Obituaries for 1/20

January 20, 2003

Benjamin G. Lewis Sr.

CASCADE - Benjamin G. Lewis Sr., 79, of 14619 Maryland Ave., and formerly of Garfield, Md., died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at his home.

Born Oct. 19, 1923, in Smithsburg, he was the son of the late Benjamin S. and Alta N. Lewis.

His wife, Edna E. Willard Lewis, died March 30, 1997. They were married Aug. 1, 1942.

He worked at Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing in Hagerstown for 43 years, retiring in 1985.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the European Theater as a Private 1st Class.

He was a member of Cascade American Legion Post 239, Blue Ridge Sportsman Association in Fairfield, Pa., and South Mountain Rod and Gun Club.

He is survived by four daughters, Gaithalene E. Spradlin of Hagerstown, Carol A. Lewis and Diana L. Lewis, both of Cascade, and Susan K. Lewis of Michigan; two sons, Benjamin G. Lewis Jr. and Craig W. Lewis, both of Cascade; six grandchildren, including Michael P. Lewis, who lived with him; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by one son, Charles E. Lewis; two sisters, Marsha Wolfe and Goldie Shaw; and two grandchildren.

There will be no public viewing.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Cumberland Valley Crematorium, Waynesboro.

Merle F. Baker

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Merle F. Baker, 74, of 15310 Summit Farm Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at his home.

Born Aug. 6, 1928, in Highfield, Md., he was the son of the late Harry D. and Elsie M. Willard Baker.

He attended school in Cascade and Smithsburg.

He worked at Waynesboro (Pa.) Knitting Mill as a machine operator for 28 years, retiring in 1986. He then worked for a short time at Thurmont (Md.) Shoe Factory.

He is survived by his wife, Carmen D. Davis Baker, whom he married July 17, 1948; three daughters, Nancy K. Bigelow of Mercersburg, Pa., Lori A. Flohr of Cascade, and Tammy J. Duncan of Chambersburg, Pa.; one sister, Carrie E. Dayhoff of Hamilton, Ohio; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Steven W. Baker; two sisters, Edith Rock and Evelyn Woodring; and two brothers, Kenneth Baker and Harold Baker.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. Eugene M. Kline will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery, Cascade.

There will be no public viewing. However, the family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Elizabeth M. Sollenberger

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Elizabeth M. Pfisterer Sollenberger, 91, of 20 W. Third St., died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at her home.

Born Feb. 19, 1911, in LeRoy, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Louis W. and Martha L. Caldwell Pfisterer.

Her husband, Dr. Franklin S. Sollenberger, died Jan. 19, 1978. They were married Aug. 25, 1934.

She was a 1929 graduate of LeRoy High School, then graduated in 1933 from Elmira (N.Y.) College with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

She taught high school in Beaver Falls, N.Y.

She was a member of Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro, and National AARP.

She is survived by three daughters, Martha S. Spake of Bridgeton, Mo., Judith E. Kauffman of Waynesboro, and Margaret L. George of Albany, N.Y.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Marion P. Grove.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

There will be no public viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268; or National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2209 Forrest Hills Drive, Suite 18, Harrisburg, PA 17112.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

Mildred L. Mowen

Funeral services for Mildred L. Mowen, who died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church of Christ, Mercersburg, Pa. The Rev. Clark Hock will officiate.

Harry L. Kaiser Sr.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Harry L. Kaiser Sr., 96, a resident of Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and formerly of Wayne Road, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at the nursing home.

Born June 30, 1906, in Fayetteville, Pa., he was the son of the late Harry A. and Emma Wingerd Kaiser.

His wife, Clara S. Rotz Kaiser, died in October 1978.

He retired from Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg after 14 years of service. He was employed by Western Maryland Railroad, then worked for more than 39 years at Altenwald (Pa.) Elevator.

He was a member of Fetterhoff Chapel United Methodist Church in Chambersburg, where he served as a lay leader and taught Sunday School. He also served as the church and Fetterhoff Chapel Cemetery caretaker for many years.

He bowled with the church bowling league.

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