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Obituaries

February 27, 2004

William M. Wolfinger


MECHANICSVILLE, Md. - William Mitchell "Bill" Wolfinger, 61, of Mechanicsville and formerly of Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at his home.

Born Aug. 5, 1942 in Portsmouth, Va., he was the son of the late Fred Mitchell Wolfinger Jr. and Pearl Ruby Barnhart Wolfinger.

He worked for the federal government as a logistics management specialist.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of V.F.W. Post 2632 of California, Md.; and a member and finance officer of Jameson-Harrison Post 238 American Legion of Hughesville, Md.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cathy Lee McCarter Wolfinger; one daughter, Lisa A. Lourenzo of Woodbridge, Va.; one son, William M. Wolfinger Jr. of Blacklick, Ohio; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

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Services will be today at 11 a.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall, Md. Burial will be Thursday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Md. The Rev. Kevin Davis will officiate.

The family received friends on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, with American Legion prayers held at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; or Jameson-Harrison American Legion Post 238, Building Fund, P.O. Box 527, Hughesville, MD 20637.




Herbert F. Smith


FUNKSTOWN - Herbert F. Smith, 89, formerly of 24 W. Baltimore St., who died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, also is survived by one sister, Mary Kelly of Chicago.




Carl G. Degen Jr.


ARNOLD, Md. - Carl G. Degen Jr., 77, of Arnold, died of cancer Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at his home.

He was the son of the late Laura Lee and Carl George Degen Sr.

He was a 1943 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md. He attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.

He was a veteran of World War II.

A television and film director and producer, he retired from in 1978 the National Park Service, for which he established an audiovisual production unit.

Under his direction, the media unit at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., gained international recognition.

He had more than 200 audiovisual production credits, including national and international film awards; his television credits included "Meet the Press" and "Today," among others. He volunteered with community theater, including directing productions at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Paula Andy Degen; one daughter, Marti Badila of Great Falls, Va.; one son, Kenneth Degen of Chatham, N.J.; one brother, Charles Degen; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Laura L. Johnson.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD 21108.




Ellanora V. Minnick


MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Ellanora Virginia Minnick, 76, of Middletown, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at Northampton Manor Nursing Home in Frederick, Md.

Born June 30, 1927, in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late J. Ross and Nora Pauline Six Adams.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel L. Minnick, on Oct. 17, 1996.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Middletown.

She is survived by three sons, Paul Adams of Myersville, Md., Larry D. Minnick and Charles E. Minnick, both of Middletown; three daughters, Sue A. Causey of Sarasota, Fla., Joan Metzger of Fairfield, Pa. and Sandra M. Minnick of Middletown; one sister, Mary Routzahn of Middletown; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Middletown. The Rev. W. Phillip Fogarty will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Viewing will be at the church Saturday at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown.

Memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Abiding Memorial Fund, 107 W. Main St., Middletown, MD 21769.




William D. Archie


FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - William David Archie, 54, of 49 Siloam St., died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Nov. 24, 1949, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late David and Jane White Archie.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine Archie.

He was employed by Potomac Park Camp in Falling Waters.

He was a member of Assemblies of God Church and attended Gateway Ministries Church of God in Williamsport.

He is survived by his wife, Norma J. McIntosh Archie; two daughters, Beverly Hildebrand of Shrewsburg, Pa. and Shirley Cook of Chambersburg, Pa.; two sons, the Rev. Robert Blevins of Pocomoke City, Md. and Carroll Blevins of York, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be today at 3 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home in Williamsport. The Revs. Gary Butler and Victor Fowlkes will officiate.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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