Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Rebecca O. Ashley

Rebecca O. Ashley, 84, a resident of Strasburg, Va. passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at her residence.

A funeral service for Mrs. Ashley was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at Stover Memorial Chapel with Father Michael Dobbins whom officiated. Burial followed in Riverview Cemetery, Strasburg.

She was born in Clay County, WV on Sept. 14, 1931, a daughter of the late Arthur B. and Maysel E. Snarr Ashley.

She was a member of the St. John's Bosco Catholic Church and retired from Doubleday Book Company where she worked as a binder.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Charles A. Harris and a great-great-grandson.

Survivors include her daughter, Janice Irene Sager (David) of Strasburg, Va.; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and two brothers, Joe Snarr and Eddie Snarr, both of Gassaway, WV.

Pallbearers were Sonny Fogle, David Sager, Tad Howell, John Gress, Jay Powell and Bob Fogle.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Tuesday evening.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Mrs. Ashley.

Mary G. Frye

Mary Grace Guthrie Frye, 76, of Timberville, died Jan. 2, 2016, at Life Care Center of New Market.

She was born June 10, 1939, in Fort Seybert, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late John R. and Nellie Mitchell Guthrie.

She was a homemaker and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Christ Fellowship Church in Timberville.

On Aug. 3, 1988, she married Albert Leon “Papa” Frye, who preceded her in death Nov. 25, 2002.

She is survived by five daughters, Susan Siever Kearns and husband, Joseph, of Harrisonburg, Sharon Siever Ogden of Staunton, Debbie Siever Baker and husband, David, of Timberville, Delores Siever See and husband, Jody, of Bergton, and Juliana “Small Frye” Miller of Richmond; a son, Thomas Siever and wife, Lisa, of Harrisonburg; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Guthrie and wife, Elizabeth “Cricket,” of Broadway, and John Sites and wife, Darlene, of Broadway; a sister, Naomi G. Bare of Fulks Run; an adopted daughter, Tamie Conner;  and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John “Junior” Guthrie, and former husband, the Rev. Ernest Miller.

Pastor Don Guthrie conducted a funeral service Wednesday Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Grandle Funeral Home Chapel in Broadway. Burial followed at Trissels Mennonite Church Cemetery near Broadway.

The family received friends Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Jesse S.G. Hawkins

Jesse S.G. Hawkins, 89, of Woodstock, Va. and formerly of Berryville, Va., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

Services will be private.

Mr. Hawkins was born Jan. 29, 1926 in Henryetta, Ok., son of the late Emmett Hawkins and Lucy Lampkin Hawkins.

He was formerly employed with VDOT for 12 years and was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nadine Eunice Martin Hawkins; two sons, Jesse Anthony (Tony) Hawkins and Tommy Adolphus Hawkins; and numerous brothers and sisters.

He is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Lynn Hawkins Rodgers of Berryville and husband Floyd of Berryville and Jill Diann Hawkins Tennyson Dodson and Dale of Millville, WV; three grandchildren, John Tennyson Jr. and wife Danielle, Laura N. Rodgers Tomblin and Ross Tomblin and their children, Damian Allen Tomblin and Dorian Alaina Tomblin, and Mark A. Rodgers; five great grandchildren, Zachary Tennyson, Zoey Tennyson, Tyler Tennyson, Hunter Tennyson, and Savannah Tennyson; and two great grandsons, Timothy J. Hawkins and Gregory Hawkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Skyline Terrace Nursing Home Patient Fund in Woodstock, Va.

Jesse loved nature and raising his cattle. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Betty A. Hottel

Miss Betty Ann Hottel, of Strasburg, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 in the Intensive Care Unit at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock at 11:10 a.m. with her brother by her side.

She was born on Feb. 29, 1940 at home in Stephens City, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Alpheus Park Hottel, Sr. of Middletown, Virginia and the former Anna Frances Hopewell of Stephens City, Virginia.

Betty was a member of the Strasburg Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her brother, Alpheus Park Hottel, Jr. of Strasburg.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Stover Memorial Chapel with Rev. David D. Howard officiating. Harp music will be provided by Rev. Allen G. Dec.
Graveside rites will follow, if weather permits, at Riverview Cemetery with Rev. Allen G. Dec officiating.
 Afterwards everyone is invited to a luncheon provided by the women of the Strasburg Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the organization of your choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg.

Margaret M. Irvin

Margaret Maus Irvin, 94, of Edinburg, passed away at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.

Margaret was born Nov. 5, 1921 in Silver Run, Maryland.

She was married to the late John Robert “Bobby” Irvin. She was a loving wife, homemaker, and beloved mother.

Services were held Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Edinburg. Reverends Tom Arner and Steve Wood officiated. Burial followed at the Cedarwood Cemetery. The Edinburg FCE Club will attend as a group. Following burial guests joined the family for food and fellowship at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Hamburg. The family received friends Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at the late Margaret Irvin’s home.

Margaret was the daughter of the late George and Helen Maus.

She was preceded in death by her brother, George Victor Maus, Jr. of Harrisonburg.  

She graduated from Edinburg High School and attended the Business School at Massanutten Military Academy. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Edinburg, where she sang in the choir and was a member of the church board. Margaret was an active member in the extension homemakers club of Edinburg for 60 years; now FCE (Family Community and Education). She served as president of the club for 18 years and Shenandoah County Chairman for 2 years. She was awarded Outstanding Homemaker for years of contributions to the organization. She was dedicated in her service, and she loved to sew, garden, and travel.

She is survived by a sister, Louise Townsend of Harrisonburg; a daughter, Margaret Ann Irvin Gochenour and husband, Jerry of Edinburg; a son, George Victor Irvin, of Edinburg; 2 granddaughters, Gretchen Gochenour Reinhardt and husband Brian of Newport News, Virginia, and Kathy Gochenour Marbach and husband Peter of Oceanside, California; 3 great granddaughters, Cora Marbach, Mabel Marbach, and Natalie Reinhardt.
Pallbearers were Mark Irvin, Joe Irvin, Ned Irvin, Mike O’Hara, Keith Lantz, and Jeff Wilt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ Hamburg Memorial Fund C/O Nancy Gochenour 496 Stout Rd. Edinburg, Virginia 22824 or St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 235 South Main St. Woodstock, Virginia 22664.

Winifred B. Kimble

Winifred B. Kimble, of Columbus, Oh., died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015.

Wynn was born Oct. 2, 1942 in Washington D.C. and grew up in Woodstock, Virginia.

Wynn was a loving wife, mother and Nana who loved her family, collie dogs and gardening.

She was a teacher in the Columbus School System for several years before taking time to raise her three children. She returned to The Ohio State University in 1986 until she retired in 2003.

Wynn is preceded in death by her mother, Susan Kershaw Nicholson, and father, John Vawter (Ted) Bauserman.

Wynn is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, William E. (Bill) Kimble; son and daughter- in-law, D. Lee and Suzanne L. R. Kimble; son, Grant Kimble; and daughter and son-in-law, Bethany and Scott Rupert; grandchildren Maggie and Will Rupert; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Joy Bauserman; and nephews, JD and Joseph Bauserman.

The family received friends Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Schoedinger Northwest, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Columbus, Ohio.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 3660 Kenny Rd. with Pastor Aaron Layne who officiated. Entombment followed at Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio, Disabled American Veterans or The American Diabetes Association.

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Jennifer M. Kisamore

Jennifer Marie Kisamore, 25, of Woodstock, passed away Dec. 23, 2015 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 30, 1990 in Harrisonburg and is the daughter of Gary Wayne Kisamore and Tina Marie Atchison.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her grandparents, Sam and Peggy Hepner, Hollis and Ruby Kisamore and Dianne Atchison.

Jennifer was employed at Wendy's as a Shift Manager.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her stepmother, Becky Kisamore of Edinburg and her mother's boyfriend Jason Mullins of Woodstock; three sons, Kyle Anthony Lear, Kayden Edward Lear and Kaleb Andrew Kisamore; two sisters, Holly R. Kisamore of Edinburg and Tracie L. Kisamore of Woodstock; one brother, Ethan Wayne Kisamore of Edinburg; one stepsister, Mileana Tinsley of Edinburg; her pap, Pryor Atchison and his wife Susan of Fort Valley; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family received friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 at Valley Funeral & Cremation Service, Bowmans Crossing.

A private funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at Valley Funeral Service with Pastor Freddie Helsley who officiated. Burial followed in Mallow Cemetery in Riverton, WV. 
Pallbearers were Buddy Atchison, Bill Atchison, Matt Pirtle, Wesley Clark, Bobby Clark and Jimmy Wren.
 Honorary pallbearers were Zach Atchison, David Atchison and Trenton Dove.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests burial funds in the memory of Jennifer be sent to 14116 South Middle Rd., Edinburg, Va. 22824.

John F. Mahorney

John Forrest Mahorney, of Strasburg, Va., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at Greenfield Reflection of Strasburg.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia (LuLu); son, Steven; brother Lawrence; and nephews, niece, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and John R. Mahorney; brother, Edward Mahorney; and sister, Ciss Masters.

Upon retiring from the Arlington Co. Fire Department as a Station Commander in 1986, John realized his dream, and he and LuLu moved to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, a place they had visited and loved for many years. 
John loved his family, his dogs, his friends, Bluegrass music, antique clocks, and steam engine trains. As a member of the National Railway Historical Society, he and Pat enjoyed many trips.

He was a funny, outgoing man, and nothing brought him greater joy than to bring a smile to someone's face, particularly a child's. He was kind and generous and a tireless worker, proficient in everything he tackled, from building a cabin to rewiring a home to house painting like a pro. He never knew the meaning of the word "bored".

Alzheimer's has no mercy on its victims. John did not choose to forget your name, to speak to you in garbled sentences, to act without discretion, or to become isolated while hoping to see or hear from an old friend. To those of you who remembered him during this agonizing journey, Steven and I truly thank you. 
Dr. Rajesh Subedi of Front Royal treated John with such understanding, gentleness and dignity. Dr. Beth Cardwell of Woodstock took the time to comfort me. The employees of Food Lion and Rite Aid of Strasburg became our second families, always welcoming us with smiles and kindness. And to those who took care of him with love the past two months at Greenfield, including the staff of Blue Ridge Hospice and my special angel, Steven and I thank you.

It was John's wish that there be no funeral nor memorial service and his ashes scattered in the spring in a place chosen by him.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg is serving the family of Mr. John F. Mahorney.

Lester S. Mongold

Lester Selvester Mongold, 94, of Timberville, died Jan. 5, 2016, at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg.

He was born in Petersburg, W.Va., and was a son of the late Charles W. and Carrie E. Ours Mongold.

Mr. Mongold retired after 20 years with Dunham-Bush. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and a life member of the Chimney Rock VFW Post 9660. He served in WWII in the U.S. Navy and was very proud in serving aboard the Battleship USS Wisconsin from 1944 to 1945. He earned five battle stars for operations in Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan.

Lester was a farmer and candled eggs at Neff’s egg house and the Farm Bureau. He worked at Hilltop Hatchery, Shen-Valley Meat Packers, and retired from Dunham-Bush. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and horses. He enjoyed his family and stayed close to his brothers and sisters all his life.

On July 4, 1981, he married the former Ruth A. Ashenfelter, who survives.

Also surviving are daughters, Mildred Branner and husband, Bob, of New Market, and Betty Lou Mongold of Timberville; sons, Frederick Mongold and wife, Vicky, of Fulks Run, and Lester Leafue Mongold and wife, Cindy, of Broadway; stepdaughter, Gay M. Shifflett of Elkton; sister, Emma Lahman of Broadway; brother, Bobby C. Mongold of Blountsville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Zirk.

Pastor Kirk Shipley will conduct a funeral service 2 p.m. Friday at the Grandle Funeral Home Chapel in Broadway. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Friends may call at Grandle Funeral Home at any time. Military honors will be given by the Chimney Rock VFW Post No. 9660.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Gloria J. Muir

Gloria Jean Muir, 71, a resident of Strasburg, Va., passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at her residence.

A funeral service for Mrs. Muir will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at Strasburg United Methodist Church with Rev. John B. Haynes, Jr. officiating.

Mrs. Muir will be laid to rest at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

She was born on July 2, 1944, a daughter of the late Fay and Grace Noland.

She was a member of Strasburg United Methodist Church and former office manager in the political affairs office of Shenandoah University.

Survivors include her husband, Austin Terrance Muir of Strasburg; her children, Howard T. Muir (Susan J.) of Toms Brook and Timothy M. Fickett of Arizona; three grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Hornacek of Arizona and Zeta Barnard of Nevada; and a cousin, Darrell Bumgarner of California

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Thursday evening.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be in the form of memorial contributions to Best Friends Animal Society, 2005 S. 1100 E, Salt Lake City, Ut. 84106.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Mrs. Muir.

Robert T. Nowell

Robert Thomas "Tommy" Nowell, 48, of Front Royal, Va., passed away on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

The family received friends on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Maddox Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Tommy was born April 12, 1967 in Front Royal, VA, son of the late Ralph Winton Nowell and Peggy Joyce Thomas Nowell.

Surviving are two children, Carolyn Nowell of Edinburg and Thomas Nowell of Front Royal; three brothers, David Rickie Nowell, Ralph Michael Nowell and Stephen Ray Nowell, all of Front Royal; and four grandchildren, Braydon Hermes, Kierstin Hermes, Cameron Hermes, and Brantley Budd.

Laura B. Polk

Laura Beatrice Polk, 92, of New Market, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

Mrs. Polk was born Feb. 25, 1923 in Kentucky, daughter of the late Charles Christopher and Frances Mae Barnett Spurlin.

Mrs. Polk was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Lewis Polk.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Romick of Mt. Jackson and Frances Hearn of Fredericksburg; a son, Jody Carr of Luray; three grandchildren, Alvin Romick, Jimmy Romick and Laura Martin; and seven great grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.
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Catherine L. Pomeroy

Catherine "Katie" Christine Lindquist Pomeroy, 91, of Front Royal, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at Warren Memorial Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

Katie was born on Sept. 2, 1924 in Spring Valley, Illinois. She was the daughter of the late Ollie and Salena Mecum Lindquist.

She was married on Nov. 10, 1945 to Jesse Berkeley Pomeroy, who preceded her in death in 2005.

She is survived by her two daughters, Melanie Pomeroy Owens of Front Royal, and Hope Pomeroy Smithwick and husband Sam of Salem, VA; a son, G.B. Pomeroy of Front Royal; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in Illinois.

Katie graduated from La Salle-Peru Township High School in 1942. She worked as a stenographer, dictaphone operator, and an invoice/payroll clerk.

She enjoyed baking and decorating cakes, sewing, and hand crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a member of Limeton United Methodist Church, former member of Extension Homemakers, AARP, Jolly 60's, Old Dominion Promenaders, and Rivermont Ramblers.

The family received family and friends at Maddox Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30th, 2015.

A funeral was conducted by Rev. Sherry Waddell at Limeton United Methodist Church on Thursday, Dec. 31st, at 11 a.m. Burial took place in Panorama Memorial Gardens on Strasburg Road.

Pallbearers were Aaron Carlisle, Tyler Parker, Butch Owens, Dallas Campbell, Chad Barnett, and Marshall Baldwin- Tolliver.
 Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Pomeroy and members of the South Warren Ruritan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Limeton United Methodist Church, Red Hill Way, Browntown, Va. 22610, or South Warren Ruritan, 797 Running Bear Crt., Front Royal, Va. 22630.

Beulah E. Robertson

Beulah Elizabeth Robertson, 88, of New Market, died Dec. 30, 2015, at Life Care Center of New Market.

She was born April 16, 1927, in Lexington, and was a daughter of the late Otto and Mary Montgomery.

She was a housewife.

Surviving are two sons, Jerry Williams and wife Sandy of Harrisonburg, David Williams and wife, Brenda, of Basye; one daughter, Judy Ann Mathias and partner, Greg Riggleman, of Timberville; 11 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Bonnie Booth, and her son, Larry Williams.

The Rev. David Burrough conducted a graveside service at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

The family received friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grandle Funeral Home, P.O. Box 114, Broadway, Va. 22815, to help with expenses.

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T. Sgt. Candido Roman

T. Sgt. Candido Roman, 77, of Dowell J. Circle, Winchester, Va., passed away on Dec. 28th 2015 at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Roman was born on Oct. 10, 1938 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, son of the late Candido Roman and Andrea O'Ferrall Roman.

He was predeceased by his sister, Eva Ines Roman Bedizel.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Florence G. Mahoney Roman of Winchester; their three sons, David F. Roman of Germany, Matthew K. Roman of The Netherlands, and Michael E. Roman of Hoboken, NJ; his first wife, Juanita Roman; their four children, Christine T. (Juarez) Roman of San Jose, Ca., Jay Allen Roman of Jefferson City, Mo., Janette Rickards of Carmichael, Ca, and Steven C. Roman Sr. of Citrus Height, Ca.; 12 grandchildren, Patrick Juarez, Nicholas Juarez, Rachel Juarez, Tyler Rickards, Joshua Rickards, Steven Roman Jr., Samantha Roman, Kelli Seymour, Meghan Roman, Ethan Roman, Jackson Roman, and Chandler Mucius; three great grandchildren, Tatiana, Cylas, and Liam; nephews, Metin Bedizel, Keith Stonebreaker, and Jeromey Stonebreaker; nieces, Sally Jimenez, and Candy Grimsley; father-in-law, James R. Mahoney; sister-in-law, Dorothy Riley; and brother-in-law, Roger Stonebreaker.

He served in the U.S, Navy 1956-1963 on the USS Ranger (C-61) and the USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764). He was stationed in Norfolk, Cuba, Japan, and San Francisco.

He served in the U.S. Air Force 1967-1985 as a Financial Management Specialist, Real Estate Cost Management Analysis Specialist, and Medical Services Technician, Emergency Room NCOIC. He was stationed at Elmendorf AFB AK, Mather AFB CA, Homestead AFB FL, Incirlik AFB Turkey, Laughlin AFB TX, and Lajes Field Azores, Portugal, Griffiss AFB NY.

He served as a Strasburg police officer in 1985-86. He was a mail handler for the U.S. Post Office Merrifield/Dulles from 1986 to 1997, was a part-time FedEx deliveryman (Dulles/Memphis), a Flight Attendant for Northwest Airlink 1999-2001, and a Armed Customs Patrol Officer.

He was a member of VFW Post 4935, AFA, Clopton United Methodist Church choir, and in recent years attended Kernstown UMC.

Still serving his fellowman, Mr. Roman donated his body to science and education.

A military honors memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Anyone wishing to make memorial contributions please send to the following: The USO, Honor of TSGT Candido Roman. P.O. Box 96860, Washington D.C. 20077-7677 or The Humane Society of the United States, In Memory of Candido Roman. P.O. Box 96930, Washington, D.C. 20090-6930

The family gratefully appreciates the excellent care provided by Emeritus/Brookdale Memory Care Roanoke Facility staff for the past 16 months. We also thank the staff of the Med-ICU and Palliative Care Unit of the Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
 And a special thanks to the Fredrick County Sheriff and Winchester Police Departments for their support and protection.

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