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Welcome Polar Bears to a website commemorating 93 years of exemplary education at the Loop Park campus on Oakwood Road in Fairmont WV.  Free membership.  Join today


Abigail Frederick (Maruka/Stephenson Family)

Claira Hager (Maruka/Stephenson Family)

Aubrey Harrison (Maruka/Stephenson Family)

Madison Awbrey (Seth Burton Memorial)

Garrett Goolie (Anthony Pizatella)

Reese Carpenter (Rex Stalnaker Memorial)

Samuel Fisher (South Fairmont Rotary)

Audrey Tobesman (Davidson Family)

Lillian Rubenstein (Brogan Raddish Memorial)

Rozaireo Jones (Anthony “Skip” Delligatti)

Capri Harmon (Gregory H. Frye Memorial)

Emma Davis (FSHS General Scholarship)

Camryn Morgan (FSHS General Scholarship)

Trevin Price (FSHS General Scholarship)

Delayne Pyle (FSHS General Scholarship)

Teresa Staron (FSHS General Scholarship)

Amelia Tillema (FSHS General Scholarship)

Click on Foundation Scholars on the left bar for previous scholarship awardees.


The FSHS Foundation has received donations of memorabilia, including Barnes, Miller and Fairmont Senior High School from the family of Darwin and Louise Brookover.  We appreciate the preservation of history from Jamey and Debbie Gower Brookover.  Dennis Kellison has donated his jacket and sweater as well as letters for display in the planned museum.  We appreciate the donations.




Voices of Fairmont Senior High School

by Carol J. Amos and Linda Orr Morgan

Help the Voices of Fairmont Senior High School authors celebrate a successful signing season.

Please R.S.V.P. on the event site on Carol's Facebook or respond to

a  9 x 12 hardcover book of 160 pages with history and archival pictures, 200+, from over 100 years of Maple Leaves, Hi-Life, submitted materials, books, oral interviews, and extensive research of the history of FSHS. We hope to preserve your heritage of 150 years of education at Fairmont Senior High School and celebrate Fairmont Senior's contributions to alumni, faculty, students, and the Fairmont community.

Submit memories about FSHS, the quintessential school of excellence, which prepares students for the future while preserving the building and its rich history. 

To buy a book $  50.00 Add $5.00 if you want it mailed.   

Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 

26555-0091 along with the following information:  name,

graduation year, address, phone number, and email as well

as the amount paid and if you want an autographed copy (no charge).

**PayPal and Venmo are now available for payment to  If you use PayPal please designate gift so a service

charge will not be collected. 

If you've purchased and are reading the book, please share the stories that it brought back from your experiences. We don't plan to write Volume II but never say never. A myriad of ways exist to celebrate the milestones.

Demonstrate your commitment to Preserve FSHS.  Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091.


Co-authors pictured above:  Carol J. Amos on left and Linda Orr Morgan. BUY A BOOK: SAVE THE STONE=$50.00 earns a book and a contribution to preserve and protect the engraving.  Please add $5.00 to ship.

"What we do shall be remembered."  Camelot


Seats in the auditorium remain available for sponsorship for $200.00 each.  A plate with three lines of information will commemorate the donation.  See a list of donors by clicking on Auditorium in the left panel of this home page.

Reminiscing, working on my next book, and counting my blessings. XOXO

Posted by Carol Amos on Friday, December 27, 2019

Many of you seemed to enjoy the Polar Bear Band music that Mike Nease used for his video.  He digitized this music several years ago using my computer and an old turntable and preamp that I had laying around the house. It's available in "the cloud" for you to download and listen to if you're interested at the following link:   Enjoy the band, under the direction of Ron Wood.  The recording by the same.


 Lincoln Life Membership
The FSHS Foundation recognizes its lifetime members
on a plaque in the main hallway of FSHS.  Please consider becoming a Lincoln Life member, by making a generous $500 donation to support the mission of the Foundation. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Maruka
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Morgan
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wakefield
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conley
Mario J. Roman
Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Thompson
Orlando and Virginia Meffe
Virginia and Peale Davidson
Nick and Carmella Fantasia
Dr. Mohammad Roidad
Bill and Linda Furgason
Dr. Stanard and Linda Swihart
Janice, Stephanie and Megan Denison
Thomas Bradley Miller
Thomas S. Miller, M.D.
Adam S. Miller
Mrs. Carroll Ramage
William South
Drs. Prasad & Pramada Devabhaktuni
James P. Davidson III
Anne Bomar
Dr. Jack & Mary Ellen Koay
Tom & Lori Kliethermes & family
Diane Hutchinson Parker
Sara Harrold Miller
William Beckers
Jennifer Brumage Tombaugh
Becky Hoult Cassidy
Robert Petres, M.D.

Thomas Llewellyn

Gary, Bonnie, Kerry and Laurie Earp

Royal and Janice Watts

Dr. Bob and Susan Hawkins

Dr. Thomas and Sharon Dunham 

Lynda Prickett Mathews

Mr. and Mrs. David G. Rogers

John McDougal & Joanne Haarstick

Andrea McElroy

If you enjoyed dancing to Pee Wee and the Prophets at the Melody Manor or other dance clubs in the area, reminisce with this recording shared on YouTube.

WFHS-TV of Fairmont Senior High School continues a partnership with the Times West Virginian since 1999.  


FOUNDATION BROCHURE:  See the new brochure under announcements below to assist with school projects supported by FSHS Foundation, interested alumni, and the community.

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members

Ginny Davidson, President
Jeff Carpenter, Vice President
Edward Cheslock, Treasurer
Darlene Boyles, Secretary
Matt Delligatti
Gina Ezelle
Jim Greene, Principal
Tom Kliethermes
Donna Metz
Eddie Parker
Carol Stephenson
Vera Sansalone
Rodney Stewart
Mike DeVault
Joanna Ross
Fairmont Senior High School Awards and Recognition

In 2010, Fairmont Senior was named a high-performing, National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.

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

2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.


194,105  Can you guess what it's counting?


Fairmont Senior High School cornerstone recently cleaned with restoration of front facade



     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia

1867 - 2013


Scroll to first announcement below:          

    Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

FSHS Foundation, Inc. expresses appreciation to our Fairmont neighbors and supporters of Fairmont Senior High School.  The FSHS Foundation, established in 1992, continues to provide opportunities for Polar Bears through scholarships, teacher grants, and major improvements such as the $350,000.00 restoration of the auditorium.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, here’s how you can help improve our school.

 Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.

Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26555-0091



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Science Honoraryunder the able leadership of Michelle Henderson Bright with Leann Sayre, orchestrated a Spring Fling initiative during which they cleaned the campus and planted dozens of hydrangea bushes along the steps between the main campus and the Freshman Building. That should provide a breathtakingly beautiful addition to the campus when the blue blossoms appear. President Maddie Aubrey planned the project finding the supplies and prices and wrote the proposal for Principal Green’s approval. Almost the whole club was involved in beautifying the mural on the side steps, cleaning up the flower beds in front of the freshman building, and planting flowers and removing a very stubborn tree. Members participating included Ashley, Tara; Awbrey, Madison; Battin, Serenity; Bennington, Ashlyn; Carpenter, Reese; Cinalli, Adaline; Cox, Samuel; Epsicopo, Stella; Flower, Nate; Hanigan, Natalie; Harrison, Audrey; Hose, Mikayla; Jones, Hayden; Linger, Eliana; Mahaney, Kanaya; Premo, Nevaeh; Presley, Brea; Price, Kamryn; Price, Trevin; Pyle, Delayne; Rutschilling, Joleena; Sivak, Kate; Spencer, Stayley; Stark, Maura; and Tobesman, Audrey.

Restoration and Beautification:  Since all 1,000 copies of “Voices of Fairmont Senior High School” have been sold, Linda Orr Morgan and Carol Amos hope to restart the initiative to restore/repair the iconic features of the front gateposts, the bridge, and the stone engraving as well as initiate a memorial garden with native plants of red buds and rhododendron, perhaps utilizing a walkway with an opportunity to honor individuals with engraved names of graduates. Please send your thoughts and suggestions to


May 16: Senior Recognition 8:00 a.m.

May 17: 2-Hour Delay (Professional Meeting Day)

May 17: Senior picnic at FSHS 12 p.m.

May 21: Baccalaureate at FSHS The Baccalaureate service is, basically, a worship service offered by the school for its graduating class. Attendance is not mandatory.

May 22: Senior Final Exams

May 23: Senior Make-up Final Exams. Senior Last Day of School

May 26: Seniors’ Credit Recovery Due

May 27: Graduation Practice 10:00 AM

May 27: Graduation 7:00 PM (Students graduating must be at the stadium by 6:00)

May 30: Freshmen-Junior Finals

May 31: Freshman-Junior Make-up finals

Fairmont Senior High School has met the 2023 statewide FAFSA completion goal of 60 percent! This means that 60% of the senior class has plans to attend college after graduation. Congratulations Seniors! To file the FAFSA, visit #CollegeBoundWV

Committing to something bigger than one's self: At Military Signing Day at Fairmont Senior High School Jacob Powell signs with Army National Guard, Ian Holbert signs with US Navy. Master Sergeant Lougherty serves as the guest speaker from the US Army.

Prom: Congratulations to the class of 2024 on the successful prom event organized by President Ainsley Lilly.  “Shall We Dance” on April 29, 2023 at the Bailey Barns honored the court of Madison Awbrey, Aubrey Harrison, Janissa Hayes, Mikayla Hose, Maid of Honor Gabbriana Johnson, Eliana Linger, RyLee Lowther, Joleena Rutschilling, Kate Sivak, Teresa Staron, Kendyll Villers, Madison Walters, and Queen Ajania West. Their pictures appear on Fairmont Senior High School Facebook page at

Congratulations to Sara Jo Martin for her acceptance to the West Virginia Governor's School of the Arts. She was accepted into the WVGSA for Theatre/Acting, and will be going to Marshall University for three weeks this summer.

Congratulations to Ava McMullen who represented FSHS at the state Poetry Out Loud competition in Charleston. After reciting three poems, Ava made it into the top ten for Division II.

Congratulations to Brazz Evans IV who won third place in the annual Scottish Rite Essay Contest! He wrote an essay about Americanism that was selected from juniors and seniors all over NCWV. He won a cash award for himself and one for Fairmont Senior! 

The Lady Polar Bear Lacrosse team collected over $1,000 on Breast Cancer Awareness night at the stadium. Congratulations go to the Lady Bears, their fans, and Coach Ryann Moore.

Coach Nick Bartic honored: You know him as a great football coach, but did you know Nick Bartic is also a great teacher? In fact, he is state teacher of the year for social studies for the VFW of WV! Congrats Mr. Bartic!

Boys’ Basketball appeals for financial support from Polar Bear Nation.  The repeat

WV State Boys Basketball Champions provide a video narrated by Zycheus Dobbs, a 1,000-point scorer. Coach David Retton at Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears at Donors can scan the QR code as depicted at the conclusion of the video to access the website or send checks to Fairmont Senior High School 1 Loop Park Fairmont WV 26554. Please note Boys’ Basketball on the memo line. The video honors the stellar history of basketball at the Loop Park campus with the 1996 team taking the trophy, the first since 1949, followed by state recognition in 2016, 2017, 2022, and 2023.

While you’re on that Facebook site enjoy a performance of the always amazing “My Home Among the Hills” by the always incredible Madrigals directed by the equally awesome Greg DeVito. Attend the spring concert tonight starting at 7:00 for an inspirational night of music. I told Greg DeVito, “I haven’t been out of my cocoon since the Feast so you know what it takes to get me out of my house~Music; I must have music. Music nourishes my soul." 

When your role models sing and read to you, great music is made! The Fairmont Senior High School Madrigals helped kick off Read Across America week in Marion County Schools by singing to and then reading to Jayenne students.

National Honor Society inductions were held recently with the leadership of Adrin Raikes Fisher and Brooke Prickett Stark.

Congratulations to the FSHS Robotics Team the Angry Roombas for qualifying for the West Virginia VEX Robotics Competition State Championship! The competition was held at Fairmont State University’s  Falcon Center on March 11th.

Wrestling boosters sponsor an elimination dinner.  Food, drinks, fun, raffles, a chance to win $1000 and most importantly supporting your FSHS wrestlers on Saturday, May 20 at the Knights of Columbus.

Or online tickets available on the below link.

Members of the 1960 FSHS state championship wrestling team, Joe Staud, 1960 State Champ, and Tom Burnett, 1960 &1961 State Champ, visited the school for a celebration assembly for our 2023 state championship wrestling team.  We had 3 individual state champs in Jason Walker (126), Hunter Spitznogle (138), and Kolbie Hamilton (144). This is Kolbie’s 2nd state championship and this is our first team championship since 1960. Head coach Michael Fortier was also named AA state coach of the year!

SOCCER:  Calling all soccer parents! We are holding the Booster Meeting on Tuesday, May 16th at 6PM. We will hold elections for a couple of open positions as well as make some plans for the 2023 year. (Elected officers please plan to stick around for a brief meeting following the full boosters meeting.) As always, bring ideas and help spread the word! FYI: This meeting is open to parents of all returning players and the parents of incoming freshmen/new players. We will be electing: Secretary, Boys VP, and potentially Girls VP (1 year term to fill the remainder of the term). Coach Jeff plans to meet with parents after the organizational meeting.

Baseball:  Finished the regular season 21-4, named 2023 Big X Conference Baseball Champions, and earned the #1 seed in AA Region 1, Section 1 playoffs. Seniors Gunner Riley, Matt Howvalt, and Jaden Halterman provided leadership for a strong season after finishing as state runners-up last year. More details on Fairmont Senior Polar Bear Baseball for box scores and newspaper coverage at

Softball:  Team members include seniors Audrey Tobesman, Libby McDougal, Macy Ridggs, Mikayla Hose, Teresa Starron; juniors-Grace Wells, and Jessie Jenkins; sophomores-Abby Shuck, Ava Taylor, Sadie RundleAnd on injured reserve: Michaela Egidi (Soph), and Shyanne Rowe (Soph). Beating North 1-0 in the sectional game and scoring a go-ahead run in the 7th inning provided a highlight catapulting the team to the Big 10 Bronze Bracket Champions over North Marion, eventually making it the farthest out of Marion County Teams in playoffs.

Lacrosse:  STATE CHAMPIONS:  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2019, NO GAMES DURING PANDEMIC, 2021, 2022. Finished the season 18-0, undefeated and receiving a bye into the playoffs which will be held at East-West Stadium this Friday at 7:00. They will play the winner of the Morgantown vs. George Washington teams with finals at D & E on May 20.

Season results:   Undefeated 18-0 in regular season

25-1 vs Wheeling Park    

12-6 vs Greater Latrobe

16-6 vs Buckhannon

13-12 vs University 

21-3 vs Martinsburg

 Cancel vs Handley

19-3 vs John Marshall

19-7 vs George Washington

23-2 vs. St. Albans

 17-2 vs. Harrison County

16-5 vs. Morgantown

19-6 vs. St. Albans

8-7 vs. University

16-3 vs. Buckhannon

14-1 vs. Preston

18-4 vs George Washington

16-8 vs. Morgantown

17-3 vs. Cathedral Prep in PA

13-7 vs. Conneaut Area in PA

Golf: The Fairmont Senior Golf Team finished 5th overall in the West Virginia Class AA State golf Tournament today at Oglebay.

— at Speidel Jones golf course.

PLEASE BE AWARE OF QUESTIONABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES OF TRENDYTEES99.COM  They are NOT authorized to sell items or use any of the logos or art of FSHS. HOWEVER they continue to create false accounts and post on the fairmontseniorhighschoolpolarbears facebook site. I block them as soon as they are reported; however, they just create a new identity.

Best high schools for sports in WV find FSHS #3 with #1 Bridgeport and #2 University.


“Double Play” for summer reading.  Two novels in one by Scott Shields, class of 1967. Available on Amazon.

Congrats to former Polar Bear & WVU standout DT Dante Stills on being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 6th round of the NFL Draft!

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"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

John D. Tennant Jr., 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 2, 2023, in the same house where he was born on June 10, 1928, at the family farm in Fairview. Between those two milestones, his influence was felt far and wide by thousands of students and teachers during his 32-year career in education.

John was the son of the late John D. and Ethel Dawson Tennant. His prodigious memories included gathering around a family radio powered by a car battery to listen to the election of Franklin Roosevelt, as well as a school assembly in the 8th grade when the President declared war on Japan in 1941.

Also, as an 8th-grade lad, John rode his bicycle three miles to school, arriving early to study for the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe test. His dedication paid off as he won the coveted award, representing Marion County in 1942.

During his early years of high school, because his family’s farm was considered necessary to the war effort, John could only attend school two days per week and contribute to farm work the rest of the time. He graduated in 1946 from Fairview High School.

John earned his BS from Fairmont State College in 1954 after his education was interrupted again by war.  He served three years as a lieutenant in the Army as a tank commander in the Korean War. 

John wed the late Rose Mary Brunetti Tennant on April 11, 1955.

Beginning his career in Marion County education John served as a teacher at Fairview HS and later a counselor and vice principal at Barrackville High School in 1955. Encouraged by his esteemed principal and mentor, Larney Gump, to pursue educational leadership, John earned a master’s degree in Guidance Counseling and then another in School Administration, all while working full-time, farming, and raising a family.

A favorite story of this period, shortly after Brown vs. BOE, was that after winning a basketball tournament, the BHS team needed a place to eat. The Palace Restaurant in Fairmont didn’t want to serve the Black basketball players except in the kitchen. Because John had known the staff since he was a youngster selling eggs there with his dad, when he insisted that all players eat together, they complied and made room in the front for everyone.

He then worked as vice and head principal at Mannington High School from 1970 to 1974. During his one-year stint as Director of Personnel at the Marion County BOE, he interviewed a young football coach looking for work and recommended Nick Saban for hire.  Saban later chose to stay at Kent State.

In 1976 John became the principal at Fairmont Senior High School where he was appreciated and respected by the teachers for his consistent leadership and visionary work. He was particularly proud of instituting a special education program with specialist Sally Feltz which taught hundreds of previously underserved students to read.

Mr. Tennant was an early adopter of technology and computers in the classroom and strongly supported the arts and humanities, as well as sports. He loved portraying Shakespeare during the school’s Elizabethan Festival. The renowned Madrigal Chamber Choir was formed under Doug Bunner, the marching band under Barry Vingle appeared in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and Mr. Tennant advocated for theater and educational student travel programs during his tenure. In 1985 FSHS was named a School of Excellence.

Retiring in 1989, John returned full-time to his love of farming, enjoying grandchildren, traveling with Rose Mary, and watching WVU sports. He was the third-generation owner of farms designated as West Virginia Century Farms, having been worked by the same family for 100 years.

John is survived by children Chris Tennant, Steve (Sharon) Tennant, Catherine (Tony) Drown, Tim (Kimberly) Tennant of Fairview, Jonathan Tennant of Kingwood, David (Joni) Tennant of Fairview, and Natalie (Erik Wells) Tennant of Charleston, and brother-in-law Frank (Martha) Brunetti of Salem, 15 grandchildren, Kayla Tennant (Andi Burke), Stephenie (Wilford) Phenice,  Justin (Haleigh) Tennant, Shawn (Megan) Tennant, Eliza Drown, Matthew (Wittlee Retton) Tennant, Tyler (Isabella Nutter) Tennant, Johnny (Ruby Fierros Espino) Drown, Peter Drown, Christian Drown, Sarah (Michael Bunch) Tennant, Delaney Wells, Triton Tennant (Cheyenne Stewart), Eva Tennant, Thaddeus Tennant and 8 great-grandchildren, Avery Tennant, Luke Tennant, Audrey Tennant, Isaiah Drown, Mattie Jo Tennant, Wyatt Phenice, Wade Tennant, Eli Bunch and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marguerite Wilson and Fern Lloyd, and brother Beryl Tennant.

Friends may call at Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, on Sunday, March 12 from 1-7 p.m. The funeral will be Monday, March 13, at the St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 403 Main Street, Fairview, where he was a lifelong member and deacon. The family will receive visitors at 10 am with the funeral at 11 am. A private interment service will follow at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Fairview Food Bank or the Tennant Memorial Museum in Monongalia County, or a charity of your choice.

Prentiss Charles Snyder, 79, of Fairmont passed away early Saturday morning April 1, 2023, at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, after a 20-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born on September 17, 1943, in Morgantown, son of the late Prentiss John and Mary Elizabeth Miller Snyder.

Charles began his teaching career in Portsmouth Ohio.  He retired from the Marion County Board of Education as a teacher after 35 years of service at Fairmont Senior High School. At Fairmont Senior, he served as the girls’ cross-country coach for 20 years. During his time as the coach, they won several state championships.  He also served as the coach of the chess team.

Charles was a veteran of the United States Air Force.  He was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church and previously served as a Eucharistic minister. He was a 1st-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also served on the Fairmont Catholic School board.  He graduated from Kingwood High School in 1961, Glenville State College in 1968, and had two master’s degrees from West Virginia University.  He participated in the Rock Steady Boxing Program.  His hard work in this program was instrumental in maintaining his quality of life with Parkinson's.

Charles is survived by his wife Donna Taylor Snyder, three children Teresa (Theodore) Zanardelli of Columbus, Ohio, Monica (Tige) Pratt of Manassas, Virginia, and Philip Charles (Darah) Snyder of Crown City, Ohio. He is also survived by his grandchildren Tia Snyder, Dylan and Cooper Snyder, Vito Zanardelli, and great-granddaughter Clara.

He is also survived by three brothers Donald (Diane) Snyder, Roger Snyder, Guy (Barbara) Snyder, sister-in-law Marsha Snyder and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Snyder.

Friends will be received on Monday from 1-7:00 p.m. at Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont. The Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday April 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with Fr. Joseph Konikattil as celebrant. Interment will follow at Ravenswood Cemetery in Ravenswood, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the American Parkinson Disease Association or The Parkinson’s Foundation.

Joe Colasessano, 69, of Fairmont was called home on Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 with his loving family and friends by his side. Son of the late John “Spider” and Josephine (Colaciello) Colasessano.

He was a 1971 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School. Upon graduation, he attended trade school in Charleston, WV. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1972 during the Vietnam Conflict. After serving his country for 18 months, he received an honorable discharge due to his father’s passing. He returned home to run his family’s business with his mother.

He was a hard-working, honest, and successful businessman who left so many in our town with memorial of a terrific product and many memories “in the back room.”

He is survived by his loving wife, his true angel on Earth for nearly 37 years, Carol (DiVirgilio) Colasessano; his biggest pride and joy, his daughters, Victoria (Justin) Hershman of Fairmont and Rachel (Bradley) Dodrill of Grafton; also surviving are his five precious grandchildren, Joey and Julian Hershman and Henry, Lucy, and Teddy Dodrill. He is also survived by his sister, Donna (David) Wells of Fairmont and a special niece, Cara (Jonathan) Loper of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by an aunt and uncle Felix and Karen Colaciello of Brandywine, MD; and many special cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Eugene and Lucy DiVirgilio.

The family would also like to thank WVU Hospice, especially Lisa, Barb, and Lori. Also, a special thanks to his wonderful caregivers, Shelly, Melissa, Vanessa, and Larry.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Fairmont Catholic School in Joe’s memory, an organization near and dear to his heart.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, on Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with Vigil Rites performed at 7:00 p.m. The Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 329 Maryland Avenue in Fairmont, on Monday, February 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Kishore Varaparla as celebrant. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

David L. Wimer, 80 of Fairmont passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Gaurdian Healthcare in Fairmont. He was born in Fairmont on August 1, 1942 son of the late Harold D. and W. Maxine Hood Wimer.

David started his career as a fireman for the City of Fairmont on July 16, 1969 and quickly moved up through the ranks as a Lieutenant, Captain and then retired as the Fire Chief on January 8, 2000, a position he held for 20 years. And he graduated from Fairmont State College in 1976.

He was a devoted husband, son, father, grandfather and newly great-grandfather. David so loved his family as they meant everything to him and he meant everything to his family.

He loved driving his car especially in the fresh snow.  He was an avid fan of the Corvette and enjoyed watching the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction. He also loved his time being on his computer and researching

He also enjoyed watching football, NASCAR, Netflix, listening to music with Lynyrd Skynyrd a new music favorite.

A favorite pastime was boat rides with his family. He loved being on the water with hot dogs to eat.  He enjoyed participating in his grandson Matthew’s boxing career where he went on to become a Certified Boxing Coach, Referee and Judge.

David was a one of kind.  He was always there for his family and friends and he made a big impression on all who met him.

David is survived by his three daughters; Sandra Michele Wimer Marra and husband Lenny of Columbia, South Carolina, Kimberly Jo Rundle and husband DJ of Fairmont and Cathy Lynn Michael and wife Leighanne Michael of Rivesville.

He is also survived by his grandchildren who he loved; Matthew Barrick and girlfriend Haley Cosner and her children Kloey and Lyric,  Gabrielle and husband Andrew Snyder, Avery Rundle, Courtney Marra, Tyler Marra, Braylon Garcia, great-granddaughter Eleanor “Ellie Jean” Snyder, and his beloved granddog Radley.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his loving wife of over 50 years Sandra Jean Hearn Wimer, and one brother Jim Colvin.

Friends may call at the Ross Funeral Home 801 Fairmont Avenue Fairmont on Friday October 28, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Dr. Paul Ronald Graziani of Fairmont, WV and Bonita Springs, FL, passed away on December, 27, 2022. Dr. Graziani was born to Paul Frank Graziani and Betty Jane (Spadafore) Graziani on May 28, 1948 in Fairmont, WV.

Dr. Graziani is a 1966 graduate from Fairmont Senior High School and 1970 graduate from Fairmont State College. He continued his education at West Virginia University to obtain his Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree in 1974.

Dr. Graziani started his career in dentistry as a Captain in the U.S. Airforce at Nellis Airforce Base in Las, Vegas, NV, home of The Thunderbirds, from 1974-1976. In 1976 he came home to Fairmont, WV where he opened his dental practice. He served his community from 1976-2016 when he retired.

Dr. Graziani enjoyed spending winters in Bonita Springs, Florida at Palmira Golf and Country Club. He was a member of the Golf Club, played pickleball, and regularly attended Men's Fellowship meetings.

In addition to his education, loving family, and wonderful life experienced, he had many achievements. As a youth he reached the honor of Eagle Scout. He was a proud member of Tau Beta Iota Fraternity and rarely missed the annual reunion. In his young adult years, you could find him on the softball field with his famous "Docs Bombers" or playing pickup basketball. Golf eventually became his game, and he could always be found on a course. He took pride

in his community and was a member of many organizations including: MonValley Dental Society, West Virginia and American Dental Association.

Dr. Paul Ronald Graziani is survived by a big, beautiful family which includes his loving wife of 36 years, Cheryl Pearl Graziani; son, Dr. Stephen Paul (Marie) Graziani; daughters, Dr. Caroline Graziani (Charlie) Labritz and Briena Pearl Graziani; grandsons, Brayden Paul Graziani, Brock William Graziani, Charles Patrick Labritz, Ronald Anthony Labritz; brother, Robert (Cheryl) Graziani of Bentonville, Arkansas. Also surviving are many special nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.

Dr. Graziani was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Frank Graziani and Betty Jane (Spadafore) Graziani; brother, Donald Joseph Graziani.

Dr. Graziani has chosen cremation as his final disposition. The Family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, on Friday, January 20, 2023 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with Memorial Service to be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. James Saunders and Deacon David Lester of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church officiating. Interment will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Marion County Humane Society, P.O. Box 905, Fairmont, WV, 26554.

Barbara Jean Antulov, 76, of Benton's Ferry/Fairmont died Sunday afternoon February 5, 2023, at Mon General Hospital, Morgantown, WV after battling cancer for nearly 20 years. She was born in Fairmont on October 9, 1946, daughter of the late Harvey and Pauline Staggers. She was the eldest of three daughters and was a natural caretaker. She married her soulmate, John Martin in 1971 and they were blessed with one daughter, Jacquelyn Renee.

Barbara retired from Fairmont General Hospital/Fairmont Regional Medical Center with over forty years of service in the Radiology department where she specialized in the CT and Heart Cath labs. She met thousands of patients, always with a smile and positive outlook on life. Barbara developed lifelong friendship with her coworkers who became like family. She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School, class of 1965, and always enjoyed reunions with her classmates. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Watson. As many know, she loved to paint and spent much of her free time in her sunroom with a glass of wine working on her newest painting. Her home was her gallery, and she would happily give anyone who was willing to listen a tour or open her home for lessons. Sundays were times dedicated to a small group of friends, "The Positive Strokes," where a day of painting and camaraderie occurred regularly.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jacquelyn Renee and Steven Hammond of Barrackville, and her grandchildren, Angelina and Nicholas. She is also survived by two sisters and their spouses, Shirley and Robert Stiles and Linda and Richard Eddy both of Morgantown. In addition, she is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-laws: Pete Antulov (Stephanie Wilson), Steve and Gladys Antulov all of Fairmont, Thomas and Rosemary of Monongah and Janie Antulov of Lewisburg, PA and several nieces, their spouses and children. As well as, her dear friend and neighbor, John Terlosky of Farimont, who was her companion following her husband's passing. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, John Martin Antulov.

Friends may call Ross Funeral Home at 801 Fairmont Avenue Fairmont on Thursday, February 9th from 1:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, February 10th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Watson. Private interment will be held at a later date.

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Joseph “Josie” Asterino of Fairmont passed away on a quiet, beautiful Sunday morning, February 12, 2023. He was born on August 13, 1947 to Sam Asterino “Knockie” and Helen Rose Pizatella Asterino. Joseph was being preciously cared for in his last few weeks by family and friends, and died exactly where he wanted, his Watson home. When he looked out his window, he could see visions of all of his happy memories from his childhood: his grandparents' old home, his family home where he was raised, and many other houses that held loving relatives and friends who have all gone now. 

Joe grew up in Watson and never lived more than a mile from his childhood home for his 75 years. He played baseball on the Watson School ball field every day that he could put his brother Johnny in charge of his chores, which was a lot. As a young boy, he was a proud member of a Watson club called KIBO. He successfully wrestled in high school, was a member of TBI Fraternity while he attended Fairmont State, and then served in the National Guard with longtime friend Billy Julian. Joe and Billy also co-captained Walters Construction team, a fast pitch softball team. He married Marianna in 1972, became dad to Tommy Baron, and Brandi came along in 1975. He bought Tarleton Buick in 1982, which he renamed Astro Buick Olds Pontiac GMC. He starred as the “Astroman” in his commercials through the 1980s, coming out of the rocket that stood atop the dealership (though once it ended up under the bridge as a prank by some young kids). In the early ‘90s he successfully moved the dealership to the Whitehall area and renamed it Astro’s at Exit 132, where he owned it until 2019.

He contributed to countless community groups over the years, including the Disability Action Center in Fairmont; he also sponsored various youth baseball teams. Though raised Catholic, he eventually developed strong ties to Trinity Assembly of God, where his wife attended. Joseph was also a Charter Member of Pete Dye Golf Club.

As most know, he was an amazing man who was so good. He was so good at loving other people and was such a wise teacher too. He was humble, patient, funny, and silly. He was caring, thoughtful, and spiritual. Though many knew him as the owner of a dealership, still countless others knew him as a friend, a counselor, an advisor, a comedian, and a helper. He lived to help others in need. 

Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Marianna Julian Asterino; his two children Brandi (Chris Capobianco) Asterino, Tommy (Cessna) Baron; his siblings, twin sister Judy (Gary) Lusher, and sister Barbara (Rick) Skinner; grandchildren Jade Baron, Lakyn Baron, Delila Powell, and Ava Capobianco; several nieces and nephews Chris (Ladawn) Weaver, Tracey Weaver, Toni Asterino, Tammy Asterino, Trina Asterino, Tiffany Hill, Chad (Irene) Poniewasz, Tasha (Alex) Stack, and Heidi Skinner.

He is preceded in death by his parents Sam Asterino “Knockie” and Helen Rose Pizatella Asterino; sister Deanna (Eugene) Weaver; brother Johnny (Diane) Asterino.

The family has entrusted Domico Funeral Home with funeral arrangements. Family and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The funeral service will be Thursday, February 16, 2023 beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Skip Vincent officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Donations can be made in Joseph Asterino’s honor to the Disability Action Center and Pleasant Acres Christian Haven.

Nancy Ann Moore, 88 of Fairmont WV passed to her heavenly home on Sunday, May 7, 2023. Nancy was the daughter of the late Russell and Blanche Moore.

Nancy graduated from Fairmont Senior high school in 1953 and soon thereafter went to work at the Local C&P Telephone Company as an operator. Nancy’s working career lasted for over 40 years.

Nancy and her co-worker friends traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC for an annual gals fun time vacation for several years. Nancy also enjoyed yearly trips to Florida with her mother and other family members. They loved collecting shells on the beach and going to the local thrift shops. Even in her more recent years Nancy continued her trips to Florida. She would put her favorite religious CD’s in to play and down the road she went always with the Lord as her co-pilot.

Nancy loved traveling to Amish country many times with her sister Mary Lea and her nieces. What fun times were had shopping, eating, laughing, and playing cards. She always had a favorite saying when she was asked if she would like some more food or coffee. Her reply was always “Just a little bit.”

Family was so important to Nancy. She loved all the dinners, picnics, weddings, and birthdays. Nancy for years gave all her family members inspirational calendars at Christmas to guide them through the days of the next year.

Nancy was a member of the Janes Memorial Church for many years. She loved her church and her church family. She was a member of the Janes Memorial Women’s Ministry. She had such a grand time with her lady friends when they would all go for ice cream.

Nancy is survived by her sister Mary Lea Mundell of Fairmont, sister in law Lucille Moore of Fairmont, niece Donna (Gene) Faulkner of Fairmont, their children Gene (Kim) Faulkner, Jr. and Mary Jo ( Brian) Fleming, niece Cathy (Randy) Underwood of Martinsburg, and their daughter Elizabeth Ann ( David) Keadle, niece Vickie (Richard) Davis of Fairmont, niece Becky (Kenny) Mackey of Fairmont and their daughters Amanda ( Brian) Hawkins and Melissa ( Anthony) Bellott, niece Vickie Moore of Fairmont and her daughter Mariah, nephew Timothy (Kristie) Moore of Jane Lew and children. Nancy is also survived by many great great nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her brother Rex Moore and her nephews Kevin Moore and Ronnie and his wife Brenda Moore.

The family would like to thank her care givers Nancy, Lisa, Kim, Amy and Trish for all the friendship, support and love expressed to our dear Aunt Nancy in her time of need. Thank you to Amedisys Hospice and their very loving and caring nurses.

Friends may call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A service will take place at the funeral home on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Michael Richards officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Janes Memorial Church or Amedisys Hospice Care.

Marilyn (Piscitelli) Ice, 67, of Fairmont, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2023, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 17, 1956, in Fairmont, a daughter of the late Frank and Eula Armontrout Piscitelli. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Robert “Bob” Ice.

Mrs. Ice was a graduate from Fairmont Senior High School. Upon graduating, she attended Fairmont State College, where she obtained an associate degree. She also attended Alderson Broadus University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Nathan Ice of Fairmont, and Jason (Brianna) Ice of Morgantown; one sister, Marlene (Bob) Morris; two grandchildren, Henry and Caroline Ice; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She worked as a registered nurse at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Care Management.

In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting, counted cross stitching, antiquing, and traveling in the motor home. She found great joy in spending time with her family. She loved her grandkids and was an amazing wife, mom, grandmother, and friend to all.

The Ice family has entrusted the arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV 26554. Friends will be received on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 2-8 pm and on Friday, April 28, 2023 from 10-11 am. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Friday with Reverend Junius Lewis presiding. Entombment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery & Mausoleum. Online condolences may be extended to the family at

Anthony (Tony) Joseph Camele, 96, of Fairmont, WV, passed peacefully on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Tony was born on October 2, 1926, in Fairmont, WV, the son of the late Louis and Rose LoFiego Camele. Tony was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-seven years, Teresa Marie Mazza Camele. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Fairmont.

Tony is survived by his children Dr. Anthony Camele (Jenny Ann), Dr. Robert Camele (Susan), and Jo Ellen Mick (Ruben), and grandchildren Natalie Buckley (Sean), Anna Tugwell (James), Mary Jarrell (Jeremy), Ryan Mick (Elizabeth), Gina Hedrick (Nicholas), and Elizabeth Camele. He is also survived by ten great-grandchildren – Anthony, Camille, Teresa, Samuel, Patrick, Luke, Elise, Clara, Margot, and Lena, and a sister, Carmela Saporito.

Tony graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1944. He then served in the United States Army and was stationed in the Philippines during the World War II Era. After his military service, he graduated from Fairmont State College in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He worked in sales and management for several companies including Union Brokerage, Workingman Store, Galis, and FMC. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Tony was a gifted musician who played clarinet and saxophone in local dance bands of the 1950s and 1960s including the Johnny Christian Orchestra, Doc Koon and the West Virginians, and the United Mine Workers Band. He and his sons played in the Greater Clarksburg Symphonic Orchestra. Tony enjoyed spending time with his family, telling stories, and eating good Italian food and Woody’s hot dogs.

Tony’s family would like to thank his in-home caregivers Dottie, Ada, Sheila, and Nikki, and the staff at the Bridgeport Healthcare Center and Amedisys Hospice Care.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Vigil Rites will be at the funeral home on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. The Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 329 Maryland Avenue in Fairmont, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Kishore Varaparla as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

William Carlisle Wade II, known to all as Lisle, left this world February 22, 2023, at the age of 84 after a short battle with cancer. 

Lisle began his journey December 21, 1938, in Fairmont, West Virginia as eldest son to William Carlisle and Eleanor Wade. His mother was a devoted homemaker while his father was a rising executive with Monongahela Power Company until his untimely death at the age of fifty-two. Growing up with his younger brother Frank and little sister Janie, Lisle lived with his family on top of a hill on Peacock Lane (the name derived from a farm established by his great-great-grandfather in the 1830's). 

Lisle and his siblings built many special memories while spending time with their grandparents who lived in nearby Marlinton. Lisle learned then that he had construction in his genes as his great-grandfather had built a significant portion of the town of Marlinton, including the county courthouse.

As President of his senior class, Lisle graduated from West Fairmont HS in 1956, and subsequently attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech) his freshman year of college. After transferring to West Virginia University his sophomore year, he graduated in 1960 at the top of his class with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Lisle joined Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and was a member of the infamous Goose House Gang. Upon graduation when he told by his professors he wanted to be in sales, they told him he was essentially "…throwing away his degree!" 

He began his career with E.G. Smith, a manufacturer of commercial building materials, as a Sales Engineer. Over the course of a long, successful career, he lived in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Chicago, Memphis, and Pittsburgh where, as VP of Sales, he opened numerous sales offices and expanded the firm's presence overseas with projects in London and Saudi Arabia. A new opportunity with Moncrief Lenoir brought him to Houston where he once again excelled. 

In 1988, he founded Wade Architectural Systems with his son Bill. Together with his son-in-law Peter, they grew the company to include six sales offices in four states touching almost 5000 commercial projects. 

Lisle was married twice and blessed with two children, son Bill and daughter Brycie, from his marriage to his first wife, Holly Fear Wade, whom he married in college. They were married for 23 years. In 1986, he met and married the love of his life, Margaret. They enjoyed 36 exciting years together with Lisle helping raise his two stepchildren, Steve, and Stacey Kirk.

Lisle and Margaret loved to travel, and their incredible journeys took them literally all over the world. Their penchant for travel took them to all 7 continents and 70 countries.

Lisle was also active in his community, serving for many years elected to the board of Harris County MUD District 151 and was very active at Kingwood and Atascocita Country Clubs, including serving on the Board of Governors. If Lisle wasn't traveling or at the office, you would probably find him with friends on a tennis court, golf course, or playing poker with his buddies or duplicate bridge. Lisle loved his work, doing business with friends, peanut butter, ice cream and good bourbon. 

Lisle is preceded in death by his sister Libbie Jane Wade, and survived by his wife Margaret Wade, his son William Carlisle Wade III (wife Christy), his daughter Brycie Wade Parnham (husband Peter), stepchildren Steve Kirk (wife Chriztine), and Stacey Kirk, granddaughters Kylie Wade Vernegaard (husband Kirk), McKinley Wade, Tristan Parnham, grandson Beck Parnham, and Carson Kirk, and great-grandson William Wade Vernegaard. He also leaves his dear brother, Dr .Francis Wade (wife Kerry), better known as Uncle Frank.

Lisle was a true gentleman with an incredible mind, quick wit, and unbending ethics that made him truly one of a kind. His friends and family will remember his boundless energy, his indomitable spirit, his easy laughter, his sense of humor, and his enormous zest for living. He will be greatly missed by so many.

Since Lisle was not fond of funerals, we will instead celebrate Lisle's wonderful life April 20th, with details to follow. If you would like to make an honorary donation in his name, please consider Inspire ND, which primarily helps young adults with Autism. Donations can be made online at

Patricia (Patti) Nixon Connor, 89, of White Hall, peacefully passed from this Earth on early Sunday morning, March 19th. She was born November 22, 1933 to Robert Earl Nixon and Mary Evans Byers.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life, Pat Connor, whom she married on December 23rd, 1961; her parents; brothers, June Nixon, Bill Nixon, Jack Nixon; and a sister, Mary Joan Nixon.

She is survived by her three daughters, Mary Pat (Tom) Reese of Fairmont, Betty (Larry) Bargeloh of Marietta, OH, and Cyndi (Mike) Drummond of Spring, TX.; five grandchildren, Tom (Lori) Reese, Brandon (Steph Stevers) Bargeloh, Stella Bargeloh, Connor Bargeloh, and Caitlin (Damone Wills) Drummond; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a Christian by faith, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She was a long-time school teacher, 4-H leader of the Eldora 4-H Club. Patti was also a WV 4-H All-Star, and member of the Camp Mar-Mac Board of Trustees.

After retirement she was very active in CEOS, Life Long Learners and United Methodist Women. She was an avid fan of WVU Sports and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at the funeral home on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Mike Richards officiating. Interment will follow at Clairmont Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Robert Eugene (Bob) Cavallo, 85, died on October 5, 2022 in Indialantic, Florida.
Bob was born in Fairmont on August 4, 1937, the third son of Carmen F. and Lucy (Guarascio) Cavallo of Virginia Avenue.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, Franklin L. and John F., as well as his nephew John Cavallo and sister-in-law, Dolores Cavallo.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Susanne; sister-in-law Jane Cavallo; niece Terri Cavallo; nephews Carmen and David Cavallo. He is also survived by many cousins, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and life-long Fairmont friends.

Bob was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, and after completing a degree in Physics from West Virginia University, relocated to New York City, where he was employed for many years as a technical/informational writer for General Instruments. Upon his retirement, he returned to Fairmont to care for his parents. After their passing, he met and married Susanne, and they lived in Fairmont until relocating to Florida in 2019.

During his time in Fairmont, he was an active member of the community, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, participating in the Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, and the Knights of Columbus. He and Susanne both enjoyed gardening and both were active members of the Master Gardeners of Marion County.

Bob was a devoted husband, a loving and generous brother, brother-in-law, and uncle, and a loyal family member to cousins and extended family. As the family's unofficial historian, he dedicated many hours to researching and recording the family's genealogy and annotating family photos. As part of his most recent project, he reconnected with many extended family.

He treasured his Italian-American heritage and delighted in keeping the family's Calabrian traditions alive by hosting family gatherings at his parents' house on Virginia Avenue and later in Florida. He was always ready for a family celebration, a FSHS KIBO reunion, or a WVU football game.

The family will host a Memorial Service/ Celebration of Life on Saturday December 10, 2022. The family will received friends from 12 Noon till 12:30 followed by the Service at Ross Funeral Home 801 Fairmont Avenue Fairmont.

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David Matthew Buretz, 68, of Fairmont passed away on Monday, April 3, 2023, at his home. He was born in Fairmont on October 28, 1954, a son of the late Leo and Pauline Slamick Buretz.

David is survived by his son, Jedidiah Buretz; grandchild, Abby Buretz Hutchinson; sister, Barbara Buretz DeChristopher; and special friend, Amber Rowell.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife, Terry Corwin Buretz.

David was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and a member of Saint Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church. He enjoyed trout fishing, camping and hunting.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in David’s memory to Pet Helpers, 726 East Park Ave., PMB 311, Fairmont, WV 26554.

In accordance with his wishes, David’s body will be cremated. A private committal service will be held at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Robert "Bob" Lee Davis, 82, died peacefully on March 12, 2023 at his home in Brookeville, MD surrounded by his beloved family. He was born in Fairmont, WV on April 24, 1940 to Sidney and Mary (Colebank) Davis.

He was the younger brother of Edward Davis. Bob graduated from Fairmont Senior High School where he excelled as a student and athlete. He attended Fairmont State University where he was a member of the collegiate golf team and Tau Beta Iota social fraternity, where he formed lifelong friendships. He went on to serve with the US Navy aboard the U.S.S. Orion from 1960-1962.

On August 5, 1961 Bob married the love of his life, Lilly Ann Majetic of Barrackville, WV. They raised four children together and were happily married for 45 years. Over the years, Bob worked at US Steel Irvin Works and then became a proud owner of the Antique Rifle Works, Inc.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman and played golf through his retirement years. Bob's other pastimes over his lifetime included building and competing with flintlock rifles, building computer systems from scratch, playing poker and visiting with friends at the AMVETS.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Lilly, and his brother, Edward.

He is survived by his 4 children, Katherine (Tim), Jennifer (Greg), Andrew (Azadeh) and Elizabeth (Shannon), his grandchildren Joseph and Lilly Comello; Rebecca, Theresa, Christopher and Stephen Billman; Cameron Davis and Joshua McWhorter and one niece, Darlene Davis Tuthill.

Family & friends will be received at the Ross Funeral Home 801 Fairmont Avenue Fairmont on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery with full Military honors.

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Kyle Ryan Slish, 47, of Catasauqua, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023 in Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of Beverly Werkheiser and the late Joseph J. Slish Jr., who passed in 2017.  A graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and Kutztown University, Kyle worked in sales much of his life last working for RCN Cable Co. Kyle, enjoyed traveling and music and had attended over 200 concerts in his lifetime and especially enjoyed the Grateful Dead.

Survivors: In addition to his mother Beverly, he is survived by his brother, Kevin Slish (Brooke) of Saylorsburg; sister, Kristi Wells (Michael) of West Virginia; 5 nieces and nephews and 2 great nieces and a nephew.

Services: Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Saturday, April 1st., from 9:30 -11:00 A.M. followed by a service of remembrance at 11:00 A.M. all from the JAMES FUNERAL HOME, 527 Center St., Bethlehem. Cremation will be private following the services.

Frank Jesse “Jay” Workman Jr, 74, of Fairmont, WV fought a long hard battle with multiple forms of cancer. On April 17, 2023, God decided he had fought long enough and took him home.

He was one of four children born to Frank Jesse Workman, Sr, and Birdie Simpson Wood Workman. He attended Fairmont Senior High School and began working for Monongahela Power while still in high school where he graduated in 1967. He retired from Mon Power after 30 plus years of service. Over the years, he performed many duties for the company but one of his favorite jobs was running large equipment like dozers and backhoes often in precarious locations that would make many say no way! In his younger days, he also worked evenings and weekends driving wrecker for Herb Hawkins and then later for Ralph Haymond at Haymond’s Wrecker Service. He loved to go camping and owned multiple campers and motor homes over the years. He and Annie attended many NASCAR races and tailgated at WVU football games in their motorhomes with friends. He was an auxiliary member in the Fairmont VFW. They were also very active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles in both West Virginia and Florida, where they spent many winters as snowbirds.

He loved family traditions, all of which always seemed to revolve around food! He was always asking what the next meal was going to be before the current one was even finished! The family has often joked that his hobby was eating!

One of his favorite places to be, was with his buddies in “the Breakfast Club” at Mom’s restaurant for breakfast every morning where they would sit for a couple hours swapping stories and shooting the bull!

He is survived by his sister, Carol Workman Grimes (Michael) of Fairmont, Daughters, Debbie (John) Cooper of Boothsville and Donna Hess (Homer) of Fairmont. Sons, Eddie Workman of Fairmont, and Edward Roche (Karen) of Florida. Granddaughters, Regina Robinson Heston of Fairmont, Abby Cooper of Cheat Lake, Raelene Kosey, and Laura McKinney. Grandsons, John “JJ” Cooper Jr of Boothsville, Joseph (Holly) Hess, Michael Hess, Homer (Jenny) Hess of Fairmont and Edward Roche IV. The mother of his children Nancy (Lake) Workman Valentine of Fairmont. As well as several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, older brother Taylor “Bum” Workman and younger sister, Cathy Workman as well as his companion of 44 years, Ann “Annie” Mundy, and daughter Cindy (Tom) Conrad as well as his best buddy Russell Davis.

The family would like to thank his oncologist, Dr Osman and our nurse navigator, Amber, for providing compassion along with his care. They are the best! We were always kept informed and having a link to a nurse navigator made the rough times we experienced more bearable. We’d also like to thank the staff at Guardian South Side 200 hall. The decision to move him to a nursing home was a difficult one but the staff treated him (and us) like family. We recognize it takes special people to provide the care patients need. We’d like to say a special thank you to CNA, Jenny. You are an angel on earth! Dad’s short stay was made so much easier by having the best roommate! Anthony “Junior” Basile, we couldn’t have hand picked a better one ourselves! We will not forget you! You’re an honorary family member now!

Family and Friends may call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street, Fairmont on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home, with Pastor Kay Lake officiating. Cremation will follow the services.

Sandi Lee King Scarpino, 38, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away on January 4, 2023.  She is proceeded in death by her grandmother, Laura Lee King, her grandfather, Charles King, and her cousin, Adam King. Sandi was born in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 1, 1984.  She leaves behind six children, Johnny, Ricky, Khloe, Mikey, Lucia and Gemma.  She is survived by her loving husband of 7 years, Rocco Scarpino, parents Mark King and step-mother Lori Shaw King of The Villages, FL and Lisa Bartholow Hafer and step-father John Hafer of Frostburg, MD.  She is also survived by her grandmother, Sandra Menefee of Fairmont, WV, sister, Heather Tipton and husband Eric of Jacksonville, nephew, Dorian Smith and niece Gabriella Tipton, and many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins. In her younger years, Sandi loved gymnastics and growing up next to the Tygart Valley River in Fairmont, WV.  She attended Fairmont Senior High School, worked as a CNA for many years, helped in her family restaurant, and was an avid gardener.  She loved trips to Disney, visiting the beach, and her service dog, Biscotto.  Sandi also chose to be an organ donor.  Memorial contributions can be made to LifeLink of Florida and flowers can be sent to Scarpino’s Family Restaurant. There will be a Celebration of Life at  Scarpino’s Family Restaurant at 6152 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207 on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 1:00pm. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th Street West Bradenton, FL 34207 is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to:

Mildred “Diane” (Bice) Bombard, 73, of Everson, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born in Fairmont, January 26, 1948, daughter of Helen Bice Wilmoth and the late Ward Bice, Jr. of Fairmont.

Diane was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah and recently enjoyed services at the Everson Baptist Church. Over her years, she was involved with the church as a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and assisted in numerous dinners and fundraising events.

Diane was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and worked at Westinghouse/Phillips for 25 years. Diane was an excellent cook and baker and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends who especially loved her blackberry pie. She loved her yearly trips to Amish country in Berlin, OH, as well as her monthly luncheons with Carolyn “Mandi” Keener and her old high school friends. Diane also enjoyed time spent with her sister-in-law, Alice McDougal and family. Diane described Jimmie and Erica Garrett and family, who adopted her loveable dog, Sadie, as “the best neighbors she could ever ask for.”

In addition to her father, Diane was preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Charles Robert “Bob” Bombard.

Diane is survived by her mother, Helen Bice Wilmoth of Pleasant Valley; her brother and his family, Bill and Barbara Bice. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews, who always put a smile on her face.

Her niece, Desiree Bombard, cared for her in her last several years of life and was with her in passing. The family gives her and everyone else who cared for Diane their greatest gratitude.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Friday, February 26, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, WV. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Domico Funeral Home with Father Vincent Joseph officiating. Interment will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Enterprise, WV. The pallbearers will be Jimmie and Michael Garrett, Mike Bombard, Zachary, Joshua, and Joe Bombard. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

“The memory of a good person is a blessing.” Proverbs 10:7

Norma Jean Oliveto, 86, of Sarasota, FL (formerly of Fairmont, WV) passed away peacefully on March 10, 2023 from a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Oliveto Jr. and parents, Herman and Dorothy Pflock of Fairmont, WV. She is survived by four children: Merry Beth (Peter) Tacy of Ferndale, MI, Susan Oliveto (Chris) of Newborn, GA, Frank (Anne Marie) Oliveto of Osprey, FL and Carole (Cosmo) Servidio of Doylestown, PA as well as two grandchildren Olivia and Julian Servidio. She is also survived by sister Karen (James) Bosley of Venice, FL. She was a 1954 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and of Fairmont General Hospital School of Nursing in 1959. She was a life long member of Saint Peter The Fisherman Catholic Church in Fairmont. She was passionately involved in the church. She served as Lay Eucharistic Minister, made beautiful hand-made christening gowns, and was a member of the St. Teresa's Guild. She moved to Sarasota permanently in 2016 to enjoy the beaches and weather.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

Karen Sue Thompson “Susie”, 74, of Fairmont passed away Thursday, January 19th, 2023, at WVU Fairmont Regional Hospital. She was born October 21st, 1948, in Fairmont, WV, daughter of Pete and Loris Garrison.

Susie was a member of the Everlasting Covenant Church in Fairmont. She loved crafting, drawing, fishing, gardening, and her dogs.

She is survived by her two children, Kevin Stingo and his wife Libby of Buckhannon, Jennifer Sloan and husband Tom of Fairmont; four siblings Gladys Berry, Pete Garrison and wife Susie, Trudy Puccio and husband Larry, and Josie Kolek and husband Kris; six grandchildren Brandon Stingo, Britni Bonner and husband Michael, Ben Stingo and wife Jerrica, Emily Stingo, Courtney Morris and husband Aaron, and Justin Sloan; and 5 great-grandchildren Jayce, Izzy, Xavier, Sloane, and Braxton. Susie also leaves behind three very special friends, Sandy, Pat, and Rick who helped her through this difficult time. She was preceded in death by her spouse Kenneth Brooks Thompson as well as her former husband Eugene “Skip” Stingo.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, from 3:00p.m.-7:00p.m. on Wednesday, January 25th. The funeral service will be held at 10:00a.m. on Thursday, January 26th in the funeral home with Pastor James Saunders officiating. Susie will be buried at the WV National Cemetery in Grafton. Online Condolences may be sent to the family at

Raymond P. Jones, Jr., 69, of Hepzibah, passed this life October 22, 2022 at United Hospital Center. He was born August 20, 1953 in Fairmont, a son of the late Raymond P. and Patricia A. Jones.

Raymond attended Barnes School, graduated from Fairmont Senior High School, and attended and graduated from A.W.C. in Salem, OH, where he became an ordained minister. He retired from Barbarton Steel, Inc. and was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard in Akron, OH.

In addition to her parents, Raymond is preceded in death by two sons, Daniel L. and David W. Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Goch Jones; his mother-in-law, Norma Goch; a son, Steven and Crystal Jones; grandchildren, Madie, Abigayle, Makala, Ethan and Jeremiah Jones, Zach and Casse Jones, Alysha and Daniel Jones, Jr, Ashton and Abby Brown, and David Jones, Jr.; great grandchildren, Alexandria Jones and Ezekiel Jones; siblings, Jennifer Jones of Hepzibah, David and Regina Jones of Worthington, WV, Bill and Tammy Jones of Princeton, Terri and Bob Layman of Bellview, and Jon and Cherry Jones of Tunnelton; maternal aunt, Nancy Haldeman; paternal aunts, Betty Jones and Nola Palamino; and several nieces and nephews.

Allen Kendall Jones died at home on November 3, 2021, surrounded by his beloved wife, Donna Flatch Jones; son, Jeff Jones; and dearest friends, Taia and Gary. His friends and loved ones were a comfort to him as he struggled with pancreatic cancer.

Allen was born on December 17, 1947 in Fairmont, West Virginia to Celia Marie Hall and John Paul Jones. Though Allen spent most of his adult life in Silicon Valley and Sonoma, California, he was constantly mindful of his remarkable childhood in mid-century West Virginia; especially his adventures around the family property, known locally as The Hilltop.

Allen's conservation-minded family loved the beauty of nature and managed their land accordingly, balancing preservation of habitat with productivity. Allen credited his mother, Marie, a founding member of the West Virginia Nature Conservancy chapter, with instilling in him a lifelong commitment to environmental concerns. Later in life he combined an engineer's fact-based perspective with a persistence in his volunteer efforts. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he raised awareness of global climate change, strived to reduce his personal carbon footprint, promoted regional land conservation, and managed efficient water systems for his community. It was with special pride that Allen continued to champion his family's stewardship of many acres of old growth Appalachian forest. His perseverance culminated in deeding this land to the West Virginia Land Trust in honor of his mother.

His was a close-knit extended family. He was devoted to his brother John, sixteen years his elder, following in his footsteps to Cornell University, where they both earned degrees in chemical engineering. Allen later earned his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

The curiosity, rigor, writing skills, and intelligence Allen brought to bear during his education continued to serve him throughout a successful career. He rose to the position of Vice President and Treasurer (later VP and Controller) at Varian, one of the founding companies of Silicon Valley. He later served as Chief Financial Officer of two startups, and helped to take a company public.

Allen's marriage to Donna in 1991 was the great joy of his life. After retiring in 2000, he relished working alongside her to design and build their own hilltop home in California's wine country. There, he again exercised his inquisitive spirit, and perseverance to maintain their house and land. Allen had an adventurous streak. He fueled his zeal for new horizons by exercising regularly, working outdoors, and cherishing world travel with his wife. He was an avid back-packer and skier, sharing memorable trips with his two sisters, their families, and his son.

His intelligence, humor, hard work, kindness, and excellence with the written word will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Allen is predeceased by his parents and his brother John. He is survived by his wife Donna, his son Jeffrey Allen Jones and stepson Richard Rodgers, daughters-in-law Alicia Morrison Jones and Tammy Wright, sisters Cynthia Marie Springer and Nancy Annara Homeyer, brother-in-law William Homeyer and his grandchildren Alexis, Ransom, Dominic, Oliver and Nikolai. He was predeceased also by his gentle and friendly Lab, Duke of Earl.

Peggy Sue Eddy, 52, of Fairmont, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in Fairmont surrounded by her family. She was born on October 5, 1970 in Fairmont, a daughter of John T. Satterfield, Sr. and Krystal Stalnaker Satterfield.

Peggy is survived by her husband of 26 years, James Eddy, whom she married on November 23, 1996

Peggy is also survived by her son, Austin Eddy and her daughter, Abigayle Eddy; one brother, John Thomas Satterfield, Jr. and his wife Rhonda and one sister, Christina Moales and her husband Jacob; one nephew, John Moales and one niece, Aurelia Moales; brother-in-law Rich Eddy and his wife Pearl; and her sister-in-law, Debbie Eddy; and many nieces and nephews from the Eddy family.

Peggy was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School class of 1988. She was a daycare operator for 16 years, where she touched the lives of many children along the years. She was the nursery director at Central United Methodist Church, where she was also a long-time member. She worked at Say Boys Restaurant with dear friends. Peggy was a teacher's aide MCBE.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors and Nurses at UHC and Encompass Health for their excellent care at a difficult time.

Arrangements are being handled by Davis Funeral Home and Onsite Crematory. Davis Funeral Home is honored to assist the family and friends of Peggy Sue Eddy.


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Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

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Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

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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