Obituaries – May 18th, 2017


Molly M. Costlow, 97, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

She was born on March 14, 1920, in Rosedale, West Virgnia, a daughter of the late William Benson and Myrtle Maude (Young) Miller. Molly was preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Costlow, on November 29, 1983.

Mrs. Costlow is survived by two stepdaughters whom she loved and raised as her own, Polly Dennison, and Wilma Allman and husband David all of Clarksburg; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Molly was preceded in death by one daughter, Dolores Wall; two stepdaughters, Helen Simpson and Carol Reager; one brother, Edward Miller, and two sisters, Esta Chenoweth and Gladys McCumbers.

Mrs. Costlow was a member of the Duff Street United Methodist Church and was a wonderful mother to her children and grandmother to her many grandchildren. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling and was quite good at it, also belonging to a league. She enjoyed knitting and was a very talented quilter, winning numerous ribbons for her beautiful quilts. Molly was a very kindhearted and caring woman who was faithful to her church.



Lina Lee Hanna Pritchard, 92, of Lumberport, WV, passed away on March 23, 2017, at the Pierpont Center in Fairmont.

She was born in Pennsboro, WV, on Oct. 10, 1924, a daughter of the late Guy and Freda Dunham Hawkins.

She was also preceded in death by her stepmother, Mabel Hawkins.

Twice married, Lina was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Hanna, in 1963 and her second husband, Arch Pritchard, in 1974.

Mrs. Pritchard is survived by two sons, Guy Hanna and wife Lynda of Mauldin, SC, and Aaron Hanna and wife Tammi of Enterprise, WV; three daughters, Mable McKnight and companion Tim of Longview, TX, Lina Haught and husband Frank of Lumberport, WV, and Mary Cox and husband Mike of Clarksburg, WV; 11 grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Coffindaffer.

Lina received an associate’s degree from Potomac State College and worked in the Administration Department at St. Mary’s Hospital. She retired from the United Hospital Center in 1989.

She was a member of the Ten Mile Baptist Church, the Rebekah Lodge No. 47 of Shinnston, and Pythian Sisters of Fairmont.



Henry Alvarez, 95, of Clarksburg, passed away March 26, 2017, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Spelter, WV, on February 24, 1922, a son of the late Eugene and Mary Vega Alvarez.

He married Lucy Costa Alvarez on December 29, 1946, who resides at their home in Clarksburg.

He is also survived by one son, Henry E. “Weed” Alvarez and wife Sue of Leesburg, FL; one daughter, Mary Jo Bragg Lopez and husband John of Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Paul Alvarez and Wendy Kerekes of Clarksburg, Josh Alvarez and wife Jennifer of Ocala, FL, Heather Procz and husband Jim of Cabot, PA, and Felicia Eddy and husband Drew of Clarksburg; extended grandchildren, Jon and Gina Calvert, John F. Lopez, and Mike and Jaclyn Lopez; great-grandchildren, Palmer Hall, Hunter Davisson, Sadie Alvarez, Vivian Procz and Adriana Eddy; extended great-grandchildren, Isabella Lopez, Mary Calvart, Jon Calvert, Lilly Lopez and Roman Lopez. One brother, Paul Alvarez, and wife Edith of Langloth, PA, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Herman Alvarez, Joe “Kelly” Alvarez, Raymond “Huskie” Alvarez, David Alvarez, Louie Alvarez and Richard Alvarez.

Henry was a graduate of Victory High School, and a veteran in the U.S. Army 99th Infantry Battle of the Buldge. He retired from AFG Glass Plant with 33 years of service.

He was a member of the St. James Catholic Church, a lifetime member of Meuse-Argonne Post 573 VFW and the Elks Lodge. He was an avid gardener.

The family extends a special thank you to his caregivers, Pam Starkey, Shelley Merriner Matheny, Charlotte Ferrell, Chyrell Weekley, Amedisys Hospice, Veteran’s Administration Hospital and staff.



Harriet P. Cowgill Tichenor, 57, of Clarksburg, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017, at JW Ruby Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was born July 28, 1959, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Harry Carl Plaugher and Katherine Viola Plaugher.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Tichenor, of Clarksburg.

Harriet is also survived by her daughter, Bonnie Kinsey and husband, Christopher, of Cambridge, MD; her son, John Cowgill and wife, Diana Elmer, of Morgantown; her beloved grandson, Nicholas Ian Kinsey of Cambridge, MD; three sisters, Joyce Lowther and husband, Rick, of Ridgely, Belinda Southern and her fiancé, Mike Miles, of Summersville, and Wyona Ash of Clarksburg; a brother, Rusty Plaugher and his companion, Connie, of Clarksburg; a sister-in-law, Terri Plaugher of OH; two aunts, Helen Critchfield of Mt. Clare and Suzie Plaugher Kidd Cool of Shadyside, OH; and many dear nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Harriet was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Alfred and Ruby Titchnell; paternal grandparents, Harry G. and Hazel Plaugher; her sister, Kathryn Ann Wiseman-Suter; four brothers, Randy, Michael, Patrick and Denver Plaugher; her brothers-in-law, RJ Ash and Rick Southern; and a nephew, Kevin Matthew “Matt” Southern.

Harriet was a graduate of Clarksburg Career Center’s nursing program. During her career as a nurse, she cared for patients of the former Weston State Hospital, William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital, United Hospital Center and several long-term care facilities in Harrison County.

Florence Nightingale wrote, “Nursing is … most truly said to be a high calling.” Harriet did not only accept that call; she embraced it every minute of every day of her life.



Chase Anthony Killian, 20, of Stonewood, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Clarksburg February 10, 1997, a son of Mark Killian of Stonewood and Kristal Allen Groves of West Union.

In addition to his parents, Chase is survived by one brother, Jesse Killian of Stonewood; his maternal grandmother, Joyce Allen; his paternal grandmother, Suella Lewis; one uncle, Kevin Allen; three aunts, Darlene Siebe, Leticia D’Arms and Ruth Atkins; and several cousins.

Chase loved basketball, video games, music and playing fetch with his dog, “LuLu.”



Debra Jean “Debbie” Vore Lindsay, 61, of Stonewood, passed away March 27, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

She was born in Fairmont, July 20, 1955, a daughter of the late Larry Vore and Jean Cottrill Gory.

She is survived by her husband Charles R. “Rodney” Lindsay who resides at their home in Stonewood.

She is also survived by two children, Rocki Buffey and husband, Tony, of Clarksburg, and Hoss Lindsay and wife, Alyse, of Lost Creek; five grandchildren, Antonio Buffey, Alexis Lindsay, Michael Lindsay, Jacob Lindsay and Raina Lindsay; her siblings, Nancy Eaton of Bridgeport, Bob Malcomb and wife, Lori, of Clarksburg, Allen Malcomb and wife, Sandy, of Clarksburg, Leonard Jeffries of Mt. Clare, Richie Gory of Mt. Clare and Mitchy Gory of Clarksburg; uncle and aunt, Jeff and Alma Cottrill of Clarksburg; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Jimmy Vore, Donna Farnsworth and Michael Gory.

Debra was a member of the Living Grace City Church. She retired after 20 years of service with United Hospital Center having worked in several areas including housekeeping, laundry department and more recently the coffee shop. Debra was a dedicated employee for United Hospital Center, but her greatest devotion and love was to her family and especially her grandchildren.



Frederick Roy “Fred” Waldren, 68, of Anmoore, passed away March 27, 2017, at his home, after an extended illness.

He was born February 28, 1949, in Clarksburg, to the late Fred Waldren and Shirley Maxine Shingleton McClain. He was the stepson of the late Edward B. McClain.

He was married to his best friend and love of his life, Mildred “Bunny” Kallel Waldren, January 27, 1973.

He is also survived by four children, Fred Waldren and wife, Darlene, of Chattanooga, TN, Tonya McCloud of Marietta, OH, Deanna McNemar and husband, Roy, of Lost Creek and Michael “Eddie” Waldren and wife, Hyunjung “Kim,” of Clarksville, TN; three grandchildren, Austin, Angelica and Abby; one sister, Sharon Arvia of Rossville, GA; as well as several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his four-legged companion, Jake.

He was preceded in death along with his parents by one sister, Anna Waldren Chadwell and son-in-law, Larry McCloud.

He worked in maintenance for Clarksburg Housing Authority for 13 years and was an over the road truck driver for 18 years.

Fred was a member of the Monroe Chapel United Methodist Church of Romines Mill, and was strong in his faith never missing an opportunity to witness to others. He was an avid Mountaineer and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

The family extends a special thank you to Amedisys Hospice and an extra special thank you to his two nurses Keith and Amy, his aide Ashley who he referred to as “his girl” and Dr. A. Sabbagh.

Donations in Fred’s name may be made to Monroe Chapel UMC building fund, 773 Bisetown Road, Lost Creek, WV 26385 or Pet Helpers, Inc., 726 East Park Avenue, PMB311, Fairmont, WV 26554.



Frances Louise Insani, 79, of Clarksburg, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at United Hospital Center.

She was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Clarksburg, daughter of the late King Demastus and Pearl (Sutton) Demastus.

Frances is survived by a daughter, Kammi (Insani) Singleton of Clarksburg; son, RJ Insani Jr. and wife, Angie, of Clarksburg; eight grandchildren, Emily Singleton, Miranda Insani, Kristin Linger, Olivia Insani, Peyton Insani, Aaron Insani, Liam Linger and Madeline Linger; a brother, Bill Demastus of Pinehurst, N.C.; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Insani, who died August 6, 1971; four brothers, Jack, Fred, John and Tony Demastus; and a sister, Vivian Hodge.

Frances was a loving devoted mother and grandmother, and she was the cornerstone of her family. She was Baptist by faith. Frances retired from JCPenney’s after 14 years of service.



Robert Franklin “Bob” Davis, 71, of Clarksburg, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in the United Hospital Center.

He was born in Clarksburg February 20, 1946, a son of the late Raymond Franklin and Lillian Paugh Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Ann Brooks Davis, whom he married July 16, 1970; one son, Robert Franklin Davis Jr. and wife, Tammy, of Mannington; one granddaughter, Gracelind Cheyenne Davis; one sister, Barbara Elliott of Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by five siblings, Gary “Sonny” Davis, David Davis, John Davis, Donna Jones and Joyce “Billie” Rinehart.

Mr. Davis was a 1965 graduate of Roosevelt-Wilson High School and was retired from Fourco Glass Company with 36 years of service. He was a member of the Meuse Argonne Post 573 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Roy E. Parrish Post No. 13 American Legion and Clarksburg Aerie No. 2353 Fraternal Order of Eagles.



Peter Wolski, age 67, of Clarksburg, passed away suddenly Friday, March 31, 2017.

He was born January 30, 1950, in Poznan, Poland, a son of the late Jozef Zabek and Urszula Sarnowska Zabek.

Surviving are his three children, Jessica Beron and her husband Julian of Hopewell, PA, Kristina “Tia” Wolski of Bridgeport and Justin Wolski of Midlothian, VA; two grandchildren, Liliana and Bennett Beron of Hopewell, PA; one sister, Teresa Stolarczyk of New Jersey, and her daughters, Ela Stolarczyk of Puerto Rico and Beata Stolarczyk of Poznan, Poland. And, his beloved dog, a Rat Terrier named Junior, who went everywhere with him, even once on his motorcycle.

In addition to his parents, Peter was preceded in death by one brother, Olek Zborowski.

Peter graduated from The Agriculture Academy in Poznan, Poland, having worked in Poland as a forest ranger. He moved from Poland to New York in 1980 and became a naturalized citizen. He was employed by Tiffany & Company in New York City as a jeweler and designer from 1984 until his retirement in 2015.

In the early 1990s, he came to West Virginia, where he bought a farm and raised many different animals, including his favorite, a Tennessee Walker, Annie. He loved motorcycles, guns, cars, animals, Facebook and Heineken. He loved his children and grandchildren very much. His loving personality will be missed by his many family and friends alike.



Karin vonBroock Martin, 79, of Peora, went to be with the Lord April 1, 2017. She passed peacefully at home in the arms of her husband, following an extended illness.

Karin was born in Cuxhaven, Germany, to Stanislaus and Carla Martha vonBroock Aug. 26, 1937. She was one of five children; those remaining still reside in Germany.

Karin lived and worked in Germany until traveling to the United States to marry her husband, Edgar G. Martin Sr., with whom she had celebrated 56 years of marriage.

Karin and Edgar have five children; Brenda Butler and husband, Barry, of Peora, Brigitte Martin of SC, Beverly Young and husband, Tim, of Lumberport, Bonita Cain and fiancé, Mark Holcomb, of Enterprise and Eddie Martin and wife, Sandy, of Lumberport.

She also has 14 grandchildren; Brandi Butler, Brooke Terneus and husband, Scott, Brandon Butler, Joni Edgell and husband, Chris, Johnny Marra, Zachary Martin and wife, Marlyn, Lacey Scheuvront and husband, Christopher, Bellany Young, Tre Cain and wife, Jordon, Faith Cain, Kayla Light and husband, Aaron, Travis Martin, Shalynn and Shyann Sears. Also she has 12 great-grandchildren, multiple nieces and nephews, and her beloved dog Coco.

In her life she worked hard taking care of her family. She enjoyed spending time with her children and her dogs. Karin was loved deeply and will be greatly missed.




Mary Ferrella Leonette, 95, of Stonewood, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following a brief illness.

She was born in Wyatt, on Oct. 9, 1921, a daughter of the late Samuel Thomas Ferrella and Rose Gallo Ferrella.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Augustine Joseph Leonette; one son, Joseph Anthony Leonette; as well as several brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Leonette is survived by three daughters, Mary Catherine Leonette-Jones of Bristol, Martha Leonette Newell and husband, Les, of Alexandria, VA, and Rebecca Leonette and companion, William Minnocci, of Stonewood; and one son, James Thomas Leonette and wife, Linda, of Bridgeport. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Ann Leonette Oxley and husband, Scott, James W. Leonette and wife, Natalie, TJ Leonette and wife, Amy, Shannon Jones, Bryon Jones, Karen Jones Corder and husband, Thad, and Dianna Jones Fletcher and husband, William; 11 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia Ferrella DeFazio and husband, Frank, of Stonewood; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Stonewood.

Mary was a strong woman and a person of faith. She would say how blessed she was to have enough food, clothing, warmth and a wonderful family. Holidays were always celebrated with her home baked holiday traditions. She enjoyed watching tennis matches and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. She could often be found on her patio, sitting in the sun on her swing or chair. Many people would stop and visit. She was always ready to sit and talk a while. Being a dedicated daughter, sibling, wife and mother, she selflessly spent her entire life in the role of caregiver.

Gone from us is a symbol of strength, love and the utmost dedication to family.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 8092 Third Street, Stonewood, WV 26301-7702.



John Kennie Summers, 41, of Clarksburg, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 26, 1975, in Clarksburg, the son of Emley Kathleen (Siders) Summers and the late Kennie Summers Jr.

John is survived by his mother, Emley Kathleen Siders Summers of Salem; son, Logan Summers of Bridgeport; two sisters, April Summers and Amanda Summers, both of Salem; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his father, Kennie Summers Jr., who died Feb. 6, 2013.

John was a truck driver for Nuzum Trucking Company. He was a T-Ball Coach for Clarksburg Little League when his son, Logan, played.

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