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CARL A. STABILE, 83, of Martins Ferry, OH  passed away Saturday, February 11th, 2017 while in the company of family members.
Carl was born in Martins Ferry on July 17, 1933 he was the son of the late Carl A. Stabile and Mary (Falcone) Stabile Brown.
Carl was a former Independent Insurance Agent and Assistant State Manager for Kemper Insurance for the State of Ohio
He was a lifelong honorary member and captain of the Martins Ferry Fire Department serving the Alert Engine Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and member of the American Legion Post 38. He belonged to the Martins Ferry Elks and one of the five members of the MF Jaycees who founded the SPARKY trophy.  He initiated the construction for the Hillendale Ball Field which is now named in his honor.  He started the Elks Junior League bowling and was an avid fisherman, golfer and bowler.  He had a passion for Piedmont Lake, his cabin and anonymously helping people in the community. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Brown and a sister, Betty Brown Taylor.
In addition to his wife, Barbara June (Kirkpatrick) Stabile, he is survived by two daughters, Rhonda Sue (Nick) Bernardo, Joyce Ann Stewart (David Snyder); two granddaughters, Jamie Lyn Stewart, Gina Nicole Bernardo, all of Martins Ferry; sister, Caroline Chehula, Cleveland, OH; brother-in-law, Jeff (Cheri) Kirkpatrick, Rome, GA; several nieces and nephews. 
Proclamation from the city was read at 7 p.m. followed by the Martins Ferry Fireman at 7:15, Ohio River Valley #231 Elks Lodge at 7:30.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tina Siroki officiating. 
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry. 
Military honors were given Wednesday prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 585, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.




    RUTH GAYLE SPEIDEL, age 91, of Selby Apt., Martins Ferry, OH , died Monday, February 13th, 2017.
    Ruth was born in Beaver, PA on January 19, 1926,  the daughter of the late George Albert and Sadie (McCullough) Miller.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank B. Speidel, Jr. and a brother, James L. Miller.
    She is survived by a nephew, Allen Z. Miller and his wife, Patricia E. Winterhalter of Williamsburg, VA.
    A memorial service was held at the funeral home on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
    Interment  followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, Cor. of 4th and Hanover Sts, Martins Ferry, OH  43935.



ALFRED  K.  SWEARINGEN, "BUNNY"  84, of Martins Ferry, OH , passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at his residence. 
He was born in Martins Ferry, OH on June 7, 1932, a son of the late Alfred Kenneth "Greek" and Mary Ellen (Hoffman) Swearingen.
He was a retired employee at Ohio Power Brilliant, OH. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry.
Bunny's greatest joy was spending time with his family especially on holidays and Sunday watching football. His grandchildren were the light of his life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara A. (Beltz) Swearingen, whom he married June 20, 1953; sister, Dorothy Dugan; brother, Edgar Swearingen and nephew, Edgar Swearingen, Jr.
He is survived by  daughter, Kathy A. (Dr. Richard) Look, Redding, CA; son, Mark A. Swearingen, Martins Ferry, OH; son, A. David (Peggy) Swearingen, Wheeling, WV; daughter, Terri A. (Michael) Murray, Wheeling, WV; grandson, David Look; granddaughter, Kris (Mike) Cummins; granddaughter, Lauren (Matt) Herbster; granddaughter, Amanda (fiance, Eric Maxim) Murray; grandson, Adam Murray; three great-granddaughters, Ashlie and Emilie Cummins; Claire Herbster; numerous nieces and nephews; three, sisters-in-law, Pat Swearingen; Karen Beltz; Mary Kay Emmerth; life long friends, Donnie and Millie Reese.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with celebrant, Rev. Tom Marut officiating. 
Interment followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, WV. 
Wake service was held at the funeral home Friday at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's School or Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH  43935.


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DOLORES JEAN DEFEDE, 88, of Yorkville, OH, passed away Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 while in the company of family members.
She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on July 29, 1928, the daughter of the late Albert and Josephine (Brehm) Dorsey.
Dolores was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Samuel Lewis DeFede she was preceded in death by  six brothers, Arthur, Raymond, Laurence, William, Elmer and Harry and a granddaughter, Samantha Leskovic.
She is survived by  two sons, Mark S. DeFede, Butler, PA; Chad C. DeFede and his companion, Regina, St. Clairsville, OH; daughter, Dana J. (Neal) Leskovic, Butler, PA; sister, Joan M. Dorsey, Tiltonsville, OH; daughter, Susan E. DeFede, Yorkville, OH; three granddaughters, Christine L. DeFede, Yorkville, OH; Alison A. DeFede, Pittsburgh, PA and Elyse M. Leskovic, Butler, PA. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Monday March 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant.
Interment followed at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Blaine, OH.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.


DOROTHY JUDAWN JEFFERS, 92, of Bridgeport, Ohio , passed away Saturday, April 1st, 2017.
She was born in Roxboro, NC on April 18, 1924, a daughter of the late Percy and Pearl (Bumpus) Womack.
She was a member of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple of Wheeling, WV.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Curtis Jeffers;  four sisters, Annie Ester Connally, Lillie
 Williams, Gladys Black and Nannie McGhee.
She is survived by  four daughters, Daisy (Andrew) Jones, Semora, NC; Dorothy (Charles) Williams, Bridgeport, OH; Percilla
(Richard) Speights, Bridgeport, OH; Lillie (Eugene) Gummer, Bridgeport, OH; two sons, Joseph (Gerri) Womack, Rockymount, NC;
 Curtis (Belinda) Jeffers, FL; six sisters, Daisy Pearson; Pearl Irvin; Estella Myers; Lola Garland; Carolyn Brandon and Gracie Farmer
; three brothers, Percy Womack Jr.; Leroy Connally and Almacoy Womack. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, and eight
great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held at the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple, 330 N. Main Street, Wheeling, WV  26003. at 11 a.m. on Saturday,April 8th,  2017 with District Elder D. W. Cummings officiating. 
Interment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church.


February 11, 2017 thru February 8, 2018
ETHEL M. GIVENS, age 74, of Arkansas and formerly of Mount Vernon, OH,  passed away Friday, April 14th, 2017.
She was born in Flushing, OH on July 22, 1942, a daughter of the late Bernard and Wilomena (Sommer) Roberts.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Wayne Givens she was preceded in death by a grandson.
She is survived by son, Richard (Teresa) Givens, Pontiac, MI; daughter, Linda (Terry) Grospitch, Berea, OH; daughter, Cynthia (Jimmy) Rutherford, Marmaduke, AR; daughter, Sheila (John) Davis, McMechen, WV and a sister, Sara Damron, Marietta, OH. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. 
Graveside service was held at Rock Hill Cemetery, 64840 Patterson Hill Road, Bellaire, OH on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mitch Johnston officiating.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to assist the family with arrangements. 
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LORETTA FRANCIS PATTERSON, age 60, of Laslo Apts, Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at her residence.
She was born in Wheeling, WV on September 3, 1956, a daughter of the late  Marian Ann (Criss) Ennis and Tony Perricellia who survives her of FL.
In addition to her father, she is survived by daughter, Kaquitta E. (Herbert) Carter, Willowwick, OH; sister, Beth Nolte, Martins Ferry, OH. She is also survived by six grandchildren.
Private service was held at the convenience of the family.



BETTY JEAN HAMM,92, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH  died Wednesday, April 5th, 2017.
She was born in Martins Ferry on September 9, 1924, the daughter of the late Michael W. and Anna Augusta (Hicks) Letzelter.
She was a retired Human Resource Manager at Swisher International of Wheeling, WV. She was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry; former member of the Personnel Club of the Upper Ohio Valley, a member of the Swisher International Quarter Century Club and a former member of the Ivy Twig of EORH.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas F. Hamm, Sr.; three brothers, Col. Cyril J., Michael B. and Richard T. Letzelter
She is survived by one son, Rev. Thomas F. Hamm, Jr., Gallipolis, OH. nephew, Cyril J. Letzelter, Fort Collins, Co.; four nieces Mary E. Grady, Mattoon, Il.; Lucille A. Smith, Glover, VT; Gretchen Corban and Laura Lee Letzelter, both of Reynoldsburg, OH; cousin, Barbara A. Kulpa, Wheeling, WV.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 with Rev. Tom Hamm and Rev. Tom Marut, Concelebrating. 
Mausoleum Entombment  followed in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, WV. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Central School, 24 N. 4th Street Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.



DOROTHY LEE KOONCE, "DOT" 96, formerly of Shadyside, OH passed away Saturday, May 27th, 2017. 
She was born in Bellaire, OH on January 10, 1921, daughter of the late Chalmer and Edna (Gatten) Hendershot.
She was a retired Nurse's Aide at EORH Martins Ferry, OH. She was a member of St. Joe Church of Christ, Bellaire, OH.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, David Lee; three sisters, Leona, Mabel and Olive: brother, Charles.
She is survived by her husband, David Lee Koonce; daughter, Debbie J. (Norman) Dennis, Bellaire, OH; sister, Mary Bass, St. Clairsville, OH; grandson, Jason Dennis, Wellington, OH; granddaughter,  Heather Bruce, Jacobsburg, OH; three great-grandsons, Kolin, Kaiden and Mason; great-granddaughter,  Alivia. 
Private services were held.




FLORAJEAN MARIE (BLUM) SOULT,  88, of Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 while in the company of family members. 
She was born in Wheeling, WV on January 15, 1929, the daughter of the late Herman Carl and Anna Julia (Wodarczyk) Blum.
Florajean was a retired Librarian at Ohio University Eastern, where she worked for 32 years. She was a long time member of Saint John's Lutheran Church, Martins Ferry. She was an avid camper, cruiser, bridge player, quilter, a member of the Big Band 200 Dance Club, and a 1947 graduate of Martins Ferry High School.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Blum and a sister, Betty Spence.
She is survived by her husband, John E. Soult; three daughters, Su Saunders, Harpers Ferry, WV; Salli Nelson, Columbus, OH; Barb Soult, of the home; sister, Lois Baker, Martins Ferry; granddaughter, Ame Dietz, Martins Ferry; grandson, K. Robert Nelson, Florida; granddaughter, Anna (Tommy) Anglin, Florida; four great-grandchildren, Leian Riggs, Tara Dietz, Isaiah Dietz, all of Martins Ferry and John David Nelson of Florida.
Services were held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 40 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry  at 11 a.m., with Rev. David Damarest and Father John Brandenburg officiating.
Interment  followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church.

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JOHN  B.  WILLIAMS, JR, "JOHNNY" 55, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH passed away Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at his residence in Zanesville, OH. 
Johnny was born in Martins Ferry on March 13, 1962, the son of the late John B. and Sally L (Joseph) Williams.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce W. Lodge.
He is survived by five sisters, Ruthann (Mark) Sanfort, St. Peters, MO; Kathy J. (Vincent) Keller and Becky Johnson, both of Martins Ferry; Carolyn (James) Redinger, Columbus, OH; Madalyn (Abner) Jacobs, Gretna,  VA; numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 1, 2017  at 4 p.m.
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 DAVID LEE KOONCE, 87, formerly of Jacobsburg, OH, passed away Wednesday, July 5th, 2017, in the company of family members.
He was born in Dover, OH on March 11, 1930, a son of the late John and Emma (Berger) Koonce.
He was employed by the former John Wensel Meat Packing Co. of Wheeling, WV.; a member of St. Joe, Church of Christ Bellaire, OH; Lifetime member of the D.A.V of Bellaire, OH.; member of the American Legion and the former Eagles Lodge both of Martins Ferry; past member of the Neffs Fire Department. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Dorothy Lee (Hendershot) Koonce who passed away May 27, 2017, he was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Koonce; one brother Donald Koonce; and three sisters, Marjorie Givens, Mary Jane Rankin and Doris Weisie.
He is survived by  daughter, Debbie J. (Norman) Dennis, Bellaire, OH; grandson, Jason Dennis, Wellington, OH; granddaughter, Heather Bruce, Jacobsburg, OH; three great-grandsons, Kolin, Kaiden and Mason; great granddaughter, Alivia. 
Services are private at the convenience of family. 
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 IDA  ADELE  JOHNSON, 89, of Martins Ferry, OH , died Monday, June 26th, 2017. 
Adele was born in Martins Ferry, OH on December 12, 1927, the daughter of the late Thomas and Audry (Tiderick) Burdess.
She was a bookkeeper at the former LaBelle Box Factory; a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Ivy Twig all of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Johnson.
She is survived by  son, Gerald T. Johnson, Martins Ferry, OH; daughter, Karen J. McCoy, Columbus, OH; son, Keith R. (Deborah) Johnson, Charles Town, WV; grandson, Jon M. (Victoria) McCoy, Pickerington, OH; granddaughter, Brianna (Jack) Whicherly, Indianapolis, IN; granddaughter, Kassandra L.  Johnson, Streetsboro, OH; grandson, Brandon K. Johnson, Charles Town, WV; grandson, Nathan R. Johnson, Charles Town, WV; grandson, Andrew A. Johnson, Charles Town,, WV; great grandson, Connor J. Whicherly, Indianapolis IN; great granddaughter, Kayla McCoy, Pickerington, OH; great grandson, Cameron M. McCoy, Pickerington, OH.  
Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street, Martins Ferry where friends will be received Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The deacons of the church will hold a bereavement service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Stammerjohn officiating.
Interment at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Cor. 4th and Walnut Martins Ferry, OH  43935.
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JOSEPH STEWART DUNBAR, 78, of Martins Ferry, Ohio died Friday, August 4, 2017 at his home surrounded by family
He was born on March 11, 1939 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the eldest son of Joseph and Helen (McKee) Dunbar. Upon graduation from Martins Ferry High School Joseph enlisted and became a decorated member of the United States Marine Corps. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines, Joseph studied and received his degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and subsequently his master's degree from American University. After graduation Joseph returned to Martins Ferry and became an active member of the business and civic community as the Director of the Neighborhood Development Corporation and served on Martins Ferry City Council. Joseph left public service and founded and successfully operated the Joseph S. Dunbar Real Estate Broker firm for over 30years until his retirement. He also served as the President of the Belmont County Board of Realtors and as an appraiser for Belmont County. Joseph was a life-long member in the First Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry including as an elder of Session.
He was survived by his loving wife, Susan A. Tolbert; daughter, JoAnna S. McWilliams (James); grandchildren Madeline Grace and Andrew James McWilliams of Powell, Ohio.
Funeral service was held on August 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in MartinsFerry at 400 Walnut Street with Rev. David Stammerjohn officiating. Burial follows in St. Mary's Cemetery Martins Ferry.
Belmont Co. Veterans Association gave military honors at the cemetery
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DONALD N.  REESE,  84, lifetime residence of Martins Ferry, OH died Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, OH., surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Martins Ferry on September 24, 1932, to the late Thomas and Clara (Stanton) Reese.
He was a retired employee at Ohio Valley Dairy and the Citizens Bank of Martins Ferry. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church; the former VFW Post 3613 and the Improved Order of Redmen, all of Martins Ferry. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. In his retirement he earned an associate degree at Belmont Technical College.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Reese and a sister, Mary Eleanor Eoff.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mildred (DeFede) Reese; daughter, Melinda R. (James) Heitker, Westerville, OH; son, Donald J. (Janie) Reese, Granger, IN. He was the proud grandfather of Kathleen G. (John) Sheridan; Sarah M. (John) Matthews;  Joseph R. Heitker; Thomas J. Heitker, M.D.; Alexandria (Benjamin) Calacci; Samantha V. Reese; and great-grandfather to Madeline R. Sheridan; John P. Sheridan, III; Molly R. Matthews; Michael W. Matthews;  Mitchell J. Matthews. 
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017, with Rev. Tom Marut, celebrant. Interment  followed at Riverview Cemetery Martins Ferry.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.
Belmont Co. Veterans Association gave military honors at the cemetery.
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HELEN ELIZABETH FEKETE,  95, of  Colerain Pike, Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Friday, August 25th, 2017 at her home surrounded by family. 
She was born in Bellaire, OH on September 3, 1921, a daughter of the late Joseph Hutch and Bertha M. (Yahn) Behres.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John; two sisters, Eleanore Bugaj and Jean Ann Gilbert; two brothers, Joseph and William Behres.
She is survived by son, David Fekete, Columbus, OH; daughter, Paula J. (Greg) Stonerock, Gahanna, OH; daughter, Linda S Sommer, Martins Ferry, OH; son, Steve (Beverly) Fekete, Columbus, OH; daughter, Sharon M. (Charles) Lucas, Martins Ferry, OH; sister, Dorothy M. Gilbert, Lancaster, OH; grandson, Christopher J. Sommer, Martins Ferry, OH; granddaughter, Jamie L. Sommer, Columbus, OH; granddaughter, Brianne E. (Dale) Mussard, Zanesville, OH; granddaughter, Chelsea M. (Erik) Mullins, Cleveland, OH; granddaughter, Maggie L. Fekete, Marysville,OH; grandson, Michael S. (Fredrika) Fekete, Hilton Head, SC; grandson, Tyler S. Smith, Columbus, OH; grandson, Cody B. (Alex) Stonerock, Brooklyn, NY.
 Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, OH. at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 with Rev. Tom Marut, celebrant. Mausoleum entombment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry. 
Wake service was held at the funeral home Tuesday at 7:30.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.
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JOHN LOUIS RAY, 78, of Jeanette Ave., Martins Ferry, OH passed away Monday, August 28th, 2017.
John was born in Martins Ferry, OH on March 6, 1939, a son of the late Douglas and Mary Louise Ray.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, John and Timonthy.
He is survived by his wife, Betty  Lee (Bowie) Ray; four sons, Leon, Stefon, Shaun and Fred Ray; three daughters, Eyvonne, Michele and Dawette; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother and sisters.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 12 Noon.
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SHIRLEY LEE PABOUCEK,  81, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH, died Thursday, September 14th, 2017.
She was born in Bellaire, OH on October 8, 1935, the daughter of the late Ora Frank and Awilda (Lovejoy) McGuire.
She was a retired  Grade School Principal at West Bellaire School Bellaire, OH. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. and a sister, Leora Ann Rydosz.
She is survived by  daughter, Darla (Richard) Kolb, Martins Ferry; son, James L. (Marcella) Paboucek, Overland Park, KA; granddaughter, Jessica (Jason) Kovacs, Martins Ferry; granddaughter, Kara Paboucek, Overland Park, KA; grandson, Robby (Misty) Kolb, Standdardsville, VI; grandson, Bryce Paboucek, Overland Park, KA; great grandson, Devon Kovacs, Martins Ferry; Great-Granddaughter, Adelyn Kovacs, Martins Ferry; Great-Granddaughter,  Leigha Kolb, Standdardsville, VI; great-grandson, Benton Kolb, Standdardsville, VI. 
 Funeral service will be held at the funeral home Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church 7 N. 4th Street Martins Ferry, OH  43935 or Parkinsons Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
The Elders of Grace Church will hold Bereavement Service Sunday at 7 p.m. 
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NICHOLAS  DANUAL  JONES, "NICK", 49, of Mt Pleasant Pike, Martins Ferry, OH, died Thursday, September 14th, 2017. 
Nick was born in Denver, CO on December 6, 1967, a son of the late Terry and Frances (Trapanni) Augenstein who survives him of Martins Ferry, OH.
He worked as a painter for the International Painters Union. 
In addition to his mother, he is survived by  two daughters, Jessica L. Jones and Shelby N. Jones, both of Martins Ferry; two brothers, Kristopher Augunstein and Jack Jones; two sisters, Maria Woods and Mona Mangino. He is also survived by five grandchildren. 
Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.
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Elsie Edna Woods, 91, of Bridgeport, OH, passed away on Sunday, September 24th, 2017. 
She was born on March 3, 1926, at home in Pease Twp, Belmont Co., the daughter of the late Clarence and Ethel (Sutton) Woods.
Elsie was a retired employee of the former Marx Toy Factory.
As per her request there will be no visitation. Interment will be held in Week's Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Elsie's name to the charity of your choice.
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 BEVERLY ANN BARKER, 64, of St. Clairsville, OH , passed away Saturday, September 30th, 2017.
Beverly was born in Wheeling, WV on May 17, 1953, a daughter of the late John Maximilian and Clara Anna (Zeyer) Biscan.
She was a former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Progressive Bank Wheeling, WV.
Beverly was a devout Catholic by faith who read scripture daily. She enjoyed listening to music and spending time outdoors.
She had an optimistic outlook on life. She was extremely generous and provided help to anyone with open-arms.  Beverly touched many lives with her guidance and warm-hearted spirit.
She is survived by her beloved sister, Janice Biscan-Banks; niece and goddaughter, Beverly Cathleen Banks, both of Wheeling; Joseph H. Barker, III, St. Clairsville, OH. 
Friends are invited to the celebration of Beverly's life on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 11 am with Funeral Liturgy with Mass at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 690 Mount Olivet Road, Wheeling, with Rev. Fr. Douglas A. Ondeck as the celebrant.
Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheeling, WV. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Peace Parish.
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BETTY I. (''PINKY'') WAIDE, 68, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away peacefully while in the company of family members on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017. 
Pinky was born in Martins Ferry, OH on May 20, 1949, the daughter of the late Raymond Boyd and Betty Lee (Phillips) Rutan.
She was a member of the Martins Ferry American Legion Post # 38, Women's Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Don; infant sister, Darlene.
She is survived by  son, Johnny Ray Rutan; two daughters, Melissa  Ann (Brent) Waide-Craft, Martins Ferry and Kimberley Sue (Darren) Emfield, Rayland, OH; brother, Terry Rutan, Martins Ferry; friend, Gordon Waide, Martins Ferry; six grandchildren, Johnny, Kasey, Chris; Merritt, Allison and Andrew. several niece's and nephew and three  great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street, Martins Ferry where friends will be received Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday October 25. 2017 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 with Rev. Tina Siroki officiating. Interment at Riverview  Cemetery, Martins Ferry at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Liza's Place 308 Mt. St. Joseph's Road Wheeling, WV  26003 or donor's choice.
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RICHARD LEE LAUGHMAN, JR,  34, of Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Monday, October 16, 2017.
Richard was born in Wheeling, WV on December 13, 1982, a son of the late Richard L. and Lillian (Bierie) Laughman who survives him of Martins Ferry, OH
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Joseph of Boston, MA.
Service at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH  43935
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LESLIE ARGYL DOUGLAS, "LES", 86, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Les was born in Martins Ferry, OH on February 18, 1931, the son of the late Jess and Helen (Ward) Douglas.
He was a retired teacher and guidance counselor at Martins Ferry High School.  Leslie was a former mayor and president of city council of Martins Ferry. He also initiated the Hall Of Honor of M. F. Les was a member of  the Ohio River Valley Elks Lodge, Past Exalted Rulers Association, American Legion, Ohio City Lodge #486, Honorary member of the Vigilant Fire Dept., Rotary Club all of Martins Ferry. He was also a member of the former V.F.W. and the Redman’s Lodge.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
 In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Florence Richards.
He is survived by his wife, Betty  (Briggs) Douglas; three sons, Charles I. (Laura) Douglas and  Richard L.  Douglas both of Martins Ferry, James W. (Gena) Douglas, Georgetown,KY; daughter, Kathryn L. (Alvin) Reed, Bridgeport, OH. He is also survived by six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 1 p.m. with Rev. James A. Monogioudis officiating.
The M. F. Fire Department will hold services Wednesday at 6:30 followed by the Elks at 7 p.m.
The Belmont Co. Veterans Association will give military honors at Holly Memorial Gardens.
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 JEAN POLLOCK,  92, of Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at her home.
Jean was born in Bridgeport, OH on March 14, 1925, daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Battocletti) Rizzi.
 She was the owner of the former Ernie's Rosemont. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry.
 In addition to her parents and her husband, Ernest J. Pollock she was preceded in death by an infant son, Jimmy; three brothers, Arthur, Frank and Victor: two sisters, Adeline Souillard and Elda Barcalow.
She is survived by  son, Ernest J. (Robin) Pollock, Jr., Martins Ferry; daughter, Pamela J. (Dave) Mroczkowski, Hilton Head, SC; son, Michael A. (Jeff) Pollock, Phoenix, AZ; son, Thomas E. (Mark) Pollock, Wilton Manor, FL; daughter, Mary T. (Jeff) Doty, Baytown, TX; seven grandchildren, Jeanie, Lisa, Jason,; Ashley, Dana, Jeffrey and; Bryan; three great grandchildren, Trevor, Hunter and Brooklyn; sister-In-law, Theresa Remhof, Martins Ferry, OH.
Friends are invited to visitation at St. Mary's Church Friday, December 1, 2017 from 11 a.m. until time of a Funeral Liturgy with Mass at Noon with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant.
Interment will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Blaine, OH. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.
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CHARLES DONALD BISHOP,  81, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017,  at  his residence.
He was born in Martins Ferry on April 27, 1936, the son of the late Donald  Charles and Roberta (Atkinson) Bishop.
He was a retired sales representative at Plenums Inc. and owner of the former Bayside Air Conditioning both of Florida and secretary of the former Stanton Heater of Martins Ferry.
He was a member and a trustee of the First United Methodist Church of Martins Ferry; member of Ohio City Lodge #486, Scottish Rite of Steubenville; Board of Directors of Martins Ferry High School Alumni Association.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter on February 16, 1966.
In addition to his wife, Sharon Gay Atwood Bishop, he is survived by two sons, Charles L. Bishop, Largo, FL; Christopher A. (Tina) Bishop, Muncie, IN; two grandsons, Tyler L. Bishop and Nathan A. Bishop both of Muncie, IN; sister, Barbara A. (Darrell) Driver, Columbus, OH. 
A Masonic funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 585, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 or Valley Hospice, 10686 St. Rt. 150, Rayland, OH 43943.
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MIKE EUGENE JACOB,77, of  Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.
Mike was born in Martins Ferry, on July 12, 1940, the son of the late Mike and Mary (Szabo)Jacob.
He was a retired owner of Jacob & Sons Quality Meats for 52 Years; a member of Saint John's Lutheran Church where he was active in the Lutheran Brotherhood both of Martins Ferry. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of American Legion Post #38.
Mike was a long time supporter of Martins Ferry Athletics.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Bodnar and Marsha Simon.
His is survived  by his wife, Constance V. (McKean) Jacob;  five sons, Michael B. (Wendy) Jacob, St. Clairsville, OH; Timothy P. (Amy) Jacob, Martins Ferry, OH; Lance J. (Nikki) Jacob, St. Clairsville, OH; Richard N. Duncan, Rome, GA; James J. (Susan) Duncan, Lenoir, NC; Karen Duncan, Oswego, IL; sister,  Anna (Frank) Noble; two brother-in-laws, William McKean and J. Bruce (Freda) McKean. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Jessica, Julie, Michael, T.J., Amanda, Niko, Leila, Lochlyn, Molly, Jacob, J.R., Billy, Elizabeth, and Emily. 
Funeral service was held Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church with Father John Brandenburg, officiating.
Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
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ROBERT DALE WACKER, SR, 73, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018. 
Bob was born in Wheeling, WV on June 6, 1944, a son of the late Harry William and Myrtle Emma (Wills) Wacker.
He was a retired pipe designer for the former Bayer Corp. of New Martinsville, WV. 
He was a member of First United Methodist Church; Honorary member of the Ladder Co and former captain of the M. F. Emergency Squad; former Martins Ferry Council member.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Bruce Wacker
In addition to his wife, Marjorie Ruth (Russell) Wacker, he is survived by a son, Robert Dale (Susan Church) Wacker, Yorkville, OH; sister, Tisha (Matt) Schunn;  sister-in-law, Nancy Russell, all of Martins Ferry; nieces, nephews, 
On Wednesday, January 10, 2018 the Martins Ferry Fire Department held services at 7, followed by a memorial service at 7:15 p.m. with Pastor Tina Siroki officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 St. Rt. 150, Rayland, OH 43943 or United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 585, Martins Ferry, OH  43935.
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ANTHONY "TONY" BERNARDO, 98, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Monday, January 8, 2018. 
Tony was born in Chester, WV on February 24, 1919, the son of the late Nicodemus and Anna (Bumbico) Bernardi.
He was a retired construction worker / cement finisher.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Martins Ferry; Ohio City Lodge #486, Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar, Osiris Temple, Arab Patrol, Belmont- Monroe Shrine Club, Legion of Honor, and Northern Panhandle Shrine Club. He served in the U.S. Navy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah L. "Sally" (Gemas) Bernardo; an infant son, Arthur Anthony; four brothers, Lonny, Frank, Louie, and Marion; and a sister, Minnie Marchio.
He is survived by  daughter, Carolyn A. (James) Van Dyne, Englewood, OH; son, Richard I. (Carol) Bernardo, Fairfield, OH; four grandchildren, Carla Van Dyne; Jared (Shirley) Bernardo; Ryan Bernardo; Erin (Jason) Stoner; five great-grandchildren, Jackson Stoner; Alexis Stoner; Tyler Stoner; Leo Bernardo;  Alex T. Smith.
Services are private at the convenience of family. 
Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
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MARGARET MAE LAASE, 89, formerly of Stockport, OH, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018.
She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on May 21, 1928,she was the daughter of the late Joseph F. and Margaret V. (Ronyetz) Stupak.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George and two brothers, Jeffrey and Jerry Stupak.
She is survived by  son, George W. (Angie) Laase, Jr., Martins Ferry, OH; daughter, Lauren M. (Doug) Kitchen, Amelia, OH; sister, Louise M. (William) Phalen, Martins Ferry; two brothers,  Joseph A. (Lucy) Stupak, KY and Theodore J. (Nettie) Stupak, Shadyside, OH. She is also survived by six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. 
Funeral service was held at the funeral home, Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Stammerjohn officiating.
Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery Martins Ferry.
The family would like to thank Forest  Hills Nursing Home and Staff and also Dr. Mario Mejia. 
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FRANCES ROSE WILSON, 91, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling, WV after a long illness. 
Frances was born in Martins Ferry, OH on September 9, 1926.  She was the daughter of the late Luigi and Santa (Tarantina) Riccelli.
She was a graduate of Wheeling Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for many years before retiring to care for her family. She always welcomed family and friends into her home and was generous with her time and service.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, Catholic Daughters and St. Mary's Funeral Committee.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers: Tom, Joe, Frank, Louis, Jim and George; two sisters, Mary Stover and  Della Gdula.  
In addition to her husband of 59 years, James B. Wilson, Sr., she is survived by daughter, Beth (Scott) Schwab, Richmond, VA; son, James B. (Marie) Wilson, Jr., Fairfield, OH; daughter, Jill (Dale) Hampshire, Hilliard, OH; grandsons Zachary Schwab and Aaron and Luke Hampshire; granddaughters Camryn Schwab and Lindsay and Sydney Wilson; and granddog, Buckeye; special niece, A. J. (Mark) Davison, Martins Ferry, OH, and brother, Dominic Riccelli, Warren, OH. ; numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018 with Rev. Tom Marut as celebrant.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Nursing Home, 159 Edgington Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003.
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ZENDA LEE SHAW, 62, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, on May 11, 1955,  she was the daughter of the late Barret Raymond and Edith (Bennet) Bitzer. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; two brothers, Barret Bitzer, Jr. and Kenneth Trouten; step-mother, Helen Bitzer.
She is survived by a daughter, Christy Jo Thomas, Martins Ferry; two sons, Robert LeeRoy Thomas, Martins Ferry and John Alan (Lori) Shaw, Palmer, AK; brother, Thomas Lydick; two sisters, Toni Ratcliffe and Sherry Day; companion, Charles Riggle. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the funeral Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 4 until the time of service at 7 p.m.with Rev. David Stammerjohn officiating.
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AUDREY MARIE ZAVATSKY, 81, of St. Clairsville, and formerly of Barton, OH passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
She was born in Maynard, OH on February 7, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary (Dunda) Hrabak
She was a retired teachers aid and librarian at St. Clairsville City Schools.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Hrabak.
In addition to her husband, Andrew, Jr. of 61 years she is survived by daughter, Karen M. (Greg) Dugan, St. Clairsville; son, Gary A. (Paige) Zavatsky, Martins Ferry, OH; sister, Geneva Higgenbotham, Sherrodsville, OH. grandson, Clinton (Amber) Dugan, Atlanta, GA; two granddaughters, Taylre Dugan, Atlanta, GA and Matteson Zavatsky, of Martins Ferry.
Audrey also left behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family who she loved dearly.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street, Martins Ferry where friends will be received Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 3 to 8 p.m.  Requiem Prayer Service will be held at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 St. Rt. 150 Rayland, OH 43943 or Belmont or Marshall Co. Animal Shelter.
Friends are invited to a memorial dinner which will be held at the Barton Fire Department Social Hall SUNDAY at 1 p.m.
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DONALD HOWARD WEIGAND, 90, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
Don was born in Wheeling, WV on November 11, 1927,  he was the son of the late Alfred John and Albertha Dora (Finck) Weigand.
He was a retired welder for the City of Martins Ferry and a former coal miner for Valley Camp Coal. He was a member of Ohio City Lodge #486, Scottish Rite, American Legion of Martins Ferry and VFW of Elm Grove. He served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette (Semple) Weigand; two brothers, Alfred and Edwin; sister, Ruth E. Dawson.
He is survived by son, John A.  (Sue) Weigand; grandson, Ian E. Weigand,; granddaughter, Nicole D. (David) Dawson,  all of Martins Ferry; numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tom Marut officiating.
Belmont Veterans Association gave military honors prior to the service at 10:45 a.m.
Interment  followed in Riverview Cemetery Martins Ferry.
Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Heroes, 256 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, WV 26041.
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SARA MAXINE ZEYER, "SALLY",  95, of Pleasant Grove, OH, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
She was born in Barton, OH on March 7, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Joseph George and Sadie Frances (Newman) Barton-Munn.
She was a member of P.G.U.M.C.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph William Zeyer; brother, Ernest Glenn Munn; sister, Lois Shriver; granddaughter, Susan Andrea White.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet Sue Schrickel, Adena, OH; son, Ralph Glenn (Joan R.) Zeyer, Adena, OH; son, William Allen (Sharon) Zeyer, Boardman, OH; Douglas Dean (Joyce) Zeyer, Pickerington, OH; sister, Jeanne Pyle, Pleasant Grove, OH. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren two great-great-grandchildren
Funeral service was held on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Henry Mooney officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 164, Colerain, OH 43916.
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JOAN MARIE BREMER,  82, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Friday, January 19th, 2018 in Cameron, WV. 
She was born  on November 4, 1935,  she was the daughter of the late Wilbert and Marie  (Schwanberger) Bremer.
Private graveside service was held at Riverview  Cemetery, Martins Ferry , OH. 
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Barbara Lynn Harrison, 70, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018.
She was born in Martins Ferry, on June 18, 1947, she was the daughter of the late William Gwenn and Valdoris June (Ensley) Evans.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Addison and a brother, William Tommy Evans.
She is survived by  son, Gary D. Harrison, Wheeling, WV; two daughters, Amy L. (Tim) Timko, Colerain, OH; Alissa (Brent) Hutchings, Wheeling, WV; sister, Dianna K. Kulabonish, Martins Ferry; two granddaughters, Taylor Hutchings; Isabella Wilson; four grandsons, Brenden Vacheresse; Jacob and Alex  Timko; Ryan Hutchings; great-grandson, Graycen Newton. 
Memorial service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8 p.m. with Rev. William O. Webster officiating.
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