William J. Gisiner Sr., 75, died Jan. 16 at his home. He was the husband of Marjorie Cowman Gisiner. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a retired race horse trainer. Additional survivors include sons, William J. Gisiner Jr. of Finksburg, and John D. Gisiner of Glyndon; daughter, Barbara J. Ayres of Owings Mills; sister, Louise Ward of here; brothers, Fred Gisiner of Essex and George Gisiner of New York; and four grandchildren.
Raymond D. "Bill" Myers, 73, died Jan. 17 at his son's Uniontown home. Twice widowed, he was the husband of Catherine Smith Myers and Mary Keeney Myers, and the father of the late Richard Myers. A plant manager of Cambridge Rubber Co. in Taneytown, he was a member of Keysville Lutheran Church. Survivors include his son, Wayne M. Myers; a sister, Cleo M. Kiser of Keymar; stepdaughter, Mary Ellen Kline of Woodsboro; stepson, George E. Claybaugh of Littlestown, Pa.; four grandsons; nine step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
John R. Bailey Jr., 48, died Wednesday at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bailey of Reisterstown. He was the husband of Ann Bailey. For more than 25 years, he had been a member of Steamfitters Local 238. In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include children, Deborah A. Stettmeier of Frederick, John R. Bailey III and Karen L. Bailey, both of here; brother, William R. Bailey of Reisterstown; and a grandmother, Mary Carey of Owings. Services will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at Sandy Mount UnitedMethodist Church, 2101 Old Westminster Pike. The family requests contributions to the Medical Oncology Department of St. Agnes Hospital, 900 Caton Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21229.
Shirley E. Shifler, 65, diedThursday. She was the wife of Chalmers L. Shifler. A saleswoman at area department stores, she was a member of the First Assembly of God in Westminster. In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Stewart L. Shifler of Baltimore; brother, Elbert B. Reed Jr. of Sykesville; sisters, Bertha Nichter of Sykesville, Helen Kerns of Louisiana and Marjorie Douglas of Florida; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Willis L. Sterner, 67, died Wednesday at Harrisburg State Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa. He was the husband of thelate Ellen Schrum Sterner. Survivors include daughters, Donna Baileyof Manchester and Elizabeth Wentz of Hanover, Pa.; sons, Clayton, John and Paul Sterner, all of Pennsylvania; brothers, Lloyd, Kenneth and David Sterner, and sisters, Margaret Jones and Mildred Frey, all ofPennsylvania; and 13 grandchildren.
Mildred M. Lessner, 95, died Wednesday at Longview Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Charles C. Lessner and a member of Westminster United Methodist Church. Survivors include daughters, Aldra L. Lauterbach of here, Gwendolyn Stonelake of Glen Mills, Pa., and Gloria J. Mitmanof Alexandria, Va.; three granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren.
Earl E. Putman, 82, died Tuesday at Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center. He had worked on the family farm and for a building contractor until his retirement. He was a member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church. A sister, Kathryn L. Green of here, and four nieces survive.
Earl M. Tawney, 70, died Tuesday at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He was the husband of the late Mildred E. Tawney. A cabinet maker, he had been employed by Reisterstown Lumber Co. He was a member of Reisterstown United Methodist Church, the Baltimore Ramblers Motorcycle Club and the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Co. Survivors include a son, Melvin E. Tawney of here; brother, Leonard Tawney of Finksburg; sisters, Mary Merrick of here and Ruth Cole of Finksburg; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth A. James, 60, died Wednesday at Carroll County General Hospital. She was the daughter of Lillian Dill Cavey of Pikesville and the late Thomas Cavey. A homemaker, she was the wife of John L. James. In addition to her mother and husband, survivors include a son, John L. James Jr. of Key Largo, Fla.;daughters, Linda McQuay of Severn, Jill Burke of Westminster and Judi James of here; brother, Thomas Cavey Jr. of Woodlawn; sister, Mary Jean Jessen of Woodlawn; and five grandchildren.
George Doll Jr., 63, died Monday at Gettysburg Hospital in Pennsylvania. He was the son of George E. Doll of California and the late Mae Doll. He was the husband of Violet McCarter Doll. A U.S. Army veteran, he had fought in the Korean War. Additional survivors include a sister, Florence Callahan of Mount Airy; brother, Donald Doll; severalchildren and grandchildren.
Leona K. Armacost, 82, died Tuesday at Carroll County General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Charles H. Armacost and the mother of the late Louise K. Armacost. She was a 1926 graduate of Westminster High School. A member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, she had been its organist. Survivors include daughters, Evelyn A. Schaeffer of here and Katherine A. Koontz of New Windsor; brother, the Rev. J. Melvin Kay of Finksburg; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. The family requests contributions to the church, 3006 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.
Sam W. Knight, 48, died Monday at Carroll County General Hospital. He was the son of Addie Mae Osborne Unger and the late Samuel B. Knight. He was the husband of Janice Evans Knight. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Special Forces in Vietnam. He was involved in area soccer leagues. Additional survivors include his stepfather, Charles Unger of here; daughters, Sandy Cheatham of Baltimore and Kimberly Taylor of Louisiana; sons Kelly, W. C., and Dean Knight, all of here; brother, Bob Knight of here; half-brother, George Fowble of South Carolina; step-brother, James Unger of Mount Airy; half-sister, Phyllis Feiser of Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren. The family requests contributions to the American Lung Association, 3 Lan Lea Drive, Lutherville, Md. 21093.
Doris V. Gibson, 73, died Jan. 16 at Carroll County General Hospital. A homemaker, she was the wife of the late Joseph H. Gibson. Survivors include a son, Joseph H. Gibson Jr. of Sykesville; daughters, Dale V. Wheeler of Arbutus and Anna M. Spring ofEllicott City; sister, Hortense Schilling of Pikesville; brothers, Norman Schilling of Pikesville and Jack Schilling of here; and four grandchildren. The family requests contributions to the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where she was a member.
Naomi Kinzer Kunishi, 50, a former resident here, died Monday in Oakland, Calif. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph U. Kinzer of here. She was the wife of the late Dr. John T. Kunishi. A graduate of Frostburg State Teachers College, she had taught in county schools. At the time of her death, she had been teaching for the Dioceseof Oakland. In addition to her parents, survivors include sons John T. Kunishi Jr. and Kevin Kunishi; sister, Carolyn Schumate; and brothers, Joseph, Mark and Thomas Kinzer. The family requests contributions to the American Cancer Society, Contra Costa Unit, 1250 SpringbrookRoad, Walnut Creek, Calif. 94596.
Ralph A. Schaefer, 78, died Monday at Carroll County General Hospital. He was the husband of LucilleA. Deimling Schaefer. After earning his doctorate in chemistry, he worked for the Electric Storage Battery Co. in Pennsylvania. Followinghis retirement, he was an independent consultant. He was past president of the Electric Chemical Society and the American Electroplaters Society and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glyndon. In addition to his wife, survivors include sons, Edward D. Schaefer of Reisterstown and Ronald A. Schaefer of Massachusetts; daughter, Rosemary Sargent of New Holland, Pa.; sisters, Helen Doskocil of Floridaand Clara Walter of Ohio; and 14 grandchildren. The family requests contributions in his name to his church's building fund, Sacred HeartLane, Glyndon, 21071, or to the charity of one's choice.