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Obituaries for 1/3

January 03, 2002

Obituaries for 1/3



Ruth Grove


Ruth Grove, 79, of 478 Pangborn Blvd., Hagerstown, who died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, also is survived by six great-grandchildren.




Mervil M. Catlett


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Mervil M. Catlett, 77, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001.

Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Central Chapel. The Revs. Don Cherry and Paul Stanley officiated. Burial was in Central Chapel Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.




F. Javier Brena Lugo


ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - F. Javier Brena Lugo, 30, of 11665 E. 300 South, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Sept. 20, 1971, in Santa Fe, Sanmigel de Allende GTO, Mexico, he was the son of Maria Lugo of Santa Fe, Sanmigel de Allende GTO, and the late Juan Brena.

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He worked as a landscaper.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by his wife, Isalia Herrera of Mexico; and siblings, Leticia, Joaquin, Rocio, Martin and Alegandra, all of Mexico.

Services and burial will be in Mexico.

Viewing will be Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg.




Merrily W. McDonald


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Merrily Whiting McDonald, 58, of Charles Town, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at Integrated Health Services of West Virginia in Charles Town.

Born Feb. 24, 1943, in Fall River, Mass., she was the daughter of George W.B. and Dale Canulla Whiting of Palm City, Fla.

She was a graduate of Palmetto Senior High School in Miami, and the University of Miami, where she was a member of the Alumni.

She was a businesswoman.

She was of the Roman Catholic faith.

She was an Orange Bowl princess in 1963, and a member of the Orange Bowl Queens Court.

She is survived by two daughters, Allison Brooke Kanter of Washington, D.C., and Paige C. Tarven of Miami; one sister, Jeanne C. Smith of Miami; and two brothers, Bud Whiting of Miami, and Richard G. Whiting of Elgin, S.C.

Services will be private.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.




Hubert A. Gross


MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Hubert Austin Gross, 94, of 6724 Mountain Church Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at his home.

Born in Middletown on Nov. 17, 1907, he was the son of the late Carlton Elmer and Mamie Bidle Gross.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel Wolfe Gross.

He helped build Camp Detrick in Frederick, Md., then worked for the government for 22 years, retiring in 1967. He was employed by the Morris Coblentz farm on Hollow Road in the 1930s.

He attended Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Knoxville.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Harris Gross; one sister, Mamie Iona Hutzell of Boonsboro; six stepdaughters; one stepson; stepgrandchildren; five nieces; and seven nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Ridenour, Grace Mae Moser and Irma Clingan; and a foster son, William Ruby.

Services will be Friday at noon at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Garretts Mill Road, Knoxville. The Rev. Sherman Lambert will officiate. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.

Friends may call at the church Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 322 E. Antietam St., Suite 306B, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.




Pearl J. Elser


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pearl J. Elser, 77, of 5796 Elser Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born March 16, 1924, in Greencastle, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William and Minnie Pine Robinson.

She was a 1942 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

She was a homemaker. She worked at Elser's Market stores in Chambersburg and Greenvillage, Pa.

She was a member of King Street United Brethren Church, Chambersburg.

She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Elser, whom she married Nov. 18, 1943; two daughters, Judith Stevens of Chambersburg, and Jeanette Tufts of Gettysburg, Pa.; a son, Ronald Elser of Phoenix; a sister, Dorothy Gearhart of St. Thomas, Pa.; a half-sister, Betty Gordon of Chambersburg; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.

Graveside services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in Norland Cemetery, Chambersburg. The Rev. Paul B. Baker will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Arrangements are by Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg.




Paul G. Foreman


CHAMBERSBURG ,Pa. - Paul G. Foreman, 85, of Penn Hall Nursing Home, and formerly of 3078 Letterkenny Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at the nursing home.

Born March 14, 1916, in Edenville, Pa., he was the son of the late Gorman and Flossie Pugh Foreman.

His first wife, Margaret Foreman, died in 1967.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 464th AAFBU.

He retired in 1974 as a supervisor in the Quality Control Division of Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.

He was a Protestant.

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