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plrlt of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE I PAGE A9 , Obituaries M. Joan Kershner Mary Joan Siler Kershner, 79, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at her home. Born in Martins- burg, she was the daughter of Ernest and Mary Siler. S h e graduated from Shep- herd College in 1957 with a de- gree in elementary education. She worked for 28 years as a teacher in Jefferson County. She was a member of the Re- tired Teachers Association and the Independent Fire Co.'s wom- en's auxiliary. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Uvilla. She was married for 50 years to C. Robert Kershner, who died June 20, 2008. She is survived by two sons, Steve Kershner of Martinsburg and Craig Kershner of Charles Town; and seven grandchildren. A funeral was held Monday at St. James Lutheran Church with Pastor Bruce Barth and the Rev. Lee Brumback officiating. Burial was in Edge Hill Cem- etery, Charles Town. Melvin T. Strider Colonial , Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Independent Fire Co., P.O. 'Box 925, Charles Town 25414 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430. Garland L. Anderson Garland L. Anderson, 85, of Ranson, died Sunday, May 11, 2014 at his home. Born Feb. 4, 1929, in Paw Paw, he was the son of Joshua P. Anderson and Dorotha Whita- cre Ander- son. He re- tired from CSX as a railroad station agent. He former- ly owned Sycamore Largent. He graduated from Cather- man's Business School in Cum- berland, Md. He volunteered for more than 20 years at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Center in Ransom He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948 and a member and past com- mander of both the Jackson- Perks American Legion Post No. 71 and VFW Memorial Post No. 3522, all of Charles Town. He is survived by his compan- ion of 27 years, Carol Kisamore of Ranson; a daughter, Jennifer S. Anderson of Spring Mills; Joseph Richard Staley Joseph Richard Staley, 87, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Saturday, May 17, 2014, at his home. Born Thursday, May 27, 1926 in Frederick, MD, he was the son of the late Irving E. Staley and the late Emma Grace (Dorcus) Staley. He attended school in Freder- ick, Maryland and went on to at- tend Duke University and later graduated from Gettysburg Col- lege. Joe was employed with Po- tomac Edison for 38 years in vari- ous management jobs, retiring as Manager of Engineering Appli- cations & Research in 1984. While working for RE. he lived in Martinsburg, W.V. he was active in the community, the Lutheran Church, and served as president of the Martinsburg Jaycees. He was transferred to Charlestown, W.V. as local manager, and was active there in the church and civic organizations including start- ing the Chamber of Commerce and serving as its President and was also President of the Retired Business Men's Association, and was named Jefferson County's Outstanding Man of the Year. He moved to Hagerstown in 1962 and has been active in the Suburban Kiwanis Club and in various board and committee ca- pacities. He served on the advisory board of the "Retired Seniors Volunteer Program" since its inception in 1973. He was a ac- tive member of Haven Lutheran Church and served as President of the Church Council. He was also a life member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 378, Fountainhead Country Club, where he served on the board. Also was a life member of the Historical Society and also a Mason. He has devoted much time and financial sup- port to numerous charities. During his retirement years he en- joyed traveling and antiquing. He is survived by his wife, Diana Rae Staley, son, Eric R. Sta- ley of Homosassa, FL, daughter, Marcia Croghan of Shepherd- stown, WV, granddaughter, Traci Lee Trenary of Winchester, VA, granddaughter, April Elaine Morris of Hagerstown, MD, nu- merous step children, grandchildren & great grandchildren, spe- cial friends, Jackie & Bruce Winter, he loved all of them. Services will be held privately Interment will be at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD. Memorial donations may be made to Haven Lutheran Church 1035 Haven Road Hagerstown, MD 21742. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, Md Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery. com MEMORIAL Colonial Funeral Home 310 S. Fairfax Blvd. Charles Town / Ranson Full Service Funerals & Cremations J.B. Barr Licensee-in-Charge Family Owned since 1889 304-725-7068 and a brother, Kenneth E. An- derson of Paw Paw. Two sisters, Loretta Nelson and Doris Toney, are deceased, as are three brothers, Charles Anderson, Lynwood Anderson and Roland Anderson. A graveside service was held Friday at Mt. Union Cemetery, Slanesville. Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675. Esther B. Via Esther Barfield Via, 102, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Shenandoah Center, Charles Town. Born Feb. 29, 1912, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of William Thompson Barfield and Cora Alice (Hitt) Barfield. She worked as a manager of Diamonds in downtown Charles Town and later for attorney Ken- neth Metz. She was a member of the East- ern Star No. 128, Charles Town. She was a member of Charles Town Baptist Church. Her husband of 75 years, Hugh A. Via, died April 11, 2005. She is survived by a daugh- ter, Sarah F. Via of Martins- burg; two sons, George W. Via of Charles Town and Clyde A. Via of Winchester, Va.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great- grand- children; and three great-great- grandchildren. Two sons, Robert L. Via and Charles H. Via, are deceased, as is a brother, William Barfield, and four sisters, Ruth James, Olive James, Mabel Hitt and Frances Barfield. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. May 28 at Charles Town Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Hotaling officiating. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tues- day at Melvin T. Strider Colo- nial Funeral Home, Ranson. Memorials may be made to Charles Town Baptist Church, 211 E. Congress St., Charles Town 25414. Lisa L. Webb Lisa Leah Webb, 52, of Ran- son died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, of injuries sustained in an accident in Ranson. Born Nov. 2, 1961, in Ran- son, she was the daughter of Dwight Elliott Stinson and Peg- gy Stinson. In addition to her mother, of Harpers Ferry, she is survived by a daughter, Jo Anna Stocks of Inwood; two sons, Jansen Carr of Ranson and Daniel Hill- lard of Inwood; a brother, Scot- ty Wetsell of Harpers Ferry; four sisters, Roxanne Brewer of Kennesaw, Ga., Patti Zarg- er of Winchester, Va., and Ju- Hearing Testing Babies to Seniors Balance/Dizziness Testing Tinnitus Testing Hearing Aids [ 'qlSERVICES Q - Why don't batteries last longer than one week? A - There are many factors that determine how long a battery will last. The smaller the battery, the shorter the battery life will be. Hot temperatures also affect Liattery life. If you wait about a minute after removing the tab before placing the battery in the aid, it will help the battery last longer. What are our patients saying about us? "Your staff is very professional and patient with questions and concerns." - George S. Hoover $ y) Sound Advice and Caring Service Since 1996 Martinsburg Charles Town 304-264-8884 304-728-6763 www.audiologyhearing, org * =Granites nBronze =Marble aPlaques =Vases =Cemetery Engraving Service Serving the Tri-State Area since 1971 524 Fillmore Street o P.O. Box 216, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (304) 535-2278 email: jcmonumentl@aol.c0m Hospice of the Panhandle When you're seriously ill, get the care you need when you need it. 'l Care team built to your needs 24-hour on-call support ' Care received where you live Call for a _c_e_ informational visit. (304) 264-0406 [ Since 1918 FACKLES-SPENCER & NORTON FUNEltAL HOME Family Owned & Operated Rte. 340 at Halltown Rd. Charles Town/Harpers Ferry West Virginia Alan H. Norton Robert L. Spencer (Ucensee) (Ucensee-ln-Charge) 304.724.6500 lie Braugh and Danni Stinson, both of Hagerstown, Md.; and two grandchildren. A funeral was held Tuesday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry. Harry L. Davis Harry L. Davis, 94, Harp- ers Ferry, died Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Jefferson Medical Cen- ter in Ransom Born Feb. 25, 1920, in Sto- tesbury, he was the son of John Jasper Davis and Julia King Davis. He retired after 40 years as an engineer with National Security Agency. He served in the Army during World War II. He was of the Methodist faith. He was married for 71 years to E. Louise Clarke Davis. Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by a son, Harry L. Davis Jr. of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a sister; a grandson; and six great- grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 11 this morning at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, with Dr. Henry Christie offici- ating. Melvin T. Strider Colonial Fu- neral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made Macular Degeneration Founda- tion, P.O. Box 531313, Hender- son NV 89053. '50s crooner Jerry Vale dies LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and ro- mantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83. Vale, who had been in declin- ing health, died Sunday at his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, family attorney Harold J. Levy said in a statement. Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, Vale started performing in New York supper clubs as a teenag- er and went on to record more than 50 albums. His rendition of "Volare," "Innamorata" and "A1 Di La,' became classic Italian-Ameri- can songs. His biggest hit was "You Don't Know Me." Vale's recording of"The Star- Spangled Banner" in the 1960s was played at sporting events for years. While his albums failed to make the charts in the early 1970s, Vale remained a popular club act. He also appeared as him- self in the movies "Goodfel- las," "Casino" and the TV se- ries "The Sopranos." Vale is survived by Rita, his wife of 55 years, along with a son, Robert, and a daughter, Pa- mela. Wednesday, May 21,2014 Anthropologist who ID'd mass gravesites dies OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)- Clyde Snow, a forensic anthro- pologist who worked on cases ranging from the assassination of President John E Kennedy to mass graves in Argentina, has died. He was 86. Snow's wife, Jerry Snow, told The Associated Press her hus- band died Friday morning at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Okla. Jerry Snow said her husband had lung cancer and emphysema. Among Snow's subjects were Nazi fugitive Josef Mengele, victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and serial killer John Wayne Gacy. He also examined mass grave sites in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Croatia, and often helped build criminal cases against govern- ment leaders who carried out the killings. "Bones don't forget," Snow once told the AP. Snow traveled the world help- ing to give a voice to the voice- less. "I fred it challenging," he said. "It is fascinating work. I feel we are doing a little bit of good. It's not the role of forensic sci- ence to put the bad guys in jail, but to evenhandedly collect the evidence ." Born Jan. 7, 1928, in Texas, Snow became interested in the hu- man body through his physician father. After joining the Federal Aviation Administration in Okla- homa City in 1960, Snow helped develop a computer program to investigate plane crashes. Snow investigated the deaths of many historical figures, in- cluding soldiers who died at the Battle of Little Bighom in 1876 and King Tutankhamun. In 1978, his expertise was on display when he spoke before the House Select Committee on As- sassinations about various aspects of the death of President Kenne- dy. Less than a decade later, he was part of an international fo- reusic team that identified the re- mains of Mengele, who conduct- ed horrific experiments on prison- ers at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. In 2006, Snow testified against Saddam Hussein, who was on trial for genocide. Fourteen years earlier, Snow had been part of a team organized by the groups Physicians for Human Rights and Middle East Rights Watch who investigated a mass grave in the northern Iraqi town of Koreme, which was destroyed in 1988. Closer to home, Snow, who was a professor at the University of Oklahoma, assisted in identi- fying victims of the 1995 Okla- homa City bombing and worked with the Tulsa Race Riot Com- mission to create a comprehen- sive account of the deadly 1921 racial clash that laid ruin to the city's black business district. St. Ranson, WV 25438 Robert C. Fields, LIC Submitting obituary notices The Spirit of Jefferson strives to provide timely news of all deaths of current and former Jefferson County residents. Funeral homes should submit free obituaries to Christine Snyder in the newsroom. Her email is Christine@ The fax number is 304-728-6856. Paid memorials should be sent to Mary Burns, the Spirit's advertising director, at Submissions should be made by 2 p.m. Monday for publication on Wednesday. I ......