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Funkstown Homemakers Club marks 90th year

June 09, 2010
  • Back row, from left, Ruth Kaiss, Beverly Longanecker, Sara Jane Weikert, Cora Burger, Helen Clark, Nancy Itnyre, Jean Hanna, Brenda Wing and Janet Bowen. Seated, from left, Julia Miller, Joyce Artz, Barbara King and Ruth Neal.
Submitted photo,

The Funkstown Homemakers Club held its 90th anniversary celebration luncheon May 7 at Next Dimensions Restaurant.

Club president Joyce Artz introduced members and guests.

The invocation and a remembrance ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Doris Doub. Nancy Itnyre, Washington County Homemakers' president, presented the club with a framed certificate of excellence.

Julia Miller, a club member since 1958, gave a brief history of the club's past activities and how the Homemakers Clubs have made an impact on her life.

Guests attending the luncheon included Itnyre, Washington County Homemakers' president and member of the Boonsboro Homemakers; Helen Clark, Washington County Homemakers' immediate past president and member of the Brightwood Homemakers, Mildred Nethken and Linda Vestal, members of the Brightwood Homemakers and Frances Harshman.

Members of the Funkstown Homemakers are Artz, Miller, Janet Bowen, Elizabeth Bragunier, Cora Burger, Ida Ruth Green, Jean Hanna, Geneva Helm, Ruth Kaiss, Barbara King, Beverly Longanecker, Dottie Marriotte, Ruth Neal, Evelyn Parker, Jeanette Pearce, Nelda Prather, Phyllis Rohrer, Gladys Schutte, Miriam Tagg, Sara Jane Weikert, Brenda Wing and Dinnie Winger.

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The Funkstown Homemakers began in 1920 as part of the Beaver Creek Homemakers Club.

In the beginning, club meetings were held in the homes of the members. During the 1940s, the Funkstown Homemakers helped with the war effort and in the 1950s, the club had more than 100 members.

Today, members continue to volunteer in the community, assisting with local projects and activities.

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