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Obituaries for 3/21

March 21, 2003

Merle D. Bowers


FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Merle David Bowers, 82, of the Village of Laurel Run, 6375 Chambersburg Road, and formerly of 13 Landis Ave., Waynesboro, Pa., died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at the home.

Born Aug. 6, 1920, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Harry F. and Ellen Trostle Bowers.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velva "Sweet" Null Bowers, in 2001. They were married May 29, 1940.

He was a 1938 graduate of Waynesboro High School, and was valedictorian and president of his class.

He worked for First National Bank in Waynesboro for 47 years, retiring in 1979. He served two terms as tax collector in Washington Township.

He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Waynesboro.

He lettered in football and basketball under legendary coach "Rip" Engle. He played for the Waynesboro Tigers from 1947-49.

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He is survived by one daughter, Kathy A. Coffman of Muncy, Pa.; two sons, Jeffrey N. Bowers of Hanover, Pa. and Rodney L. Bowers of St. John, Virgin Islands; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Traub and Reda Bowers; and one brother, Cletus Bowers.

Services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, Waynesboro. The Rev. Jay E. Zimmerman will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.




Mary H. Harding


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Mary Helen Harding, 94, of Shepherdstown, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Canterbury Center in Shepherdstown.

Born March 14, 1909, in Bonner Springs, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Homer and Mary E. Hill Maxwell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth E. Harding, in 1998.

She had been employed by J.C. Penney Co.

She was a member of New Street United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School.

She was a member of Shepherdstown Womens Club.

She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Brautigam of Shepherdstown and one niece.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jack Harding and Warren Harding; and three brothers.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at New Street United Methodist Church, Shepherdstown. The Rev. Dee-Ann Dixon will officiate.

Burial will be private.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to New Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 188, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va.




Edward C. Lerch Sr.


KNOXVILLE, Md. - Edward C. "Aggie" Lerch Sr., 82, of Knoxville, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at his home.

Born Oct. 18, 1920, in Knoxville, he was the son of the late James Henry and Elsie Mae Fauble Lerch.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Esther Ketterman Lerch, who also died Thursday, March 20.

He retired from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1980, as a carman painter, after 39 years.

He served in the 157th Infantry 45th Division of the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and the European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, among others.

He was a member of Knoxville Church of God.

He was a member of American Legion Post 96, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Rifle Association and AARP.

He is survived by six children, Barbara Cooper of Roosevelt, Utah, Judy Irons of Sykesville, Md., Edward Lerch Jr. of Middletown, Md., Linda Staples of Rohrersville, Md., Gloria J. Lewis of Jefferson, Md. and Kathy Davis of Charles Town, W.Va.; two sisters, Mary E. Harne of Middletown and Betty V. Leatherman of Knoxville; 27 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one niece.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Melvin Lerch.

Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, Frederick. The Rev. Curvin Stambaugh will officiate. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, which will open at 2 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.




Dorothy B. Hose


SPRING HILL, Fla. - Dorothy Belle Hose, 85, of 11421 Newington Ave., and formerly of Edgewood, Md., died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Beverly Health Care Center in Atlanta.

Born in Pecktonville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Harry James Trumpower and Cealie Elizabeth Reed Trumpower.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Daniel Hose, in 1957.

She was employed by Bata Shoe Co. in Belcamp, Md. and by Frank's Mens and Boys Wear in Edgewood as a seamstress.

She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Spring Hill and Presbury United Methodist Church in Edgewood.

She was a member of Golden Age Club of Edgewood.

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