OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Norman V. Fitzwater Jr.


Norman Victor Fitzwater Jr., 92, of Elkton, passed away peacefully June 30, 2017, at Comfort Care Senior Homes in Blacksburg.

The son of the late Norman V. Fitzwater and Lelia Shaffer Fitzwater, he was born Oct. 22, 1924, in Elkton.

He was also preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Patsy McCall Fitzwater, who he married on Feb. 16, 1949.

He attended Bridgewater College before enlisting in the U.S. Army on April 15, 1943. During World War II, while serving in the Army’s 34th Field Artillery Division, he was hit and injured in the legs and stomach on June 1, 1944, in Anzio, Italy. He was in the hospital from June 1, 1944, until being discharged on March 16, 1946. Hewas one of the first to be treated with penicillin. His legs were severely wounded, causing him to walk with a cane. He received the Purple Heart and two battle stars for bravery and his sacrifice.

He graduated from Dunsmore Business College in 1948 and began working for Peoples National Bank of Elkton. In 1957, he was promoted to manager.

After dedicating nearly 40 years to banking with Peoples National, Va. National, he retired as a vice president with Sovran Bank in January of 1988.

He was treasurer of the Elkton Lion’s Club and active in the organization for 60 years.

He was a member of the Elkton United Methodist Church throughout his life.

Surviving are his son, Norman V. Fitzwater III; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service, officiated by the Rev. Debbie Powell, was held Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Elkton United Methodist Church.

Interment was at Elk Run Cemetery with military rites.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517, www.woundedwarriorproject.org, Good Samaritan Hospice, 2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018, or Elkton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 82, Elkton, VA 22827.

Arrangements by Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.



Trudy K. Dodson


Trudy Kay (Cubbage) Dodson, 74, of Charlottesville, passed away July 8, 2017, at her home.

Born Sept. 7, 1942, in Stanley, she was a daughter of the late Elbert Franklin Cubbage and Florine Hilliard Cubbage.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, John W. Dodson Jr.,.

She retired from Sperry Marine. She was a member of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary and other organizations.

She loved going to play the slots at Charles Town and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Dodson of Charlottesville; two grandsons; four sisters, Ruby Quintrell of Harrisonburg, Nancy Alberti of Orange, Doris Good of Shenandoah and Gayle Hammer of Stanley; and a brother, Wayne Cubbage of Luray.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017, at Mount Jackson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Hill and Wood Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Way, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.hillandwood.com.



Thelma K. Shifflett


Thelma K. Shifflett, 87, of Harrisonburg, passed away June 22, 2017.

She was born July 7, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Leonard and Maggie Kyger.

She enjoyed crocheting, doing search and find word puzzles, visiting Charles Town, W.Va. and spending time with family.

She is survived by a son, Wayne Viands; daughters, Connie Shifflett, Kathy Landis and Denise Warlitner; three sisters, Almeta, Edna and Gurnie; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held for the family.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Golda K. Shomo


Golda Kathleen (Dovel) Shomo, 83, of Shenandoah, passed away Thursday, July 6, at Journeys Crossing Assisted Living in Elkton.

She was born Oct. 8, 1933, in Stanley, to the late Ezra and Beulah Florence (Housden) Dovel.

On Feb. 14, 1954, she married Robert R. Shomo, who died Aug 21, 2015.

She is survived by her three children, Jeffrey Shomo of Culpeper, Gregory Shomo of Warrenton and Cynthia (Shomo) Offenbacker of Elkton; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Ervin E. Dovel of Stanley, Earl W. Dovel of Stanley, Randolph Dovel of Shenandoah, Bobby L. Dovel of Stanley, Charles Dovel of Stanley, Roger D. Dovel of Shenandoah; and a sister, Maxine D. Viands of Manassas.

Family received friends at Leake’s Chapel Church of Brethren on Sunday, July 9, 2017, with funeral services Monday, July 10, 2017, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849, or Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren in her memory.



Warren R. Fitzgerald


Warren Ray Fitzgerald, 68, of Roseland, passed away Friday, July 7, 2017.

Born Jan. 29, 1949, he was a son of the late Lawney Napoleon and Blanche Evelyn Fitzgerald.

He enjoyed managing his heavy-equipment repair business for more than 25 years in Elkton.

He was a member of Beech Grove Christian Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Krista Fitzgerald Monahan and Sarah Frances Fitzgerald; a brother, Wayne Fitzgerald; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Emma Toombs Fitzgerald.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Beech Grove Christian Church by Pastor Rob Mansfield with burial to follow in Beech Grove Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to Giving Hope Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 464, Lovingston, VA 22949.



Jo Anne Frederick


JoAnne Frederick, 88, of Elkton, passed away July 1, 2017.

Her Irish heritage encouraged her to move to the Valley, the closest place to Ireland she could find. She poured her heart and soul into her membership at Holy Infant Catholic Church and into The Frederick Farm.

Prior to retirement, she was owner and proprietor of Jo Anne’s Bed and Breakfast at Frederick Farm of Elkton for many years. She was a member of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. She was also a supervisory claims examiner with Erie Insurance.

She had a passion for learning and took classes through JMU’s Lifelong Learning Institute and through Elderhostel. A frequent attendee of The Forbes Center for Performing Arts, she loved music and the arts.

As one of her last acts of generosity, she donated her body to the University of Virginia School of Medicine for the benefit of research and education.

She was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary Lonergan Duggan and was born in Brooklyn, New York.

She is survived by four children, Thomas Almirall, Suzanne Mears, Kathleen Patterson and Robert Almirall; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A mass was held Saturday, July 8, at Holy Infant Catholic Church in Elkton. A celebration of life reception followed at the Elkton Area Community Center.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sentara RMH Hospice, 2000 Beery Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or Elkton Area United Services, 218 West Spotswood Avenue, Elkton, VA 22827.



Christopher L. Shifflett


Christopher “Shifty” Lee Shifflett, 29, of Shenandoah, passed away tragically Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

He was a son of Bret and Vickie Morris Shifflett and was born Aug. 18, 1987, in Harrisonburg.

He graduated from Page County High School and Virginia Tech and was employed with Merck and Company.

He enjoyed playing guitar and other musical instruments. In his spare time, he loved floating the river, being in the mountains, riding his motorcycles and most of all, spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by the love of his life, Heather D. Brophy; a brother and best friend, Michael W. Shifflett, all of Shenandoah; paternal grandparents, Claude and Marguerite Shifflett of Elkton; and maternal grandfather, Benjamin Morris of Shenandoah; .

The family received friends Friday, July 7, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Friends may also visit the family home at anytime. A funeral was held Saturday, July 8, at the funeral home with Pastor L.J. “Dickie” Campbell officiating. Interment was at Rest Haven Community Cemetery in Shenandoah.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah Fire Company, 201 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, VA, and/or Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Condolences may be shared online at www.kygers.com.



Alexandria M. Hemp


Alexandria Mae Hemp, 3-month-old infant daughter of Shawn Michael Hemp and Holly Jo Twiddy of Shenandoah, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017.

She was born March 31, 2017, in Harrisonburg.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Benjamin Shifflett and Jameson Hemp; maternal grandparents, Daniel and Jeannie Twiddy of Shenandoah; paternal grandparents, Jason Blose and wife, Susan, of Baker W.Va., and Tammy Adams of Mount Sidney; great-grandmothers, Linda Freeze and Nancy Angeles; and a great-grandfather, Larry Alexander.

A memorial gathering was held Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Condolences may be shared online at www.kygers.com.



Henry C. Raynes


Henry Clay Raynes, 96, of Port Republic, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Lynwood, on Aug. 22, 1920, and was a son of the late Thomas and Blanche (Roach) Raynes.

He was a member of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.

He had worked as a weaver in Covington and for DePlane in Grottoes before his retirement from Merck in 1982.

He graduated from Port Republic High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was an avid golfer and gardener.

He was united in marriage to Geraldine Mae (Koontz) Raynes, who preceded him in death on Sept. 1, 2016, after 68 years of marriage.

Surviving are three children, Linda Hathaway of Penn Laird, Alan Montgomery “Monty” Raynes of Port Republic and Joe Raynes of Harrisonburg.

A funeral service was held at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church on Sunday, July 9, with the Rev. Rhonda W. Baker officiating. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery with military rites by the Dayton American Legion Post 27.

The family received friends Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 7120 Orebank Road, Port Republic, VA 24471.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.



Diane L. Roach


Diane Lynn Roach, 60, of Rocky Bar, passed away July 4, 2017, at her home.

She was born Sept. 12, 1956, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Clyde Griffith and Ruth Catherine Helsley Roach.

She was an animal lover, who enjoyed her cats and dogs.

She is survived by a sister, Phyllis Roach of Elkton; and brothers, George Roach of Pittsfield, Mass. and Johnny Roach of New York.

The family received friends Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton.

A graveside service followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville. Richard Breeden conducted the service.

Gifts may be made to Kyger Funeral Home for burial expenses.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Mary A. Monger


Mary Alma Monger, 93, of Elkton, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Zacharia and Maggie Knight McDaniel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ottie S. Monger.

She worked at Blue Bell and Casey Jones as a seamstress for many years before retirement.

She attended school in Rockingham County at Swift Run and was a member of the Price Rotary Rhythm Band, Blue Ridge Ladies in Action, Elkton Senior Citizens and the Blue Ridge Independent Church, where she sang in the choir.

She enjoyed doing puzzles and going to McDonald’s to visit with friends.

She is survived by a son, Ronald (Ronnie) Ottie Monger of Elkton; a brother, George McDaniel; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; a great-grandson; two great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Stella Stickley.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Blue Ridge Independent Church with the Rev. David Wade and Pastor Gerald Meeks officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Run Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Friends may also call at the Monger home at any time.

Memorial contributions can be made to Blue Ridge Independent Church Building Fund, 38 Independent Road, Elkton, VA 22827, and/or Elkton Volunteer Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton, VA 22827.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Fay L. Whitmer


Fay Louise Whitmer, 77, of McGaheysville, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.

She was born Sept. 13, 1939, in Shenandoah County, and was a daughter of the late Iva Dellinger Tusing and Robert F. Dellinger.

She was a member of Mount Olive Brethren Church.

She was a supervisor at Elkton Garment for 36 years until the business closed. She then went on to work for Shenandoah Wrangler.

She enjoyed making all kinds of cookies and candies, but especially loved cooking for family.

On July 6, 1955, she married Frank W. Whitmer Jr., who survives.

She is also survived by three children, Donna Shifflett, Frank W. Whitmer III and Beth Mowbray; six siblings, Phyllis Halterman, Luella See, Christine Taylor, David Dellinger, Junior Dellinger and Donnie Dellinger; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Fred Miller officiating.

Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Friday, July 7, 2017, at the funeral home.

Condolences may be shared online at www.kygers.com.



Janice C. Strickler


Janice C. Strickler, 84, of Elkton, passed away Friday, July 7, 2017, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Assisted Living Facility, where she had resided for several months.

She was born March 8, 1933, in Elkton, a daughter of the late Vernice David Coverstone Sr. and Esta Elizabeth (Nichols) Coverstone.

She lived all of her 84 years in the Shenandoah Valley. She was raised in Elkton and told stories of growing up through difficult years of World War II.

She was a 1950 graduate of Elkton High School.

She married Edward L. Strickler Sr. on June 21, 1952, and began a long life together at Millstone Farm near McGaheysville.

She worked on the farm as well as a home and family agent in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County area for the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension Service for eight years, through which she taught safe and healthy food preparation, household effi ciency and family care.

She was an excellent cook and was a longtime volunteer at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

She enjoyed traveling, by car, bus, and train, and to Europe and Alaska.

She was a very active member of the Mount Olivet Christian Church, where she helped with lawn parties, bake sales, and suppers, sang in the church choir, and helped with the ladies fellowship.

She was preceded her in death by her husband on Jan. 4, 2014.

Surviving are a daughter, Rebecca Strickler Tate; three sons, Edward L. Strickler Jr., Thomas David Strickler and James Carroll Strickler; a sister, Betsy Huddle; a brother, Harold (Pete) Coverstone; and two granddaughters.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Community Need Fund, c/o Mount Olivet Christian Church, 38 Mount Olivet Church Rd., Elkton, VA 22827.

The family welcomed friends Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the Mount Olivet Christian Church, 38 Mount Olivet Church Rd., Elkton, with Pastor Wayne Wright offi ciating.

Interment will be private at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.



Randy Shull


Randy Shull, 71, of Penn Laird, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 25, 1945, a son of the late Rodney and Janet (Huffman) Shull.

He grew up on a farm in the Spring Creek area and attended Turner Ashby High School.

He was a car salesman who worked at dealerships in Harrisonburg and Staunton. He was an avid hunter who took pride in teaching young kids to hunt and shoot guns.

He valued family, especially time spent together in the mountains of Highland County.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Shull.

He is survived by his brothers, George Shull; and 11 grandchildren.

The family received friends Friday, July 7, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

A memorial service was held Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the funeral home.




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