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Maurice H. "Bud" Blocher, 70, formerly of here, died Thursday at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown after a long illness. A native of here, he was the son of the late John H. and Annie Shamer Blocher. A 1949 graduate of Western Maryland College, he was the husband of the late Nancy M. Blocher. Survivors include his daughter, Susan Elgin of Waynesboro, Pa.; son, Thomas H. Blocher of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sisters, Mrs. Maurice Eburg and Mrs. Russell Schultz of Greenmount; and seven grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to West End Baptist Chapel, or the Community Rescue Service, P. O. Box 22, Hagerstown, Md. 21740.
Shirley Lee Polcak Schleich, 53, formerly a bus driver, died Saturday at Carroll County General Hospital. The wife of James F. Schleich, she is also survived by her daughters, Susanne Horak and Debra Schleich of Hampstead; son, KurtSchleich of Lineboro; two sisters, Ruth McDowell of Baltimore and Evelyn Perry of Catonsville, Baltimore County; two brothers, John and Thomas Polcak of Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County; and four grandchildren.
Landon J. Gouge, 75, a retired painter, died Saturday at Carroll County General Hospital. The husband of Inez Buchman Gouge, he is also survived by his brother, Blaine Gouge of here, and his sister, Louticia Buchanan of Burnsville, N.C.
Minnie Mabel Nusbaum, 83, a retired dietitian for Springfield State Hospital Center here, died Saturday at Carroll County General Hospital after an extended illness. The wife of the late Charles G. Nusbaum, she is survived by her daughter, Mildred R. Lewis of Edgemere, Baltimore County; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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Geraldine Clark, 78, a retired cook at Horn & Horn Restaurant in Frederick, died Friday at her daughter and son-in-law's residence, where she had lived for 10 years. A native ofBaltimore, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Catherine Deems Burns. The wife of the late Frank Howard Clark Sr., she is survived by her daughter, Barbara F. Anthony of here; son, Frank H. Clark Jr. of Unionville, Frederick County; sister, Mary Stark of Woodlawn, Baltimore County; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
J. Marshall Singer, 84, a retired foreman with Lehigh Portland Cement, died Friday at Carroll County General Hospital after a short illness. A member of Union Bridge United Methodist Church, he was also a member of the Union Bridge Fire Department. He was the son of the lateGuy and Elizabeth Bohn Singer. The husband of Margaret King Singer, he is also survived by his sons, Marvin L. Singer of Westminster and James K. Singer of Hartwell, Ga.; brother, Clarence Singer of near here; sisters, Amy Singer of Frederick and Evelyn Hauck of here; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made toUnited Methodist Church, Union Bridge, Md. 21791.
Charlotte B. Coles, 96, a member of the Presbyterian Church here, died Thursday at the Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center after an extended illness. A native of Harford County, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lennox B. Bond. A retired sales clerk for Hutzler's Department Store in Baltimore, she was the wife of the late William Connett Coles Sr. She is survived by her sons, William C. Coles Jr. of here and John B. Coles of Catonsville, Baltimore County; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Morton W. Sowers, 68, died Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Baltimore County, after a brief illness. A native of Floyd, Va., hewas the son of the late James and Delila Weddle Sowers. The husband of the late Dorothy Madeline Sowers, he is survived by his sons, Windell Sowers of Taneytown, David Sowers of Silver Run, and Mark Sowers of Towson; daughters, Julie Caprarola of Westminster and Marcy S. Hook of Gettysburg, Pa.; brothers, Garman and Gordon Sowers of Roanoke, Va.; sister, Larma Blankenship of Roanoke, Va.; and 12 grandchildren.
Mae T. Pennington, 75, a lifelong member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church here, died Saturday at her home after a brief illness. A member of Melrose Homemakers, she was the wife of the late Stanley T. Pennington. She is survived by her son, Stanley T. Pennington Jr. of Manchester; daughter, Evelyn Shriver of Anderson, S.C.; brother, Robert C. Thomas of here; sisters, Naomi Rohrbaugh of York, Pa., and Corinne Frock of Hanover, Pa.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.Memorial contributions may be made to Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 1374 Bachmans Valley Road, Westminster, Md. 21157.
The Rev. Mack Henry Wilder, 78, a Baptist minister for 56 years, died Friday at the Golden Age Rest Home in Sykesville after an extended illness. He served as pastor at the Liberty Baptist Church, Lisbon,Howard County, where he played a key role in founding the church, and at Blue Ridge Baptist Church and Glenwood Baptist Church. He had been a moderator for the Blue Ridge Baptist Association and served as president and vice president of the Maryland Baptist Convention. Survivors include a son, A. Eugene Wilder of Lizella, Ga.; sisters, BessieMae Greer of Ellicott City, Howard County, Oma Helton of Morristown,Tenn., and Hazel Standifer of Gaither; and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund or the Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund.