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Obituaries for 3/4

March 04, 2003

Clark E. Copenhaver Sr.


FORT MILL, S.C. - Clark Edward Copenhaver Sr., 83, of Fort Mill, and formerly of Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at Piedmont Medical Center.

Born Feb. 8, 1920, in Winchester, Va., he was the son of the late John Jacob and Irene Estelle Kerin Copenhaver.

He was the owner of White Oak Bowling Lanes in Silver Spring, Md., retiring in 1980. Before that, he was manager of Southside Bowl in Hagerstown and worked at Valley Lanes in Harrisonburg, Va. He won the first pro tour for duckpin bowling in 1963. He also worked as a starter at Regent Park Golf Course in Fort Mill until his death.

He served with the 775th Railway Grand Division in the Philippines during World War II, receiving the Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Mae Copenhaver; one daughter, Jo Ann Kline of Clear Spring; one son, Clark E. Copenhaver Jr. of Fort Mill; three stepsons, Carl Suter of Fort Mill, Jeff Suter of Severn, Md., and Mike Suter of Harrisonburg; one brother, Herbert Copenhaver Sr. of New Market, Va.; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by five sisters, Virgie L. Copenhaver, May E. Copenhaver, Mabel I. Sargent, Ida M. Fiddler and Nannie B. Wigginton; and four brothers, John W. Copenhaver, Charles E. Copenhaver, John S. Copenhaver and Paul C. Copenhaver.

Memorial services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Steel Creek Church of Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.

The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Steel Creek Church of Charlotte, 1929 W. Arrowood Road, Charlotte, NC 28217.




Ruth A. Knepper


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Ruth A. Knepper, 82, of 1515 Highland Terrace, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born July 2, 1920, in Waynesboro, she was the daughter of the late John Keller Helfrick Sr. and Esther Sheffler Helfrick.

She was employed at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa.

She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Waynesboro.

She is survived by her husband, Percy E. Knepper, whom she married Sept. 16, 1950; one sister, Wilma M. Wilhide of Waynesboro; three brothers, Robert H. Helfrick and Paul E. Helfrick, both of Waynesboro, and David R. Helfrick of Fayetteville, Pa.; four grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, James E. Calimer Sr.; three sisters, Martha Helfrick, Lois E. Diffenderfer and Mary I. Weagley; and two brothers, John K. Helfrick Jr. and Lloyd E. Helfrick.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Old Forge Road and Mentzer Gap Road. The Rev. Wayne Cheek will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends at the church at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg.




Hazel M. Bivens


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Hazel M. Bivens, 86, of 4041 Dixie Ave., died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Oct. 12, 1916, in Licking Creek Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Loy and Sadie Forner Hollenshead.

Her husband, Oscar T. Bivens, whom she married Sept. 3, 1940, died May 1, 1973.

She was a homemaker and retired in 1976 from the former Stanley Clothing Co. in Chambersburg, where she was a seamstress.

She was a member of the Open Door Church in Chambersburg, where she was involved with the quilting ministry.

She is survived by two daughters, E. Lucille Hahn and Ella Mae Pittman, both of Chambersburg; one son, Donald O. Bivens Sr. of Mercersburg, Pa.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth McEldowney.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Open Door Church, Chambersburg. The Rev. Keith Skelton, the Rev. Carl McKee and the Rev. Arthur Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, McConnellsburg, Pa.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg; and Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Open Door Church, 600 Miller St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Florence R. MacDonald


Florence Ryan MacDonald, 81, of 17922 Garden Lane, Hagerstown, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at her home.

Born Sept. 18, 1921, in Lowell, Mass., she was the daughter of the late William J. and Florence Griffin Ryan.

She had been employed by Washington County Board of Education as a teachers' aide at Sharpsburg Elementary School.

She had volunteered for Washington County Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Angus W. MacDonald Sr.; two daughters, Barbara Dante of Sharpsburg and Sandra Graumann of Chantilly, Va.; one son, Angus W. MacDonald Jr. of Sharpsburg; one sister, Sister Florence W. Ryan of North Andover, Mass.; one brother, Richard Ryan of Lowell, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, William J. Ryan.

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