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February 14, 2005

Anna S. Gipe, 80


JULY 1, 1924-FEB. 12, 2005

SHARPSBURG - Anna Suella Mann Gipe, 80, of Sharpsburg, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Washington County Hospital.

Born July 1, 1924, in Clear Spring, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Newton Mann and Julia Mary Shoemaker Mann.

Her husband, Nelson Bruce Gipe, died in 1991.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church of Hancock.

She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars 1936, Hagerstown.

She is survived by three daughters, Joyce A. Miller of Big Pool, Freida B. Winters of Hagerstown and Susie J. Gipe of Sharpsburg; three sons, Nelson W. Gipe of Williamsport, Charles B. Gipe of Hancock and Jesse J. Gipe of Williamsport; one sister, Leona McCusker of Martinsburg, W.Va.; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

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She was preceded in death by one sister, Mayetta Shives, and one grandson.

Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc., Clear Spring. Pastor Allen Youngbar will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

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




Rebecca J. Howell, 63


MAY 4, 1941-FEB. 12, 2005

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Rebecca J. "Becky" Howell, 63, of Shannondale, W.Va., died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at her home.

Born May 4, 1941, in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of Rosie Martin Peer of Harpers Ferry and the late Virlis Peer.

She was a graduate of Charles Town (W.Va.) High School.

She was a member of Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, Harpers Ferry.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 44 years, Autry W. Howell; one daughter, Whitney D. Painter of Harpers Ferry; four sisters, Bonnie V. Cockrell, Beverly Wilt and Donna Hawk, all of Harpers Ferry, and Patricia Graves of Kearneysville, W.Va.; one brother, Virlis Peer of Slanesville, W.Va.; three grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, John Peer.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, Harpers Ferry. The Rev. Donnie Jane Cardwell will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.




Robert K. Lesher, 84


DEC. 14, 1920-FEB. 12, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Robert Keiffer Lesher, 84, of 231 S. 6th St. died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Providence Place after a prolonged illness.

Born Dec. 14, 1920, he was the son of the late Frank B. and Freida Keiffer Lesher.

His wife of 63 years, Frances Fleming Lesher, died Nov. 6, 2004.

He was a graduate of Chambersburg High School and University of Pennsylvania.

He served in the U.S. Navy. In 1943, he earned his Navy wings. Having served 20 years, his final assignment was as lieutenant commander in Key West, Fla., controlling aircraft and air accident survival.

He was a member and elder of the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring.

He is survived by three children, Robert K. Lesher of Chambersburg, the Rev. R. Mark Lesher of Miami and Leslie Lesher of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one brother, Edmund T. Lesher of Chambersburg; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring. The Revs. William H. Harter, Linda B. Harter and R. Mark Lesher will officiate. Burial will be in the Falling Spring graveyard.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lesher Youth Room of the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, 221 N. Main St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Arrangements are by Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, Chambersburg.




Clynt M. Kees, 16


APRIL 28, 1988-FEB. 12, 2005

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Clynt M. Kees, 16, of Bunker Hill, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center as the result of an automobile accident.

Born April 28, 1988, in Martinsburg, W.Va., he was the son of Steve L. and Robin Kees of Inwood, W.Va., and Carole and Mark Spessert of Bunker Hill.

He was a junior at Musselman High School and a member of the football, baseball and wrestling teams.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Cassidy Spessert of Bunker Hill; two brothers, Wesley Kees and Cadin Spessert, both of Bunker Hill; one stepsister, Erika Levie of Bedington, W.Va.; four stepbrothers, Tony Siviero of Hedgesville, W.Va., Erik, Joshua and Bobby Levie, all of Inwood; grandparents, Barbara and Buck Kees of Arden, W.Va.; stepgrandparents, Warren and Carolyn Spessert of Philippi, W.Va., and Mary Blair of Martinsburg; aunts; uncles; cousins; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Linwood and Esther Roeder.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at South Berkeley Chapel, Inwood. Pastors Carl Baker, Jim Goforth and Jim Holt will officiate.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.




William S. Cox, 79


AUG. 21, 1925-FEB. 13, 2005

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