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November 25, 2003

John D. Van Kampen


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - John Donald Van Kampen, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at Penn Hall Nursing Center.

Born April 21, 1912, he was the son of the late John Dowe and Angelina Hoving Van Kampen.

He graduated from Chicago Christian High School, and from the Missionary Medical Course at Moody Bible Institute in 1939.

His wife, Dorothy Westrom Van Kampen, died in 1970.

He and his first wife served under the Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) in Venezuela for 30 years. He continued with his second wife, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of Open Door Church.

He is survived by his wife, Annabelle Tippett Van Kampen; five daughters, Nita Newing of Winfield, Ill., Rebecca Phillips of Sonora, Mexico, Carolyn Samworth of Winter Garden, Fla., Sylvia Walters of Riverside, Calif., and Sharon Swan of Crystal Lake, Ill.; one son, J. Daniel Van Kampen of Chambersburg; one brother, Ralph Van Kampen of Oak Park, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Van Dyke; and two brothers, Robert C. Van Kampen and an infant brother, Alfred Van Kampen.

Services will be Monday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Open Door Church, Chambersburg. The Rev. Keith Skelton will officiate. A representative from TEAM and Chaplain Ray Geigley will assist. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg; and Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to TEAM, P.O. Box 969, Wheaton, IL 60189-5300; or Open Door Church, 600 Miller St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Theodore Griffith Jr.


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Theodore Griffith Jr., 85, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born May 2, 1918, in Widen, W.Va., he was the son of the late Theodore and Leona Krantz Griffith.

He was a graduate of Fairmont College and attended graduate school at West Virginia University, Shippensburg State College and Western Maryland College.

He retired from Washington County schools after 16 years as an elementary teacher.

A veteran of World War II, he served as a signal corps operator with the 5th Fighter Command.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He was a Scoutmaster and Neighborhood Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America.

An accomplished musician, he founded local dance bands in the early 1940s, '50s and '60s.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Leona Gates Griffith; three sons, Theodore G. Griffith and Mark E. Griffith, both of Dille, W.Va., and David M. Griffith of Berkeley Springs; one sister, Lorene Given of Dille; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Gladys Groves and Marie Donohue; and three brothers, Kenneth Griffith, Ray Griffith and Ronald Griffith.

A private memorial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Big Union Baptist Church, P.O. Box 100, Dille, WV 26617.

Arrangements are by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs.




Frances L. Palladino


Frances Louise Palladino, 84, of 451 E. First St., Hagerstown, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at her home.

Born Nov. 19, 1919, in Waterloo, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Ada Mongan LaPole.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Hagerstown.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Paul E. Palladino Sr.; two daughters, Rose M. Wingert of Williamsport and Suzanne C. Rickard of Hagerstown; two sons, Terry L. Palladino of Maugansville and Paul E. Palladino Jr. of Hagerstown; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia A. Watson; two sisters, Selma Siegle and Betty Palladino; and seven brothers, Elmer Palladino, Paul Palladino, Lee Palladino, James Palladino, Fred Palladino, Alvin Palladino and Robert Palladino.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Hagerstown. The Rev. George A. Limmer will be celebrant. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport, which will be open after 9 a.m.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Hagerstown, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.




Margaret E. Stearns


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Margaret E. Stearns, 85, of Hedgesville, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born June 11, 1918, in Rutland, Vt., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth O'Neill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Stearns.

She was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

She was a member and past president of Martinsburg BPOE 778 Ladies of the Elks.

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