Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Jacqueline L. Ardilletz

Jacqueline “Jackie” Lorraine Staublein Ardilletz, 77, of Timberville, passed away Dec. 23, 2016, at Life Care Center in New Market. She was born Feb. 4, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pa., and was a daughter of the late John Edward McCafferty and Ethel Mae Toner.

Jackie was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She worked most of her life in housekeeping. In 1977, she moved to Virginia to retire.

She is survived by her three daughters, Gail S. Breithaupt and husband, Jerry, Dawn L. Henshaw and husband, Russ, and Joyce L. Isensee and Leo Troutman; five grandchildren, Jessica McAvoy, Justen McAvoy and wife, Kayla, Jason Potts, Mathew Potts and Travis Potts; three great-grandchildren, Jayda, Jaylyn and Jayden; two sisters, Ethel Hiller and Florence Miller and several nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her family and close friends including Larry Bray.

At Jackie’s request, her body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Timberville Church of the Nazarene.

The family wishes to thank all of those in the medical field who cared for her.

Flowers and memorial contributions may be sent to Joyce Isensee, 257 Center St., Timberville, VA 22853.

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Frank V. Caesar

Frank Vincent Caesar, 78, a resident of Toms Brook, Va passed away, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016.

A funeral mass for Mr. Caesar was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Woodstock, Va with Rev. Michael Dobbins officiating.

Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Park, Woodstock, Va.

Mr. Caesar was born in Queens, New York on Oct. 9, 1938 a son of the late John Lawrence and Rose Marie Chiachiere Caesar.

He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with three tours to Greenland in the early sixties.

He was a member of the St. John Bosco Catholic Church where he was active with the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Caesar was retired from the U.S. Government where he worked as a Director for the Environmental Protection Agency and then served as a consultant to Raytheon.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, John Joseph Caesar.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda Fishel Caesar of Toms Brook, Va; his children, Christopher Frank Caesar and wife, Karla Capps Caesar, of Richmond, Va. and Matthew Leigh Caesar and wife, Carol Marie Caesar, of Charlottesville, Va.; his grandchildren, Kristina Marie Caesar, Kaitlin Leigh Caesar and Alexander Matthew Caesar; one sister, Gloria Sireci of Manchester, Ct. and a brother-in-law, Lanny Hunter Fishel, of Winchester, Va..

Preferred expression of sympathy is a donation of blood or monetary gift in Frank's memory to the Virginia Blood Bank or the Red Cross Blood Services.

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Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mr. Frank V. Caesar.

Cole L. Hockman

Cole Lee Hockman, 18, of Winchester, Virginia, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at his home.

Cole was born in 1998 in Winchester, the son of Sharon (Largent) Sterner and Terry Hockman.

Cole was a 2016 graduate of Handley High School and was employed with JP Exhaust as a Cleaning Technician. He was also a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Toms Brook, Virginia.

Cole was a one of kind individual who can be remembered for his passion and love of the great outdoors where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and anything mechanical whenever he could. He was a kind and gentle person who was known for always caring and providing for others when in need. He will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, he is also survived by future stepmother, Resa Miller of Maurertown, Virginia and a very close family friend Bertrand Hubbard of Boyce, Virgina; his sister, Cassie Hockman; his girlfriend, Raechel Lindamood as well as his first unborn child; maternal grandparents, Oliver and Sylvia Largent of Bloomery, West Virginia; paternal grandmother, Delene Hockman of Maurertown, Virginia; and many extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, David Michael Sterner and grandfather, Richard Hockman.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 11 a.m. until his memorial service at 1 p.m. at the Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel with Pastor Deanna Boynton officiating.

Following the services family and friends are encouraged to join the family at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Toms Brook, Virginia for a continued time of food and fellowship.

Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions in memory of Cole may be made to his family c/o Sharon Sterner, 2216 Harrison St., Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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John L. Howdyshell

John Lee Howdyshell, 17, of New Market, Va., died Dec. 22, 2016, as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born April 7, 1999, in Rockingham County, and was a son of Donald Howdyshell of Linville and Kesha Guyer Hartman of Mathias, W.Va.

John was a student at Stonewall Jackson High School, where he played football and attended Triplett Tech. He previously attended East Hardy High School, where he played football and was a member of the FFA. He attended New Life Apostolic Church in Mathias and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Surviving in addition to his parents is his stepfather, Ralph Hartman of Mathias; twin brother, Donald Howdyshell II of New Market, and brother, Damien Dellinger of Mathias; maternal grandmother, Melissa Brown of New Market, maternal grandfather, David Guyer of Harrisonburg; paternal grandfather, Rick Crawford of Lacey Spring; step-grandparents, Tara Hartman of Broadway, Karl Schweigert of Broadway, Charles and Jayne Hartman of Mathias and John Harper; great-grandparents, Gloria and Jim Price of Timberville, Weldon and Evelyn Guyer of Harrisonburg, Clyde Mitchell of Broadway and Tiny Crawford; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and employer and close friend, Ted Greenwalt of Linville.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, June Harper, and great-great-grandmother, Mary Mitchell.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson High School, Quicksburg, Va.

The family received friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grandle Funeral Home, P.O. Box 114, Broadway, VA 22815 to help with funeral expenses.

Audrey P. May

Audrey Jean Parker May, 83, of Timberville, passed away on Dec. 26, 2016, at Life Care Center of New Market. She was born in Needmore, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Branson and Effie Haman Parker.

Audrey was a lifelong resident of the Timberville area and a member of the Salem Mennonite Church in Baker, W.Va.

On Dec. 7, 1955, she married George W. May, who preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 1994.

She is survived by her daughters, Connie Rodriguez Neal and husband, Lee, of Park City, Ky., and Belinda Delawder and husband, Mike, of Broadway; six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

At her request, Mrs. May will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Louise J. McClelland

Louise Elaine Johnson McClelland 76, a resident of Edinburg, Va passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 at her residence.

A funeral service for Mrs. McClelland will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at the Woodstock United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Hoskins, Jr. officiating.

Mrs. McClelland will be taken to her hometown of South Fork, Pa for a service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in the chapel of Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home

Burial will follow in the South Fork Cemetery.

She was born in South Fork, Pa on Nov. 22, 1940 a daughter of the late Walter George and Bertha Rose Danel Johnson.

Louise was a member of Woodstock United Methodist Church where she was active with Emmaus and Grief Share. She was retired and had worked as an elementary school secretary.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Leroy McClelland; a son, Robert McClelland; and a daughter-in-law, Melissa McClelland.

Survivors include her children, Ron McClelland and wife, Michelle, of Stanley, Va, Mark McClelland of Fredericksburg, Va, and Robyn Schneider and husband, Larry, of Newmanstown, Pa; her grandchildren, Tucker, Becky, Thomas, Justin, Sara, Mallory, Larry, Nick, Cameron, Carter and Sawyer; her great grandchildren, Landon, Marilyn, Gunner and Myles; her brother, Walter Johnson and wife, Sally, of South Fork, Pa; brother-in-law, Terry McClelland and wife, Linda, of Woodstock, Va.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to Woodstock United Methodist Church, 156 S. Muhlenberg Street, Woodstock, VA 22664 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

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

Chieko Moriya

Chieko Moriya, 90, of Woodstock, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 at Consulate Health Care.

She was born March 10, 1926 in Japan.

Family members include a special friend of 20 years, Crystal Brinkley and many friends throughout the years.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Thornrose Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at Consulate Health Care in Woodstock at a later date.

Henry Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Consulate Health Care Activity Department, 803 S. Main St., Woodstock, VA 22664.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Wallace C. Murden

Wallace "Wally" Clegg Murden, 70, of Woodstock, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

He was born June 14, 1946 in Front Royal, son of the late Archie William and Lillie Mae Clegg Murden.

He was a retired truck driver. He was a former member of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department, Woodstock Moose and Sons of the Woodstock American Legion.

Mr. Murden is survived by a daughter, Tammy Polk of Edinburg; two sons, Chad Murden of New Market and Bryant Murden of Springfield, Ohio; and a granddaughter, Kelsey Polk.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock with the Rev. Freddie Helsley officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to

Ray J. Murphy

Ray Jackson Murphy, 78, of Strasburg, Virginia passed away on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 at Warren Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main St., Front Royal, Virginia with Sammy Campbell officiating.

Burial will follow in Panorama Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Murphy was born on Aug. 30, 1938 in Warren County, Virginia to the late Lee Wilson Murphy and Marguerite Willey Murphy.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Michael Ray Murphy; two brothers, Ralph and William Murphy; and his sister, Betty Hoynoski.

He was a lifelong Warren County resident, a graduate of Warren County High School and a local Independent Insurance Agent.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Murphy; daughter, Tina Murphy Ruggerio; three sons, Barry Murphy (Brenda), Lonnie Murphy and Christopher Murphy; step daughter, Lorie Marsh; step son, Bill Marsh; two brothers, Wayne and Roy Murphy (Lynn); two sisters, Beatrice Oakes and Charlotte Murphy; four grandchildren, Kerry Ratcliffe, Brielle Sollinger, Christopher Murphy and Jessica Murphy; and four great grandchildren.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations made be made to the Warren County Humane Society or to a charity of one's choice in loving memory of Ray.

Eugene W. Polk

Eugene Woodrow Polk, 82, of Edinburg, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 at Dutch Haven in Maurertown.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowman's Crossing. The Reverends Mary Louise Brown and Anna Havron will officiate. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Mr. Polk was born June 19, 1934 in Shenandoah County, son of the late Stanley Woodrow and Esther Marie Hetzel Polk.

He was a 1954 graduate of Edinburg High School and an Army veteran.

He was a 70-year member of the Lutheran Faith, having attended St. Jacob's Lutheran Church, Bethel Lutheran Church and a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. He was an advisor of the Lutheran League, served on the church council and taught Youth and Adult Sunday School classes. 

He worked for Irvin Incorporated in Edinburg for over 51 years.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Heishman and two brothers, Lewis Polk and Allen Polk.

He is survived by his wife of 57 ½ years, Beverly Stoneburner Polk; two daughters, Monica Collen Thayer and husband Bill of Bel Air, Md and Tameria Renee Martinez of Frederick, Md; sister, Sylvia George of Edinburg; two brothers, Eddie and Loraine Polk, both of Edinburg; five grandchildren, Daniel William Thayer, Eric Houston Thayer, Evan Jacobson Thayer, Ricardo Javier Martinez and Alexis Carina Martinez; and special and dedicated friends, Brenda Weaver, Debbie, Harry and Herb Walker and Dixie Shirkey.

Eugene was very proud of all his grandchildren. They were all college graduates, the three Thayer brothers are all Eagle Scouts, Javier is a professional musician playing nationally and abroad and Alexis is a professional makeup artist.

Pallbearers were Daniel, Eric and Evan Thayer, Ricardo Martinez, Randy Fishback and James Kremer.

Honorary pallbearers were Herb, Debbie and Harry Walker and Brenda Weaver.

Edinburg High School Class of 1954, Irvin Inc. and Dutch Haven will be attending in groups.

The family received friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dutch Haven Activity Fund, c/o Sara Darnell, 257 Toll House Rd., Maurertown, VA 22644.

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

John E. Simmons

John E. Simmons, loving husband and father, formerly of Edinburg, Virginia, passed away on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at Mainland Memorial Hospital in Texas City, Texas at the age of 81.

John was born April 25, 1935 at Headwaters, Virginia.

He was a retired truck driver. He had a life-long love of learning, traveling and adventure.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and also enjoyed flying over the skies of the Shenandoah Valley in his reconditioned 1930 Fleet biplane from his private airport.

John and his family moved from the Valley to Florida in the 1970s until moving to Texas. He and his wife Patsy moved back to Texas from Virginia in 2015 to be closer to their adult children and grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his surviving family members who include his wife of 58 years, Patsy Simmons; brother, Nelson Simmons; children, David Simmons and wife, Sandy, Rachel Ingles and husband, Don, Beth Corvalan and husband, Jose, and Michael Simmons; grandchildren, Kathy Ringer, Brian Simmons, Brandi Simmons and Elaina Ingles.

He is preceded in death by his father, Floyd Simmons; mother, Olga Simmons; sister, Judith Simmons; aunt, Katherine Thomas, and grandson, Blake Ingles.

Services for John are pending.

John Simmons will be greatly missed by all who knew him and by those whose lives he has touched.

Gloria F. Smith

Gloria Faye Wolfe Smith, 73, of Timberville, died Dec. 24, 2016, at her residence. She was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Eugene and Mable Mook Wolfe.

She retired from Masco Cabinetry in Mount Jackson.

On Oct. 3, 1961, she married Harley W. Smith Jr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 2015.

She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Dustin Smith on Nov. 20, 1993, and Shawn Ritchie on May 10, 1988; two sisters, Patsy Whetzel and Vivian Wolfe, and a brother; John “Buck” Wolfe.

Surviving are a son, Randy Smith and wife, Donna, of Luray; four daughters, Penny Lowry and husband, Kevin, of Fulks Run, Kristi Crisp and husband, Tim, of Elkton, Tammy Clark and husband, Darryl, of Broadway and Sherri Ritchie and companion, Adam Flick, of Broadway; nine grandchildren, Falicia and Amanda Pettit of Fulks Run, Shea Ritchie of Timberville, Natasha Cave of Broadway, Jessica Glazner of Broadway and Kaitlyn, Jenna, Erin and Jacob Smith of Luray; five great-grandchildren, Charitee Miller, Ember and Gage Glazner and Jonathan and Chloe Griffin, all of Broadway; five sisters, Bonnie McKenzie of Mount Jackson, Shelia Bowman and husband, Sonny, of Edinburg, Debbie Wood and companion, Jim Custer of Fulks Run, Wanda Bowman and husband, John, of Quicksburg and Ginger Burns of Mount Jackson; and one brother, Ronnie Wolfe and wife, Julia, of Tenth Legion.

Pastor Louie Shafer will conduct a private graveside service at Caplinger Cemetery in Criders. Her body was cremated.

The family will receive friends at Gloria’s residence at anytime.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 666, Broadway, VA 22815, or the Timberville Fire Department, P.O. Box 101, Timberville, VA 22853.

Arrangements are entrusted to Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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