May 4, 2013
Born Feb. 12, 1955, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Warren S. Churchey and Jeanne E. Butts Zittle (Hewitt). Tanya was a 1973 graduate of Smithsburg High School and attended Messiah College. Tanya was diagnosed with stage 4 primary peritoneal cancer in July 2010. Since then, she defied the odds with her strength, determination, drive and faith in God to fight this rare type of cancer for the past 2 1/2 years with a fairly good quality of life. Tanya was a member of Maranatha Brethren Church in Hagerstown.
May 3, 2013
Stephen J. Vigh Jr., 75, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his residence. Born Nov. 25, 1937, in Hatboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Stephen J. Vigh Sr. and Addie Roberts Vigh. He retired from Mack Trucks and was a part-time farmer. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Romig Vigh; children, Stephen James Vigh III, Regina A. Nischan and Gerald C. Vigh; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Short.
April 22, 2013
Garman “Bob” L. Bowers Sr., 85, of Fairplay, Md., passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at the home of his daughter. Born Oct. 11, 1927, in Sharpsburg, Md., he was the son of the late Kenneth W. and Nora (Benner) Bowers. His wife of 46 years, Wahneta F. Bowers, preceded him in death in 2002. Garman worked at Brandt Cabinet Works, Vertol Aircraft, Custer Channel Wing, Fairchild Industries, and retired from Mack Trucks, Inc. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown, Md. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He is survived by one son, Garman L. Bowers Jr.; one daughter, Karen W. Pierce and husband, Michael A.; two grandsons, Michael A. Pierce II and wife, Kelly G., and Garman L. Bowers III and fiancée, Olivia F. Tomsic; one great-grandson, Joseph B. Pierce; and one great-granddaughter, Chloe M. Pierce.
April 20, 2013
Mr. Wallace V. Bricker, 93, of Mercersburg, Pa., passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. at the Long Term Care Unit of Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa. Born Nov. 26, 1919, in Mercersburg, he was the son of the late Charles G. and Ida Yost Bricker. Wallace worked for 20 years at Fairchild Industries and for 23 years at Mack Trucks, both in Hagerstown. He retired from Mack in 1983. He was a member of First Church of God of Mercersburg, where he was an elder for a number of years and also a former trustee and a former member of the Men's Bible Class.
April 2, 2013
Edgar Lee Swisher, 76, of Hancock, Md., died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at his home. Born March 26, 1937, in Hancock, he was the son of the late George E. and Lillian Pittman Swisher. He was a 1956 graduate of Hancock High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He retired from Mack Trucks after 31 years working in maintenance. He is survived by his wife, Margaret L. Hull Swisher, whom he married June 21, 1963, in Hagerstown, Md.; one daughter, Shea Lee Hart of Hancock; one son, Corey L. Swisher of Hancock; two brothers, Norman Swisher of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Ronald Swisher of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren.
March 24, 2013
Ronald L. Kauffman, 70, of State Line, Pa., died unexpectedly at 3:51 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital. Born Feb. 19, 1943, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Oliver D. and Hazel I. (Snyder) Kauffman. He graduated from Quincy High School with the Class of 1961. He married Phyllis (White) Kauffman on Feb. 17, 1995, in Hagerstown, Md. Ronald was employed as an engine tester for Mack Trucks, dedicating 45 1/2 years and many long hours to a job and a company he highly respected.
March 20, 2013
James E. Curfman, 76, of Smithsburg, Md., died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. He was the son of the late James and Mary (Sheffler) Curfman. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Jim worked at Mack Trucks. He loved the outdoors and spent many weekends fishing, hiking and bicycling with his brothers and nephews. In retirement, he volunteered for Hospice of Washington County. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Peggy (McCarty) Curfman; by his sisters, Patsy Snyder, Jean Simmers, and Betty Rider; and by his brother, Charles; and infant brother, Gary Curfman.
March 16, 2013
Kenneth Rudolph Hart, 73, of Falling Waters, W.Va., passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at Heartland Nursing Home in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born June 4, 1939, in Big Spring, Md., he was the son of the late Albert Rudolph and Catherine Izetta Wylie Hart. He attended Clear Spring, Md., schools. He retired from Mack Trucks Inc. in 1995 after 30 years, and he retired from Homewood Retirement Center in 2005 after 10 years. He was of the Pentecostal faith. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bonnie L. Beasley Hart; a special niece, Christine Eichelberger of Falling Waters; two sisters, Joann Johnson of Clear Spring and Darlene Moats of Williamsport, Md.; and three brothers, Robert Hart, John "Mike" Hart and Ricky Hart, all of Hagerstown, Md. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Wylie, Phyllis Sword and Linda Hull; and a brother, Rodney Hart.
January 15, 2013
William Edward Knepper of Hagerstown, Md., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Waynesboro Hospital, Waynesboro, Pa. Born on Sept. 1, 1929, he was the son of the late Eleanor and Charles Knepper. Bill grew up in Funkstown and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 23, where he achieved the Eagle Scout rank on Sept. 11, 1944. He was a member of the graduating class of 1947 at Hagerstown High School and also attended Hagerstown Junior College. During his working years he held employment with Hagerstown Canteen Service, Fairchild Aircraft Division, State of Maryland and, in 1986 he retired from Mack Trucks Inc. Bill was one of the first Hagerstown employees to be hired by Mack Trucks.
December 26, 2012
James Herbert Shives, 78, of Hagerstown, Md., died on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at NMS Nursing Home, after a long battle with Alzheimers. Born Aug. 18, 1934, in Amaranth, Pa., he was the son of the late Ernest W. and M. Louise Sowers Shives. He graduated in 1952 from Warfordsburg High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1954 to 1957. He was employed by Mack Trucks Inc., retiring in 1996. He was a member of Washington Square United Methodist Church, and served as chairman of the trustees for many years.