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Alspaugh II, Robert L.  
Robert L. Alspaugh, II Robert Lee Alspaugh, II, of Shippensburg, died Monday, August 31, 2015 at home. He was born June 8, 1958 in Carlisle, Cumberland County. Bob was a son of Pricilla N. Shaffer Alspaugh of Mechanicsburg and the late Robert Lee Alspaugh. He was an active member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Shippensburg where he was on the Church Council and served as an Elder. Bob retired as a private contractor at Letterkenny Army Depot and also retired after 12 years of service as a PA Wildlife Conservation Officer. He spent six years with the Army National Guard. He was a life member of West End Fire and Rescue in Shippensburg, where he was a former membership director and was on various other committees. Bob was an honorary member of both the Newburg-Hopewell Fire Company and the Friendship Hose Company in Newville. He was an assistant Cub Scout Leader of Troop 251, and an assistant Shippensburg Little League coach. Bob was a 1977 graduate of Big Spring High School. In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Hope J. Kendall Alspaugh; three sons, Kory Alspaugh and his wife Jessi, and Nicholas Alspaugh all of Shippensburg, and Erick Booz and his wife Kelly of Newburg; six grandchildren, Ciera, Alexandra, Leea, Olivia, Isabella, and Myla; and one brother, Dwight Alspaugh of Mechanicsburg. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Lutheran Church, Shippensburg. Officiating will be The Rev. Eric N. Anderson. Burial with military honors conducted by the Shippensburg Veteran's Council will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery. A viewing will be held Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. in the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Shippensburg and from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning in church. Memorial contributions may be made to West End Fire and Rescue, 49 Lurgan Ave., Shippensburg, PA 17257; or Memorial Lutheran Church, 34 East Orange St., Shippensburg, PA 17257. Online condolences may be expressed at www.fogelsaner- brickerfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Sept. 2, 2015
Asper, Kenneth D.  
Kenneth D. Asper Kenneth D. Asper, 72, of Shippensburg, passed away at home on Thursday, August 27, 2015, with his family by his side. He was born March 22, 1943 in Shippensburg. Kenneth was a son of the late Hugh H. and Frances L. Stoey Asper. He was a dairy farmer earlier in life and then retired from the Shippensburg Borough. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his Golden Retriever. He also enjoyed history, collecting all kinds of antiques including antique cars. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Bonnie L. Holtry Asper; one son, Gordon K. (Natalie S.) Asper of Shippensburg; two daughters, Martha E. (Wayne A.) Farner of Newburg, and Judy A. (Robert E.) Ezolt of State Line, seven grandchildren, Emily and Jennifer Farner, Zachary (Trista) Asper, Chelsea (Justin) Hammond, Josh (Erica) Trindel and Tyler and Cody Ezolt; four great-grandchildren, Rylan, Isabel, Ava, and Jillian; and two brothers, Glenn S. Asper of Raystown, and Galen S. Asper of Shippensburg. Funeral services will be privately held at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home in Shippensburg. Officiating will be The Rev. Philip Steele. Burial will be held in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 384 Floral Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Online condolences may be expressed at www.fogelsanger- brickerfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Aug. 29, 2015
Brookens, Jack M.  
Jack M. Brookens Jack M. Brookens, 82, of Chambersburg, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015 at his home. Born October 7, 1932 in Fayetteville, PA, he was a son of the late John and Phoebe McNew Brookens. His first wife, Mary L. Fraker Brookens, preceded him in death in 1978. A U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran, Jack served honorably during the Korean Conflict. He was employed as a Tool Handler at Mack Truck in Hagerstown until his retirement in 1991 after 30 years of service. He was a member of the VFW Post 6168 in Shippensburg and the Moose Lodge 842 in Chambersburg. Jack enjoyed watching NASCAR, working on old cars, Hunting, and traveling to Myrtle Beach. Jack is survived by his wife, Edith M. Marlin Brookens, whom he married on July 15, 1983; a daughter, Amy Burghard (Bernard) of Chambersburg; a step-daughter, Linda L. Beard (Richard L., Sr.) of Chambersburg; two grandchildren, Ryan Knox of PA, and James "J.C." Burghard of Chambersburg; two step grandchildren, Richard L. Beard, Jr. (Christina) of Chambersburg and Mary Beth Knepper (Harry) of Chambersburg; three step great-grandchildren, Aaron James Beard, Sara Elizabeth Beard, and Wyatt Benjamin Knepper; a brother, Garnet (Sharon) of Chambersburg; and four sisters, Gladys Kniesly of Sinnemahoning, PA, Ruby Wenger of St.Thomas, PA, Joyce Dehart of Fayetteville, and Dixie Simpson of Chambersburg. Aside from his wife and parents, Jack was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters. A funeral service in honor of Jack's life will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Garry Culler will officiate. Interment with military honors provided by members of the VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard will follow the service in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, August 31, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to SpiriTrust Lutheran Foundation, 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, York, PA 17404. Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2015
Brunner, Gertrude  
Gertrude Brunner Gertrude M. Brunner, age 95, of Chambersburg, passed away on Wed., Aug. 27, 2015, at the Shook Home. Born in Chambersburg on Dec. 7, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Margaret (Lawrence) Brunner. She was a graduate of Chambersburg High School and the West Baltimore General Hospital School of Nursing. Upon graduation, she was employed by Chambersburg Hospital, where she retired after 39 years of service. Gertrude was a member of King Street United Brethren Church and Sunday School class. She was a past member of the Golden Age Club and AARP Chapter 2287 and the Senior Center. She is survived by two nieces, Margaret Sprenkle and Donna Mackey; one nephew, John Brunner and their families. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Herbert. Burial will be held at the Norland Cemetery at the convenience of the family, with Pastor Bill Myers officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.sellersfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Sept. 1, 2015
Bryan, Russell E.  
Russell E. Bryan Russell E. Bryan, 86, of Spring Run, PA, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at ManorCare Health Services, Chambersburg, PA. Born January 3, 1929 in Richmond Furnace, PA, he was a son of the late Jacob Henry Bryan, Sr. and Florence Gilbert Bryan. His beloved wife, Josephine G. Bryan, preceded him in death on April 26, 2015. Russell was a graduate of the former Fannett Township High School. He worked most of his career as a mechanic at Letterkenny Army Depot until his retirement in 1984 after 35 years of service. Russell enjoyed hunting and going to sprint car races at Williams Grove and Port Royal. He is survived by two children, Larry Bryan (Beatrice) of Spring Run, PA and Linda Taylor (fiance Robert Hammond) of Spring Run, PA; four grandchildren, Shelly McMullen (Chris) of Fannettsburg, PA, Angela Taylor of South Carolina, Tony Taylor (Carrie) of Needmore, PA, and Ricky Taylor (Erica) of Nossville, PA; four great-grandchildren, Kyli, Anastasia, and Alijah Simmons and Grant McMullen; and a sister, Grace Bryan MacInnes of Chambersburg. In addition to his parents and wife, Russell is preceded in death by and infant sister; a brother, Jacob "Pete" Bryan; four half-brothers, Norman, Frank, Charles, and Lester Bryan; and a half-sister. Services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Upper Path Valley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 128, Spring Run, PA 17262. Arrangements are entrusted to the Agett-Geisel Funeral Home, Dry Run, PA. Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Aug. 29, 2015
Burkholder, Helen M.  
Helen M. Burkholder Helen M. Burkholder, 96, of Shippensburg, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015. She was born February 19, 1919, in New Franklin, child of the late Scott and Anna (Fortney) Carbaugh. Surviving are two sons, H. Eugene Burkholder and David A. Burkholder; 11 grandchildren; many great and great-great-grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers. Viewing 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, August 31, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 51 Asper Drive, Shippensburg. www.DuganFH.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Aug. 29, 2015
Deitrich, Edgar E.  
Edgar E. Deitrich Edgar E. Deitrich, age 83, of Chambersburg, and formerly of Edenville, passed away August 28, 2015 at Providence Place. He was born June 8, 1932 in Chambersburg, PA to Edgar H. and Mary (Ashway) Deitrich. He was married to Ruby Timmons Deitrich on March 14, 1952. Edgar had been a machinist for many years, working for Chambersburg Engineering Co, Mack Truck, Grove Cranes and TB Woods. He later became a self-employed businessman, owning the Professional Answering Service and Countryside Coin Laundromat. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Chambersburg. He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Ruby V. Timmons Deitrich, and their three children, Michael E. Deitrich of Myersville, MD, Lisa G. Mellott of Mercersburg, and Eric D. Deitrich of Fayetteville, GA. He has eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He has a sister, Nancy L. Christman of Chambersburg. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Ltd., St. Thomas. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Meals on Wheels, 43 W. Washington St., Chambersburg, PA 17201; or First Lutheran Church of the same address. Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 725 Norland Ave, Chambersburg, PA will be handling the arrangements.
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Published in Public Opinion on Aug. 29, 2015
Everetts, Mack L.  
Mack L. Everetts Mack L. Everetts, Jr., 63, of Orrstown, died Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in the Chambersburg Hospital. He was born December 20, 1951 in McConnellsburg, Fulton County. Mack was a son of Marian Defibaugh Everetts of Cooks, and the late Mack L. Everetts, Sr. He retired from Ingersoll-Rand in Shippensburg. Mack was a member of the Lone Star Hunting Club in Robertsdale and was a graduate of Tussey Mountain High School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hunting mushrooms. In addition to his mother he is survived by one son, Timothy L. Everetts and his wife Katherine, and a granddaughter, Kristina Everetts, all of Shippensburg; two brothers, David Everetts of Cooks and Samuel Everetts of Syracuse, NY; and four sisters, Bonnie Fessler of Staford, VA, Connie Everetts of Syracuse, NY, Maryann Coffman of Saxton, and Melody Hampson of Roaring Springs. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother. A viewing will be held Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. in the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Shippensburg. Graveside services will be held Friday, September 4, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Robertsdale. Online condolences may be expressed at www.fogelsanger- brickerfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Sept. 3, 2015
Fish, Mary  
Mary Fish Mary (Gillan) Fish, 97, of Penn Hall Nursing Center, died August 26, 2015, at Penn Hall, where she has resided for the last 16 years as a resident of the Renaissance, the Manor and for the last 10 months, the Nursing Center. Born January 16, 1918, in St. Thomas, PA, she was the daughter of C. Frank Gillan and Mattie (Clark) Gillan. She was a lifelong resident of St. Thomas. Mrs. Fish graduated from St Thomas High School in 1936 and later graduated from Hood College, Frederick MD, in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. She earned a certificate as a hospital dietician from Emergency Hospital in Washington, DC. Mary was employed by the Waynesboro Hospital from 1940 to 1941 and by the Chambersburg Hospital from 1942 to 1944. She left that employment to accept a commission as 2nd Lt. in the Women's Army Medical Corps. She was stationed at the Woodrow Wilson Army Hospital at Staunton, VA. While serving there, she met her husband (1st Lt.) William D. Fish of Philadelphia, PA. They were married on August 1, 1945, at Central Presbyterian Church, Chambersburg. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage until his death in 1999. Mrs. Fish was a longtime member of Central Presbyterian Church and had been active in Women's Association and the Sewing Circle. She helped with many church projects and dinners and for many years helped prepare and serve the church's Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner. She was the first cafeteria manager/ dietician for the St. Thomas School district in 1965 and later served in that position in the Tuscarora School District. She taught both sewing and cooking classes for the Franklin County Head Start Programs. She was also a member of the Chambersburg Hospital Auxiliary, St. Thomas Community Association, Falling Spring Chapter of AARP and the Toy Mission, Meals on Wheels, and Hood College Alumni Association. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Elizabeth Gillan; a brother, James Gillan; and a granddaughter, Beth Diehl Heaton. She is survived by a brother, Clark Gillan, St Thomas; a son, David and wife Carel of Chambersburg; a daughter, Jean (Fish) Diehl and husband Thomas of Chambersburg; grandsons, Alan Fish, Michael Diehl, and Scott Fish; and three great-grandchildren, William, Rachael and Christina. Graveside services will be held for the family at the St. Thomas Cemetery on Monday, August 31 at 11 AM, and a memorial service will be held at the Penn Hall Chapel on Tuesday, Sept., 1 at 2:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Presbyterian Church, 40 LWW, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Online Condolences may be expressed at www.sellersfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Aug. 28, 2015
Griffith, Dennis D.  
Dennis D. Griffith Dennis D. Griffith, 65, of Fayetteville, PA, passed away on Wednesday morning, August 26, 2015 at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born April 14, 1950 in Somerset, PA, he was a son of Charles Thomas and Wilma Jean Bittner Griffith. Denny was a 1969 graduate of Somerset High School. Right after graduating, Denny began working for Somerset Township. He then worked with his father and brother Don at McConnellsburg Auto Parts, Grove Manufacturing for 11 years, United Rentals in Frederick, MD, HEB Equipment in State Line, PA, and lastly JLG as a parts coordinator for 15 years until his retirement in May of 2015. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hall. Denny enjoyed going to the ocean and sitting on the boardwalk, watching NASCAR and rooting for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., going to auctions and in his younger days working on cars. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sara Ellen Keefer Griffith, whom he married on April 15, 1973; his son, Kevin Eugene Griffith of Ft. Loudon; his brother, Terry Lee Griffith (Nancy) of Berlin, PA; his sister-in-law, Cindy Griffith of St. Thomas; brother-in-law, John Working of Emmitsburg, MD; and four nieces and two nephews. In addition to his parents, Denny is preceded in death by his brother, Donald Roy Griffith; and sister-in-law, Margaretta Keefer Working. A memorial service to honor Denny's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 31, 2015 in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Ruth Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Aug. 27, 2015
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