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Margaret Marie Dombek

July 16, 1925 - May 4, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Debra Roob Costello

May 17, 1962 - May 2, 2016

Debra Roob Costello, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the age of 53. She is preceded in death by her parents, William N. Roob and Joan P. Roob of Yorktown, VA; and brothers, William M. Roob and Ronald G. Roob of Williamsburg, VA.She was a graduate of Tabb High School; obtained a B.B.A. degree from James Madison University, and an M.B.A. from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical...
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Joseph Meyers

February 10, 1929 - May 1, 2016

Joe was always a, "Diamond in the Rough." He was big, muscular, and strong in appearance but so gentle, sweet, and caring on the inside. Never a harsh or unkind word was ever said to those whom he loved or to mere acquaintances. He was born February 10, 1929.He was the quintessential husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He adored his wife, Edie, with whom he always acted as...
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Nelson E. Hobgood

May 31, 1933 - May 1, 2016

Nelson E. Hobgood, 82, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on May 1, 2016 after a battle of cancer. Nelson is a native of Oxford, N.C.; born May 31, 1933 and has been a resident of Williamsburg, VA since 1961. He is preceded in death by the love of his life of 31 years, Kay L. Hobgood.Survivors include their daughter, Shanna H. Johnson, son- in-law, Brian D. Johnson and two beautiful granddaughters,...
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Isabel Woolard Queijo

June 25, 1926 - April 30, 2016

Isabel Winona (Winnie) Queijo, 89, of Williamsburg, passed away on April 30, 2016. Surviving is son, Donald L. Queijo of Blacksburg, VA; daughter, Terry Queijo, of Trappe, MD; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Jack Queijo. A memorial will be held in her honor on Thursday, May 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg, VA. Online condolences may...
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Arthur O. Kimball

April 4, 1931 - April 29, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Edward Rodgers Judy

September 25, 1928 - April 29, 2016

Edward (Bill) Rodgers Judy died peacefully in his home on April 29, 2016 at the age of 87 after lengthy illnesses. Bill was born in Canton, Ohio and continued his early education in Ohio. Bill's advanced studies continued in Ohio, graduating from Miami University. While at Miami University, he was enrolled in the NROTC program and upon graduation, he served three years in the U.S. Navy,...
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Eva Marcus Siegert

August 16, 1927 - April 29, 2016

Eva Marcus Siegert, 88, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2016. She was born in Berlin, Germany on August 16, 1927. Eva immigrated to the United States in October 1951. Prior to her immigration, she was employed by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society where she met her future husband, Georg Siegert, who contacted the Society for their aid in securing passage to the U.S. They ended up on the same...
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Alfred Abbott Lawton

January 20, 1922 - April 28, 2016

Alfred A. Lawton of Williamsburg Virginia, formerly of New Canaan, Connecticut, born January 20, 1922 passed away April 28, 2016. He was born in Hinsdale, Ill. The son of Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Lawton. He attended Davenport High School and the University of Iowa under graduate then law school and was a member of the Iowa Bar.He served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Massachusetts and...
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Viola Faye Bentley

June 12, 1951 - April 28, 2016

Following a year-long struggle with illness, Vicki Bentley (Tano) went home on April 29, 2016. She was born on June 12, 1951 in Fairmont, West Virginia. She had a variety of jobs, but her longest passion was being a CNA Hospice Aid and helping many families and their loved ones at very difficult times. Breeding and showing Shetland Sheepdogs was her other great love.She is predeceased by her...
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Margaret Elizabeth Sullivan Moore

August 23, 1928 - April 26, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Susan Katherine Westfall

September 6, 1948 - April 26, 2016

Susan K. Westfall, a resident of Williamsburg, VA for the last five years, passed away on April 27, 2016 surrounded by her family at the age of 67. She was born in Waterlou, IA to Vincent Gearhart and Gertrude Weber who preceded her in death. Susan attended St. Bede Roman Catholic Church.She was very proud of her accomplishments. She graduated from Columbus High School, in Waterlou, IA in 1966...
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Helen Jordan Mahone

November 29, 1921 - April 25, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Bruce Richard Hughner

February 1, 1934 - April 25, 2016

Bruce Richard Hughner, 82, of Williamsburg, passed away April 25, 2016 peacefully at home after an extended illness. After serving his country as an Army Sergeant during the Korean War, he graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was employed by Stromberg-Carlson and Computer Consoles, Inc. in Financial Administration. During the...
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Fannye Doris Holden Scruggs Rorer

August 11, 1928 - April 23, 2016

Fannye Doris Holden Scruggs Rorer, age 87, left this world for her eternal reward on April 23rd while tapping a finger to her favorite hymn - Amazing Grace. A 63-year resident of Williamsburg, Fannye's greatest joys were her faith, family, and friends. Some of her happiest moments were spent with loved ones enjoying simple pleasures including picnics, pool outings, walks, church gatherings,...
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Ernest A. Hinojosa

December 14, 1921 - April 22, 2016

Colonel (Ret.) Ernest A. Hinojosa, Jr., passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the age of 94. He proudly served his country in the United States Army for 36 years. During the course of his career, he served in the European Theater of Operations in World War II and in the Vietnam War.After his retirement in 1978, he continued to maintain his affiliation with the military by his participation...
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James Ellsworth Wheeler

January 23, 1938 - April 21, 2016

James E. Wheeler, age 78, of Toano, VA passed away peacefully at Williamsburg Regional Medical Center on April 21, 2016 after a long illness.Mr. Wheeler was born in Spotsylvania, VA to James C. and Mary Lee Wheeler, who preceded him in death. He attended VPI and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.He was a partner in EW2 Environmental, Inc. Charlotte, NC before retiring to Gloucester to live on the...
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Christopher Patrick Jordan

October 20, 1949 - April 19, 2016

Christopher Patrick Jordan, 66, of Williamsburg, died on April 19, 2016. He was born on October 20, 1949 in Illinois. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com. Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Melinda Anna Araguz

October 24, 1995 - April 18, 2016

Melinda Anna Araguz, age 20, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on April 18, 2016. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jerry Waltrip; great-grandfather, Irvin English and step-father, Jeffrey Becker, Sr.Melinda was proud to graduate from Jamestown High School in 2015, which was a huge accomplishment for her. She enjoyed learning and speaking American Sign Language. She also loved...
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Curtis Jean Reed

January 10, 1939 - April 18, 2016

Curtis Jean Reed (Curt) 77 of Toano, VA, formerly of Long Island, NY, passed away on April 18, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol Reed, son Jeffrey (Enid) of Williamsburg, VA, son Richard of Phoenix, AZ, and daughter Sharon Pleickhardt (James) of Clermont, FL, grandchildren Enrique, Natalia, and Ricardo Reed of Williamsburg, VA, and brothers, Glenn and Russell Brode of NY.Curtis...
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Nancy Porter Neilson

September 29, 1931 - April 18, 2016

Nancy P. Neilson passed on April 18, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger, and by her parents Roland and Caroline. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Virginia and Ed Reynolds, her sons Thomas and James Neilson, her grandchildren Ryan, Abbie Layne, and Mitch, her great grandson Teddy, and her loyal dog, Bandit. Remarkably, Nancy passed away on the birthday of her...
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Robert Jackson Owen

November 13, 1930 - April 17, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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William Thomas Gavan

September 18, 1925 - April 16, 2016

William Thomas Gavan, 90, resident of Williamsburg, VA, passed away April 16, 2016. Born to Henry F. Gavan, Jr. and Julia E. Gavan in Linden, NJ. He had two siblings, Dolores Ann Gavan Bonderanko and Henry F. Gavan, III.After graduating from St. Mary's High School in Elizabeth, NJ, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving his country during World War II as a Pharmacist's Mate, 2nd Class with the...
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Garrett Blake Metacarpa

February 12, 1979 - April 15, 2016

Garrett Blake Metacarpa, 37, of Albany, New York, passed away April 15, 2016. An Army Combat Medic, Garrett served his country in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. He was the recipient of several decorations including the Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Medical...
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William F. McGrath

January 6, 1924 - April 14, 2016

William F. McGrath, of Williamsburg, passed away on April 14, 2016 at the age of 92.Bill served his country in WWII as a member of the U.S. Army's 75th Infantry. His service and dedication in the combat engagements of the Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes, and Rhineland; allowed him to be awarded with the American Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern...
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Simone Marcelle Jodlowski

January 24, 1930 - April 11, 2016

Simone Marcelle Jodlowski of Williamsburg, VA, died on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the age of 86. She was born in Epinal, France and is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Jodlowski.While she and her husband never had children, she was a mother and grandmother figure to many. She was an accomplished seamstress making bridal gowns for military officer's daughters. She was also a fabulous French...
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Arline Lamm Lowe

May 21, 1925 - April 7, 2016

Arline Lamm Lowe, 90, passed away April 7, at Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News, Virginia. She was born May 21, 1925 in Wilmington, North Carolina to Roscoe Bunyan Lamm and Alma Gertrude Barnes Lamm. Arline was a resident of the Newport News, Virginia area most of her life and a member of North Riverside Baptist Church for several decades, where she and her best friend, Scottie Ludlum,...
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Sue T. Elliott

October 15, 1940 - April 6, 2016

Sue Thompson Elliott (75), loving wife and mother, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 6, 2016, after an extended struggle with dementia. Sue was born in Marion, VA on October 15, 1940, the second of five children born to Raymond and Virginia Thompson. At the age of six, Sue's family moved to Hampton, VA where she attended the public schools and was...
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James C. Windsor

August 11, 1932 - April 3, 2016

James C. Windsor died on April 3, 2016 at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan Laurent Windsor; their two children, and their spouses: James L. Windsor and wife, Kay Hardy Windsor; and Robin Windsor Rice and husband, Stephen J. Rice; grandchildren, Jay Windsor, Anne Taylor Windsor, Tyler Windsor, Sarah Rice, Sam Rice, Spencer Rice and Emma Rice.Jim was born on August 11,...
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Ronald Warren Cranford

November 28, 1938 - April 3, 2016

Ronald Cranford, age 77, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on April 3, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Catherine Cranford.Ron was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. He graduated from John Harris High School, class of 1956, Harrisburg, PA. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA in 1963, where he also received...
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Rudolph Joseph List

January 1, 1926 - April 3, 2016

Rudolph Joseph List, of Williamsburg, VA, born on January 1, 1926, in Corona, New York, passed peacefully on April 3, 2016. He celebrated his 90th birthday with joy surrounded by the family he loves. Rudy, served in the US Army as a translator in Germany during World War II. He was a Technical Sergeant of the 33rd Field Artillery Battalion. He also served as a Sergeant First Class in the Enlisted...
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Carolyn Joyce Wolfe

February 15, 1933 - March 31, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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John Hobson Tewksbury

February 24, 1934 - March 29, 2016

On March 29, 2016 Lieutenant colonel John Hobson Tewksbury, USMC (Ret.), "Tewks" passed away quietly in the arms of his loving wife Joyce Tewksbury. He was born in 1934 to Everett Sawyer and Ruth Boston Tewksbury. John attended Staunton Military Academy and Duke University from where he graduated in 1956. John was a credit manager for Dow Badische Co., prior to that he was a senior credit analyst...
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William Thomas Alexander

July 16, 1924 - March 28, 2016

WILLIAMSBURG - William Thomas Alexander, Jr. passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the age of 91. Billy was born on July 16, 1924 to Mittie G. Costello and William Thomas Alexander, Sr. in Portsmouth, VA. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved "babydo", Shirley T. Alexander. Billy left for VPI in the fall of...
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Sheila Diane Reihing

October 21, 1942 - March 27, 2016

Sheila Diane Reihing, beloved wife of Francis George Reihing, went to be with the Lord on Resurrection Sunday, March 27, 2016. Sheila was born October 21, 1942. In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated.
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Terri Lynn Crane

August 16, 1955 - March 26, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Dorothy June Calderwood

February 12, 1919 - March 26, 2016

Dorothy (Dot) Calderwood died on March 26, 2016, at the age of 97. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut on February 12, 1919 to Frances Isabel (Lowe) and Arthur Zeiser. Her parents and her one brother, Robert Zeiser, predecease her.Dot graduated from Farmington Connecticut High School and continued her studies of music at Hartford Conservatory. She excelled in both piano and organ and played...
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Autumn Jewel Walker

September 19, 2015 - March 25, 2016

Princess Autumn's service will be held on Thursday, March 31 at 2:00 pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. Interment will take place at Williamsburg Memorial Park.
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Anthony Paul Mascia

October 30, 1927 - March 25, 2016

Anthony (Tony) Paul Mascia, 88, of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away on Friday, March 25, at Hospice House of Williamsburg. A religious service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 30 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, The Hospice House of Williamsburg, or the charity of...
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Jacqueline Wilson Robillard

April 25, 1964 - March 24, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Elizabeth R. Beckhouse

July 27, 1944 - March 24, 2016

Elizabeth R. Beckhouse, age 71, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2016. She was born on July 27, 1944 in Chicago, IL.Liz attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois prior to graduating from The College of William & Mary. A dedicated educator, she served as principal at several schools within the Williamsburg-James City County School system including Norge Elementary...
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Wilbur Bryan Fichter

July 19, 1935 - March 23, 2016

Wilbur B. "Buck" Fichter of Williamsburg, VA, died on March 23, 2016.Buck was born in Kinston, NC, on July 19, 1935, to John and Agnes Fichter. He was an ace high school pitcher, and then played for Wake Forest University when they won the 1955 NCAA Division 1 Baseball Championship. Following graduation from Wake in 1957 with a degree in Mathematics, he came to NACA (now NASA) in Hampton, VA. He...
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Charles Morton Holloway

July 26, 1922 - March 23, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Mary Ann Bowen

December 12, 1919 - March 22, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Gloria Adaline Aiken

September 18, 1923 - March 22, 2016

Gloria A Aiken, 92, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Survivors include her husband Robert Aiken, daughter Robin Cornell, son Stephen Aiken, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Celebration of Life Service is at Williamsburg Community Chapel, April 2, at 11 am.
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Albert Fletcher Sisk

November 25, 1928 - March 22, 2016

Sisk, Albert Fletcher, Jr. died peacefully on March 22, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Douglass. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Landon of Wilmington, NC; his sons, Douglass of Oakhurst, CA and Geoffrey (Jennifer) of Richmond, VA; and his grandchildren, Blakeley, Peter, and Charlotte. Born in Preston, MD in 1928, he attended Preston High School and graduated from...
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Katharine Louise Case Fournier

May 15, 1926 - March 20, 2016

Katharine Louise Case "Kit" Fournier, who died on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at her home in Williamsburg, Virginia, was born on May 15, 1926, in Syracuse, New York. Her Family moved to Staten Island and then into New York City as she grew up. She was a tour guide for NBC at Rockefeller Center in New York City in the early 40's. She attended Cornell University and then Antioch College ...
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Joseph Leo Coburn

April 25, 1931 - March 20, 2016

Captain Joseph Leo Coburn, Jr. (U.S. Coast Guard retired) passed away peacefully Sunday March 20, 2016 at Woodhaven Hall, Williamsburg Landing, Williamsburg, VA., with his wife, Alice, and family by his side. Joe was born in Chicago, IL. on April 25, 1931, the oldest of five children, to Joseph L. Coburn Sr. and Margaret Coburn, now deceased. He grew up in Roxana, IL. and graduated in 1948 from...
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Dorothy Nadine Brandenburg

August 10, 1925 - March 19, 2016

Dorothy Nadine Brandenburg, daughter of the late Earle and Nancy Smith, was born August 10, 1925, in Buell, Missouri, and died peacefully in her sleep March 19, 2016 in Williamsburg. She was a Baptist. Nadine graduated from Wellsville High School in 1943, and married U.S. Navy air cadet Ensign Harry Scott Brandenburg on November 30, 1943, in Mexico, Missouri. She moved with him from Pensacola...
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Eulan Chism

February 22, 1924 - March 19, 2016

Eulan Chism was born in Glasgow, KY on February 22, 1924 to Amos and Mayme Chism who precede him in death as well as his twin brother Ewell Chism and nephew George H. Bowers. He is survived by his wife Waltraud "Trudy" Chism; daughter Donna Chism; Granddaughters Mariel Potter and Leanne (Matthew) Defino; and Great-Grand Children David and Ava Grace Defino. Also he is survived by his Sister-in...
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Junious Jenkins

September 6, 1933 - March 19, 2016

Junious Jenkins passed away at home March 19, 2016, surrounded by his family.Born September 6, 1933 in Gloucester, Virginia, Junious was predeceased by his parents, Ira Franklin and Mary Jane Jenkins, a brother and five sisters.Junious retired as Chief of Police at Eastern State Hospital in 1998 after 39 years of service.He is survived by his wife of nearly 39 years, Shirley Edgemon Jenkins;...
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Gloria Jane Boatright

December 7, 1935 - March 15, 2016

Gloria Jane Boatright, 80, died on March 15, 2016, in Williamsburg VA. After struggling for many years with a progressive and debilitating disease, she went peacefully with her adoring husband, Jim, by her side. Gloria and Jim were together for over 59 years, their marriage based on true love and respect for each other. While her family and friends will miss her dearly we know she is in a...
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George Alan Morledge

May 28, 1930 - March 14, 2016

George Alan Morledge died March 14, 2016. He was born on May 28, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, soon after his medical missionary father, John Walker Morledge, and mother, Grace Norrick Morledge, returned from service in South Africa. Alan Morledge grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with two older brothers, Joe and John. After graduating from Classen High School, Alan attended Rice Institute in...
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Kevin Ray Ward

March 29, 1967 - March 13, 2016

Kevin Ray Ward was born March 29, 1967 in Williamsburg, VA. He died March 13, peacefully, at Sentara Hospital surrounded by his family.His deceased grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ward and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watson, also his Uncle Larry and Aunt Faye.Survivors include his parents, Ken and Nancy Ward; brother, Lindsay and his wife, Patti, whom Kevin called "Sis;" nephews, Brian and Jordan;...
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Lacy F. Hall

May 10, 1926 - March 13, 2016

Lacy F. Hall, age 89, of Toano, VA, passed away on March 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Corine Lusk Hall.Lacy worked for the shipyard as a Pipe Insulator. He served in the Navy during WWII and he was a member of Faith Fellowship. Lacy enjoyed fishing, hunting gardening and attending family functions.He is survived by his sons, Roger Hall and his wife, Ellen and Terry Hall and...
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Amelia Geiger Lesnowski

August 19, 1944 - March 13, 2016

Amelia Geiger Lesnowski, 71, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness in the presence of her loving husband, daughters and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all.A graduate of South River High School, Amelia went on to attend Trenton State College. She enjoyed membership with Kingsmill Golf and Tennis, as well as Bridge Club. She was also a member of...
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George Jeffries Oliver

November 10, 1923 - March 12, 2016

Dr. George Jeffries Oliver, Jr. died on March 12, 2016 at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Dr. Oliver was born the only child of George Jeffries Oliver, Sr. and Clara Bell Oliver on November 10, 1923 in Norfolk, VA and grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1944. Dr. Oliver went to medical school at the...
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Paul Richard Amundson

January 5, 1957 - March 11, 2016

Born in Denver, CO in 1957 to the late Robert Amundson and Mary Jo (Streeter) Amundson, Paul passed away on Friday, March 11, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer surrounded by his family.Paul attended Mullen High School in Denver, where he won the State Championship for shotput in 1975 and held the record until 2000 at which time he was inducted in the Hall of Fame. He was awarded a football...
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Clara Allison Mayfield

August 23, 1931 - March 11, 2016

Clara Allison Mayfield, a longtime resident of Williamsburg, passed away after a brief illness on March 11, 2016. A native Texan, she was born to Gilbert and Jewel Allison and became a high school English teacher for 37 years. She was a longtime and very proud devoted member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband of 42 years, Fred W. Mayfield,...
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Barbara Hardie Waters

May 18, 1932 - March 11, 2016

Barbara Love Hardie Waters was born in Beckley, West Virginia to Bernie Love Hardie and Thornton Jefferson Hardie, Sr., on May 18, 1932. She died peacefully, after a long illness at Dominion Senior Living on Friday, March 11, 2016.Barbara worked as a hostess for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and managed several hotels in Williamsburg for most of her adult career. She had a deep love for...
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Marvin Earl Hager

April 23, 1932 - March 8, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Peter Francis Adams

January 13, 1934 - March 8, 2016

Peter Francis Adams, of Williamsburg, VA, died on March 8, 2016 at the age of 82. Peter was born January 13, 1934 in Valley Stream, NY. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen A. Adams and his parents, Harold and Rosemary Adams. He was the owner of Eastern Valve, Inc. in Carteret, NJ. He was a faithful member of St. Bede Roman Catholic Church and the Kiwanis Club of East Brunswick, NJ. He...
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Alice May Humme

May 16, 1929 - March 7, 2016

Alice May Humme, 86, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away March 7, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carel T. Humme, whom she loved very much.Alice was an Air Force wife and moved many times with her husband and children as a result. They lived in several different areas throughout her husband's military career, including Virginia, Alabama, Missouri, Washington State, Oklahoma,...
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John Thomas Gibson

September 24, 1962 - March 2, 2016

New Kent - John Thomas Gibson, age 53, passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. A native of Williamsburg, he has lived in New Kent County for the past 12 years. Mr. Gibson retired as an HVAC mechanic from Camp Peary after 34 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parent's William Henry and Mildred Gail Burch Gibson. Survivors include his sons, Christopher Gibson and his...
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John Edward Palmer

March 12, 1918 - February 28, 2016

John Edward Palmer, 97, passed away February 28, 2016, 12 days shy of his 98th birthday, in Williamsburg, VA. Born to John and Martha Palmer in Philadelphia, PA, he was a Coast Guard Combat Veteran who served as a boatswain's mate in the North Atlantic during World War II. After the war, he went to work for Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania. Post-retirement, he was a longtime resident of Cape...
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Emmarena Huffman West

November 15, 1924 - February 27, 2016

Emmarena Delsie Huffman West went to her heavenly home on February 27, 2016, surrounded by her family and other loved ones. As a child, she grew up in Stanley, VA. Emma and her husband Harold Huffman who passed away in 1995 were Williamsburg residents since 1971, where they were both very active and loyal members of Smith Memorial Baptist Church.She is survived by her five daughters, Dianna Evans...
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Olga Lavern Conquest-Arus

September 1, 1948 - February 27, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Lorraine Bernier Copan

February 16, 1921 - February 27, 2016

Lorraine Bernier Copan passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord on Saturday, February 27, 2016, following a courageous year long battle with cancer. Born in Fall River, MA on February 16, 1921 she was the youngest of seven children born to Antoine Bernier and Rosanna Ruel. During and following World War II, she was employed by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Fall River. She worked there...
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Robert Fairley Tolley

May 13, 1914 - February 27, 2016

Dr. Robert Fairley Tolley passed away on February 27, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Tolley was born on May 14, 1914 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the son of the late Oswald Francis and Lottie Belle Fairley Tolley. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Milnor Keeling Ashburn of Virginia Beach.Dr. Tolley graduated from the Veterinary School of Colorado State University and...
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Joyce Irene Peterson

July 22, 1922 - February 26, 2016

Joyce Irene Peterson, 93, passed away February 26, 2016, in Williamsburg, VA.Born to Theodore and Eleanor Pavlak on July 22, 1922 in North Dakota, Joyce was a long time pianist and teacher who attended the Jamestown College in North Dakota. She was a member of the PEO, Music Teachers Association and Bridge Club.She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Peterson.Survivors include her sons...
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Barbara F. Worley

March 9, 1932 - February 26, 2016

Barbara F. Worley, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earle Worley; daughter, Pamela Quish; her parents, John and Elizabeth Fellows; and her brothers, Ronald Fellows and Albert Fellows. She is survived by her son, John Worley; her brother, Edwin Fellows; her sisters-in-law, MarySue Langley and Peggy Edwards; her nephews,...
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Carol Briggs Ten Broeck

March 14, 1937 - February 26, 2016

Carol Briggs Ten Broeck, longtime resident of Williamsburg, VA, passed away at age 78 on February 26th, 2016 following a brief illness.Born in Mansfield, MA on March 14, 1937, Carol was the daughter of the late Harry Briggs and Doris Warren Briggs. Carol attended Brown University and also Boston University, where she received a BA in Journalism. Carol worked in the communications department at...
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Erle Clifford Hill

August 14, 1932 - February 26, 2016

Erle Clifford Hill, age 83, passed away at home on February 26th after losing his courageous battle with cancer in Williamsburg, VA. Erle was born on August 14, 1932 in Starksboro, Vermont to Harold and Gertrude (Maxfield) Hill. He graduated from Hinesburg High School on 1950 and served his country by joining the Air Force. He was also the Fire Captain of Starksboro Volunteer Fire Department...
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Brigitte Engel Dobbins

January 21, 1950 - February 26, 2016

Brigitte E. Dobbins - an angel returns to heaven.Look up to the sky on a clear night and the brightest star will be our best friend, teacher, wife, mother and grandmother. Brigitte lost her long, battle with a cruel neurological condition on Feb, 26, 2016. During her 5-year illness, she remained strong, positive and inspirational. She made each day pleasant for family and friends that loved,...
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Vera Goddard Speake

August 8, 1921 - February 25, 2016

Vera G. Speake, 94, passed away quietly on February 25, 2016 at Patriots Colony of Williamsburg, where she had been a resident since 2007.She is survived by daughter Sharon Hall and husband Warren of Williamsburg; son Jake Claypool and wife Betty of Chatsworth, GA; son Byron Claypool and wife Jenny of Riverside, CA; and 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Her family wishes to thank the...
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Owen Ross Grogan

February 15, 1920 - February 25, 2016

Colonel Owen R. Grogran was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee on February 15, 1920. He entered the military service as an enlisted man in January 1943, attended Engineer OCS and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in May 1943. While in Southeast Asia he did demolition and bomb disposal duty at Middleburg Island. He served in the Airborne Engineer Unit in the Southwest Pacific Area as a platoon leader,...
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S. Stowell Symmes

February 15, 1934 - February 25, 2016

S. Stowell SymmesStowell Symmes, 82, passed away at his home in Williamsburg, on February 25 after a long illness. Stowell was the fifth of nine children born to Elizabeth and Russell Symmes. His life began on February 15, 1934 in Winchester, Massachusetts where he lived at Symmes Corner, attended local schools, and developed a love for sports, nature, music, and learning. Stowell was named after...
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Shirley Meyer McGinnis

April 17, 1927 - February 22, 2016

Dr. Shirley Meyer McGinnis passed away on February 22, 2016. Born in Garnavillo, IA, Dr. McGinnis served the US Army Corps of Engineers for 35 years, first as an engineering aide at the Rock Island, IL District, then in the Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington, DC, and finally as the wife of a career Engineer officer. She was the personal secretary to two Chiefs of Engineers, Lieutenant...
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Juan Antonio Martinez Rodriguez

April 25, 1956 - February 20, 2016

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Edna Keys Dove

March 5, 1916 - February 20, 2016

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Emeric Fischer

February 5, 1926 - February 19, 2016

Emeric Fischer, retired College of William and Mary Law School professor, passed away on February 19, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bernice Fischer; his sons, David Fischer, Joel Fischer, and their families; his daughter, Paula Anderson and her family; and his sister, Ruth Melnicoff.A graveside service will take place at Williamsburg Memorial Park on Sunday, February 21 at 11:30...
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Joyce Jean Hogge

December 6, 1941 - February 18, 2016

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Alanson Welty Whitney

July 30, 1930 - February 18, 2016

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Linda Walker Robertson

March 2, 1944 - February 18, 2016

Linda Robertson, 71, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully at home on February 18, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Jeanette Walker.Linda retired from the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown after 27 years. She then worked several years at the Williamsburg ABC Store, where she truly loved her co-workers. She was a member of Yorktown Baptist Church, and had attended...
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Jack Albert Schaeffer

December 12, 1927 - February 17, 2016

Jack A. Schaeffer, 88, a retired Marine Master Sergeant and resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away February 17th, 2016. Jack was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania on December 12, 1927. He graduated from John Harris High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1945 and joined the U.S. Marine Corp later that same year.Mr. Schaeffer's first tour of duty after boot camp was in Tientsin, China. ...
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Nancy Joan Fletcher

May 19, 1932 - February 17, 2016


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Richard Barnes Wade

July 4, 1933 - February 16, 2016

Richard Barns Wade passed away peacefully at his home on February 16, 2016 at the age of 82. He was born on July 4, 1933 in Morgantown, WV to parents Jesse and Ruby Wade and grew up on the family farm in Green County, PA. He served his country in the USAF during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1954 stationed in Japan as an Air Traffic Controller. He continued his career in civilian life as an...
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Nina Carson Connolly

June 13, 1923 - February 16, 2016


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Blandine Marie Gleaton

July 15, 1921 - February 15, 2016

Blandine Marie Gleaton "Meme" 94, a former Williamsburg resident for over 30 years passed away Monday afternoon, February 15, 2016.Born July 14, 1921 while her French parents were assigned to a French outpost in Tunis, Tunisia. She spent the rest of her young life in the family home of Lille, France. When WW II broke out in Europe, she left France and joined the French fighting forces in...
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Helen Porter

November 6, 1919 - February 14, 2016

Helen Reynolds Porter, 96, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2016. She was born on November 6, 1919 in Lodi, Wisconsin, the sixth of nine children (six boys and three girls). Her father, Ralph, bred and raised championship beef cattle, judged at the International Livestock Fair in Chicago and served for many years on the Lodi School Board. Her mother, Vera Bartholomew, managed the home, fed...
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Alma Ruth Canter

September 15, 1925 - February 14, 2016


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Stephen Bruce Trotter

April 14, 1946 - February 13, 2016

Stephen "Bruce" Trotter, 69, of Williamsburg, passed away February 13, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hunter and Marjorie Trotter and son, Kenneth Pruitt.A retired officer of the U.S. Army, Bruce served his country for 32 years and received multiple decorations. He enjoyed running, traveling and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Sue; son Bobby Pruitt (Diana);...
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Mary Traci Anderson

March 8, 1961 - February 13, 2016

Mary "Traci" Anderson, 54, completed her life's journey on February 12th, in her home. Traci was born in Pirmasens, Germany, on March 8th, 1961, and was adopted by her ever-doting parents, LTC (Ret.) Loren and Mary Anderson on March 10th. An accomplished gymnast and scholar, she graduated from Walsingham Academy in 1979, attended James Madison University, and graduated from Christopher Newport...
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Howard Howard Savage

December 21, 1935 - February 13, 2016

Colonel Leslie Howard Savage, Retired, 80, of Williamsburg, VA, left his countries Duty Roster on Saturday, February 13, 2016. He was born on December 21, 1935, in Norfolk, VA, and preceded in death by his parents, Anne White Royall and father, Thomas L. Savage. He was a member of the last class, in 1954, of Oceana High School, Oceana, VA.He entered Virginia Military Institute in the Fall of...
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David Russell Futrell

November 21, 1922 - February 12, 2016

David Russell Futrell, 93, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2016 at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings, many of his friends, and his wife of 42 years, Catherine (Kit) O'Shea Futrell. He was born in Dover, TN on November 21, 1922 to John A. and Mattie Ella Futrell. Russell, as he was always called by his family,...
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Stanley Joseph Dry

April 26, 1938 - February 12, 2016

Stanley J. Dry, known to family and friends as "Mike" or "Pa", passed away peacefully and with a smile on his face. Mike was born in Liverpool, England in 1938. He immigrated to the United States and proudly became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1965. Mike married the love of his life, Francine Dry, almost 50 years ago and they remained inseparable. Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army and served...
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Otto Frederick Beckhoff

July 3, 1933 - February 10, 2016

Otto, known to family and friends as "Dutch", has passed away from cancer. Dutch was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1933, the only child of Otto and Marie Beckhoff. He graduated from the University of Toledo in 1956 and later received his master's degree from George Washington University while serving in the United States Army. He married Carolyn Halker of Toledo in 1956 and together they began his...
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Robert Wythe Davis

September 12, 1931 - February 7, 2016

Retired U.S. Navy Captain Robert Wythe Davis died on 7 February, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA. He was born in Yorktown, VA on September 12, 1931 to the late John Robert and Virginia Nimmo Davis. Family and friends fondly remember him as "Sommie" or "Ace".He attended Yorktown Elementary School through the seventh grade and then attended Morrison (now Warwick) High School for two years prior to...
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Betty Evelyn Simmons

March 20, 1929 - February 7, 2016

Betty Evelyn Simmons, born March 20, 1929 to Ralph and Alice Niggli in Rochester, NY, passed away at her Brookdale Clare Bridge apartment in Williamsburg, VA on February 7th, 2016. She was the only girl of five children and was adored, spoiled, and protected by her loving brothers Bob, Warren, Dick (preceded in death) and Fred.She was the widow of Charles E. Simmons whom she loved and cherished...
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Dorothy Mae Mapp Wright

December 4, 1926 - February 7, 2016

Dorothy Mae (Mapp) Wright, passed away on February 7, 2016. Dot was born in 1926 to Rowland and Lillian Mapp, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She grew up in Exmore, graduating from Northampton High School. Dot was the first woman in her family to complete college, attending Madison College (now JMU) and Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU), graduating with a degree in Business...
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