|Obituaries for Monday, June 3, 2002
ALMA -- Verna Opal (Granny) Ash, 93, of Alma, WV, passed away June 1, 2002, at the New Martinsville Health Care Center. She was born on Mudlick Run in Tyler County on April 26, 1909, a daughter of the late James Franklin and Mary Francis Seders Elifritz.
Granny Ash, as she was known by so many, attended the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Alma, and visited many other area churches. She was a member of the Alma Senior Citizens.
Granny spent her life's work at something she loved and did well ... she was a "gift giver." She made cakes for all occasions, made holiday candies, and crafted many other handmade gifts.
She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by five brothers, Howard, Wade, Boyd, Hugh and Chester; two sisters, Bricie and Bessie; three stepbrothers, Fred, George and Erice Ferrebee; one stepsister, Ella Ferrebee Doak; and one daughter, Joanne Ash Seckman.
She is survived by a son, James and his wife, Thelma; a daughter, Bessie and her husband, Harold Warner; 12 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three step great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Friday, June 7, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Furbee Funeral Home, Alma, with Rev. Louise Baker and Rev. Donald Thomas officiating. Interment: Masonic Cemetery, West Union. Friends will be received at the funeral home Thursday, 2-9 p.m.
GRAFTON -- Charles L. Day, 88, of W. Bluemont St. Grafton, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at the Grafton City Hospital, following an extended illness. Mr. Day was a retired maintenance superintendent, having been employed with the Taylor County Board of Education for 35 years.
He was born in Elkins, WV, on Feb. 12, 1914, a son of the late L. Howard and Rosa Ellen Moore Day. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Vonda L. Digman Day, whom he married on Oct. 6, 1939.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Brenda Day, Grafton, Michael and Jan Day, Grafton; three grandsons, Joe Day Jr., Sgt. Charles Day, U.S. Army, Mark Day; one granddaughter, Donna Day; one great-grandson, Jesse James Leiffer; one sister, Rosalie Pickens, Grafton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Michael Joseph Day; one brother, Russell Day; three sisters, Patricia Hall, Edith Miles, Jean Austin; one daughter-in-law, Deborah Day.
Mr. Day was a member of the St. John's United Methodist Church, Grafton.
Family and friends may call at the Bartlett Funeral Home Monday, June 3, from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, June 4, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave. Grafton, Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Mr. H. Edgar Suite officiating. Interment will be in the Maplewood Cemetery, Elkins.
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.
MORGANTOWN -- William M. Fumich, 79, of Pursglove, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at his residence.
He was born May 9, 1923, in Pursglove, a son of the late George Fumich Sr. and Madeline Seceres Fumich.
He was a supplyman at Humphrey #7 Mines, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII serving with the Infantry I, 430th AAA Battalion, and received the European Eastern medal, WWII Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct medal and the Purple Heart from the Battle of the Bulge. He was a 1942 graduate of St. Francis High School and attended WVU. He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Star City, U.M.W.A. Local #1058, the VFW Post #548 in Morgantown, Mountaineer Golf and Country Club, Mt. Morris Sportsman Association, and was an avid organic gardener.
He is survived by three daughters, Patricia Kiger of Mt. Morris, PA, Barbara Henderson of Laurel Point, and Deborah Stone of Pursglove; two sons, William M. Fumich, Jr. of Mt. Morris, PA, and David Fumich of Pursglove; five brothers, Joseph (Chuck) Fumich of Flint, MI, Anthony (Tony) Fumich of Westover, George Fumich Jr. of Arlington, VA, Steve (Tick) of Pursglove, and Edward Fumich of Huntington; one sister, Mary Murphy of Barboursville; five grandchildren, Stefanie Morris, Leslie Kiger, Jennifer Fumich, Lisa Fumich and Joshua Henderson; two step-grandchildren, Crystal Ray and Shawn Stone; and three step-great-grandchildren, Logan, Scott and Natalie.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary K. Yucha Fumich.
Friends may call at the Hastings Funeral Home on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Carl E. Bauer as celebrant. Interment will follow in the East Oak Grove Cemetery. VFW Post #548 will conduct graveside military rites.
CLARKSBURG -- Lee R. M. "Chick" Malson, 76, Route 2, Box 61, Bristol, WV (Lake Floyd), died at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, in the United Hospital Center.
He was born in New Martinsville, WV, September 22, 1925, a son of the late Frank Malson and the late Elizabeth Malson.
Surviving are his wife, Jeannette Huggins Malson, whom he married December 24,1955; one brother and sister-in-law, Eugene "Gene" and Frances Malson, New Martinsville, one sister and brother-in-law, Violet and Allen Jackson, NC, a brother-in-law, Dallas Huggins, New Martinsville; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers.
Mr. Malson was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church.
He enjoyed doing and was skilled in woodworking, and he had been active with the area Civil War Reenactment groups.
He was a retired social worker and had been employed by the State of West Virginia.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Dr. Maxwell Hill and the Rev. David Hulme presiding.
Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clarksburg Mission, P.O. Box 1123, Clarksburg, WV 26302.
Francis R. 'Hance' Moffett Jr.
CLARKSBURG -- Francis R. "Hance" Moffett Jr., 83, a resident of Clarksburg, died June 2, 2002, in a nursing home in Fairmont. He was born at West Milford, WV, Aug. 29, 1918, a son of the late Francis R. and Mary C. Fox Moffett Sr. He was married to Maxine Highland Moffett on Nov. 3, 1940, who preceded him in death in 1986.
Mr. Moffett graduated from Unidis High School, West Milford, and from Salem College with a B.S. degree in chemistry. He was employed as a chemist at National Carbon Co., Anmoore, prior to enlistment in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as a lieutenant from May, 1943 to February 1946. He retired with 22 years service as a sales consultant for audio-visual equipment in schools from Kyle & Co., Clarksburg.
He was a member of the Duff Street United Methodist Church, past chairman of the Administrative Board for ten years. He was a certified Lay Speaker in the Buckhannon District of the United Methodist Conference. A 50-year charter member of the West Milford Lions Cub and a past District Governor. He was a recipient of a Life membership and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was also past president of the Harrison Unit of the American Cancer Society, and past Chairman of the WV Division.
A 50-year member of Hermon Lodge #6 AF & AM, a 32 degree Scottish rite mason with membership in both the Clarksburg and Wheeling bodies, a member of the Nemisis Temple of Shrine in Parkersburg.
He is survived by two nephews and wives, Robert R. Moffett and wife Aletta, Fairmont, Kenneth M. Moffett and wife Judy, Johnson City, Tenn.; one niece, Patricia Lou Moffett, St. Mary's, W.Va.; and a sister-in-law, Elnora Moffett Hanna, Clarksburg; four great-nephews, Bartholomew Moffett, Concord, Va., Nathanael Moffett, Johnson City, Tenn., Jack L. Moffett and wife Susan, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Todd Moffett and wife Janelle, Abington, Md.; two great-great-nieces, Felicity and Roudell Moffett.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Moffett, and one sister, JoAnn Moffett Chambers.
Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002, where funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. Interment in the Rose Hill Cemetery at West Milford. Hermon Lodge #6 AF & AM will meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for the purpose of attending and conducting Masonic graveside rites. Memorial contributions may be made to the Duff Street United Methodist Church.
Davis Funeral Home (www.davisfuneral.com)
MORGANTOWN -- Roxanne Eddy Oliverio, of Morgantown and formerly of Pittsburgh, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Mary O'Bannon Lannis, of Linwood, NJ, and the late Roxy Lannis.
She was a teacher at University High School, a graduate of St. Francis Academy for Girls in Pittsburgh and of West Virginia University.
She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.
She is also survived by her husband, Samuel Richard Oliverio, of Morgantown; one daughter and spouse, Margaret "Maggie" and John Vasil, of Morgantown; one son, Michael Eddy, of Morgantown; one sister, Marietta Fattori, of Linwood, NJ; and a close niece and nephew, Roxanne and Frank Fattori, of Linwood, NJ.
Friends may call at the Davidson-Mancinelli Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. Monday and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Star City, on Tuesday, June 4, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Fr. Carl E. Bauer as celebrant.
Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Hazelwood Ave., Pittsburgh. Donations: Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Virginia T. Riley, 80, of Cincinnati, OH, died Saturday morning, June 1, 2002, at the Brookside Retirement Community. She was born July 22, 1921, in Sardis, WV, the daughter of the late Minor and Bessie Agnes Trader.
Twice married, she was preceded in death by he first husband, Charles P. Kelley, who was killed in action during World War II and her second husband, whom she married on Nov. 26, 1948, Charles E. Riley, who died Jan. 24, 1993, in Charlotte, NC.
Mrs. Riley is survived by two sons, Charles Edwin Riley Jr., and his wife Linda, Cincinnati, OH, and James Mark Riley and his wife, Kathy, Indianapolis, IN, one daughter, Kathryn Sue Riley, Memphis, TN, and three grandchildren, Chad Edwin Riley and Ann Marie Riley, both of Cincinnati, OH, and Ashley Michelle Riley, Indianapolis, IN.
Mrs. Riley was a longtime resident of Clarksburg, a graduate of West Virginia Business College and formerly employed at Steptoe and Johnson as a legal secretary. She was a past active member of the Sardis Baptist Church and the Clarksburg Baptist Church.
In 1973, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL, with her husband, who retired from Riley Construction Company. There, she worked as a paralegal for attorney Dwight Krause. She later moved to Charlotte, NC, Avon, CT. and then to Cincinnati, OH.
She devoted her whole life to raising and nurturing her family with unconditional love.
Friends and family will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, on Tuesday, June 4, 2002, from noon-2 p.m. A funeral celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., with the Rev. David L. Hulme conducting the service. The interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clarksburg Baptist Church Missions or the Sardis Baptist Church Missions.
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.