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Obituaries for 2/25

February 25, 2002

Michael A. Torsiello


Michael Angelo Torsiello, 48, of 16819 Petmar Circle, Hagerstown, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 9, 1953, in Copiague, N.Y., he was the son of Michael L. Torsiello of Ocala, Fla., and the late Catherine Sharkey Torsiello.

He was employed by the federal government at Fort Detrick, Frederick, Md., as a professional firefighter, EMT and hazardous materials technician.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Vietnam War.

He was a member of Crossroads Church.

He was a member of Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion, IAFF, AFG Maugansville Volunteer Fire Co., and Longmeadow Fire Co. and Community Rescue Service.

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In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife of 10 years, Kimberley A. Keefe Torsiello; one daughter, Katie M. Torsiello, at home; one son, Josh J. Tosiello, at home; two sisters, Michele Torsiello of Hoboken, N.J., and Patricia Smith of Cocoa, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Paramount Brethren in Christ Church, 19106 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown. The Rev. Charles P. Frank will officiate.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maugansville Fire Co., P.O. Box 716, Maugansville, MD 21767.




Erlow C. Kelley


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Erlow C. Kelley, 83, of 162 Harvest Lane, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at Harrisburg (Pa.) General Hospital.

Born Sept. 20, 1918, in Horace, Neb., he was the son of the late Clyde Harvey and Mary Opal Dishaw Kelley.

He was a graduate of University of Nebraska, with a bachelor of science degree in technical sciences.

He was employed in management by Pet Milk Co. for 25 years, and Knouse Foods for five years.

He served in World War II and retired from the U.S. Air Force. He was responsible for the training for survival of bomber combat crews if shot down during combat missions.

He was a member of Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring in Chambersburg.

He served on town councils, Chamber of Commerce, school boards and church councils in various towns throughout the United States and was associated with Rotary Club International.

He was a member of Retired Officers Association of Air Force and AARP.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Mayes Goggin Kelley, whom he married in 1939; two daughters, Margaret J. Ankerbrand of Las Vegas, and Maureen M. Kelley Weller of Crofton, Md.; one son, Michael E. Kelley of Manchester, Mich.; one sister, Verna M. Kelley Wadhams of San Diego; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, 221 N. Main St., Chambersburg. The Revs. William H. Harter and Linda Harter will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Graveside military honors will be conducted by the Honor Guard of VFW Post 1599.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 225 E. King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201; to American Cancer Association, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201; or to local diabetes or Salvation Army funds.

Arrangements are by Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home Ltd., Chambersburg.




Howland K. Johnston


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lt. Col. Howland Koser Johnston, 84, of 2021 Letterkenny Road, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Sept. 6, 1917, in Southampton Township, Pa., he was the son of the late Preston James and Mary Jane Martin Johnston.

He was a 1936 graduate of Chambersburg High School and a graduate of the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala.

He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1935 to 1960. He served in World War II and Korea. He received several medals, including the Commendation Ribbon for meritorious service while serving in Korea.

He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Chambersburg.

He was past president and member of Retired Officers Association and South Penn Area Rose Society, a member of Chambersburg Garden Club and BPOE Lodge 600, Chambersburg.

He received a certificate of service from Dr. Gilmore B. Seavers in recognition of his honorable and faithful service to Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa., from March 1966 to June 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Mae Weaver Johnston, whom he married Nov. 28, 1940; five daughters, Mary Borgia Compton of Lexington, S.C., Donna Rita Bricker and Holly Karen Kadel, both of Chambersburg, Jamy C. Freed of Frederick, Md., and Paula J. Noll of Hagerstown; one sister, Elsie Jane Tarquino of Chambersburg; one brother, Edston James Johnston of Chambersburg; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

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