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TODD E. BROWN,  29, of  S. Zane Hwy., Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Monday, June 26, 2006 at his residence. 
He was born in Kettering, Ohio on December 10, 1976,  son of the late  Edward A. and Sandy L. (Walker) Brown who survives him of Martins Ferry, Ohio.
He was employed as a salesman at Keith Ballard Auto Dealer, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
In addition to his father Todd was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Anna Walker and his paternal grandparents, Edward and Rita Brown.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by  two brothers, Timothy C. (Laura) Brown, Lebanon, Ohio; Christopher T. (Tessa) Brown, Crowley, Texas.  
Memorial services were held at the funeral home Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Rod Kasler officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association,  P. O. Box 1130, Fairfax, Va. 22038-1130.

MOLLIE L. BRUBAKER,  71, formerly of Vine Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at Country Club Retirement Campus IV, Bellaire, Ohio. 
She was born in Martins Ferry on April 13, 1935, a daughter of the late Edward B. and Zelda M. (Elifitz) Martin.
Mollie was a retired employee of Wheeling-Jesuit University, Wheeling;  a member of the First Christian Church, a former deaconess and Sunday school teacher of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell;  son, Thomas Edward Brubaker;   two brothers, Edward L. and Robert J. Martin, Sr.
She is survived by one brother, Allen B. (Shirley) Martin, Elm Grove, W. Va. ;  sister, Burdie C. (Dave) Camden, Compton, Calif.;  sister-in-law, Jean  Martin, Martins Ferry, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews.  
 Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home Saturday, July 8, 2006 with Rod Kasler officiating.  Interment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Martins Ferry Christian Pre-School, 710 So. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.

ALBERT L. DOUGHTY,  80, of  N. Zane Hwy. Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Saturday, August 5, 2006 at his residence. 
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on June 22, 1926,  he was the son of the late Walter E. and Anne A. (Minger) Doughty.
He was a retired  contractor for the former Doughty Bros. Construction Co. of Martins Ferry.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma E. Phillips Doughty;  brother, Homer Doughty; two sisters, Wanetta "Sis" Bazar and Helen McFarland.
He is survived by  son, Albert L. Doughty, Jr., Martins Ferry; two daughters, Alberta Lee  Doughty, Martins Ferry and Madeline C. Wilkes, Chesterfield, S.C.; four brothers,  Robert, Casa Grande, Arizona, Roland and Edward, both of Martins Ferry, and Raymond, Yorkville, Ohio; sister, Catherine Zukowski, Martins Ferry. He is also survived by one grandaughter, and one great grandaughter. 
Services are private at the convenience of the family.


PETER F. MORANDO,  76, of Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Monday, August 14, 2006 at Wheeling  Hospital , Wheeling, WV.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on July 15, 1930, a son of the late Dominic and Mary E. (Diorio) Morando.
He was a retired Wholesale Driver/Salesman at Nickles Bakery and a part time employee of The Citizens Bank, both of Martins Ferry.  He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Past Commander, Past Finance Officer, and a 50 year member of the American Legion Post 38 and a member of the former V.F.W. , all of Martins Ferry, a member of the  BCTGM Local 19 .He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War and was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infand daughter, Patricia Jo;  infant sister, Patricia Ann Morando.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan J. (Sorge) Morando; two sons, Timothy (Charlene) Morando, Boca Raton, FL; Thomas (Tess) Morando, Wheeling, WV; daughter Terrie Ann (Harry) Wright, Martins Ferry, OH; Eight brothers, Rocco (Theresa) Morando, Bellefontaine, OH; Anthony Morando, Miami, FL.; Dominic (Edith) Morando, Jr., Yorkville, OH; Michael Morando, Atwater, CA; Geno Morando, Sandusky, OH; John Morando, New Martinsville, WV; Robert (Sandy) Morando, Fort Knox, KY; Richard (Barbara) Morando, Medina, OH; two sisters,  Judy Howells, Yorkville, OH; Evelyn Calmbacher, New Martinsville, WV; grandchildren, Erin (Drew) Capezzera, Jacksonville, FL; Angela Morando, Jacksonville, FL; Tyler and Travis Morando, Wheeling, WV; Amy and Allison Wright, Martins Ferry, OH. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at  St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 17,  2006 with Rev.  Thomas A. Magary officiating. 
Interment  followed at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio where military honors were given by the Belmont Co. Council of the V.F.W.

 THOMAS F. HAMM, SR.,  88, of  S. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died  Friday, August 11, 2006 at East Ohio Regional Hospital. 
He was born in Wheeling, WV on November 7, 1917,   the son of the late Edward L. and Anna R. (Barrett) Hamm.
He was a retired salesman at Genuine Parts Co. of WV,  formerly of Wheeling.  He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church; a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge # 2321;  Past Exalted Rulers Association and Past President of the Elks Bowling Association; member of the American Legion Post 38 all of Martins Ferry.  Tom also served in th U. S. Army "Air Force" during W.W. II.
 In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, William E., Robert L. and John B. "Jack" Hamm; and infant sister.
He is survived by his wife, Betty J. (Letzelter) Hamm; son, Rev. Thomas F. Hamm, Jr., Wintersville, Ohio; sister,  Catherine T. Uttermohlen, Montecello, Indiana;  brother in law, Richard T. Letzelter, Martins Ferry;  several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 14,  2006 with Rev. Thomas F. Hamm, Jr.,  the celebrant and  Rev. Thomas A. Magary  con-celebrating. Mausoleum entombment  followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.
Rosary devotions were held Sunday at 3 p.m. followed by Elks services at 7:30 and Vigil services at 8:30 p.m. 
Memorial contributions may be made to SMC 2000, 24 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.


THEODORE K. "TED"  GREY,  92, of Ferryview Road, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Monday, August 21, 2006 at East Ohio Regional Hospital. 
He was born in Ambridge, Pa. on April 29, 1914, a son of the late Gomer and Mamie (Rothermund) Grey
He retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Martins Ferry Plant. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry, where he was a lifetime Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, former Elder, Deacon and Trustee of the church. He served in the 243d U.S. Army Air Force Unit as a Staff Sergeant in WW II.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Muriel Andrews  and his second wife, Mary P. DePasquale;  son, Edward A. Grey;  brother, Charles J. Grey;  two sisters, Nancy Nord and Vera Mitchell.
He is survived by  daughter, Mary E. Grey, Wheeling;  sister, Betty Darrah, Cortland, N.Y.; granddaughter, Megan G.  Buckley and her husband, James, Martins Ferry;  grandson, Michael Groome, Wheeling;  great grandson, Aden G. Hubbard; great granddaughter, Brynn E. Buckley, both of Martins Ferry;  several nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services were held at Grace Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry, at 11 a.m.  on Friday, August 25, 2006 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,  7 N. 4th St., Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.

CONNIE  ROSCOE, age 55, of  Martins Ferry, Ohio , died  Friday, August 18th, 2006 at Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. 
Connie  was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on July 22, 1951,  she was the daughter of Helen (Bishop) Sall.and the late Walter M. Sall Jr.
She worked as a Licensed Nurses Aide for 15 years.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Kurt Eye, Saratoga, NY.; two daughters, Melanie (Dave) Abueg, Kissimmee,Fla.,  Moriah Johnson, Bridgeport, Oh.;  a brother, Mike (Jean) Sall Cheyenne Wy.; three sisters, Sandra (Flip) Wilson, Belmont, Oh., Joyce (Tim) Steele, Sommerton, Oh., and Judy Darrah, Belmont, Oh.; and her fiance Larry  Gossett, Wheeling,WVa.. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren.
Services were private at the convenience of family.

SALLY L. PERRY,  70, of  Selby Apts.,  Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Thursday, September 7, 2006 at Wheeling  Hospital, Wheeling, W. Va. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on May 13, 1936,   the daughter of the late Charles E. and Kathryn J. (Davis) Youst.
She was a retired  owner of Grandma's Candies and Gifts formerly of Wheeling and Martins Ferry.  She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, and a former Girl Scout Leader for over 35 years in Martins Ferry
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin R. Perry;  brother, Jack Carpenter and stepfather, Lee Rutter.
She is survived by  son, E. Eugene Perry, Dubuque, Iowa; two daughters Carol L. Vargo, Bridgeport, Oh. and Donna R. Coulter, Ogden, Kansas; grandson, Chris Coulter, Ogden, Kan.; three granddaughters, Dawn Vargo-Brown, Pittsburgh, Pa., Wendy Vargo, Mechanicsburg, Oh. and Alexis Vargo, Bridgeport, Oh.; two great-granddaughters,  Christina Blake Brown, Pittsburgh, Pa. and  Kerrigan Carter, Mechanicsburg, Oh..  
Funeral services were held at the Grace Presbyterian Church, Monday September 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.  Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Bereavement services were held by the Elders of the church Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 7 N. 4th Street,  Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.



THELMA V. MONAHAN,  84, formerly of Park Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Saturday, September 9, 2006 at Heartland -Lansing Nursing & Rehab. Center, Lansing, Ohio. 
She was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on August 15, 1922,  the daughter of the late Frank and Agusta (Mundt) DeLucas.
She was a retired Deli Manager at Brookside IGA, where she was employed for 15 years. She was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, A.A. Monahan and her second husband, Edward J.  Monahan and also two brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by dear friends, Michael, Betsy and Krista Holderman of St. Clairsville.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was held at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.  Interment  followed in Grandview Cemetery, Salem, Ohio.



KATHLEEN MARY RIELL,  78, of  Martins Ferry, Ohio , passed away Friday, September 15, 2006 at Sunset Health Care, Adena, Ohio. 
She was born in East Harttree, England on June 12, 1928,  a daughter of the late Bertie Daniel and Lillian  (Martin) Simmons.
Kathleen was a retired seamstress of the former Bobbie Brooks/AAA Garment of Bellaire and Dee's Country Bridal in Bridgeport. For her love of children, Kay was a Sunday School Teacher for many years at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Martins Ferry.  She also developed a Heritage program there and a community lunch program for children in the summer.  She also worked as an assistant Girl Scout Leader, participated in many ladies social groups at St. Paul's and was a member of the Martins Ferry Chapter of the Red Hat Society.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles of forty seven years whom she met while he was stationed in the Army-Air Force during World War II;  her brothers, Harry, Percy, Arthur, Archie, Bert, Ernest, Arnold and James;  her sisters, Grace, Violet, Edna and Daisy.
Surviving are her son, Charles Arnold Riell, Martins Ferry; two daughters and their husbands, Elizabeth Ann (Lis) and H. J. (Butch) Miller of Martins Ferry, Deidree (Dee) Joy and Robert Higgs, Bridgeport; three sisters, Doris (Harry) Ward, Dora Lorraine Osborn and Margaret Coleman and many nieces and nephews all of England.  Also her three beloved cats, Red, Flower and Dillon and many wild animals, deer, birds, rabbits and raccoons that she delighted in feeding in her backyard.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 18, 2006 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 1 p.m. with the Reverend John Brandenburg officiating.  Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove.
Memorial contributions  may be made to St Paul's Episcopal Church, 612 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.

 
MARLYN JEAN TRAVIS SHRODES,  73, of Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Thursday, October 5, 2006 at East Ohio Regional Hospital Long Term Care, Martins Ferry. 
She was born at home in Martins Ferry, Ohio on May 31, 1933,  daughter of the late Warren and Sally (Slegar) Travis.
She was a Christian by faith and a former employee of  Nickles Bakery of Martins Ferry.
Marlyn was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by  son, Randy (Amy) Shrodes Martins Ferry; brother, Warren Bud (Pam) Travis, Wake Village, TX.; two grandchildren, Jeremy Matthew (Pam) Shrodes and Mallory Jo Shrodes, her favorite cutie pie; two great grandchildren, Donovan Matthew Shrodes and Dominick Alexander Shrodes, all of Martins Ferry.
Services were held at the convenience of family. 

CHARLES LEE WILKINS,  84, of Hanover Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died  Sunday, October 15, 2006, while in the company of his loving family members  at his residence. 
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on August 27, 1922,  son of the late William and Wenola (Ellis) Wilkins.
Charles Lee attended Ohio University, served with the Marine Corp for six years and retired from the Army after 30 1/2 years. He served in W.W. II, Korea and Vietnam. He worked over 10 years with United Telephone Co. in Ft. Myers, Florida.  He was a lifetime member of Grace Presbyterian Church where he served as a church Trustee.  Charles Lee was a 50 year member of the Masonic Order and the Scottish Rite and a 46 year member of the Osiris Shrine.  He was the commander of the Legion of Honor Osiris Shriners in 2004.  He was the president of the Bull Town Association from 1998-2004.  He was a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion  and a member of the Elks for 45 years, all of Martins Ferry.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife,  Ann D. Wilkins:  three sisters, Ruth Wilson,  Lavonne and Laverne Wilkins. 
He is survived by his  wife, Willa K. Morris Wilkins;  two step sons, Lucas, at home; Ben (Becky), Martins Ferry, Oh.; step daughter, Dee (Sheridan) Friske, Hartford, Mich.; four grandchildren, Tim (Janet), Cathy (John), Shelia (Dave) and Simon; six great grandchildren,  Kyle and Erin, Tyler and John Lucas, Jenna and Mia; four sisters, Lois Jean (Joe) Kiss, Freemont, Oh.; Evelyn Bertschy, Fenton, Mich.; Jerri (John) Gallagher, Viera, Florida; Linda Archer, Martins Ferry, Oh.; several nieces and nephews..  
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7 N. 4th St., Martins Ferry with Rev. William O. Webster officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Bereavment service was held by the Elders of the church Wednesday at 7 p.m. followed by Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. 
Military honors were given by the Belmont Co. Council of the V.F.W. at 11 a.m at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church or the Osiris Shriners, P.O. Box 2048, Wheeling, W. V. 26003.






JULIA M. DAVIS, 72, of  So. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died October 15, 2006 at East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on October 20, 1933,   daughter of the late Harold and Julia (Lado) Wright Garlowick.
She was a graduate of the former Ruth Brant School of Nursing and a retired  Registered Nurse at East Ohio Regional Hospital and a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church all of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack"Rabbie" Davis.
She is survived by  daughter, Julie (Michael) Nelson, Martins Ferry; three grandchildren, Richard (Jessica) Nelson, Martins Ferry, Michael (Ashley) Nelson, Thomasville, NC, Julie Nelson, Columbus, Oh.; three great grandchildren, Juliauna Rose, Shayia Grace and Michael August;  two sisters, Lois (Donald) Poindexter, St. Clairsville, Oh. and Carol (Earl) Orend of Lansing, Oh
A private family service was held Monday afternoon, October 16, 2006.

MERREL J. KYSER,  87, of Commercial Drive, Lansing, Ohio and formerly of Rose Hills Towers, Bellaire, Ohio died Saturday, October 21, 2006 at Belmont Community Hospital, Bellaire, Ohio. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on December 20, 1918,  daughter of the late Robert and Merrel (Hall) Winland.
 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Kyser;  daughter, Carolyn Carpenter;  four brothers, Tom, John, William and Robert Winland;  two sisters, Thelma Miller and Bessie Utsinger.
She is survived by  three sons, Orville (Sue) Green, Martins Ferry, Oh.; Lawrence Green, Bellaire, Oh.; Allan (Susan) Green, Lansing, Oh.; two daughters, Evelyn Fador, Bellaire, Oh.; Merrell  L. (Ed) Kidder, Bridgeport, Oh.. She is also survived by 27 grandchildren, and many  great and great great grandchildren.
        Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.

PHYLLIS JEAN THOMAS,  64, of West Dix Road,  Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Monday, November 27, 2006 at Heartland  of  Lansing Care Center, Lansing, Ohio. 
She was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on February 17, 1942,  daughter of the late Jesse and Garnet (Norman) Jarrell.
She was the retired owner of Thomas Printing, and a member of  the 1st Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Chester Jarrell and a sister, Pauline Schnelle.
She is survived by her husband, James R. Thomas;  son, Keith M. Thomas, Reynoldsburg, Oh.; daughter, Nancy L. (Doug) Henning, Baltimore, Md.; sister, Betty (Robert) Halman, Norfolk, Virginia; several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2006 with Rev. Dr. Bill N. Lawrence officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 4th & Walnut Sts., Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935 or the American Cancer Society, Serving Belmont Co., 3612 Maple Avenue, Zanesville, Ohio  43701.

GEORGANNA R. DAVIS,  79, of  Main Street,  Wheeling, WV , died  Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at Heartland  of Lansing Care Center, Lansing, Ohio. 
She was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on July 28, 1927,  daughter of the late Robert B. and Alice B. (Riddle) Davis.
She was a retired employee of  the M. Marsh & Sons, Wheeling, WV., after 42 years of service.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, John Robert Davis and one sister, Nancy Orsatti.
She is survived by a daughter, Sonya (Mark) Neuman, Richland, Ohio. 
Private services were held.

RUTH J. BENNING,  89, of Hughes Ave., Martins Ferry, Ohio, died  Sunday, December 3, 2006 at East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, Ohio. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on May 12, 1917, daughter of the late Phillip and Mary (Urwin) Zimmerman.
She was retired from the Martins Ferry Plant of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel where she was employed as Office Supervisor. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Bridgeport, Ohio, former Sunday School Teacher and active in Ladies of the Church. She was a member of East Ohio Reg. Hosp. Auxiliary, Past President & Treasurer for 30 yrs., Ivy Twig of E.O.R. H. Aux., Martins Ferry-Bellaire Lady Elks #2836.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Willard "Jack" Woods; two brothers, Urwin A. and William L. Zimmerman:  two sisters, Kathryn Neff and Audrey Britton.
She is survived by her husband, John J. Benning;  brother, Thomas Zimmerman, Martins Ferry; sister, Jean Jones, Belpre, Ohio; two grandsons, William J.  (Rebecca) Woods, Nashport, Ohio; Bruce M. (Stacy) Woods, Cranberry Twp., Pa.; granddaughter, Jennifer (Brian) Richardson, Adena, Ohio. , and nine great grandchildren 
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 7, 2006 at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Pastor Scott Ness officiating.
Interment  followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to East Ohio Reg. Hospital Building Fund, 90 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.


WILLIAM FRANCIS GRAMMER,  85, of N. 6th Street,  Martins Ferry, Ohio died Friday, December 8, 2006 at the home of his son, in Cortland, Ohio.
He was born in Bellaire, Ohio on April 1, 1921, son of the late Henry and Helena (Czinski) Grammer.
He was a retired employee of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel,  Yorkville Plant having served for 42 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry; a former parish council member as well as a member of the funeral choir. He also coached the Martins Ferry Swim Team for thirty-one years and founded the Belmont Co. Swim League. The pool in Martins Ferry is named after him. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II. 
In additiion to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Lora E. (Donley) Grammer;  four brothers, Elwood, Paul, Harold and Henry;  two sisters, Grace Brubacher and Delores Cunningham.
He is survived by  son, Michael William (Karen) Grammer, Cortland, Ohio; two daughters,  Sharon Lee (Glen) Stone, Jacksonville, Florida  and Jenny (Eric) Ordway, Dallas, Ga.;  friend, Shirley Grove, Martins Ferry; eight grandchildren, Ron and Chris Hanke, Katherine and Victoria Grammer, and Megan, Jordan, and Madison, and Nathan Ordway.; four great grandchildren, Zachary and Kelsey Hanke, and Chris and Kavyn Hanke.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment  followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Rosary service was held Sunday at 2:30 followed by Wake service at 6:30 p.m. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Martins Ferry Swim Team, Recreation Dept., Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.




     GEORGE W. SMITH, 74, of  Washington Blvd., Martins Ferry, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at Wheeling Hospital. 
     George was born in Columbus, Oh. on July 9, 1932,  the son of the late George and Nellie (Rice) Smith.
     He was a crane operator at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp., Martins Ferry Plant for 22 years until he retired in 1994.  He also served in the Korean War with U. S. Army,  and he was a member of  St. Marys Catholic Church, Martins Ferry.
     He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Roland, and Theodore Smith.
     He is survived by his wife, Judy C. (Hervol) Smith; two daughters, Pamela (Rick) Miller, Martinsville, Ind. and  Sharon (Vince) Evelsizer, Little Elm, TX.; a son, Bruce (Dawn) Smith, Tiltonsville, OH.; two sisters, Jenny (Roland) Habig, Senecaville, OH. and Julia (Howard) Sykes, Martins Ferry. He is also survived by six grandchildren.     
     Funeral services were held on Friday, December 29, 2006 at 10 A.M. at the funeral home, with Rev. Father Thomas A. Magary officiating.
     Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry, Ohio.
   
DOROTHY M. WERNIG, 86, formerly of South 7th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at East Ohio Regional Long Term Care, Martins Ferry. 
She was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on March 31, 1920,   daughter of the late Clarence and Helen (Carter) Wernig.
She was a retired 50 year employee of  the  Stone and Thomas of Wheeling, W.Va.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, member of the Fidelis Class, former church treasurer and very active in the church food and fellowship ministry of Martins Ferry.
She is survived by  special friends, Joe & Jackie Bednarik and family of  Martins Ferry.
        Funeral services were held at the funeral home Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Sanders officiating.
Interment  followed in Riverview  Cemetery Martins Ferry.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Food and Fellowship, 3rd and Locust Sts., Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.
On behalf of Dorothy, her friends wish to thank all her caregivers at East Ohio Regional Long Term Care.


CHARLES M. CROCK,  50, of  Clinton Street,  Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Saturday, December 30, 2006 at East Ohio Regional Hospital. 
He was born in Bellaire, Ohio on August 20, 1956,   son of  Michael W. Crock of Piston, Pa. and Eileen M. (Wenzel) Gleaves of Martins Ferry, Ohio .
Private services were held.


MARGARET L. GRAYSON,  88, of  N. Zane Highway Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Saturday, January 20, 2007 at East Ohio Regional  Long Term Care, Martins Ferry.
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on April 6, 1918, daughter of the late George F. and Kate (Kimes) Romal.
She was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church, of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard J. Grayson;  brother, G. Frederick Romal;  three sisters, Virginia Keller,  Kathryn Shrodes  and Doris Haddock.
She is survived by daughter, Margi Roberts, Martins Ferry; granddaughter, Amy and her husband, Rudy Vavrock, Martins Ferry; grandson, Michael and his wife, Gracie Roberts, Laredo, Tx. and a sister in law, June Romal, of Aurora, Colo..
        Funeral services were held at the funeral home Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dr.  Bill N. Lawrence officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview  Cemetery, Martins Ferry. 
Bereavement services  were held at the funeral home Tuesday at 7 p.m.  by the Deacons of the church. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the 1st Presbyterian Church, 4th & Walnuts Sts., or the Martins Ferry Fire Dept., both of Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.

ROLAND J. (PAT) DOUGHTY,  84, of  S. Third St., Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Friday, February 9, 2007 at East Ohio Regional  Hospital. 
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on July 13, 1922, son of the late Walter E. and Anne A. (Minger) Doughty.
He was the owner of Martins Ferry Marine, of Martins Ferry and a former employee of American Electric Power and the City of Martins Ferry.   He served in the U.S. Army during WW II.  Pat was a member of the former V.F.W. of Martins Ferry.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and Albert Doughty and two sisters, Wanita Bazar and Helen McFarland.
He is survived by his wife, Madeline (Phillips) Doughty;  son, Roland "Jim" and his wife, Mary Doughty, Rayland, Ohio; two grandsons, James  T. and his wife, Dawn Doughty, Columbus, Ohio and Patrick M. Doughty, Yorkville, Ohio; two granddaughters, Melissa A. Doughty, Yorkville, Ohio and Amy C. and her husband, Bill Beall, Yorkville, Ohio;  three brothers, Robert C., Casa Grande, Arizona; Edward, Martins Ferry, Ohio; Raymond, Yorkville, Ohio; sister, Catherine Zukowski, Martins Ferry, Ohio. , and eight great grandchildren 
Funeral services were held Wednesday,  February 14, 2007 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Military honors were given at 1 p.m. at the funeral home by the "Belmont County Council of Veterans of Foreign Wars".


LIESELOTTE  PERONI,  78,  passed away after a brief illness on February 9, 2007 at the East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, Ohio.  Lieselotte was born in Weisbaden, Germany and married Joseph Peroni at the close of World War II.
She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Nancy King of Martins Ferry, Ohio and Heide Marie Vail of Big Flats, New York.  Also Charles Vail and Ron Hughes, Sr.  Lieselotte's family also includes her grandson, Garett M. Vail of Raleigh, N.C.  She was also surrounded by a loving and caring extended family that included, TeAnn King of Dillonvale, Ohio and a great grandson, Gabriel Boggs, Ron Hughes, Jr. and Pat Roper.
Our feelings at this time of loss and mourning are captured by Henry Van Dyke's metaphor:  "I am standing upon the seashore.  A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and heads out into a crystal blue ocean.  She is an object of beauty and strength .  I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with one another.  Then someone at my side says:  There she is gone! Gone where?  Gone from my sight.  That is all.  Her diminished size is in me, not her.  And just at the moment someone at my side says there she is gone, there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout:  Hey here she comes!"  Our mother, Lieselotte is still with the people she loved, she is just in a different place.
Services were held at the convenience of the family.

 ROSE E. SCHLOG,  62, of Laslo Apts., Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Monday, February 19, 2007 at East Ohio Regional Hospital. 
She was born in Mingo Jct., Ohio on July 14, 1944, daughter of the late Ward and Betty Lee (Roberts) Griffith.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Schlog; daughter, Rosemary Trout, Wheeling, WV; numerous brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews; four grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Friday, February 23, 2007, at 12:15 p.m. with Rev. Thomas A. Magary officiating.
Interment  followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.



ROBERT J. (BOBBY) BRAYER III, 14, of Cobblestone Hgts., Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at Childrens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. as the result of an accident that occurred last December. 
Bobby was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on December 31, 1992,  the son of Bethann F. (Snezek) Brayer of Martins Ferry and Robert Brayer, Jr. of Pittsburgh, Pa. His grandparents are Chester and Maryanna Snezek of Martins Ferry and Robert and Maryann Brayer, Sr. of Verona, Pa.
Bobby was in the 8th grade at Martins Ferry High School and was a member of the 8th Grade Martins Ferry Football Team. He loved school so much so that he was selected and attended C-MITES classes at Carnegie Mellon University. Bobby loved to hunt, fish and be outdoors, as well as, build things. He was active in the Boy Scouts. Bobby dreamed of attending the Naval Academy and becoming a doctor. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church Colerain, Ohio and volunteered at the Catholic Charities of Wheeling.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by brother, Bryan Brayer, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who miss him. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Colerain, Ohio at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 23, 2007  with Rev. James Dunfee as the celebrant.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.


ANNA BERTHA "BOOTS" RISER,  93, of Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at East Ohio Regional Hospital Long Term Care. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on April 28, 1913,  Bertha was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Grodt) Graff.
Bertha was employed as a nurse's aide at the former Martins Ferry Hospital for 15 years.  She was a member of the Martins Ferry German-Saxon Club as well as a member of  St. John's  Lutheran Church in Martins Ferry.  Bertha also loved to recall being part of a girls' basketball team at Martins Ferry High when she was a student there.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Riser; sister, Hilda Forbes;  three brothers:  Alfred, Oswald and William Graff;  step-son, Henry David Riser and his son Jonathan Riser.
Surviving are three daughters: Patricia Boesel, Ukiah, Ca., Barbara (Jim) Morris, Rayland, Oh., and Nancy (Larry) Dobias, Sherrodsville, Oh;  step-son, Robert (Nancy) Riser and family of Wheeling, WV;  brother, Frederick (Dorothy) Graff, Martins Ferry;  12 grandchildren;  10 great-grandchildren;  and numerous nieces and nephews as well as her family of nine years in the Long Term Care division of  East Ohio Regional Hospital.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home, Monday, February 26, 2007 at 4 p.m. with Pastor Philip Van Dam officiating.  Four candles will be lit in honor of Bertha's  life:  one representing the love she shared with her family and for the wealth of memories they have of her; the second for the gift of life she gave her children and for her own eternal life with Our Lord;  the third represents the grief her family has as they mourn her passing from their lives; and the fourth stands for the hope that, just as Jesus Christ conquered death and the grave, the  family and friends will all one day gather together in eternity with Our Lord.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Oh.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church "Dream Team". 40 N. 4th St., Martins Ferry, Oh 43935 or to the Belmont Co. Sheriff's Dept. K-9 Unit , St. Clairsville, Oh 43950.




ARLENE J. ZILAI,  63, of Orchard Drive, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died peacefully in the presence of family members at her residence, Tuesday, February 27, 2007, following a courageous three year battle with ovarian cancer.
Arlene was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on January 11, 1944, daughter of the late Ernest L. and Irene (Topp) Horvath.
Arlene was a 1962 graduate of Martins Ferry High School and a 1966 graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in education.  She was a former teacher in the Columbus City Schools, Bridge Street Middle School of Ohio Co. and the Martins Ferry School Systems. She was co-owner of Z's Jewelry for 31 years in Martins Ferry and a long term member of the Ohio Jewelers Association and Jewelers of America. Arlene enjoyed the jewelry business, however she always said her first love was teaching. Arlene was also a member of the First United Methodists Church of Martins Ferry.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Robert P. Zilai; daughter, Zana B. Zilai;  son, Zoltan R. Zilai, all of Martins Ferry; two nephews, Michael  and Zachary Zilai of Big Spring, Texas.
        Funeral services were held at the funeral home, at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, 20007 with Pastor Van D. Fisher officiating.
Entombment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Martins Ferry Board of Education, Arlene Zilai Memorial Scholarship Fund, Hanover Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935. The scholarship will help fund a Martins Ferry graduate who will be attending Ohio University Eastern majoring in elementary education.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Cohn and the staff at the Arthur James Cancer Hospital for their continued support and excellent care.


BARBARA  J.  GAZDA,  68, formerly of Cemetery Road, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Sunday, March 4, 2007 at Barnsville Hospital, Barnsville, Ohio. 
Barbara was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on August 3, 1938, daughter of the late Frank S. and Marcella (Hrivynak) Gazda.
Barbara was a graduate of St. John's Central High School, Bellaire. She was the former Organist and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a retired employee of Nickles Bakery both of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Frank Gazda.
She is survived by: niece, Rhonda Gazda of Alexandria, Va.; nephew, James Gazda of Wilmington, N.C.;  niece, Marsha Davis of Gordonsville, Va.;  niece, Julie Hardesty of Palm Bay, Fl.; niece, Karen Kangas of Stafford, Va.; niece, Lisa Radocha of Manassas, Va.; niece, Stephanie Gazda of N.C.; niece, Michelle Gazda of Texas; nephew, Frank Gazda of Neb.; and nephew, Michael Gazda of N.H.       
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry with Rev. Thomas A. Magary  as the celebrant. Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.


CAROL ANN LOJAS, 77, of  South 8th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa..
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on August 4, 1929,  a daughter of the late Owen and Effie Lee (Halm) Jones.
Carol was a former secretary for the city of Martins Ferry and a member of the First Presbyterian Church also of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis Duley and her second husband, Victor Lojas; four sisters, Muriel Schramm,  Mary E. Fetherling, Lee Eberhart  and Ruth Himel.
She is survived by  two daughters, Janine "LuAnne" Jones, Los Angeles, Calif. and Sandra Pritchett, Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Hope Brim, Tallahassee, Florida. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Meagan and Nikki; and two great grandchildren, Chase and Leilani.
Funeral services were held  at the funeral home Monday, March 26, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Bill N. Lawrence officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
The deacons of the 1st Presbyterian Church held services at noon on Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.
OLGA  STRIZAK,  82, of Barton Road, Colerain, Ohio, died Saturday, March 24, 2007 at Cottingham Retirement Center, Sharonville, Ohio. 
She was born in Zeising, W.Va. on July 8, 1924, a daughter of the late Benigno and Maria (Rodriguez) Diaz.
She was a retired cook for the Martins Ferry School System and Miller Catering of Colerain. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church also of Colerain.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Strizak, Jr.;  granddaughter, Jill Strizak;  brother, Joseph Diaz;  four sisters:  Theresa "TT" Nadolski;  Josephine "Fina" Skolik;  Benigna "Banna" Robbins; and America "Mae" Orzolek.
She is survived by  son, George  J.  (Phyllis) Strizak;  grandson, Ryan Strizak; two granddaughter, Sharon and Michelle Strizak, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother,  Manuel Diaz, Bartlesville, OK; sister, Jovita "Beadie" Lautar.  
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Colerain, Ohio. at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 30,  2007 with Fr. David Reasbeck as the celebrant.
Interment  followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Bellaire, Ohio.
Vigil service was held at the funeral home Thursday at 7 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church, Capital Campaign Fund, 11144 Spinner Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio  45241.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.
 
      JEFFREY A.  McGLOTHLIN,  51, of  N. 6th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Saturday, March 31st, 2007 at his residence.
      Jeffrey was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on April 26, 1955,  he was the son of the late John D. and Lorraine (Conaway) McGlothlin
      He was a maintenance worker at Swisher International,  Wheeling, WVa. for 20 years.
      He is survived by his wife, Geraldine "Dini" McGlothlin; a daughter, Mary  ( fiance' Joe Krehlik) Valentine, St. Clairsville; a son, Frank (Jamie) Valentine, Marion, Oh.; five brothers, Robert McGlothlin, Colerain, Oh., William McGlothlin, El Paso, Tx., David McGlothlin, Wheeling, WVa., Donald McGlothlin, Chillicothe, Oh. , Rodney McGlothlin, Martins Ferry, Oh.; a sister, Shirley Connors, Rayland , Oh.; two granddaughters, Lainee Valentine and Allie Valentine, both of Marion, Oh. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book  to the left of this page.     





MARGARET JANE "JANIE" GORDON,  58, of Rayland and formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Monday, April 23, 2007 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W. Va. . 
Janie was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on August 18, 1948,  the daughter of the late  Betty L. (Sponhaltz) and Ned Smith who survives her of Colerain, Ohio.
In addition to her father she is survived by her husband, James E. Gordon;   daughter, Kathryn S. (Larry) Cuffman, of Bucyrus, Ohio;  four grandchildren and one great grandson. 
Memorial services were held at the funeral home Saturday, April 28, 2007at 7 p.m., with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.  

ALLAN A. LINDE,  41, of Deep Run Road, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at East Ohio Regional Hospital. 
He was born in Fitchburg, Mass. on May 4, 1965,  a son of  Alice M. (Milbert) Linde of Martins Ferry.
He was employed as a truck driver and a tattoo artist.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by  two sons, Devin and Corey; three brothers, William, Robert and Ricky Linde, all of Martins Ferry; two sisters, Janice Linde, Tavernier, Florida and Barbara (Mark) Archer of  St. Clairsville; as well as nieces and nephews.  
        Funeral services were held at the funeral home Friday, April 27, 2007 at 7 p.m., with Pastor Philip Van Dam officiating.
Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.


FELIX J. NICKLE,  89, of  Washington Blvd., Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Thursday, April 26, 2007 at his residence. 
He was born in Yorkville, Ohio on February 11, 1918, a son of the late John and Mary (Sudol) Nickle.
Felix was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of Martins Ferry, a retired ironworker and a member of Pittsburgh Ironworkers Union Local, served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant during W.W. II, a member of the American Legion of Hookstown, Pa. and the V.F.W. of Yorkville, Oh.
He is survived by his wife, Frieda (Wasle) Nickle; three sons: Felix, Jr. (Lynn), Castle Rock, Colo.; Kevin, Martins Ferry; Alvin, Denver, Colo.;  three daughters: Marlene Nickle, Denver, Colo.; Mary (Eric) George, Granville, Oh.; Tina Nickle, Peyton, Colo.; brother, Bernard Nickle, Cleveland, Oh.; also six grandchildren.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry Monday, April 30, 2007 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment followed in Upland Cemetery, Yorkville, Ohio.
Rosary was recited Sunday at 3  followed by Vigil service at 7:30 p.m. 





RAY C. ELLIS,  87, of  Nixon Run Road, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at his residence. 
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on March 15, 1920, a son of the late Charles and Effie (Caldwell) Ellis.
Ray was a retired general superintendent at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Steubenville Plant,  a member of First Baptist Church of Martins Ferry,  a member of Ohio City Lodge # 486, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and the Osiris Temple.  Ray also served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II  as a technical sergeant in Company C of the 2759th Engineers Combat Battalion.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Junior and James Edward Ellis and a sister, Thelma Pasz.
He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Lewis Ellis, a brother, Bill Ellis and a sister, Erma Reasbeck both ot Martins Ferry and several nieces and nephews. 
 Services were held at the convenience of the family.
Entombment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens Mausoleum,  Pleasant Grove, Ohio.

WILLIAM J. ASHTON, 86, of Totterdale Addition, Bridgeport, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, Ohio. 
Bill was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on November 29, 1920, the son of the late David and Alice (Evans) Ashton.
He was a retired supervisor at the former International Harvester of Shadyside, Ohio. He was a 59- year member of B.P.O.E. Lodge # 2836, secretary for 32 years, Past Exalted Ruler Association and a member of the Elks bowling and golf league.
        In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Lyle and Alice Mae Ashton
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Stella L. (Reasbeck) Ashton; two sons, W. Gregory (Janna) Ashton, Southlake, TX. and Terry J. (Donna) Ashton, St. Clairsville, Oh.; three grandsons,  Scott, Jason and Bradley; three granddaughters, Heather, Amanda and Stephanie; three great grandsons, Brett, Cameron and Evan; one great granddaughter, Ashton Leigh and numerous nieces and nephews. 
A Memorial Mass was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, Friday June 1, 2007 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Thomas A. Magary the celebrant and Msgr. David Reasbeck concelebrating.
Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
B.P.O.E. Lodge #2836 held services at the funeral home Thursday at 7 followed by Wake service at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to SMC 2000, 24 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935. 


DONALD L."HANK" BURGER, 73, of Indiana Street Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Sunday, May 27, 2007 while in the company of family members  at Wheeling  Hospital, Wheeling, W. Va. 
Hank was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on April 21, 1934,  a son of the late Henry W. and Matilda M. (Auth) Burger.
He was a retired crane operator  at the former International Harvester of Shadyside, Ohio.  He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of Martins Ferry.  Hank also served in the U. S. Marines.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Donald Lee; daughter, Donna Burger; three brothers, Raymond, Charles and Herbert.
He is survived by his wife, Doris J. (Reasbeck) Burger; two sons, David L. and Bruce A. (Mindy) Burger, both of Martins Ferry; two daughters, Becky A. Burger, Martins Ferry and Debbie C. (John) Baker, Rayland, Ohio; brother, Henry  E. (Lisa) Burger, Shadyside, Ohio; two sisters, Mary E. Ries, St. Clairsville, Ohio and  Dorothy A. Reynolds, Bellaire, Ohio; two grandsons, Luke and Bruce; four granddaughters, Jacqueline, Brooke, Blair and Jill; great grandson,  Lane.  
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant and Msgr. David Reasbeck concelebrating.
Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
The Belmont Co. Council of the V.F.W. gave military honors at the cemetery.

BONNIE  GAY (KELLER) STEWART,  60, of Grant Ave., Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Saturday, July 14, 2007, while in the company of family members  at her residence. 
She was born in Martins Ferry,  on June 26, 1947,   daughter of the late Wilbur  J. and Jo Ellen (Maher) Keller, who survives her of Martins Ferry, Ohio .
She was employed as a Registered Nurse at Appalachian Behavioral Health, Cambridge, Ohio. She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of Martins Ferry, Ohio.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by  three sons, Harry W. (Lori) McCabe, Moore, Ok., Jamie P. McCabe, Wheeling, WVa., Noah L. Stewart, Martins Ferry; two daughters, Lucy L. McCabe, Centreville, Va., Melissa A. (Steve) Hill, St. Clairsville, Ohio; brother, Wilbur J. (Brenda) Keller, Jr., Bridgeport, Ohio; two sisters, Linda J. Keller and Arlene R. Keller, both of Martins Ferry; niece, Erica Keller; grandchildren, Jill, Janelle, Autumn and Harriet McCabe, Tori and  Ashland  McCabe, Cyrus Hill and Faith and Anna Stewart.  
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, Tuesday July 17, 2007 at 10 a.m. with Msgr. George Coyne as the celebrant
Interment followed in Riverview  Cemetery,  Martins Ferry , Ohio . 
Memorial contributions may be made to SMC 2000, 24 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.        

PATRICIA A. McGLOTHLIN,  57, of  Skyview Drive, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Saturday, July 14, 2007 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown,  W. Va. 
She was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on May 3, 1950, the daughter of the late Edward  R. and Mary Margaret (Gallagher) Bentz.
She was employed as a Human Resource Assistant at Techno-Cap, Glendale, W. Va.  for 37 years.
 In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by one sister, Penny Sue Bentz.
She is survived by her husband, Robert J. McGlothlin; brother, Edward R. Bentz, Wheeling; aunt, Joan Gallagher, Wheeling; niece, Jennifer L. Bentz, Wheeling; and her best friend, Sparky.  
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr.  officiating.  
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.


CECELIA A. BIANCONI,  79, of N. 8th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Sunday, July 15, 2007 in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry.
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on August 28, 1927,  she was the daughter of the late Ruggero and Catherine (Columbo) Bianconi.
She was a member of  the First Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry and a retired employee of Wheeling Downs, Wheeling, W. Va. 
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, William Bianconi and two sisters, Catherine Lucille Strickler and Betty Marchbank.
She is survived by four nephews, Kevin Marchbank, Rayland, Ohio; William Strickler, St. Clairsville; William Bianconi, Charlotte, N.C.; Bruce Bianconi, St. Clairsville, Ohio; two nieces Holly Gudzik, Cleveland, Ohio; Sharon Tomolonis, New Athens, Ohio.  
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Bill N. Lawrence officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Bereavement service were held by the Deacons of the church Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HARRY A. BLOTZER,  89, of Hughes Ave., Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Thursday, July 19, 2007 in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry. 
He was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on September 1, 1917,  son of the late Harry A. and Elizabeth (Thiers) Blotzer.
He was a retired carpet and linoleum installer for the former Heslop Furniture of Martins Ferry;  member of the First Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry; and served in the U. S. Army during W.W. II.
In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by one brother, William Blotzer.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret (Almashy) Blotzer; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Moore of Cupertino, Ca.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services were held at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio on Saturday, July 21, 2007 with Rev. Dr. Bill N. Lawrence officiating.



ROSE  M. TANKOVITS, 89,  formerly of Mackey Ave., Martins Ferry, Ohio died Sunday, July 22, 2007 at East Ohio Regional Long Term Care, Martins Ferry. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on January 6, 1918, daughter of the late Martin J. and Elizabeth (Berher) Tankovits.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Roman Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Frank and Martin Tankovits; four sisters, Mary Tankovits, Elizabeth Basista, Amelia Starr and Anna Needs.
She is survived by two sisters, Theresa Rupich, Wheeling, W. Va. ; Velma Welsh, St. Clairsville, Ohio. Rose was a third generation aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry. 
Rosary devotions were recited Tuesday at 3  followed by Wake service at 7:30 p.m.

 NORMAN F. DENNIS, SR.,  74, of Main Street ,Tiltonsville, Ohio , died Monday, July 23, 2007, in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, W. Va. 
He was born in Paden City, W. Va on November 12, 1932,  son of the late Chalmer F. and Ora M. (Nolan) Dennis.
He was a retired chemist at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Yorkville Plant; former patrolman for village of Rayland; an employee of  the former Ohio Ferro Alloys of Brilliant; member of the Rayland United Methodist Church; former scout master for Boy Scout Troop 60 of Tiltonsville; and a lifetime member  of the Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Dept. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Norman is survived by his wife, Emma E. (Miller) Dennis; son, Norman F. (Debbie) Dennis, Jr, Belmont, Ohio; daughter, Cathy E. (Michael) Pasco, Rayland, Ohio; two brothers, Kenneth (Betty) Dennis, Yorkville, Ohio and Robert (Margie) Dennis, Brilliant, Ohio; grandson, Jason A. (Robyn) Dennis, Belmont; three granddaughters, Heather Dennis, Belmont,  Kimberly and Emily Pasco, Rayland;  and also his favorite companion, his cat Tommy.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tom Thomas officiating.
Interment  in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Dept. held services Wednesday at 7 p.m.  Belmont Co. Council of the V.F.W. gave military honors at the funeral home Thursday at 10:45 a.m.


ANTHONY A. BRYKALSKI,  67, of  Indiana Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at his residence. 
He was born in Lansing, Ohio on September 4, 1939, son of the late Walter and Bella (Kowalski) Brykalski.
He was a retired  driver and salesman at Continental Bakery of Wheeling. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. 
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and Edward;  sister, Helen Baucknick.
Tony is survived by his wife, Dianne (Kerkuta) Brykalski; daughter, Darlene Brykalski; two brothers, Walter and Frank Brykalski; three sisters, Violet Lenz; Stella  Callarick; Mary Jane Masessa.  
Services were held at the convenience of the family.


ROBERT LEE KLOETZER,  64, of N. 8th Street,  Martins Ferry, Ohio died Friday, August 24, 2007 at Oakland Veterans Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Bob was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on February 13, 1943,  son of the late Fred Kloetzer and Betty L. (Ryan) DuJardin who survives him of Martins Ferry.
He was a retired employee of the former Wheeling Closure Corp. of Wheeling.  Bob also served in the U. S. Marines.
In addition to his mother he is survived by a brother, David  H. Kloetzer of Martins Ferry; two sisters, Linda Lou (Robert) Knicely and Janet (Robert) Sandrick, both of Wheeling;  also numerous nieces and nephews.  
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Monday,  August 27, 2007 at 8 p.m., with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.


RUTH A. TOURCHETTE,  32, of Patterson Hill Road, Bellaire, and formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio died Friday, September 7, 2007 at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, W. Va. .
She was born in San Leandro, Ca. on July 7, 1975,  daughter of the late  Joseph Tourchette and Reginia (Stalker) Lambert who survives her of Bellaire, Ohio.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by  two brothers, Joseph (Jeannie) Tourchette, Muskegon, Mich. and Steven (Stacy) Tourchette, Bellaire, Ohio.  
Services are private at the convenience of family.

GOLDIE  BRUNEY, 93, formerly of Colerain, Ohio  died Saturday, September 8, 2007 at East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, Ohio. 
She was born in Blaine, Ohio on July 22, 1914,   daughter of the late George and Terssia Bartza.
She was a retired School Teacher having taught at the Martins Ferry School System, Warren Consolidated of Tiltonsville and also Bridgeport High School.. She was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry and the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Bruney and an infant daughter. 
She is survived by  two sons, Robert O. and his wife, Judy and Thomas R.  and his wife Cheryl Bruney all of Colerain, Ohio; five grandchildren,  Thomas L. and his wife Shannon; Robert D. and his wife, Ellie; Thomas  R. and his wife, Jenny; Fred and his wife, Kate; Beth and her husband, Jon; eleven great grandchildren, Samantha, Zack, Niko, Rocco, Ezekiel, Suzanna Jude, Max, Grace, Taylor Bruney and Gunnar, and Addison Greer.. 
Funeral sevices were held at the funeral home, Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Bill N. Lawrence officiating. 
 Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Bereavement service were held by the deacons of the church Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Martins Ferry City School Systems, Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.

WILBUR E. (BUTCH) HULL, 82, of Ohio Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at Heartland  -Lansing Care Center, Lansing, Ohio. 
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on September 23, 1924,  son of the late Wilbur W. and Margaret A. (Dichtenmiller) Hull.
He was a retired employee of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Yorkville Plant; a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Eagles Aerie No. 456, both of Martins Ferry.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, Orville and Alfred;  sister, Margaret Szeckacs.
Wilbur  is survived by his wife, Marilyn E. (Beck) Hull; two sons, David G.,  North Canton, Ohio and Ronald J. of Lansing, Ohio; two brothers, Daniel N. (Carolyn), West Palm Beach, Florida and Arthur L. (Jo), of Martins Ferry. He is also survived by five grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held at the funeral home, Monday, September 24, 2007 at 11 A.M. with Pastor Van D. Fisher, officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 3612 Maple Ave., Zanesville, Ohio 43701.

ELMER C. BURCH, 75, formerly of  Kuckuck Lane, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at Crestview Health Care Center, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on November 6, 1931, a son of the late George and Nellie J. (Miller) Burch.
He was a retired employee of the city of Martins Ferry. 
Elmer is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann (Keller) Burch; step-daughter, Elizabeth Ann McKelvey, Martins Ferry; three brothers, George Burch, Bellaire, Harry Burch, Columbus, William Burch, Martins Ferry; and a sister, Delores Bannan, Martins Ferry. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Friday, September 28, 2007 at 10 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, officiating. 
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.
VIRGINIA "G.I." GLOVER, 84, formerly of Center St., Martins Ferry, Oh. , died  Saturday, September 29th, 2007 at East Ohio Regional Hospital.
Virginia was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on June 4, 1923,  she was the daughter of the late James  and Madeline (Greer) Grooms.
She was a retired  Tagger at Bobbie Brooks, Bellaire, Oh. where she worked for 33 years,  she was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Martins Ferry.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac "Ike" Glover.
She is survived by a son, Richard  "Putsy" (Michele) Glover, Martins Ferry; a brother, James (Ruth) Grooms, St. Clairsville, Oh.; a sister Janice (Dave) Bowen, St.Clairsville,Oh; a grandson, Jeff (Jill) Glover, Martins Ferry; a granddaughter, Crystal (Ed) Glover-Murray, Martins Ferry. ,  4 great grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 2, 2007,  at 1 P.M. with John Oliver officiating. Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.


 


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SHIRLEY A. POLLOCK,  72, formerly of So. 3rd. Street,  Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Sunday, October 7, 2007 at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio. 
She was born in Yorkville, Ohio on December 5, 1934, daughter of the late Francis J. and Wilma M. (Winters) Lemal.
She was a retired employee for the City of Martins Ferry / Riverview Cemetery. Shirley was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, also of Martins Ferry. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. "Spud"  Pollock and a brother, Michael Lemal.
She is survived by son, Charles, husband of Cathy Pollock, Plain City, Oh.; daughter, Kimberly Diane, wife of Scott Garmatter, Bluffton, Oh.; sister, Frances Wilma Sockman, Tiltonsville, Oh. ; brother, John R., husband of Alma  Lemal, Martins Ferry; four grandsons, Christopher, Casey, Jacob and Joshua. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry,  at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 11, 2007, with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant. Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry. 
Rosary was held Wednesday at 3  followed by wake service at 7:45 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to SMC 2000, 24 N. 4th Street,  or Martins Ferry Fire Dept., both of Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.

WILLIAM B. BRATTON, JR,  63, of  So. Huron Street, Wheeling, WVa , died Sunday, October 7, 2007 at his residence. 
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on September 9, 1944,   son of the late William B. and Margaret (Bryan) Bratton.
 He served in the U.S. Air Force, during the Vietnam War.   
He is survived by a daughter, Pamela J. Neiport, Brunswick, Georgia; son, William R. (Cassandra) Bratton, Elmendorf, Texas and three grandchildren.
Services were held at the convenience of the family.


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BERNARD E. POLUGA,  85, of N. 8th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Monday, October 29, 2007, at his residence. 
He was born in Martins Ferry on July 14, 1922,  a son of the late Paul and Catherine (Kusnisz) Poluga.
He was a retired press operator for the former International Harvester of Shadyside, Ohio. He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church; and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1421, both of Martins Ferry. Bernard served in the U. S. Navy during W.W. II.
 In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Chester Poluga.
He is survived by his wife, Olga T. (Smila) Poluga; son, Michael E. (Janet) Poluga, Martins Ferry; daughter, Paula C. (Richard) Gorsuch, Columbus, Ohio; three granddaughters, Tammy Lea Weals, Alison (Jeremy) Young, and Alicia Poluga. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry,  at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2007, with Rev.  Thomas A. Magary, as the celebrant.
Mausoleum entombment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum, Martins Ferry.
Rosary was recited Wednesday at 3 follow by Wake service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice Inc., 132 Peters Run Rd., Wheeling, W. Va.  26003.

SHIRLEY ANN BURCH, 72, formerly of Kuckuck Lane, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at Cumberland Pointe, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on November 10, 1934, a daughter of the late John O. and Edith Shirley (Smith) Keller.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer C. Burch. 
She is survived by a daughter, Beth Ann McKelvey, Martins Ferry; a brother, John Keller, Piedmont, Ohio; a sister, Patricia Shemenski, Warrington, Pa. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Thomas A. Magary officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.


HELEN  RIGGS,  94, of Sharon Rd., Colerain, Ohio , died Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, Ohio . 
She was born in Toronto, Ohio on July 30, 1913, a daughter of the late John and Barbara (Bodnar) Holovacs.
She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Catholic Women's Club and a member of the choir, all of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard L. Riggs; one brother, Andrew Holovacs; three sisters, Mary Martin, Bertha Schaner and Elizabeth Hilliard.
She is survived by a daughter, Vida Mae Lewis, Bridgeport, Oh.; grandson, Mark Alan (Michelle) Faldoski; great grandson, Kyle P. Faldoski; great granddaughter, Kensie S. Faldoski.  
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated  at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry,  at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2007 with Rev.  Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment followed in  Riverview  Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Rosary was recited Friday at the funeral home at 3 p.m. followed by Wake service at 7:30 p.m.


ESTHER ANN SAMUEL,  87, formerly of N. Zane Highway and Dix Addition of Martins Ferry, Ohio died Saturday, November 3, 2007 at Trinity West Medical Center, Steubenville, Ohio.
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on June 3, 1920, the daughter of the late Robert  J. and Suzanna (Matthews) Jenkins.
She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry and a former secretary for Dr. Danenburg formerly of Bridgeport, Ohio.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Haydn E. Samuel and a brother, Robert  W. Jenkins.
She is survived by two sons, Robert (Catherine) Samuel, Toronto, Ohio and David (Sue) Samuel, Baltimore, Maryland. She is also survived by six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 11 a.m with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. and Rev. Robert Meyer officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry. 
Bereavement services were held by the Elders of the church Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

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