Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Martha B. Appleton

Martha Boyer Appleton, 92, of Strasburg, Va. passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.

A funeral service for Mrs. Appleton was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 with the Rev. Richard McDowell officiating.
 Burial was private.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1924, a daughter of the late Charles Lee and Louisa Fontaine Cooley Keeler.

She was a lifelong member of Hite's Chapel United Methodist Church in Middletown and was a retired supervisor having worked for Aileen Inc. and Woodstock Manufacturing.

She was a member of the Strasburg Moose, the Strasburg American Legion and the V.F.W.

She loved her family and friends, gardening, bingo and her dog, Boxer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Warren Crawford Boyer; her late husband, Beverly D. Appleton; a son, Charles William Boyer; one step-child; two grandchildren; and three siblings.

Survivors include her children, Patricia Bucher and husband Clyde of Strasburg, Va., Ann Hoover and husband Frank of Edinburg, Va., Connie Pangle and husband Johnny of Strasburg and Sue Brinkman and husband Ray of Texas; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; and three step children.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Hite's Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Rhea Orndorff, 283 High Street, Middletown, VA 22645 or the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Rd., Edinburg, VA 22824.

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

Stella V. Baylis

Stella Virginia Baylis, 91, of Toms Brook, Va., passed away on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Mrs. Baylis was born on May 24, 1925 in Shenandoah County, VA, the daughter of the late Clarence and May Summerville Stokes.

She married Joseph Franklin Baylis Jan. 22, 1955 in Hagerstown, Md. He preceded her in death 26 years ago.

She worked with her husband helping him with his real estate business.

She was a member of the Eagles and the American Legion.

Stella is survived by her son, J. Frank Baylis and his partner Josh Butler of Toms Brook; daughter, Judy Baylis Stine of Winchester; granddaughter, Tammy Jo Kerns of Winchester; great grandson, Derek Brock Kerns and his wife Amy of Winchester; great great granddaughter, Sophia Kerns; and brother, John Stokes of Baltimore, Md.

She is also survived by Wanda Rinker, Mary Ponn, and Al Rinker, whom she loved as her own.

Along with her husband, she is preceded in death by 12 siblings.

Services will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Stella Baylis to Saint Jude Childrenás Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or on line at

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Stephen T. Bourland Jr.

Stephen Thomas Bourland Jr., 24, of Woodstock, passed away Nov. 29, 2016 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

A funeral service was held Monday at 1 p.m. Monday at Phelps Funeral Chapel, Winchester. Burial followed in Shenandoah Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service, Winchester.

Frances A. Brill

Frances Arlene Brill, 95, of Woodstock, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at 11a.m. at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church at Fairview. Pastors Anna Havron and Nathan Robinson officiated. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Born Frances Arlene Andrick on June 28, 1921 in Liberty Furnace, Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Cleggett Andrick and Lizzie Catherine Miller.

She was a 1938 graduate of Edinburg High School.

She married Kenneth Courtney Brill on May 26, 1944 in Washington, D.C., and they shared 57 years of life together.

She was a life-time member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and a 25-year volunteer at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

She was a devoted wife and mother, and a familiar and beloved figure in the community. Whether volunteering at the hospital, at the Clothes Closet, at Luke's Back Pack or meeting with her friends for Thursday morning coffee and prayers, she was always going about sharing her concern for others.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth C. Brill; step father, Gilbert Wetzel; three sisters, Charlotte Funkhouser, Julia Jordan and Mary Norquist; and one brother, Hope Andrick.

She is survived by four sons, Wayne Brill and Sandy of Woodstock, David Brill and Susan of Maurertown, Danny Brill and Jo Ann of Maurertown and Warren Brill and Donna of Quicksburg; eight grandchildren, Courtney Brill, Lynn Grimes and Jack, Leigh Singh and Pranav, Mark Brill and Meaghan, Michael Brill and Samantha, Kristin Brill, Adam Brill and Marshall Brill; and five great grandchildren, Josh Grimes, Emily Grimes, Allen Brill, Tucker Brill and Adrianna Brill.

Pallbearers were Mark Brill, Michael Brill, Adam Brill, Marshall Brill, Jack Grimes, Pranav Singh, Josh Grimes and Allen Brill.

Honorary pallbearers were Courtney Brill, Lynn Grimes, Leigh Singh, Kristin Brill, Meaghan Brill, Samantha Brill, Emily Grimes, Tucker Brill and Adrianna Brill.

In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or Luke's Backpack, c/o Katrena Swartz, 866 Coffman Rd, Edinburg, VA 22824.

The family received friends Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowman's Crossing.

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

Grace J. Fierro

Grace Jean Fierro, 91, of Harrisonburg, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

Mrs. Fierro was born Dec. 29, 1924 in New York, daughter of the late Joseph and Alexis Furlinger Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Anthony Fierro Jr., March 18, 1978.

Mrs. Fierro is survived by a daughter, Lori O'Sullivan of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sons, Dr. Arthur A. Fierro III of Harrisonburg and Lance J. Fierro of Randalsville, Maryland; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at 11 a.m. by Deacon Steve Clifford in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Arthur Fierro III, Lance Fierro, Joshua Fierro, Nathan Fierro, Brendan O'Sullivan and George Farthing.

Friends and relatives may view Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

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Tomas E. Haas, Jr.

Thomas Elbert Haas “Tom Dad” , Jr., 62, of Strasburg, Virginia died Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Haas was born in 1954 in Winchester, Virginia, the son of the late Thomas E. and Joan P. Haas.

He was employed at Frederick County Public Schools.

Mr. Haas graduated from James Wood High School, and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was an avid motorcyclist and a member of Harley Owners Group.

Mr. Haas married Tammy Sue Beale on March 17, 1989 in Winchester, Virginia.

Surviving with his wife are daughters, Elizabeth S. Taylor (Hunter Landon) of Strasburg, Virginia and Tori D. Lynch (Christopher Warren) of Stephens City, Virginia; son, William L. Hayes (Sarah Dawn) of Stephens City, Virginia; grandchildren, Eli M. Hayes of Stephens City, Virginia and Vivian S. Taylor of Strasburg, Virginia; sisters, Shelia Almond of Stephens City, Virginia and Patti Williams of Winchester, Virginia; brother, Dennis M. Haas of Front Royal, Virginia.

The family received friends on Monday at 10 a.m. at Winchester Church of God, 2080 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester, Virginia. A funeral service followed at 11 a.m. with Pastor Scott Orndorff officiating. Interment was private. Memorial contributions in memory of “Tom Dad” may be made to American Cancer Society, 1833 Plaza Drive, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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Valerie J. McCann

Valerie Joan McCann, 66, of New Market passed away Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at White Tree Manor in New Market.

She was born June 15, 1950 in New Rochelle, New York to the late James Dennis and Vivian Valerie Wentz McCann.

Valerie grew up in New York and moved to Orlando, Florida when she was nine years old.

She graduated from Bishop Moore High School. Valerie continued her education in science and teaching earning a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Central Florida in Orlando and a Master of Arts teaching from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

She was a Laboratory Manager at Rollins College. She volunteered with the elderly at St. Columbans on the lake in Silver Creek, and Maryknoll, both in New York. Valerie also wasa a teacher at Unity High School in Chicago, Il.

Valerie lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for about 20 years, and in New Market, Virginia for eight years.

She precedes her brother, Kevin McCann; and sister, Marilyn McCann in death. Also surviving are her aunt, Joan Scott; and nephews, Eric McCann and Greg Robinson; their families and other extended family members.

She was a very caring and spiritual person and will be missed by all that knew her

Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market will be handling the arrangements for the family.

Richard A. Orndorff Sr.

Richard Allen “Ricky” Orndorff Sr., 72, of Silver Springs, Fl. and formerly of Strasburg, passed away Nov. 25 at his home.

He was born May 11, 1944, son of the late Harry and Mary Katherine Orndorff.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Anne of Silver Springs, Fl.; children, Mayor Richard "Rich" A. Orndorff Jr. and Robin A. Patton and husband Duane; eight grandchildren, Casey Orndorff, Ricky Neff III, Jared Patton, Donovan Patton, Madison Orndorff, Kendall Orndorff, Megan Orndorff and Hannah Orndorff; two great grandchildren, Hadley and Karissa; three nieces; two nephews; and siblings, Mary Worley of Omaha, Ne., John Orndorff of Strasburg, Billy "Buddo" Orndorff of Harrisonburg, and Connie Virts of Tampa, Fl..

He was predeceased by one son, Robert "Robbie" A. Orndorff and one nephew.

A memorial service will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday, December 11 at the Woodstock Moose Lodge. Everyone is invited to celebrate Ricky's life.

Linda M. Smith

Linda Marie Smith, 72, of Woodstock, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service was held Thursday Dec. 8, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing.

Linda was born Oct. 5, 1944. She was the daughter of Christine Carr McNair and the late James S. McNair Jr.

Along with her mother, she is survived by a son, Danny Smith; a daughter-in-law, Diane Ray; two sisters, Bonnie Winner and Jeanette McNair; a brother, James McNair; two granddaughters, Lisa and Kim; and six great grandchildren.

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

Dannie L. Steele

Dannie Lee Steele, 86, of Middletown, Va., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at his home.

Dannie was born in Middletown on Jan. 26, 1930, son of the late Lohring James and Bessie Brill Steele.

He graduated from Middletown High School in 1948.

Dannie married Helen Marie Johnston on July 6, 1952 at Market Street Methodist Church in Winchester, VA. Dannie and Helen celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary last July.

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

Surviving, along with his wife, Helen Johnston Steele, are a daughter, Sharon Steele Nellis Ritenour and husband Steve of Stephens City, Va.; a son, Gary Steele and wife Missy of Stephens City, Va.; grandsons, the Rev. Scott Nellis and wife Mary of New Philadelphia, Oh. and Brent Nellis of Stephens City; granddaughter, Amee Steele Ratcliffe and husband Steven of Victorville, Ca., Cindee Steele of Stephens City, Va. and Julee Steele of Annapolis, Md.; great granddaughters, Lydia and Adalynn Nellis of New Philadelphia, Oh.; one sister, Hilda Baker of Strasburg, Va.; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Virginia Steele Dicks.

A lifelong farmer, Dannie also worked 23 years at Southern States Cooperative, Inc. (Stephens City branch) and 13 years at Shenandoah Valley Oil Corp., Inc as an oil burner technician.
 The phrase "never met a stranger" characterizes Dannie and his friendly, generous and helpful personality. He was well-respected by his many oil burner customers for his honesty, integrity and knowledgeable service.

His greatest joys were his farm and family, especially his five grandchildren and two great granddaughters, whom he adored.

Family and friends were invited to the visitation Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, Winchester, Va.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clay Knick and the Rev. Dr. Susan Garrett officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Middletown.

Serving as pallbearers were Gary Clem, Smith Cooley, James William Judy III, Tommy Livermore, Bill Richard and Ray Steele.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Dicks, Monte Dicks, Dr. Robert Kendall, Brent Nellis, Scott Nellis and Ray Orndorff.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 7882 Main St., Middletown, VA 22645; Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601; or Middletown Fire and Rescue, 7855 Main St., Middletown, VA 22645.

All arrangements are being handled by Omps Funeral Home, Winchester, VA.

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Wayne Wetzel

Wayne Wetzel, 84, of Woodstock, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at his home.

The service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at United Church of Christ in Conicville. The Reverend Thomas Arner officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Friends called at Valley Funeral Service in Bowman's Crossing from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Mr. Wetzel was born Sept. 8, 1932 in St. Luke, son of the late Jack and Flora Miller Wetzel.

He retired from VDOT in 1993 after 33 years.

He was a member of United Church of Christ, the Columbia Furnace Community Club and the Columbia Furnace Hunting Club.

He was preceded in death by his foster mother, Gertie Dellinger; three foster brothers and two foster sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Baker Wetzel, whom he married on Jan. 24, 1953; two daughters, Cathy W. Reedy of Woodstock and Cindy W. Fadeley and husband Garland of Woodstock; foster sister, Shirley Leake of Woodstock; three grandchildren, Cassandra Reedy, Michele Marshall and husband Roy, and Joseph Reedy and wife Asia; and two great grandchildren, Joseph Michael Reedy and Jaxon Lane Reedy.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Wakeman, Wilbur Dellinger, Kevin Polk, Donnie Dellinger, Phil Burner and David Mumaw.

Honorary pallbearers were Fred Laird, Chuck Berger and Dan Bowman.

VDOT will attend as a group.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 968, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

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

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