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Obituaries

May 16, 2008

Due to an editorial assistant's error, the obituary for James Dewey Coates, which appeared on page C2 in the Saturday, May 10, edition of The Herald-Mail contained incorrect information. He was preceded in death by one sister, Kondra R. Barron.

The full corrected obituary appears below.




James D. Coates, 49



JUNE 5, 1958-MAY 7, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - James Dewey Coates, 49, of Charles Town, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in Loudoun County, Va., as a result of an automobile accident.

Born June 5, 1958, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late William Allen Coates and Eleanor D. Penwell Coates.

He was a heavy-equipment operator with Shirley Construction Co.

He served in the U.S. Army and received several medals.

He was of the Episcopal faith.

He is survived by one daughter, Nicole F. Coates of Ranson, W.Va.; one son, James W. Coates of Augusta, W.Va.; and two grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by one sister, Kondra R. Barron.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society-Jefferson County Relay for Life, c/o Patricia Ott, 145 Donald Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414.




Madalyn O. Helm, 85



OCT. 15, 1922-MAY 14, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Madalyn O. Noll Helm, 85, of 10520 Amsterdam Road, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at her home.

Born Oct. 15, 1922, in Waynesboro, she was the daughter of the late J. Ralph and Annie Belle Carr Noll.

She attended Waynesboro schools.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Helm Sr., in 1985. They were married July 15, 1939.

In her later years, she operated a mobile lunch wagon which offered catering services to local businesses.

She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church in her early years, and presently was a member of Ringgold Church of Christ.

She is survived by two sons, Ralph E. Helm II and D. Keith Helm, both of Waynesboro; three grandchildren, John Helm and Michael Helm, both of Waynesboro, and Tammy Helm of Glen Rock, Pa.; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mabel Roye; and three brothers, Richard Noll, Adrian Noll and James Noll.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro. Pastor Richard Daughtridge will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro.

It was her request to have no public viewing; however, the family will receive friends Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Not Forgotten Ministries for the elderly, P.O. Box 44, Cavetown, MD 21720-0044; or Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202.




Catherine G. Crider, 84



OCT. 23, 1923-MAY 14, 2008

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Catherine Greenen Crider, 84, formerly of 384 West Main St., died at her son's home on Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

Born Oct. 23, 1923, in Glasgow, Scotland, she was daughter of the late Catherine and Matthew Greenen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Crider Jr. They were married in May, 1945. He died in 1999.

She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

She was a volunteer with the hospital.

She is survived by one daughter; Catherine A. Skaggs of Hagerstown; five sons, John C. Crider III of Landisburg, Pa., Michael S. Crider of Orrstown, Pa.; Gerald M. Crider of Chambersburg, Pa., David G. Crider of Beltsville, Md. and Robert B. Crider of Chambersburg; one brother, Patrick Greenen of Glasgow, Scotland; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother.

Services will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home in Chambersburg. The Rev. Tara Magoon will officiate. Burial will be at Parklawns Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be sent to: Association for Retarded Citizens of Franklin Co., 4351 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Ruth E. Decker, 82



DEC. 21, 1925-MAY 15, 2008

Ruth Elizabeth Decker, 82, of Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport.

Born Dec. 21, 1925, in Big Spring, she was the daughter of the late Amos C. and Annie Mae Timmons Rubeck.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood R. Decker, in 1992.

She retired from Newberry's Department Store.

She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

She was a member of Leitersburg Senior Citizens and AARP.

She is survived by one son, Gary R. Decker of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Albright and Edith Cowen; and four brothers, Glen Rubeck, Ralph Rubeck, Allen Rubeck and David Rubeck.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Steve Taylor will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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

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