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Obituaries for 5/25

May 25, 2003

Lee G. Snyder


Lee G. Snyder, 84, of Julia Manor Health Care Center, Hagerstown, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Jan. 27, 1919, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Jacob A. and Goldie Ditto Snyder.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Virginia Snyder, in 1997.

He was employed by the Maryland Highway Administration for 55 years.

He was a member of Christ's Reformed Church and had been the Sunday school orchestra leader.

He was a member of the YMCA Band, Hagerstown Municipal Band, Appalachian Trail Club and Junior Jaycees and was captain of the Civil Air Patrol.

He is survived by a sister, Lois Kirk of Atlanta.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Don R. Stevenson will officiate. Burial will be in Salem Reformed Church Cemetery.

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




Harland L. Garrison Sr.


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Harland L. Garrison Sr., 78, of the Hoover House, 227 W. Main St., and formerly of 510 Cleveland Ave. Ext., died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Aug. 4, 1924, in Boston, he was the son of the late Roland W. Garrison Sr. and Veronica Dougherty Garrison.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vittoria Maria d'Ecclesiis Garrison, in 1997. They were married May 20, 1953.

He was a 1941 graduate of South Boston High School and a 1943 graduate of Boston Business College.

He was a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Army, retiring in 1963 while at Fort Ritchie in Cascade as a sergeant 1st class.

He was a veteran of World War II.

He was a Catholic.

He was a member of William Max McLaughlin VFW Post 695 and Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15, both of Waynesboro.

He is survived by two daughters, Victoria V.A. Mason and Rosemary Kourliouros, both of Waynesboro; a son, Harland L. Garrison Jr.; three grandsons; and a great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis X. Garrison and Roland W. Garrison Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Waynesboro. The Rev. Thomas J. Hemler will be celebrant. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, with military graveside services by the Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 of Chambersburg, Pa.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Catholic Church, P.O. Box 167, Waynesboro, PA 17268.




Margaret M. Ruffner


Margaret Melney "Peggy" Ruffner, 76, of 1007 Hamilton Blvd., Hagerstown, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 9, 1926, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late George Riggs and Margaret Melaney Murphy Aiken.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence David Ruffner, in 1986.

She worked for Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md.

She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

She is survived by three daughters, Lee A. Rye of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Marie C. Bowling of Waynesboro, Pa., and Jenny T. Perry of Hagerstown; four sons, Gary A. Ruffner of Damascus, Md., Guy D. Ruffner and Mark D. Ruffner, both of Gaithersburg, Md., and John L. Ruffner of Frederick, Md.; a sister, Pat Maher of Bedford, N.H.; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert W. Ruffner.

Graveside services will be Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery near Cumberland, Md. The Rev. Michael Jendrek will officiate.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, Maryland Area Office, 3120 Timanus Lane, Suite 106, Baltimore, MD 21244-2882.




Cam Payne


GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Cam Payne, 54, of Gettysburg, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born April 26, 1949, in Elkton, Md., he was the son of the late Cam Payne Sr. and Thelma Creswell Payne.

He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

He is survived by five sisters, Cama L. Renninger-Bridges of Linden, Va., Barbara Guns of Northeast, Md., Doris Smith of Bradenton, Fla., Jean Sturdivant of Baltimore and Maggie Eldreth of Middleburg, Del.; two brothers, Jink Payne of Reno, Nev., and Galen Fleming of Northeast; and his close friend, Linda Plank.

Services and burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Washington County Unit, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.




Janet U. Braithwaite


INWOOD, W.Va. - Janet U. Braithwaite, 67, of Inwood, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at her home.

Born Jan. 10, 1936, in Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Mazie McFillan and Jerry Allen and William Moore.

She is survived by her husband, Howard A. Braithwaite; three daughters, Darlene Carlile of Inwood and Alice Pericht and Margaret Brisson, both of Florida; three sons, Nathan Allen, Paul Allen and David Allen, all of Maryland; a brother, Jerry Allen of Martinsburg; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Nathan Allen, and a granddaughter.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. Pastor Kenneth Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

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