October 31, 2006
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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. James Catholic Church Building Fund, 60 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414.

Arraignments are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Correction, Verdeen W. Shoop

Due to a source's error, the obituary for Verdeen Wilson "Dean" Shoop that ran in Monday's Morning Herald contained incorrect information.

Mr. Shoop retired in 1985 as a radial saw operator with Pangborn Corp. He also had worked as a pressman with Hagerstown Rubber Co.

Anna G. Casto, 75

JUNE 28, 1931-OCT. 28, 2006

Anna Guidi Casto, 75, of Hagerstown, and formerly of Upper Marlboro, Md., died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at Washington County Hospital.


Born June 28, 1931, in Gary, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria Marchesi Guidi.

She was a 1950 graduate of Big Creek High School in War, W.Va.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jack Durward Casto; three daughters, Lisa L. Swann and Tammy A. Casto, both of Waldorf, Md., and Teresa A. Spittle of La Plata, Md.; one son, Anthony J. Casto of Hagerstown; two sisters, her twin, Angelica Hunt of Cleveland, and Mary C. Kekich of Dundalk, Md.; one brother, Daniel Guidi of War; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hagerstown. The Rev. George A. Limmer will be celebrant and the Rev. Christopher Moore will be co-celebrant. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown. A Christian wake service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 17628 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Donna L. Koons, 61

MAY 8, 1945-OCT. 27, 2006

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. - Donna Lee Ripple Koons, 61, of Lexington Park, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, at Prince George's Hospital in Hyattsville, Md.

Born May 8, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Millicent Weitcamp Ripple.

Her husband, Eugene Maynard Koons, died Dec. 26, 1999. They were married Feb. 22, 1964.

She was a 1963 graduate of Duval High School, Bowie, Md.

She was last employed as a secretary by the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Lexington Park, until her retirement in April 2006.

She was a member of Life Community Church of God, Lexington Park, serving in several ladies groups.

She is survived by two sons, Philip Koons of Myersville, Md., and Kevin Koons of Pilot Mountain, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Lowell Ripple.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Pa. Bishop Brian W. Shepard will officiate. Burial will follow in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, c/o burial contributions for Donna Koons, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

John R. Long, 61

MAY 27, 1945-OCT. 29, 2006

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - John R. Long, 61, of 530 E. King St., died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at his home.

Born May 27, 1945, in Chambersburg, he was the son of Arlene Mosel Long of Penn Hall, Chambersburg, and the late Guy Bard Long.

He was a 1963 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

He was the owner of the former Long Jewelers Inc. in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Pa.

He served with the U.S. National Guard from 1966 to 1972.

He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ.

He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution and Franklin Fire Co. and was serving as president of Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club Inc.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 36 years, Christine Vanderau Long; one brother, Richard G. Long of Smyrna, Del.; one niece; one nephew; two great-nieces; and two great-nephews.

Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ, 1811 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Grace H. White, 88

JAN. 19, 1918-OCT. 28, 2006

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Grace H. White, 88, formerly of 995 Spring Lane, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at Menno Haven.

Born Jan. 19, 1918, in Chambersburg, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Bertha Smith Hoover.

Her husband, William "Bill" W. White, died Feb. 28, 1997. They were married May 30, 1941.

She was a 1936 graduate of Chambersburg High School and a 1940 graduate of Wilson College.

She was employed as director of alumni affairs from 1967 to 1976 with Wilson College and was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997.

She was a member of Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, where she was a deacon, trustee and a Sunday school teacher.

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