GRANDY, DOROTHY: Dorothy Marie (Robinson) Grandy, 83, of Wintersville, OH passed away September 18, 2013 at her home. She was born May 8, 1930 in Weirton, WV, a daughter of the late Thomas Theodore and Naomi Evelyn (Summers) Robinson. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brothers, Roy Robinson and Thomas Theodore Robinson. Dorothy was Protestant by faith. She was treasurer of the West Virginia Association of the Deaf. She is survived by her son, Frank Sheldone III of Washington; daughters, Deborah Sickles of Florida, Karen Walton of Florida, Kathleen Stone of Michigan, and Pamela (Ben) Wade of Wintersville; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren. Friends will be received on Thursday from 6-8 PM at the Everhart-Bove Funeral Home, 685 Canton Rd., Wintersville. Send condolences online at www.everhart-bovefuneralhomes.com
Isaac was a loving husband, father, step-father, grandfather, step-grandfather that will be missed and thought of often by all that loved him. He was an all-around teacher, mentor, advisor, counselor and one of the best coaches of all times. Isaac was often called “leader of the Wolf Pack” or “Pied Piper” and one of the greatest leaders in the Deaf community nationwide. He has taught for 38 years at five different deaf schools that included West Virginia, California, Texas, New York, and here in Wilson at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, before he retired in 2008. When asked which school was his favorite, he replied that he loved them all. Isaac is survived by his wife of twenty years, Randi Jo Pakula of the home; his daughter, Karlene Pakula of Texas; his son, Jonathan Pakula and fiancée, Sharla Schaefer of Texas; his step-daughter, Dani Hegland of MN; his step-son, Dustin Hegland and wife, Megan of MN; his grandson, Jaycob Savoy; his step-grandchildren, Madison, Tristan and Breckan Hegland. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dorothy Pakula. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Eastern NC School for the Deaf, PO Box 2768, Wilson, NC 27894. Condolences may be directed to www.joyners.net.
EVELYN PYLES. Evelyn V. Pyles, 83, died on June 10, 2013 at Genesis Elder Care, Severna Park. Evelyn was born on December 12, 1929 in Rock Camp, WV to the late Rosser and Ruby Martin. Mrs. Pyles retired in the mid 80’s from Westinghouse at BWI after 25 years of service. She was a member of Magothy United Methodist Church of the Deaf where she was secretary of the United Methodist Women, Chesapeake Baltimore Association of the Deaf, and Tri International Association of the Deaf. Her hobbies included collecting birdhouses, yard sales, crocheting, and cooking. She is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, James A. Pyles, Sr., a son James A. Pyles, Jr., and a grandson Harry Andrews. She is survived by a son Steve Pyles of Pasadena, daughters; Darlene Koontz and Alma Andrews both of Pasadena, a sister Alice Teger of NJ, 4 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Friends may call on Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Stallings Funeral Home, PA where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM. Interment Queens Point Cemetery in Keyser, WV. Memorial contributions may be made to Darlene Koontz 7700 Suitt Drive, Pasadena, MD 21122.
REN SEYMOUR FULLER, JR. Ren Seymour Fuller, Jr., 85, of Romney, WV, died Sunday , April 21, 2013 at his residence. Ren was born on May 16, 1927 in Romney, WV, the son of the late Ren Seymour and Edna Craig Fuller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant son, William Lee Fuller.Ren was a graduate of the WV School for the Deaf and retired from the school after many years of service as a vocational teacher. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Fae Anna (Long) Fuller and one Son: Terry Lee Fuller and wife, Beverly, Romney, WV. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until 12 noon. A memorial service will be at 12 noon on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Shaffer Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Stephon Reed officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to: Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Ct., Martinsburg, WV 25401 or the Hampshire County Committee on Aging, School Street, Romney, WV 26757
JOSEPH PIERRE ALPHONSE SEVIGNY. Joseph Pierre Alphonse Sevigny passed away on the morning of Sunday, January, 27th, due to a heart attack. He was 74 years old. He was a lifelong educator, loving father, loving husband and was dedicated to the pursuit of sport through participation, coaching, mentoring and supporting local teams. He was an avid fan of Hampshire High School, WVSD and Gallaudet athletics.He is preceded in death by his parents; Yvonne Tanguay Sevigny and Edouard Sevigny. Pierre is survived by his wife of 43 years, Christie Clayton Sevigny. He is survived by his brothers Andre and Michel Sevigny, Quebec, Canada; two nephews, Paul and Daniel, Canada; three children, Forrest, Hayley and Christopher; three grandchildren, Avery, Joshua and Noble with a fourth grandchild due in early April, a baby girl.Pierre was born in Quebec, Canada. He lost his hearing at the age of 5 due to mumps and measles. He attended the MacKay School for the Deaf in Montreal until he left his hometown to attend Gallaudet University in Washington DC, joined the Kappa Gamma Fraternity and graduated in 1961. At Gallaudet, he took up the sport of wrestling, for the first time, and quickly rose up the ranks and represented the US in the Deaf Olympics. In 2010, he was inducted into Gallaudet’s Athletics Hall Of Fame due to his wrestling achievements at Gallaudet University.After graduation from Gallaudet, he found himself on his way to West Virginia due to a job offer at WVSD. Pierre taught at the West Virginia School for the Deaf for 44 years. While there, he met his wife, Christie Clayton Sevigny, a graduate of WVSD, class of 68. During his early years at WVSD, he studied successfully to become a US citizen and relied on the local WVSD janitor to teach him how to drive and pass his driver’s test. At the age of 50, he graduated from Western Maryland College with his Master's Degree.Once at WVSD, he pursued his love of sport by coaching the WVSD football team. During his tenure with WVSD, he was a role model to many students and educators. When some sports were no longer available at WVSD, he advocated for the chance to have WVSD students participate at Hampshire High School where they could fully participate in sports. Pierre continued his coaching career by coaching public school students in Track & Field and the discus. After educating himself about the field of discus throwing from books and uncaptioned videos, he produced several state champions at Hampshire High School.After his retirement, he continued to give back to his local communities by coaching students in the discus. Pierre was an active and contributing board member of the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He was an active and contributing member of the West Virginia Association of the Deaf and WVSD Hall Of Fame Committee member. Pierre was inducted into the 2005 WVSD Hall Of Fame class due to his achievements as a football coach and Track & Field.Pierre always encouraged the students and young adults that he encountered to reach or strive to reach their full potential, particularly in sport. In his opinion, sport was a great leveling field between those who were poor or rich, deaf or hearing and was the greatest asset to those who were brought into this world without a fair chance in life. Pierre knew that with dedication and discipline, that anyone could use sport to rise above their current conditions.He never hesitated to share with youth his opinions about sports and that they should be actively pursuing them in one form or another. He once told a young man, whom he had learned had dropped out of sports, that children are like the branches of a tree. They are meant to be high off the ground, with other branches thriving in the wind, active and carefree. Branches, like children, are not meant to be alone on the ground by themselves languishing on the soil.The family will receive friends at the Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney, WV on Friday, February 1 from 2-3:30 pm with a Memorial Service to follow at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the WVSD Hall Of Fame Committee P.O. Box 1764 Martinsburg, WV 25402-1764 and/or The J. Pierre Sevigny Memorial Fund ℅ The Bank of Romney. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the WVSD Hall Of Fame Committee P.O. Box 1764 Martinsburg, WV 25402-1764 and/or The J. Pierre Sevigny Memorial Fund ℅ The Bank of Romney.
FRANK VANDETTA, 84, of Monongah, died Sunday night January 13, 2013 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. He was born in Monongah on May 8, 1928, son of the late Frank and Olga Grandoni Vandetta. Frank retired from North American Phillips with 35 years of service. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah. He graduated from the West Virginia School of the Deaf, and in 1997 he was inducted in the schools Hall of Fame for Football and Baseball. He enjoyed farming, remolding his homes, and was very mechanically inclined. Frank enjoyed sporting events, the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, West Virginia University football and basketball teams, and especially loved the North Marion Huskies. He was a former member of the bowling leagues in Marion County for more than 30 years. Frank is survived by his wife Fannie Caputo Vandetta, two sons and daughters-in-law Frank and Brenda Vandetta, Jr. of Monongah, Carlo Anthony and Kimberly Vandetta of Fairmont and one daughter Tina Riggs and significant other William Carpenter of White Hall. He is also survived by his grandchildren Frankie (Stephanie) Vandetta, John Jenkins, Gina Jenkins, Christopher Vandetta, Logan Jenkins, JoMarie Bogard, Gianni Vandetta, Joey Riggs and great grandchildren, Nathan Kotsko and Meya Kotsko. Frank is also survived by one brother-in-law Sam Lopez of Monongah and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Frank is preceded in death by one son John Vandetta, and sisters Joanne Lopez, Mary Jean (Alfred) Bonfantino and Margaret (Bill) Shaffer. Friends may call at Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont on Wednesday from 1-9:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday January 17, 2013 at 10 A.M. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah with Fr. Steve Joseph as Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Shinnston Masonic Cemetery in Shinnston. A Vigil will be held at 8:00 P.M. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rossfh.com.