Death Notices for week of March 16, 2017

Donald Joseph Van Alstyne, 60, of Purcellville, died March 5. He was born Jan. 26, 1957. Services were held March 11 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Mission Trip Fund. [Hall Funeral Home]

Charles Franklin Goss, 87 of Leesburg, died March 5, at Heritage Hall in Leesburg. Born Nov. 3, 1929, in Lucketts, he was the son of Charles and Mildred (Swartz) Goss. He was a life-long farmer. He is survived by his wife Eileen M. (Russell) Goss; daughters Judy Mae Foss of Martinsburg, WV, Ruth Charlene Smith of Hundred, WV, and Mary Jean Reed of Winchester; step-daughters Lora Ann Virts of Bluemont and Mary Elaine Brown of Winchester; brother Jimmy Goss of Lucketts; and sisters Catherine Allison of Reston and Betty Zinn of Gainesville; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Service were held March 8. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, 4th Floor, Winchester, VA 22601. [Loudoun Funeral Chapel]
Steven Michael Hockenbury, 25, died March 8. He was born Feb. 16, 1992 in Houston, TX. He was a graduate of Broad Run High School and had an associate’s degree in administration of justice from Northern Virginia Community College. He is survived by his parents Mary and Allen and brothers Matthew and David. Memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International at [Adams-Green Funeral Home]

Walter T. Melusen, 93, previously of Hendersonville, NC, died Monday, March 6 at his home in Sterling. He was born Oct. 7, 1923, in the Bronx, NY, to Frank and Marion Louise Melusen. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then worked for the New York Telephone Company for 40 years. He is survived by his sons Bruce of Navarre, FL; Scott of Philadelphia, PA; Alan of Berryville; and Gary of Bristow; and five grandchildren. No services are planned. [Loudoun Funeral Chapel]

Charles I. Miller, 79, died March 7 in Leesburg. He was born May 13, 1937 in Butler, PA. He worked as an industrial engineer, director of security and training and as a manager of loss prevention and founded Loss Prevention Systems. He is survived by his wife Patricia; children Michael Miller of Ashburn, Michele Miller of Charleston, SC, Melissa Miller Russell of Cupertino, CA, and Matthew Miller of Reston; grandchildren Kelly Miller Deal and Katy Miller; and great-granddaughter AnnDee Deal. Services were held March 14 at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, c/o Activities Department—Mabel Costello, 235 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg, VA 20176 or to Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 1301 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182. [Colonial Funeral Home]

Ursula Ilse Precht, 88, of Leesburg, died March 9. She was born Nov. 4, 1928, in Braunschweig, Germany to Willy and Helene (Holzkamp) Sennholt. She came to the United States in 1936 and resided in Queens, NY, until she and her husband Frederick C. Precht moved to Reston in 1988. They have been residents of Blue Ridge since 2001. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Susan, sons William and Robert, and seven grandchildren. [Loudoun Funeral Chapel]

Sheila Mary Strum, 69, of Leesburg, died March 7. She was born Feb. 24, 1948, to the Earle and Bernice Bovaird in New Brunswick, Canada. A registered nurse, she lived in Leesburg for 30 years. She is survived by her husband William H. Strum, daughters Esme Salamon, Emily Kamin and Elsbeth Mayo, 10 grandchildren, and siblings Joan Simpson, Diane Foster, Larry Bovaird and Heather Johnson. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. April 1 at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Leesburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor Norwalk, CT 06851. [Loudoun Funeral Chapel]

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