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Obituaries for Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Esther Elizabeth Way Bolle

Esther Elizabeth Way Bolle, 85, a resident of The Heritage, formerly of Clarksburg, died at 8:10 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2001, in The Heritage.

She was born Nov. 25, 1915, in Wolf Summit, a daughter of the late George C. Way and Estella M. McCool Way.

Surviving are three daughters, Eleanor Johnson, Florida, Mary Ellen Sherman, Bridgeport, and Mrs. Robert D. (Sonia) Cochran, Bancroft; one son, Charles George Bolle, Nevada; 11 grandchildren, Marianne Fouts, David Brassine, Matt and Mark Cochran, Julie Dawson, Kevin, Tiffany, Lacey and Justin Bolle, Scott Melton and Leann Bias; 10 great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Michael Fouts, Zackery Dawson, Kodi Cochran, Wyatt and Drake Bolle, Jacquine and Daniel Bias, Brandon and Ryan Melton; and nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one sister, Helen Ammons; three brothers, Harry, George and Richard Way, and two sons-in-law, Bennie F. Sherman and Robert D. Johnson.

Mrs. Bolle was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Catholic Burial rites will be conducted by the Rev. Father Leo B. Lydon at 3 p.m. Friday, at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg. Friends will be received from 2-3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Pearl Cottrill

SALEM -- Pearl Cottrill, 91, of Abilene, Texas, formerly of Clarksburg, died Friday, March 16, 2001, following a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 24, 1909, in Center Point, a daughter of the late Clarence Jasper and Ivy Allen Cottrill.

Surviving are one sister, Virginia Fortney, Abilene; one niece, Alice Welch, Abilene; two nephews, James Cottrill, Stonewood, and Clarence Cottrill, Preston, Md.; several great-nieces and nephews.

While living in Clarksburg, she was employed as a clerk for B.D. Bailey and Sons for over 30 years. She was a graduate of Washington Irving High School, class of 1927, and later attended West Virginia Business College.

She was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Abilene. Her body will be returned to Center Point for burial.

Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Freddie Guy Fox

SALEM -- Freddie Guy Fox, 78, of Cherry Camp, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born May 22, 1922, on Long Run, Doddridge County, a son of the late Joseph H. and Ella Thompson Fox.

His current wife, Kathleen Twyla Luikart Fox and his former wife, Mary Jean Pitts, Salem, both survive.

Also surviving are two sons and spouses, Stephen and wife, Robyn Fox, Johnson City, Tenn., and Nathan and wife, Darlene Fox, Cherry Camp; two stepchildren, Debra Fox, Uniontown, Pa., and Linda Fincham, Mannington; one sister, Velma Burnside, Wolf Summit; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Earl and Edward Fox and six sisters, Sylvia Freeman, Goldie Holiday, Thelma Cogar, Waveline Hickman, Edna Fox and Melinda Fox.

Mr. Fox was a member and Stewart of the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Philippines and New Guinea.

For over 30 years, he was a glass maker for Hazel-Atlas/Anchor Hocking Glass Co.

Friends may call at Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 1-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gene Burnside and the Rev. John Hart, presiding. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Fox will lie in state at the church from noon until the 2 p.m. service.

Helen Eloise Hollen

PHILIPPI -- Helen Eloise Hollen, 82, a resident of 108 Hall St., Philippi, and a recent resident of Broaddus Hospital Long Term Care, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Oct. 11, 1918, in Greentown area, Junior, a daughter of the late McDowell "Curley" and Aletha Coberly Ashby.

Her husband, Bobby B. Hollen, whom she married Nov. 7, 1942, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Bruce and wife, Lorna Tenney Hollen, Buckhannon.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Ashby Maxwell, and two brothers, Bernie Ashby and Caryl V. Ashby.

Mrs. Hollen was reared in Galloway, where she attended elementary school and was a 1938 graduate of Philippi High School. She took nursing classes at the Ghalegar Hospital in Washington, D.C.

She was active in the Philippi Parent Teachers Association, the Philip-Barbour Band Boosters and served as den mother for the Philippi Cub Scouts. She was a member of the Crim Memorial United Methodist Church and was active in the church's various circles and other women's groups until ill health.

Paul 'Jake' Johnson

SHINNSTON -- Paul "Jake" Johnson, 76, of Lumberport, died at 11:35 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Lumberport, a son of the late Florence Johnson Gaston.

His wife, Colleen A. Johnson, preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 1989.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. James (Kathy) Roy and Mrs. John (Tammy) Christopher, both of Clarksburg; four sons, Harry Johnson, Bridgeport, Jerry Johnson, Reynoldsville, Randy Johnson, Lost Creek, and Larry Johnson, Clarksburg; two brothers, Ralph Johnson and Guy "Mike" Johnson, both of Clarksburg; one sister, Julie Robinson, Clarksburg; one stepsister, Carol Sue Coomer, Bridgeport; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two daughters and one son.

Mr. Johnson was a lifelong resident of Hedges Heights in Lumberport, and a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

He retired from Centurial Products in Clarksburg and was Protestant.

Friends will be received at Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Roy Morrice Kittle

ELKINS -- Roy Morrice Kittle, 76, a resident of Circle Drive, Quiet Dell for the past 10 years, passed away at 3:10 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2001, at his residence. He had been in failing health for the past year.

He was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Mill Creek, a son of the late Okey and Bessie Chewning Kittle.

On Dec. 7, 1946, he married the former Madeline Lucille Jones Kittle, who survives in Mt. Clare.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. John (Lynne Y.) Jansons, Littleton, Colo.; one sister, Alice Kittle, Junior; two cousins, Keith and Cornelia "Connie" Wolford, Valley Bend; his mother-in-law, Alvina Klevins, Clarksburg; one sister-in-law, Eileen Shaw, Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, Lauren Jansons, Adam Jansons, Terina Kittle, Vance Kittle, twins, Terry and Sherry Kittle, and Mrs. Michael (Sandra) Marshall; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, David Kittle and Wayne Kittle and one brother, Lawrence Kittle.

Mr. Kittle was employed at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, Clarksburg, as a truck driver from 1947-1950. He was then employed as a maintenance foreman for the L.A. County Water Pollution District, in Whittier, Calif., for 35 years, from where he retired.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Cavalry, having served in World War II, where he helped rebuild part of the Great Wall of China in Burma.

Mr. Kittle was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 573 of Clarksburg.

Katherine 'Kit' Lewicki

CLARKSBURG -- Katherine "Kit" Serwatka Lewicki, 87, of Clarksburg, died at 7:45 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2001, at The Heritage, Bridgeport.

She was born Feb. 25, 1914, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Peter Serwatka and Helen Biclak Serwatka.

Her husband, Chester V. Lewicki, whom she married Dec. 25, 1943, preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 1992.

Surviving are her care givers, nephew, Jerome "Jerry" Biesczad and wife, Helen; one brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Ann Lewicki, Brooklyn, N.Y.; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Serwatka, Chippewa Lake, Ohio; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and her extended family, The Heritage personnel.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Biesczad and Antoinette Liptak and five brothers, John, Joseph, Stanley, Theodore and Virgil Serwatka.

Mrs. Lewicki was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Clarksburg, the Polish Women's Alliance of America and was a life member of the National DAV Auxiliary. She had attended local schools.

In 1941 she moved to Brunswick, N.J., where she was employed by Johnson & Johnson First Aid Dept. during World War II. She was then employed by and retired with 24 years of service from Cosmetic Inc., New Brunswick.

Following her retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Lewicki returned to Clarksburg.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Paul Eugene Malagrida

JANE LEW -- Paul Eugene Malagrida, 54, of Horner, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2001, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, losing a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born July 5, 1946, in Crab Orchard, a son of Carl Malagrida, Akron, Ohio, and the late Ethel Tate Malagrida.

His wife, Deborah Wyatt, survives in Horner.

Also surviving are two sons, Jordon Malagrida, Horner, and Paul Malagrida III, Clinton, Ohio; two daughters, Michelle Marsh, Clinton, and Gina Chewning and husband, Dave, Akron; six grandchildren; four sisters, Darla and husband, Frank Samora and Carla and husband, Thomas Harper, all of Stow, Ohio, Lorna Lane, Barberton, Ohio, and Renay and husband, Erich Beswick, Pompano Beach, Fla.; his mother and father-in-law, Nick and Betty Tindell, Weston; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Malagrida was a self- employed contractor and a baseball coach in Lewis County.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Horner United Methodist Church, with the Rev. William Dawson officiating. The family will receive friends from 4-5 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, is in charge of arrangements.

Richard D. 'Dick' Miller

PINE GROVE -- Richard D. "Dick" Miller, 79, of Paden City, formerly of Reader, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at New Martinsville Health Care Center.

He was a son of the late George W. and Lula Keck Miller.

His wife, Mary Lou Leek Miller, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Richard D. Miller Jr., Paden City; one daughter, Linda Baird and husband, Pat, Kenosha, Wis.; two brothers, Stanley and Gene; one sister, Joann Nolan; four grandchildren, Richard D. III, Joseph, Suzanna and Christopher; four great-grandchildren, Shawn, Allyson, Justine and Jessica.

Mr. Miller was a member of the Eight Mile Church of Christ, near Reader, the Reader Lodge No. 282 IOOF, Reader, and the Shortline CB Club.

He retired from Columbia Gas of Porters Falls, with 45 years of service and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a former member of the Shortline Emergency Squad in Pine Grove.

Orian A. Post

JANE LEW -- Orian A. Post, 80, of Sycamore, died Tuesday morning, March 20, 2001, at his lifelong home.

He was born Jan. 8, 1921, a son of the late Orian Lee and Flora Gladys Marts Post.

His wife, Elaine Zillifro, whom he married in 1950, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Burl L. Post and wife, Patty, Columbia, Md.; one daughter, Susan Lee Post Carr and husband, James E. Carr, Bristol; eight grandchildren, Isaac A. Post, Richmond, Va., Shawn P. Post, Sycamore, J. Alex Post, Benjamin P. Post, Angela M. Post and Gloria L. Post, all of Columbia, James F. Carr and Sarah E. Carr, Bristol; three nephews, Ronn McFarlane, Austin, Texas, Keith Zillifro, North Carolina, and Lynn Zillifro, Clarksburg; one niece, Cynthia Zillifro Hutson, Grafton; one grandniece, Courtney Zillifro; three grandnephews, Gabriel McFarlane, Alex Zillifro and Benjamin Hutson; and one sister, Mary Virginia Post McFarlane and husband, W. Lee, Ellicott City, Md.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Flora Lee Post Gum.

Mr. Post was a 1938 graduate of Unidis High School and a 1942 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in agriculture. He served as assistant WVU extension agent of Harrison County until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and received pilot training in Missouri.

After being discharged from the service in 1945, he began work for the Veterans Administration as a trainer in agriculture. In 1957, he returned to WVU and earned a master's degree in science.

Mr. Post worked as a teacher in Harrison County schools, first at Sardis School, then as agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Bristol High School and later at Liberty High School until his retirement in 1984.

He was an avid aviator and flew his own plane from a private air strip on the family farm, which he owned and operated with his wife for 50 years.

Friends will be received at Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 6-8 p.m. today and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Gary Rapking officiating. Burial will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery.

James F. Sturm

GRAFTON -- James F. Sturm, 79, of Walnut Street, Grafton, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at Grafton City Hospital, following an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Grafton, a son of the late M.W. and Ruby Wittman Sturm.

His wife, Geraldine Gibson Sturm, whom he married Feb. 10, 1945, survives.

Also surviving are one son, James M. Sturm and wife, Diana, Huntington; one daughter, Jill Annette Matthews and husband, Anthony, Waldorf, Md.; one grandson, Connor Austin Matthews; one stepgrandson, Kenneth Santmyer; one sister, Sarah Woodyard, Grafton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Nevah Coole; one brother, Lowell Thomas Sturm and one infant daughter, Janon Elaine Sturm.

Mr. Sturm made his career in the military, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force, during World War II. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1965, with 23 years of service and also retired from Sears Department Store with 12 years of service.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 3081, Grafton, and the Church of the Good Shepherd, Methodist.

Friends will be received at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Bert Coffman officiating. Burial will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown. Military graveside services will be conducted by Grafton VFW No. 3081, American Legion, Taylor County Post No. 12 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 24.

Denver J. Russell

CLARKSBURG -- Denver J. Russell, 87, a resident of Heartland of Clarksburg, formerly of Austin Avenue, Broad Oaks, Clarksburg, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2001, in Heartland.

He was born Nov. 5, 1913, in Jane Lew, Lewis County, a son of the late Winiford Russell and Mildred Jane Jeffries Russell.

His wife, Nina M. Reed Russell, whom he married Dec. 30, 1933, preceded him in death on Dec. 10, 1984.

Surviving are two daughters, Judith Seal, Volga, and Mrs. Wayne (Sandra) Lemasters, Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, Tracy, Debbie, Joann, Mike and Christin Lemasters, Beth Ann Fridley and Brian Seal; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including locally, Irvin Miller.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Elaine Russell and one sister, Evelyn Miller.

Mr. Russell was a member of the Broad Oaks United Methodist Church and a former member of the Broadway Lions Club. He was a 1932 graduate of Jane Lew High School.

He retired in 1975 from Union Carbide after having over 34 years of service.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with Pastor H. Gene Burnside presiding. Interment will be in Fairview Friendship IOOF Cemetery near Jane Lew.

Evelyn Stanley Taggart

SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Evelyn Stanley Taggart, 90, a resident in the Lutheran Memorial Home, Sandusky, died Tuesday morning, March 20, 2001, at her residence.

She was born May 14, 1910, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late William and Frances Snider Stanley.

Her husband, Mac Taggart, preceded her in death.

Also surviving are one daughter, Linda Bloomberg, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.; one son, Bill Taggart, Bellevue; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Kelli Bunnett.

Mrs. Taggart along with her husband, owned and operated the Medina Photo Studio in Medina.

She was a member of the Tavares Methodist Church, Tavares, Fla., the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 266, Medina, and many other groups and organizations.

There will be no visitation. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Bridgeport, W.Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local Y.M.C.A. The Toft Funeral Home and Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is in charge of arrangements.

James Eugene Weaver

MORGANTOWN -- James Eugene Weaver, 72, of Lawnview Drive, Morgantown, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at his home.

He was born Sept. 30, 1928, in Logan, a son of the late Thomas and Mabel Hinchman Weaver.

His wife, Eleanor Weaver, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Mike and wife, Marenda Weaver, Madison, Conn., and Pat Weaver, Morgantown; three grandchildren, James Michael, Jeb Campbell and Jason Patrick; one sister, Jenny Kiel, Houston, Texas; two brothers, Robert H. Weaver, Stevens Point, Wis., and Thomas F. Weaver Jr., Buckhannon.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Amy Weaver.

Mr. Weaver was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of the Marine Corps League. For many years, he worked in the Morgantown community as a car salesman.

He began his career with Layman Motors, was later employed with Richter Volkswagen, Oldsmobile and then retired from Larry Smith Buick. During his career he was involved in many local civic groups in the Morgantown area. He was Methodist.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Nicholson Chapel Cemetery, Summers School Road, with the Rev. Stacy L. Groscup officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Nicholson Chapel Cemetery Fund, in care of Rev. David Hilling, 1008 Summers School Road, Morgantown, WV 26508. Hastings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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