Carolyn Ann (Smith) Haslacker (Age 74)
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Carolyn Ann Haslacker, age 74 of Woodbridge, VA and formerly of Petersburg, WV passed away on Monday, August 29, 2023 at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, VA.

Carolyn was born on June 26, 1949 in Petersburg, WV and was a daughter of the late Donald Alston Smith and Louella Belle (Reel) Rodgers. In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her stepfather James “Bill” Rodgers.

Carolyn was a 1967 graduate of Petersburg High School. She moved to Woodbridge, Virginia to raise a family and devoted her life to them. She loved children and in later years worked for families in the community as a babysitter. Carolyn was always first to remember everyone’s birthday! She spent time with her grandchildren whenever she could and enjoyed hearing about their adventures.

Carolyn is survived by –
Two daughters:

– Amber L. Carey (Piers) of Middleburg, VA.

– April S. Miller (Michael) of Hamilton, VA

One son:

– Darrell Haslacker of Wilmington, NC

Six Grandchildren: Taylor Haslacker, Joshua Carey, Sophia Carey, Morgan Miller, Katelyn Miller and James Miller

Five sisters:
– Wanda Stump (Butch) of Petersburg, WV

– Elva Smith of Fredericksburg, VA

– Pam deNiord (Lyman) of Colorado Springs, CO

– Shelva Jean Smith of Keyser, WV

  • Bonnie Berg (David) of Elk Garden, WV

Two brothers:
– David Smith (Kim) of Keyser, WV

  • John Rodgers of Augusta, WV

Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be Sunday, September 3, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Schaeffer Funeral Home with Pastor Lynn Rohrbaugh officiating. Carolyn’s family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m. Burial will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, WV.

Those who wish to remember Carolyn in a special way may make memorial contributions to Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Station 20, 3171 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge, VA 22195 Attention: Tamara.

Submitted by Amber Carey


Thelma Ann Green (Age 88)
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In Loving Memory of Thelma Ann Green (1935 – 2023)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Thelma Ann Green, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, cherished member of the community, and a passionate woman for Christ. Thelma was born on March 20, 1935, in Reidsville, NC as the sixth child of ten born to Joe Pickard and Zenobia Stokes. In 1939, the family moved to Washington, D.C., where Thelma would come to leave an indelible mark on all the lives of those she encountered.

After graduating from Cardozo High School in 1954, Thelma embarked on a life journey that would be marked by compassion, dedication, service, and strong faith. She began her career as a nurse’s assistant at St. Elizabeths Hospital in D.C., where her nurturing spirit shone through as she cared for patients for several years. It was during this time that she met Benjamin Green, her dedicated husband of 58 years. They met at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, through her involvement with the Capitol Girls Society. Thelma’s lifelong passion for hope for a better future was demonstrated early in her adult life as being one of the 250,000 people who watched history in the making as she stood on the National Mall and listened to Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Thelma continued to make her mark through various roles, demonstrating her commitment to her family, her community, and her faith. She worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for 13 years and later dedicated close to 7 years to Neabsco Elementary School. A true lover of books, she shared her passion with others during her nearly three-decade tenure at the Potomac Community Library, enriching the lives of countless readers as she helped guide them through numerous queries over the years.

Her spiritual journey was an integral part of her life, as Thelma was an active and devoted member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church for close to 50 years. Her involvement included being a member of the United Methodist Women, teaching Sunday School for 23 years, participating in the Folk Choir, and being a consistent presence in Bible Study groups. Her unwavering faith and commitment to Jesus was an inspiration to all who knew her.

In her leisure time, Thelma found joy in simple pleasures. She could often be found immersed in a good book, and her collection could rival that of a small library. Her family and friends held a special place in her heart, and she cherished spending time with them. She had a penchant for watching westerns, finding hidden treasures in yard sales, and exploring thrift stores.

For 51 years, Thelma was a proud resident of Dale City, Virginia, where she nurtured her family, friendships, community ties and supported her beloved church. She then spent her last 5 years in Castro Valley, California, embracing new experiences and adventure with her daughter Talitha and her family.

Thelma leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and dedication. She is survived by her devoted husband, Benjamin, her two children Brian and Talitha (Ling) and their spouses Sharon and David, five adoring grandsons, Jack, Benjamin, Thomas, Alex, and Eric, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews whose lives she touched in profound ways. While her physical presence is no longer with us, her spirit will continue to live on and inspire the hearts and faith of all who had the privilege of knowing her.

A visitation and celebration of Thelma’s life will be held at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Dale City, VA on September 1st at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in her memory to the “Friends of Potomac Library” which helps fund children and adult reading programs. She will forever remain in our hearts, a shining example of love, resilience, community spirit and faith. A burial service will follow at Quantico National Cemetery.

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21

The following memorial events are planned.

09/01/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
14999 Birchdale Ave
Dale City, Virginia 22193

09/01/2023 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
14999 Birchdale Ave
Dale City, Virginia 22193

09/01/2023 01:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Quantico National Cemetery
18424 Joplin Road
Triangle, Virginia 22172


Raylene Sue (Palen) Russell (Age 76)

Raylene Sue Russell was called back to our Lord Wednesday July 5, 2023. Born April 9, 1947, to Raymond and Laura Palen in Marcellus, NY, Raylene was a gracious and caring woman who touched the lives of all that crossed her path whether on two legs or four.

She married David Russell in 1968 and raised two loving children while traveling the world as a Navy wife. She was especially dedicated to her children’s education.

Raylene was a graduate of Marcellus High School and received her nursing degree from Auburn Nursing School in NY. For over 40 years as an RN, she cared for those in need in the ER, doctor offices, hospitals, home visits, and in veterinary clinics in the US and abroad.

Over the years, Raylene was active in Trinity Episcopal Church’s voice and bell choir (her music lives on in her grandchildren), Manassas Centennial Garden club, many PTAs, and animal foster programs. She was a decorated participant in the Prince William County Fair’s Floral Arrangement category.

She is survived by her children, Erika Checco and husband, John; Blair Russell and wife, Jolyn; grandchildren, Abigail, Lilly, Joseph, Giovanni, Keane, Syden, and Palen.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday July 18 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church 8213 Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155. The burial will be Friday August 18 at Highland Cemetery Marcellus, NY.

Remembrances can be made in Raylene’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at Http://

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The following memorial events are planned.

Celebration of Life Mass
07/18/2023 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
8213 Linton Hall Rd
Gainesville, Virginia 20155

08/18/2023 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Highland Cemetery
Highland Cemetery
Marcellus, New York 13108


Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home & Crematory – Dale City: “Robert Harry Tyrrell, Age 96, of Woodbridge, Va., passed away, on June 22, 2023. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Graves Tyrrell. Robert was a lifelong resident of Prince William County…He served from 1942-1944 in the Seventh Fleet, mostly in the South Pacific. He was stationed at a PT boat base in the Philippines where he worked on boat engines.”

“Robert was in business for many years, raising cattle and hogs with his grandfather and uncle. Later, in the 1950’s, Robert and another uncle went into business building Custom Homes in the fast-developing Woodbridge area. In 1950, Robert took an agriculture class offered to WWII Veterans, and he and his four classmates wanted to do something to stay in touch. So, the five friends formed the Veterans Farm Club in Manassas, VA. The club decided to start planning a fair to be held August 31, 1950. From that day forward the PWC Fair was enjoyed for 70 years. Robert was an active member for all 70 years.”

“In 1972, The Tyrrells decided to start a marina on property Robert owned on Occoquan Bay. He put down his hammer and started driving heavy equipment to build the marina. He ran the forklift for the boat storage until he turned 70.”


Donna Young (Age 77)

Donna (Duggan) Young

Donna (Duggan) Young, 76 of Lake Frederick, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at Winchester Medical Center.

Donna was born in 1946, and was the daughter of the late Donald and Earline Duggan. She graduated from Prince George High School and pursued advanced studies at Cameron University and the University of Alaska.

Donna volunteered and later worked for the American Red Cross. She ended her career as a project manager for a construction company in Northern Virginia. As an Army wife, she adapted to many situations that advanced the quality of life for her family. After retiring, she took great joy in raising her grandchildren until they each went to school. Donna was a compassionate person who wished and worked for the betterment of humanity. Donna was a good soul who strove to spread love and support to all.

She is survived by her husband, John R. Young, Jr., whom she married on August 26, 1966; son, John Robert Young, III (Stanley) of Worcester, MA; daughter, Michael Shannon Young DiGeronimo (Mark) of Alexandria, VA; grandchildren, Oliver Duggan DiGeronimo, Grace Duffy DiGeronimo, Maeve Delaney DiGeronimo all of Alexandria, VA; sisters, Mary Ellen Lowder of Prince George, VA and Patricia Sheffield of Colonial Heights, VA.

Interment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of her favorite organizations: American Red Cross, PFLAG, or Boxer Rescue

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Submitted by omps funeral home


Charles Gilliam, Leadership Prince William: “It is with sadness that I must relay the news of the passing of Patrick King. Early Wednesday morning, Patrick passed away at home in the company of the love of his life, Rebecca.”

“Patrick’s contributions to Leadership Prince William are profound, yet his charitable works reach far beyond our circle. Many non-profit boards had the benefit of his passion and wisdom and will enjoy the results of his creativity in problem-solving and innovative solutions for years to come. His generosity extended to every person he encountered.”

“In just a month, Patrick was to take the reins as chair of our organization. Over the last year, he has been diligent in preparing to lead us into our next chapter. We are saddened to miss the opportunity to see the direction he would have taken us but mostly, we are heartbroken to lose him as a friend. It would be impossible for any individual to capture the essence of a man who lived three lifetimes in one. I encourage you to scour social media to understand the impact he has had on so many lives.”

“Celebration of Life Event: Rebecca invites you to join together to celebrate the life of our great friend, Patrick. Friday, June 9, 2023, 4:00 – 8:00 pm, The Salisbury Center, 8890 Mathis Ave, Manassas, VA 20110″

King was the founder of Manassas-based Imagine Design, a brand strategy and digital marketing agency for tourism, economic development, attractions, and destinations.


Sarah Ellen Smith (Age 85)

Sarah Ellen Smith, age 85, passed away in Stafford, Virginia, on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

She is survived by her children, Deborah Ann Hetu (Robert) of Maryville, TN., Barry Scott Smith, Sr. (Michelle Brantley) of Pembroke Pines, FL., and Kelley Lynn Wallace (Timothy) of Stafford, VA.; her grandchildren, Christopher Hetu (Dawn Jones), Jordan Allen (Travis), Sarah Hetu, Emily Vahey (Phillip), Janie Hetu, Barry Smith II, Michelle Sin (Christian), Justin Smith, Shelby Smith, and Matthew Wallace (Suzanne).

She will also be greatly missed by her great-grandchildren, Collin Hetu, Parker, Cooper, & Coleman Allen, and Addison Wallace; her sister, Patricia Joan Dietz (Donald); and her brother, James Michael Kines, Sr.

She was the daughter of the late James Fred and Electa Loise (Cunningham) Kines.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Jerry Tom Smith, and her infant brother, Billy Wayne Kines.

Sarah was born in Centre, Alabama, on January 30, 1938. She grew up in Anniston, where she met her husband, Jerry. She traveled the world with her husband and children and moved to Northern Virginia in 1979. She settled in Stafford in 1991. She and her husband pastored Lighthouse Pentecostal Holiness Church in Triangle, and after her husband passed, she pastored River of Life Ministries in Stafford. She worked many years in retail and retired in 1997.

She was loved by many and known by many names, including: Ellen, Sister, Toots, Mama, Mom, Grannie, Nana, Gigi, Squirt, Jelly Bean, Cutie, Sister Smith, and Pastor.

She was known for how she loved her family and could always be counted on for her quick wit. She was fully capable of spinning a story into a tall tale before announcing “Faux News” and then cackling with delight. She loved flowers and gardening, interior decorating, travelling the world, chasing down southern gospel singers for an autograph, playing piano, and writing songs. Most of all, she was a follower of Jesus.

She was fearless in going where others did not go, including prisons and the backstreets of the Philippines. Her priorities were to help and love others, proclaim the gospel, and share the love of Jesus.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Shriners (

A visitation for Sarah will be held from 10:00 am-11:00 am on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. A celebration of life for Sarah Ellen will occur Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 11:00 am at the funeral home.

Immediately after, she will be laid to rest with her husband at Quantico National Cemetery.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Smith family.

Submitted by Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service


Kimberly Dale Hosen (Age 71)
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With sadness, we announce that Kimberly Dale Hosen of Woodbridge, Virginia passed away April 13, 2023, following a long battle with cancer. Kim was born on April 29, 1952, to Robert Emmitt Harrison and Alva Pierrelli Harrison in Baltimore, Maryland.

After college, Kim moved to Austin, Texas and started her first career at the technology firm National Instruments. It was not until she moved to Woodbridge, Virginia in 1989 that she was able to fully embrace her passion for environmental education, environmental management, and community engagement.

This began with the founding of the environmental education non-profit, Nature’s Wonder World in 1998. Thousands of local middle school students learned from the innovative outdoor field trips that she organized. When development threatened Prince William’s Cherry Hill peninsula in 2000, Kim became more engaged in land use policy and the organization evolved into the Prince William Conservation Alliance.

Leading the Conservation Alliance for over two decades, Kim worked tirelessly to protect Prince William’s natural spaces and improve quality of life in the County. Her signature achievement was the preservation of Merrimac Farm, a property of over 300 acres that is home to sensitive wetland habitat and is now visited by thousands of people each year.

Kim was also a tireless defender of Prince William’s Rural Crescent, a land use policy that has preserved open space and natural resources in the County while reducing costs for new infrastructure. Kim also served on the Prince William County Planning Commission for over a decade, representing the Occoquan District and advocating for smarter growth. Her legacy lives on in her many contributions to the environment of her community and beyond.

Kim is survived by her sons Eli Hosen and Jake Hosen (Lindsay Bloch), and by many dear friends.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Kim’s life on Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 pm at Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area at 15014 Deepwood Ln, Nokesville, VA 20181 (RSVP [email protected]). In honor of Kim, please wear pink. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to the Prince William Conservation Alliance (

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The following memorial event is planned.

Outdoor memorial
05/06/2023 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area
15014 Deepwood Lane
Nokesville, Virginia 20181


James Franklin Stevens (Age 58)

James Franklin Stevens, 58, of Louisburg, N.C., passed away on April 16, 2023. James, who was known to many as Frank, was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to the late Wayne and Carol Stevens.

Frank grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia, and graduated from Woodbridge High School where he then went to own two businesses, K&E Enterprises, and Rainmaker Lawn Sprinklers. He later moved to Louisburg, North Carolina where he worked at the Do It Center as a small engine mechanic.

Frank is survived by his wife, Andrea Stevens; his sons Rusty Stevens (Cassie) and their daughter Summer, and Ryan Stevens (Monica); his brother, Wayne Stevens (Michelle); and his sisters-in-law Jamie Garlick (Mike), Lisa Bryant (Josh); and several nieces and nephews.

In his free time, Frank enjoyed fishing on his property and working on his vehicles and equipment. He especially loved building and driving his ‘31 Plymouth Coupe. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family and loved them very much. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He will be dearly missed.

Submitted by First Cremation Society


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