Week of April 20, 2017 Death Notices

Marie A. “Toni” Avery, 42, of Purcellville, died April 14 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Born April 2, 1975, in Leesburg, she was the daughter of Floyd B. Trammel Sr. and Patricia A. Trammel. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband Thomas E. Avery and sons Dondre and Troy Avery, all of Purcellville; brother Floyd B Trammel Jr.; and sister Jasmine Phillips. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Leesburg, with visitation at 10 a.m. The Rev. Carey Johnson III will officiate. [Loudoun Funeral Chapel]


Jo Ann Donohoe Baker, 75 of Sterling VA, died April 10 at Reston Hospital Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Leesburg, to Thomas and Hilda Donohoe. She is survived by her husband Noel Walter Baker, sons David and Michael, and four grandchildren. Services were held April 14 at Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg. Memorial contributions may be made to National Foundation for Cancer Research, PO Box 96024, Washington, D.C. 20090-6024, www.NFCR.org. [Colonial Funeral Home]


Matsuko Breeden, 81, of Round Hill, died April 9 at Inova Loudoun Hospital. Born Feb. 2, 1936, she was the daughter of the Eisumi Kanazawa and Mago Yamada. She is survived by her sons Mike Breeden of Round Hill and Jimmy Breeden of Winchester, five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and brothers Yoshihide Hoshino, Tsunayoshi Kanazawa, and Miaki Kanazzawa. She was predeceased by her husband James E. Breeden, granddaughter Candace Breeden and sister Miya Yamashita. Services will be held at noon Friday, April 21 at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville, with visitation at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Ketoctin Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. [Hall Funeral Home]


Travis Barton Bridges, 52, of Lovettsville, died April 9. He was born April 15, 1964, to John W. Bridges and Sydney T. Bridges of Chantilly. He worked for the National Association of Letter Carriers as a benefits consultant. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brothers John and David, step-mother Linda Bridges, half-sister Renee Maguire, and half-brother Patrick. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Cats TNR, 217 Oak Lee Drive, Ste. 10-452, Ranson, WV 25438. www.shannondale.org or the ASPCA. [Adams-Green Funeral Home]


Lester Henry Bowman, Sr., 88, a longtime resident of Hillsboro, died April 10 at the Shenandoah Center in Charles Town, WV. He was born July 27, 1927 in Schuykil County, PA, to Henry Wayne Bowman and Beatrice (Kissinger) Bowman. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945 and served four years on the USS Wisconsin. He worked at the Federal Aviation Center in Leesburg for 33 years. He was active with Loudoun 4-H and a vendor of fresh flowers, honey and honey vinegars, shiitake mushrooms, vegetables and fruit at farmers’ markets in the Arlington, Mount Vernon and Falls Church areas, as well as a home market at Hidden Creek Apiary in Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Evelyn (Maurer) Bowman; daughter Karyn Shank; and sons Lester Bowman Jr. and Douglas Bowman; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Graveside services were held April 13 at Hillsboro Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lovettsville. [Hall Funeral Home]


Valerie Anne LaLonde, 63, died Feb. 15. She was born March 9, 1954, to Louis and June LaLonde and grew up in Michigan. She worked as a nurse and then as a day care provider in Minnesota. She moved to Virginia in 1997. She is survived by her husband Gary, sons Jason and Brent, and daughters Sabrina and Amanda.
A memorial service was held April 15 in Michigan. [Colonial Funeral Home]


Joseph Marshall, Jr. of Herndon, VA departed this life on Feb. 7, 2017 at Culpeper Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church 6477 Lincolnia Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. Interment at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Annandale, VA. [Lyles Funeral Service]


Mary Barbara Scholz, 80, died April 6 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was born Aug. 24, 1936, to Fritz Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Scholz. She grew up in Roanoke and worked as an educator in Germany, Oregon, Maryland, and, finally, Fairfax County, where she retired as a high school English teacher. She is survived by her brother Fritz J Scholz III of Leesburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Fairfax County, 4057 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. [Loudoun Funeral Chapel]


Ilse Anna Frieda Sheats, 87, died April 12 at Loudoun Nursing and Rehab in Leesburg. She was born in Hamburg, Germany, on April 30, 1929, to Charlotte Bohse Henning and Franz Henning. She trained as a milliner and immigrated to the United States in 1950. She lived and worked in Chicago, IL, where she studied voice. In 1964, she moved with her family to Germany, and worked as a prompter at the City Theater of Koblenz and later as a receptionist at the Canadian Embassy in Bonn. From 1973 she lived in Winchester and moved to Leesburg in 2005. She was predeceased by her husband Jackson Sheats. She is survived by her children Anna Askari and David Sheats; granddaughter Sonya Sheats, and two great-grandchildren. Services were held April 18 at Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg. Interment was at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Upperville. [Colonial Funeral Home]


Dana F. Smith, 62, formerly of Middleburg, Virginia departed this life on April 12, 2017 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. Those left to cherish Dana’s memory: his wife, Annie; his son: Duane; two grandsons, Myles Smith and Dylan Smith; two brothers: Garcia Smith (Millie), Vada Smith (Clyde); one sister, Paula Hughes (Charles); nieces: Taneika Goldman (King), Taree Smith, Ashley Smith, Audrey Smith; newphews: Bryan Hughes, (Princess) Stephen Gaskins, (Svetlana) Xandre Smith, Sydney Smith; two great nieces and three great nephews; He also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends, including two very special friends, Joe Trammell and Major Dedrick. Funeral services were held April 18, 2017 at Providence Baptist Church. Interment at Mt. Morris Baptist Church Cemetary, Hume, VA. [Lyles Funeral Service]



William Michael Tarrasky, 64, of Arcola, passed away April 10, 2017. He was born May 25, 1952, in Milford, MA, to John and Anna Tarrasky. He graduated from Milford High as class Valedictorian and attended University of Rochester on a full Bausch and Lomb Scholarship, earning a bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology and a master’s degree in physics. While working for Gannett Corporations’ flight department, he had an opportunity to transfer to Arcola 33 years ago. He went on to pilot for the Trump Shuttle which evolved into US Airways. he was a member of the Airline Pilots Association and retired in 2015 after 25 years with American Airlines. He is survived by his wife of 37 years Robin Tarrasky; and brother Mike Tarrasky of Bellingham, MA. A memorial visitation and service was held on April 17 at Loudoun Funeral Chapel. Please share condolences with the family at loudounfuneralchapel.com. [Loudoun Funeral Chapel]


Sonja Marie Judy Vance, 79, died April 1. She was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Chillicothe, OH, to Edwin and Lois Judy. She earned a degree in journalism from Ohio State University and was a staff writer for the Ohio State Journal, the Ohio Citizen Journal, and The Columbus Dispatch. She later worked for the National Trust at Woodlawn Plantation, and was an active volunteer for the Army Officers Wives Club and the Women’s Club of the Army Surgeon General’s Office. The U.S. Army assignment of her husband, William Vance, took them to Germany, New York, Washington, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Texas, and eventually to Washington, DC. In retirement, they settled at Kerfoot House in Upperville. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son Scott and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, at 11 a.m. Friday, April 21. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyme Disease Research Foundation. [Royston Funeral Home]


Betty J. Welty, 77, of Centreville, died April 17.  She was born April 22, 1939, in White Hall, to Howard and Zola (Shanholtz) Poland. She worked as a data entry supervisor at the records room for the Fairfax County Police Department. She is survived by her daughter Mary C. Prenn, son Gregory Welty, and three grandchildren. A visitation will be held 6-8p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg. Services will take place there at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg, WV. Memorial contributions may be made to Insight Memorial Care Center, 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030 or Capital Caring Hospice, 24419 Millstream Drive, Aldie, VA 20105. [Colonial Funeral Home]


Francis Garrett Welsh, 74, of Ashburn, died April 13. He was born June 27, 1942, in Somerset, PA, to Charles A. and Elizabeth Welsh. He attended the University of Dayton, served in the U.S. Army and worked for IBM as a systems engineer until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Maria L. (Arias) Welsh of Ashburn/Boynton Beach, FL; children Cristina M. Perez of South Riding, Michael F. Welsh of Boynton Beach, FL, and Theresa E. Tamboer of Bridgewater, NJ; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be held April 19 at St. Theresa Catholic Church at 21371 St. Theresa Lane in Ashburn with visitation at 1:30 p.m. and a funeral mass at 2:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashby Ponds Benevolent Care Fund, 21170 Ashby Ponds Blvd, Ashburn, VA 20147 Attn: Philanthropy/BCF. [Colonial Funeral Home]

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