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Area Deaths - May 9, 2012

George Albert Colbow

Mr. George Albert Colbow, 90, of Fredericksburg passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.

He was born Nov. 16, 1921, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Fred “Fritz” and Dorothy Colbow. George worked on the family farm in Montville, Ohio, until he entered the U.S. Army in 1943. He served as a member of the 366th Medical Battalion, serving in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany.

After his discharge, he returned to the family farm until 1949, when he took a position as a motor coach operator with Greyhound Bus Lines. 

In 1952, he moved his family to Cleveland, and took a position at Dairyman’s Ohio Farmers Milk Co. as a maintenance and boiler operator. In 1972, he moved his family to Mercer, PA, taking a position at Brookfield Dairy as a refrigeration supervisor and maintenance man.

George retired in 1986, and moved to Claremont, NC, where he continued to work at American Homes of Hickory and K-Mart. In 1991 he moved to Yadkinville, NC, and then in 2000 to King George County. In King George he did small-engine repairs for neighbors and friends. In October of 2011, he moved to his final residence at Heartfields Assisted Living in Fredericksburg.

George met and married the love of his life, Marie J. Banaszak, in 1947, when he was operating a streetcar in Cleveland and she was out for the Easter Parade. George was a hardworking man who never met an enemy. He loved to tell stories of his early days on the farm with his brothers and sisters, as well as his adventures in the service in Europe, where he drove an ambulance and then a Jeep for a general.

George loved good food and, after he lost Marie in December 2002, he frequented the local Cracker Barrel Restaurant, where he was known and loved by the staff.

Survivors include his sons, George Allen Colbow (Gail), of Cullman, AL, and Ronald Francis Colbow (Susan), of King George; two grandchildren, Katherina Mackey (Brian), of Virginia Beach and Christopher Colbow (Claudia), of Alexandria; five great-grandchildren; and siblings James Colbow of Chardon, OH, Sophie "Sue" Graham of Coshocton, OH, and Bertha Stewart of Fort Myers, FL. George is also survived by his niece, Barbara Bechel of Mentor, OH, and her daughters, Diane Marriott of Belleville, MI, and Debra Esker of Mentor, OH, who affectionately called him "Unckie." George and Marie made many friends all along the way, but in his late years, he had very good friends in his neighbors Wilson and Thelma Brown.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by siblings Arthur, Lydia and Clara.

A graveside service will take place in Hickory, NC, at a later date.

Memorials may be made in his name to Stafford County Rescue Squad, Box 414, Stafford, VA, 22555-0414.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

George Efthemes

George Efthemes, 75, of Stafford County passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Efthemes of Stafford; his sons, Todd G. Efthemes (Rachel), of Phillipsburg, NJ, Gregory Efthemes (Karen), of Henderson, NV, Terry E. Efthemes of Colonial Beach and Randy Efthemes of AL; his sister, Dorothy E. Wickom of TN; and his grandchildren, Christie, Kyle, Nick and Jessica Efthemes.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Roger Allen Mcconchie

Roger Allen Mcconchie, 57, of Colonial Beach passed away Monday, April 30, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1954, in Falls Church to Pearl Burke Mcconchie and the late George H. Mcconchie. He was a member of Westmoreland Independent Baptist Church in Colonial Beach.

Roger is survived by his mother, Pearl Mcconchie; three sons; and one daughter. He was preceded in death by his father, George H. Mcconchie.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Westmoreland Independent Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Robert L. Warnick officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to his mother, Pearl Mcconchie, to assist her with future expenses.

Nash & Slaw Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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