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Obituaries

December 11, 2003

David H. Frazier Sr.


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - David H. Frazier Sr., 68, of Hedgesville, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at his home.

Born Aug. 20, 1935, in Green County, Va., he was the son of the late James R. and Fletia Shifflett Frazier.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force and the West Virginia Air National Guard.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Snow Frazier; one son, David H. Frazier Jr. of Glengary, W.Va.; four sisters, Edith Shifflett of Virginia, and Virginia Gray, Eunice Zombro and Reba Troutman, all of Martinsburg, W.Va.; one brother, William Shifflett of Martinsburg; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Marjorie Hess, Frankie Kamisky and Gracie Shifflett; and one brother, Randolph Frazier.

Services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, W.Va.




William L. Weaver


William Lee Weaver, 81, of 906 Kenwood Drive, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

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Born March 21, 1922, in Benevola, he was the son of the late McPherson Scott and Mary Etta Moats Weaver.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Weaver, in 1999.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.

He was employed by Fairchild Industries for 30 years, retiring in 1973.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.

He was a member of BPO Elks 378; and American Legion Funkstown Post 211.

He is survived by a son, William C. Weaver of Hagerstown.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mae Showe and Helen Stouffer.

Graveside services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Raymond H. Shriver will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.




Catherine Beard


CAROLINA SHORES, N.C. - Services for Catherine Beard, 95, of Carolina Shores, who died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, will be held Today at 10 a.m. in Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown.




Mary K. Witmer


GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Mary K. Bittner Witmer, 86, of Green Acres Nursing Home and formerly of Sabillasville, Md., died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Gettysburg Hospital.

Born July 29, 1917, in Greencastle, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Samuel P. and Clara A. Garman Bittner.

She was a 1935 graduate of Greencastle High School.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Jacob United Church of Christ in Fairfield, Pa.

She is survived by two sons, Jon A. Witmer of Memphis, Tenn., and Dr. Dan Witmer of Harrisonburg, Va.; two brothers, Samuel G. Bittner of Hagerstown and Howard E. Bittner of Peru, Ill.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy L. Martin; and five brothers, Lester G. Bittner, Robert E. Bittner, Harold A. Bittner, John A. Bittner and Harry L. Bittner.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Revs. William D. Kauffman and Janet Comings will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery in Cascade.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Green Acres Nursing Home, 595 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325; or Jacob United Church of Christ, 495 Harbaugh Valley Road, Fairfield, PA 17320.




Joseph T. Balistrere


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Joseph Thomas "Tom" Balistrere, 60, of 165 Antietam Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Waynesboro Hospital of heart failure.

Born July 9, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Anthony F. and Pauline Comella Balistrere.

He was a 1961 graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg. In 1964, he received his associate's degree in English and physical education from York College in York, Pa. He was a graduate of Albion College in Albion, Mich., in 1966 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and physical education. In 1969, he received his master of science degree in physical education from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. In 1972, he took administration courses at Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md. In 1984, he received his master's degree in educational administration from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa.

He was last employed as the athletic director and girls basketball coach at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Pa.

He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waynesboro, where he served as Eucharist Minister.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 2068 of Waynesboro; and vice president of the Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

He served as master of ceremonies for community events, public speaker for churches, schools and community groups; and a guest speaker at conventions and for groups.

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