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Mrs. Donaldine Gelwicks

As originally published on Tuesday, December 30, 2008.

Donaldine Elizabeth Gelwicks, 94, of Emmitsburg, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at Gettysburg Hospital, Gettysburg, Pa.

Born Nov. 17, 1914, in New Windsor, she was the daughter of the late Carroll and Marguerite (Taylor) Hann. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Earle Robert Gelwicks on Jan. 13, 1991.

She was communicant of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Emmitsburg. She loved to play cards, enjoyed TV, sports, baking, cooking and most of all spend time with her family.

She is survived by children, Mary Anne Bollinger-Baker and husband, Charles, of Finksburg, John M. Gelwicks of Emmitsburg, Joseph E. Gelwicks and wife, Sandra, of Emmitsburg, Mark A. Gelwicks and wife, Melissa, of Emmitsburg, Margaret M. Ridenour and husband, Jerry, of Emmitsburg, Joan F. Elower and husband, Donald, of Emmitsburg, and James A. Gelwicks and wife, Teresa, of Fairfield, Pa.; sister-in-law, Cathi Gelwicks of Quakertown, Pa.; brother, Richard Hann of Hagerstown; sisters, Mary L. Dennison of Annapolis, and Helen Vaughan of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Also surviving are 32 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Robert C. Gelwicks; daughter, Donaldine Singley; and a brother, Eugene Hann.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 47 DePaul St., Emmitsburg. Rev. Paul M. Murphy, C.M. will be celebrant.

Interment will follow in the New St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Emmitsburg.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at the Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 210 W. Main St., Emmitsburg. Rosary prayers will be said at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at the funeral home.

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