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Miscellaneous Garrett County Obituraries


The small initials you see after each obit are for inventory purposes, only. The dates shown on the obits are either the actual dates of death, which will appear as part of the obituary, or the date the obit was published in the newspaper, noted at end of obit as "handwritten date."


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"Mrs. Avilda Livingood Baker, wife of Harvey W. Baker, well known farmer, of near Hillsboro, Caroline county, died suddenly last Friday at University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, where she underwent an operation.  She was fifty four years old.

Mrs. Baker was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of the late Simon and Araminta Livingood.  She spent her early life in Pennsylvania.  About twenty-five years ago with her family she moved to Lewistown, Talbot county and later to Hillsboro, where Mr. Baker engaged in farming and they have since made their home.  She was a devout member of the Brethren Church of Ridgely. 

The deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Vachel A. Downes, of Centreville, and three sons, Claude G. Baker, Vernon Baker and Billy Baker, of Hillsboro.  She also leaves several grandchildren.  The following brothers and sisters also survive - Samuel Livingood, of Myersdale, Pa.; Hobart Livingood, of Swanton, Maryland; Harvey Livingood, of Lockwood, Pa.; Mrs. Emma Folk and Mrs. Nannie Engle, of Saulsbury, Pa.; Mrs. Etta Beachy and Mrs Fannie Folk, of Grantsville, Maryland; Mrs. Savannah Folk, of Fort Hill, Pa.; Mrs. Edna Whissaman, of Pittsburg, Pa.; and Mrs. Mary Engle, of Warren, Ohio.

The remains were brought to Centreville for interment in Chesterfield Cemetery.  The pall-bearers were Alvin Baker and Gurney Baker, of Bridgeville, Del.; S.S. Baker of Wyoming, Del.;  Harry Spiker, of Greenwood, Del.;  John Folk, of Grantsville, Md.; and Floyd Folk, of Saulsbury, Pa."

 Obituary: Denton Journal, Jan. 28, 1933

"Funeral services for Harvey William Baker, 91, who died on Jan. 10 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. V.A. Downes, in Centreville after a short illness, will be held on Jan. 13, at the Barton Brothers Chapel with Rev. Charles Trader, a former pastor at Queen Anne, officiating.

Mr. Baker was born in Grantsville, Garrett County on Jan. 9, 1875, the son of Daniel and Lydia (Camp) Baker.  He had lived in Hillsboro, Caroline County for 43 years before coming to his daughter's home three years ago. (Note: Fern (Downes) Newsom informed me he lived in Wilmington, Delaware, probably to be close ot his son Claude Baker,  in an apartment just prior to moving in with his daughter).  He was a member of the Hillsboro Methodist Church and worked as a farmer until he retired.

He was married to Alvida (Livingood) Baker who died 33 years ago.

Besides his daugher, Mrs. Downes, Mr. Baker is survived by three sons, Vernon Ray, and Claude Guy, both of Hillsoboro; William Harvey, Pasadena; two brothers, Albert Baker, Cumberland; Irvin Baker, Grantsville; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Pittinger, Philadelphia, Pa.;  Mrs. Effie Mason, Cumberland;  11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were William H. Downes, Thomas E. Nelson, Jr., Francis Pinder, Luther Short, Powell Short, and Ray Baker.

Burial will be in the Chesterfield Cemetery.

Obituary: 1966 (newspaper clipping, source unknown).

, died at his home on Negro Mountain, near Grantsville, on Sunday evening, December 28. He had been ill for several months with a heart condition. A son of the late Aaron and Catherine FOLK BEACHY, he was born near Grantsville.
Surviving: His widow, Mrs. Mary KEIM BEACHY, a son Clyde, at home, two daughters, Mrs. Hester MARGROFF, Akron, Ohio; and Mrs. Ethel MAUST, Spring, PA; two grandchildren, and his brothers, J. A. BEACHY, and Edward W. A. BEACHY, near Grantsville.
Services were from the Mennonite church, Springs, PA, of which he was a member. Rev. Roy OTTO, pastor, officiated. Interment in the Springs cemetery.
(obit hand dated Jan. 1, 1948) pt

CHRISTIAN C. BEACHY, 76, an invalid for the past fifteen years, died April 2, at his residence in Grantsville. Born at Bittinger, son of the late Christian and Mary BEEGHLEY BEACHY.
He was a farmer and a stockman and a maple sugar producer. Moved to Grantsville about six years ago.
No immediate survivors. His wife died last December. Mrs. Susan SCHOCK, of Miami, Fla., and Mt. Lake Park, a sister.
Funeral services were conducted from the home. Interment was in the Grantsville cemetery.
(Obit hand dated, April 3, 1947) pt

EMERSON GALEN BEACHY, JR., 19, was killed Friday afternoon when he fell into a mixer at the Union Firebrick Company, near Jennings. Previously employed by his father in the lumber business.
Survived by his wife, Mary CLIGER BEACHY of Mt. Savage, who is a patient at the Hazel McGilvery Hospital, Meyersdale, PA. . Also survived by a brother, Luther and two sisters, Helen and Kay Beachy, all at home.
Graduated from Grantsville High School in 1944.
Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church in Jennings, Rev. George BOWERSOX, pastor, officiated; assisted by Rev. Ross SPEICHER, pastor of the Church of the Brethren. Interment was in the Grantsville cemetery.
(Obit hand dated March 21, 1946) pt

ETTA SARAH LIVENGOOD BEACHY, 78, Grantsville, Maryland, died November 14, 1950, at Cumberland Memorial Hospital. Born February 21, 1877, the daughter of Simon and Araminta LIVENGOOD.
Married July 23, 1896 to Joel A. Beachy.
Six years of their early life were spent pioneering on a homestead in South Dakota, where Forest, Walter and Irvin were born. Returned to home purchased by Mr. Beachy's father in 1862, one mile west of Grantsville.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by the following children; Forest, Vernon, John, of Grantsville; Walter and Irvin, of Wilkinsburg; Roy, of Salisbury; Mrs. Dewey BITTINGER, Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Herbert BECKETT, Brecksville, Ohio; Mrs. Robert ROSS, Wilkinsburg, Pa.; Mrs. Raymond ROSENBERGER, Grantsville; 28 grandchildren and 10 great, grandchildren.
Also surviving the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Irvin ENGLE, Warren, Ohio; Mrs. Lloyd F. ENGLE, Meyersdale, Pa.; Mrs. John H. FOLK, Grantsville; Mrs. Clarence WISSEMAN, Wilkinsburg, Pa.; Harvey and Hobart LIVENGOOD, Rockwood, Pa.; and Samuel LIVENGOOD, of St. Paul, Pa.
Mrs. Beachy was a member of the Grantsville Evangelical and Reformed Church, oldest member of the Women's Guild, a charter member of the Grantsville Community club, (now the Homemaker's club.)
Funeral services were held Friday, in the St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church. Rev. George K. ELY, of Baltimore, officiated, assisted by Rev. Ira MONN, of Salisbury, Pa., and Rev. Carl H. CLAPP, Cumberland.
Pallbearers were six grandsons: Kenneth BEACHY, Robert BEACHY, Cpl. William BEACHY, Carl BEACHY, Walter BEACHY, Jr. and Neil BITTINGER. Interment was in Grantsville cemetery.
(Obit hand dated Nov. 23, 1950) pt

FORREST F. BEACHY, 84, OF RD 2, died in Meyersdale Community Hospital. Born at Webster. S.D., he was the son of the late Joel A. and Etta (LIVENGOOD) BEACHY. His wife, Grace A. (KAMP) BEACHY, preceded him in death.
He was a retired farmer. He was a member of the St. John's United Church of Christ, Grantsville, a World War I veteran and a charter member of American Legion Post 214.
Surviving are one son, Kenneth BEACHY, of Grantsville; three daughters, Mrs. Bernice MERRILL, of Grantsville, Mrs. Helen BERNHARD, of Inverness, Fla., and Mrs. Wanda SHEFFIELD, of Grantsville; five brothers, Walter A. BEACHY and Irvin BEACHY, both of Wilkinsburg, Pa., Vernon BEACHY and John BEACHY, both of Grantsville, and Roy BEACHY of Berlin, Pa.; three sisters, Mrs. Ruby BITTINGER of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. June BECKETT of Inverness, and Mrs. Evelyn HEWITT of Grantsville; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Newman Funeral Home held the viewing. Services were at the St. John's Church with Rev. Douglas GARLAND, officiating. Interment was in the Grantsville cemetery.
(Obit hand dated July 1, 1981) pt

GALEN BEACHY, 59, Grantsville lumber dealer, died suddenly February 23, of a heart attack at his home on Main Street, Grantsville. Born October 19, 1890, the son of the late Paul and Elizabeth LOHR BEACHY. He married Vena YOST, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah YOST, March 24, 1924.
Surviving: His widow, a son Luther BEACHY, and two daughters, Mrs. Jack KEIM and Miss Kay BEACHY, all of Grantsville. A son, Galen Jr., died several years ago. Also surviving are four brothers, Root BEACHY and Harrison BEACHY, Jennings; Talmadge BEACHY, Magadore, Ohio; McKinley BEACHY, Harrisonburg, VA; and three sisters, Mrs. John YOMMER, Jennings; Mrs. W. H. MOYER, Doylestown, PA, and Mrs. Joseph NISSLEY, Sarasota, FL.
The funeral was conducted from the Grantsville Lutheran church by Rev. Curt H. RUNZ, pastor of the Jennings Lutheran church, of which Mr. Beachy was a member. Burial was in the Grantsville cemetery.
(Obit hand dated March 2, 1950) pt

GRACE A. BEACHY, 77, of Grantsville, died at Meyersdale Community Hospital. Born at the Cove, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Cora Alice (SPEICHER) KAMP.
Survivors: Her husband, Forrest BEACHY; a son, Kenneth BEACHY, of here; three daughters, Mrs. Bernice MERRILL and Mrs. Wanda SHEFFIELD, both of here, and Mrs. Helen BERHARD, Washington; two brothers, Often KAMP, of here, and Robert KAMP, Shallow Water, Kan.; a sister, Mrs. Emma OTTO, of here; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the St. John's United Church of Christ, Grantsville; the church Women's Guild, New Germany Homemaker's Club and Gold Star Mothers.
The body is at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville. Services conducted from St. John's Church, with Rev. Ernest RUMBAUGH, and Rev. Earl HARPER officiating. Interment will be in the Grantsville cemetery.
(Obit hand dated July 6, 1974) pt

Mrs. J. A. BEACHY, of near Grantsville, who died in Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, on Tuesday, will be held Friday from the Grantsville Evangelical and Reformed church, with Rev. Carl H. CLAPP, pastor of St. Mark's Evangelical and Reformed church, Cumberland, officiating. Burial will be in the Grantsville cemetery.
(Obit hand dated November 16, 1950) pt

JONAS M. BEACHY, 65, of RD 1, died Wednesday at his residence. A native of Bittinger, he was a son of the late Silas C. and Mary Alice (BOWSER) BEACHY.
He was a member of the Bear Creek Church of the Brethren and Woodmen of the World, Camp 68 of Bittinger.
He is survived by his widow, Ferne (BUCKEL) BEACHY; a son, David BEACHY, McHenry; four daughters, Mrs. Phyllis MAZER, Oxen Hill, Md.; Mrs. Mary Ellen STEMPER, College Park; Mrs. Cindy STANTON, here; and Miss Sally BEACHY, Oakland; two brothers, Fred BEACHY, Oakland, and John BEACHY, Swanton; two sisters, Mrs. Mary RALEY, Flintstone, and Mrs. Martha EMORY, Bittinger; and five grandchildren.
The body is at the Newman Funeral Home in Grantsville. Rev. William SHIMER will conduct services from the Bear Creek Church of the Brethren. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
(Obit hand dated November 5, 1976) pt

Mrs. KATIE BEACHY, 65, wife of Noah C. BEACHY, died at her home. She had been ill for one year.
Born September 26, 1887, in Somerset County, PA, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Amanda YODER SCHROCK. She was a member of the Amish Church at Gortner.
Surviving: Her husband, and five sons, Elmer and Daniel BEACHY, Oakland; Milton and Paul BEACHY, Meyersdale, PA, and David BEACHY, Norristown, PA, four daughters, Mrs. Daniel PETERSHEIM, Oakland; Misses Sarah and Mary BEACHY, at home, and Mrs. Ray KINSINGER, Salisbury, PA, two brothers, Noah SCHROCK, Oakland, and Elmer SCHROCK, Grantsville; seven sisters, Mrs. Joseph YODER, Meyersdale, PA; Mrs. Eli MILLER, Farmington, Del.; Mrs. Noah W. YODER and Mrs. Rudy YODER, Norfolk, VA; Mrs. Jake MILLER, Stuartsdraft, VA; Mrs. Daniel BEACHY and Mrs. Henry MILLER, Dover, Del., and 17 grandchildren.
Services were held at the Gortner Amish Church with interment in Schlabach cemetery.
(Obit hand dated Oct. 22, 1953) pt

MISS LEAH D. BEACHY, 94, died at home south of Oakland. A native of Preston Co., WV, she was born April 21, 1857, a daughter of the late Daniel J. and Elizabeth YODER BEACHY. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church near Gortner, she lived in that area for 87 years.
Surviving: Two sisters, Mrs. Katie HERSHBERGER, Salisbury, PA, and Miss Fannie BEACHY, at home; and 22 nieces and nephews.
Services were from the Amish Mennonite Church with interment in the Beachy family cemetery at Aurora.
(obit hand dated December 4, 1951)

MARSHALL BEACHY, 75, died Tuesday at his home in Grantsville.
He was a well-known contractor.
Survived by his widow, Mrs. Eva BROADWATER BEVANS BEACHY; one son, James BEACHY, at home; a daughter, Miss Elizabeth BEACHY, Washington, D. C.; five children by his first wife, Mrs. Mary FRANTZ BEACHY, Harry with the Navy, Frank BEACHY, Smock, Pa., Mrs. Helen NOEL, Braddock, Pa., Mrs. Estella REED, Valencia, Pa.; and Mrs. Hilda BAKER, Slippery Rock, Pa.
Services held Thursday from the Winterburg Funeral Home by Rev. D. J. COMBS, Methodist Minister and burial in the Grantsville cemetery.
(Obit hand dated December 18, 1947 pt

MARY BEACHY, 71, widow of Moses BEACHY, died October 10, at her home near Salisbury, PA, following an illness of five years. A native of Grantsville, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel MILLER, she was a member of the Beachy Amish church.
Surviving: Five stepsons, Noah, Irvin, Ernest and Milton BEACHY, all of Salisbury, and Alvin BEACHY, Bluffton, Ohio, and five stepdaughters, Miss Annie BEACHY, Salisbury; Mrs. Amos GEIGLEY, Fairfield; Mrs. Eli YODER, Fisherville, VA, and Mrs. Melvin and Mrs. Henry YODER, both of Grantsville.
Services were at the Beachy Church, Rev. Eli TICE, officiating. Interment was in the Amish Cemetery, Niverton.
(Obit hand dated October 22, 1953) pt

MRS. MARY ANN BEACHY, 79, widow of CHRISTIAN A. BEACHY, daughter of the late Jonas and Hester Mc VICKER KIEM, was born in Somerset Co., PA, December 25,1872 and died January 6, 1952, at Springs, PA. She had been an invalid for the past ten years. She was a member of the Springs Mennonite Church at Springs, PA, from where the funeral services were conducted January 9 with Rev. Roy OTTO in charge. Interment was in the cemetery at Springs.
Survivors: Two daughters, Mrs. Ethel MAUST, Springs; Mrs. Hester MARGROFT, Akron, Ohio; one foster daughter, Miss Helen DUCKWORTH, Cumberland; two sisters, Mrs. Lucinda KOLBFLEISCH, of State Line, PA and Mrs. Margaret RODAMER, Springs, PA; a brother, Robert KIEM, Summit Mills, PA, and two grandchildren. pt

MYRTLE BEACHY, 59, wife of Arthur BEACHY, who died February 22, in a Philadelphia hospital, was buried in Firnwood cemetery in that city.
Born July 6, 1891, near Oakland, a daughter of the late I. G. and Mary E. KITZMILLER. A member of Rebekah and P. O. S. of A. lodges in Philadelphia and the Presbyterian church.
Surviving: her husband, a son, Robert G. BEACHY; one sister, Mrs. Virgie K. THAYER, Oakland; two brothers, Walter O. and Julius E. KITZMILLER, both of Philadelphia and a grandson.
(obit hand dated March 6, 1951) pt

PFC. ROBERT J. BEACHY, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest F. Beachy, of Grantsville, was killed November 14, when an Air Force C-119 "Flying Boxcar" hit a Korean mountain. Inducted into the service March, 1950. Prior to the service, he worked in Washington D. C., he graduated from Grantsville High School. He was a member of the Grantsville Reformed church. PFC. BEACHY was the grandson of Joel BEACHY, Grantsville.
Surviving: besides his parents, three sisters; Mrs. William MERRILL, Avilton; Mrs. Robert BARDCORD and Mrs. Wanda LEWIS, Washington, and a brother, Kenneth BEACHY, Hagerstown.
Another sister, Dorothy Jane BEACHY, was killed about 12 years ago as she alighted from a school bus. (Edge of copy is missing, letters for the surnames of sister's spouses are missing)
(obit hand dated Feb. 3, 1953) pt

SIMON N. BEACHY, 25, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah C. BEACHY, of near Gortner, on November 1. He had been ill for two or three years. Born in Garrett County, November 25, 1925.
Survived by his parents, five brothers and four sisters; Mrs. Annie PETERSHEIM, Elmer, Daniel, Sarah, David and Mary BEACHY, all of Oakland; Milton BEACHY, Meyersdale, Pa.; Paul BEACHY, and Mrs. Amanda KINSINGER, Salisbury, Pa.
He was a member of the old order of Amish Mennonite church, near Gortnor, from which place the funeral services will be conducted, L. M. BEACHY in charge. Interment will be in the Slabach cemetery.
(Obit hand dated November 2, 1950) pt

HILDA M. BEALKY, 76, of Cumberland, died March 21, 1995, at Memorial Hospital.
Born July 8, 1918, in Accident, daughter of the late George Frederick GEORG and the late Emma (KAHL) GEORG. He was preceded in death by her husband, George Lewis BEALKY in 1959; two brothers and one sister. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Surviving a son, Bernard G. BEALKY, Cumberland; a daughter, Joan BEALKY, Cumberland; and several nieces and nephews.
He was member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Funeral held at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, Cumberland. Rev. Lawrence G. Geotz officiated. Interment in the Sunset Memorial Park.

MARY AGNES BEAMER, 69, widow of Charles W. BEAMER, formerly of Oakland, died last Thursday at the home of her daughter, ? J. William Smith, Cumberland.
Surviving: a son, Dr. Charles. S. BEAMER, LaVale, another daughter, ? Vernon CASTEEL, Huntingdon, WV, two sisters and four grandchildren. (Copy runs off the edge of the page, thus I can't read full names for Casteel and Smith)
(Obit hand dated Oct. 1, 1942) pt

MICHAEL J. BEDENE, 66, retired Kitzmiller coal miner, was found dead in the back yard of his home in Kitzmiller on Friday morning. Known as "MIKE" Bedene, he had been a resident of Kitzmiller for a number of years, was unmarried and had no known relatives in this section. Authorities attributed the death to a heart ailment. George PUGH, a next door neighbor found the body.
Born in Austria, September 17, 1882, he became a naturalized American citizen September 14, 1931, was a member of the Mt. Bethel Methodist church, Kitzmiller, and Lovene National Benefit society No. 243, of Frostburg.
(Obit hand dated November 11, 1948) pt

MARMADUKE C. BEST, aged 82 years, 8 months and 12 days, died at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Harry WHITE, Oak St., Oakland, on January 21. Cause: Influenza. He was born in New York City, May 8, 1846.
Surviving: A son, Head D. BEST, of Kingwood, WV, and by a daughter, Mrs. Greeley JANOSKE, of Red House, a sister; Mrs. Kate SIGLER, of Galesburg, IL.
Services were held at the Red House Lutheran church, with Rev. W. E. WAYBRIGHT officiating, with interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
(Obit hand dated January 21, 1928) pt

Mrs. Etta BOWERS, wife of Mr. George BOWERS, died at her home near Jennings on Tuesday, March 11th, of pnuemonia, aged 34 years. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James ROSS, her father having preceded her to the grave five days. She is survived by her husband and three small children. She was a faithful Christian mother and wife and everyone who knew her loved her. She was a member of the Reformed church. Interment was made at New Germany Cemetery on Wednesday, March 12, with a brief service at the grave conducted by her pastor, Rev. Ira. S. Moon.
(March 11, 1919)

The Charleroi Mail, Pennsylvania
Albert BRANT of Monongahela, age 75 years , died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles LEVY, 129 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, PA., April 2, 1946 at 12:30 p.m.
He was born in Somerset County, PA., March 8, 1871 and came to Charleroi in 1897 from Maryland. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Thairville, Maryland and was a carpenter by trade.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (GARRETT) BRANT, two daughters, Mrs Charles (Bertha) LEVY of Charleroi and Mrs. George (Virginia) McDOUGALL of Monongahela, one son, Earl Howard BRANT of North Charleroi, one sister, Mrs. Lou (Lucy) KIMMELL of Akron, OH., four half-sisters: Mrs. Sara BOWMAN; Mrs. Sue TEETS, and Mrs. Myrtle HASTINGS of McHenry, MD; and Mrs. Ruth BOWSER of Accident, MD; three half-brothers, Calvin BRANT of Fairmont, WV, Jonas BRANT of Akron, OH and George BRANT of McHenry, MD, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at Monongahela Cemetery, Monongahela, PA. mb

The Charleroi Mail, Pennsylvania
Mary Elizabeth BRANT
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth BRANT of 129 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, PA. died in the Charleroi-Monessen Hospital, March 18, 1957 at 9:43 a.m.
Mrs. BRANT was born in Oakland, Maryland, August 31, 1875, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (KING) GARRETT.
She was a member of the Methodist Church of Oakland, MD.
Preceded in death by her husband, Albert BRANT, in 1946, she is survived