West Democrat Obits February 4, 2015

  • Edward W. Atkinson
    Edward W. Atkinson, native of Weston, age 91, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. He was a long-time resident of Princeton Junction, N.J., where he shared a home with his wife of nearly 50-years, the late Alda Atkinson. 
    Atkinson is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Ronald) Magro; and four grandchildren, Daniel J., Nina M., Joseph E., and John F.  
    He was a graduate of and earned a B.S. degree from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. He was copy chief of the General Books Division at the Reader's Digest Association for close to 25-years.
    Previous to that, he worked for the Encyclopedia Britannica and other publications including the American Legion, where he met his wife, Alda Viarengo. The two were married for 57-years. Edward was a part of the "Greatest Generation" and served as a second Lieutenant in the Army Air Force , 331st Bombardment Group during WWII.
    He was a member of the American Legion for 65-years and a member of the West Windsor Lions Club for 45-years. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 636 - Princeton, N.J.  He was a pioneer in the pro-life movement and attended the March for Life every year since its inception in 1973. His tireless care and hard work for the less fortunate was exemplified in the various groups within the community for which he volunteered his time. Always the consummate gentleman, he personified what it meant to give of oneself for the betterment of others.
    His family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 6 - 8 p.m. and again on Friday, Feb. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m., at James J McGhee Funeral Home, 690 Belmont Ave. Southampton, Pa.  
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 611 Knowles Ave., Southampton, Pa. 
    Edward will be laid to rest at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, Pa. 
    In lieu of flowers, in memory of Edward, the family requests donations be sent to a Pro-Life organization of one's choice.
    Condolences may be sent to Edwards family at McGheeFuneralHome.com.
  • Zelda C. Cutright
    Zelda C. Cutright, age 58, of Jane Lew, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at her residence following an extended illness.
    She was born in Weston on May 13, 1956: daughter of the late Ivan Gail Turner and Margaret Jane (Lott) Cutright.
    On May 13, 1987, she married Larry J. Cutright, who preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 2004.
    Cutright is survived by one daughter, Crystal Mae (Travis) Riffle of Weston; and two grandchildren, Alexa and Howard Riffle.
    Also surviving is one brother, Harold "Bud" Turner of Jane Lew; one sister, Marguerite Gale "Doodle" Workman of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.
    In addition to her parents and husband, Larry, she was preceded in death by one sister, Zorna Robin Acavairello.
    Cutright was a glass cutter. She was a Methodist. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids and family in general.
    Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue in Weston, on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
    Funeral services were held on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral chapel with Pastor Bob Hoover officiating.
    Interment followed services in the Peterson Cemetery of Weston.
    On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Zelda may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Zelda C. Cutright.
  • Charles Leslie Fox
    Charles Leslie Fox, age 84, of Panama City, Fla. passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.
    Charles was born in Roanoke, and lived in Panama City, Fla. for the last 48-years. He retired as a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force after 20-years service. After his military career, Charles worked in Civil Service as Assistant Fire Chief at Tyndall AFB, retiring after 20-years. He was a devoted member and former chairman of the Board of Trustees at Parker United Methodist Church. Charles worked and help build 13 houses for Habitat for Humanity and was an active volunteer to help feed the homeless. He loved bass fishing at Deer Point Lake and Lake Seminole and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
    Charles was preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly; his parents, Ova Cecil and Mary Alice Fox; five brothers, Ed Fox, Ross Fox, Stanton Fox, Andy Fox and Robert Fox; and two sisters, Edith Fox Allman and Madge Fox Kirkpatrick.
    Survivors include his wife of 60-years, Barbara; his son, Steven (Jeanette); grandchildren, Alisa, Jennifer, Keith, Eric and Meagen; great-grandchildren, Michael, Ava, Devin, Wesley and Maci; sister, Marybelle Cunningham of Barberton, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services began at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Parker United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Stringfellow officiating.
    Interment follow at Garden of Memories.
    The family received friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. Asked to serve as pallbearers were Jim Jennings, John Briggs, Roger Davis, Floyd Scalf, Russ Austin and Bob McCoy.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Fox's name may be made to either the Parker United Methodist Church or to the Habitat for Humanity. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charles Leslie Fox please visit www.kentforestlawn.com.
  • Gail Jennings Hall
    Gail Jennings Hall, age 91, Alum Bridge, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at his residence, following a sudden illness.
    He was born in Camden on June 30, 1923: son of the late Howard and Neta (Woofter) Hall.
    On Oct. 12, 1945, he married Ruth (Logie) Hall and they celebrated 61-years of marriage until her passing on Dec. 21, 2006. Hall was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
    He is survived by Gary and Sharon Hall of Weston; grandchildren, TJ and Mindy Hall, Dusty and Kristy Hall, Jill Hall, Bridgett Adams and Nathan and April Adams; great-grandchildren, Dalton Davis and Maddy, Abby, Katy, Kiley and Kalyb Hall, Gennette and Steve Casto of Weston; grandchildren, Zachary and Tina Casto and Lindsay and Jason Morehead; great-grandchild, Regan Morehead, John Hall (deceased) and Terri Hall of Weston; grandchildren, Dr. Tyler and Jacki Hall and Audra Hall; great-grandchildren, Elijah Hall and Damien and RaeLeigh Bonnett.
    He is also survived by brother, Burl Hall of Clarksburg and several nieces and nephews.
    In addition to his parents, wife Ruth and son, John, he was preceded in death by one sister, Lorrene Ross.
    He was an employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force on Oct. 26, 1942, where he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. He trained at Patterson Field, Ohio, Dyersburg, Tenn., Windover Field, Utah, and his last station, Bangor Field, Maine. He served 19-months overseas as a crew chief of a B-24 Bomber. He was in several air combat battles in the Balkans, Europe, Algeria, French Morocco, Naples, Rome, Normandy, France and the Rhineland and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the Bronze Battle Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters for valor.
    After leaving the service, he began working with Hope Gas Company and retired from Consolidated Gas Company with 42-years and five-months of service working from a tool dresser to a well specialist. A humble man, he was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. He was a member of the Camden United Methodist Church, living a long and full life serving and trusting in the Lord.
    Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue in Weston, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 2 - 8 p.m.
    Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Paul Thompson and Rev. Clifford West officiating.
    Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery of Weston.
    Full military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.
    In lieu of flowers donations in memory of him may be made to the Weston Volunteer Fire Department 321, Center Ave., Weston, WV 26452.
    On-line condolences and life stories in memory of him may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Gail Jennings Hall.
  • Mae M. Johnson
    Mae M. (McClain) Johnson, age 97, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
    She was born on Dec. 30, 1917: daughter of the late Schuyler and Lovie (Greathouse) McClain.
    She was retired from the UNINYS Corporation of Los Angeles, Cal. with 30-years of service.
    She is also preceded in death by her husband, Given Johnson; brothers, Pat, Bert, Earl, Delbert, Roy and Steve McClain; and sister, Glenda Conley.
    She is survived by sister, Eleanor L. Reese of Burnsville; brother, Sammy (Betty) of Lakemore, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.
    Mae was protestant by faith. She loved to travel, especially to Natural Bridge and Williamsburg, Va. She loved flowers; her favorites were Irises and Azaleas. She also loved to cook, sew and enjoyed watching wildlife, especially birds and squirrels.
    The family received friends from 12 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods.
    Funeral Services followed visitation at 2 p.m at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.
    Interment followed in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Burnsville.
    Words of comfort and fond memories may be shared with the family at www.stockert-paletti.com.
    The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Johnson Family.
  • Annabelle Linger
    Annabelle Linger, age 94, of Horner passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Seller's Personal Care Home of Jane Lew, following an extended illness.
    She was born in Burnsville on July 20, 1920: daughter of the late Harry Brown and Myrtle (Squires) Brown.
    In November of 1950, she married Albert H. Linger, who preceded her in death on May 27, 2003.
    Linger is survived by one son, Carey (Cyndi Riley) Linger of Horner; and one granddaughter, Hesper R. (Andy Strother) Linger.
    She is also survived by one brother, Homer Brown of Ohio; two sisters, Lillian Stalnaker of Ohio and Myrtle Morris of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.
    In addition to her parents and husband, Albert, she was preceded in death by seven siblings.
    Linger was a homemaker. She was a member of the Georgetown United Methodist Church and was on the board of trustees of the Georgetown Community Center. Annabelle enjoyed quilting, embroidering and sewing. She was a farm girl and loved gardening. Earlier in her life she was a glass-cutter. She was the oldest member of 11 brothers and sisters.
    Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue in Weston, on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
    Funeral services were held on Thursday at 1 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Ron Brown officiating.
    Interment followed services in the Georgetown Cemetery of Horner.
    On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Annabelle may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lewis County Senior Center (Meals on Wheels Program) 171 West Second Street Weston, WV 26452.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Annabelle Linger.
  • D. Breyer Mathess,
    D. Breyer Mathess, age 20, of Stone Lick Road in Jane Lew, passed away unexpectedly at 12:26 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, as a result of injuries sustained in an accident at his residence.
    He was born in Clarksburg on Feb. 28, 1994: a son of Steven R. Mathess and Wendy Frashure Mathess of Jane Lew.
    His quick wit and resourcefulness will be carried on by his family: one brother, Branson Mathess of Jane Lew; fiance, Taylor Wolfe of Buckhannon; maternal grandmother, Dottie S. Bush of Tanner; paternal grandparents, Larry and Vicki Mathess of Buckhannon; paternal great-grandmother, Mary Lou Kane of Buckhannon; paternal great-grandfather, Clarence Mathess of Coxs Mills; two aunts, Nikki Frashure of Jane Lew and Aimee (Mike) Snyder of Morgantown; and the family dogs, who miss him dearly.
    Breyer was a 2011 graduate of homeschooling and he attended the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center in Buckhannon, where he became a skilled welder. He worked with his father in the family business, Gutter Express Inc., installing seamless gutters and downspouts. He and his fiance were looking forward to starting a new chapter in their lives as they planned their upcoming wedding and shopped for a new home. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially deer hunting with his dad, riding 4-wheelers, welding and he liked to watch military documentaries, westerns and the history channel. He was a member of the Sand Run Baptist Church in Buckhannon.
    Friends and family gathered at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29.
    Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday with Pastor Don Butcher officiating.
    Interment followed in the Hiney Cemetery in Linn.
    The family requests that flowers be omitted and donations be made to: Miracles Happen, 201 Edgington Lane Wheeling, WV 26003-1513. Their program focuses on mental health and substance abuse recovery.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Breyer Mathess.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.
  • Leonard Toney Mick
    Leonard Toney Mick, age 96, a resident of Weston, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Davis Medical Center in Elkins.
    He was born Monday, Aug. 12, 1918 in Walkersville: a son of the late Toney and Minnie L. Mick.
    He is survived by his wife, Della Mick; seven children, five step-children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.
    Preceding Leonard in death besides his parents was one son, one brother and one sister.
    He was the owner of his own mechanic shop where he worked as a mechanic for numerous years. He served his country in the U.S. Army.
    His request for cremation will be honored and inurnment will follow in the Duncan Falls Cemetery, Duncan Falls, Ohio.
    The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Leonard Toney Mick.
    Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.
  • David Earl Reel
    David Earl Reel, age 47, of High Street in Weston, died at his home Jan. 31, 2015, at 8:32 a.m.
    He was born Oct. 22, 1967 in Weston: son of the late Robert Law Reel and Elizabeth Dye Reel.
    He is survived by his girlfriend, Carla Fittro and her daughter, Cheyanne Fittro, and her children, Myles, Hardin and Zeriya Hamill; four sisters, Mary Ann (Steve) Flesher of Avon, Ohio, Sharon (Dale) Helmick of Weston, Carol (Leon) Sprouse of Jane Lew and Roberta Simons and companion, Rodney Gibson, of Jane Lew; three brothers, John Reel and Donald (Shelia) Reel, all of Jane Lew, and James (Andrea) Reel of S. C.; and his dog, Cheyanne.
    Several nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews survive.
    He was in the U. S. Navy and served aboard the Nemitz Ship. He was a carpenter and handyman by trade and was Baptist by faith.
    Friends were received Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 6 - 8 p.m.
    Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bonnie Starkey officiating.
    Burial will be held in the Broad Run Cemetery.
    A Morris Funeral Home Service.
  • Mary Ann Robinson
    Mary Ann Robinson, age 73, a loving mother and grandmother, of Findlay, Ohio, passed away on Jan. 26, 2015 at 9:40 a.m. at Blanchard Valley Hospital in the Hospice Care Unit. She was born May 23, 1941: a daughter of Nellie Bloom.
    She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Botello and Bonnie Snyder of Findlay, Ohio; and two sons, Lawrence Vawter JR of Lafayette, Ore. and Rex Vawter of Bloomberg, Texas. Also surviving is a sister, Loys Henry of Weston; a brother, Ronald Shinkle of Columbus, Ohio; a very dear friend, Russell Johnston of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
    She was well known for her cooking skills which she showed off in many Findlay restaurants. She had a wonderful personality which so many people loved about her. She will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends.
    A memorial service will be held at a later date.
  • Zorna Robin Scavairello
    Zorna Robin Scavairello, age 57, of Right Freemans Creek Road, Weston, passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at her home following an extended illness.
    She was born in Weston on Nov. 29, 1957: daughter of the late Gail Turner and Margaret (Lott) Turner.
    Scavairello is survived by one daughter, Carmella Simpson of Weston; and one granddaughter, Amber Burkhammer.
    She is also survived by one brother, Harold Turner of Weston; two sisters, Zelda Cutright and Gail Workman, both of Weston; her boyfriend, Rusty Wilfong and several nieces and nephews.
    Scavairello was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Weston High School.
    At the family's request, her body will be cremated.
    There will be a private graveside service at the Carder Cemetery of Vadis, at a later date.
    On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Zorna may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Zorna Robin Scavairello.
  • Havonda Skinner
    Havonda "Bonnie" Skinner, age 75, of Good Hope Community, departed this life on Jan. 18, 2015 following a courageous battle with cancer.
    She was born in Lost Creek on April 23, 1939: a daughter of the late Robert and Ruth Harris.
    She was a loving and devoted wife to her husband, Lon Skinner, who preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 2013.
    She is survived by her children, one son, Jon Scott (Wendy) Skinner of Good Hope Community; two daughters, Lonna Skinner (Lyndon) Auvil of Clarksburg and Dawn Marie (Thorn) Skinner Posey of Weston; eight grandchildren, Scott Skinner, Staci Skinner, Stanley (Jessica) Posey, Ethan Snyder, Tina Posey, Hannah Snyder, Logan Auvil and Lennon Auvil; and three great grandchildren, Ayden Skinner, Olivia Snyder and Garrett Snyder.
    Also surviving are two sisters, Joan (Marion) Wyatt and Linda (Clarence) Chapman; one brother, Roger (Suzanne) Harris; two sisters-in-law, Orpha Skinner and Toni Skinner, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
    Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert "Bud" Harris and Junior Harris; three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, Don "Peck" Skinner, Joe and Dorothy Skinner and Bob Skinner; and two great-nephews, Jimmy Skinner and Levi Skinner.
    She attended the New Bethel United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women Group. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Seniors Group at the West Milford Community Center. She attended Lost Creek High School, then married Lon Skinner on Aug. 1, 1955 and began raising her family. She lived her life loving and caring for her children and husband. She was a wonderful Christian influence to her family and friends. She and Lon were avid animal lovers.
  • Kenneth Lane Stalnaker
    Kenneth Lane Stalnaker, age 90, Old Rt. 33 of Weston, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew, following a brief illness.
    He was born in Lewis County on Sept. 15, 1924: son of the late Lewis Hanson Stalnaker and Virgie May (Lane) Stalnaker.
    On July 29, 1949, Stalnaker was married to Haroldine Mae (Greene) Stalnaker, who preceded him in death on April 14, 2014.
    Stalnaker is survived by two daughters, Sandra Jo Stalnaker and partner, Mark Smith, of Smithburg and Joyce Ellen (Thom) Zirkle of Ft. Myers, Fla.; three grandchildren, Brian Wright and partner, Melissa Shirley, Breeanna Wright and fiance, Ernie Hall and Amy Jones; four great-grandchildren, Brian Conrad, Ryder Hall, Wyatt Hall and Quinn Hall; one great-great-grandchild, Brendon Conrad; and an adopted daughter, Lora Cruz.
    He is also survived by three brothers, Gary Stalnaker, Zane (Linda) Stalnaker and Nelson Stalnaker; one sister, Nell Hall; and several nieces and nephews.
    In addition to his parents and wife, Haroldine, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Stalnaker; two sisters, Clara Reger and Doris Smith; and a special friend his dog, Oliver.
    Stalnaker was a master craftsman. He built homes for a living and upon retirement he crafted wooden furniture of all types including dining room tables, curio cabinets and many other items. At a younger time in his life, Kenneth loved to hunt, bowl and golf. He was a veteran serving as a pharmacist's mate third class in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
    He loved nature including birds, wild flowers and all wild animals. Stalnaker was an avid reader, mostly non-fiction and loved to learn new things. He was a family man. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. He was also a special man, loving, kind and generous and a man of fortitude and integrity.
    Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue in Weston, on Sunday, Feb. 1, from 1 - 5 p.m.
    Funeral services were held on Monday at 1 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Stephen White officiating.
    Interment followed the services in the Georgetown Cemetery of Horner.
    Full military honors were conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.
    On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Kenneth may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Kenneth Lane Stalnaker.
  • Raymond Sundstrom
    Raymond Sundstrom, age 70, of Valley Chapel Road in Weston, passed away at 10:37 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in the comfort of his own home, with his family by his side.
    He was born in Astoria, N.Y. on Feb. 12, 1944: a son of the late Karl and Corrinne Magnesunn Sundstrom.
    On Sept. 6, 1997, he married the former Janice Ware, and they celebrated 17-years of marriage.
    He is also survived by his son, Darryl Sundstrom, and his children, Isabella and Raymond Taylor Sundstrom; Darryl's fiance, Michele Mazzarulli, her children, Jarrett and Rhiannon, all of Wilmington, N.C.; step-son, Tim Harsha of Charleston; step-daughter, Debbie (Scott) Birckhead and their children, Ava and Jack of Harrisburg, N.C.; one sister, Lillian Black of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and his former wife and mother of his son, Elaine Sundstrom, of Wilmington, N.C.
    He was a graduate of Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) and was retired from IBM in new product development with over 26-years of service in Florida and North Carolina. He later moved back to West Virginia to enjoy retirement at his country home. He was much loved by his family and friends and he never met a stranger. He enjoyed working on his property, fishing and playing golf. He was honest to a fault and was aptly referred to by his life-long friend, Dave Ware, as "salt of the earth." He was a member of the Freemansburg United Methodist Church.
    Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5.
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, with Rev. Paul Thompson officiating.
    Interment will follow in the Claremont Cemetery in Marion County.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Raymond Sundstrom.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.