Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2003

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Mrs. Wilda Mae Reynolds, 60, of Moorefield, died March 16, near Moorefield, as a result of an automobile accident.

Born April 26, 1943, in Hardy County, she was the daughter of Mary V. (Southerly) Stump of Moorefield and the late Glenn Stump.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Reynolds; four sons, Michael Reynolds and Bobby Reynolds, both of Petersburg, Ronald G. Reynolds and Billy Reynolds, both of Moorefield; three daughters, Wilda A. Fox of Moorefield, Rhonda Ketterman of Petersburg and Karen Rexrode of Maysville; three brothers, Jimmy Stump, Johnny Stump and Randy Stump, all of Moorefield; three sisters, Margie Wratchford of Moorefield, Peggy Stump of Keyser and Frances Riggleman of Fisher; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were March 20, at the Charity Baptist Church, with interment in the South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg.

Public and private condolences to the family may be left at her obituary at www.fraleyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (3/25)
 
Joseph "Joe" Stephen Banaszewski, 75, of Radcliff, Ky., died March 17, at his residence.

Born Dec. 4, 1927, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Joseph Banaszewski and Pauline (Kaiser) Banaszewski Hess.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edna (Dolly) Licielski Banaszewski; two sons, Michael Banaszewski and wife Patty, and David Banaszewski and wife Kathleen, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Emily Banaszewski of Elizabethtown, Ky. and Kathryn Munson and husband Dennis of Petersburg; seven grandchildren, Constance Largent and Erika Riney, both of Kentucky, Michael Banaszewski, Emily and Samantha Banaszewski, all of Baltimore, Denise Munson of Fairmont and Jared Munson of Petersburg; and two great-grandchildren, Rileigh and Ezra Largent of Rineyville, Ky.

At his request, he was cremated. A private memorial will be held. 

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cremation Society of Kentucky, Louisville, Ky. (3/25)
 
Raymond Elmore Kitzmiller, 65, of Petersburg, died March 20, at his home.

Born Sept. 5, 1937, in Bismarck, he was the son of the late Alva M. and Goldie V. (Cosner) Kitzmiller.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marian K. (Schaeffer) Kitzmiller, whom he married July 3, 1965; one son, R. Steven Kitzmiller and wife, Vicki, of Maysville; two daughters, Melissa L. Evans and husband, Jack, of Petersburg, and Cheryl K. Sites and husband, Steven, of Harrisonburg, Va.; four sisters, Alta K. Nesselrodt and Carole Taylor and husband, W.C. Taylor, all of Petersburg, Gloria Judy and husband, Clifton Judy, of Roanoke, Va., and Sandra Roberts and husband, Dr. R.E. Roberts, of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; four grandsons, Nicholas Jack Evans, Joshua Tyler Evans, Colby Blake Kitzmiller and Tristan Noah Sites; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 23, at the Rig Assembly of God Church, with interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. Military graveside services were conducted by combined veteran organizations of Grant County and the JROTC.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/25)
 
Mrs. Geraldine Virginia Willis, 58, of Rig, died March 22, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Born April 10, 1944, in Old Fields, she was the daughter of Elsie (Pratt) Bosley of Romney and the late James Bosley.

Mrs. Willis is survived by her husband, Loren Willis; one son, Rodney Willis of Mount Storm; two daughters, Lisa Willis of Rig and Laura Cook of Moorefield; two brothers, Milton Bosley of Moorefield and Paul Bosley of Burlington; two sisters, Lola Crites of Old Fields and Ruby Shockey of Moorefield; and two grandchildren, Logan Willis and Caleb Willis.

Funeral services were March 25, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Bosley-Crites Cemetery, Old Fields. (3/25)
 
Mrs. Shannon Lynn (Gary) Redman, 45, of Springfield, and formerly of Petersburg, died March 6.

Born Feb. 12, 1958, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Bertram Gary Sr. and Ethel (Harris) Gary.

She is survived by one son, Timothy Michael Mowray Jr. of Springfield; three sisters, Coll-een VanSkiver and Frances Regina Peters, both of Baltimore and Erla Mae Ault of Arthur; one brother, Bertram Gary Jr. of Baltimore; one grandson, Timothy Isiah Mowray; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 13, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg,

Following services, the body was cremated. (3/18)
 
Mrs. Mary Kathryn (Lyon) Markwood Evans, 80, of Petersburg, died March 10, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, Md.

Born Aug. 12, 1922, in Lahmansville, she was the daughter of the late Harry L. Lyon and Alice T. (Dettinburn) Lyon.

She is survived by three daughters, Dottie M. Hinkle of Alexandria, Va., Corena A. Harman of Gettysburg, Pa. and Karen M. Fisher of Moorefield; one son, David J. Evans of Maysville; nine grandchildren, Charles Joseph Hinkle of Houston, Texas, Daniel William Hinkle of Lorton, Va., Tamara Sites of Lahmansville, Kendra L. Zorn of Baltimore, Jay Harman of Frederick, Md., F. Scott Fisher of Winchester, Va., Patrick Y. Fisher of Denver, Shane Evans and Casey Evans, both of Inwood; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 14, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (3/18)
 
JoHanna Nichole Bailey, 4 days old, of Fort Ashby, died Tuesday, March 11, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Born March 7, at Morgantown, she was the infant daughter of Charles A. "Chuck" Helmick and Melissa D. Bailey of Fort Ashby. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Debbie Jo Bailey.

Besides her parents, she is survived by one brother, Robert Camren Aronhalt of Fort Ashby; maternal grandfather, Donald Bailey of Petersburg; paternal grandparents, Jackson L. and Anna Lee Helmick and Darlena K. and Jack Croston, all of Parsons; maternal great-grandparents, Arnold G. and Eva L. Bailey and Virginia Pritts, all of Keyser; paternal great-grandmother, Eloise Smith of Parsons; two aunts; two uncles; and one cousin, Devin Michael Nine.

Funeral services were March 14, at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, with interment in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Keyser. (3/18)
 
Mrs. Vivian Bessie Helmick, 67, of Moorefield, died Friday, March 14, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 11, 1935, in Hampshire County, she was the daughter of Carrie (Mayhew) Ayers of Romney and the late Emanuel Ayers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James V. Helmick, in 1991.

Besides her mother, she is survived by four sons, Dorman Helmick, Justin "Chuck" Helmick and Timmy Helmick, all of Moorefield, and Jessie Helmick of Keyser; two daughters, Sharon Flanagan of Moorefield and Patty Sterling of Petersburg; six brothers, Norman Ayers of Augusta, Bobby Ayers of Inwood, Harold Ayers, Joe Ayers, Ronnie Ayers and Dave Ayers, all of Romney; five sisters, Melvina Jenkins, Darlene Kline, Shirley White and Wanda Gilman, all of Romney and Donna Landes of Inwood; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 17, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Baldwin Cemetery near Moorefield. (3/18)
 
Mrs. Sara Rebecca Mallow, 80, of Franklin and formerly of Kline, died March 3, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.

Born Oct. 3, 1922, in Mozer, she was the daughter of the late O.G. and Bessie Ann (Greenawalt) Harman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lee O. Mallow, whom she married Aug. 15, 1941. He died Jan. 9, 1992.

She is survived by one daughter, Julian Kiser of Upper Tract; two sons, Roger Mallow of Upper Tract, and Richard Mallow of Franklin; two sisters, Lenora Deavers of Boonesboro, Md., and Dolsey Harriman of Kingwood; one half brother, Glenn Harman of Fairmont; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 7, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in the Kline Cemetery. (3/11)
 
Glenville Archie Crites, 82, of Martinsburg, and formerly of Petersburg, died March 4, at the VAMC, Martinsburg.

Born May 11, 1921, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Roy Edward and Lucy V. (Burgess) Crites.

He is survived by one daughter, Debbie Sponaugle Frame of Moorefield; one son, Don A. Crites of Petersburg; four sisters, Janet Keplinger of Moorefield, Rebecca Emogene Hinkle and Mary Crites, both of Petersburg, and Sudie Rinker of Purgitsville; three brothers, Leon Crites of Okeechobee, Fla., Willis Crites of Harrisonburg, Va., and Victor Crites of Dorcas; and a number of grandchildren.

Memorial services were March 7, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens. (3/11)
 
Charles McKinley Redman, 72, of Petersburg, died March 5, at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, Va.

Born Aug. 25, 1930, in Fisher, he was the son of the late Harry Hun Redman and Kittie (Taylor) Redman.

He is survived by two daughters, Nancy C. Redman and husband, Sidney, of Petersburg, and Rhonda S. Hughes and husband, Arthur, of Rantoul, Ill.; one sister, Maxine E. Curry and husband, Hugh, of Moorefield; three brothers, Ronald L. Redman and wife, Barbara, of Randallstown, Md., Lester N. "Bobby" Redman and wife, Deborah, of Moorefield and Donald S. Redman and wife, Lynea, of Annapolis, Md.; one stepdaughter, Patricia A. Bartlett and husband, Larry, of Cumberland, Md.; one stepson, James Stewart of Greenbelt, Md.; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and leaving behind special love, Thelma Moats.

Military funeral services were March 10, at The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Keyser Ave., Petersburg, by the combined veteran organizations of Grant County

At his request, his body was cremated.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/11)
 
Edward W. Hanlin, 81, of Oakland, Md., died March 6, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland.

Born May 29, 1921, in Mount Storm, he was the son of the late Samuel C. and Edna B. (Idleman) Hanlin. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Helen L. (Cline) Hanlin in 2001.

He is survived by five daughters, Sherry L. Daniel of Westminster, Md., Doris B. Weasenforth of Mount Storm, Donna L. Kuhn of Killeen, Texas, Beatrice V. Ford of Bayard and Diana J. Martin of Scherr; two sons, Rocky W. Hanlin of Radcliff, Ky., and Stoney A. Hanlin of Oakland; one sister, Helen C. Lambka of Mount Storm; two brothers, Gerald D. Hanlin of Oakland and David Hanlin of Mobile, Ala.; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were March 10, at the Mount Storm Presbyterian Church, with interment in Mount Storm Cemetery. Military honors were accorded by the various veterans organizations in southern Garrett County, Md.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (3/11)
 
Charles Richard "Chick" Harper, 75, of Seneca Rocks, died March 7, at his home with his family present.

Born Dec. 2, 1927, in Riverton, he was the son of the late Frank and Nola (White) Harper.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Billie Gale Harper, whom he married Dec. 2, 1950; one daughter, Patricia Cooper and her husband, Freddie, of Seneca Rocks; one son, Richard Harper and his wife, Elizabeth, of Seneca Rocks; two sisters, Ramona Hedrick of Ohio and Virgie Harper of Franklin; three grandchildren, Rodney Cooper and his wife, Angie, Sheena Harper and Felicia Harper, all of Seneca Rocks; and three great-grandchildren, Logan, Luke and Trey Cooper.

There was a private family funeral service at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, and private military graveside service at South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg, by the combined veteran organizations of Grant County. (3/11)
 
Mrs. Audra Viola Kitzmiller, 79, of Mount Storm, died March 7, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Sept. 6, 1923, in Mount Storm, she was the daughter of the late Henry Elmer Hanlin and Ledah Frances (Shillingburg) Hanlin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Orville H. Kitzmiller, March 6, 1981.

She is survived by three daughters, Dolores M. Kuhn and husband, Ron, and Regina Funk and husband, Robert, all of Mount Storm and Dianna Knotts and husband, Paul, of Clarksville, Tenn.; three sons, George E. Kitzmiller of Laurel, Md., James C. Kitzmiller and wife, Juanita, of Mount Storm, and William "Pink" Kitzmiller and wife, Dorothy, of Bayard; two sisters, Gilda Secrist of Athens, Pa. and Mildred Cosner of Bel Air, Md.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 11, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Kitzmiller Family Cemetery, Mount Storm. (3/11)

Mrs. Cornelia Marie (Bergdoll) Garrett, 95, of Petersburg, and formerly of San Bernardino, Calif., died Feb. 23, at Hampshire Center, Romney, where she had resided since May 23, 2002.

Born Aug. 9, 1907, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late George A. Bergdoll and Hattie Rebecca (Shoemaker) Bergdoll. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Garrett.

She is survived by one son, Wilson Garrett of San Bernardino; one daughter, Ruth Nazelrod of Cumberland, Md. ; three sisters, Ora Bible of Maysville, Esther Simmons of Hagerstown, Md., and Arvella Jones of Williamsport, Md.; two brothers, Ray B. Bergdoll of Moorefield and Scott E. Bergdoll of Durgon; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 26, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the North Mill Creek Cemetery, Dorcas. (3/4)
 
Lester Alston Shaffer, 99, of Petersburg, died Feb. 24, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born Nov. 23, 1903, near Laneville, he was the son of the late William C. and Tabitha (Sites) Shaffer. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lillian F. (Beall) Shaffer in 1997.

He is survived by two sons, the Rev. David G. Shaffer and wife, Mary Kay, of Chester, Va. and James L. Shaffer and wife Myrtle, of Rapid City, S.D.; one sister, Verda R. Hetrick of Rockford, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Matthew J. Shaffer of Morgantown, Michael D. Shaffer of Chester and Krista M. Shaffer of Leonardtown, Md.

Funeral services were Feb. 28, at the Grace Lutheran Church, Petersburg, with interment in the Sites-Elkhorn Cemetery, Spring Run.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/4)
 
Mrs. Shirley F. Grandstaff, 67, of Mount Storm, died Feb. 25, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, Md.

Born May 8, 1935, in Keyser, she was the daughter of the late Thelma V. (Barrick) Hovis. 

She is survived by her husband, Dallas "Jack" Shepard; two daughters, Kathy L. Grubbs of Keyser and Karen S. Holderby of Burlington; seven grandchildren, Joshua Grubbs, Michael Grubbs, Ryan Grubbs, Garrett Grubbs, Allyssa Grubbs, Carly Welch and Teresa Rodeheaver; and three great-grandchildren, Caleb Welch, Jack Rodeheaver and Cody Rodeheaver.

Funeral services were Feb. 28, at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, with interment in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser. (3/4)
 
Mrs. Anna Lee (Clower) Van Dyne, 74, of Alledonia, Ohio, died Feb. 25, at Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling. 

Born Nov. 9, 1928, at Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Albert Newton Clower and Mabel Elizabeth (Hogbin) Clower.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard A. Van Dyne; one daughter, Bonnie L. Kolenc of Jacobsburg, Ohio; one son, Mark A. Van Dyne and wife, Denise, of Lima, Ohio; one sister, Mabel "Peg" Sarver and husband, H.L. "Junior" of Union; and four grandchildren, Jenna Kolenc, Ethan Kolenc, Danielle Van Dyne and Lauren Van Dyne.

Private services will be conducted at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Toothman Funeral Home, St. Clairsville, Ohio. (3/4)
 
Miss Shirley Lou Lantz, 41, of Maysville, died Feb. 26, at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Va.

Born Dec. 10, 1961, in Keyser, she was the daughter of Homer and Mary (Self) Lantz of Maysville.

Besides her parents, she is survived by three sisters, Nellie Prisby of Hedgesville, Ruth Lantz of Maysville and Carolyn Lantz of Inwood; one brother, Allen William "Bill" Lantz of Harpers Ferry; one niece, Victoria Prisby; one nephew, John Reckner Jr.; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were March 2, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Kimble Family Cemetery, Smoke Hole. (3/4)
 
Mrs. Leota Virginia (Kimble) Kesner, 92, of Petersburg, died Feb. 26, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since July 7, 1997.

Born Sept. 16, 1910, in Upper Tract, she was the daughter of the late John W. Kimble and Gertrude (Mongold) Kimble. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. Kesner, Aug. 17, 1988.

She is survived by two sons, Ralph "Buddy" Kesner of Petersburg and Harold "Buck" Kesner of Maysville; two sisters, Mary Kimble of Upper Tract and Hicel Rexrode of Summersville; five grandchildren, Brenda Ruddick of Bethesda, Md., Julia Rollins of Virginia Beach, Va., Brian Kesner of Franklin, Scott Kesner of Richmond, Va., and Tim Kesner of Cabins; two great-grandsons, Cameron and Foster; and several nieces and nephews.

Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company and Auxiliary conducted services, Feb. 28, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.

Funeral services were March 1, at the funeral home chapel, with interment in the South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (3/4)
 
Ira Wendell Schell Sr., 57, of Stafford, Va., and formerly of Maysville, died Feb. 28, at Potomac Hospital, Woodbridge, Va.

Born March 30, 1945, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Ernest and Audrey (Reel) Schell.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne (Allison) Schell; two sons, Ira W. Schell Jr. of Annandale, Va. and Gregory P. Schell of Stafford; one daughter, Melanie K. Schell of Delaware, Ohio; four sisters, Margaret Carr of Winchester, Va., Eleanor Feaster of Petersburg, Alma Schell of Jefferson, Ga., and Bonnie Grimes of Spotsylvania, Va.; three brothers, Warren W. Schell of Dorcas, Robert T. Schell of Bunker Hill and Leon D. Schell of Petersburg; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 6, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (3/4)
 
Glenn Conway Crites, 80, of Rig, died March 2, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Dec. 16, 1922, in Rig, he was the son of the late Conway and Mary (Eye) Crites. 

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rebecca M. (Baldwin) Crites; nine sons, Donnie Crites, Norman Crites, Randall Crites, Jeff Crites and Rex and Elenta Crites, all of Rig, Boyd and Neva Crites of Petersburg and Jerry and Barbara Crites, Rodney and Shawna Crites and Steve and Tina Crites, all of Moorefield; five daughters, Paula and Chester Wolfe, Mary "Sudie" and Richard Simmons and Dottie and Andrew Mongold, all of Rig, Cindy and Ted Shoemaker of Petersburg and Lisa and Roscoe Crites of Moorefield; one sister, Eva Snyder of Rig; 18 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 5, at the Rig Assembly of God Church, with interment in the Critestown Cemetery, Rig.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (3/4)


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