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Obituaries for 2/23

February 25, 2002

Nancy L. Kretzer


BOONSBORO - Nancy Louise Kretzer, 75, of 225 Potomac St., died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 26, 1926, in Boonsboro, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Stayton Clopper Sr. and Mary Louise Haller Clopper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Harold Kretzer, in 1984.

She was a 1945 graduate of Boonsboro High School.

She was employed by Hanover Shoe Factory in Middletown, Md., by Hagerstown Shoe Co. for more than 25 years and by the Washington County Board of Education for 10 years.

She was a member of Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, Boonsboro.

She is survived by a sister, Christine E. Shoemaker of Boonsboro; two brothers, Thomas S. Clopper Jr. of Funkstown and Charles F. Clopper of Boonsboro; nieces; nephews; an aunt; great-nieces; great-nephews; great-great-nieces; and great-great-nephews.

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She was preceded in death by a great-nephew and a great-great-nephew.

Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Bast Funeral Home, Boonsboro. The Rev. Robert G. Brennan Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

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




Gary L. Moser


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Gary Lynn Moser, 45, of 137 E. Baltimore St., died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Waynesboro Hospital in Waynesboro, Pa.

Born March 30, 1956, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Gerald Leonard Moser and Betty Jane Jenkins Harrison, both of Hagerstown.

He attended Greencastle Church of the Brethren and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Hagerstown.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Eagles, both in Waynesboro, and had a black belt in Tae Kwan Do.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Debbie Blair Moser; six daughters, Kelly Lynn Moser of Hagerstown, Stacey Nicole Greenwalt of Alabama, Cherry Lynn Alger of Martinsburg, W.Va., Betty Jane Moser and Jenny Lee Moser, both of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Jasmine Mariah Wingerd of Greencastle; a son, Gary Lynn Moser III of Greencastle; a stepdaughter, Christina Sowers of Hagerstown; a stepson, James Sowers of Hagerstown; three sisters, Pamela Resseger and Catherine Stoner, both of Hagerstown and Beverly Jane Hose of Clear Spring; a brother, David Moser of Charles Town, W.Va.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Lynn Moser II.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. John C. Koontz Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, in Hagerstown.

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




Mary E. Beckley


READING, Pa. - Mary Elizabeth Beckley, 89, of 114 Bran Road and formerly of 8832 Sharpsburg Pike, Fairplay, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at Reading Hospital.

Born July 5, 1912, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Elmer E. and Mary E. Griffin Emerson.

She was preceded in death by her former husbands, Herman Yowell in 1988, Benjamin Franklin Canfield I in 1958 and Paul Beckley, in 1977.

She was employed by Fairchild Industries. She also was employed by J.J. Newberry's Department Store as a horticulture manager and by Blair as a sales representative for more than 10 years.

She received an Army/Navy award in 1943 from the Fairchild Aircraft Corp. for her personal efforts and contributions toward the production of vital war materials.

She raised rabbits for 30 years for pets and for restaurants, going into partnership with Lester Floyd Kennedy.

She was a member of St. James Brethren Church where she was a member of the Sunday School class and Women's Missionary Society.

She was a member of Fairplay Fire Company 12 Auxiliary and Senior Citizen's Manor Church.

She is survived by four daughters, Wanda L. Pennypacker of Reading, with whom she lived since 1999, Mary Catlett of Virginia, Rosalie Jones of Maryland and Connie Van Sickle of Iowa; four sons, Herman Yowell of Virginia, Dennis Canfield of Florida, Kenneth Canfield of Maryland and Benjamin Canfield II of South Carolina; 31 grandchildren, including Benjamin Canfield III, whom she raised; 60 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Lou Canfield.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at St. James Brethren Church, St. James. The Rev. Brian H. Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201-4444.




Edgar J. Stull


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Edgar J. Stull, 88, of 11404 Stull Road, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Dec. 10, 1913, in Cashtown, Pa., he was the son of the late Jacob and Mary Hardy Stull.

He attended Brown's Mill School and Rock Hill School.

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