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Arthur Branan

September 14, 1922 - November 15, 2017

Arthur Branan, Jr. died in Williamsburg, VA, on November 15, 2017 at the age of 95. He was predeceased by his parents, Lillian Nutting Branan and Arthur Branan; a brother, William Branan, and a sister, Lillian Branan Jeltrup. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Lou Knight; a daughter, Linda Branan Riggs (Dr. Gary A.); a son, Gregory Knight Branan (Susan); and four beloved grandchildren....
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Gladys Ruth Wiggins

October 20, 1939 - November 14, 2017

Gladys Ruth Wiggins, 78, peacefully passed on November 14, 2017. She spent her early years near Moncks Corner, SC., with her uncle and aunt, Johnny and Ella Rodgers.As a teenager, she relocated to Newport News, VA., where she attended Warwick High School. Here she met and married her beloved husband of 62 years, Lyle Oneal Wiggins.Gladys is predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Roger Kinard,...
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Patricia Stanley Umstead Eaton

December 1, 1924 - November 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Bryce Leslie Sweet

April 20, 1949 - November 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Salvatore Joseph Vitale

August 8, 1928 - November 13, 2017

Salvatore Vitale, 89, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017.He was a successful clothing manufacturer for ladies wear and owner of Leslie Ann Fashions in New York, NY. He was a faithful member of St. Olaf Catholic Church, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree. Salvatore was a loving son, caring and adoring husband, as well as a great father, grandfather and great...
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Donna Kuhn

October 3, 1942 - November 12, 2017

Donna Lois Kuhn, 75, passed away November 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by husband, Alois J. Kuhn; parents, Virginia and Louis Nowakowski; and brother, Francis Noe. Donna was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church. She loved gardening and was also a member of the Azalea Society of America.Survivors include daughters, Melanie Cummins (Joe), Nina Luhrman (Joe), Rachel Mayo, and Maria Kennedy ...
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John Adrian Blais

April 22, 1933 - November 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Margaret Evans Fletcher

December 31, 1931 - November 9, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Calvin Edwin Wrisley

April 14, 1935 - November 9, 2017

Calvin "Cal" E. Wrisley, Jr., of Williamsburg, passed away November 9, 2017 at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary L. Dean Wrisley; his parents Calvin E. and Zetta Hamilton Wrisley; his brother, Paul Wrisley; and younger sister, Sheila.In his early years, Cal really loved school. He enjoyed reading; particularly thrillers and suspense and dancing. He loved adventure and...
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Charles Robert Justus

February 8, 1940 - November 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Daniel Michael Donaldson

February 13, 1960 - November 7, 2017

Daniel Michael Donaldson, 57, of Williamsburg, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. He was predeceased by his father, Daniel E. Donaldson and his brother, Kenneth Donaldson.After serving his country in the U.S. Army, Daniel received the ICOM Decoration and later became a warehouse employee of the Naval Weapon Station in Newport News. He was a faithful member of the Powerhouse of Praise...
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Debborrah Kay Friberg

July 12, 1953 - November 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Gertrude Mary Trecarten

December 6, 1928 - November 5, 2017

Gertrude Mary Trecarten, born December 6, 1928, passed away on November 5, 2017 at Edgeworth Park after a prolonged illness.
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Russell Eugene Coberly

December 17, 1956 - November 4, 2017

Russell Eugene Coberly, 60, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Junior Coberly and brother, Ronald Lee Coberly. He is survived by his mother and father, Peggy and Jack Hughes; brothers, Richard Coberly, Jesse Coberly and his wife, Tracey, Tommy Coberly and his wife, Teresa; sisters, Peggy Lauderman and her husband Arlis ...
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Gerry Harder Poriss

March 20, 1927 - November 3, 2017

Gerry Harder Poriss, nee Geraldine Jeannette Harder, was born March 20, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois and died in Williamsburg, Virginia, on November 3, 2017.She was preceded in death by her parents, William S. and Edna J.Harder, her husband of 42 years, Ralph G. Poriss, and her devoted friend, Arthur Auvermann, Jr. She is survived by many cousins, including Lori Stauber of Orland Park, Illinois...
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Clara Turner Cash

July 15, 1917 - November 3, 2017

Clara T. Cash, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, since 2002, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017. Born July 15, 1917, she was 100 years old.Clara Cash was the seventh daughter, the ninth and sole surviving child of William Anthony Turner and Clara Cox Turner. She graduated from Wilberforce University in 1940 with a BA degree in Home Economics. Her...
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Mary Faust Galfo

February 13, 1926 - November 3, 2017

Mary Faust Galfo, 91, passed away on November 3, 2017 at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mary was born on February 13, 1926, in Buffalo, New York, to Florence and Howard Faust. She graduated from University of Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree, and after completing one year of medical school at UB, she became a medical technologist. She later earned...
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James Henry Neal

September 19, 1934 - November 1, 2017

James Henry Neal, 83, surrounded by his family went peacefully with the angels to his final destination on November 1, 2017. There were no goodbyes, just “see you later”. He was a 1954 graduate of Hampton High School, and 1965 graduate of the Apprentice School, NASA. After retiring from NASA in 1993, he enjoyed gardening, tending to his banana trees, and cruising the Haven in his...
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Julia Mildred Adie

August 31, 1915 - October 31, 2017

Julia Mildred (Farnham) Adie, loving wife and mother, died on October 31, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was 102 years old. Mrs. Adie was born August 31, 1915 in Hope, Kansas to Ernest N. and Katie (North) Farnham. She was the youngest of six children. She attended Kansas State University for three years, receiving a certificate to teach elementary grades. To obtain experience, she taught...
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David Clark Dowling

November 8, 1960 - October 30, 2017

David C. Dowling, a 26-year resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away on October 30, 2017, after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.Dave was born November 8, 1960, in Watertown, New York. He attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, before earning his master's degree from Michigan State University. He married his best friend and love of his life, Dana, on September 12, 1992. ...
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Wayne Irwin Yohe

May 5, 1939 - October 30, 2017

Colonel Wayne "Skip" Yohe, Command Fighter Pilot USAF (Retired) slipped the surly bonds of Earth on October 30, 2017 in his final flight and has "put out his hand and touched the face of God".Skip was born May 5, 1939 in Hanover, PA to Lester and Kay Yohe. He graduated High School in Havertown, PA and then earned a BA in Physics at Gettysburg College where he met and eventually married his...
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Kenneth Stanley Womack

February 2, 1936 - October 28, 2017

Kenneth "Pete" Womack, 81, passed away on October 28, 2017. He was born in Lynchburg, VA to the late James and Margaret Womack.He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1954 to 1958 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1960 and served 24 years before retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Yorktown, VA. The next 10 years were spent working at Newport News Shipyard.Pete received many awards and medals...
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Donald Seymour Buck

September 18, 1938 - October 25, 2017

Donald Seymour Buck, 79, of Williamsburg, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. He was predeceased by Marshall Seymour, Rufus Seymour, Janie Buck, and Robert Buck, his parents.Donald retired as a Financial Executive from the IBM Corporation. He was a devoted member of St. Bede Catholic Church.Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Kathy Faulk Buck; sons, Roderic Buck (Latasha),...
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Margaret Jean Moore Fosdick

February 2, 1928 - October 24, 2017

Margaret Jean Moore Fosdick, 89, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. She was born on February 2, 1928 in Cobleskill, NY to Isabelle and Chauncey Moore. On October 23, 1948, she married George Warren Fosdick in Lake George, NY.Margaret had been a resident of Patriots Colony since August 2007. She was a practicing Methodist and a devoted mother and wife. Margaret was...
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Robert Wayne Moss

January 21, 1947 - October 23, 2017

Robert Wayne Moss, 70, of Williamsburg, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Lena Forehand Moss.Wayne was a talented classical musician and a former employee of Colonial Williamsburg. He earned his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts for 17th and 18th Century Performance Practices from Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, Ohio. In his spare time, he loved to salt...
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Carol Edna Peters

December 28, 1921 - October 23, 2017

Carol Edna Peters was born in Milwaukee, WI and passed away at the age of 95 at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, VA with family by her side. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 70 years, Darrell F. Peters, and her grandson, Jonathan Peter Cole. She leaves behind her 4 daughters Donna King (Michael), Marilyn Peters, Joan Cole (James) and Karen Barbalace (Philip); 5 grandchildren,...
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Paul Victor Jones

April 12, 1927 - October 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Marilynn O'Neill Roche

March 27, 1940 - October 21, 2017

Marilynn O'Neill Roche, 77, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at home in Williamsburg, VA. She was born on March 27, 1940 in Kansas City, MO to Francis and Mary O'Neill Roach.Marilynn grew up in Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City in 1958. After high school, she attended the University of Paris, (Sorbonne), from 1958-59 and received a BA from...
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Chu Cha Kim

February 10, 1925 - October 21, 2017

Chu Cha Kim, 92, passed away peacefully at home on October 21, 2017, following a brief illness. She is survived by four children and their spouses: Kim Maloney and partner Peter Kao; Shin Murphy and husband Timothy; Bobby Kim and wife Naomi, all of Williamsburg; and Grace Kim and husband Eric Ahn of Fairfax. Also surviving are her grandchildren Ronald Kleveland and wife Denise of Williamsburg;...
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James Roland Kearns

March 19, 1935 - October 21, 2017

LTC (Ret) James R. Kearns, 82, passed away peacefully at home on October 21, 2017, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was born in Asheboro, North Carolina, on February 19, 1935. After high school, he attended Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, and then enlisted in the United States Army. One of his postings was Panama, where he met and married his wife, Patricia Steiner, in 1959. The...
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Lois Konrad Noll

August 12, 1928 - October 20, 2017

Lois K. Noll. Age 89Died peacefully in her home October 20, 2017Lois was born and raised in Somerville, NJ, a graduate of Somerville High School in 1946 and Dean College in 1948. Lois met and married Horace "Ace" Noll in 1952. They resided and raised their family in Flemington, NJ, before retiring to Williamsburg, VA.Lois was a lifetime golfer and recorded golf's ultimate achievement "a hole-in...
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David Cowles Griffin

April 17, 1925 - October 19, 2017

David Cowles Griffin, 92, of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Hollywood, MD, died at home October 19, 2017. He was born in Simsbury, CT, April 17, 1925 to Margaret and Walter Griffin. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Novella (Harsh); their 5 children, Tammy Berryhill, David Griffin (Debra), Rebecca Butler (Charles), James Griffin (Donna) and Joelle Griffin Russell (Penn); and 6...
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Delanna Moring Parsons

June 30, 1951 - October 18, 2017

Delanna Moring Parsons, a former teacher for Newport News schools, passed away on October 18, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jesse J. Parsons; brother and sister-in-law, Robert "Bob" and Treva Moring; nephew, Matthew Moring; and niece, Amanda Moring Meyers. Service information will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial...
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Gerald Delmont Clarke

February 19, 1940 - October 17, 2017

Gerald Delmont "Jerry" ClarkeJerry Clarke, 77, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 17, 2017 following a long battle with cancer. He was born in Chesterfield County, VA on February 19, 1940. Following graduation from Thomas Dale High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy spending most of his six years of service on submarines. The highlight of his time in the Navy was meeting his future wife,...
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Hudson Franklin Edwards

October 13, 1931 - October 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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John Hayes Dobson

October 22, 1942 - October 16, 2017

John H. Dobson, 74, died on October 16, 2017. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 35 years of service, including during the Cuban Crisis of 1961. Mr. Dobson is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Jeff, Lee, and Brian and their spouses; and nine grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 20 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg,...
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Susan Davis Shepard

April 5, 1939 - October 15, 2017

Susan Davis Shepard, 78, of Williamsburg passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 15, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman Ray Davis and Ruth Perry Davis of Jacksonville, NC and an infant brother Perry Davis. Susan was born in Rocky Mount, NC where she spent her early childhood. Her family moved to Jacksonville, NC in 1954. Susan graduated from...
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William Gene Hall

November 16, 1956 - October 13, 2017

William (Bill) Gene Hall, Jr, age 60 of Williamsburg, died peacefully on October 13, 2017 following a long illness. Bill was born November 16, 1956 in Ardmore Oklahoma, the son of William Gene, Sr. and Mary Olga Hall. He grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He received his BS in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University, minoring in Military Science at University of Michigan where he...
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Maggie Dorothea Bolden

August 30, 1934 - October 12, 2017

Maggie Dorothea Bolden, 83, born on Aug. 30, 1934, departed this life on Oct. 12, 2017. Visitation will be held at 9:00 AM on Sat., Oct. 21 with services beginning at 11:00 AM at Holy Tabernacle Church of Deliverance, 14749 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen...
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Martha Howard Patten

January 14, 1946 - October 12, 2017

Martha (Marty) Howard Patten, 71, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, October 12, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin Brown Howard, of Washington, NC, and Martha Jones Howard, of Belhaven, NC. Marty was married for over 49 years to the love of her life, Donald N. Patten, who survives her. Marty...
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Mary Turner Siler

October 25, 1922 - October 12, 2017

Mary T. Siler, 94, of Williamsburg, and formerly of Richmond, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband, Evan D. Siler. She is survived by her daughter, Courtney Frantz and her husband Richard Vines; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.Arrangements under the...
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John F. McDermott

February 13, 1928 - October 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Daniel Gordon Stimson

September 28, 1949 - October 10, 2017

Daniel G. Stimson, 68, of Williamsburg, VA, former Director of Track and Field at the College of William and Mary, passed away October 17, 2017. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, coach and mentor and kept in close contact with many former athletes and coaches, enjoying every part of their lives. He was known for his infectious optimism in the face of adversity and always said "There's...
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Lawrence James Grossman

July 29, 1970 - October 10, 2017

Larry "Pirate Guy" Grossman, 47, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. He proudly served his country in the US Army. Following his military service he worked as a landscaper.He is survived by his son, Matthew Grossman; daughter, Katherine Wahlman; granddaughter, Katelynn Wahlman; his parents, Gloria and Bill Saunders; brother, Shawn Grossman; sister in law, Michelle...
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Debra Ann Graves Wyckoff

November 1, 1952 - October 10, 2017

Debra Ann Graves Wyckoff, 64, of Charles City, VA, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. She was born on November 1, 1952 and predeceased by her father, Charles E. Graves, Sr.A resident of Charles City since 1980, Debbie graduated from Riverside School of Nursing with her Registered Nurse Diploma in 1973. She went to work for Williamsburg Community/Sentara Hospital Emergency Room in 1973. She...
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Duie Laython Brantley

May 16, 1933 - October 8, 2017

Retired Air Force SMSgt Duie Laython Brantley, 84, passed into Heaven, early Sunday morning, October 8, 2017, in Williamsburg, Virginia.He is survived by his wife, Marlies Brantley; daughter, Linda Robinson; stepson, Mitch Worley (Debi); grandchildren, Casey Worley, Danny Worley, Sherrie Perger, Amie Farmer (Ross) and Christopher Robinson (Jennifer); 6 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Carol...
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Lois Campbell Page

March 11, 1926 - October 6, 2017

Lois Campbell Page, 91, passed away October 6, 2017, in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Page, and 2 sons, James Page and Joseph Page.Lois was a member of the Walnut Hills Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.She is survived by sons, Michael Page (Deborah) and Patrick Page (Jennifer); and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.Services will...
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Richard David Nagle

November 15, 1926 - October 2, 2017

In loving memory of our loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Commander Richard D. Nagle Jr. passed away on October 2, 2017 at Edgeworth Park at New Town in Williamsburg, Virginia.Commander Nagle was born in Little Silver, NJ to the late Richard and Delia Nagle. Upon entering the navy on November 9th, 1944 Commander Nagle served honorably for 30 years earning many medals, awards...
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Alice Rice Cottingham

March 6, 1930 - September 29, 2017

Alice Rice Cottingham, 87, of Williamsburg, passed away September 29, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Phelps Cottingham, Jr.Alice was a retired teacher from the Williamsburg-James City County Public School system and a parishioner of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Greensprings Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and...
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Hayden Judson Silver

September 7, 1933 - September 28, 2017

SILVER, Hayden Judson Jr., of Williamsburg, died peacefully on Thursday, September 28, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hayden Judson Silver, Sr. and Margaret Brewer Silver; and is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ann Carter Wendenburg Silver; three children, Hayden Judson Silver, III ("Jay"), and his partner Lisa James Dixon, Wendy Ann Bugg and her husband, Wadsworth Bugg,...
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Joseph Paul Cesario

March 18, 1938 - September 27, 2017

Joseph Paul Cesario, "Joe", 79, passed away on September 27, 2017 at Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Angelo and Antoinette Cesario and brother of Paul Cesario. Joe served in the United States Air Force Reserve from August, 1956 to July, 1962. Following his military service, he was Director of Information Technology for...
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Jose Carlos Ruiz

April 11, 1926 - September 26, 2017

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, José Carlos Ruiz, 91, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family.Born in La Libertad, El Salvador he came to the United States to study foreign affairs at Loyola University. There he met and married the love of his life, Ethel Valentine Ruiz, who preceded him in death in 2015.His career began in New Orleans as Chancellor & Vice Consul of the...
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Tobin LeRoy Vreeland

July 28, 1971 - September 26, 2017

Tobin L. Vreeland, 46, of James City County, formerly of Hamburg, New York, passed away on September 26, 2017.Tobin is survived by his wife, Lisa Marie Vreeland and their son, Grant Alexander Vreeland; his other son, Cody Alan Vreeland and his mother, Melinda Myers; mother, Karen Vreeland; father, F.L. Skip Vreeland; brother, J.Todd (Anne) Vreeland and their two children, David and Gina; sister,...
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Evelyn Ann Alderman Carter

April 28, 1927 - September 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Carol Patterson

January 18, 1946 - September 25, 2017

Carol Bryant Patterson of Williamsburg, VA died at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA surrounded by her family on September 25, 2017. She was 71 years old.Carol is survived by her four children and their spouses: Lanny Bryant and Heidi Lipkie Harris of Centennial, CO; Michael Brennan and Terri Hamlett Harris of Williamsburg, VA; Emily Elizabeth Patterson of Memphis, TN; and...
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Betty Lee Ducote

March 9, 1931 - September 25, 2017

Betty Lee DuCote (née Adams), 86, passed away Monday, September 25th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.Her life began in Washington, DC on March 9th, 1931. She was loved and raised by the late Harvey B. Adams and Alice L. Adams. She danced her way through Western High School and upon graduation took a job at Georgetown University. On one eventful night in November, 1951 at the Calvert...
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Betty Jane Rorrer Garrington

October 20, 1927 - September 24, 2017

Betty Jane Rorrer Garrington passed onto the Lord on 24 September 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia where she was a long-time resident. Born and raised in West Virginia, Betty received her Bachelor's Degree in Science and at a later date completed her Master's Degree. After leaving her hometown, Betty moved to Buckroe Beach, Virginia where she met her husband, Percy E. Garrington, and began...
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Barbara-Fenella Wahl Roberts

June 24, 1927 - September 24, 2017

Barbara-Fenella Wahl Roberts, 90, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Williamsburg. Barbara was born to General Lutz Wahl, (The Adjutant General, U.S. Army, in the 1920's) and Fenella Hero Wahl on June 24, 1927. She was raised in Washington, D.C. and went to Holden Arms School in D.C. and the Gardener School in New York City.Barbara married Austin L. Roberts, Jr in 1945 and they had 4...
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Gloria Frances Lang

January 5, 1929 - September 22, 2017

Gloria Lang passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017. She was born on January 5, 1929, in New York City. Her family moved to Astoria, Long Island, in her early teens and lived there until she entered college at the State University of New York at Fredonia, to become a teacher. At Fredonia, she met Fred, which began a love affair for their long marriage.Gloria taught school in East Hampton,...
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William Walter Popelka

June 20, 1934 - September 21, 2017

William Popelka, 83, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017.He was a graduate of Union Endicott High School and Cortland State, and earned his Master's Degree from St. John's University. A veteran of the U.S. Army, William proudly served his country during the Korean War. Following his military service, he was the principal at East Meadow High School. He was an avid...
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Wilbur Dean Peterson

October 16, 1931 - September 20, 2017

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Tommie F. Karns

March 24, 1932 - September 20, 2017

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Vera Ernestine Payor

March 28, 1923 - September 19, 2017

Vera E. Payor peacefully passed from this life to her eternal home on September 19, 2017. She was born on March, 28, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan. Vera is survived by her two daughters: Paulette Parker and Nancy Payor as well three grandchildren: J. Daniel Parker (Tracy), Rebekah Semus (Joe) and Joshua Parker (Laura), as well as eight great-grandchildren: Joseph Semus, Jacob Semus, Kathryn Semus,...
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Opal Inez Lowery Eddins

October 6, 1917 - September 18, 2017

Opal Inez Lowery Eddins passed away peacefully in the loving presence of her family on September 18, 2017. She was 99 years old. Opal was born on October 6, 1917, the fifth and youngest child of Needham Jefferson Lowery and Effie Modessa (Dessie) Dunlap Lowery of Carlisle, Texas. She graduated from Trinity High School and obtained her teacher's certificate from the Huntsville Teacher's...
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John Patrick Lott

December 26, 1936 - September 16, 2017

John (Jack) Patrick Lott died on Saturday, September 16, 2017 after an extended illness. John and his wife Marcia (Marty) raised four fine children. He is survived by them and his grandchildren. His family is his legacy.Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a later date.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please give to a charity of one's...
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Nancy Martha Jakobs

November 23, 1940 - September 15, 2017

Nancy M. Jakobs, 76, of Williamsburg, died on September 15, 2017. She was born November 23, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. She was a member of King of Glory Luthern Church, an active participant in Bible studies, choir, and evangelism. She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Frederick H. Jakobs.A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, September 23, at King of...
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Gail Pedrick McNaughton

August 15, 1942 - September 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Joseph L. O'Brien

June 7, 1927 - September 14, 2017

Joseph L. O'Brien, M.D. was born in Paterson, NJ on June 7, 1927 to Joseph M. and Agnes O'Brien. After grade school, he attended St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City graduating in 1944. He entered the Navy V-12 Program and was sent to Princeton University. In an accelerated wartime program, he completed his premedical requirements in two years and entered Cornell Medical College in 1946. While at...
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Donald Alan McCartney

March 26, 1941 - September 13, 2017

Donald Alan McCartney, 76, of James City County, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold G. and Frances H. McCartney, and his beloved wife, Joan Baker McCartney.Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Donna M. Freeman and Janet L. Grimmett (significant other, Eric Brown); grandchildren, Brittany N. Grimmett and Timothy M. Freeman; great...
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Darryl Arden Bolstad

September 15, 1933 - September 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Ted Ambrose Brennan

April 13, 1930 - September 12, 2017

Edward A. "Ted" Brennan, age 87, died at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center on September 12, 2017.Born in Waterbury, CT, Ted grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where he became a lifelong, devoted fan of the NY Yankees and a season ticket holder for the NY Giants since 1956. He later married and lived in Morristown, NJ, and Alexandria, VA. For 30 years, he worked for the Department of Defense...
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Donald Nason Aspinall

June 12, 1932 - September 12, 2017

Donald Nason Aspinall, 85, passed away on September 12, 2017. He was born in Providence, R.I. to the late Moses and Ruth Aspinall. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and Vietnam, retiring after 23 years. Don was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Beswick and brother, William Aspinall.Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 35 years, Mary Ann Aspinall; four...
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John Charles Jones

May 2, 1944 - September 11, 2017

John C. Jones, 73, passed away on September 11, 2017. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard and received decorations for Good Conduct and National Defense Medals, retiring from the Naval Weapons Station and Ace Hardware. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Grace Jones; wife, Vivian Elaine Jones and brother, Bill Jones.Left to cherish his...
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B.R. Atkinson

September 16, 1926 - September 11, 2017

B.R. (Dick) Atkinson, retired vice president of community affairs for Nestle USA and Stouffer's, was a veteran of 42 years in the public relations field in Cleveland, New York City and Chicago.Born in Lakewood, Ohio (9-16-26), Atkinson graduated from Lakewood H.S. and Ohio University's School of Journalism. He was a veteran of World War II where he was a signalman on a Navy minesweeper in the...
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George Martin Johnson

September 6, 1923 - September 8, 2017

George M. Johnson, 94, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on September 8, 2017. He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army. Infantry was his branch during WWII, Korea and Vietnam two times. His decorations included BSM w/4 OLC; MSM; AM WWIIVM; GCMDL; C1B w/3d award and 13 additional decorations. George was a member of Hickory Neck Episcopal Church. He was preceded in death by his...
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George W. Pettengell

February 9, 1934 - September 7, 2017

George W. Pettengell, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on September 7, 2017. George was born in England on February 9, 1934 and was raised in the London Borough of Bromley, Kent. In 1949, at the age of 15, he began his career as a Cooper at Whitbread Brewery in London. On June 6, 1959, George married the love of his life, Marie; and in December 1967, they immigrated to the United States with...
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James Eugene Austin

January 27, 1954 - September 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Peggy Ann Ritchie

January 24, 1944 - September 6, 2017

Peggy Ann Ritchie, 73, after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer, passed away peacefully on September 6th, 2017. She was born in Savannah, Georgia to the late Ruby and Emmitt Smith. She is survived by her husband, Leon Ritchie of Williamsburg, VA, her children Mary L. Rose (James) of Smithfield, VA, Lisa Parker of Phoenix, AZ, Penny Williams of Hampton, VA, and David Mosley of Williamsburg, her...
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Betsy O. Croswell

September 19, 1945 - September 6, 2017

Betsy was called to her heavenly home on September 6, 2017. She was born in Gloucester, VA on September 19, 1945. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother. Betsy is survived by her loving husband for over 52 years, Harry Croswell. She treasured her times with her husband, children, grandchildren, neighbors and other special family members. Betsy is survived by her son, Robert Croswell...
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Donna Jean Stewart

November 1, 1955 - September 5, 2017

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Jane Ann Crowley

January 25, 1930 - September 5, 2017

Jane Ann Crowley, 87, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on September 5, 2017.She retired from Fairfax County Public Schools and was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Jane enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, gardening and reading. She is survived by her husband, Paul Rodney Crowley; her sons, Steve Crowley and his wife Traci, Roger Crowley and Ben...
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John Daniel Wilson

July 28, 1938 - September 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Robbye McEver Daniel

February 10, 1939 - September 1, 2017

Robbye McEver Daniel passed away September 1, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia following complications from C. Difficile Colitis. She was born in Hoschton, GA on February 10, 1939. She is survived by her husband, Sam Daniel, her daughter, Mona King, her niece, Laura Cobetto and other relatives in Virginia and Georgia. She was preceded in death by her father, Julius McEver, her mother, Lucy McEver,...
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Frank Paul Baranowski

November 1, 1921 - August 30, 2017

Frank Paul Baranowski, popularly known as "Baran", died in Williamsburg, VA on August 30, 2017. He was a long-time resident of the Washington metropolitan area (Bethesda, MD and Great Falls, VA). He was predeceased by his parents John and Leona Baranowski of Bayonne, NJ and his brother Joseph John Baranowski of Allentown, PA. He is survived by his wife Alma Anders, son Michael Paul Baranowski ...
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Frank Neal Hall

March 26, 1934 - August 30, 2017

Frank Neal Hall, 83, formerly of Williamsburg, VA, departed this life for his eternal home in Heaven on August 30, 2017, in Fredericksburg, VA.Frank was an engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation working on many of Virginia's largest highway projects during his forty-year career. Prior to his move to the Fredericksburg area in 2016, Frank had been a long-standing deacon and teacher...
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Lura Lee Hylton

July 23, 1941 - August 29, 2017

Lura Lee (Fannin) Hylton, 76, passed away on August 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Clifford Fannin and Dovie Lee (Taylor) Settle.Lura was a graduate of James Blair High School, Class of 1959. Later, she split her time between being a devoted housewife and the bookkeeper for the family business. In her spare time, Lura enjoyed family genealogy, playing cards and getting...
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Robert Graham Carns

December 9, 1941 - August 28, 2017

Robert (Bob) Graham Carns, 75, of Williamsburg, VA went to be with his Lord on August 28, 2017 after a brief, intense battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry R. Carns and Frances (Knupp) Carns. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and sisters, Kristine Christianson and Kathryn (Ted) Droppa, along with numerous nieces and nephews whom he cherished. He also leaves his beloved...
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Boyd Martin Weber

August 25, 1949 - August 28, 2017

Boyd Martin "Marty" Weber, 68, of Williamsburg, passed away on August 28, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. and Mary McDonald Weber.Marty was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, proudly serving his country from 1967-1976. He pursued several educational opportunities following his military service. After receiving his Bachelor's in Business Administration from St. Leo...
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Walter Edward Flook

March 13, 1928 - August 28, 2017

Walter Flook passed away on August 28, 2017.He is predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Emily and his son, Donald.Walter is survived by his daughter, Gail Joseph and her husband, Rod, of Perry, FL.He retired from DuPont Company as an engineer after 35 years of service. Walter was active in his retirement while enjoying bowling, bridge, golf and the company of his friends.Services under the...
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Robert Huntington Cropp

October 1, 1937 - August 27, 2017

Robert Huntington Cropp of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Known to family and friends as Bob, he spent the last twenty years as an active community resident of Williamsburg. He was born on October 1, 1937 in Wheeling, WV where his father was minister of the First Presbyterian Church. Bob later lived in White Plains, NY. During the war years his family lived in...
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Jessica Dawn Catlett Mauder

January 30, 1983 - August 27, 2017

Jessica Dawn Catlett Mauder passed away suddenly on August 27, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, September 1 from 4-6pm followed by a memorial service at 6pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com. Those who know Jessica would understand she would have never...
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Mary Laraine Beck

November 9, 1940 - August 27, 2017

Mary Laraine Beck, an eleven year resident has gone to be with the Lord on 27 August. She was born on November 9, 1940, the only child of Olaf Logan Floyd and Julia Bennett Dixon. Mary's younger years were spent in rural Cambridge, Illinois. Her family relocated to Bradenton, Florida when Mary was fifteen years old. In Bradenton she married Robert Edward Lambert, raised two children, Laila...
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Marian Speed Conley

February 4, 1944 - August 23, 2017

Marian S. Conley, (73), passed away surrounded by her loving daughters, on August 23, 2017. Marian was born February 4, 1944 in Rocky Mount, NC, and spent the majority of her life in Richmond, VA, where she raised her family. Upon moving to Williamsburg, she received the love of many in the community during her journey living with Alzheimer's disease.Marian is preceded in death by her husband...
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Spiros Wallace Stieffen

April 29, 1925 - August 20, 2017

Spiros Wallace Stieffen, age 92, a resident of James City County died peacefully on Sunday August 20,2017after a brief illness. He was born on April 29, 1925 in Newport News, Virginia. He spent most of his life in Hampton where he, his father and his brothers formally owned and operated Buckroe Beach Amusement Park. Mr. Stieffen earned a BS Degree in Business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute...
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Thomas Edward McCue III

March 18, 1948 - August 19, 2017

Thomas Edward McCue III died on August 19, 2017, in Williamsburg, Va., following a brief illness. He was born at Bryn Mawr Hospital on March 18, 1948, to Thomas Edward McCue Jr. and Mildred Teal McCue and was raised Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. He was baptized at St. Thomas the Apostle church, Chester Heights, Pa. The McCue family were founding members of the parish, which was formed in 1851. He...
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Dolores Spina

July 17, 1930 - August 18, 2017

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Anna Zepht Stone

October 28, 1921 - August 18, 2017

Anna Zepht Stone, 95, long time resident of Williamsburg, died Friday, August 18, 2017 at home surrounded by family. She was born in East Chicago, Indiana on October 28, 1921. She graduated from William and Mary and was employed by NACA as a physicist. It was there she met her husband, Ralph W. Stone. They enjoyed a 62 year marriage prior to his death in 2007.During their marriage, Anna and Ralph...
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Antonia Franziska Zimmerman

May 22, 1938 - August 18, 2017

Antonia Franziska Zimmerman (Grandma), 79, died Friday, August 18, 2017 in Williamsburg. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernst and Anna Schwing; her husband, Edward L. Zimmerman; and grandson, Michael Strickland.Antonia was a beautiful singer, a seamstress and a crafter. She enjoyed football and politics and was beloved by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She is survived by...
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William Bucy Bynum

December 19, 1934 - August 17, 2017

William Bucy Bynum, 82, died surrounded by family, and went to be with his Lord on August 17, 2017. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 57 years, Carolyn Jeannette Bynum, his two sisters, Betty Homan and Martha Jenkins, and his legacy, three children, Alison Miller and her husband Eddie, Anne Wall and her husband Jeff, and Michael Bynum and his wife Susan; seven grandchildren,...
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Timothy James Arre

February 22, 1977 - August 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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