|Obituaries for Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001
PHILIPPI -- Herman Bolyard, 85, of Massanutten, Va., formerly of Shiloh community and Belington, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 5, 2001, at his home, following an extended illness.
He was born Dec. 5, 1915, at Shiloh community, a son of the late Wesley and Jessie Myrtle Mullenax Bolyard.
Surviving are his wife, the former Cheryl F. Beigh, of Massanutten; one sister-in-law, Nadine Bolyard, Moatsville; and many caring nieces, nephews and loved ones.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Boyd Bolyard, Lincoln Bolyard and Ernest Claud Bolyard; and by eight sisters, Marie Bolyard, Goldie Wheeler, Monnie Wheeler, Virginia Dowden, Ellen Kinney Lohr, Bessie Hovatter, Colean Keyser and Verta Barnes.
Mr. Bolyard was a retired farmer. He attended the Shiloh Church of the Brethren.
Friends may call at the Stemple & Forman Funeral Home in Philippi from 3-9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 8, when Mr. Bolyard will be moved to the Shiloh Church of the Brethren, where friends may call from 1-2 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Larry Poling and Pastor Garry Clem will officiate and interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Stemple & Forman Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Paul M. Gagne, 66, passed away at his summer residence on Juniper Point, West Boothbay, Maine, on Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, following a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Paul was born on April 24, 1935, in Exeter, N.H., to Malcolm and Yvonne Desloges Gagne. He graduated from St. Michaels Catholic School in 1949 and Exeter High School in 1953. As a junior in high school, Paul represented Boys' State. His senior year, he was a United Nations contest winner. Paul served in the U.S. Army in El Paso, Texas, from November 1954-1956. He married Barbara (Bunny) M. Taylor, also of Exeter, on Oct. 15, 1955.
After completing his military service, Paul and Bunny returned to New Hampshire and raised three children: Patricia, Michelle and David. Paul received a degree in accounting from McIntosh College in 1958. That same year he went to work for the Internal Revenue Service. During his 36-year career, Paul worked as tax auditor, supervising tax auditor and IRS agent in the Portsmouth, N.H. district. In the early 1970s, Paul represented the IRS in a multi-government-agency task force, working against organized crime. In 1974, Paul accepted another promotion and relocated with his family to Essex Center, Vt. He held the position of examination division group manager until his retirement in 1994.
Paul was a member and past president of Toastmasters International, Portsmouth, N.H., Chapter, helping to establish the Strawberry Bank restoration in Portsmouth. He served as a board member on the Vermont Federal Credit Union for seven years; three of these years as board chairman. Paul has been an active member in various Catholic church parishes. Over the years he was a CCD instructor, lector, eucharistic minister, and a member of the parish council.
Paul was preceded in death by his father in 1969; his daughter Patricia in 1982, and his mother in 1983. He is survived by Bunny, his loving wife of 46 years; his daughter, Michelle, a longtime Pratt & Whitney employee residing in Nutter Fort, W.Va.; and his son David, owner and operator of Tony's Barber Shop in Winchester, Mass., residing with his wife Cynthia and their daughter Faith in Everett, Mass. Paul is also survived by Patricia's three children, Heather Lynn Greene of Melrose, Mass., John Paul Greene and his wife Heather Joy of Weare, N.H.; and Peter Brian Greene and his fiancee Chauntey of Concord, N.H. Paul's siblings also survive him: Roland Gagne and his wife Donna of Sanford, Maine, Anita Forbes and George Gagne of Exeter, N.H.; and by several cousins, nieces, nephews, and his Aunt Georgianna Gagne of Phoenix, Ariz.
Paul and his entire family wish to offer a special thank you to Dr. Marc Greenblatt and the Oncology staff at the Fletcher Allen Health Center, Burlington, Vt., for the wonderful care given to Paul these last three and one-half years. Also, special thanks and gratitude are owed to Dr. Alan Barker of Boothbay, Maine, and Miles Home Health Hospice, Damariscotta, Maine; their exceptional loving care during Paul's last month enabled Paul to remain at his summer home with his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Essex. Interment will take place at a later date in Exeter Cemetery in New Hampshire. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to either: DMR/Burnt Island Lighthouse Restoration Project, P.O. Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575 or to Miles Home Health Hospice, RR2 Box 4500, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction, Vt.
Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
SHINNSTON -- Karen M. Gordon, 57, of 603 Seventh St., Fairmont, died at 6:03 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at Mon General Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.
She was born July 30, 1944, in Arizona, a daughter of the late Friend F. and Ruth McCullom Dietrich.
She is survived by her husband, William R. "Bill" Gordon; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Kristian Morrison, all of Fairmont; one son, James Gaffney, New York City; and one grandson, Christopher Daniel Morrison, Fairmont.
Mrs. Gordon was employed at Ormet Corp., Hannibal, Ohio, for more than 30 years.
Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. A funeral service will be at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, with Rev. Earl J. Fletcher officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.
Harmer Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
CLARKSBURG - James D. Grimes, 59, of Elmwood Avenue, Stonewood, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness.
Mr. Grimes worked for the City of Clarksburg with 25 to 30 years of service. He was born in Clarksburg, Oct. 21, 1941, a son of the late Harry and Dolly Dealey Grimes.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Mary Grimes; two sons, David Grimes and his wife Susan, Stonewood, and Daniel Grimes and his companion, Cindy Eckenrode, Clarksburg; five grandchildren, Anna Grimes, Mechell Eckenrode, Michael and Linda Grimes and Ida Eckenrode; one brother, Ross Lee Dealey; one sister, Healn Grimes Harris; two half brothers, Paul Grimes and Dale Grimes; one half sister, Thelma Grimes; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, David Grimes Jr. and Ethel Eckenrode; one son, Ray Allen Grimes; and one brother, Roger Lee Dealey.
Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, Clarksburg, today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. The Rev. Mike Ferber will officiate. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.
Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com, is in charge of arrangements.
SHINNSTON -- Gay Bernita Morgan, 58, of Enterprise, went to be with the Lord at 5:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2001. She died in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.
She was born at Hoodsville, Aug. 25, 1943, a daughter of the late F. Basil and Bernice A. DeVault Moore.
She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Morgan Sr., whom she married Nov. 2, 1963.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Robert "Rob" and Carla Morgan Jr., Mannington; one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Daniel Helmick, Bergoo; three grandchildren, Danielle Morgan, Tyler Helmick and Melissa Jo Maxweill; one brother and sister-in-law, Fred "Ted" and Anna Moore, Fairmont; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Alice and John Hawkinberry, Rivesville, Lois and Bill Lambert, White Hall, and Zana and Doug Carlson, Bonita Springs, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles R. Moore.
Mrs. Morgan had worked at Westinghouse in Fairmont and retired as the manager of the Shinnston Dairy Mart. As a born-again Christian, she dedicated her life and was a faithful servant to our Lord Jesus Christ and was an active member of the Owings Community Church, where she was a member of the Women's Society. She enjoyed traveling, quilting and spending time with her grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Owings Community Church, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, with Pastor Matthew Morrison officiating. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Enterprise.
The Dorsey Funeral Home, www.dorseyfuneralhome.com, is in charge of arrangements.
PINE GROVE -- Raymond G. Norris, 92, of Pine Grove, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at New Martinsville Health Care Center, New Martinsville.
He was born Dec. 7, 1908, in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of the late William and Minnie Ferris Norris.
He was a member of the Church of Christ in Pine Grove. He was a minister for nearly 60 years in Wellsburg, Columbus, Ohio, Lynn, Ind., Langeloth, Pa., Toronto, Ohio, and Pine Grove.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Norris, and two sisters, Lena Hathaway and Edna Rummell.
Surviving are two sons, Carlton Norris and his wife Barbara of Pine Grove, and Richard Norris and his wife Pam of Washington, Pa.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. today at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2001 at the Church of Christ in Pine Grove. Interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park, New Martinsville.
Virginia M. Pishner Salerno
NUTTER FORT -- Virginia M. Pishner Salerno, 69, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 4, 2001, in Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born in Clarksburg on Nov. 16, 1931, a daughter of the late Patsy and Angelina Storage Pishner.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Albert Salerno, whom she married June 4, 1960.
Also surviving are her stepson, Joey Keener; two sisters, Catherine Tate, Gypsy, and Mrs. Marty (Dorothy) DeFazio, Meadowbrook; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Jimmy, Joe and Patsy Pishner and one sister, Mary Grace Hurst.
Virginia had worked at Continental Can and retired from Brockway. She was a graduate of Shinnston High School, class of 1949, and was Catholic.
Friends may call at Burnside Funeral Home, South Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m.-9 pm. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Dominick DePolo presiding. Interment will follow in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort.