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Obituaries for 7/18

July 18, 2002

Ruth M. Miller

HALFWAY - Ruth Mary Miller, 84, of Bower Avenue, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at her home.

Born Dec. 7, 1917, in Charlton, Md., she was the daughter of the late McKinley Hobart and Lelia Jane Myers Shank.

Her husband, Raymond E. Miller, died in 2000.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsport.

She is survived by one daughter, Pat M. Clopper of Halfway; one sister, Hazel Burger of Halfway; two brothers, Kenneth Shank of Williamsport and Eugene Shank of Spring Mills, W.Va.; one granddaughter; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Shank.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport. The Rev. W. Gregory Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

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




Ethel M. Wolfe

SMITHSBURG - Ethel M. Wolfe, 93, of Pleasant Valley Road, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Coffman Nursing Home in Hagerstown.

Born April 24, 1909, in Garfield, she was the daughter of the late Charles Elmer and Annie Mae Lewis Kuhn.

Her husband, Parker S. Wolfe, died in 1994.

She was employed by Cavetown Cannery Factory, as a homemaker and in farming.

She was a Methodist.

She is survived by two sons, Howard G. Wolfe of Smithsburg and Robert J. Pryor of Frederick, Md.; two sisters, Rosa C. Kline of Wolfsville, Md., and Mabel I. Jenkins of Culpeper, Va.; one brother, David F. Kuhn of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Elsie R. Gilbert; and three brothers, Clifford M. Kuhn, Russell G. Kuhn and Austin L. Kuhn.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. Pastor Randy Reid will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Bethel Cemetery, Foxville, Md.

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




Pearl M. Ralls

CAVETOWN - Pearl M. Ralls, 74, of Cavetown, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at the home of her daughter in Leitersburg.

Born Jan. 9, 1928, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Harry A. and Mary E. Johnson Albright.

Her husband, Joseph W. Ralls Sr., died in 2001. They were married April 5, 1946.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of AMVETS Post 10 in Hagerstown.

She is survived by two daughters, Diana K. Green of Leitersburg and Teresa A. Harshman of Smithsburg; two sons, Dennis N. Ralls of Edgemont and Joseph W. Ralls Jr. of Ringgold; one sister, Virginia I. Keller of Hagerstown; two brothers, William Albright and Wayne Albright, both of Hagerstown; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Monsignor Robert S. Passarelli as celebrant. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg. Prayers will be offered at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Veterans Park, P.O. Box 237, Smithsburg, MD 21783.




Melvin L. Wolff Sr.

QUINCY, Pa. - Melvin L. Wolff Sr., 81, a resident of Quincy United Methodist Home, and formerly of 560 Cleveland Ave., Waynesboro, Pa., died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at the nursing home.

Born May 13, 1921, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Harry J. and Cora E. McCarney Wolff.

His first wife, Anna K. Gardenhour Wolff, died in 1996.

He was a 1939 graduate of Waynesboro High School.

He was a carpenter, and later became a foreman at Hess Manufacturing Co. in Quincy, retiring in 1986 after 29 years of service.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the European Theater.

He was a member of Welty Church of the Brethren in Smithsburg.

He was a member of South Chapter 2977 AARP in Waynesboro, and the National AARP.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret A. "Peg" Patterson Forney Wolff; two daughters, Cherie A. Montgomery of Cascade and Iris E. Baker of Carlisle, Pa.; three sons, Robert L. Wolff and Ronald E. Wolff, both of Waynesboro, Pa., and Melvin L. Wolff Jr. of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.; one stepdaughter, Donna Fuss of Waynesboro; one stepson, Darryl Forney Jr. of Waynesboro; six grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by six sisters, Mildred Wolff, Louise E. Moser, his twin Madalyn L. Parncutt, Gladys V. Sheeley, Catherine E. Miller and Isabelle W. Gourly; and four brothers, Glenn D. Wolfe, Harold R. Wolff, Harvey J. Wolff and Marshall E. Wolff.

Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. C. Dean Mouk will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro. The Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg, will conduct military graveside services.

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