Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Fred W. Baker

Fred Wesley Baker, 70, of Quicksburg, passed away Oct. 27, 2017.

He was born in New Market, Virginia on July 10, 1947, the son of the late Walter and Alma Plaugher Baker.

He married Peggy Campbell on Oct. 17, 1966 and they were happily married until her death on Aug. 27, 2011.

Fred worked as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement.

He loved the mountains and the outdoors especially hunting and fishing.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Sonny Baker.

Fred is survived by two daughters, Laurie Baker of Woodstock and her companion Kino Martinez and Gloria Baker of Harrisonburg; eight grandchildren, Michael and Jason Jones, Alysia Zepeda, Jamie Prieto, Paul Foster II and wife Erin, Luke Foster, Kristen Foster, and Lindsey Foster; three great grandchildren, Chase and Jaylee Jones, and Adrian Hernandez; two sisters, Mary Coffelt of Edinburg and Judy Luckow of Bedford, Texas.

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

Beatrice B. Bloomfield

Beatrice Brampton Bloomfield, 96, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at Greenfield Senior Living of Woodstock.

A native of New Jersey, she was the wife of the late Walter Bloomfield.

Surviving are her children, Bunnie Kelley, Walter Bloomfield Jr., Roger Bloomfield and John Bloomfield; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

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Mason R. Cullers

Mason Randall Cullers, 25, of Stephens City, Virginia, passed away Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Virginia.

A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal with Sammy Campbell officiating.

Mason was born on Oct. 24, 1991 in Woodstock, Virginia to Michael Scott Shipe and Lisa Cullers Turner.

He attended Sherando High School and graduated from Skyline High School, Class of 2010.

He currently worked for Capstone at the Home Depot Distribution Center in Winchester.

Mason was a talented musician and an avid lover of music, animals and fine cuisine.
He deeply touched everyone he knew. HE WAS AWESOME!

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles "Opa" Shipe and his cousin, Kelsey Shipe.

Surviving along with his parents are his stepfather, Kenny Turner of Stephens City; stepmother, Michelle Shipe of Stephens City; girlfriend, Jessica Vaughan, who is expecting their child, of Stephens City; grandparents, Charles Cullers, Lois and Steve Marchi and Hildegard "Oma" Shipe, all of Front Royal; three brothers, Aidan Turner, Matthew Shipe and Merrit Shipe, all of Stephens City; two sisters, Maura Turner and Maelin Shipe, both of Stephens City; uncles and aunts, Charles and Lisa Shipe and Brian and Danielle Cullers, all of Front Royal; and cousins, Samantha Shipe and Charley Shipe, both of Front Royal.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Edge Hill Retreat Center, 315 East Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

Bruce A. Dysart

Bruce Allen Dysart, 19, of Woodstock, passed away Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 in Harrisonburg.

The funeral service was held Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service at 14116 S. Middle Road, Edinburg, Va. Pastor Brian Duncan officiated. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Mr. Dysart was born Aug. 6, 1998 in Woodstock, son of Bryan Allen Dysart and companion Danielle Paxton of Maurertown and Tonya Stultz Dysart and companion Shawn Jenkins of Woodstock.

He was a 2017 graduate of Central High School and employed at KFC, and had worked at Andros and Reedyás Lawn Care.

He was a member of First Church of Columbia Furnace.

Surviving, along with his parents, are his sister, Elizabeth Nicole Dysart of Edinburg; and his grandparents, Debbie and Donnie Hutton of Strasburg, Richard Stultz of Strasburg and Bobby and Carolyn Dysart of Woodstock.

Pallbearers were Tyler Edge, Mason Hullihen, Matthew Hoover, Sean Baker, Kyle Brown, Kyle Kitchen, Damian Wood and Mark Brown.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bruce Allen Dysart Burial Fund, c/o Valley Funeral Service, 14116 S. Middle Road, Edinburg, VA 22824.

Bruce loved working on vehicles, music, the show Supernatural. He had a caring heart and never met a stranger.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Max L. Ferrell

They say it's "all about the dash"; not so much the beginning or the end but how you lived.

Max Leon Ferrell, aka "Mac" to many, lived his "dash" to the fullest.

Born in Cleveland, WV, to parents Rex and Bessie Ferrell and the oldest of seven, he was well respected by his family.

Max went to school in Gore, Va., where he met his "sweetheart", Margel Ellen, whom he married on March 13, 1953.

Max was a Korean War Veteran; serving as a tank mechanic, from 1951- 1953.

He was self-taught on banjo, guitar and steel guitar. The steel guitar stole his heart and he would join various local bands in playing music; making a name for himself for being a great steel man!

Max and Margel lived in Mountain Falls, Va. and later moved to Middletown, Va. in 1961 where they lived ever since and raised four daughters that thought he hung the moon, Patricia "Pat" Ketterman, Alice Molini, Cynthia "Cindy" Lee, and Stacey Chapman.

Max retired from Sandy's Implements - a Massey Ferguson shop in Stephens City - after 38 years serving as one of the best, local farm machinery mechanics. Just like being known as one of the local great steel guitar players, he was equally known as one of the great farm machinery mechanics around town and many sought him out long after retirement for his help.

If you knew Max, you knew him for his story telling, his humor, strength and perseverance, but, mostly, his character and how he came to love the Lord; serving in the Men's Ministry at Reliance United Methodist as president for over 5 years.

A graveside service for Mr. Ferrell was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Reliance Cemetery with Dr. William Wade officiating. Military honors were conducted by Shenandoah American Legion Post 77, Strasburg, Va.

Max is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margel L. Ferrell of Middletown, Va.; his children, Patricia Ann "Pat" Ketterman and husband Jim of West Virginia, Alice M. Molini and husband John of Strasburg, Va., Cynthia F. Lee and husband Michael of Winchester, Va. and Stacey F. Chapman and husband Shane of Thomasville, NC; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; his siblings, Richard H Ferrell and wife Iris of Woodstock, Va., Rolland "Zeke" Ferrell and wife Shirley of Stephens City, Va., Robert Ferrell and wife Janet and William Ferrell and wife Brenda, all of West Virginia; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Zeke Ferrell, Richard Ferrell, Robert Ferrell, William Ferrell, Logan Evans and Ralph Orndorff. 
Honorary pallbearers were the United Methodist Men of Reliance.

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

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601 or the Reliance United Methodist Men, c/o Ralph Powell, 1362 Reliance Road, Reliance, VA 22649.

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

Sandra K. Fisher

Sandra Kay "Sambo" Fisher, 63, of Strasburg, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at the Strasburg Moose Family Center.
 Burial will be in Lebanon Church Cemetery at a later date.

Ms. Fisher was born Aug. 8, 1954 in Winchester, a daughter of the late Roland Lee "Jack" Pangle Sr. and Joan Jeanette McWilliams Pangle.

She was a member of Strasburg United Methodist Church.

She had retired from RR Donnelley, Strasburg on Feb. 8, 2017 after 36 ½ years of service and formerly worked for Crestliner Boat Company, Strasburg and the Virginian Truck Stop, Toms Brook.

She was a former member of the Strasburg Women of the Moose, Chapter 1319 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Surviving are her son, Gary Wayne Fisher of Wardensville, WV and the mother of his children Millie Fisher of Strasburg; two grandchildren, Shyla and Trevor Fisher; and her siblings, Jerry L. Pangle of McEwen, Tn., Sharon P. Ferguson of Strasburg, Dennis Fry of Arlington, James A. "Willie" Pangle of Strasburg and Roland L. Pangle Jr. of Strasburg.

Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home, 177 N. Holliday Street, Strasburg on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Stover Funeral Home, Inc., 177 N. Holliday Street, Strasburg, VA 22657 c/o Sambo Fisher Burial Fund to help offset funeral expenses.

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Frances S. Funk

Frances Lorraine Stroop Funk, 76, of New Market Va., died Oct. 29, 2017 at the Life Care Center of New Market.

She was born Aug. 11, 1941 in Shenandoah County to the late Raymond and Mary Ann Shifflett Stroop.

Frances was a homemaker. She had worked as a seamstress at H.D. Lee Company, and a cook at Endless Caverns.

She was a member of Manor Memorial Church and she enjoyed camping.

On Dec. 8, 1967 she married Ray Funk, who survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Michelle Robinson and husband Dennis of Rockingham, Yvonne VanPelt and husband Mike of Timberville, Crystal Myers of Ruckersville, and Karla Robbins and husband Christopher of Ridgely, Md.; one son, Eric Scott Funk and companion Tammy of New Market; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her sister, Bertha Elizabeth Stroop, preceded her in death.

Her body was cremated.
 A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Manor Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund, 9320 N. Congress Street, New Market, VA 22844.

A special thanks to all the staff at Life Care for the love they showed and care given, and to all of those who came to visit.

Arrangements are entrusted to Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Carolyn J. Garman

Carolyn June Garman, 74, of Woodstock, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Woodstock. The Reverend Clara Young officiated.

Ms. Garman was born Nov. 20, 1942 in Woodstock, the daughter of the late Leo and Eleanor Stoner Garman Jr.

Ms. Garman graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina in 1965 with a BA degree in political science. She obtained a Master's Degree in school administration and supervision from James Madison University in 1980.

Ms. Garman was employed by the Shenandoah County School System both as a classroom teacher and administrator. She served Central High School, Woodstock Middle School, and Peter Muhlenberg Middle School. She retired in 1999 after 34 years in the school system. The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce named Ms. Garman Shenandoah County Educator of the Year in 1989.

Ms. Garman had a gift shop inside the Woodstock Cafe from 2008-2017.

She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, a member of the Virginia and National Education Association, and a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

Surviving are a sister, Deborah Garman Hollar. Also surviving are three nieces, Cobie Hollar Lavigne and husband Eric, their children, Sean, Kyra and Aiden, Kyla Hollar Olmsted and husband John, and Marcy Ellen Van der Male and husband Stefan and their children Selah and Jewel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 235 S. Main St., Woodstock, VA 22664 and the Shenandoah County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Fund, C/O Pam Green, 3456 Saint Luke Road, Woodstock. Checks payable to: SCRTA Scholarship Fund.

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Donna M. Harris

Donna Marie Harris, of Goodyear, Az. passed away Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at the Banner Good Samaritan University Medical Center in Phoenix, Az.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Walker's Chapel Church of the Brethren, Mt. Jackson, Va. for all friends, family and loved ones.

Donna was born in 1958 in Winchester, Va. to Roy and Nancy Harris.

She graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg, Va. in 1977. Donna then obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.

Upon graduating in 1981, Donna moved to the Phoenix, Az. area and pursued a long and distinguished career with the Arizona Department of Corrections. After 22 years of service, she retired as a Bureau Administrator in 2004.

Following her retirement, Donna started her own all natural skin care and home products business of soap nuts called NaturOli Beautiful, LLC in Peoria, Az., which continues to operate in her honor.

Donna is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Clayton Luft of Goodyear, Az.; her parents, Roy and Nancy Harris of Mt. Jackson, Va.; her brother and sister-in-law Martin and Kathleen Harris and her niece and nephew Natalie and Nathan, all of Great Falls, Va.

Howard J. Hartmann Jr.

Howard J. Hartmann Jr., 90, of Woodstock, passed away Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Burial will be private.
 A Memorial Service will be held at a later date and time.

Howard was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was the son of the late Howard and Ada Hartmann, also of Pittsburgh.

He was a proud veteran who served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He was a graduate of Denison University, where he met his future and loving wife, Martha (Marcie), of 67 years.

He was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Woodstock. He was a Mason from Lodge 546 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; three sons, Andrew of New York, and Jeffrey and Christopher, both of Woodstock; one daughter, Suzanne of Maryland; a sister, Virginia Lubker of Florida; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathaniel Hartmann.

Memorial donations can be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

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The Rev. Gerald A. Holden

The Rev. Gerald Andrew Holden went home to be with the Lord at his home on Oct. 30, 2017. He was surrounded ;by his wife of 40 years and his family members. Gerald at the time of his death remained an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He along with his wife were former Pastors of Narrow Passage Assembly of God and presently at Strasburg Assembly of God. He previously sang with the Holy Terrors Ministers, and he was also a member of the Ministerial Fellowship in Woodstock and Central Section Ministerial Fellowship. Recognizing his calling at a young age Gerald went to school to become a licensed mechanic in order to help support his way through college and his love for ministry. He is a 1975 graduate of South-Eastern University where he was part of the Jail Student Ministry, Tennis Club, Inter-Club Council, Golf club and soccer coach. Gerald also worked for the United States Postal Service.

He loved God and his wife dearly, his family and his church family. His gentle spirit and love for the Bible were two of his ourstanding characteristics.

Gerald was born Dec. 10, 1947 in Perry Sound, Canada, the son of James Eric Holden and Marion Michaelis Holden.

He is survived by his wife, Dora “Dottie”Johnson Holden of Middletown, Virginia; his brother Harold Dennis Holden of Seminole, Florida; his sisters and brother in laws Juanita and Tim Senter, Jim and Emogene Ringer of Middletown, Virginia; sister in law Secora Holden of Texas, nephews Timothy Senter of Portland, Oregan, JD Ringer of Middletown, Virginia, Mark and his wife Jenn of Seminole, Florida, Matthew Bingaman, Huey Holden of Houston; nieces Jessica Holden of Houston, Texas, Michelle Bingaman, Gina and husband Rusty Franklin of Stephen City and daughters Emmalee and Sara; and many great nephews and nieces, and great-great nieces; and a wonderful church family. He is also survived by a great-great niece Peyton Marie Good who brought him great joy in his last days.

He is also preceded in death by his parents along with his brother Robert Paul Holden, sisters Violet Holden Johnston, Virginia Ruth Holden Bingaman.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Strasburg Assembly of God Church on 556 Ash Street, Strasburg, Virginia.

A viewing was held at Maddox Funeral Home on Thursday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Dorothy A. Lambert

Dorothy Ann Lambert, 87, of Woodstock, passed away on Oct. 30, 2017.

Dorothy was born on Aug. 6, 1930 in Woodstock, Virginia, the daughter of the late Ralph J. Lambert and Emma Funkhouser Lambert.

She graduated from Woodstock High School in 1947 and Shenandoah Business School in 1948.

Dorothy worked for Farmer's Mutual Telephone Co.; the Town of Woodstock for 23 years, serving as treasurer and clerk of the council; served as deputy clerk for the Shenandoah County Circuit Court for 12 years; and was a part-time bookkeeper for R.J. Lambert Moving and Storage.

She was a lifelong member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Woodstock where she taught Sunday School, was financial secretary, treasurer, choir member, trustee, member of various committees and part time secretary. She volunteered at the Woodstock Library, the Blood Mobile, and the Woodstock Clothes Closet.

Dorothy was preceded in death by brothers, Gordon, John, and Howard Lambert; and sisters, Becky Lambert and Peggy Hollar.

Dorothy is survived by a sister, Jean Foster; three brothers, Richard, Carroll, and Jerry; 22 nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews and great- great nieces and nephews; and an aunt, Margaret Funkhouser.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service.

A private graveside service was held.
 A memorial service was held on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Woodstock with the Rev. Clara Young and the Rev. Barbara Rhodes officiating.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to the St. Paul's Building and Maintenance Fund or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., #405, Winchester, VA 22601.

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

Nancy R. Meyers

Nancy Ruth Meyers, 76, of Edinburg, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A funeral mass was conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Woodstock with Father Michael Dobbins officiating.

Mrs. Meyers was born Sept. 6, 1941 in Barryville, New York, a daughter of the late Carl Adolph and Hilda Gertrude Miller Draxler.

She was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church and a former secretary at George's, Inc., Edinburg.

She was a member of the Woodstock Women of the Moose and loved to bowl.

Surviving are her husband, Robert Ford Meyers; her daughter, Michele Renee Panfile of Walsenburg, Colorado; her step-son, Charles Robert Meyers of Wallkill, New York; her sister, Alice Nordone of Roanoke; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home, 177 N. Holliday Street, Strasburg on Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m.

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Brenda L. Stepp

Brenda Lane Stepp, 71, of Maurertown, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A memorial service was conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at Columbia Church of the Brethren, 20910 Senedo Rd., (Route 42) Edinburg with the Rev. William Fitchett officiating. A luncheon followed the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

Mrs. Stepp was born Dec. 2, 1945 in Woodstock, a daughter of Nancy Pingley Boyd of Front Royal and the late George Ray Pingley.

She was a member of Strasburg United Methodist Church, a caregiver and a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Harold William "Billy" Stepp; her children, Troy R. Pence of Capon Springs, WV, Todd E. Pence of Harpers Ferry, WV, Toby W. Pence of Wardensville, WV, Tammy L. Harvey of Parkersburg, WV and Tracie L. Fitchett of Fort Valley; 12 grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; and six step great grandchildren.

The family received friends at the church on Thursday from 1 p.m. until service time.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.
Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, is in charge of arrangements.

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Larry R. Strawderman

Larry Richard Strawderman, 79, of Harrisonburg, died Oct. 27, 2017 at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

He was born June 16, 1938 in Quicksburg, Va. and was the son of the late William E. and Carmen I. Jenkins Strawderman.

He worked for the C.I.A. Office of Finance and also did outside sales for Travel Leaders in Harrisonburg.

He was a member of the Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market, the New Market Rotary, New Market Rebels, and volunteered at the New Market Library.

On June 21, 1957 he married the former Anna Bowman who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Becky Barron and husband Randy of Fort Worth, Tx.; son, Tim Strawderman and husband Gerald Frandkowski of New York City, NY; and numerous cousins.

Pastor Jeffrey Sonafelt conducted a memorial service at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market.

His body was cremated and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Market Library, 514 Stony Creek Blvd., Edinburg, VA 22824 or to the New Market Rotary, P.O. Box 411, New Market, VA 22844.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Thomas H. Wolfe

Thomas "Tommy" Henry Wolfe of Edinburg passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 in Woodbridge, Va.

He was born in Charlottesville, Va. Feb. 11, 1977.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce A. Wolfe, in 1999.

Tommy was a 1996 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and a graduate of Triplett Tech Vocational School as a diesel mechanic.

He could do anything he set his mind to.
 Tom loved the outdoors, music, especially CCR, and loved playing jokes on family and friends. He never met a stranger.

He is survived by the mother of his four children, Renee Ingro; his children that loved him so much, Kamron Wolfe, Alexia Wolfe, Gavin Wolfe, and Arleigh Wolfe, all of Mt. Jackson, Va.; his loving mother, Shirley Cruise and step-father Carl Cruise of New Market; his twin brother, David Wolfe of Woodbridge, Va.; and his step-brother, Bruce (B.J.) Wolfe of Woodstock, Va.

Tommy will be missed but never forgotten. We love you Tom forever, rest in peace.

A memorial will be held for family and friends at 2 p.m. Saturday, Novemer 4 at Waterbrook Brethren Church, 4392 Palmyra Church Rd., Edinburg, Va.

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

Online condolences may be sent to

Richard Wolverton

Richard (Dick) Wolverton, 86, of Edinburg, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born at Columbia Furnace on April 3, 1931.

He served in the United States Marine Corps.

Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife of 42 years, Betty Alice Hutchinson Wolverton.

He is survived by his children, Richard, Laurel, Teresa, Alan, Faith, and Robert; 12 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date.

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