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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

14 October 2009

Lucy Colabrese

Lucy B. Colabrese, 92, beloved sister, godmother and aunt, died peacefully at her home in Charles Town on Saturday, Oct. 10.

She was born May 16, 1917 in Douglas, she was the oldest daughter of the late Frank and Antoinetta Colabrese.

Miss Colabrese graduated from Thomas High School in 1935, from Potomac College in 1939 and from West Virginia University, with a BS in Commerce and Business Education in 1941. She completed her MS at WVU in 1952.

While attending West Virginia University, Miss Colabrese was active in many clubs and organizations including the WVU Glee Club.  In 1941, she began teaching Business Commerce and English at Elk Garden High School in Mineral County, where she was involved in many activities, instituting a music program and avidly supporting the sports teams.

Since retiring, she frequently received calls, letters and visits from many of the students she taught, all of whom spoke of how she inspired their lives.

A devoted daughter and sister, Miss Colabrese commuted each weekend for 34 years from Elk Garden to her family home in Douglas, to care for her parents and extended family. She was a consummate homemaker, renowned for her baking and cooking talents. She retired from teaching in 1974 to fulfill her family commitments.

Ms. Colabrese was a life-long member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Thomas, and was active in the Alter Society.

After moving to Charles Town in 2000, she became a member of St. James Catholic Church and remained in their Women’s Club until her illness.

Miss Colabrese is survived by her sisters Eleanor Golladay of Newark, Del., Barbara Colabrese of Thomas and Charles Town, Yonnie and Kenneth Sims of Charles Town; 14 nieces and nephews including two goddaughters and one godson; and numerous great-nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by five siblings Elviera Maphis, Gloria Vandendriessche, Alphonso Colabrese, G.J. “Bill” Colabrese and John T. Colabrese.

The family would like to thank the Hospice of the Panhandle; the wonderful personal caregivers Dawna, Rena, Carol, Delores, Carla and Sara; Regina Smith, who brought Communion every week; Fr. Brian Owens for his comforting and enjoyable visits; and the people of St. Thomas Church for their prayers and support.

Friends were received at Hinkle Funeral Home in Davis on Monday, Oct. 12 from 3 to 8 p.m., with Rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church with Father Timothy J. Grassi and Father Brian Owens as celebrants. Interment followed in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Brenda Roy

Brenda Joyce Ketchum Roy, 57, a resident of Parsons, departed this life late Monday morning, Oct. 12 at her home. She had been in her usual health and death was sudden and unexpected.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home for Brenda Joyce Ketchum Roy. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Paul Shupp

Paul A. Shupp, 96, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Wednesday morning, Oct. 7, at Mansfi eld Place at Philippi.

He was born Friday, Sept. 12, 1913 at Jacksonburg, a son of the late George A. Shupp and Eliza LeMaster Shupp. On Nov. 15, 1938, he was married to the former Elsie Madeline Plum, who preceded him in death in Nov. of 1973.

Surviving are three sons Ralph Roger Shupp of Greensburg, Pa., Mitchell Leroy “Mickey” Shupp and wife Sandra of Philippi and James Dale Shupp and wife Brenda of Herndon, Va.; three grandchildren Michael Lee Shupp of Morgantown, Roger Randall Shupp and wife Carol of Texas and Tamala Christine Wilson and husband Randy of Swanson, Md.; and five great grandchildren.

He is the last surviving member of his immediate family having been preceded in death by three brothers Henry, Charlie and Andy Shupp; and one sister Bertie Shupp.

He was a construction worker and a former employee of the International Labor Union, retiring after fifty years of service.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Friday, Oct. 9 from 4 until 7 p.m. Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Rev. Pat Cassidy officiated and interment followed at the Bethel Cemetery at Holly Meadows. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Paul A. Shupp. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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