Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Kathryn C. Armentrout

Kathryn Clements Armentrout, 76, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Armentrout was born in Upper Tract, W.Va., and was the daughter of the late Nellie Full VanMeter and Kermit Kimble.

She married the late Sammie L. Armentrout on July 22, 1972, in Mount Jackson, Va.

Mrs. Armentrout retired from Pilgrim’s Pride in Timberville, Va. She loved being outside and planting in her gardens. Her flowers bloomed beautifully under her care. She enjoyed collecting hummingbirds and attending yard sales. She also loved attending bluegrass concerts.

She is survived by one son, Walter “Jug” Clements III of New Market; two daughters, Shelia Wittig of New Market and Betty Morris of Grottoes; one stepdaughter, Rachel Knupp of Harrisonburg; and one stepson, Sammie Armentrout of Bowmans Crossing. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Elizabeth Valencia of Shenandoah (Ricardo), Raymond Miller of Staunton, Aaron Wittig (Marisa) of Broadway and Adrienne Oden (Hailey) of New Market; great-grandchildren, David Anthony, Madison Wittig, Karina Valencia, Maritza Valencia-Rocha and one great-grandchild on the way.

She is also survived by one sister, Connie Alt, and one brother, Ivan Full, both of Maysville, W.Va. Surviving also is her previous husband and father of her children, Walter “Whitie” Clements Jr. of New Market.

Per her wishes, her body was cremated. The family received friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market. Interment was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, east of Harrisonburg and will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Blanche J. Ashby

Blanche Jobe Ashby, 97, of Boyce, Virginia, a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend to many, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 in the Winchester Medical Center.

Ms. Ashby was born May 14, 1919 in Page County, Virginia, the daughter of the late David Benton Jobe and Beatrice Presgraves Jobe.

She was retired from Doubleday Publishing in Berryville.

She was a member of Boyce United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a son, Garland Ashby of Boyce, Va; a brother, Tyson Jobe (Sheila) of Stephens City, Va; a grandson, David Wayne Ashby (Lisa); a step grandson, Eugene Kelly Burke; a great grandson, Ryan Michael Ashby (Dakota); a step great-grandson, Edward Linton (Kim); a great-great-granddaughter, Athena Rose Ashby; and three step great-great grandchildren, Destiny Burke, Nathaniel Burke, and Jaxson Linton.

A daughter, Janet Louise Ashby McKeown, and two sisters, Leona Getts and Jessie Jones, preceded her in death.

The family received friends 1 – 2 p. m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 and a funeral service followed at 2 p.m. at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville with Rev. Martha Reynolds officiating. Burial followed in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville.
Pallbearers were Ryan Ashby, Edward Linton, Michael Jones, Darren Jobe, Justin Jobe, and Steve Hott.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boyce Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., P O Box 285, Boyce, VA 22620.

Arvella M. Biller

Arvella Margaret Biller, 80, of Broadway, Va. died Jan. 13, 2017 at Life Care Center of New Market.

She was born June 14, 1936 in Keyser, WV and was a daughter to the late Harnes and Rhoda M. Sievers Riggleman.

She had worked at Wampler Foods in Harrisonburg, Va.

Surviving are two daughters; Bonnie Rohrbaugh and husband Ronald, of Quicksburg, Va., Debbie Funk and husband Fred, of Strasburg, Va, a son; Gary Biller and wife Della, of Broadway, Va., six grandchildren; John P. Rohrbaugh and wife Ashley, Amber Rohrbaugh, Gary LeeBillerII and wife Michelle, Linda Sue Carper and husband Rob, Candy Ann Biller, Ryan Riggleman, eight great grandchildren, two sisters; Audrey Siever of Winchester, Va., Mary Ann Siever, of Bergton, and a brother; Edward “Buddy” Riggleman, ofWinchester,Va.

Pastor Glen Turner conducted a graveside service Tuesday 2 p.m. at St. Lukes U.C.C. (county line) Cemetery near Timberville, Va.

The family received friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway, Va.

The family requests memorial contributions are made to Grandle Funeral Home, P.O. Box 114, Broadway, VA 22815, to help offset funeral expenses.

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Xavier D. Cooper

Xavier DeVonte Cooper, loving son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 14, 2017.

Xavier will be remembered for his beautiful smile, his humor, and his ability to put a smile on anyone's face. Xavier wanted to save the world.

Xavier was born Feb. 16, 1994. He is the son of Tammy Rush Cooper of Mt Jackson, VA and the late William Bently Cooper of Strasburg, Va.

He is also survived by stepdad, Jewanne Crawford of Mt Jackson; stepmom, Melissa Fields Cooper of Ohio; paternal grandmother, Ethel Cooper of Strasburg Va; maternal grandparents, Charles and Nancy Rush of Fort Valley, Va; and great grandmother, Elizabeth Rush of Mauretown, Va.

Xavier also loved and leaves behind his sisters, Destiny and Deanna Cooper of Strasburg, Va, and Desta Hanson of Harrisonburg, Va; brother, lan Williams of Middletown, Va; stepsisters, Ashley Canterbury of Ohio and Natasha Kee of West Virginia; and step-brothers Noah and Nigel Steward of Virginia; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He made each of them feel that they were the special one.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Heishman Funeral Home, 14116 S. Middle Road, Edinburg Va.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 at11 a.m. at Life Church, 199 Agape Way, Stephens City, Va. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Haines Family Cemetery, Luray Virginia
. Repass will be held at 3 p.m. at Portering the Glory, 3203 S. Ox Road, Edinburg, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations are made to help cover funeral expenses. Donations can be sent via mail to Heishman Funeral Home, 14116 South Middle Road, Edinburg VA 22824, memo: Cooper Expenses. For those that would like to give by credit card you can call the funeral home directly at 540-984-3700.

Audrey M. Darr

Audrey Genevieve Mills Darr, 89, of Front Royal, Va, went peacefully with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Rivermont Baptist Church followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. conducted by the Rev. Seth Alcorn. Burial followed in Panorama Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Darr was born Jan. 20, 1927 in Front Royal, VA, daughter of the late William Henry Mills and Nettie Lea Mills.

She retired from Avtex and was a longtime member of Rivermont Baptist Church.

Surviving are her children, George W. "Sonny" Allison (Jean) of Woodstock, Va, Carol Peyko (Ken) of Cross Junction, Va, Michael Allison (Judy) of Andrews, NC, and Roberta "Dale" Hall (Richard) of Dover, Pa; 11 grandchildren, Dawn Kasha (Steve), Tracey Bosak (Dennis), Carl Richard E. Allison (Joy), Nicole Caccavano (Joe), Jon Peyko, Serenity Gibson (Nic), Krishna Litchfield (Josh), Casey Hall, Kelly Millhouse, Katie Hall, and Tiffany Budzisz (Michael); and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George W. Allison; her second husband, Richard Darr; a son, Donald Lee Allison; two brothers; and six sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

The family is grateful to the staff at America House for the care they provided and to Rivermont Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Maddox Funeral Home, Inc. in Front Royal, VA.

John A. Dean

John Andrew Dean, 67, of Strasburg, Va, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at his home.

Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, officiated by Susan O'Kelly, Chaplain, Blue Ridge Hospice.

John was born in Hot Springs, Va, the son of Myrtle Marie Hise Withrow and the late Norval Geharlington Dean.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War.

John was a construction carpenter who enjoyed making things out of wood. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
 Everyone enjoyed his wonderful personality.

Surviving along with his mother, are his wife, Dorothy J. Dean; a son, Johnny Ray Dean; his step-children, Rebecca Hyde and Allen Hyde; a brother, James Dean; and two sisters, Catherine Brown and Ethel Doyle.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 2260l.

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

Geraldine E. Fadeley

Geraldine Elizabeth Fadeley, 89, of Edinburg, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at the home of Richard and Barbara Forsyth.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing. The Reverend Glenn Early officiated. Burial followed in Union Forge Cemetery in Edinburg.

Miss Fadeley was born June 24, 1927 in Edinburg, daughter of the late Harrison George Fadeley and Grace Lillian Frye Fadeley.

She was a member of Union Forge United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Olive Hawkins and Frances Arnold.

She is survived by three cousins; special friends, Richard and Barbara Forsyth with whom she made her home; and special caregiver, Kathy Akers.

The family received friends from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Union Forge United Methodist Church or Blue Ridge Hospice.

Geraldine loved traveling to Florida with the Forsyths and her sisters. She enjoyed spending time at the Senior Center, and she enjoyed people and music. She also loved her dog, Sofie.

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

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Franklin K. Funkhouser

Franklin K. Funkhouser, 80, of Woodstock, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

He was born Oct. 12, 1936 at Basye, Shenandoah County, Virginia. He was the son of the late Nevin C. Funkhouser and Gladys E. Moomaw Funkhouser.

He was a graduate of Triplett High School, Mt. Jackson, Va, the class of 1954. In 1960 he graduated from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C.

He also served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.

Frank joined Haun-Magruder, Inc., an Independent Insurance Agency in Woodstock, Va. in 1963. He was promoted to President in 1966 and purchased the business in 1984. He retired on Jan. 2, 2013, after 50 years of service. He served as Chairman of the Board until his passing.

He was active in the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, served on its Board of Directors, and various committee assignments over the years. He also served on Agents Advisory Boards, including Chairman, for a number of companies represented by Haun-Magruder, Inc.

He was a member of a number of civic clubs over the years. He served as President of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Shenandoah County and also served as Crusade Chairman for the Shenandoah County Cancer Society. He was a past President of the West Shenandoah Ruritan Club.

He was elected to the Board of Directors of First Virginia Bank, Blue Ridge Bank in 1972, where he served until their merger with BB&T in 2003. He was then appointed Chairman of the local Advisory Board of BB&T where he served until 2006.

For six years, he also served on the Board of Directors of Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center. He was Treasurer, and one of his passions was raising funds for that organization.

He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Mt. Jackson for 57 years. Over the years, he served many terms on the Church Council. Offices held in the church included President of the Council, Sunday School Superintendent, Call Committee Chairman, Chairman of Long Range Planning, Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Financial Secretary.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold W. Funkhouser, William B. Funkhouser, James D. Funkhouser, Robert E. Funkhouser, Sr., and his only sister, Phyllis L. Dellinger.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Funk Funkhouser and three children, Amanda Sue Rushe and her husband, Randall R. Rushe, of Chapin, SC., Lynne Marie Funkhouser of Woodstock, Va, and Michael Franklin Funkhouser and his wife, Elizabeth S. Funkhouser, of Woodstock, Va. Six grandchildren, Laura E. Rushe, Alexander R. Rushe, Jennifer M. Hoye, David J. Hoye, Andrew M. Funkhouser and Brent F. Funkhouser.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Mt. Jackson with the Reverend Matthew Diehl officiating.

The family will be receiving friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 484, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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Nancy H. Gibson-Geiger

Nancy Harbaugh Gibson-Geiger of Woodstock, Va. died Jan. 16, 2017 in Woodstock, Va.

Nancy was born Sept. 29, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the late Dr. Charles H. and Mrs. Minnie Anna Moore Hall Harbaugh.

She was raised in the Hayfield area of Frederick County, Va.

Nancy graduated from Handley High School in Winchester, Va. in 1940, and then graduated from Madison College (now JMU) in 1944 at age 20 with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. She was a charter member of Alpha Sigma Tau at JMU. She was a dietitian at Doctors Hospital, Washington, DC in 1945. She then worked for the Federal Government and the Department of Agriculture. While visiting her aunt in 1943, she noticed a handsome Marine in uniform and declared on sight that she would marry that man. She did marry that man and left work to start their family.

Nancy was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Woodbridge where she was a Stephen Minister from 1990 to 2002. Also during that time she tutored at Occoquan Elementary School for four years through RSVP. She enjoyed walking, reading, and keeping in touch with college friends. She loved to travel and enjoyed numerous adventures in Europe, but her favorite destination was Egypt.

Since moving to Woodstock to live with her daughter, she joined and was active at Woodstock Presbyterian Church and volunteered at the Clothes Closet.

Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Fredrick Lewis Gibson for 36 years. Nancy was a loving and devoted mother to their four children; Paul F. Gibson, Palm Harbor, FL; Barbara G. Simons, Woodstock, Va; Joan G. Pierce-Barb (Jesse), Woodbridge, Va; Gail G. Bianco (Peter), Floral City, Fl. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Nancy was predeceased by her brother, Charles H. Harbaugh, Jr., and sister, Dorothy A. Harbaugh, as well as a grandson, Matthew Simons.

A brief visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at Woodstock Presbyterian Church with Rev. Lisa Wilson conducting the service. The family will receive friends in the church social hall for refreshments after the service. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Woodstock Presbyterian Church 142 E Court St., Woodstock, Va. 22664.

Dellinger Funeral Home will handle arrangements.

Lois E. Kibler

Lois Elaine Kibler, 62, of Woodstock, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at Windhaven Church of the Brethren in Mt. Jackson. Pastor Otis Frye and Pastor Rodney Lebron will officiate.

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

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Margaret Lam

Margaret "Marlene" Lam, 84, of New Market, Va, passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2017 at Life Care Center in New Market.

As per her wishes no services are to be planned.

Mrs. Lam was born March 30 1932 in New Market Va. and was the daughter of the late Ollie Lee and Zelda Stroop Grim.

She was retired from Rite Aid, working in the Timbervile and Woodstock stores.

She was a member of the Mt. Jackson Women of the Moose.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll LaVerne Lam Sr.; sister, Gladys Dinger; three brothers, Mose Grim, Harold "Hoppy" Grim and Calvin Grim; and one of her caregivers, Tracey Lam, who was a daughter-in-law, but thought of as a "daughter".

She is survived by four children, Beverly Lam and wife Barbie of Edinburg, Debbie L. Marazzo and husband Michael of Miramar, Fl., Carroll Lam Jr. and wife of New Market, and Jim Lam of New Market; her sister's son, Greg Grim and wife Jan of Bella Vista, Ar; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Special people include the uncountable friends that she and Carroll made over their many years as well as her caregivers and niece, Sherry Gisewhite and husband Ronnie of New Market; "daughters", Janice Hannah of New Market and Cookie Flack of Harrisonburg; Isabel Morris and Catherine Arion; and a very special friend, Mr. Noah Dellinger of Edinburgh.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, 600 N. Main St. #109, Woodstock, VA 22664.

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

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Elsie L. Rinker

Elsie Lee Rinker, 87, of Winchester, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Ms. Rinker was born in 1929 in Middletown, Virginia, the daughter of the late Luella S. and Harry B. Rinker Sr.

She graduated from Stephens City High School, Class of 1947.

Her past employment included Acme Food Store, Novick Transfer, Hemmingway Transfer, and retired from Red Star Trucking.

Ms. Rinker was a member of Burnt Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school for 15 years.

She was a member of the Winchester Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary and Winchester Moose Auxiliary.

She enjoyed baking, cooking, putting puzzles together, and was a caregiver to her own mother.

Surviving is sister, Jean R. Taylor of Winchester, Virginia; brothers, Harry Rinker Jr. (Ruth) of Winchester, Virginia, Jacob E. Rinker (Arvilla) of Winchester, Virginia; sister-in-law, Alice Rinker of Winchester, Virginia; nephew, Dr. H. Bruce Rinker III; and nieces, Angela, Donna, Diane and Tonya.

Ms. Rinker was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Kenneth R. Rinker.
The family received friends on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel, 1260 Front Royal Pike, Winchester, Virginia.

A funeral service followed at 2 p.m. with Pastor Alan Morrison officiating. Interment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, Virginia.

Memorial contributions in memory of Elsie may be made to Burnt Presbyterian Church, 168 Burnt Church Rd., Winchester, Virginia 22603 or South End Fire Company, 17 W. Monmouth St., Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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Betty B. Streapy

Betty Jane Byrd Streapy, 80, of Huntly, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at her home.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Front Royal, Virginia. Burial followed in Washington Masonic Cemetery in Washington, Virginia.

Mrs. Streapy was born on July 2, 1936 in Rocky Mount, Virginia, to the late Reginald and Gladys Byrd.

She became a Registered Nurse in 1959 after graduating from the Alexandria School of Nursing and worked at both Alexandria Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital before moving to Rappahannock County. She came to work at Warren Memorial Hospital in 1979 and was the Nurse Manager on the Medical Surgical Ward, second floor south, retiring after over 20 years.

She was a member of Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Major Ed Streapy; two daughters, Lisa Streapy of Reston, Virginia and Cathy Nowell and her husband Steve of Front Royal; brother-in-law, W.D. Tuck of Rocky Mount, Virginia; grandson, Jeffrey Turner of Strasburg, Virginia; and two great grandsons, Nathaniel Turner and Colton Turner, both of Strasburg.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main St., Front Royal.

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