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Obituaries

March 24, 2004

Pauline B. Berkstresser


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pauline B. Berkstresser, 74, of 154 W. Seminary St., died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Harrisburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Jan. 12, 1930, near Mercersburg, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Bessie Gordon Dorty.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald R. Bain. She was preceded in death by her second husband of 20 years, Ronald W. Berkstresser, on Dec. 5, 2003.

She owned and operated Pauline's Drapery Shop in Mercersburg. She retired in 2000.

She attended Lemasters (Pa.) United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna M. Kipe of Mercersburg and Christina M. Fields of Hagerstown; one son, Dennis R. Bain of Mercersburg; six sisters, Sylvia McNew, Verna Phenicie, and Bernice Bonebrake, all of Greencastle, Pa., Carol Mellott and Hazel Nelson, both of Mercersburg, and Geraldine Zimmerman of Aliquippa, Pa.; three brothers, Wayne Dorty and John Dorty, both of Mercersburg, and Raymond Dorty of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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She was preceded in death by one son, James L. Bain; and one brother, Floyd Dorty.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home in Mercersburg. The Rev. J. Grant Brouse will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Mercersburg.

Visitation will be Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Franklin/Fulton Division, 225 E. King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.




John R. Kershner


John Raymond Kershner, 85, of 479 Antietam Drive, Hagerstown, who died Monday, March 22, 2004, also is survived by daughter, Pamela Seidman of Hagerstown.




Gerald D. Gross


BOONSBORO - Gerald David Gross, 73, of Boonsboro, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at his home.

Born Oct. 8, 1930, in Sharpsburg, he was the son of the late Howard David and Bessie Katherine Hudson Gross.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Elizabeth Swope Gross, in 1966.

He was employed by Fairchild-Rohr until retiring in 1992.

He was a Protestant.

He was a member of Martinsburg Moose 120 and IORM Tribe 84 of Williamsport.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, May Virginia Whittington Cook Gross; two daughters, Nancy V. Locke of Dothan, Ala. and Kathy S. Hadley of Hagerstown; two sons, E. Cliftoon Cook Jr. of Martinsburg, W.Va. and David S. Gross of Hedgesville, W.Va.; one sister, Arbanna S. McGowan of Hagerstown; one brother, Howard L. Gross of Mercersburg, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gary W. Cook; and one great-grandson.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home in Williamsport. The Rev. Loyal H. Vanderveer will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, which will open at 9 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.




Rev. Daniel S. Eshleman


The Rev. Daniel S. Eshleman, 66, of 1625 Woodlands Run, Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Born April 18, 1937, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Daniel Irvin and Grace Beulah Williams Eshleman.

He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1955. He was a graduate of Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. in 1961, and Grace Theological Seminary in 1964, where he received his master of divinity. He studied toward his doctor of ministry degree at Grace Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the Grace Brethren Ministry in May 1965.

He pastored Grace Brethren Churches in Findlay, Ohio; Mount Laurel, N.J.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Roanoke, Va., and Valley Grace Brethren Church in Hagerstown. After 16 years of ministry at Grace Brethren Church in Elizabethtown, Pa. he retired. Upon his retirement, he returned to his home church, Calvary Grace Brethren Church, where he served as Pastor of Senior Adult Ministries, from 2002 to the present.

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