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September 13, 2004

Adam D. Ruffner, 27

June 15, 1977-SEPT. 10, 2004

Adam Daniel Ruffner, 27, beloved son of Dolyn and Linda Ruffner, entered into the church triumphant on Sept. 10, 2004.

Born and raised in Washington County, Md., he attended Paramount Elementary, St. Mary's and North Hagerstown High School. He obtained his GED in 1995. In May 2000, he graduated with honors from James Rumsey Technical Institute.

Until recently, he had been employed as a certified automotive technician and assistant manager at Monro Mufflers in Hagerstown.

He was of the Christian faith. From birth through high school, he was a very active member of the Presbyterian Church in Hagerstown, where he was baptized and confirmed. He had been a member of the handbell choir, youth choir, youth club and Sunday Nite Live. More recently he attended the Evangelistic Temple in Hagerstown, Md.

He was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout. As a teen he was employed as a lifeguard at the Hagerstown YMCA. He had a great love for outdoor recreation, especially camping and fishing.


In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of six years, Elizabeth A. Ruffner; one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Hannah E. Ruffner; brother, Eric B. Ruffner of Miami, Fla.; grandmothers, Frances N. Speck and Alice V. Scalese; grandfather and stepgrandmother, Paul and Glenda Ruffner; parents-in-law, Rob and Alice Marsh; brother-in-law and good friend, Michael Marsh; aunts; uncles; cousins; and friends.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Winter N. Speck.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The Rev. Thomas Stottlemeyer will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Visitation and viewing will be Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, 9505 Reisterstown Road, Suite 1 North, Owing Mills, MD 21117; or to CHADD, 8181 Professional Place, Suite 150, Landover, MD 20785; or to a charity of one's choice.

Ann M. Mess, 79

SEPT. 30, 1924-SEPT. 11, 2004

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Ann M. Mess, 79, of 136 Baumgardner Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at ManorCare Health Services, Chambersburg, Pa., where she has resided since March 2004.

Born Sept. 30, 1924, in Allentown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Michael Joseph and Anna Marie Schubert Prochaska.

She was a graduate of Egg Harbor (N.J.) High School.

She was a fourth-grade substitute teacher at St. Joe's Catholic School, Limeport, Pa.

She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church of Hagerstown, where she sang in the choir.

She was a member of Martin's Mill Bridge Association of Greencastle, and the Historical Society and Christian Women's Club, both of Boyertown, Pa.

She was a member of Women's Aglow of Hagerstown, and had attended and sang in the choir of Waynesboro Seventh-day Adventist Church. She helped with Old Home Week activities at Martin's Mill Bridge.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Joseph Mess, whom she married May 3, 1947; three daughters, Carol A. McAleer of Greencastle, Rosemary M. Watkin of Duncansville, Pa., and Lorraine M. Rugh of Tehachapi, Calif.; two sisters, Emily Kalusky and Rosemarie Vrabic, both of Northampton, Pa.; two brothers, Anthony Prochaska of Allentown and Stephen Vrabic of Northampton; and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Prochaska.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Greencastle. The Rev. Michael J. Scalzi will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg, Pa.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Ruth M. Elliott, 85

SEPT. 27, 1918-SEPT. 11, 2004

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Ruth M. Elliott, 85, of 2800 Williamson Road, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at her home.

Born Sept. 27, 1918, in St. Thomas, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Lottie Henninger Stoner.

Her husband, George C. Elliott, died June 28, 2001. They were married May 11, 1937.

She was a homemaker and helped her late husband with the family strawberry business.

She was a member of Otterbein United Brethren Church in Greencastle, where she served as a nursery Sunday school teacher for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Judy Reed of Waynesboro, Pa.; one son, George E. Elliott of Greencastle; two sisters, Gladys Keefer of Mercersburg, Pa., and Patsy Mellott of St. Thomas; five grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jo Ann R. Elliott; five sisters, Edna Stoner, Mabel Rosenberry, Eleanor Thomas, Alma Yeager and Dorothy Shubert; and two brothers, Harold Stoner and Clyde Stoner.

Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Otterbein United Brethren Church, Greencastle. The Rev. David G. Rawley will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle.

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