Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Charlotte V. Berger

Charlotte "Gin" Virginia Berger, 74, of Winchester, Va, died on Monday, June 20, 2016 at her home in Winchester, Va.

She was born Jan. 25, 1942 in Stephens City, Va, the daughter of the late Shirley Corley and Hester Humbert.

She was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Winchester, Va., where she was a member of the Missionary and Usher Ministry.

She was married to Julian K. Berger Jr.

Surviving with her husband are three daughters, G. Annette Finley (Donald), Serena Davenport and Kelly Hairston (Steve) and one son, Julian K. Berger III (Elizabeth), all of Winchester, Va.; three sisters, Roberta Holness, Dorothy Ricketts and Elaine Spence, all of Winchester, Va.; two brothers, Charles (Patricia) Corley of Strasburg, Va. and Allen (Frances) Corley of Woodstock, Va.; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

One sister, Joann Frye (Walter) preceded her in death.

A Celebration of Life service was Monday June 27, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Winchester, Va., with Dr. Gilbert M. Mack Jr. who brought the eulogy. Interment was in Locust Grove Cemetery in Stephens City, Va. 
Family received friends one hour before the service at the church.

Ministry of Comfort Entrusted to Cartwright Funeral Home, Winchester, Va.

John H. Crider II

John Henry Crider II, 58, of Broadway, died June 21, 2016, at his residence.

He was born May 10, 1958, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Linda L. Johnson Crider of Broadway and the late Jay R. Crider Sr.

John was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Timberville Moose Lodge and the New Market Eagles.

Surviving in addition to his mother are one brother, J.R. Crider and wife, Becky, of Broadway; four sisters, Sandy Turner and husband, Lowell, of Broadway, Debbie Crider of Broadway, Sabrina Showalter and husband, Mike, of Mount Jackson, and Vicky Willis of Harrisonburg; and his fiancée, Teresa Ellen Delawder of Broadway.

The Rev. Phillip Hunt conducted a memorial service 2 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at Grandle Funeral Home chapel in Broadway. Burial at Cherry Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery was private. The body was cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to UVA Health Foundation In Memory of John H. Crider for Melanoma Research, P.O. Box 400807, Charlottesville, Va. 22904.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Mary S. Dicks

Mary Virginia Steele Dicks, 85, a resident of Middletown, Va., passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Dutch Haven Assisted Living in Maurertown, Va.

A graveside service for Mrs. Dicks was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Middletown, Va. with the Rev. Wendell M. Schurtz Jr. who officiated.

She was born in Middletown, Va. on May 19, 1931, a daughter of the late Lorhing James and Bessie Brill Steele.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Middletown, Va.

She was a former teacher at the old Middletown School. She retired from Frederick County School System with 25 years of service.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Gene Thomas Dicks; and a grandson, Derek Tucker.

Survivors include her children, Monte Gene Dicks and wife Dona of Middletown, Va., Dr. Melinda Lee Carper and husband Gary of Stephens City, Va., Joyce Anne Tucker and husband Bill of White Post, Va., and James Thomas Dicks and wife Mary Alice of Middletown, Va.; grandchildren, Patrick Carper, Emily Carper, Jessica Carper, Travis Tucker and fiance Kate Woodill, Dr. Mary Abra Tucker Cain and husband Sean, Andrew Baughman and wife, Tina; great grandchildren, Corey Carper, Michaela Carper, Madeline Carper, Olivia Carper, Gracie Baughman, Ryder Baughman and Bailey Carper; one brother, Dannie L. Steele of Middletown, Va.; and one sister, Hilda S. Baker of Strasburg, Va.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers were her great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601 or a charity of one's choice.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. served the family of Mrs. Dicks.

George H. Fraley

George Hall Fraley of Strasburg, Va. passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

He was born in High Point, NC on March 21, 1930, son of the late John Adam and Mary Hall Fraley.

He was a founding member of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Strasburg, Va. He was ordained into ministry by Pilgram Holiness Church and received a Bachelor of Divinity from Southern Wesleyan University of Greensboro, NC.
 He was a pastor for 60 years starting six various churches in Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina and Florida. Most recently, Wesleyan Fellowship Church in Winchester, VA where he pastored for 20 years.

He also worked for various contractors for the United States government.
 He served in the United States Army from 1948-1950.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Amtower Stickley Fraley, whom he married May 1, 1980 at Old Stone Church in Frederick County, Va.; his daughters, Mary S. Anderson of Norcross, Ga. and Margaret Wiley of Highlands Park, Co.; a son, Kenneth Fraley of Lebanon, Tn.; step daughter, Andrea Tucker of Strasburg, Va.; step son, Allan Anderson of Winchester, Va.; a sister, Annie Lou Cox of Richfield, NC; brothers, Billy Jo (Jake) of Rockwell, NC and Buford (Hamp) of Richfield, NC; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Adam of Rockwell, NC.

Services for Mr. Fraley are private.

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

You may sign the guestbook online at

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va., is serving the family of Mr. Fraley.

Wanda L. Hassler

Wanda Louise Hassler, 68, of Toms Brook, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Consulate Healthcare in Woodstock.

She was born Aug. 13, 1947 in Woodstock and was the daughter of the late Marvin and Lavenia (Lucas) Bowman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Hassler, Sr. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Rena Detwiler.

She was a homemaker and she loved her grandchildren and her dogs.

Wanda is survived by her daughter, Wendy Hassler of Charlottesville ; two sons, Sidney Hassler, Jr. of Edinburg and Richard Hassler of Luray; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Valley Funeral & Cremation Service's Chapel with Pastor Steve Wood officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Rd., Edinburg, Va. 22824

Ronald D. Hawkins

Ronald Davidson Hawkins, 69, of Strasburg, Virginia, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Washington Masonic Cemetery at 2 p.m.

He was born on March 25, 1947 in Front Royal, Virginia, to the late Milton Mortimore Hawkins, Jr. and Dorothy Burke Hawkins of Washington, Virginia.

Ronny was a graduate of Rappahannock High School.

He worked for the CIA in Washington, DC and served 23 months in Vietnam while in the US Army.

Following the war he also served as a sheriff's deputy with Warren and Rappahannock counties. Ronny's life was dedicated to police, fire and rescue work. He also worked for Prince William County School System Security for many years.

Surviving along with his mother is his son, Ronald Davidson Hawkins, II of Essex, Virginia; and a grandson, Matthew.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Stewart Willis Hawkins.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.

Glendon B. Justice

Glendon Burke Justice of Stephens City, Virginia, died June 23, 2016, at Blue Ridge Hospice Residential Center in Winchester.

Mr. Justice, was born on Feb. 24, 1953, in Arlington, Virginia, the son of the Late Glendon Burke Justice, Jr. and Annemary Justice.

He was a graduate of Kailua High School in Hawaii graduating in 1972.

Glendon was employed at Federal Mogul formerly known as Abex as a Machinist, retiring in 2010, with nearly 30 years of service, serving as the former UAW local Chapter President.

Burke was a one of kind individual who can be remembered for his love of horseback riding, hunting and fishing. He was passionate about spending time riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving is a brother; Gregory Justice of Front Royal, Virginia; a sister; Pam Eichhorst and her husband Ken of Stephen City, Virginia, two nieces; Vicki Earl of Augusta, West Virginia, Jennifer Williams and her husband Paul of Winchester, Virginia; one nephew; Brian Eichhorst and his wife Crystal of Strasburg, Virginia as well as many extended family members and close friends.

A Celebration Reception in honoring Burke’s life was held at 12 p.m. on June 29, 2016 at Omps Funeral Home, Reception Center. Burke’s family encouraged all who attended to dress casual and even wear a Hawaiian shirt if able. A private family burial took place at Shenandoah Memorial Park, Frederick County Virginia.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia, 22601.

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Catherine B. Laudermilk

On May 12, 2016 Catherine Bernadette (Sancomb) Laudermilk passed away in her sleep while on her annual trip to visit her brother in Indiana.

She was born Dec. 23, 1952 to George H. and Catherine L. Sancomb.

She grew up in Seneca, Md. and later resided in Strasburg, Va. She was a graduate of Gaithersburg HS in Md.
Cathy worked many jobs in her short life, many years with EU Services in Md. and lastly at the Strasburg Moose Lodge in Va.

It was always a joy to have her visit and will be when we see her again in the presence of our Lord.
 She was a very giving person and would help anyone in need. Her love for animals lasted a lifetime. She was always a free spirit.

Cathy was predeceased by her loving husband, Jeffrey Laudermilk.

Survivors include her sister, Donna M. Rowlette of Front Royal, Va.; brothers, Donald H. Meyers of Indianapolis, In. and George H. Watson (Kathy) of Frederick, Md.; aunts, Lillian Connell of Poolesville, Md. and Dorothy Connell of WV; long time companion, Joe Bernot of Strasburg, Va.; nieces, nephews, and cousins; and beloved pets, Edgar and Poindexter.

Graveside funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday June 25, 2016 at Darnestown Presbyterian Church, 15120 Turkey Ft. Rd., Darnestown, Md. 20878.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local HSUS or ASUS in Cathy's name. She did request that donations be made in the form of food so the animals would be sure to benefit from the entire donation. Thank you from her.

Daniel L. Miller

Daniel Lee Miller, 52, of Edinburg, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center.

He was born May 4, 1964 in Arlington, Va. and was the son of the late Oren Earl and Mary Freda (Smith) Miller.

Daniel was a member of Brighter Days Bible Church in Mt. Jackson.

Daniel is survived by his brother, David Miller of Mathias, WV; two half sisters, Mary and Susan; one daughter, Dawn Clevenger of Edinburg.

A memorial service was held 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Brighter Days Bible Church with Pastor Larry Rinard who officiated.

The family received friends one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Valley Funeral Service, 14116 S. Middle Rd., Edinburg, Va. 22824.

Dorah Z. Shoup

Mrs. Dorah Virginia Zirkle Shoup, 90, of Strasburg, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 at Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville.

Private graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Zirkle Cemetery, which overlooks the Shenandoah River behind the Adventist Academy west of New Market.

She is survived by her two daughters, Karen Evans and Judy Sullivan, both of Mechanicsville; a brother, Carroll Zirkle and family of Luray; and two grandchildren, Kristin and David Evans of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Mrs. Shoup was born Dec. 4, 1925 in Shenandoah County and was a daughter of the late Allen and Ada Stroop Zirkle.

She was a retired nurse and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Starburg.

Theis Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements. 

William H. Wakeman

William Homer Wakeman, 87, of Edinburg, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock.

He was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Edinburg and was the son of the late Frank L. and Retta M. (Heishman) Wakeman. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Hiram F. of Bedford, Pa., Alfred L. of Woodstock and Joseph L. of Edinburg.

Mr. Wakeman was a lifetime member of Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren in Edinburg. He was past treasurer of Hamburg Ruritan Club; and a past deacon, title trustee and church board chairman of Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren; a past member of Stoney Creek Hunt Club; and a charter member of the Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club Inc. He was a lifetime farmer and was a retired employee of the Virginia Department of Transportation, where he was employed for 26 years in maintenance and highway construction. He also served his country as a conscientious objector from 1955 to 1957.

Mr. Wakeman enjoyed farming in the surrounding community and also for many years performed custom hog butchering for family, friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Geneva K.; two sons, Kenneth Wakeman and his wife, Kathy, of Edinburg, and Ronald Wakeman of Edinburg; two daughters, Laura Funkhouser and her husband, Jerry, of Edinburg, and Lisa Roberts and her husband, Rick, of Woodstock; five grandchildren, Jeremy Wakeman of Edinburg, Angie Vann and her husband, Al, of Maurertown, Rebecca Webert and husband, Mike, of Marshall, Samuel Funkhouser and wife, Stephanie, of Henry, and Stuart Wakeman of Edinburg; one stepgrandchild, Holly Roberts of Fort Valley; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016, at Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren with Pastor Mark Bowyer who officiated. Pallbearers were Gilbert Wakeman, Scott Wakeman, Dennis Wakeman, Brent Miller, Mike Heishman and Phil Burner. Honorary pallbearers were retired VDOT employees. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family received friends Sunday, June 26, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, Va. 22601, and Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren Building Fund, 668 Wakemans Grove Road, Edinburg, Va. 22824.

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

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Suzanne V. Watson

Suzanne V. Watson, 65 of Woodstock, passed away June 23, 2016 at her home.
No services scheduled.
Arrangements are being handled by Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock.

William F. Wilson Sr.

William Farrell Wilson Sr., 60, a resident of Toms Brook, Va., passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A memorial gathering for Mr. Wilson was conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 at Stover Funeral Home.

He was born in Pennsylvania on April 21, 1956, a son of the late William Franklin and Joanne Natalie Hand Wilson.

He was a member of the Strasburg Moose Lodge 403 and a retired truck driver.

Survivors include his children, William F. Wilson Jr and wife Kara and Christina Wilson Kleiderlein, all of Strasburg; five grandchildren; two great grandsons; one great granddaughter; his siblings, Barbara Hoover, Patricia DeRemer, Ken Wilson and Carol Gordon; and several nieces and nephews.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va., is serving the family of Mr. Wilson.

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