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Obituaries

February 07, 2004

Earl G. MacPherson


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Earl G. MacPherson, 84, of Menno Haven, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Menno Haven.

Born Sept. 23, 1919, in Lebanon, N.J., he was the son of the late Leroy and Pearl Haver MacPherson.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Marion Kinney MacPherson, in 1999.

He became administration assistant to the superintendent of the Shippensburg-area School District until his retirement in 1980.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of Shippensburg Presbyterian Church, serving as both elder and trustee.

He is survived by one son, David S. MacPherson of Oakton, Va.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Steven R. Fleming will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens.

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The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Menno Haven Chapel, Chambersburg.

Memorial donations may be made to Pennsylvania Lions Beacon Lodge Camp, Campership Endowment, 114 SR 103 South, Mount Union, PA 17066.




Ernest C. Eichelberger


Ernest Clark Eichelberger, 83, of 21 E. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Ravenwood Nursing Home.

Born April 18, 1920, in Clear Spring, he was the son of the late Raymond Foster and Mary Edith Clark Eichelberger.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Virginia Eichelberger, in 1994.

He was the owner and operator of Ernie and Kitty's Restaurant.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211.

He is survived by one son, Nelson L. Eichelberger; two sisters, Lorraine E. Hunter of Conway, S.C., and Mary L. Kline of Cearfoss; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, John C. Eichelberger; and one brother, Pierre Eichelberger.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Elder Nelson L. Eichelberger will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, with military honors by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.

The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.




Mary E. Venetta


BOONSBORO - Mary Elizabeth Venetta, 86, of 8507 Mapleville Road, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 29, 1917, in New Bethlehem, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John James and Teressa Viola Lang Donhiser.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hall Wilmer Venetta, in 2002.

She retired from the St. Mary's County School system.

She was a member of Washington Square United Methodist Church, where she was a member of United Methodist Women.

She is survived by five daughters, Marilyn Marshall of Salisbury, Md., Elizabeth V. Buchanan of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Elaine Wigginton of Eldersburg, Md., Catherine V. Hixson of Hagerstown, and Doris V. Obenshain of Cecilton, Md.; one son, Thomas H. Venetta of Hagerstown; one sister, Catherine D. Skinner of Boonsboro; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John L. Donhiser and James R. Donhiser.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Revs. Owen Womack and Louis L. Emerick will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Action Council for the Hungry, 101 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.




Howard V. Locke Jr.


FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Howard V. Locke Jr., 87, of 5840 Fairway Drive West, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born March 4, 1916, in Pottsville, Pa., he was the son of the late Dr. Howard V. and Viola Bebleheimer Locke, and stepmother, Mayme Locke Bundy.

He was a 1933 graduate of Orbisonia (Pa.) High School, and attended Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy and Bucknell University.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946.

He and his wife owned and operated motels in Chambersburg, Hagerstown and Carlisle, Pa.

He was a member of the Huntingdon (Pa.) Baseball League; Chambersburg Lions Club, B.P.O. Elks Lodge 518 in Huntingdon, Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 in Chambersburg and American Legion Post 518 in Orbisonia.

He is survived by his wife, Marian "Mickey" Jennings Locke, whom he married Jan. 12, 1955; one daughter, Barbara L. Bachtell of New Carrollton, Md.; one sister, Gwen L. Gibson of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Dr. Radford Locke.

Memorial services will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Jeffrey R. Diller will officiate. Private burial will be in Orbisonia Cemetery.

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

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