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Obituaries

August 02, 2003

William G. Diffenderfer


William Gordon Diffenderfer, 78, of Hagerstown, died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Avalon Manor Nursing Home in Hagerstown.

Born Feb. 12, 1925, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Lee Roy and Teressa T. Neville Diffenderfer.

He attended Hagerstown High School.

He retired in 1988 from Jamison Door Co., where he worked as a researcher and developer.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church where he had served as an acolyte and usher.

He was a member of American Legion Post 211, AMVETS and Elks Lodge BPOE 378.

He is survived by his wife, Jane E. Ford Diffenderfer; a son, William G. Diffenderfer of Hagerstown; two grandchildren, Cheryl A. Diffenderfer of Seattle and Kenneth M. Diffenderfer of Hagerstown; and three great-grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Linwood Diffenderfer, and a sister, Arretta I. Davis.

Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Hagerstown. The Rev. Joseph A. Rickards will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, in Hagerstown.

Viewing will be private.

Arrangements are by Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home in Hagerstown.




Clara V. Wenner


BRUNSWICK, Md. - Clara Virginia Wenner, 76, of 605 W. Potomac St., died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Born Feb. 14, 1927, in Brunswick, she was the daughter of the late James A. Sr. and Clara Brown Calhoun.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Brunswick.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, George W. Wenner Jr.; four daughters, Mary C. Rice of Silver Spring, Md., Sally A. Lachina of Cleveland, Ohio, Therese Pearrell of Knoxville and Bridget Wenner of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; three sons, George W. Wenner III of Glen Burnie, Md., and Michael Wenner and John J. Wenner, both of Brunswick; a sister, Catherine Johnston of Leesburg, Va.; a brother, Frederick C. Calhoun of Purcellville, Va.; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary M. Butler, and a brother, James A. Calhoun Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Petersville, Md., with the Rev. Larry J. Gesy as celebrant.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at John T. Williams Funeral Home in Brunswick.

Memorial donations may be made to Gambro Health Care Dialysis Center, 196 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, MD 21702.




John R. Green


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - John R. Green, 66, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Kline Hospice House in Mt. Airy, Md.

Born Nov. 24, 1936, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of Dorothy Duvall Dyer of Toledo and the late William Green.

He retired from General Motors.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Janet Kelly of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Vicky Green of Minnesota; a son, John R. Green Jr. of Delaware, Ohio; three sisters, Pat Karpinski of Indiana, Julie Spears of Ohio and Nancy Boaden of Florida; a brother, Sam Besase of Texas; two granddaughters; and a grandson.

Military graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.




Richard T. Rhone


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Richard T. Rhone, 73, of 1278 Second Ave., died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born July 24, 1930, in Shippensburg, Pa., he was the son of the late David H. and Esther Rosenberry Rhone.

He was a 1948 graduate of Shippensburg High School and a graduate of University of Maryland.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service where he worked as a clerk at the Chambersburg Post Office.

He was affiliated with the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church in Shippensburg.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy L. Hockersmith Rhone; a daughter, Linda A. Smith of Camp Hill, Pa.; a son, Edward W. Rhone of Chambersburg; a sister, Louise Heberlig of Churchville, Md.; a brother, David H. Rhone Jr. of Chambersburg; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. at Middle Spring Cemetery. The Rev. James R. Richwine will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, 135 Middle Spring Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

Arrangements are by Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home in Shippensburg.




Jean J. Linn


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Jean Joan Linn, 75, of 494 E. Washington St., died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Sept. 4, 1927, in McConnellsburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Lewis Linn and Inez Winegardner Linn.

She was a seamstress for Stanley Co. in Chambersburg.

She is survived by a sister, Betty Linn of Chambersburg, and a brother, Carl Linn of Chambersburg.

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