CLOSE, Alexander

FROSTBURG - Alexander Close, 77, died yesterday at his home, 234 Main Street. He was retired and formerly operated the Hershey Confectionery Store, East Main Street. He was a son of the late James and Margaret (Dudley) Close, and was the last surviving member of his family. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie (Brode) Close; two sons, Kenneth L. and William E. Close, both of Frostburg; three daughters, Mrs. William Richardson, Delmar, Md.; Mrs. William Fuller, Frostburg, and Miss Letty Close, at home. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted at the funeral home tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. George L. Wehler officiating. Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
The Cumberland Sunday Times, August 17, 1958
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

CLOSE, James D.

Frostburg, Jan. 26 — James D. Close, 67, of 238 East Main street, died this morning in Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, where he was admitted Wednesday. Mr. Close was a retired saddle maker and worked many years with Shaffer's General Store here when that business was in operation. A native of Eckhart he resided here since manhood. He was a member of Frostburg Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and of the Eckhart Baptist church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Helena (Brode) Close, at home; a son, Walter Close, Eckhart; a daughter, Mrs. John Kreiling, Cumberland; two sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Eisel and Mrs. Jean Lemmert, and a brother, Alex Close, all of Frostburg. No arrangements have been made.
The Cumberland Evening Times, January 26, 1945
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)



CLOSE, James Richard

James Richard "Dick" Close, 65, of Charles Street, Hyndman, died Monday, March 26, 2001, at his winter residence at Lazy Acres, Zolfo Springs, Fla. He was born Dec. 27, 1935, in Cumberland, Md., a son of the late Lola Elizabeth (Close) Shaffer. He was raised by his maternal grandmother, Muriel Close, who also preceded him in death. On Aug. 27, 1955, he married the former Ruth Ellen Chaney, who survives, along with a son, Jerry L., married to the former Debbie Divelbiss, Hyndman; and Mary "Peanut," married to Robert Miller, Warminster; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also surviving are brothers Woodrow Shaffer and wife Peggy, Martinsburg, W.Va.; and Kenny Shaffer, Meyersdale; and sisters Joyce, married to James Haller, Wiley Ford, W.Va.; and Darlene Lowery and Elaine Shaffer, both of Hyndman. Mr. Close owned and operated Dick's Garage, Hyndman, from 1977 until 1991. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Hyndman. He was active in the Hyndman-Londonderry Lions Club, and was an avid bowler. Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home, 169 Clarence Street, Hyndman, with the Rev. David L. Klink officiating. Burial at Hyndman Cemetery. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The Bedford Gazette, March 28, 2001
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 15, 2010

CLOSE, Mrs. Lena Brode

FROSTBURG — Mrs. Lena Close, 81, died in Cumberland this morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John A. Kreiling, 516 Riehl Avenue. A native of Frostburg, she was the widow of James Close and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brode. Mrs. Close had resided with her daughter for the last two years. Surviving, besides Mrs. Kreiling, are another daughter, Mrs. Walter C. Close, Frostburg; a brother, Philip Brode, Steubenville, Ohio; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home here where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p. m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m. tomorrow. Services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. from the funeral home by Rev. George L. Wehler and interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.       
The Cumberland Evening Times, December 18, 1958
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

CLOSE, Miss Letty

FROSTBURG — Miss Letty Close, 46, of 234 East Main Street, died yesterday at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, after an illness of six months. She was a daughter of Mrs. Minnie (Brode) Close, with whom she resided, and the late Alexander Close. Miss Close was a member of the Salem United Church of Christ. She was an employe of District Court and had formerly been employed in the Trial Magistrate's office here. Besides her mother, surviving are two sisters, Mrs. William Richardson, Salisbury, Md. and Mrs. William Fuller, of here; and two brothers, Kenneth and William Close, both of here. The body is at the Hafer-Sowers Funeral Home here where friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be conducted there tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. George L. Wehler officiating. Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
The Cumberland News, January 4, 1972
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)


CLOSE, Miss Margaret

FROSTBURG, Dec. 26 — Miss Margaret Close, 79, died yesterday morning at her residence, 236 East Main street, after a lingering illness. A daughter of the late James D. and Margaret (Dudley) Close, and a native of Eckhart, she had resided here for many years. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Jacob Eisel, Mrs. Henry Lemmert, and two brothers, James D., and Alexander Close, this city.
The Cumberland Evening Times, December 26, 1940
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

Mrs. Maude Simons Close

CLOSE, Mrs. Maude Simons

FROSTBURG – Mrs. Maude Close, 80, wife of Alex G. Close, 93 Broadway, died last night in Miners Hospital where she was admitted Tuesday.
Born in Eckhart, she was a daughter of the late William R. and Kathryn (Williamson) Simons.  A former school teacher, she taught at Eckhart and Mt. Savage schools, Mrs. Close was a member of First Methodist Church and had served as superintendent of the church’s Children’s Division 25 years. Mrs. Close also was active in church missionary and Red Cross work and held membership in the Women’s Republican Club. Surviving, besides her husband, are two daughters, Miss Katherine Close, at home, and Mrs. Louis A. Potter Jr., East Lansing, Mich.; a brother, Oliver N. Simons, Frostburg; two sisters, Mrs. G. Elmer Lamphere and Miss Emma Simons, both of Frostburg, and two grandchildren.
The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The Evening Times, Cumberland, MD., Friday, April 14, 1961  
Transcribed by Vernon A. Miller, May 16, 2011
Posted June 11, 2011

CLOSE, Robert

Eckhart, Md., Jan. 28 - Robert Close, former resident, died yesterday morning in Pittsburgh following a heart attack. A native of Eckhart, Mr. Close, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James R. Close, had resided in Pittsburgh for the past 20 years, where he was employed by the Mine Safety Appliance Company. He is survived by seven sisters, Mrs. Holly Jenkins and Mrs. Leslie A. Barnes, Sykesville, Md.; Miss Olive Close, Pasadena, Md.; the Misses Evelyn, Nellie, Diana and Jane Close, Eckhart; and two brothers, William Close, Cumberland, and Blair Close, Eckhart.
The Cumberland Evening Times, January 28, 1943
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

CLOSE, Mrs. Sarah A. Murray

Mrs. Sarah A. Close, 74, formerly of 306 Harrison Street, died yesterday at Cuppett-Weeks Nursing Home in Oakland; A native of Coal Run, Pa., she was a daughter of the late William M. and Missouri (Martz) Murray, and was the widow of James A. Close, who was a printer for the Times and Alleganian Company. She was a member and secretary of St. Mark's United Church of Christ, former proprietor of the Cumberland Letter Shop and former employe of Macy Insurance Agency. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Hershberger, city; a son, Donald M. Close, Little Rock, Ark., and a sister, Mrs. Laura Pyle, city, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home today from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home by the Rev. W. W. Crawford. Interment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park.
The Cumberland Evening Times, September 30, 1975
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted November 12, 2011



James B. (Bert) Closterman, 88, of Red Hill, RD 5, Cumberland, Maryland, died March 14, 1984 at Frostburg Community Hospital. Born at Red Hill, he was a retired coal miner. His wife, Mrs. Mary (Lavin) Closterman, preceded him in death. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fred Theis, Ashtabula, Ohio, and Mrs. Jon Shultz, Meyersdale. Friends were received at the Sowers Funeral Home, Frostburg, Maryland. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Friday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church by Msgr. John L. Reinsfelder. Interment, the parish cemetery.
The Republic, March 22, 1984
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted June 25, 2009

CLOSTERMAN, Mrs. Mary E. Lavin

FROSTBURG - Mrs. Mary E. Closterman, 73, Red Hill, died in Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, this morning after being a patient for two weeks. Born in Eckhart, she was the daughter of the late John and Rebecca (Folk) Lavin. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband J. Bernard Closterman; a son, William F. Closterman, Painesville, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Frederick Theis, Astabula, Ohio; and Mrs. John Schultz, Meyersdale, Pa.; two brothers, George Lavin and Leo Lavin, Frostburg; two sisters, Mrs. Hillary Lancaster, Eckhart, and Mrs. William Robertson, Geneva; five grandchildren. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p. m. and tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. The Cumberland Evening Times, September 6, 1963
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted June 11, 2009

CLOWER, Arthur (also FRIEND, Clarence A.)

Two Violent Deaths Reported in W. Va.
Two violent deaths were reported in Hampshire and Grant counties during the night, one a youth crushed by a conveyor belt and the other a man, the victim of a gun blast. Dead are Clarence A. Friend Jr., 18, of Friendsville, and Arthur Clower, 62, who died of a pistol shot in the head. The victim of the mishap at the Mt. Storm Power Station of Virginia Electric and Power Company, was the son of Clarence A. and Geraldine (Ryan) Friend of Friendsville.
Caught in Conveyor Belt
Officials of the Virginia Electric Power Company said the youth was working in the coal yard at the power project when he apparently was caught in the conveyor belt of a machine and was crushed to death. He was born at Bruceton Mills, W. Va. Surviving, in addition to his parents are four sisters, Mrs. Bonnie Kay Cowan, Laurel, Md.; Mrs. Carolyn Sue Evans, Oakland; Linda Ann Friend and Frances Louise Friend, at home; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ryan; and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Grace VanSickle. The body is a the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, and will be taken to the home this evening.
Was Still Alive
Mr. Clower, who resided in the Moorefield area, was found on the farm of David Harmison, river Road, eight miles from Romney, by the farm’s owner. Mr. Harmison told authorities Mr. Clower was still alive when he discovered him late yesterday afternoon. He called State Police and an ambulance. Mr. Clower died within 15 minutes after being found. A. L. Russell, Hampshire County coroner, said Mr. Clower died of apparent self-inflicted wound from a .22 calibre pistol. The body is at the Thrush Funeral Home.
Source: The Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Maryland; Nov. 19, 1965; page 15.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted February 23, 2013

Name: Gibson Francis "Dunner" Clupp, 60, of Devlin Manor, Cumberland and formerly of Lonaconing

Parents: Alec Gibson and Frances (Patterson) Clupp

DOB: June 30, 1949 in Lonaconing

DOD: Sunday, May 30, 2010 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center

Survived by: sisters, Eleanor Jean Clupp of Hagerstown, MD and Frances Jane Hardin of Pasadena, MD

Burial:  Thursday, June 3, 2010, no location specified 

Source: Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, Lonaconing, MD
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 18, 2014

CLUPP, Mrs. Margaret Monahan

CLUPP - At Mercy Hospital on Friday, January 7, 1921 at 12:15 p.m., Margaret Monahan Clupp, beloved wife of the late John Clupp.  Funeral from her late home, 273 Braddock Ave; Turtle Creek, Pa on Monday, January 10 at 8:30 a.m. High mass at St Colman's church, Turtle Creek at 9 a.m.  Friends of the family are respectively invited to attend.  Cumberland (Md) papers please copy.
Pittsburgh Press; Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co, Pa., Sunday, January 9, 1921 - Additional Classified, pg 6, col 6
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted September 13, 2013

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