Miscellaneous Wood County, West Virginia Obituaries
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Mary Ida Bayer

Mary Ida Bayer, 68, of Lubeck, died July 1, 2001, in Wood County.

She was born July 23, 1932, in Parkersburg, daughter of the late Emmett and Lakie Richards Sinnett. She was a homemaker and a member of the Fairlawn Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert ‘‘Bob’’ Bayer; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven R. Bayer and his wife, Teresa and Michael J. Bayer and his wife, Pam; two grandsons, David and Kevin Bayer all of Washington, W.Va.; two brothers, James Sinnett and his wife, Pat of Parkersburg, and William Sinnett and his wife, Maxine of Daytona Beach, Fla.; one sister, Mattie Wright and her husband, D. Orlen of Parkersburg; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Delores Sanders of Parkersburg; and six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susan Robin Bayer.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Fairlawn Baptist Church with Pastor Don Yeager officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Leavitt Funeral Home of Parkersburg, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Donations may be made to the Fairlawn Baptist Church Together We Build Fund.

Steven O. Burner

Steven O. Burner, 39, of Creston, W.Va., died July 2, 2001, at his residence.

He was born in Marietta, son of Madalene Calvert Burner of Parkersburg, and the late Otto Burner Jr.

Surviving in addition to his mother, are five sisters, Sandra Snyder of Mineral Wells, Donna Corbin, Susan Duckworth and Ann Deaton all of Parkersburg, and Cheryl Cross of Belle Vernon, Pa.; one brother, James ‘‘Doug’’ Burner of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Keith Burner.

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

Leavitt Funeral Home of Parkersburg, are entrusted with arrangements.

G. Cummings

Geraldine Cummings, 63, of Parkersburg, died July 2, 2001, at her residence.

Arrangements pending Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home of south Parkersburg.

Catherine Gessel

Catherine Ellen Gessel, 81, of Washington, W.Va., passed away July 3, 2001, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 15, 1920, in Monroe County, daughter of the late Carl and Vernie Kershner Broyles. She was a janitor for Lubeck Elementary School, a homemaker and a member of the New England Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Roger Dale Gessel and his wife, Dolores of New England Ridge, W.Va., and William Lee Gessel and his wife, Teresa of Lubeck; three sisters, Violia Payne and Birtle Weikle both of Union, W.Va., and Betty Weikle of Mansfield, Ohio; three grandchildren, Kevin, Robert and Jason Gessel; and one great-grandchild, Hunter Gessel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Gessel in 1990; and one brother, Kenneth Broyles.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sunset Memorial Funeral Home of Parkersburg, with the Rev. James Hamrick officiating. Burial will follow Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arden Hyde

Arden Hyde, 54, of Willows Nursing Home, died July 3, 2001, at the Willows Nursing Home of Parkersburg.

Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home of Green Street, Parkersburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Zetta Milam

LITTLE HOCKING - Zetta Milam, 86, of Little Hocking, died July 2, 2001.

Born June 11, 1915, in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Ollie Lafferty.

She is survived by her sons, Henry and James; and daughters, Georgia Marshall, Vyona Chute, Fay Billings, Elizabeth Eaton and Frances Albert.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alfred Milam.

Services 11 a.m. Thursday at White-Moquin Funeral Home of Coolville. Viewing 6-8 p.m. today.

Zela Mae Moss

Zela Mae Davis Eckert Moss, 78, of Parkersburg, died July 1, 2001, in the Ohio State University Hospital of Columbus.

She was born in Racket, W.Va., daughter of the late Alvin Merch and Ora Kirkpatrick Clevenger. She was a Protestant and was a former employee of the Glen L. Martin Aircraft Factory of Baltimore, Md. She enjoyed breeding and raising canaries.

Survivors is her husband, Rev. Bernard Moss; two stepsons, David Moss of Nebraska, and Robert Moss of Ohio; two stepdaughters, Miriam Davis of North Carolina, and Martha Hoffman of South Carolina; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; and three brothers, Elton G. Clevenger of Letart, W.Va., Denzil R. Clevenger of Medina, Ohio, and Alvin J. Clevenger of Fairborn, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Brooks ‘‘Red’’ Davis; her second husband, Bernard Eckert; two sons, Bradford Davis and Darrius Dwight Davis; two daughters, Barbara Davis and Sharon Davis; five brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kimes Funeral Home of 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg, with Pastor Brian Harrell officiating. Burial will follow in Roseville Cemetery of Gilmer County. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sondra L. Oesterle

Sondra L. Oesterle, 51, of Slate, W.Va., died July 3, 2001, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital following a sudden illness.

She was born Sept. 10, 1949, in Elkins, daughter of Elizabeth Z. Wolfe Hynes of Parkersburg, and the late Bernard ‘‘Jim’’ Sturm. Mrs. Oesterle had worked as operations coordinator at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, with 28 years of service. She enjoyed fishing with her loving husband and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was also a homemaker and a Protestant by faith.

She is survived by her stepmother, Evelyn Sturm of Elkins; two daughters, Michelle E. Reeder of Parkersburg, and Angela C. Fielder of Carrboro, N.C.; three sisters, Sharon Mauzey of Humble, Texas, Sheila Aldsworth of Parkersburg, and Debra Carpenter of Cumberland, Md.; four grandchildren, Dylan S. Reeder and Caleb W. Reeder both of Parkersburg, and Joshua R. Fielder and Lauren E. Fielder both of Carrboro; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Gary W. Sturm.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday at the Kimes Funeral Home of 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg, with the Rev. Michael Hadaway officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, David A. Couch ALS Fund, P.O. Box 1762, Parkersburg, W.Va. 26102-1762 or the Greater Mid-Ohio Valley Alzheimers Association, 508-A Columbia Avenue, Williamstown, W.Va. 26187.

Kenneth Reynolds

Kenneth Reynolds, 62, of Hockingport, died July 3, 2001.

He was born Aug. 22, 1935, son of Pearl Everson Reynolds and the late George Reynolds.

Survivors include his wife, Milford Kimes Reynolds; two daughters, Kelly Dusky and Lisa Vogelsong; one son, Kevin Reynolds; and 11 grandchildren.

Services 1 p.m. Friday at Eden United Brethren Church of Reedsville. Viewing 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at White-Moquin Funeral Home of Coolville.

Joseph Sayre

RACINE - Joseph Sayre, 59, of Racine, died July 1, 2001.

He was a son of the Laura Mullins Sayre of Clendenin, W.Va., and the late Jesse B. Sayre. He was a retired AEP, where he was a training coordinator and was a shift engineer with AEP of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie Circle Sayre; and son, Joseph Jr.

Services 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Pomeroy. Viewing 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at White-Moquin Funeral Home of Coolville.

Dorothy Swiger

COOLVILLE - Dorothy Ann Swiger, 59, of Ireland Road, Coolville, died July 1, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Parkersburg.

Born May 11, 1942, in Boston, Mass., she was the daughter of Anna Rivera of Adrian, Mich., and the late Harold Clark. She was a member of the Gospel Baptist Church of Torch.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Donald; one son, Brian Swiger; four daughters, Deborah and Christine Swiger, Tammy Butler and Julie Herod; five grandchildren; one brother, David Clark; and four sisters, Diana Messner, Nancy Clark, Carolyn Moize and Helen Clark.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the White-Moquin Funeral Home of Coolville, with Pastor Jay Hubbard officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery of Vinton County. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Agnes E. Szarko

Agnes E. Szarko, 87, of Manheim, formerly of Bethlehem, died June 20, 2001, of natural causes.

Born in Lankin, N.D., she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Kopcho Bachik and the wife of the late Frank A. Szarko. A homemaker, Mrs. Szarko assisted in the raising of her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Ann’s Byzantine Catholic Church of Lower Paxton Township. A former member of St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Bethlehem, she was active in its Pierogi Makers Club.

Surviving are three sons, Dr. Frank J., married to Dr. Carol Szarko of Reading, Dr. James F. married to Rose Ann Szarko of Parkersburg, and Dr. Richard J., married to Dr. Kathryn Peroutka Szarko of Manheim; seven grandchildren; one sister, Mary Slaski of Bethlehem; and two brothers, George Bachik of Oregon, and Michael Bachik of Bethlehem.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Paul and John Bachik.

Services were by Neill Funeral Home, Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, Pa., 17604-4125 or St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, 5408 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, Pa. 1710

David Underwood

David Kent Underwood, 60, of Salem, died July 3, 2001, at his home in Doddridge County after an extended illness.

David was born July 10, 1940, in Doddridge County, son of the late Orwin and Ruth Curry Underwood, both of Doddridge County. Mr. Underwood retired in 1995 from G.E. Plastics of Washington, W.Va., after 33 years of service. He was a U.S. Army National Guard veteran and was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Jacquin Underwood; four sons, Daniel Underwood and Keith Underwood, both of Parkersburg, and Richard Underwood and Butch Underwood, both of Williamstown; two brothers, Donald Underwood of Salem, and Glen Underwood of Weirton; one sister, Brenda Travis of Salem; his companion, Patricia Brown of Salem; and six grandchildren, Stacy, Wendy, Ashley, Kayla, Julie and Amber Underwood.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Duke Underwood.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday at the Vermont Baptist Church on Skeleton Run Road, with the Rev. Robert Merritt officiating. Family and friends are welcomed to attend.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Erickson Sports Complex Foundation.

Harbert Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.


 

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