Obituaries — Shenandoah County

William R. Clegg

William Ronnie Clegg, 65, of Browntown, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the University of Charlottesville Medical Center.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell who officiated.

Ronnie was born at home in Browntown, son of the late Ulysses Jackson "Sonny" Clegg and Geraldine Elizabeth Henry Clegg.

He worked most of his life as a painter for the union at the Minte Company and later worked for the last six years for ATF-Security at Customs.

Ronnie was a member of the Woodstock Moose Lodge # 575.

His quick wit and laughter will truly be missed by all his family and many friends and especially the former classmates of the B.T.U..

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Elsie Marie Clegg; one son, Ronnie Lynn Clegg and wife Deborah of Browntown; one daughter, Shelly Elizabeth Waters and husband Dwayne of Front Royal; three brothers, Howard Clegg of Westminster, Maryland, Bobby Clegg of Front Royal, and Ray Clegg of California; five sisters, Shirley Ann Highlands of Maryland, Katherine Cropper of Delaware, Tammy McIntyre of Front Royal, Jane Grove of Edinburg, and Mildred Cannon of Front Royal; two grandchildren, Ronnie Lynn Clegg Jr. and Courtney Morganne Welch; and two great grandchildren, Rylan Dugan and Harper Dugan with one on the way, Natlie Grace Clegg.

Ronnie was preceded in death along with his parents by one sister, Ginger Reardon; two brothers, Ulysses Clegg Jr. and Eddie Lynn Clegg; and one granddaughter, Samantha Lynn Clegg.

Ronnie was viewed and the family received friends on Monday, Aug., 1 at their home throughout the day.

Arrangements were being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal, Va.

Maurice G. Dugard Jr.

Maurice (Moe) Gerald Dugard Jr. passed away at his home in Harrisonburg, Va., on Friday, July 29, 2016.

He is survived by Lora, his wife of 73 years; his three children, Audrey McVean, Patty Goerlitz and Paul Dugard; his two grandsons, Dave Dugard and Steve Dugard; his two great-granddaughters, Leila Dugard and Lora Dugard; and his twin sister, Audrey Brooks.

Moe was born April 28, 1922, to Frieda and Maurice Dugard Sr. in the Bronx, N.Y. At age 15, the family moved to Arlington, Va. He resided there until his retirement in the mid-1980s, at which time he and Lora moved to Fort Valley, Va. In 2000, they moved to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) in Harrisonburg, Va.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class. After the war, he was a Sales Representative for Frigidaire selling to builders and dealers.

He spent 35 years with Girl and Boy Scouts. He volunteered at Camp Potomac Woods during the clearing and building of the camp. He was on the search committee for a Boy Scout Camp, which became Camp Goshen. He received the National Lamb Award from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Falls Church, Va., for his years of work with the Boy Scouts. He was associated with Caroline Furnace Church Camp for 25 years, was a volunteer for 15 years at Woodstock and Rockingham Memorial hospitals, and during the ’80s and ’90s, he was a first responder and drove transport for the Woodstock Rescue Squad. At VMRC, he drove the “golf” cart, was a bagger at the store and served on the Evangelism Committee.

If you knew him you were his friend!

The funeral service will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC), Strite Auditorium, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, Va. There will be a buffet lunch immediately following the service to be held in VMRC’s Hartman Dining Room.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VMRC Compassion Endowment, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, Va. 22802.

Nancy L. Fontana

Nancy Lee Fontana passed quietly at her home on Saturday, July 30, 2016. She was 62 years old.

Nancy was born Dec. 28, 1953 on the remote island of Canton in the South Pacific nation of Kiribati. Her parents, Bill and Mary Lee Evans, were stationed on the island at that time.

The family moved to Tysons Corner, Virginia after the assignment ended, and were there until 1968. They then relocated to Fort Valley, Virginia where Nancy graduated from Strasburg High School in 1971.

While living in Tysons Corner, Nancy met Patrick Fontana and they later married in 1978.

Nancy was a woman who put her faith in God first and as such dedicated her life to serving Him and loving others unconditionally. She served as the secretary of First Baptist Church in Woodstock throughout the 1990's. During this time, her heart and focus was singing in the praise and worship team and leading the church youth group with family and friends.

Nancy also was the school secretary at the Woodstock Community Christian School from 2002 to 2005. She was an immensely creative woman and volunteered as the art teacher at the school as well.

Most recently, her grandchildren were her greatest joy and she spent many happy years caring for them.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Patrick; her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Ryan Unger and their two sons Derek and Vincent; her son and daughter-in-law, John and Jenni Fontana and their son Zachary; and her brothers, Dan, Alan and Dave.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tom.

There will be a small, private gathering at the family farm in Fort Valley to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, her wish was for donations to go to Leigh Thomas' medical fund which can be found online at

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

Mary C. Hall

Mary Jean Cole Hall, 80, of Edinburg, Va., passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016. She went to her heavenly home to join her love ones that were waiting at the pearly gates to greet her with open arms to take her to see her Heavenly Father.

At Mary's request, her family and friends will gather for a musical memorial service that will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. at First Church of Columbia Furnace, 19 Union Church Rd., Edinburg, Va. Pastor Brian Duncan and Randy Whetzel will officiate the service.

Mary was born in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 11, 1936, a daughter of the late David C. Cole and Mildred G. Nehouse-Cole Keeney.

She was the wife of the late Charles Hall, whom she married on June 20, 1951. They lived in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia before moving to Florida in the late 1970's. Mary returned to Virginia in 2004.

Mary held many jobs mostly in food preparation before retiring from Host Marriott Services at Tampa Airport after serving 15 plus years. She always prepared food so it would be appealing to the eye.

She enjoyed yard sales, reading, planting and caring for her plants and flowers. She collected frogs, plates and salt and pepper shakers, which she must have over 1,000 sets.

She was an active member of the Women of the Moose until she became too ill to attend. She enjoyed the meals and listening to the music.

She was an active and proud member of the First Church of Columbia Furnace. She loved her church family very much and they were there to support her through all of her many illnesses.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles and Ivy Nehouse, and John and Mary Cole; a sister, Annette Loy and husband Silas; brothers David and Joseph Cole; brother-in-law, Robert Connelly; a son, Charles Eugene Hall; daughters, Jo Ann Hall and Linda Hall Maskal; and granddaughters, Jennifer and Stephanie Maskal.

Survivors include her sons, Robert Hall and wife Judy of Lakeland Fl., Ralph Hall of Tampa, Fl. and his six children and seven grandchildren, Gary Hall and wife Twyla and their children Faith and companion Quamaine, Matthew and wife Paula and their children Brantty and Adilynn of Dade City, Fl.; her daughter, Joyce Zirk-Baker and husband Ron Baker of Strasburg, Va.; her caregiver and grandson, Jeremy Zirk and daughter Addisyn of Fort Valley, Va.; a granddaughter, Bobbie Jo Riley and children Brittnay Routhier and daughter Laila Rose, Trey and Tyler Riley of Woodstock / Edinburg, Va.; her sisters, Shirley Connelly and Louise Shrader and husband Buddy, both of Mt Airy, Md.; brothers, Thomas Cole and wife Cathy of Frederick, Md., Eddie Cole of Germantown, Md., and Larry Cole and wife Gail of Gaithersburg, Md.; her Best Friends, Penny Murphy of N. Cape May, NJ, Christina Doyon of Cape Elizabeth, Me. and Rodney Warr of Edinburg, Va. all she considered part of her family; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.

At the request of Mary, expressions of sympathy may be in the form of memorial contributions to one of First Church of Columbia Furnace ministries, Nurture & Outreach, Music, or The Women's Fellowship. Make checks payable to First Church of Columbia Furnace noting which ministry. Mail memorials to Doris Ann George, 302 Back Rd., Edinburg, Va. 22824.

Mary's last words were "God Bless You All".

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Mary C. Hall.

Korene M. Hansberger

Korene Mae Hansberger, 83, of Mount Jackson, died Friday, July 29, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

Mrs. Hansberger was born March 1, 1933, in Mount Clifton, daughter of the late Russell Guy and Lola Ruth Kirby Sager.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church west of Mount Jackson.

Mrs. Hansberger was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Franklin Hansberger.

She is survived by a son, Dale and his wife, Phyllis Hansberger, of New Market; a sister, Glenna Curtis of Vienna; a brother, Eugene Sager of Edinburg; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Moats.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mount Jackson with the Rev. Karen Van Stee who officiated. Burial will follow at the Mount Jackson Cemetery.

The family received friends Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Patricia M. Henson

Patricia “Patsy” Mae Henson, 66, of Winchester, Virginia, died Friday, July 29, 2016 at her residence.

Mrs. Henson was born July 25, 1950, the daughter of the late George B. Jenkins and Mary Butler Jenkins.

She was a homemaker.

She married Robert Lee Henson, Sr. on Nov. 30, 1968 in Boyce, Virginia. Mr. Henson died Aug. 8, 2003.

Surviving are her son, Robert Lee Henson, Jr. of Winchester, Va.; grandson, Robert Lee Henson of Winchester,Va.; five brothers, Michael Jenkins and Billy Jenkins, both of Millwood, Va., Danny Jenkins and Timmy Jenkins, both of Winchester, Va., and Donnie Jenkins of Florida; two sisters, Lorrie Shanholtz of Strasburg, Va. and Rebecca Ann Wilkins of Winchester, Va..

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville. The family received friends 7 – 9 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

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William A. Horton Jr.

William Allen Horton Jr., 76, of Mt. Jackson, Virginia, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

He was born April 14, 1940 in Ashland, Kentucky. He was the son of the late William A. Horton Sr. and Nancy Lusk Horton.

He served in the United States Marine Corps.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jean Eye Horton, whom he married Aug. 22, 1970.

Bill is also survived by numerous cousins and their families and he proudly claimed his wife's family as his own.

Bill was a wonderful man and was loved by all that knew him. He was grateful for all the kindness shown to him throughout his long battle with Parkinson Disease.

A funeral service was held Thursday August 4, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock with the Rev. Robert Hoskins who officiated.
 Burial will be in Quantico National Cemetery with Military Honors at a later date.
 The family received friends Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Bennie W. McAlexander

Bennie Wayne McAlexander, 73, of New Market, passed away early Sunday morning, July 31, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

He was born Dec. 10, 1942 and was a son of the late Bennie Calvin and Jessie Alice Day McAlexander.

Mr. McAlexander was a 1961 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and served in the U.S. Army from Aug. 16, 1964, to Aug. 20, 1966.

He was employed for over 50 years at French’s Auto Parts of New Market.

On May 17, 1968, he married the former Judy Ann Perkins, who survives.

In addition to his wife, Ben is survived by two children, Dwayne McAlexander and wife, Christy, and their children, Garett and Colin, and Jennifer Gordon and her children, Joshua and Jessica; three siblings, Danny McAlexander and wife, Mary Lou, Roy McAlexander and wife, Yee, and Lena Gaumer and husband, Jerry; and special friends, Ronnie and Patty Campbell and Mike Kee.

Pastor Archie Webster conducted a funeral service Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Fairview Church of the Brethren. Interment followed in the adjacent church cemetery.

The McAlexander family received friends and relatives on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Theis Funeral Chapel, 9377 N. Congress St., in New Market.

Nevin H. Meixsell

Nevin Herbert Meixsell, of Maurertown, died Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Meixsell was born Sept. 9, 1931 in Monroe County, Pa. He was the son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Verna Kresge Meixsell.

He retired from the United States Airforce.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Ann Meixsell. 
He is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Petkus of Brodheadsville, PA and Melody Torres of Nazareth, Pa.

Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

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Freddie E. Neff

Freddie Eugene Neff, 74, of Woodstock, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

He was born Oct. 20, 1941 in Woodstock and was the son of the late Louis Neff and Dorothy Smoot (Eaton).

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Edna Cooley Neff; three sisters, Sara Mauck, Lucy Romick and Mary Grove; one brother, Louis Neff; and his beloved dog, Tippy.

Freddie was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Community Mission Church of the Brethren in Woodstock.

Freddie is survived by his brother, David Neff of Toms Brook; one sister, Imogene Lann of Dillwyn, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2016 in St. Luke Lutheran Cemetery with Pastor Howard "Hardy" Lutz and Associate Pastor Dale Bowers who officiated.

The family received friends Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Valley Funeral & Cremation Service, Bowmans Crossing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Community Mission Church of the Brethren Building Fund, 50 Coffmantown Rd., Woodstock, Va. 22664.

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

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Shirley M. Shoemaker

Shirley Mae Shoemaker, 73, of Rockingham, passed away on July 29, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center. She had been ill for five years.

She was born on Nov. 11, 1942, in West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Forrest and Thelma Getz Judy.

Shirley lived most of her life in the Harrisonburg area and graduated from Broadway High School. She was employed in the poultry industry and was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church. She loved playing bingo and traveling.

On Nov. 25, 1969, she married Harry L. Shoemaker, who survives.

She is also survived by an aunt, Irene Getz; and cousins, Carole Carter and husband, Warren, Shannon Ferell and Austin Getz; and a special sister-in-law, Ida Mae Keeler.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an uncle, Austin Getz Sr., and a special mother-in-law, Mary Ray.

The family received friends 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor R.C. Osbourne who officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, Va. 22803.

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Robert J. Thomas

Robert Joseph Thomas, 77, of Mt. Jackson, died Thursday, July 28, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Thomas was born July 10, 1939 in Muskegon, Mi., son of the late Leo Thomas and Jeannette Goudberg Thomas.

He was a courier for CBS News in Washington, D.C. prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian M. Thomas.
 Also surviving are two daughters, Kimberly J. Barno of Deale, Md. and Kari Brocato of Waldorf, Md.; a son, Mark Thomas of Mt. Jackson; and three grandchildren, Nicholas Barno, Gage Brocato and Heath Brocato.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

Condolences may be sent to

Marie F. Vermillion

Marie Frances Vermillion, 93, of Stephens City and formerly of Front Royal, passed away on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 at Amerisist in Stephens City.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal conducted by The Rev. James Baseler. Burial followed in Riverview Cemetery in Strasburg.

Mrs. Vermillion was born Nov. 25, 1922 in Hagerstown, Maryland, daughter of the late Robert and Beulah Bowers Fisher.

She was married to the late James M. Vermillion Sr.

Mrs. Vermillion retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after 24 years of service.

She was a long time member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Front Royal.

Surviving are two sons, James M. Vermillion Jr. of Stephens City and his wife Anne and Jerry A. Vermillion of Strasburg and his wife Mary; a daughter, Linda Launders of Woodstock; a brother, John Fisher of Stuarts Draft; a son-in-law, Albert Felicio Sr. of Winchester; six grandchildren, Melissa Taylor, Daniel Vermillion, Jerry Vermillion Jr., Kimberly Harwood, Douglas Ramos Jr., and Marci Ramos; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, JoAnn V. Felicio; three brothers; two sisters; and a granddaughter.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren.
 Honorary pallbearers were Joseph Darr, Ronald Darr, and Douglas Ramos Sr.

The family received friends an hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Flowers were accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601.

Dennis M. Windle

Dennis M. Windle, 55, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at his home.

Graveside services took place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 in Panorama Memorial Gardens, 4917 Strasburg Rd., Strasburg, Virginia at 11 a.m. with Sammy Campbell who officiated.

Mr. Windle was born on Aug. 12, 1960 in Winchester, Virginia to the late Wray Windle and Ann Haymaker Windle.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Barr Windle.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former supervisor for Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative.

Survivors include his daughters, Kayla Martin and Brittany Landreth, both of Dublin, Virginia; his brother, Kevin Windle of Springfield, Virginia; and four grandsons, Jonathan, Ryan, Dallas and Alex as well as one grandchild on the way.

Arrangements were by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal, Virginia.

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