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Mourning a loss that touched
people on Delaware street corners
and far beyond, President Barack
Obama on Saturday remembered
Beau Biden, the vice presidents
son, as a public servant who
learned through early tragedy
what mattered most and resolved
to live a life of meaning.
He was a scion of an incredible family who brushed away the
possibility of privilege for the
harder, better reward of earning
his own way, Obama said in a
deeply personal eulogy. The president described Beau Biden as a
son, a father, a soldier and a
politician who didnt cut corners
in his efforts to serve his country
and others.
The former Delaware attorney
general died a week ago of brain
cancer at age 46.
Obama reflected on the cruel
twist of fate that killed Beau
Bidens mother and infant sister in
a car crash four decades ago and
left 3-year-old Beau and younger
brother Hunter hospitalized.
Out of that tragedy, Obama
said, Beau as a very young boy
made a very grown-up decision:
He would live a life of meaning.
He would live a life for others.
Vice President Joe Biden, who
did not speak at his sons funeral,
embraced Obama at the funerals
start, after crossed himself
solemnly as he entered the church
to the strains of Bring Him
Home, from Les Miserables.
Obamas eulogy reflected the
strong bonds that Joe Biden and
the president have developed after
more than six years together in
the White House, with the president declaring his family to be
honorary members of the
extended Biden clan.
Speaking directly to the vice
president and his wife, Jill,
Obama said, Michelle and I
thank God you are in our lives.
Taking this ride with you is one of
the great pleasures of our lives.
Joe, you are my brother.
The overflow crowd of 1,000 at
St. Anthony of Padua Roman
Catholic Church included Michelle
Obama, Bill and Hillary Rodham
Clinton, an array of state and
national political figures, as well as
people from across Delaware and
beyond who lined up hours in
advance, drawn by their strong
bonds to the Biden family.
Joe Biden is Delaware, and
his son is also Delaware to me,
said Lisa Rial, 54, who grew up
in Delaware but lives in
Pennsylvania. Theyre synonymous with Delaware. Outside,
along the route to the church, residents held up signs reading Rest
in Peace, Beau.


Vera Lou Jacobs Bunner

The family of Doris Rosalie

Compton would like to
express their heartfelt appreciation to the following individuals for their thoughtfulness, compassion and care
during the recent passing of
their mother. First, our
thanks to the competent,
caring and attentive staff at
the John Manchin, Sr
Health Care Center in
Fairmont who provided
skillful and professional
care for Rosalie over an
extended period of time. We
believe Fairmont is fortunate to have such a facility
for our chronically ill and
elderly patients in Marion
County. Thanks also to
Hospice staff for providing
emotional support and comfort measures for Rosalie
and her family during her
final few days. Additional
thanks and recognition go
out to the members of the
Mt. Nebo Church of Christ
for providing a wonderful
meal for Rosalies family
and friends at the Bunner
Ridge Community Center
following graveside services
at Summers Church. A
beautiful hymn sung by
Rosalies nieces, nephews
and other family members
was a thoughtful and very
moving addition to the
graveside service. In fact
some who attended commented that, for them at
least, it was the most memorable part of the entire funeral. Finally, our very sincere
and heartfelt appreciation
and gratitude goes out to the
caring staff of Carpenter &
Ford Funeral Home who
consistently provided professional and compassionate
advice as well as attending
to the many needs of the
family throughout this time.
We are eternally grateful to
everyone mentioned above
and to any others we may
have inadvertently forgotten
to mention.

GRAZIANI Mary Frances,

81, of Dove, died Wednesday
(June 3, 2015) in the Park
Village Health Care Center following a three and a half year
battle with cancer. A funeral
mass will be held at 11:30 a.m.
Monday in the St. Joseph
Catholic Church at Dover with
Fr. Jimmy Hatfield officiating.
Interment will be in the Calvary
Cemetery at Dover. Friends can

The family of
Doris Rosalie Compton

call from 2-5 p.m. today in the

Toland-Herzig Funeral Home
and Crematory at Dover with
Christian Wake services starting
at 4:45 p.m. Those wishing to
express their fondest memories
of Mary may do so by visiting
the online obituaries and flowers
link on the funeral homes website. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation at
26210 Emery Rd., Suite 307,
Cleveland, Ohio 44128.

TIPI Mike, 60, of Market

Street in Fairmont, passed away
Thursday (June 4, 2015) evening
at Mon General Hospital in
Morgantown. Family and friends
may call at Ford Funeral Home,
Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St.,
Fairmont, WV from noon to 4
p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Monday. A
Catholic Vigil Service will be
held in the funeral home at 6:30
p.m. Monday. Funeral services
will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday
in the funeral home with Sister
Stella Cronauer, CSJ officiating.
Burial will follow in Mount Zion
Cemetery and Mausoleum in
Fairmont. Condolences may be
sent to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.


201 Columbia St.

Betty Lockhart

Gene of Fairmont; eight special

grandchildren and their spouses,
Jennifer and Brad Scott, Jill
Marie Lockhart, Lisa Marie
Price, Samuel David and Robin
Price, Isaac Nicholas Zivkovic,
Brittney and Shawn Moore,
Geremy Goolie and Garrett
Goolie; and five great grandchildren, Logan James Scott, Ashlyn
Marie Scott, Reese Skylar Price,
Caroline Samara Price and
Laney Renee Moore.
Also surviving is her sister,
Shirley Lockhart of Oregon;
four sisters-in-law, Barbara
Whitecotton of McCurdysville,
Delores Whitecotton of
Fairmont, Ida Mae Paknik of
Fairmont and Ruby Lockhart of
Fairmont; and several nieces and
In addition to her parents,
Betty was preceded in death by
two brothers and two sisters,
Theodore Whitecotton, Donald
Whitecotton, Delma Whitecotton
and Deloris Whitecotton.
Friends and family may call at
the Carpenter & Ford Funeral
Home, 209 Merchant St.,
Fairmont from 1-8 p.m. Monday
and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday. The
funeral service will be at 11 a.m.
on Tuesday at the funeral home
with Pastor Glen Stevenson officiating. Interment will follow at
Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

On Thursday (June 4, 2015),

at the age of 87, Mary Jo
Granny Rich painted the sky
for her family
with rainbows
and breathtaking sunsets as
peacefully in
the company of
her family.
Born Mary
Jo Rosenberger, and eventually
given the name Granny by
her family and most of the
community, she is the daughter
of M.C. Rosenberger and Ona
Lee Rosenberger. Mary Jo was
born on Jan. 17, 1928, in
Fairmont, where she resided for
her entire life.
Mary Jo is a graduate of East
Fairmont High School and
attended Fairmont State
University. She retired from
Stone and Thomas at the
Middletown Mall and was a
beautiful seamstress. Mary Jo
devoted most of her life and
time to her large family. She
had a talent for making every
single member feel as if they
were her favorite. She opened
her home, her heart and her
oven to many through the years
who needed a helping hand, a
place to call home or a sense of
Mary Jo grew up with three
protective older brothers,
Robert (Bob) Rosenberger, the
late Jack Rosenberger and the
late Ed Rosenberger.
She was preceded in death by
two husbands, Robert Lee Kirk
and Dominic James Rich.
Mary Jo raised six children
and became a loving grandmother to twenty grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and was lucky enough to
hold and love two of her great-

great grandchildren.
She is survived by four of her
children, Thomas L. Kirk and
wife Brenda of Winfield, Kay
Kirk West of Fairmont with
whom she resided, David M.
Rich and wife Trisha of Buffalo
and Rose Rich of Hagerstown,
Maryland. She is preceded in
death by one son, Dr. James
Rich of Fairmont whose wife is
Susan of Winfield and one
daughter, Nancy Kirk of
Fairmont. She was also preceded in death by her loving stepmother, Edith Rosenberger and
one precious grandson,
Nicholas Rich.
Friends and family may call
at Ford Funeral HomeFord
Chapel, 201 Columbia St.,
Fairmont, WV 26554, for a
viewing from 1-8 p.m. Sunday
and from noon to 1 p.m
Monday with services to follow.
Services will be provided by
Rev. Dr. Holley Faulkner of the
Baptist Temple Church where
Mary Jo was a member. Burial
will follow with graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends and family are then
invited to share dinner together
provided by Baptist Temple at
the church in Fairmont.
Mary Jo taught and led by
example the importance of family bonds, loyalty and love. Her
family who will miss her
incredibly. They ask that everyone take a moment today and
reach out to a family member to
let them know how much you
love and care for them.
Online condolences may be
made to the family at

Betty Jean Glance

Betty Jean Glance, 90, of
Bradenton, Florida, and formerly of Fairmont, passed away on
Friday (June 5, 2015), at her residence. Arrangements, which are

incomplete at this time, have

been entrusted to Ford Funeral
Home, Ford Chapel, 201
Columbia St., Fairmont, WV

John Starr

John Allan Starr, 61, of

Fairmont, passed away unexpectantly on Friday (June 5, 2015)
at Ruby Memorial Hospital in
He was born
Feb. 2, 1954, in
Fairmont, a son
of the late
Joseph Bud Jr.
and Josephine
Adams Starr.
He is survived by his wife, Belinda Starr.
Mr. Starr was a graduate of
Monongah High School. He
retired with more than thirty
years of service with Federal
Mine #2 having worked on the
long wall. John enjoyed working
in his yard and tending to his
garden. He loved riding his
motorcycle and cheering on the
Pirates and Steelers.
In addition to his wife, John is

survived by his daughters,

Andrea Starr and Mary Ann and
her husband Samuel Tobesman
of Fairmont; and a granddaughter, Audrey Tobesman of
In addition to his parents,
John was preceded in death by
his grandparents, Mary Ann and
Joseph Starr, as well as his aunt,
Margaret Stemple.
A private memorial service
will be held for the family at a
later date. The family has
entrusted Ford Funeral Home,
R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410
Country Club Road, Fairmont,
with the services.
Online condolences may be
made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Tusing

Mary Anne (Ribel) Tusing,

93, peacefully entered Gods
Church Triumphant on Sunday
(May 31, 2015)
at the Heartland
Florida, where
she was a longterm care resident.
Mary was born in Shinnston
on Nov. 20, 1921, the daughter
of the late John and Jennie Ribel
of Fairmont.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Edward Lee
Tusing. In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by their
two daughters, Terry Tusing
(and her life partner Carol
Miller) of Morgantown and
Cathy Rhoades Evans (and husband John Evans) of Old Fort,
North Carolina; one grandson,
Jason Chad Rhoades (and wife
Tisha) of Barrackville. She also
leaves behind two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Bryce
Rhoades, of Barrackville. Mary
is also survived by her sister,
Helen Ptomey (and husband
Robert), of Daytona, Florida,

along with many loving nieces

and nephews.
She was preceded in death by
her parents; four brothers, John
Jr, Frank, Louie and Jimmy
Ribel; one sister, Katie Durant;
as well as their respective spouses who she loved very much.
Mary was a graduate of East
Fairmont High School and spent
the majority of her life with her
family in Barrackville, until
moving to Zephyrhills, Florida,
with her husband in 1998.
She was a member of the
United Methodist Church of
Barrackville and a member of the
Barrackville Lions Club, as well
as the Zephyrhills Lions Club.
Mary loved to walk the neighborhood with her little dog
Friskie, enjoyed cooking and
baking and loved playing cards
with family and friends.
Mary will be interred at the
Bushnell National Memorial
Center in Bushnell, Florida,
where she will be joined by her
husband at his time of passing.
She will be greatly missed.
Donations in memory may be
sent to the Alzheimers
Association at PO Box 96011,
Washington, DC 20090.

Mike Tipi

named for him.

Mike loved his nephews and
nieces as his own and never met
a stranger. Mike touched hundreds of students and children
through his sports activity.
In addition to his parents, he
was also survived by a two brothers, Nick Tipi Jr. and his wife
Rose Tipi, and Thomas Tipi, all
of Fairmont; a niece, Angela
Tipi; and two nephews, Sammy
Matos and his wife Felicity, and
Michael Garrett Tipi.
The family requests memorial
donation be made in Mikes
memory to the East Fairmont
Foundation, 1993 Airport Road,
Fairmont, WV 26554.
Family and friends may call
from noon-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
on Monday at Ford Funeral
Home, Ford Chapel, 201
Columbia St., Fairmont.
A Catholic Vigil Service will
be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in
the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11a.m.
Tuesday in the funeral home,
with Sister Stella Cronauer, CSJ
officiating. Burial will follow in
Mount Zion Cemetery and
Mausoleum in Fairmont.
Condolences may be sent to
the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

Mike Tipi, 60, of Market

Street in Fairmont, passed away
Thursday evening at Mon
He was born
Aug. 18, 1954,
in Fairmont, a
son of Nick Tipi
Sr. and Delphia
Swick Tipi of
He was a
member of the Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church of
Fairmont. Mike was a 1973
graduate of East Fairmont High
School and was the scorekeeper
and bookkeeper for all East
Fairmont High School basketball, football and baseball games
for more than 35 years.
He was a coach for the IUE
Rockets Pop Warner Football
team for many years, kept the
books for the IUE A League
baseball team for several years
and also announced for the A
league games for many years.
Due to his many years of volunteer service, the announcers box
at Mary Lou Retton Park was
renamed Tipi Tower in his
honor. He also kept the scorebooks for the policemens F.O.P.
softball team.
Known as Mr. East
Fairmont, the old practice field
located at the former East
Fairmont High School was

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four sons and their families,

Bucky Bunner, Stuart Bunner,
Randall Bunner and Terry
A luncheon will be served
immediately following the service in the Social Hall. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions
can be made to the Valley
Chapel Church.

Mary Jo Granny Rich


BRANHAM Sr. Robert Paul

POLECAT, 71, of Pleasant
Valley, passed from this life
Tuesday (June 2, 2015) at the
Pierpont Center after a long illness. Memorial contributions
may be made to the family c/o
Frey Home For Funerals, P.O.
Box 895, Fairmont, WV 26555.
In keeping with his wishes Mr.
Branham will be cremated.
Friends may call from 1-4 p.m.
Sunday at the Frey Home For
Funerals (Addition Chapel A),
320 Madison St., Fairmont. A
memorial service will be held in
the funeral home at 4 p.m.
Sunday with Army Chaplin
Galford officiating. Condolences
may be sent to either
fhff320@aol.com or www.freyhomeforfunerals.com.

A memorial service will be

held for Vera Lou Jacobs
Bunner at 11
a.m. at the
Valley Chapel
Church, 1511
Pleasant Valley
Road, Pleasant Valley, WV, on
June 13. Lou is survived by her
husband, Kacy Bunner, and her

Betty Lou Lockhart, 71, of

Fairmont, passed away on
Saturday (June 6, 2015) at
Medical Center.
She was born
in Fairmont on
Nov. 10, 1943, a
daughter of the
late Theodore
Whitecotton and
Mildred Bartholow Whitecotton
She is survived by her loving
husband of 54 years, James E.
Lockhart, Sr.
Betty was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Above all, she loved and
enjoyed her family. In addition,
she was employed by the Union
Mission at the Christian Book
Store and later at the Penny
Pincher. She was a graduate of
the Mountaineer Bible Institute
at Hillview Baptist Church.
Betty was a member of the
Fellowship Baptist Church. Her
many interest included ceramics,
reading, word puzzles, traveling,
especially to the beach and
She is survived by her two
sons, James E. Lockhart, Jr. and
his wife Eva Marie of Fairmont
and Jerald Lockhart, her primary
caregiver, of Fairmont; three
daughters, Jeanette Zivkovic and
her husband Anthony of
Fairmont, Juanita Price and her
husband Pete of Fairmont and
Jessica Goolie and her husband




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