Our Obituaries

Cathy Jennifer Brandt

December 5, 1943 - October 27, 2014

Cathy Jennifer Brandt, age 70 of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on October 27, 2014.She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Jeanne Scofield; and two sisters, Alice Scofield and Wendy Freer.Cathy worked as an accountant then retired as the Chief Financial Officer for the Elizabethtown School System of Elizabethtown, KY. She was also the Treasurer of the Women's Club of Toano and...
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James John Behen,

August 30, 1939 - October 24, 2014

Beloved husband, father, and friend James John Behen, III, 75, of Williamsburg, VA, died Friday, October 24, after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer.Born in Dover, DE on August 30, 1939, to James John Behen, Jr. and Mabel Driver Behen, James (known as "Jim" to family and friends) graduated from Dover High School in 1957. He attended the University of Delaware, graduating in 1961 with...
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William Vernon Macnabb

April 5, 1937 - October 24, 2014

William Vernon Macnabb, 77, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, October 24, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Clinton Macnabb and Eleanor Scarlett. He was retired from SAIC in Mclean, VA and Las Vegas, NV where he served as Vice President in the nuclear energy field. He joined the US Navy while in college and attended University of California at...
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Jim Dale McDaniel

May 3, 1948 - October 23, 2014

James "Jim" McDaniel, 66, a long time Williamsburg resident, passed away on October 23, 2014.Jim served a brief tour in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era and later worked as a supervisor on various construction projects.He is predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Sandra; and his brother and sister-in-law, Cecil and Mary Ruth McDaniel.Jim is survived by his daughter, Erin Pauls and her husband,...
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Grace Edith Bischoff

July 8, 1939 - October 22, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Olivia Phelps Naylor Mersing

February 10, 1937 - October 22, 2014

Olivia Phelps Naylor Mersing, 77, went to be home with the Lord on October 22, 2014.Olivia was born on February 10, 1937 in Cumberland, MD. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jack Mersing; children, Sharon Gauthier (Raymond) of Williamsburg, VA, Robert Mersing (Susan) of Neosho, MO, Rebecca Church (Scott) of Fremont, CA; and a sister, Mary N. Richardson of Williamsburg, VA. In addition...
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Lois Schleif Johnson

December 8, 1917 - October 22, 2014

Lois Schleif Johnson, 96, entered into eternal rest on October 22, 2014 in Williamsburg, Va. Lois was born on December 8, 1917 in Plainfield, NJ to the late Marie and Matthew Gewain. She spent her early years in Fanwood, NJ. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Jacob Schleif Jr., and her brothers Matthew and Richard Gewain and wives.Lois lived most of her life in Monmouth County, NJ...
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Mary Elizabeth Pilley Eybers

August 25, 1921 - October 21, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Donnie Bruce Herschell

August 28, 1954 - October 21, 2014

Donnie was born to Donald Eugene and Patricia Louise (Latimer) Herschell on August 28, 1954 in Beech Grove, IN.He married Deborah Jane (Deb) McElwee on November 17, 1984 in Thorntown, IN at the Thorntown United Methodist Church.Donnie is survived by his loving wife, Deborah Jane (Deb); his daughters, Anna Catherine (Annie) and Sarah Elizabeth; and his son, Timothy (Tim), who lives in Lebanon, IN....
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Genevieve Williams Taylor

September 6, 1916 - October 21, 2014

The family of Genevieve Taylor, who graced this earth for 98 years, are celebrating her life and times. As every living being needs rest, on October 21, 2014, Genevieve entered into her eternal rest. She was born September 6, 1916 in Scranton, PA to John and Virginia Williams and spent her early years in Albany, NY. Genevieve graduated from Albany High School and attended Oneonta (NY) Normal...
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Robert Donald Corrie

April 29, 1931 - October 20, 2014

Robert Donald Corrie, 83, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on October 20, 2014. The son of Edith Vega and George Corrie, he was born and raised in Hempstead, NY, and later resided in Garden City, NY until his retirement to Williamsburg, VA in 2001. He was a graduate of Cornell University (1953) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1957) and served in the Finance Corp of the U...
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James Orie McReynolds

March 4, 1955 - October 19, 2014

James Orie "Mac" McReynolds, 59, was a good and faithful man. Mac was a loving son, grandson, nephew, cousin, brother, uncle, husband, father, and friend. He has completed his well lived life on earth, and he leaves all of us with the task of emulating the man he was.He had a rich life, loving relationships with family and many friends, and a career that provided opportunities to make a...
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Beverly Jane Abrials

March 27, 1936 - October 19, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Elizabeth Posey Wood

January 13, 1918 - October 18, 2014

Elizabeth Posey Wood, 96, of Williamsburg, Virginia died peacefully on Saturday, October 18, 2014 after a very long and interesting life. She was one of the last of the valiant women of the "Greatest Generation." She cuddled a lion in Rome, rode a camel in Egypt and a donkey in Puerto Rico, stopped traffic with a wave in NYC, climbed the Great Wall of China, read from a Kindle and loved her...
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George Martin Bronenkant

May 30, 1916 - October 17, 2014

George M. Bronenkant, age 98, died on October 17, 2014. He was born on May 30, 1916 in Milwaukee to George J. Bronenkant and Marie (Nowakowski) Bronenkant and spent his entire life in Wisconsin, moving to Williamsburg in 2009 to be near family. George was of German and Polish ancestry and spent his early years on Milwaukee's South Side, graduating from South Division High School in 1934. After...
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Linda Ann Hunt Wanner

April 28, 1940 - October 14, 2014

A memorial service for Linda Wanner will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Cedar Grove Cemetery at 1:00 PM.
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John Shostak

October 11, 1936 - October 11, 2014

John Shostak, 78, died at the Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg on October 11, 2014 in Williamsburg, VA. He was born in Hartford, CT on October 11, 1936. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maria; by his brother, Steve; and sister, Olga. John is survived by his wife, Joanne; children, Keith (Corinne), Dean (Valerie) and Jack (Linda); and seven wonderful grandchildren...
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Nancy Denovan Murray

February 15, 1940 - October 10, 2014

NANCY SUSAN DENOVAN MURRAY entered life everlasting on October 10, 2014. Facing two major health battles 63 years apart, she was victorious over polio, but lost to cancer. She leaves the loves of her life to cherish her memory, her husband of 48 years Douglas Rutherford Murray of Williamsburg, and their son David Rutherford Murray of New York City.Nancy was born in Detroit and grew up in Royal...
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Priscilla Quiles Wood

March 15, 1942 - October 10, 2014

On Friday, October 10, 2014, Priscilla Q. Wood of Williamsburg, VA passed away peacefully. She was the beloved wife of Cornelius Charles Wood, cherished mother of Stefan Alexander Wood, and loving sister of Mario Quilles. Priscilla, born in New York City, graduated from the School of Industrial Art, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was involved in fashion and design all of her life...
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Joan Kay Cochet

June 14, 1955 - October 9, 2014

Joan Kay Cochet, loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and twin sister, passed away on October 9, 2014, at her home in Williamsburg. Joan is survived by her husband, Anthony Cochet Sr.; son, Andy Cochet, Jr. and his wife, Allyson and their children Drew, Noah, and Camille Joan; daughter, Cheryl; sister, Jean and her family; and father David Galliart.A visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. on...
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Virginia A. Jacobson

January 20, 1929 - October 9, 2014

Virginia A. Jacobson, age 85, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away October 9, 2014.She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alfred Richard Jacobson.Virginia retired from Woolworths Department Store in Trenton, N.J., as a Retail Clerk after 22 years of service.She was a Christian loving woman who dedicated her life to loving her family. Virginia is survived by her sister, Marjorie Delaney;...
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Thomas Harvey Replogle

June 4, 1929 - October 9, 2014

Rear Admiral Thomas H. Replogle, USN Retired Thomas H. Replogle, 85, passed away on October 6, 2014. Tom was the son of Ned and Katherine Replogle of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Naomi Replogle, 5 daughters, 1 son, five step-children and 21 grandchildren. Daughters: Susan Mason, Terri Batten, Janet McNiff, Kimberly Stits and Carol Replogle. Son: Thomas H....
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Dianne Scott Thomas Tinsley

December 20, 1947 - October 8, 2014

Dianne Scott Thomas Tinsley, of Williamsburg, passed away on October 8, 2014.She was preceded in death by her parents, Stewart P. Thomas and Lora Elizabeth Thomas; her sister, Elizabeth Favero; brother-in-law, Franco Favero; and her niece, Laura Favero. Dianne was a loving wife and mother and was a member of the Episcopal Church. She attended the University of Tennessee and was also a past...
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William Erlon Adams

February 10, 1957 - October 8, 2014

William E. Adams, Jr. (Willie), 57, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014, after a long courageous battle with COPD. He is survived by his devoted wife, Dawn; son, Erlie; parents, Bill and Lois Adams; sister, Sharon Adams; and many relatives and friends.Willie lived life to the fullest and loved fishing, camping, motorcycle riding, boating, playing with his antique cars, "picking and grinning"...
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Barry Alan Dugan

April 23, 1942 - October 6, 2014

Barry Alan Dugan, age 72, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on October 5, 2014.He was preceded in death by his father, Milford S. Dugan and his wife, June Dugan and his mother, Katherine A. Clemm and her husband Walter Clemm.Barry proudly served in the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant. He served in Kentucky, and three tours in Germany, Hawaii, Vietnam, Korea, New Jersey, England...
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Judith Beale Bankit

December 22, 1930 - October 6, 2014

Our beloved and beautiful wife and mother departed this earth on Sunday, October 5th. Always fashionable, Judi loved and blessed her family with her gracious presence. She is survived by her husband, Paul; children, Eric (April) Bankit, Paula (Bruce) Patty, and Wade (Lisa) Trump; grandchildren, Paul Giovannoli, Christopher (Iveylee), Mitchell, and Jessica Trump, Chelsea and Jordan Bankit; and...
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Margaret Mary Gilbert

February 12, 1923 - October 6, 2014

Margaret Mary Gilbert, 91, resident of Williamsburg and formerly of Kailua, Hawaii, died Monday, October 6, 2014. Margaret was born on February 12, 1923 in Warwick, Australia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Anne Quinlan Smith, older sister, Frances Smith Edmond, and husband, Jack Darwin Gilbert. She is survived by her children, Gary D. Gilbert, Jacqueline Anne Van Hook,...
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Angela Michelle Morgan

April 30, 1966 - October 2, 2014

Angela Michelle Morgan, 48, of Williamsburg, passed away on October 2, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.She will be greatly missed by her husband, James R. Morgan Jr. "Rusty"; son, Adam Brinson; daughters, Brittany M. Brinson and Kelsey N. Brinson; stepson, John R. Morgan "Jack"; stepdaughter, Miranda S. Morgan; granddaughter, Alana Michelle Brown; her loving parents, C. Mike and Marilyn...
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Swansie M. Heape

April 29, 1943 - October 2, 2014

Swansie M. Heape, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on October 2, 2014 at the age of 71. She was born April 29, 1943 in Bluefield, WV, to the late Albert G. and Dorothy P. Mitchel. Swansie was a graduate of Bluefield High School in West Virginia and Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. She taught for the Newport News Public Schools and Williamsburg Christian Academy. After teaching, she...
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Barbara M. Averitt

April 7, 1930 - October 1, 2014

Barbara M. Averitt, 84, of Toano, VA, passed away on October 1, 2014. She was preceded in death by her sister, Carolyn R. Manchester and her parents, Edwin F. and Mabel R. Manchester of Portland.Barbara graduated from Deering High School in Portland, ME and junior college from Endicott. She was previously a Librarian for the U.S. Gov't in D.C. More recently she worked with her daughter...
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Max I. Taylor

February 16, 1923 - October 1, 2014

Max I. Taylor, formerly of Buffalo Grove and Grayslake, IL and currently a resident of Williamsburg, VA where he had resided for seven years, passed away on October 1, 2014 at the age of 91. He is loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, VeNeta L. Taylor; his son, Alan Taylor of Midwest City, Oklahoma; daughters, Paula Boschen of...
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Bobbie Jean Bryant

August 16, 1930 - October 1, 2014

Bobbie Jean Bryant went on to eternal light on October 1, 2014. She was born August 16, 1930 in Jarell, Texas; the sixth child of George and Adline Posey. She was married sixty years to Welton (Hank) Bryant. They had two children, Georgia and Gary. She is survived by her children and one granddaughter, Kimberly Keenan. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Heritage Humane Society,...
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Annie Maria Hall

April 23, 1928 - September 30, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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John Reese Farrall

January 20, 1939 - September 29, 2014

John Reese Farrall, M.D., of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on September 29, 2014, at the age of 75.He was preceded in death by his father, Rex; his mother, Ada; and his brother Tracy.John was a well-known Orthopedic Surgeon in Springfield, OH, owning his own practice in the area for 33 years. He was a staff member of both The Community and Mercy Memorial Hospitals. He was a member of the High St....
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Edward David Schubert

October 27, 1948 - September 28, 2014

Edward "Ed" Schubert, of Williamsburg, passed away on September 28, 2014 at the age of 65.He was preceded in death by his father, John Henry Schubert.Ed is survived by his wife, of 31 years, Sandy Schubert; mother, Pauline Jean Schubert nee Baker; brother, John (Elizabeth), sister, Donna Schubert (Craig Roecks); brother, Bill (Meg); sister, Debra Schubert (Dan Meyer); as well many nieces and...
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Jacqueline Antoinette Landry

January 10, 1938 - September 25, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Lounell McEver

April 18, 1920 - September 25, 2014

Lounell (Lucy) McEver, 94, formerly of Atlanta, GA, passed away on September 25, in Williamsburg, VA. Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Cruce and Jewell (Roberts) Cruce, her husband, Julius McEver, her daughter, Judy Heichel and her granddaughter's husband, Arlan King.She is survived by her daughter, Robbye McEver Daniel and son-in-law, Sam Daniel, of Williamsburg, VA. Lucy was...
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Virginia Hendry Galbraith

September 11, 1935 - September 25, 2014

Virginia "Ginny" Hendry Galbraith, 79, passed away at Sentara Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, Virginia on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Born in Mount Kisco, New York on September 11, 1935, and raised in nearby Armonk, NY, Ginny was the daughter of Lucy Howard Hendry and Arthur Ekman Hendry. She graduated from Plattsburgh State Teachers College in Plattsburgh, New York in 1957. She is...
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Robert Winfield Norton

October 16, 1936 - September 23, 2014

Robert Winfield "Bob" Norton died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, September 23, 2014, with his wife at his side. He was born October 16, 1936 in Petaluma, CA to the late Margaret and Winfield "Pappy" Norton. Bob had two sisters, Margaret Jean Woll (husband John Woll); and Mary Anne Greenlund (deceased). Bob had two sons with his first wife, Marilyn (deceased): Roger Norton (wife Denise Norton)...
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Jaquelin Clark Davison

May 5, 1920 - September 22, 2014

Jaquelin C. Davison, 94, of Williamsburg, formerly of Richmond and Atlanta GA., departed this life on Sept. 22, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah "Pris" Davison. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Mr. Davison was a highly decorated naval officer, retiring with the rank of Commander. Following his military retirement, he began a second career in finance, serving in the trust...
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Gloria Weil Jones

April 13, 1927 - September 19, 2014

Gloria Weil Jones, a long-time resident of the Williamsburg, VA area, died Friday, the 19th of September at her home in Kingsmill on the James, Williamsburg, VA.Gloria grew up in Port Huron, MI. She was preceded in death by her father, Herb Weil, and her mother, Marion McCarty Weil, both of Port Huron, MI. At age 16, she went to live with her Uncle Louis Weil, who at the time was the editor and...
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Robert Edwin Berry

June 12, 1924 - September 18, 2014

Robert Edwin Berry, lifelong Williamsburg resident, died peacefully on September 18, 2014, at the age of 90. He was a World War II veteran who later served in the Virginia National Guard. He worked with Colonial Williamsburg Security and subsequently as a police officer with the City of Williamsburg Police Department. He was self-employed in auto sales, campgrounds, and construction, most...
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George Gilbreath

May 16, 1921 - September 18, 2014

On September 18, 2014, Lt. Col. (retired) George Daniel Gilbreath, Sr., beloved husband, father, granddad, and "opa", died peacefully after complications from a recent stroke. George was born May 16, 1921, in Birmingham, AL, to Cora Lee and Oliver Scott Gilbreath. He was the 2nd oldest of their 10 children. At the age of 21 he was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. After OCS training in...
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Caroline White Dozier

December 7, 1909 - September 18, 2014

Caroline White Dozier, 104, passed away on September 18, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ike Dozier, a WWII veteran and prominent Toano farmer. The two had met in first grade and married in 1930. Together they owned and operated the historic Warrenton farm.A longtime resident of Toano, Caroline held positions in a variety of businesses around the local area, including Colonial...
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Sofija Alis

September 14, 1922 - September 16, 2014

Dr. Sofija Alis passed away on September 16, 2014. A WWII survivor, Sofija escaped with her husband from Lithuania and then Germany due to Russian and Nazi regime occupations. They immigrated to the United States in the mid 1940's. Both continued their war interrupted studies in the medical field. While her husband received his doctorate degree in Veterinary Science, Sofija received her...
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Gertrude Monica Gibbs

February 26, 1932 - September 16, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Robert Cooper Condon

February 11, 1941 - September 16, 2014

Surrounded by his family, Robert C. Condon, 73, died September 16, 2014 at his home in Williamsburg, VA. Robert was born on February 11, 1941, in Morris, IL to Edith C. and Frank E. Condon. Throughout his childhood Robert was actively involved in Boy Scouts, attaining the premier rank of Eagle Scout and becoming a member of the Order of the Arrow.Robert graduated magna cum laude from Denison...
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John P. Crispell

April 23, 1917 - September 13, 2014

Lt. Colonel John Phillips Crispell, age 97, previously of Hampton, VA, a resident of Chambrel at Williamsburg, passed away on September 13, 2014. He was a native of Pennsylvania, the son of Clarence B. Crispell and Ethel Edwards.Colonel Crispell attended public schools in Wilkes-Barre and Lehman Township in Pennsylvania, and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1939 with a BS...
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Howard Dean Burke

February 14, 1946 - September 12, 2014

Howard Dean Burke, 68, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, September 12, 2014. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Enice Burke. He leaves behind his loving wife of 47 years, Patricia Stappers Burke; daughters, Tami Stirewalt of Salisbury, NC, and Malinda Mortell (Bob) of Pughkeepsie, NY; six grandchildren, Adam, Nicholas,...
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William Michael Rodosovich, Sr.

May 1, 1959 - September 12, 2014

W.M. "Bill" Rodosovich Sr., retired law enforcement officer, notary signing agent, passed away peacefully at the Hospice House of Williamsburg, VA on September 12 at the age of 55 after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his loved ones. Born May 1, 1959 in Washington, D.C. to Josephine and Nick Rodosovich, he was a graduate of Stanton Military Academy, Senior School, 1973 and the Northern...
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William John Morrison

December 8, 1932 - September 11, 2014

Lt. Colonel (USAF Ret.) William J. Morrison, 81 of Williamsburg, passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones on Thursday September 11, 2014. He was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Frank and Margaret Morrison. He had a Bachelor Degree in Business from Duquesne University. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1954 to 1975 as a B-47 and B-52 Navigator and Bombardier with the...
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Dorothea Lousie Haas

April 14, 1916 - September 10, 2014

Dorothea Louise Hunter Haas, a resident of Williamsburg since 1989, died on September 10, 2014 at age 98. Benjamin J. Haas, her husband of over 70 years, preceded her in death on July 26, 2014. Dorothea was born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 14, 1916 to Grant Stafford Hunter and Edna Katherine Menges Hunter and was educated at Pittsburgh's Langley High School, Allegheny College in Meadville, PA...
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Marion Evangelist Shaheen

January 25, 1920 - September 9, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Judith Noble Layne

December 31, 1936 - September 8, 2014

Judy Layne, affectionately known to her family and friends as Jotie, died September 8, 2014. She was born December 31, 1936 in Richmond, VA. At the age of five, she, her sister and brother went to live at the Masonic Home of VA. After graduating from Highland Springs High School, she met her husband, Gene Layne and they were married on April 27, 1957. When their son was born, Judy stayed home...
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Harold Stephen Scudder

August 26, 1953 - September 6, 2014

Harold Stephen "Steve" Scudder, of Williamsburg, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 9, at the age of 61. Steve was born in Portsmouth, VA., on August 26, 1953 to Harold and Erma Pritchard Scudder. He grew up in a Navy family and lived with his family in Rhode Island, Hawaii, and the Tidewater area of Virginia. Steve graduated from York High School in Yorktown, VA. in 1971. ...
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Margie Corley Cloaninger

June 15, 1923 - September 5, 2014

Margie C. Cloaninger, age 91, passed away on September 5, 2014. She was a native of Alexander City, Alabama, a graduate of Huntington College, and has been a resident of Patriots Colony, Williamsburg, VA for 17 years.Margie was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 59 years, Col. Francis (Frank) A. Cloaninger (USAF) in 2005. She is survived by daughters, Judy Petersen (Carolina Shores, NC...
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Cody Royd Minick

November 4, 1993 - September 2, 2014

Cody Royd Minick, 20, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 2 from complications related to diabetes. Born on November 4, 1993, Cody graduated from Bruton High School in 2013 and was a long time employee of Nike. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Royd and Roberta Minick; great-grandfather, Robert Petz; and aunt, Lorna Williams.Cody is survived by his parents, Matt and Jill Minick...
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Joseph Robert Finelli

April 10, 1940 - August 31, 2014

Joseph Robert Finelli, 74, of Williamsburg, passed away on August 31, 2014.Joseph proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard, having graduated from the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 1962, and retiring at the rank of Captain after 31 years of service. He was an active member of the Colonial Italian American Organization (CIAO), serving as Italian Festival Chairman for the past 10 years. He was also...
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Darrell Frederick Peters

May 14, 1920 - August 29, 2014

Darrell Frederick Peters passed away on August 29, 2014. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 1920. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 70 years, Carol E. Peters; their four daughters, Donna (Michael) King, Marilyn Peters, Joan (James) Cole, and Karen (Philip) Barbalace; five grandchildren, Katherine Ferguson, Bradley King, Colin and Ryan Barbalace, and Janna Cole; and seven great...
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Claudia Cowal Tucker

September 23, 1934 - August 26, 2014

If you're about to throw a party, stop. Consider: Claudia Cowal Tucker (you probably knew her as "Claud") who entered eternal life on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Her spirit is carried on by her four children, 7 grandchildren, and an extended family of relations and friends. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Claudia during her 79 years.Claudia was born in Worcester,...
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John Oliver Brown, Sr.

January 10, 1928 - August 25, 2014

Mr. John Oliver Brown, Sr. was 86 years of age when God decided to bring home one of his special creations after being in a lengthy home hospice care. John was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia. He attended and graduated from Burton Heights High School where he played on the basketball team. John later became a member of the United States Army where he bravely served his country in the...
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Joel Harvey

October 26, 1938 - August 24, 2014

Joel Harvey, age 75, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on August 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son, Mical and his parents, Abraham and Jennie. He was currently working for Diocese of Southern Virginia as a priest and worked formerly for Diocese of Long Island, NY. Joel was a member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Williamsburg.He formerly served as the Vice President-Pastoral...
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Lella Ruth Brice Bennison

May 23, 1918 - August 21, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Shawn Antwone Brooks

June 15, 1977 - August 18, 2014

Shawn Antwone Brooks, born June 15, 1977, of Newport News, VA, passed away on August 18, 2014. He worked for Heating and Air, Auxiliary Systems in Norfolk, VA and also owned his own Landscaping Company. Shawn was a loving husband and son, and a wonderful father.He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Gertrude Brooks; grandfather, Felix Brooks, Sr.; nephew, Brashawnta Brooks; and aunt,...
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Marie Margaret Estok

May 12, 1940 - August 17, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Lloyd Franklin Johnson

June 12, 1930 - August 15, 2014

Lloyd F. Johnson, 84, went to be with the lord on August 15, 2014. He was born in Charles City, VA but was a long time resident of Croaker, VA. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked for VDOT and retired from there. Lloyd loved fishing, hunting and his dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Annie Johnson; and his wife of 33 years, Doris Denoy Johnson.Lloyd...
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Jennifer Jane Boatright

July 5, 1960 - August 13, 2014

Jennifer Jane Boatright, 54, was suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us on August 13th. She was the beloved daughter of Jim and Gloria Boatright and an exceptional woman who will be sorely missed by everyone that knew her. Her mother was blessed over the past 2½ years by the loving and tender care from her devoted daughter. Jenn, as she liked to be called, cherished her roles in life as...
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Nancy Harrower McKendree

April 28, 1936 - August 8, 2014

Nancy Harrower McKendree, 78, of Williamsburg, passed away on August 8, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, F.D. Harrower; mother, Elizabeth Dogherty; and brother, Rev. David Harrower.Nancy worked as a Dental Assistant for Dr. F. Paul Grosso, D.D.S., in Alexandria, VA for 30 years.She was an active supporter of the International Champion Barbershop Chorus, the Alexandria Harmonizers. ...
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Roberta J. Price

September 23, 1924 - August 6, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Geraldine Crump Allen

May 16, 1928 - August 5, 2014

Geraldine Crump Allen passed away on August 5, 2014. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16, 1928, she lived in Williamsburg for more than 65 years. At the beginning of her career, Ms. Allen worked as a supervisor at Trinkle Hall at the College of William and Mary, until 1965 when she advanced her career by enrolling in Business/Secretarial school.Upon graduation from the Peninsula Business...
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Donald Leslie Hoadley

April 13, 1961 - August 4, 2014

Donald Hoadley passed away on August 4, 2014. He had a strong faith and anticipated his journey to Christ. Donald was an outdoors man, who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Donald is survived by his wife, Andrea Hoadley; his son, Matthew and his wife Rachel; a grandchild, who is on the way; his parents, Douglas Hoadley, Sr., and Alice Hoadley; and 2 brothers, Douglas Hoadley, Jr., and Daniel...
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Cameron Milford Chandler

October 19, 1921 - August 4, 2014

Cameron M. Chandler passed away on August 4. Visitation and services will begin at 1PM on Wednesday, August 6, at Nelsen Funeral Home, followed by interment at Williamsburg Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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Ralph Roy DeRosa

February 20, 1945 - August 3, 2014

Ralph R. DeRosa, 69 of Williamsburg, Va., played his final golf round and passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 3. A devoted husband, father, and friend to everyone who shared his company, he is survived by Michele, his wife for almost 39 years, sons Hammel Louis "Ham" DeRosa of Los Angeles, Ca., John Nicholas "Nick" DeRosa of Richmond, Va., sisters Carol Lambiotte and Diana (Mike) MacPherson,...
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Helen Leggitt Yarbrough

June 21, 1927 - August 2, 2014

Helen L. Yarbrough, age 87, of Williamsburg, passed away on August 2, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Yarbrough; parents, Clewis and Ollie Leggitt; brother, Matthew Leggitt; and sister, Jean Del-Manzo.Helen received her Teaching Certification from the Georgia College for Women and taught in Thomaston, GA for 3 years. During the 50's and 60's, she worked as a secretary for...
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Kenneth Walter Buxton

November 4, 1924 - August 1, 2014

Kenneth Walter Buxton of Williamsburg, Virginia, died peacefully at home on Friday, August 1. He was born on November 4, 1924 to Ada Lee Hawken and Walter Henry Buxton in Webster Groves, Missouri. Ken was a logical thinker, a wonderful storyteller and an adventurer. He was a natural mathematician, who at age 16 was called on to teach high school physics and math as World War II was breaking out...
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James Michael Gaynor

October 31, 1950 - July 31, 2014

Jay was Director of Historic Trades at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation at the time of his passing. He was one of the most caring people that you are likely to come across in life and was dearly loved by all family, friends and work colleagues. He had an insatiably enquiring mind and over his life, he developed probably the most comprehensive understanding that has ever been accomplished in...
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Teresa Sylvia Krajecki

December 31, 1927 - July 30, 2014

Theresa Krajecki, age 86, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died on Wednesday morning of July 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Ervin Krajecki. She was loved greatly and will be missed by her surviving family. The memorial service will be held Sunday, August 3 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg, at 11am.
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Leonard Ferdinand Wagner

September 28, 1920 - July 30, 2014

Leonard F. Wagner, age 93, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 30, 2014. He was born in Detroit, Michigan.Leonard was a graduate of the University of Michigan. He worked as a Sales Manager for Campbell's Soup Company, was an Account Executive for Top Value Enterprises and also worked in Sales and Marketing for National Research Bureau. Leonard served in the Navy during WW II as a Combat Pilot...
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Judith Ann Perry

April 28, 1944 - July 29, 2014

Judith Ann Perry, 70, passed away unexpectedly on July 29, 2014. The daughter of the late Arnold Ralph Perry, Sr. and Lessie Mae Spears Perry, she was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia on April 28, 1944. She held degrees from Concord College and the Medical College of Virginia. She taught mathematics at Man High School, West Virginia, and also in Northern Virginia. She became a physical therapist...
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George Victor Dimitrov

December 30, 1956 - July 28, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Carla Joyce Dunham

May 29, 1935 - July 27, 2014

Carla Joyce Dunham, 79, of Toano, passed away on July 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Jessie Henry; and her sister, Ardis Galyen.Carla worked as a secretary for the Department of Defense, retiring from the Ballistic Missile Office. She was a member of Seaside United Methodist Church in Seaside, Oregon.She is survived by her son, Greg Dunham (Chris); daughter,...
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Benjamin Jonathan Haas

May 2, 1919 - July 26, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Roberta Elaine Quint Jones

July 19, 1938 - July 25, 2014

Roberta (Bobbie) Elaine Quint Jones passed away on July 25, 2014 in Williamsburg, VA, after a battle of over 25 years with Parkinson's Disease, and more recently, with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She was born in Machias, ME, July 19, 1938, daughter of Clarence M. Quint and Minerva Louise Hadley Quint (both deceased). After her first four years living in Grand Lake Stream, ME, the family...
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Mitsuko N. Weaver Newman

August 31, 1929 - July 24, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Ralph Francis Box

April 17, 1936 - July 23, 2014

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Raymond Charles Jahr

June 12, 1943 - July 23, 2014

Raymond Charles Jahr, 71, passed away July 23, 2014 after a brave and hard fought battle with esophageal cancer. He was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, "Opa", and friend who will be deeply missed. Ray was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 12, 1943. He and his wife Trudy just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May.After working as an auto mechanic as a young man, Ray worked...
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Carolyn Axberg Adamson

December 1, 1921 - July 22, 2014

Carolyn "Lyn" Axberg Adamson passed peacefully from this life on July 22, 2014 in Williamsburg, VA. Born and raised in Flushing, Long Island, New York to Agnes and Arthur Axberg, she graduated from Bayside High School in Flushing and attended Centenary Junior College in Hackettstown, NJ. She worked as an executive secretary for National Dairy Products Corporation in New York City and was a...
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Kenneth Jon Leary

June 19, 1970 - July 20, 2014

Ken Leary, 44, passed away on July 18, 2014. He was employed by Craft Machine Works, Hampton, VA.Ken is survived by his loving parents, Jack and Brenda Lassiter of Lanexa; his brothers, Mike Leary, Rick Hart and Bobby Lassiter; sister, Andrea Lundy, and his girlfriend Therese Digby.Ken spent his early years with his dad, Tommy Leary of Greenville, TN and Buddy Hart of Ramrod Key, FL.Ken was kind...
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Anna Churley Heermann

December 13, 1914 - July 19, 2014

Anna Churley Heermann passed away on July 19 in Williamsburg, VA. She was 99 years old.She was born December 13, 1914 in Gary, IN. She was the oldest of four children, born to John and Julia Churley. She married Reinhard Eugene Heermann, deceased, on July 30, 1932.Anna is survived by her son, Henry and his wife, Maryann, of Williamsburg, VA; daughters, Shirley Everett of Mahwah, NJ; Martha and...
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Craig Nolan Leggett

August 19, 1963 - July 19, 2014

Craig Nolan Leggett, 50, of Williamsburg, died suddenly on July 19, 2014. He had a great love for his family, surfing, motorcycling, golf, horses and beer. Craig was very active and supportive of his children and had a close relationship with his family.Craig worked over 20 years as a machinist at Standex Engraving of Richmond, VA.He was preceded in death by his brother, Shayne Michael Leggett....
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Phyllis McEldowney Varner

June 11, 1929 - July 17, 2014

Phyllis McEldowney Varner passed away on July 17, 2014 from Alzheimer's Disease. Despite her condition Phyllis often smiled and laughed until her final days. Her caretakers called her "blue eyes" and loved her sweet and warm disposition.Phyllis was born on June 11, 1929 to Robert and Hazel McEldowney. She received her B.A. in music from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She took...
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Hannelore Gawron Surber

October 26, 1933 - July 17, 2014

Hannelore "Hanna" Surber passed away on July 17, 2014. She was born on October 26, 1933 in Hamburg, Germany. She became a US citizen in 1959. Hannelore was preceded in death by two daughters, Patricia Surber and Shirley Ortery. She is survived by a son-in-law, Doug Ortery of Newport News; a grandson, Bryan Ortery (and Stephanie) of Gloucester; and five great-grandchildren, Alex, Bryan, Jr.,...
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Lucille Johnston

January 15, 1926 - July 15, 2014

Lucille Minnie Melvin Johnston, 88, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away with family by her side on July 15, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel William Russell Johnston.Viewing and fellowship will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg, VA, on July 24, from 6:00 pm ''' 8:00 pm. At 7:30 pm a short service will be held with Reverend Jerry M. Haywood, officiating. In...
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Gilbert Berry McCarter

November 11, 1921 - July 15, 2014

Gilbert Berry McCarter, age 92, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on July 15, 2014. His loving wife of 65 years, Bess Rice McCarter, preceded him in death on November 13, 2010.Berry was born in Amarillo, TX on November 11, 1921, the son of Thomas and Jessie McCarter.He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer "X". From 1945-54, he worked for...
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William Nash Hubbard

December 17, 1928 - July 14, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Juanita Smyth Smiley

February 6, 1932 - July 13, 2014

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Leonard Edward Ringler

August 17, 1945 - July 13, 2014

Leonard "Len" E. Ringler of Newport News died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the age of 68.He was born in Portsmouth VA, but grew up in Williamsburg, graduating from James Blair High School in 1963. He was a member of the ROTC at Va. Tech graduating in 1967. Len attended William & Mary law school, graduating in 1970. He was commissioned in the Army spending 4 years in the JAG Corps....
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James Thomas Dixon

January 10, 1925 - July 13, 2014

Colonel James Thomas (Jim) Dixon, born Orange, TX, Jan. 10, 1925, passed away July 13, 2014, in Williamsburg, VA. He was the son of the late John and Luella Stark Dixon, and was preceded in death by his four brothers and sisters, Dorothy Jane, John Allen, George Cornelius Dixon, and Phyllis Dixon Ross, and also by the love of his life, Helen (Pat) Dixon. Jim grew up in Shreveport, LA, and began...
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Charles Franklin Helderman III

August 5, 1937 - July 12, 2014

Charles F. "Mickey" Helderman (aka "Mike" to his military/government friends and as "Ed Schwartz" to his family & local friends. Displaying his quirky sense of humor he often answered the telephone using that pseudonym). Mickey was 76 when he passed on Saturday, July 12, 2014. He was a native of Charlotte, NC but after ending his military career he and Suzie have been residents of the...
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Katrina Maria Cole

April 30, 1947 - July 12, 2014

Katrina M. Cole, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 12. She is survived by her husband A.J. Cole, Sr. ; daughter, April Wertz (Joseph); grandchildren, Raghyn and Austin Gibbs. Donations may be made in Katrina's memory to the Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188; The Foundation Fighting Blindness at 888-332-3667, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718,...
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