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Obituaries for 8/16

August 16, 2002

Donald W. Showe Sr.

Donald William Showe Sr., 71, of Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Jan. 3, 1931, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Paul Isiah and Mary Elizabeth Finkey Showe.

He was a member of VFW Post 1936; Military Order of Cooties Puptent 7; American Legion Post 42; and DAV Chapter 14.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Mary L. Showe; one daughter, Cathy Showe of Pennsylvania; one son, Donald W. Showe Jr. of Hagerstown; three sisters, Marlene M. Jackson of Pascagoula, Miss., Susan S. Brumage and Carolyn M. Cassidy, both of Hagerstown; four brothers, Charles E. Showe and Dave R. Showe, both of Hagerstown, Paul I. Showe of Mercersburg, Pa. and John H. Showe of Funkstown; nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by one brother, Harry M. Showe.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown. The Rev. John Shildt will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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




Dora V. Smith

Dora V. Smith, 86, of Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, at Ravenwood Lutheran Village, Hagerstown.

Born March 8, 1916, in Smithsburg, she was the daughter of the late Keller D. and Gertrude Myers Leather.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest B. Smith, in 1995.

She was employed by Fashion Flair in Hagerstown.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Greensburg, and the L.C.W.

She volunteered at the Western Maryland Hospital Center, Colton Villa Nursing Home and Ravenwood Lutheran Village, all in Hagerstown.

She is survived by three sons, Wayne D. Smith of Hagerstown, Dennis L. Smith of Smithsburg and Scott A. Smith of Falling Waters, W.Va.; one brother, Howard C. Leather of Smithsburg; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kay I. Smith; two sisters, Margaret Leuschner and Ruth Shover; and one brother, Vernon Leather.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Greensburg. Pastors Julie Brigham and Ronald Reaves will officiate. Burial will be in Smithsburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 13156 Edgemont Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783.




Asa M. Johnson

SMITHSBURG - Asa Morris Johnson, 90, formerly of Smithsburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at the Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown.

Born Dec. 28, 1911, in Lenoir, N.C., he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Rebecca Keeney Johnson, in 1982.

He was a cook at the Christian Brothers Spiritual Center.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by one daughter, Sharon Smith of Smithsburg; one son, Charles J. Johnson of Mount Olive, N.C.; one sister, Margie Carswell of Lenoir; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, Frederick Md. The Rev. Carroll A. Doggett Jr. will officiate.

Burial will be Thursday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery.

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




Mary D. Sprecher

BOONSBORO - Mary D. Sprecher, 60, of 702 Orchard Manor Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at her home.

Born Aug. 21, 1941, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Mary Desales Ryder.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Russell Sprecher, in 1980. They were married for 20 years.

She was employed by Hagerstown Shoe Co. for 15 years; and by Reeder's Memorial Home in Boonsboro for 10 years.

She is survived by three daughters, Debbie A. York of Smithsburg, Carole M. Haupt of Hagerstown and Barbara J. Cordell of Greencastle, Pa.; two brothers, John E. Ryder of Hagerstown and James C. Ryder of Maugansville; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, North Potomac Street, Hagerstown. The Rev. H. Alan Youngbar will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, 11114 Lincoln Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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