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Elsie Hoff Raver, 92, of Gamber

Elsie Hoff Raver, 92, of Gamber, died Sept. 27, 2008, at Golden Living, Westminster Nursing Home, Westminster.

Born June 26, 1916, in Carroll County, she was the daughter of the late Francis M. and Ada C. Arnold Hoff.

She was the wife of the late Sterling C. Raver, who died March 11, 2005.

She had worked many years ago in a sewing factory in Westminster. Following her work there, she worked in the assembly operation at Proctor-Silex.

She lived most of her life in the Gamber area, and had a special affection for cats.

She is survived by several generations of nieces and nephews and a devoted friend, Jesse Hall, of Finksburg.

She was preceded in death by siblings Charles Hoff, Leslie "Pete" Hoff, Wilmer Hoff, David Hoff, Herman Hoff, Virginia M. Ford, Martha Ward and Carrie Barnes.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. Interment will be in Westminster Cemetery, Westminster.

Raymond Warren Sirk, 84, of Woodbine

Raymond Warren Sirk, 84, of Woodbine, died Sept. 23, 2008, at his home.

He was born June 23, 1924, in Criders, Va., the son of the late Willis Sirk and the late Sarah (Delaughter) Sirk.

He was the husband of Jean D. (Satterwhite) Sirk of Woodbine.

He was employed for more than 40 years as a farmer with A.E. Mullinix and Son.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

He was a member of Four Counties VFW Post 10076 of Mount Airy, and was also a member of the American Legion Gold Star Post 191, Mount Airy.

Surviving him, in addition to his wife, are children and their spouses Warren R. and Peggy Sirk of Walkersville, Brenda M. and Robert Hedlund of Mount Airy, Michael W. and Mary Anne Sirk of Mount Airy and Linda M. Main of Mount Airy; and son-in-law Randy Martin of Mount Airy.

Also surviving him is brother Herman Sirk of Woodbine; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Also remembering him is dear friend Patrice Hoffman.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters.

Graveside services were held Sept. 26 at True Gospel Cemetery, with the Rev. Irvin Martin of Mount Airy Mennonite Church officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Gilchrist Hospice, 555 W. Towsontown Blvd., Towson, MD 21204.

Arrangements were by Burrier-Queen Funeral Home and Crematory, PA, Winfield.

Florence L. Harker, 86, of Sykesville

Florence L. Harker, 86, of Sykesville, died Sept. 23, 2008, at Fairhaven.

Born Nov. 20, 1921, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Frederick H. Sr. and Elsie Marie Prechtel Limpert.

She was the wife of 67 years of Hubert H. Harker Jr.

She had been a homemaker for most of her life. She was a long-time member of Wards Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She had also been a member of the Randallstown Women's Club.

In her younger years she was a fencing champion. She enjoyed bowling, playing bridge and traveling, including many cruises, and loved to take pictures of her travels.

She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving her, in addition to her husband, are daughters Diane E. Harker of Seattle, Susan H. Miller of Lineboro and Nancy H. Roscher of Owings Mills.

Also surviving her are grandchildren Brad, Stacey, Katie, Stephanie, Renn, Michelle and Mike; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by siblings Frederick H. Limpert Jr. and Justine Bitz.

A funeral service was held at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, Sykesville, on Sept. 25, with the Rev. Donald Burgard officiating. Interment was at Wards Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to a charity of choice.

Robert M. Bell, 59, of Mount Airy

Robert M. Bell, 59, of Mount Airy, died Sept. 26, 2008, at home.

He was born April 25, 1949, in Hanover, Pa., the son of the late John Bell Sr. and the late Grace (Seager) Bell.

He was the husband of Margaret A. (Zepp) Bell.

He was self-employed, and was a member of Randallstown Optimist Club and the Sportsman's Club of Arbutus. He enjoyed playing cards and watching football.

Surviving him, in addition to his wife, are son and daughter-in-law Michael E. and Amy N. Bell; granddaughter Myla Nicole Bell; and several brothers and sisters.

Memorial services were held Sept. 29 at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home and Crematory, Winfield, with Pastor Vicki Hamel of Messiah Lutheran Church officiating.

Memorial contributions to help defer funeral costs may be made to Burrier Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield, MD 21784.

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