Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Dorothy J. Arbogast

Dorothy Jeanette Miller Arbogast, 88, of Broadway, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sept. 10, 2017. She was born June 18, 1929, in Quicksburg, Va., and was a daughter of the late William H. Miller Sr. and Julia Arlene Zirkle Miller.

Dorothy graduated from New Market High School in 1947, where she became passionate about business. She held various different jobs as a bookkeeper and then went on to work for the Navy in Washington, D.C. Her greatest joy in life was her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, and spending time on her farm. She was a member of St. Martin Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Market.

She will be remembered for her remarkable inner strength and her ability to always live life to the fullest. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cam Arbogast, on May 1, 2014. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Gaylon Miller.

She is survived by four sons, Terry Miller and wife, Angela, of New Market, Tom Arbogast and wife, Lisa, of Lancaster, Pa., Steve Arbogast and wife, Bobbie, Bart Arbogast and wife, Kim, all of Broadway; one sister, Goldyene Harris of Front Royal; one brother, Dudley Miller and wife, Pam; seven grandchildren, Christopher Miller, Brandy Young, Jeremy, Bethany, Galen, Colton and Callie Arbogast; four great-grandchildren, Zoe and Ryleigh Miller, Coale Young and Ashton Arbogast; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Wayne Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to thank the many caregivers for the kindness and warm- hearted care given to our mom during her brief illness at home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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Jeremiah M. Baker

Jeremiah Matthew Baker, 31, of Stephens City, Va., died on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 in Austin, Tx. Jeremiah was born on April 11, 1986 in Winchester, Va., a son of Jerry L. Baker and his wife Courtney of Sandston, Va. and Beth Ann Whitacre Goodwin and her husband Mike of Gore, Va.

He was an inspiring alto saxophone musician having established the online music school Harmony Rising. Jeremiah had previously performed in the AMPM Saxophone quartet and in the Timeless Virtuosity at the Peabody Conservatory both in Baltimore, Md. Jeremiah was a 2004 graduate of Sherando High School in Stephens City, Va. and a graduate from the Peabody Conservatory with a master’s degree in music. He enjoyed personal training, cycling and had received a black belt in Taekwondo. But, most of all his love was his music.

Surviving with his parents is a brother: Jesse A. Baker and his wife Jenna of Middleton, Wi.; his grandfather: Jacob M. Baker of Stephens City, Va.: his uncles: Joe Whitacre of Paw Paw, WV; Jacob Baker, Jr. of Front Royal; an aunt: JoAnn Baker of Winchester, Va. and a step-brother: Bryan Goodwin of Strasburg, Va. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Glenn and Linda Whitacre and his paternal grandmother: Faye Baker.

A celebration of Jeremiah’s life was held at the Giffin Funeral Home & Crematory in Capon Bridge on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. Officiating was Pastor Steven T. Szelmeczki. Inurnment was privately held. Family received friends at the funeral home two hours prior from 5-7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Foundation at the Farley Center Place, 5477 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, VA. 23188.

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Linda K. Childers

Linda Kay Childers, 70, of Wardensville, WV, died on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Linda was born on Sept. 27, 1946 in Montgomery, WV, a daughter of the late David and Ruby Damron Griffith.

She retired from International Automotive Components in Strasburg, Va. and was a 1966 graduate from the Montgomery High School.

Surviving is her husband, Coy L. Childers of Bloomingburg, NY; a son, David Childers and his wife Rachel of Wardensville, WV; two daughters, Renee Wells and her husband Stacey of Stephens City, Va. and Marian Childers of Wardensville, WV; a special friend, Karen Speaks of Wardensville, WV; two brothers, Paul Griffith of Montgomery, WV and Terry Griffith of Deepwater, WV; a sister, Tammy Griffith Helmick of Wardensville, WV; eight grandchildren, Justin Medler, Shawn Childers, Ashlyn Wells, Brionna Childers, Caleb Childers, Jadyn Whetzel, Brinn Childers and Danny Barnett; and two great grandchildren, Jacey and Hagen Medler.

Linda is preceded in death by a brother, Steven T. Griffith.

A funeral service was held at the Loy-Giffin Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 3 p.m. Officiating was Pastor Charles Childers. Interment followed in the Greenfield Cemetery near Wardensville.
 The family received friends two hours prior to the service from 1-3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Eleanor M. Estep

Eleanor Joyce Miller Estep, 91, of Stephens City, departed for her Heavenly Home Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 surrounded by her family singing hymns and loving her.

She was born Sept. 15, 1926 in Clarke County to the late Arthur Burwell Lee and Emily Reynolds Lee.

After graduation from Berryville High School, she began working at McCoy's Department Store in Harrisonburg, Va. Later she began secretarial work at the National Fruit corporate offices in the Old Winchester Hotel.

Eleanor married Harrison Levi Miller of Winchester, Va. Oct. 9, 1944 after he was wounded in action and sent home.

They became deeply rooted in their Christian Faith and began prayer meetings in their home. This humble beginning was the start of the Winchester Church of God. They soon entered the ministry as her husband became ordained. 
Harrison served as pastor of Manassas COG, Timberville COG, and Bassett COG. He also organized and started the Harrisonburg Church of God until his death in 1965.

Eleanor remarried Carl W. Estep in 1970. Together they operated New Market Feed & Hardware / True Value until his passing in 2010.
 Eleanor later leased the hardware store and moved to Winchester to live with her son.

All who knew her, loved her.

She is survived by her son, Glenn E. Miller and his wife Natalie W. Miller of Stephens City, Va.; grandchildren, John Scott Newland and his wife Sheila of Galax, Va. and Stacey S. Rowe and her husband Anthony; and four great grandchildren, Natalie, Nichole, Landric, and Luke Rowe.

She was preceded in death by her son, John Ivan Miller; siblings, Maybelle Ridgeway, Esther L. Miller, and Hunter, Roy, Edward and Albert Lee.

A Going Home Celebration service will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Victory Church, 2870 Middle Rd., Winchester, Va., where she was a member. The service will be officiated by Pastor Dave Cunsolo, Bishop Harry Miller Jr., and Bishop Paul Campbell. Special Music will be directed by Pastor Len Burdick with singing and instrumentals by several members of the family.

Friends will be received after the service in the reception area of the church where a meal will be served.

Committal will be at 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester.

Arrangements are by Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service, Winchester.

Mary Y. Funkhouser

Mary Yvonne Funkhouser, 63, of Mt. Jackson died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. She was born Jan. 16, 1954 in Shenandoah County and was the daughter of Mertie Sigman Funkhouser and the late Courtney M. Funkhouser.

Mary was a retired middle school math and science teacher in Shenandoah County. She especially loved spending time with her extended family and many friends. Mary was always the first to help anyone in need and enjoyed participating in the Shenandoah Co. Relay for Life.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her sisters Miriam Stratton and husband, Steve of Secor, Il. and Ellen Bushman and husband, Steven of Williamsburg; four beloved nephews, John Stratton and wife, Jenny of Walla Walla, Wa.; Jason Stratton and wife, Melanie and great niece, Caroline (Cara) Stratton of Springfield, Il.; Matthew Sandridge and wife, Jessie of Atlanta, Ga.; Jered Stratton and wife, Marit Bakken of Madison, Wi.; and Mary’s loyal companion, Jim Hines.

A memorial service conducted by Rev. Jeff May, will be held at 11 am, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jerome where Mary was a lifetime member. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. After the service, friends and family are invited to a fellowship meal in the church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society c/o St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4109 Jerome Rd, Edinburg, VA 22824 to support Relay for Life.

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Linda M. Litten

Linda Ann Mauck Litten, 60, of Mount Jackson, passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at her home.

She was born Nov. 20, 1956 in Shenandoah County, the daughter of the late Roy Mauck and Helen Shirley Mauck.

Linda is survived by her husband, Randy Litten of Mount Jackson; two sons, Randy Litten Jr. and his wife Stephanie and Christopher Dallas Litten and his wife Ashley; two sisters, Audrey Sine and Ruth Ryan, both of Edinburg; and seven grandchildren, Alexander, Jaydn, Triston, Autumn, Brooklynne, Jordyn, and Jaxtyn.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service, Bowmans Crossing.

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

Richard A. Wagner

Richard A. Wagner, 61, of Woodstock passed away Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock. Pastor Dave Casto officiated.

Mr. Wagner was born July 28, 1956 in Woodstock, son of the late Robert and Emma Mowery Wagner.

He was owner of Wagner Farm Market in Woodstock.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Ross Wagner and brother, Robert Wagner of Woodstock.

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Arrangements by Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Bowman's Crossing.

Jerry A. Whitmer Sr.

Jerry Allen Whitmer Sr., 70, of Luray, Va., died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at Life Care Center of New Market.

Visitation was at Bradley Funeral Home Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. The service was held at Luray Christian Disciples of Christ Church on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Christian Disciples of Christ Church, Luray, VA 22835.

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