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Madeline Kunna Daniels

April 23, 1916 - June 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Barbara White Lord

April 30, 1931 - June 21, 2017

Barbara White Lord died on June 21, 2017 at the age of 86. She was born in Hampton, VA on April 30, 1931 to Albert Linwood White, Jr. and Vivian Eskridge White. Educated in the Hampton public schools, she was a cheerleader for her beloved Hampton Crabbers, graduating in 1948. She then attended Stratford Junior College in Danville, VA, from which she graduated in 1950. She had met her husband to...
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Magarita Lopez

November 20, 1921 - June 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Fred E. Farley

November 17, 1929 - June 20, 2017

Fred E. Farley, of Chickahominy Haven, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the age of 87. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hi and Murmie Farley and his son, Gene Farley.He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and later retired from the Newport News Shipbuilding Company, where he worked as a mechanical engineer.Born in the coal mining town of Belfry, KY, Fred attended...
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Cynthia H. Altoff

December 3, 1950 - June 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Victor Joseph Padula

October 12, 1937 - June 19, 2017

Victor J. Padula, of Williamsburg, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the age of 79. He was preceded in death by his parents, Giuseppe and Maria Padula; brothers, Nicolai, Philip and Joseph; and sister, Gaetana.He worked as a telecommunications specialist for AT&T. He was also an avid member of St. Bede Catholic Church.Victor was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on October 12, 1937 to his parents...
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Florence Orr Nice

October 19, 1925 - June 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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John William Stuart Gilchrist

January 3, 1929 - June 17, 2017

J. W. Stuart Gilchrist, Jr. died June 17, 2017, at 88 years old. He was the son of the late J.W. Stuart and Ellen Victor Gilchrist, and brother of the late Anne C. Gilchrist. The blessing of his life was being happily married for 60 years to Mary Johnson Ford, who predeceased him. He is survived by his children, H. Victor Gilchrist (Kathy); daughter, Mary Gray Sachtjen (Barry); son, J.W. Stuart...
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John Edward Daniels

August 17, 1932 - June 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Jean Fay Colesworthy

March 2, 1934 - June 16, 2017

Jean Faye Colesworthy, 83, of Williamsburg, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on June 16, 2017, at Consulate Health Care of Williamsburg. She was born on March 2, 1934 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Robin and parents, Robert and Thelma Green. Jean is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ray Colesworthy of Williamsburg. Jean was a legal secretary for...
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Betty Criner

June 15, 1927 - June 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Cynthia Eden Guild Hitchens

January 3, 1938 - June 14, 2017

Cynthia Eden Guild Hitchens died peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.She was born in Stamford, Connecticut, attended Low-Heywood School (now King-Low-Heywood-Thomas), the College of William and Mary and the Yale School of Drama.Cindy moved to Williamsburg in 1955, before the advent of dial telephones. She was a woman of diverse interests and talents that include the theatre, gardening,...
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Jacqueline Seaman Gregory

July 7, 1925 - June 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Betty Lou Sager

September 12, 1924 - June 11, 2017

Betty Lou Sager, formerly of LaRue, Ohio, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Betty was born in Hardin County, Ohio on September 12, 1924 to Thelma (Lingo) and Waldo Ballinger.Betty married Paul William Sager on February 17th, 1943 and they were able to celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary before his passing on March 3rd, 2017.Betty graduated from LaRue High...
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Mary Ruth Robinson Strode

July 20, 1941 - June 10, 2017

Mary R. Strode, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother died at home in Williamsburg, Virginia on June 10, 2017. Mary is survived by her devoted husband, Tom Strode and their three children, Elizabeth Vaghari-Clark, Lee Strode and her husband, David Counter, and Thompson Strode and his wife, Sarah Bacci. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Toran Vaghari, David Vaghari, Mary...
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Jane Koch Sieger

October 14, 1926 - June 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Ludwell Harrison Johnson

March 30, 1927 - June 5, 2017

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Elizabeth Ann March

August 8, 1947 - June 3, 2017

Elizabeth Ann March, known to all who loved her as "Betty," passed away after a long illness on June 3, 2017, in Williamsburg, VA, at the age of 69. Born on August 8, 1947, to the late Robert J. and Mary Frances (Goza) Johnson at Fort Totten, NY, Betty was raised for most of her life in Aberdeen, MD. She was married in 1971 to Lt. Col. (Ret.) Charles E. "Chuck" March who remained her devoted...
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Stuart Gerald Smith

January 23, 1949 - June 2, 2017

Stuart Gerald Smith, 68, passed away on June 2nd at the Hospice House of Williamsburg after a lengthy illness. A native Virginian, he was born and raised in Newport News and relocated to Williamsburg in 1985, where he worked for the City of Williamsburg for 19 years as Assistant to the City Manager and as a Purchasing Agent, retiring July of 2005. Additionally, he worked for the Peninsula...
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Owen Wingate Williams

August 24, 1924 - June 1, 2017

Owen W. ("Obie") Williams, 92, of Williamsburg, VA finished his race on June 1, 2017 and now rests with the Lord Jesus, his savior. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty Lou "Bou" Williams. Born on August 24, 1924, in Trouville, France, Owen was the third of five children of famed National Geographic photographer and writer Maynard Owen Williams, and former missionary Daisy...
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Colleen Marie Boles

August 31, 1956 - May 31, 2017

Colleen Marie Boles, 60, passed away on May 31, 2017. She was born in Patuxent River, MD in 1956 but lived most of her life in Williamsburg, Virginia. Colleen was an Administrative Assistant and was a dedicated employee with the County of York for 21 years. She enjoyed her home and being outside as well as taking care of her pets. Colleen loved animals of all kinds.Left to cherish her memory...
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Leo Clifford Ward

March 14, 1933 - May 30, 2017

What a day it was. At 11:32 pm on May 30, 2017, Angels took Leo Ward by hand and lifted him into the radiance of God's Heavenly Kingdom as his 84 year old heart of gold failed. Tears flowed with broken hearts - he is missed.Smiles follow with shared treasured memories and comfort in feeling his calming presence - he is here, just beyond our touch.A loving husband to Faye Runell Adams Ward for 63...
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Warren Hugh Withrow

May 30, 1947 - May 29, 2017

Warren Hugh Withrow, 69, joined his Lord and Heavenly Father suddenly on May 29, 2017.He graduated from Bethel College and Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He was a retired Army Chaplain for 23 years, Hospital Chaplain at Sentara in VA Beach and also a marriage and family counselor. Warren was a loving, supportive, caring husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed cooking, gardening and was an astute...
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Samuel Mc McSpadden

February 17, 1927 - May 28, 2017

Samuel McSpadden, 90, died peacefully on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at home with his wife at his side after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. McSpadden retired in 1982 after 30 years with the Civil Service at Camp Peary. After retirement, he learned to cross-stitch and completed many beautiful projects for his own home and for gifts to friends and family members.Mr. McSpadden attended James River...
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Barbara Richardson Oliver

July 29, 1926 - May 27, 2017

Mrs. Barbara Richardson Oliver died peacefully on May 27, 2017 surrounded by her family. Her husband, Dr. George J. Oliver, Jr., predeceased her in 2016.She was the only child of Rich and Louise Richardson and was born on July 29, 1926 in Richmond, Virginia where she grew up. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and Converse College. She and George were married on March 25, 1950...
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Hazel Marie Hoover Snyder

March 6, 1918 - May 27, 2017

Hazel Marie (Bobbe) Hoover Snyder born March 6, 1918 died on May 27, 2017 at WindsorMeade of Williamsburg. She was born in French Creek, West Virginia to O.B. and Zoe Darnall Hoover. She graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School and West Virginia Wesleyan College (1940) with a B.S. in Chemistry. During WWII, she was the first female chemist hired by Carbide & Carlson Chemical Co. (Union...
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Hazel Grace McReynolds

June 22, 1937 - May 26, 2017

Hazel McReynolds passed away Friday, May 26, 2017. She was born June 22, 1937 to Orie and Bonnie Shelton.A member of Faith Baptist Church, Hazel was a loving Christian woman and devoted to God and to her family. She enjoyed traveling with her husband Jimmie, who was by her side for 64 years. She also enjoyed spending time with her daughter, Rebecca Lynne.She was preceded in death by her father...
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Anna Jean Goodrich Morris

November 15, 1929 - May 25, 2017

Birds sang a joyful song; flowers bloomed on May 25, 2017 for Anna Jean Goodrich Morris celebrating a life well lived throughout her 87 years.She was born in her Aunt Cecil and Uncle Whitfield's cottage at Windsor Shades in New Kent County. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Elgin C. Morris, Jr. (Pete); parents, Charles Edgar Goodrich and Edna Graves Goodrich; brother, Alferd...
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Frank Gleason Harvey

February 11, 1959 - May 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Dorothea Magner Paige

November 26, 1920 - May 23, 2017

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Leo Paul Daspit

January 18, 1932 - May 20, 2017

Leo Paul Daspit, Jr. died on May 20, 2017. Leo was born on January 18, 1932 in Port Arthur, Texas to Leo and Nina Daspit. He grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana and was known as "Buddy" to family and high school friends. He played football and baseball at Lake Charles High School where he met the love of his life, Anne Nash.Leo attended Louisiana State University where he played football before...
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Blanney Vel Bolden

March 29, 1932 - May 18, 2017

On May 18, 2017, Mr. Blanney V. Bolden went home to be with our heavenly Father. He was born on March 29, 1932. Mr. Bolden was preceded in death by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bolden, three sisters, two brothers, a son and a daughter. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Maggie D. Bolden; four children, Ronald (Mae) Bolden, Jean (Warren) Walker, Winfrey (Nancy) Bolden and Bonnie...
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Gertrude P. Berthiaume

April 4, 1926 - May 18, 2017

Gertrude P. Berthiaume, age 91, died at her home at Williamsburg Landing in Williamsburg, Virginia on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 with her family at her bedside. Gert was born on April 4, 1926 in Southbridge, Massachusetts, to the late Alfred Peloquin and Honora Ouelette Peloquin. She was married in 1950 to Joseph Berthiaume, also from Southbridge, and had a daughter, Denise, born in 1957. Gert and...
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Christina B. Julie

April 13, 1942 - May 17, 2017

Christina Baker Julie of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the age of 75. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Edward Baker and Edna Loomis Baker, and her husband, Henri Albert Julie. She was employed in banking and retired from a European American Bank for which she worked for 35 years. She was also an avid member of New Town United Methodist church....
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Edward Brady Gotwald

August 17, 1920 - May 16, 2017

Edward Brady Gotwald, of Williamsburg, died May 16, 2017. Born in 1920 in the western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, Ed was raised by his father and stepmother, Edward and Sarah Gotwald, and by his maternal grandparents, Brady and Ellen Elder. From them, he learned early the character-building traits of grit and determination. Ed served with the Marines in Hawaii during WWII (1941-45) and...
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Pearl Holmes Chisman

July 5, 1935 - May 15, 2017

Pearl Holmes Chisman, 81, left us on Monday, May 15, 2017, stricken by the disease of Alzheimer. She grew up in Grafton, Virginia and settled in Williamsburg, Virginia in her later years. Proceeded in death by her father and mother, Patrick and Rosetta Holmes. She is survived by her children Wallace Denell Chisman, Sophia Chisman Smith and Judith Chisman Hill. Survivors also include a daughter...
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Dorothy Karper Aderton

September 22, 1922 - May 14, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Thomas John Smith

November 11, 1930 - May 13, 2017

Captain Thomas John Smith, USN, Retired, a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away at the age of 86 on May 13, 2017, after a short illness. Capt. Smith was born in Buffalo, New York, on November 11, 1930, to Ralph and Marion Smith. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953 with a degree in engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1979, retiring with the rank of Captain...
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Thelma Marie Rominger

April 20, 1929 - May 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Jean Meridith Harris

February 25, 1953 - May 11, 2017

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Norma Ailene Gambrell

January 3, 1928 - May 11, 2017

Let us tell you about our mom. 89 years ago this past January, Norma Ailene Lee Gambrell was born to Willie & Myrtle Lee in Corbin, Kentucky. She was the baby in her family with three older brothers & one sister, all deceased. Mom married her high school sweetheart Harry. They set up house & were blessed with a son Harry Lee & two daughters Judy & Janie before being...
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Robinson Winslow Callender

June 17, 1934 - May 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Elizabeth Ann Haas

June 5, 1946 - May 11, 2017

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Paula M. Shea

April 21, 1945 - May 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Francis T. Ehrhart

December 13, 1939 - May 10, 2017

Francis T. Ehrhart, age 77 and a resident of Providence Forge, VA, died at his home on May 10, 2017. Frank was a loving husband to Kathleen Ehrhart for 36 years, a devoted father and grandfather, a treasured friend, and a dedicated educator. Throughout his life, he found strength and joy in his faith, his family and his friends.Born and raised in Springfield, MA, Frank graduated from St. Anselm...
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Michael Lee Grunkemeyer

July 12, 1947 - May 8, 2017

Michael L. Grunkemeyer of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Cincinnati, OH died peacefully on May 8, 2017 at the age of 69. Mike was the beloved husband of 47 years to Tricia (Barton) Grunkemeyer. Devoted father of Katie (Brad) Mayfield of Allen, TX, Carrie (Matt) Robeson of Richmond, VA, Kevin Grunkemeyer of Baltimore, MD, and Meghan Grunkemeyer of Baltimore, MD. Mike was the proud grandfather ...
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Arthur Max Mebert

April 23, 1924 - May 7, 2017

Arthur Max Mebert died May 7th, 2017, with his daughter Ann Marie by his side. He was born April 23, 1924 to Joseph and Mollie (Fink) Mebert in the Bronx, NY. Art graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where he lettered in baseball and football. He had a scholarship to Dartmouth College, but went into the army and WWII instead. He was at Normandy on D-Day +3 and wouldn't talk...
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Susan Wilson Anderson

May 9, 1948 - May 6, 2017

Susan Marie Wilson Anderson, 68, of Williamsburg, VA, died Early Saturday morning at the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, VA, surrounded by her three children, Helane Marie Anderson of Los Angeles, CA; Lincoln Paul Anderson of Winston-Salem, NC; and Alex Douglas Anderson of New Bern, NC. She was born in Rockford, IL on Mother's Day May 9, 1948 and was a beloved...
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QuoVadis Wright

August 21, 1935 - May 6, 2017

Quo Vadis Williams Wright, 81, was called home to be with the Lord on May 6, 2017 in Williamsburg.She is preceded in death by her husband, John Pettis Wright; sons, Johnny Q. Wright and Shawn J. Wright; father, James C. Williams; mother, Virgie Webb Williams; and brother, James C. Williams, Jr. aka Tank.Quo Vadis worked as a Concierge and in Hospitality for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,...
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Julia Dale Matlock Westland

June 23, 1926 - May 6, 2017

Julia Dale (Julie) Matlock Westland passed away on May 6 after a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy during which she never lost her infectious personality, her delightful sense of humor and "one liners" for the enjoyment and inspiration to all who came in contact with her. Julie was born on June 23, 1926 to Julia and Woodford Matlock (now deceased) in Denver, Colorado where...
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Josephine Sandlas Rausch

July 17, 1920 - May 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Ronald Edward Lippert

July 17, 1940 - May 3, 2017

Ronald Edward Lippert, 76, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on May 3, 2017. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marion Russ Lippert.Ronald worked as an electrical engineer for General Electric and Lockheed Martin, in such places as Utica, Valley Forge and Fort Worth.Ron graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in electrical engineering and...
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Shelby Nadine Schott

August 14, 1932 - May 3, 2017

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Lester D. Twiford

August 13, 1937 - May 2, 2017

CSM (RET) LESTER D. TWIFORD, JR. Les Twiford passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on May 2, 2017, at the Hospice House of Williamsburg. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff and volunteers for their compassion and excellent care during his stay.Les was born to Lester D., Sr. and Lillian Virginia Twiford on August 13, 1937 in Norfolk, VA. Les graduated...
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James Vance Ezell

November 28, 1927 - May 2, 2017

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Luke Andrew Phillips

November 15, 1980 - April 30, 2017

Luke Andrew Phillips age 36, of Williamsburg, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at home. Luke was born November 15, 1980 in Roseburg, Oregon. He was an avid reader and very knowledgeable on a variety of subjects. He thoroughly enjoyed music and loved to sing praise and worship songs. Luke loved spending time with family and friends. Moving to Williamsburg as a teenager, he...
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Mary M. Oppenhimer

January 16, 1935 - April 30, 2017

OPPENHIMER, Mary Moylan Thornton, age 82, was known affectionately as Mimi throughout her life. She died peacefully on April 30, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1935, daughter of the late Jane Douthat Riddle Thornton and Barbour Newman Thornton. She is survived by her three children: Jane Oppenhimer Wilson and her husband Charles, William Mayo Oppenhimer,...
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Marie L. Wilkinson

January 15, 1928 - April 30, 2017

Marie Wilkinson, 89, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Williamsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Wilkinson; son, Michael Wilkinson; parents, Ernst & Marie Zepht; and her sister, Elsie Young.A graduate of Syracuse University of Nursing, she became a R.N. who held multiple nursing positions. Marie was also active in church activities, most recently at Hickory Neck...
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Anne L. Campana

April 10, 1923 - April 28, 2017

Anne L. Campana, a proud American of Italian descent and a native to Williamsburg, died on April 28, 2017 at the age of 94. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Richard Campana (Galina), Skip Campana (Colleen), and JC Pierce; and her social liberator Ms. Georgeanna Poling and "newest daughter" Elena Ramos; grandchildren, Ron Jr. (Caley), Rachel (Dan Smith), Vincent III, Elise, Megan, Juliet, Richard...
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Jo Ann Freeman Adams

September 20, 1935 - April 28, 2017

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Helen Marie Walz

October 3, 1925 - April 27, 2017

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John Habib Showah

January 15, 1952 - April 27, 2017

John Habib Showah, 65, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2017. John will be remembered for his selflessness, love of family and passion for his craft. John was a master jeweler and goldsmith beginning his life and career in Beirut, Lebanon before immigrating to the United States in 1976. After over a decade in New York's wholesale jewelry exchange, he and his family moved to Williamsburg,...
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Philip Boxley Williams

September 15, 1952 - April 26, 2017

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Steven Ralph Smith

November 29, 1962 - April 26, 2017

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Norma MaRyse Lauer

November 11, 1922 - April 25, 2017

Norma MaRyse Lauer, 94, died on April 25, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on November 11, 1922 to the late Wayne and Gertrude Refner. Norma was a former President of a Military Wives Club and while living in Europe she led tour groups for other military wives. She was also a tour guide for Colonial Williamsburg and a member of the Red Hat Ladies. Norma enjoyed playing bridge, painting,...
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Jenny Erna Wible

April 21, 1923 - April 24, 2017

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Dona Kae Journey Fletcher

September 30, 1947 - April 24, 2017

Dona Kae Journey Fletcher was born at Fort Monroe, Virginia to Jack and Peg Journey and was a lifelong resident of Williamsburg. She started her career in cosmetology at sixteen at Jacqueline's Beauty Salon, of which she later became owner. Dona Kae was proud that her entire career was with Jacqueline's, which celebrated 50 continuous years of service in 2016. She was also employed with...
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Jacqueline W. Jones

February 9, 1949 - April 23, 2017

Jacqueline W. Jones, 68, of Williamsburg, passed away on April 23, 2017.She was preceded in death by her mother, brother and grandparents.Jacqueline worked for the Commonwealth Attorney as an Administrative Assistant. She was a very active member and past ministry leader at New Zion Baptist Church. She was very active with the homeless, as she was on the board of directors for GWOM (Greater...
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Ellen Roxane Mitchell

October 4, 1930 - April 23, 2017

Roxane "Riki" Harrison Mitchell of Williamsburg passed away peacefully on April 23rd. She was predeceased by her parents, Pinckney and Nell Harrison; her husband, Bob Mitchell; and her brother, Jimmy Harrison. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Rob and Betsy Mitchell of Richmond; Kathy and Cabell Williams of Bethesda, MD; Sally and Steven Cordovano of Rowayton, CT; and Ed and...
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William Page Mann

November 15, 1940 - April 21, 2017

William Page Mann, Jr., 76, passed away on April 21, 2017. He was born on November 15, 1940 to the late William and Matilda Mann, Sr. Page was originally from Tappahannock but has lived most of his adult life in Williamsburg. He served his country in the U.S. Army stationed in Boston, MA. Page retired after 25+ years from BASF. He was a simple man who lived his life with quiet reserve. Page...
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Robert James McGhee

January 19, 1941 - April 18, 2017

Robert "Bob" James McGhee, 76, passed away suddenly on April 17, 2017. He was a native of Danville but has been a longtime resident of Williamsburg. Bob was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg and shortly after gained employment with NASA at the Langley Research Center where he retired after 30 years. He had a great sense of humor and loved animals, especially dogs and...
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Richard Emil Uyhelyi

August 6, 1938 - April 17, 2017

Dick was born to Emil and Stella Uyhelyi in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 6, 1938. He had a very happy childhood, growing up with a close extended family who adored him. He died April 17, 2017, at the Hospice House in Williamsburg. VA.As a young man, Dick enlisted in the US Navy and fought what he called "The Battle of the Riviera." He was in Rome for two Easter Sundays, and in Cannes for the...
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Elaine Kathryn Sharp

August 6, 1931 - April 17, 2017

Elaine K. Sharp finally lost her long, valiant and often difficult battle with several illnesses, lung cancer and dementia. She died one week short of her sixty-third wedding anniversary.She was born in Philadelphia in 1931 to Betty and Walter Paine, but was raised almost from infancy by her maternal aunt and uncle, Kathryn and Horace Hoerr, whom she always called "Mother" and "Dad".After high...
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Hamilton Howard Hughes

January 21, 1948 - April 15, 2017

Hamilton "Chubby" Hughes, 69, of Williamsburg, VA passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017. He was born in Williamsburg, VA and has been a life time residence. Chubby worked at Jamestown as a master glass blower for 20 years and retired from National Park Service. He is preceded in death by his parents, William & Helen Hughes. He leaves behind five brothers, William, Jack, Richard,...
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Marisa A. Blais

May 8, 1938 - April 14, 2017

Marisa A. Blais, 78, of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away April 14, 2017 after a short illness. She leaves behind her husband of 58 years, John, and three children; John A. Blais, III - Wife Beverly, William M. Blais - Wife Kristin and a daughter, Dr. Kristin A. Blais; Grandsons, Matthew Blais and Steven Blais, a Granddaughter, Jennifer Blais and a Great Grandson, Jason Times. Marisa was a...
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Lois Ann Sessoms

August 6, 1934 - April 12, 2017

Lois Ann Sessoms, 82, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2017 at her home in Williamsburg. She is predeceased by her beloved parents, Melvin Davis and Laura Jane Childers, Sr. She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, William Montague Sessoms; two adoring daughters, Lauralyn Sessoms Copan (William) of Williamsburg, VA and Rachel Montague Smith (Timothy) of Richmond, VA; and a brother...
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George Barry Rose

January 26, 1961 - April 10, 2017

On April 10, 2017, George Barry Rose, 56, of Williamsburg, passed away. His death was unexpected and he will be missed. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Jean Rose. He is survived by his brother, Kevin Rose and wife Donna; brother, Chris Rose and wife Lisa; and two nephews Mason Rose and Payton Rose. Also, he is survived by Kathleen Rose; her daughters, Denice Barkwill, Victoria...
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Peter Michael Natale

May 2, 1951 - April 9, 2017

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Ralph Anthony Swartz

July 5, 1935 - April 8, 2017

There is a day you hope will never come, but you know that it will after a certain period of serious illness. Ralph Anthony Swartz died Saturday, April 8. He is survived by his wife, Mary McDonald Swartz, to whom he was a loving husband for 37 years and best friend for over 40 years.Ralph was born to Frank H. and Eleanora Spencer Swartz July 5, 1935 in Oak Bluffs, MA on Martha's Vineyard Island....
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Darlene Rose Palmer

December 24, 1951 - April 8, 2017

Darlene Rose Palmer, 65, of Williamsburg, passed away April 8, 2017. Darlene was a native of Garrett, Kentucky and Williamsburg resident since 1972. A caregiver, Darlene was employed with Home Instead Home Health Care in Newport News, Virginia. She was also previously employed with Dr. A.L. Wilding in Williamsburg, Virginia.Darlene enjoyed gardening, watching University of Kentucky basketball,...
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Sara Barron Nelson

December 6, 1913 - April 7, 2017

SARA B. NELSON, PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR, DIES AT 103Sara Barron Nelson, who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, died on April 7, 2017 at the age of 103. She resided at Sunrise Senior Living in Alexandria, VA.One of seven children, she was born on December 6, 1913 in Cedartown, GA and raised in nearby Cave Spring. She worked for the National Park Service in Richmond,...
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George LaRence Britton

July 22, 1923 - April 7, 2017

George LaRence Britton, Jr. of Williamsburg was called home to the Lord on Friday, April 7, 2017. He was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 22, 1923, the third of four boys born to George L. Britton, Sr. and Lillye J. Britton.As a young man he joined the United States Air Force during World War II and flew the P47 Thunderbolt. He received the "Distinguished Flying Cross," Air Medal,...
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Arthur Allen Henretta, Sr.

April 18, 1943 - April 6, 2017

Educated, well-traveled southern boy Arthur A. Henretta, Sr., died on April 6, 2017.Art graduated from James Blair High School, class of 1961 and attended East Carolina University.He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Henretta; brother, David Henretta; and beloved wife, Judy Robertson Henretta. He is survived by his mother, Trudy Bowman; sister, Debbi Boyce; sons, David A. (Christie)...
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Richard Dennis Estes

June 10, 1957 - April 5, 2017

Richard Estes, 59, of Williamsburg, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Rick attended St. Anselm's College from 1975 - 1979, earning his Bachelor of Science before receiving his Master's degree from Boston College. He worked in life science sales for Gilson, having previously worked for Bio-Rad and IBM. For those lucky enough to know Rick, his passion for everything in his life was...
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Christine Carla Swords

March 21, 1951 - April 5, 2017

Christine Carla Swords of Williamsburg was called home to our Lord on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the age of 66. Born in Detroit to Charles and Marjorie Campbell Anderson, Chris was a beloved wife and mother. Eclectic in all aspects of life, she was at times a singer, graphic artist, typesetter, beautician, Air Force Reservist and secretary. At her passing, Chris was a long-time DoD...
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William John Kevit

October 25, 1924 - April 5, 2017

William John Kevit, 92, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on April 5, 2017. He was born October 25, 1924 in Philadelphia, PA, and also resided in Cherry Hill, NJ, Chesapeake, VA, and Suffolk, VA. He was preceded in death by his wife Millie; parents William and Veronica Kevit; a brother Ernest Kevit; and a sister, Eleanor Zaleskas. Bill was a caring and kindhearted man. In 1942 Bill joined the...
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Lonnie Lee Logue

August 26, 1945 - April 3, 2017

Lonnie Lee Logue, 71, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017.He was born on August 26, 1945 in Virginia, Illinois. After graduating from high school in 1962, Lonnie joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California from 1962-1966.When he completed his service in the Navy, Lonnie began his 40+ year career in the restaurant business, working in positions in...
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Christopher Columbus Harris

December 25, 1922 - April 2, 2017

Christopher Columbus Harris Jr, 94, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on April 2, 2017. Christopher was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky on December 25, 1922 to Christopher Columbus Harris Sr. and Courtney Mae Harris. He was a Naval Air Corp Veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific Theater. During his 33-year career with Texaco, he lived in Rhode...
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Peggy J. Holcomb

October 3, 1937 - March 31, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Louise Ann Hutchinson

July 5, 1926 - March 29, 2017

Louise A. Hutchinson, 90, of Williamsburg, Virginia, a former reporter and Washington correspondent with the Chicago Tribune, died March 29, 2017 in the Hospice Care Unit of Williamsburg Sentara Hospital of cancer.Ms. Hutchinson was with the Chicago Tribune for 22 years, eight of them in the newspaper's Washington bureau. Among her assignments was coverage of eight national political conventions...
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Margaret Jessup Butler

May 24, 1928 - March 29, 2017

Margaret J. Butler of Patriot's Colony Dr., Williamsburg, VA died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at home.A native of South Hill, Virginia, Margaret was born on May 24, 1928 to Margaret F. Jessup and James C. Jessup. She graduated from Madison College. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Colonel (US Army) Lawrence E. Butler of Suffolk, VA. A true southern lady and loving mother,...
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Ute-Ingrid Seidler White

July 6, 1941 - March 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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John William Watkins

June 5, 1943 - March 28, 2017

John W. Watkins, 73, passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Jacobs and stepfather, Frank Jacobs, and by his father, William C. Watkins and stepmother, Betty Watkins.He is survived by his wife, Gloria; his daughter, Meaghan Perger and husband, Joe of Gloucester; his sons, Jason Watkins and wife, Heidi of Toano, Todd Watkins and wife,...
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Shirley Carol Carlson

May 16, 1922 - March 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Mabel Louise McFarland

May 11, 1930 - March 27, 2017

In loving memory, the McFarland family announces the passing of our Mother, Mabel Louise Gardner McFarland (known to family and friends as Boots) on March 27th, 2017. Mom was preceded in death by our Dad (Dr Paul H. McFarland, Jr., Col, US Army(ret) and their son Steve. She is survived by her son Rich, his wife Anne, her daughter Pam, her son-in-law Mike, their 2 children (Kelley Ann, Tom and...
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Thomas Michael Boyle

July 29, 1936 - March 27, 2017

Thomas M. Boyle, Jr. of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Gladwyne, PA died peacefully on March 27, 2017 at the age of 80. Tom was the beloved husband of Karen (Molinari) Boyle. His first wife, Mary Elizabeth Norrett Boyle died in 1990. Devoted father of Lizann Rode of Wyndmoor, PA, Megan Flinn (Mason) of Penn Valley, PA, as well as his three stepchildren, Paul Molinari of Fairmont, WV, Michael...
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James Papadakis

February 8, 1935 - March 26, 2017

James Papadakis, 82, of Yorktown, VA, passed away on March 26, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, George D. Papadakis; his mother, Constance Papadakis; and his sisters, Catherine Papadakis, Harriett LaRussa and Joanne Mintzer.James worked in sales in the food industry and retired from RJR Nabisco, Inc. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received a...
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Ralph Early McPherson

May 31, 1932 - March 24, 2017

Ralph Early McPherson, 84, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. Ralph was born on May 31, 1932 in Washington D.C. to his loving parents, the late Ralph and Mary McPherson.In 1957, Ralph met the love of his life, Rose Knight. In 1958, they married and celebrated over 60 years together. Ralph was a dedicated accountant for the Washington Gas...
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Beverly B. Courtney

October 30, 1948 - March 22, 2017

After a long battle with cancer, Beverly Courtney peacefully passed away on March 22, 2017 while holding the hands of her two children, Bryan Courtney and Anne Hinders. She had been under hospice and nursing care at the Consulate Health Care Center in Williamsburg since February, where she was visited nearly daily by her children, grandchildren, sister, and friends.Beverly was only 68 years old....
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Ralph Disque Stephens

September 23, 1929 - March 20, 2017

Ralph Disque Stephens, 87, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on March 20, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Mary Disque Stephens, and his brothers, Glenn, Ray, and an infant brother. He was born on September 23, 1929 in Oil City, PA, and graduated from Cranberry High School, Seneca, PA, in 1947. He married Phoebe Ann Vogan on September 20, 1953. Ralph's 42-year...
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