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Baer, Betty L.  
Betty L. Baer Betty L. Baer, 88, of Chambersburg, passed away on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on July 16, 1926 in Greencastle, the daughter of the late David and Anna (Bear) Faust. She was an active member of the Brethren Fellowship and a C.H.S. graduate of 1944. She was employed by Stanley Company as a machinist for over 40 years, retiring in 1988; later working at Hamilton Heights Market for eight more years. She was a member of the Falling Springs Nursing Home Auxiliary and AARP. Betty is survived by four siblings, Celia "Sis" Fox (Melvin), Chambersburg, David R. Faust (Katie), Winfield, PA, Mary "Kate" Henry (Maynard), Hanover, Herbert Faust (Barbara), Chambersburg; step daughter, Yvonne Kuhn (Tony) Korea; Brother-in- law, Roy B. Stoutamyer, Jr, Chambersburg; Sister-in- law, Carolyn Faust, Joppatown, Md.; numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Deardorff (1954) and second husband, Floyd E. "Pete" Baer (2006); three siblings, Doris Stoutamyer; Gary Faust and Wilda Frances. Arrangements are by the W.F. Sellers Funeral Home. The Funeral will be held 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Brethren Fellowship with the Rev. Manny Diaz officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Brethren Fellowship, 339 L.W.E. Chambersburg, PA 17201. Online condolences may be expressed at www.sellersfuneralhome.com
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Lininger, Chad A.  
Chad A. Lininger Chad Alan Lininger, 30, passed away January 29, 2015 in Mercersburg. He was born April 29, 1984 in McConnellsburg, son of Edward Lininger and Pamela Deshong Peck. Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 4, at McConnellsburg U.M. Church, McConnellsburg. Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 3, at the church. Arrangements by Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, McConnellsburg. www.kelso- corneliusfuneralhome.com
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Skelly, C. Louise  
C. Louise Skelly C. Louise Skelly, 94, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away Friday evening, January 30, 2015 at Menno Haven. Born July 1, 1920 in Blairs Mills, PA, she was a daughter of the late John and Ethel Hendershott Crider. A homemaker most of her life, Mrs. Skelly had worked at the former Stanley Company for ten years. She was a member of Solomon's Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Busy Bee Sunday School class and was active with the homemaker's group. Her husband, Frank S. Skelly, preceded her in death on December 7, 2004. She is survived by her daughter, Darlene K. (wife of Jeff K.) Myers; her son, Lex C. (and wife Pam) Skelly, all of Chambesburg; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Stouffer of Mechanicsburg, Madeline Kuhn of Marion; and two brothers, Virgil Crider of St. Thomas, and Fred Crider of Little Britton. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lucille, and a granddaughter, Rachel. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Friday, February 6, 2015 at Solomon's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4856 Wayne Road, Chambersburg, PA with Rev. Bill Nienstadt and Chaplain Brenda Doyle officiating. Interment will follow at Parklawns Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Condolences and memories may be shared on her Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com
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Verdier, Mark L.  
Mark L. Verdier Mr. Mark L. "Jim" Verdier, 91, a resident of the Shook Home, Chambersburg, PA and formerly of 11850 New Street, Zullinger, PA, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2015 in the nursing home. Born October 21, 1923 in Quincy, PA, he was the son of the late John William and Martha Delilah (Bishop) Verdier. Mr. Verdier served in the United States Army during World War II. For his service, he was awarded Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal among others. He and his wife, the late Mrs. Betty E. (Weagley) Verdier, were married October 4, 1942 in Westminster, MD. Mrs. Verdier passed away January 8, 2010. He entered the nursing home in July 2012. Mr. Verdier was employed by Frick Company, Glide Line and AMP Corp., all of Waynesboro. He retired June 6, 1981. He was a member of Joe Stickell American Legion Post #15, Waynesboro and former member of William Max McLaughlin VFW Post #695, Eagles Club, Inc., Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1191 and Owls Club, all of Waynesboro, Harry D. Ziegler VFW Post #6319 of Greencastle, PA and AMVETS Post#224 of Chambersburg. Mr. Verdier is survived by one daughter, Kathy S. Needham and her husband, Dwight of Waynesboro; a son-in-law, Leroy Stouffer of Chambersburg; three grandchildren, Todd Stouffer of Chambersburg, Stacie Bachman of Fayetteville, PA and Brandi Bowman of Waynesboro; five great-grandchildren, Cole and Grace Bachman of Fayetteville and Shelby, Isaac and Tristin Bowman of Waynesboro; three sisters, Bertha "Bertie" Crouse, Doris Garling and Shirley Faith, all of Waynesboro; one brother, Harry "Mick" Verdier of Georgia; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda L. Stouffer; and two sisters, Gloria "Jo" Smith and Bettie Eck. Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 South Broad Street, Waynesboro with Pastor Mark Shover officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro where military graveside honors will be conducted by the Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post #1599, Chambersburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com
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Verdier Jr., Ralph M.  
Ralph M. Verdier, Jr. Ralph Milton Verdier, Jr., 94, of Chambersburg, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015, at Providence Place Nursing Home. He was the widower of Helen (Diffenderfer) Verdier. Born October 27, 1920, in Goodsiding, PA, he was son of the late Ralph M. and Mary (Baker) Verdier. Mr. Verdier was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran having served during WWII. He was a prisoner of war and received a Purple Heart. Ralph was employed at Landis Program Clock Co., Cincinnati Time Recorder in 1940 and then joined Landis Tool Company where he retired from in 1988 after 52 years. He was a member of BPOE Lodge #600, VFW Post #1599, and American Legion Post #46, all in Chambersburg. Ralph enjoyed tool and woodworking and his 1965 Mustang. Surviving are his son, Jon Kirk Verdier; 2 daughters-in-law, Betty E. and Ena S. Verdier; a sister, Jayne Verdier Bard; and a nephew, James Bard. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ralph M. Verdier. Special thanks to the staff of Providence Place, Wayne Road, Chambersburg and the Grane Hospice staff. Memorial contributions may be made to Grane Hospice, 3501 Concord Road, York, PA 17402. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc., Harrisburg.
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Yates, Steve K.  
Steve K. Yates Steve K. Yates, 60, of Scotland, died unexpectedly on January 19, 2015 while playing basketball with friends and colleagues. Steve is survived by: his wife, Anna 'Mae' Yates, daughter Rebecca Yates of Greenville, SC, son Travis Yates of Cambridge, MA, mother Frances Yates of Luray, VA, and brothers Rick Yates of Whitefish, MT, James Yates of Luray, VA, and Charles Yates of Chesapeake, VA. Steve was born at Bethesda Naval Hospital on August 14, 1954. Active in the FFA and an Eagle Scout, Steve graduated from Luray High School in 1972 and Virginia Tech in 1976 in Agricultural Engineering. Steve and Mae were high school sweethearts and married for 38 years. He worked for Allis Chalmers in Kansas City, was a Professional Engineer, and worked for Ingersoll-Rand/Volvo Construction in Shippensburg for 33 years. Steve holds 10 patents for road compaction equipment. He was a passionate Christian, pursued God daily, and positively influenced everyone that knew him. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made to Great Outdoor Adventure Trips (GOAT), 61 Byrdland Dr., Greenville, SC 29607 and Mt. Pleasant Church Missions 2509 Black Gap Rd., Chambersburg, PA 17202.
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Ault, John F.  
John F. Ault John F. Ault, age 92, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away January 30, 2015 at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehab Center. He was born June 19, 1922 in St. Thomas, PA to Clayton and Ruth (Yeager) Ault. He was the widower of the late Jane Ault and is survived by his daughter, Janice Ault of Chambersburg. He had worked for the US Postal Service. Funeral services will be announced at a later date. Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 725 Norland Ave, Chambersburg, PA will be handling the arrangements.
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Hawbaker, Esther L.  
Esther L. Hawbaker Mrs. Esther L. (Jones) Hawbaker, 93, a resident of Menno Haven Retirement Community, Chambersburg, PA and formerly of Fairview Avenue, Waynesboro, PA, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 in Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg. Born December 9, 1921 near Mercersburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late David and Nellie (Robinson) Jones. She and her husband, the late Mr. Elmer M. Hawbaker, were married July 10, 1940 in Hagerstown, MD. They spent most of their married life in the Greencastle, PA and Waynesboro area. They moved to their Fairview Avenue address in 1985 and to Menno Village in 2004. Mr. Hawbaker passed away June 25, 2010. Mrs. Hawbaker was employed at Stanley Company, Chambersburg and Corning Gals Works, Greencastle. She was a member of Otterbein Church, Waynesboro where she served with the Mixed Adult Sunday school class, Women's Missionary Fellowship and Ladies Aide Society. She also was a member of National AARP. Mrs. Hawbaker served as a volunteer for Piney Mountain Ladies Auxiliary, presently Village of Laurel Run, Fayetteville, PA for a number of years. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hawbaker was the last of her immediate family. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Pine and Betty Shindle; and four brothers, Stanley L. Jones, Carl L. Jones, Claire V. Jones and Earl R. Jones. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 South Broad Street, Waynesboro with the Rev. Ron Cook officiating. Burial will be private in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Otterbein Church, 801 Park Street, Waynesboro PA 17268. Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com
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Miller, Marina N.  
Marina N. Miller Marina N. Miller, age 74, of Scotland, passed away unexpectedly January 29, 2015 at Chambersburg Hospital, with her family by her side. She was born April 5, 1940 in Chambersburg, PA to Carroll and Maye (Zimmerman) Newton. She was married to Daniel Miller on May 27, 1962. She was a homemaker most of her life, and had worked for J.C.Penney Co. in the shoe department for about five years. She enjoyed knitting and other crafts, and spending time with her grandson and family. She was a social member of the VFW Post 1599, where she enjoyed spending time. She was a breast cancersurvivor. Marina is survived by her husband of fifty-two years, Daniel H. Miller and her two children, Keith D. (husband of Christine) Miller of Concord, N.C. and Angela K (wife of Thomas) Bechtel of Wellsville, PA. She has a grandson, Jacob Bechtel; and two stepgranddaughters, Paige Bechtel and Alyssa Gabell. Marina is also survived by a sister, Bonnie Harmon of Chambersburg. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Kelso-CorneliusFuneral Home, Ltd. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held at Norland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance, 1215 Prairie Drive, Chambersburg, PA. 17201. Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 725 Norland Ave, Chambersburg, PA will be handling the arrangements.
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Sailhamer, Lewis W.  
Lewis W. Sailhamer Lewis W. "Louie" Sailhamer, 93, life-long resident of Shippensburg, died on the morning of Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Chambersburg Hospital. He was born on January 26, 1922, in Shippensburg, a son of the late Willis J. and Ellen E. Nye Sailhamer. Lewis was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of W.W. II, inducted on November 25, 1942 and honorably discharged on February 23, 1946, having been an Engineer on a C-46 Troop Carrier in the European Theatre. Upon his return, he married Ms. Virginia A. Goshorn from Spring Run, on June 26, 1948, at the Church of God, Hagerstown, Md. Lewis was employed at the former Shirtcraft and L'Aiglon garment factories, Orrstown Bank, and Shippensburg University, retiring from the University in 1984. He was a member of the Shippensburg First Church of God for 74 years, having taught Sunday School, in the youth department, for a number of years; serving on the Church Council; and was always very active in Church activities. He was also a member of the Shippensburg A.A.R.P #2525. Lewis is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia; two loving sons, Ronald L. Sailhamer and wife Janet and Willis C. Sailhamer and wife Candy; one granddaughter, Rhonda Lea Sailhamer Dyson and husband John; one grandson, Brent A. Sailhamer and wife Leah; three great grandchildren, Kemper Dyson, Joey Dyson, and Emma Dyson; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Elizabeth Sailhamer Gantt, and his brother, Jesse Sailhamer. Lewis was the last of his immediate family. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Inc., Shippensburg. Pastors' James Rodger, Marc Nelson, and William Myers will officiate. Interment will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Viewing will be held on Monday evening from 6 until 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shippensburg First Church of God at 121 East King St. Shippensburg, PA 17257. Online condolences may be expressed at fogelsanger-brickerfuneralhome.com
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