Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Leonard E. Bean

Leonard E. Bean, 90, of Ox Road in Woodstock, died early Saturday morning, Nov. 19, 2016 at Consulate Care of Woodstock.

Len was a native and nearly lifelong resident of Claremont, New Hampshire, born on Sept. 14, 1926, the son of Edward and Eve (Chartier) Bean.

He was an operating room medic on the USS Macon during World War II.

The surviving family includes one daughter, Joanne LaFlam and her husband Arthur of Woodstock, VA; one son, Eric Bean and his wife Katrina of Portsmouth, NH; five grandchildren, Scott LaFlam, April Bean, Heather Kontoes, Michelle Dow and Eric Bean; nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased in 2007 by his wife, Gertrude (Condon) Bean, whom he had married Oct. 20, 1945; and by one sister, Sylvia Condon.

A Funeral Mass was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John Bosco Church, the Rev. Michael Dobbins officiating.

A Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Joseph's Church in Claremont, NH followed by interment in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

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Brittany D. Sine-Bottenfield

Brittany Dawn Sine-Bottenfield, 26, formerly of Broadway, Va., died Nov. 23, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 13, 1989, in Shenandoah County, to Cletus D. Sine Jr. of Mount Jackson and Amanda Turner Holsberry of Mill Creek, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by four children; one sister, Jessica Dalton and husband, Randy, of Woodstock; brothers, Philip Holsberry and wife, Talina, of Mill Creek, W.Va., and Ben Young and Dakota Sine, both of Mount Jackson; dad, Robert Holsberry of Mill Creek, W.Va.; Cletus’ companion, Trish Young, of Mount Jackson.

The Rev. Mike Reynolds conducted a funeral service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grandle Funeral Home chapel in Broadway. Burial followed at First Church of Columbia Furnace cemetery in Edinburg. The casket was closed.

The family receiveed friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Grandle Funeral Home.

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

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Nancy J. Gioielli

Nancy Jeannette Gioielli passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her loving husband Vincent J. Gioielli; her parents Fred and Edith Helsley; siblings Lois Funkhouser; Jimmy Hottle and Janice Wiseman.

Survived by siblings Freddie and Vicky Helsley; Teddie and Connie Helsley; Randy and Debbie Helsley. She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Kathy Hudgins; Vicky and Mike Barnett; Kim and Jason Whited; Vincent and Susan Gioielli. Eight Grandchildren Angie Hudgins; Sam and Suzette Hudgins; Elvis and Valarie Hudgins; Aubrey and Duane Stanley; Annberly and Joe Chiarella; Randy and Shante Lambert; Johnny Dice; and Steven Savage. Eight Great Grandchildren Darrell Haley; Dalton Blakeney; Jameson Hudgins; Jackson Hudgins; Daryen and Cullen Stanley; Annalise and Joey Chiarella.

Nancy was an amazing cook, loved blue grass music and enjoyed her trips to Charlestown, WVA to play the “slots”. However, her greatest passions were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Words cannot express how deeply she will be missed by everyone whom knew her.

Services were held at St. Luke Brethren Church, 3250 Back Rd., Woodstock, Va. 22664 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.

The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke Brethren Church.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

William Golladay

William Golladay, 48, of Mt Jackson, Va., went to be with his Heavenly Father on I-81 in Pennsylvania on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 24, 2016.

Will was born on Nov. 19, 1968 in Woodstock, Va.

Will leaves behind to cherish his memory, his mother, Elizabeth Mauck and stepfather Garland of Maurertown and father William Golladay Jr. of Dayton; his wife, Rebecca Golladay and her four sons, David, Chad, Chris, and Brandon. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Wilson; grandmother, Thelma; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many many friends up and down the Shenandoah Valley.

Will was employed with Holtzman Oil Corp. of Mt Jackson and attended Community Mission Church of the Brethren.

He was a voluntary firefighter for 14 years and served in the Army and National Guard.

Will's passion was driving, riding motorcycles and being with his Lord. He loved his job and touched many lives along the highways he traveled.

A visitation was held at Valley Funeral Service from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1.

A memorial service will be held at Community Mission Church of the Brethren at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 with the Rev. Dale Bowers officiating.

The Holtzman Oil Transport Team will be honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a local fire department, American Cancer Society, or any charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch, Bowmans Crossing

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Russell T. Hoffman Jr.

Russell Thomas Hoffman Jr., 89, of Edinburg, passed away Nov. 22, 2016 surrounded by his family.

A funeral service and burial was held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hamburg on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. officiated by Pastors Karen VanStee and Karen Casparsen. An IOOF service was held at the grave site.

The family received family and friends at Valley Funeral Service-Heishman Funeral Home Inc. on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 6-8 p.m.

Russell was born Dec. 8, 1926 in Edinburg.

He was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church where he served in various roles within the church. He was a member of Edinburg VFW 2447 and IOOF #82.

Russell was the son of Russell Thomas Hoffman Sr. and Lena Bowers Hoffman.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Audrey Marie Weatherholtz Hoffman; three sons, Ronnie Hoffman (Karen), Donnie Hoffman (Jackie), and Richard Hoffman (Elaine), all of Edinburg; and two daughters, Debbie Smoot (Wayne) of Edinburg and Yvonne Lytton (Rick) of Woodstock.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary Alan Hoffman and grandson, Jonathan Smoot.

Surviving grandchildren, Wendy Scott (David), Bartley Hoffman (Amanda), Meredith Bauserman (Andrew), Travis Hoffman (Lori), Lisa Hoffman, Heather Moton (Mike), Tracie Smoot (Jon), Amy Hoffman, Lori Sharp (Webb), Chrissy Richman-Davis (Steve), and Sabrina Shirkey (Jason); surviving great grandchildren, Layton and Jacob Scott, Beatrice Hoffman, Elenor Bauserman, Ryan and Garrett Hoffman, Katie and Tyler Moton, Hannah Vallen, Zach and Natalie Sharp, Jillian and Leena Shirkey, and Sydnee Davis; surviving step grandchildren, Aaron Baker, Jennifer Runion, Samuel and Tabitha Dellinger; surviving step great grandchildren, Justin Shirkey, Jasmine Davis, Marcus Ferguson, Dakota Baker, Amber and Jacob Runion, and Paige Dellinger; and special friends, Barbara Lam, Lynda Burner, Sara Cross, Debbie Young and Lindy Baker.

Pallbearers were members of IOOF #82 of Edinburg, Edward Tooma, Robert Tuthill, Michael Tusing, Steve Wood, James Shiley and Ronnie Ross.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church c/o Margaret Ann Gochenour, 1597 Hamburg Road, Edinburg, Virginia.

Norma T. Mills

Norma Talmadge Mills, 93, of Shenandoah, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at Life Care Center in New Market.

Mrs. Mills was born on March 16, 1923, in Richmond and was a daughter of the late Abraham and Nellie Holt Thurston.

On Aug. 16, 1943, she married Richard Terrence Mills who preceded her in death on Oct. 12, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Mae Lipscomb and extended family, Tommy and Tensie Higgs, Joe and Mary Mills and Buddy and Fran Mills.

Norma was an active member of Fields United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. Norma’s beautiful smile, infectious laughter and youthful spirit will forever be missed. She had a way of making you feel good just by being in her presence.

Norma is survived by her son, Richard V. Mills and wife, Linda, of Shenandoah; daughter, Tracy M. Stratton of Shenandoah; grandchildren, Tiffany Hutchens and husband, Eddie, Logan Stratton and Nash Stratton; half sisters, Sheila Johnson, Sylvia Jean Crouch and Ellen Robins; great-grandchild, Ripley Hutchens; nephews, Terry Mills, Kendal Lipscomb and Julian Lipscomb and wife, Ritchie; nieces, Janet Higgs and Sandy Hammel and husband, John; great-nephews, David Jones, Michael Jones, Terry Lipscomb and Scott Lipscomb; great-niece, Robin Jones; and friends, Charles Grunewald, Kathy Arrington and Jim Slye.

The family will commemorate her life privately at Norma’s request.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fields United Methodist Church, Shenandoah Rescue Squad or Life Care Center in New Market.

“May you run and not be weary. May your heart be filled with song. And may the love of God continue to give you hope, and keep you strong. And may you run and not be weary. May your life be filled with joy! And may the road you travel always lead you home.”

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Kathryn F. Morrison

Kathryn "Kitty" Funk Morrison passed away on Nov. 28, 2016 at Consulate of Woodstock.

She was born Dec. 1, 1928 in Strasburg, Virginia, the daughter of the late Elizabeth Green Funk and William Spengler Funk.

She is survived by her son, Harold Morrison III (Lois); her son, Rex Morrison (Yvonne); a grandson, Jeffrey (Anne); a granddaughter, Abigail; a brother, Richard A. Funk (Janet); a brother-in-law, Ralph H. Combs of Woodstock; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Harold Morrison Jr., predeceased her on Sept. 15, 2016.

She graduated from Strasburg High School in 1945 and Shenandoah Business College (Palmer School of Business) in 1946.

Mrs. Morrison served a term on the Planning Commission for the Town of Woodstock, and formerly held the office of Secretary of the Woodstock Garage Corporation.

She was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church and was active in many projects with the women of the church.

A memorial service was held at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Nathan Robinson officiating.

Burial was private.

If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Condolences may be sent to

William Polk

William "Woody" Polk, 86, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 at Heritage Hall in Front Royal.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 11a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main St., Front Royal, with burial to follow in Marshall Cemetery.

Woody was born on June 27,1930 in Strasburg, Virginia to the late Raymond Polk and Elizabeth Lam.

He was a horse jockey and traveled all over the country for horse races. He was also a television repairman and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Shelby Polk; three sons, William Polk Jr., Richard Polk and Jeff Polk; three brothers, Ray Polk, Jerry Polk and Richard Lam; four sisters, Janet Sturgeon, Marie Cline, Millie Funkhouser and Dorothy Sites; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Mountaintop The Church at Skyline, 538 Villa Avenue, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

Hortense B. Ralls

Hortense Baumgardner Ralls, 81, of Front Royal, Va. passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at Front Royal United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Alan Combs. Burial followed in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Ralls was born July 10, 1935 in Front Royal, Va., daughter of the late Vernon Benjamin Baumgardner and Louise Stickley Baumgardner.

She was a lifelong member of Front Royal United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Fellowship Sunday school class and Naomi's Circle.

Mrs. Ralls retired as a waitress from Front Royal K-Mart after 24 ½ years of dedicated service.

She was the wife of the late Kenneth Allen Ralls.

Surviving are one daughter, Kirsten Ralls of Front Royal; one son, Kerwin Ralls and wife, Tammy, of Winchester, VA; one brother, Janna Baumgardner and wife, Marie, of Mechanicsville, VA; four grandchildren, Eric Ralls, Ashley Weekley, Elijah Ralls, and Isaiah Ralls; and one great granddaughter Luna Ralls.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Norene Mathews.

Pallbearers were Jim Brown, Kevin Mathews, Eric Ralls, Sean Thompson, Marc Henry and Robert Cairns. Honorary pallbearers will be Elijah Ralls and Isaiah Ralls.

The family received friends on Monday, Nov. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Front Royal United Methodist Church, 1 West Main St., Front Royal, Va. 22630.

Anna I. Sager

Anna Irene Sager, 84, of Toms Brook, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

A graveside service will be held Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Keller Memorial Cemetery in Toms Brook. The Rev. Howard Lutz will officiate.

Anna was born March 27, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Ward and Ruth Gochenour Holsinger.

She was a Women's Auxiliary Member of the American Legion Post #77 in Strasburg. She was a member of the Round Hill Church of the Brethren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Charles Marvin Pittington and Jesse Sager.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Wetzel and husband George and Sandra Ludwig; three grandsons, Tommy Ludwig, Keith Helsley and wife Cindy and Robert Ludwig and wife Angie; and three great grandsons.

Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch, Bowmans Crossing.

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Ralph R. Wallen

Ralph Randall "Rocky" Wallen, 59, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at his residence.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 11a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main St., Front Royal.

Rocky was born in Richwood, West Virginia on Aug. 12, 1957. He was a talented custom contractor.

He was preceded in death by his father, Conley Fisher.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Michelle Renee Wallen; mother, Cosby “Cubby” Fisher; son, Timothy Adam Wallen; daughter, Mindy Renee Wallen; sister, Terry Lynn Clark; brother, Robert Bosacco; two grandchildren, Logan and Lucy; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia.

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