Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Eugenia M. Cullen

Eugenia Louise Marquess Cullen, of Strasburg went to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

Mrs. Cullen was born on April 5, 1919, in Williamstown, West Virginia, the daughter of Reverend James Lawrence and Iva Dale (Talkington) Marquess.

She was a loving wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and friend. Mrs. Cullen resided in Front Royal, Virginia for a number of years.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Stover Funeral Home in Strasburg. Carl David Lanham will conduct the service.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry J. Cullen; her parents; her sisters, Marjorie Marquess, Eleanor L. Lanham and brother-in-law, Carl Lanham; her brother, Earl Lawrence Marquess; her sister-in-law and husband, Mona and Herb Stokes; and her niece Jo-Ann Stokes Parker.

She is survived by her son, Gary J. (Karen Hulver); her daughter, Harriett; grandchildren, Mark (Joy), Eric (Lisa), Jonathan (Noelle), Gretchen (Adam), Emily (Caleb), Lindsay; her 10 great grandchildren, Justin, Kristin, Alexander, Kelley, Lyla, Hadley, Gianna, Milo, Abram and Merrill; sister-in-law, Mary Louise Marquess; nephew, Carl David Lanham (Judy); niece, Marilyn (Calvin) McDaniel; nephew, Larry (Barbara) Marquess; nieces, Linda (Kelly) Danges, Marsha Marquess and Barbara Marquess.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Lynn Care Center and Blue Ridge Hospice for the loving care Mrs. Cullen received.

A special thanks to Wanda Stephens of Fort Valley.

Janet K. Estep

Janet Kronk Estep, 91, of Strasburg, Va., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at Greenfield Reflections in Strasburg, Va.

A graveside service for Mrs. Estep was conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 in Panorama Memorial Gardens with P.G. Coverstone officiating.

Mrs. Estep was born near Toms Brook, Va. on Jan. 18, 1926, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Ethel May Hahn Kronk.

She was a graduate of Toms Brook High School where she was a member of the basketball team.

She married the love of her life, Carroll Edward Estep, on Aug. 25, 1945 and celebrated 64 years together prior to his passing on Oct. 7, 2009.

She was a former employee of Avtex Fibers, Inc. and was of the Lutheran faith.

Her life centered around her family and was full of unconditional love. She did whatever she could for friends and neighbors and has left us all with beautiful memories.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph, Harland, Marvin "Buddy" and his twin brother Marion; and two sisters, Hilda Kronk Neff and Geneva "Betsy" McWilliams.

Survivors include her children, Carrol R. "Randy" Estep and wife Linda of Winchester, Va. and Philip A. Estep and wife Sharon of Strasburg, Va.; her grandchildren, Amy Lineweaver of Strasburg, Eric Estep and wife Amanda of Winchester, and Audrey Estep of Strasburg; step-grandson, Danny W. Cameron of Front Royal; her great-grandchildren, Sadie Lineweaver, Wyatt Estep, Madelyn Grace Estep and Noah Cutrona; one sister, Louise Kronk Hausenfluck of Edinburg, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Lois Kronk of La Plata, Md. and Carolyn Kronk of Richmond, Va.; and many loved nieces and nephews.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m.

Janet has resided at Greenfield Reflections in Strasburg, Va. for the past six years. Our family gives thanks for the care, love and kindness given by all. We'd also like to thank Blue Ridge Hospice for their love and care as well as those who brought joy to Janet's life through the Greenfield community.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

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

Evelyn L. Ford

Evelyn Louise Ford, 91, of Fort Valley, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock.

The funeral service will be held Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing. Dr. E. Gordon DeMerritt will officiate. Burial will follow in Isaiah Clem Cemetery in Fort Valley.

Mrs. Ford was born July 26, 1926 in Alexandria, daughter of the late Ola E. and Mary Williams Garten.

She was a member of Oak Hill Church of the Brethren in Fort Valley, a founding member of the Northern Virginia Archers, active in the Fort Valley Senior Group and a blood donor for the Red Cross having given over 10 gallons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas John Ford; two daughters, E. Sharon Garner and Debbie Ford; and brothers and sisters, Francis "Buck" Garten, Dorsey Garten, Emma Craft, Mettie Elliott, May Tabler and MaryOla Hill.

She is survived by five children, Madeline L. Selby and husband Murray of Fort Valley, Linda C. Grimes of Manassas, Thomas Ford and wife Sherry of Luray, Gary Ford and wife Anne of Gainesville and James Ford and wife Carmen of Powhatan; 25 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends, Sunday Oct. 8 from 5-7 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151.

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Dorothy C. Fravel

Dorothy May Crabill Fravel, 94, of Toms Brook, Virginia, passed away Sept. 29, 2017 at her home.

Mrs. Fravel, daughter of the late Luther Franklin and Grace Hottle Crabill, was born on May 5, 1923 at the Crabill home place in Toms Brook, Virginia.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Glenwood Lee Fravel.
 Predeceasing her also were three brothers and a sister, William Crabill, Eugene Crabill, Harry Byrd Crabill and Mary Elizabeth Griffith.

Surviving are two children, Dolores Fravel Richardson and Donald Edwin Fravel of Toms Brook, Virginia; a sister and brother, Eva Crabill Reid and Lewis Crabill, both of Toms Brook; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy graduated from Toms Brook High School and worked in Maurertown, Virginia where she met Glenwood Fravel. She was attracted by his sense of humor and he loved her sweet smile.
They were married on Feb. 27, 1942 in Washington, D.C. and began raising their family. They lived in northern Virginia and were active members of the Arlington Church of the Brethren where Dorothy taught children's Sunday school for many years.

Dorothy was an employee of the Naval Research Laboratory.

After retiring, Dorothy and Glen moved back to Toms Brook. They were members of Valley Pike Church of the Brethren.

Dorothy enjoyed traveling with family and friends and went to all 50 states. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, cooking, family get-togethers and helping others.

Dorothy and Glen went on many Church of the Brethren Disaster Response projects and Dorothy continued to do so after he died.
 She used her passion for quilt making to help others by donating quilts to the Mid-Atlantic and Shenandoah District's Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries auctions to help people recovering from disasters. 
Prior to her final illness, she enjoyed quilting on Tuesdays with the ladies at Valley Pike Church of the Brethren.

Mrs. Fravel had a full life with many wonderful friends, old and new. Her smile and gentle caring nature will be missed by all whose lives she touched.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Valley Pike Church of the Brethren, 83 Headley Rd., Maurertown, Virginia. Pastor Jonathan Fletcher will officiate.

The family received friends at Valley Pike Church of the Brethren on Monday evening Oct. 2, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren, designated for Emergency Disaster Fund, P.O. Box 67, Weyers Cave, VA 24486 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, #405, Winchester, VA 22601.

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

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Shelby K. McWilliams

Shelby Jean Knicely McWilliams, 74, formerly of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock, Va. with her daughter, Karen, and good friend, Paula, by her side.

She was born in Harrisonburg, Va. on Dec. 19, 1942 and was the daughter of the late Hattie Frances Knicely.
 She was raised by her grandmother, Eunice Knicely.

Shelby worked at Tastee Freeze in Harrisonburg, Aileen in New Market, Va., and Amp Inc. in Mt. Sidney, Va.

Shelby is survived by her daughter, Karen S. Bush of Mt. Jackson; two sons, Richard W. Hollifield of Troutville, Va. and Dale Warner and wife Thelma of Linville, Va.; grandchildren, Clifton W. Bush and wife Virginia and Dakota W. Bush, both of Mt. Jackson, Va., Shannon Puckett, Ashley Helmick, Richard Hollifield Jr., Felicia Hollifield, Mary Ann Hollifeld, Spencer Hollifield and Amanda Warner; uncle, Buddy "Shorty" Knicely and wife Vicky; and numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two uncles, Ernie and Jimmy Knicely.

The family received friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing.

Burial will be private at a later time.

The family would like to extend a Special Thank You to Sentara Hospice and Nurses and Staff at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Hauns Cancer Center (Sentara RMH) in Harrisonburg.

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

Ellen L. Myers

Ellen Louise Myers (Louise), 72 of Jerome, Virginia went to be with her heavenly Father on Sept. 29, 2017, at the home of her daughter. She was surrounded by those who loved and cherished her. She fought a courageous battle with cancer for several years.

She was born in Mt. Nebo, WV on Jan 13, 1945 to Hubert and Rhoda Dooley who preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter Kimberly Myers Drunagel and her husband Todd of Winchester, VA and her son David Myers and Tanja Scaggs of Maurertown Va.; one granddaughter Ashley Hawkins of Ft. Valley and her husband Wesley; and two grandsons Justin Drunagel of Herndon Va. and Matthew Drunagel of Raleigh NC. She is also survived by two great grandchildren, Anna Hawkins and Ian Hawkins; four sisters and two brothers.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Her family was everything to her and our comfort lies in the fact she is with her heavenly family now.

She retired from USA Seafood and Produce of Winchester. She took great delight in working with all of the employees there.

After her family, her accomplishments were in many forms of crafts and she left behind many pictures she painted for those she loved to cherish. She also took great pride in her little house nestled in Jerome with its beautiful views. She will forever be remembered for her sense of humor and her strength.

Her home church was St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jerome.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Calvary Church of the Brethren.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the church. A meal will be provided immediately after the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

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William Proctor

William Proctor, 62, of Mt. Jackson, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.

He was born July 26, 1955 in Woodstock, son of Louise Hamilton Mason of New Market and the late Jack Allen Proctor Sr.

He was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, west of Mt. Jackson.

He is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Proctor and Yvette Proctor, both of Mt. Jackson; seven sisters, Jill Irby, Rose Aquaro, Emma Gaccione, Susannah Proctor, Dorothy Keffer, Marie Snyder and Heather Bowers; a brother, Jack A. Proctor Jr.; three grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Allen Dale Proctor.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Proctor officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Jackson Cemetery.

The family received friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to William Proctor's Burial Fund, c/o Dellinger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 63, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

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John S. Pulizzi, Jr., M.D.

John Sebastian “Jack” Pulizzi, Jr., M.D., 81, of Cross Junction, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at his home, surrounded by family.

Dr. Pulizzi was born in 1935, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Isabel M. and John S. Pulizzi, Sr.

He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School (1953), in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; a graduate of Bucknell University (1957), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology; and he graduated from medical school at Hahnemann University (1961). Dr. Pulizzi was a veteran of the United States Army, achieving the rank of Captain, and served just prior to the Vietnam era.

During his childhood years, he was in the first Little League World Series (1947), in Williamsport, Pa.; during high school he was Captain of the basketball team at St. Mary’s High School; and while attending Bucknell University, he was Captain of the tennis team. After graduating from medical school, he completed his internship at Williamsport Hospital, before entering the Army. Dr. Pulizzi was prior president of the American Medical Tennis Association and Captain of the tennis team at Sleepy Hollow Racket Club, in Falls Church, Va.

He was a family physician who opened his own practice (1961) in Alexandria, Virginia, where he practiced for 53 years. Dr. Pulizzi loved running, especially 10-k’s and marathons. His true passion was his family. A loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, that will truly be missed.

Dr. Pulizzi married Sandra M. Simpson on Nov. 3, 1983, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Surviving with his wife are children, Diane Pulizzi Kerr of Wilmington, Delaware, John Sebastian Pulizzi, III (Laureen) of Edinburg, Virginia, Michael Jeffrey Pulizzi of Arlington, Virginia, Scott McCloud (Betsy) of Denver, Colorado, Keary Ritchie (Roger) of St. Louis, Missouri, and Heather House of Charlottesville, Virginia; grandchildren, Sarah, Alexander, Timmy, John, Nicholas, Anthony, Ava, Stephen, Olivia, Madeline, Sayer, Lilly, Isabel, Lucas, Colin, Roy, and Shane; brother, Henry “Hank” Pulizzi (Carol) of Potomac, Maryland; and mother of his children, Pearl Mae Wykoff of Alexandria, Virginia.

A gathering of family and friends was from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. 3rd Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. A mass of Christian burial was conducted by Father Brian Van Fossan, at 10 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. 4th Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Interment was in Wild Wood Cemetery, 1151 Cemetery Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Serving as pallbearers will be John Pulizzi IV, Nicholas Pulizzi, Anthony Pulizzi, Benjamin Regester, Timmy Kerr, and Alexander Kerr. There was a time of food and fellowship to follow the services.

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Jeanette C. Ritenour

Jeanette Connor Ritenour, of Fort Valley, Va., passed away Sept. 30, 2017 at Greenfield of Woodstock.

Jeanette was born in Baltimore, Md. to Charles and Fannie Connor on April 17, 1927.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Ritenour; their son, George Jr.; by sons-in-law, Richard Hatton (Barbara) and Robert Caspar (Jolene); and step great grandson, Ryan Caspar.

Jeanette is survived by two daughters, Barbara C. Hatton and Jolene G. Caspar; two grandsons, Richard S. Kulle and Philip S. Kulle (wife Jane and two step great grandchildren, Madison and Ashlyn Whited); two step grandchildren, Michellel Howell (Dave) and Michael Caspar (Vickie); and three step great grandchildren, Chelsa Caspar, Rachel Caspar, and Christopher Caspar.

Jeanette was the proud author of "Welcome to Fort Valley" whom she collaborated with Meg and Jim Trott: "Homeplace History- Traditions and Memories". Her research contributed to Duane Borden's series on "Shenandoah County Cemeteries" published between 1983 and 1986. Jeanette wrote "Marriages in Shenandoah County" in 1987 and 1990. She contributed to the Fort Valley section of Vann's books on the census of 1860 and 1870: she wrote "Schools of Fort Valley".

Jeanette was voted Fort Valley's Ruritan's Citizen of the Year in 2012; Certificate of Appreciation from Shenandoah County Library for contributions 2013; and 2016 Shenandoah County Historical Society Award of Excellence in preservation for her book "Welcome to Fort Valley".

A funeral service will be held at Oak Hill Church of the Brethren, 7010 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, Va. on Oct. 10, 2017 at 12 p.m. with pastor Duke McCaffrey officiating.
 The family will receive friends from 11 a.m until the service.
 Burial will follow in the Dry Run Cemetery where her husband and son await her, gathering at the fire hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dry Run Cemetery Association c/o Peggy Young, 1846 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, VA 22652 or Fort Valley Museum, P.O. Box 32, Fort Valley, VA22652.

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

Myrtle V. Sine

Myrtle "Mert" V. Sine, 78, of Edinburg, passed away peacefully Sept. 30, 2017 at her home.

Mrs. Sine was born Oct. 8, 1938 in Rockingham County to the late Claud Delmus and Rachael Rebecca Bare.

Mrs. Sine was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus Daniel Sine Sr; two sons, Larry Bair and Jeffrey Sine; a brother, Dural Bair; a sister, Gertie Frye; and a grandchild, Brittany Sine.

Mrs. Sine is survived by four daughters, Ethel "Ginger" Mae Sine of Edinburg, Valerie "Rosebud" Louise Ferguson of Edinburg, Elizabeth "Tater" Ann McNeal of Quicksburg, and Heather Natasha Cook of Winchester; four sons, Cletus "Peanut" Daniel Sine Jr of Mt Jackson, Dale "Pojo"Daniel Sine of Luray, Jerry Lantz of Churchville, and Jonathan Burner of Edinburg; one sister, Clara Turner of Timberville; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

The family received friends Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Services in Edinburg.

A graveside service was Wednesday Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. at First Church of Columbia Furnace with Pastor Brian Duncan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Church of Columbia Furnace, 19 Union Church Road, Edinburg, Va. 22824.

Heishman Funeral Service, Inc. and Valley Funeral Service Branch, Bowmans Crossing are handling the arrangements.

James W. Vaughn, Sr.

James William Vaughn Sr., 87, of Winchester, Va. passed away on Sept., 23, 2017 at Envoy of Winchester, Va.

He was born April 10, 1930 in Paige County, Va.; the son of Walter D. and Ruby Presgraves Vaughn. After serving in the U.S. Navy he worked as a transportation supervisor at FEMA.

James married Nellie Carroll, Sept. 1, 1951 in Winchester, Va. Nellie preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2017.

He is survived by a son, Terry Dolan Vaughn of Winchester; a brother, Walter Dolan Vaughn, Jr, of Stephens City, Va.; sisters, Dorothy Wright of Woodstock, Va., Jean Mumaw of Edinburg, Va., Ethel Seal of Mauertown, Va., Sharon Kaiser of Middletown, Va., Susie Harper of Strasburg, Va., and Kathy Linaweaver of Woodstock; five grandchildren, Nathan Crim, Mathew Vaughn, Brandon Bate, Tyler Vaughn, and Corey Vaughn, and one great granddaughter, Rory Vaughn.

Along with his wife Nellie, he is preceded in death by three sons, James W. Vaughn, Timothy W. Vaughn, Stephen D. Vaughn; a brother, Donnie Vaughn and four sisters, Margaret Lantz, Evelyn Tucker, Betty Sheetz, and Alice Winegard.

Private services will be held at a later date.

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