Obituaries July 3

July 2, 2013

Betty J. Bigelow

Registered nurse was born in Washington

Betty J. Bigelow, 83, of Bruceton Mills, W.Va., died Monday, July 1, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

She was born July 16, 1929, in Washington, a daughter of the late Raymond and Sadie Lanier Marquis.

Mrs. Bigelow graduated from Hickory High School in 1947 and Washington Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. She served as a registered nurse in the Air Force Nurse Corps from 1951 to 1953, in Pensacola, Fla.; in Keene Valley Hospital, Keene Valley, N.Y., for 14 years; and in Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, W.Va., for 17 years, before retiring in 1991.

Surviving are her husband, Merrill J. Bigelow; two daughters, Pamela Gluvna and husband Ed of Greensboro and Tracey Leef of Frederick, Md.; two grandchildren, Nicholas Gluvna and wife Donne of Longmont, Colo., and Megan Leef of Frederick; four great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Shirley Marquis; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carl and Pat Bigelow; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, deceased is a brother, Charles “Bud” Marquis, in 1998.

In keeping with Mrs. Bigelow’s wishes, following cremation, a private service and burial will take place in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, Morgantown. Carl R. Spear Funeral Home of Brandonville-Bruceton Mills, W.Va., will be assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Blanche F. Courtwright

Faithful homemaker, wife, mother

Surrounded by her children in her home, Blanche F. Courtwright, 85, of Wind Ridge, went home to be with her Savior at 8:03 a.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

She was born April 21, 1928, in Aleppo Township, Greene County, a daughter of the late Samuel E. and Ruth Lohr Martin.

Mrs. Courtwright was a former member of Aleppo Brethren Church and had attended the former Rock Lick (W.Va.) Community Church.

She was a 1946 graduate of the former Aleppo High School.

Mrs. Courtwright was a faithful homemaker, wife and mother. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren. She made many enjoyable memories playing cinch with her family. She was a published author of poetry, magazine and newspaper articles. She displayed her love for others through freehand paintings and hand-stitched dolls. Her commitment to her Savior was expressed in her unconditional love and her communication of His wisdom.

On June 11, 1947, she married Roger Valentine Courtwright, who died September 4, 1997.

Surviving are 11 children, Wilbur (Gail) Courtwright, Millie (David) Lund, Hazel (Ralph) Kofler, Charlotte (Mark) McMillen, Dean (Bonnie) Courtwright, Freda and Fred Courtwright, Timothy (Karen) Courtwright, Wretha (Aaron) Rice, Jacob (Kimberly) Courtwright and Adam (Stacey) Courtwright; 29 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a grandchild, Eric McMillen; two sisters, Wretha Marie Rucker and Betty Josephine Riggle; and two brothers, Donald R. and Kenneth E. Martin.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, with Pastor David Lund officiating. Interment will follow in Sugar Grove Cemetery, McCraken. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mike Evans Ministry, Jerusalem Prayer Team, P.O. Box 30000, Phoenix, AZ 85046, 1-800-966-8472. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

A celebration of life service for George Ronald Crosson, who died June 14, 2013, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, with the Rev. David Kinsey officiating. Wake details will be available at the service.

John R. Lemley

WWII veteran enjoyed playing instruments

John R. Lemley, 89, of Waynesburg, died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in his home.

He was born Monday, July 30, 1923, in Burton, W.Va., a son of the late Edward Lemley and Ada Stiles Lemley.

Mr. Lemley was a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church.

He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Lemley was a life member of James Farrell American Legion Post 330 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4793, both of Waynesburg. He had been a member of Waynesburg Moose Lodge 461 since 1974, having held several offices over the years. He was also a member of Mt. Morris Sportsmen Club.

He enjoyed all sports and especially enjoyed playing golf, playing musical instruments and hunting. He also was a handyman, able to fix about anything.

Mr. Lemley worked for 37 years for Columbia Gas, retiring in 1988 as a well tender.

Surviving are his wife, Margie Taylor Lemley, whom he married June 5, 1949.

Also surviving are a daughter, Charlotte (Larry) Rose of Mt. Morris; a son, Steven C.(Toni) Lemley of Waynesburg; a grandson, Brian Rose; a sister, Audrey Lavelle of Littleton, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, John Edward Lemley, who died in infancy; two sisters, Geraldine Tucker and Elma Riffle; and a brother, Stanley Lemley.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, with Pastor Robert Mooney officiating. Entombment will be in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Information is available at

Madeline Mary Ziefel

Retired West Greene School District teacher

Madeline Mary Ziefel, 76, of Graysville, died at 8 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, in Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland, Md.

She was born Wednesday, October 28, 1936, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Charles Polachek and Lillian Tyson Polachek.

Mrs. Ziefel was a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Waynesburg.

She was a graduate of Fairmont State College, Fairmont, W.Va.

Mrs. Ziefel was an elementary school teacher in West Greene School District, retiring in 2003.

Surviving are her husband, William H. Ziefel II, whom she married August 9, 1959.

Also surviving are a daughter, Nancee (Rick) West of Washington; two sons, William H. Ziefel III of Graysville and Dave F. (Cathy) Ziefel of Nineveh; five grandchildren, William H. “Willie” Ziefel, Robert West, Justin Ziefel, Christa Ziefel and Kevin Moore; and two great-grandchildren.

Deceased is a brother, Richard Polachek.

At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, are in charge of arrangements. Information is available at



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