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Obituaries

August 14, 2003

Kevin M. Lumm


Kevin Michael Lumm, 20, of 13542 Paradise Church Road, Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at his home of Batten Disease, a neurological condition.

Born June 17, 1983, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of Martin A. and Vicki (Charles) Lumm, and the brother of Brian Charles Lumm.

He was a member of First Christian Church.

He attended Maugansville Elementary and Marshall Street Schools.

He enjoyed participating for many years in the Challenger Baseball League and Challenge Bowling League, both for special needs children.

Kevin was the focus of two Friends 'n' Spirit Christmas shows in 1991 and 1993 that raised money for the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness and Childrens' Village. He enjoyed collecting McDonald's Happy Meal toys and Snoopy figures. He loved being read stories and watching sing-along tapes. He listened to oldies on the radio and his favorite song was "Blue Suede Shoes" by Elvis Presley.

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Besides his parents and brother, Kevin is survived by maternal grandparents, Jack and Gladys Charles of Hagerstown; paternal grandmother, Selma Lumm of Hagerstown; aunts and uncles, Charles and Lois Lumm, Della and Richard Boschert, Nancy and Llynn Russell, Roxanna and Richard Trump, Jill and Steve Spalding, and Gina and Curtis Kauffman, all of Hagerstown; Peggy and Wes Morgan of Conroe, Texas, Jeff and Julie Harrison of Boonsboro, Md., and 15 cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Charles M. Lumm, and two cousins.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church in Hagerstown. The Rev. Dean M. Miller will officiate. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Batten Disease Support and Research Association, 2600 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43207; or First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742, in memory of Kevin.




Ethel N. Harding


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Ethel N. Harding, 91, of Charles Town, and formerly of Gaithersburg, Md., died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at Shenandoah Health Village Center in Charles Town.

Born Jan. 1, 1912, in Nortonsville, Va., she was the daughter of the late Mack and Fannie Mae Shifflett.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Joseph Harding, in 1979.

She was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Redlyn, Md.

She volunteered at the Soup Kitchen at St. Martins Catholic Church in Gaithersburg; was a former member of NARFE and the YMCA.

She is survived by one daughter, Joyce M. Burdette of Charles Town; three foster children, Pearl Payne, Christine Bradshaw and Shirley Burdette, all of Gaithersburg; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Gloria A. Carter; one son, Benjamin J. Harding Jr.; seven sisters and seven brothers.

Graveside services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Forest Oak Cemetery in Gaithersburg. The Rev. Phyllis Gregory will officiate.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Memorial donations may be made to Shenandoah Health Village Center, Alzheimer's Fund, 219 Prospect Ave., Charles Town, WV 25414.




Carl F. Spitzer


Carl Francis Spitzer, 76, of 109 Greenwood Drive, Hagerstown, Md., passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at his home.

Born in Scranton, Pa., on Saturday, July 16, 1927, he was the son of the late Carl P. and Hannah M. Spitzer Jensen.

He was the husband of Romona J. Spitzer. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Eckstine Spitzer, in 1993.

He attended North Scranton Junior High School and later attended St. Joseph Novitiate and Moreau Seminary, both in Indiana. He also attended Holy Cross Seminary in South Bend, Ind., and graduated in 1954 from Notre Dame University.

He was employed with Kay Jewelers where he served as district manager and auditor until his retirement. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, where he was a member of the Honor Guard and 40/8 and past chef deguar; AMVETS Post 10; life member of the North American Rod and Gun Club; life member of VFW Post 1936; Military Order of the Cooties Woodticks Pup Tent 7, where he served as past seam squirrel; VAVS representative and volunteer at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Grand of Maryland Military Order of the Cooties, where he was past chairman of the life memberships; past commander of the Catholic War Veterans Msgr. Joseph A. Davies Post 1895, where he organized the Msgr. Joseph A. Davies Ladies Auxiliary Post 1895 in September 1999. He also served in the Department of Maryland as second vice president; was a member of the Notre Dame Alumni Association in South Bend, Ind.; Knights of Columbus 4th degree and comptroller; BPO Elks Lodge 378.

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