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Obituaries for Monday, February 5, 2001

Sharon K. Cleavenger

FLEMINGTON -- Sharon K. Cleavenger, 41, of Route 1, Barbour Corner, Flemington, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Broaddus Hospital, Philippi.

She was born June 30, 1959, in Chickasha, Okla., a daughter of James Brock and Jean Cleavenger.

Her husband, James M. Cleavenger, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Christopher Cleavenger, Berkeley Springs, Tim Cleavenger and Brandon Cleavenger, both of Chandler, Ariz.; and one daughter, Jennifer Cleavenger, Berkeley Springs.

Mrs. Cleavenger was a homemaker and had lived in the Route 1, Flemington community, for the past 20 years.

Friends may call at the Carnegie Funeral Home, Flemington, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.

Rita E. Deem

HARRISVILLE -- Rita E. Deem, 49, of Harrisville, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born Nov. 9, 1951, in Marietta, Ohio, the daughter of Wanda Sue Jones Hoover, who survives, and the late Marl Burdelle Hoover.

Also surviving are one daughter, Amy Deem, Belmont, and one brother, Rocky Hoover, Pennsboro.

She graduated from Harrisville High School in 1970 and attended art school at Fairmont State College from 1971-72. She then went on to graduate from Barber College in Huntington and Parkersburg Beauty College.

She was a self-employed beautician for the last year, and worked at Simonton Windows in Pennsboro.

Ms. Deem was an active member of The Lighthouse Community Tabernacle, Lawford, and always gave freely of herself.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, from 4-9 p.m. today and prior to services on Tuesday. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Pastor Connie Mossor officiating. Burial will follow in King Knob Cemetery, Harrisville.

David F. Gordon

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- David F. Gordon, 60 of New Orleans, formerly of San Diego, Calif., died Jan. 31, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Clarksburg, a son of Amanda Davisson Gordon, Clarksburg, and the late Roy C. Gordon.

Also surviving are two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim Gordon and wife Jerry, San Diego, and Butch Gordon and wife Candi, Clarksburg; one sister, Mrs. Sharon DiMaria, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Bill Gordon.

Mr. Gordon was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

He received his degree of engineering from the University of La Jolla in San Diego and was Baptist.

A private service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice may be made.

Karl Henry Haslebacher

CLARKSBURG -- Karl Henry Haslebacher, 85, of Arbutus Park, Clarksburg, died suddenly Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at his home.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1915, in Nutter Fort, a son of the late Henry and Fanny Huppertz Haslebacher.

His wife, Mable Marie Betler, whom he married on July 4, 1941, survives.

Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda Kay and Ed Chapman, Ona; two grandsons, Michael Scott Chapman, Huntington, and Eric Lee Chapman and wife Mary, Durham, N.C.; two sisters, Pauline Dyer and Esther Weeks, Wheeling; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Agnes Haslebacher, Nutter Fort; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Haslebacher was retired from Henry Haslebacher and Sons Contractors of Clarksburg, and G.A. Brown and Sons General Contractors of Fairmont.

He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army Armored Division for four years, where his assignments included serving one year in Okinawa.

Mr. Haslebacher was a 50-year mason of Herman Lodge No. 6, A.F.&A.M., Clarksburg. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite mason with membership in the Clarksburg and Wheeling bodies, the Nemesis Temple of Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Clarksburg, and the Central West Virginia Shrine Club.

He was also a member of the Nutter Fort Lions Club and the West Virginia Contractors Association.

Mr. Haslebacher was an active lifetime member of Vincent Memorial United Methodist Church, where he held various positions, including serving on the board of trustees and building committee.

Friends will be received at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Vincent Memorial United Methodist Church, with Rev. D.D. Meighen officiating. His body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Graveside Masonic rites will be held by at Herman Lodge No. 6, A.F.&A.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Karl Haslebacher to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, 1900 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY, 40502.

Davis Holt Hostler

GRAFTON -- Davis Holt Hostler, 62, of Thayer Street, Grafton, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 29, 1939, in Taylor County, a son of the late John and Marie Isabelle Davis Hostler.

His wife, Annabelle (McKinney) Hostler, survives.

Also surviving are his former wife, Dorothy F. (Austin) Hostler, Grafton; nine children, David W. Hostler, Virginia Beach, Va., Tammy E. Anderson and husband James Michael, Columbus, Neb., Sandra Newbraugh, Petersburg, Michelle Mayle and husband Dana, Webster, Christina Bartlett, Pittsburgh, Pa., Judy Greaver and husband Michael, Knottsville, Mark Hostler, Daniel Hostler and Karen Daff, all of Grafton; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul H. Hostler and John W. Hostler and wife Bobo, Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Greathouse and one brother, Thomas Hostler.

Friends may call at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, U.S. Route 50 west of Grafton from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday.

Bonnie E. Hustead

PHILIPPI -- Bonnie E. Hustead, 87, of Isaac's Run Road, Route 1, Philippi, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001.

She was born Dec. 21, 1913, on Isaac's Run Road, a daughter of the late James N. and Maud Anglin Stewart.

Surviving is her husband, Berlin N. Hustead, whom she married March 15, 1936.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Linda Ann Wacowski, Philippi; three granddaughters, Mrs. Glenvil (Melanie) Ratliff, Coalton, Mrs. Andrew (Vanessa) Price, Core, and Mrs. Cynthia Shaffer, Philippi; one great-granddaughter, Jamie Leigh Ratliff, Elkins, and one great-great-grandson, Jacob Michael Lewis, both of Elkins; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Ocie Hickman and one brother, Hoy Stewart.

Mrs. Hustead was a homemaker who loved to tend to her flowers. She was Methodist.

Friends may call at the Stemple and Forman Funeral Home, Philippi, from 7-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, when the funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Menelus Mayle officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery.

Stemple and Forman Funeral Home, Philippi, is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice V. Nicholson

SALEM -- Eunice V. Nicholson, 84, a resident of The Heritage in Bridgeport, formerly of Salem, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at The Heritage.

She was born Sept. 27, 1916, at Brushy Fork, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Thomas Floyd and Sarah Alice Middleton Brown.

Her husband, David L. "John" Nicholson, whom she married Oct. 10, 1934, preceded her in death Dec. 5, 1987.

Surviving are two daughters, Sara Nell Sinnett and husband Barney, Oak Creek, and Mary Beth Helmick and husband Aaron, Bridgeport; two sons, David R. Nicolson and wife Janice, Lost Creek, and Richard L. Nicholson and wife Judy, Clarksburg; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by six sisters, Icy Hazel Eddy, Ersa Vlalia Flesher, Lizzie Louise Matthews, Dessie Lou Cleavenger, Edith Irene Martin-Lathrop, and infant, Grace Brown; four brothers, Thomas Stickley Brown, Paul Clifford Brown, Virgil Filmore Brown, and infant, Odwin Glare Brown.

Mrs. Nicholson was a homemaker and a former member of the Salem Senior Citizens. She was a member of the Salem Baptist Church.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Harbert Funeral Home, Salem.

Dominick A. Policano

CLARKSBURG -- Dominick A. Policano, 74, of Denham Street, Clarksburg, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born on Feb. 27, 1926, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Larry and Rose Moss Policano.

Surviving is his wife of 56 years, Mary Frances "Fluffy" Cowgill Policano.

Also surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Larry Policano and wife Angela, and Robert Policano, all of Clarksburg; three daughters, Rose Ann Policano and Mrs. Ed (Mary Dee Policano) Barnett, both of Clarksburg, and Beverly Policano, Austin, Texas; two grandsons, Dr. Brian Policano and Matthew Policano; two granddaughters, Dominique Medina and Rosemary Policano; one sister, Flora Policano Mazza, Clarksburg; two brothers, Larry Policano Jr., Silver Spring, Md., and Anthony Policano, Houston, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, David V. Policano; two brothers, Frank Fuscaldo and Joseph Fuscaldo and two sisters, Mary Marano and Kate Guzzi.

Mr. Policano was a businessman and entrepreneur. He was a lifelong resident of Clarksburg and was well-known and well-respected for his business adventures and community service.

As a young man, along with his father, he owned and operated Cash & Carry Market in Glen Elk and later established a successful real estate business.

He was the owner and founder of the Clarksburg Beauty Academy, the developer for the Rosebud Plaza, owned and developed numerous properties in and around Clarksburg, and was involved in various other business endeavors.

Mr. Policano was active in local politics, being the only original member of the Harrison County Planning Commission still active with 37 years of service, a former Justice of the Peace, former police commissioner, city councilman, and proudly served on the Clarksburg Water Board.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 872, the Sons of Italy, attended and participated at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Blue Army, and was an altar boy/server at St. James Catholic Church.

His proudest accomplishment was founding the North Central West Virginia Parkinson Family support group, the first of its kind in West Virginia.

Mr. Policano excelled in athletics at Washington Irving High School from 1941-44, where he was captain of the football, basketball, and track teams.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, from 2-9 p.m. today.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father Cesidio Federico and the Rev. Father Tim Grassi as celebrants. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Central West Virginia Parkinson Family Support Group, 107 C-Anna Square, Fairmont, WV, 26554.

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