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Obituaries for 7/27

July 27, 2003

Annabel W. Griffin


JEFFERSON, Md. - Annabel Wait Griffin, 40, of Jefferson, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Born April 16, 1963, in Concord, Mass., she was the daughter of Robert Atwood Wait of Washington, D.C., and Patricia McCary Wait of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

She was a cum laude graduate and received the Headmasters Prize as a member of the first co-ed class at St. James School in Hagerstown in 1981. She was a National Merit Scholar. She received her bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1986, and her master's degree in environmental biology from Hood College in Frederick, Md., in 1994.

For the past 61/2 years, she was employed as a quality assurance manager at MedImmune, a biotechnology company in Gaithersburg, Md.

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In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Christopher Griffin, whom she married Feb. 14, 1995; three children, Benjamin Griffin, Genevieve Griffin and Rachel Griffin, all at home; two sisters, Patience Wait and Meredith Wait, both of Shepherdstown; and her stepmother, Carol C. Wait of Washington, D.C.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. James School in Hagerstown.

Burial will be private.

There will be no viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity School, 6040 New Design Road, Frederick, MD 21701.

Arrangements are by Robert E. Dailey and Son Funeral Home, Frederick.




Ernest B. Webb


WILLIAMSPORT - Ernest Benjamin Webb, 86, of Homewood Retirement Center and formerly of Hedgesville, W.Va., died Friday, July 25, 2003, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Aug. 28, 1916, in Salem, Mass., he was the son of the late Stephen P. and Mary Frazier Webb, both of Novia Scotia, Canada.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 38 years, Geraldine Cassidy Webb.

He was a 1940 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was ordained in 1944.

He was the first priest ordained from the Parish of Precious Blood in Hyde Park, Mass.

He retired from Maryland Clay Products in 1984.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hagerstown and had ties to St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Hedgesville, where he did pastoral ministry.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Davis Webb, two cousins and two step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul F. Webb and Warren C. Webb.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, Hedgesville.

Private burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 205 W. Main St., Hedgesville, WV 25427.




John L. Clouser


SENECA, Pa. - John L. Clouser, 47, 121 N. Main St., died unexpectedly, Friday morning, July 25, 2003, at UPMC Northwest, Franklin, Pa.

Born Dec. 20, 1955, in Hagers-town, he was a son of Oralee Smith Clouser and the late John Clouser.

Mr. Clouser was a graduate of Smithsburg High School in Smithsburg.

He had worked at the Bon Ton Department Store for 25 years, the last 18 years in Cranberry, Pa., where he was the manager.

Mr. Clouser was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Franklin where he was an assisting minister and lector.

He was a member of Oil City Isaac Walton League.

Mr. Clouser liked all sports, especially baseball and NASCAR.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and his dog, Henry.

On Aug. 31, 2002, he married the former Suzan Weyman, who survives. Also surviving are his mother, Oralee Clouser, of Smithsburg; two sons, Chris Clouser and Joshua Clouser, both of Oil City; a daughter, Mandy Clouser, of Seneca; a granddaughter, Cara Ritchey, of Seneca; a brother, Douglas Clouser, of Funkstown; a sister, Linda Worden, and her husband, Jay, of Hagerstown; a niece, Wendi Worden, of Hagers-town; his mother-in-law, Zoe Weyman, of Cranberry Township, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Keith Weyman, of Cranberry Township; and by marriage a niece, Michelle Beck, and her husband, Robert, and their sons Adam and Kyle, of Grove City, Pa.; a niece, Kristin Weyman, and nephew, Ryan Weyman, both of Cranberry Township; and several aunts, uncles and cousins in the Hagerstown area.

Mr. Clouser was preceded in death by his father.

Friends may call at the Morrison Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Frederick G. Keller, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating.

Interment will be in St. Peter's Reformed Church Cemetery in Zelienople, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 737 Elk St., Franklin, PA 16323; the Venango County Humane Society, Rr 2, Franklin, PA 16323; or the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Lemoyne, PA 17043.

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