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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 11 February 2004

Lil Schilansky
Lilia Evelyn Schilansky, 103, of Thomas, died Feb. 5, at Cortland Acres Nursing Home.

Born Oct. 6, 1900, she was the daughter of the late Sarah and Barney Schilansky, early settlers of Thomas. She is the last survivor of her family and the oldest survivor of the earlier settlers of Thomas.

Miss Schilansky was a graduate of Thomas High School and was a graduate of West Virginia University and Davis & Elkins College. She taught in Tucker and Grant County elementary schools for more than fifty years.

Miss Schilansky served two terms as president of the Thomas Woman’s Club and was an active member of the Alpine Festival Committee. She was also a member of the Cottrill Opera House Restoration Committee.

She is survived by four nieces, Shirley Leshin of Milwaukee, WI, Shirley Jean Franklin of Erie, PA, Ellan Heit of Pearl River, NY, and Joan Bernstein of New York, NY; great-nieces and nephews, Judy Dillon, David Rubenstein, James Rubenstein, Robert Rubenstein, Tom Rubenstein, Harry Rubenstein, Randall Leshin, Lawrence Leshin, Elizabeth Leshin, Leslie Franklin, Marilyn Franklin, Sharon Shavrick, Howard Franklin, Amy Heit, Becki Leitman, Laurie Lang, Suzan Tabor, Daniel and Lee Lebby; and several great-great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held in the spring as a celebration of her life.

Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  

Wanda Gail Blume

Wanda Gail Blume, 67, a resident of Parsons, died Feb. 5, at her home, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Saturday, Jan. 23, 1937, at Boonesborough, Fayette County, the daughter of the late Nile Thomas Willis and Ester “Hester” Forsythe.  On June 17, 1953, at (Spy Rock) Lookout, she was married to Forrest E. Blume, who survives, a well-known conservation officer of Tucker County. They celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Also surviving are a son, Carl G. Blume of South Charleston; one brother, Paige N. (and Jean) Willis, of Clay; one sister, Eloise Blume of Victor; two half brothers, Bobby and Junior Willis; two half sisters, Jeannie Brickel and Faye Ewing; and three granddaughters, Meagan, Makenzie and Abigail Blume, all of Topeka, KS.

She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Emma Jean Blume.

She attended the Graydon one-room school at Graydon and the Graydon Methodist Church.  She worked for the former Island Creek Coal Company Store of Montgomery and was a former council member for the city of Parsons.  She served as a treasurer and office clerk for the city for 31 years.  She was instrumental in securing and development of the Five Rivers Public Library of Parsons and was instrumental in obtaining and securing the certificate of need for the St. George Clinic at St. George.  She wrote and secured grant money for the city of Parsons after the 1985 flood.  She was instrumental in developing the Mill Race Park of Parsons.  She worked diligently at fund-raising for the park to obtain funds for pavilions, restrooms and playground equipment.  For many years she encouraged planting of flowers, trees and shrubs to beautify the park.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons where final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor with Pastor Loren D. Metzner officiating and interment followed at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.

Bertha Stemple

Bertha Elizabeth Knarr Stemple, 90, a former resident of Parsons and a resident of the Elkins Regional Convalescent Center, died Feb. 9, at the center.

She was born March 31, 1913, in Mannington, a daughter of the late Orrien A. Knarr and Ida Miller Knarr.  On May 9, 1936, she was married to Paul Clifford Stemple, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are a son, Frederick Cline Stemple and wife, Sue, of Alaska; two daughters, Ida “Jane” (and Alvah) Mannon of Walnotport, PA, and Betty Jo Stemple Sanders of Lula, GA; a half sister, Alice Johnson of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn and Oscar Knarr; and two sisters, Zettie White and Minnie Knaggs.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Riverview Chapel Church at Porterwood.

The family will receive friends a the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons Thursday, FEb. 12 from 6 to 9 pm.  Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Friday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.  Pastors Dick Gadd and Peg Harris Fansler will officiate and interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery in Parsons. 

James Rhodes

James Arthur Rhodes, 14, a resident of Davis and a eighth grade student at the Davis-Thomas Middle School, died, Feb. 4, from injuries sustained in a fall.

He was born May 16, 1989, at Elkins, the son of Arthur H. Rhodes of Davis and Carol Landsberry Wolford of Petersburg.

Also surviving are five half brothers, David A. Rhodes and Joe W. Rhodes, both of Thomas, Daniel L. Rhodes of Davis, Hobert Ray Wolford Jr. and Ronald Lee Wolford, both of Petersburg; four half sisters, Donna and Beverly Wolford, both of Elkins, Linda Studer of Beverly, Delinda Okernick of Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was one half brother, Stephen K. Rhodes.

He was an avid basketball player and loved to play video games.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins where final rites were conducted at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jeffrey N. Winter officiating and interment followed at the Maplewood Cemetery at Elkins. 

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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