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Obituaries for 3/13

March 13, 2002

Avarilla M. Peterson


Avarilla M. "Abby" Peterson, 89, of 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at Western Maryland Hospital Center.

Born Dec. 11, 1912, in Chestertown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Milford A. and Maude E. Wardon Peterson.

She attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

She attended the Senior Citizens Program at the Washington County Human Development Council.

She is survived by her friends and caregivers at the Washington County Human Development Council.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, Hagerstown. The Rev. Page W. Pyne will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday at 10 a.m.




Ralph R. Dinterman


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Ralph R. "Roafe" Dinterman, 67, of 10694 Buchanan Trail East, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Waynesboro Hospital.

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Born March 28, 1934, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Ruth E. Rinehart Dinterman.

He was a 1952 graduate of Waynesboro High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He received a bachelor of science degree in education from Shippensburg (Pa.) State Teachers College in 1956. He attended Bethany College Science Institute in West Virginia and Columbia University in New York.

He was employed by the Waynesboro Area School District for 36 years, teaching in Washington Township High School, and East Junior High School, where he taught 7th-, 8th- and 9th-grade science. Prior to retiring in January 1993, he taught for three years at Waynesboro Senior High School. He organized the Ski Club, and coached football at Washington Township High School and East Junior High School.

He worked for the school district in the summers for 30 years as a painter in the maintenance department. After retirement, he managed his own business, Dinterman's Painting.

He served with the Reserves at West Virginia Air National Guard, 167th Support Squadron.

He was a member of Shippensburg Varsity Club, Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System, B.P.O. Elks Lodge 731 of Waynesboro, Waynesboro Fish and Game Association, Rouzerville Hunting Club, National AARP, and was an honorary member of Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary Greens Workshop.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy L. Frantz Dinterman, whom he married June 5, 1960; one daughter, Alana Beth Dinterman of Waynesboro; a niece; an aunt and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. Dinterman; and a niece.

Services will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. Carol A. Kipe will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

There will be no public viewing; the family will receive friends today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ralph Dinterman Scholarship Fund for Science/Medical Field, c/o Citizens National Bank, Center Square, Waynesboro, PA 17268.




Muriel E. Witmer


FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Muriel E. Hess Kanelopoulos Witmer, 79, of Village of Laurel Run, and formerly of Bingaman Trailer Court No. 66, Zullinger, Pa., died Monday, March 11, 2002, at the nursing home.

Born Sept. 3, 1922, in Roanoke, Va., she was the daughter of the late Rev. Ewell Lee and Mamie Vincent Eastwood Hess.

Her first husband, Ernest Kanelopoulos, died March 28, 1978. They were married March 24, 1945. Her second husband, Raymond S. Witmer, died April 12, 1994. They were married Nov. 7, 1987.

She received her GED in Martinsburg, W.Va.

She was employed in private duty nursing at Bethesda (Md.) Naval Hospital. She worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda as an LPN. Following her retirement in 1976, she did private duty nursing.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Waynesboro, Pa., and the Alpha and Omega Sunday School class.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna J. Witmer of Fairfield, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Wilma Arlene Sprenkle of Marion, Pa., and Linda Shatzer of Chambersburg, Pa.; four stepsons, Lester Ray Witmer of Enterprise, Ala., Carl Leroy Witmer of Greencastle, Pa., Roger Lee Witmer of Chambersburg, and James Allen Witmer of Fairfield; one sister, Marjorie Kane of Prince Frederick, Md.; one brother, James Hess of Richmond, Va.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 16 stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Ercel Taylor, Stella Stump, Ruth Nowenski, and a twin sister who died at birth; and a brother, the Rev. Paul E. Hess.

Services will be Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, Waynesboro. The Rev. John F. Huff will officiate. Burial will be in Rowe Church Cemetery, Southampton Township, Pa.

The family will receive friends Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Lutheran Home Care Services, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 444, Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.




Gladys R. Miller


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