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Obituaries for February 18, 2000

Judith A. Buchanan

PARSONS -- Judith A. Buchanan, 58, of Parsons and more recently a patient at the Cuppet-Weeks Nursing Home, Oakland, Md., died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at the Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland. She had been in declining health for the past 20 years.

She was born on Sep. 25, 1941, at Parsons, a daughter of the late Donald C. Buchanan, and Nina Burns Buchanan, who survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Harold L. and Marjorie Buchanan, both of Parsons; one sister, Donna L. Cosner, Thomas; twin grandsons, Billy and Jimmy Buchanan, both of Parsons; one nephew, Ronald L. Cosner, and one niece, Pamela S. Wyczalek, both of Thomas.

Mrs. Buchanan was a graduate of the Parsons High School with the Class of 1959, and attended Airline School at Hartford, Conn.

She was an employee of the former Parsons Foot Wear Company, and was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Saint Johns United Methodist Church, and a member of the Bertha Price Circle of the church.

Carrie F. Chidester

CLARKSBURG -- Carrie F. Chidester, 92, formerly of Locust Avenue, Clarksburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000 in a local nursing home following a brief illness.

She was born Feb. 7, 1908 in Glen Falls.

Her husband, Guy G. Chidester, preceded her in death in 1989.

Surviving are one son-in-law, Cecil R. Hill, Clarksburg and two grandchildren, Melanie and Kirk Hill, both of Atlanta, Ga.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Leona E. Chidester Hill.

Mrs. Chidester attended the United Methodist Temple.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Virginia Cunningham

WESTON -- Virginia Cunningham, 80, of Route 4, Weston, died at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born on Nov. 13, 1919 in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Luther and Vesta (Smith) Skinner.

Her husband, Clyde Cunningham, Jr., whom she married March 4, 1944, preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 1988.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Jeanie and Jim Stutler, both of Weston; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Tina Cunningham, both of Weston; four brothers, Richard, Charles "Dink", James, and Jack Skinner, all of Weston; two sisters, JoAnn Blake, Weston, and Norma J. Swisher, Nitro; three grandchildren, James Stutler, Jr., Tammy Casto, and Zac Cunningham, all of Weston; one stepgrandson, Charles B. Lough, Weston; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.

Also preceding her in death were one infant son, Clyde S. Cunningham and one sister, Geraldine Singleton.

Mrs. Cunningham was a homemaker, and a member of the St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston. She was also active with the Lewis County Senior Citizens Center.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Avenue, Weston, from 3-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Dr. Joseph Shreve officiating. Interment will follow at the Waldeck Cemetery.

Judith K. Dennison

SALEM -- Judith K. Dennison, 57, of Route 2, Bristol, Shaw Run, died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born Dec. 18, 1942 at Shaw Run, a daughter of the late Albert L. and Nettie Myers, Sr.

Her husband, Frank A. Dennison, Sr., survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Frank A. Dennison, Jr., Slidell, Louisiana, Cecila Dennison, Savannah, Ga. and Patrick Dennison, Salem; one daughter, Mrs. Stephen (Shiela) Nelson, Lost Creek; two brothers and sister-in-laws, Albert A. and Shirley L. Myers, Jr., Shaw Run and Ronald E. and Naomi J. Myers, Wolf Summit; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Patricia) Bennett, Good Hope and Mrs. Randall (Shirley) Ashcraft, Bristol; and 11 grandchildren.

Mrs. Dennison was a homemaker and a Protestant by faith.

Friends will be received at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem Chapel, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Mr. Charles Williams presiding. Interment will be at the Family Cemetery.

Thelma Iser

SHINNSTON -- Thelma P. Iser, 85, of Tetrick Rd., Shinnston, died at 1:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at Dorothy's Rest Home.

She was born at Long Run, a daughter of the late Alburn and Sarah Ashcraft Stiles.

Her husband, Aubrey C. "Gob" Iser, preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1979.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by six sisters, Ernie Fortney, Gladys Bice, Ruth Matheny, Olive Johnson, Susie Ogden and Frankie Brady.

Mrs. Iser was a member of the Long Run United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston from 3-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Aulbert Roberts officiating. Interment will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Enterprise.

Elizabeth A. Jacobs

CLARKSBURG -- Elizabeth Anna Jacobs, 79, of 1511 Franklin Ave., Clarksburg died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000 at the United Hospital Center.

She was born Sep. 27, 1920 in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late George and Mary Harbulla Kosnick.

Her husband, Leon C. Jacobs, preceded her in death on Apr. 1, 1997.

Surviving are one stepson, Donald Jacobs, Philadelphia, Pa.; one niece, B.J. Lucas; three nephews, Michael W. Lucas, Jr., John Paul and Michael G. Lucas.

She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Kosnick Vrabec, Bernice Kosnick Lucas, Julia Kosnick Ivady and Anna Kosnick Lucas.

Mrs. Jacobs was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksburg. She retired from the Brockway Glass Company with over 40 years of service.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, from 4-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Church with the Rev. Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant. Entombment will be in the Holy Cross Mausoleum. A Biblical Prayer Service will be held 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary V. Jones

CLARKSBURG -- Mary Virginia "Jenny" Oldaker Jones, 78, of Route 2, Box 564, Clarksburg, died at her residence, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 7, 1921, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late William Harrison Oldaker and Sarah Maude Kirkpatrick Oldaker.

Her husband, William George Jones, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Judy K. Barnette, Clarksburg; two sons, David Lynn Jones, Stonewood, and William G. Jones Jr., Charlottesville, Va.; six grandchildren, Mrs. David (Crystal) Hardy, Sandra Kay Barnette, Mrs. Brian (Sonja) Vaughn, Heather Michelle Jones, David William Jones, and Randy Lynn Jones; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Eagle, Clarksburg.

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

Mrs. Jones was a member of the East View United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 6-8 p.m. today and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, with the Rev. Chris Duckworth and the Rev. Etheldean Yanero presiding. Interment will follow in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Vonda L. Jenkins

CLARKSBURG -- Vonda L. Click Jenkins, 70, of Route 2, Box 233 C, Jane Lew (Good Hope community) died at 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at her residence following a 10-year battle with cancer.

She was born Jan. 16 in Maytown, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Alonzo and Trilby Turner Click.

Her husband, Jerry L. Jenkins, whom she married Nov. 1, 1952, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Kevan and Cathy Jenkins, Flower Mound, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and John Campbell II, Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Sarah and Katherine Campbell, Jerrod, Jamie, and Jeff Jenkins.

Mrs. Jenkins was a member of Klein United Methodist Church in Houston.

She was a 1952 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in education. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She taught art for Awty International School and taught English and Art for Cypress Fairbanks & Klein I.S.D., both located in Houston.

There will be no funeral home visitation. A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the New Bethel United Methodist Church, Good Hope, with the Rev. Michael G. Richards presiding.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be memorial contributions to the New Bethel United Methodist Church, Route 1, Box 156, Lost Creek, WV 26385.

Erica E. Loughran

PHILIPPI -- Erica E. Loughran, 85, of The Baughman Tower Apartments, Philippi, died Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Broaddus Hospital.

She was born June 16, 1914 in Hoboken, New Jersey, a daughter of the late William and Betty Eisenhouer Rosenthal.

Her husband, John G. Loughran, preceded her in death on Mar. 11, 1974.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Loughran, Philippi and Gerard Loughran, Smithtown, New York; one daughter, Ms. Linda Loughran, Gjerdrum, Norway; one brother, William Rosenthal, Bethlehem, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Eleanor Toebke and by one brother, Robert Rosenthal.

Mrs. Loughran was a retired department store sales person.

Nellie M. Lynch

BRIDGEPORT -- Nellie M. Lynch, 78, of Pleasant Acres, Fairmont, and formerly of Bridgeport and Clarksburg, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000 at the Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born Jun. 7, 1921 in Junction City, Ohio, a daughter of the late Fred and Chloe West Lynch.

Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Jean Lynch, Bridgeport and Dorothy Lynch, Grafton; two nieces, Mrs. Kenn (Judy) Morgan, Bethany and Mrs. Paul (Rebecca) Weigand, Wheeling.

She was also preceded in death by her stepmother, Cleo Varner Lynch Mack; two brothers, Chester and Lewis Lynch; and one nephew, James Lynch.

Mrs. Lynch retired with 35 years of service as a secretary and bookkeeper with the Creasey Company, formerly Merchants Wholesale in Clarksburg.

She was a member of the Central Church of Christ in Clarksburg.

Friends will be received at the Allen Funeral Home, 315 East Main St., Bridgeport, from 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held on Saturday. The Friday edition of the Telegram will have the time and location for the funeral service.

Garl R. Mahan

BUCKHANNON -- Garl R. Mahan, 84, of Rock Cave died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at his residence.

He was born March 1, 1915 in Walton, a son of the late James and Minnie Tuttle Mahan.

His wife, Eloise E. Lee Mahan, preceded him in death on Feb. 8, 1998

Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Hunt, Buckhannon and Carol Linger, Philippi; one sister, Hazel Hubbard, Delaware, Ohio; one granddaughter, Vicki Linger, Philippi; one grandson, Robert Hunt, Crawford; and one great-granddaughter.

Also preceding her in death were two daughters, Welda Mahan and Phyllis Bennett; two sisters Edna Strickland and Norma Smith; and two brothers, Harvey and Ralph ""Bud" Mahan.

Mr. Mahan was a compressor operator at Columbia Gas. He attended Heaston United Methodist Church in Heaston Ridge.

Doris Newbrough

Doris D. Newbrough of Fairmont died on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000 at her residence.

She was born in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late James and Grace M. Graves Richison.

Her husband of 48 years, Charles "Dave" Newbrough, whom she married Jan. 9, 1951, preceded her in death July 29, 1999.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sheri Newbrough, Buckhannon; one daughter, Becky Newbrough Smith, Fairmont; one sister, Ruth Lamm, Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Courtney and Mark Smith, both of Fairmont, Marshal and Layla Newbrough, both of Buckhannon; and her mother-in-law, Mary L. Heath Newbrough, Clarksburg.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Michael Newbrough.

James Salentro

James P. "Jumbo" Salentro, 78, of Allen St., Hepzibah, died at 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb 16, 2000 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 4, 1921 at Monongahela, Pa., a son of the late Constantino and Carmella Arena Salentro.

His wife, Virginia E. Secret Salentro, whom he married Aug. 21, 1942, preceded him in death on Nov. 6, 1994.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, James and Judy Salentro, Shinnston; one daughter and son-in-law, Constance and Edward Koreski, Hepzibah; four grandchildren, Mark and Michael Salentro, both of Shinnston, Mrs. John (Kristin) Burnett and Karolaan Nicholson, both of Clarksburg; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fred J. "Red" Salentro, Shinnston and Dominick "Wig" Salentro, Erie.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, John and William "Babe" Salentro and one sister, Rose Salentro.

Mr. Salentro was a surveyor, having retired form the West Virginia Department of Highways.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the United States Army.

He was a 1939 graduate of Victory High School and a member of American Legion Post #31, Shinnston. He was also a member of the Colombian Club of Clarksburg, the National Rifle Association, and the Holy Family Catholic Church at Spelter. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Friends will be received at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston form 6-9 p.m. Saturday and from 12-9 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Shinnston at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Father Karl Wohinc as celebrant. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Clarksburg.

Grace Strother

Grace Lee Fleming Strother, 86, of 104 Frederick Street, Clarksburg, died, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000 at the United Hospital Center.

She was born Nov. 1, 1913 in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Homer and Pearl Fleming

Her husband of 60 years, Paul F. Strother, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Arnold F. and Frances Strother, Richmond, Va.; two granddaughters, Courtney Strother and Mrs. Alex (Cynthia) Cecil, two great-grandchildren; and 15 nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by five sisters, four brothers, and one nephew.

Mrs. Strother was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, where she was active in the United Methodist Women of the church. She was for many years a volunteer at the United Hospital Center.

She was a graduate of Roosevelt-Wilson High School, Clarksburg and Fairmont State College, Fairmont. She was a teacher in Harrison County for over 20 years.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 7-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Craig L. Michael and Rev. Etheldean Yanero presiding. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Pike and Second streets, Clarksburg, WV 26301

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