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Catherine M. Newcomer, 82

OCT. 30, 1929-DEC. 27, 2011

December 27, 2011

Catherine Marie Reese Hoffman Newcomer, 82, of Edgemont Road, Edgemont, Md., passed away at 8:45 a.m.  Dec. 27, 2011, at her home.

She was born on Boonsboro Mountain Road,  Boonsboro, on Oct. 30, 1929, the daughter of the late James R. Reese Sr. and Marie Foreman Reese of Boonsboro.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Boonsboro during her childhood. At age 12, she claimed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and was baptized into the church and later became a member of Beaver Creek Christian Church, where she served as church organist.

She lived in Mount Lena, Md., where she raised her children and was a member of the Mount Lena United Methodist Church, where she served as church organist for 20 years. She also played at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church near Boonsboro.

Catherine retired from her organist career at Mount Lena United Methodist Church and joined her husband’s church, First Christian Church Disciples, Hagerstown. There, she taught children and youth in the Sunday School Education Department for five years, and served as Christian education manager under the leadership of the Rev. Elizabeth Lambert (minister of education).

At age 67, in December 1996, she accepted the call from Pastor Bryan Bailey to serve as organist at White Hall Church of Christ on White Hall Road, Hagerstown, and served as church organist there for three years.

Most recently, she was a member of Welty Church of the Brethren, Greensburg, Md.

She was manager of the Triple S Blue Stamp Redemption Center in Hagerstown from 1968 to 1973. In March  1973, she accepted the position of personnel director at the new Ramada Inn being constructed in Hagerstown. She interviewed and hired applicants, organized and set up the housekeeping department, and was general manager of the Ramada/Tortuga from 1974 to 1981. She then became the piano and organ instructor for Carpenter’s World of Music at Valley Mall from 1982 until retirement in 1985.

She was author of the books “Precious Memories: From Boonsboro Mountain,” published in August 1998; the sequels “Precious Memories: The Rest of The Way,” published in August 2003; and “Precious Memories: A New Life.”

She served as a volunteer in the emergency department at Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital since 1996.

She is survived by her husband, Charles L. Newcomer, whom she married in January 1983; four children, Larry Hoffman of Boonsboro, Monte Hoffman of Hagerstown, Lori Hoffman Hays of Lexington Park and Dwight Hoffman of Funkstown; four grandchildren, Keith Hoffman, Stanford Hoffman, Kathleen Hoffman and Colton Hoffman; two great-grandchildren, Asia Hoffman and Xander Hoffman; three stepchildren, Thomas Newcomer and Donna Newcomer, both of Hagerstown, and Carolyn Ketchel, of Shalimar, Fla.; eight stepgrandchildren, Katie and John Puskar, Ashley Newcomer, Micah and Andrew Ketchel, Caleb and Leif Coble and Jason Dempsey; two brothers, the Rev. James Reese Jr. of Clifton Forge, Va., and the Rev. Donald Reese of Quincy, Pa.; four sisters, Joann Lum of Boonsboro, Shirley Motz of Waynesboro, Nancy Taylor of Hagerstown and Rebecca Higman of Keedysville; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alonzo Hoffman, the father of her children.

The service will be Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Welty Church of the Brethren, Greensburg, with Pastor Mike Manthos officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Ringgold.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742; or Welty Church of the Brethren, 13465 Greensburg Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783.

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