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Kathryn Metzler Bowser

December 12, 1919 ~ February 29, 2020 (age 100)


Kathryn Metzler Bowser, 100, of Bittinger, MD, passed from this life to the next, Saturday, February 29, 2020, at WMHS Regional Medical Center, Cumberland, MD.

Kathryn was born December 12, 1919 in Martinsburg, PA, daughter of the late Isaac K. Metzler and Laura (Durr) Metzler. She was the last surviving of their eight children. Her siblings were Grace, Myrtle, Elwood, Mary, Ike, Edith, and Wilbur. In 1936, when Kate was 16, her family moved to Garrett Co. MD, where her father Isaac pastored Glade Mennonite Church.

 June 14, 1950, she married George Henry Bowser, of Bittinger. George died in February 1992. Kathryn is survived by one daughter, Hazel Gaumer and husband, Wayne, Bittinger, and one son, G. Henry Bowser and wife, Bonnie of Harrisonburg, VA; four grandchildren, Cheryl Nix (Andrew), Kristen Piggott (Alex), Mary Kathryn Bowser (John), and William Bowser (Allison) and five great-grandchildren.

Before her marriage she worked at both Eastern Mennonite College and Laurelville Church Camp in food services. After her marriage she was active at Glade Mennonite Church in many capacities. When the Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department was formed she and George worked tirelessly to support it. Kathryn prepared meals in support of the Bittinger Fireman’s Auxiliary until age 90. In 2009 she was recognized as the Auxiliary Person of the Year by the Garrett Allegany Fireman’s Association. Kathryn also volunteered and served on the Board of Directors at Worlds Attic, Somerset, PA.

Friends and family will be received at Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 179 Miller St., Grantsville, MD, Friday, March 6, 2020, from 4-8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Glade Mennonite Church, 5011 Accident Bittinger Road, Accident, MD 21520, on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department, 176 Brenneman, Bittinger, MD 21522 or Glade Mennonite Church, 5011 Accident Bittinger Rd., Accident, MD  21520.

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March 6, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., Grantsville
179 Miller Street
Grantsville, MD 21536

Memorial Service
March 7, 2020

1:00 PM
Glade Mennonite Church
5011 Accident Bittinger Rd.
Accident, MD 21520


Bittinger Vol. Fire Dept.
176 Brenneman Rd., Bittinger MD 21522

Glade Mennonite Church
5011 Accident Bittinger Rd., Accident MD 21520

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