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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

3 August 2006

Eula F. Bland

Eula Frances Vance Bland, 73, of Seneca Rocks died Friday, July 28, 2006 at Grant Memorial Hospital. 

Mrs. Bland was born April 16, 1933, in Onego and was the daughter of the late mason and Bertha Vance.  

she was a member of Seneca Rocks Presbyterian church, the Gideons International Auxiliary, Rock Cavern VFW 6862 ladies' Auxiliary and the retired school personnel.  She was a past member of Onego Seneca Rocks CEOS. 
Her husband of 57 years, Byron Bland, Jr., survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter Deborah Judy and husband Roy Lee of Circleville; two sons Michael C. Bland and wife, Shirley of Keyser, and Ronald L. Bland of Onego; a sister Grace Harper of Warren, OH; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Judy Sponaugle and husband, Mike, Brandon Judy, Racheal Bland Cesnick and husband, Shawn, Christopher Bland and wife, Kelli, Scott Bland, Chase Bland and Macey Bland; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.  

She also was preceded in death by four sisters, Dessie Hartman, Jessie Tingler, Joy Bowers and Hope Smith; and four brothers, Dale, Lester, MArvin and Carl Vance. 

Pastor J. Mark McAllister and the Rev. C. William Cox conducted the funeral Monday at the Schaeffer funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton. 

Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International or the Seneca Rocks Presbyterian Church Building. Fund.

Verlin L. Eckard 

Verlin "Dick" Leo Eckard, 69, of Brandywine died Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mr. Eckard was born Nov. 24, 1937, in Brandywine, and was a son of the late Floyd "Koontz" Eckard and Kerneda Cleo Rexrode Eckard. 

He retired from Wampler Poultry and was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. 

Survivors include a son, Richard Nesselrodt of Brandywine; his companion of 16 years, Sylvia Neil of Brandywine; two brothers, James "Roger" Eckard of Clover Hill, VA, and roy Lee Eckard of Brandywine; and one granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Hunter of Moundsville. 

Brianna Richardson conducted a graveside service Tuesday at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandywine. 

Arrangements were by Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.   

Katherine Hagen, 82

Katherine "Kitty" Hagen, 82, of Traverse City, MI, died Monday, July 24, 2006, at Munson Medical Center following complications from a surgical procedure. 

Born March 30, 1924, in Roanoke, VA, she was the daughter of the late James and Katherine  Mitchell, and she spent many summers and other occasions visiting her maternal grandparents, the late Dr. Samuel B. and Katherine Johnson, in Franklin. 

She was married 55 years to James (Jim) Hagen, who died in 2000. 

Surviving are a daughter, Kathy (David) Wilson of Indialantic, FL; two sons, John Deirdre Mahoney of Traverse City, MI, and Jim "Jeff" Oishi of Ithaca, NY; two brothers, James Mitchell and wife, Barbara of Saginaw, MI, and Samuel Mitchell and wife, Karen of Traverse City, MI; three grandchildren, Eric Wilson of Tampa, FL, Katie Wilson of Jacksonville, FL, and Jack Hagen of Traverse City, MI; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her role as wife and mother, Mrs. Hagen was active in education and civic affairs, including co-founding the local chapter of the American Association of University women in 1955 and serving as an adult leader of the Traverse city Girl Scouts.  She was one of five early proponents of foreign language learning and volunteered countless hours teaching French to elementary students in Traverse city public schools.  She also did volunteer work teaching reading and English as a second language when she and Jim lived in Texas. 

She was a graduate in hotel/restaurant administration at Michigan State University. 

Her husband's career as an aeronautical engineer with Parsons corporation afforded many exciting opportunities for her to join him on extended travels to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

From 1970 to 1992, the lived in Stockton, CA, and Fort Worth, TX.  Following his retirement from Bell helicopter, they returned to Traverse City, MI, and who had developed Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.  

Her most recent passion was documenting her family's genealogy and memoirs for her descendants, a monumental project of which she was very proud.  She was working on her next project, "The Nenie Book," a biography of one of her favorite aunts, the late Cornelia I. Johnson of Franklin.

A celebration of life service was held at Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral home in Traverse City, MI, with the Rev. Tamara Williams of Central United Methodist church officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Michigan, Amyloidosis Support Groups, and Traverse City Central United Methodist Church. 

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Kenneth Mongold, 79

Kenneth Junior Mongold, 79, a resident at the Pendleton County Nursing Home, and formerly of Moorefield, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at Grant Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Mongold was born Sept. 5, 1926, in Bass and was the son of the late Dixon and Ethel V. Tusing Mongold. 

His wife, Mary Ellen (Mongold) Mongold, preceded him in death in May 1986. 

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Wesley Mongold of Langhorne, PA, and Larry Wayne Mongold of Harrisonburg, VA; a daughter, Linda Whetzel of Moorefield; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

The Funeral was held Sunday at Fraley Funeral Home in Moorefield.  Burial followeed at the Olivet Cemetery. 

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