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Obituaries

April 29, 2005

John H. Stoner Jr., 86


MAY 22, 1918-APRIL 27, 2005

John Henry Stoner Jr., 86, of Hagerstown, Md., died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown.

Born May 22, 1918, in Mercersburg, Pa., he was the son of the late James Henry and Jessie Matilda (Cuff) Stoner. He was the husband of Constance E. (Mason) Stoner, whom he married Oct. 5, 1987. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha R. (Goeins) Stoner, who died Nov. 18, 1984.

John retired from the Western Maryland Railroad after 36 years of service. He was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Hagerstown, where he served as vice president of the Asbury United Methodist Men and a member of the Senior Choir. He also was a member of the local and National AARP, the Western Maryland Railroad Old Timers Club of Hagerstown and bowled in several local leagues.

In addition to his second wife, John is survived by four daughters, Catherine R. Valentine of Hagerstown, Cynthia M. Smothers of Brunswick, Md., Johnetta L. Kidd of Suffolk, Va., and Sandra L. Fletcher of Augusta, Ga.; three sons, Thomas H. Stoner of Hagerstown, Vernon E. Stoner of Seattle, Wash., and Gerald E. Stoner of Hagerstown; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

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John was preceded in death by one daughter, Henrietta M. Carrington; three sisters; and four brothers.

The funeral service shall be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 155 N. Jonathan St., Hagerstown. The Rev. J.T. Blake shall officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2005, at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 155 N. Jonathan St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.




Jean M. Keefer, 66


OCT. 13, 1938-APRIL 28, 2005

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Jean Mae Miller Keefer, 66, of 15075 Ridge Road, died Thursday, April 28, 2005.

Born Oct. 13, 1938, in Quincy, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John and Olive Miner Miller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle E. Keefer, in 2003. They were married June 29, 1957.

She was a 1957 graduate of Quincy High School.

She worked at Chestnut Logs in Waynesboro, in the kitchen.

She was a Protestant.

She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star Queen Esther Chapter of Hagerstown.

She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie J. Benson of Greencastle, Pa.; two sons, Brian J. Keefer and Erick J. Keefer, both of Greencastle; one sister, Bonnie B. Wilhide of Waynesboro; two brothers, John Miller of Wetumpka, Ala., and Dean Miller of Lompoc, Calif.; seven grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home in Greencastle. Burial will follow in Quincy Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary, 501 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.




Edward J. Walsh Sr., 83


JAN. 9, 1922-APRIL 26, 2005

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Edward J. "Ed" Walsh Sr., 83, of Shannondale, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Jan. 9, 1922, in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walsh.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Loretta A. Walsh, in 2000.

He retired from the U.S. Army after more than 20 years of service. He served during World War II.

He attended St. Andrews on the Mount Episcopal Church.

He was a former member of Shannondale Club Ltd., a member of Mountain Men, AARP, Old Opera House and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948 of Charles Town, W.Va., among other organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Smith Walsh; three daughters, Sherry Cummings of Indiana, Debbie Miller of Baltimore and Patty DiCostansa of Texas; one son, Edward J. Walsh Jr. of Charles Town; one stepson, Lowell Barnard; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, William Walsh and Richard Walsh.

A memorial service will be Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews on the Mount Episcopal Church in Harpers Ferry. The Rev. Victor Lawson will officiate.

There will be a reception Thursday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Charles Town Moose Lodge 948.

Burial will be private.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to Jefferson County American Red Cross, 1948 Wiltshire Road, Suite 2, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town.




Mary J. Schwinger, 62

APRIL 3, 1943-APRIL 27, 2005

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Mary Jo Stotler Schwinger, 62, of 11656 Gehr Road, died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at her home.

Born April 3, 1943, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Milford and Nellie Irene Higgins Stotler.

She was a 1961 graduate of Greencastle (Pa.) High School.

She was employed as a secretary by Waynesboro Hospital for 30 years. She retired in 1999.

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