Alanna Jeannine Overdorff, 81, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at her home. Born Sunday, Nov. 8, 1931, in Johnstown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry A. Adams and the late Mary Deliah (Burley) Adams. She graduated from New Florence High School in New Florence, Pa.

She was employed with John Ott Pictures Inc./Film Library in Winnetka, Ill., March of Dimes, WPS and Home Mutual Life Insurance, all of Hagerstown, and last with the Boys Club of Washington County. She was a member of Grace Reformed Fellowship/Presbyterian Church of America. After her retirement, Jeannine spent many hours volunteering her time throughout the community.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gerald Wilson Overdorff; four daughters, Kathie J. Eccard of Hagerstown, Sherry R. Wood of Maugansville, Md., Rhonda L. Stouffer of Smithsburg, Md., and Lisa A. Mummert of Hagerstown; one son, Dean W. Overdorff of Hanover, Pa.; one sister, Inez T. Rager of New Florence; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Ada K. Queer, Mary Grace Lison, June M. Wendell and Rita L. Adams; and brothers, Earl F. Adams and Harry A. Adams Jr.

Memorial services will be Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, with the Rev. Garry L. Knaebel officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 100 Charles St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Interment will be private.

Published on December 16, 2012

Mrs. Mary Grace Lison, 85, of Matthews, NC, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Monday, September 7, 2009 at her home. The family will greet friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Thursday at McEWEN – MINT HILL CHAPEL. A service to celebrate Mrs. Lison’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2009 from the funeral home chapel, with her son, The Reverend Eric Lison officiating. Mrs. Lison was born December 28, 1923 in Johnstown, PA, a daughter of the late Harry and Mary Burley Adams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lison; two sons, Joe and Brian Lison; brothers, Harry and Earl; sisters, Ada, Rita, and June; and by her longtime companion, Ted Kalmen. Mrs. Lison will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. Survivors include her children, Marie Malady of Matthews, NC, Eric Lison of Michigan, and Francis Lison of Pittsburgh; sisters, Inez Rager of New Florence, PA and Jeanine Overdorff of Hagerstown, MD; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association , 222 S. Church St, Suite # 303, Charlotte, NC 28202-3247. Condolences to the family may be offered at Arrangements by McEwen-Mint Hill Chapel (704) 545-4864.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 10, 2009


Pioneer Alaskan Ada Kathleen Adams Queer, 89, died April 30, 2008, at Alaska Regional Hospital. A visitation will be at 6:30 p.m. today, with a rosary at 7 p.m., at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. A Mass will be at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. The family asks that people wear spring colors and remember her love of flowers. Burial will be in the Anchorage Cemetery next to her husband, daughter and four grandchildren. She was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Johnstown, Pa. She moved to Anchorage with the military in April 1948, living near what was once Blueberry Lake, on unpaved Fireweed Lane. Their land extended to where BP and Sears are located today. “She was a strong, independent woman who cast a long shadow, though barely 5 feet tall, she would let her will be known,” family recalled. “She could charm everyone around her in seconds. “She had a will to live like no other. She took great pride in the fact that she lived independently and with a clear mind until the end. She would repeat over and over, ‘I have my mind and I want to live.’ Read More

Wendel, June M. (nee Adams): Mt. Rainier, MD: October 2, 2000, at age 86. Predeceased by husband Tod R. Former lifelong resident of Johnstown, PA. Survived by daughter, Lois June, Columbia, MD, sons, Bill (Marilyn); James (Carol); Daniel (Celia); 13 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, Sisters Ada Ruppert (Rocky); Inez Rager; Mary Grace Lison; and Jeannine Overdorff (Jerry). Friends may call at the Fort Lincoln Funeral Home, Brentwood, MD on Tuesday, 10/3. Service will be held Wednesday, 10/4 at the St. James Catholic Church in Mt. Rainier, MD. Interment in New Florence, PA at the convenience of the family.

Harry Alvin Adams, 46, owner of Adams Jewelers at 739 W. Fourth Ave., died yesterday at his home following a heart attack. 

He had lived here since 1950, and he opened his jewelry store in 1952. 

Funeral services are pending. Bruce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Adams was born Aug. 30, 1927 in Johnstown, PA. 

He was a member of the Elks and Moose Lodges in Anchorage. He was a former member of the Jaycees here. 

He leaves his widow, Florence; six sisters, Mrs. Ada Queer, and Rita Adams of Anchorage, Mrs. Jeannine Overdorff of Hagerstown, MD., Mrs. June Wendel of Johnstown, PA, Mrs. Inez Rager of New Florence, PA., and Mrs. Mary Grace Lison of Glassport, PA., and a brother Earl Adams of Johnstown, PA. 

Published in Anchorage Daily Times on March 22, 1974

Mrs. Jane Douglass Adams, widow of Peter Adams, died this morning at 8 o’clock at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Griffith, at Tanneryville, West Taylor Township, aged 77 years. The funeral will take place at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, with burial in Benshoff Hill Cemetery. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

The deceased was born at Cherrytree, Indiana County, and was a sister of Mrs. Margaret Douglass Stiffler, of Indiana County, and Thomas and John Douglass, both of the West. Her husband, Peter Adams, died in this vicinity 12 years ago. Mrs. Adams is survived by these sons and daughters – Mrs. Kate Clark, Samuel and George F. Adams, Mrs. Bella Griffith, A. M., John and Simon Adams, and Mrs. Emma Stombaugh, all of West Taylor Township.

Johnstown Tribune, 13 Mar 1915, Contributed by Lisa Baker

Peter Adams, aged almost sixty-eight years and a well-known resident of West Taylor Township, died last night at 11:30 o’clock after an illness of a few days duration. The cause of his death was an attack of dysentery, followed by pneumonia. Funeral services will be held at the home of his son-in-law, I. C. Stombaugh, in West Taylor, on Thursday afternoon, September 10th, the cortege leaving for Benshoff Hill Cemetery at 2 o’clock.
The deceased was a lifelong resident of the vicinity and in his youth was employed on the Pennsylvania Canal. He was a good citizen and enjoyed the respect and esteem of a large circle of acquaintances. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jane Adams, six sons, and three daughters, all residing in West Taylor. The sons are S. H., George F., Alvin F., Alfred M., John and Simon. The daughters are Mrs. Catherine Clark, wife of Jerry Clark; Mrs. Della J. Griffith, wife of E. B. Griffith, and Mrs. Emma Stombaugh, wife of I. C. Stombaugh.

Published in the Tribune-Johnstown, Wednesday, September 9, 1903 source