FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.
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Ring in the holiday season with the Fairmont Senior Madrigal Choir.
Performances are Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at 7:00p with a matinee on Sunday, December 7th at 2:00p in the FSHS cafeteria.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any Madrigal singer or by emailing Greg DeVito at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. DeVito will send you an order form that can be filled out and mailed in, or dropped off at Fairmont Senior during the school day.
Pictured above are members of Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1954 at their 60-year reunion. It was held at the Fairmont Elks Lodge. FRONT (from left) — Virginia Riggi, Lucy Ann Dickerson, Norma Pflock, Duane Carder, Ruth Perkins, Carolyn Romino, Patty Hawkins, Patty Day, Carol Conley, Patty Burke and Rex Hamilton. SECOND ROW — Laura Lobuts, Velva Anderson, Billie Flynn, Ann Lucas, Barbara Snider, Charlie Hirt, Patty West, Nancy Aultman, Thomasena Woodyard, Caleb Tarleton, Eddie Patterson, Kitty Lehman, Ted Craft and Betty Jo Price. BACK ROW — George Taylor, Antoinette Mezzanotte, Joe Jenkins, John Hess, Philomena Colasessano, Jim Weihe, John Orlando, Ken Alkire, Ed Davis, Charlie Russell, Tom Stanberry, Jay Early, Larry Amos, Fred DeChristopher, John Hibbs and David Maselli.
Scroll down to the announcements to read the Travelin' Trio Travelogue by Linda Orr Morgan, Fairmont Senior High School class of 1962; Mykie Wilson Reagan, FSHS class of 1963; and Diane Minsker who travel the world each summer. They share their current adventure with classmates, former students, colleagues, and other interested readers.
Following the Travelogue, please find a printable copy of the Foundation brochure.
Front row L-R
Karen Lennon, Eleanor Morgan, Marcie Cheslock, Janet Johnson, Peggy Corley, Sally Matthews, Joni Mazurek, Cecilia Raspa, Linda Alvaro, Terry Corwin, Nancy Edwards, Camille Alberico, Patty Bonasso
Middle row L-R
Donnie Metz, Joy Stewart, Elizabeth Deriggi, Mary Jane Curry, Melody Carpenter, Miriam Cimino, Patty Van Gilder, Debbie Adams, Pam Gaston, Patty Linn, Andrea Salvatore, Lettie Ezelle, Barbara Pasquale, Randy Carpenter, Mark Calabrase, Mike Resetar, Bob Elliott
Back row L-R
Frank Stingo, Steve Yerkovich, George Drennen, Richard O'Conner, Marty Utt, Bob Swiger, Rick Wade, Bill Mallamo. Mark Ornowski, Tom Cole, Jimmy Blankenship, Greg Lee, Steve Freeland, Eddie Snider, Cecil Corley, Tom Heck, Mike Lawson, Mark Mallamo, Pete Monell, Herbie Amato, Mike Devericks, Neal Hamilton, Bob Shingleton, John Paknik, Doug Laughlin, Marty VanGilder, Steve Murphy
Class of 1974
First row: Rick Suplita, Shirley Carder Boggess, Blaine "Ike" Robinson, Anthony Monell, Rick Spragg, Janet Marines Hass, Carol Olsen Clelland, Carl Crandall, Amanda Oakes Shabatura, Bob Rosier, Bonnie Zimmerman Lancaster, Phyllis Monell Branham, Wendy Watkins Betts, Judy DeFilippo Preston, Becky Langford Cross, Karen Costello McDougal, Frances Parrack Loar, David Conant, Kay Springer Mullenax, Michelle Cousins Moore, Jed Smith, Rodney McGinnis, and Bill Martin.
Second row: Bill Jones, Dianne Webner Wolfe, Sharon Christenburg Tucker.
Third row: David Manley, Ed Stalnaker, Carol Spencer Williams, and Linda Cox Gowers.
Fourth row: David Judy, Larry Ash, Linda Satterfield Arbuckle, Marie Whitehair Vandergrift, Sharon Lane Burrows.
Fifth row: Steve Soles, Edgar Jaynes, Diane Gracy Vester, Janet Lowther Conant, and Larry Rexrode.
Sixth row: Dan Tonkery, Blake Boggess, Bill Goodwin, Dave Clark.
Seventh row: Bill Haney, Laura Lee Harry Harki, Gary Gallucci, Paula Inghram Harr, and Andrea Reed Keener.
Back row: Randy Spragg, Rick Amos, Rick Harter, Jim Harki, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison Judy Criss Davisson , Bill Renner, Jim Varner, Inda Carr, George Michael, Harriet Bachman White, Tom Springer, Frank D'Amico, H. Scott Close.
Congratulations to the 2014 Foundation Scholars
Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship-- Logan Spicer
Anthony Pizatella Scholarship--Sydney Woody
Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship Jared Bartrug
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship--Ryder Skarzinski
Davidson Family Scholarship--Tori Snyder
Brogan Raddish Memorial Scholarship--Adrianna Constable
Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship
Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members
As a graduate of Fairmont State still living in the shadow of the College on the Hill, I proudly share this article from the Maroon and White about my son. Written by Duane Cochran, the article hallmarks the inaugural year of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference with my son, Commissioner Reid Amos, providing the leadership.
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Diane Hutchinson Parker, a novice published writer, has maintained her father's mine ledger filled with newspaper articles, (many from The Fairmont Times and The West Virginian as well as state and national publications), family photos, and journals. The 20" x 15" ledger provides a history of a family's entrepreneurship and the impact on an industry as revealed through meticulous documentation and a daughter's devotion to preserve the family history. The explosive growth of the coal boom is lead by "Coal Baron" extraordinaire and family patriarch C. E. Hutchinson.
Mesmerized by the massive book when she first revealed the contents of the ledger, I remain fascinated by the intertwining of the family and the city of Fairmont--inextricably bonded through the economy and community philanthropy. She writes her recollections as a collection of stories that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes shocking, but always providing insight to one of the premier families of Fairmont.
With the birth of Diane and her early years at the castle, the readers experience a glimpse of the golden era at Sonnencroft, an icon of the city on Morgantown Avenue in the Palatine district of the Friendly City designed. Built to replicate Inverness Castle in Scotland, the beautiful structure and gorgeous gardens, lost during the Great Depression, was razed in the 1960s with property donated to the Marion County Board of Education.
Through legend and lore, Mrs. Parker recounts the family traditions and experiences of Clyde E. and Mary Lyda Hutchinson, Papa and Mammam to the family.
Diane's engrossing stories captivate me; I am convinced they will do the same for her readers.
Purchase the book at http://www.dianehutchinsonparker.com
Former Principal Chad A. Norman accepts the Maple Leaves yearbook which belonged to Eddie Barrett from Carol Amos.
Interior of Fairmont Junior High School 1963
Fairmont Senior High School
U.S. Department of Education names Fairmont Senior High School a High Performing
National Blue Ribbon School
2007-2010 High School That Work Pacesetter School
Benedum Professional Development School
FSU Professional Development School
West Virginia School of Excellence
PBST Exemplar School
West Virginia Exemplary School
2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012.
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FSHS Scholarship winners 2013
Anna Alexandra (Ali) Sansalone
Ross and Dolores Maruka Scholarship
Jenny Lea Bundy
Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship
Jared Thomas Burns
Anthony Pizatella Scholarship
Grant S. Holbert
Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship
Megan Ashley DeJong
Davidson Family Scholarship
Matthew A. Bartrug
Frank Dimaria Scholarship
Brogan Raddish Memorial
Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship
Sara N. Simons
FSHS Scholarship winners 2012
Daren Wadsworth Ross and Dolores Maruka
Andrew Shields Seth Burton Memorial
Marissa Bonasso Anthony Pizatella
Michelle Tucker Rex Stalnaker Memorial
Kristen Zirkle South Fairmont Rotary
Savannah Sims Davidson family Scholarship
David Haley Exxon Scholarship
Allie Fetty Frank DiMaria Scholarship
Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship
FSHS Scholarship winners 2011
William C. Harper
Aaron D. Morris
Franklin B. Wilson
Ross Dalton Ross and Dolores Maruka
Victoria Hawkins Seth Burton Memorial
Tessa Gardner Anthony Pizatella
Christopher Nestor Rex Stalnaker Memorial
Lauren Sansalone South Fairmont Rotary
Joseph Vozniak Davidson family Scholarship
2011-2012 FSHS Outstanding School Volunteer Award
Mrs. Carol Amos
Mrs. Nancy Bickerstaff
Mr. Ed Cheslock
Fairmont Senior High School cornerstone recently cleaned with restoration of front facade
Renovation of FSHS
Phase 1 (Current MIP and HVAC projects): Interior work in main and Freshman Building:
Window and exterior door replacement
Fire alarm replacement
Phase 2 (Bond funding): Interior work in main and Freshman Building:
Toilet room upgrades
Intercom upgrades (campus wide)
Phase 3 (Bond funding): Exterior and courtyard enclosure
Courtyard enclosure for media center
Brick masonry cleaning and restoration (both buildings)
Soffit/fascia on Freshman Building
Demo Polar Bear Building and concrete pads
Check Foundation for slideshows from March, June, and August as well as the Photo Gallery to the left for see the metamorphosis in the main building.
WFHS TV NEWS thanks the Times West Virginian for the collaborative partnership since 1999.
SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE
Seven schools in the county were named Schools of Excellence, which is the gold standard of educational achievement.
Those schools are Barrackville, East Dale, Fairview, Pleasant Valley and White Hall elementary schools; Fairview Middle School; and Fairmont Senior High School.
Fairmont Senior was also named as a National Blue Ribbon School. They were the only high school in the state to achieve the honor.
Seventy-one schools in the state were named Schools of Excellence, and seven of those were from Marion County.
Fairmont Senior has won the eighth consecutive Exemplary School status from the West Virginia Department of Education. http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1790/ Visit the WV Department of Education for details about the prestigious prize.
WFHS TV NEWS thanks the Times West Virginian for the collaborative partnership since 1999.
Fairmont Senior High School, home of the Polar Bears
A National Blue Ribbon School as awarded by the U.S. Department of Education
An Exemplary School and School of Excellence
Tyson Furgason, principal
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Fairmont, West Virginia
1867 - 2013
FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS HAPPY THANKSGIVING, 2014
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Linda Orr Morgan and I met again to continue our plans for an Alumni Association, joined by Tina Shaw. We are looking for passionate people who love FSHS. I’ll continue to provide details through future newsletters. Initial brainstorming for ways to support the school:
- Celebration of the Arts to include a presentation of a framed Monet print created by the class of 1994 for the 1993 prom. If you served on the committee or were a class officer, please email if you want to be involved. If you are an author and would like to present your book to the library, we invite you to make us aware of your interest. Jenny Staud’s art students will display works. We’ll contact Greg DeVito and John Schneider (2003) for interest in sharing music for the evening’s reception.
- Hall of History: requesting artifacts for loan or donation to depict the history of FSHS.
- LOM and I plan to write a book about the school we both love. Please send memories of a page or two. All vignettes will be considered for publication.
- Pictures of special school events.
- Auditorium project: all seats in the balcony still need sponsorship except front row center, which is named by Deacon Duvall (1934).
- Establish a speakers’ bureau. Would you be willing to speak to a class or an assembly?
- Offer tours to classes or new teachers.
- Explore grant-writing skills with Raymond Alvarez.
- Develop FB link to school website.
- Outreach group
- Quilt squares designed with significant event to school history.
Update for Dennis: If you did not read last month’s newsletter, Dennis Hermosilla: FSHS student, class of 1973, teacher and coach has impacted the lives of so many over several decades and is now battling the greatest opponent of all—pancreatic cancer. Pam Cousins Stalnaker, class of 1967, is collecting donations. Her numbers are 304-367-1224 or 304-612-4004. My number is 304-363-0777 with any questions. If you want to send a donation to help Dennis and Patty with expenses, you can make the check out to Pam Stalnaker and send it to 2 Outlook Road Fairmont WV 26554 with memo D. Hermosilla donation.
As of Monday Pam has given $6,100.00 to Dennis. Herm is very impressed with the facility and his alternative treatments after two weeks. His email is email@example.com
Dennis wrote the following to me regarding his treatment and his appreciation for writing skills. “My Dr. Garcia believes and pushes us to write every day about our issues and concerns. He wants me to dig deep into my inner self and use writing as the tool to get through the layers and heal. He believes this is 75% of my healing cancer. I have been opened up so much through my writing and my numbers are moving forward which is a credit to my writing. Sometimes the pen just has to get to the paper. I thought my way into cancer and I have to feel my way out of it. I know this is the process along with all the IV’s, nutrition, and other treatments.
With all that said. Just think. Our English Department at Fairmont Senior High was guided by all exemplary teachers. I cannot forget Glenna, Sally, Kathy, Carol, Pam, Penny, and others. Writing in English class, I never realized such importance to the process of writing just for the sake of writing. The power of the pen to paper as it connects your most inner thoughts, your most personal feelings, your pulse, your anger, your love, and all the senses. We cannot go back but if I could, I would preach more to the students, even in my own classes, the importance of writing. Not to fear writing or feel bogged down by it, but to embrace it. This will play a huge role to save your life. Every one should be more open to writing.
Please pass my "thank you" to all other English teachers of ours. I do not have all their emails but have them in my thoughts and thanks.
All of you have done so much for so many in ways you might not think of.
With Love and Gratitude
FSHS graduates who have recently published books—Diane Hutchinson Parker (1950): Daddy’s Ledger; Nancy Naternicola (1970): Fitness Steps to Success; and Ted Dreisinger (1963): life in small bites - moments in time. Nancy and Ted have books available at Amazon and Diane’s book is available online at www.DaddysLedger.com
Castles & coal, love & murder, fortunes & loss, the never-ending love of family and community...
Former faculty listing: I have added faculty listings from 40s, 50s, and 60s to the website. Please look at the folder and advise me if I have not included a teacher that you had for class.
The FSHS Foundation has ornaments of the school just in time for decorating the Christmas tree. Contact Ed Cheslock, treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org The beautiful ornament can be seen on the website and can be purchased for $20.00. They also have postcards of summer and fall on the campus at 10 for $5.00. A lovely, framed watercolor of the school is available at $125.00
Crosstown crushing Polar Bears dominate Bees in annual East-West game
FAIRMONT — Fairmont Senior forced eight East Fairmont turnovers in the 94th renewal of the East-West game on?Friday night.
The Polar Bears won, 50-0.
The win became the largest margin of victory in the history of the rivalry between the two schools.?The prior record was a 48-point Polar Bear win back in 2011.
Fairmont Senior quarterback?Dominic Smith threw four touchdowns in the win en route to 208 yards passing. He completed 15 of his 22 attempts.
Eight different receivers caught passes for the Polar Bears, who were led by a pair of seniors.
TJ Jones caught three passes for 45 yards and a score, while Bryson?Tyler reeled in two passes for 71 yards and scored both times.
After the Bears opened the scoring with a 33-yard field goal by Isaac Childers, freshman running back?Bryson?Gilbert found the end zone on a five-yard rush to put Fairmont?Senior up 10-0 early.
Gilbert finished with 85 yards on just nine carries, scoring twice. His second touchdown came in the third quarter on a 46-yard scamper.
Turnovers and penalties were the theme for much of the night. East Fairmont threw three interceptions and had three fumbles in the first half and trailed 30-0 at the break.
The West Side defense was stout all evening, forcing eight total turnovers and conceding just 143 total yards to the Bees. Meanwhile, West Side rushed for 333 total yards.
Darius Stills, Spencer Long,?Malik?Boddy and Michael?Nuzum all had interceptions. Nuzum took his back 89 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
With the win, the Polar Bears finish the regular season at 7-3 and will move on to next week’s first round of the Class AA playoffs.
It’s been a year of great accomplishment for the West Side coaching staff, which has had to break in nearly an entirely new roster.
East Fairmont’s season will end at 3-7 for the fourth straight year. The Bees have now lost seven in a row to the Polar Bears. Fairmont Senior now leads the all-time series, 59-28-7.
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Polar Bears paired with Wayne in playoffs
Fairmont Senior's football team will travel to play Wayne in the first round of the Class AA football playoffs beginning this week.
The Polar Bears secured the No. 12 spot after a 7-3 record in the regular season while Wayne is at No. 5 after an 8-2 mark. The game will be played at Wayne on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m.
For complete pairings, including brackets, from all three classes, log on to www.timeswv.com.
Bears Fall To Wayne in Football Playoffs
Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2014 4:38 am
By Joe Mitchin Times West Virginian
WAYNE — No. 12 Fairmont Senior drove over 200 miles, netted over 400 yards and scored 40 points, but it wasn’t enough to take down No. 5 Wayne on Saturday at Pioneer Field in the first round of the Class AA state football playoffs.
The Polar Bears lost, 43-40.
FSHS rolled with nearly every punch and kept the Wayne defense on its heels for the entire game.
The Polar Bears threw for 294 yards and added 135 more on the ground in an offensive explosion that clicked all afternoon.
FSHS falls to Bridgeport at state soccer tourney
BYDAN STILLWELL THEREGISTER-HERALD
BECKLEY — Tennessee Ernie Ford once said, “If the right one doesn’t get you than [stet.] the left one will.”
He never saw Bridgeport girls play soccer. He might get confused.
Not only did the Indians’ attackers on the right score, so did the ones on the left, in the middle and all over the place during their 8-0 victory over Fairmont Senior in the semifinals of the Class AA-A state tournament Friday at Carter Stadium.
Fairmont Senior finished with two shots on goal, compared to Bridgeport’s 13. Fairmont keeper Kayla DeLorenzo had four saves.
Cross-Country: Fairmont Senior’s Jake VanHorn were to check the bottom of their running shoes, they’d surely be able to reminisce on a fantastic 2014 cross-country season.
The two consistently led Marion County all season and have been named this year’s Times West Virginian Cross Country Runners of the Year.
FSHS volleyball heads to Oak Glen regional
FAIRMONT— The Fairmont Senior girls’ volleyball team will travel to Oak Glen for the regional tournament.
The Polar Bears will take on Ritchie County in the regional semifinal. The team enters as the runner-up from the Weir regional. Fairmont Senior defeated East Fairmont twice and lost to Oak Glen twice during the event.
The Lady Bears are 25-13 on the season and continue to be led by Kaden Whaley and Jasmine Johnson. Whaley is one of the top hitters in the area, while Johnson does much of her damage from the service line.
The winner of the match will move on to the championship game against the winner of host Oak Glen and Roane.
The Golden Bears are the two-time defeating state champions in Class AA and have beaten Fairmont Senior three times this season.
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Polar Bears sweep sectional championships
Both Fairmont Senior soccer teams are advancing to Tuesday’s regional championship game after thrilling wins Saturday at East-West Stadium.
The boys’ team defeated East Fairmont, 2-1, and the girls’ squad won over North Marion, 1-0.
In the boys’ game, Fairmont Senior used a two-goal first half with goals from Jhonn Herrera and Robbie Potesta to get the win.
The Polar Bears recorded 11 shots in the first half while holding the Bees to just three. East’s lone goal came in the second half off the foot of Isaac Flohr.
In the girls’ game, Fairmont Senior won a physical contest on the foot of Avery Towns on a free kick following a handball. The goal came while North’s top defender, Skylah Haught, was sent to the bench with a yellow card, one of four for the Huskies in the game.
Governor Tomblin Announces Garcia to Serve as Director of Legislative Affairs
? CHARLESTON, W.Va. (October 20, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Joseph D. Garcia will serve as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Governor’s Office, effective November 1, 2014.
Prior to this appointment, Garcia served as Deputy General Counsel to Gov. Tomblin. The Fairmont native has also advised Gov. Tomblin on policy issues relating to criminal justice reform, represented Gov. Tomblin as his designee on the Consolidated Public Retirement Board and, most recently, was appointed by Gov. Tomblin to serve as Chair of the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice. Before serving in state government, Garcia practiced law at Spilman, Thomas and Battle, PLLC in Charleston.
Fairmont State University Hall of Fame inductees: Congrats to former Polar Bear Basketball standout Jennifer Wilson and football standout (and current WVU strength coach) Mike Joseph on his induction into the Fairmont State Hall of Fame.
50th reunion for the class of 1965: Joe Asterino called for emails and addresses from me as the committee begins plans for the 50th reunion next year. If you know of someone in the class please send email or snail mail addresses to me and I’ll forward them to him. Reunion will be August 29, 2015
Loss of a legend
‘Deacon’ Duvall, who coached Fairmont State to national title, died at 97 and those who loved him returned to the Friendly City to celebrate his life. After a very moving service at the First Baptist Church, Reid and I attended the luncheon at Muriale’s where many stories were shared.
"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne
Martha Ann (Shriver) Law, 75, of The Villages, Florida, died Sunday (Oct. 26, 2014) of pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by many of her family members when she passed.
Martha was born and raised in Fairmont, the daughter of the late Walter A. Shriver and Ernestine Shriver-Shumaker, both deceased.
Martha attended local schools and was a home economics graduate of Fairmont State College. She was a homemaker and caring mother to their two sons, Jeff and John, and a loving wife to Jim, her husband of 54 years, a career Naval officer. When the boys were young, she frequently served as a teacher’s aide at Jim’s various duty stations. Later on, she worked as a travel agent at several locations and managed to travel extensively in that capacity. They moved 19 times throughout their 30-year Navy odyssey; and she finally retired when Community Travel in Fairmont closed its doors in 1999.
In retirement Martha continued to be active in local community service with quilting, church work, FGH Volunteers, gift shop and as a driver for “Meals-on-Wheels.” She was also particularly pleased to be a Rotary Benefactor, and three-year past president of PEO, an organization especially near and dear to her. Martha was simply an unpretentious, loving and caring person who loved God, and was able to appreciate and accept people just as they are.
She will be missed by the family and all who knew and loved her. In addition to her husband, Jim, a retired Navy Captain of The Villages, Florida; and sons Jeff and wife Barb Law of McHenry, Maryland, and John and wife Cheryl Law of Manassas, Virginia, Martha leaves a sister, Karen and her husband Bob Stewart; and a brother, Jim and wife Deb Shriver, both of Fairmont. Four adult grandchildren also survive her; Spc. John, U.S. Army, and wife Madison Law, Weisbaden, Germany; Stephanie (RN) and husband Seth Boyd of Winchester, Virginia; James Law, Manassas, Virginia; and “J.P.” Law, an engineering student at West Virginia University.
In accordance with her wishes, Martha’s request to be cremated will be honored by the family. An intended “Celebration of Life” memorial service in Fairmont will be announced at a later date.
We could use more women like Martha Law writes John Veasey in his column in the Times West Virginian.
Martha Law was a wonderful woman.
That’s about the best way we can describe this person who gave so much of herself to so many others, but very few people knew all the things that she did.
Martha moved very often — 19 times in husband Jim Law’s 30-year-career in the U.S. Navy. Jim, her husband of 54 years, was a career Naval officer.
Martha graduated from Fairmont State with a home economics degree. She was a homemaker early in their marriage but she did many other things as well — not the least of which was raising her two sons, Jeff and John.
From then on she worked as a teacher’s aide, then as a travel agent, was very active in her church, assisted the Fairmont General Hospital Volunteers and their gift shop, served as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels, was a three-year past president for PEO and was a benefactor for the Fairmont Rotary Club.
Martha and Jim were very popular people in the Fairmont scene and their many friends were extremely disappointed when they announced they were leaving here and going to The Villages in Florida.
But they hadn’t been down there very long when Martha received the critical medical news that pancreatic cancer would soon take her life — a report that, unfortunately, was very true.
The city of Fairmont could use many more women like Martha Law.
Suzette Barber (nee Cline) of Fairmont, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Sept. 15, 2014, following a brief illness.
Suzette was born Oct. 25, 1939, to the late William A. Cline and Eva Christine Cline Bonnette (nee Cordray).
She was predeceased by nieces Jennifer C. Delaney and Lynn S. Moffett.
She is survived by her children: sons Douglas Ray and Stacy; daughter Suzette; and son-in-law Seth; as well as Uncle Raymond Cordray of Clarksburg; sister Janet Leigh Moffett of Beverly, Massachusetts; and brother Douglas Arthur Cline of Fairmont. She is also survived by her two granddaughters, Emily Nicole Cline and Eva Christine Jacqueline Barber; along with extended family and many dear friends.
A graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, Clarksburg Beauty Academy and Computer Tech, Suzette always sought and supported improvement through education. An avid antiques collector, she had an eye for beauty, detail and elegance. She drew upon these abilities and brought significant beauty, grace and joy into whatever she did, whether through gardening, painting, salon styling or interior design.
Suzette’s laughter, sweetness, and loving heart will be missed by many.
A memorial service will be held; however, plans are incomplete. A scholarship fund is also being established in her name. Details for both will be forthcoming.
Robert Edward “Bob” “Zelmo” Shingleton, 58, of Fairmont, passed suddenly from this life Friday (Nov. 7, 2014) from complications with his heart.
He was born in Wheeling, on July 4, 1956, the only son of the late William E. and Willa J. Jenkins Shingleton.
He was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church. He had worked at the Fairway Market as a meat cutter, had been a coal miner and most recently served as a security guard in a gated community in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
He was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High and recently attended his 40th reunion, which he enjoyed very much. He attended West Virginia University, where he joined the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. He enjoyed transporting cancer patients to their appointments.
He was a fun-loving but also serious man who believed in staying active. He was an avid “Mustang” enthusiast and owned several Shelbys. He was also a history buff and NASA fan. He had attended more than 24 launches from Cape Canaveral, which was just north of where he lived in Florida. In his spare time he enjoyed photography, playing tennis and playing chess. He was an avid Steeler and Mountaineer fan.
Mr. Shingleton is survived by his only sister and brother-inlaw, Sally and David Merrill of Morgantown; his closest friend since high school days, Neal Hamilton; several cousins; and his canine buddies “Coal Puppy” and “Barkley.”
Bob’s family has suggested that memorial contributions be made in his name to Pet Helpers.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to the noon service time Thursday at the Frey Home For Funerals (Historic Chapel). The service will be officiated by Father John Kevern. Interment will follow at the Bridgeport Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com o r www.freyhomeforfunerals.com
Larry Pulice, class of 1975
Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2014 4:51 am
Larry Paul Pulice, 57, of Fairmont, went home to be with God Thursday evening (Nov. 13, 2014).
He was born in Clarksburg, on Aug. 18, 1957, loving son of Phyllis Masters Pulice of Fairmont and Anthony and Barbara Pulice of Fairmont.
He was Roman Catholic by faith and was employed by Ruby Memorial Hospital. Larry enjoyed camping with family, fishing with his good friend Tim Lowther and spending time with his dog, Dawson.
In addition to his parents, he will be missed much by his sisters, Toni and Rick Pill of Fairmont, and Judi and Mike Kraley of Morgantown; brothers, Mark and Jamie Pulice of Fairmont, and Jesse Pulice of Fairmont; his fiancée, Michelle Curfman and daughters Kayla and Sierra; nieces, Angela and Doug Meissner and children Auston, Sophia and Piper of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mariah and Tony Cunningham and daughter Lily of Farmington; nephews, Christopher and Ali Gross and son Aidan of Fairmont, and R.K. Pill of Fairmont .
In keeping with the wishes of the deceased, no public services will be held, and his body will be cremated.
Arrangements are under the care of Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.rossfh.com
Joseph McCafferty Jr., 79, passed away on Tuesday (Nov. 11, 2014).
He was born in Fairmont, on Nov. 25, 1934, a son of the late Joseph and Ruth (Pratt) McCafferty.
Joseph was a Fairmont Senior High School graduate and also served honorably in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the Navy, he worked for Devault Foods in Milvourne, Pennsylvania, until his retirement.
Joseph returned to West Virginia after his retirement to be close to family and friends. Joseph was generous with his smile and wit and always ready to lend a hand.
He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Lawson) McCafferty and dear brother of the late Charles Sr., William, Maryjo Shimer and Betty Withers.
Funeral services will be private.
Condolences may be left at www.carpandford.com
Amelia Ann Prezioso, 89, of Monongah, passed away early Thursday (Nov. 13, 2014).
She was born March 30, 1925, to Nick and Rose Yerace in Everson.
She graduated from West Fairmont High School and worked at GC Murphy’s until she married her husband, Roman Prezioso Sr., on Aug. 16, 1947. They were married for 42 years when he died on April 5, 1990. While raising her family, she worked with her husband in the family business, Prezioso General Store.
She was a wonderful cook and baker and enjoyed most when sharing with her family and friends. She also loved to garden and can her famous peppers. She was a member of The Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah, where she volunteered for many years. She was also a member of Court Joan of Arc Catholic Daughters of America for more than 69 years.
In addition to her parents and husband, Amelia was preceded in death by three brothers, James (Rose), Joseph (Rose) and Peter Yerace; three sisters, Teresa (Frank) Argiro, Katie (Milton) Scrivo and Mary (Felix) DiMaria; and a nephew, Frank DiMaria.
She is survived by her children, state Sen. Roman Prezioso Jr. and his wife Deborah of Fairmont, and Marie Prezioso of Charleston; one grandson, Christopher Prezioso and his wife Julie Shank of Inwood; her sister, Carmella Yerace; sister-in-law, Margie Yerace; a special nephew, Nick Scrivo of Fairmont; a dear niece, Filamena Biafore of Fairmont; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 1-8 p.m. today at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah, with Father John Mulcahy and Father Dass as celebrants. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery. A service will be conducted at 6 p.m. today in the funeral home conducted by Deacon Louis Belldina. A Catholic Daughter’s memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Amelia’s memory to The Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 687 Maple Terrace, Monongah, WV 26554 or to the Pierpont Foundation in the name of Roman and Amelia Prezioso Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 641, Fairmont, WV 26554.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh. com.
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