obituaries for 4/13 MH

April 13, 2006

Melvin E. Bibbs, 75

JULY 28, 1930-APRIL 11, 2006

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Melvin E. Bibbs, 75, of Bunker Hill, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born July 28, 1930, in Sun, W.Va., he was the son of the late Carstor W. Bibbs Sr. and Amelia C. Thomas Bibbs.

He formerly was employed by the U.S. Government.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by one sister, Diana Ferguson of Waldorf, Md.; and two brothers, Elvin E. Thomas of Bunker Hill and Rufus Ferguson of New York City.


He was preceded in death by one brother, Carstor W. Bibbs Jr.

Services will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. Pastor Donald Wilson will officiate. Military graveside services will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Alvia Gasper, 82

MARCH 3, 1924-APRIL 11, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Alvia "Vicky" Gasper, 82, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at her home.

Born March 3, 1924, in Browder, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Antonia Rolick Vicic.

She was a graduate of Girls Tech in Milwaukee. She completed hair styling courses at West Virginia Beauty School and attended Shepherd College, where she studied art.

She taught art to senior citizens through the Board of Education and also taught art classes for children at her home.

She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

She was a member of Quad State Women's Veterans Organization and a volunteer with C-Cap and at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

She received awards for her art work at Hilltop Inn in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Hagerstown Museum of Art and Evans Run Art Association.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas L. Gasper; two daughters, Diane Domenico of Martinsburg and Patricia Rogers of Berryville, Va.; three sons, Thomas G. Gasper of Marlowe, W.Va., Joseph T. Gasper of Lansdale, Pa., and Timothy J. Gasper of Arlington, Va.; one sister, Josephine Fabianich of Milwaukee; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by seven sisters and three brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Rev. John V. DiBacco Jr. will be celebrant. Burial prayers will be said at Rosedale Cemetery with military graveside services by the U.S. Navy.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, where a vigil service will be held at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Parish School, 110 E. Stephen St., Martinsburg, WV 25401 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Frederick A. Burger Jr., 86

OCT. 17, 1919-APRIL 11, 2006

Frederick Alfonso "Freddie" Burger Jr., 86, of 346 West Side Ave., Hagerstown, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Friday, Oct.17, 1919, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Frederick Alfonso Burger Sr. and Mabel Ruth Barber Burger.

He was the original owner of Freddie's Corner. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He also was a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 and the West End Hammer Club. He was a third and fourth degree knight with the Pangborn Council 1365 of the Knights of Columbus. He also had been a horse trainer at Charles Town (W.Va.) Races. Freddie also was a big supporter of youth sports in Washington County and enjoyed golfing.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cleo L. Snodderly Burger; six daughters, Shirley Ann Knode of Hagerstown, Donna Marie Harris of Newport News, Va., Lana "Sissy" Sirbaugh of Hagerstown, Christy Leigh Barbour of Capon Bridge, W.Va., Shawn Rene Grove of Hagerstown and Heather Diane Near of Hedgesville, W.Va.; three sons, Mark Wayne Burger Sr. of Hagerstown, Rocky Burger of Hagerstown and Tony Ray Burger of Williamsport, Md.; 22 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Terry Wayne Burger; one sister, Catherine Louise Smith; and two brothers, Oscar Victor Burger and Jack Wayne Burger.

Services will be held Saturday, April 15, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, with the Rev. Robert Morey officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 14.

Interment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to West End Little League Inc., c/o Erica Winner, 1101 Salem Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or Lupus Mid-Atlantic, 7400 York Road, Suite 308, Baltimore, MD 21204.

James A. Sites, 78

APRIL 18, 1927-APRIL 11, 2006

CLEAR SPRING - James Alvin Sites, 78, of 12848 Cohill Road, Clear Spring, Md., died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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