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Obituaries

October 21, 2003

John H. Keller


John Henry Keller, 91, of 104 Summer St., Hagerstown, Md., died on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at his home.

Born Aug. 20, 1912, in Greencastle, Pa., he was the son of the late Lawson and Pearl Schrader Keller.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Dollie M. Keller, on Jan. 13, 2002.

He was employed with Pangborn Corporation for 40 years, retiring in 1975, and prior to that with the Western Maryland Railroad.

He was a charter and life member of the Funkstown Moose #2435; a lifetime member of the Western Maryland Enterprise Fire Company; a member of the Local UAW 171; and a member of the Quarter Century Club at Pangborn.

He is survived by one daughter, Marion Hershberger of Hagerstown; three grandchildren, Lucinda Swales of Hagerstown, Howard Souders Jr. of Boonsboro, Md., and John Souders of Sharpsburg, Md.; two great-grandchildren, Sarah Souders of Fairfield, Pa., and Amanda Souders of Boonsboro; four nieces; and two nephews.

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He was preceded in death by four sisters, Frances Garula, Orpha Everly, Alinda Reeder and Isabelle Brown; and two brothers, William Keller and Charles Keller.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Terry Hoke will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Family requests omission of flowers, and memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, Western Maryland Hospital, Third Floor, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.




Lois L. Boner


CLEAR SPRING - Lois Lanetta Boner, 85, of 14840 Mercersburg Road, and formerly of Columbia City, Ind., died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Oct. 3, 1918, in Whitley County, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Floyd Jacob and Eva Ruth Hibschman Kitson.

Her husband, Carold W. Boner, died July 20, 1994. They were married Nov. 1, 1936.

She was a member of Church of God of Hagerstown.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruth A. Shenberger of Clear Spring; one son, Donald E. Boner of Columbia City; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be today at 11 a.m. at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The Rev. Gregory Tyler will officiate. Burial will be in Adams Cemetery, Columbia City.




Abram M. Baer


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Rev. Abram M. Baer, 91, a resident of Penn Hall Nursing Center, and formerly of Maugansville, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at the nursing center.

Born June 2, 1912, in Washington County, he was the son of the late Abram and Amanda Catherine Showalter Baer.

His first wife, Lois May Keener Baer, died in November 1977, and his second wife, Lydia Kurtz Baer, died in February 1992.

He became an ordained minister in 1942 and was a minister for 48 years in the Mennonite Church, having served various churches. He retired in 1990.

He was a member and former pastor of Mt. Zion Mennonite Church of Boonsboro.

He served on the Washington County Prison Ministry Board, Rescue Mission Board, taught Bible School and served as an evangelist at many churches.

He served as a volunteer with the Washington County Stroke Club after suffering a stroke.

He is survived by two daughters, Anna K. Lehman of Chambersburg and Doris K. Garland of Mercersburg, Pa.; one son, A. Lauren Baer of Hagerstown; two sisters, Ida Schelle and Bertha Martin, both of Maugansville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Henry Baer, Irvin Baer, Melvin Baer, Alvey Baer and Leonard Baer.

Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Mt. Zion Mennonite Church, Boonsboro. Pastor Roger I. Martin will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Greencastle, Pa., and one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Penn Hall Retirement Center, 1425 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Betty J. Snuffer


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Betty Jean Snuffer, 61, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003.

She was born March 28, 1942.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Richard Snuffer.

She is survived by three daughters, Patricia Irwin, Michelle Joy and Melissa Neice; two sons, Randy Waldron and Carl Snuffer; one sister, Helen; one brother, Emmit; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Billy Turpin and Michael Turpin.

Services will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in Snuffer Cemetery, Beckley, W.Va.




George T. Lowe


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - George T. "Teddy" Lowe, 90, of 1930 Blakewood Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at his home.

Born Feb. 7, 1913, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late George Sr. and Eva A. Jacobs Lowe.

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