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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  11 March 2010

"Joe" Peter Bodkin, Jr.

"Joe" Peter Bodkin Jr., 79, of Upper Tract passed away on Friday, March 5, 2010, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Bodkin was born on Sept. 19, 1930, in Upper Tract, the son of the late Joe Peter Bodkin, Sr., and the late Nellie Painter Bodkin.

He was a former truck driver, school bus driver, mechanic and state inspector for WV Department of Highways. He also worked for the Pendleton County Assessorís Office and was a former county commissioner. He was a 1948 graduate of Franklin High School and a member of Christ Central Community Church.

His wife, Mary Joan Eye Bodkin, preceded him in death on Dec. 6, 2007.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Jo "Sandy" Silberg and husband, Robert of Williamsport, PA; a son, Darrell Bodkin and wife, Elizabeth of Upper Tract; a brother, Norlyn L. Bodkin and wife, Paige of Harrisonburg, VA; four grandchildren, Jeremy Bodkin and wife, Alicia, Erin Bodkin, Ryan Silberg and Linzy Silberg; two great-great-grandchildren, Jordan and Dakota Bodkin.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Joe Peter "Pete" Bodkin, III, and a brother, Garth Bodkin.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Christ Central Community Church, Upper Tract, with Rev. Sam Harper officiating. Interment was in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract.

Memorials may be made to Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Regional Cancer Center or Pete Bodkin Scholarship Fund.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.

Patricia Eye Hartman

Patricia Teter Eye Hartman, 72, of Ft. Seybert and formerly of Franklin, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the home of her daughter.

She was born Dec. 6, 1937, at Teter Gap, Circleville, and was the daughter of the late Mitchell Teter and Bertie Teter, and the adopted daughter of the late Lonnie and Zona Eye.

She had worked as a cook at the Star Hotel and as a maid for Thompson's Motel. She was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Dianna Coleman and husband, Roy of Fayetteville, and Angela Rexrode and husband, Kent of Ft. Seybert; one son, Charles Hartman and wife, Sherry of Franklin; one nephew, Larry Simpson and wife, Donna of Hinton, VA; two brothers, Jake Teter of Franklin and Harry Teter of Seman, OH; six grandchildren, Michael Coleman, Christopher Coleman, Thomas Coleman, Jessica Hartman, Tiffany Simpson and Rebekah Simpson; and four great-grandchildren, Christopher Coleman, David Coleman, Renee Coleman and Mason Coleman.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Carol Lee Bodkin.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the chapel of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Cindy Skinner officiating. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Angela Rexrode, HC 69 Box 212A, Ft. Seybert, WV 26802.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Delmar Harrison Alt 

Delmar Harrison Alt, 73, of Spotsylvania, VA, and formerly of Petersburg, died Saturday, March 6, 2010 at his home.

He was born June 6, 1936, in Petersburg and was the son of the late Virgil Alt and Della (Ratcliff) Alt.

Mr. Alt graduated from Petersburg High School in 1956. He served in the United States Army and worked at Fort Myers in Arlington, VA, for 26 years. He loved the outdoors; camping, fishing and hunting and especially enjoyed taking his grandson hunting. He was a man of few words, but was always helping others in need.

His wife, Alma Jean (Rutherford) Alt, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Connie VanderHaeghe and husband, David of Spotsylvania, VA; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; half sister, Mary Kay Alt of Riverton; one brother, Darl Alt of Dorcas; two half brothers, Bobby Alt and wife, Debbie of York, SC, and Billy Alt and wife, Elaine of Youngstown, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Rev. John Vetter officiating. Burial followed with military graveside honors by the Petersburg VFW Post 6454 at the North Mill Creek Cemetery, Dorcas.

Elizabeth Seegar, 99 

Elizabeth Bosley Seegar, 99, died Monday, March 1, 2010, at Pendleton Manor.

She was born Oct. 7, 1910, in Baltimore, MD, one of three children of Dr. J. King B. E. Seegar and Elizabeth Bosley Seegar.

Her sister died in 2005 at the age 92, and her brother in 2007 at age 97.

Miss Seegar, as generations of students called her, taught elementary school in Alexandria, VA, for her entire career and was in demand as a reading and math tutor after her retirement. A WWII veteran, she served as a Lieutenant in the US Coast Guard Womenís Reserve (the SPARS, from the Coast Guard motto, Semper Paratus, Always Ready) in Washington, DC, New York and Charleston, SC, as a coding officer and in the Coast Guardís Volunteer Reserve in Hawaii until 1953.

Her adventurous spirit took her to China, Egypt and Russia, as well as on several educational church-sponsored trips to Israel. "Libby" to her family and friends, she enjoyed many visits in Pendleton County over the years, visiting her nephew, Dr. King Seegar, and venturing to Spruce Knob and other points of interest and was very comfortable spending the last half-year of her long life here.

A graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, she was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa sorority. She pursed her interest in the arts over the years, becoming an accomplished amateur weaver, potter and painter. She was an active member of the Georgetown Presbyterian congregation in Washington, DC, enjoying choir and Bible study.

Surviving are her sister-in-law, Jane I. S. Seegar of Towson, MD; her brother-in-law, Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr., of Portsmouth, VA; her cousin, Philip P. Purrington Jr. of Kilmarnock, VA; seven devoted nieces and nephews; and 12 great-nieces and -nephews.

A memorial service is being planned in Baltimore, MD.

Lewis Dean, 83

Lewis Thomas Dean, 83, of Mt. Crawford, VA, died Monday, March 1, 2010, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Dean was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Rockingham County, VA, near Penn Laird, VA, and was the son of the late John Thomas Dean and Mittie Royer Dean.

He was a member of Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren and worked as a machine operator with Valley Blox until his retirement in 1999. He served our country in the Army during WWII.

On Jan. 11, 1956, he married Catherine Louise Walker Dean, formerly of Ft. Seybert, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ronald "Pete" Dean of Elkton, VA; one daughter, Janice Whetzel of Buckingham, VA; one sister, Mary Lam of Elkton, VA; one granddaughter, Tina Dean of Mt. Crawford, VA; one step-granddaughter; and one step-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren with the Revs. Henry Elsea and Richard Hall officiating. Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA.

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