February 29, 2008

Sandra June Kneisley, 71

NOV. 14, 1936-FEB. 28, 2008

Sandra June Kneisley, 71, of Akron, Pa., died on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at the Maple Farms Nursing Home in Akron, where she was a resident.

Born Nov. 14, 1936, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Roy Murphy and Gladys Sellers Murphy Rohrer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Cover Kneisley, on June 16, 2004.

She enjoyed bingo and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Kneisley and her fianc, Carl McComsey, and Kellyn Kneisley, all of Litiz, Pa.; one son, Kreg Myers and his wife, Sharon, of Broomfield, Colo.; two sisters, Shirley Stenger and her husband, Wayne, of Greencastle, Pa., Sharon Daugherty and her husband, Leroy, of Falling Waters, W.Va.; two brothers, Wayne Burger and his wife, Carol, of Keedysville, Md., and Kelly Rohrer and his wife, Brenda, of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren, Kristin Myers and Kim Leeann Myers, both of York, Pa., Kerry Kneisley and his wife, Carrie, Scott Kneisley, and Kayla Kneisley, all of Litiz.


Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Rev. Darrell L. Layman will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA. 17604-4125.

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William R. Swailes, 95

JAN. 6, 1913-FEB. 27, 2008

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - William R. Swailes, 95, formerly of 3534 Mountain Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at the home of his daughter, Ruth Hawk of 14225 Dickey's Road, Mercersburg, with whom he had lived for the past seven years.

Born Jan. 6, 1913, in Greencastle, Pa., he was the son of the late George and Annie Pearl Deck Swailes.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen B. Atherton Swailes, in 1987.

A carpenter by trade, he owned and operated William R. Swailes Home Improvements of Cove Gap, Pa., for 50 years.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with three Bronze Stars.

He was a member of Charlestown United Methodist Church in Cove Gap, where he was a former Sunday school teacher.

He was a member and past commander of VFW Post 6241 of Mercersburg.

He is survived by three daughters, Patricia J. Hornbaker, Phyllis Mills and Ruth A. Hawk, all of Mercersburg; three sons, William M. Swailes and Fred R. Swailes, both of Mercersburg and James E. Swailes of St. Thomas, Pa.; one sister, Florence House of Hagerstown; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, one brother and one grandson.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home in Mercersburg. The Rev. Terry L. Brosius will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Mercersburg, with graveside services by Charles Nitterhouse VFW 1599 Honor Guard.

Visitation will be Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Charlestown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 185, Mercersburg, PA 17236.

Earl J. Kidwell, 85

OCT. 18, 1922-FEB. 28, 2008

GREAT CACAPON, W.Va. - Earl Junior Kidwell, 85, of Great Cacapon, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Oct. 18, 1922, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Dayton and Grace Peck Kidwell.

He attended Great Cacapon Elementary School and Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) High School.

He retired as an auto mechanic, working with Rauth Ford and later Kirk Ford in Hancock.

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

He was a member of Love Assembly of God in Berkeley Springs, where he served on the building committee, as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and superintendent. He also was involved in church maintenance.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eva Monetta Hiles Kidwell; one daughter, Dixie D. Thomas of Berkeley Springs; one son, the Rev. Dave J. Kidwell of Berkeley Springs; two sisters, Alta Johnson of Berkeley Springs and Mary Ellen Bly of Great Cacapon; two brothers, Eugene Kidwell and Carl Kidwell, both of Great Cacapon; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Nellie Stotler; and two brothers, Wilbur Kidwell and Robert Kidwell.

Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Love Assembly of God in Berkeley Springs. Pastor Steve Landis will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Nebo Cemetery in Great Cacapon, with graveside military honors by the Tri-State Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home in Berkeley Springs and Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

Michael E. LaRue, 51

NOV. 22, 1956-FEB. 27, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Michael Eugene LaRue, 51, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

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