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Obituaries for 5/9

May 09, 2001

Obituaries for 5/9

William J. Sweeney

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - William J. "Big Buck" Sweeney, 68, of 226 Linden Ave., died Monday, May 7, 2001, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born May 30, 1932, near Mercersburg, he was the son of the late Charles and Nannie Thomas Sweeney.

He was employed for 30 years by R&H Lumber Co. in Mercersburg, retiring in 1986.

He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Scott Sweeney, whom he married Nov. 20, 1962; four daughters, Evelyn L. Sword of Mercersburg, Brenda L. Welsh of St. Thomas, Pa., Wanda L. Sweeney of Harrisonville, Pa. and Rose M. Rosenberry of Fort Loudon, Pa.; two sons, Harold L. Sweeney and Bob J. Sweeney, both of Mercersburg; six sisters, Bessie Robinson, Blanche Clevenger, Hazel Gordon, Reba Peck and Sarah Richards, all of Mercersburg, and Dottie Myers of Marion, Pa.; a brother, Charles I. Sweeney Jr. of Mercersburg; and 14 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister; a brother; and a grandson.


Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave. in Mercersburg. The Revs. Roger Murray and Floyd E. Myers will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Mercersburg.

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

William E. Manor

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - William Earl Manor, 79, of Falling Waters, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born May 24, 1921, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late William B. and Lillie Kerns Manor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma J. Kehl Manor.

He was a member of Martinsburg Eagles Club Post 4179.

He is survived by one daughter, Charlotte Hartman of Martinsburg, W.Va.; two sisters, Mercell Linton of Arden, W.Va. and Hazel McDonald of Falling Waters; a nephew and his wife, Stephen and Belinda McDonald, with whom he lived; and two grandsons.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at South Berkeley Chapel, 287 Arden Nollville Road, Inwood, W.Va. The Rev. Steve Foltz will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Church Cemetery.

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

William B. DeShong

HARRISONVILLE, Pa. - William Burden DeShong, 81, of 12700 Pleasant Ridge Road, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at his home.

Born Feb. 17, 1920, in Harrisonville, he was the son of the late Clem A. and Estella Brant DeShong.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Mellott DeShong.

He was employed by PennDot; and was a farmer.

He attended Harrisonville Holiness Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Joan Miller of Harrisonville and Ruth Ann Mellott of Newville, Pa.; a brother, Warren DeShong of Harrisonville; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, a brother, two grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Harrisonville Holiness Church. Pastor Frank Heidler will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Church of the Nazarene Cemetery in Harrisonville.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sipes Funeral Home; and Thursday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Debra K. Stoner

Debra K. Stoner, 41, of 106 A W. Bethel St., Hagerstown, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at her home.

Born in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of Frederick L. Stoner of Hagerstown and the late Phyllis E. Younker Stoner.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth E. Younker of Hagerstown and her paternal grandmother, Lillian Stoner of Mercersburg, Pa.; one daughter, Amie E. Stoner of Hagerstown; two sisters, Elizabeth A. Russ and Pamela L. Stoner, both of Hagerstown; and four brothers, Tommy J. Stoner, Mark L. Stoner and Frederick A. Stoner, all of Hagerstown, and David B. Younker of Everett, Wash.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Joe E. Fowlkes will officiate.

Visitation will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Val W. Vanderau

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Val William Vanderau, 83, of Penn Hall, and formerly of 806 N. Penn Hall Drive, and 95 Edgewater Drive, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at Penn Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 8, 1917, in Mercersburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Val Edward and Sara Caldwell Kyle Vanderau.

He was a 1935 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Chambersburg for 32 years, retiring in 1980.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Chambersburg, and Brotherhood Men's Class.

He was a member of Franklin Fire Co. of Chambersburg; Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association; Firemen's Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania; and a member and past president of Franklin-Fulton County Firemen's Association.

He is survived by his wife, Isabel Pentz Vanderau, whom he married May 16, 1945; a daughter, Christine V. Long of Chambersburg; a son, Douglas W. Vanderau of Chambersburg; and two granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by four sisters.

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