WILMA E. KNAPP
Wilma Edna Knapp, 89, Amboy, W.Va., died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland.
Born Jan. 21, 1913, in Stemple Ridge, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Cyrus Lakin and Nellie Gay Sanders Pifer. She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Doris Corrine Knapp; a son, John Markley Knapp; one sister, Zara Doris Boone; five brothers, Ralph, Joseph Cyrus, and Caroll Joshua Pifer, plus infant twins; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.
Surviving are her husband of 70 years, Floyd Leslie Knapp; one daughter, Alice R. Bolyard, Amboy; one son, Donald J. Knapp, Oakland; one sister, Nina C. Layman, Aurora, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchil-dren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Friends were received at the Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta, where a service was conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 27, with Pastor Mary Conley officiating.
Interment was in the Terra Alta Cemetery.
SHIRLEY E. KIMMELL
Shirley E. (Jernigan) Kimmell, 69, Baltimore, formerly of Oakland, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Kimmell.
She is survived by one daughter, Cheryl Crumpler, Richmond, Va.; and two grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Singleton Funeral Home, Glen Burnie. A service was held at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church on Friday, Feb. 22.
Interment was in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in her name to a hospice foundation of the donor's choice.
JAMES A. CALDWELL
James Ashby Caldwell, 72, Keyser, W.Va., died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at the Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser.
Born Aug. 29, 1929, in Crellin, he was a son of the late Richard D. and Helen Margaret (Ashby) Caldwell. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Joan Ashby (Caldwell) Brown.
He was employed for 20 years as a crane operator with the B&O Railroad and retired in 1985 from the Keyser Television Company. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a member of the Believer's Fellowship, Keyser.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 50 years, Maris C. (Mellon) Caldwell; two daughters, Cynthia Jean (Caldwell) Kessel, Romney, W.Va., and Kristi Ann (Caldwell) Sowers, Keyser; five brothers, Richard C. Caldwell, Rowlesburg, W.Va., John C. Caldwell, Burlington, W.Va., William Robert Caldwell, Deer Park, Douglas L. Caldwell, Keyser, and Thomas N. Caldwell, Burlington; one sister, Helen Jean Brown, Bunker Hill, W.Va.; and one grandson.
Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, today, Thursday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
A service will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Randy Crowe officiating.
Interment will be in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser.
The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Rolling Acres Gospel Music Park, HC 72, Box 162, New Creek, WV 26743.
ELSIE B. COMPTON
Elsie Bell Compton, 79, Mt. Savage, died on Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at the Goodwill Mennonite Nursing Home, Grantsville.
Born May 12, 1922, in Jennings, she was a daughter of the late Nelson T. and Fannie R. (Burkholder) Wilt. She was also preceded in death by her first husband of 29 years, Russell N. Merrill, on Feb. 25, 1973; and many brothers and sisters.
She was a member of the Apostolic Lighthouse Church.
Surviving are her husband, Frank F. Compton Jr., resident of the Lions Manor Nursing Home; two daughters, Sharon Sisler, Bessemer, N.C., and Ruth Hite, Mount Savage; four sons, Norman Merrill, District Heights, Willard Merrill and Carlton Merrill, both of Salisbury, Pa.; and Larry Merrill, Meyersdale, Pa; one sister, Edna Miller, Mt. Davis; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Friends were received at the Hafer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary, LaVale, where a service was held today, Thursday, Feb. 28, with the Rev. Ross Glotfelty officiating.
Entombment will follow in the Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Goodwill Mennonite Nursing Home Special Van Fund, Grantsville, MD 21536.
JANE W. STEMPLE
Jane W. Stemple, 69, Suitland, formerly of Crellin, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at her home.
Born Sept. 29, 1932, in Crellin, she was the daughter of the late Harlen L. Wilt and Dona (Adams) Wilt.
She is a 1951 graduate of Oakland High School and pursued a career with the government.
She is survived by her husband, Ross Stemple, whom she married in 1955; two daughters, Mary Strem and Elaine Stemple; one brother, Edward Wilt; and two grandchildren.
A service was held at Unity Presbyterian Church, Temple Hills, on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, W.Va., on Friday, March 1, at 1 p.m. Attendees are asked to assemble at the adjoining Lutheran Church prior to the service and return after the service.
Durst Funeral Home, Oakland, is in charge of arrangements.
EDMUND H. HILL
Edmund H. Hill, 72, Oakland, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at his home.
Born May 28, 1929, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Buchannah H. and Marion W. (Stauch) Hill.
He graduated from the Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pa., and from Lafayette College with a bachelor's degree in engineering. He was an engineer for Baltimore Gas and Electric until his retirement in 1992. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1953, and retired with the rank of captain in 1974. He was a member of the Christ Scientist Society, Cumberland, and the Mother Church of Christ Scientist, Boston.
He was a volunteer reader at the Accident Elementary School, a former member of the board of directors for Garrett County Habitat for Humanity, and the current president and a former board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, where he was serving as a Big Buddy.
Surviving are his wife, Ann A. (Peterman) Hill; four daughters, Barbara K. Tapper and Lucretia K. Zega, both of Owings Mills, Cynthia E. Bogar, Parker, Colo., and Laura A. Harless, Baltimore; three sons, Stephen H. Hill, Timonium, Bradford E. Hill, Annapolis, and Allan Scott Hill, Hutchinson, Kan.; one sister, Eugenia Westbrook, Swarthmore, Pa.; one brother, Stephen Hill, Hagerstown; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to Accident Elementary School, 534 Accident-Bittinger Road, Accident, MD 21520, or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Garrett County, 105 S. Second St., Oakland, MD 21550.
The Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, is in charge of arrangements.
P. ELEANOR CORNELIUS
Perdita Eleanor Cornelius, 91, Potomac Park, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002. She was a resident of Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home.
Born May 25, 1910, in Davis, W.Va., she was a daughter of Moses David Tewell and Nettie Alcinda Tewell. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Elton M. Cornelius; and by two brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by one son, James M. Cornelius; one brother, James L. Tewell; seven sisters, Pauline V. Richardson, Dorothy E. Gruden, Norma A. Kilby, Mary L. Miller, Suzanne F. Warbritton, Barbara J. Totedo, and Charlotte J. Moore; and four grandsons.
She attended the Potomac Park United Methodist Church, and taught Sunday school for more than 20 years. She was a homemaker.
Friends were received at the Hafer Funeral Home, Chapel of the Hills, in LaVale, where a service was held on Saturday, Feb. 16.
MARTHA S. DEWITT
Martha Susan DeWitt, 66, Friendsville, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
Born March 24, 1935, near Friendsville, she was a daughter of the late Thomas William and Ethel Maude (Harvey) Enlow.
She was a homemaker and a member of Oak Grove Church of the Brethren.
Surviving are her husband, Harold Glenn DeWitt; three sons, Keith DeWitt, Grantsville, and Ronnie DeWitt and Bradley DeWitt, both of Friendsville; two daughters, Christy Thomas and Becky Harvey, both of Friendsville; one brother, Charles Enlow, Accident; three sisters, Dorothy Savage, Hyndman, Pa., Elizabeth Glover, Elkton, Va., and Mary Frazee, Friendsville; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, McHenry. A service was conducted on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Donald Matthews officiating.
Interment was in the church cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the building fund of the Ruth Enlow Library, Grantsville branch.
LENORA A. SCHROCK
Lenora Alice Schrock, 86, Oakland, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at the home of her sister.
Born March 21, 1915, in Aurora, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Scott C. Schrock and Eula (Sell) Schrock. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Veda (Evans) Schrock and Eva Arnold.
She is survived by one sister, Mildred Meyer, Oakland.
She graduated from Aurora High School, attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Fairmont State University, where she received her bachelor of arts degree in education. She earned her master's degree from the University of Maryland. She was a school teacher for 43 years.
She began her teaching career in Preston County, W.Va., teaching one year in a one-room school at Sell. She taught one year at Eglon, and 10 years at Rowlesburg. She continued her teaching career in Garrett County, where she taught for 31 years and retired in 1978.
She was a member of the National Education Association and Retired Teachers associations of Maryland. She was also a member of the Preston County Historical Society. She was a former member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aurora, where she served as organist for more than 30 years. At the time of her death, she was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Oakland.
Friends were received at the Durst Funeral Home, Oakland. A service was conducted at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Oakland, on Saturday, Feb. 16, with Pastor Bill Connelly officiating.
Interment was in the Aurora Cemetery.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Southern Garrett Rescue Squad, or Hospice of Garrett County.
BETTY J. BEITZEL
Betty J. Beitzel, 79, Oakland, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at her home.
Born Aug. 22, 1922, in Accident, she was a daughter of the late Asa V. and Nora C. (Riley) Dixon. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clayton G. Beitzel, in 1966.
She is survived by one daughter, Virginia L. Cox, Woodbridge, Va.; two sons, Thomas A. Beitzel, Oakland, and Ron G. Beitzel, Ft. Myers, Fla.; one sister, Florence D. Sanders, Ft. Myers; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. A service was held at the Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church on Thursday, Feb. 21, with Pastor Dennis Leatherman officiating.
Interment was in the Garrett County Memorial Gardens, Oakland.
The family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550.
BEULAH M. GALLAGHER
Beulah M. Gallagher, 92, Oakland, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at the Goodwill Mennonite Home, Grantsville.
Born Sept. 22, 1909, in Selma, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late George H. and Bertha (Griffith) Branch. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Allen D. Gallagher.
She was a member of the Peace United Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio, and retired as a cafeteria manager for the Franklin County school system, Columbus.
Surviving are one daughter, E. Ann Morris, Oakland; one sister, Ola Campbell, Xenia, Ohio; one grandson; and four great-grandchildren.
At her request, her body was cremated and interred in the Glen Rest Memorial Estates, Reynoldsville, Ohio. A service will be held at a later date.
The Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, is in charge of arrangements.
WILLIE G. STONEBRAKER
Willie Gay Stonebraker, 74, Albright, W.Va., died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, in Morgantown, W.Va.
Born May 2, 1927, in Pleasantdale, W.Va., he was a son of the late Charles V. and Nettie Mae McCade Stonebraker. He was also preceded in death by one son, William David Stonebraker; three brothers, Charles, Paul, and Donnie; two sisters, Ruby Sanders and Louise Plum; and two great-grand-children.
He was a coal miner, landscaper, and a Pentecostal.
Surviving are his wife, Emma K. Barndt Stonebraker; four sons, Bill and David Stonebraker, both of Albright, and Charles and Joe Stonebraker, both of Kingwood, W.Va.; three daughters, Sylvia Mae Shaver and Rose Ann Stonebraker, both of Tunnelton, W.Va., and Mary Etta Miller, of Valley Point, W.Va.; three sisters, Betty Tasker and Jean Peterman, both of Oakland, and Mary Jane Wolfe, Kingwood; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Browning Funeral Home, Kingwood, where a service was held on Sunday, Feb. 17, with the Revs. Ray Frankhouser and Russell Liller officiating.
Interment was in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown, with Preston County VFW posts conducting military graveside rites.
ALLEN C. CROSCO
Allen Curtis Crosco, 55, Sacramento, Calif., died suddenly on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002.
Born in Garrett County, he was the son of Wilmer and Bea Crosco, Oakland, and Georgia (Helmick) Kolb, Orange Park, Fla.
He attended Southern High School and was a Marine veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of the Masons Scottish Rite Bodies and Ben Ali Shrine.
In addition to his parents, he is also survived by his wife, Cathy Sue Crosco; three children, Corey Littlefield, Michael Littlefield, and Sean Crosco, all of Sacramento; one sister, Jeannie Hanlin, Elk Garden, W.Va.; and one stepsister, Judy Rice, LaVale.
A service was held Saturday, Jan. 26, in Sacramento.
D. LUCILLE HOSTETLER
Dorothy Lucille Hostetler, 79, LaVale, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland.
Born June 27, 1922, at Deep Creek Lake, she was a daughter of the late Earl K. Harvey Sr. and Lena (Beckman) Harvey. She was also preceded in death by three infant brothers and sisters; and four brothers, Leonard, Marshall, Calvin, and Earl K. Harvey Jr.
She was a member of the LaVale Baptist Church, and was the director of the church nursery for more than 32 years.
Surviving are her husband of 59 years, E. Randall Hostetler; one son, Jeff Hostetler, Gloucester, Va.; four daughters, Linda Barncord, Hayes, Va., Rhea Pritts, LaVale, Nina Otto, Gloucester, and Dee Airesman, Cumberland; one sister, Fannie Mae Kolb, Accident; six brothers, Fred and Bob Harvey, Naples, Fla., Guy Harvey, Fort Myers, Fla., Ernest Harvey, Dillon, Mont., Arthur Harvey, Beaverton, Ore., and Doug Harvey, Billings, Mont.; and six grandchildren.
Friends were received at the John J. Hafer Funeral Home, LaVale. A service was held Tuesday, Feb. 19, with the Rev. Doug Strother and Rev. Kenny Heath officiating.
Interment was in Sunset Memorial Park, Cumberland.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Nursery Department of LaVale Baptist Church, 1115 National Highway, LaVale, MD 21502.