Obituaries for 1/8

January 08, 2004

Robert E. Rohrer

HAMILTON, Va. - Robert Edward Rohrer, 77, of Hamilton, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Washington Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Born Aug. 5, 1926, in Sharpsburg, he was the son of the late Edward William Rohrer and Mary Ellen Schoppertt.

A cattle farmer, he worked on farms in Maryland and Virginia.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by one daughter, Virginia E. Rowe of Falling Waters, W.Va.; one sister, Edna R. Barrett of Everett, Pa.; two brothers, Floyd L. Rohrer of Frederick, Md. and Ronald L. Rohrer of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg, Va. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Lovettsville, Va.


Visitation will be Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Martha H. Gelbach

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Martha Harvey Gelbach, 90, of 2717 Esther Way Luther Ridge, and formerly of Chester, N.J., died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, at Quincy United Methodist Home.

Born Feb. 21, 1913, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late George and Carolyne Knode Gelbach.

She was educated at Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and Seton Hall University in the 1940s.

She was a genealogist, poet, and author of genealogical, historical and religious writings for publications in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church near Chambersburg.

She was a literary judge in the U.S. and in the United Kingdom.

She was named Poet of the Year by the American Poetry Association in 1989; was among the Distinguished Poets of 1993; named to Who's Who in the World; and nominated for the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1998.

She is survived by her twin sister, Sarah B. Gilbreath of The Inn at Luther Ridge in Chambersburg.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Chambersburg. The Rev. Beth R. Lupolt will officiate.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Fairfield Union Cemetery in Fairfield, Pa.

There will be no viewing.

Arrangements are by Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home in Greencastle, Pa.

Russell E. Wilson Jr.

Russell E. "Bud" Wilson Jr., 76, of 239 Devonshire Road, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Washington County Hospital.

Born April 25, 1927, in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late Russell E. Wilson Sr. and Evelyn V. Ford Wilson.

He was a 1944 graduate of Glen Burnie High School and attended V.P.I. in Blacksburg, Va.

He was employed as an engineer by C&P Telephone Co., retiring after 33 years.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

He was a member of C&P Telephone Pioneers; AARP Chapter 623; and the Telephone Campers Club.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred G. Myers Wilson; four daughters, Darlene O'Rourke of Arnold, Md., Jeanette Weese of Glen Burnie, Anita Mueller of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Julia Stammer of Riviera Beach, Md.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Elka Bolen; and one brother, James M. Wilson.

A memorial service will be Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown. The Revs. David B. Kaplan and Thomas L. Perry will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements are by Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown.

Richard C. Buffington

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Richard C. Buffington, 77, of Westminster, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004.

Born March 18, 1926, in Union Bridge, Md., he was the son of the late Emory R. and Carrie Z. Crabs Buffington. He was the husband of the late Della Day Buffington who predeceased him in February 1988.

Mr. Buffington was a graduate of New Windsor High School, class of 1944. He was retired from Southern States-Carroll Petroleum as a truck driver and dispatcher. He was a member of the Westminster Moose Lodge.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Thomas Immler of Finksburg, Md., Ruth and Daniel Loveless of Westminster, Susan and Michael Gist of Pleasant Valley, Md., and Alice and Jeff Harr of Hagerstown; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald L. and Anne Buffington of Westminster; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanne E. and Eddie Heltibridle of Manassas, Va., Reba and Allan Derr and Linda and Marvin Brewer, all of Westminster; grandchildren, Jerry and his spouse Jennifer Immler and Eric Immler, Becky and Timothy Gist and Rachel Harr; great-grandchildren, Emily and Andrew Immler; numerous nieces and nephews and devoted companion Bertha Jenkins of Westminster and her family.

He was predeceased by sister, Mary Jane Nevius and by mother-in-law and father-in-law, Roy W. and Ethel Day.

Funeral services will be held at the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, on Saturday at 11 a.m with his nephews, the Rev. Chad Brewer officiating, assisted by Carl Heltibridle. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Uniontown.

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