Nancy Vosburgh Rhyne, 83, passed away on September 21, 2014, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She was born on October 4, 1930, in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and from the University of Maryland with a Master of Public Health degree.
Nancy met her beloved husband Jimmie Lee Rhyne while working in Baltimore, Maryland. They moved to Raleigh in 1976.
Education and health were causes in which Nancy invested her time. She served on a number of boards over the years including a term as president of the North Carolina PTA. Nancy also enjoyed spending time with her family, serving others through her church, and knitting afghans.
Survivors include her daughters, Nanette Lewis Rhyne of Raleigh and Sandra Lee Rhyne of Columbia, South Carolina; her step-children, Carol Rhyne Johnson (Billy) of Bradenton, Florida, Harris Rhyne (Debbie), also of Bradenton, Theresa Marie Rhyne of Durham; her sister, Betty Jane Mette (Howell), of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Dr. Jimmie Lee Rhyne Scholarship at the UNC School of Global Public Health, or a charity of your choice. Donations to the Dr. Jimmie Lee Rhyne Scholarship can be made in three ways:
You'll Always Be My Mom
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I thank you for your unconditional love,
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Betty Jean Crayton LeMay, 81, died peacefully in her sleep on April 10, 2014. She had been in good health and in recent contact with her family.
Born in March, 1933 in Abilene, Texas, she grew up in the small farming community of Shep, Texas, an area know for its rustic beauty and the famed Blue Bonnet flowers, which inspired her life-long passion for gardening and nature. She had two sisters: Rita Faye Stephens (older – now deceased) and Thera Joyce Kincaid (younger). Their father, Carroll Reed Crayton, died when they were little girls, and her mother, Ruby McKinney Bartee, married Don Bartee. The family moved to Florida, where Robert Bartee, Betty’s brother, was born.
During World War II Betty moved to Washington, DC where she served in an administrative role at American University. It was there she met her husband, Richard Leo LeMay, a naval officer who, after the war, became a developer for IBM. Through IBM, her young family came to Raleigh where she raised her children, served her church and community, and made many friends. She remained there for the rest of her life.
She was a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She stayed vitally connected to her family and extended family and participated fully in their lives. She also stayed connected to her husband’s family, making the pilgrimage to New Hampshire every summer for 13 years. Betty’s children grew up with no shortage of cousins and a strong feeling of family. Betty was endlessly compassionate in helping extended family in difficult times.
Betty was raised a Baptist, married a Catholic, and for 43 years was an active member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. She had a deep and steadfast commitment to her faith. She served on the Chrismon Committee, Lutheran Student Services, the Stephen Ministry, Meals on Wheels, the Altar Guild, and was a member of the Lydia Circle (a women's fellowship group) since the 80s.
Betty’s children all went to college, and to help defray tuition costs, Betty took a job as an administrative assistant to the director to the NC State University School of Design. There she took a fateful course in photography. After that course, photography would be a continuing creative outlet for her. She took several other courses while there – perhaps it was the art school she had missed.
Betty was multi-talented, creative, and loved the arts. She was an ardent reader, a remarkably skilled quilter, and a lover of symphonic music. She attended North Carolina Symphony concerts at every opportunity. She developed her painting talents in many classes and workshops under accomplished artists. She shared her love of all things cultural with her children and grandchildren, for whom she created beautiful quilts and paintings and was always at the ready with her camera as the archivist of family activites.
When her children had left the nest, she and her husband traveled to the Netherlands and Australia as part of her husband's consulting work. They also traveled to Hawaii and Alaska. She kept up with her photography and she began painting. She took classes and spent time perfecting her techniques. She and her husband attended many classical music concerts.
Betty cared for her husband during his 10-year decline with Alzheimer’s – not an easy job. She was with him when he died in September, 2008. Betty lived on her own since then. She busied herself with family, painting workshops, and volunteering.
She is most lovingly remembered and survived by her four children and their spouses: David Michael LeMay and his wife Wendy Wiles LeMay, John Richard LeMay and his wife Jennifer Cresimore LeMay, James Randall LeMay and his wife Carol (Penny) English LeMay, and Diane Crayton LeMay Hamilton and her husband Phillip Craig Hamilton. She is also deeply loved and missed by her five grandchildren; John (Jack) Conrad LeMay, Duncan Wiles LeMay, Warren Richard LeMay, Michael James LeMay and Matthew William LeMay.
Betty’s family and friends will miss her kind hospitality, her sympathetic ear, her laugh, and her love.
A Memorial Service will be held to honor her at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, April 26th at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Lawrence Holmes officiating. She will be interred in the Columbarium at the church. The family wll receive friends at a reception in the Fellowship Hall at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607.
At the Celebration of the Resurrection of Mrs. LeMay, two of her grandsons shared their personal reflections on her life with those in attendance.
Music and lyrics of "The Artist" © 2014 Duncan LeMay. All rights reserved. Used here with gracious permission of the composer.
Samuel Clifford Mozley died on December 21, 2013 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Sam was born to Elizabeth Cousins Mozley and Samuel Mozley on August 13, 1943 in Atlanta, GA and grew up in Jonesboro, GA. He attended Oxford College of Emory University from 1960 to 1962 and completed his studies at Emory University, where he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology and his Ph.D. in Animal Ecology. He completed postdoctoral research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Limnology in Plön, Germany and at the University of Toronto.
Sam was employed by the University of Michigan from 1970 to 1977 as a research scientist in the Great Lakes Research Division and as an Assistant Professor of Natural Resources. He also worked as a research scientist for five summers in Barrow, Alaska as part of the National Science Foundation's Arctic Aquatic Ecology team. He joined the faculty of North Carolina State University's Department of Zoology in 1977 and retired in 2005. Sam was a dedicated, inspiring teacher, faculty advisor and mentor, and was a recipient of the NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award. After his retirement, he taught as a visiting instructor at Meredith College and in the Encore program at NCSU's McKimmon Center.
Sam loved to study, to learn, to listen, and to entertain. He inherited the role of family genealogist from his mother and spent long hours researching family history. Before he became ill, he began writing a novel about his great grandfather, Dr. Isaac William Cousins, who served in the Andersonville prison camp during the Civil War. Sam was a former member of the Raleigh Oratorio Society, and in 2006 he achieved his dream of acting in community theatre in Raleigh Little Theater's production of The Waiting Room.
Sam felt strongly about serving others and being a good steward of the earth. He was involved in church leadership for many years, most recently as a member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh. He was a longtime member of the NC Lutheran Synod Caring for Creation Task Force. In 2007, he was invited to attend a Faith Community Training Workshop at The Climate Project in Nashville, after which he spoke to area church groups about climate change. Sam also volunteered as a consultant on local environmental projects, and he enjoyed tutoring in an after-school program for young children.
Sam had a great appreciation for the beauty of nature and spent many summer days exploring the hills, lakes, and streams in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and watching the beautiful sunsets over Lake Superior. In his heart, he was a true Yooper.
Above all, Sam was a loving and committed husband, son, father, brother, and grandfather. He was so very proud of his daughters and his stepdaughter and was delighted when he was blessed with a granddaughter, who amazed him with her intelligence and exuberance for life.
Sam is survived by his wife of 28 years, Ganey Stensaas Mozley; daughters Rebekah Weber of Raleigh and Susannah Mozley Hopkins (husband Mike) of Lincoln, RI; stepdaughter Kristen Macon of Raleigh; brother Don Mozley (wife Rhae) of Brevard, NC; sister Karen Calloway of Fayetteville, GA; and granddaughter Elizabeth Hopkins. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins; his Stensaas family; and many good friends. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Sam's family would like to thank Dr. Annick Desjardins and the nurses and staff at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke and especially our Duke angel, nurse practitioner Victoria Poillucci, who was always there when we needed her. The family would also like to thank Hospice of Wake County for their dedication and loving care and Sam's nighttime caregiver, Anne Njau.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Sam to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27609.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC. Condolences may be expressed at CremationSocietyNC.com.
Patsy Powell Simmons of Raleigh, formerly of Lenoir, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Her memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh on December 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Bill Drew Brittain, 77, passed peacefully on Sunday, October, 6th at the Dunlap Hospice Facility in Raleigh. The family will receive visitors at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Thursday, October 10th at 5:00 p.m. A celebration of life service will take place at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on Friday, October 11th at 3:00 p.m.
Bill is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 35 years, Mary Ann Brittain; daughter Beth Pottle and her husband Tom in Wilmington, North Carolina, son Michael Brittain and his wife Susan in Cary, son Grey Powell and his wife Meg in Raleigh, son Tam Hoang and his wife Dung in Raleigh, son Kim Tien Hoang in Raleigh, and daughter Angie Ferree and her husband Mike in Raleigh; sisters Mable Lawing and Mary Hunsucker, both in Conover, North Carolina; fourteen unique and beautiful grandchildren and many foster children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Mary Alice Brittain in Conover, and by his sister Betty Hawn.
Bill was born April 7th, 1936 in Hickory, North Carolina. His love for helping others and working with children was apparent from a young age as he helped his mother open the first nursing home in Catawba County. Bill was active in sports, playing basketball and football in high school and college. He graduated Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1959, where he received his A.B. in Education and Psychology, after which he accepted a job as Assistant Superintendent of the Lutheran Children’s Home in Salem, Virginia. He later earned an M.S.W. degree from the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1965. Upon graduation he accepted a position at the Thompson Children’s Home in Charlotte. Bill returned to UNC School of Social Work to earn a Social Work Administration Certificate in 1968. He went on to become the Resident Director of the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh.
In 1976, Bill was asked by the Lutheran church to start a program for children in North Carolina. He founded Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas in the basement of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was a long-time member. It grew to be the largest private child-and-family-services agency in the state, with programs ranging from foster homes to international adoption services, refugee resettlement, prison ministry, and group homes for children who were medically fragile, HIV positive or aggressive and violent. His “no reject/no eject” policy radically advanced the accepted methods of providing children’s services in group homes.
His many awards and honors for his work with children included Tar Heel of the Week from the Raleigh News & Observer, Alumnus of the Year from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, and the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Lenoir-Rhyne College (now Lenoir-Rhyne University) in Hickory. He even managed to fast-pitch his way into the North Carolina Softball Hall of Fame in 1995. Bill served as a member, advisor, president and chairman of many local and national organizations such as the Loaves & Fishes Ministry, the Southeastern Childcare Organization, Lutheran Family Services, the North Carolina Youth Services Board, and many more.
Bill’s warm spirit and his contribution to our community will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. He loved God, his family, and his work. A die-hard Tar Heel fan, he continued to go to every football and basketball game until he was no longer able. He was a man of strong faith with a strong conviction to help the least among us.
Family members express their gratitude to his caregiver, Tracy Elliot; to the hospice staff of the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring; and to all who have supported us.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Lutheran Family Services of the Carolinas, P.O. Box 2369, Salisbury, North Carolina 28145 or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle; Raleigh, North Carolina 27607 (ATTN.: Foundation).
Virginia Olsen Horton, also known to many friends and grandchildren as "Dee Dee," age 89, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013. She was born in Brunswick, Georgia on January 31, 1924, the eldest child of Olaf Helmer and Lillie Mae Quick Olsen. Virginia graduated in 1942 from Glynn Academy in Brunswick, received a B.S. from Georgia State College for Women in 1946, and earned a masters degree in Home Economics from Syracuse University in 1948. Virginia taught school until she married. She attended Calvary Episcopal Church in Wadesboro, North Carolina, and was also member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Lumberton, North Carolina for 14 years. She was a member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh for 42 years, where she served on many committees including the Women of ELCA, the Ruth Circle, and the Archives & History Committee. Virginia was an active member of the Home Economists in Homemaking; The Norwegian Group, and Garden Club.
Virginia was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Robert Edgeworth Horton, and a sister, Thora Olsen Kimsey. She is survived by her children; Robert E. Horton, Jr. and wife Lynn of Wadesboro; Lewis Horton and wife Susan of Earlysville, Virginia; Helene Halsey and husband Bill of Knoxville, Tennessee; and Jennifer McIntyre and husband Ray of Garner, North Carolina. She was blessed with and loved by twelve grandchildren: Seth Horton and wife Kelly, Courtney Horton and husband Josh Cockman, and Evan Horton; Olsen, Emmaline and Crosby Horton; Maglin, Lillie and William Halsey; Erin, Allison and Meredith McIntyre; and one great-grandchild, Lucy Horton. She is also survived by a brother, Olaf Helmer Olsen, Jr. of St. Simons Island, Georgia, and a sister, Sonja Olsen Kinard, of Brunswick, Georgia, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service celebrating Virginia's life will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013, 1:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Ave. (at Brooks Ave.), Raleigh, North Carolina, 27607. Family will receive visitors immediately following the service at the church. Interment will follow later at Christ Episcopal Church, St. Simons Island, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Endowment, 2723 Clark Ave, Raleigh, 27607, or to Special Olympics Area 3, 2327 Seminole Lane, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901.
Elizabeth Barden (Bremer) Behrends, 85, of Raleigh, died peacefully from lung cancer on Friday, September 13, 2013, in her home at the Magnolia Glen Community.
Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on March 26, 1928, she was the daughter of the late William Ulrich and Bessie Barden Bremer.
Mrs. Behrends was a long-time resident of North Raleigh where she was active in Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Drewry Hills Garden Club. Caring deeply for her family and for the welfare and happiness of those around her, Mrs. Behrends raised two boys, kept a loving home, and adored her three grandchildren. Over the years she attended numerous church committees, school meetings and sporting events. She was well-traveled, visiting six continents and enjoying many summers and holidays at Wrightsville Beach with family. She graduated from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, where she was a cheerleader and a lifeguard. Betsy attended Lenior-Rhyne College, and went on to receive a BA degree in psychology from Women's College of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1949. Recently she had resided at the Magnolia Glen senior community where she was an avid and often victorious bridge player.
Betsy and her husband Samuel Behrends were married for 46 years and one day at the time of his passing in 1995. She was also preceded in death by a son Samuel Behrends IV, a grandson Baruch William Behrends, a daughter-in-law Suzanne McCanless Williams, brothers William Ulrich Bremer and John Henry Bremer, and a nephew.
Betsy is survived by a son William Bremer Behrends of Natick, Massachusetts, granddaughters Evelyn Elizabeth Behrends of Natick and Natalie C. Behrends of Takoma Park, Maryland, brother-in-law Frederick O. Behrends of Chapel Hill, daughter-in-law Christine Pendzich of Takoma Park, and six nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue in Raleigh on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at Holy Trinity. Interment will be Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27601.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Betsy's name to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607; or to the American Cancer Society/Raleigh Office, 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615.
Carl Stanley King, of Raleigh, died on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Carl was born on February 9, 1934 in Salisbury, North Carolina to the late Clayborne Stanford King and Vivian Kester King. He retired from the Army in 1983 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He served as an ordained Lutheran pastor for several churches in North Carolina before serving on active duty in the army. As an Army chaplain, he served at seven army bases in the United States and completed two tours in Korea and one tour in Vietnam.
On retirement from the army, he was employed by the Arizona Department of Corrections and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as an investigator.
Carl is survived by Harriette Collins King (formerly of Hickory), his wife of 58 years; daughter Elizabeth C. King; one brother; two brothers-in-law and their wives; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his daughter, Patricia L. King.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27609. Inurnment with military honors will be conducted at Salisbury National Cemetery on Friday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.BrownWynne.com. Brown Wynne Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Helen Behrens Gustafson passed away peacefully on May 10, 2013 at her home in Raleigh. She was born on June 29, 1922 in Deshler, Ohio to Grover Cleveland and Mary Schnabele Behrens. She was raised in Belmore, Ohio and graduated from Leipsic High School in 1939 and from Bowling Green State University in 1944 with a Bachelors Degree in Education.
Helen taught in the Toledo Public School System until she married and moved to Raleigh in 1952. In Raleigh she taught at Myrtle Underwood Elementary School until she left to raise her family. She loved teaching and continued teaching in numerous part-time jobs for many years.
Helen was a member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for 60 years, serving in many roles. She volunteered, taught, and helped with women’s groups at the church. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority while at Bowling Green and was a founding member of the Raleigh Gamma Phi Beta Alumni Chapter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband of 60 years, Charles Edward “Gus” Gustafson; and by her sister Ardell Johnston, who lived in Destin, Florida.
She is survived by her sons Dean Edward Gustafson and his wife Gail in Huntsville, Alabama, Neil Charles Gustafson and his wife Sharon and Kent Allen Gustafson and his wife Colleen in Raleigh; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and her sister, Esther (Walter) Baker in Perrysburg, Ohio.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607 or to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 200 Oceangate, Suite 830, Long Beach, California 90802.
Viola "Vicky" M. Chesnutt, 88, of Raleigh, died Friday morning, February 22, 2013, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Woodside, New York, where she had resided for the past year and a half.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue in Raleigh.
Vicky was the daughter of the late Oscar and Ida Manty of Worcester, Massachusetts, where she grew up. After high school Vicky attended Meredith College in Raleigh and realized "she had always been a southerner at heart." While at Meredith she met her husband, Raymond Chesnutt, then attending NC State University. They were wed in 1948 and remained happily married until Ray's death in 2010.
She was a member of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association, a supporter of many charities, and a cherished wife and mother.
Vicky is survived by her daughter, Judy Chesnutt; her son-in-law, Fred Murhammer; and many wonderful cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Snowflake Animal Rescue, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh, Meredith College or the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association.
Charles Edward "Gus" Gustafson passed away peacefully on February 11, 2013 at his home in Raleigh. Gus was born on December 18, 1924 in Detroit to Oscar Clint and Allean Heymann Gustafson, and was raised on a farm in Hunts Corner, Ohio. In 1943 he graduated from Monroeville High School and immediately joined the United States Army. One year after graduation, he landed at Omaha Beach in Normandy on the second day of the D-Day Invasion and participated in the Allied Liberation of Europe.
Upon discharge in 1945, he enrolled at Toledo University, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation he was hired by Carolina Power & Light Company (now Duke Energy) in Raleigh as a Substation Cadet Engineer, and retired 38 years later as Manager of Substation Maintenance & Construction. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina and a member of the North Carolina Society of Registered Professional Engineers.
Gus was a member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for 60 years and served his church in many roles. In 1953 he started Boy Scout Troop 311 at Holy Trinity and served as Scoutmaster for many years. In 1978 he received the Lutheran Church Lamb Award in recognition for his work in scouting.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by his stepmother Helen Sturm; by his sister Janet Sabin who lived in Tavernier, Florida; by his brother Raymond in Atlanta; by his brother Donald in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts; by his brother Richard in Dunnellon, Florida; and by his stepbrother William Rice in Brainard, Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Behrens Gustafson; by his stepbrother Richard Rice in Sierra Vista, Arizona; sons Dean Edward Gustafson and his wife Gail in Huntsville, Alabama, Neil Charles Gustafson and his wife Sharon and Kent Allen Gustafson and his wife Colleen, all in Raleigh; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607, or to the Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 41229, Raleigh, North Carolina 27629.
George H. Veith of Raleigh passed away on November 22, 2012. He was born March 30, 1917 in Middleton, Ohio to the late George H. and Mary E. Veith.
In George's infancy, his family moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he was raised. In World War II he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
George was predeceased by his wife Mary, who passed away on Christmas Day, 1989, and by his sisters Mildred Veith and Ruth Hogarth.
Survivors are his beloved companion Beryl Barker, stepdaughter Vilma Berkley of Raleigh, and stepgrandsons Douglas Berkley of Raleigh and Brian Gaerity and wife Anndria and their sons Adam and Matthew of Landenberg, Pennsylvania.
George was a retired employee of the Department of Defense. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Raleigh, the Raleigh Civitan Club and St. Johns Lodge No. 13 of the Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio.
His family will receive friends on Monday, November 26, 2012 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Raleigh or the Wake County Humane Society.
Roy W. Thillberg, Jr. passed away the morning of February 18, 2012 at Duke University Hospital surrounded by family. He was a pedestrian struck by an automobile in Durham on the evening of February 17, 2012. He was 64.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio on September 8, 1947 and nicknamed ‘Sonny,’ Roy graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1965. While serving in the United States Army he was stationed in Germany and was a military policeman. After honorable discharge from the Army in 1968, Roy graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Business Administration. He worked the majority of his life in the construction industry, performing restoration work as a small-business owner. He resided in Charlotte for most of his adult life. He was a long-time member of Morning Star Lutheran Church.
Roy is survived by his two loving sons; Roy and wife Vania Thillberg of Ashburn, Virginia, and Ryan Thillberg of Richmond. He is a grandfather of two young boys, Tristan and Vitor Thillberg of Ashburn. He is also survived by three siblings: Mickie Nugent of Johnson City, Tennessee; Jean Thillberg Naples of Chapel Hill; and Carl Thillberg of Stuart, Florida. He has many loving nephews and one loving niece.
His interests included his love of dogs. He was a Senior Judge in the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, traveling across North America judging field trials involving hunting dogs. In 1993 Roy was a founding member of the Carolinas Chapter of the NAVHDA organization. He also gave his time to charities and homeless shelters in the Charlotte area.
Services are planned for Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Walker Funeral Home at 120 West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made on Roy's behalf to the Kristen Rieser Scholarship Fund at the NAVHDA Central Office, P.O. Box 520, Arlington Heights, Il 60006-0520.
Betty Hodges Campbell, 82, of Raleigh, died peacefully in her sleep at Rex Hospital early Friday morning, August 31, 2012 after a long illness.
Born May 26, 1930 to the late Clifford Hodges and Addie Worley Hodges in Caroleen, North Carolina, Betty graduated from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1952 and began working as a school librarian shortly thereafter.
She married Robert E. (Bob) Campbell in 1955, and following his graduation from engineering school, moved around the country with him, living and working in Atlanta and Poughkeepsie before moving to Raleigh in 1965 and settling there. In 1967 Bob was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as the result of a motorcycle accident, and Betty was his sole caregiver for more than 30 years, only accepting help in later years once her own health had begun to fail. Bob preceded her in death in 2005.
In Raleigh, Betty served as school librarian first at St. Timothy's School and then at Martin Middle School. She had many enthusiasms and interests in her life, but her love of books and children was unstinting, and she delighted in finding the perfect book to coax a reluctant reader into the fold or in steering an already bookish child to a new find.
As a succession of serious chronic illnesses took their progressive toll on her — taking first her vision, then her mobility — she kept a positive attitude and kept her mind, unimpaired to the end, active and stimulated. She sat and listened to audiobooks for hours on end, "reading" everything from serious nonfiction (history and biography, mostly) to trashy spy thrillers. When she wasn't immersed in a book, she avidly followed current events via radio and television. She enjoyed books, good food and conversations with her friends, and by those standards she had a very high quality of life right up until the end.
She is survived by her son Barry and daughter-in-law Carrie of Chapel Hill; her sister Margaret Womick and her husband, Worth Womick, of Asheboro, North Carolina; and an extended family of nieces and nephews and their children across the country. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bob, as well as her brothers Clifford, Howard and Ted Hodges, and her sister Lucille Hodges Graham.
She is also survived by the two caregivers who, by living with her in the last years of her life, allowed her to remain in her home: Wanda Strother and Novon Walters.
Betty was a member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh where a memorial service is planned for her on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Lucille Jeannette Knutsen Gross, 90, died September 5, 2012 at Rex Hospital. Jeannette is survived by her husband of 58 years, Doug, and her sister, Janice Dupont of Philadelphia. Jeannette is also survived by her four children; Kirsten (Girkins), Douglass, Kirk, and Alice, as well as her four grandchildren; Christian, Grant, Ben, and Katie.
Jeannette was born in Graettinger, Iowa, and grew up in Swea City, Iowa. She studied Home Economics at Iowa State University, where she met her husband. They moved to Raleigh in 1956. Jeannette and her family also lived in Peru on two occasions.
Jeannette was a member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and an associate member of Lakeside Lutheran in Littleton. She participated in the NC State Women's Club, Crop Science Wives, ELCA Women's Club, Church Circle, and her quilting group. She was very proud to have founded the program of English language courses for wives of foreign graduate students at her church.
Jeannette's passions in life were her faith, family, cooking, and quilting. She will be remembered as a loving wife, devoted parent, and caring friend. She was a second mother to many who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, 27607, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13. Memorials may be made to the church or organization of your choice.
Margaret Everitt "Peggy" Bliss, 80, died peacefully on Monday, May 28, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh.
Peggy was born on Feb. 2, 1932 to Mack and Earline Everitt of Greensboro. Graduating from Greensboro Senior High School in 1949, she attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a business major, and found a job as a secretary.
Peggy was an avid runner and set several records in track events and road races. She met her husband Milton in 1988 and they married the next year. They traveled throughout the South, competing in races. At the national level, they participated in the Senior Games in Syracuse (1991) and Orlando (1999). Peggy was ranked sixth in the 800-meter race.
Peggy is survived by her husband Milton C. Bliss of Raleigh; sister Martha Wilmuth of Lake Worth, Florida; children, Jack Craver of St. Louis, Susan Faulk of Raleigh, and Steve Craver of Knightdale, North Carolina; grandchildren Claude Craver of Knightdale, Rick Barefoot of Garner, North Carolina, and Dustin Phillips and Cheyenne Smith, both of Raleigh; great-grandchildren Rylee, Summer, and April Barefoot, and great-great-grandchildren Nicholas, Jamie, and Caroline Barefoot, all of Garner.
Devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Julie Eckerlin died peacefully at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring, surrounded by her family and devoted husband Herb, on Thursday, February 24, 2011. She was 73.
Julie was born on December 15, 1937, in Blacksburg, Virginia, to H. P. C. Vandenberg and Mary DuVal Vandenberg. She graduated from Blacksburg High School in 1954 and attended Radford College. She was employed by the Virginia Tech Library before marrying Herbert M. Eckerlin on August 2, 1957. After marriage, she and Herb moved to Portsmouth, Virginia and then to Enfield, Connecticut before settling in Raleigh in 1965. Julie was selflessly involved in her children's school and after-school activities. Once her own children were grown, she turned her attention to her grandchildren and became their beloved "OMA." She enjoyed this role immensely and will be sorely missed.
The focus of Julie's life was her family and her church. She was active in her church, serving as Sunday School teacher as well as on various church committees dealing with education and music and worship. She served for many years as a volunteer for the ESL Program at Holy Trinity, as well as Meals on Wheels.
Before her illness, Julie ran four miles a day and knit countless blankets, hats, and sweaters for her children and grandchildren. She was also an avid reader.
She leaves behind her husband Herb; her son Herb C.; her daughter Mariana and husband Allan; her son Larry; and daughter Maggie and her husband Alex; and six grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sister, Charlotte Spahr; her brother, Peter Vandenberg and wife, Sarah; her brother, Charles Vandenberg and wife, Linda; her sister-in-law, Lee Belec and husband, Fred; and many nieces and nephews.
The family gives special thanks to Julie's caregivers, Marie Matondo and Betty Chaula, Dr. William Dunlap, and the staff at Mayview Rehab and Hospice of Wake County.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2011. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or Hospice of Wake County.
Richard Terrell Coley, 81, of Raleigh, died Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at The Rosewood at The Cypress of Raleigh.
Richard was born September 25, 1929, in Wake County, North Carolina to the late Richard Albert Coley and Ethel Britt Coley. He served with the U.S. Air Force in Japan during the Korean War. A North Carolina State University graduate, Richard worked as an industrial engineer with Westinghouse Corporation for more than 30 years. He was a long-time member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan Ketner Coley; daughter, Carolyn Coley Koning, and son-in-law, Paul Koning, of Raleigh; brothers, Richard Albert Coley of Raleigh and Dr. Elwood Brogden Coley and his wife, Ruby, of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Lily and Silas Koning; as well as special nieces, nephews, and other family.
He was preceded in death by sisters Dorothy Frances Coley and Grace Coley Robertson and brother James Louis Coley.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm. Friday, January 21, 2011, at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, N.C. 27607. Relatives and friends are welcome immediately following the service for a reception in the church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent to www.BrownWynne.com.
Dr. William Mortimer "Buck" Fowlkes, Jr., born November 22, 1919 in Rockingham, North Carolina to William Mortimer Fowlkes and Lula Rowe Fowlkes, passed away peacefully the morning of January 9th in Raleigh. Buck attended Mars Hill College and received a B.S. in Medicine from Wake Forest College before receiving his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest College. He completed his residency at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia and served two tours of duty in the Navy as a Medical Officer. Dr. Fowlkes practiced general medicine in Enfield, NC and Wendell, NC before pursuing a psychiatric degree offered jointly through Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing his psychiatric residency, he was on staff at John Umstead Hospital as head of the Forsyth County Unit and was promoted by the state of North Carolina to Regional Commissioner of the Western North Carolina Department of Mental Health.
After retiring from the Department of Mental Health, Dr. Fowlkes held other part-time positions with the North Carolina Department of Mental Health while continuing a limited private practice in psychiatry in Raleigh. Among his other achievements, Dr. Fowlkes served as Chairman for the North Carolina Medical Society (Section on Neurology and Psychiatry), Vice President of the Wake County Medical Society and Secretary of the North Carolina Neuropsychiatric Association. In his retirement, Buck volunteered with Lutheran Family Services and the North Carolina Museum of History. His hobbies included designing metal art sculptures and growing bonsai trees. The latter occupied him until 2008 when he moved with his wife, Juta, to The Cypress of Raleigh retirement community.
Buck welcomed everyone he met with a warm smile and was always ready to help those in need. His life was enriched by a variety of interests ranging from oriental philosophy to a deep appreciation of beauty in nature and art. He was a good man.
Buck is survived by his wife of 49 years, Juta; sons Bill, John, and David; six grandchildren, William, David, Kim, Ann-Louise, Juta and Sasha, and seven great-grandchildren, Becky, Julia, Olivia, Isabelle, Gabrielle, Allison and Liam.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Julia, and their son, Jim.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 15th at 2:00 pm. at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, followed by a reception where the family will receive friends.
The family wishes to thank Buck's faithful caregivers, in particular the staff of the Rosewood Health Center, who provided excellent care and whose kindness and compassion for Buck and his family will long be remembered.
In lieu of flowers, Buck and his family request donations be made to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27607 or The Foundation of Hope for Research and the Treatment of Mental Illness, 9401 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27617.
Sally Mines, beloved wife, passed away January 3rd after a short illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, John Mines, and her three children; Ed Mines of Atlanta; Melissa Elder and her husband Lynn of Charlotte; and Sally Nilsson and her husband Lennart of Bellevue, Washington.
She grew up in Minneapolis, where she attended the University of Minnesota before becoming a Capital Airlines flight attendant. Sally was very involved in her church, where she regularly volunteered for Meals on Wheels and other committees. She also belonged to various clubs including the Scandinavian Club. Sally never met a stranger and she kept in touch with people she met over the years, including her many close childhood friends. Sally and John loved to travel and she saw much of the United States, Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia throughout her lifetime.
Sally will be overwhelmingly missed but her spirit and love will forever remain in the hearts of those she met.
A memorial service will be held Jan 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm. at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue Raleigh, NC 27607. In lieu of flowers, we ask you to make a memorial contribution to your favorite charity in her name, or to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Raleigh, NC.
Dorothy S. "Dot" Kenyon, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday evening, August 3, 2011 with her family by her side.
She was born September 9, 1924 in Granite Quarry, North Carolina to the late Frank and Marguerite Shealy. Dot graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Piano and Public School Music. She taught piano lessons in her home for over 60 years and in 1955 was a charter member of the Raleigh Piano Teacher's Association.
Dot loved people, music, Christmas, dancing, playing Bridge, flowers, crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, the beach, and "her" NCSU Wolfpack. She was fondly known as the "flower lady" at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and faithfully served in many capacities during her nearly 70 years of membership; as director of the Cherub Choir, member of the Chancel Choir, Sunday school and Bible school teacher, and as a member of the church council. Her love, kindness, devotion to family and friends and her exuberant, vibrant love of life will be deeply missed. Dot was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 48 years, Thurman.
She is survived by her much-loved daughters Anne K. Reed, Nancy D. Kenyon, Jamie K. Davis; her husband Terry; grandchildren Teddy Reed and his wife Lara, Christy Reed, Jonathan Reed and his wife Amy, Kenyon Crowley and his wife Celine, Fulton Crowley, Lindsey Davis and Cameron Davis; her great-grandchildren Julia, Bailey, Evan Reed and Connor Reed, to whom she was affectionately known as "Gi-Gi."
A funeral service celebrating Dot's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends in the church's Fellowship Hall following the service. A private burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park.
Thomas Roy Cook died Monday, October 17, 2011. Roy was born in Prosperity, South Carolina on August 31, 1929 to Tallmadge Cook and Marie (Jones) Cook. A resident of the midlands of South Carolina for many years, Roy and his family moved to Garner, North Carolina in 1965, and he lived there until his death. For over 46 years he was an active, faithful member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh, serving as a Congregation Council member and a Stewardship Committee member. For many years he devoted his time and talents as treasurer of his church. During his life he was a Cub Scout leader, president of Pony League Baseball, life member of the Tarheel Supplymen's Association, and served on the Garner Planning Board and the North Carolina Dairy Foundation. He was a Mason and Shriner. He retired from MG Newell Company after 25 years of dedicated service. He had a passion for Clemson Tiger sports. His traits were his smile, the gleam in his eyes, his willingness to lend a helpful hand, and his love for his family.
Roy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois Kaminer Cook; his son Larry and Larry's wife Pamela of Myrtle Beach and his son Ed and Ed's wife Ellen of Charlotte; grandchildren Alison of Myrtle Beach, Neal of Charleston, and Will of Charlotte; brother John Carl Cook of Cayce, South Carolina; and many nephews and nieces.
Roy's Funeral Service with communion will be held at 1:00 pm. on Thursday, October 20 at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends after the service in the church's Fellowship Hall. His Burial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 21 at Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church Cemetery, 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, South Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of T. Roy Cook to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, or Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Anne Hetrick Kennedy died in Raleigh on June 5, 2011, at the age of 87. She was born in Princeton, West Virginia, on December 29, 1923, and grew up in Walhalla, South Carolina, but Wake County was her home for almost seventy years. It was here that she pursued her calling as a teacher, married and raised a family, and participated fully in the life of the community. When she graduated from Winthrop College in 1943, her classmates chose her the most interesting member of the senior class. Throughout her life, she remained interesting and interested in all aspects of human experience, from the local to the global, and from the personal to the political. Her love of people and generous spirit enriched the lives of those she touched. She began teaching at Wake Forest High School during the Second World War and maintained cherished friendships with many of her students. Anne married Frank Ramsey Kennedy in 1948 and, in the 1950s, shifted her pedagogical energies to her three children, exposing them to the wonders of nature, the richness of history, and the principles of social justice.
After returning to the classroom at LeRoy Martin Junior High School in 1963, she flourished there for over twenty years as a beloved teacher of subjects ranging from North Carolina history to the history and cultures of Africa and Asia. Her students won prizes in National History Day competitions and received awards from the American Society for State and Local History. Anne received recognition as Wake County's Teacher of the Year in 1981. She also served on the North Carolina State Textbook Commission and held offices in several professional organizations, including Delta Kappa Gamma. After her retirement, Anne volunteered as a docent at both the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Art and enjoyed book clubs and bridge clubs with friends. She was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for over sixty years.
Surviving are daughter, Katharine Kennedy and her husband Daniel Waggoner, of Atlanta; daughter Annette Kennedy Cowell and her husband Rick Cowell, of Stillwater, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law Cynthia May Kennedy of Raleigh; granddaughters Anne Vaynne Cowell of San Antonio; Kathryn Kennedy of Raleigh; and Laura Kennedy of Miami; and stepgrandson Kyle Hanlin of Raleigh.
She was preceded in death by her husband, by her son John Montgomery Kennedy, and by her granddaughter Rebecca Katherine Cowell.
A memorial service to celebrate Anne's life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607. The family will greet friends at a reception following the service in the church's Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation, attention Heyward H. McKinney, North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
It is with deep sadness that the family of Frederick O. Smetana, Ph.D., announces his passing on May 27, 2011 at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was 82 years old. Dr. Smetana is the oldest child of the late Emilie and Otto Frederick Smetana. He was born on November 29, 1928 in Philadelphia. He was married to Adelaide Sigmon from December 27, 1952 until her demise on July 3, 2005. He later married Zenaida Rivera on December 16, 2006.
Dr. Smetana graduated from North Carolina State College in 1950 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Aero Option). He worked for Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, California in 1951. He returned to NC State and earned a Master's Degree in June 1953. From July, 1953 to July, 1955, he served as a flight-test engineer in the United States Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base. From 1955 to 1961, he was a research scientist at the University of Southern California, where he earned his Ph.D. in Engineering.
In 1961, Dr. Smetana joined the faculty of the NCSU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department where he remained until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure, he wrote several textbooks and numerous technical articles in addition to his normal teaching duties. Following his retirement, he was Professor Emeritus and continued to write several additional text books, one of which has recently been translated in Chinese for use in universities in the Republic of China. Within the last year, Dr. Smetana has also taught opera at the NCSU's Encore program.
He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Phi, Sigma Xi, The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Crabtree Rotary Club, and the Wolfpack Club and was featured in Who's Who In The World, as well as Who's Who In America. He was passionate about his roses, classical music (particularly opera), history, traveling, and his beloved Wolfpack. To those that know him very well, Dr. Smetana will always be remembered for his astute intellect, his ability to match wits at Jeopardy, his interest in U.S. presidential trivia, his wit and sense of humor.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Smetana is survived by his children: Daniel (Phyllis) Smetana, Martha (David) Hunt, Andrew Smetana, Paul (Fran) Smetana; grandchildren Alexander and Jonathan Smetana, Rhodes and Spencer Hunt; Zenaida's children Jerry (Ana) Tiu, James Tiu, Jackie (Greg) Reed and their children; and his sister Elaine (Edwin) Dorton.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 1 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh, with a memorial service following at 2:00 p.m. A service celebrating Dr. Smetana's life will be held at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to WCPE (The Classical Station; 89.7 FM), Box 897, Wake Forest, NC 27588.
Condolences to the family at the Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park.
The Rev. Stephen Paul Gerhard, 65, a Lutheran pastor, died Friday in Winston-Salem, his home for the past 16 years. He was born November 13, 1945 in Woodberry, New Jersey, but lived most of his young life in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, where his father, Paul, was founding pastor of Zion Lutheran Church. He graduated from Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, where he met his wife of 42 years, Barbara Jeanne Foreman Gerhard.
Pastor Gerhard received his Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a Master of Theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He served his internship (during which time he became the church's full-time pastor) at Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church in Christiansted, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. After being ordained in the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Synod in 1971, he served at Messiah Lutheran Church in Moundsville, West Virginia, then moved to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh, where he was designated a pastor emeritus on May 31, 2009. Pastor Gerhard retired from Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Winston-Salem in June 2008, then became capital campaign director of the Lutheran Services for the Aging for the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America until March of this year.
Dedicated to his calling to serve, Pastor Gerhard also held various other church-related positions, including those on the Lenoir-Rhyne College (now University) board of trustees, the North Carolina Synod Council, the board of directors of Urban Ministries of Wake County (where he was the first chairman), the NC State University Cooperative Campus Ministry (chairman), the board of Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas (chair), and various North Carolina Synod committees. In addition, he was campus pastor to Lutheran students at North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University. Among his many other volunteer activities, he developed the Meals on Wheels program in Moundsville, and worked with the Red Cross and Samaritan Ministries. His life was one of service offering wisdom, compassion, and grace to all he met.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Christopher Paul Gerhard and wife Nicole Rae Krupa Gerhard in Winchester, Virginia; a daughter, Meredith Courtney Gerhard West and husband Dr. Joey West in Gainesville, Georgia; two grandchildren, Anna Courtney West and Miller Brooks Gerhard; and a sister, Karen Gerhard Ernst and husband Rev. Matthew Ernst of Ocean Isle Beach. He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Gerhard and Helen Münch Gerhard.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem, with the Rev. Dr. Leonard Bolick (bishop of the North Carolina Synod), the Rev. Dr. Ronald Rinn, the Rev. Ray Mohrman, the Rev. Laura Wind, and the Rev. Gordon Simmons officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. A committal service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh, with the Rev. Dr. Royall Yount, Jr. officiating. The family requests that memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Frans Lowell Victorson, 63, passed away on May 20, 2011. He was born to the Reverend Frans A. and Elsie Victorson on April 26, 1948, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Frans' boyhood in Saint Joseph, Michigan was filled with swimming and sailing, camping and canoeing, cross-country track, his Honda motorbike and forest-green MGB, and friendships that would last a lifetime. Frans was active in the life of Saron Lutheran Church and in scouting. Frans attained the rank of Eagle Scout, trekked the rugged and rocky mountain trails of Philmont Scout Ranch's high adventure base near Cimarron, New Mexico, and attended the 50th Anniversary National Jamboree at Colorado Springs. In 1963 he represented American scouts, participating in ceremonies at which monarchs of the Scandavian countries were presented with the Gold Lamb Award for their leadership of the scouting movements in their countries.
Through college years Frans worked in the construction and plumbing trades. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University he moved to Maine, where he taught middle-school science and embraced the chance to live near the sea and sail at every opportunity.
When Frans moved to North Carolina, he began what would become a 22-year career at GlaxoSmithKline. He began as a Research Investigator and retired in 2008 as manager of the Pilot Plant, responsible for the plant's operations and materials management. He earned the respect of his colleagues for the thorough approach he brought to every task and for his profound commitment to excellence. He continued his active lifestyle; running, biking, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. He moored Saga, his wooden-hulled 42-foot Dickerson ketch, at Washington, North Carolina. He taught many novice sailors the joys — and the challenges — of capturing the wind on the open sea.
Throughout his life, Frans enjoyed sharing not only his love of sailing, but also his Nordic heritage, his 'fix-it' guy expertise, and his giving nature, with all he met. He gave vacation time to filling sandbags on the Mississippi River, participated in many Habitat for Humanity projects, served on the board of Faith Lutheran School (Raleigh), and was honored to be a member of the board of directors of the Kristin Linnea Skvarla Foundation, which carries forward the spirit and endeavors of his niece, who shared his compassion for others as well as his example of reaching out a helping hand.
Frans had special enthusiasm for time shared with family and friends. His family, sister Madelynn (David) Skvarla, nieces Sonja and Kristin (deceased) Skvarla, and grandnephew Anders, as well as extended family and friends young and old, will smile to remember him as, characterized by a young friend, "an obscenely generous, loving, open and caring soul … and a bit of an engineering dork to boot!"
A memorial service for Frans will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Frans' family will visit with friends at a reception following the service in the church Fellowship Hall. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the Kristin Linnea Skvarla Foundation, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be posted here, or mailed to 3063 Crestwood Lane, Glenville, Illinois, 60025.
Lena Ellen Punch Reinhardt, 93, died at Sunrise Assisted Living, North Hills on April 3, 2011.
She was born on December 1, 1917 in Newton, North Carolina, a daughter of the late John Andrew Punch and Beulah Eudora (Miller) Punch.
She was a graduate of Startown High School in Catawba County and lettered both in basketball and softball. She was the historian of her graduating class and the lead actress in its senior-class play.
She was baptized in the Methodist Church but was confirmed in St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina. She transferred her membership from St. Timothy to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1963 after she and her husband moved to Raleigh.
She was married to Howard E. Reinhardt, of Hickory, on August 4, 1938.
She worked briefly in a glove mill and a retail store but spent most of her time caring for her children and doing volunteer work.
As a youth, she served as president of her church's Luther League, and as an adult, taught Sunday school and Bible school at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, was advisor to the Luther League, and served as president of the Allen Frye Home Demonstration Club.
At Holy Trinity she served as advisor to the Luther League, was a member of the Church Hostess Committee, was elected president of her Sunday school class, helped cook meals for the Older Adult monthly church luncheons, and was a member of the Older Adult Planning Committee and the Ladies Quilting Guild. She volunteered to deliver Meals-On-Wheels, and was honored by the City of Raleigh for significant service in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at Wake Hospital.
She enjoyed traveling and visited many interesting places during trips that she and her husband made to Mexico, Costa Rica, Columbia, Canada, and most of the 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska.
Mrs. Reinhardt was preceded in death by her husband in 2008.
She is survived by her four daughters and sons-in-law; Elaine Ellen Kendall of Fayetteville, Eloise Rosalind and the Rev. Tommy Beaver of China Grove, North Carolina, Nellena Mabel and the Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Kennedy of Yorktown Heights, New York, and Loretta Jeanne and Michael R. Williams of Pontoon Beach, Illinois; and one son and daughter-in-law, Reginald Elmer and Brenda Sigmon Reinhardt of Kingsport, Tennessee.
Also surviving are nine grandchildren; Gregory and wife Amy Beaver, Jennifer Beaver Bost, Julie Reinhardt and husband Casey Chapin, William Reinhardt and wife Diana, Christopher Kennedy and wife Tracie, Michael Kennedy and wife Joan, Sara Kennedy, Alex and wife Nicole Williams, and Caitlyn Williams, and ten great grandchildren; Matthew and Andrew Beaver, Thomas and Elise Bost, Micah and Isaac Chapin, Michael Reinhardt, Katie, Jayden and Timothy Patrick Kennedy.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Alice Wilson of Conover.
The family will receive friends at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 12:45 to 1:45 pm. prior to the service. Funeral services will be held in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, at the corner of Clark and Brooks Avenues, Raleigh, 27607 at 2:00 pm. on Saturday, April 9, 2011, with the Rev. Dr. Royal A. Yount, Jr., the Rev. Lawrence F. Holmes, the Rev. Tommy K. Beaver, and the Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Kennedy, officiating.
Burial will be in the Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607-7199 or to ELCA Disaster Response Pacific Eathquake and Tsunami, 39330 Treasury Center, Chicago, ILL. 61694. Condolences may be made to www.brownwynne.com.