Obituaries for 6/19

June 19, 2003

Paul E. French

Paul E. French, 80, of 332 Jefferson St., Hagerstown, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born near Kemps Mill, Md., on March 19, 1923, he was one of 13 children of the late James Riley and Carrie Catherine Toms French.

He was a retired conductor of The Western Maryland Railroad and The CSX Railroad after 30 years of service.

He was a veteran of World War II as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the European Theater and the North African Campaign and was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California prior to discharge.


He was a member of The Maverick Pine Hunt Club Inc. and served as treasurer and secretary; a member of Western Maryland Railroad Old Timers Club; Tribe No. 84 IORM and American Legion Post 202, Williamsport; and a lifetime member of United Transportation Union No. 633.

He is survived by very special persons, Paulette Barnhart and Barbara Ann Bowers and her three daughters, Tracy, Wendy and Ashly Bowers; three brothers, Fred and Wayne French of Williamsport and Harold French of Hagerstown; five sisters, Hilda Myers of Williamsport, Mildred French and Mary Ruth Conway of Cumberland, Md., Doris Horine and Shirley Cline of Hagerstown.

He was predeceased by a sister, Catherine Myers; and three brothers, Donald J. French Sr., Leon French and Glenwood "Jack" French.

The family will receive friends at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, today from 7 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of family and friends the funeral home will be open after 9 a.m. today.

Services will be held Friday, June 20, 2003, at Osborne Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Robert V. Robinson officiating.

Military graveside services will be held along with internment at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown.

Arley O. Sica

COLUMBIA, Md. - Arley O. Sica, 94, of Columbia, and formerly of Hagerstown and Clearwater, Fla., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at the Vantage House.

Born Oct. 2, 1908, in Uniontown, Pa., he was the son of the late Antonio V. and Raffaela Marie (Moccia) Sica.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy F. Sica, on Dec. 21, 2000.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

He was a very active member of many local and civic affairs organizations in the Hagerstown area. He was one of the organizers and charter members of the Hagerstown Junior Chamber of Commerce.

He had served in hotel management for many years before joining the Washington County Hospital administrative staff as the director of personnel and public affairs in 1960, retiring in 1971. He then relocated to Clearwater.

He is survived by his son, Arley O. Sica Jr. of Columbia; a sister, Helen McCabe of Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.; a brother, Thomas Sica of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a granddaughter, Angela Wilton; and two great-grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Witzke Funeral Homes Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD 21045.

James Keefer

LOMA LINDA, Calif. - Retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. James Richard Keefer, 72, died from complications of lymphoma and heart disease Thursday, May 22, at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center in Loma Linda. Born July 17, 1930, in Metal, Pa., he was a 27-year resident of Calimesa, Calif., and had lived in San Bernardino, Calif., for seven years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1974, including serving in England, Taiwan and Thailand, and retired from Norton Air Force Base where he served with the 63rd Field Maintenance Squadron, Military Airlift Command.

Keefer was a member of the United Methodist Church of Yucaipa and a Masonic member of St. Andrew's Lodge 56 in Portsmouth, N.H., for 42 years.

Survivors include his wife, Twila Van Winkle Keefer of Calimesa; a daughter, Twila Marshelle Keefer Roberts of Yucaipa; a son, Keary T. Keefer of San Clemente; three brothers, Warren Keefer of McConnellsburg, Pa., and Dean Keefer and Donald Keefer, both of Mercersburg, Pa.; four sisters, Virginia Smith and Audrey Pfeiffer, both of Hagerstown, and Marlene Beeler and Roberta Keefer, both of Fort Loudon, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

Services were Friday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at United Methodist Church of Yucaipa, 35177 Beech St., Yucaipa. Graveside services were Friday, May 30, at 12:30 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, Calif. at staging area 3. Emmerson-Bartlett Redlands Chapel, Redland, Calif. handled arrangements.

Elsie L. Donaldson

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Elsie L. Donaldson, 83, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at her home.

Born April 10, 1920, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late William and Emma Hutton Abshire.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin L. Donaldson.

She was a retired bookkeeper.

She was a member of Hedgesville United Methodist Church.

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