Virginia M. Circosta
Virginia Marie Circosta, 73, of Tracy, California, died March 6, 1999, at the New Hope Care Center following a long illness.
She was born on February 18, 1926, at Big Run.
Mrs. Circosta was a retired restaurant worker.
Survivors include three daughters, Jewel Wikel, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Shirley Orndorff, of Tracy, and Rose Arbogast, of Lansdale, Pennsyl- vania; two brothers, Nick Circosta, of Stony Bottom, and Frank Cir- costa, of Rhode Island; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held on March 10 at the Hotchkiss Mortuary chapel with burial in the Tracy Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1524 McHenry Ave., Suite 465, Modesto, CA 95350.
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Mae Corbett, of Marlinton, died March 23, 1999.
Arrangements are incomplete at press time.
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Alfred W. Zelinsky
Alfred W. Zelinsky, 73, of Marlinton, died March 23, 1999, at home.
He was born on July 31, 1925, in Newton, Iowa, the son of Naomi Metz Zelinsky, of Indianola, Iowa, and the late Bud Zelinsky.
Mr. Zelinsky was retired from the U. S. Navy. He was member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Cootie, American Legion, Fleet Reserve, and Pocahontas County Honor Corps.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, LyAnn B. Zelinsky; a daughter, Linda Zelinsky, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida; a sister, Margaret Oliver, of DesMoines, Iowa, and two brothers, David Zelinsky, of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Bernard Zelinsky, of Carlisle, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at the VanReenen Funeral Home chapel at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Julian Rittenhouse officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Greenbrier Valley Hospice.
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Dewey Ernest Ross
Dewey Ernest Ross, age 61, of Tucson, Arizona, died March 8, 1999, in Tucson.
Mr. Ross was employed by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory for more than 35 years, in Green Bank and Tucson. He had resided in Tucson for the past 28 years.
He was born in Marlinton August 5, 1937, the son of Harry Francis and Margaret Weatherholt Ross.
Surviving him are his wife, Dianna Kay McLaughlin Ross; daughters, Ronda (Mrs. Steve) Swenson, of San Antonio, Texas, and Renee (Mrs. Kevin) Chocklett, of Vinton, Virginia; one son, Randall Ross. of Phoenix, Arizona; half-brothers, Henry Poage, Jr., Ronald Poage, and Bobby Densmore; and five grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Friday, March 12, by the Rev. Howard Higgins, in Tucson.
Donations in Dewey's memory may be made to McClintic Library, c/o Jane Sharp, 810 Second Avenue, Marlinton, WV 24954.
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Bessie Mae Beverage
Bessie Mae Beverage, age 89, of Durbin, died March 19, 1999.
She was a retired bookkeeper for Howes Leather Company and was a member of the Durbin United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Born May 2, 1909, at Durbin, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Calvin and Harriet Goodsell Frazier.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gray Beverage, in 1992, and a brother, Leonard Frazier.
Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte A. Carr, of Moorefield; a son, Leonard G. Beverage, of Keyser; a sister, Georgia Collins, of Tallahassee, Florida; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p. m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. Roland Armstrong. Burial was in the Arbovale Cemetery.
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Virginia Wiley Switzer
Virginia Wiley Switzer, age 72, of Falls Church, Virginia, formerly of Droop, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, in a Fairfax county hospital.
She had been a resident of Falls Church since the 1950's and was a retired payroll clerk with over 30 years of service with the E-System of the United States Government.
The daughter of the late Hugh and Edith Brown Wiley, she was born at Spice July 18, 1926.
Her husband, Cecil Switzer, died in February of 1986.
Surviving her are a daughter, Barbara Simmons, of Madison; three sisters, Neoma Wiley and Mary Wingler, both of Droop, and Betty Myles, of Renick; two brothers, Edward and Harry Wiley, both of Droop; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Wednesday at 1 p. m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Lewisburg by the Rev. Jim Anderson. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery at Jacox.
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Gladys G. Shears
Gladys G. Shears, age 89, of Dailey, died March 21, 1999, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins. She had been in her usual health until suffering a fall on Thursday.
Mrs. Shears attended the schools of Pocahontas County, was a cook for Coastal Lumber Company for 28 years, was a member of the Elkins-Randolph County Senior Center, the Farm Women's Club, The Kitchen Band, the Tygarts Valley Fire Department Auxiliary, and was a Protestant by faith.
She was born September 7, 1909, at Arbovale, a daughter of the late James W. and Florence Cooper Gillespie.
On June 10, 1927, at Arbovale, she was married to Richard H. Shears, who preceded her in death on August 30, 1954.
Surviving her are two sons, Richard H. Shears, of Elkins, and Duane Lee Shears, of Charlestown; two daughters, Wilma Lenore Cooper, of Inwood, and Marilyn Lindsay, of Akron, Ohio; 22 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by one son, Glenn G. Shears, seven brothers, Clifford, Clyde, Delbert, Floyd, Orion, Granville and Arthur Gillespie, and six sisters, Audrey, Hazel, Helen and Flora Gillespie, Willine Wooddell, and Mabel Conrad.
Funeral services were held at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home Chapel in Elkins at 11 a. m. Tuesday by the Rev. George F. Mullinax, with burial at the Arbovale Cemetery.
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Cleo May Harper
Cleo Mae Cassell Harper, age 83, of Milan, Ohio, died at Norwalk Memorial Home, Norwalk, Ohio, on March 20, 1999.
She was born April 4, 1915, at Green Bank, where she lived until 1978, when she moved to Milan, making her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Letha and Warden Heltzel.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Norwalk. She retired from NRAO at Green Bank, where she was employed for fifteen years.
Survivors include her daughter, Letha, of Milan; four sisters, Elizabeth Hayes, of Shelburn, Indiana, Kathleen Sutton, of Newport, North Carolina, Myra Thomas, of New Bern, North Carolina, and Mary Ellen Daniels, of St. Albans; four brothers, Boyd R. Cassell, of Charleston, Dr. Roy D. Cassell, of Fayetteville, Georgia, June Cassell, of Gallipolis Ferry, and Curtis Cassell, of Lyons, New York; two grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Virgil E. Harper; a sister, Janet Cassell; and her parents, Etta and Homer Cassell.
Services were held Wednesday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. David Fuller. Interment was in Arbovale Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to American Diabetes Association Research Department, 3178 North Republic Blvd, Suite No. 4, Toledo, Ohio 43615.
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Paul C. Vandevander
Paul C. Vandevander, a husband of Annie Margaret Boyce Vandevander, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina.
Mr. Vandevander, who retired from SCANA Propane Gas, was of the Methodist faith. He was a retired United States Air Force veteran with 21 years of service, and served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, Michael Vandevander, of Florence, South Carolina, Donny Vandevander, of Rembert, South Carolina, and Leslie Vandevander, of Sumter, South Carolina; his daughter, Debbie Carroll, of Sumter; three brothers, Sterl Vandevander, of Live Oak, Florida, Ivan Vandevander, of Grafton, Frank Vandevander, of Clover, South Carolina; three sisters, Ernestine Nicholas, of Arbovale, Monna Belle Puffenbarger, of Green Bank, and Ruby Dew, of Sumter, ; three grandchildren.
Funeral was held Sunday, March 14, at the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home by the Revs. Gene Wilson, Jerry Peacock and Eugene Franklin. Burial was in the Sumter Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Window Fund of Dalzell Baptist Church.
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Vernon Tate McLaughlin
Vernon Tate McLaughlin, 64, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, died March 22, 1999, at Bath County Community Hospital, in Hot Springs, Virginia.
Mr. McLaughlin was born January 14, 1935, in Mountain Grove, the son of the late Vernon Pole and Grace Friel McLaughlin.
He was a member of Mountain Grove United Methodist Church, a pulpwood cutter and a lifelong farmer.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a half-sister, Virginia Grey Beard.
Mr. McLaughlin is survived by his wife, Leta Foster McLaughlin; daughters, Joyce McQuain, of Dunmore, and Dorothy McLaughlin, of Frost; son, Vernon Pole McLaughlin, II, of Mountain Grove; two sisters, Edith Price McLaughlin, of Covington, Virginia, and Nobel Byer, of Mountain Grove; three brothers, Harper McLaughlin, of Roanoke, Virginia, Jack McLaughlin, of Hot Springs, Virginia, and James Lee McLaughlin, also of Hot Springs; one grandson.
Services will be held Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at Mountain Grove United Methodist Church with the Reverends Clyde Gum and David McCauley officiating.
Burial will be in Mountain Grove Community Cemetery.