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  • Rodney Lane “Bub” Butcher
    Rodney Lane “Bub” Butcher, age 75, of Elyria, passed away on Monday, Aug.15, 2016, at Mercy New Life Hospice, Lorain.
    He was born on November 29, 1940, in Weston, and has lived in this area for the past 24 years. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1961, until being honorably discharged in 1962.
    He worked as a master carpenter for both residential and commercial properties. To him it was not just work though, it was his passion, and will be fondly remembered as a “master handyman.” He loved to build things, but was also a great cook and baker, especially his home-made bread and spaghetti sauce. He enjoyed gardening and canned a lot of his own produce.
    He will be sadly missed by his wife, Roxanna Wooten Butcher; his sons, Michael, Mark L., Timothy B., Rodney A., Rodney D., and Robert L. “Bobby” Butcher; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his sister, Pamela McKenzie.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Terry L. Butcher; and a brother, Danny.
    The family will receive friends on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m., in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain. Rev. Chris LaLonde, Pastor of United Methodist Church, Elyria, will officiate. Military honors will also be conducted at this time. At a later date, Rodney will finally get to go home to West Virginia.
    Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dovinfuneralhome.com.
  • Robert W. Graff
    Robert W. Graff, age 84, passed away unexpectedly early Sunday evening, Aug. 14, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown,Ohio, with his family by his side.
    He was born June 19, 1932, in Orlando: a son of the late John and Ersie McCauley Graff.
    He was a 1950 graduate of Burnsville High School in W. Va, and came to Youngstown, Ohio in the mid-1950s. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War, and was stationed in Norfolk, Va. He worked as a welder for 42 years with the former Greif Bros. Corporation in Youngstown, retiring in 1997. He enjoyed fishing, and hunting on his property in West Virginia. He was a sports enthusiast and a fan of the Cleveland pro sports teams, and he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
    He leaves his wife of 58 years, Carolyn Pulliam Graff, whom he married Dec. 3, 1957; three daughters, Debbie Rouzzo (Dave Landrum) of Austintown, Barb (Joe) Sanfilippo of Austintown, Janie (Brian) See of Hudson; his son, Bobby (MaryAnn) Graff of Boardman; nine grandchildren, Lindsay (Jeremy), Marissa (Mike), Matthew (Angela), Kristen (Nick) , Dante, Kyle, Austin, Aubriana, and Adam; three great-grandchildren, Gianna, Makenna, and Justin; a brother, Dick Graff of Burnsville; and two sisters, Betty (Kenny) Pulliam of Barberton and Patty Cobb of Doylestown.
    A brother, Gary Brown, preceded him in death.
    Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, Ohio. 
    Funeral services will take place at the funeral home, Thursday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m.
    Committal services will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
  • Ernestine C. Giardino
    Ernestine (Ernie) Giardino of Irvington, Va., passed away peacefully at the age of 83 at Riverside Memorial Hospital, Newport News, Va. on Aug. 12, 2016. She was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Walkersville, and upon graduation from high school moved to Washington, D.C. There she lived in a boarding house with several other young girls; all in search of work as secretaries for a better life than was available in West Virginia, at that time.  
    She landed a job at Western Union and worked there for over 30 years. Western Union is where she met her beloved husband, John, whom she was married to for over 40 years, and later retired to enjoy life in Myrtle Beach and later in Irvington, Va.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, John Giardino; her parents, James Harry Cooper and Olena Faye Simmons Cooper; her three sisters, Geraldine Stout, Helen Marie Yaegle, Nancilou Barnett; and a brother, Herbert Eugene Cooper.
    She is survived by her son, Jim Stutler (Pansy) and her daughter, Elizabeth Failmezger (Roger); and grandchildren, Elizabeth Hunter (Charles), Rebecca Stutler, Jeff Stutler, Jason Stutler, Jack and Jana MacKercher; John and Heidi Failmezger, as well as great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  
    She was a member of the Women’s Moose Chapter of Myrtle Beach and gave generously to many charitable organizations. She retired at the age of 52 from Western Union and lived the good life.
    She went on more than 10 cruises and traveled to many foreign destinations, loved reading the newspaper and her magazines, watching sitcoms, Lifetime TV and FOX news, while enjoying her favorite glass of Merlot. She loved a clean house and cleaned it often and loved doing so only second to fussing over her beloved John until his death.  
    A memorial will be held in her honor at Currie Funeral Home, 116 Church St., Kilmarnock, Va, on Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. officiated by Rev. Dr. Margaret Anne Fohl. A celebration of her life will immediately follow at Hills Quarter Clubhouse in Irvington.
  • James Robert Bucheimer
    James Robert Bucheimer, age 58, of Alum Bridge passed away on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, peacefully at home following an extended illness.
    He was born in Baltimore, Md. on Oct. 11, 1958: son of the late John Bucheimer, Jr. and wife, Anna Bucheimer.
    He graduated from Severna Park High School in Severna Park, Md. in 1976. He began his career in graphic art while living in Maryland and worked among family members. When he moved to West Virginia in 1996, he continued to work as a graphic artist. He later started his own graphic design business, Krafty Kat Designs and designed for various publications across the state, including the West Virginia Executive magazine.
    His other passion was Christian music which he collected. He played and wrote for several bands in Maryland when he was younger, the best known, Prophecy. James also played on worship teams for various churches he attended. These included Victory Assembly of God in Weston and Rock Grove Baptist Church in Linn.
    He is survived by his devoted wife, Diane Marie Bucheimer and their five daughters, Heather Marie Phares of Glenville, Tiffany Ann Tomey of Glenville, Melissa Brittany Bucheimer of Alum Bridge, Abigail Lynn Bucheimer of Burnsville and Carrie Michelle Burgett of Buckhannon.
    He had five grandchildren, Anna Marie Tomey, William Robert Tomey, Mckenzie Michelle Burgett, Kathleenia Marie Posey and Isaac Matthew Burgett.
    He is also survived by his two siblings, John “Jack” Ernest Bucheimer, III, and Jean Marie Mettee, his nephew Christopher Mettee and niece Brin MacElwee.
    Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston on Wednesday, Aug. 24, for fellowship time from 10-11 a.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel presided by Pastor Doris Brunty.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the Bucheimer Family.
  • Betty Jean Singleton
    Betty Jean (Claypoole) Singleton, age 70, of Roanoke, departed this life on Sunday, Aug, 11, 2016.
    She was born on Oct. 17, 1945, in Crawford: the daughter of Noah and Lona (Conrad) Claypoole.
    In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Singleton, who went to be with the Lord on Sept. 18, 2003. 
    Those left to honor her memory are her son, Timothy Claypoole of Ohio; daughter, Sandy Singleton (Donald) Cottell of Roanoke; and grandchildren, Victoria Claypoole of Orlando, Fla., Chelsie and Kelsie Cottrell of Roanoke.
    Also surviving are brothers, Denzil Claypoole of Buckhannon, and Melvin (Sue) Claypoole of Ohio; sisters, Mary Ann (Junior) Booth of Jane Lew, and Dorothy Allen of Jane Lew; and family friend, Kim West. 
    She was a Christian by faith, always attending church when able. She loved the outdoors, from playing in the flowers to tending the garden. She enjoyed hunting mushrooms, searching for deer horns, watching the deer, turkeys, and other wildlife, and walking around the farm.  An avid animal lover, she found company in Tilly the pony, Baxter the donkey, Grover the cat, Maggie and Bailey the dogs, and Mrs. Lucy. She also took delight in spending time with friends and family. She was the glue that held the family together and will be missed in everything they do.  
    Family received friends on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Flatwoods, from 1:15-2 p.m. A Memorial Service followed with Pastor Dennis Shaver officiating.
    Words of comfort and fond memories can be shared with the family at www.stockert-paletti.com.
    The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV is honored to be serving the Singleton Family.
  • Betty Elizabeth Merritt Gain
    Betty Elizabeth Merritt Gain, age 85, of Weston, formerly of Salem, departed her life on Aug. 10, 2016, at her residence.
    She was born Aug. 3, 1931, at Bristol, Harrison County: a daughter of the late Eddie Ward and Bessie Mae Moore Merritt.  
    In addition to her parents she was proceeded in death by three brothers, Cecil and wife, Pauline, and Eddie Lee Merritt, one infant brother, George Edward Merritt; and a sister, Genevieve Yerkey.
    She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the last member of her immediate family.  She was employed by the West Virginia Glass Company in Weston for 28 years.  
    Family and friends called at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem. Viewing was Friday, Aug. 12, and the funeral service was Saturday at the funeral home. Interment was at the IOOF Cemetery, Salem, directly after the service.  
    Online condolences may be sent to GreathouseFuneralHomeWV.com.
    Greathouse Funeral Home is honored to assist the Gain family.
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