BALTIMORE — 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.