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Mary Gwennella Kalbflesh

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 1:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Mary Gwennella Ardinger Kalbflesh, 81, of Chewsville, MD passed away peacefully at the Williamsport Retirement Village on January 20*, 2023.

Born October 1, 1941 in Newtown Square, PA she was the daughter of the late James Edward Beuford Ardinger and Mary Gwennella Glass (Morningstar) Ardinger.

Gwen was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and later attended travel agent school.

Gwen was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church of Chewsville, where she previously led the nursery school program and taught Bible school.

She was employed by the family business of Ardinger's House Of Music, People's Drug Store, and The Bon Ton. Her hobbies included embroidery, sewing and coloring. She enjoyed getting ice cream at Dairy Queen and going for rides with her daughter in law and caregiver Lisa Kalbflesh. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Gwen is survived by her husband John Frederick Kalbflesh who she married in 1962, the service was performed by Pastor J. Wade Huffman in Clear Spring, MD. They were married for 60 years. She is also survived by her two sons, Jim Kalbflesh and wife Tammy of Sheperdstown, WV, and Tim Kalbflesh and wife Lisa of Clear Spring, MD. Four grandchildren, James Kalbflesh of Chewsville, MD, Karissa Cochran of Sharpsburg, MD, Sara Kalbflesh, and Kaleb Kalbflesh both of Clear Spring, MD.
She is also survived by a brother, Ben Ardinger of Kodiak, Alaska and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased in death by a son, Robert Eugene Kalbflesh, and a brother James Eugene Ardinger.

Services will be held on Thursday, January  26, 2023 at 1:00 PM at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD with the Rev John Schildt and the Rev. Jim Johnson officiating.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home

Interment will be a the Beaver Creek Cemetery

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association of Western Maryland 108 Byte Drive, Suite 103, Frederick, MD, 21702 or Hospice of Washington County 1710 Underpass Way, Suite 300, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

John & Family, we are so sorry for your loss May you be comforted by the fondest of memories.

Ray & Patty Lushbaugh
Hagerstown, Maryland

To Mr. Kalbflesh & Family, Oh I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please know that I am praying and holding you all close to my heart. She will missed for sure! I’m apologize that I can’t be there due to my family emergency, but know I will be thinking about you. Hugs, Rebecca Front Desk Receptionist (WRV)

Rebecca Eader
Warfordsburg , PA

So sorry to hear the passing of Gwen. She was in our graduating class at North High. Sending love and prayers to the family and friends.

John and Jean Harkrader
Hagerstown, Maryland

John, I apologize for not being there in person for you. But, I do express my sincerest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your loved one. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers and may the Lord of all offer His comfort to you and yours. Blessings to you in this your time of need. Peace and blessings to you my friend.

Kevin R. Collins
Copper Hill, VA

I wish to express my condolences to the family and friends of Gwen. Through my long friendship with her husband John, I became aware of the gifts and love she had for her family and shared them with all who knew her.

James Brittain
Hagerstown, MD

I am very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family Jimmy. We are here if there is anything we can do.

Donna Barnhart
Hagerstown, Maryland

I worked with Gwen at the BonTon many years ago. She was a lovely person. I remember how she loved to decorate her home for the Christmas holidays, every room and nook and cranny, just beautiful !!! Please take comfort from the many memories.

Robin McCauley
Hollywood, Maryland

So sorry for your loss..Prayers are with the Kalbflesh family. May you find peace in your memories.

Mike & Tara Hessong
Hagerstown, MD

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