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Obituaries were essential sections of the local newspapers I worked at in Prince William and Stafford counties (both closed, like so many other local newspapers, have over the past 20 years).

The obituary page featured the life stories of those who built and served our communities and their photos. It provided a place where readers could not only know of their passing and accomplishments but also a place where they could be memorialized.

While we don’t print a newspaper, our obituary page here at PLN works similarly and provides the same features and benefits.

You can post obituaries to our site using this link.

  • We accept obituaries from funeral homes and families who wish to memorialize a loved one.
  • Obituary posts effectively provide the details of someone’s passing and funeral details.
  • Obituary posts may also be used to memorialize loved ones on milestone anniversaries of their deaths so the community never forgets their contributions to the place we call home.
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Barbara R. Kahrer

Kahrer

Barbara R. Kahrer, 85, of Woodbridge, Va., formerly of New Castle, Penn. passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Barbara was born on January 19, 1937, in New Castle, Penn. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Zarilla) Quarella. She was of Roman Catholic Faith.

Ms. Kahrer graduated from St. Francis Nursing School and worked as a nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital and the former Potomac Hospital in Virginia. She retired from Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, Va. She enjoyed baking, reading, and rooting for The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Barbara is survived by her children Renee (Anthony) Gabriele, New Castle, Penn. and Andrew J. Kahrer Jr., Arlington, Va.; sisters JoAnn (Thomas) Kent, Charleston S.C., Mary Jane (Nicholas) Kliem, New Castle, Penn.

There will be no calling hours. Services will be private and are entrusted to Noga Funeral Home, Inc. Online condolences may be viewed or offered by visiting nogafuneralhome.com

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Casper “Cap” Ray Whetzel of Midland, VA, formerly of Brentsville, VA passed away January 11, 2023 in Fauquier County.  Born November 17, 1935 in Brentsville to Jesse James Whetzel and Tracie Irene Spitzer Whetzel.

Cap worked in grocery stores and was also a superintendent for Prince William schools.

Survivors include his daughters, Melissa Green of Midland VA, Tammie Coe of Phoenix, AZ and Stepson, Jimmy Knupp of Manassas VA.

In addition to his parents, his wife Patty Whetzel precedes him in death.

The family will receive friends at Brentsville Presbyterian Church, 12305 Bristow Road, Brentsville, VA for one hour prior to service time.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, January 21 at 12:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall.  Interment will be held privately in Valley View Cemetery, 12677 Valley View Drive, Nokesville, VA.

Fond memories of Casper and condolences may be offered to the Whetzel family through clore-english.com.  The Whetzel family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements

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Cornwell

Kiley Edward “Jack” Cornwell, Jr., 81, of High View, WV, entered his heavenly home on January 11, 2023.

e was born on June 27, 1941, in Nokesville, VA, to Kiley E. Cornwell and Martha A. Cornwell. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marlene Virginia (Friend) Cornwell, as well as three sons: Stephen E. Cornwell and his wife, Christie, of Stephens City, VA; Gregory K. Cornwell and his wife, Renee, of Winston-Salem, NC; and Timothy S. Cornwell, and his wife, Sarah, of Barcelona, Spain. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Madison, Morgan, Mackenzie, Conner (wife-Natalie), Kaitlyn, Abigail, Alexandra, Grant, and Denton Cornwell. Surviving siblings are Mildred Davis, Luther Cornwell, David Cornwell and Donald Cornwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as sisters Lois Howell Shafer and Rebecca Davis.

Jack was a graduate of Osbourn High School in Manassas, VA. He spent 40 years working at Southern Iron Works, Inc., in Springfield, VA, before retiring in 2000 and moving to High View, WV, where he enjoyed what he referred to as some of the best years of his life. During this time, he and Marlene served together as active members of Timber Ridge Christian Church.

Throughout his life, Jack was committed to his faith, family, and friends. He was always present for those who needed a helping hand, a kind word or a listening ear. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who often spoke of “making memories” and put action behind those words as he leaves behind many great memories for his family and friends.

The family will receive friends during a viewing/visitation at the Giffin Funeral Home & Crematory, 2807 Northwestern Pike, Capon Bridge, WV, on Thursday, January 19, 2023, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023, at the Spriggs Road Presbyterian Church, 13201 Spriggs Road, Manassas, VA, at 1:30 p.m. The family will receive friends beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at the First Woodbine Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jack to: Timber Ridge Christian Church, 5701 Christian Church Road, High View, WV 26808.

To view Jack’s tribute wall, please visit giffinfuneralhome.com.

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Jack Lee Green

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STCM Jack Lee Green, USN, Commander Master Chief, 86, of Caret, Virginia, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Greene. Mother, Clarissa Greene; daughter, Patricia Ann Green; and his brother, Robert Richard Greene.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lucille Green; his daughter, Carol Sutton (William Bobbitt); five grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Faulkner Funeral Homes, Marks-Bristow Chapel, Tappahannock, Virginia, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Michael David Amentler, 61, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born on January 5, 1961, in Arlington, Virginia, the son of the late John Amentler and Shirley Swartz. He was a hardworking man and was proud of his truck towing business.

He owned Churches Towing in Woodbridge, Virginia, and Columbia Pike Towing in Arlington. He loved going to air shows and listening to some bluegrass in his free time. He had a very big heart and did everything he could for everyone but most importantly had the heart to serve god. His love for animals was incredible. 

Michael is survived by his sister Jacqueline Amentler; fiancée, Pamela Vigil; stepsons, Stephen Vigil and Robert Jeffries; nieces, Amanda Amentler and Amber Burke; nephew, Justin Amentler; five great nieces.

In honor of Michael, the family requested for everyone to wear purple for the visitation and services.

A visitation for Michael will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2022, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

A funeral service will occur Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

A burial will occur Friday, November 18, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, 22207. 

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com for the Amentler family.

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Williams, Jr.

Stafford County mourns the passing of former County Administrator C.M. Williams, who served as County Administrator from 1984 to 2003.

Williams helped lead the county through great change and population growth. He was also instrumental in helping protect historical treasures from development and designing the George L. Gordon, Jr. Government Center.

“On behalf of the Board and the citizens of Stafford County, I extend our deepest condolences to the family of C.M. Williams,” said Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Crystal Vanuch. “We are grateful for Mr. Williams’ dedication to the County and his strong leadership during a time of great transition in Stafford.”

Williams was very effective at working with the Board of Supervisors, staff, and the residents of Stafford County for the betterment of the county. He was integral to the preservation of Government Island, working closely with local historian Jane Conner and federal officials on turning the island into a park.

He was also heavily involved in preserving Ferry Farm, George Washington’s boyhood home. Williams was an avid proponent of building the new Administration building (currently George L. Gordon, Government Center) when most staff were housed at the Rowser Building.

Information on arrangements for his burial is online.

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Hermione Isobel “Pat” Mickle of Woodbridge and Gainesville passed away peacefully with a smile on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

Hermione chose the nickname Patsy while growing up and was lovingly renamed Pat by her late husband Edward “Ed” during their courtship in Europe.

She is remembered as a generous, caring, kind, and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was the best Mom, amazing and devoted, who passed on her love of piano, knitting, and baking. She taught her daughters the love of family, friendships, walking, and playing games. Her daughters were truly blessed to have her as a mother and to pass on these qualities in their own families.

Hermione was born in Bombay, India, while under British rule. She and Maureen, her beloved older sister, grew up in Bournemouth, England. They survived the bombings in England during WWII.

She trained in England and Switzerland and became an excellent ice skater. She met her future husband, Ed, while stationed in England with the United States Air Force. They fell in love, and she became an American citizen and raised five girls.

Hermione was always ready for adventures, and she and Ed traveled throughout Scotland and the U.S. in campers visiting National Parks. While raising her girls, Hermione was a Girl Scout leader and a kindergarten teacher’s aide.

She studied music theory at Northern Virginia Community College to enhance her career as a piano teacher for 50 years. Hundreds of students and parents affectionately remember her teaching them piano and preparing for recitals and Piano Guild Auditions. Through the years and across the ocean, she developed many lifelong friends. She was a member of the British Wives Club in Woodbridge for many years.

Hermione is survived by her five daughters, Sandra Gunzburg (Frank), Susan D’Emidio (John), Sonia Douty (Dale), Teresa Brown (Shane) and Tina Matsukas (Steve) and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Edward Mickle, her parents, Thomas Vaughn Baddeley and Anne Wareing Baddeley, and her sister and brother-in-law, Maureen and Alexander Sinclair.

The funeral service will be at Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Road in Vienna, Va. 22180, on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 11 am.

Hermione will be laid to rest next to her husband at Quantico National Cemetery in a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Hermione I. Mickle. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Bahorich

Like most poeple, she came into my life on the screen.

On an early fall day in 2017, I was in front of my computer, scrolling through social media, searching for the next big story, and she appeared in my feed. Full of life, brightly smiling, holding a video camera, and interviewing everyone on the scene.

The video was on Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s Facebook page, but she wasn’t talking about medicine. I wanted to know more about who she was, this person with the smooth delivery and giant on-camera presence.

Susan Bahorich was at a house in Woodbridge interviewing volunteers from Project-Mend-A-House, helping to draw attention to its charitable work repairing homes for those who can’t otherwise afford it. With her storytelling ability, Susan drew you in, made you a participant in the story, and made you care about whatever she told you.

I had the pleasure of working with Susan and getting to know her over the years. I remember getting an email from the team at Sentara telling me I would get to work with the “Sentara Susan,” as she had quickly become known.

I was excited and quickly learned that we were journalists always looking for the next great story. We clicked instantly.

Susan allowed me to interview some of Sentara’s brightest doctors and tour the hospital’s latest and greatest facilities.

Over coffee and lunches, we swapped war stories from our time in TV newsrooms. We talked about the unrelenting hours and demands of the job, hairy situations we encountered while reporting from the scene, and memorable poeple in the community with whom we crossed paths and who helped to make it a better place.

Susan was an exceptional storyteller. She would send me reports about people from our community who overcame challenges, from surviving a fall through the floor or a mom who donated children’s books to the hospital following the loss of her child to men and women who survived heart attacks and lived to tell the tale.

The coronavirus changed how often we saw each other and how we worked together. Like everyone, we relied on more phone and video calls to develop ideas about how to tell the hospital’s story best. I regret not being able to meet for coffee as we once did, but I cherished the collaboration.

As the COVID crisis worsened, she was always forthcoming with information about how it affected nurses, doctors, and staff at the hospital. As reporters, we got lost in so many stats in 2020 — the number of new cases, hospitalizations, deaths — at times, it was overwhelming.

Forever optimistic, Susan reminded me that the people on the front line of healthcare in our community do their jobs every day to the best of their ability. She never forgot about the human angle to every story.

As it did for many others, the email announcing Susan’s sudden passing at age 47 was a shock. I knew she had been a cancer survivor. Still, it took a while to process the fact that the person I considered a friend — someone I could call to bounce an idea or get a trusted opinion from a communications professional — was gone.

Watching Susan’s celebration of life today streamed live from Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center reminded me that, as a journalist, we can never forget that it’s the poeple for whom we are reporting. It’s their trust we must earn every day.

Susan earned the trust of doctors and nurses who were afraid to speak on camera and tell their stories. She helped them overcome their fears by first earning their trust, guiding them through the interview process, pointing them to the camera, and allowing their best to shine through.

It’s a quality I wish more people in this business and this world would possess. Susan, you will live on our screens and hearts forever.

Uriah Kiser is the founder and publisher of Potomac Local News.

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