Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Joseph A. Blevins

Joseph Anthony Blevins, 38, of Windsor Mill, Maryland died Sunday, July 31, 2016 as a result of the recent flood devastation in Maryland.

Joseph was born in 1978 in Manassas, Virginia, the son of James Blevins of Manassas, Virginia and Kathy M. Blevins of Winchester, Virginia.

He graduated from Strasburg High School class of 1996. Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2001, and he went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Accounting from University of Maryland University College, which he completed in 2012.

Joe’s achievements in life were numerous, including his passion for the field of financial aid. He worked his way up from a financial aid data entry clerk in Virginia Tech’s financial aid office to eventually being promoted to the Director of Financial Aid at the University of Baltimore.

Joe was a lover of video games and books, especially the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan. He was an avid follower of the Virginia Tech Hokies Football team and made it a point to visit Blacksburg, Virginia annually.

Joe will be remembered by all as funny, compassionate, and loving person to those who he touched in life both personally and professionally. Joe was a devoted father who put his kids above all else and his strengths will be carried on through each of them.

Surviving with his parents are a partner in life, Heather Owens, two daughters, Hailey Carroll and Ashlyn Blevins; son, Jacob Blevins; sister, Jennifer Blevins; brothers, Brian and Andrew Blevins; half-brothers, Austin and James Blevins; he has numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who also will continue to make his memory live on.

The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 7, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday with Pastor Andy Combs, who officiated at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel. Interment was in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, Virginia.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joseph may be made to the benefit of the Blevins Children College Fund, c/o Bank of Clarke County Pleasant Valley Branch, 2555 South Pleasant Valley Rd., Winchester, Virginia, 22601

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Marcella G. Bowers

Marcella Georganna Bowers, 82, of Woodstock, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Consulate Health Care, Woodstock, Virginia.

She was born at Akron, Ohio on June 1, 1934. She is the daughter of the late Forest Miller and Violet Sine Miller.

A resident of Woodstock, Marcella was a former employee of Rocco Poultry Plant, Woodstock. She was a devoted member of the Salvation Army, Front Royal, Virginia.

She is predeceased by brothers, Floyd Alvin Miller and Forest Benjamin Miller.

Marcella is survived by a daughter, Carol Jean Dellinger; sons, Harold Jacob Bowers, Jr., Thomas Edward Bowers, Robert Benjamin Bowers and Stephen Mark Bowers. There are eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was on Tuesday, August 9th, 2 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church Cemetery, St. Luke, Virginia. Officiating was Pastor Stephanie Litten. Family received friends Monday at the funeral home from 7 - 8 p.m.

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

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Eugene L. Bradshaw

Eugene Luther Bradshaw of Basye, Va., went to be with his Lord and Savior while surrounded by his family on Aug. 7, 2016. The eldest child of William and Esther Bradshaw, Gene was born in Norfolk, Va., on July 3, 1937.

He graduated from Granby High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from Virginia Tech. While at the Norfolk division of VPI, he met the love of his life, Betsy. Gene pursued a career as a professional engineer, becoming a partner in the firm Abiouness, Cross, and Bradshaw at the age of 33. He participated in the design of many landmark structures locally, nationally and globally.

At age 13, Gene committed his life to following Jesus. This decision influenced every aspect of how he lived his life. He was deeply involved in the establishment of the Virginia Beach Community Chapel. While there, he developed a lifelong passion for the missions outreach programs and music ministry. Upon his retirement from the professional world of engineering, he moved with Betsy to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia. He became actively involved in the ministries of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) located in Harrisonburg, Va. He faithfully served for many years on the praise and worship team at Covenant, as well as the After School Program that assisted local children in their academic studies.

Throughout his life, Gene was an avid sports enthusiast and competitor. He loved his VT Hokies and Washington Redskins. He was an active softball pitcher until the age of 76. He could often be found on the golf course at Bryce Resort, serving as the men’s senior coordinator. He also volunteered in the Basye-Bryce Mountain Lion’s Club.

Gene is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betsy; their son, David (Christine) and daughter, Susan Andrade; grandchildren, Lauren Simmons (Josh), Jenna Cahill (Sam), Matthew, Joshua, Ryan and Christian; and great-grandchild, Taylor. He was predeceased by his father, William, and mother, Esther, and son, Eugene L. Bradshaw Jr.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 546 W. Mosby Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Memorial donations may be made to the Covenant Presbyterian Church mission fund.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway, where online condolences may be left for the family at

Mildred P. Ciuffreda

Mildred Phyllis Ciuffreda, 87, of Fort Valley, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Ciuffreda was born Nov. 14, 1928 in Fort Valley, daughter of the late Philip Elmer Heishman, Sr. and Melinda Caroline Elizabeth Carpenter Heishman.

She was a graduate of Edinburg High School.

She was a former employee of Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., Statler Hotel in California, a practical nurse at the Episcopal Hospital in Washington, D.C., National President Club Banquet Department in Washington, D.C. for three years, and owner and operator in Los Angeles, California of Phyllis's Coffee Shop for four years.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley. She was also a member of NARFE.

Mrs Ciuffreda was preceded in death by her husband, Salvatore Ciuffreda.

She is survived by a sister, Ruth Hollar; three brothers, Philip E. Heishman Jr., Charles Heishman, Cecil Heishman and numerous nieces and nephews.
 She is also survived by her niece and care giver, Hannah Crisman. She was loved by so many.

Mrs. Ciuffreda was preceded in death by two sisters, Charlotte Gingerich and Ellanora McClanahan.

A funeral service was held Monday, August 8, 2016 at Faith Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Shelby Depriest who officiated. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Allen Gingerich, Phil Heishman, Steve Heishman, Bill Mantz, Larry Heishman and Mary Makely.

The family received friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church P.O. Box 132, Fort Valley, Va. 22652.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

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Cubby E. Dove

Cubby Elwood Dove, 76, of Fulks Run, Va., died Aug. 7, 2016, at Life Care Center of New Market.

He was born Nov. 20, 1939, to the late Chancie E. and Glenda E. Dove.

He was a truck driver for Quality Feeds for a number of years.

In 1968, he married the former Nancy Gilley, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Billy J. Dove and fiancée, Penny, of Fulks Run, and Stanley E. Dove of Fulks Run; dear friends, Debbie and Larry Dean, Virgie Fulk, and Nancy Steward; and sister-in-law, Pat Gilley.

Burial will be private. There will be no viewing or visitation.

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

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James Jenkins, Jr.

James “Warden” Jenkins, Jr., 83, of Frederick County, Va. passed away at his home on Friday, July 29, 2016.

He was born in Frederick County on April 28, 1933; the son of James W. and Rokie Lockhart Jenkins.

He served during the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955.

He was self-employed as a plumbing contractor. Warden was a member of the Korean War Veterans Group, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and Bethel Lutheran Church, served on the board of Trustees for the St. Thomas Chapel in Middletown, Va., was a devoted Redskins’ fan through the good and the bad and was the women’s softball coach for Trinity Lutheran Church back in the 90’s. He enjoyed his work and was proud of his profession. He thoroughly enjoyed the companionship of his Korean War Veterans Group.

He married Bernetta Mae Zehren Jenkins on May 18, 1957 in Alexandria, Va.

Along with his wife, Bernetta, he is survived by his daughters, Debra Jenkins Garber and her husband, David and their children, Daniel T. Garber and Emily L. Garber of Frederick County and Diann Jenkins Dailey and her husband, Ron of Gore, Va.; brothers, Delmar Jenkins and wife, Kathy and Gary Jenkins; sisters, Mary Ellen Thibodeau and husband, Lee, Patricia Armstrong and Janice Hall; sister-in-law, Betty Jenkins; brother-in-law, J. R. Nichol; many close friends, nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, his best friend, Max.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Jenkins; sister, Etta Hester Nichol and brother-in-law, Willis “Sonny” Armstrong.

The family received friends on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home Winchester. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City, Va, with Pastor Cameron P. Keyser who officiated.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 810 Fairfax Pike, Stephens City, Va. 22625 or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601.

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Edward E. Jones

Edward Evan Jones, 82, of Mt. Jackson, passed away on August 4, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

Eddie was born Jan. 28, 1934, son of the late Edward Kerlin and Irene Zirkle Jones.

He served in the United States Army and was employed by VDOT for 36 years.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruth.
 Also surviving are his daughter, Rhonda Jones of Norfolk and son, Jeffrey Jones (Pamela) of Broadway.

Private graveside services will be held in the Mt. Jackson Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Jackson Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 251, Mt. Jackson, Va. 22842 or Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, c/o Carolyn Haines.

Arrangements are being handled by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

Condolences may be sent to http://www.dellingerfuneralhome.

Barbara M. Lear

Mrs. Barbara Marie Lear, 60, of New Market, passed away Sunday evening, Aug. 7, 2016, at her home following a lengthy illness.

She was born Nov. 27, 1955, in Somerville, N.J., and was the daughter of Mrs. Florence M. Weber of New Market and the late Joseph Weber.

Barbara was a member of Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market, where she was employed as the administrative assistant for many years.

She was the widow of Bruce Lear.

In addition to her mother, Barbara is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Lear of New Market and two brothers, Joseph Weber Jr. and Charles Weber.

The Rev. Bruce Johnson will conduct a funeral service 2 p.m. Friday at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the church.

The family received friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 210, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

Rudolph J. Morneault

Rudolph "Rudy" "Frenchie" Joseph Morneault, 82, of Stanley and formerly of Front Royal, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016 in the Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Services will be private.

Mr. Morneault was born on Nov. 2, 1933 in Upper Frenchville, Maine, son of the late Josephel Morneault and Delia Dufour Morneault.

He served his country proudly, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 until 1956. He was a Corporal with the Marine Air Base Sq 16, MHtg 16, 1st Marine Wing in Obama, Fuki, Japan during the Korean War and a Sergeant with the Motor Transport Company, Service Bn, U.S. Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia from April 1955 to October 1955.

Mr. Morneault remained in Virginia after leaving the Marine Corps. Mr. Morneault owned and operated Morneault's Plumbing in Front Royal until his retirement.

He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Toys for Tots, and the VFW Post 1860 in Front Royal.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife, Alice Ridgeway Morneault; one son, Ralph Ridgeway of Middletown; three daughters, Faith Smith of Raleigh, North Carolina, Hope Clegg of Front Royal, and Charity Ridgeway of Middletown; 23 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and numerous great great grandchildren.

Mr. Morneault was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Priscilla Morneault; and by six brothers Joseph, Robert, John, Wilbrod, Rosaire, and Adrien.

The family received friends on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Front Royal Baptist Temple.

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

Joy R. Sandy

Joy Elizabeth Rhodes Sandy, 86, died peacefully at home in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 2, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Joy was born June 13, 1930, in New Market, Va., and was a daughter of the late Joseph F. and Nellie Garber Rhodes. She grew up in the Smith Creek area and graduated from New Market High School and business school in Winchester.

On Aug. 27, 1953, she married Edward A. Sandy of Weyers Cave. Joy worked as a bookkeeper at several businesses in the Shenandoah Valley until moving with her family to Louisville, Ky., in 1980. Most recently, Joy was responsible for several administrative duties at Logan Lavelle Hunt in Louisville.

Joy will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; a beloved wife, a caring daughter and a thoughtful sister. Joy will be greatly missed by many who knew and relied upon her as a trusted and loyal friend. Joy enjoyed gardening, country music, watching birds, visiting her good friends, watching all sports, and especially watching the University of Louisville competitions. As a young woman, Joy was an avid softball player and she continued her love of sports throughout her life. She took great delight and comfort in her family pets, and was a longtime supporter of the Humane Society of Kentucky.

In addition to her patents, Joy was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara Anita Sandy, and by her brothers, Blair Rhodes and Byno Rhodes. Joy is survived by her husband, Edward; by her children, Kathryn Hope Sandy (Irma Esparza-Sandy) of El Paso, Texas; Margaret Ann Howser (David Howser) of Louisville, Ky.; and Edward A. Sandy II (Pamela Grimm) of Port Republic, Va.; and by her sister, Hope Voyten of New Market, Va. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family received visitors at Theis Funeral Home in New Market, Va., between 6 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, and a graveside memorial service was held on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in New Market, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to the local humane society of choice in Joy’s memory.

Thomas F. Stevenson

Thomas Frederick Stevenson, 73, of Toms Brook, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Stevenson was born May 24, 1943 in Oakland, Maryland, son of the late John and Willa Stevenson.

Mr. Stevenson was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He spent his entire life diligently working to support his family, until he became seriously ill in 2015.

He was a Vietnam Veteran and cared deeply about his country.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rhonda; his daughter and son-in-law, Niki and Jeff DeSanto and their three children Drew, Ryan and Olivia; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Amber and their son Haddock; and his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Caleb Hart and their five children Caitlin, Chase, Gracie, Avery and Addalyn. He is also survived by his brother, John and sister, Susan.

The family will hold a casual celebration of life gathering at the Stevenson residence, 1043 Country Brook Road, Toms Brook, on August 13 at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial account in care of Rhonda Stevenson.

Donations collected will be distributed directly to local charities supporting veterans and children in need.

Elizabeth K. Summers

Elizabeth Kemp Summers, 78, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 19, 1938 in Olney, Md. and was the daughter of the late Jonathan and Naomi (Brown) Kemp.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death 13 years ago by her beloved husband, Bernard C. Summers, whom she adored and whose hand she took to lead her to her heavenly father.

Elizabeth was a member of Tri-County Baptist Church in Gaithersburg, Md. and attended Pleasant View Church of the Brethren in Mt. Jackson.

She loved to read. She worked 35 years as a bookkeeper for Burdette Brothers, Inc. in Hyattstown, Md.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Kim Warfield (David) of Edinburg; her son, Mike Summers (Linda) of Westminster, MD; and four grandchildren, Ashley Summers, Zachary Warfield, Ethan Warfield and Isaac Warfield.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Pleasant View Church of the Brethren with Pastor Jack Tucker who officiated. 
Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Laytonsville Cemetery in Laytonsville, Md.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, Va. 22601.

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

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