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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 14 February 2002

Donald L. Shoulders, 70

Donald L. Shoulders, 70, of Addison, IL, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL.

Mr. Shoulders was born May 10, 1931, in Birds, IL, and was the son of the late Bert and Eva Shoulders.

He graduated from Franklin High School in 1948. On July 2, 1952, he married Fannie Warner of Franklin. They moved to Schiller Park, IL, later that year for his 1-W service. Afterward, they settled in Addison, IL, where they raised four daughters and were active members of Lombard Bible Church. Mrs. shoulders retired after nearly 37 years as a maintenance mechanic at M & M Mars in Chicago, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Fannie; his daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Dominick Schiavone of Wayne, IL, Elizabeth and Michael Kugel of Clear Springs, MD, Susan and Craig Paulsen of Roselle, IL, and Janice and David Brookes of Houston, TX; 14 grandchildren; two sisters, Anabelle Fisher of Fulks Run, VA, and Margie Sherman of Mt. Carmel IL, and their families; and the families of his late brothers, Tom Shoulders, Jack Shoulders and Bob Shoulders.

He was also preceded in death by two granddaughters, Kyrie and Ashley Paulsen; two half-sisters, Thelma and Bertine; and half-brother, Lyle.

Visitation took place on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at the Brust Funeral Home in Lombard, IL. Pastor Morrison conducted the funeral service at Lombard Bible Church at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.


Ona Landes

Ona Landes, 93, of Franklin, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Landes was born Dec. 13, 1908, in Riverton and was the daughter of the late Rollie Bland and Belva Thompson Bland.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Willie Landes, preceded her in death on March 19, 1998.

She is survived by five daughters, Betty McCoy, Mary Rose Newman and Carol June Evick, all of Harrisonburg, VA, and Helen Skidmore and Roxie Hammer, both of Franklin; two sons, Charles R. Landes of Moorefield, and William Daniel Landes, Nashville, TN; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Nellie Rogers.

The Rev. Donald Wilkinson Conducted the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at the Franklin Presbyterian Church. Burial was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial donations may be made to the Franklin Presbyterian Church.


Delbert J. Cowger, 73

Delbert J. Cowger, 73, of Franklin, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at his home.

Mr. Cowger was born March 8, 1928, in Cherry Grove and was the son of the late Fred Cowger and Martha Waybright.

He was employed at Hevener Motor Equipment Company for 30 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Pendleton American Legion Post No. 36, the Sugar Grove Veterans of Foreign Ward Post No. 9666 and the Franklin Loyal Order of the Moose No. 769. He was a Lutheran by faith.

On April 16, 1953, he married Virginia Carolyn Johnson, who preceded him in death on April 4, 1981. On April 15, 1983, he married Alice Warner Sinnett, who survives.

Also surviving are two step-daughters, Kristi VanMeter of Franklin, and Barbara Cayton of Keezletown, VA; two step-sons, Jerry Sinnett and Danny Sinnett, both of Franklin; a half sister; five step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, one step-daughter, and one step-son.

The Rev. Thomas Malcolm conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was at the Wimer Cemetery near Moyers.


Lynwood S. Ritchie, 84

Lynwood Showalter Ritchie, 84, of Bridgewater, VA, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at his home.

Mr. Ritchie was born Sept. 15, 1917, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Ralph R. and Eula Showalter Ritchie.

He attended Linville-Edom and singer Glen schools. He returned to Bridgewater, VA, in 1988 after living in Baltimore, MD, where he was an overhead crane operator for Bethlehem Steel for 45 years.

Mr. Ritchie was a member of Mount Zion Church of the Brethren. He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed fishing.

On Feb. 10, 1946, he married the former Ola Virginia Berry, who survives.

Also surviving are a brother, Maurice Ritchie, Harrisonburg, VA; three sisters, Louise Bennett, Brandywine, Joan Higgs, Leonardtown, MD, and Dorothy Shipp, Washington, DC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Lloyd Sprinkle conducted the funeral at 2:30 p.m. at the McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA. Burial followed at Woodbine Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgewater Rescue Squad, PO Box 285, Bridgewater, VA 22812 or Antioch United Church of Christ, c/o Janet Hartman, 1577 Stone Spring Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.


Mary J. Varner, 85

Mary J. Varner, 85, of Brandywine, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA.

Mrs. Varner was born Sept. 23, 1916 in Brandywine and was the daughter of the late Isaac W. Blizzard and Rosa Bolton Blizzard.

She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Samuel Varner, preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1972.

She is survived by two daughters, Agnes Simmons of Brandywine and Sheila Simmons of Bridgewater, VA; a son Stephen D. Varner of Brandywine; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sister, Viola Vandevander and Elsie Bennett.

The Rev. Harold Cullers conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren. Burial was at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandywine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Fork Rescue Squad.

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