Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Joy M. Affleck

Joy Maxine “Muddy” Affleck, 86, of Winchester, Va. went to be with the Lord peacefully on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Care Center.

Mrs. Affleck was born in Winchester on April 2, 1930, the daughter of Robert and Maude Catherine Deavers Cline.

Joy married Lewis A. Affleck on June 10, 1951 in Winchester. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She attended Heritage Baptist Church and loved to read and garden.

Joy leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband of 65 years, Lewis, a son, Ernest Affleck and wife, Catherine, of Strasburg, Va; two daughters, Wanda Gladden of Strasburg and Patricia Affleck and husband, Kirby Place, of Stephens City, Va; four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by a son, Steven Affleck, three sisters and five brothers. She was the last of her family.

A funeral service was held at Jones Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jerry Walkowiak officiating.

The family received friends one hour before the service. Burial followed at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester. Pallbearers were Michael Gladden, Calvin Harris, Robert Adams, Kirby Place, Rodney Affleck, and Edward Conrad. Bradley Stover will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

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Emma O. Bauserman

Emma Lee Orndorff Bauserman, 82, of Maurertown, Va, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A funeral service for Mrs. Bauserman was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at Stover Memorial Chapel with Kenneth K. Kump officiating. Burial followed in the Cedar Creek Christian Church Cemetery in the Zepp Community.

She was born on Sept. 29, 1934 in the Zepp Community, a daughter of the late Clyde C. and Bertha Orndorff.

Mrs. Bauserman worked at Aileen Inc. in Strasburg and was a retired employee of the Winchester Medical Center.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Gearing Bauserman Sr. and a brother, Allen Orndorff.

Survivors include her children, Jerry Bauserman and wife Susie of Wardensville, WV, Richard Bauserman and wife Bonnie of Maurertown, Va, Gary Bauserman and wife Mary of Maurertown, Va and Ruth Ann Hockman and husband Roger of Strasburg, Va; eight grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; her brother, Paul C. Orndorff of Zepp, Va; her grand-dog, Boo-Boo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Anna Bowley and Loretta Kimble, her faithful and compassionate caregivers.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Kimble, Alex Rinard, Michael Coffman, Wayne Brill, Jeremy Robinson and Tony Brill.

Memorials may be made to the Star Tannery Fire Department, 950 Brill Road, Star Tannery, Va 22654.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA served the family of Mrs. Bauserman.

Vincent M. De Cerbo

Vincent Michael De Cerbo, 93, of Woodstock, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Dutch Haven Adult Care Residence in Maurertown.

Mr. De Cerbo was born July 24, 1923 in Hamden, Connecticut, son of the late Michael and Jennie Landino De Cerbo

He served in the United States Army during W.W. II.

He was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock.

Mr. De Cerbo is survived by his wife, Eleanor Joyce Messer DeCerbo.

He is also survived by a daughter, Gail Giles and husband Bill of Edinburg; a daughter-in-law, Bonita De Cerbo; four grandchildren, Sherrie Warren and husband Scott, Jessica Cline and husband Michael, Douglas De Cerbo Jr. and wife Jennifer, and David De Cerbo and wife Joanne; and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas M. De Cerbo.

A Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. John Bosco Catholic Church by the Rev. Michael Dobbins.

Interment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601; the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031; or Dutch Haven Assisted Living, Maurertown, VA 22644.

Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Dorothy L. Drummond

Dorothy L. Drummond 90, a resident of Strasburg, Va. died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at Holy Spirit Hospital at Camp Hill, Pa.

A funeral service for Mrs. Drummond will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at the Strasburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church with Pastor Jeff Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery.

Dorothy was born in Strasburg, Va on Dec. 25, 1926, a daughter of the late Ella Bauserman.

Dorothy worked at the Strasburg Textile Mill for 33 years and retired from Blue Bell Wrangler in 1991. After retiring she worked for Strasburg Manufacturing for a number of years.

She was a member of the Strasburg Seventh Day Adventist Church and was instrumental in building the church that stands in Strasburg today. She did fundraising to help physically build the church building and she also spread God's Seventh Day Sabbath message wherever she went to help build the church congregation. She was a Sabbath school teacher and Head Deaconess for over 40 years.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Frank Drummond, whom she married on April 3, 1946 in Hagerstown, Md; her three sons, Robert F. Drummond and wife Judy of Clyde, Tx, and Steven Drummond and Jonathan Drummond, both of Strasburg, Va; her grandchildren, Todd, Robbi, Lisa and Kris; nine great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two brothers, John Drummond and wife Ann of Winchester, Va and Hubert Drummond Jr. "Joe" and wife Susie of Strasburg, Va; two sisters, Mary Jane Jenkins, and Laura Belle Sonner and husband Alvin of Strasburg, Va; and numerous nieces, nephews and other close relatives.

Mom was always looking to help others. She often sacrificed for her family and others around her. All who truly knew her loved her.

In her last days when her needs were so great her care givers realized how special of a lady she was. May she rest in God's love until he returns.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 359 N. Massanuttten St, Strasburg, VA 22657.

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

Kyle W. Holbert

Kyle Wayne Holbert, 60, of Strasburg and formerly of Staunton, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

He was born on Dec. 29, 1956 in Rockbridge County to Ralph and Elsie Holbert.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kate and Hugh Holbert.

Surviving is his wife, Patty Holbert; mother, Elsie E. Holbert; sons, Jerry Armentrout and his wife Leigh, Christopher Armentrout and wife Tina and Brandon Holbert; seven grandchildren; sisters, Vickey McDaniels and her husband Gene, Frances Carter and her husband Rusty, and Donna Deneen; brothers, Timothy Holbert and Jeffrey Holbert; and a special aunt and uncle, Lyndel and Leland Loan.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marines.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at Charlton and Groome Funeral Home, 619 Lifecore Drive, Fishersville, VA 22939.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at the Funeral Home Chapel with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Olive Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, 12180 Back Road, Toms Brook, VA 22660.

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James M. Holler

James "Grit" Milton Holler, 69, of Mt. Jackson, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Holler was born Oct. 2, 1947 in New Market, son of the late Melvin Theodore and Youlanda “Bealy” Lillian Pence Holler.

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He was a member of the V.F.W. #2447 Edinburg, the Mt. Jackson Moose Lodge #979 and the New Market Fraternal Order of Eagles #4264.

He is survived by two sisters, Jo Ann Bishop of Winchester and Kay Judy Holler of San Antonio, Texas. He had numerous nieces, nephews, and beloved cousins and a devoted cat (Hot Rod).

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Rhodes Holler.

Services will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to V.F.W #2447 Edinburg, VA 22824.

Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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Elizabeth M. Kern

Elizabeth Maxine McDonald Kern passed away peacefully at Amerisist Assisted Living in Stephens City, Virginia on Monday, Feb. 13th, 2017.

Maxine was born on August 13th, 1920 in Slanesville, Hampshire County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Thomas Shaw Kinnie and Edith Mae Snyder.

She had two brothers, Lloyd Kinnie and Junior Kinnie who preceded her in death. Maxine worked for the Western Union Telegraph Co. starting in August 1948 until she retired in 1984. She was a past member of First Baptist Church where she served on many committees.

Maxine is survived by her husband Ray Whittington Kern, of Strasburg, Va.

Maxine had one son, James Franklin Johnston, who preceded her in death in March 2014.

She has two grandsons, Jeffrey Scott Johnston and wife, Autumn, who reside in Olive Branch, Mississippi and Thomas Mark Johnston and wife, Kathy, who reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also has five great-grandchildren, Alexa Rae, Tyler Scott, and Clara Elizabeth (Jeff/Autumn) and Andrew Thomas and Ryan Christopher(Tommy/Kathy).

The family received friends Thursday evening, Feb. 16, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Home in Winchester. A graveside service was held on Friday at 1 p.m. at Shenandoah Memorial Park with Rev. Kristin Whitesides officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1833 Plaza Drive, Winchester, VA 22601.

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Louise M. Lohr

Louise M. Lohr, 98, of New Market, died Feb. 20, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

She was born Jan. 24, 1919, in Forest, Va., to the late Edward C. and Daisy Chrisman Millner.

Louise was a homemaker. She was a member of Bethlehem U.C.C. and the Women’s Fellowship at Tenth Legion.

On July 1, 1938, she married Everett Jacob Lohr, who preceded her in death May 30, 1990.

Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Finch and Patsy Baker, both of New Market; one sister, Nancy Cox of Ebony, Va.; one brother, Richard Millner of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Robert Edwards will conduct a memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethlehem U.C.C. Burial at Emmanuel Cemetery will be private.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway. The casket will be closed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem U.C.C., 11923 North Valley Pike, Broadway, VA 22815.

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Gene T. Polk

Gene Tunney Polk, 89, of Mt. Jackson, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at his home.

A private graveside service will be held at Conicville Cemetery.

Mr. Polk was born Nov. 4, 1927 in Conicville, son of the late Luther F. and Margie M. Ryman Polk.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1946, was discharged and re-enlisted in the Air Force.

He bought his farm in 1950 and lived there until his death.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Lester M. Polk and wife Frances, Alvin L. Polk and wife Laura Beatrice, Franklin D. Polk and wife Emma Jean and Melvin D. Polk.

He is survived by three sisters, Betty Herald and husband Paul of Woodstock, Diana Polk Lonas and husband Hope of Mt. Jackson, and Donna Polk Sortzi of Mt. Jackson; two brothers, Alfred L. Polk and Ida of Verona, and Donnie Polk and wife Tracy of San Antonio, TX; sister-in-law, Clara Polk of Mt. Jackson; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Conicville Fire Department, 763 Conicville Road, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

Gene was a great historian on genealogy and kept up with current happenings until 2016 when he lost his eye sight. He had a great love of nature, never met a stranger and would help anyone in need.

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

Alva H. Shenk

Alva Hummer Shenk, 83, of Millwood, Virginia, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in the Winchester Medical Center.

Mrs. Shenk was born Feb. 24, 1933 in Millwood, Virginia, the daughter of the late Allen Brown Hummer and Elizabeth Singhas Hummer.

She had worked at Clarke County High School as a secretary and the Clarke Courier as a typesetter. She retired from the Bank of Clarke County as credit card department manager. She was a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary at John H. Enders Fire Co. She was an avid duck pin bowler in Winchester and Pikeside, WV.

She married A. Douglas Shenk on Nov. 14, 1959 in Edinburg, Virginia.

Surviving with her husband are a son, Allen Shenk and fiancée, Debbie of Berryville, Va; a sister, Lillian Allder of Millwood, Va; a brother, Steven Hummer of Winchester, Va; a half-brother, Richard Hummer of Ranson, WV; step-mother, Mavis Hummer of Charles Town, WV; two nephews like sons, D. K. Allder and Mike Allder and fiancée, Amanda as well as several other nieces and nephews. A brother, Allen Scott Hummer, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville with Rev. Jeff Butcher officiating. Burial followed in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville. Pallbearers were Mike Allder, D.K. Allder, Scott Hummer, Jr., Mike Shenk, Kenny Britton and Ed Files. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Cox and Kenny Willingham.

The family received friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Millwood Homeowner’s Association, Street Light Fund or to John H. Enders Fire & Rescue, 9 S. Buckmarsh St., Berryville, VA 22611.

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Phyllis B. Wetzel

Phyllis Bradfield Wetzel, 81, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Consulate Health Care Center in Woodstock.

The funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at Valley Funeral Chapel in Bowmans Crossing. Pastors Freddie Helsley and Randy Whetzel officiated. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Mrs. Wetzel was born May 18, 1935 in Shenandoah County, daughter of the late Garlan S. and Margaret M. Stultz Bradfield.

She was 1953 graduate of Woodstock High School and a retired cafeteria worker from the Shenandoah County School System.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Wetzel Sr., and three brothers, Charles, Alfred and Garlan Bradfield.

She is survived by daughters, Doris Wetzel and Sharon Marston and her husband Dennis and son, Lloyd Wetzel Jr., all of Woodstock; grandsons, Justin Marston and Cameron Wetzel; great granddaughters, Brianna, Chloe and Alivia Marston; and great grandson, Christopher Wetzel.

Pallbearers were Justin Marston, Cameron Wetzel, Nathan Irvin, Charles Mumaw, Glenn Franklin and Roger Cook.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke Brethren Church, 3250 Back Rd, Woodstock, VA 22664.

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

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