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Virginia S. Nessenthaler
Virginia S. Nessenthaler 103, of Fredericksburg died Monday, August 22, 2011 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Nessenthaler was the oldest living member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church and celebrated the 80 year anniversary of her baptism in October of 2010. She had retired from civil service as the clerk of the selective service board for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania.
Survivors include her daughter, Jane Mann and her companion, Ralph Gallahan of Fredericksburg; two grandchildren, Jennifer Mann Foran and husband, John of Hampstead, MD and Lt. Col. Stephen Charles Mann and wife Valair of Centreville; five great grandchildren, Danielle Sealy, Caroline Foran, Matthew Foran, Ravyn Mann and Miles Mann; a foster niece, Paulette Kidwell of Las Vegas, NV; and numerous cousins.Mrs. Nessenthaler was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Charles Nessenthaler and a foster brother and his wife, Robert L. and Carol Pound.
Mrs. Nessenthaler was a charter member of Victory Rebekah Lodge #12; Daughters of America Council #26 in which she held local, state and national office; and Fredericksburg Senior Citizens.
In 1933 Mrs. Nessenthaler established her summer home on Second Street at Fairview Beach in King George County. She was the original pioneer and many families generated homes and connections from that spot she loved so much on the Potomac River. Mrs. Nessenthaler started a Sunday morning outdoor chapel over looking the Potomac that continued for eleven years with the support of Rev. Dennis Newton, pastor of Potomac Baptist Church.
A service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 27 at Fredericksburg Baptist Church with Rev. J. Larry Haun officiating. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. A sunset farewell service will close the day at Oak Hill Cemetery. In the event of inclement weather all services will take place at the church.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Ruppalt, Gene Mullen, Joe DeBernard, John Foran, Christopher Pierson and Robert DeBernard.
Memorials may be made to the Fredericksburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 1019 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Ret. Col. Joseph P. O’Toole
Retired Col. Joseph Patrick O’Toole, 87, of Vienna, who was a member in the Army Air Corps and later the U.S. Air Force and the CIA, died from respiratory failure on July 26, 2011, in Reston Hospital.
He was born on Sept. 26, 1923, in Butte, MT, to the late Patrick and Ida O’Toole, and then grew up on the south side of Chicago during the Great Depression.
Col. O’Toole enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, becoming a B-17 pilot in the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, flying 25 missions out of Horham, England, and receiving a Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster and an Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
After the war he returned to Chicago, where he attended the Aeronautical University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1949.
He returned to active duty, and during this time he met and married the late Joan V. Erhart of Chicago Heights, IL, on Nov. 29, 1952, at St. Agnes Church in Chicago Heights.
Two months after their wedding, she joined him on assignment in Germany. Together they explored Europe, and their journey was a source of many stories through the years.
In 1959, he was assigned to 6594th Satellite Test Wing , Sunnyvale, Calif., to work on the new Discoverer project. Not known until 1995 when it was declassified, the Discoverer/Corona Project was the nation’s first photo reconnaissance satellite whose imagery allowed the U.S. government to make more informed national security decisions based on accurate information, rather then speculation about what was going on behind the Iron Curtain. This joint Air Force/CIA effort was the cornerstone for agencies such as the National Reconnaissance Office. Then Maj. O’Toole was chief of controllers, and he and his staff developed the procedures to control the satellites in orbit. The Air Force awarded several Outstanding Unit Awards to the personnel on this project.
In 1965, he was transferred to the Space and Missile Systems Organization in Los Angeles, where he was director of test operations for the Manned Orbital Laboratory (MOL) Program, the Air Force’s first manned space program. He was responsible for the planning and management of MOL’s orbital operations including data systems, flight planning and flight direction. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding contributions.
After cancellation of the MOL program in 1969, Col. O’Toole was sent to the Electronic Systems Division at Hanscom Field, Bedford, MA, where he was responsible for the development of an advanced airborne command post for the National Command Authority and Strategic Air Command.
In 1971, Col. O’Toole was assigned to the Pentagon and the Defense Intelligence Agency as a staff development engineer. He was responsible for developing new systems for collection and surveillance for the National Command Authority and forces in the field. During this period, he was awarded a Legion of Merit Award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service.
In 1974, Col. O’Toole retired from active duty but continued working in the same role as a civilian for the CIA. He continued to work on various projects and, in 1981, was promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service. He retired from the CIA in 1987 and was awarded the CIA Career Intelligence Medal.
His hobbies included woodworking, painting, photography and going to the gym on a regular basis. He is survived by his three sons, Terrance (Sandi), of King George County, Timothy (Meighan), of Gainesville and Sean (Colleen), of South Riding; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Fort Myer Chapel, followed by interment in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association-DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD, 20855.
Patricia Syndor Pinkard
Patricia “Patsy” Syndor Pinkard, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Callao, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.
She was a retired supervisor at G.T.E. Phone Co. and a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Callao.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Charles W. Pinkard Jr.; son Charles “Chuck” W. Pinkard III (Jackie), of Ruther Glen; sister Mary S. Parr of Warsaw; and grandson Charles “Chucky” W. Pinkard IV.
The family received friends Friday, Aug. 19, at Jones-Ash Funeral Home in Rainswood. A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 20, in the funeral home chapel, followed by burial at Totuskey Baptist Church in Warsaw.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 30 Broadway, Suite 2900, New York, N.Y. 10006.
Online remembrance may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Chatfield Turner
Ruth Chatfield Turner, 99, entered into eternal rest on Aug. 12, 2011, at The Orchard in Warsaw.
Beloved wife of the late Booker C. Turner, she was born Nov. 13, 1911, in Scotch Plains, NJ. Before moving to Tappahannock, Mrs. Turner lived in Plainfield, NJ. She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia L. Wingfield.
She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted cousin, Irene Harris; goddaughter, Beverley Danner (Edward); three devoted longtime friends, Marilyn and George Hurdle and Howard Banks; and many relatives and friends.
Ms. Turner was a well-known and successful entrepreneur in Scotch Plains and Plainfield. One of her many honors included an appointment as advisor on the Board of Council of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists of New Jersey.
A viewing was held at the Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock.
The service was held Saturday, Aug. 20, at First Baptist Church, 401 Marsh St., Tappahannock, with the Rev. Vernon Keeve, pastor, officiating and the Rev. Dr. Marion Tapscott, eulogist. Interment followed in First Baptist Church cemetery.
Stephen Leroy Hagens
Stephen Leroy Hagens, 71, of Westmoreland County died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete at Lee Funeral Home, King George.
Rosa Mae Dickens
Rose Mae Dickens, 70, of Westmoreland County died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.
A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 20, at New Monrovia Baptist Church in Colonial Beach.
Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home, King George.
Jason Matthew Earley
Jason Matthew Earley, 35, passed away Aug. 3, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital after a battle with a long illness. He was surrounded by his family.
Jason was born Aug. 9, 1975, in Arlington. He graduated from Annandale High School and then went to Lincoln Tech University, where he graduated at the top of his class in HVAC. He worked at Jones-Rogers Heating & Air in Chantilly for 13 years. Jason loved sports and video games. Jason’s love for animals was amazing.
Jason is survived by his father and mother, Ronnie and Pam Earley of King George; his brother and best friend, Brian Hanson of Manassas; his uncles and aunts, Dan and Sandy Caton of King George, Keith Liles and Robin Salmon of Amissville, Marvin and Kathy Spindle of Midland, Brian and Connie Siegrist of King George, Rhonda Barbour of Amissville, and Donna Earley of King George; and numerous cousins and friends.
Jason was loved by all who knew him, and will be missed always. He always had a smile on his dimpled, blue-eyed, blond-haired face; and he had a personality to match.
We know where and how you are now, Jason, and we will see you sometime in the future. Until then, we love and miss you with all our hearts. You made us so proud to call you our son. Be happy, Peanut!
Mary L. Gardner
Mary L. Gardner, 80, of Colonial Beach passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at VCU Hospital in Richmond from an apparent heart failure.
Mary was born in Cleveland; raised in Fulton, NY; and was a graduate of Syracuse University. Married to Chet Gardner for 58 years, they raised seven children. She had a long career as a journalist and editor.
Mary was involved in the Upstairs Theatre, was a local coordinator for the Bluemont Concert Series and was a member of the Colonial Beach Historical Society. She frequently volunteered at the town museum and as a reading tutor. She was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4315 Ladies Auxiliary, and recently served on the committee for Bay Area Agency on Aging. She loved participating in the Library Book Club.
She is survived by two sisters, Catherine Bintz and Liz McNamara; seven children, Ellen Smyth, David Gardner, Ann Matalavage, Lynn McGee, Debbie Herrmann, Diane Sutphin and Cathy Kirby; and 13 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester E. “Chet” Gardner.
The family invites friends for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, 131 3rd St., Colonial Beach.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 203 Dennison St., Colonial Beach. Interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, alongside her late husband.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Colonial Beach Historical Society.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.