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Obituaries for Tuesday, September 22, 1998

Rose M. Belcastro

SHINNSTON -- Rose Marie Belcastro, 78, of Walnut Street, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, at United Hospital Center.

She was born April 12, 1920, in Owings, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Marie Fragale Lopez.

Twice married, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Andrew Martin Sorine, and second husband, Sam Belcastro.

Surviving are one son, Bo Sorine, Morgantown; two grandsons, Andy Sorine, Shinnston, and Mark Sorine, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one great-granddaughter; three brothers, Eugene "Chooch" Lopez and Anthony "Tubby" Lopez, both of Shinnston, and Frank "Pistol" Lopez, Pennsboro; four sisters, Freda "Boxie" Grake, Shinnston, Helen Serian, Fairmont, Josephine "Pep" Fredrick, Anmoore, and Mary "Muck" Lechiara, Bridgeport, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Richard "Dicky" Lopez, and two sisters, Virginia "Bay" Blount and Teressa "Chinch" Owens.

Mrs. Belcastro owned and operated Rose Marie's Beauty Salon, Shinnston, for over 30 years. She was active in the West Virginia Cosmetology Association, both on the state and national levels.

She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston, and was an active supporter of many local charities and civic organizations.

Friends will be received from 5-9 p.m. today at Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church with the Rev. Karl Wohinc as celebrant. A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Rosemont Cemetery.

Wilma M. Bode

DAYTON, Ohio -- Wilma M. Lanham Bode, 78, of Centerville, Ohio, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998 at Kettering Medical Center following a brief illness.

Her husband of 46 years, Ross C. Bode, preceded her in death in 1988.

Surviving are two daughters, Sarah and her husband, Gary Samonsky, California, and Susan and her husband, Stephen Stork, Centerville; two sisters, Bonnie and her husband, Clyde Hurst, Florida, and Joy and her husband, Bill Chenoweth, Kettering; six grandchildren, Eve, Ella and Mark Samonsky, Amy, John and Kelly Stork; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Bode, West Union, and four nephews, Bill and John Strader, Bill Chenoweth and Bonita Whistler.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Bert Lanham, and one sister, Earline Strader Benham.

Mrs. Bode was an active member of the Ohmer Park United Methodist Church and the Friendship Circle at the church. She was also a member of the College Women's Club.

Opal L. Cutlip

SUTTON -- Opal Lewis Cutlip, 79, of Sutton, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, in Braxton Health Care Center, Sutton, following a short illness.

She was born Dec. 18, 1918, in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Joseph Allen and Mamie M. Hosey Lewis.

Her husband, Clarence Cutlip, preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1991.

Surviving are one son and his wife, John and Tami Cochran, Sutton; one brother, Kenneth "Fuzzy" Lewis, Sutton; three nieces, Sue Russell and Donna Flanagan, both of Craigsville, and Betty Schuckmas, Boise, Idaho, and three grandchildren, Josh Cochran, Kayla Cochran and Travis Cochran, all of Sutton.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Willard and Clyde Lewis; six half brothers and two half sisters.

Mrs. Cutlip was a homemaker and Protestant.

Thelma G. Friend

GRANTSVILLE, Md. -- Thelma G. Friend, 73, of McHenry, Md., formerly of Juneau, Ark., died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, in McHenry.

She was born Sept. 14, 1925, in Morgantown, a daughter of William R. and Fannie Sollars Shillingburg.

Her husband, Donald D. Friend, whom she married July 3, 1954, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Nellie Oldaker, Juneau, and Shirley Minnich, McHenry; one brother, Ernest Shillingburg, Morgantown; three sisters, Kitty Dumire, Morgantown, Virginia Bagaret, Pittsburgh, Pa., and her twin sister, Helen Menefee, Farmington; five grandchildren, Della Sparks, Donald Oldaker and Tammy Cory, Dawmont, and Leesa Langvin and Kimberly Mead, Portland, Ore., and six great-grandchildren.

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

Arthur D. Oldroyd

Arthur D. Oldroyd, 85, of E. Olive Street, Bridgeport, died Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, in United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

He was born April 29, 1913, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Daniel and Amelia Vercoe Oldroyd.

His wife, Blanche Eileen Jones Oldroyd, whom he married Sept. 23, 1932, preceded him in death on Aug. 8, 1994.

Surviving are one son, Arthur M. Oldroyd, Stonewood; one daughter, Margaret Olson, Arlington, Va.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by two sisters, Lavenia Brown and Mildred Byrd; one great-grandson, Taylor Whelan; one half brother and six half sisters.

Mr. Oldroyd was retired from State Farm Insurance Co. with 20 years of service. He was a member of Clarksburg Lodge No. 155, A.F.&A.M. and was Protestant.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg Chapel, 443 W. Pike St. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery.

James L. Panetta

James L. Panetta, 77, of 704 Clark St., Clarksburg, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 20, 1998, at his residence.

He was born May 4, 1921, in Laurel Lee, a son of the late Harry Panetta and Opal Preston Panetta.

His wife of 52 years, Lucy Marra Panetta, whom he married Sept. 28, 1946, survives.

Also surviving are one son, James H. Panetta, Clarksburg; one brother, Fred Vallelonga, Toledo, Ohio; two sisters, Elizabeth Cairo, Clarksburg, and Mary Theresa Bellotte, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; one grandson, James Clayton Panetta, and several very close nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Anthony "Kingy" Velong, and one granddaughter, Stacie Lynne Panetta.

Mr. Panetta was a self-employed businessman of Clarksburg, having owned the Evans Hotel. He was a distinguished member of the U.S. Army, having been bestowed the Silver Star for Gallantry for service in his regiment in battle while serving in the infantry in Italy.

He was a graduate of Washington Irving High School. He was employed in Washington, D.C. when he entered the service and went overseas in February of 1944. He served through the battle for Anzio Beachhead. He had many friends and was well liked and admired by all who knew him.

Mr. Panetta was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Clarksburg and a former member of Bridgeport Country Club and Bel-Meadows.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today at Bartolo Funeral Home, 515 W. Pike St., Clarksburg. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. A scriptural wake service will be held at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel. There will be full military rites at the graveside.

Erma E. Savage

BRUCETON MILLS -- Erma E. Savage, 77, of Albright, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, at her home.

She was born March 3, 1921, in Crellin, Md., a daughter of the late Luther and Mattie Kelley Jordan.

Her husband of 60 years, William R. Savage Sr., survives.

Also surviving are two sons and spouses, William R. and Phyllis Savage Jr., Kingwood, and James and Janelle Savage, Clarksburg; five daughters and spouses, Catherine and John Collins, Kingwood, Jean and Blair Harman, Harman, Nancy and David Thompson, Elkins, Carole and William Miller and Lois and Dean Christopher, all of Albright; one sister, Hazel Mick, Hamilton, and 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Savage was a member of the Elkins Church of the Brethren.