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Obituaries 5/2

May 02, 2002

William A. Whorton Jr.


William "Bill" A. Whorton Jr., 79, of Hagerstown, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 19, 1922, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late William A. Sr. and Lena P. Nichols Whorton.

He was a retired veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Community Mennonite Church in Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Arbutus M. Carter Whorton; four daughters, Anna M. Roberts and Mary L. Gross, both of Hagerstown, Dorothy L. Rettig of Sharpsburg and Melody J. Coulter of Boonsboro; one son, William A. Whorton II; two sisters, Rosie Reeder and Francis Kerschner, both of Hagerstown; one brother, Roy E. Whorton; 14 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles C. Whorton and Raymond L. Whorton; and one stepsister, Pearl Moats.

Services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, North Potomac Street, Hagerstown. The Rev. Lewis M. Coss will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Community Mennonite Church, Mount Aetna Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Violet M. Gochenauer


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Violet M. Gochenauer, 82, of Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and formerly of 240 W. Burkhart Ave., died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Aug. 23, 1919, in Penbrook, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Merle L. and Clara A. Hinkle Lehman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis B. "Bill" Gochenauer, in 1972. They were married Feb. 2, 1938.

She worked for Stanley Co. and H.J. Heinz Co., both in Chambersburg.

She is survived by four daughters, Genevieve A. Rosenberry and Karen Gochenauer, both of St. Thomas, Pa., Rosalie Turner of Fayetteville, Pa. and Rhonda Lopez of Chambersburg; one son, Ronald L. Gochenauer of Bedford, Pa.; one sister, Virginia Leedy of Chambersburg; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Roxanne Long; two sisters and one brother.

Services will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, Chambersburg. Chaplain Stuart Troutman will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

Visitation will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 202, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Raymond C. Eshelman


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Raymond C. Eshelman, 83, of Canterbury Nursing Center, and formerly of St. Thomas, Pa. and Penn Hall Retirement Home, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born July 18, 1918, in Upton, Pa., he was the son of the late Andrew M. and Fanny Mae Keller Eshelman.

His wife, Ethel Louise Houpt, died in 1992.

Prior to his retirement, he was a packer at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of St. Thomas United Church of Christ.

He was a member of American Legion Detrich-Brechbill Post 612, George Washington Masonic Lodge, NARFE and 69th Infantry Division Association.

He is survived by one daughter, Jeanne Morton of Martinsburg; one son, Raymond Lee Eshelman of Shepherdstown; one sister, Florence Mackey of Carlisle, Pa.; one brother, Garnet Eshelman of St. Thomas; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Grace Starliper; and four brothers, Paul Eshelman, Merle Eshelman, Nelson Eshelman and Andrew M. Eshelman.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, St. Thomas. The Rev. Charles Price will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. The funeral home will be open today from 2 p.m.

C. Elizabeth Wolff


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - C. Elizabeth "Lib" Stitely Wolff, 88, of 206 E. Second St., died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at her home.

Born Feb. 3, 1914, in Waynesboro, she was the daughter of the late Elsie Roscoe and Adelaid Reddig Stitely.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Wolff, in 1978. They were married Jan. 1, 1936.

She was a 1932 graduate of Waynesboro High School; and attended Juniata College and Wilson College.

She and her husband worked at Wolff and McKnown Furniture Store in Waynesboro. Prior to retiring, she worked at Sew-Fro Fabrics in Hagerstown.

She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Waynesboro, served as leader of Youth Fellowship; coordinator of Small Group Ministry; director of education; and on the Administrative Board.

She was a member and former president of Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary; a member of the board of directors of Waynesboro Hospital; and a member of AARP.

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