Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Miscellaneous obits

Lila C. Wines,
76, formerly of 1041 Park Avenue, died at 1:45 pm Monday, December 25, 1972, in McMurray Hill Manor.
She was born January 27, 1896 in Venice to Scott and Annie Willison [?] Crumm. Her husband Frank K. Wines, died September 3, 1972.
She was head bookkeeper at Mellon National Bank for many years and retired in 1959. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and the St. Margaret’s Guild of the church. She was a charter member of the Lincoln Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving are a son, Donald F. wines, of Washington; a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Jean) Varley, of Ramsey, N.J.; a sister, Mrs. W. L. (Lillian) Claffery, of Washington. And three grandchildren.
A daughter, Dorothy; two sisters, Lela Bemis and Oliver Horner, and a brother, Cyril Crumm, are all deceased.

Florence William Stitt
, 74, of 2846 Hillgate Road, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Brownsville RD 2 died at 10pm Thursday, March 30, 1972, in Mercy Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.
She was the daughter of William and Matilda Watkins Williams.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Wilbur (Irene) Smith, of Columbus, Ohio and Mrs. Edmund (Jean) Schwitters, of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers, John, of Apache Junction, Arizona; Roger, of Miami, Fla., and David, of Homestead, Fla.; four granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

Friends of Ernest R. Baker, of 38 Pennsylvania Avenue, California, who died Monday, June 9, 1969, will be received after 2pm. Tuesday in the Caleffie and Greenlief Funeral Home, California. Services will be held at 2 pm Thursday in the United Methodist Church of California in charge of Rev. Leroy Jones. Burial in Highland Cemetery.

Jane Furie Higgins
, 85, of 315 West Maiden Street, Washington, died Wednesday, June 10, in Maybelle Manor Nursing Home.
She was born in Sudersville, March 29, 1885, a daughter of the late James J. and Jeanette Conley Furie. She lived in Washington since 1942, and prior to that was a resident of Charleroi.
Mrs. Higgins was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She was associated with Morganza, as a matron from 1942 to 1950.
There are no known survivors.

Dr. Meyers B. Horner,
77, who served as superintendent of the Washington City School for more than 30 years, died Saturday, August 22, 1970, about noon in Washington Hospital, after a long illness.
Dr. Horner headed the city school system from 1930 until his retirement in 1961 and it was during his tenure that the present Washington High School was built. He lived at 48 Morgan Avenue.
Born February 6, 1893, at Meyersdale, a son of Milton C. and Magdalena Horner, he was reared on a farm and attended a one-room country school. He graduated at the age of 16 from Meyersdale High School and took his first teaching job – also in a one-room school in the Meyersdale area.
His first students were boys of 18 to 20 who attended school during the period in the year when chores at home were the lightest. At the time of his retirement he said that one of the most cherished possessions, which he still kept, was the bell he rang to call the students from recess or to signify the start of school.
After a year there, Dr. Horner entered Juniata College, where he graduated in 1913. He taught at Daleville College in Virginia from 1913 – 1915 and at Juniata from 1915 – 1917.
In August, 1917, he enlisted in the Aviation Section of the U.S. Army signal Corps and became a first lieutenant. He served as adjunct at Wilbur Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, until his discharge in January, 1919.
He taught at Meyersdale High from 1919 – 1920 and in the summer of 1920 helped conduct an experimental school for U.S. Army illiterates at Camp Upton, L.I. He assisted Dr. Gary Cleveland Myers, author of the The Parent Problem, which appears daily in the Observer-Reporter.
Dr. Horner then served six years as principle at Coraopolis High School, before being named principal at Washington High School in 1926. He became superintendent in 1930.
He received his master’s degree in 1926 from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from Pitt in 1938. Washington and Jefferson College awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1938.
Dr. Horner retired from the city schools October 1, 1961, and was succeeded by Dr. Glenn C. Hess.
He became a member of the Washington Hospital Board of Directors in 1934 and was board president from 1945-59. He was appointed trustee emeritus in 1969.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School and was a member of the official board. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association; a life member of the national Association; a member of the American Association of School Administrators; XI Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa, and a life member of the America Legion. He served on various boards and was president of the WPIAL from 1928-30.
He was past president and lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis Club.
He was married October 12, 1918, at Covington, Ohio, to Lucille Gump, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Hilda, wife of James C. McCreight, of Washington, and Mary Evelyn, wife of Dr. J. Edward McClenathan, of Bethesda, MD.; one brother, Foster G. Horner, of Tamaqua; one sister, Mrs. Cora Bittner, of Rockwood, and seven grandchildren.

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