Obituaries – March 30th, 2017



John Panek, 76, of Shinnston, passed away March 23, 2017 at United Hospital Center.

The oldest child of the late Thaddeus and Margaret Panek, he was born in Chicago, Illinois in August 1940 and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He was a graduate of Arlington Heights High School and the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Maria Panek, and brother Carl Panek.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen Panek of Shinnston, children Ronald (Amy) of Peoria, Illinois, Sheila Solarz of Woodstock, Illinois, John M. Panek of Sycamore, Illinois, Shannon (Steve) Donovan of Tipton, Iowa, Sheryl Panek of Chicago, Illinois, and Martin (Eva-Lisa) of Finland, as well as grandchildren Justin Solarz  and Jacob (Emily) Solarz, Kyleigh Geguzis, Grace Donovan, Cameron, Cecelia, Cierra, Grant, and Max Panek. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Panek of Arkansas.

In 1952 he contracted polio in the last polio epidemic in Chicago before the Salk vaccine was discovered. Later in life, he had post-polio syndrome also.

He was owner/tuner of a BSA Gold Star racing motorcycle in the early 1960s. His love of motorcycles made his paintings of motorcycles well-known in the motorcycle world. In 2016, the State of West Virginia purchased one of his oil paintings titled ‘Shannon’s Back Yard’ for the permanent collection.

Before moving to West Virginia in 1995, he was in Baldwin’s Company as the gunsmith in the Northwest Territory Alliance, a Revolutionary War Living History organization.

According to his wishes, he was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lord’s Pantry Food Bank in Shinnston, West Virginia.


Avis Marie Bowyer, age 79, Harrisville WV, departed this life on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at her residence. She was born on April 26, 1937, in Shinnston, WV the daughter of the late Russell W. and Hazel B. Morgan Carder.

Marie had worked for Shinnston Plumbing and  Shinnston Finance in  Shinnston, WV and  Howe’s Store and Johnson Hardware in  Harrisville, WV. She was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church, enjoyed watching and feeding the wildlife, watching Horses and the Roy Rogers Show on TV.

Marie is survived by her husband, Donald G. Bowyer; daughter, Donna Snyder (Mike), Harrisville, WV; brothers, Marvin Carder (Janet) and Ferlin Carder (Kim); sisters, Linda Pulice, Emma Garrett (Paul); several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by a brother Raymond Carder; sister, Barbra Ellen Carder; brother-in-law, Ronnie Pulice.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, with the Pastor Robert Perine officiating. Burial followed in the Harrisville I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

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Arnett Ray Burnside, 83, of Bridgeport, passed away Wednesday evening, February 8, 2017, in Bridgeport.

He was born October 14, 1933, in Clarksburg, the son of the late Harvey Arnett Burnside and Etta Mae Williams Burnside.

Arnett is survived by three children, Beth A. Nooralian of Fairfax, VA, Brenda K. Dalessandro and her husband, Mark, of Tucson, AZ, and Scott P. Burnside, of Bridgeport; three grandchildren, Jared and Jacob Dalessandro and Skyler Nooralian; one sister, Hylen Calcerano, of Pleasantville, NJ; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Betsy Bowling.

In addition to his parents, Arnett was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Massoud Nooralian; two sisters, Helen Burns, and her husband, Bernard; and Carol Lloyd; and a brother-in-law, John Calcerano.

Arnett was a graduate of Bristol High School, Class of 1951. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He was stationed at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, CO, where he discovered a love for the Rocky Mountains and big game hunting.

Following his service in the Army, he worked briefly for Fairmont Box Co. and Hazel-Atlas Glass Co. before working as a bookkeeper for Hope Gas Co. for 10 years, retiring in 1970. For five years, after finishing his day at Hope Gas, Arnett would start his second job at the West End Kroger; weekends he spent working at his first stint at self-employment, Burnside Trailer Sales. Arnett sold travel trailers and mobile and modular homes from 1966 to 1980. He then changed careers, starting Lakeside Car Wash in Bridgeport in 1981 and Mountaineer Car Wash in Shinnston in 1985.

Acting on his business intuition of seeing a need and filling it, Arnett and his son established Burnside Funeral Home in Bridgeport in 1997. Arnett took great pride in his personal, hands-on approach to the construction and operation of his businesses.

In addition to his generous nature and work ethic, Arnett was well-known for his love of the outdoors and hunting, especially big game trophy hunting. He was also known for his beekeeping interest, which he inherited from his father.

He greatly enjoyed hunting elk, caribou, mountain lion, bobcats and Kodiak bears in several western states and Canada. He was the second person in West Virginia to achieve the Grand Slam of the four North American wild sheep — a Dall ram from the Northwest Territories, a Stone sheep from Yukon Territory, a Rocky Mountain bighorn from British Columbia and a desert sheep from the Grand Canyon area of Arizona. In 1986, he traveled with his son to Spain where he hunted mouflon sheep, Spanish ibex, chamois and red stag.



Sylvia Irene Winning, 82, of Marshville Community, passed away on February 8, 2017, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Clarksburg, on June 3, 1934, a daughter of the late Floyd E. Reynolds and Violet Hashman Reynolds Aley. She was the stepdaughter of the late Bert C. Aley.

On March 30, 1974, she married John J. Winning Jr., who preceded her in death on July 27, 2014.

Mrs. Winning is survived by three sons, James R. “Rusty” Stewart and wife Elizabeth “Kathy,” of Marshville, Reverend Michael L. Stewart and wife, GinGee, of Highland, TX, and Timothy P. Stewart and wife, Donna, of Marshville; one daughter, Kristy I. Sorensen, of Nederland, TX; two stepsons, John J. Winning III and wife, Joyce, of Boiling Spring, SC, and Richard A. Winning, of Richmond, VA; two stepdaughters, Cheryl Ann Miller and husband Glen of Inman, SC, and Marlene Cowan and husband Joe of Ireland. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Charlotte Reynolds of Clarksburg.

In addition to her parents and husband, Sylvia was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul Reynolds, Porter Reynolds and Earl Reynolds Jr.; one sister, Ilene Reynolds; and three stepbrothers, Harley Aley, William Aley and Wayne Aley.

She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church for over 70 years, where she sang in the choir until she was unable and was a dedicated Sunday school teacher. She was an avid quilter and loved reading her Bible. She retired from Eagle Convex with 27 years of service as a glass worker.



Oliva Prieto Maditz Matheny, 92, of Bridgeport, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on July 14, 1924 in Anmoore, a daughter of the late Jose and Ceferina (Suarez) Prieto, both of Cancienne, Spain.

Oliva is survived by one daughter, Ceferina Haught, and husband, Tim; three grandchildren, Gary Haught and wife, Jennifer of Roanoke, VA, Susan Wood and husband, Greg, of Bridgeport, and Amy Sweeney and husband, Patrick, of Bridgeport; six great-grandchildren, Anna Haught, Jack, Jenna, and Jacie Wood and Olivia and Ava Sweeney; a brother-in-law, James Steffich, of Clarksburg; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Oliva was preceded in death by her first husband, William Maditz, and her second husband, James Matheny. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by seven siblings, Joseph, Mino, and Manuel Prieto, Mary Cox, Vera Long, Delores Skinner and Thelma Steffich.

Oliva worked at Eagle Convex Glass for 40 years as a glass polisher and department supervisor. She enjoyed being with her family whether it was taking trips with her daughter or staying at home with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Oliva was proud of her ability to live alone and care for herself at the age of 92.



Gywin A. Good, 51, of Clarksburg, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Clarksburg on November 16, 1965, a daughter of the late Larry Bunch, stepmother Sue Bunch, who survives, her biological mother, Patty Winters and her stepfather, John P. Gallo.

In addition, she is also survived by two daughters, Danielle Good, of Clarksburg, and Tricia Moore McCoy, of West Columbia, WV; three grandchildren; one brother, Frank John Gallo, of Clarksburg; one niece, Juliann Gallo; one nephew, Mason Gallo; one stepbrother, Rick Pickrell, of Grafton; one stepsister, Kim Pickrell, of Bridgeport; and several aunts and uncles.



John Joseph “Joey” Ball, 16, of Lost Creek, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017.

He was born March 4, 2000, the son of John Stacy Ball and Renae Kallel Davidson of Romines Mill.

In addition to his parents, Joey is survived by one brother and three sisters, Harley Ball, of West Union, Lorinda Gould, of West Milford, Lacey Ball, of Elkins, and Winter Ball, of Clarksburg. Also surviving are paternal grandmother, Rebecca Knight, of Elkins; paternal grandfather, Fred Ball, of North Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Joey was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William J. Kallel and Judith Kay Langford Kallel.

Joey attended South Harrison High School. He was a former football player for South Harrison Middle School. Having loved playing football, he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and time spent in the outdoors on his four-wheeler.



Barbara Ann Preston Swiger, 74, of Nutter Fort, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017, in the United Hospital Center. She was born in Clarksburg on November 2, 1942, a daughter of the late Chester Raymond “Bus” and Zona Alvereta Payne Preston.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Bernard Charles Swiger, in 1983.

Surviving are two brothers, Charles Preston, of Fairmont, and Robert Preston and wife, Brenda of Erie, WV; one sister, Dolores Frazier, of Clarksburg; her friend, Nancy Swiger, whom she considered a sister; and close friends, Patty and Jerry Riley, of Nutter Fort, and “Lou” Swiger, of Clarksburg. She was preceded in death by one brother, Gene Preston.

Barbara was a member of Queen Esther Chapter 11 Order of Eastern Star where she was a Past Worthy Matron and attended the Assembly of God Church in Stealey.



Kristin Leigh (West) Berardi, age 43, of Bridgeport, WV, passed away after an eight-month battle with leukemia on Friday, February 10, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born May 4, 1973, in Morgantown, WV, the daughter of F. Lee West and Patricia (Harvey) West of Clarksburg, WV.

In addition to her parents, Kristin is survived by her husband, Brent Berardi; her daughter, Hayley Brown of Bridgeport, WV; a stepdaughter, Lindsey Berardi; a stepson, Ian Berardi; a sister, Kimberly White and her husband, Richard of Florida; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Betty Berardi of Bridgeport, WV; sister-in-law, Dawn Berardi of Bridgeport, WV; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kristin worked for WILMAR in the billing and collection department. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Our Savior.



Marjorie Sue Greer, 76, of Bridgeport and formerly of Salem, passed away February 9, 2017, in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

She was born May 10, 1940, in Gentry, Arkansas, the eldest daughter of the late William B. Lewis and Marian P. (Green) Lewis.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Michael D. Greer, whom she married August 28, 1960, in Riverside, CA.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Robert L Greer and his wife Mary K., Bridgeport, Michael D. Greer and his wife Sandy, Buckhannon, and Stephen E. Greer and his wife Laura, Clemmons, NC; her grandchildren, Aimee L. (Daniel) Buchanan, Prince Frederick, MD, Jennifer M. Greer, Morgantown, Kathryn G. (William Zachary) Garrett, Huntington, Joseph M. Greer, Knoxville, TN, Christopher S. Greer and Robert V. Greer, both of Bridgeport, and Aaron C. Greer and Ella G. Greer, both of Clemmons, NC; and two great-grandchildren, Rebecca E. Buchanan and Brendan M. Buchanan, of Prince Frederick, MD. Her siblings, Ellis R. Lewis, Mancos, CO, Jane (Thom) Carey-Goodson, Half Moon Bay, CA, Ruth A. (David) Whittington, Oceanside, CA, Stephen (Josie) Lewis, Rolling Hills, CA, and Stanley (Judith) Lewis, Corona, CA; her sister-in-law, Janice DeWind, Lyons, NY; her brother-in-law, Orie Phillips, Watertown, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her in-laws, Robert E. and Irene Greer; her brothers-in-law, John B. Peil and James DeWind; her sister-in-law, Joyce Phillips; her daughter-in-law, Nancy Garrett Greer; and her nephew, Derek Phillips.

She attended Riverside Polytechnic High School in Riverside, CA, graduating in 1958. She then received her BA from Salem College in 1966 and her MA from West Virginia University. Marjorie was a school teacher in elementary and gifted education, retiring in 2001 from the Kanawha County Board of Education. Upon her return to Harrison County, she worked many years as a substitute teacher. She had taught at Salem Industrial Home for Girls and founded the Salem Methodist Church Kindergarten, at Harden, Alta Vista, Johnson, Hartman Magnet and Adamston in Harrison County, and Fort Hill, Overbrook, JE Robbins, DuPont and East Bank Junior high/middle schools in Kanawha County.

Her life was committed to serving others, whether in the classroom or through community service. She was a member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Salem and also attended Ft. Pierce United Methodist Church in Ft. Pierce, FL. From 1996–1998, she served as President and Silver Sister, Alpha Delta Kappa, Beta Chapter, and was a past President of a Charleston, WV chapter. She was also a member of Daughters of American Revolution (DAR), a past member of the State of WV Republican Executive Committee, Salem Business and Professional Women (BPW), and was Past President of United Hospital Center Auxiliary.

She loved flower gardening, reading, volunteer service and travel, but most of all her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered by some for her fun-loving devil-may-care youthfulness, while all who knew her will remember her as an elegant lady.

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