Obituaries (published February 17, 2008)

February 18, 2008

Beverly P. Heurich, 88

NOV. 27, 1919-FEB. 14, 2008

BOONSBORO -- Beverly P. Heurich, former wife of Washington, D.C., brewer Christian Heurich Jr., died of pneumonia at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md., on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2008, after a brief illness. She was 88. She was a resident of Washington, D.C., until last year, when she moved to Boonsboro, Md.

Mrs. Heurich was born in Caledonia, Minn., on Nov. 27, 1919, and was raised in Rock Rapids, Iowa, where her father ran a hardware store. She briefly attended the University of Southern California before moving to New York City. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1951, when she married Mr. Heurich, and resided in Washington and the metro area for 56 years, and was a longtime summer resident of Essex, N.Y., on Lake Champlain.

Mrs. Heurich met her future husband, Christian Heurich Jr., while she was an executive assistant at the U.S. Brewers Foundation in New York, where Mr. Heurich was a board member. He ran the brewery that his father had founded in Washington in 1873, and was brewer of Heurich's, Senate and Old Georgetown beers at a landmark brewery that was located on what is now the site of the Kennedy Center. Their marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Heurich died in 1979.


Though Mrs. Heurich never actually liked beer, she was a loyal supporter and always managed to drink the family brew in public! She enjoyed golf and deep sea fishing, was a member of Ki-Wives of the Washington, D.C., chapter of Kiwanis, a life member of The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and volunteered at Sibley Hospital. And she is remembered by her family for her love of the Christmas holiday, and for the pride she took in her family. Her favorite color was pink, and yes, one year she decorated one of the Christmas trees with all pink ornaments!

Mrs. Heurich is survived by a younger sister, Marjorie Kirby of Beloit, Wis.; two sons, Christian Heurich III of Smithsburg, Md., and Gary F. Heurich of Essex; two grandsons; two nieces; and two nephews. A granddaughter's passing preceded hers.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be sent to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 13205 Greensburg Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783, and designated "In Memory of Beverly P. Heurich" in the memo of the contribution. Mrs. Heurich will be interred in Lake Placid, N.Y. Services and burial will be private.

Wendell P. Orth, 83

SEPT. 13, 1924-FEB. 15, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. --Wendell P. Orth, 83, of 725 E. Washington St., died Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at Penn Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 13, 1924, in Fort Littleton, Pa., he was the son of the late Jabob DeKalb Orth and Anna Grace Wink Orth.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosetta M. Seville Orth, on Jan. 3, 2008. They were married March 5, 1949.

He was a 1942 graduate of Forbes Road High School.

He retired from Letterkenny Army Depot, where he had worked as a calibration technician.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He had coached Little League.

He was a member of BPO Elks Lodge 600, Hume McNeil Byers AMVETS Post 224, Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46, Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 and the Marine Corps League.

He is survived by two children, Larry W. Orth and Pamela G. O'Donnell, both of Chambersburg; six grandchildren, Matthew Orth, Benjamin Orth, Natalie Orth, Skyler O'Donnell, Corey O'Donnell and Jordan O'Donnell; and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Earl E. Mills will officiate. Burial will follow in Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg, with military graveside honors by VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Chambersburg First Church of God, Building Fund, 2230 Grand Point Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

Patricia A. Bowers, 73

DEC. 14, 1934-FEB. 15, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Patricia Ann Gregory Bowers, 73, of Martinsburg, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at City Hospital.

Born Dec. 14, 1934, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of the late Pearl C. Gregory Poole and William E. Gregory.

She was a graduate of James Rumsey Vocational Center, receiving a practical nursing license.

She retired from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

She was a Jehovah's Witness.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Roger Elwood Bowers; three sons, Timothy D. Gregory, Roger W. Bowers and Ronald J. Bowers, all of Martinsburg; one stepdaughter, Robin Carr of Martinsburg; two sisters, Jane Brown and Sue Long; three brothers, Paul E. Gregory, Donald W. Gregory and Roger K. Poole; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Anthony S. Gregory; two infant brothers, Herbert W. Gregory and Thomas M. Gregory; and one granddaughter.

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