Clarence L. Ray
83, of Westminster
Clarence L. Ray, 83, of Westminster, died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, at Westminster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after a long illness.
Born Sept. 15, 1915, in Baltimore, he is survived by daughter and son-in-law Nancy Ann and Ronald L. Bowen; and two grandsons.
He was a veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of Carroll Post 31 of the American Legion.
The Cremation Society of Maryland is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at the American Legion Post 31 in Westminster at a later date.
Louellen G. Rooks
57, of Reisterstown
Louellen Genevieve Rooks, 57, of Reisterstown, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, at Gilchrist Center of Hospice Care in Towson, after an extended illness.
Born Oct. 1, 1941, in Sykesville, she was the daughter of Dorothy Dorsey Costley and the late James E. Costley. She was the wife of Paul Rooks, who died in 1964.
She had been a processer at Maryland National Bank for many years.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are daughter Pamela Barnes of Reisterstown; sons Michael Shorter of Woodlawn and Steven Shorter of Baltimore; stepson Tyrone Hazel of Randallstown; brothers Ralph Costley of Catonsville and Earl Costley of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 901 Academy Ave., Reisterstown. Interment will be private.
Arrangements are by Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, Owings Mills.
Dorothy V. Silsbee
80, of Sykesville
Dorothy Vandermade Silsbee, 80, of Sykesville, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, at Copper Ridge, Sykesville.
Born April 13, 1918, in Charlevoix, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Peter and Gail Cruikshank Vandermade. She was the wife of the late Frank Johnson Silsbee Jr.
She was a graduate of the University of Toledo and had been a social worker with the Lucas County Welfare Department. She was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church.
Surviving are son Frank J. Silsbee III of Toledo, Ohio; daughter Gail S. Walton of Columbia; sister Jean Wetzler of Sylvania, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.
She was predeceased by son Peter Silsbee.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, Toledo, Ohio. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Episcopal Ministries for the Aged, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville, MD 21784.
Arrangements are by Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.
John J. Spenner Sr.
68, of Hanover, Md.
John Joseph Spenner Sr., 68, of Hanover, Md., died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at North Arundel Hospital, after an extended illness.
Born Oct. 19, 1930, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Robert Joseph and Catherine Elizabeth Engels Spenner. He was the husband of Leila Robinette Spenner.
He was employed in the field of aluminum fabrication, working for Liskey Aluminum from 1958 to 1987, and Bettinger West/Nello Wall Systems from 1987 to 1998, where he served as a shop leader. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union, and had served as financial secretary of District 8, Local 7070, in excess of 20 years. He was a past ambulance driver with the 104th Medical Battalion of the Maryland National Guard and a scout master for the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed spending time at his second residence in Shellsburg, Pa., where he fished, did woodworking and leather crafts, and worked with computers.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons and daughters-in-law John and Pam Spenner of Hampstead, Steven and Lynn Spenner of Baltimore; daughters and sons-in-law Mary and Howard Neugebauer of Pasadena, Sharon and Michael Waters of Edgewood, and Barbara and Henry Jones of Baltimore; sister Dorothy Kowalski of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at George J. Gonce Funeral Home, 169 Riviera Drive, Riviera Beach, with the Rev. Charles Klein officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Baltimore.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary E. Stottlemyer
70, formerly of Rocky Ridge
Mary Elizabeth Mehring Stottlemyer, 70, formerly of Rocky Ridge, died on Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, at St. Catherine's Nursing Home, Emmitsburg, after an extended illness.
Born Feb. 17, 1928, near Rock Ridge, she was the daughter of the late John M. and Lura K. Fogle Mehring. She was the wife of Elmer C. Stottlemyer of Thurmont.
For years she worked the family dairy farm. She was an active life-long member of Oak Hill Church of God in Legore, where she enjoyed singing at church services. She was a graduate of Emmitsburg High School. She enjoyed her flower garden.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are sons and daughters-in-laws Robert C. and Janis Stottlemyer of Woodsboro, John M. and Debra Stottlemyer of Rocky Ridge; daughters and sons-in-law Sue and Fred Flohr of Rocky Ridge, Bonnie and John Renard of Cascade; brother Paul A. Smith of Fairfield, Pa.; sister Anna Davis of New Midway; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Church of God, Oak Hill and Legore Bridge Roads, Legore, with her pastor, the Rev. Paul W. Moore, officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, 104 E. Main Street, Thurmont. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.
Mary L. Wilhelm
90, of Sykesville
Mary Lydia Wilhelm, 90, of Sykesville, died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, at Carroll County General Hospital after a long illness.
Born Sept. 28, 1908, in Lineboro, she was the daughter of the late George Edward and Mandella Agnes Strevig Warner. She was the wife of the late William F. Wilhelm Sr.
She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, and the Methodist Women group of the church. She served as Key Women from Salem to the Wesley Home for many years. She was the founder of Wilhelm Heating Oil and Energy Service and was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company. Since 1996 she had been a resident of Carroll Lutheran Village Health Center.
Surviving are daughter Mildred E. Leppert of Hampstead; sons and daughters-in-law William F. Jr. and Alva L. Wilhelm of Eldersburg, Dale L. and Peggy E. Wilhelm of Owings Mills; brothers Samuel Warner, and John Warner; sister Beulah Zepp; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by daughter Helen L. Mentzel.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Loring Byers Funeral Directors, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, with the Rev. HiRho Y. Park of Salem United Methodist Church in Hebbville, officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 7509 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, MD 21244.
Alexis E. Coghill
infant, of Finksburg
Alexis E. Coghill, infant, of Finksburg, died suddenly Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999, at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Born Jan. 28, 1999, at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, she was the daughter of Scott and Monica Hartwig Coghill of Finksburg.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are sister Madeline Naill-Coghill of Finksburg; paternal grandparents Leslie and Mary Coghill of Finksburg; and maternal grandparents James and Leslie Reynolds of Owings Mills.
A graveside committal was held Feb. 1 at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Hampstead. Dr. Joe Traynham of Reisterstown Baptist Church, officiated.
Anita W. Hill
75, of Mt. Airy
Anita Whitfield Hill, 75, of Mt. Airy, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999.
Born Oct. 3, 1923, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Dan and Cora McWilliams Whitfield. She was the wife of Gail B. Hill, his wife of nearly 47 years.
She was an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Mt. Airy, and was a former member of Colesville United Methodist Church, Silver Spring, where she had taught Sunday school.
Prior to retirement, she was employed as a sales clerk for Bloomingdale's Department Store in White Flint. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, and hand crafts.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are daughter and son-in-law Gail Ann and Ronald E. Costello of Mt. Airy; daughter Janice E. Hill of Germantown; sisters Norma Hamilton of Salisbury, Lois O. Justice of Mosheim, Tenn., M. Katholene Johnson of Overland Park, Kan., and J. Evolene Whitfield of Bethesda; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mt. Airy, with the Revs. Carol C. and Dennis E. Yocum officiating. Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 E. Ridgeville Blvd., Mt. Airy. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mt. Airy, MD 21771.
John T. Kent Sr.
41, of near Mt. Pleasant
John Thomas Kent Sr., 41, of near Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at his residence.
Born Jan. 24, 1958, in Waco, Texas, he was the son of Alveree Harring Kent of Mansfield, La., and the late Waynas Kent. He was the husband of Tracy Brehm Kent, his wife of three years.
He was a service technician with Home-Paramount Pest Control of Frederick.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are daughter Alexandra E. Kent, at home; sons John T. Jr. and Joshua N. Kent, both at home; sisters Anna Scott of Venus, Texas, Janell Carnahan of Waco, Texas, Linda Windham of Mansfield; and brother Donald Kent of Mansfield.
He was predeceased by brother Gary Kent.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Marshall Street Chapel, Shreveport, La. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery, Blanchard, La.
There will be no local visitation or service.
The family requests contributions be made to a fund for the Kent children, c/o Jerry and Linda Koons, 10182 Winston Drive, Frederick, MD 21701.
Hartzler Funeral Home, Libertytown, is in charge of local arrangements.
Donald J. Strednak
72, of Hanover, Pa.
Donald J. Strednak, 72, of Hanover, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at Hanover General Hospital, Hanover, Pa.
Born Jan. 26, 1927, in Barberton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Andrew and Anna Gazdik Strednak. He was the husband of Ruth Roberts Strednak.
He was employed for over 45 years as a machinist. He was employed with Black & Decker for 25 years and with Cooper Industry in Westminster for the past 13 years. He was a member of the Thursday Night Mixed League at South Hanover Bowling Lanes, and he coached Pee Wee football for more than 20 years in Northfield, Ohio.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children Ruth Ann Richardson of Columbus, N.C., Donald Glenn Strednak of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Debra Gail Gilbert of Tampa, Fla., and Jon Strednak of Valencia, Calif.; sisters Anna McCullough of Barberton, Ohio, and Elizabeth Turner of Akron, Ohio; and four grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, Ohio, with the Rev. Ted Banter officiating. Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Akron, Ohio.
There will be a public viewing today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wetzel Funeral Home, 549 Carlisle St., Hanover, Pa.
Friends may also call Thursday evening at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home.
Wetzel Funeral Home Inc., Hanover, Pa., is in charge of local arrangements.
Clyde W. `Bill' Topper
66, of Rocky Ridge
Clyde William ``Bill'' Topper, 66, of Rocky Ridge, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick.
Born Aug. 4, 1932, in Emmitsburg, he was the son of the late Jacob John and Helen Myers Topper. He was the husband of Rae Harbaugh Topper, his wife of 44 years.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Shrine Parish, Emmitsburg. He was a truck driver for McDermitt Inc. of Gettysburg, Pa. for 35 years.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children and their spouses Deborah A. and Jerry Keeney of Taneytown, Teresa L. Leister of Westminster, Catherine M. and Robert Glass of Hanover, Pa., Mary H. and Kenneth Reed of Gettysburg, Jacob W. and Brenda Topper of Fairfield, Pa., Joseph I. Topper of Rocky Ridge, Karen G. and Rusty Topper of Rocky Ridge, and Jay A. Topper of Rocky Ridge; siblings Becky Topper and Josephine Krietz, both of Emmitsburg, David Topper of Orrtanna, Pa., Annie Little of Thurmont, Betty Kaas of Emmitsburg, Geraldine Sites of Fairfield, Tim Topper of Gaithersburg, John Topper of Emmitsburg, and Lucille Jackson of Virginia; and 15 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by brothers Charles, Paul, Russell and Theodore Topper.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Shrine Parish, with his pastor, the Rev. Leo R. Tittler as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Anthony's Shrine Cemetery, Emmitsburg.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Skiles Funeral Home, 210 W. Main St., Emmitsburg, where a Christian wake service will be held at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Shrine Parish, 16150 St. Anthony's Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.
Matilda C. Emge
95, of Finksburg
Matilda C. Schuessler Emge, 95, of Finksburg, formerly of Baltimore, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999.
Born in Baltimore, she was the wife of the late Frederick Emge.
Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Ethel and Phil Tilden of Finksburg; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Clara Markel-Crist.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Interment will be in Moreland Memorial Park.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Wednesday at John C. Miller Funeral Home, 6415 Belair Road, Baltimore. A Christian wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 3006 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, MD 21048.
William Ginter Jr.
80, of Owings Mills
William Ginter Jr., 80, of Owings Mills, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Northwest Hospital Center, Randallstown, after an extended illness.
Born April 20, 1919, in Michigan, he was the son of the late William A. and Myrtle Parson Ginter. He was the husband of Maria Kruschinski Ginter.
He was retired from the old Pennsylvania Railroad, now Conrail, after many years as an engineer. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughter Sandra J. Sales of Baltimore; son Robert A. Ginter of Eldersburg; five sisters; one brother; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, with the Rev. Frank Trotter of Reisterstown United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Finksburg.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.