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Cathy Elaine Rohrbaugh, 61, of Petersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Western Maryland Health Systems, Cumberland, Md.

Born Jan. 29, 1958, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Lester Lyle Rohrbaugh and Myriene Delores (Kelley) Rohrbaugh. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Leslie Rohrbaugh.

She is survived by one son, Shawn C. Rohrbaugh of Petersburg; one daughter, Ashley Noel Rohrbaugh of Petersburg; two grandsons, Zackery Rohrbaugh and Braydon Rohrbaugh; three stepgrandchildren, Jasmine Black, Deianara  Black, and Connor Black; one sister, Teresa Kessel of Lahmansville; one brother, Bradley Rohrbaugh of Burlington; and two nephews, Jeremy Kessel and Nathan Rohrbaugh. 

Cathy was a graduate of Petersburg High School Class of 1978.  

Funeral services were Sunday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home  chapel, Petersburg with Pastor Craig Howard officiating. Burial was in Lahmansville Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Rohrbaugh family, c/o Schaeffer Funeral Home, 11 North Main St., Petersburg, WV 26847.

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

Gwendolyn “Gwen” (Judy) Bland, 77, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg.

Born July 18, 1942, in Rough Run, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Willard Judy and Sarah Sue (Kite) Judy.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest E. Bland  Jr. in 2008; and one son, Arnold Vincent Bland in 2007. 

Gwen graduated from Petersburg High School in 1960.  She retired from the U.S. Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. She was a member of Dorcas Baptist Church.

She is survived by one sister, Jeanette (Kevin) Wright of Franklin, W.Va.; one brother, Roger (Wanda) Judy of Petersburg; six grandchildren, Ryan M. Bland, Jordan N. Bland, Catherine N. Bland, Lauren N. Bland, Brandon N. Bland and Ian N. Bland; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Dorcas Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Davis officiating.  Inurnment will be private in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Potomac Highlands Wounded Warriers Outreach, P.O. Box 754, Franklin, WV 26807 or Dorcas Baptist Church. 

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

Carol Sue (Mallow) Turner, 73, of Cabins, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, W.Va.

Born April 13, 1946, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry Vance and Kate Mallow.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roland L. Turner in 2015; and one sister-in-law, Maxine Ours. 

She is survived by one daughter, Kandy Turner of Chester, Pa.; two brothers, Dice (Carol) Mallow of Petersburg and Roy (Judy) Mallow of Maysville, W.Va.; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Marlene Ours of Cabins and Delores Keplinger of Maysville; and her grand-dog, Buddy. 

Carol was a devoted wife and mother.  She was a caregiver for her family and others in Pendleton County. She was a former employee of Joan Curtis Manufacturing in Petersburg. 

The family would like to give special acknowledgement to Carol’s caregiver, Dale Vance.

Funeral services were Friday morning at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Colleen Clark officiating.  Burial was in Mallow Cemetery, Timberidge, W.Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arthritis Foundation, 451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 708, Rockville, MD 20850.              

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

Mary Katherine Amtower, 91, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. 

Born Feb. 27, 1928, in Scherr, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Helen Keplinger. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Haven Glenn Amtower; one son, Richard Allen Amtower; and two brothers, Roger Keplinger and Ralph Keplinger. 

Mary is survived by one son, Vernon G. Amtower and wife Twila of Keyser, W.Va.; one daughter, Margaret L. “Maggie” Judy of Dorcas, W.Va.; one granddaughter, Melissa Cook and husband Brent; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Irene Smith of Maysville, W.Va.; and one brother, Richard Keplinger of Maysville.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. 

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

Dorothy Louise Harman, 85, of Maysville, W.Va., departed this life to be in her Heavenly Father’s arms on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in her home.

She was born Sept. 14, 1934, in Kessel, W.Va. and was the daughter of the late Cecil W. Smith and Clara (Pratt) Smith. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by one daughter, Joyce Elaine Harman in 1994; son-in-law, James F. Western in 2015; two sisters, Eloise Smith Hines and Dora Smith Watts; two brothers-in-law, Minor Watts and Robert Kreiser; and one sister-in-law, Cecilia Smith.  

Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had a strong passion for baking and her love for taking care of flowers. She lived life with a unconditional love for others. She was a joy and inspiration to all who knew her. She attended Moorefield High School and Love Church in Moorefield, W.Va. 

Dorothy is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Lynn D. Harman of Maysville; her five children, David (Marites) Harman of Maysville, Cathy Harman of Maysville, Brenda (Danny) Ketterman of Maysville, Lori Western of Maysville  and Journey Mongold of Maysville; 12 grandchildren, Kevin Mongold, Laramie Harman, Jonathan Mongold, Jenny Harman, Lindsey (Western) Porter, Bethany (Mongold) Stump, Casey Western, Miranda Mongold, Danielle (Ketterman) Mayle, Micah Western, Jalyn Western and Ian Harman; 13 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Marshall Smith, Rev. Kenneth (Bonnie) Smith, both of Winchester, Va., Hieskell (Betty) Smith of Moorefield, Evers (Diane) Smith of Petersburg, W.Va. and James (Nancy) Smith of Friendly, W.Va.; three sisters, Orpha Cowgill of Petersburg, Carmelita Kreiser of Fairbanks, Alaska and Juanita (Robert) Trichel of Bossier City, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services were Saturday morning at Love Church, Moorefield, with Bishop Edward Murray and Pastor DixieLee Murray officiating. Interment was in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to her great-grandson, Carson Stump, c/o Bethany Stump, 190 General Drive, Lahmansville, WV  26731.

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

Lora Naomi (Dolly) Bennett, 83, of Gaithersburg, Md. and formerly of Onego, died Thursday, Jan. 9, at Shady Grove Hospital, Rockville, Md. 

Born July 9, 1936, in Onego, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward Dolly and Ina Jane (Shirk) Dolly. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Foster Elwood Bennett in 2002; two sons, Foster E. Bennett Jr. and Jerry Lee Bennett; and two brothers,  Justin Curtis Dolly and Mason Dolly.

Mrs. Bennett was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by two sons, Paul Dolly of Pennsylvania and Charles Bennett of Sykesville, Md.;  three daughters, Loretta L.  Cooley of Damascus, Md., and Lois Bennett and Linda Bennett, both of Gaithersburg; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sunday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Pastor Tommy George officiating.

Burial was in the Bennett Family Cemetery, Onego.

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

Daniel Christopher Borror, 36, of Brandywine, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at his home.

Born March 15, 1983, in Harrisonburg, Va., he was the son of Connie Lee Simmons Sulser and husband, Charles of Petersburg, W.Va. and Dewayne Borror and wife, Vonda of Franklin, W.Va.

He was a 2002 graduate of Petersburg High School and his passion was being an EMT and firefighter.  Daniel was a member of the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department and South Fork Volunteer Rescue Squad and had taken numerous EMT/Firefighter, AHA CPR Instructor and First Aid classes. He and his mother ran transport calls together on Lambert’s Ambulance in both Keyser and Romney and on the Mathias-Baker Rescue Squad. He had won the title of Pendleton County Fair Idol by singing “Long Black Train.” Daniel was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters,  Christina Branham and husband, Nick of Arthur, W.Va. and Laura Sulser of Maysville, W.Va.; three stepsisters, one aunt, one uncle, three nieces, four nephews and several cousins Funeral services were Friday afternoon at Riverside United Methodist Church, Brandywine, with Pastor Aaron Himes officiating. Interment was at Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandywine.

Memorials may be made to South Fork Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 297, Brandywine, WV  26802 or South Fork Rescue Squad, c/o Charlotte Hoover, 124 Black Thorn Road, Sugar Grove, WV  26815.

Online condolences may be shared at www.kimblefuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.

John Lee Pratt, 54, of Purgitsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Hampshire Memorial Hospital, Romney.

Born Sept. 24, 1965, in Petersburg, he was the son of Judy F. (Pratt) Leatherman of Fisher and the late John Lee Reel. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sherri Renee Pratt; and half sister, Libby Ann Reel.

John attended Moorefield High School and was an automobile mechanic and a former employee of Fitzwater Trucking, Moorefield. 

He is survived by  two daughters, Amanda  Barrett of Wardensville and Heather Pratt of Moorefield; two grandchildren; one sister, Julie “Sue” Pratt of Fisher; one half sister, Kathy Bobo of Fisher; and one half brother, Marshall “Ike” See of Cross Junction,Va.

In accordance with John’s wishes, his body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Memorials may be made to the Pratt family, c/o Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, WV  26847. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.

Roy Morris “June” Bennett, 79, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at his home while under the care of hospice. 

Born July 22, 1940, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Morris Clay Bennett and Annie Mae (Reel) Bennett.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Margarite Heavner; one brother, Henry C. Bennett; one stepdaughter, Tina Moore; one stepgrandson, Tyler Moore; and one stepgreat-grandson, Max Nettles. 

June was a truck driver for D&W Trucking in Parsons, W.Va. He later worked for Radio Shack in Petersburg until his retirement. He attended Corner United Methodist Church in Cabins, W.Va. 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Beulah A. “Bea” (Simmons) Bennett; one son, Larry Bennett of Maysville, W.Va.; one daughter, Kala (Cole) Border of Brandywine, Md.; one stepson, Bill (Nancy) Moore of Maysville; three granddaughters, Jessica, Emily and Megan, all of Maryland; one sister, Alice (Ralph) Walters of Petersburg; one brother, Chester (Brenda) Bennett of Knoxville, Tenn.;  one stepgranddaughter, seven great-grandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren,  and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

According to his wishes, his body was cremated. A memorial service was Friday, Jan. 3, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with the Rev. Joseph Gerstell officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Corner United Methodist Church, c/o Bernice Kesner, 2108 Haslacker Road, Maysville, WV  26833 or charity of donor’s choice. 

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

Verda Catherine “Katie” Kesner, 95, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Dec. 22, 1924, in Smoke Hole, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late  Lester Glen George and  Zura Ethel (Alt) George.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gleason Coolidge “Jake” Kesner in 1988; two daughters, Carol Ann Kesner and Dianne Lee Kesner in 1968; an infant son, Kenneth Dale Kesner in 1957; son-in-law, Wayne Clark in 2009;  three brothers;  one sister;  one half brother and one half sister.

Katie enjoyed taking her walks and gardening.  She was known for her flowers on Water Street.  She retired from Joan Curtis Manufacturing. She was a member of Hedrick Chapel United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by six daughters, Helen Clark of Upper Tract, W.Va., and Donna (Larry) Sullivan, Sara (Bill) Ours, Sharon (John) Brennan, Judy (Matt) Lough and Debbie (Jeff) Cosner, all of Petersburg; one son, Jack Kesner of Petersburg; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandson; two half brothers, Raymond George and Charles George, both of Upper Tract;  five half sisters, Ethel Davis of Keyser, W.Va., Mary Helmick of Petersburg, Linda Kile, Becky Kile and Joy Lantz, all of Upper Tract; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with the Rev. Larry Hakes and Matt Lough officiating.  Burial followed in the Kesner Family Cemetery Rough Run, W.Va. 

Memorials may be made to Hedrick Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Frances Phares, P.O. Box 834, Petersburg, WV  26847.          

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

Dorene Jeanette (Junkins) Kitzmiller, 86, of Mount Storm, W.Va., passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg, W.Va.

Born March 1, 1933, in Emoryville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Clarence G. Junkins and Priscilla A. (Kuhn) Junkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Kitzmiller.

Dorene enjoyed feeding the wildlife, singing, tutoring, and was an advocate for the rights of others. She retired from Dominion Power and was a member of Calvary Temple Church, Mount Storm.

She is survived by four daughters, Pamela (Richard) Stanton of N.C., Sharon Whetzel (Jerry) of Petersburg, Bonita (Steve) Jackson of Wardensville, W.Va. and Joni (Clyde) Hinkle of Petersburg;  eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Junkins and Milford Junkins, both of Mount Storm; numerous nephews and one niece.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Temple Church, Mount Storm, Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m.

Per her request in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bayard /Union Alumni, P.O. Box 145, Bayard, WV 26707 or Calvary Temple Church, c/o Gloria Georg, P.O. Box 231, Mount Storm, WV 26739.

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

Russell “Rusty” Davis Strait Jr., age 73, of Lahmansville, W.Va., died on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at his home.

Rusty was born and raised in Albany, Ore. and was the son of the late Russell D. Strait Sr. and Saronalee (Shimp) Strait. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gail Strait.

He is survived by his cherished wife, Nina Strait; sister, Jerrilee Schwab; daughters, Kellie Pressel and Stacie Jessen; and best friend, Don Rankin.

Rusty was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in Vietnam on the USS Boxer. He was awarded the Purple Heart for sustaining injury and the Navy Cross for valor in combat. Rusty moved to St. John in the Caribbean as a peacetime sailor and worked in the charter boat industry. He and Nina shared a love of the Caribbean people, landscape, water and sailing. Rusty moved to Alexandria, Va. where he and Nina married in 1988. They built a home and retired in Lahmansville, W.Va. in 1992, where they shared another love of the land, lifestyle and people.

Rusty will be greatly missed by family and friends throughout the country who will remember his smile, wit, ingenuity, grace and wisdom.

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

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