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Obituaries for Sunday, June 2, 2002

Verna Opal 'Granny' Ash

ALMA -- Verna Opal "Granny" Ash, 93, of Alma, passed away June 1, 2002, in the New Martinsville Health Care Center.

Arrangements are pending at the Furbee Funeral Home in Alma.

Charles Hunter Duckworth

SHINNSTON -- Charles Hunter Duckworth, 9-month-old son of Charles W. and Renee O'Dell Duckworth, II of Wyatt, died at 1:15 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2002, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness.

He was born at Clarksburg, WV, August 24, 2001.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Danny and Becky O'Dell, Wyatt; paternal grandparents, Charles and Sarah Duckworth, Coons Run; maternal great-grandmother, Ruth O'Dell, Wyatt; paternal great-grandmothers, Betty McIntire and her husband, Jack, Enterprise, Georgia Ann Swiger Livingston, Frances Mines; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and 5 first cousins, Marrissa Merrill, Austin Jenkins, Trenton Duckworth, Jonathan Coffman and Justin Coffman.

He was also preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather, Earl O'Dell; paternal great-grandparents, Elton Duckworth, Raymond and Antonia Eran Swiger.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston from 2-9 p.m. Sunday, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 3, with Pastor Darren Powell officiating. Interment will follow in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

The Dorsey Funeral Home, www.dorseyfuneralhome.com, is in charge of the arrangements.

Rose Mary Devers Petrovich

NUTTER FORT -- Rose Mary Devers Petrovich, 81, of Clarksburg, and formerly of Simpson, died June 1, 2002, after an extended illness. She was born in Grafton on June 9, 1920, a daughter of the late William and Emzie Isner Devers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Thomas Petrovich, in 1974.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry Ann and Robert Mollohan, Gresham, Ore., and Mary Charlene and Alan Burrows, Nutter Fort; a son, Alexander Thomas Petrovich, Jr., San Francisco, CA; six grandchildren, Kevin Mollohan, Kathleen Mollohan, Karen Mollohan Roeske, Debra Burrows Means, Mary Burrows Jackson and Suzan Burrows Belvin; eight great-grandchildren, Sydney Alanna and Noah Roeske, Alexis and Marcus Means, Joshua, Zachary and Kari Jackson, and Ellie Belvin; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Jim McBee, Morgantown, Nancy and Ed Skaggs, Grafton, and Shirley and John Orr, Clarksburg.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Ruth Royce and Betty Lee Powell; and her brother, William Dale Devers.

Rose Mary worked as a cook in the Taylor County Schools, and along with her husband Al, as cottage parents at Pruntytown Industrial School. She had also worked at the Taylor County Courthouse. She was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church, the Alpha & Omega Circle and Berean Sunday School Class.

Mrs. Petrovich was active in many clubs, including the Senior Citizen Chorus, Ms. Senior West Virginia, the Clarksburg Womans Club, VFW Auxiliary, Navy Mothers, and was one of the first Silver-Haired Legislators of WV.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Rose Mary's memory to the Berean Bible Class of the Clarksburg Baptist Church.

Friends will be received at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Mrs. Petrovich will lie in state at the Union Baptist Church in Simpson on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m., where services will be held at 11 a.m. with Dr. Maxwell Hill and Rev. David Hulme presiding. Interment will follow in the Simpson Cemetery.

Vivian Mae 'Judy' Russell

CLARKSBURG -- Vivian Mae "Judy" Russell, 80, 1836 North 16th St., Clarksburg, W.Va., died at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, in Heartland of Clarksburg.

She was born in Barbour County, W.Va., October 16, 1921, a daughter of the late Nelson Marks and the late Mamie Board Marks.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Ralph Edward "Eddie" and Margaret M. Russell, Clarksburg, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Sherri R. Matheny, Rochelle D. Henderson, Brook E. Russell and Brandon E. Russell; two great-grandsons, Tyler E. Henderson and Logan K. Matheny, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Harry, Roy, Oscar and Edison Marks; and by three sisters, Helen Reed, Ruby McGee and Lillian Griffin.

Mrs. Russell was a member of the Evangelical Congregational Church at Oak Mound, Clarksburg.

She was a retired housekeeper.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday.

A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Frank N. Shreve presiding.

Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver Service.

Gavin Scott Scalise

BRIDGEPORT -- Infant Gavin Scott Scalise, son of Gregory Scott Scalise and Ronda Kristine Michael Scalise, departed this life Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

In addition to his parents, Gavin is survived by his brother, Grant Michael Scalise, at home in Clarksburg; his paternal grandparents, Ronald Scalise of Bridgeport and Debra Hartman of Clarksburg; his maternal grandparents, Ronald and Linda Michael of Clarksburg; and his paternal great-grandparents, Joe Scalise of Bridgeport and Robert and Eva Newlon of Clarksburg.

Gavin was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandmother, Helen Scalise, his maternal great-grandparents, Ben and Thelma Reynolds, and Pearley and Lucy Michael.

A private graveside service will be conducted at the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery in Clarksburg. Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, is in care of the arrangements.

Elisha Willard Shields

WEST UNION -- Elisha Willard Shields, 86, of West Union, died May 31, 2002, at his residence, after an extended illness. He was born at Reader, W.Va., a son of the late George R. and Cora I. Farley Shields. He was a former employee of Hope Natural Gas Co. and later worked as a self-employed contract carpenter and electrician. He was Protestant by faith and a Navy veteran of World War II.

Mr. Shields is survived by his special friend and former wife, June C. Haught Shields of West Union; two daughters, Ruth Ann Davisson and husband Randall, and Patty S. Donley and husband Jim, all of West Union; and four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Ernest "Bill" Shields, Elijah Shields, Robert "Bob" Shields, Harvey G. Shields and infants Walker and Valentine Shields; and three sisters, Susan Haught, Zelma Finley and infant Melvina.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, with Lay Minister Earnest "Bud" Costilow officiating. Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, Rt. 18 North, West Union. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-9 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to services on Monday.

A Spurgeon Funeral Home service, West Union.

Hartzel Guy Strader

MIAMISBURG, OH -- Hartzel Guy Strader, 71, of Miamisburg, Oh., passed away on Friday, May 31, 2002, at Hospice of Dayton. He was a retired employee of DAP, Inc., retiring in 1993 after 23 years of service, and was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. An avid genealogist, he was honored as one of West Virginia's History Heroes as well as First Families of Ohio. Active member of Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants and author of multiple genealogy books; 50-year member of William G. Bennett Lodge #46 F & AM.

Preceded in death by his parents, Ural Guy Strader and Ottie Arville (Meadows) Strader; and by two brothers.

Survived by his wife, Betty L.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas G. and Phyllis Strader of Buckhannon, W.Va., Alan L. and Natalie Strader of Noblesville, Ind.; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda M. and John Carter of Moraine, Oh.; four grandchildren, Nicholas and Katelynn Strader, Kristen Ross and Shelby Carter; one brother, two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at 11 a.m., from the Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home, 508 E. Linden Ave., Miamisburg, Oh., with Pastor David Fry officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 6-8 p.m. Graveside burial services will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Barberton, Ohio. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Kettering Memorial Hospital Surgical ICU and to Hospice of Dayton for the comfort and care they provided to Hartzel. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Oh. 45420.

Katherine Elizabeth Van Pelt

JANE LEW -- Katherine Elizabeth Van Pelt, 90, formerly of Jefferson Street, Mannington, died at 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2002, in the Crestview Manor at Jane Lew, following a brief illness. She was born July 17, 1911, in Mannington, a daughter of the late William Edward Frost and Celeste Ann Shaw Frost.

On July 19, 1947, she married Murl Vincent "Jack" Van Pelt, who died Nov. 29, 1997.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and wife Lesley Van Pelt of Weston; and one sister, Elsie P. Floyd of Mannington; three grandchildren, Alex, Megan and Kara Van Pelt; and two great-grandchildren, Payton Dale and Katherine Paige Van Pelt.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Parrish, and four brothers, William, Orville, Ora and Andrew Frost.

Mrs. Van Pelt was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mannington and was retired from the Marion County Courthouse as a record clerk with 17 years of service.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, Monday, June 3, 2002, from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, June 4, 2002, from noon-1 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Rick Farmer officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew, WV.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

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