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Obituaries 4/29

May 01, 2003

Steven A. Helmstetter


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Steven Anthony Helmstetter, 30, of Hedgesville, died Friday, April 25, 2003, at his home.

Born May 6, 1972, in Baltimore, he was the son of Terry Helmstetter Sr. and Pamela Sipes Helmstetter of Hancock.

He was a 1990 graduate of Frances Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, Md.

He was employed by Craig Paving of Hagerstown as a traffic control supervisor, and by Happy Hills Camp Ground near Hancock.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiance, Bonnie S. Ripka of Hedgesville; two sons, Christopher French of Pensacola, Fla., and Kyle Ripka of Hedgesville; paternal grandparents, Leo and Nola Helmstetter of Cumberland, Md., and Dale and Helen Sipes of Little Orleans, Md.; four sisters, Sherri Forney of Taneytown, Md., and Amber Helmstetter, Taryn Helmstetter and Lindsey Helmstetter, all of Hancock; one brother, Terry Helmstetter Jr. of Hampstead, Md.; nine nieces and nephews; and aunts and uncles.

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Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. The Rev. Larry Faircloth will officiate. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery, Little Orleans.

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

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 322-324 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.




Harold L. Mullenix Sr.


Harold L. Mullenix Sr., 75, of Hagerstown, died Friday, April 25, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 11, 1927, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Frank Augustus and Mary Elizabeth Delaughter Mullenix.

He retired from Coca-Cola Co. in Hagerstown after 20 years of service.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, MaryEllen Marks Mullenix; one daughter, Diane K. Haines of Leitersburg; one son, Harold L. Mullenix Jr. of Hagerstown; four sisters, Beatrice Meyers, Mildred Toms, Valerie Eccard and Nadine Bercaw, all of Hagerstown; one brother, Nervin Mullenix of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald L. Mullenix; three sisters; and two brothers.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, North Potomac Street, Hagerstown. The Rev. J. Norman Mayer will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Gardens, Hagerstown.

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

Memorial donations may be made to MaryEllen Mullenix, 20934 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21742.




Daisy R. Barber


FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Daisy Romaine Barber, 92, of The Village of Laurel Run, and formerly of 380 Tolbert Ave. in Chambersburg, Pa., died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at The Village of Laurel Run.

Born Jan. 2, 1911, in Shippensburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Naomi Martin Kling.

She had been employed at the former Comfort Station and at Stanley Co., both in Chambersburg.

She was a Protestant.

She is survived by one brother, Douglas Kling of St. Thomas, Pa.; and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by six sisters and brothers.

Services will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Paul B. Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg.

Visitation will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.




Joseph A. DeGrange


SMITHSBURG - Joseph Allan "Joey" DeGrange, 20, of 17 N. Main St., died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

Born Sept. 11, 1982, in Frederick, Md., he was the son of Jerry Lee DeGrange of Frederick and Bonnie Sue Smith Gravley of Smithsburg.

He was employed by Blockbuster Video on Dual Highway in Hagerstown, and previously was employed by the Hagerstown Suns as a bat boy.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepfather, Dennis Lee Gravley of Smithsburg; two sisters, Laurie Williams of Hagerstown, and Cassidy Grace Gravley of Smithsburg; four brothers, Matthew DeGrange, John DeGrange, Stephen Gravley and Billy Gravley, all of Smithsburg; paternal grandparents, Floyd and Helen DeGrange of Frederick; maternal grandmother, Marjorie Smith of Hagerstown; his girlfriend, Sabrina Itnyre of Boonsboro; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Jordyn Faith Gravley; and paternal grandfather John C. Smith.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown. The Rev. Daniel Fraley will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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




Charles L. Burker


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - Charles L. Burker, 75, of 212 West "E" St., died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Elizabethton.

Born March 4, 1928, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Keller C. and Ollie S. Burker.

He worked as a plumber for Fridinger Ritchie in Hagerstown and for Norwell in Elizabethton.

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