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Lallie Burba Crim passed away on February 4, 2022. She was born to Edwin and Margaret Burba in McAlester, Oklahoma on July 9, 1935. She is preceded in death by her parents, whom she has now joined in the Church Triumphant.

Lallie lived in Woodbridge for several decades and taught English and Art at Gar-Field High Senior School for many years.

Lallie was a vibrant and enthusiastic woman who loved spending time with family and friends. Her single greatest love was her family. She enjoyed a long career as a teacher, having taught both English and Art. She loved art and was herself a talented artist. Lallie also loved to travel and had fine adventures with her husband when they traveled in their RV.

One of her greatest loves was the Christmas Season, both for the celebration of the birth of our Savior and the opportunity to share the joy with her family and friends. Lallie was a beloved member of the Crafts United Methodist Church.

Lallie is survived by her husband, Tom Crim; her children and stepchildren, Steven Sheard, Robert Sheard, Mary Carol Sheard, Michael Sheard, Pacquitta Laverents, Jerry Crim, and Valerie Marshall. She is also survived by her siblings, Edwin Burba, Margaret Burba, Alonzo Burba, and Joseph Burba, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 2 p.m. The service will be held in the Sunroom at The Hidenwood Retirement Community, located at 50 Wellesley Dr, Newport News, VA 23606. A memorial service will be live-streamed on Facebook.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be expressed to vacremationsociety.com.

Arrangements in care of Cremation Society of Virginia – Newport News Office.

Potomac Local News publishes obituaries submitted by established funeral homes.

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In loving memory of Peter Angelo Leone, 88, of Woodbridge, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather dedicated to his family.

He served the United States as a colonel in the army through war and peace. His wife Ingrid, children Marcus and Tina, grandchild Kaya, and his siblings remember him with affection and grateful hearts.

Interment was at Arlington National Cemetery on February 22.

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Mary Jo Detweiler

Mary Jo Detweiler, the first female library director in Prince William County, led the system from 1975 to 1985.

Mary Jo Detweiler (née Holmes), librarian, Christian educator, and beloved and adoring mother and grandmother, died peacefully of natural causes on February 25, 2022.

Born in Indianapolis to Burnham Holmes and Josephine Seymour Holmes, she attended the University of Michigan (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa) and Indiana University (M.A., library science).

Mary Jo met her future husband, the Rev. William R. Detweiler, working at Waycross Episcopal summer camp in Indiana. She and Bill celebrated 50 years of loving marriage in 2013.

After the birth of their children, the family moved to Manassas, Virginia, in 1975, for Mary Jo to serve as director of the Prince William County Library System. Upon her departure in May, 1985, The Potomac News editorialized, “Next week, Mrs. Detweiler will leave her post, and she will be missed. Hers was a voice of [library] advocacy combined with reason, of concern for people combined with professional skill. There could be no finer leader for the system.”

Later in her career, Mary Jo worked with library computer systems, provided library staffing services, taught library science classes at Catholic University and George Mason University, and served as a librarian at Virginia Theological Seminary. She also immersed herself in information as a guide for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a religious education program for small children.

Mary Jo is survived by her siblings Sally Nelson and Dwight Holmes and their spouses Pete Nelson and Michelle Burns; her daughter Elizabeth Detweiler and son Hans Detweiler and their spouses Guillermo Canizales and Julieanne Ehre; grandchildren Anna Canizales, Pablo Canizales, Esther Detweiler, and Avi Detweiler. She is predeceased by her husband and her brother, Douglas Holmes.

Contributions in Mary Jo’s memory may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in D.C. or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Remembrances will be shared Saturday, May 7, at 4 p.m., at River Towers, Alexandria, Va.

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Mary Ann Burke, 71

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Mary Ann Burke, age 71 of Clinton, Iowa, passed away Friday, March 25, 2022 at MercyOne Clinton.

According to her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  There will be no services.  Online condolences may be left at papefh.com.

Mary Ann was born on April 5, 1950 in Lackawanna, N.Y., the daughter of Thomas and May (Capella) Mecca.  Mary Ann married James Kubasiak and later married Philip Burke.  She worked as the Director of Utilities in the customer service division in the city of Falls Church, Va.

Mary Ann loved to spend time with her family and grandkids.  She enjoyed baking, cooking, and working out.

Mary Ann is survived by her two children, Tia (Bruce) DeLash of Stafford, VA and Jennifer (Jason) Fisher of Clinton; four grandchildren, Anthony, Jasmine, Brian, and Kevin; and two great grandchildren, Chance and Kaleb.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Lois Ann Huff.

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Ferraro

Marie Eleanor Ferraro, 89, of Uniopolis, OH, died 6:35 p.m., Wed. Jan. 26, 2022, at The Acres of Wapakoneta, with her family at her side.

She was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late James & Henrietta (Esponita) Scarpati.  On Sept. 12, 1953, she married Richard James Ferraro, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2009.

Survivors include six children:

  • James S. Ferraro, Wapakoneta, Ohio
  • Richard M. Ferraro, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Perry R. Ferraro, Wapakoneta, Ohio
  • Kenneth M. Ferraro, Gordonsville, Wash.
  • Michael P. (Jonalle) Ferraro, Edgerton, Wis.
  • Nancy A. (Andre) Paradis, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 17 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and one on the way
  • And a sister, Joan Shanley, in Libertyville, Ill.

A homemaker, Marie was an active member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, where she volunteered with the Prayer Line, and the Adoration Chapel.  She was also a member of the Y.M.C.A. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Sat. March 19, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta. 

Burial of her cremated remains will be next to her husband in the Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, VA, at a later date.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Fri. March 18, 2022, at the Eley Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta.  Memorial contributions may be directed to Tunnels to Towers or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Condolences may be expressed at eleyfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Obituary submitted by Eley Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Leon Edward “Lee” Piazza

Leon Edward “Lee” Piazza, 86, widower of Martha (Gochenour) Piazza, of Staunton, passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Augusta Health in Fishersville.

Mr. Piazza was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, on July 13, 1935, a son of the late Frank Piazza and Frances (Giaccone) Piazza.

Leon served in the United States Air Force in Japan during the Korean War. He retired as a social studies teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. Lee enjoyed boating and sailing, hunting, and being a Boy Scout Leader. He was an excellent cook and brought joy, happiness, and humor to every situation. Leon was a loving husband and father. The most important thing in life was his family, and he was proud of his Sicilian heritage.

Surviving are his children, Ann Marie Therese Piazza of Eugene, Oregon, Paul Vincent Piazza of Windsor, California, Patrick Anthony Piazza of San Francisco, California, Nathan Frank Piazza of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Nicholas Edward Piazza of Minneapolis, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Suzanne Gochenour of Staunton, Virginia; sisters, Katherine Modras and Roseanne Piccolo, both of Meadville, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Katelyn “Sage” Ryann Jensen, Benjamin Ross Jensen, Shannon Ellery Piazza, Morgan Emery Piazza, and James August Pumphrey.

A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022, in the Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Reverend William “Bill” Trice.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Macular Degeneration Association, 5969 Cattleridge Road, Suite #100, Sarasota, Florida 34232 or the Legacy at North Augusta Benevolent Fund, 1410 A North Augusta Street, Staunton, Virginia 24401.

Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton is in charge of his arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at coffmanfuneralhome.net.

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