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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 7 January 2004

"Bud" Nestor
Hubert "Bud" Berton Nestor, 85, a resident of Parsons, died Jan. 4, at the Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins. He had been in declining health and death was attributed to kidney failure.

He was born Wednesday, April 3, 1918, at Parsons, the son of the late James Berton Nestor and Fayah Goff Nestor.  On Dec. 1, 1945, at Oakland, MD, he was married to the former Sarah Bell Summerfield, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ernest Lee Nestor, and one daughter, Deborah Faye (and Larry)  Streets, all of Leadmine; two sisters, Elloween "Pat" Goss of Parsons and Alberta Chrislip of Washington, D.C.; and four grandchildren, Chatel, Adam, Wesley and Emily.

He was preceded in death by one son, Mark Burton Nestor.

He was a 1937 graduate of Parsons High School.  He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for 37 years for the former Parsons Tannery until it's closing and the Tucker County Court House, retiring in 1983.  He was a member of the Parsons Volunteer Fire Department for many years and a member of the former Garnett Post Veterans of Foreign Wars of Parsons.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 6 to 8 pm.  Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 pm.  The Rev. James Ellis will officiate and interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons. 

Reba Williams

Reba Jean Williams, 45, of Eglon, died Dec. 29 at home.  

She was born Sept. 13, 1958 in Oakland, MD a daughter of the late John Lewis Mullenax and Cora Marie Rhodes Barlow who survives. 

She is also survived by husband Richard C. Williams; two daughters Rachel and Rebecca Ann Williams at home; two step-sons Johnathan R. Williams of Eglon and Richard Marteney of Oakland, MD: four step-daughters Sandy Kohls and Regina Banks both of Dallas, TX and Christine Limbrick and Christal Drake both of Fairmont; four sisters Helen Roth of Eglon, Barbara Evans of St. George, Virginia Dixon of Amboy, Betty Slaubaugh of Morgantown and several stepchildren and step-great-grandchidlren.  

Mrs. Williams was a homemaker. 

Friends were received at Hinkle Funeral Home, Davis where funeral services were held at the Red House Lutheran Church with the Rev. Keith Pittsnogle officiating.  Interment followed in Texas Cemetery. 

Regina Santer

Regina Teresa Kotnick Santer, 87, of Vienna, died Jan. 1 at St. Joseph's Hospital. 

She was born in Thomas, a daughter of the late Franc and Maria Kveder Kotnik. 

Surviving are six sons, Dr. Michael (and Andrea) Santer, Jr. of Parkersburg, Thomas F. (and Margie) Santer of Vienna, Matthew P. (and Pam) Santer of Parkersburg, Joseph T. (and Barbara) Santer of Parkersburg, Stephen F. (and Mary) Santer of Vienna and Paul M. Santer of Charleston; two daughters; Regina Ann (and Dan) Studzinski of Kennett Square, PA and Mary Katherine (and Mark) Post of Bethlehem, PA; a sister Antonia Jeran of Thomas; 22 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Mrs. Santer was preceded in death by husband Dr. Michael A. Santer Sr; a brother Frank Kotnik and sister Mayme Schillingberg. 

 Mrs. Santer was a registered nurse graduating from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in 1937.  She was an artist and a member of Studio 7 and the National Society of Arts and Letters.  She was a longtime board member of the Colonial House senior living home and a past president of the Parkersburg Medical Auxiliary.  She was a founding member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Vienna.  

Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Vienna with the Rev. James Chetock officiating.  Interment followed at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Parkersburg.  The Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg was in charge of the arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to Parkersburg Catholic Schools, or the Good Samaritan Clinic, c/o the Parkersburg  Medical Academy.   

Ruth Stemple

Ruth M. Stemple, 88, of Parkersburg, died Dec. 31, 2003 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg.

She was born in Tucker County a daughter of the late Delpha and Clarice White Stemple.   

Surviving are five brothers, Robert (and Myrtle) Stemple of Belpre, OH, Colonel James (and Jeanne) Stemple of Arlington, VA, Joseph (and Loretta)  Stemple of Warner Robbins, GA, David (and Marion) Stemple of New Martinsville and Thomas (and Margaret) Stemple of Vienna; two sisters, Patricia (and Gerard) Dubois of Arlington, VA and Jeanne Bucklew of Fairmont; a brother-in-law Joseph Johnson of Parkersburg; sister-in-law Dolores Stemple of Belpre, OH; 25 nieces and nephews and seven great-great nieces and nephews and seven great-great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Richard Stemple, and three sister,, Elizabeth Walters, Mary Westervelt, Roberta Johnston and a niece.  

She was a 1933 graduate of Thomas High School and West Virginia University in 1938.  She taught mathematics and science for 13 1/2 years in the public middle schools of Grant and Logan counties.  Stemple received her master's degree in library science from Florida State University in 1955.  She was the senior reference librarian at WVU and the documents/map librarian at Florida State University.  She was the head librarian at the Agriculture-Engineering library at WVU and the reference librarian / bibliographer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in  Tennessee.  She was a member of the Beta Phi Mu, the International Library Science Honorary, Florida State University School of Library Science Alumni, the Walter Chapter 43, Order of Eastern Star in Davis.  

Per Stemple's request her body will be cremated and remains interred at Aurora Cemetery in Aurora.  There will be a memorial service at a later date at the convenience of the family.  Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg was in charge of arrangements.  

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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