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Jeanne Arline Corwell, 87, of National Pike, Clear Spring, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Meritus Medical Center.
Born on Aug. 14, 1930, Jeanne was the daughter of the late William and Hazel Fridinger. She was preceded in death in February by Max L. Corwell, her husband of 67 years; brother, Jack Fridinger, Oakland; sister-in-law, Jo Fridinger, Ranson, W.Va.; and son-in-law, Dennis M. Michael, Clear Spring.
Jeanne graduated from Williamsport High with the Class of 1948 and played on the school's 1947 county champion female basketball team. After graduation, Jeanne was recruited by Fairchild Industries to play basketball with their company team, the "Fairfield Cargoettes." In her youth, her family operated a small local enterprise, renting out boats for use on Conococheague Creek near Kemps Mill. Because the fee for use of a boat was 5 cents, the area came to be called "Nickel Park."
Jeanne has been an active member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Clear Spring for 67 years, singing alto in the choir for 60 years, organizing the Annual Turkey Supper for many years, supporting youth and Sunday school ministries, and serving as church treasurer for over 20 years. She also was treasurer for other organizations, which include the Clear Spring High School band boosters and athletic boosters. In addition, Jeanne provided community service as a 4-H Club leader for many years.
She was an active supporter of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in their varied musical, athletic, and 4-H endeavors and took great joy in family gift-giving for holidays and birthdays.
Jeanne regularly attended Williamsport Class of '48 reunion events and has organized and hosted the annual Fridinger reunion for the last 37 years. Until her recent hospitalization, she was actively engaged in the management and renovation of her farm and residence in Clear Spring.
Jeanne is survived by brother, William Fridinger and wife, Marie, Hagerstown; brother, Charles Fridinger, Ranson; and sister-in-law, Laura (Lollie) Fridinger, Oakland. She is also survived by children, Jo Anne Michael of Clear Spring, Carol Corwell-Martin and husband, Dave, of Greencastle, Pa., Neal Corwell and wife, Kathryn Sincell-Corwell of Clear Spring, and Kathleen Crump and husband, Marty, of LaVale; grandchildren, Mark Michael and wife, Allison, of Potomac, Matthew Michael and wife, Alana, of Westminster, Justin Michael and wife, Brittany, of Clear Spring, Erin Fike and husband, Harry, of LaVale, and Megan Johnson and husband, Chris, of Cumberland; and 12 great-grandchildren, Philip and Peter Michael, Lukas, Corinne and Tristan Michael, Cohen and Calliana Michael, Evelyn, Graham and Miles Fike, and Cameron and Riley Johnson.
Friends will be received at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. For the convenience of the public, the funeral home will be open after noon.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 211 E. Cumberland St., Clear Spring, with the Rev. Charles Mackley and the Rev. Mark Michael officiating.
Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Johns United Church of Christ Building for the Future Fund, P.O. Box 157, Clear Spring, MD 21722.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfhinc.com.
Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc. is honored to serve the family.
Published on November 12, 2017
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