Obituaries for Chambers & James Funeral Home Obituary for Betty Jane (Dillon) ForsterBetty Jane (Dillon) Forster, 78, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 4:15 PM on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Brightwood Center, Follansbee, WV. Betty is survied by many family members. Betty's family requested for a Cremation with Care under the direction of the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e51d357565Obituary for Dorothy Virginia (Groves) (Murphy) CookDorothy Virginia (Groves) (Murphy) Cook, 85, of Wellsburg, WV, passed away peacefully with her family at her side at 1:55 PM on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, WV. Dorothy was born on December 8, 1929 in Benwood, WV. She was the beloved daughter of the late Harry Groves, Albert Murphy and Agnes Margaret (Frank)(Groves) Murphy. She was a 1948 graduate of Wellsburg High School. Dorothy worked as a deputy tax clerk and later promoted to Chief Deputy Tax Clerk for Brooke County, where she worked for 36 years. She was a devout Catholic being a member of Holy Family Mission Church, Beech Bottom, WV and St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, Wellsburg, WV, where served in the ladies guild. Dorothy will be remember by so many for reading books by James Patterson and doing crossword puzzles; but most of all , for her unconditional love of her family which she would do anything for. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Richard Cook in 1967 and her second husband, Reverend Marvin Platter, and a brother, Harry Groves. Dorothy is survived by her five loving children, Susan (William) Malson of Beech Bottom, WV, Charles Cook of Wellsburg, Cathy (David) Wolfe of Wellsburg, WV, John (Betty) Cook of Weirton, WV, and Bonnie (William) McKee of Avella, PA, 16 caring grandchildren, 24 adorable great grandchildren, two cherished sisters, Pam (Mike) Thompson of Moundsville, WV and Rosie (Walt) Breese of Wheeling, WV, a beloved first cousin, Betty Clark, and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 PM and again on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM at Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551, where funeral commence on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11:00 at Holy Family Mission Church, Beech Bottom, WV, with Father Dan Pisano, celebrating. Interment will follow at Franklin Cemetery, Wellsburg, WV. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6c1c356954Obituary for Donna Darlene (Miller) WoodsDonna Darlene (Miller) Woods, 58, of Weirton, WV, formerly of Hanover, PA, passed away at 4:31 PM on Sunday, February 9, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV. Donna was born on November 4, 1956 in Beaver, PA. She was the daughter of the late Wilber and Betty (Brown) Miller. Donna was a member of the Eldersville United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Southside High School, Beaver, PA. Donna worked at Hanover Packing as a supervisor. Many will remember Donna for her enjoyment of puzzles and reading educational material, but most of all she loved her children, grandchildren and great granddaughter. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Donald D. Woods. Donna is survived by two caring daughters, Heather (Russ Lemasters) Woods of Weirton, WV and Traci (Fiancé David Yelton Jr.) Truax of Hanover, PA, 12 loving grandchildren, Katie Woods, Kelsey and Jacob Lemasters, Joshua, Taylor, Courtney, Breanna, and Timothy Truax, Twins Cody and Chase, Jacob, and Emily Yelton, a great granddaughter, Avery Faith Weber, three sisters, Anna (Carl) Bates of Alabama, Carol Noviski of Weirton, WV and Lilly (Mark) Miscuk of Weirton, WV, a brother, Wilford (Brenda) Miller of Calcutta, OH and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM and again on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 10:00 AM until time of Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717. Interment will follow, next to her dear husband, Donald at St. John Cemetery, Colliers, WV. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=7929356041Obituary for Bernadine Laverne (Johnson) McCaffreyBernadine Laverne (Johnson) McCaffrey, 90, of Colliers, WV, passed away 12:05 AM on Wednesday, February 04, 2015 at Brightwood Center, Follansbee, WV. Bernadine was born on May 5, 1925 in Moundsville, WV. She was the daughter of the late William B and Gertrude Lenora (Barker) Johnson. Bernadine was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV. She was a homemaker that loved reading romantic novels and working on word searches. In addition to her parents, Bernadine was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh “Irish” McCaffrey, Sr. and a brother, John K Johnson. Bernadine is survived by her four children, Francis William (Charlene K.) McCaffrey of Weirton, WV, Hugh McCaffrey III of Colliers, WV, Mary (Charles) Barton of Colliers, WV, and John P. (Linda) McCaffrey of Wellsville, OH, eight grandchildren, Rebecca, Vincent, Jacob, Jessica, Heather, Justin, Kaylee, and Trevor, four great grandchildren, Daniel, Dominic, Jasmine, and Giovanni. Family and friends will be received on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM with Vigil at 2:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304)527-1717, where funeral will commence on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1017 Jefferson Street, Follansbee, WV with Msgr. Paul Hudock, celebrating. Interment will follow next to her dear husband at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2415355608Obituary for Bettie (Beck) LeonettiBettie (Beck) Leonetti, 81 of Bethany, WV, passed away in her sleep at her farmhouse on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, five days after a struggle through a winter storm. Bettie was born on August 11, 1933 in Bethany, WV. She was the daughter of the late John and Naida (Wells) Beck. After Bettie graduated from Bethany High School, she attended WVU which infused a lifelong love for the Mountaineer football and basketball programs. On June 21, 1958, Bettie married Les Leonetti and had many happy years together. Bettie moved around a bit in her life, after growing up in Bethany. She moved to Narragansett Bay, CT, then Pittsburgh in the early 60’s, followed by Wheeling, WV in the mid 70’s, then Upper St. Clair, PA, where she lived nearly twenty seven years. She eventually moved back to her childhood home in 2004, where she happily lived out the rest of her years. Bettie worked as a switchboard operator at the Bethany College and in her later years at the Upper St. Clair School District. In the late 90’s, Bettie started and managed a restaurant in Peters Twp. known as Ristorante Avanti. Many will remember Bettie by her lifelong love of Baseball. She was as a big a Pirate Fan as you could find. In the late 40’s and early 50’s, Bettie traveled with her uncle to different cities such as Cleveland and Detroit to see the Yankees play. They often would ride the same train the ballplayers rode on. She loved to tell stories of those trips. Bettie’s main hobbies were gardening and genealogy. For nearly two decades Bettie worked tirelessly on her family genealogy. It was her passion for many years. Bettie lived a rich full life and had a wealth of family and friends that loved her very much. In addition to her former husband, Bettie is survived by her dedicated son, who loved her very much, John Leonetti and his wife Sandra of Los Angeles, CA and many friends. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, February 12, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00 until time of Funeral Service at 8:00 PM at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551 Following the service, Bettie will be cremated and scattered in a garden on the family farm that will be made in her memory. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=3fc4355803Obituary for Geneva Grace (Shanabarger) MehalikGeneva Grace (Shanabarger) Mehalik, 59, of Weirton, WV passed away at 7:30 AM on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center. Geneva was born on February 14, 1955 in New Port, OH. She was the daughter of the late Paul Lemar and Bessie Edith (Stewart) Shanabarger. Many will remember Geneva for being a caregiver to so many and her love of Bingo. In addition to her parents, Geneva was preceded in death by her two sisters, Pauline Graybill and Darlene Francis. Geneva is survived by her beloved husband of 20 years, William Mehalik of Weirton, WV, two loving daughters, Angie Shanabarger of Weirton, WV and Mandy (Jason) Petrelle of Toronto, OH, four cherished grandchildren, Mollie Shanabarger, William Fram, and Cameron and Gabriella Petrelle, 12 caring siblings, Robert (Maryann) Francis of Canton, OH, Junior Francis of Masslin, OH, Howard (Roseann) Francis of Ohio, Shirley (Harry) Kutcher of Florida, Pearl (Rob) Seevers of Marietta, OH, Betty Judge of Canal Fulton, OH, Paul Jr. (Judy) and Charles Shanabarger, Carrie Pyles, Sherry Sue, Terry, and Larry Tennant, all of New Martinsville, WV and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717. Following the visitation, Geneva will be cremated. She will be taken home to remain with her devoted family. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4169355531Obituary for Elizabeth Erma (Mack) JackElizabeth Erma (Mack) Jack, 85, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 11:30AM surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Valley Hospice Care Center North, Steubenville, OH. Elizabeth was born on October 22, 1929 in Toronto, OH. She was the daughter of the late James and Jenny (Whitaker) Mack. She was a lifetime member of the Follansbee Methodist Church. Elizabeth was a homemaker but worked at McDonald’s in Follansbee as their baker. In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded by her husband, Ernest M. Jack, her brothers and sisters, and a grandson, Eric. Elizabeth is survived by her four children, Ernest (Shirley) Jack of Wellsburg, WV, John E. Jack of Follansbee, WV and his special friend, Sue Ann Freno of Clayton, NC, Katherine (Jerry) Shumate of Weirton, WV, and Carl (Maia) of Alexandria, VA, eight grandchildren, Lisa, Trisha, Michelle, Melissa, Lucretia, Corey, Darius, and Ava, eight great grandchildren, three brothers, James “Bill” (Virginia) Mack of Georgetown, PA, Ronnie (Georgia) Mack of Newell, WV, and Donald Mack of East Liverpool, OH, a sister, Bertha Presly of Morrow, GA, and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 2:00-8:00 PM and again on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9:00 until time of Funeral Service at 10:00 AM at James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717 with family friend, Pastor Joy Leasure, officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Elizabeth’s name to Brooke County Library, Make a Wish, or Valley Hospice. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=f795354957Obituary for Freda Marie (Greathouse) Price Swain ShepherdFreda Marie (Greathouse) Price, Swain, Shepherd 93 of Wellsburg, West Virginia, formerly of the Parkersburg area, passed away January 27, 2015 at the Valley Haven Nursing Home at Beech Bottom, WV. She was born on December 17, 1921 in Roane County a daughter of the late Benjamin and Zella A. Rogers Greathouse. Freda was a long time member of the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church, and the Ladies Guild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Myrlen Price, her 2nd husband, Richard Swain and her 3rd husband, Horace Shepherd, a brother, Denzil Greathouse and Twin sisters, Martha Ann and Mary Lou Greathouse who died at birth. Surviving are several nieces and nephews including a special niece and caregiver, Peggy Williams of Windsor Heights, WV. Family and friends will be recieved on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Kimes Fuenral Home, 521 5th Street, Parkersburg, WV. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday at the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church, with visitation one hour prior to service with Pastor Tim Burch will officiate Interment will follow at the Lubeck Cemetery. Local funeral services under the direction and care of the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e44e354982Obituary for Drucilla Mae (West) BlankenshipDrucilla Mae (West) Blankenship, 64, of Follansbee, WV, passed away 10:45 AM on Monday, January 19, 2015 at her residence. Drucilla was born on September 21, 1950 in Fairmont, WV. She was the daughter of the late Marion West and Betty (Hickman) West Satterfield. Drucilla worked as a registered nurse with Kindred Hospital and VA Hospital. Many will remember her for her care for her daughter and helping others as a nurse. In addition to her parents, Drucilla was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Paul Curry. Drucilla is survived by her devoted and loving daughter, Tammy Curry and her boyfriend, Jeff Six of Follansbee, WV, two sisters, Dora Smith of Core, WV and Doris Jean (Richard) Bartholow of Colliers, WV, a brother, David West of Morgantown, WV, four nephews, William, Michael, and James Smith and Jason West, three nieces, Carolee Lancaster, Melissa Gaskins, and Annette McGee, and a former husband, Robert Kerns of Rivesville, WV. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 4:00 until time of Funeral Service at 7:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717 with family friend, Pastor Barbara Hays, officiating. Following the service, Drucilla will be cremated. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1bb1354231Obituary for A. Mary (Iannucci) CompagnaA. Mary (Iannucci) Compagna, 90, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 10:15 AM on Monday, January 19, 2015 at her residence. Mary was born on October 26, 1924 to Italian Immigrants, Angelo and Natalie (Fadione) Iannucci. Mary married the late John Compagna in June 26, 1942 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mary was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV. She loved to bowling, square dancing, camping in their camper, playing cards and board games with her family. Mary especially loved to cook. She also enjoyed the more people that came for dinner. Mary even managed to crochet afghans for most of her dear family. Mary had a long and wonderful life spending time with her family, which she had pride and joy in each one of them. She especially loved the Christmas Holidays where the family always got together for the traditional “Chinese” gift exchange which always brought fun and laughter to all who came for dinner. Mary had a wonderful life! In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John Compagna, who passed away 30 years ago. Mary is survived by her two daughters, Johnnie Marie Compagna Verner of Follansbee, WV and Margaret “Peggy” Ann Compagna Puzzuole and her husband, Pat of Texas, while only having two daughters, Mary was blessed with 13 grandchildren, Kriss Pino, Kelly (Pino) Foglio, Natalie (Verner) D’Arpino, Andrea (Bruzda) Bednar, Amie (Bruzda) Aller, John Bruzda, Lisa (Puzzuole) Schuler, Lori (Puzzuole) Fergus, P.J. Puzzuole, Michael Puzzuole, Denise (Verner) Flowers, Michael Verner, Michelle (Verner) Marino, 25 great grandchildren, Joshua, Aaron, and Caleb Foglio, Jacob, Joseph, Johnny Pino, Grace and Hope D’Arpino, Bailey Bednar, Emily Aller, Isabella, Owen, and Giselle Bruzda, Faith Furgus, Brandon Schuler, Ashlyn and Maddox Puzzuole, Zachary, Nathan, and Chris Verner, Mark and Steven Flowers, Daniel, Joel and Mariah Marino, seven great great grandchildren, Chase and Addison Verner, (Triplets) Cooper, Savannah and Harlee Verner, Camden Flowers, and Dante Marino. Family and friend will be received on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 PM with Vigil Service at 8:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717, where funeral will commence on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1017 Jefferson Street, Follansbee, WV, with Msgr. Paul Hudock, celebrating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=816e354271