Nancy Jane Sasse Atherton, 69

January 18, 2011
  • Nancy Jane Sasse Atherton
Nancy Jane Sasse Atherton

AUG. 14, 1941-JAN. 18, 2011

Nancy Jane Sasse Atherton, 69, of Donnybrook Drive, Hagerstown, Md., passed peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore.

Born Aug. 14, 1941, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Aaron Wayne Benchoff and Laura Geneva Stouffer Benchoff.

She was a graduate of Boonsboro High School in 1959. After graduating, she was employed with Nicodemus Bank. She then retired from Farmers and Merchants Bank in 1994 after 18 years of service.

She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Lioness Club in Hagerstown and also the Elks and Lady Elks Club Lodge 378. Nancy and Walter RV’d across the United States and traveled through Europe. Nancy also provided assistance to her friends and family at times of crisis.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Walter Eugene Atherton; daughter, Karin Ann Hansen and husband, Jeff, of Whaleyville, Md.; son, Christopher M. Sasse and wife, Melanie, of Frederick, Md.; stepdaughter, Morgan Atherton of Frederick; three grandchildren, William Fitzgerald Sasse, Karl Christopher Sasse and Josephine Lee Sasse; and several cousins.

Services will be Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740, with the Rev. Eric A. Norgard officiating.

Family will receive friends at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD 21742, from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21.

Interment will follow in Boonsboro Cemetery after a time of fellowship at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Music Department, Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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