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Shatzer, Mildred  
Mildred Shatzer Chambersburg Mildred "Peggy" Shatzer, 91, passed away April 29, 2016 at Providence Place Chambersburg. She was born on March 18, 1925. the daughter of the late Edgar and Bertha Garland Wolfe. She was the widow of the late Dan Shatzer, who died in 1996. She had been a beautician for fifty years. She was a member of the St. Thomas United Methodist Church, a life member of the Chambersburg Moose, and had been a member of the Auxiliary of the St. Thomas Volunteer Fire Company. Peggy is survived by two daughters, Judy A. (wife of Richard) Cook of Chambersburg and Kay (wife of Jim) Feight of Chambersburg. She has two grandchildren, Tina (wife of Dale) Gipe of Chambersburg and Natalie (wife of Kevin) Carmack; and three great-grandchildren, Derek Gipe and Cody and Hope Carmack. She is also survived by a sister, Joan (wife of Jay) Smith of Chambersburg. She is survived by a step-daughter; two step-sons; and several step-grandchildren. In addition to her father, Edgar Wolfe and her mother, Bertha Garland Wolfe Finniff she was preceded in death by a brother, Thurman Finniff. Funeral services will be Tuesday May 3 at 11 a.m. at the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 6492 L.W.W., St. Thomas, with the Revs. Randy Zeiler and Paul Crawford officiating. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at kelsocorneliusfh.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Apr. 30, 2016
Showaker, Lisa  
Lisa D. Showaker BENDERSVILLE Lisa D. Showaker, 44, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at her home. She is survived by husband, Kevin R. Showaker and son Brady. Memorial services Wednesday, May 4 at 7 PM at Dugan Funeral Home with visitation at 6 PM. Online condolences at DuganFH.com .
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Published in Public Opinion on May 1, 2016
Snyder, Randall  
Randall L. Snyder Shippensburg Randall L. Snyder, 56, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Professional services are entrusted to Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Shippensburg. Memorial services will be held at the discretion of the family. Friends may express online condolences at DuganFH.com .
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Published in Public Opinion on Apr. 29, 2016
Stains, Emma  
Emma J. Stains St. Thomas Emma Jane Stains, 71, died at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016m at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born December 12, 1944, at Shade Gap, PA, she was the daughter of the late Otis and Hazel (Brown) Mills. She was married to Paul Stains on June 20, 1964. Mr. Stains survives at home. One son, Daniel Stains, survives of Three Springs, PA. There are three brothers, James Mills and Otis Mills, Hustontown, PA and John Mills, Three Springs, PA. Two sisters, Mary Mort and Orlena Mills, are deceased. She was of the United Methodist Faith. Mrs. Stains had worked as a flooring salesperson at West Side Carpet, Chambersburg, PA. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the M. R. Brown Funeral Home, 301 Pitt St., Hustontown, PA, with the Rev. Kenneth Cornelius officiating. Interment will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Three Springs, PA. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:00 AM until the hour of service on Saturday. Online condolences and further information may be obtained at funeralfinder.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Apr. 29, 2016
Stone Jr., Paul  
Paul R. Stone, Jr. December 24, 1927 - April 28, 2016 Chambersburg, PA Paul Raymond Stone Jr., beloved father and grandfather, 88, of Orrstown, PA (formerly of Charleston, W.Va.), passed away April 28, 2016 after a short illness. He will be greatly missed. Born December 24, 1927 in Martinsville, Virginia to the late Paul R. Stone Sr. and Mildred Beckner Stone. Paul's godparents were "Pete" the fishmonger and "Liz: the conjure woman. Paul was the loving husband of the late Katherine P. Stone, whom he married in November 1954, who preceded him in death (January 2008). He was the wonderful father of Paul R. Stone III (Grace) and Katherine M. Stone (Darrell Saksa) and grandfather to Paul R. Stone IV (who is named for his Grandfather). He is also survived by a cousin, James Beckner, and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his beloved brothers James Lewis Stone (infant) and Samuel Beckner Stone. Paul attended VPI for one year before volunteering for the U.S. Army where he served in the Medical Corps. During his service in Japan he personally met two notable Japanese men: The Emperor Hirohito and the Christian missionary Kagawa Toyohiko. Upon his return to the US he attended Duke University for one year. He entered the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law in 1949, graduating in 1953. He took a leave of absence from his second year of law school to assist in the defense of an African-American male sentenced to death for the rape of a white woman. Despite herculean efforts, including advocating his cause before 4 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, his client was put to death. This event caused him to be a lifelong advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. Upon graduation from law school Paul practiced criminal law in Richmond, Portsmouth, and Martinsville, Va. for 3 years. In 1956 he joined the Interstate Commerce Commission as an Attorney advisor involved in railroad rate cases. In early 1965 he joined the Federal Trade Commission where he helped pass legislation requiring the first cancer warning labels on cigarette packages. In late 1965 Paul became a federal Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare that required a move to Charleston, West Virginia, his home for the next 40 years. He conducted Social Security disability and SSI hearings, and the first federal Black Lung hearings in the State of W.Va. In 1985 Paul was appointed Overseer, Chief Hearing Examiner and ALJ of the W.Va. Human Rights Commission, pursuant to the W.Va. Supreme Court's Allen decision. His job was to clear up the backlog of unresolved human rights complaints. In mid-1986 Paul became Juvenile Referee and Chief Probation Officer for Boone and Lincoln Counties, conducting juvenile hearings and supervising the probation staff. This was followed by a brief term as the County Attorney for Kanawha County, temporary ALJ with the W.Va. Department of Employment Security, and City Attorney for the City of South Charleston, W.Va. During most of 1991, Paul served as Roane County Prosecuting Attorney, where he obtained first degree murder convictions against an individual who shot up a bar; resulting in a sentence of life without mercy. Thereafter, Paul engaged in private practice. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, teaching Juvenile Law, Psychology, and Criminal Law. He was the City of Dunbar prosecutor from 1995 to 1997. In the early 2000's he worked for the West Virginia Public Defender Services Appellate Division. In 2003 Mr. and Mrs. Stone moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to their son. Mr. Stone practiced law in Pennsylvania until illness forced his retirement in 2006. During the course of his legal career, Mr. Stone submitted two briefs to the US. Supreme Court. His hobbies included flying, playing multiple instruments, and composed religious music. He is also the holder of a US Patent for an airfoil. The family would like to give special thanks and appreciation to Menno Haven Retirement Communities and Norland Family Practice of Chambersburg. A memorial service to celebrate Paul's life and accomplishments will be held at the Menno Haven Chapel in Chambersburg, PA on Saturday, May 7, at 2 PM. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Legal Aid of West Virginia or the Southern Center for Human Rights. Online condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on May 1, 2016
Stumbaugh, Esther  
Esther M. Stumbaugh October 3, 1939 - April 27, 2016 Mercersburg Esther M. Stumbaugh, 76, formerly of Mercersburg, PA, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services, Chambersburg, PA. Born October 3, 1939, at Mercersburg, she was a daughter of the late Thomas D., Sr. and Lula Grace Lowans Taylor. Esther was a 1957 graduate of James Buchanan High School, Mercersburg. She was employed for 16 years at the former U Wanna Wash Frock Co. of Ft. Loudon, PA. Later she was employed at Corning Glass Works of Greencastle for 18 years. She was last employed at the former Wagner's Grocery of Mercersburg. She was a member of Mt. Tabor Brethren In Christ Church, Mercersburg, and a member of American Legion Post #517 Ladies Auxiliary, Mercersburg. She collected antiques, refinished furniture, enjoyed hunting, the outdoors and public sales. Surviving family include a daughter, Pamela J. Hockenberry of, Chambersburg; two sons, Harold E. "Ed" Stumbaugh, Jr. and wife Crystal R. & Kevin E. Stumbaugh & companion Lori Carnes, both of Mercersburg; six grandchildren, Sheena and Brandon Hockenberry, Tyler Stumbaugh-Coy, Colby Stumbaugh-Coy, Courtney Stumbaugh, and Eddie Papazoni; and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Ola Robinson of Mercersburg. Esther was preceded in death by a grandson, Justin E. Stumbaugh. She was also preceded in death by her companion, Richard Hopkins; and 10 siblings, Jane Sharar, John D. Taylor, Bernice Pine, Margaret Unger, Thomas Taylor, Jr., Lewis, Herbert, Ed, Jack, and Joseph Taylor. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., Mercersburg, with Pastor Kevin Lay officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg. Viewing 6 to 8 PM Monday and one hour prior to the funeral Tuesday at the funeral home. lininger-fries
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Published in Public Opinion on Apr. 29, 2016
Summers, William  
William J. Summers May 11, 1932 - April 28, 2016 Chambersburg William J. Summers, age 83, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at home. Born May 11, 1932, in Chambersburg, PA, he was the son of the late Jacob W. and Jane Pheil Summers. A United States Army veteran, Bill served honorably during the Korean Conflict. He was employed as an inventory manager for Associated Wholesalers for more than 20 years and as a custodian for the Chambersburg School District and Coldbrook School for more than 15 years. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed baseball and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys. Bill also enjoyed collecting memorabilia of all sorts including stamps, toys, baseball and football cards and stationery products. He loved spending time with his faithful companion, his beloved Shih Tzu, Dolly. He was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Chambersburg. Surviving is his wife of 30 years, Barbara Rife Summers, whom he married on November 29, 1985; five sons, William E. Summers (wife Gina) of Melbourne, FL, Robert Jay Summers (wife Victoria) of Lancaster, PA, Jeffrey L. Summers (wife Luann) of Fayetteville, PA, Mark A. Summers (wife Billie Jo) of Nashville, GA and Troy J. Summers (wife Candy) of Chambersburg, PA; two step-children, Terry L. Guyer (wife Thelma) of Pendleton, IN and Dotti A. Varner (husband Tim) of Newburg, PA; 13 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cinda Dianne Summers Poe. A funeral service to honor Bill's life will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Pastor John Bayer, Jr. will officiate. Interment will follow the service in Norland Cemetery where members of the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard will provide military honors. The family will receive friends one-hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Online condolences may be expressed on his Book of Memories Page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Apr. 30, 2016
Thalheim, Betty  
Betty Thalheim Chambersburg Betty Thalheim, Fearless Woman and Unstoppable Force, Dies at 91. Betty was born in Mt. Carmel, IL on February 15, 1925, but spent most of the first half of her life in St. Louis, MO, remaining a Cardinals baseball fan until the end. She transferred to Letterkenny Army Depot in the 1970s, working as a Management Analyst in LSSA until her retirement. But that says little about Betty's life. She fearlessly divorced a rotten husband in the 1960s, a time when it was not only uncommon but quite difficult to be a divorced mother of two young children. She went back to work and always lived in a home that she owned which was a point of great pride for her. You never had to wonder where you stood with Betty. If she loved you, and you know who you are, she loved you with gusto and giggles and was your biggest defender. If she didn't care for you then you were probably a know-it-all, a fool or a Republican. Betty had a quick wit and a sharp tongue. She was an avid reader, crossword puzzle worker and did beautiful needlepoint. She loved dogs, beer and golf but not necessarily in that order. Music played in Betty's house anytime sports wasn't on television and she loved to dance. Betty always said that you can say anything to anyone as long as you say it with a smile and her children have many memories of her telling someone or the other to go to hell with that big beautiful smile on her face. She never turned down an adventure so which means that she took flying lessons, parachuted and flew a glider - she traveled as much as she could both all over the country as well as overseas. Betty spent the last 19 1/2 years of her life at Menno Haven, a startling long time for anyone to be in a care facility but especially long for someone who wasn't expected to make it a month there. She was stubborn and headstrong her entire life and she simply willed herself to live years longer than anyone could believe possible. Menno Haven became home and many staff members became family to her, they caring for her so much more than the job required and she adoring them as her own. Betty's children, Win Thalheim and Kathryn (Thalheim) McHenry, will miss her always and will remain forever grateful for the love, respect and care she received by so many. Betty is survived by her children and two grandchildren that she adored, Benjamin Cummings and Allison (Cummings) Brady. The family asks that the next time you do a shot, you toast to Betty - she'd like that.
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Published in Public Opinion on May 3, 2016
Wolff, Laverne  
Mrs. Laverne Wolff Waynesboro Mrs. Laverne T. (Martin) Wolff, 84, died Sunday, May 1, 2016. Services 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 4 in Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church, 9244 Five Forks Road, Waynesboro. Visitation 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.
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Published in Public Opinion on May 2, 2016
Young, James  
James M. Young Chambersburg James Mike Young died peacefully at home in Chambersburg, PA on April 21, 2016, at 1:20 p.m. He was preceded in death by his son, Dustin Michael Young. He is survived by his loving wife, Rhonda Young; three daughters, Bonnie Young, Darbie Young, both of Massachusetts, and Kristin Adamski of Florida; daughter-in-law, Amanda Young Heinbaugh; and eight grandchildren, Rayn, Ariel, Aaliyah, Olivia, Sage, Somon, Kameran, Tayler; and several nieces and nephews. He was a deacon at Jesus is the Light Community Church in St. Thomas, PA. He enjoyed being with family and spending time with his grandchildren. Services will be held on May 7, 2016, at Jesus is the Light Community Church with pastor Dan Keen at 1 p.m.
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Published in Public Opinion on May 5, 2016
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