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Obituaries

January 11, 2005

Arlene G. Hamlin, 77


SEPT. 21, 1927-JAN. 9, 2005

Arlene Gause Hamlin, 77, of Hagerstown, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at her home.

Born Sept. 21, 1927, in South Connellsville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry Glen and Cleona Trump Gause.

She was a graduate of Otterbein College.

She was a former teacher for the Virginia Public Schools in Fairfax County, Va.

She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert L. Hamlin; one son, Robert H. Hamlin of Hagerstown; one brother, A. Watson Gause of Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren.

Private inurnment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 15 High St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements are by Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown.

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Margaret D. Sowers, 92


APRIL 21, 1912-JAN. 10, 2005

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Margaret D. Sowers, 92, 408 Lincoln Way East, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at Woodland Retirement Center, Orbisonia, Pa.

Born April 21, 1912, in Big Cove Tannery, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Abner R. and Margaret E. Clugston Shives.

Her husband, William Harry Sowers, died June 6, 1943. They were married July 30, 1931.

She retired from Big D Department Store in McConnellsburg.

She was a member of Corner Church in Big Cove Tannery.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary E. Souders and Shirley A. Feagley, both of McConnellsburg; three sons, William H. Sowers of Fort Loudon, Pa., and George A. Sowers and Larry E. Sowers, both of McConnellsburg; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Edna M. Hann; one son, Wayne A. Sowers; one sister; four brothers; two grandsons; two great-grandsons and one great-great-grandson.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, McConnellsburg. The Rev. Donald Bard will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Christian Cemetery, Needmore, Pa.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. There also will be visitation Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.




Herman D. True Sr., 77


AUG. 21, 1927-JAN. 10, 2005

BIG COVE TANNERY, Pa. - Herman Delay True Sr., 77, of Delancey Road, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at his home.

Born Aug. 21, 1927, in Big Pool, he was the son of the late Oliver M. and Alice Bertie Smith True.

His wife, Charlotte A. Mulligan True, died Aug. 17, 1993.

He retired from Strohacker Inc., in Calvert County, Md., where he worked as a mechanic.

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

He was a member of the Webster B. Harrison American Legion Post 26 in Hancock and the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by three sons, Herman D. True Jr. and Bruce A. True, both of Big Cove Tannery, and Michael P. True of Warfordsburg, Pa.; one stepson, Craig C. Kesler of New Carrollton, Md.; one brother, Hubert O. True of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen DeLancey and Clora Culp; and four brothers, Floyd True, Shurley True, Charley True and Hollis True.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home in Hancock. The Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Webster B. Harrison American Legion Post 26, Hancock, MD 21750; or to the National Rifle Association.




Bernice R. Kauffman, 84


OCT. 2, 1920-JAN. 9, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Bernice R. Kauffman, 84, of Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and formerly of 4220 Olde Scotland Road, Chambersburg, died Sunday Jan. 9, 2005, at the nursing home.

Born Oct. 2, 1920, in St. Thomas Township, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Grover C. and Ruth E. Byers Shatzer.

Her husband, Howard H. Kauffman, died July 20, 1997.

She and her late husband owned and operated a farm near Chambersburg.

She was a member of Scotland United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn K. Bowers and Marian K. McCleary, both of Chambersburg; one son, Leonard H. Kauffman of Chambersburg; one brother, Robert Shatzer, of Edenville, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

Services will be Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Chambersburg.

Viewing will be Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Scotland United Methodist Church, 4040 Scotland Main St., Scotland, PA 17254.




Donald E. Cronise, 74


MARCH 7, 1930-JAN. 10, 2005

Donald Eugene Cronise, age 74, of 11 McKeldin Drive, Boonsboro, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born March 7, 1930, in Boonsboro, he was the son of Frances V. Jones of Boonsboro.

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