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Obituaries

April 28, 2007

Gerald E. Hoak



Due to a source's error, the obituary in Friday's edition of The Morning Herald for Gerald E. Hoak omitted information.

Online condolences may be made to www.minnichfh.com.




Bengt T. Norbeck, 80



JAN. 9, 1927-APRIL 27, 2007

Bengt Torsten "Ben" Norbeck, 80, of 19109 Longmeadow Road in Hagerstown, Md., died Friday, April 27, 2007, at St. Joseph Medical Center near Baltimore, Md.

Born Jan. 9, 1927, in Stockholm, Sweden, he was the son of the late Torsten Norbeck and Dagny Rehnstrom Norbeck Zetterberg and stepson of Per K. Zetterberg.

He was a tank commander serving with the Swedish military.

He worked for 25 years with IBM, beginning in Los Angeles, then Europe, New York, Texas and retiring in Maryland. After his retirement, he was a consultant, then managed Little Antietam Farm near Rohrersville, Md.

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He is survived by his wife, Stacey M. Norbeck, whom he married June 29, 1996; two sons, Eric Norbeck of Columbia, Md., and Alex Norbeck and wife, Amanda, of Appleton, Wis.; two daughters, Heidi Norbeck of Mill Valley, Calif., and Jennifer Norbeck and husband, Doug Stoerkel, of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Bast Funeral Home, Boonsboro. The Revs. James W. Wolf and A. Paul Harne will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.




Bayard B. Turner Jr., 78



AUG. 30, 1928-APRIL 27, 2007

Bayard Bartholomew Turner Jr., 78, of Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown, Md., and formerly of Julia Manor Health Care Center, died Friday, April 27, 2007, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 30, 1928, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., he was the son of the late Bayard B. Turner and Mary M. Miller Turner Myers.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June L. Turner, on May 9, 1994.

He retired in 1996 from O.O. Craig Paving after 35 years of service.

He was a member of Church of God (Universal).

He is survived by one son, Bayard "Lonnie" Turner III of Hagerstown; two daughters, Rocky Willis and husband, Jeff, of Boonsboro, Md., and Sharon Needy and husband, Larry, of Hagerstown; one stepdaughter, Mary Hawkins and husband, Brad, of Hagerstown; four grandchildren, Kayla Willis, Kevin Willis, Brian Cunningham and Shane Smith; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Norma Yellott, Belvia Neal, Viola Susan Showe and Juanita Alexander; and one brother, Lee J. Turner.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Alvin A. Craig, the Rev. Ollen O. Craig and the Rev. Gregory C. Tyler will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

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

Online condolences may be made to www.minnichfh.com.




Velma L. Fitzwater, 76



AUG. 18, 1930-APRIL 26, 2007

BOONSBORO - Velma Lorraine Caplinger Fitzwater, 76, of Boonsboro, and formerly of Damascus, Md., died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 18, 1930, in Mathias, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Grover C. and Ada M. Mathias Caplinger.

Velma was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Leonard T. Fitzwater, in 1988.

She had retired from the Montgomery County Board of Education after 27 years of service.

Velma was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church near Boonsboro.

She was an avid bowler.

Velma is survived by one daughter, Geraldine L. Martin and husband, Sherman, of Keedysville, Md.; one son, Steven L. Fitzwater of Hagerstown; three grandsons, 1st Lt. Mark E. Martin, stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, Michael A. Martin of Keedysville, and Justin Ingram of New Windsor, Md.; one sister, Mildred Long of Broadway, Va.; two brothers, Edgar L. Caplinger and wife, Orpha, of Dayton, Va., and Franklin D. Caplinger and wife, Joyce, of Springfield, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Bast Funeral Home, Boonsboro. The Rev. R. Thomas Fralin Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.




Florence C. Swope, 85



OCT. 3, 1921-APRIL 27, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Florence C. Kump Swope, 85, of Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and formerly of 408 Cedar St. in Mont Alto, Pa., died Friday, April 27, 2007, at the nursing home.

Born Oct. 3, 1921, in Hamiltonban Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Clarence N. Kump and Emma E. Wilkinson Metz Gardenhour.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Albert Swope, in 2004. They were married Oct. 5, 1940.

She attended schools in Cashtown, Pa., and Orrtanna, Pa.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by one daughter, Nadine F. Swope of Waynesboro, Pa.; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William J. Metz and Lewis W. Metz.

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