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Sept. 3, 2009

Accident Kills Malaga Man

A retired businessman and Malaga resident was killed last week when the lawn tractor he was operating was struck by a pickup truck.

Joseph “Joe” N. Gallagher, 85, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 1:36 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 on SR145 in Malaga.

According to an Ohio State Highway Patrol report, Gal-lagher was turning north onto SR145 from CR39, Harper Ridge Road and failed to yield.

The John Deere lawn tractor operated by Gallagher was struck by a southbound 1994 Chevrolet 2500 pick-up truck driven by Michael E. Aberegg, Jr., 24, of 50406 Mellott Ridge Road, Beallsville. Neither Aberegg nor his passenger, Tyler C. Brown, 24, 116 South Lincoln, Apt. A, Barnesville, were injured.

According to OHP Trooper Dennis Wilcox, Gallagher, who pulled into the path of Aberegg’s truck, was at fault in the accident. He said Aberegg swerved to the left to avoid the collision and there was only slight contact between the two vehicles. However, Gallagher was ejected from the lawn mower. His body came to rest 40 feet from the point of impact.

Wilcox said Gallagher was legally driving the lawn mower on the state and county routes. He said a “slow-moving vehicle” sign was displayed on the lawn mower. Trooper Wilcox said he believes Gallagher had just finished mowing a lawn and was headed to his home.

In addition to the patrol, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Coroner and Somerton EMS  responded to the scene.

Funeral services were held for Gallagher on Aug. 29 at Harper Funeral Home in Beallsville. 

Gallagher, a prominent businessman, founded Gallagher Monuments in 1954. The business now includes two locations, one at the junction of SR145 and SR800 in Malaga and the other at 244 West Main Street in St. Clairsville.

Tax to be Made Permanent

by Myrtle Smith
Staff Writer

A public hearing to reinstate a one-half percent sales tax was held Aug. 31 by Monroe County Commissioners, who indicated county sales tax  will be reduced by that amount in the last quarter of this year.

In addition to commissioners and two representatives of the Beacon, only one county resident attended the hearing. There were no objections by the public to reinstating the tax, although countian Ed Vargo had several questions about the matter.

A second public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ meeting room.

The tax is expected to be reinstated effective Jan. 1, 2010.

According to discussion, the tax was implemented several years ago to run for four-year periods after which action to renew the tax is necessary. 

John Pyles, commission president, said an error was made during the transition process - it was a human error. While commissioners did not receive a letter from the state, Pyles said they would take the brunt of that error. He said based on the projected rate of where the county is now based on the last receipts for the quarter, lost tax revenue to Monroe County will be around $100,000,” he said.  

Pyles explained a voice-mail was allegedly left by a state employee rather than sending a reminder letter to commissioners that a renewal was due. He indicated the alleged voice mail had not been heard by his office. Commissioner Carl Davis said officials didn’t know they had to do something until it was too late.

Commissioner Tim Price said they have held conference calls with the governor’s office and others as well as with Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Riethmiller. “There is no waiver or extension,” he concluded. 

The board has taken steps so that this does not happen in the future. Reinstatement of the half-percent sales tax will be made permanent by the current resolution. Pyles said If Monroe County flourishes, officials can go through the process and remove the tax.

Denise Potts, director, Monroe County Public Transportation, submitted a request for proposal for the 2010 grant application. The allocation amount is based on the needs and performance of the county which deals with vehicles, passengers, miles, hours, etc. The request is the amount of this year’s allocation plus a two percent increase. In order to apply for the grant, a local match is needed.

The amount of the federal match requested for 2010 is $123,424 and the amount of the state match for 2010 is $44,585. Potts said that proof of a local match is needed to request the grant money. She said she should know by the first of the year whether she will get the money and how much it will be.

Potts reported that she has received approval to purchase four new vehicles with stimulus money. 

She requested a 25-cent per hour increase for her employees and a 75-cent per hour increase for herself.

The request for local match was approved contingent upon the prosecutor’s approval of the paperwork submitted by Potts, and with the stipulation that if the raises are given and she does not get the requested grant money, there would not be more money available for local match.  

Ronda Piatt, dog warden, requested approval to purchase a 10 x 40 trailer from Herbert Smith for $500. Piatt said the trailer is suited to her needs. She will get the required permit to move the trailer from Belmont County to Monroe County. Her husband will move the trailer at no cost.  Her request was approved.

Davis said that Ronda Piatt reported dogs being abandoned and she was called to pick them up.  Because they were confined, she contacted the county sheriff’s office, and the dogs are now at the shelter.

A request by the Woodsfield Christmas Festival Committee to use the first and second floor of the courthouse and for the Woodsfield Garden Club to decorate the front of the courthouse for the Dec. 5 festival was approved.

Davis reported receiving a call regarding removing a tree on a leased lot (county owned) in Cameron. Prior to making a decision, Pyles will look at the tree.

The courthouse will be closed on Monday Sept. 7 in observance of the Labor Day. Next week’s meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 starting at 9:30 a.m. 

Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

There are many questions I’d like to ask the Honorable Charlie Wilson. This letter is in response to Charlie Wilson’s letter sent to his constituents via e-mail on 8/19 “Myth vs Fact” on the Health Care Reform Bill.

Statement number five states that this “bill will not cause employer based coverage” (i.e. private) “to be crowded out by a public” (i.e. government) “Insurance option, but that a public option is only one of many choices that will be offered.” However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that any government option (i.e. funded by our taxes) does not have to make a profit in order to stay in business and that it won’t take long before businesses will drop their private insurance plans for their employees because they can          not compete with the government option. This will in turn force many people and employers to turn to the government option. Soon, the government/public option will be the only one left in business and thus we will be a country with socialized health care, see sec. 313 “Employer Contribution in Lieu of Coverage’ in HR 3200. There is no incentive to keep a private option in the plan. By year five all health care will be integrated into the federal system. In addition, as for being able to keep our health care, that is not what the document says on page 16 of the 1017 page bill or Sec. 102 “Choice to Keep Current Coverage” specifically section 102 (2) from HR 3200 which states you will have to merge into the public option if there are any policy adjustments for any reason. Doesn’t sound like we’ll have much choice.

In response to statement number 1 where you state that this bill will not create deficit spending: I ask you why should we believe a government who has failed to run our own government without a deficit and whose Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs are all broke - or soon will be? What makes this program any different than ones the government has already tried to run? Based upon the government’s past experiences of handling our money to fund their many programs, they will have to raise taxes to pay for this program too. They will say that costs have risen too quickly or needs are greater than expected and they must increase the tax base in order to continue this program. Once the private insurance companies are out of business, what other choice will each of us have? Each of us are already working till about April 13, every year, in order to pay the government their portion of our money (i.e. taxes). I do believe that if each of us had less taxes to pay (i.e. tax cuts), our greater in pocket cash would allow many more of us to be able to afford some health insurance.

In response to statement number six, where you state that this bill will not cut jobs. I remind you that all those people in the private insurance business, will eventually be out of a job. In addition, in my opinion, it will also dissuade people from wanting to become doctors in the future because their income will have to fixed, by controlling the amount to be paid to the doctor for any type of procedure, etc. Otherwise how else could this government run option manage their finances? So, government will artificially (not be supply/demand) keep costs down – which again is another government control – i.e. loss of the doctor’s liberty.

In response to statement number eight where you state that “There is a terrible myth being spread that health care reform promotes euthanasia.” Now granted, there is no provision in the bill to pay for euthanasia. However, all one has to realize is that there will be a set amount of funds in this program and as in every business, management is always looking for the best way to spend their capital. Unfortun-ately, it most likely will be decided upon by age of  the client and the seriousness of the disease. So, if there is a choice to be made between a younger person who needs an operation and an older person who needs one (and there will be many every day), my guess is that the younger person will always win out; one of the reasons being that the elderly one has already lived most of his life and thus the younger person should be given that opportunity now. thus, the elderly will – more often than not – have reduced quality of life care, which can – though not always, lead to a desire to be put out of their pain/problems – i.e. euthanasia. This not not the case with our health care system today. Our elderly have available to them the best health care in the world.

One other point I’d like to raise that was not in his e-mail letter is that Charlie Wilson has always claimed to be a pro-life Congressman. However, in this health care reform bill, even though the term (s) abortion or abortion legislation, are not used, President Obama has said that “reproductive care is at the very heart of his health care plan.” Also, we need to look no further than the federal Medicaid statute which does not mention the word abortion, yet Medicaid had funded as many as 300,000 abortions/ year prior to the enactment of the Hyde amendment. Yet this health care overhaul bypasses the Hyde amendment – which restricts federal funding of abortions through Medicaid; even if it did apply to the health care bill, it would still have to be subject to annual re-approval. So, I ask you Congressman Wilson, how can you support a health care bill that in actuality will be killing many of the babies’ lives that you say you support?

* However, the most important  question is one of constitutionality!  Our Constitution has never given to the federal government the right to take over private businesses such as this administration has done with the automobile industry, banking industry, mortgage business (Fannie and Freddie) and now the health industry. Our government should never be running the private business sector. That is definitely one of the characteristics of a fascist government. As it states in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, we are a country governed “of the people, by the people, and for the people”, not by an oligarchy. 

This health care reform bill takes away too much of our inalienable right of liberty and gives it to our government to dole out as they see fit – definitely a characteristic of Big Brother Govern-ment knowing what is best (socialism). Instead, let us strive to correct the problems within the private system we have today – such as tort reform, refusing illegal aliens health care who have not payed into the system, etc., all those things that cause our health care costs to skyrocket. 

There are other ways to control health costs rather than to give away our liberty to control our own body’s health. I urge you to vote against this horrendous socialistic health plan and to research other ways of reducing health care costs that would enable us to maintain what is left of our free market/capitalistic society on which our country was founded. Once our liberty is gone, it is almost impossible to get back. 

Let us never forget the lives and fortunes that our founding fathers sacrificed for our precious freedoms as well as Patrick Henry’s famous words: “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Sincerely, Amy Zehnder


Miners Complete Specialized Training in Mine Firefighting

Taking part in recent fire brigade training were, front
from left, Mike Lodi, Cameron Nicholas and Matt Duvall. In back are Mike Mellott, Jeremiah Brown, Luke Cutlip and Kevin McGilton. All are miners at the American Energy Corporation Century Mine in Beallsville.          
Photo Submitted 

Mine fire brigades from American Energy Corporation and The Ohio Valley Coal Company recently completed two weeks of specialized training in mine firefighting at the Safety Research Coal Mine operated by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) near Pittsburgh.

American Energy and The Ohio Valley Coal Co. are independent operating subsidiaries of Murray Energy Corp.

The specialized training, which featured live fires in the mine, was developed by Mur-ray Energy specifically for members of the company’s mine fire brigades.

“We worked very closely with NIOSH to develop a training program in which our teams learn to fight mine fires in a setting that duplicates real-life scenarios far better than above-ground simulations,” said Bill Moser, manager of emergency preparedness for Murray Energy. “Although rare, fires are one of the most dangerous hazards that could occur in a coal mine and we want our fire brigades prepared to respond quickly and safely to help ensure a positive outcome.”

During training exercises, fire brigade teams were given a map of the NIOSH mine and told there was a fire - it was their job to find and extinguish it. As they worked their way into the dark mine passages, a light haze gave way to thin plumes of smoke that reduced visibility to mere inches. Wearing nearly 60 pounds of firefighting gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses, brigade members encountered a ‘victim’ who provided additional information about the location of the fire, but also had to be safely evacuated before the team could return. When finally encountering the blaze, a propane-fueled fire controlled by NIOSH staff, the brigades deployed fire hoses, making sure to keep the nozzles spraying a wide ‘fog’ until the fire was extinguished.

Mine fire brigades are a highly specialized aspect of Murray Energy’s robust safety program. While emergency mine rescue teams are required by federal regulations, Murray Energy employed such teams long before they were mandated. There is no requirement for mine operators to have fire brigades.

Because municipal fire departments are not trained in fighting mine fires, Moser says well-trained mine fire brigades are a critical component of mine fire safety and emergency preparedness. “It takes time and money and training to get a fire brigade program up and running and then ongoing training to make sure the teams stay sharp,” he said. “But this is an investment in safety. An expert fire brigade can save lives and can save the mine itself.”

In addition to training at the NIOSH facility, Murray Energy fire brigades have undergone mine firefighting training at West Virginia Uni-versity’s Mining Extension Service and the National Mine Health and Safety Academy operated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration in Beckley, W.Va.

Duty on the mine fire brigades is voluntary and miners who volunteer participate in rigorous training in addition to their regular jobs at the mine. Fire brigade members cite a desire to ensure mine safety and protect their livelihood and fellow miners (who also are often friends and family members) as primary reasons for volunteering to be a member of their mine’s fire brigade.

Miner Bob Bailey, who has been a member of the American Energy Corporation Century mine fire brigade for nine years, says he became involved with the brigade in an effort to learn more about mine safety. “Things can change very quickly underground. A fire will double in size every five minutes,” said Bailey. He notes that he never worked at a mine that had a fire brigade  until he came to work for a mine owned by Murray Energy. “I want to be able to help if there is a fire - to save the lives of the people I work with and to be able to save the mine.”

~  Buckeyes Are Nuts About 4-H ~

Hilltop Swiss Lads & Lassies, Clarington, was chosen as the funniest float with “Buckeyes Are Nuts About 4-H” during the 2009 Jr. Fair Parade held Aug. 24.          Photo by Martha Ackerman

Museum Organizational Meeting

Over the years, the Ohio River has positively impacted the communities within Monroe County. In recognition and preservation of that fact, the Monroe County River Museum has been established.

The organizational meeting of a new riverfront museum, located within the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union in Clarington, was held Aug. 26. Charter members of the museum sub-committee within Team Monroe are Taylor Abbott, Marjorie Baumberger, Clarington Mayor Lida Conn, Joel Davis, Sharon Davis, Don Jones, Mike Lloyd, Fred McCabe, Robyn McGuire, Eileen Maienknecht, Norman Maienknecht, Don Pollock, Barbara Rush and Tom Scott, Team Monroe community developer.

Barbara Rush and Fred McCabe were appointed as museum curator and historian, respectively.

Robyn McGuire and Taylor Abbott were elected committee co-chairs. The following subcommittees will need to be filled: funding, remodeling, inventory procurement, marketing and liaisons/partnerships. 

Monthly committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be Sept. 24 at the facility.

“We look forward to our committee membership increasing with participation from the residents of Monroe County in the form of gathering artifacts and items to be displayed within our museum,” said Scott. “This project presents a myriad of challenges and opportunities that we are confident we can successfully address.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the museum should attend any of the committee’s monthly meetings, or contact Rush at 740-458-1873 or Abbott at 740-391-6304.

 Around the Burnside

Vacation in the winter when there’s really something to get away from.

The quickest way to lift our living level is to lift our giving level.

I’ve found out there are a few more of you out there who are also addicted to the NCIS television program. I understand a second NCIS is coming along this fall. Happy day. I’ve even watched programs of the real NCIS on another station. OK, I did run into one person who said the program drove them nuts. I can still watch rerun after rerun.

When you have worked with youth most of your life, things happened you enjoy and are really meaningful. One happened to me the other evening. I was invited and attended the reunion of the Class of 1969 of Skyvue High School. The Class of 1969 was the first graduating class when I started teaching at Skyvue.

Several of them were in my Vo Ag class and I will say they helped get things going and were very active. One even brought his FFA jacket he wore when he was president of our chapter. Gosh, I didn’t know he was so skinny when he was a senior. He was tall to make up for it.

The thing about teaching, you only got those taking what they now call Ag. Science, in class. They become family.

The thing when I taught at Skyvue, I was acquainted with the other students. Their names, many of their parents and how they acted in class, etc. They became kind of family along with the faculty. It’s been so long I don’t know how it works today. I always felt as I was respected as a teacher.

I’m here to tell you 40 years haven’t made many changes in the Class of 1969. The ones that did a lot of yakking in school still were at it and those who were rather quiet were going in the same way.

For an example, the group picture taking. I was honored to be allowed to be included. I honestly remembered this is just like they acted when they were seniors having a group picture taken. I thought the person taking the picture was getting just a bit irritated. They settled down like good little boys and girls and it was over in a few minutes.

What a joy to see all the friendship, love and hugging as members arrived. Makes you forget all your problems and think maybe this old world ain’t so bad after all. The meal? I think several of the girls took what we used to call Home Ec. It was great.

They did have special prizes for the member with the most grandchildren, least hair, grayest hair, etc. The best was last, as they read a car license number. They had scoured the parking lot to find the dirtiest car. The owner was presented a bucket, sponge and a bottle of car wash. I’m not telling who won this prize but I’ve known them for a long time.

A good number of the class took a tour of the building for the last time for many. Several said they hated to see the old building torn down. The last time I saw my old high school was the frame work of our gym. I’m glad I have a Cats Meow of it. Oh yes, the building was spotless, ready for the students. I almost forgot; they had a cake with the class picture in the icing. It was fun to watch some of them trying to cut their picture out of the cake.

I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed a get together any more than this reunion. To top things off they gave me a small wall hanging. Black and gold around the edge and a picture of Skyvue in the center. What a nice gift.

I guess you know, if you’ve read Around the Burnside, that I have a soft spot in my heart for Skyvue and the FFA. I walk in the front door at Skyvue and I see a large rubber mat. It has been there for a long time. It was purchased by the Student Council and the FFA. I sure hope it makes it to the new building and not thrown over the hill somewhere.

When I see the mat, it brings back memories. We had a fairly active FFA at Skyvue, nearly 60 members. When Swiss Hills opened the first year, Skyvue and Beallsville, who had an active FFA, were cut to freshmen and sophomores for Vo Ag. Later a freshman course was scheduled that conflicted with the Ag program so it went. The twin department of Skyvue and Beallsville took the trip. A sad day.

The FFA at Swiss Hills were chartered in October of 1976 I think it was. Offices were elected and was fairly active with few students. It was Farm Management at that time. With limited facilities and electrical power we had a good year.

The second year with juniors and seniors in the program along with the FFA chapter things started to take off. The shelves and walls started filling up with trophies, and plaques won at various contests. Banners from winning in state contests started to hang on the wall. Soon the state banners filled every wall of the ag room. The program had been changed to Agriculture Mechanics, which it is today.

I do not know how many awards the Swiss  Hills FFA has won in a district or state contest plus a few good showings in a national contest. We once had a young lady sing at the National FFA convention.

All of this was accomplished by Monroe County students given a chance to excel. Now this is all history. If it were a sport something would be done.

I’ve not been exactly telling the truth. Monroe County is not the only county without an FFA chapter. I understand Vinton County has dropped their Ag Science classes. I’m a friend of a teacher who developed their good program over the years. We still are the only county that offers an Agriculture Education class and does not have an active FFA chapter.

We were among the last to get 911. Maybe FFA will be revitalized sometime I hope. FFA is one of the most enjoyable and important parts of teaching agriculture in high school.

Will Rogers once said, “Live your life as though you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”

Church Sunday? Why not?






Joseph N. “Joe” Gallagher, 85, Malaga, died Aug. 26, 2009 near Malaga. He was born Dec. 25, 1923 in Eldon, a son of the late George and Emma Gallagher.

He was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Miltonsburg and St. Sylvester Catholic Church, Woodsfield and the St. Francis Society. He served in WWII in the 393rd Infantry Division. 

In 1954, Joe founded Gallagher Monuments in Malaga. Even though he was retired, his heart was always with with his son and grandson in the monument business. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather whose ultimate enjoyment came from The Green Knoll Farm and showing horses and cattle with his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are four sons, Randall (Lisa) Gallagher of St. Clairsville, Ron (Cathy) Gallagher of Malaga, Rick (GiGi) Gallagher of Waynes-ville, Kevin (Susan) Gallagher of Texas; daughter, Diane Gallagher of Columbus; a brother, Gerard (Barbara) Gallagher of Lore City; three sisters, Pearl (Walter) Reischman of Barnesville, Leola Brown of Newark, Martha (Tom) Terry of Reynoldsburg; 11 grandchildren, Tiffany, Lindsay, Justin, Jason, Karrie, Brandi, Stephan, Taylor, Eric, Kathryn, Dean; three great-grandsons, Zachary, Parker, Brady; sister-in-law, Lois Stephen of Malaga and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Eunice Hunkler Gallagher; a brother, Wilford Gallagher and  sister, Mary Starr.

Friends were received and rosary was recited Aug. 28 at Harper Funeral Home, Bealls-ville. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Dave Gaydosik Aug. 29 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Miltonsburg. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woods-field, with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sylvester School, 119 South Main St., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.


Edith Mae Jeffers Griffith, 97, Shelby, went to Heaven on Aug. 27, 2009. She was born Sept. 9, 1911 in Woodsfield, the daughter of the late John and Jessie (Norris) Jeffers. 

She attended Ohio University in Athens. After graduation, Edith taught school for three years in southern Ohio. In 1934 she married Okey F. Griffith and they moved to Shelby that same year. She was a retired employee of Shelby Mutual Insurance Company and was a member of the First Christian Church in Shelby since 1937.

Surviving are her son, Richard (Marilyn) Griffith of Houston, Texas; two grandsons and their families, Jeff and Sarah Martin and their daughters, Margo and Kayla; Todd and Cheryl Martin and their children Kevin and Heather; a brother, Dean W. Jeffers of Columbus; a sister, Nina Yoss of Woodsfield; a brother-in-law, Lester Griffith of Shelby; and nieces and nephews, Polly (Patton) and Andrew Neer, Pat (Yoss) and Paul Keylor, Michael and Margie Yoss, and Philip and Kelsy Jeffers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Okey F. Griffith in 1997; a daughter and her husband, Carol (Griffith) and Gary Martin; two sisters and their husbands, Ruth (Jeffers) and Cyrel Haren and Lee (Jeffers) and Harry Owens; a brother-in-law, Kenny Yoss; a sister-in-law, Ruthie (Workman) Jeffers and a niece and her husband, Pam (Yoss) and Bill Sloan.

Friends were received Aug. 31 until time of services at Turner Funeral Home, Shelby, with Rev. Brad McBee officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby.

Memorial contributions may be made to Med Central Hospice or First Christian Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com.

Susan Jane Hill, 69, Woodsfield, died Aug. 24, 2009 at Barnesville Hospital. She was born July 30, 1940 in Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Ralph and Gretchen Buckio Schumacher.

She retired from the State of Ohio as a registered nurse for the Department of Job and Family Services. She was a lifetime member of the Woods-field First United Methodist Church, a member of Kiwanis and the Red Hat Society.

Surviving are two daughters, Allyson (Bob) Cox of Woodsfield, Gretchen (John) Anderson of Greeley, Color-ado; five grandchildren, Maggie and Mitch Cox, Jordan, Noah and Elizabeth Anderson; a sister, Betsy (John) Lemkey of Carlsbad, Calif.; a brother, Bob (Yolanda) Schumacher of Circleville; three nieces and three nephews.

Memorial service was held Aug. 31 at the First United Methodist Church of Woods-field, with Pastor David Hull-Frye officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Woods-field, 136 N. Main St., Woods-field, OH 43793.

Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woods-field.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

Hazel P. Tomlin, 81, Woodsfield, died Aug. 29, 2009 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 14, 1928 in Jacksonburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Edward Alonzo Wilson and Virchie Elizabeth Jackson Wilson.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Woodsfield and later attended the Rickfork Church of Christ. She worked as a manager of the Goose Pond Country Club, Scottsboro, Alabama, and had worked in the cafeteria at Ormet Corp. She was a member of Eastern Star and a former member of the Switzerland of Ohio Country Club.

Surviving are three sons, Charles (Mary Ann) Tomlin of Woodsfield, Jerry W. Tomlin of Haines, Fla., Clanton W. (Tammy) Tomlin of Simpsonville, S.C.; five daughters, Glenda Tomlin of Newark, Vickie Williams, Gahanna, Jayne (Vince) Circosta of Clarington, Cathy (Charles) Hill, of Bryant, Alabama, Bambi Lynn (Blake) Arnett of Greenville, S.C.; four brothers, Bill, Paul, Edward and Roy Wilson; six sisters, Bet Snyder, Wilma Pyles, Kate Ice, Velma Furbee, Beulah Underwood, Betty Emery; 29 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Lipscomb in 1959, her second husband, Clanton (Tommy) Tomlin in 2008; two grandsons, Michael D. Kastrevec, Luke Lee Arnett; a granddaughter, Liliana Oprea Arnett; three brothers, Delbert, Elmer and Virgil Wilson; and two sisters, Leona and Lucy Wilson.

Friends were received Aug. 31 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services were held Sept. 1, with Minister Wil Montgomery officiating. Burial in the North View Cemetery, New Martinsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com. 

Dorothy I. Frieden, 88, Sardis, died Aug. 31, 2009 at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville, W.Va.

Arrangements pending at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Robert “Bob” Frasher, 70, Woodsfield, died Aug. 29, 2009 in Barnesville Hospital. He was born Jan. 3, 1939 in Lucasville, a son of the late Leslie and Ola Bush Frasher.

He was a retired supervisor at Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, an active member of the Switzerland of Ohio Country Club, and a former Mayor of the Village of Jerusalem. He loved and enjoyed the game of golf, his family and friends.

Surviving are his family Carol Frasher Lizon of Wilson, three children, Kelly Schu-macher of Malaga, Todd (Terri) Frasher of West Milton, Julie (Ed) Vogler of Barnes-ville; a brother, Richard Frash-er of Lucasville; six grandchildren, Trent (Hilary) Schu-macher, Ryan Frasher, Karly Schumacher, Preston Vogler, Alexis Vogler, Kirby Schu-macher; and a great-granddaughter, Avery Schumacher.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Friends were received Sept. 1 until time of service at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland of Ohio Country Club, P.O. Box 505, Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.  

Sylvia I. Weckbacher, 82, Rinard Mills, died Aug. 30, 2009, at Monroe County Care Center. She was born June 1, 1927 in Monroe County, a daughter of the late Winfield Marshall and Blanche Blair Marshall.

She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, Bethel VFD Ladies Auxiliary, and Bethel Senior Citizens Group.

Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie (Bill) Knowlton of Graysville, Rita (Mark) Spence of Marietta; a brother, Carroll (Vera) Marshall of Louisville; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Weckbacher, Bernice Marshall, both of Rinard Mills; three grandchildren, Missy Knowlton and fiance Walter Dean, Keith (Danetta) Knowlton, April (Andy) Bresiger; three great-grandchildren, Hunter and Emily Knowlton, Cole Dilts; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garald Weckbacher in Nov. 2007; two brothers, Wilmer and Paul Marshall; and three sisters, Freda Brett, Inez Lindamood, and Janet Ayers.

Friends were received Sept. 1 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services will be held Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. Burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Graysville.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.