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Obituaries for Monday, Nov. 12, 2001

Julie Robert Alonso

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Julie Robert Alonso, age 55, of Deerfield Drive, Bridgeport, died at 5:55 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, following a brief illness.

He was born in Clarksburg on October 12, 1946, a son of the late Julie Alonso and Julia Perez Alonso, who survives in Bridgeport.

Also surviving are an uncle, Raymond Alonso and his wife, Catherine, of Clarksburg; an aunt, Amor and husband Bob Mazza, Clarksburg; and several cousins in the Bridgeport and Clarksburg areas.

Mr. Alonso worked as a draftsman for Pickering Company, Long Island, NY, AFG Industries, Fourco Glass Company and the WV Department of Highways.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, from noon-9 p.m. Monday, where Catholic Burial Rites will be observed at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2001, with Reverend Father Harry Cramer presiding. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver service.

Mary Lee Freshour

CLARKSBURG -- Mary Lee Freshour, age 55, 148 Arbutus Drive, Clarksburg, WV, died at 9:25 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2001, in United Hospital Center.

She was born in Clarksburg, February 11, 1946, a daughter of the late Carl White and the late Maccie Ferrell White.

Her husband, John F. Freshour, preceded her in death on September 19, 1997.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, John and Heather Freshour, Clarksburg, and one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Thomas Mace, Clarksburg; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Mary Jane White, Shinnston, WV, and Carl and Joyce White, Michigan; five grandchildren, Shawn Mace, Johnny Freshour, Justin Mace, Alyssa Mace and Jared Freshour; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Freshour was a member of the Saltwell Christian Fellowship Church. She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday.

A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Arlie Parrish presiding.

Interment will be in West Virginia National Cemetery, Prunytown, WV.

Davis-Weaver service.

Howard E. Gray Jr.

FAIRMONT -- Howard E. Gray Jr., 83, of View Ave., Fairmont, died Friday evening, November 9, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born in Fairmont on July 20, 1918, a son of the late Howard E. and Edna Hill Gray Sr.

Mr. Gray was retired from the First National Bank of Fairmont, now Wesbanco, retiring in 1985 with 30 years of service. His duties at the bank included bookkeeping department, teller, supply manager, and as a teller of coinage.

Following his retirement at First National, he was a faithful associate of the Ford Funeral Home of Fairmont with over 17 years of service, still currently serving with the firm.

He also currently served as pianist at the Fleming Memorial Presbyterian Church of Fairmont. He was a member and former choir member of the First Baptist Church of Fairmont, was a retired organist for the Central United Methodist Church of Fairmont with 37 years of service, was a former organist at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church of Fairmont for 5 years, and was also a former secretary to Mr. Edward Jones at Jones Department Store of Fairmont for 5 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II, serving in the African and European Theaters. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 17 of Fairmont.

Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, John Alfred and Mabel Gray of Fairmont; a brother-in-law, Dr. Clyde Purdy of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; nephews, Michael and wife Mary Ann Gray of Virginia Beach, VA, Marcus and wife Deborah Purdy of Mt. Vernon, OH, James and wife Linda Purdy of Mt. Vernon, OH, and David and wife Kelly Purdy of Mt. Vernon, OH; nieces, Donna Gray of Terra Alta, WV, Linda and husband Mark Loveridge of Newark, OH, Karen and husband Mark Longsinger of Charleston, WV, and Patricia Purdy of Howard, OH.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Dora Louise Purdy, deceased 2001.

Friends may call at the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Rd., Fairmont on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Monday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Carl Gittings officiating.

Interment will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Farmington, WV.

Memorials should be made to the First Baptist Church of Fairmont.

Jean I. Spence

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Jean I. Spence, age 67, of Lost Creek died Saturday evening, November 10, 2001, at the United Hospital Center following a brief illness.

She was born at Clarksburg on June 24, 1934, a daughter of the late Bernard Iaquinta and Catherine Martino Iaquinta.

Her husband, Dominick Spence, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, James Joseph Spence, Sardis, Carman Lewis Spence, Tampa, FL; one daughter, Roxanne Spence Welsh, Lost Creek; one brother, Sam Iaquinta, Buckhannon; five sisters, Sophie Fratt, Royal Oak, MI, Mary Gearde, Fairmont, Rose Fazzini, Clarksburg, Lucy Fazzini, Plymouth, OH, Anna Pulice, Stonewood; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Joe Iaquinta.

Mrs. Spence was Pentecostal.

She worked previously with Hazel Atlas for several years and retired from Wal-Mart in 1993.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, where a funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2001, with Pastor Frederick Daniel Aves presiding. Interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery.

The family requests that donations in memory of Jean be made to your favorite charity.

Davis-Weaver service.

Kenneth A. Strait

SHINNSTON -- Kenneth A. Strait, 71, of Shinnston died Saturday, November 10, 2001, at Heinz Continuous Care Center, Fox Chapel, PA, following a brief illness.

He was born January 12, 1930, in Monongalia County, a son of the late John C. and Pearl Weaver Strait.

He was married on July 1, 1950, to Betty L. Price Strait, who died April 15, 1999.

Surviving are 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney K. and Kimberly Strait, Steven A. and Sharon Strait; 3 grandchildren, Scott, Shae and Meagan Strait, all of Shinnston; 1 sister, Evelyn Jefferies, Shinnston; 1 brother, John Darrel Strait, Montrose, WV; several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was a combat engineer in the Korean Conflict and received 2 Bronze Stars. He was employed by Jack's Friendly for several years and later owned and operated Bridgeport Television Sales for 20 years.

He was a member of the Owings United Methodist Church, where he served as lay speaker and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of American Legion Post 31, Shinnston, and VFW Post 573, where he was quartermaster and an officer on the Color Guard. He was selected All- State Post Quartermaster for the year 2000-2001. He was a member of the NRA and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday.

A funeral service will be at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Austin Burrough officiating.

Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Samuel B. ('Kub' Barrett) Veltri

CLARKSBURG -- Samuel B. ("Kub" Barrett) Veltri, age 85, Paula Blvd., Clarksburg, and formerly of North View, died Sunday morning, November 11, 2001, in United Hospital Center.

He was born in Clarksburg, March 4, 1916, a son of the late Joseph Veltri and the late Catherine DePetrone Veltri.

Surviving are his wife, Mary E. Marino Veltri, whom he married December 30, 1939; one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Jonathan and Mary Jo Veltri, Bradenton, FL; one daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Jocelyn and Roy Kastmakis, Sarasota, FL; one grandson, Patrick B. Veltri, Leesburg, VA; one brother, Leonard Veltri, Clarksburg, WV; two sisters, Mary Manchina, North View, Clarksburg, and Margaret Oliver, Utica, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Anthony Veltri, and two sisters, Lucille Squeo and Rose Scappaticci.

Mr. Veltri was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Clarksburg.

"Kub" Barrett Veltri had exemplary athletic prowess and had been drafted by the NY Giants, Albany, NY, farm league team. He had spent many summers coaching Little League baseball teams, and many won Harrison County championships. He was also a talented artist and sign painter, and he enjoyed traveling and visiting art galleries.

He retired as a 47-year veteran from Fourco Glass Company (Rolland Plant). During his tenure with the local glass factory, he had served as local AFL-CIO union secretary and wage committeeman, and later became personnel director of Rolland Glass, where he continued his service to labor and management until his 1965 retirement.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church with the Reverend Robert A. Perriello as celebrant. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum.

A vigil service will be conducted in the funeral home Tuesday evening.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial contributions be made to St. James Catholic Church, 2107 Pride Avenue, Clarksburg, WV 26301, or to the research funds of either the Cancer or Heart Associations. (Envelopes available at the funeral home).

Davis-Weaver service.

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