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Obituaries

March 13, 2004

Valarie J. Runyon


WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Valarie Jean Runyon, 35, of Schultz Road, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Hancock.

Born Dec. 15, 1968, in McConnellsburg, Pa., she was the daughter of Virl and Violet J. Stotler Sheeder of Warfordsburg.

She was a 1986 graduate of Southern Fulton High School in Warfordsburg.

She was employed as a secretary with Sheeder Construction.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two daughters, Tiffany B. Runyon and Olivia R. Runyon, both of Warfordsburg; one son, Devin M. Runyon of Warfordsburg; and one brother, V. Hobie Sheeder of Los Angeles.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Buck Valley Christian Church, Warfordsburg. The Rev. William C. Swope will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Warfordsburg.

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The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock, and Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Buck Valley Christian Church, 2281 Harmonia Road, Warfordsburg, PA 17267.




Joseph Tomic


Joseph Tomic, 84, of 11430 Englewood Road in Hagerstown, died Friday, March 12, 2004, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 21, 1920, in Djakovo, Yugoslavia, he was the son of the late Mary Schlienz.

He was a police officer with the Nassau County (N.Y.) Police Department for 34 years, retiring in 1982.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a member of the Elks, American Legion, Retired Police Association and Police Benevolent Association, all in Nassau County.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Primm Tomic; three daughters, Mary Yanke of Smithtown, N.Y., Sue Malm of Coram, N.Y., and Candy Kline of Hagerstown; one son, William Tomic of Middle Island, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends Saturday one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Hagerstown Police Athletic League, c/o Hagerstown Police Department, Officer Brett McKoy, Police Athletic Director, 50 N. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown, MD 21740.




Joan C. Speers


QUINCY, Pa. - Joan Clovis Speers, 79, of Cottage 504-A, P.O. Box 128, Quincy, Pa., died at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2004, in the Comfort Room of Quincy United Methodist Home. She was in failing health since September 2003 and critically ill for the past two weeks.

Born Jan. 16, 1925, in Shenandoah, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Claude M. and Mildred Masters Clovis. She lived her early life in Shenandoah.

Mrs. Speers graduated from Shenandoah High School with the class of 1942 and then received her bachelor of science degree in institute management from Iowa State University with the class of 1946.

She and her husband of more than 57 years, Mr. Wallace C. "Wally" Speers, were married Oct. 19, 1946, in Shenandoah. They lived in Montclair, N.J., for 25 years, LaVale, Md. for 26 years, moving to Quincy Village in October 1997.

While living in LaVale, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland, Md. After moving to Quincy Village, she joined Trinity United Church of Christ, Waynesboro, Pa. She also was a member of Waynesboro Lioness Club; a 50-year member of Educational Fraternity; PEO Chambersburg Chapter; a member of Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary; South Chapter 2977 AARP of Waynesboro; National AARP; Pi Beta Phi Sorority; Quincy Village Chorus; and the Rhythmaires. She also was a life member of Century Club of LaVale.

While in LaVale, Mrs. Speers was a volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, and after moving to this area, she volunteered at Waynesboro Hospital, Quincy Village and Colestock Wing of Quincy United Methodist Home.

Mrs. Speers started the grandmother tip-dancing group called "Happy Tippers" in LaVale.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Judith A. Lanigan of Port Deposit, Md., and Wendy C. Schuck of Clinton, N.J.; one son, Preston C. Speers of Aurora, Colo.; nine grandchildren; a twin sister, Judith C. Sundeen of Rocky River, Ohio; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Kathleen Virginia Lanigan, who died in 2001.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 15, 2004, at Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 W. North St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. Thomas G. Speers officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Monday in Harbaugh Hall of Trinity Church, and following the services in the Hess Room of Minnick Manor of Quincy Village.

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