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Area Deaths - October 7, 2009

Mary Sievers

Mary Sievers, 64, of Stafford County passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She attended Agape Ministry Church in King George County.
Mary is survived by a daughter, Patricia G. Hall of Stafford; two sons, Waymon G. Shrewsbury Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Fredericksburg, and Michael J. Shrewsbury and his wife, Bonnie, of Glade Hill; two sisters, Shirley West of Delaware and Jeanetta Beer and her husband, Howard, of King George; four brothers: Johnny Hatfield and his wife, Naioma, of Davin, W.Va., Donald Hatfield and his wife, Terri, of Brandywine, W.Va., Gary Hatfield of Fredericksburg, and David Hatfield and his wife, Lisa, of Kopperston, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Jimmy and Shannon Hall of Stafford, and Waylon and Holly Shrewsbury of Glade Hill; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral celebrating Mary’s life was held Friday, Oct. 2, at Sumerduck Baptist Church in Sumerduck,  VA with Pastor Jeanetta Beer officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed to Mary’s family at foundandsons.com.

Kathleen A. Nesbitt

Kathleen A. Nesbitt, 54, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, surrounded by her family at the home of her parents in Manasquan, N.J., after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.
She was  a resident of Fredericksburg since 1977.
Kathy was born in Neptune, N.J. She attended St. Denis Grammar School, Wall Intermediate School, and graduated in 1972 from Wall High School, where she excelled on the girls varsity basketball and track teams. She was a finalist in discus at the state track meet in 1973. She was also a member of Wall High School’s award winning military drill team. She graduated from Longwood College (now Longwood University) in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. While at Longwood, she was also a member of the women’s fencing team.
Kathy was employed by the Department of Defense, teaching physical education and Art to pre-K through eighth-grade students at Dahlgren School on the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Kathy’s commitment, enthusiasm, motivation, skills and spirit helped many students identify, plan for and reach their goals. Because of Kathy’s dedication to her field and to her students, she was named “teacher of the year” multiple times.  She retired in January 2009 after 28 years.
Kathy was also a talented artist who graciously contributed her artistic talent to the Rappahannock Youth Sympathy Orchestra Violin Project in Fredericksburg. Local artists painted retired violins that were auctioned to raise funds for this community based organization. Her patriotic and Civil War themed violins consistently brought top bids.
Kathy was predeceased by her brother, Robert B. “Bobby” Nesbitt, her maternal grandparents, James and Edith Kenyon, and her paternal grandparents, Harry and Ruth Nesbitt.
She is survived by her parents, Robert and Edith Nesbitt of Wall, N.J.; her sister, Vicki Nesbitt of Fredericksburg; her brother, Douglas Nesbitt and his wife, Stacey, of Wall; and her beloved nephews, Taylor and Keegan Nesbitt of Wall. She is also survived by our wonderful, caring friend Lisa Herr of Fredericksburg; and her little dog, Sky, and her lovebird, Nike.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, Oct. 2, at St. Denis Roman Catholic Church, 90 Union Ave., Manasquan, N.J. 08736. O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, at New Bedford Road, Wall, N.J., 07719, handled the arrangements.
Monetary donations may be made in Kathy’s name to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., or the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, 195 Little Albany St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08903-2681.
For further information or to send condolences to the family, please visit obrienfuneralhome.com.

Rene Debets

Rene Debets, 70, formerly a longtime resident of King George County, left to join his daughter Ali in heaven Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.
Rene was an active businessman and community member in the area for 40 years. He managed Historyland Memorial Park for over a decade and created the Faithful Friends pet cemetery and Veterans Memorial Program for which he was honored as VFW’s man of the year. He served as president of and was instrumental in starting both the King George Little League and REACT chapters. He helped bring the first cable television service to the county.
Rene was a longtime employee of Metropolitan Life Insurance, and owned Stillwagon Insurance Agency. He was an avid coin collector.
Rene leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 37 years, Nancy Debets. He also leaves his legacy behind in his sons and their spouses: William (Stephanie), Joe (Glenda) and Dan (Stephanie) and (Brenda). He was most proud of his six grandkids, Jessie, Jacob, Collin, Cody, Joe-Joe and Hunter. He will be sorely missed by all his extended family.
A memorial service to celebrate his life was held Sunday, Oct. 4, in Spotsylvania. He was laid to rest in Tioga County Memorial Gardens in Mansfield, Pa., on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with a small graveside service for family and close friends.
Arrangements are being handled by James A. Carlton Jr. Funeral Home in Wellsboro, Pa.

Annie Maude Epps

Mrs. Annie Maude Epps, 80, of King George County died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. She was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Caroline County, the daughter of Newton Johnson and Ethel Garnett.
Mrs. Epps worked at Mount Rose Canning Co., King George, and was a member of Salem Baptist Church, King George. She was the widow of John T. Epps.
She is survived by two sons, Lawrence M. Johnson of Waldorf, Md., and Jack W. Johnson of King George; three daughters, Dorothy R. Johnson and Fannie Mae Bumbrey, both of King George, and Phyllis L. Bates of Cheltenham, Md.; two brothers, Ernest Lee Johnson of King George and Edward Johnson of Williamsburg; three sisters, Garnett Hackett of Montross, Annie Marie Berkley of Crew and Mary E. Grimes of King George; two brothers-in-law, Calvin Grimes of King George and George Berkley of Crew; two sisters-in-law, Doris Johnson of King George and Irene Johnson of Montross; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral was held Monday, Oct. 5, at Salem Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Leonard C. Bland officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Arnold L. Goodwin

Arnold L. Goodwin, 82, of Colonial Beach died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at his home.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Quantico National Cemetery.
Memorials in his memory should be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church, 5141 Dunbrooke Road, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Joan Louise Carosella

Joan Louise “Mrs. C” Carosella, 76, of King George County passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, 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.

Rosetta M. McDowney Toliver

Rosetta Mary McDowney Toliver, 95, of Colonial Beach, VA, passed away on October 2, 2009, at the James River Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, Newport News, VA.
  She was born on August 22, 1914 in Maple Grove, VA, to the late James McDowney and Elizabeth Glascoe McDowney.  She was predeceased by her husband, John Morris Toliver and two daughters, Violet Parker of King George, VA and Margie Payton of Colonial Beach, VA.
She is survived by two sons, Morris Toliver, Fredericksburg, VA and John Toliver (Odessa), Hyattsville, MD; four daughters, Mary Smith, Elizabeth City, NC; Roberta Brooks (Willie), Lanham, MD; Mildrd Reed, Upper Marlboro, MD; and Shirley Dowell (Bobby), Hampton, VA; two sons-in-law, Charles Parker, Sr. King George, VA and Rev. Charles Payton Colonial Beach, VA; 22 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren; one brother, Veola McDowney (Evelyn), Fort Washington, MD; one sister-in-law, Margaret McDowney, Colonial Beach, VA; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, VA, on Saturday, October 10.
The Home-going Service will begin immediately thereafter with Rev. James E. White, Sr., Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Lee Funeral Home, Inc., 12055 James Madison Parkway, King George, VA, 22485.

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