|Dorothy J. Ach
Dorothy J. Ach, 82, of Fairmont, died Monday (July 7, 1997) at her
She was born Aug. 7, 1914, in Charleroi, Pa., daughter of the late
James W. and Elizabeth Jane Walker Beatty.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She was a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary
No. 2373, past president of District No. 3, past state president and past
president of the Mid Atlantic Region of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 629 Ladies Auxiliary.
She enjoyed humanitarian projects.
She is survived by a daughter with whom she lived, Toni DeMoss of Fairmont;
a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy Marie and Hershal Fortney of Forrest,
Va.; a sister, Elizabeth Karnafel of Cleveland; five granddaughters, Deborah
Jones, Barbara Johnson, Kelley Lambiotte, Bonnie Lipscolm and Kathleen
Jones; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Betts in March,
1949; her second husband, Steve Ach on Jan. 12, 1996; four brothers, James,
Clyde, Robert and Wilbur Beatty; and four sisters, Virginia Willis, Jessie
Layman, Alice Merrill and Mary Beatty.
Friends may call at the Frey Home for Funerals today from 1-9 p.m.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Frank Spevock
officiating. Burial will be in the Oaklawn Cemetery. The Fraternal Order
of Eagles Auxiliary No. 2373 will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m.
today at the funeral home.
Ruby Olive Fluharty Barr
Ruby Olive Fluharty Barr, 90, of Ida May, died Friday (July 4, 1997)
at Jenny's Guest House near Farmington.
She was born August 29, 1906 near Fairview, the daughter of the late
Noah and Sarah Elizabeth Tennant Fluharty.
She was a graduate of Fairview High School and a homemaker.
She is survived by her daughter, Helen Jean Barr Harbert of Bridgeport;
two sons, Melvin Donely Barr of Parkersburg and Noah Thomas Barr of Fairborn,
Ohio; twelve grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge of the I.O.O.F. in Farmington
and was a past treasurer of the Ida May Improvement Associating.
She had been a resident of Ida May since 1945 and was the last member
of a family of nine brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Donely Barr on April
27, 1985; four brothers, Oakie, Otto, Charles and Joe Tennant; five sisters,
Margaret Gump, Anna Price, Dessie Gump, Maude Baker, and one infant sister.
Friends may call at the Dent Funeral Home in Farmington from 2-9 p.m.
on Sunday with funeral services in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Monday
with the Rev. Sharon Carr officiating. Burial will be in the Rest Haven
Memorial Gardens in Fairmont.
Naomi Jewel Cassi
Naomi Jewel Cassi, 63, of Morgantown, died Wednesday (July 2, 1997)
at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
She was born Feb. 18, 1934, in Webster County, daughter of the late
John Hearl and Sarah Jane Nicholas Hinkle.
She volunteered at Mountainview Rehabilitation Center working with
and organizing an assistance group for amputee patients. She dedicated
15 years of service to the Morgantown Chapter of Parents Without Partners.
She also held office with the Regional Council of PWP. She was a secretary
at University Health Associates in Morgantown until 1991.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Art Reese of
Morgantown; a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Catherine Murrin Cassi
of Morgantown; two sisters, Donna R. D'Amico of Fairmont and Barbara "Bobby"
Mayberry of Maryland; a brother, John Yount of Virginia; a sister-in-law,
Mary Hinkle of Illinois; three grandchildren, Rebecca Reese, Ciana Cassi
and Michael Romeo Cassi, all of Morgantown; and former husband, John Cassi
of Point Marion, Pa.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Nicholas Reese of Morgantown,
and a brother, Russell "Dale" Hinkle of Illinois.
She requested her body to be donated to the West Virginia Human Gift
Registry. Services will be at 5 p.m. today at Avery United Methodist Church,
with the Rev. Rick Curtis officiating.
Frances Virginia Fincham
Frances Virginia Fincham, 76, of Farmington, died Friday (July 4, 1997)
at the Fairmont General Hospital.
She was born Feb. 16, 1921 in Folsom, the daughter of the late Henry
and Rosie Gibson.
She was a Methodist by faith and a homemaker.
She is survived by six daughters, Mary Ann Mays of Jo Town, Barbara
Whitlatch of Fairmont, Carolyn Sue Shriver of Farmington, Linda Sawitski
of Fairmont, Penny Ammons of Day Brook and Rose Lee Wells of Fairview;
five sons, Charles R. Mays of Day Brook, James A. Mays of Fairmont, Sherman
Junior Mays of Farmington, Henry L. Gibson of Pa., and Robert Lee Fincham
of Fairmont; brother, William Franklin Gibson of Fairview; two sisters,
Dorothy Trent and Helen Meadows of Thomasville, N.C.; several grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her son, William Franklin Mays who died
in 1960; brother, Charles Gibson; and sister, Marie Gibson.
Friends may call at the Dent Funeral Home in Farmington from 2-9 p.m.
today. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Daryl Shue officiating. Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F.
Cemetery in Farmington.
Letitia Pauline Freme
Letitia Pauline Freme, 66, of Morgantown, died Friday (July 4, 1997)
at Monongalia General Hospital.
She was born July 27, 1930 in Cassville, a daughter of Lilly Braham
Friend of Westover and the late Clarence Jacob Friend.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Secton Catholic
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband Wilfird Gene
Freme, one son, Joseph Freme of Morgantown, one brother, Harold Abe Friend
of Morgantown, three sisters, Myrtle Lanzaro of Hampton, Va., Letha Freme
of Westover, and Ileda Cheslock of Fairmont, two grandsons, Kristopher
Freme and Craig Freme.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Fox.
Friends may call at the William McCulla Funeral Home on Monday, July
7, 1977 from noon to 3:30 p.m., the time of the funeral service with Sister
Lenore Thomas officiating. Cremation services and private burial will be
held at a later date.
Estelle Douglass Harr
Estelle Douglass Harr, 78, of Fairmont, died Monday (July 7, 1997)
at Fairmont General Hospital.
She was born April 23, 1919, in Ruckersville, Va., daughter of the
late Rice Herdon and Louise Early Douglass.
She was a homemaker and mother. She worked in the office of Hartley's
Department Store in Fairmont. She was a member of the Diamond Temple United
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and H. James
Watson of East New Market, Md.; two sisters, Elizabeth Shifflett of Stanardsville,
Va., and Marion Kerr of Milford, Ohio; two step-granddaughters, Rebecca
Watson of Winooski, Vt., and Beth Watson Asermely; and several nieces and
Friends may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant
St., today from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home, with the Rev. Wayne Stone officiating. Burial will
be at Grandview Memorial Gardens.
Annabelle Harbert Hart
Annabelle Harbert Hart, 79, formerly of Fairmont and Barrackville,
of Princeton, died Thursday (July 3, 1997) in Princeton.
She was born April 4, 1918 in Lumberport, a daughter to the late William
Howard and Laura Fortney.
She was a homemaker and previously worked at Westinghouse of Fairmont.
She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Feola of Princeton; sister,
Florence Snowden of Charleston; granddaughter, Heather Price; great-granddaughter,
Jilian Price; special friend, Grace Mallamc of Fairmont, and several nieces
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Ray, Howard, Ben and Edward
harbert; four sisters, Alma Swiger, Nina Williams, Rose Ferguson and Mildred
Friends may call at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia
St. on Saturday from 3-9 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. The funeral
will be in the funeral home on Sunday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Woodlawn
Wayne C. Hawker
Wayne C. Hawker, 94, of Shinnston, died at home Thursday (July 3, 1997).
He was born March 22, 1903, in Shinnston, a son of the late Leslie
Hawker and Cora Coffman Hawker Hill.
He was a past president of the Bank of Shinnston and had also owned
and operated "Harker's Hardware" in Shinnston until his retirement in 1970.
He served as chairman of the Alderson-Broaddus College Board of Trustees
from 1947-65; and was also on the board of Broaddus Hospital. He received
an honorary doctor of laws degree from A-B College in 1966.
The college also named the "Wayne C. Hawker Family Room" in his honor
at Heiner Hall on its Philippi campus.
He was a member of Shinnston First Baptist Church; and St. John's Lodge
No. 24, AF & AM, of Shinnston.
His wife, Frances Tetrick Hawker, preceded him in death Feb. 14, 1994.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Michael Tortorete
of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Tetrick Watts of Grove City,
Ohio, and Virginia Hawker of Indianapolis, Ind.; and several nieces and
A brother, Marlin Hawker, is deceased.
Friends may call at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, Sunday from
noon-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Shinnston
First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronald James officiating. Burial will
follow in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.
At the request of the family, memorials may be made Alderson-Broaddus
College, P.O. Box 1338, Philippi, W;Va., 26416.
Johnie Helmick Jr.
Johnie Helmick Jr., 65, of Fairmont, died Saturday (July 5, 1997) at
Fairmont General Hospital. He was born in Harrison County on Jan. 21, 1932,
a son to the late John and Dolly Carr Helmick.
He worked for the C & P Telephone company and retired from AT &
T. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Methodist Men,
Telephone Pioneers and the Retired Telephone Men Luncheon Group. He was
an avid golfer and gardener.
He was survived by his wife of 39 years, Rose "Dolly" Mano Helmick;
two daughters and son-in-law, Cathy Jean Helmick of Morgantown and Diane
Marie and Ricky Fowler of Morgantown; one grandson, Jonathan Blaine Fowler;
brother, Harold Helmick of Enterprise; sister-in-law, Freida Helmick of
Oklahoma; sisters, Beulah George of Buckhannon, Ruby Holbert of Enterprise,
Alma Amodio of Dawmont and Wilma Lopez of Martinsburg.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Monday at
Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont. The Funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday
in the funeral home with the Rev. Judy Fisher officiating. Burial will
be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.
Orval W. Henderson Jr.
Orval W. Henderson Jr., 43, of North Marion Heights, Fairmont, died
at home Sunday (July 6, 1997) following a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 19, 1953, in Fairmont, a son of the late Orval W.
and Mabel Blanche Jones Henderson Sr.
He was employed at Consolidation Coal Co.'s Robinson Run Mine for 24
years, having last worked as a utility operator at the mine's "D" section.
He was a sports enthusiast who played semipro baseball for a number
of years in leagues at Fairmont and in Brownsville, Pa.
He played on Mannington's Marion County league softball team and coached
the Idamay Black Diamonds little league baseball team for 10 years. He
was also a member of the Consol bowling league.
He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and attended
the Faith Baptist Church in Morgantown.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Yow Henderson, whom he married March
26, 1970; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Wayne and Andrea Henderson,
and Timothy Wayne Henderson, all of Fairmont; and a daughter, Jennifer
Ann Henderson of Fairmont.
Also surviving are four sisters, Edith Hess and Carol Oliver, both
of Fairmont, and Francis Henderson and Karen Leggett, both of Florida;
several nieces and nephews; and his mother-in-law, Ruth J. Yow of Fairmont.
A brother, Harry L. Henderson, and his father-in-law, Marion E. Yow,
Friends may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant
St., Fairmont, today from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Thursday
from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Services will be in the funeral home Thursday at 1 p.m. with Pastor
Bennie L. Moran officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Margaret Ruth Herzer
Margaret Ruth Herzer, 85, of Grove City, Ohio, formerly of Fairmont,
died Thursday (July 3, 1997) at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus,
She was born July 13, 1911 in Fairmont, a daughter of the late Ira
Moats and Mertie Gatrell Moats.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Lee and Larry
Meyers of Grove City, Ohio; sister, Mary Wilt of Fairmont; brother, Paul
Moats, Oxford, Fla.; grandchildren, Melissa Lee Meyers of Columbus, Ohio
and Robert Gordon Meyers of Grove City, Ohio; two great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Pamela Ruth Herzer, four
sisters, Pauline Moran, Beatrice Hicks, Marjorie Cooper and Lee Moats;
and two brothers, Bernard and Beryl Moats.
She retired with 34 years of service from Owens-Illinois Glass Company
of Fairmont, graduated from West Fairmont High School and attended Fairmont
State College. She served 40 months in the W.A.C.s during WWII, spent one
year in the European Theater of W.A.C. Veterans Club, G.S.G. Club, J.U.G.
Club, Pythian Sister of Hope Temple No. 71 (past Chief and district deputy),
and Fleming Memorial United Presbyterian Church.
Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel,
1410 Country Club Rd. on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A private family
graveside service will be held at the West Virginia National Cemetery in
Pruntytown with the Rev. James Gelsey officiating.
Charles William Kastelic
Charles William Kastelic, 66, of Fairmont, died on Saturday (July 5,
1997) at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in
Clarksburg. He was born in Cleveland on September 22, 1930, a son of the
late Lewis and Mary Marie Hren Kastelic.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Yost Radcliff Kastelic. The couple
were married on December 24, 1977.
He was an Electrician and a member of the Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers. He worked on many construction projects in Cleveland and Fairmont,
including the Harrison Power Plant and the Rivesville Power Plant. He served
with the United States Navy during the Korean War. He also enjoyed fishing.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one sister, Ann Marie Kastelic
of Cleveland and several nieces and nephews in the Cleveland area.
He was preceded in death by his brother Ted and sister Edie.
Friends may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home on Sunday
from noon to 9 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Services will be
at 1 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Sherman Burford officiating.
Burial will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Prutytown
with full Military Honors.
George Giffin Kerr
George Giffin Kerr, 88, of Clendenin, Kanawha County, died Saturday
(July 5, 1997) in his home following a long illness.
He was born in Fairmont, a son of the late George Layman Kerr and Isabelle
He was a 1925 graduate of East Fairmont High School and a 1929 graduate
of Fairmont State College, where he was a member of Lambda Delta Lambda
and Sigma Tau Gamma honorary science fraternities. He earned as master
of arts degree in physical science from West Virginia University.
He went to Kanawha County in 1929 to begin his career teaching chemistry
and physics at Clendenin High School. He also taught English, civics, mathematics
and all branches of science as a member of the faculty.
He became principal of the school in 1958. In 1968, he was named director
of federal programs for Kanawha County Schools. He retired in 1972, after
43 years of service in the Kanawha County School system.
He was past master of Clendenin Masonic Lodge No. 126, AF & AM,
and past worthy patron of Thelma Chapter No. 24, Order of the Eastern Star.
He was a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite Bodies.
His wife of 60 years, Dorothy Young Kerr, preceded him in death April
Survivors include a son, George Y. Kerr of Pinch, Kanawha County; a
sister, Ruth Coleman Phillips of Fairmont; a brother, William Hugh Kerr
of Wheeling; and two grandchildren, George S. Kerr and Sarah E. Kerr.
Also deceased is a daughter, Lynn Kerr Miller, who preceded him in
death Dec. 6, 1987.
Services will be today at 2 p.m. in the Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin,
with the Revs. Mike Evans and Bobby Sizemore officiating. Burial will follow
at the Koontz Cemetery, Clendenin, where graveside rites will be conducted
by Clendenin Masonic Lodge No. 126.
At the request of the family, memorials may be made to the Clendenin
United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 686, Clendenin, W.Va. 25045;
or Kanawha Hospice Care, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, W.Va. 25064.
Allen Meredith Kramer
Allen Meredith Kramer, 91, of Route 8, Smithtown, died Thursday (July
3, 1997) at Mon Point Continuing Care Center.
He was born Dec. 22, 1905 in Smithtown, a son of the late William and
Rosetta DeVault Kramer.
He was Methodist by faith and attended Pisgah United Methodist Church.
He graduated from East Fairmont High School, Fairmont State College
and West Virginia University.
He retired in 1969 as a principal of Summers School after 42 years
of service in county schools. Kramer began his county teaching career in
1928 at the Old Beechwood School. His tenure included short periods at
Saver Pleasant Valley, Highland and Bethel Schools before he moved to Smithtown
where he became principal from 1939 until 1953. In 1953 he became principal
at Star City. He moved from there in 1966 to Summers School.
He was a member of the Lions Club and I.O.O.F. Lodge. After retirement
he became active in senior citizens activities and was a representative
to the Silver Hair Legislature.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Violet Hall Kramer; two daughters
and sons-in-law, Nancy and Robert Rose of Lantana, Fla. and Carolyn and
George Long of Morgantown; three sons and daughter-in-law, Samuel Kramer
of Suwanee, Fla., Wayne and Janet Kramer of Fairmont, Baltzer Kramer of
Fairmont; two sisters, Charlotte McBee of Morgantown and Martha Moon of
Petersburg; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, John Martin Kramer, and
granddaughter, Susan Lynn Kramer.
Friends may call at the Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown, Sunday from
2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Funeral services
will be at 11 a.m. Monday with Dr. Stacy L. Groscup and the Rev. Rick Framer
officiating. Burial will be in the Pisgah Cemetery, Route 73. Donations
may be made in his memory to Smithtown Community Association, Kathryn Thomas,
Route 5 Box 209, Morgantown.
Wilbert Martin, 74, of Smithfield, died Thursday (July 3, 1997) at
the Lois A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. He was born March
2, 1923 at Smithfield, a son of the late Arlie and Ada L. Little Martin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Murrel Martin in 1982.
He is survived by several cousins including Thomas and Elizabeth Little
of Smithfield with whom he made his home, Lee Little of Roswell, N.M. and
Freda Weishem of Mannington.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Luther Junior Higgins.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII.
He was retired from Deluca's Beer Distributing Co. in Akron, Ohio.
Friends may call at the Masters Funeral Home in Mannington on Saturday
from 3-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the
funeral home with the Rev. David Moutz officiating. Burial will follow
at the Pricetown Cemetery.
Jessie S. Mikulski
Jessie S. Mikulski, 84, of Fairmont, died Saturday (July 5, 1997) in
the Fairmont General Hospital.
She was born Feb. 7, 1913 in Preston County, a daughter of the late
Lloyd Samuel and Rachel Elizabeth Sheets Smith. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Sigmont Frank Mikulski in 1991.
She was survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Betty Weaver
of Vandergrift, Pa; sisters, Blanche VanPelt of Fairmont and Viola Ann
Smith of Cleveland, Ohio; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren,
and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother William Howard Smith, Sr.
She was previously employed at the Fairmont Box Co.
Friends may call at the Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave, Fairmont,
today from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral
home, Monday at 1 p.m. with the Frank Spevock officiating. Burial will
be in the Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, Westover.
Elbert Elderidge Poling
Elbert Elderidge Poling, 72, of Millersville and formerly of Philippi,
died at 4 p.m. Saturday (July 5, 1997), in the Fairmont General Hospital
following an extended illness.
He was born Jan. 2, 1925, in Barbour County, son of the late Monterville
and Laura Skidmore Poling.
He worked as an equipment operator with McCoy Brothers Mining for 24
He is survived by two daughters, Linda Poling of Fairmont and Betty
Shipp of Thornton; a sister, Lillian Stemple of Montrose; two brothers,
Estes "Dan" Poling of Montrose and Willie "Bill" Poling of Norton; a granddaughter,
Vonda Lantz of Fairmont; and a great-grandson, Cody Dye of Fairmont.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Laura Mae Auvil; four
brothers, Delbert Poling, Evertt Poling, Lambert Poling and Leslie Poling;
a sister, Mildred Poling; five half-brothers and five half-sisters.
Friends may call at the Stemple & Forman Funeral Home in Philippi
from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today, when funeral services will be conducted in the
funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Larry Poling officiating. Burial will
follow in the Central Chapel Cemetery.
John J. Powell
John J. Powell, 72, of Pinedale, Wyo., died June 9, 1997 in the Veterans
Hospital in Salt Lake, Utah.
He was born July 5, 1924 in Fairmont, a son of the late Early J. and
Eva "Wilson" Powell.
He attended the Church of Christ in Fairmont.
He served in the U.S. Army during WW II with 22 years of service. He
retired from the U.S. Army in 1966 as an E-9 Sergeant Ist Class.
He later worked at Fairmont State College as superintendent of the
roads and grounds, with 16 years of service. After retirement, he moved
to Pinedale, Wyo.
He was a member of the V.F.W. and the Davis White Post 7048 of Fairmont.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Powell of Pinedale, Wyo.; four
step daughters, Audrey Lawson of Cape Hatteras, N.C., Viola Fadeley of
New Cumberland, Patricia Beagle of New Manchester and Connie Nolan of Springfield;
one brother, George David Powell; sister, Mary Marie Lynn of Milford; seven
grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and
several nieces and nephews.
At the request of the deceased the body has been cremated. Graveside
services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the National Cemetery in
Pruntytown. Evangelist Brent Gallagher will be officiating. Ford Funeral
Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont is in charge of the local funeral arrangements.
Ellen Lucille Stoller Tyler Reisinger
Ellen Lucille Stoller Tyler Reisinger, 66, formerly of Fairmont, died
Thursday (July 3, 1997) in El Cajo, Calif. in her home after a long illness.
She was born March 1, 1930, a daughter of Pearl Wolfe Yates and the
late Harry Arthur Stoller.
She is survived by her mother, two sons, Douglas and Robert Tyler of
El Cajo, Calif.; two brothers, A.J. Stoller of Fairmont and Walter Stoller
of Jamestown, N.Y.; half-brother, Allen Kincaid of Fairmont; half-sister,
Lillian DeL aRentie.
Preceding her in death is one half-brother, Louis Kincaid.
She was buried in California.
Richard Dale Ridgway
Richard Dale Ridgway, 90, formerly of Barrackville, died Monday (July
7, 1997) at St. Barbara's Memorial Nursing Home in Monongah.
He was born Sept. 15, 1906, in Barrackville, son of the late Charles
and Cora Ice Ridgway.
He retired as a credit manager with B.F. Goodrich in Fairmont. He was
a member of the Barrackville Church of Christ and was a third degree mason
of the Fairmont Masonic Lodge No. 9, A.F. and A.M. He was also a 32nd degree
master mason of the Valley of Wheeling.
He is survived by a daughter, Joyce Pinholster of Vienna, Va.; a son,
David Ridgway of Cary, N.C.; four grandchildren, Todd Ridgway, Julia Bangiolo,
Kimberly Bolick and Jocelyn Bangiolo; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five sisters, Jessie Ridgway, Ruth Grimes,
Mildred Hood, Nell Ice and Eva Horton.
Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201
Columbia St., Fairmont, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. The funeral
will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Evangelist Steve Snider
officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery. The Fairmont
Masonic Lodge No. 9, A.F. and A.M. will conduct ritualistic services at
Della Lea Swisher Sakaris
Della Lea Swisher Sakaris, 74, of formerly of Fairmont, died Wednesday
(July 2, 1997) at the Cuppett-Weeks Nursing Home in Oakland, Md.
She was born May 18, 1923, at Catawba, Marion County, a daughter of
the late Hyson C. and Minnie L. Cox Swisher.
Her husband, Johnnie Sakaris, preceded her in death.
She had worked at the former Ownes-Illinois glass plant in Fairmont
and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. She worked at the
Owens-Illinois Glass Plant. She enjoyed playing the piano.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Mildred Swisher Jones of Fairmont
and Elizabeth Swisher of Medina, Ohio; four nieces, Shirley Horrington,
Martha Nunez, Leona Greathouse and Judy Skormisley, and three nephews,
Donald Swisher, Bobby Kisner and Albert Kisner.
Also preceding her in death were a sister, Olive Dougal; three brothers,
Aaron Swisher, Leonard Swisher and Bernard Swisher; and a nephew, Larry
Friends may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant
St., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m.
in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Rawlings officiating. Burial will
be in the Pisgah Cemetery.
Robert J. Stolzenfels, Sr.
Robert J. Stolzenfels, Sr., 78, of Grafton, died Friday (July 4, 1997)
at the Rosewood Health Care Center.
He was born in Grafton on April 8, 1919, the son of the late August
C. and Anna Conrad Stolzenfels.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor J. Moore Stolzenfels, having been
married in September 1941; three sons, Robert J. Stolzenfels, Jr. and wife
Carla of Grafton, Thomas C. Stolzenfels and wife Catherine of Grafton and
Mark W. Stolzenfels and wife Karlen of Bridgeport; one sister, Marie Mahaffey
of Joliet, Ill.; four grandsons, Craig Stolzenfels of Colorado; Jesse Stolzenfels
of Grafton, Mark Stolzenfels of Ohio and Christopher Skoloski of Bridgeport;
and two granddaughters, Andrea Stolzenfels of Grafton and Heather Skoloski
He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles (Dutch) Stolzenfels
and four sister, Anna Hoffman, Rhea Lew Ellen, Elsie Duffy and Rosie Stolzenfels.
He was a graduate of Grafton High School and retired from St. Regis
Paper Co. as a corrugator operator. He served in the United State Army
during WWII as a flight surgical assistant medical corpsman and was a member
of the Trinity United Methodist Church.
Friends will be received at the Bartlett Chapel of Davis Funeral Home,
202 McGraw Ave. on Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
on Tuesday, the time of the service with Pastor Violet Reynolds and the
Rev. H. Edgar Suite, officiating. Interment will take place at Bluemont
Russell J. Swisher
Russell J. Swisher, 73, of Grafton, died Friday (July 4, 1997) at Ruby
Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
He was born at Sandy Creek in Taylor County on August 22, 1923, a son
of the late Clarence and Lillian Roach Swisher.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Ellen Hebb Swisher,
who died on February 6, 1997.
He is survived by his three daughters, Nancy Cline of Fellowsville,
Jacqueline Smith of Naples, Fla. and Charlotte Sinnett of Johnstown, Ohio;
two sons and daughter-in-law, James "Rocky" and Bonnie Swisher of Grafton
and Andrew Swisher of Columbus, Ohio; three brothers, Elbert "Woody" Swisher
of Grafton, Wilbert "Bill" Swisher of Thornton and Harold Swisher of Grafton;
one sister, Ada Williams of Parsons; six granddaughters, eight grandsons,
one great-grandson, one great-granddaughter, several nieces and nephews,
and a very good friend, Charles Bailey of Columbus, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Harry Swisher,
and infant sister, Nellie Pauline Swisher.
he was a retired trackman from the Chessie System, retiring in 1984
with 35 years of service. He was a member of the Knottsville United Methodist
Church and attended the Harbor of Life Church, Marquess Community.
Friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, Bartlett Chapel, 202 McGraw
Ave., Grafton, today from 2-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday
at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Marvin Cline officiating. Burial
will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
James Robert Toothman
James Robert Toothman, 73, of Kingwood, died Saturday (July 5, 1997)
He was born June 25, 1924 in Fairview, a son of the late James F. and
Pearl Mathews Toothman.
He was a member and deacon of the Kingwood Baptist Church, a charter
member and past president of the Kingwood Kiwanis Club; a member of the
Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department; a life member of the Fraternal Order
He served in the Merchant Marine Corp. He was an avid fisherman and
retired as an operating superintendent for Monongahela Power Co. with 45
years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Hartsell Toothman; one son and
spouse, James R. and Rebecca Toothman of Grafton; two daughters and their
spouses, Beverly and Gary Vincent of Fairmont and Penny and Thomas Hudgins
of Kingwood; one sister, Marjorie Hamilton of Farmington; eight grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Daryl and Kenneth Toothman.
Friends may call at the Browning Funeral Home in Kingwood from 7-9
p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, July 8, 1997 he
will be moved to the Kingwood Baptist Church to lie in state from 10-11
a.m. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Goldston officiating.
Interment will be in the Maplewood Cemetery in Kingwood.
Donations may be made to the Oncology Unit, Monongalia General Hospital,
1200 J. D. Anderson Dr., Morgantown, or to the Preston County Chapter of
the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 40, Kingwood.
Caroline "Cay" Virginia Satterfield Webb
Caroline "Cay" Virginia Satterfield Webb, 82, of Fairmont, died Wednesday
(July 2, 1997) in her home following a long illness.
She was born in Fairmont on March 17, 1915, a daughter of the late
Columbus Bert and Dora Minnie Reel Satterfield.
She had lived in the Orlando, Fla. area for over 40 years before returning
to Fairmont a year ago. While in Florida she worked as a receptionsit and
switch board operator for Johnson Electric of Orlando. She was Methodist
by faith. She was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and enjoyed
She is survived by her husband Lewis Harden Webb; two sisters, Patricia
Saurborn and Lorraine Williams both of Fairmont; one stepson, Joseph Harden
Webb of Cedartown, Ga.; a step-grandson, Malcom Cummings of Roam, Ga.;
several nieces and nephews including Judith Ann Price of Fairmont and Mary
Cogley of Erwin, Pa., and a great-niece, Samantha Erin Price of Fairmont.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first
husband, Hayward Lewis Davis; one brother, Francis Harold Satterfield,
and two sisters, Margaret Riggs and Thelma Devison.
The body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.
on Monday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St. with
the Rev. Edsil Bragg officiating. Interment and memorial services will
be at the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Orlando, Fla. at a later date.