Obituaries for 5/6

May 06, 2003

Hilda J. Brewer

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Hilda Joyce Brewer, 71, of Newport News, and formerly of Hagerstown, died Monday, May 5, 2003.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Brewer.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Newport News.

She was a member of Order of Eastern Star, Emera Chapter 31, Hampton Roads Republican Women's Club and volunteered at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

She is survived by three sons, Patrick Brewer, Michael Brewer and Curtis Brewer; one sister, Jean Hoover; two brothers, Richard Crane and Robert Crane; and three grandsons.

She was preceded in death by one son, Eric Brewer; and one brother, Bruce.

Services will be Thursday at noon at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News. The Rev. John T. LeGault Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.


An Eastern Star service will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and visitation will follow until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606.

Bertha L. Helmick

HANCOCK - Bertha Lea Helmick, 65, of Brent Street, died Sunday, May, 4, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Sept. 4, 1937, at Stotlers Cross Roads, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Ethel Barnhart Bowers.

She had been employed by Jacobs Brothers.

She was a member of the Supreme Council of the House of Jacob in Hancock.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Franklin R. Helmick; one son, Jeffrey Helmick of Hancock; one brother, Paul Bowers of Warfordsburg, Pa.; one half brother, Gerald Barnhart of Ohio, and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Custer; and one brother, John Helmick.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. The Rev. Robert D. Smith Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Christian Cemetery, Needmore, Pa.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 635 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Doc G. Shank

EDINBURG, Va. - The Rev. Doc G. Shank, 81, of Palmyra Church Road, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at his home.

Born July 16, 1921, in Mason Dixon, Pa., he was the son of the late Harvey and Rose Dennis Shank.

He was a graduate of Ashland College and Seminary and served as a missionary in Nigeria for 12 years.

He was a minister for 50 years, having served at St. Luke Brethren Church, among others. He was a chaplain at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

He was a member and past president of Maur-Brook-Olive Ruritan Club, former trustee of Ashland University, formerly on the board of the Alliance for Shelter, volunteered for various fire companies and the Salvation Army; and hosted TV shows.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Heck Shank; one daughter, Donna Quinones of Tampa, Fla.; one son, Dennis Shank of Edinburg; three sisters, Anna Line and Dorothy Moore, both of Hagerstown, and Helen Butler of Amherst, Ohio; one brother, Melvin Shank of Fairplay; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Maurertown Brethren Church. The Revs. Richard E. Craver and Freddie Helsley will officiate. Burial will be in Maurertown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock, Va.

Memorial donations may be made to Ashland Seminary, 910 Center St., Ashland, Ohio 44805; or to a charity of one's choice.

Dale Kepler

Mr. Dale Dean Kepler, 80, of 1136 Luther Drive, Hagerstown, formerly of Middletown, Md., died Sunday, May 4, at Ravenwood Lutheran Village, Hagerstown.

He was the husband of Anna Lee Poffenberger Kepler, whom he married June 25, 1948.

Born Dec. 9, 1922, in Petersville, he was a son of the late Bruce Sanner and Irma Dean Kepler.

Mr. Kepler retired after 37 years with C&P Telephone Co.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 3rd Infantry Division from 1943 to 1945.

Mr. Kepler was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown; charter member of AMVETS Post 9, Middletown; a member of American Legion Post 10, Boonsboro; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3285, Frederick.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, Stuart A. Kepler of Boonsboro; two grandsons, Benjamin L. Kepler and Brian C. Kepler, both of Hagerstown; one daughter-in-law, Debra S. Kepler of Hagerstown; a very special friend, Diane Shores of Boonsboro; and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kepler was preceded in death by one son, Darrell D. Kepler, on Sept. 28, 2002; one sister, Kathleen Kefauver; and one brother, Bruce V. Kepler.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown. The Rev. William M. Bucher, associate pastor, and the Rev. Blaine E. Feightner, former associate pastor, will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church chapel one hour prior to services.

Interment, following the service, will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.

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