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Obituaries

January 09, 2004

Margaret E. Thomas


WILLIAMSPORT - Margaret Elizabeth Thomas, 96, of 16505 Virginia Ave., and formerly of Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Md., died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at Homewood Nursing Home in Williamsport.

Born Dec. 6, 1907, in Frederick County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Elmer Eugene and Maude Roderuck Thomas.

She retired after working 41 years for Potomac Edison Co.

She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Frederick.

She is survived by four sisters, Catherine Thomas of Hagerstown, Dorothy Snyder of Hanover, Pa., Agnes Thomas of Williamsport, and Geraldine Thomas of Hampstead, Md.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Kefauver and Ann Allenberg; and two brothers, Eugene Thomas and Charles Thomas.

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There will be no services or viewing.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown.




Evelyn Kesler


CONCORD, N.C. - Evelyn "Emmy" Kesler, 78, of 277 Collingswood Drive SW, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at her home.

Born July 23, 1925, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Genevieve Dixon and John Joseph Cottrell.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Mount Herman Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, George Edward Kesler; two daughters, George Ann Jansson of Sharpsburg and Roxanne Kesler Fox and her husband, Mike of Concord; nine grandchildren, Daniel Jansson, Matt Borjes, Matthew Fox, Jeff Fox, Ray and his wife, Angie Jansson, Dean and his wife Lisa Jansson, Eris and his wife, Melania Jansson, Zach and his wife, Melissa Fox, and Angie Borjes and her fianc Chris Phillips; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Herman Lutheran Church. The Rev. Norbert Hahn will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Herman Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at her home, 277 Collingswood Drive SW in Concord.

Memorial donations may be made to Mount Herman Lutheran Church, 3600 Highway 601 South, Concord, NC 28025; or the Hospice House Fund of Cabarrus County, P.O. Box 1235, Concord, NC 28026.




Marvin Trumpower


CLEAR SPRING - Marvin Trumpower, 78, of 12402 Nesbitt Ave., Clear Spring, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at Williamsport Nursing Home.

Born Aug. 10, 1925, in Clear Spring, he was the son of the late Clinton Trumpower and Etta Slayman Trumpower.

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Clear Spring.

He retired as a warden in 1984 from the Roxbury Correctional Institution after 26 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II, where he received the Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, the Army Occupational Medal, and the World War II Victory Ribbon.

He was a member of Joseph C. Herbert American Legion Post 222 of Clear Spring; Mediary Lodge 140 of Williamsport; VFW Post 6241 of Mercersburg, Pa.; Moose Lodge 1790 of Mercersburg; and Rattle Run Hunt Club.

He is survived by a daughter, Cathy A. Mills and her husband Chuck Mills of Clear Spring; one son, Thomas C. Trumpower and his wife Dottie Trumpower of Boonsboro; two grandsons, Clint Trumpower of Boonsboro and Brent Mills of Clear Spring.

He was preceded in death by one infant sister and four brothers, Ralph Trumpower, Allen Trumpower, Mason Trumpower, and Guy Trumpower.

Services will be held Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring. The Rev. Elaine Swinehart will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m., with the Mediary Lodge 140 of Williamsport conducting a memorial service at 7 p.m. For the public's convenience you may visit the funeral home after noon on Sunday.




Arthur A. Sursaw


ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Arthur Albert Carl Sursaw, 63, of Alexandria, and formerly of Bethesda, Md., died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at INOVA Hospital in Alexandria.

Born Sept. 11, 1940, in Saginaw, Mich., he was the son of the late Carl A. and Verna Olga Stone Sursaw.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette Y. Sursaw, in 2002.

He was a technician for an electronic repair firm.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He was a member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, Md.

He was a member of the Order of the Amaranth in Maryland.

He is survived by one sister, Onetta M. Peters of Loma Linda, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. in Boonsboro Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday at noon at Bast Funeral Home in Boonsboro.




Edwin F. Johnson


Edwin Franklin Johnson, 96, of 308 Bentley Court, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Beverly Health Care.

Born March 5, 1907, in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Benjamin F. and Cora Needy Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lina C. Johnson, in 1993.

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