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Edward R. Beard, Jr. ​73, Spouse of Pat

Edwin R. Beard, Jr., 73, of Greencastle, PA, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2022 in his home. Born July 18, 1948 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late Edwin R. Beard, Sr. and Mary A. Dunham Beard.

A graduate of St. Joseph Academy of St. Augustine, FL, Ed furthered his education at the University of Florida, where he earned his BA in technical theatre. He was employed in the Greencastle Antrim School District as a paraprofessional for many years, where he developed many lifelong friendships with staff and students.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and on the Board of Advisors of Tayamentasachta Environmental Center. He was a member of the 42 West Arts Co-Op in Waynesboro and was a member of the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and a board member of the State Guild. A talented woodworker, he enjoyed demonstrating his craft at various craft fairs and historical institutes in the area, including the Conococheague Institute in Mercersburg and the Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro. In addition to his passion for woodworking, he enjoyed traveling to Florida and the southwest; as well as playing various string instruments and harmonicas.

Ed is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Patricia J. (Bauer) Beard, whom he married on June 17, 1972; his daughter, Victoria Beard and her husband Brandon Burger; and two brothers, Michael E. and Robert P. Beard.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. The family requests the omission of flowers and instead, take your family out for dinner and share some memories of Ed, or to donate to the charity of one’s choice, if desired.

Sylvia "Babe" Eva Ross, 87, Spouse of Wayne

Sylvia “Babe” Eva Ross, 87, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Born November 22, 1932 in North Adams, MA, she was the daughter of the late Arcadio and Mary (Demar) Cimonetti.

She attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1951.

Primarily a homemaker until the children were grown, she then attended Cosmetology School at McCann Vocational High School. After serving an apprenticeship, she opened her own shop (Babe’s Beauty Boutique), which she operated until 1985.Babe became interested in crafts and did numerous paint works.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne, of 67 years; her daughter, Susan, of Berkeley Springs, WV; her son, Steven, of Sharon, VT; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her oldest son, David, in 2009 and older brother, Albino, in 1988.

She relocated to Hagerstown, MD in 1996 with her husband and became active in senior activities in the senior center until health prevented continuing.

Calling hours will be at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, MD from 12pm-1pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the funeral home. Face masks/coverings will be required for entry into the building.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Horizons Band or the WCCOA Senior Center, 535 East Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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Miriam Rita Hewitt-Allen, 101, Spouse of Hugh 

Miriam Rita Hewitt-Allen, age 101, recently of Ayer and formerly of Hagerstown, Maryland passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 6, 2020 at the Nashoba Park Assisted Living Residence.

Born on October 21, 1918 in New Rochelle, NY, Miriam was the daughter of the late Francis and Penelope (Gleason) Sullivan. Raised and educated in New Rochelle, Miriam attended New Rochelle High School and graduated in 1936.

Married in 1945 to Bernard Hewitt, Miriam, her husband and young son moved to the small town of Bad Wildungen, Germany, where she served as an assistant in the Army Headquarters, and her husband held a post in Army Intelligence. During their several year stay in the 1950's post-war Germany, Miriam became fluent in German and greatly enjoyed the adventure of traveling throughout Europe and Great Britain.

Miriam was a focused, self-disciplined and independent woman, who was known for speaking her mind and for successfully achieving whatever goals she set for herself. Upon her return to the United States, Miriam held a number of accounting and internal auditing positions at Vitro Laboratories in Wheaton, Maryland. Studying at night, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1986. Miriam took up running and swimming, and enrolled in fitness and dance classes in the 1970's. By the 1980's, she successfully completed the arduous Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run no less than four times. She continued her commitment to health and fitness and exercised weekly at the local YMCA until her late 90's. Miriam married Hugh Allen in 1987 and moved to Hagerstown, Maryland where they lived independently until his death in December of 2019.

Miriam will be remembered for her true generosity and kindness of spirit, and her devotion and love of her family and close friends.

Miriam is survived by her son Richard and his wife Diane Hewitt of Groton, MA, her grandchildren; Cameron and his wife Heidi Hewitt of New Ipswich, NH and Devin Hewitt and his wife Assem Sapanova of Bangkok, Thailand, her siblings; Wilfied (Chick) Sullivan of Silver Spring, MD and Joan Lavezzo of Ocean View, DE. She is also survived by her 3 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Callan and Ryan. In addition to her parents, Miriam was predeceased by her siblings Francis Sullivan, Edward Sullivan, Vivian Sullivan and Patricia Buffers.

Due to gathering restrictions, Miriam's memorial services will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Miriam's memory may be made to: Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 234 Barnum Rd., Devens, MA 01434

Lois Houk Reichard, 86, Spouse of Evan 

Lois Houk Reichard, age 86, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Hospice of the Panhandle Inpatient Facility in Kearneysville, WV.

Born June 26, 1933 in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late George Edward and Bernice Laura Trimper Houk.

She was a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and was active in the United Methodist Woman of the church. Lois graduated from Catonsville High School and earned her Master’s degree in teaching from Towson Education. She was a member of the Master Gardner’s of Morgan County, Maryland Retired Teachers Association and Harford County Retired Teachers Association. Lois enjoyed embroidery, flower gardening and arranging, and oil paintings.

Lois is survived by her husband of 64 years, Evan Lawrence Reichard at home, two children, Karl Martin Reichard of State College, PA, Laura Jean Reichard Goodman of Emmaus, PA, one brother, George Edward Houk, III of Berkeley Springs, three grandchildren, Ronald Walter Odachowski, Jr. of Tacoma, WA, Jesse Taylor Reichard of Naples, FL, Eric Taylor Reichard of State College, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Greenwood United Methodist Church, 12031 Winchester Grade Road, Berkeley Springs, WV, with Pastor Lloyd McCanna officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements are being handled by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, WV.

Gerald Andrew "Gerry" Draina, 71, Spouse of Nancy

Gerald Andrew “Gerry” Draina, 71, of Hagerstown, MD went to be with the Lord peacefully on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Meritus Medical Center Hagerstown, MD.

He was born on May 12, 1947 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to the late Andrew Bernard and Alexandria Joan Slivinski Draina.

Gerry was a graduate of Scotia-Glenvile High School in New York. He also attended Siena College in New York, Adirondack College in New York, and the University of Phoenix in Mesa, AZ studying Engineering.

He retired from General Engineering in Frederick, MD.

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during Vietnam and later stationed in Korea

He was a devoted member of the Gideons and his mission in life was to spread the gospel to all he encountered. He left a lasting impression on all who knew him!

He was a dedicated member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Myersville, MD.

Gerry is survived by his loving wife of 18 years Nancy Jane Hose Draina; daughter Tanya Detwiler and her husband Andrew of Brunswick, MD; daughter Carrie Mesher-Bottino and her husband Jon of Forest Hill, MD; son Timothy Draina and his wife Kim of Boonsboro, MD; stepdaughter Shawn Reasner and her husband Shoney of Hagerstown, MD; stepson Marc Knapp and his wife Angie of Hagerstown, MD; brother Denis Draina of Ballston Spa, NY; brother Andrew Draina of Northville, NY; loving grandchildren Lyndsey, Hannah, Corey, Ethan, Madeline, Camryn, Owen, Jonathan, Taylor, Ashley, Avery, and Carter; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and his beloved German Shepherd Theadora.

He was predeceased by a brother Mitchell Draina.

There will be no viewing.

The family would like to thank special friends Milton and Barbara Moats, Community Rescue Service, Hagerstown Fire Department, Meritus Medical Center Emergency Room Staff, and Pastor Michael Beiber.

A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 603 Main St. Myersville, MD on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 11:00 am with Pastor Michael Beiber officiating. Burial will be private.

The family request the omission of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Gideons International

Online condolences may be made to the family

Martha, "Marty" Delphey, 81 Spouse of Gary

Mrs. Martha Anne "Marty" Jackson Delphey, 80, of New Market, MD, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was the loving wife of Ray Gary Delphey, Jr., they were married in 1956. Born in Washington, DC, on June 4, 1934, she was the daughter of the late T. Floyd and Grace Rutter Jackson.

Marty was a graduate of Washington Lee High School Class of 1952, and a graduate of the University of Maryland College in 1956. She and her husband lived in Wheaton for 37 years and she was involved with Girl Scouts, Wheaton Boys Club and the Resurrection Lutheran Church. She taught preschool at the Olney Day Nursery for 22 years. In 1996 they moved to Frederick, where she became an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Senior Recreation Council and the New Market "Young At Heart."

Surviving in addition to her husband are her two children, Ray G. Delphey, III and wife Blanca, of Tampa, FL and Laura D. Acuna and husband Patrick, of Damascus, five grandchildren, Patrick F. Acuna, Jr., J. Grant Acuna, Matthew J. Acuna, Ray G. Delphey IV and wife Courtney and Stefanie D. Goggins and husband, Kyle three great grandchildren, Addison and Dylan Goggins and Easton Delphey.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31 East Church Street, Frederick. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Dr. Robert Driver Bishop, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick.

Arrangements are with the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 East Church Street, Frederick. Online condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers memorial con​tributions may be made in her memory to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 35 East Church Street, Frederick,MD 21701.

Jan Wetterer, 81, Spouse of Ernie

Jan (Jacobson) Wetterer, 81, of Sharpsburg, Md., loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, passed away Tuesday morning, July 8, 2014, at her home.

Born July 15, 1932, in Charleston, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Walter C. and Myrta J. (Dobbs) Jacobson.

She was of the Protestant faith.

Jan attended Flushing High School in Flushing, N.Y. After graduation, she attended Hunter College in New York City.

She was a homemaker for many years. After her children were raised, Jan became a teacher's aide for the deaf at schools in the Washington, D.C., area and, in the latter part of her career, was an administrative assistant at Trinity College in the district. She also became a certified graphologist.

Jan was an avid animal lover and spent her time helping all animals in need.

Jan and her husband, Ernie, moved to the Sharpsburg area in 1987. From that time on, Jan became very active in many clubs and organizations such as being the editor of the Sharpsburg Town Crier for 20 years, a member and past president of the Boonsboro (Md.) Historical Society, a member of the Sharpsburg Historical Society and part of the Antietam National Battlefield Advisory Committee. She was also a past member of the Washington County Zoning and Appeals Board.

Jan is survived by her husband, Ernest Wetterer, whom she married Aug. 30, 1951; her daughter, Lynn DiCarlo and her husband, John Jr., of Keedysville, Md.; and her son, Thomas Wetterer of Washington, D.C. She also is survived by four grandchildren, Daniel Wetterer Jr., Erin Dixon, Laura Oates and Sarah Baker; and six great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Isabella, Adam, Ryan, Evan and Levi.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Wetterer Sr.; and her brother, Walter Jacobson.

A memorial service in Jan's memory will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Richard G. Hembrock will officiate.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family will accept donations at the memorial service for a local cat rescue.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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