OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Shenandoah County


Betty Lou M. Burner


Betty Lou Mauck Burner, 67, of Woodstock, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.


A Celebration Service was held on Saturday Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Woodstock with Pastor Darryl George officiating. Burial was in Columbia Furnace Cemetery in Edinburg, Va. A meal followed at First Baptist Church in Woodstock.


Betty was born on July 21, 1950. She was the daughter of the late Elmer Cecil Mauck and Sarah Jane Neff Mauck.


Betty worked at Aileen and Blue Bell during high school. She was a fulltime homemaker, wife, and mom. She enjoyed babysitting in her home as her own daughters grew up.


She was a very loving wife and mom who was totally devoted to her family. She always had a smile that brightened the whole room.
 She loved spending time with her family and her cat "Sassy". Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.


Betty always found the positive in every situation and wasn't judgmental. Betty always made you feel like you were at home and part of the family when you were with her. She was the perfect definition of a Virtuous Woman as described in Proverbs 31.


She was very vocal about her faith and wanted everyone to know of her love for Christ. She loved singing and praising God and had a beautiful voice. She made it a point to witness to each doctor, nurse, and visitor who came into her hospital room. She accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized at the age of 16. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Woodstock.


Betty and her husband, Harry, have been married for 47 years. They were the perfect role models of what marriage is intended to be. They would always be seen together, holding hands. They were often described as "acting like newlyweds" or "lovebirds" because of the love they showed for one another.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Lorrie Anne Brown (Richard) and Melissa Renee Selby (TJ), all of Woodstock, Va.; her grandchildren, James Fadely, Katie Brown, Austin Brown, Kevin Selby, David Waaga-Thorton, Sierra Waaga, and Emily Brown; great-grandson, Gideon Waaga; and her sisters, Karyn Smith (Sam) of Sierra Vista, Az., Jenny Livingood (Joseph) of Mt. Jackson, Va., and Wilma Coverstone (Gary) of Edinburg, Va.


Pallbearers were Tom Burner, Dick Burner, Dennis Burner, Bruce Burner, Gary Coverstone, and Joseph Livingood.


The family received friends at First Baptist Church in Woodstock on Friday, Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m.


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


Online condolences can be left at http://www.dellingerfuneralhome.com .



Arlene G. Deaton


Arlene Patricia Gyde Deaton, of Strasburg, Va. and formerly of Brighton, Mi., passed away on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.


A memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan.


Ms. Deaton was born May 27, 1933 in Gregory, Mi., daughter of the late Merivel and Mildred Wilson Gyde.


She retired from Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Mi.


She was an avid gardener and quilter and enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends.


Surviving are her children, Barbara Giannotti and husband Daniel of Pinckney, Mi., Robert Deaton and wife Debbie of Michigan, Nancy Sager and husband John of Woodstock, Va., and Millie Andrews and husband Ronnie of Front Royal, Va.; brothers and sisters, Shirley Lancaster and husband Tom of Chelsea, Mi., Jeanette Morgan of Howell, Mi., Kathryn Wixom of Gobles, Mi. and Larry Gyde and wife Candy of Pinckney, Mi.; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.


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


Arrangements are by Maddox Funeral Home, Inc. in Front Royal, VA.



Doris L. Downs


Doris Lee Larkin Downs, 82, of Hagerstown, Md. and formerly of Boonsboro, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at Ravenwood Nursing Home in Hagerstown, Md.


She was born on Sept. 23, 1935 in Columbia Furnace, Va. to the late Robert Greenberry and Hazel Virginia Heishman Larkin.


She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Joseph Alt in 1960 and her second husband, the Rev. Joseph Ralph Downs Jr. in 2016.


She was a 1954 graduate of Edinburg High School Edinburg, Va. She was also a 1957 graduate of Winchester Memorial School of Nursing and attended Hagerstown Junior College.


She was a Registered Nurse. She was employed by Western Maryland Hospital Center Hagerstown, Md. until retiring in 2006. She was previously employed by Leahi Hospital in Honolulu, Hi. for 14 years.


She attended Sharpsburg Bible Church, Sharpsburg, Md.


She enjoyed genealogy and spending time with her family.


Doris is survived by her daughters, Beth Ann Downs of Boonsboro, Md. and Carol Ann Schuessler of Highland, Ca.; son, Stephen L. Downs of West Palm Beach, Fl.; sisters, Helen L. Burton of Harrisonburg, Va., Virginia R. Morrow of San Antonio, Tx., and Judith C. Carter of Woodstock, Va.; and eight grandchildren.


She was predeceased by a son, Joseph R. Downs III; sister, Faye A. Miller; and brother, Everett R. Larkin.


The family received friends at the Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Ma. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The funeral home was open after 2 p.m. on Saturday, for the convenience of family and friends.


Funeral services followed at 5 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Md. with the Rev. Gene Renner officiating.
 Graveside services were held in the Columbia Furnace Union Church Cemetery, Edinburg, Va. on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Brian Duncan officiating.


Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Crt., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 or Sharpsburg Bible Church, 5134 General Stuart Ct., Sharpsburg, MD 21782


Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.osbornefuneralhome.net 
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Mary A. Fadeley


Mary Anne Fadeley, 82, of Edinburg, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.


She was born Feb. 27, 1935 in Mt. Jackson, daughter of the late Gaylon Randolph and Helen Whetzel Minnick.


Mrs. Minnick retired from VDOT in Edinburg.


She was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Mt. Jackson.


She is survived by a daughter, Susan (G.B.) Foltz of Edinburg; two grandchildren, Emily Foltz of Harrisonburg and Adam Foltz of Edinburg; a brother, Richard Minnick of Mt. Jackson; an aunt, Jeanette W. Jones of Woodstock; two nephews, John (Crystel) Minnick of Mt. Jackson and Richard (Michelle) Minnick of Harrisonburg; and numerous cousins.


A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matthew A. Diehl officiating.


Burial will be private.


The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.


Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 484, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.


Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.


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




Nancy L. Funkhouser


Nancy L. Funkhouser 85, of Strasburg, Va., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock, Va.


A funeral service for Mrs. Funkhouser was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kathleen Haynes and the Rev. Stan Thompson officiating. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens, Woodstock, Va.


Nancy was born in Montandon, Pa. on March 7, 1932, a daughter of the late Cyril Daniel and Lucy Emma Leib Bly.


She was a 1949 graduate of Strasburg High School and was the oldest member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church.
 Nancy was a committed loving mother and homemaker.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Franklin "Bob" Funkhouser; her siblings, William E. Bly, James H. Bly, Harry T. Bly and Ruth Ann Moore; step-mother, Lillian Snarr Bly; step brother, William A. Snarr; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Survivors include her children, Patricia Diane "Patty" Sheetz and husband Michael D., Robert Wayne "Bobby" Funkhouser and wife Debbie and Daniel Franklin "Danny" Funkhouser and wife Connie; grandchildren, Chasity Funkhouser (Danny Dasher), Eric Sheetz and wife Patience, Abbie Williams and husband Faheem, Katie Funkhouser, and Stephanie Flick; 13 great grandchildren; siblings, Patsy L. Hockman of Strasburg and Terry N. Bly and wife Esther of Milton, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Donna Bly of Lewisburg, Pa., Thelma Bly of Powhatan, Va., Kittie Bly of Martinsburg, WV, and Janie Dyke of Toms Brook, Va.; brother-in-law, Carl Moore of Lake City, Fl.; and step-sister-in-law, Natalie Snarr of Strasburg, Va.


Pallbearers were Eric Sheetz, Nathan Sheetz, Mike Sheetz, Danny Dasher, Faheem Williams, Roger Hockman and Wesley Hockman.
 Honorary pallbearers were Freddy Fry, Glenn Baker, Dakota Steward and Steve Hawkins.


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


Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, 12180 Back Road, Strasburg, VA 22657 or Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 168, Toms Brook, VA 22660.


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


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



Margaret B. Gess


Margaret "Louise" Brown Gess, 80, of Strasburg, Va., passed away Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.


A graveside service for Mrs. Gess was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 in Riverview Cemetery with the Rev. Derek Ritenour officiating.


Mrs. Gess was born in Greene County, Tn. on Nov. 7, 1936, a daughter of the late James William and Laura Harmon Brown.


She was a member of Strasburg United Methodist Church.


She is survived by her loving husband, Eugene Willis Gess, whom she married on Dec. 29, 1958 in Hagerstown, Md.; her beloved daughter, Kim Gess Mongold and husband Garson “Butch” of Rio, WV; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins; and her two cats, Annie and Sassy.


The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m.


Memorials may be made to Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, VA 22657 or Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 347, Strasburg, VA 22657.


You may sign the guest book and submit condolences at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.


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



Ruth Ann B. Moore


Ruth Ann Bly Moore, 77, passed away Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 with peace and grace at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Fl.


Ruth's life was honored at the funeral service of her sister, Nancy L. Funkhouser, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church.


She is survived by her husband, Carl Moore of Florida; three children; three grandchildren; a sister, Patsy L. Hockman of Strasburg, Va.; and a brother, Terry N. Bly of Milton, Pa.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril Daniel and Lucy Emma Leib Bly; a daughter; three brothers, William E. Bly, James H. Bly and Harry T. Bly; and now a sister, Nancy L. Funkhouser.


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


Stover Funeral Home is serving the family of Ruth B. Moore.



Goldie F. Perkins


Goldie Mae Funk Perkins, 96, of Timberville, died Oct. 21, 2017, at Life Care Center of New Market.

She was born Nov. 4, 1920, in Needmore, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Branson and Effie S. Hammon Parker.

She worked at Rockingham Poultry, where she retired after 24 years. She was a member of the Timberville Mennonite Church and she loved flowers, cooking and quilting.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Funk; and second husband, John Garrett Perkins.

Surviving are daughters, Mae Morris and husband, Paul, of Fishersville, Wilma Marie Gutshaw and husband, Everett, of Mount Solon and Virginia Faye Moyers and husband, Bill, of Timberville; sons, Henry Funk Jr. and wife, Shirley, of Harrisonburg, Ray Berlin Funk and wife, Frances, of New Market, and Johnnie Lee Funk and wife, Peggy, of Mathias, W.Va.; daughter-in-law, Linda Funk of New Market; stepchildren, Judy McAlexander and Lucy Kelly, both of New Market; sister, Rena Siever of New Market; brothers, Paul Parker of Wardensville, W.Va., and Otis Parker of Timberville; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren; and her guardian angel, Ina Richards.

In addition to her two husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Charles Vernon Funk, and eight siblings.

Pastor Fred Rhodes conducted a funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Grandle Funeral Home Chapel in Broadway. Burial followed at the New Dale Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Mathias, W.Va.

The family received friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grandle Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Timberville Mennonite Church. c/o Rena Siever, 18846 Mountain Valley Road, New Market, VA 22844.



Alan J. Russo Sr.


Alan John Russo Sr. passed away peacefully on Oct. 5, 2017 in Truckee, Ca.


He was the loving husband of Violette Russo with whom he shared 49 years of marriage.


He was born Jan. 12, 1939 at the Danbury, CT hospital. He was the son of the late John and Marion (Jepson) Russo.


He graduated from Danbury High School, Class of 1956.
 He served in the 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper.
 He returned to Danbury 1966 and worked for Heli-Coil until his retirement.


Upon retiring he moved to Woodstock, Va. where he fulfilled a dream of owning a horse and living in the countryside. There he made many wonderful friends becoming as close as brothers to his dear friend, Bill Decker, and his wife Louise.


He and his wife Violette moved to Truckee in 2015 to be near their only child Alan Jr. and his family.


He is survived by his wife, Violette (Tahan). He is survived by his sister, Judy and brother-in-law Charles Batewell of Danbury, CT. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews; his childhood friend, Bob Barber and his wife Krista, and extended family members.


He was devoted to his son, Alan Jr., with whom he enjoyed many memorable camping trips, his wife Rosa, and his two grandchildren, Evan and Ryan who loved him as their "gramper".


Funeral services will be private upon his family's request. His remains will be scattered over the beautiful lakes of Tahoe, Ca.


Donations in memory of Alan can be made to Infinity Hospice Care, 5538 Longley Lane, Suite B, Reno, NV 89511 or to Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160.



Donald L. Ryman Sr.


Donald Lee Ryman Sr., 88, of Woodstock, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.


A graveside service was held Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock. The Reverend William Erbach officiated.
 The family received friends an hour prior to the service at the cemetery.


Mr. Ryman was born March 31, 1929 in Edinburg, son of the late Gilbert Godfrey Ryman and Mary Virginia Stickley Ryman.


He was a 1948 graduate of Woodstock High School and attended Palmer's Business College.
 He was an army veteran and had worked at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.


He was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Allen Ryman and William Randall Ryman; and a sister, Shirley Ryman Sherman.


He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Pence Ryman, whom he married on May 25, 1951; son, Donald (DL) Ryman Jr. and wife Patricia of Woodstock; daughter, Patricia (Patti) Layman and husband Michael of Harrisonburg; four grandsons, Christopher Ryman, Mark Ryman, Jeffrey Ryman and Brett Layman; and four great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Christopher Ryman, Mark Ryman, Jeffrey Ryman, Brett Layman, Thurman Vann and Larry Wetzel.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Woodstock Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 221, Woodstock, VA 22664 or Woodstock Fire Department, P.O. Box 176, Woodstock, Virginia 22664.


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


Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Woodstock.




Benjamin S. Simmons III


Benjamin Sylvanus Simmons III, 73, of Longmont, Co. and formerly of Yorktown, Va., passed away Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock, Va.


A funeral service for Mr. Simmons will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Stover Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Haynes Jr. and the Rev. Robert Bryant officiating.
Mr. Simmons will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont, Co.


Mr. Simmons was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 11, 1944, a son of the late Benjamin Sylvanus Simmons II and Carmilla Grimaldi Simmons.
 He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was a member of the Men's Golf Club of Colorado.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Victoria Dimitras Simmons.


Survivors include his children, Melissa Simmons, Robert Simmons, Jennifer Wilber and Catherine Davis; his grandchildren, Abigail Davis, Christopher Davis, Emily Davis, Zachary Osmunson, Gabriella Davis and Stephen Wilber; a sister, Patricia Bryant; and one brother, John Simmons along with several nieces and nephews.


Memorials may be made to a local American Cancer Society or SPCA.


You may sign the guest book and submit condolences at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.


Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mr. Simmons.



Deborah S. Spitler


Deborah Susan Spitler, 63, of Woodstock, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.


Mrs. Spitler was born June 22, 1954 in Winchester, daughter of the late Curtis Brown and Madge Rebecca Miller Strawderman.


She is survived by her husband, Richard Eugene Spitler; two daughters, Jennifer Tristan and Catherine Spitler, both of Woodstock; two sons, Harold Miller of West Virginia and David Spitler of Woodstock; three sisters, Holly Landis and Teresa Edmonds, both of West Virginia and Patty Strawderman of Alexandria; a brother, Harmon Landis of Stephens City; eight grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.


A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Memorial contributions may be made to Deborah Spitler's Burial Fund, c/o Dellinger Funeral Home, 157 N. Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664.


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






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