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Obituaries for Thursday, March 1, 2001

Dorothy Evelyn Boatman

SHINNSTON -- Dorothy Evelyn Boatman of South Ridge Drive, Mount Airy, N.C., formerly of Spelter, died at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2001.

She was born at Meadowbrook, a daughter of the late Gail and Ellen Norris Rector.

Her husband, Lon Boatman, whom she married Nov. 8, 1964, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Brenda and William Shortencarrier, Carneys Point, N.J., and Leslie Conner, Raleigh, N.C.; four grandchildren, William Shortencarrier Jr., Pennsville, N.J., Jeffrey Shortencarrier, Carneys Point, N.J., Tracy McAllister, Hopewell, N.J., and Leslie Shortencarrier, Bridgeton, N.J.; nine grandchildren; one brother, Edward Rector, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Boatman was a homemaker and enjoyed making crafts and collecting various dolls and angels.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Austin Burrough officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Sharon L. Coen

PINE GROVE -- Sharon L. Coen, 58, of Pine Grove, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at the Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

She was a daughter of the late Charles E. Tanner and Faye Davis King.

Her husband, Robert A. Coen, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Bobby Coen, Wileyville, and Curt Coen, Pine Grove; three daughters, Darlene Adams, Diane Gump and Roberta Conley, all of Pine Grove; three sisters, Thelma Scott, Charleston, Shirley Schmit, Cleveland, Ohio, and Inez Dulaney, Pine Grove; and 10 grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Homer Tanner and James Tanner; three sisters, Ida Morris, Betty Tice and Blanch Leasure.

Mrs. Coen was a member of Higgins Chapel Church of Christ near Pine Grove.

Mary Ann Courtney

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Mary Ann Courtney, 41, of Lake Floyd, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 10, 1959, in Clarksburg, a daughter of Floyd A. Meek and Helen Criss Meek.

Her husband, Randy D. Courtney, whom she married on Aug. 31, 1979, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Eric S. Courtney, Lake Floyd; two brothers, Allen Meek, Lexington, Ky., and William Meek, Perrysburg, Ohio; two sisters, Brenda Degarmo, Lake Floyd, and Linda Ashby, Flatwoods; her father and mother-in-law, Charles and Freda Courtney; four brothers-in-law, Dan Degarmo, Paul Ashby, Gary Courtney and Tim Courtney; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Meek and Kim Meek; six nieces and five nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gradie Criss, and Mr. and Mrs. William Meek.

Mrs. Courtney was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1977 and Salem College of Nursing in 1979.

She was a registered nurse, working for 22 years. She previously worked with the Doddridge County Health Department, Albert Gallatin Home Health, Sistersville Home Health and the United Home Health and People's Hospice.

She was a member of the Lake Floyd Club, Harrison County Bicycle Club, Salem United Methodist Women and was a charter member of the Phi Lambda Chi. She touched many lives and was loved by all who knew her.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001, with the Rev. Kevin Bender presiding. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302.

Nellie Manuel Custer

CLARKSBURG -- Nellie Manuel Custer, 79, formerly of Route 1, Fairmont, Coons Run community, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, following an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Coons Run, a daughter of the late Larry and Catherine Chickerell Manuel.

Her husband, Henry W. Custer, whom she married in June, 1980, preceded her in death.

Surviving are three sisters, Ann Richardson, Colorado Springs, Colo., Virginia Eddy, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mary Dastko, Fairmont; one brother, Dominick Manuel, Coons Run; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Tony, Jim and Frank Manuel; and three sisters, Phyllis Amalett, Rose Ford and Lucille France.

Mrs. Custer was a member of the Catholic Church, Monongah.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Father Larry Wren officiating.

Donald V. Dortenzo

BRIDGEPORT -- Donald V. Dortenzo, 38, of Carriage Lane, Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, following an extended illness.

He was born Feb. 15, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of Claudia R. Lewandowski Dortenzo of North Augusta, S.C., and the late Vincent J. Dortenzo.

His wife, Megan D. Dortenzo, whom he married April 23, 1988, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Kathryn M. Dortenzo, one son, Matthew V. Dortenzo, both at home; one sister, Mary R. Dortenzo, Pittsburgh; two brothers, Vincent A. Dortenzo, Ocean City, Md., and Michael J. Dortenzo, Pittsburgh.

Mr. Dortenzo graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. He was employed as a process improvement engineer with the Software Productivity Consortium, Herndon, Va.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Salem Rifle and Pistol Club. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport.

Friends will be received at the All Saints Catholic Church, Main Street, Bridgeport, from 9-10 a.m. Saturday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with Father Harry N. Cramer presiding. A private interment will be held at Bridgeport Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Donald V. Dortenzo Scholarship Fund, made payable to the Heritage Christian School, 225 Newton St., Bridgeport, WV 26330, or to People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302.

Rev. Dr. Charles R. "Chuck" Echols

CLARKSBURG -- The Rev. Dr. Charles R. "Chuck" Echols, 58, of 401 Duff St., Clarksburg, pastor of the Duff Street United Methodist Church, Stealey, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in Bluefield, from a sudden illness.

He was born Jan. 5, 1943, in Richwood, a son of the late Dr. John Edward Echols and Virginia Pauley Echols.

His wife, Sue Wells Echols, survives.

Also surviving are two stepsons, Scott Allen Thompson, Franklin, and Steven Wells Thompson, Fulks Run, Va.; two brothers, Dr. John Echols, Lewisburg, and Dr. William Echols, Huntington; two stepgrandchildren, Andrew Scott Thompson and Raven Sierra Greer.

Rev. Echols graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan, Buckhannon, and received his Masters of Divinity at Duke University in North Carolina. He received his Doctorate of Ministry at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pa.

He had been in the ministry for 34 years, having been pastor at Beckley Temple, Beckley, Stevenson United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, Franklin United Methodist Church, Franklin, Salem United Methodist Church, Salem, Peterstown United Methodist Church, Peterstown, Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, Huntington, Epworth United Methodist Church, Ripley, Bland Street United Methodist Church, Bluefield, and was pastor of the Duff Street United Methodist Church, Clarksburg.

Friends will be received at the Duff Street United Methodist Church, 400 Duff St., Clarksburg, from 6-9 p.m. today, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Frank Shomo, the Rev. Dr. Tom Bickerton, the Rev. Dr. Randy Flanagan, the Rev. Dr. Joe Kenaston, the Rev. Dr. Roy Knight, the Rev. Stephen Rector, the Rev. Susan Rector and the Rev. Dr. Joe Shreve presiding. Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations may be given to the Duff Street United Methodist Church, 400 Duff St., Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Louis Kyle Greathouse

CLARKSBURG -- Louis Kyle Greathouse, 71, of 339 South 23rd St., Clarksburg, died at 8:29 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born May 12, 1929, in Nutter Fort, a son of the late Laco Greathouse and Ava White Greathouse.

His wife, Linda Valentine Greathouse, whom he married Oct. 24, 1985, survives.

Also surviving are three stepsons, Jeffrey Thorp and David Thorp, both of Clarksburg, and Jason Thorp, North Dakota; one stepdaughter, Lori Rhoades, Clarksburg; one brother, Arlis Greathouse, Stonewood; four sisters, Wanda McIntyre and Eugenia Shreves, both of Nutter Fort, Norma Wilmoth, Clarksburg, and Linda Dinaldo, Bridgeport; three stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Lemoyne Greathouse Fiands.

Mr. Greathouse was a Methodist by faith.

He had retired from Kanawha Steel in Charleston, and for the past eight years was employed by Mountain State Auto Auction.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

V. Joan Koebert

NUTTER FORT -- V. Joan Koebert, 74, of Maryland Avenue, Nutter Fort, died Friday morning, Feb. 23, 2001, in the United Hospital Center.

She was born in Kincheloe, a daughter of the late Harry Rupert Davis and Ruth Fisher Davis Thompson.

Her husband, John Joseph "Jack" Koebert, preceded her in death on April 19, 1982.

Surviving are one son, John C. Koebert, Reston, Va.; one brother, Harry Robert Davis, Liberty Addition, Clarksburg; several nieces and nephews; and her dog, Pepsi.

Mrs. Koebert retired as a computer science analyst with the federal government. She was a retired real estate broker in Virginia. She had attended George Mason University where she studied computer science and physics.

She had lived in Nutter Fort since 1982 and was a member of the Nutter Fort Woman's Club. She enjoyed golfing and was a former member of Bel Meadows Country Club. She was an artist and her favorite subject was dogs.

Her ancestors settled in Salem in the 1790s and were among the founders of Fort Salem. Another ancestor was Jessie Hughes, a noted border scout during the Revolutionary War. She was working on compiling the history of her family, including the Davis, Westfall, Jackson, Hughes and Rollins families.

Family and friends may call at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 1-2 p.m. Friday where a celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. D.D. Meighen presiding. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Vonda E. Lake

SHINNSTON -- Vonda E. Lake, 87, formerly of Owings community, died at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at her residence at Country Comfort Personal Care Home following an extended illness.

She was born May 4, 1913, in Belington, a daughter of the late Daniel J. and Verona Freeman Lohr.

Her husband, Lewis Leon Lake, whom she married Aug. 4, 1934, preceded her in death on April 15, 1997.

Surviving are one son, Lewis L. "Bubby" Lake, Moundsville; four daughters, Brenda Saunders, San Antonio, Texas, Barbara Burns, Moyock, N.C., Virginia Lake, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Carolyn Minnix, Lumberport; six grandsons, Robert Gilbert, Staunton, Va., David Hillyard, Lumberport, Jerry Hutson, Virginia Beach, Va., Terry Hutson, Norfolk, Va., Don Hutson, Nags Head, N.C., and William Saunders, San Diego, Calif.; seven granddaughters, Janice Bittinger, Shinnston, Shanna Lake, Moundsville, Deanna Spruill, Moyock, N.C., Debra Wagner, Wichita Fall, Texas, Desirae Saunders, Niceville, Fla., Lynn Adams, Richmond Hill, Ga., and Charla Brown, Wichita Falls; and 10 grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having also been preceded in death by one son, Leon Lake; one daughter, Lenora Ann Lake; one brother, Elbert Lohr; one sister, Cynthia Heavner; and one son-in-law, J.C. Minnix.

Mrs. Lake had been a resident of the Owings community for 43 years prior to her illness. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

She was a homemaker and mother who enjoyed cooking and especially baking cookies for her grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 3-8 p.m. Friday. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Tim Eberhardt officiating. Interment will follow at the Simpson Cemetery, Simpson.

Fonda Merla Rexroad

BUCKHANNON -- Fonda Merla Rexroad, 95, of Route 2, Box 66, French Creek, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born Nov. 12, 1905, at Gould, a daughter of the late Henry C. Perry and Stella Davis Perry.

Her husband, Ralph B. Rexroad, preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 1974.

Surviving are one daughter, Doris J. Nicely, French Creek; three sons, Guy F. Rexroad, Greenville, S.C., Clyde E. Rexroad, Libby, Mont., and Paul W. Rexroad, Henderson, Nev.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Russell Perry, Esker Perry, Ralph Perry, French Perry, Lowell Perry and Davis Perry; and two sisters, Helen Rickard and Madge Moore.

Mrs. Rexroad was a homemaker. She was a member of the French Creek United Methodist Church.

She was a member of the Rock Cave Chapter Order of Eastern Star and the French Creek Homemakers Club.

Jack F. Stickman

RAVENSWOOD -- Jack Frederick Stickman, 71, of LeRoy, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Eldercare, Ripley.

He was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Frederick Stickman and Lillian Tricot Stickman.

His wife, Cheryl Webster Stickman, survives.

Also surviving are five daughters, Beverly Selby, Charleston, Rebecca Micheal, Harrisburg, Pa., Elizabeth Ruediger, Ripley, Dr. Evelyn Goldsmith, Indiana, Pa., and Julie Ballard, Delaware, Ohio; two brothers, John Stickman, Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Eric Wilgus, Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Suzanne Jennings, Maryville, Tenn., and Yvette Heitzeg, Waterford Township, Mich.; 19 grandchildren.

Mr. Stickman worked for Western Auto for 20 years and retired from True Value Hardware after 18 years service.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ravenswood.

Forrest E. Sturm

SHINNSTON -- Forrest E. Sturm, 85, of Little Bingamon, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 6, 1915, at Little Bingamon, Marion County, a son of the late Charles G. and Elizabeth Ashcraft Sturm.

His wife, Pearl E. Sturm, whom he married June 20, 1937, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Ronald F. Sturm and wife, Imkelina, Gordonsville, Va., and James L. Sturm and wife, Faye, Waverly; one daughter, Jeanie Levelle and husband, John, Lumberport; five grandchildren, Deborah Sturm Kendall, Edwin Ronald Sturm, Susan Sturm Goldman, Michael J. Sturm and John E. Levelle II; four great-grandchildren, Christopher J. and Miranda L. Goldman, Christina C. Kendall and Evan M. Sturm.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Genevene Sturm Harbert.

Mr. Sturm was a 1934 graduate of Mannington High School. He retired from Consolidation Coal Co., Williams Mine.

He was a member of Mannington Lodge No. 31, A.F. and A.M. and was a Scottish Rite Mason. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 1501.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Elizabeth Carson officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. Mannington Lodge No. 31 A.F. and A.M. will conduct ritualistic graveside rites.

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