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Virginia Statewide Obituary and Death Notices Collection - Harrisonburg - 11

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Date: Thursday, 5 May 2011, at 11:20 p.m.

Arlie L. Flory

Arlie Lee Flory, 75, of 1957 Buffalo Gap Highway, Swoope, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at the Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Flory was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Grottoes, and was the son of Wade G. and Sally Myers Flory.

He was self-employed as a piano technician for 40 years before retiring and was a member of Middle River Church of the Brethren.

On Sept. 2, 1950, he married the former Mary L. Harvey, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Roger Flory and Douglas Flory, both of Swoope; a sister, Arvetta Cline of Grottoes; and two grandchildren.

The Rev. Dennis A. Sites will conduct a graveside service 10 a.m. Friday at Middle River Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

There will be no public visitation or viewing.

The family will receive friends at the Flory home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Churchville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 608, Churchville, Va., 24421.

Arrangements are by Bear Funeral Home in Churchville.

Kenneth K. Wenger

Kenneth K. "Kenny" Wenger, 85, a lifelong resident of Akron, Pa., died at his residence on Nov. 2, 2003, after a short illness.

Born in Ephrata Township, Pa., he was the son of the late Ellsworth and Minnie Keller Wenger. He was the husband of Ruth Swisher Wenger. He was also the husband of the late Emma Carvell Wenger and the late Helen Richard Wenger.

He was self-employed for 67 years as a cattle broker, traveling mostly to areas of Winchester, Harrisonburg, and Staunton, Va., and Moorefield, W.Va. He was a member of the Ephrata Church of the Nazarene.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Karen A., wife of Daryl L. Strine of Mountville; two sons, Dr. Glenn L., husband of Nancy Grant Wenger of Chester Springs, and James B., husband of Betsy Groff Wenger of Lititz; and a stepdaughter, Nancy C., wife of John H. Gehman of Lititz; nine grandchildren; nine stepgrandchilden; two great-grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Carl Eugene Wenger, who died in 2000, and a stepdaughter, Barbara A. Cook, who died in 2001. Also, four brothers, Raymond, Eugene, Walter and Galen Wenger; and three sisters, Alverta Wenger, Luella Myer and Beulah Bomberger.

A visitation will take place on Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Ephrata Church of the Nazarene, 110 Durlach Road, Ephrata, Pa., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. B.W. Hambrick and Rev. D. Paul Greene officiating. Interment will be in the Middle Creek Brethren Cemetery, Ephrata Twp., Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be sent to the Ephrata Church of the Nazarene, 110 Durlach Road, Ephrata, Pa. 17522 or the Water Street Rescue Mission, 210 S. Prince St., Lancaster, Pa. 17602.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Home, 30 N. 9th St., Akron, Pa. (717) 859-1230.

Hunter G. Fitzgerald

Hunter Greene Fitzgerald, 72, of 2112 Barren Ridge Road in Staunton, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at his home.

Mr. Fitzgerald was born July 6, 1931, in Rockbridge County, and was the son of the late Gilbert Bertram and Florence Ellen Wade Fitzgerald.

He graduated from Brownsburg High School in Rockbridge County and Woodrow Wilson Technical Center in Staunton. He was a mental health technician at Western State Hospital for 36 years before retiring Feb. 1, 1990.

Mr. Fitzgerald was a member of Barren Ridge Annex Ruritan Club and Salem Lutheran Church. He was an avid fan of bluegrass music.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Sarah Ellen Landes Fitzgerald, whom he married Oct. 16, 1953; three daughters, Amy F. Brown and Sheila F. Layman, both of Waynesboro, and Trina F. Cook of Verona; and five grandchildren.

The Rev. Christopher D. Carr will conduct the funeral 11 a.m. Thursday at Salem Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the adjacent cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 this evening at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Weyers Cave.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church or Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad.

Ruth V. Knicely

Ruth Virginia Knicely, 91, of 914 Coakley Town Road in Dayton, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at her home. She had been in failing health for the past six months.

Mrs. Knicely was born June 9, 1912, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Amos and Mary Beery Shank.

She was a homemaker and lived in the Dayton community her entire life. She was a member of the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church.

On June 20, 1934, she married Leonard F. Knicely, who preceded her in death Jan. 24, 1994.

She is survived by a son, Floyd Knicely; three daughters, Mary Beery, Josie Knicely and Alice Knicely; a brother, Warren Shank; and a sister, Grace Rohrer, all of Dayton; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Bishop Lloyd Wenger and the ministers of the church will conduct the funeral 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Her body was taken to the Knicely home, where friends may call at any time.

Arrangements are by the McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Sandra B. Hoy

Mrs. Sandra Burkholder Hoy, 63, a resident of 333 Monument Avenue in Harrisonburg, died at 3:31 Monday afternoon, Nov. 3, 2003, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. She had not enjoyed good health for five years.

A daughter of Louise Smith Burkholder of Harrisonburg and the late Austin B. Burkholder, she was born on July 21, 1940, in Harrisonburg and lived the majority of her life in Harrisonburg.

She was a teacher at Montevideo Middle School, was a telephone operator at the Continental Phone Co., a copywriter for WKCY and worked in the archeology department at James Madison University. Mrs. Hoy was a member of Cooks Creek Presbyterian Church.

On July 31, 1959, she married James Edward Hoy Jr., who survives.

Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by two sons, James Edward Hoy III and wife, Deborah Noble Hoy of Corvallis, Ore., and Michael Burkholder Hoy of Charlotte, N.C.; one granddaughter, Sylvie Louise Hoy. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Holly Dodd Hoy, on Dec. 1, 1960.

Her body will be cremated at the Lindsey Cremation Chapel in Harrisonburg and a memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wendell L. "Sonny" Henkel officiating.

Friends and family may call at the Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home on Thursday evening, Nov. 6, 2003, from 7 until 8. Burial will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cooks Creek Presbyterian Church in her memory.

Boyd W. Siple

Boyd W. Siple, 88, of Brandywine, W.Va., died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at Nellaís Nursing Home in Crystal Springs, W.Va.

Mr. Siple was born Sept. 18, 1915, in Deer Run, W.Va., and was the son of the late Theodore Pierce Siple and Ina Wagoner Siple.

He was a farmer and a member of the West Virginia Farm Bureau. He attended Riverside United Methodist Church.

His wife, Beulah Propst Siple, preceded him in death Sept. 30, 1995. They were married March 23, 1940.

He is survived by a daughter, Judy Eason of Brandywine, W.Va.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Harvey Nicholson will conduct a graveside service 3 p.m. Friday at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandywine, W.Va.

Friends may call at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin, W.Va., at any time.

Joyce A. Ferranti

Joyce Ann Wampler Ferranti, 51, of Marshfield, Mass., and formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, in the Chilton House Hospice Center in Cambridge, Mass., after an eight-week illness with cancer in the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Mass.

She was born March 31, 1952, in Woodstock, and was the daughter of the Rev. Stanley R. and Mazie K. Wampler of Bridgewater.

She grew up in Harrisonburg and graduated from Harrisonburg High School, Emory and Henry College, and the University of Maryland with degrees in social work, which led to a private clinical social work practice in Baltimore, Washington and Boston. In 2001, she moved to Boston and co-founded the non-profit organization, The Bridges of Peace, to provide training and resources in the technologies of healing and transformation in developing countries of the world. She made numerous trips to Ecuador as consultant for the Harvard School of Business to the tribes of the Amazon and the Andes Mountains.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a stepdaughter, Rachael, of New York City; two daughters, Katherine, a student at the University of Massachusetts, and Angela at home; and two brothers, Wayne L. Wampler of Fayetteville, N.C., and Jerry D. Wampler of Winchester.

A memorial service was held Oct. 31 at St. James Episcopal Church of Cambridge with the Rev. Michael Povey officiating. Her body was cremated earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ferranti Childrenís Education Fund, c/o Stanley R. Wampler, 119 Meadow Lane, Bridgewater, Va. 22812.

Lillie E. Raines

Lillie Elizabeth Raines, 84, of 544 Arch Ave., Waynesboro, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003.

Mrs. Raines was born May 16, 1919, in Gladespring, and was a daughter of the late Joseph F. and Mary McGlocklin Kestner.

She was a member of the Free Pentecostal Church. She was an honorary missionary and was active with the youth group. She was employed at Virginia Panel and Mortonís Frozen Foods for several years.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, the Rev. Wilbert Raines; a daughter, Jean Clark of Waynesboro; two sons, James "Spunky" Raines, of Waynesboro and John P. Raines of Bridgewater; a brother, Buddy Kestner of Waynesboro; five sisters, Betty Bailey of Waynesboro, Ethel Hall of Fishersville, Martha Johnson of Forsythe, Ga., Helen Walters of Fishersville and Garnett Griffin of Stuarts Draft; 10 grandchildren; 16-great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

The Revs. Pearl Richardson and H.G. Leach will conduct the funeral 2 p.m. Thursday at the Free Pentecostal Church in Waynesboro. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 this evening at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Funeral Service and at the Raines home at other times.

James E. Gee Jr.

James Edward "Ned" Gee Jr., age 59, died on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at his residence in Fulks Run.

Mr. Gee was born in Kenbridge, Va., on Oct. 15, 1944, and was the son of the late James and Lula (Brydie) Gee.

Ned was the co-owner of the Uniform Corner in Harrisonburg. Before moving to Harrisonburg, Mr. Gee was the co-owner of Fun Time Videos and Fun Time Spirits in Holly Hill, S.C. He was retired from Lear-Siegler Corporation in Holland, Mich.

Survivors include his wife, Sue W. Gee; his previous wife, Sandra McCleod, formerly of Kenbridge and their children, Stephen Gee and his wife, Dana, of Gallatin, Tenn. and Robin James and her husband, John, of Folsom, Calif.; three grandchildren, Mandy, Nicholas, Allison Gee; mother-in-law, Pauline Waggy of Harrisonburg; sister-in-law, Nancy L. Neff of Harrisonburg; five nieces; six great nieces and nephews; one great-great niece and one great-great nephew.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with the Rev. Michael Frank and William Vance officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Clover Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 2100 Clover Hill Road, Dayton, Va. 22821.

Gerhard J. Drechsler

Gerhard John Drechsler, 81, of 1491 Virginia Ave. in Harrisonburg, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.

Mr. Drechsler was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Chemnitz, Germany, and was the son of the late John Theodore and Marie Ella Weber Drechsler.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and served in the Army during World War II. He was associated with the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer before retiring Jan. 31, 1973.

Mr. Drechsler moved to Bryce Mountain Resort in Basye in 1975 and founded the Mount Hermon Vineyard and Winery, and Restaurant at Bryce Resort. He was a founding member of Our Lady of the Shenandoah Catholic Church in Basye and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harrisonburg, where he had lived since December 2002.

On April 12, 1945, he married the former Shirley Lee, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Richard Lee Drechsler of New Jersey; a daughter, Linda Lee Drechsler Hudson of Woodstock; and two granddaughters.

His body was cremated at the Lindsey Cremation Chapel in Harrisonburg. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Jim Gallagher officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Shenandoah Catholic Church, 240 Fritzel Way, P.O. Box, Basye, Va. 22810, EWTN, 5817 Old Leads Road, Irondale Ala., 35210-2164, the Orkney Springs Rescue Squad or a charity of choice.

Eunice E. Hartzler

Eunice Evangeline Hartzler, 90, of 853 Hinton Road in Dayton, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, at her home.

Mrs. Hartzler was born Feb. 4, 1913, in Harrisonburg, and was the daughter of the late Henry B. and Betty Brunk Keener.

She was a homemaker and a member of Pike Mennonite Church.

On Nov. 28, 1935, she married Earl J. Hartzler, who preceded her in death July 8, 1998.

Surviving are three daughters, Lois Jane Risser of Dayton, Eva Marie Eberly of Bari, Italy, and Ruth Ann Sommers of Hartville, Ohio; a son, Leroy Edward Hartzler of Dublin, Ga.; a brother, Oliver Keener of Danville, Pa.; 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Austin Hege, Ellis Beery and Nelson Showalter will conduct the funeral 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pike Mennonite Church, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in he church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Southeastern Mission Committee, c/o Philip Wenger, 553 Hinton Road, Dayton, Va. 22821.

Arrangements are by McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

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