh Sanders.

He was a 1960 graduate of Waynesboro High School.

He was first employed by the U.S. Post Office in Cascade. Later, he worked for United Insurance Co. in Hagerstown, and then for Sanders Market in Cascade. He was last employed by Operation Concern in Chambersburg, Pa.

He is survived by a daughter, Kim Swisher of Laytonsville, Md.; two sons, Ronald P. Sanders and Ryan G. Sanders, both of Hagerstown; a sister, Mary Meek of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.; two brothers, Roy Sanders of Cascade and Robert Sanders of Hagerstown; a granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Germantown Bethel Church of God, 16924 Raven Rock Road in Cascade. Pastor Paul Tobias will officiate.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

There will be no public viewing; however, the family will receive friends Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Germantown Bethel Church of God, 16924 Raven Rock Road, Cascade, MD 21719.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.




Sandra L. Merson


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Sandra Leith Merson, 51, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va.

Born Jan. 1, 1950, in Rising Sun, Md., she was the daughter of William Shock of Berkeley Springs and the late Beatrice Cavanaugh Shock.

She was a 1972 graduate of Patapsco High School in Dundalk, Md.

She worked as an administrative aide with Alex Karis Rolls Royce and Photography in Baltimore. She was a homemaker in recent years.

She was a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs, where she served on the pastor parish relations committee. She also served as choir director and was a Summer Bible School teacher.

She was a member and past president of Greenwood Elementary School PTA and a member of Women of the Moose Chapter 1311 of Berkeley Springs.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, William Henry Merson; four daughters, Amelia Merson, Kristie Merson, Jessica Merson and Sunday Merson, all of Berkeley Springs; three sisters, Terry Lynn Stump and Stephanie Krawczyk, both of Berkeley Springs, and Irene Schmid of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Gregory Shock of Baltimore; two grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson funeral Home, 306 Union St. in Berkeley Springs. Burial will be in Greenwood Grove Cemetery.

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