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Obituaries for Tuesday, April 11, 2000

Anna L. Abraham

CLARKSBURG -- Anna Louise Abraham, 88, of P.O. Box 68, Reynoldsville, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at United Hospital Center, following a sudden illness.

She was born April 28, 1911, in Wendel, a daughter of the late George and Anna Kipila Rusnak.

Her husband, Ford Abraham, preceded her in death on June 15, 1979.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Martha Abraham, Larry and Luwanna Abraham, all of Reynoldsville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Molly and Ray Dennison, Betty Jean and Eddie Huffman, all of Clarksburg; one brother, John Suskovich, Indianapolis, Ind.; three sisters, Marion Staats, Indianapolis, Margaret McGlumphy, Clarksburg, and Elizabeth Flint, Spencer; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Susann Putzek.

Mrs. Abraham and her husband owned and operated Star Dairy Farm for many years. She was a member of the First Evangelical Congregational Church, Oakmound.

McGlumphy Funeral Home/Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lucille C. Berkshire

MORGANTOWN -- Lucille C. Berkshire, 97, of Apolla Drive, Morgantown, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at the home of her granddaughter, Charlotte Childs, Des Moines Avenue.

She was born Aug. 14, 1902, in Portage, Pa., a daughter of the late Roger Lloyd and Louvenia Little Cordwell.

Her husband, Earl Berkshire, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Opal Berkshire; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by two sons, Earl Berkshire Jr. and Wayne Lewis Berkshire, three sisters and two brothers.

Mrs. Berkshire was a member of the First Baptist Church in Weston, and attended Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgantown.

She resided in Morgantown for more than 50 years and was an honorary member of the Cameo Club and Gold Star Mothers. She worked for 18 years at the Kiddie Town and at the West Virginia University Libraries.

Peggy C. Crouse

CANTON, Ohio -- Peggy C. Wagner Crouse, 51, of Canton, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Mercy Medical Center, Canton.

She was born March 5, 1949, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Dewey and Iva Pearl Hymes Wagner.

Her husband, Arthur Crouse, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, William and Pamela Crouse, Canton; three brothers, Gene Wagner, Wyatt, Cecil Wagner, Carrollton, and Bob Wagner, Elyria; two sisters, Dorothy Wise, Canton, and Shirley Wagner, Melbourne, Fla.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, John, Thomas and Melvin Hugh.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Don Wagner at Rhoden Memorial Home, Canton, on April 3. Interment was in the Henry Warstler Cemetery, Canton.

Oran D. Dean

BUCKHANNON -- Oran Dale Dean, 87, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2000.

He was born May 5, 1912, a son of the late Joseph Lafayette and Emma Smith Dean.

His first wife, Vesta Virginia Hilton Westfall and his second wife, Virginia Kellar Poling, both preceded him in death. His third wife, Goldie Neal Dean, survives.

Also surviving are his children, L. Harold and Evelyn Dean, Taylors, S.C., Margaret A. Miller and Donald D. and Sylvia Dean, all of Buckhannon, Charles L. and Shirley Dean, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by four sisters, two brothers and one son-in-law, Wesley R. Miller.

Mr. Dean was a member of Sand Run Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer, cattleman and for many years along with his son, Don, owned and operated Dean's Meat Shop on Kesling Mill Road.

Marie M. Dotson

PENNSBORO -- Marie M. Dotson, 87, of Toll Gate, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Parkersburg.

She was born June 28, 1912, in Cabin Run, Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and June Taylor Dotson.

Her husband, Homer K. Dotson, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda L. Jones, Toll Gate, and Bonnie L. Grose, Parkersburg; one son, Roger D. Dotson, Toll Gate; two brothers, Cecil Dotson, Cleveland, Ohio, and Carl Dotson, Williamsburg, Va.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Clarence Dotson; two sisters, Mabel Chandler and Mildred Dotson and one great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Dotson was retired from the U.S. Postal Service, working as postmaster at Toll Gate for 28 years and was a member of the Retired Postmaster's Association.

She was a graduate of Pennsboro High School and a member of the Church of Christ at Pennsboro.

Joseph Newton Fitzpatrick

CLARKSBURG -- Joseph Newton Fitzpatrick, 69, of Pine Top, Ariz., died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Pine Top.

He was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Henry Fitzpatrick and Pearl Williamson Fitzpatrick.

His wife, Patty Fitzpatrick, preceded him in death.

Surviving are three daughters and two nieces, Sandra Fitzpatrick Patterson and Joan Freeman, both of Clarksburg.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Minnie Rollins and Lena Nixon and four brothers, Robert, Hank, Benjamin and John Fitzpatrick.

Mr. Fitzpatrick attended Victory High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was the owner and operator of a restaurant in Pine Top.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was cremated and buried in Pine Top. Davis-Weaver Funeral Home service.

Barbara Jane Mays

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- Barbara Jane Ash Mays, 29, of 49573 Moore Ave., East Liverpool, died at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., following a brief illness.

She was born April 1, 1971, in East Liverpool, a daughter of the late Mary Jo Morgan Ash, East Liverpool.

Her husband, Robert S. Mays, whom she married Aug. 8, 1998, survives.

Also surviving are two stepsons, Jeffery Michael and Frederick Joseph Mays, both at home; three sisters, Brenda Ash, Armstrong Creek, Wis., Kimberly Sue Smallwood and Mrs. Matthew (Beverly) Smith, both of East Liverpool; three brothers, Arnold Ash, East Liverpool, Randall Ash, Florida, and Frank L. Ash, Lisbon; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Mays worked at Ames Department Store in Customer Service.

Dawson Funeral Home Inc., East Liverpool, is in charge of arrangements.

Eva A. Bonnell

SALEM -- Eva A. Bonnell, 69, of Route 1, Salem, Long Run, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 20, 1930, a daughter of the late Earl and Susie Davis.

Her husband, Jack Bonnell, preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1998.

Surviving are one son, Danny Lee Bonnell, Salem; one daughter, Connie Sue Martin, Big Flint; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Fred, James, Willard and William Davis, all of Salem.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Willis Davis.

Private visitation and services have been requested by the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem.

George Harold Nestor

PHILIPPI -- George Harold Nestor, 86, of Nestorville community, Route 2, Philippi, died Sunday evening, April 9, 2000, at Broaddus Hospital, Philippi, following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 4, 1913, in Nestorville, a son of the late Riley J. and Virginia Belle Godwin Nestor.

On Nov. 19, 1932, he married the former Cora Florence England, who preceded him in death on Aug. 4, 1995.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Karl E. and Rosetta Nestor, Wooster, Ohio; one son-in-law, Paul Bennett, Boulder; four grandsons, Randy Bennett, Buckingham, Va., David Bennett, Glasgow, Karl Nestor Jr., Wooster, and Keith Nestor, Columbus, Ohio; five great-grandchildren, Jonathon Bennett, Jacob Bennett, Kelly Nestor, Aaron Nestor and Lucas Adam Nestor; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Juanita Ruth Bennett; two sisters, Lillie Gay Nestor and Rosa May Righman; and one brother, Ersel Ray Nestor.

Mr. Nestor was a retired railroad construction supervisor for the G.W. Peoples Construction Company.

He was a member of the Nestorville United Methodist Church and is remembered as a former member of a Gospel Quartet which sang in many area churches and on local television.

Robert Stout

CLARKSBURG -- Robert Stout, 77, of 135 Woodland Dr., Clarksburg, died at 4 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Folsom, a son of the late William Jefferson Stout and Bernice Lipscomb Stout.

His wife of 53 years, Nellie Estene Johnson Stout, survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Robert J. Stout and Roger L. Stout, both of Hepzibah, Norman G. Stout, Rick Stout and Larry Stout, all of Clarksburg; three daughters, Ester M. Johnson, Spelter, Loberta Stout and Sheila Stout, both of Clarksburg; four brothers Jack Stout, Folsom, Jimmy Stout, Middlefield, Ohio, Steve Stout, Adel, Iowa, Billie Stout, Rome, Ohio; four sisters, Helen Myers, Woodsfield, Ohio, Ruth Corrigan, Stow, Ohio, Norma Gean Fulton, Marietta, S.C., and Susie Talkington, Mannington; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Jettie Osenbaugh and two brothers, Dewight Stout and Scott Stout.

Mr. Stout was a disabled veteran serving in the U.S. Army, during World War II.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Arthur Armstrong presiding. Interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown. A full military graveside service will be conducted by VFW Post No. 2081 of Grafton, the American Legion Post No. 12 of Taylor County and the D.A.V. Post No. 24.

Steve B. Wierbonski

FAIRMONT -- Steve B. Wierbonski, 83, of Lillie Street, Pleasant Valley, Fairmont, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at his home.

He was born April 19, 1916, in Kingmont, a son of the late Vita Wierbonski and Josie Kinchesky.

His wife of 51 years, Helen Catherine Janicki Wierbonski, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Stephen W. and Nora Wierbonski, Morgantown, and Robert J. Wierbonski, Fairmont; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Carolyn and Steve Morris, Flemington, Virginia and Frank Lopez and Judy Jannon, both of Fairmont; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Blanche and Edward Janicki and Lucille Wierbonski, all of Fairmont; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Lopez Silnickie, Fairmont, Frank J. Lopez, Fairmont, Chealsea J. Wierbonski, New York City, Justin R. Wierbonski, Silver Spring, Md., Jennifer Jannon, Pittsburgh, Pa., Tristan and Josie Wierbonski, Morgantown; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Adam Wierbonski and John Wierbonski, both of Fairmont.

Mr. Wierbonski worked as a coal miner for the Virginia-Pittsburgh Coal Company before being inducted into the U.S. Army in 1941, where he served four years as a technician, Fourth Grade in the 165th Infantry. He fought in the Central Pacific, Western Pacific and Ryukus battles.

After his honorable discharge in 1945, he was employed as a chef at the Palace Restaurant and resumed work as a coal miner several years later. In 1954 he went to work at Owens Illinois Glass Company and dedicated 25 years until the company closed in 1979.

Upon retirement from Owens, he continued to work at Bridgeport Benedum Airport in maintenance for 10 years. He was a member of the American Legion, 17th Post and the Immaculate Conception Congregation.

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