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Obituaries

JEANETTE PONTIA

Jeanette Leigh Pontia, 60, of Spring Hill and Murfreesboro, TN, went home to the Lord on Saturday, November 30, 2019. She is a child of God, the daughter of Patricia Schuller Pontia and the late Raymond A. Pontia of Yorkville, OH, and the mother of Jenilee, Jillian, and Juliette McNamara of ...

LUKE YATES

Luke Owen Yates, 30, of Benwood, WV, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019 at his residence. Luke was born September 9, 1989 in Glen Dale, WV. He was a Catholic by faith, former employee of Cabela’s Distribution Center, avid reader, Michigan Wolverines and Pittsburgh Steelers fan and ...

WILLIAM PARKER

William “Bill” Parker, 54, of Moundsville died Sunday Dec. 8, 2019. Visitation Wednesday 12-2 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Moundsville.

RUTH LANCASTER

Ruth Ann (Ritchea) Lancaster, 87, of Wellsburg, WV, passed away at 6:15 a.m. on December 9, 2019 at her residence with her family at her side. Ruth was born on June 9, 1932 in Brilliant, OH. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Margaret (Murray) Ritchea. Ruth retired from the plate ...

ROSE MARIE ZIEMBA

Rose Marie Ziemba, 96, of St. Clairsville, died Sunday. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church by going to TMCFunding.com at www.carechapel.com.

VERNON DECKER

Vernon Decker, 82, of Hannibal, OH, passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at his home. He was born July 21, 1937 in Beallsville, OH, the son of the late Mansel and Jeanette Smith Decker. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard and reserves from 1960-1968, a retired furnace operator in ...

LAURETTA WILLIAMS

Lauretta Schulze Williams, 91, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on December 6, 2019. In accordance with Lauretta’s wishes, there will be a visitation on Thursday, December 12, from 4-7 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling. A Mass of ...

THOMAS WASSUM

Thomas “Tommy” Wassum, 51, of Benwood, died Saturday. Visitation Monday 4-8 p.m.; funeral Tuesday 1 p.m., Grisell Funeral Home, Moundsville.

LUKE YATES

Luke Owen Yates, 30, of Benwood, WV, passed away at his residence. Arrangements pending at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel.

DORIS CECIL

Doris Jean Cecil, age 83, of New Martinsville, WV passed away Friday, December 6, 2019. Visitation Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. and on Wednesday from noon until time of service at 1 p.m. at the Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville. Interment in Mount Hope ...

JOHN HEPBURN

John E. Hepburn, 79, resident of Wheeling, WV, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at home surrounded by his family, friends and his faithful companion, Thor. Arrangements are pending at Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003. (304-277-2722).

GENEVIEVE ARMSTRONG

Genevieve Armstrong, 101, of Barnesville died Saturday. Visitation, 4-8 p.m. Tuesday,Campbell Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home, Barnesville; service, 11 a.m. Wednesday.

LAURETTA WILLIAMS

Lauretta Schulze Williams, 91, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on December 6, 2019. She was born on February 25, 1928 in Sutton, WV, the daughter of Eva Louise and Charles Otto Schulze, who predeceased her in 1985 and 1955 respectively. In addition to her parents, ...

MYRA FITZSIMMONS

Myra Lynn Fitzsimmons, 62, formerly of Bethlehem died Thursday, December 5, 2019. No services. Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 1 Ridgecrest Road, Bethlehem/ Wheeling.

MARK CUSTER

Mark Edward Custer, 56, of Dillionvale, OH passed away on December 2, 2019 at work. Schuetz Funeral Home is assisting the family.

CHARLES TAMBURIN Jr.

Charles William Tamburin Jr., 83 of Wheeling passed away Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Wheeling Hospital. He was born June 27, 1936 in Wheeling, WV, the son of the late Charles William and Ethel Mae Newell Tamburin Sr. Charles was a retired maintenance worker for Wheeling Beauty College, ...

WILLIAM “BILL” DILLON

William J. “Bill” Dillon, 75, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 6, 2019, surrounded by his family. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Pittsburgh’s IBEW Local 5. Bill was an avid fisherman and sports fan. He loved his alma mater, Washington High, the ...

ROBERT SMITH

Robert Augustus Smith Jr., 68, began his homecoming journey on November 28, 2019. Robert, “Bob” as known by his loved ones, was born in Wheeling, WV on January 27, 1951 to Robert Augustus Smith Sr. and Sally Naomi Davis Smith (Jackson). Robert Sr. was a steelworker at ...

MARIANNE FORTUNA

Marianne Fortuna, 85, passed away on December 5, 2019. A memorial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Wilson Funeral Home, Bridgeport.

DORIS CECIL

Doris Jean Cecil, 83, of New Martinsville, WV passed away Friday, December 6, 2019 at Genesis Health Care, New Martinsville. She was born July 20, 1936 in Tyler County, WV the daughter of the late Thurman and Christena Fankhouser Manion. Doris was a former housekeeper for Iams Funeral ...