OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Shenandoah County


Veda W. Bly


Veda Lucille Wisecarver Bly, 100, a resident of Strasburg, Va. passed away Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 at Greenfield Senior Living.

A funeral Service for Mrs. Bly was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at Stover Memorial Chapel with Rev. Linda Harding officiating. Burial followed in Lebanon Church Cemetery.

She was born in Strasburg, Va. on July 19, 1916, a daughter of the late Wm. H. and Anna L. Miller Wisecarver.

She was a graduate of Strasburg High School and then Teachers College (now JMU). She taught school for seven years and then was a homemaker.

She married the love of her life Joe Bly on Dec. 31, 1941 who preceded her in death on June 8, 2015.

She was a member of Strasburg Christian Church where she was active in Sunday school and Christian Women Fellowship until her declining health. Although no children of their own, they loved the kids on Orchard Street where they lived until moving to Greenfield Senior Living in Aug. of 2010 where they received special care from the compassionate staff.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brothers, Wayne, Denzil (Jimmy) and Clyde Wisecarver.

Survivors include sisters in law, Gertrude Strosnider and Annabelle Horan; brother in law, Richard Bly and wife, Joyce; and niece, Betty W. Crothers and husband, James; and other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Allen Strosnider, Mark Strosnider, Steve Strosnider, Rick Rinker, Robbie Parks, Mike Bowman, Irving Getz and Joe O'Hara.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg Christian Church, P.O. Box 581, Strasburg, VA 22657, Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

Family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Wednesday one hour prior to the service.

You may sign the guest book online at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com Stove.r Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Bly.



Robert W. Bowers, Jr.


Robert Ward “Bobby” Bowers, Jr., 88, of Winchester, Virginia, died Dec. 9, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Bowers was born in 1928, in Winchester, Va., the son of the late Mary D. and Robert Ward Bowers, Sr.

He was a veteran having served with the United States Navy from 1946 to 1948. Bobby was employed for over 45 years as a construction superintendent. He was a member of the First Baptist Church as well as a Life Member of the Winchester Moose Lodge #1283. Bobby was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to so many. He can be forever remembered for his one of a kind smile, personality and his love of family. He was dedicated in participating in all activities and sporting events of his children and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Bowers married Patricia Miller Bowers, on May 15, 1970 in Winchester, Va.

Along with his wife of 46 years, Mr. Bowers is survived by his two daughters, Kathy Eubank and her husband Andy of Winchester, Virginia and Holly Conde, and her husband Fernando of Middletown, Virginia; three sons, Robert P. Bowers and his wife Paulette of Winchester, Virginia, Timothy A. “Tim” Wolfe and his wife Robin of Winchester, Virginia and Thomas V. Wolfe and his wife Beth of Fairfax Station, Virginia; thirteen grandchildren: Tommy, Jason, Callie, Darby, Kaitlyn, Devin, Christine, A.J., Patrice, Joseph, Kelsey, Stephanie, and Daisy; five great-grandchildren as well as many extended family members and close friends.

Mr. Bowers was preceded in death by his two sisters, Martha A. Ryan and Ann Ritter.

Private family interment will be held on Friday at Mount Hebron Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel with Dr. Robert Bouder officiating. A reception will follow at Omps Reception Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, 115 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601.

Please view obituary and tribute wall at http://www.ompsfuneralhome.com



Russell C. Brungard


Russell Charles Brungard, 81, of Stafford, Va., formerly of Manassas and Edinburg, passed away at Carriage Hill Nursing Home on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

He was born in Mill Hall, Pa. on Sept. 15, 1935, son of the late Ernest Charles Brungard and Grace Keller Brungard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Brungard.

Survivors include his son, Todd Brungard and wife, Lori; his daughters, Teri Lessard and husband, Daniel, and Traci Kaylor and husband, Robert; and by his two grandchildren, T J Brungard and Lorin Brungard.

A funeral service was held at Pierce Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Va. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Interment took place at Union Cemetery in Newport, Tennessee on Dec. 10, 2016.



Joyce F. Carper


Joyce Ann Lake Funk Carper, 70, of Front Royal, Va. died on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

The family received friends on Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home. Burial was private.

Mrs. Carper was born Feb. 27, 1946 in Winchester, Va. daughter of the late Cletus Franklin Lake and Goldie Mae Lake. She was married to the late Charles Robert Carper.

Surviving are three children David Edwin Funk of Fort Valley, Va., Catherine Mae Funk of Front Royal, and Bruce Lee Funk of Forestville, Md.; two sisters Ann Plauger of Strasburg, Va. and Nina Fake and husband Harry of Palm Harbor, FL; three grandchildren David Vernon Funk, Valerie Joyce Funk, and Robert Lee Funk; and one great-grandson Zane David Funk Corathers. She was preceded in death by three brothers John Lake, Marshall Lake, and Herbert “Donnie” Lake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carper Family, c/o Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal, Va. 22630.



Catherine A. Coffelt


Catherine Alice Coffelt, 94, of Edinburg, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at Dutch Haven in Maurertown.

She was born Jan. 12, 1922 in Mt. Solon, Va. and was the daughter of the late Robert and Edna Bowman Clem.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Austin Coffelt; son, Robert Coffelt; great grandson, Steven Wealthy; and sister, Mildred Liskey.
Catherine was a member of Palmyra Church of the Brethren.

Catherine is survived by her daughter, Sherry Showalter of Middletown; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 in Cedarwood Cemetery with Pastor Shelvie Mantz officiating.

A meal followed at Palmyra Church of the Brethren.

The family received friends 6-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 at Valley Funeral Service, Bowmans Crossing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Edinburg VFW Post #2447, 100 Veterans Way, Edinburg, VA 22824.

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

Thoughts, Concerns and Remembrances to http://www.valleyfs.com.



Thomas N. Coleman


Thomas Nelson Coleman, 65, of Mt. Jackson, passed away Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at INOVA hopsital in Annandale, Va.

Tom was born Sept. 26, 1951, in New Market, Va, son of the late William L. Coleman, Jr. and Jane Phillips Coleman Virts.

He was a retired truck driver.

On May 25, 1991 he was united in marriage to Candace Dellinger Coleman, who survives.

Tom is also survived by two sons, Harry L. Coleman and wife, Pepsi, of Harrisonburg and John W. Dellinger and wife, Elizabeth, of Hinton; four granddaughters, Bryce, Abbey, and Molli Coleman and Kenzi Dellinger of whom he was very proud; two brothers, William Coleman, III of Mayland and Bruce Coleman of Mt. Jackson. He is also survived by two nieces, Mazie and Ava Biller; and a nephew, Jakob Biller, whom he adored; and their parents Kris and Ellen Biller of Mt. Jackson.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Lee Coleman.

Tom was a Vietnam veteran, serving tours in Cam Rahn Bay, Hue and Camp Eagle. He was an active member of Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 936.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock with Pastor George Bowers officiating. Burial followed at St. Matthews Cemetery in New Market.

Pallbearers were Kris Biller, William Coleman, IV, Jesse Coleman, Kent Burch, Garland Miller and Wade Seekford.

The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at Theis Funeral Home in New Market.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1235 South Clark Street, Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22202.



Doris B. Hardegree


Doris Baker Hardegree, 93, of Harrisonburg, passed away on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at Envoy of Staunton.

Born Sept. 25, 1923, in New Market, she was the daughter of the late Beulah Black Pence and Wilburt A. Baker.

Doris was employed at the former Belle Meade Restaurant, James Madison University Dining Hall and Dowell J. Howard Center in Winchester. She loved to travel, her favorite places being Germany, Switzerland and Hawaii. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and especially dancing. Her unwavering perseverance and never-give-up attitude throughout her 93 years has been an inspiration to those fortunate to have known her.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Hardegree; her son, Douglas E. Kirtley; two sisters, Loraine Hartman and Nancy Flippo; and one brother, Harold Pence.

Survivors include her son, Dale Kirtley of South Weber, Utah; daughter, Kathy Kirtley of Harrisonburg; grandchildren, Clyde Kirtley, Sean Kirtley, Krista DeVore, Craig Lawson, Sarah Lawson, Joel Black, Thon Kirtley and Katie Whitby; and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg with Pastor Wayne Wright officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Services are being handled by Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Condolences may be shared at http://www.kygers.com.



Jackie L. Hayes


Jackie L. Hayes, of New Market, Va. and formerly of Vienna, Va., died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at Sunrise at Countryside in Sterling, Va.

Jackie was the beloved husband of the late Mary Catherine “Kitty” Hayes; father of James C. Hayes (Kara), Joseph L. Hayes (Kim) and Barbara J. Griffin (Bud); grandfather of Jason, John, Jennifer, Joey, Jordan, Kate, Kyle, Trey and Josh; and great grandfather of Jordan, Brenna, Mackenzie, Cameron, Deacon and Mabel.

Family and friends are invited to Mr. Hayes' Life Celebration at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, Va. on Friday, Dec. 16 from 6-8 p.m.

Graveside services will be held in National Memorial Park on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park St., Vienna, VA 22180.

Online condolences and fond memories may be offered to the family at http://www.moneyandking.com.



Saylor J. Holsinger Jr.


Saylor Jacob Holsinger Jr., 89, of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg. Junior was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Broadway, Va., and was a son of the late Saylor Jacob and Effie Layman Holsinger.

Mr. Holsinger was a United States Army Air Corps veteran. He was employed at Shenandoah’s Pride Dairy for 45 years until his retirement in 1992. In his pastime, he played the guitar and harmonica, enjoyed wood crafting and painting and camping at Smith Mountain Lake. He was a longtime member of the First Church of the Brethren in Harrisonburg.

On June 16, 1952, he married Betty Funkhouser Holsinger, whom he met on his milk route in Mount Jackson. They were married 55 years until her passing on Oct. 12, 2007.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Holsinger; sisters, Margaret Souder, Evelyn Eaton and Ruth Tusing; and his faithful Pomeranian, Pee-Wee.

He is survived by his son, Donald L. Holsinger and wife, Linda; granddaughter, Angie Holsinger and husband, Rusty; great-granddaughter, Kimmie Holsinger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg with the Rev. Jason Boggs officiating,

Don and Linda received friends at their home, 1211 Lincolnshire Drive in Harrisonburg, at noon on Saturday for a memorial gathering and carry-in lunch.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hose Company No. 4, 210 E. Rock St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Condolences may be shared at http://www.kygers.com.



Sandra K. Reel


Sandra Kaye “Susie” Reel, age 65, of Winchester, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at her residence.

Sandra was born in 1951, the daughter of the late Jim J. and Mary P. Reel. She was a 1969 graduate of James Wood High School and received her nursing degree from Kings Daughters School of Nursing in Martinsburg, West Virginia as well as obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Sandra has dedicated her life to caring for others as a nurse, working for over 20 years in Public Health Services with Fairfax County and most recently with Blue Ridge Hospice at the inpatient care center. Sandra commonly known by her family as “Susie” can be forever remembered as a loving sister, aunt, avid gardener, prolific book reader, and an all-around one of a kind individual. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Sandra is survived by her sisters, Janice Schaff and husband, Eric of Winchester, Virginia and Cindi White and husband, Garland of Stephens City, Virginia; her brother, George Reel and wife, Linda of Middletown, Virginia; and two nephews, Jason Reel and Jimmy Hoover and his fiancée Sarah Todd; one niece, Meredith Reel; two great nieces, Tehya Herbaugh and Merci Henshey; one great nephew, Alexander “A.J.” Hoover as well as many extended family members and close friends.

Sandra’s family wishes to offer their most sincere gratitude for the care and comfort that was provided in their time of need from Blue Ridge Hospice and all of their caring staff. The family received friends on Wednesday evening, Dec. 14, 2016 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with Celebrant Joseph Dilleree officiating.

Interment was private. Memorial contributions in Sandra’s memory may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601.

Please view obituary and tribute wall at http://www.ompsfuneralhome.com



Loris E. Shaffer


Mrs. Loris Elizabeth (Betty) Shaffer, 74, of New Market passed away early Monday morning, Dec. 12, 2016 at the University of Virginia Medical Center at Charlottesville.

She was born Oct. 6, 1942 in Lewistown, Montana and was a daughter of the late Ernest Jewel and Loris Jane Carter Harper

Mrs. Shaffer was a former secretary/bookkeeper for Prince George's County, Maryland school systems.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn Shaffer; son, Jeffery Shaffer and his wife, Debby, and their children, Emma and Jackson; daughter, Loris Shaffer and children, Bradford McCurdy and Caroline McCurdy; son-in-law, Robert McCurdy; daughter, Dana Taylor and her husband, Brian Taylor; sister, LaDonna Harper Snook and her husband, Lonnie Snook; and two sisters-in-laws, Charlotte Shaffer and Carla Harper.

Betty was pre-deceased by her parents and three older brothers, Ernest Harper, Jr., Gilbert Harper and LaVern Harper.

She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Woodstock, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Pastor Ken Sparks will officiate.

Interment will follow at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Market.

Serving as pallbearers will be Glenn Shaffer, Jeffrey Shaffer, Jackson Shaffer, Bradford McCurdy, Robert McCurdy and Brian Taylor.

Arrangements are being handled by Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.



Eric S. Shifflett


Eric Scott Shifflett, 45, formerly of Keezletown, died Dec. 4, 2016, from a short illness at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Scott was born Sept. 4, 1971.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Ashalene Shifflett, father, William R. Shifflett Sr., and a grandson, Jayceon Crawley.

He is survived by his daughter, Summer Denham; granddaughter, ZaMiyah; grandson, JahSavion, of Waynesboro; sister, Ann Royer and brother-in-law, Larry, of Harrisonburg; brothers, William Shifflett and wife, Lisa, of Woodstock, and Preston Shifflett and wife, Peggy, of Grottoes. He is also survived by three nieces, three nephews, several great-nieces and great-nephews and one great-great-nephew.

Scott lived and worked in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for over 20 years and owned ESS Flooring LLC.

There will be a private burial.

Family and friends will meet Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Keezletown Ruritan Club to celebrate Scott’s life.

Donations can be made to the Ralph L. Sampson Sr. Hope Fund at RMH Foundation.



Virginia M. Smith


Virginia Marie Smith age 80, of Millsboro, Delaware passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at the Berkley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.

A celebration of life service for Mrs. Smith was conducted at 11a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 at Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church, 189 Parsons Ct., Winchester, Va. with Rev. Jeff Dillon Officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Carey’s Cemetery in Millsboro, Delaware at a later date.

She was born in Wenatchee, Washington on July 3, 1936 a daughter of the late George E. and Irma M. Christianson Loyear. She was a loyal member of Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church and a retired Registered Nurse with Peninsula Regional Medical Center. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William O. Smith.

Survivors include her children, Kathleen Marie Smith of Philadelphia, PA and Scott William “Will” Smith and wife, Dorothy of Bunker Hill, WV; her beloved grandsons, Sam, Logan, Lucas and Zion Smith and her siblings, Rodney Loyear and wife, Rachel, Joanne Jacobson all of Charlotte, NC and Margie Moen of Houston, TX.

The family received friends at the church immediately following the service on Tuesday.

The family asks that expressions of sympathy be in the form of Memorial contributions to Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church, 189 Parsons Ct., Winchester, VA 22603.

You may sign the guest book online at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Smith.



Doris S. Thomas


Doris S. Thomas, 84, of Maurertown passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 in Stanley.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Sunset View Memorial Gardens with Pastor Duane Painter officiating.

Doris was born Dec. 29, 1931 in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Higginbotham Stinnett.

She was a waitress at the Virginia Truck Stop for 26 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence J. Thomas, Sr.; and a daughter in law, Donna Thomas.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by two sons, Buddy Thomas and Michael Thomas and wife, Laura; three daughters, Mary Freeze and husband, Clyde, Deborah Helsley and husband, Marty, Renee Culley and husband, Brian; 13 grandchildren, Melanie, Melinda, Monica, Madison, Bruce, Alec, Sarah, Audrey, Jack, Shannon, Allison, Max, and Eden; and seven great grandchildren, Gavin, Grant, Grayson, Maelen, Evey, Jacob, and Addison.

The family would like to thank her friend and caregiver, Angie Spain for her devoted work taking care of Doris. The family would also like to thank Dr. Elisabeth Cardwell for many years of medical service and advice.

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

Thoughts, Concerns and Remembrances to Valley Funeral Service (VA).


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