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Obituaries

December 08, 2004

Harry P. Truitt Jr., 59


DEC. 3, 1945-DEC. 6, 2004

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Harry Preston Truitt Jr., 59, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 3, 1945, in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Preston Truitt Sr.

He worked as a surveyor.

He attended public schools in Salisbury.

He was a Methodist.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma May Bennett Truitt; two daughters, Amanda L. Kerns of Hancock and Laura L. Kerns of Berkeley Springs; one son, Vernon L. Kerns Jr. of Berkeley Springs; and seven grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 177 Kerns Lane, Warfordsburg, Pa.

Arrangements are by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs.

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Gerald C. Matthews, 88


JUNE 25, 1916-DEC. 7, 2004

QUINCY, Pa. - Gerald C. "Jerry" Matthews, 88, of Quincy United Methodist Home and formerly of Cottage 302-A, Quincy Village, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at the nursing home.

Born June 25, 1916, in Wick, Pa., he was the son of the late Calvin R. and Nettie P. Adams Matthews.

He worked for Letterkenny Army Depot from 1946 to 1973, as transportation supervisor.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Scotland, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Beattie Matthews, whom he married Sept. 5, 1998; one son, Dr. Ronald L. Matthews Sr. of Chambersburg, Pa.; two stepsons; two sisters, Phyllis Matthews of Philadelphia and Dorothy Scheier of Quincy Village; one brother, Dr. Quinton Matthews of Lancaster, Pa.; two grandsons; one great-grandson; stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Genevieve Smith, and two brothers, Paul Matthews and Elton Matthews.

Services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. Beth R. Lupolt will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Quincy United Methodist Home, P.O. Box 128, Quincy, PA 17247.




Sylvina M. Burgesser, 81


MAY 11, 1923-DEC. 6, 2004

WILLIAMSPORT - Sylvina M. Burgesser, 81, of 16716 Mount Williams Circle and formerly of Cavetown, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at Clearview Nursing Home in Hagerstown.

Born May 11, 1923, in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John J. and Emma Misner Koons.

She was the postmistress at Cavetown Post Office for 14 years.

She was a member of the Church of Christ in Hagerstown.

She is survived by her husband, Harold L. Burgesser Sr., whom she married Oct. 16, 1940; two daughters, Carolyn J. Verdier of Smithsburg and Melody A. Geary of Hagerstown; one son, John E. Burgesser of Hagerstown; one brother, Harper Koons of Quincy United Methodist Home; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one son, Harold L. Burgesser Jr.; three sisters; two brothers; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Private services will be at Smithsburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association of Western Maryland, 5 Public Square, Hagerstown, MD 21740.




Frank S. Skelly, 83


JUNE 20, 1921-DEC. 7, 2004

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Frank S. Skelly, 83, of 1167 Falling Spring Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg.

Born June 20, 1921, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Frank S. and Edna Coble Skelly.

He was an independent dairy farmer.

He was a member of Solomons Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Cora Louise Crider Skelly of Chambersburg; one daughter, Darlene K. Myers of Chambersburg; one son, Lex C. Skelly of Chambersburg; three sisters, Mary Shetler of Sebring, Fla., Esther Reichard of Waynesboro, Pa., and Ruth Dice of Dayton, Ohio; one brother, Paul Skelly of Newville, Pa.; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, George Skelly, and one granddaughter.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Charles Kampmeyer will officiate. Burial will follow in Parklawns Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Memorial donations may be made to Solomons Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4856 Wayne Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or Falling Spring Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 201 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Hilda S. Miller, 95


NOV. 1, 1909-DEC. 7, 2004

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Hilda Stipp Miller, 95, of Martinsburg and formerly of Hickory, N.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at her home.

Born Nov. 1, 1909, in Shepherdstown, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles Martin Stipp and Linda Pendleton Crowl Stipp.

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