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Obituaries for 3/4

March 04, 2002

John H. Burkett


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - John Henry Burkett, 84, a resident of The Providence Place, and formerly of 10588 Letzburg Road, Greencastle, Pa., died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born July 23, 1917, in Worleytown, Pa., he was the son of the late William Clinton and Anna Witmer Burkett.

His wife, Thelma M. Wolff Burkett, died June 23, 1983. They were married May 23, 1936.

He attended Sunrise School in Worleytown.

He was employed at the Canning Factory in Greencastle, and later worked at Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro, Pa., as a machine assembler. He retired in January 1970.

He was a member of Macedonia United Brethren Church, Greencastle, where he was a member of the Adult Men's Sunday School class; and the Needmore Burial Association of Fulton County.

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He is survived by three daughters, Mary Jane Mellott of Mercersburg, Pa., Dorothy M. Sites of Marion, Pa., and Barbara J. Krause of Orbisonia, Pa.; three sons, John L. Burkett of Greencastle, Clinton E. Burkett of Chambersburg, and Walter R. Burkett of Upton, Pa.; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was the last of his immediate family.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Rusty Burkett; a great-granddaughter, Christie Strayer; two brothers, Charles Burkett and Lewis Burkett; an infant sister; and an infant brother.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Macedonia United Brethren Church, 11887 Worleytown Road, Greencastle. The Rev. Gayle L. Ruble Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home, Greencastle.

Memorial contributions may be made to Building Fund of Macedonia United Brethren Church, 11887 Worleytown Road, Greencastle, PA 17225.




Ellsworth H. Geist


Ellsworth Harry Geist, 85, formerly of 814 Salem Ave., Hagerstown, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Williamsport Nursing Home.

Born June 30, 1916, in Washington County, Md., he was the son of the late Ross and Laura Ella Viola Carpenter Geist.

His wife, Bertha L. Geist, died July 19, 2001.

He was employed with Fairchild Industries for 25 years. He then worked with Beachley Furniture Co. Inc., for 15 years, retiring in 1984.

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

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

He was a member of VFW Post 6319, Greencastle, Pa.

He is survived by a son, Robert L. Geist of Hagerstown; a daughter, Jeanie Geist of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Beverly Ridenour of Boonsboro, and Rosemary Huff of Hagerstown; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Chaplain Josephine Benton will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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




Joseph F. Shindledecker


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Joseph F. Shindledecker, 61, of 443 N. Church St., died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born March 4, 1940, in Tomstown, Pa., he was the son of the late James L. and Sara I. Mentzer Shindledecker. He lived his early life in Tomstown, and most of his life in Waynesboro and Hagerstown.

He was employed as a car salesman for several area car dealerships. Prior to retiring in the mid-1980s, he was employed at Fairfield Graphics, Fairfield, Pa., for three years.

He was a member and lead singer for several musical groups including The Planteers, The Shades of Blue and Little Joe and the LJ's.

He is survived by his wife, Nancie Bowers Shindledecker, whom he married Dec. 31, 1965; a daughter, Tammie J. Shindledecker of Hagerstown; two sons, Joel D. Shindledecker of Hagerstown, and Donald Socks of Waynesboro; two sisters, Hilda A. Shindledecker and Mary E. Mock, both of Waynesboro; two brothers, James C. Shindledecker of Fort Loudon, Pa., and John R. Shindledecker of Zullinger, Pa.; six grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two stepchildren, Billy Bordenave and Dean Bordenave; and two sisters, S. Jane Kirby and Margaret Blackburn.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. John W. Shubert will officiate. Burial will be in Quincy Cemetery, Quincy, Pa.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Dorothy M. Foster


QUINCY, Pa. - Dorothy Jean M. McClellan Foster, 85, a resident of Quincy United Methodist Home, and formerly of 120 Antietam Drive, Waynesboro, Pa., died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at the nursing home.

Born Sept. 14, 1916, in Chambersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John H. and Margaret Adams McClellan.

Her husband, Marvin E. Foster, died July 7, 2000. They were married Dec. 27, 1941.

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