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Obituaries for 12/2

December 02, 2002

Leola E. McJilton

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Leola E. Michael McJilton, 93, of 12537 Monterey Circle, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Sept. 6, 1909, in Hancock, she was the daughter of the late George Ernest and Sadie Belle Walburn Michael.

Her husband, Retired Master Sgt. Joseph M. McJilton, died Nov. 16, 1978. They were married Dec. 13, 1942.

She was a 1927 graduate of Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) High School, then graduated from Shepherd College in 1929 with a degree in education.

She taught school in Chestnut Grove, W.Va., then Mount Trimble Schools and Red Hill School, both in Sleepy Creek. She was a homemaker.

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She was a member of Michael's Chapel in Berkeley Springs and attended Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blue Ridge Summit.

She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Berkeley Springs; National AARP; Garden Club of Waynesboro, Pa.; Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary; and did volunteer work at the Blue Ridge Summit Library.

She is survived by three daughters, Sharon M. McDermott of Billings, Mont., Marcia L. Brennan of Smithsburg, and Pamela M. Jackson of Annapolis; one son, Joseph M. McJilton Jr. of Denton, Md.; one sister, Ernestine B. Hart of Hagerstown; eight grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Claude Michael.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. Robert S. Edmundson will officiate. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. at Spohrs Crossroads United Methodist Church Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.




Gene E. Kessler

QUINCY, Pa. - Gene E. Kessler, 74, a resident of Quincy United Methodist Home, and formerly of 11805 Orchard Lane, Waynesboro, Pa., died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at the nursing home.

Born July 25, 1928, in Altoona, Pa., he was the son of the late Harry E. and Elsie Phillips Kessler.

He was a 1946 graduate of Altoona High School and a 1953 graduate of Temple University.

He was employed by Frick Co. in Waynesboro for 10 years. He later was employed for Grove Worldwide, Shady Grove, Pa., as vice president of customer service for the Chambersburg, Pa., plant. He retired in 1989.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waynesboro.

He was a member of BPO Elks Lodge 731 and Waynesboro Country Club, both of Waynesboro.

He also served on various committees at the Waynesboro YMCA.

He is survived by his wife, Lois K. Kirkpatrick Kessler, whom he married Sept. 11, 1954; one son, William P. Kessler of Waynesboro; one sister, Nancy Hollister of Coatesville, Pa.; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. Richard A. Seaks will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Fund, 43 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.




Otis P. Kicklighter

Otis P. Kicklighter, 52, of Hagerstown, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at his home.

Born Jan. 26, 1950, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Otis and Katherine M. Neugebure Kicklighter.

He was employed by the Baltimore City Cab Co. and Pinkerton Security Co. in Baltimore.

He is survived by one daughter, Terry K. Berends of Baltimore; three brothers, Keith E. Kicklighter of Glen Burnie, Md., Donald L. Kicklighter of Hagerstown, and Ronald D. Kicklighter of Sharpsburg; five sisters, Barbara L. Ward of Morgantown, W.Va., Kathleen Oxendine of Charlotte, N.C., Lilly Wetton of Bel Air, Md., Donna L. Kicklighter of Clear Spring, and Gloria J. Ruck of Hagerstown; and one grandson.

Memorial services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Hagerstown. The Rev. Tom Smith will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Washington County Inc., 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.

Arrangements are by Gerald Minnich Funeral Home, North Potomac Street, Hagerstown.




Connie L. Heavern

Connie Lee Heavern, 61, of 1008A Security Road, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 24, 1941, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of Jackson Arnold Gelwicks of Hagerstown, and the late Eula Lee Walker Gelwicks.

In addition to her father, she is survived by two daughters, Joni D. Sheler of Lebanon, Tenn., and Sherry A. Fearnow of Hagerstown; three sons, Barry Smith of Frederick, Md., David B. Smith of Hagerstown, and Maurice Lonas of Hermitage, Tenn.; one sister, Jacklyn L. Leigh of Hagerstown; eight grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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