Obituaries for 1/22

January 22, 2003

Frank A. Beachley

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Frank A. Beachley, 91, of Palm Harbor, and formerly of Braddock Heights, Md., died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at Manor Care of Palm Harbor.

Born Dec. 26, 1911, in Middletown, Md., he was the son of the late Alvey and Vallie Amelia Welty Beachley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marianna Main Beachley, in 1987.

He was a 1929 graduate of Middletown High School; and a 1933 graduate of Gettysburg (Pa.) College with a degree in chemistry.

He owned and operated Beachley's store in Braddock Heights until 1976. He was the postmaster in Braddock Heights from 1946 to 1975.


A veteran of World War II, he was a platoon leader and company commander. He was twice wounded in the European Theater, and was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

He was a member of Christ Reformed United Church of Christ in Middletown.

He was a member of FSK American Legion Post 11 of Frederick, Md.; Braddock Heights Volunteer Fire Dept.; Optimist International; and Tarpon Springs Rotary Club.

He is survived by nine nieces and nephews, Bill Zimmerman of Frederick, Bob Zimmerman of Glen Burnie, Md., Peg Wilson, Dorothy Plumer and Thelma Ramsburg, all of Thurmont, Md., Donald Huffer and Josephine Remsberg, both of Middletown, Edna M. Oliver of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Louise Stup of Walkersville, Md.

He was preceded in death by five sisters and brothers, Welty Beachley, Richard A. Beachley, Helen Zimmerman, Margaret Huffer and Lillian Beachley; and one niece.

Services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, Middletown. The Rev. Mark A. Wakefield will officiate. Burial will be in Reformed Cemetery, Middletown.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Reformed Church, 12 S. Church St., Middletown, MD 21769; Braddock Heights Volunteer Fire Co., 6715 Jefferson Boulevard, Braddock Heights, MD 21714; or Braddock Heights Optimist Club, Braddock Heights, MD 21714.

Keith R. Hess,

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Keith R. Hess, 22, of 9897 Possum Hollow Road, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital from injuries sustained at the scene of a house fire in Blairs Mills, Pa.

Born March 12, 1980, in Chambersburg, he was the son of Robert L. and Judy D. Dubbs Hess of Shippensburg.

He was a 1998 graduate of Shippensburg Area Senior High School.

He was employed as an emergency medical technician and firefighter by Fannett-Metal Fire and Ambulance Co. No. 12 in Dry Run, Pa.

He attended Prince Street United Brethren Church.

He was a member and lieutenant of West End Fire and Rescue Co. 15 of Shippensburg; a member of Fannett-Metal Fire and Ambulance Co. 12; and Fannett-Metal Rod and Gun Club.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Christina R. Hoover of Shippensburg; maternal grandmother, Christina G. Dubbs of Shippensburg; paternal grandmother, Melba R. Hess of Shippensburg; and his girlfriend, Deanna E. Rohr of Shippensburg.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Roy C. Dubbs; and his paternal grandfather, Charles R. Hess.

Services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Shippensburg Area Senior High School. The Revs. James O. Bolich and Francis H. Norton will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Shippensburg, which will open at 3 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to The West End Fire and Rescue Co., 49 Lurgan Ave., Shippensburg, PA 17257.

Lillian Burke

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Lillian Burke, 87, of Cleveland, and formerly of Smithsburg, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at Hospice House in Cleveland.

Born July 8, 1915, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Burke.

She was a 1932 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School. She received her bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in education in 1937 from Ohio State University. She participated in swimming competitions and was a national-level AAU swimming champion while attending Ohio State University.

During her 40-year career in the field of physical education, she taught at the University of Dayton in Ohio, Clear Spring High School and Boonsboro High School.

She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to India in 1954, for which she established the first university-level physical education program, and was awarded another teaching Fulbright to England.

She is survived by one sister, Marian Dickard of Cleveland; three nieces; and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Burke and Donald Burke.

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

There will be no viewing.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119.

Jack H. Roane

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