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Obituaries for Saturday, December 15, 2012


Martha Mae Danzig

JANE LEW — Martha Mae Danzig, 65, of Yellow Horse Farms, Jane Lew, lost her courageous battle to pancreatic cancer at 11:50 a.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.

She was born on August 8, 1947, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Audron “Curly” Wanless and Edith E. McNemar Wanless.

Surviving is one sister, Melinda Kay Wanless of Jane Lew, with whom she shared her home and who she adored from the time that she was born as “her little sister.”

Martha graduated from Weston High School in 1965, Glenville State College in 1969 and earned her Master’s Degree at West Virginia University. In the early 1970s, Martha loved beginning to work for her father in his towing business, Central Towing, being one of the first female tow truck operators in the area. She was passionately committed to the Lewis County School System for 43 years, first as a classroom teacher at Jane Lew Junior High and then as librarian for Lewis County High School, until cancer forced her to retire in 2011.

She was President of the Lewis County Teachers Association for many years and a faithful member of the West Virginia Education Association as well as the National Education Association. She also loved teaching her college night classes for first, Glenville State College, then Fairmont State College and finally Pierpont Community and Technical College. Over the years, she was involved in several community organizations, in many capacities.

She served on the Louis Bennett Public Library Board for many years, as well as the Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee. She held several offices in Lewis County Homemakers Association and was also a respected member of the Weston Business and Professional Women and the Lewis County Boot and Saddle Club. She performed for a while as a Professional Folk Art Story Teller, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Weston, and her cooking skills were often referred to as “the Paula Dean of Jane Lew.”

She leaves behind many beloved animals on the farm that she helped her sister care for tirelessly. She truly adored all animals and especially her personal animal friends, who were part of her family, including her beautiful treasured horse, Jake, and her cherished and adored Beagle, Choo Choo. She was an avid horsewoman for years, which was one of her true passions in life.

She also loved learning and sharing the art of needle tatting with others and her tatted lace designs are breathtakingly beautiful. She loved people and had a special place in her heart for the thousands of students who passed through her life over the years. She will be forever missed and fondly remembered. She often said that she wanted to do good things for people and wanted people to be able to remember her.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew on Saturday, December 15, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012, from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 2 p.m. with Reverend Bob Hoover officiating. Interment will follow at Peterson Cemetery in Weston.

Online condolences may be made at

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the Danzig family.

Delbert D. DeBerry

SHINNSTON — Delbert D. DeBerry, 73, of Meadowbrook, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the United Hospital Center.

He was born in Albright, W.Va., August 14, 1939, a son of the late James O. and Rosa S. Spiker DeBerry.

Surviving are his great-aunt, Arletta Bernabea, Tucson, AZ; two brothers, Marvin DeBerry, Meadowbrook, Gerald “Jerry” DeBerry and his wife Lois, Meadowbrook; one sister, Judy DeBerry Hall Ayers and her husband Luther, Slidell, LA; nieces and nephews, Kevin DeBerry and his wife Freida, Meadowbrook, Alvin DeBerry and his wife Tina, Amanda, OH, Larry Hall and his wife Michelle, Slidell, LA, Robbie Hall, Slidell, LA, Al Hall, LA, Melissa Barnes Jordan and her husband Sonny, Shinnston, Daniel DeBerry, Meadowbrook, Fred Hawkins and his wife Kim, Lumberport; great-nieces and great-nephews, Chris Barnes, Cody Barnes, Gage Barnes, Johnna DeBerry, Mary Lee DeBerry, Holden DeBerry, Ryan DeBerry, Zachary Hawkins and his wife Vicki; great-great nephew, Jacob Samuel Hawkins; brother-in-law, Ashford “Ike” Hawkins, Lumberport; and several cousins.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Mae DeBerry Hawkins.

Delbert retired from the WV Department of Highways where he was an inspector out of the Bridgeport office, with 32 years service. He was a member of the Jones Run Independent Church. He loved cooking, hunting, fishing, spending time with his nieces and nephews, genealogy and preserving nature.

At his request, Mr. DeBerry was cremated. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be extended to the family at

The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the DeBerry family.

Ronald Brien Hornor

BRIDGEPORT — Ronald Brien Hornor, 40, of Flemington, passed away Wednesday evening, December 12, 2012, at the United Hospital Center following a brief illness.

He was born May 2, 1972, at the Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor, Washington, the only child of Ronald E. and Patricia (Thomas) Hornor, who survived in Flemington.

He is also survived by his son, Keaton Brien Hornor; his fiancé, Karla Marie Bartholow; his maternal grandfather, Donald Thomas, Strasburg, IL; his uncle, Jerry Hornor and Carolyn Hornor, Largo, FL; cousin, Linda Redmond and her husband Barry, Loganville, GA; many aunties and cousins. He is also survived by Karla’s family, her sister, Shauna Johnson and her fiancé Ryan Haney, Huntington; her brother, Jeremy Bartholow, Barracksville; her parents, Susan and Donnie Bartholow, Fairmont; and her grandmother, Carolyn Koon, Fairmont.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mary Thomas; his paternal grandparents, Gerald and Pauline Hornor; and his Aunt, Donna “Dodo” Richards.

Ronnie was a graduate of Grafton High School and attended Fairmont State College. He had been an architectural draftsman for Blackwood Associates and had done mechanical drawing for D&M, Fairmont. He had also worked for Goodwill Industries.

An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing and hunting. He liked anything with a motor, including ATV riding, racing off-road mudders, and running radio-controlled cars and airplanes.

Condolences to the Hornor family may be sent to

At his request, there will be no viewing, and a celebration of Ronnie’s life will be announced at a later date.

Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport.

Thomas L. Martin

BRIDGEPORT — Thomas L. Martin, 52, of Bridgeport passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012, from his long and courageous battle with cancer at United Hospital Center.

He was born March 7, 1960, in Waynesburg, PA, a son of the late Wilfred (Bud) Martin and Rosalie Rush Martin.

He is survived by two daughters whom he loved deeply, Tiffany Martin and Melissa Martin both of Bridgeport; one brother, James Martin of Morgantown; a half sister, Mary Ellen Dignin; two half-brothers, Roger Dale Briggs and Darcy Briggs; and one sister, Rhonda Sargent Johnson.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Will Martin, Jr.

Thom loved the life and freedoms that we all enjoy; he served in the United States Army from 1977 to 1980, with duty stations in Korea and Colorado. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, until he got enough sense to move to West Virginia, the state that he called home. Thom was a graduate of Fairmont State University with a B.S. in Business.

Thom settled in the Bridgeport area, worked for many years at Harry Green Chevrolet and then at RG Honda. He loved music and ran a D.J. and karaoke service. Thom was an avid jet skier and ATV rider; he loved WVU athletics and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thom attended the OASIS Worship Center, Rt. 20 south of Mount Clare and he had an understanding and humorous relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and is ready to see his mother in heaven.

Condolences may be extended to the family at

Family and friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport on Sunday, December 16, 2012, from 4-8 p.m., where funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. with Reverend Doug Sands presiding. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mount Morris, PA at 2 p.m.

Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport.

Jo Ellen Rumpler

LEWISTON, Maine — Jo Ellen Rumpler, 79, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Central Maine Medical Center from complications after a hip fracture.

Jo Ellen Rhodes was born July 9, 1933, in Spencer, grew up in Charleston, and graduated from Marshall University in Huntington. At Marshall her beauty and dancing skills made her much in demand as a partner whenever the jukebox was fired up.

After graduation she moved to Elyria, Ohio, where she taught high school Latin and English. In Elyria a friend introduced her to Ramon J. Rumpler, whom she married on April 13, 1957.

In 1979 they returned to West Virginia, where Jo Ellen began a new career as an executive director of senior services, first in Spencer, then in Clarksburg, where she led the organizatios to financial stability. She retired in 2000.

After Ray died Nov. 19, 2011, she moved to Maine to be near her daughter. Exactly one year after losing her husband, her hip broke.

Jo Ellen was an avid reader and wicked good bridge player, and loved her 1918 Stanley Avenue home.

She is survived by her daughter, Holly Rahmlow and son-in-law, Don, of Readfield, Maine; son, Donald Jay Rumpler of Akron, Ohio; sister, Lou Ann Starkey of Akron, Ohio; brother, Dennis Rhodes of Charleston; brother-in-law, Ronald Rumpler, and his wife, Beverly of Huron, Ohio; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins, including her special favorite childhood playmate, cousin Deane Wright of Spencer.