OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Shenandoah County


Ruth Ashcraft


Ruth Ashcraft, 87, of Strasburg, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at her home in Strasburg, Va., after a long battle with Dementia.


A memorial service for Ruth will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Strasburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Bill Wade officiating.
 Ruth will be laid to rest privately in Riverview Cemetery.
 The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.


She was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 3, 1930, a daughter of the late Ronald and Emma Schmich.
 She was raised in New Jersey and graduated from Woodbury High School where she met her husband of 60 years, the late Charles Edgar Ashcraft Sr.


She retired from Signal Knob Middle School where she worked with her close friend, Barbara Halvorson, in the library.


Ruth was an active member of Strasburg United Methodist Church and loved the simple things in life. She enjoyed spending time tending to her plants, studying nature, reading, and taking trips to the beach.


She loved being with her family, her friends, and was kind to everyone she knew. If you knew Ruth Ashcraft, you knew someone very special.


Ruth is survived by one sister, Marion Marshall (Earl Griffin) of Almonesson, NJ; her children, Chuck Ashcraft (Brenda) of Salem, Va., and Ron Ashcraft (Mary), Karen Ashcraft Tignor (David Smallwood), and Sharon Pritchett, all of Strasburg, Va.; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by her son-in-law, Van Pritchett, and her caregiver, Bonnie Weatherholtz.


To honor Ruth Ashcraft's memory, the family suggests that one offers an act of kindness to someone.


You may sign the guestbook and submit condolences online at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.


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



Frank E. Donovan


Frank E. "Tucker" Donovan, 69, of Strasburg, passed away May 30, 2017 at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.


Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal. Burial followed in Panorama Memorial Gardens.


Arrangements were being handled by Maddox Funeral Home. 




Ruth S. Funkhouser


Ruth Marie Sager Funkhouser, 88, of Woodstock, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock.
 A funeral service was conducted at 12 p.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Maurertown Brethren Church with Pastor Richard Craver officiating. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.


Mrs. Funkhouser was born Jan. 10, 1929 in Woodstock, a daughter of the late Hubert Franklin and Esta Celina McWilliams Sager.


She was a member of Maurertown Brethren Church, was a homemaker and formerly worked at Frank's in Front Royal and J.J. Newberrys as a sales clerk.


She was the wife of William Silas Funkhouser.


Surviving with her husband are two daughters, Cherie F. Armel of Charleston, South Carolina and Brenda F. Riley and husband Stan of Slainsville, West Virginia; a brother, William Sager and wife Frances of Winchester; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Jean Glasscock; a son, Charles Michael Funkhouser; and a number of siblings.


Pallbearers were Scott Armel, Todd Armel, Charles Haines. Jared Riley and Corey Poland.


The family received friends at the Maurertown Brethren Church on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg was in charge of arrangements.



Paul D. Harris


Paul David Harris, 64, of Quicksburg, died Friday, June 2, 2017 at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock.


Mr. Harris was born May 15, 1953 in Tallahassee, Florida, son of the late William Cone and Sarah Elizabeth Rogers Harris.


He attended St. Mary's Pine Lutheran Church west of Mt. Jackson.


He is survived by his wife, Linda Whistler Harris, whom he married June 15, 1974.


He is also survived by a daughter, Casey Morris and husband Micah of Quicksburg; a sister, Priscilla Wood of Tallahassee, Florida; two brothers, Peter Harris and wife Susan of Warrenton and Pat Harris of Lexington; two grandchildren, Bailey Morris and Parker Morris; a brother-in-law, Harold Whistler Jr. of Mt. Jackson; a sister-in-law, Barbara Whistler and husband Larry Hale of New Market; a nephew, Andrew Harris and wife Leslie; and a niece, Sarah Coiner and husband Doug.


A memorial service was held Monday, June 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Pine Lutheran Church in Mt. Jackson with the Rev. Karen Van Stee officiating.


The family received friends Sunday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Pine Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 43, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 or Forestville Cemetery, c/o Kenneth Knupp, 315 Third Hill Lane, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.


Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.


Condolences may be sent to http://www.dellingerfuneralhome.com.



Carolyn P. Helsley


Carolyn Sue Palmer Helsley, 79, of Fairfield, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Tri-County Extended Care Center in Fairfield, Ohio.


She was born July 8, 1937 in Winchester, daughter of the late Francis "EPH" and Lenna Boyer Palmer.


She attended Woodstock Christian Church.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley N. Helsley Jr.


Mrs. Helsley is survived by two daughters, Dana Urso (Andre) of Fairfield, Ohio and Cae Helsley (Bob) of White Oak, Ohio; two sons, Allen Helsley of Monroe, Ohio and Barry Helsley (Johnnie) of Okeana, Ohio; six grandchildren, Brandon Schulz (Maranda), Adam Helsley, Nate Helsley, Shawn Schulz (Lauren), Andreana Urso and Nadya Urso; and one great grandson, Jacob Helsley.


A funeral service was held Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock with the Rev. Katie Gosswein officiating. Burial followed in Massanutten Cemetery in Woodstock.


Pallbearers were Brandon Schulz, Adam Helsley, Nate Helsley, Shawn Schulz, Lee Ryan, Jeremy Ryan, Ken Ryan and Scott Helsley.


The family received friends Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. Jacob's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 175, Edinburg, VA 22842.


Condolences may be sent to http://www.dellingerfuneralhome.com.



Marcia J. Holtzman


Marcia Lynn Jonas Holtzman, a resident of Mount Sidney, died Thursday June 1, 2017.


She was born on Nov. 5, 1944 in Roanoke, Virginia and was the only daughter of the late Lilburn L. Jonas and Florence Rieley Jonas.


She was an alumnus of Bridgewater College and Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music.
 She was the owner of Heatherfield Properties.


She was the former Choral Director of Central High School and former Director of Volunteer Services at Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital.


She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Shenandoah County Bicentennial Commission, former officer of the Virginia State Horticultural Society Women's Auxiliary, founder and former Chairman of the Holiday Bazaar for Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award presented by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.


She was former General Chairman of the Shenandoah County Civic Center and Armory Foundation, former member of the Patrons Circle of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, former member of Board of Directors of Belle Grove Plantation, former member of Board of Directors of Wayside Theatre, former Director of Miss Shenandoah County Fair Pageant, former member of the Board of Directors of Shenandoah County Chapter of the American Red Cross, former member of Parent Advisory Board for Shenandoah County Public Schools, and Central High School Parent Advisory Committee, former Secretary of Shenandoah County Scholarship Foundation and formerly appointed by Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to Board of Directors of Northwestern Community Services.


She had the title of Miss Shenandoah Valley in 1964 and was a former member of the Edinburg Community Singers.


She is survived by a daughter, Jill Holtzman Vogel and husband Alex of Upperville; a son, Todd Holtzman and wife Lynn, of Mount Jackson; one brother, L. Leroy Jonas Jr. of Annapolis, Maryland; and seven grandchildren, William Vogel, John "Jack" Vogel, Thomas "Tas" Vogel and Olivia Vogel of Upperville, and Henry Holtzman, Oliver Holtzman and Elliott Holtzman of Mount Jackson.


The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Church of the Brethren, 5484 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Blue Ridge, Virginia. Interment will be in Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.


In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., #405, Winchester, VA 22601. 




Carolyn J. Kingree


Carolyn "Kay" June Kingree, 71, of Edinburg, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Consulate Health Care in Woodstock.
 A private graveside service was held in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock by Pastor Katie Gosswein.


Mrs. Kingree was born Sept. 19, 1945 in Rockingham County, daughter of the late William Glen Simmons and Edith Pauline Dove Ritchie.


She was a former owner of A & K Audio, A & K Car Wash, Stoney Creek Roller Rink, Valley Treasures and A & K Auto Sales.


She was a member of St. Jacob's Lutheran Church.


Kay is survived by her husband of 53 years, Allen E. Kingree Sr.; three children, Allen E. "Eddie" Kingree Jr. and wife Roxann of Henderson, NC, Debbie Warner and husband Michael of Edinburg and John Kingree and wife Andrea of Woodstock; six grandchildren, Anthony "Tony" Kingree, Alisha Polo, Stephanie Burner, Ava Kingree, Able Kingree and Bradley McKenzie; three great grandchildren; two brothers, William "Jr" Simmons of Vero Beach, Fl., and Robert Ritchie and wife Ramona of Keezletown; and one sister, Alice Allman of Linville.


The family request no flowers and contributions be made to the Woodstock Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 221, Woodstock, VA. 22664.


Thoughts and remembrances may be left at http://www.valleyfs.com.


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



Lonnie L. Lewis


Lonnie Lee Lewis, 61, of Edinburg, passed away May 27, 2017 at his home.


A memorial service was held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Port Allegany United Methodist Church, Port Allegany, Pa.


Interment was private.


Arrangements are being handled by Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel.



Joshua McClanahan


Joshua McClanahan, 32, of Woodstock, died Monday, May 29, 2017.


He was born Oct. 7, 1984 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl., son of Catherine McClanahan Hartsell and Larry Hartsell of Woodstock.


He received an Associate Degree in Business Management at Nashville Auto and Diesel Institute.


He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock. 
He was a member of NVA Archery/Rifle Club.


In addition to his parents, he is also survived by a sister, Alyssa Jackson of Woodstock; a brother, Robert Hartsell and his wife Rebecca of Mt. Jackson; grandparents, Howard and Rebecca McClanahan of Woodstock and Eloise Black of Mooresville, NC; aunts, Ann McClanahan, Janis Spiliadis and Susan Alexander; uncles, Stavros Spiliadis, Charles Black and Andy Barrick; nephew, Levi; and nieces, Haily, Rylea, Kylea, and Zadie.


He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Faye McClanahan and aunt, Nancy McClanahan Sciala.


A funeral service was held Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock with Pastor Nathan Robinson officiating.
 Burial was private in Massanutten Cemetery in Woodstock.


Pallbearers were Shaun Nicholson, Mike Smith, Matt Conway, Uthel Smith, Scott O'Donnell and Josh Getz.


The family received friends Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


Condolences may be sent to http://www.dellingerfuneralhome.com.




Kaye K. Norris


Kaye Virginia Keyser Norris, 74, of Woodstock, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at her home.
 A memorial service was held Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church in Edinburg. The Reverend Robert Jones will officiate.
 Burial was private at Cedarwood Cemetery in Edinburg.
 The family received friends at 123 S. Church St. Woodstock from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.


Mrs. Norris was born March 27, 1943 in Front Royal, daughter of the late Joseph William and Clara Sedwick Keyser.


She was a public school teacher for 39 years, having taught at Woodstock Middle School, Central High School and retired from Broadway High School.


She was a member of the Edinburg United Methodist Parish, United Methodist Church Women, Alpha Delta Kappa, Shenandoah County Retired Teachers Association and was on the Board of Charter House.


She was preceded in death by her husband, the Reverend Richard Eaton Norris.


She is survived by two daughters, Alice Paje Cross and Meredith Fletcher Norris, both of Woodstock; son, Richard Barrett Norris and fiancee Christina Fawley of Middletown; six grandchildren, Jonathan Norris, Michael Norris, Hannah Norris, Brianna VanMeter, Kathleen Fawley and Matthew Fawley; life-long friend, James A. Cross; and close friend, Ron Crabtree.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either St. John's UMC or Wesley Chapel UMC at P.O. Box 310, Edinburg, VA 22824 or the Shenandoah County Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund, c/o Margaret Figgins, 348 Hickory Lane, Woodstock, VA 22664.


Online condolences may be left at http://www.valleyfs.com.


Cremation arrangements were the care of Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.



Martha E. Poe


Martha Ellen Poe, 94, of Edinburg, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock. No services are planned.


Mrs. Poe was born June 16, 1922 in Edinburg, daughter of the late Jacob Noah and Annie Strickler Sibert.


She formerly worked at Edinburg Aileen and at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home. She was a member of Washington City Church of the Brethren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Poe; son, Walker Poe; eight brothers; one sister; and one great grandson.


She is survived by her son, George Poe and wife Shirley of Maurertown; sister, Nina Rinker of Edinburg; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Skyline Terrace Nursing Home Aviary Fund, 123 Lakeview Road, Woodstock, VA. 22664.


Online condolences may be left at http://www.valleyfs.com.


Cremation arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Service.



Melvin H. Stephens


Melvin Harvey Stephens, 77, of Fort Valley, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 at his home.
 A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17 at 12 p.m. at the Fort Valley Fire Department.


Mr. Stephens was born June 30, 1939 in Fort Valley, son of the late Herbert and Dorothy Hatchinson Stephens.


He was an Air Force Veteran and owner of Stephens Roofing for 35 years.


He was preceded in death by a brother, Buddy Stephens.


He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Faber Stephens; four children, James Hammond of New Market, Tracie Lamb of Broadway, Hope Runion of Fort Valley and Merle Stephens of Woodstock; one step-daughter, Linda Stickley of Woodstock; two sisters, Genieve Delawder of Fort Valley and Julia Hambach; one brother, Phil Stephens of Fort Valley; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fort Valley Fire Department, 7088 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, VA. 22652.


Thoughts and remembrances may be left at http://valleyfs.com.


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



Stanley D. Stephens


Stanley David Stephens, 88, of Fort Valley, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.
 The funeral service was held Saturday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley. Pastors Brian Duncan and James Cockram officiated. Burial followed in Sibert Cemetery in Fort Valley.


Mr. Stephens was born Sept. 12, 1928 in Shenandoah County, son of the late Dabney Thomas and Maude Edna Shipe Stephens.


He was a retired maintenance worker from Luray Caverns Country Club and formerly worked with D.T. Stephens and Sons Timber Business.


He was a member of Page Valley Baptist Church.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Irene Waters Stephens; four sisters, Gladys Walters, Helen Duncan, Catherine Neff and Mabel Ritchie; and three brothers, Garland "Bud" Stephens, Alton "Tommy" Stephens and Carl Stephens.


He is survived by son, Wayne Stephens and wife Diane of Singers Glen; two daughters, Betty Sue Stephens of Fort Valley and Bonnie Stephens Barton and husband Charles of Edinburg; three brothers, Lester, Charlie and Jerry Stephens, all of Fort Valley; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.


Pallbearers were Larry Walters, Adam Walters, Christopher Stephens, Trent Stephens, Travis Rogers, Alex Barton, Gage Walters and Dustin Smith.


The family received friends Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the church.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Valley Funeral Service, 14116 S. Middle Road, Edinburg, VA 22824 for burial expenses.


Online condolences may be left at http://www.valleyfs.com.


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



Ann T. Woolf


Ann Turner Woolf, 89, of Strasburg, passed away May 29, 2017 at a local nursing home.


A funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Shenandoah Memorial Park Chapel, Winchester.

Burial was in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester.


Arrangements are being handled by Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Stephens City. 





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