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Obituaries

March 19, 2005

Fred J. Kershner, 83


OCT. 18, 1921-MARCH 18, 2005

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Fred J. "Red" Kershner, 83, of 10962 Pleasant Walk Road, died Friday, March 18, 2005, at his home.

Born Oct. 18, 1921, at Manor Church Road near Tilghmanton, he was the son of the late Fred E. and Blanche S. Clark Kershner. He was the last surviving member of his family.

He participated in CCC's from March 1939 to March 1941.

He served in World War II with the 2nd Infantry Division. He received the Purple Heart after being wounded in Germany.

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He worked for Harris Motor Express Co. He retired from Western Maryland Railroad and CSX after 36 years of service.

He attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Myersville.

He was a life member of Clear Spring American Legion Post 222, VFW Post 1936, Goodwill Athletic Club, AMVETS Post 9, North American Rod & Gun Club, Purple Heart Club, D.A.V. Post 5, Western Enterprise Fire Co. and South Mountain Rod & Gun Club. He also was a member of Eagles Inc. of Waynesboro, Pa., Eagles Travel Club, Sideling Hill Hunt Club, Eagles Aerie 694, B.P.O. Elks 378, Red Men 84, Moose Lodge 1191, South County Democrat Club, Pangborn Lodge Police Association 88, AARP National, AARP Local Chapter 623, Railroad Oldtimers Club and the Maryland Troopers Association. He served many years on the Honor Guard at VFW Post 1936.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Rachel J. Kershner; two daughters, F. Susan Sheeks of Lady Lake, Fla., and S. Jean Jarvis of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; one son, Ronald E. Kershner of Lady Lake; three stepsons, Kenneth E. Moats Jr. of Hampton, Va., David L. Moats of Falling Waters, W.Va., and John P. Moats of Fort Walton Beach; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Leonard E. Kershner, Howard E. Kershner, John R. Kershner and Edwin M. Kershner; one sister, Doris E. Moats; and one granddaughter, Kimberly J. Kershner.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. William Keesecker and the Rev. David Howell will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mark's Lutheran Cemetery, Wolfsville, Md.

Military honors will be conducted at the graveside by Clear Spring American Legion Post 222, and the pallbearers will be provided by VFW Post 1936.

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

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 129, Hagerstown, MD 21742.




Mary M. Schildt, 88


AUG. 24, 1916-MARCH 18, 2005

SMITHSBURG - Mary Madeline Schildt, 88, formerly of 14321 Edgemont Road in Smithsburg, Md., died Friday, March 18, 2005, at Ravenwood Lutheran Nursing Home in Hagerstown, where she was a resident.

Born Aug. 24, 1916, in Smithsburg, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Ethel Kipe Deal.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence L. Schildt, to whom she was married for 61 years.

She was a lifetime resident of Washington County and member of Blue Mountain Church of God.

She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Fort Ritchie Hospital, Victor Cullen Sanitarium and Western Maryland Hospital, where she retired. Following retirement, she, Clarence and various family and friends toured the United States extensively.

She was a member of the historical society of Waynesboro.

She is survived by three children, Ruby Janet Kivi of Leesburg, Va., Shirley Kay Hull of Taneytown, Md., and Terry L. Schildt of Smithsburg; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and special friends, Frances Moats, and Charles and Kathy Newcomer.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby Dorr, Laura Timmons and Catherine Fager, and four brothers, Daniel Deal, Edward Deal, Clyde Deal and Samuel Deal Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2005, at Germantown Bethel Church of God, Raven Rock Road, Lantz, Md. The Rev. Mary Crampton and the Rev. Michael Hydes will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, Western Maryland Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Third Floor, Hagerstown, MD 21742; Blue Mountain Church of God, 14233 Edgemont Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783; or Ravenwood Lutheran Home Activity Fund, 1183 Luther Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.




Diana B. Howarth, 73


FEB. 17, 1932-MARCH 17, 2005

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Diana B. Howarth, 73, of Harpers Ferry, and formerly of Fayetteville, Pa., died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Howarth.

She is survived by children, Steven E. Howarth of New York, Lynn Davies of Frederick, Md., Douglas Howarth of Germantown, Md., Judith Jones of Harpers Ferry, and David Howarth of Monrovia, Md.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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