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Area Deaths - October 14, 2009

Joan Louise Carosella

Joan Louise “Mrs. C” Carosella, 76, of King George County passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in Stanardsville. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Nanny, who will be missed, is survived by her children, Denise Seton and Matthew Carosella; four grandchildren, Paul, Victoria, Jonathan and Nicolas.
Ryan Funeral Home,Ruckersville, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Paul Puckett

Jerry Paul Puckett, 70, of Fairview Beach passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. Jerry was a native of Buchanan County and a resident of Fairview Beach for 19 years. He was the owner of Puckett Brothers Construction Co.

Jerry was a member of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and a team member of Morgan-McClure’s Kodak Film racing team.
Jerry will be greatly missed by his family as well as his many friends because of his compassion, generosity and humor.
Jerry is survived by two children, Susan and David Puckett of Fairview Beach; three grandchildren, Wade, Willa and Kadence; four brothers, Larry Lee Puckett of Stafford County, Fred Puckett of Lancaster, Pa., Tommy Puckett of Glade Springs and Danny Puckett of Guyton, Ga.; a sister, Peggy A. Fox of Rosedale; one aunt, Lois Owens of Lakeland, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Barney, his beloved four-legged friend and travel companion.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Dollie Puckett, and a brother, Sammy Puckett.
Jerry’s family received friends Saturday, Oct. 10, and a memorial service followed at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Burial will be private.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Edward William Painter

Edward William Painter, 59, of Fredericksburg passed away peacefully on Wednesday Oct. 7, 2009, at his home.
Eddie is survived by his mother, Helen V. Painter, of Fredericksburg; his daughter, Michelle Kerr, of College Park, Md.; his brother Larry W. Painter of Fredericksburg; four sisters, Dolly V. Diamond of Lovettesville, Shirley A. Conley of Dale City, Robin J. Morgan of King George County and Phyllis M. Bogley of Gaithersburg, Md; two grandchildren, Andrew and Caitlin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eddie was preceded in death by his father, William A. Painter, and his brother John L. Campbell.
Interment will be held privately at Quantico National Cemetery at a later date.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park St. S.E., Vienna, Va. 22180.
Online condolences may be expressed to Eddie’s family at foundandsons.com.

Rita Pollard Lund

Rita Pollard Lund, 59, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at her residence in Fairview Beach.
Ms. Lund was born Aug. 28, 1950, in Vallscreek, W.Va., daughter of the late Willard and the late Faye Perry Pollard. A resident of King George for the past 18 years, she previously lived in Alexandria and Arlington.
She was the wife of James W. Lund, whom she married on Dec. 30, 1969.
Ms. Lund was a wonderful, intelligent, generous and loving person with highly noteworthy abilities and achievements in many different areas of endeavor. After high school graduation, she went on to nursing school and then worked for doctors in Arlington and in Washington, D.C.
She then worked for Watergate Management Associates, which managed The Watergate in Washington.
She then worked on Capitol Hill for a congressman from Iowa. From there, she joined the White House staff in President Carter’s Domestic Policy Office. When President Carter was replaced by President Reagan, Ms. Lund was one of only a very small number of White House staff who were asked to stay to work for President Reagan.
In the Reagan White House, Ms. Lund worked for President Reagan’s Science Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
In 1983, when President Reagan’s deputy science adviser left the White House to form his own telecommunications company, he asked Ms. Lund to leave the White House and work for him. So Ms. Lund spent the next 12 years working in Washington for Telecom Futures Inc., an international telecommunications company that specialized in satellite-based telecommunications systems. During that time period, Ms. Lund traveled extensively all around the world. Her travels included multiple trips to China, beginning in 1983 when visits to China were still rare.
While working for Telecom Futures Inc., she was also a consultant to Scott Science and Technology and to Vanguard Space Corp. Both were companies in the business of launching rockets to put satellites into space.
She was a member of AIAA, NAFE, Women in Aerospace, the American Space Transportation Association, and Competitive Alliance Space Enterprise.
Ms. Lund has been recognized in “Who’s Who,” in “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” and in “Who’s Who of American Women.”
For the last 14 years, Ms. Lund worked as manager of operations and a corporate officer of Puckett Brothers Construction Co. in King George. For many years, she was also a commonwealth of Virginia marriage commissioner.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Juanita Davidson and Patricia Campbell; a brother, Donald Pollard; nephews Marty Pollard, Marcus Pollard and Norman Pollard; and a niece, Michelle Pollard.
She is survived by her husband, James Lund; a sister, Donna Knight; brothers Ronald Pollard, Norman Pollard and David Pollard; nephews Kirby Davidson, Donald Campbell Jr., Jason Pollard, Shaun Pollard, Jacob Knight and Tyler Pollard; and nieces Regina Gernatt, Cindy Carl and Madison Pollard.
A viewing was held at Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, on Sunday, Oct. 11.  A funeral service in her honor was held in the Fredericksburg Chapel of Covenant Funeral Service on Monday, Oct. 12.  Friends are invited to attend.
Burial will take place in Historyland Memorial Park.
Covenant Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. An online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Donald Gordon Schleigh

Donald Gordon “Donnie” Schleigh Jr., 64, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Donnie was employed by Rappahannock Regional Jail until his retirement. He was an avid Redskins and NASCAR fan.
Survivors include his two daughters, Erika Schleigh of King George County and Debra Adcock and her husband, Norwood, of Caroline County; his son, Jeff Simmons of Spotsylvania County; two sisters, Patricia S. Mills and her husband, Wayne, and Denise Gibson and her husband, Charlie, all of Fredericksburg; four grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
There remain several “special” people in Donnie’s life, including his uncle and aunt, Clint and Celia Payne; Maria Abel; and Nick Berrie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Alice Schleigh.
A graveside service was held  Monday, Oct. 12, in Falmouth Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday, Oct. 11, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
Online guest book is available at covenentfuneral service.com.

Helen Britt Black

Helen Britt Black, 96, of King George County died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, in Colonial Beach.
Originally from Bladensburg, Md., Mrs. Black was a longtime resident of King George. She held various posts with the federal government in Washington, D.C., before retiring. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in King George and AARP. She was formerly active in TOPS and other organizations.
She was the widow of Kinchen Britt and Armand Black.
Survivors include her son, Robert Lee Britt and his wife, Constance Britt, of King George; her daughter, Violet Blythe and her husband, Bill, of Ripon, Calif.; her sister, Ruth Kiefer of Port Richey, Fla.; four grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and four stepchildren.
A funeral was conducted Monday, Oct. 12, at Shiloh Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Todd Kube and the Rev. Richard Headley officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Margaret W. Walker

Margaret W. Walker, 87, of Dahlgren passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. She was the widow of John H. Walker Jr. and also was preceded in death by her sister, Francis W. Grubbs of Richmond.
Originally from Chesterfield County, Margaret graduated from Mary Washington College in 1942. She then worked at the Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren for 10 years as a mathematician before devoting her time to her family. She was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and her interests included gardening, genealogy and reading.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Walker Pillis of King George County; two sons, Gregory K. Walker of Beltsville, Md., and John H. Walker III of Chesapeake; and three grandchildren, John IV, Devin and Vicky.
Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the L.E. Smoot Memorial Library, 9533 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485, or The American Heart Association, Greater Richmond Area, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, nashandslawfh.com, is in charge of the arrangements.


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