Obituaries for Chambers & James Funeral Home Obituary for Myrtle Ruth (Carte) SmedleyMyrtle Ruth (Carte) Smedley, 91, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 4:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV. Myrtle was born on June 24, 1924 in Follansbee, WV. She was the daughter of the late William and Clara G. (Legg) Carte. Myrtle was a homemaker that enjoy spending her time playing Bingo, Find-a-Word, and with her friends at the Senior Center. She was a former member of the Eagle Auxiliary and R.S.V.P. In addition to her parents, Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur E. Smedley, a son, William R. Smedley, three brothers, Louis, Robert, and Raymond Carte, and a grandson, Robbie Smedley. Myrtle is survived by two children, Richard L. (Carolyn) Smedley of Huntington, AR and Sandy (Michael) Jablonski of Georgetown, PA, 12 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, many great great grandchildren, a sister, Maxine Carte DiPalma of Steubenville, OH and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends may gather from 12:30 PM until time of service at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Highland Hills Memorial Gardens-Chapel, Follansbee, WV, following the service Myrtle will be interred with her husband. Services are under the direction and care of the James Funeral Home, 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=98dd371965Obituary for Barbara Ann (Jackson) BottorfBarbara Ann (Jackson) Bottorf, 79, of Follansbee, WV passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Barbara was born on July 11, 1936 in Steubenville, OH. She was the daughter of the late Clyde E. Jackson and Ethel (Mathews) Jackson. As a child, Barbara attended church with her family at the Follansbee Church of Christ. Barbara married Ronald C Bottorf Sr. on August 28, 1956. Barbara worked at the Hooverson Heights Drug Company for over 20 plus years. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother “Mimim”, and great grandmother. In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Jackson and a sister, Patricia Jackson Moss. Barbara is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ronald C. Bottorf Sr. of Follansbee, WV, two children, Ronald C. (Carrie) Bottorf II of Colliers, WV and Brenda Bottorf Wojcik of Follansbee, WV, five grandchildren, Katy A. Wojcik, Jake Wojcik, Ronald “Trey” C. Bottorf III, Robert “Rob” C. Bottorf and John L. Black, a great grandson, Jake Wyatt Wojcik and several nieces and nephews. In following Barbara’s request, she will be cremated and her remains will be taken home to remain with her husband, Ronald. Cremation arrangements under the direction and care 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=47d7371514Obituary for Betty (Zellars) LemastersBetty (Zellars) Lemasters, 90, of Follansbee, WV, passed peacefully away at 12:35 AM on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Brightwood Center, Follansbee, WV under the care of the dedicated staff and Valley Hospice. Betty was born on November 15, 1924 in Cross Creek, PA. She was daughter John and Violet (Phillips) Zellars. Betty is a member of the Follansbee Presbyterian Church. She was the former owner of B&B Grocery, Follansbee, WV. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Pyle, grandson-in-law, Major Jeffrey Hackett, great grandson, Drew Hackett and two brothers. Betty is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Gerald) Cervenak of Follansbee, WV, three grandchildren, Robert (Michelle) Beltrame of Imperial, PA, Danelle Hackett of Bethany, WV, Betty Jane (Mike) Hill of Follansbee, WV, five great grandchildren, Robert “Bobby” Beltrame Jr., Artie Hackett, Brittany Sands, Blake Hackett, Bryan “Pat” Sands, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 11:00 AM until time of Funeral Service at 1:00 PM at James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717 with niece, Margie Zellars, officiating. Interment will be held at a later date next to her husband at Cross Creek Cemetery, Burgettstown, PA. 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=9c8f371038Obituary for Mark Louis LucasMark Louis Lucas, 66, of Wellsburg, WV, passed away at 11:18 AM on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV. Mark was born on December 11, 1948 in Wheeling, WV. He was the son of the late Paul and Gladys (Finley) Lucas. Mark served as a SP4 in the United States Army during the Vietnam War in Germany. He worked at former Gen Pak, Wellsburg, WV. In addition to his parents, Mark was preceded in death by his 12 brothers and sisters. Mark is survived by his wife, Kathy (Withrow) Lucas of Wellsburg, WV, a son, Troy A Lucas of Colliers, WV, three grandchildren, Erik Lucas of Germany, Joshua and Erin Lucas of Colliers, WV, two step-grandchildren, Mindy and Tim and several nieces and nephews. Mark's family has selected a veteran’s honor cremation under the care of the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304)737-3551.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bd2e371016Obituary for Margaret Jane (Schupbach) Clouser DunnMargaret Jane (Schupbach) Clouser Dunn, 80, of Follansbee, WV, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Washington County Health Center, Washington, PA. Margaret was born on October 22, 1934, Wellsburg, WV. She was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Austa (Blieu) Schupbach. Margaret was a member of the Ohio Valley Baptist Church, Triadelphia, WV. Many will remember Margaret for being a country singer and singing on WWVA. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her second husband, Paul Dunn. Margaret is survived by three children, Debra Cooper of Follansbee, WV, Carl Edward (Tanalea) Clouser of Washington, PA, Mary Elizabeth (Steve) Horr of West Alexander, PA, three grandchildren, Douglas (Nicole) Horr, Scott (Stacey) Horr, and Eric (Cassie) Horr, five step grandchildren, Michael (Shana) Henderson, Raymie (Sara) Henderson, Marcie Cooper, Michael Cooper, and Marie Henderson, 10 great grandchildren, 10 step great grandchildren, her first husband, Lenus Clouser of Weirton, WV, two brothers, Kenneth (Charolette) Schupbach of Follansbee, WV and Charles (Elsie) Schupbach of Wellsburg, WV, two sisters, Mary Alice Maloney of Wellsburg, WV and Linda Davis of Wheeling, WV, and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 until time of Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551, with her pastor, Mark Perkins, officiating. Following the funeral service, Margaret 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=9534370808Obituary for John Ernest TaibiJohn Ernest Taibi, 77, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 7:55 AM on Monday, August 10, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV. John was born on February 8, 1938 in Follansbee, WV. He was the son of the late Salvatore “Sam” Sr. and Domenica (Purpura) Taibi. John served as a Corporal E-4 in the United States Marine Corp as a Clerk at Camp Lejeune, NC and later as an PFC/E-3 in the United States Army Reserve. He worked as a distributor of the Family Beer Distributing Company and later as a truck driver for Weir Cove. John was an avid golfer and loved sports. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his three brothers, Peter C., Bart “Buddy”, and Joseph Taibi. John is survived by his wife, Hazel (Urban) Taibi of Follansbee, WV, three children, John Ernest (Diane) Taibi II of Sanford, VA, Kimberly Ann Taibi Riter and Peter Carl Taibi, both of Follansbee, WV, three grandchildren, Antonio (Holly), Garret and Sheldon Taibi, two brothers, Sam Taibi Jr. of Follansbee, WV and George Taibi of Richmond, OH, a sister, Theresa Iafraiti of Warwood, WV, two sisters-in-law, Geraldine Taibi of Follansbee, WV and Dora Taibi of Wheeling, WV, and several nieces and nephews. John’s family has selected a veteran’s honor cremation under the direction of 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=a46f370601Obituary for Opal Virginia LantzOpal Virginia Lantz, 97, of Follansbee, WV, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Wyngate Senior Community, Weirton, WV. She was the daughter of late Oscar W. and Myrtle V. (Sutherland) Lantz, born in Follansbee, WV April 24, 1918. Opal was employed by Brooke County Board of Education and taught for forty four years at Colliers, Edgewood, Follansbee Junior High and Follansbee Middle School. She was a devoted and faithful member of the Follansbee United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Mixed Class, Delta Kappa Gamma, Twentieth Century Club, Bridge Club and GG’s. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Paul O. Lantz and two nieces Lois V. and Wanda J. Lantz and one nephew Duane L. Lantz. Opal is survived by one nephew William (Carolyn) Lantz, two great nieces, one great great niece, three great great nephews and many dear cousins. Family and friends will be received on Monday, August 10, 2015 from 11:00 AM until time of Funeral Service at 2:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304-527-1717) with Pastor Penny Calmbacher, officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery, Eldersville, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Follansbee United Methodist Church, 1002 Virginia Ave, Follansbee, WV 26037. 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=9a0c370334Obituary for Kathryn Smith ChernenkoKathryn Smith Chernenko passed away July 28, 2015 in Wellsburg. She was born March 1, 1923 in Rea, PA, daughter of Joseph and Anna Smith. She shared 65 years of marriage with the late West Virginia State Senator John G. Chernenko, who died in April. She was preceded in death by her brothers William C. Smith of Morgantown and Joseph Smith who died as a child. Known to her friends as Kay, she was an honors graduate of Wellsburg High School and worked as a bookkeeper as a young woman. She later worked as a Deputy for the Brooke County Clerk and in the Brooke County Assessor’s Office. Kay was politically active her entire life and had the honor of hosting a tea reception for Future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy at her home during the 1960 presidential election campaign. Nearly 200 women attended the event which was highlighted by an unannounced visit by the candidate himself near the end of the day. With her husband, she attended and participated in many major political events during her lifetime, including inaugural ceremonies in both Washington and Charleston and national Democratic nominating conventions. She and Senator Chernenko also represented the West Virginia State Legislature at two National Legislative Conferences. In 1978 Governor John D. Rockefeller IV appointed her a member of the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine, a position she held until 2002. A long time member of the Wellsburg United Methodist Church, and its Altar Guild, she was a founding member of PEO Chapter N, and a member of the Laurel Leaf Garden Club, the Wellsburg Junior Women’s Club, and the Bethany College Parents’ Council, among other civic activities. She was always proud of the accomplishments of Gary, Marc, and Janet. She especially enjoyed watching and cheering for Janet during her high school and college tennis careers. She closely followed her grandson, Cullen, as he played for his high school tennis team and Meredith, who plays on her middle school team. Kay is survived by her children Gary C. Chernenko and his wife Susan V. Chernenko of Charleston, Marc B. Chernenko and his wife Judge Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko of Wellsburg, and Janet Chernenko Mears and her husband John R. Mears of Huntington and grandchildren John Cullen Mears and Meredith Kay Mears of Huntington, as well as several nieces and nephews. A private family funeral service will be held at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551, with Pastor Angel Adams, Officiating. Interment will follow, next to her dear husband, John, 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=9877369647Obituary for Joseph Patrick GearyJoseph Patrick Geary, 83, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 12:00 AM on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Valley Hospice Center North, Steubenville, OH, surrounded by his family. Joseph was born on April 16, 1932 in Follansbee, WV. He is the son of the late William Joseph and Mae Edith (Rosenburg) Geary. Joseph served as a Sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean War, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Clusters and the United Nations Service Medal He retired after 44 years of service to Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel in the pump repair gang. Joseph was a member of the Brooke County Sportsman Club. Many will remember him for fishing and repairing things around the house; but most of all, traveling with his family on vacations and his love for his wife, children, and grandchildren as pappy. In addition parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his three brothers, Edward, Thomas, and William Geary, three sisters, Edith Hanlon, Bertha Smedley, and Alberta Barnett. Joseph is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara (Shook) Geary of Follansbee, WV, a son, Doug Geary and his significant other, Susan Misenhelder of Follansbee, WV, a daughter, Jacquie Geary of Wintersville, OH, three grandchildren, Dustin Geary of Follansbee, WV, Devin Geary of New Jersey, and Tyler Flanary of Wintersville, OH, a great grandson, Ryder, a sister, Sarah Debnar of Follansbee, WV and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Monday, July 27, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM, again on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 10:00 until time Funeral Service 11:00 AM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV, (304) 527-1717, with Pastor Dan Cooper, officiating. Military Escort by the WV Patriot Guard Riders to the Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV with Military Honors by the WV Army National Guard. 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=7893369415Obituary for Mary SacripantiMary Sacripanti, 85, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 12:30 AM on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Country Club Manor, Steubenville, OH. Mary was born on June 17, 1930 in Costonia, OH. She was the daughter of the late Mildred Moore. Mary was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV. In addition to her mother, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony A. Sacripanti, in 1992. Mary is survived by her three children, Tony (Debria) Sacripanti of Kansas, Joyce (James) Fraser of Steubenville, OH, and Karen (Michael) Robinson of Georgia, five grandchildren, Tammy Cochran, Kimberly Germana, Christie Starkey, and Sara and Robert Kovac, and four great grandchildren, Family and friends will be received on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 PM and again on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 10:00 until time of Liturgy of the Word at 11:00 AM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304-527-1717, with Father Manuel T. Gelido, presiding. Entombment will follow at Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, 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. 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