Obituaries for 12/10

December 10, 2002

Edward J. Gilbert

Edward John Gilbert, 71, of 1117 W. Irvin Ave., Hagerstown, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born June 29, 1931, in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of the late Louis and Katherine Quirk Gilbert.

He was a graduate of St. Thomas High School in Rockford.

He was employed as a consultant for U.S. Silica for 15 years, retiring in 1996. He previously was employed by Matterson Foundry in Rockford for 25 years.

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

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hagerstown, and formerly of Nativity Parish in Portage, Ill., and St. Peter's Catholic Church in Rockford.


He was a member and 4th Degree with Knights of Columbus, Pangborn Council 1365; and a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, International Brotherhood of Magicians and American Foundryman's Society.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joan Gilbert; four daughters, Shelley Gilbert and Katherine Gilbert, both of Chicago, Colleen Ranney of Camp Hill, Pa., and Kelley Gilbert of Columbia, Md.; one sister, Eileen Burns of Rockford; and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Erin Gilbert; and three brothers, Charles Gilbert, Tom Gilbert and Louie Gilbert.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Rockford. The Rev. William H. Schwartz will be celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rockford.

There will be no viewing; friends will be received at the church Saturday at 9 a.m.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hagerstown, with the time and date to be announced in January 2003.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61103; or St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown.

Donald T. Bell

WILLIAMSPORT - Donald Theophilus Bell, 90, of 16505 Virginia Ave., and formerly of 641 Highland Way, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at his home.

Born Aug. 25, 1912, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late William Henry and M. Malinda Myers Bell.

His wife, Virginia Mae Mauk Bell, died in 1989.

He retired from Western Maryland, B&O and CSX railroads, after 34 years.

He was a member of Emmamuel United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Philathea Sunday School Class.

He was a member of Senior Citizens Club of the South End, the United Transportation Union and Western Maryland Railway Old Timers Club.

He is survived by one daughter, Marcia V. Countryman of Slidell, La.; one granddaughter, Susan L. Countryman of Denver; one grandson, Christopher A. Countryman of Seattle; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown. The Rev. Dennis Upton will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Evalene M. Shifflett

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Evalene Mae Shifflett, 80, of Bridgewater, and formerly of Spaders Church Community in Rockingham County, Va., died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at Bridgewater Home.

Born May 30, 1922, in Gilmer County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Hoy H. and Bonnie Cottrill Shifflett.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Wesley Roach and Roy Shifflett.

She was employed at The Silk Mill in Orange, Va., and by the housekeeping department at James Madison University.

She was a member of First Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Kidd of Harrisonburg, Va., and Sue Schlossnagle of Williamsport; two brothers, Jack Shiflet of Harrisonburg, and Max Shiflet of Stumptown, W.Va.; two sisters, Shirley Johnson of Reynoldsville, W.Va., and Sue Beidler of Louisville, Miss.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, John W. Roach; and one sister, Edith Clatterbuck.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lindsey Harrisonburg Chapel. The Revs. Jeff Ferguson and Beryl Jantzi will officiate. Burial will be in Spaders Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Bridgewater Home Auxiliary or First Assembly of God Building Fund.

Rodney H. Smallwood

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Rodney H. Smallwood, 33, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at his home.

Born Oct. 16, 1969, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of Dixie Herrell Smallwood of Martinsburg.

He was a 1988 graduate of Martinsburg High School and a post-graduate from the University of Kentucky. He graduated from James Rumsey Vo-Tech Center with a computer and electrical technician certificate.

He was a security guard for Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

He was a sergeant with the Jefferson County Deputy Reserve No. R13, a member and instructor with the National Rifle Association and a notary public.

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