Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Mary A. Derrenbacker

Mary Anne Derrenbacker, 76, of Charlottesville, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016.

She was born Aug. 25, 1939, in Shenandoah, and was a daughter of the late William Elwood and Jewel Sylvia (Sullivan) Rau.

She grew up in Shenandoah, graduated from Shenandoah High School and attended Shenandoah College at Dayton.

She was married for 47 years to Edward Lenn Derrenbacker until his death in 2009.

She had talent for singing, using this gift in many church choirs, cantatas and weddings.

She was employed as a secretary for many years, working at Rockingham National Bank in Harrisonburg, as well as church offices in Raleigh, N.C. and Highland, Ill.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Christ United Methodist Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Stephen Creech officiating.

Burial followed the funeral and was held at the Coverstone Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Memorial gifts can be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 101 2nd St. Central Ave. Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

Roger W. Shifflett

Roger Wayne Shifflett, 63, of Harrisonburg, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at his residence.

He was born July 6, 1952, in Rockingham County, and was a son of Freddie James and the late JoAnn Marie (Martin) Shifflett.

He owned and operated Shifflett’s Wrecker and Salvage. He also loved to farm and haul cattle.

He was a member of Maranatha Church of God.

On Dec. 3, 1971, he married the former Connie Diane Payne, who survives.

He is also survived by three children, Jeanne Showalter, Jason Shifflett and Beth DeGray, all of Harrisonburg; a special addition to their family was Stacy Shifflett; eight grandchildren; a stepgranddaughter; 10 sisters; and three brothers.

The funeral service was held Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Mount Clinton Mennonite Church with Pastors Arthur Harris, Roger Chandler and Michael Fallen officiating.

Burial followed the funeral and was held in the Mount Clinton Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday at McMullen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the McMullen Funeral Home, 5784 Greenmount Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, to help offset burial expenses

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C. Allen Foltz Sr.

Clifford Allen Foltz Sr. of Southport, N.C. and formerly of Alma, died Nov. 12, 2015.

A graveside service was held Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Saint Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Pastor Phyllis Diamond officiated.

Willie L. Gianfrancesco

Willie Lee Coffey Gianfrancesco, 83, of Rutherford, N.J., passed away April 9, 2016.

She was born in Buena Vista, to Walter Lee and Mary Pryor Coffey.

She is predeceased by her husband, Richard, in 2008.

She is survived by three daughters; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Walter O. Coffey of Bridgewater, Martha Stout of Harrisonburg, Eddie R. Coffey of Grottoes and Donald W. Coffey of Harrisonburg.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Rutherford, N.J.

It was followed by interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y.

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Sammie H. Harner

Sammie Harriet Eckenroth Harner, 85, of Harrisonburg and formerly of New Market, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Brookdale Assisted Living facility following a long struggle with dementia.

The funeral service was held at Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market on Thursday, April 21.

She was born in Graysville, Tenn., on July 6, 1930, and was a daughter of the late Paul Edgar Eckenroth and Alice Cary Walker Eckenroth.

She graduated from Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market and Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md.

She was a member of the Reformation Lutheran Church and the Harrisonburg Seventh-day Adventist Church, and formerly the New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She was an accomplished schoolteacher for 30 years.

On June 22, 1952, in Reading, Pa., she was united in marriage to Jack Harner, then of New Market, who survives her.

Also surviving are sons, Robert Paul Harner of Mc-Gaheysville and William Kris Harner of Harrisonburg; daughters, Carole Jo Harner of Harrisonburg and Jackie Harner Shipe of McGaheysville; six grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the music department at Reformation Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 896, New Market, VA 22844.

Arrangements are by Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Ronald A. Buss

Ronald “R.B” Arthur Buss, 75, of Massanutten, passed away April 21, 2016, at his home after an extended illness.

He was born July 6, 1940, in Willard, Ohio, and was a son of the late Milton Buss and Edna (Moore) West.
In 1980, he moved to Virginia after living in Dwight, Ill. He started working with R.R. Donnelley and Sons in 1964, where he retired as a supervisor in 2005 after being employed there for over 40 years.

He was past president of the Massanutten Lions Club, helped distribute food through the Elkton Area United Services, and was a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club.

He was a devoted and active member of the Holy Infant Catholic Church in Elkton.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jane (Perry) Buss; three sons, Mark E. Buss of St. Louis, Michael L. Buss of Naperville Ill. and Aron J. Buss of Colts Neck, N.J.; two daughters, Jennifer L. Morris of Salem and Jill T. Morris of Roanoke; a brother, Robert Buss of Glasgow, Ky.; a sister, Norma Bivens of Plymouth, Ohio; two half brothers, Charles West and Kenny West of Willard, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held on Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Holy Infant Catholic Church in Elkton.

The family received friends Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Willard, Ohio, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hahn Cancer Center, 2008 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting

Raymond F. Leeth

Raymond Franklin Leeth, 88, of Grottoes, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016.

He was born in Grottoes, on Dec. 18, 1927, and was a son of the late Ollie Maude (Miller) and John Hubert Leeth Sr.

He graduated from Dunsmore Business College and retired, in 1987, from Merck, where he worked as a chemist and laboratory supervisor. He was a member of the Grottoes United Methodist Church.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-47.

He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, hunting, fishing and played in a seniors golf group at Gypsy Hill Park.

On July 2, 1949, he was united in marriage to Naomi Barbara (Hilbert) Leeth, who survives.

He is also survived by a daughter, Ramona Leeth of Grottoes; three sons, James Leeth of Harrisonburg, Joe Leeth of Grottoes and David Leeth of Leesburg; a sister, Betty Jo Rauch of Crozet; a brother, Donald Leeth of Charlottesville; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family received friends April 23, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A funeral service followed with Pastor Brian Posey officiating.

Burial followed at Port Republic Mutual Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grottoes United Methodist Church General Fund, P.O. Box 5, Grottoes, VA 24441.

Condolences may be sent at www.

Sandra L. Harris

Sandra “Sandy” Lee Seader Harris, 54, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016, surrounded by her family at her home on Huckleberry Mountain just outside of Elkton.

She was born at Portsmouth Naval Hospital on Jan. 11, 1962, and was a daughter of Mr. Francis and Patricia Seader.

She graduated from Manor High School in Portsmouth. She moved to Elkton in 1998 and worked at Massanutten Resort Office. She loved the outdoors. She spent countless hours in her flower garden, hiking and walking along the ocean.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her soulmate of 19 years, Dickie Trower; a daughter, Jennifer Peszko; a stepson, Cole Trower; stepdaughters, Lindsey Sabota and Courtney Hutchenson; a grandson; a sister, Patti Seader; and special friend, Kimberly McCoy.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 7 p.m., at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Matt Homer officiating.

The family received friends from 6:30 to 7 p.m. prior to the service. The family will conduct a private inturnment at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Mooseheart Child and School, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539.

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