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7 April 2011

Catherine Blair, 8

Catherine Elizabeth Blair, eight, died April 1, 2011, after a long courageous battle with neuroblastoma.

She was the beloved daughter of Charles Thomas Blair and Ellen Sullivan Blair.

She was in the second grade at Glebe Elementary in Arlington, VA.

Also surviving are a brother, John; grandparents, Charles and Arvella Blair and Robert and Kathleen Sullivan; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, A. Russell and Verona Pitsenbarger of Franklin.

The funeral was held Wednesday at the Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church in Mount Solon, VA. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at Little Falls Presbyterian Church in Arlington, VA, on April 16, at 1 p.m.

The family will receive visitors on April 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. at their home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catherine Elizabeth Blair Memorial Foundation/CFNCR and sent to the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Attention; Kenny Emson, 1201 15th St., NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005. The foundation will support neuroblastoma cancer research and treatment development

Elsa Arbogast, 98

Elsa Yoder Arbogast, 98, of Harrisonburg, VA, passed away April 2, 2011, at Oak Lea Nursing Home.

Mrs. Arbogast was born April 21, 1912 in Brandon, CO, and was the sixth child of homesteading parents, Levi and Ella Hershberger Yoder.

Her family moved to Midland, MI, in 1917, where she lived until moving to Harrisonburg, VA, in 1936 to attend Eastern Mennonite School. She graduated from Rockingham Memorial School of Nursing in 1944. She practiced nursing many years at Rockingham Memorial, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community and Sunnyside Retirement Home. In her early years of nursing, she mentored other young nurses and maintained friendships with them throughout the years. She was a charter member of the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.

Many family and friends experienced her generous hospitality, eating around her table.

On April 20, 1946, she married Olie Arbogast of Onego, who died Oct. 17, 2005.

Surviving are a foster son, David Thompson of Providence Forge, VA; four grandchildren; give greatgrandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life service was held Tuesday at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church with Pastor Kathy Hochstedler and Pastor Mark Keller officiating. Private burial was held at Lindale Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Compassion Fund at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center, 1400 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Online condolences may be sent to the Arbogast family by visiting

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

Bernice Louise Lambert

Bernice Louise Kile Lambert, 59, of Cedar Manor, Petersburg, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at the Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born in Petersburg, Nov. 15, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Edwin Lester, Sr. And Mable Nelson Kile.

She was a homemaker and worked as a waitress. She attended Franklin High School, Franklin.

Her husband, Harlan Darall Lambert, Sr., preceded her in death on April 15, 1996.

Surviving are a son, Harlan Darall Lambert, Jr., of Petersburg; four sisters, Ann V. Weaver of Charleroi, PA, Clara Thompson and husband, David of Maysville; Patricia Mallow and husband, Dolan and Carolyn Bogan and husband, Jim, all of Onego; and two grandchildren, Harlan Preston and Bernice Renee Lambert.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Edwin Lester Kile, Jr.; and an infant daughter.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Pastors Stephen Landis and Robert Mallow officiating. Interment was at Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of the Basagic Funeral Home, PO Box 500, Petersburg, WV 26847.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at

Hilda E. Shipe, 75

Hilda Eunice Shipe, 75, of Timberville, VA, died March 29, 2011, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.

She was born July 1, 1935, in Fort Seybert and was a daughter of the late Jack and Roxie Whitmer Nesselrodt.

She worked at Rockingham Poultry and retired after 22 years. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Broadway.

On Dec. 24, 1954, she married Turner Ashby Shipe, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Patsy Rohrbaugh of Fulks Run, VA, Bonnie Shipe of Timberville, VA, and Wanda Miller of Fulks Run, VA; three brothers; four sisters, three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pastors Kevin Gerber and Keith Hulton conducted a graveside service Sunday at the Lorie Ship Cemetery in Mathias.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to the Grandle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Orville W. Harper, 49

Orville Wayne Harper, 49, of Augusta County, VA, and formerly of Riverton passed away at the Chapel Hill North Carolina Medical Center on Saturday March 19, 2011.

He was born Jan 1, 1962, at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and was the son of the late Johnny Harper of Riverton and Sue Harper of Goshen, VA.

He was a self employed auto mechanic who specialized in imported German cars in Wilmington, NC.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved his native West Virginia and Virginia. He was a devoted husband, father and brother who holds a special place in everyones heart forever.

His wife, Tammy Harper survives.

Also surviving are two children, Jesse Tonn and Patrick Harper; five grandchildren in Wilmington, NC; four brothers, Jake Harper of Mt. Solon, VA, John Harper and Fred Harper, both of Harrisonburg, VA, and Scott Harper of Goshen, VA; and two sisters, Linda Whitmer of Singers Glen, VA, and Theresa Comer of Weyers Cave, VA.

A private memorial service was held in Wilmington, NC, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date in Goshen, VA.

Jeffery Vandevander, 36

Jeffery Allen Vandevander, 36, of Augusta passed away on March 31, 2011, as the result of a automobile accident.

Born Nov. 19, 1974, in Harrisonburg, VA, he is the son of John R. Vandevander of Upper Tract and the late Carol Sue Cosner Vandevander.

Mr. Vandevander was a devoted husband and father and was a civil engineer for the Army Corp of Engineers.

He was employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District in Winchester, VA, since 2006. He was a valued colleague and giving leader who proudly worked daily in vital support of reconstruction operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His wife, Robyn L. (Jenkins) Vandevander, survives.

Surviving, in addition to his father and wife, are two sons Cody Allen and Caleb Isaac John Vandevander, both at home; one sisters, Brandi Rohrbaugh of Broadway, VA; and two brothers, Rodney Vandevander of North Carolina and Adam Rohrbaugh.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Augusta Church of Christ with Pastor James Ward officiating.

Interment was at the Kline Cemetery in Upper Tract.

Memorials can be made to the Educational Fund of the Vandevander Sons, c/o FNB of Romney, PO Box 1037, Romney, WV 26757.

Funeral arrangements were handles by McKee Funeral Home of Augusta.

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