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Obituaries 2/12

February 12, 2002

Obituaries 2/12



Robert D. Helmick


PETERSBURG, W.Va. - Robert D. Helmick, 94, of Petersburg, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at Integrated Health Services of West Virginia, Charles Town, W.Va.

Born Sept. 1, 1907, in Moorefield, W.Va., he was the son of the late Job Helmick and Laura Thorne Helmick Ours.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Verda Shirk Helmick; and by his second wife, Cleo Keplinger Helmick.

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

He was a member of Brake Church of the Brethren.

He is survived by two half-sisters, Lucy Hedrick Boor of Petersburg, and Mary Dell Sites of Hagerstown; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Hobert Ours; and three brothers, Ervin Helmick, John Helmick and Elton Helmick.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. The Rev. Craig Howard will officiate. Burial will be in Brake Cemetery, with military services by the Combined Veteran Organizations of Grant County accompanied by the Petersburg High School JROTC.

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Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Brake Cemetery, Dorcas, WV.




E. Leroy Yost


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - E. Leroy Yost, 63, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Born July 6, 1938, in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Peter Edward and Bertie Zombro Yost.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a past member of the Teamsters Union, and a member of Berkeley Springs Eagles No. 4433 and Berkeley Springs VFW Post 4019.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Norma Jean Munson Yost; two daughters, Lori Yost and Nancy Yost, both of Berkeley Springs; one son, Keith L. Yost of Cheyenne, Wyo.; one sister, Pauline Shackelford of Berkeley Springs; two brothers, Earl F. Yost and Marvin E. Yost, both of Berkeley Springs; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Cleveland E., Charlie R., Harry E. and George R. Yost.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 95 Union St., Berkeley Springs. Pastor Edward James will officiate. Burial will be in Black Oak Mennonite Church cemetery in Hancock.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open from 11 a.m. today.

Memorial donations may be made to VFW Post 4019, c/o Earl Gipp, Route 5, Box 9710, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.




Oliver K. Brooke Jr.


SEVERN, Md. - Oliver "Kern" Brooke "the Mulch Man," Jr., 60, of Severn, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Born March 25, 1941, in Richmond, Va., he was the son of RosaParkie Brooke of Severn and the late Rev. Oliver K. Brooke Sr.

He was owner of Brooke Commercial Lawn Service, as well as The Mulch Man, for 27 years. He also played music with many Nashville affiliates.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Diana M. Brooke of Severn.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church in Glen Burnie, Md. The Rev. Kelly Sparks will officiate. Burial will be in Meadowridge Memorial Park.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Kern Brook Jr. Memorial Fund, Bank of Glen Burnie, Attention: Arlene, P.O. Box 496, Severn, MD 21144.


Opal A. Sirbaugh

Opal A. Sirbaugh, 58, of Hagerstown, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 5, 1943, in Deer Park, she was the daughter of late Benton W. and Nora A. Butler Alexander.

She attended West Virginia University.

She was a caregiver in local nursing homes.

She was a school volunteer.

She is survived by two sons, Junior L. Sirbaugh and Thomas E. Naylor, both of Hagerstown; four daughters, Larenna Naylor of Oakland, Md., and Tina M. Sirbaugh, Angela R. Sirbaugh and Tammy J. Messersmith, all of Hagerstown; a brother, Farris A. Alexander of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, James R. Alexander and Benton E. Alexander; and a sister, Patricia A. Strauwser.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagers-town. The Rev. Torben G. Aasand will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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