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Area Deaths - December 23, 2009

Patricia June VanDeWeert

Patricia June Turner VanDeWeert, 77, well-known resident of Towanda RR 2, Towanda Twp., PA. passed away Thursday morning December 17, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her loving and devoted family.
“Pat” as she was known by her family and many friends was born February 26, 1932 in Walton, N.Y. to  the late Floyd and Alice Hammond Turner.  She was a graduate of Matamoras High School, Matamoras, PA.  Class of 1950 and was honored as Valedictorian of her class.  
On June 20, 1953, Pat married Bernard W. VanDeWeert in Norwich, N.Y. and their marriage brought forth nine children.
While raising her family, Pat assisted her husband in the operation of their farms beginning in Richford, N.Y. and continuing in Harford, N.Y., Etna, N.Y., King George, VA.  and later the Fox Chase Farm in Towanda Twp., PA.  until their retirement.  Pat also managed the Fox Chase Restaurant for 12 years working alongside her family in their successful business.  
Her love and devotion for her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was immense and paramount in her life.  Family gatherings at home were always very special with many memorable times shared by all.  Pat will be fondly remembered for her kind and gracious personality, inner strength and positive influence on the many lives she touched.  She will be deeply missed.
Pat was a member of the North Towanda United Methodist Church and TOPS.  Pat enjoyed cooking and traveling.
Surviving are: Her beloved husband of 56 years, Bernard W. VanDeWeert Sr. of the home; nine children: twin daughters, Linda and Lois VanDeWeert of Towanda RR 2; Diane Bride and her husband David Bride of Towanda RR 4; Brenda Buchholz and her husband William Buchholz of King George, VA.; Garry VanDeWeert and his wife Linda VanDeWeert of Towanda RR 2; Floyd VanDeWeert and his wife Lori VanDeWeert of Towanda RR 2; Cheryl Morris  and her husband Lewis Morris of Towanda RR 2; Bernard  VanDeWeert Jr. of Elmira, N.Y.; Patti Hartmann and her husband Rob Hartmann of Towanda RR 2; “Special Sons”, Jose Nazar, Steve Smeck and Dell Stahr;  27 Grandchildren:  Heather C., Kevin, Becky, Lillea, Christa, Heather B., Sara, Andrew, Willie, Nikki, Carrie, Hannah, Kelly, Mo, Jessi, Jenni, Kate, Ella, Brenda, Richard, Lewis, Maggie, Olivia, Emily, Dylan, Jessica and Mason; 20 Great Grandchildren; her sister, Priscilla Fierro of Virginia; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her  parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Turner, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Henry and Helen VanDeWeert and her grandson, Tate Hendrik Blokzyl.
The family received friends on Saturday Dec. 19, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave. Towanda, PA.
The funeral service was held Sunday, December 20, 2009 with the Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor of the North Towanda United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment followed in the Cole Cemetery, Towanda Twp., PA
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the North Towanda United Methodist Church in care of Jake Guffey, Treasurer, RR 1 Box 297, Towanda, PA. 18848 in Patricia June VanDeWeert’s memory.

Gladys Mae Grigsby Fagan

Gladys Mae Grigsby Fagan of Spotsylvania County went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at the age of 87.
The daughter of Wilbur and Myrtle Tate Grigsby, Gladys was born in Lerty, Westmoreland County. In 1959, she and her family relocated to the Fredericksburg area, where she resided until her death. She was married for nearly 52 years to Marbury A. Fagan, who predeceased her. A homemaker, she also was a babysitter for many area children. In her later years, she worked for her son, Charles, at the Corner Thrift Shop in Fredericksburg, where she enjoyed meeting and talking with customers and friends.
A faithful, loving and deeply caring wife, mother, and Mema, her life revolved around her family. She is survived by six children, Jo Ann Fagan Hite and husband Joe Hite of Nags Head, N.C., formerly of Bowling Green, Linda L. Fagan Sealy and husband L. Franklin Sealy of Spotsylvania, Marbury A. Fagan II and wife Patricia Wood Fagan of Powhatan, Charles R. Fagan and wife Glenda Fagan of Stafford County, Donna K. Fagan Truslow of Caroline County, formerly of Falmouth, and Michael S. Fagan of James City County.
Also surviving are three brothers, William H. Grigsby of Warsaw, Wilbur Grigsby Jr. of Hanover, and Garland W. Grigsby Payne of Virginia Beach; 18 grandchildren: Leigh Uithoven, Andy Hite, Scott Hite, Lori Simms, Chip Simms, Matthew Sealy, Jessica Sealy, Micah Burns, Jonathan Fagan, Sarah Fagan, Joshua Fagan, Charles Fagan II, Allison Fagan, Sean Fagan, Andy J. Truslow, Erin Fagan, Amanda Fagan and Alena Fagan; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family received friends at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, on Friday, Dec. 18. Funeral services will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg, at noon Saturday, Dec. 19, with Rectors James C. Dannals and Charles Raymond Sydnor officiating. Pallbearers were Gladys’ grandsons.  Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Linann Brown

Linann Brown, 69, of Dahlgren passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Born in Tylertown, MS, Linann was a data entry supervisor for a government contractor and a member of Oakland Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Robert McClain Brown of Newburg, Md., and Michael Brown of Dahlgren; three daughters, Melony Laine Brown and Ann Chester, both of Dahlgren, and Kathy Dalrymple of Middleburg, Fla.; a brother, George Shoemaker of Tylertown, Miss.; a sister, Patsy Brumfield of Tylertown; and eight grandchildren. Linann was predeceased by her husband, McClain Brown, and son Eugene Brown.
A funeral was held  Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sherman Davis officiating. Burial  followed in Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
A visitation was held Monday, Dec. 21, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Contributions in Linann’s memory may be sent to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guestbook is available nashandslawfh.com.

Patricia Harris McConnell

Patricia Harris McConnell, 62, of Montross passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at her son’s home.
Patricia was one of four daughters born to the late Walter and Ruth Harris. She worked as a dental assistant for 30 years for Dr. Preston Burns, and was a two-time cancer survivor. She also loved gardening.
Patricia is survived by her son, Patrick McConnell and his wife, Lisa, of Fredericksburg; her sister, Retha Harris of Stafford County; her grandchildren, Emily and Matthew McConnell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating Pat’s life was held Monday, Dec. 21, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg.
The family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park Street S.E., Vienna, Va. 22180.
Online condolences may be expressed to Pat’s family at foundandsons.com.

Carroll Byrd Gore, Jr.

Carroll Byrd Gore Jr., 66, of Stafford County died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at his residence, surrounded by his family. Mr. Gore had retired as president of Carroll B. Gore Builders.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Gore; his children, Christopher C. Gore of Stafford and Matthew S. Gore of King George County; his brothers, Michael Gore of Summerville, S.C., and Steve Fincham of Woodbridge; his sisters, Patricia Roach, Sue Mitchell and Sharon Sullivan, all of Fredericksburg; four grandchildren, Christopher K. G. Sullivan, Matthew A. Gore, Sierra K. Gore and Bryce M. Gore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Olive Gore; and one brother, William Wayne Woody.
Services will be private.
The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorials Processing Center, Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

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