June 17, 2008

Dr. Robert Vincent Rentschler Jr., 59

NOV. 30, 1948-JUNE 15, 2008

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Dr. Robert "Bob" Rentschler, 59, of Berkeley Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 15, 2008.

Bob was born on Nov. 30, 1948, in Pasadena, Calif., to Robert Vincent Rentschler Sr. and Geneva Alice Shreve Rentschler.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sandra Lea Rentschler, who he married on April 17, 1987; brothers, Charles F. Rentschler Sr. and wife Patricia of San Antonio, Texas, and Dr. Lawrence L. Rentschler and wife Maureen of Swanton, Md.; sisters, Geneva "Jeannie" R. Gallagher of Washington, W.Va., Maureen R. Sharps and husband Rob of Oakland, Md., and Shirley E. Rentschler-Hull and husband Ronnie of Hagerstown, Md.; and 38 nieces and nephews. His parents and one brother-in-law, William E. Gallagher, preceded him in death. He will be sorely missed by his family, multitudes of friends, his colleagues, and former and current students.


Bob was currently serving as the principal of Warm Springs Intermediate School in Berkeley Springs. In Bob's 33-year career in education, he taught and served as the principal of several elementary schools in Maryland, West Virginia and Massachusetts, served as the curriculum director for Pendleton County Schools, and was the director of the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center for seven years. Before coming to Berkeley Springs, Bob served as the principal of United Methodist Burlington Center for Residential Youth and the J.M. "Chick" Buckbee Juvenile Detention Center.

Prior to pursuing his post secondary education, Bob served with distinction in the U.S. Army. He received the Bronze Star, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Army Commendation and other medals while serving two combat tours in South Vietnam, 1968-1969. He later worked at the Pentagon investigating the My Lai Massacre. In less than three years, Bob ended his military service in 1971 as a Staff Sergeant, E-6.

Bob graduated cum laude from Glenville State College in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He earned his master's degree in elementary administration and supervision from Frostburg State University in 1977, and his Ph.D, education, curriculum and instruction in 1994 from Walden University. Bob was awarded the Association for Direct Instruction Excellence in Education Award (for research) in 1998.

Know for his keen mind and quick wit, Dr. Rentschler will long be remembered by the many students for whom his innovative educational ideals, personal interest, and inspiration truly mattered.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at Berkeley Baptist Church with Pastor George Hopkins officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, 36 S. Green St., Berkeley Springs. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at Berkeley Baptist Church. An interment service with full military honors will be held at Memorial Gardens, Oakland, Md. at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

A memorial scholarship fund will be created to honor Bob's memory and service to education. Contributions can be sent to The Bob Rentschler Memorial Scholarship Fund at BB&T Bank, 7 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Annie C. Willoughby, 91

FEB. 26, 1917-JUNE 16, 2008

HANCOCK - Annie Catherine Breaux Willoughby, 91, of Quaker Creek Drive, and formerly of St. Mary Parish, La., died Monday, June 16, 2008, at Williamsport Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 26, 1917, in St. Mary Parish, she was the daughter of the late Moleon P. and Lelia Arcemont Breaux.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edward Willoughby.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Patterson, La.

She is survived by two daughters, Joan Alpha of Patterson and Norma Lombas of Morgan City, La.; three sons, Dennis E. Willoughby of Hancock, Edmond P. Breaux of Barstow, Calif., and Raymond Willoughby of Elmendorf, Texas; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Catherine Halligan; two sisters, Stella Justilian and Mary Breaux; and one brother, Talbot J. Breaux.

Services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, Hancock.

Ken Cheng, infant

-JUNE 14, 2008

Ken Cheng, infant, of Hagerstown, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C.

Born Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Washington D.C., he was the son of Leree Forrest.

He is survived by three brothers, Jay, Clay and Kyler Forrest, all of Hagerstown.

Services will be held privately with the family.

Arrangements are by Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown.

Ellen I. Kesselring, 69

DEC. 18, 1938-JUNE 14, 2008

SWANTON, Md. - Ellen Imogene Kesselring, 69, of 59 Glenview Road, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

Born Dec. 18, 1938, in Hagerstown, she was a daughter of the late Charles R. and Mary I. Tyson DeFlage.

She was a 1956 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

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