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Margaret A. (Staub) Adkins, 89, of East Prospect, passed away August 17 at Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Henry F. Adkins. Margaret is survived by daughter, Patricia Ann Garner and husband, Herbert W. of East Prospect; grandchildren, Joseph W. Garner and wife, Elizabeth of Marietta, Marlene M. Stoops and husband, R. Michael of East Prospect, Blaine C. Garner of East Prospect and Daniel H. Garner and wife, Sommer of East Prospect; great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita Runk of McSherrystown and Martha Staub of Hanover; brother, Paul Staub and wife, Linda of Boca Raton, FL; nieces and nephews.

George Thomas Anderson, Sr., 83, of Westminster, passed away August 15 at Transitions Healthcare in Sykesville. His wife, Marie Helen Anderson, preceded him in death. George is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Scott A. and Maria Anderson, George T. “Skip”, Jr. and Kirstin Anderson, all of Westminster; grandchildren, Nicole Duvall and husband Jason, and Ron Anderson; and great-grandchildren, Victoria Rose Taylor, Ronnie Anderson, Jr., Skyla, Ariella and Kamryn Duvall.

Barbara Bittinger Anthony, 91, of Hanover, passed away August 13 at Cross Keys Village, The Brethren Home. She is survived by cousin, William H. Bittinger, Jr.

Nicole M. Bain, 30, of York, passed away August 16. She was the daughter of Christina (Hankey) Falls of Abbottstown and John G. Bain of Jefferson Co. Nicole is also survived by her stepfather, George Falls; brother, James M. Speros and his wife Jessica Swift; nephews, Zachary, Austin and Nicholas; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jack L. Beasley, 66, passed away at home July 25.  He was the husband of Teresa (Little) Beasley. Jack is also survived by daughters, Laura Beasley of Harbeson, DE, and Holly Beasley of Biglerville; stepdaughters,  Sherry Neiman of Spring Grove and Wendy Wagner of York;  brother, Grover Cleveland Beasley and his wife Diane of McKnightstown; sister, Virginia Lee Heckman of South Bend, IN; stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Christine A. Benner, 40, of Hanover, passed away August 19 at her home. She was the daughter of Belinda R. (Lawrence) Arnold of McSherrystown and the late Rodney L. Kohler. Also surviving are children, Joseph A. Benner of McSherrystown, Jordyn Keller of Hanover and Brooke Keller of Florida; maternal grandmother, Barbara A. Lawrence of Hanover; siblings, Michael and Kyle Kohler, both of Hanover, Travis and Traci Arnold, both of McSherrystown, Tammi Alban of East Berlin; aunts and uncles.

Herbert Consolvo Bertsch, 93, of Reisterstown, passed away August 19 at his home. He was predeceased by his two wives, Jean Cunningham Bertsch and Helen C. Meyers Bertsch. Surviving are children, Jeanne Bertsch, Jay Bertsch, Sharon Aponte and Bridget Reynard; grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

Charles Francis Black, 81, of Westminster, passed away August 14 at the Carroll Hospital Center. He was the husband of Louise Lawrence Black. In addition to his wife, Charles is survived by daughter, Janie Black, and son-in-law, John Zinn of Westminster.

James T. Blizzard, Sr., 59, of Littlestown, passed away August 13 in McSherrystown. He was the son of Hazel L. (Groft) Blizzard of McSherrystown and the late Herbert E. Blizzard, and the husband of the late Sharon E. (Gesell) Blizzard. Also surviving are children, Jamie T. Graham and husband Brent, Jason T. Blizzard and Ryan W. Blizzard; sisters, Brenda Vincent and husband John, Becky Crumbacker and husband Ronnie and Cathy Naill and husband Larry; brother, Robert Blizzard and wife Doreen; and grandchildren, Emily and Hayden Graham, Cameron Shepherd and Alea and Quenton Blizzard.

James W. Bollinger, Jr., 87, passed away August 12 at Dove House in Westminster. He was the husband of the late Grace E. Bollinger. James is survived by children and spouses, Ann and Brian Miller of Westminster, Mark and Jeannine Bollinger of Westminster, David and Kathryn Bollinger of Manchester, Paul Bollinger of Windsor Mill; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Carol Susan Clay, 71, of Westminster, passed away August 11 at GBMC in Baltimore. She is survived by daughter, Cydny S. Wolf; son-in-law, Ben Wolf; brother, Michael McDonald; brother-in-law, Charles Hart; nieces and nephews.

Edith ‘Sue’ Mary Curry, 68, of New Park, PA, formerly of Sykesville, passed away August 12 at her home. She was the wife of Karl G. Miller. Sue is also survived by sons, William Styron, Edward Styron and his wife Lisa, Robert Styron and his wife Mary; brothers, Edward and George Frey; sisters, Louise Gemmill and Pam Minnick; grandchildren, Amanda and Brandon Naylor, Kara and Matthew Styron; great-granddaughter, Bella Kramer; nieces and nephews.

Leonard H. ‘Bud’ Dalton, 86, of Eldersburg, passed away August 17 at Paradise Assisted Living in Catonsville. He was the husband of the late Laurie M. Dalton. Leonard is survived by sister, Sylvia Grose; sister-in-law, Nancy Folker; nieces and nephews.

Richard E. Day, 87, of Dillsburg and formerly of Gettysburg, passed away August 13 at Vibra Life Center, Mechanicsburg. He was the widower of S. June (Anthony) Day. Richard is survived by daughter, Laurie J. Houser of Dillsburg; son, Gregory A. Day of Shippensburg; brother, Donald Day of Warren; sisters, Doris Burkland of Fredonia, NY, and Susie Nuccio of Fredericksburg, VA; grandchildren; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Lois I. Defloria, of Hanover. She is survived by children, Joseph T. Meitzler and his wife, Heather A., of Spring Grove, Anthony L. Pranses of Maine, Jenifer L. Shearer of York and Jeanine U. Pranses of Hanover; grandchildren, Kim, Addie, Jimmy, Tiffany, Taylor, Jack, Tori, Sam and Anna; great-grandson, Jeffrey; brother, Ronald Leech of York; sister, Renae Sears of Columbia; nieces and nephews.

Alice Amaryllis Amstutz Downing, 101, of Sykesville, passed away August 18 at the Homestead at Sun Valley Assisted Living, Sykesville. She was the wife of the late Kenneth Eugene Downing. Surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Mitzi and Charles Richardson and son, Ned Eugene Downing, all of Eldersburg; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gladys M. Dukehart, 93, of Westminster, passed away August 13 at her residence. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond J. Dukehart. Gladys is survived by sister, Betty M. Lacy of Germantown, MD; nephew, Mike Lacy and his wife Sue and daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie of Germantown, MD; niece, Debbie Crowell and her husband Tom of Mansfield, MA; niece, Dotty Waddell of Bethany Beach, DE, and her sons Jerry, Jay, Jody and Jed; niece, Carol Patterson of Port Hope, ON; great;-nieces and great-nephews.

Doris M. Feeser, 90, formerly of Fairfield, passed away August 14 at the Village of Laurel Run. She was the wife of the late Mahlon Feeser. Doris is survived by daughter, Cynthia Ferguson and her husband Mike, of Fairfield; grandchildren, Christa Deardorff, Kara Deardorff, Shannon Feeser, Steven Feeser; and sister, Judy Long-Southern of Georgia.

Nancy Rose Fisanich, 83 of Carroll Valley, passed away August 18 at her home. She is survived by her husband, George; daughters, Pamela Ann, Brenda Marie and Diane Ann; sons, Patrick Edward, Bruce George, David Allen and Duane Andrew; grandchildren; sister, Joanne Begenyi; and brothers; James and William Sullivan.

Aaron Curtis Gallahan, 34, formerly of Westminster, passed away August 16 at his residence in Bayboro, NC. He is survived by his parents, Phillip and Carol Gallahan; sister, Rachel Gallahan; grandmother, Margaret H. Sween; aunts, Susan Leary, Nancy Sween, and Laura Vosloh; cousins, Amanda Sweeney, Kate Ireland Leary, Emily Bartgis, April Sween and Alta Sween.

Duane Carl Garver, 55, of Woodbine, passed away August 13 at Carroll Hospital Center. He was the husband of Debbie (Autry) Garver. Also surviving are daughters, Angelique Garver of Sabillasville, Heather and husband Thomas Weiss of Columbia; stepsons, Travis Johnson of Sykesville, Dale Johnson of Woodbine; stepdaughter, Kati Johnson of Sykesville; and grandchildren.

Betty Mae Yingling Geiman, 91, of Westminster, passed away August 16 at the Dove House. Her husband, David C. Geiman, Sr., preceded her in death. Surviving are son, David C. Geiman, Jr. and wife Judy of Westminster; daughter, Katie Geiman Baker of Westminster; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pamela “Pam” J. Gugliotta, 54, of Westminster, passed away August 18 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Born Nov. 9, 1960 in Maryland, she was the daughter of Beverly Taylor Cross of Elkridge and the late Robert Cross. Pamela is also survived by children, Shannon Gugliotta of Westminster and Dustin Gugliotta of Elkridge, and brother, Gary Taylor of Elkridge.

Gertrude Eleanor Hahn, 96, of Westminster, passed away August 17 at Carroll Lutheran Village, Westminster. She was the wife of the late Joseph H. (Jack) Hahn, Jr. Trudy is survived by daughter, Trudy Jo Snader of New Windsor; grandsons, Philip H. Snader and wife Victoria and R. Joseph Snader and wife Penny, all of New Windsor; great-granddaughters, Kimberly, Michele, Joelle and Jocelyn; nieces and nephews.

Wayne K. Hesson, 67, of Naples, FL, passed away August 10. He is survived by his wife, Karen J. Hoffacker; daughters, Stacy Lynn Welling and Amy Lynn Hobart; son, Ryan K. Hesson; and grandchildren, Connor and Megan Welling and Penelope and Piper Hobart.

Harry William “Bill” Hobbs, 78, of Eldersburg, passed away August 14 at Carroll Hospice’s Dove House. He was the husband of Shelby J. Bittner Hobbs. Also surviving are daughter, Ruth A. Semendinger of Chantilly, VA; sons and daughters-in-law, Harry W. “Bill”. Jr. and Danielle Hobbs of Lewiston, ID, and Howard Alan and Michelle Hobbs of Poolesville, MD; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy R. and James Pitcher of Westminster; grandchildren, Sarah R. and Joseph D. Semendinger, Harry W. III and Shelby M. Hobbs and Brianna M. and Kelsey M. Hobbs; nieces and nephews.

James Pierce Hollingsworth, 62, of Sykesville, passed away August 13 at his residence. He is survived by daughters, Brandy Morris of Orlando, FL, and Sherry McCoy of Sykesville; grandchildren, Logan and Lucas Morris, and Kayleigh and Colt McCoy; and brothers, Jay Hollingsworth of Concord, CA, and Thomas G. Hollingsworth of Hershey.

Sharon L. Hopkins, 62, of Abbottstown, passed away August 16 at Hanover Hospital. She was the wife of Donald C. Hopkins, Sr. Sharon is also survived by son, Donald C. Hopkins, Jr. and his wife, Mary of McSherrystown; daughter, Wendy L. Hopkins of Gettysburg; son, Richard E. Hopkins of Abbottstown; brothers, Edward Swan, Jr. of Gettysburg, Gordon Swan Sr. of Hedgesville, WA, Howard Swan of Phoenix, AZ, and Gary Swan of Reisterstown; sister, Charlotte Swan of Gettysburg; grandchildren; stepgrandchildren; great-grandchild and stepgreat-grandchild.

David Clifton Jones, Jr., 34, of Sykesville, passed away August 12. He was the son of Suzanne Konopka Jones of Fenwick Island, DE, and David Clifton (Sylvia) Jones, Sr. of Sykesville. David was the fiancé of Stacey Wilson of Sykesville. Also surviving are sister, Stephani Jones of Sykesville; daughters and son-in-law, Nicole and Jacob Clifton of Westminster, and Lindsey and Carly Wilson of Sykesville; son, Hank Wilson of Sykesville; brothers, Randy Somers, Jr. and his wife Maggie Somers of Shrewsbury, and Tyler and Steven Somers, both of Sykesville; nephews, Conor Jones and Parker Somers; and granddaughter, Sarah Clifton.

James Kauffman, 89, of Abbottstown, passed away August 17. He is survived by wife, Louise Kauffman; children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

George W. Kindon IV, 73, of Hanover, passed away August 18 at his home. He was the husband of Jane M. (Kump) Kindon. George is also survived by children, Sharon Kittaka and her husband, Dave of Bedford, IN, Mark Kindon of York Springs, Matthew Kindon of Hanover, and Andrew Kindon and his wife, Mitra of San Jose, CA; grandchildren, Jane, Payton and Danielle Kittaka, Henry and Milo Kindon; sister, Judith Kindon of Philadelphia; and brother, Robert Kindon and his wife, Christine of Linden, PA.

Diana Jeanette (Cope) Kohlhepp, 68, of Woodbine, passed away August 17 at home. She was the wife of William Edward Kohlhepp, Jr. Also surviving are son, William Edward Kohlhepp III; brother, Donald Cope; nieces and nephews.

Robert Douglas Matlock, 69, of Mt. Airy, passed away August 5. He was the brother of Mike Matlock and wife Diane, Earl Matlock and wife Pam; uncle of Robert Matlock and Tim Matlock.

Joseph Irving McMahon III, 35, of Sykesville, passed away at his home in Eldersburg. He was the son of Joseph Irving McMahon, Jr. and Margaret (Frank) McMahon of Eldersburg. Also surviving are aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joenne Manor O’Connell, 80, of Sykesville, passed away August 14. She is survived by children, Cathy O’Connell, Linda Fansler (Rod), Maureen Brunk (Andy), David O’Connell, Daniel O’Connell (Jackie), and Douglas O’Connell (Ann); grandchildren, Justin and Tyler Brunk, Grace Fansler, Libby and Finley O’Connell; sisters, Lois Davis (Dick) and Ilona Muhlich (Len); and extended family.

Linda L. Piecuch, 67, of Hanover, passed away August 16 at her home. Survivors include daughter, Kendall Piecuch Poole and her husband Joseph of Hanover; grandchildren, Savannah and her husband, Jacob, Bella, Sophia, Giuliana, and Mila; great-grandson, Alec; sister, Sharon Opfer and her husband, Neil; brothers, Michael J. Piecuch and Gary D. Piecuch and his wife, Deborah; nieces and nephews.

John Anthony “Tony” Raper, Sr., 59, of Manchester, passed away August 19 at the Dove House. He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Raper. Also surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Tom Osborne; sons, Junior Miller and Wesley Miller, both of Westminster; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Sarah Jane Raper of Warner Robins, GA, and Wayne and Gale Raper of Albany, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Suzy and John Pasto of Cochran, GA; and grandchildren.

Lena M. Reichart, 89, of Hanover, passed away July 24 at home. She was the wife of the late Ralph C. Reichart. Lena is survived by children, Diane Malloy and her husband Francis of Temple Terrace, FL, Jeanne Hartman and her husband Eugene of Littlestown, Randy Reichart and his wife Debra of Hanover and Cynthia Freeland and her husband Tom of Atglen, PA; brother, Dale Auchey of Mechanicsburg; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and companion, Luther “Paul” Pottorff of Hanover.  

Eva Annabelle Rexroth, 98, formerly of Westminster, passed away August 18 in Mineral, VA. She was the wife of the late Harry Oliver Rexroth. Eva is survived by son, Harry (Kaaren) Rexroth of Mineral, VA; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Fred S. Richstien, 80, of New Oxford, passed away August 13 at his residence. He was the husband of the late Sylvia R. (Sowers) Richstien. Fred is survived by daughters, Debra Roth and her husband William of Salisbury, MD, and Melissia L. Richstien-Jones and her husband Brett of Newport News, VA; son, Fred S. Richstien II of New Oxford; grandchildren, Katherine Roth, William Roth, Logan Jones and Ellea Jones; stepgrandchildren, Brendan Swope, Ryan Swope and Shannon Swope; and sister, Eloise Weir of New Castle.

Lawrence Edward Schuhart, 91, of Hanover, passed away August 18. His wife, Marguerite, preceded him in death. Lawrence is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Gloria Freeman, Darlene Neiderer, Gail and Dean Shaffer; grandchildren, Cindy Kipple, Laura Duck, Jo Wildasin, Gina Barnhart, Larry Neiderer, Sheila Hoffman, Kelly Reh, Michelle Sipling, Amanda Linebaugh, Melissa Rumbaugh, Deanna Chronister, Karen Shaffer and Mark Shaffer; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Helen Schuhart.

Betty K. Seaks, 93, of Red Lion, passed away August 13. She was the wife of the late Luther E. Seaks.

Matthew J. Shaffer, 39, of Fairfield, passed away August 14. He was the son of Jay V. and Rita Marie (Clapsadle) Shaffer of Fairfield. Matthew is also survived by daughter, Vera Lynn Shaffer of Gettysburg; brother, Daniel Shaffer of Gardners; sister, Sue Switzer and husband Tom of Orrtanna; nephew, Jaydon Shaffer; nieces, Erin Switzer and Megan Shaffer; and great-nephew, Gabriel Switzer.

Richard M. Smelser, 79, of Orrtanna, passed away August 14 at the Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. He was the husband of Joan E. (Printz) Smelser of Orrtanna. Richard is also survived by daughters, Carol A. Smelser and Tammy L. Rhoades; sons-in-law, Roy Ericson and Joseph Rhoades; grandchildren, Danielle Lee, Victoria Rhoades, Courtney Ericson, Jessica Rhoades; and great-grandson, Benjamin Luxten.

Byron L. “Smitty” Smith, 63, of Hanover, passed away August 18 at his home. Surviving are daughter, Beth Smith of Hanover; granddaughter, Tisha Smith; companion, Deb Cosgrove of New Oxford; brothers, Wade Smith and his wife, Michelle of Hanover, and Scott Smith of New Oxford; and niece, Lauren.

Matthew Laird Smith, 56, of Hampstead, passed away at home August 18. He was the son of Solveig Lauritzen Smith of Westminster and the late Berlen Leon Smith, and the husband of Debbie Stem Smith. Matthew is also survived by son, Kyle L. Smith and wife Brittni of Manchester; daughter, Kacey L. Hudgins and husband Mike of Hanover; son, Jordan Houck of Mt. Joy, PA; sisters, Cheryl Smith and Kyra McGlew of Florida and Noelle Smith of Virginia; brother, Justin Smith of Florida; grandchildren, Kailey and Ava Toledo and Colton Leo Smith; mother-in-law, Betty Stem of Westminster; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Debbie Stem of Hampstead; nephews, Dustin Dell and wife Nicki and Darren Dell; niece, Darcie Cipollini and husband Joe; great-nieces, Alexa Dell and Lydia Cipollini; great-nephew, Eli Dell; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Janet Lena Stang, 89, formerly of Union Bridge, passed away August 20 at Lorien Taneytown. She was the widow of Albert F. Stang. Surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl “Cheri” and C. Richard Stambaugh of Union Bridge; grandson, Douglas Paul Glair and wife, Julie of Baltimore; stepgrandson, Brett Stambaugh and wife, Kathy; stepgranddaughter, Shawn Russo and husband, Joseph Russo; stepgreat-grandchildren, Kandy Parker and husband, Nick and their son, Dylan, and Michael and Brandon Russo; sister-in-law, Florence Weiss of North Boston, NY; nieces and nephews.

John N. Sullivan, 72, of Hampstead, passed away August 20 at his residence. He is survived by daughter, Caroline Purcell and her husband John of Hampstead; son, John C. Sullivan of Baltimore; and grandchildren, Madeleine and Jack Purcell of Hampstead and Laney Sullivan of Baltimore.

Mary I. Talerico, 67 of Abbottstown, passed away July 24 at home.  She was the wife of the late John R. Talerico. Mary is survived by children, Robert Weaver of Hanover, Lisa Talerico of Hanover, Christine Ensor and her husband John of Fayetteville, John Talerico, Jr. and his wife Candy of Hanover and Samantha Nelson of Hanover; companion, Jack Shelleman of Abbottstown; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and siblings, Janet Rohrbaugh of Spring Grove, George E. Erb of Gettysburg, Phyllis Klinefelter of Hanover, Martha Wiles of Hanover, Sandy McWilliams of East Berlin, Margaret Warner of Hanover and Donna Cromer of Perry Co., PA.

Theodore J. Wayne, 68, of Hanover, passed away August 18 at his residence. He was the husband of Ann T. (Costa) Wayne. Ted is also survived by son, Christopher Wayne of Hanover; daughter, Jacqueline Koller and her husband, John of New Oxford; and grandsons, Nicholas and Anthony Koller of New Oxford.

Mary L. White, 84, of New Oxford, passed away August 18 at The Brethren Home. She was the wife of Kenneth R. White, Sr. Also surviving are sons, Kenneth R. White, Jr. of Fork, MD, Steven White of Clarksville, MD, Brian White of Ocean City, MD; daughters, Barbara Morris of Millville, DE, Kathy Bidinger of Santee, SC, Patricia Zentz of Millville, DE, and Karen Kehr of Littlestown; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Alma Beryl Wiles, 89, of Westminster, passed away August 14 at the Dove House. She was the wife of the late George Edward Wiles. Alma is survived by sons, George S. Wiles of Finksburg and Steven D. Wiles of Charleston, SC; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary Alice Williams, 84, of Westminster, passed away August 11 at Transitions Healthcare Center in Sykesville. Surviving her are children, Dwight D. Williams of Arkansas, William R. Williams, Theresa L. Canapp, Dana A. Williams, and Kimberly R. Williams, all of Maryland; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters, Caroline M. Sterling of Hanover, Donna Jean Griffin of Tennessee, and Judeth Randall of Florida; nieces and nephews.

Harold C. Zepp, 70, of Westminster, passed away August 15 at Carroll Hospital Center. He was the husband of Margaret C. (Blank) Zepp. Also surviving are daughter, Tracey Cogar & husband, David of Westminster; son, Wesley Zepp of Hanover; stepdaughter, Vickie Baumgardner of Littlestown; grandchildren, Ashley Esworthy, Scott Cogar, Cody and Lindsey Walkling, Amanda and Bailie Zepp; and brothers, Donald Zepp of Westminster and George Zepp of Sykesville.