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Obituaries from B2 2/19

February 20, 2003

Miller H. Bragunier


Miller Howard Bragunier, 86, formerly of Hagerstown and Clear Spring, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Homewood of Williamsport.

Born July 2, 1916, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Tryon Edward and Anni L. Rice Bragunier.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Olive M. Bragunier, in 1986.

He retired from the Western Maryland Railroad in 1977. He was a school bus driver.

He was a member of FOE and the Moose Lodge in Hagerstown; Eagles Club Inc. in Waynesboro, Pa.; Williamsport Red Men Lodge 84; and Western Maryland Old Timers.

He is survived by two daughters, Bonita M. O'Neill of Pittsburgh, and Bette J. Shifler of Hagerstown; three sons, Donald L. Bragunier of Hagerstown, Earl V. Bragunier of Pittsburgh, and James W. Bragunier of Greencastle, Pa.; two sisters, Catherine Lynn and Louise Easterday, both of Hagerstown; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Valley Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown. Pastor Dan Pritchett will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

There will be no viewing.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg.




Carolyn V. Wise


BOONSBORO - Carolyn Virginia Rubeck Wise, 54, of 6 Park Drive, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 28, 1948, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Earl Melvin and Mabel Virginia Jones Rubeck.

She was employed with Londontown Manufacturing in Boonsboro for 27 years, and retired after six years with Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro.

She was a member of Chestnut Grove Bible Church.

She is survived by her husband, Austin Charles Wise, whom she married Jan. 8, 1968; two sisters, Patricia Davis of Hagerstown, and Donna Toms of Myersville, Md.; one brother, Raymond Rubeck of Hagerstown; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, David Charles Wise.

Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Bast Funeral Home, Boonsboro. The Rev. Rodney Truax will officiate. Burial will be in Samples Manor Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Washington County Dialysis Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 1994, Hagerstown, MD 21742.




Harry D. Smith


Harry Daniel Smith, 85, of Hagerstown, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born April 16, 1917, he was the son of the late John R. and Mary Thompson Smith.

He was a coal truck driver.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Harp of Williamsport; and one sister, Nora Watts of Hagerstown.

The graveside committal service will be Friday at 2 p.m. in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown. The Rev. S. Shane Wilt will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

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




Mary E. Gaither


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Mary E. Gaither, 79, of Shepherdstown, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at Canterbury Center of Shepherdstown.

Born Nov. 25, 1924, in Brunswick, Md., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary Snowden Martin.

Her husband, William Gaither, preceded her in death.

She is survived by one sister, Jean Raney of Martinsburg, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Johnson; and three brothers, Merls A. Martin, Fred Martin and William Martin.

Graveside services will be today at 3 p.m. in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg. The Rev. Charles W. Henry will officiate.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.




Helen L. Shoemaker


Helen Louise Shoemaker, 68, of Hagerstown, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport.

Born in Fairview Mountain, Md., she was the daughter of the late Martin G. and Mary I. Mills Bridendolph.

She worked for Corning Glass Works in Greencastle, Pa., Maryland Ribbon Co. in Hagerstown, and retired from Gold Bond in 1992.

She was a member of Mount Calvary Church of God in Clear Spring.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Michael Shoemaker, whom she married Sept. 26, 1970; three sons, Amos M. Bridendolph of Williamsport, and Everard G. Ryce III and Craig A. Ryce, both of Hagerstown; one brother, Gilbert E. Bridendolph of Picher, Okla.; four sisters, Ruth V. Butts of Hagerstown, Ethel M. McCarty of Big Pool, Md., Edith E. Janney of Etters, Pa., and Cheryl K. Spigler of Hagerstown; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 nieces; and 16 nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Debra S. Ryce; and one sister, Jean A. Cline.

Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, North Potomac Street, Hagerstown. The Rev. Mary Alice Clever will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

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

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