Obituaries for 8/8

August 08, 2002

John W. Black

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - John W. Black, 68, of 204 Linden Ave., died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, at Quincy United Methodist Home, Quincy, Pa.

Born Jan. 24, 1934, in Bedford County, Pa., he was the son of the late William E. Black and Alverda Foster Black Perkowsky.

He retired in 1991 from The Herald-Mail Co. after 20 years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force 1978th AACS Sq (CAirC).

He is survived by his wife, Cathy A. Harris Black, whom he married June 16, 1975; two daughters, Kelli J. Lawrence of Hagerstown and Denise L. Lynch of Mercersburg; four sons, Wayne L. Ditlow II of Hagerstown, Jay D. Black of Smithsburg, Bryan E. Ditlow of Funkstown and Brent A. Black of Mercersburg; one brother, the Rev. Carl Black of Hagerstown; 15 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by one brother, Walter L. Black; and by his stepfather, Morris Perkowsky.

A memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Mercersburg. The Rev. Michael K. Miller will officiate.

The family will receive friends Friday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Benevolent Care Fund, Quincy United Methodist Home, P.O. Box 217, Quincy, PA 17247.

Lewis C. Bruun

WILLIAMSPORT - Lewis C. Bruun, 67, of 16602 Buford Drive and formerly of Eureka, Calif., died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at his home.

Born Aug. 29, 1934, in San Francisco, he was the son of the late George and Lucille Bruun.

He studied at the Royal School of Church Music in England. He was a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.

He was a professional organist and served as organist and choir director at churches on the East Coast, including John Wesley United Methodist Church in Hagerstown from 1966 to 1971, and most recently during his semi-retirement at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church in Williamsport.

He served as head of the Organ Departments at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

He provided concerts throughout the United States, most notably at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.; Cadet Chapel U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; Academy of Music in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Orchestra; St. Thomas Church; Madison Avenue, and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Churches and St. Paul's Chapel Columbia University all in New York City; St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland; and Westminster Abbey in London.

He served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College and Hagerstown Junior College.

He was a member of American Guild Organists.

He is survived by his close friend, Emma Devlin of Williamsport; one niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Marie Fraser.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Burial was private.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 534 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements are by Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport.

David L. Moats Jr.

WILLIAMSPORT - David L. Moats Jr., 27, of 7733 Dam No. 4 Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, at his home.

Born Sept. 2, 1974, in Washington County, he was the son of David Lee Moats Sr. of Williamsport and Marion Amoddio Moats of Hagerstown.

He was a 1992 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, and attended Hagerstown Community College. He was a student at Shepherd College, majoring in mathematics and art.

He was employed by Sam's Club for eight years.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Linda K. Moats; one sister, Amy L. Moats of Williamsport; one stepsister, Jennifer Yates of Clear Spring; one stepbrother, Jason Yates of Hagerstown; and his maternal stepgrandmother, Lois C. Sease of Hagerstown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. George A. Limmer will be celebrant. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown. Prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities, 229 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Karen J. Tabler

Karen J. Tabler, 35, of 12 N. Prospect St., Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, at her home.

Born June 14, 1967, in Waco, Texas, she was the daughter of James A. Tabler of Ridgely, W.Va. and Carla A. Herring Tabler of Hagerstown.

She was a member of Covent Life Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two daughters, Allison M. Stevenson and Alexis M. Poper, both of Hagerstown; two sisters, Kathy J. Tabler of Hagerstown and Jamie A. Tabler of Morgantown, W.Va.; and two brothers, Kelly J. Tabler of Hagerstown and Derek M. Tabler of Morgantown.

Services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, North Potomac Street, Hagerstown. The Rev. Tim Fisher will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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