Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Gary M. Click

Gary M. Click, 72, of Roanoke County, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his home.

He was born on Sept. 4, 1944 in New Market, Va. to Mary Catherine Moomaw Click and Marlin Frederick Click.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Kay Walters.

Following graduation from Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg, Va. in 1962, Gary honorably served in the United States Army.

After his years in the service, Gary worked at Dunham Bush and Southern Refrigeration Corporation, both in Harrisonburg, Va.

Building upon his love of plants, Gary then moved his family to Clemmons, NC to co-own and operate Buena Vista Garden Shops.

Several years later, Gary returned to Southern Refrigeration Corporation, working in the headquarters in Roanoke, Va., retiring in 2011.

Left to cherish Gary's memory are his wife of 52 years, Carole Pence Click; children, Melissa Click (Chip Callahan) and Felix Click (Robin Howse); brothers, Larry Click of Cookeville, TN and Tim Click (Donna) of Timberville, VA. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Trey, Leah, and Lane; and many nieces and nephews.

Gary could fix anything, was a lifelong learner, and had a strong work ethic. He had a big heart and donated his skills and time to care for many people and causes over the years. Gary was a skillful gardener who also enjoyed amateur radio and target shooting. He loved his family, animals, and cars, and had a lively sense of humor. He and Carole also enjoyed traveling.

Gary was a member of Cave Spring United Methodist Church.

A memorial of Gary's life will be held on June 24, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Cave Spring United Methodist Church in Roanoke.

Flowers are welcome, as are memorial donations to the Backpack Ministry at Cave Spring United Methodist Church, 4505 Hazel Drive, Roanoke, VA 24018.

Seldon Conley Jr.

Seldon Conley Jr., 70, a resident of Star Tannery, Va., passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Greenfield Senior Living.

A memorial service for Mr. Conley was conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at Stover Memorial Chapel.

Mr. Conley was born in Pikeville, Ky. on Sept. 12, 1946, a son of the late Seldon and Gladys Evelyn Burns Conley Sr.

Mr. Conley owned and operated Conleys Welding Company since 1980.

He was an avid coon hunter, winning many hunting competitions, and also established some repute as a mule and horse trainer. In his later years he trained and hunted squirrel dogs. He loved to hunt, ride motorcycles, horseback riding and mules. He raised Black Mouth Cur dogs.

Survivors include his children, Richard Seldon Conley of Strasburg, Va. and Evelyn G. Richard and husband Bubby Richard of Toms Brook, Va.; his grandchildren, Wesley R. Conley, Nathan E. Richard and Hannah E. Conley; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Connie Payne of Newport News, Va. and Beverly Justice of Pikeville, Ky.; and three nieces.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg, VA 22824.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA served the family of Mr. Seldon Conley Jr. 

Mildred L. Crabill

Mildred Louise Crabill, 94, born Aug. 27, 1922 in Takoma Park, Maryland, passed away peacefully at her home, Greenfield Assisted Living in Woodstock on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

She was the daughter of Louise Walker and John H. Richardson.

She was a member of the Toms Brook United Methodist Church.

Mildred is predeceased by her husband, William Donald Crabill whom she married on Dec. 23, 1942. She is also predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Marrow; brother, Louis Richardson and two nephews, Stephen Richardson and Alan Marrow.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Jean Richardson; nieces and nephew, Darla Schiazzi, John "Chris" Richardson, Cynthia McEvily and Carolyn Wagner; special "family", Stephanie Shillingburg and Debbie Ritenour. Mildred was also survived by her extended family the staff and residents of Greenfield Woodstock, many neighborhood family and friends and great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Greenfield Woodstock, 935 Ox Road on Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m., officiated by Pastor Freddie Helsley with a private burial to follow at St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Toms Brook.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peters Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Judy Taylor, 80 Sanitary Lane, Toms Brook, VA 22660 or Greenfield of Woodstock Activities Fund, C/O Vickie Conner, 935 Ox Road, Woodstock, VA. 22664.

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Cremation arrangements by Heishman Funeral Homes Inc.

Helen C. Day

Helen C. Day, 97, of Edinburg, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Helen was born in Forestville, Virginia on Dec. 27, 1919 to the late Vernon Richard Kirby and Edna White Kirby.

She was married to Thomas William Day of Columbia Furnace and was a member of First Church of Columbia Furnace.

Helen is survived by a son, Alfred Day of Edinburg; two daughters, Louise Dellinger and Evelyn Fadeley, both of Edinburg; four sisters, Charlotte Wilkins and Arlene Whisman, both of Edinburg, Florine Silvious of Strasburg, and Norma Jean Polk of Woodstock; a brother, Richard Kirby of Timberville; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2017 at Columbia Furnace Union Church at Columbia Furnace. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. officiated by the Rev. Hardy Lutz and the Rev. Freddie Helsley. Burial will follow in Columbia Furnace Union Church Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Trustees of the Columbia Furnace Union Church Cemetery Fund c/o Kay Day, 707 Johnstown Road, Edinburg, VA 22824.

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

Peter A. del'Aguila

Peter Anthony del'Aguila, 30, of Toms Brook, Va., passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017.

A funeral mass for Peter will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 315 N. Main Street Woodstock, Va. 22664.
 A Celebration of Life reception for friends and family will immediately follow at the church fellowship hall.

Peter was born in Alexandria, Va. on July 25, 1986, a son of Rafael Antonio del'Aguila and Kerrith Ann McKechnie.

In addition to his parents, he was survived by a brother, Pablo R. del'Aguila (Sharrafti) of Pittsburg, Pa.; a sister, Kayla D. Allen (Luke) of Strasburg, Va.; and a half-sister, Amy McCain (William) of Fredericksburg, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions, in Peters memory, to Shenandoah County Humane Society, monetary or pet supplies donations, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg, VA 22824; Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., they gave us 28 extra years with Peter!; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. or

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Peter del'Aguila.

Byron W. deWeldon

Byron Wallace deWeldon, 46, of Basye, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at his home.

A celebration of his exceptional life will be planned and guests notified at a later date.

Byron was born Aug. 8, 1970 in Washington, D.C., son of Joyce Swetland-deWeldon of New Market and the late Felix deWeldon.

Surviving, along with his mother, are his two aunts, Ginger Suttle and Gloria Becraft; uncle, Byron Swetland; and half brother, Daniel deWeldon.

Byron loved being an artist, animals and traveling to all parts of the world.

He was especially close to his father. He will be greatly missed by his mother, family and many friends.

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

Janice S. Heischman

Janice “Jan” Smoot Heischman, 87, of Charlottesville, Va., died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1930 in the small town of Mt. Jackson, Va., to Lester Randolph and Glenna Myers Smoot.

Jan experienced struggles in her childhood that would later help shape the person she would become. At the age of seven she lost both her baby brother and her mother within a few short months of each other, shattering her family. She might have grown up without the love, nurturing and encouragement that a child needs had it not been for the mother of her new first grade friend who welcomed her in, helping to fill the void. Later on in her life, without ever consciously realizing it, she instinctively gave those qualities freely and generously to everyone she encountered.

In 1950 she married Samuel William “Bill” Heischman in Mt. Jackson and they moved to Charlottesville so he could attend the University of Virginia. In 1952 he enlisted in the Service during the Korean War and Jan followed him to his various stations in Alabama, Kansas and the Pentagon. They returned to Charlottesville, which became her home for the next 63 years. She always felt blessed to have found the beauty of place and community she enjoyed here.

Jan was a person with a real heart for the well being of others. She made friends easily and took a genuine interest in everyone she met. Her natural grace and engaging personality made people feel comfortable and special. She had a great sense of humor, loved a good laugh and had a knack for seeing the funny side of things. But she also had an intuitive sense of knowing when someone was struggling and was always there to listen and offer perspective and encouragement to lighten their burdens.

A person of deep faith, Jan firmly believed that God had protected her throughout her childhood and would continue to do so for her entire life. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Dawn Sunday school class. Jan was also a founding member of the Charlottesville Christian Women’s Club, where she served for 30 years using her natural gift of hospitality with great passion hosting the club’s monthly luncheons. She co-chaired the Hospitality Committee for The Franklin Graham Festival, and later merged her patriotism with her gifting in support of The Family Foundation.

Throughout her life, Jan’s first and foremost love was for her family. She was the heart and center of the welcoming and nurturing home she was determined to create for her children and their friends. She lived in that home, providing both roots and wings for her children and grandchildren, for more than 53 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother John Smoot; sister Eldo Wheat; brother Thomas Smoot; and her former husband and children’s father Bill Heischman.

She leaves her legacy behind in her children and grandchildren: son Kim Heischman and his wife Martha; daughter Jana Crutchfield; daughter Pamela Brownfield and her husband Hal; her beloved grandchildren: Jennifer Crutchfield; Will Crutchfield and his fiancée Rachel Clark; Cayman Brownfield and Skylar Brownfield. Also surviving her are three nieces and a nephew.

The family is especially grateful to the many people that helped Jan in her final weeks including Dr. Michael Ragosta and UVA’s 4 East floor coronary care team and all of the compassionate nurses and aides. When she came home, the loving and dignified care of Mary Lloyd and her team along with her caregivers from Home Instead made her final days comfortable and peaceful.

A celebration of Jan’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Park Street, with a reception following. Burial will be private.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Jan’s honor may do so to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Or, in Jan’s typical style, take a friend to lunch and enjoy some laughs.

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Mary W. Hoover

Mary Alice "Snookie" Wisman Hoover, 90, of Edinburg, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

She was born on May 27, 1927 to Lester Lynn Wisman and Eltie Richard Wisman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd "Frog" H. Hoover; her daughter, Marilyn H. Sollenberger; and her sisters, Ruth Dysart and Lois Ryman.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Fairview. She retired from Aileen.

Snookie was very devoted to her family. Since the age of 81 she spent many years watching her great grandchildren and continued to care for them until she passed. She loved preparing meals for her family as well as making her famous pies for her friends and the church.

Snookie is survived by her son, Gary W. Hoover and wife Robin; son-in-law, Richard Sollenberger; grandchildren, Marsha Sollenberger Cooper and husband Travis, Dawn Sollenberger Hawthorne and husband Marcus, Lisa Hoover Clark and husband Jason, Eric Hoover, and John Sollenberger and wife Rita; and 12 great grandchildren.

The family received friends at Snookie's home on Monday, June 12 from 6-8 p.m.

A memorial service was held at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Woodstock VA on Tuesday, June 13 at 2 p.m. officiated by Pastor Anna Havron and Pastor Joe Fleming.

A private burial service will be held in Sunset View on a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 3055 Fairview Road, Woodstock or tp the Woodstock Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 221, Woodstock, VA 22664.  

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Cremation arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home Inc.

William J. Lerned

William John Lerned, 66, of Edinburg, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

William was born in Methuen, Ma. on Nov. 4, 1950, the son of the late Ronald Sumner Lerned and Arlene Virginia Morrison Lerned.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Keith Lerned.

He worked for Appalachian Trucking and was a life member of the NRA and was an avid outdoors man.

William is survived by his loving wife, Joan Lerned of Edinburg; a daughter, Melissa Lerned of Fort Ashby, WV; a father figure to several other children; two brothers, Ronald Lerned of Lowell, Ma. and Jeffrey M. Lerned of Methuen, Ma.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted at the chapel of the Valley Funeral Service, Bowmans Crossing on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. with burial that followed in Isiah Clem Cemetery, Fort Valley.

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

Mary R. McDonald

Mary Ann Ruffner McDonald, 75, of Front Royal, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at her home.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 11 AM at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal with Sammy Campbell officiating. Burial followed in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. McDonald was born on Sept. 12, 1941 in Front Royal to the late Paul Ruffner, Sr. and Lucille Walker Ruffner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Richard McDonald and her son, Michael McDonald.

She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who supported her children and grandchildren in all their endeavors and she especially enjoyed bluegrass music and playing her keyboard and guitar.

Survivors include her son, Daniel McDonald and his wife, Brandy of Strasburg; daughter-in-law, Marjorie McDonald of Hagerstown, Maryland; brother, Paul R. Ruffner, Jr. of Front Royal; sister, Kay Hickey of Mount Juliet, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Rachel McDonald of Hagerstown, Deven McDonald of Front Royal, Zoie See of Strasburg and Philip Kline of Millersville, Maryland and her precious cat, Miss Teeny.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal.

Peggy A. Ruble

Peggy Ann Ruble, 82, of Frederick County, Virginia passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Winchester Medical Center.

Mrs. Ruble was born in 1934 in Upperville, Virginia, the daughter of the late Warren G. and Julia P. Kines.

She was a graduate of James Wood High School, Class of 1954. Peggy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many.

She was a devoted member of the Gainesboro United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday school teacher and choir member for many years. Peggy will always be remembered for her faith, love of family and her commitment to community. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her husband, Lawrence C. Ruble, whom she married on June 14, 1954 in Gainesboro, Virginia preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1985.

Surviving is a daughter, Debra Ann Grant and husband, Stephen of Woodstock, Virginia; sons, Lawrence F. Ruble of Gainesboro, Virginia and Warren H. Ruble and wife, Joyce of Gainesboro, Virginia; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Eugenia Swisher and husband, Richard of Winchester, Virginia.

Mrs. Ruble was preceded in death by sister, Betty Kines and brother, Warren G. Kines, Jr., as well as an infant brother.

The family received friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel with Pastor Tony Layman and Pastor William Fisher officiating. Interment was in Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Frederick County, Virginia.

Memorial contributions in memory of Peggy may be made to Gainesboro United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 350, Winchester, Virginia 22604.

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Eunice K. Showns

Eunice Pauline Kohne Showns, 95, of Mt. Jackson, died Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock.

She was born May 18, 1922 in Timberville, daughter of the late Charles F. and Ada Wilkins Kohne.

She was a member of Flat Rock Church of the Brethren near Forestville. She was pianist at Flat Rock for many years and also served as deaconess at the church.

Mrs. Showns was preceded in death by her husband, Oswald Showns.

She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Coffman and her husband Marvin of Mt. Jackson; and a granddaughter, Donna Coffman of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

A funeral service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Flat Rock Church of the Brethren with Pastor Charles Comer and Pastor Tim Sites officiating. Burial followed in Flat Rock Cemetery near Forestville.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Armentrout, Jim Woods, Kevin Biller, David Johnson, Dennis Miller, Charles Custer and Vito Gentile.

The family received friends Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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Robert M. Simmons III

Robert Mont Simmons III, 56, of Woodstock, passed away June 6, 2017 in Woodstock.

Services will be private.

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

Robert D. Smith

Robert Duane Smith, 52, of Richmond, Va. and formerly of Strasburg, Va., passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at his residence in Richmond, Va..

A funeral service for Rob was conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. G. William Nabers and the Rev. William H. Hall II officiating. Burial followed in St. Stephen Cemetery.

Rob was born in Arlington, Va. on July 2, 1964, a son of Bob and Ida Smith.

Rob celebrated 30 years of valued service with Dominion Energy in Oct. 2016. He started with the company as a design engineer in Charlottesville, Va. and was soon promoted to senior engineer. He subsequently held various leadership positions in distribution design, construction and customer service in Richmond, Va.

During this time, Rob's tireless and dedicated service to the company involved the restoration of electric service to customers during major storm events. Rob's focus on customers led to the development of various innovative renewable energy customer offerings.
 Most recently Rob held the position of Generation Construction Project Manager, and led construction activities for the first large-scale solar facilities for the Company.

He was a former member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. During his youth he would acolyte, sing in the choir, helped with VBS, and was confirmed and baptized there. Rob was currently a member of Mt Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va.

He enjoyed sound engineering associated with stage productions, sound boards and lighting systems for 20 years. Rob's contractor and real estate license facilitate his interest in remodeling and building homes.

In addition to his parents, Rob is survived by his daughter, Kristina E. Smith and Beth Wood Smith of Richmond, Va.; his loving companion, Carolyn Brooks and her children, Chris Brooks, Aimee B. O'Flaherty and Tyler Brooks; his siblings, Kevin Smith, and Leslie Smith Doman and husband Brian, all of Strasburg, Va.; his nieces and nephews, Christian Martin, Carrington Smith, Jalen Doman, Marissa Doman, and Alexis Doman; and several great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jalen Doman, Lance Jennette, Mike Smith, Mark Stickley, Chris Brooks, Tyler Brooks, Richard Miller and Robert Lively.

The family received friends at the Church on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 156 W. Washington Street, Strasburg, VA 22657 or Hospice Community Care, 10128 W. Broad Street, Suite J, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA served the family of Robert D. Smith.

David D. Wetzel Sr.

David Dwight Wetzel Sr., 69, of Orlando, Florida, passed quietly at his home on Friday, June 9, 2017.

David was born in Edinburg, Virginia on July 20, 1947. He was a graduate of Central High School in Woodstock, Virginia.

He was a retired Air Force veteran. He served his country honorably and with pride during the Vietnam War and multiple deployments thereafter.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Earl and Helen Sibert.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Neal Wetzel; three sons, David Dwight Wetzel Jr., James Earl Wetzel and wife Lisa, and Kenneth Wayne Wetzel; sisters, Betty Sibert and Penny Yost; and brothers, Noah Jay Sibert and William Earl (Bill) Sibert Jr. and wife Cynthia. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home (East Orlando Chapel), 895 South Goldenrod Road, Orlando, Florida 32822.

Interment will be held July 7 at 11 a.m. in Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida.

Dwight A. Yates

Dwight Anthony Yates, 69, of Strasburg, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at Strasburg Christian Church with the Rev. Carter Alsberry Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Cemetery, Strasburg with masonic rites conducted by Spurmont Lodge No. 98, A.F. & A.M.

Dwight was born in Winchester on May 3, 1948, a son of the late Russell Wilson and Lottie Mae Wisecarver Yates Sr.

He was a member of Strasburg Christian Church where he served as a Deacon and sang in the choir. Music was very important to him and he let you know it when he sang.

He worked for Columbia Gas for many years.

Dwight was a past master of Spurmont Lodge No. 98, A.F. & A.M.

He loved people and so enjoyed going to Strasburg McDonald's to have coffee with the "Good Ole Boys group". He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Surviving are his wife, Sally Neal Yates; his two children, Allison Martin and husband Ryan of Strasburg and Christian Yates and wife Fallon of Salem, whom he was so proud of; his sister, Sandra Kay Yates of Strasburg; and four grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart, Brandon Martin and Megan Martin, both of Strasburg and Eli Yates and Millie Yates, both of Salem.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Sonny Yates.

The family received friends at Strasburg Christian Church on Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg Christian Church, 165 High St., Strasburg, VA 22657 or Spurmont Lodge, No. 98, P.O. Box 108, Strasburg, VA 22657.

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

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