March 1, 2013
Mary A. Putnam of Williamsport, Md., was received into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. She was born in Baltimore on July 15, 1923. She lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas before returning to Maryland for the last 10 years of her life. She was a member of Van Lear Brethren in Christ Church. Mary was a lifelong Washington Redskins fan. She had a great love for animals, rainbows, poetry, painting, clowns and laughter. Most of all, she loved Our Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents, Catherine and Michael Babczak; husband, Gene Putnam; and granddaughter, Tracy Kent.
June 22, 2013
Anna "Marie" Fiery Ransone died June 14, 2013, at the age of 88 at Oak Crest Village, where she had been a resident since 1995. She was preceded in death by her husband, Price; parents, J. Ralph and Grace Fiery; brother, Donald Fiery; and sister, Jane Hollinger. She is survived by her children, Suzanne (Michael) Ranson, Dr. Ralph (Jeannie) Ransone, Jeanette (Larry) McGowan, Jennifer Guercio and friend, Dave Strawderman, Robert (Heather) Ransone, and Steven Ransone and partner, Jon Skogen; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
April 22, 2011
"I only wish we had called hospice sooner. I didn't realize they could support us much earlier than I called them. " This familiar regret is often voiced by families who have experienced the support of the hospice team. One prevalent misconception of hospice is that care is only available to support those who have just a few days or even a few hours of life. Hospice aids and comforts patients and their families during the end of life. In truth, hospice care is best used earlier — when the physician first tells a patient that time is limited.
December 2, 2011
"You are going to die. " I began a story with that sentence about a dozen and a half years ago. It's a pretty good attention-getter, if I do say so myself. And that was the point. Dying is not something most of us like to think about. But think about it or not, no matter how skilled we are in the art of denial, death will come - to each of us and to those we love. So. What to do, what to do? Practical strategies include making a will, a living will and having conversations with your doctor, your family and friends so that your end-of-life choices are honored and carried out. If circumstances provide the opportunity, of course.
June 21, 2013
Nurse Tammy Arnold at NMS HealthCare on Marsh Pike in Hagerstown was honored May 13 by Hospice of Washington County for her excellence in caring for the NMS residents and their families. Her role is unique in the nursing homes in this county as she educates, identifies needs, and oversees introducing patients and families to the benefits of hospice care. In this way, she provides a consistent management of pain and symptoms for each resident...
November 10, 2012
Virginia Kaye "Ginger" Shirley, 57, of Big Pool, Md., passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at her home under hospice care. Born Nov. 2, 1955, in St. Petersburg, Fla., she was the daughter of George Daniel and Joann Brewer Noble of Hagerstown, Md. She was a 1974 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was previously employed by Martin's Food Market in Hagerstown in the deli and bakery. She was of the Protestant faith. Ginger enjoyed camping with her grandchildren, gardening, fishing, cooking and spending time with her family.
December 30, 2011
Panhandle Hospice remains a local nonprofit To the editor: For years, hospice care in our community has been delivered by an incredibly skilled group of individuals - both employees and volunteers. The Eastern Panhandle has come to expect professional, competent care. Hospice of the Panhandle works hard to deliver excellent care to every patient and his or her family every single day. As a nonprofit organization, Hospice of the Panhandle does this because it is the right thing to do. Every hospice in our country may not have the same primary driver.
November 23, 2005
Editor's note: There are a lot of people you see around town who you recognize but don't know anything about. People like... Colleen Newell Age: 62 Hometown: Beaver Dam, Wis. Where would you see Newell? Newell, who worked as a special-education teacher, retired when she and her husband, Tom, moved to Hagerstown 10 years ago. She knew once she retired that she wanted to do volunteer work and chose to give her time to Hospice of Washington County. Her mother had "wonderful" hospice care in Wisconsin when she was dying of leukemia and Newell wanted to give back in the same way. In her 10 years as a volunteer, she has been on the board of directors and worked as a patient-care volunteer.
March 21, 1997
By TERI JOHNSON Staff Writer Laurie Ruck is a nurse, but that didn't make it any easier to cope when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. She contacted Hospice of Washington County Inc., which provided services for 12 days as she cared for her mother, Mildred Ruck, in their Hagerstown home. Mildred Ruck died last Thanksgiving Day at age 72, 15 months after she learned she had the disease. Laurie Ruck says she regrets that she didn't call Hospice earlier.
September 12, 2007
WAYNESBORO, PA. Bob Harrison had been involved with the United Way for decades when his wife fell terminally ill. When making arrangements for Ruth Harrison's care, the couple better realized the United Way's impact. The Harrisons worked with their doctor to arrange for in-home Hospice care, a part of Lutheran Home Care Services that benefits from the United Way network of organizations. "The cost was zero. Medicare and Hospice would pay all the bills," Bob Harrison said.