September 16, 1990

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DATELINE: Finksburg Reginald Brumfitt, 57, died Wednesday at his home. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he had owned Quality Natural Stone Co., here, for the past 10 years. He also was a member of Emory United Methodist Church. He was the husband of Catherine S. Brumfitt. In addition to his wife, survivors include sons, Steven Brumfitt of Westminster and Derek Brumfitt of Hampstead; daughter, Gail Smetzer of here; brothers, Jack Brumfitt and Thomas Brumfitt and sister, Elsie Quinn, all of Edinburgh. Six grandchildren also survive.

DATELINE: Hanover Wilson S. Bechtel, 76, died Sept. 9 at Hanover General Hospital in Pennsylvania. Born in Westminster, he was the husband of Annie M. Bechtel. Retired from The Baltimore Sun, he was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and the Moose Lodge, both in Westminster. In addition to his wife, survivors include stepdaughters, Janet Davis of Utah, Sandra Hudson of Virginia, Betty J. Dickey of Aspers, Pa.; brothers, Kermit Bechtel of Littlestown, Pa. and John Bechtel of Westminster; sisters, Grace Wentz of here, Edna Koontz of Littlestown and Esther Wecker of Illinois.

DATELINE: Littlestown Elmer Shanks, 67, died Tuesday at his Pennsylvania home here. He was the husband of Anna W. Shanks. He had retired as a project engineer for Gould Inc. In addition to his wife, survivors include sons, Kenneth E. Shanks of Baltimore, Roy B. Shanks of York, Pa. and David R. Shanks of Florida; sisters, Euna Forrester of Manchester, Anna R. Daily of Baltimore and Betty J. Erb of Taneytown, and a brother, William N. Shanks of Harford County.

DATELINE: Owings Mills Catherine H. Christiansen, 85, died Monday at the Augsburg Home in Baltimore. Born in Upperco, she was the wife of Christian M. Christiansen. Other survivors include a daughter, Ellena B. Christiansen of Baltimore County, and sisters, Sarah G. Glazier and M. Caroline Snyder, both of Westminster.

DATELINE: West Friendship Blanche M. Shipley, 90, a former resident of Howard County, died Sept. 9 at Howard County General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Vernon W. Shipley. She also was the mother of the late Doris VanSant and Willard Shipley. She is survived by her daughter, Thelma M. Barnes of Mount Airy; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

DATELINE: Westminster Woodrow B. Mitten, 78, died Monday at Carroll County General Hospital. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Before his retirement, he was a maintenance mechanic at Grief Sewing Factory. He is survived by his wife, Mabel A. Mitten; son and daughter-in-law, Richard L. and Dona J. Mitten of Millers, and one granddaughter.

Barbara A. Jones, 34, died Wednesday at Baltimore County General Hospital. She was the daughter of Sallie M. Fritz of here and the late Edward Spivey. She was the sister of the late John H., Steve E. and James D. Spivey. A 1973 graduate of Westminster High School, she was a merchandiser for Brown and Williamson Tobacco Co. She also was a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 897. In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Larry W. Jones; stepfather, Roy J. Fritz of here; sister, Betty L. Sell of Pennsylvania; brothers, Roy L. Spivey of here and Garland R. Spivey of Texas.

Johnny Jeffrey, 84, died Wednesday at Carroll County General Hospital. He was the husband of the late Virginia Rowe Jeffrey. He was a coal miner and a member of the United Mine Workers Association. Surviving are a son, John Jeffrey Jr. of here; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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