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Annabelle S. Kepler




Ella Annabelle Sunderland Kepler passed away on January 2 at Homewood of Williamsport. She was born in Hagerstown, Maryland on October 15, 1922, the daughter of John Culbertson Sunderland (Cub) and Lena Pearl Bryan Sunderland. 

After graduating from Hagerstown High School, she attended Washington College and then Hood College where she earned her bachelor's degree. After working for a brief time she married Atlee Calvin Kepler on October 5, 1946. Together they traveled the world visiting locations such as Italy, Croatia, Russia, Japan, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Annabelle always took an avid interest in Atlee's career and attended many functions at Hagerstown Community College when Atlee was president. 

The couple attended John Wesley United Methodist Church for many years. Annabelle was a fifty-year member of PEO.

Annabelle is survived by her brother-in-law Paul Edwin Kepler of Easton, MD; nieces Loretta and Kathy Thornhill of Hagerstown, MD; niece Judith Ferrell and husband Chuck of Arnold, MD; niece Sandra Kepler and husband Dave of Sudlersville, MD; niece Lynne Tobin and husband Ty of Boothbay, ME; niece Susan Tobin of Bel Air, MD; and niece Mary Beth Kepler and husband Joe of Westminster, MD. In addition, she is survived by five grand and two great nieces and nephews.

She would be honored if donations were to be made to the Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to the Community Free Clinic, Inc.,249 Mill Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740. At her request, funeral arrangements will be handled privately by the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD

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Guest Book

I have fond memories of Annabelle when I was a new faculty member at Hagerstown Junior College; she was kind and very gracious, always, and she supported so many events at the college when Dr. Kepler was President. It was always a pleasure to have a conversation with Annabelle; she was truly a Lady, and I appreciated her lovely smile and her interest in how I was doing. Thank you, Annabelle! I will never forget your wearing that beautiful lavender suit.

Dixie D Myers
Waynesboro, PA

I met Annabelle thru Atlee when I was the mailman at hcc. Atlee and I became friends and had the pleasure to meet his beautiful wife. Thru the years Annabelle and I had many great conversations. Annabelle was a sweet classy lady and will be missed.

David wingo
St Augustine , Fl

Sincere condolences to all of Annabelle's family.

Carol E. Easton
Hagerstown, Maryland

A lovely lady married to a special man. Hagerstown was fortunate to have them both.

William Giffin
The Villages, Fl

Annabelle was a lovely and gracious woman. How lucky I feel to have known her over so many years. Tina Angle

Tina M Angle
Hagerstown, MARYLAND

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