Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2002

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Mrs. R. Irene Porter, 79, of Mountain Lake Park, Md., died March 14, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland, Md.

Born Aug. 2, 1922, in Kline, she was the daughter of the late William P. and Lura H. (Mitchell) Greenawalt. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Dale C. Byrd.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 17, with interment was in the Garrett County Memorial Gardens, Oakland. (3/26) 
 
Arnold William Lahman, 83, of Petersburg, died March 17, at the Grant County Nursing Home, where he resided the past month.

Born March 30, 1918, in Lahmansville, he was the son of the late Jacob Stanley and Fannie Elizabeth (Patch) Lahman. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Eva (Keplinger) Lahman, Dec. 31, 1990.

He is survived by two sons, Keith Lahman and Wayne Lahman, both of Petersburg; three daughters, Elaine VanMeter, Sharon Feaster and Nancy Carr, all of Petersburg; one sister, Ada McDonald of Maysville; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 20, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. Military graveside services were performed by the combined veteran organizations of Grant County and the Petersburg High School JROTC. (3/26)
 
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Plauger) VanMeter, 88, of Petersburg, W.Va., died March 18, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since Aug. 8, 2000.

Born Oct. 26, 1913, in Petersburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James Grover Plauger and Cynthia (Graham) Plauger. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence W. VanMeter, Aug. 27, 1999.

She is survived by one daughter, Cynthia "Vickie" Stump and husband, David, of Petersburg, W.Va.; three granddaughters, Toni Hedrick and husband, Tom, of Petersburg, W.Va., Amanda Fleming and husband, Allen of Petersburg, W.Va. and Paula Gerstell and husband, C.T., of Statesville, N.C.; one great-granddaughter, Traci Hedrick; one stepgreat-grandson, T.J. Hedrick; two nephews, George Plauger of Petersburg, W.Va. and Harry R. Plauger of New Freedom, Pa., and one niece, Alice Hawse of Wardensville, W.Va.

Funeral services were March 21, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, W.Va. (3/26)
 
Mrs. Amy C. Hochard, 84, of Cumberland, Md., died March 20, in Cumberland.

Born April 20, 1917, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Lizzie Keplinger. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry Albert Hochard.

She is survived by three sons, Larry S. Hochard of Bedford, Pa., Harry E. Hochard of Ridgeley and Howard L. Hochard of Woodstock, Va.; two sisters, Bessie Bible of Petersburg and Leona Newell of Newark, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Michael Hochard, Stacey Hochard, Kimberly Hochard, Missy Hochard, Jonathan Hochard, Christopher Hochard, Jordan Hochard and Kayla Hochard and one great-granddaughter, Payton McKenzie Hochard.

Funeral services were March 22, at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., Cumberland, with interment in the Sunset Memorial Park. (3/26)
 
Lloyd David Clark, 86, of Petersburg, died March 21, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. He had been a resident of the Grant County Nursing Home for the past year.

Born Oct. 20, 1915, in Row, Okla., he was the son of the late William J. and Della L. (Riley) Clark.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary (Moomau) Clark; one daughter, Phyllis A. Harman of Woodstock, Va. and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 24, at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, with interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/26)
 
Mrs. Pearl Bergdoll Parsons, 95, of Linville, Va., and formerly of Dorcas, died March 21, at the residence of her daughter, Phyllis Reedy. She had lived with her daughter for the last 10 years.

Born Jan. 7, 1907, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Zionie (Brian) Reed. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Wilbur Bergdoll; and her second husband, Colbus Parsons.

She is survived by five daughters, Wilda Ford and Ruth Good, both of Broadway, Va., Lucilla Ridgeley of Cumberland, Md., Evelyn Hosaflook of Timberville and Phyllis Reedy of Linville; one brother, John Reed of Kingswood; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 23, at the Grandle Funeral Home chapel, Broadway, with interment in the Dorcas Cemetery, Dorcas. (3/26)
 
Mrs. Lena J. Hawk, 82, of Scherr, died March 22, at the Heartland of Keyser Nursing Home.

Born June 24, 1919, at Antioch, she was the daughter of the late James and Della (Rotruck) Billmyre. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Loren H. "Bake" Hawk, Dec. 23, 1993.

She is survived by one son, James B. "Sonny" Hawk of New Creek; one granddaughter, D'Andra Hawk; two great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons, Larry Kidwell Jr. and Bobby Kidwell; two step great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 26, at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (3/26)
 
Eugene Franklin Parker, 74, of Moorefield, died March 22, at his residence.

Born Oct. 19, 1927, in Needmore, he was the son of the late Harry P. and Raye (Miller) Parker.

He is survived by his wife, Norma (Fitzwater) Parker; two daughters, Karen Sue (Parker) Propst of Elkton, Va. and Sharon Kay Hornbaker of Hancock, Md.; one son, Eugene Franklin Parker II of Fairmont; one brother, Wallace Parker of Petersburg and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 25, at the Elmore Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Asbury Church Cemetery in Beans Settlement. The Moorefield Veterans Honor Guard conducted military graveside rites. (3/26)
 
John Henry VanMeter, 63, of Upper Tract, died March 24, at his home.

Born Dec. 25, 1938, at Onego, he was the son of Lossie VanMeter of Upper Tract and the late Joy (Huffman) VanMeter.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Poole) VanMeter, whom he married Sept. 2, 1979; seven daughters, Pamela Joy Corneso and Tonya Cozart, both of Akron, Ohio, Tamara Sipple, Teresa Penny VanMeter and Lisa Singer, all of Norton, Ohio, Jackie Arbogast of Arbovale and Rachael VanMeter of Upper Tract; one son, Ronald Thompson of Petersburg; two sisters, Bonnie Knight of Akron and Joann Street of Massillon, Ohio; three brothers, Jim VanMeter of Akron, Garry VanMeter of Lewisville, Ohio and Warren VanMeter of Franklin; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service was March 26, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin. (3/26)
 
William Thomas Cain, 58, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Daytona Beach, Fla., died March 10, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born June 6, 1943, in West Chester County, Pa., he was the son of the late William Cain and Ann (Munce) Cain Jester.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sherry Lee (Patch) Cain, at home and formerly of Petersburg; two sons, Mark William Cain of Radcliff, Ky., and Dylan Thomas Cain of Berkeley Springs; two daughters, Kimberly Ane Gomez of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ashley Marie Cain of Berkeley Springs; two sisters, Joanne Fuller and Katherine Cain, both of Norfolk, Va.; two brothers, John Cain of Norfolk and Thomas Cain of Daytona Beach; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 14, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Berkeley Springs. Interment was private.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs. (3/19)
 
Ulysses John Morris, 82, of LaVale, Md., died March 12, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, Md.

Born Feb. 16, 1920, in Corners, he was the son of the late McKinley and Nellie (Keplin-ger) Morris. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Morris.

He is survived by three sons, James Morris of Levels, the Rev. Milton Morris of Meyersdale, Pa. and Johnny Morris of Cumberland; three daughters, Brenda Foster of Fort Ashby, Barbara Amtower of Burlington and Bo-nnie Bosley of Middletown, Pa.; two brothers, Harold Morris and Dwight Morris, both of Clear-ville, Pa.; two sisters, Grescilda Hill of Vernon, Ohio and Cora Shanholtz of Keyser; one aunt, Grace Miller of Petersburg; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 15, at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., Cumberland, with interment in the Prosperity Cemetery, Hewitt, Pa. (3/19)
 
Mrs. Frances Marie McUlty, 58, of Petersburg, died March 12, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, after an extended illness.

Born April 25, 1943, in Oceana, she was the daughter of the late Pierce and Almus (Rigby) Cook.

She is survived by her former husband, Curtis McUlty of Petersburg; one son, Brian K. McUlty of Petersburg; two daughters, Deborah A. Berg and Sally J. McUlty, both of Petersburg; two sisters, Jeanette Smith of Manassas, Va. and Vina Seats of Bristol, Tenn.; one brother, Jennings Cook of Strasburg, Va. and eight grandchildren, Justin Berg, Tara Berg, Nathan Berg, Breanne McUlty, Shaleena McUlty, Cody VanMeter, Ty VanMeter and Damien VanMeter.

Funeral services were March 15, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (3/19)
 
Mrs. Beulah Simmons Kuykendall, 90, formerly of Petersburg, died March 13, at Cortland Acres Nursing Home, Thomas, where she had resided since Jan. 25, 1993.

Born Aug. 3, 1911, in Brushy Run, she was the daughter of the late Salem Kimble and Minnie (Alt) Kimble. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ernest F. Kuykendall, Nov. 28, 1993.

She is survived by one son, Carrol B. Simmons and wife, Zona, of Beverly; three granddaughters and three great-grandsons.

Funeral services were March 16, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract. (3/19)
 
Mrs. Anna Lee Travis, 72, of Terra Alta, and formerly of Maysville, died March 13, at the Cumberland Nursing Home, Cumberland, Md.

Born Dec. 30, 1929, at Westernport, Md., she was the daughter of the late John and Iva (Rizer) Urban.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, the Rev. Luther E. Travis Sr.; three sons, Harley Lee Travis of Montpelier, Va., Robert Travis of Terra Alta and Earl Travis of Paw Paw; one sister, Marie DiCesare of McCoole, Md. and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 17, at the Falls Assembly of God Church, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser chapel. (3/19)
 
K. Blaine Burgess, 82, of Cumberland, Md., and formerly of Flintstone, Md., died March 15, at Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 20, 1919, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Isaac and Nellie Wilda (Reed) Burgess. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Loretta Mae Burgess, Jan. 25, 1986.

He is survived by two sons, C. Dale Burgess Sr. of Flintstone and Roy Wayne Boggs of Little Orleans, Md.; one daughter, Mary Louise Johnson of Dayton, Md.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 18, at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, P.A., Cumberland, with interment in the Boggs and Champ Cemetery, Mouth of Seneca. Military honors were accorded at the funeral home chapel. (3/19)
 
Willie Edward Didawick, 80, of Mount Storm, died March 15, at the home of his daughter, Bonnie Jones of Kearneysville.

Born Oct. 31, 1921, in Mount Storm, he was the son of the late Bud and Lottie (Cosner) Didawick. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Viola Lee (Lewis) Didawick, June 30, 1989.

Besides his one daughter, he is survived by his second wife, Patricia Ann (Jackson) Didawick; four daughters, Rosemary Didawick of Fairmont and Dorothy Lambka, Donna Didawick and Charlotte Hartman, all of Mount Storm; four sons, William Keplinger of Fairmont, David Keplinger and Virgil Didawick, both of Elk Garden and Edward Didawick of Martinsburg; one sister, Mary Agnew of Bayard; one brother, Joe Didawick of Levels; one stepson, Thaddeus C. Jackson of Rachel; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 18, at the Locust Grove Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Cosner Family Cemetery, Mount Storm.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/19)
 
Maxine Dora (Turner) Ours, 58, of Cabins, died March 2, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, after a lengthy illness. She was a resident of the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, for the past three months.

Born July 24, 1943, in Seneca Rocks, she was the daughter of Annie (Nelson) Turner of Cabins and the late Marvin Turner.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband of 39 year, John J. Ours; one son, Brian Ours of Ridgeway, Va.; three daughters, Julie Swick and Fallon Ours, both of Cabins and Sandra Paz of Harrisonburg, Va.; two sisters, Marlene Ours of Seneca Rocks and Delores Keplinger of Maysville; one brother, Roland Turner of Seneca Rocks; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 4, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Turner family Cemetery, Cabins. (3/12)
 
Adam D. "Don" Wegman, 66, of Mount Storm, died March 4.

Born April 28, 1935, he was the son of Odie (McCauley) Wegman of Elkins and the late Howard Wegman. 

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Beulah E. (Mitchell) Cosner Wegman; one son, Dennis Wegman of Belington; four daughters, Sheila Wamsley of Mill Creek, Yvonne Weasenforth of Beverly, Donna Powers of Indianapolis, Ind. and Karen Tharp of Quincy, Ind.; one stepson, Rick L. Cosner of Dorcas; one stepdaughter, Teresa (Cosner) Minnick of Mount Storm; one brother, Jimmy Wegman of Mount Rose; five sisters, Maxine Goldizen of Huntington, Carolyn Fortney of Elkins, Jean Shifflett of Bayard, Nadine Moore of Elkins and Shirley Weasenforth of Valley Bend; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services were March 9, at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser chapel, with interment in Locust Grove Cemetery, Bismarck. (3/12)
 
Mrs. Rachel Violet Rippey, 87, of Bismarck, died March 5, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Feb. 21, 1915, in Bismarck, she was the daughter of the late Millard Cosner and Stella (Moreland) Cosner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter Carl Rippey in 1944.

She is survived by three sons and spouses, Ralph and Joan Rippey of Delran, N.J., Robert and Marianna Rippey of Vienna, Va. and Wayne and Jane Rippey of Keyser; one daughter and spouse, Linda and Harlan Yokum of Morgantown; 14 grandchildren, Ila Vassallo, Susan Miller, Teresa Brown, Janet Shrader, Alesia Mullis, Lucinda Wykle-Rosenberg, Nancy Wykle, Bradley Rippey, Douglas Rippey, Rodney Rippey, Nicka Pohl, Steve Yokum, Lisa Yokum and Matthew Rippey and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 9, at the Locust Grove Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Cosner-Likens Family Cemetery, Bismarck.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/12)
 
Emmett Virgil Swick, 91, of Petersburg, W.Va., died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at the Hampshire Health Care Center, Romney, W.Va., where he had resided the past month.

Born Jan. 19, 1911, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Asa Washington Swick and Roxie Susie (Boor) Swick. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret T. (Swick) Swick, Oct. 17, 1999.

He is survived by one son, Thomas V. Swick and wife, Pau-la, of Arthur, W.Va.; two daughters, Arlena "Winkie" Sites and husband, Donald, of Maysville, W.Va. and Wanda L. Whetzel and husband, Toby, of Arthur, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, Steven M. Sites of Harrisonburg, Va., Beth Hall of Petersburg, W.Va., Debbie Waide of Johnson, Kansas, Sandy Brown of Amarillo, Texas, Linda Leek of Ulysses, Kansas, Billy Swick of Las Vegas, N.M. and Richard Swick of Garden City, Kansas; 13 great-grandchildren and sev-en great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 10, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (3/12)
 
Mrs. Nellie V. Schaeffer, 89, of Horace Nye Home, Elizabethtown, N.Y., died Feb. 22, at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Elizabethtown.

Born Sept. 30, 1912, at Pansy, she was the daughter of the late Fred E. and Claudia (Smith) Harman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forest Payton Schaeffer.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial date will take place at a later date. Private burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the W.M. Marvins Sons Funeral Home, Elizabethtown and locally, the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/5)
 
Dr. Carmen Lynn Cleaver-Work, 44, of Charleston, S.C. and formerly of Petersburg, died Feb. 24, at her home.

Born March 11, 1957 in Petersburg, she was the daughter of Elvin Cleaver of Petersburg and Janet (Mongold) Nelson of Bloomington, Md. She was preceded in death by one brother, Elvin R. Cleaver Jr.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Patrick Lovell Work; her stepmother, Norma Bowman Cleaver; her stepfather, the Rev. Donald "Duke" Nelson; one half-brother, Clint Nelson of Petersburg; two uncles, Earl Mongold and Vernon "Hoss" Mongold of Moorefield; one aunt, Mallie Combs of Moorefield; and four cousins, Chester Mongold, Megan Combs and Monica Combs, all of Moorefield and John Mongold of McGaheysville, Va. 

Memorial services were March 1, at the Maysville Bible Brethren Church, with the Rev. Steffen Carr officiating.

Another memorial service was conductedMarch 9, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg.

Local arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/5) 
 
Mrs. Flora Ellen (Kitzmiller) Cosner, 88, of Mt. Storm, died Feb. 27, at the Hampshire Center, Romney, where she had resided since April 6, 2000.

Born April 25, 1913 in Mt. Storm, she was the daughter of the late Walter Filmore Kitzmiller and Prudence Etalka (Aronhalt) Kitzmiller.

She married Amos O. Cosner, Aug. 28, 1928 and he preceded her in death Dec. 19, 1994.

She is survived by one daughter, Frances Alt and husband, Delmar of Petersburg; one granddaughter, Tammy Pehowski of Winchester, Va,; three great-grandchildren, E.J., Amanda and Desert; two sisters, Corene Shepard and Kathleen Rinker and husband, Luther, all of Mt. Storm; sister-in-law, Mildred Cosner of Cumberland, Md.; and brother-in-law, Ray Cosner of the Hampshire Center, Romney.

Funeral services were March 2, at the Locust Grove Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Idleman Cemetery, Scherr.

Memorials may be made to the Locust Grove Church of the Brethren building fund or Petersburg Memorial Church of the Brethren. 

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/5)
 
Samuel George Wilson, 70, of Petersburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born June 13, 1931, in Fishersville, Va., he was the son of the late Jesse Allen and Myrtle Elizabeth (Booth) Wilson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Glady Stump, Jan. 23, 1990. They were married July 27, 1951.

He is survived by his second wife, Lee Hartman, whom he married Jan. 9, 2001; one daughter, Nancy Hill of Moorefield; one son, Frank Wilson, Frostburg, Md; three stepsons, Joey Hartman, Jeffrey Hartman and Denny Hartman, all of Petersburg; one sister, Linda Carpenter, Richmond, Va.; two brothers, Charles Wilson and Jack Wilson, both of Farmville, Va.; six grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 3, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. Military graveside services were conducted by the combined veterans organizations of Grant County. (3/5)
 
Frazer William Murphy, 78, of Riverton, died Thursday, Feb. 28, at his residence.

Born May 22, 1923, in Cherry Grove, he was the son of the late Isaac Earl and Sylvia Virginia (Bennett) Murphy.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Judy Murphy; two daughters, Juanita Goldizen of Maysville and Lenora Mallow of Upper Tract; one son, Dale Murphy of Franklin; two sisters, Lora Smith and Helen Johnson, both of Baltimore; one brother, Herman Murphy of Cherry Grove; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were March 3, at the Circleville Presbyterian Church with interment in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton. Military graveside services were conducted by VFW Post 6862.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin. (3/5)


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