Obituaries — Page CountyLeah R. Horst
Leah Ruth Shank Horst, 90, of Woodland Park, died on Monday, March 18, 2013.
She was born on June 11, 1922, in Fayetteville, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Harvey E. Shank and Anna Bertha Martin Shank.
Mrs. Horst was a childcare provider running a small daycare in her home. She also operated a small in-home bakery. She was a member of the Lucas Hollow Mennonite Church and attended the Timberville Mennonite Church.
On Sept. 8, 1946, she married Mahlon Horst, who died on Aug. 31, 2010.
She is survived by four children, Kenneth Horst of Harrisonburg, Judith Kauffman of Granada, Spain, Gerald Horst of Aurora Ohio, and Karen Burkholder of Mount Crawford; two sisters, Miriam Nolt of Chambersburg, Pa., and Esther Lehman of Fayetteville, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Anna Bricker Shank.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at the Lindale Mennonite Church by Pastor Wilmer Lehman, Pastor Paul Kauffman and Pastor Fred Rhodes. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family was to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray. Visitation is also planned from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the McMullen Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Virginia Mennonite Missions, 901 Parkwood Rd., Harrisonburg, Va. 22802.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullenfh.com.
Helen V. Walton
Helen V. Walton, 90, of Elkton, died on Monday, March 18, 2013, at MontVue Nursing Home.
She was born on Aug. 31, 1922, and was a daughter of the late George Walton and Rosie Shifflett Walton.
She is survived by a sister, Ella Sparks of Crozet; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 25, at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray.
Judith E. Johnson
Judith Eutsler Johnson, 89, of Woodstock, passed away on March 15, 2013.
She was born in Mount Meridian, Virginia, on May 9, 1923, the daughter of the late Frank Richard Johnson and Clara Eutsler Johnson.
She was a graduate of Woodstock High School and 1944 graduate of Madison College. While at Madison, she was a member of the Tri Sigma Sorority and Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.
“Judy,” as she was often called, was active in the Woodstock community. She was a devoted and lifetime member of the Woodstock United Methodist Church. During her membership, she taught Sunday School and Bible School. Additionally, she volunteered at the Woodstock Library, the Woodstock Museum and the Clothes Closet. She also served as a counselor at Camp Strawderman for Girls.
She married Dr. L.G. Johnson, also known as “Doc,” on September 30, 1944. He preceded her in death on June 20, 2008.
Judy is survived by a sister, Jo Halpert of Midland, Texas; four sons, Rick and his wife, Starr, of Luray, Tom of Max Meadows, Frank of Mt. Jackson, and Bob of Woodstock. She is also survived by three grandsons, Brian of Edinburg, and John and Scott Johnson of Luray. A fourth grandson, Christopher, preceded her in death on April 18, 2009.
She enjoyed playing bridge, cooking, walking, and supporting her late husband Doc’s enjoyment of antique cars, accompanying him to car meets and riding in Woodstock parades.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at the Woodstock United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the Church Social Hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Shenandoah County Free Clinic, the Woodstock Museum, the Woodstock Library or the Woodstock United Methodist Church. (Paid Obituary)
Velva M. Winkler
Velva Margaret Aleshire Winkler, 84, of Luray, died on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
She was born on June 15, 1928, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Edgar Roosevelt Aleshire and Mamie Cubbage Aleshire.
On Jan. 31, 1970, she married Samuel E. Winkler, who survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Judy J. Dinges of Warrenton, Martha J. Knight of Luray, and Sandra H. Shifflet of Elkton; a son, Jerry Lee Lang of Luray; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Danny L. Lang; a daughter, Mary Ann Breeden; and a granddaughter.
A funeral service was conducted on Friday, March 15, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Bryan Matthews. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.
Larry D. Jenkins
Larry Dennis Jenkins, 54, of Etlan, died on Friday, March 8, 2013, at his home after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer.
He was born on Dec. 20, 1958, in Front Royal and was a son of Thelma Cave Jenkins of Sperryville and the late Bernard L. Jenkins.
Mr. Jenkins was most recently employed by Ronnie Jenkins Tree Service and Landscaping Inc. He also worked a number of years with Davey Tree Company as a tree climber. He was an avid sports fan.
Surviving in addition to his mother and his wife, Lori Jenkins, are a daughter, Heather Thomas of Etlan; four stepdaughters, Heidi Mutter of Culpeper, Amanda Bibb of Louisa, Shana Lewis of Iowa, and Kaylor Coates of Etlan; two stepsons, Billy Darnell Jr. of Culpeper, and Aaron Darnell of Madison; two brothers, Ronnie Jenkins of Madison, and Richard Jenkins of Etlan; three sisters, Rhonda Baldwin of Sperryville, Cathy Pullen of Washington, and Angie Jenkins of Sperryville; one grandson; nine step grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, March 12, at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison by Pastor Ray Berry and the Rev. John K. Burke. Burial was in Etlan Cemetery.
James A. Alger
James Abraham Alger, 96, of Winchester, died on Monday, March 11, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.
He was born in 1916 in Madison and was a son of the late Henry L. Alger and Ollie S. Alger.
Mr. Alger was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army, achieving the rank of PFC. He was employed by Parks and Recreation as a maintenance worker.
His wife, Gladys Naomi Alger, died on April 29, 2002.
He is survived by a son, Nelson Lee Alger of Luray; a brother, Paul Alger of Corpus Christi, Texas; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Carol Alger; a son, James Abraham Alger Jr.; and 14 siblings.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, March 18, at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. Burial with military honors was in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Frederick County.
Memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Virginia Chapter, 5540 Falmouth St., Suite 101, Richmond, Va. 23230.
William E. Woodell
William E. “Gene” Woodell, age 87, of Catonsville, Md., died on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
He was the beloved husband of Norma M. Woodell; devoted father of Janice W. Dare (David), Halethorpe, Md., and Susan W. King (Chip), Leesburg, Fla. He is also survived by a brother, Nelson E. Woodell, Arizona; grandchildren Michael J. Dare, Ellicott City, Md., Kelly E. Dare, Austin, Texas, Andrew J. King, Annandale, Va., and Robin L. Dowell, Chilhowie, Va.; and six great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Md., at a later date.
Mr. Woodell was a former resident of Luray, Va., and Harrisonburg, Va., after retirement from the federal government.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. (Paid Obituary)
Isabell J. Gochenour
Isabell Jane Gochenour, 76 Luray, Va., went to be with the Lord March 17, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va.
She was born January 23, 1937, in Stanley, Va.
She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and daughter. A faithful follower and servant of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a member of Battle Creek Pentecostal Church for 50 years. She retired after having taught for 27 years at Grove Hill Elementary School in Shenandoah, Va. She was greatly loved by all and greatly loved all.
She is survived by her mother, the Rev. Ethel Jane (Housden) Painter of Stanley; two sons, Donnie W. and wife Lori Martin Gochenour of Luray, and Doug A. Gochenour of Stanley; a granddaughter, Raegan L. Gochenour of Luray and her fiance Kevin Millsap of Shenandoah; and a sister, Aletta L. Seekford of Stanley. She was preceded in death by her father, Dewey M. Painter.
A funeral service was conducted at Stanley New Hope Pentecostal on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Wayne Comer, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church of Shenandoah, the Rev. Johnny Clements of Battle Creek Pentecostal Church in Stanley, and Pastor Randy Miller of Stanley New Hope Pentecostal Church. Burial was at Leaksville Cemetery in Luray. Visitation was held at Stanley New Hope Pentecostal on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Page County Public Education Foundation (for under privileged youths) c/o Rich Thompson 147 S. Court St., Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)
Floyd Edward Wayne Good, 73, of 249 E. Main St., Apt. 1, Luray, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Winchester Medical Center.
He was born on March 29, 1939, in Luray and was a son of the late Floyd Junior Good and Hilda Marie Good Pettit.
Mr. Good was an Army veteran and member of the American Legion Post 22 in Luray and the New Market Eagles 4264.
On May 23, 1997, he married the former Katie Marie Hitt, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Timmy and Anthony Good, and Christopher Wayne Hitt, all of Luray; a brother, James E. “Moe” Good of Luray; three stepchildren, Virginia Ann Shipley, Heather M. Lam and Joshua A. Jenkins, all of Luray; three grandchildren, Aaron Dale Good of Owings Mills, Md., and Andrew Tyler Good and Christen Leigh Good, both of Luray; and two step grandchildren, Candice Housden and Dylan Shipley, both of Luray. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, George N. Pettit.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, March 16, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Pastor Frank Painter. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray with military honors by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621, 218 Veterans Lane, Luray, Va. 22835; to the Luray American Legion; or to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)
David Smith Wallace died at the age of 87 on Feb. 4, 2013, at his home in Stanley, Va.
He was born July 26, 1925, in Dallas, N.C., the son of the late Charles Avery and Myrtle Robinson Wallace.
David was a veteran of World War II, a mason, a skilled carpenter and was retired from the Metro.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Steve, Mike and wife Robbin, Douglas and wife Meta, and Lea Ann Wallace; sister, Nellie Jacobs; brothers, Charles and Jasper Wallace; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, the mother of his four children; and by Marion, whom he married after his first wife died.
A memorial service was held Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Elkton Presbyterian Church, followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall. (Paid Obituary)
Phyllis C. Gray
Phyllis Christene Gray, 70, of 1684 Marksville Rd., Stanley, died on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
She was born on June14, 1942, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Johnny Lloyd Painter and Flora Blanche Lucas Painter.
Mrs. Gray was a member of the Bethlehem Christian Church. She was a devoted mother, housewife, seamstress and beautician. She loved all of her nieces and nephews and many friends.
On April 25, 1992, she married David D. Gray, who died on June 6, 2001.
She is survived by a son, Albert Goode Jr. and wife Wendy Goode of Stanley; two daughters, Fancy Yager and husband Malcolm E. Yager, and Tanza L. McCoy and husband John P. McCoy Jr., all of Stanley; two brothers, Roy Painter and wife Julia Painter, and Billy Painter and wife Martha Painter, all of Stanley; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two friends, Irene Sosa of New York, and Shirley Adams of Utah. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Troy, Kenneth, Shirley and Adolph Painter; and three sisters, Frances Barlow, Virginia Cooper and Lorene Painter.
A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Bethlehem Christian Church by Pastor Frank Good Jr. (Paid Obituary)
Charles E. Comer
Charles Emmett Comer, 79, of Grottoes, died on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Oct. 27, 1933, in Shenandoah and was a son of the late Paul Robert Comer and Madeline Beulah Monger Comer.
Mr. Comer retired from DuPont on April 15, 1985, and had served in the U.S. Army as a corporal during the Korean War.
He is survived by a daughter, Melissa Comer Gray of Stuarts Draft; a son, Gregory Scott Comer of Crimora; and two sisters, JoAnn Jenkins of Elkton, and Linda Lou Griffith of Luray.
A memorial service was conducted on Friday, March 15, at the Grottoes United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Grottoes United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5, Grottoes, Va. 24441.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.
Gloria Jean Grandstaff, 70, of Luray, died on Monday, March 18, 2013, at MontVue Nursing Home.
She was born on Oct. 20, 1942, in Page County and was a daughter of the late Claude Painter and Vivian Atkins Painter.
Mrs. Grandstaff had worked as an inspector for Wrangler. She was a member of the Page Valley Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband, Glendon Grandstaff Jr., are a daughter, Bonnie Baum of Rapid City, Ill.; a son, Glen Grandstaff of Maryland; a stepdaughter, Debbie Wright of Luray; a sister, Nancy Shenk of Luray; a half sister, Sue Campbell of Kapaa, Hawaii; a half brother, John Benson of Arkansas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Blue Ridge Funeral Service Chapel in Luray by Pastor Chris Walker.
Thoughts, concerns and remembrances may be sent to www.blueridgefs.com.
Angeline Frances Strickler, 100, of Hawksbill Assisted Living in Luray, died on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
She was born on Dec. 22, 1912, and was a daughter of the late William A. Beahm and Virgie Weaver Beahm.
Mrs. Strickler had been a member of the Mount Zion Church of the Brethren for more than 50 years.
On March 21, 1936, she married Kenneth W. Strickler, who died on Nov. 21, 1976.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, G. Dale Strickler; and three brothers, Tilman H., Roy F. and Robert William Beahm.
A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, March 19, at the Mount Zion Church of the Brethren in Luray by Pastor Gary Major. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Zion Church of the Brethren, 176 Sedwick Rd., Luray, Va. 22835.