MARY ANN “MITZI” ADAMS
Mary Ann “Mitzi” Adams, 91, of Shinnston, passed away on March 8, 2017, at home surrounded by her loved ones.
Mitzi was born on January 17, 1926, in Dawson Mines, to the late Joseph and Mary Tomlanovic Tomlanovich.
She was survived by her children, Diana Lynn Critchfield and husband, Clark, of Clarksburg, Deborah Harbert and husband, David, of Shinnston, with whom she made her home, Mike Adams and wife, Beth, of Clarksburg and Scott Adams and Janice of San Bernardino, CA; grandchildren, Laura Kimble and husband, Jeff, of Bridgeport, U. S. Army SFC Jason Hurley and wife, Melissa, of Fayetteville, NC, Matt Harbert and Jennifer of Shinnston, Sally Holt of Shinnston, Christy Harbert of Shinnston, Cory Adams and wife, Amanda, of Shinnston, Dr. Jeremy Adams and wife, Cara, of Wheeling and 1st Lt. Kyle Adams of Las Vegas; great-grandchildren, Casandra Hurley, Kaleb Hurley, Savannah Kimble, Zak Kimble, Lilah Kimble, Zoe Holt, Parker Holt, Emma Greynolds, Isabella Delaney, Claire Adams and Madison Adams.
In addition to her parents, Mitzi was preceded by her loving husband of 68-and-a-half years, Willis Scott Adams.
She was a proud military wife. Mitzi was well-traveled and spoke three languages fluently. She dearly loved her family and will be greatly missed.
A funeral service was held Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Harmer Funeral Home with Father Tom Dagel officiating. Interment followed at the Shinnston Memorial Cemetery.
Online memories and condolences may be shared at harmerfuneralhome.com.
A service of the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.
MARY V. “NUNNY” PALETTA
Mary V. “Nunny” Paletta, 93, of Clarksburg, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born July 29, 1923, in Clarksburg. She was the daughter of the late Joseph A. Tiano and Angelina Guzzo Tiano. Mary is survived by two daughters, Angela Policano and husband, Larry, Clarksburg, and Dr. Diane Paletta and husband, Dr. Reggie McClung, Charleston; 3 grandchildren, Dr. Brian Policano and wife, Whitney, and Matthew Policano, all of Clarksburg; Dr. Kristen McClung Payne and husband Dr. Bryan Payne, Huntington; 9 great-grandchildren, William Policano, Angelina Policano, Mariella Policano, Dominick Bombardiere and Mateo Bombardiere, Clarksburg; Raykin Payne, Wallace Payne, Tommy Payne and Amelia Daisy Payne, all of Huntington; two brothers, John “Sheriff” Tiano, Clarksburg and Joseph A. “Babe” Tiano, and wife, Frances, Bridgeport; 5 sister-in-laws, Barbara Tiano, Clarksburg, Kay Tiano, Michigan, Virginia Paletta Feathers, Clarksburg, Evelyn Pinti, Florida, Laura Paletta, Michigan, and one brother-in-law, Frank Merandi.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, whom she married on April 24, 1948. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Rose Marie Merandi, Clarksburg; three brothers, Felix Tiano, Tennessee; Albert Tiano, Michigan, and William Tiano, Sr., Clarksburg.
Mary was born in her home in the North View section of Clarksburg, where she resided for her lifetime. In that same home, at the young age of 16, and after the death of her mother, she assumed the role of raising her 5 brothers. Her brother Sheriff resided in the same home with her and never left her side during her illness.
Nunny, as she was known to all her family and friends, was very devoted to her family. She loved cooking for them and loved when everyone came together to eat, especially Christmas Eve and all the holidays. No one ever left her house hungry and she never met a stranger.
She had several nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly and who visited her often. Her devoted caregiver, Mindy, was also a good friend and was considered part of her family.
Mary was a Catholic by faith and a member of St. James Church, Clarksburg. She was a former member of the Altar Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of America.
Nunny was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She was known for her beautiful smile and generosity.
Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to The Harrison County Humane Society or The Juvenile Research Foundation, W. Va. Branch, 3501 MacCorkle Ave., SE #111, Charleston, WV 25304.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00 am at the St. James Catholic Church with Reverend Father Akila Rodrigo as Celebrant
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com. A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.
BEVERLY JO JOHNSTON
Beverly Jo Johnston, 60, of Clarksburg, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
She was born September 13, 1956, in Clarksburg, WV, daughter of Robert W. Small and the late Evelyn J. Jamison Small.
Beverly is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Benedum Parr and husband Chris of Fairmont; one son, Lucas Small-Johnston and wife Brooke Wickenhofer; two grandchildren, Anastasia Benedum and Evan Parr; one brother, Terry Small and wife Linda of Greenback, TN; a special niece, Leigh McNabb, husband Taylor and family; a nephew, Stephen Small, wife Julie and family; plus many more nieces and nephews; a grandpuppy, Dracula; a granddog, Roxie; a grandcat, Cinnamon;and her own loving cat, Jessie.
In addition to her mother, Beverly was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Small, and fur baby, Zoey.
Beverly graduated from Roosevelt-Wilson High School and attended Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College.
She was an administrative assistant for Fairmont State University.
She volunteered at the Clarksburg Mission. She loved line dancing and animals (rescuing and taking them in). She was a supporter of the Harrison County Humane Society and Pet Helpers Inc. in Fairmont.
THELMA “SALLY” ROBINSON ROSE
Thelma “Sally” Robinson Rose, 85, of Enterprise, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at United Hospital Center.
She was born February 26, 1931, in Weirton, WV, daughter of the late Delphia Elizabeth Robinson Dytzel. She was married to Willie R. Rose on March 15, 1947, who preceded her death on November 2, 2009.
Sally is survived by one son, Thomas R and wife Maria Rose of White Hall, WV; one grandson, Alex and Tanya Rose; one great-granddaughter, Shelby Muth; one great-great-granddaughter, Juliett Dubois, all of Tequesta, FL; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Dytzel of Nashville, TN; several nieces and nephews.
Along with her mother and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ernest “Jack,” Bob and Bernard Dytzel.
Sally was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Enterprise United Methodist Church.
GOLDIE VIOLA BURROUGH
Goldie Viola Burrough, 86, of Shinnston, passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016, at the Fitzwaters Assisted Living in Fairmont.
She was born December 9, 1930, in Morgantown, the daughter of the late Charles Spring and Pearl Howell Spring.
Viola was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Austin R. Burrough, and her brother, George.
She is survived by her sons, Rev. David R. Burrough and wife Carolyn of Broadway, Virginia, and Rev. William F. Burrough and wife Janette of Lancaster, Virginia; also surviving are her grandchildren, Matthew Burrough, Amanda Stapleton, Monica Ashcraft and Michael Burrough; great-grandchildren, Chelsie Larkin, Cody Larkin, Erika Johnson, McKayle Marie and Abagail Louise Stapleton, Steven Ashcraft Dean Stapleton, Seth Cabera, Leilani Cabera, and great-great grandchild, Rochelle Larkin.
Viola was a partner with her husband in ministry in numerous churches that he served. She was a member of Christ Church, United Methodist in Shinnston.
She was employed as a cafeteria staff person for more than 20 years in the Harrison County School System.
DOROTHY JUNE GASKINS
Dorothy June Gaskins, 86 of Gaskins Hollow Rd, Salem, departed this life on December 25, 2016, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 20, 1930, at Smithfield, WV, a daughter of the late Damon and Sarah Jane Stout Ash. On April 24, 1947, she married William Gerald Gaskins who preceded her in death on August 14, 1994. Also preceding her in death were 2 sons, 4 sisters and 3 brothers.
Surviving are 3 children: Samuel (Terri) Gaskins, Salem; Sharon (Joe) Marshok, Clarksburg; Connie (Harry) Sanders, Salem. She also is survived by 7 grandchildren: Marsha (Mike) Smith, Parkersburg; William Earl (Crystal) Gaskins, Salem; Marc (Ramona) Gaskins, Orlando, Fl; Becky Gaskins (Brandon Tate), Morgantown; Amy Jo (Patrick) Moore, Clarksburg; Michael Sanders, Salem; Ashley Sanders (Dave Utter), Salem. Also surviving are 12 great-grandchildren; Thaner Cox, Curtis and Summer Cox, Hannah Cox, Samantha Gaskins, Anthony and Kevin Gaskins, Braylon and Braxton Tate, Ala and Kieran Moore, Gianna Sanders and Ava Kay Utter; 5 step great-grandchildren, Raven and Cody Hayes, Emma Cox, Carly and Lilly Smith.
Dorothy was a long standing member of the Evergreen United Methodist Church in Big Flint.
A special thank you to Dr. Davis and People’s Hospice. She especially loved her special nurse, Rachel. Also a thank you to Jennifer, Rochelle, Danna, Sharra, Emily and her caretaker, April. She had such a profound effect on everyone who came to know her.
MICHAEL BART VENETTOZZI
Michael Bart Venettozzi, 70, of Mt. Clare, WV passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family following a brief illness.
He was born in Altoona, PA on August 14, 1946, a son of the late Bart Guy Venettozzi and Mary Elizabeth Curry Venettozzi.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rebecca Jane Leonard Venettozzi, whom he married on December 6, 1968 and resides at their home in Mt. Clare. Also surviving are two daughters, Crysta Bourdon and husband Jon of Marietta, OH and Amy Thomsen and husband William “Will” of Mt. Clare, WV; one son, Michael E. Venettozzi and wife Angie of Mt. Clare, WV; 11 grandchildren, Josh, Traci, Brett, Alex, Kensley, Caden, Dane, Olivia, Maria, Felicity and Gabi; one sister, Jane Watson and husband Ron of Mt. Clare, WV and one brother, Danny Venettozzi and wife Ann of Tennessee.
He was a graduate of Lost Creek High School and a sheet metal worker through local #33. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
LOUIS E. “BUD” DAY, JR.
Louis E. “Bud” Day, Jr., age 89, of Clarksburg passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday, December 24, 2016, at his residence, surrounded by his family by his side. He was born on February 24, 1927, in Clarksburg, WV; a son to the late Louis E. Day, Sr. and Mary Evelyn (Morgan) Day.
Bud is survived by his nephew, Michael Burks of Clarksburg, WV; step-son, William Sigler, of Clarksburg, WV; six grandchildren, Kelly Prouty and her husband, Tyler of Fairmont, WV, James Ryan Sigler and his wife, Teresa of Morgantown, WV, Sarah Sigler and her fiancé, David Whittaker of Morgantown, WV, Rachel Monroe and her husband, Michael of Carmichael, PA, Tommy Allen Kovar and Chelsey Altman of Clarksburg, WV; five great grandchildren, Haley, Karis, Alexia, Piper, Heidi and Benjamin; a sister, Sue Day Plasky and her husband, Joe of Kinston, NC; four nieces, Mary Nelson and her husband, Bryan of New Bern, NC, Stephanie Stepps and her husband, Crosby of Ayden, NC, Sarah Sachdev and her husband, Marc of Rochester, NY, and Christine Andre’ and her husband Jon of Emerald Isle, NC; two great nephew, Steven and Justin Stepps; two great nieces, Kaili Andre’ and Harper Stepps.
In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Frances (Findley) Day; a step-daughter, Christy Sigler Womeldorff; a sister, Bette Jean Day Burks.
Bud attended Clarksburg Public Schools and graduated from Washington-Irving High School in 1945. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the Navy serving his country aboard the USS Cabot aircraft carrier in the South Pacific. After his military service Bud attended and graduated from West Virginia University School of Business. While in Morgantown he was a member of the Phi Kappa Alpha social fraternity.
Bud was employed by Hope Gas Company as an accountant for many years. He was a lifetime member and enjoyed playing golf at Sunny Croft, attended Mountaineer games and was a well-known Friday night diner at the Clarksburg Wonder bar while his health allowed. Bud also was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Clarksburg.
WALLACE DOWNEY CRAIG, JR.
Wallace Downey Craig, Jr. of Bridgeport passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center following an extended illness.
He was born in Fairmont, WV the son of the late Wallace D. Craig, Sr. and Anna Gertrude Hagan Craig.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Constance Jean Spino Craig whom he married on July 29, 1961. Also surviving are one son, Kim Craig and wife Deb of Morgantown, WV; two daughters, Cathy Wilson and husband Byron of St. Leonard, MD and Robin Brannon and husband Pete from Fredericksburg, VA, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three older sisters
He attended Greenbrier Military Academy and the Manlius Military Academy where he graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant and was a proud veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean Conflict. He worked for his family’s business for many years, Craig Motor Service and was owner and operator of State Motor. Above all, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
DELORES JEAN ANDERSON
Delores Jean Anderson, 80, of Clarksburg passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016, at the Meadowview Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness.
She was born in Clarksburg, WV on March 29, 1936, a daughter of the late Ralph Delaney and Flossie Goff Delaney.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas Franklin Anderson. Also surviving are five sons, Douglas Anderson and wife Diana of Lost Creek, WV, Ralph Anderson and wife Ramona of Tucson, AZ, Calvin Anderson and wife Judy of Clarksburg, WV, Mike Anderson and partner Bonita Cosner of Clarksburg, WV and Kevin Anderson of Clarksburg, WV; one daughter, Kimberly Adams and husband Michael of Las Vegas, NV; two brothers, Owen Delaney and wife Julie of Maryland and Skip Delaney and wife Thelma of California, 18 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dusty Delaney and Bill Delaney and one sister, Janet Delaney.
She was a 1954 graduate of Victory High School and a member of Stealey Assembly of God.
ALVA KNIGHT JR.
Alva Knight Jr., age 82, of Flemington, WV, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.
He was born in Taylor County on December 28, 1933, a son of the late Alva and Mary (Ondo) Knight.
Alva is survived by two stepchildren, Sharon Wilfong of Fairmont and Stephen Irvine of Rossville, GA; two sisters, Betty Ross and husband Leonard of Flemington and Elnora Trader of Tallahassee, FL; two brothers, Charles Knight and wife Barbara of Barberton, OH, and Arthur Knight and wife Carolyn of Flemington; three stepgrandchildren, Tim Wilfong and wife Kimberly, Toby Wilfong and wife Kami, and Tyler Wilfong; and two great-grandchildren, Ben and Julie Wilfong. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews including two special nieces who were dear to his heart, Patricia Ross and Ruby Jo Knight.
In addition to his parents, Alva was preceded in death by his wife, Norma L. Knight on September 9, 1997; one sister, Agnes L. Rollison; and one brother, Robert Knight.
Alva, or “Jr” as he was affectionately known, graduated from Flemington High School and then served his country in the United States Army. He retired after 35 years of service with Glory Mining Company in Lumberport, as a mechanic. Alva was also a member of the Astor United Methodist Church.