Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Reva G. Bowman

Reva Evelyn Good Bowman, 93, of Edinburg, went to be eternally with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 321 Headquarters Rd., Edinburg, Va. Pastor Katie Gosswein officiated. Burial was private in Pleasant View Memorial Gardens.

Reva Bowman was born Jan. 3, 1923 in Mt. Jackson, daughter of the late J. Warren Good Sr. and Fannie Vesta Dellinger Good. She graduated from Triplet High School in Mt. Jackson and Dunsmore Business School in Staunton. She formerly worked at Klotz Brothers Scrap Yard in Staunton for over 22 years. She was a fulltime homemaker and organist for several churches and Dellinger Funeral Home. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was an organist and Sunday School teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, W. Alden Bowman whom she married on May 25, 1947, and her brother, J. Warren Good Jr.

Reva is survived by her son, Joseph W. Bowman and wife Sharon and Reva’s pride and joy her twin granddaughters, Brittany and Whitney Bowman.

Pallbearers were Dr. J.W. Good III, Dr. Jerry Germroth, Bobby Evans, Robert Perry, Roe Diaz and Barry Sweitzer.

The family received friends Friday Jan 29, from 6-8 p.m. at Zion Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 175, Edinburg, Virginia 22824 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 793, Mt. Jackson, Virginia 22842.

Arrangements by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Elsie M. Dellinger

Elsie Mae Dellinger, 79, of Conicville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at Consulate Healthcare in Woodstock.

She was born May 10, 1936 in Shenandoah and is the daughter of the late Linwood and Florence (Hottle) Barton.

Elsie was a baker at Shrine Mont for 10 plus years and a member of Conicville United Church of Christ.

Mrs. Dellinger is survived by her husband of 55 years, Edward Dellinger of Conicville; one daughter, Lisa Nicholson and son-in-law Rodney Nicholson of Woodstock; one son, Dennis Dellinger of Mt. Jackson; one granddaughter, Christiena Shafer; and one great granddaughter, Maycee Grace Shafer.

The family received friends Thursday Jan. 28, from 7-8 p.m. at Valley Funeral & Cremation Service, Bowmans Crossing.

A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at the Valley Funeral & Cremation Service's Chapel with Pastor Steve Wood who officiated.

Arrangements are in the care of Valley Funeral & Cremation Service.

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George W. Gochenour, Jr

George Walter Gochenour, Jr., 47 of Hixson went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. George was born in Woodstock, Virginia.

He graduated from Hixson High School in 1987. He was an Eagle Scout and was employed with Red Food Stores, Bi-LO, and Food City for 31 years. He was a huge Tennessee Volunteer and NASCAR fan and loved being with his buddies especially his best friend, David Smartt.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Leila Gochenour and Frederick Oden.
Survivors include his parents, George and Jane Gochenour, Hixson; sisters, Gwen (Jeff) Parrott, Georgia, Frances (Jim) Thompson, Hixson; nieces, Cierra Walker, Tennessee, and Mackinzie Parrott, Georgia; grandmother, Margaret Oden, Virginia; and other family members in Virginia.

A celebration of life service was held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in the chapel of Legacy Funeral Home with Rev. Reed Shell who officiated.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, Tn. 38105.

The family received friends from 2 - 4 p. m. Saturday at Legacy Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8911 Dallas Hollow Road, Soddy-Daisy (423) 843-2525.

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Layton E. Harpine

Layton Eugene Harpine, 81, of Timberville, passed away Jan. 30, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born July 8, 1934 in Forestville and was the son of the late Marvin David and Linda Olinger Harpine.

He worked for 34 years as a USDA Poultry inspector and after retiring he helped his son, Tony, operate and grow Harpine Drywall in Broadway up until this past summer.

He was a lifetime member and trustee of the Rader Lutheran Church in Timberville. He was actively involved in the Zoning Committee for Timberville for a number of years.

He had a loving heart that showed in his care for friends and family.

On Jan. 22, 1955 he married the former June Merlee Good, who survives, and they celebrated their 61st Anniversary this past week.

Also surviving are a son, Tony E. Harpine of Broadway; daughter, Theresa Yankey and husband Dickie of Broadway; a very special granddaughter, Christine Yankey of Broadway; siblings, Richard Harpine and wife Anna of Wardensville, WV, Norman Harpine and wife Anna Lou of New Market, Irene Hinkle of Broadway, Eilene Lohr and husband Jake of Harrisonburg, Dorothy Dickerson of Edinburg, Ronald Harpine and wife Sue of Timberville, and Linda Gooden and husband Roger of Harrisonburg; and his special care givers at Life Care Center of New Market and his home health care givers, who provided much love and care.

Pastor Kirk Shipley conducted a graveside service at 2 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016 in the Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg and a memorial service will be at 11a.m. Saturday Feb. 6, at the Rader Lutheran Church in Timberville, with a meal to follow.

The family received friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Those wishing may send cards to P.O. Box 389 Timberville, VA 22853 or online condolences may be sent to the family at

Mary C. Hayes

Mary Catherine (Kitty) Hayes, 83, of New Market and formerly of Vienna, Va., died on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at Shenandoah Place Assisted Living.

She was the wife of Jack L. Hayes.

Born March 7, 1932 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Carroll Payne and Addie Russell Payne.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, James C. Hayes and his wife Kara, Joseph L. Hayes and his wife Kim, and Barbara J. Griffin and her husband Bud; her sisters, Joan Hubbard, and her husband Lee and Norma Payne; her grandchildren, Jason, John, Jennifer, Joey, Jordan, Kate, Kyle, They and Josh; and her great grandchildren, Jordan, Brenna, Mackenzie, Cameron, Deacon and Mabel.

The family received friends at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, Va on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 6-8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, Va. on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. The interment followed at National Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Loretta M. Kibler

Loretta Jean Mills Kibler, 73, of Strasburg, Va. and formerly of Front Royal, Va. died on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at Heritage Hall.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Pastors Bobby and Diann Whetzel.
Internment in Willis Chapel Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Loretta was born Feb. 11, 1942 in Front Royal, VA, daughter of the late Johnnie and Frances Kenney Mills.

She worked for many years as an insurance processor at Avtex. Loretta was co-owner of A Moveable Feast Catering with Ginger Marlow and also worked as interior decorator with Melvin Baugher and Baugher's Decorating Service.

She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Front Royal Women of the Moose Lodge 1194.

She was the wife of the late John Lynwood Kibler.

Surviving are one daughter, Kimberly K. Cummings and husband Joseph Kanson III of Martinsburg, WV; her special cousins, Bonnie Shipe of Strasburg, and Betty Compton, Jimmy Kenney and Gloria Groves, all of Front Royal; three grandchildren, Justin Kanson, Joseph Kanson IV, and Qrystin Kanson; and three great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kay Cameron, Judy Hupman, Joyce Marlow, Marie Longerbeam, Betty Ann Wines, Eva Mae Piffer, Vallie Duncan, Pat Garrett, Kathy Cox, Donna Noble, Ginger Marlow and Shelly McClain.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Mary L. Klawitter

Mary Louise Klawitter, 69, of New Market passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at her home.

She was born June 8, 1946 at Stratford, Ct. and was the daughter of the late Charles and Josephine Nappa LaCroex.

She was a retired CNA and had worked at several nursing homes.

Mary is survived by her husband, Helmut Klawitter.

There are no services planned.

Cremation arrangements by Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Michael A. Nixon

Michael Alexander Nixon, 26, a resident of Strasburg, Va., passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock, Va.

A funeral service for Michael was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Bill Nabers and Rev. Sonya Williams-Giersch whom officiated. Burial followed in Riverview Cemetery, Strasburg.

Michael was born on May 14, 1989, a son of John Elwood and Melody Wright Nixon.

He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and a 2007 graduate of Strasburg High School. He was an active member of the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Michael was a sweet, caring, gentle young man who loved and dedicated his life to his community especially his involvement with Fire and Rescue services.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Elwood and Mary Peyton Nixon; his maternal grandfather, Stanley Wright; an aunt, Vonda Wright; and an uncle, James Nixon.
Survivors include his parents, John E. Nixon and Melody Wright Nixon; his brothers, Christopher Nixon and Stephen Nixon, both of Strasburg, Va.; his maternal grandmother, Patricia Strosnider of Woodstock, Va.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers were Grant Pearson, Zach Hottel, Phil Hottel, Antonio Tristan, Scott Schlentner, Mike Chimento, Darris Ritenour and Richard Funkhouser.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, Va. 22657; Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. 347, Strasburg, Va. 22657; or Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 168, Toms Brook, Va. 22660.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Michael Nixon.

Mary M. Richman

Mary Roberta Mitchell Richman, 85, of Quicksburg, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Richman was born Dec. 21, 1930 in Spring Creek, Va., daughter of the late Charles Gordon and Careta Stoutamyer Mitchell.

She was a 1949 graduate of Timberville High School.

Mrs. Richman was married Jan. 20, 1951 to Silas Junior Richman. He preceded her in death March 13, 1988.

Also preceding are sisters, Ada Depew of Indiania and Jessie Redmon of Georgia.

She is survived by a sister, Frances Louise Bowman of Timberville; three daughters, Barbara Etrick of Sacramento, Ca., Corinda Richman of Quicksburg and Jeannie Viveiros of Centreville; a son, Michael Richman of Quicksburg; a grandson, Seth Viveiros of Centreville and currently attending The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina; a brother-in-law, Harold Richman of Quicksburg; a cousin, Dennis Coakley of Harrisonburg; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Mt. Clifton Community Cemetery with Rev. Glen Early officiating.

There will be a meal immediately following the service at Mt. Clifton United Methodist Church where Mary was a member.

The Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson will be open until 8 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016 for family and friends to view.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601.

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Deborah L. Rivenbark

Deborah Leigh Rivenbark, 62, of Mt. Jackson and formerly of Front Royal, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 7145 Browntown Rd., Front Royal, VA with Bishop Byron P. Hutchings, who officiating.
The family gathered with friends at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Deborah was born in Front Royal on July 12, 1953, a daughter of John C. and Stella O. Williams Moore.

She was a caregiver at the Heart Haven Group Home. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt.

Deborah is survived by her son, Anthony Calvin Rivenbark of Mt. Jackson; her daughter, Cory Ann Getz and husband Barry of Mt. Jackson; her brother, John Moore and wife Linda of Winchester; her sister, Pamela Brown of Front Royal; her grandchildren, Zachary M. Rivenbark and Matthew L. Seal; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at

Seth H. Rutherford Jr

Seth Huston Rutherford Jr., 94, of Maurertown, Virginia, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Rutherford was born in 1921 in Douglass, Kansas, the son of the late Frances and Seth Rutherford Sr.

He was a technician in the Aircraft Industry where he was honored to assist NASA and Boeing with the Saturn Space Program.

Mr. Rutherford was a member of the Toms Brook United Methodist Church.

Seth was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He will be forever remembered for his love of his family, faith and vegetable gardening. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

His wife, Ardeth LaVonne Calhoun Rutherford, whom he married on April 18, 1943 in Kansas, preceded him in death.

Surviving is his son, Gary Rutherford and his wife Carolyn of Stephens City, Virginia; grandchildren, Robyn Rutherford of Capon Bridge, West Virginia and Ryan Rutherford of Strasburg, Virginia; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and his sister, LeElla May Easter of Wichita, Kansas.

A memorial service was conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 4, at Toms Brook United Methodist Church with The Reverend Doctor Stan Thompson and The Reverend William Garber whom officiated. A dinner followed the service at the church. 
Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Seth's name may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia, 22601 or Toms Brook United Methodist Church, Kitchen Fund, 3263 South Main Street, Toms Brook, Virginia 22660.

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Robert E. Scott Jr

Robert Edward Scott Jr., of Front Royal, passed away on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at Heritage Hall in Front Royal.

All services will be private.

Mr. Scott was born in Lexington on July 15 1941, a son of Robert E. Scott Sr. and Mildred Shaner Scott Athey.

He was a paver operator for Apax until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working.

He is survived by his son, Jeff Scott of Woodstock; his daughter, Missy Bradley of Front Royal; two sisters; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Scott was preceded in death by two brothers and one grandchild.

Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at

Margaret C. Sholtes

Margaret Chapman Sholtes, 90, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 28 while residing in Virginia.

Mrs. Sholtes was born in Roanoke, Va. on Dec. 31, 1925, she was the daughter of Frank and Harriet Chapman and spent her childhood years in Woodstock, Va. She was preceded in death by her sister, Annie Lee and brother, Clifton Boyd.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Sholtes; three sons, Stephen Sholtes of Bangkok, Thailand, Frank Sholtes and wife Anita of Port Orange, Fl., David Sholtes and wife Sue of Mooresburg, Tn., and one daughter, Lolly S. Miller and husband Dennis of Harrisonburg, Va. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Ashley S. Hearn, Scott Sholtes, Heidi M. Padon, Wendy Miller, Rebecca S. Polisuk and Kaycee S. Kalpin.

She attended Brenau College and later earned degrees from Madison College and Pennsylvania State University. She taught in the public schools of Virginia and New Mexico, as well as Henry Ford Hospital, Salem College and the College of William and Mary.

She was a member of Delta Psi Kappa honorary and Alpha Gamma sorority. While living in Gainesville, Fl. she was a member of First United Methodist Church, Shands Hospital Auxiliary and served on the Gainesville Recreation Department Advisory Board for many years.

Better known as “Chappie”, you could always count on her willingness to help others with her kind and caring personality. She was a devoted mother, genuine friend to many of various ages and always looking out for the needs of those less fortunate.

A graveside service was held Monday, Feb. 1, at 2:00 p.m. at Massanutten Cemetery in Woodstock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UF Foundation PK Yonge Fund #681, P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, Fl. 32604 or Woodstock United Methodist Church, 156 South Muhlenberg St., Woodstock, Va. 22664.

Mary A. Sonafelt

Mary Arline Sonafelt, 80, of Winchester, Va., died on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at the Orchard Woods Health Center in Winchester, Va.

Mary was born on Aug. 10, 1935 in Fellsburg, Pa., the daughter of the late Walter D. and Mary Streets Sickles.

She was a Nurse at the Winchester Medical Center, a member of the Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church in Winchester, Va. where she served as Parish Nurse for 15 years and a member of the Primetimers.

She loved being with her family and friends.

Mary married Ronald E. Sonafelt on Nov. 11, 1955 in Webster, Pa. Mr. Sonafelt died on May 1, 1992.

Surviving is a son, Jeffrey R. Sonafelt (Tracy) of New Market, Va.; two daughters, Janet S. Frye (Tim) of Winchester, Va. and Carolyn S. Guthrie (Josh) of Riceville, Tn.; two brothers, Walter L. Sickles of Tampa, Fl. and Robert C. Sickles of Pennsylvania; a sister, Janet Sickles Keith of St. Augustine, Fl.; three grandchildren, Roni Marie Frye, Benjamin J.G. Frye and Adam R. Guthrie.

A memorial service will be held at the Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church in Winchester, Va. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Martha Sims and Pastor Jonathan Boynton. 
Internment will be at a later date at the Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601.

Arrangements by Giffin Funeral Home in Capon Bridge, WV.

Samantha S. Waters

Samantha Sue Waters, 30, of Luray, died on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.

She was born on March 1, 1985, in Woodstock and was a daughter of Susan Ann Fox Knight of Luray and the late Elmer Samuel Knight.

Mrs. Waters was a member of the Mount Carmel Regular Baptist Church.

On Feb. 1, 2007, she married Ervin Leroy Waters Jr., who survives.

Surviving in addition to her mother and her husband are two daughters, Serenity Faith Downey and Shaylah Hope Downey, both of Luray; four sisters, Melissa Breeden of Stanley, and Lorie Ann Richards, Kimberly Jo High and Jody Lynn Green, all of Luray; and two brothers, Samuel David Knight of Luray, and Anthony Lynn Knight of Stanley.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Mount Carmel Regular Baptist Church by Pastor Mike Nichols. Burial will be in the Beahm's Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, at Mount Carmel Regular Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

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