February 10, 2005

Sarah L. Myers, 97

OCT. 27, 1907-FEB. 8, 2005

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Mrs. Sarah Letitia Gorsuch Gardner Myers, 97, of Blue Ridge Summit, died at 1:17 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at Hearthstone Retirement Home, Waynesboro, Pa., where she had been a resident since 1997. She died of cardiac arrest following a brief illness.

Born Oct. 27, 1907, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Ernest R. and Margaret E. Wilson Gorsuch.

Mrs. Myers taught elementary grades in the public school system in Baltimore following her graduation from the State Normal School at Towson, Md.


She and her first husband, Charles S. Gardner Jr., were married in 1929, and they moved to Blue Ridge Summit where he had a real estate and insurance business. Following his death in 1964, she married J. Alfred Myers of Waynesboro in 1965, and they lived in Blue Ridge Summit and Sarasota, Fla. Mr. Myers died in 1985.

Throughout her life in Blue Ridge Summit, Mrs. Myers was a parishioner of the Church of the Transfiguration and an active member for many years of its Woman's Auxiliary. She had served as a local Republican Committeewoman and was a longtime member of the Blue Ridge Garden Club. She volunteered for a number of years with the Easter Seal Society in Waynesboro. She was a member of Monterey and Waynesboro Country Clubs.

Mrs. Myers is survived by one daughter, Margaret Letitia Gardner of Washington, D.C.; one son, Charles S. Gardner of Eagles Mere, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth E. Gardner of Washington, D.C., Rebecca Manoukian of Zephyr Cove, Nev., Sarah A. Gardner of Hyattsville, Md., Daniel B. Gardner of Washington, D.C., Ellen Sullivan of Silver Spring, Md., Cynthia Norman of Ada, Mich., and Edward P. Gardiner of Athens, Ga.; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her two husbands, she was predeceased by one brother, James H. Gorsuch of Pikesville, Md., and one granddaughter, Nancy B. Gardner of Washington, D.C.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 13646 Summit Ave., Blue Ridge Summit, with the Rev. Barton Berry officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Church Cemetery, Cascade, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Easter Seal Society of Franklin and Adams Counties, 18 N. Oller Ave., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is in charge of the arrangements.

Harold S. Near Jr., 79

FEB. 9, 1925-JAN. 28, 2005

Harold Stanley Near Jr., 79, of 7 E. Washington St., Alexander House, Hagerstown, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at his home.

Born Feb. 9, 1925, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Harold S. Sr. and Clara E. Painter Near.

His wife, Meta Near, preceded him in death.

He was employed by F.D. Near Painting Contractor for 25 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He is survived by one sister, Grace A. Otzelberger of Hagerstown, two brothers, Jack A. Near and Frank Near, both of Hagerstown, nieces and nephews.

There will be no services or viewing. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown.

Raymond F. Dingle, 87

FEB. 15, 1917 - FEB. 8, 2005

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Mr. Raymond Frederick Dingle, 87, of 13741 Blue Ridge Ave., Blue Ridge Summit, died at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, in the emergency room of Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital. He had been in failing health since suffering a heart attack on Dec. 15, 2000.

Born Feb. 15, 1917, in Keymar, Md., he was the son of the late Benjamin R. and Edith Mae Kurtz Dingle. He lived his early life in Smithsburg, Md.

Mr. Dingle attended Smithsburg schools and later took courses in Hagerstown, Md., to learn his plumbing trade.

He and his first wife, the late Mrs. Hazel V. Willard Dingle, were married in May 1940, and moved to the present residence in 1960. She died Sept. 11, 1987. He then married his present wife, Mrs. Janice C. Groft Dingle on March 25, 1989, at St. John's United Church of Christ in Sabillasville, Md.

Early in his life, Mr. Dingle was a plumber at the Samuel Dixon State Hospital in South Mountain, Pa., and then worked for Snyder's Plumbing in Waynesboro. Then he and his brothers, started Dingle Brothers Plumbing and Heating in Blue Ridge Summit. After closing that business, he worked for Bock Oil Co. in Blue Ridge Summit. Prior to retiring in 1970, he was a plumber for Grove Worldwide in Shady Grove, Pa. Following his retirement, he was a part-time self-employed plumber.

Mr. Dingle was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Sabillasville, where he served as a deacon. He was a life member of Blue Ridge Summit Volunteer Fire Co.

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