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Obituaries

January 14, 2004

Leslie A. Cruger


Leslie A. Cruger, 45, of 12806 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, Md., died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at her residence.

Born Sept. 15, 1958, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., she was the daughter of Frances R. Cruger of Hagerstown and the late William Henry Cruger.

She was employed by the State of Maryland as a social worker for the Potomac Center, a social worker at Washington County Hospital Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Program, and a clinical social worker at the Meadow Dialysis Center.

She attended Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham, N.Y., and graduated from Boonsboro High School, the class of 1976; graduated from Hood College in 1980 with a B.A. degree; the University of Maryland in 1983 with a M.S.W. degree; and the University of West Virginia with an advanced certificate in health care administration.

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She was a member of Christ's Reformed Church.

She was a member of the Board of Social Work Examiners; National Association of Social Workers; Diplomat in Clinical Social Work; Adjunct Lecturer and Field Supervisor at Hood College and Shepherd College for B.S.W. students. She appeared in several Potomac Playmakers Productions. She was a member of Hagerstown Chapter 89 Order of the Eastern Star.

Besides her mother, she is survived by a nephew, William L. Gordon of Florida; two aunts; one uncle; and four cousins.

She was preceded in death by a stepsister, Joan Cruger Gordon.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home. The Rev. Don R. Stevenson and the Rev. Carol Hallman will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.




Louise F. Leffler


BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Louise Fries Leffler, 87, of Bunker Hill, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Feb. 25, 1916, in Belle Mead, N.J., she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Koppenhohl Fries.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter G. Leffler.

She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Inwood, W.Va.

She is survived by one daughter, Louise A. Elfreth of Bunker Hill; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church. The Rev. Brian Shoda will be celebrant. Burial prayers will be offered in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at South Berkeley Funeral Chapel in Inwood.




Mildred Simpson


WILLIAMSPORT - Laura Mildred "Mid" Johnson Hyde Simpson, 90, of Williamsport, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport.

Born in Pekin, Md., in 1913, she was the daughter of the late Laura Warnick and Henry Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Wilmer Hyde in 1952, and Elmer Simpson in 1971.

She was a 1932 graduate of Central High School in Lonaconing, Md.

She retired from Valley High School after 25 years as manager of the cafeteria.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Lonaconing.

She was a member of Pythian Sisters, and a friendship card club.

She is survived by two daughters, Mildred A. Miller of Hagerstown and Mitzi Smith of Woodsboro, Md.; one son, Robert Hyde of Philadelphia; one sister, Anna L. Bell of Silver Spring, Md.; one brother, Paul Johnson of Barton, Md.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Eichhorn-Warnick Funeral Home in Lonaconing. The Rev. Mortimore will officiate. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Moscow, Md.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Pythian Sister services will be held at 7:30 p.m.




Charles W. Gray


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Charles W. Gray, 87, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born Aug. 2, 1916, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lawrence Oliver and Anna Hill Gray.

He retired from Marquette Cement in Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Kisner Gray; three sons, C. Steven Gray, Mark Gray, and Dr. Michael Kisner, all of Martinsburg; two daughters, Vanessa G. Kozmon of Vienna, Va. and Dr. Patricia Tetu of Eureka Springs, Ark.; two brothers, Robert Gray of Kearneysville, W.Va. and Shirley Gray of Culpeper, Va.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by seven sisters and two brothers.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Presbyterian Church. Pastors Jerry Mead and Robert Schoof will officiate. Burial will be in Falling Waters Presbyterian Cemetery at Spring Mills.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg; and at the church Thursday at 10 a.m.

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