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Obituaries

October 26, 2003

Gertrude M. Kolnoski

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Gertrude M. Kolnoski, 80, of 220 Lehman Ave., died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at Shippensburg Health Care Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

Born March 22, 1923, in Johnsonburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Stella Kasper Kanski.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin L. Kolnoski, in 1999 and by her first husband, Joseph Plawischak, in 1960.

She was a 1941 graduate of the former Johnsonburg High School.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Chambersburg, Pa.

She is survived by two daughters, Lynn Earnest of Chambersburg and Kathleen Beaston of Fayetteville; two brothers, Bernard Kanski and James Kanski, both of Johnsonburg; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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She was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Chambersburg. The Rev. James R. O'Brien will be celebrant. Burial will be in Corpus Christi Cemetery in Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home in Chambersburg, where a Rosary Service will be held at 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Central Pennsylvania, 6041 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112-1208.




William D. Ransom Sr.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - William D. Ransom Sr., 71, of 1842 Scotland Ave., died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Nov. 5, 1931, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Bruce and Bessie Hamilton Ransom.

He retired from Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.

He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He served in the U.S. Army and in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373 of Greencastle, Pa.

He is survived by four daughters, Betty J. Farrell of Huntington Beach, Calif., Tamara N. Hudson of Harrisburg, Pa., Donna M. Glover of Chambersburg and Regina A. Cheatom of Tuscon, Ariz.; four sons, William D. Ransom Jr. of Altoona, Pa., Gregory A. Ransom of Fredericksburg, Va., Michael S. Ransom of Tuscon and Robert E. Ransom of Fayetteville, Pa.; two sisters, Betty Johnson of Victorville, Calif., and Charlotte Butler of Shippensburg, Pa.; a brother, Morris Ransom of Chambersburg; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.

Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home in Chambersburg. The Rev. Lois Waters will officiate.

Burial will be private in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Greencastle.

The family will receive friends Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Summit Cancer Services, 260 N. Seventh St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Robert L. Hutson

Robert Lloyd Hutson, 50, of Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 20, 1953, in Indian Springs, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Lloyd and Eleanora Roadarmel Hutson.

He was a 1971 graduate of Williamsport High School.

He was a self-employed handyman.

He is survived by a daughter, Regina Paylor of Williamsport; four sisters, Lorraine Fuller and Peg Hutson, both of Williamsport, Faye Appenzellar of Hagerstown and Linda Schelle of Clear Spring; two brothers, Vernon Hutson and Donald Hutson, both of Hagerstown; and two granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Hutson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.




Virginia G. Knott

BAKERTON, W.Va. - Virginia G. Knott, 85, of Bakerton, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at Canterbury Center of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Born Dec. 25, 1917, in Stephens City, Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Florence Davis Runion.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Knott.

She was a 1936 graduate of Martinsburg High School.

She is survived by a daughter, Alma L. Jones of Martinsburg; three grandchildren, Kathy M. Collis, Bonnie S. Deneseus and Glen R. Knott; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Glen Knott and Charles R. Knott, and two sisters, Edna Fries and Lena Stilwell.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Mark Johnson and Pastor Naomi Sigler will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.




Thomas A. Newsome

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Thomas Alfred Newsome died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at his home.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Louis Samuel Newsome and Lucille Thomas Newsome Long.

He and his wife owned and operated Tan-Co, which he started in 1975.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of the VFW and a master mason of Quality Lodge 44.

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