WAYNE D. WHEELER III
Wayne D. Wheeler III, infant son of Wayne D. Wheeler Jr. and Carrie A. Beitzel, Oakland, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Wayne D. Wheeler Sr. and Debbie Wheeler, Harford County, and Cynthia L. and Dana Rush, Oakland; and his maternal grandmother, Beverly A. Beitzel, Oakland.
An interment service was conducted at the Oakland Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 3, with the Rev. Robert Fletcher officiating. Interment followed.
The Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, was in charge of arrangements.
THOMAS F. MCKENZIE
Thomas Franklin McKenzie, 82, a lifelong resident of Finzel, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland.
Born Jan. 15, 1917, in Finzel, he was the son of the late Thomas A. 'Davey' and Cora Mae (Steinly) McKenzie. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Naomi 'Honey' Lindeman, and Verna Caton.
He was a retired farmer and former employee of the Celanese Corporation. He was a member of St. Michaelís Catholic Church, Frostburg.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Helen Lucinda (Caton) McKenzie; eight sons, Paul McKenzie, Clarksburg, Bernard McKenzie, Salisbury, Pa., John McKenzie, Laurel, Harold McKenzie, Severn, Larry McKenzie, Salisbury, Dale McKenzie, Frostburg, Charles McKenzie, Finzel, and David McKenzie, Meyersdale, Pa.; one brother, James A. McKenzie, Finzel; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Durst Funeral Home, Frostburg. A funeral service was conducted at St. Michaelís Catholic Church earlier today, Oct. 7, with the Rev. Fr. Paul Byrnes officiating. Interment was in the Finzel Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials take the form of contributions to St. Michaelís Catholic Church, Frostburg.
EUGENE D. WILSON
Eugene Debbs Wilson, 78, Thomas, W.Va., died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland.
Born March 1, 1921, in Kempton, he was a son of the late Guy Edgell and Mary Catherine (Holloway) Wilson. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He was a coal miner and was a retired Capitol police sergeant. He was a veteran of World War II. He was affiliated with the Thomas United Methodist Church, a member of UMWA, Anacostia Masonic Lodge #21, Fraternal Order of Eagles #936, Beechwood Rod and Gun Club, and was a member of the Mtn. Top Hunting Clubís board of directors.
Survivors include his wife, Anna (Carr) Wilson; four daughters, Jean Mosley, Philippi, W.Va., Dottie Wilson, Thomas, Rosalee Litz, Hagerstown, and Mary Phyllis Breen, Millersville; two stepsons, Donald Sutton, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Thomas Sutton, Davis, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one step-granddaughter.
Friends were received at the Thomas United Methodist Church, where a service was conducted Monday,Dec. 27, with the Rev. J.J. Johnson officiating. Interment was in Garrett County Memorial Gardens, Oakland.
The Hinkle Funeral Home, Davis, was in charge of arrangements.
NOLA C. RIDDER
Nola (Carr) Ridder, 75, Oakland, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland.
Born July 24, 1924, in Kempton, she was the daughter of the late Paul Samuel and Iva Loretta (Roth) Carr. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Ridder.
She was self-employed in draperies and upholsteries. She was a member of the Red House Lutheran Church.
Survivors include one son, Paul Ridder, Oakland.
Friends were received at the Hinkle Funeral Home, Davis, W.Va.
At the deceasedís request, her body was cremated. A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at 11 a.m., at the Red House Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Bill McConnell officiating.
HAZEL I. PARSONS
Hazel Irene Parsons, 97, Hambleton, W.Va., died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at her home.
Born July 25, 1902, in Crellin, she was a daughter of the late Timothy and Grace (Shaffer) Gilmore. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Daryl Lovell Parsons, on July 9, 1969; one son, Daryl Neil Parsons; one daughter, Jean Gilmore; and three brothers, Harold 'Punk' Shaffer, and Glen and June Gilmore.
She attended schools in Maryland, was a member of the Hambleton United Methodist Church, and was a homemaker.
Survivors include one son, Richard 'Dick' Parsons, Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, JoAnne Sakal, Hambleton, and Donna Lawrence, Hendricks, W.Va.; one brother, William Gilmore, Lafayette, Ind.; one sister, Margaret Kershetsky, Delano, Pa.; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Friends were received at the Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, W.Va., where a service was conducted Tuesday, Dec. 28, with the Rev. Neil Parsons officiating. Interment was in the Parsons City Cemetery.
REV. DOROTHY L. CUMMINGS
The Rev. Dorothy L. Cummings, 59, Morgantown, W.Va., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at her home.
Born Sept. 6, 1940, in Morgantown, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Marie (Wilson) Isenhart. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Isenhart.
She was a graduate of the Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, Colo., and formerly served as associate pastor at Beckley, W.Va., pastor at Chaplin Apostolic, and associate pastor at Apostolic of Oakland, where she was in charge of the childrenís ministry.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Ralph Cummings; two daughters, Kathy Riley, Independence, W.Va., and Ronda Wilt, Charles Town, W.Va.; four sons, Ralph Cummings, Morgantown, Bret Cummings, Fairmont, W.Va., Gregory Cummings, Oakland, and Rodney Cummings, Morgantown; one brother, Terry Isenhart, Elkins; and 13 grandchildren.
Friends were received at the McCulla Funeral Home, Westernport, W.Va., where a service was conducted Tuesday, Dec. 28, with the Rev. Edwin Harper, the Rev. M.A. Donham, and the Rev. Gregory Cummings officiating. Interment was in the Bethel Cemetery.
CHARLES W. KNOTTS SR.
Charles William Knotts Sr., 70, Kitzmiller, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at his home.
Born May 23, 1929, in Ervin, W.Va., he was a son of the late John and Eula (Stemple) Knotts.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a life member of the Deer Park VFW. He was the owner of a sawmill.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Miller) Knotts; two sons, Charles William Knotts Jr., and Kevin Knotts, both of Kitzmiller; two daughters Kathy Knotts, Mtn. Lake Park, and Leigh Huelskamp, Fort Payne, Ala.; one brother, Clifford Knotts, Elk Garden, W.Va.; three sisters, Rachel Monda and Viola Gentry, both of Glen Burnie, and Mildred Moreland, Elk garden; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
At Mr. Knottsís request, his body was cremated. A memorial service was conducted at Garrett County Memorial Gardens, Oakland, on Monday, Dec. 27, with the Rev. Meredith Ball officiating. Military rites were accorded at the cemetery by members of the combined veterans organizations.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the David A. Burdock Funeral Home, Kitzmiller.
DORIS M. LEITZEL
Doris M. Leitzel, 74, Selinsgrove, Pa., died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at her home.
Born May 13, 1925, in West Perry Township, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Florence (Ferster) Snyder. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Snyder, in infancy, and M. Charlotte Hilbish.
She attended the Crossroads Grade School in West Perry Township, Pa. She was employed by the Shellenberger & Son Shirt Factory, Richfield, Pa., from 1943 to 1953.
She was a member of the Institute for Life Long Learning at Susquehanna University, a life member of the Friends Auxiliary of Penn Lutheran Village, Selinsgrove, and served as a volunteer for 25 years at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg. She was a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, a former secretary of the Mustard Seed, Selinsgrove, and the Church Women United. She was a member of the Susquehanna University Womenís Association, the Upper Susquehanna Synod, SHEM, an association of pastorsí spouses. She was also active in the various Lutheran congregations served by her husband.
She was a member of the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richfield. She was a former secretary and president of the Pennsylvania State Youth Council, a branch of Pennsylvania State Sabbath School Association of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Celo V. Leitzel, whom she married May 30, 1953; two sons, Lowell L. Leitzel, Oakland, and Lindsey L. Leitzel, Lockport, N.Y.; two daughters, Lois L. Moser, and Laureen L. Baldwin, both of Boothwyn, Pa.; three brothers, H. Richard Snyder, Paul S. Snyder, and Wade E. Snyder, all of Richfield; one sister, Luella S. Fogle, Richfield; and five grandchildren.
Friends were received at the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richfield, where a service was conducted Monday, Dec. 27, with Bishop A. Donald Main and the Rev. Andrew C. Weaver officiating. Interment was in the Richfield Union Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials take the form of contributions to the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Arbogast-Leininger Lutheran Charge, all c/o the Rev. Andrew C. Weaver, RR2, Box 25, Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA 17853.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Mills.
JOSEPHINE C. GAITHER
Josephine C. Gaither, 66, Swanton, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland.
Born June 23, 1933, in Jennings, she was a daughter of the late James and Bertha (Hoover) Wilt. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Kenneth Beckman, in 1961; one son, Blair A. Gaither; one sister, Ruth Gilpin; one brother, Paul Wilt; and one granddaughter.
She was a member of the North Glade United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, William T. Gaither; one daughter, Virginia K. Mayle, Mtn. Lake Park; two sons, Charles D. Beckman and Ganny T. Gaither, both of Swanton; three sisters, Genevieve Rinker and Evelyn Beckman, both of Swanton, and Doris Gilpin, Hancock; one brother, Homer Wilt, Swanton; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, where a service was conducted Wednesday, Dec. 29, with the Rev. Gail Hixon officiating. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Swanton.
RUBY E. BOETTNER
Ruby Ellen Boettner, 87, Frostburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in Lions Manor Nursing Home.
Born Oct. 1, 1912, in Avilton, she was a daughter of the late John and Annie (Broadwater) Weitzell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roy K. Boettner; one brother, Clyde Weitzell; and one great-grandson.
She was a member of Frostburg United Methodist Church. She retired from the Allegany County Board of Education as a cafeteria worker at Beall High School. She was a member of Mountain Chapter 15, Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include one son, Roy J. Boettner, Frostburg; one sister, Viola Densmore, Frostburg; one brother, Cliffton Weitzell, Cresaptown; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-granddaughters.
Friends were received at the Hafer Frost Mansion Funeral Home, Frostburg. A memorial service conducted by the Mountain Chapter 15, OES, was conducted there Wednesday evening.
A service was conducted in the funeral home chapel earleir today, Dec. 30, with the Rev. T. William Preston officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Park, Cumberland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Independent Dialysis Foundation, 939 Frederick St., Cumberland, MD 21502.