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Lois (Kimble) Deadrick, 92, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Monday, March 30, 2020, at her home.

Born March 28, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Olen Schley Kimble and Isa Anna (Stroup) Kimble. 

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Deadrick on Aug. 1, 1995; and her sister, Doris (Kimble) Riggleman. 

She is survived by two sons, Thomas K. (Jane) Deadrick of Morgantown, W.Va. and George William “Bill” (Connie) Deadrick  Jr. of Petersburg; three grandchildren, Wesley (Ann), Shelly (John) and  Douglas (Amber); three great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Austin and Matthew; nephew, John Riggleman; and very special friends, Linda Turner and Kim Turley Hughes.

Due to present health concerns, there will be no public visitation. All services and interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main Street, Petersburg, WV 26847.   

Arrangements by the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.

Martin Junior “June” Goldizen, 93, of Maysville, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg, W.Va.

Born July 19, 1926, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Martin Enoch Goldizen and Estie Blanche (Rohrbaugh) Goldizen. 

June was a lifelong farmer and was a bus driver for Grant County Board of Education for 30 plus years. He was a member of Jordan Run Baptist Church where he served as trustee for over 70 years. He also was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent for several years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Goldizen was preceded in death by one son, Archie Martin Goldizen; infant grandson, Brandon Goldizen; one brother; two half brothers; and three half sisters. Mr. Goldizen was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 75 years, Cleta S. (Heavener) Goldizen; two sons, Eddie G. (Joann) Goldizen and Daniel “Danny” (Sandy) Goldizen, all of Maysville; one daughter, Carolyn Goldizen of Petersburg; 15 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Due to the present health concerns, there will be no public visitation.  All services and interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, 127 Early Avenue, Petersburg, WV 26847 or Jordan Run Union Church, c/o Thomasine Berg, 225 Putt Putt Lane, Maysville, WV  26833.  

Arrangements by  the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.

Richard William Newhouse, 85, died Thursday, March 26, 2020.

He was born April 4, 1934, in Petersburg, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Ida Newhouse as well as his eldest daughter, Debra L. Newhouse and only son, Richard W. Newhouse II.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Maria Hortencia Newhouse; his daughters Brenda K. Cepeda, Jacqueline Newhouse Arias, Hazel M. Newhouse and Lorraine Newhouse, as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A devout Catholic, Richard was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as an usher for many years at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Most recently, he served at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fountain Valley, Calif.

Richard was a “jack of all trades and a master of none.” He served his country in the Air Force as a radar technician during the Korean War. He also worked for the El Paso Gas Company, was a welder at Standard Press Steel and worked as a meter prover for Chevron for over 23 years.

Richard was a passionate football fanatic. He was an avid supporter of the West Virginia Mountaineers and, more importantly, the Dallas Cowboys. Watching football games during the season was a weekly event. He would jokingly refer to fullback, Robert Newhouse (#44), as his cousin. He also enjoyed watching his favorite basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers, because it reminded him of his high school days.

Graveside services were  Thursday morning at the Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Robert C. “Bob” Parks, 79, of Scherr, W.Va., went to his Heavenly home on Sunday, March 22, 2020, with his family by his side.

Born June 5, 1940, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Dillon and Helen Parks. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. John M. Parks.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Cynthia (Layton) Parks; two sons, Bruce Clifton (Lisa) Parks of Strasburg, Va. and Bradley David (Donna) Parks of Scherr; three granddaughters, Sara Parks, Cheyanne Parks and Stacy Parks; one stepgranddaughter, Julia (Derek) Miller; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Lennox and Cruz Miller; and one sister-in-law, Sharon Parks of Montgomery, W.Va. 

Bob was a graduate of Petersburg High School in 1958. He attended West Virginia University for five years majoring in mathematics and engineering.  He retired from the New York State Department of Transportation and New York State Thruway Authority with 33 years of service as a civil engineer. His work history includes managing major construction projects including multi-million dollar budgets. Since he excelled in asphalt paving techniques, he taught engineers throughout New York State and surrounding states.  

Bob always thought of West Virginia as his home and retired here in 1997.  He was never idle in his retirement. He was an active member of Locust Grove Church of the Brethren in Mount Storm, served on the board of education for eight years, treasurer of Maysville Cemetery, and member of Petersburg Lions Club. He was always helping his neighbors. Throughout his life Bob’s priorities were God, family and helping others. He was always demonstrating those priorities. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was always there for his family and they were there for him when he needed them most. 

Per Bob’s wishes, he will be cremated and inurnment will be in Maysville Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements are by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, W.Va. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfu neralhome.com.

Norma Virginia “Susie” (Baker) Crites, 77, of Moorefield, W.Va., passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at her home.

Born on April 12, 1942, in Piedmont, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John Edward Baker and Bertie Lee (Wilson) Baker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Elwood Crites on Jan. 2, 2001; one grandson, Corey Lofton; one sister, Shirley Baker; and two brothers, Melvin Baker and Jake Baker.

Mrs. Crites was a homemaker and loved gardening.  She had a love for stray cats. 

She is survived by one son, Ronnie A. (Debbie) Crites of Moorefield; one daughter, Donna S. (Gary) Wimer of Petersburg, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack (Shirley) Baker of Romney, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Due to the present health concerns, there will be no public services.  All services and interment will be private in the Newhouse Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Crites to the American Heart Association or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Arrangements by the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be made at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. 

Mary Alice (Carr) Landaker, 88, of Chambersburg, Pa. and formerly of Maysville, W.Va., passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Laurel Lakes Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.

Born March 21, 1932, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur Carr and Charlotte Keplinger Carr. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Howard Landaker in 1991; one daughter, Diane Kaylor; one grandson, Ryan Landaker; one granddaughter, Shawn Sherwood; five brothers, Adam Carr, Paul Carr, Lester Carr, Eston Carr and Carnie Carr;  and four sisters, Dessie Carr Keplinger, Nellie Carr Bauer, Dorothy Carr Rotruck and Frances Carr. 

Mrs. Landaker had been employed many years in Hagerstown, Md. as a seamstress at EJ Fennels and Bags by Mimi. She was a member of the Calvary Grace Brethren Church in Hagerstown.

She is survived by one son, James R. Landaker and wife Pamela; four grandchildren, Amy Barbagallo, Todd Landaker, John Sherwood and Samantha Kaylor; four great-grandchildren, Dylan Sherwood, Dominic Barbagallo and Harper and Stella Landaker; and many loving nieces and nephews in Grant County. 

A private graveside service will be conducted and a  memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements by Geisel Funeral Home in Chambersburg. 

Robert Dean “Bobby” Crites, 73, of Rig, W.Va., passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg, W.Va.

Born May 25, 1946, in Rig, he was the son of the late Lemuel James Crites and Ada Vernie (Baldwin) Crites. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Tommie Crites, Wardney Crites, Lucky Crites, Harvey Crites and Jackie Crites; and two sisters, Delphia Ours and Betty Crites.

Bobby was caretaker of the Critestown Cemetery for several years. He was the No. 1 ring hanger for the Knights of the South Branch Valley jousting club. Bobby was a member of Rig Assembly of God Church and received awards for perfect attendance for several years. 

He is survived by one brother, Roger D. Crites and wife Arlene, of Moorefield, W.Va.; two sisters, twin sister, Josephine Crites and husband Albert of Fisher, W.Va. and Mary Pratt of Moorefield; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff and employees of the Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center for their special care given to Bobby. 

Due to the recent health concerns, there will be no public visitation. Services and graveside rites will be private. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. 

 Memorials in memory of Bobby may be made to Rig Assembly of God Church, 10 Queens Drive, Moorefield, WV 26836 or Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, 127 Early Avenue, Petersburg, WV  26847.     

Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.  

Addie Estelle (Yochem) Davis Vance, 94, of Petersburg, W.Va., departed this life and went to her eternal home on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg, surrounded by her family. 

Born Sept. 1, 1925, in Clifton, S.C., she was the  daughter of the late Andrew Noah Yochem and Mary Eulala (Morgan) Yochem.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the father of her eight children, James E. Davis, Sr. in 1986; her second husband, Ralph L. Vance, Sr. in 2012; four sons, James E. Davis Jr., Roger A. Davis, Danny Davis and Douglas W. Davis; and two sisters.

Estelle is survived by her five daughters, Brenda Gragg of Elkins, W.Va., Judy Baker and husband Bud of Moorefield, W.Va., Becky Chandler and husband Curt of Harrisonburg, Va., Pamela Landis of Petersburg, and Yvonne Black and husband Eugene of Petersburg; two sons, Ralph Vance Jr. and wife Cornelius of Maysville, W.Va. and Phil Vance of Moorefield; 22 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Estelle loved her large family and will be missed by family and friends. She worked at the Hermitage Motel and Restaurant in Bartow, W.Va. before moving to Moorefield.  She retired from the Joan Curtis Sewing Factory in Petersburg.  She was a member of Brake Church of the Brethren in Dorcas.

Estelle’s family would like to thank the staff at the Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center for their excellent care that was given to their Mother.

Due to present health concerns, services and burial will be private. A celebration of life service will be held at Brake Church of the Brethren at a later date. 

Memorials in memory of Estelle may be made Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, c/o Safe Harbor Program, 127 Early Avenue, Petersburg, WV or Brake Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 831, Petersburg, WV  26847.                                                                                                                                          

Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. 

Clela Katherine (Phares) Keplinger Lyon, 88, of Lahmansville, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, W.Va.

Born Oct. 15, 1931, in Maysville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Otis Phares and Fannie (Kisamore) Phares. 

In addition to her parents, Clela was married twice and preceded in death by Lawrence A. Keplinger in 1966 and Malcolm Lyon in 2002; one great-grandson, Skyler Rose; four sisters, Macie Kile, Sylvia Keplinger, Clarice Evans and  infant Glossie Phares; and five brothers, Boyd Phares, James Phares, Dawes Phares, George Phares and infant Carl Phares.

Clela retired from Joan Curtis Manufacturing Sewing Factory in Petersburg. She was a member of Lahmansville United Methodist Church and attended Maysville Bible Brethren Church.

She is survived by two sons, Darwin (Heather) Keplinger of Lahmansville and Randy A. (Eleanor) Keplinger of Lahmansville; two daughters, Sharon (Paul) Keplinger of Maysville, and Elaine (George) Welling of Moorefield, W.Va.; 15 grandchildren; 26  great-grandchildren;  12  great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Rev. Kenneth (Hilda) Phares of  Cabins, W.Va.

Due to present health concerns, a graveside service was Friday morning at the Lahmansville Cemetery with Pastor Lynn Durbin officiating. Interment followed. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lahmansville United Methodist Church, 6385 Patterson Creek Road, Lahmansville, WV  26731 or Maysville Bible Brethren Church, c/o Hetzel Berg, P.O. Box 213, Maysville, WV 26833.       

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.                    

Naomi Grace Bush, age 80, of Rig, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 20, 2020, at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg, W.Va. 

Born June 30, 1939, in Brandywine, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Emory Marvin Evans and Mernie Grace Evans. 

Gracie was a member of the Calvary Baptist Temple in Rig, W.Va.. Her faith was extremely important to her, and in her own words, “I try to be thankful that nothing can separate us from the love of God.” 

Gracie graduated as valedictorian of her class at Moorefield High School in 1957. She went on to graduate from Alderson Broaddus School of Nursing and spent the next 54 years of her life caring for others as a nurse. She had many treasured friends and made lasting memories from her times at George Washington Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Grant Memorial Hospital (Director of Nursing) and the Potomac Highlands Guild. Gracie was especially compassionate - she loved everyone and treated them like family. She enjoyed good food, reading, collecting music boxes and had a special place in her heart for animals. 

She is survived by her son, William “Skip” Bush (Donna) of Rig; one sister and best friend, Carole Dolan of Rig; one granddaughter, Brittany Carr (Anthony), of Buena Vista, Va.; two grandsons, Nathan Bush of Maysville, and Sean Sicher of Rig; four great-grandchildren; two nephews, Joseph and Anthony Dolan, both of Rig; and many great-nephews, great-nieces and cousins that she loved very much.  

A private graveside will take place for the family with Pastor Steve Snyder officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the ASPCA or the Humane Society in Gracie’s name. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Elmore Funeral Home, Moorefield, W.Va.

Juanita Mable Baker, 80, of Winchester Avenue, Moorefield, W.Va., passed away Sunday afternoon, March 15, 2020, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va. 

Born Nov. 2, 1939, in Hardy County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Crites and Eula Grace Eye Crites. Her husband of 62 years, Melvin Edward Baker Sr., preceded her in death in September 2019. A grandson, Joshua R. Baker; brothers, Kenneth J. Crites and John A. Crites; and sisters, Eleanor M. Crites and Ellen Henry, also preceded her in death. 

Juanita enjoyed cooking, especially for her family as they were her world.

Surviving are three sons, Melvin “Bud” (Judy) Baker II of Fisher, W.Va., Rick A. (Patti) Baker of Old Fields, W.Va. and Chris (Angie) Baker of Fisher, W.Va.; one daughter, Barb L. Stickley (Jerry Haggerty) of Old Fields, W.Va.; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne Crites of Maysville, W.Va. and Bruce (Polly) Crites of Moorefield; and five sisters, Wanda Jean Crites of Manassas, Va., Leeanna Hambleton of Winchester, Phyllis (Neal) Taylor of Purgitsville, W.Va., Margaret (Bob) Dayton of Lahmansville, W.Va. and Joan (Don) Simmons of Arthur, W.Va.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday  afternoon at the Walnut Grove Gardens, Route 55 East of Moorefield, with Pastor Gary Shirk officiant. Interment followed.

Condolences, shared memories and photos may be left on Juanita’s tribute wall at www.fraleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield.

Thomas Mark “Tom” VanMeter, 58, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at his home.

Born Dec. 6, 1961, in Petersburg, he was the son of Ola Kathryn (Turner) VanMeter of Petersburg  and the late Carl VanMeter.

In addition to his father, Tom was preceded in death by one brother, Carl “Mike” VanMeter; paternal grandparents, Edna and Harrison Turner; maternal grandparents, Lucy and Jason VanMeter; uncle, William “Bud” Turner; and special friend, David Hill.

Tom graduated from Petersburg High School in 1980. He was employed at Mt. Storm Power Plant for several years and later worked in construction with Ralph Sites.

He is survived by his mother, Kathryn (Turner) VanMeter; two daughters, Brandi VanMeter of Moorefield, W.Va. and Amanda VanMeter of Chesterfield, Va.; two sons, Thomas “Tommy” VanMeter of Chesterfield, Va. and Jonathan Crawford of Alabama, whom he raised; two brothers, William “Bill” (Bonnie) VanMeter and Dennis VanMeter, all of Petersburg; one sister, Charlotte (Buzz) Reel of Petersburg; companion, Jeannie VanMeter; three grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Per Tom’s request, his body will be cremated.  A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.                                                                                                                                           

Memorial donations in memory of Tom VanMeter,  may be made to the Schaeffer Funeral Home, 11 North Main Street, Petersburg, WV 26847.

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.

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